Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Taco Wrap with Avocado and Emborg Cream Cheese

Coming from a weekend we drag ourselves to go back to our regular routine, spend your working hours at work and go home relax. Well, for me my usual routine after work would be preparing dinner for the family. This is the best, safest and economical thing to do instead of dining out or even buying food from the restaurant or fast food. 

When preparing food at home you just need to be creative and fun and make sure that the food you're going to prepare is their favorite. 
Some keys to remember for non-stressful meal preparation are:
  • Grocery shop for the ingredients or stock-up for some extra especially meat and spices.
  • Have all the ingredients ready and accessible.
  • Plan the perfect meal for the family.
  • Know what your family loves to eat, their favorites actually.
  • Do not overspend on ingredients. Plan and budget.
Yesterday, I had all the key ingredients for taco wrap and also adding something new and old from our newly discovered dairy brand Emborg.

Check out my very easy to prepare soft taco avocado wrap from our dinner last night.

*Pan fried soft tortilla de Maiz wraps
*Sauteed ground beef with taco seasoning
*Homemade taco sauce
*corn kernels
*white onion diced into small pieces
*red tomatoes without seeds
*avocado slices
*Emborg cream cheese bits slices for toppings

The only thing you need to cook would be the ground beef, by sauteeing it in canola oil, minced garlic, minced white onion and crushed tomatoes adding a dash of taco powder for seasoning.
The tortilla de Maiz wrap needs only a few minutes to fry without any oil in a non-stick pan. I used the crepe pan for this one as it can hold three discs of tortilla in one cooking. Until it turns golden brown or to whatever preference they want. Do not over fry it, it will turn chewy and crusty.

When all are prepared, time to set up the tacos by adding portions of everything in every wrap. I topped every shell with slices and bits of Emborg Cream Cheese as it will neutralize the spicy flavor of the beef and also the taco sauce I made. 

I must say that it turned out to be good and I still have a lot of uncooked taco shells which I can whip up on my next recipe. The taste of the cream cheese really complimented with the spicy flavor and it made my kids asked for more. It became a kid-friendly taco avocado wrap because of Emborg cream cheese on it.

Emborg dairy products became my reliable source when it comes to cooking, baking, and everyday drink. When I discovered the product brand a year ago, it became my regular dairy product to have on my grocery list.

Emborg dairy products are very budget-friendly. I always compare brand's prices and I can say that you can have cheeses and milk at an affordable price with the same and sometimes more than the quality of other brands. 

You can find more great recipes and product reviews from our friends at the Village Bakery.  

Enjoy good food with family and friends! 

Thursday, May 25, 2017

A Closer Look on Hair Style Extensions and Wigs at BestHairBuy

Are you one with trendy and fashionable hairstyles, especially the ones in the season? Do you wish your hair can be styled differently depending on your mood, outfit of the day with the latest cuts and colors?

I know many of you wishes for that because I do too!

Nowadays, we have so many options to choose from without waiting for our hair to grow long so that we can style it the way we wanted. There are a lot of online shops that cater trendy and natural looking hairstyle extensions and wigs. They come in different length and colors too! 

In my previous post about hair extensions and wigs, I never stopped in scouting for shops online that provides this kind of product...I am always curious about it!

Have you tried to wear hair extensions or wigs? I haven't and I am always curious about it especially when wigs and extensions are part of dressing up like those Hollywood stars. They wear wigs and extensions depending on their style when guesting or characters being played in a movie. 

My newest hair extensions and wig shop are BestHairBuy.com. Their products vary from the clip in, colored weave, synthetic hair, wigs, extensions and also hair accessories. They have best-seller items which you can avail at a discounted price. Well, we all love the discounted price on items and if you can get to ship your orders on free-shipping that is another plus for us consumers. They provide free shipping worldwide with a minimum order of $139. 

Let's check on some product items and hopefully we can see something we like and love. 

Besthairbuy has all the collection of hairstyles you need. You can navigate to the section Shop by Collection. Also, another item you can check out is the 360 lace wigs.
  •   has a pre-plucked hairline for a more realistic look when worn.
  •   bigger partying space also will give a realistic look.
  •   360 lace around coverage that suits best for ponytails and up-do styles.
  •   it will give you that full and thick appearance because of the 360           closure bundle.

These styles are the closest for me to pick because of the brunette color hair and somehow has the same length as I have right now. From straight flat to volume curly hair everything looks natural. I am also looking out for styles that are in right now like the wavy and natural hairdos on lace front wigs.

I can definitely have this style every day! The color is perfect, the style is fab and the length is always been my preferred length of hair. This style has been getting likes and somehow a popular style customers are purchasing. I am eyeing for this one and I am glad to know that BestHairBuy accepts Paypal payment. 

I will definitely check how the ordering system from this online shop and I are excited to try and be extra beautiful with my Indian Remy hair front lace wig soon! I hope this can help you decide on getting hair wigs and hair extensions online.

For more information on the brand you can check their social media accounts on the following:

Happy Shopping! 

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

5 Frugal House Cleaning Tips to Save You Time and Money!

Spring has sprung and there’s no better time to get all the dust and germs that accumulated over the winter out of your house with the help of onlycanistervacuum. Though it may seem far off, the holiday gift-giving season is not that far away. Instead of spending loads of money on Spring cleaning supplies, here are 5 frugal house cleaning tips to save you time and money.
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  1. Skip the Store-Bought Chemical Cleaners to save time and money
Don’t spend big bucks on store-bought cleaners for your Spring cleaning. Skip all those chemicals and make your own cleaners using ingredients you probably already have on hand. Common pantry items like vinegar (cuts grease), baking soda (eliminates odors), and hydrogen peroxide (lifts out stains) can help you save time and money when cleaning your home. You’ll find recipes on Pinterest for:
  • Window cleaner
  • Multi-Purpose Scouring Paste
  • All-Natural Floor Cleaner
  • Carpet Cleaner
  • Deodorizing Spray
  • Laundry Soap
  • Drain Cleaner
  • Washing Machine Cleaner
  • Garbage disposal cleaner
  • Toilet Bowl Cleaner
  • Shower Cleaner

  1. Reuse and Recycle to save time and money
One of the best house cleaning tips to save you time and money is to take a lesson from those who came before us. During the Great Depression, the economic situation was so incredibly bad that people were forced to reuse and recycle anything they could. Before you run out and spend money, look around your house for things you can re-use or recycle to help keep your house clean and save money.
Reusable Disinfecting wipes
Cut up an old shirt or other material into squares and roll or fold into the container with a natural solution made of vinegar, tea tree oil, and other essential oils.
Used coffee grounds eliminate odor. Put them in a bowl in the fridge to eliminate odors. Replace every other month.
Re-use your sponges by running them through the washing machine with baking soda and vinegar on gentle cycle.
Stop spending money on paper towels. Use microfiber cloths for cleaning instead. Throw them in the washing machine with the sponges to clean them.
  1. Save Money on Cleaning Supplies
The money you spend on cleaning supplies can really add up over a year’s time. If you do use store-bought cleaners, use these tips to save you time and money by shopping smart:
  • Coupons
  • Buy store brand instead of name brand
  • Watch for sales
  • Buy in bulk

  1. Use dryer sheets to freshen just about anything!
There are so many things in your home that can get musty and smelly. You can use tear off dryer sheets to freshen up just about anything in your home including:
  • Trash cans
  • Smelly shoes
  • Bathroom cabinets
  • Bedroom closets
  • Pet Beds
  • Laundry Hamper

  1. Clean up after meals and other tasks as you go to save time.
One of the biggest tips professional house cleaners and organizers will give you is to clean up after meals and other tasks you go throughout your day to save you time. Throw away wrappers and put things back into cupboards when you’re done with them. Pick up shoes and other things from the floor instead of walking over them. When your floor is kept free of clutter, it takes no time at all to grab a vacuum cleaner and run it over the carpets to keep the house looking fresh and clean. Always practice the "clean as you go" method and everything will go smoothly.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Family and Sickness

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Sickness is a state where the physical and emotional side of you being a human being is affected. Even when a family member of ours got stricken with illness we are greatly affected by it. 

Sickness can mean a lot of things, medical assessment and analysis can be down just to come up with a medical diagnosis. From there a physician or a medical personnel can decide on what drugs to give to alleviate symptoms and help the patient go on with his or her everyday routine.

I am inspired to write something about this mother and son journey in battling the disease called Dementia, Molly and Joey Daley!

For months now since I first saw them on one of my feeds on Facebook, I started to follow them, their video blogs on YouTube and every update Joey posted on the group Facebook page mother and son's journey with dementia.
As a daughter, a mom and a medical practitioner the videos that Joey posted drew me closer to what the family's undergoing. 
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Molly Daley recent photo from the group page, posted by Joey Daley.

Somehow, the traits that Joey is being shown and possesses as what the viewers see it especially on my perception is somehow the same traits of what a Filipino family will do and can do to assist a family member in need of care and love. I am lucky that I was able to experience time with my grandparents from both sides of my family. My grandmother whom I called Nanay imparted so much to me that until now I am living up to those words she uttered. There was a time that she was debilitated with sickness. Until that sickness scummed her. She lived a pretty interesting life around her big family. 

Raised in a tradition and being accustomed to helping your elders in the family to cope up life in late-stage can be a typical scenario here in the Philippines. Filipino families live in an extended family household is one way to show assistance and help to our elders. In some family, set-up elders are being situated in a care-facility which Molly is in currently. With the assistance and supervision of medical and care staff, she is being taken cared off. From food, medicine and other help assistance the facility can provide. Joey and his sister take turns in visiting their Mom and making sure that they spend more time with her like everything is normal. Molly loves Wendy's frosty and that would be their last stop on the day after Joey's visit and been shown in the vlogs. Joey exemplifies the kind of a typical Filipino, who never neglects the existence of his Mom, Molly.

The latest episode broke my heart along with Joey especially with Molly who got frustrated because she gets tired of not knowing what to say although she wanted to say something. That is how her kind of dementia is debilitating her. Lewy Body disease can make you go back from current time and age to the time you were an infant. Unfortunately, Lewy body Disease is progressive, affecting mainly the thinking, memory, and movement. The disease gets worse over time and no cure. 
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During this time, family members play the strongest role. Support and understanding are the care of everyday life when sickness strikes. We need to be strong and never let our fears sets in. Fear will eat us up and we cannot move a step when we fear. Surpass sickness with a strong faith and love from your family. 

I can call myself lucky that my folks are still around to witness their grandchildren grow and become an individual in their own ways, making them proud! When the time comes sickness will be the reason for them to battle, we know that we have our family with us to come together. Always keep the faith strong. 

I hope your family too!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

3 Reasons Why Using Microsoft on Your Mac Is a Good Idea

Microsoft Office used to be irreplaceable until the emergence of other, far better office suite applications. But let’s all face it; Microsoft is still an essential tool for many of us, despite having several options. In fact, many institutions and businesses still depend on Microsoft Office. It is still considered one of the most important tools to produce word documents, spreadsheets, and presentations.

A vast number of Mac users love the Apple hardware but are having a hard time with the OS and other applications which is why many still consider running Windows on Mac. This combination may be considered unusual, but there are still a lot of good that can be said about this combination.

Here are three reasons why using Microsoft Office for Mac is a good idea.

1. Windows is still the dominant operating system in most businesses and institutions.

Mac may be, the giant in terms of their quality products, but most institutions and businesses of this generation still use Windows in their day-to-day lives. For instance, the majority of the schools today are still using the Windows Operating System in their libraries and laboratories so kids and professionals are more familiar with it. This means that using Microsoft is still needed even when you are on a Mac. Perhaps you are in a company that uses Windows, and for compatibility reasons, having Microsoft on Mac is a godsend. Some files in the office, perhaps may not be compatible with your Mac application. For instance, a lot of users run into issues when Office format documents when translated to iWork apps. This is why having Microsoft Office on your Mac would most certainly be a good idea.

2. Quality hardware paired with an easy and quality application.

One obvious fact that we cannot ignore is that Apple's lineup of products is one of the best in terms of quality. They are not only an eye-candy to some consumers, the designs are also sleek and they are undoubtedly durable. These are things that people want to have. In terms of operating system and office suite application, Microsoft is still the front and center in the industry, and most user-friendly. Having these two combinations can make anyone have an easier and faster way of getting things done.

3. Microsoft is still evolving and new versions may offer better services in the future.

Newer versions of Microsoft Office for Mac is still evolving and in the near future, having it could potentially help more individuals and businesses increase productivity. Some of the software capabilities provided by Microsoft are ever updating which definitely gives us a lot of benefits in terms of compatibility, and even on simple usage such as editing files on Mac. Having Microsoft on Mac is still considered a love-hate relationship to some, but you have to admit that having these two to provide a positive result. While we may only find a few differences with Windows and Mac as of the moment, we have to admit that Microsoft’s importance is unlikely to change soon. Microsoft’s constant innovation with Mac will still be vital in the coming years.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Uses of Vinegar in Everyday Life

Vinegar is one of the common liquids we can find in the kitchen. It has a distinct cloudy-white to clear yellowish brown color depending on the variety. The smell of a vinegar can be unpleasant, sometimes it is overwhelming with a pungent scent in it. 

There are lots to even hundreds of ways to use vinegar in every corner of our home. The purpose varies from cooking and cleaning and a small amount of this mighty and powerful liquid can make a big difference. 

I am listing some of my home and personal use of vinegar in my everyday life. 

  • You can always find a bottle of vinegar in a typical Filipino household which mainly used for cooking. Cooking with vinegar makes dishes last longer and will prevent from spoiling, a very good example is Adobo! Adobo can be prepared, cooked and stocked for days even without putting it in the fridge. Adobo became popular all over the world with the combination of salty, sweetness and a hint of a sour taste at the end of every bite.
  • Vinegar can be used as a cleaning agent. 

  1. It can remove stains in kitchen counter tiles- combine a teaspoon of vinegar in a basin of water and use it to wipe kitchen counter tiles.
  2. Goes well with cleaning your refrigerator- instead of using soap use the solution you made, it's a good and powerful deodorizer too.
  3. Cleans water stains in the bathroom faucet and shower handles.
  4. It can unclog kitchen and shower sink drains- by combining vinegar and baking soda solution fill-in your drain and leave it a few minutes to settle and rinse. Repeat the procedure every now and then.
  5. Coffee maker cleaner- hard to get those coffee stale and having that odd taste after brewing. Time to clean the machine by running a water-vinegar solution to it. I've done it several times already and it worked perfectly!

  • Vinegar became more even popular because of its health benefits. People became crazy about Apple Cider Vinegar mixed with honey and a brand was known because of its popularity. Well, for me as long as it is natural I can always say its safe, well, of course, taking it moderately is always the safest to go to. 

Aren't we so lucky to have this powerful liquid around? It can make our everyday life easier, clean and healthy at the same time. 

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Got New Accessories for our Mountain Bikes!

It's been over a year now since we bought our mountain bikes and now it deserves some pimping with new sets of accessories we got last weekend. Though the items were not the top of the line bike accessories we love what we got. Bike accessories are not cheap, they cost a fortune at times but in real life you can enjoy a hobby with not to much pricey on accessories. As long as it serves the purpose right we are good with it. And, our bikes needs new lights as we mostly ride our bikes in the afternoon to night.

From our last bike ride one of the tail blinkers got broken and that was the main reason we dropped by the bike shop.

Some of the items we got are bike tail blinkers, front light and new sets of pedals.

Raypal Comet USB rechargeable head light with 100 lumens+
This can be recharge through usb charger will save buying double A batteries.
It has this rubberized and adjustable clip holder. 
The light can be adjusted in three modes.
It sells Php 286 each.

NQY Led headlight
It has a wide light coverage with several modes to choose from. This will go perfectly well in front of our bikes.
It also has a snug fit rubber holder clip that holds the unit in place.
USB recharge
Each costs Php 279.

We also got our new pedals from Mountain Peak.
It's an alloy metal pedals which is a little lighter than we are using. 
Ours was made of plastic and the grip wasn't that good.
The pedals has semi-pointed spike all-around the pedal body which can grip through our bikes shoes.
Each set costs Php 350.

Since we got two of each items we were given a little discount, enough for a jeepney ride back home haha! 

Since the time we bought these new accessories we not taken our bikes for a spin because of the hectic schedule. We might have time this weekend and enjoy Subic Bay while on our bikes.

I know there are way more fine bikes accessories in the market but if your budget constrains you purchase the one you need the most and take advantage of your hobby. 

Any mountain bikers out there that wanted to share their new purchase bike accessories? Just comment down below and I am excited to read them all. :)