Little Jamie in my Tummy

If things had been different, I would have loved the maternity shoot to be over and done with in the second trimester of my pregnancy. It was during that time when I had never felt so good and my annoying zits and acne suddenly stopped showing up. Like most pregnant women, second trimester was the best time! I was big enough to “look” pregnant but not too big to feel uncomfortable. My tummy was nicely growing bigger which would have been perfect at that stage for a Maternity Shoot.

However, we were confronted with life’s issues and challenges; we were left with very little choice so we had to do what we ought to do. When we slowly settled in, that’s when we realized we had not even prepared much about things for our little Sweetheart.

For a first time Mum-to-be, I have always wanted to document our little angel in my tummy which we decided to name Jamie by the way, regardless of gender (a separate blogpost on this later). Though a Maternity Shoot is not a necessity, I have always believed that photographs are the best keepsake I could ever have with my first pregnancy. And like any other “firsts” in ones life, it is always worth capturing and remembering forever.

With that in mind, it was only when our little sweetheart Jamie turned 28 weeks and I began to feel the baby kicks with greater frequency and intensity that the feeling became so real to me. I have truly embraced this pregnancy! That’s when I felt the need to organize things for the shoot.

We felt very lucky and blessed that suppliers came in handy. Our hearts are truly overflowing with gratitude and appreciation to these amazing people for making the Maternity Shoot possible:

Her generosity and kindness is outstanding. She went out of her way to accompany me two weeks before the shoot to look for outfits that would fit the preggy me. I have been in deep dilemma on finding the perfect size of clothes and shoes. Nothing seems to fit me right! Having someone around to shop made it so much easier. Not only did she spent time with me but she also insisted on paying for the boho dress- that is simply generosity at its best! She also volunteered to repair the knitted green top so it wouldn’t hang loose on my arms. She did the sewing by hand. Her act of kindness is sincerely appreciated!

She is my bridesmaid who performed the role of a Maid of Honor in our wedding. She volunteered to do my hair and make-up for the shoot to spare us from paying someone heftily. She definitely saved our day! She painstakingly took time to perform a trial make-up a day before the shoot. She did a marvelous job!


She was assisted by her Sis-in-Law, Susie. I couldn’t be anymore grateful to these lovelies for giving me enough confidence to smile for the camera despite feeling ugly and fat at 31 weeks.

The proprietress of Decors and Motifs, Sis Maureen, is a personal friend with a big heart. I was over the moon when she happily expressed that she is gonna style the shoot’s backdrop with a Vintage Garden High Tea setup. I thought that was it. But like the wonderful person that she is, she also provided the floral crown using the finest range of silk flowers for my Boho outfit and the silk bouquet of flowers for the Vintage outfit. She went above and beyond in helping us do the shoot in style! Not only was the indoor shoot done at the showroom in the comfort of her own beautiful home, but she also allowed us to use parts of her house for the shoot. What a beautiful person she is! I am simply lost for words for all the help she has been extending to us!

I am personally impressed by Bro. Michaael’s portfolio. I can never thank him enough for his time, patience, and for unselfishly sharing his gift. Admittedly, I was his first in his Maternity portfolio but no one would have an inkling it’s his first time to capture a bump of a pregnant woman. He did the job masterfully!

I have to commend him for always being there for me. Despite the stress and drama brought about by my “pregnant brain” (haha!), he made himself available and was always ready to smile for the camera when his presence was needed. I love him even more not only for being my official driver by default to and from our shoot locations, but also for helping me out in everything especially in the midst of all my discomforts, aches, and pains.

The outpouring of love, help, and support from all these beautiful and amazing people had made the Maternity Shoot all the more possible. Though things had not turned out as initially planned on the day itself, all’s well that ends well. I could only be grateful that these maternity photographs were beautifully captured at 31 weeks of my pregnancy.

Here are some of my personal favorites (Warning! Picture overload ahead!). I took the liberty to do my own edits. Please take note that pictures were handed over to me raw and unedited. Proper credit goes out to Michael Billanes Photography.

Vintage High Tea Garden styled by Decors and Motifs

Vintage High Tea Garden styled by Decors and Motifs

As you continue to browse through each of these photographs, please keep our little family in your prayers for a healthy pregnancy and safe delivery as the Beginning of Our Journey to Parenthood is yet to unfold.










My beautiful bump at 31 weeks

My beautiful bump at 31 weeks






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There is Unity…in T-shirts

There are reasons that t-shirts are used for awareness walks, family reunions, live events and more. These special pieces of apparel have a way of uniting individuals like no other item of clothing can. There are a few key ways that t-shirts help people to come together.

Bring Enlightenment
T-shirts are sometimes used as a way to bring awareness to particular topics or causes. They are also utilized as a form of advertisement. By having the t-shirts say a pertinent message and them being worn in certain areas, they can serve as an outlet of information.

Spread the Message
T-shirts are a perfect medium to spread a message globally, because it is quite simple to ship a t-shirt anywhere in the world. Not only do they share a particular message, but they do so in different areas that may not have otherwise been exposed to the information.

Make People Smile
One of the most common universally recognized symbols is a smile. Happiness transcends all nationalities, races, creeds and genders. Happy or joking t-shirts can bring joy into individuals’ days, which often becomes contagious and creates a ripple effect.

In short, t-shirts can bring enlightenment about different subjects, spread a message around the world, and spread joy through making people smile. In doing any or a combination of these things, t-shirts bring unity amongst people every single day.

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The Beginning of Our Journey to Parenthood

For couples like us who’s planning to be parents, seeing a positive home pregnancy test result brought insurmountable joy and excitement.

Photo Credit: Pinterest

Photo Credit: Pinterest

It felt even surreal when it got confirmed by a General Practitioner. We can only quip:

“This is finally it!”

Pregnancy confirmed!

Pregnancy confirmed!

We planned for year 2014 for us to be parents. We faithfully prayed that if it’s not too much to ask God, we be given a chance to care for a little angel as the fruit of our love. We said unto each other, “if God won’t allow us to be parents, that’s His plan for us and it is always for the best. We must accept His will accordingly.”

God performs miracle in mysterious ways. We did not wait for too long even when we were under the most unviable circumstances for conception- we were unfit physically when we both had bouts of colds and coughs and I was under extreme stress due to daily commuting to and from work.

Our pregnancy is more than enough proof that when His faithful children fervently prays for what their hearts desire, they will never be forsaken. No conditions are ever too big for God to conquer, no dreams ever too unreal to come into fruition.

Truth be told, as we both think of all the circumstances prior to infanticipating, everything was seemingly bleak but God bestowed His sunshine unto us and He became our light in our entire journey in trying to conceive.

My husband would often remind me: “Where is your faith? We have God in our lives so we have nothing to worry about. Let Him do all the worrying; He will fix everything for us!”

My Prince is simply the best thing that has ever happened to me! He stood up for me in our highs and lows. He gives me comfort and cheers me up when homesickness slow me down; next to God, he helps me restore my faith when I feel defeated by life’s hills and hurdles. I just know that he will be the best father to our little angel.

They say that one can never be ready for parenthood. You learn your way through it hands-on. As we financially, physically, mentally, and psychologically prepare ourselves of this Herculean responsibility- like always, we can only offer ourselves in prayer unto God; that once again He empower us with His Holy Spirit so that we can be perfect nurturers of the gift that He bestowed unto us.

God will always be in control and for as long as we entrust everything to Him, we will survive life’s storms and adversities.

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Hospitality Sweaters For The Winter Chill

Hospitality employees who work at the front desk of a hotel, country club or other establishment are often required to wear uniforms that bear the insignia of the place they work. Uniforms advertise the establishment, and they provide a single dress code for all employees. They also help customers to identify the employees who can help them.

Wintertime can be a problem, though. Particularly for staff who work at the front desk, drafts of chilly wind can make working uncomfortable. Employees often try to solve this dilemma on their own by wearing their own sweaters and jackets over uniforms. This defeats the purpose of the uniform, covering it up, and in some cases, making the employee look a bit dishevelled. Hospitality sweaters serve this need.

A Myriad Of Styles And Colors
Online uniform suppliers, such as Sharper Uniforms, offer many style and color options for companies to choose from. Their online websites prompt a customer to easily “click here” for an assortment of fashionable styles to choose from. The sweater styles range from very casual to very formal, and the rainbow of colors assures that a company can match their current uniform color. Some sweaters are designed to be added to the uniform itself as an additional layer, while others replace the outerwear.

It is a good idea to consider the hospitality employees you currently have to help you decide which style to choose. It may also make sense to ask your employees which styles they favor.

Hospitality sweaters solve the problem of winter chill, and they ensure that all employees maintain a business-like appearance.

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Avoid Moisture Avoid Issues

Mold growth in the bathroom can be problematic. In addition, other forms of water damage can become a huge issue. There are certain things that should be done while constructing or remodeling a bathroom to avoid water damage and mold growth. People have really good ideas about remodelling their bathroom; however, without the proper knowledge about which materials to use, many people end up creating a disaster down the road by using the wrong ones. For instance, standard drywall should not be used in the same area that the shower or tub is. Drywall is not suitable for areas with large amounts of water. There is other material to use.

In addition, it’s important to have a good source of ventilation in the bathroom. Although fans are typically used to remove undesirable odors, they are highly useful for removing the amount of moisture within the bathroom too. Besides disturbing the structural integrity of the walls, flooring, subflooring and other surfaces, excessive moisture can create mold growth. Once mold begins to grow, getting rid of it can be a huge issue. It gets into porous materials and underneath grout.

Bathrooms need to be remodelled with the proper materials. Moreover, it should be done by professionals who can see and avoid potential issues down the road. Check us out today to consider your bathroom remodelling project. Consider which other areas of the home to remodel as well. When the job is done right, any room can be enjoyed for a number of years.

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