Budget Birthday Cake

When there is a birthday in our household, we try to keep it simple. Meaning, no party and no expensive gifts whoever it is celebrating his or her birthday. Our Princess M just turned 5 a few days ago and we celebrated it just by singing her a happy birthday song and the traditional “blowing of candle” ritual.

All she wanted for her birthday was a toy on the cake, so that pretty much fulfilled by doing the following below. I also bought her a veiltail male fish for only $5. She had an awesome birthday she believed. Those simple things we did for her made her day a happy one.

Anyway, her cake looked yummy and pretty but would you believe me if I tell you I only spent under $7 for it? The cake itself I bought on sale for $4, regularly $6.99 at Albertson’s. The toys are a set was on clearance at Kroger long time ago for under a dollar. The candle is from my first born’s 5th birthday. I did not expect for the cake to look that pretty, even the toys coordinated with the topping of the cake.

You see how frugal I am. Not that we don’t have money to throw our children a good and big birthday party but I don’t want to go all the trouble preparing and cleaning up after the party. I also want to instill in their mind that a simple birthday celebration is enough so they’ll appreciate the simple things in life.

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That Aromatic Smell of Coffee that Wakes You Up in the Bedroom

I am not much of a coffee drinker, I drink green tea every morning but there are times in my life when my system is craving for coffee. Coffee smells heavenly and I know what a good coffee is when I drink a cup of it, it will satisfy me throughout the day. I also know what I am drinking is high quality or not.

I am so used to buying instant store brand coffee and the ones that are from the Philippines mixed with sugar and cream. I can tell the big difference in taste, in smell and the quality with the current brand I am drinking occasionally, the Nescafe Reserve Premium Instant Coffee is by far the tastiest, most pure and has this divine smell that travels in the bedroom and forces you to get up and make yourself a cup of coffee.

A packet of this product gives you a satisfaction unlike any other brands. I use creamer in my coffee especially this one because it’s so pure that it taste bitter in my taste buds. However, for some coffee addicts, this one really best for them, drink it straight and does not need to add another cup for it really is satisfying.

This product is available on Amazon for $24 for 2 packs, each pack has 40 packets in it. Truly worth your money because what you’re buying isn’t just an ordinary commercial coffee, but the high quality instant premium ground coffee that sure you’ll love.

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Angel Hair Pasta with Mushrooms, Tomatoes and Broccoli

I only had a little time to rest today before cooking for dinner, I took my girls to the pool and came back at almost 3 o’clock. Took a shower, laid down a little bit and did my mommy duty in the kitchen.

Anwyay, I planned of making my family some angel hair pasta tonight, so even if I was a bit tired, I had to make it. I did not follow any recipe. I just made up my own, bought a jar of Ragu Cheese Creations Classic Sauce and that’s it! It is tasty and sure is filling in my stomach. Now that the new Italian study says eating pasta does not contribute to BMI, might as well, cook pasta a lot and serve to the family.

With my pasta, I used the following;

Half a box of store brand pasta
two regular size roma tomatoes
a jar of Ragu sauce
sliced mushrooms
a whole flower of broccoli (cut up)
minced garlic
4 tsp. avocado oil (you can use any oil of your choice)
5 cloves minced parsley for garnishing
a tbsp of sea salt
half a teaspoon black ground pepper
cut up chicken meat ( guessing the amount of chicken, no exact measurement or weight how much I used)

Here’s how:
Boil 5 cups of water to cook the pasta. In another pot, boil 3 cups of water to blanch the broccoli. Brown chicken on a hot oil, stir occasionally. Brown the garlic when chicken’s tender, sautee that mushrooms, tomatoes and add the sauce, cover until mushrooms are tender.

Add the pasta and broccoli, sprinkle some salt and pepper to taste. Mix evenly. Garnish with parsley. Serve hot!

A healthful dinner that does not need rocket Science to make. You can make your own pasta recipe, anyway you want it, it is possible!

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Register Your Blog on Triangle Direct

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It is also a place for bloggers especially those that are new in blogging world and who want to monetize their blogs. Just register, become a member and voila! As soon as you are given a task or two, you will be paid with the advertisement you wrote on your blog. Trust me, this site is legit because I have been with them since 2008.

I Love Anything Patriotic

I am a mom of two and I love feeling good inside out. Being a mother and a full-time housewife does not mean you let yourself go or look “lusyang” since what you do is run a household and take care of your family. That’s a big no no for me.

One of the things I do in order to look good for myself is wearing current, trendy yet affordable clothes. I also love showing my patriotism to this great country, and with that being said, fashion and patriotism combined in one clothing, yes please! I am into that.

I so love anything patriotic, whether it be undies, cover-ups, tops or dresses. I am attracted to this kind of fashion. One of which is the cover-up I recently bought from Amazon. I find it appealing and so I knew I am gonna love this clothing once I get it, I am right. It is soft, comfy to the skin, the size fits perfect in me and most of all, it’s the American flag!

I got a few US flag tops in my closet and I am waiting for the right time to wear them, show them that I am a proud United States law abiding citizen!

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I Made My Very First Sushi at Home

I have always wondered how sushi is made because they taste so good and yet they are costly. As frugal as I am, I would want to learn how to make sushi at home so when I crave for it, I will just go make it for myself and my family. When I saw this Kitchen Boosterz sushi making kit, I knew I needed to have one.

I was right! I have made my very first sushi last night with the use of the complete set in the kit and a very helpful step-by-step guide manual that came with it. I screwed my rice a little bit, put a little too much water in there so it was a bit overcooked. Also, I need to practice putting more stuffing in the center instead of just plenty of rice in it.

It was taking me a long time from start to finish but it’s understandable since it was my first time and did not have any idea how to do the sushi. All in all, I think I did good, the first batch which is a heart-shaped was eaten by my two girls and the half moon-shaped was the second batch was my husband’s dinner.

Do I try making sushi again? Sure! I will not stop making it until I perfected it and be able to serve my friends some really good homemade sushi.

Photo below I am so proud to share with you all, it was made with love and hard work, haha. It truly taste and smell like sushi, I tell yah!

…the kit…

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My Free PINK Mini Cooler

I recently been upgraded from VIP to FOREVER. I shall expect sweet perks and more freebies coming ahead of me for being a loyal customer to them for a couple of years now. Victoria’s Secret sent me my new credit card along with a $10 reward card to use.

So, I hurried to their store the other day and grabbed me this cute yellow green PINK mini cooler, I bought this $10.50 worth patriotic boy shorts and used that $10 reward, paid 54 cents including tax. VS currently giving out this mini cooler with three color choices until the 11th of this month.

If you want it, make any PINK purchase either online or in-store. I prefer the latter so I don’t need to pay for shipping. I think, this mini cooler is the coolest thing to have this summer to keep my drinks chilled the entire time I am outdoors.

 

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Why Buying Sunscreen in Bulk is Good

Sunscreen In Different Quantities

Sunscreen in bulk is available for economical reasons, even with a custom private label, especially for a business that is looking for a unique item to give away to its customers that will keep the company’s name and phone number in view and in mind when ready to order the products or services. This does business promotion in a “quiet” way as customers will remember you every time they use it. A bulk quantity is also the perfect answer for those running a childcare center or a day camp.

You can directly apply the sunscreen purchased in gallon or quart containers by using an included pump dispenser. Alternatively, you can refill smaller bottles such as the one-ounce size that you want to use to reward good customers or give to each student. With the latter situation, you can continue to refill the one-ounce containers as they are emptied.

Combat the Sun’s Dangers

All those who work or play outdoors or do yard work and gardening must be aware of how to combat the sun‘s dangers. A quality, broad spectrum sunscreen with different SPF’s (sun protection factors) is the answer for great UVA/UVB protection. Some superior products also have a two-year shelf life, are hypoallergenic, moisturizing, will not clog pores, are greaseless, dermatologist tested, and have other healthy features.

Additional Ways to Protect From the Sun

* Wear clothing that protects skin. When you can see light through a fabric, UV rays can get through, also. UV rays reach the ground even on cloudy days, can pass through water so you are not safe if you’re in the water and feeling cool, and can even pass through windows.

* Apply sunscreen generously, allow 20 to 30 minutes for set-up time, and reapply at least every two hours or even more often when swimming or sweating. “Water resistant” products may provide protection for at least 40 minutes even when you are swimming or sweating.

* Limit direct sun exposure between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. when the UV rays are the most intense. If you must be outside, protecting your skin is very important. Also wear a hat and sunglasses that block UV rays.

* Check the UV Index for your area in the local newspaper or on TV and radio news broadcasts.

Find Out More

You are welcome to call Rocky Mountain Sunscreen at 1-888-356-8899 for more detailed information and to have any of your questions answered.

Wet ‘n Wild Cosmetics Deal at CVS Pharmacy

Last week’s wet n wild cosmetics deal that ended yesterday was buy $10 worth of products and get $5 extracare bucks. There is a printable coupon for any wnw product for 50 cents and another 50 cents for nail product. I printed 12 of those and got two 50 cents coupon from Sunday paper that total 14 coupons I used at the register. Three wnw eye pencils I did not have coupons to use it with but had a $3 off $15 purchase cosmetics store coupons to stack with manufacturer coupons.

So 7 nail polishes, 7 lipsticks and 3 eye pencils for $2.27 each, totaling to $19.01. I believe I got these items for cheap or free after $10 ecb if I did not have to pay tax. These will go in my balik-bayan box this September. I got a few cousins who will love to use these girly stuff when I come home. And seeing them happy and appreciative of what I give them is such a joy.

.99 cents x 14 = $13.86
+ $5.15
– $7 manufacturer coupons and $3 store coupon
= $10.67 + .88 tax
= $11.55 OUT OF POCKET AND GOT BACK $10 extracare bucks

 

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How to Make a Tender Filipino Style Chicken Barbecue

Summer is barbecue season and it’s undeniable barbecue tastes really good especially when shared with friends by the pool or lake. Or just being in the backyard with family, it’s like the perfect thing to do. But, getting the right tenderness and taste of the barbecue can be challenging at times. Most people usually overcooked their meat or worse, it is so dry that it is so tough to chew.

Here’s my Filipino style chicken barbecue that is so tender and has a taste of home. By doing this, it takes me back to the Philippines where street food like barbecue is popular among Filipinos. How I made my barbecue so tender? Follow the steps below.

1. Cut up chicken breasts into cube size, fatty part removed.
2. For one big tray, use a can or a bottle of Sprite. Marinate and refrigerate all night.
3. Throw out the Sprite and try to drain as much as possible and then put seasoning like ground black pepper, soy sauce, whole lemon squeezed juice and vinegar, minced garlic and a sprinkle of magic sarap if available.
4. While on the grill, slowly brush with marinated sauce to keep it from drying. Flip over, another brush of its sauce.
5. When almost done, brush with tomato ketchup with a little bit of avocado oil. I prefer this oil because it’s healthy than the usual cooking oil.
6. Serve hot and enjoy!

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