Body Food All Natural

photo-03-12-2016-8-50-24-amChristmas is almost here and I have to admit there are few gifts I do look forward to more than others. One of them would have to be my present from Ana Gutch of Body Food All Natural.

If you didn’t read my post about her gift last Christmas. Allow me to quote what I said:

“Ana makes the most amazing, sensory soaps, balms and oils you will ever come across here or abroad. No lies. I dare say her brand is my favorite local find this year. Each item is made with so much love that you almost don’t want to use them. I say almost, because once you discover how her products turn your daily shower into a spa, there is no going back.”

Here are the wonderful items she sent over this year. I highly recommend ordering soon for people you love as well!

photo-03-12-2016-8-51-23-amHer much beloved Balm All Around in a Minilini. These essential oils are great for cuts, bites, and burns. They also help calm you and ease stress.

photo-03-12-2016-8-51-04-amLavender Tea Soft Soap in a Tube: A great way to have quality soap while you travel.

Knotty Back Balm: Perfect for massages on sore muscles. This balm is warming and infused with healing herbs.

photo-03-12-2016-8-50-54-amCold Processed Soaps Made with Premium All Natural Ingredients: I’ve said before how Ana’s soaps are truly a work of art. Here is her ‘Full Moon over the Green Sea Bar’: A kelp-infused herb enriched kelp tea, grapeseed + grapefruit soap made on a full moon.

photo-03-12-2016-8-51-13-amWild Raw Honey: Honey is an amazing product in its purest form. It is actually great as a facial wash/mask due to its humectant and anti-bacterial properties. Ana’s honey is as pure as it gets. Use a spoon in your oatmeal or enjoy it as skincare. The uses are endless.

photo-03-12-2016-8-50-09-amThank you so much, Ana for your kindness and friendship.

I invite you to discover BODYFOOD All-Natural by clicking on their banner on my site partner column on the right. I highly recommend purchasing their products for people you love this Christmas. That’s what I’m doing. 

You can also follow them on Instagramemail Ana at bodyfoodallnaturalhq@gmail.com, or through her mobile: 09178821223

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New York, New York | #CatCarlTravels

I was 16  when I first visited New York and honestly found the sky scrapers, wall to wall buildings, and honking cars all too claustrophobic for my taste. It wasn’t a city I could picture myself living in and still isn’t today.

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But for a short visit, New York is pretty glorious. No other spot on this planet has as much cultural diversity as this city and its boroughs.  From subway stop to subway stop you are greeted with faces, sounds, and languages all trying to find their way in this bustling metropolis. Carl and I were recently in New York for a wedding. We decided to do something new and stay at Harlem via AirBnb. It was a great experience. Here are some pictures from our trip:

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Places We Visited:

  • The High Line
  • The MoMA
  • The Whitney
  • Central Park
  • Central Station
  • East Village
  • Brooklyn Bridge
  • Dumbo, Brooklyn
  • Madison Square Garden for a Knicks Game

Notable Places We Ate:

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Airbnb: We loved our studio apartment in Harlem, New York. If you’d like to try AirBnb for yourself anywhere in the world click on this link here while signing up to get 20$ (1,700PHP) off your first stay on me!

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My Favorite Australian Products

photo-26-11-2016-10-13-33-amLiving in Sydney, Asutralia for five years introduced me to a number of Australian-made products that have become staples. Products that don’t scrimp on quality and are so amazing that I panic when I don’t have them in stock.

If you are planning to head to Australia soon, I highly recommend grabbing these beauties. But if you, like me, are currently stuck in Manila, fret not, I share in the bottom how you can nab these babies with a few clicks of your keyboard.

photo-26-11-2016-10-12-00-amRed Rock Deli Potato Chips in Sweet Chilli and Sour Cream:  Go into any pub in Sydney and you will see potato wedges, sweet chilli, and sour cream served on the menu. The combination of salty, tangy, creamy, and sweet is pretty phenomenal and these chips are an amazing ode to that. This is by far the best flavor of chips out there. Even if it arrives in crumbs , it’s still delicious!

photo-26-11-2016-10-12-56-amAesop Rosehip Lip Cream: Aesop has been making beautiful products in minimal packaging before it was even hip. They’re products smell so fresh and their stores are stunning. This lip cream isn’t a balm or gloss, but it definitely does the job of keeping lips nourished and plump.

photo-26-11-2016-10-12-32-amTrilogy Certified Organic Rosehip Oil: I truly believe that this little red bottle is what helped me keep stretch marks away for both my kids. I added a few drops of this liquid gold to my current favorite lotion and it helped keep my skin supple enough to take the growth. My mom also swears by using it as a face oil.

photo-26-11-2016-10-13-02-amT2 Tea in Gorgeous Geisha: T2 Is the most beautiful tea room ever. There are shops all over Sydney and you can go in to sip some of their samples or see all the beautiful teas they have available from around the world. Gorgeous Geisha is my personal favorite: a green tea infused with berries.

photo-26-11-2016-10-12-27-amLucas Pawpaw Ointment: Made from fermented pawpaw aka papaya, this wonder balm (which smells amazing) is great on the lips, cuts, bites, and burns. You see it in every Australian’s home and rightfully so. It’s so great to have a tube of this stuff available anytime you need it!

photo-26-11-2016-10-12-13-amGrown Alchemy Hydra Repair Cream:  I only learned about this product after leaving Sydney, but I’m so glad I did. It is glorious! It is made with so many essential oils it’s not even funny, smells so good, and is absorbed into the skin so quickly. Whenever I wear it at night, I wake up to the most supple skin.

photo-26-11-2016-10-12-24-amLanolips in Apple: Moisture? Check. Sunblock? Check. Gorgeous tint? Check. Yup, Lanolips has you covered for everything. This lip balm is definitely a fave.

I’m sure a number of you are curious about a a few of these products. Here’s the best part, you don’t have to wait for a flight to Sydney or a kind friend to get it for you. You can nab almost any Australian product (clothes, food, etc.) through TRCY. You can contact them through their Instagram account.

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