Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Christmas Traditions

Merry Christmas everyone! This time you already enjoy the holiday with your love ones, great feeling isn't it?! It's amazing to know that the year will end that I have so many great persons known through this blogging world and make a friendship with some of you. Everyday has been an inspiration and there's something to look forward to aside from my day to day living as a wife and a mother of four. It's also an amazing feeling to be apart of the conversation of some big blog community but they are humble enough to write back comments or tweet back at me. My heart melts for that reason every time. Holidays have not yet come to an end and there's still new year eve to celebrate. Wishing you all a happy and memorable Christmas and a prosperous 2013 to come!

I want to share some of our tropical holiday traditions:
  
Giant Christmas tree that you can see all over the place
Advent season with nine days morning starts at 4 a.m/ evening mass at 8 p.m. started on December 16th up to the 24th . We call it as  "simbang gabi"
The morning/ evening mass traditions comes with eating or take out  rice cake.  It's cook with charcoal fire at the bottom and top  or what we call "bibingka" and  "puto bumbong" It comes with a free cup of tea as you wish
Eating castanias is also a tradition I grew up seeing on a season like this.
                                             

who will not be fascinated with lighted giant Christmas tree right? I wish I could have a  big Christmas tree  by next year with all the ornaments I want to make hand made. 
Christmas won't be the same without kriss kringle in the family aside from the personal gifts we want to give. 
I usually cook food for Christmas eve but not as lavish as I always do during new year's eve. But this time around I just ordered  take out food as  my kids request. It's something new to us but today , hubby is not around celebrating the season with us so  might as well take the chance to be a little different too.


Hope your feeling the true happiness of the Holiday season with the PRICELESS piece you have, your FAMILY. Regardless of material things , nothing can beat a happy and complete family. Happy Holidays! 
                                             

                                                 

                                         

Thursday, December 20, 2012

BEAUTY : LUSH SULTANA OF SOAP

As i mature I try to add skincare product that perfectly suit my needs. Having a great skin needs proper care and nourishment. All source of anti ageing product is the best friend of my skin nowadays, tell you! ha ha. Less than two months ago I find myself visiting the store of Lush. I'm a loyal user of their hand cream for years now which I can say the best cream reliever for working hands. I told  the sales associate about my body concern and she gave me two names, one is Sultana of Soap which hits what I'm looking for and second is the karma soap, the best seller to consider.     
                                  
                                 
So let's focus on the first, an anti ageing product. I've purchased Sultana of Soap and using it for less than two months now. I've noticed that my skin became more nourish and hydrated. it exfoliates, tightens and lightens skin as it does have berries, grape seed oil and citrus bergamot to name a few ingredients. i love how the product  does to my skin. To those who are concern about scents, this soap have an intense smell after opening and while using, but the scent don't last long. I also asked the SA to cut the soap  into two like the photo above as the soap easily melts. Putting it in a soap container avoiding water spray help it to last. The soap can be purchase in a minimum of 100 grams. But if you're looking for a scented smell that last all day I can suggest their Karma Soap.    
           
I love the LUSH newsletter. Anybody can have it visiting their store. For those who are not yet familiar with all of their  product this help pretty well.


As Holiday Season brings, they have great selections of gift packs to choose from. It's a feeling of happy place whenever i'm on their store. Wishing Santa will throw a bunch for me.:)

For those of you who are using LUSH products I like to know what's your favorite! 
                                                     

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

My girl is now a LADY

Hi to all! Thank goodness I able to update my blog post again, hooray!. Sorry for the sudden disappearance friends, life has been too busy lately with all the party preparation and so on. Some of you know that yesterday was my eldest eighteen birthday. Until now I can't believe that she's already eighteen, I'm happy and thrilled but have this bittersweet feeling on me. I just want to enjoy my time with her now as long as she's happy with my company. I know time will come that she will have a life of her own and enjoy the company of other people more, so better yet enjoy the moment while it last. 

                                     
We celebrate her day eating pizza at her favorite pizza parlor. Then I gave her a book that she wanted to read and she's happy with that. Our celebration will be more meaningful if hubby is around celebrating with us. But that's life! sometimes sacrifices do happened, right? We just move her party on the day hubby will be home. My daughter knows in her heart that she will celebrate her debut once in her lifetime and she wanted to enjoy the big night with her father around- and - because she's a daddy's girl! 
                                             
                                                 

                                                 
                                                     

Monday, December 17, 2012

Holiday Gift Guide

                                         


It's a  late  post Holiday gift guide but want to share this to some who has not yet done with their Holiday shopping  like me.  I've been eyeing some of it for a while and  some I was delighted while I'm browsing. For those  who love shimmery, shiny, glittery and gold as well as leopards and plums like me, these selections are for you all.

Jeweled-collar  Blazer   Pave' link bracelet  Medium Satchel   Leopard Pump

  
 
                                           

Saturday, December 15, 2012

PRECIOUS

                                                 
My heart melts in the tragedy happened a few days ago. I just can't help but got teary eyed hearing and reading news about what happened. Losing your love one is the hardest part, most especially losing a child in the middle of preparation for the Holiday season, which kid love most celebrating. I can't imagine how devastating and painful it is to all the family who lost their love ones.

I just pray and wish for a peaceful community. To let people know that violence is not the solution of all things. LOVE and FAITH should lead the way as well as TRUE prayers.

Friday, November 16, 2012

An Update

Hello Everybody! Sorry for the long absence, been busy with some chores and some important matters to attend and settle too! I had a crazy two weeks and don't even take the time to sit in front of the computer for  long. Whenever  I have the chance to do so, my internet connection will be tooo sloooow to browse and quite upset about that. Anyway I want to take the chance to do a quick post now. Hope I can do it again regularly with the next few days to come. 

One thing that take my time now is planning all about the celebration of my eldest which I already told you in my last post. Thanks for all your insights and wonderful shared ideas.Settling now on some ideas to be a reality makes me feel elated and excited for my daughter. I myself feels like a teenager again. I know and hope that this party will not only enjoy by the younger ones but all the "young" adults too! Will still have more than a month for all the things to get done.

                                                 
It will be a cocktail night with loud music or a band as a highlight. Cocktail bar will be in full swing and a flying lantern to light after the speech. Hope my daughter will be delighted with fun  ideas that will happen on her special day.

Will catch each one of your post as soon as I have time. Been longing to read each and everyone's post. Thanks to instagram that I get to see what's happening in some aspects of your lives. Miss all your stories and fashion style!





Photos from Pinterest

                                           

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Party Planning

Happy Monday to all of you. It's kids first day of school today after two weeks vacation. They still have a hard time to get up early since they have a different routine for weeks, so am I. However, I felt their excitement to get back to school. So I'm back to old  route, it's me and Iya  mostly now in our home until the next days to come.

I can't believe it's finally November! I heard so many Christmas songs playing in the radio nowadays. A big impact to boost the Christmas spirit, and shopping spirit too! More than a month from now, my two daughters will celebrate their birthday with only three days apart. Alynna will turn eighteen while Iya my youngest will be three. I still don't have exact idea what kind of celebration it will gonna be. To tell you honestly, I don't have the fuss of planning celebration ahead of time. Maybe I don't have the skills like most of you does and I'm not a big party event planner kind of girl growing up. I do appreciate what I saw from moms who put crafting skills by means of do it yourself. I wish I could but I can't and I'm not. Maybe I could cook- a lot. A small gathering is just fine maybe for my little one, her first birthday here. But for my eldest? she's the type who wants to party so I don't know what it's gonna be for her. I will tell you about it when I knew then ha ha we are still on the process of giving and talking ideas. So to lovely moms and  gorgeous ladies out there who party when you're eighteen, any great idea? I'm open to suggestions.               

                             
 

                                                        Wishing you all a great week ahead!      
                                    

Thursday, November 1, 2012

SNAPS

Halloween is over so with All Saints Day,  this time around  in a month or so Christmas is around the corner. Another Holiday I'm looking forward. Early this week my family and I was able to go far and do food craze, visiting our favorite bakeshop and patisserie. I also do some window shopping in between. It's a nice feeling to go out of your shell once in a while and breaking the routine. I finally visit the newly open Cotton On that I find so many great pieces that I need to come back sooner. It's hard to fit items when you have toddler on the loose, right mommies? For sure you know what I mean.  
         

It was such a beautiful atmosphere and a cooler night that you won't mind walking. I think I should take the opportunity to come back with my friend before the kids vacation ends.Great idea, do you think so?




-all photos by audrina julia
                                                   

All Saints Day



Hi everyone! As I noticed that Halloween has been a big event for most of you but  here in the Philippines, we are looking forward for the coming of All Saints Day. This is the time we remember our love ones who passed away and visit them in the cemetery. Mostly before this day or as early as last week of October you can see so many flower vendors along with the many who sell candles. These are one of the many cultures we've got  from the Spaniards. 



                                         

I have fond memories commemorating All Saints day in my childhood days. We normally visit the cemetery two days in a row, November 1st which is All Saints day then we'll come back again the next day for All Souls day. It's a visitation  until night time with lighted candles and bright shade of moon. Aside from visiting our love ones it's also the chance for us, my childhood friends and relatives to be reunited again. It's very endearing to see each other in person since most of us are living apart. It's one of the Holidays that we're looking forward to come. 




-all images by audrina julia

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Halloween Spirit


A bit scared that's why she looks that way.
                                         
We usually don't do pumpkin carving or picking here. The spirit of Halloween can be seen by joining trick or treat in the subdivision organized by homeowners for kids. Selected shopping malls also do the same where in you can have your kids can join  trick or treat in each boutique in their best Halloween costumes. In our home, we usually watch horror films just to let the spirit come alive while kids enjoying their activity outside.

On the other note I love that my kids still enjoy reading up to this time. I hope it will still be a practice until they're grown up. I usually let them stay in a bookstore to check what they want, scan and read. It's also great that they can able to buy what they want at a minimal price.


*To all who are in the east coast that are affected by storm Sandy, be safe and stay safe.*



-all images by audrina julia

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