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A Good Tips For Living The Way You Want!

Your vibes attract your tribes! A very good tips for living the way you want is stick with your tribes.

If you want to live frugally, have frugal people in your tribes. You can’t follow high living standard people who goes to mall and shops all day everyday in their life without you feeling terrible for not having the money you have to live like them.

If you want to be financially smart and living towards debt free goals, stick with people who also trying to have a good handle of money whether they have loads of money or very limited fund. Money is money. They need to be told where to go. Not the other way around.

If you want to stay motivated with keeping your house organized, stick with people who have the passion for organization. Find some inspiration and motivation from them. There’s nothing wrong in learning from other people and adapt it to your life.

If you’re a stay at home mom and feeling overwhelmed by the kids and the house chores which seems to be endless, stick with people who are in the same situation with you. Who tries to do the best with what they do in their family.

If you want to nurture your faith, stick with people who is trying to build the habit of gratitude and joy in the Lord.

Lucky we’re living in the world of social media. You can choose your tribes. Choose what you see, listen, learn from, coz life is about choices. Follow them on Instagram, subscribe to their YouTube channels, etc.

I myself have a long list of frugal, Christian, organized, sahm, wahm, people in my YouTube and Instagram account. I surrounded myself with the same passion and love in what we’re doing. We inspires and motivates each others even though we don’t really know each others in person. That’s the beauty of internet.

Be the best person you can be, for you and your family, with the help of your internet friends. Coz you know what… Your real friends can be the worst version of who you’re turning into.

I’m not saying that our real friends are bad, but really, if we really truthful to ourselves, they can have the exact opposite to what we’re trying to achieve in life. And we don’t get rid of them, we don’t coz they’re our friends. We love them despite of how different we all are.

They have a different lifestyle, different financial condition, different marriage to ours, different ways of parenting, etc. We’ll still be friends, but we need to get the support we need to achieve our own priorities. This is where the internet comes in.

Some people asked me, how am I getting this foreigners as my followers? 99% of my followers on Instagram and blog are from America. Don’t Indonesian notices my Instagram and blog? They do.

But…

Indonesian and American are raised in a very opposite way of thinking. How so? Well… I have written so many points about answering that question, but I decided to edit them. Why? Because, back to the statement above… We are raised in a different mindset and my writings can be a whole lot of hate viral discussion πŸ˜ͺ

So, let’s just keep it this way… My way of thinking is unlike most Indonesian and more likely leaning towards American. Maybe that’s why I prefer to follow and subscribe to American rather than Indonesian, and maybe that’s why I have more American followers than Indonesian.

Life is beautiful when you choose the beautiful side of it. Yes it won’t be a perfect happy ever after kinda life. But if you make the right decision towards what you’re going to do with your life, see the beauty of it, always remind yourself to be grateful, surround yourself with the same vibes of tribes, life would be joyful.

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Labeling

Practice makes perfect. Sometimes we punished ourselves for making mistakes.

Labeling ourselves for being not talented, stupid, mean, evil, criminals, sinners, lazy, unorganized, etc.

Why don’t we label ourselves with highly talented, smart, creative, kind, helpful, anointed, hard worker, etc.

We are what we continuously do. Our habit defines who we are. Doing something then making mistakes doesn’t mean that you have to stop trying.

I’m a strong believer that nothing is impossible as long as we want to try and don’t stop trying.

Find knowledge from everywhere, everyone, using every tool you have. Life is a learning process.

Don’t close yourself up thinking that you’re old or a genius or expert or whatever makes you feel so great about yourself that you don’t need anymore and anything from someone else.

We can ALWAYS get something from someone else. Make friends, socialize, talk to everybody, don’t look down on people, they may take you somewhere else you never know you’re capable of doing.

My son is 12 yo. He has been learning to play drum since he was 9 yo. Often times he asked to quit learning. I never forced him to do anything. I always give him choices.

Taekwondo, guitar class, Mandarin, soccer, badminton, drum, etc. After times, now only drum and soccer. He asked to join each of those classes, I took him and paid for each classes. But everytime he made mistakes, he wanted to quit for being “it’s not my thing”, “I’m not talented”, “I don’t want it anymore”, etc.

Well… He asked to join, ok. He asked to quit, ok. BUT… Before he quit, I’ll sit with him, review everything that he has been learning, spent time for, looking at it from every angle possible.

“There’s no such thing as you can’t. YOU ALWAYS CAN! ALWAYS! As long as you don’t quit trying”.

End of story, drum and soccer. Ok boy… YOU CAN DO IT!

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A Bummer!

Soooooooooo…

I just spent more than IDR100k to buy my domain with GoDaddy. Soooooo excited that I finally have the courage (and money) to buy a domain for my blog. Felt like I finally grow up. Finally making the commitment.

Then…

When I tried to map out my domain to WordPress, I need to pay more, this I just found out. I thought I only need to pay for the domain. End of story.

But…

It turns out, on 2017, I can’t just pay for mapping out my domain to WordPress for $13 (which I wasn’t prepared for), I need to upgrade to premium for $99 (whaaaaaaaaat???).

Gosh! What a bummer!

If I have the money, it’s a no brainer. I love writing and I love my blog. Its my baby. But, it seems that I can’t fund college for my baby right now, need more time.

What do I need to do next?

I can pay $99 (IDR1.3m) for a year with WordPress or I can pay GoDaddy to manage my hosting in WordPress for IDR1.8m ($135) for 3 years. As you can see, GoDaddy is way cheaper.

Patience…

Yes, I’ll be patience. I’ll keep nurturing my baby with what I have for now. Gotta always do best with what you have right?

 

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How to end your day – Evening routines – Clean kitchen

I always end my day with a clean kitchen. I wash my stove top, literally wash it with soap and sponge, getting rid of those sticky oil and splash.

Wash all the dishes. Wash my sink. Wipe clean the fridge with vinegar spray. Wipe clean the dining table and chairs with vinegar spray. Wipe clean the countertop, cabinets (top and bottom), and microwave with vinegar spray. And I sweep the floor.

Everybody in the house seems to no longer mind with the smell of vinegar, coz it really help my kitchen clean and fresh. I have an open kitchen, so flies/cockroaches/rats are easily attracted to it, but thanks to my vinegar spray, I have no problem with them at all.

I make sure tomorrow morning, when I need to prep the boys for school, I don’t get irritated by the messiness of the kitchen. I need to start the day in a right way or I’ll be a nagging old lady the whole day.

What is your evening routines?

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Mom’s Essential For A Clean House

I’m back!!!

It’s been a while ( a very long while) since my last post.

I was, for a moment, lost myself. Too busy with my problems that I kinda forgetting about myself, what I am, and who I want to be. Life does that to you sometimes.

But now I’m back! The problems still there, but I’m not gonna let it consume me. I got up late this morning, an hour late, but it didn’t stop me from having a new spirit. I felt energized, joy, happy, motivated.

I accomplished a lot today. Being very productive. And here I am at 12.45am creating free printable of my cleaning routine, so you can download and print for yourself, and maybe can motivate you or even implemented it.

This is the kind of cleaning routine I try to implement in my life. I said try, because just like some of you, I’m still learning. This routine can be different in any of you. But if it can inspire and motivate you to create a routine in your busy life, it would be a great help. I know how we (moms) need as much support as we can have, to do our best for our family, and I want you to know… I’m here doing it together with you.

I’m not perfect. I don’t always do this. I skipped a lot of zone cleaning coz I’m so busy with the kids and my business. But if I have this printed and have it somewhere I can see (I’m a visual person, I need to visually see or it will skip my crowded brain), I’m reminded that I still have something to do and I can make time to do it.

You know what… It’s all in the mind. If your mind is telling you that it needs to be done to make your life a lot better, then you’re gonna do it without any more excuses. Trust me… I’ve made too many excuses. I’m done with excuses.

For so long, I only do my daily cleaning routine and skipped all of my other cleaning till I see them gross enough for me to even look at them. Then I’m gonna need more time to clean them since they’re too dirty, didn’t have any more time to do anything else. Such a waste of time.

It is the time for a change! And I want you to come along and join me. Let’s do this together! 

Download and print here

You can print or use it as a guideline to make your own routine.

How are you doing your cleaning routine? Do you implement zone cleaning? Please comment below & tell me how you do it, coz I’d love to learn from you too.

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Meal Prep #1

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Today I’m gonna share with you my first attempt to meal prepping. I always wanted to start eating healthy but I don’t have the support I needed, my hubby is not into it and also the kids and also my mom, they love salt and always say that my cooking is tasteless. I know at some point salt is needed by our body, but we get it from other food such as chips and others. 

I’m 38 now, desperately need to control my eating. So, I’m determined to start. Been watching meal prep videos on YouTube and I was trying to do the exact same thing, such as containers and all, then I never start waiting for having this and that 😌 

Then last night I’ve done it. Finally! Like getting it off my chest πŸ˜‚ I’m doing it differently with the same ideas. I cook several different food, keeping it separately, so I can mix match them instead of eating the same meal for the whole week. 

Let’s get started so I can elaborate it more to you πŸ‘Œ

Coleslaw. I like all kinds of salad. I make this for snack or just add it to my meal.

Sauteed bok choy with a lot of garlic, love garlic 😁, and tomatoes (4 tomatoes). 

I steam 1 kg of sweet potatoes. 

Mashed potatoes without creamer. I just steamed it and mashed it with salt and pepper. 

Brown rice. Cooked it in the rice cooker. 

Chicken. I cut 500gr of boneless chicken breast into small cubes. Add a little of vegetable oil to the pan, add minced garlic (I don’t count, just a lot), add chicken, teriyaki sauce, oyster sauce, soy sauce, tomato sauce, pepper, a bit of water. All the sauces are just about a tablespoon. Cook it until the water is drying out. That’s all. 

Steamed cauliflower and squash. 

That’s it. That was all I was preparing. I could have mashed potatoes with chicken, cauliflower and coleslaw or brown rice with bok choy or anything I wanted. I can have a vegetarian menu also. Everyday will be a different meal πŸ˜‰ 

What do you think? I’m just a starter and will be experimenting here and there. But I think it’s a good start. 

If you’re anything like me, try this one. Don’t wait until you have everything you wanted (usually for trying to do the same as others), start with what you have. And if you want varieties, do it like I did, so you can mix your meal as you wanted, instead of eating the same for the whole week, which can be a downer. 

If you have any other ideas or suggestions, please comment below. I’d love to hear from you. And if you finally start your meal prepping, please tag me on Instagram. 

Thank you and see you soon 😘 

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DIY Dehumidifier – Failed?

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I’ve been trying to try this hack. Been Googling, YouTube, and on Pinterest. Found some hacks and finally decided to try on this one.

Since I’ve moved to this house, I’ve been dealing with extreme humidity. In my room. Only. Especially in my walking closet. How? I don’t know πŸ™„

I’ve been finding my clothes and bags covered with fungus 😭 So I bought these dehumidifiers. All for my walking closet πŸ˜ͺ

Oh… I put one in the kid’s room, just to keep their room humid free. Even though they have no problem at all with humidity. You know… Moms do extraordinary things for their kids πŸ˜‰ *excuses excuses

As you can see, full of water in less than 3 months.

Now I’m gonna wash them all clean, without soap.

It’s now empty.

I’m using this block salts for cooking and​ I’m gonna use it now as a dehumidifier.

Mashed one block.

Pour into the container.

I pour in 4 blocks of salts into the containers and I addΒ activated charcoalΒ to all of them.

Put the lid on and done.

I’m gonna give you an update after a week and see if it works. You can try it now with me too and we informed each other. Sounds good? πŸ˜‰

Thank you for joining me 😘 I’ll see you next week with an update πŸ‘Œ

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Thrifting – Clean With Me – Kitchen Aid Toaster

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A week ago I thrift a toaster. I’ve been wanting a toaster for a very long time. I love butter toast. With a lot of butter. Yum πŸ˜‹

So I bought this toaster from my cousin. In this condition πŸ˜…

Such a dishonor to the toaster right πŸ˜‚ I am determined to clean it as if it’s new. I used vacuum and butter brush to clean the burner. And I used damp cloth with baking soda to clean the grease. Then I finished with cleaning all the surface with my vinegar water spray.

The finish product…

Shine and clean as new 😍

You don’t have to spend a lot to get what you need. Thrifting can save you tons of money. Make sure that its in a good condition and works (for electrical products). Clean them thoroughly, make them shine as new, you wouldn’t even remember that you thrift 😍

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How To Stay Away From Negativity

I was showing a person a video about a DIY home project. It was pretty easy, doable, cheap, and we have most of the materials on hand. I was pretty excited. Then that person made a comment, “Of course it turned out good, they used ‘that’!”. I was stunned at how shallow that person’s mind was. How negative! ‘That’ thing was a tiny little thing compare to the whole idea. We could do the project even without ‘that’.

That comment is a negative highlight of that person’s personality. Or… An inferiority. Either way, it’s negative. A negative person will always try to find anything to talk themselves out of something. They will find themselves incapable of doing anything they don’t want (avoid) to do.

Here are some of the things I do to avoid myself from negativity:

  1. Turn an obstacle into a challenge. Whenever I find myself trapped in a difficult situation, I challenge myself to get out of there. I can be very persistent. I will try to turn things around in my head, make a plan (most of the time, I don’t even have any plan), take action. That’s why I do a lot of ‘first’. I will go with my guts and all I have, to make myself out of difficulties. It’s not a matter of a good brain, it’s a matter of willingness. I’m a strong believer that anything can be learned, as long as you have the willingness to learn.
  2. Don’t set NO as a default answer. I have a hard time saying no as an answer. I know sometimes it will disadvantage me, but it’s necessary when I need something to work out. I had my first job at a bank coz I said YES. I had my first job as a Sales & Marketing coz I said YES. Then it led me to my first job at a 5* hotel coz I said YES. I had my first job as a Secretary coz I said YES. I had my first client as a Virtual Assistant coz I said YES. I did my first website designing coz I said YES. I did my first writing contribution coz I said YES. I had a lot of ‘first’, as I mentioned. I don’t let my limitations determine my destiny.
  3. Achievement recognition. It is okay to tell your story. It is okay to recognize your achievements. It is okay to share your success. As long as you’re using it to boost your confident, not to put others down. You need to remind yourself that you CAN do it. Never talk yourself down. There’s nothing you can not do. You have been doing great and you will do more greatness.
  4. Shut up! If you can’t say any good things, you better shut your mouth. What’s worst in negativity other than to hurt others by your words? Being critical is important, but being nice is crucial. You can’t get any positive outcome from a negative mouth. An adult controls their mouth.
  5. Turn off bad news. Watch what you bring into your mind. Stay away from bad news. This world is already broken, you can’t fix it and make the world a better place if you yourself is broken. Heal yourself then heal others. Read motivational books, listen to sermons (if you’re a religion person), watch inspirational movies, find success stories, etc. Bring in positivism to your mind so you will have positive outcome.
  6. Don’t assume. Stop being such a mind reader. You don’t know everything. You don’t know someone’s story. You don’t live their life. When someone want to visit you, don’t assume that they wanted something from you. Maybe they just want to connect. When some family offer you an opportunity, don’t assume that they’re trying to step on your ego. You would’ve missed your lifetime success if you reject the offer over some pride. When some friends ask you to dinner, don’t assume that they just want you to take the bill. Maybe they just want to hang out with you, to know you better, to be your friend, so your not so lonely.
  7. Set reasonable goals. Goals are important. You can’t live your life like a mindless zombie. Waking up in the morning not knowing what to do coz you don’t have a goal. You need to set a purpose, make a plan. What are the things you’re trying to achieve? Nothing is impossible, yet you need to be reasonable. Once you set your goals too high, when you don’t get the result you wanted, you can get discouraged, and it will set you down. If it’s reasonable, most likely you will success. You will have more confident to set another goal. Do it slowly, take baby steps, learn as much as you can.
  8. Let go! People can hurt us. People can cheat on us. People can be evil. It’s not something you can fix. It’s not your job to punish them. It’s useless to dwell on it. If you keep carrying the pain, it will burden your steps, you will be walking limbs, take you slower to your destination. Your mind will start taking unnecessary precautions. Stopping you from moving forward, too afraid you’ll get hurt again, always see the bad side of everybody. All you can do is learn from it, let go, move forward.
  9. You’re not God. You’re imperfect. You have flaws. Take it easy with your mind. Don’t let it go wild. Always see the brighter side of everything. Start taking notes of your gratitude. Don’t praise yourself too high that you can’t see other’s goodness.
  10. God owns everything. No matter what you have or don’t have, it all belongs to God. God can give you everything, yet He can take everything. Stay humble. Keep honoring God.

I see negative people live in such a tiring life. Always burden their mind with ‘what if’. Taking unnecessary precautions. Giving unimportant comments. Sabotaging their mind. Take off all of your pride, learn from others, listens, and I promise you will have a peaceful life.

 

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Home Organization – Declutter, Purge, Organize – CD Collection

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Today I have time and the mood of doing some purging and organization, so I decided to take control of our CD collection. We have hundreds of CDs. 

We love watching movies. We used to race to the cinema for premiers and then we buy the CD to watch again at home. Such a waste πŸ™„ Cinemas are expensive and we have to pay 4 tickets and only 2 tickets if it’s only me and hubby, but still… With buying snacks and drinks, it double up the cost 😰 

Now it’s been months since the last time we went to cinema, so we end up stocking up our collection before I have the chance to purge and reorganize them. 

It’s summer, the kids have no school for almost 2 months πŸ˜ͺ I think it’s time to watch some old movies. But first… Let’s get working 😎

It’ll get worst before it gets better 😁

Who’s still in love with Friends??? I have complete season 1-10, still watch them for the hundreds times, and still laugh like it’s my first πŸ˜‚ I don’t think there’s no competition after all this years. They’re still the best πŸ‘Œ

I use this CD sleeves to maximize space. I don’t keep the picture coz the CD have the title anyway and I always can reuse it for other movies. It is 2 sided so it’s perfect for series. And of course coz it’s cheap. 100 sleeves for only IDR 17k. 

Trash. I’ve decided to change the paper CD envelope to the sleeve’s one coz papers got torn easily. 

I clean up the space with water and vinegar spray as always πŸ˜‰

Final product πŸ‘Œ 


1. A box of our essentials. Kajuputih, nail clippers, vaporub, cotton buds, mosquito repellent, etc. It’s the box that we go to everyday. 

2. A box of cables and chargers for our gadgets. 

3. CD music collection.

4. The kid’s movies.

5. Adult’s movies. New movies + TV series collection.

6. Adult’s movies. Thriller and horror.

7. Adult’s movies. Action movies.

8. Adult’s movies. Drama, comedy, true story. 

Nothing’s too complicated. But if it’s organized, it’s easier for us to look for a movie rather than spending a lot of time looking through hundreds of CDs. 

How’s your movie collection? It’s summer. Time for some old movies πŸ˜‰