Saturday, February 27, 2016


Two weeks ago, Monde launched their second Mamon-It-Yourself six-pack, this time with the Kung Fu Panda theme. The BentoMommas are quick to sniff out anything bento-related. BentoMomma Monet first spied the packs when she went grocery shopping right before anyone announced it on social media. Cool beans!

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RL loves Mamon, so we quickly went searching for this. We didn't get to take a video of the previous Minion ones, because A would scarf the stuff down. This time, we made sure to film an unboxing video before his big sister got her hands on everything (although she did manage to eat a whole pack, good thing we bought two! Yes, she is a growing teenager with a huge appetite, LOL!). We filmed this at 11PM, hence the PJs. Excuse the cat meowing in the background. Louis has been very DQ lately. He is getting neutered next weekend. Hehehe.

Get a pack of Monde Mamon from leading supermarkets and Mamon-It-Yourself! The Kung Fu Panda theme is extra special for us because A especially loves pandas! So RL made sure we got these more for his big sister than for himself. I know, he's a thoughtful little boy. I love these kids!

Hurry and Mamon-It-Yourself while they're out!

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#MommaDiaries | SHOO, ALLERGIES!

We just finished another round of antibiotics - the potent KLAZ. My little boy was once again diagnosed with a sinus infection (it runs on both sides). At the ENT Clinic, Dr. Flor had to suction his nose out, and I was told RL had so much, it took a while to clear his sinus. Sigh. It is allergy season, and my little boy has been sneezing non-stop.

And it doesn't end there. He is also prone to sore throats. Every time he'd eat chips or a choco bar without chewing it properly and chugging down a full glass of water right after, he'd automatically get a sore throat. This of course translates to a bad cough, then colds. And he'd be on the nebulizer for a week, fosho!

Sigh, poor baby.

Dr. Flor recommended a humidifier so RL can breathe easier at night. Luckily, we recently acquired a Crane Humidifier!

Mya the Monkey Humidifier from Crane, SRP P2,799.75

Humidifiers are handy as they help loosen nasal congestion. It also is known to help ease dry coughs, soothe itchy dry eyes and skin, prevent nose bleeds and helps relieve cold and flu symptoms. Yep, a humidifier is exactly what RL needs!

She matches my bedroom fixtures! 

I've always been if-fy about humidifiers - as much as I need a product to help with allergies, eczema, etc., I really, really dislike those bulky and noisy humidifiers that are difficult to use and clean. But what convinced me most about the Crane brand is that it is very easy to use AND clean. The Crane Ultrasonic Humidifier does not require a filter, and is easy to fill, wash out and refill. It has a one gallon tank that runs up to 24 hours! Plus it has a safety feature that automatically shuts the humidifier off when the tank is running empty. I love it!

Watery eyes early this week.

We've been using our little monkey (RL's nickname for our monkey-design humidifier) for a few weeks now, and so far, no more nosebleeds for A, and RL hasn't been sneezing in the mornings. We stopped using it for a while (A needed to use the table for a shoot, and the nanny moved the humidifier from its spot), and earlier this week, RL's allergies became so bad, he had watery eyes. It was so bad, his right eye was shut, and we initially thought it was a case of conjunctivitis! Alas, after two nights with the humidifier, his eyes are now okay.

Other styles from Crane.
The black one in the center is a Digital Warm & Cool Mist Humidifier with ionizer!

My friend Didi has this Train Humidifier! So cool!

I also love the fact that the humidifier keeps my eczema controlled. It keeps the skin moisturized such that there is less itching at night. Did I mention already that I love this product?

The Crane Humidifier retails from P2,799.75 to P3,499.75. Check out S&R as they regularly have Crane Humidifiers on sale.

Some Crane Humidifiers on sale at S&R this month!

Aside from the regular-sized cute Humidifiers, Crane also has a handy Travel Humidifier that makes lugging this handy. The Travel Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier is great for offices, dorms, hotel rooms during staycations and travel and other small spaces. Aside from its wall plug attachment, it works with a USB, too!

The Travel Humidifier retails for P1,899.75.

Crane products are exclusively distributed locally by Keywest Internationale, and are available in S&R, Rustan's, Toys R Us, Babyland, Lazada and direct from

Thanks to our Crane Humidifier, we can finally say goodbye to allergies! Shoo!

Monday, February 22, 2016

#MommaDiaries | HELL WEEK!

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Actually, it has been more than a week. But this week is gonna be one hella hell week. A has finals, and a ton of projects to get done. Such is the life of a graduating 8th grader, and you can bet this single momma is hella stressed.

It started a couple of weeks ago with her school intramurals getting in the way of school work. There were deadlines for various subject requirements, and my daughter opted to concentrate on practicing for basketball and her class' cheerdance competition. So everything else was pushed back 'til we had multiple deadlines to meet on the same week. They did win the basketball championships so to her, it was pretty much win-win. But nope, that doesn't cut it with this Momma.

So yes, hell week. This Momma requires 10x the extra grace.

Why do I feel like I am the one in school?

Thursday, February 11, 2016

#HoarderDiaries | VALENTINE'S GIFTS AT S&R!

I promised myself that Valentine's Day this year would be different. I am planning to start a Day of Hearts tradition for my little family - something they'd practice in the future with their own kids. See, I do not wish for them to wait around for someone to make them feel special on this "holiday". Whereas some kids have fathers who make it a point to date their kids, especially their daughters, before they actually go out into the world and date for real, my kids' father is currently MIA. So nope, this year, this Momma will make sure to date the kids - Valentine's gifts and all.

After picking A up from school today, we rushed to S&R to do our groceries. I needed to get temporary dining chairs because two of our old ones recently broke. Timely, too, because I had wanted to check out what S&R was offering this month.

We were greeted by plush toys and chocolates. Oh yes, Valentine's Day!

While at the store, I was thinking of that Valentine's Day Resolution. And vowed to come back to get that plush A had wanted. There were a lot of choices!

20-inch Oliver The Monkey Plush | SALE P299.95

8.5-inch Pretty Kitty Plush w/ Sound | SALE P249.95

I LOVE YOU Cylinder Cushion | SALE P249.95

22-inch Love Bear Plush with Lights and Music| SALE P999.95

14-inch Bouquets of Love Plush with Music | SALE P419.95
Their cheeks actually light up! 

30-inch Hugging Gorillas Plush | SALE P1,599.95

These micro-bead pillows caught my attention! I have been looking all over for a portable pillow I can use during my weekly massage. These are perfect! Makes lying down flat easy.

Mogu Support Hole Pillow | SALE P999.95

For the travel junkies, they have really, really nice neck pillows.

Mogu Portable Neck Pillow | SALE P999.95

Mogu Neck Pillow | SALE P999.95

For those needing more than neck support, here's a nice back support pillow!

Mogu Back Supporter Pillow | SALE P1,499.95

And look, they also have nice Valentine-themed micro-bead pillows! Perfect as gifts for your special someone! I think my daughter A would appreciate these.

Mogu Lip Pillow | SALE P1,099.95

Mogu Heart Pillow | SALE P999.95

If you prefer giving out sweets, here are perfect chocolate boxes and packs. Now here's a gift I am sure RL would appreciate!

Valentine's Assorted Cupid's Mix | SALE P499.95

Valentine's Hearts Assortment | SALE P349.95

Almond Roca Heart Tin | SALE BUY 1: P499.95 or BUY 2: P799.95

Lindt Signature Collection | SALE P799.95

Gran Party Assorted Praline | SALE P349.95

Kirkland Selection Chocolates of the World | SALE P799.95

Look! It's back!

Kirkland Selection Macadamia Clusters | SRP P899.95

Member's Selection Milk Chocolate Almonds | SALE P580.00

Now this Candy in a Jar is the perfect gift for teachers! S&R also has a promo for this so that bulk purchases are easier on the wallet!

Cavendish & Harvey Sweet Hearts Candy | SALE BUY 1: P149.95 or BUY 2: P199.95

Valentine-themed Sugar Cookies | SRP P99.95
So pretty! And good!

I also spotted Snoopy umbrellas! Now that's one gift I'd love to receive! Hehehe.

Snoopy Umbrella | SRP 479.95

Peanuts Umbrella | SALE P479.95

Then of course, here's a perfect Valentine's deal at the deli!

For more deals, check out their February mailer below!

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I am going back today to get those gifts for the kids. And to those wondering, yes, I got to buy my chairs... plus a little more. Hehe!

Happy Valentine's Day! And Happy Hoarding!

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Monday, February 1, 2016


YouTube capture.
We were watching the Friday night news.

The new reigning Miss Universe is currently in town visiting. Upon seeing her on TV, RL yells out loud...

"Hey, It's Pia Horseback!"


*Apologies to our Miss Universe, Pia Wurtzbach. You are most beautiful, and my little boy RL loves you. He just can't pronounce your name. This was his best effort before we taught him the right pronunciation. Hehehe.

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