My family loves pizza, in fact every other weekend we create our own pizza master piece for our merienda. I let my kids create their own pizza using basic ingredients I bought in the supermarket. So when I received an invitation from my Shakey’s family about their Back-to-School Shakey’s Grand Junior Pizza Master happening on June 30 at all Shakey’s stores nationwide, I immediate block off our weekend for this event. I know my kids will enjoy and experience the art of pizza making.

Since we have prior commitment on morning, I chose the afternoon slot at SM Light Mall. As soon as we arrived at the place, my kids got excited since I told them that they will make their own pizza. We were welcome by the staffs and assist our daughters to their seats. The training fee for this activity is Php 499.00 inclusive of apron, Chef’s hat, Pizza Making Kit, 1 glass of Shakey’s house blend Iced Tea & Junior Pizza Master Certificate.

Each kid has their own materials and ingredients for pizza, there are also some staffs around the area that assist them in creating their pizza master piece and being a hands-on parents, Ian and I decided to help our kids instead. Ang galing kasi talagang nag eenjoy sila!

Let me photo blog what happened during the training program.

The Participants
The ingredients - Dough, tomato sauce, shredded cheese, pepperoni and pineapple.
Go Ate Rhian! Go Rhaine Rhaine!
Good Job Rhian!
Good Job Rhaine!
Finish Products :)
After they received their pizza, the staff gave them certificate of completion. Congratulations Rhian and Rhaine!

Proud Parents
They also prepare fun games and prizes for the kids and of course, the party is not complete without the appearance of Suzy.

Thank you Shakey’s for inviting us to your Back-to-School Junior Pizza making program. My kids really enjoyed creating their own pizza masterpiece. In fairness, naubos namin yung pizza na ginawa nila and promise, ang sarap pa. Now, my kids are always looking forward every weekend as Saturday is our “Pizza Making Day”.

For inquiries about this program, log on to or follow their official Facebook account. 
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Enjoy exclusive treats and interact with your favorite celebrities at the Unilever mid-year sale!

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We celebrated our 143rd monthsary last June 24 with simple celebration at Mama Lou’s Italian Kitchen situated inside BF Homes, Las Piñas. Actually this dinner was unplanned, it just that my husband is craving for pizza and pasta that day because we were tired and he wants something home-cooked dishes. (We attended Mc Donalds Grand Graduation Day at WTCCM in the morning and watched Incredibles 2 after lunch in Mall of Asia)

I really don’t know this restaurant, in fact 1st time ko lang syang narinig sa asawa ko. I believe my husband searched for the best Italian restaurant near our place. We decided to leave the mall before 6pm para iwas traffic narin and living in South is very challenging (you know what I mean right. Hehe) kaya somewhere in BF nalang kami nag decide humanap ng kakainan for dinner.

Thanks to Waze as we easily reached Mama Lou’s Restaurant. We were surprised to see that Mama Lou’s is actually a family home inside BF Homes. Bahay talaga sya na ginawang restaurant, you can easily find it because of the lights surrounded around the place. Parking is not a problem as they occupied the vacant lot in front of the restaurant; of course it is managed by two security guards. Kaya safe yung sasakyan mo. 

As we arrived at the restaurant, it’s like we enter a humble house, bahay talaga sya and upon reading their menu I found out that Mama Lou’s was born out of a real kitchen which was founded by Richard and the late Malou Tremblay. The restaurant opened their doors to welcome guests in 2010.

What started as passion for serving home-cooked dishes has now become Mama Lou’s Group comprising of two Italian concepts – Mama Lou’s Italian Kitchen and Nonna’s Pasta & Pizzeria. In its expansion, Mama Lou’s Group continues to be a family run business, staying true to its roots by keeping its promise of providing guests the comforting memorable experience of coming home to warm food prepare by a loved one.

It’s already past 6 in the evening and the place was packed with customers. Yes! Ganon kaaga palang fully booked na and meron pa daw ibang naka reserved na. So I guess, we need to call them first before going in if we want to be seated inside the resto.

After reading some reviews, Mama Lou’s is one of the prides of BF Homes that have successfully expanded. This is also one of the reasons why my husband decided to try this place. We were ushered by one of the staffs and gave us complimentary bread served in a cute little basket.

We ordered for Half Half Pizza in which  you can combine two flavors of pizza (pay the highest price), for this one we chose the All Meat Pizza and Mama Lou’s Special. The All Meat Pizza consists of Tomato, Mozarella, ham, Italian sausage, garlic, pepperoni and bacon while Mama Lou’s Special is thin crust pizza with tomato, Mozarella, Prosciuto, Mango, Arugula, Balsamic Cream. Little bit sweetish, perfect with the strong flavor or arugula but every bite is an explosion of awesome flavor. What I really like about this Mama Lou’s Special is the combination of Balsamic Cream and Mango! I will give 2 thumbs up for this one! It never fails to satisfy our cravings.

Half Half Pizza (All Meat Pizza and Mama Lou’s Special) – Php  475.00
My husband opted to try one of their specialties, Spaghetti Seafood Olio.  I love oil based pasta combined with seafood (Shrimp, squid and mussels), which brings out the delicious flavor of seafoods. The aroma of sautéed garlic and assorted seafood makes this dish simply irresistible.

Spaghetti Seafood Olio – Php 350.00

My daughter, Rhian chose Spaghetti Alla Carbonara.  Creamy spaghetti prepared the classic way with only parmiggiano cheese, eggs and Pancetta. My kids surprisingly enjoyed it, they even consumed everything. As I asked they why they love the Carbonara, they simply answered me “Mommy, because it’s so yummy, cheesy and creamy”. O db, pasadong pasado sa mga bagets.

Spaghetti Alla Carbonara Pp 335.00
By the way, my husband ordered for Bottomless Iced Tea. There’s nothing special with this drink, nasulit pa nila kasi 3 silang mag aama ang umiinom. Hehe.

We left around past 8 and we were surprised that there were still people coming in for dinner. Well, this only proves that Mama Lou’s Italian Kitchen serves tasty food with rustic feel of a restored home. Overall, you simply can’t go wrong with any of their dishes. A bit expensive but the quality and taste is always worth it. So if you’re looking for a homey vibe with good food, this is the place.

Mama Lou’s Italian Kitchen
Blk 1 Lot 36 Tropical Avenue cor Palace Street
BF International Village
Parañaque City
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Back to School! I know you can see those words in mall nowadays because June is one of the busiest months of the year. Ikr, shopping for your kids’ school supplies and uniforms is super nakakapagod talaga but don’t tell me hindi kayo nag enjoy? Kasi as a first time mom of preschoolers, nag enjoy talaga ako sa pag sho-shopping ng mga gamit sa school. Anyway, on my previous post I make kwento about our little pre-schoolers and how we chose the school for our kids now I will share you their first day at school. Another milestone for our kids!

Their first day of school is actually last June 13, however due to bad weather I opted not to send my kids at school, tumawag naman ako sa school nila to ask if may pasok and the staff told me na meron but since I have pre-schoolers, the discretion is still with us kung papapasukin namin sila or not and I decided the latter one. I am looking forward for a good weather the following day, I woke up early, prepare their things and excited to send them at school, however the city government where we live decided to suspend the class due to bad weather. (Pero ang ganda ng panahon that morning) and so wala na naman silang pasok.

June 18, I look forward to this day and praying for a good weather. I’m not feeling well that day because of my monthly period (Yes! Girl Thing!) but I manage to prepare my kids’ stuff. Ako nang gising sa kanila, nagpakain, nagpaligo and nagbihis ng uniform. I want them to remember their 1st day at school na ako nag asikaso sa kanila. I’m so glad that I have a very supportive husband who takes his VL para masamahan kami sa school, we left the house at 7:30am and arrived after 5 minutes. Yes! Ganon lang kalapit yung school from where we live.

Rhiane: Nursery | Rhian: Kinder 1
This is it! We have pre-schoolers na talaga. Our kids are also excited maybe because bago lahat ng gamit and I told them na they will meet new friends and teachers too. As a first time parents we make sure to capture every single moments of their 1st day, parang kami nga lang ang nagpipicture sa mga bata habang naghihintay kami ng loob ng school. They line up according to their height and boys are separate from girls and since new environment medyo shy type pa ang mga anak ko, I know its normal kaya I di ko pinepressure yung mga kids ko to be friendly on their 1st day.

Rhaine is nursery while Rhian is Kinder 1. I still can’t believe that we have kids now going to big school, grabe ang bilis ng panahon. While my kids are already inside their respective classroom, I just looked at them and can’t control myself but to smile with teary eyes. Buti nalang di sya tumulo kung hindi baka tanungin ako ng teachers kung bakit ako naiyak. Haha.  Why teary eyes? Because time flies so fast, parang di parin ako makapaniwala na nasa school na sila talaga. Ganon ba talaga kabilis ang panahon? Pwede bang tigil muna kahit sandali.

Their rooms are beside each other kaya madali for us na ihatid sila sa kanya-kanya nilang room. I asked my husband to assist Rhian while I am with Rhaine. Since Rhian is already old enough to be with herself, di na sya umiyak when we left her unlike Rhaine na nasa loob ng room si Van (Yaya) all throughout the class. Well, Rhaine is only 2 years and 10 months old, kaya talagang maninibago sya but I believe eventually masasanay rin sya sa school.

Sharing with you some photos taken during their 1st day at school.

Waiting for Daddy

Hands on Dad!
Rhaine with her yaya
Now, I’m so excited for the upcoming activities at school. How about you momshies, how’s your experience on your kids first day at school? Share nyo naman and I’m so excited to listen on your stories.

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When I became a mother, I told myself I wasn't going to spoil my kids. This included not giving them chocolates or anything too sweet. But then I realized that I also want my children to enjoy their childhood. And part of that is experiencing the happiness of eating chocolate. When I was a kid, I ate lots of chocolates and candies, so why was I not going to allow my children to do the same thing? Of course, I always remind them to drink lots of water and brush their teeth every day.
I give my kids time to use their iPad for one hour per day. In this one hour, my kids love watching different videos for children especially the endless unboxing videos of the surprise eggs, which come with a small toy inside. (This is now a huge hit with the kids these days). My kids get so excited whenever they watch these kinds of videos. If you disrupt them while they are watching these videos, they will end up in tears.
During the weekend, we have endless playtime! We go to the playground and have snacks afterwards. KINDER JOY is always present during our playtime because this little cute egg gives so much joy to my kids. Here’s the proof.

Whenever we do our grocery shopping, Kinder Joy is always on our list! This is our reward for them for their good behavior, i.e. listening to our instructions and putting their toys away. So let me share with you what I discovered about this product. What is inside a Kinder Joy pack?

Kinder Joy combines an edible product made with high quality ingredients and exciting toys that stimulate our kids’ minds.
It consists of two delicious cream fillings (milky cream & cocoa cream) with two crispy wafer balls in A 'spoon-sized' portion for controlled serving.

It has exciting surprises for kids that are fun and encourage creativity. This will enable your children to use their skills in assembling the toy and in following instructions.

Kinder Joy is a product designed for kids aged 3 years and above, which can be carried easily and is convenient to eat.
And most importantly, this product is more than just a snack since it also encourages bonding between parents and kids where they can play and enjoy happy moments together during playtime. Look at us!
Happiness comes in surprise EGG!
So if you want to surprise your kids, get them Kinder Joy at any leading supermarket nationwide, priced at around Php 45.00 depending on where you buy them. I know it is a little pricey, but remember the saying “kill two birds with one stone” (enjoying both the edible product and exciting toy in one egg) is something my kids always look forward to if they are doing something good. A wonderful surprise!

You may also visit their official Facebook page for more details.
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