Friday, July 27, 2012

Spread the Love in a Squeezable Tube with McCormick's New Bread Spread Line


I believe that "Man shall not live by bread alone." Sometimes, a man needs a little bit of yummy spread on it. 

But do you ever get really sad when the bread spread doesn't spread well on the bread? Well,  I do. Sometimes, it can be messy and I'm always left wondering how to spread my favorite spread on my bread without using a knife. I also feel it's troublesome to wash the knife after using it. 

Good thing I was able to attend the official media launch of the newest product line of McCormick. Held at Fully BookedTop Shelf in Bonifacio High Street, McCormick along with friends from the media and blogging community wave “Goodbye Bland, Hello Flavorful!”. 

The Bread Spreads come in an exciting array of flavors – Garlic, Herb Parmesan and Pesto – that are sure to delight the taste buds of all mommies and foodies out there. 


Here are some of the reasons why I love them:

1. Creative Packaging -  McCormick  Bread Spreads have 0g trans fat and come in no-mess squeezable tubes. So you can bring them with you anytime, anywhere. The packaging looks like facial wash though. So please, never mix them up.

2. Convenience - They are easy to use and these tubes are perfect to bring to the office, take to picnics, and even include in kids' baon bags. 

3.  Hygienic -  No more worries about spills or messes. Clean as you go. It squeezes, it doesn't make a mess and if you hold it closer, you may even hear it say I Love you. Okay, kidding.. that's just me. :)

4. Easy storage - It is quite handy and very easy to store. 


5. Flavorful - Oh, and let's not forget the most important reason of all! I love 'em because they are all flavorful. On wheat bread,crackers, white bread, biscuits and toast, these are the spreads that I LOVE the most!  They are as versatile as can be.


Actually, we just discovered its versatility as soon as we recovered from the shock of its goodness after sucking 3 tubes of McCormick Bread Spreads in one sitting. LOL


When there's no good bread to spread 'em on, what does one do? Simply eat it with chips or tacos as dips. They are also great when paired with a variety of foods from salads to pastas to main dishes.

The highlight of the event is a cooking demo by Celebrity Chef Stephanie Zubiri who presented  the amazing flavor and true versatility of the line by concocting three delectable dishes using McCormick Bread Spreads. The way she spreads the spread perfectly across the bread with one swipe never ceases to amaze me.
She prepared scrumptious meals like Pesto Orange Balsamic Salad Dressing, Garlic Herb Lemon Zest Carbonara, and Grilled Stuffed Chicken Breast with Roasted Veggie Millefeuille. 

A big thanks to McCormick for the invite and with the introduction of this latest line of products, McCormick continues to bring passion to flavor. Look for the new McCormick Bread Spreads at your neighborhood supermarkets and put an end to bland. McCormick Bread Spreads are available in leading supermarkets and groceries for only PhP 85 SRP.

For more deets about McCormick and McCormick products, visit www.mccormick.com.ph and www.facebook.com/friendsandflavor. For delicious recipes, go to McCormick Flavor HQ at apps.facebook.com/flavorhq or mobile.mccormick.com.ph.

So there, do you think this flavoured squeezable tube is a great idea? How about a refillable squeezable tube because I think it's more eco-friendly and it may be a wee bit cheaper right? Haha. Just sayin'.

Go give McCormick a squeeze and spread the love.



 


Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Coming Home to Mandaue Foam

They say home is where the heart is. Also, an awful lot of you would see owning a house or condo as the best long-term investment. Well, that includes me and my hubby. So we just got a condo a few months ago at California Garden Square, located at the heart of  Mandaluyong City.

Then what comes next after buying a condo? The itch that wifey get to look for new furniture and to start decorating. Right after moving in, women can't help stockpiling decorating ideas along with some hot ramen. It's not rocket science. It's just natural how a woman turns a house into a home, groceries to a meal & love making to birth. Whatever you give a good woman, she makes it greater. Agree or agree??

So I was pretty excited and over-the-moon about getting the new pieces and quirky home accessories for our condo. I browsed online and found Mandaue Foam website, showcasing high quality furniture & stylish home accents. They are all sorts of awesome!
Mandaue Foam. Your home, your imagination.

A friend told me that a house isn't a home unless there is a fast wifi connection. When she went to our place, she asked "What's your wifi password?" whereas normal people would normally say, "What a lovely sofa!" or maybe "What a lovely home!".

Well, I have to agree with her but I also think that a house isn't a home unless you have beautiful furniture as well. If you have a beautiful house with fab furniture and a happy family to come home to everyday, then you are absolutely HOME. Whatever you took away from the house isn't nearly as important as the special people and special things that are waiting for you in the house...and that is why I'm coming home to Mandaue Foam.

After browsing Mandaue Foam's website, I'd love to share my top three great finds that I think are pretty neat.

A modern 3-door show rack or shoe cabinet to keep our shoes organized! Love this!

Secondly, each room in the house seems to reduce in size as a family grows so I seriously want to add  these elegant yet practical space savers, such as the square ottoman w/ storage to help me out with decluttering and to maximize the space.  The same great class and design with less space consumption! Hah! They're great space savers right?
Last but not the least, a hotel quality pocket spring mattress is also a must have! One thing I'm sure of is that.. I need to invest in a good, comfy bed because we all need to get a good night's worth of sleep.
I'm such a little housewife, my dream is not to be a billionaire like Bruno Mars. I just want to be happy and live comfortably with my family in a 2-bedroom condo with a stocked fridge! All I want is to see that my house is spotless, laundry's done and dinner on the table when daddy gets home. Simple. But I have to add that I cannot wait to go to  Mandaue Foam  and get things for our condo... pronto!

Oh and I might add some personal touch for our little home... perhaps a department of missing socks somewhere so no sock should be left behind! Because no sock should be mismatched! My daughter, as well as my hubbykins, always mourn over their lost socks. :( RIP little, lost socks. You will be missed.
New advocacy: No sock should never be left behind! No sock should be mismatched! 
Corner frames... at the, well, corner, of course.
Some corner frames and lastly, a bath tub with a sign. Need I say more? :)

How about you, people? What was the best investment you bought when setting up your first house? When was the last time you gave your home a clear-out and bought a new furniture? Whilst you're at it, drop in & check out Mandaue Foam’s newest TV commercial:



Just remember, my dear, they can take away your house but not your home, your money but not your riches, your happiness but not your joy, and last but not the least, your past but not your future. Also, don't forget to consult your husband about the comfort level of the chair he will spend the majority of the time sitting in, the overall style of your house, and the “feel” you are trying to create in this "home" you are building together.

So come home to Mandaue Foam. Your home, your imagination.

Check out  Mandaue Foam's Facebook  fan page HERE and follow them on twitter HERE! :)


 

Monday, July 23, 2012

My Great Northern Sale Experience: Shoppers Gone Wild

I still remember my GNS experience like it was yesterday. It was Friday the 13th.

I was in a hurry. I insisted my hubby to go with me for a quick shopping trip. Just because I believe that behind every strong woman is a man who would carry her bags from all the shopping. Unfortunately, like most men, he found shopping boring and preferred to stay at home.

So I went shopping alone and snuck off to the Great Northern Sale at SM North Edsa. For me, it sounded like the great Northern Star, the prominent star that lies closest in the sky to the north celestial pole. I was lookin' at it just like a star, only shinier.. and I was determined to get it.

I imagined myself going on a massive shopping spree, galavanting around the SM Department Store with hundreds of shopping bags slung over my arms and shoulder, overly excited and giddy with excitement at the sight of Sale items and more. Shoes? Dress? Bra? Bag? Pants? Ahh, the SM Department Store was my oyster. I was excited because that was my first ever Great Northern Sale. Big deal, my friend. Huge.



GNS was packed!
Except my dream deflated and it suddenly dawned at me as I walked down the shopping aisle. I went there extra early but there were already a sea of people aka a huge crowd rubbing elbows, anxiously doing a shopping marathon.

Shoppers gone wild!
The mall was packed! If I could add a sport to the Olympics, that'd be shopping. Perhaps some competitive shopping?

Guess so.

Then I thought, "So this is how wild things can get at SM North Edsa's Great Northern Sale. Shoppers gone wild and major discounts everywhere you look! There were way too many people in a shopping mall that size, and I've never seen shoppers so crazy. Oh well, who doesn't love a good sale?



I was also a bit overwhelmed with all the signs "50-70% OFF". I guess SM North Edsa is designed to overwhelm you with brightness and sensory overstimulation so you may spend mindlessly. All because it's a SALE day! Sure the birth of my daughter was special but I'd rate the day the Great Northern Sale started pretty high up there too (and I knew that it was going to be the death of me!) It's by far, one of the busiest, if not the busiest shopping day of the year. How I wish the Great Northern Sale has never ever ended. Or better yet, I wish I could have unlimited money for shopping.

Then I went up to the 3rd floor at Kid's section and I was like, wanting everything in sight. I browsed for a few more hours and I finished a whole set of K-pop inspired outfit for my little girl and a running shorts for my hubby. Sweet!

Glad to say that "I came, I saw, I conquered." :)

Here's a peek of my shopping haul and all the goodies I scored from the GNS:
Loving my daughter's K-pop outfitey from SM Kids' K-Pop Collection. So havey! I might even get her to  join the  SM Kids' Search for Toon Fest K-Pop Rising Star! Yay! 

My most favorite part of  my GNS shopping experience was the moment I saw an orange polka dot top and tried the piece on..  and it was the perfect size. Whoever said Friday the 13th is unlucky clearly  wasn't a smart shopper and didn't know how to shop for sale. That being said, I'm proud to say that I'm officially a frugal sale shopper and I save money that way. 

On the other hand, the least favorite part of shopping for me is the payment part and the post-shopping calculation ( I seriously hate Math). The best part though was when I took advantage of the 50-70% off  on sale items and I was able to save over 50% in total. Wow. Just wow. I have to say it felt pretty darn good. 

After a few hours of shopping, I used my Gourmet Card  where anyone can have an ultimate dining privilege and get lots of freebies and discounts from participating restaurants. I loved it!

So here's a tip, for those guys who want to know how to satisfy a woman:

The G spot is located at the end of the word shopping, and at the first word of the phrase "Great Northern Sale". So don't dare miss out the great opportunity to shop for the next Great Northern Sale at SM next year where you can get up to 70% off on selected brands.

Happy shopping!

 





Friday, July 20, 2012

Online Shopping at its Best with Niscenssa's Glam Online Store

This dark cloud hovering over Metro Manila right now is so intense. And that, my friend, makes it a perfect weather for online shopping. I seriously hate shopping in stores, so I always choose the easy way.. online.   Although, we can't always blame the bad/bed weather for our online shopping addiction. Am I right?

As for me, I'll prolly choose to do shopping online rather than walk around at the mall for hours. It's easy and less time consuming. No temptations to steal, no ghastly queues, no sore feet, and when my package comes it's like yey! "A package? For MEEH?!" :)

Somehow my online work like blogging, as well as editing photos and videos, always turns into some serious online shopping. I love it because I can always do it in my pajamas and it's  the only thing I can wait 3-5 business days for. For some, it gives them a reason to live for another 3-5 business days.

So for the avid online shoppers out there, I have good news for ya!

Niscenssa Direct Sales, the direct selling arm of Nisce Skin ‘n Face,  has announced the launch of a new online store. It's the easiest way to shop for Niscenssa products and it's a good thing that Niscenssa stays current with tech trends.


Held at Secret Recipe in SM Megamall, the Kapuso star and Niscenssa's new brand ambassador, Miss Bela Padilla, graced the event. Indeed, her skin looks so smooth and flawless. That moment when you look at a woman and you can tell without even touching that she has the softest skin imaginable. Now, that's exactly what I mean. 
Oh my goddess! Check out that flawless skin!
Miss Bella Padilla,  Niscenssa's new brand ambassador 
“As we want to bring beauty within everyone’s reach, we are inspired to break into e-business by opening an online store. Through this, we aim to reach areas where Nisce skin clinics are not available, as well as areas where we do not have enough direct sellers,” said Atty. Blaise Nisce, president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Nisce Skin ‘n Face.
The store, located at www.niscenssa.com, is the company's first and official online store which features the full range of quality Niscenssa Direct skin care products allowing customers to buy at their convenience. Niscenssa products are dermatologist tested and approved and are formulated by Nisce’s world-class research and development team to suit every skin type.

Up to the launch of the new online store and before having an online store for the Niscenssa Direct products, a direct selling arm for their skincare products was established, called Niscenssa Direct Sales. The direct selling arm aims to provide an income-generating opportunity for loyal customers and to bring the glamour of effective skincare products within everyone’s reach.

They have 17 branches nationwide where you can enjoy effective skin care, beauty and spa services at affordable prices. Their signature services are Nova 3R, Dr. Roller Micro Needle System, Diamond Peel Skin Resurfacing and IPL treatment which is one of Bella's favorite.



Niscenssa Direct products range from skincare for men and women, makeup, and insect repellent and are divided into four brand categories:
  • Blaise -The Blaise brand is a unique skincare line specially formulated for men. It has a wide array of products from shaving cream to facial scrub. 
  • Dr.Skin -Dr. Skin product line is formulated for whitening, acne treatment and prevention, and age defying; products under this category range from deodorants to facial creams and lotions.
  • Nisce - Soap products of Niscenssa Direct are under the Nisce brand, with different types –whitening, exfoliating, and organic soap. Aside from the soap, Nisce also has sunblock lotion with SPF 80. 
  • Niscenssa - Their makeup products are under Niscenssa; available products under this brand are face powders and foundations. The insect repellent product that provides up to eight hours of protection against mosquitoes is also under this category.


Anyhoo, here's another good news (for me at least), my skin is starting to look amazing. Thanks to Niscenssa products! :) So ladies, treat your face and skin with these products. Highly recommended! And hey, it's free shipping on all orders! 

For more deets about the Niscenssa products, visit the Niscenssa online store at www.niscenssa.comDon't forget to follow them on for updates: Twitter: www.twitter.com/Nisceskin  and like them on Facebook: www.facebook.com/Nisceskin

Okay, so next time you walk into your room and the iPad and a credit card is sitting on your bed, you should know that this is a test to your online shopping addiction... and to fight the urge to buy some Niscenssa products at their online store. Oh well.. Just go get your shopping fix, dear. You deserve it!

Happy online shopping!


 

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Once you K-Pop, You Can't Stop with SM Kids' Search for Toon Fest K-Pop Rising Star

Do you love K-POP? Or better yet, do your kids love K-pop?

Come on!! Who doesn't love K-Pop? The K-Pop fever is spreading all over the world. From Korean candies and ice cream (Melona, anyone?) to K-dramas or Korean telenovelas (I have to admit, I'm crazy over Boys Over Flowers), Korean pop culture, as well as Korean fashion and hairstyles, seem to peak at us at every turn. I guess this is quite ineveitable, if not desirable. Oh well, I guess once you K-Pop, you can't stop!


Well, if you love K-Pop, (like me and my tot) or if you're one step closer to K-Pop lovin', I have good news for you.

Aja! Aja!

Today, as yet another sign of K-Pop going global, SM Department Store, the country's leading department store, introduces K-Pop style into this season's toon fashion collection. SM brings the wonderful world of  K-Pop fashion into its character apparel. Held at Makati Shangri-la Hotel, cute girls and boys walked the runway K-pop style, channelling the dynamic spirit of K-pop on its fashion line.

Now for the cute and savvy K-Pop fashion-philes!




 Aegyo, which means, showing cuteness. Yep,  this is cuteness overload!


 
Crushing hard on these cute little K-Pop boys! :)


Glitzy, glam, funky and spunky! Their looks highlighted by bright colors and bold patterns showcase the new collections, giving favorites like Garfield, Mickey Mouse, Snoopy and Barbie newfound sartorial energy. This season's SM Toon Fest exclusive lines combine all-original licensed character apparel with Korean style dynamics to elevate kids' fashion choices, while keeping things colorful and fun!
This has got to be my peg for my little girl! :)
 But wait, there's more! :)


After the kids' catwalk, showcasing the new K-pop collections, SM Toon Fest has announced a search for its K-Pop Rising Star. The song, dance, and lip-synch competition invites boys, girls and groups aged 2-14 to let their inner superstars out for a shot at the spotlight and the whooping and K-poppin' Php100,000 grand prize! Dress up your little K-Pop idol with the participating character brands of any SM Dept. Store and style him/her in K-pop fashion! Then record your video using the pre-selected K-Pop songs and upload it via the SM Toon Fest website. Check out the contest mechanics here or check out the video!




 "Kids today are a lot more conscious of what's ‘in’ and get fashion ideas from their idols", states Ms. Jo Dy Juanco, VP for Children's Fashion, "These days, they draw inspiration from K-Pop stars and want to dress just like them." 

 Needless to say, expect waves of awesome glitz and glamour with everything K-pop at SM department stores because it's going to take the world by storm. Available in stores nationwide, SM Toon Fest carries trendy apparel emblazoned with the familiar faces and logos of favorite characters. Hello Kitty, Robby Rabbit, Winnie the Pooh, and Marvel Superheroes like Spider-Man are just a few of the licensed characters represented by the line. Old favorites like the Disney Princesses, Disney Fairies, and the Sesame Street gang also have their own quirky-yet-stylish collections.

Girls will enjoy SM Toon Fest’s wide range of choices, from Winnie the Pooh’s colorful 70’s disco party girl polka dots and stripes, to Betty Boop’s posh, classic pieces with modern tweaks. Boys, on the other hand, can dazzle with a combination of preppy and urban street clothing elements from Garfield, Cars, and Snoopy. Kids are going to have a blast mixing and matching ensemble pieces to create their own signature K-Pop-inspired looks with the help of their favorite toons!



Catch the K-pop fever and bring out the star that is waiting to burst out of your kids because it's their time to shine. :)

Join the SM Toon Fest K-Pop Rising Star and get a chance to win P100,000 grand prize! For more deets on the contest, kids and parents can visit www.risingstars.asia/smtoonfest/ and www.facebook.com/smkidsfashion.