.:: Monday Musings ::.

Winter is just beginning and the first round of sickness has hit us! B has been coughing since last Wednesday and on Friday, the daycare sent him home coz he had a temperature. He was still in high spirit after meds but he lost his appetite and energy the next day. Poor baby! He got better on Sunday but still coughing non stop, and today we decided to keep him home. And gratefully we did, he had two naps and the afternoon one was quite a long one, something that never happens in the daycare. The fact that I held him in my arms all through his naps probably helped!

Other than that though, he is still a tiny ball of energy, danced to The Wiggles – very much enjoying him dancing and singing along to If You’re Happy ( shout ooweeeee ). Today coz he’s staying at home I brought out some of his toys from storage, including this animal knob puzzle – a Christmas gift from the daycare which I kept in storage after he got bored with it. And not only it was like a new shiny toy for him, I found out him getting the hang of it much better than before – time to hunt for some new ones!

Aside from toys I also like buying him lots of books – these are his two latest ones. I just can’t resist cute books. This mama is a book worm and I do wish him to enjoy reading too. He tends to flick through the pages before I even finish reading, but I suppose I just have to keep trying!


.:: { Kitchen } Tiramisu ::.

Today I’m sharing a super easy tiramisu recipe which I made today. I searched high and low for an easy eggless tiramisu and this one was adapted from the recipe on savioardi’s biscuit packaging. I chose this because it called for the just the right amount of ingredients and I would not have any leftover. I tweaked it a little bit to adjust to my liking and what I had on hand and the end result was delicious. I love that the cream wasn’t too sweet and the Baileys hit the spot.


1/3 cup instant coffee granules

500 ml boiling water

3 tbs Baileys / Kahlua / Tia Maria ( or more! )

600 gr heavy cream

250 gr mascarpone

1/3 cup sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

500 gr savioardi

Cocoa powder and shaved chocolate

1. Dissolve coffee in the boiling water, set aside to cool. Add liqueur.

2. Whip the heavy cream and set in the fridge until you’re ready to use it.

3. Cream together the mascarpone, sugar and vanilla. Fold in half of the cream to lighten, then add the rest.

4. To assemble, dip savioardi in the coffee mixture, lay in the bottom of the pan. Spread half of the mascarpone and cream mixture. Dust with cocoa and shaved chcoolate. Repeat for a second layer. Set in the fridge for 2-3 hours, or overnight. Dust with more cocoa and shaved chocolate.

.:: Baby’s First Year Album Plan & Layouts ::.

This year I’m determined to invest my time to work on two projects – baby B’s first year album and Project Life 2018. Today, let’s chat about the first year album. Though B’s already 17 months now, I’ve got so much to catch up on as last year I didn’t get a lot of time to work on the album. I do have big plans for this album and that’s probably one of the reasons why things didn’t go as smoothly as I wanted to – procastination really got the better of me. Anyways, there are three things I want to include in my album.

Daily digital Project Life pages. I love having the ability to create pages on my phone. It takes very little time to create a page and it can simply be done anytime anywhere, my 25 minute train commute to and from work is perfect to do exactly that. Or that’s the idea LOL. I have only created probably not even a few months worth of pages! My challenge for this is creating for past photos as it’s painful to have to scroll through the gazillion pics on my phone to get to a certain date.

Pocket-page layouts for monthly milestones and special occassions like Christmas and birthday. This is a lot of fun as it’s my first time exploring this kind of scrapping style. My challenge for this, though, has been selecting what photos to go into the page – which takes forever, and sending them to get printed. I am very particular about the quality of the pics for this album and printing company I like to send my pics too.

Scrappy layouts of special or random photos that caught my heart. Now this is what I’ve been really having fun with lately. I am a beginner at best and am still trying to find my style, so one layout takes me hours if not days, but I love that down time allowing myself to be creative and reliving the memories of each picture. And it feels damn good every time I get to insert a new layout to my album. Yay for progress! I keep telling myself – progress is better than perfect!

And here’s a few layouts I’ve created for the baby album.

.:: Week in Review ~ Ikea by Accident ::.

This week, I got into the habit of going back home after I take B to daycare, and spend some quiet time at home. I usually only have avout 15 minutes and most of it were spent speed cleaning, but I did steal a few minutes to enjoy a cup of coffee, and breathe in the breezy air coming through the balcony doors. My mood always lifts up when I have some quiet time to myself in the morning.

I’ve been enjoying chicken salad for lunch a couple days this week to get back into healthy eating. Though on the other days I haven’t been the healthiest – Tikka Masala, Nasi Padang and burger, at least I tried LOL.

One night the sky looked bright orange and pink, and it was slightly foggy on the horizon. I’ve seen my fair share of pretty sunset from our balcony but that night was the best one. Picture just can’t do justice!

Project life week 1 progress, I’ve printed all the photos and slid it into the page protectors. It’s so hard to select just a few photo from a week to go into two-page spread! Even though my best intentions was to have a few filler or journaling cards, I ended up filling all the pockets with pictures except one for the title card! I’m also feeling so uninspired to embellish the cards, so I haven’t done that!

This weekend we found ourselves in Ikea for the third time in a month! This time it was by accident as we meant to go to a shopping mall and clicked Ikea address on the GPS. And we only realized it when we reached Ikea! It was still pretty productive though, we got a shelf for our storage unit. And B had so much fun walking around the “houses”.

.:: 2018. New Year, New Goals ::.

I’m forever guilty of forgetting my resolutions and goals a few months ( if not weeks ) going into the year, every single year. But I still find it fun to make them every year, as new year always bring a sense of a fresh start. This year I will try to set simpler, more achievable goals so I don’t set myself up for failures! Here goes.

Declutter and organize

As I worked on decluttering some of my stuff this past Christmas break, I realized how much stuff I have, stuff that I don’t even like, or need. I won’t ever be a minimalist, but decluttering feels so good and freeing. This year I want to continue decluttering and organizing other areas in my home, and create a home that feels even more like home.

Finish Project 365+

I’m so behind baby B’s first year album. I so need to get more organized and finish it this year as he’s almost 15 months now!

Keep up with 2018 Project Life

As I mentioned in my previous post, I’m doing a weekly pocket page scrapbooking this year to allow me to play more with paper. I’m hoping to stay on track and not fall behind with documenting, and finish my album on time!

There are plenty of smaller goals I wish to do this year, but those three are what I consider my “main” goals that I want to continue doing all through the end of the year. Now, let’s hop into it!

.:: Our Year End Break ::.

Most days, weather permitting, we would take a morning walk to enjoy some fresh air. Mornings like these make me feel like I’m starting off the day on the right foot. And B usually naps better after these walks.

Having B in the daycare has lifted a lot of load from my shoulders in terms of feeding. I have to work my brain to provide him variety of menu for his main meals and snacks during this break, and by far this is his favorite, rice noodle or rice with chicken and mushroom cooked in sweet soy sauce.

We accidentally found a donation bin at the shopping center we frequent often. It was just the nudge we needed to sort out our clothes and set aside some old ones to donate. Managed to fill two huge bags after my first pass – one even fell apart when I took it out of the car and I ended up wheeling a trolley full of clothes in the center’s car park. It felt so good to declutter, and I suprised myself by being quite ruthless while sorting out what I wanted to stay in my wardrobe and what had to go.

And the decluttering didn’t stop there. I also purged and reorganized my pantry, baking cupboard, and storage closet. I also sorted out B’s toys as he received so many for his birthday and a few more for Christmas, I decided to store some of them away and rotate them every now and then. I have yet to go through my craft supplies, though I’ve got a new drawer unit for my desk which I can’t wait to use!

Made a batch of these eggless yogurt muffins for our picnic session with friends and they were so good. I may or may not have eaten way too many of them. I’ll try to experiment a little bit and try to eliminate the sugar completely so B can enjoy some too next time.

We found a cute little cafe with a little playground for kids and B had the time of his life trying to grab all the giant bouncy balls and bringing them to daddy. He even met a new friend and said hi and waved.

We had a very low-key NYE this year. I made quesadilla to enjoy while watching the countdown concert on TV and D was actually sick so he went to bed early and skipped the fireworks. In the meanwhile I worked on my December Daily while waiting for new year. At midnight I enjoyed the fireworks view from our balcony, which was actually pretty decent. I could see at least five different spots of fireworks. Loving our place even more!

It was scorching hot on the last day of the break, and all we could do was try and cool down at the shopping center. I love that now B’s getting bigger it’s easier to bring him to places, he’s so happy just exploring, toddling around, people-watching, and smiling at girls at the next table.

The last few days of December Daily has been a drag. I’ve been focusing on spending time with B and cleaning and organizing that December Daily has taken a back seat for a while. I really need to get back on track so I can move on and do something else. I’m very happy with what I have now, but finishing it really takes an effort coz I’m itching to fully work on my next project!

Speaking of which, I have actually started on something new – my 2018 Project Life! I am taking a new take on memory keeping this year and planning to do a weekly pocket-page-style scrapbooking. I’ve been trying to do a Project 365 for B’s first year, combining traditional and digital scrapbooking, but I’m nowhere near finished – that is my other scrappy goal this year – but I’m thinking weekly layout will hopefully be more manageable. And I love playing with real paper!

.:: December Daily 2017 Day 1-4 ::.

Usually Christmas gets me so excited way before December starts. This year though, I put off putting the tree up until the last minute. I did however put up the advent calendar a night before December 1, just to make sure it’s ready for us to enjoy.

This year I decided to jump on board the December Daily train. I never intended to do it in the past coz I think I never do enough festive things. But after seeing lots of videos and blogs on the theme last month, I thought I’d try my hands on it. I don’t know if I’d have enough festive things to include in my album, but I’d like to see my try. I also challenged myself to use my stash and allow myself to spend only $20 for additional stuff ( trust me, it doesn’t go far in Aussie ), so most of the supplies are not Christmas related. But that’s okay. I kinda like the “junk journal” mish-mash look. And making the pages reminds me how I enjoyed making mini albums. It’s been too long since I made one! I went for ring-bound album with DIY-ed pages as I love touching the different textures and including lots of random tidbits in my album. I’m so excited to see how this project will turn out.

Now onto the daily pages!

Day 1. I put Ben in his Santa costume to celebrate the beginning of December, however I didn’t get to take a proper pic of himself coz he was tired and clingy in the morning. However we did manage to take a few family pics in front of the advent calendar.

Today Santa got a special gift in our stocking – Matcha Ganache chocolate bar from Koko Black! Yummy! I usually put Cadbury Roses and Lindt in our stocking but this year I want to add some variety and a little extra treat here and there.

Day 2. Documented our morning walk to the park next door ( so nice to be out in the sun and enjoying the fresh air, need to make this a routine! ) and a sneak peek of the tree, signifying the start of tree decorating in our home. Emphasis on the “start” part, coz between taking care of a baby, cooking, cleaning and grocery shopping, decorating the tree wasn’t high up on the todo list. I struggled with my layout this day. It took me hours to create one side, and I didn’t love it and changed a few things the next day. I still don’t love it, but I decided to move on.

Day 3. Today I went with a 4×6 photo of B trying to grab a Christmas decor with the tree sparkling in the background. It didn’t take long to complete and I love the end result, feeling like I’m getting my mojo back.

Day 4. Made a super simple and quick layout today, with a picture of gingerbread cookie in front of our tree. We also gave a few small pieces to B which he, after eyeing it warily for a while, munched happily.

Our Christmas tree is up and mostly decorated. I just need to get a tree skirt and a topper. I got quite a few new hanging decoration pieces this year, and so glad seeing how it gives a fresh look to the tree. I wanted to upgrade to a nicer tree, but I reckon B might topple the tree over at some point, so I’m sticking with my old one. But it turns out he’s scared of it. Happy to say the tree is safe from his little hands this year!