10 Pregnancy Must Haves 2nd Trimester Onwards
I’m on my 21st week! Yay! As a first time mom-to-be I would say that it’s been a great journey so far amidst the back pains, heart burn and leg cramps. In a few more weeks, we’d get to see our little angel.
Early on I’ve had concerns and questions about labor, delivery and what happens after. You don’t find a lot of articles online that tells you about the ‘after’ part. Thank goodness for family and friends who’ve been through giving birth. They’ve given me valuable advice and straight to the point answers which I value very much.
So, I made a list of things I need and have been using throughout this pregnancy. I consider them a “must have” before and after the big day. Thought I’d share them with other mom-to-be’s.
1. Witch Hazel Medicated Cooling Pads.
I’ve been thinking of this episiotomy thing. I’ve heard stories from family and friends that they put alcohol on their maternity pads or drown it with betadine. Uhm. I found that ouchy and icky. My sister, Kathy, who gave birth in the US last 2011 told me she didn’t go old school. Hospitals there recommended her to use this product. You just put the strip in your pad and viola! It has a cooling effect that’ll keep you
2. Dermoplast Pain Relieving Spray.
Again, for the episiotomy. One of my BFF’s who gave birth in the US, Thesa, recommended this one to me. It’s also used in hospitals in the US. It’s pain reliever and antibacterial spray in one. I’m so grateful for this. If you’re the OC type like me when it comes to things down there, this is for you.
3. Evening Primrose Oil.
A few weeks before you give birth, your OBG will most likely prescribe this to you. It is a source of prostaglandin that helps in thinning your cervix and making it ready for giving birth.
4. Motherlove More Milk Plus Capsules.
A highly recommended supplement for lactation. I first saw this at my sister’s online store last year when one of her “suki”, Mommy Ann, asked her to buy this. I’ve read a lot of raves about this product and how excellent it is for those women struggling with producing enough milk. If you plan to breastfed exclusively, you gotta try this one.
5. Lavette Bottle.
One of the things they give out in hospitals in the US after giving birth and having an episiotomy. Easy to use on your perenial region for cleaning up and rinsing wounds. This is also handy when
6. Palmers Moisturizing Body Oil.
Cocoa butter and Vitamin E are known to work wonders on keeping your whole body well moisturized. I’ve been using for a while now. So far I haven’t had any itching and my skin is supple. I love that it isn’t greasy and it gets absorbed fast.
7. Burt’s Bees Belly Butter.
An essential in keeping your tummy stretch mark free! It’s light compared to Palmer’s Butter and this one feels good on the skin too!
8. Mustela Instant Comfort Legs.
I’m starting to have leg cramps and I’ve heard how helpful this can be while you’re are your 2nd and 3rd trimester. It immediately relaxes and soothes tired aching legs during pregnancy
Recommended by our cousin, Macoy. If you’ve been having heart burns every time you eat eventhough you’re eating small meals throughout the day, this’ll work like a charm. It also gives you a boost of calcium too!
Wedge and/or the Body pillow. The wedge pillow comes in handy when you start sleeping on your side. The body pillow on the other hand, is 3 pillows in one. It gives support on your legs, tummy and head while on your side. Personally, I’m good with the wedge alone.
I guess that’s it! What’s left to do? Enjoy the rest of my pregnancy!
Have a great day! ♥
If you’re interested in the items above, my sister sells them for pre-order at Barefoot & Pregnant Shop. Click HERE.
Swam Na Mais (Filipino Style Corn Soup)
Today, I was craving for something my Grandpa used to make when we were kids. He still makes it every once in a while. Thankfully, he gave in to my begging last night. Yep. I gave him the puppy dog look and said “pleaseeee” in the most lambing way possible.
His Swam na Mais is one of the best I’ve had. The secret to this is in finding “good” corn and to slice it really thinly. If you want your swam a bit sweet like I do, use sweet corn but if you’re like my Grandma who likes hers done the traditional way, go for the local white corn or mais tagalog. You may slice the corn kernels from the cob and pulse it in your food processor - just make sure you still get bits of corn and also cream. For my Grandpa and I, we like using a knife so we can control how thin or thick we want the kernels to be. Another tip here is to add juice from shrimp heads, if you are using shrimps. Otherwise, you can use Knorr Shrimp cubes. We also use bagoong or fish paste.
I also use homemade chicharon when I make something like this. We stock up on this every weekend. All you need is a little pork skin and pork meat. Boil in a small amount of water and when the water evaporates, add a little oil. Fry until crispy. It makes a good base for veggie dishes.
When you add the malunggay, do it at the last part when everything is cooked so it won’t end up overcooked.
What You’ll Need:
- 5-8 Corn, sliced thinly. Consistency should be part creamy, part corn bits.
- Chicharon or Pork Meat chopped into btie size pieces.
- Cooked Shrimps
- Shrimp Juice from the head or Shrimp Cubes
- Fish paste
- Malunggay leaves
What to do:
- Sautee onions, garlic and homemade chicharon/pork.
- Add shaved/sliced corn, water, juice from shrimp heads/shrimp cube.
- Bring to boil until pork and corn are both tender. You may add water as needed or to meet the consistency you want.
- Season with pepper and bagoong as you simmer everything together.
- Add the cooked shrimps and malunggay leaves.
- Let it simmer and serve.
Happy Cooking! ♥
Shabby Chic TV Stand Project
I feel in love with this old table I saw at a garage sale. It was faint brown with a worn surface that showed how much it was used over the years. I’ve always had a penchant for things shabby chic. Kaya when I saw this table, the Martha Stewart and Rachel Ashwell in me went giddy in excitement. I have a new project!
All I need is sandpaper (which my husband has at home in different grits or grades), white primer paint, matte finish white paint and more sandpaper! When I got home, I started this project with the help of my Grandpa. I got the table all cleaned up and Gramps made sure all the screws and nails are securely in place. We used a coarse sand paper (40-60 grit) to peel of most of the brown paint and (80-120 grit) to smoothen the table’s surface before painting. I then applied a thin layer of primer white paint. It already looks a bit shabby to me that way but I wanted to make the paint stay longer so I still have a few more things to do. We did another round of sanding using the 80-120 grit sand paper and applied a first coat of white paint. We made sure all areas are covered. If we weren’t after a shabby chic look, this would have been perfect na. Just do one finishing sanding using a 360-600 grit sand paper and you’re good to go. But since this this supposed to be shabby chic, we used the coarser sand paper again on some areas to give a shabby chic worn out look.
The new table became my new TV stand/Mini Bar in my bedroom. Try this next time you find an old worn out furniture. Worn out and old doesn’t always mean ugly. Shabby can also mean chic ;)
Happy Decorating! ♥
Inihaw Na Bangus
Summer food! Well, at least for me :) This is one dish my family never fails to bring every time we go out on a Summer vacation at the beach or private pools. Ok, this isn’t just a Summer food. We have this dish served our dining table all year round. But I just have to say that this dish is just perfect for drinking sessions with friends, on a rainy day (Imagine grilling while there’s a typhoon looming overhead) and when at the beach.
It’s super easy peasy to make but I’m sure you’d agree with me that the best ones have a tasty filling, a delish dipping sauce and of course, if you use fresh-just-caught-this-morning bangus. Fresh Bangus meat or any fish always has this sweet taste.
What You’ll Need:
- 1 Bangus, cleaned and cut ‘daing’ style.
- Tomatoes, diced.
- Red onions, diced.
- Ginger (Optional - I don’t use this)
- Yarn & Aluminum Foil
- Soy Sauce
- Knorr Seasoning
What To Do:
- Marinate bangus in salt, pepper and soy sauce. Set aside.
- In a bowl, combine tomatoes, onions, knorr seasoning and a littl sugar.
- Stuff the bangus with the tomato and onion filling.
- Sew together both end of the bangus with a yarn and wrap in aluminum foil.
- Grill for about 5-10 minutes on each side.
- Serve with a dipping sauce; Combination of calamansi juice and soy sauce.
Happy Cooking! ♥
My Top 5 Summer Must-Haves
Summer this year is totally something I am looking forward to! The images of the sun, sea and sand is just so thrilling! Now that it’s officially summer, it’s time for me to switch to my summer essentials. Here’s my Top 5 Summer must haves this year. I ain’t gonna put SUNBLOCK in the list na because it should be a permanent thing in your kikay kits given the weather we have.
Do note that I only recommend items that does what it says it does. Products that I’ve tried, have worked and I loved.
1. Univera’s L’initie Hydrating Cream
L’initié® Hydrating Cream is a lightweight moisturizer that delivers as much or as little hydration as your skin needs, to create a perfect balance of moisture and promote youthful skin vitality. It contains Immuno-10™ and ACTIValoe®.
My Mama Tina gave me this moisturizer last Christmas. I like this moisturizer in particular as compared to the big names in the market because it actually works with just a few applications. I have dry skin and with using it for 3 days, my skin showed significant improvement. It’s also light on the skin and non-greasy. Perfect for the Summer weather. Use in the morning before applying make up and at night before going to bed.
2. Clinique’s Moisture Surge
Light, comfortable cream/gel plumps skin with hydration for a full 24 hours. Fine lines, flakiness and tightness are washed away. In their place-a sense of supple, firm, vibrant well-being, even through shifts in humidity. One ‘drink’ and skin looks and feels happier, healthier.
I am a Clinique fan and I have to say that this one works wonders as well. It’s best to use during midday to give you a boost. Just tap on over makeup and you’re ready to go!
3. Sally Hansen Daytime Lip Recovery
Made with Multi-Vitamin Conditioning Complex, Soy and Peptides this reparative treatment from the experts at Sally Hansen instantly calms sensitive, distressed lips while preventing future irritation and dryness.
This came from my sister, Kathy. With the extremely hot weather we have lately, we have to take care of our lips too! Use daily to avoid or cure dry and chappy lips. It can be worn over or under lipstick. I also like it because it’s not sticky and it’s easy to use.
4. Mac’s Archie’s Girls in Daddy’s Little Girl
The envy of every girl, Veronica smoulders with a limited-edition colour collection rich in deep, seductive tones. Lipsticks in violet, red and blackened plum play up the va-voom while Lipglass shimmers in shades certain to steal hearts. Nails lacquered in dark berry and navy crème ready for a soda fountain catfight. All packaged in exclusive Archie’s Girls designs.
MAC lippies are absolutely one of my favorites. They are well pigmented, they have full coverage and the colors stay for a good 3-5 hours or so. With the Archie’s Girls collection, I loved Daddy’s Little Girl as this one is perfect for Summer. This pink-violet lippy has a creamy satin finish you can wear everyday and the color perks up your mood too!
5. The Face Shop’s YL702 Yellow Nail Polish
This Summer, wear a bright bold color. Wear Sunny Yellow! It’s vibrant, alive and happy. The color alone reminds you of a bright and lovely day. My sister and I have a lot of The Face Shop nail polish at home. We find their products affordable and they do last longer than the regular ones you get from Watson’s. Their polishes stay true to the color in the bottle, it’s well pigmented and application is easy.
Enjoy the Summer! ♥
Star Trek 2 Into Darkness
I grew up with one of my parents watching Star Trek which is why I got familiar with Captain James Kirk and Spock. I got thrilled when Paramount Pictures made a prequel movie last 2009. It was a box office success and it got a 95% approval rating from critics. I myself wasn’t disappointed with the movie. Creating a prequel was a good move as compared to rebooting the series and I must say this is one of the best prequels. And oh, the young Spock is really cute - way cuter than Kirk! (Sorry, Chris Pine fans!)
Last night while my family and I were watching G.I. Joe on IMAX, we saw the exclusive 9-minute trailer for the second Star Trek installment before the movie. It was so long we literally thought we got the wrong movie. LOL!
My heart leaped with excitement when I saw Spock, my old crush. I look forward to see the new movie this Summer (May 17th). I do hope it doesn’t disappoint!
Star Trek Into Darkness:
After being called back home, the crew of the USS Enterprise find a seemingly unstoppable force which has attacked Starfleet and left Earth in chaos. Captain James T. Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise are tasked with leading the deadly manhunt to capture the party responsible and settle an old score.
Avoiding Heat Stress/Exhaustion on Dogs
From my side of the World, we’ve been getting temperature ranging from 34°C-36°Csince Summer started. This is not good for our dogs. We have a Chow Chow, Shih Tzu, Siberian Husky, Terrier and Mutt in our canine family. Most dog owners know that hot weather spells trouble for dogs. They, unlike humans, don’t sweat like we do. We have to take extra care in making sure our dogs survive crazy and extreme weather changes like this. Heat stress/exhaustion can take a toll on a dog’s health and heat stroke kills if not managed properly.
Here are some things you can do to help your dogs cope with the hot Summer weather. Always remember that prevention is better than cure!
- Know the signs of heat stress or heat stroke so you’d know what to look for in your dog. It usually begins with heavy panting, difficulty breathing and high temperature. There’s also dehydration, rapid heart rate, lethargicness, red gums etc. You can also check for your dog’s temperature through their ears to see how hot they are if you don’t have a thermometer.
- If you see symptoms of heat exhaustion - even if it’s just mild symptom - take your dog to their veterinarian. It’s always best to have their numbers handy in case of emergencies too.
- With a hot and humid weather, ALWAYS have fresh water accessible to your dogs. Offer them water at regular intervals. They may drink more water than usual on hot weather. On an extremely hot day, add ice cubes to your dogs water bowl or give them cold water from 9am-5pm.
- When taking your dog to your regular exercise routine together, it is advisable to do it at the crack of dawn or in the cool evening.
- After exercise, rehydrate your dog and replenish lost electrolytes. You can use dog rehydration support (Royal Canin or Rehydrate) or you can also use Pedialite which is used for babies.
- When going outdoors for any activity, make sure your dogs have access to cool air, shade and fresh water.
- Never ever leave your dog untended in your car (Regardless if there’s cold or hot weather!), Even a slightly opened window will not prevent your dog from overheating and suffering heat stroke.
- If your dogs are mostly indoors and/or in crates, make sure there is proper ventilation and proper air circulation.
- When indoors, you can use electric fans or air conditioning units to make sure they get cool air on extremely hot and humid days.
- Soak towels in cool water to cover your dog. You can also place it on it’s tummy, paws, between his legs and across his neck. Do not use cold water or ice.
This summer let your dogs play in a huge tub of water or let them get hosed down every once in a while! Nothing beats that! Water is more effective in cooling your dogs and it’s deffo way cheaper than all those expensive cooling pads vest and beds in the market.
Happy Summer! ♥
Note: This is also posted in my Facebook Chow Chow Fan Page. If you love Chows, visit us HERE.
My Peach and Mango Float
This fridge cake is one of my favorites and I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of eating or even making one. Besides, it’s easy peasy and the basic recipe only calls for 5 ingredients (Mangoes, Peaches, Condensed Milk, Cream and Graham Crackers). There’s prolly more than 100 recipes out there and I bet that they’re all good. You can’t go wrong with fruits and condensed milk anyway ^___^
I’d like to share with you my version which has always been a hit (except on times when I forget to add something and it looks like a mess LOL!)
Well, the secret here is no secret at all. I would say, cook with love! Hihihi! On a serious note, you just need to use FRESH , RIPE and SWEET Mangoes. Use a good, firm brand of canned Peaches since we dont have a lot of fresh Peaches here anyway. Be generous with it of course! Wag magtipid. For the milk, I cant emphasize enough (and all the time) to use Milkmaid every time you use Condensed Milk. Add a pinch of salt too - I always say that salt adds something good to any sweet dessert. Well, how good it’ll taste will really depend on how you want it to taste naman. If you want it sweeter, add more milk. If you want it creamier, add more cream. For me, the graham with butter reminds me of cheesecake and it works for me. The cream mixture is almost the same as everyone else’s maybe with the exception of using Milkmaid as compared to Carnation or Alaska and with the proportion of milk:cream. Don’t be afraid to experiment and find a good recipe that will work for you.
What You’ll Need:
- Fresh Mangoes (About 3 medium sized ones)
- 1 can Peaches
- 1 can Milkmaid Condensed Milk
- 2 cans Nestle Cream
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1 small pouch Knox Jelly (Optional - Add jelly if you want yours to be firmer at a shorter amount of time. The use of jelly applies to no-bake cheesecakes but it works with fridge cakes as well. I dont use it that much as I freeze mine for a while :))
- 1/4 cup butter, melted
- 2-3 cups crushed graham crackers
- A pinch of salt
What To Do:
- Cut mangoes and peaches in slivers. Set aside. (Add the juices from the mangoes to your cream mixture later).
- Whip the cream until soft peaks and gently mix in the condensed milk, some of the juices from the mangoes and salt.
- Dissolve jelly as per packaging instructions. Add to cream mixture.
- In a bowl, mix graham crackers and butter until crumbly.
- Cover the bottom of a baking dish with one layer of graham crackers. Then spread generously the cream mixture completely covering it.
- Top the surface with slices of mango and peaches. Repeat until maybe until you get 2 or 3 layers of graham crackers. You should end with the cream mixture topped with more mangoes and peaches.
- Cover just the brim of the baking dish with plastic film and deep freeze for 2-4 hours.
Happy Cooking! ♥
Like and Luke
If you love vintage, country-style, and whimsical things, do check Lily and Luke on Instagram.
I love things that fall in the categories posted above but I must say that my favorite are the ones that remind me of country side living and my Grandma’s kitchen. I grew up with Granny’s floral patterned seat covers, quilt throws, decor adorned walls, glass fruits and patterned vintage canisters. I now have a growing collection at home. Thank goodness my husband supported my love for these things when we got married.
Lily and Luke is really a brain child of my husband. He’s been a good shopping buddy and critic but we both have to admit that he can’t tell what is a damask from a chevron pattern. So, a couple of months back, he gave me a suggestion to sell and share some of the things that tickles my fancy. Maybe there’s just someone out there like me who loves those things too. You know, aside from sharing and selling fab finds, I also get to meet like minds and make new friends :)
When Granny found out about this, she checked my items for sale and said, “Well, if no one buys it, it won’t be a waste because you like them. Might as well keep ‘em”. Hehehe! Thanks, Grams!
All items posted are handpicked by me and my staff. They can be used as decor for your home and office, maybe props for a photo shoot for your portfolio or online business or just something to add to your collection. Most of the things are also one piece items unless otherwise stated. Majority are hand-painted which is why no same item are alike. I have my 1st collection posted on Instagram and I will be adding more in the coming days. Check it out, HERE. (@LilyAndLukeInc)
Happy Shopping! ♥
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