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Vlog: How To Make Dalgona Coffee Quick and Easy

The first time I heard about Dalgona Coffe, I was curious about it and the taste. I’m a coffee lover. When it comes to coffee tasting, I am in! When I tried Dalgona coffee for the first time, I told myself, I have to have this coffee anytime. Of course, with a little research online, I learned how to make it. So, I made a short vlog on how I made Dalgona coffee a quick and easy way. I promise you it’s so easy. You won’t sweat, lol!

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After mixing it.
Those bubbles on top tastes good too!

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Be Grateful For Everything

I have been #MIA on my blog for a month now. In my last blog, I shared that we just moved into our new home. It was a restless couple of weeks for us, especially for me, because I had to deal with five children (two boys and three dogs), while Sean is working. Many times, I felt like pulling my hair off while continuing unboxing our stuff. Who doesn’t feel like doing it when you are doing a lot, and you are super tired? Well, I survived every day without pulling my hair off, and I’m grateful for it.

Three weeks later, after we moved into our new home, Sean and I tied the knot! And because of the #pandemic, we decided to have a quick wedding ceremony with only a few family members and Sean’s best friend, but it was beautiful with a little bit of comedy (my little one decided to use the restroom during the ceremony, so we had to wait for him. Lol! It was a beautiful day – a very special day, indeed!

We are living in this beautiful home for a month and a couple of days now. Wow, time flies! It feels like we just moved in here a few days ago. Peaceful area. Friendly neighbors. We are witnessing the sunsets right from our living room. Fresh air and seeing deers in the backyard too! This place is perfect. This house is ours and our forever home! So grateful for everything God has given us. Thankful for the challenges, and so grateful for the blessings as well ♥♥♥.

Posted in Fashion

5 Thrift Store Shopping Tips

Shopping at a thrift store or in short “thrifting” is not for everybody. Some people don’t even wanna hear the word “thrift store”. Some people loves it. I’m one of those people who love thrift stores. Every time I shops at a thrift store I always get out with a very big smile, and always proud with the stuff I found. Just don’t be afraid to dig and get your hands dusty/dirty.

Below, I’m gonna share with you my shopping tips before I go to any thrift store.

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Wearing a leather vest I found at Goodwill for $2.00
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Ain’t this vest so cute?

START WITH A PLAN

Don’t just go to a thrift store or even in any other store without a plan. Think about what you want to look for. Be specific and write it down. I have to write down stuff all the time otherwise I forget. Yes, I’m that forgetful (sounds awful right?). One of my biggest for writing down what I want is to have a guide also. I love vintage stuff. Honestly, they’re like candies to me. But having a guide or note I can actually focus and prioritize what’s on my list.

BE READY TO GET YOUR HANDS DUSTY/DIRTY

To those who hasn’t been to a thrift store, get ready. Sometimes the dust can be overwhelming. Some thrift stores ain’t that dusty, but some are, just saying. If you’re not willing to get your hands dusty or dirty, then you should stick to shopping at the mall or a boutique.

TAKE YOUR TIME

Thrift store can be overwhelming. I spend an hour or two every time I’m thrifting. So, before you even go thrifting, make sure that you have plenty of time to spare for it. No need to rush, there’s no fun thrifting if you’re rushing. You might miss a diamond somewhere because you’re rushing and don’t wanna look around, hahaha. There’s plenty of great stuff or great deals at any thrift store that’s worth checking out. Time, time, time….because baby, all you need is time.

CHECK YOUR PICKS

Once you found the stuff from your list don’t get too excited. One thing you should do first before you even check out is to check your items. Make sure there’s no holes, ripped stitches, or stains. Ripped stitches ain’t that bad if you can sew then great! I can’t stand stains so I always check my picks not just once just to be sure.

ALWAYS THANK THE PERSON AT THE REGISTER WHEN CHECKING OUT

Before leaving the store, always thank the person at the register with the great deals you have found. Everyone loves to hear that. It lighten up someone’s day.

My Thrift Store Finds This Week

Spring-summer weave handbag.
Weave handbag for $1.50
Ready for spring.
This bag is pretty, perfect for springtime to summer!
Jewelry organizer.
A Trifold Jewelry Organizer for 0.75 cents.
Drop earrings.
One side is for earrings. I made most of my earrings myself.
Drop earrings.
I made some of these earrings.
The other side is for bracelets.
The middle part is for the necklaces.

Now, if you’re planning to go thrifting take your time and have fun!

LOVE, ESTER

Posted in Fashion

A Pop Of Pink Flowy Dress In Winter

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I’m not a winter person. I really can’t stand cold. Even though I have been living in the United States for ten years, but I’m still a tropical person. However, I maybe don’t like the cold weather, but I love the winter fashion looks – from the boots, scarves, cardigans, coats and head caps.

I’m loving this High Neck Flowy Dress. The material is so soft and cool to my skin which I love the most. The fact that I can also wear this style in spring time is an additional points for me. The size I’m wearing here is extra-small. However, if you wear extra-small size you probably should get the “small” size. The extra-small size shoulder width is a little bit narrow. Not so much though, just a little bit.

ABOUT THE COLOR?

As a matter of fact, I was not a “pink color” fan, but that has changed after I got this dress. I realized that the pink color looks good on my skin. So, yay!! I’m pleased with that. I love that the style and the color of this dress go really with my furry scarf (the one I’m wearing here is sold out so I’m linking a similar one ), tan high heel boots, and this cute Brahmin crossbody bag ( this style is also sold out, I’m linking similar one here ).

Winter Fashion style.

SHOP THE LOOK

Furry Scarf
Brahmin Crossbody Bag
Turtle Neck Pink Dress
Brown High Heeled Boots
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Custom Designs: Floral Wrapping Papers

How do you like wrapping a present for someone? What designs do you choose for a wrapper? For now, I’m gonna share with you my 10 picks of the day wrapping papers. I have friends who are having birthdays. Most of them are not pretty much soon, but that is one of the things I need to make it up this year. I am so forgetful. My friends and workmates used to laugh at me because I think for them it’s quite funny how I forget things that quick. To be honest, I had this problem since after I gave birth to my first child. I literally couldn’t remember my birthday and other things. I’ll talk about it some other time.

Anyway, last year, I was working in a retail job. You know working in retail is not like go to work and don’t do anything. It’s not like that at all, especially at my work. Not to mention the place, but all of us ( my workmates – including me ) had to work hard. Lifting boxes, climbing on the ladder, and etc. That time, I really forgot some of my friends birthdays. That’s why this year, I will try my very best to be prepared, starting from finding a nice gift wrapper. For most people, gift wrapper is not the most important thing when giving gifts which I totally agree. However, that will be part of my preparation for this year. It’s fun to do something a little different, don’t you think? Something that makes your gift more special because of the effort you will put into it before giving it to someone special – friends and families.

  1. Graceful

2. Vibrant Peacock Tail

3. Snowflakes

4. Sparkly Silver Snowflakes

5. Pink Rose Blue Hydrangea

6. Hand Painted Floral Pattern

7. Vivid Floral

8. Carnations

9. Romantic Pink

10. Bohemian Pink

I hope you’ll like the designs above. Each of the Zazzle artists above have plenty of other beautiful designs to choose from. Feel free to check them out!

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My Dream Kitchen:Five Best Kitchen Ideas

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I’m going to start with these following questions.

  1. Do you like to cook?
  2. How often do you cook?
  3. Are you comfortable moving around your kitchen when cooking?
  4. Do you have the space you need to move around in your kitchen while cooking?

I actually asked those questions to myself often, and here are my answers.

  1. Do you like to cook? – Yes, I love to cook!
  2. How often do you cook? – I used to cook everyday but not anymore.
  3. Are you comfortable moving around your kitchen? – To be honest, no! I’m claustrophobic. I’m can’t stay in my kitchen for long without feeling dizzy, getting headache and the fact that I will start getting clumsy.
  4. Do you have the space you need to move around in your kitchen while cooking? -The answer in no. As a mentioned above I’m claustrophobic. I love a spacious kitchen where I can freely move without tripping; without getting headache; and without feeling dizzy.  I always feel like that when I’m in a small space. I have two little boys, and when they are in the kitchen with me I’m always trying to out just to take deep breath.

Having this kind of issue, I just wish we have a bigger kitchen! Browsing online for kitchen ideas is very helpful. There are 5 best kitchen ideas I picked. My picked might not be your style. Everyone is different; everyone have different style. However, if I win in lottery, one of these designs will be my kitchen look. I wish….I wish….I wish!

Okay, here’s my picks. All images below are linked to the websites where I found these ideas.

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Traditional Style Kitchen

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Traditional Style Kitchen

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Square and Spacious

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Open concept style kitchen

How about you? What is your dream kitchen?

love ester

 

 

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Dollar Tree Day:Dollar Tree Finds

Good Monday to all! How was your weekend? Hope you had a great weekend. About me and my family, yes we had a great weekend. Today is Monday January 7th and my boys are back to school. Oh gosh, I didn’t want to get up early. I’m a night owl person not an early bird. It’s all good though, that’s life!

I have a question, how many of you like going to Dollar Tree store? I do love Dollar Tree. I go there three times a week or sometimes more. There’s so much merchandise that I love from that store.

My boys are in school so I decided to go and get something from Dollar Tree. However, I did not get a lot today. Just a few of my favorite things to pick up every time when I’m there, it’s candles and chocolates! LOL. Not just candles and chocolates for today though. I luckily found these notebooks that say “LITTLE, BUT FIERCE and GIRL BOSS”. I love it, love it, love it! I think I got them on time before it was all gone. These are the last two notebooks left.

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Little, But FIERCE

Not only that I like this notebook, but I love what it says. It’s so me! Hey, I’m 4″11, everyone calls me tiny, little, skinny and whatever. Yes I’m little, but I’m fierce!

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Girl Boss

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Sleep Lavender Candles

I like the smell of this sleep lavender candles. It’s not too strong at all which I like the most.

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Russell Stover Chocolates & Cookies

Here comes my weakness! I usually get 4 or 5 packs of this coconut flavored Russell Stover chocolate. Guess what? It didn’t stay for long and now I’m hyped. It’s that good!

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Russell Stover Dark Chocolate

Until next time and I really appreciate you for reading this blog. Have a wonderful day to all and God bless you!

love ester
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Get To Know Me Tag

 

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Hi ya’ll! How’s your new year going so far? I hope it’s going great! My new year with my family is great! To God be the glory!

Anyway, I just read a “get to know me” blog from two bloggers today already and it’s very interesting. So, I decided to do the same thing. It’s very helpful for you to get to know me a little just by reading this blog. Are you ready to get to know me? And I wanna get to know you as well. Here we go!

1.) What Is Your Middle Name?

My middle name is BANEZ.

2.) When Was The Last Time You Cried?

Just last week. I mean, I cried laughing so hard watching a very funny videos on Facebook. You know what I mean? Sometimes  when you laughed so hard that’s it’s almost impossible to stop…lol…lol..lol.

3.) What’s Your Favorite Pizza?

Well, I’m not really a pizza person. Don’t get me wrong, I eat pizza whenever my boys want pizza for dinner, but I’m not really crazy about it. Not my favorite, but I like the cheese/peperoni pizza.

4.) WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE FLOWER?

My favorite flowers are Roses and Sunflowers.

5.) What Is Your Favorite Season?

Autumn/Fall Season! As much as I love spring time, but it’s not my favorite. It’s my severe allergy season. In spring time I’ll be sniffing and sneezing the whole time, no kidding! While summer time is beautiful sometimes it’s too hot outside for me. I blistered and I look like a boiled shrimp. Okay, don’t ask me how. FALL/Autumn is my favorite. I love the beautiful colors around. I love the cool breeze. And I love wearing booties! Hahaha. Winter is a no…no for me. I don’t like cold.

6.) Do You Like To Camp?

Oh yeah! Did a lot of camping during my highschool – college days. I love adventures, and camping is the best!

7.) Do You Untie Your Shoes When Taking Them Off?

Yes and no. I untie my shoes when I feel like doing it. Also, I don’t when I don’t think it’s necessary.

8.) Do You Like Rollercoasters?

I like watching rollercoasters but NOT riding on it. I hate to puke. Ewwwwww!!!

9.) What Is Your Favorite Ice Cream?

One and only Rocky Road!

10.) What Is Your Favorite Thing To Do?

I love taking pictures. It’s either landscape, nature, macro, or portrait photos. I love moving stuff around the house also until I’m satisfied with the arrangement.

11.) Shorts or Jeans

Sorry, I’m legging person year round. I do wear shorts and jeans but I am a super legging person.

12.) Country or Rock?

Country baby!

13.) What Is Your Favorite Color?

I love dark colors. I like bright colors but dark colors is just my fave.

14.) Do You Have Tattoos?

No! I like staring at other people’s tattoos, but I don’t want one on me.

15.) Do You Color Your Hair?

Yes! I do it every six months.

16.) What Colour Are Your Eyes?

Brown.

17.) What Is Your Favorite Thing To Eat?

A lot to mention. I love fruit salad, cake, muffins…ohhh gosh a lot more. I love adobo, humba, sisig and more….so much more.

18.) What Is Your Favorite Holiday?

Christmas of course!

19.) Beer or Wine?

Both, but only a little bit.

20.) Night Owl or Morning Person?

I’m a night owl person.

21.) What Is Your Favorite Day Of The Week?

Saturday.

22.) Do You Have A Nickname?

My family and friends call me “Ter”.

23.) Three People Who Will Do This?

Bryony Baker , Dawn Darnell and Karishma Dawood 

Now, it’s time for me to say goodnight and sweet dreams!

 

Love,

Ester

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Lazy Day Thursday+Thrift Store Treasures

Good morning ya’ll. What are you up to today? To all who are working today I hope you will have a successfull and wonderful day at work. As of today, my boys are still out of school. They will be back on the 7th of January which is this coming Monday. Right now, we can’t really do much outdoors because of the rain. It has been raining since last Tuesday. It’s quite nasty outside.

Today, we’re just gonna be on our pajamas all day. Read books. Helping my eldest son study for his upcoming spelling bee contest on January 16th. Well, you know that doesn’t come really easy. I know other moms know that there will be tantrums, stubbornness and the selective hearing moment when teaching your kid. In moment like this, all I need is PATIENCE….PATIENCE…PATIENCE.

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Our dog Daisy is relaxing on the couch.

Thrift Store Treasures
Thrift Store Treasures

However, when that part is done, it will be time to light some candles and just relax. Who doesn’t want to relax? I need it so bad! I have been working…working…working. So many times I feel so guilty of having limited time with my little ones. Last month, I resigned my job not because I don’t wanna work anymore. I had sever back pain throughout those years while working that nobody would understand the pain I had and the struggle of striving to look painless, to smile, to walk like I didn’t feel any pain. It’s a challenge doing that on a daily basis. Right now, going to the chiropractor helps me feeling better. I’m almost there. I’m grateful! For a long time, I don’t even know how it feels like when you don’t have severe pain.

Anyway, I probably blah..blah..blah..too much. Before I’ll end up today’s blog, I wanna share something with you quick. One thing I really love to do is going to a thrift store. Who else like to go to a thrift store? Can’t be just me, lol. The stuff I have in these images below are from a thrift store. The candle holders were $1.50. The books were $0.25 each. They’re not just books for decorations or photography props, but for me I love these books. Max Lucado is my favorite author. I also love reading inspirational books. The transparent glass is from Dollar Tree. The dog is not from the thrift store or dollar tree hahaha just kidding. That’s our sweet dog Daisy. She is so adorable!

I hope that you will have a beautiful day and until next time!

Love,

Ester

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Coat Racks:Hobby Lobby Finds

Having two little boys, I find myself struggling to keep them from throwing their coats everywhere. Especially this winter season. Of course, the rule is to have them hang their coats right on their closet door knobs when they’re not using or done using their coats. But, hello? Does it work? The answer is No! I always get disappointed to see their coats on the floor. In my mind, there’s gotta be a solution for this.

On new year’s day, I went to my favorite store Hobby Lobby to look for greats deals. I’m talking about the markdowns after Christmas. Yes, a lot of markdowns and I was hyped up with the 75% – 80% off deals. Oh, I know a lot of moms out there can relate with my excitement. Fortunately, I also found a wooden coat rack. Lucky me to be able to get the three racks left. I couldn’t wait to have them installed in my boys room and in our bedroom as well. I would say it works!

Wooden Coat Rack

Hobby Lobby Coat Rack

I love the color of it and it goes well with the wall color. It’s perfect! Plus, my boys liked it. Until next time and have a good night!

 

Love,

Ester