Pink My Ride: Blog & Branding Redesign

| Posted in Design Projects

Pink my Ride Color Inspiration

I met Carmel in one of Martine’s workshops. With majority of the attendees being Moms, and Carmel being the youngest and the only single woman in the group, she was naturally easy to remember. As she was sharing her story and describing her blog goals and vision to the group, I remember seeing my younger self in her—more specifically, in her love for travel, and her passion to explore not only places but also life and new sources of inspiration. That’s why it made me really happy when she approached me to “tweak” her brand and blog design.

She wanted to keep her logo, but if you are an avid follower of Carmel’s blog, you will notice a slight but significant difference in the logo’s typography and tagline. ;) We redesigned the layout of her blog and refined her brand board. She wanted her site to be minimalist, with lots of white spaces to bring more focus to the content and the photographs. She wanted her online space to grow with her and to look more composed and matured.   (more…)

42/52: Not-so-Terrible Twos

| Posted in Dawn & Rain, Mommyhood

Photographs of our twin daughters, once a week, every week, this 2014.

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As if those photographs from their second birthday were not enough, here’s more! These were taken after their birthday party, that’s why, yes, they’re still wearing their birthday dresses. :)

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Rain, sweet Rain. This girl is full of antics and sweetness. Lately she likes playing “pretend sleep”. She would take her blanket and pillow, arrange them on the floor, lie down, say “night guys!” and close her eyes to (pretend) sleep. Often she would take a break from playing, come up to me or to her Daddy just to give us a hug or a kiss, and then go back to what she was previously doing. It’s totally random and soo heart-melting! And sometimes we would tell her to hug Dawn, and she would go to her sister and give her a hug and a bonus kiss. Such a sweetheart! <3

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Dawn, our charming diva. This little girl practically learned to sing even before she started talking. She imitates dance moves and actions, and sings along whatever’s playing on TV. The first time she sang “I Cast All My Cares Upon You” (the whole song) on her own—it made me tear up. I mean, who sings “I Cast All My Cares Upon You” at 2 years old right? At night when the lights are out, we would hear her quietly singing to herself until she falls asleep. She rarely kisses us, but when she does.. let’s just say it makes up for all the times she won’t do it. :)

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Dear Dawn & Rain, It’s been a blast being your Mommy and seeing you grow, and being around to witness your milestones. I used to be so scared of being a mommy, but thank you for making me brave, and for making this motherhood-thing all sorts of awesome. :)

More about Project 52 here. View all posts in this blog series here.

Courageous Content Creation Workshop This Nov 27

| Posted in Blogging, Lovers Dreamers and Me

Courageous Content Creation

(Photo credit: Makeitblissful.com)

Martine and I share this same passion in creating content that aims to inspire people to live more meaningful lives and make their dreams happen. It’s a passion that keeps us both awake late at night, tinkering on our iPhones in the dark, exchanging thoughts and ideas and links with each other, dreaming about the next thing we should do to pursue our bliss.

You see, not only is Martine a blissmaker and a dreamer, she is also a visionary. She comes up with creative ideas and she partners with people who are passionate at what they do to translate these ideas into something that will benefit many others. She’s a woman of courage, and being a few years older than I am, I look up to her as, not only a friend, but also a mentor and a role model.  (more…)

Paper Love: The Daykeeper 2015 for Dreamers

| Posted in Design Inspiration, Faith Walk, Paper Stuff

The Daykeeper 2015

I sometimes wonder how other Moms “chase their dreams” (or if they still do.) As a 30-year old working Mommy of twin girls, it’s been more like, “chasing deadlines” and “chasing toddlers” around here the past year.

When we’re younger, there was a lot of room for trial & error, and career shifts, and spontaneous road trips, and impulsively bought plane tickets. But as we grow older and little lives are suddenly dependent on (and affected by) the choices we make, we find ourselves taking more calculated steps. It’s not that we’re being uptight, we’re just trying hard to be responsible. We become more mindful about how we use our time and money, and whether or not something is a worthy investment. Passions and priorities naturally shift. Either we set aside our dreams for later, or we learn to chase new dreams—ones that are more for our family than for ourselves.

So maybe the chase slows down a little when we become mothers, but one thing for sure, we never stop dreaming.  (more…)

The One Where the Twins Turned Two, Part 2

| Posted in Celebrations, Dawn & Rain, Family & Friends, Love Life

Twinkle Twinkle Little star theme party

We dreaded the second year because of the much anticipated “terrible twos”. We have been warned, and we’ve heard the worst. And while I’m beginning to wonder what’s so “terrible” about this stage, we thought we should drown our fears with excitement and bravely say “bring it!”

And so we planned a little party to welcome this “dreaded” year, and boyyy was it fun!

Dawn & Rain's 2nd Birthday

Dawn & Rain's 2nd birthday

We decided to have an intimate gathering of family and just a handful of friends. The program was simple: Hang out, enjoy good food, and take lots of photographs to show the twins when they’re older. By keeping it small we get to save up their birthday money to buy them stuff that they really need. I couldn’t be any happier about our “less-is-more” choice.

The Theme: Twinkle twinkle little star

Having a small party didn’t stop me from indulging in a little DIY and designing some invites and souvenir tags. I can’t help myself. :) We picked a theme that the twins are very familiar with. If you follow us on Instagram, you’ll remember them singing and dancing to “Twinkle twinkle little star” a few months back. Dawn can sing it a lot clearer now!

So twinkle twinkle little star, it is. (They are our stars, after all.)

Twinkle twinkle little star theme party

Twinkle twinkle little star theme party

DIY alert: We found these wooden star clips at National Bookstore’s scrapbook section, and a friend, Sam, helped me make these paper stars. Thanks Sammy! :) Here’s how to make origami paper stars. If I had more time, I would have done these elaborate paper stars too!

The Venue: The Royal Piccadilly

I am so happy to have found this place. I first heard about their rainbow and ombre cakes. Scouring the web for an intimate party venue in the Quezon City area, I chanced upon some blog reviews and learned that they’re accommodating parties in their quaint “British-inspired restaurant” in Katipunan. My husband and I checked them out and booked right there and then.

We loved the place at first sight! And we loved it even more when we arrived on the day of party, seeing what they’ve setup for the twins.

The Royal Piccadilly

The Royal Piccadilly

The Royal Piccadilly

The Royal Piccadilly

The Royal Piccadilly

The Royal Piccadilly

The Royal Piccadilly

The Royal Piccadilly

The Royal Piccadilly

Can’t take enough photos of that dessert table!

We only provided the souvenir tags, origami stars, and that window frame with little stars on it (which served as the dessert table’s backdrop). Everything else—the dainty props, Japanese lanterns, pretty and yummy treats, and the customized cake—are provided for by The Royal Piccadilly. You guys!! <3  (more…)

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