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    #HeyjowWorkshops: Intentional Note Taking with Sunshine Asuncion of The Crafters Marketplace

    Part of the #HeyjowTeam's activities for 2020 is curating workshops that encourage our community to explore new hobbies and create meaningful partnerships between local brands.

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    The Heyjow Team recently rediscovered the art of journaling through Sunshine Asuncion, head crafter behind online store The Crafters Marketplace, which is a virtual wonderland of art and crafting supplies. We all got a Happy Planner from Shine and we’ve been obsessed about it ever since! We wanted to share this joy with other journaling enthusiasts so we came up with an Intentional Note Taking session, our second workshop for the year.

    Our recent find: The Happy Planner from The Crafters Marketplace

    “I started collecting all the color combinations of Crayola markers back in high school. I had notebooks upon notebooks of scribbles and doodles,” shared Shine.

    Shine showing us pages from her journal

    Shine brought her personal stash of watercolor brushes, colored pens and a fun sticker buffet for the session. Everyone had the chance to decorate their planners with themed Happy Planner stickers – and it reminded us of younger days when we would trade stationery with classmates.

    Happy Planner stickers are available via Shine's online store, The Crafters Marketplace

    Shine and the Heyjow team also prepared a goodie bag for all the participants, which contained journals from Oat MNL and Eleven Fingered Crafter, ‘City Girl’ stickers from Rainbow Papeterie, a personalized pen holder from For Craftness Sake, handmade felt flowers from Eclations, embossed cards from Pressed.ph, and Dong-A pens. They also got protein bars from Take Root, truffle dips from Callies DipsStips Chips, and a beautiful rose box from Fiora Manila.

    Participants took home journals from Oat MNL and Eleven Fingered Crafter, ‘City Girl’ stickers from Rainbow Papeterie, a personalized pen holder from For Craftness Sake, handmade felt flowers from Eclations, embossed cards from Pressed.ph, and Dong-A pens. They also got protein bars from Take Root, truffle dips from Callies Dips, Stips Chips, and a beautiful rose box from Fiora Manila!

    Post-Valentine treat: Luxe rose boxes from Fiora Manila 

    Left: journaling essentials and handmade goodies from our sponsors; Right: pretty craft-themed cookies from The Little Whisk  

    A newly opened café in BF Homes called Hello Barista was the perfect venue for the workshop.

    It had spacious counters for Shine’s sticker albums and planners. We also brought select pieces from our H2O collection.

    Select pieces from our latest collection called H2O

    Tucked along the quiet side of President’s Ave., Hello Barista has a good selection of coffee (our current fave is the Spanish Latte) and cookies.

    Must-try: Hello Barista's Spanish Latte

    Shine shared with us a few tips and how journaling has helped her through the years:

    1. A journal can help you gain more clarity.

    “As we get older, we have more plates spinning and a planner or a journal serves as a brain dump. It helps us let go and be more creative.” Writing everything down gives us more space to take on other things and a lesser chance that we will forget important to-dos.

    2. A journal gives your dreams a vehicle to become a reality.

    When you write down your hopes and dreams, you are committing to doing something. Whether it’s a ‘silly dream’ or a life-long goal, a journal dedicated to documenting your goals helps you become more intentional.

    3. A journal is your safe space.

    It serves as a tool for self-discovery. It serves as a space to process your emotions and translate them to changes and actions.

    4. A journal is a personal time machine.

    Documenting your days gives you a glimpse of how far you’ve come. Recording family milestones, whether special occasions or precious everyday moments, in a journal or scrapbook, will help you remember those moments, and it’s something your kids can refer to when they’re more grown-up.

    5. Journaling is a very personal ritual – so find what works for you.

    Shine shared that there was a time she kept 5 journals, each for a different purpose. Her journaling habit is done at night tied in with the bible verse of the day. “I usually will do a hand-drawn version of the word that speaks most to me and then I start from there. I also add to my plans for the week at night.” Don’t be afraid to explore. You’ll know it works for you when the habit sticks!

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    Thank you, Shine, for a fun crafternoon! Stay tuned for more exciting activities as we curate more workshops for the year. In the meantime, check out our journaling essentials giveaway on Instagram! Winners will be chosen on Tuesday night, February 25. 

    #HeyjowWorkshops: Travel organizing with Issa of Neat Obsessions

    Part of the #HeyjowTeam's activities for 2020 is curating workshops that encourage our community to explore new hobbies and create meaningful partnerships between local brands.

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    For our first workshop, we partnered with Issa Guico-Reyes aka Neat Obsessions for a jewelry organizing session attended by some of our clients and collaborators. 

    Issa is known as a professional organizer and a Konmari consultant-in-training who teaches her clients how to efficiently use their space at home. Aside from organizing jewelry for travel, she taught us how to pack more efficiently and gave helpful tips for traveling with kids.

    Heyjow Chief Jeweler with Issa Guico-Reyes aka Neat Obsessions

    “We lived in Hong Kong for 3 and a half years and when we went home, I was able to pack our entire life in 4 balikbayan boxes minus the furniture. Hong Kong taught us a long on what we really need,” Issa shared. 

    Our host, Tina Henson-Ngkaion, welcomed us into her home and created a beautiful tablescape for the session - and we added a few pieces from our H2O collection as finishing touches.

    Our host Tina Henson-Ngkaion prepared her signature home-cooked dishes. For dessert, we had The Little Whisk's super moist sparkly heart cookies  

    Pieces from our H2O collection became part of the afternoon's tablescape

    Grateful for all our sponsors for this workshop: Shimmer Prints, Pac & Go, Keeping It Together, Booths Republic, MimssacThe Little Whisk, and Baby Kicks PH

    We shared her delicious dip and lasagna with a few friends and collaborators and listened to Issa's tried and tested tips: 

    1. Identify what you need and arrange them in an easily accessible bag.

    Issa reveals that the contents of her diaper bag (a black backpack with multiple pockets) is the result of years and years of editing it. Having 3 kids, Issa always makes sure to bring a complete set of extra clothes for each of her kids neatly packed in a packing cube, a water bottle for hygiene purposes (especially for long haul flights), and a small bag of toiletries that includes a travel bidet and disposable toilet seat covers. Hygiene items like sterillium, wet wipes, and water-resistant ecobag are best placed on outside pockets for easy access.

    Neat tip: A planner and packing list can help you stay organized and help you avoid bringing multiple pieces of the same item like wet wipes.

    2. Always keep important travel documents secured.

    Issa uses a small cross-body bag to keep all their passports together that she wears throughout the trip. When she’s traveling without her kids, she keeps it safely inside her jacket.

    Neat tip: If you’re traveling with your kids, put your business card in one of their pockets as a safety measure.

    3. Use clear packing cubes so you can easily see the item you need.

    Packing cubes like ones from Pac & Go will keep your clothes compressed and folded flat or neatly rolled. 

    4. Fold clothes using the pocket folding technique.

    This is the best way to maximize your packing cubes and luggage space. If you’re familiar with the Konmari folding method, just follow that and tuck the folded part into the top or bottom part of the garment. For example, tuck the bottom part of a pair of pants into the waistband. To make it more efficient, fold a set of clothes together so you won’t have to look for the pants that go with the shirt you’ll be using.

    5. Choose clothing items wisely.

    For moms, dresses are always a good option for traveling. Choose ones in lightweight fabrics and can go with sneakers or sandals. For your kids, pack easy-to-wear and loose clothes for easier changing on the go. Avoid leggings as they are harder to put on and are prone to getting dirty.

    Neat tip: Pack extra sets of clothes in case of delayed flights and unexpected detours.

    6. Aside from a first-aid kit, there are travel-sized health essentials such as a nebulizer and UV sterilizer you can also bring with you on your trip.

    If you need to bring medicine for your kids, write the dosage on the outside of the bottle so you won’t have to bring or look for the prescription.

    Neat Obsessions-approved travel essentials: planner and packing list from Shimmer Prints, packing cubes from Pac & Go, clear cases, toiletry and jewelry organizers from Keeping It Together, jewelry holder from Mimssac, and portable nebulizer and UV sterilizer from Baby Kicks PH

    7. For jewelry, use a bag with multiple pockets to avoid tangling of chains.

    If you don’t have a jewelry bag, string the necklace chain through a silicone straw or wrap your jewelry pieces in plastic individually.

    8. For fine jewelry such as wedding rings, use a clear plastic case.

    Secure precious items by placing them in their own cases (Keeping It Together has a variety of sizes) so you won't misplace or leave them behind. 

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    Thank you, Issa, for sharing these practical tips! We learned so much from this session and can't wait to apply them for our next trip.

    Stay tuned for more exciting activities as we curate more workshops for the year. In the mean time, check out our travel essentials giveaway now on our Instagram! Winners will be chosen on Monday night, February 3.