Sunday, January 6, 2013

Happy New Year! My Instagram Glimpses Of 2012

Monther Daughter Love Siblings
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Pretty Ballerina
Mixed Kids + S'mores  Disney Land + Star Trek
Africa + Cameroon EvilEye Diamond and Sapphire Necklace
First Day of 1st Grade First Time Getting Ears Pierced
Iva Messy + Jeans + White TShirt Chanel + Smahbox
Halloween 2012 + The Amazing Spiderman + Merida Christmas 2012

I blogged all of three times in 2012.  I'm going to top that in 2013 ;)  Here's a snapshot of my Instagram in 2012. 

1} Butterfly Kisses on January 7th. My birthday. 
2} Sibling Love. I just adore this picture of my little ones. I adore how much they love each other. 
3} Santa Cruz Beach. My mom took this picture, and it always makes me smile when I look at it. 
4} My pretty ballerina. She loves ballet and our trips to Starbucks together after class. 
5} First time sleeping in a tent and making s'mores! 
6} You know, just fighting Darth Vader on stage at Disneyland. 
7} My husband in Africa, for his annual basketball camp. 
8} My Evil Eye Necklace that I just adore. 
9} First Day of 1st Grade. 
10} Getting ears pieced is a big {painful} moment. 
11} Easypeasy in Jeans and a White T-Shirt. 
12} My current go to combo for long lasting coverage. {Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Light 1 oz 1 oz 1 oz 1 oz &  Chanel Perfection Lumiere}
13} Merida and The Amazing Spiderman for Halloween. 
14} Santa's little helper on Christmas Eve. 

Cheers, to 2013! 

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Weleda Pomegranate Firming Eye Cream

Weleda Pomegranate Firming Eye Cream + Aging Skin + Healthy Skin + Preventative Skin Care + Lotion

I’ve spent the majority of my life outside, everyday for hours in the beautiful bright sun. Admittedly the years before turning 20 or so I rarely wore sunscreen. Mostly because I always felt like it stung and which invincible youngster voluntarily puts up with that? Lately I’ve been scrutinizing my skin and wondering how much damage my previous life {as I call it} did.

Like many other women, I have always been one to love trying all kinds of beauty products. Until a few years ago my primary concern has been using products that didn’t make my skin break out. These days I am very critical and skeptical of if the creams live up to their claims of diminishing fine lines and wrinkles and preventative premature aging.  I’m also one to be keenly aware that if a product says it diminishes the appearance of fine lines that’s not a promise to reduce them.

Recently I’ve been noticing a few more fine lines by my eyes. It could be because the last few months I’ve been getting closer to 4 hours of shuteye rather than my usual 6, and since facial fat starts shrinking around the eyes first, the eyes are the first place to see stress. Or maybe because cold weather plays with your circulation and skin, in the winter my skin is always drier making every little skin imperfection more visible. Yet it could be a mix of a few things, and quite probably simply the aging fact of life.

I’ve been on the hunt for an eye cream that works but will not damage the already delicate eye area. Standard eye creams can include alcohols, ammonia, phthalates, parabens and synthetic fragrances {to name a few}, but the scariest ingredient of all is hydroquinone. It is a strong skin whitener that is banned in the UK and other places. Since it lightens skin it also reduces melanin which is your skin’s own UV protector. The FDA also stated that hydroquinone cannot be ruled out as a potential carcinogen.

While picking up groceries at Whole Foods Weleda’s Pomegranate Firming Eye Cream caught my attention.   I have always loved Weleda’s products, but in this case it was the pomegranate that really drew me in.   The Pomegranate Firming Eye Cream is part of a new line, Aging Skin, from Weleda.   It is antioxidant-rich using organic pomegranate seed oil as its ingredient to firm and protect the eye area.   A tiny tab goes a very long way.   It’s incredibly rich and smooth.   I was surprised the first time I put it on, it has a  bit of a stimulating feeling to it.

Weleda Pomegranate Firming Eye Cream_Tube

I have been using it for 10 days straight, every morning and night.   I absolutely love it.   Not only does it feel like it works, I see a difference.   What I have noticed the most is after hours of wearing makeup, my foundation does not settle into the fine lines around my eyes as it had been doing, which leads me to believe the lines are less deep.

I would definitely recommend it to someone who is looking for a gentle eye cream that also works {and relatively quickly in this case}or maybe even as a preventative product. If you are interested in giving it a try you can pick it up at Whole Foods {like I did for $34}, on Weleda for $33, or on Amazon for less than $22.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Bay Area Family Fun

Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo January 2012

Resolutions?   Over them.   I've been done with them for a while.   But for some reason I've kept hanging on to making bold declarations which 9 times out of 10 has left me breaking them fairly quickly, and in turn disappointment in myself.   It's like setting yourself up for failure which is completely ridiculous.   Thanks to my wiser and older self, this year I've moved on to broad goal setting.

One of my goals is to to be less routine as a family on the weekends.   Our weekends are packed with fun activities, but in a way I'm starting to feel very repetitive.   It's not something the kids notice at all, since of course they love the library visits, playings sports, attending basketball games, birthday parties,downtown strolls and parks galore.   But I love seeing the look on their faces at the sight of a new place, the questions that come with it, the experience and memories they bring back home, and stories they tell about that visit.

Since  I'm a fan of the laid back approach {generally speaking} and prefer outings to not feel like scheduled events, my plan is to stay simple and keep many a surprise for the kids.   Less stress for me, and way more fun for them. My kind of thing - win, win.   And who knows.  Maybe this will even turn into a mini series of family outings in the Bay Area.   We'll see what happens.  

The great thing about goals is that they often have by-products that accompany them.  For instance, we'll be exploring this beautiful area that we definitely take for grated because like many people,  we don't stop enough to appreciate that which is readily available.
Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo January 2012 + Collection
Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo January 2012 + Butterflies
Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo January 2012 + Spiderweb +Spiderman
Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo January 2012 _ Lil Solar Power Machine

Happy MLK Day!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, Pictures, California, Basketball, Family
{Apologies if you follow me on Twitter you've already seen these}

Wishing you an incredibly happy, healthy, prosperous, safe, memorable and dreamy 2012! I hope it's everything you plan it to be with sweet surprises thrown in! ;)

Monday, January 24, 2011

The Daily Cup of Coffee ... Why It Might Not Be That Bad For You

The caffeine in your favorite coffee is absorbed in your body within 30-45 minutes. There it works as a stimulant on your central nervous system. During this time, you feel full of energy. Three hours later, the effects of caffeine dwindle and you find yourself on your way towards a second round.

Coffee + Drinking Coffee + Caffeine and Health

The 'experts' call this caffeine dependence - not addiction. Either way though, withdrawal from caffeine dependence can be difficult, including headaches, anxiety, change in mood, decreased energy and/or difficulty concentrating. On the bright side though, withdrawal symptoms typically last for just a few days. The question really is though, do we really have to completely kick the caffeine to the curb, or can we still enjoy the occasional cup?

There have been more than 19,000 studies on caffeine and coffee, in an attempt to determine its exact effects on the human body.

Frank Hu, MD, MPH, PhD, nutrition and epidemiology professor at the Harvard School of Public Health, says “there is certainly much more good news than bad news, in terms of coffee and health.”

In the majority of healthy adults, moderate amounts of caffeine is not bad. It may even have positive effects. Aside from increased alertness and concentration, recent studies show the potential benefits of caffeine include:
  • Lower Dementia Risk.
  • More endurance during workouts.
  • Reduced risk of Parkinson's disease, liver disease, colorectal cancer & type 2 diabetes.
  • Decreased allergic reactions because of caffeine's ability to reduce histamines.
  • Improved immune function from caffeine’s anti-inflammatory effects.
{Of course it is important to note that if your heart pounds and you get jittery, you may be caffeine sensitive. Make sure to check in with your doctor.}

Happy Monday Lovelies!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

It's Black , It's White, It's Grey

Mike & Chris Jacket + White Turtleneck + Black Pants + Black Belt + Gold Buckle + Grey ALDO Booties + Grey, Black, White

First and foremost, my sincerest apologies for lack of commenting on your beautiful blogs {although I am reading them in my reader!}, and inconsistent posting on my part! These past few weeks have been overwhelmingly busy, and truthfully, will continue to be for the next month or so.

Whilst I am always a busy bee {which I generally love to be busy and productive}, this current pace of 'busy' is out of my norm and I'm just trying to navigate through it ;)

Mike & Chris Jacket + White Turtleneck + Black Pants + Black Belt + Gold Buckle + Grey ALDO Booties + Grey, Black, White

In the mean time, outfits are taking a hit in the creative department and these on and off cold/hot days are leaving me totally frustrated deciding on what to wear. Aside from the booties, yesterdays entire outfit seemed to consist of clothes I haven't worn in years. Oh well! It is what it is! ;)

Mike & Chris Jacket + White Turtleneck + Black Pants + Black Belt + Gold Buckle + Grey ALDO Booties + Grey, Black, White

The Outfit + What I Wore + What To Wear + Career Outfits + Black, Grey, White

~ White H&M turtleneck {at least 5 years old, although still my favorite one!}
~ Black tight Express pants {which tend to be my go-to's when 'everything' else seems to be at the dry cleaners}
~ Mike & Chris Jacket {similar one here}
~ Ralph Lauren belt
~ Grey ALDO booties {which I should have bought a half size larger}

Happy Wednesday! Have a great day!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Conscientious Sleek Locks

The Green Blow Out

1) Mango Milk Hair Repair Treatment uses organic mango and green tea extracts, jojoba, avocado, cocoa and cotton flower extract, protecting hair from free-radical damage, and moisturizes and adds shine.
2) iTech Ionic Tourmaline Hair Dryer dries hair faster with the ionic technology, using less energy.
3) HairArt H3000 Tourmaline Ceramic Straightening Iron comes with petroleum-free straightening plates and is designed to automatically reduce heat when not in use as a means of conserving energy.
4) Josie Maran's 100% Organic Argan Oil helps keep hair sleek by keep out humidity,while adding the perfect amout of shine!

*Happy Martin Luther King Day!*