My Diary – November 2016 :)

Nov. 10, 2016

OOTD πŸ™‚

Chambray and floral romper: Gingersnaps Sandals: Grendha Ring and Headband: Gifts from Zuri's Titas

Chambray and floral romper: Gingersnaps
Sandals: Grendha
Ring and Headband: Gifts from Zuri’s Titas

For more OOTDs, please click the links: November 2016 OOTDs, October 2016 OOTDs, September 2016 OOTDs, August 2016 OOTDs, July 2016 OOTDs, June 2016 OOTDs

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XOXO, Mommy Kay πŸ™‚

Nov. 6, 2016

It’s one of a kind yet familiar. It warms the heart and soothes the soul. It is home. Read about my latest discovery, a haven in the midst of the metro, The Legend Villas.

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the-legend-villas-mandaluyong

Click the link to read more: The Legend Villas

 

Thanks for dropping by! πŸ™‚

XOXO,

Mommy Kay

Nov. 5, 2016

OOTD πŸ™‚

Dress: Gingersnaps Cardigan: Guess Kids Socks: H&M Oxfords: Old Navy Watermelon ring: H&M Headband: bought from a street vendor for Php 20 :)

Dress: Gingersnaps
Cardigan: Guess Kids
Socks: H&M
Oxfords: Old Navy
Watermelon ring: H&M
Headband: bought from a street vendor for Php 20 πŸ™‚

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XOXO, Mommy Kay

Nov. 4, 2016

When it rains, it pours. Last week, I received another blogging assignment when BeautyMNL handpicked me to try their website and products! Read all about my fabulous BeautyMNL shopping experience and see what beauty products I chose by clicking the link: My BeautyMNL Shopping Experience

The BeautyMNL website :)

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XOXO, Mommy Kay

Nov. 2, 2016

I cooked my baby Zuri’s favorite dish for tonight’s dinner: Sinigang na Hipon. I’m keeping my promise to cook more often! Sana lang magustuhan ni Daddy Rupert. He’s not really into seafoods…

Sinigang na Hipon ala Mommy Kay

Sinigang na Hipon ala Mommy Kay

Also, I will be posting about The Legend Villas and my BeautyMNL experience soon! BeautyMNL handpicked me to review their service and products. Thank you BeautyMNL! Watch out for those posts! πŸ™‚

Thanks for dropping by! πŸ™‚

XOXO, Mommy Kay

Oct. 31, 2016

Something’s cooking… πŸ™‚

pork-ribs-sinigang

I’m cooking Pork Ribs Sinigang tonight as per my husband’s and kid’s request. Hmm… yum.. πŸ™‚

Anyway, Zuri and I went to Savemore this afternoon to buy ingredients for my Pork Ribs Sinigang. Since it’s halloween, Savemore had a Trick or Treat promo for its customers. All kids up to 7 years old who would come to the store in costumes could get a chance to take home a handful of candies for every receipt worth at least PHP 100.

Zuri wore her old Japanese costume which she already used for halloween in 2013 and also for United Nations Day last year. This Japanese costume is sulit na sulit!

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japanese-kimono-for-halloween

To maximize the promo, I divided our purchases into six and got six separate receipts worth at least PHP 100 each. Zuri was able to get a handful of candies from the treats container six times! Woot!

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Zuri got candies from the treats container at Savemore six times. πŸ™‚

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Zuri took home lots of candies! Thank you, Savemore! πŸ™‚

Thanks for dropping by! πŸ™‚

XOXO, Mommy Kay

Oct. 30, 2016

Yesterday was a milestone for me as a blogger. For twenty-two months, my introverted self was alone in “my blogging world”. Finally, I found the courage to go out there and meet like-minded people (who turned out to be really nice, by the way). Thank you TravelBook Philippines and The Legend Villas and to all other sponsors for my first ever official blogger event!

Read about my first ever official blogger event experience here: TravelBook Blogger Affiliate Get-Together at The Legend VillasΒ 

Me and Lawrence of www.mrpogitips.com at the TravelBook Philippines Blogger Affiliate Get-Together #tbbloggeraffiliategettogether

Me and Lawrence of www.mrpogitips.com at the TravelBook Philippines Blogger Affiliate Get-Together #tbbloggeraffiliategettogether

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XOXO, Mommy Kay

Oct. 28, 2016

Since I’ll be out tomorrow to attend the TravelBook Philippines Blogger Affiliate Get-Together, I already prepared Rupert and Zuri’s meals in advance. I cooked Tocino and Lumpiang Shanghai.

The tocino was easy. I just fried the ready-made tocino that I bought from the grocery store. I also prepared sliced tomatoes and onions to go with the tocino.

tocino-and-kamatis

For the Lumpiang Shanghai, I had to improvise a bit. I used up all my carrots when I cooked Squid and Vegetables in Oyster Sauce yesterday. So instead of carrots, I used the last sayote that I had in the ref. For my Lumpiang Shanghai, I used the following ingredients: lean ground beef (previously cooked in oil), onions, onion leeks, sayote, salt and pepper.

My Lumpiang Shanghai actually turned out pretty well considering it was my first time to cook this dish all by myself. So crispy! πŸ™‚

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Also, I still have some leftover Squid and Vegetables in Oyster Sauce that will go well with my Lumpiang Shanghai. Gotta make sure my loves won’t starve while I’m out!

Thanks for dropping by! πŸ™‚

XOXO, Mommy Kay

Oct. 28, 2016

Phew! Finally home again! We just got back yesterday from Zuri’s four-day hospital stay due to pneumonia. It started with what seemed like simple colds last Saturday (Oct. 22). By Sunday morning (Oct. 23), Zuri had cough, too.

We went for a check-up Sunday afternoon (still Oct. 23) at St. Luke’s BGC Urgent Care. With clear breath sounds, no fever and with a history of allergy, the impression then was that Zuri was just having some kind of allergy, perhaps due to dust. She was advised to continue taking Cetirizine syrup 5mg/5ml, 5 ml once a day and to come back to the Emergency Room if a fever develops.

By Sunday night (still Oct. 23), Zuri was already febrile (highest temperature of 38.3 degrees Celsius), so we immediately brought her to St. Luke’s QC. At the ER, she vomited four times. (The thing with Zuri is that she always vomits when she’s sick, no matter what illness she has.) She was then admitted to the hospital and intravenous hydration was started.

Zuri at St. Luke's QC Emergency Room

Zuri at St. Luke’s QC Emergency Room

By Monday morning (Oct. 24), Zuri’s pediatrician ordered that a chest x-ray be done (At that time, I noticed that Zuri was also breathing abnormally fast). Then, I was informed that the chest x-ray showed beginning pneumonia. This is despite the fact that several doctors checked her and all of them heard clear breath sounds just a few hours before the chest x-ray. Yes, it seemed that everything happened so fast. Zuri was then started on IV antibiotics. When Zuri’s pediatrician visited her that afternoon, she said she could hear some rhonchi (abnormal lung sound). Thankfully, by that time, Zuri had already stopped vomiting and was no longer febrile.

Four days later, we’re finally home. Zuri still has cough, which I was told is usually the last to go in respiratory illnesses. She is no longer vomiting, no longer febrile, breathes, eats and drinks normally and is quite active. She’s still on oral antibiotics to complete 10 days of antibiotic treatment.

Zuri finally discharged from St. Luke's QC

Zuri finally discharged from St. Luke’s QC

(On a side note, Zuri also complained of tummy ache. A scout film of the abdomen showed that she had fecal stasis (lots of poop in her large intestines). This is because Zuri does not poop everyday. I was advised to train her to poop daily. Now, I bring Zuri to the toilet to poop even when she says she feels no urge. She eventually poops after sitting on the toilet bowl for a while.)

What started as “simple colds” on Oct. 22 turned out to be pneumonia just two days later. The lesson here: There is no such thing as “simple colds”. Anything “simple” can easily turn serious especially in children. Always be vigilant.

Buti na lang, I’m an “OA” mommy. That’s why I sought consult right away kahit second day pa lang ng colds, first day ng cough and kahit walang fever. Hours later na lang pala ay magkakalagnat na si Zuri at magsusuka. A few hours more, diagnosed as pneumonia na. On hindsight, hindi naman pala ako “OA”, tama lang pala talaga yung ginawa ko.Β When it comes to health, it’s always better to be ahead.

To all parents out there, yes, pneumonia can happen that fast. Take care of your children. Okay lang maging makulit sa mga doktor at nurse kung kinakailangan. πŸ™‚

Well, that’s it. No libot for Zuri this weekend. Thanks for dropping by! Always a pleasure to share my experiences with my readers. Now, I gotta go give Zuri her next dose of antibiotics.

Oh, by the way, I said I made a promise to pay closer attention to what we eat (meaning to cook more) no matter how busy I get, so last night, I cooked this for Zuri kahit pagod at antok na ako. (Hirap matulog sa ospital!) I don’t really know what to call it but this dish has the following: onions, ginger, squid, squid balls, carrots, cabbage, soy sauce and oyster sauce. I served it with some egg noodles, pineapple and orange. πŸ™‚

Squid and vegetables in oyster sauce with egg noodles

Squid and vegetables in oyster sauce with egg noodles

Thanks for dropping by! Ciao! πŸ™‚

XOXO, Mommy Kay

Oct. 27, 2016

I’ll be attending a blogger affiliate get-together by TravelBook Philippines at The Legend Villas on Saturday and I’m quite excited! For more info about the event, click here: TravelBook Philippines Get Together At The Legend Villas

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Thanks for dropping by!

XOXO, Mommy Kay

Oct. 22, 2016

I admit being a mom and a wife to a daughter and a husband who look to me for whatever big or small thing they need + single-handedly maintaining a blog is getting to be very tiring.

It does not help that I have a husband who packs our weekends full with activities, parties to attend, friends to see, games to play, etc. instead of just staying home to rest.

I can not even remember the last time I just stayed home the whole day with nothing to do. Or, it may be more accurate to say that “nothing to do” just never really happens to me.

Sometimes, we would deliberately plan in advance about not doing anything on a particular day, but something would always come up on the day itself. Β Even when we go on vacations, I still kind of work because I need to, you know, maintain this blog.

Sometimes, I think about just getting a maid or a yaya, but then again, I want to be, you know, hands-on. With all the things that I need to do, many times I just get so exhausted, so much so that I would rather buy some take-out food than prepare our meals from scratch. But I realize this is not consistent with me wanting to be hands-on, so now I’m making a promise to pay closer attention to what we eat.

Two nights ago, Zuri and I cooked chicken sopas + buttered shrimp + fish nuggets. Last night, I prepared Greek Salad to go with some pork barbeque that I bought from a neighbor. Today, with Zuri’s help, I cooked Creamy Cheesy Spaghetti + Pandesal Pizza.

Greek Salad + Pork Barbeque

Greek Salad + Pork Barbeque

Creamy Cheesy Spaghetti + Pandesal Pizza

Creamy Cheesy Spaghetti + Pandesal Pizza

I really hope I can keep this up. Now, I better go take care of the laundry. Bye! πŸ™‚

Thanks for dropping by! πŸ™‚

XOXO, Mommy Kay

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