Hi. I’m Veronica. Welcome to my little piece of internet real-estate (if only a real property were so affordable and easy to obtain!).

I’ve toyed with the idea of this blog, for some time. My first post, “In the beginning…….” is all about that, written in February 2011 after I signed up last November.

So who am I?

I’m a woman, daughter, sister, wife, mother and self-pronounced chocoholic (with peanut butter fiend and baked cheesecake junkie a close second and third).

I’m a person in search of new inspirations, passions and creative outlets, wanting to make the most of my life.

I love travel, or the idea and memories of it, since I don’t get about much nowadays.

I am invigorated and inspired by looking at beautiful images from nature to interior design, art, architecture and many other things in-between. My tastes in music are almost as wide-ranging.

Most importantly right now, I’m a fairly new mother belatedly embarking on the adventure of parenthood, expecting to learn just as much about myself, life and parenting as I will be teaching my Little Gems.

What do I have to write about?

Random thoughts. Life Lessons. Reflections on memories, fads and fancies. My journey through motherhood and life –  childhood, travel, infertility, pregnancy, motherhood, relationships, work, faith, creative attempts and my bicultural heritage, to name a few. How I’m attempting to create a better version of me. My photographic, musical and artistic inspirations. And anything else that piques my interest.

Why “Mixed Gems”?

Once I decided to take the plunge and sign-up for this blog, I toyed with what I should call it, because every blog needs a catchy name, right? Hubby suggested “Mixed Gems” and the more I thought about it, the more I liked it.

“Mixed” covers very nicely the fact that I didn’t want this blog to be focused on one aspect of my life. I wanted it to reflect the mixed bag of thoughts, ideas, likes, rants, stories and experiences that make up my life.

“Gems” are what I hope these collective thoughts, ideas and experiences become in my experience of life; all valuable and to be treasured.

Finally, there are my two living, breathing “Mixed Gems”, who I wasn’t sure I’d ever meet – my darling daughters.

Welcome to my treasured tidbits of life.


P.S: I’d love to hear from you so do comment or ask questions but please keep it nice and polite, as per the old saying, “Do unto others…….”

P.P.S: I’m fairly new to this gig so I welcome any feedback or constructive advice you might like to offer.

P.P.P.S: If you would like to use my images or content please email me. If approved, you’ll need to link images and content back to this blog.


8 thoughts on “About

  1. Thank you for coming by and taking a look at my hummers! I am so glad that you liked them. I have made another trip here and have so much more to catch up on… I love your blog and so far everything I have read and seen. I have added you and do hope to see you again….RaeDi

  2. Hi Veronica – thanks for commenting on my guest post at Caz’s Mojito Mother. I thought I’d pop by and its funny how connections go – I see you have experienced infertility – we had a long hard road, IVF etc and ended up adopting our two beautiful kids from China (they don’t look anything like me!). I enjoyed reading your post on nurturing against racicm by promoting ‘positive difference’ and the resoucres you include for young kids. As adoptive parents we are always mindful of how to help our kids in a society that seems to make much of differences rather than how much we are all the same. Hope you can visit my blog at yinyangmother….thanks Kathy

    • So sorry I’ve not replied earlier, Kathy. It’s scary how one can procrastinate for a little bit and then it’s ages later! I’m glad you found some of the posts interesting and helpful. My first child was our IVF miracle but my second was a natural miracle Adoption would bring an entirely different dimension into your relationship with your children but also how you raise them. I know people notice difference because I find myself doing so too. I guess it’s what counts is how we respond to difference and how we model that to our children. I’m finding it’s still a work in progress for me too. I will have a good look over your blog. You cover a lot of different topics so I’m sure there’ll be a lot I will pick up too. 🙂

  3. Hi Veronica – we have more in common than you might have first thought! I had problems conceiving also (long story). I started trying to conceive at age 23 and finally fell pregnant with my twin boys at the age of 28 (with a little help from the medical professionals). My daughter was then conceived naturally approx two years later! I’m also in search of inspiration, passions and creative outlets. I’m loving photography and gain much peace & happiness from nature. I love the name of your blog – it makes perfect sense! I’m not sure about the name of mine. It may change in the future – who knows. Lovely to connect with you and I look forward to reading more of your posts! Min xo

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