Halloween Trip and Treats Party Planning

It's the Halloween weekend and I'm sure there will be a lot of spooky-fun revelries around the globe. As I've mentioned in my past Halloween posts, we never really prepare for this event since it's not traditionally celebrated in my family. My kids only joined the fun at school parades or when they invited to go trick-or-treating. Anyhow, my boy and I just had our most memorable Halloween party yet, courtesy of Oreo!

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Kids Get Happy Treats at Pancake House

My whole family loves Pancake House. J and I have been loyal patrons since our younger years! I still remember their old resto in Greenhills with all the Hollywood movie posters on display. Fast forward to having two kids, the family continues to enjoy dining at Pancake House. And if you're following me on Instagram, you may have already noticed several posts with my kids and our favorite meals. Naturally, I cannot pass up an invitation to bring the kids over to Pancake House to reward them for a job well done at school.

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iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Available from Smart this November

It's coming! The most awaited iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be available from Smart this November! 

Pre-order the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus starting Friday, November 7, 2014 at www.smart.com.ph/iPhone.  Smart Communications, Inc., wireless services leader and the country’s biggest network, will offer the iPhones beginning November 14, 2014. 
iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

I'm using an iPhone 4 for a couple of years now and it's starting to show signs of use and abuse, heehee.  I'm not the type to jump in on gadget trends so I am still contemplating on replacing it anytime soon.  However, this sexy new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are so tempting! Online listings peg the prices at PhP50k and up! Isip-isip. I'm not into big phones, so I might consider the "smaller" iPhone 6.

iPhone 6 = 4.7 inches
iPhone 6 Plus = 5.5 inches

Here are just some of the exciting features of iPhone 6 / 6 Plus:
  • Biggest and thinnest iPhone to date
  • More powerful - 64-bit, M8 motion coprocessor, longer batter life
  • Multi-touch display
  • Retina HD display
  • Touch ID technology - fingerprint security
  • iSight camera with Focus Pixels for faster auto focus
  • Slo-mo and time-lapse video mode
  • Faster LTE and WiFi support

So, if you are lusting for one, register your interest with Smart, here: http://smrt.ph/smartiphone6 -- now na!

Do watch out for attractive #SmartiPhone6 and #SmartiPhone6Plus phone plans coming very soon, so I will update you on this.

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Easy Cheezy Halloween Sandwich Bento

We are all cheese lovers here, and so I try to incorporate different types of cheese in our meals, from breakfast to snacks. The kids especially love cheesy sandwiches, so it's a no-brainer for me to send it as their baon to school or on road trips. That's why, I make sure we're well stocked with cheese slices, grated cheese, and spreadable Cheez Whiz all the time.

I grew up with Cheez Whiz so it's also a staple in our pantry. The versatility of this favorite cheese spread makes it very easy to use, especially for bento meals. Thanks to Cheez Whiz, I'll be sharing with you three bento creations, starting with this month's theme -- Halloween!

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Mom-Finds: Skechers GOwalk Shoes

It's not yet the last Friday of the month, but I have other plans for Halloween next week. So, I'm now sharing with you my latest Mom-Finds, and I've been raving about it on social media and to friends as well because it's the lightest and bounciest pair of shoes I've worn -- rubber shoes pa yan ha! My style is also not sporty, so I welcomed this style change which even the husband appreciates, all thanks to Skechers GOwalk! =)

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Fun Friday: Halloween Costumes Flashback

Third Friday of the month: Events / Celebrations / Halloween

It's mid-October and we're already seeing tons of fun, cute, scary costumes for halloween on display. Back in the day, we never made a big deal out of halloween -- in fact, we never celebrated it. It was only until I had kids and they started school that they had halloween parades. Naturally, they went to school in costume. We are just so lucky to have relatives abroad who are so generous and thoughtful to send the kids cool costumes to wear. I never really made much effort to dress them up and tried to keep things simple. Same as the halloweens past, this year's costumes will probably be a replay.

As they look forward to upcoming halloween parties, I looked back at how they dressed up before. It's flashback Friday for me once again as I reminisce, and delight at how they've grown and changed through the years -- in their halloween costumes.

Can you name all their characters? =)
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2013 (reused costumes)

The girl have not decided if she'll be Elsa (our own gown design up top), or take 3 with Cleopatra. For the boy, it's gonna be his trusty old Harry Potter robe and specs.

I hope you found some inspiration from their characters here and create (buy) your own costumes -- adults and kids alike! Two more weeks to go before halloween weekend. Have fun dressing up! =)

More halloween costumes for kids:

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Mom-Friday Homeschool Conversations - 10.14.2014

We're in our Q2 (second quarter) of homeschooling and I am still feeling the pressure, the adjustments (the boy is more adjusted than me!), and struggling with ways to teach and think outside the box. I guess I still have not shaken off the mindset of teaching methods in conventional schooling and comparing with the progress of other kids in his level. 

As we attack each week, with a combination of enthusiasm and trepidation, I have come to appreciate the flexibility of our schedule. The best part is having the time and opportunity for my boy to enjoy moments of discoveries, and indulge in his unique interests.

Getting started with coding and game creations
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Home-Style: 53 Benitez - Rockwell Primaries Pops Up at SM Megamall

It's been ages since I had a Home-Style post.  I miss featuring fine home interiors and design. Well, I got lucky and was able to visit a luxe condo unit just yesterday. This Home-Style post will be slightly different since there is no home owner here, but you can actually see the interiors of the property. My blogger friends and I were invited to view Manila’s first ever 1-bedroom pop-up model unit at SM Megamall by Rockwell Primaries, a subsidiary of Rockwell Land. It was quite a unique experience, being toured right in the middle of a mall, but feeling like you're in an actual condo unit! =)  Scroll down and see what I mean.

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Foodie Friday: Dreaming of Duck & Buvette's Duck Confit

First Friday of the month:  Food Finds / Dining

I can't believe I haven't written about any of my gastronomic adventures for over a year! If you've been a regular here on the blog, you know I share simple recipes almost every month. But I'm a foodie at heart and so you'll often see most of what I'm eating over at my Instagram and other social network sites instead. I realized I'm just not so fond of featuring dining establishments. You'll get plenty of that from many food bloggers around. From time to time, there are a few stand-out meals that I just can't get out of my mind, even weeks after I've digested them! This particular Duck Confit is one of those very memorable dishes that I'd gladly make space for in this blog.

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Save More with Electrolux Inverter Type Appliances

When we moved to our current home six years ago, all our furniture and major appliances were brand new.  The main considerations for choosing the pieces we bought were durability and long-term savings, even if it means spending a little more. My husband and I believe in investing in the right appliances for our home so we can save on maintenance and cost of utilities in the long run.

At that time of our move, the inverter technology was the sought-after energy-efficiency feature being introduced in selected aircon and refrigerator models. These are the most used and high-energy-consuming must-have appliances in our home, aside from the television, heehee. =) There were only a handful of brands offering inverter types then, and one of them is Electrolux. We eventually decided to buy this 2-door, 18cu. Electrolux refrigerator, which fits perfectly in our kitchen. It's the ideal size and capacity for our space and needs, and to this day, we have not encountered any problems with it.

Electrolux has been a trusted brand in home appliances, so no doubt in its quality. What amazed us even more was the savings in our monthly electric bill. You see, when we were renting a townhouse half the size of our current house, our electrical consumption is close to what we consume now. The conventional appliances literally eats up more energy/electricity compared with our new inverter-type ref and aircon units! Our electric bill then and now is almost the same, even if we are in a bigger place using more appliances.

We also contemplated on getting a washer/dryer then, or at least a dryer, since we don't have enough space to hang-dry the laundry. Well, we are still holding off on getting one, but I have my eyes on this handsome looking Electrolux Time Manager Washer and Dryer. I've heard positive feedback about their washers so I'm happy that the brand tapped me to share their amazing fabric care line here on the blog. They have several models to choose from depending on your needs.  This top of the line front loading washer-dryer unit doesn't come cheap at PhP50K+.  So for now, it's on my wish list!

I know that with the right laundry partner, we'll be saving time, effort, and money by letting us do more in one go.  Here are some special features why I like this Electrolux Time Manager front load washer/dryer model:
  • Customizable wash times and temperatures; with digital indicator
    • saves on water and electricity
  • Load Sensor - recommends right amount of water and detergent per load
  • Refresh program - uses Vapour Action to relax fibers and steam out wrinkles on clothes = saves time and energy from ironing
  • Extra wide door
  • Quiet Inverter motor - energy efficient, noise reduction feature, quicker wash cycles
  • Comes in 7kg and 10kg models, in a sleek, white with silver finish
Check the full features and specs of this front load washer/dryer EWW14012 model here.
Here's another model, a 10kg front load washing machine, EWF12022.

Watch this short video to see how an inverter motor works in a washing machine.

Again, I wanna stress on the benefits of long term savings from choosing and investing in the right energy-efficient appliances for your home. Buy the best you can afford.

For more info on Electrolux washing machines and promos, visit facebook.com/thelittlewhitebook.
Follow @ElectroluxPH on Twitter and Instagram.

On a side note, beyond their premium line of washing machines, there's more to love about Electrolux. I'd like to tell you about their Delightful-E Simple to Share annual clothes donation drive. Electrolux aims to collect, and then wash your donated pre-loved clothes for calamity-stricken survivors. Also, in partnership with Gawad Kalinga’s Trese, unusable donated clothes will be transformed into quilts for newborns from orphanages and other communities. This is sharing beyond donating clothes. “Through Delightful-E Simple, we hope to mark the difference between giving and sharing. For when we share, we freely impart a piece of ourselves—our time, effort, and concern. Hence, we are able to give more,” explains Andrea Pionilla, Marketing Manager of Electrolux Philippines

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Mom-Finds: Ethnic Inspired Fashion Pieces

Last Friday of the month:  Finds and Faves / Shopping

It's been a while since I shared some fashion finds, and now I have four.  Here are ethnic-inspired pieces I recently acquired. They certainly add some spice to my pretty basic and casual wardrobe. They even match and complete a whole ensemble!
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Download E-Books and E-Magazines from Buqo App with SMART

I haven't been able to regularly buy magazines for the past few years, mainly because I now spend more time in front of the computer. Thus, I get to read informative and entertaining materials off the internet, and also from my tablet and mobile phone. Good news for people like me, Smart Communications recently tied-up with Summit Media to offer subscribers easier access to e-books and e-magazines with Buqo app and pay with Smart!

I was actually excited to get the Buqo app immediately since I can now get copies of some of the Summit mags I used to buy, like Yes!, Preview, Yummy, and Good Housekeeping.  I simply charge it to my Smart postpaid account on an android phone.  It's that easy!  Have I convinced you yet?

First, what is Buqo?
Buqo is a mobile bookstore, newsstand, and reader app all rolled into one.
It's currently available for both Android and iOS users.

Sample screen shot - browse, choose, buy, pay with Smart

What I like about the Smart-Summit-Buqo collab:
  • Quick and easy download of e-books or e-magazines via Buqo app
  • Browse, choose a publication, add to cart, check
  • Any Smart subscriber (currently for Android units) can easily download and buy Summit publications:
    • Pay using Smart Prepaid load or charge to your Smart Postpaid bill - this is the best part, 'coz it's so convenient!
    • No need for a credit card
  • With Buqo, no need to lug around heavy books and magazines when on the road or traveling
    • Read books and mags anytime, anywhere -- from a smartphone or tablet
    • Access to top Summit Media publications, like: Yes! Magazine, Preview, Candy Magazine, Esquire Philippines, and more
How cool is that?! And there's more -- Smart will soon offer special rates and deals for books and magazines that will be exclusively available to Smart subscribers. Yey!!!

The Buqo mobile app with Smart operator billing is currently available for Android devices. 
Click here for a simple step-by-step: http://smart.com.ph/buqo.

Download Buqo app now! Buy your e-books and e-mags with your Smart load or bill and enjoy reading on your mobile devices.

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