Monday, December 26, 2016

Last Post for 2016

This will be my last post for 2016. This year hasn't been filled with tons of posts, just a mere 6 posts to be exact. However, as the year ends a new outlook has emerged for the upcoming year. That is, hopefully more reader worthy blog posts, specifically on  financial stability, travel, and home improvements. Let us welcome 2017 with open arms, hearts, and lots of creativity. Lessons learned from this year. A new start for next year. As I like to put it "Eat Healthy, Pray Wholeheartedly, and Love Unconditionally." So let's end this year with lots of love and say hello to tomorrow's promises.


Wednesday, August 3, 2016

But I Have Nothing To Wear!

Hello there, it's been a while and a lot has happened. After months of MIA here, I finally mustered the courage to type away -thanks to my burgundy polish (not that it has anything to do with blogging). Back to the topic at hand...we all have those moments when we have nothing to wear amidst a closet full of clothes. A reality that nothing fits anymore, or a reflex for a shopping excuse, whatever the reason is, having nothing to wear has been an epidemic. As such, different wardrobe capsules have emerged. Project 333 for one has made the rounds in the internet. I also have eyes on this capsule wardrobe for a minimalist take on clothing. Regardless of the path you choose, having a goal in mind is key.

While I was browsing the internet looking for articles that feature the basic kitchen tools and equipment to have (for our new home), I chanced upon an article from thesimpledollar and I couldn't help but think that the tips can be applied on other things as well, clothing in particular. I am not a fashion blogger, nor do I exhibit any form of fashion prowess, I usually have an aid- aka Mr. P., when shopping for clothes, but it had me thinking... Without further adieu here are Five (5) tips for shopping for your first wardrobe capsule.


basic clothing
Basics: The foundation of a well kept closet.
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Tip 1. If you can see only a few situations for using it, don't buy it. 

I have been eyeing a particular shoe and dress combo for a while now. However, upon reading the article I decided to just skip buying. Cost per wear would definitely put the items on the expensive side. Practically speaking, a three outfit minimum is a must before any final purchase. Buy a top that you can pair with your trousers, jeans, and/or skirts. 


Tip 2. Be creative in finding workable substitutions.

The basic wardrobe for me may not even be practical for you. Take into consideration factors such as weather conditions in your location and your lifestyle. The versatile scarf, for instance, is one of the most multifaceted accessory you can have at your disposal. Depending on your scarf's size you can use it in a number of ways. As a scarf you can tie it in many ways. You can also wrap it in your messy bun, use as a bandana, a headband, or even a turban. You can also use it as a belt, a vest, a cape, or sarong. 


Tip 3. When in doubt, always go cheap.

Basic clothing such as a white t shirt or blouse, denim pants, black trousers, etc... ideally must be of high quality, however, they can be bought at low-end stuff for now and be upgraded later on when you find your own basic style (round neck, v neck, low cut, or high cut). Bear in mind that shoes are in a totally different department. Shoes are the exemption to the rule. Quality and material are a must when buying. Your basic everyday shoes should be a) stable and comfortable to wear when walking and going about your day, b) leather, canvass, or something vegan worthy, they must be breathable to keep away the stink, and c) must fit perfectly, not a size too big or small. Also buy them in the afternoon since our feet and ankles tend to swell throughout the day.

Fashion can be overwhelming at times. When you are just starting to get to know your personal style and what your body looks good in, this tip is the way to go. It may just be a trendy phase, buying cheap wouldn't be a problem. However, you can also try the saying "when in doubt, don't", your wallet will thank you for that.


Tip 4. Keep the basics on hand, always.

Basics are your must have, but if you  think basics are oh-so-boring think again. Read Jenni Epperson's How to Build a Wardrobe that is Basic but Not Really for tips on how to spice up your drab basics.


Tip. 5 Have a uniform.

When you finally know  your style a uniform can save you the hassle of choosing what to wear daily. The uniform is the ultimate answer in having clothes to wear everyday of the week. Read this article to know why.


Plus tip. If you can, avoid buying clothes from online stores There's something from the feel of the clothing that just isn't the same with online convenience. Plus, you get to fit the clothes and know if your comfortable in it. Likewise, you get to skip the hassle of returning clothes if it doesn't fit or isn't just you.

Now with all these tips, I seriously doubt that you'll have nothing to wear.

xoxo,

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

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Sunday, February 7, 2016

February Glutagen SALE!

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Global Prime Innovation, Inc. just launched the soft opening of the company last January 31, 2016. To celebrate, practicalpebbles will be having a SALE this February, starting today February 7. Read on and choose your products.

6in1 soap

GLUTAGEN 6 IN 1 SOAP:
Contains Gluthatione, Collagen, Kojic Acid Mushroom, Papaya, Oat, and Goat's Milk- nature's most powerful ingredients combined in one soap. More info here.

GPi lotion

GLUTAGEN INSTAWHITE LOTION:
A promise of fairer skin within 7 days and a noticeable instant white in just seconds upon application. More info here.

GPI Facial scrub

GLUTAGEN CRYSTAL PEEL:
An exfoliating scrub that is infused with Aloe Vera, Collagen, and Crystal Beads that helps nourish skin leaving it feeling radiant and refreshed. More info here.

GPI foundation

GLUTAGEN 6 IN 1 FOUNDATION:
It works as a sun protector, skin concealer, skin moisturizer, anti-aging agent, oily skin regimen, and skin primer. More info here.

You can request items to be wrapped as gifts for this valentine season.

So there you have it, the complete line-up of the GPI Glutagen products on SALE this February. Visit our STORE or our FACEBOOK PAGE for more practical beauty products! 

For quicker orders, you may also text me at 09479507684 ,simple write:
GPI<space>your orders<space>name and shipping details.

Happy shopping!


Update: Extending SALE until 4/8/2016! Yay!


xoxo,

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Spiced Squash Waffle Recipe

easy waffle philippines

Here's  a quick healthy waffle recipe. Here in the Philippines we don't have pumpkin so I substituted it with our very own squash. Here's the original recipe for your reference.


Spiced Squash Waffle Recipe


Ingredients:
  • 1 cup squash puree
  • 1 1/4 cups buttermilk or fresh milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg


Instructions:
  1. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the squash puree, buttermilk, egg, and melted butter. Stir to combine.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the remaining (dry) ingredients. Add wet ingredients to dry and stir just until moistened.
  3. Preheat waffle iron. Spray hot waffle iron with oil or non-stick cooking spray or use silicone brush to spread some oil, spoon batter to waffle iron, and cook until done. Follow your own waffle maker instructions.
  4. Serve waffles plain, with maple syrup, and/or whipped cream and powdered sugar- depending on your  preference.

Scoop 1/4 cup batter into the waffle maker.

I am using the Asahi waffle maker -available in Robinson's Tacloban Appliance Center.

asahi waffle maker
Freshly made! The recipe makes 4 pairs.

Notes:
  1. Leftover waffles can be frozen until needed. Re-warm in the toaster on low.
  2. To make a buttermilk substitute by combining 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, calamansi juice, or white vinegar with enough milk to equal 1 1/4 cups.




xoxo,

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Project 50-15


In December of last year I started Project 50-15. It was intended to help me practice my cooking skills, more so, an excuse for me to use Mr P's imarflex table top convection oven gift. 50-15 was a challenge for me to cook/bake 50 recipes and have it posted in facebook. Here is a summary of all the foodies:

homemade crinkles
1. Chocolate Crinkles

homemade carrot cake
2. Carrot Cake with Buttercream Frosting

chocolate cake
3. Moist Chocolate Cake with Meringue Frosting

homemade choco chip cookies
4. Chocolate Chip Cookies #1

easy plain muffin recipe
5. Basic Muffin

bacon cheese muffin
6. Savory Bacon Cheese  Muffin

homemade banana cupcakes
7. Banana Cupcakes

banana cake
8. Mom's Banana Cake with Raisins

sugar cookies
9. Chewy Brown Sugar Cookies

chocolate icecream
10. Chocolate Mousse/ Ice cream

simple baked scallops
11. Bakes Scallops

easy flour tortillas
12. Flour Tortillas

red cupcakes
13. Red Velvet Cupcakes

mac and cheese
14. Baked Macaroni and Cheese

hersheys brownies
15. Hershey's Cake-like Brownies

16. Banana Cashew Muffin
17. Classic Banana Bread
18. Graham Crackers
19. Carrot Cupcakes
20. Bakes French Toast
21. Homemade Pizza
22. Cream-less Eclair
23. Chocolate Cupcakes with Powdered Sugar

24. Shortbread with Caramel Filling and Chocolate Topping
25. Plain Shortbread
26. Chocolate Cupcake with Cashew Caramel Filling
27. Sausage Pizza
28. Orange Cake
29. Grilled Cheese Sandwich
30. Chocolate Chip Cookies #2
31. Chocolate Cupcake with Buttercream Frosting

easy cream puffs
32. Cream Puffs

chocolate cupcakes
33.Chocolate Garden Cupcakes

choco chip cookies
34. Chocolate Chip Cookies #3

homemade brownies
35. Brownies

easy apple pie
36. Apple Pie

37. Tiramisu

pineapple upside-down cupcakes
38. Pineapple Cupcakes

no bake blueberry cheesecake
39. Blueberry Cheesecake

oreo choco chip cookies
40. Oreo Stuffed Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ghirardelli Brownies
41. Ghirardelli Award Winning Brownies

red crinkles
42. Red Velvet Crinkles

christmas balls
43. Graham Christmas Balls

pb cookies
44. Peanut Butter Cookies

choco truffles
45. Oreo Truffles

waffles
46. Yeasted Waffles

chocolate lasagna
47. Chocolate Float

pineapple cake
48. Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Choco Gulaman
49. Chocolate Gulaman

Unfortunately I missed one recipe at the end of the year. However, it was still an amazing feat to have made it through 49. Insert "proud moment" here. So what's next for 2016? I'm heading towards savory dishes. Spices and such, here I come!


xoxo,

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Easy Peanut Butter Cookies


peanut butter cookies

Got extra peanut butter? If yes, you should definitely make this easy peanut butter cookies. As a quick-fix afternoon snack for my two-year-old I let him help me make a batch of peanut butter cookies. The original recipe calls for only three ingredients, but I opted to add wheat flour and oatmeal for more fiber. This recipe is so easy, I let my son do the initial mix. He was so excited when I was setting up that I handed him the whisk and rubber spatula. 

Easy Peanut Butter Cookies
printable recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup chunky peanut butter (you can also use the creamy kind)
  • 1/2-3/4 cup sugar (either brown or white will do)
  • 1/4 cup wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup oatmeal (I used the instant kind)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions:

  1. Heat oven to 350°F or 177°C.
  2. Mix all ingredients in a medium sized bowl with a wooden spoon or a rubber spatula. 
  3. Scoop a 1 Tablespoon sized cookie dough on your prepared pan with parchment. 
  4. Bake for 12-15 minutes. 
  5. Let cool in a wire rack- be mindful that as the cookies cools it hardens a bit.
  6. Sit back and relax, it's that easy.
Now take a piece of cookie or two, and pair it with milk or ginger tea. 


easy homemade cookies
The bits of peanuts adds a crunch that's just right.



Note: I am using the tabletop Imarflex electric oven, so that's 2 batches of baking. 15 minutes was enough per batch which yielded about 16 cookies. 


xoxo,