My 3 Best Friends

It’s Labor day weekend and I get to spend it with these hotties 😀

Senador

I love my siblings! I’m so grateful that we actually like each other. Being the older sister, I had the privilege of helping my parents with raising them up (as much as I could). I love how we can laugh at each other and that no matter what, I can always rely on each one of them.

Senador

We’ve all grown up and we’re all in different places in our lives but I know we’ll always be brothers and sisters ❤

Sibling Love

xoxo, Ate

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7 Habits of Highly Effective People

I like to read but I don’t think I would consider myself a bookworm…I wish… Bookworm art lady

I also enjoy audio books because it’s still entertaining and I can work on my to-do list while listening to it. Brian and I just started listening to the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey. book habits

This is my very first self-help book and so far, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it. I find myself inspired to learn and it motivates me to be a better person. The book is intriguing because it “ignores the trends and pop psychology for proven principles of fairness, integrity, honesty, and human dignity.” To sum it up:

7 Habits of Highly Effective People

I think sometimes we get so caught up with “everything” in our busy world then, we get to a point when “everything” seem to be so mundane. We lose our motivation and we start to ask ourselves, “What’s the point?” or we even start comparing ourselves to others. Here’s a quote by Mr. Theodore Roosevelt that is so simple yet so powerful to me: comparison theif of joy

Everyone has their own story, their own pace and their own direction. Some might find themselves still in school while everybody else has graduated already. Some might still be single while everybody else on Facebook is either engaged or married to their true love. Everyone also has their own definition of success. You might consider getting your Masters degree or excelling in your career as a sign of success. While others might consider having a family or being a mom as their calling in life. All I know is, There is no one way to this journey we call life. As long as you’re doing your best and have the desire to reach your highest potential, then I think you’re doing mighty fine, my friend.

Anyway, my thoughts are quite jumbled right now probably because it’s my bed time but I sure hope that you will consider reading or listening to this book. And remember, love yourself

My Mama Graduated!

Last week, I got to witness my Mama graduate from LPN school. Look at that mega-watt smile 😀

Mama

 My mama is definitely an inspiration to me. She is beautiful, loving, caring and very industrious. In addition to that, she is very smart and is full of wisdom. She has always taught us these words:                                                                     “Doing your best makes you a winner”

 Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough”

Mama's Grad Group

She was one of the top students in her class and she was also chosen to give the graduation speech. Let me tell you something… she was brilliant. She enunciated her words, took her time, and her speech was just awesome! She shared her experience of going back to school after raising 4 kids and being 50 something years old. Mama Speech

She also shared that It’s never too late to change your major or your career. My mom actually has her Bachelors degree in Accounting but has decided to switch to the medical field. She is now contemplating on branching to the RN program. 

Mama Nursing Pinning

This is a photo of my mom and her batch after the ceremony. She’s the tiny little lady on the very right 😉Mama's Batch

After the ceremony, my mom was overwhelmed with so much love and support from her friends that Papa had to creep in for a hug… and Brian just had to photo bomb that sweet moment haha

Mama and Papa collage

Papa may or may not have a tear or two. He has been such a supportive husband to my mom. One thing that I admire about my parents is that they share each other’s accomplishments. You can tell how proud he was of my mom. It’s the sweetest thing. I mean just look at them… I just wanna hug them!Mama and Papa

Another sweet deal about my mom’s graduation is that my grandma (Apo) was there to witness her daughter graduate. Apparently when Mama first graduated, it was just a nightmare. Mama Apo

I am thankful for the way my Mama has raised me up. If it wasn’t for her, I wouldn’t know the value of money or the meaning of hard work. When we were younger, Papa had to work abroad to support our family. Mama stood strong and raised all four of us by herself. That itself is an accomplishment worthy of recognition.
Happy Mama

In behalf of my mama, thank you for all your love and support.

I love you Mama

xoxo

Dust to Dust

08.06.2013

The day when The Civil Wars‘ new album will be released and I am more than ecstatic about it.the-civil-wars

I love and respect this duo with all my heart. Their music is timeless, passionate, and awe-inspiring.

The Civil Wars

If you’re unaware of their situation, check out this article to give you a little insight about it. “The Civil War’s New Album Is Set For Release In The Midst Of A Hiatus”

Here’s a little taste of their new album and I am drooling.

xoxo

Brian’s 25th Moustache Party

Moustache party

My hubby is officially 25! Wooot Woooot!!! I’ve been wanting to throw a moustache party for him since last year & I was very excited to see it finally happen. Plus, his work requires him to be clean-shaven so I thought it’d be nice to at least pretend to have facial hair 🙂  (WARNING: This post will have photo galore)

Here is a slideshow of the decorations we had. Thank you for Pinterest and a big shout out to the girls who helped me: Emily and Kara!

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For the photo booth, I decided to use gift wrap as our background- t’was so cheap & so festive.

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Later on…we played Charades, Pin the Moustache, ate some food, etc..

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Overall, I thought the party went very well. Brian was very surprise (thanks to Spencer for kidnapping him so we can decorate). I was so proud of myself because I didn’t give him a single hint. Brian told me that he had a lot of fun & that he felt very loved. And so, thank you to all those who came & made Brian’s birthday extra special.

xoxo, Grace

Feeling Nautical Inspiration

Maybe I’m getting too excited for summer or maybe it’s the fact that our living room is officially blue & it just makes me want to decorate. For now, I can at least be inspired by fashion 😀

Nautical Inspire

1) Blonde & Blonde Striped Skate Dress  2) Nautical Charm Chain Necklace  3)Sailor Lace Up Sweat 4) Proof Bamboo Sunglasses 5) Blue Sandals with Anchors 6) La Mer Portofino Gold Charm Wrap 7) Michael Kors Tote 8) Anchor Sweatshirt

I suppose you can say Anchors are my current obsession at the moment huh? PS: I love thrift shopping and I just want to share a couple of the finds I’m really proud of:

Thrift Finds

Left: Bass heeled Saddle shoes and Triangle patterned fabric

Right: White Copper Creek crossbody purse

Have a super awesome day! xoxo, Grace