From long to short…..

Going into 2015 I knew I needed to change a lot of things. So to begin this journey of self change I decided to get a drastic hair cut.  Now if you see the picture I’ve included you will see how long my hair was. I have never cut my hair this short EVER and my darling stylist was shocked and excited to explore my request to go nuts and cut it off. Jen gave me a beautiful A line cut with my longest pieces towards the front.

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When I went home and honestly looked at myself I realized I had left my old self on the floor with all that excess hair I had that was dry, brittle and easily breaking off. I honestly never thought I could pull off a short cut. But those were all hang ups I personally had about how I saw myself. I didn’t go all Angela Basset cut my own hair off like in Waiting to Exhale but I now know how she feels. I had held on to my long hair so much because I thought that was one of the few features of myself I really loved. But now I look at myself and I still love my hair. It looks fresh, light and healthy.

Have you ever given yourself a drastic change??

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Frazzled Mom’s September Favorites.

September Favorites.

Hello everyone.. It’s been a while since I posted anything and I do apologize.. It’s been a hectic few months with my little one starting Kinder. I will do a whole separate post on that because he is going thru a transition period from preschool to kinder. As some of you may know when your first and only child goes from the safety of a preschool environment to the wild side of elementary school.

But as I was going thru my products that I’ve obsessed with this month I decided to let you know what my fav for the months have been.

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September Favorites

Not Your Mothers : Clean Freak Refreshing Dry Shampoo: As you know I have tried a few dry shampoos to attempt to find the right ones for my needs. After one day my scalp becomes very oily and after two days its flat and dull. Since I went back to a dark color the oily look would be too greasy on me if I allowed my hair to get that way. I saw this advertised at Walgreens and decided to give it a try. Shake the can and spray then brush or finger comb the hair to blend in the powder residue. That’s what soaks up the oil. Added bonus for me at least is that is also pumps up my roots and gives me some volume. I’m all about the vava voom volume.

Shampoo and Conditioner: L’oreal Paris Advance Haircare Shampoo: Volume Filler Thickening Shampoo Conditioner: Smooth Intense Polishing Conditioner: I change up my shampoo frequently so my hair does not get used to one specific formula so when I saw this,  on sale of course, I decided to purchase the shampoo and conditioner The Shampoo leaves my hair squeaky clean with just one application. Then I apply my conditioner and leave it on while I soap up. I wait at least 5 min because my very much colored hair needs a good conditioning once in a while. Great results so far. I’ve already purchased another set of bottles.

Kiehl’s Aromatic Blend: Orange Flower & Lychee – Liquid Body Cleanser : I picked this up at Nordstrom and OMG I am obsessed with it. The scent is so fresh and so clean with that hint of feminine. The scent lingers on my body all day as well. I’m not into heavy scents at all so this is perfect.

Jordan Essentials Naturally Unscented Shea Body Butter: I saw this product on Facebook and decided to give it a try because of my sons eczema and my mothers extremely dry skin that was causing her pain.  I have to tell you we have used two tubes of it because it has helped both of them so much. After I shower I lather this on all over and it leaves my skin so soft and defiantly non greasy. bsorbs into my skin easily as well. I know I’ve noticed a huge difference on my sons skin.  Click here to visit Jordan Essentials.

Younique Moon Struck 3D Fiber Lashes : As you might know by the title of my blog I’m pretty much a frumpy mom with a busy hectic schedule so when I found these Lash fibers I was sold. They make my eyes look awake and ready to tackle the world. You can use any mascara as a base and then once applied you notice the HUGE difference in the thickness and length of your lashes. But here is the great part. No glue, no yanking, no chemical smell none of those negatives that comes with trying to put on false lashes. This is a naturally based gluten free product so I did not worry about it stinging me or making my eyes water. Water proof and comes off easily with any make up removing cloth.  If you want to learn more about these awesome lashes visit my presenter page as I currently became a Younique Presenter. Click here
for more info.

Let me know if you have tried any of the mentioned products. I’d love to hear what you think. As always let me know if you want me to review any of the mentioned products.

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Disclaimer : all products we purchased with my own money and all opinions are alley my own. I have included one referral link for Younique products.

bareMinerals BARESKIN – Foundation review

First Impression
bareMinerals BARESKIN- Pure Brightening Serum Foundation
Broad Spectrum SPF 20
My skin match is Bare Latte 11

A bit about the product as described on the packaging – “A breakthrough tone correcting mineral foundation and skincare serum in one”. This might be why the product is thin. It states that you will obtain “ a natural finish…. while delivery a more noticeably brighter youthful appearance”

Once I saw the advertisement for this product I decided I wanted to try it. Since I’ve used the bareMineral powder foundations in the past I was eager to try this foundation. The ease in use of their products for me has been there winning point. I could have gone to a specialty store or QVC to just buy the product but I had a bareMineral boutique close to my home and I wanted to make sure I got a perfect match for my skin tone. Especially since my winter skin is completely different then my summer skin.

I love going into a store and knowing exactly what I’m looking for; and boy was I happy that I did. Their range of color selections is vast and I know I would have picked something way to light for my current skin tone. She tested a few out and easily found my correct shade.

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The product can be used alone or you could apply a primer first. Since I tend to get super oily towards the end of the day this is the best option for me. This has been one of my pet peeves with my current BB cream routine. I literally feel like an oily mess towards the end of my work day.

After she primed my face she showed me just how far one drop can go. Per the instructions she says two drops is pretty much all I need to obtain a nice even coverage on my face. If I wanted to build on it I can do so as well. She applied one drop then proceeded to apply the foundation to only half my face. Using the second drop she applied it to the other half of my face. I’ve seen some reviewers who have used up to 6 drops all over their face so when she demonstrated the even coverage she obtained with just two drops I was relieved. If you know me you know I love BB creams because of the simplicity, sheer coverage and even skin tone I obtain from the product. Most of the times I’m the only one who knows that I have some semblance of make up on. This product pretty much delivered just that. A nice even coverage so light that I barely feel it on my skin.

First impression- I’m surprised to see how watery the product is. As she applied it I did not feel any wetness or sliminess. All I felt was the soft brush against my skin and she buffed the product onto my skin. I instantly noticed a difference. I noticed the redness on my cheeks had diminished and my skin looked even. As I walked out of the store with my new purchase I took note to see how my skin felt. I did not feel that I had make up on at all. Sometimes even with a BB cream my skin can feel smothered. Not with this product. This was applied at around 1pm. Note I was in a mall with my child and the weather was beyond beautiful so we did spend some time playing outside, running around being silly. At around 6pm when we sat down to dinner I noticed I was s bit oily in my regular area (chin and cheeks) but not enough to prompt me to go wash my skin. Usually I would have been blotting my skin because of this. So I was impressed. At 9pm when I was going to remove my makeup I noticed the product was still on still had that even skin tone look to it. Not super oily either.

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First impression at applying it myself: After I washed my skin and primed it I took the brush and applied a good size drop then did half my face. I dotted the brush on my cheek and forehead then started to make a circular buffing motion all over that side making sure I reach the temples, my nose, my chin, my cupid bow and under my chin. Doing the same thing the other side with my second good size drop. I decided to try it this way first so I can see what it looks like following the direction the young lady at the store gave me. Not even 5 minutes later I was done. My skin had a nice even tone but you could still see my freckles. If I wanted to do a fuller coverage I would do the process over again. It’s something I will have to try if I go out at night. But this is perfect for an everyday day look. I added some blush and mascara and I was ready to go.

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Let me know if you have tried this product. What did you think? Would you repurchase?

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All product featured were purchased with my own money.

Give Thanks Walk

On November 23rd, we had the pleasure of participating in the St Jude Give Thanks. Walk #givethankswalk in San Francisco at the San Francisco Zoo. We walked 2 miles around the Zoo and then were welcomed to come back to enjoy the rest of the day at the zoo. It was so heartwarming to see everyone come out so early to support a great cause. We heard from current patients of St Jude and how with everyone’s help they are able to obtain treatment and support in such a difficult time. St Jude is a wonderful organization that ensures that there patients are taken care of 100% . Please visit www.stjude.org to learn more about this great organization and to make donations if possible.

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Together, we can raise money to ensure that no family ever pays St. Jude for anything. St. Jude is changing the way the world treats childhood cancer and other deadly diseases through its groundbreaking research — and we can help them do it. Because St. Jude shares its research freely, every child saved at St. Jude means thousands more saved around the world.

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After the walk we were able to enjoy the beautiful San Francisco Zoo and my own little monkey was excited to see the Lions, Giraffes and Zebras.

What do you give thanks for??? I give thanks for the healthy child in my life, my friends and my family.

Did you participate in a St Jude Walk?

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· All opinions are strictly my own and my participation was voluntary.

Goodbye Farmers Market

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You know summer is officially over when your local Farmers Market closes for the season. For us Saturday mornings and Wednesday afternoon were officially Famers Market days where we would grab our bags, appetites, and people watching skills and head out for a few hours. My monkey loves going to the market. He’s all about tasting the fresh fruit , being able to walk around, randomly dance to the music he hears from the local artist they have playing and of course having the super fresh Kettle Corn. Advantages of a farmer market is getting to know the farm vendors that come out to sell their good. The venders are happy to answer any questions and love to give great deals. If you know me you will know I love great deals. It’s great to see my son want to help me carry the food and as we stand around looking at all the goodies he’s learning about veggies and farming. Even thought right now he won’t eat them (picky eater here) at least he sees where our food is coming from.

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The local Wednesday Market is held in the early evening and there are a lot more food vendors, BBQ, Rotisserie chicken, Crepes, Indian and Salvadorian food. So many options to have a great dinner out picnic style listening to music. My monkey also liked the Wednesday market because of the huge jumpy house, as he calls it, at the end of the street.

So sad to see this end but as soon as spring comes around it will be back. Till then…

Do you frequent a farmers market? What do you like about it?

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This Weeks Goals.

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Last weeks results
Mothering Goals:
1) Read three books 4 times a night to my preschooler.
2) Aim for Friday to be craft day. Turned out we spent more time outdoors so did not get to this.
3) Homework to be done by Friday – aim to do it when we get home. I am still working on a good time to sit with him to finish his homework. This week we will try to do it when we come home. Trying to do it right as we got home was not working. Continued to do it right after dinner. Although it was not every night.
Personal Goal:
1) Work out every night. I’ve taken up the Bodyrock.tv 30 day challenge
2) Finish a book- Currently reading Wildfire Kiss by Claudy Conn
3) Run 3 miles this week
4) Edit and post two blogs. (check back for those this week)
5) Positive Parenting – continue with my lessons of the online tools. And read chapter 6 in “ If I have to tell you one more time” by Amy McCready.
Homemaking Goal:
1) Empty two boxes and set aside to Donate, or sell at garage sale.
2) Do maintenance on car (oil change, wiper change, vacuum and car wash)
3) Go over toys to see what can be donated.

Here is how last week’s goals went and how I’m adjusting it for this week.
Mothering Goals:
1) Aim for Friday to be craft day.
2) Preschooler Homework to be done by Friday.
3) Bedtime Stories 4 times this week.
4) Bedtime started early goal to be in bed by 8pm.
Personal Goal:
1) Continue with my BodyRock.TV 30 day Challenge
2) Run 3 miles this week
3) Edit and post two blogs. (check back for those this week)
4) Positive Parenting – continue with my lessons of the online tools. And read chapter 6 in “ If I have to tell you one more time” by Amy McCready.
5) Pre pack lunch and breakfast to aid in my weight loss goal.
Homemaking Goal:
1) Empty two boxes and set aside to Donate, or sell at garage sale.
2) Go over toys to see what can be donated.
3) Decorate for Halloween

What are your goals this week? How did you do last week?
I’m loving how this is holding me accountable. I actually look at the list a few times a week to remind me of items I have pending.
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