Wednesday, July 29, 2015

July Read



Grey (Fifty Shades #4) by E.L. James|576 pages-After reading the trilogy and doing the same thing (ignoring all the flaws), I can say that I enjoyed this version more. That's all I can say about this book because...


Construct A Couple (Serenity Holland #2) by Talli Roland|353 pages-I did not read the first book, Build a Man. I'll be going back and reading the first book just to see what I missed. This is is a sweet quirky novel that I enjoyed very much. Serenity is a great main character: she is flawed, funny and endearing. A quick read but it's packed full of lighthearted entertainment. I'm already looking forward to the next one!

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Linky Love


  • I totally get her when it comes to wanting my meals to move around in my meal planner
  • Great scrapbook haul
  • If your blogging, you should check this out 
  • This girl is seriously crazy...crazy funny! I love her! 
  • Hilarious book review

Gazelle's Guess The Date Sweepstakes

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The new iPhone is coming! The new iPhone is coming! Although, no one is exactly sure when ... 

The release of the new iPhone model is a highly anticipated event among techies. To add to the excitement, Gazelle is running a "Guess The Date Sweepstakes." If you correctly guess when the new iPhone will be released and post it on Gazelle's Facebook page, you'll be entered to win a brand new iPhone 6s courtesy of Gazelle! 

But you better hurry! Gazelle's "Guess The Date Sweepstakes" won't last long, so consult your crystal ball and enter in your prediction today for a chance to win! 

Friday, July 24, 2015

Around Here



Another week has gone by.

Three weeks ago, I shared my successful June goal and as of this writing my cravings for rice are already gone and every time we eat out, my choices became more diverse.

Although I'm not into planners that doesn't mean I don't enjoy looking at someone else pages. I joined local planner groups and I pick up a few tricks that I should have known or tried before in scrapbooking. Those tiny stamps are the best.

As I mentioned here, Weekly menu made my life so easy. Not only it saves me time and money but also my sanity. Planning in advance and crossing out recipes as days gone by makes me happy.

Project Life is a system for documenting everyday life created by Becky Higgins. I've been doing this for 5 years and I finally accepted the fact that I no longer feel challenge by the concept and I'm falling into the black hole of boredom. My PL goal no longer motivates me and the only solution is to change my memory keeping strategy in the middle of the year and go back to basic.

I removed all my 4x6 printed photos in my 9x12 album then adhere them back-to-back and punch holes in the photo using the Crop-A-Dile. I only need a few materials and I'm done.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Menu Planning 2.0

Before we move back to my parent's home, I do a weekly menu for me and hubby and it made my life so easy. It saves me time and money. So, when we finally settled in, My sister and I had a discussion on re doing my menu good for 6 people (including 2 lunch pack) for 5 days. Weekend meals are cook by my dear brother-in-law. 
Breakfast and lunch pack for my sister and husband are the same. Our breakfast usually start at 7 until 9 am (depend on how long our chitchat while eating) and because of that, we usually skip cooking lunch and just eat whatever is available when hunger strikes. I was lucky to stumbled this beautiful and fillable weekly menu planner by the project girl. Her printable menu planner make sense to me because I love how straight forward it looks and it gives me enough space and the best of all, I can also list the ingredients needed. Very cool. How about you? Do you do a weekly or monthly menu planning? How is it working for you?

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Linky Love


Thursday, July 16, 2015

Cricut Design Inspirations!

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Now that you’re more familiar with Cricut Explore One™Cricut Explore Air™ and Cricut Design Space™, it’s time to chat about some of the really neat things you can create when you put it all together. 

As you’re getting familiar with your Cricut machine, it’s a great idea to take advantage of the free Make it Now™ projects and images that you get with Cricut Design Space™. 

For example, check out this adorable 3D Hot Air Balloons Mobile. It’s a fun, easy starter project and makes for the perfect baby shower or toddler’s birthday gift (and can you believe it's made with felt?). And what’s a gift without a card? Cricut has an incredible selection of card examples made with Cricut Explore machines. There’s even a whole selection dedicated to everything baby, which is where I came across this cute baby shower card

Birthday
What better way to tell someone how special they are than with a hand/Cricut-made card and gift? This super fun shaker card is perfect for a 21+ birthday. And even if you purchase a gift, you can always use your Cricut Explore machine to personalize it. For example, if you bought a friend a purse or a wallet, you could use your machine to monogram it with their initials. Or if you bought them a plain shirt or sweater, you could customize it with a fun image or statement. 

I love this sparkly pineapple t-shirt. All you need is a blank shirt, a roll of Cricut Iron-on, and images from the Cricut® Summer Love image set. 

Pool Party
Soak up the summer fun with a pool party! You can use your Cricut Explore to create everything from invitations to decorations. Here are some really creative ideas for how to add some special splash to a pool party

Engagement/Wedding
Make your own beautiful table decorations, banners, party favor boxes, cards, and more for the happy couple in just a few minutes! You’ll find some really impressive ideas in Cricut’s Design Space, such as this lovely Mr. & Mrs. card

There are an unbelievable number of project examples in the Design Space, which are categorized by type (e.g. baby, holidays, home décor, school, food, etc.) and by level (easy, moderate, and advanced). You can also find a ton of great ideas for projects on Cricut's Blog and Pinterest page

The summer season is a perfect time to get your very own Cricut machine and familiarize yourself with Design Space and all the incredible projects you can create. Try out a few projects each month and you’ll be amazed at how easy it is. By the time the holiday season rolls around, you’ll be a Cricut pro and will wow your friends and family with your stunning crafting skills! 

Happy crafting! 

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Storybook Costumes & Everyday Dress-up

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Abracadabra, fire to ice, sprinkle some fairy dust, and your little one can dress-up like their favorite Disney character with Costume Express' Storybook merchandise!

If Cinderella is their fairy tale heroine, Costume Express' Cinderella Costume will make them look genuine! If Anna from Frozen is their gal, the Anna Coronation Tutu Gown will definitely boost their morale. And for those little boys who love adventure and flight, the Peter Pan Costume is sure to delight! 

All these costumes and more can be worn year-round -- whether for summer fun, Halloween, Disney-themed parties, or just because it's Wednesday!

Your little one will look so adorable in their costume and feel like the prince or princess that they are. Popular costumes include Cinderella, Frozen, and Peter Pan, and you can find them all at Costume Express.

Disney Cinderella Movie Deluxe Kids Outfit 4-6X

Frozen: Girls Prestige Anna Coronation Gown Tutu Costume

Peter Pan Disney Toddler / Child Costume Child Small (4-6)

Sunday, July 12, 2015

When Blog Ideas Don't Pan out



I had my cork board editorial calendar to help me plan my monthly blog post. All blog ideas are well planned a few days before July started and yet, this week, I missed blogging because some ideas didn't pan out. Life happens as they say and no matter how much preparation I did, it was bound to fail and there's nothing left to do but to move on.



It's a week of moving, cleaning and raining non-stop. There's nothing to do but to arrange and rearrange our things inside the house. Heavy rains are pouring outside and although the moving is a bit tiring, the cool weather keep us in a good mood. I finally able clean our messy pantry and organized it in a way that makes the food easy to see. It's almost half empty.

As a cook and baker, my dream is to have a cabinet or a walk-in pantry. I want to have a place where I can do a mini grocery shopping inside my kitchen. I was very happy when a dear friend of mine sold this to us.


The rest of my scrapbook haul this month. 


This week baon ideas, I prepared Porkchop Curry and Sweet Soy Pork strips



The week may not turn out as I planned, but it was a week full of blessings in disguise.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Linky Love


Sunday, July 05, 2015

Weekly Baon Ideas

Starting next Sunday, I will share hubby's lunch pack for the week. I hope it will  inspire you. 

Saturday, July 04, 2015

Linky Love

It's been awhile, but Linky Love is back. 

Friday, July 03, 2015

Around Here



The moving was one hell of a ride and that was not the first move I did in my life. My family was shocked to discover that I was able to organize our things without making our previous house look cluttered and arranging it immediately after the move was a sight to behold. I didn't stop until we can freely move in our room without stumbling into something. Yes, not a house this time but a room in my parents home.

In between moving, I was able to read books and did some scrapbook shopping. I bought myself a food acrylic stamp and bone folder because, during the move, I thought I lost the bone folder of my Martha Stewart scoring board but for some reason hubby found it in his bag of tools which happens to be beside my craft table. The Thickers (Maple, Sentiment and Rootbeer Float)+stamp are from landmark department store.

I finally set up my cork board blog editorial calendar and my blogging life have never been so easy. I should have done this before, but I don't have the wall space to adhere a 24x36x1/4 cork sheet.

My mom found a baby bird near her plants. She showed me then let it go after I took this pic.

Had a quick lunch with hubby @ KFC before doing our grocery shopping. We got free coupons from the cashier. Hubby avail the free chicken pie when he ordered his meal.

Weekend breakfast and lunch cooked by yours truly and my brother-in-law.

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Cricut Design Space and New iPhone App!

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If you read last week’s post, you now know why Cricut’s Explore One™ and Explore Air™ machines are so incredible – and a must-have for any crafter. 

But what bridges the gap between the creative ideas in your head and the Cricut machine is the Cricut Design Space™

Cricut’s Design Space™ is software for PC, Mac®, iPhone® and iPad® that you get for free with your Cricut machine of choice. 

Instead of trying to figure out how to make your project, Design Space gives you the ability to focus on what you want to make. Your Cricut machine takes it from there and brings it to life. 

With Design Space, you can start designing from scratch on your computer, iPhone® or iPad®, or you can use a pre-designed, Make It Now™ project. These ready-to-make projects are created by professional artists and include everything from home décor to fashion to paper crafting, and even a variety of FREE projects. 

If you want to use one of Cricut’s 50K+ images, you can try them out in the Design Space to see which will look best in your project before you commit to purchasing it. 

Uploading Images 

When you’re ready to start designing, you can either use one of Cricut’s 50K+ images or easily upload your own using the “Upload Images” tool in Design Space. You can upload and cut .svg, .jpg, .png, .bmp, .gif, and .dxf files absolutely FREE. You can even use fonts already installed on your computer. 

Cut What You Want® tool 

The Design Space’s Cut What You Want® tool makes it easy to convert your design into a cuttable image in just a few clicks! 

The Cricut Design Space™ app for iPad® and iPhone® 

Cricut’s easy-to-use app for the iPad® and iPhone® makes it possible for you can design anytime and anywhere inspiration strikes you.

It also allows you to access all the project’s that you’ve personally designed, whether on your iOs device or your PC or Mac, and gives you access to all the Make-it-Now projects. 

With this app, you can start a project while at the beach, enhance it at the ice-cream shop, add some embellishments while cozying up on your couch, and then cut it on the Cricut Explore in your craft room. Plus, it’s cloud-based, so your projects are always synced across all your devices. 

P.S. Cricut is working on an Android™ app right now, so don’t feel left out if you don’t have an iPad or iPhone. 

In a nutshell, Cricut Design Space™ gives you the creative freedom to design just about anything! Make party invitations, decorations, and favors. Create seasonal home décor or personalize wedding gifts. Add embellishments to your favorite photo memories. 

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg! That’s why next week’s post (the last on in this series) will focus on some really fun and interesting projects that people have created using their Cricut machine and the Cricut Design Space. 

Stay tuned! 

Cork board Blog Editorial Calendar


The corkboard calendar is totally inspired by this and without a doubt it made my blogging life so easy. I no longer freak out on what topic to post plus I love the idea of a huge cork board where I can pin stuff that I need to work on. The cork sheet (24x36x1/4) was bought @ National bookstore. I adhere it to the wall using double-sided tape.

I arranged big sticky notes like a calendar and just used a smaller post-its for post ideas. Seriously, I love to look at this arrangement every time I'm in front of my craft table. I no longer worry about what to post and when to post it.

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

May, June & July Goals

Just for fun and also to challenge myself, I'll be doing a monthly goal to improve my eating habits. 

May Goal: Drink 2 to 3 glasses of lemon water twice a day
I'm an avid drinker of water and adding lemon to it add a refreshing spin. Instead of morning coffee or tea, we pair our usual breakfast with a glass of cold lemon water and just recently my brother-in-law taught us how to make cucumber juice and we are hooked. 

June Goal: Skip rice (all kinds)
Skipping rice maybe harder to execute because we Filipinos love our bowl of rice and a meal is not complete without it but, I was very determine to achieve my goal and I did it! In the process, I lose 4 inches off my waist! Amazing isn't it? 

July Goal: Banana a day
As they say, Banana a day keeps the doctor away. We've been stocking up some frozen bananas for guilt-free ice cream but of course, we don't eat ice cream everyday. So this month, I decided to make it a goal to consume at least 1 banana every meal.

p.s
I used Strike app by Fanzter to monitor my progress and the reason why June was 31 streaks instead of 30, I started May 31. 
 

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