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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.

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.

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.

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.

Canon Pixma MG3070s, 3-in-1 Family-Friendly Printer

When was the last time you bought a printer? Ours is an old Canon inkjet that we purchased a few years ago. While it’s useful for printing homework and family documents, there are printers that can do more than just print. Thus, justifying the space they eat in your home office!

3-in-1 printers are not new, it’s just that the last time I checked – they were very expensive. Until last week, I discovered an affordable all around printer. It’s also our first printer that will not need connecting cables and can print from several devices. Continue reading to learn more.

Canon Pixma MG3070s Price: Php 3,800

This is the Canon Pixma MG30s70. It can print, scan, and copy. The best thing is, it’s very affordable at just P3,800. My son and I set it up by ourselves. We just followed the box instructions and downloaded the Canon Print app on Android.

With wifi capability, we were able to print from our laptop and mobile phones. The printer came with black and color ink cartridge. It was fun being creative with this printer, it’s my son’s first time to “own” a scanner so we scanned many of his drawings and sent it to family overseas.

Our first #Pixmom project, a birthday card for my husband! My son and I printed flower patterns then layered them on another sheet of paper. The other elements like the text are by hand for personal touch.

Here my son printed his favorite character, Boboiboy and a selfie that he edited on his iPad. He colored these after and made him busy for a few hours.

The copier function of this Canon printer is perfect for “pa-xerox” errands like making copies of your birth certificates, car registration, etc.

The Canon Pixma MG3070s will now replace our old printer. It’s a good time to level up now that life is more demanding with school, work, and home management. This is the printer that will make your purchase really count, not to mention – you’d be able to use it more often vs just having the ordinary one function printer.

I plan to maximize it even more by printing shopping lists, budget lists, and even house rules!

Visit Canon #PixMom Events in Leading Shopping Malls

If you’re not yet decided and want to try different printers first, do watch out for the upcoming Canon #PIXMom series of events in the malls nearest you in July. Families can visit Canon’s interactive booths: a back-to-school booth where kids can select icons of what they want to be when they grow up; a kitchen booth where guests can design their cupcakes; the creatives in the family can print their own coloring sheets and scrapbook in the arts and crafts booth; plus dads and kids can test the speed of taking sharp photos using select Canon cameras at the basketball booth.

Follow Canon Philippines on Facebook for more updates and promos to get the best deal on your family printer!

Happy printing 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.