DIY Shelving

It has been over two months since we moved in to our log home and we are not done moving all our stuff yet from the city house. Around this time some people may have completed decorating their house but not me. I am taking it slow as I am waiting for these two metal wall decors online to arrive.

I have done three DIY shelves so far on the wall in some parts of our house. Shelving is easy to install plus it is a space saver. You can choose to put up stuff on the shelf for decoration purposes at the same time use them when you need them.

My personal preference is display cute things which are functional. I don’t want clutter as well. I want to keep home decorating simple to give our home that cozy feel at the same time less boring. Pictures below are of the shelving I installed for my girls’ bathroom upstairs in the first photo, it is is also the first shelving I did.

There is not much space for cabinets up there and you know girls, they need to have a place to put their everyday things they use for school. So I labeled a tin can for their hairbrushes, separate basket for hair ties and etc.

The second photo is of the shelf by the front door. It shows our patriotic side since my husband had served in the air force and his family was in the military.

Third is in our master bath over the toilet shelving. I thought it was cute for this unique little man in a barrel that I gifted my husband with ten years ago. He did not really like it so the girls got a hold of this toy and just tossed this man everywhere. Now it has found its resting place.

If you think this post interests you, please keep coming back to my blog as I will be posting more updates about my home decorating ideas here in the future.


…. my husband installed the brackets we bought from Hobby Lobby and I sanded and stained the wood to use for shelving that complemented the baseboards and trims of the bathroom.

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…. I got this cute Texas brick from Mike’s he has a few and asked for two. Painted it with white, red and blue as a Texas flag looks. Then bought a rustic weighing scale clock from Tractor supply. Toppings I’ve had for years, the small pumpkins were bought. Pine cones are free I picked up from the backyard. The little patriotic bird house I bought for $1.20 at Dollar General just match perfectly for other things on the shelf. I am pleased with how it turns out.

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… simple over the shelf decors in the master toilet, a pothos plant is good to absorb the stinks we make each time we do our business there.

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13 Years Anniversary

Being married to my husband is such a blessing and I am pretty proud to say, life has been good with him. My marriage and my own family are the biggest blessing I ever received in my entire life. I wouldn’t change a thing about my life right now and praying that we will still be together until our last breath.

Thirteen years with him, we have two kids, moved to three different houses and a small dog. Typical American family but we are one of those that still share or eat dinner together. Though there were days when schedules got hectic and we didn’t get to sit together at the table but once the normality of life got back, everything was normal again.

Here’s to our 13th anniversary. We actually just dined out last night, a post celebration because my husband had suffered gout the past days so we couldn’t go out. Nothing fancy, no expensive gifts or whatsoever. I am just thankful I have these beautiful people with me in this journey we call life.

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Trail to Go Biking

Aside from a quiet location of our property, we are also pleased to know that there is a trail located just right in front of our property stretching as 20 miles East and West. That is a lot of land to go riding a bicycle in any direction you want to go.

I have done 4.5 miles bike ride so far and plan on going longer rides as days to come. I ride my bike in the mornings while the temperatures are cool but cool enough to make me comfortable at the same time basking in the sun to make sweat.

It is with great pleasure using this public trail, I love it. It enables me to enjoy the outdoors at the same time getting my leg exercise. Such a great way to admire the wooded and shaded part of this little town too. Just let yourself loose on foot or on the bike and be thankful for God’s wonderful gift of life.

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Antique Shops in New Boston, Texas

Antique shops is one of my favorite stores to hang out and see stuff nowadays. I have not had any interests with flea markets or antique shops before until we moved to the country, why? Because of the log house we bought and I would think antiques or anything rustic/Western fit best with the house.

I was excited to know that there are actually antique shops that I can go visit in New Boston, Texas which is 12 miles away from us. There are three antique shops located in the same complex so with that said, it just makes me wanna drag my feet there comes trade days. I can’t wait for it. It happens every third Saturday of the month, this month it falls on the 17th of September.

I don’t think I am done with buying home decorations yet, so going to trade days and see what they’ll have makes me want to drag the days to go by fast and indulge myself with the antiques and unique gifts I can find that other people are selling.

Here’s a couple pictures of the shops I took when we visited New Boston last week.

 

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Hasn’t Gone Out in Five Days

It is our second week here in our country home and so far so good. The kids are pretty much doing well in school. They said, kids and teachers here are nice and friendly. Not much of a difference than city schools.

While I, on the other hand having a little of trouble adjusting to our new living environment. It kinda scares me the thought that we only have a few neighbors, it gets pitch dark at night, so many insects, spiders and bugs we are battling with, and the fact that I have not gone out in five days is kinda taking me back to my old boring days here in America when I feel stuck and nowhere else to go.

Can you imagine  I have only seen two different people this week? One that came over this morning, Karl is his name to help me get in the house ‘coz I got locked out you know and one that I see everyday is our kids’ school bus driver.

I can drive, right? But I don’t see the need to go anywhere else. There are no stores close by that I like to see or none of my favorite shopping stores are anywhere near me so I better stay at home. Anyway, I think I can do this. Just need a little adjustment and getting a hang to it is what I should do in order for me to fully enjoy and appreciate this peaceful country lifestyle we now have.

Updates Why It Has Been 2 Months I Haven’t Posted Anything

I am shocked to see that my last posting on this blog was in my birthday. This isn’t so me. For those who are on my Facebook, they know full well what is going on with our lives these days. We move in the country and are still hauling our stuff from the city to our current place.

We are 3 hours away drive from DFW metroplex and we are using a small trailer. We are depending on our family friend to do the hauling for us since we don’t have a pick up truck. All in all, we have only been moving pretty slow!

95% of my husband’s stuff are still in the city, I am almost done with mine. Only a few more big plants left in there and I am good. Right now, our house is a complete mess. Wherever you look, no matter what corner it is, upstairs and downstairs… it’s like there’s a tornado that just hit in our area. I did not know it is so stressful. The last time we moved 8 years ago, I don’t remember it to be this overwhelming.

Guess, it is going to be several weeks before I can post something personal on here. Unless, it is something very important that is when I am gonna open my laptop again. Got a gazillion things to do around here and I need to put them behind me. Later folks!

My 34th Birthday

I turned 34 yesterday. It was just a simple celebration but I still feel blessed with another year of my life, not having an illness or anything health-related issues. I feel good generally. I am thankful to God for blessing me with so many things I wished for in life, I couldn’t ask for more!

My day started by with a good two hours workout, a nice brunch with my husband and children, they handed me a birthday card with their writings in it. Then hours later, I brought my girls to splash pad we then joined by a Filipina friend and her kids later. She bought a roasted chicken and we shared it all for our dinner.

That was it! So simple really, nothing special. Nothing fancy. We stayed over two hours and when we came home, my husband baked some steaks, tasted a bit and it was good. That is how I spent my birthday. Looking forward to living many many more years so I can witness my children grow!

Oh wait! Before I close this entry, I would like to state fact that I am now showing signs of aging… white/gray hair are slowly growing. Just weeks before I could turn 34, I spotted at least 3 gray hair in my head and fine lines under my eyes are visible. Oh well, why should I worry so much about that? It is pretty much normal to turn gray as our age increases.

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What I Will Really Miss Living in the Country

… is the ability to grab the deals and freebies anytime I want to go to the mall! We are 11 minutes away from the mall here in Fort Worth compare that to the closest mall where we are gonna be moving soon, 45 minutes drive to there and this is not even a big mall to say. Shopping online is different than grabbing those freebies that are offered only in-store.

Aside from the mall, I will also miss going to the Asian market where I buy most of my Filipino goodies, seafood and vegetables. There is no way I can get all that in the country. There is a small Asian grocery store probably not far from the mall but then I have a feeling this will just be dry goods and a few frozen products kind of store.

So what I do while we are still in the city, I stock up! We just went to Hongkong Market yesterday and spent $260 in groceries. That includes, dry/canned goods, seafood, vegetables and tropical fruits! Hopefully it will last us for three months and I will bug my husband again to go to the market!

I am feeling good for now knowing that I have everything to fill my stomach with goodies.


…. myself at Disney store yesterday while watching my girls in the store…
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… yummy in my tummy tropical fruits.
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… some items that I am gonna be packing to bring in our country home…
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The Girl Who Wore a Blue Lipstick

I am not a risk taker but when I do, I am not afraid to try it and be brave to face the consequences. One of the biggest risk I have ever done in my life is to come here in America not knowing what awaits for me ahead. Fast forward 10 years later, here I am, still alive and built a marriage/family that I dreamed when I was growing up.

Another risk I have taken is to wear a thick blue lipstick at work. I have worn this color twice, the first time when I barely started and my manager told me to wipe it off and not wear it again because it is a bit too wild and crazy.

The second time I wore it was on my last day I decided to show up at work May 17,2017. My manager approached me again telling me to wipe it off but I asked her nicely saying, ” my days are nearing, please just let me be because I want those patients to remember me as the girl who wore a blue lipstick” which she agreed on. So here, look at me and remember me with blue lipstick for the rest of your life!


… a selfie of me in our locker wearing my black vest and white long sleeves uniform and my signature Trolls MAC lipstick on the very last day I went to work at Texas Health Resources – Clearfork….
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Big and Beautiful Day Lilies from My Flower Garden

It’s that time of the year again when my flower garden in the front are oozing with flowers. One of the blooms that can be seen out there right now are these freshly picked day lilies in three different colors! If you were to buy these flowers in a vase, it would easily cost you $30 for it plus shipping and tax while I, on the other hand is enjoying them now in our bathroom.

Mind you, every time I enter our bathroom and these “babies” as I call them greet me, they just simply put a smile on my face. They are big, bright and colorful flowers every woman should plant. They come year after year and they multiply too.

My family knows I love flowers so when I buy bulbs or plants to put in my garden, they wouldn’t say anything for they know it makes me happy.

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