Thursday, January 30

Crafts/DIY: 2nd Round of Paper Flowers Workshop

I did my first workshop last year on paper flowers, and the response was so awesome I decided to do another one this coming February 8. This time, it's going to be down in Bonifacio Global City for the people down South. :)

It’s only P1,250 inclusive of all the materials. It's going to be held at Kuppa Roastery & Cafe down in BGC, so expect yummy snacks and a fun, fun time! If you would like to join us, sign up here.

Here are some paper flowers inspired by Pantone Color of the Year for 2014 -- Radiant Orchid.

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Sunday, January 26

Crafts/DIY: Paper Cutting

I tried my hand on paper cutting. It's not as difficult as it seems as long as you have the right craft materials. You can find everything at your local bookstore [PH resource -- National Bookstore].

[1] Precision craft knife -- Choose the ones with a 30-degree blade tip (ex. X-acto precision knife $3.49), not the office cutter you normally see. This will give you control and precision over the paper you are cutting.
[2] Pencil -- Any would do (ex. Staples #2 pencil $4.99/4 dozen).
[3] Self-healing cutting mat -- Whoever invented these is a genius. They protect your table surface from craft battle scars (ex. Dahle Self-Healing Cutting Mat 9"x12" $5.95). 
[4] Heavy-weight copy paper -- Get at least 100 gsm or 27 lb. copy paper or inkjet paper (ex. Staples 28 lb. copy paper). They're easy to cut and they are harder to snag when you cut thin strips. 

I used my finished paper cut project as a gift tag. I just adhered it with a strip of washi tape. Lookie!

Here's a good tutorial from tuts+ if you'd like to learn more.

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Sunday, January 12

The Baby Project That's Project Mom

Motherhood, motherhood, motherhood. It is by far the most fun and scariest thing in the world. It changes your life. Completely.

The moment I first realized my husband and I were pregnant, we entered the world of paranoia. It was full of what-ifs. I knew that there is so much information out there especially online and reading them all will just boost my paranoia so I didn't. I resorted to a book that I think is very helpful during pregnancy. It was a book by an American author and it's probably the most popular one out there.

When I saw that a couple of celebrity moms here in the Philippines were launching a mommy book, I got so excited. I know it's going to be a great book for mommies and mommies-to-be out there because it is written from the perspective of two awesome Filipino ladies, Bianca Araneta-Elizalde and Amanda Griffin-Jacob, and the book is based on their experiences and some topics were medically-backed too.

Well, I've been a mom to a beautiful little girl for 32 months already, and it has been a roller coaster ride of sorts. I know I'm kinda lucky that my daughter's healthy when I gave birth to her. The only scare I got was right after, when I (yes, me and not the baby) had tons of blood clots that seemed to never stop. But I had the most amazing OB in the world - that's you, Dr. Williams of Piedmont Hospital, and I knew I would be okay. Home life was never the same after that. If you've watched the Coke Life commercial, you'll know what I'm talking about. It's all about the normal mess, the constant running, everything.

Don't get me wrong, I love everything about motherhood -- especially the normal mess. It reminds me of my daughter and how much fun she's having. Okay, fine, I'm probably just lazy to clean up after her only to find the house in the same condition five minutes after. Hahaha. Having this book by my side will definitely make my life a lot easier.

I went to the book launch of Project Mom last December. I saw a few mommy blogger friends there. It was a celebrity-filled event too, as you can imagine. I saw Tweetie De Leon-Gonzales and Christine Jacob among others. It was hosted by Marc Nelson (really drool-worthy by the way) and Lexi Schulze.

The book is all about how to make motherhood fun, easy and awesome. It covers everything you would like to know about being a mom - from pregnancy until after, even shedding the baby weight! The best part is, it is centered on the Filipino mom, so expect resources that can be found in the Philippines. So if you have a friend or relative who's about to give birth, this is the perfect gift for them.

Project Mom is available at all Fully Booked branches nationwide.

Psst. Short stint on Fully Booked blog. Check it out:

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Sunday, January 5

Veronica Mars, The Teeny Bopper Movie To See

Once upon a time, I was a member of the Veronica Mars fandom, and president of the Veronica-Logan love team. Yes folks, I loooove Veronica Mars. I have the series on DVD, and I probably watched them a gazillion times already (much like Friends), and I still am an adoring fan. There was something about a high school/college outcast sleuth that kept me wanting more. I was so bummed when the series ended.

Fast forward to 2013 -- rumors surfaced that there is a Veronica Mars project that's going to bring all the cast back together. It was even on Kickstarter for goodness' sake (Heard they raised an awesome $5.7M). If only I had $10k to spare, I would have pledged that, and made sure I was in the area so I can have a speaking role in the movie (lol).

A few days back, when a list of must-see movies for 2014 went viral, there it was! The Veronica Mars movie showing on March 14th. The powers that be made it possible. But they'll be showing the movie only in AMC theaters. Well, if you're not in the US by then, don't fret. It will be on DVD and Blu-Ray this May.

Watch the trailer now and hyperventilate.

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