I'm Pregnant!

17 Sep 2016 (4 years after my husband proposed to me) our baby uses his/her method to communicate with us on his/her existence. Yes, we're happily announced that I'm pregnant! 

As we are very desperate to have a baby, so I have a pregnancy test when my period is late for one day. So when I found out I am pregnant, it's just 4 weeks and the result is quite buried, so I checked twice to make sure my baby exist! 

I still remember I question myself the day before I have the test on why my period doesn't come, but I don't want to waste the testing machine as it costs money, so I tell myself to wait until tomorrow to do the test. But this has been in my mind the whole night and I wake up at 6am to have a test and surprisingly the result is POSITIVE! My husband and I both feel so happy and my life turns upside down since then. 

We waited until 8am and book a doctor appointment to reconfirm my pregnancy. Before the doctor's confirmation, we hold back our happiness to prevent any disappointment. Once the doctor congratulates us, we finally laughing out loud. 

We start announcing it to our closing family and would wait until 3 months (the baby is stable) before telling our friends, which is really hard to hide from my beloved friends.


August Favourite - Food, Song, Stationary & Beauty

Perhaps I am the last one who write about August favourite. I know.. I know.. It is the second day of September already, it's better to be late than missing one. This month I would talk about more interesting topics. 

If you have read my previous post about Easy Healthy Snack - Cottage Cheese Avocado, you will know I am currently obsessed with avocado. Not only does it has different kinds of Vitamin (B, C, E&K), it is a low carbohydrate food as well. Perfect for me (currently on diet). I always feel eating avocado alone is a little bit bear, I like to top it up with yogurt add some walnut and sprinkle some cinnamon. This is a perfect pick me up food at tea time. 

Song & TV Programme
I'm currently in love with watching Korea drama, Descendants of the Sun. It is very popular in Asia and is very obsessive. It's a romantic comedy about how a doctor falls in love with a soldier, how they find ways to compromise their own principles and survived in a complicated world. I don't want to give away too much. You can find the shows with English subtitles online and the programme's songs just keep coming up in my mind. 

I always have a thing on stationary. I feel like having beautiful stationary can motivate me to work. That's why I always buy floral print notebook and pen. Among all, I love the brand of Rifle Paper the most. Their stationary are strong in colour tone and make it stands out from other brands. I hope that our Paper and Brush online store can live up with Rifle paper. What a huge target. Dream big and target high. Even though you may never reach the top, you will also have something to run for.

This month's beauty is not about makeup or skincare. It is all about hair mist. I am not a high end product buyer, and this Chanel (Chance) hair mist is a gift from my friend. She gave it to me when I was about to leave Hong Kong to England. This is with me because she wants me to take the chance (product name) to explore the world, to do things that I never do and see things that I have never seen. Everytime I spray myself with this hair mist in England, I will remember what my friends has told me and act as I was told. This simply changes my life in the past few months.

So, what is your favourite of the month? Any food you keep on eating throughout the month? Any songs you keep playing everyday? Any stationary you love using? Any beauty product simply change your life? Please share with me your thought and I promise you I will listen to you carefully and truthfully. 


Clear and Glow Skin Serum - Olay White Radiance Light-perfecting Essence

You really don't need a thousand-dollar serum to get a perfect serum. All you need is a right brand with suitable texture for your skin. Everytime when my skin has any kind of problems (aging, growing dark spot, skin tone problem), I will always end up go to Olay to ask for help. It never fails me.

Reason For Buying: Ever since I traveled to Italy in June, my skin was hurt by the sun and my skin tone goes dark, little black spot grows at my cheeks. Nearly everyone sees me would give me one comment: You skin grows darker! This is the time when I think I need to do something about it. I had gone for really high-end SKII serum, but I ended up having an allergic reaction to this. So, I go back to basic and look for a brand that I tried and always feel comfortable with - Olay White Radiance Light-perfecting Essence.

How to use? Apply 3 drops of essence on the face after using toner.  This can be used day and night.

How does it feel? I have been using this for 1 month now. After 2 weeks of using this serum, my skin tone has changed significantly. My skin tone becomes more even and white. The dark spot gradually fade. After three weeks, my skin glows and is more moisturized. I then started to use the light-perfecting stretch mask as well. This simply magnified the whole moisturizing, whitening, glowing result. I especially love the stretch mask design which sticks totally with my skin. There is no gap around the nose and it sticks firmly around my eyes area. These are the two areas I can hardly cover up with other masks. It is just perfect! I can completely see the different once I removed the mask. 

If you need a clear and glow skin at a budget price, try this one. You will be amazed by the incredible result! 


Launching of New Positive Quote T-Shirt - Paper and Brush

Finally! It comes to the point where I launch my very own positive quote T-shirt! It has been a long time coming and today is the day! I felt so unreal when the T-shirt was delivered to my hands and the first sentence that came up in my mind was: How cool is that to have my own painting print on a T-shirt?!

Where to start: I feel like it's time to let you know how this arty me begins. Thanks to this blog, I can track back the time when I first start learning calligraphy as I have written a blogpost about Where to learn Calligraphy in Hong Kong?. It was written in 2015 after I attended a calligraphy course. Ever since I touched on modern calligraphy, I'm obsessed with it. I still remembered I spent the whole night browsing through all the Instagram photo and thought "Aw.. that's nice!", "O.. this looks amazing!" and "Yeah, I can do that!". After that, I literality spent most of my spare time drawing and I have hundreds of drawing within a few months time. 

Let's get started: Few months later, through the encouragement of my husband, my own Etsy Shop was opened. And of course, you guys are with me as I shared a post about My New Etsy Shop back in Jul 2015. My passion starts to grow, I always dream about having my own product line, including post card, tailor-made card, wrapping paper and hopefully expand to T-shirt, stationary or even phone case. It's always my fantasy which I don't feel like it can happen, but I just keep working with my heart and then passion leads the way. 

Now what? Now.. It is the big day for me. My husband and I have created a website called Paper and Brush (it means everything starts from paper and brush) and we are launching our very first positive quote print T-shirt. The launching day is TODAY! Unbelievable! To find out the reason I create this Tee, I need to admit that I'm not a positive person all the time, I need to constantly remind myself to stay positive and I believe a positive vibe leads to a positive life. Who wouldn't want a happy life? So, I incorporate the positive quote into my watercolour drawing for empowerment and hope to spread more positive vibe to the world. Imagine people looking at your T-shirt while they are having a bad day, you go home with a tiring day and look at the positive quote print on the wall. I believe it may somewhat help or give others some kind of comfort. I don't mind doing it quietly as this suits my style. 

My Esty shop has run for a while now and there are people from all over the world ordering my print, fathers'/mothers' day/birthday card and even asked me to tailor-made some card for their friends. Sometimes I feel so unreal that my drawings are hanging on people's home in Germany, U.S.A or even England. A father is receiving a card that I draw. He may feel warm and may even keep it for a while. Now,  people are buying my printed T-shirt walking on the street. It's so amazing!

I have already received lots of T-shirt orders this morning and feel overwhelmed with love. Thanks for making me living my dream and I can't thank you enough for all the lovely people believed in me and ordered from my site. I will make sure our products are the best and will create it with full passion and joy! 

Let's share the love and spread the positive vibe.  If you are interested in buying a T-shirt, feel free to go to below site for t-shirt ordering (worldwide shipping). It has lots of size to choose from. If you are looking for some print or card, you can also check it out from our site or Esty shop . There might be some interesting items that you may want. If there is nothing for you, don't worry, I can always tailor-made one for you or you can simply enjoy browsing it through. Thanks again for those who ordered, you have just made my dream comes true!

To order "Be Strong" T-shirt: Ordering T-shirt
Our Webpage: www.paperandbrush.com
Our Facebook Page: Paper and Brush Facebook Page
Instagram Username: papaerandbrush.co


Easy Healthy Snack Recipe - Cottage Cheese Avocado

Have you ever been hungry in the middle of the day while you are on diet? You feel guilt to pick up an ice-cream, but you feel like you have no energy without eating anything. Here is a healthy alternative for you.

All you need are:
1 Avocado
Cottage Cheese
Salt and pepper 

Simple Steps: 
1. Cut the avocado into half. 
2. Put cottage cheese in the hole. 
3. Add salt, pepper and cinnamon on the top. 

It's all ready for you to eat with a spoon like you are having ice-cream, it tastes delicious and is healthy as well. 

Being healthy can be easy, try this out and eat with no guilt!

Check out another healthy snack recipe here - Almond Butter Energy Ball
Please also let me know what your healthy snack is. 


Monthly Beauty Buy - Princess Make-up

It has been a while since I write any blogpost here, mainly because my life got a little bit too busy and I finally have some time to slow down and appreciate life once again. 

Let's start talk about two of my makeup beauty product that makes me really happy by just looking at them. 

Canmake Glow Fleur Cheeks: This little pink bush comprises of red, pink, slightly orange and pearl colour in one tiny box. Normally, I would combine all the colour (except pearl) and apply it on my cheeks and leave the pearl bush as the highlighter. It's perfect for everyday casual no make up makeup look. It just instantly boosts your look without too over the top. I also feel so excited  everytime I look at the floral and bow pattern. So girl and princess like. 

Jill Stuart Lipgloss (01 Strawberry Crash): I admit I love Jill Stuart's lipgloss simply because of its beautiful packaging. The pink diamond on the top reminds me all the Japanese girly cartoon I used to watch when I was young. The sprinkle glitter inside the lipgloss highlight the whole make up look and yes to be completely honest I adore the packaging way more than the result of the product. But it is still a lovely product as I nearly used it everyday.

So, what is your monthly beauty favourite?

If you want to see more similar post, please clear here -  Monthly Beauty Buy


6 Things To Quit In Order To Reach Your Goal

Why our goal is so hard to reach? Perhaps there are somthing that we keep doing and created an obstacle to prevent us from moving forward. Let's see 6 of the things we shall quit to enable us to reach our goal.

1. Stop thinking "I will do it when I have time.". There will always be another thing that occupy our time. If we don't prioritise and write down a list of thing to do to achieve our goal, there will always be "another time", thing will then never be accomplished.  

2. Stop thinking " It is just a dream." Your dream will not come true unless you come up with a concrete plan to make it happen. If you dream hard enough, you will work it out. If you don't make it happens, perhaps this is not really want you truely want. 

3. Don't quit once things block you up.  No one say achieving a goal is easy (unless you set up a really easy goal). There will always be things that work all the way round and don't happen the way you think it should be. Be prepare the challenges that will come across and be ready to celebrate each little step of achievement toward your goal. 

4. Don't compare. People design their own life differently and choose to live their life differently. Don't ever compare yourself with others when we have made completely different decisions everyday. Instead, look at the mirror and ask yourself what you really want? If you are in the right track of your life? If not, what we can do to get ourself back on track?

5. Don't believe those who under estimate you. If you have read my previous post about you are more than what people think you are. Then, you will understand people don't 100% understand you, don't believe you are what people think you are, especially those underestimate you. Trust yourself that you can achieve more than what people think you are. Keep challenged and amazed people by your ability and your goal will not be too far for you to achieve. 

6. Don't bother if people think you are lame or crazy. I once heard "Those matter don't mind, those mind don't matter.", this is one of my favourite quote. If you are very sure about your goal and this is what you want for your life, people understand you will support you, those doesn't support you don't really matter. Don't let them get in your way. They may not be wrong, just that they design their life differently and your life doesn't necessarily need to be the same as them. 

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The Best Essie Nail Polish

If you have read my blog post about top five nail polish for summer, you may already notice that I always has a thing on nail polish. My nail with me everyday and I look at it most of my time and the colour on top of it always cheers me up. 

Essie - Eternal Optimist: Ever since I live in London, I went completely nuts as "Boots" has a whole section of Essie nail polish with different shade for me to choose from. Essie is one of the brand I'm dying to try when I was in Hong Kong. It never that easy to find essie nail polish in Hong Kong as compare to London. 

Let's talk about Eternal Optimist. This colour is so beautiful. If I know is soon enough, I will use this nail polish in my wedding or ask my bridesmaid to wear this. This pinky shade is so romantically beautiful. It's not the pink which makes you feel like a teenager, at the mean time, it's wouldn't make you feel old. This is not too shape that it would instantly stand out from your outfeet, but it matches with every outfit naturally. It's is just perfect! This is the best colour I have tried on and I am with no doubt that this will be my favourite colour for a very long time. 

If you are in London, go to Boots and grab one (only £7.99). I will need to stuck up some more before I leave.

May I know what is your favourite nail polish? 

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Things to Do in Edinburgh, Scotland

I heard many good things about Edinburgh (Scotland) and finally got the chance to go there. If you have planed a trip to Edinburgh, there are few things you can't miss. 

1) Edinburgh Castle: Scotland is a place where the people there treasure history, lots of old buildings has been maintained nicely. If you want to understand Edinburg's history, the best place is to go to Edinburg Castle. It has so many museum inside to let you understand the king, the queen, the war or even the meaning behind the King's crown. Definitely worth visiting. 

2) Living in a Castle: There are some castles converted to hotels in Edinburg and the price is decent. Why not trying this one and a life time experience there and pretend to be a King/Queen for one night? 

3) Arthur's Seat: Arthur Seat is a place includes rock mountains. When you have a hike there, you can view most part of Edinburgh. The endless view is pretty amazing. The weather in Edinburg is quite rainy, be prepare to wear a hiking shoes and bring an umbrella when going uphill. 

4) Museum of Childhood: This museum displayed lots of old school toys. It just throws me back to my childhood and I lost count on how many toys I have ever owe in the museum.

Little tips: If you travel from London to Edinburgh, I would highly recommend you to go by train than on the plan. As you can enjoy the view during the train journey. Plus, the flight ticket is more expensive and waiting the flight takes time too. 

However, please be reminded to bring books, magazines for the train journey as it will be a four hours journey and you might not be able to enjoy the view the whole time. If you can't leave without electronic devices, bring a charger with you, the train can let you charge your i phone or i pad for free.

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Feel free to watch the Edinburgh Youtube video here.


London Travel Guide: Foodies Festival

I don't know I am such a foodie until I come to London. London has so many food markets and food festivals where they gather different kinds of food to gather for you to choose from. From there, I simply want to try out everything. I can say I am such an explorer, but deep down I can't deny I am such a greedy foodie. 

In spring, the weather is nice and London has lots of food festival organized at the park, so you can enjoy food and the sun at the same time. My husband and I found a food festival called Foodies' Festival and no doubt we are in. 

Foodies Festival is UK's biggest series of food festival. It tours across country, from Brighton, Bristol to Edinburgh etc in summer time. If you are living in the UK, there must be one nearby. 

Insides the food festival, you can buy taste treats from popcorn, Japanese sushi,  fresh seafood, award winning hot dog and burgers or even amazing ribs. For beverage , you can find any kind of wine,  champagne, juice, soft drink or real English tea there. You name it, they have it. You can also grab an ice-cream, seat on the glasses and enjoy the live music around the counter. It is such a lovely weekend activities. 

The ticket price ranged from £8 to £38 (VIP) per person and you will also need to pay for the food you choose from each counter. The ticket will be more expensive over the weekend, if you have a day off, go there in weekday, you can get a bargain price in. 

If you want to feel the atmosphere before going, please feel free to check out the video here. What other festival will you recommend? I would be interested to test out more in this summer.