Fun Friday: Build and Bond Doll Houses and Crafts

Third Friday of the month: Toys  / Hobbies

If there's one thing I have in common with the girl when I was her age, it's arts and crafts. I think I picked up the hobby from my mother who is very skilled in this department, which includes sewing as well. When I was younger, I didn't get to buy dresses and accessories for my Barbie doll so I ended up sewing ponchos and skirts, fashion accessories, and creating furniture out of match boxes, buttons and scraps. M is into these stuff right now and when my friend showed me a Mishka Build and Bond toy, I knew she'll love this and it will be a good activity for both of us.

M has been into micro crafts and toys since last year, and I featured some of her creations here. She's been stitching and sewing more often lately to create clothes and accessories for her LPS toys. When I saw these "doll houses" from Mishka Build and Bond, I wanted them for myself too, heehee... nakaka-aliw and I thought to surprise her with this. It's awesome! This Sakura Sushi Shop was sent as a gift and it was so cool even J wanted to join and start building with us. We should have started with a smaller kit first coz we found this too daunting with all the materials and steps, hahahaha! This remains an unfinished project.

I ordered several smaller sets as gifts and an extra for us to build. This will take days, or weeks to finish.  Which also means more gadget-free days with the kid!

This bedroom with a bunk beds is our current project and we are in the middle of building it. So kahit hindi pa tapos, I wanted to show it na and couldn't wait 'til my Mom-Finds feature to share this with you so you can also order for your family or get them as gifts. The top photo is the expected outcome of our toy bedroom. 

Actually, ang main purpose talaga ni M is to use this as a room for her LPS toys! =) We've been having petty quarrels over this coz with some pieces she doesn't want to try to measure and cut. Anyway, here's the kit complete with all the materials, and even the glue and wires for the bedroom light!

Some bigger sets like the Sushi shop includes scissors, but this one doesn't.
For this set, we needed:
Cutter, scissors
No-nail adhesive for wood and boards
(coz the white glue included is only good for sealing wall paper and lighter materials)
Glue gun/glue
Plastic knife or old plastic cards - use to spread glue evenly
Ruler or tape measure
Needle and thread
Tray (act as work surface to keep tiny materials from getting lost)

Two nights palang kami and we've only set up the walls and floor, plus the main furniture. The manual shows all the materials included, and illustrated instruction for each part of the house. No english translation but the item code and photos are enough to show you the step-by-step procedure. It's very meticulously designed kaya you need time to concentrate! Meron din room designs for boys. 

Kailangan kong mag-salamin sa liit ng ibang pictures that needed to be cut. This is ideal for 10 years old and above, but even smaller kids can do this with parents' help, especially when using the cutter and adhesive. A light and steady hand would be an advantage to piece them all together without damaging the pieces, hehehe. We'll continue building over the weekend. Nakakatuwa, I can't wait for this to be completed!

You can order from: Instagram.com/mishkabuildandbond.

(To be updated once we complete the room.)

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Online Favorites Now in Fifth Rack Fashion and Lifestyle Store

Can you say no to a "shopping party"? When friends invite me to similar events, I really try to attend mainly because I want to see what's new out there (of course the free shopping is a big bonus). Since I don't really consider myself a shoppaholic, I am not as familiar with current retail and online brands, and even bazaar favorites. One recent event I attended was a media luncheon for Fifth Rack concept store with their impressive line-up of brands, so I'm sharing some of the items that caught my eye.

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Family Friday: Poop Problems

Second Friday of the month:  Health / Wellness

I don't know what other term to use, so excuse the title if it sounds iffy to you. =) This post is really all about what my girl has been going through for the past two months. She's been very emotional every time she experiences abdominal pains. She wants it to go away. We all do.  She's been though a lot during the past few weeks and most nights, she wants to sleep with us in our bed. The pains and discomfort are affecting not just her health, but also her studies, her sleep patterns, her diet, our day-to-day activities and weekend plans, not to mention my own health coz I also cannot sleep soundly when she can't sleep at night.

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Foodie Friday: Crunchy Fried Oysters

I love seafood. Aside from crabs and shrimps, scallops and oysters are in the top of my favorite food list. It's not easy to find fresh oysters when I buy my produce and groceries so I indulge from time to time when we dine at restaurants serving them. Medyo mahal lang. I still remember the baked oysters in 5 ways that we always order from Via Mare fine dining when I was still working in Tektite Towers. I dated myself again... I know, that was eons ago! But those were memorable times, and dining there were saved for special occasions or when treating an advertiser-client. I haven't had bake oysters in a long time. These days, I'd be lucky if I find fresh oysters in the market. Usually, I find freshly packed shucked oysters at SM Pasig Hypermarket and buy a pack to cook at home. 

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Why Invest in a Unit Investment Trust Fund (UITF)?

How do we pursue our passions without going broke? We all have our dreams and wishes. We all have something we are passionate about, and realistically speaking, we need money to fund most of our passions to make it happen. This is where investing comes in and to seek better banking services to help us make sound investment decisions.

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What To Expect at the 2016 Philippine Homeschool Conference

Are you curious about homeschooling? Do you want to explore homeschooling for your family? Have you started your homeschooling journey? Are you interested to shop for educational tools and materials? Let me share with you what you can expect from the upcoming Philippine Homeschool Conference happening this October 22!
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Pre-Holiday Gadget SALE from Digital Walker Starts September 30

Christmas comes early this year with this awesome tech and gadget sale by Digital Walker store! I rarely post sale and promo announcements here but this one is hard to pass up since we are customers of Digital Walker and my gadget-geek hubby and kids are already eyeing several items to shop for this weekend. Sharing is caring, so I'm sharing this great news and giving you a sneak peek at what you can expect during this 3-day sale starting September 30 at SM Megamall Megatrade Hall.

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Welcome to TICKLES Gift Shopping Wonderland

You know you're an 80s kid when you trooped to Greenhills and shopped for trinkets, gifts and novelty items at TICKLES. I was one of those girls who regularly check out this treasure trove for quirky finds. Since school is just minutes away, my friends and I used to buy stationery, stickers, cute school supplies, and other kitchy items we fancy. Fast forward to almost 40 years, a spanking new flagship store opens in SM Megamall and a new generation of shoppers will be in for a treat in this happy shopping place called TICKLES!

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Why This Homemaker Loves the New #MySmart Mobile App

In my home life and social media work, I am heavily dependent on my mobile phone and other gadgets. Time is considered a commodity now and I put a high price on it, that is why I try to choose where to spend my time on. I also avail of express services and the conveniences of online transactions and mobile apps as much as I can. While I consider myself a full time homemaker, it doesn't mean I have all the time in the world to be physically present in managing our household needs, and that includes monitoring our utilities and subscriptions. Mobile apps are my handy helper and I'm thrilled to share that My Smart mobile app is now live!

What is My Smart?
  • A self-service platform that allows subscribers to manage all their Smart Communications Inc. accounts in a single, unified app that is always on and free to use
    • i.e. balance check, view and retrieve account information, activate or deactivate an array of services, redeem points, etc.
  • My Smart puts the customer is in control of his personal account/s anytime, anywhere. 
  • My Smart App is available via Web, Mobile, and Mobile App (Android & IOS).
If you are a Smart subscriber, check out these My Smart services made available for you:
Login: my.smart.com.ph

Here's my #MySmart mobile app which I installed today.
Simply install and Login. You can instantly view your account, choose an array of options and services that you can avail of at the touch of a button.

Get the My Smart mobile App now and start managing your account the smart way!
You can also login on the web for a complete online experience: my.smart.com.ph

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Fun Friday: Mothers Who Brunch, Shop, and Get Pampered

The title said it all. One fine Saturday, I had the pleasure of being treated to a day of pampering, shopping, and dining at Discovery Primea Hotel in Makati. The Mothers Who Brunch (MWB), led by my friends Mish and Sab, organized this intimate gathering. I know they always prepare something special for their guests at every event, so I was really looking forward to this weekend "me time" treat for us moms!

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Family Friday: All About J & M's Painting and Anime Drawings

Second Friday of the month: Hobbies / Recreation / Kids

Ever since my kids were little, drawing has been one of their hobbies and a favorite activity for quiet time. I've featured some of their past works years ago on the blog and on Instagram as #ArtOfJandM. It's only recently that I've started taking notice again of what they've been creating. Please indulge me as I share some of their more current artworks that triggered some proud mommy moments for me. I am hard to please when it comes to my kids' works, but napabilib din nila ako with their latest artworks. :)

His doodling got less and less over the years, and homeschooling made it possible for him to explore art again. Noon puro robots and original game characters ang drawing niya. This year, he began taking painting classes at Art Smart. They teach him basic painting techniques and use acrylic on canvas.

Teacher said he is skilled, but sometimes tends to rush his projects. I've observed that he needs to be more meticulous and patient, and should work more neatly. Minsan ang daming patak ng paint on the sides and teacher will help him cover and clean it pa! Here are some of his works so far and I am looking for a spot in the house for each of them. =)

This painting below is for me. I'll claim this. =) He initially chose a blue and orange photo of a different jelly fish, but I wanted this more colorful version. It took me some time to convince him and told him to paint it for me, hehehe. Eventually, he obliged but did not quite finish... he missed some shading and shadows, but tinamad na kasi time is up na daw! Haaay!

He's currently working on this cupcake. Once he's done, I'll share the finished work on Instagram. =)

Drawing cartoons was always her favorite and she knows she's getting better at it. Pero she has her moods -- sometimes she will hide her work coz it's private daw, and there are days when she will request me to take a picture agad and let me post it on Instagram. She still prefers pencil drawings and rarely colors her works.

From creating her own animal characters to animé illustrations, she now gained the confidence to teach her classmates who are interested to learn and draw anime. Here are two mystical characters from a series she made last month.

M's latest drawings are all about anime girls. Since school started last June, she's been bringing home some of her doodles and comics. Earlier today, she created another original character named Necko Chan. Her characters all have "Chan" daw at the end of their names... don't ask me why! I can't understand her explanation, heehee.  

Here's a sample. May frontal rendition and side view. Mahirap daw yung side view, she is still practicing.

Their school is now on their term break, so she asked me if she can invite friends over and they can draw. Kaya bigla tuloy ako napa-organize ng "anime drawing workshop" dito sa bahay! M and another classmate with be the "teachers" for beginners and advanced levels.

Everything is almost set, and I am all out to support this hobby coz I also enjoyed drawing even as a kid. In this digital era, drawing with a pencil on paper is as organic as you can get when it comes to expressing one's creativity. Especially for the younger generation, it makes them appreciate art even more since it's their original work, drawn by hand. No gadgets, no complicated or high-tech materials needed. Just pure inspired drawings that spark their imagination.

"This is you, mommy. I copied the exact shirt and shorts you're wearing now, see...?" 
I look so young in that drawing diba, hahahaha. But at least she got the ponytail right.

"I can't do boys. Ok... I'm going to draw our family..."  
This was a stolen shot, kasi hindi pa ata tapos, but I love it already. =)

More of our family's art:

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Foodie Friday: Filippo's Tuna-Garlic Pasta in Olive Oil

Healthy cooking will always be the goal of any homemaker and cooking mama. It's a bonus if the dishes are quick and easy to prepare. To achieve that goal, it's a must to have the best and freshest ingredients you can find. In my pantry, staples include premium sauces and oils which are the usual base for most of my cooking. And for today's recipe, only fine aromatic olive oils can enhance the flavor of this very simple pasta dish.

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