Holiday Gift Guide

Holiday Gift Guide

Hello ladies! I hope you all are doing wonderful. I think we all are trying to fight off or avoid getting this cold going around. My Breaker caught it, I hate when my boys are sick. My oldest I call him Iron Man, knock on wood, he never gets sick. Breaker was a trooper he was still smiling and fighting it. I can’t believe Christmas is just 2 weeks away. Crazy how fast this year went.

So with that, Today I’m going to give all of you and myself a last-minute shopping guide. I have some options for just about everyone on your list. I always say I’m going to get shopping done early and that never happens. So yes I’m the one at the mall on Christmas Eve.

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First guide is for a special lady in your life, Mom, sister, friend. This is for the more cozy mama that loves to be home. I absolutely love receiving pajamas, I mean I don’t really ever buy them for myself. Everyone needs a robe and the best gift for this cozy warm lady would be a nice coffee machine.

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Second guide would be the fashionista. I think a great gift is Outerwear. It’s something some of us don’t always invest in. I think as a gift we all would appreciate it. Another gift that most fashion girls like, Would be a cute name brand wallet or card holder. I love Kate spade her style of accessories are so adorable for that fashionista in your life. That also won’t break the bank.

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Third guide would be a favorite of mine. Where are all my makeup lover gals at?! I think with Youtube tutorials and all the fabulous makeup brands out there. Makeup is a great gift. I also added a perfume and came across this adorable hello kitty Rose bottle. If you want to make your girl happy I think this one is the one!

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Fourth guide is for the special Man in your life dad, brother, husband, boyfriend. I think we all get a little frustrated when shopping for Men. Some men are so hard. I came up with a few, that most men will like and a nice variety. I also checked with the hubby to make sure these were all Men approved!

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Fifth guide is for those teenagers that we all are like WTH do we give them. I have my teen that can be hard but for me he tells me what he wants. But if we are gifting a relative or friends kids. It can be hard. I know some people frown on gift cards, but I sure love them. These two are probably the most popular for teens. No kid likes to spend money on their own food, Lol!

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Sixth Guide would be for those little people that we call Toddlers! So these can be either easy or hard. For me as a mom of a toddler, I don’t care for so many toys. My hubby says I’m the Grinch, LOL! But most have so many toys already. I thought these options were pretty good. Like I said before Outerwear is a great gift because most don’t buy it. When i shop for little ones. I always gift a clothing item and a small toy. So that way Mommy and baby are happy. I love Melissa and Doug toys, The wood toys I think are cute for room display as well.

I really hope you ladies and gentlemen found this post helpful! I know I’m using this gift guide for my last-minute shopping! Below I’ll leave links to all the stores I found these great gifts from! Happy shopping! Till next post.

XO Lisa

Cozy – Victoria secret and Target

Fashionista –forever 21 and Kate spade

makeup- Ulta and Hello kitty

Men- Nordtrom

Teenagers- Urban and In n Out

Toddlers- target and Baby gap

Chocolate chip cookies!

Chocolate chip cookies!

Hello Ladies! My first Post for December! This is my version of 25 days of Christmas,LOL! All of December I’ll have holiday post. I hope you all checked out my easy holiday makeup look! Next week I’ll be giving all the last minute shoppers a gift guide for everyone on your list! And I have some really fun chic Holiday looks coming as well! So stay tuned and give me a follow!

Today I have my very first Blog recipe. I’m planning to do more of these, So let me know if you all will like this! I love to cook and bake but I don’t really do recipes that call for so many ingredients. I’m the type that if I find a recipe I look at the ingredients, if i don’t have 90% of them I won’t make it! Most of my recipes if they aren’t family traditions, I find them always on Pinterest. This one I’m about to do is from Pinterest that I found over 4 years ago. Shout out to Barely adapted from Anna Olson food network Canada for sharing it on Pinterest!

So if you’ve ever tried a chocolate chip cookie recipe and your cookies came out looking like flat pancakes or hard as a rock. Don’t fear I got you! This cookie recipe will not disappoint. You will have Mrs. Fields looking cookies in less than 30 minutes.

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Ingredients:

3/4 c. unsalted butter softened

3/4 c. brown sugar

1/4 c. granulated sugar

1 Egg

2 tsp. vanilla extract

2 c. all purpose flour

2 tsp. cornstarch

1 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt

1 c. chocolate chips ( your preference milk, dark or even peanut butter)

Directions:

  1. preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer or regular bowl with electric mixer, Cream together butter and sugars until fluffy and light in color. Add Egg and vanilla and blend.
  3. Mix in flour, cornstarch,baking soda and salt. blend and mix in chocolate chips.
  4. If you have a cookie scoop or tablespoon drop dough onto baking sheet. Remember to always use baking spray or what I like to use is parchment paper, way easier and less mess.
  5. Bake for 8-10 minutes, until golden brown on edges. Note the tops will not brown and no longer than 10 minutes.

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I’m telling you these will be a hit! My kids love them. I also give them out for christmas to neighbors, friends and loved ones. I did share 3 different ways you can wrap your cookies up to give them out to share! Hope you enjoyed this post and let me know if you end up baking these delicious cookies! Have a wonderful rest of the week and weekend! Till next post.

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XO Lisa

All Christmas goodie bags purchased at Target and ingredients.

kitchen Aide stand mixer ( this is on sale and a great gift for that Baker in Your life)

Easy Holiday makeup look

Easy Holiday makeup look

Hello Ladies! Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! We did, My mom lives up in Sacramento so we drove up there for the Thanksgiving Holiday. It was really nice and we escaped the heat here in LA. It’s always nice to see my mom. She’s been living there for 5 years so it hasn’t been easy having her away from us. Praying she comes back to LA soon.

So who is done with their Christmas shopping?! I’m not, I haven’t even put a dent in my list. But I’ll get there. I have a few fun post in the next couple weeks to get us Holiday ready! So keep a look out and subscribe to my Blog if you haven’t already! And thank you to those who already have and keep coming back every Wednesday! Big hugs to you all!

Ok so I’m going to walk you through this really easy holiday look. I’m no makeup artist and I just recently got more comfortable with eyeshadow. So this is pretty simple. Hope you ladies enjoy and recreate this look! Let’s get started!

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First I start with a clean and moisturized face. I always prime my face as well especially if I want my makeup to last. With this look I wanted a really fresh skin look. I used my Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer, I really like this product. very light weight on my skin.

Second I concealed my under eye area. I’m more of a concealer person over foundation. So my concealer has to be full coverage. I’ve been using NARS matte concealer. I love the finish and the way it wears all day. I do set the areas I conceal very lightly because I do like a luminous look. Setting powder I normally use is Ben Nye banana powder.

Third I start my eyeshadow. For this look I did use the Mario Palette from Anastasia Beverly hills I know this palette is no longer available. So pretty much any neutral palette will work. For my crease I used LULA very lightly and I blended really good. I also took a little more of LULA and darkened the outer corner. For my Lid I used this Elf Cosmetics liquid eyeshadow in Rose Gold. It was my first time using this and I really liked the way it looked. I took the same brush with LULA on it and cleaned up any harsh lines on the lid and crease. That’s it so simple.

fourth was bronzer I like this one from The balm for a more natural bronzer look. I didn’t even contour for this look. just a little bronzer.

Fifth was blush My go to Blush is from colourPop cosmetics. For the price it’s my favorite blush for an everyday look. It’s the color Between the sheets.

sixth you can’t complete a holiday look without some highlight. my go to highlight is Becca Cosmetics Opal. My favorite.

Last to finish this look off. A little setting spray and topped my lips with Mac cosmetics lip liner in Cherry and ColourPop Cosmetics liquid lipstick in Arriba! I do have eyelash extensions. So I don’t wear mascara. If you don’t have extensions I would top it off with some mascara and some very natural false eyelashes.

Hope you ladies enjoyed this easy makeup look! Till next post! Have a great rest of the week and Weekend!

XO Lisa

*Since The palette I used is no longer available here is a good neatral palette to have. 

 

Dressing the “Bust”

Dressing the “Bust”

Hello Ladies! Hope you all are having a great week. Today’s blog post is kind of funny! If you see by my title, LOL! You’ve heard the term ” Dressing the bump” Well this Mama has to dress the Bust! I’ve had a bigger bust since elementary school. I haven’t been the happiest with them either. I was always very self-conscious about my bigger bust. I remember in elementary this kid started a rumor that I stuffed my bra. I’m like really. Well that was fun. I think the only time I opened my arms to my bigger bust was in high school, LOL! They were perky and cute. Well fast forward to having kids and breastfeeding both my sons. I breastfed my second till he was 2 1/2! So these Bust have been through some tough times,LOL!

Today I wanted to share some tips on what I look for when buying clothes to flatter my figure. As women I think we are so hard on our bodies. I’ve gotten a lot better on loving my body and just excepting what I was given. To be honest starting my Blog was scary because I’m not a skinny young girl anymore. I’ve had 2 kids, I’m hitting close to 40, Our bodies change as we get older. I really try to keep active. If it’s running errands, doing house work or getting in a nice workout. It’s important to me at my age to do some kind of daily activity.

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One of the hardest things when I buy clothes is the fact that my Bust are larger than my body frame. So because of that, I appear larger than what I am. I tend to always go toward the baggy top style. My guy always tells me to not buy such big tops. But like I said I’m also a little self-conscious. One thing I’ve tried to do is if the top is a more baggy fit, Just grab a cute belt like I did here. It will accentuate the waist more. So this is Tip #1. I’ve also like the style of a mesh, sheer top with a very nice bra underneath. This is more daring but will also show off just a little without being too much. I’ve linked a really cute affordable sheer top below. That is my Tip #2. Now one of the hardest fashion crisis I have faced with my Big bust is shopping for a dress. Ok so shopping for a dress can’t be a nightmare when you are larger in the Bust area and smaller on the bottom. The dress is never going to fit perfect. I remember in high school, I was lucky my Aunt made my prom dresses. Because it was always a struggle to find a more elegant dress that would fit. This past year I had a wedding to attend and I was already thinking great what can I wear. I ended up finding a really cute affordable dress at Zara. The trick is to find a dress that doesn’t have a zipper in the back. I look for a dress that I can just pull over with no zipper or buttons. I usually can go with a small in a dress like that. Because it is made a bit more relaxed fit. I did link a dress down below that is pretty much the style I would look for. I’m actually going to be ordering this for a baby shower I’m attending. It’s simple but you can make it look casual or dressy! That’s key! Well ladies that is Tip #3. I hope you liked this post. I hope it helps.

We need to love what we have and flaunt it with style! Till next post! Hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

XO Lisa

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My Pregnancy Story

My Pregnancy Story

Hello Ladies! Hope you all are doing well. Today’s post I’m taking you back a little. I’ve been wanting to share my “not so easy” pregnancy story. And figured I would wait until the week of Breaker’s 4th Birthday. So yes I’m taking you back a little over 4 years ago. I promise it won’t be long, Lol!

With my first-born I was 25 so my pregnancy for him was pretty smooth. Life happens and sometimes things go in other directions. I was a single Mom for a while and with all that I was taking on. Deep down I always knew I wanted another baby. I didn’t want David my older son to be an only child. I love my siblings and I wanted to give him that love. Sparks flew and I met my guy. I knew he would be my baby daddy, Lol! After 3 years of dating I found out I was pregnant. I was scared, happy so many emotions. I told him the news once I gathered my feelings. I knew I was most likely about 6 weeks but I was also spotting. So I call my Dr and he saw me right away and sent me to get blood work. I can’t say enough nice things about my Dr he was amazing. I had to get blood work every 2 days because he wanted to make sure my HCG levels were going up. That already was nerve wrecking. I was terrified. In the midst of this we were moving into our new place. The only upside is Dr didn’t want me lifting anything so I was able to watch the packing and unpacking. So I’m 7 going on 8 weeks and It’s Easter morning our first morning in our new place. We are at Home depot and I had to walk out because I couldn’t even stand I panicked. We drove home and I laid down for a bit. But I knew something was wrong. We rush to ER and it’s the waiting game because they aren’t sure what’s going on. I had like 3 ultrasounds and no one is telling me anything. Finally they come in and say they think I have an appendicitis. I freaked out! They admitted me and at this point I just want to sleep. Next morning it’s Monday so a full team was there. I had to get an MRI because they wanted to get a better look. At that time I was an employee there so I got excellent service. After the MRI My Dr comes in and tells me, first he gave me good news that my HCG levels were going up just fine. So that made me happy. But the bad news is they found a cyst in my left Ovary. Pretty much I had to stay in the hospital another night just to monitor. After getting home I was off of work for a week.

So now what. We go in to see my Dr and he tells me the bad news. I have to get the cyst removed. Because of the risk so early on my pregnancy, we had to wait until I was 17 weeks to have the surgery. I’m hearing this, I’m understanding it all but for some reason I was numb to it all. I go on with my life. A few weeks in between surgery date I had a lot of pain so I would be put on bed rest right away. The thing was the cyst was growing so  it would interfere with the babies growth, So that’s why surgery was a must.

So it’s surgery day. I can’t even tell you what was going on in my mind. I was just so happy to be pregnant. I already knew baby was a boy, I was in love. Imagine being told complications can arise and I could go into labor or cyst would be so bad that I would have to get ovaries removed. All of this was being told to me and again My mind was numb. I had faith that this baby would be just fine. Surgery is done I’m in recovery. All I remember is Dr over my bed saying everything went well, I’ll send the nurse to check for babies heart beat. When that Beautiful angel of a nurse came over to me and said Dr. C sent me now lets hear that heart beat. I didn’t even care the pain I was in I wanted to hear that heart beat. The minute I heard that beautiful sound I was so relieved. It was the best sound. I wish I could have bottled it up and saved it forever. I was in the hospital for a few days, recovery was tough being that I was cut open and my belly was still growing. I walked really slow for a very long time. So after that I took care of myself you better believe I acted like my belly was glass. Cyst ended up being as big as an orange and Dr saved my ovaries, he just had to pull out my left fallopian tube. I can live with that.

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4 years later our little Breaker has been our Angel. He has the best big brother and the love they have is what makes me happy. The bond I have with this little boy is so precious. He’s my little rock. To end this post I just want to say I believe the faith I had and the amount of love I had for this unborn child helped me get through this. The numb feeling I had been having was me keeping my faith and staying positive.  To all the soon to be Mamas Enjoy your pregnancy to the fullest! Pregnancy is a blessing, A child is a miracle. Till next post lovelies.

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XO Lisa

 

Tatcha water cream review

Tatcha water cream review

Hello Ladies! Hope you all are having a wonderful week so far. Can we just take a moment to breathe before we have to start wrapping Christmas gifts ,LOL! Wow I can’t believe it. I walked into Target yesterday morning and they don’t mess around. The Halloween stuff was cleared out or 70% off. And the lovely target workers were all busy putting out all the Christmas stuff . And yes I was that crazy lady in the aisles trying to get first dibs on some stuff! Can’t wait to share with you all. So this week has been pretty mellow. I mean besides my usual mommy load. Next week I’m pretty excited It’s almost time for My baby Breaker’s birthday. On the blog next week I’ll be sharing my not so easy pregnancy story with you all. So stay tuned!

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Today’s Post is finally my Tatcha the water cream review. If you are all up on the beauty community like I am. You will know this cream. So at first I was very hesitant to purchase this cream. First the price and the fact that I’ve never used Tatcha products. I know most high-end creams can be pretty expensive. This one is $68. So pretty much average price for this type of brand.

I’ve been using this cream for a little over a month now. So I feel pretty confident to give you a good review. First of all I didn’t read before I purchased that it stated, Normal to oily skin. I’m usually Normal to dry skin. With that I thought oh great. But I had already used it about 3 times before I noticed. At first I started using it for night-time. The consistency is very light and when you put the cream on your face, it seriously feels like you just gave your face a drink of water. Totally, not even lying. I don’t rub it in crazy, I dab it on very lightly all over and go to bed. In the morning my skin feels so soft and looks so hydrated. After about 2 weeks I started using it before applying makeup for the day. It does not have SPF so make sure if you do this you also add an SPF. I absolutely love how it feels under makeup. I’m in my late 30’s so any kind of hydration I can give my skin I do.

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Improvements on what I’ve noticed since using this cream. My pores have really reduced. I mean this is one of the things I have noticed more in my aging skin. And it really reduced the appearance of larger pores. I’m going to say I have never had bad skin, You can say it’s hereditary. My 84-year-old grandma has gorgeous skin and my 60-year-old mom does too. So I was blessed with better skin. But like everyone else as we age so does our skin. I’ve also noticed my skin looking more plumped and hydrated. My skin can get dry patches depending on weather. So far I haven’t had any.

So with this all said, I would very much recommend this cream! I think it’s worth the money and I’m very happy with the way my skin looks. Hope this helps out if you were interested or curious about this cream! They also have a lot of other nice products. I will need to try some more soon! Hope you lovely ladies have a fantastic rest of the week and a fabulous weekend! Till next post.

XO Lisa

I’ve added a few other Tatcha products that I would love to try to my ShopStyle favorites If you want to take a look.

The water cream at Sephora

4 month blog update

4 month blog update

Hi Hermosas! I hope all you lovely ladies are doing well! So anyone on a Candy high, LOL! I took on a challenge with my sister that started this week. So No carbs for 3 weeks. I’m like great no candy for me! But it’s ok I’ll be good for Thanksgiving! I can’t believe Halloween came and went so fast. I’m looking forward to the Holidays to come. We are off to visit my mom up North for Thanksgiving, So I’m pretty excited. I have a few Holiday blog post coming up, So stay tuned! Grab a cup Coffee and read my 4 month update!

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Today I wanted to give you all an update on my Blog adventure. So it’s now 4 months since my first post. Every month I do get discouraged. But the fact that I love doing this, Really helps me get past that feeling. Blogging can be challenging. Trying to keep up with trends and Blog post that will be worth reading. Things like that. I love giving you all great Blogs and useful tips. I would love to hear from you all and let me know if there is anything you would like to know more of or see on my Blog. I decided last month that I would really focus more on mommy blogging. Because it’s what I am and what is most important to me. Of course giving you some cute styles for the busy mom and ideas for kids fashion. Something I have to keep telling myself is not to compare myself to others and not to be so hard on myself. I feel like it was making me really sad. The hubby is so proud of what I’m doing even though this is not a job where I get paid. At least not yet but it’s my goal! He never makes me feel like my blogging isn’t important. He’s been my biggest supporter. I’m very thankful. With that I’m going to keep on moving and blogging! It’s been a fun and hard 4 months. But worth it!

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I thought it would be fun to give you 10 random facts about me, to get to know me better!

  1. I’m 38 years old and proud of it
  2. Born and raised in Los Angeles
  3. I’m the middle child
  4. I’m Mexican/American
  5. Favorite food Mexican (go figure)
  6. Favorite weekend getaway Palm Springs and Vegas(couldn’t pick one)
  7. Raised with all girls, Now I’m raising all boys
  8. I love to dance
  9. I went to catholic school all my life
  10. I’m pretty funny

 

Hope you lovelies enjoyed this post and come back every Wednesday for new post!

XO Lisa