My 15th Birthday Celebration

Today is Good Friday but it's also my birthday!!! Since my birthday falls on a Good Friday, I chose to celebrate a week earlier with my circle of friends so that we could reflect on Good Friday without any disruptions. And with that being said, we all agreed setting the date to April 7, 2017. It is the summer time already so I thought it would be a perfect idea to take them for a swim along with an early birthday lunch too (and a few slices of cake.. oopps!)









We went to this place called Rick Thalia's Farm. It's absolutely gorgeous and peaceful around there. I love the fresh surroundings and just everything about this place. What I loved most about there is the location. It's quite far away from the city that's why not a lot of people come here which means we had the place and the pool all to ourselves.








I love looking back at these photos because you can really tell how GENUINELY happy we were. This has been one of the highlights of my 2017. I very much wish that everyday could be like this. If only, if only, if only.

All I ever wanted for my birthday is to celebrate it with friends and watch them have fun and hear their loudest laughs as the day goes. And I feel like I've 100% fulfilled that. I'm forever grateful that I have been blessed with years that I was able to enjoy and remember. Thank you God for giving me every day to live a beautiful and wonderful life. So blessed that I am surrounded with people who love, motivate, and inspire me. It's beyond words to express how thankful I am. I hope that my 15 year old self will be more outgoing, adventurous and stronger.


And yes, I'm 15. Whoaaa! Time is ticking too fast and we just get older and older without realizing.





Something to reflect on this Good Friday.

"Jesus said to her, I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die."
-John 11:25-26









Chocolate Ganache Cupcakes Recipe!

School's over for me so it's time to indulge on trying recipes for summer! Today I tried this beautiful and moist chocolate ganache recipe! It sounds like a fancy and complicated treat but honestly speaking, it's one of the simplest cupcake recipes to make out there. Called my friend Josette to help me out in the kitchen so that it's more fun to make this recipe! Let's do this!


For the chocolate cupcakes:

YOU WILL NEED
* 1 1/3 cups all purpose flour
* 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
* 2 teaspoons baking powder
* 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
* 1/8 teaspoon salt
* 3 tablespoons butter, softened
* 1 1/2 cups white sugar
* 2 eggs
* 3/4 tablespoons vanilla extract
* 1 cup of milk





PROCEDURE
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line your muffin pan with cupcake liners.
2. Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, cocoa powder, and salt. Whisk together then set aside.
3. In a separate large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well with each addition then stir in vanilla extract.
4. Add the flour mixture alternately with the milk. Beat until well combined.
5. Fill cupcake liners 3/4 full.
6. Bake for 15-17 minutes in the oven or when a toothpick inserted to cupcake comes out clean. Then let it cool.




For the chocolate ganache:

YOU WILL NEED
* 1 cup heavy cream
* 1 cup chopped semi sweet chocolates/chocolate chips
* 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

PROCEDURE
1. Heat heavy cream for about 1-2 minutes or until hot.
2. Add chocolate to a separate bowl. Pour the hot heavy cream and vanilla extract. Let it sit for 1 minute for the chocolate to melt.
3. Then stir continuously until everything is smooth and well combined.




Assemble your cupcakes:

Dip the top part of the cupcakes in chocolate ganache and tap off the excess. Decorate them however you want and let them cool for a few minutes. You're ready to serve!







Ways to Distress and Be More Positive!


I was so excited to start 2017 in a positive way but right when I started, stressful things came to me so easily and I wasn't even able to think right and positive. Now, I have considered to distress a bit with nature instead of being on my phone the whole day and everything just felt so right and fresh. I'd take long chats with a friend, have a cup of tea and watch the sun set any day if that's what makes me feel happy and free. So I am sharing some great motivational ways for you to get along with positivity!





1.) We all know we can distress a bit by downloading ocean sounds on your phone but nothing can ever top going to an actual beach, right? I think it's just fresher and more relaxing than just hearing the sounds of waves on your phone. The beach totally saved me from stress and I think it's the best way to forget about what's keeping you away from positivity.





2.) I love it when my friends and I become more chatty and just talk about life related things so I believe this one keeps me going for being positively active everyday. I become more expressive and relieved when I talk to my friends.






3.) Have yourself a mini road trip if you wanna take the time. Go somewhere you've never been before or somewhere that's best to have an alone time. I think dragging yourself outta bed or the internet makes it a step better in becoming a positive person.



Thank you Keith & Family for setting such a fun trip! Always have the loveliest time when I am with them. Thank you for all the LOLs and positivity you share with me and everyone. Love y'all!

Most of the photos were taken by the ever so talented, Keith Bueno or she watermarks her photography works as "Cat's Eye Photography"

Red Velvet Cookies Recipe


Valentines day is near and I couldn't wait any longer to make a dozen of these delicious red velvet cookies drizzled with white chocolate! So excited to share this recipe with you guys since red velvet is my all-time favorite flavor!


Ingredients:
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup softened butter
1 egg
1 tsp red food coloring
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt

Procedure:

1.) Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and grease cookie sheets.
2.) In a large bowl, mix brown sugar and softened butter until light and fluffy. Add egg, vanilla extract, and red food coloring then mix.
3.) In a separate bowl, sift all-purpose flour, baking soda, cocoa powder and salt. Mix then add to wet ingredients.
4.) Shape dough to desired cookie size.
5.) Bake for about 12-14 minutes. Just keep an eye on them.
6.) Decorate your cookies however you fancy. I drizzled melted white chocolates on my cookies and you can totally add sprinkles if you desire.





Farewell 2016 and Welcome 2017



2016, what a year. I can't recap everything that happened because it just went by so quickly. But there were definitely highlights that I won't forget: making a blog, discovering other talents, exploring more, having true friends, losing someone I love and all of the above. 2016 was a year that has been an up and down journey for me. I've been happy, I cried, I was lonely, I've stood strong, but most especially I've learned a lot. This was the year that I had to realize and learn and during that process, my heart grew closer and closer to God. I am forever grateful for all of the blessings He showers me every day.
Anyways, I still can't believe that this year is coming to an end. It feels like yesterday when people were just welcoming 2016. But this is another opportunity for a fresh start to begin a better version of yourself. Just a little reminder is to keep setting goals and never stop dreaming. As we are about to close another book, let us be open to welcome a new one. Not too long now, 2017! See you soon.






Calligraphy Shirts

My dear friend Keith, reached out to me about this project and asked if I could offer any designs for shirts. Of course I said YES. The designs are hand written by me. I've never done anything like this before so why not, right? And not only that, we also SELL them. If you would like to have your own, send a DM on my Instagram!

These are the designs available:

1.) Prov. 16:3







2.) Taken from the lyrics of "No Other Name" by Hillsong!






3.) "Bloom Where You Are Planted" with my watercolor flower design.






4.) Discover the Best in Yourself







5.) "Let God Direct Your Steps." Minimal Shirt







DM me if interested!


















                 


A Memory Filled With Tears


August 6, 2016
was the toughest and saddest day of my life. My mom lost her battle with cancer. It was an unacceptable truth not just only to me but to a lot of people who she connected her heart with. It was a day I still can't stop remembering and crying about.

The moment I feared the most, was the moment that happened too soon. I remember I would always tell you to lift up your fighting spirit and never give up and you would always put your thumbs up. I also remember every time I say I love you to you, you would respond with your hands heart shaped and I would always do the same.

Our time together was very short and not enough. And oh how I wish we could've had more moments to cherish together. Our hopes and dreams, I wish we could've done.

August 22, 2016
the day you moved a litte further away from us. This is the date of your funeral. Stared at your beautiful and angelic face for the remaining time. Saying our final prayers before closing your coffin.



So that has been a part of my journey in life. The toughest times I ever went through. And so many more the past couple of years. But now I think is the time, our Lord God wanted me and my family to rest and most especially, the woman who risked it all, my mommy.
You're finally resting, mommy. After the days you had to live life in the worst condition. You're happier, and free as a bird. There's nothing more I ask than you being happy and peaceful. God has prepared a wonderful place for you up there. In His kingdom, I know you are better.

Mommy, thank you for being a wonderful teacher, a thoughtful friend, a loving relative, and my MOM.
Rest in God's peaceful kingdom. In God's perfect time, I will be walking with you again. I love you mommy!




“The Lord is my shepherd, there is nothing I shall want.”