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Friday, May 8, 2015

Oh, Hi Sunshine

After having my 2nd child Olivia, life totally took me to a different direction.Taking care of two kids and managing the household, my personal style fashion blogging always takes the back seat. My family and kids are always my number one priority. I have been absent in this blog for so long and my contents are all over the place and  not very consistent.So I decided to start fresh,  this time I'm the photographer and stylist of my little muse. Since my daughter likes to play dress up literally almost everyday , that gives me an idea to create a personal style blog for her.We both enjoy this little bonding together.I hope you will join us in this new journey . Visit our blog www.ohhisunshine.WordPress.com

Thank you all !

Monday, April 13, 2015

Nickelodeon Suites in Orlando

credits : Nick Suites
credits : Nick Suites

Every year we do our traditional family  vacation and we like to do it in the summer . I wish we can do it during winter but with Lucas's school  and husband's work, its not possible.Some Snow is nice and beautiful for a few days  but I easily get tired of it and winter activities is not my thing, maybe because I was born in the tropics. At least now we are finally getting some spring weather and I'm excited for what's in store for us this summer but before that let me refresh my memory last summer in Florida. So  hubs excitedly suggested  to go for  a road trip to Florida. I was like " what ?! hmmm no ".Her are my reasons. First, I haven't experience long road trips ,the farthest i went is just five hours away. Second, I was  thinking of our  two energetic kids at the back for twelve hours going to Orlando plus twelve hours going back, just by the thought of it, I'm already catching my breath. It took me awhile to agree with his  plan, we promise ourselves to handle the stress in a more positive attitude, you know how it is traveling with kids, always expect the unexpected. Since, its a road trip we plan to stay longer in Florida, about two weeks and we planned to venture out different hotels and resorts. First stop, Nick Suites.






Since both of my kids are obsessed with Nick Jr.,especially Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Dora the Explorer.We thought this resort is just perfect for them. In their website's photo gallery, the rooms looks very colorful and kid friendly but when I read the reviews in other website, they say the rooms are  outdated. But anyhow, we still pursue since Lucas really wanted to go there. When we first got there, the lobby looks really nice they have an interactive area on the side where there are tablets installed on the walls and bean bags so kids can play games while your trying to check-in. Right when we got inside I could already hear my kid's ooohs and aaahhhs. My tired 6 years old suddenly became energetic and he couldn't contain his excitement. My one year old at that time was really amazed with the  colorful pictures on the walls and the LCD screen with Dora in it. Right there I realized the long road trip is all worth it and this is going to be fun !


The first picture below is exactly what our room looks like, it does look nice and clean in the pictures but in real life, they need to upgrade. That couch, I don't even think power cleaning could do the job, it  looks dirty from overtime. I even put towels on top to cover it but then again, the kids  just mess it up. The floor needs to be carpet cleaned and the little details in the room looks outdated except the flat screened TV just like the one in the second picture below, but the rest of the rooms in which there are two  in this suite, have the old style 90's TV.

credits : Nick Suites
credits : Nick Suites

The kid's room is painted with Nickelodeon animated characters , so cute.
In a separate building they have what they call "The Mall". I wish I took a lot of pictures at The Mall but we were so pre-occupied with all the fun activities  with the kids. When we were not by the pool or went somewhere, The Mall is the place we hung out. They have everything there in The Mall. They have little shops for souveniers and essential needs, a huge food court on which they offer casual dining and character dining, where you can meet,greet and dine with your favorite Nick characters. They have a  list of schedule of the characters you can dine with. But if you don't feel like dining with them, you can just do a meet and greet. It's just right outside the lobby of the food court , if you happen to spot them right at the moment, that's cool . If not, they always have a schedule for certain times to meet your favorite characters and yes, the lines are long most of the time. Aside from that, they have a 4D  theater. Lucas really enjoyed it, him and my hubby watched every movie there, while me and Olivia stayed in our room . Either we are both taking a nap, or she is taking a nap and I get to enjoy a little quiet time.

interactive entertainment area at "The Mall"


We also went  to watch the Double Dare Live show which is also in the Mall. You can participate as a contestant , just check the schedule for the casting. You can just be an audience like us and clap along, it's really fun and entertaining. Even my one year old Olivia is enjoying it, especially when everybody clapped their hands she clapped her hands too with a big smile on her face. It's precious.


mini- golf station

My little princess, her dress matches the colors of the sofa and the wall. Cutie!

Looks like me and Olivia are ready to crash and wrap the day.
Mass Sliming

We enjoyed our experience in Nick Suites because they have a lot of fun  to offer for the family but the only thing I don't like are their rooms. They really need to update it. Other than that, the program, activities and fun amenities they offer is great.

This is it for now for our Orlando vacation, I will make another post for the rest of our adventure. I have been in a total blog hybernation and there is so much catching up to do.


                                                                              April

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Neutral Tones and Rich Tones

Neutral Tones



neutral tones

I really love neutral tones , it is such a clean clean look. Gone are those days that they say, you can't wear white during winter time. Wearing white all year round is totally acceptable now. It just depend how you carry yourself and how you do your pairings.




Rich Tones



Rich Tones







      Ring - Gorjana / Sunglasses- Givenchy / Sweater- BCBGMAXAZRIA




You can never go wrong with rich tones for winter. Black, oxblood and gold is exactly my favorite hue for these chilly days. It looks classy,elegant and timeless.

All these amazing stuffs are available in Shopbop. They have a big event going on right now until Dec. 1st. and they offer these awesome coupons like

15% off orders of $250+
20% off orders of $500+
25% off orders of $1000+
Includes All Full-Price & SALE Items.

Coupon Code is available  Here

*This is a sponsored post , Sweet Escape ocassionaly accepts vendor/ brand sponsorship for
mentioning their products and services.


Thank you for reading and Happy Thanksgiving to all !

April

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Kiddie Corner : Toddler's Fall Fashion








Lately , I've been struggling with my blogging duties for quite awhile . You know, sometimes this life as a wife and a mom of two , things get a little out of hand and sometimes things get off balance. But as what they say, when you fall, you can always get up. So here I am again , back on the keyboard and sharing my inspirations.

Last month, me and my cousin did a photoshoot for our cutie patooties. I tell yah, it's definetely a challenge, especially when it was a bit windy and my little princess don't have the patience or even want anything to be put on her hair. I got lucky with the beanie that stays in place for a bit just to take a shot but the ribbon that is meant for her blue outfit, forget it. It doesn't stay ,even atleast a second.Somehow we wrap the shoot pretty good with the kids playing with the leaves and my princess forgot about the beanie on her head.

In Michigan, our winter could get really nasty. I hope this year won't be as bad as last year's winter. So before my kids starts to hymm the tune of Frozen's Do You Wanna Build A Snowman. I want to share this adorable fall pictures of my princess Olivia and her cousin Justin.

Thank you for reading !


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Kiddie Corner : My Angels









When I found out I was pregnant with my second child , I was so excited and my happiness is immeasurable. It took us awhile in trying to have a second child , I put myself into the pressure of  Lucas growing up being alone.My husband's family is not big, so basically Lucas is the only grandchild. My side of the family is in the Philippines, so basically Lucas don't get to see them as much. For someone like me, who comes from a big family and did a lot of fun stuff  growing up with my siblings and cousins. It's kind of sad to watch Lucas growing up as an only child. So we decided to have another baby , she didn't came right away as we expect it . I was freaking out , I was worried about the age gap. What if  , they might be too far apart (which they are already) and  they might not get along or they fight a lot ( hopefully not ). It even came to the point, that we are just going to stop trying and  then proceed on my plans on going back to school or go back to work again by the time he will be on full day kindergarten. I guess things happen when you least expect it. I got pregnant around May of 2012. We are so happy and so excited to tell Lucas that he is going to be a big brother. Since he always wanted to have a sibling , he was so excited and so happy when i broke the news to him because now he have somebody to play with aside from mommy and daddy. As I was going through the whole pregnancy thing again, I was always tired , nauseous and moody for the most part. I'm kind of a control freak at times. I was thinking, taking care of Lucas is  pretty handful let alone taking care of two kids.  Although my husband is always there to help me at anytime, there is this part of me that somehow want to do it all. I feel like I can do it better if I could do it myself , so that way if it got messed up I have nobody to blame it to other than myself . To some people, they perceived me as a calm and laid back mom but deep inside, I'm already freaking out and  about to have a nervous breakdown anytime soon. In having kids, it takes a lot to handle emotions and patience. Not to mention, a lot of energy to keep up with them. But no matter how challenging the situation is, I always try remind myself  to take things easy and do one thing at a time. Although sometimes it's really hard , but I always try my best to be the best I can be as person for I believe that setting a good example or being a good role model is the most that you can teach to your kids rather than just telling them what to do. It's not easy to be a parent but it is the most rewarding task , the joy and happiness it brings is immeasurable , it gives you strength that you didn't know it exist in you and most of all it brings out the best in you.


Thank you so much for reading .....

Love,
     April






Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Fashion : Overalls



Another 90's trend that is having a major comeback - overalls. If you are a teenager or in your mid-20's , definitely you could pull off wearing overalls. When in your early thirties , like yours truly here. It is quite a bit of a challenge , most specially that  I'm petite and i  really don't want to look like a school grader in it. So when i paired my overalls , i steered away from flats and  went with comfy strappy wedges. That way, it looks  lady like and a bit polished. So what do you guys think ?



overalls : Marshalls
bag : Burberry
top : Jcrew
sandals : Ivanka Trump
hat : Forever 21
bracelet : Target

Inspirations : 

Here are  celebrities that are in their 30's sporting their overalls.


Jessica Alba (33) looking so comfy and chic . I love the pattern mix of the stripe top and polka dots espradilles.


Alexa Chung (31) - how cool is this girl dress herself. What a brilliant mix of accessories , those sunnies and black strappy espradilles is definitely an icing on a cake.


Another look of Alexa Chung and one of my favorite looks . The camel coat worn like a cape is so effortless chic and elegant.


Shop the Look 



Shop for Overalls 


Monday, June 30, 2014

Beauty : Radical Skincare Advance Peptide Antioxidant Serum Review




Right when i read  " antioxidant serum " I got curious of what are these antioxidant ingredients can do and what differentiates this serum from other serums in the market. So i read about this Trylacel technology that it delivers triple potency action in a complete, universal and multi-tasking serum designed to achieve fast and visible results. It has 13 active ingredients chosen for their efficacy, their ability to work in synergy, their clinical results to reduce the deepest wrinkles, even skintone , improve elasticity and firmness.
The Advanced Peptide Antioxidant Serum has the expert ability to defend and repair skin regardless of age,skin type and ethnicity, against all factors causing skin aging.

You see , every skin type has specific needs according to its age, type and environment.
For the Radical Skincare scientific team, it seemed essential to design a serum capable
of working on all skin types, with as wide a range of action as possible.
During his long cosmetics research career, Lionel de Benetti, Radical Skincare’s
Scientific Advisor, has focused on establishing the fact that there are 16 factors that
cause skin aging.

ADVANCED PEPTIDE ANTIOXIDANT SERUM combats 16 agents causing:
> Poor or low hydration
>Deterioration of cell regeneration
>Glycation disorders
> Slowing down of collagen synthesis
> Free radicals
>Nerve transmitter inhibition
> Low elastin synthesis
>Destruction of collagen and elastin fibers (MMP)
>Weak cross-links between fibroblasts and collagen
> Protection of defective stem cells
> Pigmentation disorders
> Inflammation of Langerhans cells
> Poor cellular respiration
> Poor barrier effect
>Weak dermo-epidermal junction
> Poor nutrition

This universal, complete ADVANCED PEPTIDE ANTIOXIDANT SERUM has been
vigorously formulated with hand-picked active agents to defend against the 16 causes
of aging while repairing past damage.Each ingredient has been subjected to precise, rigorous tests in vitro and in vivo vs placebo. Why? Because it is important and vital to check that the test result for an active agent
does not apply to the excipient in which it is dissolved but to the active agent itself.

After exhaustive, precise screening, these 13 active agents were chosen for their ability to work in synergy. They include triple action dipalmitoyl hydroxyproline, antiglycation decarboxy carnosine, Argan extract, and 2 hexapeptides.
Many were meticulously chosen for their action on two or even three phenomena on
which aging has an impact. All these active ingredients in combination optimize results for ADVANCED PEPTIDE ANTIOXIDANT SERUM to deliver Radical results.

Here is a short video about Trylacel technology :







My personal evaluation on Radical Skincare Advance Peptide Antioxidant Serum :

- it moisturized my skin without the greasy feeling and it doesn't clog my pores
-significant reduction of my pores and blemishes
-brightens and evens out my skintone
- it doesn't smell
-improve my skin firmness and density



 I apply the serum on my cleansed face and neck using delicate  upward movements. I use every morning and evening. The serum has a creamy light brown consistency. Don't fret ! it's not pigmented like a make up foundation or some sort like that. Once you apply it to your bare face, it will just blend in with your natural skin tone. It's like a cream but it's way better because of the ingredients in it that benefits your skin.

Here are the actual results after three weeks of applying Radical Skincare Serum on my face. I'm using a Galaxy S 3 phone in broad daylight . I have no make up on, except on my eyebrows . It's  not edited nor filtered.



 Also may i add , I did a review using Radical Skincare Exfoliating Pads from my previous post. I promised you before that I will show you the results after I used all the  pads and just in time when I used half of the container of  Radical Skincare exfoliating pads, the  Radical Skincare Serum came in the mail. So I have been using both products and I can personally say that it speeds up the process in significantly reducing my blemishes. So happy !


Of course on this , I have my make up on. I'm using a medium coverage foundation which i will  share it to you one day . I don't wear concealer anymore because my acne blemishes has been reduced and also cutting back on concealer definitely saves me an amount of time to get my make up done but I still have to apply concealer  on my  under eyes because I have dark under eyes.


I really love Radical Skincare line because they deliver good and fast results on my skin and I am excited to try their other products as well. Radical Skincare is a high-end product , so it might be a little pricey for some but you get what you pay for ,plus a little goes a long way too.

If you want to try Radical Skincare products you can request a sample from these retailers :

Sephora , Barneys , Bloomingdale , Harrods , Radical Skincare

Shop Radical Skincare Products



*This is a sponsored post ,the thoughts and opinions are my own. I got this product for free, regardless i only recommend products i use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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