Friday, December 9, 2016

FreshLook & Air Optix Holiday Promo

You see, I start my Christmas shopping early... I try to start pala. But I usually still have a few names left when December comes. So panic-mode pa din trying to tick all those names off.

I'm in the middle of sorting out the gifts for all my inaanaks right now. I'm taking a break from wrapping gifts because I lost the small notebook where I jotted down which gift is for whom. Now, the gifts are all jumbled as I can't remember what I bought for whom. Kainis!

If you don't want to be in the situation I'm in, when you can't remember which gift is for whom, it's best to give a Gift Certificate. Di ba? That way, they can choose and get what they really want!

I just found out that FreshLook and Air Optix Colors also has Gift Certificates – perfect gifts for our loved ones who are wearing contact lenses. It's the perfect gift for someone who has high eye prescription so you don't need to ask them for their grade. They can claim their preferred color and grade at the same optical shop that it was purchased.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Fulfill Your Christmas Wishlist With Digital Walker!


Christmas may be the most wonderful time of the year, but it is also the time when I get stressed out thinking of what to give the special people in my life. It's not that easy to think of a gift that I'm sure they will like.

I'm so thankful that Digital Walker, the country’s largest retailer of premium gadgets and accessories, is making things easier this season by hosting a Holiday Wish List Promo!



Monday, December 5, 2016

Easiest 4-Ingredient Grilled Pesto Chicken


Here is an extremely easy grilled chicken recipe. My Grilled Pesto Chicken is rich in delicious flavors and yet comes together in 20 minutes with only 4 ingredients!


This is what I make when I am lazy to cook.

As I've said, this recipe only has 4 ingredients! The preparation is so minimal it almost feels like cheating. and then the taste… well, you will just have to take my word for it. Super sarap!


Here's some tips on how I do it in 20 minutes:

There's one pot of boiling water for the pasta.

Another pot is for simmering the tomato sauce. I don't really have to simmer the tomato sauce, but I always do. I find that it intensifies the flavors of the tomatoes and the herbs. But you can skip this step if you don't want to do it. The Contadina bottled sauce is already packed with so much flavor as it is.

Then, there's a grillpan for the chicken. I bought a Le Creuset double-burner griller because I find it time-efficient to have a big griller since my family eats more than the ordinary folks. So I can cook more chicken breast fillets in one go.


This Grilled Pesto Chicken Topped with Tomatoes and Mozzarella is the perfect recipe for a busy weeknight dinner or for a lazy Monday morning lunch baon. 

Tender grilled chicken is flavored with Contadina pesto sauce, topped with Contadina tomato sauce with garlic and herbs. Served with a layer of creamy mozzarella on top. Garnish with fresh basil and caramelized balsamic vinegar.

The pesto and tomatoes are so flavorful, it will make it appear like you slaved in the kitchen for this! 
Remember to heat the stove-top grill until very hot. 
It has to be very hot to get those nice grill marks.


4-Ingredient Grilled Pesto Chicken

Ingredients:
chicken breast fillet 
Contadina pesto sauce
Contadina tomato sauce
Mozzarella cheese
salt and pepper for seasoning

optional for garnish:
fresh basil leaves
caramelized balsamic vinegar

Directions:
1. Heat the grill pan on the stove over high heat. Season the chicken breast generously with salt and pepper. 
2. Grill the chicken. Lower heat to medium, turning once, until cooked through but not dry, 4 to 6 minutes each side.Turn off fire.
3. Once cooked, spread 1-2 tablespoons of the Contadina pesto sauce on top of one side of the chicken breast.
4. Then top with the Contadina tomato sauce.
5. Put mozzarella cheese over the top of the chicken breasts.
6. Cover for and allow cheese to melt from the residual heat.
7. Garnish with fresh basil and caramelized balsamic vinegar. This is optional.
8. Serve over a bed of rice (for my GF girls) or a plate of pasta. Enjoy!







Contadina

Contadina comes from the same makers of Del Monte, one of the most trusted brands for high-quality culinary products. Contadina used to be only distributed in the US where it is seen as a high-quality, authentic Italian brand.

Contadina’s selection is worthy of every passionate cook’s discriminating taste.

Their olive oil is made from Hojiblanca olives, expertly cultivated in Andalucia, Spain.

Pasta is made from 100% Canadian Durum Wheat Semolina known for its fine texture and ability to create firm pasta with the right bounciness and golden, creamy color.

The pasta sauces and canned tomatoes are from Italy, using vine-ripened Roma tomatoes, authentic Grana Padano cheese and fresh Italian herbs, like they were bottled yesterday use .

All the ingredients used in Contadina products are handpicked from the world’s most fertile areas for truly authentic flavors.


I'm really happy that Contadina is now widely available in groceries. I buy mine from Robinsons Supermarket because they carry the complete Contadina product line.




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Saturday, December 3, 2016

A Christmas Story of Togetherness

Christmas for me is the season of love and compassion.

It is about spreading good cheer and spending time with family and loved ones.

When I think of Christmas, it brings happy memories of family gatherings and charming traditions that have been passed down through the generations.

Christmas means something different to every person and family, but almost everyone will agree that the season brings to mind Christmas carols, gift exchanges and family reunions.

However, for the people living in Sitio Naubo, life is very different. 

Sitio Naubo is a small pastoral town in the outskirts of Dumaguete. Life is difficult as the area has no electricity. But despite this, the tight-knit community is positive and full of hope. Despite the darkness, the people do their best to celebrate Christmas together like one big happy family.

Watch the video to see how Lady’s Choice made Sitio Naubo's Christmas more special.


Friday, December 2, 2016

Domex 1Million Clean Toilets

In all of our travels abroad and even during local hotel staycations, one of the first things I do once we get settled down in our hotel room is to wipe down the toilet seat with a sanitizing solution. 

When my 2 girls were toddlers, I was very specific in the instructions I gave their yayas on how to sanitize the public toilet before my girls are to use them.

I'm OC about toilet hygiene talaga.

As a mother, I want to protect my kids from certain dangers to keep them healthy. I feel like it is my responsibility to teach them to keep themselves healthy as they grow up.

At home, shempre, I am as OC about hygiene in our bathrooms din.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Mothers Who Brunch x Crate and Barrel

Christmas will soon be here... In about a months's time!

Are you ready for it?



What I look forward to the most during the holidays are time together with my family and friends. I really love spending time with my family, and I'm grateful that my husband has a long break from the office, too. It means he has more time for me and the kids.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Be A Wall Against Dengue

Whenever I hear stories from my friends and school co-parents about how devastating dengue can be, I say a short prayer of thanks that I haven't had any first-hand experience with dengue, it hasn't affected anyone in my family yet. 

Lately, I've been also reading in the papers about the recent rise of Dengue cases in the country.

I love my family and I want to do everything that I can to spare them from dengue.

A few Fridays ago, I attended the Be A Wall Against Dengue campaign held at the Glorietta Activity Center. With me were some of my friends, most of whom have already contracted dengue, or at least have had a family member who got sick from it.

Michelle Lim, Paolo and Suzi Abrera, Janice Villanueva and ME

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

How To Connect With Our Teens On Social Media

I remember how it was like when I was a teenager, and how the home phone was crucial to staying in touch with my friends. During that time, we only have one home phone and there were 5 of us siblings. We had to practice restraint and courtesy by taking turns with the phone.

Unlike me as a teenager, my kids have wifi and a plethora of gadgets that allow them to be socially connected all the time. And they don't even have to concern themselves with taking turns because their gadgets are exclusive to them.

I have a 16 year old daughter, a 13 year old daughter, and a 12 year old son.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Burger King Chicken Fries

If you are both a chicken and fries fan then Burger King’s new product the Burger King Chicken Fries was made for you. Imagine the flavor and meat of chicken with the crispiness and finger-shaped form of fries, the combined result would be Chicken Fries.


Tuesday, November 1, 2016

DIY Hair Treats At Home

For most women, beautiful, silky smooth hair is one of out top priorities. It's not called our crowning glory for nothing. Women invest time and money for beautiful hair. Think of the thousands spent for a trip to the salon or the bottles of hair treatments.

When I reached 40, I noticed that my hair started to show signs of aging, too. Dull, dry damaged, brittle, flat, coarse, thin—these are the inevitable signs of aging hair, which the vast majority of women will encounter. And as a busy mom of three active kids, I don't really have the luxury of time to spend an entire afternoon in the salon for treatments.

This is why I am so thankful when Watsons sent me a package overflowing with Hair Treats. I can get beautiful hair right at home.

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