July 1, 2019

5 Things You Didn't Know About Quartz Countertops



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When it comes to picking out countertops for your kitchen or bathroom, there are several choices that are overwhelming to pick from. There are wood, laminat, cement, marble, quartz and many more. However, the quartz countertops are a little different than the other natural stone countertops you may have seen or heard of. Actually, quartz countertops are a form of ‘engineered stone ‘ which means that it’s made from ground up particles of stone that are bound together with a space age plastic resins. To go a little more in depth, here are 6 things you may know not know about Quartz countertops.

1. They Are Not 100% Quartz - Of course with many quartz countertops there is some quartz but saying that is the only thing that is wrong. Actually, there are about 10% of the countertop that isn’t stone at all. The other 90% is crushed up granite marble and natural stone or recycled ceramic. All of the rock material is mixed together and held together with binders which is what gives it that quartz countertop look and feel.

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2. Made Exclusively In The United States -
Did you know that almost all the countertop products rivaling quartz are mined and fabricated elsewhere and then shipped to a warehouse, suppliers and vendors everywhere in the United States. Not only does this help a lot of resources and overhead shipping costs but it also helps to keep the dollars at work in our own country. There is a quartz countertop called Cambria which is made in the United States if you wanted to go that route. While you’re looking at specific quartz countertops, I would suggest visiting a showroom in person so you can see them in real life with access to various staff who are knowledgeable in this area. One company, Premier Surfaces offers a wide range of products with quartz countertops as an option.

There are several designers to help answer any questions you have including, Lindsey Frost of Frost Designs, Inc. She personally loves using cambria quartz countertops in a particular color called carrack. It’s a charcoal grey that looks like concrete but it matches perfectly with pale blue and grey cabinets which is a stunning and unique feature to give to a kitchen or bathroom. If you’re thinking of adding a farmhouse design or an industrial feel to your home, this would be the perfect thing to make it pop.

3. It’s Not A Natural Stone - While this may sound like it would be a natural countertop, similar to chatting about it not being 100% quartz, using various pieces to blend together. For this reason, it’s considered a manufactured countertop. Quartz can be molded into more genuine shapes creating curves or unique dimensions that isn’t possible for other countertops such as granite or marble. This is why quartz is perfect to add for kitchen sinks or bathroom sinks due to being able to curve this stone.

4. You Can Use For Slabs - As a homeowner, you think of having quartz in your bathroom or your kitchen but did you know that the majority of this stone is actually used for things like airports, malls or flooring? No really! You may have not have even noticed it because the first material that was invented by Marcello Toncelil was developed with hand poured mini slabs of it, cut down and then used for flooring tables. The countertop idea did not come about until years later!

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5. Cheaper Prices For Granite - Of course quartz countertops are extremely popular but more than ever, people are choosing granite over choosing quarts. The fortunate side effect who wants to install granite is that it’s a lower price due to the lesser demand. Granite prices have really declined over the last few years which makes it more making the material more widely available for everyone to use within their home and in various rooms.

There are several other things you may not know about quartz countertops but to understand more, I would suggest visiting a showroom to help answer all your questions to make sure you are making the right decision before you install these countertops within your home. As I stated before, Premier Surfaces offers locations nationwide to help you look, feel and enjoy learning more about this particular stone or others if quartz may not be the best option or you and your dream kitchen or bathroom countertop. You’re always in good hands with a reliable company such as this so regardless of your choice, you’ll be satisfied and can’t wait to show off the choice you made.
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June 20, 2019

Tefal Frypan Review


After years of waiting and delaying, finally got my dream frying pan from Tefal.

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Hurray! Really, I am so happy because it was in my "to buy" list a long time ago. But I have to set it aside muna because it's not cheap.

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This Tefal frypan (30 cm) is Php 3,350.00 less 100 because I got it in straight payment through a credit card. I told you  it's not cheap but super sulit because first, it has Titanium Pro coating grade. It's nonstick and has that Thermo-Spot® that turns full red when the frypan has reached the ideal temperature for perfect searing.

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The Tefal frypan has a comfort handle.


The Tefal frypan handle is screwed very well so it doesn't move in time.


It is compatible na with induction cooker.

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Most of all, the Flippin Fantastic Nonstick Pancake Ring I bought many months ago fit into this 30-cm Tefal frypan.

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My son loves pancake that's why I also oblige to buy this Tefal frypan already. 

Looks perfect in the photo below but it still has a little problem because the pancake sticks, not on the pan, rather on the ring. Maybe I should brush some oil before using it.

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Tried the pancake ring with eggs but it turned out like this. Expectation versus reality it is, haha.

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Needs more practice I guess. But you can still make a perfect sunny side up egg without the ring with this Tefal frypan.



Again, is this Tefal frypan sulit? I would say YES, it is a good investment. Unlike other cheaper pan, Tefal frypan is sturdier, mabigat sya just to warn you also. You can fry with minimal or no oil because it's really nonstick. Because of the Thermo-Spot® that turns full red when the pan reach the right temperature, you will not overcooked or over-fried your food. Healthier right?

Remember that health is wealth so investing on high quality and health-friendly kitchen appliances (like Philips Airfryer), cookwares and multi roaster is very important. They aren't cheap yes, but with the right planning and budgeting you will be able to afford buying them one by one.

What's your dream cooking pan?
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May 4, 2019

Hanaro Square Multi Roaster


Since Samgyeopsal is so uso and I am so kuripot (haha!), I bought this Hanaro Square Multi Roaster.


Seriously, it's not just Samgyeopsal and being kuripot that I bought this Hanaro Square Multi Roaster. I am really looking for a stove top roaster or griller because we like roasting and grilling. We love cooking at home kasi.

So when I saw this  Hanaro Square Multi Roaster at Lazada, I bought it right away.


I bought it at Php 1,259.00 + 50 shipping fee. The size of  Hanaro Square Multi Roaster is 32 cm or approximately 12.5 x 12.5 inches. It is coated with quadruple PTFE (Poly Tetra Fluoro Ethylene) and is double layered for better heat efficiency. 

Hanaro Square Multi Roasterhas has a hole at the center where you can discharge the excess oil.


You don't need oil because it's non stick. You can also use it to pan grill bread, like garlic bread or pizza.


You can use it on stove or portable stove. 


Hanaro Square Multi Roaster is perfect for samgyeopsal and home grilling or roasting!
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February 20, 2019

Road Trip to Wisconsin’s Best Waterparks


Wisconsin Dells is known as the waterpark capital of the world and can be a great road trip destination all year around. TripAdvisor ranks Wisconsin Dells top six of affordable spring break destinations, but you can also enjoy the Dells without ever going outside during the colder months! From floating down the lazy river to bowling or many other activities, it’s hard to run out of things to do. So, get your road trip plan in place and prepare the perfect vacation that the whole family will enjoy.

Road-tripping with the family can create extra memories and be more affordable.  You can also pack more things than you can on an airplane without all of the extra luggage fees.  Wisconsin is located in the middle of the United States, so it’s not really a bad drive no matter where you live in the States. Finding the right vehicle can be easy just by searching online.  You can find a suitable make and model of vehicle to fit the size of your family and your preferences. Make sure you bring snacks, your favorite music, and activities for the children to keep them busy and have fun.  Enjoying the drive adds on to the pleasure of the overall trip.

Award-Winning Waterparks

In 2015, the USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards voted many Wisconsin Dells attractions in the top ten for different categories. Wilderness Resort and Noah’s Ark Waterpark ranked one and seven for Best Outdoor Water Parks. Wilderness Resort, Kalahari Resort, and Great Wolf Lodge were ranked two, three, and four for Best Indoor Water Parks. Ransack Ridge, Tadpole Bay, and Fossil Falls ranked one, eight, and ten for Best Water Park Kids’ Areas. The Black Anaconda ranked six for the Best Waterslide. These statistics alone should show you just how amazing of a vacation destination this really is!

Fun for All

Amusement parks and rides can always provide fun for the kids, but there are many other things to do with the kids.  Knuckleheads Trampoline Park is a large space for children to burn up some energy and have fun while making new friends.  There is also a bowling alley with 24 lanes. There are many indoor and outdoor swimming areas and waterparks, so there is never a bad time to go swimming. There are over sixty kid-friendly restaurants to choose from for when your kids are hungry after all of the activities

While adults can also enjoy such things as roller coasters and bowling alleys, there is also a variety of nightlife to choose from. There are three different night clubs that can be enjoyed late in the night if you want to cut loose. Some feature live music, DJs, and there’s even one called Mama’s Garage that is referred to as the hottest outdoor entertainment spot in town.  There are also ten different fine-dining establishments to choose from and many casual dining places to choose from, so there is never a shortage of dining choices to suit your taste buds.

There is so much to do with the whole family at the Wisconsin Dells and many options for different budgets, so why not pack up the car and ride on over to the place that never runs out of fun?
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February 7, 2019

How to Pick the Right Bike for Your Kid


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Do you agree that teaching your kid how to ride a bike is an important activity? A lot of parents agree with this too. It can be saddening to see that a lot of kids do not enjoy physical activities anymore.

They are in front of their tablets or phones all the time because they play different games. Whenever parents propose biking, some kids just cannot be convinced.

If you have managed to convince your child to start learning how to ride a bike, congratulations! Not all parents will have the luck to make their children want to ride a bike. You can consider the type of bike that your kid needs. Are you going to ride your bike near the beach most of the time? The right kids beach cruiser bike will be available the moment that you start searching.

Finding men’s bike may be somewhat similar to searching for the right bike for kids but there are some differences that you need to focus on.

The Right Size

You should pick a bike depending on your child’s current size. Some parents make the mistake of choosing a bike that is too big for their kids. Their mindset is that the kids are going to grow and they would be able to use the bike by then. If the child does not know how to ride the bike, then the bike will be wasted. There are bikes that come at affordable prices so you do not have to spend too much money.

The Proper Design

There are some kids who will be happier about riding bikes with designs that they like. You can bring your child with you when you start searching for bikes. Another option is to have your kid’s bike customized. The child will definitely want to ride a bike that looks cool.

Training Wheels

Should you get bikes with training wheels or not? This would depend on your child’s capability to ride a bike. Training wheels are needed while your child tries to improve his balance. The moment that he already knows how then the training wheels can be immediately removed.

For parents, it will be useful to have hybrid bicycles that you can use for a wide variety of purposes. Hopefully, you have learned enough details that will help you choose the perfect bike for your kid’s needs.

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