Tuesday, April 22, 2014

New Set of DIY Headbands

I created a couple of new headbands for my elder daughter, and usual, they were made with so much love. I first made a white one for her moving up ceremony at school, then another for everyday in a combination of pink and purple colors. I should've blogged about this DIY project long time ago, but I've been lazy playing brick games (yes, you got it right, such a late bloomer here) and scanning Facebook and Instagram until becoming sleepy after I tuck my girls to bed at night. Anyway highway, it's time to blab about the headbands I specially made for my firstborn. Here they are.

I didn't spend much money in making this flower headband. I used ribbons and hard tulle from cakes, gifts and goodie packaging. I just had to spend a few pesos for the plain headband and pearl buttons.

Same with the white headband, this two tone headband was created from old materials that I accumulated in my sewing kit. The sequins, ribbons and fabric all came from long time ago.

Time for my dear daughter to model the hair accessories! Which one do you like best?

My next project is going to be an Elsa dress for her 6th birthday party. I have five months to prepare, currently planning how to pull it off, thinking of an easy way to do it, what materials to use, and where to buy the materials. I can easily order it from a friend or from a favorite online MTO store. However, after once again proving my creativity on the Greek costume she wore to her reading recital at school, this momma wants to try her luck on a DIY Frozen-inspired Elsa dress and save some more. Will see what happens in September. Good luck to me! :))

Friday, April 18, 2014

Tagaytay, Taal Vista, Sky Fun, and Bag of Beans

It's the Lenten season but my family isn't going anywhere. First of all, hubby is working, then second of all, the beach hotels that I wanted to book either in Subic or Batangas are already full for the entire summer. Oh boy, tourists and vacationers are crazy these days. I think they booked their hotels as early as January or last year. Anyhow, I just got a confirmed room reservation of a hotel in Subic for my daughters' birthday getaway this year. We still have 4 months to go before the celebration, so in the meantime, I am sharing an entry about our short Valentine trip to Tagaytay 2 months ago.

A family picture with the beautiful view of Taal vulcano and lake. Suna was squirming. She didn't want to sit down. She only wanted to look around. Naughty little one! :)

We came on a Saturday and stayed for a night at Taal Vista Hotel, the best hotel in Tagaytay. We could have stayed for another night if Askim didn't have school the next day.

Our hotel room was great, clean and spacious. Everything was okay, well, aside from the broken hair dryer, which pretty much explains my bad hair day.

One of the reasons why we went to Tagaytay is Sky Ranch, also known as Sky Fun. Unluckily, the Sky Eye was out of order that day. Too many people queue, too little amusement ride working.

And here's a nice place to visit for a yummy gastronomic experience-- The Bag of Beans. The breakfast plate composed of garlic rice, longganisa, 2 eggs and side salad was filling. Hubby's plate of roasted beef as well as the fish and fries were yummy. The only thing that we didn't like was my elder daughter's chocolate pancake (not in the photo). The serving was too big for a kid and the taste was not good enough. I swear read-to-cook pancakes taste better than it. IMO, to improve that specific item in the menu, they better serve 3 small pancakes with fruits on the side instead of a giant one which is thick and boring. Overall, Bag of Beans is still a must-visit restaurant because of its lovely and relaxing ambiance while al fresco dining in a cool weather environment of Tagaytay.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

How to Make Baby Food

I started giving food to my baby girl on her 6th month, as per pediatrician's advice. The first food I gave her were fruits like grape and banana, fed using a baby fresh food feeder. Later on, I tried giving finely mashed squash and banana. Actually, I was close to buying pureed fruits and vegetables that were sold in tiny jars at groceries when I realized how expensive and completely impractical they are when I can easily make them myself. Enter this baby food making project for my little tot.

Easy Baby Food Recipe

You don't need an expensive baby food maker in order to do this one. All you need is a knife, a steamer and blender. Hooray for healthy homemade baby food. I totally saved money from doing this!

1. Choose colorful vegetables or crops like broccoli, potatoes, and carrots.

2. Peel, wash, and cut them into bite-size pieces before steaming.

3. Puree your chosen vegetable or crop one by one using a blender, adding a little amount of distilled or boiled water, until the desired texture. For variation, you may combine two or more vegetables like what I did here. The first photo is broccoli + potato. The second one is broccoli + carrot.

Added Tips
Tip #1. Combine a sweet-tasting veggie or crop with a plain tasting one. For example, sweet potato and a regular potato, corn and carrots, etcetera.

Tip #2. Transfer your baby food into tiny sterile containers and freeze so you can only take out and thaw enough amount for you baby each feeding time.

Tip #3. Be careful of choosing vegetable or crops that your baby might be allergic with. Best to consult your pediatrician before starting solids

My baby is already 7 months now. At her age, she had eaten breads, yogurt, rice and oranges other than those mentioned above, prepared through a blender. During our last visit to her doctor, we were advised that she can already take finely chopped meat but we are delaying that until next month. So far, she has improved in swallowing solids as well as drinking liquids from a cup.
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