Category: personal

Cute Aldo Crossbody From $39.99 Down to $10 Plus

Look what I found on DSW website? This is probably one of the cutest crossbody bags I own now. I love it’s hot pink color ( photo don’t show and don’t do justice) and the first pink color bag I bought.

Sometimes it pays to be patient and wait until you hit the deal. Before I could purchase this thing, I eyed on it for a few days and so wanted to buy it right away but had a hard time using my coupon certificate on their website so, that somehow, delayed me from checking this out. Well, the odd was in favor of me because two days after I itched buying it, DSW offered 25% off promo for their entire site including clearance or sale items and take note free shipping too. BOOM! How I liked that?

If I didn’t wait, I could have paid more for this item than the price I got it for. Imagine this crossbody bag retails from $39.99 and only paid $10 plus tax final price after site promo and a coupon certificate worth $20! Ain’t that sweet? I am happy because the thing I really want finally in my closet for a fraction of a price than what most people normally pay. It’s sooo cute and beautiful!

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Chicken Flavor Porridge

As we get into mid November, our temperature here in Texas continues to get cold each passing day. With that said, this chicken flavor porridge is perfect for this kind of cold and gloomy day or any soup that is warm. We, Filipinas, love the taste and how warm foods and soup make us feel on cold days.

This porridge is so easy to make although it can take 30-40 minutes to cook depending on what kind of rice you use to make it. If you prefer leftover cooked rice, then it is faster than what I usually do for I use rice grains to make a pot of porridge.

Just mince some garlic, some chicken strips and ginger, sautee them and add the rice and water. Boil under rice is cooked, add a knorr cube, ground pepper if you want it a bit spicy and some fish sauce. Garnish with cut onions. It is best eaten or paired with hard boiled eggs and eggrolls if available.

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Flooded with Online Sales Ads

Okay, Thanksgiving is coming so soon. When that holiday comes, everyone seems to be busy… busy looking for deals, well, some might be truly busy preparing dishes for the entire family to share during that big day.

Stores however, are also trying to lure consumers to buy their products by sending sales ads to their e-mails, online advertisements on social media and other popular websites. They do this because they know people would buy and willing to spend money for things to give to their families during Christmas.

I can feel the hype and the urge to buy this and that even though honestly, I don’t need some of them. Why? Because the discounts and promos they’re sending me in my e-mail are so tempting and I thought, why not? They are discounted and affordable, anyway. Not just 5 but 10 or more store ads come every 2 minutes in my inbox and sometimes it can get annoying. I keep deleting them yet they keep coming back.

I don’t wanna put them to spam folder either for  I am also interested what they have on their website, haha. Crazy me!

 

Freebies from Victoria’s Secret after Secret Reward Card is Redeemed

Here I am again showing off the stuff I got for free from my favorite lingerie/mists store, the Victoria’s Secret. It’s that time of year again when they give out secret rewards to their loyal customers worth $up to $500. Items below is worth over $50 have I paid them in full. Thanks to the freebie coupons and store promos, I was able to snag them all for just $10.82 and a secret reward card who knows how much. I get just $10, it is fine. It makes it all the more sweet once I redeem the card in December.

I am slowly collecting stuff for my little family in the Philippines for my box. I got two years to fill up a jumbo box so I am not in a hurry buying them if they are not cheap or for free. What for? Knowing I can snag items at cheap prices, there’s no sense wasting my money on them.

As usual, I am one happy customer here. Makes me come back to Victoria’s Secret stores again and again.

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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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