Home Decor Inspirations for the Day

Early this year, I hoped that I will be able to learn and create more craft projects. A friend of mine is into quilting and I amazed what she was able to create. Another friend is into knitting and  as early as this month, she started knitting different items which she plans to give to family and friends on special occasions. It is quite precious to receive a gift from someone who took time to make the gift.  What amazed me more is that she is a busy scientist yet she takes time to do some crafts

I came across this cute idea.  Search ‘owl pillows’ on Google Images and you’ll get cute images on different pillows shaped into owls. I want to do this project this year. Here’s what the search results look like:

Aren’t they cute?

All the searching led me to look for other home decor ideas. The incessant rains last month made us discover areas on my roof that need repair. I got to thinking that if I will have the roof fixed, I also need to replace the ceiling because water seeped into the ceiling and warped the plywood. If I get the ceiling fixed, I also need to repaint it. Then, I had idea of repainting my entire bedroom.

I love blue for the wall color.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

However, I also love the burst of yellow in this design.

 

We used to have a reading nook in the house. Termites have infested anything that is wood which made my parents tear down that reading nook. For some reason, I want to have a reading nook again.

 

This is my reading area in my aunt’s house.


I have found a new nook in my own home.

 

I hope we have a large lawn to be able to accommodate this.

Source: thisoldhouse.com via kat on Pinterest

 

Those who are looking for new homes might want to look for hunting creek homes for sale in your area. You can start with a home with the most affordable designs and renovate it later. You can apply some customization that will hep make the journey to home-ownership be a more pleasant one.

What is in the November BDJBox?

This is my first BDJBox*. I already saw the October box and I like its contents but I wanted the element of surprise when opening a new box so I skipped the October box and subscribed to the new box.  They started shipping the November boxes on November 29. Because of the long weekend, I expected the box to arrive on Monday. I was surprised it arrived today, Dec 1.  It was quite impressive because I live in the south.  When I say south, I mean Mindanao!

*(For those not familiar with these boxes. A BDJBox is a beauty box composed of beauty products chosen according to the subscriber’s beauty profile. The box costs Php480 for each month’s subscription. )

Let me show what is inside this box.

1. Garnier Overnight Whitening Peeling Cream  20 ml

I am not really a fan of creams. I am a lazy person when it comes to applying moisturizers.  I am also not a fan of whitening products because I love my brown skin.  Since this is already in the box, I might as well try it. This is supposed to lessen dark spots and even skin tone. I have a few pimple scars that need lightening. I hope this works on those. This promises results in 28 days. I already applied this one while I am typing this post so I hope to see results on December 29.

2. Calvin Klein Beauty Perfume 1.2 ml

I love this small bottle. I hope I will be able to refill this and use the container when I travel. I travel light so I don’t bring perfume bottles on flights so I am reserving the container for travels. I used to sign up for free perfume samples in the mail. What I usually receive is a moist gauze infused with the sample scent and wrapped in foil. I like that the sample perfume is in a tiny spritzer.

3. Nippon Cleansing Sponge  2 pieces

I really do not wear makeup so I do not know how I am going to use this. This might be useful when I travel to a place where water is scarce. 😀

4 and 5. Shiseido Extra Gentle Cleansing Foam and Shiseido Benefiance Wrinkle Resist  24 Day Cream

Since I got two 7ml tubes of the cleansing foam, I am using the first one to test the product while the second tube will be reserved for traveling. I already tried the product today and  I little squirt on my finger is enough create a lather to wash my face. This is where the value of a beauty box comes into play. The 150 ml size of the cleansing foam costs Php1,850 while the 50 ml size of the day cream is P3,100. Personally, I do not want to shell out that kind of money only to test if the product works for me. By getting the sample size, I can test the product to see if it suits me without having to spend quite an enormous amount.

6. Physiogel Hypoallergenic Intensive Cream  50 ml

I got the 50 ml size which retails at Php517. This product alone exceeds the price I paid for the BDJBox. I am really getting value for money.  I gave this to my uncle. His dermatologist prescribed this product when he suffered allergic reaction to his heart medication.  The large tube costs around P800 and he was only able to buy twice because it is quite expensive to buy regularly for maintenance.  He went for an alternative treatment by using honey to treat his allergy. My aunt was happy that I gave this product to her husband.

7. Dentiste Plus White Vitmin C and Xylitol sample size


This is another product that will go to my travel kit. 😀

8. L’Occitane Extra Gentle Milk Soap  25 g

I think this is my favorite in the batch.  My friend gave me a L’Occitane lotion so I plan to use the soap and layer it with the lotion so I will smell fresh during special occasions. I was invited first Christmas party which will be in a few days. I will try this soap to feel fresh that day.  😀 The other soap? you know the drill, it goes to my travel kit. 😀

9. Yuka Non-Acetone Wipes 35 sheets

We were quite impressed with this one. We always use acetone to remove our nail polish. It is quite messy and the bottle easily loses its potency once opened. When my aunt saw this on my box, we immediately tried this on her two-month old pedicure. She has been wanting to remove her chipped nail polish but she often forgets to buy acetone. It only took one sheet to wiped off the nail polish on all of her 10 toes. Impressive!

10. L’Oreal Men Expert Hydra Energetic Multi Action 8 Cleanser

I am giving this to my cousin.

11. Garnier Light Complete Whitening Cream

I can give this a try when I use up my other Garnier cream.

But wait there’s more! There are stickers and discount coupons included in the package. I won’t be able to use the coupons because I live in the province. I am giving these to a friend. I so wanted to try that upper lip waxing at the Strip.

I am happy with November BDJBox that plan to get the December box if I still have shopping money left after Christmas. 😀

Here is the total estimated value of the November BDJBox:

Here is my wishlist for the December box in case the people behind the BDJBox are reading this:

1. Hair care

2. Facial wash, regular size

3. Lip balm

4. Face powder

5. Soap

I am really a low maintenance type of person. I want something I can use in the shower. The beauty products I really use are shampoo, soap, toothpaste and deodorant.  Haha!

Because, sometimes, this works on me.

Source: beautyhigh.com via Janet on Pinterest

 

To get your own BDJBox, visit bdjbox.com.

Note: This is not a paid review. I paid for my own BDJBox.

Pretty Shoes for My Ugly Feet

I am not a shoe person because I have ugly feet.  I would often say that they are like carabao’s feet. No offense meant towards carabaos.  Their feet were made for the tough terrain. Hey, maybe mine is designed for that, too!  But I live in a city with paved roads and I walk beside people with pretty feet. I am only human. I get jealous of their pretty feet.

I seldom shop for shoes. I shop when I NEED one. Just like I did when I first visited The Fort area.  I wore my office shoes. (read: black leather shoes) while walking around. It was not comfortable so I bought the cheapest sneakers I could find. And the brand is called… (drum roll, please) Evans!  Hehe! I learned not to judge the shoes with its name because it has been 4.5 years since  bought the shoes and I still use them. Durable shoes. <3

Sometimes I buy shoes because they are cheap. I found these being sold in the sidewalk for P100. These must have been sold cheaper somewhere else.  I really don’t know if these are fake versions of branded ones. I have limited knowledge on shoe brands.  I bought these because they are made of rubber so they are soft on the feet.

The gray shoes are mine. My cousin wore her black flats.

I like traveling  and I travel light.   I often find myself looking for ways where I can still wear comfortable shoes and be able to pack them well. I bring one pair of shoes and  1 pair of slippers.  There was one trip I completely ditched my shoes and wore slippers the entire trip.  If only I have bought Suelas before that trip, I would not have exposed my ugly feet to the world. Haha! I learned of this brand years ago from Patty Laurel‘s blog but I never really got around ordering a pair until last July when they put some of their shoes on SALE. Yes, the operative word is SALE. The word makes my heart beat a little faster.  (Oh, I am such a cheapskate.) I placed an order and after a series of email since I my order confirmation got sent to my spam folder, I am a proud owner of these comfortable  shoes.

The shoes come with their own bag for easy packing when traveling.

These are foldable flats but these are not the flimsy kind I found in one store. Thick cushioned soles.   It was comfortable.

I wore my shoes when I had ninang (godmother) duties early this month. My cousin whispered that I have nice shoes. Thanks, Suelas!

There is another shoe brand that I have been following lately. It is called Lulu Swing.Their shoes are so cute. My ugly feet wants to try them. I think it is a new brand because they still have a few designs on their portfolio but they are slowly releasing previews of their future designs. They showed this one early this week and I love them.

shimmy

If they are going to release this before my birthday, I am thinking of buying a pair as a birthday gift to myself. I just wish that my size 8 ugly feet will be as pretty as these sandals.

Oh my! I am turning into a shoe lover. I am now confused which pair to get. I love that these two brands (Suelas and Lulu Swing) are developed in the Philippines. I believe the brands were founded by young entrepreneurs. Yay! To get updates from these two interesting brands, follow them on Twitter and like them on Facebook. Suelas Website: http://www.suelasonline.com Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/suelasonline Twitter: http://twitter.com/suelasonline Lulu Swing Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/luluswing Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/lulu_swing

 

P.S. This is NOT a sponsored post.

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