Saturday, June 30, 2012

A Dream of a Vintage Wedding Postscript

In continuation with my yesterday's post, here are another inspirations for a vintage wedding. 

low loose bun with a crystal vintage-inspired hairpin
Sugar Rose Cake
Pink and Red Tulips and Roses Bridal Bouquet
Classic Ford Model A
A Vintage Gramophone for music

Hope you've enjoyed this round of vintage wedding inspirations. till next time!


Friday, June 29, 2012

A Dream Of A Vintage Wedding

Photography by: Three Nails
One of a woman's dream is to have a perfect wedding. This is one of the important milestones in a woman's life because this is the day that she will enter the family life with the man that she love and she want to spend her forever with. This day should be the perfect and the best day of her life and this should be the day where she is the most beautiful woman in the world.

My husband and I tied the knot in a simple civil wedding but we are still planning to have a church wedding ceremony after a year or two, and for me, this is the perfect time to plan for my dream wedding: The Vintage Wedding. 

I've searched for vintage wedding ideas for the invitations, venue, wedding favors, make-up, music, and of course, the wedding gown. Here are some of the inspirations for my dream vintage wedding. These are the minor elements of the wedding. I will post the major elements of a wedding in the coming days. 

A vintage-inspired wedding invitation with mad lib rsvp card | Paisleyquill
Tea-dyed escort Tags 
Vintage Books Centerpiece (I want this because I love books!)
Heart-shaped mint candies in bride and groom tin can for wedding favors
A tightly curled fiddlehead fern with peacock feathers boutonniere for the groom
Vintage Guestbook Inspiration: Antique display table with gorgeous stationery for guests 
Brown Program Booklets displayed in a vintage wooden box

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Frugal Mom

When us, women start to build a family and rear children, there are a lot of things that we have to give up. One of those things is buying expensive stuffs for ourselves. I'ts not a sin to pamper ourselves sometimes but we can't help but think of our kids first before we buy something, especially if we're on a tight budget. We tend to just shrug off the urge to buy the thing that we wanted because we want to provide first the things that our family needs and put ourselves in the least position on our priorities. Though we have extra money to buy our stuffs, we still feel guilty if we choose ourselves first among our children's needs.

Because of this dilemma, I've thought of a frugal way to pamper myself with the things that I fancy especially clothes, shoes, and handbags. My remedy for this is visiting a local thrift store/vintage store or commonly known as "ukay-ukay"(in the Philippines).

Yeah, this may seem off but its not really that icky to use the things that were previously owned by others or "pre-loved" by others as it will feed our personal needs without feeling guilty, it is practical, and we can contribute in saving mother-earth, too. With proper cleaning and disinfecting of the things, it will be good enough to use it again plus, the things in the thrift stores are unique, we could actually find designer and original items, 50-80% below its original price (i actually found some c:)

These are some of the things that I bought from different thrift stores I've visited around the metro. 

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Tips For Good Study Habits For Our Kids

Giving our child a full and good quality education is one of the crucial aspects in rearing a healthy and successful individual. It is important that we develop effective study habits for our child and assist him in his studies to improve his academic performance and enhance his learning abilities. We should check our child's work and study with him so we can monitor the things that he learn and provide him with necessary information if he have some questions that are not tackled in school. Studying with our kids also creates a bonding moment with our kids which helps in their school performance. Here are some tips in creating a good study habits for our kids.

1. Standard Study Time. Set up a regular time for studies and consistently, strictly implement it. This will establish our child's studying routine and homework habits. We can use an alarm clock or a bulletin board indicating a reminder of the study time.
2. Standard Study Place. Choose the study spot that is away from distractions like noise and television. We should also keep away things that could distract our child like some handheld gaming devices (psp, nintendo DS, etc.) and toys. Dont use the bed as the study spot because it may interrupt the child's sleeping habit since the bed is used for sleeping.
3. Standard Procedures. Help our child to plan the things that he needs to accomplish. Write down the things that should be done (homework, essays, research, reviews) so he can track the things that he needs to do and the things that he have accomplished.
4. Do the Homework. Some parents have the urge to just do the homework for their kids to get it done correctly without explaining to the child the procedures and the answers to the homework. We should guide the children in doing the homework so they would learn the answers and they'll have the idea what the homework is all about. We should teach the children some strategies in solving the problem and guide them to the answers.
5. Have a Break. Allow breaks between the study hours so the child could refresh his memory and will not lose focus. Long hours of study could be so boring and blocks concentration, and sometimes, it makes the child feel sleepy. Give at least 5-10 minutes break then resume after.
6. Be Organized. Teach the child to be organized and clean with the study table so his school stuffs will be accessible to him whenever he needs it.
7. Instill the importance of education. Talk to the child about the possibilities and opportunities when he did well in school. If his dream is becoming a doctor, tell him that he can make this dream come true if he will study hard.
8. Make learning fun. We can play word games and puzzles with our child after he have finished everything that should be done. This will make the child more enthusiastic with studying and it also help in the child's learning ability.
9. Standard Sleep. The child should have enough sleep because it is important for effective studying and memory. A child with lack of sleep will have poor school performance and dull memory.
10. Acknowledge. Acknowledge the child's effort after he finished everything that should be done. This will give the child a positive point of view about studying and will make him more interested. This will also boost his self-confidence. Proof read everything and help the child correct the mistakes if there's any.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

10 Best Classic Rock and Alternative Songs For Father's Day

What describes a good father? He is someone who provides for the family; the one we can lean on to when time gets tough; the one we can have a drink with when we succumb to problems; the one who will tell us we did a great job even if we failed a hundred times before we reach our dreams; and someone who'll love us though we can't hear him say how much he loves us ( coz he thought its kinda cheezy! LOL) but of course he lets us feel how important we are to him. But there were times that the father had gone astray. Instead of being an example to the children, he became a criminal; he became an abusive father and husband; he became a womanizer; or worse, he abandoned the family.

I personally experienced the extremes of the father. My Dad was a good provider. He's someone i can lean on when I got into a sticky situation. He was so proud of my simple achievements and accomplishments, like when i got my rank in CAT; when I graduated from gradeschool with flying colors; when he saw my first almost-perfect-score in my exams. He was there to help me on my projects (wood projects at school). That was so 10 years ago. Several years later, he had a change of heart. He left me and mom for another woman. Maybe he got tired of being my dad and husband to my mom.We were so devastated.

I met my husband several years ago, when i was just starting in college. He was not the ideal boyfriend a girl would want. He's not rich, he's kinda boastful, and he's just plain simple. But everything i thought about him changed when we had our children. He became the greatest man i know, the perfect man every woman would want to be the father of her children. He was industrious, thoughtful, punctual, loving, caring Dad. When i was having a duty in the hospital, he's the one who took care of the children before he goes to work. I was so thankful i was able to find a guy like him. I know that in the coming years, even if our boys have grown up and leave us to build their own lives, he would still be the best father they can rely on when they need a strong foundation to lean on.

I listed 10 best classic rock and alternative songs we can dedicate to our dad on his special day, whatever feelings we may have for him (for instance, I kinda feel bitter to my dad) some of these songs reflects the different situations we have with our dad. Happy Father's day to all the dads all over the world!

1. Daddy Sang Bass - Johnny Cash - 
2. Wake me up when September ends  Greenday
3.Daddy's Gone - Glasvegas  
4. Sometimes you can't make it on your own - U2 
5. Rooster - Alice in Chains 
6. Father of mine - Everclear
7. Old Man - Neil Young
8. I will Take you home - Grateful Dead
9.Dont cry daddy - Elvis Presley
10. Leader of the band - Dan Fogelberg


Thursday, June 14, 2012

Ten Rock Songs about Being Yourself (Self-Appreciation)

A lot of kids suffer from insecurity and low self esteem because they feel that they are different, that they don't belong with the society, and they are afraid of rejection just because they cant keep up with what the others are doing. The result, a low self confidence, inferiority, and identity crisis. One of the hardest times during my teenage years was being left out or "unfit" with my peers. i thought of myself as "the ugly duckling" because everyone's fair and i have dark tanned skin (that was during highschool C:) but not long after, i've
learned to accept my individuality and became proud of myself and of who I am. I've focused more on what i can do, acknowledged my imperfections, And celebrated my eccentricity and queerness. After all, appearance is just skin deep and what's important is the character. Now that i have children, i tell them
that its OKAY to be different, that they can go against the flow if that's what make them comfortable and happy with themselves, just as long as they dont step on anybody, they dont hurt anybody, and that they are useful to the society. Here are 10 Rock songs we can play as we embrace our idiosyncrasy.

1. Be yourself - Audioslave
2. Come As You Are - Nirvana
3. Minority - Greenday
4. Im Free - The Rolling Stones
5. Watching the Wheels - John Lennon
6. The Middle - Jimmy Eat World
7. This aint a scene, It's a tragedy - Fallout Boy
8. As I am - Dream Theater
9. Paint it black - The Rolling Stones
10. Lithium - Nirvana
11* Born This Way - Lady GaGa - I cant help but include this to this list because this song is one of the most popular individuality slash self appreciation slash self empowering song to date. Many people loved lady gaga because of her Born This Way Foundation which empowers "different" people, especially the LGBT community. She earned popularity and notoriety because of her advocacy and her fight against bullying.


Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Rock Anthems for Independence Day

Freedom , as we all know, is a state of being free from restraint, external control, confinement, and interference. It also refers to having the opportunity to exercise rights and powers without restrictions (but bonded by laws of course). Independence, which is synonymous with the word freedom, connotes not only a lack of constraint but also the capacity to stand alone without the help of anything else. Today is the Philippines' 114th independence from the spanish colonization which was fought for by several national heroes Dr. Jose Rizal, Andres Bonifacio, and Gen. Antonio Luna to name a few. Because of their Courage, Patriotism, and martyrdom, we are now living in liberty and have the privilege to exercise our rights, power, desires, and self-expression. In time for the celebration of Philippine Independence, I am presenting eight Anthems that exhibit the gift of freedom, the spirit of independence, and the power of change.

1. Freedom - Alice Cooper
2. Freedom - Rage Against the Machine
3. Freedom - Jimi Hendrix
4. Chimes of Freedom - Bob Dylan
5. Free as a Bird - The Beatles
6. I want to break free - Queen
7. Heading out to the highway - Judas Priest
8. Highway to Hell - AC/DC

Disclaimer:  I'm not a music expert and this list is based only on my personal preference.


Thursday, June 07, 2012

Rock Songs to Rock the Storm

The summer season is finally over and were now officially entering the rainy season this month as we already experienced the first tropical storm of the year last week. We will surely endure a lot of storms in the coming months so better get ready for the dark and gray feeling brought by the rain. To help us go through the gloomy, lazy weather, I round up a list of songs to rock the storm and cheer up the dreary season.

1. Riders on the storm - The Doors
2. No Rain - Blind Melon
3. November Rain - Guns n Roses
4. Black Rain - Ozzy Osbourne
5. Raining Blood - The Slayer
6. Rain when I Die - Alice in Chains
7. Only Happy When It Rains - Garbage
8. Steel Rain - Chris Cornell
9. Rock You like a Hurricane - Scorpions
10. Rain - The Beatles


Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Ten Rock Songs for Anniversaries

year 2006 

Tomorrow, my husband and I will celebrate our 8th anniversary since the time we became lovers. We still celebrate this because we want to always remember and reminisce about the happy moments  and the tough times that challenged our faith and love to each other. For us, this will be a reminder of all the experiences that we've been through and how we overcame each and every obstacles that came our way. This is also a reminder that whatever the challenges are as long as you have someone to help, encourage, love, and hold on to, nothing's impossible. Cheers! for all the laughter, tears, frustration, love, and happiness that we've shared together. To brighten up this special day, I'm offering ten rock songs for anniversaries we can sing and celebrate with.

1. Clocks - Coldplay
2. After All these years - Journey
3. 100 Years - Five for Fighting
4. As the world falls down - David Bowie
5. I'll be there for you - Bon jovi
6. Underneath it all - No Doubt
7. Somebody to love - Queen
8. Time after time - Cyndi Lauper
9. I will - The Beatles
10. In My Life - The Beatles

And Let me take this opportunity to Tell the world how much I love my husband. Carlo, I love you and I always will now until forever. thanks for everything and don't change!


Sunday, June 03, 2012

15 Wedding Rock Songs

The month of June is also the month of marriage and a large number of marriages are held during this month. Why is this so? According to an etymology, June was named after Juno, the wife of Jupiter and the equivalent of the Greek Goddess Hera. Juno was the goddess of marriage and the married couple's household so a lot of couples consider it as a good luck to be married during this month. Being a fan of rock music, I listed 15 rock songs or songs performed by rock bands and musicians for wedding that you can dance and fall in love into.

1. Always - Bon Jovi
2. Big Me - Foo Fighters
3. Anywhere - Evanescence
4. Everything I do, I do it for you - Bryan Adams
5. Hands Down - Dashboard Confessional
6. Heaven - Bryan Adams
7. By Starlight - Smashing Pumpkins
8. You and Me - Lifehouse
9. I dont want to miss a thing - Aerosmith
10. Yellow - Coldplay
11. Sometimes you cant make it on your own - U2
12. You're my Bestfriend - Queen
13. Somewhere only we know - Keane
14. We're in this together - Nine Inch Nails
15. My one and only love - Sting



Saturday, June 02, 2012

Ten Rock Songs About School

A Piece from my Highschool Life. This was during our summer training for CAT. 

June marks the start of the year's second half. It also welcomes us to the coming of school days. Life at school are both hard and exciting. Sometimes, we experience a lot of backbreakers  like lack of sleep, stressors, cramming, rush projects, assignments, and sometimes financial problems, but of course, fun and happiness are also there. We go out with friends after a series of exams, drinking sessions or celebrations after getting high grades in the projects, a long hours of chit chat with friends after school, outings, or meeting someone who'll become the love of our lives (that part should be in college or after graduation from college!). I've compiled a  list of rock songs about school, going to school, and the whole experience of school life. What part of your school life is the happiest?

1. Were Gonna Be Friends - The White Stripes The Song is about the fun and excitement of going back to school. We meet a lot of friends and learning new things with them everyday. We also walk to school with them and head back home when class is over. 
2. Another Brick in the Wall - Pink Floyd After being insulted by the teacher, Pink dreams that the kids in his school begin to protest against their abusive teachers.
3. Education - Pearl Jam A song about questioning our education, if that's what really can make us succeed in life or just something that will give us a title. It questions our relevance, can we make a difference or somehow contribute to the society through our education or just merely live everyday by the same routine.
4. Teenagers - My Chemical Romance Kids, especially in the adolescent period gets too moody or sometimes violent. Gerard Way wrote the song after finding himself in a Newyork Subway Car full of highschoolers. He was scared he was the target of the highschool kids.
5. High School Never Ends - Bowling for Soup The song is about the frustration of graduating from high school.
6. No Such Thing - John Mayer The song is sung from the perspective of a soon to be high school graduate. He is frustrated with the "typical" path of high school, college and career that the adults in his life endorse. He plans to follow his path to reach his dreams.
7. Teenage Dirtbag - Wheatus This was one of the best songs during the 90's because a lot of school kids especially guys can relate to this song. It is about a guy who had a crush on a girl whom he thought is so out of his league but turns out she likes him too! one of my favorite "school songs" .
8. Going Away To College - Blink 182 The Song about a guy who's scared of being left out by his girlfriend because she's going away to college. He's reminiscing about their moments together in high school.
9. School's Out - Alice Cooper A great song about vacation, especially during the last few days of school, where everything's just slowing down, students got nothing to do but just wait for the official school break.
10. Graduate - Third Eye Blind One of the best "school songs" during the 90's, it talks about graduating from everything. Graduating from school-stress, endless assignments, rush hours, and difficult school situations. It also talks about "graduating" from all the hardships in our lives, generally. Improving our lives, progressing, and being stable.

If you have other "School Songs" that you know, please comment down and share it. :)