Around the Corner

My hubby’s Christmas decors. Can you see Santa? 😏

It’s already December and it only means that Christmas is just around the corner. This weekend, hubby took out all our Christmas decors and we started to decorate our home. I’m very excited because this is the first time that I’m going to spend Christmas with my hubby and this will also my little one’s very first Christmas. In short, this is our first Christmas together as a family.

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A Foggy Beginning

My life these past few months can be describe as a hazy bubble. I thought that I know everything, but the truth is I only knew the top of the whole thing. I was on the verge of giving up. I cried and wept every day, I ignored some close people around me, and every thing was just stressing me out, because all of a sudden things did not go according to plan and the anticipation once I had turned into a nightmare.

Almost three months from now, I became a mom for the first time. (Hence the long absence from the blog world.)
Who would have thought that life after pregnancy is just a start of a hard journey? I thought that the birth experience itself is the most painful thing, but I was wrong. Almost 95 percent of my family and friends has told me that having a baby is a bliss. Yes, having and meeting my baby is a bliss. Yet, it is also hard because I have to be strong and give my little one her needs even if it means sacrificing my time, energy and happiness.

Anyway, things are better now though I am still adjusting to my new routine. I am enjoying being a mom and I am grateful for this new chapter in my life.

Kill Them with Kindness

If you’re living in the countryside, expect that you won’t be able to see your neighbors every day because of the distance between their house and yours. Well unless you pay them a visitor of course, but it depends if you have the time.

Yesterday, the dog and I went for a walk. Took the opposite way because I was also going to check our postbox. While walking, I saw the neighbor number 1 observing us. I didn’t wave back but I smiled. I’m not sure though if he smiled back because it was raining. Then it began raining even more so we hurried up. On the way, the dog stopped in front of neighbor number 2’s property and then the dog began sniffing the place while I was a bit preoccupied by my Pokemon GO game. All of a sudden, I heard a loud knock on neighbor number 2’s window. She looked angry at us and she was signaling that the dog should leave her property. I didn’t panicked though, but I got stressed. I immediately pulled the dog out of her property and I checked for any signs of poo. Nothing there, but I think the dog marked a small spot on the on the property. I smiled and waved at neighbor number 2 but she just rolled her eyes on us. Neighbor number 2 by the way is an old lady, around 80 years old something and according to the old owner of our house, she is from the east coast. She doesn’t live in this place but she is here once in while for vacation.

To be honest, I’m still bothered. How can an old lady be so angry like that? Is it because she’s a cat person? Or, maybe she had a bad day yesterday? Who knows? I hope that it’s nothing personal, really because after all we are living in the countryside and neighbors should really get along.

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Compression Socks

When you tell some people that you’re using compression socks, only one thing comes into their mind and that is compression socks/stockings is for old people. We cannot blame them for thinking that way, because compression socks aren’t that popular for the younger folks. Also, people think that if they don’t have anything in their legs that are bothering them, then they won’t use one. It could also mean that they don’t know what compression socks are.

Compression socks/stockings are very similar to the socks/stockings that we use every day. The only difference is that compression socks are tighter to put pressure on the ankles, legs and feet in order to have a smoother blood circulation.

There are different types of compression socks/stockings based on your needs. Your doctor or any other medical personel can help you decide which one is best for you (or for your medical condition). My reason for using compression socks is I always on my feet at work and at home (because I cannot sit still!), and thus resulted in the appearance of varicose veins!

I’m just in my 30s, so the sight of varicose veins, frustrates me. But then I remembered that my mom uses compression stockings every day and guess what? She has never stopped using one since when she her 30s! And her legs? Varicose vein free! She’s now in her 50s.

I bought 6 pairs of compression socks/stockings different styles, length and purpose. I didn’t consult a doctor because I only ordered the ones that are good for daily use and I don’t have diabetes and high blood pressure.  I’ve also read on the website that it’s alright to buy one with the least compression.

As I’ve mentioned above, compression socks come in different styles. Now you can be both stylish and maintain a healthy blood circulation.

Btw., I bought mine from this site: https://stottestrompen.no/ . But you can also find this socks too on other online shops like Ebay or Amazon.

 

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The second batch of compression socks/stockings that I bought online.

 

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Sports socks with compression and rubber grip.

 

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Good for high intensity activities.

 

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Stylish pair. Hello there pink toes. 😀

The Perfect Duo

First of all, I’m not a makeup artist, nor someone who is good in makeup. When it comes to choosing the right makeup for me, I either google or ask my friends who has the knowledge and the skills. Sometimes I do ask the sales representatives. If I’m lucky, then they will recommend me products that won’t irritate my skin nor make my skin look different and far from my original skin color.

I’ve tried a lot of makeup brands in my entire life. From the high end type and to drugstore ones. I have no problem with mascaras, eyeliners and eyeshadows because those have very limited or no contact  at all with my cheeks, forehead and chin (which are the most complicated areas of my face!). My skin type is oily to combination (plus sensitive). The issue with using makeup foundations, BB creams and primers is that they either dry my skin or make it more oily, thus, making my skin prone to breakouts.

Thanks to my friend who is a Professional makeup artist in the Philippines. She introduced me to Kiko Milano. An Italian makeup brand. I asked her if it’s good for my skin type because I was amazed how her skin glows when she used the primer and the 2-in-1 Foundation of Kiko Milano.

I ordered the Radiant Boost primer and the Full Coverage 2-in-1 Foundation and Concealer. Nevertheless the shipping time, I’m impressed by these two products. Not only that they’re easy to apply but don’t need a lot for your face. Meaning, it’s more for your money. I love how these two smooth out my skin and covered most of the dark spots on my face and I was surprised by its light feeling on my skin. After 8 hours of these on me, my skin still looked fresh and breakout free.

Anyway, here is Kiko Milano’s website. 🙂 https://www.kikocosmetics.com/en-hr/

Have a nice day everyone!

 

 

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Radiant Boost primer

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Foundation and concealer in one

 

Adjectives

An adjective is a word that describes a noun or pronoun. Without adjectives it would be hard for us to express what we mean when we are talking about ourselves or others. We describe people, places, things, animals and etc on what they look like or when we talk about their characteristics.

I’ve learned about adjectives during my 3rd grade in grade school. We were tought when to use it and how to use it. At the same time my teacher tought us the proper way to use them, like for instance the use of negative adjectives such as ugly, weak and etc. We should be mindful of the words that come out of our mouth because we never know if we are offending someone or a group of people.

I agree with my teacher, but at the same time I disagree because adjectives are just words to describe something. Unless we say it to others. And even if we say it the other way like ugly= less desirable, the outcome is still negative if the person you are refering to hears that, for example.

I had a chat conversation with a friend. She asked me how am I doing. I replied, I’m still the same except that I’m fat now. Then she said that why would I say such a thing and that I should not say the word fat because it’s like shaming the plus size community. I told her that the one I was describing to as fat is no other than myself and it is not fat shaming others because I was refering to myself and even if I use “got bigger”, still it is the same. So, how should I describe myself then? And besides, I don’t see fat as a negative word. In my opinion, we should use this word often to get rid of the negative association to fat shaming. And do not forget, there is nothing wrong in being fat!

The world today is full of negativity, criticisms and “in betweens”. Simple and small things get complicated and hurtful because people do not listen. They only hear what they want to hear. Hence, making respect one sided. Meaning, if you have the same mindset as them, you gain their respect.

 

 

 

Homemade Avocado Smoothie

What’s the best way to acquire your daily dose of fruits (and vegetables)? Oh yes, through shakes, juices and smoothies! It’s not only time saving but you can get all the vitamins that you need. Besides, shakes, juices and smoothies are a better alternative to sodas these hot summer days.

Today has been also very hot and we find it demotivating to do anything. I tried drinking lots of Cold water but my it didn’t do much of a help. For sure because it keeps flushing out the ions in my body. I drank a glass of cola but that’s it because I don’t want to rely on it and besides it has lots of sugar which is bad for the body. Luckily, I still have a couple of avocados left from yesterday, so I made avocado smoothie with banana and oat milk. I also found a can of condensed milk so I used a very small amount of it to give my smoothie some sweetness in it. I didn’t follow any recipe online, just what my tastebud craves.

Here you go! 🙂

Yields approximately 0,5 liters/ 2 glasses of smoothie.

2 small avocados

1/2 medium banana

2 tbsp condensed milk

1-2 cups of oat milk

2 sachets of raspberry powder (I don’t know the name. Was given to me by my sister who has been to Japan.)