Thursday, July 27, 2017

AAPM Top Picks at A Handmade Affair

Due to our customs and culture, June has always been considered the most preferred month for having a wedding. But as years pass, many couples plan to get married based on their own convenience and their guests' as well. Hard times would never hinder the couple's desire to have the best wedding because it's once in a lifetime. When we say best, details like venue, decors, flowers, food, and most of all souvenirs and keepsakes can never be out of the picture. It is but natural for Filipinos to be so thoughtful and most of all, they love to personalize their gifts. As a giver, he wants the recipient to feel extra special. As a recipient, accepting personalized gifts makes him feel that the giver has made  time and effort to produce something that he can call his own.

In my visit to a crafty celebrations and wedding expo, A Handmade Affair, a couple of months ago, there were six unique handmade and personalized gift ideas for the couples, parents, secondary sponsors, guests, our loved ones, and even for our own consumption that caught my attention. Here they are:

Tomato Time made my eyes twinkle due to its latest collection and services. Imagine for only Php950, we could customize our own or our loved ones' watches! It also offers couple watches for only Php1,800 or we could have the leather straps of our purchased Tomato Watches stamped to make them personalized! Awesome!

The products that we tried on Neutraorganics' booth made us feel that we could have the best of beauty and health at our age by simply using its products! 

The gift of natural skin care products is best for the bridesmaids and secondary sponsors so that they can look fresh and rejuvenated before the wedding.

I fell in love with these unique handmade magnets by The Art Boutique PH! These could serve as personalized table markers and souvenirs for the guests.

Studio 925  made me swoon over its handmade accessories! Their creations were beautifully crafted and super affordable! I would like to get them all! For only Php8,000, couples could have their own customized wedding rings! The necklaces and bracelets would surely be appreciated by the female secondary sponsors. Yay! So nice and dainty!

Jaz Arts andCrafts was one of my most favorite exhibitors. On its booth we were able to create our very own floral headbands for free and shopped very affordable scrapbook materials and tools. Crafters, kids, and young at heart would love its products.

The last time that I drank alcoholic beverages was in 1999. I didn't even try to do it again even a sip until Sir Jeremy of AWC Philippines convinced me to do so. Believe me, I enjoyed the experience! Codoniu Clasico Semi Sec was the bomb! I really, really liked it! AWC Philippines' wines could make any occasion livelier and they could be the best gifts for the primary sponsors and male secondary sponsors. 

You may visit A Handmade Affair on Instagram to see other exhibitors creating unique handmade gift ideas perfect for all occasions. If you are a handmade junkee like I do, you'll love everything there and that's for sure!

Monday, July 10, 2017

Lactacyd Baby: Gives the Skin What It Deserves and More

"What's meant to be will always a find a way."
- Trisha Yearwood

This happened to me a few months ago when I won another giveaway through Petite Momma's World blog despite having no winner's luck and the prize was Lactacyd's latest product line, Lactacyd Baby- 2 in 1 Moisturizing Cleanser and Liquid Powder.

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Lactacyd is a known brand of clinically-proven safe, hypoallergenic, and mild feminine wash and cleanser that our family trusts for years. Never in my experience that both have caused irritations on me and my kids. That's why upon receiving my Lactacyd Baby prize, I immediately let Bunso use both and of course, shared one baby wash to my nephew and liquid powder to my best friend's daughter who has a recurring problem of suffering from rashes during summer or hot weather.

As expected, both did an amazing job in keeping our kids skin very clean, moisturized, supple, smelling fresh, and free from irritations. What made me really, really happy was Kylee, my best friend's daughter finally found the right product that could keep herself from getting those stubborn rashes. She didn't have back breakouts, experience itchiness especially upon bedtime that caused her to have sleepless nights, and feel sticky and uneasy unlike when she was using an ordinary baby powder that could only soothe her irritations temporarily. My best friend was so thankful that I let her daughter try Lactacyd Baby Liquid Powder that served as the best solution to their problem for years. The hydrating, moisturizing, and protecting properties of this dust-free powder did a good job! That made me feel so blessed and purposeful.

Lactacyd Baby is available in leading supermarkets and drugstores nationwide at very reasonable price. 2 in 1 Moisturizing Cleanser, which can be used with or without water, and Liquid Powder come in big and travel sizes, perfect to bring or use anytime, anywhere. I highly recommend both. They give the skin what it deserves and more!

Saturday, July 8, 2017

#PakNaPak na Healthy Recipes by Uni-Pak Mackerel in Natural Oil + Giveaway (July 2017)

Most kids nowadays are picky eaters and my sons are no exception. There are days when our menu just keeps on rotating over and over and that includes Fried Chicken and Fish and sandwiches that are so easy to prepare. Paps and I do our very best to be creative in preparing our meals to encourage our kids to eat more healthy food choices but sometimes we are too tired and busy to sustain our habit. Nevertheless, we still do our best to extend our effort.

It is obvious that food preparation takes time and it is our duty as parents to do it properly no matter how very busy and exhausted we are. Hindi basta nakasanayan ay the best na.

Just recently, a friend from Uni-Pak sent me a gift bag with cans of Mackerel in Natural Oil and a desk calendar with recipes on it just in time when we were thinking of other interesting and healthy quick and easy meals to cook. I really felt happy and relieved because Uni-Pak Mackerel in Natural Oil could give us hearty meals in no time.

Why is Uni-Pak Mackerel in Natural Oil healthy and safe? An oily fish such as mackerel is known to help fight cardiovascular disease, dementia, loss of vision, and prostrate cancer. It's one of the best sources of protein, selenium, vitamins B and D, and omega-3 fatty acids--- vitamins, minerals, and fat that are necessary for good health. Uni-Pak is a flagship brand of SLORD Development Corporation, the company that specializes in toll-packing quality canned goods that is trusted by domestic and international companies since 1985. 

Moving on, here are two of the great-tasting and healthy dishes that I cooked using Uni-Pak Mackerel in Natural Oil:

***Uni-Pak Mackerel Sisig***

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1 can of 425 Uni-Pak Mackerel in Natural Oil, drained and flaked
3-4 cloves garlic
1 medium-sized onion, minced
1 piece red chili (siling labuyo), minced
oil or 1/8 stick of butter for frying
1 tablespoon mayonnaise
1 teaspoon soy sauce or liquid seasoning

Optional seasoning
2 pieces kalamansi
spring onions


1. In a cooking pan, heat oil or butter.
2. Saute garlic and onion.
3. Put in Uni-Pak Mackerel flakes, liquid seasoning or soy sauce, and red chili. Cook for 3-5 minutes
4. Remove from heat and transfer it to serving plate.
5. Put kalamansi, mayonnaise, and spring onion. Mix well.

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***Uni-Pak Healthy Mackerel Sandwich***

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1 can of 425g Uni-Pak Mackerel in Natural Oil, drained and flaked
2 tablespoons red onions, minced
1 tablespoon lemon or calamansi juice
4 tablespoons mayonnaise
8 slices white or wheat bread
lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber (optional)
salt, sugar, and pepper, to taste


1. Mix the mackerel, minced onion, mayonnaise, lemon juice, salt, sugar, and pepper.
2. Spread the mackerel mixture on slices of bread.
3. Top with lettuce, tomatoes, and cucumber and close the sandwiches.

These recipes are so easy to prepare and so delicious and nutritious that even busy individuals can do hastily and picky eaters can appreciate. They can save the day from being chaotic! Hindi rin siya malansa. Kaya basta Mackerel, dapat tatak Uni-Pak!

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Do you want to get a #PakNaPak na Uni-Pak Mackerel in Natural Oil gift pack for free and cook your own #TatakUnipak recipes? Uni-Pak is giving away a gift pack to one of you and it's so easy to join. Just do the following steps:

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The giveaway is open to my readers residing in the Philippines only. You don't have to be my social media account followers to join. Giveaway period is from July 8 to 21, 2017 only. Winner will be chosen by

I'll announce the winner on my Facebook Page on July 23, 2017 and he/she will be notified through Facebook private message on the same day. Uni-Pak/SLORD Development Corporation will be responsible in shipping the prize to the winner. Thanks and good luck!
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