September 1, 2015

Back to School Lunch Idea: Egg and Cheese Bagel Sandwich

Cheese and Egg Bagel Sandwich / Photo +Maricris G 

Back to School is in full swing and keeping up with your kid's daily lunchbox demands require nothing more but an uncomplicated culinary creativity. It really doesn't need to be complex. In this recipe, I took inspiration from my favorite bagel sandwich at Bruegger's. One that my daughter also love. It's easy and quick to make which was more reason to include it in her perfect lunch options that I rotate each week.

August 31, 2015

Water You Doing 2016 Promises Exciting Transformations To Carowinds

Photo +Maricris G 

Thursday, I was one of those privileged to witness the meaning behind the hashtag #wateryoudoing2016 where Carowinds made a HUGE revelation showcasing the incredible changes coming to their theme park. Additions and expansions that made me giddy with excitement, as were most of those that were in attendance. And there's a good reason why, which you will agree with as soon as you see the line-up in the works.

August 30, 2015

Carowinds Big SEAcret is Out and Here's An Inside Look! (Video)

Yes! The big SEAcret is out and we're giving you an exclusive sneak peek inside Carowinds exciting additions to the park! Revealed on Thursday during their media event attended by yours truly, VIP's, News, Media and loyal fans, the changes coming to the theme park in 2016 will surely make the theme park your family's top destination next Summer. Take a look!

The transformation of Carowinds began in 2015 with the addition of Fury 325.

August 22, 2015

Generation Good: Saving Money and Energy by Being Smart about My Laundry

New Seventh Generation Energy Smart Laundry detergent / Photo +Maricris G 

Before I start "airing my dirty laundry" ( as in real dirty laundry ) on this laundry-inspired topic, and before you go saying, "oh it's just another totally fake, hyped-up review from another sell-out blogger/reviewer", I'll tell you now that I'm a believer of Seventh Generation for years and have been, and is, a regular consumer of their products. This is the reason I had no qualms accepting their offer, pronto, to test and review their new Energy Smart Liquid Laundry Detergent before it comes out in the market. And because why not -  it's new and I love the brand, so let me test it. Sounds totally fair, right?

Anyway, I'm not here to convince you - obviously, you're old enough to make your own decisions - but as you can tell, I'm here to share my personal experience of the said product. So, enough of the chatter already. Here's my take on the detergent.

August 19, 2015

Tech Talk: Get Powered Up And Stay Charged With a Powerful Travel Charger! (Back to School Giveaway)

For some parents and their children, back-to-school can be a source of anxiety. You may call it separation anxiety but I prefer to call it "safety and adaptability concerns issue". This is why there's an urgent need to arm our young smartphone-ready kids with smartphones and any communication devices as they head back to school to make sure they're always "within" reach when needed. But, there's more to just having a smartphone. Ensuring that your child's smartphone stay charged and powered up is another story.

Smartphones battery life are proven to drain pretty quick. It is crucial to partner with a good power charger that's reliable and powerful to recharge their gadgets whenever and wherever, so that your child can always make that important call to you when the need arises!

August 17, 2015

A Smart Shopper's Back-To-School Last-Minute Shopping Survival Guide

For most schools, the new school year is already back in session. In my city, school starts in two weeks. My child did not want to be reminded, as do I - tough! -  but the "cycle of life" will heave forward like a wrecking ball whose only main goal is to destroy every attempt we do to ignore and deny it. We'll just sing Hakuna Matata! Maybe that will ease the "pain" as we embrace the reality of the impending arrival of the new school year and the challenge of surviving mass stampede inside the stores from frantic parents doing last-minute BTS shopping!

But you don't need to be included in the casualty list. Here's my trustworthy survival guide to make sure you don't end up the object of a shopping roadkill.

August 16, 2015

What Legacy Will I Leave my Child? #ShareYourLegacy with Disney and h20+ and Win!

Love this girl to the moon and back! / Photo +Maricris G 

I was watching my daughter walk ahead of me the other day when a sudden truth hit me. It was like being sucker punched in the tummy. Ouch! Reality sure hurts. There was no denying it - "My baby is growing up way too fast!". Then it so happened that my all-time favorite brand Disney asked me if I wanted to participate in a campaign to share "MY" legacy - my answer was a resounding YES! of course.

Because, hey it's Disney, and I also have my own story to tell and a legacy that I hope to instill in my daughter, and what the heck, possibly my future grandchildren as well. A legacy that I hope they'll always remember me for.

August 15, 2015

Photography: Wishing Upon A Perseid Meteor

Stars glowing in different colors / Photo +Maricris G 

"The Perseid meteor shower is one of the testament of how amazing the sky can be. To experience its beauty, all you need to do is look up."

I've never witnessed any type of meteor shower before. I wasn't even sure I would see one. But pure luck would have it, this night was my lucky night. The Perseid meteor shower is one of the testament of how amazing the sky can be. To experience it, all you need to do is look up.

Photography: Howling at the Blue Moon That was Never Blue

The once-in-a-Blue-Moon Moon 2015 / Photo +Maricris G 

This year was the year for the "once-in-a-blue-moon" moon to yet again make its rare appearance. Everyone who saw it will agree that it was spectacular seeing how big and bright it was. But, of course contrary to popular belief, it wasn't blue! Instead, it was bright yellow as it should be! It was also pretty close to the horizon, it almost seem like anyone can reach it.

August 12, 2015

DIY: How to Give An Old Square Storage Trunk Box A Modern Look

The redesigned Square Trunk Box / Photo: +Maricris G 

You know when you decide to spawn your own minions, aka have a child, you'd end up with bunch of schtuffs you have no clue what to do with after they are older. This woman here? Guilty! I've made Goodwill a very happy recipient though so, that's a win there. Now while I got rid of A LOT,  I saved some that I can repurpose for home decor at our new and bigger house. No joke, there was more space to decorate and heck, I wasn't ready to break my already broken bank by buying additional home decor to pretty up the new house. Me haz creative talent, so me haz to utilize it!

In the creative table was this old, stained square trunk box that used to house more toys that my daughter can keep up with, which I transformed into an adorable, contemporary storage box that now holds a permanent spot next to my coat tree. Go see.