Tuesday, March 10, 2015

DIY Gift For Mika's 18th Birthday

I've posted on my other blog that Mika had received a lot of beautiful gifts from her family and friends on her last debut party.  She had a great time opening the said gifts but there's a particular gift that catches her attention.  This is a personalized DIY gift from one of her close friends.  There's a truth to the saying that not all expensive gifts are special, there is a gift which doesn't really cost  you a lot but can surely capture the heart of the receiver.  This is exactly what happened when Mika saw this very special gift from her friend.  I think I remembered to have seen the same idea online and to my surprise, Mika had received this kind of DIY gift as well.

This is actually a box with her name on it and filled with handwritten notes about bible verses, quotes and happy moments and memories which transpired between Mika and her friend.  It's so nice of her to really take time to write more than a hundred notes.  It's really time consuming right? and only best friends could do this patiently...out of love. :)



There was actually a note  inserted in the box and this contains the legend for the handwritten notes.  There is a color coding actually.  Each color represents a particular note.  In this case, green stands for moments and memories, pink for quotes and blue for bible verses.  Cool..huh?





There you have it! Mika had lots of sweet little notes to read daily and hopefully these notes will inspire her everyday.  The good news is...Mika received 2 gifts of this kind.  Her best friend also came up with one but just slightly different from this one.  I think that one comes in a glass jar instead of a box and there are about hundreds of notes from her best friend.  Different kinds of notes and personal messages for her.   Awww....so sweet, isn't it?



This is a kind of DIY gift that you could give to your loved ones.  It definitely requires time but your efforts will all be worth it since this will definitely be appreciated by the receiver.

This, I can definitely assure you!  :)



Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Caring For Your House Pets



It's been 3 years since we first started adopting a house pet.  I mean, we used to have dogs at home but this is the first time that we had "home dogs".  One is a cross breed of Japanese Spitz and Shih-Tzu and the oter one is a pure Shih-Tzu breed.  They are both loving and fun to be with and provide great entertainment at home especially when you feel stressed out. 

Unfortunately, our younger puppy Marcus had contacted a skin disease. He used to have fungal infections mostly on the feet and neck.  We brought him to the Vet and he was prescribed certain antibiotics to kill the viruses and he easily recovered from the so called skin disease every time we give him a regular dose of that medicine.  He was also prescribed certain type of soaps and vitamins which according to the Vet will help him prevent from acquiring such sickness.

We love our Marcus so dearly and we can't afford to lose him.  We've been looking for the best medicines to prevent him from getting sick and good thing that aside from getting the meds from our vet, there are also reliable online sites where we can order various medicines for our dogs and Entirely Pets Pharmacy is one of our favorites.  

We very well knew the importance of caring for our dogs.  After all, they are not simply pets but a faithful friend and companion.  They are considered part of the family and it s just right to deliver them the best care that they so deserved.



Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Why I Choose Orange Color For Our Home Sweet Home








Since we've decided to have orange as our color motif for our house interior, I felt that I would love to stick with it.  Maybe we will just do some retouch whenever the paint color fades naturally over time but I would still stick to having orange for our home.  You might ask me, so what's good in orange?

My love for reading feng shui books had enabled me to have a better understanding of colors and how does color provides meaning to your homes.  I personally believe that colors are extremely powerful and can directly affect your moods aside from transforming your home instantly.  I find it extremely important to choose a color that suits your personality and life style.  We have to use our intuition in choosing the color that we will be using in our homes.  Remember that you and the color should blend naturally.  If you use the color just because feng shui expert says it will bring you abundance but you know for a fact that you hate that color, then that wouldn't make sense in the long run.  Remember that feng shui is all about harmony.  

Color has been said to have a great influence on your physical and psychological well being.  In feng shui, orange represents the fire element just like red although it is less intense as compared to the former.  Did you ever notice that in most restaurants, orange is a predominant color?  This is so because orange is known to be appetizing aside from the fact that it is stimulating and signifies richness and warmth.  I just remembered that last December, we have invited our emcee/program coordinator for my daughter's debut party to come over the house so we could discuss over the details about the party and the program.  Once she gets in to the house, she remarked, "this house is nice and naturally inviting, I feel warm and wanted to stay longer here".  I was, of course, happy with her remarks and I suddenly thought that...could it be the color?

Well...I guess so, since she is not the first one to have said such comments. One thing I love about orange is that it creates excitement and exudes a friendly atmosphere.  It's cozy and has a cheerful and welcoming personality.  No doubt, most of the visitors experience the feeling of warmness and intimacy.  But again, this is my own personal preference and may not be to others liking but as I said, it is extremely important that there is a harmony between the home and the people living in it. :)




Thursday, January 8, 2015

Dessert Table on My Daughter's Debut Party

During the recently concluded debut party of my daughter Mika, we practically did everything from the venue set up, stage backdrop and even the dessert table itself. Because of this, I bought one unit of mini chocolate fountain. We made some chocolate cupcakes with non edible topper featuring the official logo of Mika's party. We had some marshmallows, biscuit sticks, wafer sticks, meringue and assorted shapes of mallows. We also came up with a frame bearing some sweet notes about the debutant.  Some tea light candles were also placed on the table plus some twigs which we made common to all the tables utilized in her party.  I am pleased with the outcome but pls pardon me for the poor quality of the pictures.  We are in a super rush that time and cannot concentrate taking photos as we are already running short of time.

Here's what we've got:









Saturday, December 13, 2014

Tips For Trying To Conceive

Starting a family of your own is indeed a challenge.  I remember when I just got married, I have doubts if I will be able to conceive a child.  I'm having issues with my health since I was in the elementary grades.  I was anemic and often experience nose bleeding especially when I'm directly exposed to the sun.  I was not able to join any extra curricular activities in school especially the ones which require strenuous physical activity.  I also have problem with my monthly period.  Sometimes my Mom would bring me to the hospital for injection as I can no longer bear the pain.  I realize that health is really important especially for women if you want to have a healthy family, as well. 

When you are trying to conceive, it is very important that your body is healthy and ready. There are ways to prepare your body in trying to conceive.  If you and your partner are into processed foods and junk foods, try to slowly change your food choice to healthy foods like fruits and vegetables, they are packed with so many vitamins and minerals to prepare your body in trying to conceive.  Stay fit by having regular exercise and getting enough sleep.  Do not let you and your partner be too stressed out.  Have fun and enjoy while trying to conceive.  According to www.pregnancytips.org, a woman can also start taking prenatal vitamins when trying to conceive.  This will prepare her body with the vitamins that the baby needs like Folic Acid and calcium.  As for the men, make sure to keep your sperms cool by avoiding hot tubs, saunas and laptops staying on your lap for a very long time - these are known to be the number 1 sperm killers.  In trying to conceive, staying healthy is the number one thing that you have to do.  If you and your partner have been trying to conceive for more than 6 months to no avail, set an appointment with your doctor.

Now a days there are more ways to ensure that you can conceive a child without worrying about your health.  All we have to do is "be aware".  We can surf online, read books and ask friends who just had their babies and learn from their experiences.  It is better to be safe than sorry.





Thursday, December 11, 2014

Hosting Parties At Home

Time flies so fast, 15 days more to go and it's going to be Christmas!  Probably, some of you are already thinking on how to celebrate Christmas at home as we always want to have a unique celebration each year.

First, we have to decide whether the party will be outdoors or indoors.  Personally, I prefer outdoors so the guests could move freely and also to make clean up after the party a lot easier especially if you don't have any house helper.

Second, if you want to make it outdoors, you have to decide whether you want a sit down dinner or cocktail type of party where you will serve lots of drinks and finger foods.  You may also want to try "boodle fight" for a more intimate way of having dinner with your friends or family members.

Third, you may want to add a bit of decor outdoors.  Candle lights or white Christmas lights and some DIY colorful pom poms will surely be an attractive decor.

Fourth, you have to decide on what kind of foods you are going to serve.  If you opt to have a"boodle fight", grilled assortment of foods will be most suitable plus a lot of side dishes. :)

Fifth, you have to decide on what would be good for your dessert.  This should go with the chosen dishes that you've prepared for dinner.

Lastly, think of how your guests would be entertained.  Whether you opt to just have a chatting session with them, watch a DVD movie or enjoy music together, what is important is that you are prepared.  I'm sure we do have all the things necessary to entertain our guests at home, if not, then you can visit website of your choice to shop for your needs before that big event.

Hosting parties at home is not that difficult as you may think.  All it takes is just proper planning and preparation to make your party an affair to remember. :)



Thursday, November 13, 2014

The Many Uses of Lemons

I bought few pieces of lemons from a local supermarket near our place and I used lemon slices to add flavor to my drinking water.  I usually infused my water with lemon and cucumber slices.  It does not only add flavor to the blunt taste of the water but it also brings lots of health benefits.  

Lemons belong to a family of citrus fruits and is characterized by it's yellow peeling.  This is often mixed with drinks to add flavor to it's distinctive taste.  It has medicinal and antibacterial properties that provides cure for a number of illnesses.  lemon is great immune booster and is particularly best to have when you are suffering from colds and flu.  Lemons could also improve the functioning of your liver by supplying energy to the enzymes.  But apart from the many health benefits of lemon, did you know that it has a number of domestic uses, too?

Mixing 1 tbsp of lemon juice in 1 cup of distilled water, 1/2 cup of white vinegar and 1 tbsp of baking soda in a spray bottle will give you an instant fruit and vegetable cleaner.  It will disinfect your fruits and vegetables to help you prepare a healthy raw vegetable and fruit salad.

Lemon peels are also known to drive away pests such as ants, cockroaches, fleas and rodents.  Lemon peelings should be placed on entry ways and windowsills so these pests will stay away from your house.

Lemons could also be added to water and hydrogen peroxide to make a home made bleach that could be used in washing clothes and cleaning your bath rooms.  

Lemons could also be used as fabric whitener by just adding 1 cup of lemon juice to the last rinsing cycle.  This could make your clothes smelling fresh and clean.

  
Lemons are also being used as a primary ingredient in a number of desserts like cakes and pastries. Due to the many uses of lemons, this has always been the number one item in my grocery list.




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