Tuesday, April 10, 2018

#TPMkitchen: 3-Step Spinach Dip Recipe with Anchor Philippines

By now, you already now how much I enjoy my time in the #TPMkitchen. so much so that the kitchen is the place where my kids and I spend the most time bonding. If they are not helping me cook, they are seated on the stool by the kitchen counter talking to me.

A few days ago, my daughter was in the mood to make Spinach Dip. This is something that I am confident that she can make on her own. My spinach recipe only has 3 steps and is fool-proof, but it tastes super good! You have to taste it to believe it. I will be sharing my super easy, fool-proof, 3-step Spinach Dip recipe so be sure to read until the end of the post.
Spinach Dip, Fried Kesong Puti with Truffled Honey, Candied Walnuts, Baguette, GF Waffles

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Skin Confidence with Strip White

I can't believe it! I have a daughter who just graduated from high school a few days ago!

I just blinked, and here I am, preparing to take her to driving school this summer break. It seems like it was just yesterday when I first brought her to pre-school. Eeeep!

During the last two months prior to her graduation, I have been helping Achi get ready for her numerous parties. A lof of the girls in her batch are turning 18 this year, so maraming celebrations talaga, every weekend meron. Minsan two events pa in one night.
her Senior Ball

When there are numerous party invites, napapadami din ang shopping for party clothes. Of course, along with that comes bookings with make-up artists and hairstylists, as well.

Parents of girls, you know it doesn't stop there...

There are appointments for waxing/sugaring, derma appointments, eyebrow shaping, nail salon... ay naku neverending!

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Super good timing when Strip Ministry of Waxing invited me to try their STRIP WHITE treatment a few days before J's Senior Ball because this girl has been looking for a place to have the slightly bumpy skin on one area of her underarms treated. Not noticeable naman if you ask me, but it bothers her so I brought her along with me so she can try it out.
Strip White treatment is also designed to treat the delicate but most often neglected 
areas of the skin such as but not limited to:
Underarm, Kneecap, Elbow, Buttocks, Neck, Stomach, Bikini, Inner Thighs and Brazilian.

Strip White by Strip Ministry of Waxing
Strip: Ministry of Waxing was born in Singapore, and currently is in 10 major capital cities from Singapore, London, New York, Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong, to Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Manila and Bangkok.

STRIP was the first salon to introduce the ‘No Double Dipping’ commandment. Each customer receives a new individually sealed pouch containing disposable waxing or IPL equipment including gloves, face masks, pH balance wet wipes and spatulas.

Their newest service, the STRIP WHITE provides a non-invasive rejuvenation while delivering textural improvement, pore size reduction, brightening of skin pigmentation, reduction of fine lines and facial hair/fine hair removal.
Strip uses a top of the line machine that is specially customized for the Strip White treatment. 
It whitens by suppressing melanin formation to lighten uneven skin tone and pigmentation
It has a firming and anti-aging effect by reducing appearance of fine lines and pores and increases collagen production so skin is pushed upward making skin look firmer and younger.

STRIP WHITE aims to lighten the skin by one shade even with just one session and also gets rid of fine lines, bumpy skin and stretch marks. 
The Strip White laser treatment lightens pigmented spots, improves skin texture, rejuvenates the skin, and even reduces pore size. Now, she can put her hands up without a worry!

The procedure started with a gentle cleansing of her underarms. After which, the Strip White machine is passed over the area. An aftercare cream is then applied as a post-treatment procedure to soothe and moisturize the treated area.

Best of all, there's no downtime because Strip White uses a non-abrasive laser. This means that we were able to resume shopping for party clothes right after J's treatment.
They currently have a 50% off promo for select body parts! 
Go and get that beach body ready now!

I want to have the treatment on my face, too. Being in my mid-40s, I am now starting to have problems with my skin associated with aging: fine lines, dehydrated skin, wrinkles and unwanted pigmentation. STRIP WHITE promises to revitalize, whiten and firm-up my aging skin.

They claim that results are usually visible after 3-6 sessions, but it ultimately depends on the severity and condition of the skin,  but like any other skin treatment it is necessary to maintain it at 4 weeks interval for the underarms and 2-4 weeks interval for face and other areas to prevent recurrence of skin problem and stabilize the result.

I'm happy to share with you that they have a Deal Grocer promo available where you can save upto 77% off. From the original price per session of P6,500, you only have to pay the discounted rate of P1,500 for one session of Strip white Treatment for the underarms.

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At the end of her ball, she sent me this photo to let me know that she was the recipient of a special award that night. The Blaze award is given to someone" who has a lot of talents and is willing to share them with her classmates."
No more pit shyness, only skin confidence!

PS: I super appreciate it when my kids send me updates, most especially if they are photo or video updates. I have teens already and expectedly, they will spend more and more time away from me as they enjoy their independence. Whenever, I get an update from them, it warms my heart because it means that they still think of their mama even when they are out having fun with friends.

To know more about Strip: Ministry of Waxing

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Funky Summer with Funkita and Funky Trunks

Yesterday, R shared that on the way home from swim training, he was keeping track na in his head the schoolwork that needs to be done when he gets home. Then he broke into a smile as he realized that school's done! Wala nang homework! Hahaha! YAY!

Now he can focus on swimming dahil summer na!

I have water babies! Instead of asking me to buy new summer outfits, the kids request for new swimsuits or swim gear.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Weekend Footnotes: Xavier Ball + A Lesson In Graciousness

This is the last weekend before summer break officially starts for my kids.

But for my graduating girl, she's technically done with school already and so her social calendar is booked solid with parties and hohols with friends. Her weekends are fully booked, so in effect this #tsupermama is also. Maybe it's also because a lot of her friends are turning 18 this year, so they are celebrating that, too!

The weekend that just passed by was no different, she attended a friend's birthday party on Friday, and then nung Saturday I helped her prepare for Xavier Ball. She was invited by the same guy who asked her for Xavier Prom so we kinda know him a bit more na.

Monday, March 5, 2018

NCR Palaro 2018

I am my kids number one cheerleader in their victories.

Also their most ardent supporter + encourager in the challenges they go through.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Faber Test: Define Your Allergies Before They Define You

When LifeScience Center for Health and Wellness invited me to the launch of the Faber Test, I said yes right away because I wanted to know more on how to help my son who has chronic allergic rhinitis.

Do you experience morning sneezing and runny nose? What about itchy, red eyes? Itchy throat, incessant coughing, breathing difficulty? Irritated skin or itchy rashes? Those are just some of the inconvenient symptoms of allergies. Some allergies can manifests in a more severe way or even fatal that requires a medical emergency.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Weekend Footnotes: A Birthday + Chinese New Year 2018

This long weekend was a very busy one for my family.

We celebrated Valentine's, C's birthday + Chinese New Year. In between all that, J also was invited to 2 birthday parties, so the weekend was in full swing.

14Feb: Valentine's
It was a good Valentine's Day for me because I got the Cuyana bag that I have been eyeing for some time. In the early years of our relationship, C used to give me dozens of Ecuadorian roses. Ang mahal! Tapos in a few days, malalanta na and I have to throw them away. When we got married, and I was comfortable enough with him, I finally told him I would appreciate receiving something that I can keep for years.
More than 2 decades together. He gets me.
I'm not so much into flowers. But yes to practical gifts.

Friday, February 16, 2018

I'm Not A Perfect Mom, Just a Real One {A #BabyDovePh Campaign}

I've been a mom for close to two decades already, just one year shy. 

I can't even believe it if I didn't live my life myself.

I've said it often enough, this stage of my life is the stage that I am loving the most. I just love and appreciate my teens so much!

The ages my kids are in now are the greatest in my parenting journey. I get to witness their transformation into the amazing persons they are turning out to be. I have always told them that they are amazing, even during times when they weren't. My mommy-heart really believes that if I keep saying it often enough, they will believe it, and they will become it.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Baseus PH for Affordable Tech Accessories

Late last year, I was invited to the media launch of Baseus' flagship store in Trinoma.

I looked forward to getting first dibs because Baseus is a brand known around the world for good quality tech accessories with reasonable prices. The strength of the brand lies in its excellent product design. Baseus has been awarded multiple times for its design excellence.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Livin' Lovin' Locally

Just last week, I shared what went on during the Holidays 2017.  Food coma, di ba?

I was just re-reading that post today, because I'm a tita like that, and also because bringing up memories about my family always give me joy. After all, the primary reason why I started this blog was to give my kids something to look back on when they are older.

Anyway, the photos reminded me of how much fun we had celebrating New Year's Eve dinner at home. Ang dami pala namin kinain. At ang saya pala mag staycation!

I'll be honest, the staycations made me slack off a bit. Sunod-sunod kase parang na-disorient ako. I realized while we prepared for the food last New Year's Eve, I did not prepare for drinks. It's a good thing while I was checking the pantry I saw the Locally PH juices which were given to me when I attended their launch in early December.
Locally aims to raise awareness and appreciation of our local produce, 
and in turn,  support Filipino farmers and the farming community