New Year Resolution

What is your NYR for 2018? Are they realistic? Will you even add a check mark to your goal once it is completed? Here are my goals that I hope to accomplish by the end of 2018!

  • Visit family/friends outside of town
  • Read a book once a month
  • Potty train my son
  • Teach my son Tagalog (Philippines’ main language)
  • Run a 5K
  • Volunteer
  • Yoga
  • Plan a trip for 2019

Visit Family/Friends outside of town: I have so many family and friends not only outside of this state, but also outside of this country! Who doesn’t? At my sister’s wedding two years ago, I’ve had so many family members who have asked us to come visit them sometime and these are actual places I’d like to visit! I plan to make a visit happen for sure. Whether it’s in California, New York or Texas. I will make it happen!

Read a book once a month: I enjoy reading, I do. I know it’s a cop out to say I don’t have time because I know I can make time. It’s just that I don’t have the attention span to read a book for more than fifteen minutes. As one of my NYR, I will make the attempt and read a book monthly.

Potty train my son: My son just turned two and he is a very bright toddler. He has been using the toilet with mommy and daddy’s help every morning since September but has not yet said “Hey Mom! I need to go potty!” yet. I understand he is two, but it’s something I would want to accomplish by his third birthday next December.

Teach my son Tagalog: I am proud to say that I know three languages. English, Spanish and Tagalog. I grew up only knowing Tagalog and English and when my family and I moved to Panama when I was six years old, I was able to learn and speak Spanish. I’d like my son to at least understand Tagalog which is my mother’s main language.

Run a 5K: I’d like to run at least two 5Ks this year. Haven’t ran one in a very long time. I’m looking forward to investing in a pair of good running shoes and making this leap!

Volunteer: I’d like to pay it forward by volunteering. Again, it’s been a long time since I’ve volunteered anywhere. This is something my heart has been wanting to do for the past few years.

Yoga: As silly as this sounds, I really do need to get back into yoga. It’s been really long time since I’ve been to a yoga class. I’m going to sign up shortly and get back into yoga!

Plan a trip for 2019: I am looking forward to planning a trip for sometime in 2019. Hopefully out of the country. Hopefully somewhere in Europe. My goal is too look into it this summer to fall for next spring to summer sometime.

Mission Accomplished!

I honestly did not think that I was going to accomplish my projects by the end of this year. Even though I was very disappointed with how the night stands ended up, I still enjoyed the fact that I worked on it and I put in the time and effort.

I was also a little disappointed that I was not able to create the ottoman I’ve wanted. In the end, I came out with a pretty cool coffee table. It’s crafty and I love it!

The buffet table is beautiful as is. I literally just changed out the knobs and within five minutes saw a dramatic face lift.

My favorite has to be our garden. This was not only my project, but it was also my husband and son’s project. We enjoyed every bit labor and hard work we put into.

I’m excited to work on more DIYs for 2018. I am also happy that I was able to accomplish my goals.

Buffet Table

This was the most simple project I’ve done yet. I decided not to refurbish the buffet table because it has sentimental value to my husband (his grandmother’s buffet table) and I completely respect that. I ended up changing the knobs to crystal knobs purchased on for $6 including shipping. I simply removed the old knobs and added the new one and said done!

The discoloration on it is not as bad as it looks in person. I still love it!

So the original knobs, we’ve kept, and my husband and I are going to reuse them by making a coat/purse hook for his mother and aunt for Christmas. I am excited to create this gift to wrap up my last project of the year.

Coffee Table

I decided to 86 the whole ottoman idea and went with something more less challenging. Since I completely messed up the coffee table from my attempts to create an easy (not easy OR simple) ottoman from pinterest, I decided to just paint the coffee table.

Before I even got to work, there was a lot of sanding down the glue and applying wood putty where the holes were made on the the table and making sure that the staples that was used to place the fabric together in the prior project were also removed. The paint is by Color Place in antique white, purchased from wal-Mart months ago, originally to finish the ottoman project. I also purchased Farrow & Ball in green-blue paint and instantly gave it the look that I’ve wanted. I was very pleased. Here is the final look:

Our Garden

This is our garden in the making. I’ve always wanted to work on a garden of our own. I’m excited to finally see some progress. This is amazing!

My husband is amazing! He did most of the heavy lifting and I did the planting. We are such a great team! We will be adding a few more flowers and plants. This was a very therapeutic hobby, almost feeling away from not only stress, but away from home.


I have been on blog hiatus for a while now and I must say I’ve managed to accomplish one goal so far to wrap up that year and that is gardening. There are no flowers or plants yet but it is cleaned up and that for now, makes me happy.

Here is our minimalist Christmas tree. Nothing more. Nothing less.

Cheers to the holidays!