De Do Do Do… De Da Da Da

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Just recently, my husband and I had a great privilege to watch STING Live in Manila at the Araneta Coliseum! This was our last major concert this year. Sting was AWESOME!!!!

Check out the Manila crowd!

The Manila crowd… OH YEAH!

He stood there with his guitar in his full rock star glory – tall, buffed, and awesome. And man, he can still hit the high notes. More than anything, his music has become a legend to us 40 somethings. Tell me, is there anyone out there who can NOT mouth Every Breath You Take? Or Roxanne? Even my teenage sons who were not even an “idea” back in the 80s have Police and Sting in their playlist.

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I must say, there’s something about these 80s artists… they just get better with age, don’t you think? I mean, they look better (in their 50s!) and sound better. I don’t know about you, but these seasoned old-timers can’t be beat. The young bands out there should stop and think to themselves, “how can we sound better and look hotter in 30 years…”

Photo/video by happyredpanda of YouTube.

Watch and learn, kids. Watch and learn.

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So that caps our concert list for the year. Who’s next? Calling U2!!!

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Handmade Ornaments Stuffed With Love

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It’s looking a lot like Christmas in our house now. I love it when this time of year comes. The reds, greens, gold, the lights. They fall right into place like no other time. It instantly makes me think of the people we love and how we can remind them that they are special to us. The downside is, I cannot deny the pressure of thinking of what to give, scrambling for gifts, shopping, baking, wrapping, and the inevitable… an empty wallet. Alas! It’s enough to give one a nervous breakdown! But not me. Not this time. We’re going handmade, friends!

I found this lovely, lovely handmade monogrammed ornament tutorial by Dana of MADE. It’s just made of some felt, fluff and thread. So simple, so classic, so easy to make, and the colors are adorable! And who can resist the monogram?

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Then I decided to make some for my siblings and their family. I would sew before sleeping at night, at my son’s soccer practice, while watching TV, while my son finishes his food at the table, in between school pick-ups, everywhere.

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I found myself thinking of the person for whom I was sewing the ornament. Would she like blue? I think his favorite color is yellow. No orange. But she always wears blue. He will want a star. A red star. But his wife will want the star…. etc, etc. Wait a minute. This is not funny. We have so many friends and family!

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Before I knew it, BOOM! I filled up a basket full of these. Hey! Doesn’t this remind you of something  yummy?

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I can’t believe I made so many, but I loved every moment of it. It felt (no pun intended) good to spend some time thinking of each person as I stitched their initial.ORN3

Now that I have completed this project, my family will gather together to pray for each one before we give them out. So this ornament is not only stuffed with fluff, but also stuffed with a lot of thought, love, and prayer. If you receive this from our family this Christmas, you will know your blessing. : )

Thanks for stopping by today. Enjoy!

A

P.S. Thank you Dana for such a wonderful gift idea and super easy tutorial!

Moms Know Moms at Little Kids Grow!

Hey you Moms out there! Shannon at Little Kids Grow just put up an awesome interview series called Moms Know Moms “featuring wonderful moms who will share their experiences and offer real life advice just for you.” Some of the categories for the series include:

  • Finding Balance
  • Digital Mom Savvy
  • Family Traditions
  • Adoption
  • Transition/Change
  • Raising Boys
  • Raising Girls
  • Growing Families
  • And so much more!

And guess what? I was her first interviewee! Yaaaay!

Aww shucks, I’m blushing… : ) To read my portion of the series, just click on my photo above or this link.

Go on and check out what other women LIKE YOU have to say about taking on that role that is least celebrated, that job that you will never get paid for but you can’t quit from, that title that’s being called 1,000,000 times a day, that place you will not give up for anything in the world… being a MOM! It’s happening for the whole of October, so keep checking in at Little Kids Grow, and don’t forget to leave a nice comment! : )

Enjoy!

A

The Art of Giving & Receiving

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You know how it is when you go through lengths of finding the perfect present for a friend, and after wrestling with your wallet, you buy it anyway because it’s just so her? Or for the crafty ones, you summon up all your creative juices and make a one-of-a-kind piece with her favorite color? Or for the keepers among us (that’s me), you struggle with that cherished old treasure you know your friend will love? Then you wrap it in pretty paper with matching ribbon, write a sweet and thoughtful note on the card, and then you can’t wait to give it because you know it’s just so perfect! Then you’re so excited to give it, and when you finally do, Continue reading

To Divisoria With Love

This newfound love of mine (a.k.a. sewing) has given me plenty of reasons to go to this shopping haven called Divisoria. This is Manila’s center for bargains shopping where you can find all sorts of stuff from clothes, shoes, fabric, jewelry, home accessories, gadgets and gizmos, and stuff you never thought you needed…all for dirt cheap! At 9 in the morning, as we approached the center of it all, this was the most welcoming of sights:  Continue reading

70’s or 80’s?

I can’t decide. I grew up through the 70s and 80s and when it comes to music, both eras go deep in my heart. I just watched Tears for Fears live in concert recently and I almost screamed myself to tears. And now I’m listening to motown by the Blue-eyed Soul, Michael McDonald, and I’m in love again.  Continue reading

Learn some Filipino. Make a new friend.

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Did you know that one of the friendliest people on earth are the Filipinos? It’s true. If you happen to bump into one, say “Hi” and you’ll instantly get a smile. Well, I guess you can easily get a smile from anyone else, too, but Filipinos are easier.

There’s something about Filipinos that make them so approachable. They always try to Continue reading