Saturday, August 1, 2015

I Waited For You Dear August


Hello! Hello!

It's now the first day of the 8th month of the year and I can't even begin to believe time just ticks by so fast. I can still remember how helpless I was around this time last year - waking up and puking bile, throwing up every time I eat just about anything and the comforts of my bed is just what I needed (did I mention I hated shower and make-up?). Yep, my pregnancy wasn't easy - I can say with conviction that I did not enjoy my pregnancy one bit. But the tables have turned and I am enjoying every bit being a mother. Believe it or not, I even enjoy nappy changes.

So here's a little update about our little one:

She thinks mommy's voice is funny especially when I say "meow". LOL! She gets tickled pink and giggles so much that my heart melts. I'd meow all day every day for you my dear Summer.

She likes to grab things now. She even dipped her hands straight to my ramen when we ate out. I still finished my ramen up to the last drop and no she didn't get burned. Two points! She also sometimes gawks at us while we eat our grown-up food with mouth wide open. I feel so bad that I can't feed her with what she could be thinking as wonder food. She'd attempted to grab my placemat when she sits on my lap while I ate. She needs a little more patience at this point as we plan to give her solids only when she's 6 months and that's about a little less than 2 weeks from now. I tried letting her lick grapes and she liked it but I stopped doing it after reading that grapes are a big choking hazard (unless cut in tiny pieces). She'll have her first taste of vegetables and fruits in Denmark and I am sure she will enjoy it. I have a feeling that it will not be hard to feed her because she's just a curious cat.

I think I died a little bit when I saw her suck her thumb for the first time! Oh no baby, just no! I don't want you to have teeth like your mommy. I sucked my thumb from birth (maybe even when I was still inside my mom's tummy) until now (occasionally) so you could just imagine what my monster thumb did to my teeth. So no Summer, you CAN'T suck your thumb. I will do everything I can in my willpower to distract you. I'll buy all the Sophie the Giraffe teething toy for you to chew on to spare your thumbs.

She discovered the awesomeness of tummy sleeping. She rolls over like a pro and just zones in to her comfort zone. She hates her crib with passion and she prefers sleeping beside mommy.

She has adorable chubby thighs!

She attempted to do some push-ups (of course not the full regulation push-ups). She can do it and I can't! Ugh! How can a 5-month old baby have so much upper body power? Can someone explain this to me?

Happy news! I received an offer from an online seller requesting if Summer can represent their brand. How could I say no? I think this is a blessing and I would be a hypocrite to say no. Thank you very much!

I have 8 more days to plan to the last detail on how we could efficiently survive our long haul flight with a baby and luggages in tow. This will be our first ever long haul flight with Summer and anything could happen really and so I better prepare and not forget to bring one less bib or one less pacifier. Because this is so true - the smaller the baby, the bigger the bag!

And the last item here would be an update about me - yes, about me! My husband asked if anyone has cancer in the house. I was dumbfounded! Well, he asked because he sees lots of hair on the floor especially when I comb my hair. Not a good joke but yeah I get scared to see clumps of hair. My hair fall is really bad and what makes it worse is that it is normal for someone who recently gave birth. To address this, I only wash my hair 3 or 4 times each week to minimize hair loss (because most of my hair fall in the shower).

So that's what is on the home front from me. I may have another update before we fly but depending on how good my internet connection will be, I will for sure share pictures from our vacation. Exciting!

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Friday, July 31, 2015

Friday's 10 Happy Things 8


Welcome to another round of Friday's 10 Happy Things where I jot down ten things that made me happy this week. Keeping this list gets easier every week. Click the image below this blog post if you wanna join us spread happy cheers all around. 


1.   Today is the last day of July - that means there's only a few more sleeps before we start our longest vacation ever to my husband's neck of the woods.

2.   Hubby came home from his almost three-month work overseas. It was so heartwarming to see his face and Summer's face when they met again at the airport. 

3.   Coffee. I thank God for coffee everyday. Oh and Big Bang too. Big Bang is that cheap gooey chocolate bar that costs less than a hundred for 12 bars. Yum! Every bite brings me back to some happy memories. 

4.   The smell of Lancome Miracle. It's heavenly. The smell is a little mature and potent but I like my perfume that way. 

5.   Summer's swollen eye healed a day after I brought her to her ophthalmologist.  I am beyond thankful. Not sure what happened but I am glad my worries are over. 

6.   Getting more than I expected. I just claimed my last pay from my previous company and I got more than what I expected. Yay!  

7.   Ending the month with zero balance in my credit card bill once again. It is really gratifying to pay on time. I feel like a legit adult! 

8.   The smell of Summer. Her smell makes me happy. Any mum's happiness can be shallow. 

9.    Happy care mails. I am so thankful for all the generosity from the "teacup sisterhood" in Instagram. I will always be thankful that I am a small part of the community. 

10.  Sleep. I've grown to love sleep and naps too. 

That sums up my happy list. Hope you enjoyed it!


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Friday, July 24, 2015

Friday's 10 Happy Things 7



Welcome to another round of Friday's 10 Happy Things where I jot down ten things that made me happy this week. Keeping this list gets easier every week. Click the image below this blog post if you wanna join us spread happy cheers all around. 


1.   Receiving my Schengen visa!!! Yay! We're traveling next month and the excitement is indescribable.  

2.   Spotify. I cancelled my premium subscription last month and it's just right on time because now you can choose the song you want to listen. Bye shuffle play! 

3.   Steady stream of orders for the name wreaths that I am creating. If you are curious about it, browse #NameWreathByKT in IG to see samples of my humble work. 

4.   Guilty pleasure - Pasion de Amor. Don't judge me. LOL!  

5.   Hubby's coming home. Next week. Exciting! After more than 10 weeks onboard he will be flying home to us again.  

6.   Rhodia pads. I love using Rhodia pad for my calligraphy drills. 

7.   Nestea Honey Blend iced tea powder. You should try it. It tastes like the tea from Mann Hann which I really love. 

8.   Receiving care mails from IG friends (food, teacup, teapots, among other things). I feel like it's my birthday every day. 

9.   Making strangers who become instant friends smile when I send them their free name wreaths. It's amazing how positive my Instagram feed is right now. Even if I want to lash out against this specific clothing brand so bad. 

10.  Talking about no.9 I am waiting for their (clothing brand) written explanation because they have avoided many times my request for a note from them explaining the reason why they had to disqualify my daughter in a contest we joined after the contest period. It was a relief that today they assured me of a written explanation. So that's a bit of a sunshine after the storm. Let's see where this debacle goes because really this is not about the prize anymore but about our tainted integrity and pride. I will not back down! 

That sums up my happy list. Hope you enjoyed it!


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What's Cooking?

I dabbled in digital design on my spare time but now it is quickly taking over almost all my free time. I have accepted commissions for custom design and I can only be happy to have extra money to renew my editing tool subscription as well as fund my purchase for additional premium fonts.

If you want one of these, let me know in Instagram.





These are all too much fun to make. I will be back later for my Friday's 10 Happy Things. Ciao!

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Friday, July 17, 2015

Friday's 10 Happy Things 6



Welcome to another round of Friday's 10 Happy Things where I jot down ten things that made me happy this week. Keeping this list gets easier every week. Click the image below this blog post if you wanna join us spread happy cheers all around. 


1.   Free fonts from CreativeMarket and HelloBrio for the Paperweight font. I was able to download the July Big Bundle and I am soooooo happy because I have so many new fonts to play with as I learn my way around Photoshop. I am definitely crushing on Glamour Brush

2.   Michael BublĂ©'s music. 

3.   The wonderful environment in my IG now and knowing new friends because of "teacups". 

4.   Learning how to apply gold and other masks using a photo editing tool. I am so overjoyed! 

5.   Creating pinwheel ribbons to add to my daughter's accessory arsenal. 

6.   Receiving accolades for my name wreath creations. Browse #NameWreathByKT in IG to see samples of my humble work. 

7.   Nicky Laatz commenting on my IG post. You have to check her out. All her fonts in CreativeMarket are soooo pretty. 

8.   Coptic binding. Thank you to Odette for teaching me. 

9.   Homemade pizza. Delish! 

10.  Another food entry - bacon bits and dark coffee! 

The end! 


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Monday, July 13, 2015

The Drawing Board

Oh dear! June has been a busy month for me and I have had no time to update my blog. It was difficult adjusting to a new routine and timetable at home because I am left at home with Summer almost all day. I initially planned to apply for my visa to Denmark last month but I had to put it off because I had to attend to Summer's needs first and going around with her alone is something that is not easy for me to do yet. I sometimes catch myself just staring at her for hours and hours.


I am currently in the process of drafting our itinerary and I tell you that an itinerary of two months is not at all an easy undertaking. Honestly, I would rather we wing it but I don't want to waste hours and hours of discussion between me and the husband. I want to be able to work on a schedule because I am OC like that. Speaking of OC-ness, I am also drafting a list of clothes and things to bring and as I was scouring through my cabinet last night, I realized that I only have a few season-appropriate clothes to bring to Denmark (it will be summer when we arrive and it will be fall when we leave).

I've been to a few shopping trips but almost always end up with bags containing clothes for the little miss and nothing for me. Haha! I am sure many new mommies can relate to me and what I have become. Not that I am complaining but dressing up the little one is so much fun and I love living vicariously through her. Good thing, I have online shopping to save me and I can scour through the web for clothes that I can bring to Denmark. One website I frequent is Zalora. Zalora carries incredibly pretty dresses and other apparel. Check them out here to find out what I am raving about. I can shop at the comforts of our home and I wouldn't be as guilty to leave the house and leave Summer to the care of another person.

I hope I'd be able to finish writing the itinerary, packing our bags and doing all other chores soon because August is almost here. The excitement is unbelievable and the fear of traveling long haul with an infant is palpable. I really hope Summer cooperates and behaves and I really hope I could fit in clothes and milk cans in all our luggages. Wish me luck!

In the meantime, let me plan my outfit (at least for the gatherings that we will attend and already written in the itinerary - still clueless for the rest of the days)!



If you want the original copies of the watercolor illustrations I used above (above photos were already edited), you may go to CreativeMarket which is currently my best design friend. I have a few days left to plan my wardrobe, so I will leave you for now and I gotta get started on shopping while the little one is still asleep.


   
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Friday, June 5, 2015

Friday's 10 Happy Things 5

Welcome to another round of Friday's 10 Happy Things where I jot down ten things that made me happy this week. Keeping this list gets easier every week. Click the image below this blog post if you wanna join us spread happy cheers all around.


1.   Receiving almost one box every day filled with porcelain goodness. I am running out of counter space. I need a huge china cabinet soon.

2.   Receiving the high resolution files of Summer's latest photoshoot. I adore my little princess.

3.   Renewing my love for calligraphy. I just started practicing again. If you want to follow my calligraphy journey, look for me in Instagram. Be warned that I am not a pro yet so what you will see are works of a beginner. Yes, still a beginner because I never advanced before I stopped.

4.    Nutella. Yes, Nutella. Again...

5.   Flip or Flop on HGTV. The show revolves around a husband and wife tandem who scours the real estate market for houses that are on auction and then flipping the house for a profit. Encouraging! I watch even the reruns. It's addicting!

6.   Smelling D&G Anthology L'Imperatrice 3. I remember my wedding day every time I smell it.

7.   Washi tapes. Oh the myriad of creative things you can create using it.

8.   Discovering that roasted ordinary squash is delicious. I tried roasting it in the oven for the first time and I liked it. I thought only butternut squash would taste good - I was wrong!

9.   Finding cheap tickets to Iceland from Denmark. Reykjavik get ready! I hope this plan will really push through.

10.   St. Ives Naturally Soothing Body Lotion (Oatmeal and Shea Butter). It's one of my skin staples this summer. I love how it soothes my dry skin especially this summer.

What made you happy this week? I would love to know. Join the linkup!      


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