Thursday, October 5, 2017

MOTHERHOOD // AN AFTERNOON OF SANCTUARY


Is it normal for you to have spiritual activities the way you long for physical rejuvenation? To renew strength and to go on with day life? Or do you already have that balance? If none yet,  what particular practice do you engage in to achieve that or have you already started?

Motherhood is an expression of gratefulness and pure joy but accompanies a tough responsibilities to raise a good and responsible human beings. If this is your mothering goal, I applause you. Even in studies, they said that: Family is the small section of the community, and if there are harmonious relationship within the family, chances are the children raise in that kind of environment have a higher chance to live in a normal and peaceful life. 


But in doing so, parents and us, mothers should embrace that responsibility from the start  to raise a responsible and discipline kid. A family that always there to support is one of the good foundation wherein children must be guided with good values. This is an open topic for all, where in we could help, learn and relate to each other. Implementing values most especially discipline, for that word alone is a hard job i know, aside from all of us are in the different kind of mothering platform. But I know in our hearts we are loving and responsible in our own way, and we could surpass all the challenges and struggles hand in hand. 


Last week I came out from a good massage and I know my physical self thank me so much for doing so. Sometimes when routine and multi- tasking sinks in your system, it's a cycle that only stops when your body became less functional. In my case, I became less focus and it's hard for me to become the best version of myself. Then whenever I feel that way I know, it's time to pause and take a break. How do you deal with this kind of moments at your end? 

But there are times....

Even if I nurture my physical body, there's a portion of me that is left hollow that feels I'm still drain. It's not that I'm lost, rather I want some spiritual nourishment that I want to fill. Sometimes physical rejuvenation helps but combining it with spiritual growth is much better. That's when I know I needed spiritual guidance. Yes, I pray, a lot. I also read gospels but that is something I do on my own. This time I'm longing to hear something from others the way I always looking forward to hear Sunday gospel. 

And very timely, a few days ago I joined a Recollection. This is a topic on how to strengthen the values of individual with the help of surrounding community, school and family. Parenting lies so much importance in nurturing a responsible individual and we also engage in topics how parents especially mothers should learn to equally balance her TIME to avoid future cause of problems and anxiety. And that, I want to share with you. It says that; To strenthen the family our TIME should be EQUALLY divided to four parts; Within OURSELVES, our SPOUSE,  our CHILDREN and our NEEDS. There's no way the other should weigh more than the rest or the family and our relationship to each other will collide, so each should get an equal fair of time to fulfill the balance. 

I learned so much with an afternoon stay with a celebration of mass to end the day, I left the room like a brand new person with new understandings to incorporate in our daily living. And also, it's very empowering  to hear that some of your daily doings are set on the right foot. Are you too have the feelings of guilt in raising your children? The questions am I doing enough? Am I not too strict or too lenient? Am I raising a positive and well mannered individual? Some nerve wrecking questions lies in my mind that put anxiety to say the least, most especially to the violence we have in our society at the moment. 

Life is a continuous learning process as well as parenting no? And in what ever platform we are at right now in our lives, knowledge and understanding is always the key to brighten up, to deal with daily endeavor so we can surpass day life challenges. 

What I experienced from the Recollection is very helpful and empowering. I know this will not be the last I will attend to those kind of spiritual session as it can help a lot to renew sanity. It also reminds me of the time we are in our primary and secondary year that the school held Recollection for all the students. It helps a lot to build communication and relationship with Him at a young age. Did you ever try to attend Recollection? How does it help you as a person?

I will end this very long post of mine with giving you a positive thoughts and energy that we could do all thing by His help. I pray that we can able to grow a beautiful human spirit to spread LOVE and KINDNESS throughout the world. 



Love,
Angie 






Thursday, September 28, 2017

BEAUTY // COSMETIC ESSENTIALS


"Knowing what you want exempt a person from all the pressure. Fashion and trend come and go, to have a personal style is a classic."



Cosmetics world. Make up. The second thing I enjoy applying on my face aside from skincare lately, but it all started in a bit far timeline. Lipstick and blush, a personal favorite.

While I started  taking care of my skin in early years, this lady is a late bloomer to explore and admire make up line. If I remember it right I'm in my early 30's when the fascination in the cosmetics world started. Flashback when I started working in my 20's,  I just only use lipstick to have a certain pop of color and refrain from not having a pale look, the dark shade that time is my pick and become my look for years and even typecast me with the tag; the chinky eyes with the dark lipstick.πŸ˜‚ Later on, I explore more colors and became a regular usage of pink shade and added pink with purple undertones through times.


Then in just a snap while in the beauty section looking for a gift, my feet leads me to mac counter, testing lipstick and before I knew it I already purchase a travel size brushes and a blush in pinch o' peach shade. So this time the chinky eye lady learn to put color on her face aside from a glide of lipstick to finish her look.


And that's the start of my admiration to blushes. You know the term there's no such thing as too much blushes? It's a perfect caption for me, good thing I can able to control myself in making purchases. Sometimes you need to close your eyes so that you can control the urge to spend and mindset yourself that I don't need this, I have enough!!πŸ‘ŒπŸΌ ( Says no one everπŸ˜‚πŸ˜) 

For now I find time to use blush on a first in first out basis, though there are days I can't control and dig up new one. I learned to put note on dates for expiry reasons to avoid skin irritations. Do you? For all the make up lovers out there that seems to purchase in a weekly basis😳 I'm curious to know, how well did you manage taking notes and letting go of the item even though it looks like new and not even hitting off the pan? 



So at this time even though it's a continuous effort to learn new tricks and techniques from make up gurus and beauty bloggers, but it's fun and I enjoy it. And I appreciate the fact that it's the different side of me, my personality that I nurture aside from being a mother. It's the little things that makes me happy. A personal matter, the girl in me, an added things that makes me in a positive thought whenever I pause the button and breath from a busy day. It's something that makes me smile and lift my moral even more, to look good and to feel good.



So mama's, what other personal matters that give you light and bring out the girl in you that help to surround yourself with all the possibility in terms of beauty and fashion?




*All thoughts about the blushes featured can be read in my Instagram post.






Thursday, September 21, 2017

WHAT WEEKEND BRINGS // LIFE LATELY


Hello, hello! Happy almost October month to all. How's life at you end lately? Here is a bit tad crazy and busy for the last few weeks. This mama lady is always looking forward for the weekend to breath and to have a lovely moment with the family and the husband. And who doesn't, no? Did you notice how weekend brings so much joy to our lives? It's a breath of fresh air with the family, in a different way if you feel the same way too.


Though life is a bit blur and a roller coaster ride for the last few weeks, I feel grateful that life gives consideration to balance things out. I appreciate the last two weeks that we had an out of town, braving traffic to escape, to have fun and release some tension. It's always therapeutic just to be carefree and to worry less, to enjoy and just laugh. Though it's in my personality to think hard and be serious even  in the little matters of life,  mostly I find it as an advantage and taking responsibility seriously but sometimes having those kind of traits can be exhausting at the same time. So at this moment I feel grateful to have a husband who makes life easier to handle, marriage is not always perfect, right? And if you think that in  your marriage there is a lot of things to consider beautiful and right than the negative one then  it's time to engage more and invest in it. Remember that in our latter part of life, sooner or later our children will have their own life to live and just like in the beginning it will be two of you who will be there for each other. In moments like these you will appreciate and be thankful to have somebody worthy to be at your side to live the rest of your life with.


Would love to know how does weekend help to rejuvenate you to engage for the coming week?



                                                              Happy Friday!!!



Till then,
Angie





Thursday, August 31, 2017

BEAUTY // WHAT I AM LOVING RIGHT NOW


August is a month of skincare for me. Do I need to jump? Or do I need to dance? No? But that's how I felt every time and I don't think that kind of excitement will die anytime soon. I try to add and replenish bottles that i tried and love, and some new brands that I want to explore more, while others have my hearts beats fast just thinking to put on as an added new regimen. Beauty addict mamas, do you feel that way too?

I think when you hit age 35 and up it's a brand new way to explore new line to support new skincare concern. Though anti aging serums and creams are there which you already have personally, I consider wanting to have at least one or two new items that target concerns like lifting, facial contour, uneven skin tone, and radiance since some of these factors are diminish due to age and some are not covered by my current skincare line. Though healthy diet and exercise affect to the outcome of having good skin. I could probably say that this is the stage were high maintenance in the world of beauty and skincare enters. A must say that anybody who doesn't want to show her real age will probably join the club.πŸ™‹πŸ»πŸ™ˆ

I tried using a whole line of skincare brand in my early 30's from cleanser down to sunblock and fair to say that the  result doesn't disappoint. The pros is that you can clearly see the ultimate result while the cons is you can easily point out if the product is not for you due to skin sensitivity, blemishes that may occur. But to say, there's so many items in the market that promise the things that you wanted so it goes that some retain in my vanity table while others are being replace by new skincare brands. For now I'm not yet into a point of using array of skincare brand from different line but I'm into a point of becoming overboard to brands that I really like and love.


This month is all about my recent favorites. Thankful that I did not have the chance to waste money on products that does not have good effect on me or irritate my skin while testing. The Ordinary Glycolic Toning Solution and Buffet Peptide serum which I reviewed here is a good skincare product that I have tried with and have good results on me as day goes by of using it. Mario Badescu Collagen is a good and budget friendly moisturiser that I'm currently using and repurchase and on my second bottle. Next is Sulwhasoo ahh this brand I really want to try a year I think since I learn about this brand. Elated that I got the chance to have one to try, and with all the little samples included with it from facial foam to emulsion. As a first time user of this korean luxury brand by Amore Pacific, I was surprise by the luxe packaging and the scent of the cleansing oil the moment I open and use it. Feels like you are on a spa with the relaxing smell and atmosphere,  a good start for a long good night sleep. I just wish I get the combo instead together with the facial foam. I have picked the cleansing oil since it's not a secret to some that I am fond of using make up nowadays and an avid fan of oil as a make up remover. I just thought now is the time to try something new and after trying out cleansing oil, it only proves one thing that cleansing oil will not be the last item I will get from them. A very satisfied with my usage. Does any of you using their brand? What kind? How is your experience using it so far ? Last but not the least from this month is the Shea body butter from the body shop which I got as a gift that was given to me by my daughter.  A long time favorite of mine since early days that I became a beauty enthusiast. I love how hydrating their body butter is and learn to layer it too on top of the hand cream that I'm currently using. It's one of my go to brand when I needed something for my body, from shower gel, soap, body mist and body butter. And now a daughter of mine is a certified user of this brand too, maybe by her mom influence.

Skincare is my first love on top of make up. It is something that makes me happy and opening a new bottle makes me smile. If I will be given a chance to have a shopping spree I know in my heart, without a doubt, I will be right in front of all the beauty counters that I love or clicking at my favorite online store, who doesn't, right? Love it! How about you, what's the little things that brought you smile?


A heads up to all Sulwhasoo lovers out there! Get two deluxe samples with any online purchase and find their Labor Day Special offer here.

Happy weekend to all.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

LIFE // DARLING ESCAPES


Long weekend and a succeeding day class suspension due bad weather is enough for this mama to recharge. Insert the day included is the celebration of my birthday, which up to now I am giddy about thinking of that special day. Does anyone of you feels the same? I come to think of it that aging did not affect how excited a person is to welcome her / his birthday each year. Or maybe, it's just me?πŸ™Š


The day flew by as a simple celebration, eating at family's favorite burger house. Exploring one shopping mall that I did not have the chance to visit yet and go straight to the beauty and home shops  to see all eye candy items that is enough to make me happy. I took the chance to photo shoot in the area which I find as a good location and only happens once in a while if you notice so. Glad to say that the first time visit gave a happy memories to us as a family or to me the least to say. Truly a fresh new environment makes a difference. After that, we did some restaurant hopping and take out some food to continue the celebration at home. What makes it more special is that I have my whole crew celebrating with me that day. Though I will cry if this might happen but I know there will come a time that one day we can not be complete to celebrate anymore, for situational reasons. So now, I am grateful for another year of life having them around and I love soaking up to that feeling of joy.


As an addition I appreciate the greetings I gather during that day that makes me feel emotional, young and well loved. Truly, God makes the day wonderful and it's only on us how we can appreciate it. 


Happy happy birthday to all who's celebrating this month! May good health and happiness be with us always.πŸ€—


Hugs,
Angie

Saturday, August 19, 2017

BEAUTY // THE ORDINARY GLYCOLIC 7% TONING SOLUTION AND BUFFET PEPTIDE SERUM REVIEW


When I hit 40 it makes me more keen about skincare and it's array of brands. Are you? Maintenance is becoming more and more luxury to think and consider and I can't even remember when is the last time I ever bought a bag or shop for a wardrobe than I often do with skincare and cosmetics nowadays.


To some who personally know me, and for a long time reader might know that I don't easily try products that I don't often use or don't believe in, just for the sake of trying. I'm hesitant to do that so whenever I use skincare it only means that they get my full trust and really want to try the product. As always, I have my favorites that I repurchase over the years and some I tried and love, but breaks my heart that it gives me a hard time to repurchase. But a tested product like those can't be forgotten and when opportunity comes, I will do the click with all of my fingers. Ha! 

Did you ever experience curiosity over the product and did not even hesitate to purchase and try? Well, I did! And that happens to me with the new brand  THE ORDINARY. At first  I'm hooked with the vintage drug store like packaging. Next is the pricing. Just think of it, how come the products can afford to deal with low price and can do good for your skin? For the suggested retail price that cut almost half to three-fourth percent of the good skincare brand in the market, I'm curious to know what this brand can offer. Then I checked all the items and found out so many things that's in my bucket list. And to top it all, for a lady who manage to use high and low brands to suit her budget, I love to try their product and if the result is satisfying, I can add it to the rotation of my skincare routine. I do a rotation once in a while.

So my concern is about firming and lifting so the Buffet Peptide Serum is my choice and my toner is running low that time so instead of thinking of getting the vitamin C for prevention of further pigmentation and to helps brighten the skin, I skip it first and get the Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution. I'm thinking of getting the Vitamin C next if saw improvements AFTER using these two. So with no hesitation, I ordered.

Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution - It is often use to treat skin discoloration, signs of aging like fine lines and wrinkles. If you also suffered from dull skin glycolic is a good addition to the skincare regimen. I often use to ask the aesthetician about this when I undergo a once in a while glycolic facial peel so the moment I saw the toner version I become interested. I only use it at night as prescribed with 2-3 drops on cotton balls and wipe it all over my face in upward motion including neck and decollete, skipping the eye contour area. In the morning as I wake up I wash my face and go with my morning routine to avoid any skin pigmentation since glycolic has an alpha hydroxy acid AHA that is sensitive to sun exposure. To avoid sun damage be sure to top sunblock after your morning face routine.


As three days short of time I notice changes in my skin tone and to say this is the first time I ever use a toner that gives such result. It did brighten and even out my skin tone as days goes by, but the color of my skin becomes a pale yellow than the usual that I need to check my face near the mirror to get a closer look. Some of greenish veins also appear after wiping it on but easily disappear as I finish my skincare steps. I really don't know what is the theory behind it, if it really makes your undertone to appear more. I am an Asian with yellow undertone. Does any of you uses Glycolic toner and have the same observation? Does it also makes your undertone to appear? Or did you notice you become pale after applying too? Will love to know your experience. Aside from that luckily, I did not have any break outs while using the product with my combination skin. I did notice a slight peeling on my chin and jaw too for a couple of days but I know it's normal since glycolic helps renew the skin and it's not noticeable at all. It also hydrates and does not make my face to feel tight or dry. It's unscented too a plus to those who are sensitive to intense fragrance.

Buffet Multi Technology Peptide Serum - is a water base solution. It is advice to apply before moisturizer in the morning and at night as prescribed. According to the description, it's an all in one anti aging remedy that is why it's called Buffet. For days but not exceeding a week I follow the instruction and saw maximum result. It does gives your face a firming effect but find the serum too strong for  me that gives a tight feeling for my days of continued use. But I continue the application still since I wanted to see how it goes within weeks of application. So I adjust the usage from twice to once a day with alternate use in the morning or in the evening. However, I find it too oily to use in the morning underneath make up and giving me a greasy look feeling that's why I opted to use it only at night. Maybe living in a hot humid climate cause it on me. But whenever the weather is bearable I apply the serum in the morning to follow daily use and for optimum result.


It's been three weeks now and all I can say is I am pleased with the result on me. It firms hydrates, tightens and smoothen the skin  and most of all I saw a big improvement on my face contour. I use one-fourth solution in the droplet, if you find it helpful. You can adjust the consumption base on your current skincare concern as per my personal experience, to see the result that you wanted.  This is definitely a serum to use if you are after lifting and hydrating effect. Buffet  Peptide Serum without a doubt will be replenish in my beauty arsenal. A must have!



Impress with the products that doesn't cost a fortune but works! I bought mine here



Monday, August 14, 2017

WINDOW OF HAPPINESS BLOG IS LIVE!

When you enjoy what you are doing and happens to be your job, this can't be called a job at all. It is a calling, a lifestyle, a reward, a greatest blessing from above. - Angie
                                        


You all! This is my good news and I can't contain my excitement while on the process, and finally, it's here! I heard and read it to so many and, it's true.  However the feeling is ecstatic when you are the one on that shoes. Having a personal home address is different, it's like, this is it! You are here, for good. Seriously.

I've been writing on and off since 2010 in my spare time, as an an outlet, a journal. But one thing is for sure back then that I find time to write because I have this perspective, a different kind, a more positive outlook in life. And that is why as an inspiration, I named it after my youngest Iya, my angel and inspiration and one of the reason why Window of Happiness was born then.

And now, Window of Happiness Blog is launch! I'm so happy that the name is still available in the market. Looks like it has a blessing from up above. And just like how my blog started, the concept is all about Lifestyle, Beauty, Motherhood, and a bit of Travel in between. As you can see, the design is almost the same and the alteration will be the next. Just like having a home, to put everything in your personal touch make a big difference, right? So all of that I'm looking forward to happen here sometime soon. For the meantime, I'm so happy that this home I have for years has it's own address now, and finally mine. And that makes me a happy mama and one happy person, too. I also would like to say that you may find links and banners along side the post. I know for some, you don't bother, and to some find it annoying. But the text links and banners helps this site to keep up and a portion of earnings can help my family. And that happens, right? That even a stay at home mom can find ways and means to help her family. To keep up with the rising of family financial issue and I would love to help my husband with that and, to sustain some of my beauty  "maintenance" too.πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‚



For all who's been my friends and visitors here since the very beginning, thank you from the bottom of my heart for sticking with me. Thank you! I hope I able to give each one of you a good perspective about lifestyle and motherhood, the way how this blog is all about and how it all started. And please, kindly help yourself to bookmark the new address too! Ha ha ha. For the new visitors, welcome and thank you for visiting. I hope you find a home, a friend, and some sort of answer to your longing questions while you are here. And that I can able to extend my positive energy at your end. We all need  that in our life, isn't it?


I also would like to take the chance to credit son1 for being a big part of my blog creation from the start. For being my assistant in all technical issues since her mom was born in a stone age era with lack of knowledge in computer.πŸ˜‚ Thank you son and I love you! Cheers to both of us!🍷🍾



With so much love,
       Angie






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