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

Saving my trunk 


When you have a big family, pets, or lots of junk, a van is certainly a part of your daily commute. Since I carry everything and anything in my trunk, it tends to get messy and it starts looking old. I knew that I needed a solution (something other than buying an entirely new car) so I went on the search for the perfect cargo liner.

I got a hold of INNX quilted heavy duty cargo liner (I loved their Foam mattress, so I definitely had to try their other products) and it works fantastically amazing.


The liner is heavy, but super well made. Because it is also designed for pets, it is made of a durable and impermeable material. I liked that it was so amazingly easy to install- just place it and snap it close; it literary took me less than a minute to do! The best of all is that I was able to hide all the wear on my trunk, so my car now looks 10 times newer.

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

http://amzn.to/2dgCZE6

Save My Bed

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If anyone can talk about bed mattresses, pillows, toppers, and sheets – that’s certainly me. My “bed-sy” journey started back when I was a freshman in college. As you may imagine, dorm bed mattresses are everything but comfortable, and if you don’t get a hold of a worthy bed topper, you’ll find yourself staved by multiple bed springs.

It might sound insane, but bed toppers shopping is not as easy as 1-2-3. I’ve encountered bed toppers that either:

  1. Are not thick enough to protect from springs or other potential bed issues.
  2. Are so soft that don’t provide enough back support.
  3. Are so hard that my body ache (and when you lay or seat on them, they flare up on the sides).
  4. Randomly get dirty with a copper like oxide material (I still have no idea what the heck it is, could it be humidity?)
  5. And did I mention that ALL OF THE ABOVE are pretty expensive?!

Thankfully, I’m no longer in college. However, I still come in conflict when choosing the right bed topper for my queen sized bed. I purchased my bed a couple of years ago, and recently, I noticed that it no longer provides the support and comfort needed for a well rested night (yes, I do have the occasional back and neck pain). In this case, replacing my bed is not an option (it as new and it’ll be a couple of $1,000’s); therefore, I knew that I would have to embark on a topper search all over.

Recently, I got a hold of INNX 2-inch memory foam mattress topper, and I can finally say that I found a topper that meets all my expectations.

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Beautiful air ventilation design- yep, picture taken by me 😀

The INNX foam bed topper comes with very precise instructions. When I first opened the package, the foam bed topper had a slight chemical smell. Instructions state that I have to lay it flat for 24 hours (without use). After the 24 hour period, the foam was plump and completely odorless. I’m 5’3 and very weak; therefore, I think the foam was on the heavy side (but it doesn’t bother me as I wanted something strong and with support). When I further read the specifications, I learned that you could use this as a travel camper bed, which isn’t only amazing, but also the reason why the design is on the heavier side.

Something that I loved about INNX is that the foam mattress fits my queen sized bed exactly edge-by edge, meaning that there was no “extra foam” remaining in corners, or a lack of thereof. Even though the foam is thick and provides great protection, I loved that I was able to fit my queen sized bed sheets perfectly (from previous experiences, some bed toppers don’t fit under a standard bed sheet, so the bed sheet keeps coming off from the corners). Another thing that I love abut INNX is that the bed topper’s cover is removable! That’s right – I’m finally able to keep it clean without ruining it.

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Bed 24 hour period lay-out process

Now, the most important part: How comfortable is it? The truth is that this is easily one of the most comfortable foam bed toppers that I have tried (and it is also on a great price point for the quality). After trying this on the first night, my bed was literary as comfortable as it was when I first purchased it. I like that it is soft enough to adapt to the shape of my body, but at the same time, sturdy enough for it not to lay flat. I’m the type of person that wakes up multiple times per night (easily 3-5 times), and after placing this bed topper, I’m finally able to sleep all night long; so I’m suspecting that the reason why I kept waking up so often was the discomfort of my bed.

INNX is certainly an amazing brand and I’m beyond happy with the quality of my foam bed topper.

Don’t forget to check them out!

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01NCK3VXJ

Sleep Masks And Other Perks 

Sleep time is easily one of the most important periods during the 24-hour cycle. Thankfully, I don’t struggle much to fall asleep (unless stress takes the best of me). However, there is one condition that gets in the way of my routine (whether I’m asleep or awake) and that’s my Chronic Dry Eyes.

If you have been following my blog for some time, you may recall my many attempts to ease the pain and discomfort of this condition.

Interestingly, my eyes tend to get even worse in my sleep. When I wake up in the middle of the night, my eyes feel so uncomfortable and dry that my lids literary stick dry to my eyes. And once I’m finally able to open them, my lids make a weird noise every time I blink. I have tried many products such as gels, ointments, and drops especially targeted for night time, but nothing has worked.

After some research, I came across a very popular brand of sleeping goggles (they literary look like swimming goggles). I paid $40+ for them (total waste of money), and not only were they super uncomfortable, they also didn’t make any difference in sealing my eyes from environmental factors. Then, I decided to go to the very cheap end, and purchased a typical sleep mask. The problem with these is that they lay flat on my eyes, which compresses them and make my eyes even drier.

I then continued my search and came across Whalek Memory Foam Deep Molding Sleep Mask, Whalek Night Mask, and Whalek Day Mask, and I’m seriously beyond happy.

The thing that I love the most about these masks is that they are actually so amazingly comfortable around my head. The bands actually hold well on my head without being so tight that I can’t rest calmly. Out of the three masks, the softer is the Whalek Day Masks (it reminds me of a feather pillow). In my opinion, it makes sense for the Day Mask to be so soft, as you need all the support possible to aid sleep during the day time (which is always a struggle). Although the softness is amazing, my favorite masks are the Whalek Memory Foam and the Whalek Night Mask. What I love about these mask is the fact that the have a 3D shape all around them (BINGO). That means that the masks do an amazing job at sealing my eyes from the environmental factors that dry my eyes during sleep, while at the same time blocking light out completely (without touching my eyes), which was a major discomfort factor. Out of these two masks, the Whalek Memory Foam mask is more steep than the Whalek Night Time Mask; so if your issue is Chronic Dry Eyes, the Memory Foam mask is the one to choose!

Such an amazing brand, don’t miss out!
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01NA6SMZO

What’s Wrong With Us? A view on Self-Love

Today, I came across what seemed to be a very typical Instagram post: a girl’s prom picture with her boyfriend.

As I scrolled through the pictures, I noticed one interesting fact- this picture wasn’t a typical prom picture; instead, it has gone viral because the girl in the picture is “fat.”

Yes, you read this right, this simple prom picture is controversial because of the girl’s weight. I scrolled comment after comment, and noticed people mentioning things such as “why are we lying to her, she’s ugly,” “this girl will die of a heart attack and blood clogs,” and “she is nasty… fucking huge.”

As I continued reading through these comments, I couldn’t help but wonder, “what is wrong with us?”

Who the hell are we to tell people that they’re ugly, fat, skinny, too light, too tanned, too bleached, too bushy?

Who gave us the right to go around trying to tell people what to do with their own lives and bodies? 

And when we do, what do we earn?

Why can’t we see human beings and accept them for their value as living humans, rather than what they look like?

I understand and I agree that there are instances where people need our support and help (for example, an obese individual who asks for our help, courage, and support to reach their physical or health goal).

But there is a fine line between being supportive (promoting conscience, health, and wellbeing) vs. being destructive.

The most interesting fact about the  comments on this particular prom picture is that at least 80% of these negative comments were from private Instagram accounts with fake user pictures. This pattern truly shows that these people are  frustrated trolls looking to belittle people to enhance their own low self-worth.

A similar instance happened two days ago: a woman gave birth and lost all her weight. She had loose skin, and instead of congratulating her and being supportive of her hard work to lose all this weight, people decided to comment on how “nasty” she looked.

Here we go again, it seems that no matter what we look like and what we represent, it will always be a problem for someone else. So if you’re over weight, “you are unappealing and you will die.” But, if you lose the weight, you are, “nasty because of the loose skin.”

If we take the time to address celebrities, the same happens. You may say “these are celebrities, this doesn’t apply.” But actually, you’re partially wrong as celebrities are still human beings. Let’s take Kylie Jenner for example, she’s made fun of because of her multiple plastic surgeries, including her lips, butt, and beast enhancement. But prior to the surgery, she was still a failure because of the “kiddie features” and less voluptuous figure.

My final verdict: 

No matter what we do, what we choose, who we date, where we live, what we work on, our clothing style, our religious views, our goals, our dreams, our friendships, our relationships… NOTHING MATTERS. It doesn’t matter because THERE IS PEOPLE THAT WILL ALWAYS DISAPPROVE OF YOU AND WHAT YOU LOVE.

Growing up, especially during my teenage years, I always thought that reaching a specific physical and social goal would make me ultimately perfect for society. But it doesn’t matter how much we aim to achieve the status quo, there will always be people who will disaprove of you.

Why? The reasons could be indefinite, including a combination of cultures, society, political views, religious views, experiences, gender, frustrations, diseases, and even psychological estability (and inestability, of course).

As a reminder, as harsh it may sound, one day you will die, and with your death you will take your dreams, goals, satisfactions, and accomplishments.

Now, it is up to you: you could live a life seeking to fulfill a sick society that will not accept you as who you are and what you represent. Or, you could live everyday seeking to fulfill the expectations, admiration, and acceptance of the most important person in your world- YOU.