Treat Yourself + A Giveaway!

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Sweater Dress: Joe Fresh | Belt: BCBG | Boots: Stuart Weitzman (similar style for less| Bag: Bottega Veneta (similar style in leather for $70| Cuff: Noir | Earrings: JTV c/o | Lipstick: Sephora ‘It Girl’

 

Happy Monday everyone!

G & I went to see Interstellar last week.  It’s a must see movie by the way if you are into Astrophysics.  After seeing this movie it got me thinking about life…our lives on this planet.  The fact is life is short in relation to time and history.  However, it is also extraordinary long and full.  What I’m trying to say is that life is constantly checking in to see if we learned the lessons we were given and to appreciate the simple, everyday moments.  Yes, it can be hard to enjoy the now when we seek for a better future all the while juggling through a million things.

Whether you are a stay-at-home mom, a full-time working mom, single mom or soon to be mom, why not take some time and just treat yourself this holiday.  Go on a date with yourself and enjoy your time without any interruptions or stress.  Even for half an hour or so will rejuvenate you.  I had the pleasure of doing this over the weekend.  I dropped off the kids at my parents house, stopped by Starbucks for Chi Latte (this is the only drink I order from Starbucks!) and then went window shopping.  I even had my nails done, which I visit maybe twice a year the most.  It felt really good and I did all that while wearing my latest jewelry find, 10k Rose Gold Filigree Chandelier earrings from JTV.  Heard of them?  They are Jewelry Television®’s online shopping destination 24 hours a day, seven days a week since 1993.  You can visit their Airing Now page to view all the items in a show, new and featured items, view the turntables, or even watch the live broadcast!

These earrings are very light but they shimmer!  JTV has other amazing pieces that I’d like to add to my jewelry collection too.  I’ve created a Pinterest board for G to pick and choose for my Christmas present (wink..wink..).  Do you like them too?  From now ’till December 1st JTV & I collaborated in giving away 2 pairs of the 10k Rose Gold Filigree Chandelier Earrings to 2 lucky readers.  Open to legal US residents 18 years or older!  Good luck!!!

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Disclosure:  JTV provided me with 2 pairs of earrings, which I will giveaway to 2 winners.  All opinions are my own.   Big thank you for supporting all Mama In Heels collabs!

Amazingly Chic & Affordable: Gifts Under $35

Happy Friday everyone!

‘Tis the season to shop gifts for family and friends.  This week I’m sharing my finds on gifts under $35.  Do your shopping now to avoid late deliveries or waiting in line at the mall.  Nothing is over $35 on this gift guide and they are absolutely chic & affordable!!!  Happy shopping…

Have a fabulous and safe weekend.  Until next week, I will see you on the blog!

 

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9 Simple Ways To Get Rid Of Skin Moles

Moles are raised black or brown marks on the body. They can be as small as a dot made with an ink pen or as large as a thumbprint. In most cases, people are generally indifferent about a mole and don’t consider it unsightly. In fact, models like Cindy Crawford even think it looks cute. When removing a mole, be cautious around moles on your face, as you don’t want to leave a scar that was worse than the mole itself.

Before deciding on how to remove a mole, you should first consult a doctor. A doctor can look at a mole and see whether it is benign or cancerous. However, in most cases, moles are benign.

Here are nine simple ways to remove moles:

  1. Visit a doctor.

If a mole is cancerous, you should have it surgically removed. If it’s benign, you can either have it surgically removed or try a home-remedy.  After a surgeon shaves off the mole at skin level, he or  she will either cauterize the skin or stitch up the wound.  There is either no scarring or almost indiscernible scarring with surgery.  However, with home remedies, it can be more painful, with the surrounding skin becoming inflamed and even leaving a scar.  This can happen if the mole removal is not done carefully by using a cleansing solution for too long.  By far surgery is the best method, but it can be the most expensive.

  1. Use natural oils.moles

Here are some tips on how to get rid of skin moles using natural oils:

  • Only use homeopathic extracts as these are gentle on the skin and prevent scarring.
  • Apply with fingertips or cotton swab without covering up the mole with band-aid.
  • Only use a few drops.
  • If mole does not drop off in two weeks, then continue use. In most cases, moles fall off in one or two weeks, but stubborn moles may need more time.
  1. Use Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) apple cider vinegar

Put a few drops on a cotton ball, dab it on to the mole, then cover up the mole with a bandage or band aid for an hour. Do this daily until the mole either disappears or falls off.

  1. Use Iodine 

Only use a five percent solution. A drop is more than enough. Apply first thing in the morning and last thing at night. Cover with a bandage or band aid. In a week, the mole should fall off. Iodine is toxic if accidentally ingested, so it is better to first put a drop on cotton wool before rubbing on the mole and immediately wash your hands thoroughly.

  1. Use Garlic Garlic

Buy some fresh organic garlic from your grocer. Do not buy garlic oil or crushed garlic in jars. Before bedtime, slice a clove and put that on the mole, cover it with a bandage or band aid and leave it overnight. Do this for several nights in a row, until the mole disappears or drops off.

  1. Use Banana Peels banana

Strip the peel of a banana and place the inside of the peel against the mole, then cover it up with a bandage or band aid. Repeat for several days, and the mole will dry up and fall off.

  1. Use Castor Oil and Baking Soda baking soda

Moisten a half-teaspoon of baking soda with castor oil and make it into a paste—that is, it should not be too dry or too runny. Dab it on to the mole and leave overnight. Repeat for a few days.

  1. Use Strawberries strawberry

Slice a fresh strawberry and put the inside slice of the strawberry in contact with the mole. Do this for several days until the mole disappears.

  1. Use Grapefruit Juice grapefruit

Squeeze the juice out of a fresh grapefruit into a container, use some on the mole and refrigerate the rest. Do this repeatedly through the course of a day, and do it for several days in a row. It sometimes takes two to four weeks to work.

  1. Use Tea Tree Oil.

Put a few drops of tea tree oil on a cotton ball, dab it on to the mole, then cover up the mole with a bandage or band aid for an hour. Do this twice daily. It may take a month for the mole to disappear.

Don’t Give Up

Sometimes these methods work and sometimes you have to try out several methods before you begin to notice results. Sometimes, too, you see that your efforts are having results and sometimes the results are too subtle to notice with the naked eye. Finally, sometimes, they work within a week, while at other times they take longer. The best way to get rid of skin moles is to try one method after another, giving each one at least two weeks. Some moles fall off quickly, while others take a long time to dry up and fall away.

 

Thanks to Sara Stringer for providing this post.  Sara is a freelance writer who enjoys writing about frugal fashion.  In her spare time, she enjoys maintaining an active lifestyle through swimming and practicing yoga.

The 7-Minute Workout

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Have you heard of the 7-Minute Workout?  Ever since The Scientific 7 Minute Workout published by the New York Times last year everyone was talking and tweeting about it.  I didn’t hear about it until a couple weeks ago when I was talking to a friend of mine who had tried it.  The 7-Minute Workout app can be downloaded from the Apple Store and it’s free. Once downloaded you can take this workout app with you wherever you go.

In 7 minutes this app will kick your butt and elevate your heart like no other workouts.  It did that to me and not only did I sweat like a hog but my cheeks were full on pink for at least an hour.  It’s a great workout for people like me who doesn’t like to run but get a full cardio benefits in 7 minutes as opposed to 45.  If you have tried this I’d love to know your thoughts.  If you haven’t i’ts worth a try since it doesn’t cost anything and you can do it from the comfort of your home or anywhere!

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Now it’s time to link up your beauty posts with Beauty Buzz Link Up. Each week I co-host with Jo-Lynne of Jo-Lynne Shane, Alison of Sassy Moms in the City and Kristin of Mom Trends for some more beauty tips and tricks! Jo-Lynne is hosting this week’s link up so head on over to Jo-Lynne and link up your beauty posts. Don’t forget to enter for a chance to win some awesome products from Derma E!!!

Flea Market Shopping: A Lesson Learned

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Sweater: Gudrun Sjoden c/o | Denim: Frame Denim | Bootie: Dolce Vita (Od, similar style) | Scarf: Flea Market (similar style)| Tote: Sarah Shaw (old, similar style) | Cuff: Rivka Friedman | Earrings: Vintage

If you’ve been following me on Instagram then you know I hit the flea market a couple weekends ago.  So, did I take the vintage hat home?  Read on and find out…

The last time I visited the Rose Bowl Flea Market or any flea market for that matter was 8 years ago.  Since I was in the mood to revamp our living and dining rooms, I invited my sister to trek around the bowl for some treasure finds, specifically furniture for myself.  When I went to pick her up that morning the first thing she asked me was “did you bring cash or check with you?”.  My answer, “no, doesn’t everyone have a smartphone now where they can just run your card through?”  So, with a bottle of water and $20 in cash (enough for the admission fee and possibly a sandwich) we went straight to the bowl.

First stop, a real fur cape…she was gorgeous and only $40…but too real so I couldn’t take her home.  Second stop, a beautiful vintage hat for $35 & the seller accepted cash or check only.  My sister would loan me the money but it wouldn’t be right because she was planning to buy something for herself.  Every booth we stopped by they all wanted cash or checks, no cards accepted whatsoever!   Yes, there was an ATM machine but I refused to pay the fees!!!  Two and a half hours later on our way out,, we saw this stand full of cashmere sweaters with starting price at $5.  My sister dove right in but my eyes were fixated at this basket full of silk scarves…asking price, 2 for $5!  I found 2 and this blue color is one of them. The price was so low and reasonable that I didn’t even haggle.

I really enjoyed my visit even though I couldn’t buy anything.  Then again, had I bought my checkbook and cash I would taken the hat, the vintage ring, 14k gold filled bangles and the Gucci tote home with me.  Conceptually, this experience taught me to always bring cash or checks to the flea market.  Realistically, it taught me to be more disciplined on my impulse buying, which wasn’t a bad thing.

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Amazingly Chic & Affordable: All Under $100

Happy Friday everyone!

All under $100!  Happy shopping…

Have a fabulous and safe weekend.  Until next week, I will see you on the blog!

 

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A Gift for the Hostess

candles-1-5candles-1-3 candles-1Thanksgiving is a couple weeks away and most of us will either attend a Thanksgiving dinner or host one.  As much as I love to cook and have quests I always defer the Thanksgiving dinner to my eldest sister.  Not only is she a better cook but she’s extremely organized.  On top of that she loves hosting Thanksgiving dinners in a more formal manner, which I love because I get to play dress up.  What should we bring this year?  A bottle of wine again or a floral bouquet, or something unique and memorable?

When I was contacted by Old Factory to review their candles gift set I knew I found a potential gift for the hostess.  Their candles are hand-poured in the USA with natural soy wax (I’m sold!), self-trimming cotton candle wicks, and premium fragrance oils.  The Old Factory Candle Gift Sets contain 3 different scented candles.  Each candle burns clean and up to 20 hours.  I burnt mine for 5 hours already and the jars still look half full.  Each gift set is themed around a group of related fragrances so everyone can find something perfect for every occasion.  I chose the Fall Harvest them and the scent reminds me of family gatherings and the chilly air outside, which is what Thanksgiving is about.  I can’t wait to bring this set to my sister on our next Thanksgiving visit.

Disclosure:  Although I was given the products from Old Factory to review, all opinions are my own.

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Decor Inspiration: Living Room

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As mentioned on this post I was in the planning stage of looking for a contractor to execute a few home renovation projects.  I have interviewed a few contractors since then and received a few quotes.  I have yet to decide which one to use because there is still 1 pending estimate from a highly recommended contractor.  While waiting, I went shopping for materials to get a feel of what my budget can offer me.  Yesterday, our family went on a hardcore warehouse excursion looking for materials that would suit our needs, functions and style.  It looks like I will have to tweak a few options to stay within my budget.

For the next few months I will be diving into remodeling and decor projects throughout our home, and I can’t wait to see what unfolds.  I hope you will join me along this new journey.  Until then, I have started shopping for our living room and dining room furniture.  The above decor inspiration living rooms prompted me to stalk this site on a daily basis for furniture flash sales.  I also started visiting other stores in hopes of floor/sample sales.  Coincidentally, there was a furniture sale promotion last week and given the prices I pounced on these two amazing accent chairs to get the ball rolling!  Stay tuned for the reveal in the coming months!!!

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Chic Nails without Polish

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As much as I love my nails painted all the time I like to let them breath once in a while.  This means no polish on the nails for a week or so.  At the same time I hate neglected looking nails.  Actually, I get very self conscious if my nails are not tended to.  How do I combat this fear while maintaining a chic look?  Here are my tips:

1. File your nails.  I like to shape my nails into a soft square, my all time favorite shape.  Do not file your nail beds yet, just the ridges.

2. Soak and clean your nails.  Apply cuticle oil (use olive oil if you don’t have any) on your nails.  Soak them in warm water for 2 minutes.  Use an orangewood or metal stick and push back those cuticles.  I try not to cut my cuticles because that can lead to infections.

3. Buff”Em!  Yes, you heard me right.  I’d like to file my nail beds during this step.  Then I just buff them!  Go back and forth with the rough side, then repeat with the smooth side for crazy shiny nails!

I love wearing this look whenever I travel, especially for trips that are more than 5 days.  Otherwise, I will have to lug my entire nail kit or locate a local manicurist to do my nails…that can eat up my travel time!

Here are the before photos…

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These are the only tools you need…

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3 steps later…

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**Mama in Heels is nominated for Blog Influencer of the Year from Voiceboks.  It would mean the world to me if you could spare 30 seconds to vote for me here by clicking on the thumbs up!  100% of the winning proceeds will go towards my favorite charity, St Jude Research Hosital! Thank you so much for your support!!!**

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Now it’s time to link up your beauty posts with Beauty Buzz Link Up. Each week I co-host with Jo-Lynne of Jo-Lynne Shane, Alison of Sassy Moms in the City and Kristin of Mom Trends for some more beauty tips and tricks! Jo-Lynne is hosting this week’s link up so head on over to Alison and link up your beauty posts. Don’t forget to enter for a chance to win some awesome products from Derma E!!!

Coat of Armour

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Coat: Joules c/o | Dress: Missselfridge (old, similar style) | Scarf: Gudrun Sjoden c/o | Over the Knee Boots: Dolce Vita | Bag: Chanel

Happy Monday everyone!

Fall is in full swing!  I’ve worn my new sweaters, sipped and savored some warm drinks while doing so.  I’ve also worn my new coat from Joules.  Have you heard of Joules?  They are one of the best-loved Britain clothing brands for families who enjoy getting out and about in style and living life to the full.  For three decades Joules have been devoted to crafting the highest quality clothing designed to capture the true essence of British style.  They are committed to quality and make sure all of their clothing is built to last season after season.  Now, that’s my kind of language!

I’ve been shopping for a coat that is light and travel friendly but can also keep me warm and stylish in the artic land.  Our last family trip to Toronto taught me a good lesson about coat wear.  My mother-in-law was right, the coat I wore during that trip and trips before then was appropriate for the California winter weather but not for the Canadian harsh winter.  The ice storm added fuel to the fire even though I was covered in 4 layers of clothing.

I wasn’t sure if this quilted coat from Joules would fit the bill when I saw it on their website.  I took a chance and selected this coat anyway because I thought the design looked elegant and effortless.  When it arrived it exceeded my expectation.  The coat was surprisingly light, which will make a perfect travel coat.  When I felt how light it was I didn’t know if it would be warm enough.  It was!  So glad I chose this coat!!!  We are visiting Toronto again in a couple months and I can’t wait to bring my coat of armor with me to fight the freezing land, ice storm or not!

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