A Rejuvenating Sparty At KukoCo Nailbar

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I mentioned in my VanEATy RestoCafe post that I will write about our ultimate pampering experience at KukoCo Nail Bar next, so here goes.

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After our gastronomic adventure in Malolos, it is time for our group of #BulacanBloggers to proceeded to Sta.Maria for a sparty. Originally situated in Caypombo, Sta. Maria, Bulacan, KukoCo opened its doors to Bulakenos seeking some well-deserved pampering in November, 2012 and transferred later on to its current and bigger location in San Gabriel.

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We all felt like queens upon seeing their welcome note at the door and the lovely feast they prepared for us. They really pulled out all the stops and even closed the place especially for us! I absolutely love each colorful detail + accent in their set up, it went well with the equally beautiful and rustic feel of their salon.

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Micro-Relaxation: How To Chill In Short Bursts

The kids are running around your legs, work starts in 40 minutes and you’ve still not found the time to put a wash on. How are you expected to look anything but frazzled under these conditions?

Indeed, it’s a problem faced by a huge number of working mothers. Lack of sleep, partners not pulling their weight, poor work/child-raising balance and about as much “me time” as a serial extrovert.

And it shouldn’t be this way. In an ideal world, you’d have time to put your feet up, have a mug of Horlicks and watch an episode of Corrie without some little sprog nipping your head.

But this is no perfect world, and you’re always fighting the clock just to get your chores finished before bedtime.

So we’ve come up with a few ways to help you relax in bite-sized chunks. We’ve called them micro-relaxation tips, and you’ll be guaranteed to chill out if you try a few.

Mask to relax

You’ve got wrinkles to match your heightened blood pressure. Your face is beginning to look like thunder, and not just metaphorically. But a simple moisturiser won’t do the job when stress is showing on your face.

What you need is a high-quality face mask, one that can soothe your face and hold back the years (as Simply Red might say).

For our money, a Proactiv Mask is one of the best products on the market. This deep-cleansing formula will decrease the likelihood of wrinkles, and it costs less than £20. Place it on your face regularly (say, once a week) and your skin will be stronger, smoother and more relaxed.

YOUR space

It’s such an easy trap to fall into when you’ve got kids – every section of your house becomes theirs. Their LEGO bricks are in the lobby, their Action Men are in the living room and their favourite cuddly toys have found their way into your bedroom.

But without a space that’s just yours, you’ll seldom enjoy peace and quiet. Find a room that you can call your own in your home (although that’s easier said than done) and fill it with your favourite hobbies.

Make your partner look after the kids for a while and retreat to your room for suitable “me time”. Whether it’s picking up a skill you’ve always wanted to learn, reading a good book or devouring a few episodes of I’m a Celebrity…, your room is for you and you alone to enjoy.

If you’re feeling really fancy, invest in a massage table and persuade your partner to give you a relaxing rubdown. You’ll enjoy some relaxation and reconnect with the love in your life.

Mum’s Two Cents

It definitely is very tricky to find opportunities for micro-relaxation or what I fondly call pocket “me times” if you are living with children, but it is something that we ought to take once in a while, if only for our sanity. I would absolutely love to have my own space in our home and am planning to scout for a table/drawer, which can be my designated workspace and fill it up with a number of things that I love like photos, postcards, notebooks, pens, and books. There is a furniture shop near our place and I am looking forward to go there and see if I can find a desk or a shelf that would fit this lovely plan.

Where do you retreat to enjoy those micro-relaxation and what activities do you enjoy?

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My Gratitude Journal

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If there is one thing that I want to achieve this 2014, that is to be truly happy. I know that happiness is a choice and also entails a lot of hard work. One has to continue choosing to be happy every single day. I know, too, that maintaining a grateful attitude gets half the job done, that is why I am proceeding with this long-over-due project, my Gratitude Journal. I got the idea from Oprah all those many years ago. It was a simple exercise and what one has to do is to write down something that you are grateful for for each day of the year. At the end of the year, you would’ve had 365 gratefuls! I have been wanting to do the exercise but I never had the chance until now. I guess this is also a variation of the Happiness Jar, where you will write one thing that makes you happy every single day, place them in a special jar and re-read everything you have written at the end of the year.

I also meant to write more this year, so the Gratitude Journal fits me to a T. I miss journaling and hopefully this year will be the year that I will find the time and muster enough inspiration to fill up the pages of my several-years-neglected journal. I hope so, too, that my muse, who’ve wandered off to nowhere all those many years ago, will finally return to me.

For this project I am using this old purple notebook, which my sister gave to me a few years back, and different pens in assorted colorful shades. This is an exercise I wish to pass down to my little man. I will make sure to get him a gratitude journal of his own once he is old enough to write on his own.

Do you plan to keep a gratitude journal this year, too, or do you have an entirely different project brewing. Do share it in a comment below.

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