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First Time Making Japanese Rice with Seaweed

One of the many things I love eating is seaweeds. I grew up eating fresh seafood and seaweeds. It has iodine in it and other minerals that are beneficial to our body. With that said, trying out Korean or Japanese seaweeds are heavenly to me.

I remember when I first tasted Korean seaweed soup years ago, I thought it smelled strange and I did not like it much but then once I get used to it, I learned to love the soup. However, with Japanese seaweed, I loved it the moment I put some in my mouth. I just love the smell of sesame oil and seeds that’s in it.

So when we went to Korean store three weeks ago, I was happy to see seasoned Japanese seaweed also, I bought me two packs and I still have them in a jar these days, eating them slowly you know? Anyway, I found a a small jar of Japanese seaweed rice seasoning. I did not regret buying it for it makes my rice tastes good.

Sprinkle the rice with the seasoning, a spoonful of sesame oil, a bit of salt, a spoonful of apple cider vinegar and some sesame seeds, voila! I made myself some Japanese rice paired with pickled Korean cucumber, marinated fried milkfish and of course, Japanese seaweed. My meal is sooooo delicious that I can eat it forever!

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Old Navy End of Season Clearance Starting at 47 Cents

Now is the perfect time to shop for clothes for you and your entire family especially for your kids. One of my favorite destinations to shop for clearance is Old Navy. When we say, clearance, their merchandise is truly marked down to like they almost give it away.

You just have to take your time and have patience when shopping for clearance. There are plenty to choose from and some of the mark down items are buried deep under the not so deal items. As temperatures get dropping down, stores are also getting rid of their previous merchandise so you really need to head on to your fave store and start shopping for next summer’s outfit.

As for my haul yesterday, I found quite a lot on women’s section to be cheap. Two of my favorite finds are the blue hound’s tooth dress for under $8 and a beautiful beige/faux snakeskin body bag which I love a lot. It was marked down half price off and so I grabbed it. If the bag was sold at less than $15 and it isn’t as beautiful as the one I’m wearing below, I would even bother spending my money on it. But man, when I laid eyes on it, thought this bag was gorgeous for half off price.

Other stuff I found was 47 cents women’s sleeveless shirts, 2 summer dresses for my 7 year old kid, one long sleeves and two other top for my mother which are under $2 each. I paid a little over $32 for everything plus a $10 Old Navy supercash good for next shopping trip.

I am happy with my haul and yes, would love to go back there again sometime soon.

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Quick Fix Bean Sprout with Tofu in Miso Soup

Eating without soup isn’t complete, it is so dry and it is not as filling as with soup including in my meal. That is how I grew up. My mother used to cook vegetable stew a lot in almost every meal we had. With that said, now that I am an adult, I am used to having soup in my plate and kind of doing the same thing to my girls.

There are times I get busy with other things and I feel like having soup, what I do is try to invent something quick to satisfy my stomach. Here’s one of those easy and quick-fix bean sprout with tofu in miso soup.

First, you boil some water or vegetable stock, when water boils, pour in the miso paste and garnish, put tofu in, wait one minute then follow the bean sprout, season with salt and a bit of ground black pepper to taste, turn off heat quickly to avoid overcooking the bean sprout. Serve hot and don’t forget to garnish with scallion or green onions. Voila!

Making soup doesn’t need to be fancy. Just make use of what you already have in your fridge or pantry.

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I Fit Size 12 in Children’s Size

It’s amusing to think that at my age, I can wear children’s bottom size whether it be a skirt, a pair of pants or shorts. I like it though because when I go shop for my girls’ clothing and if I find that size on clearance, I can buy one or two for me too.

Children’s clothing if markdown or in clearance racks/aisles can be pretty cheap! I know I am a cheapo and I have said it a hundred times that I would only buy for stuff that are on sale. Practical as I am, you cannot sell me your full price items because I know they are going to be marked down eventually.

Who doesn’t like sales? Unless of course a person has a whooping $$ in her wallet or a wife that don’t care much how her husband earned that money for the family.

 

Victoria’s Secret Semi-Annual Haul

What did I just say in the title, “haul”? That if you can call those four items a haul, hehe. Haul for me is bags and bags of merchandise bought. Anyway, I am proud of myself again today for scoring a great deal of these things in the picture below at Victoria’s Secret store.

They are currently having their semi-annual sale where bras, clothing, cosmetics, beauty/fragrance products are marked down to 75% off. Since I still have new bras with tag on, I did not need to buy any even though I got two $10 off a regular priced bra coupons. Instead, went ahead and used my 2 free panties coupons with purchase.

For 4 items that would have cost me $35 plus tax without the coupons, I stuck to my plan, just get the things that I intended to get before I went there. Believe it or not, I only paid $7.04 including tax for these VS items below. The body lotion is on clearance for $3.50, the panties original price each is $10.50 but with coupons, I paid them real low. What a steal, wasn’t it?

Honestly, my undies ¬†are mostly freebies for being their loyal customers. I am loving it, they have my loyalty and they shower me with good rewards. Well they should, for VS is the only brand I wear whether it be a sport bra, panties and bras or even fragrance mists. It’s just a matter of give and take, ika nga!

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6-Topping Homemade Pizza

Pizza is bad, it contributes to your continuing growth of your belly but heck, it’s delicious. I love pizza but having a homemade pizza will make it less deadly, I believe. Although the dough is not from scratch, still I consider it healthy, haha.

Here’s what we had for dinner last night. I am proud to say that, with less baking experience I am still able to feed my family pizza with toppings we prefer. Dough and pizza sauce were store bought, but the toppings? I sliced/shred them myself.

Toppings include shredded sharp cheddar cheese, sliced canned pineapple, red bell pepper, pepperoni, sweet onions, olives, pre-cooked Italian sausage, minced garlic, a dash of sea salt and ground black pepper to taste.

The outcome? Yummy! It was all gone in one night. You see, we were getting healthy ingredients by making it at home instead of just ordering it at a pizza house or buying the frozen pizza with less toppings on it. Plus, it is easy to prepare and fast.

 

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I Received My Reward from AdvoWire

After months of being active on Advowire by religiously sharing their ads thru social media, I finally reap what I sow. There are several options to withdraw your points, either you prefer a visa card, a gift card of your preferred retailer, travel voucher, merchandise and a whole lot more.

I wanted a Macy’s gift card for the hope to buy a signature watch or purse on Black Friday. I must save it and continue sharing some more in order to gain more points. As long as I have access to the internet, I will not stop sharing or as long as the website still lives.

Being on AdvoWire is just one of the few ways I earn while being on my computer. It just takes patience and determination in order to at least save up points which will then turn into a few dollars.

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Healthy Eating is the Best

I have been doing my home workout since February but I see very little changes especially in my abdomen area. I must admit, maintaining my healthy diet is not easy for me. There were days that I just let myself go and eat whatever I can see on the kitchen counter or in the fridge, most of which are baked products with lots of sugar and other additives in it.

I workout 3-4 times a week and walk twice a week yet my abdomen still has some thick belly fat. Unless I alter my diet, I shall not expect something is going to happen with my belly fat. This week, I promise that I would only eat less greasy, less starchy and less calories foods in order to at least shrink my fat. I know this would be a challenge but I am up for it.

Here are sample cooking I do at home during these times when I really need to weigh half a pound or less.
I found live crabs at a Mexican mart last time I went there and bought four pieces of it. I just steamed them with onions and a bit of garlic, sprinkled with ground pepper and dipped in melted butter. The result is yummylicious! I prefer the crabs to be cooked this way, it’s healthier, simple, less hassle and quick.

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Another one is our brunch today, a small bowl of oatmeal with cinnamon powder, pinch of salt and honey. Paired with fried Italian sausage, cantaloupe and cucumber. My girls love what I prepared for them. Again, it’s not greasy and has amazing benefits to our body.

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My Sweet Gelato Indulgence

I discovered this sweet gelato by Breyers a few days ago through the use of a coupon. If it wasn’t because of the coupon machine spitting out a $1 of any Gelato product, I would have not tried and tasted this sinfully delicious creamy gelato ice cream.

I tell you, it is as delicious as it looks and I promised myself to buy some more when I get to go grocery shopping next time. How tempting is it? Here’s what I can tell you, once you start eating it, you cannot stop yourself if only you are not concerned of your calorie intake. Geezzz this is just one-of-a-kind ice cream even my girls love!

I wouldn’t mind eating this kind of dessert for as long as I know I workout hard and eventually burn the calories I had in the past days.

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Stocking Up on Bath Towels on Memorial Day

While Memorial Day is celebrated in commemoration of the Fallen heroes, this is also the time when retailers take advantage of making huge profits by flooding the consumers with their bargains both online and in-store. Most families especially those who have lost a loved on in the battlefield or in the country serving this great nation, they celebrated the occasion by visiting them at their graves, others are barbecuing in their backyard, some are participating the event called “Carry the Load” starting from NY to Dallas. And a few went to the malls or outlet stores to shop and take advantage of the sales.

I was one of them. My girls and I went shopping for home at Macy’s yesterday and bought 7 pieces Tommy Hilfiger bath towels. They were on sale for $7.99 each plus I had a 20% coupon on hand which cost me just a little over $6 each. Also I earned $10 Macy’s money after spending over $55 at their store.

We need new bath towels for the ones we are still using are at least 7-9 years old. They need to be changed because they are getting rough on the skin when we pat dry our body after shower. I did not get disappointed for I got what I wanted to buy although we were rushing yesterday due to severe thunderstorm coming our way!

Now we got enough towels, I can now rest my mind from spending money on them and will do so a few years from now. Tommy Hilfiger is a name brand known in the US, so that I alone, I trust that their merchandise should last longer.

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