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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.

Trying at Home Cinema Experience with Fox Movies

When it comes to having a good and relaxing cinema experience, it’s not always about watching the latest film in the newest state-of-the-art cinema. In fact many mommies like me would have had an expectation vs. reality moment when we brought our kids to the theatre, only for them to get bored, claustrophobic, or needing to go to the toilet every 15 minutes.

Still, watching an exciting family movie is still one of the best ways to bond. It’s an activity that is agreeable to all family members – especially when it’s a superhero film like Thor, X-Men, and the father & son favorite, Star Wars!

Star Movies is now Fox Movies

We have cable TV and are subscribed to SKY cable. Our current package is the most basic one but SKY cable unlocks movie channels from time to time. Check out #FREESKYChannels on social media. Anyway, we discovered that Fox Movies is also unlocked and can be enjoyed for FREE until July 16!

Already, my small family and I have enjoyed a cinema experience at home with films like Captain America, Brave, and Finding Dory. Some we watched on weeknights with homemade midnight snacks.

Upcoming Family Movies on Fox Movies Channel

This coming weekend, I’ve taken note of all movies we want to watch on Fox Movies Philippines. Libre eh! Plus, it’s very relaxing to watch a movie at home when we’re all comfortable, eating our own favorite food, and without thinking of traffic or budget.

 

For mommy & daddy For kids and the whole family

 

Independence Day: Resurgence

London Has Fallen

Now You See Me 2

 

Hotel Transylvania

Miss Peregrine’s Home for PEculiar Children

John Carter

Brave

Moana

 

 

There’s so much more but these are the films we’d like to enjoy at home, plus all in HD quality. I know some movies you can find online but I never enjoy needing to hook-up our laptops, downloading for hours, or buffering when streaming online.

Thanks to Fox Movies, we rediscovered the joys of movie channels on cable TV. Just like before! But what we appreciate is how current the movie line up of Fox Movies are for this month. This is part of Fox Movies’ #ExpectIncredible promotion too where FOX Movies will start “52 Nights of Incredible,” from June 10 until the end of July, with the premiere of 24 blockbuster hits including, X-Men: Apocalypse, Independence Day: Resurgence, Moana, and Doctor Strange at 9PM.

While we’re enjoying Fox Movies now as a free channel on SKYcable until July 19, we are already thinking of getting it added to our subscription.

Tips to Enjoy At Home Cinema Experience with FOX Movies

Here are some tips to level-up your movie time at home!

  1. Yes you can sleep in the living room! – who says you can’t camp out of your bedroom and watch movies all night in the living room? Most likely this is where your biggest TV screen is! Let loose and allow yourselves a different home experience. Enjoy the TV, sleep on the couch, or setup a mattress for a cozy movie family bonding.

 

  1. Stock up on popcorn – popcorns are so easy to make with microwaveable ones. Now you have a heads up on what’s showing on Fox Movies, be sure to bring home microwaveable popcorn that’ll last you an entire weekend! Do grab extra cheese or sour cream powder too!

 

  1. Use a mini cooler for drinks – My husband and I are fanatic about bottled coffee drinks these days. They let us stay up late and enjoy our coffee cold! Make movie time feel like inside an expensive cinema by stocking on your favorite beverages, place them in a cooler with some ice, and enjoy them cold while watching the thrilling movies on Fox!

 

Finally and especially with kids, remember that things don’t need to be perfect all the time. Let loose, chill, and relax. Forget about the chores for a little while and enjoy this family bonding time. Our kids won’t be kids forever. Someday you’ll wake up and they’d have other movie buds to watch with. For now, enjoy this time as a family with you, your husband, and children all under one roof enjoying the blockbuster hits you’ll always remember.

Enjoy watching, Mommy, Daddy and Baby!

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

3 Tips for Stress-Free Baon for Kids

In the Philippines, we call packed snacks or lunch boxes, “baon”. It is lovingly prepared by mothers for their child who goes to school. Bringing baon saves money and ensures that our children eat the right food that we personally prepared for them. When you become a parent yourself, you realize that preparing snacks isn’t that simple and takes a lot of time preparing and planning.

Here are some baon “hacks” I’d like to share to my fellow moms who of course, try to make everything work despite the many roles and jobs we juggle every day:

1. Use weekends, holidays, and nights to prepare your kids baon ahead of tomorrow – have you ever experienced running out of time and you still need to pack something for your student’s lunchbox? I have! And that taught me a lesson to prepare my son’s lunch box before I go to bed. Weekends can be a time to go to the grocery to buy snack items ahead.

Ashton checks out the Gardenia Pocket Sandwiches on display

Here’s our newest discovery, there are now pre-made sandwiches that are individually packed and filled with either peanut butter or chocolate spread. They are called “pocket sandwiches” and are made by Gardenia Philippines.

The sandwich itself is sealed around the edges so kids can neatly enjoy them without spilling spread on their uniform. What I like best is the individual packaging that makes it a grab and go for moms to put in lunch boxes. Each sandwich only costs P15 and like most Gardenia products, it is widely available in all supermarkets and convenience stores.

For drinks – I also buy by the carton and just alternate between chocolate drink and fruit juices. Don’t forget to still ask your child to bring bottled water. I refrigerate the tetra packs good for a week so that it’s also grab and go during school days.

2. Bread is an economical and healthy choice for baon – always have bread in your kitchen. It’ll save you money not just for your kid’s baon but for all family member’s breakfast and snacks. I stock different type of sandwich spread at home: mayonaisse, peanut butter, chocolate spread, and margarine. Sometimes I also make my own tuna spread. Having bread in our kitchen has prevented us from buying food outside or calling for delivery!

Here are some of our “bread pile” for this school and work week. Carbohydrates are essential for children to remain energetic. Some adults stay away from carbs but I do like loading up on carbs especially on a busy day or for when I’m doing my workouts.

3. Stock baon in your refrigerator – put your fridge (and electric bill) to good use! You can stock baon, even sandwiches, in the refrigerator so that they remain fresh and free of mold. Whenever I buy Gardenia loaf, we keep it in the fridge and it’s still good even after it’s use by date. How many times have you also experienced your kids baon being infested by ants? It’s such a hassle and waste!

Don’t worry about snacks being cold because by the time recess comes, they would’ve already reached room temperature.

These tips are good for young kids from pre-school to grade 3 when usually, they’d only have recess and not lunch. Sandwiches are my top choice because they are filling, satisfying, and you can easily have different flavors just by choosing a different spread or in case of pre-made sandwiches and ready to eat bread, just choose a different variant!

Happy schooling, 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.

Get Discounts to Paw Patrol Live Tickets in Resorts World Manila

Paw Patrol is one of the popular kids cartoons on cable TV. My son started watching it when he was 4 years old and I’m sure many mommies like me watched it too (it’s mandatory!). Paw Patrol still airs on Nickelodeon with fresh new episodes. These days, my son and I watch it while having breakfast every morning.

The story revolves around a boy named Ryder who leads a pack of rescue dogs known as the PAW Patrol. Kids can pick up the value of team work, humility, and proper problem solving.

PAW Patrol Live in Manila, Philippines

I didn’t know about this show until my son and his best friend made a plan to beg me for tickets. They drew “We want to watch PAW Patrol” and they explained to me what and when the show is going to be.

Watch this video: PAW Patrol LIVE in Manila

Ticket prices start at P2,400-P4,200 and since there are two of them, plus I need to supervise them that means 3 tickets for all of us. Just imagine me scratching my head. But our kids are only young once and I want to cherish these live show moments. See: We watched Hi-5 in Manila at Resorts World.

Get Discounts for PAW Patrol Live in Manila Tickets with your Resorts World Manila card

After a few hours of research, I found that RWM cardholders can avail of cheaper ticket prices! Discounts are based on the level or color of your RWM card. Mine is a classic resorts world manila card which means I get 10% discount.

Section

Published Rate

Cash/Card

Points

Classic/Silver

10% Off

Gold/Platinum

15% Off

Classic/Silver

15% Off

Gold/ Platinum

20% Off

SVIP

PHP4,200

PHP 3,780

PHP3,570

3,570

3,360

VIP

PHP 3,600

PHP 3,240

PHP3,060

3,060

2,880

Gold

PHP 3,000

PHP 2,700

PHP2,550

2,550

2,400

Silver

PHP 2,400

PHP 2,160

PHP2,040

2,040

1,920

You can get your RWM card at Resorts World Manila’s customer service, or just ask the guards. There are many registration areas and you can get your card right away. Just bring a valid ID like a passport is the best to show.

June 2 and 4 are still a week away so plan your PAW Patrol weekend now and grab these discounts for your family before they become sold out.

Enjoy the show, 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.

Easter Barnyard 2017 Experience at Resorts World Manila

Easter has become a fun and spectacular celebration for kids, especially with malls around the metro that host Easter Egg Hunts, costume contests, and magic shows. Easter Sunday can easily become a busy day for mommies looking for the best venue and activity for kids to enjoy the Easter celebration.

We chose Resorts World Manila’s Easter Barnyard Adventure as it is the most visible and talked about online. I even shared the poster to my excitement and to let even more mommies know! Come Easter Sunday which was a partly cloudy day, it was tempting to stay at home but the new Skyway also known as NAIA Ex makes going to Resorts World Manila such a breeze. Buti nalang at hindi kami tinamad!

Kids Easter Celebration at Resorts World Manila

This review might be helpful in deciding where to spend your Easter Sunday in 2018. Newport Mall in Resorts World Manila is a top choice for Filipino families as a lifestyle and leisure destination. The shops are family friendly with mid-range restaurants, even fast food options. There’s always something going on at the Activity Hall for everyone to watch & enjoy especially on weekends.

It pays to read the mechanics before going on this Easter Adventure, I downloaded the Resorts World app first and showed a P2,500 receipt. We ate at Annam Noodle Bar and bought takeaway to reach the purchase requirement. We presented it at the booth and got a ticket to enjoy the Easter Barnyard Adventure!

Super sulit with the many booths that you can claim goodies from. Parent and child are both given activity cards with different stubs attached. The kids enjoyed free snacks like Tender Juicy Hotdog, Gardenia bread, Country Style donut, Eggnog snacks, and the most popular that day was the giant cotton candy!

There was a small skit and singing and dancing followed by a mysterious and enthralling magic show. There were also fun games in between.

Activity booths like cookie decorating (sadly McCormick ran out of cookies for us to decorate) and face painting were also available.

I noticed how Resorts World also quietly included kids from charitable organizations and treated them like royalty during the event. Good job Resorts World! They had the best seat in the house and I’m sure these kids enjoyed the event as much as my son did, maybe even more :)

Overall we made the right decision to celebrate Easter Sunday at Resorts World. Everything was organized, safe, and secure that it was also fun for mommies like me.

Like and stay tuned on Resorts World Manila Facebook Page, this is where I get to know what’s up for families and kids such as free activities like this. You can also download the Resorts World Manila mobile app.

Happy Easter 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.

2017 Kids Easter Event at Newport Mall, Resorts World Manila

Easter Barnyard kids event at Resorts World Manila, Newport Mall starts at April 16 from 3pm to 6pm. Here’s how to join fun activities for children.

From the Resorts World Manila: RWM guests who download the RWM Mobile Companion app and shop or dine with a minimum of P2,500 single receipt at any participating Newport Mall outlet until Easter Sunday can get the chance to win one of 500 exclusive tickets for this fun family event. Receipts from RWM signature restaurants, Belmont Hotel, and Remington Hotel of the same value will also be honored.

Mechanics on How to Join:

On the day of the event, redemption will only be from 12 noon until 2:00 p.m.

Qualified participants will be entitled to pick one stub for a chance to win an entrance ticket to the exclusive event. Lucky winners each get one ticket for one child and one adult companion to attend the Easter Barnyard Adventure.

Easter Barnyard Adventure at The Plaza in Newport Mall on April 16, starting at 3:00 p.m.

The RWM Easter Barnyard Adventure is loaded with educational and fun activities for children of RWM members and guests. Various booths will also offer treats and toys for the kids and the young at heart. Exciting prizes await kids who come in costume and participate in the Easter Barnyard games.

Download the RWM Mobile Companion free on Google Play and the AppStore. Visit www.rwmanilla.com or call the Tourist/Visitor Hotline at (632) 908-8833 for more information on RWM’s exciting summer promotions.

 

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