Thursday, September 25, 2014

Shoes, Yoga, Rain etc.

Annyeonghaseyo! ^_^  Oh Hello, hello!

Oh well, here's a quick roundup of my Instagram (@chicsassymom) posts.

Urban Ashram Brixton. I'm trying to attend FNR (Flexibility Not Required) classes.Ay yai yai! Let's do this!
 I finally made it to Silantro in Kapitolyo, Pasig. I'm in love with the nachos and burrito! I can't wait to go back!
1. #CMGSale A girl can never have too many shoes! OOTD soon! ;-D
2. Beauty Empties: Pantene Aqua Light Conditioner (bought it in Walmart), Wen By Chaz Dean Six Thirteen Ultra Nourishing Cleansing Treatment Lemon Rosemary Vanilla Bean, OGX Moroccan Argan Creme Conditioner (from Target), Bath & Body Works Sleep Night Time Tea Body Wash and Foam Bath (got this in a BBW store on our way to Las Vegas, on Sale, but couldn't find it in other stores though, must be discontinued, too bad about that!), The Cream Factory Scrub.
3. Marks & Spencer Strawberry & Almond Crunch Cereal and Kirkland Organic Soymilk Vanilla
I did mention some misadventures last time, believe me, more came! But, we survived! Thank you, Lord!

Life, oh life, oh life!

I don't know if I mentioned that for the past months and so, I'm doing marketing functions at work, relatively new to me, since I've been with sales for as long as I can remember. Although, I relish the new experience, so much more to learn...I like to refer to it as my sharpening-the-saw moment. Except that at the end of the day, my creative prowess is exhausted! I can't wait to watch Korean dramas!

But still, after work, for a supermom, tutoring duties call and a whole lot more. Thankfully, last week, we had a break through, I found a new tutor for Chase. (I will talk more about it, with accompanying picture to boot.)

Having a tutor means so much to us. It saves our mom-son relationship from possible deterioration and flying/breaking objects. Hah. So this means, after work,  for some "me time", I can actually do a) yoga! (Hmmm...let's talk more about it next time. ) That, or b) read a book (#Four #TheoJames is love, isn't he?) or b) massage or c) watch Korean Drama or d) blog.

 Choice C. Korean Drama is the runaway winner. Of course...Rain is back! #MyLovelyGirl #JungJiHoon My #Bi with Krystal Jung
I wish I can blog as often. I miss blogging. I miss doing #FOTD posts. I miss sharing my son's adventures. I miss my shopping posts. I'm even missing out on this (September 2014) S&R's Members' Treat sale!  Otoke?! So many dramas, so little time!

But still, I have upcoming giveaway in store for you, so please don't go away! I am grateful for everyone, for the brands and PR companies for the support, for the media invites, for the press kits sent my way (I usually can't attend events happening on a weekday,  then on weekends, I save them for family and "me" time.) Soon, I hope to channel some of my superpowers on blogging! I hope not to disappoint! Aja! Aja! Fighting! Cheers! ;-D


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

{Giveaway} Win a Red Ribbon Chocolate Dedication Cake (Updated)

I love the Ber Months! September sweetens it all the more for us because it's our son's birthday month!

A couple more weeks till we celebrate another happiest time of the year, my son's 9th birthday! Oh wow, time flies! My blog is founded on his year on year birthday festivities (see my Parties Page ;-D), I'm so looking forward to another birthday post. 

I'm delighted that Red Ribbon just sweetens it even more, with a Red Ribbon Dedication Cake, I can go beyond the usual “Happy Birthday” greeting on his cake. 

Updated: September 15

I got my son a cake. Look! He loves it! He loves the message, he wants me to post it on FB, and tag him. We can all use a chocolate cake today. Happy Monday!


With Red Ribbon’s Dedication Cake, you can greet your loved ones and place a personal message that your loved one will truly cherish.  And best of all, get a Red Ribbon 8x8 Chocolate Dedication Cake for only P299! So eat more cake! 

So here's us sweetening your days, get a chance to win a Red Ribbon Chocolate Dedication Cake!

Win a Red Ribbon Dedication Cake! #Giveaway

Mechanics:
  • This contest/giveaway is open to my Metro Manila readers and social media subscribers, who will be willing to pick up their prizes at the selected Red Ribbon Shop. 
  • If you're up for a trip in Manila, you will be most welcome to join too! It will be a pleasure, the more, the merrier!
  • One (1) winner of a Red Ribbon Chocolate 8x8 Cake
  • The giveaway runs tonight until September 16, 2014. Terms & Conditions apply. Please read the T&C in the Rafflecopter form. 
  • Please accomplish the Rafflecopter for your entries. For your most unique and creative birthday message, please click the ENTER TO WIN, you will be directed to a Google Doc. Since this is a contest of the most unique & creative birthday message,  we will keep your entries secret. Hah. Competitive much. 
  • For the purpose of the contest, no limit will be set to the number of lines. But friends, please consider that a cake can only hold at most 4 lines. ;-D (Updated: September 15 Oops, I stand corrected, with a Red Ribbon cake, I can go more than 4 lines!!! So here goes, Dear Diary....) 

Click Image!
An interesting pin (in Pinterest) goes by...While a great many things can be resolved with kindness, ever more with laughter, but there are some things that just require cake. I couldn't agree more! Cheers! ^_^

Like Red Ribbon Bakeshop on Facebook for more details. 



Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Updates and More Adventures

Annyeong! ^_^ Oh well, this is a late post. This was supposedly posted last Sunday. But several misadventures after, no me time equals no time to blog. Opening lines would have been... "I'm nursing a black eye!" But fret not, everything is okay now! (*Sings to the tune of the OST of my precious Korean drama, It's Okay, That's Love!) 

First off, highlights from my Instagram.

Featured photos: 1) Selfie love. I still owe you a post regarding my Bare Minerals haul, but fave brand to date for my easy peasy office makeup are Bare Minerals, Ecotools Makeup Brushes (uber soft plus non shedding), Shu Uemura (eyelash curler), and Innisfree. I usually do a FOTD a la selfie/selca after a visit to The Brow Studio2) Marks and Spencer Haul. Love everything. Hello, calories! 3) Of course, Innisfree.
4) Spam Tocino. #MustTry
5) Satisfying my #CafeMaryGrace cravings.
6) Cheese platter from my visit at the booth of ScanAsia in the Food and Drinks Asia 2014.
(Line 1, L to R: )
My newest baby love, The Coffee and Bean Tea Leaf Retail Beverage Lines, Ready Coffee, Tea Leaf Selections, Iced Sparkling Tea, not in photo are the Canned Coffee. #MustBuy #MustTry when #TasteMatters! Available in leading supermarkets.
I'm back to 1200 Calorie Diet. Now on Planeat Program again. #WishmeLuck
(Line 2, L to R:)
Cheese and a whole lot more from the Food and Drinks Asia 2014. #WorkandPlay
Trying out Chia Squeeze, sample from the Hong Kong Food Expo
Done Reading Gone Girl. Interesting. Movie coming out soon.
Korean Feast from Jang Ga Nae.
(Line 3, L to R:)
M&S Haul. Seriously good stuff especially when the price is so right! #SaleFinds
Japanese Sakura Jams from HK Food Expo.
More salads from Mary Grace Cafe.
I am addicted to Theo James Four! Alright, and to everything Veronica Roth authored (Divergent, Insurgent, Allegiant). And yes, love the heroine too, Tris Prior. #MustRead #MustWatch #Dauntless
Oh my! Information overload. Flatter me, please, find me on Instagram @chicsassymom ! ;-D

Now, on to more heartwarming moments, without accompanying photos.

Last Sunday was another inspiring day. Our new Ate went on a day-off (last time she did, she got her hair rebonded! Pretty. Love her to pieces. She's instrumental to my extra, unwanted pounds! Hah.) So it meant I had to do breakfast, lunch, and everything in between. Breakfast was spaghetti and butter(ed) toast. And cheese platter from my haul in the Food & Drinks Expo (see my Instagram). Lunch was fried rice made by Chase (my adorable eight-year old son), and I did a spin-off, Bibimbap. Yum. My son was the sweetest, although he did cause me my black eye by accident. It hurt, I cried! He was so sad, so he went out of his way to help, he earnestly volunteered to cook the fried rice a la Akira's or Benihana's. This was his second attempt, last time we had a falling out because I didn't let him put so much soy sauce, so he boycotted my version of fried rice. This time, I gave him full ownership, head Chef he was for that day. As expected, he overdid the soy sauce. It was salty. He acknowledged it and I had to fix it, hence for the Bibimbap. Anyhow, he felt so bad about it. To make up, he volunteered to wash the dishes. I did most, but I did let him wash the glasses. Tadaaa! He broke one! Strike three for him. Nonetheless, I always think that a glass breaking is better than something else. He mentioned he was unlucky, but I assured him that everything will be okay, (since it usually comes in three's), and we already had our fill of adventures for the day. As always, we kiss and hug, and all is well!

The story of my life, love and mommyhood, that's all for today! Cheers! ^_^

P.S. I have giveaways coming soon. I'm already behind requested timeline. Please stay tuned. 


Saturday, September 6, 2014

Oh Life!

Hello there! I'm okay! Something is amiss, and I'm not feeling so cheery! Oh well, life. Drama. Drama. Drama.

I hope everyone is doing great! First off, I'm okay! (Oh right, I mentioned that!) So much drama, so little time... I ended up not blogging for the past couple of weeks. It's so hard to put everything in words, especially in an organised, coherent and grammatically correct post, oh and a matching photo to boot! Today, I found one...so here goes.


Cheers! *_^ Aja! Aja! Fighting! Somehow, saying the beloved Korean Drama-esque cheer truly helps. Teehee!

I will mention the Korean dramas later. Let me tell you that when it rains, it pours. Lately, several mishaps are coming on my way. Hello, Emotional eating! Boo! The recently concluded First Trimestral exams of my son (who goes to LSGH) was the perfect icing to my already sweet stressful life, but yes, we made it! So yes, I'm ready to make lemonade! I'm so going back to 1200-Calorie Diet!

Let me rant, allow me, please! Here goes the trivial ones, the serious stuff, I will keep to myself. ^_* Few hours back, our precious (and very high maintenance) personal car broke a window glass mechanism, for the second time. My supposed 5-mpbs internet plan is very intermittent, so I'm using my mobile network for tethering. I went on to wash my hands with a foaming Bath & Body Works hand soap, and the soap went all splashy over my clothes (not once, but twice). Not to mention my misadventures with my son. What is wrong?!

Amidst all those, I'm grateful for today! I made it through August! Thank you for my family and friends! God's lovingkindness is amazing! Who wants vodka lemonade? Cheers! ^_^

Monday, August 4, 2014

Enchanted Kingdom x Babypalooza Bazaar 2014 Giveaway

Oh Hello August!

Cheers to another awesome giveaway! Babypalooza Bazaar x Enchanted Kingdom are giving out (3) Tickets of Enchanted Kingdom to (1) lucky reader of Chic & Sassy Mom. Join now! Easy peasy entry requirements, plus EK ticket prizes are valid until January 2015.

The Babypalooza Bazaar is back! Sellers of baby products and service providers will once again come together to showcase their businesses on the only baby fair that features not only brand new but gently used (aka preloved) items for babies and pregnant mommies.  Parents can get access to the latest and cutest baby products and shop to their hearts’ content in our air-conditioned venue on August 16 & 17, 10 am to 7 pm, Walter Hogan Conference Center, Ateneo de Manila in Quezon City.
Visitors can also enjoy chilling out in the air-conditioned Babypalooza Family Room. This is where kids can play, babies can get their diapers changed or get breastfed and daddies can hang out while they wait for their wives to finish shopping.   
The Great Leap Academy, the first enrichment center to offer the Music Together program in the Philippines will also be conducting demo classes during bazaar hours. Be one of the first to experience first-hand this award-winning program and discover the pleasure and developmental benefits of Music Together.  Demo classes will be held at 10 am and 4 pm on August 16 & 17 in the Babypalooza Family Room. To pre-register for one of the classes, please email  musictogetherph@gmail.com. 
Shoppers can get a chance to win awesome prizes such as the Sophie the Giraffe teethers from France, Enchanted Kingdom tickets, Sansfluo products and other special Babypalooza items. 
Visitors need not worry about spending on entrance fees because entrance is FREE so bring the entire family and all your friends! If you’re a parent and you’re looking for high quality yet affordable baby products, you shouldn’t miss the Babypalooza Bazaar on August 16 & 17. Like Babypalooza on Facebook, www.facebook.com/babypalooza.com.ph  
Enchanted Kingdom is giving away 3 tickets to one lucky winner, valid until January 2015! The great news is, even if you don’t win, you can get a great deal on tickets if you drop by the Babypalooza Bazaar. Enjoy their Babypalooza-exclusive Enchanted Kingdom 3 + 1 deal.

Giveaway Details: 

Join via the Rafflecopter. 
Giveaway is open to Philippine residents with a courier-accessible address. 
Entry submission will end August 10, 2014, Local Time (Philippines). 
Complete the requirements, and bonus entries if you like. Earn entries via the Rafflecopter.
One winner for the (3) Enchanted Kingdom Tickets. ;-D


a Rafflecopter giveaway

A special gift from the Babypalooza team will also be given if the prize is claimed on August 16 or 17 during bazaar hours. If winner is unable to go to the bazaar, tickets will be mailed on or before August 31, 2014.

Let's do this! Cheers! ;-D 


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Wifey to JB and Mommy to Chasey :) It's said that one's eyes are windows to one's soul. True! My eyes twinkle when I'm happy, they light up with my smile. I’m no frills! I'm easy to read (except during Poker). I easily get teary eyed on practically both happy and sad things. I'm overly emotional! UP,Toy Story 3, and Glee made me cry with delight.My hubby is my source of strength. He balances that side of my personality. He made me a more self-reliant person.I love being a mom. But be it known that I tend to be OC, paranoid, and definitely see my self as a stage mom.I can't help but throw him parties every year.I love to read. If there is a lifetime membership to Book Lover's Club, I've probably signed in as early as Grade 1. I'm blessed to have a special relationship with God. He is my confidante. I practically talked to him anywhere and anytime about anything. I'm a Kapampangan and supposedly known for having culinary skills.This still needs to be found perfected, but for sure, I can say I'm a gourmand!I love to eat and it shows!Oh well!Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder and Happiness is only a state of mind. From today onwards, I intend to live in a Happy Mode!Cheers!