As my profile says, I’m mom/teacher by day and a writer by night. I’m working on several projects for four different clients at the moment, including a major travel project for the Tokyo metropolitan government. Needless to say, I’m busy all day, every day. It’s hard to get time for myself, but I don’t want to neglect myself, especially my skin!
Last Wednesday was White Day, the day in Japan when men give chocolates, sweets, or other gifts to women. What’s that, you say? Isn’t that just Valentine’s Day? Why do the Japanese celebrate Valentine’s Day on March 14 and call it White Day on top of that?
Today’s post is a follow up to my post about my date with the monster at The Very Hungry Caterpillar Cafe in Ginza, Tokyo. Here’s a (VERY image heavy) guide to navigating the online Japanese reservation form for the cafe. I just want to say that graphics are hard to do! Major props to all the graphic designers out there!
I wrote in my 2018 goal post that I wanted to return to my fashion/beauty roots… but I had no idea it would come so quickly. Last week, I completed an article for Live Japan reviewing Daiso’s 100 yen cosmetics and skincare. Later that day, my LB Cosmetics eyeliner arrived. Then two days later, I got another shipment of sponsored makeup Now comes another beauty related post (I know, I know – where’s the Japan stuff and baby spam?)
While baby and I are officially in EBF territory, she’s making a smooth transition to solids. Well, more snacks than actual food, but she’s making progress. I credit all to BLW, one of those parenting things that’s been around for ages, but now has a catchy title.
My little monster was being her cute destructive self, and I got to thinking about how I never, ever imagined I’d be married with a dog and a baby here in Japan. Needless to say, life, when you’re single, is much different than life when you’re married and with a child. And reaching all those milestones when in a foreign country can be overwhelming.
Well, well, well the monster is now 13 months old this week. Meaning that I haven’t had a drink in… gosh how long? Since May-June 2016! Just how bad is my craving for mommy juice?
This post is written in exchange for a free full-sized sample of Brown Black Power of Eyeliner Liquid from Japanese brand LB Cosmetics.
If you follow me on Twitter or watch my Instagram stories (and if you don’t, you totally should) you know that I’m a fan of limited edition seasonal stuff. I’m always trying out the latest product that has 新発売 (new release/shin hatsubai) or 期間限定 (for a limited time only/kikan gentei) plastered on it. In fact, the Japanese text in my Twitter profile proudly states, “I’m addicted to limited edition things” (#期間限定に弱い/kikan gentei ni yowaii).
Hatsu Sekku: Celebrating Heian Japan Customs With Baby Hina Matsuri (雛祭り)and Kodomo no Hi (こどもの日) are 2 of 5 sekku, traditional Japanese celebrations deeply rooted in Japan’s Heian imperial court. Hatsu Sekku (初節句) are Momo no sekku (桃の節句) for baby girls and Tango no Sekku (端午の節句) for baby boys.