{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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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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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:

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{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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