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.  

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Dining Table Makeover

Few days before Christmas, I was experimenting and hoping to get a new look for my dining table. I've never replaced my dining table for more than 10 years now and the only way for it to get a new look is to add some highlights on the chairs and have something new for the center piece.  I was really planning to engage myself on some DIY projects but unfortunately, I was very busy preparing as well for my daughter's debut party, so I just tried to make use of what I already have at home and just add some fresh flowers to give my dining table a bit of exciting look. 





I just recycle those peach colored clothes which fortunately match my wall paint which is bright orange.  White fresh flowers are just perfect to accentuate the new table runner (in Christmas motif) that I bought.

What do you think?

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Take Time For Yourself While TTC

Starting a family does not only mean having a fully furnished home, a garden, a garage, a car and all the material things that we can possess as a couple.  Starting a family first and foremost requires having children whom you can share your joys with as a couple and as parents. In today's time however, couples are now so preoccupied with work and building their finances that they often neglect the idea of having their own children while still early.  For the others, they considered building a family as a hindrance to doing what they love to do.  They have this thinking that couple can enjoy more their freedom when they don't have a baby at home to look after.  However, time will come that you will get bored going out and enjoying each other, you will surely long for a kid who could inspire your day.

Trying to conceive is an opportunity for couple to be intimate however, some couple becomes too preoccupied with the thought of getting pregnant that they become more and more stressed in trying to conceive, especially those who took several months of trying to conceive. When getting pregnant, it doesn’t mean your relationship will be compromised. Pregnancytips.org says that a couple can still spice up their relationship even though they’re trying to conceive. When you think your relationship is becoming more and more affected because of your TTC journey, don’t waste time, go ahead and schedule a preconception trip with your partner or go out and have a date, do the things you both love and enjoy. Your relationship doesn’t need to be compromised because you’re trying to conceive. 

While building a family needs to be properly planned, it doesn't need to go to the extent that we are already putting pressures to ourselves.  Trying to conceive in the most natural way and at the same time enjoying each other's company can do wonders for a more stable and happy relationship.


Friday, December 5, 2014

Christmas Decorating Need Not Be Expensive

When it comes to decorating, I always have one rule, it shouldn't be expensive and must showcase my creativity.  I am an avid fan of decorations which are nature inspired.  I want that "cooling effect" I experienced brought about by plants and stones.  I also love the idea that I could make use of cheap materials and transform them to a wonderful work of art.  I love DIY decors and the same thing is true for holiday decors.  Christmas spirit can come out alive with wonderful Christmas decors. Christmas season always bring that festive atmosphere.  If you're in a hurry and no time to make your own Christmas decors, you can try getting from color christmas ornaments - christmasplace.com as well.  For sure, they have variety of colorful Christmas ornaments that would suit your theme.

For those who love real bargains, you can visit any local shop or dollar store and shop for affordable materials that you can use in creating your own Christmas trees, Christmas wreaths and lanterns. This will be much cheaper and at the same time, you can showcase your artistic talent and make your friends admire your unique creativity.

Look at this one, isn't it lovely?





Tuesday, November 11, 2014

The Pros And Cons of Real Estate Investing

It's been a while since I made my last post on one of my favorite subjects in this blog, "real estate investing".  I think, it's just timely to make another one as my third bad experience as a real estate investor was just experienced last month when my tenant left my house without paying a month's rental and get away with 3 months unsettled electric and water bills. Guess what? These unpaid debts had caused my house's electric and water supplies to be cut off and this had really given me a big head ache considering that I just experienced a great financial blow as my mother who was living with me and under my care was hospitalized and died on the same month.

This experience had compelled me to make another post on the pros and cons of real estate investing. While it is a fact that such unfavorable experiences are more likely to appear in this kind of business, having yourselves prepared in dealing with troublesome tenants will also do the trick.  In my case, my property is being rented out for Php10K a month and the total debts incurred by my tenant on electric and water bills amounted to about Php11K.  They left my property without due notice mid of the month so technically, they have just stayed on my house unpaid for half a month.  I made them sign a contract prior to occupying my property and have them paid 2 months deposit for a total of Php20K.  Apart from the disturbance they have created and being a nuisance, technically, they don't really owe me anything because of the Php20K deposit I have secured from them.  On top of that, I was able to confiscate 1 A/C unit in good working condition and some not so expensive sets of monobloc chairs intentionally left in the house. 

What I have cited above is a perfect example of cons in real estate business which can be resolved by properly screening your tenants and being well versed in property management and maintenance. The pros of real estate investing from my personal opinion still outshine that of it's cons.  There are 3 ways of making money from real estate such as leveraging property investment, renting out the property and the last and by far the most common one is selling the property for a profit. The fact that more and more property listings sites are coming out on the world wide web, proves only one thing, that real estate is still one of the most commonly sought after investment that has a huge potential to be a money making asset.

Real estate investment just like any other investments has pros and cons, the thing is, you have to know exactly what you're going into.  While real estate investment can give you the financial freedom that you so deserved, it is also inevitable that you are willing to learn and focus and achieve your goal through patience and hard work.  I have never regretted investing my hard earned money on real estate but I'm not saying that this is the surest way to success, as every investment requires a great deal of discipline and sheer determination to succeed.

If you want to learn more about real estate investing, you can check out these articles I found: Philippine Real Estate Buyers Guide and How to Make Money from Real Estate




Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Time to Rearrange!

My son just celebrated his birthday few days ago and unfortunately, I wasn't able to give him any present just like his past birthdays.  The month of October is quite unpleasant for all of us in the family as we had experienced a lot of blows. I recently lost my elder brother and mother one after the other.  I wanted to give my son a nice and simple celebration for his birthday but the situation won't allow.  I wanted to buy him Remo Drums or anything that will keep him entertained.  I know that he's in great pain now due to the sudden loss of his grand mom, nonetheless, I know that this too, shall pass.  Our home sweet home is mourning too for the loss of my Mom, thus we are planning to rearrange things in the house especially in her bedroom so we can all move on to a new life without her.  Hope everything will be okay soon.


Saturday, September 27, 2014

Why Have An Indoor Water Fountain





My son gifted me with an indoor water fountain during my birthday last month and I really didn't expect to receive such from him.  Admittedly, I was ecstatic when I saw it.  The day he brought it home, he and his sister arranged the fountain on our porch and filled it with stones and water.  After, they're done, that's the time they asked me to come out to see what they have for me.  When I went out to the porch, I saw this beautiful water fountain.  Admittedly, I long wanted to have a water fountain inside the house but for some reasons, I always procrastinate getting one.

Now that my son gave one to me as a gift, I am just so happy and excited!  

Having an indoor water fountain has a number of benefits:

First and I think no one will dispute the fact that it beautifies our homes.  It adds substance to any part of the house.  It creates a visual appeal that will surely delight anyone who stays in and visits the house.

Second, it helps us to relax.  I've experienced it myself.  I had my coffee one morning while seated next to the water fountain and the soothing sound coming from it proves to be therapeutic.  We all experienced being stressed at some point during the day and this could really help us feel relaxed after a long day at work.

Third, it cleans the air and helps to humidify the house.  I guess, this is also true and happens when we place a lot of plants inside our house.  Plants attract dusts, release oxygen and purifies the air and so does water fountain.  Having these together inside our homes is perfect.

With all the benefits mentioned plus the fact that it was given to me as a gift has made my water fountain so special and valued.  I'm one lucky Mom! :)


Friday, September 19, 2014

Outdoor Tub Ideas

Perhaps, you have a large yard or an extra space in your backyard....why not convert it into something useful?  Having an outdoor tub would definitely be an excellent addition to your yard.  This does not only provides alternative for a quick shower, this too could be very useful if you have small kids who would like to play around and get dirty anytime of the day.  They could straight away take their shower at an outdoor tub.

Apart from this, it is also another way of creating a focal point in your yard.  It could catch the attention of your visitors especially if the outdoor tub area was done tastefully.  They may even mistaken it for an outdoor spa. :)

Below are some outdoor tub ideas that I found to be nice and cozy:





Whatever design you choose for your outdoor tub, remember that it doesn't have to cost you a fortune.  All you need is a creative mind to visualize what would be best for your backyard.  You could choose the simplest one using not so expensive materials.  The secret here is adding personal touch and color.  You may use a cheap tub and a simple shower fixture but just add some elements like plants and stones to complement your outdoors.  Perhaps, this could also be a weekend project with your loved ones.

Have fun and and test your creativity by building your own outdoor tub.

Friday, September 5, 2014

A Place To Relax

It's always best to find a special place in the house where you can relax and unwind.  A place to hang out with friends, with your family members or just to spend a quiet and peaceful moment alone. A place like this in the house will help you have your own sanctuary where you can be comfortable doing just anything you love to do, be it reading a book or playing your favorite guitar.   It would be so nice to have a perfect time for yourself.




As a busy Mom, I am also dreaming of having my own sanctuary at home where I could relax after I'm done with all my obligations each day.  Perhaps, a reading nook would be great as I love to read books and magazines or maybe an outdoor seating area with a small coffee table would be perfect for a coffee lover like me.

Whatever it is, having your own special corner at home would be very ideal and I believe everybody would love to have one.

What's yours?