Give Aways and Decors

I recently (last year) attended a birthday party that the mom of the celebrant really gave such attention to details on the smallest things, mind you all DIY, that I found myself appreciating all of the mom’s effort. ( I will get permission from the mom to grab some photos to share on my blog so you can see what I mean but for the meantime…) I remember feeling so much love was put in the party that I actually appreciated the fact that they made us part of that special occasion.
So, for my dear Aden’s party I would like to put in, if not the same effort at least a little bit more than what I would put into any party I would host.
The theme I chose was a circus theme.

 

With my only ally in life, my sister Xyn, we immediately started planning our little party. Even if she is back in the Philippines and pregnant! She immediately sprung into action and found for me the perfect give aways in Divisoria.
My next course of action was the venue and decor…I was planning something (i didn’t know what) but when Ate Dinky (the mom of the super attention to detail DIY party) contacted me and told me to get a move on things, I immediately got a kick on the behind and started moving and not just planning in my head. You probably do not know we have the venue booked already and now the next challenge was to decorate it…
My first go-to was my favorite swedish furniture store, IKEA and found that they too have a wide (ok not wide) range of circus things for kids…(as if the God’s were on my side! – DRAMA!)
I found this …I don’t know what to call it…but I got really excited!

Of course, I still have to get the approval of my unofficial party planner/event coordinator, ate Dinx (that told me that crepe paper was soooooo passé) haha
They even have a circus tent, that at first i thought it would be too much but then I realized maybe we can add it to the decor of the place and maybe put some stuffed animals inside that are peaking out??? or the gifts???


What do you think? Will keep you guys updated as we move along…
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Cloning Mommy

A few hours after this picture was taken, tears replaced these smiles…tears for mommy!! Both boys wanted mommy to be by their side to soothe them to sleep. This led me into thinking, “What if it was possible to clone mommy” What would mommy A and mommy B do?

Here were my thoughts:
Mommy A would be responsible for:
  • preparing the meals, washing the dishes
  • doing laundry
  • ironing
  • cleaning the house
  • make up beds
  • putting the toys back after their use
and mommy B would:
  • wake up and prepare the kids for school
  • have breakfast with the kids
  • take them to school
  • pick them up from school
  • play with them
  • nap with them
  • be silly with them
  • and sleep with them
If you notice my list one mommy clone does all the chores and one mommy clone spends all the time with the kids, I guess in my subconscious I wouldn’t want to delegate to anyone time with my kids even if it was a clone of myself. I would still prefer to do all these things than sacrifice precious moments with my little ones.

The biting incident

During pick up at school today, the teacher asked me to stay behind. My immediate thought was
Oh no! What did Adrian do today” 
“Was he naughty?”
“Was he bitten by an animal?” (Posh Paws was in school today so the kids had lots of animal visitors)
but as it turned out another student from Racing Camels class bit him on the thigh because they were fighting over some cars and the teacher had to explain to me that they had the situation under control and that Adrian was brought to the infirmary as soon as it happened. I had to sign a form stating that I was informed and understood the incident.
In hindsight, I am relieved that my son was not the one who bit another child. I just hope Adrian doesn’t think that when things don’t go his way, it’s ok to bite.

Party Venue

Lately, I’ve been loosing sleep because of the constant worrying about my second son, Aden’s 1st birthday party.
I didn’t want to have it in the normal places we Filipinos have parties like Max’s,Chowking and Barrio Fiesta because lately I’ve noticed that because our events are always in the same place, some people tend to compare parties which makes me sad in a way because the main reason we were all there was to celebrate a special occasion and all some people seem to care about was who served the better food. I didn’t want our party to be compared to the others before me so I went off to look for other party venues in Dubai that I was sure the kids will enjoy.
My first choice was Pizza Company at the Marina walk but their extensive menu and lack of party combos simply made it too complicated for me to have it there.
Play area for the kids
Then by chance I pass by Fat Burger, a burger joint along Jumeirah Beach Road and that was it! I was in love…The place was perfect, they had a play area, which was on the second floor that they can close off exclusively for parties and their menu is very simple…burger, drink and fries, not to mention affordable…After visiting their place 3 times I finally met with the manager today and booked the place!!!!
Dining where you can see the kids playing in the play area
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Now time for the fun stuff, decor and detailing…but thats for another day.

I’m a “sige lang” mom or so I would like to think

Last weekend, We decided to take the boys out and go to a farm. My Adrian was over the moon seeing and feeding those animals that I just let my hair down and let him do his thing kinda like a #sigelang (it’s ok!) mom.
 
Apparently it’s a very popular saying among moms in my country all made famous by an ad campaign for a detergent. You’ve got to give it to us Filipinos to come up with smart and witty campaign ads.
 
Here’s the full story…
 

BOSTON CREAM PIE

Baking is not my game AT ALL!!! The most baking that I’ve done in the past is the box kind…and so when my DH got me a proper sized oven I was excited to see what I can do!
To slowly introduce me into this new hobby, I started with a box cake.
I have to give credit to Fabulesslyfrugal.com because from her blog I was able to get tips on how to make the box cake 100x better and how to make this yummy cake.
These are her tips on how to make a box cake better:
  • add one more egg (or add two additional if you want it to be really rich)
  • double the oil amount, but use melted butter instead of oil
  • use milk instead of water

And this is the recipe for her BOSTON CREAM PIE:

  • 1 pkg yellow cake mix (18 1/4 oz)
  • 1 1/2 c cold milk
  • 1 pkg instant vanilla pudding mix (3.4 oz)
  • 2 oz unsweetened chocolate
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1 c confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 -3 Tbsp hot water

Preheat oven to 350.

  • Prepare cake batter according to package directions (see how I altered the directions below). Divide between two greased and floured 9-in round baking pans.
  • Bake at 350 for 28-33 minutes or until the cake springs back when lightly touched. Cool for 10 minutes before removing cake from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • In a bowl, whisk milk and pudding mix for 2 minutes. Let stand for 2 minutes or until soft-set. Cover and refrigerate. In a microwave or heavy saucepan, melt chocolate and butter; stir until smooth. Stir in confectioners’ sugar, vanilla and enough water to achieve a thick glaze; set aside.

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To assemble, place one cake layer on a serving plate; spread with pudding. Top with the second cake layer. Spoon chocolate glaze over the top, allowing it to drip down the sides of cake. Refrigerate until serving.