Vampire Facial? Yes!

Vampire Facial? Yes!

Once a year I like to splurge on a PRP facial . This facial can be pricey and can range between $400-$1000.  I have been getting this facial done for the last three years and have loved the results. 

What is a PRP Facial?

It is popularly known as a Vampire Facial.  The correct term is a Platelet rich plasma facial. 

 The Benefits

  • Improves the appearance of wrinkles and scars
  • Tightens open pores
  • Increases collagen to elastin

The Process

Based on my experience, local anesthetic cream is applied to the face. Then they take a sample of your own blood through your arm.  That blood is then run through a centrifuge that removes the platelets. The platelets contain high level of growth factors that stimulate cell turnover when applied to the skin.  

Once your face is numb (about 15 minutes) your face is micro needled and the platelets, which have the appearance of a serum are infused to your skin. It does not hurt, but some areas are prone to sensitivity such as your brow bone, under eyes and lips.

The whole process was less than an hour and your face immediately feels as if you have a sunburn.  It is recommended to have a good moisturizer that does not contain any glycolic acids. I used Zo Skin Health Hydrating Creme and was advised to wash my face after 5 hours.

Immediately After Treatment

The Results

My face was extremely red for two days and it took about 8 days for the redness to completely go away. You will notice your face peeling as it heals. I prefer to do this treatment during the wintertime to minimize sun exposure. Once my face healed completely, I noticed that my pore size was minimized, and skin felt smoother. 

How To Make A Delicious Crab Ceviche

How To Make A Delicious Crab Ceviche

This crab ceviche recipe is so easy to make you will find it to be a crowd pleaser. It serves well as an appetizer or a light lunch over a tostada or with tortilla chips. You can find several versions of this recipe but I have found this to be the best.

Ingredients

  • 1 Package of Imitation Crab Meat (I used 2 lbs for 10 people)
  • 1 small white onion or red, minced
  • 2 tomatoes diced
  • 1 cucumber, peeled and diced
  • 1 cilantro bunch, coarsely chopped
  • 3 large lemons or limes
  • 1/2 cup to 1 cup Clamato Juice
  • Salt and Pepper

Chop all the ingredients and place them in a mixing bowl. Squeeze the lemons or lime juice, add salt and pepper and Clamato juice. I added 1 cup of Clamato juice for a stronger flavor, but you can add more or less to your liking. Mix all the ingredients and refrigerate for one hour. This allows all the flavors to marinate and taste best when served cold. I love to put hot sauce (Tapatio) on top of my ceviche for a little kick. Enjoy!

Meet Jacky and Leo

Meet Jacky and Leo

Jacky and Leo are a young fun loving couple married for 5 years. They enjoy traveling and making new friends where ever they go. Jacky actually is my younger sister. Yes! We are full blooded sisters. Early this year they traveled to Valle de Guadalupe. I actually was not familiar with this destination. Wow! This place is beautiful and unique.

Valle De Guadalupe Travels

The Valle De Guadalupe is located near Ensenada Mexico.  It has become a popular tourist destination for wine and cuisine.  It offers fine dining restaurants and sophisticated food.  This destination is great for a romantic getaway or a place for friends to connect. Jacky and Leo recommend making reservations to any venue you attend and trying the seafood! The oysters and octopus are a staple.


CAMPERA HOTEL BUBBLE

How does a view of the stars at night from the comfort of your own room sound? This unique outdoor bubble hotel has a full size bed, private bathroom and it is climate controlled. Want privacy? You got it! It is surrounded by vines for full privacy. I would consider this to be an upscale version of glamping.


FINCA ALTOZANO

This is an expansive winery that features a bed and breakfast, restaurants, farm and a coffee shop. Jacky and Leo had a great time here. They felt so comfortable relaxing and enjoying one another while sipping on wine and enjoying delicious food. The winery has a huge selection of wines and views to enjoy the beautiful golden sunset.

Other recommendations worth a visit are Cocina De Doña Esthela, Fauna and Cuatro Cuartos. Visiting for a weekend should give you enough time to enjoy the wines, food and beautiful Mexican countryside.

How To Make A Strawberry Mule

How To Make A Strawberry Mule

With strawberries in season I was craving a twist on the traditional Moscow Mule. I found a delicious recipe from Ketel One. I added 1 oz of simple syrup to sweeten the drink a little and it was delicious!

Ingredients

  • 1.5 oz. Ketel One Vodka or your preference
  • 1 oz. fresh lime juice
  • 2 strawberries
  • Ginger beer (I prefer Bundaberg)
  • 1 oz. Simple syrup (optional)

How To Make

  1. Muddle strawberries in the bottom of the mixing glass.
  2. Add Ketel One Vodka, simple syrup and lime juice and shake with ice.
  3. Strain into a copper mug filled with ice.
  4. Top with ginger beer.

Must Have Baby Products

Must Have Baby Products

DETAILS: 1. 4 Moms MamaRoo ($219.99) | 2. Organice Nipple Butter ($12.99) | 3. Boppy Newborn Lounger ($32.99) | Skip Hop Light-Up Diaper Caddy ($26.99) | Baby Tula Explore ( $179.99) | Baby Merlin’s Magic Sleepsuit ($39.95) | Fridababy NoseFrida Nasal Aspirator ($15.99) | Aden by Aden +Anais ($34.99)

Buying baby products can be daunting for a novice.  New baby products are constantly introduced.  Since my kids are no longer babies, I asked a couple of friends who have had babies within the year to share their favorites. Some of them I have actually used and favored.

4 Moms MamaRoo – I purchased this swing and used it with both my babies. It is on the pricer side, but the quality and durability makes it worth the investment. This is a baby rocker that bounces and sways as if you were comforting your baby. My babies loved the 4 built in sounds that would soothe them to sleep. This product is bluetooth enabled so you can control the motion, sound, speed and volume from your phone or an Bluetooth smart device.

Organic Nipple Butter– This is an organic, lanolin-free, plant-powered nipple cream. My friend said it is great for her sore nipples, and uses it to moisturize chapped, dry skin.

Boppy Newborn Lounger- This is a great lounger to place your baby for them to nap or lounge. It has a recessed interior for the baby’s bottom.

Skip Hop Light-Up Diaper Caddy– This diaper caddy has a movable center divider and a 10 minute auto light feature.

Baby Tula Explore- This is a 3 in 1 carrier style, great to use for newborn and toddler.

Baby Merlin’s Magic Sleepsuit- This sleep suit helps babies transition from the swaddle to a cozy, secure feeling. The suit is breathable with a soft micro fleece layer. It is meant to be introduced a three months of age.

Fridababy NoseFrida Nasal Aspirator- This is a very effective product I used. It uses your own suction to safely and effectively clear stuffy noses.

Aden by Aden + Anais Swaddle– This are soft cotton muslin swaddle blankets that provide breathability. Many of my friends have used them for swaddling, stroller covers, changing table covers, nursing shields, and burp cloths.

Meet Salina

Meet Salina

I met Salina through a mutual friend a couple years ago. She is such a fun easy-going girl. I enjoyed learning so much about Egypt through her travels, hopefully one day I can visit. Salina was born in Egypt and speaks fluent Arabic and English. She currently resides in West Los Angeles. Salina was kind to share pictures of her recent trip to Egypt.  She offers some travel and food suggestions.  Enjoy!

To enjoy a camel ride you can find them near the beaches or Giza pyramids. Hurghada is a beach resort along the Red Sea coast. There you can scuba dive and find beautiful color fish. They have many restaurants, bars and night clubs.

TOP 4 PLACES TO VISIT IN EGYPT

  1. Luxor– It is the most well known city for its oldest and most Ancient Egyptian sites. It is known for the best outdoor museum.
  2. Nile Cruise– Best way to see ruins and modern Egypt along the banks of the Nile.
  3. Beaches– see best beaches to visit
  4. Alexandria– It is considered one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.

Best Beaches To Visit

  • Sharm El- Sheikh
  • Hurghada
  • El Gouna

Recommended Egyptian Eats

  • KUSHARI– A national dish that consist of rice, macaroni, and lentils mixed together, topped with a spiced tomato sauce and garlic vinegar and garnished with chickpeas and crispy fried onions. Image Credit: Payangan
  • WRAPPED GRAPE LEAVES– Egyptian stuffed grape leaves are often served as an appetizer in Egyptian restaurants. They can be served hot for cold with meat-based stuffings and rice-based stuffings. Image Credit: Arabic Bites
  • EGYPTIANS KEBABS– Chicken cubes are marinated with yogurt and curry powder. Image Credit: tripadvisor
  • KNAFEH– A popular dessert made with unripened cheese that is baked in shredded phyllo dough before being soaked in simple syrup.
  • TEA- The national drink in Egypt, it is called “shai”.

Guide to Pearly Whites

Guide to Pearly Whites

DETAILS: 1. FLOSS (UNDER $4) | 2. WATERPIK (UNDER $54) | 3. QUIP TOOTHBRUSH ( UNDER $50)| 4. MOUTHWASH (UNDER $6) | 5. CREST WHITESTRIPS (UNDER $42)

Nothing is more attractive than a person with a great smile and teeth.  With that being said, it doesn’t take a lot to upkeep your teeth.  You just need to make the time and effort. I absolutely have seen a huge difference on how my teeth look and feel after my daily routine.  After my last dentist visit, they mentioned I was cavity free and gave me kudos on my teeth maintenance.  So, let’s begin:

  1. Floss– Flossing every day is imperative to avoiding any cavities between your teeth.  I love Glide dental floss.  It does glide and does not get snagged in between your molars. 
  2. Waterpik– I must admit I was late to the party with this one.  I had no clue what it was until my Dentist recommend it.  It is an oral irrigator that sprays water to remove food between your teeth.  I find that it dislodges food really well, but I still floss to make sure no food particles are left behind.
  3. Quip toothbrush– It is a battery powered electric toothbrush that uses sonic vibrations to clean your teeth. It vibrates every 30 seconds to move to a different section of your teeth for a total of 2 minutes.  This has been by far the best toothbrush I have used for my sensitive gums.
  4. Crest Mouthwash– I love this mouthwash, it is alcohol free and does not burn your mouth. It has a pleasant taste that leaves your mouth feeling fresh.
  5. Crest Whitestrips– I have found the best deal for these is through Costco.  If you have not tried them, you should.  They give your teeth a makeover for a low price.  I use them once a month and have seen a huge difference on getting rid of teeth staining. 

I didn’t mention any toothpaste since everyone has a specific preference. Overall, whatever works for you keep it up!    

Best Affordable Lounge Wear Sets Under $30

Best Affordable Lounge Wear Sets Under $30

Now a days, let’s face it you might find yourself wearing your pajamas all day. With today’s given conditions now may be the time to refresh your lounge wear. Target has great options for different body shapes. The best part they are all under $30! Whether you are snuggling up watch Netflix or homeschooling your kids you can be comfortable and stylish.

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STARS ABOVE TIE DYE PAJAMA SET $24.99

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STARS ABOVE PERFECTLY COZY LOUNGE JUMPSUIT $27.99

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STARS ABOVE SOFT LONG SLEEVE PAJAMA SET $24.99

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STARS ABOVE SOFT SHORT SLEEVE NOTCH COLLAR AND SHORT PAJAMA SET $21.99

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STARS ABOVE SOFT SHORT SLEEVE NOTCH COLLAR AND CROP PAJAMA SET $24.99

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MATERNITY LONG SLEEVE NURSING HENLEY DRESS $29.99