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chocol8junkie
the theory: a shirt-jeans-&-sneaker-wearing princess stuck in the 21st century.

the facts: she's a carefree rockstar-wannabe waiting for her own 'happily ever after'. but for now, she's contented being psychosomatic addict insane. she prefers horror over romantic movies, sneakers over sandals, getting wet in the rain than using an umbrella. loves the beach but hates the sun. never refuses chocolate cake even if it ruins her neverending diet. drives like a maniac but parks like a sissy. had a smelly dog named tamagotchi who thinks he's a kangaroo. a geek. loves taking videos while backriding on the dragster. her most dangerous stunt is wearing high heels and a skirt. always believed that she needs to get her head checked. has a dark side she calls 'my evul tin'. just when she's into her boxing lessons, her gym closes down... without warning. only two things make her cry: when daddy makes her eat avocado and when she doesn't get her way on her birthday. she believes she's one of the endless ~ death ~ hence an ankh around her neck. she had a heart made of ice but a prince replaced it with a crystal heart. she is tin and this is her life story...
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Wednesday, August 20, 2014
chore chart diy

after months of planning and procrastinating, i finally was able to finish the kids' chore chart! whoopee! here it is!


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so what it does is, it motivates kids to do their chores (or so i think). it's also a fun way to remind them of what needs to be done on a daily basis.

all i do is to update it every morning and remind them to check their chore charts upon waking up. so far so good. they are doing their chores. yay!

here's what i did:
1) i bought small whiteboards (the magnetic ones) and divided them into 2 parts: 'things to do' and 'done'.
2) i created "buttons" of their chores ~ clear the table, brush teeth, dress up, etc using photoshop or whatever program you want. i googled the cliparts. make sure the pictures are easy to understand, especially by the age of your kid/s.
3) print on a board paper and cut the "buttons".
4) i initially wanted to buy round magnets found in craft stores but i remember having leftover magnetic sheets we used for our diy wedding save-the-dates. and that's what i used. i cut up squares out of it then stuck them at the back of the "buttons".
5) I hung the chore charts on the kids' bedroom wall.

voila! you have your chore charts!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014
household chores for kids

since the kids are getting older, i guess it's about time that i amp up their responsibilities in the house. they're accumulating more toys, clothes, school stuff and what-not, i can't keep up with it all. so, i thought of creating a chore chart so they'd know what their responsibilities are everyday (but that's for another blog post). and below is a list of age-appropriate chores moms like me could use.

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Thursday, August 07, 2014
it's august already?

fast forward to today.

  • the penoy is in grade 1 ~ big school. and rides a school bus!
  • i'm still working for BT with a schedule of (supposedly) 3am.
  • the bitoy, on the other hand, is in senior nursery. super kulit and bibo.
  • we got a new dog. 2 months old. a girl, we named her mocha.
  • stopped my 4-minute workout when school started and started gaining weight. #balikalindogprogram fail. boo.
  • not actively selling online anymore. but i have plans of starting all over again. *sigh*
  • the husband is still cutting bottles and have completed a set of order from a badass diving resort in batangas.
  • a colleague / friend of mine passed away. drove all the way to quezon for the wake.
  • saw a nightmare. overcame a fear. conquered the devil.
  • got my hair some highlights. gawd, haven't done that in years!!! loving it right now.
  • been a little busy experimenting in the kitchen. i've been making blueberry cheesecake and now trying out banoffee pie. it's in the ref, chilling, as i type.
  • the bitoy had an under the sea-themed birthday so we went to ocean adventure in subic to celebrate. no party this year, just a small celebration with family.
  • the penoy had a chinese-themed birthday. instead of a party, we celebrated with a staycation at la breza hotel in qc.
  • completed the kids' chore chart and installed a 'command center' in the office.
  • busy busy busy days. yes, that's my excuse for being away for a looooong time.
  • Friday, April 25, 2014
    penoy's kiddie crew summer workshop

    it's summer. the kids are home the whole day. they either watch tv or play with the tablet/on the pc all day. they're bored. what do you do? enroll them in summer school, of course!

    the penoy just ended her mcdonald's kiddie crew summer workshop today and i think she had fun (kinda bitin for me though). it's first summer school and i didn't want her to be "trapped" and spend the entire summer in a class or a workshop so i chose this 2-hour summer workshop which lasted for 5 days only.



    basically, i just wanted her out of the house. haha! but seriously though, i merely didn't want her to waste the summer away by watching tv all day. i also wanted her to make friends and develop self-confidence. the workshop couldn't really do that for 5 days only but it was a start. i also wanted her to experience how it is to join a summer school of some sort ~ something outside of school. she did learn stuff like how a fast food store operates or how to be courteous and friendly. also, she learned how to serve customers. i actually told her that when she's bigger, she should get summer jobs. i did for a couple of years during H.S. and it was a learning experience.

    anyways, so now that the kiddie crew workshop's done, i need to enroll them in something else on may. something that ran for 2 weeks naman siguro. i realized that 5 days is not enough for them to really make friends and learn a lot.

    any suggestions?

    Thursday, March 20, 2014
    MommyPaloozaPH ~ my new baby

    as i mentioned before, i opened my IG shop recently. my concept is simple really. ever since i became a mom, i realized how difficult it is to be one, so many insecurities, so many inconveniences, you think about a lot of things and sometimes you forget about yourself. since i became a mom, i wanted to help mothers, especially new moms out there and make mommy-life a little bit easier. when i became a mom, i forgot about looking good. i dressed in a shirt and jeans. i didn't wear any makeup, no accessories, nothing. all i though about was taking care of the kids. and then the house. and everything else. everything, except myself.

    @MommyPaloozaPH in IG offers clothes (just a handful though) and accessories that could make moms prettier and complete their everyday get-up. i also offer something that (i think) is not available in the country ~ all-natural teething necklaces. these are made of wooden beads and cotton fabric that would help babies with their teething/nursing woes while keeping mommies pretty and fashionable.



    i also offer matching mom-and-daughter bracelets.



    most of the accessories i offer are handmade by yours truly.











    i'm so happy to be doing 3 things that i love all in one project:

    1) accessories
    2) crafts / diy (i'm a professional jeweler, btw. i studied at the gemological institute of america (GIA) in california)
    3) inspiring / helping other moms out there who are having a little difficulty being a mom

    so if you have an instagram account, follow my shop ~ @MommyPaloozaPH. see you!

    Friday, February 28, 2014
    the shop is now open

    so what's keeping me busy nowadays? it's my new shop. my IG shop.

    yep! after hours of scanning through (and shopping, ssshhhh!) IG shops, i finally opened one of my own. i decided to turn two things that i love ~ accessories and crafts ~ into profit.

    i opened shop 3 weeks ago. i admit, it's so hard to gain followers! but i'm still hopeful as i expand my products.

    i would loooove to tell you about the shop but this is all the time i have for now. i just wanted to let the blogworld know that i'm still alive.... just busy crafting and surfing and cooking up ideas and designs in my head.

    wish me luck.

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014
    home exhibit

    it's been several weeks since i completed my photo frame project. but i never had the chance to hang them because i need a professional job. i could probably do it myself because i know how to drill and i know a trick to make sure the frames were all lined up but i didn't trust myself to do a perfect job. so i had to contact our handyman.

    we've had this handyman for years now. he fixed our apartment when we moved out of my in-laws' house, he made repairs on our very first house and he supervised the major repairs on our current home. he is so good with his job that everyone wanted to get him for construction and repairs. he even works on sundays, he is in demand like that! anyway, so when it was our turn, the first thing that i asked him to do was the photo wall. so here it is.
    it was perfect! my handyman did a good job, don't you think? i love my photowall.

    Sunday, February 09, 2014
    veggie and fruit storage wars

    doing the grocery for a small family such as ours (2 adults and 2 preschoolers) is an exact science. ok, it's not. but there's some math, science thing going on whenever we do the grocery ~ especially for perishables. we always end up buying too much onions, tomatoes, calamansi, etc and they end up rotten. boo.

    we do our grocery shopping at the landmark, however, sometimes they don't sell tingi-tingi for some veggies and fruits. so i started my quest (quest talaga) to prolong the freshness of these kitchen staples so we can get to enjoy what we spent for.

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    i found tips from pinterest (where else?!), experimented, tweaked them a little and discovered the best way (at least for us) to store and retain the freshness and usability of some of these items.

    onions
    store onions in a brown paperbag punched with holes. seal the paperbag with a paperclip. onions need the a dry and dark storage but at the same time, air should be able to circulate around it. you can store the paperbag on a countertop not in the fridge.

    garlic
    garlic can be stored the same way as onions - in a brown paper bag with holes. our onions and garlic last about a month in them.

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    tomatoes
    make sure tomatoes are dry. then simply line them up in a shallow basket (i use plastic storage) and leave them on the countertop. do not put them in the fridge as it'll spoil faster. i think our tomatoes last about 3 weeks or so with this way of storage. 3 weeks!

    calamansi
    calamansi should be kept in the crisper/veggie drawer in your fridge. however, it should be free from moist. what i did was, and this worked like a charm, i'm amazed ~ store the calamansi in a plastic seal-able sandwich bag with paper napkins. make sure the calamansi are dry. make a lining of paper napkins in a plastic sandwich bag. dump all the calamansi, take all the air out and seal. our calamansi lasted 3 weeks or so with this way of storing them.

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    as for ginger, i tried several ways of storing them according to pinterest, like freezing it or putting it in a plastic sandwich bag, but it never seems to last for long. there must be some way to store ginger to last several weeks, i just couldn't find it. grrrr.

    at least, we could store onions, garlic, tomatoes and calamansi for a long long time. try it!

    Saturday, February 01, 2014
    attracting luck on the year of the horse

    happy lunar new year!

    ok, i'm a day late. but i heard, chinese celebrate their new year for days... so in essence, hindi pa rin late ang greeting ko.

    i don't have any ounce of chinese blood in me (ok, maybe a drop), but i like preparing and celebrating their new year... especially things that has to do with feng shui. i don't really advocate feng shui, but don't think there's anything wrong if you try a few tips once in a while.

    anyway, to prepare for the year of the horse, i read up on our luck for 2014. according to feng shui experts, dragons (that's me) will not have any luck this year. boo. they say, if dragons want to succeed, we would have to work hard for it. monkeys, on the other hand (my husband), will have a little bit of luck this year in terms of career and wealth. yay! i'm very much hoping for that.

    and so to "counter" my "unlucky-ness", i got a few things. i got this red agate bracelet with a pi yao charm. according to this website, the pi yao is a powerful protective cure and it attracts wealth.

    i also got this jade gourd with a mystic knot to hang above our front door. it is said to bring good luck.

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    in addition, i got a golden horse on an ingot for our home and lucky coins for my wallet.

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    lastly, to up my luck, i constantly try to be optimistic to attract good vibes. yun naman ang importante eh ~ embrace positivity (it's giving me a red underline, is there such a word? i always hear positivity though), reject negativity. and if you sum up all the self-help slash inspiration books (the secret of rhonda byrne and paulo coelho's books, for example) and beliefs slash practices (feng shui or yoga), they all teach you to be positive ~ think positive, do positive, attract positive ~ all the time.

    Thursday, January 30, 2014
    happiness in a japanese bowl

    i'd like to share a small win for me last week. my entry was one of the winners of the hanamaruken ramen instagram contest.

    about a month ago, we took the kids to an mrt exposure trip. from glorietta, we rode the train to north avenue and spent the day in trinoma. since we never really go to trinoma (this is my 2nd or 3rd visit, i think), we decided to eat lunch somewhere new. then we came across hanamaruken ramen. they claim that their signature hanamaruken happiness ramen is the best so we had to try that. and, boy, they did not disappoint.


    their signature happiness ramen came in a huge bowl. it was very tasty. the soup was just the right amount of thickness and the noodles were perfectly cooked. and the pork... the pork rib was just huge! and it was melt-in-your-mouth tender. the happiness ramen is one of the best ramens i've ever tasted. oh, and the price was reasonable too, to think that the pork rib was that big.

    coincidentally, they were running an instagram contest. and of course, i had to join. LOL

    and weeks after ~ not only did i enjoy their food, (and i've been craving for another bowl), i also won their contest. which, actually, won me a free bowl of their happiness ramen! wheeee! i'm one happy camper.

    now, we just need to plan for a trip to the oh-so-far trinoma.

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