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Friday, September 30, 2016

Church Wedding | To Hire a Wedding Planner or Do it Yourself?

Thank you for all the kind words on my post about us receiving the Sacrament of Matrimony.  We really appreciate it.

When we decided to have that church wedding, one of the major decisions that we had to make was:
to hire a wedding planner or do it ourselves?

We, by all means, are average or middle class people.  That being said, the intention was to receive the Sacrament of Matrimony - within reasonable budget.  
Since most of our family are in the Philippines and that it was more practical to have it there than over here in the US.  To determine the need of hiring a wedding planner was a big one.  It is actually considered a destination wedding.

Although we like the idea of planning the wedding, we also know the factors that may affect the whole planning due to our unique situation. 
We are in the US and we're doing the wedding in the Philippines within our two weeks stay there. 
That's right my friends - 2 weeks.
So The Mr. and I listed some questions in order for us to determine the need for a wedding planner.

1) Do we have time to take or make calls during the night to select vendors, discuss details and make decisions, knowing that Philippines is 13 hours ahead of where we're at?

2) Does our family in the Philippines would have time to coordinate with all the wedding planning process or will it just create a conflict if something will go wrong on the wedding day?
3) Do we have any idea what things like cake, flowers, etc, cost?
When we answered NO to questions 1 to 3, we're left with the final question.

4) If we decide to hire, can we afford it?

To answer the last question, we did our research.

We relied on searching online on the local wedding planners.  We read online reviews, sent private messages to couples that had hired them in the past, browsed through their facebook albums of weddings that they did.

We compared packages, pricing and do they have excellent photograph and video because after all the excitement and experience - what's left to see are photos and videos.
And the the most important factor of it all - their expertise - because "expertise can save time and money".

When we finally decided to hire a wedding planner -  we also considered two most important items to our decision, to make this long-distance relationship work:
     ♥ accommodating contact person
     ♥ fairly quick to respond to our questions - via messenger

And our signal turned green with Heavenly Weddings, specifically to Miss Honeylyn Navaja.  She has a phenomenal customer service!
"Heavenly Weddings Cebu was born out of a passion for  hassle free celebration of life and love.  The team comprises of passionate men and women who had braved the waves and the rigors of coordinating and creating experiences -  weddings." ~ Heavenly Wedding Website

We are so happy with our decision to hire a wedding planner.  It reduced our stress in the whole wedding planning process, they got it all planned out, we feel so special on the wedding day having a crew to coordinate the whole process. 

Our wedding turned out heavenly.
Here's a post that I did on the day of our wedding and a photo with the Heavenly Wedding crew.

I hope you enjoyed this post and learned something from this post.  More wedding related posts coming soon.

Until then...

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Review | Cleaning your Glass Cooktop with Bar Keepers Friend

My glass cooktop is pretty clean since I keep it like that following my post over 2 years ago on How to REALLY Clean Burned-On Stains from your Glass Cooktop.  
But even it may look clean from a distance, when you take a closer look at it, there are hard to remove stains on it.

I have been using Cerama Bryte and a scraper for this but this time, I'm going to try Bar Keepers Friend.

Get the following supplies:
  - water in spray bottle
  - Bar Keepers Friend cleanser & polish
  - scouring pad
  - microfiber cleaning cloth
  - paper towels
  - Bar Keepers Friend spray foam cleaner

First: Spray & Powder
Spray the cooktop with water then powder over it.
Leave it for 5 minutes.

Second: Scrub
Using the scouring pad, start scrubbing the cooktop. 
Concentrate on the stained area.
It did not take very much of pressure for the stain to come off.  The product actually does a decent job removing the stains as you can see in the video.

Third: Wipe it Clean
Using the damp microfiber cloth, wipe off the cooktop.  Spray it with the BKF spray foam cleaner.  
Then wipe it again with the washed microfiber cloth.  The great thing about this cleaner, it cuts through grease leaving it squeaky clean.  ♥

Finally, wipe it off with damp paper towel and tada!
Although I am pretty impressed about this product, I would really like to try their cooktop cleaner and how it's going to compare with the Cerama Bryte with scraper that I posted here.  That I had to do so much because the stain was burnt already.  

Have you tried this product yet? Do you like it or not?  Let's hear it.

Disclosure: I received the above Bar Keepers Friend products to try in order for me to facilitate the review.  However, everything that this post contains are my own genuine experience/opinion.
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Monday, September 19, 2016

Outfit Inspiration | White Sneakers with Bodycon Dress

Congratulations to the winner of O-Cedar Microfiber EasyWring Mop Noelle D.  She emailed me that she have received her prize already!

Thanks to all of you that joined the raffle ♥ 
Okay on to today's post.  

I have shown you the first part of this "white sneakers" series a couple of weeks ago.  I love that outfit inspiration on White Sneakers, White Shirt, White Jeans & Statement Necklace.  But this outfit inspiration I also like - white sneakers with bodycon dress.
The bodycon I'm wearing is totally something that can be so dress up but the white sneakers dress it down.  I just had a messy hair bun hair or maybe you woud like relaxed curls or however you want it.

I'm also wearing a statement earrings here, love how it looks a little "edgy".  I know I'm old, I'm not supposed to use that word, that's why I inserted the word "little" before it, lol!

I hope you like today's outfit inspiration.  Remeber....
Inspired by my outfit?  Check out some similar items that I have collected for you below.

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Thursday, September 1, 2016

[REPOST] DIY Fall Decor | Washi Tape Pumpkins

I'm super excited to show this project from last year once again this year!

I still love white pumpkins, it still makes my heart skipped ♥
They were craft pumpkins and there is something about white pumpkins that makes it look so chic.  
What I have in mind is something with gray and black accent to dress up these white pumpkins, similar to Lil' Luna's pumpkins.  That was my inspiration.

So when I saw the black and white polka dots and the gray and white polka dots washi tapes, it immediately jumped into me.  

Working with the craft pumpkins and the washi tape was super easy.  If I had to move the washi tape over to the left or right, pulling it off from the pumpkin does not ruin the tape at all.

I started by cutting the washi tape into a curvy shape to kind of go around the top of the pumpkin against keeping it just straight.
Then starting at the top of the pumpkin, I adhered the washi tape all through the bottom.  Thanks to my 4-year old daughter! She had fun helping me out on this craft by cutting the washi tape.♥
It's that easy!  When it was done, was so pretty!
Repeated the same process using the gray and white washi tape on my other white pumpkin.

And I have these really chic white pumpkins!  Super easy and so pretty.  My kind of project!
Oh by the way, don't forget to check out my Yarn-Wrapped Pine Cones for easy-and-zero-dollar-touches-of-fall-inside-your-home-kind-of-projects.
Come back again for more pine cone crafts coming up!

Until then...
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