San Diego Filipino Blogger Network has enabled me to meet Filipino professionals in different fields. I was eager to spend some time at the Luib Health Center with Dr. Catherine Sy Luib to learn more about her services and her approach to a healthy lifestyle. Dr. Cat, as her patients affectionately call her, is a licensed chiropractor and acupuncturist. She holds many different titles degrees that show within an instant of talking with her. One can tell she is definitely very knowledgeable about what she does and the how the body works! Dr. Cat intertwines Traditional Chinese Medicine with nutrition based treatment. She believes in aligning the mind, body, and spirit, back into harmony.
On my initial visit, I received a complimentary biomat treatment along with sound therapy and thought that my mom would really benefit from this. She has trouble sleeping and relaxing in general. Here is Dr. Cat preparing my mom for her treatment. The mat that my mom is on contains amethyst crystals that help redirect your body's energy. In addition it is heated to soothe muscles. Dr. Cat provides an audio of a guided relaxation session. It is not uncommon for someone to fall asleep during this session, which is what my mom did! My mom said the 30 minute session did make her feel more relaxed and energetic.
Tuina massage along with cupping.
Dr. Cat also prescribed recipes for smoothies that would detox my dad's liver because of all the medications he is on and referred my mom to take some herb and vitamin supplements to get them both healthier. As I get older and my parents continue to grow into their golden years, I prefer seeking out these kinds of treatments instead of adding more medications. I only wish that Dr. Cat's office was closer. I think we would be visiting her more often as a family!
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Wounded Warrior Homes is an organization that helps house soldiers who were injured while on active duty fighting wars on foreign land. Some soldiers are not able to come home to family to take care of them and/or may live many miles away from the nearest veteran's hospital. Wounded Warrior homes fills that void. The charity event was hosted by Tequila Herradura.
Attendees enjoyed passed hor d'oeuvres, and choice of two drinks, the Hall of Fame Margarita (made with Herradura Silver) or LT's Hacienda Mule (Herradura Ultra Anejo).
|Hall of Fame Margarita|
There was also a silent auction of LT memorabilia to benefit the Wounded Warrior Homes organization.
The highlight of the Happy Hour was hearing LaDanian speak about how he got involved with football as a child and then listening to three honored guests share their stories of how the Wounded Warriors program helped them transition from active duty to war veteran.
LaDanian was available before and after his speech to meet his fans and take a few pictures. I was lucky enough to score his autograph and take a selfie! What a classy gentleman!
The event concluded with a generous check of $20,000 provided to LT's foundation in the name of the Wounded Warriors presented by Brown Forman, the company that owns Tequila Herradura.
It was great to see one of my family's favorite Charger still active in the San Diego community!
Saturday, June 10, 2017
What a concept that Lincoln dealerships have created! I heard about "Lincoln Date Night"through a mom group that I belong to on Facebook. Someone in another state commented that she set her date and was very excited about it. I decided to try it myself!
Hopefully you reside in a state that has the program. Here is the one location in San Diego that offers it.
I was anticipating a sort of timeshare presentation where you sit through and listen to people and perhaps get a salesman or two to push a car on you, but it was not like that at all. (Yes, because I corresponded via email, I am now on their email list and receiving emails from the dealership, but I do have the option to unsubscribe.) Marco let me know that the appointment would take about a half hour and I needed to bring in my Driver's License, Car Insurance Policy and a credit card. There would be no charges made but just in case something happened to the car. Also, we couldn't take the car into Mexico. Made sense to me.
We walked in to the dealership and were directed to the front desk. Eric greeted us and looked up my name, confirmed my appointment, and made copies of the three things that I brought in. I signed an agreement and he handed me this card with the $100 gift card inside. The gift card expires on 1/2018.
- This car has massage chairs for the driver and passenger! Wooo! I turned that thing on the whole while when we were driving. OMG, it felt sooo good!
- There is no center or steering wheel shifting, you push a button on a side panel!
- If your phone is programmed in and the airbags deploy, the car is equipped with 911 assist. They will call you to see if you are ok! Safety first!
Sunday, June 4, 2017
The moms all arrived at different times to Newport Beach. Dusty Simington's beautiful salon, Spa Gregorie's, generously sponsored all of our haircuts, coloring and manicures. THANK YOU SO MUCH! The cameras were ready to film our transformations!
Alex and Ani bangle.
|Photo credit: The It Mom website|
|Some of the Dream Team: Daisy Teh, George Teh, and photographer Sean Tu.|
We were shuttled back to the salon in the morning to listen to our awesome professionals Dusty Simington, Sophadavy Hun, Ashley Trevino and Cherrie Luzon give us advice on hair care, makeup and styling.
|My new mommy friends from top left: Charlene, Audra, and Tiany!|
Tip #1: When to use conditioner
My hair is big, bushy, and can get really dry. Dusty Simington, celebrity stylist and owner of Salon Gregories, let us know that following the order of shampoo then applying conditioner was pretty much like pouring your hard-earned money down the shower drain. Once your hair is wet, the moisture becomes a barrier from your hair absorbing any of the conditioner. So he recommends applying conditioner on dry hair before you shower, whether it's for five minutes or for five hours when you are hanging out at home. You can even put a small amount of conditioner on before you go to sleep, it'll act like a light detangler in the morning. I have been trying this method for the last couple of months and it has made such a difference in the feel of my hair!
Tip #2: How to get volume in your hair
Dusty said to blow dry your hair from the bottom up. Hang your hair to the side and squeeze as much moisture out with a towel before blowdrying. Once it is dry, concentrate on the roots.
Dusty says, for fuller faces, a ponytail on top of the head works best. A low ponytail at the base of the back works for most everyone and a side ponytail can take make you look ten years younger!
Tip #4: Re-styling
Most moms don't have the time to style their hair full-on every day. For a quick re-style on curly hair, use a curling iron on random pieces of hair. And hairspray your hair before you curl it to hold it!
Tip #5: Clarifying your hair
Household products like lemon juice and baking soda or apple cider vinegar or coconut oil are great for hair and skin! Look up recipes to make a paste or solution and use it to remove build up from your hair.
Dusty was so affable and nice on the eyes! His gleaming white teeth were mesmerizing!!
Next, makeup artist Sophadavy Hun took her time to explain how to use the incredible IT cosmetics that we received to get us looking fabulous!
Keep your colors fresh and bright when applying by keeping your brushes clean! She said she's had her brush for years and is able to maintain them by cleaning them regularly!
Tip #2: Use the right type of brush
Use the right type of brush for the area of your face. This fan brush is perfect for applying blush in a "C" motion sweeping up from your cheek to near your eye.
Tip #3: Blend
Blending is key in order for your makeup to look natural and not caked on. Tap off any excess product before applying and blend with brushes, sponges, pads, or even your fingers!
After learning more about makeup application, stylist Ashley Trevino gave a moving testimonial of why she wanted to participate in this project. Her story involved human trafficking and being saved by God. She had me choked up listening to her endure those trying times. Her life has completely turned around and now, in addition to being a stylist, she is a motivational speaker. and the owner of Bella Bridal.
Next up was Cherrie Luzon, another one of our amazing stylists! She shared her favorite tips to keep us moms fashionable!
Tips on Styling!Tip #7: Use A-line silhouettes for more curvier girls like me!
An A line can give you a slimmer look, especially a blouse or dress with an empire waist!
Tip #8: Shop for pieces that are versatile!
Here's a little black dress that can be used for a variety of looks! Use accessories to change up your look. Layer select pieces of your clothes to add color and dimension.
|Photo courtesy of Cherrie Luzon|
Cherrie shared that fashion spirals, so keep some of your great pieces because they may come back in style years later! She also shared that a great purchase that is in style right now is a denim chambray shirt that you can dress up or wear with sneakers!
Tip #10: Look your best so you can feel your best and be your best self!
This is from me, from the whole experience. In order to be the best mom, you have to be your best self. When you look good, you feel good and that positivism can flow through all of your interactions with your family, friends, clients, etc... It doesn't take a lot of time or effort to look pretty good! I'm going to try my best to put this in action every day!
The Total Mom Makeover Season Two applications are now available, taking place August 4-6 in Las Vegas, NV!