Year-End Round-up: Favorite Finds in 2011

Last Friday of the month:  Mom-Finds / Raves

It's the last Friday of the year, so I'll be sharing more than one Mom-Finds. We're counting down to 2012 and I thought it's fitting that, aside from great new finds, I post a year-end review of my favorites in 2011.

From food to fashion, these products and services became my personal favorites, earned raves from my family, and got featured on the blog. So here are my fave finds in no particular order:

Mom-Friday's Favorite Finds 2011
(Click on name or photo to read more about each one below)

MacBook Air - 13"
My first ever Apple, for my birthday --  this one is truly special.  Need I say more?

Celeteque Anti-Aging Power Serum
My face just loves this velvety-smooth serum with anti-aging Lipopeptides in break-off capsules.
Re-named as Celeteque DermoScience

Sassy Hairsies Luxury Hairpieces
Undeniably gorgeous hair accessories for girls -- big, bold, and sparkly... perfect for my little miss.

I've been using this well-made, locally hand-crafted shoulder bag almost everyday since I got it.

This best-selling novel, by Filipina mom Samantha Sotto, made me read a book again after a decade, and even delighted me with her divine baked eggs and cheese recipe.

It's hip to be 'green' with these luxuriously soft and hypoallergenic organic bamboo and cotton children's clothes -- great for your kids and kind to the environment.

The amazing skin cream from GoodSkin Labs glides on smoothly and "hides" the pores on my face instantly -- and shine-free the whole day!


Papa John's Pizza (Annapolis Branch)
Fresh, generous toppings, chewy-crunchy crust, served with pepperoncini pepper and garlic dipping sauce, their pizza is always a winner in my book.

A staple in the pantry, this is my go-to spicy pasta sauce that's great with chicken or shrimps on spaghetti noodles.

This cold dairy concoction transformed my favorite childhood candies, Horlicks and Maltesers, into this rich and decadent ice cream.

I'm an iced milk tea addict and this instant powdered drink satisfies my Taiwanese bubble milk tea cravings anytime of the day, sans tapioca balls.


Best value-for-money foot massage and full body aromatherapy massage I had this year -- I totally enjoyed my treatments here.
Photo from their Facebook page
A most memorable experience with the kids, this was our very first visit to a real stable, and first horse ride together as a family last summer.

They offer fantastic pampering packages like foot spa + pedicure combo that come with a premium selection of skin products and Orly nail laquer.

Of all the attractions at the park, the kids were most fascinated with the jellies, and they want to go back to see these graceful creatures again and again!

New favorite Mom-Finds to cap off the year:

Skylanders Spyro's Adventure - Video Game
This is a surprise favorite for me since I was never into video games and gadgets.  It's the only video game to date that I instantly got fascinated with after a friend told me about the concept and showed me their game set.

At the mall a day before Christmas, I told my video-game-addict husband about this fairly new game. We went to a store to check it out and he was completely sold on Skylanders!  We bought the starter pack for Wii, and an additional set of characters on the spot.  In a week's time, we have 16 figures, and counting. Here's why this game landed on my list of favorites (more info from Skylanders Facebook page):
  • Bring your Skylanders to life by placing them (toy figures) on the Portal of Power™
  • Interaction Figures with Brains™ – The Skylanders figures remember their in-game experiences and upgrades
  • Become a portal master and join the battle to save Skylands
  • Skylanders Spyro's Adventure is available on Nintendo Wii & 3DS, Microsoft Xbox 360, Sony PlayStation 3 and PC/Mac.  *ESRB Rating: E10+ (Cartoon Violence)

Human Nature
Baby Care, Kids and Adult Shampoo and Body Wash
Natural and organic, proudly Philippine-made, these are 100% chemical-free personal care products.
This is the first appearance of Human Nature on this blog but they still made it to my favorites list simply because my whole family loves using their products ever since we first tried it many months back.

I don't have a baby anymore but we tried the samples of their latest Baby Care line and we really liked it too! I especially love the mild body wash and lotion that leaves their skin soft and supple, with a light powdery scent.  Perfect for babies indeed. Now, they are using the new Kids Natural Shampoo & Body Wash in fresh, zesty Tangerine Tarsier scent I bought for them, while hubby and I continue to enjoy using their strengthening shampoo and conditioner.

Tarte Tatin Ballerina Flats
If I can wear heels every day, I would. But with my current lifestyle, it's just too impractical. Flat shoes are my daily footwear of choice.  In leopard fabric, this super comfortable ballerina slippers with rubber soles are my current favorite and have been wearing them almost everyday since I bought it early this month.

Tarte Tatin is a local brand of contemporary girls' apparel and footwear available in Rustan's department stores. The brand now offers these lightweight, stylish flats that any woman, especially moms on-the-go, would love to wear anytime.

What are your favorites from the blog? =)

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