Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Preparing anything in the kitchen takes me a lot of time, that's why I like quick, easy, and simple recipes and meals! Lately, I've been running out of ideas for Y and R's baon and breakfast. We always eat in the car on the way to school (it's not ideal but I like to leave early because I don't want to get stuck in traffic!) and I often prepare sandwiches or anything that's easy hold and not messy. I'm so happy to discover and share to you Lady's Choice new meaty and delicious spreads, the Roast Beef Spread and Chicken BBQ Spread!

The two new variants are both creamy with real bits of chicken and beef. The Chicken BBQ Spread has a smoky and savoury flavor while the Roast Beef Spread has a sweet note. I made two easy simple sandwiches with Y which she helped me prepared and assembled. I made her taste each of the spread and she chose the Chicken BBQ Spread so that means the Roast Beef Spread would be my palaman! 

Y is a very picky eater so for her sandwich I made sure to prepare what she likes to go with her sandwich: SPAM and cheese! The Lady's Choice Chicken BBQ Spread gave her usual sandwich an extra oomph!
She helped me made the sandwich, she flattened the bread, put the cheese slice and cut them into these little shapes. This activity turned into a little mother-daughter bonding which we both enjoyed doing!
Spam with Chicken BBQ Sandwich with Cheese on a bed of airfried french fries! She said it was yummy! She finished everything! Success! Making this again on Friday for her and R's breakfast! R wasn't able to help nor eat because he was napping heehee!

When I had a taste of the Roast Beef Spread, the sweetness reminds me of mangoes and the first thing I thought of putting in my sandwich was crabstick and so I did!
Of course may cheese pa din!
Spread the Roast Beef spread thinly, then put the crabstick on top.
Put cheese on top then pop the sandwich in to a panini maker...
Et voila!
Noms! I'll add lettuce or cucumber the next time to make it a little "healthier".

Easy peasy and very simple! No cooking involved (which is a major plus! I only toasted the SPAM.) and only a few ingredients! That's two sandwiches to add to our repertoire and my picky eater likes it and that's make me the happiest! I am sure the spreads will go well with other palaman and I can't wait to experiment more! The new Lady's Choice Roast Beef Spread and Chicken BBQ Spread are now available at your local groceries!
For more information, visit http://www.ladyschoice.com.ph/
Instagram: @ladyschoiceph
We never leave the mall without paying a visit to the toy store, "Toy Kinggom" as Raizo calls it. He would sometimes bug us to go to the mall because he wants to go to the toy store daw. Toys to kids is like moth to a flame! We've been seeing Toy Kingdom's Amazing Toy Expo commercial on Cartoon Network and ever since the kids saw it, they've been bugging us to go and to the expo we go this weekend!
The Toy Expo 2016 is happening this weekend (August 19-21) at the 2nd level of SMX Convention Center! Get first dibs on the newest and upcoming toys in the market, special price offers and freebies awaits shoppers!

Bring the whole family as there will be something for everyone! Dad can have a sneak peek of the latest toys like Suicide Squad or Star Wars, Mom can buy all the Plush and Play plush toys, and the kids can have all the fun at the meet and greet of Shopkins and Power Puff Girls for Y and Paw Patrols for R! Ohh I can't wait!

Here's the schedule of stage activities this weekend! 
Visit www.toykingdom.ph for more details!
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Twitter: @ToyKingdomPH

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

They say "two heads are better than one" and I think it goes the same when it comes to medicines. While I enjoy the cool rainy weather, it's also the season when a lot of kids get coughs and colds. There's only two brands I trust for my kids: Pambatang Solmux and Allerkid. With the expertise of the two, mas #SiguradoKa at nakakagaan ng pakiramdam!

The most trusted cough brand for children, Pambatang Solmux 200mg has teamed up with the most-prescribed allergy medicine, Allerkid, to bring the Expert sa Galing, the Best sa Saya Promo! Get a chance to play with your kid at KidZania (just like we did, read all about our KidZania experience here!) on September 12!

Joining is really easy! Here's the mechanics on how to join:
First thing you have to do is like the Pambatang Solmux Facebook Page

Second, take a photo or a selfie of you and your kid holding a 60ml or 120ml Pambatang Solmux 200mg. Then third, create a caption that uses the letters S-O-L-M-U-X to describe what you like most about Pambatang Solmux 200mg. Just like our photo below!
S - wak sa budget ng nanay!
O - nly the cough medicine I trust!
L - esser medicine intake because it contains 200mg of medicine per 5ml!
M - adaling painumin sa kids dahil sa strawberry flavor ito!
 gawang U - nilab!
eX - pert sa galing because of its bacterial and viral expel action!

Then last and the most important step is to post your photo and the caption in the comments section of this post (http://bit.ly/ExpertGalingBestSayaSolmux) to qualify as an entry. Easy peasy right? For the full mechanics, click this link: http://bit.ly/ExpertGalingBestSayaPromo!
Promo will run until September 2. 30 winners will be selected who will win a pair of tickets (1 adult and 1 kid) to an exclusive event at KidZania Manila on September 12, where moms or dads can join their kids in playing with the different activities at the park.

What are you waiting for mommies and daddies? Join na!

Friday, August 12, 2016

I first came across Biogenic Alcohol when I first started working 9 years ago. My officemate had one and it was the first time I ever saw an alcohol in a spray bottle, I got envious so I also bought one for myself! It was what I used to clean my workspace and I bring it with me to the comfort room, it's what I used to wipe the toilet seat when I need to do no.2 (Sorry, TMI! But this is how much I love Biogenic Alcohol!)! Would you believe if I still have the spray bottle until now? Yes I do! I still use it and regularly refill it. Oh gosh, the Biogenic Alcohol spray bottle is older than my kids!
Fresh stash of Biogenic Alcohols!
Two Sundays ago, AMW's Nikki Tiu, one of Biogenic's Brand Ambassador, invited me to the My Biogenic World Playtime Discoveries at Market! Market! Activity Area.

Nikki gave a short talk about how bond with your kids. Nikki's a busy mom, she blogs, do workshops, cooks, attend events, and always looking so fresh! I don't know how she does it! I'm a busy mom and I am guilty that even though I'm a stay-at-home mom, I never got to really spend quality time with my kids. My days are mostly filled with never-ending household chores and a mompreneur's long to-do list and duties. I am glad I was able to go to Nikki's talk, I picked up a few tips that I can do with my kids.

Here's some of the tips Nikki gave, I hope you'll find it useful too! 
Give your kids your 100% attention. I know it's hard to do especially when we are working. It doesn't necessarily means you have to be attached on the hips the whole. I read somewhere to give your kids your undivided attention even for just 30 minutes, no phone, no distraction.

Create nightly rituals with your kids or just rituals with them. I'm also guilty of this. I've said many times that I would read to my kids before they sleep but I never did. :( But I have found an activity that Y and I can do together which is Zumba! She likes to dance (she got that from her momma, me! Haha) and ever since I introduced it to her, she has been asking me and for us to "exercise"! For R, it can be a bit a challenge for me as our interests are very different. He likes cars and I try to bond with him through cars and playing with his car sets. :)

Create a family language.
Nikki shared that they have a family song they made up which they sing as a family. How cute is that? Sharing a secret language or song between you and your kids makes it more special. We don't have any special language or song YET but we do have special pet names for the kids that only our little family knows. Does that count? :) Heehee!

Have a special date for each child.
This is one of the tips I actually do with my kids. Although it's not as often as I'd like but when I do have the time, I take them to their favorite place or eat at their favorite restaurant. I just took R to a little date the other day! 
We went to the mall and bought his bike (which his Amma has promised to buy for him) and ate at a ramen place.

Ask for help.
As much as we would want to be supermoms, sometimes hindi na talaga natin kaya. And if that happens, ask for help. I'm sure you have families and friends who are willing to lend a hand when we need it. With all the things I do at home, I don't get to cook as much as I want, I'm lucky my mom would sometimes send us food for the week!

Thank you Nikki for inviting me! I enjoyed your talk and really learned a lot from it! :)

Alcohol is a big part being a mom. Don't you think? If you're OC when you were single, you become more OC when you become a mom! I always make sure I have a small bottle in my bag, a bottle in Y's school bag, and a bottle in the kids's bag whenever we go out. There's also a bottle in every area of our house to keep our environment clean and easy to sanitize between bonding activities! Biogenic Alcohol will always be a part of my grocery list and also our home.

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Biogenic Alcohol is also having a promo on! Check their Facebook Page for the mechanics!

Friday, August 5, 2016

The month of July was busier than my usual busy! In between tutoring Y and preparing Paper Chic Studio for the opening of Hello Manila (a new craft store near University Belt), I had to meet suppliers and pick up items I need for Paper Chic. Two weeks ago, I had to meet someone and I had two hours to spare but I didn't know where to spend that two hours! We were on our way to another coffee shop when we passed by Kandle Cafe and it immediately caught my attention because of the facade. It was calling me! So I made a U-turn and I'm happy I did!
Kandle Cafe is a third wave coffee shop located at 113 Mother Ignacia Avenue, Quezon City

I am not one to try out new places unless I've read or heard good reviews but Kandle Cafe obviously became an exception and it certainly didn't disappoint. I love the interior of the place so I took a lot of photos because I wanted to show BOS!
I love the industrial feel, the mix and match of furnitures, the brick wall and the big windows. Sabi ko nga kay BOS, peg ko ito for our sala.
Kandle Cafe also serves contemporary local dishes but I didn't know they do! They didn't give me any menu kasi, I only saw the menu boards which were only coffee and smoothies. I hope to go back soon and try their savory dishes!
We got a chocolate chip cookie, a double fudge brownie and their early grey chocolate mousse. Not sure with the names though. I wasn't happy with the mousse but my sweet tooth little girl finished it. Haha!
Strawberry Milkshake for the kiddos to share!
The brownie was served in a cup with caramel sauce! Sweetness galore!
Kandle Cafe is a instagrammable in every corner. Their Flat White is good ha!

They also have seats outdoor which is perfect for your weekend night tambay (kung hindi mainit!). Parang ang sarap magkwentuhan dito! Parang nice din for photoshoots no?
LOVE! BOS got a big spool like this. Peg for coffee table!
Kandle Cafe is one of the prettiest cafes I've been to! Visit Kandle Cafe in Mother Ignacia if you are in the area!

Kandle Cafe
Facebook: Kandle Cafe

Instagram: @kandlecafe