5 Tips for Renovating Your Bathroom

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Are you tired of your dull, dreary bathroom? Do you dream of transforming the space into something more functional or with more flair? If you're ready to remodel your bathroom, here are just five tips for getting the job done.


1. Work Around the Plumbing

The pipes beneath your bathroom are a labyrinth that leads directly into your sewage system. If you try to, say, switch your shower to the other side of the room, it will take many hours and thousands of dollars to re-work the entire maze. To save time, money and effort, leave your plumbing alone when completing a bathroom remodel.


2. Watch Out for Mold

In some states, the discovery of mold in your bathroom can bring your entire renovation project to a halt. This is because contractors legally aren't allowed to work in unsafe or unsanitary conditions. Make sure you don't have any of the green stuff lurking around your tub before you call in the professionals and waste your time.


3. Hire the Right People

Speaking of contractors, it's incredibly important to vet them before allowing them access to your home. Are they licensed by the state? Have they been in business for more than a few months? Do they have good reviews and positive testimonials from past clients? If you're unsatisfied with any of these answers, they may not be the contractors for you. You should be 100 confident in their integrity.


4. Draft a Flexible Budget

Every renovation needs a budget, but you should understand in advance that you probably won't be able to stick to it. There are millions of tiny expenses that you'll only discover during the actual act of remodeling, and costs can quickly balloon hundreds or even thousands of dollars more than you anticipated. When creating your budget, expect the unexpected.


5. Keep Functionality in Mind

Those bamboo floors may look nice, but will they really work in a bathroom? That skylight might be a bargain, but don't you think it'll feel weird to stand under it when you're in the shower? Never forget that you're remodeling a bathroom and not a living room. Some things only work in certain areas of your home.


These are just a few things to consider as you remodel your bathroom. Contact professional renovation companies to learn more, or find info now by clicking here.

GV Michel Premium Oatmeal of Australia: Sharing The Oat Cooking Demonstration Recipes

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Today, I was able to attend a cooking demonstration by Chef Lawrence Zafra where he used a very healthy ingredient - GV MIchel Premium Oatmeal of Australia in various ways.

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I recall when we were little, we used to enjoy sugary breakfast cereals. My personally favorite was the Lucky Charms and Rice Krispies. Later on, as we grew Older, we noticed our bodies are having slower metabolic mechanism. Thus, we looked for a better alternative - oatmeal.  We have different variants of oatmeal at home to adopt to our schedules.  Every Sundays, one of us would cook the ordinary oatmeal for breakfast all of us in just one batch.  As Sundays are a school and non-work day, all of us are usually in the house in the morning and we have breakfast together as a family bonding time. For our usual business days, we would just use the instant ones so we could just add hot water and we already have a heavy, hearty and healthy breakfast.

Since my mom has been suffering from hypertension (a disease that has plagued our family for generations), we're having oatmeal for breakfast more and more. So, I could really relate with Chef Lawrence Zafra when he shared that he was a survivor of heart attack.  Because of that horrible experience, he has made oatmeal his regumentary breakfast ever since. 

Oatmeal Caldo Recipe (Using GV Michel Premium Rolled Oats) 
When Chef Zafra demonstrated using MV Michel's Premium Rolled Oats to make the Oats Caldo, I was really enlightened.  I was happy with my oats, milk and honey combo. But, having more options is better.  Basically, it's almost the same recipe as Arroz Caldo but you substitute it with oats.  The texture is almost the same.  The only differences are: (1) oatmeal absorbs more salt so try to bare little less saltiness for healthsake (2) oatmeal cooks faster than rice (3) oatmeal is lower in glycemic index.

Oatmeal Caldo Ingredients:
  • Olive oil – 3 tbsp
  • Garlic, minced – 1 tbsp
  • Onion, minced – ½  tbsp
  • Ginger, minced – ½  tbsp
  • Roast chicken, shredded – 2 cups
  • Water – 6 cups
  • GV Michel Premium Rolled Oats – 2 cups
  • Fish sauce – 2 tbsp
  • Salt & pepper – to taste
Oatmeal Caldo Condiments:
  • Spring onion, chopped
  • Crushed chicharon
  • Calamansi
  • Hard Boiled Egg
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Oats Caldo
Step 1: Heat pan. Add olive oil. Saute garlic onion and ginger. Add shredded roast chicken. 

Step 2: Boil premium rolled oats (1:1) and simmer for 5-minutes of until desires consistency.
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Step 3: Season with fish sauce, salt and pepper. (subject to your taste)
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Step 3: Once it's fully cooked (looks like cooked rice arroz caldo), place in a bowl and add condiments of your choice.  Serve with calamansi on the side.  
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Ham and Cheese Oat Fritters Recipe
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Ham and Cheese Fritters
For something enjoyable that kids could eat, you can use GV Michel's Premium Instant Oatmeal to make Ham and Cheese Fritters.  According to Chef Zafra this is perfect for baon since it stays crispy for a long time.  And, t is convenient because you can premake it and freeze and then cook just cook it at a later time.  

Ham and Cheese Filler Recipe (Using GV Michel Premium Instant Oats) 
Honestly, I found the stuffing of the fritters a bit bland for my keen taste buds so I suggest that this should come with an interesting dip like ketchup, thousand island (ketchup and mayo), aoilo or sweet and sour.

Step 1: Step the instant oatmeal in hot water (1:1) for 3 minutes.

Step 2: Mix it well with ham and cheese cubes.

Ham and Cheese Oatmeal Fritter Breading Recipe (Using GV Michel Premium Rolled Oats) 
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Ham and Cheese Oatmeal Fritter Ingredients:
  • GV Michel Oats – 2 cups 
  • Hot water – 1 ½ cups
  • Cheddar cheese, grated – ½ cup
  • Sweet ham, chopped – ½ cup
  • Salt & pepper – to taste
  • Egg – 2 pcs
  • Flour – ½ cup
  • GV Michel Premium Rolled Oats – ½ cup 
  • Oil for deep frying
Step 1:  Soak GV Michel Premium Instant Oats in Water.  Set aside for a few minutes.  

Step 2: Add cheddar cheese and ham in the pre-soaked oats, season with salt and pepper.

Step 3:  Shape into logs or balls. 


Step 4: Apply the breading technique (FEB: Flour, Egg and Breading - in this case oats).  Coat each with flour,  egg, and oats. Chill for a few minutes.
*Chef Zafra advises to use oatmeal as breading in any dish for better texture and healthier too.

Step 5: Heat oil in frying pan. Fry prepared ham and cheese oatmeal logs until golden brown.

3 Mushroom and Oatmeal Risotto Recipe ( (Using GV Michel Premium Rolled Oats) 
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Mushroom Oat Risotto
Paella rice or the short-grained rice is quite expensive so oatmeal is a cheaper and healthier option.

3 Mushroom and Oatmeal Risotto Ingredients (Using GV Michel Premium Rolled Oats) 
  • Butter – 2 tbsp
  • Onion, minced – 2 tbsp
  • Button mushroom, chopped – ¼ cup
  • Fresh shiitake, chopped – ¼ cup
  • Oyster mushrooms, chopped -  ¼ cup
  • White wine – 1 tbsp
  • Cream – 3 tbsp
  • Salt & pepper – to taste
  • GV Michel rolled oats – 2 cup
  • Hot water – 1 ½ cup
  • Parsley, chopped for garnish

Step 1: Heat pan.  Put 1/4 cup of the creamiest butter you can find and saute the mushrooms (button mushroom, shitake and oyster mushroom) and onions. Never let it brown.
NOTE: When you're using fresh mushrooms never wash it, just brush of grass or soil because mushrooms absorbs water.

Step 3: Add white wine.
NOTE: When you're using cream-based always use white wine. Any pasta dish needs wine for a deeper flavor.)

Step 4: Add all-purpose cream.

Step 5: Season with salt and pepper.

Step 6: Add the GV Michel Premium Rolled Oats
 
Step 7: Wait till the Rissotto looks creamy but a little runny.

Step 8: Garnish with parsley (and with parmesan cheese - optional)
NOTE: better if Italian Parsley - not curly in appearance because its tastier

Step 9: Drizzle with olive oil.
NOTE: Chef  Zafra advises to use olive oil only for drizzling after-cooking and for salad. It's not advisable for frying.

Healthy and Hearty Oatmeal Cookies (Using GV Michel Premium Rolled Oats) 
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Healthy and Hearty Oatmeal Cookie
Healthy and Hearty Oatmeal Cookies Ingredients
  • GV Michel Premium Rolled Oat - 3 cups
  • Butter, softened - 1 cup  
  • Baking soda - 1/2 teaspoon 
  • Honey - 2 tbsp.
  • Choice of Mixed Nuts and Craisins - 1 cup
healthy and hearty oatmeal cookie
Step 1: Boil the baking soda and water.


Step 2: Cook the butter and honey together for 2-3 minutes.  
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 Step 3: Add the boiled baking soda water to the butter and honey.

healthy and hearty oatmeal cookie
 Step 4: In one mixing bowl, mix the mixture and the toppings of your choices (i.e. mixed nuts and craisins)  
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Step 5: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). 

Step 6: Grease cookie sheets. 

Step 7: Scoop into a cookie sheet with 1 inch interval and flatten.
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Step 8: Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in preheated oven.  Cool for 5 minutes.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Balls Recipe ( (Using GV Michel Premium Rolled Oats) 


Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Balls Ingredients:
  • GV Michel Premium Rolled Oat - ½ cup
  • Peanut butter - ¼ cup
  • Chocolate chip - 1 ½ scoops
  • Fresh milk - 1-2 tbsp. 
Step 1: In a pan under very low heat let the chocolate chips melt.  

Step 2: Add peanut butter, fresh milk and GV Michel Premium Rolled Oat.
 
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Step 3: Let it cool enough for you to hold.

Step 4:  Shape into balls.
choco peanut butter oatmeal balls

Step 4: Refrigerate.

GV Michel Premium Oatmeal of Australia 
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Chef Lawrence Zafra is the President of a new culinary school Atlas Culinary Institute located in Dasmarinas City of Cavite.  He is also one of the culinary instructors there. 

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GV Michel Oatmeal of Australia is a premium Australian brand. It is distributed by Dong-A Pharma Phils. Inc. (DPPI). It comes into 4 variants: GV Michel Premium Rolled Oats, GV Michel Organic Instant Oats, GV Michel Quick Cooking Oats and GV Michel Instant Oats. They also have the Single Serve Instant and Single Serve Chocolate. All of this are now available in leading supermarkets and groceries nationwide. I'm very happy that they have organic selections. I patronize organic products so I will definitely try them. Mr. Say (CEO of DPPI) advises us to compare nutritional facts of products before we buy and I totally agree.

Posh Nails 13th Birthday Sparty with DETOX Mani+Pedi

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School is about to start so before it does, I took my last chance to pamper at Posh Nails Tomas Morato.   This is my first time with this branch although I've tried Posh Nails before.

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Posh Nails Tomas Morato can handle roughly 20 persons at a time.

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The big spacious area is just appropriate for Posh Nails 13th birthday Sparty.  For its 13th birthday, Posh Nails introduces the DETOX Mani+Pedi (525 php).

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LJ Reyes
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Liz Uy
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Bea Santiago
The beautiful LJ Reyes, Liz Uy and Bea Santiago dropped by to avail of Posh Nails DETOX Mani+Pedi Services.

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I availed of the Posh Nails DETOX Mani+Pedi Services myself. 

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It uses all Cuccio products, a brand trusted by many.

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The DETOX Mani starts with the Manicure Cuticle Soak with Aronia berry and Tea Tree.  It has  antioxidants and natural antiseptic qualities.   Then, it continues with the Manicure Milk and Honey Butter Wash with jojoba seeds which exfoliates the skin.  The Massage Lotion with Seabuckthorn and White Tea for hydrates the skin for a wholesome detox.

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After the detox, usual procedure follows.

posh nails tomas moratoThere were many brands and colors of nail polish to choose from, I chose the Elisse brand and color suggested by my therapist.

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I'm very happy with the service.  You can see the result.

 My friends Sumi (of purpledoll.net) and Berylle (itsberyllicious.com)enjoyed themselves too.
 
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Posh Nails will make you feel pretty just like my friend Aylin (thedailyposh.net).

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MySlim Yerba Mate Drink and Capsule

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        As the world is progressing, we all have grown accustomed to the better (if not, the best) things in life.   We've developed a meticulous and keen sense in the detail of everything.  And, at the same time, we want to achieve things in an easier way.

      At school, no one is taking notes by handwriting anymore.  Everyone is applying easier and more efficient means such as:
1. Typing in their laptops
2.  Taking a snapshot of the whiteboard
3. Recording in audio the entire class session.

     When I started blogging, the family used to hate it because I take so long in taking photos.  Thus, it wasn't long before they gifted me a camera that was smarter than me.  And, my followers are also happy with my photos.

    So notes have to be perfect, photos have to be perfect...  Of course, we ourselves have to be perfect too.  Surely, you don't want to see others making you jealous as they share their beautiful faces and slim bodies in the social media right? 

      There are many ways to be beautiful and slim.  The time tested and traditional way is to eat healthy and exercise.  Or, you can take supplements that's proven safe and efficient like MySlimMySlim comes in drink and capsule form.  The drink is so easy to consume.  You can bring the bottle (89 php) anywhere and drinking for it like I do.  Or, there also a sachet form (276 php/1 box) which is cheaper and more compact.  Drink 2 bottles or sachets per week ( maximum every other day or 4 bottles/sachets per week ).


MySlim Yerba Mate Drink taste just like Strawberry juice.  It contains the following ingredients:
  •  Palatinose/Isomalt – a natural sweetener
  • Sorbitol – a sugar alcohol with a sweet taste that doesn't cause blood sugar to spike
  • Carnipure ( Purest L-Carnitine ) – an amino acid that delays exhaustion so you're more energized to burn more fat
  • Ascorbic Acid or Vitamin C - for stronger immune system
  • Sodium Benzoate – decreases cholesterol
  • Citric Acid – prevents kidney stones and is usually a supplement of Ascorbic Acid
  • Finomate/EFLA920 ( Yerba Mate Extract ) - key ingredient
Yerba Mate is the key ingredient of this drink.   Yerba Mate is the national drink of Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, and Southern Brazil.  It contains Vitamins: A, C, E, B1, B2, Niacin (B3), B5, B Complex and Minerals: Calcium, Manganese, Iron, Selenium, Potassium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Zinc and more such as: Carotene, Fatty Acids, Chlorophyll, Flavonols, Polyphenols, Inositol, Trace Minerals, Antioxidants, Tannins and Pantothenic Acid.

According to my Canadian friend, it is commonly served in coffee shops and tea shops in Canada.  It's a great healthy caffeine replacement with better results since you won't feel the sudden energy drop like with coffee.

Yerba Mate reduces absorption of dietary fats.  Drinking it will make you frequent the toilet.  The frequency still depends on your metabolism.  Some say it's like diarrhea without the pain but it wasn't like that for me.  It was just easier digestion for me.  And, the weight loss result with also vary depending on your body type and diet. MySlim is used by celebrities like Jennylyn Mercado and Claudine Barretto.  Cool right?  Who wouldn't want to be as sexy as Jennylyn Mercado?


You can pair the MySlim Yerba Mate Drink with the MySlim Slimming Capsules (540 php/bottle of 30 capsules) that is suggested to be taken 2-4 times a day after meal for better results.  Try it out and see the difference for yourself.  Be one of the many who have shared their before and after pics proud of their achievements.  Check  You can check the testimonials of the users in their Facebook page here.


To know more about MySlim, visit vidanutriscience.com. You can also follow them on Instagram at @myslimdetoxMySlim is BFAD/FDA approved and is available in Mercury Drugstores,Watsons , SouthStar Drugstores, 7 eleven, Robinsons Supermarket,Rose Pharmacy, Landmark Supermarkets, Crossing supermarket, LCC Malls and Ansons Supermarket,

Nips Chocolate Bar: Jack n Jill's New Crunchy Rainbow-Filled Chocolate Bars

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Nips has been the rainbow of our lives for generations.  It has been coloring our days with its delightful sweet and crunchy candy shell and its smooth and sweet chocolate milk feeling. 

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 And, now the classic Nips has a better offering with the new Jack n Jill Nips Chocolate Bar.



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Nips Dark Chocolate Bar in 42g
The Nips Chocolate Bar comes in three variants (Milk Chocolate, White Chocolate and Dark Chocolate) and in two sizes (14g and 42g)Now, we can enjoy a richer and creamier chocolate bar filled with the crunchy coated Nips that we've loved.  

The  Nips Chocolate Bar are available in leading supermarkets, groceries and conveniece stores nationwide.

Marriott Grand Ballroom Launch: Space Themed Out of This World Party

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A few weeks ago, I was invited to the grand launch party of Marriott Grand Ballroom. There's a free shuttle ride from Resort World which my companions and found to be cool and convenient.


While waiting, there was a mini cocktail party outside.  And then, it was announced that the entrance has opened.  The hallway was dark with only laser light beams serving as our guide.  I followed the excited crowd.

Someone even stepped on my poor sandals and it broke. :(  But, it didn't bother me as I was very intrigued. There was a cosmic intro which made us feel that we were really out of this world.
 
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And, then we continued to the grand launch party.

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Fresh seafood were bountiful.  The bar is overflowing so everyone drunk to their hearts content.

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This is the biggest chocolate cake I've ever seen.

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As you can see servings weres more than adequate.

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And, there's the cold cuts and pastry station and peking duck station as well.

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 The shows were so amazing that gasps and awes filled the atmosphere.


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A toast for the opening was led by Marriott's Executives and the night went on.