Paper Stuff, Products I Love

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Giving Journal 2016, and a Blog Giveaway!

Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf Giving Journal 2016

Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf Giving Journal 2016

Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf Giving Journal 2016

If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you already know that I have a thing for paper, planners and journals. I love them, I collect them, and they’re essential tools for my creative process, productivity and sanity. Writing things down on paper helps me process my thoughts and plan my schedule better. Although there are digital apps that I also use for project collaborations and group task management, the paper and pen approach is still the best for me.

Aside from being a tool, for me a planner is also a keepsake. I love browsing it at the end of the year and looking back at the projects that were completed, tasks that were accomplished, places I went to, people I met, milestones and musings. Needless to say, It’s quite an important part of my work and creative process.

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Giving Journal has always been on top of my planner preferences. It always excites me to see what they come up with for the “planner season” and this year is no exception.  (more…)

Products I Love

Craftsmith Living Gift Ideas


Craftsmith Living


I’m not kidding. When you step inside the Craftsmith Living shop in Salcedo Village, or see any of their pop up stores around the metro, you go away feeling more inspired than when you came.

Craftsmith Living is a concept store that carries thoughtfully curated home accessories, furniture, and artisanal items that have a Scandinavian and vintage influence in them. As an admirer of all things nordic, Craftsmith Living is surely high in my list of favorite brands in the local art community.

Each product in Craftsmith Living, they say, has a story to tell; some of which are sourced from other artists both local and abroad, and others designed and handcrafted in-house. This holiday season is a great excuse to go to Craftsmith Living and hoard items to give away as gifts!  (more…)

Products I Love

We Love the New Asus Zenfone 2 Laser 5.0



The full disclaimer is, Android never really worked for me. I find it complicated, and too techy for someone who just uses her phone to make calls, send messages, post on Social Media, and take pictures. On the other hand, my husband is crazy about Android. He has always preferred Android phones for reasons I never really understood before, but slowly starting to appreciate now.

Enter this line of Asus Zenfone products  and my initial (mis)conceptions about Android starts to shift completely. Two weeks ago we were given the Asus Zenfone 2 Laser 5.0 to try out and my husband was giddy like a school boy. Soon I understood why.

He’s been using the Asus Zenfone 5 (an older model) for over a year now, which, mind you, is already a great phone as it is and has served my husband well. The new Zenfone 2 models, however, have more powerful features and have fixed some of our issues with the Zenfone 5. In fact, my husband has been reading about this new Zenfone since they came out earlier this year, so you can just imagine his joy when the package was delivered. (more…)

Dream Chasers, Products I Love

Saab and Meelo Headpieces for Little Girls



This year I have gotten to know a lot of amazing moms who are rocking their creative businesses while also caring for their homes. As mothers, we know exactly what we want for our young children, and some of us are quick to address these needs and meet this specific demand in the market. In fact, many of these passionate family-centric brands came about because of the desire to do work that matters within the confines of home.

One of these passionate mompreneurs I happened to have met this year is Liza Esteban of Saab & Meelo. I met her as one of our sellers at the Pursuit Manila Fair, and have gotten to know her a little bit through our gathering last month.

Saab & Meelo has been in business for 4 years now, with Liza creating unique head pieces and accessories for little girls. I asked her a few questions about how she established and continuous to manage her business, alongside being a house wife and raising kids. Read on and start taking notes! ;)  (more…)

3 Beautiful Things, Love Life, Us Currently

Busy October, Sweet November, and 3 Epic Years

A wave of long-overdue blog posts are coming out of my drafts within the next two weeks. But before that happens, I thought I’d say something about the (almost) 2-month gap in my posts. This blog has always been like a timeline of sorts for me, and I don’t want the past two months to disappear from my archives. After all, October and November of 2015 have been nothing short of awesome.

01 | Crazy October

October was seriously my busiest month ever this whole year, and this is where the month went—

  • Pursuit Manila. We had not one but two Pursuit Manila gatherings in October, and since we decided to have the year-ender gathering early in November, that meant we spent the last weeks of October preparing for the gathering. I’m breathless just thinking about it! But you know how much I love doing ministry with these people, and working with them is surely worth all the crazy.
  • Work things. I launched two big design projects in October too, one of which was Carla’s blog. This is on top of my usual Content Marketing work, which is a entirely different world of busy. I also had the opportunity to talk about Leveraging New Media at the Every Nation Staff Summit, and I love love love being able to use my profession and expertise to empower missionaries, youth leaders, and kingdom builders. Definitely the kind of “work” I won’t mind doing again and again.
  • Passion Cards & Chasing Dreams Shop. After a short hiatus, the shop is back up with the new holiday edition passion cards. Can you believe it’s been a year since these passion cards went into production? The shop will take a scheduled break in December and will resume sometime next year. So if you’re planning to buy some passion cards to give away as gifts this Christmas, now is the time! :)

02 | Sweet November

We’re halfway through November at this point, and while my to-do list is still not any shorter than October’s, this month will always be a favorite. It’s a time to breathe before the holiday rush takes over, a time of transitions, of leaves turning and wardrobes changing. It’s the last chapter before the last chapter, where the story wraps up and culminates for the big finale.

Ever thought of November that way? 

Also, Friday the 13th. Those pink gerberas in the photograph above were given by my husband, because Friday the 13th happens only a few times in a year.

The last few weeks of November are going to be as busy as ever, but they’re also going to be the sweetest. I just know it.

03 | Three Epic Years

And then the twins turned 3 years old, which means we are also officially 3-year old parents. But this, deserves a separate post, so I’m going to end this right here. ;)

How have YOU been? Are you ready to wrap up 2015 in a pretty bow? 

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