Week Updates

Hello everyone! How was your week? Mine was good. It was my birthday on Tuesday. There was a snow storm here so my boyfriend picked up sushi for dinner. We haven’t had sushi in a while and we both love sushi. I got a birthday phone call from a friend in England after the dinner. It was a great birthday. My parents left for Philippines the morning of my birthday. It’s great their flight was early otherwise they would’ve been stuck in the airport.
Yesterday,I finally did my taxes. I did it on my own for the first time. It took me 2 or more hrs to finish my simple tax but it was satisfying to finish something you’ve never done before.Me and Isabella have been continuously working on the mural and we are close to finish. I think I mentioned on one of my previous post that it’ll be done this week unfortunately I don’t think so.It need quite a bit more of detailing.

I am having a bit trouble with my blog,I think I messed it up somehow.I hope I can figure out what I did wrong.

So how was your week?

I hope you have great weekend!

Love,
It’s 😙

Birthday: 26 Bucket List

So today, I am 26 years old! I never made a bucket list before so I made one this year. There are a lot of things I want to do and experience still. 

Turning 26, my first thought was I am getting old (lol). I am getting close to that big 3 and 0. I don’t know why but somehow I’m a bit scared to be getting close to 30. I guess part of it also is that I don’t have a solid career path. I find that scary that if I am getting close to 30 and I’m not a hairdresser yet. There are so much to be thankful for everyday. 

Hopefully,  I can cross off something from my list this year. 🙂

Here’s my bucket list:

  1.  To be finally become a hairdresser 
  2. I want to see a Panda (I love Pandas)
  3. Go on vacation somewhere in Caribbean.
  4. Go to Japan and experience their famous hot baths, tea ceremony and wear a kimono.
  5. Go to Turks and Caicos (it just looks so beautiful and relaxing the beaches) 
  6. Go to Maldives and relax on the beach 
  7. Enroll in Fine Arts
  8. Go on a yoga retreat in Thailand
  9. Attend a cooking lesson
  10. Learn to knit 
  11. Go see the magnificent polar bears
  12. Go to Italy 
  13. See cherry blossoms in bloom on spring
  14. Visit Disneyland 
  15. Make a crêpe cake 🙂
  16. Visit a zoo 
  17. Visit a museum 
  18. Go to United Kingdom ( see the the London Bridge and Big Ben?)
  19. Buy our first house
  20. Learn how to drive
  21. Buy my first car
  22. Have a spa day
  23. Learn a new language 
  24. Learn how to play violin
  25. Attend a concert
  26. Visit a castle 

    It took me more than 2 weeks to make my list, I can only imagine my list will grow as I sit and think what are the things I want to do and accomplish!So what’s on your bucket list?  


    Have a great day!I’ll  talk to you again soon.



    Love,

    Ira 😙

    Body Image, Self Confidence after pregnancy

    Hello everyone, finally we are on the end of the week.Thank God! I am just so tired lately. Taking care of Isabella is no easy job and waking up early to make my significant other’s lunch is just tiring, the early mornings tire me out. This week I’ve been doing the mural and we are close to the finish. Hopefully, by next weekend it’s done.

    I follow a lot fitness magazines on my Facebook and I see celebrities who just looks amazing after giving birth (Kate Middleton, Giselle Bundchen). It just makes me go “Wow”. So after I gave birth,all I remember was that I am so tired and sore, my nipples are sore from trying to breastfeed my little one. I am far from looking amazing,for few weeks or up to a month,I think. Sometimes, we mother’s are really hard on ourselves. We compare ourselves with others, I remember just wanting to lose the remaining 10-11 lbs right away when Isabella was born but I didn’t lose it until a month or two ago. I gained 45 lbs when I was pregnant, I lost most of it when Isabella was born. The whole time, I feel big. I’ve always been fit and slim, so having extra pounds especially when you are tiny makes you feel big.

    About two weeks ago,we went for lunch for my father’s birthday. I finally wore the crop top and high waisted jegging that I bought last year. I bought it last year and never wore it because I didn’t have the confidence to wear it. So, when I step out of the washroom wearing the it my significant other said “You look amazing.You look sexy.” I said,thanks. What he told me after that is what made me emotional. He said ” I love your body even more now after you have given birth”.

    That really gives me confidence when he say it like that. I worked hard to stay fit and slim, I do yoga 5 times a week,15- 20 minutes a day. If the weather is good, I take Isabella on a stroll for a good half hour. 

    I want to end the week with lots of positivity. It takes a while to lose weight, it takes a lot of hard work to be fit but know that you are Beautiful, strong and amazing woman.

    Have a great weekend everyone!

     

     

    Love,

    Ira😙

     

    Marriage and Wedding Thoughts

    Hello everyone, since I started dating my significant other.I find that most of my friends are always asking about when is the big day? And I always answer, we’ll see when we get there.

    I just wanted to talk a bit more about wedding and marriage because I find in my culture and our tradition are still stuck a bit on the ancient side. In case I didn’t mention, I’m  Filipino by the way. So,when I got pregnant with my little one and I told my friends about it, the first question was is he going to marry you? And I’m like, we are not getting married just because I got pregnant.

    We, Filipinos are mostly Catholics and I think our mindset are too set on ancient side. I mean okay, if a couple decided to get married together,not factoring that she is pregnant-that is great. I just find that parents sometimes are the ones who decides what’s going to happen.

    I know my parents wants me to get married too. My mother has been dropping hints like if you ever decide to get married, it’s not expensive. I told my mother we will see. I personally, right now I don’t even think about marriage. We are happy the way we are now. Living together and having a baby is already a big step. I still find marriage a bit daunting. My parents are separated and a lot of people are getting divorced. We are happy right now,so why fix it when it’s not broken.

    Maybe, in couple of years we will decide to get married. When everything is smooth, financially, emotionally and psychologically. I think people sometimes don’t really give much thought about marriage.

    Marriage is still far from our minds.

    Who knows, maybe I’ll be posting my big day on this blog! 😊

     

    Have a great day everyone!

     

     

     

     

    Love,

    Ira 😙

     

     

     

    Dark Rainy Day: Update on the mural 

    Hi everyone! I think it’s the first time I’ve posted two days in a row. Today,the weather feels a bit depressing, I’m sitting and eating a nice bowl of Pastina. I posted yesterday that Mazda didn’t want to cover the cost but the manager called yesterday and said they are going to cover it and apologized. That’s a sigh of relief for us. 

    So, I finally started painting Isabella’s room. 

    I would usually start with the background and then the details but I find it hard to do that with Isabella. I find it easier to do details first then background. The background is the biggest job I find . There’s a lot of painting to be done.I try to do what I can in a day and continue again the next day until I finish it. 

    So far it is looking good. 🙂

    Have great day everyone!

    Love, 

    Ira

    Starting the week with a hiccup

    Hello everyone, our week started hard. We went grocery shopping on Saturday and coming back home, there was a sudden downpour. We got home,waited a bit in the car until the rain ease up a bit and we brought our groceries in. 20 minutes later, we were about to go to my in laws, the car starts and then it dies on it own, security light is on the whole time. We were able to get it started drive all the way to my in laws. But then coming back we couldn’t get it started so we had to come back with my in laws car. The car was brought to the dealer yesterday, we are still under warranty suppose to be. Long story short, the computer on the car is what’s wrong and it costs 1,600  :o😵😨. Yes, that’s what I said. Both the dealer and the Mazda are refusing to c0ver the cost.Clearly it’s the dealers fault, the computer rusted because it wasn’t painted/coated properly.  We’re hoping to get a call from a manager today. Hopefully, it is a good news. The people there are rude when dealing with people.

    We were clearly unprepared for this things,we have the warranty but they are being an “Asshole” by refusing to pay for their own mistake.

    That’s our week is starting, hoping it gets better and we get a good news.

    Have a great day!

    Love,

    Ira 😙

    It’s Thursday !

    Hello everyone,it’s Thursday and I’m looking forward to weekend. It’s my father’s birthday on the 28th but we are celebrating it on Sunday. So weekend is a little busy again for us. 

    I feel like I haven’t talked about my daughter lately on my blogs . I’ve been blogging about food alot lately. She’s going to be 17 months soon, in 2 weeks. Last weekend, we got a little break from our daughter.She slept over at her grandparents house. Me and my other half went for bowling and dinner event for his work.I have never bowl before that but I had a great time. My arms are still a little sore.We used the big ball which I didn’t expect.I was told we would be using the tiny ones. It’s nice to take a break from taking care of your own baby once in awhile. I still feel a little bit guilty though, I sometimes don’t want to be apart from her . She’s  at that age now, where she’s just so adorable. She gives kisses and hugs if you ask her for it. Her laughs are just infectious. 

    The mural on her room is still not done. I am hoping to get it done soon. We will be moving on June again so I will do it again on the new place. 

    That’s it for now.👋

    Love,

    Ira

    White Chocolate Chip Cookies

    Hello everyone! It’s Monday again, I just put my chocolate chip cookies in the oven few minutes ago. My other half loves chocolate chip cookies and I love making food for him.😁  This recipe calls for Macadamia nuts but I didn’t put it since my other half is not big fan of macadamia.I substituted shortening for butter instead, I didn’t have shortening.

    Ingredients:

    1 cup (250 ml ) shortening

    1 cup packed brown sugar

    1/2 cup granulated sugar

    2 eggs

    1 1/2 tsp vanilla

    2 cups all purpose flour

    1 tsp baking soda

    1/2 tsp salt

    1 package of pure chocolate chips (225g)

    *1 cup macadamianuts

     

    1.Preheat oven to 375F.Beat 1 cup of shortening with 1 cup of brown sugar and 1/2 cup granulated sugar until fluffy.Beat in 2 eggs and 1 1/2 vanilla extract until creamy.

    2. Stir 2 cups of all purpose flour with 1 tsp baking soda and 1/2 tsp salt in a separate bowl.Gradually beat into butter mixture.

    3. Stir in 1 package of white chocolate chips and *1 cup of coarsely chopped macadamia nuts.Drop 1 tbsp portions dough onto ungreased bakimg sheets.

    4.Bake for 8 to 12 minutes.Cool for 1 minute,transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.Makes 4 dozen cookies.

     

     

     

     

    Forgiveness and Moving on

    Hello everyone, we are starting our week with blanket of snow. Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, I wanted to talk about forgiving and moving on. Just in case, she comes across this blog,I’m not writing this post to shame her.I’m writing this post, I never really had a closure.Three years ago, when me and my other half started dating his sister said alot of awful and untruthful things about me on the internet. I read couple of posts and I stopped reading it. I will admit, I was angry and the same time confused. I was confused because I don’t know why she said all those things two days after we just met. I never really had a chance to confront or talk to her about it. My other half talk to her and so as their parents, they asked why she said those things and she said “She was stressed”. I know around that time that we met she just moved out of their house and she just broke up with her boyfriend. I know sometimes we people can say alot of stupid and hurtful thing when stressed.Even so, I think it’s really personal the way she said all those things, especially for someone she didn’t know well enough. I’ll never know why she really said those things. She’ll probably never apologize for it but I’ve moved on. I have my little bundle of joy to keep me busy and happy. I forgive her, not for her but for me to be able to move on. I stopped wondering why she said what she said . I’m not waiting for an apology. 

    I think the hardest part of moving on is, we sometimes see each other and we talk and sometimes it makes you wonder, “Does she say thing behind my back? “.Even though she’s good when we are talking. I hate doubting people that way. So, I said to myself that I’ll just take her at face value and not wonder if she is going to say something.

    My mother once told me “Sometimes, we just have to forgive so we can have peace.”.

    Advance Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone! !

    I’ll talk to you again.

    Love,

    Ira 😙 

    Fluffy Light Scones

    I wanted to try and make scones and I just did. I just baked the scones. I already tried a tiny piece and it’s delicious and light. I was thinking of nice bread that would go with my coffee or you can eat also as dessert. I thought of scones . Scones are very versatile, you can add berries, nuts or you can just put jam or drizzle a condense milk. I found the recipe on allrecipes.com but I changed the white sugar to brown.I personally prefer brown sugar.

    Ingredients: 

    3 cups all purpose flour 

    1/2 cup white or brown sugar

    5 tsp baking powder

    1/2 tsp salt

    3/4 cup cold butter

    1 cup milk

    1 egg,beaten

    1.Preheat oven 400F.

    2.Start with mixing all the dry ingredients flour, baking powder, sugar and salt.Cut in butter.Mix well. In a small bowl,mix milk and egg. Slowly stir into flour mixture until moistened.

    3.Turn dough out onto lightly floured surface, and knead briefly.Roll dough out into a 1/2 inch thick round. Cut into wedges and place on the prepared baking sheet.

    4. Bake into preheated oven for 15 minutes or until golden brown.