Nail File Friday’s – 2 Nail Polishes / 4 Ways

As a busy mom to 6 living with chronic pain, it can be easy to get lost in the mist of the chaos that is home, kids and overall life. There are few things that can make you feel good from the inside out, for some it may be chocolate – unfortunately I’m not a fan of chocolate. :: insert shocked emoji here :: But, hey more for you, right?! One thing I attempt to do is to always try to maintain my nails polished. I am able to do this during the week, while the older children are at school and during the 3 younger children’s nap time. Whether you’re a mom to multiples or one, all our plates are full, I know, I’m there with you! However making time for yourself, whether that is taking a walk or like myself, doing your nails, you need to find time. There are plenty of  home nail tools to make the process easy. Also, change up the polish, take risks, do something different, something you haven’t tried, try bright colors if you haven’t, try the nail striping tape, but just do it!

Here are a few that I’ve been wearing and that are easy to do – same 2 polishes, 4 different ways. Also, using glitter polish and gold nail striping tape.

 

If you have any favorite nail polish shades, let me know in the comments, I’d love to know which they are and give them a try!

Have a blessed weekend friends!

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Grove Collaborative – Free 5 Piece Mrs. Meyer’s Set

A few years ago, I changed our laundry detergent and bath soaps to make them clean and clear, so that they were safer for the kids that have sensitive skin due to Eczema. So, this year my plan was to remove the chemicals and begin using toxin free and natural cleaning products. This can be intimidating, one because I don’t know anyone that has gone natural with their cleaning products and two, it needed to budget friendly. Also, don’t feel intimidated by any of it, it can all seem overwhelming – but it’s so simple! I took the first step and made the change, I changed our hand soaps, dish soaps and cleaning products using Grove Collaborative.

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Grove Collaborative offers personal care products, cleaning products, laundry products that are essential oil based, they’re strong products yet natural – some products even being gluten free. Also, if you love candles, the safest are made from soy and beeswax, these reduce allergies and toxins in the home – Grove has soy. They offer brands such as Mrs. Meyer’s, Seventh Generation, Method, Natracare, Tom’s, Yes To, Dr. Brooner’s, Burt’s Bees and Acure – to name a few! If you’re interested in gluten free products be sure to read the ingredients before making your purchase. They have microfiber cloths for scrubbing and getting surfaces clean, as well as walnut sponges. Which can replace the use of paper towels when cleaning. As for laundry, I stopped using dryer sheets and fabric softener, instead replaced them with  wool dryer balls. The more wool dyer balls you have in the dryer, the less drying time. You can use 3 or even 6 at a time! Also, sprinkle some essential oils on the wool dryer balls, it’ll leave your clothes smelling great. Just replace the dryer balls when necessary – if you haven’t tried these, you must! They have a glass spray with silicon bottom where you can pour in the cleaning concentrates, just top with water and you’re all set to clean! It’s a set of three concentrates, one for tub, tile and an all purpose.

I’d say that the Mrs. Meyer’s scent in Peony is my absolute favorite, but the Lavender glass cleaner did not disappoint. The Lavender from Method is also another great scent!

My favorite products thus far are:

•  Mrs. Meyer’s Glass Cleaner (Lavender)

•  Mrs. Meyer’s Hand Soap (Peony)

•  Mrs. Meyer’s Dish Soap (Peony)

•  Mrs. Meyer’s Multi-Surface Cleaner (Peony)

•  2-pack Microfiber Cloths

•  Grove Collaborative White Tray

•  Seventh Generation Disinfecting Wipes (Lemongrass Citrus)

•  Method Dish Soap (Lavender)

•  Set of 3 – Grove Collaborative Dryer Balls & Lavender Essential Oil Set

•  Grove Collaborative Glass Spray Bottle With Silicon Sleeve

If you have kids or not, and just interested in making your home as toxin free as possible using chemical free and natural products, give them a try! Just click on Grove Collaborative  then on the ‘Get Started’ option, you will receive a free 5 piece set of Mrs. Meyer’s products with your purchase – in the scent of your choice! This link has no expiration date – feel free to share if you’d like.

Hope you enjoy your free products and let me know which scents you have tried or will try and recommend!

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2 Products To Use At The Walt Disney World Parks For Long Lasting Makeup

2 Products To Use At The Walt Disney World Parks For Long Lasting Makeup

It’s no secret that when going to the Walt Disney World parks with makeup, the scorching heat can make you feel as if the makeup is melting right off. We’ve been blessed enough to have been going to Disney since 2015 with the children, if not twice than once a year. I love all things makeup and going to the Disney parks is no different, I’ll still wear makeup – yes, even in the Orlando heat. These 2 products will be the difference between a makeup that will easily come off after just a couple of hours and a makeup that will last all day.

Products To Use When Visiting The Walt Disney World Parks

 

1. Smashbox Primer Water – This 3 in 1 primer will prep, hydrate and refresh your skin. I spray this, after I have applied my Olay Moisturizer with SPF 15 and because I have a bit of redness and dryness underneath my eyes, I will also apply MG217 Moisturizing Cream for Eczema, if you have redness, dryness and flaking on your face, due to Eczema or Dermatitis, this cream will help. You can also use the primer through out the day to refresh your makeup.

2. Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray – I will use this ‘All Nighter’ setting spray after I’ve done my makeup, this will lock the make up in for a long time – hours! It helps my makeup not settle into my pores or lines and avoid the makeup from melting or fading – definitely a must for any event that may take more than just a few hours and more like all day, like a wedding, prom or of course the main reason I use it for, Disney parks. I also keep a travel size setting spray in my make up bag.

Makeup Tool For Applying Concealer and/or Foundation

⇒ BeautyBlender – This is a great makeup tool to own! This needs to be used damp – do not use water, I’ll spray the primer water on the beauty blender/sponge. I use it to apply my concealer – you can also use it for your foundation. If you’re wondering what concealer is in rotation, it’s been the ‘Tarte Shape Tape’ in the shade, Light Sand. I’m a mom to six, so sleep is close to non existent – can you picture my under eye circles … please don’t!

I hope this will be helpful when prepping for your next trip to Disney World!

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Mystery Blogger Award

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When I was about 15 years old, I won an ‘Ace of Base’ CD at our local Youth Fair – remember them?! I was obsessed! Then a couple of years ago I won tickets for ‘Disney On Ice’ for the family – so fun. I know my winning track record is rather small, however receiving this nomination from Magic In The Everyday has been the cherry to my night – gracias! If you haven’t checked her blog, you must!

Here’s what the nomination entails.

Rules:

⇒ Thank whoever nominated you and include a link to their blog

⇒ Tell your readers three things about yourself

⇒ Nominate 5 bloggers you feel deserve the award (modifying this because I don’t have as much time to pursue blogs as I wish I did!)

⇒ Ask your nominees 5 questions of your choice, with one weird or funny one

⇒ Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog

Three Things About Me:

1. I married a man I didn’t think would be the one I’d marry but life has a way of changing and I always remember, ‘when we make plans, God laughs.’ He’s a Marine veteran who’s seen his fair share and we have six wonderful little’s.

2. I have Chiari 1 Malformation and Syringomyelia, two very rare illness’ that as a result cause me chronic pain, every single day. You can read more of my story here After going through two of the most high risk surgeries, I decided to slow down and be present. I’ve learned to be honest with myself and no longer push my body more than it should.

3. Because I’ve had life altering diagnosis followed by unexpected emergency surgeries, I now try to be the best version of myself, because tomorrow is filled with the unknown.

‘Magic In The Everyday’ Questions: 

1. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?

I would live in Nicaragua. The situation at this moment is very unfortunate and I pray that it gets better for the sake of the people. My first semester of college was in Ave Maria College, what is now Keiser University – Latin American Campus, located in San Marcos, Nicaragua. Although my reasons for going were not only to experience living in my country but also out of pure spontaneity. It taught me to live a more simpler, more humble life and to surround myself with the people I love and things that bring me joy. If not Nicaragua because of the current state the country is in, anywhere life isn’t so fast paced, where we can stop to enjoy the simpler things in life. That would be dreamy. Now, if only I can convince the husband to make this move….to be continued!

2. What is the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten?

Other than cow tongue – it’s a traditional Nicaraguan dish, I would be the wrong person to try new foods with! I know, sushi and myself just aren’t friends. I’m all about Latin foods and anything sweet – Raspados Loly’s. If you’re ever in the mood for any Latin foods, definitely try ‘Fritanga.’ They’re Nicaraguan restaurants that offer typical foods, it includes fried cheese with plantains and our ‘gallo pinto,’ it’s a mix of beans and rice. Delicious, you won’t be disappointed!

3. What is your dream?

Because I’m a mom, I dream to be here on earth long enough to see my son’s and daughter’s grow – if they choose, to know they’ve chosen a spouse that they love and loves them in return, to see them walking down the isle into the arms of the one they love, would be a privilidge to witness. That they grow and continue to be followers of God, good citizens, content and proud of where they come from.

4. What is one of your weird quirks?

Although not having been properly diagnosed, I can take organization to the next level. I’m also a planner. I have to have things in order, in my pantry the foods have to be facing the same way, I clean, every single day and I buy things in even numbers! Hence why I don’t do groceries too often. And if one of my little’s birthday is coming up say in two weeks, I’ll start planning for it today, even if it’s just our inmate family celebrating the occasion. It’s both a blessing and a curse, I accept this and handle it with lots of patience.

5. In your opinion, what is the best Disney movie of all time?

Well, Beauty and The Beast – the original, of course! My heart still skips a beat when I now sit with my very own children to watch this film. Belle is my alter ego, her love for books, for her family – her father and the kindness and patience she demonstrats towards the Beast. She didn’t accept the way others treated him for being different and she stayed when others ran, what is there not to love?! I was so young when this film came out but she stole my heart almost instantly, with her soft spoken voice and her inner and outer beauty. A little fun fact, I can recite everyone’s lines in the film.

My Nominees:

Chiari Conversations

I Am Maurina

An Historian About Town

My Li’l Place

Outside Air

My Questions:

1. Where did you last travel to?

2. How long have you been blogging and how do you keep yourself motivated to continue to do what you started?

3. What TV show are you currently following?

4. What hidden talent do you have?

5. Say, you could be invisible for just one day, being able to travel anywhere and be in places without being seen, where would you go?

I’m excited to see your responses, please do it the comments or in a Mystery Blogger post of your own!

Happy Sunday.

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Happy National Autism Awareness Month

Happy National Autism Awareness Month

World Autism Awareness Day 2018 was April 2nd, however April is still National Awareness Month. It is my hope that I can help spread awareness by sharing my experience with my son – my second oldest, whom was diagnosed with Autism in 2016 at the age of 6. I will attempt here and try to give you some tools that will help you or someone you know, learn the possible signs of Autism. Please keep in mind like everything, everyone’s journey is different.

National Autism Awareness Month - April

There is no doubt that each child begins to do things at a different time, starts to hit milestones at a different pace. But know that pediatricians do want some milestones to be met, otherwise it may be a sign that the child needs further evaluation to know if there’s an underlying issue. You can visit  Autism Speaks to know what specific signs to look for in babies and toddlers or any age, to be able to go from concern to action. I’ve had the privilege to still be seeing the same pediatrician – it’s been almost 11 years. He helped me see that my son at 14 months old wasn’t properly developing and immediately sent me to the right specialists. Maybe it’s because of my own health but I am a firm believer that it is best to know and act, then not to act at all.

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Meeting Buzz in Disney World – 2017

My son’s journey began when he was 14 months old, when aside from being developmentally delayed, he was diagnosed with speech delay because he wasn’t babbling, pointing, no gestures, among other things. So, by the 20 month mark he was placed with a phenomenal speech and occupational therapist that would come to our home to give him therapy. He was released from at-home therapy at 3 years old to attend a school that offered inclusion classrooms. At this time we also began an IEP for him. What is an inclusion classroom? Well, this is a classroom that allows a child with a disability or special education to learn with other children that are non-disabled. This has been beneficial for my son, at home he has his siblings but at school he also gets to see things he has not yet mastered in other kids, so he may get motivated or curious and attempt to imitate. Whether that is in PE, like jumping rope, etc. What is an IEP? An IEP (Individualized Education Program) is a program developed by the public school system for each child that needs special education. This IEP is put together by a team at the school and the meeting includes us – the parents, and it’s reviewed at the beginning and towards the end of each school year. We’ve also been fortunate enough to live near a school that offers these programs that can accommodate children like my son that need speech and/or occupational therapy. The therapy is done in the school and during school hours. These programs have been removed in schools that once offered them, due to budgeting. If parents can’t find a school near them, they are then directed to take the child outside for private therapy.

So, let’s fast forward to today, he is now in the 2nd grade, is almost 8 years old and continues to have an IEP in school.  Although my son was released last year from occupational therapy, he continues to be in speech therapy. I can’t tell you that anything drastically changed in our home with him since his diagnosis in 2016, aside from finally getting answers to behaviors he was demonstrating. The sense of relief was overwhelming, it’s not something any parent wants to hear, but it’s a reminder for me to continue to see that this particular son of mine, just needs a little extra love and patience. That’s all. His diagnosis was ‘mild Autism.’ What is ‘mild Autism’? While we were told he has ‘mild Autism’ by his neurologist, there is no official ‘mild Autism’ diagnosis, doctors will still categorize ‘mild Autism’ as Autism because it all falls under one umbrella. So, as to not confuse anyone, we don’t call it ‘mild.’ It’s extremely difficult to describe this ‘mild’ thing because he is academically doing great, the extra help he receives in the classroom is helping him a lot. However, symptoms will be seen, for instance loud sounds will make him scream and he falls apart. Our continued love for Disney World as a vacation destination for our family has helped him, he’s familiar with the park and he’s become aware of what’s going to happen next. He’s done great there. If you have a child with noise sensitivity say, they’re scared of fireworks or loud noise in general try these children’s earmuff’s/headphones. He has no ability to sense another persons body language, emotions or when another child is being mean to him. He shows repetitive behavior such has rocking, flaps his hands and jumps when he gets excited or nervous, also may even hit or push when he laughs. Also, when he has an interest in something, it’s intense. I’m going to be honest, the environment makes all the difference in his behavior, so his behavior and actions vary. He’s at times sensitive to the touch, at times not wanting to be touched at all, doesn’t like to eat certain textured foods, mushy foods like the tomato, avocado, etc., which many can confuse as him being picky. He can not watch a couple of movies, like ET and Willy Wonka because he will start to scream and cry uncontrollably. His teachers have a list of these to prevent them from showing these in his presence. He likes routine, doesn’t like certain types of clothing materials, has trouble climbing or going up and down stairs or even at times walking too much –  hence the only ‘C’ grade he has is in PE, this can appear as if he were clumsy.  This may give you clearer answers to sensory questions for children with Autism and any developmental disabilities. Aside from all this that many may think is ‘bad’, remember these children don’t know that any of this can be considered out of the norm. They are happy children and so smart. My son is incredibly caring, compassionate, loves hugs from Mom and Dad, loves his siblings, all things Lego and Minecraft and has an interest in numbers. I’ve said this before, this is one of those unseen disabilities because on the outside he looks like any other 8 year old boy. So, when a symptom arises anyone whom doesn’t know his diagnosis can easily mistaken him for behaving badly.  So, it’s not only about Autism Awareness, it’s also about Autism Acceptance, acceptance to all children and adults with any kind of disability.

Also, before I go, let me tell you about two amazing groups and/or organization that I have found to be making a world of difference in the Autism community. I do not have Facebook – I know, but if you do or don’t, either way, go and see what Autism Barbers Assemble, ‘Jim the Trim’ and a group of great barbers are doing in the UK. Their main focus is to cut Autistic children’s hair. They are changing the way we treat kids with Autism while changing lives. So, if you’re asking, what’s the big deal, it’s just a hair cut? No! Autistic kids have a hard time getting a hair cut because they think getting a hair cut hurts. If you can, take some time out of your busy day and watch on their Facebook page, ‘Jim the Trim’ cutting an Autistic child’s hair – holy moly, this man is nothing short of amazing! Lastly, Elmo has a new friend on Sesame Street and her name is Julia. She is a sweet, four year old girl with Autism. If you haven’t seen her debut that aired on April 10, 2017, meet Julia here. This first episode was wonderful and in my opinion I think they accurately captured the behavior and essence of a child with Autism.

Happy Autism Awareness Month, if I’ve opened your eyes even just a tad bit on this topic, then I’ve done my job. I’m in no way a doctor, and my opinions all come from my experiences in living with my son – that I would not change for the world.

And ‘D’ if you read this one day in the years to come, when you’re grown and I’m gray, know that God created you perfect in every way. I appreciate everything about you and I am honored to be your mami, I love you Gordo.

Happy Friday!

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Easy At Home Gold Nail Striping Tape

In the spirit of showing you how deep my love of all things polish goes, I am going to keep you in the loop of what I’ve done and am wearing on my nails. And if you haven’t read my nail tools to own post, catch up to know the must haves in nail tools to own. I do go to the salon for pedicures – because let’s be honest, it’s a great mini getaway. And will get gel manicures on special occasions, otherwise I will do my nails at home.

Aside from the obvious of having pretty polished nails, this is an easy pick me up no matter how my day is going.

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This week I gave my nails a break from color and put on some clear calcium nail polish. I did however still wanted a little something extra and decided to do a quick and easy design on my ring fingers. I used some nail tape in gold or you can use this multi-colored nail tape – a great tip is to place all your nail tape in a scotch tape dispenser to keep them organized.

The nail tape is a self-adhesive tape, first use a base coat, choose your nail polish, let dry, using the nail tape create your desired design – various horizontal or vertical lines, at the ends for a french manicure, etc., place on nail and cut the nail tape to the size desired with a cuticle nipper, seal with a top coat polish – if the end of tape comes up, just place some clear top coat underneath it, and you’re done!

Happy polishing.

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Animal made from recycled materials project

Our weekend included completing a science project – making an animal made from recycled materials. This was for one of my boys science class, he requested we make an alligator. So, in the course of a couple of days I gathered a few materials, an egg carton, toilet paper cartons, baby cereal container, water bottle, green construction paper, googly eyes, white, red and green paint.
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 Considering this project included many helping hands, doing many parts at one time, I’d say they did a phenomenal job with this little guy.

As tired as this mama has been for the last couple days, I have to give a quick thank you to our go-to family friend for giving us a helping hand, we heart you.

Hope you had a great weekend.

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