23 November 2020

House as Clean as a Hound's Tooth

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Modern cleaning products contain harmful ingredients. Anyone in contact with these products can be affected rendering health problems like irritations, allergies or even respiratory illnesses.


It cannot be denied that household cleaners available in the market will give us outstanding results. But, are they truly safe for us to use? Be extra careful in choosing cleaning goods. Loads of toxic ingredients might be in the formulation and just waiting to attack.

Toilet bowl cleaner for example has chlorinated phenol that are harmful in respiratory and circulatory system. Ethylene Glycol Butyl Ether is present in all purpose cleaner and other cleaners damages nervous system, liver and kidney. Deodorizers has formaldehyde, which is a respiratory irritant and probable human carcinogen under conditions of unusually high or prolonged exposure.

These are just few of the many hazardous chemicals composing cleaners. Unfortunately, it is not easy to pin point goods with hazardous ingredients. If you are not familiar with the them and not even sure if it's safe, stick with the eco-friendly merchandise which do not contain unnecessary chemicals. The chemical composition of this household cleaners is simple. They don’t harm the environment and will not harm us either. Nevertheless, we must remember that producers can claim that their products are eco-friendly, organic, green or safe but still have some toxic ingredients. Not all products have list of ingredients in their labels since not all of household stuffs are regulated. But, still, read the labels. Ask questions to manufacturer to verify their claims. 

It's always up to us, how we can make our home dirt-free in non-toxic ways. One great idea is to use natural household cleaners. Use the traditional recipes of our grandmothers in cleaning stubborn dirt. Grab your bottle of vinegar and baking soda. They will do the chemistry and will surely give us pleasant results.

What do you use to keep your house as clean as a hound’s tooth?



22 November 2020

Love and Marriage

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Being married for more than thirteen years does not make me an expert to relationship and family. But it is certain that those years made me the better person I am now and I hope that it is the same with my husband. I personally believe that keeping your marriage healthy, sparkling and smooth boils down to open communication and plain understanding. Aside from these two factors, there are other ways to keep you tied up to the man or woman you say "I Do".



According to Merriam- Webster Dictionary, "Marriage is  the state of being united to a person of the opposite sex as husband or wife in a consensual and contractual relationship recognized by law". But it is actually more than that. Time, effort, love, affection, acceptance, faithfulness and sincerity goes with marriage.

If you are just starting a wonderful married life and you want to keep it till you are both old, you may want to consider the following ways to keep your happy lives together.
  • Put Jesus Christ in the center of your relationship.
  • Pray together.
  • Be careful with your words when speaking to your spouse. Always choose nice words towards the love of your life. Easy to say, but what if you are angry or mad? Stay away from him or her until you are calm enough rather than confronting each other which might lead you to say words you will regret later.
  • Stay sweet and loving. Consider giving gifts once in a while to show your love and appreciation. 
  • "Me time" is important for each person even if you are already married. Don't chain your spouse to you. He or she needs time time to unwind on his or her own. 
  • Trust and respect each other. These two things are the basic foundation of faithfulness. 
  • Love each other with full honestly and never keep record of his or her wrong doings. 

As you take your journey to a world of great joy and blessings, remember what the Bible says about LOVE.
1 Corinthians 13
New International Version (NIV)
13 If I speak in the tongues[a] of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,[b] but do not have love, I gain nothing.
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.



13 November 2020

Basic Skin Care

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 I am not a dermatologist but I know how to take care of my skin. I don't get pimples except when my period is about to come. But that is tolerable as it's only one or two on the forehead. 


We all know that there are plenty of good ways to take care of our skin. You may have your own tricks too. Allow me to remind or share with you the following basic skin care.






Eat healthy. Add more fruits, vegetables, lean meats and whole grains in your diet. These foods are rich in vitamins and minerals essential in keeping your skin glowing. 




Drink at least 2 liters of water a day. Our body uses up water in all our activities, if not replenish, our skin will show dryness or sometimes other skin problems like pimples. 





Smoking cigarettes won't help. Stop is you are, don't dare if you're not. Smoking contributes in narrowing your tiny blood vessel leaving your skin dry. Not to mention the other diseases connecting to cigarette smoking.






Always protect your skin from the sun. Use products that can protect you against the harmful rays of the sun. Products with SPF 15 or more are recommended. If you are out swimming, bring with you your sun lotion and re-apply every two hours. 





Wearing make-up is okay. Just make sure you use the brand that you trust and brand that won't give you skin problem. Always try new product in small portion of your skin before thoroughly applying them. Also, you should keep your brushes and sponges clean and fresh all the time. Wash them regularly or replace them when possible. Dirt accumulated on your make-up applicators can also create skin problems. 






Wash you face at least twice a day. Use soap that is best for you. If you have sensitive skin, make sure to buy fragrance-free or soap-free products. The more scent, the more chance your skin gets irritated. Remove make-up before going to bed. Leaving them on you face will only make your skins clogged by make-up particles. 




Change your pillowcase regularly. Even when we are sleeping our skin produce oil which is left in the pillowcase. Plus, all the dirt from our hair will also sleep there. I'm sure you don't want them to get all that into your skin. Only worse could happen. Besides, it's always great to sleep on clean pillow and linens. 





Handle your stress well. Yes, stress can make your skin ugly. To avoid that, keep everything in order. Organize the things you need to do so you don't worry much of the things undone. Exercise daily as this is a very good tool to release your stress. Learn to unwind and take it easy. 


These are just few skin care tips that I can share with you. Remember, maintain good hygiene, eat and drink properly and exercise regularly to keep your skin healthy. 

06 November 2020

Energy Efficiency Tips

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 Every home needs a strategy to save money out of something. One of the best way to save which we seldom neglect is to save few bucks by using our home energy wisely and accordingly. If you do it right, you'll have good amount for a family holiday. How does it sound?


What can we actually do?
  • Have you heard of LED lights? This is now a good choice to use at home as it is "85% less energy and lasts 20 times longer than incandescent bulbs". You can buy one from 80 - 1000 luminosity depending on what room you will put it. The options are endless you just need to be very keen in choosing one that best suits your needs. 
  • Another no brainer thing to do is to switch off lights and appliances that are not in use. This is often neglected especially when we are too busy with our daily chores. 
  • Use timers in water and home heating. Switch off heating in rooms that are not needed. 
  • If you are living in house that doesn't have a double glazed window (even if you are), close the curtains to eliminate the loss of heat at night (especially on winter). 
  • Have your boiler and other appliances serviced regularly. 
  • If you play musical instruments at home, make sure to switch off those instruments when not in use, unplug those pianos and digital drums. A simple thing plugged in can consumed 10-20 % energy still. 
  • Reflect back heat by using foil behind the radiators. In that way, heat is bounced back into room. 
  • When cooking, put lids over your pots to conserve energy and even reduce condensation in the kitchen. When boiling water for coffee or tea, boil the quantity you just need. 
  • Be wise in washing clothes. Lowest water temperature is better. To compensate proper cleaning, choose the right laundry soap that will work on cool washing. 
  • Have a proper ventilation at home. Make sure that there's sufficient fresh air around the house. Open window once in a while to avoid moisture and pollutant build-up. 

There are plenty more techniques to use energy efficiently. If you know one, please share them on the comment box below. Have a warm autumn and winter everyone. 


18 August 2019

Puzzle Challenge

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Up for a challenge? How about putting together 1000 pieces Jigsaw Puzzle? Okay, you may find it not challenging or relaxing at all but it is really. Not to mention, it is one of many activities that can refresh our ability to concentrate and think strategically. 


A box of Jigsaw Puzzle for €2

Parents should be well aware of the ability and capacity of their child before buying a puzzle best for him or her. Don't just rely on the age guideline written on the box. Children should be encouraged to play jigsaw puzzles not only because it's fun but also of the great effects. 

Effects of Puzzle 
  • Develop the sense of patterning which supports the child's skills in reading, logic and math.
  • A child learns how to think strategically as he put pieces together.
  • You may heard a child talking to himself while doing the puzzle, it is the sign that he is trying to solve the problem. Analyzing which piece goes to a place. 
  • Concentration is another important thing that is developed not only to a child but also to adult. This is the reason why jigsaw puzzle is such a relaxing activity. You are focus in doing one thing. This is definitely a good way of freeing your mind from other things.
  • Playing puzzle creates a quality time with family and improves cooperation seen by sharing techniques or strategy. 


Framed Jigsaw Puzzle

The effect of puzzles have been proven so many times. Although, it is very important to match the puzzle's difficulty to the age  and ability of a child or an adult. Otherwise, a person might get bored because it is too easy or discouraged because it is way to hard. 

You must choose a design that is appealing to a child or to you (whoever will do the puzzle). A very familiar thing, place, animals or even cartoon characters are very good options. 

24 March 2018

Incy Wincy Mommy

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Tic toc tic toc. It is 4:30 o’clock a.m. It is the start of my morning. What can I say, I have an early riser.

Fact: I don’t care waking up early as 4 as long as I had 7 to 8 hours of sleep at night (which is sometimes impossible).  I just need to recharge my battery. You know, for another day filled with never ending house chores and exciting hours of activities with my little one.



I normally, set an activity every hour for my toddler. That is to keep her active, creative and happy. It is a long list since we’re awake since 4am. But all good and fun stuff. If possible I steer her away from tv or ipad. Too much of it will not only impair her eyes but also her development and temperament ( you probably hear a lot about that, so I will not go there any more). Here are few things we love to do for 8 hours before her nap time:

  • Listening to nursery rhymes and dancing with it. 
  • Play musical instrument with her like drums, trumpet, maracas or anything that bangs and create sounds. 
  • Learning new words through books, flash cards and everything we see around the house. 
  • Being creative with lego and blocks. 
  • Lots and lots of pretend games. 
  • Colouring her favourite book ( and favourite wall). 
  • Playing ball outside (with lots of running around)
  • Tidying up her toys (teaching her until she gets the idea, who knows when).
  • Playing hide and seek (mostly she’s hiding and I’m seeking but when you call her, she will answer “ I’m here mommy.” So adorable.) 
  • Tickling time (my favourite part) 
  • Her “me-time” (She needs it as it is the time she develops and come to know herself on her own.)
Who said being mom is easy? No, it is not. But I enjoy every bit of it. Even if it means lack of sleep, no personal time or no private time (literally a plus one everywhere I go, even in toilet). Becoming a mother is the best thing that ever happened to me. I won’t exchange it for anything in the world.

That said, I admire all moms out there who unconditionally give their best to make their children happy. The tasks is non-stop as well as the joy it brings. It is challenging sometimes but that’s part of making who you are as a mom. It is part of becoming the best mom as you can be. A woman needs 8 hands to do all the house chores, but she only needs one heart to be a mom. So yeah, Challenge Accepted!





23 March 2018

Minimalist in the Making

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My idea of happiness now is simple and sweet; I got to be with the people I love and enjoy what life is offering.



I don’t need to be rich to be happy. I just need a decent place for my family, food on our table, savings for the future and rainy days. If there’s one thing I want to do that is to travel with my family and see the world. I already have the key ingredients for my happiness which is my husband and my daughter. The other ingredients are basically on the table too. I just need to mix and match to find the right taste.

My husband and I are talking of becoming minimalists. Here’s my thought about this.

Nowadays, we are trapped in a world where advertisements lead us what to do with our lives. We are influenced by what we see and what other’s have. “Oh the new iphone is out. I should get one soon.” Newsflash, your monthly due is not getting less and you’re thinking of updating your phone? For what, just to be cool? How about be realistic.

This is what’s happening, we tend to buy what we do not need. But because it is hip, trending, you still do not have it, or for other reasons to justify your willingness to buy without thinking. I admit, that was me a year ago. When you open my closet before clothes were overflowing. It was hard for me to choose what to wear because I was overwhelmed with the choices. One day, I let go of the other clothes especially those that were old. And it feels so good.

The results of keeping what I do not need or not using at all, resulted in growing amount of clutter and duplicate things that are not necessary.

Those material things have clouded my vision of what matters most. It prevented me to live a life worry-free. I literally ditched my peace of mind by acquiring stuffs that gave me fake happiness. Realizing this is not the hard part. Eliminating things you are used to have is the difficult one.

During the early months, giving up this and that doesn’t make sense to me. Up to the point of accepting that I am truly happy with few clothes, shoes, bags etc. I started to focus on what matters most, the people I love. A simple weekend with my darlings can make soar up high with joy. Definitely not a weekend spend in the mall and buying unnecessary stuffs. Purchasing now is more of acquiring what is needed and not just because "I don't have such thing."



It will take few days or months to change what you are used to do but yes, change is possible. Now, the question is am I ready to be a minimalist? Hell yeah. I am one in the making.

20 June 2017

Blogger Recognition Award

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First of all, I would like to say 'Thank You' to my dear friend Mallika of "A foodie housewife" for Blogger Recognition Award nomination. (kisses to you my dear. Let me just say, if there's someone to recognize more, it is you. To be honest, I want to nominate you again on this recognition award. You did a great job on your blogs. Keep it up!





I know it took me ages before I compose this post (so sorry for that) but here I am accepting the award. I am so delighted to be part of this. So here it goes. 



Rules for Blogger Recognition Award :

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide links to their blog.
  • Write a post to show your award.
  • Attach the award to your post.
  • Write a brief story of how your blog started.
  • Give a piece of advice to new bloggers.
  • Select the 15 other blogs you want to give the award to.
  • Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them.


My Blogging Journey



I started blogging mid of May 2010. Scoop and Snap is not the original name of my blogsite. It was Charms Around. This blog became my baby for a year before I decided to buy my own domain. Later on , I venture on creating another 2 blogs of different niche. 

Why do I blog? Well, better to say my thoughts in writing than loose my sanity of doing nothing. Plus, what will I do with loads of photographs my husband and I have taken during our trips here and there? Better share them, right? 

Scoop and Snap is basically a travel and photography blog. The name of my blog says it all, "there's a scoop in every snap".  I try to the best of my ability to share the story behind every picture I shot. If words don't come out so easily, well, I will just let the picture do the talking. Just like my first blog post, Powerscourt Gardens

As I mentioned above, I registered two more domains to feature two different niche that I love 1] food (Luto Ni Nanay) and 2] health (Pinoy Pharmacists). The food blog is my kitchen adventure and love for food. While the health blog is sharing what I know on health and medicines as a Pharmacist as well as reconnecting to all Filipino Pharmacists worldwide. The positive feedbacks I received from my readers inspire me to keep going until now (even if I'm not very active recently). 


Advice to New Bloggers

Who said blogging is easy? No, it is not. But do not give up so fast. Your patience, courage and determination are needed to succeed.

The important thing is you know your goal and work on that goal. Post regularly and enjoy blogging as well as connecting to other bloggers. Many great things will follow afterwards. 



Bloggers I Nominate for this Award


Here are few talented and inspiring bloggers I met along my journey as blogger. Hope you can find time to visit their blogs because they are awesome to the core. 



For those of you who accept this nomination…


  • Create a blog thanking the blogger who nominated you and listing their site.
  • Nominate few bloggers you follow and notify them.
  • Share an experience that got you started blogging.
  • Share a word of advice for fellow bloggers.




11 June 2017

Another Dream Come True

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 " A dream is a wish your heart makes, when you're fast asleep."  You bet it is but I'm glad mine came true just recently.


I'm a year older last month and I'm blessed to celebrate it somewhere else with my husband and my little girl. Yes, we spent days at Disneyland Anaheim and it was truly magical. Our little escapade started at our bedroom. Look at the picture below. The headboard says it all especially when you turn on the switch. When I saw it, I almost cry and sing with the lovely soft sound coming from it. 




Believe me, I have more pictures to share with you. But for now, let me leave you with this marvellous snap of our room for 9 days. 

Mesmerising View and Sound

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Traveling constitutes the idea of seeing the other side of the world, enjoying it and making memories every single minute of it especially when you are sharing it with your love ones. 

Our recent trip was at Disneyland Park Anaheim, Los Angeles. We thought at first that it was not a good idea for our 32 months old girl. But everything turned to her way. Okay not all rides are for her but there are plenty of good ones that brought flawless smile and laughter in the air. The joy and the excitement grew with every ride and attraction. 

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!


Thank you to the gift of technology to capture sceneries that I may not see again and sounds that I may not hear again. We were so delighted that we got every moment using our cameras. (Good thing selfies and groupies are not so awkward nowadays. 😉) And hey, Disneyland now have photographers posted in different beautiful spots to take picture of you and your family and friends. Those shots are uploaded directly to your online account by scanning your Disney Photo Card. It's free to view but can be printed for a good price. 


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