A New Bag After a Long Time

I love purses and they are one of my treats. I know I work very hard these days and I deserve a nice treat which is this MK crossbody I bought at Premium Outlet in Grand Prairie, Tx last weekend. After putting off buying a purse for such a very long time, I gave up and went ahead, indulge! It is not bad I think knowing that I earned the money I used to buy this.

I wanted a Vanilla Michael Kors bag, like I said above… been putting it off and saved my money instead. For a medium-sized crossbody and a little under $100 after 60% off discount isn’t so bad after all. While some people putting a smirk face on items bought at outlets maybe because a lot of customers already touched and put their finger prints on every item displayed in the shelf, I have no problem buying there anyway.

By observing other customers while in the store, I found out that you can actually ask for a new item in the back from from the sales associate. I asked for one shown below with straps still wrapped for protection, so for me it is still considered “new”.

I love it! I love the size and the color. It is lightweight and I am anxious using it soon. It has 4 different compartments inside for your little valuables and a separate zipped compartment as well. I made a good purchase I believe and I should not feel guilty for buying a new one albeit of the many purses still new hidden in my closet!

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Lunch Wrapped in Banana Leaves

There are many uses of banana leaves. Filipinos are known for being resourceful and know how to use them. You give them something, they’ll create something useful or edible out of it. Give them banana leaves, they can make you delicious Filipino delicacies wrapped in banana leaves. That’s just one of the many uses of banana leaves.

Another thing you can use these leaves for is wrap your rice and viand in it, the leaves will give your food that appetizing smell the longer it stays wrapped. Start by putting in all your rice in it, bury the viand while both are still hot.

The result is amazing. I brought my lunch yesterday at work and two other Filipinas shared and tasted my food. They haven’t tried doing it or not experienced it when they were little but we did. My grandmother used to wrap our lunches with these leaves when we were just in elementary.

I kind of missed how delicious the food is when wrapped so I tried it again after two decades! Pictured below is grits, fried pork, seasoned with salted fish, soy sauce and pork oil. Sooo yummy that I want to do it again one of these days! My co-workers even asked me to bring enough lunch next time so they too can enjoy it.

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Divatress Hair Wigs

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are 100% mine.

Wigs play an important role in fashion industry. They add life to flat and boring hair. They also enhance the look of celebrities who want to have different hairstyles in each show they perform or tv appearances. When choosing a wig that fits you, you should know what type you want, either you want to buy weaves, lace front, full wigs, half wigs, braids and ponytails.

It is also important which hair length you like, short, very short, medium and long lengths. Take note, Divatress has everything you are looking for. Tons of wigs to choose from. When you browse on their site you must feel like a diva, look like a diva once you find that very wig that best suits you.

Brands like Bobbi Boss, FreeTress Equal, Isis Collection, Janette Collection, New Born Free, Mowtown Tress and a whole lot more to browse and get you started with your search. You can also search those who are rated 5 stars and less by customers if that makes it easy for you.

As for my own preference, if I were to buy a wig, I would like to buy me a real human hair and pass the shoulder length with big curls on the tips, some hints of brown in it just like the one attached below my post. It just looks fabulous and fashionable and it shows my character when it comes to fashion.

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Time-consuming Delicacy but It’s Delicious

It is here in America that I learned how to cook. I want to eat and to do that is to learn how to prepare my own meal. Growing up, we always had our mother cook and prepare our meals for us. I married and moved to the USA 11 years ago and from then I have learned how to cook Filipino dishes. It was not hard actually, things can be learned fast if a person is interested.

Anyway, I never have any idea how to do any of the delicious Filipino delicacies, you know when in a country where no one is selling the foods you are craving, that left you with no other choice. The internet is a good source to search for information you want to know and voila! Different recipes, different outcome. Throughout the years of making this “cassava suman” I think I perfected it this time. It is so soft, just the right sweetness in it. Or I can best describe it as ” when you get to taste it, you don’t wanna stop and will want to eat some more”. Yes, is that good!

I use the usual ingredients to make this delicacy, grated cassava or yucca root, 2 cans of coconut milk, brown sugar, young coconut strips, vanilla, banana leaves to wrap it and lastly, I mixed it with sweet purple potato. Maybe it’s the potato that makes it different from the past sumans I made before. It took me 3 hours from peeling off the cassava until I start steaming them. Yes, it is that time-consuming of a process to make this delicacy, mind you!

Sorry I don’t give measurement of ingredients as I only did this of estimation.

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How To Look Your Best For That Big Event

Whether you’re attending prom, getting married or attending a huge gala, if you have a big event coming up then chances are that you want to look your absolute best. Looking your best all comes down to feeling your best and you feel your best when you find an outfit, shoes and makeup look that suits you perfectly and makes you feel like a princess. Here are some tips on how to look your utter best for that big upcoming event.

Give Yourself Enough Time To Shop For Your Dress

You don’t want to walk into the store the morning of the event in a panic, desperately scouring the racks for something to wear. Instead, you should give yourself a few weeks to really check out a few different options. Plus, if you find a dress that’s perfect but requires a few alterations, this will give you adequate time to have the garment tailored. Whether you shop online or shop in-store, it’s best to start looking early.

Practice Your Makeup

If you’re doing your own makeup, it’s a good idea to practice a few times before the big day. Sometimes a makeup technique that looks simple in a picture of a video tutorial is actually a bit difficult to execute. Practicing a few times will ensure that you know what you’re doing on the day of your big event.

Book A Hair Appointment

Salons can fill up quickly, especially if it’s a time of the year where a lot of high schools are having dances or a lot of people are getting married, such as the springtime. Try to book your hair appointment as soon as possible. The idea hair appointment should be booked early enough in the day so you still have time to do your makeup and get ready, but not so early that the style has fallen flat by the time you’re ready to head to the venue.

Accessorize

No dress is perfect until it’s paired with the right accessories. Shop around for the perfect shoes, jewelry and handbag to compliment your gorgeous gown. Think of accessories as the finishing touch to your look.

If you follow these tips, you’re sure to feel like your absolute best when you walk through the doors of your big event. Now all that’s left to do is dance the night away and enjoy yourself.

I Cook to Make Up with My Kids

I work, just part-time now though yet I still feel exhausted when I work 4 straight days in a week. When I am working, I cannot always cook fresh foods for my girls but when I am able to, I make sure it is appetizing and appealing to them so they’ll eat what I serve them. As much as possible I try not to repeat the dishes, otherwise they’ll get tired of it.

My girls are fun to cook for, they eat almost anything I offer them. That alone encourages me to do my duty as a mother and give them nutritious foods for their growing body and brain. Thankfully, my girls aren’t picky and if they try to refuse the food, I will just remind them the photos of those malnourished children on Facebook so they’ll eat and have no option to say no.

One of the dishes I can very well serve them which they accept willingly is this breaded baked pork chops for dinner paired with baked asparagus and brown rice. They liked it, oh not just liked it but loved it. I feel accomplished when my hard work to make them dinner is eaten and all gone.

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How to Get Started With Electric Smoking

Smoking meat is a passion of mine that I enjoy in my spare time. I initially got involved with this hobby when I realized how expensive smoked cheeses and meats were when purchased from a supermarket like Whole Foods. I wasn’t willing to pay the exorbitant prices in the stores, so I decided to find out what the best electric smoker options were on the market.

Food that is smoked has extra flavor without adding any calories to your meal. Because of this, smoking meat has become trendy and popular with outdoor cooking lovers. Before you get started on your journey, you need to realize that there are a variety of smokers that have their own benefits and drawbacks.

Smokers are tools that gives your food an environment that is enclosed and filled with smoke. The smoke seeps into your meat giving it mouthwatering flavor. When you use a smoker, you can control the temperature of the surroundings, but it is best to keep it around 225 degrees. The temperature must below and steady or hours until the food can be properly smoked.

The first smokers were not electric and fired up with wood from nearby trees. This is an excellent way to smoke meats but requires a lot more work and cleaning up can be a nightmare. Unfortunately for us hobbyists, there are no electric smokers available that help you get the same job done with a lot less work.

Electric smokers come in three types of models. The way they differ is with the kind of fuel they use. One of the most popular kinds of smokers is powered up with charcoal. This one gives your meat a ton of flavor but can be quite messy. I prefer smokers that are either powered by propane or electricity. They are commercial and perfect for homes when it comes to the important safety factor.

One great tip is that you can also use smokers as warming ovens. I do this all of the time with my electric smoker because I hate the taste food has after you finish microwaving it.When we have guests over, and we are not ready to eat, this is a perfect way not to have to rush our meal. We can take our time and enjoy our conversations and know that our meals our meals are nice and warm

I hope that this introduction to electric smokers has piqued your interest and that you continue doing your research before you buy one. One last tip would be to make sure you read the safety precautions from front to back before you smoke meat for the first time. Smoking meat in your home can be deadly if not done with security in mind while being fully prepared for anything.

Buy More for the Price of One

There is a new scent for Spring at Victoria’s Secret right now. It is called Tease Flower that costs $58 for a 1.7 fl. oz. Current promo is you get a free full-size tease flower lotion and a bath bomb when you buy any tease flower scent. Okay granted, the freebie is great but what’s even greater is when you buy a tease flower gift set for $70 instead of just one single item that cost too much!

My idea of this deal is, I bought the set which pictured below plus I get the same freebie as above. I had a $15 gift reward from Victoria’s Secret that made my total to come down under $60 including tax. You see, sometimes you’ll have to buy more in order to get more. If just bought that single perfume, all I could bring home that day was three items.

Fortunately for me, my mind acted quickly when I went shopping in VS store that I should just get the set that cost $40 more because I GET MORE OF what could’ve I paid for just one product. In the end, I feel I won!

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Hidden Sugars – Just How “Hidden” Are They?

That your food does not have a sweet taste to it does not mean that it hasn’t got any sugar in it. On the contrary, you’d be amazed at how much sugar can be found in our food; by this, I do not mean the naturally occurring sugars that you’d find in fruits or dairy products. On the contrary, I am referring to simple sugars like sucrose, fructose and the likes that are added to packaged and processed foods to improve the flavor or to increase the shelf life.

Simple sugars are bad for the health: they cause tooth decay, weight gain and even diabetes which can lead to blindness. It’s so painful that you spend time at the gym hoping to burn enough calories to lose the excess weight and after some months, you seem to have reached a plateau. You begin to question your workout routine, not knowing that the culprit might just be that energy bar or drink you snack on right after your workout or perhaps, your favorite salad dressing.

What’s more, simple sugars are incredibly addictive and often times improve the color and flavor of the meal, that’s why a lot of manufacturers rely on them, of course without consideration to our waistlines. This is why you do not see them listed as just “sugar” on the product label; oh no, they’ve got really fancy names for them. You would probably recognize them as fructose, sucrose, lactose, maltose…generally, if it ends with “ose”, it’s certainly sugar.

However, we’ve got an infographic that does a good job of exposing their hiding places.

 

Another Great Promo from Victoria’s Secret

If you have been following my blog, need not wonder why I post about my shopping at a specific store often than any other store. Here are the four items I got for free from my favorite shopping store, Victoria’s Secret!

2 pairs of PINK panties, a pair of bottle opener sunglasses and a big size water bottle all for free just by buying any PINK product. I chose this lightly padded sport bra for $28 including tax and got these sweet freebies.

I used a coupon they sent me in the mail, two free panties with a bra purchase. That is how I got the panties.

2 panties = $21
sunglasses = $14.50
water bottle = $24.50
ALL FREE!

Imagine how much I saved for all of them if I were to buy them in full price? I went to their physical store so I don’t get a cashback for it. However, if you choose to shop online, the promo is still the same, you just have to make sure you buy a bra and use the code FREESHIPBRA to get free shipping, this offer valid only today. Don’t forget to sign up through e-bates for a cashback.

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