Thursday, December 24, 2009

It's christmas!

I've been very very busy lately.  I've been working for, I think, 10 hours a day for the past 3 weeks. Which also means a 5 minute lunch break is almost impossible. Thank God, I was able to finish my christmas shopping in between my workload. Our office was so freaking busy.  Well, just a thought, how come suddenly people just got excited to go to the dentist at this time of the year?... at winter time... when it's too cold?  I have no idea, but it was crazy!!! Done with the crazy days.. now it's time for my family and myself. I took 2 weeks off from work to spend quality time with them. That's what christmas is all about anyway.

~ ~Have a blessed christmas everybody! ~ ~

Sunday, December 13, 2009

My brother is getting hitched!

Two months ago, my brother announced that he's marrying his long time girlfriend Melisa on December 2010. Finally! We've been bugging him for the last 2 yrs to get married, but that time Melisa was still in law school. From the time that I've learned that they're getting married, I've been bombarding the bride-to-be of emails concerning the venues for the ceremony and reception, and other wedding details. I think I'm more excited than her. and I really am!!

So to my Kuya and Melisa, my warm wishes for a lifetime of joy and togetherness..

~ ~ ~ Cheers! ~ ~ ~

Friday, December 11, 2009

Buy Gifts or DIY?

It's exactly 14 days before christmas. I've done my christmas shopping already, I just need to buy few more gifts to complete my list. With regards to gifts, would you consider buying one or a diy? So buying vs homemade? I would say buy! hahhaha kidding! Well, I'm not really a DIY kind of girl, not because I'm not crafty enough, because truth be told I am a little crafty. But, it's just that I really do not have the patience. On the contrary, I'd say homemade gifts will always be the winner, it would always top my list. If I receive something homemade, fancy or not, I'll keep them. Last year, I gave away 3 kinds of cookies. I got the recipe from Chipits and I packed them inside dollar store plastic containers, and wrapped them in a cellophane, put ribbons, and they were good to go. Everybody loved them. Well, it was good not only because I followed the recipe well, but I made it with more than a cupful of love. This year I'm planning to give away leche flan to people close to my heart. I would like to share some homemade gift ideas that I received from busymomtips. You can get an idea or two from this so have fun and be creative!


1. Edible Treats: Package homemade cookies, peppermint bark, or sugared pecans in old-fashioned tins that can be found at thrift shops and garage sales.

2.  Painted Pots: Take a standard, inexpensive clay pot and paint in a solid color. Let it dry completely and then decorate it with your own design. Personalize it by adding the recipient’s name. Finally, plant some herbs or a small plant in the pot for an extra special touch.

3. Printable Coupons: Design (or use an online template) and print out coupons to be used as stocking stuffers or stapled into a little booklet as a gift. A few suggestions for the coupons are: Good for One Hug (or Kiss); Good for One Back Rub; Redeem for a Car Wash; Take the Night Off; Have Breakfast in Bed. Be creative!

4. Printable Calendars: Use one of the many available calendar templates or software programs to personalize a calendar for a loved one by adding pictures and special dates

5. Handprint Canvas Bag: Have the kids stamp a plain, light-colored canvas bag with their handprints. Simply paint their hands with fabric paint and then press them on the bag. You can paint on stems, leaves, or other designs or lettering (such as the kids’ names) with fabric paint or a fabric marker. Note: may take a day or two to dry so give yourself plenty of time to finish this project.

6. Message Board: Make a colorful message board by wrapping a piece of fabric around a rectangular piece of styrofoam and glueing the ends to the back. Then create a grid by wrapping strips of ribbon around the board so that pictures and messages can be easily tucked behind the ribbon.

7.  Button Picture Frame: Paint a plain wooden picture frame (remove glass first) and let dry. Glue a variety of old buttons to the frame to create an unusual and interesting frame for family pictures.

8. Marbleized Christmas Ornaments: Squirt 2-3 different colors of acrylic paint inside of a clear glass ornament, and gently swirl the paint around. Let paint dry completely before adding the topper and tying it with a ribbon.

9. Family Cookbook: Ask all of the family members to contribute some of their favorite recipes to be typed up, printed out, and copied into a cookbook for all of the family to enjoy. You can have the cookbooks professionally bound by a printer such as Kinko’s, or put inside of a report cover or notebook with your own cover design or picture.

10. Garden Stepping Stones: Decorate plain concrete stepping stones by painting your own design with acrylic paints or using the kids’ hand or feet prints. Let dry completely before applying 1-2 coats of acrylic sealer.

I would like to add a sweet treat recipe book on digital scrapbook layouts. If you're not a photoshop junkie, not a problem. They came up with a program called Smilebox. It's a  downloadable program wherein you could create scrapbook layouts and play with your pictures. It's wayyy better than Scrapbookflair. I love photoshop and I'm comfortable using them but for some people who are not patient with photoshop, this is your best bet.

Let's all be creative this christmas!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Christmas giveaway

I was tagged by a dear blogger named  Mrs. Kolca, she's the owner of utotmopink blog. I'm sure many of you will react and find the blog name a little weird, but I like it, it's very catchy. Anyway, she's giving away some cool stuffs, so let's see if we could win these babies.

To join, simply do these:

-Add to your blogroll and or link list
-Grab button/badge to you sidebar
-Blog about this contest by posting the giveaway image & answering the following questions:

a. Is there anything pink within 10 feet of you? If yes, write about it.

my shirt. It was given to me by hubby's aunt. I love it!

b. Who is your favorite Hollywood actress or supermodel younger than 30?

I'd say Natalie Portman. She's intelligent. She's pretty. She's a freaking Harvard graduate with honors. She can act. A real talent. 

c. Choose one. Shoes? Bags? Clothes? Or make-up?

I'd say bags. or shoes. or clothes. or makeup. It's hard to choose! 

d. What is your favorite sleepwear?
my jammies! 

e. I joined this contest because_______________.
Because I'm joining the contest of one of the coolest blogs that I know.

-Lastly, leave A COMMENT* together with the link to your blogpost and your email address

♥This giveaway is open internationally♥

♥The owner of my MOST FAVORITE BLOG wins the 1st prize♥

♥The blogger with the MOST CREATIVE POST will get the 2nd prize♥

♥The COOLEST COMMENTER will receive the 3rd prize♥

♥Winners will be notified through email♥

♥Contest ends before the clock hits 12 on December 31, 2009♥