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Craftsmith Living Gift Ideas

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Craftsmith Living

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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!  Continue Reading

Products I Love

We Love the New Asus Zenfone 2 Laser 5.0

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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. Continue Reading

Dream Chasers Products I Love

Saab and Meelo Headpieces for Little Girls

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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! ;)  Continue Reading

3 Beautiful Things Love Life

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? 

Pursuit Community

Pursuit Manila Thanksgiving and Year-ender

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I blink and suddenly, it’s November!! (Wait what?)

And yes, to those who noticed, I have been MIA from this blog for more than a month. But let’s not talk about my absence right now. Instead, let’s talk about Pursuit Manila’s last (and probably the grandest) gathering of the year, which is happening this coming Saturday, November 7!

If you follow this blog and my stories about Pursuit Community this year, you already know what a crazy journey 2015 has been for me, for us. More so, if you’re part of that journey, you know that God has done something extraordinary this year—in our personal journeys, in our creative pursuits, and in this community.

We started this year a little bit clueless but extremely excited about what God is going to do. The year progressed with God blessing us beyond expectations, surrounding us with women who share the same love and passion for creativity and for the Lord. And now, here we are, ending the year with hearts bursting with gratitude.  Continue Reading

Food Trips Recently

Recently: Wild Flour, Breakfast, and Sugarlace

Wild Flour, Rada, Makati

Wild Flour, Rada, Makati

I’ve always wondered when I would chance upon an empty table (or an empty seat!) at Wild Flour Cafe. The place is always packed, and I always end up deciding to just come back some other time, except the time never came.

Until a few weeks ago when a friend, who was visiting from Australia and staying in Makati for a few days, told me that her only available time to meet was over breakfast on a Wednesday morning. Like, 7:00AM early. Needless to say, I grabbed the opportunity and had an amazing discovery—early breakfast is the best time to meet anyone in the city! Pre-rush hour commute is bearable, you’ll be back home before lunch, and yes, there will be empty seats at Wild Flour, or wherever your meeting place is for that matter.

So the date was set, and it was perfect. Wild Flour Cafe, the one in Rada Street. Breakfast, coffee, and a decade worth of stories.  Continue Reading

Dream Chasers

Peachy’s Craft Shop and Polymer Clay Art

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I came across Peachy.ph sometime last year, a blog about arts and crafts and motherhood and everything in between. When you visit her blog, you’ll immediately think, “oh wow, everything is so peachy!” and conclude that that’s probably the reason why the blog is called such. And then you learn that her name is indeed, Peachy, and everything starts to make more sense!

Personally meeting Peachy through Pursuit Manila and getting to know her a bit more is one of my unexpected blessings this year. One late night over Viber messages, I have gotten a glimpse of Peachy’s heart and I knew that I have gained myself a new friend. (Ashushu!)

More than the pretty little things you see in her blog, the arts and crafts supplies you find in her online shop, and the adorable polymer clay art that she creates, Peachy also shares her passion and experience to help others figure out how to start their own craft businesses.  Continue Reading

Home Inspiration Love Life

Cozy All Year Round

Parachute Home Navy Blue Pillow

Parachute Home Lavender Candle

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Parachute Home Pillows and Cashmere Throw

The leaves are about to turn in some parts of the world.

Autumn for me used to be something I just see in movies or read about in books, until I experienced it first hand—once in Sydney, twice in New York. I didn’t want the season to end. I wish I could freeze time and stay there forever, wrapped in layers, thick socks, knits.

It’s ironic how the thought of a cold weather makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside. Like you want to light a scented candle, grab a book, pull over a blanket, and listen to Landslide for hours while you sip on your cup of hot choco.

I mean, I don’t know.. Doesn’t fall have that effect on most of us?  Continue Reading

Mommyhood Products I Love

Embracing Motherhood with Cycles and Cradle

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I remember it like it was just yesterday, preparing for our twins’ arrival. Seven months into pregnancy, my husband and I started carefully disinfecting every nook and cranny of the house, and gently washing their first set of clothes.

As first time parents, ordinary tasks like washing baby clothes or hanging curtains in the nursery were sacred and emotional moments. We knew our lives were going to change forever, yet totally clueless about how much it actually would!

You can never be fully prepared for motherhood

The thing is, no parent saw it coming, how much love would overflow at the sight of a tiny baby you just met, how addicted you would be to the smell of your baby’s skin, or how much a little smile would change you, break you, wreck you.

Nothing would prepare you for the sleepless nights, the amount of laundry that doesn’t seem to run out, the scare of a little insect bite or a low-grade fever, the endless packing and unpacking of the diaper bag, the crying, and feeding, and bathing. Continue Reading

Married Life

Celebrating 4 Years at Cocoon Boutique Hotel

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Our fourth wedding anniversary celebration was our first night away from the girls since they were born. Now that I think about it, I don’t know why we waited this long! It’s not like the girls wouldn’t let us go—my Mom, who spent the night with them, reported that they didn’t even notice we were gone.

I realized that it’s mostly us (fine, me), and not the girls, who couldn’t get over the idea of spending one single night away, worried about what might happen, like, what if they looked for their Mommy and Daddy while we were away right? (Apparently NOT!)

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It’s funny how much thought went into planning this one-night getaway, to think we never even left our neighborhood! I realized that this decision-making exercise was a good reminder to us that as husband and wife, no matter how important the children are, marriage still ranks higher than parenthood in our list of priorities. 

Spending extended quality time with each other is a necessary investment, not just for our relationship’s sake, but also for the kids—they are, after all, the recipients of our overflow of love for each other. 

So off to our 4th wedding anniversary getaway we go, and thankfully, there’s a place we’ve always wanted to check out that is very close to our home. Continue Reading