If you’ve watched the wildly popular Netflix show “13 Reasons Why”, you probably either love it or hate it. After watching the entire show, I’ve come to the conclusion that the show has amazing filmography and acting, but it is vastly dangerous in terms of the messaging. Here’s 13 reasons why you should not watch the show. SPOILERS ALERT!

13 Reasons Why

The drama draws attention to the following:

1. If your voice has not been heard all your life, killing yourself will make your voice heard (literally, in the show)
2. Want to get back at those who has made your life miserable? Kill yourself, and this will be achieved
3. Its bad to bully people, but not if a dead girl encourages you to do so to avenge her
4. Suicide is a way to make your crush realize he’s loved you all along
5. Killing yourself elevates your status in society
6. Accusing and blaming others for your suicide is justified, because you don’t want to take responsibility for your actions
7. When bullied or raped, don’t reach out or report to anyone, thinking they won’t understand. No, don’t even TRY
8. Being a bad friend carries the same weight as being a double rapist
9. When seeing a party being hosted by a rapist, walk into that party and get into hot tub with said rapist
10. Suicide is a good way to make those who have hurt you suffer
11. If someone from school hurts you, make no effort to make new friends outside of that circle
12. This show minimizes mental illness. If everyone is just nice to each other, then no one would be depressed and kill themselves
13. 13 Reasons Why uses the theme of teen suicide as entertainment

Hannah ultimately puts the blame on 12 other people for her suicide, whereas in reality the only person responsible for her suicide is herself. Anyone else unsettled by 13 Reasons Why?

I want my 13 hours back, please.

I’m a huge fan of tea, and anything related to detoxifying. With our everyday lives being as busy as we are, we often forget to eat the cleanest and have poor exercise regimes. What’s the end result? We end up feeling bloated, have no energy, can’t sleep well, insomnia, waking up not well rested and, well, the cycle continues.

When teatoxes came out, I jumped on the bandwagon and tried a few – to my dissatisfaction. They often make me run to the washroom (um laxatives anyone?) or just simply don’t taste the best. My experience with SkinnyMint so far has been nothing but positive and I can’t wait to share my honest experience.

SkinnyMint 28 Day Ultimate Teatox come in 2 steps, the daytime tea and the nighttime cleanse. One complete teatox cycle lasts 28 days, you’ll have one morning boost tea every day, and one night cleanse tea every other day.

All of SkinnyMint’s ingredients are listed on the back of the packaging, along with the instructions on how and when to best enjoy the tea. All the herbs used are natural and ethically sourced. I love how the morning boost tea contains caffeine, so INSTEAD of that daily coffee, I reach for my SkinnyMint morning boost tea and simply have it with my breakfast.

I noticed that I didn’t experience a “crash” like what I would if I had coffee. The taste is minty and refreshing, and I steep it with hot water OR I throw some ice in it and make some iced tea for my on-the-go runs. Both tastes amazing.

When I’m done for my day, I find that a few hours after dinner, I crave a little something as a late night snack. Prior to starting SkinnyMint teatox, I would have a few cookies or a chocolate bar (DON’T LEARN FROM ME! HEHE). But now, instead of reaching for that chocolate, I go for a yogurt, some fruits, and a cup of the night cleanse tea. I LOVE anything ginger, so having that ingredient in the tea definitely helped make my tummy happy.

I find that unlike the other teatoxes, my tummy doesn’t contort in a way that makes me run to the bathroom IMMEDIATELY. What I feel is actually a churning sensation that’s gentle and doesn’t hurt, but it definitely helped me getting all the gunk out of my system.

 

It’s now been 3 weeks since I started the teatox, and I feel less bloated, more energized, and strangely enough my sleep improved dramatically. If you’re looking for a teatox that is not strictly a laxative and actually helps you cleanse and rejuvenate, SkinnyMint 28 Day Ultimate Teatox is the way to go. Thanks for partnering with me on this!

I have ‘t had the time to workout with my little one, but if you pair this teatox with working out, eating healthy or a generally healthy lifestyle, I’m sure it’ll work wonders!

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Have you tried any teatoxes? Which ones were your favorite?

xoxo, Kerina

I was always one to believe in love, since when  I was a little girl. The human heart is capable of love in so many different ways, and I always trusted mine to fall in love, over and over again.

The dress is from Madison James, it is truly one of a kind, and made me feel like a princess. Can’t believe me and the hubby spent 4 years together already, looking forward to more in the future!

Nothing like a good hair day for a pick me up, right? For a while now I’ve always loved getting balayage done for my hair – since I heat-style it a lot, the balayage really makes my curls and hairstyles pop and make it more dimensional. When I heard of N15 Salon from a fellow blogger, I cannot wait to try them out because they specialize in asian hair. My first time there, senior stylist JunJi took care of my split ends and freshened up my old balayage. Then came spring and I really wanted to go a bit lighter so I booked another appointment!

My hair right when I went there. You can totally tell my roots are totally outgrown, the ends are super brassy and the super contrast of the top vs bottom. JunJi taking the pic for me in the mirror, hi! :D
The first step is to touchup my roots – JunJi applying a medium brown base all over my roots

After touching up my roots and a super luxurious wash

Getting pampered with a blow-out!

After the roots are touched up, the next step is to create some highlights. Because  I wanted the gradual balayage effect, the highlights were placed high up on my head but not touching the roots so they will blend better even when my hair grows.

Ta-da!!! Finished! Just kidding haha this is what my hair looked like after the highlights are put in – now it’s time for toning! The toner is applied then rinsed off at the sink, which results in….

This. Can I get a OMG. My black roots are gone, the base color is now a lovely cappucino brown, with dark blonde highlights evenly at the top and gradually blending in to ombre blonde ends.

This is the finished look after curls by Mari. I LOVE LOVE LOVE it, I can never round brush my hair at home and even when I try my hardest my curls never end up looking so perfect! 

My hair seriously feels super silky and not at all damaged after all of that. All the staff at N15 salon really cares about your hair and they will try to minimize the amount of bleach but at the same time maximize the effects it will have on your hair. Before this I’ve always thought balayage = killing my hair. But after my exprience at N15, I’ve really come to realize that you can still have healthy hair AND beautiful highlights.

I mean take a look at the before and after. My hair seems even more healthy and silky after a balayage refresh! It blends so much better with my roots and the ends are a gorgeous blond color minus the brassiness! 

Oh hai! Just flaunting my new hair and curls. See how the different highlights add so much more dimension to the curls? N15 salon also uses top notch hair products (shampoo, conditioner, color, toner, etc) so you can rest assured knowing the best products are being used on your hair and everything is done to minimize damage while maximizing beauty.

The staff is all super nice and friendly, and will actually LISTEN to what you want as opposed to doing what THEY feel like (ring a bell?)

All in all, I cannot be happier with my balayage experience at N15 Salon. I promise if you’re looking for quality salon you will not be disappointed. They’re located at

N15 Hair Salon

831 Bay St, Toronto,

Ontario

Canada

When you do go, remember to book in advance since they are almost fully booked everyday! (That’s how popular they are)

Also quote me or show them my picture to get a special discount! 

Hola my loves! I feel kinda bad for neglecting my blog for the longest hiatus but I am determined to update more frequently from now on! In case you don’t follow my Instagram (where all my life stories happen), I AM PREGNANT! And very much so at the moment since I am approaching 38 weeks O.O (quick lesson: 40 weeks is gestational duration but 37 weeks is full term which means baby could come any day now!)  Throughout the 9 months I’ve experienced some of the worst ups and downs of my life, emotions I never knew I can possibly have, and thoughts that I don’t dare tell anyone in case some people decide to throw me in jail..hahaha #jknotreally So I thought it would be nice to have a summarized version of my pregnancy experience here!

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I found out I was pregnant literally 5 days before my big beach trip to Dominican Republic and a huge house moving. Me and hubby were beyond excited (me more than him I think secretly lol) but when we actually did arrive at our all-inclusive resort all I could think about was all the cocktails that I can no longer have… *tear*

Coming back home to our new house, my symptoms started almost immediately and it was EXTREMELY difficult to cope with all the changes in our commute, lifestyle, unpacking for the house, AND physical/psychological changes that comes with pregnancy. They say first trimesters are the hardest and it cannot be more true! Every smell was nausea-inducing, I hated all foods, but yet was hungry enough every night to wake up from hunger (and anger)!

I tried to battle the nausea by using scents that I normally adore pre-pregnancy all over the house, but they slowly started to make me nauseous as well.. if there is one thing that I suggest you DO NOT DO in the first trimester, it’s to use all your favorite scents from pre-pregnancy. Your mind/body somehow associates scents with memories and experiences, so if your favorite scents end up making you nauseous, you will never be able to use it again even when you’re no longer pregnant.

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Once the second trimester hits, it’s HALLELUJAH time. I kid you not, some days I forget I was pregnant. Nothing was causing me to be nauseous, I can eat whatever I want, have endless amounts of energy, the best sleep in my life, and the best part? My bump wasn’t showing at all so I still fit into my clothes plus trick people once in a while. It’s fun! This is also when we got to find out the gender of the baby… (it’s a BOY!) and go on our trip to LA (bucket list item check!). Towards the end of the second trimester is when I really noticed a shift in our culture to place more of an emphasis on the baby as opposed to the mommy. Every site or forum I visited on tips on travelling while pregnant was giving advice on ensuring the safety, comfort of BABY as opposed to enjoyment for MOM. It’s like the mom just fades away when she has a baby, her health/happiness does not matter anymore as long as baby is healthy. As someone who has been spoiled and pretty self-preoccupied her whole life you can see why this was hard for me to accept.

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And then third trimester come and it’s even MORE about acceptance. Hormones are on the rise again and causes all kinds of discomfort, many of which have no evolutionary basis or protective reason to exist in the first place. I mean fine – round ligament pain is TERRIBLE but at least it’s your body preparing itself for labor by loosening the joints so baby will come out easier. But nosebleeds and blocked nose at night? Blame the hormones. Why? No reason – mother nature just wants you to suffer on top of all the other discomforts. Also, say bye bye to putting on your own socks and/or sandals. Flip flops are the way to go! Towards the end, baby will be so big that he will push your other organs aside. Taking a full breath? What’s that? Eating a full meal? Wanna but can’t. I was lucky that I never got any swelling of the limbs or any rashes but my heart goes out to those of you who did! T.T I guess this is all mother nature’s way of telling us that we just have to accept the fact that our bodies right now do not belong to us. That it probably will be this way for a very a long time even after birth. And there is nothing we can do but to accept it.

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Thinking ahead to after baby mango’s arrival, me and the hubs have a pretty well established mental framework on how to raise him. Here are some points that I’ve pinned to my mental pinterest board:

  1. We think kids are too spoiled these days and we definitely do not want to be one of those. No helicopter parenting – we believe in both love AND discipline.
  2. We want him to be as independent as possible, and that starts at an early age. This means sleep training, giving him what he needs and not what he wants, and teach him the values of putting in work and effort in exchange for gratification.
  3. I have my own life too. I know this one is particularly difficult for moms to hear, but I do not want my life to revolve around my kids. They will be my priority, but that doesn’t mean that I am not allowed to pursue my own dreams, look a certain way, or live my life how I want. I am not an extension of my kid – I am my own unique individual.

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That being said, I CANNOT WAIT to start working out after delivery, and get my body to an even better state than it was pre-pregnancy. I cannot wait to travel again, to explore the world, to try new things, to go after my dreams. I know motherhood is very hard but there has to be a balance somehow, and I believe I will find that balance.

 

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This turned out to be a pretty long post! Thank you hubby for taking these amazing shots, for always being there for me even through the hormonal nights, and for believing in me. ILYSM!!! Please don’t forget the champagne on my delivery day. <3