Life Is A Beautiful Ride With My Son

The holiday vacation has been great for my family as it allowed us to spend more time with each other. The last few weeks were all about participating in life and having fun.

For Christmas, my husband gifted me a retro-style bicycle! Santa also gave Dylan a new kickscooter as his old one is already battered from doing tricks.

Since we got our new rides, we’ve been hitting the streets in our village and the park and getting active. It also allowed me to teach my son to become street smart, literally. I know that parents worry about traffic danger. But teach them about road safety and have fun riding with them, and there’s no reason why children can’t enjoy the freedom of cycling and riding the kickscooter.

This is how the Epperson's roll

Once your child is confident on their bike or kickscooter, getting them used to riding on the roads will develop them in many ways. Not only will they gain a sense of freedom and independence, they’ll also improve their confidence and fitness.

The family that rides together

I’m proud that my son has been consistent in following road safety by reading different traffic signs. He also recognizes intersections on the road and knows how to stop, look and listen for incoming vehicles. Riding his kickscooter, reading road signs while having fun shows multiple intelligence. What an achievement! Bravo, dahling!

Developing a child’s multiple intelligence is important as well as raising up kids that are Brain Smart, Body Smart and People Smart because life is not just about knowing the rules but applying them then using what you have learned to make a difference.

Shoppingero/shoppingera, how do you support the development of your child’s multiple intelligence? Share them in the comments box.

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The Moistest Red Velvet Tea Cup Cake Using Bertolli Olive Oil

If there is one cupcake/cake flavor that I absolutely love, it’s Red Velvet!

Thanks to my daughter Aryanna for coming up with another Tea Cup Cake recipe (remember our 70-Second Microwave Tea Cup Chocolate Cake?) that I can make any time of the day and is super duper easy too! The ingredients are pretty light on the calories and not as rich as most Red Velvet cupcakes that are commercially sold. The idea of single-serving recipe is perf for post-holiday diet.

The challenge was to make the cake super moist and I’m happy to report that I found the secret ingredient! Find out below:

The Moistest Red Velvet Tea Cup Cake Using Bertolli Olive Oil

Ingredients:

3 tablespoons milk
1/2 teaspoon distilled white vinegar
4 tablespoons all purpose flour
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 teaspoon cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
pinch of salt
1 1/2 tablespoons Bertolli Classico Olive Oil or Bertolli Extra Light Olive Oil
5 drops red food coloring
white chocolate chips
1 tablespoon cream cheese

Secret ingredient: 1 1/2 tablespoons Bertolli Classico Olive Oil or Bertolli Extra Light Olive Oil. Adding it to the mixture will make the Red Velvet Cake super duper moist!

Warning: Don’t use extra virgin olive oil for this recipe as the flavor is too strong.

Easy peasy:

Follow from left to right

Step 1: In a medium-sized tea cup, whisk (with a small whisk or large fork) together the milk and distilled white vinegar. Set aside.

Step 2: In a small bowl, whisk together all the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt). Add to the milk and vinegar mixture.

Step 3: Add the Bertolli Classico Olive Oil Bertolli or Bertolli Extra Light Olive Oil and red food coloring. Whisk until smooth.

Step 4: Add a dollop of cream cheese on top and white chocolate chips

Step 5: Cook in the microwave on high for 1 minute and 10 seconds.

Remember: This recipe will rise and then deflate slightly since it’s being cooked in the microwave. Serve immediately!

OMG! This Red Velvet Tea Cup Cake is soooooo moist and yummy!

Feel free to close your eyes and savor the goodness.

Simut-sarap!

Don’t forget to use Bertolli Olive Oil Classico Olive Oil Bertolli or Bertolli Extra Light Olive Oil for best results.

Shoppingero/shoppingera, try this Red Velvet Tea Cup Cake recipe using Bertolli Olive Oil and take a photo of it and upload it on Instagram then tag me! I’ll post them here on my blog.

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Amazing Readers On Instagram

Happy New Year, everyone!!!

Starting my 2015 blog post with Amazing Readers who inspire me:

Thank you @iamrebeccarose for tagging me on both of your IG photos. The Christmas table setting is fab! Like what I always say, when building your “plato-platuhan” collection, do it slowly and beautifully!

Dear @elbadiaries, your photo is so chic. This recipe is one of the easiest and most favorite!

I’ve met so many Amazing Readers during my talks. Em Sulit is one of them. I remember her because during the 2nd Mompreneur Manila Summit she asked me a great question (read below). It’s been almost two years since that talk and I was delighted with her latest Instagram post:

From: @emmsulit

“NEW BLOG UP: “You cannot and will not develop your own voice when you keep on listening to other voices. Stay true to who you are. Start now! Create your own dream!” – By: @jenniepperson www.icecreamandchocolates.com #HappyMorselsForInspiredEverydays”

 

3/365: Happy Morsels For Inspired Everydays | Finding Your Voice

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“You cannot and will not develop your own voice when you keep on listening to other voices. Stay true to who you are. Start now! Create your own dream!” – Jenni Epperson

Last 2013, I attended the Mompreneur Summit, organized by Ms. Janice Villanueva of Mommy Mundo. One of the speakers was Jenni Epperson.

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Jenni is one of the top bloggers in our country. Her talk was very inspirational and she changed my perception about bloggers. After her talk I asked her how she mustered the courage to blog considering all the noise and clutter in the Internet. And how she managed to stand out from the rest.

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Photo by: Mompreneur Manila

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Sidenote: Yes. Even back then, as a Mompreneur, I’m already bringing my baby to events :)

Photo by: Mompreneur Manila

Her answer started with a story, about how her husband Tom advised her, not to force herself into a group that does not seem to want her. To walk her own walk and to use her own voice. Thus to answer my question, her advise were the following:

1) Just START. “You cannot go anywhere without starting, so take that first step and just start.” And this is true and applicable to everything we want to achieve in life.

2) Look at inspirational blogs whom you want to emulate. Take note of “emulate” not “copy.” If it’s not about writing or blogging, find what drives you, what inspires you. Look for pegs. Look for role models.

3) Then just keep on writing until you become good at it. “Practice, practice and more practice makes perfect.” 

4) Somewhere along your journey, if you are consistent on it, you will find your voice. And if you are truthful and speak from the heart, your very own unique voice will show. People will see it. And people will appreciate it. Authenticity, consistency, truthfulness and heart are the key.

Those are my key takeaways from her talk that day. I mustered the courage to start blogging because of that. So cheers to people who inspires us, in one way or another – big or small. Hopefully my blog will one day inspire and help someone in the future too.

If you are reading this, feel free to repost or share with anyone whom you think might need to read one or more of the items here. Let’s help each other have #HappyMorselsForInspiredEverydays

Thank you Amazing Readers for always tagging me on Instagram with your lovely photos and meaningful messages. I am grateful for all of you. If I missed out on your picture, please tag me again. I would love to post them here on the blog.

It’s Monday, people. Time to get started!

First Christmas In The New Maison Epperson

We celebrated Christmas in our new old house. I thought it was going to feel a bit weird in a sense that having more square feet would make it feel less cozy. We’ve been so used to spending the holidays in our small condo for many years, crammed in a space where the living and dining rooms were literally one step away and we’re always on top of each other. We loved it!

I have to admit though that having more rooms and areas to hangout in the new Maison Epperson felt relaxing. Everyone was chill and it was easier to wrap each others presents in private, haha!

Here’s how we spent Christmas in the new house:

December 23

Christmas countdown. One of the best thing we installed in our kitchen is the DIY blackboard (we couldn’t find black-colored blackboard paint so Tom mixed his own. He just Googled how-tos) on our China Closet (another cool and practical area in our new house) door. We all doodle and make blackboard art and we even had a Christmas countdown!

December 24

Cozy set-up. Our new formal living room is quite spacious. The idea of having a Santa Stakeout there seemed too cold. Since our family room is still bare (I decided to have some of our furniture custom made and I’ll be sharing with you this exciting project soon!), it was the perfect area to bring out our mattresses, snuggle up to each other and keep our tradition.

Not exactly the way I wanted to decorate the room for the holidays but it will do for now.

Bed weather. For this year, I decided to spice things up by using colorful beddings for the holidays. We changed our all-white Marshmallow Palace (aka our bed) to some printed pillows and blankets and pastel-colored bedsheets (to keep with the marshmallow look. LOL).

Cheers! I also set up a hot cocoa station for the fam but we ended up not drinking any because we got so full from our dinner. Food coma lang ang peg.

Christmas movie marathon. This year’s playlist: “The Polar Express”, “Home Alone 1″, “Elf” and “Arthur Christmas.”

Christmas Eve dinner “plato-platuhan”. I always wanted to decorate using fresh pine branches and pine cones. I’m glad I found some in the flower market.

I used my old Spode “Christmas Tree” collection mixed in with my new copper-colored placemats and pine cone-printed table napkins I got in Pottery Barn. I also went for a mismatched stemware using glass goblets I bought years ago in The Landmark and my new Camille Wine Glasses from Crate & Barrel. I usually use unscented candles for the dining table but for Christmas, I lit red, apple cinnamon-scented tea candles.

Christmas Eve dinner. Tom usually cooks turkey for Christmas but we were all “turkey-ed” out from last Thanksgiving. This year, we all decided to cook something different: Lasagna!

Holidays at The Epperson’s are always stress-free especially in the kitchen. Our menu is simple (usually one or two dishes only) but special. We don’t believe in slaving in the kitchen. Cooking is always a joy and the less time we spend cooking and baking, the more free time we have with each other.

Since it’s Christmas, I made my luxe version of lasagna using assorted cheeses (fresh mozzarella squares, freshly grated parmesan cheese, ricotta and some cottage cheese mixed with egg and parsley.) I also whipped up some bechamel cheese sauce on the side. It’s safe to say that our arteries worked overtime, haha!

Tom made garlic bread with French butter, parsley and fresh garlic paste.

Hug or headlock?

My biggest blessings

Santa and reindeer food. After dinner, the kids left milk and cookies for some expected guests. ;) Then we continued with our movie marathon (as you can see in the jalousie reflection “Elf” was showing) and waited for Santa until we all fall asleep.

December 25

Wake up! It’s Christmas morning!!!

The long wait is over! Merry Christmas from the Epperson’s!

Rockin’ around the Christmas Peppermint tree

Santa came to Maison Epperson!!! Check out the face of my son Dylan! Priceless.

You’re never too old to believe.

They saw mommy kissing Santa Claus!

Our helper, “The Liza 2000″ had a holly, jolly Christmas!

Tom just missed Santa but he bumped into him on his way out. ;)

The madness. Time to open the prezzies!!!

Christmas brunch “plato-platuhan”. I think I woke up way too early or I must have been excited about Christmas that I forgot the napkins, stemware and flatware when I took a shot of the tablescape! LOL

Christmas won’t be the same without bacon! LOL

And with these pictures from our Christmas home, I am wishing you all a happy holiday. May all your wishes come true…

Whether it’s an old house or new home, small space or big space, Christmas is all about being with the ones you love.

Shoppingero/shoppingera, how did you spend Christmas?

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Shoppingero/shoppingera, see you at the mall!

 

Last-Minute Holiday Style Tips From Friends

Is it just me or is Christmas approaching faster than a speeding bullet? One moment it was just October then BOOM! December 22 naaaa!

If you’re like me who is still working and haven’t totally prepared for the big day (WHAT TO WEAR?!!), I’ve asked a little help from my friends (they are the best in the industry) to give all of us some ideas and inspiration to keep sane and stylish at the same time during Christmas.

Dressed in Holiday Style by Pauline Juan, Editor-in-Chief of Preview magazine

Holiday dressing should be about wearing your favorites.

#OOTD: Betina tee, Charina Sarte trousers, necklaces from Fah Luxe and Forever 21, bracelet from Cova and pointy toe pumps from a trip to Turkey.

It’s all in the details

Festive Food by Bea Ledesma, Hinge Group Publisher

This is a pretty staple dish I prepare when entertaining, simply because it’s easy but high-impact. It looks like it takes a lot of effort but once you’ve mastered the art of boiling the perfect egg, it’s easier than making pie.

Steps:
1. Boil eggs. It’s safe to estimate that 11/2 eggs are good per person. Place eggs in a roomy saucepan or whatever. Make sure it’s covered completely in fresh tap water. Let boil for a good 7-8 minutes then shut off heat and let it steep for another 8-10 minutes. This way you don’t get that ugly gray core that comes from over-boiling your eggs.

2.Peel eggs and then halve them.

3. Scoop out the hardened yolks (though they should be soft and fluffy actually). Mash and mix with mayonnaise. I don’t really measure, I tend to eyeball it but for people who demand measurement, around 3 tablespoons for 4 eggs seems fair.

4. Finely chop some onion, combine with the egg-mayo mixture. For mayo, it’s important to use the good quality kind. I like the one sold at Cibo which is really ritz if you know what I mean. (“it tastes rich,” I say to my mom after she’s all like “will you talk like a normal person, please.”) But if you’re not willing to schlep to Cibo, then go for the Japanese mayo that’s probably in your pantry. Throw in some sea salt and pepper to taste.

5. Once mixed, spoon on top of the white part of the egg. Top with fresh dill.

6. Some people like to add smoked salmon (or any kind of preferred smoked fish) to deviled eggs, which is great too. But if you don’t have it in your fridge then this basic version (which tastes far from basic if done right) is perfectly good.

7. Stuff your face. (Try to do this part in private.)

Christmas Look by Agoo Bengzon, Preview and Cosmo Contributing Beauty Editor/Director-at-Large

The holidays don’t exactly allow you the luxury of time to do a full-on face so opt for a statement lip instead–all it requires is good skin (a swipe off BB cream will do) and curled lashes. Apply an unusual hue like a deep purple, and you’re good to go.

Zoya Pixie Dust
Perfect for days when you don’t have time to get your nails done–I swear, this is the easiest to apply and longest-wearing polish (sans a top coat!) in my book.

Pond’s Age Miracle BB Cream
Packing on the foundation for dressy events just isn’t cool anymore these days. Remember, the more natural, the better. This helps you look ten years younger AND is easy to blend too!

Mac Heroine
I love a good statement lip because it’s a lot easier to do than a smoky eye. This purple hue is a nice break from the all too predictable reds.

Burberry fragrance
Model greats Kate Moss and Cara Delevigne adore this scent. Enough said.

Shu Uemura Eyeliner
International Artistic Director for Shu Uemura Kakuyasu Uchiide visited Manila recently, and revealed that the cateye is making a huge comeback this season. I’m going to wear it every single day.

Thank you ladies for all your help! I agree on what Pauline said, style is all about wearing your favorites! I’m donning my favorite Christmas pajamas and putting on the brightest red lipstick and I will be stuffing my face (in private as Bea suggested) with everything on the Christmas dinner table!

Happy holidays!

Repost: “Hallmark Presents…Wrap Star: Jenni Epperson”

First of all, I am thrilled and delighted to work on a project with Hallmark. When it comes to gift wrapping, greeting cards and all things fun, fab and personalized, Hallmark makes it so easy and simple to create playful packaging for presents and cards.

I spent a half a day last week creating super easy packaging for Christmas and taking photos and videos too (watch out for them on IG!) It was so much fun! I live for creative moments like this!

Photo taken from Instagram

I’d like to thank Trina Licauco-Alindogan for inspiring me to create something special for the holidays! That drive home (we just realized we were neighbors!) from a Christmas party that we both attended was serendipity. Thanks too to Kathleen Bautista of Filstar for organizing all the wonderful Hallmark goodies!

Ladies and gentlemen, guess who’s this season’s “Wrap Star,” haha

The Christmas shopping is done. It’s now crunch time! Time to wrap some presents!

For this project, my idea was to create easy, fun and fab gift wrapping designs—minimal effort but maximum impact. This is a fool-proof, no-fuss process for creating wrapped-up presents perfect for last minute gift wrapping.

Repost from Hallmark:

Hallmark Presents…Wrap Star: Jenni Epperson

A few more days till Christmas and you’re running out of time to wrap last-minute gifts or worse, you haven’t started gift wrapping award-winning Lifestyle blogger (www.JenniEpperson.com), stylist and mom Jenni Epperson has got some easy-peasy ideas to wrap those presents in a snap!

To get started, here’s what you need:

Hallmark musts!

Gift bags, gift tags and meaningful greeting cards are the ingredients to last-minute gift wrapping.

Pretty bows pack a punch. Use these cute gift-toppers to instantly make your present sparkle!

Good things come in boxes. It’s a simple as 1, 2, 3: Unfold the box, seal with a ribbon, et violá!

Send some nostalgia by making your recipient feel “beary cozy” with this warm and fuzzy friend.

Sometimes words don’t come easy — that’s what Hallmark greeting cards are for. They are also cute and festive! These Bic multi-colour pens add fun to writing Christmas messages.

If you want to finish your gift wrapping fast, get your kids these Art Attack markers and pens and they’ll be off your back in no time. Plus, it gets their creative juices flowing!

Let’s get this gift wrapping party started!

The easiest way to gift wrap is the two-step process: Bag it then tag it!

Need a no-fuss, fool-proof way to bundle up your gifts? These printed gift bags are perfect for fast and trouble-free wrapping.

Tip: Design your own gift bag using plain colored bags and place on 3D stickers on the paper bag!

People, listen up! For minimum effort and maximum impact you need to buy collapsible and pre-made boxes and assorted bows as gift toppers!

Box + bow = fun and flirty prezzies

No one told me about the Paper Flower gift topper? So beautiful and so easy to use!

Pre-made boxes + Fancy gift topper = The Ultimate Christmas Box

Sending out some food in a jar or wine? Printed cellophane, sash and bows are the shiz! You can also jazz up the jar with cute chalkboard sticker labels.

3D effect collapsible boxes also make the easiest and most wonderful packaging!

Stop the press! Battery-operated Flashing Bow is this season’s showstopper! Ahhhhhh!!!

It’s a wrap!

Shop for Hallmark at your nearest National Book Store branch!

The Epperson’s Christmas Peppermint Tree

It’s that time of the year again when I get to share with all of you our Christmas tree and holiday decor.

I would’ve blogged about this earlier but I have so much work and pending projects I had to attend to and I almost forgot to blog this!! Thanks to some of my friends who sent me text messages: “Ang shogal naman ng Christmas tree reveal!” and “Magva-Valentine’s Day na, waley pa ba ang Christmas tree reveal?”

Grabe naman sa pressure! Eto na mga bakla, haha!

Every year, I dedicate the look of our Christmas tree to one of my family members. The last two years, I’ve crreated themed trees for Tom and Dylan. This year, I’m dedicating our tree to my daughter Aryanna who is having an amazing year. She just recently won the MTV VJ Hunt out of thousands of hopefuls while still maintaining being on the Dean’s List in the university. Wow. Tom and I are so blessed.

When I think of Aryanna, I think of all things cute, adorbs and peppermints!

Ladies and gentlemen presenting… The Epperson’s holiday decor:

It took me a few months to collect all the peppermint ornaments. I bought some of the decor online and the others are from different shops and department stores.

Our new house also has a grand staircase. I wanted to decorate it with a winter-y garland and I found the coolest LED poinsettia lights!

Love the velvet poinsettia!

Some autumnal decor for the formal living room

Cinnamon-scented pine cones spell Christmas!

I also provided an additional Christmas gift table to accommodate some of the presents that didn’t fit the theme of our tree (at meron pa talaga kaming color theme for the Christmas gift wrappers, haha!)

I am sooooo happy I found peppermint lollies to use as toppers for our tree!

A sweet peppermint-y entrance

Tah-dah!!!

Tom and the kids love the tree! Aryanna is super happy with the our Christmas decor. I think I did a good job this year decorating our new home for the holidays. Just don’t pay attention to the bare walls. We haven’t gotten around hanging the artwork. We’re still nitpicking plus, we had something custom made so it’s taking forever.

Anyway, I think our Christmas peppermint tree makes up for the lack of furniture and decor. It’s a happy tree!

The decorations are done. I’m looking forward now to setting up the table for Christmas brunch and dinner. It’s also time to wrap more presents. Later everyone!

Shoppingero/shoppingera, Aryanna’s newly designed website is already up! Check out her “Hello, Holiday!” post, visit www.AryannaEpperson.com now!

My Curated Collection For Banana Rebublic

When Banana Republic and Store Specialists, Inc. asked me to curate a collection for the holidays, I was beyond thrilled! The brand is synonymous to style and quality so choosing my favorites was easy. I also got to style the in-store merchandise and window display and I had loads of fun doing it.

Time to shake things up at Banana Republic!

Before I continue on my Banana Republic curated collection, I just want to mention that working inside a shop—fixing the displays and store windows brings me so much joy!

In case you didn’t know, after working for five years for a fashion house when I was still single, I took up my masters in Business and Marketing and at the same time I got a scholarship for window merchandising in Italy. So boutiques, shops and stores are my natural habitat and working with the sales staff, managers and visual merchandisers is effortless for me. In fact, I lav et!

Now, let the fashion games begin!

Fashion styling is not a glamorous job especially when heavy lifting is involved!

Working with the Banana Republic team was a breeze. No one minded getting their hands dirty and they were all patient with dressing up the mannequins particularly one pasaway dummy which legs kept on detaching. Ugh. LOL

I'd like to thank the Banana Republic ladies Angela Tucay, Associate Merchandizing Manager; Nadine Nocom, Marketing Officer and the sales staff and manager of their Greenbelt 5 branch for helping me out! We really had a great time working together!

Prior to the day I was going to fix the shop, I asked the Banana Republic team to send tons of mannequins to their Greenbelt shop.

The photo below was the “before” shot of the shop. The space was busting with neutral colors and a few tables only had folded merchandise and racks situated at the entrance. It was OK since the store has to follow the merchandising abroad but since I was invited to choose my own picks, I thought I’d do something more exciting.

My vision: After 5 cocktail hour, holiday style!

I love working with mannequins because they’re never late and the never talk back, hahaha! Joke!

Originally, I was supposed to just choose my picks, fix the collection and I’d be done. If you know me, that’s not going to happen. When I start something, I tend to finish it with a bang. Luckily, there were assorted decor in the stockroom so I used most of it to complete the look.

Boom. Best in resourcefulness lang ang peg.

Thanks to the staff it only took me two and a half hours to fix the in-store and window displays of entire shop. I love working fast and efficiently.

Ladies, presenting my Banana Republic curated collection for the holidays!

My Banana Republic picks are perfect for office Christmas parties where sparkly and metallic dresses rule the cubicle, these Banana Republic ensembles I chose will definitely make you standout without looking like a glittering Christmas tree. LOL

I mixed and matched Banana Republic’s cute basic pieces: just-above-the-knee skater skirts, luxurious silk joggers (my ultimate favorite) and chic sweaters (according to the staff, they’ve become best sellers!) for a festive and stylish look.

When wearing neutrals and basic pieces, accessories are everything!

Now, it’s time to style the men!

I wanted basics peppered with marsala (it’s the Pantone’s color of the year for 2015!) touches for that holiday look!

Add to cart: Soft cotton joggers paired with all-the-way-button-up shirts and a cozy cardi are musts this season!

Monochromatic love

In my opinion, Banana Republic has the softest washed tees! I know of a few men who hoard all colors. Get them now!

More marsala hue please!

Happy holidays from Banana Republic and me!

STYLE TIP FOR HER: Don't want to reveal your arms? Layer a short-sleeved black knitted top and wear a gold lace dress over it. Finish it off with a pair of gold pumps and an in-your-face neckpiece to complete the holiday look! STYLE TIP FOR HIM: Go for monochromatic marsala and top it with a cream-colored cable knit cardi for a stylish holiday outfit!

Aryanna: “The shop looks cool! I love the sweatshirts and skirts! Good job, Mom!”

I’ve impressed my teenage daughter. That is everything. My work is done. LOL

Love this poster designed and approved by the principals of Banana Republic! This is serendipity! You’ll know what I mean soon.

Thanks Banana Republic and SSI!

Shoppingero/shoppingera, shop now at Banana Republic stores!

Five Favorites

Christmas is fast approaching and traffic has become hell. I wish our city is not polluted so we can walk or bike and drive less.

To avoid unnecessary stress, I suggest to plan Christmas lunches with friends and early cocktail hour get-togethers instead of the usual dinners to avoid road rage.

‘Tis the season to keep calm, relax and stay at home once you’re done with the holiday shopping.

Here are some of my stay-sane faves:

1. Utz White Cheddar Snow Balls. Let it snow white cheddar snow balls! These light and cheeze-y balls are perfect to serve to kids (it’s gluten-free!) and adults when entertaining.

Available in S&R

2. Order room service. I love hotel staycations! Service in restos in hotels can get crazy during the holidays. Ring for room service and cozy up in bed with some major meals. Don’t forget to tip the room service attendant!

3. Spa time & ginger tea. Book an appointment in a spa during your break. You’ll thank me for it!

4. Ban.do Hot Stuff Thermal Mug – But First, Coffee. Coffee and hot chocolate tastes better in this thermal drinkware!

My daughter Aryanna is now the Brand Ambassador for Ban.do. It’s a brand that is inspired by all things fun: cute stationery, notebooks, pens, bags, phone cases, thermal mugs, sip cups and more. So cute, so Aryanna!

Ban.do is available at PowerBooks.

5. MTV Pinoy. The whole family is now glued to MTV Pinoy to catch VJ Aryanna on TV. My music knowledge especially on OPM and K-Pop (Aryanna’s segment is “OK-Pop”) have been sharpened. Watching music videos on the boob tube has been fun, educational and the Eppersons are kilig to see Aryanna bloom on screen!

Catch MTV Pinoy on SkyCable Ch71, Cignal Ch80, Destiny Cable Ch47 (Analog) and Ch71 (Digital), and Cablelink Ch37!

The Christmas countdown officially begins now! Are you ready?

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