Be Strong and Courageous

Hearing the news nowadays, I can’t help but feel fear creeping in my mind and heart. Everyone is panicking. I fear for my kids and family actually, not for myself.

My social media feeds are all laden with news and topics on the CoVid-19 virus. Fake news, rants, negativity about how incompetent our government is in dealing with this crisis, criticizing protocols and comparing our countries to others, all these just make me sad. I believe our government is trying their best to help us regardless of political affiliations and leanings. What we all need now is UNITY and compassion for each one, not drag each other down.

Trying to really stay calm and maintain a positive outlook in the midst of these are a challenge for me nowadays honestly. Just the other night, my kids and I were a bit feeling run down and we wanted ourselves checked. Sad to say that when I inquired if clinics were open for check-up, they just told me to call the doctors instead. This added up to my worries. I thought that even doctors right now are afraid.

Thankfully, some of our doctor friends came to visit and check us, and we are feeling better. Thank God for them.

If I am this concerned, how much more are those families affected by the virus. I can’t imagine the grief enveloping those whose loved ones became one of the virus’ fatalities.

Despite my lack of trust and faith yesterday, my God reminded me through Joshua 1:9, “Be strong and courageous.”

I got rebuked ‘cause I allowed myself to fear and worry. Forgetting that times like these are the perfect time to turn back to God and worship HIM. HE is the healer of all time, the God of miracles, the Savior, the Protector, the Defender that we need in a crisis like this.

Right now, prayer is the most poweful tool. Praying that God will shower wisdom to all our medical practitioners and scientists who are trying to create and come up with a vaccine for this virus. Those other people in the front line – soldiers, policemen, doctors, nurses, drivers, sales men and women, janitors, etc. – may the Lord Jesus keep you healthy and strong and protect you from getting infected.

Praying that God will protect everyone and heal those who are already sick and comfort those who just lost their loved ones. Praying for the whole world now. Stay cautious and stay safe. Follow what our leaders are telling us. Be vigilant. Let’s not stop showing love and compassion during these times. We all badly need it. Seek God. HE is our only hope and help.

2 Chronicles 7:14 “if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

There is Hope…

These past few weeks were awefully difficult for me. Lots of shortcomings here and there as a wife and mom. Tons of questions running in my mind, doubts hurled and I felt like I was very unproductive. Test of character maybe?

Realized that instead of running to my Lord and Savior, I was pre-occupied with all my thoughts and all its negativity and it gradually weighed me down. Sometimes, our problems tend to cloud our minds, and it will seem like it’s the end or no hope awaits.

But, hey! There is hope in everything.

There will always be chances to renew our selves and our minds. I was reminded with a preaching I heard years ago talked about not letting your heart get troubled. Rather than focusing on your trouble, run to God right away or else you will really feel like drowning and you can’t get back up.

Sharing you this realization hoping that if you are currently in the same scenario, do remember that God is always there to listen. Yes, sometimes, He may seem silent, but truth is, He is listening, and He loves you!

Have a blissful Tuesday world🌹

Lyrics: @hillsongunited – So Will I

My Preggo Journey (Baby No. 2) 🤰🏻

When my daughter Life (Feather Prats) turned 6 months old, hubby (John Prats) and I were on the talk about having our second. However, quite the contrary with our first, getting preggo with our second was sort of challenging. Ideally, we wanted to get pregnant when Feather would turn one, but it didn’t turn out as planned. I vividly remember crying every time I got my period. There were times when we stopped trying ‘cause John and I would get so distraught every time we get that single line on the pregnancy test. We’ve toyed with the idea that maybe, we are destined to only have one child.  We did all the doctor told us to do, exercise, eat healthy, get enough rest, take vitamins, but to our dismay, nothing worked. We prayed and fasted, hopeful that in God’s own time our prayers will be heard.

“…as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:9 NIV) When they say God works in mysterious ways, I’d respond, He does. Numerous times and proven, the moment I started yielding to His will, that’s when I get to see Him work.  Answers to my prayers arrive when I least expect them. Has this ever happen to you?  God certainly knows when the best time is. Well, maybe it’s His way of teaching me to just trust Him in everything.

When and how did I receive my miracle? After almost a two-year struggle of wanting to conceive, my unexpected blessing came. My menstruation cycle is almost always on the dot, so when I got delayed for two days I was more than thrilled. I took my home pregnancy test but the result was negative. Tested again the next day and thereafter but acquired the same result. Hence, I was worried ‘cause we’ve been really trying hard for a long time already. So I went to see my ob-gyne, Dr. Valerie Guinto. The moment she saw me, she instantly asked, “Are you pregnant?”  I was like, how I wish (I was visiting her for other health concerns for I had been feeling “off” before I took my pregnancy tests), and then proceeded to tell her all that has been currently ailing me (getting easily tired, feeling dizzy and bloated all the time). I told her as well the results of my pregnancy tests. She asked me to undergo a blood test to find out if I was not really pregnant. She said we can get the result after three hours or so.

I went home after taking the blood test and waited. I think that was by far, the longest wait ever. It felt like years had passed in a span of three hours. My husband at that time had no idea. So when my OB called, my heart skipped a beat. I was anxious, nervous, and excited at the same time. When she finally spoke, the words that came out of her mouth were music to my ears, “Congratulations, Liv! You are pregnant.” 🤰🏻 The reason why it didn’t show on the home pregnancy test was it was way too early to be detected. 😬 Words can’t express how happy I was. So happy I cried. My husband, still clueless about what happened, wondered why I was sobbing.  When I told him, he cried too. 😂  We were so overjoyed!!! The Lord has heeded our prayers.🙏🏻

Nonetheless, a week after I found out I was on the way, I was faced with several major setbacks. While having my regular check-up, my OB noticed a pooling of blood surrounding the baby sac which was not a good sign. She advised me to go on bed rest for two weeks. Despite of that, it didn’t disappear and even got bigger. My doctor recommended me to go on bed rest again for several weeks. She performed a series of tests on me and gave me a bunch of medications. Aside from this, my morning sickness was ten times worse compared to my first pregnancy coupled with hyperacidity attacks, sleepless nights, nausea, headaches, and my very odd appetite.

And oh, to top it all off, a boil appeared on my face, right on my T-ZONE area. My dermatologist, Dr. Issa Cellona of SkinCell, told my OB that I had to take antibiotics to avoid further harm and complications. My OB disagreed ‘cause at that moment my baby’s condition was at risk already and taking antibiotics might worsen the situation. She told my derma to wait until everything will get stable and fine. After a week, my derma said my boil is getting worse, and may possibly lead to blindness if not treated soon. My OB can’t do anything, but comply with my derma’s request. Now, even though I know both doctors are good at what they’re doing, and they will never put our lives in jeopardy, I can’t help but get super worried. I was terribly anxious.

So, my OB told me to have a pre-natal test at Cordlife Prevue to check if my baby is alright.  She highly recommended it since it can show early signs of abnormalities even on my 10th week. Hubby and I waited for ten long days and the result finally came. What a relief it brought when we learned that our baby is healthy and we’re having a BOY! It was another tear-jerking moment for us. Right there and then, hubby and I thought of what to name our little prince.

https://youtu.be/ZZ6uTJHets4 (gender reveal)

Before learning I was pregnant, we had planned family trips to Bangkok and US. I was also a part of a TV series in ABS CBN. The trips got cancelled, and I had to stop working to get the needed rest.

My bed rest continues. The first week was okay though full of adjustments. I’m a kind of a woman who is always on the go, and I always make sure my tasks for the day get accomplished. I’m a hands on mom and housewife, so even if I have a nanny and a househelper, I continually supervise their work and tasks at home. When it comes to Feather though I don’t supervise, hubby and I take care of her personally and our nanny just assists us. Yes, John is a hands on dad too. He makes it a point to take care of Feather during his free time. Most of the time however, it’s me, and it’s pretty obvious why. ☺️

As the days went on, my anxiety intensified.A lot of concerns preoccupying my head. Who will personally take care of Feather if I’m on bed rest and hubby is out? Who will supervise the household? Who will help John prepare his stuff for taping and his other activities?

Yep. Call me an unreasonable worrier but that is me. Good thing I’m blessed with families who are always ready to offer help! Which gave me a relief in a way. My 75 yo Mom from SG flew in and vouched to take care of Feather while I’m on bed rest. Yes. She is 75 but still so active and doesn’t look her age. Good genes I suppose? LOL.

I envied other mommas who were still able to travel, work, workout, and do other things which I also wish I could do. Can’t stop comparing my pregnancy to my first and from other mommas who seemed to be enjoying their uncomplicated pregnancies. I simply wanted to delight In being pregnant for the second time. That’s all. Sensing that I am becoming more negative, my hubby reminded me something from an article he just read. It said that every pregnancy is different. Nevertheless, that did not give me the consolation I needed.

Self-pity started creeping in. Anxiety-laden questions started poppin. Why did God allow this to happened? God knew how much we wanted a baby. He granted our hearts’ desires, but then came the complications. While others who never planned to conceived gets pregnant real quick and are experiencing complication-free pregnacies. I spent so much time whining and complaining. Then one afternoon, during my quiet time with the Lord, He revealed something to me, and made my restless self feel good again. The whole time I was complaining, God was actually teaching me to be patient and to always be faithful to Him alone; to only listen to Him and not my impatient self. And to never-ever compare myself with others. He also reminded me about Jeremiah 29:11. I was blessed and rebuked at the same time. Who am I to question the Lord Almighty?

After 5 months, OB cleared my bed rest zone.  I was so happy. Back to work for me. Yay! Went back to the TV series I was part of before I got pregnant and worked for 2 weeks until OB required me for bed rest again due to overfatigue. But this time, I wasn’t that down since I know now how to handle the situation already and I held on to God’s promises for me.

Every momma who had experienced childbirth will have their own stories to tell. Whether you breezed through pregnancy in quick strides or took short rests in between, it’s all a matter of having the right mindset. Preggy mommas ought to surround themselves with individuals who keep a positive outlook in life to help encourage them, maintain a healthy lifestyle and most of all have a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus. The much needed love, peace, and joy during trying times can only come from its source. This pregnancy may be challenging than my first one, but I consider it as one of my life’s greatest blessings and miracles.

I’m currently on my 36th week. My bed rest days are over. Praise God! God has given me peace in the midst of those trying moments. Still experiencing it right now. This is my preggy momma story. What is yours?

Toodles💋

Momma Liv as Hair Guru

Girls, always strive to have an attractive-looking hair; and keeping your crowning glory healthy requires patience and lots of dedication. There’s a number of tales about haircare and various hair myths-making the rounds; and sometimes, it’s hard to tell if there’s any truth in them- which I too, was guilty with.

Bad hair days couldn’t care less! (I bet all of us was able to experience this) – that’s why we put in a lot of effort in making our hair look its best; from extreme heat, brushing, chemicals, and coloring, we strive to make our hair look into its ideal, without even realizing the harm it can serve our crowning glory. But, how do we really take care of our hair’s natural glow? How do we protect it from all these invisible irreversible damages?

As a celebrity mom, I really invest in products and tools that will protect, rather than damage my hair. First and foremost, I invest in products with less harmful chemicals – that’s why I stick to organic and natural products. I do research and read articles online, and hear reccommendations from my friends. Hence, I do not simply rely on them, I wanted to experience it on hand.

But, let us not forget the basic things in keeping our hair healthy and damage-free.

1. Be wary on choosing a hair dryer.

Detangling drying your hair plays a major role in hair care. Air drying your hair is better; but, if you prefer to dry and style your hair with tools such as hair dryers – opt for tools that controls its temperature. Choose hair dryers with smooth airflow, such as Dyson Supersonic. You can dry your hair faster with its powerful airflow, making your hair less prone to heat damage. Dyson Supersonic has intelligent heat control that maintains temperature below 150°C as compared to other hair dryers which damages the hair with its extreme heat. Also, finish by pressing the “cool” button on your hair dryer – the cool air produces an effect similar to that of a cool-water rinse after shampooing.

It’s kind of costly, but you get what you actually you paid for. Always think long term. Buying cheaper products always ends up you spending more, that’s why never settle for less. And girl, it’s super light! I guarantee you, your arms won’t get tired, because of its featherweight.

2. Be an avid observant

I am a keen observer regarding the ingredients and chemicals of the products that I used. I avoid products that have parabens, synthetic colors, sodium lauryl sulfate, formaldehyde, toluene, etc. (you may check or see more lists of harmful chemicals online.) That’s why I always select nourishing products that fits my my hair type. Hair products are especially formulated for different types of hair—always purchase what fits you.

3. Don’t forget to shampoo and condition your hair.

Ofcourse, do not forget your shampoo and conditioner. Shampoo strips your scalp of its natural, nourishing oils. These oils are essential to your hair. Second, condition your hair frequently. Conditioners moisturize your hair. In addition to hydrating your hair, it also produce a shinier, healthier mane that is less prone to breakage and damage. But in my case, I don’t always put conditioner n my hair, because sometimes it causes hairfall. I do shampoo almost everyday because I’m usually out for work and my hair is exposed to dirt and pollution (again, this routine works for me. Hence, you must find what suits you.)

4. Yes to hair care products.

In choosing products that will help beautify your hair – such as shine spray, styling oils, smoothing cream, hair serum, protein treatments, or hot oil, always look for products with a light concentration of oils or silicone. Make sure to buy these at your trusted hair salons, or stores that promotes healthy and natural products that are good for people, animals, and environment.

5. It’s all about lifestyle.

I strongly believe that “you are what you eat.” So, we should make sure that we keep our bodies hydrated and eat nutritious foods. Also, be sure you’re eating plenty of protein, which promotes hair growth. Eggs and nuts for example, are excellent sources of protein. And let us not forget to observe an active and healthy lifestyle. A workout for 30-45 minutes in a day, for atleast 4-5 times a week, will suffice.

There are plenty of hair myths, but it all boils down on what is effective and what’s best for your hair. In short, kung saan ka lang talaga hiyang. Also, there maybe a tons of do’s and don’ts you might follow- which I also may not be able to mention above; but I strongly believe that it is always better to protect our hair’s natural glow prior all these damages, rather than repairing them once the damage is already done. So, take extra measures to protect your hair in order to maintain the health of your tresses and retain that healthy, natural-glowing hair.

How about you? Care to share any hair care tips?❤️ Write your comments and tips below😊👍🏻

Toodles💋

#dysonsupersonic #dysonPH

#haircare

Choosing The One

#ChoosingTheOne

In life, choosing the right one is probably one of the hardest decisions anyone will make. It requires, mistakes, failures and uncertainties; and most of the time you may feel like giving up on finding it.

As a first time mom, I had the same struggle on figuring out the best things for my baby. I didn’t know where to start, what to do, and which ones to follow. Ofcourse, I seek for opinions and advice from my mom, mother-in-law, relatives, and friends. They gave me the same response – Choose Pampers.

But of course, even if they told me so, I have my personal struggle on what to provide for my child; because after all, the final decision will always be mine. My dilemma has always been the same from the beginning – “Pag mura di maganda”; “Hindi lahat ng mahal, nag wo-work”; or “Di mo malalaman, kung di mo susubukan”. I remember, when I gave birth to Feather, I was so troubled checking on her diaper – figuring out if its already full or not. I honestly didn’t know that diapers has “wetness indicator” until my mom and the nurse told me so. I made her try Pampers. Surprisingly, i told myself “Hiyang siya sa anak ko.” I had so much joy in watching her sleep; undisturbed whether her diaper is full or not. She doesn’t feel irritated; and most of all, she has found comfort in it. And as a mom, nothing beats having the assurance on seeing your child feel safe and comfortable.

True to its brand value, i found honesty in Pampers. It is affordable and always worth the try – mas makakatipid dahil di papalit-palit; Hindi kailangan mag worry sa “lawlaw”, hindi irritable, and most of all komportable. That’s why until now, even after 2 years, I remained true to what’s best for my child – I still choose Pampers.

So to all other Moms out there, I know, “the struggle is real.” But i encourage you to be vigilant in choosing the best products for your child. Because at the end of the day, it will always be about choosing the right ones for them – so when their turn comes, they’ll choose the best ones as well, because they know that is what they deserve.

Toddles💋

Travel with The Pratties to Asia Pacific’s Best Integrated Resort – Resorts World Sentosa Singapore 🇸🇬

 

 

Being in the showbiz industry, one cannot really expect a fixed working schedule. My husband (John Prats) for instance, goes to work at 7am,and comes home at 2am or 4am. His call time the next day is 8am. He goes out while Feather and I are still asleep, and he comes home seeing the same scenario. His schedules get more erratic if he has out of town mall shows. Not complaining here, but truth is, we miss him mostof the time. Hence, when we had the chance to block off his schedule for 3 days, we booked a flight for a city that I considered my second home, Singapore.

I’m no stranger to this beautiful city for I’ve been coming here since I was in third grade. Two of my older sisters started residing and working here after they graduated from college. This trip was quite different though from the ones I had. My previous visits and the one prior to this, I came here in my single self (Though I was already engaged the last time I was here). This time, I’m with my own family. I’m beyond ecstatic to go since it’s the FIRST time for #ThePratties to travel in SG as a family So I had to make sure that it will be one memorable trip for us. ‬‬‬‬‬

 

I readily checked online for fun things to do (Confession: I’ve learnt to set aside the shopaholic me since I became a mom :D) and VOILA! I stumbled upon Resorts World Sentosa Singapore’s website, and discovered a whole suite of fun holiday offerings for the family including S.E.A. Aquarium and The Despicable Me 3 Breakout Party at Universal Studios Singapore.

Well, well, the Despicable Me Breakout Party is certainly one fun activity for our dear LiFe. The Minions happen to be one of my daughter’s favorite characters. Then before and after the Meet and Greet with Gru and the Minions, we could do other fun stuff at Universal Studios Singapore and there’s the S.E.A Aquarium (Considered to be one of the world’s largest aquarium) which I’ve been meaning to visit.Feather would love to see all the water creatures in there. Oooh… I was hyped! This is going to be fun.‬‬‬‬‬

 

Down to my next concern:

Where do we stay? We wanted somewhere near Universal Studios Singapore, so it will be convenient for LiFe. If she needs her quick nap, we can go back easily to the room. Did an online search again, and discovered a suite of hotels located in Resorts World Sentosa. Booked a room at Festive Hotel which is a few minutes’ walk from Universal Studios Singapore and S.E.A Aquarium. So after all the planning and preparation, we’re ready to go.

 

Off to SG!

After three hours of flight, we were famished! We had a quick check-in atFestive Hotel, and readily hit the streets to look for food. (If there’s one thing that really made me love Singapore, it’s their food. Seriously. This is one place where Asian food fusion in its finest is present. Malay, Indonesian, Japanese, Chinese, Thai, name it. It’s here.) Fortunately, we saw this Malaysian food street near our hotel. It had a distinct old town-ambiance to it which I really found interesting. And the food you say? I give my two thumbs – up. See photos below and drool?

Also, good news for all foodies, from 12 – 20 August, Resorts World Sentosa Singapore is celebrating the rich heritage of Southeast Asia’s street food culture as they host the inaugural RWS Street Eats! Prep your taste buds to feast on food from more than 20 hawkers specially curated from Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand and Singapore. Kick back and relax at the Beer Garden, with live music performances and open mic sessions on weekend evenings. Admission is FREE! Find out more at http://www.rwsentosa.com/streeteats.

 

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Let the fun begin!  ‬‬

 

Day 1:  S.E.A. Aquarium‬‬

Our visit at S.E.A. Aquarium was undeniably amazing. Our jaw literally dropped when we saw the place! It was humongous. Well, they wouldn’t call it one of the world’s largest if it’s not really huge. I was fascinated with everything I saw. The aquarium is home to more than 100,000 marine animals and over 800 species across 49 different habitats. Can you imagine that!‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

There were a lot of “first” for us. It was my first and hopefully, my last up close encounter with sharks. I was terrified to see them, but my daughter felt otherwise. She tried calling the sharks which really cracked me up. Such a cutie! She wasn’t scared at all. Although she only speaks gibberish, I can tell she enjoyed her experience. Her face was just full of amazement and awe! No fuzz or whatsoever.

 

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Shipwreck habitat and open ocean gallery were my favorites too! I also love seeing the colorful jelly fishes, the beautiful coral gardens, and discovery touch pool. I was one blessed girl that day! I’m a huge fan of #NatGeo channel. During the day of our visit, they had a photo exhibit entitled “Ocean Soul” in S.E.A Aquarium. The photos of NatGeo channel’s photographer, Brian Skerry, were truly stunningly beautiful.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

 

Hungry as a shark…

For dinner, we had our fill at the newest resto in Resorts World Sentosa, Sessions, which is located at the lobby of Hard Rock Hotel. We opted for an all-seafood buffet that night. All their food were delish. My favorite dishes were Singapore-style Chilli Crab, butter crayfish, black pepper crab, prawn fried rice, garlic prawns and grilled squid. Desserts were impeccable too. I tried their chocolate balloon melt and it was sinfully yummy!

 

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Day 2: Universal Studios Singapore‬‬

 

Trivia:

My first visit at Universal Studios Singapore was way back in 2010. I was with my mom, dad and sisters. Little did I know that that would be my first and last time to visit the park with my Dad. He died two years later.      

          

My last date at Universal Studio Singapore was with this handsome stud who later on, became my husband and now, the adoring papa of little LiFe. This truly is one happy magical place for us, the Pratties, and these are the reasons why this place holds such a special spot in my heart.

 

Despicable Me Breakout Party. ‬‬‬‬‬

 

The Despicable Me Breakout Party was such fun! They had a tattoo parlour where Feather got her first artificial tattoo. (Moms, don’t worry, it’s safe for our baby’s sensitive skin) LiFe had no qualms over it. Hubby and LiFe enjoyed Minion-themed games where they get to win Despicable Me 3 merchandise. It was really entertaining to watch the Minions, and of course, the highlight of LiFe’s day was meeting the Minions and Gru in person. We went to the Minion Mart for some souvenir shopping after the party, by the way. ‬‬‬

 

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Our Universal Studios Singapore visit wouldn’t be complete if we miss our favorite rides. My husband and I, as usual, went to take Transformers the ride: The Ultimate 3D Battle. It is his favorite next to Battlestar Galactica the dueling roller coaster. We had tons of family picture-taking sesh too. Afterwards, we spent our day just strolling around the park. It was a lovely and perfect day at Universal Studios Singapore. ‬‬‬‬‬

 

Dinner time!

 

As usual, we went food hunting again around Resorts World Sentosa. I noticed that a myriad of options were in view. If you’re into Italian food, restaurants like Fratelli, an all-day-dining Pizzeria and the dinner-service-only Trattoria are ready to satisfy your cravings. If you like contemporary Chinese Cuisine, hop over to Forest. It is perfect for you. And, if local street food delights you, Malaysian Food Street (where we had our first dinner) is one dining destination you should not miss. It was a long fun-filled day, but our homey and luxurious accommodation at Festive hotel ushered us to a good night rest.

 

Time to say Bye-bye SG! Our trip was short, but it was really one for the books. Hope to be back again soon with my loves to make more memories.

 


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P.S.

In case you ask, our official shutterbug was none other than my dear prince charming husband @pratstography. Camera used was Leica Q.Some photos/videos taken by my nephew Matthew and sisters Jessica/Sophia ☺❤

#RWS #RWSentosa #RWSMoments #Minions #DespicableMe #USS #UniversalStudios #UniversalStudiosSingapore #Singapore

#SEAA #SeaAquarium #Aquarium

I Care. Try UV Care.

Those who know me well know that I don’t compromise when it comes to cleanliness. Some say I’m OC (obsessive compulsive) or “arte.” Well, I grew up knowing cleanliness is a must in everything. That’s what my mom taught me. Whether it be tidying the house, preparing food or as simple as keeping my school supplies, and my penmanship (Yes,even that), everything should be neat and organized. My mom taught us proper hygiene at home. Sitting or lying on the bed in our outside clothes was a big NO-NO and washing our hands  is  always a must. When hand sanitizers became available, mom did not allow us to go out without it.  Guess what, my mom must have trained me so well. I have hand sanitizers/alcohol in all of our cars and rooms. I’m a firm believer that most of the time, we get sick from not knowing that our hands are dirty, then we use it to feed ourselves or our children. I am so scared of getting sick, and I don’t like to see anyone from my family getting sick too. That’s why cleanliness is really a priority for me. 

My perspective in cleanliness raised a notch when I became a mom. I bet not a single mom here wants their child or husband to get sick. It feels so terrible when babies or any family member becomes ill, right? 

When it comes to cleaning the house, I always have a schedule that I religiously follow – once a week cleaning for the ceiling, M-W-F for the glass doors and powder room. The rooms, toilets, sala, dining area and kitchen get cleaned everyday. Changing bed sheets, blankets, pillow and bolster cases is once a week or once it gets soiled, it gets replaced. So on, and so forth. 

(Hope you don’t find me weird or something.)😊 

One of my friends must have noticed my so-called penchant for cleanliness. She informed  me about this very useful product which can kill pesky pests like bed bugs, harmful bacteria and many others. I did not really believe her because I thought, hey, who needs this product when I know for sure that my house is squeaky clean? Well, little did I know how wrong I was. A squeaky clean house will not be adequate (Though it helps a lot) to keep my loved ones from getting sick. When John and Feather got sick, and our doctor recommended that I regularly clean the house, my jaw dropped, and I was  like, how clean do you want me to get ’cause I’m pretty sure I did my best? It was very frustrating on my end. Then, I remembered my friend who recommended that product to me. I called and set up a meeting with the company. I was really in awe and very impressed after the meeting, so I decided to buy one. What got my attention was this tool can eliminate up to 99.9% of germs, bacteria and viruses. (Protects you and your loved ones from allergies, rhinitis, colds, flu, bed bugs, hand foot and mouth disease) It’s a chemical free sterilization and not harmful for us.

I thank God for that friend. I have been using this helpful product for two months now, and we have been sick- and worry-free since then. It certainly has helped me a lot. Do you want to know more about this wonderful and awesome product that I’ve been talking about? 

It is called UV Care Portable Germ Zapper. It is a product from the USA. It sterilizes your air and room surface. It’s small  but it is packed with a lot of germicidal muscle. Moreover, it only takes 30 minutes to disinfect your 15 sqm. space. Currently used by some hospitals, doctor’s clinic, homes, offices, and schools. (They’re using the UV Care Room sterilizer which can eliminate germs in a 60 sqm. area)


And since the UV Care Portable Germ Zapper really works perfectly for us, the Pratties, I recently purchased UV Care Family Toothbrush Sterilizer and UV Care Pocket Sterilizer (You can really literally bring it everywhere since its super light and small). Now, I don’t have to worry if any of Feather’s stuff falls on the ground/floor, or if I feel that my handphone is dirty or the resto highchair is not that clean. I just take out the UV Care pocket sterilizer and TA-DAA… It’s 99.9% bacteria-free!😊 


Folks, there’s NO HARM in TRYING especially when it comes to the welfare of your beloveds. I strongly adhere to this adage that goes, “It is better to be safe than sorry.” Getting a UV Care product is one investment I highly suggest for you and your family. Oh, by the way, this is not a paid blog. I truly believe in this product that’s why I’m sharing it with you all, and I’m really hoping that it will also greatly help you and your home just like it did mine. 

I’ve only joy and satisfaction after having acquired these UV Care products. Mommies and daddies, if family health is at the of top of your priorities, then get one as well. Try it and share your stories too! 

If you’re interested or want to know more about the product, you may get in touch with them through these: 

Philippines office:

Contact nos: +(632) ‪727-8185‬ / +(63) ‪977-8228556‬

IG: @uvcareservicephils 

Email: sales@uvcare.net 

http://www.uvcare.net 

US Office:

Tel no: ‪1 (626) 400-8917‬


Toodles💋

Momma’s Day💐

Today is my 2nd time to celebrate Mother’s Day. It has been a year of lack of sleep, and continually attending to my daily preoccupation which is taking care of my daughter who, very recently, just turned one. Not so much ME times, less movie dates/Netflix nights with the hubby, and more. Don’t get me wrong though, I love taking care of my child, and her well-being is constantly at the top of my list. God knows how I love her and how blessed I am to have her. Nevertheless, there are just times that I feel drained. Not because of her, it’s more of whatever it is that I need to keep up as a wife and mom. Whenever I feel that way, I tend to ask myself, how did my mother do it? Where did she get all her energy and vigor? Her patience and understanding? I’m the youngest of seven children. Imagine taking care of seven kids??? My gulay!😂 I only have one and boy, I doze off faster than a lightning bolt the moment my child falls asleep. That’s how pretty tired I am. Well, as I have mentioned earlier in my previous blogs, I’m a hands on housekeeper. Aside from taking care of my daughter, I supervise daily routines of our household help and personally tidy up our little nook. I work out, pay the bills, cook (rarely but I’m working on it), go to the bank,  research stuff for my baby (Mostly topics pertaining to proper diet for babies or  apps that are safe and effective for my baby to use soon), prepare necessary things needed for our home scent shop (Which is going to open really in the near future),  fix schedules after schedules, do budgeting, and etcetera, etcetera, etcetera. Whew! Again, not complaining here. Just sharing my daily dose of work as a mom and a full-time home maker😊 
Now, everything is crystal clear to me that MOMS are literally superheroes!!! I mean, come on! Talk about all the sacrifices that mommies make, the major adjustments, the hardwork and patience they have to render. It ain’t easy to be a mom. It’s tough, but it is BEAUTIFUL. After I gave birth to my daughter, it dawned on me that my life will never be the same again. True enough, a lot has changed in me since Feather was born. Being a first timer in the world of motherhood posed a lot of challenges, but it brought beautiful oppurtunities and special moments as well. My whole world may have been overhauled, but my heart has grown bigger. My perspective became wider. I guess I could say motherhood has created a better version of me.


Motherhood occupies most of my time lately,  but ask me if it is all worth it? My answer? Definitely a YES! I am privileged to be God’s ambassadress of love to Feather and to her future siblings. This task may drained me and zapped my energy, but I will not trade it for anything else.
Therefore, I salute all the Mothers in this world. You are indeed a blessing!  I now know and understand what you have to pay inorder to raise your children.  The things you do for love, no one can ever repay. For that, thank you mommas! Happy Mother’s day and may the Lord bless you all the days of your lives!💐
Toodles💋

Around The World With Lilly Feather🎂

Oh how time flies. My baby nugget turned 1 y.o. last April 18,2017 Tuesday 🎂 We had her #AroundTheWorldWithFeather birthday celebration April 23,2017 Sunday at Blue Leaf Cosmopolitan. Our families, loved one and friend were all there to witness her 1st birthday💐 What a special day that was❤️ 

Since I’m one excited and happy Momma, I’m gonna share some photos and on-site videos below from Nice Print Photo. ❤️

https://youtu.be/_yugk1Qf8Do

For me, any event wouldn’t be complete without you Nice Print Photo @niceprintphoto. You have been capturing my life story for years now. Thank you so much for always being there. You’re like   family to me already.

Oh sooooo beautiful! The decors from the tables, to the ceiling, the receiving area and the stage were superb! It was like I’m in a dream❤️ Bing of @PartystationPhils, you are the best!❤️Our 4months of meeting and preparations were worth it!

It has always been a dream of mine to have you guys Waffle Time @waffletime_ph in one of our parties before. You can’t imagine how ecstatic I was when I learned that you guys will be part of my daughter’s first birthday! As always, Waffle time is my favorite😊


From my epic proposal, to my wedding day, and now, my daughter’s first birthday, just wow! So grateful to have you guys during these special events in my life! Can’t imagine having a party without Jamba Juice @JambaJuice @Jambajuiceph . Oh, Chocolate Moo’d and Orange Dream Machine flavors were to die for!❤️ LiFe’s guests loved it❤️ 

Dear Miracle of @insta_mug, 
These neck pillows were such a great hit! Everyone loved it. From my wedding day, to my sister in law’s bridal shower, and now my my Feather’s 1st birthday, you have been there.❤️ I can’t thank you enough!


These pretty cute tumblers from @daintykeepsakes made the kids smile. 😊 Parents loved it too ’cause they’re handy and useful! They are one of Feather Prat’s giveaways during her #AroundTheWorldWithFeather party.❤️
 


You never let us down @bottledupph ! You’re constantly with us in every special event. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. So happy you were a part of my daughter’s #AroundTheWorldWithFeather party. Guests find the cake super yummy and were even requesting for more❤️ 


As you all know, I love everything that is personalized! Name tags, note pads, and pens from @clayclayee are one of my daughter’s #AroundTheWorldWithFeather giveaways. Kids were so excited to bring the goodies home with them. ❤️ Your thoughtfulness and support are highly appreciated😊🙏🏻


Every girl at #AroundTheWorldWithFeather party got the chance to choose their bows, pony tails, and headbands from @ayeerilloraza @littlemisscaylee_ig . 😊 They were all so pretty and dainty. Every girl looked like a princess that day.❤️ Thank you for your generosity😊 God bless you always🙏🏻


Matchy matchy outfit with my little princess during her #AroundTheWorldWithFeather birthday party! Since her birthday theme was vintage travel, my husband thought it’ll be nice to have us three wear costumes from Top Gun movie (Obviously a fan) during the #AroundTheWorldWithFeather party kick-off. And yes, hubby’s delightful idea came to life with @monicayu.ph ‘s fab couture and design.  

Our next outfist were from Jeng of @monicayu.ph 😊 Jeng, you made my daughter look so enchanting in her pink lacey gown😊 and I super love my pink jumpsuit! 😊 God bless you Jeng🙏🏻


A big and loud shoutout to @ignite.pro sounds and lights! You guys made #AroundTheWorldWithFeather party event bright, fun and colorful. You music and sound were so audible (clear sounds and no dead spot til the end of the program)! Thank you so much for your service.


What’s a party without an invitation? I chose @printdivas to do my daughters #AroudnTheWorldWithFeather birthday invites ’cause I know I can rely on their taste and quality. And boy, they truly impressed me! It was so simple yet classy. Just what I want it to be. 😊


Lookie!!! My daughter in her pretty pink dress 😊 Can’t believe she’s one year old already. 😭Btw, she looked like a ramp model that day. Why so? She had a lot of costume changes! Thanks to @chichigirlscloset for the lovely pink dress. 😍❤️ 


Parents were so glad to see @instaglowjb customized hand sanitizers in their kids loot bags❤️ Jean, thank you for always supporting my events. 

Guests were going gaga over the beautiful scrumptious cake from @bethanydreamcakes . Thank you Susan for my daughter’s first birthday cake. Thank you so much as well for being so giving and accommodating to our family.😊 God bless you all🙏🏻


LiFe’s guests were having a hard time choosing delicious desserts in #AroundTheWorldWithFeather dessert bar by @partybitzandpieces . ❤️ Too beautiful to eat ’em! ❤️ Believe me, they’re all as yummy as they look.😊 

No kiddie party is complete without cotton candies!!!❤️ Glad that @sweetiepuffs was part of #AroundTheWorldWithFeather birthday party🌈 You are as sweet as your cotton candies! LiFe’s guests (kids and adults), loved it❤️


No dull moments during #AroudnTheWorldWithFeather birthday party! Kids were having a blast playing @kidspartyplayhouse 😊 Really wished I had them back then in one of my birthdays as a kid.😍 God bless you guys.❤️


While waiting for the #AroudnTheWorldWithFeather party to start, the little boys enjoyed face painting and girls had their princessey hair dos from @ashnastardesigns  😊 Sooo adorbs❤️


Now tell me, how can you eat these yummy treats???! Personalized candies from @pspersonalizedsweets for my daughter’s 
#AroundTheWorldWithFeather birthday party giveaways. Thank you Bea😊


Every kid was a winner during #AroundTheWorldWithFeather games. Win or lose, they get this beautiful lampshade from @arteegram_manila 😊

No-makeup look by my beautiful makeup artist @mariahsantos23 😊 Thank you for the very quick but fun-filled chikka time😊 Sa uulitin❤️💐


Thank you and all glory to God❤️🙏🏻 
Toodles💋
@partystationphils @niceprintphoto @insta_mug @waffletime_ph @monicayu.ph @bottledupph @clayclayee @prints_r_us @daintykeepsakes @ignite.pro @sweetiepuffs @printdivas @chichigirlscloset @instaglowjb @sweetiepuffs @bethanydreamcakes @partybitzandpieces @ashnastardesigns @kidspartyhouse @arteegram_manila @mariahsantos23 @dynamitepixographics @jambajuiceph @pspersonalizedsweets

Blessed birthday LiFe🎂

Where did the time go? Feather, you’re already one year old today, and I find it a little unbelievable. Around April 18 of last year, a Monday, at 11:47 a.m., I gave birth to you my beautiful angel from above. Being a first time mom is one tearful experience. I remember crying tears of pure joy when i first held you in my arms. Was weak, but still tried to kiss you. I can still vividly remember your first stare and smile. I also remember crying and panicking when you threw up for the very first time. Panic mode again when you had your first fever/cough/colds. I was crying happy tears when you took your very first step. I cried super happy tears again when I first heard you say “mama” and “papa”. We had such an adventure babe since day one, and if our friends will get to know about it, I’m pretty sure they’ll be laughing their hearts out.😊 

Today, I thank God again for giving me you, for blessing me with an active, no fuss, joyful, healthy, smart, and super lambing baby. A very, very big thank you also to you my hubby @iamjohnprats for being a very loving and supportive dad, and husband. Thank you to you too dear followers for all the kind words and prayers you sent to my daughter. Feather my love, for you, I will always strive to be the best and the coolest by momma, by God’s grace. Do know that I will be your bestfriend and confidante, your shopping partner, and your whatever-kind-of-momma.❤️ I love you to the moon and back po, my baby LiFe @featherprats 🎂🎁🙏🏻❤️💐 #AroundTheWorldWithFeather