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Waking Up to Bake N’ Bacon

Our original Sunday plan for my parents’ wedding anniv got a little further down South because Salcedo Market was closed. We found ourselves in Solenad 3, Nuvali, in a modern-looking breakfast place, Bake N’ Bacon.

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The industrial design of the place was striking and the colors worked well together. It didn’t give off a breakfast place vibe, though there was something comforting in the hexagon-tiled floors and mismatched chairs.

Bacon lovers, rejoice! The menu in this place is overflowing with this salty, fatty, highly-addictive piece of pork. There’s just 1 or 2 items without bacon but you can order it from appetizer to drinks to dessert!

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These are some of our orders (we ordered a lot, haha!) They offer an All-Day Breakfast Plate (P275) where you have a choice between pancakes, waffles, french toast or (bacon) fried rice to go with a big serving of bacon (both picture on the left). A really cute order was the BLT Sandwich, P298 (top right), where the bagel was wrapped in bacon! My Burger Wafflewich (P246) didn’t have bacon though. I forgot to take a picture of their Baked Potatoes (all sides are priced at P89). Fluffy, boiled baby potatoes drenched in cheese sauce and BACON JAM! It was super really good!

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Dips and drinks – baconnified!!!

The food can get a little bit salty or a tad too sweet may be because of the combinations. My kids didn’t mind though as Z finished his pancakes and Y tasted everything!

Yummy bacon!
Yummy bacon!
Something new to try: board games!
Something new to try: board games!

Hopefully, they open a branch in Metro Manila soon so that there’ll be no need to go South to get a bacon fix! Until then, drool over their menu on Facebook and Instagram.

BTW, dogs and cats are welcome inside the resto but be sure to bring your pets their own treats as bacon is not good for them!

#bakenbaconph

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Y on Solids

With the second child, you get to be more adventurous, throwing out all the what-if’s out the window along with the “baby manuals”. That’s how we were when Y turned 6 months and we got the go-signal from her pedia to introduce solids.

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At first, we followed Baby-led Weaning which means that the child will feed himself soft foods. No mashed anything or utensils. Like with the picture above, Y happily mushed her steamed carrot. Most of it went into her bib and on the floor, though. Better to have a mat or newspaper on the floor for easier cleaning. We let her eat fruits (avocado, banana, pear, chayote) and veggies (broccoli, asparagus, zucchini, squash, sitaw) like this. So imagine the mess! I’m so thankful for Huggies Baby Wipes because it makes clean-up easy with its thick material which contains natural fibres. It gets the job done while being gentle on the baby’s skin with its aloe vera and Vitamin E. Huggies Baby Wipes are dermatological-tested and pH balanced so it is safe for the young ones. And because I’m particular about smell, this passed my test as there’s no fragrance or soap.

Huggies Baby Wipes is a must whenever Y is eating!
Huggies Baby Wipes is a must whenever Y is eating!

Recently, we’re supplementing her eating with a spoon because we introduced carbs (oats, brown rice, white rice, noodles). Although she still prefers eating with her hands, she gladly receives the spoon. But if she doesn’t like, then we don’t force it. At this age, we just want to enforce that meal time is a joyful moment with the family.

Tools of the trade: Philips Avent bowls, spoons and cup. I recently discovered Nature to Nurture Dishwashing Liquid which uses plant extracts and baking soda. No harmful chemicals, perfect for cleaning baby stuff!
Tools of the trade: Philips Avent bowls, spoons and cup. I recently discovered Nature to Nurture Dishwashing Liquid which uses plant extracts and baking soda. No harmful chemicals, perfect for cleaning baby stuff!

Along with eating comes the start of caring for one’s teeth. Y doesn’t have any teeth yet (but her gums are swollen already and had fever two weeks ago) but it’s never too early to establish good dental hygiene. For now, we use Spiffies Baby Toothwipes after every meal time. I hope she associates this with tooth-brushing once she has those pearly-whites! I like Spiffies because it is easy to use: open a packet, wrap the the wipe on your finger and then wipe your baby’s oral cavity! Simple and effective. It tastes good in grape and apple flavors! I know because I use it when we’re out and I feel like my teeth needs cleaning 😉 Since it is individually-packed, it is easy to put in the bag or pop one in the fridge to use as a cooling agent for sore teething gums.

Spiffies in action.
Spiffies in action.

I will compile simple recipes I prepare for Y as we become adventurous in feeding her. Hopefully, she won’t be a picky-eater (like me!) My advice to mamas out there on feeding: don’t make it seem like a task. If the baby eats, great. If not, try another time. Let go of the mess and just enjoy.

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October Milestones

Here I go again blabbering that the month went by too fast… But it really did! Hello, Christmas na talaga! But before getting excited about the reds and the greens, I’d like to look back and reflect if I’d been inflating my bubbles (as per Coach Pia) and check what areas I need to improve on to be a #betterme.

Back to blogging

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Yes, the blogging mojo did a comeback. I kinda lost it a few months back when I was adjusting with our new normal. And now that I have a new domain and theme, it feels like I’m starting anew. I have so much backlog to finish but it just means I’ve been living a life worth blogging. Naks!

Z turned 4

Aside from his school party, we still went out to celebrate his birthday. He had the time of his life playing in the arcade, eating his favorite tempura, choosing his gifts and blowing his (cup)cake. Four is starting out great!

 

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5th Anniversary

No fancy dinner, no surprise gifts, no plans whatsoever… And that’s just how I like it. Yes it’s a major milestone worth the grand gestures but a simple one was enough. We just spent the day as a family, ate in a restaurant we haven’t tried before and window-shopped. This really speaks of my second love language which is TIME. I’m grateful for my husband who sees to it that he spends time with us, even though we drive him crazy!

First time at Wooden Spoon and I now understand why it is always full.
First time at Wooden Spoon and I now understand why it is always full.

So many things to look forward to in the last two months of 2015!