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Toys R’ Us Uptown Mall BGC – Top Toy Finds!

Just in time for Christmas, the newest Toys R’ Us opened at the 3rd floor of the new Uptown Mall in Bonifacio Global City. One of the advantages of toy shopping at Toys R’ Us Uptown Mall is its more relaxed and family friendly environment.

I learned about the store’s opening from my mommy friends on Facebook whose kids are Star Wars fans just like Ashton. This weekend we were in BGC and decided to drop by. 

The Uptown Mall branch is not as bustling with shoppers compared to other toy stores BUT, the range of toys and choices is the same – if not better because of the mall’s target market. For instance, Toys R’ Us Uptown Mall is the most updated when it comes to Star Wars Rogue Wars toys and merchandise.

Star Wars Rogue Wars Movie figures, micro machines, puzzles, and more.
Ashton is so curious about this huge Star Wars toy box which I guess contains a mega size X wing or Tie Fighter.

 

Toys R Us is also celebrating their 10th anniversary and in time for Christmas, are running generous sales & discounts on toys. Just like these Star Wars Lego Sets.

Star Wars Rogue Wars Micro Machines at Toys R Us Uptown Mall

Star Wars Rogue Wars Micro machines are affordable around P300, so we agreed to buy it. My son has other Star Wars mico machines and I recommend it because kids can spend a lot of time role-playing or making stories with these Star Wars mini-figures. In one box, you usually get 3 pcs.

Download the StarWars Studio Effects App (as seen on the box) so your child will enjoy the mini-figures even more and spend more time playing with the toys.

Gadget-Free Family Fun & Games at Toys R Us Uptown Mall

If you’re like me who wants to promote gadget-free time with the family, you should try bringing home some of these toys. Ashton and I started a mini game library that is similar to what trendy cafes have (interactive old-school games that we grew up with like Connect 4, Battle Ship, Master Mind, etc.)

Connect 4 by Hasbro – we already have this and it’s one of the firsts we bought a few months ago. It can be played by two players and whoever connects 4 of the same colored dots wins. We enjoy playing this game every night. We also have the Grab & Go version of Hungry Hippo. All of the Grab & Go games of Hasbro come in handy size and shape, uniform box size that is easy to stack & carry anywhere. That’s why we like it.

Trouble Game by Hasbro – this is our new find & buy at Toys R Us Uptown Mall, looks like an easy game to play for mother/father and child without too many pieces too.

Bingo Lotto Game – all for family fun, nice to have and play this Christmas with relatives too. Boredom proof your Noche Buena :)

Snakes and Ladder – one of the easiest board games, make sure you have this in your toy library to enjoy with your kids, family, and friends.

Parents like me will love this Family Fun & Games zone at Toys R Us, so many new board games too. It’s also the first time I noticed the Pavillion brand of toys that carry board games, chess sets, tumbling towers, and more. I am on the look out for a very good chess set that me and my husband can play together.

There are a total of 7 super organized zones in Toys R Us Uptown Mall, BGC. Boys and girls toys also have their own area which cuts your shopping and browsing time and makes it a more enjoyable shopping experience for the whole family.

More Toys R Us Finds for Christmas 2016

Old school walkie talkie – when we were kids, I always wanted to have these and enjoyed receiving pair to play with my friends and sisters. Let’s allow our children to experience the same wonder of an old-school walkie talkie toy!

Science & Physics Kit – is your child starting to get interested in building things, robotics, or science in general? I found this Science & Physics Kit that’s just around P500. It will teach children to build simple machines with gears, levers, and pulleys that they will build themselves with the materials inside.

Crayola Meltdown Art Set – most of our kids would have seen this on YouTube and it’s here in Toys R Us Uptown Mall!

WATCH: Toys Hunting at Toys R Us Uptown Mall, BGC

Top toy finds according to my son because my list above may not be the same as what kids like him would like! :)

We had a very pleasant shopping and bonding experience at Toys R Us and we hope to visit again when we’re around BGC. Maybe we’ll do our Christmas shopping here for Ashton’s classmates and our kiddie friends. Since it’s not packed with shoppers and is very organized, shopping at Toys R Us Uptown Mall is an enjoyable experience for kids and adults alike.

Happy shopping Mommy, Daddy, and Kids!

Filipino Macaroni Salad Recipe with Lady’s Choice

Filipino macaroni salad is a favorite Christmas dish for many families, including ours! Every family has their own macaroni salad recipe and secret ingredients that is passed on from one generation to the next. My mother likes putting pickles on her macaroni salad and I personally cannot enjoy mine without cheese. So now, my macaroni salad has both pickles and cheese. What about you?

The Filipino macaroni salad is very easy to make, if you’re new to this – don’t be intimidated by the number of ingredients and all the dicing you will do. The real secret is in the quality of your ingredients. Be sure to use quality mayonnaise made with real eggs (I use Lady’s Choice), condensed milk, and raisins.

How to Make Chicken Macaroni Salad with Lady’s Choice

This is my version of the Lady’s Choice Macaroni Salad. My version uses more ingredients that both kids and adults will love.

INGREDIENTS:
2 pcs. chicken breast
400 grams Royal macaroni salad

1 big carrot – diced
1 bunch celery stems – diced
1-2 onions – diced
1 cup raisins
1/2 cup pickle relish
1 bar of cheddar cheese diced (about 2 cups)

2 470ml Lady’s Choice Mayonnaise (2 big foil packs or use 1 1/2 – 2 big bottles of Lady’s Choice)
1/2 – 1 cup condensed milk

1 tsp pepper
1 tsp all-in-one seasoning granules

Mommy Lace Tip: I buy the fresh ingredients on the day I will prepare the salad. This ensures freshness, juiciness, crispiness and vibrance of the salad.

PROCEDURE:
Follow this procedure to cut your cooking time in half and make your macaroni salad even more flavorful.

1. Boil the chicken breasts 10-15 minutes in water with a dash of salt. Just use enough water to cover the meat. Remove the meat from the pot and add water enough to boil your macaroni pasta in. Let water boil first before pouring in your macaroni noodles. Cook for 7-10 minutes. Test and taste 1 shell first before draining all of the macaroni shells and rinsing with running water. This technique ensures you have chewy macaroni salad but not soggy.

2. Let’s dice! Dice carrots, onions, celery, cheese and throw them in one huge bowl to save you from cleaning a lot of dishes. Mix in pickle relish and cheese. Season with pepper.

3. Combine the ingredients by mixing them into the macaroni noodles. Use a wooden or plastic ladle to do this to keep macaroni noodles beautiful in shape. Sprinkle all-in-one seasoning granules.

4. Mix in Lady’s Choice mayonnaise which will make your macaroni salad creamy, buttery, and tasty with the real goodness of real eggs! Add in condensed milk for a little sweetness, you may add less or more depending on your family’s taste.

 

5. Enjoy together and served chilled! :) Look how vibrant, colorful, and lively your Christmas Chicken Macaroni Salad can be when you use the freshest ingredients, including Lady’s Choice mayonnaise.

This Christmas, let’s hope that a simple macaroni salad can bring the family together and practice gratitude for all the year’s blessings. Share your own macaroni salad and use #ThankYouTogether to spread love and light this holiday season.

Merry Christmas Mommy!

 

Flavors of Contadina: Mushroom, Basil & Cream Pasta Recipe

This is an easy recipe using Contadina ingredients that are now available in the supermarket. I bought my Contadina Spaghetti noodles and Contadina Extra Virgin Olive Oil in Robinsons Supermarket inside Venice Grand Canal Mall at McKinley Hills.

I first knew about Contadina when I saw on TV that Nigella Lawson came to the Philippines to endorse this brand. Pasta is very easy to make, it is something any homemaker can cook quickly. Like other Mediterranean dishes, pasta recipes are best tasting when you use fresh ingredients. For this recipe, I use fresh basil and fresh mushrooms that will go well with the flavorful Contadina Extra Virgin Olive Oil and their al dente Spaghetti noodles.

Mushroom, Basil & Cream Pasta Recipe

This recipe is my family version of the Contadina Mushroom Cream Recipe that is kid friendly and something that Filipinos can relate to the humble Carbonara but with so much more flavor, freshness, and love :)

Ingredients:

500 grams Contadina Spaghetti Noodles
1/2 cup olive oil
3 large mushrooms – thinly sliced
4 cloves garlic – thinly sliced
1 chicken cube dissolved in 2 cups water
1 pack (250ml) All-purpose cream
1-2 cups fresh basil leaves, shredded
1 tsp cornstarch dissolved in 1 tsp water
Spices 1/4 tsp of each: black pepper, paprika, nutmeg
*use all three or what you have in the kitchen

Procedure:

1. Cook Contadina Spaghetti in boiling water for 7 minutes. Mommy Lace tip: Be sure to let the water boil first, just use enough to cover the pasta. Use your cellphone timer so you end up with al dente spaghetti.

2. In a separate sauce pan, heat olive oil and saute garlic, followed by mushrooms. Saute mushroom until soft & brownish.

3. Add spices. Mix well. Mommy Lace tip: these spices won’t make your pasta dish spicy but add a smoky, meaty flavor to it without having to use meat.

4. Add chicken stock (chicken cube dissolved in 2 cups water) and let simmer for a few minutes. Add the all purpose cream. Let simmer.

5. Add cornstarch mixture to thicken the white sauce. Stir well. Mommy Lace tip: this is my secret to a thick creamy white sauce that Filipinos love.

6. Add basil leaves and turn off the heat.

7. Toss in the pasta and serve with grated cheese on top, pepper to taste. I serve my pasta dishes with our humble pan de sal which gives a Filipino twist into this wonderful Mediterranean inspired recipe.

Use up remaining ingredients and enjoy a red sauce version, Mushroom & Basil in Contadina Formaggio Sauce. I topped mine with cheddar cheese for a Filipino flavor that kids will also love.

I made another red sauce version the following day, it’s a practice for the upcoming Noche Buena. This is Mommy Lace’s Mushroom & Basil in Contadina Formaggio Sauce. This Formaggio Pasta Sauce features an intensely sweet flavor of aged cheese. Follow steps 1-3 in the procedure above, then just add the formaggio sauce (1 bottle), sliced olives (1/4 cup) and add basil leaves. Toss in the pasta and enjoy the tangy and cheesy dish, just like the way the Italians make it.

 
Happy eating Mommy & family!

 

 

 

Resorts World Manila Christmas 2016 – Schedule

There are now many options to spend Christmas time and celebrations with the family. One of the top choices is Resorts World, especially if you are from the surrounding area – you know that the newly constructed roads has significantly improved traffic along airport road. Now, it’s even easier to go to Resorts World even for us from the south.

We bumped into Santa and the Super Dudes at the activity center of Newport Mall. As in they were just standing there and anyone could have a photo taken. We love RWM! P.S. I was waving at camera so my hand is blurred :(

The top reason I bring my family here is the quality of the place, it’s a venue to go to if you want to enjoy but in a different kind of mall than the usual. At Resorts World, it feels like a hotel-mall or mall-hotel which isn’t a surprise since Newport is surrounded by many luxury hotels like Maxims and Marriott. Read: Trolls Movie Experience at NewPort Cinema, Resorts World.

Resorts World 2016 Christmas Activities and Events

Concerts and shows for December at the New Port Theater

December 8 – Air Supply
December 16-18 – Hi-5 Fairy Tale of Australia
Runs until December 4 – Annie

Grand Fiesta Manila: Pinoy Ultimate Jeepneys
December 12 – January 6 Exhibit of Jeepney design competition
December 17 – Awarding of winners.

World-class Bar Entertainment

Bar 360 and Bar 180 is featuring PRIMO’s variety show I Heart Pinoy and the Singing Sensations’ Spices of Love shows with international acrobats Duo Golovin plus the hottest bands and soloists in the metro.

New Year’s Eve – Grand Countdown to 2017 at the Marriott Grand Ballroom

New Year’s Eve Grand Countdown to 2017 will welcome revelers with a grand magical party that will showcase top-notch cuisine, stellar performances, and an evening to remember with family and friends to kick off the New Year.

Booking details for New Year’s Eve Countdown at Manila Marriott:

Visit www.rwmanila.com or by calling TicketWorld at (+632) 891-9999 or the RWM Box Office at (+632) 908-8888 local 7700. For room and ticket reservations contact Marriott Hotel Manila at (+632) 988-9999, Belmont Hotel Manila at (+632) 318-8888 or Remington Hotel at (+632) 908-8833.

S&R Christmas Deal: Buy 1 Take 1 Home Appliance!

This week, I introduced S&R to a couple of friends who have never been to S&R. I just renewed my membership and to make the most of it, I bring along friends who want to check out deals and hopefully, sign up for their own S&R cards too! We visited S&R in Macapagal Ave. near Baclaran.

I like visiting this branch when I am already in Metro Manila, they have spacious parking – pleasing, friendly, and accommodating staff. My companions were canvassing TV sets and while they’re at it, I took photos of the deals to share on this blog. I know many of us moms would like to have home appliance more than any kinds of Christmas gift! Especially with new technology, home appliance can really improve our household and help us relax more while enjoying with the family.

Home Appliance Deals at S&R Macapagal

1. Smart LED TVs – this is the perfect gift for the entire family. We have one of these and have been spending more time in the living room especially with apps like NetFlix, iFlix – Smart TVs that can connect directly to WiFi makes family bonding time easier and more fun. It also saves us from going out for movies and we just make our own snacks while watching on our Smart TV instead.

Philips Smart TV 55 inch sale price P42,564.95
You save P7,430.00 if you buy from S&R

Other: Samsung Smart TV
P29,998.95 before: P35,998.95

2. Buy 1 Take 1 Personal Coffee Maker – here’s a gift that your coffee-loving family and friends will love. Coffee makers are usually expensive and big in size, however some of us don’t have big spaces in the kitchen but still want to enjoy a good cup of coffee. Coffee is one of the cheap thrills many of us enjoy nowadays! Just to be able to break away from work and prepare our own coffee then enjoy it in peace is such a treat. I got one for me and my husband so we can enjoy coffee anywhere in the house and when out of town. Because it’s buy 1 take 1, meron pa akong isang unit to give away for Christmas. I will raffle it out during our family Christmas party!

Delichef Personal Coffee Maker
P1,699 at BUY 1 TAKE 1

If you want the big version of a coffee machine, I also found this on S&R Facebook Page:

Delichef Coffee
P8,389.95 before: 14,989.95

3. Buy 1 Take 1 Personal Blender – Hamilton Beach Blender is buy 1 take 1 at P1,799.95 so that’s about just P600 for each unit. This is a nice gift that friends and family will use. I also got this to give for Christmas, I have many friends & relatives who are starting to be health conscious and this is my way of supporting them. I bought a personal blender before and it cost me P1,200 so this deal is really amazing because you save P600 and go home with 2 personal blenders.

Hamilton Beach Blender
P1,799.95 at BUY 1 TAKE 1

4. Buy 1 Take 1 Flat Iron - when was the last time you bought a flat iron? If you can’t remember maybe it’s time to replace and retire your appliance especially if it’s too heavy and consumes a lot of electricity. These buy 1 take 1 deals really make shoppers like me happy because I don’t just buy for our own home but also get another item suitable as Christmas gift. Plus, it’s a gift item that recipients are most likely to use and appreciate – not recycle or gift forward!

Black & Decker Dry Iron
P1,249 Buy 1 Take 1

It was just recently I canvassed from an appliance store and each flat iron would cost the same. At S&R shoppers will get two flat irons for the price of one. Hallelujah!

There are more deals that I saw on Facebook before going to S&R like the Tough Mama electric kettle on buy 1 take 1 deal at P899.95 but I guess I’m not the only smart shopper around and they’ve already ran out of stock. Don’t worry though because the staff told me they will restock, just visit S&R on another day.

So many other appliance on sale too like steamers, blenders, etc. I will come back for these before the month ends and dedicate one afternoon to check out all of these. Not sure if these deals will last until December so if you are interested, do visit as soon as you can.


Our family friend Enzo checking out appliance for his home

Food Items & Wine

My sister introduced me to Moscato wines and I was able to test some during the Grand Wine Experience. I was so happy to find my favorites at S&R. I don’t usually go to this section but me and my husband are trying something different in the form of wine appreciation. I like sweet & sparkling wines like this Yellow Tail Moscato.

In other supermarkets, this wine is more expensive. At S&R it’s just P399 per bottle. I got some for us to enjoy and another to open on Christmas eve.

Syempre, we also have to buy for ourselves and not just appliances for the home. We deserve this treat, including these baked good items I never leave without. First time to see and try the US Peanut Butter Round Cake made with my favorite Skippy Peanut Butter :)

Happy shopping Mommy!

How I use Domex: Germ-Free Toilet Hacks

Did you know? November 19 was World Toilet Day. I only found out on Facebook when fellow moms started using #WorldToiletDay hash tag and #1MCleanToilets. These were campaigns by Domex Philippines to educate Filipinos on proper toilet cleaning.

While cleaning our toilets is the last thing you want to think of, some moms including myself find it therapeutic! Cleaning in general can keep us preoccupied and allow us to clear our minds. But more importantly, maintaining a clean and germ-free home is vital to our family’s health.

Here are some of my personal toilet hacks you can try to make cleaning your toilets more efficient and comfortable. Don’t forget to play your favorite playlist while cleaning too!

Germ-Free Toilet Hacks with Domex

1. Prepare all your cleaning weapons and tools – everything is easier to do when you have the right tools. Here are my personal toilet cleaning essentials:

- Brush mop: for the toilet tiles
– 360 mop: this mop allows you to wring your mop hands-free and reach corners of your CR- Toilet brush

You also want to wear the following:

- disposable face mask
– disposable rubber gloves

These two will make it more comfortable for you to clean without worrying of getting yourself contaminated with toilet germs. Maniwala kayo sa akin dahil I am an ordinary person who really have experience in cleaning our toilets!

2. Prepare your all around cleaning solution – I use Domex which is a thick bleach solution ever since. Domex can be prepared and used in many ways, here is how I prepare my Domex to clean the entire CR or toilet:

- Pure thick bleach: for use in the toilet bowl
– 1 cap diluted in 1 pail (timba) of water: for use in cleaning your toilet tiles/floor with the brush mop and 360 mop
– Domex in spray bottle: for this, just get from the Domex + water solution. Use this for spot cleaning and for my last tip later.
– Water + vinegar 1:1 solution for cleaning your toilet mirrors, water grips, counter tops, etc.

3. 3 Steps to Germ-Free Bowl

- Apply Domex thick bleach along rim of your bowl, this will kill all germs dead. Thick bleach stays long enough to destroy harmful germs unlike thin bleach.
– Let Domex sit (ibabad) in the bowl and wait at least 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, I like using the toilet brush to scrub stains away which becomes easier to remove because of Domex.
– Finally, flush your toilet bowl. Did you know? Domex actually stays on the bowl for at least 7 flushes making it germ and odor free for longer.

4. Make it easier for other users i.e. family members, visitors (lalo na ngayong Pasko!) to keep the toilet clean.

- Make toilet paper available
– Display the spray bottle so users can spray the toilet bowl and wipe it before & after using especially when they sprinkle when they tinkle! Moms with little boys like myself knows this!
– Keep trash can visible and within reach
– Provide hand towels so family members can dry their hands after washing and prevent wet spots on the floor

5. Use indoor small plants or flowers to keep your bathroom fresh & beautiful

- Succulent plants are easy to buy, you can find them now in supermarkets, markets, or along the side of the road in places like Tagaytay. These plants purify the air and adds a refreshing pop of color in your bathroom. This will inspire you and others to keep your bathroom tidy, clean, and germ-free.

Join the movement to keep toilets clean for our family’s and our nation’s health. I know many of our kababayans don’t have access to proper toilets and many of the public toilets are not very clean. Like the saying goes, cleanliness as with everything else, starts at our own homes.

Keep up the good work Mommies and stay on top of keeping your homes germ-free!