posted by Jennie on Jan 7

We’ve been to Hongkong Disneyland a couple of times but aside from Buzz Lightyear, we weren’t able to get our photo taken with other Disney characters. Lines were just crazy long, we’d rather line up for the rides than a photo op. So when Magnolia Chocolait gave us not just tickets to Disney on Ice but a Meet and Greet time with the cast as well, we were thrilled! I practically grew up with Disney, so meeting with a character or two was a welcome holiday treat even for this not so young mommy. Thank you, Magnolia Chocolait for sponsoring tickets for our family and 4 of our blog readers! :-)

10891902_10153467247783332_6173593560159324064_nMet with our blog giveaway winners before the Disney on Ice, Dare to Dream show started. Congratulations, Iris, Marvina, Elizabeth and Baby Allison! I have sweet ladies for blog winners. :-)

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posted by Jennie on Jan 6

It was the week from when we flew home from Singapore for our 13th wedding anniversary celebration and exactly a week until Christmas when our family had a sweet staycation time at the Widus Hotel and Casino in Clark, Pampanga.

I had to ask my boys if they were up for it. I’d understand if they’ve had their fill of  getaways for the moment after all the fun adventures and lots of gallivanting we just did in Singapore. But their itchy feet just won’t say no to getaways! Since we haven’t done a staycation in Subic for a while, I was thrilled to be staying at this hotel we’ve never been to before. Adventurers on the loose! :)

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Considering the holiday traffic, we arrived Widus Hotel in under two hours! Adventures are more fun with a husband who knows his way around the metro. There were so many backed up main roads that we were able to steer clear of. And our welcome was nothing less than this very inviting pool gorgeously helped by the overcast skies. It was around 3pm and swimming under the scorching sun wasn’t exactly my idea of fun.

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We just took a few minutes to settle in our cozy Family Junior Suite before we headed for the pool! :-)

Widus Hotel’s Family Junior Suite has everything I need for a comfortable stay for our family. It’s the exact room I would have picked myself if I’d book for a family staycation, which I mostly do via Agoda.

A king-sized bed for the hubby and me, a single bed for the little man, a couch in the living area which can easily serve as a daybed, 32″ flat screen cable TV, coffee and tea station, a kitchenette complete with a fridge and microwave oven, which happens to be needful when you have a growing kid like ours with an enormous appetite. Read the rest of this entry »

posted by Jennie on Jan 1

If there’s anything common amongst all households, it is the need for security. Crime has become way too rampant and offenders seem to be multiplying by the day. We cannot live in panic and fear. While we daily pray for our family’s security and protection, there are some practical things we can do towards home security. One of which is installing home security surveillance.

Fukuda IP Camera

 Fukuda iP Camera

When Fukuda iP Camera sent this unit last month, I wasn’t expecting that it was any different from all the iP Cameras that we have tested and actually used in the past. This is by far the most user-friendly iP Camera we have tried to date. The FukudaCam App that we got downloaded via both the App Store on our Apple gadgets and the Android Play Store was not problematic. We’ve noticed that some iP Camera brands that we have tried have either unstable applications or they’re still on their “beta” mode. It was noteworthy enough for us that this was something that we didn’t have issues with.

Fukuda IP camera unboxing

Unboxing the Fukuda iP Camera Model: FCM829-1FMS

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posted by Jennie on Dec 30

Our favorite chocolate milk drink, Magnolia Chocolait, is giving our family free tickets to the much-awaited Disney on Ice presents “Dare to Dream.” The good news is we’re bringing along two (2) Marriage and Beyond readers who will be given two (2) free tickets each! Not only that, we will all get to MEET and GREET the cast after the show!

About Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream
Combining the contemporary stories of two modern-day princesses, Rapunzel and Tiana, with the classic elegance of Cinderella and Snow White, Dare to Dream whisks audiences away on exciting journeys where dreams really do come true. From the lighting and scenery to the music, choreography and costumes, each element of Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream magically combines to create a memorable show for the entire family.

Now for the easy peasy mechanics on a chance to win Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream tickets (includes MEET and GREET with the cast of Disney on Ice):

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posted by Jennie on Dec 25

Christmas is the time of the year when everyone gets busy trying to manage all the excitement of shopping for gifts and going to parties.

True to most people’s experience, it is delightful to receive presents from loved ones. Amidst all the frenzy, there will be many who will seek to share their blessings to other people.

Above is a photo of our family’s SM Bear of Joy.

On its fourth consecutive year, SM Supermalls offers an opportunity for shoppers to give back and make another child happy, through the SM Bears of Joy charity program.

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posted by Jennie on Dec 14

There are a few places that the hubby and I go to for things that we need around the home. And because we were in Makati yesterday and we were shooting to take advantage of the sale that’s going around, we thought of swinging by Landmark just to check if the things that we needed to buy was on sale. I also needed to buy a few things in the supermarket and was so delighted to witness this.

I was right on time to capture a young lady picking up Downy Fabric Conditioner sachets when the “carolers” sang away their rendition of Christmas carols. I cannot help but beam from ear to ear as I saw the lady’s face light up.

Random shoppers were treated with holiday cheers by this awesome a cappella singing group in Landmark Supermarket. I can only imagine enjoying such treat myself. Why, with all the unending list of things to do this holiday season and the unceasing crowds in the malls that seem to multiply by the minute, the refreshing atmosphere is such a refreshing treat. Such a fun surprise for P&G patrons to listen to the sweet voices of the quartet. I believe shoppers might still catch this singing group in Landmark Supermarket Makati until Monday, Dec. 15, 2014.

posted by Jennie on Dec 12

My family flew back home from Singapore to this holiday package from Promil Preschool. Thank you, Promil!

The package came with energy bars, healthy snacks and a puzzle that my son wasted no time and solved it.  Promil Preschool is said to be formulated with nutrissentials and this is what the campaign is all about. My son is 9 years old and way beyond preschool but this might be of benefit to some of my readers.  Read the rest of this entry »