Saturday, August 29, 2015

Found a Cherry Red Gel Nail Polish

And when the sun hits it...

Roulette Rush is a very pretty red but with the benefits of a gel nail polish. It was fun to wear! It lasts a couple more days than your regular polish and, paired with a topcoat, achieves that wet look that adds to the shine factor. 

By the way, I recently ran out of my Sally Hansen Fast dry top coat and made the mistake of buying the regular one. I ended up retouching my manicure every 5 minutes until it finally dried! Apparently I can't stay still for the amount of time a regular top coat requires me to. Of course, I went back to the drugstore and got the fast dry kind again.

That's it, I simply wanted to let you know about this beautiful gel like nail polish.  Have you tried any of the gel envy ones by Revlon? Which one? Any recommendations? 

P.S. Have a great Sunday and beginning of the week! Red Nails   and Malbec Nails. 

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Picky Eaters Approved: Chicken & Squash (One-Pot Recipe)

Yes, I used to make this dish for my boys when they were still babies, but I made it today and they loved it just as much as they used to. 

This is extremely easy to make and is also great for babies 9 months old and up. Most importantly, it's Picky Eaters Approved!! Nutritious and delicious as always. Obviously it's good for parents too!! :)

This is what you'll need.

Saute chopped onion with the oil. Add squash and broth. Cover and let it simmer for about 2 minutes. 

Mix in bite size cubed chicken and continue cooking for 5 more minutes. Pour cream and let it cook for 30 more minutes until squash is tender.

Oh! and add Parmesan cheese! Always a good idea! As seen on my

Done! Easy, right? Are you planning on making this one? Let me know! Thank you!

P.S. Other Picky Eaters Approved Recipes: Quiche, Potato Pie with sneaked in beets (muahahaha!),  Veggie Terrine. 

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Saying No To Your Kids And Learning From Frustration

My two boys had been waiting to buy a board game called TEG for about two months. I told them that I would buy it for National Child's Day. So I did.

I was able to fulfill my self imposed and mandatory waiting time needed to generate, in my kids, appreciation of toys and things, also known as "we'll get it for your birthday" or "let me see if I can get it for you some other time" or the classic "we'll see...".

Don't get me wrong, many, maaaany times I said yes, and simply got what they wanted, just because I felt that they deserved it. After all, they are great kids, such good boys. Only to realize, later on, that the toy in question had been soon forgotten and left on top of a big pile of equally abandoned toys.  

Recently, on a non-working day, the four of us stayed at home and played TEG. By the way, this board game turned out to be a lot of fun and great for developing negotiating skills and learning about strategy tactics, #recommended.

While playing, both my kids had to deal with frustration and loosing. It wasn't easy but we were able to overcome it.

This got me thinking. How important it is to teach them qualities like these early in life. Saying no to them, letting them wait a reasonable amount of time for things helps them grow in many ways. I believe it can also inspire appreciation whenever good things happen, giving them a chance to be grateful, which is a win - win situation. Don't you think? (See well-being series.)

I know it would be much easier to say yes, and let them win at everything. It's less painful! 

Although this is not the easy route, for us parents, the benefits our kids can get from us saying "No", and like in this case, from occasionally loosing at a board game, are so worth it, significant, and favorable later in life. 

This is our way of contributing to the development of their capacity for resilience. I would say this is one of the most important skills a healthy adult can have. Being able to bounce back quickly from difficulties is such a treasure to acquire through out life. And the easiest part is that we can help them increase resilience by simply saying "No".

What do you think? Do you find it hard to say "No" to your kids? I do, many times, but I know I'm being a good mom whenever I say no, and then the yeses are valued by them and justified by me. How do you feel about saying no?

P.S. Parents' Happy Hour  and  Parenting Styles: A Mother Refuses to be Classified... .

Friday, August 21, 2015

Tools For A Perfect At Home Manicure

Weekends are for beauty at #eclecticaluland. So, I thought I would show you the tools I wish I knew existed when I started doing my own nails.

You'll need...

An orange wood stick or any cuticle pusher.

A hang nail clipper. Proceed with caution! Only cut them when really needed and not for cuticles. Apparently, if you cut your cuticles they will grow back! So, push them back regularly and you'll be fine. 

Sally Hansen's "No More Mistakes" is a must for beginners. It makes your cleaning job so much easier by getting rid of mistakes instantly. 

And a nail file, of course.

Any cuticle oil will do. It will help your nail bed look so much better and neat. Hydrated and pushed back cuticles are a must if you want to achieve a professional looking manicure.

Sally Hansen's Instant Cuticle Remover was a great discovery to me. This product softens your cuticles in seconds so you can push them back easily.

Another great discovery was Colorstay Gel-Smooth Base Coat by Revlon. It creates a sticky base for the nail polish to adhere and makes your polish more durable.

A top coat gives extra shine, and helps speed the drying process as well. I recently got this top coat, have you tried it? I will soon! and will let you know how it works, and if it's any different from the one on the picture, so don't forget to come back next week :)

This nail treatment by OPI Nail Envy improved my peeling nails. I've been using it for almost a year now and even though I paint them every week, my nails are much stronger now!

Do you go to a salon? Do you DIY ? Any secret tools? Let me know!

P.S. 10 steps to a complete at home manicure. 

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Picky Eaters Approved: Easy To Make Quiche

For those days when you really don't have the time or will to cook. This is a very nutritious recipe that will satisfy your picky eater. My kids' favorite: quiche. Here's proof.

You'll need 

Phyllo dough or your own dough creation (if you mix 1 1/2 cups of flour, a pinch of salt, milk to soften and about 1/2 a cup of oil or butter you can get a pretty decent one).

Any precooked fish that you like, preferably smoked salmon. I used 2 cans of tuna, I told you it was quick.

2 raw eggs.

1 cup of grated Parmesan cheese.

3 boiled eggs cut into bite size pieces.

1/2 cup of milk or cooking cream.

How to make it

Start by preheating the oven. 

In a bowl mix fish, boiled eggs, grated cheese, raw eggs, and cream. Grease a cooking sheet. I use these round ones. 

Place your dough over the pan and fill in with the mixture. Done! Put it into the oven until golden, about 15 minutes.

It's delicious and easy to make. Hope your little ones enjoy this recipe. 

P.S. 1. Let me know if you like it and/or if you made it.
P.S. 2. Other picky eaters approved recipes.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Why Family Days Out Are So Important: A Visit To The Museum.

I couldn't quite put my finger on it, but for some reason I had been feeling uneasy. I kept thinking that I had to take our kids out for fresh air, a change of scenery and to be in contact with other places and people! 

In addition, we had been through two weeks of copious rain (#elniƱo2015). Finally this past Sunday the rain stopped, skies parted, and the mighty sun made its bright appearance. 

Going out and about has a similar effect as going on vacation but on a different scale. In fact, sometimes it's a prescription to help treat depression. Going out for a walk and being in contact with nature can shift your mood, in a second, for the better. 

Going to the Museum of Natural Science in La Plata, and spending our morning enjoying the park and the beautiful blue skies afterwards, worked like a charm. You can witness this on my Instagram account where I went a bit crazy with pics. Click the link if you want to see a sunny family selfie. The sun was in our eyes and struggled to keep them open!

This is a bit of what happened there...

We saw many of these...

One of these...(cool book, uh?!). Notice the size of my hand for reference...

And went for a delicious lunch!

How do you feel about going out? It doesn't have to be to a specific place as long as it puts you in contact with fresh air and some level of physical activity. Sometimes, a walk around your neighborhood can do the trick.

I'm curious to know, how often do you go out on planned outings with your kids? And what about walks, or breaths of fresh air? Is it every weekend? Once every two or three weekends? Now that my boys are 9 and 10 (almost 11) we found ourselves not going out as much as we used to when they were younger and didn't have i-pads!!

P.S. Why visit the Georgia Aquarium and Our Vacations at Cabana Bay Beach Resort

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Brown Nails: What's Your Favorite Nail Polish for Fall?

I try to do my nails, at least, once a week. Ever since I was a child I've always loved manicured hands. There's something about having polished nails that I enjoy and contributes to my mood for the better! #thelittlethings

This is a recent pic from my Instagram account @eclecticalu and the tools that contribute to my weekly ritual...

This week I chose brown. The color is a tricky one. It could look a bit dull and lifeless on my nails. As long as I stick to the warm and rich chocolate type of shade, I'm fine though. It's not the most flattering on me but these are the two I like the most.

Wooden shoe like to know?, by OPI is a happy brown. And it's the best name I've ever heard for a nail polish. Don't you think? It has these golden/copper specks that shine through whenever the light hits the nail. Such a warm and cozy color. Very appropriate for fall! It goes so well with cream colored sweaters and coats! Although, please wear it whenever you feel like! This is supposed to be fun for you, right?

Continuing with the fall love and appreciation, I have another favorite brown that I wear a lot. It's by Essie and the name of the shade is warm and fuzzy: Mink Muffs! It's slightly lighter, subdued and more of a taupe kind of color. I find this one to be more elegant than wooden shoe like to know. Maybe because it reminds me of hot cocoa, who knows! 

What are your favorite browns, taupes and neutrals?

P.S. Classic Red Nails and Pink Nude Nails 

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Picky Eaters Approved: Potato Pie with Beets!

This is very similar to a Shepherd's Pie, only it is "picky eaters approved" and I may have sneaked in some grated beets...who knows? you barely see them when you eat the pie...your picky eater will just savor a juicy and delicious potato pie!

This recipe is very nutritious. Perfect for 6 months old babies and up. Beware, parents are known to devour it as well.


1/2 Tsp olive oil 
1 big onion, diced
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 cup oats (optional)
1 pound lean ground beef 
1 big or 2 small beets, grated
4 to 5 potatoes, boiled and smashed
Milk (1/2 cup) & butter (2 Tbs) for the potato puree 
4 Tsp grated Parmesan cheese
Salt & pepper to taste

This is how you make it

Preheat oven. Boil potatoes in a large pot covered with salted water. Once they are tender drain and start preparing your puree by smashing the potatoes and adding about 2 Tbs of butter and 1/2 cup of hot milk. 

Heat the oil in another pot or skillet and stir in the onions, garlic and grated beets until tender. This is when you would add the oats, I didn't, but it's an option, especially for smaller babies. Add ground beef and cook until brown. If you see it's still red after 10 minutes it's because beets, onion and garlic together add a red sauce to the ground beef.

Spread ground beef mixture into a previously greased baking dish leaving enough room to add mashed potatoes on top. I made two batches. One went into the freezer!

Spread mashed potatoes over ground beef.

Add grated Parmesan cheese on top and bake for 20 minutes.

Cut it into squares and serve. It's so good that, after having it for dinner recently, my kids realized how much they liked beets!

If you don't want to use potatoes you can make puree with carrots or even pumpkin, for an even healthier option. 

What healthy and nutritious dishes do you make for your children? Or for yourself? Let me know if you like it!

P.S. Picky eaters approved: fish pudding and  veggie terrine 

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Parenting Styles: A Mother Refuses to Be Classified...

Aha..the parenting styles...

Back when I was getting my Master degree in Professional Counseling there was one concept teachers would consistently try to instill upon us. To suspend judgement when working with a client. This is one of the main reasons I was first interested in Counseling as a career. You create a safe place, a refuge, if you will, where people are accepted as they are, with all their flaws included. Counselors listen, do not judge, and simply find the best way to help.

Last week, while attempting to declutter my books, I found a few by Alfred Adler who was one of my favorite psychologists during my studying years at the University. I browsed and read about the democratic style of parenting and its advantages. Then, did some research online, and found a few more parenting styles and its consequences on children. At this point I remembered that when I studied this I was childless and felt pretty confident that I would be the best parent I could possibly be, once the time arrived.

This is me, back then.

Well...when you have a child things change. You realize that you may have earned the Nobel Prize, have won a parent of the year award, or maybe you are the number one psychologist in the world, only to find out that being a parent is the hardest thing you'll ever do and no background in psychology or counseling could possibly prevent you from making mistakes!

Although an inclination towards a certain parenting style contributes to a specific impact on a child's personality and behavior, sometimes people raised in completely different families with completely different parenting styles can have similar personalities. Also, same parenting style can produce very different individuals. 

My point here is, you never truly know until you have every piece of information necessary. Many times we can fit into different parenting styles, depending on the circumstances. As a mom, my style should be categorized as "I do the best I can under different and specific circumstances". Don't we all try to do our best?

Parenting styles advice can be found all over the internet but you need more than that to appreciate nonjudgmentally a parent's behavior and the possible outcome on their children. This information should be used as a great resource, a very helpful guideline. Not a source of self-doubt and preoccupation.

Being a parent is complex enough to be carrying around this baggage all by ourselves. 

Parenting styles aside, don't you think parents do what they can? We have a lot of pressure from the media giving information we should know and apply. Do this but not this, oh! and never, ever do this! 

Well, you know? Sometimes this is all I can possibly do. One thing is for sure, I attempt to do my best every time! 

What do you think?

P.S. Happy mom and An Old School Trick to give parents a break from school homework

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Review

If you follow me on Instagram you know that I've been doing some testing on Sally Hansen's Miracle Gel nail polish in Tidal Wave (360) along with its corresponding top coat.

You may also know that I was so excited about wearing blue nails that I posted a picture of me having tea in a warm winter afternoon. Here's proof of that. Yes...well.

What you may not know (because I didn't post it on Instagram #onefromthecuttingroomfloor) is that I even got distracted by my beautiful bright blue nails while taking said pic. (I'm laughing at myself now.) The things we do...daydreaming.

All this to show you that I loved this shade of blue. Tidal Wave is such a gorgeous blue! The gel part is questionable. But the color is beautiful. 

Why is it questionable? Well, although they claim it lasts for up to 14 days, it lasted on my nails without chipping for only 4 days. I did wear both, miracle gel polish and top coat. It lasted quite well with intact color and perfect shine. However, after day 4 I had to remove it as it started chipping.

Nevertheless, it's a nail polish I will go back to. Four days in good conditions is close to my 5 day record wearing the Colorstay Gel Envy line.

Have you tried any of the Miracle Gel polishes by Sally Hansen? Did you have similar results? Did it last longer on your nails? Which color did you wear?

P.S. Malbec Nails and Do you wear pink nude nails?

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Friday, August 7, 2015

Healthy Blueberry Muffins Recipe. Delicious!

I've followed this recipe for the longest time (I believe I got it from Joy of Baking) and it's my go-to for blueberry muffins. I recently posted a picture on Instagram and there seemed to be some interest in the recipe so here it goes. 

Start by preheating your oven to 375 degrees (a medium heat is fine).

For this recipe you'll need:

  • 12 cup muffin tin
  • Paper liners

Don't worry if you don't have a 12 cup muffin tin at hand, you can use a loaf pan, or any baking pan it works perfectly as well! 

Wet ingredients

  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Beat all the ingredients by hand in a bowl.

Dry ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cup of all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Whisk everything together. Then add,

  • 1 1/2 blueberries

Gently add and mix the wet ingredients to the dry. Pour the mixture into a greased loaf pan or paper lined muffin tin and bake for 20 minutes. Once you take the muffins out of the oven let them cool and you are done.

My family loves this recipe because it's so delicious. Let me know if you try it!

P.S. Healthy Banana Bread and Lemon Brownies.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

If I Could... (Tagged by The Reading Residence)

What a great surprise it was for me to see that The Reading Residence, a blog that I enjoy reading so much, tagged little old me! Thank you Jocelyn!

I recently wrote a series of posts about well-being, where I make a point of appreciating whatever your present moment is and focusing on the good things that are going on in your life. However, daydreaming can be fun, therefore, good for your mood! In addition, coming from the lovely Jocelyn, and also having enjoyed her post so much, here I am!

Having said that, the first "if I could" hits home...

If I could live anywhere:

This is where my daydreaming merges with reality dreaming, for lack of a better term.

I live in Buenos Aires. Argentina has been going through hard times for more than I can remember and, although it's a gorgeous country, I frequently consider the idea of moving! (Again!!)

My husband and I lived in the U.S. for three and a half years. Needless to say we loved it there, but for the purpose of this post I will add a few options to my beloved U.S.! 

Fall is mandatory, as well as winter, my favorite seasons. Mild summers, if only I could... beautiful parks and gardens for long walks, good schools for my kids, and friendly kids and people all around. 

Canada, England (those gardens, and the English tea!), Sweden (low political corruption is a dream come true for concerned Argentinians).

If I could have any home:

I am so content with my house it's hard for me to imaging myself wanting a better one. I love my home. My husband and I designed it to fit our needs and taste. It's quite modern, we recently added a pool, and my kitchen is the best I could ask for. Modern and big. 

Oh wait! now that I think of it, we could use an extra room for occasional visitors, and since we are daydreaming, a bigger garage space for a third car, considering my kids will need it in the future (10 years from now). Maybe we could move this exact same house to Canada? Hey, Jocelyn, you started the free thinking process! It's unstoppable now! :) 

It could be done in my imagination!

If I could have any garden:

Whenever I think of beautiful gardens I think of England. Those English gardens are a dream come true. I've always loved them. Paths with lovely flowers on both sides that find a bench at the end, surrounded by the greenest grass, plants and creeper plants climbing every wall. 

If I could be on holiday right now:

I would be skiing in Mendoza, Argentina, with my family. Or... visiting Quebec, Canada. Some day, one day!

If I could have any job:

I would be blogging for a living! I enjoy every aspect of it. Taking pictures, thinking of new content ideas, writing, being my own boss. I'm working for free right now so, if I every get paid, it would definitely be a dream come true.

If I could have any talent:

Is being able to reduce the amount of guilt felt at any moment in time a talent? I'm not saying erasing it from my genetic composition but decreasing it? Maybe?

If I could live any day again:

I would choose this past summer holidays at Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort in Orlando, Florida. The four of us had the best time there. I wrote a post about it if you are interested! Completely recommend that resort.

If I could have any superpower:

Jocelyn, you are right! Teleportation would be a very handy superpower, especially if I'm moving to a different country! 

I liked writing this post a lot. Thank you Jocelyn for the free association and imaginary thinking exercise! I'm tagging a few bloggers as well. To join in link back to me here, post about it and tag other bloggers to share.  

I tag:

Since we are daydreaming I would tag Joanna Goddard  and Caroline Donofrio at A cup of Jo I would love to know what they dream about!

Brianna Sullivan at Brianna Sullivan

Dana Fox at The Wonder Forest 

Rachel at Mummy in Training 

Reader, please, feel free to leave a comment on any of these if I could ! I'm curious to know about you as well.

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