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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, 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!

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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, 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