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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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Where to Dine In When in New Boston, Texas

We just moved out here in the country 3 weeks ago. It’s a big step we had to take, it is my husband’s decision to move out here and make it as his retirement place. It is peaceful and quiet out here and everybody seems to love it and enjoy the surroundings and all.

But, I on the other hand, is longing to go to my favorite stores to just you know hang out and pass time. I may eventually get used to driving 33 minutes to get to the mall, as long as I can buy the basics nearby, I guess I will be fine.

On a lighter note, we found a Chinese buffet restaurant in New Boston, Texas. I am delighted to know that I can just go there and have a taste for Asian food anytime I want since it is not very far from us. We did not expect much for a small town Asian restaurant. I have read reviews about them on Facebook before visiting them last week.

We were not disappointed, although buffet time was over when we got there. We thought that this place served tasty food. We ordered from the menu and plenty of dishes to choose from. We ordered beef broccoli, sweet and sour beef, sweet and sour chicken and shrimp. My children said they loved their food and so did my husband.

The restaurant was quiet and there were only us and another solo customer who dined in at the time, a few ordered to-go. I expected for a crowd but no, it is not in the city anymore so I must get used to going to places like this to be quiet and lots of empty chairs. Prices of food are okay.

Quality of food they serve is 8 out of 10. Ambiance is 7. Food server is 9, she was nice and kept asking if we were okay or if we needed anything. Overall, our visit to China Cafe in New Boston, Texas was a calm and pleasant experience.

I recommend this place to those who love Asian food. You can’t go wrong with this place, it’s good.

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I Am Gonna Miss Going to the Mall

So we have decided to move out to the country and here’s what my life is going to be in the next months and years. A life that will constantly missing going to the mall for freebies or shopping for crafts. Everything is so far away from where we are. Walmart is ten miles away, compare that to just 10 minutes in the city, we are talking about continues stopping due to traffic lights. Lowes and Home Depot are 45 minutes away including that small Asian store which we have visited for the first time last weekend.

I guess there is an advantage and disadvantage having to live far from the stores. It keeps me from spending so much money and would only go out the house if something really important I need to get. The disadvantage would be, it will require me an hour worth of driving and spend so much gas to get to the store in order to finish a project. Although there is Amazon that offers a 2-day shipping, but there’s a hella difference when you see and get to touch the exact product you want to buy so you don’t make a mistake purchasing it and save yourself from hassle of returning it.

Anyway, I am whining too much. I should be unpacking some more boxes now instead I glue my hiney on to the computer and use up a lot of our 50 gb internet data. Sucks!

 

Photobucket’s Ridiculous Pricing

I have been on Photobucket since I started blogging in 2007. I never had problems with them until recently when they changed their policy. They did not give their millions of users a chance or options on what to do with their saved pictures for decades.

I for one, was devastated when I found out that all of my images embedded to my blogs wouldn’t display unless I pay them an oozing $40 per month to embed and use their service again. June 2 a lot of their users were complaining they couldn’t access to their accounts. While I missed that hype, I can still login to mine but I fell into their trap!

I have a direct advertiser with infographic needs to be posted and I couldn’t do that due to Photobucket’s new rules. So I forcibly paid them $49.99 for the entire year which I found out this amount will just increase my storage space and still I cannot embed photos to my blogs.

I have done further reading, I still need to pay them a FREAKING $499.99 annually to use the once free service they provided! This is maddening! I can’t imagine how they pissed millions of their users. I wonder, do they even realize who ridiculously overpriced they are for such a simple service while there are other sites offer it for free? What are these people thinking?

Some commenters on their blog is predicting that Photobucket’s new policy won’t work and that they will put their business down to the drain if they continue to ask for THAT VERY IMPOSSIBLE PRICE for hosting pictures on them. GOOD LUCK PHOTOBUCKET!

I’m Just Busy

I know it has been a while since I last updated this blog and my other blogs as well. I will be back to posting normally once we are settled. Right now, I am kind of busy juggling between motherhood, packing our stuff in between, doing errands, taking care of my veggies/flower gardens.

This is not so me just leaving my blogs go dormant but rest assured, will be back to posting on time once I get things settled here. For now, may I wish you all a grand and enjoyable summer.

While others are posting their vacation trip photos on Facebook, I on the other hand, posting photos of boxes and empty walls of our country home.

Victoria’s Secret Semi Annual Sale 2017

I have developed a passion for PINK line of products over the years. There is something in these products that is so attractive to me. Gladly though that VS loves sending freebies, coupons and rewards for their loyal customers.

It’s their semi annual sale again and look what I scored? I have been wanting to buy myself this open-back long sleeves tee but then the price was too high for me to be paying. Full price is $37.95 but paid only $5.40 after store sale (50% off at this moment) and a reward card worth $15 combined plus a boyshort freebie.

I was a day late claiming my free boyshort, good thing they allowed me to claim it. I still have my birthday giftcard of $15 and I am waiting a little while to use it and see if there’s a glitch that I can use it and make the most of my purchase.

Happy me PINK lover here! You know the feeling when you really want something and you finally get it? Feels like floating on the clouds!


… the top is a little bit too big for me, but that’s alright. I prefer it buggy than being tight in my body.
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Pantene Haul at CVS

I rarely go to CVS nowadays to do my couponing. We are still pretty much stocked with almost everything right now so there is no need to anymore unless I have really good and many coupons to burn. That is when I find myself at CVS.

I decided to go today before the deal for Pantene ends which is 3/$15 and when you spend $20 on select P&G products you’ll get $5 extrabucks back. Here’s what I did, I bought 4 bottles of Pantene which will give me a sure $5 at checkout and grabbed several more products which I had a coupon to use too.

$41.64 worth of products, I used $24.25 worth of coupons, only $7.25 paid out of pocket and got back $5 extrabucks. The supplements is buy one get one free if in case you’re wondering why my calculation is lacking a few dollars. It’s like paying $2.25 for all at CVS. Coupons used were from P&G they sent in the mail, CVS coupons they also sent us in the mail and store coupons after scanning my red card in the store.

Life is sweet when you get good deals on things you use daily, isn’t it?

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