Beauty, Health, Makeup, Mom life, shop, Uncategorized

Skincare Product Review

Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links, meaning I receive a small commission if you decide to make a purchase through my links, at no cost to you.

This post is going to be broken up into things I love, things I don’t love and things I’m still “eh” about. Regardless of what it is, I still spent a whole bunch of money mis amores and I’m here to tell you all about it!

I’m not going to lie, some things I jumped on because of the hype that we see on social media and some stuff I did my research on because I was just trying to solve a specific problem or issue with my skin. So let’s get started!

Let’s start with the products I love:

  1. I have horrible bags under my eyes. Like the puffiness and darkness is real. It could have easily happened when I became a mom and started losing a significant amount of sleep. Whatever the root cause of my dilemma, it brought me to this product:
24k undereye collagen patches

I owe all of you a before and after picture, but I put one of these babies on while I’m making breakfast or binge watching Netflix y pareco gente (I look like a decent human being)! I normally put them on for about 30-45 minutes and then take it off and massage the excess product into my skin. The one annoying thing I hate is that it moves out of place if I’m moving too much, but that’s minor to how it looks when all is said and done.

Purchase yours here.

2. There is nothing more annoying than having dry, crusty lips. NOTHING. So, I invested in a Laneige lip sleeping mask. I know it says that it’s for night use, pero, I definitely put this on throughout the day. Don’t judge. Keeps my lips soft, smooth and plump. Purchase here.

Lip Sleeping Mask

3. It’s so hard to find a good moisturizer and I’ve been pretty loyal to Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream. I just love the consistency – it’s light weight, fast absorbing, not greasy. The formula, overall, is great and has not disappointed. Honestly, it’s one of those products that if I ever forget while I’m on vacation or a work trip, I get super upset about. lol

Facial Cream

Purchase yours here.

4. I don’t get horrible blackheads, but when I do, I really love the Biore blackhead strips. I probably use them once a month or even once every other month, but I like to keep them on hand either way. It’s quick, semi-painless, and instant results for a smooth nose. Purchase yours here.

Hype Products that I’m not really a fan of (maybe I got the wrong ones or I have the wrong routine in place, but I definitely don’t love at the moment:

We’re all aging, so I wanted to have a day and night routine that could start reducing the wrinkles, fine lines and loose skin.

I tried the following products: CeraVe Skin Renewing Vitamin C Serum (Day), CeraVe Skin Renewing Retinol Serum (Night) and the CeraVe Eye Repair Cream (twice a day).

CeraVe

Maybe I’m not being patient, but after 30+ days of use, I have yet to see results with these products. They are lightweight and smooth on the skin, but the results are just not there for me. The Vitamin C serum also irritated my skin, where it felt like I was sun burnt – very strange. I’m going to keep going with the eye repair cream to see if I notice a difference, but I am definitely taking a break from the other two.

“Eh” products that I want to love:

  1. I love night creams because I truly feel like I wake up refreshed with smoother skin than my toddler (lol), but I just can’t get jiggy with the Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Dream Face Cream. Needless to say, I want it to work because it’s pricey and I do enjoy the results, but I just can’t, but I will… confusing (I’m going to use it because I paid for it, but I’m going to whine about it)? Purchase here.
Night Cream

2. Is there a sun screen that isn’t thick, strong smelling and greasy? Is there? Huh? Huh? I want to love the Neutrogena Age Shield Face sunscreen because I know all the benefits, but something about it just doesn’t sit right.

Sunscreen

Purchase here if you would like to try it. I’m of course going to keep using it; therefore, I will update you guys soon!

Beauty, DIY, Makeup, Mom life, Nails, New Mom, planner, shop, support, Uncategorized

My In-Home Nail Salon

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Do you ever get so excited about something that you have to shout it from the rooftops? Yes? Me too! They always say that negative experiences travel faster than positive ones and I’m really trying to change that unwritten rule in the world, because hey… why not? We have to do better!

I’ve been getting my nails done at a nail salon for as long as I can remember. I would schedule these nail dates with my cousins, and it kind of became a part of my routine and schedule. Recently, I started thinking about all the money I spent on getting regular manicures, gel manicures, dipping powder, tips, and pedicures over the years and if I do some simple computation (with a calculator of course, but I’m horrible at adding things up), I think I’ve spent a good $25,000 on just that. It sounds like a crazy number, right? But, when you really sit down and think about the times you get paid (for me its 26 times a year) and the average cost of my services, which is about $75 ($75 * 26 because I would normally schedule my appointments around pay day) and multiple that puppy by 17, which is the amount of years I’ve been getting my nails done and then subtracting a few lazy years or weeks then now I know were the hell all my money went. May sound hella’ confusing, but I promise you, it made sense in my head.

Don’t get me wrong, I love getting pampered and having someone do it for me. I also love supporting local businesses, but I can’t sit here and justify someone taking all my money for something I can do myself. If it was a random one-off situation, okay, cool, but this is literally every 2-3 weeks. Not happening! It ends here.

So what did I buy this time? Well to start, it’s an investment. I bought a Gel UV Nail Lamp (the ones they use at the nail salon and a whole bunch of gel polishes. I spent about $40 and then hear this…ok, read this…$160 on nail polish! Has nail polish always been this expensive? Where have I been? After having a small heart attack, I pulled myself together and honestly have been super happy so far! Although, I may take longer than a professional, I’m still a perfectionist, so my nails were looking nail salon good! Probably one of my top purchases this year. Here’s the one I purchased:

Sunuv Gel UV Nail Lamp

Purchase the Gel UV Nail Lamp here.

I also found a a website that sold all of my polish faves. I can’t live without Funny Bunny, You’re such a Budapest and Rich Girl and Po’Boys (OPI)! The website offers tools, gel and regular versions of the polish and some amazing combos to save money! The website is http://www.beyondpolish.com. I’ve also noticed they do a reward system, so my $160 were not in vain – I guess I get something out of it.

If you decide to buy this and get the same amazing experience as I did, please tag me on IG when you take a picture of your results. I would love to see!

xoxo,

Enid

etsy, family, small business, support, Uncategorized

shopENIDcarolyne

I’m a creative at heart. There’s absolutely no doubt about that; therefore, it was only a matter of time that I ventured into Etsy. Etsy is an e-commerce website focused on handmade items and craft supplies. Like many people who love personalized gifts, party items, crafts, and a touch of handmade products, I also have purchased a million items from Etsy. Ok, maybe not a million, I’m not rich, but you get it? I love Etsy, and I was focused on becoming a member of this community. No excuses over here.

So momma, I made it! I opened up shop. This didn’t just happen in a day, this took a lot of research, and a few hundred dollars to get started. I had to invest and it’s a no brainer, this comes with every small business, so I was ready! I’m not just talking about investing dollars, but also, time. Lots of time. Thanks to quarantine life, I was able to focus. I wanted to sell items that I would enjoy making, that people would seek and love and that I could easily make – I mean, I am a mom to a toddler and work a full-time job, so I needed something that didn’t require hours of labor (this does not mean that it impacts the quality of my work – don’t get it twisted, I’m still a perfectionist).

I have several active listings and it’s definitely trial and error, but I refuse to fail. I may have to overcome a few hurdles and adjust the way I market my products, but I am manifesting success.

A few key highlights from my shop:

  • I have a line of mom and child/ dad and child matching shirts – I love matching with my son and sometimes I found it difficult to find products that I loved, so I started making them!
  • I have a line of t-shirts – I also offer custom shirts
  • I offer personalized stemless wineglasses, tumblers, masks, bibs, bodysuits, makeup bags, and decals
  • Everything can be personalized (colors, fonts, sizing)
  • I am open to suggestions and custom work – if you ever want something that you don’t see in the shop, please send the shop a message or directly message the shop on Instagram for a quick reply! @shopenidcarolyne

Drum roll please: You can visit my Etsy shop here: shopENIDcarolyne

I have also embedded my Etsy shop within the main menu of my site! If you would like to support my shop by purchasing a product, please enjoy 10% off with a code: THANKYOU10

Thank you!

xoxo, Enid

Tiktok

TikTok Made me Buy it!

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So yeah – like many of us I have become obsessed with watching different TikToks for hours on end. I know that I can be doing much more productive things with my life, pero, I choose to be entertained with these 60 second videos full of comedic skits, pranks and my favorite, people trying out different products that they love. I have even found the hashtag #tiktokmademebuyit and honestly, call me OJ, I mean guilty – I have spent my coins on a few of these products and I want to share the wealth. I am not sponsored by any of these products and I am genuinely sharing products that I have found through the TikTok app that I am now a bit obsessed with. So let’s begin:

  1. Makeup/Toiletry Bag Organizer:
Makeup Bag w/ Compartments

When I tell you this has been my best friend, I am not lying. Sometimes I travel for work or do weekend getaways and I get to have my toiletries and makeup in one place that I can easily organize and carry back and forth. To be perfectly honest, I never unpack it and I use it as is even while I am home. Shout out to sis who shared it on TikTok.

A few features:

  • They offer it in 2 different sizes based on your needs
  • It’s compact and portable
  • Made of a water resistant material
  • Has brush holders for your makeup
  • Great quality and great design

Go get you yours here (you won’t regret it): Makeup Bag on Amazon

2. 128GB iPhone/Android Flash Drive

As a mother or really just someone who loves taking pictures and doesn’t want to lose them ever, it was love at first sight when I watched a TikTok with this little product.

128 GB Gold Flash Drive

Whoever thought about this is a genius. Shout out to a couple on TikTok that I found who constantly share their favorite products on Amazon. This one definitely caught my eye.

A few features I love:

  • Privacy – you can choose to encrypt your files
  • It’s a multi port and works on different devices (not just catered to your iPhone customers)
  • It’s high speed and has a 1 click backup
  • You can backup music, video, photo, and contacts
  • Small, portable and cute (offered in a variety of colors)
  • Great price!

Purchase yours here: 128 GB Flash Drive on Amazon

3. Cell Phone Stand (I know, super basic, but hear me out)

Phone Stand

Since the pandemic, I have worked from home and completely transformed my work area. Papers, notebooks, coffee, laptops, coffee (this is not a typo, I meant to put that in there twice lol) all get in the way and sometimes, I can’t find my phone or I just want to make it simpler on my life to view the texts, calls, e-mails and other notifications. So, when I saw this on TikTok, it was a complete gold mine and probably the one of the products that I use the most because of it’s functionality.

A few features:

  • Compatibility to several sized devices
  • Makes life easier
  • Sleek design offered in a few colors
  • Portable
  • Great for when you’re eating and want to watch Netflix (many of us use whatever is nearby to stand up your phone, but this can easily travel with you to the kitchen)

Get yours here on Amazon: Phone Stand

4. This next product that I found on TikTok is a fancy little tool that gently scrapes the dirt off of your face. I saw this girl on TikTok use it and her caption was along the lines of “I didn’t know my face was so dirty until now” so naturally, I took my credit card out and started searching on Amazon.

Skin Scrubber/Spatula

Features I love:

  • Safe and easy to use – super user friendly
  • Word on the block is that people who give facials use a similar tool (don’t come for me if that’s not true)
  • I was able to see the dirt come off, especially around my nose area
  • Multi-purpose – it has a few different features
  • Comes with 2 little rubber face scrubbing tools

Purchase yours on Amazon here: Skin Scrubber Tool

5. Last on my list for now, because if this app doesn’t get banned, I’m sure I’ll keep falling into the trap of trying new products that I find here is the CeraVe facial cleanser.

CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser

I may be new to the club, but I just didn’t jump on the bandwagon until I saw several people promote this product on TikTok and it did not disappoint! I normally stick to the same facial cleansers and was hesitant in trying a new product, but I had to see what the hype was about so you guessed it, I spent my money.

A few features:

  • Super light and airy – it’s not heavy on the face AT ALL
  • Keeps your face super fresh
  • Can be used on your face and body
  • Safe ingredients
  • Fragrance free and non drying

Purchase it on Amazon: CeraVe Facial Cleanser

I’m sure my random TikTok purchases have not come to an end, so be on the lookout for part two!

xoxo,

Enid

Baby, family, Mom life, New Mom, Pregnancy, Uncategorized

Writing to my Son

Being able to create and capture memories was a priority for me from the very beginning of my pregnancy. Specifically, it was important that I took lots of pictures, printed them in an actual album like my mother used to do and triple save them on a hard drive somewhere because you just never know. I wanted to do something more, I wanted to write to him and tell him about his firsts, our family, and the world, so, I thought to myself…”what better way to do that than to create an e-mail address?” and so I did just that.

There are so many things I wanted to say to my son before he was even born, but my partner and I hadn’t agreed on a name and if we had, I would have absolutely started then, but I wanted to create an e-mail address that he can take over when he gets older (firstnamelastname@gmail.com), something simple, professional and to the point. I wasn’t going to play my own son with something embarrassing like mamisbaby2019@gmail.com, or elprimerhijodeEnid@gmail.com (I thought about it tho). I opened up his gmail when he was born and wrote my first e-mail to him on his one month (February 2nd). I shared how much his dad and I loved him, I shared dates of his first bath, his first laugh, and how loving and cute he is. I also told him about this grandparents, cousins, aunts, uncles and how my pregnancy went. After that first e-mail, I made sure to write to him 1-2 times a month with his firsts or some of our amazing family memories. I also gave my close family and friends his e-mail address so they can also share their stories and memories with him.

At this point, he probably has enough stories to create a book, but I will continue to write to him until he’s old enough to take over. Initially, I thought about this because of the unknown. What if I die before he grows into adulthood and then I would never have the opportunity to share our memories like my parents did with me? I want to make sure he knows he was loved from the very beginning and in my own words.These are positive reminders for when he’s feeling down, needs to be uplifted or just curious about his early years – when he was an infant, toddler and small child. It’s saved safely (hopefully), where only my partner and I have access.

There are so many different ways to capture memories and this one I just had to do to “stay with the times”.

xoxo,

Enid

Baby, family, Health, Mom life, New Mom, planner, Uncategorized

Juggling Mom Life, Family, Work & School

To truly understand how I juggle my life, it’s important to first provide a quick snapshot of some of my roles, tasks and struggles:

  • I am a mom to a very active toddler
  • I am a Senior Sales Trainer for a telecommunication company – I’ve been here for 11 years and work full-time
  • I am a student working on my second Master’s degree (MBA) – I currently have a BS in Business and a MS in Project Management (I love school, I can’t help it)
  • I have a partner (father to my child)
  • I somewhat have a life outside of all of this – I guess this would be the fun part of my life
  • I blog here and there
  • I try to eat healthy

So how do I juggle my life you ask? Well, I am a huge planner. I’m here for the white board combined with a physical planner and of course the support of my family. It’s not easy and some days are stressful, but it can be done. So, I’m going to show you a few of my favorite tips to remain on track and still get enough sleep so you don’t look like Felicia from Next Friday every morning. Eeeek.

1. The support of my family, whether it’s the babysitting help, my partner taking our son to another room or just the positive words of encouragement is super helpful. I fully understand that not everyone has this kind of support and honestly, I don’t know what I would do without my parents, partner, siblings, cousins and close friends. Shout out to the moms who do everything I do and more being a single mom or not having a great relationship with your family. I look up to you.

2. Physical Planner and Calendar

I should add that I am not a virtual person in terms of having everything on my phone or laptop. This does not work for me because I get instant satisfaction when I complete a task and take a pen to check it off. Call me crazy, but I know other folks in the planner community who are the same. I should also say that many moons ago, I tried the whole phone thing, but I was less productive – so actually using a pen and planner is my absolute jam.

As you can see from my planner (every week is like this), I make sure to hit on everyday tasks like school, work, health, hair, groceries, blogging, meetings/ calls and financials. I even sprinkle key tasks for my son, like reading (I am getting in the habit of making sure I read at least every other night) and deep conditioning his dry hair. Yes, I have stickers and these are truly visually appealing, but also help me focus on specific areas of my planner. I also draw in my own little check boxes so I again, I can get the feeling of accomplishment. Actually, the more I write about this, the more crazy I’m making myself seem, but trust me this works. lol!

Planning DOES NOT start the week of! Read that again. To ensure full productivity as a planner, I look at my calendar 2-3 weeks in advance to ensure I have everything in place and can even leave room for spontaneous things or one-off situations. For example, I know that I have to deep condition every Sunday so why not add it? I know certain bills are due at a specific point in time and again, why not add it? The whole point of a planner is to plan, not just write things down for the fun of it.

3. Have a Routine

I have a pretty regular routine that not only helps me stay on track, but it also helps my son stay on track. My Monday – Friday schedule is basically the same and I’m a little more spontaneous on weekends (again, I sound like a boring, old lady, but it works).

A Typical Day (working from home schedule due to quarantine life)

  • 7:15AM – Work out if scheduled
  • 8AM – Get up when not working out (I’m getting smacked in the face by my son around this time)
  • Make breakfast
  • 9AM – Start working and look at all calendars to make sure there were no changes and that it aligns with my planner
  • 1PM – Lunch time with my son and also do some of my homework
  • 5-30PM-6PM – Stop working
  • 6PM – 1.5 hours of homework if I have any that week, if not, go play with my son
  • 7PM – Make dinner and have dinner
  • 8PM – Fun: Draft a blog for my readers (but not post until edited), read, watch crime shows, Netflix, spend time with parents or siblings, whatever comes up.
  • 9PM – Give my son a bath and put him to bed (I know this is late, but it’s what works right now) I also normally lay down at this time as well, but because I’m a slave to social media, I probably end up going to sleep around 11PM.

Note: As mentioned in my Covid-19 story, my partner is currently quarantined in another home (he got it bad and it’s been about 2 months); however, we will be reunited in a week or so, so this routine will change a bit, but not too much, because I’m crazy like that and a creature of habit. lol

Also, throughout the entire day, I participate in group texting, check in on my family, friends, coworkers, and social media. I find time.

Hope this helps!

Beauty, Health, Makeup, Uncategorized

Teeth Whitening Kit Review

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I am a coffee drinker – let’s start here. I love hot coffee, iced coffee, sweetened coffee, unsweetened coffee, coffee with cream, coffee with almond milk. Whatever coffee combo is out there, I probably have tried it and have fallen in love. So I am going to use this as my excuse for my slightly yellowing teeth, which I am not proud of; however, there are so many solutions out there that I didn’t even think to break a sweat.

It all started with my obsession of staring at my teeth. I should also admit that I love going to the dentist twice a year, I love my electric tooth brush, and I floss daily, etc. In a nutshell, my teeth are a part of me, my identity and all that. Plus, your smile can easily grab the attention of others whether if it’s for a good thing or a bad thing. I want to be the person with the nice, white teeth, so here is my journey from the last few days.

Also, I should point out that it’s only been 4 days of this treatment and the box does say to repeat the steps for 7-10 days, but I couldn’t contain my happiness for my results so far so here is my review:

I purchased the Auraglow Deluxe Home Teeth Whitening System from Amazon – you can purchase here.

The kit has over 12,000 reviews on Amazon and a rating of 4.4 out of 5. Those are some pretty great results, so I started reading the many, many reviews and it was pretty evident that I had to spend my coins in purchasing this damn kit. I put my Amazon Prime to use and received my kit and waited 2-3 days because I was hesitant. Not hesitant to try it out, but hesitant about having this thing in my mouth for 30 minutes with everything I got going on. Finally, I used one of my Netflix binge days to try it out ( I had nothing better to do). First and foremost, I have tried teeth whitening strips before and my teeth were super sensitive and hurt from those – not with this kit though… okurrr.

What I loved about it:

  1. Super easy to use with step by step directions
  2. Has a total of 20 whitening treatments (do not overload your teeth trays with gel)
  3. Easy power button that times it for 10 minutes (hit it 3 times for 30 minutes) – this was great because I would get impatient, but knowing how much time I had left gave me peace of mind.
  4. Can easily be cleaned and stored for the next day
  5. I got results with ONLY 1 treatment
  6. Great for sensitive teeth
  7. Safe for enamel

My results:

Pictured above I have my before picture with just 1 treatment and then after 4 treatments. Hopefully you are able to see that not only are my teeth whiter, but also much brighter. I have literally been smiling at everything the past few days. Oh, you burned my food? Smile. Oh, you lost my car keys? No worries, smile. My nail just broke? Mija, smile! I am super happy with my results and definitely recommend.

Again, you can purchase the Auraglow Deluxe Home Teeth Whitening System by clicking here.

xoxo,

Enid

Health, Keto, New Mom, Uncategorized

My Top 10 Favorite Keto Items

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Hello my amazing readers,

I have had much success with Keto to lose my baby weight (I hope it’s okay to still call it baby weight after 16 months lol); however, I don’t do Keto straight shot, rather in cycles (for good reason, I need my rice, beans and platanos here and there). In total, I have lost about 27 pounds on Keto and I always end up going with the same products – because why fix it if it ain’t broken!

Note: Even with me cycling in and out on Keto, my weight remains the same and does not fluctuate. Of course this could be different for everyone, but I have very lucky in this space and I don’t know the science behind it.

Top 10 Fave Keto Items that can be purchased on Amazon:

  1. MCT Oil – you can put this in everything and it doesn’t have a taste, which makes it a sauper easy way to get your fats in. Click here.
  2. Ketone Test Strips – it may take longer for some folks to reach ketosis and these strips are a great way for me to adjust my diet and keep track of what’s going on in my body. Click here.
  3. Pork Rinds – Keto friendly snack with zero carbs. Click here.
  4. Slim Fast Peanut Butter Cups – When you need a chocolate fix. Click here.
  5. Toriani Sugar Free Vanilla Syrup – I put this in my coffee every day along with the MCT oil and heavy cream. Sooooooo good! Click here.
  6. Lilly’s Dark Chocolate Chips – when you want to make Keto friendly desserts this is my go-to! Click here.
  7. Carbquick – 2 net carbs (need I say more?) I use this when I miss bread and of course it’s guilt free. I love it with either butter or avocado, which means it’s a quick way to get my fats in. Click here.
  8. Rao’s Homemade Pizza Sauce – Low carb and it helps me believe that I am really eating pizza lol. I make mini pizzas but putting shredded cheese in the oven until it melts and gets into a crispy crust, then I put the sauce, a little bit more of cheese and pepperoni slices and there you have it.. Keto pizza! Click here.
  9. Erythritol – this is a sugar alcohol that I use when I make Keto Fat Bombs or Keto friendly desserts, such as cheesecakes or truffles. Click here.
  10. Digital Food Scale: When it comes to effectively tackling Keto, it’s important to measure EVERYTHING! I measure everything in ounces because I have found that packaging is not always exact and it messes up my macros. Click here.

Bonus List: items that I can easily find in a grocery store that I use almost every day on Keto:

  1. Stok Iced Coffee (Unsweetend)
  2. Kerrygold Irish Butter
  3. Eggs
  4. Cheese
  5. Ground Beef, Steak, Chicken, Pork (always the fattiest cuts)
  6. Mayonnaise
  7. Heavy Cream
  8. Green Beans
  9. Avocados
  10. Buffalo Sauce

The 20 items I listed here are my go-to’s and ones that I use just about everyday! I do not steer much away from this list. Again, these are items that work for me, always read labels and make sure it’s sugar free and low net carbs (Total Carbs – Fiber = Net Carbs).

As I mentioned in a previous Keto post I use 2 apps to keep me on track: Carb Manager and Zero (Intermittent Fasting app).

If you need Keto guidance or advice on how to put these ingredients together, please comment below. Don’t forget to follow me on IG and tag me in your Keto journey posts!

xoxo

Enid

Baby, family, New Mom, planner, Pregnancy, Uncategorized

Baby Registry Essentials

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Donde comienzo? *cue the music*

There are so many unnecessary items I had on my baby registry. Items I used less than 3 times and I honestly only used them because I felt guilty I had it and was letting it dust up. But… this post isn’t about those items, this is about the stuff I really used and I would buy over and over again.

I was speaking to a few of my mom friends and we agreed that if we could go back, we would re-do our baby registries, so here goes nothing:

Must-Haves

  1. Diapers – like a lot of them (I prefer swaddlers)  – click here.
  2. Wipes – I absolutely love the Costco Kirkland brand
  3. Butt Paste – click here.
  4. NoseFrida – click here.
  5. Safety 1st Nursery Deluxe Kit – click here.
  6. Soothie Pacifiers – click here.
  7. Baby Dove kit – click here.
  8. Baby Lounger by Boppy – not the regular one – click here.
  9. Gripe Water – click here.
  10. Humidifier with Vapo pads – click here.
  11. Diaper Bag (this is the one I use because it’s spacious and goes with everything) – click here.
  12. Bottles (my son loves tommee tippee) – click here.
  13. Car Seat (my son still uses this one) – click here.
  14. Stroller – click here.
  15. Diaper Genie – click here.
  16. Bottle Brush Cleaner – click here.
  17. Onesies
  18. Infant bottoms
  19. Hats
  20. Bibs
  21. Socks (you can use these as mittens too, no need to splurge on the real thing lol)
  22. Swaddlers
  23. Baby towels and wash cloths
  24. Dreft – click here.
  25. Breast pump and accessories ( I used Medela, but I heard Spectra is also good) – click here.
  26. Sophie the Giraffe – trust me – click here.
  27. Playard – click here.

Sinceramente, everything else was a luxury, but these items should be a part of the baby bible because I used these things just about every day!

P.S. You don’t need a damn baby wipe warmer! lol All jokes aside, it dries up the wipes and that gets super annoying.

Enjoy!

Curly Hair, family, Natural Hair, planner, travel, Uncategorized

Travel – What I pack – Ultimate Checklist

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All this quarantine has me doing is reminiscing on the times I used to traveled (as if this was many, many moons ago). I know one day, we will all get the opportunity to travel again so to prepare all of us for our upcoming trips to Mexico, Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico to name a few, I am sharing my travel checklist that keeps me organized and ready to jet.

To begin, I am absolutely nothing without my packing cubes. I bought mine on a sudden whim, but now I can’t travel without them. I went from horrible packing to honestly, a packing genius overnight. You can purchase some on Amazon by clicking here.

Travel checklist is for 7 days for summer weather:

Outfits:

  • 3 Rompers/ Jumpsuits (these are really life savers because they count as an entire outfit)
  • 4 dresses – 2 flowy, comfy dresses and 2 “going out” dresses – keep in mind, you may not use the “going out” dresses but you just never know
  • 10 tops – I get hella sweaty so I need additional outfits to change midday
  • 5 bottoms – rotate them
  • I’m extra and I pack 1 swimsuit per day – soooo 7 total
  • 2 cover ups
  • Cross body purse
  • Wristlet
  • Light cardigan or jacket

Shoes/ Bras/ Underwear:

  • 3 sandals – black, white and tan
  • Regular flip flops from Old Navy
  • 1 pair of high heels – make sure to choose a color that go with the dresses you packed and also consider how many hours you’re getting from your heels)
    • Never underestimate a good wedged heel – these are hard to find, but yeah.
  • A pair of sneakers – ones you don’t mind getting dirty
  • A pair of water shoes – click here.
  • 2 strapless bras
  • 2- 3 everyday bras – black, white and nude
  • Pasties – click here.
  • Underwear – about 10-14 (wash them every day)

Toiletries (embedded with Amazon links for all of my faves):

  • Body wash – I normally bring 2 of these babies (Olay travel size body wash) – click here.
  • Travel size lotion – click here.
  • Full size deodorant
  • Face wash
  • Face moisturizer
  • Nail clipper
  • Nail files
  • Travel size Mixed Chicks –  shampoo, deep conditioner and leave-in – click here.
  • Curling Cream
  • Eco travel gel (hard to find in stores) – click here.
  • Hard brush to slick them hairs back for bun days
  • Denman Brush – for the curly girls – click here.
  • Small pair of scissors
  • Tylenol
  • Benadryl
  • Q-tips
  • Chapstick
  • Shaving Cream
  • Razor
  • Small Vaseline
  • Hair scrunchies
  • Mini witch hazel
  • Toiletries bag (TSA approved) – click here.
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Sunscreen – click here.
  • Tanning oil – click here.
  • Tweezers
  • Tooth Brush
  • Tooth Paste
  • Floss
  • Mouth wash
  • Tampons and pads if your lady friend is coming to visit

Note: Look at the country you’re traveling to and see how strict they are about toiletries in a Ziploc bag or not. TSA limit is 3.4 oz.

Makeup – I keep this to the minimum!

  • Concealer
  • Powder
  • Blush
  • Bronzer
  • Highlight
  • 2-3 lipsticks: 2 different nudes and a red lipstick
  • Mascara
  • Eyeliner
  • Eyebrow pencil
  • Setting spray
  • Mini eye shadow palette
  • Beauty blender
  • 2-3 brushes
  • Makeup remover

Dassit for makeup!!!

Miscellaneous Must- Haves

  • Sunglasses
  • Wired headphones (for those plane movies) – click here.
  • Wireless headphones
  • Tissues
  • Camera
  • Phone charger
  • 2 portable chargers (this goes with me everywhere) – fully charged – click here.
  • 2 pens
  • Passport
  • Cash
  • Credit cards
  • Book or e-book
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Band-aids
  • Beach bag – click here
  • Gum
  • Hydro Flask (empty) – click here.
  • Snacks

It may look a lot, but a lot of this stuff is small and fits into your personal item, the toiletry bag or one of the packing cubes.

Also, before I had Lasik, I also packed:

  • Contacts – pack more than the amount of days – trust me
  • Contact solution if they are not dailies with the little contact holder
  • Actual eye glasses

This is just about everything I pack! I do try to pack of my things in a carry-on for convenience, but sometimes it’s hard when you’re also lugging around several baby items. Enjoy, and bookmark this page to use as a checklist for your next vacation.

xoxo

Baby, covid19, family, Health, travel, Uncategorized

My Covid-19 Story

This is a sensitive subject for many and I am fully aware that everyone’s story is completely different. I do however know that not everyone has been impacted by Covid-19 in some way, which is why I decided to share my family’s story.

It was all good just a week ago – just kidding (a little humor is needed during these times), this all started when my boyfriend, my son and I were traveling back from South Carolina. We took a mini vacation, but please do not judge – we were very cautious and careful and government websites and news forums still did not have direction or bans in place. This trip took place around March 6, 2020 and our diaper bag was fully packed with a mini soap and loads of hand sanitizer for our travels. It wasn’t on our way there that Covid-19 communication was prominent, it was more on our way back on March 10 when we entered the Atlanta, GA airport from our connecting flight from the Savannah, GA airport. We missed our flight due to a delay from our previous flight; therefore we had to go to the customer service line. This is where we overheard the representative tell her colleague that she was just notified that all flights from Italy have been cancelled due to Covid-19. This was a bit scary and at this point we just wanted to get home. We finally got our new flight info and made it home to Boston, MA.

Our problems had just begun…

The week we came back, Boston’s city officials were already communicating about essential workers, closings, new store hours and making recommendations to stay home. We quickly transitioned into this new norm. After a few days, my boyfriend started feeling the chills, but we really thought it was a bit of paranoia mixed it in with a tablespoon of denial. During these chills, we slept in the same bed, which was a big mistake. We took his temperature and confirmed he had a fever and he then moved to the couch, but the damage was already done. Nos jodimos big time. I then started to feel hot and you guessed right, I also had a fever.

The next day, my fever was gone, but my boyfriend’s was not and he felt worse, which prompted him to go get tested. The next day, his results came in and he tested positive for Covid-19. His doctor stated that he should self quarantine and that both my son and I probably had it as well. We went into full disinfecting mode, and my boyfriend moved to the basement since his symptoms were getting worse by the second and I felt brand new just after 1 day (this does not mean I was virus free). I felt congestion and a headache for about 4 days, but at the end of the day, I’m a mom and that means no days off. I kept on pushing, although i really just wanted to sleep. I called my son’s pediatrician and they stated that he most likely had it due to the exposure from his dad, but that children carried it differently. They are more harmful to others than themselves because they can pass it along, but don’t show symptoms. I can confirm this, my son had a runny nose for about 2 days, but other than that he’s been playful, active, happy and energetic. Super oblivious to the world crumbling around us. I used a humidifier with vapopads and he was breathing like nothing ever happened. Around the same time, I completely lost my sense of smell. I love vapor rub, I mean come on, I’m Dominican and we use that for everything and I could not smell a thing. I burned sage, nothing. My son had a poopy diaper, nothing. I smelled lotions, candles, food, soap, fresheners and nothing. It was pretty scary.

I went about my business, but of course constantly cleaning my surroundings, washing my hands and keeping my distance. I would leave food, teas, Dominican remedies and vitamins on the steps for my boyfriend just to make sure he was hydrated and good to go. It was crazy. After about 10 days of the same routine, we felt he was deteriorating. His cough was bad and he could hardly breathe. We called 911 and off we went to the hospital. The ambulance took him to a local Boston hospital and I called him to make sure he made it alright, but he didn’t pick up. I started getting paranoid and called the hospital and they told me that they had no record of him. I was terrified. I called about 5 other hospitals in the area and  no one had any record of him. Finally, about 4 hours later, he called and guess what? He was at the first damn hospital and instead of them saying that they were delayed in processing patients, they gave me the runaround. Needless to say I was highly upset.

My boyfriend was hospitalized for 4 days (about 10 days into being quarantined, but his symptoms were getting worse) – he needed to be on oxygen, he had pneumonia, he still had a high fever and was dehydrated and weak. When his fever went away and he could breathe without the oxygen he was discharged. One day later, he went back to the hospital because his heart rate was high and he was having chest pains. He was then discharged after 1 day. My anxiety was through the roof.

So far, he has been making progress, but keep in mind that he went over 2 weeks with a fever, coughing, chest pains, etc. and my son and I haven’t seen him in almost a month because after we quarantined and felt better, I left to be with my parents so I can get help while I worked from home. This has really turned our lives upside down as I am sure it has with many of you.

I do not wish this on anyone and it kills me to see people that are not practicing social distancing on different social media sites. Take it from me, this is serious and it is really important that you stay home and only leave the house for groceries and other essential items.

Things that helped my family get better (links to Amazon included):

Other items that you can find at a grocery store that helped us (please be safe)

  • Fresh ginger for ginger tea
  • Lemons
  • Honey
  • Water
  • Gatorade or Pedialyte
  • Garlic

In a snapshot:

  • We’re not exactly sure how we got it – either the airport or the grocery store would be my guess
  • It hits everyone very differently, I was better in about 7 days, while my boyfriend is still recovering after almost a month
  • There were a few things that helped us (linked above), but it’s really important to stay hydrated
  • Practice social distancing and take it seriously
  • My boyfriend took Tylenol at first because doctors were anti Ibuprofen, but then he switched to it because Tylenol was not working for him – this was then recommended by the CDC
  • Check in on your loved ones
  • Take your temperature often
  • Stay informed, BUT don’t get sucked into the media (there is a lot of negativity out there)
    • Many news outlets are reporting deaths, but not all the people who have recovered from this virus.
Baby, New Mom, planner, Pregnancy, travel, Uncategorized

Traveling with a Baby – What to Pack

My son is currently 15 months old and already has traveled to a few cool places, such, as, Dominican Republic, Barbados, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina by plane. His first flight was when he was 6 months old to DR… yes an international flight and boy was it a lot. I’m a full blown planner; therefore, it is really important for me to take weeks before the trip to get my life together. I’m also one of those people that would rather overpack than underpack so bear with me while I take you through my process.

There is a slight difference to how I pack depending if it is international or not, here we go:

International (Caribbean) 

I’ll be using a 7 day example in checklist form:

  • 2 – 3 outfits for baby per day
    • Onesies – about 10 (some count as a full outfit because they are the shorts kind) – even some long sleeve ones
    • Tops – 5
    • bottoms – 7
    • Shoes – 2 flip flops/ sandals and 2 pairs of little shoes or sneakers
    • Socks
    • Bibs – about 10
    • 2- 3 swim outfits
    • 2 hats for the sun

Note: I lay my baby on the bed and put the outfits together on top of him to make sure they go and that he has enough variety. lol

  • Other important items
    • 5 diapers per day
    • 2 – 3 packs of wipes (with the heat I found myself using more wipes than usual
    • Medication (Tylenol, Benadryl, baby Vapor Rub, Saline nasal spray) – you just never know
    • Baby soap
    • Baby lotion
    • Eczema Therapy lotion if needed
    • Aquaphor
    • Boogie sucker cleaner thingy
    • Nail clippers
    • Conditioner/ curl cream (my son has super curly hair that needs to be moisturized daily
    • Wet Ones
    • Changing Pad
    • Blanket
    • 2-3 Bottles
    • Bottle Brush
    • Mini Dr. Bronner’s liquid soap
    • 2-3 Bobos (our super Dominican word for pacifier)
    • Pacifier wipes (safe for baby when pacifier drops and you don’t have access to water and soap)
    • A week’s supply of formula (I was not able to breastfeed so this was  a must, but if you breastfeed make sure to pack storage baggies)
    • If baby is over 1 – when my son went to Barbados, he was on whole milk and we put 3 bottles worth in a Hydro Flask with 2 – 3 ice cubes for the trip.
      • When we landed we went straight to a supermarket to find whole milk
    • Snacks – my son loves Gerber puffs and Happy baby Organics fruit pouches
    • Baby safe suntan lotion
    • Mosquito repellant
    • First Aid Kit
    • Ziplock bags or those good smelling diaper bags for the dirty diapers and dirty clothes
    • Favorite toys and books
    • Travel playpen/ playard
  • More important items and International travel reminders
    • Lightweight stroller
    • Car Seat
    • Fully packed Diaper bag
    • Car Seat and Stroller travel bags

Note: The car seat and stroller can be checked in free of charge. The diaper bag is the baby’s personal item. Keep in mind that babies are considered lap infants before the age of 2 and do not need to purchase a ticket; therefore, they cannot have a checked bag. Your packing game needs to be strong to make sure you can fit your things and baby’s things in one piece of luggage. I wouldn’t really recommend to have a checked bag, carry on and personal item when traveling through the airport because it is super overwhelming! Keep it simple and keep the necessary items close by!

  • Baby’s passport
  • If traveling with only 1 parent, get a signed, notarized letter from the other parent stating they are aware and okay with the travel (sometimes the airline asks for it)
  • JetBlue lets you add the infant when purchasing your ticket, but Delta does not, you have to call them after you purchase your ticket to add the infant (this was pretty annoying)
  • If possible, try to get TSA Precheck – this has helped a ton
  • Be prepared to get the diaper bag checked when you go through security (EVERYTIME)

The Actual Travel Part

It’s not easy! I repeat, it’s NOT easy! Picture this… you have your baby in a stroller, with the diaper bag hanging, with your backpack on your bag, with a large checked bag and the carseat in a long line. It’s no fun! Give yourself time, ask for help if needed and keep your eye on the prize. I’ve traveled with my boyfriend, parents, brothers, and cousins, and even with all these people, it’s still super stressful.

Some of my Amazon faves from the packing list above:

Domestic Travel

The major difference when traveling domestically is that I don’t go so hard on packing items that I can find in the U.S. For example, I’ll pack lighter on diapers, wipes, snacks, and formulas. Don’t get me wrong, these things were in Dominican Republic and Barbados, but very different than what I am used to using.

Also, no need to pack a passport, a birth certificate will suffice.

Visit soon. I will be uploading what I pack for myself.

xoxo

Health, Lasik, New Mom, Surgery, Uncategorized

That Time I got Lasik Eye Surgery

Sooo yeah, I got lasik eye surgery on August 16, 2019 and honestly, probably one of the best decisions I have ever made. I’m going to use this blog to tell you about my experience, pre, during and post operation.

What prompted me to have surgery?

Believe it or not, my son was the main reason that I decided to have this surgery. There is nothing worse than waking up in the middle of the night to a crying baby and not being able to see. For those of you who have had perfect vision your whole life, I can’t really describe the feeling, but a certain type of anxiety just takes over you when your entire world is a blur from the second you open your eyes.

I began wearing glasses at a very young age, while I was still in Elementary School. I really don’t remember what it was like to have perfect vision or if I ever had perfect vision at all. All I know is that my mom always said it was because I sat too close to the tv (in her most Dominican accent). It was nerdy and annoying at the time, but I couldn’t see, so I dealt with it. What else was I supposed to do? Throughout the years, it was more common to hear about people trying contacts and so ultimately, I jumped on that bandwagon and instantly felt a little cooler. It was very rare if you saw me in glasses because I got so accustomed to contact life.

Although contacts made me feel better and cooler, it wasn’t a 24 hour deal. At night, I was back to being blind. It was those nights where I had to make a bottle or change a diaper where I said “I can’t do this anymore”. I had Acuvue dailies, which meant that I would put contacts in before going to work, take them out before I went to sleep and left a pair of glasses nearby so I can fend for myself just in case I had to go to the bathroom. Again, when you have a crying baby, you just want to make the bottle and go about your business, but for us super blind mothers, there is that extra step of finding your glasses first.

For those of you who know about prescriptions, I was a -5.50 in each eye. It was pretty bad – my lenses were thick. I took my little blind self and went to a free consultation with TLC Laser Eye Centers in Waltham, MA (I believe they have TLC Laser Centers all over the U.S.). I was recommended by my eye doctor – he had great reviews! I had my appointment on June 20, 2019. They were super nice and engaged in a lot of small talk. I’m guessing to make me feel comfortable, but it actually made me feel nervous. They had me in front of several machines with the goal of letting me know if I was a good candidate for lasik or not.

After about an hour of tests – my results came in and I was pregnant! Just kidding, wanted to make sure you were paying attention. lol. My results came in and I was a good candidate. They stated that my tests were valid for 90 days and if I was going to proceed, I would have to schedule surgery for that time frame, if not I would have to complete the tests again, which I totally wasn’t doing. I was actually traveling to Dominican Republic on July 12 and would have loved to have surgery before then but their spaces were limited so I had to wait.

The cost

The cost of the surgery was about $5700. It sounds like a lot, but the quality is amazing and I didn’t really put a price on being able to see. They said with my insurance, I was able to receive a discount and ended up paying a total of $4600. For the results I received, I would pay this several times over, trust me! People kept asking me why I didn’t go with a Groupon or somewhere else where Lasik was being advertised at half the price, and the simple answer is… I did my research. The doctor I went to had completed over 45,000 surgeries and has 5 star reviews. I sat there and read about 1000 of them with people having nothing but great things to say. The office also uses the newest and most advanced lasers. Also, during my consultation, I was observant and found this office to be super clean, calming and respectful.

The Process

Before

About a month before I had a pre-op appointment where they redid some of the tests to make sure nothing changed. That was smooth sailing. Then fast forward to about 10 days before the surgery, I received very clear instructions saying I couldn’t wear contacts anymore. I was on to glasses 24/7. This was a difficult transition for me, but I survived. The day before surgery, I had to start on drops (I don’t remember the name, but it was every 4 hours). The drops cost $45 and the office sent it directly to my home after I scheduled my surgery. Oh, not to mention no makeup for a week before surgery. No lotion, moisturizer, anything really day of. The day of, they give you a Xanax to calm your nerves – you can decline this, but I sooooo took it. About 30 minutes before, they put you in a calming room with dimmed lights, reclining chairs and soft music. I really felt like I was in a spa. I saw my leg shaking profusely to my leg not moving at all within minutes.

During

Moment of truth. The nurse comes to the calming room and tells you it’s your turn in a super bubbly, cute way. I was not in the mood, because I was too scared. I’m almost positive I rolled my eyes at her. They lay you down on a table and put a little cushiony pillow thing under your knees for comfort. Then they lay your head directly under 1 laser. I say 1 laser, because apparently there were 2 lasers (I didn’t know this until day of). The doctor puts a little clamp into the left eye (it sounds all Serial Killer like, but I promise it was painless and quick). He then puts several numbing drops, waits a few seconds and then you feel the machine closing in on your eye. You feel pressure, but there is no pain – I REPEAT, NO PAIN! He even counted 30 seconds and said “done”. I was a bit confused because I still couldn’t see lol. He repeats the same steps with the right eye. Then they press a little button and the bed I was on shifted under another laser. This was a similar process, but no pressure, it was about a minute each eye. After about 2 minutes under this laser, he says “alright you’re all set”.

The nurse helps me up and I open my eyes. To my shock, I was able to see!!! It was frosty and still a little blurry, but about an 80% improvement to my normal vision. It was crazy. The entire surgery took about 5 minutes. A 5 minute surgery that cost me $4600 gave me the ability to see. The sentence you just read, I have been repeating to everyone and myself since August 16, 2019.

After

You instantly feel like you have a hair in your eye and you want to rub it like crazy, but unfortunately, you can’t. The doctor’s recommendation was to take a nap as soon as I got home and the discomfort will be gone by the time I wake up. I did that and it worked. Best sleep ever. When I woke up I had to start on the same drops as before for 7 days, every 4 hours. I also had to use preservative free tears – this is common for people with dry eyes or people who have had this surgery. I went into an appointment the very next day and a week after, and my vision kept improving. The only minor issue, which is normal for the healing process was seeing halos at night when driving. They said this would go away in about 3 months.

Overall

I would definitely recommend this surgery! Definitely one of the best decisions I have ever made. Below you will find a few more of my pros and cons. If you have any questions, comments, etc. Find me on IG @enidcarolyne, follow and send me a DM.

Pros

  • Initially, very welcoming
  • Clean offices
  • Payment is easy – they offer options
  • Quality
  • Great reviews
  • They complete touch ups if needed
  • Quick
  • Painless
  • You’re able to see
  • They do a good job of calming you before surgery
  • Doctor is super nice

Cons

  • I do feel like they could have called more for reminders on how and when to use drops, or a call before surgery – I literally had to remember that my surgery was on that day
  • Pricey
  • For follow-ups, they were never on time for my scheduled appointments, which got annoying

 

Baby, Beauty, Curls, DIY, Pregnancy, Uncategorized

The New enidcarolyne.com

Hola my fellow readers. I know it’s been a while and I previously promised that I would write more, but being a new mom has taken a bit of a toll on my blogging life. Perdoname. Although, I have been blatantly ignoring my blogging duties to the world, I have decided to make a change that would encourage me to upload more often and connect with my readers and followers.

Going forward, I will be writing about my life – yes, my life, my passions, and my curiosities, but hear me out, I promise that it is somewhat interesting and hopefully can help each of you as you dabble in different things in your life.

Some things you will be seeing:

  • Mom life
  • Hair & Makeup
  • Health & Dieting
  • DIY Projects
  • Education
  • Saving Tips
  • Friendships
  • Relationships
  • Favorites
  • Hacks

Overall, this will be a one stop shop for everyone using my life experiences. I hope that my audience can find useful tips, tricks or encouraging words as I realign enidcarolyne.com.

Thank you for your patience,

Enid