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Monday, September 01, 2014

Christmas 2014 Gift Guide: Healthy Cooking for Happy Kids

Whut! September na? You know what the "-Ber" months mean, getting prepped for the holidays! Thought I'd start off the season with posts on possible Christmas gift ideas, so I won't forget, and so you can get some tips along the way too! Let's kick off with a great present for our mommy girlfriends - the cookbook Healthy Cooking for Happy Kids!

I learned about this fun new cookbook, Healthy Cooking for Happy Kids, by Katrina Ripoll and Lara Saunders via my friend Marge Perez, who is friends with one of the authors, Katrina.

Healthy Cooking for Happy Kids authors, Lara Saunders and Katrina Ripoll

Katrina sent me a copy, thanks to Marge, and after finally going through the cookbook page by page, I loved how it's more than just a compilation of recipes. It's filled with tips on how to truly take healthy eating seriously, with:
• A list of what you should eat more of and what you should have less of when it comes to meat, breads, sweets, etc without sacrificing flavor or fun. 
• A supermarket checklist to take with you on your next trip.
• Tried and tested advice on every recipe for the best success.
• A shopping/where to buy guide that includes the authors' favorite LOCAL sources/suppliers of good ingredients. 

Best friends since childhood, authors Kat and Lara, were immersed in the world of advertising and marketing, publishing and art. After over a decade in Canada and Europe, they found themselves back in Manila as first-time-Moms, and with seven kids between them, Lara’s love for cooking and Kat’s baking skills led them to exchange recipes over the years, and share and discover more about feeding their families with healthy delicious meals.

Healthy Cooking for Happy Kids is the fruit of their years of collaboration, where they share their recipes, tips and advice on preparing easy and nutritious meals at home.

“We were challenged by the lack of local resources on healthy cooking for our kids,” says Katrina, “We’re excited to show other moms how easy it is to say no to junk and yes to simple, home­cooked meals.” 

Working with Nutritionist Rebecca Lwin, Katrina and Lara share tried and tested recipes their own families love, including Crispy Baked Chicken Nuggets, a healthy homemade version that’s just as popular with kids, Very Tasty Vegetarian Lasagna, filled with nutritious vegetables, Kawaii Kimbap, seaweed ­wrapped rice triangles that are perfect for baon, and healthy desserts such as Awesome Apple Crumble and Honey Yogurt Sundaes

 “Healthy eating doesn’t have to be boring, bland or expensive,” says Lara, “These dishes are full of flavor, easy to follow, and budget friendly for all moms!” 

Healthy Cooking for Happy Kids is available at branches of Fully Booked and National Bookstore and Powerbooks branches for P650.

For more about the book, visit their website, http://HealthyCookingHappyKids.com and Like their Facebook Page, https://www.facebook.com/healthycookinghappykids.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

A Kahone Art Giveaway!

Kahone's Buwan ng Wika August Box

Before the month ends, Kahone and I would like to end it with a giveaway! TWO Winners get to win a Kahone Box of their choice (subject to availability)!

This is because August is a special month at KaHone as they celebrate Kahone Founder Mommy Lani's birthday! 

Not only that, they are also launching their new home online www.kahoneart.com

The website lists all the available stock and info for our convenience. Ordering and payment is straighforward and automated. Customers can choose to create an account for easy order tracking, with member benefits coming real soon! Or we can also order as a guest, if preferred. 

As a special treat until SEPTEMBER 15, all orders via the website will get 10% OFF with the coupon NEWSITE

To take part in the giveaway, simply join using the Rafflecopter widget below: 

a Rafflecopter giveaway
1. Like Kahone FB page
2. Follow @kahone_art on Instagram
3. Share or repost the new website post (cowracter in a hard hat and his new home) on Facebook, Instagram or both.

Post must be public so we can verify. Open to residents of the Philippines only. Entries are accepted until September 7, 2014.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Turn Your “Kalat” to Cash at OLX

A few months back, I tackled the gargantuan task of sorting out my pile of documents that I’ve been meaning to file, bags and boxes of gifts (some were actually wedding presents kept in my parents’ storage, eeek!), abubuts and such. 

I had a hard time going through all these because to me, my kalat weren’t just any ordinary household “kalat”, which is how my husband saw them as. 

Actually, most were treasures, so it wasn’t just a matter of deciding between “keep” or “toss”. 

I meant to keep most of them and I did end up putting them away inside cabinets that have been cleared up. 

Still, I am all too familiar with how unused things can suddenly turn into a mountain of “stuff” that just overwhelms – clothes, unused shoes, appliances, old golf clubs, tennis racquets, vintage suitcases, the list can go on really. 

Sadly, I can’t say the same thing about space. Kalat piles up, but unless you have a warehouse in your backyard, you could be labeled a hoarder in no time. 

Thankfully, and as a popular saying goes, “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure”, and this is where garage sales, flea markets, antique shops, auction houses and websites such as olx.ph (aka the old sulit.com.ph) enter the picture. 

I have friends who have sold old cars at sulit..com.ph/olx.ph, unused athletic equipment, even furniture, and just in a matter of days! You’d think no one would be interested but people are always in the hunt for a bargain, you’ll be surprised at what people are open to buying as long as it’s a good deal.

Seriously, there’s cash to made from trash, and if you’re gonna make money off of it, it’s always better that everything goes straight to your pocket. Cut out the middleman, and do the selling yourself. It’s really easy! 

Check out http://www.olx.ph/index.php/sell+your+item+now to see what I mean!

While at it, sing with me! Heehee!

Halina at tayo'y magbenta, Sa OLX ka pumunta, 
Ang hindi na ginagamit, Cellphone, TV o damit, Ibenta na sa OLX. 

Ipahayag mo sa mundo, ang gamit na ibebenta mo. 
Magbawas ng kalat sa bahay, I feel good at gumaan ang buhay. 

Come and join me, it’s for everybody. Just Post- Usap- Deal, believe me it’s that easy, 
Simple lang at mabilis gamitin,Thank you po, next time, sa uulitin! 

Halina at tayo'y magbenta, Sa OLX ka pumunta, 
Ang hindi na ginagamit, Cellphone, TV o damit, Ibenta na sa OLX.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Happy Skin Lippies and ZZs

Moisturizing lippies and a coverage cream that zaps zits while making our skin look flawless. 

Sounds like dream products, right?

Well, they're for real!

A few weeks ago, I met Rissa Trillo and Jacqe Gutierrez of Happy Skin at the launch of their new lip colors for their extremely popular Shut Up & Kiss Me line of lippies, plus their game changing The Happy Skin Zit Zapper Second Skin Cream aka ZZ Cream.

Over refreshing glasses of grapefruit juice and a sumptuous Chinese lauriat, we got to chat with the Happy Skin founders Rissa & Jacqe, makeup artist Sophie Uy and dermatologist Dr. Raissa Pasion about beauty products that work as skin care too!

Which is super exciting for me. See, I have the weirdest lips. Its like lipstick won't stick to it. Even if I drink lots of water, it's on perpetual shedding mode. I have to rub my lips with a towel just to get the flakes off.

Whenever I use popular lipstick brands, they just suck the moisture out of my lips, and the color fades away as if they were never there. I've come to use lip pencils as lipsticks, because this was the only way to make color stay, but thankfully, I found my match with Happy Skin's Shut Up & Kiss Me.

L to R: Shut Up & Kiss Me's new hues - Playing Footsie, Just Say Yes, and Honeymoon Glow

Infused with shea butter & collagen, I love how Shut Up & Kiss Me glides on like lip gloss, moisturizes like lip balm, and the colors don't disappear in a flash!

Top to Bottom: Shut Up & Kiss Me in Honeymoon Glow, Playing Footsie, Just Say Yes

These three new lippie shades, I have to stress, work across all spectrums of lip tones and skin color. They've been tried, tested and trusted. 

I first saw Honeymoon Glow on Sophie and loved it on her, but expected it was going to look dark on me. I was pleasantly surprised that Honeymoon Glow looked so natural on my lips, like a nude that just blended with my lip tone and gave it a slightly pinkish hue. 

Dr. Pasion meanwhile shed light on our skin care issues and concerns.

Many women resort to makeup to hide skin flaws, not realizing, they are aggravating their skin's condition by covering it up. Not so with Happy Skin's silicone-free Zit Zapper Second Skin Cream, which is especially formulated for those with acne prone and sensitive skin. .

It sounds Dr. Suess stupendous, but Dr. Pasion swears by it.

She says it truly works. After all, it's packed with grapefruit extracts that work as an anti-oxidant, yoghurt extract that minimizes acne bumps and brightens skin, and salicylic acid that takes care of treating the zits.

Rissa, who happens to have flawless skin, says she's personally tried their ZZ Cream, and finds that it also works great on her, and is actually a wonderful mattifier. 

Yes, it only comes in one shade, but Jacqe, who is chinita, and Rissa, who is morena, both agree that this one shade blends naturally on their skin, there was no need to come up with more.

I'd have to agree, I've seen it for myself. These new products truly put the Happy in Skin, and Happy Skin deserves all the buzz they are getting.

Happy Skin is available at Rustan's Makati and Shangri-la, as well as Beauty Bar and select Plains & Prints stores and online. For more on Happy Skin, visit their website and Follow @happyskin_ph on Twitter and Instagram.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Il Ponticello's Back! (This Time You Can Bring the Whole Fam)

Because I have always been a lola at heart, and would rather read a book, leaf through Vogue, or critique the fashion in an MTV music video than go out at night (this was during the dial-up internet days, in my early 20s) I wasn't much of a regular at Il Ponticello, or "Ponti" as everyone likes to call it.

But when my friends could manage to pull me out at 10 in the evening to go out, we would somehow end up there, even to just drop by for a quick drink.

I have actually come to forever associate the place with smoke and a room full of happily inebriated people standing and talking, or rather shouting into each other's ears.

I don't even remember how it actually looked like, if there were any seats at all. And not because I was buzzed, drunk or anything. Honestly, I'd rather spend on shoes than a drink I'll end up puking out.

So it is very clear in my head that the place was always shoulder to shoulder crowded, smoky and dark. Very dark. A great ploy to bump into somebody you were crushing on actually, come to think of it.

It was a whole lot darker than this, which is Ponti's new lounge area today by the way.

So when my mommy group decided to celebrate our send off for our friend Jenny Reyes aka My Mommyology at her in laws' Il Ponticello, the first thing that popped into my head was the smoke and packed room.

"It's different now, it's a gastropub, with good Italian food!" Jenny said.

The mention of good food to 30 something moms, is like telling your 20 something friends that there's an open bar.

Of course, everybody made arrangements to leave the kids at home on a week night, with the perfect excuse to the husbands, "Jenny is leaving in 4 days!"

Of course, some of us, I shall not name names, were also secretly hoping to sneak in a few drinks. Hahaha. Successful naman.

the Ponti Spritz

And the food, as Jenny promised, was excellent! I don't have the actual photos because my photos came out too blurry from lack of light, but Ponti is indeed now a full-fledged restaurant with appetizers, pasta, pizza, main courses, dessert and all.

Penne Pomodoro Salsiccia 

Pizza Maccelaio

Rack of Lamb 

Lasagna Carbonara

You can in fact go to Ponti during lunch with your parents and kids, and they'd have no idea that you spent a portion of your drunken youth there.

Great to know Ponti's back. Why not invite the gang for old time's sake? Get those arteries pumped up with cholesterol from the porchetta, instead of the usual alcohol. Or both. Because you can. Hey, why not.

Il Ponticello
Second Floor, Antel Corporate Center
121 Valero Street, Near V.A. Rufino Street
Salcedo Village, Makati City
Tel: +632 5539971, +63 9497608731
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