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Main bathroom revealed

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Spring has sprung here in Australia and even though the temperature is still low and is still chilly, spring has arrived and here to stay for few months.

So what do we think during this season? It can be the blooming flowers and the great outdoors. It can be ” spring cleaning” and organisation. Whatever we think, it’s the time of the year before summer where our lives become busier because of the massive opportunities we can do outside.

For me, one thing I surely do is to get rid of clutter and organise more so even when we are busy doing outdoor activities or even when we go on holidays, when we come back to our home we will still feel relaxed because it’s tidy and clean.

One thing that I always make sure is that the bathroom is clean and organised. It’s a very private room but we can say it is also public because you share it with other family members. So the bathroom is a room where you must feel rejuvenated whether in the morning after a quick shower or in the evening after a long extended bath.

So here it is, I am revealing our bathroom for the first time.

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Candles surround our tub to create a calming effect when having a bath

 

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Our vanity, which I made sure is not full of stuff but all the essentials are visible

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Just like the jar with labeled with cotton balls which is inevitably needed especially by my teenager who’s now having a bit of problem to combat those nasty pimples ( which of course is part of growing up )

As you can see here, his face regimen is not hidden to remind him all the time to use them

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This is the view of the bathroom as soon as you open the door

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Of course, my chalkboard projects are here and they are here to stay

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Hey, for those of you who have been following me since then, you might recognize the blue fabric flowers given by Beth, a very creative lady of The Renegade Seamtress which is a decor of mine now in our main bathroom

For me a bathroom should be able to cater all your needs and it’s a room where you can relax completely. It’s the place in the house which should help you start your day right and end it it with satisfaction. It is a room that should offer a rejuvenating retreat for everyone.

 

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God bless,

N0va

Organizing Paperwork

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It’s the last day of May and officially the last day of Fall here in Australia.  It means to say that one more month to go and it will be the end of another financial year.  Hence, it’s that time of the year again to look back, how much you have earned, what have you accomplished, how much you have spent and what are your plans for the next financial year.  What is the best way to move forward?

Today, I start with the basic,organizing our paperwork!  To be paperless at this stage is still inevitable for us.

My husband just recently got a new job in a much better company and hence, he has the hard copy of the induction manual.  Me and my son have been attending open days of Universities because we want to start early in exploring the possibilities for his career pathway, so we’ve been collecting brochures as well.  These are only few in addition to the hundreds of paperwork which just keep on coming plus the documents which are significant to our lives, like birth certificates, citizenship certificates and a lot more.

To get organized, I decided to get more hard plastic sheets, folders and dividers, chalkboard labels and A4 size paper ( for printing ). Then I sort the papers,  categorize them and of course label them.

 

Afterwards, I came up with these:

Folders

I have 5 folders including the monthly organizer I have done before and have shown you in one of my post entitled “ Simple Monthly Organization

In addition to my existing folder, I added more folders like this:

 

jobs

In this folder I am now keeping everything pertinent to our current jobs like letter of offer, contracts, induction manuals and others.

 

 

car bank

In this folder I am keeping everything that has something to do with our cars and banks. This contain our car registrations, insurances, service records and communication from our bank institutions.

josephs

Since my son is already in his senior year, another 2.5 years and he will be in the University and therefore, I decided to make a folder for him. He can use it to place information booklets about Universities and courses as he tries to select the best option for him.

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Lastly but not the least, the folder which keeps all the very important papers for the three of us.  Our birth and baptismal certificates are here, marriage contract, Australian citizenship certificates and others.

I’ve labelled it as ” Important Documents”. This folder has more reminders too.  It says:

You keep what is significant

You keep what you need

You keep what is useful and

You CAN’T keep what you just like or love!

There you go my dear friends and followers, my way of ending the season correctly.

 

God bless,

 

Nova

 

Outdoor Oasis during Winter

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Today marks the commencement of Winter here in Australia.  But we’ve been having cold days and chilly nights since the middle of April which was late fall.  As I’ve told you in my last post, there is a challenge to use your outdoor space during winter and let me tell you once again, if there’s a will, there is a way.   I will show you how we took on the challenge of enjoying the outdoor when temperature has been dropping down. First allow me to show you once again our courtyard last summer so you can see the difference:

summer courtyardHere’s another view

r courtyardNow, time for me show you what we have added:

heater in courtyardMy husband bought and assembled a gas heater from Bunnings to make sure that our guests will be comfortable and never freeze.  We have also added something on the wall which becomes a focal point of our courtyard:

sconceThe newest additional decor are these sconces which hold 7 tea light candles which I bought for only$14.99 from Aldi.  Putting decor on your outdoor wall is getting the taste of your inside space outside.

candle centerpieceThe centerpiece that I have for this cold season are candles, to add warmth and light.

ready for alfresco diningYou can see here, our courtyard is ready for some alfresco dining.  To top it all, we dared to invite guests for an early dinner, 5:30 which was already dark.  But it was part of the challenge of enjoying your outdoor to the fullest during winter.  Well, we actually did it during that time since our son was part of their school musical which started at 7 pm and those friends of ours who were watching  that night were invited to our place before and after the show ( our way of extending our gratitude for the support they have given to our son ).  Now let’s inspect the courtyard during the night:

outdoor setupAs you can see, the wall and the table are well-lit.  But the ambiance will not be complete if there are no candles on the floor too.

candles to light r pathThere you go, all prepared to receive our guests.

nova in her courtyardLet me tell you that we had a lovely night, a night which was not cold after all due to the warm reception we gave to our guests who graced the musical show of our son.

God bless,

Nova

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Enjoy your Outdoor Space during Winter

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Two weeks from now and it’s officially winter here in Australia.  Cold days, chilly nights are just some adjectives that best describe winter.  But since we live in Sydney, we do not experience blizzard here.  We have to drive for at least 6 hours to go to snowy mountain to do tobogganing or skiing. This means that enjoying the outdoors during winter is still possible.  Yes, I do believe that outdoor space can still be appreciated to the fullest with your family and friends as long as we keep ourselves warm by

1. Placing some heating elements outside to combat the low temperature and make your guests comfortable

source ( Place gas heaters or heat lamps where you will eat and drink )

source  ( Place candles on the floors not just to light the way but to add warmth)

source ( Here down under, we do not need to store away our cushions during winter since we are not expecting any snow.  So, lots of cushion can be a trick to keep us warm especially if the fabric is right

source ( If there is a chance, you can place some curtains to add style and to control the wind which can really be very cold )

There you go, let not winter stop you from being in touch with nature or enjoying your outdoor space.  As they say, “if there’s a will, there’s a way”.

Next time, I will show you our outdoor space during winter.

 

God bless,

Nova

Under the Laundry Sink Organization

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If you are follower of mine and have read my most recent post, you know that I was hospitalized but I did bounce back.  My discharge date was the 3oth of April which was a Tuesday but of course, I did not go back to work until the following week, 6th of May.  So while at home and recovering, I did some organizing projects.  Yes, I did, but do not worry, I did not overdo it.  I was taking it easy.  In fact, home organization is always a therapy for me.  So, let me reveal to you what was “under our laundry sink” which became my first mini project.

unda sink b4Chaotic?  Definitely!!

uner d sink chaosYeah, it has so much, gloves, floor cleaner, laundry stain remover, and a lot more.  Of course, there was no order then.

First, what I did was to  put everything out to see if I can get rid of some things which is no longer needed.  However, I did realize that  I need everything but there was a need to just relocate some stuff like the hand towels ( (I did place it in the kitchen cupboard ).  Then, I placed the rest in two bins which I bought from the “reject shop” and those few items that did not fit were just placed behind the organizing bins.

So here it is:

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Now it looks more organized.  I know there are no labels and it’s not perfect but I personally believe it has improved a lot.  I’m quite happy with it.

Next time, I will show you what is “under our grill”.  Oh, yes, I did organize as well outside the house.  Again, I did not overdo it.  I was taking it easy and keeping it simple.

Happy organizing everyone!!

God bless,

Nova

 

 

 

I did BOUNCE back

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Two weeks ago, I had a scary weekend in the hospital.  It did start on the evening of  April 27.  My hubby  and I with our son were joking around, tickling each other when suddenly I felt like a tight “squeeze” at the middle of my chest.  At first my son and hubby thought I was just pretending since I did want to be tickled anymore.  But I told them I was serious and so they asked me to lie on the couch.  My son started massaging my chest and my hubby gave a glass of water.  After a minute maybe, the tight squeeze was gone but I still felt heaviness on my chest.  At the same time, I felt gassy as well and kept on burping.  I thought, it could be a simple “heart burn”.  After half an hour we went to sleep.  The following day, I woke at around 6:30 since my husband was doing overtime that day and I felt that the heaviness of my chest was still there.  I did not tell him since he will be working but I knew I have to observe myself carefully.  At around 9:00 am, I started to have back pains.  My condition became alarming for me because I thought that “heart attack” can give you pains at the back, shoulder or even jaw.  I rang my local doctor and she told me to go straight away to the hospital.  I decided not to drive but did not call triple 000 for emergency.  I decided to take the bus to go to the nearest hospital and my scary weekend commenced in the Emergency department.

I was placed on high priority due to my chest and back pains.  The emergency doctor interviewed me and took bloods from me.  He said to me that he was pretty sure it was only “hyperacidity” .  So I patiently waited in the emergency room for the blood test result.  Then, the nursing handover began.  I heard one of the nurses, telling the other nurses who are starting their shift that ” it was suspected as non-cardio one however, the “trop” came back high”.  Having a Science background ( Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology), I knew that “trop” is actually “Troponin” which elevates when there is damage in the heart muscle like in “Myocardial Infarction” or ‘heart attack” and with my symptoms, I thought “this is heart attack”.  I really panicked and so everything went up, my blood pressure, my heart rate, everything.  I was so scared for my life, I thought of my family, everyone who are dear to me.  Nurses then performed ECG again, gave a “vasodilator” medicine and “asprin”.  Then the doctor said that I need to be admitted in the “Coronary Care Unit”.  I rang my husband and told him that the doctors wanted to keep me for more tests.  I did not tell him yet about the alleged “heart attack”.  I did not want him to worry that much because he will be driving and I did not know how can he handle a very shocking news which involves myself.   I also rang my brother in the Philippines who is a doctor to inform him of what was happening with me and in spite of the distance I felt his concern and love to me.  We both decided not to tell my parents yet since they  both have  “hypertension”. When my husband arrived, I broke the news to him.  I looked at him and I witnessed how he tried to put a “brave face” in front of me but his eyes turned red but without tears.  He also did not speak for several minutes and I did not have any clue where his mind went.  All I knew was he was shocked, he was worried and he felt an “emotional pain” which he tried to hide from me.

My husband stayed with me until the visiting hours was over.  My sister-in-law was the one who was with my son in our home.  We told him the shocking news in the evening but reassured him that everything will be alright.  He wanted to see me but I told him to work on his homework that night and then he can be with me the whole day of Sunday.  I was given more medicine to make my blood thinner, they performed ECG as well at 2:00 in the morning since I was still complaining of chest heaviness  in spite of all the medicine.  A doctor assessed me at 3:00 in the morning and decided to put me on “heparin infusion” ( heparin also makes your blood thinner).  I called on to God that night for Him to be with me, for Him not to leave me.

On Sunday, the 28th of April, I was feeling alright and everyone thought I was responding to all the medicine given to people who had heart attack.  My son came early in the morning with my husband and my close friends and sister-in-law came in the afternoon. I felt blessed to have a family and friends who care for me genuinely.  My brother and sister in the Philippines were also in touch with me all throughout my ordeal.

Then on my third day in the hospital, I underwent several tests to find out how can they can manage my condition.  One test was “angiogram” to know if there is any blockage in my arteries and if there were, then they will try to fix them there and then.  I also had heart ultrasound and lung scan.  That afternoon, all the test came back and they were all negative.  It was not heart attack after all.  So what was it?  The doctor said “it’s still a mystery” and we need to investigate further. Although my question on that day was not answered, I was rejoicing and was thanking my God.  My prayer, our prayers were answered.

On my fourth day in the hospital, I went for a “heart MRI”.  This is where they found the answer, and the result from this test became their basis for the final diagnosis.  It was “myocarditis”, this is an inflammation of the heart muscle usually caused by a virus which we will never know now what virus went to my heart.  It is because to know the cause, one should have a “heart biopsy” which is not done when the case has resolved anyway and  because of the invasive nature of the said test.  There was still something strange though why I had “myocarditis” since I did not have any recent infection, not even colds.  But anyway, the most important thing happened, it did resolve on its own and I got well.

I was discharged that same afternoon and of course, my husband and son were the happiest creatures on earth.  I felt all the more their overflowing love for me.

Two weeks have passed and now I can say, I did bounce back..I know I have to because there are many people who love me and I love them too and I still want to share so many things with them.

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Worries overpowered by love

me in the hosp with my son

Allow me to thank God unceasingly for allowing me to bounce back!!!

Happy Mother’s day

God bless,

Nova

Photo Gallery and its Meaning

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I can never be consistent showing you what I’ve been pinning in Pinterest so I will never promise to do it on a regular basis, but surely, you’ll get to see some of my pins like these:

Pics above couch

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I love the huge pictures above the couch.  It speaks of the magnificent maternal and paternal love to her/his child or children.  It’s amazing that “from the abundance of the heart, the decoration speaks”..

Absolutely love this!   "to hear laughter of a child, to wake up next to the love of your life, to know that god has placed them on earth for you... you are blessed.

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The above picture is another favorite of mine lately since photos and words made a perfect reminder to every parent, a reminder that we are so blessed being entrusted with a child or with children.

Photo wall, i love this!

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I adore this photo gallery too with the word family and a big letter monogram.  The word “family” is just perfect  since it is the family which makes a house a home.  The family who shares  their joy and pain, their loss and triumph, a family who just share themselves to each other.

Picture Wall... love

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Finally, allow me to show you another great picture gallery.  The wall reveals life’s events and occasions which definitely depict that life is really beautiful and should be well celebrated with family and friends.

God bless,

Nova

Bookshelf and Powder Room Redecorated

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Everywhere we go, there are always revisions and updates such as revisions of policies in our workplace or simply updates in our iphone applications. In our home, we need to redecorate and update as well.  It does not mean though that we have to buy a new furniture or really make a huge project like painting the whole house or removing the carpet in the bedrooms.  For me, simply adding few items or  a single piece of item can make a big difference.  Let us look at thesepowder rm

powder rm redoObviously, you can see at a glance  the basket that I have added to hold more stuff.  Then there are small items that I’ve added as well to definitely eliminate the dullness of the shelves in our powder room.  Can you spot on them?

Here’s another one with a simple change due to the additional of one single item:

my own bookstyle

bookshelf upgradedI have added in our bookshelf an indoor/outdoor lantern which I bought from Dusk for only $10.00.

The process of transformation can be quite simple,  yet we can be sure of a better effect.  Do you agree?

God Bless,

Nova

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