MakeOver in Progress

HI There! Thanks for visiting pinkandmints.com.

I’m currently doing a major blog makeover, which will last a couple of weeks, sorry for the hassle.

In the meantime, you can still visit www.aysrandrup.blogspot.com for updates :)

Thanks and see you here again soon!

 

Birthday Weekend in Krabi

For my birthday weekend, JP and I went to Krabi in Thailand. We were only there from Friday till Sunday, but going to the beach was a good escape from Singapore’s hectic pace.  JP put me in charge of preparing our trip, and handed over his credit card so I can book our flights and hotel. Such a trusting husband, ‘no?
Longtail Boats in Krabi
traditional long-tail boats

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A Useful App For Procrastinators Like Me

Do you know that there different types of procrastinators? Check out what kind you are over here. I tried the test myself and found that I’m a Pinball Procrastinator. This means that I don’t accomplish my tasks because I easily get distracted and do other things. I also like to bounce from one pursuit to another that I don’t get to do what needs to be done now. Oftentimes, I get overwhelmed by too many ideas that it takes me a long time to get started, if I even decide to start at all.

Pomodoro App

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Speed Reading 2.0

I saw and shared this article about the Spritz reader on my Facebook timeline a couple of weeks ago, and commented that this is “Amazing”. I read the article again and now I’m having second thoughts. Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy that it’s going to get people to read (hopefully), but…is the reading  experience going to be the same? Try reading at 350 words per minute.

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Collage Mondays: Running Gear Wishlist

The last public run I did was way back in 2012. Somehow, I never got the motivation to participate in anything again, until now. Yesterday was my first time back in the running scene (haha, I feel like an athlete). It felt good, so to celebrate, today’s collage is all about running gear.
Running is a pretty basic sport that doesn’t require too many things. If you have a sensible pair of running shoes, and comfortable socks, shirt and shorts/tights, you should be good to go. But this should not stop you from trying additional/fashionable gear. Check out the pretty stuff I found, of course, in PINK! I should get my hands on these soon.
Images from: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

The 1-Dollar Makeover

This is my jewelry box. The inside is made of felt, and it’s gotten dirty over the years. I tried to use a damp cloth with soap to clean it a couple of months ago, and I think it just made the thing look dirtier. There’s even some residue.

Jewelry Box Makeover

At any other time, I would have just thrown this out and bought a new one. But I think JP’s attitude about money has been rubbing off on me lately, so I thought of a way to make this look cleaner and maybe, a little bit newer without spending a lot.

I actually just used a roll of washi tape that I bought for a dollar in the mall near my office. This took about thirty minutes to do, and at the end of it, I got a “new” and pink jewelry box.

Clean Jewelry Box
Have you done any easy craft projects recently? Share them with me in the comments section.

Ex-Bride Problems: The Wedding Leftovers

I think a lot of brides have this problem, but don’t really talk about it openly. Unless you’re one of those crafty/creative women filling Pinterest with DIY ideas. If you’re one of them, I hate you. Haha. Kidding.
You see, it’s been nine months, and I still haven’t figured out what to do with some leftover stuff from the wedding. I’ve been scouring the ‘net for how to reuse these extras. Read on, and let me know if you have more suggestions.

Wedding Invitations

 

1) Wedding Invites
So, I overshot it with the wedding invites. We went for two styles: a passport-type and the pocket-type invites. I have to say, they look pretty, but I think I ordered a little too much. I’ve already kept two of each kind for our keepsakes, and there’s still a couple more left here at home.
I think the passport-type will end up being used as a notepad for writing down random stuff, maybe for grocery lists, meal plans, ideas for topics to write about in the blog.
Wedding Invitations

As for the pocket-type, I can probably use them as a background for my printed pictures (see #2) when I put them in an album. Or maybe I can use it for these decorative balls.

2) Pictures

I actually forgot that the package with our photographer includes printed copies of almost ALL of the wedding pictures. This is aside from the digital copy, plus the official photobook. So, right now, we have about two hundred loose pictures.
Wedding Pictures

I think I will probably make a scrapbook from some of these (when I find the time), using the extra invites as background. For the rest of them, I think they’ll just be placed in those slip-type albums and send them over to Manila, so my side of the family has a copy.

3) Postcards

Okay, the story about these post cards is that I intended to have the guests write their messages here during the reception.

Postcards

And then I’ll just bind them so I’ll have something like this:

What I forgot about is that part of our package with the photographer is this really nice photobook where guests can also write in their messages.

Photobook
So, during the reception, the guests ended up writing on either the photobook or the postcards, therefore, not all the cards were used (and not all the space in the notebook was written on). I ended up slipping the cards inside the photobook, like so.

Not bad, I think. But the thing is, I still have a LOT of postcards. I was thinking of using them to make this and give as gift to friends,

Or maybe bind them and make a recipe booklet.

4) Thank You cards

Wedding Thank You cards


Same issue with the everything else, I over estimated the cards we needed. I can probably cut these up and bind the side with our picture as a small journal, much like the postcards.

Looking at this stuff brings back so many nice memories about our wedding day, but it’s also causing me a bit of stress. At the end of the day, if they’re just sitting there and gathering dust, they’re really just clutter. Do you have stuff from a special event that’s just sitting there in boxes or drawers? What do you plan to do with them?

Married Life: The “Where do we live” Dilemma

One of the things JP and I constantly talk about these days is where we’re going to settle down and when we plan to go about getting there. A couple of weeks ago, I literally cried (like, you know, with tears and snot and all) out of frustration because I was bugging JP to “give me a place, and give me a date”, and he couldn’t (in hindsight, I should have expected it, because, really, who can think clearly with a bawling woman in front of him? hehe). I think the outburst was a culmination of emotions running amok after a recent situation we had, where I felt that I wasn’t in control of things. So maybe by getting JP to answer my questions, I really was trying to get back some semblance of control over my(our) life.
quote on happiness

Collage Mondays: Pink and Red Combinations

How’d your Valentine’s weekend go? I hope it was all sweet and romantic. Today’s collage is all about the colours of love. You know I love pink, but red? Hmm, not so much. This weekend, while I was browsing, I saw Taylor Swift in this pretty dress, and thought, ok, let’s look at more pink and red combos. Not so bad, huh?
I think the softer pink tames the boldness of the red. The combination is a definite standout, but still so feminine, right?
Pink and Red Stuff
image sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Happy Monday! Hope you have a good week ahead!

Book Review, Ryan Gosling and Other Cute Guys

Just in time for Valentine’s week, I finally finished my first book for this year. I’ve mentioned previously that I was struggling to start my Reading Challenge last month. And after so many nights of plodding through 400+ pages, I’m done with Nicholas Sparks’ latest novel.
Here’s my review (plus my Valentines gift to you)