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

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!

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!

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, Health, Keto, New Mom, Pregnancy, Uncategorized

How I Lost 20 Pounds on Keto

It’s no secret that I was hella’ pregnant last year and gave birth to my son on January 2nd, 2019, but what I haven’t spoken about is the weight I gained and the difficulties of losing the baby weight. Moms and future moms – this is a touchy subject for all because I know we all have the hopes to snap back to our normal selves and unfortunately, that is not always the reality.

Let me start with pre-baby. I was at the lowest weight I have been in adult life, which was 138 lbs. I say adult life because I was in my prime in high school at 120 lbs. and then college life hit and it was all downhill from there. Like where does our metabolism go? Anyway, I got to this weight from a mix of removing refined sugars, flour and all processed foods from my diet, as well as, light exercise, yoga, etc. In another post I will explain the why behind my drastic change in eating habits, but it was health related.

During pregnancy, I craved a lot of carbs, everything that I wasn’t eating in the past year. I was literally eating like it was the end of the world and would use the excuse “I’m eating for two” or “it’s okay, I’m pregnant”. Well, let me tell you, it was NOT ok. I went in for my last appointment before I gave birth and I weighed 198 lbs. Yes, I gained about 60 lbs. and the sad part was that only 6 lbs of that was my baby boy. If I could go back, I would definitely stick to a healthier lifestyle during my pregnancy.

Now, the only thing that kept me sane was everyone telling me that as long as I breastfed, I would lose the weight quickly, which I have seen from my friends and family members so it was believable. Well, this wasn’t an option for me. Not only did my son not latch, but he had tongue-tie, a condition in which the tissue under the tongue is too short or thick. This stopped him from moving his tongue freely. I ended up pumping and putting the milk in a bottle and feeding, but unfortunately, I could not keep up and by the time we had his surgery on February 4th, he didn’t want to latch at all. I dried up and we transitioned to formula.

I can write a whole blog on the feeling of disappointment for not being able to breastfeed or people shaming mothers who have to use formula, but that’s a whole other story. The point here is that I didn’t lose weight from breastfeeding as I was being told. I did however, lose about 10 pounds instantly from water weight and all that other pregnancy stuff (I’m not an expert).

So, I started doing research and found Keto. There were a lot of articles on both the pros and cons, but I took the “what the hell” approach, what did I have to lose? One thing I knew for sure, you couldn’t go into this diet without meal prepping or planning ahead. Keto is about high fats, mid protein and low carb. To keep me on track I downloaded an app – Carb Manager. The app will tell you how much fat, protein and carbs you should eat, but what I really like is that any food that you put into the app it’ll grade it A, B, C, D, or F in terms of what is Keto friendly or not.  Also note that it tracks net carbs, which are carbs – fiber.

I would meal prep on Sundays and typically would make 6 – 7 lunches and dinners. For breakfast I would make bulletproof coffee, which is how I got a lot of my fats in. Below I will provide an example of a day of eating for me. In the first 2 weeks alone, I lost 10 pounds and was shocked at how much energy I had and how less bloated I looked! It was great. Then the weight loss started slowing down, but still happening so I kept at it. In about 2 months, I had lost 20 pounds. As of today, I weigh 165 and my goal weight is 145 lbs.

This diet has been successful for many people, but you really have to stay committed and organized. Being Dominican, it has been a struggle not eating rice, platanos, beans, and a whole bunch of  other unhealthy things, but I must say that I love the results. Additionally, I have also been intermittent fasting 16:8. For this I have downloaded an app called Zero. I will normally have my last meal before 7PM. Again, I am no health expert, but Keto and fasting have definitely been my best friend.

If you decide to begin this diet, please do your research to see what combination of foods would be best for you. Also, beware of the Keto flu and how you will manage getting all of your vitamins in.

Typical Day:

Breakfast

  • Black Coffee
  • Kerrygold Irish Butter (Unsalted)
  • MCT Oil

Snack

  • Raw almonds
  • String Cheese

Lunch

  • Shredded chicken
  • Buffalo Sauce
  • Cream Cheese
  • Ranch Dressing
  • Broccoli

Dinner

  • Steak
  • Mashed cauliflower with shredded cheese and butter

Other Keto foods I love:

  • Eggs
  • Bacon
  • Avocado
  • Bunless Burgers with cheese and mustard
  • Pork Chops
  • Green veggies
  • Buffalo Wings
  • Dark Chocolate
  • Fat bombs
  • Cheese wrapped in salami
  • Pork Rinds
  • Beef Jerky
  • Raw Mixed Nuts
  • Steak
  • Seafood
  • Creamy dressings
Baby, Beauty, Curls, Curly Hair, Natural Hair, New Mom, Pregnancy, Uncategorized

Postpartum Hair Loss

Okay, so this is something that I have literally teared up about the last few weeks. Even when I was shedding like crazy my hair did not fall out as much as it has with my last two wash days. Postpartum hair loss is real ya’ll and yes I was warned, but it hit me hard when it actually happened. I honestly thought I got away with it because I was living my best life and my hair was flourishing. Well, ladies and gentleman, I got the “you thought”directly from the hair gods because the pictures you see above is the hair that comes out when I detangle. I also lose a lot of strands every time I run my fingers through my hair. Again, all of this may be normal for some of you, but for me, this is insane and very out of the ordinary.

I’ve read that this is normal and that your hair should be back to normal within 6 months to a year of giving birth, but I am not satisfied with this answer. I have noticeable bald spots on both sides of my forehead and I already have a five head so this is unacceptable. I totally get that my estrogen levels went drastically down and that’s why my luxurious curls (yes, I’m exaggerating) are falling out before my own eyes.

So what have I done? I went to the hair witches… just kidding, I went to a Dominican beauty supply and asked the experts about what I can use to at least slow down this process. I have been washing my hair with Tricovit shampoo and conditioner (click name for Amazon). It claims to prevent hair loss and help with growth. I’m also putting in these drops (ampoyas), which I am blanking on the name of (will update this week). The shampoo and conditioner smell good, but they have a lot of ingredients that I would normally stay away from, such as sulfates, so this is very temporary until I am able to restore my hair. I also cut off about 2 inches to keep my hair healthy and light. At this point, I’ll try just about anything.

I previously wrote about Capilo products, which I really, really wanted, but had to order through Amazon and I didn’t want to wait, which is why I desperately visited the beauty supply. If these don’t work, I will probably be reordering Capilo!

If anyone has experienced this, I would love to hear your process. Please write to me here, through an IG DM or e-mail – enidfernandez89@gmail.com

xoxo

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Rose Water Everything

I don’t know about you guys but something about rose water all over my face is so refreshing. This post is going to focus on three products that I am currently obsessed with. Honestly, if there were another word stronger than obsessed it would be that word. According the the handy dandy internet, I could have used the following words: captivated, infatuated, dominated, overpowered… yeah, anyway. Let’s move right along to exactly what these products are (click link to purchase or learn more about the product):

  1. Hydrating Rose Facial Spray on Amazon here.
  2. Thayers Witch Hazel on Amazon here.
  3. Milk Makeup Cooling Water Stick on Amazon here.

These products have become a part of my daily routine – day and night. Keep in mind that I am not getting paid for promoting these products, I just really, REALLY, really like them! When I gave birth, I knew that my face needed some rejuvenating. My face ended up breaking out, but most importantly I was NOT sleeping with having a newborn and all. This was all a part of not losing myself and still focusing on me and my needs so I can feel alive and also not dead looking for all of my visitors (not really my visitors, my son’s visitors, LOL).

These products together have kept my face baby smooth and have also helped me resolve my blemishes quickly. I always have that fresh face look and I seriously be feeling confident enough to post a selfie without makeup. After washing my face thoroughly, I instantly use the Witch Hazel with one of those cotton pads – and this is already orgasmic, but after this I use a moisturizer and then put the milk makeup cooling water under my eyes. Lastly, I overdose on the hydrating rose facial spray. Yes, overdose. After this little routine, I’m a brand new person.

It’t not just the feeling, but these products have amazing benefits. Witch hazel alone is anti-inflammatory and has antiviral properties. If you have any blemishes or have acne, this might be a great product for you. Rose water soothes any skin irritation, redness, helps heal wounds, and it also changes your mood and can help relieve headaches. Overall, I recommend these products to anyone who loves that refreshed feeling and wants to give their skin some love.

If any of my readers try these products – let me know! I would love to know about your experience.

Xoxo