Friday, February 16, 2018

Hope Springs 🌸 | California Day 1

From my part of the world, Happy Chinese New Year! ✨

I'm starting this series of our USA stay countdown. Oh what a mighty God we serve, it's no coincidence, but only God's perfect timing that today is our Day 1 of chasing after our American Dreams. Hope springs.

Are these Cherry Blossoms? I googled them to be sure, it seems they are. But Cherry Blossoms in Union City, California on winter (Feb 2018)? If they are, I guess they too were confused last time because for a moment the world thought that winter was over. I love that they bloomed prematurely, so it gives me hope. 
So today is just perfection, well almost. It's another "me" time for yours truly. I'm done with housework except for laundry,  I can't wait to resume watching another Korean Drama, Just Between Lovers. I swear if many would be into Korean dramas, the world will be a better place. Haha. Imagine having that soulful and literally Seoul-ful connection with instant cinggus (friends in Korean) all over the world. True story, I have made lifelong friendships, and even successful working relationships because we discovered that we are united in love and addiction for Korean Dramas. Hmmmm, to get you started, if you haven't, why don't you perhaps try Healer with Ji Chang Wook, that or something else (I have to truly think about drama would best onboard you with the drama world, will save another post).

Anyhow, I wanted to give glory and thanks to our dear God. Truly, pray, hope, and don't worry. Through the intercession of Padre Pio and Our Lady of Lourdes, God answers prayers. I sincerely want to give testament to how God works miraculously. He has plans for us and works in wonders. Inshallah, if God wills it. Pray, pray, pray. I learn to ask family and friends for prayer intercessions. Thank you, prayer warriors.

So I daresay I'm prayerful, I pray about everything. I remembered praying sincerely hard to God when I was but a child on the dogs barking at midnight because I was too scared, so I prayed to please dear God make them stop. I even prayed for my crush, hahaha, please make him like me back. Hahaha. If I don't have enough sleep because I was too scared or worried or because I stayed up so late because of a book (I was a bookworm, before a drama addict, now both, haaay hopeless romantic) or now for a Korean drama, but I needed to be functioning in the morning for school and work, I pray to God for a miracle of a good night sleep (please God, even if I sleep now only for an hour or so, please make it feel that I've slept the whole night through with a sweet dream to boot.) Never fails, I calm down, sleep, and wake up recharged ready to face another day, but I say a little prayer of forgiveness for worrying or staying up needlessly. Everyday, I try to ask for forgiveness for doubting, for feeling entitled, for being jealous, for being moody, for nagging, for being proud (today, I grounded my son and I'm giving my hubby a silent treatment because of some real life dramas, oh well, I guess silence should be better than fighting for the moment as my son said, we're like dogs, there, Happy CNY! Ha. Bad.), for being indulgent, for forgetting to pray, and all the likes (hello, human!).

But then, I realize albeit belatedly that although God knows our hearts' desires, we need to learn to pray the right way. With the guidance of the Holy Spirit and with diligent practice and with utmost sincerity and steadfast humility, we can be articulate with our prayers. Oh well, I'm still lacking so I guess, I will still have a longer and a more colorful life ahead of me. Ha. But I swear, true story, for a moment when I was a child, I was a sicky and a meek child, in a drama setting, but then, life happens, I met Candy (see Candy Candy Japanese Manga and Anime), I can't be Candy all the time. I bark, I bite. I'm mischievous and quaint. I'm altogether charming, so I thrive. What keeps me going? Of course, a lot of prayers. And a bit of inspiration from dramas, happy endings, and knowing that this too shall pass. Aja! Aja! Fighting! πŸ€—

Monday, February 5, 2018

Why I blog? πŸ’« #Random

Hello, Monday! πŸ€— I was inspired to be productive with the uplifting blends of eucalyptus, lavender and cinnamon in the air.

Setting the mood to ponder. πŸ€”
I was initially planning to do a belated post about my Coldplay concert experience last year, because of yesterday's Superbowl halftime craze albeit mostly negative (why the negativity, people), and Coldplay's 2016 performance came up (yes, also negative), this got me thinking, why oh why. I mean seeing Coldplay last time is a big check off my bucket list. I can't seem to get enough of them, I will do it again in a heartbeat. Oh well, to each his own. Life happens. We all have a different million reasons to love, or to hate. I choose love. Hahaha Now please bear with me, this is serious. Admittedly, I have more time to blog now than five years ago. When I started 2010-2011, it was a full blown blog about my son, about motherhood and his birthday parties. I was a SAHM back then, I rarely had shopping outings, so no selfies, outfit and makeup of the day posts. Then I went back to corporate, so many travels, shoppings, but I was stressed out. I can't talk about work, and I chose not to share negativity and real life dramas. Plus, my son grew up, and he doesn't like me taking his photos anymore. This blog became a lifestyle blog...just me, myself and I. But there's no really strong topic that keeps readers coming back everyday, like how I do with Dramabeans (website that feeds my Korean Drama addiction). I'm so-so at everything. I can't even do exciting selfies. Hahaha, so my husband had to ask me just when will I stop it.  Yesterday, I said neverrrrr. Today, hmmmm, I'm thinking. Maybe, not until dot dot dot and if only dot dot dot. πŸ˜…

Worse, while I'm addicted to Korean Dramas but admittedly, I'm too old for it. I can't be fangirling all the time. So I can't devote a blog about dramas all the time. I can do skincare, but not makeup and outfit posts, because I'll be trying too hard. 🀦🏻‍♀️

I call myself Chic & Sassy Mom but I rarely do mommy post anymore. With God's grace, while I give ourselves a pat in the back of raising such a responsible and sweet Chaseyboy, he has a life of his own now. His weekends are his "me time". Seriously, I'm mostly left alone now, I have too many "me" time. There are real life drama unfolding that will take me sometime to talk about freely. The Dear Diary post I wrote in 2012, those challenges are still everrr present. Seriously, I'm feeding my family ramyuns and microwaveable especially here in California, where instant food are bountiful!!! 😱 So my husband intervenes so he does mostly the cooking. πŸ˜”

So I post about my favorite things, which I decided to call #ChicSassyMomFinds, but at the onset, I sound so capricious and self-absorbed, don't I? 🀦🏻‍♀️

I'm not an established blogger as I hope to be in the Philippines though I can say I started earlier, but when blogging became a big thing that made people do it full time for a living, I was already settled in the corporate world. Though, maybe, if only it was economically possible for us back then, I will choose to blog. Because I love, love, love writing. But I'm always lacking somehow, someway. So I'll never know if I'll be really good at it. Corporate for me is what I do best, methinks. It seems it will always be safe choice.

Admittedly, I'm only human, so I want some performance and engagement on my blog. If there's a chance to monetize my blog, why not. I'm guilty of getting affected with Alexa ranking, page visits, and those other metrics such that today I checked the webmaster tools, and Google has a new Search Indexing process, and about 200 of my blog posts are not indexed. I did spend sometime submitting them but I had to go through with a lot of Captcha verifications. So this got me thinking, really, do I  care that they are not indexed or there are lesser likes on my Instagram post(@chicsassymom)? The sad reality is I'm proud, I feel entitled, and that's very, very bad, and admitting that out loud, I'm sincerely sorry for it and I don't want to anymore. So here's what I thought. I don't really care!! So I thought I will still sincerely write my thoughts (still I choose to spread love and positivity haha, I rarely rant, it saves me from gossiping needlessly and I don't want negativity to linger). Then I go back to my first ever reason for writing, not to be idle, I need to use my brain. Sharpening the saw. Hah. On the bigger of scheme of things, I will speak my mind, I will channel my overwhelming energy and desire to fangirl in my blog post. More importantly, blogging is my way of paying it forward for everyone out there who took time to write about something that made googling "how to", "what is", "where is", "how much is", etc. worth it and continue to be sort of experts to life. Then maybe, just maybe, someone reads about it too. Regardless, I love Coldplay and Chris Martin (hahaha back to Coldplay again), I choose Zen. πŸ˜‡ I will not worry about the things that I cannot change. Aja! Aja! Fighting! Cheers!✨

Sunday, February 4, 2018

#ChicSassyMomFinds | Jo Malone Haul πŸ’« #GiftIdeas

Hello, love month! 😍 All you need is love, right? But a little gift now and then won't hurt at all. πŸ˜‰ I made my husband's life easier by naming my gift of choice for Valentine's Day.  Tadaaaa... another Jo Malone cologne, please. While we normally would drive to Nordstrom Palo Alto, I've been subscribed to Jo Malone USA online too.  Every so often, they have extra gifts, best one I've seen were deluxe sample of cologne and body creme. Today, they only have a deluxe cologne sample (9 ml) of Basil and Neroli. It was love at first try with Basil and Neroli, so yes, I needed to get this one, right now! So I sweetly asked my hubby if I can already get my gift, he said yes! Yay!

For the love of more samples, and an even bigger one, shop at Jo Malone online now! πŸ€—
You ought to know I'm quite addicted to Jo Malone (see Jo Malone haul post here). It's so hard to choose what scent I like best. Hmmmm, let me think. Is it Nectarine Blossom and Honey? Or Blackberry and Bay? or Wild Blue Bell? Or Basil and Neroli? Not sure, I like all!!! And I'll probably like more in the future. But if unsure, personally, safe bet and choice will be Nectarine Blossom & Honey. I suggest visiting a shop near you (normally in the US, it's Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus), try and sample. Think about it, then head over to Jo Malone online site. The same way you get samples in Nordstrom, you can also get 3 samples online. Plus, every so often, as said before, more gifts with an engraving option to boot! You know for people like yours truly who are so easy to get. πŸ˜‰

For $140++ per classic 100ml bottle, it seems like a reasonable gift, right? At least, it's not a designer purse or shoes, or even a super nice but expensive flower arrangement like my last time's VDay gift request. But soon enough, be ready, you'll be buying more. If you add them up, hmmmm, it'll be about a price of a pair of designer shoes (think Valentino and Gucci hahaha). Oh well, if I can go with having both, why not!? But so far, I'm happy with Jo Malone. Cheers! ✨

Saturday, February 3, 2018

#ChicSassyMomBlends | Hello, Essential Oils !πŸ’« #EdensGarden

Happy weekend, friends! πŸ€— Happiness is in the air with a blissful blend of eucalyptus, orange, grapefruit and lemon.

So yes, I'm now blending and diffusing essential oils. I've been an ardent fan of aromatherapy and spa and massage. πŸ˜‰ Though, I usually just get them in finish products, like an oil blends, candles, balm, shower gel, and the likes from Oryspa and many more. Mint is my favorite scent and feel everrrr. So I'm happy to say, because I was bored and anxious, I happily caved in to essential oils and the many beautiful possibilities of getting addicted falling in love with them. πŸ™‹πŸ»‍♀️ Amazon, with the price range and reviews available, is a nice gauge and source of what brand or products to get for your essential oils and diffuser. There you will find Young Living, dōTERRAEdens Garden,  Now Foods, Plant Therapy and many more. Young Living and doTerra are multi-level marketing (like NuSkin), requires membership. Edens Garden seems to be a good choice. So I went to the official site, registered and purchased. Tadaaaa, happiness!

With much deliberation, I got the Best of the Best Set (with 12 Single Oils), Inhaler, Carrier Oil (Coconut), and the Ceramic Diffuser. Price is about the same in Amazon, you might just get faster shipping with Amazon Prime, but registering on the website of Edens Garden means you get points, which you can exchange as credits. I'm sold! 
I love thee. Oh the possibilities, I can't wait. 
Basic Essential Oils for starter and beginners. I'm super excited, I've been very busy. Mixing, blending, concocting, inhaling, ....the life. #witchyways
While you can diffuse single oils and enjoy the delightful benefits, it's so tempting to just go right away for synergy blends (a mix of essential oils for greater aroma and benefits) available in the market. Hmmmm, but not yet. I wanted to make the most out of these 12 single essential oils  (I'm seriously controlling my urge to buy a lot more just yet. Oh my, I can be a super fangirl and really hoard commit myself to a craft hahaha). Truly, possibilities are endless. Thanks to a dear friend for helping me getting started, and to this site for inspiration on "essential oil blends recipes". Some oils, like clove and bergamot, can be substituted as per my research. πŸ€—

Click Read More after the break for some blends for the 12 Essential Oils in the Best of the Best Edens Garden Essential Oils Set. For the diffuser, I usually add 10-15 drops as recommended.

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