Why do I think Francisco is the #1 Dad

Why do I think Francisco is the #1 Dad

If you have been following me, You know how CRAZY hard have been these 3 years for me and Francisco. With the whole family being back in Mexico and the unreal cost of childcare in Vancouver, things have not been easy for us at all with 2 little ones.

Between lack of sleep, dirty diapers, full-time jobs, etc. we have been putting ourselves to the limits, and I’m sure that for my hubby, his best gift would be letting him sleep and rest all day ( not happening sorry lol! )

When I meet Francisco, I knew he would be a great dad to our children, HOWEVER my expectations where achieved far beyond!  Since day 1, he helps to change diapers, take the kids to activities, feed them and Mia would not stop saying ( even tho I don’t like it ) that he is her best friend!

You should see my kids eyes when they see Francisco! He is the “cool” dad who would take Mia to soccer and help me with the potty training! I’m so happy that my kids got so lucky as I am with mine!

Happy Father’s Day to all the dad’s out there!

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Again and again..

Again and again..

Another year, another summer body failed.

I’ve been trying tho, over and over to wake up at 5 am but I failed. I just can’t. We do not sleep well during the night, Matias wakes up at least once, and my body is just exhausted. Sleep always wins.

And NO, ..

I can’t exercise after work because I feel bad to leave the kids with my hubby, and for him is the same thing, and yes we tried to do it one day myself and he would go the other but life happens, we either have to clean the house, make food, or something is going on and we stop.

I also tried to bring the kids with me for stroller walks, it didn’t go well tho. Mia makes me stop every 5 min to smell the flowers, or they want to go to the playground, or we need to rush to the house to go potty. Over and over and over.

I tried all the different diets and failed for the same reason, no time to cook everyday. The only “diet” that would fit my lifestyle is Atkins, but I refused to eat meat everyday.

I’m out of the ideas, yes I know to plan is the key, but what do you do when you are busy even on the weekends and when I finally have time off the last thing I want to do is to cook.

I just want to lay down, and rest. Yes.. I know i’m making excuses.. but everything i’m writing is true!! Even if I had the money to do liposuction I wouldn’t do it because I would not going to have the time to heal!! Isn’t not that crazy?

At home exercise? Seriously?? No, I tried as well same thing i’m getting interrupted constantly with potty and water and blablabla. Is this going to change? Probably, but when?? When do you have time to take care of you? How? Thanks for reading.

Getting Ready for Summer with Garnier Canada!

Getting Ready for Summer with Garnier Canada!

TRY IT, RATE IT, WIN IT!

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It’s summer, and I was SO ready for a change! I love doing something different with my hair every season, however with the 2 kids I find it impossible to go and spend hours at the salon, so since Matias was born, I’ve been only doing haircuts here and there.

It was really time for me to do something different and I’ve never been afraid of doing at-home color, I actually like it because it only takes 30 min PLUS you save so much budget!

I’ve been using Garnier since I was in high school, I’ve gone super blonde, super black but my natural hair is dark brown. I love playing with the choices, and so far, I haven’t been disappointed.

So what’s the Nutrisse Challenge?

1- Try it: Get a coupon to try a color of your choice.

2- Rate it: Write a review about it.

3- Win it: Enter for a chance to win one of the 10 boxes they are giving away every month for a year!

To read more about it, click here

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What I loved the most about the Nutrisse cream are the ingredients! It is a blend of avocado, olive and shea oils that makes my hair look natural and healthy! I was between this black and ash-blonde, this time I went for the blonde!

The result was a beautiful caramel brown, that brings so much light to my face! I’m lucky enough to not have any grey hair yet, but I can bet that this product would cover all of that if you need to. It usually lasts around 8 weeks, but I don’t think I’m waiting until fall to try the next colour! If you are ready for a change, give it a try and share your before and after!

Happy Sunday everyone!

XO,

Athenas

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Favourite Local Face Mask

Favourite Local Face Mask

100% Food-Based Skincare!

I’m always checking out celebrities ( more specifically the Kardashians lol ) to see what their skincare routine is.

With all the options out there, I knew that I wanted to find some chemical free one,  preferably local, that would help me to start, ( YES, I do not have any beauty routine in place yet lol! #sorrynotsorry )

So a couple days ago, I was reached by SCHMEAR naturals, and when I read that it was a food-based product, I got super excited to test out and share my review with you, especially because I do not see any ANIMAL ingredient in them!

First, let me tell you that the scent is AMAZING! is like putting baby food on your face lol! It feels so light and natural! Second, the price is super reasonable! Which is difficult to find in natural products and last but not least, it is safe to put it in your 3-year-old, as it doesn’t have any chemicals on it!

Click here to check them out!

I hope you’ll Pour some wine and have a mini SPA day at home with your friends like we did!

Happy Sunday all!

XO,

Athenas

 

 

Las Vegas Giveaway!!

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You asked me to go big or go home, so here you go loves! A BIG Giveaway for you!

Go to @ilove604 Instagram for the details of how to enter for a chance to win a trip for 2 to Las Vegas, Nevada. Includes 2 Nights hotel and round-trip airfare for two!

Giveaway is open to BC/AB residents ONLY!! The contest is open June 01st – June 10th 2018, 11:59PM and a winner will be selected after the close time. You must be 21+ and a BC/AB resident to enter.

Happy Friday all!!!

Athenas

That feeling..

That feeling..

I’m by nature very competitive, but for some reason, when I got the email with the good news that I was within the top 30 Vancouver Mom Bloggers, the last thing that crossed my mind was to compete for the first place.

I was so proud and happy, thinking about how much I needed an adults time, looking for ” the dress ” for the party..,  However, when I saw how excited my mom and friends were, trying to get votes for me, sending me messages etc. my ambitious side came out, and I started to get stress, and feeling all of those feelings that I do not like to feel when I get competitive.

Today it was one of those rare days when we were able to chill and do NOTHING, one of those days when you have all the time in the world to just think, so while I was lying in bed, reading all the messages I received from friends, no friends, and people that I haven’t meet in real life yet, I found myself smiling, because it reminded me of what is this all about.

I started to write because I wanted to share my thoughts about the real struggles of achieving wellness, later on, the struggles went to a new level when I became a mother. Between these 2 chapters, I started to discover all of these amazing Local brands, people, and places, that made me more conscious of where I was putting my money and health.

In the last 2 years, this blog has brought nothing but GOOD feelings to me, and believe me, I know I have a lot of work to do with this website, Instagram, etc.  but the reason why I’m in slow motion, is because this is something that I’m enjoying, something that makes ME happy, is one of those things that I do for pleasure, for fun, for therapy ( LOL! )  the moment that it starts to be stressful or bringing negative feelings, the “special” thing about it, is going to be gone, and I’m not going to be able to bring what I want to transmit to my readers.

I’m feeling so FULL with all the messages that I’ve received, and so happy finding out all of these people I didn’t know were reading me, especially because as I said before, I never thought someone would read this. I’m so amazed at how something that I do as a hobby, became this big in a short period of time.

We do not have control of our feelings, however, we do have on how we react to them, so all I’m doing tonight, is being on Pinterest looking for that Vintage dress.

Thank you so much for all your love and support!

Xo,

The Mother of Dragons

Vote Now for the Top 30 Vancouver Mom Blogger!

Vote Now for the Top 30 Vancouver Mom Blogger!

Hey Guys! A couple days ago, I announced my excitement of being on the list of the top 30 Vancouver mom’s! But what’s next?

They are going to celebrate us with a VINTAGE Party!! how cool is that?? The party is going to be on June 19, and everyone can attend, if you wish to come and join us, you can get your tickets here

BUT along the 30 of us, the public can choose 1 lucky winner, that is going to get 2 tickets to the Festival of Grapes, two-night accommodation and a wine tour courtesy of Oliver Osoyoos Wine Association, how cool is that?

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Ilove604 is a blog that promotes and supports Local, that likes to present REAL motherhood challenges while trying to achieve Wellness, I’m so honored to be part of this strong group of mom’s! If you wish to vote for this blog, you can click the link here 

You can vote daily from here until June 08 and the winner will be announced on June 19th! Regardless of who wins, I feel so proud and happy, and once again, Thank you so much for your love and support!

Xo,

Athenas