Day 2 at Seda Nuvali Lifestyle Hotel and Solenad

I still can't over our recent family staycation in Seda Nuvali last December 5 to 6. We considered it our post-anniversary celebration and it was such a pleasurable overnight accommodation. You have to read about our first day here to have a better appreciation of what the hotel can offer.  The kids are bugging us to go back.

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Staycation at Seda Nuvali Lifestyle Hotel in Sta. Rosa, Laguna

Second Friday of the month: Family / Kids / Staycation

We celebrated our 12th wedding anniversary last November 30 and we did not plan anything special. It actually became a family movie date, and I was spared from cooking for the day. That is why, I was thrilled when we were invited to have a staycation at the new Seda Nuvali in Laguna. I quickly accepted and considered this getaway as a belated anniversary treat for us -- yes, with kids pa rin! =)

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Pastels and Holiday Dresses from Pois Belly and Kids

It's always exciting to shop for girls' clothes. There is just an abundance of cute, fabulous, and stylish frocks out there that you'll never run out of options when buying for the little ladies. Naturally, I thank God for giving us a daughter -- shopping is twice as fun for me, heehee! One of our go-to shops is Pois Belly and Kids, where we find lots of casual and special occasion clothes for girls.

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Foodie Friday: No-Bake OREO Cheesecake Singles

First Friday of the month: Recipe / Dessert

This is my last Foodie Friday post for the year, and what better way than to feature another dessert that you can serve at your holiday parties, or give as gifts.  It's safe to say that Oreo is the world's most popular sandwich cookie, the go-to snack that's well-loved by kids and adults with it's delicious simplicity and versatility as a sweet treat. Inspired by my most popular blog post - the No-bake Blueberry Cheesecake, and other Oreo cheesecakes I've seen in the market, I made a spin on this classic recipe and came up with two versions, this time with Oreo cookies.

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Skechers GOwalk 2 x My Mom-Friday Giveaway

Ladies and gentlemen, may I present my last blog raffle for 2014 -- Skechers GOwalk 2 x My Mom-Friday Giveaway!!! I love my GOwalk so much, that's why I'm excited to invite you all to join for a chance to own a pair of ultra light and bouncy Skechers GOwalk 2 shoes!

If you're following me on my social media platforms, you may have spotted me wearing my GOwalk 2 Hyper in charcoal, and read how I raved about these shoes. I've actually convinced some friends to get their own pairs, and even my boy wants one too!

It's truly one of the most comfortable footwear I've ever worn. Like what I've said before, it's like pillows for the feet, very light and bouncy!

Check out my feature of Skechers GOwalk here and see some of the styles you can choose from if you win this raffle.

These were my #MomFridayOOTD posts with my versatile charcoal Skechers GOwalk slip-ons.

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Skechers GOwalk 2 x My Mom-Friday Giveaway

Almost P4,000 worth of PRIZES:
One (1) pair of GOwalk 2 shoes of your choice!
GOwalk T-shirt
Skechers umbrella

Super easy to join! 
Do the steps in Rafflecopter to submit your entries. Good luck to all!
  1. Write in the comment box:
    • Answer this question = Where will you take Skechers GOwalk 2?
      • Example:  I will take Skechers GOwalk 2 on a road trip with my kids!
    • Leave your Name and Email address
  2. Earn bonus entries by sharing and reposting this giveaway (see Rafflecopter), and add the hashtags:  #FeelTheBounce #EngineeredForComfort #SkechersGOwalk #SkechersxMomFriday
  3. Raffle will close at midnight, on December 13, 2014.
  4. Raffle is open to Philippine residents.
a Rafflecopter giveaway
  • One (1) winner will be drawn and posted in this blog the week after raffle closes and will be notified thru email.
  • Winner is given ten (10) days to reply from date of email notification (if no reply, another winner will be drawn).
  • Winner shall choose his/her choice of shoes from the Skechers GOwalk 2 collection. Pick-up of prize by the winner will be directly coordinated and arranged by Skechers Philippines.
  • Skechers Philippines employees and it's agencies are disqualified to join.

Skechers GOwalk is available at the following Skechers stores:

Glorietta 2, TriNoma, Ayala Fairview Terraces, Robinsons Galleria, Robinsons Place Manila, Gateway Mall, Lucky Chinatown, Market Market, Festival Mall, SM North Edsa, The Annex, SM Mall of Asia, SM Fairview
Paseo Sta. Rosa, Marquee Mall, SM Dasmarinas, SM Pampanga, SM Clark
Ayala Center Cebu, SM City Cebu, SM Davao, Centrio Mall Cagayan de Oro, LimKetKai Mall 
Cagayan de Oro

Read about my Skechers experience here:

Mom-Finds: Skechers GOwalk Shoes

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DIY Cheezy Milky Delight Holiday Bento

A few more weeks to go and it's Christmas! Have you started planning for your holiday parties and gift list? Amidst all the shopping rush for gifts, food is always the center of every celebration and it's exciting to incorporate a theme, even for a bento! Let me present two cute and cheesy holiday-themed bento that you can prepare and serve during get-togethers or even packed lunch for school or parties. It's now beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

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Mom-Friday Christmas Gift Ideas

Last Friday of the month:  Mom-Finds / Shopping / Gifts 

How's your gift shopping going along? It's that time of the year when most of us are busy searching for the perfect gift for family and friends. Most of the presents I ordered are currently in transit and hopefully it will reach our shores before Christmas. I still have several more names to tick off my list but I'm relieved that I am half way through and just waiting for the items to arrive. Over the past several weeks, I've discovered fun and practical items that I think are great gift suggestions. So, for today's Mom-Finds, I've compiled them here to give you some ideas for the gift-giving season.

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Retreat to Wilson's Place Bed and Breakfast in Tagaytay

Rest and relaxation. That's our main objective for our weekend stay at Wilson's Place Bed and Breakfast early this month. It's our first time to visit this side of Tagaytay, which is more tranquil and with a provincial setting in a residential community. From the outside, you wouldn't think there's a modern bed and breakfast in this quiet village. It used to be an old resort which was bought by the current owners and transformed into this completely modern structure that welcomes city dwellers in their cozy suites amidst contemporary interiors and beautiful works of art.

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Fun Friday: Day Tour of Yoki's Farm and Balay Indang in Cavite

Third Friday of the month:  Travel / Recreation / Leisure

We have not been back to Tagaytay since last summer, and whenever we get the chance to visit the cool city for the south, we grab it.  Two weeks ago, we excitedly welcomed an invitation to stay at Wilson's Place with a tour of Yoki's Farm and Balay Indang for a complete recreational experience for the whole family.

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Family Friday: Revisiting Acacia Hotel in Alabang

Second Friday of the month: Kids / Bonding / Parenting

"Remember the giant gingerbread house in the hotel? Is it still there?" The girl vividly recalled our memorable post-Christmas stay-cation at the new Acacia Hotel Manila two years ago when I told her we've been invited to stay over for some R & R. That was our first time to spend a family weekend in the southern city of Alabang. We were treated like kings and queens during our stay at Acacia Hotel, so naturally, we were all too excited to go back for a quick weekend getaway.

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Smart iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Plans Out Now - Starts at P1799/mo

Smart has officially opened its pre-order page for those who want to claim their new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus starting today, November 14, 2014!  Choose your Smart plans now!

Click here for your preferred phones and plans:
Anther good news:  ATM is now accepted as a payment method. Refer to this infographic for a step-by-step pre-order guide.

What's in store for Smart subscribers?

For Smart INFINITY Subscribers:
  • Prestige Plan 5000 (Fully consumable)
    • New members may receive the iPhone 6 (64GB) or iPhone 6 Plus (16GB) 
  • Premium Plan 8000 (Fully consumable)
    • New members receive two 16GB units of the iPhone 6 or an iPhone 6 16GB plus a MacBook Air
See more options below:

Other perks included:
  • Infinity Relationship Officer
    • Members have their very own account manager whom they can directly call for concerns regarding their Smart Infinity account
    • Exclusive to Prestige Plan 5000 and Premium Plan 8000 members only
  • Priority Hotline & Smart Store Service
    • Enjoy exclusive 24/7 dedicated call-in service
  • Smart Infinity Worldwide Concierge
    • Smart Infinity fulfills both mobile needs and lifestyle needs as well
    • Members simply call the concierge for dining reservations, gift deliveries, travel bookings, business services and more, here and abroad. 
  • Smart Infinity Lifestyle App
    • Instant mobile access to Smart Infinity services, privileges, account information and international roaming rates
Avail of premium membership services offered by Smart Infinity experience by calling (632)8488806, email infinitysupport@smart.com.ph or visit www.smart.com.ph/infinity.

For POSTPAID Subscribers:

Private Driver from November 14 - 16
Go check out the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus from November 14 -16 and Smart will take care of your ride to and from selected Smart Stores in Metro Manila.
Simply download the Uber app on your phone, book a ride, and enter the promo code: SMARTIPHONE6 and your ride is FREE! 

Choose Your Own Mobile Number
Sign up at any Smart Store nationwide and new Smart Postpaid subscribers will have an exclusive privilege of choosing a customized phone number from a particular number series (as long as number is still available).
This offer is available for a limited time only;  first-come, first-served basis.

Wipe Out Your Current Contract
SMART Postpaid subscribers now have the option to Wipe Out their current contract (even if locked in) and upgrade to an iPhone handset in their new contract for a discount.
Plus get a FREE 1-year handset insurance when you avail of iPhone 6 or 6 Plus for Plan 800 and up. For more details visit: http://www.smart.com.ph/wipeout

Free Movies on your iPhone 6
All subscribers of the Smart iPhone 6 will get FREE 3 Movie vouchers through the smartphone app, Blink.

Avail of SMART iPhone 6 as low as P1,799 per Month
Subscribe to Smart iPhone 6 Plan 999 and just add P800/month = P1,799/month only
That's 0% installment for 24 months under cash-out Plan 999.

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10 Tips to Travel Safe and Save Fuel

We don't travel as much as we want to, but we try to have at least one out-of-town trip a year. This year, I was very fortunate to be able to bring my family down south for mini stay-cations and our recent Oreo Halloween Trip and Treats party in Tagaytay. All these road trips happened within the span of just four weeks! That said, it's critical that our vehicle is in tip-top shape with a full tank of gas, and we followed some travel and fuel-efficiency tips I'm sharing here with you.

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