A Hit on Halloween: Cheesy Cheez Whiz Salsa Nacho Dip

Halloween is fast becoming one of my favorite holidays. What’s not to love with a season where everyone dresses up and gets candy? Di lang candy pala CAAANDIIIES. And yes, I am that mom who raids her kids’ plastic pumpkin pails when I need a quick sugar fix (nagpapaalam naman ako hahaha)

What’s even more fun during this holiday is the horror movies that everyone has to watch just because the holiday calls for it. As much as I hate horror movies, the fear factor goes down when I watch these movies with family and friends. Scaring each other has become the norm and the laughter that comes with it is what I really look forward to. I love it when the laughter turns into a hagalpakan festival with matching tears streaming down my face because a friend jumped off her seat while watching The Sixth Sense. (Pinaka hate ko na scene is the kitchen scene when the lady in the pink robe….well you know what happened! Scaaary!) Don’t even get me started on The Ring. Pero dapat talaga The Japanese version and yes I have yet to see this movie in full. I can only take it in small doses. Sadako get away from meeeee!!

Another great thing about the movies is FOOD! Nachos, popcorn and fries are our family’s favorites but movie nights at home are even more special because we give our own special twist to these concessionaire stand classics.

Dan makes his own nachos with just a plain cheese sauce which he makes by melting a bottle of Cheez Whiz in the microwave. I amped up this already yummy sauce with some mildly spicy chunky salsa. It’s a hit with my family because the dip has a creamy, sweet, salty zing that will make you forget Sadako!

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Click here for the recipe

Hello Me, How Are You?

I have just gotten home and I am filled with this urge to share you something that I have learned about this weekend. The thing is I really don’t know how to share it but I will try because I want you all to realize that there is a way out of the haze, there is a way out of muddled decision making, there is a way to face your fears head on and to embrace them and that there is a way to be better with how we live our lives.

I attended the Discover Your CORE program of The One Core this weekend. What the program teaches you is how to find clarity through all the noise inside you and outside you in order to come to inner peace and most importantly, inner freedom. I was with a group of good friends who I have had shared so many challenging moments already. They know me well but we are still discovering each other and in the process growing into ourselves all together.

Discover Your Core Weekend

bonding to the max with kris, jenny, jackie, fleuar (pic from eli)

We shared freely our aches and pains but Coach Pia was there to reign us in and to provide us with a framework in order for us to process our pain and to look at them as opportunities for growth.

I’ll try to explain briefly what we were taught. I hope that I do justice to the lessons!!!

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Fun Find for the Kids: Euky Bearub Review!

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The weather is just plain crazy. One day it's raining (and raining hard pa with feelings) and the next you have the sun beating down on you like it's summer. We all know what comes with our unpredictable weather -- a lot of kids with awful coughs and colds. Enter Euky Bearub, a chest rub imported from Australia. You really can't get any more Aussie with the cute Koala in the tube :) So here's a rundown of what I think about this pretty potent chest rub: The Eucalyptus and menthol smell … [Continue reading]

Staycation Hits: Acacia Hotel Manila

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We are staycation virgins. Really. I know that families now are so used to booking short stays at hotels for quick, peaceful retreats but Team Santos has not gone on one! I was actually planning on booking a hotel at Ortigas for Noah's 2nd birthday but we all celebrated his big day somewhere else ;) So it was perfect timing when I got an invite to spend a weekend at Acacia Hotel. It was just what we needed - a welcome break from our routine at a hotel that some of our friends have already … [Continue reading]