What 2016 has taught me

December 31, 2016





2016 has finally come to an end and as far as I can remember it was a year full of challenges and battles won. I never imagined how transformed I am now because of the choices I made in 2015. And that is to be a full-time mother. Leaving my day job and learning to focus on my top priority for life is one of the toughest decisions of my life. Although I am a mom to Adi I never realized how demanding it was to be a mom of two expecting to do all things on my own. But, to be honest, no words can explain what I went through. 




I learned to manage my time well and focused on the important things in life like preparing the meals and even to organizing the toys. Washing the laundry and breastfeeding Ami was the hardest of all. Without my parents' assistance and support I wouldn't have done it all. 

The fruit of my labor. My kids and my small family. I learned that I cannot anymore go out on my own. I cannot anymore manage to go out of the house and run errands without somebody else's company or without my kids. I have become so attached to them that it seems they are already a part of my whole being.

I learned that when I decided to become a full time mom to them I have also decided to bid farewell to my old self. I learned to become more selfless. On the first 3 months of adjustment, I remember I was afraid to go out of the house to call Adi to come home because I was shy, I was afraid that I couldn't discipline him the right way. My parents would always scold me because I was not performing my duty. Of course, I was still preparing my mind that this is how it is going to be now. That I need to step up and be the mother that I am. 


A year has passed, and I pat myself on my back because I have raised Ami by myself. Disciplined Adi by myself- he listens to me now whenever I scold him for doing something wrong. A year has passed with me purely breastfeeding Ami, learned to bathe her on my own two hands, clean her poop with my own hands. But whenever I feel like I need help I'm just forever grateful I got two able beings around me. My parents! Thank you Nay and Tay for shopping our food in the market whenever I feel so dizzy to go out. 

Indeed 2016 was a life changing year for me. So many lessons learned and so many memories kept in my kind and heart forever. Thank you 2016 for a meaningful year. For teaching and empowering my nature as a mom and a homemaker. 

I look forward to 2017 with head up high.

Happy New Year to us all!
Stay fab!

-nanaykikay-

5 Beauty Essentials for Makeup Artists

December 18, 2016



Yay it is already December! I cannot believe it's been a year since the day I went on full-time mommy mode. It has been a long time too since I posted my hauls on this blog, but today I will be sharing with you my Beauty/Skincare/Makeup Haul from BeautyMNL

My beauty haul! 😆😍😘







Used my phone to access the site, and shopped!




I have read so many blogs and posts already from my fellow beauty bloggers about BeautyMNL, but today I got to experience online shopping for beauty products from their site for the first time. 




BeautyMNL is the No.1 and Biggest Beauty Site here in the Philippines. What I love about this is that you can easily shop at the comfort of your home and discover new products, too. Perfect for busy/kikay moms like me. 😉


The Products that I got:



My longing for a blush and contour kit that is affordable and pigmented have been fulfilled with this one from Detail Makeover. I love the shades perfect for my morena skin. I'm just not that impressed with the highlight color though. But overall for 399 (it was on sale from 499 when I got it) this is worth a try.





I was looking for a makeup remover and since the Maybelline Micellar Water got sold out before I checked out I got this instead. It is actually my first time to use it and I am quite impressed how gentle it is on my face and it removes my makeup well decently plus it is affordable.






I bought this bottle because I was looking for an alternative makeup setting spray and also for skin care. I love that this is so affordable and I like that it has natural ingredients too. Based on the reviews from the site other shoppers are raving about this product. It's currently sold out.






I gave this product a try since I really wanted to eliminate the acne scars and dark spots on my face. I will be posting my detailed review on this product soon. So hope you can checkI love that I can use this in my underarms and bikini areas too. 😊



5. Dearberry Facial Cream (Freebie) 😍😘


What I love about the site is the easy access it has and a great range of beauty items. I also like that they provide beauty articles, too! It's like reading a beauty mag and shopping all at the same place. 😍

If you like taking selfies, join the #selfieMNL contest! Get a chance to win a Printster polaroid of your pretty face and a PHP200 BeautyMNL GC.  Click here for the complete details



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