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After Christmas Sale

Most people have spent too much for Christmas for sure. We are not an exception because we got two kids that we want to have some nice things for Christmas even if it means sacrificing my own wants. They got what they wished for, I don’t.

I wanted a digital camera to use for my next trip to the Philippines but didn’t get it, Black Friday and many other big sales have passed yet I still haven’t bought what I wanted, but it’s okay. I just have to use what I already have and don’t let it hinder my enjoyment in the future.

Anyway, I always look forward to shopping and take advantage of After Christmas sale where merchandise is mark down to 50-75% off. I shopped for peppermint flavored chocolates to send to my family as well as some of the gift sets Walmart had on sale. It is a great savings I did not wanna miss. I wouldn’t be able to afford it if I buy them full price.

Below is a picture of a nice cubic zirconia necklace and earrings, a little something for my little sister also marked down 50% off.


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6 Victoria’s Secret Products for under $24

Those who do not know me well have no idea when I shop at Victoria’s Secret, I do not pay full price for items I like. What for when they offer great sales, promos and rewards to use?

My haul pictured below is probably the best shopping I have done this year because I only paid $23.53 for all of this. I bought the bralettes 2/$25, mists on clearance at $4.99 each and panties for $3.99 on clearance. Minus the $20 Holiday Reward and free shipping of course.

Not forgetting to mention, bras are always triple points no matter what season or time of the year we purchase them. You see, I tried getting as many merchandise as I could for under $25 which I successfully did. Deals like this is hard to pass up, my little sister could use the bra and panties. I am going home in Summer so I am stocking up on pasalubong for selected people in my home country.

What about you all, what did you buy and how much did you pay for all your haul? Show me yours


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$1.29 Victoria’s Secret Panties Down from $10.50

How do you like scoring a good deal like $1.29 a pair Victoria’s Secret undies? I love how we can buy stuff we wear everyday for a lot less. Read on so you’ll know how I did it.

Today, angel card holders can get first access to 10/$35 panties on either Victoria’s Secret or PINK. Buy 12 pairs of those totaling to $42 and use your $20 off $40 purchase Holiday Reward Card and enter the code: BONUSANGEL or ACSHIPF17 for free shipping!

How I came down to just $1.29 each pair is, I used my $10 gift card that I have been saving to avail this very nice panties sale. I am a happy shopper right now and couldn’t ask for a better deal than this.

I don’t need more new pairs but of course, I have a little sister and little girls that could use some of these in the future. Stocking up on undies isn’t bad, is it?


… in case you’re wondering how the Holiday Reward Card looks. They give these away weeks earlier and now is the redemption time until December 15 only.

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A Surprise Early Christmas Gift

You know the feeling when someone surprised you with a gift you didn’t expect, much more do the kind deed to you? I was just beyond surprised when a friend just left this beautiful Juicy Couture watch in my car one time when I dropped her off in her home.

After having lunch with the other girls, we ended up just the two of us shopping in a store and we looked in a store glass display several items and pointed out cute stuff that’s in it. One that caught my attention is this watch but did not even think of buying it myself since I don’t need a new watch these days. Little did I know, she had something in mind for me. I knew she bought it for we checked out the same register together but it was really a surprise that she bought it for me.

I am beyond touched by her and I feel happy, that someone so generous thought about me that day… thank you so much ate, will forever treasure this gift from you!

When someone gifted with you a watch and you didn’t expect it. I am beyond surprised.

PINK NATION Set

I got me this beautiful set for only $28 including tax and shipping. It was on sale two weeks ago for $40 a set PINK NATION members only. The tote it came with is beautiful with zipped top closure and was FREE with the use of a code. Supposedly I can only get this tote if I purchased $75 but now, it pays to be vigilant on glitches, use codes for items that won’t cost you anything at all.

Aside from getting the free tote, my order also came with a $20 off a $40 purchase which will start end of November. Looking forward to paying off my credit card so I will not be burdened paying so much when the redeeming time is here.

But for now, I am happy with my baseball tee set and pants. They are really soft and comfortable perfect for cold weather days.

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Filipino Comfort Foods

When you are away from your birthplace and you miss home, there is not much you can do about it. Philippines is on the other side of the globe and I can only visit every two years. Going there takes a lot of preparation and good savings in order to avail the said vacation.

What I can do to ease the homesickness a little bit is cook foods and somehow think that I am in the Philippines while munching on the Filipino foods I love.

We call it, ” comfort foods” for it is with this foods we satisfy our cravings and fill our stomachs. Here are a few dishes and delicacies I can very well cook at home and feed my family with awesome goodness Filipino comfort foods.


Chopsuey, a Filipino dish that comprise of mainly vegetables, some cut up meat either pork, liver and or chicken. It is such a palatable dish that everybody can enjoy, of course this dish won’t be complete without quail eggs ( missing in the picture, I did not have it available when I cooked this food), young corn and a little bit of corn starch to thicken the sauce.

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Lumpia or eggroll. You can use any kind of shredded vegetables, ground pork, chicken or beef, seasonings and bell pepper. If you are vegan, you can replace the meat with tofu and enjoy the same taste eggrolls supposed to taste. The one on the right is what we call “suman malagkit” or glutinous rice cooked with coconut milk,white sugar, ginger and a pinch of salt to make it and wrap in banana leaves, steam for 45 minutes as the final step to cook the rice some more. It is a delicacy almost all Filipinos love and commonly prepared during special occasions because of the extensive labor this requires.

We can also make “suman cassava” by using grated yucca root instead of glutinous rice. It is a labor of love and therefore, should be eaten slow and enjoyed every bite in order to savor this delicious comfort food.

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Pork or calf liver is known for its chewy texture and this is what my mother used to give me growing up when I looked pale. She’d give it to me half grilled and when you slice it, you can see the blood dripping onto the plate.
It is rich in iron and known to help people with iron deficiency.
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Pink Nation Outfit for Under $30

When shopping is in your favor. Like this Pink Nation baseball tee and gym pants, a set that was only $40 for Pink members. Snagged this deal with a zipped top gorgeous Victoria’s Secret tote and a $20 award certificate for $40 purchase. I paid a little over $28 for all plus it was free shipping. I love Victoria’s Secret, I got freebies and discounts from them that is why no matter other people criticize their “cheapo” bras and products, I’d still buy from them.

For me, it is not the brand or how expensive your under wears are, it is how you wear and wash them. Anyway, before I get out of topic, this set I am looking forward to wear during a long flight to my homeland in several months. I choose this outfit for it is really soft and comfortable, suitable for long period of sitting down in the airplane.

I chose XS size for top and bottom, they fit perfectly for me. As you know, PINK clothing runs big for this Asian girl. I am glad XS fits me.

 

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Sears $25 in FREE CASH points

Shopping for new coats online wasn’t in my mind but then I keep receiving this notifications from Sears in my email. When I looked at it, it is a whooping $25 in free cash points. Who am I to refuse?

Looking at my girls, they are growing up so fast and for that they need clothing appropriate for their age. Since Winter is approaching, I just thought a new good coat to keep them warm while going to school would be nice. I am not gonna give them the coats once they arrive, I’ll wrap them with Christmas wrappers so they’ll have something to open on Christmas Day.

Thanks to Sears for this awesome free cash point. As you can see, I am also earning $5.13 for next shopping. A whooping of $98 in savings for this order today. Woot! Woot!

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Nutty Chocolate Banana Bread Recipe

Baking is not for me, I shall say. That’s a fact. I have tried a few times before baking some of the Filipino breads but I messed it up so I am not doing it again.

However, one thing I can do which I am good at is baking banana bread. This time, I made it perfectly. I craved for rich chocolate cake but I don’t have it available, I did not want to drive 12 miles just to get it at the grocery store. What I do instead, bake it at home.

Craving satisfied for a chocolate cake, though mine isn’t rich but it’s good and a bit healthier.

Here’s the recipe that I keep in handy, although not all in the list of ingredients I followed.

2 1/2 flour
2 cups sugar
2 tsps. hershey’s chocolate powder
4 large eggs
2 tsps. cornstarch
2 tsps. baking soda
1/2 cup sour cream
4-5 ripe bananas (mashed up)
1 tsp. salt
2 sticks melted butter
2 tsps. pure vanilla extract
2 cups walnuts

HERE’S HOW:
Mix all dry ingredients except sugar! Add it to the wet ingredients. Use mixer to get the cake texture of your batter. Bake at 320 F for 1:20 minutes.

OPTIONAL: add nuts of your choice.

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Cookout Once A Week

Nothing is more satisfying than moving to a beautiful home in a quiet place in the country. Comes with is a peace of mind and the appreciation of living in this world. Since we moved here, we make it a weekly routine to cook something for the entire family and invite a friend over to have dinner with us and watch a movie afterwards.

One of those cookouts is this fat cheeseburger prepared and grilled by my husband in his traditional egg grill called, “Kamado“. You know I see him as a grilling expert, he cooks anything in his kamado with perfection. Burger patties is one of them.

Everybody had a choice on what to put in their bun. This is mine pictured below. Just by looking at the picture, makes me drool and want to do it again soon. Home cooked meals are the best because you know what you put in your food. We do make our own meals 98% of the time.

However, sometimes I look for a change of taste and flavor and that is when I go to a drive thru or a restaurant to try other people’s food.

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