“Marry Me” Sitcom Reminds Us Of Our Own Love Stories

Six years ago, Annie (Casey Wilson, “Happy Endings”) and Jake (Ken Marino, “Eastbound & Down”) bonded over their mutual love of nachos and they’ve been inseparable ever since. It ain’t a bike ride for this long-time couple when their deeply committed relationship turns into a long and bumpy ride on the way to the altar.

Marry Me - Season 1 

After dating her boyfriend, Jake, for so long, Annie figured he would pop the question during their romantic getaway. Well, he didn’t. When they return home, Annie throws a monster of a tantrum over her single lady state. This was at the very moment Jake was going to put a ring on her finger.

Do you remember how your husband proposed to you? Was it a fairy tale story or was it a disaster-at-first-altar-at-the-end number? Do you think Annie and Jake, who aren’t exactly a match-made-heaven will eventually make it to their dream wedding?

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Mom's Easy Chocolate Recipes

Chocolate is nothing but from heaven. We bet you will all agree. Sinful as you think it is, we we were all born with a tooth for something chocolatey. This week may be gloomy for all of us but we'd like to lighten your day a bit with something sweet to think of. Take a break and indulge as we share some of the chocolatey recipes from our mommy bloggers.

Mango and Chocolate filled Crepes
Recipe by Vanilla Housewife

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Sinfully Good Chocolate Cupcakes with Ganache Frosting
Recipe by Cheryl's Journey

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MORE RECIPES HERE

Villa del Conte’s 500g chocolate bars offer a generous amount of rich and exciting flavors to make your favorite recipes even better. You may choose between the fine milk chocolate and 50% dark chocolate flavors for truly luscious cakes, cookies, pastries, dips and many more.
To get your very own chocolate bars, visit Villa del Conte stores at Greenbelt 5, Century City Mall, Shangri-la Mall, Resorts World, Alabang Town Center, and Robinson’s Magnolia. For bulk orders, please contact 893-2575 or 621-6101.

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Win P2,000 Gift Certificate from Buddha Bar From Zomato

Zomato helps users discover restaurants the easiest ways and allow them to give feedback and rate these restaurants from their experience. You can share your photos along with your reviews. These reviews will now be made available for all foodie members currently in 130 cities across 19 countries as of today.

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GMA 7’s Basta Everyday Happy Showcased Heart-Healthy Recipes

Jolly Heart Mate Canola Oil, Better for the Heart, Better for the Budget, is the heart-healthy, versatile, and value for money cooking oil. Canola Oil is one of the healthiest cooking oils because of its LOW saturated fat (BAD FAT) and high monounsaturated fat (GOOD FAT) content. Jolly Canola Oil has omega 3 and 6 which are good for the heart. It has a pale golden color, light texture, and neutral taste so you can use it for any dish. Jolly Canola Oil also has a high smoking point which makes it ideal for frying.

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Hosted by Donita Rose, GMA 7’s Basta Everyday Happy, recently showcased heart-healthy recipes using Jolly Heart Mate Canola Oil through the month of December. Eight episodes featured Filipino-favorites such as Beef Stew, Crispy Calamari, and one of Donita’s personal favorites “in the whole wide world” as she shares on Instagram, Crispy Binagoongan. She tells of her Beef Kaldereta version “Pinoy ang lasa pero mas bongga! This is my Better Beefier Caldereta made healthier with Jolly Heart Mate Canola Oil!”  Other healthy everyday recipes included Wholesome Chicken, Paella, and this Heart-Healthy Salmon recipe.

Crispy Calamari
Crispy Calamari
Heart Healthy Salmon
INGREDIENTS:
For the Salmon:
2 center-cut salmon fillets (6 oz. each)
1 1/2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
¼ cup finely chopped cilanto
2 Tbsp Jolly Canola oil
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
For the Salsa:
1 medium red onion
3 garlic cloves
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
3 pcs medium tomatoes
2 firm-ripe avocados
1 pc rip mango
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice, or to taste

PROCEDURE:

  1. Place the salmon fillets in a shallow bowl. Toss well with lemon juice, cilantro, Jolly Canola oil, and pepper. Let rest for 15 minutes.
  2. Cook the salmon, skinside down in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat for 2 to 3 minutes, shaking the pan and carefully lifting the salmon with a spatula to loosen it from the pan.
  3. Reduce the heat to medium. Cover the pan and cook until the salmon is cooked through, 3 to 4 minutes more. The skin should be crisp and the flesh medium rare.
  4. To make the salsa: Finely chop onion and mince garlic. In a bowl toss onion and garlic with cilantro.
  5. Chop tomatoes and mango, add to onion mixture, tossing to combine.
  6. Peel and pit avocados and cut into 3/4-inch pieces. Add avocados, lime juice, and pepper to taste. Spoon over cooked salmon.
Regine using canola
Regine Velasquez-Alcasid on January 24 and 31 at 9:40 a.m. to 10:25 a.m. as she dishes out three, exciting dishes: Pamplina, a Spanish-influenced soup dish, and tasty Pork Steak with Mushroom Bits.
Catch Sarap Diva with Regine Velasquez-Alcasid on January 24 and 31 at 9:40 a.m. to 10:25 a.m. as she dishes out two, exciting dishes: Pamplina, a Spanish-influenced soup dish, and tasty Pork Steak with Mushroom Bits.
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PORK STEAK WITH MUSHROOM BITS
INGREDIENTS:
1 kg pork steak, cut into small cubes
1/2 cup soy sauce
salt and pepper to taste
1 tbsp ground paprika
2 tbsps Jolly Canola Oil
2-3 tbsps chopped garlic
2 cans Jolly Button Mushroom Whole, cut in half
1/2 cup red wine
2 tbsps butter
garnish with some toasted garlic and chopped parsley
PROCEDURE:
  1. Season pork steak in soy sauce, salt and pepper, set aside.
  2. Preheat a pan with some Jolly Canola Oil and cook the pork cubes until slightly brown in color.
  3. Remove from pan. Toss in the chopped garlic and Jolly Button Mushrooms. Saute then season with some salt, pepper and ground paprika.
  4. Deglaze with the red wine then simmer until sauce is slightly thick.
  5. Mix in the cooked pork and cold butter.
  6. Transfer to a plate then garnish with some toasted garlic and chopped parsley.
Now that everyone is trying to get back in shape after the holidays, the easiest way to start is to be mindful of how daily dishes are prepared. Start the year right by using Heart Mate Jolly Canola Oil that’s “Better for the Heart, and Better for the Budget!”

Jolly Heart Mate Canola Oil is exclusively distributed by Fly Ace Corporation. It is available in all major supermarkets nationwide. Learn more about Jolly Heart Mate Canola Oil at
www.flyacecorp.com.


Fly Ace Corporation is one of the leading
food and beverage consumer goods companies in the country today. Propelling limitless multiple-category growth by bringing the best of the world closer to Filipino homes, Fly Ace Corporation’s portfolio of food and beverage products includes house brands and exclusively distributed brands. Learn more at www.flyacecorp.com.

Health And Fitness Trends Families Should Expect This Year

“Health and fitness trends will continue to be big this year. As we are bombarded by public awareness campaigns on healthy living, we also work out harder, eat cleaner and get screened for various illnesses. Many programs will also emerge to support our health and fitness goals,” says Dr. Nicky Montoya, president of MediCard Philippines, a leading HMO provider in the country.



Some of the health and fitness trends that are expected to attract more Pinoys this year include:

Exercise and weight-loss programs
According to a report from the Philippine Association for the Study of Overweight and Obesity (PASOO), 3 out of 10 Filipino adults are either overweight or obese. To drop the extra pounds and stay in shape, many Pinoys follow fitness programs.
Body weight training and high-intensity interval training (HIIT) are projected to become the top fitness trends for 2015. Body weight training routines, like push-ups and planking, are accessible to everyone because they don’t require equipment while HIITs are offered in many fitness studios nationwide.

Yoga
Yoga remains popular this year and is even gaining more male followers, thanks to the number of celebrities who swear by its effectiveness. Aside from stretching the body and sweating the toxins away, yoga helps improve breathing and posture. It also calms the mind, which when done regularly, helps practitioners relax and manage stress.

Cancer prevention
Cancer is the third leading cause of illness and death in the Philippines, according to the Department of Health. But the disease can be treated in its early stage. To detect cancerous cells in the body or prevent their development, more and more Pinoys submit themselves to cancer screening tests, like colonoscopy, digital rectal exam, Pap smear, and mammogram. More women also request to get vaccinated against human papillomavirus (HPV), which is the leading cause of cervical cancer.

Myobrace For Kids – A Mom's Journal About Her Daughter's Braces

This photo below was recently taken by the writer's daughter. See how confident she was on smiling. Thanks to Dr. Urbi of Green Apple MRC Dental Clinic which has a branch in Trinoma, the little girl is on a straight path to her best smile.

Maristel is already on her 8th month wearing Myobrace. If you will follow TweenselMom's posts on this category “MRC Myobrace” you’ll be able to know how it all started and what her daughter went through until these days. Her braces never hampered her eating and she always tell her mom how she feels about her braces, she’ll say, “it just feels I'm not wearing anything on my teeth”.




Below is her photo 8 months ago.





Why Read Food Blogger's Reviews?

No matter how lavish our desire to spend the day in a good-looking restaurant, the bottom line will be the taste and the price. Right? And the best sources to get information for these crucial details will be none other than the food reviews written by persons who were actually there, persons that we know and trust.

The Right Place
Restaurant business is the most active business here in the Philippines and you will see new food spots sprouting here and there. Almost always we feel surprised that our favorite burger joint has a new branch just around the corner. By following our favorite foodies, we instantly know where to go and the right places to check them out. Saves us a lot of time and gas!

The Right Price
Food reviews give us an idea what we should order before heading out to a restaurant. It’s not that it saves us time when we dine in but very useful in budgeting. It’s so easy to go overboard when you are already inside a restaurant, you wanted to order already, and you just don’t have the time to check everything on the menu.

The Right Taste
The most important reason of all, the taste! Most moms aren’t very much complicated when it comes to food. But when you have a family to bring in, taste issues become a little bit difficult when you want them to eat healthy too. Food reviews guide mothers to know which of the dishes on the menu will fit into her delicious but healthy category.

How To Know The Difference Between Food Bloggers Vs Food Promoters

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http://mommybloggersphilippines.com/2015/01/14/why-moms-should-read-food-reviews/
 

Papal Visit 2015 – How Your Family Can See The Pope

All of us are excited that finally, one of the earliest highlights of the year will be happening. The Pope is coming to our country and no matter what our family’s religion is, we should see this event as an opportune time to revisit our family’s faith and our commitment to do good, not only to ourselves and to our family, but most especially to others. Because this is what the Pope’s mission is all about, and that is to teach each of us the value of charity.


The Pope’s visit will be hectic and not all of us may be able to see him up close. But these won’t stop us from experiencing his visit. Here are some tips how everyone will be able to get an update, watch Pope Francis’ activities, and learn from his teachings which will certainly be focused on families, the women, and the poor.
1. Don’t forget to check the Pope’s itineraries.
2. Take advantage of various media updates from TV, internet and social media outfits.
3. Smartphone App for the Pope’s visit.
4. Appreciate the Pope more by learning about his life.
5. Revisit your family’s faith and realize how your lives have reflected the values of your religion.

The Pope’s Itinerary

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Babyland – Baby Store, Parenting Sessions And Party Space All In One

Babyland as a brand has been dedicated to serving young children since 1970 but since May 2013, Babyland has expanded its niche to not only products but services and space as well.

Babyland’s founder was a mom herself, Mrs. Tess Rodriguez Castro and when her son took over the business, he formed Babyland Plus Inc. who now manages all Babyland stores. At the helm of Babyland Plus Inc. are two of the partners directly involved in its management: Kits Lopez Pajarillo, Merchandising General Manager; and Chesa la O Arcenas, Marketing and Services General Manager.


What’s unique about Babyland?

Babyland specializes in infant and juvenile products needed by kids and moms up to about age 5. Majority of our products focus on nursing and feeding; on baby beddings; travel beds, strollers, car seats and other products needed by children on the go.



Babyland sell products which were carefully chosen by parents who also choose the best. Mom-approved products are usually those recognized by mom-based award bodies (Mom’s Choice Award, MACT -Mom Approved Child Tested- Award, American Baby Bests Chosen by Mom Award) or are highly recommended in social media and community websites or sought after in stores.

CHECK FULL FEATURE ABOUT BABYLAND HERE

52-Week Money Challenge - P82K Year End Money Goal

From the 10 Lucky Things In 2015, it listed out green as the lucky color of the year and it speaks of what else, money! But mothers know best that money doesn’t just fall from the tree. No matter how lucky we are, money spent unwisely means you’ll still have your cash  go down the drain. At the same time, not saving money for the rainy seasons means you’ll still be left wanting when you direly need cash. As they say : Failing to plan is planning to fail. And this is so true when it comes money.

Money Challenges

What are money challenges? These are structured or savings calendar wherein you follow to save a certain amount as scheduled. Many moms had been successful in accumulating a big amount of cash at the end of the year by following this set schedule. As of any other schedules, keeping up with it is basically the most crucial part but keeping an eye to your goal can truly help. Imagine having P30k by the end of the year just by simply following this schedule! That will be lots of cash to spend on your dream furniture, a dream travel trip or maybe to use as investments for other earning opportunities.


52-week Money Challenges – This has been a popular money saving plan for many moms because it gets you into the habit of saving “gradually”. You start small and then when you get the hang of pinching your wallet to save, you start to go bigger in your savings till you get to save a very big amount without you even noticing it.

Mineral Water Bottles With Less Plastic

Clean water is one of the most basic needs of our family. And as our families become active in our lifestyles, working and playing harder, traveling more often, we tend to consume more water to replenish our bodies. And we prefer mineral water. With all the mineral water bottles to throw out, what do you think will happen to our world with all the plastics we need to throw as we continue to increase our mineral water intake.

As a part of their initiative to make the world a cleaner and safer place to live in for families everywhere, Absolute Pure Distilled Drinking Water made a simple but effective packaging change that would lower their carbon footprint.

Using less plastic, their 500 ml and 300 ml bottles now sport a more streamlined cap that saves almost 380,000 tons of manufactured PET a year. Equivalent to the amount of carbon absorbed by 2.9 million trees[1], it can also be likened to removing over 80,000 cars[2] from the road for one year.



A Cool (Actually Winter Wonderland ) Mommy Bloggers Party

How does mommy bloggers spend a special day partying? Here's how as written by TweenselMom.

The Christmas Party was held last December 5, at Spaces by Babyland. It was on the 2nd floor of the store building, an intimate space where more than 30 moms gathered, some seeing the others for the very first time. We all wore shades of blue to follow the theme of Winter Wonderland. I think the theme was just fitting for the year, first because it’s quite a cold December this year, and second, the Frozen theme song is still very popular. White and blue are elegant colors which gave the moms the necessary excuse to wear something girly-girl on this event.

Raffle and Giveaways
A blogger’s party won’t be complete without raffle and giveaways and we had more than plenty on this Winter Wonderland Party. Thanks to Glorietta, The Cream Factory, Renuzit, Lazada, Fly Ace, Nailaholics, Teleserv, Zomato, Trolli, Triumph, Nature Essentials, all of the moms who attended got a bagful of goodies to take home.
Too bad I didn’t get to win the Acer Tablet A1-830-25601G01NSW 7.9” Intel Atom Z2560 worth P,5900 & Sharp LED TV 32LE150M 32” Direct LED Backlight worth P10,997 sponsored by Abenson.

Gifts from Blogger Moms
And of course, we had the traditional exchange gifts and I got these super cool gifts from my co-bloggers. I am taking the opportunity to mention them now because they are not only pretty but very useful too :-)
Runner Cap from Runnr - Check Runnr’s Facebook Page here, gift I got from Mommy Que of LifeofQue.com
So timing since I am currently refreshing my goal to lose weight and this runner cap will definitely be put into good use! Fits my head perfectly, comfortable to wear, and I love it’s color.



The POSH Caterer – The Theme Party Specialist

Our recent Winter Wonderland party was an astounding success and a large part of that success was the wonderful job that our caterers provided in styling our venue, Spaces by Babyland.


We’ll be doing separate features on these very talented caterers and we’re starting off with The Posh Caterer who not only lived up to our expectations but exceeded it by providing a beautiful set up and delicious food.
The Posh Caterer specializes in theme styled parties and when we requested a Winter Wonderland theme they were able to provide that wintery snowy feeling we were hoping to capture.




Some thoughts from our mommy bloggers on their service and food:
“The Posh Catering, I love the Lasagna…:-D” – Lally’s Reflections
“Yummy food, especially the Mango Crepe” – Life of Que
“The Posh Caterer had an impressive display and menu. they truly kept the theme of Winter Wonderland in mind when coming up with the styling.” – ArtOfBeingAMom

CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL FEATURE ABOUT THE POSH CATERER (MORE PHOTOS)

Furry Tails Pet Shop Opens At Ayala Fairview Terraces

Furry Tails' branch in SM Fairview already closed but they opened a new branch at the top floor of the opposite mall, Ayala Fairview Terraces. Here we share with you Tweenselmom's recent review of their visit at Furry Tails Fairview Terraces.

We were so happy when we found out that Furry Tails will be having another branch in one of the nearest malls from our home, at Ayala Fairview Terraces. We have always brought our shih tzu at Furry Tails SM Fairview but they had recently moved to a smaller space in another location but in the same mall. We haven’t seen the changes in their branch in SM Fairview but I think we will be going more often in their FT branch. We usually visit FT more often because there is lesser crowd there, more comfort rooms and of course, it's a new mall.

Furry Tails at Ayala Fairview Terraces is also more accessible since they are located on the rooftop. When you have a car, you just go directly to their top floor using their service elevator. No need to go inside the mall proper. Fairview Terraces has a wide space on their rooftop, with smooth pavement and lots of plants, just like in a park.




CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL BLOG REVIEW AND FURRY TAILS CONTACT

Tupperware Brands – A Complete Line Of Products For The Whole Family

Tupperware, maybe for some, may only connote the plastic Tupperware lunch boxes we used to see being brought by moms or ladies on small girl sessions or what some call Tupperware parties. Actually, the durable storage boxes which are trademarks of Tupperware is only a small member of the whole network of Tupperware Brands.

Tupperware Brands is composed of at least 32 strong family brands which cater to each member of the family, from the youngest to the oldest.






“Tupperware was introduced in the Philippines in 1966 and has since become a household name, changing the lives of millions of Filipinos through its world-class products and the limitless income opportunities it offers. In 2007, Tupperware Philippines merged with Sara Lee Direct Selling Philippines to become what was known as Fullerlife Direct Selling Philippines. Today, we are proudly known as Tupperware Brands Philippines to reflect our strong heritage while conveying that we are a multi-brand, multi-category direct sales company.” — Tupperware Brands website

Products from these family brands are directly sold in various Tupperware Brands giving income opportunities to its direct sellers who are mostly women. Many of these women are hardworking moms like us and many had achieved success in their entrepreneurship.

The Benefits Of Drinking Water – Safest Headache Reliever

Throughout the day, we are constantly losing water from our bodies due strenuous activities, warm weather, & other factors. Our bodies are made up of roughly 60% water, so majority of our systems is affected when we do not get proper water intake.

Drinking enough water maintains the body’s fluid balance, helping with the distribution of nutrients, regulation of body temperature, digestion of food, and more. For this reason, medical professionals suggest drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day. Aside from being one of our basic needs, the benefits of proper hydration are endless.

Brain booster. Our brains are made up of around 80% water so it is vital to stay hydrated in order to stay alert, manage stress levels, and help us focus better. A study in London suggests that students who bring water into exam rooms get better grades, suggesting that it promotes clearer thinking.

Keeps things flowing. Water not only aids food move through your digestive system, it also keeps your intestines smooth and flexible, preventing constipation. It also helps reduce the risk of kidney stones by diluting salts, minerals, and other wastes.

Proper distillation of drinking water safely removes all contaminants, making it a top drink of choice. Moms all over the country are keeping their families healthy and safely hydrated with Absolute Pure Distilled Drinking Water. Ensuring that their families get only the best, they choose the only local brand with an international certification from the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF). Located in Michigan, USA, NSF is an independent organization recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) that is accredited to test, audit, and certify products and systems meeting safety and health standards. With NSF’s vote of confidence, moms and their families can say cheers to good health with every glass of Absolute.

Tang Partners With Mindanao For Tree-Planting World Record

We are all aware how climate change has affected our families not only when the season suddenly changes from sunny to stormy or stormy to sunny. The last typhoon left most families grieving in Catbalogan. It’s easy to lose hope when we think that these are all part of climate change we can’t control. Actually, we shouldn’t lose hope because there’s still time to change and be part of activities which will help us turn nature into our own protector.

Tang Sweet Orange has recently partnered with the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) for the “TreeVolution: Greening MindaNOW movement” which led the successful attempt in setting a new world record for the most number of trees simultaneously planted in multiple locations. A total of 220 volunteers planted 4,000,081 seedlings in 253 separate planting sites, eclipsing the 1,945,525 trees record set by India.




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