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Super8 Anniversary Grocery Shopping Tips!

What’s the best time to do your grocery shopping? During a sale! Supermarket sales are unusual in the Philippines but this month, Super8 Grocery Warehouse is celebrating their 11th Anniversary with a super sale! Super8 Grocery Warehouse has several branches nationwide and is known to be the top supermarket with the cheapest prices for everyday goods.

WATCH: Mommy Lace tries Super8 Grocery Pa-Hakot Challenge

Starting today, August 11 -15 Super 8 shoppers can enjoy discounted na, discounted pa items that this supermarket is famous for plus 8 shoppers will win a  Super8 Grocery Pa-Hakot plus Appliance Challenge! Imagine what you’d get if you were given 8 minutes to shop for up to P8,000 in groceries! Ano ang hahakutin mo? Canned goods, sabong pang-laba, o gatas ni baby? How exciting!

How to Join the Super8 Grocery Pa-Hakot plus Appliance promo:

1. Purchase a minimum of P800 at Super8 Grocery Warehouse
2. Present your Super8 Rewards Card upon checkout
3. Get your raffle stub found at the end of your receipt
4. Drop your entry at the Customer Service

Remember, 8 shoppers will get to experience this “grocery pa-hakot” by Super8. But, if you don’t win here are tips to make your Super8 Supermarket shopping trip a winner when it comes to getting more out of your budget!

Super8 Super Anniversary Sale Shopping Tips

Tip #1 – Shop during this period, August 11-15 to experience the Super8 Super Anniversary Sale. While Super8 is already known by many moms like me that it’s cheaper by 10-15% compared to other supermarkets, the anniversary sale means further price reduction. Super8 works with several consumer brands that we use everyday and during their anniversary, expect special offers on the shelves of Super8. You may not see these offers after August 15.

Tip #2 – Come early and prepared. Visit the Super8 Facebook Page to look for the nearest Super8 branch near you. For us in the Cavite area, we have Super8 Molino and Super8 Imus for example. It is best to come in the morning so that you have a lot more energy in looking for the best deals. Sabi nga nila, the early bird gets the early worm. In this case, the early shopper gets the best prices.

Wear comfortable clothing that you can bend, run, and even sweat in. Sometimes, the best deals are at the bottom of the shelf and if you are late, you can expect a lot of shoppers in the area racing for the best buys.

Tip #3 – Study and make a list. Super8 has several channels for customers to be updated on the latest promotions. These are the Super8 newsletter or magazine, Super8 Facebook Page, and the Super8 app. Go to all three before your shopping day and seriously take note of items that you can save on. Buy in bulk if you have the extra cash especially for items that don’t really expire like canned goods, detergent, and other cleaning aids for your home.

Tip #4 – Start at the Super8 Promo Isle or Rack. Super8 always have their customers’ needs in mind and they know shoppers are always looking for value for money. This is why Super8 readily puts promo items in front of the store. Here are some promo packs I purchased on my last visit:

Look for promo packs and ask their staff for other promos you might miss. The staff at Super8 are very helpful and knowledgeable about their own stock.

Tip #5 – Get a Super8 Rewards Card. Turn your grocery expense into savings by getting a Super8 Rewards Card. Having one lets you collect shopping points and use them to pay for your next grocery. Every P200 is equal to 1 point, and 1 point is equivalent to P1. This whole month of August, you get extra 80 rewards points for every P4,000 single-receipt purchase. More reason to shop in bulk during the sale!

If you want to buy a Super8 Rewards Card, also buy it now since it is discounted to just P50 from P100.

Tip #6 – Download the Super8 mobile app. I mentioned this app earlier but aside from getting real time alerts on promo (para mauna ka), it also lets you monitor your rewards. This helps you budget your reward points and motivate you to shop wiser at Super8! You can download it here.

When you download the app, you also get exclusive rewards, promos, and discounts that are exclusive for Super8 app users.

Tip #7 – Store brands will save you money. Para mas lalong makatipid, look for Super8 branded items. They are the same quality as your branded products, only cheaper because they don’t spend a lot on advertising. Smart shoppers choose store brand products like Super8 toiletries, sugar, condiments, and cleaning aids.

Tip #8 – Relax and review your items at the check out counter. Always watch the small screen at the cashier to find out if you are near or far your budget. You can always remove/add items as you please. Sometimes, in our hurry we over-estimate our budget. Super8 staff are very friendly and my checkout experience with them was very relaxed. They help me get as many points and allow me to adjust items I want to include or exclude.

During checkout, take the chance to ask Super8 staff for upcoming deals for your next visit. Finally, don’t forget to grab the latest newsletter.

I followed all these tips and here is everything I got for a minimum budget only. Parang may tindahan sa bahay! Syempre, I took advantage of all the promos. Now this stock will save me time from going to the supermarket and make us prepared for rainy days to come.

I hope this comprehensive blog post and tips will make you enjoy your grocery shopping at Super8 even more! See you all at Super8 and remember to be a smart shopper, Mommy!

Please post and share your Super8 selfies with the hashtag, #Super8DiscountedNaDiscountedPa :)

Mommy Lace is a blogger from the Philippines. She started this blog to share information on pregnancy, breastfeeding, childcare, family, and health.

SnR Membership Shopping – Rainy Day Deals!

Don’t let the rainy days stop you from saving money with S&R Membership Shopping deals. Every month, wais moms and smart shoppers wait for S&R’s Buy 1 Take 1 promos, discounts, and freebies. Every month is different and exciting, so before July ends – make sure to visit S&R this weekend and take advantage of the following member treats!

US Bakery Items at S&R

Rainy season means #walangpasok days for our kids! Don’t be caught empty handed in the pantry, especially with very hungry kids. Stock up this weekend with your favorite S&R Bakery Items, they are discounted until July 31 only!

Did you know? S&R’s baked goods such as US Muffins, US Loaf Breads, and more are made with US ingredients. That’s what gives them a unique & quality flavor that you’d be proud to serve friends & family. In fact, when I bring out S&R baked goodies I always get a long “wow~” from my guests!

Many people think these quality and best tasting baked treats from S&R are expensive but it’s not, especially when you choose deal items like me :) I like buying what’s on sale and that way, I get to try different flavors.

Mommy Lace Tip: Store your S&R bakery items in the refrigerator. They have best by dates but when stored and handled properly, can last longer for days. Don’t be afraid to stock up while they’re on sale.

Imported Treats made in America

My husband spotted these Twinkies. They are probably one of America’s favorite snacks and one we’ve heard/seen so many times in US TV series and movies! We’re excited to try these Twinkies and now’s the right time because they’re on Buy 1 Take 1 promo at S&R. It’s packaging is also great as school baon for our son.

Do you also try imported ice cream at S&R? It’s one of our latest discoveries since Blue Bunny Ice Cream was also on Buy 1 Take 1 a few months ago. This July, North Star Ice Cream which has a Penguin on its packaging is on sale! Sayang because these were on Buy 1 Take 1 a few days ago, but for those of us who missed this deal, these North Star Ice Cream Bars is still on sale with reduced price :D

 

Our son will love this. He is a fan of YouTube kid vloggers in the US who also try different ice cream flavors. Para iba naman! It’ll also be one of the highlights of our weekend. This pack contains enough for the whole family to try.

Naked Crepes is also still on sale. This is great if you have leftover icecream and want to serve a fancy crepe with bananas or other fruits + whipped cream. Yup, it’s that easy to make a crepe with a ready made crepe like this!

Imported US Brand Pots & Pans for your Kitchen

A lot of moms dream of brand new pots and pans that will motivate them to cook more in the kitchen. We’ve also seen how new & modern pans are so much easier to cook with and clean! Now’s our chance to buy the pots & pans of our dreams plus, they’re all branded and on sale at S&R!

 

I like the Food Network Aluminum Cookware 10 pc set

Another option is the Bella Non-Stick Hard Anodized Aluminum that also contains 10 pcs. of cookware. Wow!

I’ve been in and out of S&R so many times but it’s only now that I spent a lot of time in this section. Buti nalang, I follow them on Facebook where I see deals like this.

While I was busy with the pots & pans, I spotted my husband fantasizing with this Deli Chef Toaster. He says he likes this kind of toaster and it’s also on Buy 1 Take 1.

US Brand, Imported Bed Sheet, Blankets, Comforters, Pillow Case Set

If you’ve been waiting for a sale in US made and US brand bed sheets, comforters, and pillow cases – here it is. The bedding sets are on S&R’s isles waiting for shoppers to grab them with a Buy 1 Take 1 deal! I took photos of what the bedding look like:

Buy 1 Take 1 Claire Complete Set of reversible comforter, pillow shams, sheet set, and bedskirt

They’re so beautiful and cozy. Imported bed sheets and comforters are a real investment for your home. They let you sleep well and they last very long because of its US quality.

England Quilt Collection Quiltset Buy 1 Take 1

You can easily tell an imported bedsheet and comforter from an ordinary one just by looking. If you have extra money, I recommend buying this for your bedroom and treat yourself to a good night’s sleep.

Buy 1 Take 1  8pc. Comforter Set in Turquoise & Lime

Also, you can get two for the price of just one right now at S&R!

This is one of the best visits we made at S&R. Me and my husband felt like we’re on a date but it’s really because of all the deals we got and saved money with. Some of the items we bought were things we dreamt of for a long time but held of purchasing. It felt like Christmas when we saw most of them are on sale now on S&R.

Mommy Lace tip: These deals are until this weekend only, July 31 so please hurry and visit your nearest S&R to make these sulit buys for your whole family.

Lastly, our favorite Starbucks Bottled Drinks are cheaper at S&R. Cheers to a successful shopping trip!

Happy shopping, Mommy & Daddy!

Mommy Lace is a blogger from the Philippines. She started this blog to share information on pregnancy, breastfeeding, childcare, family, and health.

Easy Camaron Recipe with Grande Rice Bran Oil

Camaron is the Philippines’ version of Japanese Tempura. It is one of the top Pinoy dishes present in family gatherings and social events. It’s easy to think Camaron is a difficult recipe but is actually very easy and simple to cook! You just need the right preparation and good quality oil for deep frying.

For this recipe, I use Grande Rice Bran Oil. Rice Bran Oil is new to me but I’ve heard and read about its health benefits. Rice bran oil is extracted from the rice bran, which contains naturally present anti-oxidants such as Vitamin E, Phytosterols and Gamma-oryzanol. This brand I’m using called Grand Rice Bran Oil is physically refined. This means that nutrients are not lost during its processing and I’ve learned how nutrients is very important in keeping our body fit and well.

Rice bran oil is the top choice for deep frying Camaron and other recipes that require this frying method. As you can see in this photo, Grande Rice Bran Oil keeps its clear, golden appearance even after a long time of frying.  With Grande Rice Bran Oil, you can cook at higher temperatures without it starting to smoke and break down. Now let’s cook!

Easy & Crispy Camaron Rebosado Recipe by Mommy Lace

INGREDIENTS for Camaron Rebosado

  • 500 grams jumbo shrimp – I use Pacific Bay Seafood’s frozen fresh shrimp that’s ready to cook, peeled and deveined. You can do this yourself in advance
  • 6-10 pieces of Calamansi
  • 4 tbsp flour
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 1 egg
  • Grande Rice Bran Oil for deep frying

PROCEDURE for cooking Camaron Rebosado

1. Marinate shrimps in calamansi. Use a ziploc bag to do this. Put the peeled shrimps in the bag, squeeze calamansi directly on them. Sprinkle salt to taste. Leave for 30 minutes.

2. Prepare the batter – in a bowl, mix together flour, cornstarch, milk, egg. Season with salt and pepper.

3. Prepare the oil – in low heat, heat Grande Rice Bran Oil. Use 2-3 cups for deep frying in a deep pan.

Deep Frying Camaron

1. Place 3-4 shrimps in batter. Coat well.

2. Test if the oil is ready by placing 1 shrimp or a drop of the batter mix. If it sizzles, it is ready.

3. Deep fry battered shrimp. Place 3-4 pieces one at a time only. When the shrimp floats and has a golden brown color, your Camaron is ready.

4. Place cooked Camaron on top of paper towels to drain excess oil.

5. Serve with sweet chili sauce or ketchup.

The cooking oil plays a big factor in making your Camaron crispy. Rice bran oil is really suitable for deep frying and does not burn. It has a clean taste and the camaron is very tasty but not too oily or tasting like oil. You’ll be proud to serve this to your family and friends.

Happy cooking Mommy!

Mommy Lace is a blogger from the Philippines. She started this blog to share information on pregnancy, breastfeeding, childcare, family, and health.

#PambansangManok: Chicken Cooking Tips

Magnolia Chicken proclaimed itself as the “Pambansang Manok” or National Chicken. Did you know? The trademark brand, Magnolia Chicken started way back in 1973, when most of us millennial moms were not yet born. Of course, I first knew about Magnolia through my mother who was an excellent home cook. Now it’s my time to cook for my own family and chicken is my primary choice of meat. Cooking is like a crown passed from one generation to the next.

WATCH: Magnolia Chicken TV Commercial

Over the years, I’ve picked up chicken cooking techniques and tricks. Some from my mother and aunt, others from cooking shows, and these days from the Internet! Here are some Chicken Cooking Tips I’d like to share with you.

Top 5 Chicken Cooking Tips by Mommy Lace

#1 Choose Fresh, Healthy Looking Chicken Meat – you may be attracted by promos like Buy 1 Take 1 whole chicken, but before putting them in your basket – check mo muna. While you can save a few pesos, low quality chicken that’s  been frozen for a long time, have traveled long and far, may not be the best for your taste and budget. Low quality chicken meat often come in poor packaging, look rock frozen, and have pale color. They may not last very long once cooked or have weird taste once served.

Magnolia Chicken is:

• Free from anitibitotic promotants
• Rich in Omega-3
• Free from hormones and sterioids
• Grown in stress-free environments

#2 Store Your Chicken Meat Properly – whether you buy your chicken whole or in parts, make sure that they are wrapped and sealed in their own packaging. If in doubt, wash them and transfer to a ziploc bag. Chicken must be stored in the freezer to avoid bacteria growth. If your chicken smells funny, it should not be served and must be discarded.

#3 Prepare Your Chicken Meat for Cooking - are you guilty of taking your chicken meat out of the freezer at the last minute? How about cooking your chicken meat while it’s still frozen or have ice crystals? Thaw your chicken in advance. I am not a food expert but what I do at home is to transfer the chicken meat from the freezer to the chiller or refrigerator the night before I cook it. This makes it easier for me to prepare, cut, and cook the chicken the next day. This also prevents you from thawing the chicken on the sink which may be dangerous for cross contamination.

If you need to marinade your chicken, also do it overnight and use a liter Ziploc bag which is hygienic, saves your marinating sauce, and seals in all the flavors into the chicken meat.

#4 Extend Your Chicken Meat! – buying whole chicken can save you money. Different chicken parts offer different cooking options. Here’s what I do with a whole chicken and how I extend it to more meals:

– Chicken Thighs & Legs (4 pcs.) – Fried Chicken

– Chicken Breast & Back – Tinola, Chicken Chorizo, Pininyahang Manok

– Chicken Wings – I collect them until I have 6 pieces and make honey chicken wings

Of course, if you want to extend more just go for soupy dishes. Leftover chicken from roast chicken can be used for Chicken Sopas, Chicken Macaroni Salad, Chicken Sotanghon, Pancit, and Chicken & Veggie Stir Fry.

#5 Cooking Chicken Evenly - when I was just starting to cook simple things like Fried Chicken and Turbo Chicken, there were times when I was embarrassed at the table when family slice the chicken and see the inside is not yet done. Just imagine. Here are tips to make sure your chicken is done inside and out:

– Follow my tip on thawing chicken in advance
– Get the oil, oven, or broiler to the correct temperature before cooking your chicken in them
– Cook the chicken in low heat, low temperature
– Use a timer, follow the recipe that you’re doing

I hope these tips allow you to enjoy the #PambansangManok even more. Chicken is every budget mom’s best friend, it is easily available, healthy, flexible, and all of us like it!

Do you have Chicken Cooking Tips too? Leave a comment below and share with other mommies!

Mommy Lace is a blogger from the Philippines. She started this blog to share information on pregnancy, breastfeeding, childcare, family, and health.

Sofitel Philippine Plaza: French Month Specials July 2017

Every month, Sofitel Philippine Plaza in Manila celebrates Flavors of the World and this July, Sofitel Manila puts the spotlight on French cuisine. They have flown in the French Master Chef Patrick Terrien himself, one of the shining stars of Le Cordon Bleu. You can read more about him here. I happen to have seen a news feature many years ago about Le Cordon Bleu and learning about one of their chefs being in Manila would mean as close as I can get to eating a Michelin Star meal in France.

The Chef’s culinary animations are now featured in the Sofitel Manila’s Spiral French Atelier. There’s always something new to look forward to in Spiral because of Flavors of the World.  Anyone who have seen the film Ratatouille will absolutely delight in these authentic French dishes that stem from Chef Patrick Terrien’s many years of experience (all around the world). As you know, some chefs are a legend in their realm and Chef Patrick is one of those most sought after kitchen masters.

At one point during lunch, the Chef roamed around looking at people as they enjoyed his creations. He asked our table, how is the food? Everyone had something to say. As for me, I was transported to a luxury hotel in France, maybe Sofitel Paris Le Faubourg where I am giving compliments to this French Master Chef.

French Month Activities at Sofitel Philippine Plaza

Aside from the featured French dishes at Spiral, there are more special experiences that await guests this July at Sofitel. These activities are open to all guests who want to enjoy the French Culinary Culture. One thing you’ll walk away with is how serious the French are with their food with several rituals and customs that revolve around well, eating.

Cooking Class with Chef Patrick Terrien – July 19, 2017 at Spiral from 4pm onwards with rate at Php1,500nett per person. This exclusive class is limited for 10 aspiring artisans. Book your table for Cooking Class at Sofitel Manila.

Degustation: French Wine Dinner – July 21, 2017 at La Veranda with rate set at Php3,500+++ per person. Book your table for French Wine Dinner at Sofitel Manila.

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If I have to choose one, I highly recommend the French Wine Dinner. It is a very special experience with Sofitel’s French wine connoisseur, Tanguy Gras where guests can freely learn basic to intermediate knowledge on how to pair French wine with food. My husband and I have been to a Sofitel Wine Dinner last year. It is one of our most special and memorable dates, especially it was time for us to level up our dating game and F&B knowledge as grown ups of the world :)


Walking in the clouds of Spiral’s culinary heaven!

Happy French Month and see you at Sofitel Manila!

Mommy Lace is a blogger from the Philippines. She started this blog to share information on pregnancy, breastfeeding, childcare, family, and health.

DIY Family Movie Night Ideas with Cheers

When was the last time you allowed yourself to relax and just enjoy time with your family? This sounds simple but truly, mommies like us have endless tasks to complete. Sometimes the thought of having fun is great until we realize all the preparation, travel, and expense that are attached to a great family bonding experience.

Here’s an idea that can make staying at home extra special. The best part is, it’s simple, fun, and will allow you to practice your creativity!

DIY Family Movie Night Setup

Movie nights is an activity that many family enjoy but for this particular “viewing party” I wanted to surprise my family. I did this by setting up a cozy spot where we could all lounge and enjoy all our favorite movie-time snacks.

What you’ll need:

  1. A bath towel
  2. Banana bed or any bean bag
  3. Throw pillows, neck pillows
  4. Laptop desks that will serve as mini food tables

You can work with anything you have and you don’t have to buy anything. Now for the picnic or mini-party setup, you’ll need:

  1. Drinking station – Pitcher of your favorite drink. Disposable paper cups.
  2. Snacks station – our choice is leftover pizza, burgers, and snacks lying around the kitchen

3. Paper plates, Cheers table napkins, Cheers disposable spoon and fork

4. Trash station – To make your party mess-free and to help prevent you cleaning after everyone, get a laundry basket and just line it with Cheers garbage bag. Instant trash bin!

The secret for a successful family movie night without any tantrums from kids (and adults!) or needing to get up and get something from the kitchen, all really boils down to planning and having the right tools. I stock up on disposable plates, utensils, and party napkins all year-round. They allow moms the much-needed break from cleaning up! Thus, helping us also enjoy the bonding time we planned and truly unwind after a busy week.

Here are some items I recommend. All of them are Cheers brand which is also made by Sanicare. My older sister who likes throwing parties and get-togethers educated me on why it’s important to have these.

Jumbo Kitchen Paper Towels – it’s 2017 and “basahan” should not be your primary tool to wipe surfaces clean. Sometimes I wonder if “basahan” is really cheaper because they can harbor bacteria, you need to wash them often, and very time-consuming to use. Just imagine.

Kitchen towels is a grab and go solution, even for outdoor picnics or parties. Food spills, kitchen, and cooking mess are some examples where you can use these.

Interfolded Party Napkins – these aren’t just for parties but for your dining room. It’s rare to see Filipino homes have table napkins and as a mother, I learned how having table napkins easily accessible will save me time wiping my child’s mouth and hands! This is instead of using “lampin” to wipe food from a child’s face and then be miserable about the stain during laundry.

It also makes spot cleaning more instant, especially when you don’t want to get off from your seat and miss the conversations.

Flat Napkins – this is my favorite napkin to use when serving food. I like using flat napkins to sometimes line plates to absorb oil and to line surfaces like for this movie night, I lined the laptop tables with these flat napkins to protect surfaces.

When family members like to enjoy pizza or burgers with their hands, I offer flat napkins to wrap and handle their food in to avoid spills and greasy hands.

Cheers Picnic Pack – here’s an all-in-one solution for any celebration or get together. This picnic bundle from Cheers has everything you’ll need: pull napkins, cutlery, and a garbage bag to clean up with.

I hope you try this idea and surprise your family with a stress-free weekend celebration as simple as enjoying a favorite movie at home.

Cheers Mommy and Baby!

Mommy Lace is a blogger from the Philippines. She started this blog to share information on pregnancy, breastfeeding, childcare, family, and health.