Thursday, August 27, 2015

Suna's 2nd Birthday

This month marks the 2nd birthday of my baby daughter as she was born in the month of August in 2013. Unlike her 1st birthday that was held in Vikings together with very close friends and relatives, the 2nd birthday was something more laid back. She doesn't go to school yet so she doesn't have a lot of friends to invite. The main reason why we made the celebration simple at home.

I ordered a chocolate cake with marshmallow frosting with her current favorite cartoon character it.

This is her disturbed in her afternoon nap by visitors ringing the doorbell. Lol.

This is our photo op with her neighborhood playmates before blowing the cake.

What we prepared for the home party:
-puto and kutsinta
-pansit bihon
-pork barbecue
-hotdogs with mallows on stick
Not in picture:
-buco salad
-ice cream

Askim was more excited. She felt like it was her birthday, too!

Look at the camera, baby. :)

Askim and her favorite cheese pizza..

Another photo op with titas and lola after opening all the gifts. :))

Weeks before her actual birthday, Suna attended a couple of parties in the neighborhood where she learned how to sing the Happy Birthday song and pretend blowing a candle. A few days before her birthday, she would ran to the calendar with her birthday marked in red, point it while saying, "Na, pi bitdey.. house!" That means, Suna's birthday will be celebrated in our house. So cute of her. I love her so so much! I am very grateful to have such a sweet and pretty daughter!!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

5 Bathroom Must-Haves

One of my favorite parts of a house is the bathroom. Whenever I visit a place, either a friend's house or a hotel, I always check the bathroom and its amenities. At home, I am a little meticulous when it comes to cleaning our lavatory. Although it is not that grand looking, I often make sure it is not stinky, floor is not wet, no unnecessary things hanging, and it has enough supply of toiletries. Today, I would like to share some bathroom must-haves that I am planning to add in our next bathroom, which is hopefully, in a house that we'll purchase for our growing family.

1. Large Mirror - I mainly need this for my bathroom selfie. Just kidding. Well, who doesn't want a mirror for skincare and makeup purposes? I believe a bathroom mirror which is large enough for me to see, for example, my back when pimple spotting, is essential.

2. Raindrop Shower Head - To be specific, a raindrop shower head with built-in heater. Imagine standing with pouring overhead water that feels like rain. Okay, I take cold showers on normal days but I prefer lukewarm water when the season is cold. I also turn up the water temperature after spending hours in a dance workout. I heard there are companies out there that offer top brand heaters like the Indianapolis Water Heater. In case, hubby will be the one to take care of these things and I'm sure he'll be able to find a good supplier for our future home.

3. Bath Tub - Honestly, our current place has 3 toilet and baths. However, none of them has a tub for dipping and relaxation. The kids will surely enjoy it if we have one, taking a bubble bath and playing with a rubber ducky before bedtime.

4. Concealed Cabinets - I don't like exposed bathroom supplies and hanging towels, most specially scattered dirty clothes. This is what I want concealed cabinets are for. There must be a hidden cabinet at the back of the mirror, at the back of the door, and the sides of the toilet area where I can put my hamper, extra shampoos and other bath products, clean towels, etc.

5. A Big Space - The master's bathroom is the biggest in our house. For our future washroom, I want more space bigger than what we have now. It is best to have a separate room for shower, toilet and bath and a bigger legroom in front of the mirror. I would love to put a little couch in there and some plants and decorations on the walls, too.

How is your own bathroom? Does it have a separate shower and a toilet? Do you know any supplier in the metro comparable with Water Heater Indianapolis? Please let me know in the comment below. Thanks!

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

DIY Project: Ifugao Costume

Kumusta? Yesterday marked the first day of celebration of Buwan ng Wika in my elder daughter's school. The day before that, I was busy sewing her Ifugao or Igorot-inspired top and skirt. It was a bit frustrating trying to sew each piece because my baby daughter was being her makulit self, riding my lap while I was in front of the sewing machine. Somehow, I was able to finish the native Filipino costume in less than an hour. Sharing to you some photos a little story behind them now.

All set for school. This is my gradeschooler in the DIY ethnic costume I made for her. To my non-Filipino readers, Buwan ng Wika means the month of Philippine national language.

This is the pretty native fabric that I used for this project. It's pink because that's my daughter's favorite color. I bought this fabric in Baguio last November. You can read my travel story HERE.

Very bad pattern. As I have mentioned before, I have no proper training in sewing or dressmaking and the only exposure I had was with my parents when I was young until the age of 7 years old.

For her accessories, I reconstructed this coconut shell necklace that I bought from Kultura. I was able to come up with a double strand necklace and 2 bracelets out of it.

As for her footwear, she wore of woven buri slippers that I also got from Kultura in SM. Now, what do you think? Did you like my daughter's simple Ifugao costume?