12.18.2020

{7qt} prayers and the going-ons on social media

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1. Divine Mercy Chaplet
I was invited by  @mikesibal to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet at 3p PST/6pEST. What a powerful prayer specially today. Mike messaged me last minute and I felt it was the prompting of the Holy Spirit. This week has been out of sorts and prayer is much needed!
You can check out the live here. Just ignore that you can only see half my face and that I was super magnified when I came into view. There was a glitch and I was zoomed in on the live but it looked fine on my end. (apparently not). 
Make sure you get to the end because there's a treat. Nash made a cameo. 

2. Geriatic pregnancy
My age is catching up on me. I have high BPs on and off since 20 weeks but because of stress and yes third trimester, they are persistently high. Thankfully, my labs are fine. I have no swelling, cramping, contractions, abdominal pain, headaches or vision changes. Those are all signs of pre-eclampsia - a life threatening pregnancy complication for both mother and baby. Praise God I don't have those symptoms. Now if you could  please join me in praying that I keep the baby cooking for at least 4 more weeks to make it to full term. 


3. More prayer request
Please pray for my aunt who suffered a brainstem stroke. Please pray for my grandma and my cousin who are taking care of her. My grandma is not allowed in the hospital because of strict covid rules. She  is worrying at home, thinking of her child. :( If I am in distress thinking and praying for my aunt, I cannot imagine being a mom feeling so helpless and cannot do anything for her child. 


Be A Heart Christmas PJs are here! If you do priority shipping, they will arrive Christmas Eve (if USPS cooperates).  Use disisd10 for 10% off new customers. 




5. Private group about beauty and skincare
So as not to overwhelm instagram (which I still do anyway) with all things clean beauty and skincare, I made a private FB group. If you'd like to join, please send a request here.







One of the great partnerships I am proud to share this year is spreading the word about OSV kids magazine. OSV sent us a goodie bag and I made an "unboxing" video to share the books and items we received.  You can watch it here. 




7. Christmas Octave
For the Christmas Octave, I have planned  an Oprah-like "my favorites" giveaway. Dates are 12/27 - in honor of the Holy Family until 1/1/2021 the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. That's 6 days of gift-giving so be sure to check out instagram for items that may interest you.  I hope to get everything mailed so that winners can receive their winnings by Jan 6th, Epiphany. 
Think makeup
Something for the family
Something useful
Something sparkly
Something Marian


Happy start of the weekend, friends. May you find peace and rest this weekend. Please pray for me! I am praying for you. 

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12.16.2020

discount codes

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Hi friends!
I am fortunate to be collaborating with lots  of companies and brands that I truly enjoy and recommend. Here's the one-stop discount code page for easy access.


Be A Heart - 10% off for new customers code: disisd10
Beautycounter - 20% off for first time customers code: CLEANFORALL20 This code valid only until 2/28
Birdies - $20 off for your first purchase - just tap the link.
Dottie Couture Boutique - 20% off your purchase code: disisd20
HisGloryCo - 20% off code disisd20
Little Martin's Drawer - use code SARAH20 for 20% off your order
PhotowallUse code  disisd25  for 25% off the entire website. Code valid until 3/01/21
XOMandySue - 30% off your entire purchase using code: disisd30









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12.12.2020

my top 3 picks for last minute gifts for YOU

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Here are my TOP THREE last minute gifts for yourself for that under the tree self-care treat. 

For someone who is either pregnant or breastfeeding for the past decade (!) I am not able to use retinol which is bad for the baby. I am glad I found this non-toxic clean set. The products smell great  and "I feel good" knowing that they are great for my skin and for the baby. 




2.  I am a lipstick gal. Wearing lipstick is how I started with makeup. It's not the mascara or blush or eye shadow. It's the lipglosses and lipstick. I may be pressed for time and don't have the entire face done, just add that bright red lipstick and I feel made-up for the day. 


3.  Another favorite of mine: the dew skin tinted moisturizer. Moisturizer + SPF = WINNER. 






If you are a first time costumer, you can use code: CHANGEBEAUTY10 for 10% off. 
For guaranteed Christmas delivery via ground shipping, please order by 12/14 11:59PM PT. 

I also have samples to send out. If interested, please complete this form. 


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12.11.2020

spontaneous unboxing video

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I did a very spontaneous thing. I went on ig live this afternoon.  I received my package from Beautycounter and I wanted to record an unboxing. Instead of recording and then editing, I decided on a live! 



These are items that came with this box:
Countertime mineral boost hydrating essence
Countertime tripeptide radiance serum
Sheer lipstick in twig

Samples came!
Countertime regimen
Counter+ all bright C serum
Counter+ Charcoal facial mask

If you’d like to try any of these items, leave a comment below. 

After unboxing, I shared my other Beautycounter items:
Velvet eyeshadow palette - STATEMENT
Eye sparklers palette - limited edition
Lipstick: Beautycounter red (vibrant red)
Skin twin creamy concealer tan 2, but will change to tan 1
Velvet eye shadow: CLASSIC
Golden hour all in one palette
Dew skin tinted moisturizer in medium
Jellies brights - for gifts

If you become a band of beauty member- the resurfacing peel and the charcoal mask come in the welcome kit (free!)

If you have any questions, please let me know.
Here’s my link to shop with me:
Beautycounter.com/sarahdelima

Thanks for watching!


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12.04.2020

{7qt} life lately

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1. I blogged! I blogged!
When was the last time I wrote a 7 quick takes post? I do not even remember. 
For my first take ~ a pregnancy update.

I am now 31 weeks + 2 days. My prediction is that I won't make it to my due date. 
-- first because this is my 7th. 
-- second because I have gestational diabetes and  Rose will probably be a big baby. 

My sugars are not super out of control. My fasting BG are between 95-101. My postprandial BG 1 hour are all below 125. I am actually losing weight (per my home scale). I am curious what my weight will be next week when I go to the office. I will be 32 weeks then and will start my weekly NSTs. 

The fatigue is crazy for this pregnancy. I long to sit or put my feet up. I cannot stand for long periods of time. I don't even carry Nash for a long time either. He sits on my lap and cuddles with me on the couch. He loves to bounce off of my belly. It is not a comfortable game. 



2. Are you done with your Christmas shopping?
I am actually >50% done. Because of the pandemic and lack of traveling and extra curricular activities with the children, I prepped their list waaaaay before Thanksgiving. I shopped quite a bit during  Thanksgiving week. It was insane seeing Black Friday deals the day before Thanksgiving. I did most of the shopping last week than what I did on Cyber Monday. 

Some notable sales ~ Old Navy currently has 25% off sale. (It was 50% off last week!)
Target ~ where I bought of the children's toys ~ if you're part of the Target circle, there's 10% off on your online order. I got toys that were still full priced. I have been stalking them since Thanksgiving week and they did not put them on sale. Not even during Cyber Monday. When I saw the extra 10% off, I used it right away!




I am sponsoring a book for the twelve days of Christmas Book giveaway that's running live right now on Instagram. Be sure to enter and win all those great books. 



4. We survived the first week of e-Learning. 
I say WE, but truly, it's Derrick and the children survived it! Props for my husband who is now sharing the library (his work area) with our first grader. I give props to the teachers as well for adjusting to this new way of teaching. My third grader thrives with the schedule. She said it is less stressful this second go-round compared to the quarantine months when I was their teacher. 



5. Prayer request
-- Baby Agnes as she recovers from spinal surgery
-- Beckett and his family
-- Britt (Agnes' mom) who will start chemo soon
-- Safety and protection against covid. 
-- Frontline workers, those in the ICUs, ERs, urgent cares. 

6. Work
We are transitioning to more virtual visits again. It is not quite the same as the shutdown of clinics back in April and May. But most of my returns will be virtual appts to decrease foot traffic in clinic. 

I am trying my best to be as careful as I can be at work. 
I go back to my office where I am alone to eat my lunch. 
I don't drink my water in the work area where other docs and learners are present. 
I wear eye protection which is recommended but not mandatory in our health system (unless treating covid pts of course).
I was advised by my OB to exclude myself from direct patient care with someone with covid. But if I have to, she said I should  do the full she-bang and garb up, suit up, N95 masks, face shield and all. 

Being a neurologist and a consultant, I am not really at the front lines.  Our team does not have a primary service at the hospital either. So when I cover a weekend at 34 weeks, if there's a covid pending or covid positive patient, I can do a provider-to-provider consult. 


7. Never in a million years would I see myself selling makeup. But here I am!
I became a BC consultant this week. I was introduced to Beautycounter by my friend, Stephanie. She sent me an eye shadow palette that I fell in love with. The quality of the pigments is amazing! Every time  there's a sale, I grab a few more items. 


Why did I do it?
First the discount! I won't lie. I love a good discount as a consultant. I already like the brand and its mission. The products are of good quality (and clean!)
Second Stephanie. She's a great mentor. 
Third I am already sharing BC on my ig account. Stephanie was right.  I might as well share my OWN link. 

From the November sale, I got the following items (and I cannot wait to share them with y'all):
-skin twin concealer
-conditioning lipstick
-luminous lids cream

I have already shared:
Golden hour all-in-one palette - here's the IG Reels
Eye shadow palette STATEMENT - another IG reel
Eye shadow palette CLASSIC - IGTV


Happy Friday, friends! Thanks for reading.


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11.26.2020

the three-year-old's wishlist

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Clothing
Socks 4T/5T
Undies 4T/5T - fulfilled
Long sleeve tee  - gingerbread tough cookie
Long sleeve tee - dino snowboarding
Dinosaur PJs - fulfilled
Jogger set - 4T - fulfilled


Toys


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11.25.2020

the newly minted nine-year-old's wishlist

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Doll accessories
Canopy bed - fulfilled
School uniform - fulfilled
Get well soon (hoodie/joggers)
Evening gown - fulfilled
Luggage set - fulfilled


Harry Potter items - clothing size 8-10
HP hat and scarf - fulfilled
HP socks

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11.21.2020

the five-year-old's wishlist

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Peppa Pig zip up hoodie
Peppa Pig campervan
Peppa Pig shopping mall
Peppa Pig and George playset

Baby Doll accessories
High chair - fulfilled 
Doll crib - fulfilled


Clothing, 5T, 5-6
Socks 1 fulfilled
Socks 2  fulfilled 
Peppa Pig Undies



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11.19.2020

the seven-year-old's wishlist

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Clothing size 6-7, small
Tee Dragon Ball Z - fufilled
Tee Pikachu - fulfilled
Vest - fulfilled


Nerf 1 - zombie strike
Nerf 2. - rival saturn
Nerf 3 - ultra three blaster - fulfilled
Nerf 4 - fortnite




Kids size, real tools - fulfilled 

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the eleven-year-old's wishlist

Links in pink.
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Nintendo switch joy-con pair, neon pink and green
Nintendo switch pro controller, black


Games


Clothing, size 10, 10-12


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10.24.2020

mummy's wishlist

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Bath and body works - black raspberry vanilla lotion
Concealer - tan sand 40S

Large wooden rosary - white and champagne



Gold crown ring - simple - size 7
Rose Gold black enchanted crown ring - size 7
Yara bangle - large




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9.28.2020

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7.24.2020

hbd derrick


Derrick spoils me. ⁣

That’s simply understating how this man embodies the love language of “acts of service.”⁣

He’s the kindest, most patient and loving person I know. I pray daily that I love and serve like him. It’s because he loves like Christ; how Christ loves his bride, the Church. ⁣













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7.22.2020

fertility awareness aka natural family planning



🔔 TMI ALERT 🚨

It’s NFP awareness week. For my non-Catholic friends. NFP = natural family planning. ⁣

Key points⁣

🗓 Not the rhythm method ⁣

💡 Best to call it fertility awareness⁣

🌡 We use the sympto-thermal method⁣

📝 Recording temps and symptoms and interpreting the graph⁣

🍭 🌈 It’s not all lollipops and rainbows ⁣

You probably don’t want to hear what I have to say about NFP or fertility awareness as I have 6 kids already. Lol. ⁣

Because we practice fertility awareness, we know when five out of our 6 babies were conceived. ⁣

Yes we had one mishap of interpreting my cycle with one of the babes because I was postpartum and breastfeeding. But once we found out we were pregnant, we were able to pinpoint on the graph - well that was obviously phase II. ⁣

Phase II means - fertile window. ⁣

If you want to have a baby, go for it. ⁣

If you want to delay a pregnancy, then stay away. 😝

@derrick49ers and I learned the tedious symptothermal method apparently. There’s a class now that teaches simplified way of interpreting the different phases. Once we started graphing and paying attention to my cycle (hence fertility awareness) we were able to predict and then confirm with the basal body temps and mucus observations the different phases. Again breastfeeding can change length of those cycles. So lots of re-learning about my body when breastfeeding.

There are other NFP methods. ⁣

Creighton method⁣

Marquette method ⁣

Billings method

PROs of NFP⁣

It takes two to make a baby right? ⁣

@derrick49ers records temps.

I’m aware of the different phases and so is he. ⁣

Once I’ve accepted being open to life, i embraced the hard newborn phase. The babies are the gift! Not everyone like the sleep deprived state, but I endure it. Because I get to kiss a baby! ⁣

CONs of NFP⁣

💋 Abstaining requires lots of prayer. ⁣

Prayer is not the con. ⁣

Self control or lack thereof is the Con. ⁣

Just like our bodies are made differently, NFP is different for every couple. One’s family planning may not even include NFP. That doesn’t make them less of a Catholic. It’s one of the hardest teachings (maybe even the hardest period) of the Catholic Church.May this post serve as an awareness post and sharing of our journey. Once we have decided to get off the pill, following NFP gave us peace. I didn’t even learn about NFP until I got married! I truly wish I knew about it beyond the textbook and actually apply it in my own life before I got married.


Here are a few places to learn more about NFP and the different methods and how it has changed and shaped couples and families and their faith.

@youmeandnfp @mycreightonjourney @nfpcoach @nfp_resources @kwhitaker96 has a saved highlights on her stories. My fave blog post EVAH is No H8, educate by my friend @carolyn_svellerella.

Here’s the link






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4.23.2020

the positives of this pandemic





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Divine Mercy Sunday, Second Sunday of Easter
black dress, old
Giavitto Rossi - plexi pump, midheel
Ruby Woo lipstick my fave RED lipstick

Elisabetta: dress Old Navy, Toms
Lucia: dress, from the Philippines, Old Navy booties, ON cardigan




4.05.2020

entering holy week {wiws}





My dress, RP collection
my first pair of Christian Louboutin 4 years old now
similar here and here

Children dressed by my husband/stylist
Daniele~ Old Navy polo and khakis.  Adidas sneakers
Luca~ Polo Ralph Lauren hand me down, Old Navy pants
Elisabetta~ J&J blouse, ON jeggings, sandals c/o FP
Nash~ baby Gap polo shirt hand me down





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4.01.2020

slow down {wiws}




Our Sunday's Best with Mass online
The girls loved matching.
I loved my 4 inch stilletos. I made it for the entire hour.

matching floral dresses, thanks to Old Navy
super high heeled red soles, Christian Louboutin
Ruby Woo lipstick
open cardigan, gap, old





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