Early this year, I made a wish list that includes a front load washer. When it comes to our laundry, I am very meticulous as to how our clothes are well taken care of. Luckily, midyear I was rewarded with a frontload washer. So laundry is now an easy-peasy task for me.

Let me share with you some of my laundry essentials:

  • Laundry organizer. If you can have lots of it, it would be much better. I use it to sort socks, underwear and small clothes for small people. Lol.
  • Clothes pin hanger. I use this to hang socks, underwear and hankies.
  • Hangers.
  • Clothes rack. I use indoor clothes rack because it is more convenient for me to hang and fold clothes as well. Plus the ventilation and heat from the room has dual purpose.

    Laundry Tips:
    1. Sort the dirty clothes especially underwear and place it in the laundry organizer. Make sure to sort it according to color to prevent color stain and to prevent tangle of clothes inside the washer. When you take out the laundry organizers from the washer, it will be easier for you to hang clothes in the clothes pin hanger, this is a much more organized way of doing it as well as prevents from misplacing a pair. It is also an organized way of folding clothes.
    2. Use hangers when hanging long sleeves as well as clothes which needs ironing, this way when the clothes dry, it will be easier to organize which ones needs ironing or not.
    3. Colored clothes should be inside out when washed. This is to prevent from color stains from other clothes.
    4. Make sure to choose the correct program for your laundry to wash your clothes effectively.
    5. If your clothes are heavily soiled, you may use the program, which requires hot water, this way, you are also killing the bacteria plus the oil is very hard to remove or you can treat the clothes first before putting it inside the washer.
    6. Clothes and rags should be washed separately to prevent cross contamination of bacteria present on the rags.
    These are some of my helpful tips which are easy to keep in mind. If you have anything to add, feel free to leave them in the comment section. I would appreciate that.

    Footwear. One thing I love most that at some point in my life I came to obsess. Anything that makes my feet sexy and comfortable, I am for it. I am glad that fashion trend is a cycle where it comes back with a few revisions to details. My mom would usually claim that the fashion my sister and me were “in” has already been years ago.

    I am glad that brands tend to keep up and over time they make fashion pieces remain the same with a surprising tweaks on it. Who would’ve thought that the jelly flats would have a sweet smelling scent? I remember the ones I used to own has been the comfiest ever (minus the scent). Now, Jelly Nelly sandals has introduced their new line of Jelly Sandals, which has the sweet scent, the only pair I had which has the sweet smell. I love these pair too because it will never strain your feet when walking and you won’t even notice that you’re wearing any! To a mom like me who walks all the time to keep up with the tots' energy, I would love to have something that will not strain my feet and legs as well. This definitely is my kind of flats!

    This photo was captured in low light and see how these pair of flats glows. Amazing!

    I would love my little girl to have one of these! (Photo from their FB Page)
    Grab this cool promo at SMEX Toy Convention August 29-31 and in Loomonades Glorietta Activity Center on August 30!
    Be unique with these sandals and create your own style with rainbow loom. (Photo from their FB page)
    You also can experience their lightweight flats by hopping on their stores in the following:

    • Rustan’s Department Store-Glorietta
    • Big and Small- Greenbelt 5, 3rd Floor Greenbelt 5, Tel No. (02) 729 0848
    • Having A Baby-Greenbelt 5, 3rd Floor Greenbelt 5, Tel No. (02) 729 0849
    • Moana-Rockwell Power Plant Mall
    • Ground Floor, R1 level Power Plant Mall, Tel No. 7560055
    • Rustan’s Department Store-Shangrila Mall
    • Kidsports-Shangrila Mall, 4th Floor Shangrila Mall, Tel No. (02) 633 6948Proline-SM Megamall, Tel No. (02) 633 5080
    • Kidsports-Robinsons Ermita Mall 3rd Floor Midtown Wing, Robinsons Ermita Mall, Tel No. (02) 353 1582
    • Rustan’s Department Store-Alabang Town Center
    • Having a Baby- Alabang Town Center Mall Ground Floor ATC Mall Tel No. (02) 850 7892
    • Kidsports-Festival Mall 3rd Floor Festival Mall Tel No. (02) 807 5816
    • Ocean Front-Festival Mall 2nd Floor Festival Mall
    • Orange Juice-Alabang Town Center 2nd Floor ATC Mall Tel No. (02) 850 5185
    • Proline-SM Mall of Asia Tel No. (02) 556 0767
    Quezon City
    • Kidsports-Trinoma Mall 3rd Floor Trinoma Mall Tel No. (02) 901 3970Proline-Eastwood Mall Tel No. (02) 695 3971
    • Proline-SM North EDSA Tel No. (02) 441 1788
    • Big and Small-Bonifacio High Street
    • Pink Elephant-Lopues Ground Floor Lopues East Centre Carpark Building, Burgos Ext.
    • Pink Elephant-Robinsons Place 2nd Floor Robinsons Place
    • Hot Pink-Ayala Center Cebu
    • What A Girl Wants-Ayala Center Cebu

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    The biggest B2B Business to Blogger networking is back! This time it will be more exciting because in a span of a year, I have came to know a lot of people in the blogging industry and was able to attend numerous events as well. What will make it more fun is that I might be able to meet mommy bloggers from my favorite blogging community Mommy Bloggers Philippines

    So what is B2B? It is an event wherein bloggers will get the first dibs of what the businesses has to offer. It also is a great opportunity to get sponsors for bloggers according to their niche. 

    So I guess I will see you there? Don't forget to register your blog here if you haven't registered yet.

    This weekend was quite an exhausting one for me juggling between the roles of being a mom, nurse, educator and manager of the house. Since I haven’t been gone to the market to buy out food for the coming week, I opt to do my lazy meal instead. This time I made it healthier by incorporating spinach and shiitake mushroom to the recipe. You know how I love Shiitake mushrooms right? Plus it’s a healthy alternative protein. So here it is:

    • 250g Fusili Pasta, cooked
    • 3 pieces dried Shiitake mushrooms, rehydrated and cut into strips
    • 1 cup Spinach Leaves
    • Bay leaves
    • 1 ½ cup Fresh milk
    • 1 tbsp all purpose flour
    • One medium sized white onion, julienned
    • 3 cloves garlic, minced
    • 2 tbsp Oyster Sauce
    • Salt
    • Pepper
    • Olive oil
    • Parmesan cheese

    1. Boil fusilli pasta according to package instructions. Drain and set aside.
    2. Drizzle pan with olive oil and sauté garlic and onion. Add in mushroom and spinach. Saute for another one minute.
    3. Add fresh milk and add in flour mix until combined. Wait until the sauce thickens and add oyster sauce. The oyster sauce will enhance the flavor of the spinach and mushroom. Add in the fusilli pasta and bay leaves. Add salt and pepper to taste.
    4. Serve with grated parmesan cheese.

    That’s my lazy meal for our Sunday family day. Mind you, my picky eater boy enjoyed this meal without knowing that there were green leaves on it. The colorful fusilli makes it more fun to eat.

    Hope you enjoyed this recipe. Let me know if you tried this.

    Over the weekend, the kids woke up sneezing and coughing. It wasn’t a good sign since it’s always a daunting task making having them take their medicines and worry about their crankiness. Then hours later, the little girl was already febrile and again, not a good sign. She was puking her food intake and can only tolerate fruits.

    During the past few weeks, I must confess that I have been a monster mom. I get pretty stressed from the not-so-petty things around the house. Even though I am already used to whatever mess they make but the fact that the little girl effortlessly gets things that aren’t supposed to be touched beyond her eye level is what makes me more stressful. Just imagine what could possibly happen if she fell? Sigh.

    Apparently, the febrile and sick little girl didn’t stop her from being so playful and much worse her energy that needs burning tripled! Honestly, I couldn’t really keep up with them! So when she was afebrile the whole Sunday morning, I decided to take them to the park to fulfill my promise and to spare myself at least few hours of straining my voice.

    Then off they go to the happy place. Both of them ran not showing any signs of sickness. They played with the other kids like they’ve known each other for a long time already.

    I just hope they will feel better as well as all my cyber mommy friends

    who have sick kids. May they be bestowed with healing and speedy recovery.

    How was your weekend? Let’s have chitchat.

    Angel Locsin is one of country’s leading performers on the Philippine silver screen. She was named Best Actress in the 29th PMPC Awards for Movies in 2013, and has been considered as one of the most awarded dramatic actresses today. From a television and film actress, she has diversified into various media in the entertainment business: as a commercial model, film producer, fashion designer and product endorser. 

    Angel was recently unveiled as one of the talented gurus who will be molding the next generation of child performers in this season’s Promil Pre-School i-Shine Talent Camp. She will be joining the star-studded panel of esteemed mentors backstage: choreographer and G-Force director, Georcelle Dapat-Sy and divine diva Zsa Zsa Padilla. As mentor, Angel will be steering i-Shine participants through the acting workshops.
    For 25 years, Promil Pre-School has been well known for talent development, raising awareness for parental participation, proper guidance and good nutrition as factors that play major roles in bringing preschoolers to their full potential. The Promil Pre-School i-Shine Talent Camp is one of Promil Pre-school’s advocacies, in which the talents of Filipino children nationwide are engaged. Angel is excited to see how this year’s mentees will fare under her tutelage.
    Continuously mastering your craft
    One of her most remembered roles is her rendering of the iconic superheroine Darna in the TV adaptation of Mars Ravelo’s classic character. But despite her fame, Angel knows that she didn’t just wake up one morning to success; she had to learn the ropes and work on her craft assiduously – a painstaking process that she knows all budding talents must go through, like the tiny tots of the Promil Pre-School i-Shine Talent Camp who will be entrusted into her care.
    Paulit-ulit kong sinasabi na iba yung honor na binibigay sa akin nito bilang isang artista... Yung ma-appreciate ka sa talent mo at yung oportunidad para ma-experience at ma-ishare mo sa mga bata yung mga natutunan mo – yung mga tinuro rin sa akin nung mga naging mentors ko when I was young (I always say that this is a great honor for me as an artist… That of being appreciated for your talent and the opportunity to experience and share to the kids what I’ve learned – those things that I’ve learned from my own mentors when I was young),” she says. “Bawat talent, bawat show, bawat acting piece na ginagawa mo, meron at meron kang nadedevelop na kailangan mo pang i-enhance… Continuous process kasi yung acting (Each talent, each show, each acting piece that a person does, you get to develop something that you would still have to enhance… Acting is a continuous process),” she adds.
    The importance of proper nurturing and guidance
    While she feels that talent plays a big role in how a child stands out, it’s really the combined effort and diligence taken by the child, parents and teachers that make a difference. “I think there are many talented individuals; but it’s really the masisipag (hardworking) that beat them in the end. So, kailangan talaga ng perserverance (You really need perseverance),” she points out.
    Angel also understands how crucial mentoring is in the life of a child. “Natatandaan ko pa yung nursery teacher ko nung bata ako – Hindi ko makakalimutan yung pangalan niya. (I remember my nursery teacher when I was young – I will never forget her name.) That’s how much of an impact she had on me. Nakaka-flatter na baka ganun din yung mangyari sa mga bata. (It’s flattering to think that that could also happen to these kids.) Actually, challenge ito para sa akin na mabigay ko talaga yung dapat matutunan nung mga bata sa maikling panahon (It is actually a challenge for me to give my best so the kids will get the learning they need in such a short amount of time)." 
    And she doesn’t discount the importance of family support, which she cites as an important factor in her own development as an artist. “I am very blessed na sila yung naging magulang ko sa lahat ng pinagdaanan ko. Hindi kami galing sa showbiz family. Napakasimple lang ng pamilya ko, pero nag-adjust talaga sila ng lifestyle for me para magawa ko ‘tong gusto ko. Napakaswerte ko sa pamilya ko (I am very blessed to have the kind of parents that I have. We are not a showbiz family. My family is simple, but they adjusted their lifestyle for me so that I could reach this far. I’m really lucky to have them).”
    And this is why she likewise hopes that the i-Shine finalists will receive the same kind of support from their own. “Sana itong mga bagets natin dito sa i-Shine, sana ganun din yung mga magulang nila na nakasuporta dun sa gusto nung mga anak nila. Hindi dahil sa gusto nila, pero dahil ito yung pangarap nung mga anak nila. Sana i-encourage nila yung mga bata kung papaano mahalin lalo ‘tong craft na ‘to, at i-enjoy pa ‘to kasi mga bata rin naman sila, diba? Ayokong iparamdam sa kanila na ‘this is work’ diba? (I hope the parents support their kids’ interest because this is what their child dreams of doing, not because this is what the parent wants. They should encourage love for this craft and for this kind of work and teach the child how to enjoy it. The kids shouldn’t go through the experience thinking that ‘this is work’ because they are children after all, aren’t they?)” she shares
    Achieving success in performing arts through encouragement
    Angel has played many popular roles in the past, but her role as the acting mentor for Promil Pre-School i-Shine Talent Camp 3 is a first for her career. “Gusto kong bigyan ng opportunity yung mga bata to shine. Sana mahalin nila yung craft, yung industry, at hindi nila isipin na trabaho lang siya (I just want these kids to be given the opportunity to shine.  I want them to learn how to love the craft, the industry, and not treat it as just a job),” she shares. “Challenge talaga siya na maturo ko sa mga bata yung kailangan nilang matutunan sa maikling panahon, pero the least I can give them is yung suporta at encouragement na kailangan nila para maabot nila yung full potential nila (It will definitely be a challenge to be able to teach these kids all that I know in such a limited time, but the least I can give them is the support and encouragement that they need to reach their full potential),” she adds.
    This season’s i-Shine Talent Camp 3 is hosted by Dimples Romana, Matteo Guidicelli, and Xian Lim. The Promil Pre-School i-Shine Talent Camp is also giving away over Php 1 million worth of prizes and a contract from ABS-CBN and Promil Pre-School to the grand winner. The previous year’s Promil Pre-School Grand i-Shiner, Yesha Camille, has received quite a number of television appearances after winning the feat, and is now involved in an upcoming series with her i-Shine mentor Piolo Pascual.  
    When my son turned three, I could hardly make him eat whatever food I prepare for them. More often, he would only ask for sandwich and can live on it alone in a day. I thought training him when he was a baby eating only vegetables, fruits and fish will not make him a picky eater. But I guess most of the toddlers will really pass through picky eating stage. It’s just quite frustrating though, that as a parent you worry that he’s not getting the healthy balanced diet as he is supposed to.

    Now I have to be more creative and think of ways more than one to be able to make him and enjoy the food served on the table. So I have accepted the challenge to make the food delectable and be able to make the picky eater toddler eat. Since he loves noodles and sandwiches, this will be my inspiration for the menu I will be preparing.

    This meal is quite a self-serving because I was craving for Japchae the other day. So I am sharing with you my version of Japchae and Bacon wraps.

    Japchae Recipe

    • Potato Starch Noodles, boiled according to package instructions
    • 250g Pork belly, cut in strips
    • 5 pcs Dried Shitake mushrooms, rehydrated and cut in strips
    • Cabbage cut in strips
    • Medium sized Carrot, julienned
    • 3 cloves garlic, minced
    • One medium sized Onion, julienned
    • Oyster Sauce
    • Kikkoman Sauce
    • Premium Soy Sauce
    • Sesame oil
    • Egg Omelet, cut in strips
    • Green onion leaves
    • Sesame Seeds
    • Ajinomoto Pork Savor
    • Salt Pepper
    • Bay leaves
    • Olive oil 

    1. Cook noodles according to package instructions. Drizzle with premium soy sauce, Kikkoman soy sauce and sesame oil.
    2. Drizzle pan with Olive oil, brown pork belly strips, add garlic, onions and mushrooms and bay leaves. Cook for one minute.
    3. Add in carrots and cabbage and cook for another minute, drizzle with Ajinomoto Pork Savor.
    4. Mix in the noodles.
    5. Serve and sprinkle with sesame seeds, green onions and egg strips.

    Bacon Wraps

    In this recipe, I used uncured fresh bacon to be able to emphasize the new Ajinomoto Pork Savor which is already complete with spices and seasoning that every bite tastes like real pork. 

    • Bacon
    • Tortillas
    • Romaine lettuce
    • Cucumber
    • Cheese
    • Mayonnaise
    • One medium sized onion, julienned and caramelized
    • Ajinomoto Pork Savor 

    1. Drizzle bacon with Ajinomoto Pork savor. Let it sit for 15 minutes. Bake for 15 minutes in 150 degreesC.
    2. Heat the tortillas in a pan for 3 seconds on each side.
    3. Assemble the lettuce, bacon, cheese, onion and drizzle with mayonnaise.
    4. Serve.

    So that’s my simple and fun menu for the Ajinomoto Pork Savor Challenge. Hope you like it just like my son did.

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