Easy Creamy Herb Chicken

It’s been a while since I messed up our kitchen. I’ve been lazy during weekdays and always out during weekends. I wan’t to share this easy recipe that you might want to try. This will fit your schedules no matter how busy you are. Give me 15 minutes and you’ll enjoy this quick and easy creamy herb chicken recipe.

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 INGREDIENTS:

2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
2 Tablespoons butter
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 lb. white button mushrooms, sliced
1 large clove garlic, chopped
1 1/2 cups chicken broth
2 teaspoons dry thyme
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
1/2 cup heavy cream

DIRECTIONS:

  • Halve chicken breasts and cut into 1/4-inch thick cutlets.
  • In a large skillet set to medium-high heat, melt butter and olive oil. Once hot, add chicken cutlets.
  • Reduce heat to medium. Add mushrooms and garlic. Sauté for about 3 minutes, until mushrooms are slightly limp and chicken is golden brown,. Add broth and thyme, scraping up browned bits in bottom of pan. Simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Stir in Parmesan and cream until well blended.
  • You can also add bell peppers for additional flavour.
  • Serve and Enjoy :)

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Toddler Care during SUMMER :)

Summer in the UAE is very different from summer time in the Philippines. Each season has its own charm and its own challenges. But whether it’s here in Dubai or in Manila, summer still brings with it scorching sun and hot winds. It is a big change for the little ones (even adults too!) But do not fret. I want to share with you a summer care guide to keep us and our munchkin comfortable and cool this summer. Most of what’s written here are advices from my mom, fellow moms and based on my personal experiences too.

  1. Dress them right.Wear light coloured clothing. – What our baby wears can help keep them cool. Whites and brights are nice to look at and very comfortable to wear during the hot season. Put on your checklist cotton clothes and say no to synthetic fabric at this time of the year – this can cause prickly heat rashes.
  2. Get a proper sun hat for your baby. Make sure it has a wide rim, and that it fits well. My mom already bought three different hats for Ellie.Take note that it’s best to avoid hats with elastic support which may constrict blood circulation.
  3. Stay indoors during the peak heat hours. Do I have to explain this further? It can cause heat stroke on adults and what more on our kids right?
  4. Choose suitable nappies.Remember that nappies tend to trap the heat, this can cause rashes and other types of skin irritation. We haven’t tried using the washable nappies that’s currently on trend. Ellie uses Pampers Premium Care because of the breathable materials note : micro pores help air circulation, allowing skin to breathe.
  5. Be HYDRATED.If your baby is younger than six months, and if you are exclusively breastfeeding, you do not need to give them water, even in hot weather. Babies who breastfeed whenever they wish do not get dehydrated. If your baby is formula-fed, you could offer him some boiled, cooled water in hot weather. For older babies who are already on solids, you could try milk shakes, fresh fruit juices and coconut water. These are refreshing and nutritious. Avoid sodas and caffeine-loaded drinks.
  6. Sunscreen. There lots of good brands out there just make sure to go for the mild sunscreen specially designed for babies and toddlers as they need to be protected from harsh sun too! Ellie’s Godmother – Geli, gave her The Honest Company Honest Mineral Sunscreen, SPF 50+. We also have Mustela High Protection Sun Lotion and the Nivea Sun KidsSunscreen. Costco-Find-Honest-Company-Honest-Mineral-Sunscreen-SPF-50.png
  7. Cool off with some water play. Summers are a good time to let your baby enjoy some water play. You can head out to the beach or even just the bathtub or a small inflatable baby pool with a little water and some bath toys. I noticed that Ellie or toddlers in general, love to splash around, so let them have fun. *But make sure that they are supervised – little ones can drown.. even with just few INCHES of water.
  8. An air conditioned room right after a bath is a NO NO. They can easily catch a cold and chills. Switch on the air conditioner only after they are fully clothed and their hair is dry. Whenever Ellie is sleeping or playing, we make sure that the cold air does not flow directly at her (my mom told me this). It’s also best not to take them into warmer areas just after she has been in an air conditioned room. Switch off the AC first.  We have to let our kids adjust to the warmth before taking him out.
  9. Protect them from mosquitoes.Dengue fever and even malaria are caused by stagnant water and dirty surroundings. So,regularly clean and change water. This will prevent the breeding of any insects. Use insect repellent creams on your baby.
  10. Use shades or eye goggles to protect their eyes. Some might say that this is too much… but please make sure that it has UV protection, after all that’s the reason why we are buying it for them  – and second is, of course,the undeniable cuteness.]

Summer time is a great time to spend outdoors with the family. We are excited to be back in the Philippines for our vacation. We will definitely go far south for the beaches or went far North to Baguio City.  Nothing is definite as of this time but Tags and I are sure that Ellie will enjoy her vacation this year.

Share the love, let me know how you take good care of your toddlers during summer? :)

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Seek and Save.

The past few months, expenses were way out of our hands. Nope. We didn’t splurge on shopping or anything unnecessary. We just need to renew our house lease and renew the car insurance and registration, usual expenses for Ellie and some emergency stuff that we need to buy like new house lock and small things that we thought won’t harm the funds but it did. We bought nothing fancy or pricey for us.My husband and I are both working – our financial status is fine, but not great. That’s the truth. We are still thankful because we don’t have too much, but we have more than enough.I know that we can do more to save more. It pays a lot to be a wise buyer or spender.

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There are lots of ways to save, seeking for deals is definitely one of them.

I listed here some of the apps that I checked out and I can say that they are very helpful :)

I am checking out different deals on the internet and I stumbled upon SkoutDeals. The good thing about SkoutDeals is that once you downloaded the app you can actually find deals near you.Yes, just like that. So, why spend more if you can browse at different categories and search if there’s an offer that you can avail. There’s like a point system that after you bought something it will actually monitor your savings and at a certain level there’s a surprise waiting. Take note that you don’t have to spend a lot every time. As of the moment, SkoutDeals is not yet available here in the UAE… but I am hoping that they will soon be :) If you’re located in the US you can check out this app and share your thoughts about it too.

Groupon & Cobone offers ‘daily deals’ or group buying, site featuring  deals on the best things to do, see, eat and buy in the UAE. Entertainer, on the other hand is more of buy one get one free scheme. Although there are lots of merchants under these three savers there are  only specific merchant branches that you can use the vouchers and sometimes public holidays are not included.

Getting discounts, scoring deals, coupons and vouchers helps a lot. At first I am shy to use these options but as a mother I need to work on that, after all I am still paying (even if it is just half or a portion of the full price). Little steps are a great start and if we can cut the costs or the expenses why not go for that option.

What are your ways to save up? Do you also use apps and voucher codes like these? As a mom and as a consumer we have to work together and find amazing deals that will make all of us happy without breaking our bank accounts :)

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Parenting: Is it harder these days?

We have our own stories to tell when it comes to our journey to parenthood. My mother had her own stories about us growing up and her struggles too.

Now, that I have my own toddler to guide, I can’t help but wonder, is parenting harder these days? 

My parents and I had a discussion about drinking water. Babies below 6 months should not drink water. And I strictly told them not to give any water to Ellie even when she got hiccups! No matter what happens, NO water for her. The reason behind this ( I read in a parenting article) is for her to absorb all of the proper nutrients from the milk (calcium and other healthy stuff). My dad and mom protested. ” YOU had water after milk when you’re a baby and you’re just fine.” Well yeah. They have a point. But I argued with them that right now, lots of studies came out and most of the parenting ways long ago,were wrong. Oops I didn’t mean to offend them. It is just that this is the way that we want for Ellie, so please bear with me.

CHOICES.CHOICES.and more CHOICES.

Having a child is a choice. Raising kids is hard today because of different parenting philosophies, health guidelines, educational options, and more. It is not just about having a baby and guiding them and raising them as healthy and literate individual. I am writing this based on my experience. From the day that I got a positive result and found out that we’re going to have a baby is not just about it. But from day one, it is more of choices, choices and more choices.

What to eat and avoid during pregnancy, normal delivery or c-section,induced or not? with epidural or not? Should we let our baby cry herself to sleep, how to potty-train her, at what age she should enter kindergarten, whether and how to pass on our religious faith to her, at what age she can stay home alone, how much time she should spend watching Eva Elly and the ABC songs etc. Honestly – I am burning half of my energy thinking about different choices and sometimes I still resort to the ways that I was raised as a child.

Today we are given multiple choices and it means making decisions are harder to make than they were for previous generations. My mother told me that I always know what is right and wrong for my kid. No matter what books I read or whatever advices other moms or forums gave me I am still her best choice. We need to simply realize that most parents really are trying to do what’s best for their kids (like me), and to extend a little more grace  and space to the parents who raise their kids differently than how I raise mine. Like a quote says :

“Parenthood is not a battle with other parents.Parenthood is your journey with your children”.

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Ten Tips for a Happy Marriage.

I was browsing Pinterest and I came upon this image. I saved and sent it to my husband. We are still a young couple (husband and wife) even if we are together for years already. Our relationship needs a lot more polishing, compromises, and deeper understanding. We are two different individuals and sometimes the differences take over and we argue.  Some of the tips listed here are easy to say than done. I am guilty. It’s not easy being with me that’s why I honor my husband for bearing with my tantrums and eye-rolling moments.

Before I  married Tags, I really have a hard time forgiving. One of my personal struggles. This is my favorite flaw like holding grudges became my forte. Then I realized that when it comes to marriage holding on to something bad against your spouse is a no-no.That’s why I always open my heart and my mind when it comes to petty fights and arguments. Apologizing is another topic. When we are still dating he told me that I don’t know how to say SORRY. Like I will die if I utter the word. BUT marriage and a motherhood changed me. It’s a change I’ve decided myself. I know that my marriage will not work if I keep my old ways. I don’t want to have a family where arguments and fighting are part of the daily routine.

This is about maintaining good communication with your spouse and keeping your individuality. Remember that a healthy relationship is growing together with your partner. You cannot just be stuck on what you are 10 years ago or before you met your husband/wife. Lack of growth can create a stagnant relationship and a stagnant relationship is a dead-end relationship.

Take your time to read and think about the stuff written here.

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