Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Favorite Online Shop

Valentine's Day is almost here and some of my friends are asking where and what is my gift this year to my dear husband. You see, they look forward each year to see what I give and somehow it inspires them to get the same thing for their loved ones. I really don't mind. I told them that they can visit http://www.musiciansfriend.com/ because that's my go-to online shop. 

Sunday, January 29, 2017


Stacking The Shelves, hosted by Tynga’s Reviews, is a weekly feature. It is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

What’s new on my shelves this week?

Monday, January 23, 2017

Rally's Gourmet Tuyo by Love

If you're a regular reader here, You know how much I love home-cooked meals and any brand that is less unhealthy, I'm definitely eating that. One of my dear friend own Rally's Gourmet Tuyo and 2 weeks ago, I ordered a big batch of her oh-so-yummy-and-I-can't-get-over-it gourmet tuyo and our stock as of this writing are all gone. I actually have a new order and I can't wait for it. 

Left to Right: Spicy and Garlic

What I really love about her version are the following:
  • 100% Tuyo. Most of the Gourmet Tuyo available online and in the grocery that I see are either swimming in oil or have tons of vegetables included. Excessive oil and vegetables mean filler to me and I don't want that. I want the meat, not the fillers. 
  • The tiny bottle fits everywhere. I love the idea of how small it is. It fits my husband lunch bag, my bags from Oat_mnl, and it takes up less space in our refrigerator (well, if we don't order in big batches, which I doubt will ever happen to us, that is possible.) 
  • Lunch/Dinner on the go. Because it fits everywhere, you can also bring it anywhere. A perfect companion when your traveling. We actually order a couple of bottles for my brother in law to be brought back to Boracay and guess what? He ends up consuming his stack and only came back to Boracay with 1 bottle. 
  • A perfect Gift for loved ones and friends and anyone you like to impress.  Because it is carefully sealed and pack, It can be sent as a gift here and abroad. 
  • Cooked to perfection. Her version of Gourmet Tuyo with no exaggeration is seriously good. I mean, my sister is having a hard time deciding whether she wanted to consume it all in one seating or eat it in small portions. That's how good it is.  
  • Cooks foolproof and dependable companion. I love to cook (I assume, you know that by now) and sometimes I'm lazy to do it. That's why this is going to be a regular ingredient in my pantry from now on. When I cooked my Tuyo Pasta below, I didn't need to add extra seasoning. I just rely on the saltiness of the tuyo and the best part, It's already flake. Less work for me. It was perfect. My family loves it so much.

For this Pasta dish, here are the ingredients (no exact measurement) Cooked pasta, 1 bottle of Rally's Gourmet Tuyo, Minced Garlic, Olive Oil, Pamplona Sausage, Pimiento, Black Olives and topped with Blue Cheese.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Blog Tour: Two Days Gone by Randall Silvis

Before anything else, I would like to say that I'm doing a half review (I'm still reading the book as of this writing) and I know when a book captures my heart it literally made me read another book to distract me from finishing it. I'm reading in a slow-paced manner because I love it so much, I don't want it to end. I seldom encounter descriptive writing that makes me appreciate every detail of the story. It was a feast to my senses. Made me pause a bit and ponder of what I just read. Going back and forth to check if I read it correctly then be amaze afterward. I can sense that the ending will be hard to me because I love it so much. 

Title: Two Days Gone
Author: Randall Silvis
Publication Date: January 10, 2017
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Format: Trade Paper
ISBN: 9781492639732

Praise for Two Days Gone

A January Indie Next Great Read“…a suspenseful, literary thriller that will resonate with readers long after the book is finished. A terrific choice for Dennis Lehane fans.”—Library Journal, STARRED review
 “Beneath the momentum of the investigation lies a pervasive sadness that will stick with you long after you've turned the last page.”—Kirkus Reviews
 “…skillfully written thriller.”—Publishers Weekly
 “…impressive novel…an intriguing thriller.”—Booklist
 …this novel [will] linger in readers’ minds well after Two Days Gone.”—Shelf Awareness
 “Two Days Gone is a quiet, intense, suspenseful mystery about a man who has lost everything. Rich with descriptions and atmosphere….Two Days Gone is relentless in its suspense, and the final twists in the novel are sure to not disappoint.”— Foreword Review
 “An absolute gem of literary suspense, pitting ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances and told in a smooth, assured, and often haunting voice, TWO DAYS GONE is a terrific read.”Michael KorytaNew York Times bestselling author of Those Who Wish Me Dead


The perfect family. The perfect house. The perfect life. All gone now.
Thomas Huston, a beloved professor, and bestselling author, is something of a local hero in the small Pennsylvania college town where he lives and teaches. So when Huston’s wife and children are found brutally murdered in their home, the community reacts with shock and anger. Huston has also mysteriously disappeared, and suddenly, the town celebrity is suspect number one.Sergeant Ryan DeMarco has secrets of his own, but he can’t believe that a man he admired, a man he had considered a friend, could be capable of such a crime. Hoping to glean clues about Huston’s mind-set, DeMarco delves into the professor’s notes on his novel-in-progress. Soon, DeMarco doesn’t know who to trust—and the more he uncovers about Huston’s secret life, the more treacherous his search becomes.

Book is available here

Barnes & Noble: http://ow.ly/eveI306TU15

About The Author

Randall Silvis is the internationally acclaimed author of more than a dozen novels, one story collection, and one book of narrative nonfiction. His essays, articles, poems, and short stories have appeared in various online and print magazines. His work has been translated into ten languages. He lives in Pennsylvania.


2 Copies of Two Days Gone. Runs January 10-31 (US & Canada only)

First Chapter Excerpt

The waters of Lake Wilhelm are dark and chilled. In some places, the lake is deep enough to swallow a house. In others, a body could lie just beneath the surface, tangled in the morass of weeds and water plants, and remain unseen, just another shadowy form, a captive feast for the catfish and crappie and the monster bass that will nibble away at it until the bones fall asunder and bury themselves in the silty floor.

In late October, the Arctic Express begins to whisper south- eastward across the Canadian plains, into northwestern driving the surface of Lake Erie into white-tipped breakers that pound the first cold bring to northwestern Pennsylvania. From now until April, sunny days are few and the spume-strewn beaches of Presque Isle empty but for misanthropic stragglers, summer shops boarded shut, golf courses as still as cemeteries, marinas stripped to their bone work of bare, splintered boards. For the next six months, the air will be gray and pricked with rain or blasted with wind-driven snow. A season of surliness prevails.

Sergeant Ryan DeMarco of the Pennsylvania State Police, Troop D, Mercer County headquarters, has seen this season come and go too many times. He has seen the surliness descend into despair, the despair to acts of desperation, or, worse yet, to deliberately malicious acts, to behavior that shows no regard for the fragility of flesh, a contempt for all consequences.

He knows that on the dozen or so campuses between Erie and Pittsburgh, college students still young enough to envision a happy future will bundle up against the biting chill, but even their youthful souls will suffer the effects of this season of gray. By November, they will have grown annoyed with their roommates, exasperated with professors, and will miss home for the first time since September. Home is warm and bright and where the holidays are waiting. But here in Pennsylvania’s farthest northern reach, Lake Wilhelm stretches like a bony finger down a glacier-scoured valley, its waters dark with pine resin, its shores thick on all sides with two thousand acres of tree sand brush and hanging vines, dense with damp shadows and nocturnal things, with bear and wildcat and coyote, with hawks that scream in the night.

In these woods too, or near them, a murderer now hides, a man gone mad in the blink of an eye.

The college students are anxious to go home now, home to Thanksgiving and Christmas and Hanukah, to warmth and love and light. Home to where men so respected and adored do not suddenly butcher their families and escape into the woods.

The knowledge that there is a murderer in one’s midst will stagger any community, large or small. But when that murderer is one of your own, when you have trusted the education of your sons and daughters to him, when you have seen his smiling face in every bookstore in town, watched him chatting with Robin Robertson Good Morning America, felt both pride and envy in his sudden acclaim, now your chest is always heavy and you cannot seem to catch your breath. Maybe you claimed, l last spring, that you played high school football with Tom Huston. Maybe you dated him half a lifetime ago, tasted his kiss, felt the heavy and tremor of your bodies as you lay in the lush green of the end zone one steamy August night when love was raw and new. Last spring, you were quick to claim an old intimacy with him, so eager to catch some of his sudden, shimmering light. Now you want only to huddle indoors.You sit and stare at the window, confused by your own pale reflection.

Now Claire O’Patchen Huston, one of the prettiest women in town, quietly elegant in a way no local woman could ever hope to be, lies on a table in a room at the Pennsylvania State Police forensics lab in Erie. There is the wide gape of a slash across her throat, an obscene slit that runs from the edge of her jawline to the opposite clavicle.

Thomas Jr., twelve years old, he with the quickest smile and the fastest feet in sixth grade, the boy who made all the high school coaches wet their lips in anticipation, shares the chilly room with his mother. The knife that took him in his sleep laid its path low across his throat, a quick, silencing sweep with an upward turn.

As for his sister, Alyssa, there are a few fourth-grade girls who, a week ago, would have described her as a snob, but her best friends knew her as shy, uncertain yet of how to wear and carry and contain her burgeoning beauty. She appears to have sat up at the last instant, for the blood that spurted from her throat sprayed not only across the pillow but also well below it, spilled down over her chest before she fell back onto her side. Did she understand the message of that gurgling gush of breath in her final moments of consciousness? Did she, as blood soaked into the faded pink flannel of her pajama shirt, lift her gaze to her father’s eyes as he leaned away from her bed?

And little David Ryan Huston, asleep on his back in his crib— what dreams danced through his toddler’s brain in its last quivers of sentience? Did his father first pause to listen to the susurrus breath? Did he calm himself with its sibilance? The blade on its initial thrust missed the toddler’s heart and slid along the still-soft sternum. The second thrust found the pulsing muscle and nearly sliced it in half.

The perfect family. The perfect house. The perfect life. All gone now. Snap your fingers five times, that’show long it took. Five soft taps on the door. Five steel-edged scrapes across the tender flesh of night.

Saturday, January 21, 2017


Stacking The Shelves, hosted by Tynga’s Reviews, is a weekly feature. It is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

What’s new on my shelves this week?

Sunday, January 15, 2017


Hello! Happy Sunday. I'm happy to share a product that If not sent to me for free, I'd be glad to buy it for myself because I strongly believe that when a product is made with lots of love, it should be shared to family and friends.

Last month, I shared my first ever 2 Tone Travel Journal from Oat_mnl. Today, I'm sharing another Travel Journal from them and it's this oh so beautiful Rose Gold Travel Journal Set. According to my friend, this is her Christmas gift to me (as if the 30 pcs bags and accessories they sent were not enough gifts) and I'm the first one to have it! I was like, seriously??? I am blessed to be spoiled by friends. :) 

The Journal set was packed in this beige slipcover with personalized  tag (They can write the owner's name if they want to)

The set includes 2 inserts, 1 charm of your choice, 1 pen clip, and a slip cover.

This beautiful travel journal was made of Vegan leather and the two inserts (handmade by local notebook makers) in the photo was actually one of the special extras that you can buy individually. The regular 2 FREE inserts which I already used and tested in my other Travel journal was actually really good and the papers are superior in quality.

Small detail like how each insert was wrapped in this simple and classic label made me feel special.

I smelled the papers out of habit

Every front page of the dotted insert have their logo and I love it so much.

I honestly can't stop running my hands over the soft and exposed back of vegan leather. Also, I intentionally tore off (yeah, I did that for testing purposes) some pages to see if the stitchings will still hold the remaining half pages and I'm happy to share that it did not fall off until I deliberately disentangled the remaining pages. 

I like the idea of removable pen clip

at the back of each inserts the logo was embossed ( gold on kraft/dotted insert and copper on black/plain insert)

Because of the smooth surface, my Kuretake - ZIG - Clean Color - Real Brush Marker slides like butter and no bleeding. I love it as much as my 2 Tone Travel Journal and for only 495+SF, it's a good deal and to be honest, my photos didn't give enough justice on how beautiful looking this Rose Gold Travel Journal Set. If you're going to give this as a gift, I assure you, they will love you more. :)

*Note: If you are living in the Philippines and want to order their products, You can visit their Instagram account for inquiries. 

Friday, January 13, 2017

Around Here

Hello and Happy New Year! 2016 had been a blessings to me and to my family and I love every minute of it. I'm excited for 2017 because of several things (keeping a secret is really hard) that will make some goals off my list. Yay! It's going to be fun and amazing. I can feel it. 

Did another round of 123 punch board demo and had lunch with one of them after the class to discuss business tie-up. I'm seriously excited for this collaboration. Something new for me to try and to be honest, I might end up loving it. 

I did my first ever sponsored giveaway by RawSpiceBar and it was a success. This will not be the last. :) 

Oat_mnl sent me their latest product and I was smitten. It was beautiful and shiny and beautiful (did I said that word again???) and I love it so much. As always the craftsmanship was amazing. I will do a full product review soon. :)

Art and crafts haul from National Bookstore. 

Did a big order of my friend's Gourmet Tuyo and I can't stop raving these to people and craving at the same time. I cooked my favorite pasta recipe and add a bottle (the spicy flavor) and it blew my mind. It was a perfect pair. So so good. No kidding.  

Hubby bought me a Cuttlebug machine as his christmas gift and as a result, I hoard Kelly Purkey's Stamp+Dies set. Left to Right: Planner Banners, Labels Stamp and CutTo Do List, and Everyday Clips

Bowtology personally gave this lovely kraft inserts as her christmas gift to me and I'm loving it. I will do a review of this amazing product. 

Playing with my Alpha Stamps for my 2017 Opening Page. 

Little guy is growing so fast. He loves to go outside just like her mom. 

Happy Friday everyone. Cheers!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Valentine's Gift

I'm cramming right now thinking what is my valentine's gift to hubby this year. Most of the things he wants, I already gave that last year. Then, I remember one of my uncles together with his family, are going to take a vacation in the United States and I recall that they include a visit to the nearest guitar center in nyc. Perfect. They could buy me a gift there. 

Lightbox Studios

I was happy with my old photo lab for years then, I noticed they change something and ruined my 2015 photos. I was really disappointed and end up not doing my mid-year spread this year. Good thing Lightbox Studios came along. I'm in love with their prints and how lively my photos look in real life. That's why when they invited me to conduct scrapbook classes at their photo studio at SM Bf, Paranaque I was really excited. At first, I was hesitant because it was so far from our house but memory keeping is my life and we eventually worked it out in the end.  The collaboration was perfect. 

When I created the June to July photo spread, I used this table meant to be used by customers just in case they wanted to create scrapbook layouts after they got their printed photos. 

I love that they also sell few art supplies like my ever or should I say my ultimate favorite Zig Real Brush.

and those pleasant-looking mini Project Life and Simple Stories albums. 

and ephemera. Love them all. I'm totally delighted with my affiliation with them. 

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