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Lola Sally’s Bag

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I love Lola Sally!  She shares so many valuable tips.  She’s in her 80’s yet she looks great!  Her beauty secret is Pond’s :-)  She carries with her quite a big bag because she has everything in it!  She is prepared!
Lola Sally's bag (1)  Every bag she has, she keeps the price tag haha!!!  So she knows where she bought it and how much!Lola Sally's bag (13)  What is inside?

 She organizes her things in little plastic bags :-)  Lola Sally's bag (12)  She uses anti bacterial wipes on everything especially in the airplane – she says you have to wipe everything to be sure it is clean.Lola Sally's bag (11) Lola Sally's bag (10)  She keeps track of how much cash she hasLola Sally's bag (9) Lola Sally's bag (8) Lola Sally's bag (7)  Of course photos of her family back home in the States and of course her great grand kidsLola Sally's bag (6)  She grooms herself at all times :-)Lola Sally's bag (4)  Nothing is complete without GodLola Sally's bag (3) Lola Sally's bag (2)

Gourmet Corner

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 Finally it’s open Congratulations Tita Bettina @bettinaosmena on the opening of @gourmetcornerph #GourmetCornerPhgourmet-corner-1 “We offer frozen homemade foods, we offer a lot of pre marinated things.  Our mission is to make life easier for the busy housewife” – Bettina Osmeña gourmet-corner-2gourmet-corner-14  You can have a seat and order any of the food you see in the store! :-)   gourmet-corner-4

 Or just come and buy all the different delicious food from the chillersgourmet-corner-3  The best chorizos in the country are made by 2 Filipina ladies – Myleen and Coleen and they are available in @gourmetcornerph A Must! #GourmetCornerPgourmet-corner-5  I love  Tapa! I try all the tapas out there. New find from @gourmetcornerph Super Mega Tapa Yum! Make sure to fry the fat #GourmetCornerPh #H2HTapagourmet-corner-8 The first chiller you see when you enter is all vegetarian dishes :-)gourmet-corner-11 gourmet-corner-12 Other non chilled food itemsgourmet-corner-6 gourmet-corner-7gourmet-corner-9 gourmet-corner-10  mobile number 0998 569 6849

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Email address:  serabeltrading@gmail.com

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LSJ & Cura V In Good Taste

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 Lady Scott Jones @ladyscottjones And the women behind Cura V @curav came together to bring you: In Good Taste – A Three Day Affair on the Art of Entertaining at Home last  July 28-30 2016, from 11am to 8pm at the LSJ Home, The Metroclub, Estrella Street, Rockwell, Makati. #LadyScottJones #CuraV #InGoodTaste #RustansFlowerShopLSJ & Cura V In Good Taste (12) LSJ & Cura V In Good Taste (1) LSJ & Cura V In Good Taste (6) From creating the perfect spread, and signature cocktail at home, to picking fresh flowers, curating tabletops and breathtaking tablescapes- perfect for entertaining friends and family gathered around the table. Valuable tips and inspiration just right for brunch and dinner, and just-because-its-weekend at your home. They shares some style pointers and a menu to match that you can use now until the holidays by the 3 speakers  – Karen Santos, Alicia Sy and Nicole OrtegaLSJ & Cura V In Good Taste (10) LSJ & Cura V In Good Taste (13) Kay Reyes @statementtheory Grace Baja @gracehomemanila Natalya Zobel @lanai_manila and Karen Santos @kassabykarensantosin good taste lady scott jones 20 Special visitors – Lolo Benny and Tita Tess LSJ & Cura V In Good Taste (7)Many friends came over :-)LSJ & Cura V In Good Taste (11) LSJ & Cura V In Good Taste (9) LSJ & Cura V In Good Taste (8) Rustan’s Flower ShopLSJ & Cura V In Good Taste (3) LSJ & Cura V In Good Taste (2) LSJ & Cura V In Good Taste (4) LSJ & Cura V In Good Taste (5) LSJ & Cura V In Good Taste (15) LSJ & Cura V In Good Taste (18) LSJ & Cura V In Good Taste (17) LSJ & Cura V In Good Taste (16) Congratulations to my sisters Maricar and Pam of Lady Scott Jones! 😉
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Creating Sanctuaries in the Home

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Last month I bumped into Mariana in the supermarket and she told me about a workshop. I really believe that that was not by chance and that I was meant to be in this workshop because it has brought so much happiness and peace to me.

Lia Bernardo was talking about sanctuaries and I realized that Rustan’s  is one of my sanctuaries.   When I’m here I’m so at home and I’m happy when I’m here with all the staff so friendly, the store always so clean with nice music and looking at all the beautiful things from all over the world  is just happiness

 In the photo are peonies which she loves and an Acrila dresser  which is Lia’s sanctuary at home where she fixes up herself. Just listening to Lia is already happiness and so relaxing

 In Rustan’s Home  Lia Bernardo talked about creating sanctuaries in your home. Buying things and surrounding yourself with things that you love and that make you happy. Sometimes I feel we are pressured to put things in our home that we think will make other people happy or what maybe our interior designer likes. But in this sanctuary that Lia was talking about it has to be something personal to you.

When Lia Bernardo was talking about creating a sanctuary in your home, I knew right away what spot that was in my house and how I unconsciously created it. My husband always closes the door of my sanctuary because he thinks it’s weird :-)  and I have to keep telling him that no one has to like it but me! And I’m so happy I have this place all to myself so I can put here everything that I want without having to please anyone .  So anything pink and hearts and all my trinkets are all here. I love this place and it’s my happy place. No one bothers me when I’m here

Create your own sanctuary at home for your well being.  Thank you Lia.  We learned so many things. Blessing for the day.  Lia is a Well being and Personal growth consultant. She does workshops on personal growth in the healing house or people can host their own retreats. I wish I could listen to her everyday so I will always be inspired and peaceful and happy.

She is also a partner of my cousin Katrina offering Elixir healing mists which can be used as personal fragrances or home spray. Contact liabernardo@gmail.com.  She also has her own website which was recently launched! ( Click below to go to her website and follow her )

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Mom’s Food Notebook

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My Mom has a food notebook which lists down all the food she has in the house.  It is categorised ! This way she can just look at her notebook to know what is in her pantry /storage.  It also indicates the Best Before or expiry dates of each food itemMom's Food Notebook (1)

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Aside from food, she has albums with photos of the home items she has also in storageMoms_Notebook (2)

Each item has a photo and it indicates the quantity and the location where it is storedMoms_Notebook (1)

Ariel Loves Chocolate

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White dresses, linen and….chocolate? Premium detergent brand Ariel demonstrated its expert cleaning power in a deliciously unexpected manner as it invited selected ladies to a luxe lunch celebrating one of laundry’s worst enemies – chocolate.

(First Row, L-R) Baus Rufo, Romina Nañagas, Kathleen Go, Joanne Rae Ramirez, Tessa Prieto-Valdes, Ana

de Ocampo, Techie Hagedorn, Sari Yap, Liza Ilarde, Mia Borromeo, Joy Ortega, Malou Romero, Nicole Whisenhunt, Charina Sarte, Mandy dela Rama, Nicole Ortega and Chef Florabel.
(Second Row, L-R) Bambina Olivares, Alicia Sy , Mukta Maheshwari, Mons Romulo, Trish Panlilio, Rica Lopez de Jesus and Rorie Manzano.

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In an intimate gathering held at the newest branch of renowned Filipino fine dining fixture, Florabel, last April 15, Ariel demonstrated its superior removal of even the toughest stains.

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“As they say, chocolate goes with everything, and we agree! But sometimes, there is a tendency for us to see it as a guilty pleasure—something we only treat ourselves to on special occasions or even ‘cheat days.’ For others, chocolate can mean a tricky, gooey, dirty affair.

But today, Ariel challenges us to let go of those worries and dare to face tough stains! We encourage everyone to indulge in decadent chocolate without the worry.”, Procter & Gamble Brand Manager for Fabric Care- Philippines Mukta Maheshwari emphasized.

Ariel  (16) “Finally, Ariel’s 1-wash clean has been upgraded to further enhance its tough stain removal ability.”, shared Maheshwari. “When it comes to the dirty business of washing and cleaning, tough stains are problematic. We’re constantly on alert—from our morning coffee to the makeup, sweat, that ends up on our clothes. And because some of our most common run-ins with tough stains happen in the kitchen or at the dining table, Ariel is here to relieve us from those tough stain worries. This brings us to today’s special ingredient —chocolate!”

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Among the “ladies who lunch” was lifestyle columnist Mons Romulo, who remarked, “It’s really fresh for a brand like Ariel to present their product in such a unique way, where we see before our eyes how Ariel delivers its promise of removing even tough stains.

Stains – even tough ones like chocolate – are inevitable. Ariel promises to take the tediousness and strain away from laundry by guaranteeing effective tough stain removal in just 1 wash.

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Ariel  (12) In a partnership with Ariel, gracious host and top chef Florabel Co-Yatco was challenged in creating a chocolate-infused 4-course meal – delicious for the guests and a true test for the well-loved detergent brand. “The kitchen can be one of the messiest workplaces of all, and it takes significant effort to keep not only my environment clean, but also myself. But with Ariel, I don’t have to worry about tough stains that are inevitable”, chef Florabel shares.

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Salad: Prosciutto chévre, dried mango & strawberry salad with dark chocolate vinaigrette

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Soup dish: Purée of green asparagus with white chocolate curls.

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US Angus beef shortribs with foie gras in dark bitter chocolate sauce

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In between chocolate courses, Chef Florabel put Ariel to the test. A white fabric, stained with the dark chocolate balsamic vinaigrette that could be a nightmare for regular detergents, was no problem with Ariel’s 1-wash clean. Ariel’s fast-acting enzymes break down tough stains – and the scarf returned spotless – before the lunch even ended.

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Ariel’s latest upgrade features improved sudsing action, stain removal performance and a fresh clean scent all at an affordable price of Php 7.50 SRP per sachet. Ariel is available at all leading supermarkets nationwide.

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Home Organiser Essentials and Home_blogberry by 25 Mushrooms Kitchen and Stradmore Notes

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During the launch of 25 Mushrooms Kitchen, I met Scott Yuyitung of Stradmore.  Straddler has been around for about 40 years now and Scott’s family has been making notebooks which you will see in National Bookstore and other bookstores.  He has recently started a new brand called Stradmore notes which started as a student’s journal.  It was so popular he then came out with the Foodie Blogberry, then a Mom Blogberry and then Yuppie.  Home Organiser Essentials and Home_ blogberry by 25 Mushrooms Kitchen and Stradmore Notes (4)

 Now his latest collaboration is with Sari Jorge of 25 Mushrooms Kitchen with the Home Blogberry and the Organiser Essentials which you can buy in 25 Mushrooms Kitchen or at National BookstoreHome Organiser Essentials and Home_ blogberry by 25 Mushrooms Kitchen and Stradmore Notes (6)

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Clever Ideas Worth Knowing

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CLEVER IDEAS WORTH KNOWING

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Take your bananas apart when you get home from the store.
If you leave them connected at the stem, they ripen faster.. I didn’t know that!

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Store your opened chunks of cheese in aluminum foil.
It will stay fresh much longer and not mold.

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Peppers with 3 bumps on the bottom are sweeter and better for eating.
Peppers with 4 bumps on the bottom are firmer and better for cooking.

Add a teaspoon of water when frying ground beef.
It will help pull the grease away from the meat while cooking.

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To really make a scrambled eggs or omelets rich add a couple of spoonfuls of sour cream, cream cheese, or heavy cream in and then beat them up.

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Add garlic immediately to a recipe if you want a light taste of garlic and at the end of the recipe if you want a stronger taste of garlic.

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Reheat Pizza
Heat up leftover pizzas in a non-stick skillet on top of the stove, set heat to med-low and heat till warm. This keeps the crusty crispy, no soggy micro pizza. I saw this on the cooking channel and it really works.

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Reheating refrigerated bread
To warm biscuits, pancakes or muffins that were refrigerated, place the in a microwave with a cup of water. The increased moisture will keep the food moist and help it reheat faster.

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Newspaper weeds away
Start putting in your plant, work the nutrients in your soil. Wet newspaper, put layers around the plants overlapping as you go cover with mulch and forget about weeds. Weeds will get through some gardening plastic they will not get through wet newspapers.

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Broken Glass
Use a wet cotton ball or Q-t IP to pick up the small shards of glass you can’t see easily.

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No More Mosquitoes
Place a dryer sheet in you pocket. It will keep mosquitoes away. Squirrel away!

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Flexible Vacuum
To get something out of a heat register or under the fridge add an empty paper towel roll or empty gift wrap to your vacuum. It can bent or flattened to get in narrow openings.

Reducing Static Cling
Pin a small safety pin to the seam of your slip and you will not have a clingy skirt or dress. Same thing works with slacks that cling when wearing panty hose. Place pin in seam of slacks and Ta DA! …static is gone.

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Measuring Cups
Before you pour sticky substance into a measuring cup, fill with hot water. Dump out the hot water, but don’t dry cup. Next, add your ingredient, such as peanut butter, and watch how easily it comes right out.

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Foggy Windshield?
hate foggy windshields? Buy a chalkboard eraser and keep it in the glove box of your car when the windows fog, rub with the eraser! Works better than a cloth.

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Re-opening Envelopes
If you seal and envelope and then realize you forgot to include something inside, just place your sealed envelope in the freezer for an hour or two. Viola! It unseals easily.

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Conditioner
Use your hair conditioner to shave your legs. It’s cheaper than shaving cream and leaves your legs really smooth. It’s also a great way to use up the conditioner you bought but didn’t like when you tried it in your hair.

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Goodbye Fruit Flies
To get rid of pesky fruit flies, take a small glass, fill it 1/2′ with Apple Cider Vinegar and 2 drops of dish washing liquid; mix well. You will find those flies drawn to the cup and gone forever.

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Get Rid of Ants
Put a small piles of cornmeal where you see ants. They eat it, take it home, can’t digest it so it kills them. It may take a week or so, especially if it rains, but it works and you don’t have the worry about pets or small children being harmed!
(This will definitely try!!!)

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INFO ABOUT CLOTHES DRYERS

The heating unit went out in my dryer! The gentleman that fixes things around the house for us told us that he wanted to show us something and he went over to the dryer and pulled out the lint filter. It was clean. (I always clean the lint from the filter after every load clothes.) He told us he wanted to show us something; he took the filter over to the sink and ran how water over it. The lint filter is made of a mesh material .. I’m sure you know what your dryers lint filter looks like. Well … the hot water just sat on top of the mesh! It didn’t go through it at all! He told us that the dryer sheets cause a film over that mesh that’s what burns out the heating unit. You can’t see the film but it’s there. It’s what is in the dryer sheets to make your clothes soft and static free … that nice fragrance too. You know how they feel waxy when you take them out of the box .. well this stuff builds up on your clothes and on your lint screen. This is also what causes dryer units to potentially burn your house down with it! He said the best way to keep your dryer working  for a very long time (and to keep your electric bill lower) is to take that filter out and wash it with hot soapy water and an old toothbrush (or other brush) at least every six months. He said that makes the life of the dryer at least twice as long! How about that!? Learn something new everyday! I certainly didn’t know dryer sheets would do that. So, I thought I’d share!
Note: I went to my dryer and tested my screen by running water on it. The water ran through a little bit but mostly collected all the water in the mesh screen. I washed it with warm soapy water and a nylon brush and I had it done in 30 seconds. Then when I rinsed it .. the water ran right thru the screen! There wasn’t any puddling at all! That repairman knew what he was talking about!

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Spanish Dinner

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We had a beautiful Spanish dinner at a friends also beautiful home!  

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Though curtains are known to collect dust and hard to maintain, I still love the effect of curtains in a home.  It gives that cozy feeling.  

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They had beautiful Soumak curtains which are proudly Philippine made!  

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Our special guests from Thailand. They requested for Spanish food because it’s rare in Thailand and they enjoyed Spanish food during their visit to Spain 

Prasong

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Chananya

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and their pretty daughters Phantila and Sariya 

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The cocktails were all so well presented and of course tasted so good

Jamon 

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Boquerones with olives.  Notice the white gloves :-)  

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Love the staff uniform which is not off the rack but specially made

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Tortilla de patata

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Bread with olives

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Croquettas de pollo

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Beautiful dining room!

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Elegant flowers and table setting.  I love the personalised ceramic dinnerware which is from Italy and has the initials of the owner

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Under the embroidered Filipiniana table linen is a liner which is non slip.  It serves as a non slip pad at the same time as a protection so the table is not scratched when the plate is placed on the table.  This was sourced from Spain

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Everything is proper in this household.  All silverware are engraved with their initials

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Our buffet

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Mediterranean Fish Fillet

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Chicken with mushroom

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We contributed as well homemade bacalao which is cooked by my Mom’s cook, Manang Flor.  It is a family favourite.  We like it because it has potatoes and queso de bola cheese on top

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Desserts!

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Homemade turtle pie by our host!  YUM!!!

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Sweets

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