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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Best Hair Dye for Busy Moms

It was six years ago when I stepped into a salon. It was to have my hair color. It was also a gift certificate from my husband, who insisted that I need to take some time out and splurge a little bit. I am also a frugal stay at home mom, and I can not justify paying $150-200 for my hair. Moms can relate to me on this: before we spend on ourselves...we think about the needs of our family first.  I am all for loving on ourselves, but I also know my priorities. Not that taking care of myself is not a priority. In fact, I believe that we are called to be good stewards of our body as it is a gift from God. All I'm saying is that..if there is an alternative cheaper way. I am in.

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I first got familiarize with Madison Reed on Pinterest when I was searching for best hair color system. Even though I am not thrilled about the cost of hair coloring in a salon, I can not deny the fact that I do love salon results. I also like the fact that you get serviced and pampered. Madison Reed's cost for a box is $24.95. If you sign up for automatic delivery, it comes down to $19.99. It may still look like you are not paying the best price. Let me tell you, what you get in a box.

1. Instruction ( Of course!) - but if you still have questions not covered in the sheet, you can always give them a call or send them an email.
2.Barrier Cream - Keeps the stain out of your beautiful skin.
3.Cleansing Wipe- Keeps your ears, forehead, and neck color-free.
4.Cleansing Wipe- love this! If you happen to have some drips on your skin, the wipe makes the clean up easy,
5. Radiant Cream Color - "Rich with nutrients like argan oil, keratin, and ginseng root to strengthen and protect hair while delivering radiant, multi-dimensional color. Free from ammonia, resorcinol, PPD, parabens, and gluten" (Madison Reed, n.d.).
6. Conditioning Color Activator
7. Protective Cap
8. Gloves- Two pairs of gloves. One for when you are coloring and one for the rinsing part.
9. Color Enhancing Shampoo and Conditioner- Rich with nutrients and free of sulfates, parabens, and gluten, our shampoo and conditioner locks in your color and creates long-lasting shine (Madison Reed, n.d.).



    I do have some gray roots that I need to color, every two weeks. I need a box of hair dye that would give me salon results, won't damage my hair, and most importantly without breaking the bank.

This was my BEFORE applying Madison Reed color system shot.



     My natural hair color is black. I tried different store bought hair dye boxes from light brown, all the way to blue black. My hair will look great on the first day only, and it is harsh on my hair as well. The stain is a different story! Removing the dye on my skin is hard. I do use petroleum jelly. However, there are still some hard to remove areas.

This was my AFTER applying Madison Reed color system shot.


 It is noticeably shinier and healthier. And the stains? I did not end up having raw skin and scalp in trying to clean the unwanted color. My hair is softer! It smells great too, thanks to the shampoo and conditioner. I did not have to color my hair after 2 weeks. The subscription option comes really handy since we have busy schedules..this is a plus!




   The hair color that I ordered was Parma black. If you wonder how I am able to decide on what is th ebest color for me, well that is because Madison Reed have a system that will ask you questions to profile your hair. With this, you are assured that you are getting the right shade. You will also get an expert, a colorist to help you with your hair color experience or if you need assistance.

If you wonder, what does it look like after a few weeks. This is my hair, still shiny and feels healthy!





 

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Benefits of Using Petroleum and Paraben Free Products

What are Parabens?

Parabens are used as a preservative in cosmetic products. Parabens are found in toothpaste, shampoos, anti-aging creams, acne creams, shaving creams, cosmetics and a more. It helps to increase the life of the products. They prevent bacteria and molds, kills microorganisms.

Why is it bad then?

Not recently, a lot of companies had released a number of paraben free products. From cosmetics, all the way to children and baby products. There were studies that linked parabens to breast and testicular cancer. It was also linked to reduced sperm counts. Read more HERE.

What is Petroleum?

Petroleum in beauty products goes by many names (mineral oil, paraffin wax, and petrolatum) Petroleum jelly is a mixture of hydrocarbons, having a melting point usually within a few degrees of human body temperature, approximately 37 °C (99 °F) It is flammable only when heated to liquid; then the fumes will light, not the liquid itself, so a wick material like leaves, bark, or small twigs is needed to ignite petroleum jelly. It is colorless, or of a pale yellow color (when not highly distilled), translucent, and devoid of taste and smell when pure. It does not oxidize on exposure to the air and is not readily acted on by chemical reagents. It is insoluble in water.
Depending on the specific application of petroleum jelly, grade, processing and handling ,  petroleum jelly can be  suitable for medicinal and personal care applications.

If it can be suitable why is it bad then?





According to cosmeticdesign.com, there was a study by Environmental Working Group, that  a lot of cosmetics and toiletry products that are petroleum based may contain cancer causing impurity. Read more HERE.

While I agree that research on products and practices often changes and contradict each other, I think  that It is just best to avoid petroleum and parabens. What benefits will we get by avoiding the use of the two?


1. Peace of mind that you are not using a carcinogenic product. Most specially if you are using paraben and petroleum free products on your own children.

2. Using paraben free products can improve you and your spouse’s chance of conceiving since the use of products with parabens can reduce sperm count. Read the study HERE.

3.Products that are used to replace parabens and petroleum are natural ingredients. It contains high antioxidant properties. These ingredients present in the products are absorbed easily by the skin and act on the free radicals present in the body and destroy them.

This is not one of those “you need to buy this product because I got paid to do so” blog post. I truly believe in this little jar of miracle ointment. As a mom, I know  that you will agree with me on this one. We spend our time researching, making, buying, reading safe products for our family. Why? Because IT MATTERS.



This jar contains only the best ingredients. Plant based and natural ingredients that really great for our skin.  Do not be deceived by the simplicity of the jar. It does not need fancy or brightly colored container. The stuff inside, the balm is the real deal.

I keep them in my purse ALL THE TIME.

I use it ALL THE TIME.




HOW DO WE USE IT IN MY FAMILY?

Dry and chapped lips
Dry nails, cuticles (Mom’s we all suffer with this!)
Dry scalp
Dry patches on my face
Cuts
Rashes
Scrapes
Burns
Super dry heels
Cold sore
Dry and cracked hands



You know what I love about RESTORE? It was made and formulated by a doctor and a mom who got frustrated with products that contains unwanted ingredients.  Dr. Heather Rogers created the products to help her patients and her own family heal using plant base and natural ingredients. Read more about Dr. Heather Rogers HERE.


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Friday, May 5, 2017

How to Introduce God's Word to your Toddlers

I grew up thinking that I will for sure go to hell. ( no joke!) .  I did not see Jesus as our Savior. I went to a Catholic school all the way through high school. I was pretty much involved in church, went to children's catechism and Legion of Mary as a teenager.  I also grew up watching relatives and family members go to church , attend processions and host prayer meetings.Now, there is absolutely nothing wrong with those. I just did not have a relationship with Jesus. I now have a different view of our Jesus.

What we need to do is to lead the way to know God. They say, the first five years of life is very important when it comes to the development of reading and speaking. The first five years are also important for them to know that God's word..the Bible is not a set of rules.  We need to write in their hearts and minds that they do not have to be good so God will love them and that if they misbehave, God will stop loving them.

I always believe that you can never start to early when it comes to teaching young ones about God's word. About His love and unending mercy. His amazing grace. I take this very seriously. Our children belong to Him, entrusted to us. We hope that one day they will become the citizen that our Heavenly Father called them to be. We just can not teach them how to behave properly in the church. We can not just pack our bags with "busy bags", hoping that they will be occupied for the rest of the service. We need to equip them starting at an early age.

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Can a toddler really grasp it? Will they be able to absorb God's word?  YES !  Let's first discuss the cognitive development of a toddler .When your child was an infant they  learned about the world around them by touching, looking, manipulating, and listening. As a toddler, the learning process is more  thoughtful. His grasp of language is increasing. His memory and intellectual abilities develop. Their learning is through imitation as well. Toddlers can choose a book , can repeat words , can tell what the story of the book is ( in their own words and understanding).

Invest in a great Beginners Bible.

At this stage, they love to see pictures! Make sure that it is age appropriate. If you are not decided on which Bible to get, you can first check it out at your local library. We use The Beginner's Bible Book.

Perfect Bible for Young Kids


 Simple crafts

Do some fun and simple crafts with them. Pinterest is such a wonderful tool for this kind of stuff. Not just recipes! I saw this cute and fun activity for Noah's Ark . See It HERE. It doesn't have to be complicated or expensive.


Devotional night

Start a nightly devotional with your family. You can involve toddlers! It doesn't have to be formal or at night. We prefer to do it at night before we go to bed because everybody is relaxed and calm after a shower or bath.Our mornings are usually busy and we do not want to hurry this very important time of ours together. If mornings work for you..do it and be consistent as much as possible. If you still do not know how to do family devotional with a toddler, READ THIS from Intentional by Grace.

How to do devotionals with a toddler

Worship Songs

Our girls love worship songs. It makes my heart happy and I can't help to smile everytime they sing a worship song. You can listen to Spotify or you tube. Here in our area , we listen to radio station 89.7 KSGN .Here's a few songs that our family loves!

10 Worship Songs that will Lift your Spirit


 Simple Lesson at Home

Again, I will give credit to Pinterest. There are tons and tons of Bible base lessons and activities. Some are free , and some are complete curriculum that you can purchase. I suggest to just start with the free ones, to see what works for you and your toddler.  Just look at this fun lessons from Steadfast Family. Just poke around her blog and I am sure that you will be inspired!


Reading- Board Books

Both of our girls, love board books. Through reading you are not only helping them to love reading and speaking but  it also strengthens your relationship with  them. It helps develop their cognitive skills. It open up a whole new world to them. It matters what we read to them too, so why not add Bible base board books to your collection.

We got these books and even though our youngest is already 5 yrs old, she still loves it! Pages are very sturdy for babies and toddlers! Colorful, modern and cute illustrations will keep them entertained. I also love that the illustrations are right on point and not too busy! Simple words yet straight to the point--the truth.


About the book:
Retail price: 6.99
Children will learn that God asked Noah to build a big boat; that it rained and rained for days; and that God saved Noah and the animals, placing a rainbow in the sky. They will learn to count the animals two by two and will discover the many colors of the rainbow. Both books feature the vibrant artwork of Susana Gay. Uncluttered pages make animals and objects stand out, helping to build a child’s vocabulary as the parent or child names zebras, fish, bears, and more. These board book keepsakes are fresh, simple, and uniquely crafted for today’s families.


About the book:
Retail Price 6.99
In the Beginning, tells the story of Creation in just one hundred words, highlighting key moments for little ones. Children will learn that in the beginning, everything was dark. Then God said, “Let there be light.” He created the seas and the land, the sun and the moon, all the creatures on the earth . . . and us! And then God rested.

About the Authors: 
Susana Gay is an award-winning graphic designer and the owner of Threehaus, a branding and design studio in Winter Park, Florida. Susana collaborated with her seven-year-old son, Owen, to create Noah’s Ark as a gift for a family baptism. Owen retold the story and sketched some of the fun and friendly scenes. Working with Owen, Susana polished the text and created the art. They followed Noah’s Ark with In the Beginning, resulting in a series of unique and beautiful introductions to favorite childhood Bible stories.

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Sunday, April 30, 2017

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Friday, April 21, 2017

How Moms Can Inspire Their Heart and Soul

Sometimes I think it was much easier to raise kids back in the day. I often wonder how less complicated it was to be a mother sans social media..Facebook and Pinterest to highlight. Before I had kids, I have a whole lot of things to say on how I will raise our perfect kids in a perfectly clean house. I've day dreamed about my now husband, coming home to a perfectly groomed , nicely dressed wife and a warm home cooked meal from scratch. I had a vision of me, always patient and kind to our kids. I was in a reverie of a perfect me.

Guess what? With one child , I was NOT perfect ( ugh..and will never be!) BUT I was still able to catch up with everything. I still have a whole lot of opinion on being a mom and a wife. Life is still good! It looked like I was cutout for motherhood. All I think about was how to baby proof our house, how can I be an advocate of breastfeeding ( without shoving it down people's throat), how can I make that project I just saw on Pinterest ( and even make it better) , how can I perfectly orchestrate my post on Facebook ( and thank goodness, I was not on Instagram yet at that time).



Life happens. Life can suck. We were financially challenged during those recession times  back in 2008. It took a while to recover. We had our second child. A lot of things happened in between too. We recovered and we were blessed in so many ways. I gave my life to Christ. While being faithful does not give you immunity to stress and problems.  Life also has a way of teaching you lessons. Though life can suck , it is not about how bad your situation is. It should be about how you will handle it. My walk with the Lord is not always splendid. Truthfully, there are Sundays that I was just too tired to go to service. I am not consistent with my devotional and bible reading...and the most challenging of all...is to walk the talk. It is hard to gracefully raise kids.

Carpools, work, appointments , school events/home works , community events, after school events/practices , meals , school lunches, bills , sickness , chores and making sure to raise a responsible and decent human being --- That is too much right? I am sure I have forgotten some responsibilities!  I am only a mother of two..two young girls and I was worn out. Lost sometimes, I would cry to my husband when I didn't know how to discipline my girls. I got so busy working on my own. I was too tired , depleted and I just know that heart is NOT in the right place. I have lost my drive on motherhood. I suddenly thought, "I am not cut for being a great mom".

I forgot that even if life can suck, I can choose to live life more abundantly. I have forgotten to ask my Heavenly Father for help! I am pulled into many different directions and I have forgotten to realize that I have a choice. I have neglected the fact that I can rest on God's love. I had let my soul dry up.




Here's 7 ways how moms can inspire their heart and soul.


1. Rest into Christ.

As moms, we are performance driven. I bet you do have one of those nice and fancy planners so we can always fill it up with our "To Do's" and check it off when we have successfully done the task. I sometimes do more planning than doing.  It feels like a hamster on a wheel. We need to rest in God. Fall in love with God. Whatever it is that the season of motherhood is calling you to, rest in His Word.

Read: Matthew 11:28



2. Be proactive in guarding your heart.

Paul tells us in Philippians 4:6-7 that prayer will guard our hearts. Through praying and communicating with God , comes peace from God. Peace that comes from trusting God that He is in control. You got this mom because God is for YOU. Guard your heart from anger and criticism. Guard your heart from what is coming in. Our mind will always be a battlefield but our hearts can be our shield.

3. Unlpug

Unplug for a while. Set a specific day or time. The enemy has it's ways in our mind. When we scroll into our feeds looking into people's curated and staged posts/photos..we unconsciously and silently compare our lives to theirs. It can wear you down. Sometimes, instead of being happy for others we tend to forget what could be the story behind every photo.  

4. Use Social Media wisely.

While I suggested to unplug, I also like to add..following the right people. I do love Instagram! Most especially those IG accounts that proudly displays their mouthwatering healthy meal plans and meal preps. I honestly wonder how do they do it! BUT I love that part of Instagram because it gives me a whole lot of ideas and inspiration.

Follow , Christian and Godly women or account too. Here's a few of my favorite Inspiring Instagram accounts:

LifeWay Women ( @lifewaywomen)
Thrive Moms (@thrivemoms)
She Reads Truth ( @shereadstruth)
Focus On the Family (@focusonthefamily)
Women of Faith (@womenoffaith)
Women Living Well ( @womenlivingwell)

5. Read  the Bible.

So how do we rest and trust in the Lord if we do not know God. To know Him is to love Him. Know Him through the Bible. Set a specific time and a day to do Bible reading. I specifically love it in the morning while the girls are sleeping. If that does not happen in the morning, find a way to make it happen in that day. You can also journal and write Bible passages that you can memorize and know by heart. Reflect on those verses , not just on difficult days or when your soul needs feeding..reflect on good days too. Praise Him with awe!

6. Music

Quiet your mind too by listening to good and relaxing music. You can listen to yoga music , nature sounds or whatever hits your fancy. I personally love listening to yoga music, Enya , Etta James , some Indie music and worship songs!! See my favorite worship songs HERE.

 Berthold Auerbach
"Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life "


7. Find an activity that clears your mind.

Find that simple activity that lifts your mood. That activity that you certainly love to do. I love to read and journal. I also find coloring and doodling pleasing. I love to use gel highlighters on my Bible and I doodle and draw too using colored pencils. Keeps my mind off of unnecessary things. It quiets the mind.

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Guided by the Spirit, as a Christian mom, you strive to raise your children in a world of constant change, with God’s wisdom as your constant guidepost. But when you are pulled in many different directions, sometimes you feel depleted. With Inkspirations Fruit of the Spirit for Moms, you can restore and renew your spirit by spending creative, reflective time with God. With perforated pages for framing or sharing, this is a perfect way to relax and unwind as you create beautiful works of art while rejoicing in the blessings of the Holy Spirit.

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Friday, April 7, 2017

Top 6 Bible for Kids for Your Easter Baskets

Easter is just around the corner! Last year , we got home a day before Easter Sunday. We just came back from Philippines and we were exhausted. We always do something special for the kids on Easter, but coming home tired and not having enough time to put things together made it very challenging. My husband bought two ready made Easter Baskets for them. They are cute and full of candies! I don't mind the candies in moderation. I like to put variation on our Kid's baskets. We always make sure to remind them, what Easter Sunday is all about.

This year, I will be putting more books and DVDs in their baskets. This year, we started a really great Bible Devotional that we use every night. Lucy, our eldest also uses Everyday with God Devotional.
Aside from Easter related books and DVDs, adding Bibles to your kids Easter basket is a great way to introduce God's word or to strengthen their relationship with God. Here's my top 6 Bibles for both young and older kids.


 

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1. Once Upon A Time Holy Bible

The NIrV Once Upon a Time Holy Bible highlights six great stories from the Bible on 24 full-color inserts. Each story is told on four pages in full-color, illustrated splendor, and contains the complete text of the New International Reader’s Version (NIrV).

Our girls loves Disney stories and princesses. Owning a Disneyland Annual pass, we are always at the happiest place on Earth. I am sure that even if your kids are not into Disney princesses , they will surely ask if they are real or if they are based on real life. That is why I absolutely love , Once Upon A Time Bible. Not only will it captivate young readers or young children because of the similar looking characters , graphics and colors..well..it is based on TRUTH. Real heroes and stories of faith directly from the Bible. 

Format: Hardcover
Size:8.50 H x 5.50



 

Pair this with Once Upon A Time Storybook Bible

The Bible is not a fairy tale, but every great story happened “once upon a time.” The Once Upon a Time Storybook Bible highlights powerful and inspiring stories from the Bible, beautifully illustrated with fantastical artwork by Omar Aranda. Each captivating story is told in a way that will get children excited about reading the tales of real heroes of the Bible.


Format: Hardcover
Size:11.13 H x 8.75 W

 2. Minecrafters Bible , NIrv

For Minecraft loving kids! This Bible takes advantage of the popularity of world-building games, to engage children with the Word of God. The Minecrafter’s Bible, NIrV includes 24 full-color pages plus the complete New International Reader's Version (NIrV) of the Bible, written at a third grade reading level.

Format: Hardcover
Size: 8.50 H x 5.0 W

3. The Beginners Bible

We started both of our girls with The Beginner’s Bible®. It has been a favorite with young children and their parents since its release in 1989 with over 25 million products sold. This version has been redesigned with fresh new art that will excite children for many more years to come.

You can read my full review of The Beginners Bible , HERE.

Format: Hardcover
Size: 7.80 H x 6.50 W



Pair this with  The Beginners Bible Activity Book , it provides young children with mazes, connect-the-dots, word puzzles, matching games, and more, all using beloved characters and stories from The Beginner’s Bible.

4. Under The Sea Holy Bible

The Under the Sea Holy Bible, NIrV is a perfect gift for children ages 6 to 10. Following the popular underwater theme, sparkling fish images will delight children as they learn of God’s love and all of creation. The NIrV is written for a third grade reading level and ideal for kids ready to explore the Bible for the first time on their own.

You can read my full reviews of Under The Sea Holy Bible , HERE.

Format: Hardcover
Size: 8.60 H x 15.40 W



5.Veggietales Bible

In the VeggieTales Bible, Bob the Tomato, Larry the Cucumber, and all their VeggieTales friends invite children to join them and get to know the Bible. In this full-text New International Reader’s Version (NIrV) Bible, each feature is specially designed to help children understand and love God’s Word.

You can pair it with :  Everyday with God Devotional 
 Read my full review, HERE.

Format: Hardcover
Size: 8.88 H x 5.60 W


6.Love Letters From God, NIrv Holy Bible

The NIrV Love Letters from God Bible, with letters written by Glenys Nellist and illustrated by Sophie Allsopp, includes 80 love letters from God written especially for the reader and the full text of the New International Reader’s Version (NIrV). This translation is the perfect way to introduce children to the Bible and God's great love for them.

I was given the pleasure to review the book , Christmas Love Letters from God  it is also a great gift addition . Read my full review, HERE.

Format: Hardcover
Size: 8.50 H x 5.0 W **






Other great books that should be in your Easter baskets!

The Berenstain Books -Easter Sunday

Age Range: 4 - 8 years
Grade Level: Preschool - 3 yrs old



 The Berenstein Bears - Easter Fun sticker and Activity Book

Age Range: 4 - 8 years
Grade Level: Preschool - 3 yrs old




An Easter Gift For Me

Age Range: 4 - 8 years
Grade Level: Preschool - 3




Promises For You - Coloring Devotional

Age Range: 8 and up







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