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Mornings go by so fast that most of us have become accustomed to grabbing and eating the nearest snack for breakfast. While this habit makes things convenient, it makes us miss out on the opportunities that the first meal of the day brings, namely being able to express love through cooking and being able to bond with family over food.
True to its mission of bringing families together through food, Conagra Brands has put together hot breakfast meals that are easy to cook and are best eaten while bonding with your loved ones.
No ingredient screams breakfast more than eggs. But eggs don’t have to be scrambled and sunny-side up every time. Be an adventurous cook and let your family try new flavors by simmering your eggs in Hunt’s Diced Tomatoes. This dish of poached eggs smothered in rich tomato sauce could just be what jumpstarts your day.
Eggs simmered in Hunt’s Diced Tomatoes
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Want your family to have a heavy breakfast? Create a fuss-free meat and potatoes meal by going for a one-pan corned beef meal. Just put together two cans of Libby’s Corned Beef, softened diced potatoes, eggs and spices into a pan, and you’ll soon have enough Corned Beef Scramble for the entire family.
Sausage and eggs are a breakfast combo that’s loved by all.
Corned Beef Breakfast Scramble
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And you certainly don’t have to defrost and skin sausages to make this! Just grab a pan and spray this with PAM Olive Oil Cooking Spray, fry some Libby’s Vienna Sausage,and serve these tender sausages with scrambled eggs.
Scrambled Eggs with Vienna Sausage
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If your family wants something other than rice, make them wake up to the smell of pancakes being cooked with Blue Bonnet Margarine. And, just to make things more exciting, top your pancake stacks with Reddi Wip whipped cream.
Whether your family likes their breakfast savory or sweet, traditional or adventurous, Conagra Brands assures stress-free cooking and dishes that #FlavorYourFun.
Pancakes with Whipped Cream
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For more breakfast ideas and information about Conagra, visit http://www.conagrabrands.com/ or Facebook.com/ConagraBrandsPH or Instagram.com/ConagraBrandsPH.
Motherhood is an amazing feat. We look at a mom and wonder - how does she do it? Although the casual observer sees Wonder Woman, the Queen of Multitasking, we often miss what they do not let us see: their internal struggles and daily worries.
Lamoiyan Corporation’s Licealiz Head Lice Treatment shampoo reached out to mommy netizens (mothers who are active online or keep a blog to chronicle their motherhood journey) to find out the biggest concerns Filipino moms may have today.
The tribulations of motherhood
Being a mom is definitely not a walk in the park. Mommy Iris of the online blog Pinay Ads shares that as a first-time mom, she was worried about how to do everything properly. She says, “My worry is if I can do it (motherhood), especially as there are no books to guide us. You can’t really learn it properly until the baby arrives. (Ang worry ko is if I can do it, kasi syempre there are no books naman. Hindi mo naman mapag-aaralan agad unless andyan na talaga yung baby).”Both she and Mommy Gracie of Tipid Mommy agree that research is a good way to overcome this. “It helps a lot to read online articles, learn from experienced moms and from mom friends, both online and offline,” shares Mommy Gracie.
Raising well-rounded kids
All moms want their children to grow up as model citizens. Mommy Donna of Everyday Adventures wants her son Jayden to learn the value of excellence. “I know that I myself am a hardworking person, so I want him to grow up the same way (Kasi ako, alam ko sa sarili ko na I’m a hardworking person, so gusto ko ganun din siya paglaki),” she emphasizes. She also wants him to learn how to treat people kindly and be gentle to all kinds of people.
The first day of school is not just nerve-wracking for the kids, but for the parents as well. For Mommy Gracie, the first time her son, Zee, entered school, she and her husband were worried about how he would do. But as she saw how much he flourished in his learning environment, she felt a little more at ease. As for Mommy Iris, whose daughter Sammy is three years old, she shares that finding the balance between learning and play is important. “At our house, when we play, there’s still learning. For example, colors, numbers, (Dito naman sa house ‘pag naglalaro kami, mayroon pa ‘ring halong learning. Kunware colors, numbers),” she recalls.
Interacting with other kids
As children grow older, the more they feel inclined to playing outside, exploring, and meeting other kids. Sometimes, these interactions affect the children’s character, which is why Mommy Adae of Adae to Remember worries that her daughter Abby will meet kids who could be a bad influence to her. She says that a way to overcome this is to talk to the kids and tell them right away that what they are saying or doing is wrong. This is a sentiment that Mommy Reylen from Made it Through Mum also resonates with, especially if she feels that her kids will imitate children who disrespect their parents. “But I’m not that scared,” she admits. “Here in our household, they know how to respect others (Pero hindi naman ako ganun katakot. Kasi dito sa bahay, alam naman nila. Sanay silang rumespeto sa iba).”
Like any mother, Mommy Mhaan of the blog Mommy Rockin’ in Style is always worried that her son, Cloud, is not getting the sufficient health resources he needs. When kids go out to play, the chances for exposure to various diseases increase. Mommy Mhaan is afraid that Cloud will get injured or contract diseases like dengue, flu, or head lice. “I’m doing my best, but sickness is inevitable,” she laments. She says that it is important to use the right products and take the right steps to easily reduce the health risks that the children are exposed to.
Head lice is one of the many unforeseen health risks that children can obtain. Licealiz Head Lice Treatment Shampoo is the perfect solution to eliminate both head lice and your worries. It is recommended to use Licealiz Head Lice Treatment Shampoo twice a week for two weeks for treatment of head lice.
Helping expectant moms give their child the best start in life. Wyeth PROMAMA® has brought to expectant mamas their most cherishable present in the form of Baby’s First Gift to You, at the Grand Baby Fair from January 25 to 27, at the Megatrade Hall of SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City.
Expectant moms who were present at the fair received a gift like no other—an experience that allows her to see a real-time first gift ever from her baby.
“Expectant moms would be surprised to know that the baby’s brain is up to 25 percent developed already, by 28 weeks. By using the Baby’s First Gift technology, moms will be amazed by their baby’s development while in the womb since they will see how their baby’s movement can create artworks, uniquely created just for them,” said Ms. Jong Icasiano, Wyeth Nutritionist.
To help give your child a strong start, you can start drinking Wyeth PROMAMA®, a low in fat delicious vanilla tasting nutritional milk drink designed to support pregnant women during pre-pregnancy, pregnancy, and lactation. It is scientifically formulated with the essential nutrients needed to help support the overall health of both mom and the baby’s physical and mental development in the womb. It contains 5 key brain nutrients such as Folic Acid, DHA, Choline, Iodine, and Iron and it is now with less calories and higher Oligofructose (vs. previous formulation) to help prevent constipation.
Preparing delicious desserts can be a daunting task especially if you’re a novice in the kitchen. No worries though, it’s now easier to whip up top class desserts with Maya – and without a stove or oven to boot!
From fluffy mug cakes and muffins, to fruity cold treats, make good use of these four quick recipes to put impressive desserts on the table for your whole family.
Join the Mango Graham craze with Maya Happy Mug Cake mix. Skip the long lines in different malls and create your own Mango Graham Mug Cake at home. Simply combine a pack of MAYA Happy Mug Caramel Mug Cake Mix with mango juice in a mug, put it in the microwave for one minute and 30 seconds, then top with chopped fresh mangoes, graham crackers, and whipped cream — and voila, your dessert is ready!
Enjoy your favorite sweet treats all in one serving. If you’re craving for chocolate and cheesecake, then this No Bake Chocolate Hotcake Cheesecake will surely hit the spot, and it’s so easy to make. Prepare cream cheese filling by beating cream cheese with sugar in a bowl. Place a cooked chocolate hotcake (made with MAYA Chocolate Hotcake Mix) in a pan and pour enough cream cheese filling on top. Repeat this step to make layers, ending with a hotcake as the topmost layer. Leave it in the fridge for a few hours to set and finish up by coating the entire cheesecake with dark chocolate ganache.
Beat the heat with this Homemade Bluebery Lime Ice Cream. If you don’t want to bring store-bought dessert to your next potluck party, but don’t have the confidence to try an elaborate recipe, just make Homemade Blueberry Lime Ice Cream. Beat heavy whipped cream until it peaks, and mix condensed milk, lime zest, and lime juice in a bowl. Blend the lime-milk mixture with the whipped cream, then add blueberry filling and lightly mix until it creates swirls. Freeze for at least 6 hours or overnight to give everyone a refreshing treat.
Peanut Butter and Jelly Muffins make snack time more exciting. Give muffins a twist with the classic combination of peanut butter and jelly. Mix Maya Oven Toaster Butter Cake Mix with peanut butter in a bowl and beat until soft. Add in eggs and milk, and blend until everything is well incorporated. Fold in half of your favorite strawberry jam in the mixture, pour in prepared muffin pans, and bake in the oven toaster or steamer. Top the muffins with rest of the jam and enjoy your dessert in 15 minutes or less!
For more information on this and on other course offerings, log on to www.themayakitchen.com, e-mail email@example.com, or visit The Maya Kitchen Culinary Center every Tuesday to Saturday at 8F Liberty Building, 835 A. Arnaiz Avenue (Pasay Road), Makati City. You may also call us 8921185 or 892-5011 local 108 or +63929 679 6102.
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Number 1 Barbecues is making sure that diners have not only good eats, but also great deals they can enjoy throughout 2019!
A cake to complete the celebration. Birthday parties won’t be complete with the cake, so celebrate your special day with family and friends at any Number 1 Barbecues branch to get a Free Mini Birthday Cake when you dine in with any rice meal from January 1 to December 31, 2019. Choose from a variety of barbecue meals and explore delightful flavors of different grilled specialties at very affordable prices. To avail the promo, celebrants must simply present a valid document or ID with a proof of their birthdate to the dining personnel.
Unlimited offers. One of the amazing privileges that you shouldn’t miss at Number 1 Barbecuesis the Free Unli Rice and Soup when you order and dine in with any rice meal. Make the most of this unlimited offer throughout the year at the SMMarikina branch and from January to March 31, 2019 at the SM North Edsa and SM East Ortigas branch.
Perfect Match. Find your favorite match when you dine in at Number 1 Barbecues from February 1 to March 31, 2019. Pair your favorite Lechon Belly orPork BBQ with either Lechon Sisig,Chopsueyor Palabok, and enjoy with Unli Rice and Unli Soup with Iced Tea. You can also opt for the Smoked Pulled US Pork Sandwich and Baked Macaroni or the Smoked US Beef Sandwich and Baked Macaroni combo with Free French Fries andIced Tea.
Whether it’s a special day or just a regular one, everybody deserves a delicious meal. With Number 1 Barbecues’ awesome promos, you can get satisfying dining experiences with family and friends all year-round.
For updates and promos, like and follow them on facebook.com/Number1Barbecues and Instagram @Number1Barbecues. For inquiries and reservations call Number 1 Barbecues SM East Ortigas at 632-1459 • 635-0570 / SM North EDSA at 936-8719 • 0917 5631177 / SM Marikina at 234-1630 • 0917 1733478.
Repertory Philippines is bringing back one of its most acclaimed original plays, Miong, to the stage. Opening REP’s 2019 season on February 15 at the Onstage Theater in Greenbelt 1, the production follows Emilio “Miong” Aguinaldo as he embarks on a mission to unite his people during a time of social division.
(From left) Lani Ligot as Kapitana Teneng, Elver Esquivel as Don CarlosAdd caption
Written and directed by REP Artistic Director and theater legend Joy Virata, Miong is a compelling drama that brings Philippine history to startling life. Featuring songs by Ian Monsod and additional lyrics by Freddie Santos, this showstopping musical is an ideal choice for anyone seeking world-class live entertainment.
Tim Pavino as Emilio “Miong” Aguinaldo
When Spanish colonizers assert their power over Filipinos by turning them against each other, a young Miong understands that the key to freedom lies in unity. Though he wants his countrymen to be liberated from oppression, he is a conflicted leader who is unsure of what course of action to take. Miong digs into this controversial figure’s motivations, giving audiences a fuller idea of his origins, traits, and psyche.
(From left) Cara Barredo as Yayang, Meynard Meynard Peñalosa as Father Blas, Tim Pavino as Miong
Sure to spark discussions left and right, Miong promises to deliver stellar production and powerhouse performances. Rising actor-musician Tim Pavino makes his debut in the titular role, alongside Noel Rayosas Berong, Cara Barredo as Yayang, Meynard Peñalosa as Father Blas, Elver Esquivel as Don Carlos, and Lani Ligot as Kapitana Teneng. Watch out for great choreography by Dexter Santos, and musical direction by Ejay Yatco.
An ambitious collaboration between fresh talents and respected stalwarts of the stage, Miong is sure to be an unforgettable theatrical experience, telling a story that maintains its relevance in the modern age.
Finale scene, “How Beautiful is Our Flag”
Miong runs from February 15 to March 10, with both evening shows and matinees. Kicking off REP’s 2019 season, it will usher in three more anticipated productions: witty comedy Father’s Day, poignant drama The Dresser, and colorful children’s musical The Quest for the Adarna, based on the beloved Ibong Adarna tale.
Purchase your Season Pass to all 2019 productions by calling REP at 451-1474, Ticketworld at 891-9999, or by logging on to www.ticketworld.com.ph.
For updates and show schedules, log on to www.repertoryphilippines.ph, or like and follow @repertoryphilippines on Facebook and Instagram.
IMAX at SM Cinema takes you to greater heights as it brings the immersive movie experience to the audience to witness the epic conclusion of one of the most beloved animated franchises, “How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World”.
Now the new chief of Berk, Hiccup has created a safe haven for humans and dragons alike. Meanwhile, his adorable dragon, Toothless, discovers that he is not the only one of his kind left in the world when he meets a lady Night Fury, and both are quickly enchanted with each other. But all this is put to a stop when an infamous dragon hunter threatens to destroy their home. Now Hiccup and Toothless must go on a journey to find the Hidden World in order to save their tribe and everything they treasure.
Produced by Dreamworks Animation and directed by Dean DeBlois, the film features the voices of Jay Baruchel as Hiccup, America Ferrera as Astrid, F. Murray Abraham as Grimmel, Cate Blanchett as Valka, and Gerard Butler as Stoick the Vast.
The adventure of Hiccup and Toothless becomes even bigger and better in SM Cinema’s IMAX theatres as How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is digitally remastered for The IMAX Experience® with proprietary IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-mastering) technology. With topnotch equipment and high-quality audio visuals, movie goers can feel like they are part of the dragon riding and fighting scenes.
Catch How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World starting February 20 at IMAX theatres, Director’s Club and SM Cinema branches nationwide.
Book your tickets through the website, www.smcinema.com or download the SM Cinema mobile app. You may also follow /SMCinema on Facebook and @SM_Cinema on Instagram for updates!
With our busy life in the city, a time of tranquility is sometimes what we need. My family was able to experience the beauty of nature during our stay at LifePlace Retreat and Event Center. We spent our night in the cold weather of Alfonso Cavite. And woke up with the sweet dew of the flowers around us.
LifePlace Retreat and Event Center is piece of heaven on earth. This place is definitely a breath of fresh air! They provide a relaxing environment committed to bring service in view of a quality life thru its events and activities.
I fell in love again and had a love at first at the Sanctuary. I should have seen this place before I got married. The interior design was so lovely. Perfect for solemn wedding ceremony as most bride would wish to have.
The Welcome Lounge
From the entrance you will see the beautiful lounge of LifePlace. It will welcome you with huge LOVE wooden signage. I Love it!
You can see from a distance the elevated Cabanas. It has attic over the ceiling with fan provided if in case you feel hot at day time. The rooms are surrounded with beautiful native capiz windows. They have comfortable beds, pillows and blankets as well. And happy me, the bathroom is separated from the toilet that comes with bidet. I am very particular when it comes to washroom area anywhere I visit.
If you will visit for a day tour, you can stay at the gazebos. It has nice tables and chairs where you can sit back and relax after the activities.
The ANG family had a great time at LifePlace. We love the cold breeze at night time. Our daughter reminded me of her wish to live in a calm place like this.
Our team, United Bloggers Philippines celebrated our 3rd Annual Thanksgiving party
February 12, 2019, Filipinas Heritage Library launched Pulitzer Prize finalist James M. Scott’s new book, Rampage, at Ayala Museum.
American General Douglas MacArthur, driven from the Philippines under the cover of darkness at the beginning of World War II, famously vowed to return. This is the story of his homecoming. The twenty-nine day battle to retake Manila in February 1945 resulted in the catastrophic destruction of the city.
Rampage: MacArthur, Yamashita, and the Battle of Manila reexamines the effects of World War II on the Pacific region. Based on testimonies, after-action reports, and survivor interviews, the book relives the terror and monstrosity of the war while teaching new generations about the month-long battle in February 1945 between the US and Japanese Imperial Armies that ravaged the Philippine capital and took the life of an estimated 100,000 civilians. In conjunction with the book launch is a series of talks and presentations by the author at the University of the Philippines Diliman, Ateneo de Manila University, Far Eastern University, University of Santo Tomas, and De La Salle University on the second week of February 2019.
A former Nieman Fellow at Harvard, Mr. Scott is the author of Target Tokyo, which was named one of the best books of the year by Kirkus, The Christian Science Monitor, and The Fort Worth Star-Telegram. His other works are The War Below and The Attack on the Liberty, winner of the Rear Admiral Samuel Eliot Morison Award. The book launch and tour are made possible by Mr. Roderick Hall, whose substantial collection of books and materials on World War II-Pacific Theater is currently housed at FHL. Rampage is just one of the growing number of scholarly work that was extensively based on the books, documents, and audio-visual materials that comprise the Roderick Hall Collection (www.rodhall.filipinaslibrary.org.ph), one of the biggest collections of its kind in Asia.
As the month of love approaches, the most difficult problem is thinking of what to get your special someone. Staple gifts such as flowers and chocolate boxes often run out of stock in a blink of the eye. However, when thinking of gifts, you do not need to limit yourself to these two. It is often genuine gifts that come straight from the heart that are most effective when expressing gratitude.
With this in mind, Goldilocks’ the country’s number one bakeshop is happy to announce their Valentine’s Day lineup. A collection filled with all kinds of treats catered specifically for the season of love.
Those looking to add a sweeter touch to their gift this year can avail of the Goldilocks’ Classic Chocolate Delight Cake, a deliciously crafted chocolate topped with a special Valentine’s Day message made especially for your special someone. This, along with delectable valentines themed lollipops, Valentines themed snack cakes, and Goldilocks’ staple Greeting Cakes can be the perfect add on to any Valentine’s Day Celebration.
Spread the love this Valentines and grab these and other treats at any Goldilocks Bakeshop, nationwide.
For more information, you may also follow Goldilocks on Twitter or Instagram at @GoldilocksPH, on the Goldilocks Facebook page, or at the official Goldilocks website at www.goldilocks.com.ph