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Friday, March 17, 2017

Birthday Celebration: Chicago Weekend Getaway

Chicago Getaway: A very special birthday celebrations with my in-laws.


Sweet Hello Everyone :)


First post of the month and couldn't be more happier and excited. Indeed, I missed blogging and missed you all dearly. I was just little busy in past few weeks (I think its a good excuse to have.. wink:) Since, I started this blog (5 years ago) I always do a blog post about my birthday celebration and this year is no exception. It's better late than never right? As you may remembered my birthday celebration last year. Get that excitement coming!! because I'm taking you with me and together we are going to unfold fun birthday celebration with family plus unforgettable Chicago trip with my in-laws.Grab your favorite drink and lets make a toss for awesome birthday 2017 and for memorable experience.

I feel so grateful and super lucky to have such a wonderful family who spoiled me not only on my birthday but everyday. It just felt amazing that my hubby and kids took me to Red Velvet Cafe for the first time. I ordered 4 cupcakes and Mango Bubble Tea for drink. It was so good!


Then, we head out to Bonifacio (Modern Filipino Restaurant) for scrumptious dinner experience. I ordered my ultimate favorite Filipino dish which is Lechon Kawali.. It was so tasty! I really feel like I'm home. Other food that my family ordered were Lumpia Shanghai, Spaghetti and Fried Chicken and Sisig Taco for hubby. Overall food experience at Bonifacio was amazing!


Aside from delicious Lechon Kawali that I ordered. I also got very refreshing drink which I totally forgot the name, kinda taste like lemonade level up because of alcohol content (wink).  Lastly, how about Special Halo-Halo for dessert? Can we all scream!!!! for Halo-Halo? I'm just super excited to have Halo-Halo again. Its been almost two years since the last time I had one,and it was back on our 2015 Outerbanks, NC trip It was indeed such a sweet birthday treat for me. 

.. That's not ALL... Let me welcome you to our Girls Weekend Birthday Getaway at Chicago.....

You heard it right! I'm taking you to Chicago where we celebrated our birthday's together with my beloved in-laws. We flew and stayed at Luxurious Waldorf Astoria, Chicago. The place was amazing, relaxing, and fancy. Then, we head out for dinner at Tavern on Rush. The food was so good and the serving was huge. It was really fun night!

We started early the next day for our Spa & Massage Appointment which is located in the hotel. It was best ever experience! Spa + Sauna = Relaxation.
After a very relaxing experience at Spa, we head out to explore Chicago at its BEST. We eat brunch and stroll around. It was so FUN! The people, the surroundings, noises, the big buildings. 


We, then head out for authentic Italian dinner experience at Volare Ristorante Italiano. I was really good! As you may remembered my Instagram post of the food that I ordered I'm such a huge seafood lover.  Can you tell? wink   
Time goes fast when your having fun and it was our last day at Chicago. But, before we head home we explore the place to the fullest. We hit the bridge that overlooked the big buildings of Chicago and it was beautiful. We walked, took a lot of pictures, and subway experience. Indeed, unforgettable birthday experience. I can sit on the couch and talked about our Chicago trip all day..and forever (hahaha) But, it's about time to take my kids to school. I hope you have fun reading my blog today and learn new things to experience. 

I will see you next time for more fun and exciting post. Have a great day everyone! Stay gorgeous and don't forget to wear that big SMILE! :)

P.S. I would like to say Thank You to my beloved family for being the BEST. To my wonderful in-laws who invited me to celebrate really fabulous birthday experience. To my cousin Lorlyn- salamat kayo sa gift Dai. To my family and friends who greeted me offline and online. Thank you so much for sweet greetings, being so generous, and wonderful. I love you all!

xoxox- Melgie

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

February Daily Goodie Box Review

Fall in-love with Daily Goodie Box :)


Happy Hearts Day Everyone!

Being with my family on Valentines Day is the sweetest day ever. The celebration is simple yet so sweet! We had scrumptious dinner and chocolate cake for dessert (my family's favorite) Aside from the sweetest Valentines Day experience, I also get a chance to open my awesome Daily Goodie Box that was sent to me for free courtesy from DailyGoodieBox. Oh, Yes! another wonderful Daily Goodie Box that I cannot wait to share with you. Keep that excitement coming because I'm doing the sweetest Daily Goodie Box unboxing for the month of February (wohooo!!) As you may remembered my last blog posts of Daily Goodie Box unboxing click HERE and HERE.

If you love receiving free samples and love to share your opinion about the products that you tried. Then, this blog post is right for you. The Daily Goodie Box is new FREE sample box service. It's totally FREE to join. Sign Up for FREE, you then fill out your profile so that they can match you with a perfect Daily Goodie Box that caters your personal style. Isn't it wonderful? New boxes pop-up everyday and they offer both full-size and sample size products. Once the Daily Goodie Box send you a box for free. All you have to do is to try the products and share your thoughts by leaving review on their site or blog about it. It's super easy! Click HERE to learn more about Daily Goodie Box.

Best thing about Daily Goodie Box- shipping is FREE and NO Credit Card required EVER.

As always Daily Goodie Box continued to impressed me with their monthly surprised boxes. It was perfectly wrapped and simply awesome. Are you excited to see what's inside my February Daily Goodie Box? Lets go!:)


February Daily Goodie Box Includes:

Nellie's All-Natural - Laundry Soda Packs
JustChill - Stress Relief Drinks 
Vermont Smoke & Cure  - Cracked Pepper Beef & Pork Sticks
 Nature's Bakery - Raspberry Fig Bars
Jack N' Jill - Natural Toothpaste
 Dream Water - Sleep Powder
 Coffee Blocks - Butter Coffee
 Aloha - Daily Good Greens
 XyliChew - Spearmint
 Gorilly Goods - Organic Snacks


This is going to fun and exciting not only for me but also for you my lovely readers. Grab your favorite drink and lets chat.:)

When I talked about coffee, I get so excited and have a big smile on my face. So, trying this Coffee Blocks- Butter Coffee  makes me super happy and excited! The aroma smells amazing which I really love. It taste delicious, smooth, creamy, and butterlicious coffee. It's super easy to make. Just squeeze the Coffee Blocks into a cup. Add 12 oz water ( 8oz hot plus 4 oz room temp) Mix and enjoy! it that simple and its SO good. I am now calling my family and friends who love coffee as much as I do. This product is a MUST try. Delicious!


Next on the list is this delicious calming drink JustChill - Stress Relief Drinks. This is my first time trying out this product and I'm SOLD! I tried the Rio Berry flavor and its incredibly delicious sparkling calming beverages. Just Chill is a calming drink designed to support your lifestyle of staying calm and confidence. This drink is indeed delicious and has great benefits. Love it!

Moving on the next product. We have Dream Water- Sleep Powder which is so perfect for sleepiness. This is my second time trying out this product and I LOVE it. Just take one stick approximately 30 minutes prior to needing help with occasional sleeplessness with hot water, cold water, or without water. This product is drug free and fast acting. For more information about this product visit www.drinkdreamwater.com

The next product is this Vermont Smoke & Cure  - Cracked Pepper Beef & Pork Sticks Oh, YES! its perfect meaty snack for the whole family. I love the flavor combination of Pepper Beef and Pork. Even my kids love it. It's so delicious and I highly recommended for sure.


 Excitement overload! Introducing this  Nellie's All-Natural - Laundry Soda Packs and Nellie's WOW Stick Stain remover First, I'd like to talk about about the Laundry Soda Packs. Its highly concentrated formula will leave your clothes soft and fresh, rinsing residue free. Also, I noticed that there's little scoop inside the product which makes it so much easier and convenient for me. 

Next is Nellie's WOW Stick Stain Remover. This product is amazing and so perfect for me. It has a perfect scent combination of lemongrass and orange oil which I really liked. Just rub gently onto the stain, agitate the stain under water and wash with Nellie's All-Natural- Laundry Soda Packs. This product is highly recommended.


Next product on my February Daily Goodie Box is my kids new favorite toothpaste. Introducing to you Jack N' Jill Natural Toothpaste super kids friendly toothpaste and it smells so fresh. My kids LOVE this toothpaste! Its certified organic, safe to swallow, made of all natural ingredients, no fluoride, no preservatives, and no added color. One of the BEST toothpaste that my kids tried and loved.

My new favorite is next on the line. This Aloha- Daily Good Greens is so good and so versatile. I love to use this product on pretty much everything. A little sprinkles on yogurt, oatmeal, and drinks. Its perfect way to get dietary supplement without sacrificing the taste. Its a chocolate Blend Whole-Food Powder that energizes, provides nutrients, and makes you feel GREAT! Love this product.

You probably saw my last week Instagram post of XyliChew- Spearmint from my Chicago trip. I'm so in-love with XyliChew its so refreshing gum and great for everyday use and for travel. One of the BEST gum I had for long time. I highly recommend this product.


Saving the two of my new favorite snacks for last. Lets start with Natures Bakery-  Raspberry Fig Bar
Aside from its Non- GMO Project verified, cholesterol free, dairy free, kosher and no transfat. It taste absolutely delicious! One of my favorite snack for sure!

Another delicious sweet treat from Daily Goodie Box is this Gorilly Goods- Organic Snacks I tried the FOREST (chocolate) - Dark Choclate, Fruit and Nuts the combination of bitter sweet chocolate, raw nuts and fruits is so hard to resist. It that good! A MUST try product and so addicting. Definitely one of my new favorite snack. Yum!

.. and that summarized my super awesome February Daily Goodie Box ( Thank you so much to Daily Goodie Box) for all these wonderful goodies that me and family enjoyed. I hope yo have fun reading my reviews. don't forget to Sign Up for FREE. Its definitely worth doing as you may never know what may pop-up in your mailbox. Until next time everyone. Stay gorgeous as always!:)

xoxo- Melgie

Disclosure: I received this Daily Goodie Box for free to review. Opinions expressed are my own. Thanks you #DailyGoodieBox for awesome surprise

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Chicken Mashed Potato Bowl

Homemade Chicken Mashed Potato Bowl Recipe


Hello Everyone :)

It's been a long time since the last time I posted about food recipes. Due to my busy schedule between family, work, and holiday gatherings. Now, that everything is going in slow pace. I finally have time to cooked and blog about it (Yay!) Get that excitement coming because I'll be sharing my daughter's favorite dish, which is now my family's favorite. Can we all scream (Yumm!)? 

This recipe has everything you need for a perfect meal and indeed a crowd pleaser! I love how all the ingredients compliment each other and make every bite extra special. I hope this recipe gives you excitement because I will be sharing my own version of Chicken Mashed Potato Bowl. Its super easy to make and I promise you- this is going to be delicious experience. Are you ready to get started? If so.. Lets gather all the ingredients needed and start cooking!


Note: Adjust the quantity of the ingredients for larger crowd. Taste according to your preference! Enjoy:)



Chicken Mashed Potato Bowl
Ingredients:

2 Chicken Breast
Salt & Pepper - to taste
Oil - for frying the chicken
Flour and egg- for dredging

4-5 Large sized Potatoes
Butter
Sour Cream
Milk
1 pack of country gravy (store bought)
1 can corn
Shredded Cheese

Directions: 
Fried Chicken Recipe
1.) Seasoned the chicken breast with salt and pepper. Prepare the dredging station which consist of beaten eggs in one bowl and separate bowl for flour mixture.
2.) Put cooking oil on the pan. Start dredging the chicken into the egg mixture and then onto flour mixture. Set aside.
3.) Fry the chicken for about 8-10 minutes each side or until golden brown and crispy. Keep it warm in the oven.
- NOTE: If you don't like to do all the work of making your own fried chicken. Store bought is lways an option :)

Mashed Potato Recipe
1.) Peeled the Potatoes and cut into big cubes. Put water into a large pan and let it boil. Add the potatoes and let it cooked until the potatoes soften.
2.) Drained the cooked potatoes. Transfer it into a big bowl with butter, milk, and sour cream.
3.) Then mashed the potatoes until smooth and creamy. (My kids love to do this part!:) Set aside

Country Gravy
Simply follow the instructions on the gravy mix. Super easy and quick way to make delicious gravy!

Make sure that the corn is heated up. Chopped the fried chicken into bite pieces... And we are ready for delicious Chicken Mashed Potato Bowl.



When making this Mashed Potato Bowl. I'd like mine to be in specific order, start it off with mashed potato, followed by corn, then chopped chicken, gravy and cheese. This is really worth all the work in the kitchen..and its SO good. A perfect comfort meal for the whole family for sure. That's not ALL. How about double chocolate chunk cookies? Yummo!  I made this Double Chocolate Chunk Cookies to make our family dinner extra special. It soft, chunky, chocolatey, and delicious!

 I hope you have fun reading this delicious Chicken Mashed Potato Bowl recipe. And don't forget to give this recipe a try. Don't be shy to grabbed one delicious cookie :) I'll see you in few days for more fun and delicious blog post. Enjoy the rest of the week. Stay gorgeous as always!:)

xoxox- Melgie

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