Monday, July 31, 2017

#ChicSassyMomTravels | V. Sattui Winery Napa Valley

Napa Valley is love. It's so reminiscent of A Walk in the Clouds. Awww, I'm charmed with the vineyards, wineries and the cellars. If you are following me in IG @Chicsassymom , you ought to know that I love red wine, and my favorite to collect is Pinot Noir. Pinot Noir, just because it seems harder to find in Manila, like ratio of 1 Pinot Noir to 10 Cabernet Sauvignon. Oooh, that, plus I like  pronouncing it. Hah. Oh by the way, I will not talk about wine 101 here. I just like to drink wine because as per study, a glass of red wine is like an hour of work out at the gym. I kid you not. Haha

How sweet it is when life gives you grapes
Our first of three wineries is V. Sattui
V. Sattui is perfect for weekend BBQ and Picnic.  We've been told that of the 3 wineries we will visit, only V Sattui has good food and an okay place to have kids together. 
Wine and Cheese...perfect pair.

Food Selection at the Artisan Deli and Marketplace
Weekend BBQ  at V. Sattui. Chaseyboy, our son, loves the Grape Juice. 
Now on to the good stuff of exercising wine tasting, there are several choices to go about it, there's the V. Sattui Market Place Tasting, Tower Tasting and more. I guess having children with us and my hubby who has yet to develop a penchant for wines, the Marketplace Tasting is already a good choice.

Drink wine and be merry. 
For $15 per person, choose up to five wines. 
I guess most wine connoisseurs would be signing up for memberships here and there. So yes, maybe, in the not so distant future, why not. 🙋🏻

Date Day in V. Sattui...Marketplace, Wine House, Cellar.
Oh my, I should have known, it's such a nice place and day to dress up with a sundress and matching hat. Next time.
Except I dressed up like this #OOTD Tom Ford Shades | Zara Top | Ripped Joe's Jeans | Nike Jordan Space Jams | Tory Burch Purse
Cheers! Geonbae! 🥂
Napa Valley, where wine is bottled poetry.
V. Sattui is just one of the three wineries we visited. Castello di Amarosa seems more splendid even on the outside, but it was a weekend and we're a big group so we needed reservation. To enter the castle, everyone regardless if child, non-drinker, should pay the tasting/entrance fee. I will save it for next time. Beringer is another charming place, the Beringer Rhine House is so reminiscent of Harry Potter.  Plus, like V. Sattui, you can tour the place without having to outright pay for entrance fee. Tasting rates will depend on which part of the vineyard. 

There's so much more to see and to experience in Napa Valley. The view is breathtaking and magnificent. While now, I just like the resveratrol, soon, maybe it's the wine tasting experience I will be fangirling. Cheers! ;-D 

Saturday, July 29, 2017

#ChicSassyMomEats | DIY Spam Musubi

Aloha! Finally, We can have Spam Musubi all we like.

I got my own musubi mold in Daiso. Oh happy day!

Musubi Mold in Daiso and we're #TurningJapanese
Here's how my aunt made her famed Spam Musubi (I have to tell you, she's a Kapampangan so she's a really good cook, she lived in Japan for years, and frequently visits Hawaii, so she's very credible 😋). But with Spam Musubi, I reckon, anyone with mold can cook! 🙋🏻

She makes her own terriyaki sauce (with rice vinegar, soy sauce, sugar). Easy peasy. 

You can't go wrong with it.
Easy peasy Spam Musubi 😋
The mold is the key. Plus the rice needs to be warm so it can be molded. We're okay with regular BBQ sauce. We do love it to be more Japanese-ish, so we add extra calories Kewpie Mayo. Let's eat! ;-D 

Saturday, July 15, 2017

#ChicSassyMomFinds | Kylie Lipkit Sale Time 💄

Lipsticks are forever. One can never have enough, the more, the merrier.

Pssst, since May, Kylie's sale always gets me.

May 2017 The after party B1T1 Sale for moi and my sisters. 
June 2017 Koko's Birthday Sale, 20% Off Entire Koko Kollection, plus Buy The Koko Bundle, Free Original Koko Collection Lip Set (of 4) 
I owe you better pictures and swatches. It's been hectic, will save a better post.
#FOTD 💋 Posie K | Koko K | Koko K
Innisfree Cushion | Benefit Cosmetics Galifornia | K Palette
There's July's B1T1 sale too...haay, ottoke ?! 😱 But yay, props to me, with much deliberation, I decided to get a Keurig Machine in Costco instead. Oh well, all you need is lipstick and coffee, and you can rule the world! Cheers! ;-D

#ChicSassyMomEats | Eat Mor Chikin at Chick Fil A

I have a new favorite restaurant when in California... Chick Fil A is love, love, love. 😋

Spicy Deluxe Sandwich Meal with lots of dressings. I love the dressings, Sriracha, ranch and Chick-Fil A are my must haves. 
Grilled Chicken Cool Wrap Meal with Avocado Lime Ranch
Yummy. Oh how I love thee. 
 The breakfast menu is as nice. 
With the great selection of choices, one can definitely forego beef and instead, eat more chicken. That's the idea behind the Eat Mor Chikin campaign. Awww, how nice. When there's a Chick Fil A nearby, save the cows, and eat chicken. Cheers! ;-D 

Friday, July 14, 2017

#ChicSassyMomTravels | Tahoe Camping Highlights 🏕

Oh hello there! TGIF! :-D

Oh my, I survived 2 nights camping at William Kent campground. I feel like I can do this again, with few more tweaks and adjustments on our camping checklist. Yay!

Bonfire setup 101. As per my cousin, for a good bonfire, this is how you do it.  It has something to do with a teepee. 
Chaseyboy's camp axe save the day. My 11 year old son must-have for this trip is a camp axe. 
Grilled bacons for our bacon cheeseburgers. Yum! 😋
S'mores Step 1
Roasting marshmallows with roasting sticks. I've learned that patience is a virtue, as always. You have to take your time roasting it away from the flame, turning the marshmallows so it's golden brown, not burned black.
Easy peasy S'moresssss ...success! #Lovelovelove
I'll never be too old for S'mores, and having them in real life camping setting (haha, sorry, this is my first time) is such a happy experience...young at heart once again.

My boys. Father and son bonding. ❤️
Our campsite is across Lake Tahoe with William Kent shoreline. It's beautiful, except we're not ready for swimming or sunbathing (I don't think I'll be sunbathing anytime soon. Hah) so we'll save it for another time and I will detail the camping post for later. They're right, time camping isn't time spent, it's time invested in building memorable experience and connections. Cheers! ;-D

Sunday, July 9, 2017

#ChicSassyMomTravels | Monterey California Day Trip

Monterey, oh how I love thee.

Steinback Plaza 2 overlooking the beach. Our view from Louie Linguini's.
From Alameda, we had an overnight stay with friends in Salinas. Then we were were toured around Monterey Bay. We started with a trip to Monterey Bay Aquarium (will save a dedicated post later).

Monterey's Cannery Row
Cannery Row Monument at the Steinback Plaza
No words. I'm charmed. But wait, there's more.

Point Lobos State Reserve
Love, love, love. Finger heart x nth time. Beyond words. 

A steep hike from one of the parking area will lead you to this amazing emerald green China Cove, which is home to seals. 
How great thou art. 
From Point Lobos, we went for a nice drive to the Big Sur coast and were treated to the famed Bixby Bridge.

Oh my, absolutely one for the road. It's an amazing time in Monterey.  Superb. It was a great day to be out and about by the California Highway 1. When we went on a road trip from LA to SFO, we were told that this is the scenic route, though it takes longer. I'm pretty sure it will be longer because it is so irresistible to just savor the moment, and take photo op to boot. I can't say it's off my bucket list, because now, I'm left wanting to see more. Until next time. Cheers to California tan dreams. ;-D

Friday, July 7, 2017

#ChicSassyMomFinds | Few of my Favorite Things Part 2

Here's a belated continuation of a post I did a long time ago re few of my favorite things. Some things never change, and some things are meant to be obsessed with hoarded.

Bath Origins Natural Hand Sanitizer Mint and Eucalyptus for Php 75/60ml bottle (available in more sizes). Seriously good stuff. Smells so refreshing, spa-ish, and feels squeaky clean. I need my refill, badly. 
Summer in California, hmmm...🤔 Perhaps next year, I will be probably looking forward to this season. To date, it's really my least favorite of all four seasons, winter being my most happiest time of the year. But anyhow, when you're in Manila, summer sounds like the better idea than rainy season... hello, vacation time. And it's not like I will walk under the sun back home, but here in California, everyone lurve lurve the sun and the California tan. I miss my umbrella. Thank goodness for this.

VMV Hypoallergenics Armada Face Cover is my favorite sunscreen brand to date.  Though, I hope to get a variant with higher SPF coverage. I swear, it's the most diligent I've been in applying sunscreen, I might finish it soon. 
Chap Stick Total Hydration is surprisingly nice. I love the packaging, ease of application with its easy twist tube, the caring, lasting moisturizing effect, plus everything minty, I'm sold. I need to have a good lip balm that I apply every night as prep when applying matte lipsticks and on some days I'm off lipsticks. 
Last but not the least, dun dun duuuun.

Kylie for moi and my sisters. Oh my, one can never have enough Kylie Lipsticks. I have more coming, because of another sale. There's one right now, but I need to focus on my priorities, and it's not definitely hoarding lipkits. 😂 I will save another post for my #FOTD with Kylie's. 
These are only few, I have more here. I dream of writing a part 3 with designer bags and/or shoes. What d'ya think? It will be so so nice to be able to do that, right? Cheers! ;-D

#ChicSassyMomTravels | Singapore Tulipmania 2017 Flower Dome @ Gardens by the Bay SG

Last summer, while most of our friends were posting cherry blossoms (haha, jealous much) I posted tulips selfies instead. Nice lah.

So, so beautiful. 🌷
Tulipmania 2017 at the Singapore Gardens by the Bay Flower Dome
A walk in the Flower Dome with all the tulips is a reminiscent of a one very nice spring day. It's perfect and a breather from the warm summer day in SG. The tulips are in full bloom and it's amazing how many varieties and colors there are. 

Not the usual tulip that I'm familiar with is the Tulipa Spring Break
Oh Edward, where art thou? I love this. Tulip Vampire 
This, I love best. Pretty Woman Tulip. 😍
Van Gogh's The Starry Night
How sweet. 
Tulips are such a colorful treat. We have them sold in pots in Manila but you can't actually grow them with the weather. They tend to be pricey too, but so most of the nice flower arrangements. In the US, I love that we have variety of flowers blooming in the garden, and most supermarkets sell flowers too. When in Australia, check out, they have a nice colorful tulip bouquet and a whole lot more.  

It's was a nice day to be in Gardens by the Bay. But I love the Supertree Grove and the Garden Rhapsody the most (to be continued...soon) Cheers! ;-D
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