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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Life Lately : Spring Break Edition





Just last Spring Break, we went for a mini get-away at Kalahari Water park. It's at Sandusky, Ohio about two hours and a half drive from our house, not bad at all. Since having two kids, I have this phobia of travelling too far. I have this feeling that I might not be able to handle it. My husband always reassures me , that it will be fine. Ever since we had Olivia ( our youngest) he had helped me so much with the kids, he took over some of my motherly duties with Lucas like driving him to school everyday, picking him up too if it's too cold out, tucking him to bed and basically played with Lucas all the time, they are like best buddies in their own little boys world . Steve (my hubby) and Lucas became more closer than ever ,since Olivia was born .I  really feel greatful and blessed. It takes a LOT of work and patience of having kids. So having a partner who tremendously helped me with the kids is definitely more than i can ask for. I don't know how i may sound to you , but just allow me to express my emotions in this little blog of how proud I am of my husband (when he happens to read this, he will most likely  cringe of my cheesiness lol) Ofcourse, Like any other happily married couple, life is not always a bed of roses but what matters most is that at the end of the day , you know there is somebody  who always cares for you and love you with all their heart.


Now let's talk about Kalahari Resort , it's an African Safari theme water park . It's one of the biggest indoor and outdoor water park in America. Since it was still cold when we went there, we only get to use to indoor water park, but even that itself it's already huge. They have 19 amusement rides they have some for smaller kids , big kids and adults. Me and Olivia's favorite is the Lazy River , obviously she is still a baby so floating on top of an inter tube is the most we can do as of the moment.  Lucas's favorite is the Wave Pool, him and his dad went there numerous times. He likes the slides but not as much as the Wave Pool, I think he get a little bit scared of the slides. Kalahari have so much to offer for everyone , there is always something to do, that at the end of the day , you get really tired and the kids were out in a snap.




We played at least two hours in the Arcade


We also played mini bowling


We also took a little ride to Frankenmuth . A little German Village in Michigan , we had popcorn , french macarons and a chocolate fudge. They make the best chocolate fudge.




It was tons of fun , Kalahari is definitely well suited for families.  I wish I had more pictures though but with two little kids, it's hard to keep up.

Thank you so much for reading and Have a great day!

Love,
    April

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Golden Glam


camera used : Samsung S3 , unedited ,unfiltered and under daylight lighting

Hi my lovelies!  Today , I want to share with you  the products i used to achieved this Gold Smokey Eye and also my thoughts about each one of them. I'm not a beauty expert nor claiming to be one but I just love to share with you my girly girl passion and one of them is make up ofcourse. I believed in a saying that goes
" Natural is beautiful but make up is glam ".



For the face I'm using the Dior Air flash. Eversince I used this product ,my face always have that airbrush look and it stays longer. I don't have to retouched my make up or even worry about my face becoming shiny at the end of the day. Most of all it's not cakey either , it gives me full coverage, it's hypo allergenic so that means you will not break out. I didn't and my skin is very super sensitive when it comes to foundation.The only con about this product, its pricey. But  a little goes a long way.

For the golden smokey eye  I'm using Urban Decay Naked 1- I love this palette because it's very versatile, you can create a lot of looks for this palette from everyday look to glam look

The palette I used on :

the crease- Naked
the inner half lid - Half Baked
outer half lid - Dark Horse
corner of the eye - Buck
outer  half of the under eye line all the way the center - Dark Horse
inner  half of the under eye line all the way the center - Half Baked
upper eyeliner - Dark Horse

Too Faced Natural Face - everything  in one to achieve that natural face glow with precise highlighting and contouring, it makes your face slender.

On this palette I used :

Luminizer - on the bridge of the nose
bronzer - the sides of the nose

* both luminizer and bronzer gives an illusion of a slender nose

For the concealer, blush and bronzer :



I finished it up with pink matte lipstick. I love matte because they look so natural .

The Finish Product
camera used : Nikon D7000 ,  indoor with flash photography , unfiltered and unedited


Friday, April 4, 2014

Kitten Heels


Enzo Angiolini shoes

I love the comeback of  kitten heels with pointy toes. They are sexy, elegant and most of all very comfortable as compared to high heels. For a mom like me, who tags along kids wherever she goes , who likes to dressed up but don't want to sacrifice comfort. Kitten heels is my go to accessory. I've been wearing them a lot ever since I bought them and i believe, this one I'm wearing now by Enzo Angiolini  was the first that I own. Let just say your day  requires you to be on your feet most hours of the day and yet you want stay chic and comfy at the same time, kitten heels is perfect instead of wearing flats or why even sacrifice yourself with sky high heels. So many options and so versatile, that's why I love them.

Tory Burch bag
top : Bar III ( Macys)
pants : JcPenney
blazer : Forever 21



     The Olsen twins in kitten heels , they are one of my favorite fashion icons, they dressed
amazingly cool,chic and effortless, 
but sometimes lately......
                                                                 

I just don't get it, explain this to me.

Have a great day folks and enjoy Spring Break !

love,
      April

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Saturday, March 29, 2014

Easy Chicken Spaghetti Carbonara Recipe


Hi my lovelies ! It's been a long time that I haven't updated my recipe page and I really wanted to make it active because I also like to share my other passions like cooking and  baking. Today, let's talk about comfort food. What is your favorite comfort food ? me and my family's favorite dish is Chicken Spaghetti Carbonara , I love the combination of white cream sauce and bacon ! Though this dish is not a healthy option,  it's okay to indulge ourselves from time to time. But you can also tweaked the recipe , like this one I used Turkey bacon instead of pork. It's less fattening  and  it actually taste as good too.

So today I would like to share with you one of my family's favorite. It is so easy like 1-2-3 and I'm so glad to have found this recipe.

Chicken Spaghetti Carbonara
  • 1 lb spaghetti noodles, cooked according to package instructions
  • 4 pieces eggs, beaten
  • 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 3/4 lb bacon, chopped
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • 2 tablespoons green onion, minced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  1. Combine beaten eggs, heavy whipping cream, and parmesan cheese then mix well. Set aside.
  2. Heat a cooking pot or pan then place the butter and let melt.
  3. Fry the bacon until the texture becomes crisp. Set aside.
  4. On the same cooking pot or pan, remove excess butter then sauté the garlic and green onions.
  5. Put-in the spaghetti noodles and beaten egg- heavy whipping cream – parmesan cheese mixture then mix well. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes.
  6. Add the fried bacon and distribute.
  7. Transfer to a serving plate then serve.
recipe adapted from : panlasang pinoy

Thank you so much for reading and have a great day !

love,
      April

Friday, March 28, 2014

Radical Skincare Review


As much as I love make up, there is nothing comparable to have a beautiful healthy smooth skin. I'm a big fan of  skin care products and I don't go to sleep without doing my skin care routine every night. As we all know the skin is the biggest organ of our body, it is what people would notice right away.So, it is very important to take care of your skin  to prevent such damage brought about by the environment and also to maintain a healthy skin. With so many products out there, it gets really confusing of which one is suitable for you, that's why it is very important to know your skin type and to know what kind of product is suitable for your type. I have become very meticulous and very careful of what to put on my skin. I'm sure you are the same way too but in my case,  I  have been through a lot with my skin. First of all, I wasn't blessed with smooth skin , I had my battles with on and off acne during my younger years and also for a short period of time when I became a mom. Finally , I was able to manage it with a skin care product that I have been using.  The pimples cleared up and never came back, thank god. But they left me some souvenirs , the scars.

Enter , Radical Skincare. I have been using their  age-defying exfoliating pads for more than a week now and to be honest with you , I never broke out and most of all, my scars are radically clearing up considering I only used them for a week and a half. Why is it so? They have AHA and BHA in it ,it's a multi fruit acid base formula is of maximum efficacy to remove dead cells and accelerate the performance of Radical Skincare Products while other ingredients are proven to tighten and firm skin, reduce pore size and lines,yet ideally preserve skin's hydration and nourishment.


When i first applied the pads , it has a cool sensation and it  feels really good and relaxing to your face. I also
felt a  tingling sensation afterwards too but it doesn't bother me at all because it doesn't really last that long. I think the product is taking its effect that's why I felt like that at first, but then after I gradually been using it ,it doesn't tingles as much. The first three days , you notice some slight of peeling but it's very little, that it is not hard to manage at all. I just apply some moisturizer and I'm good to go. At first I thought that it's going to burn my skin since it's an exfoliating agent but I was wrong because it did not at all and it actually delivers its promise to refine, prime and boost my skin.


So there is a picture of me bare with no trace of make up , unedited and unfiltered .Posting a picture of me online with no make up at all, actually makes me nervous because I'm not pretty lol but I'm ok, Im happy for who I am. I just feel a little awkward about it,  but I just want to show you guys the results.So as you can see  my acne scars  are  lightening, I still have a little bit there though but it's only been over a week, but I already felt that  my skin is tighter and my pores is getting smaller than it used to. Most of all, I didn't break out since my skin is super sensitive.Like i said I have been using this product only for just  over a week and I'm really excited to finish the whole product. By then , I am going to show you the results too .I just love how this product is strong to take its effect but yet gentle enough to your skin too. Just ignore my dark under eye circles for I don't really get an 8 hours of sleep with a with a baby lol.

Thank you so much for reading and have a fabulous weekend !

*This is a sponsored post ,the thoughts and opinions are my own. I got this product for free, regardless i only recommend products i use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Current Obsession : Distressed jeans


Hi my lovelies !  Lately, I'm kind of obsessed with distressed jeans, but my dream distressed jeans style are those boyfriend distressed jeans , like the ones in the picture below.


They are a little loosed fit as compared to my skinny jeans obviously. But i don't know if I can rock this kind of jeans though. Since I'm only 5 ft and have short legs. I think this style of jeans is well suited for taller girls. I really like this look though because  its very relax,effortless and cool. Oh how i wish I'm a little bit taller .


Now, Olivia Palermo is totally rocking distressed skinny jeans. I love how she did her pairings for different looks. She is the epitome of chic. I totally dig her style right now or even though back then,  during
"The City" days, but I wasn't really a big fan of her because she's kind of a snob . But fashion wise, this girl could dressed really good. Well, she got a barbie doll figure and  that makes it a lot easier too.

btw, excuse the stain on my jacket its just baby food

To be honest with you, I wasn't really into distressed jeans before. For me, they weren't chic at all. It looks like that's the only jeans you have that you worn many times until it got ripped lol. I know, i know you can say anything. I'm just saying. Now, the tables are turned because I really love wearing them!  I feel like I look cool wearing them hahahah. But since , I'm a mom and on my early 30's I opted to wear something that is less tattered, that way I don't look like I tried too hard to look too cool or am I ? tell me ! Anyway, just have fun wearing what you like to wear.That is what fashion is all about , experimenting and having fun.

jacket : Ana ( Jcpenney )
jeans: abercrombie similar here
top : Kohls
shoes : boutique 9
bag : Kate Spade (old)

Thank you so much for reading and Have a great day !

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Sunday, March 23, 2014

A Mommy's Day Out

dress : French Connection
heels : Express

Hi my loves ,  First and foremost I would like to give my husband Steve a big shout out and credits for baby sitting the kids last Saturday ,so I can spend my belated birthday celebration with my girls. I may sound to you like its my once in a lifetime moment . I agree with that. It's very rare that I get to do hang out with friends " kid free " , most of the time I'm with my family. It's not that my husband doesn't like to baby sit the kids or doesn't want me to go out, it's just that we have two kids now. One is school aged (kindergarten) other one is a toddler and pretty much our weekends is packed with activities, errands and what nots. Extracurricular  activities with friends is set aside, although I love spending time with them and I wish I squeeze everything in so everybody will be happy but unfortunately I can't. But then , just like me they also have same situation like I do. Anyways, These beautiful ladies threw me an awesome fun-filled birthday party. I really had a blast and I can't thank them enough of how touched I was . I  feel so blessed, thankful and greatful for this beautiful friendship.


Make up used

foundation : Dior Airflash
eyebrow : Anastasia
eye shadow : Urban Decay Naked 1
blush : Lancome
bronzer : Too Faced (Natural Face)
lipstick : Mac  "runway" matte lipstick





yummy!

some pictures (if you notice them ) is just for fun so no judging please ....thank you!



Thank you so much for reading and Have a great day!


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