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.  :) 

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