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Dear Readers, Your Let it B team wishes you a very Merry Christmas. This is the best Monday ever, don’t you think? We hope you are where you want to be now, ideally at home with the people you love. If you had noche buena last night, let it be an easy-breezy morning for you, unless the kids are up and about and won’t let you sleep another wink. Thank you very much for being part of our adventure this year. Before it comes to a close, we’d like to summarize the many things that have happened this year, and the plans we have for 2018. The People Behind the Blog Your Let it B team is composed of two people. There’s artiste extraordinaire Almira, whom I fondly call Mirz. She’s young, fun, with graphic design abilities that belie her age. And there’s me, that someone who has been “talking…

“Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas.” ― Peg Bracken How would you like to spend an intimate date with your special someone without having to brave the Christmas rush? No need to travel bumper-to-bumper to go to a restaurant. No need to elbow your way into an overcrowded establishment that is more often than not so noisy as Filipino restaurants usually are. Why don’t you do something specially romantic and prepare a divine dinner date at home together? You can really stretch out the anticipation as well as the time together – from discussing and deciding on the menu, to buying the ingredients, to cooking and baking, to setting up the table, to sharing the meal prepared with love. Prepare appetizers and side dishes beforehand, chill the wine or beer or poison of your choice, and while the main course is…

SM Home started with their Christmas preparations early, and came up with four holiday hues: 1) Classic Charm, 2) Contemporary Luxe, 3) Modern Opulence, and 4) Pretty Whimsical. Here are some living room paint ideas from Boysen based on the holiday hue Pretty Whimsical. Bring into your homes the Pretty Whimsical wonderland with these quirky pastel ornaments from SM Home in baby hues of blue, pink, yellow and green. They’ve got sugar-coated dessert ornaments like gingerbread, doughnuts, ice cream cones, candies and popsicles. What Boysen wall colors would go well with Pretty Whimsical’s Baby Blue, Creamsicle, Cotton Candy and Chartreuse? Watch the video below and choose from the four paint colors we’ve selected for you. If you have children at home, then enchant them with delightful decors in the shape of a polar bear or a reindeer which can also serve as a night light for the younger ones. Spark their imagination…

Don’t you just love getting gifts, or giving them for that matter? What about those gifts that come wrapped oh-so-prettily in a unique way, that you know with just a glance that the giver took such great care in preparing something special for you? Nowadays when a busy life seems to be the norm, the art of giftwrapping is delegated to shopping mall clerks, family members or personal assistants who are good at this sort of thing. But here’s my challenge to you: why not do it yourself? With all the ideas and inspiration floating around in the Internet, I’m sure you’ll find something which you would find beautiful and congruent to your wrapping skill level. Have a Giftwrapping Party with your BFFs Watch the video. Invite your BFFs over for a giftwrapping party. A negative point would be you will have to wrap their gifts when they are not…

Kitchens are going to be overused and abused this Christmas, I’m sure. We Filipinos love to eat, but more so during the holiday season. Many of us are going to do a lot of entertaining so the kitchen is going to be very busy. I don’t know if your homes still have that separation of “clean” kitchen and “dirty” kitchen. Do the millennials even know this? With the changing lifestyles, most of us don’t have those two separate spaces in our homes anymore. Most kitchens in condos, for example, are usually open ones. It is great for entertaining, that is if you still have the energy after work, school, commute, and chores. Personally, I am all for the word that starts with a “c”….as in catering, at least for some dishes. All you need to do is cook or bake those dishes (two max) that have made you famous (haha), and…

SM Home started with their Christmas preparations early, and came up with four holiday hues: 1) Classic Charm, 2) Contemporary Luxe, 3) Modern Opulence, and 4) Pretty Whimsical. Here are some living room paint ideas from Boysen based on the holiday hue Modern Opulence. Sapphire, amethyst, citrine, tourmaline: If you want your home to scintillate with the colors of precious gems this Christmas, then choose Modern Opulence. The colors of blue, magenta, purple and yellow make for a modern edgy palette that befits the pomp that Christmas represents. This palette is a leap outside tradition, outside comfort zones. Still, you can never go wrong because the Boysen-SM Home collaboration provides you this color guide. When you’ve got jewel tones for your Christmas decor, the best colors for your walls would be neutrals to balance that intensity. Here are some colors that could be the perfect backdrop for the iridescent blue,…

SM Home started with their Christmas preparations early, and came up with four holiday hues: 1) Classic Charm, 2) Contemporary Luxe, 3) Modern Opulence, and 4) Pretty Whimsical. Here are some living room paint ideas from Boysen based on the holiday hue Contemporary Luxe. Gold and silver —  their gleam add such a luxe vibe to any Christmas tableau. Who wouldn’t want that gorgeous glitter to help make your holiday season shine like no other? Very fitting for festivities with family and friends at home. ‘From angels bending near the earth to touch their harps of gold’ to ‘silver bells’, those are the sparkles we’d like. No frost, no snow or ice to glisten in this country, but who cares? We can always bring some of that into our homes with all the bells, balls, baubles and tinsel available. Add fairy lights for more sparkle, and you’ve got that Christmas…

What could be a bedroom design idea to prepare for some homey hugs during the coming Christmas holidays? Usually most of us focus only on one area of the house, the living room, when we think about decorating our homes for Christmas. But why not start with the bedroom, your very own private space? Put up something cozy and heartwarming where you can snuggle up with your loved ones, or where you can have wonderful hygge moments alone. How To Dress Up Your Wall With String Lights As you can see in the video, you don’t have to have those traditional Christmas ornaments, not even glittery ones, to bring in that Christmas cheer. In fact, you can keep it very simple by dressing up a wall with Christmas lights. Use warm yellow ones that go well with a white wall. Lights like these are not only meant for trimming trees.…

SM Home started with their Christmas preparations early, and came up with four holiday hues: 1) Classic Charm, 2) Contemporary Luxe, 3) Modern Opulence, and 4) Pretty Whimsical. Here are some living room paint ideas from Boysen based on the holiday hue Classic Charm. In keeping with Philippine tradition, Christmas jingles started in September, the start of the BER months when anything Christmas seen or heard is a Filipino practice that we find utterly normal, but which other cultures find terribly quirky. I find it so nostalgic and heartwarming to hear Nat King Cole sing “Chestnuts roasting on an open fire…” months before Christmas day. Never mind that we neither have chestnuts nor open fires…well, maybe in Baguio. Chestnuts roasting on open fires just really go well with jingle bells and sleigh rides in this beautiful tropical country with average temperatures of 30°C, especially when you start hearing carols in September! Read…