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Bedtime routine skincare

1) I cleanse my skin: I have several different things I use for this. I like to alternate between a gentle oil cleanser (I use kiehls oil cleanser for this) and a water based cleanser. I find that alternating between these two my face gets just the right amount of cleanse 😜.

2) I use a Face scrub sometimes, maybe every 3-4 days depending on the scrub.

3) I give my face a good splash of Rose water. Currently using this one by kiss scrub Laverne. It leaves my face feeling fresh and revitalised. Also great for a quick pick me up during the day when it’s really hot. I live in Indonesia so it tends to get insanely hot sometimes 😰.

4) Next I usually use some type of oil or serum. Alternating once again between them. Face serum from mademoiselle kelapa and currently obsessed with my grapeseed oil by kiss scrub laverne. It really is an all time wonder oil, as it treats acne but at the same time hydrates your skin. Both products are all natural and gentle on your skin πŸ‘.

5) And if I’m feeling particularly dehydrated I will throw some Nivea on top. However usually the oil or serum is enough. Wouldn’t wanna go overboard now would we? πŸ˜‚

What’s you nighttime skincare routine. Would love to know. Any particular products you love?

😘

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Baby’s first food (under 6 months)

Do you have a Baby that’s constantly hungry and you feel like your Breastmilk is not enough? I know I do! My little baby boy is 5 and half months now and I have started giving him solids from the age of 4 months. I started with just some pieces of fruit that he could suck on. Dragon fruit, water melon and Pear. We live in Bali, so lots of delicious exotic fruit on hand. πŸ™ŒHe loves all of it πŸ˜‚

Then at around 4 and half months, I started giving him smashed up avocado, pear , papaya, banana and baby millet porridge mixed in with a bit of formula for extra nutrition. Some people prefer to give them veg first, as it’s less sweet than fruit.

From my personal experience avocado, Pear and pumpkin is great as a first food, also quite low in allergic reactions too.

If you think your Baby is ready for solids go for it! (Mama knows best 🀣). Be creative and have fun with it. Wait 3-4 days after each new food to see if there is any allergic reaction ( usually a rash).

However if you don’t have time to make your own food you can always get others to make it for you πŸ˜‚.

If you are based in Bali or are planning a holiday here with a Baby or Toddler, I can recommend Mini mighty muncher. All their food is organic and delicious ( even for adults πŸ˜‚). They also provide vegan options. Here is a pic of my little sweetheart enjoying his pureed pumpkin from Mini mighty muncher.

Xxx

How to get your baby to nap

When it comes to napping during the day, it can be really easy or really difficult to get a baby to sleep. If the baby goes for long stretches during the night, your chances of the baby getting many day naps are slim.

Here are my top tips on what to do:

1) Breastfeeding your baby to sleep works for most mothers from my experience. However people tend to advise against it as it gets the baby into a habit. I on the other hand wouldn’t care, whatever gets my sweetheart to dreamland, I’m down to do. Nothing worse than a cranky baby πŸ˜‚.

2) Some type of physical stimulation. My baby likes to lie on his tummy and his bum to be slapped in a rhythmic movement. Other babies like to be rocked to sleep in your arms or crib, while others like a light patting of their back. However once they are being stimulated by some type of movement or touch they tend to relax and drift off.

3) White noise. Many babies enjoy the sound of a fan or a hoover. You can also find some good apps on your phone or videos on YouTube if you don’t feel like hoovering all day πŸ˜‚. This type of sound will cover any other sounds that could potentially wake them plus produces a very calming feeling for the baby. Anytime my baby cries hysterically and I can’t seem to soothe him, a white noise tends to do the trick πŸ‘.

4) This next point is very important. There is a window of sleepiness and if you miss it, you miss the boat. The baby will show you signs such as yawning or rubbing eyes. This means he is ready for a nap. But if you miss it and the baby gets overtired it’s hard to sleep, just like adults find it difficult to sleep when overtired.

5) Keep the room airy and relatively dark. Not too dark in my opinion as I feel it confuses them with nighttime. But blaring sunlight is going to keep anyone awake, just a nice comfortable environment.

6) Now get the hell out of there. Once asleep (even if still fidgeting around a bit) you need to get out of the room if you can. I am a firm believer that they can smell their Mama a mile away πŸ˜‚, specially if you are breastfeeding.

Keep in mind these are tips for a healthy 5 month old baby that you can apply to many babies that find it hard to nap in the day.

Motherhood. 5 quick tips to survive πŸ‘

Well this is why I haven’t written anything in a while as everything just revolves around the baby once you have one. Say goodbye to any dreams or hobbies you have πŸ˜‚. Just kkidding but not really🀣. Washing your hair becomes a task which needs to be planned days in advance and you are lucky to have the time to shower once a day, but really motherhood is a beautiful thing 🀣.

The trick is just to find a good balance and being able to juggle all aspects of your life, then motherhood will actually be a beautiful thing.

Sleepless nights, coffee, diapers, bibs and bras (on and off all day, if you are breastfeeding that is).

Nobody ever told me just how often you breastfeed! It is literally all day. Hence being away from the baby for more than two hours can really be a problem for breastfeeding mothers. But don’t despair when you need to get away you need to get away and you do what you have to. This can be pre-freezed breastmilk, formula, babysitter etc. It’s healthy for everyone to get a break sometimes.

So remember:

1) take it easy, rest when you need to, walk away when you have to.

2) sleep whatever chance you get, everything else is second priority except for the baby of course πŸ˜‚

3) try to eat a lot of food, but prioritise nutritious food. Remember your baby and your body will thank you for it.

4) Arguing with your partner (if you have one) is very normal. Lack of sleep and less time for yourself will do that to you. Therefore try not to get too wound up about it. Keep calm and stay zen ( haha easier said than done).

5) Enjoy watching your baby grow and learn new things each day. These are the little joyous moments that make everything worthwhile.

Make your own wedding dress!😝

It has been a while since I have written a post, basically just because I haven’t been inspired to produce anything creative and I have been pretty busy with personal things like getting married, buying an apartment, becoming pregnant and so on ha ha.

But hey, I thought today let’s write a little post on my wedding that took place last month, as I did indeed manage to make my own wedding dress :). This had been my plan ever since I started taking Dress making classes, however things happened and I kinda gave up on that idea. Plus we set a wedding date very last minute, hence making the dress I had originally designed was not an option.


Also I was going to be getting married on a beach so having a veil is a bit much i would say 😝. This is how it turned out in the end:

My favorite part of the dress is actually the back. I think I did a pretty good job if I say so myself πŸ˜‚


Basically I had a week to get myself a dress, but could not find anything appropriate in the shops so I actually had to revert to making it myself. Thanks to my sewing machine which is a Brother 3200 it only took me 2 hours to sew together. I had some material that I used from previous clothing that I did not want anymore and I had an idea of the style of dress I was going for.

I actually have to say not as difficult as I thought it would be. Anyone who is interested in Fashion Design can really do it without much experience nor knowledge in the subject. You just need the motivation and inspiration to get started! 😊

Harajuku style πŸ¦‹πŸŒˆπŸ­

I was going to be in Tokyo for a second time, so this time I was going to spend it in my most favourite area of Tokyo: Harajuku!πŸ˜ƒ and dressed appropriately πŸ˜‚


I was fairly busy that day checking out all the cool spots of Harajuku.


As to my outfit, I of course styled it myself. Such a pleasure to style such a crazy cool outfit. All items I already Β had in my closet, as I have quite a variety of clothing it’s easy to always find something for a particular shoot. Basically combine anything brightly colored ( specially pastel colours), bows, children’s hair clips, fancy tights and any doll-like clothing to achieve this look. Definitely a style I would love to wear more often, if only society was more open to it.

Of course I had to also go to the famous cat cafe, even though it is very touristy and I don’t even like cats. But I mean when in Tokyo … 😻


They definitely do have some nice cats here.

Still to come in my next post some more photos from my second photo-shoot in Tokyo. See you guys soon

xxx😘

Time to relax at home

I am having many days off from work right now and it feels great to stay home. My top 5 things to do while at home are the following:

1) Look after my skin: Flying/Travelling on a non-stop basis really causes havoc to your skin. It causes dehydration and breakouts in most people. My cure:


It is fragrance free and suitable for most skin types specially dehydrated and sensitive skin.

I also like to use some facemasks when I have time like this on my hands, just for extra care.

2) Sewing and designing:                I find it relaxing and inspiring.        I have only started using my sewing machine some months ago and plan on really getting into the swing of things by the end of this year. As with every new project, it comes with bumps along the road and it takes effort and motivation to get through those hurdles

The first top that I alterated using the sewing machine (It used to be a dress πŸ˜‰ that was way too short 😝)


Off to my design lesson on my day off


I think it’s essential to have at least one hobby that one is passionate about in life.

3) Stay active:                                       I enjoy working out in my apartment gym, going swimming in the pool downstairs or just dancing in my room 😝


After being in a plane all day, my most intense desire on my days off is to move around. You don’t need a gym to be active, just put on some music in your room and move about for 30 minutes. Every little helps πŸ’ͺ

4) Clean my home:                       After being away for days at a time I usually come back to a mess. Clothes and suitcases everywhere. It’s fairly overwhelming. In order to feel stress free I like to declutter my home. I feel instant bliss after cleaning my apartment, which means I should probably do it more often πŸ˜‚πŸ˜

5) Cook my own healthy food:       I love eating healthy, unfortunately, I don’t always get the opportunity to do so when I am always on the go. Hence, this is my chance to cook and prepare my own food, eat it in a relaxing environment without being rushed and nurish my body to the max so it is ready when chaos strikes againπŸ˜† πŸ’ͺ

Loving advocados these days!!


See you on my next days off 😘