Things Your Construction Contractor Won’t Tell You

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Renovating your home is an exciting experience, but it can be soured by construction contractors or builders if they aren’t as honest and upfront as you would like. Most homeowners have had bad experiences with builders at least once, whether they’ve presented you with a much higher bill or carried out shoddy work on your property. We had a bad experience with contractors when the husband ask him more details of the material’s prices. It way too different from the actual price in the stores. It can make you feel foolish for not choosing your contractor more wisely, but the thing is, there are some things that builders simply won’t tell you, which makes it difficult to choose wisely.

Here are some of the most common things builders will neglect to mention when you’re in the process of hiring them:

Their Low Bid Probably Isn’t Accurate

As a homeowner, you probably get a number of quotes before hiring a builder, which is the sensible thing to do. What isn’t sensible, however, is to choose the builder who’s offering you a significantly lower price than the others. That’s because he has probably underestimated his bid purposely in order to get the work, and once you’ve hired hi the price will keep rising. This is particularly problematic if you plan to get the money for the renovations from a homeowner loans company, or if you’re on a very tight budget. It is, then, a much better idea to ask him to show you detailed figures for the job or go with a different builder entirely.

There are Extras Built into the Contract

A lot of builders will add hidden extras into their contracts, which you might not need and which could end up costing you money if you don’t double check before hiring them. For example, some builders may put low-cost materials into the contract, only to try and get you to upgrade with persuasive language later on, or they might quote a lower number of hours to complete the job than actually necessary and then charge you by the hour for any time they run over. This is really something you need to look out for.

They Don’t Have Insurance

I can’t state how important it is that any builder you hire to work on your property has their own appropriate insurance. A lot of builders will neglect to declare that they don’t have insurance, or skirt over the issue when you bring it up, and if they do this, you should be very wary of hiring them because, should they be injured on your property, you could be liable! Ideally, you should always ask to see their insurance documents before you sign any contracts.

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They May Cut Corners

I can pretty much guarantee that your builder isn’t going to tell you upfront that they may well cut corners on your job, but many do. Usually, they will ensure that any cosmetic jobs that you can plainly see are done to the high standard you’re paying for, but they won’t do quite as good a job on hidden elements of your renovation like hidden plumbing and drywall.

If you can, it is then, a good idea that you, or another person you trust, is on hand to supervise them. This should ensure that they do exactly what they said they would with the quality of materials you’re paying for.

They Shouldn’t Come to Your Door

Builders who come to your door trying to convince you that you need a new roof or that your foundation needs to be repaired are never going to tell you that good builders don’t need to go from door to door plying their trade. Most of the people who do this are little more than scam artists and opportunists looking to take the money and run or do a shoddy job and pocket the difference. If a builder calls on you at your home, thank them for pointing out the ‘issue’ but politely decline their offer and have your own builder check it out to see if any work really needs to be done.

They Aren’t Registered

Unfortunately, there are a lot of cowboy builders out there operating without a license. They’re hardly going to tell you this, which is why you should check that they have a license, and check that the license they have covers them to do the kind of project you’re paying them for. If it doesn’t, don’t sign a contract!

Now you know the things builders won’t tell you, you can be sure to ask them and ensure that you only hire kosher builders who will do a good job on your home renovation projects.

Turning Your Garden Into A Haven Of Relaxation

One of the best things to do when you finish a long day at work is to grab a cold one and go and sit in your garden to relax or get that small screen and do a little surfing :) . If you have a big outdoor space, this article are many ways in which you could improve your garden so that you’re able to chill out and when the time comes, entertain in style.

  1. Building a reusable barbecue in your garden will create a focal point for you and any guests you may have over. They can be made out of brick which will be able to withstand the heat of your barbecue. There are many different styles that you could go for, including large arched barbecues, or you could go for a more simple design. Search online and in DIY magazines for inspiration. They’re fairly inexpensive to buy the materials for and will last you a good few years.
  2. Having a swimming pool would definitely create an atmosphere in your garden. Too expensive for average earners but  if you can afford, why not? Whether you’re choosing to have a quiet swim at the end of the day, or having friends over for a pool party, it’s bound to spark attention. Although it’s possible to build your own pool, it’s probably best to hire some swimming pool builders who can do the job professionally, and save you the hassle.
  3. Laying out some decking in your garden would give structure to your garden and be a perfect place to display your garden table and chairs. You could also put some potted plants on your decking to keep the greenery alive. Plants are also known to help reduce stress, improve concentration and keep the air around you cleaner. Imagine gazing over your beautiful garden, while the sun sets after a long day at work. Perfection.

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  1. Buying a water feature to display in your garden would create an incredible ambience for you to relax to. The sound of water trickling, and other nature sounds combined are known to destress and calm the mind. Plus, water features are pretty to look at and fairly inexpensive to run, obviously depending on the size of it.
  2. Where would a relaxing garden be without a hammock? If you’ve got the space to display one, I’d definitely recommend it so that you can get comfortable with a good book or some relaxing music and let it take you away for a little while.
  3. There are tons of garden ornaments available to buy, so take a look at the range in your local DIY store. Pick a theme for your garden and buy ornaments that will tie it together. Some ornaments have solar panels fitted so that when it is dark outside they light up your garden without wasting any electric. Cool right?
  4. Having a vegetable patch in your garden will create another focal point, and also contribute to you being more self sufficient. It will also save you money on the fruit and vegetables you decide to grow.

There we have it, seven ways in which you can transform your garden into a haven of relaxation. Try implementing these ideas today and begin enjoying your garden!

An air purifier, Lampe Berger Paris, now in Cebu

LampeBergerParis_Now in CebuWe love the relaxing smell of our bedroom. The only bedroom closest to the bathroom that has a choky smell in the mornings, yet we still choose to sleep in it. The bathroom has a design flaw with the sewer that probably caused it to smell and in some cases, this smell spreads through the room especially if the bathroom is open. Putting charcoal in the bathroom helps a bit but not totally eliminates the odor. Had consider Essential Oil Diffusers but because of limited budget, it was not realized. Humidifiers or air fresheners was never an option…until I was given the Lampe Berger Paris Coffrete Bingo gift set when I attended the Lampe Berger Paris product launching event held last August 5, 2017, at The Pyramid, IT Park, Cebu City.

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115 years ago, Lampe Berger was initially designed to purify the air in the hospitals, thanks to the French pharmacist, Maurice Berger. Over the years, Lampe Berger creates a variety of elegant stylish lamps and then fragrance is incorporated to add pleasure and delight and paved way to be available to our homes.

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How to use?
The Lampe Berger Paris gift comes with the lamp and the fragrance. All you have to do is fill the lamp with 2/3 of fragrance of your choice. Insert the wick and screw the lid and leave it for 20 minutes for the wick to absorb the liquid. Once the wick has absorbed the alcohol based liquid, light the ceramic top of the wick and let it burn for a 2 minutes and then blow it out. The “catalytic oxidation” process of the burner will do the magic for 4-5 hours. It comforted me to know that this process will eliminate the odor not just mask it, re-assuring that the indoor air in the room is pure and clean. Also, it is safer to use because there’s no open flame.

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Fragrances:
Lampe Berger’s fragrances are made of natural and synthetic ingredients that are stable and reliable that when blended, it creates a fragrance of great character. It is alcohol-based purifying fragrance. However, if you are sensitive to scents, they have Neutral Purifying Scent that purifies the air without releasing any scents. This Neutral Purifying Scents is also used to clean the lamp in case you want to change your fragrance.

I tried Lampe Berger Eucalyptus Purifying Scent that has an invigorating fragrance. Eucalyptus scent improves breathing and brings warmth to the heart. It makes our room smells so good :)

Good News Cebu!
Lampe Berger Paris, will be available to us as it opens its store in Ayala Center Cebu this coming August 21, 2017.

Visit their social medias for more information about Lampe Berger Paris and stay updated
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Thank you Lampe Berger for making our room smells amazing.

Note: I was invited by the Lampe Berger Paris Launching Event last August 5, 2017 at The Pyramid, IT Park, Cebu. This product was given to Mommy After Work as a token and no other compensation has been given.

What Makes a Super Kitchen?

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In a family house, the kitchen often acts as the epicentre where so much of the socialising and bonding is done. It is a place you gather together, whether you are baking cookies as a family or enjoying some home cooked meals. So, the question remains: what makes a great kitchen? Well, this varies from person to person, but this article is here to shed some more light on this question in the attempt to give it a more definite answer.

A Triangle Setup

If you are currently in the process of redesigning your kitchen, you should be thinking in triangles. Though this may sound strange at the moment, there is a very good reason for this. You want your chopping space, fridge and oven to be at each corner of the triangle so everything is easily accessible when you are cooking. This way, the whole job gets done much more efficiently. Makes this separate from your eating space for which you can buy solid teak or oak wood kitchen and dining furnitures from online store. Try to clear the space between the points of the triangle as much as possible so you can move between them freely.

A Durable and Wipe-Clean Floor

In the kitchen, the floor has to put up with a lot. Spills are a natural fact of life, particularly if you have young children, so you want the cleaning to be straightforward. Also, you may end up spilling hot liquid or food on the floor so it needs to be fairly durable as well. Tiles are a good option as they are easy to maintain. Their one disadvantage is that things break on them easily. If this is a concern of yours, you could go for rubber floor tiles or cork instead.

Good Quality Sinks

If there is one thing that it is worth investing a bit of extra money in your kitchen, it is the sinks. A double butler sink is a good option as you can leave something to soak while still being able to do the rest of the washing up. And if you really want to go all-out, you could go for a hydro tap which dispenses cold, filtered and water hot enough that means you don’t have to boil a kettle every single time.

A Dual Purpose Oven

The clearest combination to go for is an electric oven with a gas hob as this takes care of the cast majority of your cooking needs. And on your gas hob, you will want four or five different rings so you can comfortably have a few saucepans going at the same time. Electric hobs don’t really measure up in the same way as their gas counterparts.

Well-Placed Sockets

If you have a kitchen island, you want sockets that extend over here as well, but otherwise you want these liberally scattered throughout the room so you are comfortably able to plug in all the appliances that you have without needing to go through the hassle of plugging and unplugging all the time.

Ultimately, what makes a great kitchen varies from person to person, but these five things certainly make life easier.

Floors For Four – Room Design From The Ground Up

Style is a big part of room design. Function, on the other hand, is where many of our design ideas start. And what better place to start building up a creative style from than the floor itself. After all, what could be more functional for any room than the floor? Your choice of covering here must serve the purpose of the room. So how can you make sure it looks just as good as the rest of the space?

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A kitchen floor goes through a lot! It’s steamy in here, hot, humid, and prone to spills. It’s logical that the floor has to be very hard-wearing, and easy to keep hygienically clean. Of course, the kitchen floor is the best way to style your room. If you want a cottage kitchen, you might go for slate tiles or rustic red floor tiles. A contemporary kitchen might have large size granite tiles with a high gloss polish. Then there are the hardwood floors with a protective covering.

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Bathroom
The bathroom is nearly always humid, and the floor is likely to get wet. Installing this kind of floor takes quite a lot of time as it must be sealed at the edges. Of course, if your bathroom is on the first floor, you might not want heavy granite tiles across floorboards. There are vinyls that look like tiling but offer a warmer, more padded surface, perfect for bare feet. For a seaside theme, why not try a faded or bleached oak wooden flooring?

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Bedroom
This is the place where comfort is essential. The style you’re going for is likely to be soft in texture, and light and calming in colour. This is the one room where a carpet could be ideal. You might want to check out these flooring options at a Carpet One store so you can feel as well as see the finish. If you have pets in the bedroom, you might want a shorter, hard wearing pile to make it easier to vacuum the dropped fur! Don’t forget, you can also contrast the carpet colour with a vibrant, patterned rug.

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Living Room
This is the room where you entertain guests. It’s also the space where the family will come together to relax and have fun. Many people are choosing hardwood flooring for this room. It’s versatile in fitting as well as in colour. Who doesn’t love a deep grain and high gloss polish? Chances are you’re moving furniture about from time to time for cleaning. You can use caster floor protectors that are safe for use on carpet or wooden floor. Engineered wood is often hard wearing enough without them. Best of all, wooden floors are easy to keep hygienically clean, all year round.

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Flooring is often one of the best places to start when you’re designing your colour palette too. Woods, in particular, can be tricky to colour match for fabric furniture or wall paint. This is why it’s good to start from the floor and work your way up in design. Keep it practically stylish.

Mom’s Day Out with Sun Life Financials

I must admit I was guilty as I went to Mom’s Day Out Event from Sun Life Financials.
As a working mom, weekends are a treat for the family right? Thus, the husband is super OC that he lectured me about taking care the family first before going out with my other engagements. It’s weekend and it’s supposed to be a family bonding day – a time to check our kid’s notebooks, books and quiz result, a time for school re-enforcement with kids, a time to clean the house, a time to empty the laundry basket or a play time with kids and the kid’s father – but then again, I chose to attend the event plus requested him to dropped me at the event’s venue. We don’t have a stay-in house helper so that means he’ll have to watch over the kids.
Come on mommies! Please spare me that awful reaction because I went out from the event thankful and satisfied that I joined coz I get to hear the talk about “Balanced Motherhood” from Mommy Michelle Alignay, a Family Life Specialist and about “Saving for the Future” by Rosario Madonna Rivera.

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From her talk, these are what I learned:

Balanced Motherhood

  • What is Balanced Motherhood?
    Faced with changes, challenges and children, mommies must know how to balance. Changes in our body as we carry our baby from our womb, changes with our children as they grow everyday, changes in our relationship with our husband and as our partner in child-rearing or changes with career due to re-organization, whatever it is as we go with our life’s journey, there is always a change.
    And that change is definitely a challenge.
    Now I know, why we are called moms, because we are the Master of Multi-tasking. We cooked 1-3 meals in the mornings and at the same time bathe our kids and help them prepare for school. We hurry with our lunch so we still have time to buy some groceries before the start of meetings at work. As mommies doing multi-tasking, we are reminded to always keep the balance — to be aware of what is in our mind and emotions and that ensure that our body connects with it.
  • Why do we need to Balance and Re-Balance?
    With so much things to do at home or at work, we sometimes forget we are no longer in balance. Sickness or body pains sends messages that tells us to pause. Being imbalance or stuck in being busy may bring harm to us, mommies. We must take action to this messages to avoid it to become knot and difficult to untangle. Pouring all your energy without taking action of the imbalances you experience will somehow bring bigger damage in the future.
  • How do we keep Re-Balancing?
    Self Care is the key to re-balancing. Take time to rest and pause and choose wellness. With all these three things — Wants, Shoulds, Capacity — focus only on what you can do, unless you are Diana Prince. Sometimes, its okay to do what you want or you don’t need to do all what you ought to do. Don’t be too rigid to do all those house chores coz it can wait. Leave the mess for awhile or those laundry that needs folding? it really can wait, unless you have an OC husband, then its gonna be hard.

Michele Alignay reminded me to love myself more, to release control of things beyond you, to take more time in the shower room (and never mind the knocking from your kids :) and to put a little color on my face.

Mommy pose with mommy friend, Nanay Kikay :) She blogs about motherhood, travel and beauty tips.

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Financial Planning

Rosario Madonna Rivera talks about planning for the future and giving tips on saving. She introduced one of Sun Life Financial’s product which is the Sun Life MyFuture Fund. According to Sun Life’s website, MyFuture Fund is a target date fund that invests primarily in high-quality stocks and a mix of government and domestic corporate debt in accordance with an asset allocation strategy that promotes capital appreciation at the onset to maximize earning potential in the earlier years and shifts to wealth preservation to reduce exposure to risk as the maturity of the fund approaches.

For more information on MyFuture Fund, visit www.sunlife.com.ph or you may contact Jenny Magbanua, she’s a Sun Life Financial Advisor and a friend.


Note: I was invited to a Mom’s Day Out event sponsored by Sun Life Financial — a treat for moms to be reminded to do self-care to be able to take care my family.
Happy Mommy, Happy Family.

What to Do If You Cannot Afford Your Kid’s Birthday

For most children, the excitement reaches fever pitch when their birthday is just around the corner. They can’t wait to have a party with all of their friends and, of course, they probably have a wish list full of presents. This can be a worrying and upsetting time for any parent that is struggling financially. It is made even worse by the fact that other kids seem to have the latest mobile phones and games consoles, and you don’t want your child to be left out. So, what can you do if you cannot afford your kid’s birthday?

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Start saving
If your child’s birthday is several months away, you still have some time to save. You may think that it is impossible to put away money every month when you are struggling as it is, but you would be surprised where cut backs can be made. Here are some suggestions to help you with saving when money is already tight:

Sell things – Do you have clothes, games, or furniture around the home that you no longer use? There are bound to be plenty of people that would give them a happy home. Plus, with auction sites like eBay, it is easy to get things off your hands these days.

Use cash-back programs – There are so many different cash-back programs today. Whenever you make a purchase, you will get a percentage of it back as cash. You can add this into a savings account for your little one’s birthday.

Find cheaper gas – There is no denying that gas is a costly expense. However, you can search for the cheapest gas in your area by using the GasBuddy app. This app uses your location to determine the cost of gas around you. You can then save a few bucks every time you fill up.

Change your car insurance – If you have not changed your car insurance in a while, you could find that you are missing out on a lot of savings. Use a comparison site to see if it would be cheaper switching provider.

Go meatless – Next time you do your grocery shop; try to reduce the amount of meat you spend. If you only eat meat once or twice per week, you will save a lot of money. Plus, it is a lot healthier too.

Eliminate unnecessary expenses – It is time to rethink what the word utility means. It should mean the sort of things that you cannot live without. Do you really need your expensive cable package? If not, switch it for a cheaper Internet-based service and add the savings to your child’s birthday fund.

Unplug electronics – Even when the switch is off at the plug, your electronics still leech electricity. Start unplugging them altogether.

Ask friends or family
Have you tried discussing your money issue with a close friend or family member? The likelihood is that they will be more than happy to help if they are able to. After all, they will want your child to have a great birthday too. Bring up the subject with them and see if they offer to help. If they don’t, and you feel comfortable, you could ask them politely if they would be willing to lend you some money and if you could pay them back over time.

Have you considered a loan?
Nowadays, there are many different forms of financial aid available, and taking out a loan can be a good way to ensure your kid has a great birthday. It is simply about finding the right loan for you. Don’t take out more than you need to. Simply borrow a couple of hundred dollars or whatever is required to buy your child a present and give them a good birthday. Just because you can borrow thousands does not mean that you should. Making payments over time is a lot more manageable for most people, and a lot of lenders will enable you to choose a repayment period that is suitable to your situation. This is a good option for those that don’t want to discuss their financial situation with their family and friends. If you know you have income coming in regularly and you can make the repayments on time, it will actually boost your credit rating too, which will help you when borrowing money for any reason in the future.

Make sure you stick to a tight budget
You don’t have to spend a fortune to throw any amazing birthday party. Even if you secure a loan or a loved one offers to lend you some money, you should still set yourself a strict budget. Plus, if you throw an elaborate birthday this year, they will only expect an even bigger one next year. Don’t waste money on private venues or hiring an entertainer for several hours. Do things the old fashioned way. You can easily host a party at your own home, and it doesn’t need to cost a lot to put on a buffet and make some party bags. You could even ask some of the parents if they would be willing to bring something to add to the buffet. You don’t need to buy fancy invites either, as there are plenty of templates online today, which you can easily print out and use. Make sure you have one invite per family. If you are inviting a brother and sister, there is no need to put both names on the invitation.

You can also take care of the entertainment yourself. You don’t need to spend a fortune on a professional service. Enlist the help of one of your friends to do face painting. There are plenty of courses and videos online showing you how to face paint, balloon model, and perform magic tricks. And, there are always the traditional games that provide a lot of fun and make everyone laugh, such as musical chairs and pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey. To make the birthday even more special, why not have a theme? From pirates to fairies, there are so many different options.

Top Tips For Creating The Perfect Playroom

As parents, we all know that we spend much of our time either looking after the kids or cleaning up after them.

If you are a stay at home mommy trying to work from home, this can make your life very difficult and trying to keep your little ones out of the area from your designated workspace can be a challenge.

One way to preserve your home office space (and your sanity) is to create an area specifically for the kids. If they have their own space, they are much less likely to want to venture into yours.

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So where do you start? Firstly, you decide which room or area in your home you are comfortable with handing over to your kids. It could be an unused bedroom or redundant utility but whatever you decide, creating the perfect playroom will, in turn, make your daily life much less stressful.

If you are lucky enough to have a healthy budget for your project but are short of time, then it makes sense to enlist the help of a team of interior designers. Experts in their field, designers will be able to help your decision process and choose the most suitable materials for the job while staying in budget.

However, if you decide to tackle the project yourself, you may need a little guidance and advice.

Flooring

Kids are messy. Fact. Therefore it is imperative that you choose hard flooring for your play area, it is hardwearing and easy to clean. Footprints, mud, and spillages can all be wiped off quickly and easily without leaving any lasting stains.

Walls

Although you may well decide to simply emulsion the walls with a wipe clean paint, you can make things more interesting. Why not choose a feature wall and decorate it with some laminated wallpaper or pictures to inject some of your kids’ personality into the room.

Furniture

Any furniture that you choose needs to be practical in both colour and design. Dark colours or busy patterns are preferable as they won’t show up marks or stains. If you opt for a lighter colour palette, choose leather which can be easily wiped clean or fabric which has been pre-treated with a fabric protector to repel dirt and stains.
Choose small sized tables and chairs; it will really make them feel that this is their space.

Comfort

Make sure that there is somewhere for your little ones to relax and have some down time in their new environment. Beanbags or cushions with washable covers are a great option, and can also double up as mattresses for sleepovers.

Storage

Kids accumulate a lot of clutter, so it is important to have plenty of storage available to hide it away. Stackable boxes are an inexpensive and practical option which can be added to over time.

If you take account of these few simple steps you are sure to keep your kids happy, leaving you to get on with your day in peace and quiet.

Raising Children in the Middle of Nowhere

Raising children is one of the most stressful things that we can do these days. It’s also extremely expensive considering all of the things we have to provide for them. From clothes to video games and college tuition, we’ll end up spending a considerable chunk of our life savings just to keep our children healthy and looked after. But providing them with a good upbringing also depends on where they grow up.

As explained in this article by https://www.theatlantic.com/, many people have chosen to live as far as possible from cities because of many different reasons. For starters, it’s far enough so that you aren’t affected by things like air pollution and noise issues. The air is cleaner, fresher and it’s ultimately a better experience assuming you can handle the slight inconveniences such as no fast food deliveries and being further away from stores.

However, the problem comes when you decide to raise children. Perhaps the nearby schools just aren’t good enough, or maybe you’d prefer for your children to be brought up around technology and within close proximity to their school friends. In fact, some families even go so far as to move back into the city just for their children. This is a very drastic measure, which is why we’ve written this article to tell you what it’s like to raise children in the middle of nowhere and hopefully convince you to stay put where you are.

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Your children will learn to appreciate life

First, let’s start by saying that rural living can be tough! For instance, most of us that live in the countryside usually need to call water pump services like http://www.slaterpumpsmelbourne.com.au/ in order to get running water. As opposed to the ease and convenience of just turning on a tap in almost every other location, it’s a lot of hard work and they’ll grow up learning to appreciate the smaller things in life. They’ll pick up essential skills like learning to cook with fresh ingredients as opposed to buying a frozen meal, and they’ll learn to get around town on their own two feet or a bicycle instead of sitting on a bus or train. They’ll learn to appreciate nature and embrace simple pleasures instead of sitting on their computers all day.

It’s lonelier in the city

Let’s face it, even if we live in the city how often do you speak with people? Everyone is so busy and wants to work as quickly as possible that we only ever get to converse with people during breaks at work or if our job demands it. Compare that to the close-knit communities in the countryside and it’s like night and day.

Learn that the world is a big place

One day, your children might want to move to the city or you’ll decide to send them to a better college or school. Once you do, they’re going to find it hard to cope because they’re in a completely different environment to what they’re used to. People do things differently, there are new types of people to meet, and they’ll finally get to eat from those fabled “fast food” places that you’ve been telling them to avoid. They will learn to appreciate the world and how big it truly is, and their experiences will ultimately empower them and show them the beauty of life.

LunchBox Baon Ideas and Jolly Products

School is back and I’m back to my everyday challenge on what to fill in on my daughter’s lunch box for her baon. My daughter’s appetite is improving now that she is a tween and to ensure that she still gets the nutrients she needed especially during lunch, I had to make sure I’m giving her nutritious and healthy meal.

Good news for me, the husband knows how to cook and have lots of creative ideas.

And then there’s  help from Jolly Eats Products . Jolly Products are imported and distributed by Fly Ace Corp., one of the leading food and beverage consumer goods companies in the country, Jolly’s canned food products are available in leading supermarkets nationwide.

Our last week’s sample menus:

Day 1:
PadThai (from Maya Adam’s recipe), Fried Fish, Corn Salad (a mixture of  Jolly Whole Corn Kernels, chopped cucumber and tomatoes sprinkled with lemon juice). Rice was put in a separate container in case she needs it.

Jolly Lunch Ideas Day 1

Day 2:
Chopsuey (stir-fry of mixed vegetables and meat), Chicken Adobo + Rice

Jolly Lunch Ideas Day 2

Day 3:
Pancit Lomi (thick soup with noodles, vegetables and egg), Fried Pork Chop, Sliced  Apple (and Rice on a separate container)

Jolly Lunch Ideas Day 3

Day 4:
Fried Marinated Chicken + Mixed Vegetables + Jolly’s Lotus Biscoff Biscuits (and Rice on a separate container)

Jolly Lunch Ideas Day 4

Day 5:
Spaghetti, Egg Omelette, Fried Sweet Potatoes (and Rice on a separate container)

Jolly Lunch Ideas Day 5

Disclaimer: I received Jolly Eats Products mentioned above. No other compensation received and opinions are my own.