Natural Reaction?

Normally, I love receiving gifts. I mean, who doesn’t? I especially love it when it’s something random and there doesn’t have to be a special occasion. [Yes, my dear husband, I'm talking to YOU!]

But when the gift is almost too random –or maybe not– like an anti-aging product, I can’t help but feel just a bit bad. Really, mom? An anti-aging product? I’m not that old, and I don’t think I have wrinkles showing yet on my face. Apparently, she believes that prevention is better than the cure so I don’t have to wait till I’m in my 40′s to start putting creams and whatever to slow down the aging process.

I don’t know about you ladies but I still feel a bit miffed. Overreacting?

Fine Dining at Home

At the end of the month, my husband and I are going to have some friends over. We have this tradition where every month, one couple is designated to host dinner at their home. It’s our turn this month which is why I’ve been planning and looking for ideas to make things more interesting. Right now, I’ve been looking for cute table centerpiece ideas that I can maybe use.

So far, here are some things that I’ve considered:

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Trying Out Our New Kitchen

When my husband asked me to marry him years ago, I promised myself that I was going to learn how to cook. And let me tell you, I have always been so hopeless in the kitchen so I knew this was going to be a tough ask of me.

So, here we are. Two years since I made that promise. Sadly, I still haven’t found the time or the drive to learn. I would often tell my husband jokingly that we have the rest of our lives ahead of us so I have time to learn. Haha! But last week, we had some changes done in out kitchen. That is why I think it’s high time to actually be able to use it myself.

Last weekend, the two of us decided we wanted to try and make Pesto Chicken. I looked for the recipe online and so my husband took charge. To say the least, we eventually had a great lunch BUT I was still pretty much horrible at cooking but thank god for my husband because he’s quite the Masterchef. ;)

Our finished product didn’t look as enticing as the picture below but it was still quite decent. If you ask me, it was awesome, but then I do have low standards when it comes to food. I can basically eat anything and not complain much.

Pesto Chicken

 

Click HERE for the recipe. It’s easy to follow, trust me. :)

 

After I Do

I’ve been married for two years now and it’s been amazing. Yes, like any other married couple, my husband and I have had our share of disagreements. But we’re both realistic in dealing with our relationship because we understand that it’s not always going to be easy no matter how much we love each other. Each day is always going to be a work in progress.

Last week, I came across this incredible novel from Taylor Jenkins Reid. It’s about a married couple who fell in love, and then fell out of love. It is undoubtedly one of the best books I’ve ever read, and it’s something that will stay with me forever. 

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From the author of Forever, Interrupted—hailed by Sarah Jio as “moving, gorgeous, and at times heart-wrenching”—comes a breathtaking new novel about modern marriage, the depth of family ties, and the year that one remarkable heroine spends exploring both.

When Lauren and Ryan’s marriage reaches the breaking point, they come up with an unconventional plan. They decide to take a year off in the hopes of finding a way to fall in love again. One year apart, and only one rule: they cannot contact each other. Aside from that, anything goes.

Lauren embarks on a journey of self-discovery, quickly finding that her friends and family have their own ideas about the meaning of marriage. These influences, as well as her own healing process and the challenges of living apart from Ryan, begin to change Lauren’s ideas about monogamy and marriage. She starts to question: When you can have romance without loyalty and commitment without marriage, when love and lust are no longer tied together, what do you value? What are you willing to fight for?

This is a love story about what happens when the love fades. It’s about staying in love, seizing love, forsaking love, and committing to love with everything you’ve got. And above all, After I Do is the story of a couple caught up in an old game—and searching for a new road to happily ever after.

After I Do

 

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This Wedding Will Happen On My Terms

The movies are right. Preparing for weddings really are a stressful time. I thought Hollywood writers are just exaggerating. When I started preparing for my own wedding, I told myself, all it needs for everything to work out alright is proper planning. I believe that the right planning will ensure that I get the wedding that I want on my own terms without any compromises. This is why I prepared for my wedding even before I found a husband. Call me crazy, but I prefer to call it proper planning.

One of my major goals in terms of this wedding was to fit into my dream gown. Because of this I have stuck to a very strict diet. I also saw to it that I get the necessary exercise every day. My fiance was also very supportive and he joined me whenever I decided to quit using the fitness machines at home actually went outside for a run. Unfortunately, after a month of this diet and exercise, I saw that my weight loss numbers were not quite up to par. Clearly, drastic measures need to be undertaken.

A few days ago, I have enrolled in a gym and joined a promising program. Unfortunately, that program requires most of my free time. This means I’m no longer able to blog on a regular basis. It’s no big loss really. With all the necessary wedding preparations, I haven’t been blogging much. This is how I am committed to this wedding. Whatever happens, this wedding will happen according to my terms.

Some of my friends have already started teasing me as Bridezilla. I know this is just all in good fun but unless it is their wedding, they will never understand why I care so much with every detail of my wedding preparations.

Right now, my main focus is to just lose weight. This weight loss program that I am following is very strict but I am willing to do it in order to achieve my goals. Because of this, you won’t be seeing any new blog post for the next few months.

I’ll be back to blogging after I’m married.

Anxiety Attack

Just on my last post, I shared with you how frantic I was during the preparations. Well, right now, I feel like I am getting a full-pledged anxiety attack. I feel like there are still tons of things to do and appointments to follow up on but my deadline is really closing in on me. I am so scared that everything won’t be perfect during my wedding day just because I feel behind on my tasks.

My family and friends have been assuring me that this won’t happen and I just needed to chill out. My fiancé is very sorry that he can’t be as fully involved with the process as I was because he has to work all the time. Sometimes, I just really wish that I took my mother’s advice and just a hired a real planner. It is absolutely hard to do everything on your own and for your own wedding no less!

So this afternoon, my best friend and my maid-of-honor decided to force me away from the wedding preparations and just chilled out with her. We went to have coffee and then a nice little Italian dinner after. Then we had dessert of course. Hmm, I wish I wouldn’t gain weight with everything I ate today. I sure tried to console myself by overeating.

Double Time

I woke up this morning freaking out. I realized that there were so many things left for me to do! One month is not a long time and I am sure that before I know it, my one month is up and it is going to be my wedding! The problem is, I am so not ready in terms of the whole preparation. I feel so bad that I am quite behind in everything and what if things won’t get done in time? I really must work extra hard this week to make sure that things go according to plan.

Of course, I had to sneak in a little gym time today. I just had to go work out. However, since I did not have much time to spend on the gym, I only did an hour on the treadmill and that was it. At least I sweated out a lot.

After a quick gym session, I was back on wedding duties and I felt so exhausted at the end of the day. I wonder how other brides feel and how could they even look so fresh come their wedding day? I feel like I’m going to look like a haggard bridezilla.

Pre-Nuptial Video

Everyone does a pre-nuptial video and I have always wanted one. My fiancé was kind of hesitant when I told him that I wanted to shoot one because he is really not the type who wants to be in front of the camera. But after so much pleading and making him feel so guilty, he relented and so I excitedly called up my friend who could totally help me out with this one.

So we tried to conceptualize about what would be perfect for us as a couple. My wedding won’t definitely be in a church. I would be a garden wedding and so I would also like my pre-nup video to feature lots of flowers and running around in a little pretty sundress and a big hat. That has always what I have envisioned for my pre-nup shoot.

After making a few other calls and booking services for the upcoming shoot this weekend (my fiance’s going to freak out for sure), I excitedly look for inspiration on the internet. There are so many lovely videos and I want to incorporate some ideas that I have seen so far with what I have in mind.

 

I want this kind of shot where my fiancé and I would be looking so deep into each other’s eyes while only our silhouettes’ are visible because of the effect that the sunset brings. It’s lovely and I can’t wait to shoot and see the actually video.

Wedding ‘Dos

Looking your best in your wedding is really important. Not only is the wedding gown very critical when you are making a choice, what you do with your hair is also as important as well. This is another issue that has been making me so stressed out and I am still torn between leaving my hair down or putting it in a sexy up ‘do like a chignon. But I do not want to decide just yet as I want to keep my options open. That being said, I have been looking for inspirations from celebrities during their wedding day and here are some of the ones that I liked.

I like Kate Middleton’s hair because it looks really simple and definitely not uptight. To think she’s going to a Royal Wedding! But I know that people adore her for that. She could care less about what people think and since it’s her own wedding, she decides to style her own hair. Beautiful!

This is what I really like. It’s classy buy still laid-back. I believe this kind of ‘do fits me well but we will see.

  

I also like this one because it looks fresh and really pretty. It would probably make anyone look young and I just think it’s so refreshing, don’t you?

 

Pamper Myself

Today I decided to pamper myself. I woke up late and when I did get out of bed, I lazily brewed myself a nice cup of coffee and some buttered toasts. As I was sitting alone at the kitchen table, I thought of how things were going to change once I got married and not that I am complaining but I know that it would not be all rainbows and butterflies because there would be so many compromises that needed to be done just to maintain a happy and healthy relationship with my soon-to-be husband. I really just cannot wait to be wed and get everything over and done with.

I went to the spa and paid for my usual routine which is a nice full body massage and spend some time at the sauna.

I have always loved the feel of the spa. It makes you really relax and just want to be pampered and taken care of. It definitely helps keep my worries away even just for a few hours. I love the serenity and the aura of the place. I still want to continue with my spa days even after I get married and have kids soon after.

Always take time to pamper yourself. After working so hard for a week, take the time off during the weekends and go to a spa. It does great wonders for the next week.