For mommy 

When we have pregnant ones at home, it is often that we focus on our new little member and their future needs.

It seems to me that when we focus on our new babies, we often bypass mommy and those little struggles she has for 9 ongoing months.

To spoil one of our future mommies, I got a hold of Queen Rose U Shaped Pregnancy pillow, and I seriously have no words to explain how happy she is.

I’m not pregnant, but I tried the pillow myself, so I will provide an overview of my perspective vs. mom’s perspective.

My perspective:

The pillow is super comfy! At first, I was afraid that I would sink in the hole in the middle, but the “legs” in between the pillow provide enough support so I don’t sink in. The pillow is actually super sturdy (providing great support), but at the same time it is super smooth and comforting. The superior part of the pillow actually provided great neck and back support (which are my biggest problem areas).

Mom’s perspective:

The pillow helped provide a great balance between her body and the weight of her belly when laying down. There was also great neck support and the smoothness of the pillow was superb. She has been dealing with sciatica issues for many years before her pregnancy, so the pillow allows her to position herself well enough to avoid sciatica discomfort and ache. She also appreciated that the cover of the pillow is removable, as this will allow her to wash it as often as needed.

The manufacturer also claims that the pillow is great for activities such as reading, watching tv, and even nursing. I personally can foresee how the pillow allows for great positioning for nursing.

We think this is a fantastic mommy aid and we definitely recommend you check it out!

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01M6YE2M8

My masseur at home

Graduate school wasn’t long ago. The #1 thing I’ve spent all these years doing was sit in front of a computer… I’m talking about 12 hours at a time. In between writing, studying, and working, a computer can easily become a major part of your life.

Along with the torturous hours on a computer comes repercussion, including excruciating back and neck pain. I’m only in my mid 20’s, and I find myself waking up multiple times at night with terrible neck pain and with difficulty finding the right spot for my back.

Getting a massage always works great: but a weekly trip to the masseur costs me about $700 a month (no, I’m not rich).

All this overspending isn’t fun, and I’m always an advocate for efficient solutions.

The overwhelming pain can get the best of me, and when I came across Shiatsu neck and back massager by Wollin, I couldn’t hesitate to give it a try!

Goodness, where do I start… everyone in my house loves this massager. In fact, my mother came over, tried it, loved it, and stole it from me, so I’ll definitely have to purchase one for myself.

During the time I was able to have it, I must say, it was a real life (and neck) saver. The massage is so deep, powerful, yet comfortable! It applies the right pressure to those pain areas… it felt so good that I kept getting goosebumps all over my body. The massager is also very quiet (great if you share your bed/room with someone else). I love that it brings a cable so I can plug it in at home, and a car cable so you can actually use it on the road (road trip heaven!). I did fall asleep a few times using this massager; however, I had nothing to worry about as it has a safety auto-shut feature that works every 10 minutes.

I also like that the straps hanging from the massager gives it a great manageability design, so I can easily use it on my legs, arms, shoulders… you name it.

It also has great settings, including heat, which is my favorite!! It feels so good and my muscles relax even more! (I’m very sensitive to everything, so I can attest that the heat is safe and won’t overheat to dangerous levels. However, I would ALWAYS keep an eye on children and elderly). The material is also very sturdy and very easy to clean: you can use a damp wash cloth and it is good to go.

I could go on and on, but in simple terms: this massager is a life saver, (a pocket saver) and the best I have tried!

Don’t miss out:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01NCAW12C

A piece of himalaya with me 

Home decor is one of my favorite things. I pay special attention to every area of my home, with my bedroom being my favorite one (yes I love sleep!).

There is nothing more relaxing than a subtle and tender light, especially when trying to fall asleep. I also love everything natural: from rocks, to salts, and quartzs.

For my new home decor adventure, I got a hold of Himalayan salt lamp by Himalayan Salt Solutions, and I’m in love.


1- I had no idea why I did this (neither do I recommend it) and 2- you will probably think that I’m crazy, but when I received my lamp, the first thing I did was to place the tip of my tongue on it. I guess I wanted to validate that it was real salt: and that’s right! The lamp tasted as salty as can be.

The lamp is on a heavy side, which is great as I love all nature/rock concepts. Without the light on, the lamp has a very fade tone; but once the light is on, it is beyond beautiful.

The lamp has a wooden base and you actually have control of how bright or fade you want the light to be (which I love, as I use the very fade setting to sleep and it is so relaxing!)

As I was learning about this lamp, I came across some interesting data… not only does it look great, but the manufacturer claims that it works fantastically in reducing allergy and athmas symptoms, easing cough, improved mood and concentration, reducing static in the air, and even deodorizing and cleansing air!

I haven’t had this long enough to claim that it has affected or improve my physiology. However, after I got this lamp I’m much more relaxed, in a better mood, and everything around me is so “fresh.”

This is by far one of my favorite things in the room!

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B017XXNGHK

My new favorite makeup tool

 

For many of us, makeup has become a necessity. The beauty arena encompasses many categories, from the products you purchase, to the tools to aid basic application.

When I first started wearing makeup, I was the “finger girl.” I applied everything with my fingers: eye shadow, blush, concealer- you name it. As the years passed by, I stated incorporating makeup brushes. Today, we have so many tools to aid application, from makeup sponges, silicone beauty blenders, and even oval brushes.

I have gradually started using every single one of these tools (it takes me a while to make the decision as I’m very conscious with my money and what I really need vs just a fad). Oval makeup brushes have been out for a little while; I never thought much of them, but lately, I decided to give them a try.

I got a hold of Nora’s Brushes oval brush set, and I’m literary OBSESSED.

To start off, I love how COMPLETE this set is. At first, I thought I would be receiving a bunch of round brushes. But upon inspecting these brushes, I was able to appreciate the differences in shape and sizes. Some of the brushes are very round, others are oval, and others are elongated, allowing for a multitude of application strategies. I could say that this set could easily help you apply concealer, foundation, contouring, and even eye shadow, without the need of a bunch of different tools.

Did I mention that these are so amazingly smooth!? These feel so, so, so great that upon trying them, the first thing that I thought of was my comfy bed (I know it sounds insane, but it was seriously that good smooth). What I loved about them, is that even though they were greatly smooth, the brushes were very sturdy, allowing for a fantastic application of makeup. Below, I included some of my favorite brushes in the set:




What I love about these smaller brushes is that there are great to accomplish a very natural contouring and concealer application. I have hollowed under-eyes, and sometimes a beauty blender misses some of the corners when applying concealer; but thankfully, the brush above was great for that!


The quality is also superb. It is made out of synthetic hairs; however, the hairs are as good as natural ones. The holder is shaped strategically to rest your fingers, and it is completely shred protected.

This is by far one of my favorite makeup tools, and I look forward to keep using these.

Don’t forget to check them out!

https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=me%3DA3CP4HPWL26OR9&field-keywords=oval+brush+set&high-price=23.95

 

Weighting my food 

Yes I’m guilty: I have tried every crash diet out there; from the most obnoxiously unhealthy ones, to others more reliable.

As the years passed by, I have learned that it doesn’t matter how much your starve yourself, take pills, or overwork your body: you won’t have a healthy body and weight unless you do it right. At the end of the day, it is all about balance and portion control.

Portion control has been one of the most effective weight management tools, and along the way, I also learned about the importance of weighting your food. When I first learned about weighting my food, I thought I was just another crazy way to sell tools, but I decided to try it for myself. For a month, I stopped eating rice (which was a main course in my diet); I also stopped taking protein smoothies, and incorporated more veggies, and also started weighting my food (note, I also started working out less). As crazy it sounds, in a month I lost 9 pounds, which is the most I’ve lost in a healthy diet in a single month.

In the process of weighting my food, one of my biggest obstacles was finding a scale that would accurately weight my food. One of the best ones I’ve found on the market is Alisten digital kitchen scale.

As weird it may sound, I love how sleek and elegant it looks! I never say no to something that can make my kitchen look extra cute. I also love that I can customize it to weight my food my grams, ounces, and even pounds when it is applicable. Not only is it great for portion control, but also to establish the right cooking time for your foods. This weight is so great, that I must confess that I have also used it to weight shipping packages!

Check it out!

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01NALR3NU

The new baby

As crazy it sounds every time I think about it: our finally is growing. We are expecting three newborns this years, and along with the preparations, we seek to provide the new moms in our family with the most useful and safe tools.

One of my favorite things to give to moms are baby washcloths. Babies are messy, and a nice washing tool always comes in handy.

One of my favorite baby washcloths brands to purchase is Travel Babeez.

One of the things I like the most about these washcloths is the detailing! The material is amazing, very well made, and each washcloth comes individually wrapped in a super cute yellow bow, which I think that it is beyond adorable! I also like that the color is gender neutral; this is something that is very important for many parents, so I try to purchase accordingly. The size is amazing, not only for washing newborn, but also drying the out, which I think is very efficient. The one thing that I love the best about their cloths is their care for their materials. The cloths are sturdy, yet soft enough to avoid any abrasion to the very sensitive baby skin, which is always a must.

I’m in love with these and I’m sure you will too!

Don’t forget to check these out!

https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=me%3DA25SBST6APBGU3&field-keyw

The Sound of a workout 

We all know the importance of an active workout for a healthy body and mind. We also know how much of a dread a workout can be, especially when you prefer to spend your afternoons sipping wine.

One of my biggest struggles while working out is finding some sort of entertainment to make my workout less painful. One of those solutions is to simply listen to music!

My issue when working out while trying to listen to music is that the headphones’ wires keep getting in the way of my jogging (especially if the wire is in my pocket, connected to my iPhone).

Another struggle is that my headphones keep slipping off… the more efficient (or sweaty) the workout is, the more it slips.

I decided to finally get it out of the way and got a hold of Aposon Bluetooth headphones.

What I love about these headphones is that they’re actually sweat-proof! So I no longer have to worry about them slipping off. The headphones are designed to strategically fit well around the ear, which allows the headphones to fit comfortably, while preventing it from slipping off.

I also liked that these were so easy to pair with my iPhone, it literary doesn’t take more than 10 seconds. It is also great at cancelling outs most external noises, and the music actually sound strong and clear, which is great for a product of its price.

I’m very happy with my Bluetooth headphones; don’t forget to check them out!

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06XZ28SVM

Those brows though 

I have very interesting triangular shaped eyebrows that only I can understand. I have tried a variety of methods to shape them, and after trying it all, I only swear by the power of the tweezer.

There are many things that I like about tweezers, including that I’m able to strategically pull out the right amount of hair from the right areas (if you have weird brows like I do, you understand).

After trying many tweezer brands, shapes, and sizes, I must say that one of my favorite sets are by Simply Essentials. 


What I love about this set is the quality and the variety. These tweezers are made from stainless steel, and the set includes a slant, needlenose, and straight tweezer.

You guys have no idea how excited I was when I discovered the straight tweezer in the set (which works wonders with my very fine eyebrow hairs). Most of the tweezers that I have purchased (either in sets or individually) are either fine point or slant- but not straight! 

Due to the diversity of the shape, I love that I have the freedom to use these for other purposes such as ingrown hairs (which is another of my #1 struggles).

To top it off, the set brings a super cute glittery pouch to store your tweezers safely (and it has a very nice mini mirror!).

I’m overall so happy with my set, and I think you should check it out too!

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00T3JYAQE

Perfect For him

 

img_2025Father’s Day is not too far a away. When the time comes, one of my greatest challenges is finding a unique present for my father.

Thankfully, I’m able to say that my father has EVERYTHING; however, this can be a little bit of a nightmare when I’m trying to find something worthy (or useful) for him.

During the past year or so, I noticed that he has a fixated interest in watches. He’s always buying a new one, trying to replace the battery, or doing something related to a watch. At that time, I knew that a watch would be my greatest next present.

This time I decided to get him a genuine leather analog quartz watch by Aposon.
There are many things that I like about the nature and design of the watch. I love the fact that I was able to get a hold of genuine leather watch for such a low price (it’s literary priced at $13.99 and free shipping if you have Amazon Prime).

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The watch has a very stylish chunky design, which is nicely masculine (or boyfriend style if you’re a female). I also like that this watch is water and scratch resistant; which is amazing, especially if you have a very physically active life. The numerals also look very modern, and the overall made makes it very suitable to dress it up or down according to the particular occasion.

As always, don’t forget to check it out!

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B071CTY4KB

It is hidden in the water

If you have been following my blog for a while, by now you probably know my obsession with hair growth.

I’ve invested hundreds of dollars on quality hair products, such as protein treatments, masks, keratin infusions, heat protectants, hydrating oils, and damage free shampoos.
Many of us spend dollar after dollar seeking an effective hair growth solution; however, there is one point that many of us bypass: water.
Yes, water is one of the most important components of an effective hair growth; and I don’t mean drinking water, but the water in your shower.
Again, when I first started investing on my hair growth, I would take the right vitamins, use hydrating masks, invest on the right products, but I would still get hair breakage. I woke up every morning to 1,000 little pieces of hair all over my pillow. After I left home for college,  I noticed that the breakage stopped. Four years later, I came home to start graduate school, and I noticed that the breakage started all over. When I discussed this with some of my family members, they stated that they were also experiencing hair breakage.
Right at that moment, for some reason, it occurred to me that there was something in the water (especially because my skin was suddenly increasingly dry). And after some research, I learned that chlorine, heavy metal, and even pesticides in water can affect the health of hair and skin; therefore, I decided to embark on the hunt of an effective shower filter. I have come across many brands, some worse than the others, with one of my favorites being AquaBliss High Output Shower Filter.

One of my favorite things about this filter is that it doesn’t slow down the potency of the water flow in the shower (which has been my experience with some water filters). The filter is super easy to install (less than 5 minutes) and it actually filters up to 10,000 gallons of water (or six months). If you live alone or in a small household, this should last longer!
I noticed changes in the condition of my skin literary right after installing this shower filter. My liquid body shower was more foamy and I actually noticed that I was able to lather faster. My skin was also noticeably softer, and my body lotion actually spreads faster and a little goes a long way. I started noticing less hair breakages in a little under a month, and my family also claimed that there was less breakage on their pillows. Today, my hair is no longer breaking and I only deal with occasional split ends, which is always fixed with a small trim.

AquaBliss SF100 – High Output 8-Stage Shower Filter