Jakie and the Beadstalk

this is about family and its ups and downs, living, and everything about life from a working mom's perspective.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Being a Working Mom is Challenging

Being a mom is hard work. But when a mom works full time, things get more complicated and more challenging. I'm not complaining though. I have son who loves me to the moon and back and a husband who has pledged his heart and life to me. Life may have its ups and downs, but I will always be thankful to God for this life.

One example is my trip to the Bicol Region.

Day 1, I arrived in Lezagpi then went straight to Sorsogon to our branch office. After that, we went to San Benon in Sorsogon.

My room on Day 1
Day 2, I woke up at 2 am, left at 3 am to go to the port in Bulan, and catch the earliest boat to Ticao, Masbate. From San Fernando, I rode a habal-habal (motorbike) for about an hour To San Jacinto, to look for a place to spend the night in. After lunch, I rode back to San Fernando in a habal-habal  to work.

My room on Day 2

Thursday, August 11, 2016

DIY Project: Make Your Own Christmas Tree with Perla Soap (a fun activity with your kiddo)

Christmas season is just around the corner (you know how early we start decorating our houses with Christmas ornaments) so I'd like to share with you what my kid and I did last year.

We didn't buy any Christmas tree since the house is too full already with my trinkets and stuff, so I opted to make a disposable Christmas tree instead. So I'm sharing with you how we made our  soap-based Christmas tree.

What you need to make a 9-inch Christmas tree:

1 - medium sized basin

1 - 9 inch square or round cake board (if you don't have a cake board, don't fret. Use a paper plate or use a carton and cut to your desired shape) wrapped in plastic cover or cling wrap  so the water won't seep into the carton. You can also use a "bilao".

2- Squares of White Perla Soap (the soap is divided into four squares, right, so use just two of them)

3/4- cup warm water and some

beads, trinkets, glitters, anything you'd like to use as ornaments for your tree.

a couple of rags

a hand mixer or if you don't have one, a brush, wire whisk, or your own hands for mixing

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

FDA Advisory on Bottled Guyabano Juice

I love guyabano shake. If I see fresh guyabano in shake stands, that is what I prefer to have. I  learned from a former boss, Boss Cam, that guyabano wouldn't even cause any tummy ache when eaten first thing in the morning. It has a lot of medicinal properties so one can never go wrong when getting a dose of guyabano. But it's different if it  has already been processed, extracted, powdered, or bottled.

Just recently, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released Advisory No. 2016-055, warning the public against the consumption of a bottled guyabano juice, because of unapproved health claims.   The product claims to be better than chemotherapy when treating cancer cells. It also boasts of other health benefits, which, according to the FDA, have not undergone evaluation and testing.

I snipped a photo of the product, which is the subject of the FDA advisory, from the FDA's website.