Our Favorite Posts from 2014

As this year comes to an end, we once again would like to say our heartfelt thanks to all of you for making our 2014 awesome! Looking back at all of our posts, we can't help but give ourselves a pinch or two just to make sure we're not just dreaming. Did this year really happen?! It's been quite a year for the both of us, a year of dreams coming true and of reaching our goals, and we couldn't have done it without your love and support.

We'd like to share our favorite posts from 2014, and we look forward to an exciting new year with all of you!

We've been working hard on our Kitchen Stories and we hope you enjoy the recipes we post on the blog as much as we do.  Kitchen Stories- Dark Chocolate Caramel Cookies

 We shot our first video and posted our first beauty feature this year. 
Promposal Video | Prom Pretty

Our first travel diary also made its debut this year and we're definitely aiming for more travel diaries this 2015! Paris Diaries: The Mona Lisa Up Close and Hanging Out with the Locals at Jardin des Tuileries

We love putting together Inspiration boards. Inspiration Board: Holiday Gift Guide

And last but not the least, thank you for all the love you sent our way for our sentimental posts.
Jumping High | Dear Bianca | Mother's Day :)

Happy New Year!!!

A Christmas Playdate

We've missed doing our book reading and art activities with kids so much! So happy that we were finally able to schedule one before the year ends. This part of our Acts of Kindness project is definitely the closest to our hearts. We love working with children and we hope to have more opportunities to share our time with more kids in the coming new year.

This is our second time to be invited to the Reyes' home for a "playdate." Aside from our regular singing and story telling on how to spread love and kindness, we also baked some cookies! We made a big mess but it was super fun.

The kids surprised their moms with a song number accompanied by Bianca on the ukulele!

Merry Christmas, everyone! Let's all spread some love and kindness : )

Thank you to the Reyes family for having us and to Doa Manaloto for the video.

View more photos of our Acts of Kindness project here.

Kitchen Stories- Greek Yogurt Pancakes with Warm Cinnamon Butter Syrup

Pancakes are hands down our favorite breakfast food. We've tried lots of pancake recipes - banana, apple, chocolate, blueberry, and the list goes on. We love them so much, we sometimes have them for dinner! 
We are currently obsessing over this recipe that calls for some tangy and creamy Greek yogurt. Light, fluffy and so delicious, these pancakes will absolutely melt in your mouth. And you have to serve this with a generous drizzle of warm, buttery syrup. One bite, and you'll be in pancake heaven. Promise!

With the Christmas rush happening as we enter the final stretch of the holiday season, we hope you all have time to slow down for some quiet time with loved ones this weekend. Maybe you can even make them these special pancakes : )

Greek Yogurt Pancakes
Serves 2
1 cup plain Greek Yogurt
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup flour
3 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
Butter, for frying

Warm Cinnamon Butter Syrup
*Combine all ingredients and heat until butter and sugar are melted. Serve with your pancakes.
1 cup light corn syrup
1 tablespoon brown sugar
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

In a medium bowl, stir together yogurt, eggs and vanilla until combined. Mixture should be a bit lumpy.

In a separate bowl, mix flour, sugar, salt and baking soda. Add yogurt mixture to the flour mixture and stir until just combined. Do not over mix. Batter should be thick with a few lumps.

Heat a non-stick  pan or griddle over medium-low heat and melt some butter in the pan. Drop batter by 1/4 cup serving. Flip the pancakes when they start to bubble on the surface. Cook until golden brown on both sides. Serve with warm syrup.

This article also appears on PhilStar.com.

Inspiration Board: Holiday Gift Guide

Still looking for the perfect present to give the special ladies in your life? Mom and I put together a list of the things we think any mom, daughter, sister or best friend would love to find under the Christmas tree. Not that we're hinting, but we wouldn't mind receiving any of these gifts, either... : )

We hope that this gift guide helps eliminate some of the stress that comes with the holidays. Here's to a season of love and cheer!

Bianca's Gift Guide: H&M Dress, Mt Suite O Set of 5 Decoration Tapes, Fujifilm Instax Mini 8, Garance Dore 2015 Beauté Desk Calendar, Charlotte Olympia Kitty Flats, Topshop Sweatshirt, JCPenney Gold Monogram Necklace

Cyn's Gift Guide: Canon EOS 70D, Madewell Essex Tote, Mango Polka Dot Sweater, Kate Spade New York Mug, Happy Handmade Home by Elsie Larson & Emma Chapman, Yosi Samra Ballet Flats in Rose Pewter, Cath Kidston Utensil Gift Set

Kitchen Stories- Cranberry Pistachio Cookies

You can never have enough cookies for the holidays! Our favorite cookie flavor combinations are those that have a mix of sweet, tart and salty and we found the perfect recipe. We've been quite busy in the kitchen these last couple of weeks trying out different recipes that you can share on your Christmas table or to give as presents to your loved ones.  

We baked these cookies the same day that our tree and lights went up at home, and after one bite, we both agreed that it tasted and felt like Christmas! Chewy and tart cranberries, with crunchy, salty pistachios and the addition of luscious white chocolate for extra sweetness and creaminess.... so good!

We hope you enjoy trying out this holiday cookie recipe as much as we did. It makes use of a secret ingredient (cornstarch!) that will make your baked cookies thick and chewy. The unique addition of cornstarch, which is a thickening agent, will help your dough remain compact so your cookies turn out puffy and soft.

Happy baking!

Cranberry Pistachio Cookies (recipe adapted from this website)
*makes about 2 dozen cookies


2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon ground espresso or instant coffee
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 cup butter, at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3/4 cup white chocolate chips
1 cup dried cranberries
3/4 cup shelled pistachios

she said: We used dry roasted, salted pistachios for the recipe and it was a perfect match to the sweetness of the cranberries. I love pistachios! I was in charge of shelling the nuts and it was hard to stop myself from eating them...so I ate them :)


Sift flour, baking soda, salt, coffee and cornstarch into a medium bowl. Mix with a whisk until evenly distributed. Set aside.

In a large bowl using a handheld mixer or stand mixer, beat the butter on medium speed until smooth and creamy. Add brown sugar and granulated sugar and mix on medium high speed until fluffy. Add eggs one at a time and beat on high speed, then add in vanilla extract. Continue to mix until well combined. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed.

Add in the flour mixture in 3 additions. Mix on low speed for not more than 1 minute. Using a rubber spatula or wooden spoon, stir in chocolate, cranberries and pistachios. Cover and chill for at least 1-2 hours. It will be easier to scoop and roll the cookie dough after it is chilled.

When you're ready to bake, preheat oven to 350F. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone mats.

Remove cookie dough from refrigerator and allow to sit at room temperature for about 5 minutes. Dough will be slightly crumbly, but will come together as you roll the dough into individual balls with your hands. Scoop and roll balls of dough, about a generous tablespoon each. Place 10-12 on each baking sheet. Bake in batches, 8-10 minutes, until slightly golden brown around the edges. Allow to cool for 5 minutes on cookie sheet, then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.

She Said: To make the cookies look more attractive, don't mix in all the cranberries, pistachios and white chocolate from the recipe. Set some aside. When the cookies are halfway done, sprinkle your reserved mix-ins on top, then return to oven to continue baking.

Cookies will stay fresh covered at room temperature for one week. Baked cookies freeze well for up to three months.

This article also appears on PhilStar.com.

Inspiration Board: Christmas Eve

Happy December 1st, everyone! I can't believe the year is ending, but I am so, so excited for the holidays : ) It is the season for giving, and for being thankful. It's the most wonderful time of the year. It's time to start playing Christmas songs, putting up the tree, making a list and checking it twice...

But what are we going to wear?!

O.K., admittedly, this isn't the most pressing holiday issue we will all face, but I made an inspiration board anyway. This one's for Christmas Eve. We spend this special night with family and loved ones, and stuff our faces with food. There is lots of hugging and singing and gift-giving - and just thinking about it makes me smile. I hope you are all in the holiday spirits, too! Have a great week!

Dorothy Perkins Duo Necklace, Mango Wrap Cropped Top, Cynthia Rowley Feather Skirt, Marc Jacobs Beauty Style Eye-Con No.7 - Plush Shadow in Lolita, H&M Purse, Tory Burch Color-block Canvas Espadrilles, Just Acces Set Of Three Lime Rings, Michael Kors Golden Pave Star Pendant Necklace in Gold, Minor Obsessions Gold Moon Pendant Necklace, Monki Cindy Knitted Top, UNIQLO Women Knit Flare Skirt