Time to “ZZZ”

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We have all had that moment where we lose track of our days, lost and confused if it’s Wednesday, Friday, or Sunday- it’s inevitable. Well I currently am experiencing this moment probably due to loss of sleep, my husband’s irregular schedule between day and night shifts, and my constant desire to not leave the house other than to workout and get some groceries due to the bitter cold.

It’s a vicious cycle that all plays into each other, but I decided that in order to break this habit, I need to fix my sleeping schedule. Lately, after the day is done, I have been if you’d like to say “binge watching” Desperate Housewives. Every time I sit down and start watching this show, I promise myself to watch one episode and then go to sleep, but low and behold the episodes keep rolling. It’s hard to have this control when there is so much drama to watch. It is just so addicting, that I keep watching up until my eyes tell me they have had enough.

So tonight, I plan on beating this vicious cycle, and attempting to sleep at a normal time rather than 3 am. I cannot emphasize how important sleep is. Lately I have felt that the longer I stay awake, the worse my body gets affected. My sleep is disrupted constantly and I am unable to enter my deep sleeping mode, which ultimately affects the rest of my day. Sleeping really does make you beautiful, both inside and out. You’re not only in a good mood but your body gets the rest it needs to do what it needs to do scientifically (not going to go into all that and bore you).

My lack of sleep has also affected my eating habits which is also not a good thing as coffee doesn’t play its caffeinated role and I tend to feel nauseous for the first half of my day. So if there is anything I can say, if you can control it, give your body the rest it needs. I cannot emphasize enough how important is to get that beauty sleep, even if it means not getting to watch your favorite show at night. TV will always be there but your hours of sleep are always ticking away.

So in honor of daylight savings tonight, honor yourself by getting in bed an hour earlier than the usual, and try to get that eight hours of sleep your body deserves! Trust me, it is all worth it at the end of the day as you will feel more productive and more energized throughout your tasks when morning comes.

Good luck in getting your zzz’s tonight! I know that I will need it for sure.

Bisous

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March Madness

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March madness is MARCH MADNESS- Every time you will come across a collage you will know it’s me.

I honestly am not much of a writer. I tend to express myself better in drawings and sketches. Some brainstorm ideas using words, instead I use points, lines and surfaces. For that, when I was thinking about March’s madness, I couldn’t but think of this image in my head that only got clearer in the  making process.

March is an unpredictable month by all means. The changes happening in the world around me are all collapsed in this month. When in March, one is in winter and in summer, one is in the rain and under the sun, and most importantly one is in the clouds and in the mud. One is in-between. Unpredictable March… unpredictable madness…

A Thanks to my Mother

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As I think of who to commemorate today, there are so many out there-but if I had to pick one, I would pick my mother as she not only is a role model for me and someone I truly respect, but she represents the true essence of what it means to be a woman today.

Today we face a society where women are more equal in terms of rights than before- but of course we still have our fair share of inequality- but in comparison to 100 years ago, we are doing much better. I say this to explain that in terms of decisions, women face the same opportunity as men when choosing whether or not to pursue a career or becoming a housewife. Some even manage to do both, but realistically speaking, when it comes to perfecting one or the other, it’s not easy to juggle both.

My mother married my father at the age of 23 (I think-I always mess it up) and by the age of 34 already had four kids. Yes, she managed quite a handful, and surprisingly enough she accomplished it basically on her own. Of course my dad was there at times and whenever he could, but he was a busy man with his job as well.  But what really makes my mother different than many women of today, is with her choice to be a stay at home mom, she was fully committed and when I say committed, I mean she literally had ZERO help from anyone.

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She was there for us from early morning till night, and I mean all of us. From waking up with my father to having all of our breakfasts ready, to keeping the house super clean, to picking us up from school, to making sure we did our homework as she sat by us and assisted us, to tucking us into bed, and to giving herself maybe ten minutes before she started all that over again. My mother was the definition of a super hero, and although at times I could see in her eyes how she wondered what if she focused on herself and pursued her career, I could also see the joy and dedication she had towards us.

I remember at the age of 14, since by then we are all a bit older, my mom actually thought about pursuing her dream and opening a restaurant. Everything was ready to go, when suddenly my little brother got sick for a week, and at that point, she knew that she couldn’t go through with it. Her dedication to us, and to making sure we turned out to be the people we are today, was so important to her, that nothing ever got in the way of that. So she pushed her dream aside and decided to wait a bit longer before she would pursue her career.

A couple years later, she managed to add a job to her list of things to do, but how she managed to still do everything else really surprises me till today. This woman is truly a super hero and I am baffled at how well she does it all. Let me tell you something, whenever you see my mother, she is always fixed up (hair perfect, light make up set), and beautiful as ever. She never manages to pull a lazy look which to me is completely impossible- whenever I am at home, I tend to look lazy!

But seriously, I know when I was younger I used to get in arguments with my mother at times and tell her that I was nothing like her, but honestly, today, when anybody says that I remind them of my mother, it is such a compliment. I know, no matter how hard I try, I won’t ever be like her because she is truly amazing and rare, but I do hope that I managed to take enough of her qualities. She is selfless, determined, and so giving!IMG_3540

So when I take a minute to appreciate the women of today, I have to say that first and foremost, I will always start with thanking my mother, because she is the world to me. If it wasn’t for her, my life would be completely different. So thank you mom for being the woman that I hope to be one day!

And on a side note- my father is truly amazing in his own and just as inspiring, but I will have to share with you his story on Father’s Day!

For now, I tell you to appreciate the women that made you who you are today- for me it’s my mother and she impacted me in so many ways. Mom, I love you and for all the women out there Happy International Women’s Day!

 

Changing Bad Habits into Good Ones

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Quitting a habit is always a tricky thing to do. Once and for all though I’m going to try to quit smoking. This is probably one of the hardest things I’ve had to do in a long time. I started smoking at the age of 18, and I’m currently 22.  When I first started, I thought I was so cool that I was smoking, and now, four years later, I have never regretted more making that stupid decision. I have tried continually semester after semester, to quit but unfortunately nothing has helped. This is something my parents will never understand; the fact that I really want to quit completely, but it’s a lot more complicated than they think. Quitting is probably one of the hardest things I’ve ever tried to do. I’m sure though if I continue on the path that I’m on, I can eventually quit completely.

I have always been a stress-ball, and also managed to develop anxiety throughout these years, which caused me to hold on to smoking longer. When I had severe anxiety all I would want to do was drink coffee and smoke cigarettes. My anxiety got really bad and I allowed it to take over my life which ultimately managed to ruin my health. Smoking is probably one of the most disgusting habits to develop, and to get rid of as well. Thankfully though, this year I have managed to gain control over my life, and mature emotionally and physically.

The effects of smoking caused a lot of harm towards my body. My skin was affected entirely throughout these years, and as I increased the amount of cigarettes that I smoked per day, my skin worsened- I started getting acne on the side of my face, and in random areas all over my body. When I started cutting down on smoking, my face started improving. Quitting isn’t easy to do, AT ALL, but it’s something that has to be done so that the long term effects don’t end up killing me. Sure, I know I get irritated faster now, but all this anger that I get from not smoking, is now getting replaced with exercising, cutting down on coffee habits and switching to tea, chewing gum, and etc. There are several things you can do so that you can quit smoking, but you have to be fully convinced that you want to quit. I have been cutting back on cigarettes daily, and I’m currently smoking 4 cigarettes a day compared to the usual 8.

On top of that, to be even more proactive about this change, two weeks ago, I decided to go to the dermatologist – I never realized how important it was to have regular check ups with your dermatologist. My doctor prescribed me a Bioderma face wash to be used in the morning and at night.IMG_7783 I cannot explain to you guys how much better my face has become since I started using it. I also got prescribed with daily night creams as well to help moisturize as well as treat the acne. The point to all my babbling though is START taking care of your skin, regardless if you have acne or not. It’s never too late or too early to start taking care of your skin or to even quit smoking. Go book yourself an appointment and check with your doctor what treatment is best for you. Trust me when I say, it’s life changing and you feel much better afterwards. I’m one of the laziest people you will ever meet, and for me to take care of myself, this is something huge. You won’t regret it!

Midterm Season

It’s that time again of the year that we all love,Midterms! I think, no one is ever fully ready  to take them but I have some techniques that I can share to help prepare you! Here are my five steps to ace your midterms📚

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Step 1: I always start with my cup of coffee which helps me to relax and begin my focus on subject of choice. I just love a good Cappuccino!  For me, I can’t imagine a day without coffee!

Step 2: Organization is key! I always organize my papers and notes ahead of time so when midterms and final come around, I know exactly where they all are.  I usually use one of those accordion file folders to put all my papers in it, so nothing gets lost. Trust me, this helps a lot as not only is everything there, but it eases a lot of stress later on. Don’t worry, if you still didn’t organize your papers, give the accordion folder a try! It’s never too late to organize.

Step 3: It’s important to take some breaks every two to three hours of studying- it helps to relax a little bit and to change your mood. So this is the time where you do what you want to do whether it checking social media, going for a little run, snacking on some chocolate- you do it but don’t exceed the time limit! Manage your time wisely because time is money. So there’s time to study, a time to eat and a time to talk friends for. Everything has its own time!

Step 4: Join a study group! A study group can be an effective way of helping each other set deadlines and share knowledge to better review and understand the content that could be on your midterm. Create a schedule with your study group detailing what content will be covered during what times.

And Step Five: Remember to give yourself a pat on the back. After all, you are trying your best so at the end of the day just remember that!

For everyone out there tackling on their midterms, best of luck and hope these steps ease the process!

A Pretty Good Weekend

As we watch the weekend pass by us, and unwillingly allow Monday to start, we look back to see if our weekend was worth while. For the past couple weekends, the one’s I have spent here in Buffalo, they have been hard to adjust to with the cold winter and the lack of desire to plan something to escape it, but this weekend was different. Despite the cold, my husband and I wanted to make the most out of it.

So for starters, Saturday was filled with some exercise – which I have to say left me sore the rest of the weekend- a quick run to the supermarket, and then to end the night, a bite to eat at the new gastropub in East Aurora with some friends. I have to say, exploring a new place in this city really got me back into my usual self to explore what this city has to offer.

A lot of times we find ourselves a bit “stuck” and we tend to just let the world stop where it left us and force ourselves to adjust- and what I mean by adjust, is do nothing about it. I never realized how sometimes I tend to take things for granted, but this weekend made me appreciate a lot more what I had. I don’t mean materialistically, but more so in the location that I currently live. Alright Buffalo is no Paris or Beirut, but it doesn’t mean that it doesn’t have anything to offer either.

Sunday made me realize that there is more to Buffalo than I thought there was. Escaping the city to check out a national state park, Letchworth, allowed me to be a bit more thankful for where I was. Our drive was quite scenic, but at times we passed by cities that simply you would call “the middle of nowhere”. Not that it’s a bad thing, but I knew that all this time I was complaining about where I was, I never realized that I could have been somewhere even more remote. Overall, I was thankful to see that living in Buffalo isn’t all that bad, but it’s just a matter of adjusting correctly, and it’s just temporary.

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Now I would love to say that I am going to quit complaining from this day forward, and start loving the city that I am in, but unfortunately, I am only human. What I can say, is that I will do the best that I possibly can to explore the city more to see what it has to offer.  Positivity is definitely key!

So to conclude, if there is anything that this weekend really had to offer, was an insight to enjoying the moments that life has to offer and just to go with the flow. Life is too short to watch it through a negative lens.

I leave you at this thought and would love to hear how you have adapted in your own cities when it wasn’t necessarily your first choice.

Bisous

 

Simplicity

A pretty simple title for a pretty simple day… It started out the usual way with the wake up call and the desire to drink some coffee first, but I instead started it out with some hot water, a lemon, and a dash of salt.IMG_7682.JPG I wanted to give it a try as many had recommended it as a way to boost your metabolism in the morning. Not going to lie, at first the flavor was a bit unbearable as I am not a big fan of lemon water- I like my water plain and simple- but with a couple more sips, I started to acquire the taste for it.

I actually was on my Snapchat the other day and saw that a lot of people have started requesting different ways to drink their water. There are actually fancy restaurants that have a “water-tender” who creates different water cocktails based on the food that you have selected. So if you are having a steak, he or she might recommend a specific water mixture to be paired in contrast to something else if you were having pasta. The world is definitely evolving into different trends, so I am interested to see where this one will go!

As for me, I wanted to see what the rage was about and if I could get myself to hydrate more, why not? I have been trying all that I possibly can to continue drinking water throughout my day, which unfortunately has caused my bathroom literally to be the room I spend the second most time in, but if it’s good my body, why not? After all, nothing comes without a price.

Continuing my day, I fixed my hair and went back to the usual natural lightening spray that I love to use from time to time. When I was a kid, my mother always wanted to preserve my natural beauty as long as she possibly could before I started messing with it. So when I came to her wanting to highlight my hair like all my other friends were doing at the time, she suggested a natural lightening spray-yes the one that you spray in your hair at the beach. At the time, I definitely was a bit upset to not get to do whatever I wanted to do with my hair, but now I thank her for dealing with my teenage moodswings. But back to the point, I have been using these products to create a natural almost summer look to my hair. If interested, these are the products in the picture. img_7696

I really like these products as unlike highlighting your hair at the salon and creating heavy damage, the spray and gel does the job subtly and without the extreme damage. Of course, I always use a hair oil to hydrate my hair every time I wash it to keep healthy- just because it’s not skin, doesn’t mean it doesn’t need its own form of moisture. I learned the hard way by trying to turn into a blonde two years ago, and let’s just say, for a girl with chestnut brown hair, it’s not exactly the best treatment for your hair. So since then, I have been patient with the recovering of my hair.

Continuing my day, although I had planned to hit the gym, I instead began preparing dinner. I am a strong believer that the greatest things in life, are the most simple. Whether it has to do with fashion, personality, food, etc. the simpler the better. So today, I made one my favorite simple recipes that consist of fresh mozzarella, a fresh tomato, pasta, garlic, olive oil, and your average white and black pepper, salt, and dried basil. To get the recipe, just follow @neglichic on Instagram!

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All I can say is that the pasta was delicious, and the company was even better. Having my husband come home a bit earlier today, was the cherry on top of my Friday. So after dinner, we watched a couple of episodes of Desperate Housewives ( I have been trying to get him to watch it for a while now) and enjoyed the evening.

To make it even better, we even had a cheese and coconut water late night snack with fresh baguette from the oven and some marmalade and Nutella to sweeten things up!

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Overall my Friday was sweet!  It’s really the simple moments with loved ones that make it great! So on that note, I wish you a do, and bisous!