Review: Gel Nail Polish Starter Kit

I wanted to share my best Amazon purchase in 2020. Prior to Covid-19 I use to get my nails done at a salon, I had araylic nails for a very long time. A reason being I don’t have strong nails, every time I tried to grow them out after a certain length they would just break. Time to time I would give my nails a break from the acrylic and I would just do shellac as regular nail polish never lasts on my nails. Well, prior to our first lockdown, I went and removed my acrylic’s and got shellac put on. I knew that I wouldn’t be able to get them done again, but wanted to be able to have pretty nails. After sometime I removed the shellac and had bare nails. I wanted tone able to do my nails at home with a gel/shellac polish, something that was fast and easy. I turned to Amazon and searched and checked out reviews for all Gel Nail Polish sets and I came across this one which was a great starter kit.

This set includes 6 Colors of Gel Polish plus a Top & Base Coat, 36Watt UV LED Lamp (18 LEDS lights), basic nail manicure tools to get you a at home manicure plus tools to help with creating nail designs. Can be used for your hands and feet. LED Lamp comes with a 30 and 60 seconds time buttons. Full instructions included to guide you to use it for the first time. It is truly simple, I only reviewed them for the first time I opened the package to be sure I am doing it right and it was clear and easy. I have not had to refer to them again. I have included the direct link to the one I went with here.

Let me tell you I love it so much and so happy with my purchase.This is something great to have on hand, even when normal life returns and we are able to go to nail salons again. It will continue to be very handy as a busy mom of four I don’t always have time to get to the salon, so in those occasions I have options at home. Now, I must say I got use to having short nails and kind of loving it. So I know I will get much use of this even when life is back to normal. I have saved so much money on doing my nails myself. I love that I can have pretty nails quick at home.

It works amazing and the nail polishes hold so well. I am so impressed with the quality that I have ordered many more different color polishes to add to my growing collection. My 14 year old daughter is also getting a lot of use from it. If your looking for that salon nail look at home I have recommend this product.

Have you purchase an amazing product item that you swear by? Comment below and share with us.

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2020, A Year for the Books

What a year 2020 has been, not just for a few of us but the whole world.

We were hit with so much this year, so many changes and learning.

In the beginning and let’s be real I still have hard days, but in the beginning my anxiety and mental health was greatly affected. My sleep changed and became so poorly as well. I was glued to the news and when not watching on TV, I was reading up on Twitter.
2020 has made me appreciate so much more about life.

Holiday celebrations this year has been so bitter sweet. My kids social life (in person) has been put on hold including mine. I have weeks were I have my shit together and emotions are not running thru my head and heart, then I have days where I don’t know how much longer I can take this. I want to be with family and friends, I want my kids to return to in school learning, to playdates, to go on trips, on trips to local attractions, etc…. I know that it has been hard for so many people and much harder for others. I am so lucky to be able to stay at home with my kids and have them do online learning. I have learned on those hard days to just let myself feel all the feels, if I need a good cry, I let myself have it, because when I use to fight them, those sad hard days lasted much longer.

Things that have helped me feel better and getting thru these times;

-Getting ready in the mornings, (some days makeup and all) but everyday out of pjs and get ready for the day.
-A good daily routine (having this makes days feel some what normal)
-Remind myself that it could be much harder, more positive thoughts
-Give myself down time (read, watch Netflix, YouTube, a long shower, or even a simple coffee alone in quite)
-Appreciate the slowness of life (no over packed schedules, no rushing)

-Getting back into an old hobby, trying a new ones
-Once a week (or every other week, depends how long my polish lasts)do my nails (at home)
-FaceTime with family and friends more often (FaceTime dates with friends)

-Going for a walk
-Letting things slide more
-Letting the kids pick out what we will do
-A nice drive with a Tim Hortons coffee and loud music


Do you have any tips to share with us?

Even though I can’t wait for regular life to return there are some things I have learned &/or enjoyed and will continue with once life is back to normal. Some of these things are, enjoy the little things more, no more over booking for all of us, having an off day is ok and to allow myself to feel all the feels, to never take gatherings, social events, even simple trips to the park for granted. The appreciation for the simple things in life, and so much more.
Do you have certain things you want to continue with even when life gets back to normal?
This time has taught me a lot of things, and when you learn from things that is a positive thing so not everything that has happened this year is all bad. 2020 has been the year I really learned we have a lot and really we only need a little. Things have really took the meaning of stuff/extras and a bonus to have but difinitley don’t need, I now realize we don’t really need. My biggest takeaway from 2020 is being thankful for the little things, I have learned that the little things are what means the most and the most important.

I am really loving all the extra slow family time we have together as a family of six and two fur babies. Love creating fun moments with my kids like, pj day during the week, even movie night during the week (we start it earlier in the evening) which never happened unless we were on holiday (ex: Chrismtas Break, summer break), all the time we have for so many extra crafts, how we transformed our backyard to a fun place to be, just a few things/examples to share with you. 2020 will definitely be a year we will never forget. A year for the books, a year our kids will tell their kids about.

When your feeling like you can’t, take a deep breath & remind yourself how far you have come.

Instead of only thinking how hard 2020 is/was, think of the good things that came out of it.
For me I started getting back into baking (which is something I loved, but didn’t always have the time for), For the slow mornings without having to rush out the door, I have made it thru online learning with the kids (which was hard to get into to at first), I also learned a lot about online learning to be able to support the kids, we started a new routine since we are all home now, I got to learn new things, I started new hobbies that who knows might become more then a hobby one day and if not I still learned and enjoyed, I got to try new recipes that I never would have the extra time to spare in the event it didn’t turn out and would have to make something else, more time for selfcare,I got to cuddle more with my babies, and all the times I could actully join in with my kids doing crafts. There is so much that is also positive about this time and when I have my down days I try to remind myself of the positive too. We had some many great bonding moments.

I also wanted to thank my online community for engaging, for sharing, for starting a new friendships, for following along, and all the support. I love sharing, blogging, making new connections, and I am so thankful for my online community.

What has been the best part of 2020 for you?

Before I end this post I would like to reach out to anyone needing a friend, going though a hard time and needing someone to talk to please feel free to contact me at isho.sandy@gmail.com.

This post also marks the last post for 2020, I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and just know tho that even though this may continue into 2021 we can cheers to making it thru 2020 and are ready to continue pushing thru in 2021 and hoping for the best. Wishing you all and your families a Happy New Year filled with peace, love, & good health.

Remember be nice to everyone, please don’t judge anyone on their choices. We are all in this together, we are all trying to get through this the best way we know how.

Review: Revlon One Step Hair Dryer & Styler

I ordered the Revlon One Step Hair Dryer from Amazon and it’s changed my hair blow drying game.
I love it.

I went with the square head instead of the round and I am thinking of trying the round one out. I went with the square shape one as I never got the hang of a round brush when dry blowing my hair so I thought I may have a better chance with the square.
Do you have the round brush head? Do you recommend I get it? I can always use a second one as I am a mom of three girls and my oldest daughter (14 years old) loves mine already.

It’s large paddle design dries and smooths hair quickly, it also has multiple heat settings (cool, low, & high) with a 6ft tangle free swivel cord. I can get my hair dry and straight in 5 mins or less. My hair length is just below my shoulders (for reference). I always hated blow drying my hair with a regular blow dryer (long or short) as it would take so long and leave my hair puffy and frizzy. I love how my hair looks right after I am done, so smooth and striaght and lasts for days that way. It is definitely a hair tool that I love and so happy to have, it’s worth every dollar.

If you looking to up your blow drying game look no further, I highly recommend the Revlon One Step Hair Dryer. Even my 17 year old son loves to use it for it’s quick drying time. A great hair tool for everyone.

Have you tried it? Do you know of another hair tool that has changed your life? Comment below and let us know.

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Review: Ubitree

I have acne prone skin, so I am always looking for skin care products and gadgets to help with preventing it. I found this Ubitree from Amazon with great reviews and thought I would give it a try. I love creating self care days at home where I pamper my skin. At first I had my doubts, but after learning to use it correctly I am pretty impressed.

It comes with different heads, Large Circular, Small, and Oval. It also has 5 levels of intensity. The recommendations are to stream your face or use hot press cloth to open your pores. I do mine after a nice hot shower. It can exfoliate dead skin, remove blackheads, grease, and acne. As per the ad it claims, it can also reduce acne, shrink pores, tighten skin, & erase wrinkles. I do notice a big difference in my acne and pores. I use it mainly for those reasons, any added features are a bonus. I also have a daily face care routine, but I have always. Since I hit my 30’s I have taken face care more seriously and always stay on top of it. I have been using this for well over 6 months now. I have taken so long to review it on the blog because I wanted to give it a fair chance. Sometimes we need more time to test the certain products/items out to give it an honest review.

The different heads are for the following;
1.Large Circular Head- Can remove stubborn blackheads, acne, and grease.
2.Small Circle Head-Suitable for sensitive skin
3.Oval Hole Head-Make your skin more elastic and compact, perfect for your T-zone area.
The heads are all removable and can be washed and disaffected.

The different levels of suction are;
Level 1 Sensitive and dry skin
Level 2 & 3 Neutral skin
Level 4 & 5 Mixed skin type & oily skin.

It is so satisfying to see everything that the machine can get out, yes gross to see how much comes out, but good to know it’s out. Don’t let the suction sit in one spot to avoid bruising.Work it from the inner part of your face outwards. I would not say that this replaces face treatments done at the spa by a professional, but it is a good tool to have on hand for those in-between visits or if it is not in your budget (facials) to be doing as often as soon do, you can save some money by using this. It can be used with batteries or a usb cable. I use mine with the usb cable and it works great. I recommend this machine if your looking to up your skin care game. Please read all instructions it comes with to avoid bruising &/or using it wrong. I am not a professional and all opinions given are just from my experiences.

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Halloween 2020

This Halloween will be different for many of us thanks to Covid-19. I have been thinking of ways to make Halloween fun still for the kids and thought I would share some of the ideas with you. A few people have asked and I thought it would be great to share our plans along with some extra ideas from Pinterest. I have pinned many ideas on Pinterest which I would like to do and also some extras for ideas for you all.
Glad Halloween is on a Saturday so I can have time to prepare and bedtimes are no issue here. We have our costumes picked out and everyone’s happy.

The following is what I am planning for this Halloween with the kids,
1. Orange pancakes for breakfast
2. Halloween party- We will be decorating the inside of our house with halloween decorations and get out any “Halloween” serving trays and playing Halloween music.
3. Creating fun baking and snack creations with a halloween theme. (found some good ones on Pinterest)
4. Candy Scavenger Hunt, depending on the weather this may be done indoors. What’s great about the candy hunt is that it can be done indoors or outdoors.
5. Making Halloween theme slime (also found on Pinterest)
6. Colouring some printable Halloween pictures
7. A kid friendly Halloween movie night with orange and black colored popcorn made with food colouring) and some of the treats from the scavenger hunt.

This time is hard for everyone due to restrictions, but we can try to make the best out of every situation. As disappointed the kids may have been with the restrictions of not being able to trick or treat (in some areas) they will be ok. We parents can pull off a fun one at home. We took the time and spoke with the kids about the plan and they are ok about it, they are actually really excited for what we have planned. Hope you all have a Happy and Safe Halloween.

Dollarama and Dollar Tree are great budget friendly places to find decorations, crafts, treats, and so much more.

Another great place that has everything you need and more Party City.

Do you have some ideas to share? Comment below and share for everyone.

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Organizing & Decluttering

Hello friends,

On today’s post I will be sharing some organizing and decluttering tips that I use and it helps me get to it done.

I love to use bins and laundry baskets to sort piles out like relocate, toss, donate. Relocate can be something found out of place or I would like to use it in another part of the house, I also use that if I am going to hand it down to one of the kids.

Start small, you don’t want to feel overwhelmed, especially if you are dreading to even start. Also, getting those smaller areas done makes me feel accomplished, giving me that feeling to tackle another area.

Before you start on any room or/& space, visualize how you want the room/space to look like. Then you can choose a category on what to tackle first ex; supplies, books, papers, pictures, knick-knacks, etc… When it comes to your clothing and shoes, if there is a lot to go thru split the task. For example, tackle all your sweaters, then t-shirts and so forth. Making it less stressful and getting one category done will lead you to want to continue either at that same moment, if you have time, or on your next decluttering/organizing slot. You can apply that method to shoes too, do sandals first, the running shoes, etc…. I don’t mean all the shoes in your house. For me, we are a family of six, so I declutter by person. So, if I am doing my shoes and clothes I am only doing mine not anyone else. At this time in my life I only declutter clothing, shoes, bedrooms for myself and my two younger kids, ages 8 and 9 years old. My two older kids do their own and so does hubby.

I also answer these questions when decluttering:
1. Does it fit?
2. Do I still like this style?
3. When is the last time it was woren?

For home decor or/& knick-knacks I also ask myself questions, does this still go with our home decor? and is there too much stuff in this area? If it does not belong in that space I move it to where it should be.

If it doesn’t have a home it’s time to go.

I love decluttering and organizing, but I have to admit sometimes when I started full in I use to get overwhelmed, the amount to go thru when decluttering or even with organizing. I use to pull out my entire closet and then half way thru feel overwhelmed and leaving it for later, which later turned into some other time because then I would dread doing it. Or with kids I would have to stop to make snacks, lunch, or attend to them and that gives me less time. With time, I learned a better way, I would try ways to help these tasks become enjoyable and not stress me out. The most rewarding part of decluttering and organizing is having a space you love where your items have a home and you are able to find whatever you are looking for. Also, having a decluttered and organized kitchen, closet, bathroom, makes getting ready and looking for something so much easier with less time spent. I love reaching into my kitchen cupboard and being able to get what I need without having to search for it or take half of the cupboard out to get it. Same applies to my clothing and shoes so much easier to get dressed and know where everything is.

It gives me such peace of mind when I know where everything is. It also helps the whole family be able to get things on their own with simple or no direction.

I keep this up thru out the year. I usually do clothing, shoes, jackets before each change of season. I plan ahead to insure I start earlier, giving me the time to separate by category and family member.
For house decor and knicks-knacks, I do not need to go over so much anymore, as I have been keeping it down to what I like. If I deicide to redecorate or change up some decor, I deicide right there if I want the orginal decor for another spot in the house or it gets donated.

For my kitchen and bathroom cupboards & drawers, I don’t set certain seasons to do it, as these are well used parts in our home, I do those as I see necessary. Leaving it easier to up keep.

Now, onto the last category Seasonal Decor. A great idea is get rid of what you do not use once you have finished decorating for that season. I love Christmas decorations and found it so hard to get rid of any of it at one point in my life, but I changed that. Thanks to one year when my husband bought up every bin and box labeled Christmas and I saw the amount of bins and boxes with decor that I was holding onto for that what if moment which didn’t happen in years. That was when I really went thru everything and got rid of everything I wasn’t using. I also promised myself to not let it get that bad again, so every year what doesn’t get used gets donated &/or tossed. With that experience, I do that method to all my seasonal decor. Not only does this save you time when changing out your seasonal decor, it clears room in your storage space making everything else accessible and neat.

Remember just start some where. You don’t have to do everything in a day, week, or/& month. Plan your days as you go and see when you have time for it. Even with a small grab of time one of the smaller areas or things can get done and marked off your list. The first go at it, you may not let go of much or organize as much, but that’s ok. Once you get into a habit and do it more often thru out the year, the easier it will be and the more change you will see. Organize spaces to best work with you and your family. I learned over time as well that not every way others organize will work. Create organization for you, how you see and feel that it will work. If it doesn’t at the first go you can learn from it and change it to what will work. That’s how I got better at it, trail and error. In one of my previous post, I share my Top Productivity tips and that too was learned as I tried to come up with what works for me.

Do you have tips or advise on decluttering and organizing to share with our community? Comment below. I love hearing new ideas and methods that work with others and I can try. How often do you declutter and organize?

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