Hello everyone and welcome to another edition of Cafe de las Tres. I thought it would be fun to do a mini Q & A on Instagram yesterday. I asked you all to leave me a question in the comments and that I would answer them in today’s blog post.
Before I get started answering your questions, can I just say how happy I am that I can start wearing scarves and boots again! I love this time of year! I can enjoy all of my favorite things from pumpkin coffee from Dunkin, nights on the couch snuggled under the blanket watching Netflix, knitted slippers and hooded sweatshirts. What I refuse to do is put the heat on just yet because that will mean that the winter is coming next and we definitely are in no rush for that! LOL
Excuse me while I take a quick trip down memory lane. Here is my son Manny approximately five years ago at his grandparent’s house after he finished carving his pumpkin. He looks so little.
Now let’s get into the Q & A shall we? My answers to your questions are as follows:
Nancy – @Neatly_packaged
Question: What is my skin care routine?
Answer: I developed a lot of dark brown spots on my face as a result of spending all of my teenage years living under the Florida sun. I am ashamed to admit that I should have taken better care of my skin a long time ago. I purchased a Clarisonic Mia II last summer from Sephora. Since then, I have tried numerous facial cleansers and my favorites are: First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser and Purity by Philosophy. I wash my face every morning and I use Garnier Micellar Water to remove my makeup every night before bed.
When I first purchased the Clarisonic, I was using it twice daily however that actually dried out my skin so I only use it once a day. I use Aveeno Facial Moisturizing Lotion with SPF for my face right before I apply my makeup. I turned 40 last month and I know that I should be using an eye cream so if anyone has any recommendations, please leave them in the comments below.
Migdalia – @Latinaonamission
Question: What is my hair care routine? Do I use special products to keep and maintain the waves?
Answer: I have naturally curly hair that I straighten quite a bit. Over the years, I have used less and less heat to avoid breakage and split ends. I wash my hair twice a week. After I comb through it, I use about a quarter sized amount of Organix Nourishing Coconut Milk Anti-Breakage Serum and I apply it to the ends of my hair only. I always let it air dry before applying any heat to it. When I use the clipless curling iron, the waves tend to last a couple of days and that is without applying any hairspray.
Right now, I am using HASK Coconut Oil Shampoo and Conditioner. I love the smell and it leaves my hair super soft. Every few months, I use a different brand of shampoo and conditioner because my hair does get accustomed to it and that’s when it starts to feel lifeless and flat. I try to use a deep conditioner every two weeks.
Question 3: How do I organize my blog/personal goals? Do I use two planners/two sheets or incorporate into one?
Answer: Yeayyy, I love that you’re using a planner! Ok, here’s the short version: At one point, I did use two planners. I used one for my blog and the other for home/personal stuff. After several months, my purse/handbag started to get two heavy carrying both planners and after I changed the way I blogged, I realized that I no longer needed to use two separate planners. Now I use a personal sized 6-ring planner. The sections are broken down like this:
- The actual calendar (monthly & weekly views are in this section. I also keep track of monthly finances in this section.
- I use another section for my blog just to write down notes, ideas, etc.
- One section consists of a list of my social media, email and finance account usernames and passwords.
- The next section is for addresses, work information (keep track of my paid time off, etc.)
- The last section is mainly for two months worth of inserts for the previous two months. (I only keep six months of inserts in my planner at a time). When one month finishes, I take it out from the front of the planner and I put in the last section so that I can have it on hand should I need to refer to it for anything.
After using a planner for over a year now, I had to experiment between several different planners before I finally figured out what worked and what didn’t work.
Mayra – @M_baltazar9
Question: Am I a teacher?
Answer: I am not a teacher. I sometimes wonder what it would be like if I had become a teacher. The truth is that I was not the perfect student in high school and I totally regret not going to college. Now that I am a mother of a high school sophomore, I want to make sure that I do the best that I can to help my son in any way that I can. My son has always struggled with language arts/literature because he simply dislikes reading. I have to always stay one step ahead to make sure that he is reading because at the end of the day it’s gonna improve his vocabulary which in turn will help him when he takes his SAT’s in the near future.
In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, last year I did a 3 Part mini series here on my blog entitled: The Educated Latina. If you’d like to check it out, here are the links: Introduction / Part One / Part Two / Part Three
Well I hope that you all have enjoyed this mini Q & A. I would like to take a moment to say Thank You to the amazing ladies who joined in on the fun. I plan to do another one sometime in the near future. If you are new to my blog, don’t forget to Subscribe so that you will always be notified of future blog updates. I will be filming a few videos in the next couple of weeks so make sure to subscribe to my You Tube Channel if you haven’t already.
Want to learn more about my Fall favorites? You can check out my Get to Know Me: Fall Edition