May 14, 2013
I am currently budgeting the funds that I have for home repairs and maintenance. There are a lot of repairs that need to be taken care of and, of course, each service will need a corresponding fund. Thus, the budgeting.
So are you also allocating funds for something to be done on the house? Bath or kitchen remodel? Start here. You know you need somewhere to start, right?
Actually, if you ask me, what I do is this: I go around the house to check on what needs fixing or replacement. Or an overhaul. That’s what I do and I take note of it. I then talk to a professional for the cost of having that part of the house serviced. After which, I do the math. The first two steps are easy to do. The last one is the complicated one. Allocating funds, making sure there’s a source for a fund in the first place, and budgeting it to make sure it will be enough to cover the cost of the repairs, maintenance, replacement, or remodeling… In the case of the remodeling that I want done on the master bathroom, allocating funds is easy as I already have one in place. Making sure that the fund I have is enough is the part that I need to make sure of but I am confident of it.
So what do I want done on the bathroom? New tiles, new fixtures, new vanity, new everything! I just want a bathroom that is more of a sanctuary than anything else. A place where I can just sit on the floor and think. Or a place where I can feel my body release the tension in it. I can already imagine myself… I will be placing scented candles in there to help me relax while taking a bubble bath.
May 11, 2013
I need a good soak in the tub today. I will indulge! My back is aching from working so hard and for long hours in front of the computer. I don’t get to go out as much. I hardly ever get up from my desk. Can you imagine just how much I need to work out?
But since I don’t have enough time for that, not right now, anyway, I have to make do with a soak in the tub and a hot shower before going to bed.
Happy weekend everyone!
May 10, 2013
This blog has undergone a couple of changes since its conception. I know that those who have been here since the beginning would get confused because I changed the blog’s look into something very simple. I love clean lines and I am digging simplicity in the form of white and minimal colors thus the blog’s new look.
I am saying that this is another beginning of sorts for this blog because I am changing its tagline again. It’s now “Useful information for Moms. Journey to a healthy life. And everything in between.” The reason for the change is because over the years I realized that what I am dishing out there are entries mostly information directed to mothers out there. And lately, I’ve been posting health nuggets which are more of reminders for me than anything else. And everything in between those two main categories of entries here.
Anyway, expect a major revamp on categories as well. And expect a barrage of entries because I am going to schedule nuggets of useful information for all.
I hope everyone likes the new look!
May 7, 2013
It’s actually not my dad requesting for the cigar magazines but my uncle who is a father figure to me, too. He called me up to ask if I could get him some magazines he asked me to list down. He lives in a farm outside the city and we would visit him twice a month to stay there the whole weekend. We are scheduled to go there this weekend that’s probably why he called for that sweet request.
He doesn’t ask for too much. In fact, he doesn’t ask for anything unless he couldn’t really get it himself. The magazines, he told me, he couldn’t find anywhere but online. Since we are really close, he thought of me while browsing the net.
It would be a pleasure to give him something I know he will enjoy.
May 5, 2013
I am looking for something to prepare for some very important guests coming this Sunday for brunch. I was browsing Pinterest when I saw this photo of Asian Beef Lettuce Wraps. So I searched who originally pinned it to get the recipe. Voila! I got it! The recipe for Asian Beef Lettuce Wraps can be seen below…
12 leaves lettuce (iceberg, romaine, Boston or green leaf)
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
1 yellow onion, diced
1 lb. ground beef
1/4 tsp. each salt and pepper
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1/4 cup hoisin sauce
1-2 Tbsp. chili sauce (such as Sambal Oelek*)
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
4 green onions, chopped
Gently rinse lettuce leaves and pat dry, careful not to tear them. Set aside.
In a large nonstick skillet, heat oil over high heat. Add bell pepper and onion, cook 3 minutes. Add ground beef and cook 5 minutes, breaking up with a wooden spoon. Drain grease and return pan to stovetop; reduce heat to medium. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in garlic, soy sauce, hoisin and chili sauces, ginger, rice vinegar and honey. Cook until sauce has thickened, 3-4 minutes. Stir in green onions.
Spoon meat mixture into a medium bowl and place on a large serving platter. Arrange lettuce leaves around the bowl and serve.
* This is a thick red paste with medium-high spice, made from red chilies, vinegar and salt. It can be found in the Asian or ethnic sections of most grocery stores.
May 3, 2013
I know I already said here in the past that I will share some easy recipes for simple meals but I was not able to post some more. I think I was only able to post one or two and that’s it.
Well, expect more easy recipes for simple meals in the coming days. It’s not my recipes. I will be getting it from people who know what they are talking about. Pinterest, food blogs, and other reliable sources of good recipes.
May 1, 2013
There are days when I drool over certain dishes. I think it’s normal, right? Cravings. That’s what we call it.
Anyway, right now, I am drooling over Kenny Rogers’ Roast Pork Belly. If I find time later, I will go eat a plate of it!
April 8, 2013
Whenever I get more than eight hours of sleep, I feel happy. I feel energized and ready to take on the world. I don’t get as much sleep normally so when I have a chance I grab it.
Sleep has become a luxury for some people and that includes me. I work 14-16 hours a day so I can earn more. I’ve been doing that for the past six years now. I have bills to pay and I need to save up.
Well, I had eight hours of sleep today. Just enough. I am happy!