Image Slider

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Remodeling Your Bathroom? Consider These Things Before You Do

A bathroom is one of the rooms in the house that can add significant value when remodeled. They are also one of the most used rooms as well, especially if you just have the one family bathroom and many people vying to use it first thing. So you can see why fitting a new bathroom can be high on the DIY home improvement to do list. However, it isn’t the easiest of things to do one your own. So I thought I would share with you some of the things to consider before taking on such a big job.


22342993741_c7745e7c0b_z.jpg

Leave the plumbing to the experts


First of all, when it comes to the plumbing side of things, it is always recommended to get some local Plumbers in to fit the essential pieces of kit. The last thing you want is a burst pipe or things being connected incorrectly. As much as it may look quite simple things can go disastrously wrong. Especially if there is water involved. So unless you know your stuff call in the experts to do the dirty work.


Make sure the bathroom suite fits


When shopping for your new bathrooms suite and fixtures, it can be easy to get carried away with roll top baths and big vanity units. But before signing on the dotted line and exchanging funds make sure what you want fits into the room. The last thing you want is for a new bathrooms suite, which isn’t exactly cheap, arriving and not fitting where you need it to go. It’s simple to take a few measurements before you head to the store and stick with what you know will work. If you are unsure many bathroom stores will send someone out to help design the perfect bathroom for you.


Loft_conversion.jpg


Consider something that will last a while


Sometimes it can be so easy to get wrapped up in the latest trend, but when it comes to a bathroom, the simplest designs are the ones that stand the test of time. As remodeling a bathroom can be quite expensive, you won’t want to have to repeat it in a few years because your bathroom suddenly looks dated. It’s best to stick with timeless clean and modern finishes. This advice would be good if you plan to sell your house in the future.


Utilize the space as best you can


Finally, the last thing to consider would be to utilize the space you have as best you can. If this is your main family bathroom, then a few people will need to make use of it. It might be worth considering a separate shower and bath if you have space, meaning that more than one person can use it at one time. It’s always good to have plenty of storage for towels, linen and wash products. These can all add up. This is where a design service could come in handy as they can recommend options you may not have been aware of. Or check out some ideas on websites like Pinterest, which are always jammed with home decor inspiration.

I hope this helps you have a smooth remodel of your bathroom.

xoxo,
Therese
Wednesday, May 25, 2016

DIY Wedding Ideas You Need To See

When it’s time to get hitched, there is so much planning and preparation in the run-up to the big day. A lot of couples struggle with the amount of money a wedding can cost. After all, soon as a supplier hears that it’s a wedding, they will up the price, so it’s out of your budget. Here are some DIY wedding ideas you need to see.

Make your own favours

One wedding idea you can DIY are favours for your guests. They can get very expensive if you have a lot of guests. Therefore, why not make them something they can keep. You could make jars filled with chocolates as a gift to take home with them. Or you could create homemade candle favours which they can display in their home. Baking guests something is also now a popular DIY favour idea. A biscuit or cookie could go down well. Or a homemade jam or honey will be a popular idea. It’s likely to go down better than an expensive item they may not ever use!


Create DIY invites

Wedding invitations can often break the bank if you are inviting quite a few guests. Therefore, to cut down costs, why don’t you make your own. You can get a DIY kit of personalised wedding invitations which you can assemble at home. It will cut out the cost of having someone make them for you. Or you could even create a design you love by hand. You can then scan it onto the computer and print off the invitations yourself. That way, they will look even more unique.


Make your own wedding flowers

Another DIY idea you could do is your wedding flowers. Buying wedding flowers can be expensive, so why not make your own. Why not pick out single flowers from stores and create your own bunch. As this article says, you could even use jewelry and feathers to make the bouquet unique. And as for bridesmaids, why not let them hold a single rose rather than an expensive bunch. You could even create small bouquets from fake flowers to cut back on some money.


Create decorations for the tables

Decorating the tables at a wedding can get quite expensive, So to cut back on costs, why not make your own decorations. Use old things lying around the house to make fun decorations for your tables. Use old glasses to display petals or even use tissue paper in them as centerpieces for the table. Why not use some of your old candles as decorations for the table. Put a ribbon around them with your color to make it more unique for your wedding. Here are some more fun ideas for centerpieces for your wedding tables.

Bake your own wedding cake

You can also bake your own wedding cake rather than pay out for someone else to do it. Make sure you try it several times as it might take a while to make the perfect cake. Or you could buy a plain cake from the supermarket and decorate it with ribbons in your chosen color. Use old jewelry to help it look fantastic and people will not realize you did it yourself!


Hopefully, these DIY tips can help save you some bucks for your big day!

xoxo,
Therese

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

5 Ways to Bond With Your Kids Before Summer Ends

Summer is about to close as the month of June drums nearer. We have had our little ones at home for almost two months, but have we really made most of our time with them? With the many things that we need to do at home and in the workplace, we often sacrifice time spent with our children. Now is the best opportunity to start creating wonderful memories that they can look back to once the school starts. Whether you want to make up for the days you were too busy or simply cap off the summer on a good note, there’s still activities available for you and your kids to enjoy. Break free from the usual trips to the mall and try these five activities instead.

Watch a theater show!

In a world of video streaming and smartphones, it is rare to see children not glued to their gadgets. Introduce them to other forms of entertainment like live theater. Just make sure that you choose a show that is child-friendly. Look for youthful and energetic productions that also teach golden values through the story. A good example of this is PETA’s Mga Kuwento Ni Lola Basyang! The play is like a fairytale book that has come to life as Lola Basyang shares stories of magical spells, kings and their kingdoms. Without a doubt, you’ll enjoy it too!



Join a workshop
Make your bonding activity an educational one too! There are plenty of workshops available these days but pick ones that you can do together as parent and child. This way, it’s not only you or your kid that gets to enjoy the activity. Rather, you get a chance to do it together. Afterwards, you can laugh at the little errors that you made, share the learning that you earned and even display your output at home!


Create and tell your own stories!

How about exploring the art of words with your little one? Filipinos naturally love storytelling. Our rich folklore is a testimony to that. There are also many ways that you can create and tell your own story. This is a chance to let loose and be kid yourself too as you and your child learn how to tell a story in the most animated way possible!



Give visual arts a try!

Simple drawing, coloring and crafts-making are always a big hit with children, but you can make the experience even better by making art together. Producing these little artworks will be a creative experience for the both of you. Watch your kid’s eyes light up as you take this artsy journey as a pair. It will surely be an experience neither of you will forget.


Compose a song together

Of course, a Pinoy family bonding option that never fails is music. Make your bonding experience emotionally enriching by asking your child what he wants to sing about, and composing a song together! You don’t even have to be musically inclined to try it out. Bring out your old guitar or even just a pen and some paper. The song may not be perfect but your little one will definitely associate it to the fun you had while writing it.


Fortunately, parents don’t have to look far for activities like these. PETA has organized a weekend of bonding activities that the whole family can enjoy together! Mommies and daddies can take their kids to the PETA Theater Center to watch a show of Lola Basyang and attend a workshop of their choice. The workshop can be on Storytelling, Puppetry and Visual Arts, and Music and Rhythm.


Cap off summer with a fun and learning experience for both parent and child. Join us at the PETA Theater Center and enjoy a fun-filled afternoon with your kids. Family passes are available for the Mga Kuwento Ni Lola Basyang play and your workshop of choice. Book your tickets through Ticketworld (http://bit.ly/24tIu7w). You can also call (725) 6244 local 22-23 or (0916) 4868696 for reservations. ‪#‎FamilyDayWithLolaBasyang #PETAFamilyDay

PR


Monday, May 23, 2016

How to Make More Money in your Yard Sale

Do you have unwanted things in your home? Getting tired with all the clutter and junk lying around and sucking up storage space? Why not have a yard sale? Yard sales are not a thing of the past it has been around for a very long time. Its a nice way to free up storage space and de-clutter and the best thing about it YOU CAN MAKE MONEY!

I, being a fan of flea markets and goodwill stores, yard sales are right up my alley. There is a saying that "Someone's trash is someone else treasure" well for me its more of practicality. Why spend hundreds of dollars for a pair of pants when you can get it for ten dollars or less at a yard sale.

Hosting your own yard sale takes quite a bit of work and time. I came across a book "The Ultimate Guide to Hosting a Yard Sale" and I can say that its very in depth and filled with tips and tricks on how to make your yard sale a success! I will share with you guys some valuable info that you can use in organizing your own.


Here are just some useful tips that I learned from this book.

1. Selecting a date is crucial for a successful sale! I never know that you actually have to pick a date carefully and need to avoid specific dates.

2. Preparing your items adds value. You can sell your items faster and at a higher cost when it's clean, dust free and presentable. More money in your pocket!

3. Learn the art of negotiating and pricing. Hagglers are everywhere and that means that if you want to make a sale you need to know your price point and also how to close the sale by negotiating.

4. Displaying your items well drives more sales! Do you want to buy something but you have to scour through piles of unorganized things? The answer is NO. So when you want to sell something it should be readily accessible for the buyers to have a feel of it.

5. Promotions attracts customers. Living in the digital age you can advertise for free! You can also even have a sneak peek of what is on your yard sale by posting great images and even have an online bidding for the best items!

The list will be endless if I put it all here! I suggest you get a copy of The Ultimate Guide to Hosting a Yard Sale it will be very beneficial to your yard sale planning!

FREE AMAZON DOWNLOAD HERE


Also this book is just 99 Cents and it's definitely your money's worth! And this week they are also having a limited time promotion, you can get the book for FREE from May 23-27!

Don't miss out on this opportunity to have this book and make your next yard sale a success!

Check out YardSales.net to check out any local sales happening in your locality.
Also visit YardSales.net on Facebook.

I hope you guys enjoy this post and don't forget to download the e-book IT'S FREE!

xoxo,
Therese

images from yardsales.net
Sunday, May 22, 2016

Why We Love Planet Grapes

Planet Grapes is one of the restos that me and my husband love to dine in whenever we have the time in the Philippines. Being a meat lover this place just really hits the spot for both of us. They have great food and very nice ambiance in their locations (we already visited Ortigas and also Cebu)

We are so happy that they opened a branch in Ayala Terraces Cebu since we are frequent visitors of the mall whenever we are down south.

Here are the things that we already tried.

1. The Chorizo Burger! Well I must say that we always order this. Its a staple with the visits we had in the past and i cant wait to come back! My husband is an american and he knows what a burger should be. We tried this and to our amazement it was so juicy and tasty. The patty is not dry or tough. It was perfectly cooked. The buns are soft and it was not overly seasoned. You can really taste it being CHORIZO!  The egg is how it should be and it complements the patty really well. The only thing that he doest want is the fries (i like it, he doesnt) he prefers fast food fries more.

RATING: 10/10
Price: 295 Php - We always split because its a big and juicy burger



Yes, that's how juicy and delicious this thing looks!


2.  Grilled Mushroom and Chorizo Alfredo - I love pasta and I must say that i actually love this thing! They are not stingy with the chorizo slices and its very tasty. 

Rating: 8.5/10
Price: 345 Php (good for 2)


3. Grilled Pork Chop - Big Chunk of Pork! Its not tough and its cooked well. We selected the mash potato to go with it. Its good? Yes Its not like gonna take you over the moon buts its really good, tender and juicy.

Rating: 8/10
Price: 380 Php (good for 2)



4.  Choco Collision - This is a chocolate lovers dream! Its like a lava cake but way better! Its sweet and chocolaty. We finished this thing so fast that taking a photo is not even an option. Its one of their best desserts in the menu. 

Rating 10/10
Price: 225 Php


5. Turon Trilogy- This is a personal favorite of mine since I'm not really a super chocolate person. Turon is basically banana wrapped in a big dumpling wrapper and deep fried. This one is way up there and it's so good! It has sweetened jack fruit , a sweet banana and creamy taro (ube) sauce. My husband also love this! Its definitely a must try! The best turon i had in my life.

Rating: 10/10
Price: 165 Php


They actually have quite a lot of options from breakfast, lunch and dinner options. They also have wine pairing suggestions and me and my husband will try that for our next visit. Also the staff are nice and attentive. The place is very clean. Im still not a fan of the high chair and we always seat at the booths. 

This is a must visit restaurant that i will definitely recommend over and over again. The cost that you are paying for is very reasonable for the quality of the food and service you will get. THE FOOD IS CONSISTENT. It always taste the same whenever we order it.

I just want to clarify that this is not a sponsored post in anyway,. We have been visiting the resto quite a few times whenever we are in the Philippines :) and WE LOVE IT!



Planet grapes have quite a lot of locations 4 in Manila and 2 in Cebu 

CEBU:

Ayala Center Cebu, Cebu Business Park
Fourth Floor, The Terraces, Ayala Center Cebu

SM Seaside City Cebu, SRP, Cebu (OPENING SOON)
Sky Park, Third Floor, SM Seaside City Cebu, SRP (South Road Properties)

MANILA:

Shangri-La Plaza Ortigas : Ground Floor, North Wing, Shangri-La Plaza, Ortigas, Mandaluyong City

Bonifacio Global City : Ground Level, High Street Park, Shangri-La at the Fort, 30th Street Corner 5th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City

McKinley Hill › Tuscany, Upper Mckinley Road, McKinley Hill, Taguig City

Filinvest City › River Park, Festival Mall, Filinvest City, Muntinlupa City

Email: info@planetgrapes.com.ph

Check out their social media:

Thats it for this post. I hope you guys enjoy it. I love this place and i hope you guys give them a try its super worth your time :)

xoxo,
Therese

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Dairy Fairy the Chinese Dairy Queen

I just want to share with you guys my recent discovery. Since we moved here in China I have to admit im missing western fast food! Everything taste different and im still getting the hang of it.

One day me and my husband are walking around inside a mall and we found DAIRY FAIRY yes! Dairy Fairy is a Chinese take on the well known brand Dairy Queen.


So to our surprise it was actually good! I mean its kind of a knock-off but hey! Its legit!


Its funny that they really tried so hard to copy the brand! The taste is okay DQ is much better
We ordered the SNOW STORM because Blizzard is just too mainstream



So this is their menu. I dont understand any of it because we just survived pointing at things all the time.  By the way we had Blueberry, Strawberry and Tiramisu.


They even give us a loyalty card that when you spend 20 Rmb or $3 you will get one stamp and you can have free products soft serve, ice storm, and waffle sundae.

The craziest thing about it is that there is Dairy Queen on the 3rd level of the same mall!
The reason why we keep coming back here is that there are no lines and we have a place to sit on. The staff are nice and without the crowds we can enjoy our time eating ice cream without everyone staring at my husband. 

Location : Basement level (near Bravo supermarket) Wanda Plaza, Pingmin Rd, Xinghualing, Taiyuan, Shanxi, China

Thats it for this post! If i have the menu translated i will update it here :) Thanks for dropping by and see you next time.

xoxo,
Therese

Lotus Thai Restaurant

Hello we just recently visited Lotus Thai Restaurant in Wanda Plaza. And this is just a quick review and some images about our visit.



Lets go straight to the point:

They have good food considering we are in China
Their service is nice and the booths are comfortable
They serve hot lemon water (common everywhere)
Customer service is nice and they are very attentive.
The menu has an english translation.
They have a very large menu.
They have UNLIMITED RICE
The food was served fast and it was HOT!
Conveniently located since since its inside the mall.

The food we ordered:



Tom Yum Sour Seafood Soup
A lot of clams and shrimp in the soup. Its not overly sour as well.
VERY TASTY!
Serving is good for 3-4 people



Two types of curry (cant remember the individual names)
The meat is very tender for both curry dishes. 
Its also not overly spicy 
good for 2-3 people per dish

Total cost: 221 Rmb roughly around $35 including 3 unlimited rice servings. 

Will we come back to this restaurant? YES

Restaurant Exterior: 


Location : 3rd floor near escalator from entrance 1. its right above watsons.
                 Pingmin Rd, Xinghualing, Taiyuan, Shanxi, China

Reservations? No need for reservations.

Thats it for this post! I hope you guys find this helpful! Have a great day.

xoxo,
Therese