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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Fevers in Toddlers


Fevers can be a scary thing for new mothers, or even mothers in general. Up until now, Kayla hasn't gotten sick a whole lot. But when she does get a fever, honestly, I worry a bit too much. I'm always searching up remedies, what to do, and when to call the doctor. So to help any new mothers or long-time mothers, here's a few things that I found helpful to know.

  • There are four different ways to take a child's temperature: oral, rectal, axillary, ear (I use axillary - under arm)
  • If taking temperature under the arm, take off clothing to prevent it from making the area hot
  • A fever is anything above 37.5°c (99.5°F)
  • Avoid giving medication to children between 3 months to 4 years old, if temperature is under 37.9°C (100.2°F)
  • You may give child medication if fever is above 100.2°F, only if he/she is feeling achy or fussy. Otherwise, still avoid giving medication. 
  • If you do decide to give medication, acetaminophen (Tylenol) is preferred over Ibuprofen (Advil) - Ibuprofen is more likely to cause side effects, especially in younger children
  • Do NOT use aspirin. It may cause Reye's Syndrome - a condition that causes swelling in the liver and brain. Aspirin is not recommend for people under 18 years old. 
Other than medicine, here are some other ways to help bring down your child's fever:
  • Keep your child from being dehydrated. Fluids will help the body cool down. For example, water, juice, soup, and popsicles. 
  • Running around may cause a rise in temperature. Your child can play but nothing to overexert their body. 
  • Dress your child up in light clothing. This will allow their body heat to escape. 
  • A cool, damp wash cloth on the forehead.
  • A warm bath will help cool your baby. But it's more effective after giving your child medicine. 
In some cases, you're going to have to call your paediatrician. Here's a list of when to call:
  • Child is under 1 month old - fever is over 38.5°C (101.3°F)
  • Child is 1 to 3 months old - fever is over 38.5°C and has lasted more than 24 hours
  • Child is 3 months to 2 years old - fever is over 38.6°C (101.4°F) and rises or lasts more than 3 days. If fever is over 39°C (103°F), call doctor even if your child doesn't seem sick.
  • Child is over 2 years old - fever is over 38.6° and lasts more than 3 days.
If your child doesn't fall into any of the categories above, you will have to call your doctor if they have any of these symptoms: 
  • Changes in behaviour or loss of appetite 
  • Rashes
  • Diarrhea
  • Dry mouth or lasting sore throat
  • Ear ache/pulling on ear
  • Stomach ache
  • High-pitched cries or whimpering
  • Swelling on soft spot of head
  • Sore or swollen joints
Call emergency if your child is experiencing these:
  • Unresponsive or limp
  • Having problems breathing
  • Vomitting and has a headache or stiff neck
  • Blue lips/skin or is pale
  • Seizures
Hopefully, these facts helped you or helps you in the future! 
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Sunday, March 27, 2016

Three Years Old!


Happy Birthday Little One! 
I love you so much.
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Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate Kayla's birthday.
It wouldn't have been as happy and special without you all.
We hope you had as much fun and enjoyed as much as we did! 
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Saturday, March 26, 2016

Makeup Look: Naked Palette Series | Part I

I was digging through my makeup drawer and rediscovered my UD Naked Palettes (1, 2, 3). They don't get shown enough love in this house.. So, I decided to start a 3 part series. Each post using one of the palettes.

Here's the first look; using the OG Naked Palette.

Eyes:
- Crease: Naked (transition) & Buck (lower)
- Lid: Sin
- Inner Corner: Virgin
Lower Lashline: Buck blended out with Naked
- Waterline: White eyeliner
- Liner: Kat Von D Tattoo Liner
- Lashes: Kara Demi Wispies

Lips:
MAC Lip Liner (Whirl) & Colourpop Liquid Lipstick (Midi)

(If you're wondering, the top is from F21) 

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

21


Warning: Really long post! 

Today marks the day that I'm a year older. Twenty-one. I thought to myself, "Other than being completely legal in almost every country, what else is special about this milestone?" I realized that there wasn't really anything special about being a certain age, but there was something special about reaching another year.

In other words, I'm blessed to able to see another birthday. I'm fortunate to have the basic necessities in life; a roof over my head, food to eat, water to drink, clothes to keep me warm. What I'm even more blessed with though, are all the people that make a huge impact in my life. And for all those individuals, I'm thankful.

Typically, on someone's birthday, they would be the centre of attention. But this time, I don't want it to be about me. I want it to be about the very people who care enough to make me feel special on this day. Today, I'd like to pay homage to you guys.

First and foremost, my parents. You both deserve to have your own praises. So, without picking favourites, I'll start out with my mom. The one who carried me inside of her for 9 long months. The one who went through numerous hours of labour to bring me into this world. The one who spent countless nights staying up, even though exhausted, when I wouldn't go to sleep when I should've. I am so lucky to have you, out of all people, as my mother. You are kind, loving, and generous in every way possible. From cooking, cleaning, and everything in between, you still found the time to care for me throughout all these years that I've lived. Even before I came into the world, you still cared for me, through pregnancy. You did everything a good mother should have done for her child and more. I pray to be just as good as a mother to Kayla as you were to me.

Now to my dad. Hi. I hope you're reading this! This is for you...
Some kids don't get the chance to have a father figure in their life. Some kids don't get the opportunity of seeing their parents happily married every morning when they wake up. But thank God, I have that luxury. Being my father, you've always been there to provide, discipline, and most of all, love me. As a baby, and even until now, you without fail gave me everything I wanted and needed in life. No matter what it took, or how much the cost, you gave. My years as a teenager were really tough, especially on you. I know I caused you a lot of stress and grief back then. Believe me when I say that I wish I could take it all back and have been a better person. But still, through all those times, you never left. Instead, you put up with me and disciplined me. I hope, now that I'm getting older, that you see the effect that your teachings have done onto me. I'm not the perfect child, though I aim to be, and I know I may still cause you trouble from time to time. Even so, you still show me that you love me unconditionally. And I do you. I don't say "I love you" often, but I hope you know that I do. You both have given me so much in life. Some things that money can buy and others that can't be bought. I plan to give back. My ambition in life is to some day give you both all the things you want and need that money can buy. As for the things that can't be bought, I'm going to spend the rest of my life trying to repay you with the love, care, and respect, that you both deserve. So to my parents, thank you.

Next in line, of course, my little family of three. Darwin first. I don't know what to say that I haven't already told you. For starters, I really don't know where I would be if I hadn't met you. Before I met you, my life was pretty much spiralling out of control. When I met you, our lives were spiralling out of control together. Eventually, we learned to grab hold of the wheel and put it on cruise control. I'm truly grateful for you. You're the only one who I can share my entire thoughts, feelings, and secrets with. You stuck by me through the past four years of our relationship. Our relationship isn't perfect. We've had our fair share of problems. When no one wanted to see us together, you were still there to strengthen us and keep what we had going. When I got pregnant, you stayed with me and kept my spirit up. And now that we have a child, you're always there when we need you. I love you. A lot. You are one of the many blessings that I have in my life. We both know that we're still not where we want to be in life, but I know we'll get there. You are my biggest supporter, and I am yours. I know, eventually, all the dreams and goals that we mapped out together will come to life. No matter how long it takes, we'll get there together. Me and you.

Kayla. Nine months of pregnancy, throwing up at random, swallowing those huge prenatal pills, crazy contractions, delivering a child, healing after giving birth. All those things can scare a woman out of bearing a baby. But they don't think about the outcome of it all. I consider that one of the examples for the phrase "light at the end of the tunnel". Having a child is one of the biggest gifts in life. And that's what you are to me. You are my angel on Earth sent from Up Above. You make me happy in so many ways possible. Your smile, your hugs and kisses, they all keep me sane. When I'm having a bad day, just one split second with you and it's automatically better. You are the real reason your daddy and I are no longer spiralling out of control. I know better than to have crazy fun, if it means neglecting you. I promise to love you, cherish you, and care for you no matter what the circumstance is. You and your dad mean so much to me, it can't be explained through writing. So to Darwin & Kayla, thank you. 

Aside from individuals, I have to thank all of my family that's been there for me. This one is to the Patague family, Merza family, Buado family, and everyone else who relates to the ones mentioned... Some teenage mothers unfortunately get looked down upon by their own family. I'm grateful that all of you accepted me when you found out I was having a baby. None of you treated me differently or made me feel less loved. You show the same love to Kayla that you show to me, and for that I'm thankful. As for all the years before the baby, thank you for all the memories and experiences. I have a special place for each one of you in my heart. To the people who aren't in this picture but are still family, I didn't forget about you. Just know that if you are still in my life, you mean something to me and I appreciate you. So to all my family, thank you.

Last but certainly not least, my best friends. It makes me sad when I realize how old we are now. We're all turning 21 this year. The sad part about it is that we're so grown up and busy that we don't get to see each other as much as we did. Angela and Iesha, I use to see you both every day since grade 7. And Jennifer, we used to see each other everyday since grade 9. But I guess that's just what comes with growing older. We have new priorities, new things to deal with. What's not new though, is the love I have for you girls. All of you got me through high school. You all dealt with my craziness way back when and sometimes even now. You all cared for me when I was pregnant. I remember when we would stay at the library at Joes and one time the librarian said something along the lines of, when you have your baby, your friends aren't going to be around anymore. We definitely proved her wrong. Until now, we still talk and we still see each other occasionally. You were all special enough for me to make you the godmothers of my first born. I'm so glad that we met and I know that with you guys, I found friendships that will last a lifetime. So to my bestest friends, thank you.

With all that said, happy birthday to me! But most of all, thank you to everyone who got me where I am today. I wouldn't be the same person that I am now if any of you hadn't come into my life. I love you all!

Monday, March 21, 2016

First Day of Spring '16


First day of Spring calls for walks around the neighbourhood with the family and the dog (who is not in the picture)

Finally, out with the cold and in with the warm. The sun beaming down on me is such a great feeling. The only thing that I hate about Spring is allergy season. But it's not that I have the allergies, Darwin does. And ugh, all that sniffling and nose blowing drives me crazy! Despite that, the best thing about spring: one more season closer to Summer. My favourite season. 

What do you love (or hate) about Spring? 
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Saturday, March 19, 2016

Makeup Look: High End Products

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Thursday, March 17, 2016

Unboxed | ColourPop Cosmetics

ColourPop just came out with their new Ultra Satin Lips. And for my love of lippies and the brand, I just had to pick up a few of them. Plus, I grabbed a few more of the their matte liquid lipsticks that I didn't have yet and two of their gel liners. Here's a mini haul of what I got.

Echo Park is a warm peachy nude.
TooLips is a deepened plum brown.
Mess Around is a mid-tone grey beige.
Opposed to their Ultra Matte Lips, these give a satin finish. These give a slight sheen to the lips. Since they aren't matte, they won't be drying compared to their matte liquid lipsticks.

Limbo is a deep chocolate brown.
Lumiere 2 is a dusty mauve pink.
Kae is a deep warm yellow brown.
Rooch is a deepened russet wine.
Chi is a cool tone nude beige.
I had to get Limbo because I heard it was a dupe for Kylie Jenner's True Brown K (still haven't gotten my hands on any of her lip kits, though I plan to). I also decided to get Kae, Rooch, and Chi because it was a collab with Karrueche, and who doesn't like Karrueche?

The last two items I got are from their Creme Gel Liner collection.
Get Paid is a metallic rose gold.
Exit is a bright white.

It'll be my first time trying out their liners and, of course, their satin liquid lipsticks. I'm excited to try them out and I will be letting you guys now what I think about them in a future post!

Click here to see my ColourPop Liquid Lipstick collection.



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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Travel | Summer Vacation 2015

Since the Canadian Dollar isn't doing so good, my family and I might not be able to travel to the US like we usually do every summer. Very unfortunate, but I'm still thankful for all the years we did have the chance to go.

Last year, we went on a road trip to Daytona Beach, Florida. There were a lot of photos taken so it was hard to choose which ones to put on here. But here are a few that I thought was worthy enough to share with you all:

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Saturday, March 12, 2016

Vlog (Eyebrow Tutorial)


Here's my tutorial on how I do my brows:


Products Used
Brow Definer in Medium Brown | Anastasia Beverly Hills
Dipbrow Pomade in Dark Brown | Anastasia Beverly Hills
Pro Pencil in Base 1 | Anastasia Beverly Hills 
Naked Basics Palette; shades Foxy & W.O.S | Urban Decay
Brow Powder Duo in Dark Brown | Anastasia Beverly Hills 
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Stay Tuned: Makeup look (High end products)

Friday, March 11, 2016

Review | Biore Baking Soda

I was sent two of Bioré's new Baking Soda cleansers*. One of them is an everyday cleanser while the other one is an exfoliator that should be used only a few times per week. Their website claims that they dissolve oil and dirt while gently exfoliating your dry skin. They also claim that it cleans and tightens your pores all the while leaving your skin smooth and looking healthy. After trying these out for a few weeks, this is how my experience went: 

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Tuesday, March 08, 2016

2015 Yearbook Preview

I didn't have this book yet before I made the Shutterfly post. 
But now I do, so I thought I would share a few pages with my readers. 

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Saturday, March 05, 2016

The Beauty Rundown | February 2016


Here's my first impressions & reviews for last month's list:

Becca Aqua Luminous Perfecting Foundation:
First Impression | This foundation gives me a light to medium coverage with a slight glow to my skin. I wore it for 13 hours (9am-10pm). I didn't set it with powder (only set under eyes, forehead, chin) and only started to get oily until around 7pm. As for packaging, cute but could get messy like the Cover FX Custom Drops. Did not notice if there was a smell or not.
Review | Good foundation. I feel like this one is better applied with a brush. With a beauty blender, it gives a light coverage. With the brush, I'd say I got a medium coverage. It doesn't make me look overly dewy to the point that I look oily. It gives a nice glow to the skin. I recommend this foundation to people with normal to dry skin types.

Nivea Men's After Shave Balm: 
First Impression | Really strong scent for men (but I don't mind). Very runny, but after rubbing into the skin got tacky. It allowed my foundation to go on smoothly and kept it on for the whole time. You get 3.3fl. Oz. for around $10. Compared to other primers that only have 1fl. Oz.
Review | It fills my pores and does keep my makeup on for a long time. I did tend to get oily nearing the end of the day (though, it does not claim to keep you matte, it's not even meant to be a makeup primer lol). Not anything excessive that blotting or powder touch-ups can't fix. All in all, good primer and good price.

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector:
First Impression | I applied it directly onto my face with it's applicator. It left a streak on my cheek (fixed it by applying a crapload of powder highlighter on top). On the other side of my face, I put the product on my beauty blender then dabbed it onto my face. Worked so much better and gave a nice glow. Still applied powder highlighter on top and it looked amazing.
Review | Really good liquid highlighter. Just make sure not to apply it over a powder. It gives your skin a natural glow if applied alone. But if you want a really popping highlight, I applied Becca's Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed highlighter over it and it POPS.


And here are the new stuff I'll be trying out this month:
  • Makeup Geek Contour Powders | Makeupgeek, $10USD
  • Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Oil | Sephora, $49
  • Biore Baking Soda | sent to me to try out

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Stay Tuned: Eyebrow tutorial (how I fill in mine).
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Thursday, March 03, 2016

Raptors vs. Jazz

Last night, Dar & I got to watch the Toronto Raptors play against the Utah Jazz. We got there early (more than an hour) and this is what it looked like before it got full. We were seated right beside the DJ in the Drake Zone. 
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Tuesday, March 01, 2016

February Haul

Here's my monthly haul:


- Becca Aqua Luminous Perfecting Foundation | Sephora
- Makeup Geek Contour Powders, Sparkler, Travel Vault Palette | Makeup Geek
- Mini Duffle Bag w/ Red Pom | Zara 
- Checkered Bodysuit | Fashion Nova
- Eyelet Crop Top, Culotte Overalls, White Turtleneck, Mock Neck Top | Forever 21
- Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer | Sephora
- Nexxtech 16gb Memory Card | The Source
- White Bed Set | Costco

Click here to see last month's haul.
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