Personal Calendar

When New Year’s eve was about to roll in, Pinterest showed me this interesting idea of crafting your own calendar. Initially, I wanted the old school type: with springs wired at the top part so all I have to do is flip each page for the desired month I wanted to view. However, it was a lot of work for a DIY newbie like me and I did not want to risk damaging the print I have chosen from The Cottage Market (which was soooooo pretty, by the way). So, I thought of using a cork board instead. What’s amazing about this alternative is the fact that I don’t need to chop, wire nor drill holes in it.

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To my delight, Daiso, a Japanese dollar store, sold affordable craft pieces, including the materials that I used for this project. I was able to secure two cork boards, pastel-hued pins and fabric scissors for 88 pesos each. Not bad. Here is the complete list of materials I used for this project:

1 piece cork board (I used two on the pictures above since I’ve made one for my mother as well)

pins (any hue and design of your choice will do)

calendar printable



  1. Choose the design you want for your calendar. In my case, I chose The Cottage Market’s Disney princess 2017 as my calendar’s template.
  2. Print your chosen template. (Did I mention that they are downloadable for FREE? Yeap. They’re free.)
  3. After printing your calendar, cut them to your desired size.
  4. Use your pins in securing your calendar on the cork board.
  5. You can style your cork board if you think it lacks that extra oomph (e.g. flower decor, other pin ups, or trinkets)
  6. Use and abuse.
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This is the complete 2017 Disney Princess printables from The Cottage Market.
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FINISHED PRODUCT. You will notice that the cork boards still has room for some accessorizing. My mom, with her floral calendar on the right, decided to pin family pictures on her cork board to give it a more personalized touch. As for me, I chose to pin work out routines and work papers.

Apart from it’s obvious use, I get a thrill having to check my highlights/lowlights jotted on a design which I know, only a handful or probably less, have it. And for a DIY novice like me, it felt like an award winning piece to have finished a project and actually use it. I am on a high right now and off to planning my next DIY. How did yours turn out? 🙂


Spanish Sardines Pesto Pasta

For  someone who has a mom for a kitchen ninja, it can be a bit nerve-wrecking to recreate a dish and have her critique my own ensemble. But then again, there’s a first time to everything, right? And having earned her elusive seal of approval after 3 months of grueling experimentation, I now present to you, my take, on the Spanish Sardines Pesto Pasta. ENJOY!


  • olive oil
  • spanish sardines in olive oil (spicy)
  • Filippo Berio pesto sauce
  • pitted black olives (sliced)
  • capers
  • pasta noodles (penne, fusilli, spaghetti pasta)
  • fresh basil leaves (chopped)
  • onions (minced)
  • garlic (minced)
  • tomatoes (minced)

Friendly Reminder:

Please be advised that I am not really into measurements, which means, I get over the top with the onions/garlic/tomatoes ratio and just play things by ear, depending on my muscle buoyancy that day. I am no chef, nor do I aspire to be one. I just happen to enjoy cooking my own baon to work since I want to eat with style and save money at the same time 🙂

How to get started?

  1. First, prepare all of your ingredients.
  2. Heat your pan or bowl with a drizzle of olive oil and sprinkle of salt then lay your pasta noodles in there. (Fusili usually cooks for about 10-15 minutes, penne longer than that. So keep checking your bowl.)
  3. While your pasta is cooking, chop the ones that needs chopping and pre-mix the pesto sauce with the squashed spanish sardines in one bowl. Put a little bit of olive oil into the mixture to avoid drying and clumping of the mixture.
  4. Once everything is done (noodles included), drain it, and heat up your pan in preparation for a little bit of sauteeing.
  5. Use olive oil and put in your garlic first. Wait until it gets a tad bit brownish then put in the onions and tomatoes, next.
  6. Pour in the drained pasta noodles. Lower the heat, since we want to avoid overcooking the ingredients and having the noodles all saggy.
  7. Put in the mixture, next.
  8. Then the olives and capers. (No salt will be required since both olives and capers will do the trick.)
  9. Lastly, dazzle the whole thing with freshly chopped basil leaves for that extra flavor.
  10. Serve with wine or a bottle of beer.

There you go. Let me know how yours turned out. 🙂

Greatness is You

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

-Marianne Williamson