The power of an eye liner

I need to write this post before my little E wakes up from his morning nap. So I will try to tell you in a few words the healing power of an eye liner.

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You must know first though that I’m not any close to a fashion blogger, so don’t expect to read anything here that has to do with shadows, mixing or make up base. (I hope you’re not too disappointed on that!) But rather than that, I’d like to explain what is more important to me and that is self-esteem. During my third trimester of pregnancy I felt very FAT, not only that, but I also felt so physically exhausted that raising my arm, holding a brush and doing my hair seemed like a climbing the Everest sort of effort, as a consequence to that you would see me walking around the house on my rob, a messy pony tail and NO presence of make up on my face at all. Going out was a nightmare cause I not only knew I wouldn’t look good I also thought others would think the same and therefore felt terrible with myself. In that time we decided to move houses so I completely lost my make up bag, no trace of it at all around the new house for a while.

It’s now been three months since I gave birth, luckily for me I lost all my pregnancy weight, which I knew it would happen quite easily, not so luckily I was overweight before getting pregnant so I still have a long way to go before reaching my ideal weight. BUT I decided one day that enough was enough, that even if I felt tired, now because of breastfeeding, I didn’t need to look tired, so after finding my make up, I put some eye liner on, and the magic was done! A new “me”, someone that looked after herself, the little tiny effort had had that effect on me. And as in other things in life, when something makes you feel good, you want more and more of that, so I added some blush, and then even tried some foam on my hair to give it some volume, and…ta-dah!

This is not the daily “me” (You might still see me on the store with my messy pony tail and no make up on, hopefully not with the robe though :P) But this experience helps me remember that even if I do a little I can feel a big difference. The power of an eye liner doesn’t lie on the brand or your skill to put some make up on, it lies on the effort of looking after yourself. Because only when you love yourself you can love others, only when you see good in yourself, you can see good in others, and only when you’re in a higher position you can reach out your hand and lift others.

What they didn’t tell you about Baby Massage

Our little E had his first baby massage session a couple of weeks ago, and as I told you before on another post, it was interesting…

Before anything, let me share with you first our expectations:

When you think of baby massage you think of a wonderful experience where your baby is going to feel completely relaxed and he will follow along every movement you make to him… kinda like in this picture:

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Hands hold softly baby’s feet while baby is looking somewhere thinking on how wonderful he’s feeling in that moment.

But what it really happens has something more to do with this picture:

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Baby looks at you like saying “Are you sure you want to touch my feet??..” and he starts moving all around, you try to grab his feet, just as in the picture,  his leg, one side first, then the other… just as the instructor in a peaceful quiet voice is telling you to do but he is not in the mood for that. And if he is not in the mood, no other baby will be, cause you know, they communicate with each other so when one starts complaining the other 9 babies in the room will follow him. Of course, you’ve got the experienced one, the 6-7 months old baby that knows his stuff and is making the pose, as if it was some sort of Yoga instructor, showing the rest how it is supposed to be done.

Anyway, other thing you don’t think of is how are you going to feel when massaging your baby. Let me tell you, emotionally in a bliss because of that bonding experience, physically drained out because of the backache you are going to have when you finish the session. Seriously, there is no right position for you when you have a baby laid on the floor, either you are crushing your knee or you’re breaking your back for bending so much.

Also, what happens if the baby falls asleep just before the session? Can he feel more relaxed than by being asleep?! Oh well, the second time we went to one of these sessions he fell asleep on the car so when we got there we actually “invited” him to wake up. He finally did, so we were able to join the group. The ironies of trying to help your baby relax!

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Oh well, these are just a few things to consider, make sure your baby is awake, has been fed and in a good mood…otherwise the baby massage won’t be nothing like you imagine it to be!

We don’t want to leave you with a negative feeling though, so to be honest, practise has made a big difference, and the second time we went was much better than the first time. He was more used to it. We’re planning to do this at home now that we know what it’s about, so if we get to record it we will share it with all of you on our YouTube channel, and you can practise it with us.

In case you get curious, here’s a step-by-step guide on how to massage a baby. Honestly, it was a fun experience, and spending time with your little one is just simply the best. So give it a try and tell us about it!

 

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How to make a cool tie knot

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As an LDS man (Latter-Day Saints), you’re encouraged to dress smart on a Sunday, but the option for menswear are not that varied, white shirt and suit; so the other day Sam found this cool tie knot and many others on the Internet.

It’s called the Trinity Knot, and even though for me they all kinda look alike, it got the attention of many of the men in the family and at church. By the way, he was so excited of his “tremendous” change of outfit that we thought it would be cool to shoot a video tutorial.

And..ta-dah! Here it is, the first one in the series 🙂 Enjoy and learn how to make the Trinity knot. 

It looks quite good actually 😉  so don’t be afraid…give it a go and let us know how it went!