I have always wanted to be more artsy and craftsy. I actually know how to sew by hand, to do cross stitch, to do embroidery and knit, but I only know the basics. I am very amazed at those who can really and I mean “REALLY” do it and create things with these skills. I also love scrapbooking. I started scrapbooking even before I met my husband. One of the gifts that I gave him before was a scrapbook of all our pictures.

Scrapbooks that I made

Scrapbooks that I made

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I love the idea of creating cutesy art pieces using craft materials, but i’m afraid that I’m not that artistic. I’ve seen the work of my friends, and you’d be amazed at how artistic they can be. Even my sister is far more creative than I am and she’s techy-er, too. But, I do realize the importance of including creativity into our lives. I think it makes us happier people! 🙂

As a mom, taking care of the children, doing errands for the house and work can get to you. You can do activities that help you relax and I’ve noticed that arts and crafts activities help me relax. These activities can even be a shared activity with your children. You can do arts and crafts projects together.

How Memory Crafters Started

My sister and I have fun organizing parties and creating concepts and making these concepts come to life. Memory Crafters started as an events coordination business, where we help you think of unique themes for your children and find ways to execute them through the help of suppliers.

Memory Crafters Super Hero Party

Memory Crafters Super Hero Party

Memory Crafters Super Hero Party decorations

Memory Crafters Super Hero Party decorations

Miss Sunshine Party Dessert Buffet

Miss Sunshine Party Dessert Buffet

Memory Crafters Little Miss Sunshine Party

Memory Crafters Little Miss Sunshine Party

Memory Crafters Little Miss Sunshine Party decorations

Memory Crafters Little Miss Sunshine Party decorations

But we had to put a halt to this business model since parties are normally done on Saturdays, and I had workshops to run under Manila Workshops on Saturdays (especially). Both of us were busy during weekends. We could only count the Saturdays when we did not have anything to do. We then thought of another business model. We both loved the idea of doing something that would promote crating and creativity. We thought of the many subscription boxes that are in the market right now, all concentrating on beauty products (my sister is a blogger from ManilaShopaholic.com so she gets to notice all of these). We then thought why not concentrate on  creating boxes for arts and crafts.

Our market is actually individuals who are 9 years old up (and by “up” meaning even those who are retirees who are looking for something to do) who love crafting or those who want to get into crafting, but don’t know where to start (non-crafters like me!). Our instructions are written by our business partner who is a former pre-school teacher, so she really knows how to make it simple and very easy to understand. Our activities are thought of by her and by another partner who is an interior designer. Both of them create the activities that we include in our box.

Our April box: Unveiled!

Our April box: Unveiled!

We really think of the activities that we can include in the box and we really make it special for each one of you! We see that our measurement of success is when we see that each customer is contented and wow-ed by each of the box that we send. We are excited for the next boxes, which are supported by different brand partners. If you are a brand that would like to partner with us, please email us at founders(at)memorycrafters.com.ph.

So hurry and SUBSCRIBE NOW by clicking on this link: SUBSCRIBE HERE

MC May

And since a lot of moms are asking if they can order for their kids ages 2-8 years old, we will be launching Memory Crafters Junior this May.

MC Junior May

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What arts and crafts activity would you want us to have in our future boxes? Are there any themes you would like us to create activities for? What brands do you want to try out and use? Leave your comment below!

I just gobbled down three baluts in just a few minutes. I can’t believe I did that. I really really missed eating it. Balut is one of my favorite “snacks”. Unlike me, my husband can’t stand it. He always asks me “in shock” how I manage to eat duck fetus.

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*Image from http://www.philipabadicio.com/its-more-fun-in-pateros/

There are a lot of things that I miss aside from balut. I have listed the top 5 things that I miss doing or having:

Number 2: I miss indulging in sweets!

I miss indulging!

I miss indulging!

*Watch out for my write up on Twelve Cupcakes Philippines in ManilaReviews.com

It’s true that when you hit 30, your metabolism slows down. I notice now that it’s harder for me to lose those extra pounds. When I was in high school, I would eat one gallon of ice cream while reviewing for our finals and not gain a single pound. I grew up loving sugar in any form or in anything. We used to put white sugar on top or our spam. My hubby finds that weird, too. Well, well, well… I find ketchup on top of spam weird! Our love of sugar may be because my mom grew up in Bacolod and she grew up loving sugar and anything sweet. The thing is, even if I want to indulge in sweets at this point in my life, I can’t! Every time I eat sweets at night (or actually anytime of the day), I notice my arms bloat or bulk up or whatever it is you call it, the next day. Then, I feel awkward wearing sleeveless blouses!

Number 3: I miss using Stilettos!

Miss using Stilettos!

Miss using Stilettos!

Awwww, I miss wearing stilettos. I actually have more than a dozen stilettos here at home which I used to wear to work. In the bank, we were required to be in heels all the time, so I was pretty used to wearing it. I just started “not” wearing them when I found out that I was pregnant. Now that I just work from home, I don’t think I need them anymore (sob…sob). It would be funny if I wear them while working in our dining area.

Number 4: I miss the beach!

I miss the beach!

I miss the beach!

I know that we just came from Boracay last November, but I really miss going to the beach. There was a time when I would go twice a year to beaches. I would love to go to different beaches and bring my daughter. Summer is actually the perfect time to accomplish this, but I’m just too busy! 🙁

And lastly…

Number 5: I miss going to the spa and feel so refreshed and clean after!
I don’t remember the last time I had a massage. I know it was after giving birth, but I’m not sure what month. I love the feeling after a day in the spa where you have everything done — from waxing to a body scrub to a massage to manicure and pedicure.

Oh well, at least I have products that I can use at home that make me feel like I’ve been to a spa, such as this one:

Asian Secrets

Asian Secrets is my favorite body scrub. The first time I saw it, I was a bit skeptical since I wasn’t familiar with the brand. But I heard from my sister-in-law that the product was great, so I tried it. The texture was not as coarse as the usual sugar or salt scrub, but it wasn’t as fine as the body scrubs that we are normally used to seeing in the grocery. I actually love the texture since Asian Secrets body scrub makes me feel so clean and fresh after. I also love the way it smells.

So even if I don’t get to go to the spa, at least I have the Lulur Indonesian Whitening Body Scrub. Oh, for the whitening aspect, I can’t really say it worked for me because I actually i’m quite fair already, but I love how it smoothens my skin.

So there you have it! These are the things that I miss…

How about you? What do you miss?

 

 

This year is really exciting! I’m launching another online business together with 4 wonderful ladies (which includes my sister) and an advocacy that encourages people to achieve an active lifestyle. A lot of people ask me how do I do that — how do I get to manage and be part of all these exciting endeavors and still fulfill my obligations at home. So this Saturday, my husband and I have agreed to be the speakers for the topic How to Manage Projects for the Real Ways to be a WAHM (work-at-home-mom). Work-at-home-dads are also welcome to join (since hubby is speaking, too!) and even single people! Actually, anyone and everyone who wants to learn how to manage projects and how to manage an online business is free to join.

Here are the details of the workshop:

Real Ways to be a WAHM

Real Ways to be a WAHM

Speakers

Speakers

This is the first time again since 2010 when me and my husband will be speaking as a team, so we are really excited for this. The both of us with Joy have really prepared a great workshop for you so we really hope that you can come and join us!

It’s not too late to sign up! Please register using this form.

We would like to thank Insular life and Swish for being our sponsors for this event. We would also like to thank Skinny Minis Cheesecake shop for being snack sponsors.

We can’t wait to see you on Saturday! Sign up now 🙂