A mother´s 7 minute makeup routine

Hi everyone! I hope you all had a good week, it´s already Friday so weekend is officially on! I woke up at 7 today and nursed my baby boy, then had the luxury of time and had proper breakfast – those with a newborn at home know exactly what I mean when I say time is real luxury.

Again, all new (and not so new) mothers out there know how precious time can be. We don´t get much of it for ourselves and try to do everything at once as our babies sleep…sometimes it is way too much and we look like a mess by 10 am already (haven´t we all been there?)!

Whilst it is ok for a mum to look like third world war is breaking out, there are ways to reduce the side effects, or at least ways to slightly save the appearance, all you need are seven minutes and some good make up!

Before I go on, let me tell you I am in no way a make up artist, I do not follow any make up tutorial channels on Youtube and I don´t really care about what brand famous people use. I firmly believe you have to go with what matches your skin and your pockets.

So now, getting back to the point, as I mentioned above, all you need to fix your morning look are seven minutes and some good make up. I start my morning makeup routine by washing my face with (a very normal !) soap, nothing fancy. Afterwards I apply moisturizer and wait until it soaks in, during that time I get my hair done really quick (usually a quick brush and either straighten or curl up with my GHD products, which are a blessing to my mornings by the way). So once this is all done I start my quick makeup routine.

I gently apply foundation with a makeup sponge (I use brushes when I have more time). I usually take a light coverage MAC foundation in the morning, and make sure it is slightly darker than my own skin. Afterwards I apply some concealer under my eyes and T area. The colous is slightly lighter than the foundation, but I haven´t found the perfect brand for me just yet. I am currently using Lancome but I am not sure I will stick to it.

Moving on, as a third step I apply some bronzing powder (or compact / matting powder) on my face; that is from MAC as well, while as a forth step comes the eyebrow shaping (which I may or may not have time for)..I have to be honest on this one, after pregnancy my eyebrows stopped growing properly and since I can´t go for microblading (I am still nursing), I always need to fill in the gaps on my brows with either a pencil, or preferably powder.. Anastasia Beverly Hills has some really good ones in this case.

Last, but not least, comes the lip balm followed by either lipgloss or lipstick. I prefer lipstick but I go for gloss at times as well, depending on my mood.

And that´s it ladies. You are ready to go 😉 But these are only basics of course, for a night out I usually go for more than just that (for instance blusher, highlighter, eyeliner and co. ) .

Anyhow, let me know your tricks to make it through the day as a mother, woman, and wife 🙂 Hope you find some time for yourselves and enjoy your weekend!

Cheers

x


Why you should stop booking bed and breakfast

Hi there!

Nice to see you back on my site! Hope you are doing fine!

It`s Sunday and I just had a long, relaxing breakfast with my hubby and our baby boy, Liam (though he was just pretty much watching us eat) . We often sit together and plan what to do on our free days, or on holidays..we spend time looking through destinations to travel to, and possible hotels we can book. To be very honest, I have always been a fan of booking breakfast in advance regardless of where we go…I always thought there is nothing more comfortable then waking up and walking straight to the hotel restaurant and get my latte as quickly as possible. Well, I recently found out how much I have missed out on during my travels due to this (bad?) habit of mine..a habit I should break, at least when it comes to city trips.

We travelled to The Hague (Netherlands) back in August, booked a comfy room at the Hilton Hotel in downtown, but forgot to book breakfast to it. Once we arrived, the concierge told us there would be no problem at all in adding the extra service to our room for the usual charge..At this point I was very tempted to say “sure, do it”.. but something held me back and I told my husband: “let´s just do it differently this time”. And what a great idea it turned out to be!

Before I go on, you have to know that The Hague is a nice town located directly on the western coast of the Netherlands. It is small enough for you to be able to walk to most of the attractions (if you are staying in the city centre), yet big enough for it to offer a large variety of restaurants and shops. We didn´t know much about the city before visiting, but we found our way around straight away. Bear in mind, I was 8 months pregnant at the time, so I was not as fit as I am now, but I still took great long walks.

Binnenhof – Den Haag

During our evening “explorer´s walk”, we couldn’t´t help but notice the many bistros and cafes the city has, and were relieved that we did not book breakfast after all; The Hague has a really good culinary variety to offer!

While walking we came across what just a few hours later would be our breakfast place. It is called “Walter Benedict” and I can heartedly recommend it! Not only the Menu is perfect to match all types of taste, also the interior (a mixture of industrial and rustical) is so well done, you can´t help but feel home! Being pregnant I could unfortunately not eat most of my favourite dishes (poached eggs are one of the many for instance), yet I got adviced really well by the waitress and I have totally enjoyed our meal. I got my capuccino and was very happy they had decaf (I did not drink coffeine throughout my pregnancy). We got fresh juice as well, and have one amazing time. The entire staff spoke english and everyone was extremely nice to us.

After this amazing meal we took a walk to our hotel, and I couldn’t help but think how good of an idea it was not to book breakfast at the hotel.

First of all, the price of our meal would´ve been much higher. Most 5 and 4 star hotels charge you about 20EUR per person for breakfast (some hotel charge as much as 40EUR!); true.. you do get a really big variety of food to choose from, but let´s be honest.. You will not try everything out, will you? Such breakfasts make sense if you are somewhere in a beach resort, or in the mountains, far away from the metropolitan life.

If you are on a city trip you should just get out and enjoy a beautiful breakfast somewhere in the city instead. This way you get a taste of the local life and make the best use of your time. Don´t be scared not to find your way, just use Google Maps (or do it old school, with a paper city map, I love those too!), Tripadvisor, and your good sense, or just ask locals and your hotel concierge for good advice, they know their town best after all!

Also, if you are in The Hague, make sure to visit Walter Benedict, a pretty bistro in a pretty city!

I wish you all a lovely Sunday and do not hesitate to share your thoughts with me, especially if you know of some child-friendly cities we could visit in the near future !

Pete

xx


Five things they don´t tell you about post partum

Hi everyone!

I hope you all had a good night sleep and are ready for the weekend! I actually had a really good night, Liam slept almost 9 hours straight so I really can´t complain. He is now 3,5 months old and I have to say I am feeling really well. It wasn´t always like this though.

A lot has happened during the first few weeks after I gave birth, most of which I somehow didn´t expect. So here I go sharing with you my top 5 things you (might) go through right after getting a baby that you might not know about just yet.

But hey, don´t worry, there is nothing a woman can´t do, and post-partum is not so bad after all. Our bodies and souls get back to normal faster than you would think, and all of a sudden we feel stronger and empowered, because there is just so much a woman can do!

*** Note: I had a natual birth, I have no idea what happens in the weeks following a C-section ** 

  1. You don´t magically lose your pregnancy weight (and your baby bump) right after giving birth 

If you thought all those pounds you put on during those hard but beautiful 9 pregnany months would just go away the moment you see your bundle of joy, rethink. It is definitely not true, at least for most of us it isn´t.

Right after giving birth you lose the weight of the baby, the placenta, some water and some blood. Now, depending on how much you have put on during pregnancy, this could be about a third of the total extra pounds you have gained. For me it was unfortunately only a fourth of my plus weight (I did gain a whooooole lot though!). This means you will probably look like someone in her 5th pregnancy month, meaning that the maternity pants you bought may still serve their purpose. So do not throw them away the moment you check into hospital for delivery! AND remember to get very comfy pants (and panties) with you to the hospital.

Whilst you might be disappointed by the way you look, you won´t really have time to think about it. The joy of finally having your baby overweighs everything else for sure!

Also, don´t worry! The rest will also slowly (but surely) disappear with time. I still, for example, have only 800grams left to shake off, which is not much at all (given I had put on 21Kg!). It might be a tough road at times, but be reassured, everything does get better, and all those beautiful clothes hanging in your wardrobe will soon enough fit again!

2. Your (natural) birth wounds do not heal overnight 

The pain that comes with natural birth is forgotten the moment you see your little bundle of joy; however there is one or the other thing you might experience right after! I had third degree wounds and at the beginning I could feel pretty much all the stiches I got, which made the whole process of going to the toilette a little scary. Fortunately it was not as bad as I thought it would be, just remember to always use warm (not hot) water right after peeing (it really works magic, I promise), and at the beginning use suppositories (they should give you some at the hospital) if you need to go to the toilette for something else.

I know, this sounds a little gross, but it is the bold truth: you want to avoid haemorrhoids and ease pain (so this is the perfect solution for both). I am sorry this is a little too bold for some of you, but I believe it is important to speak about it! It is also important to mention that you should not use any toiletry articles if you are still bleeding, just use hot water!

I fortunately did all of this right away and had no problems in the healing process, it just all took its time and its course.

3. You might bleed for 6 weeks straight

Yup, you heard that well. Ladies, not having your period for 9 months straight was pretty cool yes, but it all comes back at you at once (but it stops again if you nurse). Just think about it, your body needs to get rid of all that little extra you piled up during pregnancy, the uterus needs to get back to its natural size and shape, and your organs need to get back into the right place and position. While all of this happens, your body naturally gets rid of all the extra and it goes through a well deserved healing process. The bleeding is quite strong at first (so you will need specific sanitary pads at first, I needed those for about 2 weeks, maybe a little less) but it lessen with time, before it stops completely at week 6 the latest. I think I was done by the end of week 4 or 5. At the end is not as bad, it just feels like the last day of your period and normal pads will definitely do.

Again, this might be a gross and very explicit topic, but it is important that we talk about it and share our experience, this is part of a process and it is part of education. Don´t forget to visit your doctor 6 to 8 weeks after giving birth, just to make sure everything is really ok!

4. Breasfeeding is not easy and it takes time to get it right

Whilst it is ok if you decide not to breasfeed and use formula instead (I respect all opinions and decisions), I believe there is nothing better for a child than drinking his mother´s milk. I was told by all the doctors I have seen that it contains vitamins which formula cannot replace, it builds antibodies, and (let´s be honest) it helps the natural healing process of the mother (as well as it helps you lose weight if you do not over-eat of course, the production of milk consumes at least 200 Kcal a day I was told !).

At first it will take (a lol of ) time! I don´t feel like I am ready to share my experience about this with everyone just yet, but I promise breastfeeding took a lot of effort. I even got sick, but fortunately it all went well. Even then, I didn´t stop nursing. After a very long 6 weeks, my baby boy has learnt how to eat properly and did not need any additional food through bottles. If you are facing problems, I promise it gets better. Just stay at it and don´t give up! My doctor adviced me to nurse at least till Liam is 6months old, I am planning to do it until he is 1 (unless something comes in between). We will start giving him food other than milk after he is 5 months and we will see how things will change.

This is a beautiful experience, it is a bond you get to experience only once with your child. Do not miss it if you can, even if at the beginning you might bleed, get milk clogs, and/or get fever. Trust me, it all goes away!

5. Diastasis Recti (or abdominal separation)

This is a condition a lot of woman (including me) have right after giving birth. As your uterus grows, a gap caused by its stretching forms between your abdominal muscles. Let your care provider advice you on what you can do to reduce this gap and to make sure your muscles get into the right place again. I personally did some pelvic excercises and followed all the instructions I was given. Also, I started a 10 weeks post partum rehab program which is really good for my waistline as well.

I now don´t have diastasis recti anymore and can luckily do all sort of physical activities again.

 

So that was it from my side on this topic for now! As I said, all of the above are just temporary conditions, but it is very important to talk about them and share our experiences with one another.

Let me know what you think in the comments below, or else you can write me an E-mail 😉

 

xx

Pete

Hello, it´s me!

Hey there!

I hope you are all doing well, and having the best time… I most certainly am!

As you can see, my page has a complete new look (which I hope you will like!) and a whole new content.

This is because a lot has been going on in my life this past few months, and I feel like 2019 has brought me a fresh new start. First of all, I have more time since I am on parental leave, and secondly I haven´t felt this motivated in a really long time. Also, I have a clearer idea of what I want and how to get there, but I guess this is because I am aging after all *sigh*

…But first things first; let me tell you one or two things about myself. I was born 32 years ago in Italy, where I grew up and spent a big part of my life. I also lived in Cairo, Egypt and in Budapest, Hungary. I am currently living in close to Frankfurt, in Germany.

I believe this whole moving and living in different countries has added a lot of value to my life.. I have learnt about different (ok yes, very different!) cultures – and I have also learnt how to deal with them, which can be really hard at times.

I love to travel, love food, make up and clothes (yup, I am a woman after all), but most of all, I love my family.

As I said, I am on parental leave. My baby boy, Liam, is 3 months old and needs me the most, for this reason I have decided to spend sometime at home with him before going back to work in the (relatively) near future.

Here I can finally expose myself and I will talk about my experiences, about a whole bunch of things which caught my attention, I will give some honest (and trust me, I can be very honest!) opinions, and of course, I will talk about my, bumby but beautiful, journey as a mom.

So stay tuned! There is lots coming up and a lot I want to read your thoughts and comments on!

 

xx

Pete