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It is Autumn!

Can I just rejoice right now because it is officially autumn? I love this season next to winter because I enjoy the cold season more than hot, sweaty days. I keep telling my husband that if I retire, I will be transplanting my cute bum in a cold country. And I am not kidding on that. I really love cold weather. And his wise comeback is a suggestion for me to visit Canada during the dead of winter. Then that serve as my litmus test whether I can or cannot live in a harsh winter condition. Let’s see.

For now, let me just enjoy the fact that some countries in this world is enjoying the cool breeze of Autumn. They get to dust their boots and take them out for a walk because it’s boots season too! My season!

This is my watercolor art. Please do not use without my permission. Thank you. ©Ria C

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September 23, 2017
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My First Visit At Hobby Lobby

For my family and close friends who know me too well, I live, and breathe (and even eat for breakfast!) anything arts and crafts, and the many supplies that go with them. They all know that when I am in the US, one of the first stores I go to is Michaels Arts, and of course, the outlet shops. That is the case, as soon as we arrived in Riverside, California during our recent US summer getaway.

As soon as we freshened up at my Aunt’s place, we headed to Michaels and bought the stuff I have to buy for myself and the dear princess daughter. However, I was not aware that there was a Hobby Lobby that would soon open while still in Riverside for the vacation. My aunt mentioned it few days after and I am glad we did visit the opening day of Hobby Lobby because if not, I would have missed a lot! I mean, the vacation is not complete without my precious arts supplies! No!!!

So, 30 August, we went to Old Navy in Moreno Valley only to realize that Hobby Lobby was just a stone’s throw away. And it was their opening day and SALE! They have extra 40-50% off in almost ALL of their merchandize, except for the arts supplies. I took the opportunity to buy some supplies for my Happy Planner, some Christmas ornaments (yes, they have gazillions already on display), and bought 1 owl statue or candle wax burner. I knew the owl just had to come home with me. The Christmas ornaments were bought out of impulse and the discount offer, and the planner supplies were to satisfy my addiction for anything/everything planner.

(I will not leave the store without this owl.)

 

(I seriously went cray-cray over these nutcracker display! I kept going around like a bee, choosing which one I like best, rather which ONES I love best. 🙂 Well, I didn’t buy because our bags were brimming and we were already excess in kilos. A nutcracker will be mine someday!)

 

I enjoyed my almost an hour going around Hobby Lobby. I swear, I could live there and not even mind not eating for a month just to get all the stuff I need for my arts and crafts. My visual satisfaction was super off the charts! I seriously got lots of ideas on what motif to do for our Christmas tree. I am quite excited.

 

(My hubby, aka The Financier, was already getting tired with my beelining around the ornaments and planner stickers. Good thing there were seats near the entrance!)

 

 

I was just starting to get very shy to my Aunt and hubby, most especially my hubby who is also my finance manager. He was very tired driving for how many hours from Las Vegas all the way to Moreno Valley in Cali. We headed straight to the area to grab some last minute shopping, and have lunch at BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse.

The Hobby Lobby experience is really surreal for me. I thought I only get high in Michaels but wow, I wish I had visited Hobby Lobby in other states too before. I am certainly happy that my Aunt introduced me to the place. It will be one of the must-go-to place whenever I am on vacation in the US.

 

Do you enjoy Hobby Lobby like I do? Echo your experience in the comments below.

 

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September 15, 2017
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My September Free Promo

For those who still does not know, I am an independent distributor of Nu Skin products. I enjoy being one because it adds extra to my savings.

My favorite product and a very hot seller one is the AP24 Fluoride Whitening Toothpaste. For my clients in the UAE, I am offering a FREE BAMBOO toothbrush (which usually costs $9!). I can only offer the free product in the UAE for now and hopefully, I will eventually offer the same promo to my other clients worldwide.

So, start ordering and get your Bamboo toothbrush with your AP24 toothpaste now! Just message me at mommaglama at yahoo dot com to order. Shipping cost has been reduced to AED 15 for all of UAE so take advantage of that great saving!

To know more about the AP24 Fluoride Whitening Toothpaste and why it is so special and a hotseller, check my review here: http://www.riablahgs.com/2017/04/review-nuskin-ap24-whitening-toothpaste.html

 

 

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September 9, 2017
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Going Back To My Arts

I’ve been sidetracked for a while because of my new small biz (Nu Skin distributor) and I have given it most of my time the past months. Right now, I am just going back to my arts to practice and produce more illustrations and digital designs I can eventually offer to sell someday.

I am still not very good with Photoshop and Illustrator. However, I have sen major improvements in my skills because I can directly illustrate on AI (Adobe Illustrator) without using any of my penciled sketches as guide. Though my digital drawings are very amateurish and simple. One thing I can say about my work is that – they are definitely hand drawn.

I am building my stocks right now so I can offer some freebies every Friday for you to download and print or do whatever you wish. I guess, the only thing I would request from you is that, don’t claim the illustrations as your own. I think that is fairly simple and right thing to do.

Most of the stuff I will put in my Friday Freebies page are my own graphics that you can use to make stickers, name tags, bookmarks, labels, etc. I hope you will like them.

So, watch out for my Friday Freebies! It will come soon… Not very soon, but SOON!

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August 11, 2017
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Doing Things That Makes Me Happy

I have always believed that mantra. That is why I try my best to do things that makes me happy even if other people don’t understand why. I don’t have to make them understand but all I want is for people to have an open mind why others do the things that they do, especially when running after a dream.

(Photo not mine/credit to the owner)

 

I haven’t always have it easy. I have to work hard for something. I don’t get stuff easy in life. It is always a struggle. Sometimes, I honestly want to give up. However, I think about the reason why I have begun in the first place – it’s because, I had a dream, and I am still dreaming up to now.

Part of doing the things that makes me happy is also sacrificing some time spent for nonsense stuff like going to the malls, socializing, etc. I don’t want to shortchange my happiness by stealing few moments out of them. That is why, my weekends are always booked to the brim with activities that calms my nerves, quiets my mind, and soothes my soul.

Right now, I have been busy with many things like my arts, my blogging, and my entrepreneurial goal. I have some frustrations too but the impetus to succeed, and to enjoy life now keeps me going. I just want to chase my dreams while I can because tomorrow may be too late. If I can do it now, why not? So, I’ll be doing things that makes me happy. And if I flood my blogs, and my social media channels with stuff that feeds my soul, so be it. 🙂

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July 24, 2017
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Taking the Opportunity

They said, “Opportunity knocks only once.” In my case, it had knocked many times before but I kept mum about opening the door. I am either scared or I just don’t have faith as big as a mountain. Either way, I have let many opportunities pass only to regret later in my life.

There are opportunities that I have gladly accepted but I stirred my boat wrongly. I didn’t give much thought about them and was half-heartedly committing only because they became more of an obligation than something I could enjoy with.

I even prayed for opportunities to come my way. I answered some but then again, I was not putting my effort. I was rushing. I was impatient. I wanted to see results right away.

This time, the opportunity came when I least expected it. My friend actually approached me to review the products she is offering because I am a blogger and I do product reviews as well. So I said yes. Then I asked questions about the products, she gave me information about them and next thing I know it, I am a part of her team. Yes. It was a lengthy conversation about beauty and skin care products that got me hooked and I am glad that I did.

The thing is, I am a very skeptical person. I am very analytical, and I must understand every detail of something before I can put my personal stamp on it. In this case, I have heard of the brand before. I was still young when I heard of it. And because then, the brand seemed so elusive and exclusive, I didn’t give much thought about it. Until I became a part of the same brand I tried avoiding. Again, I am glad I signed up. I am still learning the ropes because I am just 3 weeks old in the company but I know one day, I can become a leader here. I would love that!

You see, opportunities like this one comes rarely in your lifetime. You either let it pass or you grab it by the horns. I have let this pass before and it came back to me unexpectedly. I did pray for God’s guidance and providence to lead me to a good opportunity where I can see myself, my family, my friends, and my new found teammates grow. And if there’s one thing I have learned about this whole process is to take the opportunities that come your ways as blessings. Not everyone has been given that honor to respond to a calling, no matter what that is.

It’s too early to say what will happen. I am just being very hopeful and positive. I feel I deserve this break after what I have been through. I am also praying that I will continue to enjoy this new endeavor for a long, long time.

Thanks to Nu Skin for giving me something to hope for. I pray that all my dreams will come true with your help.

The road to success is still long, and far. But I know someday, I will surely get there.

 

 

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May 6, 2017
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Girl Boss

Yes, that’s what I want to call myself in the near future. I plan to retire early but my retirement fund is still way too little for me to enjoy the comforts of life and the fruits of my labour.

I have been engaging in many activities to boost my passive income. So far, my blogging tops the list but the money that comes sometimes trickles and sometimes it pours. It is not very constant, much to my disappointment but happy to have some extra to help pay the bills. I have joined another money-making business opportunity that I hope one day, will really bring in the money in the coffer. I don’t want to stop tapping what I have a good feeling about.

Success doesn’t come easy. I have been trying my luck in many fields and so far, I am still working my bottoms off to make them work. I just hope, all my efforts, time, and passion are not put into waste.

I definitely want to be a girl boss someday. I need that break!

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April 7, 2017
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