Friday, May 22, 2015

Trying Mason Jar Meals

Because of my busy routine at home and doing part time job on the side, I have a very little free time. At the same time, I do not wish to compromise preparing healthy meals for my family but I knew that it requires a great deal of time.  I've been searching for some ideas online and this is where I stumble about Mason Jar Meals.  I've learned that it is not just super easy to make, but it will always give you a ready to go meal every time.  You can save money, time and effort and at the same time be assured of a healthy meal packed with all those nutrients your body needs.

There are actually a variety of meals that could fill your mason jars.  At first, I thought it's only meant for salads but I was wrong.  Mason jars could also be filled with healthy and delicious breakfasts and snacks.  I had actually collected several mason jar recipes that I am so eager to try.  Imagine marching your way to the kitchen, opening your fridge and having a delicious meal in an instant! That's such a relief!  Inviting your friends or relatives over for a coffee break complete with salads and baked goodies while enjoying some great music sounds perfect. :)

Well, I might be sharing some mason jar recipes that I'm able to collect and try in my future posts.  I hope these recipes will be pretty great!



Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Organic Gardening

I long wanted to have my own organic garden.  This desire has been imminent since I became more conscious about my health.  Is this the mindset when people begin to age? :) Well, probably yes.  I actually begin to be interested in eating raw salads when I was still working abroad.  Since I don't really like the local foods in Cambodia, I resorted to eating fruits and vegetables which is a good thing.  Since then, I developed the habit of munching cucumber slices and lettuce while reading books or watching DVD movies.  I also became active in researching different kinds of salad preparations especially the healthy ones.  Later, I came to know that not all vegetables that you can buy from the market are considered safe and healthy.  "If you are really that conscious about what you eat, then you better go organic", this was a remark from my friend who is actually into organic gardening.

Why you should choose organic?  It's because the organic vegetables are grown naturally without using man made artificial chemicals.  Naturally grown vegetables are healthier because these were grown using natural substances.  Little did I know that this type of gardening extends beyond personal benefit.  Apart from getting naturally grown produce, this type of gardening is also beneficial to the environment.  Many people also swear that the taste of organic foods are far better than the commercial ones.

I am loving the idea of coming up with my own organic garden simply because it's also good in my pocket.  Organic vegetables sold in the market are a lot pricey than the commercial ones.  Growing your own will help you save a lot and also give you the chance to enjoy fresh produce everyday.  If you're lucky enough, you can also sell the extra produce from your organic garden.

Maybe, I should stop procrastinating.  My busy schedule now prevents me from starting one but it's always a part of my bucket list and I'm pretty sure that I will soon have a full blown organic garden very very soon.


Monday, May 18, 2015

Less Is More!

Since last year, I've started to become interested in a minimalist life style.  Maybe I was greatly influenced by the books I've been reading on minimalism.  Why not?  I've seen the rationale behind this concept and I've found a lot of practical things that I think will benefit me and the family in the long run.  I would admit, a part of my youth was addicted to shopping and hording and buying a lot of stuff even if it's not really necessary at the moment.  I think everybody has gone through this stage and I am definitely not an exception.  It's a good thing that I did not really go that far to the point of putting myself into a great debt.  I'm still wise and mature when it comes to spending and budgeting. I just thought that I could have saved more have I learned the art of minimalism at an earlier stage. Perhaps, I have more investments now. :)

My desire to shift slowly to a minimalist life style has given me the urge to have an inventory of what I currently have at home and sort out those things which I think are not really necessary or those that I considered to be really extra and not being used for years and just gathering dust in my shelves.

It was a good thing that both my kids are sharing the same interest with me and support me one hundred per cent on this.  I haven't asked them to read the books that I read but slowly explaining to them the concept enabled them to understand and adopt the idea.  Now, we have been selling a lot of our unused stuff at home and it was really fun.  I didn't realize that it was that easy to sell and that we really can convert those what we've considered as clutter to cash that we can use or spend for more important things that we require at home.  A lot of stuff like used toys, wall decors, figurines and ceramics, used audio equipment, collector's items and kitchen items were sold very fast.  There's really truth to the belief that what you consider as clutter in your house can be a precious possession for some people. 

Now, I feel more relaxed to see that my home appears to be bigger, cleaner and more organized than ever. It is actually a win-win situation!  I was able reduce a lot of clutter, convert them to extra cash and made my life easier having to maintain and clean less stuff.

I couldn't be happier being a minimalist! :) 



Sunday, May 10, 2015

Garden DIY Inspiration

I am planning to have DIY garden decors to boost my garden's appeal (lol).  So I search online for some garden DIY inspiration.  Of course, I have few requirements though, the DIY garden decors should be easy to make, will not cost me a lot of money and will definitely add an appeal to my garden despite it's simplicity.  This is the reason why I have chosen the following:



This is very ideal to be placed at the porch, near the entry way and all you need are 3 sets of pots of different sizes.  These can be painted with any color of your choice and bear any words that you may find appropriate.  I am loving this and couldn't wait to make one myself. :)




This is pretty cute mushroom design made from old salad bowls.  This is really awesome as you don't have to buy new bowls.  You may use the old ones that you have at home as these will have to be painted anyway.


I think this is cooler!  The materials are so basic and easy to find.  Old plates  and pots and few small cans of paints in various colors.  These could be placed along the side of the walk way and on the plant box for added design.  Love it! :)



Saturday, May 9, 2015

Music Corner

If you have kids who is into music, one way of motivating them to pursue and explore the talent is creating a music corner in their bedroom.  I've seen this design from Pinterest and I'm so in love with the idea.


I actually find this so cool and I think any kid would love to have this in his/her room.  This is so easy to make and would not require you to buy a lot of stuff.  You may add a back drop for the stage if you want to make it more colorful and interesting but I love it the way it is.  You can just order a simple guitar from guitar center online and I'm sure you can find a design which would fir perfectly to this music corner/stage.

Sometimes, as parents, it is very important that we are showing a support to our kids to nurture their gifts and one way of doing this is to make their hobby more fun and interesting.



Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Craft Corner Ideas

I am so loving arts and crafts now more than ever and because of this, I am thinking of having a crafts corner at home but this is quite a challenge to me because I cannot find a space for it.  Probably, instead of a crafts room, I would just settle for a crafts corner.  All I need is a desk or a simple working table, ribbon organizer, something similar to what is being shown here and a small shelf for my craft materials.  

photo credit : Southern Hospitality 

photo credit : scrapbookobsession

Last time, I was so busy at work that I haven't got enough time to work on my crafts projects, besides my kids were still very young then and cannot appreciate my hobby. Now that they are already grown up, I'm happy to find out that they are sharing the same interest with me.  My daughter now is very busy spending her summer vacation doing arts and crafts for her bedroom.

I hope to get this craft corner sometime soon!




Monday, April 6, 2015

On Decluttering

I would admit that I had a difficult time completing my decluterring project at home.  Well, it's not that I didn't accomplish anything but I just can't find enough time to finish everything.  It's a bit funny coz if you will ask my kids, they would certainly reply me with much astonishment as in...."What? You're not done yet with decluttering?"  I've been constantly reminded by them that our house is already super organized and I don't have to feel like the house is messy.  They even told me that their friends complimented our super organized home and they, too are often astonished whenever my kids tell them that I am not yet contented with how things are organized at home. Blame it to me, I'm super OC. lol

I had practically started organizing everything in the house and I've done it room by room.  It's just timely also that my daughter Mika had a "make over" in her own room and she had to declutter to in the process.  I asked her to get rid of the things which she doesn't use anymore and just keep what she considers essential.  But this music lover girl of mine cannot depart with her old guitar and the coffin case guitar.  I actually find the case bulky and hard to fit in any part of the room.  Mika, however told me that it's hard for her to let "them" go.  I remembered that this was the first guitar that she had and this is where she first played her very first song, so I understand the sentiments.

Anyway, I let her decide whether she wanted to keep those things.  I don't want to force her as I am also worried that if I do that, maybe she would also depart with her love for music and instruments.  

But I will certainly complete this project ASAP ... as in ASAP.  There's no going back! :)






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