Saturday, June 15, 2019

Easy Ways to Keep Your Home Pests Free this Summer


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Rainy days has started in this part of the world where I live. But in the Northern hemisphere, it's summer. So if you are wondering why days are longer, it's because of the summer solstice.

Speaking of summer, did you know that the population of insects and other pests is greater in the warmer, muggier weather? Cockroaches, rodents and spiders become increasingly active especially indoors during summer, but these 5 easy ways to keep these creepy crawlies out of your home.

1. Get rid of damp

Damp areas are breeding ground for pests like cockroaches. Open the windows regularly to keep your home, especially the kitchen and bathroom, ventilated. This will prevent any bug breeding grounds.

2. Invest in a good vacuum cleaner

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Bedbugs love to travel and are good hitchhikers. You can transport them into your home on clothing and luggage. They are are hard and difficult to displace once they are inside your home. Vacuuming is not 100% effective, but will help capture bed bugs. Keep areas under and around beds clean. Vacuum regularly the skirting boards and sleeping areas with a powerful vacuum cleaner.

3. Avoid stamping on them

You maybe tempted to stomp on cockroaches but hey, don't because this will spread their eggs and there are between 16-30 nymphs inside every egg case. Instead,  use an insecticide spray.

4. Obstruct cracks and holes

Cockroaches love to hide in dark, damp gaps during the day and wander into your home at night. Seal up the gaps around doors, windows and where utility lines enter your home to prevent these unwelcome guests from entering your home. Similarly, block up gaps beneath and on top of the sink because this will be used as access to water source by many pests.

5. Trim your trees and shrubs

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If there are tree branches and shrubs touching your house, this will be a bridge for many pests to enter your home. Trim the trees and shrubs touching your house's perimeter.

6. Drive away spiders with strong smells 

Spiders are mostly harmless but they look terrifying right? Good thing, strong scents can drive away spiders. There are many natural spider repellents like turmeric, citrus peels, and peppermints. Just apply turmeric paste to cotton balls and put them in areas prone to spiders. In same places, you can rub down the citrus peels.

7. Keep your kitchen clean

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Ants, cockroaches, moths, rodents and slugs are being attracted by food debris. That's why clearing any potential food sources is important for keeping your home pests free. Wipe down kitchen counters, store food in tight containers, wash dirty dishes immediately and empty garbage cans regularly.

8. Get a cat or a dog

If you hate pests, get a pet, a cat or a dog, because any animal presence can prevent mice and other mammalian home invaders.

9. Beware of pests on your pets

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If get a cat or a dog, watch out from the pests from these pets. The most common house flea are cat fleas, but dogs and birds also pick up these biting bugs. Make sure to regularly treat your pet with a flea treatment because flea bites on humans are horribly itchy and can lead to eczema. Also vacuum the areas used by pets with a strong suction vacuum cleaner. Shake out and wash your bed bedding regularly.

10. Be on the lookout early

Prevention is better than cure and with that, it's best to call an expert for some tips to help reduce or completely prevent the most common pests infestation in your home. Check out this Guide to Prepping for Summer Pests for more information.

Those are the easy ways to keep your home pests free this summer. Hope the above tips will help you have a pests free home this summer.
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Momaye Baon Diary: Week 36

Hello Mommies! Sharing another week of Momaye Baon Diary.

Here are simple baon ideas to school and to your work.

Day 172

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Sinigang na bangus

Day 173
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Pan grilled spam bacon and sunny side up egg

Day 174
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Chicken sopas

Day 175
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Pancit canton

Day 176
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Pork giniling

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Monday, June 10, 2019

The Health Benefits of a Keto Strawberry Shake


Strawberries are sweet, delicious, and filling fruits added to a keto diet, but should be in moderation. A half-cup serving of sliced strawberries contains approximately 4.1 grams of sugar and 4.7 grams of net carbs.

You can eat the strawberries in raw or blend a handful into a small low-carb smoothie or shake. In a study published in the February 2010 issue of the Journal of Medicinal Food, strawberries have a host of benefits including anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits.

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How Does A Keto Strawberry Shake Hold Up?

However, consuming too many strawberries could get you out of ketosis. On average, you should not have more than eight medium-sized strawberries per serving. In every 100 grams of strawberries, you will be taking in 6 grams of carbs.

You will find a variety of keto strawberry shake recipes on the internet, but you should only use the one that fits within your calorie requirements. With that said, we looked at a variety of recipes and found one that will best meet your macronutrient needs.

Healthy Low Carb Strawberry Smoothie

This super healthy and low carb strawberry shake is perfect for a quick and low carb breakfast.

Low Carb Strawberry Smoothie
Ingredients:

  • Half cup of fat Greek yogurt (it can be store bought or homemade)
  • Five ripe strawberries frozen or fresh
  • One tablespoon of your preferred sweetener
  • ¼ cup almond milk (optional)
  • ¼ ice for a thicker yogurt (optional)
  • A drop of pink food color (optional)
Instructions:
  1. Add all the ingredients into a blender starting with the liquids, the ice, and then the strawberries
  2. Blend until smooth
  3. For a thick shake, skip on the almond milk.

You can add the crushed ice, as needed especially on a hot day. This is a single serving and has a total of 149 grams of calories. The addition of the Greek yogurt makes this one of the top keto strawberries shakes.

Better yet, this recipe is easily adaptable to suit the macronutrients needs of a keto diet. The variations to this recipe include:

If you want more proteins, you can add plain protein powder
You can add a sweetener if the strawberries are more tang than sweet

Health Benefits of a Strawberry Shake

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It is no secret that strawberries are not only good for your taste buds but also pack many healthy benefits for the body. A keto strawberry shake has the following benefits:

Immune Booster

A cup of strawberries a day is enough to give you the recommended daily intake of Vitamin C. This is a brilliant antioxidant, and it also acts as an immune booster. More so, several studies show that vitamin C from strawberries plays a significant role in strengthening the eye’s retina and cornea.

Fights Cholesterol and Cancer

The flavonoids and ellagic acid in the strawberries protect the heart from bad cholesterol, but only if you consume the keto strawberry shake religiously. 
Ellagic acid also fights and controls the growth of cancerous cells. More so, the strawberries also contain zeathancins and lutein antioxidants that fight free radicals to reduce their negative effects in your system. 

Anti-Inflammatory

The phytochemical and antioxidants in strawberries help in reducing inflammation in joints. This makes it a perfect snack or drink for people prone to arthritis.

Regulating Blood Pressure

The strawberries contain potassium that helps in managing high blood pressure, also known as hypertension. The potassium balances out the effects of sodium in the system. This is why strawberries are said to good for your heart. 

Healthy Source of Probiotics

Probiotics are microorganisms that live in your intestines, such as yeast and bacteria. Greek yogurt is a good source of probiotics, which control the buildup of bad bacteria.

Almond Milk

For vegans on a keto diet, almond milk is a healthy alternative to regular milk. It too has several benefits for persons on the keto diet, including:
It is dairy free
Unsweetened almond milk does not raise your blood sugar
Enriched almond milk is high in vitamin D
It is low in calories
It is nutritious
On top of this, some studies show that almond milk can reduce the risk of heart disease. 

Conclusion

A strawberry shake is a good addition to a keto diet. However, the health benefits of a strawberry shake will vary depending on the ingredients used. With that said, you will also enjoy the benefits of the main ingredients, the strawberries, and the Greek yogurt.
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Gibi Black School Shoes + Justees Shirts


Aside from the back to school shopping list I shared, we also bought a pair of black school shoes.

This time I chose Gibi shoes.

Gibi shoes, black school shoes, back to school

Although it's a bit pricey at Php 1699.75, I think it will last longer than cheaper black school shoes I usually bought for Matthew.

Gibi shoes, black school shoes, back to school

I bought cheaper black school shoes, and a pair for Easy Soft shoes for rainy days, because Matthew's feet grows so fast. As in months lang maliit na naman.

Gibi shoes, black school shoes, back to school

This Gibi black school shoes is made of genuine leather. That I assured from the promodiser beacuse the cheaper black shoes is made of synthetic leather that easily peels off in time.

Gibi shoes, black school shoes, back to school

Aside from that, the Gibi black school shoes has pigskin leather insole.

Gibi shoes, black school shoes, back to school

Gibi black school shoes has a solid sole like this.

Gibi shoes, black school shoes, back to school

With those great features, there's no doubt it will last longer. But I hope it will not easily outgrown by our son. That happens so frequent and so I just pass it on his younger or smaller cousins.

Bago pa nga minsan naipapamimigay ko na, same with shirts. Since Matthew grows so fast, I chose to buy cheaper yet of good quality shirts just like these white Justees shirts at Php 149.75 each.

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And this jacket with hood is on sale!

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We bought this jacket with hood at Php 899.75, less 50%.

jacket with hood, kids

Grabe ha, just like what I have said in my previous post, we spent around Php 9,000 for this back to school shopping. And it is just for one kid. I am scratching my head already and how about those with more than 1 kids pa. Hay....

How about you Mommies, have you already finished your back to school shopping?
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Saturday, June 8, 2019

Momaye Baon Diary: Week 35


Hello Mommies! Sharing another week of Momaye Baon Diary.

Here are simple baon ideas to school and to your work.

Day 167
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Tortang talong


Day 168
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Chicken neck adobo

Day 169
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Pan grilled chicken

Day 170
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Pork adobo with sweet potatoes

Day 171
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Pan grilled steak and sauteed cabbage

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Monday, June 3, 2019

Matthew's Recognition Day 2019


I know its' been 2 months but I can not let it not shared with you.

Here's my chubby cheeks showing his McDonald's Happy Meal toy.


That was his reward for getting these awards.


I didn't tell you but he represented his school to a Spelling bee contest and for another Tula contest. 


Though he didn't won, being chosen to represent his school was already a big honor for him. He is a a creative thinker and an excellent reader, which makes him a winner.


And not only that, he's a consistent honor student.


Which makes me and his daddy very proud.


How can we not be proud of him?


Kahit makulit sya, he still excels in his class.


When it's study time, he never give me a hard time.


He loves studying and he loves Mommy.



Would like to thank his school for always believing in him.


To his adviser who never get tired of teaching and guiding him and his classmates.


To his Lolo Papa na always to the rescue when there's no one to take care of him.


What is more admirable of this boy is his simplicity. Kain lang sa favorite nyang McDonald's happy na sya.


Because he got to finally taste this  McDonald's Chicken Katsu he's been craving since he saw it on TV.

McDonald's, Chicken Katsu

To our little boy, let me remind you that it's not the medal that gives you honor. It's your character and personality that matters most. Just continue to shine and be the best that you can be. Always remember that we are here to support and love you always.


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Saturday, June 1, 2019

Back to School Shopping List


So sorry for taking so long to post this. I had a trip to Cebu for a conference that I will share once all my back logs are done, haha.

Anyway, let's start with our back to school shopping list. 

Matthew's school gave us a list of school things to buy for Grade 4 students.  First on the list are 11 pieces of composition notebooks. But we bought 13 pieces na at Php 29.75 each.

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I chose notebooks with cover na so I don't need to cover it up to save time.

composition notebooks with cover, SM Department Store, SM Stationery,

Kapag composition notebook ganito sya.

composition notebooks with cover, SM Department Store, SM Stationery,

Next naman are from left to right: white board marker (Php 29.75), pencil (3 pieces for Php 24.75), ballpens (Php 11.75 each), dustless eraser (2 pieces for Php 39.75), sharpener (Php 22.75), ruler (Php 19.75), correction tape (Php 36.75), and scissor (Php 19.75).

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I chose pala the ruler that is not easily break and is flexible like this.


SM Department Store, SM Stationery, flexible ruler,Sterling ruler

And this scissor with a 5 year-warranty daw? True kaya? Let's see.

SM Department Store, SM Stationery, scissor for kids, westcott

Next are these pencil cases.

SM Department Store, SM Stationery, pencil case

Why two? This green pencil case (Php 44.75) is for the crayons.

SM Department Store, SM Stationery, pencil case

And this blue pencil case (Php 54.75) is for the pencils, ballpens, eraser and small school things.

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On the school shopping list is the sketch pad for Php 34.75 each.

SM Department Store, SM Stationery, Advance, sketch pad

Of course, writing pads for Grade 4 at Php 39.75 per set with 3 pads each.

SM Department Store, SM Stationery, writing pad, Grade 4

They are also required to bring long bond papers (20 sheets for Php 19.75) and assorted art paper (20 sheets for Php 19.75).

SM Department Store, SM Stationery, bond paper, art paper

Also on the list are long brown envelope with cover (Php 26.75) and long white folder with cover (Php 19.75).

SM Department Store, SM Stationery, brown envelope with cover, long folder with cover

This 48-pieces crayons is Php 149.75. Mahal na ano? But it's the quality and safety that matters so okay lang.

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Since there are books to cover pa, I bought PVC book wrapper (13.5" x 10 m) at Php 67.75.

SM Department Store, SM Stationery, PVC book wrapper

Other school essentials not on the list that we bought is this hand sanitizer (Php 69.00) that is personally picked by our little boy.

SM Department Store, SM Stationery, Safeguard, hand sanitizer

This folded umbrella is Php 229.75.

SM Department Store, SM Stationery, umbrella

And this set of school socks is 3 pairs for Php 199.75.

SM Department Store, SM Stationery, Camp, school socks

So let's sum it up:

1. notebooks (13 pieces x Php 29.75) - 386.75
2. white board marker (Php 29.75) - 29.75
3. pencil (3 pieces for Php 24.75 ) - 24.75
4. ballpens (3 pieces x Php 11.75) - 35.25
5. dustless eraser (2 pieces for Php 39.75) - 39.75
6. sharpener (Php 22.75) - 22.75
7. ruler (Php 19.75) - 19.75
8. correction tape (Php 36.75) - 36.75
9. scissor (Php 19.75) - 19.75
10. green pencil case (Php 44.75) - 44.75
11. blue pencil case (Php 54.75) - 54.75
12. sketch pad (2 x Php 34.75) - 69.50
13. long bond papers (20 sheets for Php 19.75) - 19.75
14. assorted art paper (20 sheets for Php 19.75) - 19.75
15. long brown envelope with cover (Php 26.75) - 26.75
16. long white folder with cover (Php 19.75) - 19.75
17. 48-pieces crayons (Php 149.75) - 149.75 
18. PVC book wrapper (13.5" x 10 m, Php 67.75) - 67.75
19. hand sanitizer (Php 69.00) - 69.00
20. folded umbrella (Php 229.75) - 229.75
21. school socks (3 pairs for Php 199.75) - 199.75

Total is Php 1586.25For this new school year we spent around Php 9,000 for the school shopping list including the black school shoes, which will I post soon, and the Robby Rabbit trolley bag that our son personally chose. By the way, his old Robby Rabbit trolley bag was bought 3 years ago pa. He wanted a smaller one this time.

Just to give you a tip mga momshies. Para hindi ka mabigla sa pamimili you can actually buy it ng paunti unti like every sweldo start ka na ng April 15th and there after until mabili mo na lahat. Or better yet, save for it like what we do. What we are doing kasi is we are saving at least Php 3,000 per month for our son's tuition fee and school things. Para pagdating ng new school year hindi tayo masstress sa gastos. Right?

For more tips, read  Back to School Tips.
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