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Thursday, December 18, 2014

DIY Christmas Cards with the Canon SELPHY CP910

 A mock-up of our DIY Christmas Card this year

It has become family tradition for us to have Christmas cards professionaly printed out each year, chronicling every new addition, while visually sharing how our family has grown, with family and friends.

This year was a bit of an exception. I am due to give birth by mid-December and I was thinking that if we were to give out our family Christmas card this year, it would be nice to have our newborn son to be part of the photo.

But here’s the deal, I don’t really have the luxury of time to go all fancy and go to a photo studio, and have my hair & makeup done after I give birth. More importantly, I am not risking our newborn son’s health just to have his photo taken with us, with all the studio lights, flash photography, and the mad holiday crowds outside. From a practical point of view, we also don’t have the time to wait for proofs and then have them made into cards in time for early gift giving.

So for this year, our best bet is to do it DIY style.

Late one night, while sitting on my work desk at home, I had some time on my hands, and the urge to tinker around with the Canon SELPHY CP910.

The Canon SELPHY C9P10 is a compact, ultra-portable photo printer that’s perfect for printing anywhere because it has Wi-Fi with AirPrint™ support, for easy printing from smartphones and compatible cameras 

I figured, I might as well practice making a few cards, so that when the Baby #3 pops out, we can have a quick photo taken, and I can go on to making Christmas cards to share with loved ones, as they have come to expect! 

And guess what, it’s pretty simple really, using what I already have on hand. 
1) My mobile phone with the photos and A Beautiful Mess app 
2) Canon SELPHY CP910 
3) Canon photo paper 

Using the collage function of the app, A Beautiful Mess, in minutes, I put together existing photos, holiday headers I found online, and added a bit of flair with the text and doodle functions to create some DIY holiday cards, like these.


















 



 That’s it! Super simple, it’s a no brainer really!

 Now let me tell you why I love the Canon SELPHY CP910.

1. Wireless printing. 

The great thing with the Canon SELPHY CP910 is that I can wirelessly print from my iPhone (works with the iPad and iPod Touch too) using AirPrint™ over my Wi-Fi connection, without the need to install device drivers. 

I printed a card I made straight from my phone, because of Canon’s Wi-Fi with AirPrint™ support function 

2. Easy to use instructions on a wide LCD screen.

Since I am not a very gadget-savvy person, the SELPHY’s simple, straightforward on-screen guidance makes printing super easy too.

The LCD screen tilts for easy operation and convenient viewing 

3. Works with other devices 

Let me clarify that the SELPHY CP910 works for Android phones as well, and can easily be connected to other devices. For laptop/desktop users, the SELPHY CP910 allows direct printing from memory cards and USB sticks. 

4. Various printing options 

More than just printing cards, the Canon SELPHY CP910 allows us to print various sized stickers too, even ID photos, thanks to a Face Frame Guide, in a wide range of accepted sizes. We can even choose to print photos with a glossy or semi-gloss finish without changing photo paper. 

5. Print quality 

Most importantly. the vibrant, durable lab-quality prints of the photos can last up to a hundred years. 

I’ve used other portable printers before, and I have to say, the SELPHY CP910 is the easiest, most user-friendly portable photo printer I have used ever. And because the photo paper and ink casettes are readily, and easily available, and reasonably priced, you pretty much are on top of your cost per print. 

So I can go on printing even a hundred of our DIY holiday cards this year, without breaking a sweat, on top of taking care of a newborn, and entertaining visiting guests in the middle of the busy holidays!

I can print a hundred of these without worrying about the cost! 

The Canon SELPHY CP910 is available in Black or White for Php 8,998 - making it a perfect holiday gift that benefits the entire family!

Monday, December 15, 2014

The Gift of Good Health: Hi-Precision Diagnostics


It wasn't until I met Mel Ongsue-Lee of Hi-Precision Diagnostics did I realize that the power of preventive medicine is available to us right, here in the Philippines!

We got to talk about BRACAnalysis, a type of genetic testing that helps determine whether someone has one of the two genetic mutations – BRCA1 or BRCA2 – that can increase the risk of breast and ovarian cancer. It is the exact test that helped Angelina Jolie decide to have a double mastectomy.


Turns out, Hi-Precision offers the same test, right here. To be exact, the blood is extracted here, but is sent to their partner, Myriad Genetics in the US, to have it analyzed there.

They also have EndoPredict, a multi-gene test for breast cancer patients, which helps a patient decide on the best treatment strategy for them. In a nutshell and in layman's terms, there are some cases in which breast cancer patients are subjected to chemotherapy, even if they don't really need it. This leads to over treatment and exposure to unnecessary side effects and expenses. With EndoPredict, patients can decided on the best individual therapy strategy for them based on the biology of their tumor. (For detailed information on this, contact Hi-Precision at 741-7777)


Mel also says they do paternity tests, another kind of genetic testing, which of course, helps in determining if a guy really is the legitimate father of a kid. Just in case someone you know has such concerns, you know where to go. Hehe.

Curious about these breakthrough tests, I visited Mel at Hi-Precision Plus in Bonifacio Global City, and I have to say I was pretty impressed with the facilities.

Hi-Precision Plus The Fort is at the 3/F of Commercenter Building, by the parking area

The reception area of Hi-Precision Plus The Fort in Bonifacio Global City

I've always associated hospitals and clinics with doctor visits, and laboratories as something where I get blood work and X-rays done and that's about it. But Mel changed all that for me when she explained to me what else they can do. 

Because more than just a laboratory, they are a medical diagnostics facility equipped with the latest technology and software. They also have specialists on board, available for consultation.

Everything is laid out so well, with an extraction room:


The Biometrics counter:


A dedicated Drug Testing Lab:


Where they can also do Hair Follicle Drug Testing, if a person refuses to have their blood extracted, for whatever reason. Wink. Wink.


The Imaging section where X-rays and ultrasounds are done:


As well as physicians clinics and clean and sterile examination rooms.

I also noticed on their wall that they offer HIV testing...


And the super popular Food Intolerance Testing that many of my friends have already done themselves. Curious about this too? Well, Dada and I did this, thanks to Mel's convincing and I am excited to share the results with you as soon as we get them!


Meanwhile, let me highlight two more things!

1) Hi-Precision offers home service. If you would like to have some lab work done, but you don't have time to go to their lab, they can send one of their trained nurses to get samples from you at your home or office. If you are a huge household, you can even arrange for your annual physical exams to be done right at home, they can even bring the machines right to you!

Call the Home Service Hotlines at 741 7777/0922 890 6664/0947 896 6617 for inquiries or appointments.

2) Hi-Precision is now in Sta. Rosa, Laguna at Sta. Rosa Estates - which is great news for those living further south.


And they are offering 10% OFF on all laboratory tests until the end of this month, December 31, 2014!


It is close to Paseo de Sta. Rosa and pretty near Nuvali and Ayala Westgrove Heights, for those who are more familiar with these landmarks.


This holiday season, you may want to spend on preventive healthcare instead, and knowing what is available to us now, well, you know where to go! ;)

For more on Hi-Precision Diagnostics and their services, visit their website, https://www.hi-precision.com.ph/

P.S. - I promise to share with you the highlights of my Food Intolerance Test, soon!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Happy Holidays from Physiogel!


In this season of giving, I am giving some of my friends Physiogel gift packs, to help them and their family members be able to say, "I am Free in My Skin!" ;) Because diba, who wouldn't want the gift of smooth, supple skin? I know I would!

Of course, I am spreading the love online too, right here in my blog. Because I am giving away 5 Physiogel gift packs to five of my readers.

Each gift pack contains: 1 Physiogel cleanser 300 ml, 2 Physiogel Lotion 200 ml and 2 Physiogel Cream 75 ml.

That's almost like a full year's supply, so you remember me and Physiogel the whole year round. Heehee.

Joining is easy, simply join by using the Rafflecopter widget below:

a Rafflecopter giveaway
 
Contest ends on December 19, 2014 and winners will be announced on December 20. Prizes will be sent out via courier, hopefully in time for the winners to enjoy your Physiogel goodies this Christmas! ;)

Friday, December 12, 2014

Christmas 2014 Gift Guide: Elin + Like Mother, Like Daughter

Berry wearing the Alice Dress in Pink

Some exciting news over at Elin! This should also solve your "What to give my pregnant sister/friend/cousin?" conundrum, and settle the "What to give my favorite mother-daughter duo?" issue.

For one, Elin has just recently released a special collection for the Holidays - "Like Mother, Like Daughter", where our little girls get to finally dress in the clothes we ourselves love to wear!

Berry was so excited during the shoot, not just because she loved the dresses she modeled, but also because she loved seeing us in matchy-matchy pieces.

Me in the Navy Alice Dress (available in this color way) and Berry in Pink

I am wearing the Lia Dress in Cobalt, Berry is wearing the Lia Dress in Fuchsia

Berry loves the Lia Dress best, she calls it the "Princess Dress" because it's like a gown she can wear every day. All of Elin's pieces come in the softest, most comfortable jersey too, so they are a joy to wear.

More so when you are pregnant like me, and want pieces that will move and stretch with our growing bellies. 

Here are some of my favorite pieces from my shoot with Martina and Kathleen of Elin, and there's more styles to love as you can see in their blog posts here!

Short Sleeved Ellie Nursing Tee (available in Blue, White, Baby Pink, Red Violet, Red, Apple Green and Navy)



Sage Dress in Fuchsia also available in Black and Blue
 

The Tippi Dress is also available in Oatmeal and Navy


I love the Aria Tee so much I have it in Grey and Navy too! (also available in Oatmeal)

Carmen Dress in Red (currently out of stock)


Can I just say, I feel so lucky that my third pregnancy has been documented so beautifully, thanks to these photos taken by Kathleen? I love that it's natural and fuss-free. Just the way I like.

Thanks Elin! These pictures alone are gifts I would treasure my entire lifetime!

Clothes: Elin
Makeup: Gex Garcia
Hair: Ivan Albin

Thursday, December 11, 2014

The Paper Stone in Manila!


Just in time for Christmas, The Paper Stone, a stationery and paper goods store from Singapore, finally makes its way to Manila, as it opens their first ever stand alone kiosk at Glorietta (at the ground floor, close to the center atrium) in Makati this December 14!

Dada brought home some goodies from The Paper Stone the other day, and Berry and I were super smitten! 

Every single piece we found adorable. And that's saying a lot given that Berry is 5 and I am 38, heehee. If you aren't done with your Christmas shopping yet, I suggest you hightail it to the store, because you might just finish your Christmas list right there.


More than just paper goods, they have pencil cases, pens, sharpeners and such too.


Everything is super reasonably priced, I am afraid I'd end up hoarding their notebooks...


Journals...



And just about everything the store will be carrying - scrapbooks, eco-friendly pencils and colored pencils made from recycled newspapers, craft stamps and stickers, quirky erasers and lifestyle products.






The Paper Stone is actually a pretty young company, having only launched in November 2012.

It was created out of a love for quality paper goods that feature the liveliest and cheeriest designs and illustrations. Its founder, Cara L, is an ardent lover of art and design, colors and patterns, a throwback to her days in design school. 

One day, it dawned on her that it was difficult to find great design on a notebook, without feeling like one had to empty their pockets for it. She wanted everyone to enjoy and appreciate good design, and to be able to collect a whole series of notebooks – one for each class you had in school, notes you had to make at work, or topic you wanted to write on for leisure. She envisioned products to make one happy, wherever you go. 

And that vision has been well-received, with a total of 9 stores up and running already in Singapore. All in a span of 2 years.

For girls like me who grew up on Gift Gate, Regina's and Tickles, and even for today's young girls who are into Smiggle, Typo and Kikki K., I am afraid this is another store for us to get obsessed about!

See you at The Paper Stone!
 
The Paper Stone
G/F Glorietta Mall
Makati City, Metro Manila  
(Between the new Glorietta and Glorietta 2, in front of Body Shop)
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