Goals

Hi everyone! It’s that time of the year again when almost all are making resolutions to start anew. As for me, I fail whenever I make resolutions at the beginning of the year. Hence from last year I have started to set goals for myself. Achievable ones only, of course. For this year, I have 5 goals written down in black and white in my new planner. Hehe. Two of which were carry overs from last year’s list. The list may grow as the new year progresses but these five goals are my main focus. Hopefully, I achieve all of them by end of the year.

In this note, I would like to share to you my planner for this year. I am determined to cut back on my expenses so I had to forego my favorite planner for this year. It makes me sad to do that but I comfort myself with the thought that the little I was able to save will go a long way to adding to our savings account for this year. Always a silver lining somewhere. 🙂 So, while browsing the net for some free printable planners for this year, I came across The Handmade Home. Naturally, there are a lot of free planners out there but I chose this for its funkiness and simplicity. I’ve printed out January to March to start with. If any are still deciding on the kind of planner you’d like to try, why not head over to The Handmade Home. Perhaps you’ll like it as well.

Here’s my version of the planner… IMG_4957 IMG_4958 IMG_4959 As you can see I have started my Week #2. 🙂 Finally, I hope you all are having a great start for this New Year 2015. Thanks for reading.

Babysitting Lexie

Hello everyone! Hope the holidays are treating you very kindly. 🙂

My days are going by like a blur and I feel kind of panicked because by next week I’ll be back to work. Yeah, right. Sigh. Oh, I wish the days can crawl slowly just for this week for me. Anyway, the highlight of my month is my adorable cutie pie niece, Lexie. When my sister called to say if we (hubby and I) can babysit because she has some work requirements to finish, we jumped on the available taxi to visit with Lexie sweetie. Tiring as it is to babysit a 20-day old baby, Lexie is easy-peasy for me. Hehe. I think she likes my singing voice. Go figure babies. Everybody can’t stand my voice. Lol. Lexie has grown after not seeing her for a week. Her body is sturdier and she can focus her eyes on things now. Thus, hubby got the confidence to carry her and put her to sleep while I got a couple hours of shut eye.

So, here are some snaps of us babysitting Lexie. Can’t wait to see her again tomorrow.

 

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Well, then, have a nice day everyone! Thanks for reading. 🙂

I Sew, Finally

It has been the longest dream of mine to be able to own a sewing machine and sew cute li’l projects with it. Finally, this year on my birthday hubby gifted me with a Singer sewing machine. Wow, it’s one of the best gifts ever. 😉 wpid-20141025_191350.jpg Of course, I’m living in the land of desert and sand so finding fabrics to start making the projects I wanted was not just hard but quite frustrating. All they sell are satins and cotton solids. Sigh. Luckily, I remembered some polyester and cotton fabric my mom brought last January from the Philippines so I can make myself some scrubs for work but didn’t get the time to go to the tailor. So last night after dinner I browsed some sewing tutorials and found one at Craftsy that I was comfortable with and it was free!

Ta-da! My very first reversible Tote Bag. Tote BagI wish I had cuter fabrics to work with but am glad I had one to practice on. It’s not as near perfect as I wanted it to be; however, I am so proud of myself for finishing this. If you have suggestions as to where online I can buy cute and cheap fabrics, please drop me a line. Thanks in advance. And thanks for reading. 🙂

Happy Holidays to Everyone!

Hello there! Happy holidays to all!

I’m sure everybody’s busy nowadays considering it’s that time of the year again. 🙂 As for me, last night was the first time in two weeks that I was able to sleep for eight hours straight. Not that I’m complaining since the reason for my erratic sleeping pattern was my newborn niece. Yes! Another addition to my side of the family. My younger sister, Jocelyn, gave birth on the 6th of December and we have been busy since. It was a difficult delivery for my sister and I was there every step of the way straight from my night shift duty at work. So, you can just imagine how many cups of coffee I consumed that time. Hehe. Thank God she delivered naturally and both she and my niece, Lexie, are doing just great as of this writing. Naturally, I am the designated babysitter because I started my annual leave on the same day Lexie was born. Additionally, I have the professional knowledge of taking care of newborns as it is part of my job description in the hospital. And being a babysitter of a newborn is a bit scary and fraught with sleepless nights. I let my sister and my brother-in-law sleep the minute I took over so I’m so happy I got to bond with our li’l cutie pie which meant aunt Jenny didn’t get enough sleep which was well worth it. Anyway, let me just share you a couple of snaps with Lexie…

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And this is a selfie of me and Lexie while I was babysitting her. This cutie likes to sleep on my chest every time.

Well, I’ll let you get back to your busy-ness hehe. Thanks for reading. And happy holidays again.

 

 

Time and Time Again

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Has it really been more than three months? I missed everybody. Really. But I had to deal with personal stuff so I had to forego spending time with my blog. You know, that ‘shadow thing’ I talked about in a previous post. Anyway, glad I am back and hopefully this time around I am strong enough to stay even while everything else is happening to me. *wink

So, what has everyone been up to lately?

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Review: Birchbox June 2014 “Away We Go!”

It is quite late I know for me to be doing this review but I’m hoping it still might help others who are just now starting to search for their ultimate beauty box subscription. I have only started to subscribe to Birchbox in the U.S. last 23rd of June after my April 2014 Glossybox was re-routed accidentally (?) which I mentioned in my post here. Due to this mishap I was searching for other boxes that I can subscribe to in case something goes amiss again thus my finding Birchbox this late.

Anyway, as they say in MMA, “let’s get it on!” Presenting to you my June 2014 Birchbox:

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This box held 7 (yes, seven!) items because of the 2 extra items enclosed. I shall tell you more later.

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June’s edition has the theme “Away We Go!” Mighty fitting for the summer as most of us are going on trips to other places or even just off to a beach somewhere. It included 5 must haves for when you go out this summer. And of course, the items they sent me were based on the profile I filled.

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LAQA&Co. Lip Lube is the first item I tried on. The photo on the left is when I swatched it on my inner skin on my forearm. The first swatch was a triple strike while the next swatch was one stroke only. It has an orange-y tint to it which I like because as you can see it brightened up my skin here. Moving along, on the upper right photo are the swatches I made on my hand. As you can see my complexion here is darker and more yellowish. I think if one has a yellow undertone to their skin this Laqa&Co. Lip Lube will bring it more into focus so I’d advice against this lip lube tint. Furthermore, on the last photo, I tried it on my lips. I like how it looks against my unmade face. It felt good as well as it glides smoothly during application. And it smelled minty which is totally cool for the summer!

The downside for this Laqa&Co. Lip Lube is I had to apply it many times over my lips to achieve the color on the photo. Unlike on the hand swatches I can already see its color right away but on my lips I had to reapply it many times. Perhaps many will not like the added time for application. As for me, I hope they could make it that the lip lube already colors the lip in one or two strokes only. Although I’m thinking it may be because of its hue? Or perhaps it should be applied together with a lipstick or lip gloss? I’m really not sure as I did not read its online description this time. Nevertheless, I tried it and liked it and whether I’ll buy it only time can tell for now. But I shall be using it when I go out to run errands this summer for sure. [Size received: 2gm]

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The second item I tried on was the Harvey Prince Hello perfume. It came in a tiny transparent bottle spray as shown in the photo above. I’m grateful that it did not leak or spill. So kudos! for that Harvey Prince. When sprayed, the scent is not defined. But after several seconds the flowery scent can be smelled. I like the scent. It is fresh smelling and cheerful. You know what I mean? I think this is great for when you’re lounging by a pool or beach. I haven’t tried it that much yet but I think it will also do very well when I go out under the heat of the desert sun to run my never ending errands.

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Thirdly, this time I tried Davines Love Smoothing Shampoo. As shown, it is not full but I guess it helped in not spilling the contents all over the box which would be most unfortunate, right? As per its sticker, it is meant for dry and frizzy hair which is just right for me as I have noticed I now have due to being under the desert sun most days. I have used this shampoo for three times now and I’ll say it’s a must have. Opening the bottle, its fragrance reminded my sister and I of the fruit Soursop or Guyabano as what we Filipinos call it. Reading the sticker further it says it has Indian Fig extract. Maybe it is the fig extract but it really smelled like I have soursop on my hair. I’m still not sure if I like the smell although it’s not a turn off.

On application, Davines Love Smoothing Shampoo is foamy and refreshing to the scalp. I have long hair so I had to use I’d estimate about 3-4 teaspoons of the shampoo to cover all of my hair. I left it for several minutes and rinsed it after which helped in keeping the fragrance stay for more than a day. It made my hair silkier and more manageable. Frizzy less? I’m not sure as I used it with the accompanying conditioner. Anyway, I’m really thinking of buying its full size. That’s how much I like it. [Size received: 75ml]

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I mentioned in my first few lines that I got 7 items in this box. This is because I got the Davines Love Smoothing Conditioner [Size received: 12ml] and the Davines All in One Milk [Size received: 4ml] as well. These two items came in sample foil packs as shown above. I believe this was included to enhance the effect of Davines Love Smoothing Shampoo which was definitely a plus in my opinion.

The conditioner has a very subtle smell so the shampoo’s fragrance stays. It has to be applied after the shampoo has been rinsed off and the hair has been towel dried. After leaving Davines Love Smoothing Conditioner on the hair for a few minutes, it should be rinsed off properly. I’d say it adds more time to my morning routine as I am more used to conditioners being applied to wet hair after shampooing. Regardless it is well worth it. It clearly smoothens my hair and when my hair is set and styled, it is silkier than ever which I really, really like. It also tamed the frizziness after going out under the sun. Which is another plus. I cannot say if it is the shampoo or the conditioner that made my hair less frizzy because I used both together. All I can say is it worked on my hair! I am also not sure if it will work that well if you’re in a cool climate area. My review is how it worked for me. [Note: My hair is straight, thin, dry and dyed and I live in the desert.]

As for the Davines All in One Milk Beauty Treatment, it added shine to my hair and it helped in making it manageable to style. Just a plus I’d say but unnecessary if you already have the shampoo and conditioner. But it is still up to you.

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The next item I tried in this box was the Egyptian Magic All Purpose Skin Cream. It contains honey, beeswax, royal jelly, olive oil to name some. It smells more of the olive oil and when applied it gives an oily look to the skin. Even after several hours, it stays on the skin and moisturizes it most definitely. What I didn’t like about this cream is its texture. It is quite greasy feeling and greasy looking as well. I used it once only on my hands which are my problematic areas and it was moisturized most definitely. But I will only be using it before going to sleep for hydration of my skin. Sadly, I don’t think I shall be buying its full size anytime in the future. [Size received: 7.5ml]

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Last but not the least, the last item I tried in this box is the Suki Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser. It came in a cute little jar as pictured above. Its texture reminded me of the home concocted scrub I’m currently using to reduce my pores. This cleanser smells lemony which I so like because I love lemons. 🙂 And although it felt rough on my finger pads, it was not rough when applied on my face. It really is foamy and leaves the face fresh afterwards. I don’t know how the exfoliation works as I only used it once as I don’t want to break out. I’m not saying I will but only this time I have to avoid the risk as I have somewhere special to go to this weekend and cannot afford to be looking nightmarish. Anyway, I’ll reserve my opinion on how it exfoliates in the next few weeks.[Size received: 6gm]

All in all, I really love my Birchbox June 2014. I got my money’s worth back and much, much more. My July 2014 Birchbox has arrived as well and I will unbox it this weekend with a review, of course.

So, if you still are not subscribed and interested to do so, here is my referral link: https://www.birchbox.com/invite/f41k2. Or if you are not sure you’d want me to receive rewards points, you can visit Birchbox here. For $10 every month, you get to sample lovely products from companies that sometimes you have not heard of yet.

Until next beauty box. Thank you for reading.

 

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