BEAUTY FAVORITES OF 2022
I purchased a good amount of beauty products last year and I want to share with you some favorites that I would absolutely recommend. You'll find my "best of" in makeup, skincare, and tools. All are within reasonable budget and I have used on a consistent basis.
I've been interested in finding a women's self defense class for a long time now. As a single mom, being confident in keeping myself and my children safe is a huge priority to me. But there just wasn't much happening since covid shut everything down.
I finally had the opportunity to take a one day class with 5&7 Tactical in October and it was quite informative; different from what I expected, but I learned a lot.
I want to share with you three main takeaways I learned that I think are important for any woman to know.
CONNECTING WITH KIDS
In this current age of busy-ness, technology, gadgets, and fast pace life; connecting with others can often get lost in the shuffle. Even connecting with our children. And I will be the first to admit, there are times when we are all absorbed in our own distractions even sitting in the same room together.
But with two boys growing up super fast, I want to make sure I'm still taking time to be intentional about connecting with them, to build our bond, and develop a closeness that I hope with translate into adulthood and nurture core values of family and be present.
In this article I'm sharing a few ways I connect with my kids, who are currently 6 and 8, and some approaches I use to keep them engaged. I know sometimes it can be difficult to get a real conversation going with our kids sometimes, when the answers just come out as "fine", "good", "I don't know".
I turned 40 years old last July and my OB/GYN had scheduled my first mammogram for that summer. I didn't go. A part of me was pretty resistant to the procedure for a number of reasons. I knew it would be unpleasant, I was afraid of what could happen, I wanted to remain blissfully naïve, and also I simply didn't prioritize it in my planner.
After feeling some sensitivity in my breasts, I felt my body telling me it was time. So I scheduled my appointment and finally got it done. I learned a few things and want to share with you what you might expect, if you're like me and unsure if you're ready to take that step
SUGAR FREE VALENTINE IDEAS FOR KIDS
Valentine's Day is around the corner and my kids are so excited for it! But trying to be conscious of our sugar intake, as well as what we offer our friends, I wanted to find treats this year that didn't include candy.
I'm sharing what we chose to do for class treats, as well as what I'm gifting my boys for Valentine's Day this year.
So you're thinking of doing a Boudoir Shoot. But you are nervous and don't know if you're up for it. I TOTALLY understand, and I'm here to first of all tell you, you TOTALLY can rock this out. Also, I want to share my best tips with you! As a 40 year old mom of 2, I just shot with Exotic Hawaii Shoots this past week, and I'm breaking down how I got ready for the day and what you can do to make sure you have a great experience!
COMFY CUTE OUTFITS FOR NYE
I'll be honest. I have no idea what I'm doing for New Year's Eve this year. Not that I've had plans for the last 2 either. 2021 has been kinda a bust for me. So whether you're celebrating a great year, or cheers-ing to the fact that this one is over, I think December 31st is still worth looking cute for. (I mean every day is, but let's kick it up a notch, k)
With zero plans on the horizon, I may end up at home or at a friends house, which means...while I want to be festive and look fab, I still want to be able to toss a throw blanket over my body and cuddle on the couch if the occasion presents itself.
I'm calling these outfits, take me or leave me but I'm FABULOUS either way dahling!
BEST & WORST GIFTS FOR BOYS
A friend texted me asking for gift ideas for young boys. As a boy mom to a 5 and 7 year old, I thought I should know! But it did make me ponder...and decide, what great idea for a blog post. Intentional, heartfelt gifts always leave a great impression. I'm sharing 5 ideas that would be well loved and enjoyed by boys 5-10 years old. Aaaaand 5 worst ideas.
GIRLS ONLY GIFT GUIDE : $50 & UNDER
You've got girls on your gifting list, mama! Moms, Grandmas, Work besties, Girlfriends, Bosses, Long distance BFFs, in laws and more!! Get inspired to give the gift of Clean Beauty & Wellness this season with these to "live" for gift set ideas.
I've tried to keep them under $50 or as close to, but each of these sets offer something that is great for your girlies' health, but we made it *cute* too!
Tips for Better Dish Duty
It. Was. Bad.
Malia was born and raised in Kaneohe, Hawaii and graduated from Azusa Pacific University. She spent the majority of her career as an Early Childhood Education Teacher/Administrator.