We're Moving. Perfect Time For Garage Sales and Shopping Sprees

I have been on a blogging break for month now, just when I promised myself I'd update this blog more, I just stopped.  Why? Because around March of this year, we got wonderful news from the Canadian Embassy. Read about it here. And after that, everything was just a flurry of activities. We held garage sales, an actual on right on our garage, and a virtual one where I set up a facebook page and sold our pre-loved items.  We also posted in OLX.ph. We had to get rid of everything we can't bring with us.

I sold most of my books, planners and planner supplies, along with other stationery goodies like stickers, washi tapes and punches. It was heartbreaking. 

While we sold stuff, we also bought things in preparation for our trip. We took advantage of mallwide sales. We particularly jumped on the chance to shop while SM Megamall held its sale last May 2014.  We bought underwear, socks, rubber shoes and bags! We bought our urban bags luggages at 50% off! what a steal! We bought some bags with TSA locks and some with regular ones. We planned on just putting clothes in the ones with regular locks so nothing suspicious would appear on the xrays, at least nothing airport authorities would want to inspect. Then we intended to place all our excess photography equipment plus other miscellaneous knick-knacks in the bags with TSA lock should they want to peek inside.

It was really hard to decide which of our things we'd take with us and which we'd leave behind. I brought basic make up essentials and nail care supplies. That way, I didn't have to buy supplies there for a while, at least while we're looking for a job.

I Finally Got A Fossil Leather Wallet

I have always been a fan of the Fossil brand. The hubby and I particularly like their watches, we own a couple of Fossil watches each. I've been wanting to get a leather item from them, maybe a bag or a wallet, but they're a bit on the expensive side. Their wallets and bags are made of pure leather and so supple to the touch.

One weekend, Berto and I met with a potential client somewhere in the south area. We dropped by Festival Mall. We had no idea they were having a big sale. We didn't really plan on shopping. We weren't looking for something particular to buy, we just had time to spare. We passed by the Fossil store and went in. They were clearing out their old stocks and some items were on sale for as much as 50% off! A leather wallet instantly caught my eye. It was a long wallet, actually they called it a clutch, in chestnut. I wanted it! It was originally priced at 5,000++ pesos but the sale price was for only 2,300 pesos. I got Berto's approval and got it! 

I love it's authentic leather smell! I finally have something from Fossil other than watches, will a bag come next? Hahaha, we'll see. As of now, I am so happy with my Fossil chestnut clutch. =)

Planner Week 1

Fino Leatherware Planner Week on 2 Pages

Maroon 2014 Starbucks Planner

Last year,  when I got into Filofax and other planners,  I really drooled over planner addicts' weekly posts of their decorations.  I've always wanted to try my hand at decorating my own pages but I got so intimidated.  

I'm not as artistic as the others are. 

This year,  I decided to try it anyway.  I can just do simple designs,  just something that will make me smile whenever I open my pages.  :)

So here goes,  my planner week 1. I have two active planners right now.  My Fino leather planner,  with some Filofax inserts and a maroon 2014 Starbucks planner.  I decided to keep them matchy matchy with this week's theme : blue and green. 

I use my Fino planner as a personal,  business and blogging planner while I use my Starbucks planner as a daily journal of the day's highlights.  I also use the monthly pages as my food and exercise journal. 
I hope I can keep this us!  Haha.  :)

2014 Goals

Hey let's start the year right!  I've been trying to narrow down my goals for 2014 and I've come up with three items. Organization.  Home. Fitness.

Organization.  Home.  Fitness. 

First,  I will try to be more organized.  Make use of my planners to help me plan and record our finances, schedules and goals,  both for our personal life and for our business.  

Second,  focus on our home and my duties as a wife, mom and homemaker.  I've already got my laundry skills down pat. Folding and ironing duties not so much. I also need to declutter our room and other spaces.  Of course meal planning ang cooking and efficient grocery shopping is something I need to work on too. 

Third, fitness.  Spiritual fitness.  I need to pray and read the bible more.  I need to praise and thank my Lord more regularly and sincerely.  Next,  physical fitness.  I need to work on my body and actually do something about losing those excess pounds other than gripe about it. At least 30 minutes of cardiovascular daily,  weights,  less carbs (rice and bread!),  more water,  more veggies.  I need to lose weight and actually keep 'em off! 

OK,  I think I'm making progress.  I've actually written my goals down.  I'm claiming that 2014 is the best year yet,  for me,  my family and our business.  Yes! 

It's all about persistence and consistency. I'm grabbing 2014 by the horns and claiming it's mine!  Let's do this! 

The Face Shop Lovely ME:EX Nail Remover in Pink

As I promised myself in my previous post about nail polish,  I would buy another bottle from another brand because the one I was using didn't work as I expected it to.  So when I got  the chance,  I went to the nearby mall and got myself a bottle of The Face Shop Lovely ME:Ex Nail Remover.  Okay,  so I noticed that Koreans have a penchant for removing their "nails".  I don't know.... 

The important thing is I like this product so much.  Although it is acetone-based,  I didn't find it drying for my nails at all.  A big plus is its price.  It's only P95 for a  100ml bottle. It's so affordable! This is actually my second bottle. I don't often like a product that much to actually empty it and this is one of those very rare cases that I did finish a whole bottle. 

I also like it's cute pink color.  I'm not sure if it's available in any other color,  I've always seen the pink one.  It doesn't have an overly strong odor.  It has mild strawberry scent. It actually smells like Sally Hansen nail polish remover. 

I'm glad I got myself another bottle of this product.  :) 

My Personal Filofax Aston in Purple

Late last year, I really got into paper planners... again. I first started my love for paper planners when I was in grade school, although back then I used them more like a journal, writing down highlights of the day. When I was in college, I got a Tickles planner that is very similar to today's personal Filofax. Too bad Tickles discontinued their planner line. Anyway, in the advent of gadgets and technology, my paper planners were slowly overshadowed by digital planners, PDAs and eventually cell phones. 

Then while blog hopping, I came across a lady who had a paper planner and it was exactly what I wanted. I found out that the brand was Filofax. I really wanted a planner that wasn't limited as to number and arrangement of pages.  That is just what Filofax brings to the table, flexibility

Too bad, I couldn't find anybody in the Philippines who's selling Filofax Planners. Good thing I had a friend who is an online seller (Gmet Trading) and I ordered through her. Good thing also that when I went to the Filofax USA site, they were having a huge sale, I got my planner at 70% off because I later found out that they were discontinuing the Aston line. Too bad because it is actually made of good quality, supple leather. I got my planner (along with other Filofax accessories) after 3 weeks, in perfect condition. 

I also downloaded the free month on two pages from Limetree Fruits. I also bought the Leonie Dawson Printable Amazing Biz and Life Workbooks and Calendars.  I also watched loads of youtube videos and made my own laminated dividers. (yes, I bugged hubby into buying me a personal laminating machine just for this purpose) I was addicted for a while... a long while. Ok, I'm addicted until now! haha! I have since bought expensive leather planners and inexpensive cutesie ones and I love them all!

I must admit, my planners has helped me be more organized. Especially during times when I feel so overwhelmed with so many tasks to be done. Writing them down makes all the difference! Seeing them on paper gives me power over them, I get to label these tasks, I get to schedule them and the best part is that I get to cross them off once their done. It really helps unburden my mind!

So now just as the new year begins, I say thank you for paper planners! I will definitely continue using them in 2014!

Revlon ColorStay Nail Polish, Orly Quick Dry Top Coat and Etude House Nail Remover

Yes you read right, it is not a typo. Etude House, actually calls their nail polish remover "Nail Remover". I was actually scared when I first saw it. Do they actually make sure that your polish is removed to the point that even the nail is almost removed? Rest assured that is not the case, I guess this is just their version of the Nail Polish Remover. (go figure)

First things first, while my hubby and I were doing our Christmas shopping, we saw that Revlon was having a 30% off sale. Too bad, I just replenished my make up kit a while ago and didn't really need anything, I bought a brown-black Revlon ColorStay eyeliner a couple of weeks ago. Too bad I missed the sale =(

Anyway,  even though I didn't really need anything, that didn't stop me from checking out the counter. I was browsing through the different products when I saw their line of ColorStay nail polishes. Nail polish has always been my weakness. I love 'em but I just don't know how to apply them on my nails and I just don't know how to keep them on for a long time. So, after I justified my need for a ColorStay nail polish to myself, I decided to buy one while it's on sale. I chose the French Roast shade which is a reddish brown shade. It costs P300++.
Revlon ColorStay Nail Polish in French Roast and Orly Quick-Dry Top Coat

I  also got an Orly Quick Dry Top Coat. As mentioned many times, I have a hard time apply polish and when I do finally finish applying them, I have a tendency to ruin them almost immediately. So I thought a good quality quick dry top coat would be a good investment. I actually got a Sally Hansen one a while ago but even though it promised to dry my nails within 30 seconds it didn't happen. So when I finished that bottle, I decided to try another brand. The Orly brand is slightly more expensive at P449 but it was easier to apply and it did dry within seconds. I love it!

I applied this French Roast Revlon ColorStay nail polish for our holiday celebrations. It wasn't perfect but I thought it was ok. In fairness, the nail polish did last for a week despite numerous encounters with the rogue sticky tape during the marathon gift wrapping and heavy manual dish washing duties during reunions. I am very satisfied. =)

Today though, I decided to remove my nail polish. It was already starting to chip off on the edges but generally it still looked fine. I just wanted a red nail polish for another reunion this weekend. To remove the nail polish, I used my Etude House Acetone Free Moisturizing Nail Remover. The product promises to take care of your nails by moisturizing them instead of drying them whenever you use them. Hmm.. I was intrigued. I decided to try it. I already forgot how much it costs because I bought it a while back, but it was the most expensive among their line of nail polish removers. 
Etude House Nail Polish Remover, as is (aloe vera oil seperates) and when shaken

The moisturizing part is due to the aloe vera oil that is incorporated into the product. If you let it stand for a while, they actually separate, so whenever you put some product on the cotton ball  you have to shake it to mix the oil and the nail polish remover. Otherwise you'll just get the oil and you're basically just moisturizing your nails. 

I am a bit disappointed with this product. It took longer for me to remove the nail polish. I think it was both partly because of the ColorStay factor and because the remover was too gentle and moisturizing. I also found it irritating to have to shake the bottle whenever I dab my cotton ball, but that's just me. I don't think I'll wait to empty that bottle. It will be a waste but using it is so time consuming!

So there, I just wanted to share my experiences with my new nail products.