Thursday, October 16, 2014

Sweet Stain - Beauty Box 5 October Edition

Just like the previous months, I love the selection of products  on this month from  BeautyBox5.  I am nit a make-up kind of gal but once in a while, I'd like something  light to appear in my face.  So when I got this Cheek and Lips Stain in Pink by Bellapierre Cosmetics, I was  very happy.  This is something that you can use  when you just want a natural look.  This can do a double duty for an easy and quick lighter color.  What I love is that you can use your fingertips to apply it to your cheeks and lips.  
 The last time, I had the opportunity to  try the Lashem Picture Perfect that eliminates dark circles around your eyes.  This month, I get to try another one, this time it's a nourishing cream.  This  is perfect to use  after you wash your face, it reduces the fine lines on your face.  This also works  a primer blend if you  are not worried about wrinkles yet.  
This double ended wonder balm has two conditioning formula  that will keep your pout protected.  It's a perfect timing too as the weather  is getting colder and I really need this for my lips.  They get so dry  during the cold months and it's nice to have a lip balm like this one.  
I have been using chapstick brand since I came here in America so I have proven that they do work.
Now this  little cosmetic tool is  a great thing to have especially if you uses a lot of beautiful products.  I am sure that ytou have experience having a bottle of something that you really love to use but  when it is getting empty, you  can't use it anymore as the  pump doesn't work anymore.  This cosmetic tool is great to use for that as you can get every single drop of your favorite product.  
BeautyBox5 never fails to  surprise me with their nail polish selection.  Blue and red are my daughter and I's favorite when it comes to  nail polish.  
I don't go to  the nail salon   and I don't paint my nails often but once in a while, I do paint them especially if my daughter wants her nails painted as well.  Red, white and blue, those are our main colors.
I love Nanacoco's selection of nail polishes.  The colors are bright and  they are high quality lacquers.  I tell you,  they  last longer than any other nail polish that I have tried.  
My nails aren't long, in fact, I have  very little finger and toe nails.  That's one reason I don't really go to  a salon.  It's a waste of money.  I can  do it  in no time.
Thank you so much once again  Beauty Box 5 for the fabulous   selection this month!

Disclosure: The author of this blog was NOT financially compensated to write this review. Opinions expressed is not in anyway influenced by other factors. The product/s mentioned above was provided for FREE for evaluation purposes.

Thank You for the Music by ABBA

Music is such a powerful  tool for relaxation.  I love the ABBA song  "Thank You for The Music".  It is one of my favorite songs of all time and they are one of my favorite groups.  I can listen to this song  all day long.  This is one of those songs that I can never forget  the lyrics.  You may  play the video below while reading this post.  It is so nice to have  musician friends and to  have  musical instruments and gadgets that you can listen to.  It's therapeutic.

Anniversary Celebration at Home

I was working at a Catholic school when I met my husband  through an online dating site.  It was around  October  of 2002 when he found my profile online.  After five months of communicating online, overseas calls, and love letters, he came to see me in March of  2003.  I remember being so stressed on those times because I have my final defense for my my thesis that day and  travel to Manila that night to fetch him at the airport  the next day.  I think I look like a zombie when we first met at airport lol.    Defending my thesis  and   meeting him for the first time was too much.  I don't know how I passed  my defense but glad that I did.

He decided to came to see me in March  as his graduation gift for me.  I was warned not to  attend my graduation if I am taking him,  but being rebellious that I am, I attended and made him  escort me on the stage when I received my diploma anyway.  I deserve  to be there, I work hard for it, and I deserve to take whoever I want.     I smile every time I remember it though.
 Five months after that, he came back and we got married in Civil.  Our civil wedding was just a formality  because  it was  against the school's policy for an employee to  be with someone when you aren't married.  Literally though, we were not  together all the time as we were miles apart but  since we both  fell in love online and our  physical meeting  sealed it up, we went ahead and got married.
A year after our civil wedding,  we got married again in church before I migrated here in the US.  So fast forward 11 years, here we are.  Still very much in love and very blessed with two  lovely children.  
We get to celebrate two  weddings in a year and the kids thinks it is so cool and romantic lol.
We had a fun celebration.  We attended church in the morning and then had dinner at the restaurant.  We spent the rest of the  day with the kids, just having fun and being silly.  Our daughter baked us an anniversary  cake which I will post at my food blog soon.
I couldn't ask for more.  God truly gave me a wonderful life with a  loving husband and precious kids.
I must have done something good to be blessed like this, for that, I thank God  always!

Friday, October 10, 2014

September Fitness Recap

Now that I am in my 40s, I am more committed with my fitness goal more than ever. I didn't really care about my body's health  when I was younger and popping out kids but now that I am done with pregnancies and stuff, I am dedicated to taking care of myself not only for myself but especially for my family. I want to be able to do things with my kids so that when I am gone, they could look back and say that their Mom was able to do this and that with them. It is also important for self esteem right ladies? I am not the most fit Mom there is (body-wise) but I want to be stronger and be there for my kids.  

Below are my recorded   regular rituals with keeping fit.  Most of these photos are just my walks/jogs.  I did some yoga and other   aerobics at home as well.  Hope you enjoy the photos.
I  usually go for a walk  after dropping off my kids  to school from Monday to Thursday.  On Fridays, my husband is off  so we   go for a walk together.  The weather is  becoming colder so I am not sure if I could continue with my outdoor routine.  I will be back doing my cardio at our little gym in the basement if I couldn't handle the weather outside anymore.  We will see.    Till here folks,  my cramp this month is killing me ugh.  Thanks for visiting.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

How Much Emphasis on Safety is Required with a Baby?

Make no mistake, babies are fragile and delicate – and need to be protected. Until your baby’s motor functions are developed and they begin to get more dexterous, there are so many risks that you need to be wary of. On top of that, because a newborn has spent all their time in the womb where they are fully protected, even general exposure to the environment and their surroundings can often pose a risk.

As a parent, it is your job to provide a safe and secure environment for your child, especially during those first twelve months or so. Considering the bulk of your time is probably going to be spent at home, that means that a good deal of emphasis should be on childproofing your house.

Removing sharp objects from easy access, being wary of sharp edges on furniture, cordoning off the stairs – all of these are just a few of the basic steps that you should be thinking about. At the end of the day though, a good deal of the safety aspect comes from being attentive of where your child is, and what he or she is doing. If you have an eye on your child the whole time, it is a lot less likely that they could accidentally hurt themselves.

One of the best ways to start exploring the safety issues that come with having a child is by seeking the opinions of others. By talking to other parents, you will develop a better understanding of what to expect. Check out social networks for parents such as if you need a place to start. Of course, consulting a pediatrician might also help – should you want some clear medical advice on any issues that you may be concerned about such as allergies, colic, and so on.

Having a baby is a great and rewarding experience, but it is also stressful and trying. It may seem overwhelming at first now that you have to be mindful of a whole slew of safety issues while at the same time taking care of your child’s needs – but that is part and parcel of being a parent. Be sure to reach out for help if you feel that you need it, and always remember that when all is said and done it is just as important that you take care of yourself too.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Hour Glass Body Suit

I want to welcome the first day of October with smile on my face and joy from my heart.  I  can almost  smell the  Christmas in the air and I am so glad that I am still enjoying the  beautiful creation of God, our mother earth.  I am very thankful to the  companies I worked with online this year because  they have been so kind and  generous.  I may not  be getting sponsored posts   nowadays but I still love  what I do as a blogger.  My husband hinted  that maybe I should  stop blogging since I don't earn as much as before  but I don't think I can do that as I came to love this craft.  YES, I consider blogging as a craft because if you put your heart into it, it is like  your dream job.  It doesn't give you financial stability but  it gives you that satisfaction of  doing what you love to do.

Anyway, I was super stoked that Almost Skin has agreed to work with me and sent me two set of items to review.  The items arrived in a very-well packaged  box.  They definitely  take pride of their products  as evident  even on the packaging.  

I love this smokey black colored  Strapless Set that comes with an adjustable matching clear band, padded cups, and a matching semi-seamless panty. The strapless bra has push-up pads for a perked look.

I don't really have a good  pair of strapless bra  so when I saw this particular set, I was sold out.  The thing that I love is the  versatility of the bra.  You can use it using the clear band or you can use the regular  material that matches the bra.  I also like that there are eyelets to both sides and the hooks are on the  bands.

I have never seen this style before so I am super happy to have one. The panty, although seamless, I am not fond of it because it is a thong and I don't really wear this kind and it is in medium size so it is big for my size. Medium is the smallest size available for this panty.

Oh, I also love the little details imprinted on the other side of the bra.  It's a flower that is lightly visible but it added a special touch to the bra.  Really pretty.  I have small breasts so this padded bra  gives that little push it needs when wearing a tight fitted  dress.

This hour glass body suit is a must have especially if you have  stubborn belly fats like me that just wouldn't go away no matter how much you tried in getting rid of it.  This is a  small sized which perfectly snug into my  body.  I love the material they use and love how  they designed it.  I like that every part of your body is given emphasis to the design like the waist, bottom, and breasts.

The only  feature of this body suit that I am not fond of is the bottom clips because it is  way too big. I wish that they could have two sets of hook and eye instead of three because the material that holds it is a bit tough and it doesn't feel good when it rubs in between down there.  I am thinking of altering it in the future if it continue to bother me but for now, I'll take it.  I really love how it  makes your bottom so shapely.  

I seldom dress up because I am a stay at home Mom but it feels good when you go to church or special event  and wear something that make you feel sexy.  With the body suit that I have, I don't have to worry much of the bulging tummy.  It still shows a little but but I am working on it.  It is a  work on progress.
Photo was taken  down our garage when we got home from church last Sunday.  Thanks once again Almost Skin for these fabulous inner garments, love them!  Oh before I forgot, the prices of these items are very affordable  so head on to their website and take a look.  The body suit is  on sale now for $27.99, great price right?

Disclaimer: The author of this blog was NOT financially compensated to write this review. Opinions expressed is not in anyway influenced by other factors. The product/s mentioned above was provided for FREE for evaluation purposes.