A Road to ‘Safer Beauty’: This time it’s personal9

Dear readers and friends,

A big Thank You for supporting not only my recently launched small business, but also, the personal statement behind it, which involves my solid believe in seeking out safer alternatives for myself and my family:

(Click on this link here. Thank you!)🤗

Thank you for being here with me, while I’m juggling with our family’s transitional status, re-adjusting to life back in the US, waiting to hear back what’s in store for our ‘foreign service family’.

Thank you.

The idea of supporting an initiative that seeks cleaner, safer personal products, while empowering women, reassuring them “They do not need to give up their health for beauty”, is definitely a cause dearly close to my heart.

Change is already happening. No woman should be harmed for making her own choices or living her own life. No woman should compromise her health and safety for beauty.

Now it’s personal. Would love to get my voice heard. I can do that with your help. Stay beautiful. Stay safe. Happy Holidays!


Switching to healthier living: starting with a healthy body & mind


Like many of us here, I’m also seeing the end of 2017 near, and the New Year approaching. This has been a particularly challenging year, with very high ‘highs’ and rock-bottom lows… But our family has managed. We’ve held residence in 3 different countries, experienced the never-ending cramped hotel room living, while attempting to enroll kids in a new school, new country, new routine. I packed, unpacked, evacuated from a hurricane, We’re caught in the midst of political/economic turmoil, lost a dear family member to unfair battle with lung cancer… My kids had to say “hellos” and “goodbyes” too many times to their friends.
Lost many nights of sleep trying to figure out how to offer my children/our family a stable and nurturing environment, regardless the hardships.
And we did. We’ve established ourselves back in the US, we’re again a whole family, with a decent routine, waiting to learn about what the work scenario will have in store for us in 2018.

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Like many, I’m hopeful 2018 will be a healthier year. I’m hopeful Im able to work towards a healthy mindset, healthier eating habits, healthier relationships with my loved ones, our friends the ones around us. That’s my single plan for the approaching new year (at least I’m keeping my expectations low, in order to avoid disappointments!)
This month marks my “switch to a heathier body care”. I don’t mean I need/seek to be pampered! (Smiles!) I mean I’ve joined an initiative that I firmly believe in, agree with the mission statement, and would vouch for. As a scientist by trade, a mother, spouse, daughter, care taker, it’s my right and duty to be diligent when it comes to the products I bring into my house, to our family.


The reason I’ve switched to a safer beauty approach/behavior (as you may tell, I’m starting with the body… next posts will be about transitioning to a healthier mindset… 🙂

Decades of studies show that serious health issues (including, but not limited to asthma, learning disabilities, cancer and infertility) have increased, and due in some part to our ongoing exposure to toxic chemicals.

There are more than 80,000 chemicals on the market today. This is particularly true of those used in the skin care and beauty industry. Only about 10% of the 10,000 chemicals commonly found in personal care products have safety data.

The European Union has banned more than 1,300 ingredients, the US has only banned 11. Beautycounter – the initiative I was introduced to by a dear friend from our joint time back in Africa – has banned over 1,500 ingredients setting a new health and safety standard.

Beautycounter is dedicated to putting safe personal care products into the hands of everyone – their products actually work.

If you’re looking to take your health into your own hands (like I’ve done!), taking the next step to minimize the harmful toxins you’re exposed to daily – and you have any questions, please feel free to drop me a line, ask your question in the comments section, and I will gladly share my personal experience. Also, the initiative has enabled me to re-establish myself as a small business person, in a similar fashion it has empowered some many women for the past years! Curious to visit my “small business venture”? Start HERE and order safe personal care products. Thank You!

Visit this lovely Website of Mine to see a few of the gift sets carefully prepared for the 2017 holiday season, and definitely don’t be surprised if you wind up buying these to keep for yourself, instead of gifting!



Five minutes or less for Healthy Living Tips [from the CDC Website]

Hey there! Although these days I’m far away from the wonderful work performed by the CDC office, a bit of web surfing this week led me to stumble upon these great tips, from the CDC Official Website:

“Learn steps you can take in five minutes or less to be safe and healthy with these weekly health tips! Be sure to click on the links to more information, including steps that may take longer but are worth the time. A new tip will be added to this page each week.

Add the Five Minutes or Less for Health widget to your website or blog, and CDC will automatically update it with a new five-minute tip each week!”

Click here if curious about the “healthy living widgets”

And… since I’ve touched upon the subject of ‘healthy living’, I’ve recently switched to a ‘healthier perception’ of Beauty… and joined this initiative, as a #small business person… Why not, right?
Ending 2017 on a high (and beautifully cared for!) note (smiles!)
Switch to Safer Beauty!

Getting ready for Halloween!

Fourteen years ago…

#October18 This year, during our Home Leave, we decided to renew our vows surrounded by the three kids, who got to see where their parents got married, in ABQ, NM. Fourteen years of married life: laughs, love, joy, challenges. The two have become five; I've gained a wonderful family in the US, and we’re grateful for what the past and present have brought us, although, intrigued with what the near future will unveil… A few tears here and there, 'cause it's the real deal – no princesses, no castles, no fantasyland –  instead, intermitent periods of single parenting, transitional homefront, endless adjustments. We chose to have these traditions included in our wedding because they are simply beautiful and full of meaning (displayed here thru the 35mm pics, back then, no one had a digital cam!). The 'arras' (13 coins poured inside our hands) symbolized our commitment to provide for the family and our trust in each other to do so. In the lasso (or 'lazo') ceremony, a rosary (in my case, um Terco Português, my mother's family tradition) was placed around our shoulders in a figure eight. As we were “lassoed” together, the rosary’s placement represents eternity and everlasting union, as well as marital protection. We're building a story for our ‘nomadic family’, and will continue to move forward, despite difficulties or unpleasant moments – and, quoting one of my favorite readings from our wedding ceremony: 💚 “love knows all things, believes all things, endures all things. Love never fails…” 💚 . . . . . #LassoCeremony #ArrasCeremony #Mariachis #ABQ #iheartNM #35mmfilm #nondigital #photography #Tradition #NewMexico #LoveNeverFails #semamoreunadaseria #relationship #marriage #WeddingAnniversary #Memories #MarriedLife #marriedwithchildren #Love 😁 #parenting #casamento #aniversariodecasamento #amor #amorincondicional #1suitcase4two

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Home Away from Home…

Kids and myself are  safely housed in Washington, DC, waiting for clearance  to go back to Havana. Team Havana is still working to restablish power, water and a safe post-hurricane routine, back home.

Waiting for the next train…. My favorite metro riders! ❤️

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Out for a stroll in DC this morning… #IrmaEvacuation #WashingtonDC

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Burger time! 😉😎 Keeping the kids happy & entertained #ChinatownDC . . #WashingtonDC 🤗

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