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Happy New Year!!!

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New Year 2014Welcome, 2014!

2013 was such an amazing year – most especially because I married my darling B. That was the highlight of our year. It still feels like a whirlwind event though.

2013 in general, felt like a whirlwind year. 24 hours a day don’t seem enough to do everything that I needed and wanted to do. Good news is, it’s the New Year! It’s our new chance to pursue and achieve our goals. More time to pursue our dreams and to dream some more.

Since we are now a married couple, the family holiday parties and celebrations that we have to attend to multiplied:

Christmas dinner with my family.
Christmas Eve celebration with B’s dad’s side of the family.
Christmas morning celebration with B’s mom’s side of the family.

The “new” Christmas holiday schedule sat with me well, soon enough. However, it’s a different story for the New Year’s celebration:

New Year’s Eve and the morning after celebration with B’s family.
January 1 dinner with my family.

I didn’t get to execute most of our NYE traditions (carrying coins in our pockets, eating grapes, sipping mom’s hot chocolate, etc.) courtesy of my mom, and I was off-balanced. Maybe it has something to do with me missing my mom while watching beautiful fireworks in the sky. It’s surprising how it felt mundane years and years before when it was just me, my mom and my brother — doing the same old traditions, preparing and eating the same traditional holiday menu, but now it felt like it means the whole world to me. Family is everything.

The best part of this NYE’s celebration though is that I celebrated it in person with my now husband! No more greetings over the phone and wishing-hoping-praying that I get to be with him soon. And this year is just the beginning of the many years we will be celebrating together. (Oh, happy thoughts!)

Hence, I got the idea to create our very own little traditions that I will share with my B and our future little family. This New Year is full of hope – and that is more than enough to start off this year with wide eyes and huge smile on my face.

2013 even though amazing, was also a tough year for most of us, but we survived it.

Here’s wishing for a happier, healthier, wealthier, sweeter 2014 for all of us! Cheers!!!

How was your holiday happenings overall?



Hooray Thursday: Ways to Get in the Holiday Spirit

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We absolutely love the holidays and we can’t wait to start celebrating. Here are some activities to launch you into the yuletide spirit. Gather up your loved ones and enjoy the most wonderful time of the year!

Write Holiday Cards

For friends and family you won’t be able to spend time with this holiday, don’t rely on e-cards on sending your holiday greetings. Taking time to write a hand-written note will go a long way to show you care.
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Create Handmade Gifts

If you’ve got time in your hands and you’re feeling crafty, why not make handmade gifts this year? The recipient will be oh so touched with the thought that it is a labor of love.
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Visit Paskuhan Village

… or other Christmas-themed park, grab some home-baked goodies and drive to your neighborhood or city known for its fabulous Christmas decors. The dazzling decors will surely put you in the yuletide spirit.
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Bake Some Goodies

Aside from the wonderful smell of cookies warming in the oven, you can also decorate using holiday-themed cutters and colors. It’s super festive to serve different Christmas-themed baked goodies.
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Hooray Thursday: Big Birthday

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Part 2 of my Hooray Thursday: Big Birthday Wish List!

{ convert the little space beside our apt into a backyard garden }

{ home entertaining. backyard dining. }

{ enjoy creating and watching more home videos }

{ healthy, relaxing & creative lifestyle }

{ lots of city escape!!! }

More of my birthday wishes are for the family we are building. And sharing them with you as an inspiration already feels like it is going to become a reality pretty soon.

Part one of my birthday celebration was spent with family over Italian dinner, drinking wine, lots of laughter and photo ops. Part two is happening this weekend on our little city escape. I will share them both with you next week! xo

Thank you so much for all the birthday greetings!!!

Much love, Jaycelle xoxo

Hooray Thursday: Big Birthday

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Having a birthday wish list was part of my little tradition since 2009 and most of them were fulfilled and granted (see the others here and here). I missed to write one last year, but having my B proposed to me was the greatest wish I could ever ask for, exactly on my birthday last year — I got engaged!

This year, another lifelong wish was granted — after a year-long of preparation, we already tied the knot and I’m already B’s missus. *swoon*

So writing my birthday wish list now does not only apply to me, but to my now-husband.

Warm Gray, White & Wood Living Room{ warm gray, white & wood living room }

Under the Stairs Storage{ make use of under the stairs as storage }

Tidy Kitchens{ tidy kitchen }

Entryway{ an entryway in our apartment }

Gallery Wall{ lots of lovely photos for our gallery wall }

Yes — most of my wish this year is to rearrange and redecorate our love nest! *grins*

I have more birthday wishes, so stay tuned for the Part 2 of my Hooray Thursday: Big Birthday Wish List.

Happy birthday to all the November celebrants!!! *kisses*

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A Couple of Forevers

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1404721_542546579148245_722147016_o{ Photo taken at our wedding by Dewn Rivera Photography }

We’re married!!! I tied the knot with my darling Brian last November 9 in Caleruega. A little over one week has passed of being married and I still fantasize of what could have been done to make our day even better. But with the overflowing love and support from our families and friends who celebrated with us (despite Typhoon Haiyan / Yolanda), not to mention the wonderful snapshots they have captured, I was reminded that the most important thing is that — our wedding pushed through, our most awaited event of making our lifetime commitment in front of the Lord and our loved ones known happened. And that to me is a beautiful wedding.

I have opted to keep our wedding joys “offline” in respect of the victims of Typhoon Haiyan / Yolanda that hit the Philippines, mainly the Visayas region, the day before our wedding. My family, Brian’s family, our entourage, some guests and suppliers already stayed in Tagaytay November 8, the day before our wedding, but even us were not spared by the terror of this typhoon.

There were chaos brought about by the unexpected weather — hindering the attendance of some of our friends, a sleepless night due to the heavy winds smashing our cottage and suppliers who scared me to death because Show Content ofA Couple of Forevers /Read More