Back to school checklist!

Back to school checklist!

Happy Wednesday! Hope you all are having a great week so far. I know we still have another month of summer, But I always feel once the kids go back to school, Summer is over, LOL! I mean the heat lingers on until October but summer fades away. I’m looking forward to fall weather, Pumpkin spice and halloween, too soon?! But before Pumpkin spice we have to get these kiddos back to school.

So I’ve been doing this for a while, My David is entering sophomore year so I consider myself a Pro. No not really, but I’ve done first day of school enough times to know. And I’m being sarcastic, LOL! I forgot a lot of stuff when it’s the start of kindergarten. So I’m sharing a few things that might help you in the future or if you are going through this now. I found myself running around yesterday getting last minute things done because I wasn’t prepared for these very little but important steps.

Very important and also something we might not realize until we are told. I didn’t realize Breaker’s immunization card wasn’t updated, I know he was updated with all his vaccinations, but it was not recorded on his card. So the school said without that he can’t start. Thank goodness he starts next week. I called the Dr and had the card updated. So just remember and make sure the immunization cards are updated. It’s very important.

If you have a child in sports, make sure they have physicals done. Kids will not be able to practice until a complete physical is complete and if you wait till the last minute, You will be running around trying to get appointments in and proper paper work filled out. Believe me try to get the appointments done ahead of time.

Those are important because you know dealing with Dr’s offices aren’t always a fast turnaround. The rest is basically just making sure kids have proper attire for school, School supplies most schools and classes give list for what’s needed the first week of school. So I normally just buy the basics, and shop for the rest once I have the list from teachers. It saves time and money. Sometimes we buy things they don’t need.

And lastly just relax and try to breathe and enjoy the beginning of school. I’ve learned to just be understanding especially to my oldest. I know the first month of school for him is just trying to find a system that works for him. He’s pretty busy this school year. So I will just try to help when I can and make sure he’s not slacking off, But most important making sure he stays healthy physically and mentally. And for my Breaker, He’s already having a hard time understanding he will be there longer and M-F, LOL! But I know he will love it. How mom feels, TO BE Continued!

Happy first Day of school to everyone and Cheers Mamas, We made it through another summer!

XO Lisa

A Mother’s worry

A Mother’s worry

Hello my friends! Hope you all are enjoying the summer! I know kids are gearing back to go to school. We are preparing for school over at our house. Which brings me to my post today.

So with all the news right now about the El Paso Texas shooting and Ohio shooting just gives me so much anxiety. Never in a million years did I ever think just sending my kids off to school would make me worry so much about stuff like this.

Growing up Mom would drop us off at school to learn and it was a place she knew we would be safe while she was working. Now I can’t help to have major anxiety every time I drop my Dave off at school. I try to have a positive mind and even my Dave doesn’t seem worried. So I like that he goes to school happy and positive. But as a mom I can’t help but worry about my babies.

It’s sad sad that we even worry about going to a public place now. I hate that even if I see someone with a back pack makes me nervous. Us moms have a million worries a day, I pray everyday that something changes. So we don’t have to fear sending our kids to school or even walk into our local target or Walmart. I pray hard very hard this changes.

As we send our kids off to school this year lets pray together, that we don’t have any shootings. Sending love and hugs to all the worried moms. Let’s have positive thoughts for the sake of our babies.

Xo Lisa

Tie Dye DIY

Tie Dye DIY

Hello my friends! So I hope you all are doing great! I’m doing really good, Getting ready for our family vacay. We are headed to Vegas soon. We wanted to get in a family vacay before the kiddos start school. Looking forward to that! So today I wanted to share a quick DIY. So I’ve talked about it on another post and I’m sure you noticed or have already jumped on the trend, Tie Dye! It’s everywhere. I’m loving it! You can find it anywhere. But I thought it would be fun to do some of our own.

We got together Monday and had a fun afternoon of some good old tie dying. My mom used to teach an art class and I remember her doing a tie dye session. She hadn’t done it in a while but her knowledge just came flowing back. My son, my nephew and my niece had never done it so they even enjoyed it. They are teenagers and young adults so that shows you how fun it is. Breaker even jumped in on the fun. He helped me with mine and you’ll see in the photo above that a little heart appeared on it. I thought that was so cute, A heart is our thing.

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So first supplies you’ll need the actual dye, you can find these at Joanns fabrics or Michaels craft store. I say go with who ever has the best coupon. You’ll also need a pack of rubber bands they have these also, they have a bag with different sizes. Gloves because it will stain your hands, My mom went in all free and her hands were pretty stained. Bins big enough to put the dye and the hot water you will have to put in, I got mine at 99 cent store. Just follow the directions on the bottle, it’s pretty easy to follow. Pick as many colors as you’d like and if you don’t need a lot they had these small boxed ones that are one time use. I bought a few colors like that.

Pick out whatever you want to dye and set up your station, we did this outside because it will make a mess, if you choose to do this indoors make sure you cover the table you are using. And place your rubber bands on your tee however you like. My mom’s trick was don’t make the rubber bands so neat because you want that funky shape. My son did his by scrunching his shirt up and squirting the dye where he wanted it. We all kind of did different ways. They all came out different so that was cool and we just had fun with it. I think the more imperfect the better it looks. These were the finished products! My advice watch some youtube videos just to get an idea of what you do.

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A fun craft to do with a group! Hope you liked this post, Till next post.

XO  Lisa

My Netflix picks

My Netflix picks

Hello My friends! I wanted to jump right into this post. So with the heat rising and sometimes it’s just too hot to leave the house. I thought how perfect was it to make a list of my favorite Netflix shows. I love a good show or a good movie. But at my older age, LOL! I just can’t sit still unless it’s really good. I also have to love it within the first 10 minutes or else I lose interest and it’s just a waste of my time.

So if you don’t want to waste time on a silly movie or sit and waste an hour with your significant other and decide what to watch. Then keep reading! I promise you will find some good ones on my list.

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First my favorite shows most binge worthy or watch at a good pace to enjoy! Not in any kind of order like favorites or anything. Just my list!

  1. Stranger things
  2. Grace and Frankie
  3. On my block
  4. Ozark
  5. You
  6. Luke Cage
  7. The Crown
  8. The Punisher
  9. Narcos
  10. Jessica Jones
  11. The Umbrella Academy
  12. The house of flowers
  13. Dead to me
  14. Queer eye

And for movies I’m sure there is a lot of movies that are great but I listed Netflix originals that I really liked. That I would even watch again.

  1. kissing booth
  2. To all the boys I’ve loved before
  3. Always be my maybe
  4. See you yesterday
  5. Ali Wong comedy specials(both funny)
  6. Joy Koy comedy specials(both funny)
  7. Secret Obsession

Last Might be one you’ve seen but I watched all the episodes on netflix and it took me like months, LOL! But I loved it so much. I have a slight obsession with anything with vampires and werewolves. So if you are the same I’d highly recommend you watch Vampire Diaries, and if you love that watch the Originals and if you like that watch Legacies. They are all connected and great shows. I mean I was sad when I finished watching, and not to mention some good vampire eye candy to watch, Oops did I say that out loud.

Hope you liked this post and I really hope you find something you like on this list. Pop that popcorn and enjoy! Till next post!

XO  Lisa

My July favorites!

My July favorites!

Hello ladies! So am I seeing this right, We are walking into the third week of July?! I mean this summer is going so fast. I have a feeling it’s going super fast for me because I’m so nervous about Breaker starting kindergarten. I almost don’t want summer to end. I feel more nervous the second time around, I think because with David I worked so it was normal for me to be away from him during the day. Breaker’s been my ride or die since birth. I’m accepting applications for day time friends, LOL!

Ok so since we are into the middle of July and the middle of summer, I thought it would be fun to share some of my July obsessions. Some I’ve shared already and some are new!

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First lets get into my latest beauty obsessions! We all love skincare and makeup right?! So during the summer I focus more on my skin care. I need to take care of it, wash it good and moisturize. We should always take care of our skin but I really focus on it during summer. Not only because we sweat more but I don’t really like wearing makeup when it’s hot. So it’s important to keep that skin looking fresh. Another tip for summer makeup is I only use a tinted moisturizer during the day, If I’m even wearing makeup.I try to stay away from heavy foundation during summer. I’ll conceal my more troubled areas with concealer but I’m very light with it. I think lashes could really help with that summer look. If you have extensions great, If not These are my latest obsession I find the trio Ardell lashes so much easier to work with than strips. At least for me. Bronzer is a must and I know it’s pricy but my favorite summer bronzer is Chanel, Linked here. My other obsession is Dose of colors gloss in that’s cool. I’ve been wearing it since I got it and wearing it in this photo. Like I said less makeup is best in summer. If you want to spice it up put on a bright lip! As long as you look dewy and bronzed you are set!

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Ok if you all don’t know that Zara is my favorite store yet, Then that just means you need to read my blog more, LOL! So lately I’ve been living in these basic crew T-shirts from Zara. I love them, I wear them a lot! They keep me cool and they are easy to style! Not to mention they are under $8, Do I need to say anymore. I just got these colors and I have double in black and white, You can never have enough basic colors. Great summer Tee!

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My last obsession is my Mango smoothie! I’ve been making this everyday after my workout. I needed a change from my others. I’ve talked about my favorite protein Powder here and my workout I do everyday. Check it out. But today I’m sharing the recipe, So easy and yummy! This one doesn’t have greens so what I do is make myself a side spinach salad for dinner, Just to get my greens in for the day! If not add that in your smoothie, it will just be a green one.

1 cup of almond milk

handful of frozen mango no sugar added one

1 TBS of flax seed

1 scoop of vanilla protein powder

you can add extra ice for thicker consistency

enjoy!

Hope you liked my post, So what’s your latest obsession? Till next post!

XO  Lisa

Easy homemade Ice cream sandwiches

Easy homemade Ice cream sandwiches

Hi my beauties! Loving the summer life right now. I’m not a huge fan of the heat, but hey I’m not complaining. Ok so do you all know that July is the month of Ice cream, Oh yes it’s a thing. Even Smorgasburg If you live in LA, I’m sure you know what this is. If you don’t I have a post on it here! They have a day that they dedicate to Ice cream. So check it out. I believe it’s in a few weeks. Well today I’m sharing these cute ice cream sandwiches that are super easy and fun to do with the kiddos.

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First you need to make the cookies, I have my favorite recipe here. But if you have your own favorite you can do that too! So basically any kind of cookie you like, Just remember when placing on the cookie sheet you will make them a little larger than you would a cookie. I actually did 2 scoops of my cookie scooper and I kind of pressed them down a little to mold it better because my cookies come out really raised. You want your cookies to be more flat. It just works better. Make cookies ahead of time because you want them cooled down.

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For the ice cream I just bought a regular gallon of vanilla. I let it get a little soft and I scooped the ice cream out onto a square dish about an inch or 2 high. I placed wax paper and put the ice cream on top. I made sure it was even all over. Placed tray in freezer for about an hour.

Once your ice cream is pretty hard, you’re going to want to make circle cut outs about the same size as your cookie. I used a lid from a mason jar it worked perfect because I was able to pop it out really good. Once you have the circles of ice cream cut out place that in between the 2 cookies. Mine were a perfect size. Once this is done You can eat that ice cream up! You can even add some sprinkles on the side or mini chocolate chips. If you are not eating them right away, I strongly recommend just keeping the ice cream in the freezer. You can pre-cut all your circles too and leave them on the wax paper. Leave your cookies out because I did freeze them with the cookie and my son said they were a little hard to eat, Too Frozen. But he said it was still good. I had one like I mentioned and the cookie was so soft with the nice frozen ice cream in between, Perfect! Great for a small summer gathering because you can have everything ready before hand. A cute idea for a party is to have a few side sprinkle choices so your guest can choose!

Hope you liked this post, Enjoy!

XO  Lisa

Happy 2nd Birthday to my Blog

Happy 2nd Birthday to my Blog

Hello my friends! How are you all doing? I hope you all are great. I seriously can’t complain. We’ve had a nice first month of summer break. The kids are so good. Besides me being in the kitchen a lot more, I think we all have a system. We’ve also been doing family night walks around the neighborhood which is great. I’m seriously in shock that we are in July already. July is special over here on the blog. I posted my very post on July 3rd. And today is my second year blog anniversary. I’m seriously so proud. I’m going to walk you down some of my blogging thoughts from the past 2 years.

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My first post I was nervous, excited and a little scared. But I was super confident I wanted to do this so that’s why I clicked post! I had so much to share, I was missing the fashion in my life and I was missing that outside contact. I had been a stay at home for 3 years when I decided to take the plunge. I talk more about why I started my Blog here.

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So fast forwarding to my one year. Now you would think I wasn’t nervous or scared, and you would think my confidence had gotten stronger. Oh no it was opposite. My confidence had dropped a little. Not with myself oh no, that I found and I won’t let that go ever! I didn’t have the confidence in the blogging world. I hadn’t seen much growth and I wasn’t enjoying it that much. I felt it was a chore rather than what I felt when I started. I hated the way I was feeling about my blog. But with the confidence I had in myself I kept on. And decided to take a different approach and just be a little more raw and share a little more of who I was. Rather than the latest outfits and what to wear. I mean don’t get me wrong it’s what I love to share but I decided to add more family and more of who I am everyday.

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And now fast forward to today I’m at my 2nd year of blogging and I’ve honestly changed my entire approach on this world of blogging. I decided to not care so much about the numbers. Because I still haven’t reached the growth I’d like. One of my vision board goals  last year was to get my first sponsored post. That hasn’t happened for me. I’ve reached out to companies and I either get a no because my follower count isn’t high enough or I just don’t get answered. But that’s ok, I tried. I don’ t let the No’s get me down. I started the blog to feel a void in my life I had missed. And it has done that for me, I’ve also got to meet some nice ladies that I would have never come in contact with if I hadn’t started the Blog. So for that I’m thankful and happy. I will continue to share from my heart and I know my time will come. Your girl has a dream to collab with a shoe company and have the Stylesencillo shoe! I mean I have goals, LOL! Again I want to thank all of you who take the time to read my post and follow my road of blogging. Even if I have only influenced one person, I can go on another year happy! Cheers to another 365 days of Stylesencillo.

Till next post!

XO  Lisa