Category Archives: Shopping Finds

2016 Planner | Mom 24/7 by Mommy Mundo

I’m a planner kind of person – planners that you actually scribble notes on ha, not the digital ones that come installed with phones. For my 2016 planner, I am super excited to have the Mom 24/7 Planner from Mommy Mundo!


My planner in 2015 and the year(s) prior were all of the generic kind from National Bookstore. With the surge of planners into the market in recent years (hello, Starbucks planners, Moleskine planners, etc), I feel that planner designers seem to have overdone it by putting in so many features and sections.  Continue reading 2016 Planner | Mom 24/7 by Mommy Mundo

Fit Mom gift ideas | My grown-up Christmas list

After almost 2 years of sloth-like hibernation, I’m finally working out again! Yes, I signed up for a Gold’s Gym membership. Hooray! And since it’s the Christmas season, I might as well put out here my Christmas wish list. If you’re looking for fit mom gift ideas, here are the essentials. 😀

Gym clothes – shirts, pants, capris. Oh yeah, a sports bra too. Anything comfortable, as long as it’s my size. (Please send me  a private message to know my size, ssshhhhh!)

fit mom gift ideas Nike gym bag

Gym bag – I badly need one. Not necessarily like this Nike bag, but something like it. Not too utilitarian, but not too girly. Not too big, just big enough to hold a change of clothes, a towel, toiletries, a water bottle, maybe a pair of trainers. But I prefer not to mix my shoes with clothes so…

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Potentilla Home Fragrance – review and giveaway

A few weeks ago, Potentilla Home Fragrance sent me a wonderful package. Unfortunately, it was also around the time that dengue fever hit me. Thankfully, I’m well and fully recovered now.

UPDATE, 9/11/12: Winners have been drawn – scroll down to find out if you won! Congratulations to the winners! If you won, please send me your name, contact number and mailing address via message at my FB Page or email at imomonline <at> gmail <dot> com.

Hi everyone! Again, this blog has been neglected for quite a while. But I’m back… again! And with a surprise for everyone too. 🙂 (So read to the end!)

Yesterday, I finally opened the package from Potentilla, and fell in love. The packaging is so pretty!

Potentilla Home Fragrance

Potentilla Room Diffusers are hand-made from a mix of fine premium fragrance oils and pure, organic sugar-cane alcohol. I was sent the Tea Party and the Pink Grapefruit scents – two of their best-sellers. Continue reading Potentilla Home Fragrance – review and giveaway

Pako Salad Recipe (Fern Salad)

I chanced upon fresh pako (fern) at the market today! So I got a few bunches and made a note to myself to seach later for a Pako Salad Recipe. 🙂

But first, some palengke kwento.
pako salad recipe fiddle fern

Fresh pako (edible fern / fiddlehead fern), Php30 for a small bunch

One of the chores that I recently took up is — tada! — going to the palengke (fresh market). I know, I know… I am not very domesticated.

In the past, it was husband who went to the market to buy our weekly supply of fresh meat, fish and veggies. (I’d occasionally tag along.) Then he became too busy with work and too tired to wake up early every Sunday just to do the palengke rounds. So, I pretty much didn’t have any choice. Unless we buy all meat and fish from the supermarket, which if you’re used to palengke-quality fish (most esp.), just don’t measure up.

But yes, I find my new hobby enjoyable, actually. I have my suki fish, chicken and meat stalls. Of course, I buy from the vegetable stall owned by my fellow highlanders. (I’ll remember to take photos with them next time!) Incidentally, I go to Suki Market along Mayon Street in Quezon City. It is a very long drive from where we live, but always worth the trip.

It was the first time I chanced upon pako. And even if I have never tried them before, I quickly grabbed one of the two remaining bunches as they were going very fast (panic!). Never mind if I didn’t know what to do with them. There’s always Google. And Facebook.

As soon as I got home, I asked on Facebook what to do with them. There were lots of suggestions from friends, so I decided to do the simplest: Pako Salad!

Here’s the simplest Pako Salad Recipe I found –
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Christmas decor ideas | It’s the most wonderful time

Sure, I like Christmas. But this year, I think the Christmas spirit possessed me. Actually, I found lots of inspiration from my job at Balsam Brands. My mind is flooded with Christmas decor ideas.

And so I decided to decorate a little bit more than usual. First things first – our 13-year-old tree looked so tired so I decided to retire it and got an 8-foot replacement.

Yep, our home has never been so Christmassy. Here are some Christmas decor ideas.

christmas decor ideas wreath with flowers gold bowDaughter Patch revamped the old wreath – she took out everything and glued red paper roses (from Dapitan Christmas Market) instead. She finished off with a nice golden sinamay bow.

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