Thursday, July 2, 2015

Acquring Your Dream Home

When I was working abroad, I've met a lot of OFW's who had been very vocal about their desire of acquiring their own homes.  In fact, they told me that this is one of the main reasons why they moved to work abroad. They told me that acquiring their dream homes will not be possible if they will just work in the country, considering that they are still sending children to school and that the cost of living in the Philippines is getting higher and higher.  The only way for them to earn extra and finance a new home is to go abroad.  Well, I could understand their sentiments, I knew that owning a home is the ultimate dream of every Filipino.  It's a good thing that we've managed to own some properties even before I decided to work abroad. Actually, this is possible even if we are just working in our own country, the only thing is that, you should know how to manage your finances well. Limiting unnecessary spending and setting priorities are the ones that you have to master if you are really keen on owning your dream home.  If you don't have the required cash to purchase your new home, you could always resort to getting a loan from bank loan Philippines.  Before doing this, you have to make sure that you are capable of paying the monthly amortization and that this won't be taken from the monthly budget you set for your overhead expenses at home.  If you only have a little bit extra from your monthly net income, then you may want to start looking for a part time job or other source of income to be able to afford the monthly payments without difficulty.  From what I know, most of the people resorting to this option committed a mistake of jumping into getting a personal loan without assessing their capability to pay, that's why they ended up unsuccessful.  On the other hand, I've also seen some people who managed to do this successfully without much difficulty. The key to everything is proper planning.  If you are lucky enough, you can even apply for a car loan after you are settled with your home.

It would be best to come up with a goal and establish ways to work on your goals.  Now a days, car loan calculator Philippines is already accessible, to enable you to get an idea of how much you need to pay monthly for a car loan which could be obtained by setting your amount of loan plus your desired paying period.  You could choose what is the payment terms that is most suitable for you and your family.

Always remember that having a goal is always good provided that you will use this as an inspiration to work harder.  Managing your finances wisely is the ultimate way of acquiring your dream home. Believe me, it's possible.  All you need is just a bit of sacrifice, discipline and determination. Spending for luxury or "wants" is always tempting especially in this age where commercialism is on top of the game.  But remember, nothing can be achieved without proper discipline.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Dressing Up Your Tables For Parties

Dressing up your tables during special events is really a challenge most especially if you are following a concept or a theme.  Not only that, budget is another area to consider as it would be very costly to buy really nice linens that would look elegant on tables.  I discovered though that styling the linens is the secret here.  Your materials should not be super expensive, it's just a matter of being creative and have an eye for a design which would perfectly match the event.

Those who are planning to style their own parties could find fitted tablecloth that is reasonably priced so you could stay within your budget.

Burlap is a good option as this never goes out of style and looks very elegant, too.  This could also be used for vintage parties and you could make everything complement with each other from table clothes to center pieces, to stage backdrops.  Adding tea light candles in mason jars dressed up with burlap is also a very nice idea. 

Dressing up your tables for parties is really a challenge but there are lots of designs and ideas you can find online. 

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Mika's Bedroom Makeover

It’s been a while since I last posted in this blog.  I have a plethora of things piled up that it became difficult for me to keep track of the things in our home sweet home.  Mika’s bedroom make over was long completed but it took us a couple of months to complete everything according to her requirements.  It’s not the final thing though as we have to delay some floor works until his Dad arrives. 

Mika was very excited to put up some decors on her room and she wants everything DIY, so as expected the progress has been really slow.  She would make up one DIY project once or thrice a week, maybe that’s how teen aged girls are.  It’s very different once you became a Mom, as you would always like things to be done super fast.

We actually started by repainting the walls white.  Mika loves pastel colors and she wanted mint green and baby pink to be her color accent in the room.  However, we have to make use of what is already available in the house, thus her seat cushion cover became dark pink.  We have plenty of excess cloth materials from a previous project and it has to be put into use.

Her storage bench was painted with mint green accent though and the rest of the furniture in the room is in white and baby pink.

We intentionally raised her bed so that we could make use of the space underneath to be an extra working area.  She already has a concept of what will this be but we might do this on a later date.

One thing good about Mika is that she is not a super spoiled brat that would ask anything according to her fancies.  She would sometimes suggest recycling some furniture stuff in the house instead of buying a new one.

Her wall decors and wall accent showcase her own creative and artistic side.  I love the fact that she can draw and paint and she told me that she might be transferring her chosen quotes on a canvass if she already has an available time.

This part of the wall shows her chosen photos which is actually a compilation of all her milestones.  I love the idea that she compiled photos of all the people dear to her.  From her family, extended relatives down to her friends.  Looking at those photos alone made me think that she has a colorful childhood and teen age life and I wish that she would have more memories to create in the future.

Though this is not the final thing yet, I am happy that we are able to provide a bit of what will complete her…. her own sanctuary where she can be free and of course…happy.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Tips In Holding A Successful Children's Party At Home

We've recently attended the first birthday celebration of the cute son of my nephew which was held in their house.  Of course, as usual, aside from the yummy dishes laid down on the buffet table, the guests especially the kids are always looking forward to fun and entertainment.  Children parties whether it's first or 7th birthday, usually have clowns and magicians to host the games and entertain the kids and in most cases, dancing will never be omitted. This is the reason why it is very important to have a reliable sound system on hand.  

Here are few tips to holding a successful children's party:

First, you have to make your party decors simple yet attractive.  If you don't have enough budget to hire an event stylist, you can make your own decors using simple and plain materials like papers, styro materials, ribbons and strings.  You could also make use of what's available at home.  

Second, foods should be a perfect balance of pasta or noodles, rice, few main courses, fruits, cakes and other desserts.  You may also want to install some food carts for the kids to keep them going all throughout the party.

Third, you have to get a good party host that could provide a perfect hosting plus a showcase a simple form of entertainment for the kids.  It's quite hard to keep the attention of the kids so they should be properly entertained all throughout.

Fourth, you have to provide a good sound system and have this tested before the event to avoid some technical problems.  A good sound system is always the heart of any party so this should be given special attention.

Fifth and the last, always make sure that the guests especially the kids are always on the safe zone.  It is but normal that misadventures will happen during parties like this where kids behaviour cannot be controlled all the times.  Everything must be in proper places and argosy speaker stands should be positioned properly and away from the area where kids run non stop.  Electrical outlets should be properly secured and checked for possible faulty wirings.

It is better to be safe than sorry.  Not taking these into consideration may spoil the fun and this translates to having all your efforts for the preparation wasted.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Party Table Centerpiece

We've done these cute party table center pieces for a client last April 12, during the 7th birthday celebration of her son Nash.  There are two sizes of tables, one for the adult guests and another one which is smaller for kids.  So, we have to come up with two sets of design for center pieces, as well.  

This design was used as a center piece for the adult table.  Since the party theme is Lego, we try to maintain the presence of the Lego characters but since the table is intended for the adults, we incorporate some twigs in a clear vase for an added drama.

For the kiddie table, we just manage to have a smaller version of the center piece minus the twigs. We retain the Lego characters though and the colorful pom-pom. The printed name of the celebrant was still included to add a personal touch.  We made a mini version for the kids table since the table is much smaller and we don't like the idea that the table would appear to be congested.  You know, kids are very playful so we have to lessen the objects or display on the table. :) 

This is the up close version of the adult table center piece.  It came out so cute and colorful that it really matches the party theme.  We are very pleased to know that our client and her guests were satisfied with the designs that we've came up with. 

This is very easy to do and all it takes is just a little sense of creativity plus hard work as making pompoms is also quite tedious if you need to come up with many.  But if you love arts and crafts, this is very easy.

You can have this design for your your future parties and change the cartoon character print outs to stay within the theme.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Decorate Your Homes With Candles

I don't really know what's special with candles but I would say that this is my favorite decorative piece in the house.  There are so many great crafts and designs that you can do with candles and these can be dressed up easily according to the occasion. Aside from illuminating your homes and your outdoor rooms or gardens, candles can also help in relaxation especially the scented ones.

It's easy to find candles in any form, shape or scent but the most exciting part is decorating these with ribbons and other forms of embellishment to make it more attractive, then you can finish the look k by setting it on a pedestal, putting it on a ceramic glass, clear vases, fish bowls (same like what I've done in the picture) and even on tin cans or mason jars.  The ideas are endless.  These candles then can be placed on side tables, center tables in the living room and dining table for a hand made decorative touch.

You can shop for candles almost everywhere and archipelago candles are some of the best I've found online. I'm looking for more ways to decorate my home with candles and this time, I am thinking of using recyclable materials to get a more crafty look. 

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Storage Bench For My Girl's Bedroom

This is part of the bedroom make over that we had for our daughter Mika.  She just turned 18 and wanted a new look for her bedroom.  She got this idea of the storage bench from Pinterest and we super love the fact that it is really functional.  Not only it adds flavor to her room but it also created an instant storage for her growing stuff.  (you know...teen aged girl wants to have this and that). lol

She wants her bedroom plain and simple that's why she had chosen white to be the main color but she loves pastel colors for the accent.  Love her choice of mint green to accentuate the drawers.

What do you think?

Friday, February 13, 2015

DIY Pantry Labels

I had a hectic week beginning of February!  I was hooked into cleaning and organizing our house. My daughter once asked me, "Mom, why do you always clean the house? It's super clean already! Aren't you tired?"  My answer?  Honestly, I also don't know. (lol)  What I knew is that I easily get stressed out when things are untidy and messy.  When it's clean and organized at home, I feel more comfortable and happy.  Well...that's the way I am. :)

I actually began my week changing bed sheets, pillow cases and blankets in all bedrooms.  Then, it was followed by changing table cloth and curtains all over the house.  Then the towels...etc. You could just imagine how heavy the work load is. But the good news is that, I was able to manage it well and on top of that, I was able to make a new set of pantry labels. Yipeee!!

Actually, this is just the beginning of the DIY projects that I listed down for myself to do these coming weeks and I just feel excited to let my creative juices flowing. Now, without further ado, here are my DIY Pantry Labels....

My daughter and son feel that they are inside a "sari-sari" store having all those candies, cookies, sweets, crackers, cereals, etc but they both loved the idea! Who wouldn't? I always see them taking turns to raid my jars actually especially when I'm fresh from my grocery shopping. :)

I will be featuring all my future DIY projects soon...please do pass by again at Home Sweet Home!

Have a great week end!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

My Project for January 2015? - Declutter!

Since beginning of January, the day after the 18th birthday celebration of my daughter has ended, I already began my mission for January of 2015....declutter. Yes, I maybe known to many of my friends online and offline as well as by my family members as a person who loves organization a lot. I don't know but I just can't stand being in a messy place.  I am a person who'd rather throw and donate rather than keep things which don't have any use to me anymore.  I am now beginning to be an advocate of a minimalist life style.  Well, from what I've read minimalism has a relative meaning, it actually depends on the person's preference of what a minimalist life style should be.  You should be the one defining what you actually need in a home or in any part of your home.  I guess people's preference change as they grow older. (lol)

When I was still starting a career and and just acquired my own home,  I love to buy anything for the house.  I wouldn't leave a store without me buying a single thing for my home whether it be a decorative piece, a kitchen aid, a piece of furniture, beddings, linens, etc.  I don't really care whether it is a necessity or of good quality.  I just keep buying.  Fast forward, I've discovered that I have a lot of kitchen tools in the kitchen cabinets and some other things that are just kept and not being used. Actually, I often forget what I buy the moment I placed these in the storage cabinets already.  Then later on, me and my husband would realize the necessity of having more and more storage cabinets and shelves to hold our growing stuff at home.

It would be a different thing this time as I've already sorted out the things inside every storage cabinet I have at home. I  choose and clean the ones that I think would still be good for current and future use. Those that are already worn out were thrown and the ones that are still usable but I don't need were donated to relatives. Day by day, I see to it that I am able to declutter one or two cabinets at home and I am positive that by the end of January, I'm totally done with decluttering and organization. 

To help me get through with this objective, I bought some plastic storage boxes.  This is not cheap huh.. and I need quite a lot, so I've decided that I would just buy few first for the more important ones and I would buy a piece or two every month until I already have enough for my storage and organization projects.  I actually bought few of various sizes to fit the the things I intend to store.

So this is it! I am looking forward to becoming clutter free by the end of January.