Saturday, March 25, 2017

Funkita + Funky Trunks

School is out for most of the kids, and that means it’s officially beach and pool season. That also means that it’s time to get your kids a new swimsuit for the summer, preferably one that is both stylish and durable.

I first heard about Funkita from my daughter and her friends back in 2013. Her swim friends who were on an athletic scholarship in Phuket were wearing it, and when they went back to Manila on their Christmas break, she asked them buy her some.

For my oldest daughter, getting a new swimsuit is like getting new clothes kase 
she's almost always wearing one. This is one of her first Funkita suits. 
She just fell in love with the flamingo pattern when she saw it.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Belo Baby Love

It was just a year ago when I was invited to an intimate lunch hosted by Cristalle Belo to introduce her newest venture, Belo Baby. I was one of the few lucky moms to try it first before they launched it nationwide.

I remember going home last year with a basket filled with Belo Baby toiletries for my kids to try. Cristalle was so proud to share with us that all the Belo Baby products use 100% certified natural ingredients and 0% harmful ingredients

Belo Baby is crafted with care for the most delicate skin, for the most meticulous moms. 

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

{What's In My Cart} Where To Get Thai Pantry Essentials in Manila

Months after attending the Thai Cooking Classes with Chef In Stilettos, I have made the Green Curry so many times - it is that good!

I'll share a Green Chicken Curry recipe at the end of this post.  

But first let me kwento muna, ok, about how happy I am that I am now able to cook Thai food with confidence.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Healthier Me in 2017

The start of the year always has me thinking about ways on how to improve my lifestyle. I always like to think what new thing I can change or add to my routine that will make a significant impact to my health and that of my family's.

But being healthier doesn't mean changing my entire routine. Sometimes, all it takes are a few simple changes lang. Because if it's a big change and it's something that you cannot maintain, then sayang lang. It’s all about the small but moves that you can maintain which will reap huge health benefits in the long run.

1. Replace White Rice with Whole Grain Rice

"Brown, red and black rice are whole grain. That means it contains all parts of the grain — 
including the fibrous bran, the nutritious germ and the carb-rich endosperm.
White rice, on the other hand, has had the bran and germ removed, 
which are the most nutritious parts of the grain."

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Another Post About My Li'l Man

When he was younger, he had a hard time focusing and would get distracted easily. Study time meant having a "movement" break every 20 minutes. 

When he was 6, he joined the swimming team. The temporary assistant coach told me he doesn't have the potential to medal. 

But I told my son otherwise, I always encouraged him with Philippians 4:13, "You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you."

When he graduated grade school last year, I was so proud of him as he went up the stage to be recognized as first honors and as a subject excellence awardee, overcoming his concentration + focus difficulty.

This school year, he's one of the youngest to qualify for Team A of the high school swim varsity. He also consistently medals for his age-group competitions.

When we consistently tell our kids that God made them to be amazing, they will believe it, and they will become it. For nothing can blanket us with complete confidence as the word of God.

If you want to read more about my son, I write about him here:
My Blessing Roll Call

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Thai Cooking Class With Chef In Stilettos

I have always loved Thai food.

But for the longest time the thought of cooking Thai dishes in my own kitchen intimidated me.

When my friend, Didi, invited me to attend the Thai Cooking Class With Chef In Stilettos, I readily said yes. It's a sign that I have to conquer this Thai-cuisine paralysis, and who better to do it with than Chef Cecille Chang.

Cecille Chang was the owner and Executive Chef of Thai at Silk, Silk Road Thai Bistro, Simply Thai, Pad Thai & More. With a passion for cooking, Cecille was trained in famous culinary schools and Thai food masters.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

DIY: Yummiest Homemade Granola

I want my family to feel good about what they eat.  As much as I can, I serve homemade and nutrient packed food that also tastes great. Let's be honest, it's a challenge to come up with something that's healthy and yummy, too. It takes a lot of trial and error on my part.

This granola recipe is both yummy and healthy... and super easy to make pa. I promise you. It's everything that a granola should be: crispy, crunchy, nutty. It's also healthy, nutrient-packed and super-simple. After you make this one, you will never buy granolas again. 

My homemade granola recipe has ingredients like quinoa, chia seeds, flax seeds, tree nuts, etc and uses natural sweeteners over processed sugar. Golden slivers of dried mangoes and red gems of goji berries add a visual delight as well.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

How To DIY Promposal Balloon with Fringe Tassels

It's February already!

For my oldest daughter, February means that Prom Season is here! She'll be having hers end of the month.

 The handwritten font on the balloon and the DIY fringe tassels shows her creative personality.

J goes to an all-girls school, so the girls have no choice but to ask their dates to prom. She is bringing a friend she is comfortable with, whom the conversation flows easily and whose company she enjoys because that is the best way to enjoy prom.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Dove: Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful

After being past the "supposedly" wonderful age of (eeeep!) forty, I have finally accepted, although very reluctantly, that I am a certified Tita!

Yes, after several years of whining and complaining about being called Tita, I have already accepted my tita-ness with arms wide open. Wala na! I have three teenagers already and there's no turning back. At this point in my life, it seems I'm everyone's tita na! Hahaha!

Thursday, February 2, 2017

DIGITAL WALKER Wishful Thinking: Tech Gadgets for 2017

I'm not really a techie, but I have three teens so I am forced to update myself with the latest gadgets because of them. Sometimes, I can't keep up. But for the most part, I want to because the gadgets do seem to make my life easier and more fun.

When I had the chance to attend the thanksgiving party of Digital Walker, which also served as a venue for the company to introduce their exciting tech products for 2017, I was excited. Finally, for the first time, I can share the newest tech gadgets with my kids!

Let use show you the gadgets we can look forward to in 2017 from Digital Walker:

Athletic folks will get a kick out of the all-new Fitbit Charge 2, an upgrade from the most popular fitness wristband. Its PurePulse heart rate tracking helps with better calorie burns and maximized workouts, and you can now take a snapshot of your cardio fitness level. The Charge 2 is also equipped with SmartTrack advanced exercise recognition, guiding deep-breathing sessions with heart rate visualizations and cues for a better breathing pace.
The Fitbit Charge 2 (PHP 8,490.00) aims to keep you healthy by tracking your steps, sleep, calories, and more! Fitbit’s primary goal is health, not weight loss.

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