Was on the phone with a friend today who reminded me I have not flown home to Manila since 2017. This was my last in-flight doodle✈️
I’m not an avid traveler because flying, especially in smaller aircrafts, makes me very anxious. It’s not the flying itself that makes me antsy but it’s being in an enclosed space for a length of time. I get the same queasiness in a crowded lift..
I discovered that sketching non-stop during a flight helped keep my mind off the ongoing turbulence. I also typically drink a lot when I fly so that I stay relaxed or fall asleep. But I discovered in my last trip that working on a task and staying dedicated and focused on a goal, which was to complete the entire wobbly sketch before the pilot announces our descent, was a fantastic distraction from that otherwise bumpy ride. It worked like a charm and I didn’t even have a single drop of wine during that flight 🙌🏻 ..
If that were the case, perhaps I should pack a full-sized canvas for my next long haul flight 🤔😬..
Even the real, unposed moments were pretty ones 🤍 #OnCloudMoro for always
1 1624 minutes ago
This weekend the world felt heavy & the realization of just how much pain, sadness & broken hearts there are in the world hit hard. 💔 Sadness is a feeling that helps us all remember how much we care & gosh do I care so much about people. I know you do too. @ddlovato ‘s performance at the Grammy’s tonight was so moving & such a beautiful reminder that so many times people are struggling more than we realize behind closed doors. Here at Fresh Start Family, your brokenness is welcome here. Your sadness, your exhaustion, your worry, your doubts, your fears, your anger, your regrets, your mistakes, your guilt, your shame, your resistance ... It’s all welcome here. ♥️ .
As I kick off the New Year Challenge tomorrow, I hope you’ll join me just as you are. I’ll encourage you, support you, lift you up towards the light & remind you that you are not alone. Link in profile to register. My hand is here to help you to higher ground, will you take it? Hanging together for the week will feel good, I promise you.
4 MONTHS ✨ (and two days, because would I really be a mom of two if I did your milestone pic on time 😜) You keep us on our toes and constantly teach us to have more patience. We are starting to finally see the light at the end on the tunnel in regards to your allergy issues and I am so grateful. You are finally putting on some rolls and playing more + more each day. You laugh now and it just brightens my darkest of days. We love you too much ❤️
Big feelings...anyone experience those? What about stress and feeling like you may go 0-100 in seconds? My biggest reason for saying yes to trying oils; and not just to diffusing them here and there, but REALLY trying them—was for my emotional support. ME, stressed and overwhelmed?! (Shocker...!) Well, then I learned how to use oils to help me sleep deeper, and how they could aide us in immune support (like kicking viruses faster and using oils instead of chemically filled products!) There are so many benefits and I’m always learning and growing. I love how much they help us as a family and that my kids can learn all of this beside me. It’s not a hoax or a gimmick, it’s a lifestyle. And if you’re even remotely interested, drop a comment below so I can know to touch base with you. There are only 5 days left in this month, and @youngliving is offering free shipping on their starter kits until the 31st; it’s a GREAT time to say yes, y’all. I did and I’m never looking back! (Here we are diffusing Abundance + Orange, a blend chosen by Reese herself and it was actually super refreshing!)
2 502 hours ago
Who remembers the honey jar? 🍯 As mamas we focus so much on keeping babies from crying, keeping homes clean and tidy, keeping husbands happy... somehow we end up pretty low on the totem pole.
One of my biggest comforts in life is a hot cup of tea with honey. Green tea with mint, earl grey tea with a bit of cream, iced passion tea ... I love it all! A few years ago Ethan poured out my honey “for the bears to eat.” I saw my golden joy wasted on the concrete and realized I couldn’t pour from an empty cup any longer.
So this honey jar represents how I fill my cup in order to pour into others. Today I hit a huge milestone in my art biz. You all have been following along in my office make over since Friday! I removed 90% of the stuff in the room, filled 97 nail holes, caulked and painted the base boards, painted the walls the most beautiful soft cool white, scrubbed the floors, organized the cabinets and styled the book cases... 🥵
2 things happened: Mary Ann and EA came over for pictures in front of the Heather Opal heart confetti wall ... EA’s infectious personality filled the room with pure joy. We were so enthralled with each silly smile, giggle and twirl we couldn’t help but be completely in the moment!
Then I had my very first branding session with Chrissy. She photographed the confetti hearts, special things that are important to me and I even got to twirl in front of her camera and include my family!
My honey jar is overflowing. ♥️ Thank you Mary Ann for being my biggest cheerleader. Thank you Chrissy for documenting this special day for me. And thank you for being a part of my story. 🍯 #heatherexplainsthehoneyjar
3 412 hours ago
Don’t take coming home safe and sound for granted ♥️ I took this right before 10 AM today- right when another family lost so much. ⠀
I think this loss reverberates beyond basketball because @kobebryant lived life so big- as a competitor, leader, father, and inspiration to so many, and as a mom I cannot imagine what it would be like to lose two people you love so much. ⠀
“The most important thing is to try and inspire people so that they can be great in whatever they want to do.” Thank you Kobe for setting the bar of greatness so high, overcoming the odds, and being a leader. ⠀
Thankful tonight for my little crew and the drive to work hard to create more freedoms and not miss any of moments we do have together. ⠀
Praying for the Bryant family today. ⠀
Go hug your people tight friends- we aren’t guaranteed tomorrow. ⠀
⠀ #kobe ⠀
5 612 hours ago
Feeling incredibly lucky to be able to call this place my home 💛 Can't deny that moving here is making me step out of my comfort zone on a daily basis. As it is challenging and rewarding at the same time, I'm soooo not ready to leave anytime soon 😅 #lifeinguate#fortheloveofantigua
Day 26 🚪 #31paintingsin31days
Y’all give me grace on this one! It’s definitely a work in progress, I bit off a little more than I could chew tonight time wise & all the detail that still needs to be added...
or maybe I need to stick to animals & people 😂 🤷🏼♀️ I definitely had fun playing with the colors though! 😃 (swipe for reference photo)
Last Sunday was so special because I got to spend time with my sweet friend Julie while she was in town. Her presence is always a blessing. She gave me a handwritten card as she departed, and after I read it, I was fully hit by the power of a healthy friendship.
I want to rave about friendships like this one. Friendships that are founded on uplift and love. Friendships that travel to deep places with intention. Friendships that celebrate the successes of the individuals without comparison or competition. Friendships that are selfless. Friendships that shape and chisel and advise without condescension. Friendships that speak in love and span time and distance.
It takes time and investment to find foundational friendships like this. It can be discouraging as we wade through masks and facades, fake friends who don’t want to do life when it gets messy. My advice is to be the friend you want to have, and make space for friendships to flourish.
Also, write letters.
A few lines from @juliesandberg precious letter to me: “I pray you encounter our King in the most mundane of places to the most extraordinary of places. I pray you cuddle up close into His arms, and then climb mountains just to see the never ending view.” Love and cherish you girl.
2 263 hours ago
Life has felt like it’s on fast forward lately, but I am so thankful for days like this weekend. My parents came over and helped us get some things done, and it’s so wonderful to have home feel like home again!! My mom helped me put all of the Christmas stuff away, rearrange the living room, and clean, which was AMAZING 🙌🏻😅🙌🏻 My dad helped Zach complete some major mile stones in the nursery, and needless to say my little nesting heart is SO happy!!! 👶🏼🧸🛋🧺 Also, I’m very thankful for Facebook Marketplace scores, like this chair that came as a set for a fraction of the price of new chairs. And a sweet husband who was willing to drop everything and pick them up for me.😍🙏🏻
YAWN: Something tells me Prep is going to be a struggle if he can’t keep his eyes open for a photo 😂🤷♀️
2 294 hours ago
So, I started a thing... It was going well, and then... I seem to have 5 blues and 2 browns that I don't know what the colour names are! I think they are Daniel Smith... Why did I not write the names on the pans?
Last day of my holidays today 😭 I must admit I am looking forward to being back in a regular routine! Which includes weekly breakfast and lunch prep, and finding some quick and easy pescatarian meals! I love this 15 minute tuna lemony pasta! It’s so quick and such a beautiful light, fresh meal! Find the recipe on the blog @thehomecookskitchen
https://www.thehomecookskitchen.com/tuna-lemon-pasta/ and/or search ‘tuna pasta’
Hello, lovers! 💖 If you’re looking for the perfect accessory to wear for Valentines Day or if you love pink as much as me, Lovebug pom pom earrings are now in stock in small and large sizes! These are made with yarn, hand-dyed by the talented @seapandayarns and have hypoallergenic gold-plated stainless steel hooks. Grab a pair by visiting link in profile! 💝
I was thinking it could be really fun to make italian rainbow cookies in the colors of whichever team you’re rooting for in #superbowl54 then I remembered I don’t care about either team. 🤷🏻♀️ but you know what? you do you!
and actually, i’d be pretty ok with eating these as is next sunday. you game?
I ended up with a lot of extra pre-mixed paint from my latest series. I hate seeing it all go to waste, especially since I have fallen for this color palette. So, I designed this fun new piece (totally separate from the horizons series, besides the colors) and have a nice big canvas on the way! I'll be working on this beauty and getting my commissions prepped over the next week or two.
12 556 hours ago
do not be afraid.
The future may be uncertain,
but there is no need
to hide away.
Everyday is an opportunity
to courageously show up,
even when you do not feel equipped,
or that you will be enough.
Let grace surprise you.
Setting fire to your bones,
strengthening your mind
in the wild of your unknowns.”
A sweet and simple reminder that by the Lord’s grace you will accomplish what this new week holds. Don’t let the Sunday evening worries about the week to come weigh your heart down.
This morning I spent some time reflecting on this past week and diving into a few blocks I have been feeling in my self. Taking this time to listen to my inner self and honoring what I hear has changed everything. I am able to pinpoint exactly why these blocks in my creativity are happening.
Being able to pinpoint what is holding us back is the first step towards freeing ourselves from these blocks. It can also be the hardest step to take.
Why? Because before reflecting and discovering the root cause, we can easily blame our blocks and fears on others in our lives. Even if we don't mean to. But once we figure out what this fear is and come face to face with it, we are left with the simple fact that we are the ones in control. We are the only things standing in our way.
This also means we can change things and get out of our own way and create the life we want.
Its HERE! 🌶NASHVILE HOT CHICKEN BITES🍗 (Save the ⬇️FULL RECIPE below for later) Honestly this recipe will blow your mind🔥😋This is one of those crowd pleaser recipes and I can’t wait for you to try it! 🙋🏾♀️
• .✅ INGREDIENTS .Chicken Breast – 3 x Fillets sliced
.HOT CHICKEN SPICE MIX
.Garlic powder – 3 x tbsp
.Chilli Powder – 2 x tbsp
.Cayenne pepper – 4 x tbsp
.All purpose seasoning – 2 tbsp
.Black pepper – 1 x tbsp
.Paprika – 4 x tbsp
.Chilli Flakes – 1 x tbsp
.HOT CHICKEN GLAZE SAUCE
.Butter - 90g
.Hot chicken spice mix – 1 x tbsp
.Brown sugar – 1 x tbsp
HOT CHICKEN BATTER
Plain flour – 350g
Buttermilk – 500ml
Hot sauce – 2 x tbsp
Salt – 1 x tbsp
.Optional Garnishes – Gherkins + Siracha Mayo + extra sprinkle of the HOT CHICKEN SPICE mix
. 1) Slice your chicken into long goujons, keep to the side in a large bowl. Then in a separate small bowl mix all the HOT CHICKEN SPICES together. Once combined add 1 x tablespoon onto the chicken slices and mix till all the pieces are coated.
. 2) Mix your hot sauce and buttermilk together in a small dish. Then in another large bowl mix your flour, salt and 3 x tablespoons of HOT CHICKEN SPICE.
. 3) Set up you 4 stations: Marinated hot chicken + Buttermilk + Seasoned Flour + Greased Oven Rack. Start by dunking a piece of marinated chicken into the buttermilk, shake of the excess, place into the seasoned flour until coated, then repeat the process again for a double coating. Add the coated chicken onto your greased rack and follow the process again for the remaining pieces of chicken.
. 4) To make your HOTCHICKEN GLAZE SAUCE, to a low heated saucepan add your hot chicken spice, brown sugar and butter. Stir until the butter is melted this will take 1-2 minutes.
. 5) Shallow fry the chicken pieces in vegetable oil for 10-12 minutes on a medium heat, add to some kitchen towel once cooked. Finish by brushing the HOT CHICKEN GLAZE SAUCE over the AMAZING chicken pieces! • #foodblogeats#chickenrecipes#tastyfoods#chickenthighs#mealoftheday#roastedchicken#bakedchicken#hotchicken#nashvillerestaurants#louieschicken#friedchicken#chicken#nashvillehot#spicychicken#londonfoodie
33 1269 hours ago
58 weeks pregnant 🤷🏼♀️
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30 Day Challenge
2 119 hours ago
Happy Four Months to my baby girl. 💛 I swear that it was like yesterday when you were still kicking around inside of me. You may not stay small forever, but I will always cherish this short time of you as a little human and am super stoked to see how you will continue to grow. ✨ Mommy loves you × infinity.
woah, fuck 2019 you were good
like i always do, i’ve swept a billowing veil over these first few weeks that erupt into the new year, carefully clawing it back in a slow striptease to bear in my feet my gut my heart and my head steady
i was never ready for 2019 to end but here we are, running toward February. i’m late. i know. and i’ve been away a while. so, hello! how are you? happy new year! boy i’ve got some new stories to tell. just as soon as i find the courage to spit them all out.xo