Friday, April 25, 2014
penoy's kiddie crew summer workshop
it's summer. the kids are home the whole day. they either watch tv or play with the tablet/on the pc all day. they're bored. what do you do? enroll them in summer school, of course!
the penoy just ended her mcdonald's kiddie crew summer workshop today and i think she had fun (kinda bitin for me though). it's first summer school and i didn't want her to be "trapped" and spend the entire summer in a class or a workshop so i chose this 2-hour summer workshop which lasted for 5 days only.
basically, i just wanted her out of the house. haha! but seriously though, i merely didn't want her to waste the summer away by watching tv all day. i also wanted her to make friends and develop self-confidence. the workshop couldn't really do that for 5 days only but it was a start. i also wanted her to experience how it is to join a summer school of some sort ~ something outside of school. she did learn stuff like how a fast food store operates or how to be courteous and friendly. also, she learned how to serve customers. i actually told her that when she's bigger, she should get summer jobs. i did for a couple of years during H.S. and it was a learning experience.
anyways, so now that the kiddie crew workshop's done, i need to enroll them in something else on may. something that ran for 2 weeks naman siguro. i realized that 5 days is not enough for them to really make friends and learn a lot.
Posted at 10:18 pm by chocol8junkie
Thursday, March 20, 2014
MommyPaloozaPH ~ my new baby
as i mentioned before, i opened my IG shop recently. my concept is simple really. ever since i became a mom, i realized how difficult it is to be one, so many insecurities, so many inconveniences, you think about a lot of things and sometimes you forget about yourself. since i became a mom, i wanted to help mothers, especially new moms out there and make mommy-life a little bit easier. when i became a mom, i forgot about looking good. i dressed in a shirt and jeans. i didn't wear any makeup, no accessories, nothing. all i though about was taking care of the kids. and then the house. and everything else. everything, except myself.
@MommyPaloozaPH in IG offers clothes (just a handful though) and accessories that could make moms prettier and complete their everyday get-up. i also offer something that (i think) is not available in the country ~ all-natural teething necklaces. these are made of wooden beads and cotton fabric that would help babies with their teething/nursing woes while keeping mommies pretty and fashionable.
i also offer matching mom-and-daughter bracelets.
most of the accessories i offer are handmade by yours truly.
i'm so happy to be doing 3 things that i love all in one project:
2) crafts / diy (i'm a professional jeweler, btw. i studied at the gemological institute of america (GIA) in california)
3) inspiring / helping other moms out there who are having a little difficulty being a mom
so if you have an instagram account, follow my shop ~ @MommyPaloozaPH. see you!
Posted at 03:01 pm by chocol8junkie
Friday, February 28, 2014
so what's keeping me busy nowadays? it's my new shop. my IG shop.
yep! after hours of scanning through (and shopping, ssshhhh!) IG shops, i finally opened one of my own. i decided to turn two things that i love ~ accessories and crafts ~ into profit.
i opened shop 3 weeks ago. i admit, it's so hard to gain followers! but i'm still hopeful as i expand my products.
i would loooove to tell you about the shop but this is all the time i have for now. i just wanted to let the blogworld know that i'm still alive.... just busy crafting and surfing and cooking up ideas and designs in my head.
wish me luck.
Posted at 09:21 pm by chocol8junkie
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
it's been several weeks since i completed my photo frame project. but i never had the chance to hang them because i need a professional job. i could probably do it myself because i know how to drill and i know a trick to make sure the frames were all lined up but i didn't trust myself to do a perfect job. so i had to contact our handyman. it was perfect! my handyman did a good job, don't you think? i love my photowall.
we've had this handyman for years now. he fixed our apartment when we moved out of my in-laws' house, he made repairs on our very first house and he supervised the major repairs on our current home. he is so good with his job that everyone wanted to get him for construction and repairs. he even works on sundays, he is in demand like that! anyway, so when it was our turn, the first thing that i asked him to do was the photo wall. so here it is.
Posted at 12:35 pm by chocol8junkie
Sunday, February 09, 2014
veggie and fruit storage wars
doing the grocery for a small family such as ours (2 adults and 2 preschoolers) is an exact science. ok, it's not. but there's some math, science thing going on whenever we do the grocery ~ especially for perishables. we always end up buying too much onions, tomatoes, calamansi, etc and they end up rotten. boo.
we do our grocery shopping at the landmark, however, sometimes they don't sell tingi-tingi for some veggies and fruits. so i started my quest (quest talaga) to prolong the freshness of these kitchen staples so we can get to enjoy what we spent for.
i found tips from pinterest (where else?!), experimented, tweaked them a little and discovered the best way (at least for us) to store and retain the freshness and usability of some of these items.
store onions in a brown paperbag punched with holes. seal the paperbag with a paperclip. onions need the a dry and dark storage but at the same time, air should be able to circulate around it. you can store the paperbag on a countertop not in the fridge.
garlic can be stored the same way as onions - in a brown paper bag with holes. our onions and garlic last about a month in them.
make sure tomatoes are dry. then simply line them up in a shallow basket (i use plastic storage) and leave them on the countertop. do not put them in the fridge as it'll spoil faster. i think our tomatoes last about 3 weeks or so with this way of storage. 3 weeks!
calamansi should be kept in the crisper/veggie drawer in your fridge. however, it should be free from moist. what i did was, and this worked like a charm, i'm amazed ~ store the calamansi in a plastic seal-able sandwich bag with paper napkins. make sure the calamansi are dry. make a lining of paper napkins in a plastic sandwich bag. dump all the calamansi, take all the air out and seal. our calamansi lasted 3 weeks or so with this way of storing them.
as for ginger, i tried several ways of storing them according to pinterest, like freezing it or putting it in a plastic sandwich bag, but it never seems to last for long. there must be some way to store ginger to last several weeks, i just couldn't find it. grrrr.
at least, we could store onions, garlic, tomatoes and calamansi for a long long time. try it!
Posted at 11:28 am by chocol8junkie
Saturday, February 01, 2014
attracting luck on the year of the horse
happy lunar new year!
ok, i'm a day late. but i heard, chinese celebrate their new year for days... so in essence, hindi pa rin late ang greeting ko.
i don't have any ounce of chinese blood in me (ok, maybe a drop), but i like preparing and celebrating their new year... especially things that has to do with feng shui. i don't really advocate feng shui, but don't think there's anything wrong if you try a few tips once in a while.
anyway, to prepare for the year of the horse, i read up on our luck for 2014. according to feng shui experts, dragons (that's me) will not have any luck this year. boo. they say, if dragons want to succeed, we would have to work hard for it. monkeys, on the other hand (my husband), will have a little bit of luck this year in terms of career and wealth. yay! i'm very much hoping for that.
and so to "counter" my "unlucky-ness", i got a few things. i got this red agate bracelet with a pi yao charm. according to this website
, the pi yao is a powerful protective cure and it attracts wealth.
i also got this jade gourd with a mystic knot to hang above our front door. it is said to bring good luck.
in addition, i got a golden horse on an ingot for our home and lucky coins for my wallet.
lastly, to up my luck, i constantly try to be optimistic to attract good vibes. yun naman ang importante eh ~ embrace positivity (it's giving me a red underline, is there such a word? i always hear positivity though), reject negativity. and if you sum up all the self-help slash inspiration books (the secret of rhonda byrne and paulo coelho's books, for example) and beliefs slash practices (feng shui or yoga), they all teach you to be positive ~ think positive, do positive, attract positive ~ all the time.
Posted at 08:50 pm by chocol8junkie
Thursday, January 30, 2014
happiness in a japanese bowl
i'd like to share a small win for me last week. my entry was one of the winners of the hanamaruken ramen instagram contest.
about a month ago, we took the kids to an mrt exposure trip. from glorietta, we rode the train to north avenue and spent the day in trinoma. since we never really go to trinoma (this is my 2nd or 3rd visit, i think), we decided to eat lunch somewhere new. then we came across hanamaruken ramen. they claim that their signature hanamaruken happiness ramen is the best so we had to try that. and, boy, they did not disappoint.
their signature happiness ramen came in a huge bowl. it was very tasty. the soup was just the right amount of thickness and the noodles were perfectly cooked. and the pork... the pork rib was just huge! and it was melt-in-your-mouth tender. the happiness ramen is one of the best ramens i've ever tasted. oh, and the price was reasonable too, to think that the pork rib was that big.
coincidentally, they were running an instagram contest. and of course, i had to join. LOL
and weeks after ~ not only did i enjoy their food, (and i've been craving for another bowl), i also won their contest. which, actually, won me a free bowl of their happiness ramen! wheeee! i'm one happy camper.
now, we just need to plan for a trip to the oh-so-far trinoma.
Posted at 08:11 am by chocol8junkie
Friday, January 24, 2014
4-minute workout for a fit me
so my friend shared this 4-minute workout on fb. it's said to be the trend in 2014 and claims to make you burn 600 calories in 4 minutes. here's more from abs-cbnnews.com
: Created by fitness coach Jim Saret of The Biggest Loser: Pinoy Edition, the four-minute workout involves jumping jacks, squats, pushups and lunges.
Pag tumatakbo ka for one hour, you lose around 150 calories... This one will burn 600 calories in four minutes guaranteed, Saret said.
While it is ideally done in four minutes, the workout is still very much dependent on a person's fitness level, said Saret, who noted that first-timers may spend two minutes doing only one exercise.
If you're in good condition, you can finish this in two minutes. So you go and repeat it [until the four-minute timer is over], he said. Some people who are sedentary first-timers, they can only do one exercise in two minutes. You'll eventually see some progress.
Saret begins by doing ten reps of jumping jacks, followed by ten reps of squats.
Squats are one of the biggest fat-burning movements. Ang lakas magsunog ng squats, he said.
He then proceeds to do ten pushups. Assuring those who think they cannot do a decent pushup on the floor, Saret said: You can use a wall. Going to the floor is actually an advanced move. You don't have to go to the floor.
The workout ends with lunges, ten for each leg.
Noting how a lot of people do not like doing pushups and lunges, Saret said: The ones you hate are the ones that are actually going to work.
4-minutes? that's the shortest workout i've ever heard of! so, in accordance to my "resolution" to be *cough* healthier and more fit *cough*, i thought of giving this a try. hmmm... how hard could jumping jacks, squats, push ups and lunges be? *gulp*
there's a different version called 4-minute metafit workout. youtube video here
Posted at 11:04 am by chocol8junkie
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
cherry blossom living room wall
as i have started making the diy photo frames for our bare walls, i thought of doing more for our walls.
i have this huge wall decal of a cherry blossom tree that i bought for less than P200. had that for months! i really wanted to mount the decals on about 3 pieces of canvas creating 3 panels for our living room walls. but since it would cost more, i just stuck the decals directly on the wall.
what can i say? i'm pleased! now i really can't wait to hang the photo frames i made. still waiting for our very own handy manny, mang jerry, who is so in demand nowadays to be available.
for now, onto my next diy project.
Posted at 05:46 pm by chocol8junkie
Saturday, January 18, 2014
yay! finally. i was able to finish a home project that i've been meaning to do for months.
since we moved in march last year, our walls are barely touched. they're so bare, i wanna cry everytime i see them. so far, i only have this on our dining room wall ~
so i searched pinterest (where else?!) for an easy diy wall decor and here's what i came up with:
it's so easy to do, it's crazy. first i had the photos printed 8R in size. then i got some 8 x 10 artist canvas from nbs.
i painted the sides of the canvas black using poster color. let it dry.
then i mod podged the photos onto the canvas. on the tutorial, it says paint another layer of mod podge on the photograph and frame to "seal" it. haven't done that yet. honestly, i'm kinda scared to put glue on the photo as it might ruin it (though all the websites i've encountered did put mod podge on their photos). but that's about it.
i'm so happy that i finally did some crafting again. it's beginning to be therapeutic that i'm thinking of what to work on next. as i've mentioned on my previous post, i've got lots of project in line. i don't really know where to start!
Posted at 06:59 pm by chocol8junkie