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From Size 12 to Size 6

I started my diet journey around 2012 and there are times I do not really like to document my journey with image results.  I hate to take a whole image selfie of myself of how I look.  Looking back of some before and after pics recently was a drastic transformation.  From being a size 12 and 40D bra size majority of the time,  I became a size 6.  I changed because I want to live a healthier style, I want to be able to fit my clothes more comfortably.  After my weight loss journey, I still keep thinking I'm still an XL size and kept buying large sizes of clothes.  Psychologically my brain hasn't adapted that I lost the weight and still believed that I'm still big. I started my diet journey in my late 30s and wish I could have done it sooner.  The early 20s me made a lot of excuses even after giving birth to my first daughter.  I kept eating more and gaining more because I didn't have a positive and supportive feedback from friends.

Words of discouragement examples: 
  • One friend would say maybe if you get a breast reduction, it'll help me to look better.  
  • Another person would say you are so blessed with big breast
  • Another person would say to another friend can she even run with those big breasts. 
I felt so discouraged, but I didn't let those hurtful words stopped me.  I moved on with self-motivation, self-determination, set goals and diet organically with no diet plans or diet pills. The reason why I wanted to live a healthier lifestyle is because to beat the odds from having diabetes.  I didn't lose weight to prove to my friends to look better.  I did it for my health and diabetes runs in my family and I do not wish to be in that situation.  Having gestational diabetes twice was really difficult enough.  I had to keep monitoring myself by pricking my fingers and being on a strict diet was very hard to manage while I was pregnant.

Word of wisdom:  always believe in yourself and achieve what you want.  Don't let people stop you by saying negative words.  "Sticks and Stones may break our bones, but words will never break me."  - That was my goal motto and that should be yours too when people brings you down or discourages you from achieving what you want.

And good luck on your journey! 

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Living Proof - Perfect hair Day (PhD) Travel Kit Review

In this post, I will be doing a hair review that I bought awhile ago at Sephora. There are countless of times that it's hard for me to tame my hair because I have thick and coarse hair.  There's never a good hair moment on me when it's down.  I always tie my hair up most of the time otherwise, I look like a lion. 🦁 

I wanted to try something new and heard a lot of great reviews about Living Proof.  I bought the Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Travel Kit to try it out for my trip to Italy.  

Here's the before and after pics of the difference after using Living Proof products: 
  • Untamed hair without using Living Proof product made my hair looked poofier dry and frizzy. 
  • Tamed hair and used Living Proof made my hair more soft, shinier and hydrated and giving me a perfect hair day on the go. 
I have to say these products really made my hair super soft, shiny and tamed my coarse hair.  I attempted to have my hair down during my vacation and captured some pics to see results what this travel kit can do. I'm really impressed and how effective this brand has worked on me while I was on my vacation.  

Overview about this product: 
The Perfect hair Day (PhD) line is a genius solution that delivers the 5 benefits of beautiful, healthy looking hair - smoothness, volume, conditioning, strength and polish.
This kit contains:
  • Perfect hair Day (PhD) Shampoo* (2 oz): A revolutionary shampoo helps to deliver beautiful healthy looking hair, while helping it feel cleaner, longer.
  • Perfect hair Day (PhD) Conditioner (2 oz): A weightless conditioner that helps to deliver beautiful healthy hair by improving its appearance over time.
  • Perfect hair Day (PhD) 5-in-1 Styling Treatment (2 oz): Delivers styling and treatment benefits in one easy step for smoothness, volume, conditioning, strength & polish.
Thank you Living Proof for making my hair perfect and feeling beautiful again.  
Have you made the switch?  What do you think of this brand?
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Reusing my Clarisonic Mia 2

I'm trying to reuse some of my old beauty stuff that I have purchased in the past and posted about this several times.  There was a brief time I stopped using my Clarisonic Mia 2.  I don't know why I have stopped using it.  I stopped using it because my older pink one was dying on me and I'm glad that Clarisonic was kindly enough to resend me another one under my warranty.  This time I got the color Lavender.  I notice that my face gets extremely dry during this winter that leaves dry patches on my face.  After a few usage of the Clarisonic, my face has restored. My face seems smoother, more hydrated and no more trails of dry flaky patches.  So far I've been pretty good making usage of my Clarisonic, but I don't over excessively use it every day.

What I like using the Clarisonic Mia 2:
• The brush is really gentle to use, that doesn't require any hard scrubbing.
• The Clarisonic Mia 2 have a time sensor to move to another area on your face.
• Helps me battle my dry skin, leaving my face more smooth and hydrated.

Have you tried the Clarisonic and what's your thought on this? 

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Toy Fair 2017

This is my first time invited to Toy Fair, it was fun and engaging.  Toy Fair is an annual event that is exclusively open to buyers and press only.  Buyers and the press gets a glimpse what new toys are coming out to the market of this year.  I got the opportunity to see and try their new lines of toys. Just looking at these new toys, I wish I could be a kid again. All of these toys are so unique and pretty. There were many vendors that specialize their own line of toys. 

I got the opportunity to see some of the Calico Critters that my daughter used to play with. This toy line got her engaged many hours when she was younger. These are furry creature animals that live in their own animal-friendly town.  Pics show below Elephant family having a tea party. How cute is that? 

I'm really glad I had the chance to attend this event and scored a few freebies at this event.  Hope to have many more events to go to in the near future.

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Louie and Chan

It's always rewarding to have someone to watch our kids for even an hour so that my husband and I can try a new place. This time we ventured out to a new place called Louie and Chan located in the Lower East Side of New York City. Louie and Chan is a cozy Italian place that serves pastas and pizzas. The ambience of this restaurant is small, dimly lit and cozy at the same time, which is a perfect for Valentine's Day. After my Italy trip, I'm obsessed and love my pastas to fill my happy tummy.  I read some reviews that Louie and Chan is considered a Michelin Guide restaurant recommended and finally, I'm happy to have tried this place.

MARROW Savory Gianduja crusted bone marrow, chile & white balsamic jam, Himalayan sea salt, torn bread

We first ordered the Marrow appetizer, the bone marrow was filled with delicious fats topping off with slices of torn bread with a white balsamic jam and Himalyan Sea Salt.  Every bite of this was savory and tangy at the same time.  This is a highly recommend appetizer to start out with.  Then my husband and I shared this TAGLIATA DI MANZO Sirloin Steak and Pasta dish.  The Sirloin Steak was cooked medium rare and topped off with fresh cherry tomatoes, basils, parsley, and celeries.  Each bite was so fresh and refreshing, I could taste the freshness of the herbs making it satisfying to my mouth.  We ordered the Cacio E Pepe Spaghetti, butter, pepper, Parmigiano, Percorino Romano Garlic, it was a nice and simple pasta dish that complimented well with the steak dish I ordered.

TAGLIATA DI MANZO 10oz Black Angus sirloin steak, tomato/celery insalata
CACIO E PEPE - Spaghetti, butter, pepper, Parmigiano, Pecorino Romano, garlic

I highly recommend this place and they do accept reservation.  My husband and I walked in and there was no wait time at all typically because it was on a cold day.  Service was very nice and the food was served instantly fast.  


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