Saturday, April 18, 2015

Bloom :April Showers Bring May Flowers

Disclosure: The author of this blog was NOT financially compensated to write this review.  I was provided with the products mentioned  in exchange of my honest  opinion which may differ from yours. 

I am so glad that spring has sprung finally (except a possible frost this coming Thursday, oh boy) but I am not complaining.  I am just happy that  winter has finally left and we can stay  outside and  enjoy a warmer weather and at the same time savor the  sweet scent of the blooming flowers in our garden.
Yesterday was our first day of cutting our grass.  I also tilled our garden using our garden claw which is a great exercise.  We decided to expand our garden this year so we could enjoy eating more fresh veggies that are grown in our backyard.

Do you know what else is blooming?  The April edition of Beauty Box 5 is full of  it.  With these pretty things you can  break out your winter dry spell  with a blossoming attitude and flourish all month long!  My favorite  of this month's box is the  twinGloss and the  organic lip balm.  The other three products inside is the Hula bLiss body lotion, nail polish applique set,  and facial cleansers.  
 I love the these First Aid Beauty Facial cleanser, it is so gentle to your skin when you use it to wash your face after a long day of staying outside love it that it has a PH-balanced cleanser and it's paraben-free.  It is safe for sensitive skin, I am thinking of  buying the regular size of this cleanser since I like how it make my skin feel after I wash it with this.
 This Incoco nail polish applique set is very pretty.  I haven't had the chance to use it yet since I am doing a lot of gardening lately so it would be a waste if I use it.  
 I love organic  lip balms so when I see this  Lasting Smiles passion fruit mango  organic lip balm, I  smiled.  The current one that I am using is a coconut and hemp organic lip balm which I really love so this mango would be a great replacement for it.  I like the fact that a percentage of every sale of this lip balm will go to a charity that give funding to  cleft surgeries for children.  Imagine, while you smile, you also give a smile to someone else when you buy this specific  lip balm.
 Two is better than one, they always say, well this twingloss   is a proof.  This fun tubes mix complimentary shades  every time you apply for non-sticky, super shiny lips.  This is perfect for summer!
 Okay, I have never tried any product with goat milk so I was hesitant to use this  lotion but I was very surprised that it actually  hydrate my skin really well.  This Dancin Goat Hula Bliss lotion  also has coconut oil, lavender, eucalyptus and rosemary which is why, it  will make your skin feeling so soft.
Okay, that is it for now. My outdoor fitness continues now that is getting warmer.  We been hitting  our neighborhood with our family walk.  
My husband have signed up to the Biggest loser contest at his work so he is very motivated to be working out regularly once again. We are planning to sign up also for the marathon a that his company have attended last year. Hopefully, we could train for it and participate, it would be fun to do it as a family.  Only my husband have participated last year because we did not really know what to expect but since we witnessed it and saw  that it is doable, we would love to  participate as well.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Carefree: Fresh is Fierce

My husband and I motivates each other to stay fit and healthy for our children.  I might have slipped with my fitness routines  during the Winter season  but I keep track of my diet  in order not to  gain weight.  Having said that.I was very happy when we went to the mall  this weekend and found  me some  clothing in extra small size that fits, yay!   Here are the three sweaters that I bought on sale at Macy's. I found all of these at the Junior section.  I only paid $23.75 for all these, tax included.  I saved $104.86.  This is the time of the year when I want to shop for  cold  season clothing because they are on sale.
 The first one is originally priced  at $49 but I only paid $6.86 for it.  I like how it fits on me but hubby is not very fond of the long  flop at the back lol.  The second one is my favorite it is designed to hide a bulgy tummy like mine, woot.  I paid $8.62 only from it's original price of $44.
 The last one is alright, it fits me well and I like the material.  The big  stripe however makes me look like  wider but who cares, it's comfortable and I got it for only $6.66 from its original price of $34.
Okay let me go back to   staying fit and healthy that I was talking about.  Being active and keeping fresh is  two  things that sometimes doesn't go   together if you aren't ready or equipped for it.  That's why  I always have a pack or two of pantiliners at home because I love  feeling fresh no matter what I do.   
 I received a pack of this  Carefree Acti-fresh pantiliners from Influenster to try.  I have used this   brand  for so many years already that I have proven  it's worth.  This is one of my trusted brands when it comes to sanitary napkins and pantiliners so I was so glad to received one.
Carefree pantiliner is one of my secret weapon  for staying active and feeling fresh even after my workouts.  Carefree definitely gives you that confident fresh feeling.  When you feel fresh, you are fierce!
Alrighty, I am ending  my March  with a good note.  Hopefully I could keep this up  till the end of the year.  Good luck to me and good luck to all of your goals as well!  Let me leave you these two quotes that I love reading.

Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity. John F. Kennedy 
Take care of your body. It's the only place you have to live. Jim Rohn

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Hurt by Christina Aguilera

My father passed away few weeks before I got married, it was devastating.  He could have been 63 years old  on the 7th of this month.  I still miss him after 12 years of being gone and I always wish I could have done different things  with my relationship with him.  This music video by Christina Aguilera always  makes me cry, it always reminds me of my father and the way  I handled things when  he was still around.  I will have to deal with this guilt that I have for the rest of my life, for not  taking  all the chances that I have had  when he was still around.  
If I knew things back then what I know now, I would have done things differently.  He was always so proud of me with everything that I did but I always gave him a hard time for his drinking problem.  I was always bitter towards him for not doing his best.  When he suddenly passed I realized  that  everything he did, he did it for us, to the best of his ability.   I wish I could turn back time but couldn't.  I am saying this because I want other people to learn from  my experience.  It is very important to let your parents know that you appreciated them, while you still have time.  
If your parents are still around, make time for them, reach out and  tell them how much you care for them.  I never got to do that for my  father.  I am so fortunate however that  God gave me another chance to  somehow do things for my father-in-law when I came here, the things that I failed to do with my own father.  I feel like, it is my second chance to correct the mistake I have made and I am so happy I get to  do  that with my husband's father now that he needs  it.
We were visiting the other day and I noticed that his  toe nails were so long  already.  I offered to cut and he said no because he  is the type of person who won't  ask favors from other people but I insisted of doing it.  I am glad he agreed  eventually because he can't see anymore.  He is almost 93 years old and he lives alone at his house.  We make sure to visit him every chance we  have because I know that   he won't be around for  long.  I always  remind my kids how important it is to spend time with their Pap while he is still around.  He might not recognize us  most of the times because of dementia but at least we still get to see him and talk to him.  

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Peace, Love, and Shoes

It seems like  March just flew by so quickly,  maybe because I was so busy last month with the kids  activities  and  my commitments online.  I am welcoming April with my new sporty and trendy Monica ballerina flats from an Urban Ballerina company, the Ballasox. I love this color blocking shoes which is made with the Ballasox's signature lining that encases  your foot like a comfy sock.  
This shoes features a man-made sole with a round toe and elastic trim.  This is made in Brazil and I LOVE IT THAT IT HAS MY SIZE (5).  I seldom find a shoe that offers a size 5 so I am very happy that Ballasox  has it in my size.  The sizes available is from size 5 to 13.
Monica  is available in colors combination of  black, red, cabernet, nude, and purple.  I was going to get the  black but then the red one was speaking to me so I chose the red.  I am biased when it comes to color you know.  I always love red lol.
I wanted to try it on so I wear it around the house for a whole day when it  arrived while I was doing my laundry.
Those trips I did  from my  laundry room  downstairs back to  our  living room makes the back of my feet a little sore.  I  wish that  it has the elastic all around as the  back part is kind of poking at my skin which makes it a little sore.  It was a huge different though when I  used it today  for the whole day because the back of my feet did not hurt anymore.  I think my feet got used to it already.
I like it that  each pair comes with its own matching tote bag so you can carry your pair everywhere. great for traveling.  You can buy this for  $64 with a shipping of $5.
I thought it would be perfect to wear with my Kenneth Cole summer top with a print "Peace, Love, and Shoes".  
My husband ask if I did not like the pair of red bootie that he got me and I told him that I  love it but I can't wear  it during summer time.  This ballerina flats would be perfect for summer weather.
It even looks great with my blue top that I wore today. I love how versatile it is when pairing with colors of clothing.
So ladies, if you are looking for some trendy and comfortable   flats shoes, I recommend that you check out Ballasox.  

Disclosure: The author of this blog was NOT financially compensated to write this review.  I was provided with the products mentioned  in exchange of my honest  opinion which may differ from yours.  

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

Our son is  playing  Twinkle Twinkle Little Star for  his recital song.  The teacher said that it's a simple  one to play but it's better to start  so he won't  be nervous.  If he practice more, he would learn a lot but since he  seldom practice at home, he only  get to platy few music.  Our  daughter on the other had, can't pass a day without  playing piano.  Here's EJ  practicing.

Anyway, I didn't realized how much magnum 44 cost until I  saw it online.    Magnum 44 is an electro harmonix guitar amp that boosts guitar's sound to up to 44w of clean and natural power.  For musician, an accessory like this is very important and the price b probably do not matter to them as long as it provides  the  amp that they need for their instrument.