Friday, October 30, 2015

Have A Happy Weekend!

We are getting ready to have friends and family over at our house this weekend so I'll be sharing a few yummy recipes from this party next week. What are your plans for this weekend?

It's not always that I have some good old links to share but today I do have a few. 

This Instagram picture I'm pretty sure you've already seen it but in case you didn't, it's worth the click. Happiness pic.

Here's another one with a secret for worriers

A mind blowing article about anxiety. How to make anxiety work for you, not against you.

The Science Behind Mindful Eating: What Happens To Your Body During a Mindful Meal.

This video is for moms that have kids with I pads that can hardly be removed from them. There's more of us out there! Managing screen time with kids.  

Sarah James, from Whoorl, shared a few links on her blog today. I thought that makeup lovers might be interested in number 8, the 32 makeup tips nobody told you about It's a good one.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, October 29, 2015

The Sephora Palette That Is a Dream To Wear

You may already know that my mom brought some lovely gifts from a recent trip. If you didn't know, my Instagram account has all the info about that :)

One of these gifts was the Sephora It Palette Delicate Nude. What I like about this palette is it's nude condition, the neutrals are easy to pair and sweep on. The shades are so wearable that I actually started wearing them, for a change. A golden brown eye pencil and a nice eye shadow brush are also included.

It comes with six matte shades and six buttery shimmers. Two of them double as highlighters. I had forgotten how much fun it can be to wear eye shadow.

This is me attempting to show you the beautiful shades I wore, but I don't think I'm making any justice to this palette. If you have a chance, visit Sephora and have a good look personally. I think you will appreciate the gorgeous colors.

Have you tried this palette? Do you wear eye shadow? I don't think I ever used much eye shadow before. I usually wear black eyeliner and mascara but this palette has been a makeup game changer to me.

P.S. When Beauty Products Boos Your Mood and Do You Use Face Masks?

Monday, October 26, 2015

Do Your Kids Eat Salads?

This past Monday, a lovely lady at a store counter, let me in on a trick to make kids eat veggies so I wanted to share it with you, in case you are interested in this sort of trickery...

Simply serve your kids fish, chicken or red meat, whatever you are making that day, and only offer them a wide variety of salads. Realistically, in my case, this translates into 2 different ones, if I'm in a cooking mood, maybe three.

I sort of did it last night. And by sort of, I mean that I didn't offer uniquely salads with the main dish. I served a few other options as well, more specifically this spinach tart that they love. 

I must admit, they were under quite some pressure to eat salad. So they did, bless their souls! My youngest (who struggled to eat 4 pieces of lettuce) announced he has been "eating salads for a looong time now", although we only just found out last night.  ;)  My eldest asked for seconds. Pretty good, right?

So, it kind of worked. They did have some salad. Although this was not a magic trick and I didn't follow it to a tee, It had a positive result. I think that the variety of salads helped. Giving them the option to choose between two of them empowered them a bit.

How do you ease your little ones into eating vegetables? Please, share your tricks!

P.S. A creamy soup with a story behind it and One Little Trick to Get Your Little Ones to Eat Veggies.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Living Abroad Changes You Forever

I've been getting a specific question, repeatedly, in the comments lately. "Where are you from?"

I'm from Buenos Aires, Argentina. And yes, we speak Spanish here but with a notoriously different accent than the rest of Latin America, with the exception of Uruguay. They speak almost exactly like us!

I learned English from a very young age. The first time I stayed in the U.S., for more than a regular vacation time period, and by myself, I was 17. 

I went to a lovely High school near Fresno, California. Alina from Argentina, the exchange student that stayed in sunny California for three months! Although, it was not that sunny, it was snowy, and the beautiful town was located up in the mountains.

After that, I was hooked. I completely loved it. My transformation had begun. When I returned, I completed my Licensure in Human Resources and Public Relations in Buenos Aires. A few years later, my husband and I got our Masters degrees in Atlanta. He got his in Business Administration (MBA) and I got mine in Professional Counseling (MSPC).

We lived in the USA for three and a half years, and completely changed. The young woman that went to the U.S. never returned, she evolved into a different one. 

The thing about living abroad is that you learn so much daily, from different areas of life, that you can never unlearn them and return to your old self. It's similar to growing up. There's no such thing as going back to your childhood years. 

So, when we returned to Buenos Aires, nothing felt the same: friends, family, our house, our neighbors. It felt like living in a second dimension of your old self. It's back to the same people...but not quite. Back to your old neighborhood, but not exactly. The eyes that see these things have definitely changed.

Alfred Adler, the great psychologist explained it: your world, your view of the world is changed by your thinking. Whatever your mind dictates, that is what you see. The same thing, viewed by two different people, can result in two completely different appreciations. So, this is why I returned a different person.

It is bitter sweet, but so worth it. The emotional and intellectual growth that you experience is invaluable. Living in a different country gives you immense room for growth. Whether you want it or not. It's happening, you will be learning until your head hurts, literally! The amazing part is that it's something that nobody will ever take from you. It becomes part of your identity.

Have you ever lived abroad? Was your experience similar to mine or not at all? Have you ever considered living in a different country for a while?

P.S. Our vacations at Cabana Bay Beach Resort. and The World of Coca Cola

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

How Often Do You Change Your Staple Perfume

I recently received a gift from my mom that I loved. In fact, an Instagram haul has been going on lately, exhibit A, B, CD, and E #thanksmom.

I've been using the same perfume for many years with the occasional substitution between this one and this one.   It's not very often that I include another perfume into the rotation. Well, this one made it to my top 4.

Eclat D'Arp├Ęge by Lanvin has a hint of sweetness combined with citric notes resulting in a sophisticated and refined scent.

For lack of a better description of the scent, next time you see it on a counter, would you try it? Let me know what you think! I loved it!

P.S. When beauty products boost your mood.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Throws, Pashminas, Ponchos & Anything In Between.

It is spring time where I live, but it has been feeling a lot like winter, with low temperatures and windy days. This time of the year calls for body butters and throws...among many other things (dark nail polish, hot beverages, reading by the fire, apple pie, pumpkin favorite!!). Before I get carried away by a very long list of beautiful things let's focus on what brought you here.

Lately, I've been wearing this throw over every outfit I own. It even looks elegant with sneakers as you can see here. What do you think? The point is, you can "throw" it on, it looks good with everything, and it's perfect for when it's starting to get chilly. Perfect for fall and/or in my case, spring.

Although it was a gift from my mother in law, a few years ago, it is still in very good conditions. At the time, the label bothered me, so I removed it, and now I don't know who made it. Very clever! Sorry about that, but there are lots of similar ones on the market, if you are looking into getting one for yourself.

I received this necklace as gift recently all the way from Madrid. I've been wearing it for three days in a row! It adds a little something to the sweater, which is by H&M by the way. Oh! and those jeans are from Zara

About this next lovely cape. Is this a poncho with sleeves? I don't know, but it's so warm and easy to wear. I've also had it for years. It's by a brand called Susana Martino. This is the only link I could find on the web.

After taking this picture I went straight to the bank. (Although, now that I see it, I realize I should have ironed it first!) Oh well...had to run some errands, and this was the perfect balance of warmness and unironed chicness. Loved it. Do you like these pieces for fall? I would totally recommend getting a similar one if you haven't already. 

Do you own any ponchos or pashminas? Do you see yourself wearing them? I'm curious to know! Let me know in the comments, and if you happen to take a picture of yourself wearing it, please tag me on Instagram! Thank you for reading!

P.S. My beauty dilemma and The story behind my boyfriend jeans

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Favorite Body Butters For Fall and Winter

Hello! I'm back after a long, obligatory hiatus. Spring time, (with its freezing temperatures), here in Buenos Aires, has not been kind to me. Let's just say that I'm happy to be breathing normally again. Also, thank you so, so much for the get well wishes you guys sent me through the comments on Instagram. It meant a lot to me :) 

Now, let's talk about body butters. If you are in fall (I'm officially jealous, it's my favorite season), allow me to give you some will need body butters! Winter and fall call for body butters! During these seasons, to me, there's nothing more moisturizing and pleasant than a rich and deliciously scented body butter, after a hot shower. So, I thought I'd show you the ones I've been reaching for, the most.

If you live in the U.S. and there's a Trader Joe's near you, (I'm also jealous because of it...) go grab Trader Joe's Coconut Body Butter! It's moisturizing and rich, with certified organic ingredients that leave your skin as soft, smooth and glowing as it can be. 

A warning though, please see if  you like the scent before you buy it. It's very sweet and marshmallow-e with a good dose of coconut included.  It smells like vanilla yogurt with marshmallows on top. Delicious! I really like it, although, I know some of you may prefer more citrus-y or floral scents. Which ones do you prefer? 

If your skin is at its driest, this body butter leaves your skin luxuriously hydrated for the rest of the day. By the way, there's a pumpkin seed one now! I'm going to have to try that one too. I mean, I have no choice, right? Let me know if you already did.

The Body Shop's almond body butter smells simply divine, like pure almond extract. If you like almond scented products, you may want to try this one. It's made "with almond oil, Community Fair Trade cocoa butter and shea butter to moisturize".  Very rich and hydrating, as well. 

Which one is your favorite? Please leave a comment below! By the way, I recently ran out of this one and it's lovely too, if you are in the market for body butters! Do you go for more rich and moisturizing creams during winter?

P.S. When beauty products boost your mood and The lotion that helps skin heal itself.