Not So Peachy

ImageHi all. Sorry for the long lull in my posting. I have been going through a difficult time in my life, and unfortunately everything’s NOT SO PEACHY in my world right now.  I am in the midst of sorting through a lot of things which is why blogging may not be best for me at the moment (unless I want to turn this into a rant page).  As soon as I get past the messiness of “whatever this is”, I will go back to blogging.  And maybe by then things will be all bright and peachy once more.  But for now… I will be still and wait this out.

Thanks for the understanding! See you soon (i hope)…

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The Little Things: Post #2

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As you may have noticed, I have been out of touch with the blogging world for a few weeks.  For those who follow my blog (I am imagining that I do have “hundreds” of followers, lol), well, our country was pretty much devastated by storms and have been experiencing rains, floods and intermittent internet connection for weeks.  So I have been out of sorts (and quite frankly, gloomy) that I had no energy or motivation to blog.  The dark, dreary and wet days just got to me and I honestly didn’t want to leave my bed for a whole week because everything around was just to depressing 😦

Anyway, I was reminded that I promised to do a “The Little Things” post on a regular basis to be reminded of what made me happy in the past and to look out for moments that brightened my day.  It was quite difficult to think of anything “bright” and the world around was literally so dark and gloomy. Which is why the extra effort to come up with this list was important, because it taught me to keep my eyes open enough to see beyond the darkness around me and pick up the big and small things that I might have missed!

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1.  Praying mantis inside my house.  For some reason, pollution, overly-developed subdivisions and global warming seem to have caused a lot of common insects to disappear through the years.  I haven’t seen a firefly in more than 10 years already! Isn’t that just sad?  I hardly see any beautifully-colored butterflies or those giant patterned moths flying around anymore, along with a host of other creatures. All I see are spiders (UGH) and cockroaches (ACK)!  So to find a bright green praying mantis stuck to our home’s foyer door was a pleasant surprise!  My hubby quickly called our two kids to check it out because our fully-urbanized kids have never one before.  Even I was amazed at the sight of it.  We kept it in a bottle for a few hours just so my kids could get a closer look at this unique insect without freaking out.  By evening I set the mantis free, just filled with the joy of knowing that there are still beautiful creatures that may come out and visit us every now and then.

The mantis was praying for the rain to stop too!

2.  Play-Doh Time.  Being stuck indoors for 9 days straight was no fun at all, especially for a hyperactive 5-year old!  Cabin fever was creeping in and nothing else (at that time) spelled fun than making a delicious spread of make-believe desserts out of Play-Doh!  It gave my daughter and I a fun bonding moment and it definitely lifted up our already damp (pun unintended) spirits.

Girl time!

3.  Baking.  I never claimed to be a kitchen goddess. I love cooking because I love to make dishes that I know my family don’t usually eat except in fancy restaurants.  In short, I pretend to be a chef in the hopes that I can bring home a delectable meal without paying a waiter to bring it to the table, haha. But baking is another story.  Baking is something that my dad is extremely good at and I have watched him whip up amazing cakes and pastries in their kitchen all my life enough to know the basics.  I usually “bake” stuff I buy that are in boxes already where all I have to do is add an egg and some milk into a pre-made batter then bake straight away.  I was recently challenged by my daughter to make cookies that were not available in pre-made packs at the grocery.  Long story short, I did.  I made White Chocolate Cookies and I must say for a first-try-from-scratch attempt, they tasted really good! You can find the recipe I used here.

Chunky and sinful!

4.  New shoes.  If you are a girl, and you are reading this, then no more words are needed 😀

Tory Burch is ♥!

5.  Dreams coming true.  Two years ago my hubby missed out on watching Tears For Fears when they came over for a World Tour concert.  He is one true blue fan, and I mean a real FAN!  He knows all the lyrics of their songs, knows what albums they are from, knows the band’s “state of minds” when they wrote their albums, and actively communicates with Curt Smith on Facebook! Yes THAT kind of fan.  So can you imagine what it felt like for him to not watch their concert and see them live?  But God heard his prayer and felt his disappointment. I told him that God loved him soooooo much, that he made sure that hubby had that chance again.  Fast forward to last Saturday, we found ourselves at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, screaming and dancing to TFF’s music!  It was truly my hubby’s night, and I could feel the joy and excitement burning through him.  I was so happy to see him happy!  Can you see how happy he was in our pic? 😀

Smiling ear to ear 🙂

All Access Pass autographed by Curt and Roland themselves

Note: All photos taken by me and downloaded from Instagram.

How about you? What were the little things recently that made you happy? Share them with me!

Big Deal!

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I am not a fan of group buying deals (though I subscribe to at least 6 of their sites, haha!), but I love discount promos and I want to know what companies are offering to advertise their products. I have purchased quite a few in the past years — gadgets, fine-dining GCs, overnight out-of-town trips and other novelty products I just found too cute to pass up. So far the best deal I have ever purchased was the one offered by Ensogo for a 40-page photobook valued at P6000 which I got for only P1299!

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Photo courtesy of Photobook Philippines

The voucher was for a 40-page, 15″ x 11″ Large Landscape Imagewrap Photobook. I grabbed it immediately because I was excited to publish the family portrait photos that our good friend Arlene Briones took of us last March (visit her site to see samples of our photoshoot at ARLENE BRIONES). Seeing the quality of printed pictures showcased in Photobook Philippines’ gallery, I was confident that our photos would look gorgeous.

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Using the dowloadable Photobook software to layout the images was a breeze! I managed to finish the design for all 40 pages in half a night and sent the file online through their website in just a matter of minutes. All I needed to do was to wait for the finished product. And when it did, I was beyond impressed with both the finished product and the service that Photobook offered!

Here are a few reasons why I believe this was one of the best deals I’ve ever purchased:

• The voucher promised a delivery timetable of 7-11 days after receipt of payment, and I got mine after only 5 days!

• The bookwas well protected as it was covered in shrink wrap and was placed in a thick box with foam padding on all sides to ensure that the book was safe and damage-free.

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It’s here!

• The photo printing was amazing! The materials used were indeed of very high-quality, the paper used was acid-free and really thick and sturdy (I upgraded the paper from 170gsm to 216gsm and I chose Premium Silk so that the photos would really pop!), and the assembly and binding was neatly done.

• I thought that with the promo price I’d only be getting a softcover, so seeing that the finished product had a hardcover was like a bonus for me!

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The finished product!

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Hardbound cover

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Over-all we were happy to have our very own M Book. I wouldn’t mind purchasing a few more vouchers if another deal comes up from the same company (Photobook Philippines was awarded best photobook of the year) as I have a few more photo albums that I believe are “book-worthy”. If you wish to look at other photobooks that they’ve created, visit their website at PHOTOBOOK PHILIPPINES.

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I am sure there are other HOT DEALS out there that are as good or maybe even better than this. If you’ve recently purchased a voucher from any of the group buying sites that are out there that you believe was a really great deal, share it with me! I’d love to hear from you 🙂

The Return of The Comeback

I. AM. BACK!

Yes! After a 2-year blogging hiatus, I am back! I have been blogging about my crazy life since 2005 at my old residence at UNICORN CHILD, but I had to wind down my online activities as baby concerns, school problems, work-related issues and other domestic dramas took over my blogging time.

Returning to the world of blogging…

Life has indeed changed a lot for me since then.  My son is now a Beatles-obsessed teenager (by virtue of age), and is entering Junior High in June. My tantrum-y toddler has grown to be a creative, feisty yet sweet pre-schooler.  My ex-boyfriend (aka hubby) has evolved from being a marketing master to a clubbing godfather at 7th High Boutique Club in Bonifacio Global City.  I have traded in my office garb and have since donned tank tops and shorts for my work clothes as I transitioned from being a GM of a graphic design agency to a work-at-home-mom (WAHM as most would call it), running my two online businesses and my graphic design firm from the comforts of my dining room table.

Now, after 2 exciting years, I am ready to pound on my keyboard once more and to talk about my life’s passions.  I believe the passing of time has taught me a lot about myself and what I am actually capable of doing.  I may still not be the best blog writer there is (I don’t think I ever was and ever will be, haha!), but I know that I can share some of the things I have learned in the past to young moms like me (ok, I know “young” no longer applies to this particular blog! LOL) and possibly impart some wisdom or new knowledge I might have to would-be or new “mompreneur” readers!

What can you expect from my new blog?

  • ALL ABOUT THE M’s – This section’s spotlight is on me, my family and family life in general. 
  • CREATIVE JUICE – Here you’ll find posts on all things creative that I or any of the M members may produce or have already produced but need to be showcased :). 
  • SHOPAHOLIC – Everything that has to do with my favorite S word — SHOPPING! — fashion trends, hot items that I LUST after or have actually decided to splurge on with eyes wide shut, to-die-for designer labels at affordable prices which I carry in my online store HAPPY SECONDS,  photos of my fashion treasure finds and everything else that has to do with retail therapy!
  • EATS, IN AND AROUND – Will feature food places we love to visit, foods we can’t get enough of, eating healthy and right, my own home-cooked meals and some recipes which I believe are easy to prepare especially for busy WAHMs like me.
  • KIKAY-NESS – A section on beauty, particularly on staying young and fit (which I believe is my main concern right now, hehe), beauty tips and product reviews.
  • HIS TOUCH – My thoughts, reflections or just insights in my journey as a Covenanted Charsimatic Catholic member of Ang Ligaya ng Panginoon and as student of His Word and teachings.

and lastly,

  • LA VIE – Will touch on life and leisure experiences with my family and friends such as a new job, a new hobby, new travels or a whole new stage of life!

I do hope you join me in this new journey I am embarking in, and experience with me THE NEW, THE EXCITING and THE UNKNOWN that are yet to come!