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2017 Christmas Home Decorating Ideas | SM Home

Decorating your home for Christmas is easier when done earlier. That’s my motto for this year and in fact, have started pulling out small decors one by one to hang on doors, place atop tables, etc. Christmas decorating can be overwhelming and at first glance, can be an enormous task for any mom.

My son and I have started a series of decorating every night, before we go to bed. It will eventually lead to bigger decors like the Christmas tree, but even that can be broken into a series of tasks instead of doing it in one blow. What’s even better is if you get the right inspiration, such as looking at or even adding these Christmas decors from SM Home.

There are also more than 500 Holiday ornaments to choose from, modern expressions of traditional holiday trimmings have an artisan touch that celebrate all that is creative and classic. With probably the widest assortment of décor in town, SM Home shares with us some tips of how to bring the holidays to our homes.

  • Classic Charm. Create a cozy and casual holiday living room with classic reds and greens that never go out of style. Add shades of white to create a refreshing theme, and don’t forget a bit of sparkle for added flair. Nutcracker toy soldiers, potted poinsettias and Christmas trees, carousel and candy cane ornaments, show globes, and miniature vintage villages will help showcase a traditional holiday scene at home.

  • Contemporary Luxe. Metallic shades make an elegant and polished holiday look. Mixing silver and gold – with a touch of antique brass and champagne – into your Christmas design adds warmth to your home, but with a luxurious feel.

  • Modern Opulence. Deck your halls with rich royal colors – amethyst, sapphire, tourmaline, and citrine – to create and chic and sophisticated holiday look. Make a beautiful and bold statement with glittering Christmas balls, jester mask ornaments, and oversized finial ornaments with ribbons.

  • Pretty Whimsical. Holiday décor can also be lighthearted and whimsical. Combine pretty pastels – baby blue, creamsicle, cotton candy, and chartreuse- with sweet dessert ornaments – gingerbread, cupcakes, ice cream, and doughnuts – for a playful spin that kids and kids at heart will definitely adore.

The latest Christmas Décor collection is available at the SM Home section at all SM Stores. Also, visit their largest Christmas Décor Display at the SM Home section in SM Makati.

Merry Christmas 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.

Josiah’s Catering Kiddie Packages | Flavors and Design Concepts for All Occasions

Celebrating life’s milestones must be memorable. Whether it’s a wedding, an 18th birthday, a graduation or a golden anniversary, a milestone event is a once-in-a-lifetime moment shared by the celebrants and the people close to their hearts. Because it deserves to be extra special, Josiah’s Catering always adds inspirations to all kinds of milestone celebrations with good food and unique design concepts.

Here are some of Josiah’s Catering setups for kiddie parties

Nautical kiddie theme party

Another kiddie party package theme

Baby Shower theme party

“The secret is in the details. No matter what occasion is being celebrated, everything must be perfect—even the smallest things—from the menu to the choice of color, souvenirs, flower setup, and table-setting, among others,” says Josh Versoza, Chief Marketing Officer of Josiah’s Catering.

Photo of Josiah’s Catering setup for wedding

As a banquet specialist, Josiah’s Catering has built its expertise through its long years of service, making all kinds of gathering an event to remember.

Photo of Josiah’s Catering setup for corporate events

It begins with the food. The wide selection in its menu covers a variety of preferences. Josiah’s Catering can prepare a nine-course meal, cocktails, and a complete lineup of desserts from English sweet treats and buffet de chocolat. “The food must be on point because it’s one of the first things your guests will remember. That’s why we prepare our dishes with the freshest ingredients to bring joy and satisfaction to any occasion,” Josh explains.

Creative Design Concepts for All Occasions

To complement the delectable flavors in its menu, Josiah’s Catering innovates event styling with a roster of design concepts that can match any occasion. Each design concept can bring your imagination to life.

You can express your sense of nationalism with the beauty of Filipino style. If you’re a Game of Thrones fan, you can have your own Westeros-inspired celebration. A bohemian chic décor matches bright and complementing colors for a lively atmosphere. Josiah’s Catering can make these and more inspirational designs from simple to avant-garde.

Sweet and charming birthday party table setup by Josiah’s Catering

“If you have a creative event concept in mind, we can work with you to turn your dream celebration to life,” says Josh.

With the help of its partners and suppliers, Josiah’s maintains its high standards in quality and style. From the décor to souvenirs, everything is handcrafted and created with meticulousness.

A Milestone Celebration Your Guests Will Remember

Because of its commitment to quality service from food tasting up to the last minute of the celebration, Josiah’s Catering has been receiving positive reviews from its clients.

“Our experience with Josiah’s was truly magnificent. The entire crew knew what they were doing, there was no traffic during the buffet, the guests were properly guided in the buffet table, and the VIP guests were served accordingly. We all heard positive feedback from our guests, especially for the food! Even after the wedding day, we still receive messages from our guests regarding how sumptuous the meal was,” couple Lloyd and Jessica said in a review.

Indeed, celebrating a milestone brings joy people. That’s why you should give your trust to those who can make it unforgettable. With the expertise of Josiah’s Catering in bringing flavors and life to celebrations, making any kind of occasion memorable is guaranteed.

To know more about Josiah’s Catering, visit their website www.josiahcatering.com or call (+632) 475-2703.

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

S&R Members Treat | My Picture Perfect Home Office Makeover 2017

We all dream of a picture perfect living space especially with unlimited inspirations on social media! Having an organized and relaxing home office space was one of my New Year resolutions for 2017. Now the year is almost over, my working space still looked like this:

I’m thankful at least I have this little nook to work in while other moms probably repurpose their bedroom, kitchen, or living area as their home office. Still, my office can use a little organization to keep me even more productive and inspired especially when writing.

Key Pieces from SnR Membership Shopping

Most would have limited budget for a home makeover. There’s also a belief that makeovers should cost a lot of money. This shouldn’t be the case if you invest in key pieces that can make a big impact on the look and feel of a space.

I found a lot of home office inspirations at SnR, I go to their Imus branch. The office aisle features different office furniture like office tables, office chairs, and accessories that can help organize office supplies, files, and gadgets.

Managers Chair #457 | P8,999.00
Before: P11,999.00 | Save: P 3,000.00

Seville Sliding Basket Organizer P699.00

Buy 1 Take 1 | Seville 9 Bin Storage Cart P2,699

Buy 1 Take 1 | Tyler-20in-Velocity-Floor-Fan P1,699.00

Tower fans are a good option if you want to rid your office of a noisy and bulky electric fan. This is next on my to-buy list.

 

More tower fans, here are the prices:

My favorite finds are different sized tables that can be used in other areas of the home. This foldable wooden table can be used as a mobile office desk, as a space-saving coffee table, or a study table for your child.

Tray Table P1,799.00

I shopped during the S&R Member’s Treat where S&R members get five whole days of big value and even bigger savings, with Buy 1 Take 1 deals and price reductions of up to 50% off on lots and lots of S&R picks – from grocery staples like fresh produce, yummy baked goodies, and imported treats, to various gift items, housewares, towels and linens, and even select appliances.

 

Gadgets for your digital needs in the office are also available at discount prices in S&R. I like the brands!

 

Home Office Finds at S&R Members Treat

After enjoying a round of window shopping at S&R, my husband and I were ready to fill our cart with our final picks for my budget home office makeover. Shopping for furniture during the S&R Members Treat is such an exciting experience with all the choices, sale, buy 1 take 1 offers, and the comfort of shopping that S&R offers in all of their 13 warehouse clubs!

 

No stress shopping! Shopping at S&R can be a date for parents like us!

Here are the items we came home with. I am providing the prices and names of the items so you can easily find them at S&R. Just ask their friendly staff and yes, you can still make it to the S&R Members Treat which runs until October 1!

#1 Artiva Window Almond Table Lamp P2,600.00. Absolutely the number 1 key piece for my office makeover. I took inspiration from home office designs on Instagram. Most have a side lamp like this that’ll also change the mood and scene of a space. It also reminds me of working spaces in hotel rooms. My favorite buy at S&R and it’s so cheap at P2,600. I once bought a lamp in a shopping mall and it cost me P10,000 for a regular looking table lamp. I can’t get enough of this lamp’s sleek and luxurious hotel-type design.

#2 Seville 5 Tier Mesh Organizer P999.00. Clean looking organizer with several slots for different documents. Just managing the home bills and other letters can be a lot for a mom like me. This will make it easier for them to sort “in” and “out” plus personal documents that I need to sign or send out.

#3 Seville Sit Stand Desk Cart P2,299. This will provide extra desk for your office and allow you to work sitting or standing up. Standing up is good for your health vs sitting in front of your laptop for the full 8 hours.

#4 Curver 3 PC Round Organizer Small P299.00. This is going to be my all around organizer for pens, and anyt small object that needs to be “hidden” such as USB flash drives and coins!

#5 Decorative Pillow 18×18 P449.95. This pillow adds a soft texture in your home office and adds a pop of color. I chose gray because I prefer colors that will help me focus and not distract me from work.

 

#6 Items for office snack bar. Snacking is life when you have to hustle and don’t have time for lunch. I’ve always wanted a snack bar so I don’t have to get out of my office and finally here are items that’d make that dream come true.

Thermos Glass Vacuum Insulated Bottle P320.00

Royal Dansk Vanilla Wafer P169.00

 

My #PicturePerfectHome Office from S&R Members Treat!

Picture-perfect home office achieved! I thought it’d take me months to do this and so was always afraid to start the task. The inspiration of new home office finds made this makeover process very easy and quick.

Now I believe that investing in a few, key high quality pieces like those I found at S&R are worth it.

 

Before & After of my cluttered desk

 Before & After of another area

 

I’m happy to spend more time in my office because it feels so much more relaxed and focusing on getting things done are easy. Some more tips to make your office space even better:

  1. Add a touch of green like small plants or flower vases

Decorative scented candles now just P199.95

 

  1. Enjoy aromatherapy with candles, essential oil diffusers or even just linen sprays. The best scents for productivity are lemon grass, eucalyptus, and bamboo.

 

Kitz Revitalisor P1,099

 

  1. Keep cords organized and expand electric outlets for more gadgets by using extension cords. Get modern ones with USB sockets to save you from using adapters.

 

  1. Enjoy piped in music with just your phone or laptop. I enjoy solo piano music or the Productivity playlist on Spotify. Your home office space will feel like a haven for all your mom and work from home tasks.

 

  1. Keep the door closed and lock the door. Nothing busts productivity like children or family members freely getting inside your office. Teach them how to knock and respect your workplace like they would if you work in a regular office.

 

I hope you can also enjoy a Picture Perfect Home Makeover with S&R! I enjoyed this journey and it’s something that will contribute to my life for many days to come.

The S&R Members Treat ends on October 1, 2017 – you still have plenty of time left no matter what space in your home you’d like to improve. It can be a picture perfect meal, living room, or bed room!

Good luck and happy shopping Mommy & Daddy! J

 

 

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

RACKS Philippines Launches Smoked Chipotle Ribs!

Racks has released their newest ribs innovation, the Smoked Chipotle Ribs. Their classic pork ribs that is tender and meaty slapped with the rich and spicy flavor of Chipotle barbecue sauce. Served with steamed rice and a choice of your favorite side dish.

RACKS Philippines Chipotle Ribs Menu + Price

Quarter P435
1pc rib, 1 rice and 1 regular side

Half P875
2pcs. rib, 2 rice and 1 large side

Full P1730
4pcs. rib, 4 rice and 1 large side

Chipotle is a smoked hot chili pepper used especially in Mexican cooking. Chipotle adds depth and a kick to meats and these days, chipotle ribs have risen in popularity (just check #RACKSChipotleRibs in Instagram).

RACKS bring Chipotle Ribs in the Philippines

Rich, dark-glazed, smoky ribs—they are the kind of dish that you don’t mind getting messy for. And when one thinks of ribs here in Manila, there is just one place that comes to mind: Racks. And they aren’t called the #BestRibsinTown for no reason. With their reliable heavy slabs that are sure to satisfy, Racks is known for their classic formula—the same one they’ve been using since 1992. And while they have a much-loved hit on their hands, they sure don’t mind flipping the script and trying something new.

A full order is great for sharing! It comes with four cups of steamed rice and one large side

Racks’ innovation takes things to a new level of smoky and spicy: Smoked Chipotle Ribs. Using the classic “falls off the bone” pork ribs that is tender on the bone with hefts of meat in between, Racks slaps on the rich flavor of chipotle barbecue sauce, a flavor best known for its smoke and spicy kick. And you can order this limited edition dish with steamed rice and your favorite side.

This dish will only be available from September 15 to November 5, 2017, so hurry on out to one of the nearest Racks Restaurants near you and grab some of RACKS Chipotle Ribs.

It’s something new to look forward to and enjoy with your favorite people. We all deserve this rib experience don’t we?

 

 

 

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

NEW Starbucks: Teavana Frozen Teas 2017

Here’s something new to look forward to at Starbucks Philippines, the new Teavana Frozen Teas from Starbucks! Perk up your day with cool new flavors that are not just tasty but instantly refreshing. It’s a brand new experience for Starbucks Teavana lovers with the new frozen teas on the menu. They come in the following flavors and are available now.

What to Order: Starbucks Teavana Frozen Teas

Teavana® Frozen Chamomile Tea with Kyoho Grape and Aloe – Chamomile tea is known for its relaxing and calming effects. Imagine a taking a break with this handcrafted frozen tea that’s also infused with aloe. Aloe is popular for its health and cosmetic benefits, with the Frozen Chamomile Tea you’re not just relaxing but also doing good for your mind and body! Kyoho grapes are known for being one of the largest and sweetest type of grapes. The Kyoho grape used by Starbucks is already peeled and adds a fruity touch to their Frozen Chamomile Tea.

Teavana® Frozen Hibiscus Tea with Pomegranate Pearls – A crowd favorite, Hibiscus tea is perfect for those who love a fruity and sweet tasting tea. It is also a bit citrus-y which is very refreshing on a hot or busy day. Teavana’s Hibiscus drinks are not complete without pomegranate pearls that compliments the berry flavors of Hibiscus. Try your favorite Teavana Hibiscus in frozen tea form for a new kind of tea experience!

Starbucks Teavana Frozen Tea Prices:

Tall – ₱ 150
Grande ₱ 165
Venti– ₱ 180

These two new handcrafted beverages are prepared icy-smooth and with the finest Teavana® teas and premium ingredients. They are perfectly slushy and slurpy perfect for the Philippines’ humid weather or just when you really need to take a break and cool down. Everyone deserves tea time and tea time will never be the same once you try these Teavana Frozen Teas.

NEW Starbucks Lunch | NEW Salad Cups

What’s the best time to visit Starbucks? Nowadays, it’s lunch because they always have new and exciting lunch food items that vary from light like salads to something heavier like lasagna! Don’t miss out on these new Starbucks Salad Cups that come in the following variants:

Oriental Vermicelli Chicken – Vermicelli noodles tossed in oriental dressing with crunchy vegetables, crispy fried wanton strips and sesame chicken slices.

Arugula pasta salad with creamy parmesan – Al dente tri-color fussilli pastsa, fresh tomatoes, black olives and bell pepper on bed of arugula with creamy parmesan dressing.

My favorite is the Arugula pasta salad. Just the other day, I enjoyed it with a soy cafe latte for brunch. It might be a weird combination for some but I loved it! I will try it next time with a Frozen Teavana Hibiscus Tea and enjoy it al fresco.

NEW Starbucks Card

If you’re going to enjoy these new Starbucks items, be smart and do it with a Starbucks Card! Not only are they a treat to collect, especially with this new maple leaf designs but earning rewards points is life for Starbucks fans :)

Which of these new Starbucks items do you want to try? Enjoy your next tea time at Starbucks!

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

Top 5 Must-Try at Sofitel Spiral’s Flavors of India | September 11-17

Sofitel Philippine Plaza gives patrons the best reason to keep dining at Spiral through Flavors of the World. Flavors of the World is a culinary celebration that highlights exotic flavors from the culinary world. This means that at least every quarter, patrons can always expect new gastronomic adventures and experience at the Spiral buffet.

This September, the French luxury hotel celebrates the exciting flavors of India. From September 11-17, Spiral’s Indian Master Chef Halim Ali Khan enhances his sumptuous selection at the North Indian Atelier (Indian food section at Spiral). Chef Halim adds more dishes that originate from different regions of India from Mumbai to Kashmir.

Top 5 Must-Try Indian Food at Spiral’s Incredible India | Flavors of the World

1. Start your incredible Indian food journey with Sev Puri

Sev is a popular Indian snack food consisting of small pieces of crunchy noodles. It is made from chickpea flour paste, seasoned with turmeric, cayenne, and deep-fried in oil. 2-3 pieces of Sev Puri is enough to whet your appetite for other distinct Indian flavors and fare. Pair it with any of the featured Indian beverage such as their blended mango-yogurt drink.

2. Satisfy your Indian Rice craving with Kashmiri Pulao

Kashmiri pulao is a very popular Kashmiri rice dish. It is prepared with dry fruits, nuts, and fresh fruits that level-up our rice experience. It is far from our Filipino plain rice and is simply exploding with sweet, fresh, nutty, and citrus flavors. This is the best rice to pair your next Indian dishes with.

Other Indian rice dishes include Prawns Masala Rice and Yahkni Pulao.

3. Enjoy authentic Gosht Rogan Josh from Chef Halim

Rogan josh is a popular Indian dish that Indian food lovers like myself typically order from Indian restaurants such as New Bombay. It’s a different experience here at Spiral, scooping your own lamb pieces and gravy to your heart’s content. Chef Halim’s rogan josh satisfies any craving for Indian flavors and hits the right spots with the dish’s distinct aroma, Indian spices, and superbly tendered lamb.

Pair it with Palak Paneer for a creamier experience of fresh cheese combined with pureed spinach, garam masala, and other Indian flavors and spices.

4. Buttered Chicken Tikka Masala is perfect for Indian Food “would-be” lovers

Chicken tikka masala is another popular dish. While others can consider it mainstream, it is still the perfect lure for those who’re just trying to love Indian Food for the first time. Say you want to bring a friend or partner to Spiral’s Incredible India feast, then this is a must-recommend Indian dish.

Chef Halim’s Tikka Masala is juicy, tender, creamy, with just the right amount of spice and Indian flavors. It’s a heavenly experience to scoop and enjoy as much masala gravy as you want.

For the more adventurous option, try the Chicken Vindaloo that is mixed with cubed potatoes and is said to have more intense flavors than a traditional Chicken Tikka Masala.

5. Indian desserts to complete your culinary journey

Indian desserts are close to the Filipino’s taste for sweet and starchy treats. At Spiral’s Incredible India celebration, go for Indian desserts like Gajar Halwa. Gajar Halwa is a sweet carrot pudding, like carrot bread but with so much more freshness with real carrot shreds and spices like cinnamon. Don’t let its “vegetable” looks deceive you.

There’s also the vegetable samosa that’s also close to our empanada but of course, Indian Samosa has a distinct spice and flavor that an authentic Indian master chef perfectly combines. Semiyan Kheer is also a dessert that we don’t see often, it is an Indian dessert that’s made with milk and vermicelli strands. A very interesting combination indeed.

Flavors of India at Spiral | Rates for Lunch and Dinner

Sofitel Manila’s Spiral Indian Masterchef, Chef Halim Ali Khan

Flavors of India at Spiral runs from September 11-17. Lunch buffet is at P2,600 and P3,100  for dinner buffet. Book your table at http://www.spiralmanila.com/and follow Spiral Manila on Facebook for more updates on promos.

Other Flavors of India events are:

Cooking Class featuring Chef Halim Ali Khan | 12 September 2017 | 4 PM | Davao – Boracay Show Kitchen

Chef Halim presents a featured culinary workshop with selected recipes. Rate is set at Php1,500nett. Kindly book your participation early to guarantee your slot.

Chef’s Table | 14 September 2017 | 11:30 AM | Davao – Boracay Show Kitchen

Be part of an exclusive dining engagement for discerning gourmands as Chef Halim Ali Khan presents a specially-curated menu showcasing the wonderful flavors of India. Rate is set at Php2,600nett per person.

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