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Dirk Ludwig's Mom

♥ I never knew how much love my heart could hold until someone called me Mama ♥

Monday, November 25, 2013

WIN a Gift for Someone you LOVE

If your given a bag full of beautiful products form Sample Room, who do you want to give it to, and why?

My answer is: To my Mom

I guess many of us would really try our best to show how much we appreciate our mom. Since my mom and dad separated, she is our Mapa (Mama and Papa); she never failed to make us feel complete. Raising us (2 girls and 1 boy) was really tough for her, not only she was able to give us all our needs but most especially, she was able to balance her time for us equally.

When I became a mom like her, the more I appreciate the effort my mom sacrificed for us. What I learned from my mom is the most priceless gift I am able to teach my kid. She is always their not only for me but also for my son. Since I need to work for me to provide for our needs, my mom became the YayaLa (Yaya & Lola in one) of my little boy. I am sometimes worried because my mom sometimes forgets to pamper herself because she is very hands on in taking care of my little boy.

Mama, Thank you for everything...We Love you so much ♥♥♥

If given a chance to give her a gift this Christmas, the products from Sample Room will really be a perfect one. 

To all my friends and readers, you might also win a gift for someone you love! 
Just visit www.sampleroom.ph for more details ♥

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Filipino Style Fruitcake

I have been working in a bread and pastry industry for a year now and I am enjoying the variety of new products we offer to our clients. Few more days to go and it is holiday season again. For our Holiday Treat, we offer our delicious Fruitcake.

Fruitcake is a traditional sweet cake that is served during holidays. Many countries have their own recipe of making this cake and we also have our own. A unique combination of brandy, nuts, glazed fruits & spices made our Fruitcake very tasty.


For those mommies and daddies who would like to make their own Fruitcake this holiday season, you may use this recipe I got from Filipino Style Recipe.

Here it is ♥
Estimated time of preparation: 15-20 minutes (plus soaking time)
Estimated time of cooking: 50 minutes
Ingredients:

1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup red and green maraschino cherries, drained
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
1/2 cup candied pineapple chunks
1/2 cup brandy or rum
2 cups sugar(plus 1 cup sugar for caramel syrup)
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
250 grams butter, melted
6 eggs
1/2 cup water
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla essence(optional)

Procedures:

Part 1(Soaking Fruits)
1. In a stainless steel bowl, pour brandy then soak fruits.
2. Cover and let stand overnight at room temperature. Set aside.

Part 2(Caramel Syrup)
1. In a heated pan, pour 1/2 cup water then dissolved 1 cup sugar until caramelized. Let it cool and set aside

Part 3(Batter Mixture)
1. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, sugar and salt. Mix well.
2. Add butter, sugar and eggs, vanilla essence then mix well.
3. Add caramel syrup and half of soaked fruits then mix well.


Part 4(Baking)
1. In a loaf pan, grease with melted butter then dust with flour.
2. Pour mixture then bake over 300 degrees Fahrenheit for about 20 minutes then remove from the oven.
3. Sprinkle the remaining soaked fruits on top then put back in the oven.
4. Bake for another 40 minutes or until golden brown.
(Fruit cake is done when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.)
5. Remove from the oven then brush top with remaining brandy from soaked fruits.
6. Let it cool then refrigerate before slicing.


Friday, November 22, 2013

Thank You Babypalooza Bazaar, Michikoshoppes & SuburbaNANAY

Since I became a mom, I am very much interested with baby bazaar, not because I am in impulsive buyer (sometimes I am guilty ) but because I enjoy seeing such cute baby items and also products for mommies and soon to be moms.

Here in the Philippines, one of the most famous baby bazaars is the Babypalooza Bazaar.

“The Babypalooza Bazaar aims to provide a safe and comfortable venue for start-up entrepreneurs to offer and promote their business to parents and friends. 
Aside from brand new products for babies and toddlers, our event also welcomes sellers of gently used items and gear.” (Info source : http://www.babypalooza.com.ph/)


This year, the Babypalooza team will have their 4th Babypalooza Bazaar this Saturday, November 23, 2013 at the Walter Hogan Conference Center, Ateneo de Manila University Quezon City from 9AM until 7PM. 
Unfortunately; I cannot attend this bazaar because I am here in Cebu City. Really do hope they will have their next event here in our place.


In line with this big event, they had a GIVEAWAY via their Facebook page, one lucky contestant will win 1 locally made tote from Michikoshoppes and 1 jar of Mommy Patch Anti-Mosquito Rescue Gel from SuburbaNANAY.


And the winner is ♥

A blessing ♥
Thank you so much Babypalooza Bazaar, Michikoshoppes & SuburbaNANAY for this very good news and wonderful GIVEAWAYS ♥

To all my dear friends and readers, please do these wonderful sites ♥


Michikoshoppes

SuburbaNANAY


Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Viral Infection: For ALL Parents Please Be AWARE

Dirk had a high fever last Friday, November 15, 2013. As a first aid, I gave him Dolan (Ibufropen based medicine) because that is the only medicine he can take (my little boy is allergic to paracetamol). I was bothered because the fever lasted for 2 days.

I bought him to his Pedia yesterday because he lost his appetite due to his fever. I bought medicines prescribed by his pedia and immediately gave it to him. Last night, I was freaked out because rashes suddenly appeared all over his body. I suddenly rushed him this morning to his pedia. As per his pedia, Dirk had a viral infection that was rampant since last week (he had 6 patients same with the condition of Dirk) ; it is like Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease where in babies will first have fever, loss of appetite then rashes will come out after the fever is gone. I am glad because the rashes will be gone after 5 days.


To all parents, let us ensure that our babies are safe. Immediately consult your pedia if your babies have these symptoms. Please also pray for my little boy to recover immediately. 
Thank you ♥



Saturday, November 16, 2013

Being an Environmental Friendly Mama: Homemade Baby Wipes

I think most of you would agree that buying the needs and wants of our babies is really very costly. For me, as much as possible, I am finding ways to at least able to save my budget from buying diapers and baby wipes (I fine these 2 neccesities very expensive). Currently, I am using cloth diapers for Dirk but not most of the time because i only have 2 pcs of it. Not only I was able to save my money, but as well, I am able to contribute a good impact on the environment because I was able to lessen the waste in our environment.

Speaking about ways in saving money, I got this homemade baby wipes recipe  from an auction in Listia. Listia is an online auction site where in you do not need money or cash in order to have items that you want, but instead, you only need to use credits. Need not to worry beacuse the sign-up is for free.

So for those parents who love to make products for their babies and would like to save a lot of money just to buy baby wipes, hope you will find this recipe very helpful.

You need to prepare:
• Round plastic container (Rubbermaid #6 or #9 works well)
• Thick, strong roll of white paper towels
• Sharp knife to cut paper towel roll in half
• 2 cups water that has been boiled and cooled to room temperature
• 2 Tablespoons baby shampoo or baby wash
• 1 Tablespoon baby oil


♥ Here are the Simple Steps:
• Open container and 'start' the roll by pulling a towel from the inside of the roll.
• Cut the roll of paper towels in half with a knife and remove the inner cardboard core.
• Mix liquid ingredients in container.
• Place the paper towels in the container with the cut side facing downward.
• Secure lid tightly and allow to sit until all liquid is absorbed into the paper towels.
• Turn the container upside-down and allow to sit for 10 minutes.
• Open container and 'start' the roll by pulling a towel from the inside of the roll.
• Wipes are now ready to use.

♥ Some Helpful Tips:

♦ These also make a great gift for new parents. You can decorate or personalize the container and, of course, be sure to include a copy of the recipe.
♦ Save the other half of the roll for use next time you make wipes.
♦ Make sure the container is closed tightly after each use to prevent drying out.
♦ When your baby is older and his skin is less sensitive, you can add about a teaspoon of rubbing alcohol to the mix.

Most importantly, we need to maintain proper storage to ensure the hygiene & safety of the wipes that we will use for our kids.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

A Prayer for my Brothers & Sisters *Typhoon Yolanda*



Our Father in heaven, we humbly pray to You as a nation. We plead to Your merciful heart that You may look upon them with compassion. 
We pray for our brothers who have lost their lives. Receive them in Your Heavenly kingdom. 
We pray for those who are lost and those trying to get home to their families. Make their way easy. We pray for those who have lost their homes. Give them comfort. 
We pray for those who are still exposed to the bad conditions and awaiting help. 
Give them strength. Everything we do for our unfortunate brethren, we offer to You and Your glory. 
All this we pray in the most holy Name of Jesus, Amen.


The aftermath of Yolanda in Tacloban Leyte


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Firmoo Free Glasses Update in November


1. New Customers get your first pair free at Firmoo.com right now! Check out http://www.firmoo.com/free-glasses.html
2. All free code eligible eyegwear at that page is offered in limited quantities every day. First come, first served!
3. For new customers only. One pair per person.
4. All free frames come complete with 1.50 single vision lenses, complimentary cases, cleaning cloth and other accessories. You just need to pay shipping.
5. Full refund for dissatisfaction.
If you never tried Firmoo or bought glasses on-line, here are some tips that might help:
The virtual try-on system is a great help in choosing your favorite glasses:
1. You'll see all wearing effects by switching to the virtual try-on mode on the product list page.
2. Upload your own pictures to see how you'll look with the chosen glasses on.
3. When you move the mouse over your favorite glasses, you'll find some users wearing the pair on the right side of the page. Which will be a great reference.
See more real and unbiased comments from users:
1. Do people people wearing your chosen pair of glasses under the product info go with your styles?
2. Take more customers feedbacks for reference.
Pictures and Videos from Customers:
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I am a PROUD FILIPINO *Typhoon YOLANDA*

Last November 8, 2013, Super typhoon YOLANDA badly hit some of our areas here in the Visayas. As much as I wanted to blog about it, I really find it very hard to explain the pain and sufferings of my brothers and sisters that are affected of the calamity. The Filipino Spirit is very strong that no typhoon can break us. Together, we will survive.


To those who have helped us, a BIG THANK YOU to all of you.

For those who would like to help, please see information below:


SAGIP KAPAMILYA

IN-KIND DONATIONS

For donations in kind, you can drop them off at:
Sagip Kapamilya Warehouse
#13 Examiner St. West Triangle, Quezon City

CASH DONATIONS

For cash or cheque donations, you may go to:
ABS-CBN Foundation, Inc. Bldg.
Mother Ignacia Avenue corner E. Lopez St. Brgy. South Triangle, QC
Office tel. no: +632-411-4995 or +632-415-2272 loc 3765

or deposit to the following SAGIP KAPAMILYA Bank Accounts:

Peso Account
Bank Name: BANCO DE ORO
Bank Account No: 393- 011-4199
Bank Account Name: ABS-CBN Foundation Inc. - Sagip Kapamilya
Branch:Sct. Albano, Quezon Avenue, Quezon City
Swift Code: BNORPHMM

Dollar Account
Bank Name: BANCO DE ORO
Bank Account No: 393-008-1622
Bank Account Name: ABS-CBN Foundation Inc. - Sagip Kapamilya
Branch:Sct. Albano, Quezon Avenue, Quezon City
Swift Code: BNORPHMM

Peso Account
Bank Name: BANK OF THE PHILIPPINE ISLANDS
Bank Account No: 305-111-2775
Bank Account Name: ABS-CBN Foundation Inc. - Sagip Kapamilya
Branch:West Triangle, Quezon City
Swift Code: BOPIPHMM

Dollar Account
Bank Name: BANK OF THE PHILIPPINE ISLANDS
Bank Account No: 3054-0270-35
Bank Account Name: ABS-CBN Foundation Inc. - Sagip Kapamilya
Branch:West Triangle, Quezon City
Swift Code: BOPIPHMM

Peso Account
Bank Name: PHILIPPINE NATIONAL BANK
Bank Account No: 419-539-5000-13
Bank Account Name: ABS-CBN Foundation Inc. - Sagip Kapamilya
Branch:Timog, Quezon City
Swift Code: PNBMPHMM

Dollar Account
Bank Name: PHILIPPINE NATIONAL BANK
Account Number: 419-539-5000-21
Account Name: ABS-CBN Foundation, Inc.-Sagip Kapamilya
Branch:Timog, Quezon City
Swift Code: PNBMPHMM

Peso Account
Bank Name: METROBANK
Account Number: 636-3-636-08808-1
Account Name: ABS - CBN Foundation, Inc. - Sagip Kapamilya
Branch: Examiner Quezon Ave. Branch
Swift Code: MBTCPHMM

* For confirmation of donation, please fax (+632-411-4995) or email (sagip@abs-cbn.com) copy of transmittal/ transaction slip with complete donor's information.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Happy ME

The word “Happiness” or “Happy” has a lot on meaning for different people. What makes you happy may not apply to others or vice versa. The happiness of others may not be the same as yours. For me, happiness or being happy means able to stay alive and survive during my UP and DULL moments. In short, it is making a choice if you want to be happy or not.

Image Source : franthony.com
14 years in school, 5 years in an employee  and 1 and ½ year as mom, here are some ways on how do I keep myself happy despite of the challenges I encounter :

This REAL sunflower really made me SMILE

• Learn to Smile – smiling has been a part of my routine. Good or Bad, I always smile because I believe that everything happens for a reason.

• Saying Thank You – not only I thank the Lord for everything he gave me but I never fail to thank all the people surrounding me. They have been a part of my life.

• Be Honest – being honest now a day’s seems to very hard for some. But for me, honesty is still the best policy. Not only I am honest to others but I am also TRUE.

• Have Friends & Listen – I am an extrovert type of person and I am proud of it. I easily mingle with others and I love to talk. Not only I love to talk but also I listen to my friends. My friends serve as my outlet to able to express what I am feeling. I listen not for the sake of it but I listen because I care for the people I am with.


• Learn to Respect & Love – if you want to gain respect, might as well respect others. My parents taught me the value of respect since I was a kid and I am proud to say that I was able to live by this value until now. If you know how to respect others, not only you gain respect but also, Love.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

The October 15, 2013 Earthquake

It was a very peaceful Tuesday morning, Dirk and I was still in bed and was not too early to get up because it was a Holiday so I don’t have work. At was around 8:30 that our ceiling fan was suddenly shaking; I thought it was just my imagination, and then suddenly a very hard shake disturbed us, an earthquake that lasted for about 10 minutes.  We are living in the 2nd floor of the apartment and I was really grateful that God blessed me because I was in control; I was able to safely carry my son outside our room and safely run outside. That was my 2nd time to experience a strong earthquake, the 1st time was on February 2012, that time I am 8 months pregnant with Dirk and I was in our technical training room in the office because I was have a training. God never failed to be always there for us because we were able to evacuate the building safely.


Back to the October 15, 2013 earthquake, many aftershocks came after the 7.2 magnitude earthquake; around 1,000+ aftershocks were recorded. Until now, aftershocks are still disturbing us. The most affected are our brothers and sisters in Bohol. The fault is found in one of the city in Bohol. Many people were hurt and died. Houses, establishments and churches were destroyed. It melted my heart to see those children suffering from the effect of the earthquake. Despite of this tragedy, it never stopped our fellow Filipino brothers and sisters to extend their help to all the Boholanons. Many relief goods were given to them.

Image from the internet

 To all my friends and readers, hope you are one of us in praying with us for our safety. God bless us all.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Thank you Bebengisms & Wooden Kiddie Stools and a lot more

Last week, I was able to join the blog contest of Ms.Denise on her blogsite; Bebengisms. The contest was sponsored by Wooden Kiddie Stoolsand a lot more by Ms.Jlo. They are celebrating their store's 4th year anniversary this month and because of this, Wooden Kiddie Stools are sharing their blessing via Bebengisms.

Wooden Kiddie Stools FB Page

Wooden Kiddie Stools and a lot more offer a variety of products that will surely suite your kid’s birthday party needs for give-aways and souvenirs. What I love most about them is they customize the theme you want.

Going back to the blogiveaway, there are 3 prizes to be won, 3rd placer will have a customized table top vanity, 2nd placer will have a Cinderella or Snow White Kiddie Dresser and the 1st placer will have a 30 pcs. Wooden Baskets customized according to the theme of your party. So my little Dirk is a boy and I cannot have a table top vanity nor a Cinderella or Snow White Kiddie Dresser for him, which is why I chose to have a blog entry for the 1st place.

Bebengisms : Queen B's Cyber Palace

The blog entry should be about your plans where you will be using the 30 pcs wooden baskets. Here is my Blog Entry for this contest :  A Pirate Party for our Little Dirk Ludwig :Ahoy Mateys!

Honestly, I was really not that confident that I will win because the blog entries of others who also joined were really very nice and inspiring. But even though I was not that certain, I prayed for this one because I want to give my only son a very memorable 2nd Birthday Party.

The draw happened October 31, 2013 around 10PM, what amazed me and boost my confidence that I will win is that our names were being drawn. And after the watch and the draw that is being posted in you tube, the good news was announced! Here is the LINK.

Blessing for us!!!♥

Currently, Ms.Jlo is catering the Jake and the Neverland Pirates theme wooden baskets for our Little Dirk's 2nd Birthday party that will happen on March of 2014.

So excited for these adorable baskets! ♥♥♥

To all my friends and readers, please do visit the blog Bebengisms and the FB account of Wooden Kiddie Stools and a lot more.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Dirk’s 1st Trick or Treat (2013)

Our little man wasn’t able to have his trick or treat last 2012 because he is too young. Now, that he is a toddler, we were able to do trick or treat this year. Honestly, it was also my first time to experience this activity because it is really not that known during my younger years.

Trick or Treat is an activity for children done during Halloween; the kids usually dressed up with their costumes and will visit their neighbors door to door to ask candies or treats.

Dirk had his 1st trick or treat at SM Cebu City. Of course, our little Dirk had his vampire costume and his jack-o-lantern basket for his candies and goodies. We enjoyed roving all around the mall visiting the different stores w/c offered a lot of treats for the children joining the event.

Our Little Vampire

Soo busy checking his treats




Happy Trick or Treat to all! ♥