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With most of us homebound these days, it's the best time to start good health habits by preparing nutritious meals for the family and creating a wellness-based lifestyle whose benefits we will enjoy beyond the quarantine. It's also the best time to rediscover the simple joys life and of doing things together.
Stay home and create a new dining experience in the living room with your favorite family dish.
SM Home, the one-stop-shop for all of your home essentials, shares with us some healthy home-works from UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization in maintaining a healthy lifestyle:
  1. Prepare a Weekly Meal Plan and make a shopping list of items you need before you go to the store for your routine shopping. Create the list from the meal plan and include back up ingredients on your list in case your first choice is out of stock. Limit the list on buying the essentials.
  2. Wash and dry vegetables thoroughly with this Gondol Vega Salad Spinner.
  3. Stock up on nutrition-packed food such as whole grains, bread, and fresh fruits and vegetables; and staples like sauces, milk, eggs, spices, and condiments. Fresh products should be consumed first. Frozen fruits and vegetables, as well as canned vegetables and fruits, are good alternatives as these have a longer shelf life.
  4. Build up a stock of healthy snacks for your children - yogurt, nuts, cheese, chopped or dried fruits, boiled eggs, and more. Stock them up in a stackable glass container to seal freshness and label them.
  5. Juice up to boost your immune system with this handy Oster Mason Jar Blender. Available at thesmstore.com and ShopSM app.
  6. Continue to practice Food Hygiene and Safety. Wash fruits and vegetables under running water and dry it with vegetable spinner; use separate chopping boards for meat and seafood as you prepare the meal, and don’t forget to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for 20 seconds before and after preparing your meal.
  7. Make your kitchen workspace clutter-free and maximize the area by putting commonly- used utensils within your reach.
  8. Drink water regularly and stay hydrated by drinking 6-8 glasses a day to boost your immune system.
  9. Make cooking and eating together a family habit. Kids can help wash and sort the ingredients and set the table before the meal. This creates a healthy routine and fun bonding with the whole family. Also, practice mindful eating and stay away from processed food.

Prepare hearty meals with this baking dish known for its oven to table convenience
Enjoy healthy home-works and memorable meals together with home essentials from SM Home. These are available at the smhome.com.ph and shoppers can now place their order online through the thesmtore.com and ShopSM app. For more info and updates, follow them at SM Home at the SM Store in Instagram or visit thesmstore.com website.

Cleaning and Pampering Your Hands with The Body Shop

As communities around the world struggle with COVID-19, hand washing is consistently mentioned - even by World Health Organization guidelines - as one way to keep ourselves not only clean but safe and healthy.

Constantly washing our hands though comes at a price resulting in dry skin. Excessive washing can strip the hands of moisture leaving your skin feeling dry and tight.

The good news is that The Body Shop has a range of moisturizing hand wash is the perfect addition to your bathroom and as protection to harmful bacteria. These 100% vegan hand washes lather up instantly and provide extra moisture whilst keeping hands clean and fresh. Here's how you can pamper your hands from The Body Shop.

  • Drench your hands with the dewy scent of roses with British Rose Hand Wash that leaves your skin feeling fresh and smelling florally fresh infused with the essence of Community Trade handpicked roses from England and Community Trade organic cane sugar from Paraguay.
  • The conditioning and purifying properties of Tea Tree Hand Wash will help hands wash away bacteria and feel squeaky clean. This refreshing hand wash is enriched with Community Trade a tree oil from Kenya.
  • * Get an uplifting burst every time you wash your hands with Pink Grapefruit Hand Wash. Wake up your senses with its zesty citrus scent that leaves skin cleansed and smelling irresistible enriched with Community Trade sugar from Paraguay.

For best results, simply follow along with the 10 steps for washing your hands the right way with The Body Shop’s Hand Wash range:

  1. First, wet your hands with warm water.
  2.  Apply 1-2 pumps of soap to cover your hands.
  3. Lather up by rubbing the palms of your hands together.
  4. Use the palm of one hand to rub the back of the other and clean in between the fingers. Repeat on the other hand.
  5. Rub your hands together making sure you clean in between your fingers.
  6. Rub the back of your fingers against your palms on both hand.
  7. Don’t forget your thumbs. Rub each one using your other hand.
  8. Rub the tips of your fingers on the palm of your other hand.
  9. Rinse your hands with running water.
  10. Dry your hands completely with a clean towel.

Join The Body Shop in lathering up to prevent and fight harmful bacteria and viruses. The Body Shop’s Hand Wash collection is available in all The Body Shop stores. The Body Shop now accepts SM Advantage Card for points earning and redemption, SM and Sodexo premium pass in all The Body Shop stores nationwide.
The Body Shop self-care essentials are now available on Lazada, Shopee under The SM Store as well as ShopSM.

About The Body Shop
The Body Shop was founded in 1976 by Dame Anita Roddick in Little Hampton, England. The beauty brand pioneered corporate activism and was built on a philosophy that business can be a force for good. With its brand expression, Beauty with Heart, the company continues to be focused on five core values: Against Animal Testing, Support Community Fair Trade, Activate Self Esteem, Defend Human Rights and Protect The Planet.
All products are created using the finest ingredients sourced from the four corners of the globe, which are not tested on animals and are 100% vegetarian. The Body Shop has been in the Philippine market for eighteen years with over 55 strategically located stores nationwide.


SM Foundation Inc together with Japanese clothing company Uniqlo, recently brought smiles to residents of SM Cares Villages when they distributed food packs to almost 900 families in Bogo City, in Cebu province, Concepcion in Iloilo, Ormoc City, and in Tacloban City.

Like us, many of them are homebound by the enhanced community quarantine due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and they were happy to receive kilos of rice, cup noodles, cans of sardines and tuna, and bottles of distilled water.

The SM Foundation and Uniqlo Philippines respond to the needs of almost 900 beneficiaries of the SM Cares Village who are unable to continue their livelihood brought about by the enhanced community quarantine by the local government units due to COVID-19 pandemic.

"Thank you SM Foundation and Uniqlo for bringing these relief packs to our place,” said Neralyn Montejo, one of the beneficiaries of the SM Cares Village in Bogo City, Cebu. “Thank you for not abandoning us during this time of crisis."

It will be recalled that SM Cares Villages were built to help survivors of Super Typhoon Yolanda in 2013 rebuild their lives. It is a joint undertaking of SM and its service providers, tenants, business partners, employees, and communities.

The first SM Cares Village was turned over to 200 beneficiaries last November 9, 2014 in Bogo City, Cebu. This was followed by SM Cares Villages in Concepcion, Iloilo (200 houses), Tacloban (400 houses), and Ormoc City (200 houses).

The disaster-resilient houses were given to the beneficiaries for free, with SM working with several NGO partners for its community development, including livelihood and values-formation activities.

Each village has utilities, basic amenities like street lights, as well as a community center, and a basketball court. There are also chapels and convenience stores for its residents.

Aside from the houses, the SM Cares Village also has amenities such as street lamps, sewage treatment plant, materials recovery facilities, rain-catchment system and provisions for water and electricity.

FACE REPUBLIC Perfect Cover BB Cream

I've been using this BB cream for a few days only I've also shared an unfiltered photo of this cream applied to my cheek. My initial honest opinion: I need to work on the shade to fit my tone. It's something that I need to work on with other products for it to be suitable.

Few drops of darker foundation work for me already and I make sure I blended it well. 😊
 It has a light to medium coverage
❤️ available in 1 shade
 Thick consistency
 Gives a dewy look 😍
❤️ Tone up the skin
 Can emphasize dry skin areas - patchy nose/cheek area for my case

Recommended for users who need skin tone up and if you prefer light coverage. If you have dry skin, better moisturize & prep skin first - I thought dewy BB Creams don't need it but well maybe it's just my skin anyway 😊
FACE REPUBLIC Perfect Cover BB Cream can be purchased on Hicharis and a get discount if you use my link below: