2018 | Middle of the Year

Life is happening at a fast-paced speed lately that I feel the need to slow down, think things through and just enjoy and embrace everything that is coming my way.

School

Kids started schooling two months ago. The morning adjustments of waking up earlier than the usual are by now, hopefully have been mastered or accepted because my kids and I really have no choice as of now anyway. It can be difficult at times because my kids love staying at home. They like playing with their youngest brother and the eldest keeps on complaining that he is staying so long in school. A part of me is happy that he loves the idea of staying at home with the family rather than other people, but I keep on reminding him to enjoy the presence of friends and teachers as well.

 

 

When I have extra time, I take photos of their snack/lunchboxes. I know it’s weird, but when I look back at the photos, I get inspired to continue preparing food for them. Plus, it reminds me of what I can prepare for them at times that I run out of foods to cook.

Holidays

Done with all the celebrations in Saudi Arabia for the year. I made a post about our Hajj Holiday 2018 | Isteraha + Shoaibah Beach + TaifΒ  . Yesterday was the extension of Saudi National Day and we just stayed at home and rearranged some furniture in the house. We also went to Al Hori restaurant some time in August.

Read the post: Β Al Hori Restaurant: A Sweet Escape From Jeddah

Cakes

I still bake. Sometimes, baking something I’m craving for can really be satisfying. Below, I tried incorporating the carrots we have left in this chocolate cake and it turned out so well. It’s moist, and you can’t even tell there are shredded carrots inside. I’ll try to make a post about it in the future. =)

Carrot chocolate cake

Here are some cakes I made for other people. I love this Belle cake because of the rose and the upside down bottle I used to complete the cake, plus, Belle’s gown looks so cute here. =)

Belle cake

Here’s a chocolate cake for a friend. I love how the lettering perfectly fit the cake’s look. I also added small cupcakes on top and frosted them with whipped cream.

Chocolate cake

Books & More

I’ve been to Jarir Bookstore lately and there so many new items especially for crafts and lettering! These new items decided to show up when I didn’t have the budget for them. πŸ˜‚ Why?! Back when there were just few choices to choose from the art supplies in Jarir, I had all the money I could spend. πŸ˜‚ Anyway, here’s a glimpse of the bookshelves of this part of the world.

Jarir Bookstore, Jeddah

It’s finally here! Nerdy Nummies cookbook. Rosanna Pansino combines baking and characters seen in games and cartoons. In short, baking with geekiness. Kids love her show because it’s really fun to watch, plus, they see their favorite characters decorated as cakes.


New watercolor and pens from different international brands.



Blogging


WordPress has recently releasedΒ the Gutenberg editor that could possible replace its classic editor. Knowing its still on its beta stage, I conditioned myself that there would be constant updates to fix bugs and to further enhance it.Β 
I also go back to classic editor, from time to time, especially when I get lost in the middle of using Gutenberg. You can just go back to all posts, and when you place the cursor on the edit, you will be given the option to use the Gutenberg or classic editor.
Now, I feel bad for new users who have recently moved to WordPress. They might get entangled in the middle of this transition and feel that they made a huge mistake of using WordPress as a platform. 😬 Well, if you are new to WordPress and are experiencing confusion- you are not alone.Β  πŸ˜‚ Hang in there, you can keep using the classic editor until the final release of the Gutenberg.Β 
I keep on receiving errors in Gutenberg, so I keep on coming back to classic editor for some posts.

Inktober 2018!

This is the most awaited month of every artist. πŸ˜‚ Inktober 2018 prompts are here.

Every October, artists all over the world take on the Inktober drawing challenge by doing one ink drawing a day the entire month.

Inktober rules: (fromΒ https://inktober.com)

1) Make a drawing in ink (you can do a pencil under-drawing if you want).

2) Post it*

3) Hashtag it with #inktober and #inktober2018

4) Repeat

Note: you can do it daily, or go the half-marathon route and post every other day, or just do the 5K and post once a week. What ever you decide, just be consistent with it. Inktober is about growing and improving and forming positive habits, so the more you’re consistent the better.

Here are the prompts for Inktober 2018. There’s also Inktober + Procreate for Procreate users. I printed both hoping to ink this October. I haven’t been successful in completing this challenge in the past. =)

Comfy shoes!

Love these blue shoes. It is so comfortable and it’s great for going out for quick errands. I found it in a 5SR store and it was supposed to be buy one take one for 5SR. Well, I didn’t know that so when I finally reached the cashier and the saleslady gave it to me for 3SR, I wanted to pay 5SR because I felt 3 SR was too low already. haha So far, so good. This pair has been serving me now for 2 months already, I think.Β 

I don’t really mind wearing items with unknown brands. If I find them cute and it feels good to wear, then I go for it. =)

Got this pair for 3SR in a 5SR store!

That’s it for now. There are so many things to share, but I just can’t find time to sit down lately and finish a post. Today, I challenged myself to post something and even for the coming days. Writing helps my mind work and get that creativity be enhanced even more.

You can also check out my Youtube channel for some videos I’ve recently posted:

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11 thoughts on “2018 | Middle of the Year

  1. Like you, I’m also slowing down a bit especially now that ber months are here. Life will be busy again so I try my best to take one step a time. Speaking of blogging, I also push myself to write at least once or twice a week, tinamaan ako ng katamaran ngayon ber-months. πŸ™‚

    1. Ako rin. Haha I’m forcing myself to write and overcome laziness. Hahaa taking time to breathe from time to time- moms badly need it. Hahaha 😁

  2. Aww…me, too! I love preparing food for my kids’ baon, too. Mejo matrabaho lang minsan kasi we’re always in a hurry to do it when I do. Hirap din kasi I have work early mornings.

    Keep baking those cakes! I love them. One of these days, i shall attempt to bake me one. πŸ™‚

    1. Yes. Matrabaho minsan magprepare ng food. Haha I try to think of easy combinations.

      I’m more into decorating than baking. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ kung pwede lang makabili ng ready to decorate cakes. πŸ˜‚

  3. I also love taking photos of my kids’ baon lalo na kapag I’m not in a hurry. It reminds me na to find time for them, make time. Sometimes kasi I would want to just sleep and give them money. But then when I remember the photos and baon, na inspire ako to continue preparing and cooking for them.

  4. Time flies so fast next thing we know it’s already 2019. Love your cakes so yummy! Will check out your youtube channel too.

  5. My gosh it also takes so much effort for me to blog these days. Life just gets so busy. I haven’t tried the Gutenberg editor yet since I haven’t been really blogging much. I hope they make it more user-friendly.

    By the way, I love your cakes!

    1. Thank you.

      Th Gutenberg…glad you are not yet trying it at this stage. It’s better to start using it once they’ve fixed everything that needs to be fixed. I keep on going back to classic editor in the middle of my post. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

  6. Nice cakes how I wish I could do the same! Comfy shoes and very affordable considering SR and AED are almost the same 1=1 correct me if I’m wrong! And nice to read that your eldest love to be home than school but yes he needs to learn and to socialize. It’s been awhile since my last WP log in… but do check my last post when you get the chance. It’s unfortunate that we didn’t meet the first time I was there in JED.

    1. Hi Vin and thanks again for reading. πŸ™‚
      Yes. It is 1=1. 😁
      I will check out the post. I am catching up with reading other blogs lately. πŸ™‚

      1. I haven’t done any new blog for more than a month now I think but pls do check my older ones when you get the chance. I hardly open my laptop these days as I am always on the go!

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