7 Benefits of Mood Boarding

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Wiki says that a mood board is a type of collage consisting of images, text, and samples of objects in a composition. It can be based upon a set topic or can be any material chosen at random. A mood board can be used to give a general idea of a topic, or to show how different something is from the modern-day. They may be physical or digital, and can be effective presentation tools but are there any benefits in mood boarding? 


The first time I heard about mood board was in University when it was part of an introduction to art related course. Though it has caught my attention, I was so caught up by what my classmates and friends were doing and nobody seemed to mention that they did something called mood board at home. I needed to do what they were doing. I needed to have what they are having. I needed to be a part of something they are part of. I thought if I will create a mood board, I will become a certified nerd and that is not cool. Plus, what else will I do with it? And it will take time to create one. So not worth it to lose some time to create somethings my friends were not doing. I wasn’t willing to be branded as uncool.


Nearly 12 years later in one fine summer day, my German host mother was so inspired to sort her stuff out and didn’t know what to do with a piece of wooden board in the basement. I know it will end up in the trash so I saved it. I didn’t know yet what I will do with it but I know that with a little creativity, it can be completely different. I will practice my ever poor painting skills and creativity with it.


I set it aside and waited until we finish our day’s goals.

I took it upstairs to my kitchen and started thinking of what I can do with it. I will paint it and I will decide later.

I took my arts and DIY basket out and started working on it. It didn’t look perfect but it’s okay. Done is better than perfect. After all, it was meant to be chucked away.

I wasn’t so satisfied with the outcome but I waited for it to dry and was surprised that it wasn’t so bad. In fact, it looked so alive.


Few days later, I decided to launch my website and decided to take it seriously and I found having a mood board beneficial for these reasons.


Photography props.

I didn’t hang it fixed on the wall. I just propped it against it so I use it as a background for my photos when I flat lay cute little things for my Pinterest Pins and for my other art cards.

Fun way to express ideas.

I had fun not just when I was painting it but I have fun every time will stick something to it. Mood boarding is a very creative way to express ideas whenever I don’t have enough words to express it.


A very useful productivity tool.

I originally wanted to post an article a week and focus on finishing my book but my mood board has other plans for me. It makes planning a breeze. Sure I created a blog planner but nothing beats a bigger and more tangible guide on how to do things. It made brainstorming easy. Mood board is like a giant daily planner page I can play with. Mood boarding makes visual organization, goal setting, planning and brainstorming a breeze. I also read somewhere that visualization is a powerful brain exercise which is a big factor in making dreams come true.


Helps me focus on my strengths.

Instead of making me focus on the things that I can’t do well, (e.g. technical aspect of running a website and web design), mood boarding has given me a reason to focus on what I do well which is writing and creating. And create more is what I do.


Invites more happiness and inspiration.

Just looking at my colorful mood board makes me happy. It makes me foresee how my next blog post, art card and other designs. Mood boarding can literally allow me to step back, look at what I posted on it and think of what I still can do improve my craft. It gives me total creative control and freedom.


Aides Social Media Detox.

Part of my hobby involves a lot of time with social media, designing, writing and a lot of time with technology. Trust me, not even my reading addiction takes me away from technology unlike my mood board. With my mood board, time passes quickly unnoticed when I try to dress it up and then tear it apart after one project to the other.



It is not only where I do my brain dump. My mood board is a piece of art itself and never fails to make my work space more inviting and the plain white wall alive. I also feel good knowing that I can use big photos, magazine clippings, big reminders, what needs to be done and by when I should finish it. When everything is overwhelming and I’m running on empty tank and feel so scattered, I look for my mood board and it instantly saves me from my creative exhaustion and blocks. 


I know everything is so advanced and digital right now but I enjoy doing simple and somehow, primitive things like this for the richness of my soul. How about you? Tell me. (Doesn’t matter if you have a website or not. You can use it for your weekly wardrobe or meal planning.) Do you love mood boarding too?


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Homemade Sugar Scrub

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Ho Ho! Merry Christmas!


Hu hu! Said my piggy bank.


Sounds familiar?


Oh Yeah!


But it doesn’t have to be like that with a little imagination and a quick trip to the kitchen.


This is the frugal village girl guide to giving gifts for any occasion.


We don’t have to spend so much just to show the people we love how much they mean to us. Or worse, we don’t have to fall in debt.


With these very easy steps, I was able to whip up a lavish body scrub and gave everyone close to me a self-made Christmas present which spelled nothing but sweet.


Check out this sugar and cinnamon body scrub recipe which is very easy to make and left my skin smelling good and looking healthy.


You’ll only need:


Brown Sugar

Olive Oil


Sealed jars


Ribbons (or you can play on how you want it to be wrapped.)



  1. In a bowl, pour 4 cups of sugar, 1 cup of olive oil and one teaspoon of cinnamon.  sugar body scrub
  2. Mix until you get your mixture preference. I like mine not so thick and not so oily.
  3. Using a spoon, scoop some on your hands to try. This is perfect for your feet, face and actually, all over your body. Just wash with a warm water after and you’ll feel the difference. I personally use this twice a week especially on a long tiring day. Perfect for busy moms and women who need quick fix for skin that needs deep exfoliation. I can say that it is one of the things I look forward to especially after a long tiring day. I am addicted to it especially the sweet cinnamon smell. Soft and radiant skin is one of the best gifts we can give to our loved ones. This is not just loved by my girlfriends but their husbands and kids too and I had to make them some more jars.sugar body scrub
  4. Using a spoon, you can now transfer your body scrub to a sealed jar. This has a very long shelf life. I’d say six months but I accidentally left one jar somewhere I haven’t seen and I was still able to use it after nearly two years. diy sugar scrubsugar body scrub

You can experiment with essential oils for different scents too.


I tried this with instant coffee and salt too and did the same wonders.


With ribbons and stickers, it is perfect for Christmas or any other occasion.


Please make sure to write the ingredients in one of the stickers or print them and then hang them as tags because we don’t know for sure if one has allergic reaction to any of the ingredients.


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10 Simple Ways to Celebrate Birthday Away from Home

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Two days ago, I turned 32. The same day I officially launched my website. I used to throw parties and then spend the following days hangover but it changed the moment I stepped outside my own country because I saw that there are other soul enriching ways to spend it. Living abroad has its perks for sure. This year, I didn’t do anything grand but so far, it’s the happiest and most fulfilling celebration I had. I still can remember how bad my hangover was in Malaysia in 2014. In 2015, I forgot it was my birthday while cruising Vietnam’s Halong Bay. I spent days googling and preparing for that trip as a present for myself only to forget it was actually my big day. 2016 was with the refugees in German class. 2017, champagne overload and 2018, I stayed longer in bed, hugged my comforter and pillows tighter then braced myself for an ordinarily special day.



  1. Dress nicely.


I have always loved playing dress up to feel good most of the time. And since quitting the corporate world, I have started dressing down a lot. Ironically, I have been dressing down in Europe’s fashionable streets when in Asia, I made sure to dress up as if I am meeting my boyfriend’s family for the first time everyday. It is just a bit hard to master walking on the cobble stoned street with heels being stuck between them but this day, I took my trusty five-inch yellow wedges out for some treat. I might have walked like a calf but it looked really well with my LBD and brown mailman bag so I gave it another exemption.

2. Meditate


I used to scoff at the thought of me closing my eyes and being aware of my breathing process. It is just so corny and I couldn’t afford to look sillier than I already feel. Later on, as I started facing more complicated life issues and needed to stay on top of them, I learned how to zone out to be able to think clearly. I started on the first day of Spring and opened my balcony door without intending to really start meditating. The chilly air brushed my face and chills crept from my bare feet up my spine. I ignored the urge to run back inside to dive under the covers and stared a bit on the pond from the garden that I often just ignore to think of all the things I needed to do for the day. As I gawked longer, I heard the birds chirping. I noticed they are chirping louder than I ever remembered. Maybe because of the fact that I opened the balcony door and I am now with them. I closed my eyes and listened. It was one of the most relaxing days of my life. As delicious as an hour of Thai massage, sauna or bubble bath. Sure I got colds that same day but the next days, I started bringing my yoga mat on the balcony and began my days with five minute yoga poses until it has become a habit. I am no yogi but sure, few stretches help me to move within the day with ease and grace.



3. Visit my daily gratitude list.


As I grow older, I became mindful of every little thing around me. And after moving overseas twice, I have started practicing minimalism. I also started being thankful and appreciative of simple pleasures I get from non material things I used to be skeptic about. When I started counting my blessings, I started complaining less and stopped why certain things are happening. Instead of playing victim, I look forward to what profound lessons I will learn that will add to my strengths. It makes me look forward to the best things that are still yet to come.


4. Write Thank You cards


Why will I pass up on the opportunity to let the angels in disguise in my life know grateful how I am for having them? Using my incurable fetish with pens and papers, now is the best time to put them to good use and thank everyone I hold dear. Days before my birthday, I found myself scouting for materials for the self made cards I wanted to do but when I lost my way to the store, I saw these cute little cards in a nice souvenir shop down town and couldn’t help getting few. Can I not send myself one?

5. Read a Good Book


There is nothing that feels a lot better than flipping through the pages of a book that enriches and caresses my heart and fattens my soul. The feel of the paper between and on the tips of my finger and the smell is just 500 on my delicious meter as Oprah will say it. Having a hopeless book addiction, my days are just incomplete without reading and learning something new. And my birthday will not be so special without reading anything. I could only thank the one I ordered from Amazon arrived just in time.



6. Light a Candle or two


I made a short trip to the nearest church. I am certainly not preaching here. I hardly attend mass due to the fact that I can’t concentrate well. My attention problem is getting in the way every time I will see a movement. It just feels so good to light a candle, close my eyes and utter my gratitude.



7. Create Something


I finally mustered all the courage I can to finally launch my website. It made me stay up until three in the morning and wake up at six. I was dizzy but I am so excited. So after all of the other things that I did, I sat the rest of the day writing, editing and learning how to really run a website. I love beautiful little things and writing about them is just something I can’t help. This year, on my 32nd birthday, I gave birth to a baby called www.thisvillagegirl.com. Tending to it is hard for my technically impaired self but I am more motivated to making it beautiful. Not for anything else but for passion, for actively creative something delightful. (Read 10 Things I’ve Learned After One Month Of Blogging here)


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8. Take a Walk.


I never fell in love walking until I get to live away from home. I always hated the fact that I need to walk. Maybe because of the traffic jam, poor public transportation system,  pollution and hot weather where I am from. Luckily I live near the Rhine River and it has become part of my daily mindfulness routine to take few minutes to just sit in one of the benches nearby, breath and admire how magical nature is. This is really where I am getting the mood to write or create something. If the weather is nice, I will go for a walk with my journal and pour my deepest, darkest thoughts. During colder season, I make sure to bring my camera. I then take pleasure in editing and the photos I have taken. I may not be that good but it is a creative outlet for me. It saves me from overthinking and over analyzing things.

9. Pop something Bubbly


I have stopped consuming alcohol not because I feel so old for it but because I don’t like how it makes me feel anymore. But my birthday is an exemption. A glass or even the entire champagne bottle is indeed in order.



10. Eat somewhere nice and cozy


I was taken to a Japanese restaurant by surprise. I love nicely prepared food but I will have Japanese any given time. And another surprise, the food tasted so good and not adjusted too much to European taste. It all felt authentic. It all felt like home.



Have you celebrated your birthday alone on a foreign, faraway land alone?  How did you celebrate it? How did you feel about it? I’d love to hear your experience.


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Dani is a plus sized Filipina ADHD kid, recovering shopaholic, alcoholic and workaholic. She doesn’t take herself seriously. She has an insatiable wanderlust, out of this world food cravings and goof addiction. If she is not busy planning her next adventure, she will be spotted taking OOTDs and OOTNs. She took a break from the crazy corporate world to see the real one. This is not another travel blog. This is her journey to self discovery, embracing flaws and feeding her soul of what sets it on fire. She is out to prove that life begins at the end of the comfort zone.

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