Vitamins to Help Ovulation

October 28, 2017


You and your partner are ready to have a baby! Fantastic. There are many steps to take in order to prepare yourself for the huge journey of conceiving and then adding the new bundle of joy to your family

The first thing you are going to want to do is to make sure your diet is healthy and nutrient rich. You may want to talk to your doctor about getting a referral to a dietician or nutritionist. Therefore, you will then be able to know what foods to eat and to avoid while trying to conceive.

However, there is some good news and you don’t even have to wait to see a dietician or nutritionist. In order to regulate ovulation, there are fertility vitamins and herbal supplements to be aware of to help make that happen. Not to mention, there are also habits to kick while you are preparing yourself to get pregnant.

Below is a list of vitamins and minerals to consume while trying to conceive so it can help with ovulating:

Calcium

Not only does calcium help with bone strength and development, but it is necessary to take for your reproductive system to work properly. You can get plenty of calcium by drinking plenty of milk, and eat plenty of cheese. However, if you don’t like milk or cheese, you can also eat plenty of green leafy vegetables. If that doesn’t appeal to you, then you can always take a 1000mg calcium supplement daily. Health food stores and pharmacies carry those supplements. Try Emergen-C as a fizzy drink or even a chewable tablet.

Folic Acid

Folic acid not only strengthens your reproductive system but for any woman who is trying to conceive must take this because it helps prevent neural tube defects in the fetus! Not only do you want to help your body with ovulation, but you want to create a healthy environment for the new baby to thrive. You must consume at least 400mg of folic acid per day, and leafy green vegetables, citrus fruits, and whole grains contain folic acid. You can also take a supplement. Most prenatal vitamins contain this amount of folic acid in their concoction.

Zinc

Zinc is a powerful mineral to help with ovulation and tell your partner to get some zinc into him because it will help the quality of those swimmers. The recommended intake of zinc per day is 8 mg. Shellfish, dairy products, whole grains, and beans are rich in zinc. Remember if none of those appeals to you, there are plenty of good quality zinc supplements around.

Omega 3 Fatty Acid

This essential fatty acid is crucial to help with ovulation, as well as embryo quality. Salmon and other fish is an excellent source of Omega 3, however, it is highly recommended to take fish oil or nut oil supplements. If you are allergic to either, you will have to consult a dietician to find out how else to get Omega 3 into you. Some plant oils contain this important fatty acid as well.


Iron

Iron is used to help make hemoglobin, the component of red blood cells which carries the oxygen. You not only plenty of that to function, but if the hemoglobin levels are low, ovulation will not happen. Or at best, the quality will be low and conception won’t be likely as a result. Women need at least 18mg of Iron a day, and once confirmed pregnant, that intake must be bumped up to 27 mg a day. Foods such as red meat, dark leafy vegetables, and tofu are rich in iron. There are also good quality iron supplements to take.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C not only strengthens your immune system, but it helps with ovulation as well. Vitamin C is found in all citrus fruits and some vegetables. You can also take supplements if you wish.

Vitamin B6

Not only does Vitamin B6 help with ovulation and help increase the odds of conception, but you will want to have plenty of this vitamin in your system by the time you are pregnant. Studies have shown that if there is enough of Vitamin B6 in your system, it will help reduce the severity of pregnancy sickness. It is recommended to consume at least 10 mg of Vitamin B6. Seafood, eggs, poultry, nuts, seeds, and legumes are rich in Vitamin B6.

Take a Multivitamin

Even if you are consuming foods that are rich in all of the vitamins and minerals mentioned above, it is important to also take a multivitamin that contains everything that will not only help you with ovulation but help increase the odds of a healthy pregnancy after conception is achieved.

There is a chance that even if you are consuming foods and even taking supplements rich in these vitamins and minerals that some could be lacking. Therefore, a multivitamin can cover any deficits. It is always better to be safe than sorry.

Minimize the Sugar and Caffeine

If you have been eating candies, potato chips and other foods that are high in refined carbohydrates, it is highly recommended to limit those. If you have been drinking more than one cup of coffee a day, it is best to limit that cup to no more than one a day. Too much caffeine can hinder ovulation, and one cup of coffee will not likely do any harm. However, cut it off at that point.

Cut Out Booze Completely

If you are trying to get pregnant, it is best to completely cut out alcohol. You want to do everything in your power to increase the chances of conceiving, and having a healthy pregnancy.

There are also herbs that you can take that can help with female fertility, and listed below are some to consider if you wish:

Chaste Tree Berry - this particular tonic is known to stimulate the production of progesterone and other vital hormones.

The Root of Wild Yam- this herb helps promote ovulation.

Korean Ginseng- This one helps with hormonal production, as well ovulation.

If you are interested in purchasing these herbal supplements that are known to help with female fertility, health food stores carry them.

Now that you know what foods to eat, and what supplements to take, and what habits to kick in order to help promote your fertility and conceive- you can start getting busy! Best of luck!

How To Choose The Best Hair Extensions?

October 25, 2017


Hair extensions are innovative and fashionable items that readily add length and volume to your natural hair, turning the shortest hair locks into luxurious, lush tresses. However, choosing the right one can be a bit of struggle since there are so many options to choose from, and so many factors to take into account. Plus, there is also a huge price difference between the different types of hair extensions, which is why you need to have an idea of quality, purpose, and cost. In order to get a better understanding of how to pick the right hair extensions for your particular hair type, refer to the guide below.

1. Natural Human Hair Vs Synthetic


Human hair extensions are the first choice of expert stylists, since the extensions have to be more natural looking and can be both styled and colored to meet the client’s preference. A more costly option than synthetic extensions, human hair extensions provide greater flexibility and require more care. This hair can be styled with a blow-dryer, hot roller, ceramic straightener or curling iron, and styling products can also be used. Gentle washing and conditioning are required, and with proper treatment, these extensions can last for over a year.

On the other hand, synthetic hair extension tend to be the first choice for a lot of women, because they are long-lasting, affordable and require low maintenance. They are made from plastic fibers in either curly or straight style and need little maintenance to retain the look, which will not be impacted by rain or humidity. The style is baked into the synthetic fiber, which usually offers a less natural-looking texture, feel and look as compared to human hair. Plus, synthetic hair can become matted if slept in or washed, and it can’t be dyed, so color matching is extremely important when buying extensions. A majority of synthetic hair products can’t be heat-styled with blow dryers or curling irons without destroying or melting the hair, but new technologies are being introduced that can bear heat to a certain degree.

Synthetic clip-ins are easy to apply and fall at the low end of the pricing scale, whereas a full mane of human hair professionally affixed in the hair salon is a pretty expensive and lengthy process. In order to decide the right option for you, you need to take into account the length, style, application method and budget constraints. 

2. Shopping For Hair Extensions Online Vs In-Store


There are so many brands and styles of hair extensions to choose from that it can get a little overwhelming, especially if you are shopping for the first time. Both online and offline stores offer hair extensions, but you may feel a little hesitant picking stuff online. If you are buying hair extensions for the first time, have no one to help you out, and are planning to use them for a big event, then it is best if you stick with an in-store purchase. This is because buying a hair extension is not as simple as it sounds. You will need to get a good color match, find the perfect length, and play around with a few hairstyles and hair types before you are finally able to decide the perfect fit for you. Online hair extension shopping will not allow you the freedom to try on various hair extensions before you finally find the right one, but with a walk-in store, you will be able to properly see what suits you best and seek the help of the staff if you feel confused or indecisive.

Hair extensions are available in a surprisingly wide variety of retailers once you start to look for them. They are sometimes easily passed by otherwise. Even dollar stores and other discount stores carry them, and some women do use them successfully for everyday use. Beauty supply stores, fine department stores, wig salons, online sites, and hairdressers are some other options for buying hair extensions. 


3. Choose The Right Color


Getting the right color hair extensions is a key part of the entire process of achieving a beautifully natural look. Various salons and companies use various color measurements on their extensions, which can get confusing.

The tip top, which is the part of the extension that will be visible on your own hair when attached, is the most important match. Identify the color of your hair from the tip to the middle of the strand. Blending your hair on the bottom part is crucial for a natural, real-hair look. The newly grown hair at the root will not make for a good match and the hair will not gel well with your own natural hair. If you are purchasing your extensions at an outlet or salon locally, you can color-test by holding the extensions up to your hair in natural light to assess how close the match actually is.

Go with the shade that is the most evident in your original hair. If your hair is a mixture of different shades, it is best to first consult a stylist about the perfect extension color for your hair or seek the assistance of the staff prior to buying the hair extensions. 

4. How Much Hair Do You Need In The Set


Hair is measured in grams, and it is important for you to know how many grams are present in your hair extension set. The right hair extensions are ones that have the proper length and quantity of the strands. Using 20 inch or longer hair extensions is not recommended if you are buying for the first time and have zero experience with handling hair extensions. Besides, the longer the strands, the more expensive it will be and it will require more time to blend with your natural hair.

Typically, you will need 125 – 150 strands if your natural hair is of normal thickness. If you have super thick hair, then consider going for 150 – 180. Short hair usually requires less than 150 strands. If you are aiming for volume rather than length, then 75 strands will be enough. 

5. Clip In vs. Tape In Hair Extensions


Clip-in hair extensions comprise of several hair strands, each attached individually. Typically, 3” to 4” wide pieces are applied on the back of your head in multiple layers, and a few 1” to 2” wide pieces are fixed on the sides. As is suggested by the name, every strand is attached to your natural hair with a clip. With a little practice, clipping in the extensions becomes quite easy and takes only a couple of minutes. Taking clip-in extensions off is even easier.

Tape-in hair extensions comprise of one-inch broad pre-taped hair wefts and thin taped wefts that basically tape in between your natural hair in sandwich-type bonds. At present day, they are the most requested type of hair extension method simply because they stay secure and discreet, appearing like your own natural hair. This method is 100% natural requires no chemicals or tools and can last up to three months since the hair is reusable. However, a lot of people prefer clip-in hair extensions over tape-in since they find the former to be more convenient, easy to use, and versatile.

Saute Fusilli in Mackerel

October 22, 2017


In today's blog post, I will be sharing a very different one from all my previous blog posts. I will be sharing a simple and afforable recipe for you, fam! You all probably know that I like to review food and restaurant but this is my first time to share a recipe on my blog. Hope you like it!


My Ninang always cooks my favorite foods especially pasta. I love pasta so much and I got this recipe from her. It is simple but really appetizing! We always use tuna or chicken for this recipe but this time, we will be using Uni-Pak Mackerel in natural oil. We were kinda surprised with the outcome. It tastes really good. It is also nice to experiment and explore with something new dahil hindi basta nakasanayan the best na yan.

Uni-Pak is locally manufactured here in the Philippines. I really like the quality of this brand. It is well packaged. The fish is in good condition and it has Omega 3 which is good for the heart. Kaya basta Mackerel dapat tatak Unipak


First, prepare the ingredients.

Uni-Pak Mackerel in Natural Oil (15 oz.)
Fusilli pasta
Onion
Garlic
Red Bell Pepper
All Purpose Cream (1/4)
Parsley
Mushroom
A little bit of salt and pepper


Chop the bell pepper, onions, and garlic first. Our parsley is fresh from the backyard!


Then, preheat the pan. Add oil and saute garlic and onions. 


Then, add the red bell pepper, parsley, mushrooms and Uni-Pak Mackerel. Drain the mackerel and mushrooms first so it won't be watery when you put it on the pan. 


Add salt, pepper, and a little bit of all-purpose cream. Mix them all together and you're all done! Very simple, right? I just added parsley on the side to garnish. You may also add fresh tomatoes if you like.

As written from NHSS Choices, oily fish such as salmon, mackerel, and sardines are said to help against cardiovascular disease, prostate cancer, age-related vision loss and dementia. It's a good source of vitamin D, protein, some B vitamins and selenium. It's also a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids, a type of fat that is good for our health. (Source)
Fish are a great alternative for meat if you are on a diet. This is a healthy recipe indeed. It has vegetables, mackerel, and less oil.

Does this photo look appetizing? Of course, it is! Aside from this recipe, I also have something for you, fam! We will be having a giveaway! One winner will get a gift pack from Uni-Pak! Check my Facebook post for the mechanics (Click here!).


Bellissima Egg White Soap Review

October 19, 2017


Eggs have contents and benefits that are very useful for beauty related issues. Egg whites are known to tighten and nourishing the skin. It also helps minimize pores because of its protein content. 

I've been using this Bellissima Egg White Soap for more than two weeks now. This is the first time that I use a product with egg white as an ingredient. But first, I am proud to say that this egg white soap is made in the Philippines. You all know that I really like featuring local products here on my blog. We gotta love and support local!


This product claims to use traditional Swedish formulation which helps to lighten and smoothen skin. It also tightens and softens the face. It says on the packaging that you have to leave it on for about a minute before you rinse it and that's what I actually did. I use this daily on my body and face. 

The packaging is simple but really cute! I like the combination of colors that they used on the box. It also has the complete details like the manufacturer, date manufactured, expiration date and ingredients on the box. The soap itself is shaped like an egg, of course, and it smells really good. 



This soap makes my skin clean, tight and smooth after using it. My skin also smells really good whenever I use this one and I have no doubts about the benefits of the egg white so I know it is really good for the skin. The soap also doesn't melt easily. However, I noticed that the smell doesn't last all throughout the day. I also noticed that this soap can be a little bit drying so I advise that you use lotion on your body and moisturizer on your face after using it. The soap is creamy when applied on the skin though! 

You can buy this Bellissima Egg White Soap at any Puregold branches for only 55 pesos. they have a promo for 85 pesos for a set of two.

Happy #NationalPamperingDay!

October 18, 2017


Nailaholics Nail Salon and Spa celebrated their second year of National Pampering Day yesterday, October 17, 2017, and I was able to experience it. They treated everyone with a free manicure, foot massage or foot spa from 10am to 1pm.

I went to their branch at SM City Dasmarinas at around 10:30 in the morning to claim my ticket. I just told them that I will just eat and I will be back by 11:30 am. I chose to have a manicure and I also chose to support Save Philippine Seas.



We got a very relaxing and pampering treatment from their super friendly staff. It was a happy day for everyone!




Thank you so much Nailaholics Nail Salon and Spa for letting me experience National Pampering Day this year! And of course, I would also like to thank their SM Dasmarinas branch for giving me a nice experience and for pampering my nails! Their staff is very friendly and accommodating!


Food Adventures | Kookay's Foodhouse

October 13, 2017 Tagaytay - Nasugbu Hwy, Philippines


KOOKAY'S
Tagaytay - Nasugbu Hwy, Mendez East
Tagaytay City, Cavite


A friend of mine suggested this place for me to try. She sent me a few photos and I got really curious. It was just a few minutes away from my home. I know there are already a lot of themed cafe in Manila, but it is not like that here in the province especially here in Tagaytay. I got to try it today with my fam and here is my super honest (first impression) review about this themed cafe.


When we got in, I was really happy because almost everything is pink! Haha! We had to remove our shoes/sandals before going in. They will provide foot sacks for you because of the carpet. Not a bad thing. However, for the kids, it is a hard part since some of them doesn't really like wearing it. 


But as I have said, this is going to be a super honest review. I went there to try it and post it on my blog so whatever the outcome is, I just had to write it. I have no intention of destroying anything here. I just want to tell our first experience. 

We had a hard time (well, kinda) with the menu. The photos on the menu are very limited. We asked the staff about the foods that they serve but she keeps on asking her coworker instead. She also said that the asado siopao was already for sharing (jumbo) but it is not and it is 99 pesos. I know that they just started last September but I think it is not a good thing. In spite of that, I understand that they are just new and there is always a room for improvement. 




Waffles
Mango Graham Milkshake

We ordered fries (99 pesos), croquettes (99 pesos), waffles (149 pesos), asado siopao (99 pesos) and a mango graham milkshake (179 pesos). We paid 650+ for everything including the onesie.

To be honest, everything is so "instagramable"! Even so, the food was just "okay". The prices are not bad but the foods (that we ordered) are not worth it. There is nothing special about it. The only food that I liked is their croquettes. The siopao was implausible for 99 pesos! It was not included in the photos because they had to reheat it. They served it cold. 



For the onesie, you can wear one for only 50 pesos. They have a variety of sizes for kids and adult. I chose this Stitch because why not? Haha! The place is filled with stuffed toys. I really like the place, tbh, even though it is not that spacious. If you want to try this place, it is near Balinsasayaw and Nanay Dorie's Bulalohan. It is just along the highway and is easy to find. 

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Total: 3.8/6

Average cost: 200-300 per person

Have you tried this new cafe in Tagaytay? How was your experience? I am open to giving it another shot next time. REMEMBER: This is just a first impression. :)
Kookay's Foodhouse Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Changing My Domain

October 12, 2017


Earlier this year, I changed from Wordpress free to Blogger and I have no regrets. Taking that risk is worth it. I went back to zero blog statistics but I found a new home with Blogger. My blog grew to where it is now and I've never been so happy.

So yesterday, I finally had the courage to take another risk which is changing my domain. I've been wanting to change my domain for quite some time now but I managed not to. Wildandsassy.com will expire in less than a month. I made a poll on Twitter and on my Instagram story and I asked if I should keep it or just change my domain. Elainedogelio.com won in both polls. Well, to be honest, I had a hard time deciding because I really want to change my domain but I also want to keep the old one. My blogger friend, Clint of clintmamuri.com, advised me to buy a new domain and renew the other one so it won't be all of a sudden. It was out of my budget but I am willing to do it. However, I had a hard time fixing everything. I bought the new domain first because I was excited af! To make the long story short, I had a hard time redirecting my old domain to the new one. I got pissed with the provider where I bought my old domain. Sorry, but I really had a hard time and it made me decide not to renew my old domain anymore. That would also mean that my DA and PA will be back to zero and my old urls will be broken. I'm taking the risk though! I'm so sorry, wildandsassy.com but I'm letting you go now. :(

I am very sorry for the short notice but I do hope that you will still support me with my new domain. This means a lot to me and I do hope that taking this risk will also be worth it. 

llaollao Alabang Town Center

October 11, 2017


The first branch of llaollao in the south is now open! Visit them at Alabang Town Center :) I was invited on their grand opening yesterday, October 10. It was my first time to try it and I had so much fun. We made our own sanum. Well, I had two last night. Haha! This post won't be long because I have decided to just make it a visual diary. Just a quick review, be careful in choosing your toppings because it can be really sour. If you have a sweet tooth like me, go for the chocolates to balance everything. You should try it! :)










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October 17, 2017 is #NationalPamperingDay!

October 09, 2017


Nailaholics Nail Salon and Spa Celebrates the 2nd Year of National Pampering Day
#NationalPamperingDay

When it comes to pampering on a national scale, Nailaholics Nail Salon and Spa holds the only spot. After introducing the celebration of the National Pampering Day last year, Nailaholics is back at it again this 2017 with an amplified nationwide celebration of relaxation that everyone is looking forward to this October 17.

The National Pampering Day got off to a good start last year where Nailaholics offered free manicure service and a stress relieving hand massage from 10 AM to 12 NN on all their branches nationwide. This year, everyone will be treated to a free service of their choice: a soothing manicure, calming foot spa or a relaxing foot massage.

“We Filipinos are very hardworking in any given aspect of our lives and a nation of energetic and industrious people best deserves real pampering once in a while. This year, as Nailaholics celebrates the 2nd National Pampering Day, we go deeper and dedicate this to everyone and remind them to take it slow, take it easy, zone out and relax for a while.” said Arvin Amaro, Marketing Head of Nailaholics Nail Salon and Spa.

“With last year’s success of the National Pampering Day, we are back this year with a bigger and much more enjoyable day of pampering. In partnership with the number one salon brand and most beloved nail lacquer brand in the world, O.P.I., National Pampering Day 2017 will accommodate more guests with the extension of pampering time until 1PM. Also, the best thing about this year’s National Pampering Day is that it will be in support to World Vision, The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), and Save Philippine Seas” added Amaro.

So save the date and get ready to park away any thoughts of work because the only responsibility you have is to loosen up. Wind down and head down to any Nailaholics Nail Salon and Spa branch on October 17, 2017 (Tuesday) from 10 AM to 1 PM and get yourself a free relaxing manicure, foot spa or foot massage.

Let Nailaholics’ skilled nail technicians take care of you for a little while and walk out of this Hamptons-inspired nail salon feeling refreshed and ready to bring it on again. Grab this once a year treat only at the country’s top destination for relaxation and real pampering.

Visit www.nailaholics.com to check their services and find the branch nearest you. Get updates through their Facebook Page Nailaholics Nail Salon and Spa, Twitter @_nailaholics and Instagram @_nailaholics.

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Nailaholics is an urban destination that offers its customers an escape from the daily grind through its exceptional interiors and exceptional pampering service. It currently has more than 50 branches nationwide, including in Gateway Mall, Eastwood Citywalk, Cash and Carry Makati, Harbor Point Mall Subic, SM Cebu, SM Bacolod, and SM Lanang.

Food Adventures | Osaka Takoyaki

October 05, 2017 DasmariƱas, Cavite, Philippines


Japanese cuisine is one of my favorite cuisine. Their food is very tasty and savory. I love takoyaki, sushi, tempura, and a lot more! Haha! You probably know that I love food more than I love makeup. Food is life! Y'all agree? Haha!

I saw on Facebook that they recently opened their branch at SM City Dasmarinas and I was so curious on their Takoyaki. Yesterday, Joseph and I dined there for the first time. Well, technically. We tried their takoyaki last week but we had it for take out. So we went back there yesterday to try their food.


We ordered Cheese Takoyaki (170 pesos for 8 pcs) and OkonomiYaki (230 pesos) with squid as topping. I asked the waitress what is their OkonomiYaki and she said that it was like 'pancakes'. We wanted to try YakiSoba and their ramen though.  Maybe next time, :) 


The food is piquant and is reasonably priced. I think it is worth it. The serving is already good for one to two persons. I didn't expect that the OkonomiYaki will be a big serving though. 




The service was good. The food was served hot and we didn't wait for so long. The ambiance of the place is relaxing. It doesn't give that "mall" vibes when you are inside.

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Total: 4.3/6

Average cost: 500-1000 pesos for two persons (approx.)


Their branch at SM Dasmarinas is near Bon Chon/Gerry's Grill. I recommend this restaurants for sure. You must try their Takoyaki!

Other branches: SM Sucat, SM Center Las Pinas, SM Bicutan, SM East Ortigas, SM Cabanatuan, SM Rosales, SM Davao, SM Palawan, SM Iloilo, SM CDO, SM Seaside Cebu, SM Tacloban, SM City Cebu, Consolation Cebu, BF ParaƱaque.

Wild and Sassy's First Giveaway! (Closed)

October 04, 2017


Hey, hey, hey! How are you guys doing? I am sorry if I haven't posted anything for the past few weeks. I got busy with my work. But don't worry, I'm back with a surprise for you! I am so excited for this because we are having Wild and Sassy's first ever giveaway! *confetti* 

I've partnered with Kawaii Pen Shop for this giveaway. If you haven't noticed, I am their affiliate for quite some time now. Kawaii Pen Shop is an online store for Japanese/Asian inspired stationary. They have a variety of kawaii, meaning cute stationary and stuff. Please do check their shop and you can use my discount code LAINEY for 10% off if you want to order. They offer free shipping worldwide. 

This giveaway means so much to me because this is my first time to host a giveaway. For the past months, I've been getting good feedback and work opportunities with my blog. With that, I want to thank my readers and friends for supporting me with this giveaway. And of course, I would like to thank Kawaii Pen Shop especially to Marin for making this possible! ♥
You will get a chance to win one Japanese Marble Design Sketchbook with the design of your choice and six Shades of Blue Washi Tapes. This giveaway will start October 4, 2017 to October 18, 2017. To join, enter your details on the Rafflecopter below.  One winner will be chosen on October 20, 2017 and will be contacted thru Facebook/Instagram/Twitter. Note: Please use the Rafflecopter so your entries will be valid. Open for everyone (internationally)!

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