What I pack for a Pool trip!

What I pack for a Pool trip!

Hello Ladies! Hope you all are great! I’m doing good. Enjoying summer and sleeping in a bit. I usually get up after the hubby leaves to work, But I’m not depriving my body if I feel like sleeping in. Once school starts it’s busy busy. The kids and I have been enjoying some chill days. Breaker is getting so big I feel both boys are growing like weeds right now. I’m truly enjoying them. Just when it’s errand day we bump heads, LOL! I’m super fast and like to get things done. My boys are like taking their time in slow motion! One more month of them being home, So we are trying to fit in some fun days.

So since we are off to Palm springs next week! I’m sharing what I always pack when I know we will be in the pool. I’ll be sharing where we stayed and some pics next week once we are back. So stay tuned.

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When we are taking a road trip I always pack my first aid kit. Believe me it’s always used for one of us. One of us always gets a cut, tummy ache etc.  When I know we will be hanging by the pool most of the trip, These are the most important that I pack. Especially with little ones. I purchased this cute first Aid bag from Target Oh joy.

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So what’s in my bag? Always band aids, regular and water proof. Breaker hates bandaids so I always get a character I know he won’t mind having on his body. Neosporin spray and ointment is a must. I always have children’s Tylenol. Vapor rub is also important. More so when we take road trips to Vegas. With all the smoke in the hotels Breaker always gets congested. For mommy and Daddy I always pack Alka seltzer and Advil. These few items just make me feel better when road tripping.

Some other things I pack are wet wipes for hands, Towels and don’t forget the sunscreen. With Breaker being little still and his skin is more sensitive. I always pack him his own towel for the pool. For the simple fact that the hotel towels are rough and I don’t know what kind of soap they use. Another thing I always make sure to take when road tripping is lots of water. Buying water at hotels is just crazy expensive. I love road trips they are fun and I like the time we all spend together. I look forward to them. Something so cozy about us all in the car looking forward to fun family time.

Hope this was helpful! Till next post.

XO Lisa

Planning a Kids party

Planning a Kids party

Hello Ladies! How are you all doing?! This LA weather is crazy! It’s pretty much kept us in the house. Glad its cooling off a little. I can’t believe the kids have already been home for a month. It’s going so fast. School starts in August, So now I have to start school shopping. I will be doing a blog post of all the cool back to school deals.

Today’s post I wanted to share a few things I like to do when I’m planning my kids parties. Breakers 5th birthday is coming up in November. To some that might seem like lots of time ,but I like to start early. I’ll be sharing a few of my favorites to use and just some checklist I like to check off before shopping for items. The pictures I’m sharing are from some of Davids parties and Breakers that I planned myself. Most of the items made by myself or family members.

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If your child is old enough I’m pretty sure the theme will be their choice! But I’ve always picked my kids themes up until 5 years old. I love this part. Picking a theme is so fun.

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First most important is figuring out what location you will use. Once you figure out location it will be easier to write your party list. Whether it’s at a park, indoor place or home. You need rentals etc. So it’s always important to find location first. If I’m having a lot of people I go with a park it’s just so much easier.

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Second would be planning the menu. Food is important for parties. Lets get real people come to parties to eat, LOL! So the food has to be a big part. Unless you are having a smaller gathering like cake and ice cream. I always try to find a menu that’s kid friendly. I mean it’s a kids party. And most of the time I try to have food the birthday kid likes. I will make sure to have snacks for the little ones. For example for Breakers 1st birthday he obviously wasn’t eating big meals yet. So I made these little baskets with baby friendly snacks. I thought they were perfect for a park party. Pizza is always a good one and easy. Adults and kids love it.

Rentals I always call a few local spots in my area to get the best deal. I look on yelp and also read reviews. Very important to get one that has good reviews. I always have rentals dropped off early if they can do it the night before if at your house even better. But earlier the better so you can be prepared.

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Cake time. Now you have so many choices. If you have a favorite that’s great. But if you’re new to ordering just do research. We have so much at our fingertips now that looking for vendors is so much easier. I usually go to the same bakery for my kids cakes. They have delicious cakes and they are a family favorite. I’ve also gone with Donuts. My kids love donuts. I’ve done a donut name for David, this one was from California Donuts. They are awesome. I usually go simple with the cake design, because I’ll add a topper myself.  I’ve been using Auntieapple for most of my cake topper now. She does sugar cookies and can make cake toppers out of sugar cookies. I love her work she’s amazing. Her work is awesome. If you are in the LA Area.

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Treat tables! So this is one of the funnest. I love a good treats table. I’ve done the Candy table thing, I’ve done popcorn bar and just a yummy dessert table. So many options for this. Just have fun with it because it becomes the main attraction. The minecraft and robot cake in these pictures I made myself.

Some of my party inspo places I like to look up are Karas Party ideas and Pinterest. These are probably the two I go to the most when planning. I usually make a board on pinterest and just pin away.

Ladies just have fun with the planning. Don’t stress, start early and make a list and check it off! Happy planning ladies. Hope you liked this post. Till next post.

XO Lisa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy One Year

Happy One Year

Hello Ladies! Today’s post is quite special to me. It’s officially my 12 month blog post. My very first post was posted on July 1st 2017,  introducing my site. July 3, 2017 was my first official  fashion post. I couldn’t be more proud of myself. The fact that I’m writing this after sticking with it for a full year is the best feeling. If you are new to reading my blog. I’ve written an update post for every month since I started. I wanted to do this for me or anyone that might be interested in starting a blog or anything they might have thought about. Basically my diary of my first year blogging. It was important for me to do this.

I have a post on why I started my blog. Check it out.

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How I came up with the name for my blog. Ok so this was probably one of the hardest things to do when I started. I think it took me a month to really come up with something. I would write things down constantly. Has anyone ever had to think of a name or things to describe yourself. I was starting to think, Damn am I boring or what, LOL! It was a struggle. I wanted it to be me. Besides my Mom, the other special person in my life is my Grandma. She only speaks Spanish, I don’t. So growing up we spoke to her in English and she responded in Spanish. And it worked she understood us and we understood her. And to me that was always a special thing we had with my grandma. If I need to define my style its Simple. Whether its fashion, home decor, My cooking etc. So I thought perfect. I will do half english and half Spanish. And after days of thinking I came up with Stylesencillo (simple style). I love it and I hope you all like the meaning behind it.

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So in a Year what have I learned. I’ve learned a lot. But not necessarily about Blogging. I’m still learning that. What I learned is much deeper than blogging. I learned to give myself more credit. I am my worst critic. I felt I was so hard on myself in the beginning. To the point where it wasn’t fun for me. It was adding more stress to my day. Social media can be a hard thing. We are always looking at others and thinking we need to be like them. I had a break where I was like wait. What are you doing?! I promised myself that I would stay me. I decided to be more laid back. If I couldn’t go shopping for the newest styles I would look in my closet and create an outfit from something I already had. I decided to show more of my family life because that’s who I am. I’m a mom and a wife first. I love my family more than fashion. So why not add fam and fashion together. Once I decided that would be my road for my blog. I swear it took a load of stress off me. I love mommy blogging. I love sharing mommy things and family things. Fashion will always be apart of my Blog because it’s still a big part of me. But it’s not important.

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So what has changed after a year of blogging. My confidence has grown so much. And for that I’m so happy. I’ve become more in the moment type of person. I was always such a worrier about everything. I have really started enjoying every minute of life. My kids are so important to me and I don’t want to miss a second. Blogging has also gotten us to venture out more. Because I love sharing with all of you. We’ve become more spontaneous. I love it. And can’t wait to share more.

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What are my goals for blogging. I plan on going on and on until life doesn’t allow me to do it. As long as blogging doesn’t interfere with my family I will keep going. I would love to grow as a blogger and grow my followers. Hoping others find me and like me. I would love to see what blogging can bring to me as a career. I’m putting this out there in the world that one day, with lots of work and my heart in it. I hope to one day make this a very successful blog where I can hire a team of ladies that will inspire me and others. And to give back to others. I love helping people and right now blogging is fulfilling those needs of helping others. It might be just one or two, but knowing my blog can inspire or help someone brings me so much joy.

I want to thank my Photographer that has been by my side the entire time. She has been such a great friend. I am so thankful that starting my Blog I’ve gained a really great friend. My hubby he has been the best. He’s my #1 cheerleader. He deals with my craziness. My kids are troopers. I love them. Thank you to everyone who takes the time to read my post. I appreciate all of you. Till next post.

XO Lisa

Mommy and Mini summer style

Mommy and Mini summer style

Hello Ladies! Summer is in full swing! We are enjoying the summer so far. We’ve been trying to get out as much as we can on the weekends. Since the hubs works all week. But the boys and I do try to get out during week. We still can’t wait to get out to the beach. So far we have set up play dates for Breaker and hang outs for David, Yes the big boys call it hang outs, LOL! Just trying to keep my boys busy and happy. I’m enjoying having them home. Yes I miss my alone time but they are getting so big that I’m cherishing every moment with them.

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Today I wanted to give you some summer style. All of us Mom’s know that these kids grow like weeds. So every season we most likely have to buy new items. Since Breaker was little I’ve always liked old navy for his summer clothes. They always have the cutest styles and the prices are awesome. Not to mention all summer long they have sales. I scored some really cute items at 40% off. I got some cute stuff that I can mix and match all summer long.  Breakers wearing a tank and shorts from old navy. I’m kinda obsessed with yellow right now. So of course I ordered him this pair. But they have these in different colors so cute.

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When shopping for the boys I’ll get them a few shirts with print but I mostly stick to solid colors. So that way I can match it with anything. The tees are always good to add a sweater or jean jacket once the weather cools up.

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For my outfit! A few summer staples that I think we all should have in our closet. A good pair of jean shorts and a white top(linen) for summer, goes with everything. I plan to use this as a cover up with my swimsuits as well. A summer bag and some summer sandals, with a heel or flat. My summer style is very simple as all my season styles, LOL! But for summer, I love to keep it cool and simple. I always add a statement earring to jazz it up. My earrings are from Baublebar. My hat is from Target! I have been enjoying getting dressed, I’m so proud of my consistency with working out. I’m happy with how my clothes look and fit. For the first time in my life I’m not worried about the number on the scale. I’m staying consistent with my workouts and making better food choices. And for that I am proud.

Side note for all my Zara ladies. They are having an awesome sale right now! Check it out.

Hope you ladies liked this summer post with my Mini! Have a great week! Till next post!

XO Lisa

Things I do for Me

Things I do for Me

Hello Ladies! Hope you all are doing well! I’m doing well. The boys have been so good. We are getting a schedule that works for us and we can’t wait for some more summer fun!

Today I wanted to share a few things I do for me. As a stay at home mom I think it’s easy to let certain things go. I made a promise to myself that I wouldn’t. I want to keep up with things I love to do for myself.

Everyone is different, and we all have unique things that make us feel good. So I say do them and remember to take care of yourself. We have an entire house of loved ones that count on us everyday so it’s important to keep ourselves feeling good.

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Exercise is probably one of the most important that I do 5 times a week. As I get older I have to start worrying about different health issues. I recently had a physical and everything checked out great. I feel having an exercise plan that fits you is key to a healthy life. Not to mention exercising has helped me with anxiety. It’s something I do alone for myself. I wake up early to get it done. With the boys home I wake up early so I can have that time to myself before they get up. It’s my kind of meditation in the morning. I’ve been hooked on The fitness Marshall on YouTube. I do about 4 dance videos and I’ll do a few workouts with weights. I have seen such a difference on the outside and most important on the inside of how I see myself. I say try it! Create a workout plan for you and try to do something that you enjoy. I never leave my house to workout so you don’t have to belong to a gym or have a personal trainer. Good luck ladies!

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Alone time! I’m always with the kids or the hubby. So I make sure to get some alone time away from home. Some of my favorite alone time things to do. I go shopping even if it’s just to look. I love walking the mall and just feeling free, browsing at my favorite stores. Grabbing a coffee alone. Or just going for a drive alone listening to music in the car with the windows down. That’s the best.

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Grooming! Something I promised myself is to keep up with grooming. I get haircuts every 5 weeks to make me feel good. I get Mani and Pedi’s on a regular basis. I have eyelash extensions that make me feel good. These might seem petty to others but to me it’s important. I love feeling good on the outside too. It’s for me and only for me. Not to mention I count these as alone time. And the hubby is so good and encouraging. He loves this about me.

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Going out for drinks! I enjoy hanging out with friends or the hubby. It’s a time I can have adult conversation and just relax. Nothing wrong with having a little time to enjoy! Cheers ladies!

Hope you liked This post! Till next post.

XO Lisa

My go to Style/Dots Cafe

My go to Style/Dots Cafe

Hello Ladies! I hope you all are having a great week! Summer break has officially started in our house. Both boys are home from school. And Oh is LA already hot! We went to Toys R Us yesterday to look for a cool blow up pool since everything is 50-70% off, but no luck. So I’m on the hunt for a decent one that maybe I can even sit in, LOL!

Also countdown to my Punta Cana trip! It’s 4 months away, I’m still nervous being that I’m leaving my kids and hubby behind. But I also can’t wait for a recharge. I really need it. I’ll be putting up a blog post closer to my trip to show you what I’m packing. Excited!

Today I wanted to share a look that I have been wearing non-stop. I’ve always been a jeans kind of girl. And jeans and a tee are my go to. I have been working out 5 days a week at home for the last 3 months consecutively. I’ve cut back on a lot of naughty foods. But I plan on getting better on the food. Baby steps. But I have noticed a big difference in my body. And I’m pretty proud. Let’s just say about this time last year I wouldn’t have been caught in a crop top out in public. I don’t have the perfect body but I’m proud at my results and I’m not stopping.

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I absolutely love these crop tees from Zara. I have a few colors and they are so comfy and  I don’t feel like it’s too much for me. I still like to look conservative. My jeans are my go to from Zara. I wish they had more colors like these exact ones. I love them so much. My purse is the one My mom bought me from Urban outfitters. It’s such a fun summer bag. My shoes are can you believe 8 years old. They are BCBG I hadn’t worn them in a while because the heels were warned out. But I just had them fixed and they are like new! I always throw on a fun pair of earrings when I wear my go to style. I love spicing it up with some fun vibrant earrings. The perfect summer outfit, Just replace the jeans with shorts when it’s too HOT!

Wanted to share this cute little Cafe we visited over the weekend. It’s such a cute place to take the kiddos while they are home for summer. It’s called Dot’s cafe in Pasadena, Ca. The decor is just way too adorable. They have a full menu. We will definitely be back to try the breakfast. We walked in to get some cupcakes. They have all sorts of goodies. Here are some pics from our visit. I say if you are near the area check it out.

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Hope you ladies liked this post and hope you all have a great weekend! Till next post.

XO Lisa

A special message to the hubby. Happy Father’s Day Babe. The love you give to the boys is so precious to me. You love David and are so caring towards him. You are the best Daddy to Breaker and I love you so much for going to work everyday and letting me stay home to take care of our boys. You are my best friend and the Best Daddy ever! Xo

Smorgasburg LA / 11 month blog update

Smorgasburg LA / 11 month blog update

Hello ladies! How are you all doing? I’m over here just getting ready for my boys to be off and turn my days upside down, LOL! My oldest has his culmination today. He will officially be a high school kid. I’m so proud of him. We hit some bumps in the road this year , but he managed to get passed them and he will be off to 9th grade. Let me tell you all raising a teenager isn’t easy. I mean we were all teenagers once. But that doesn’t mean we know how to raise one. I’m learning along with him and I just pray his high school years are great!

Today I wanted to share our trip to Smorgasburg LA this past weekend. We had been wanting to try it for sometime now. And we finally planned it out and went. Of course my family had to go on Donut Day. If you don’t know about this Event. It takes place every Sunday in Downtown LA. They have an instagram and yelp. It’s basically over 60 food pop ups that are all pretty unique and great. Some have actual restaraunts and some are just trucks. We walked around to get a good look at what they had. It can be overwhelming, because there are so many options. So before I show you what we ate, I’m going to give you a few tips if you plan on going.

  1. Try to watch some You tube videos on Smorgasburg LA, we did this after and wished we had done it before to give us an idea of what to try.
  2. If you go with a few people try to get different things so you can try a little bit of everything.
  3. Take water
  4. They have a beer garden so if you want to drink don’t take the kids.
  5. GO hungry

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My kids aren’t so adventurous with food yet so we kept it simple since we took them with us. We first had some delicious burritos from Burritos La Palma. They actually have a restaurant in El Monte highly recommend.

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Next we tried a taco from Baohaus this was so delicious. The hubs and I tried this one with fried chicken. They also have a pork belly one we will try next time.

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I had never had Mango sticky rice, Ya I know crazy. So it was a must to try. I liked it but I think I’ll stick to just mango and tajin. I’ll leave sweet rice to Arroz con leche.

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David loves churros so he tried Churro Boss. You can get toppings and ice cream added to the delicious churros. He got cinnamon toast crunch. I thought they were delicious.

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And you can’t go on Donut day without getting a donut. Breaker kept it OG and got a chocolate sprinkle from Donut friend. They had a lot of Donut options that day but the lines were a little long especially for the Side car doughnuts, that I wanted to try. I guess I’ll be taking a trip to Santa Monica to try!

 

I say check it out if you haven’t, it was cool and we will be back. I think minus the kids, LOL!

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11 Month blog update! So I can’t tell you how proud I am. I’ve been consistent for 11 whole months. I won’t go into too much since I’m going to have my one year next month.  I want to leave more for that post. All I can say is I’m not giving it up. It’s not getting any easier, but I’m learning more and ready to put more and more into my blog. I feel this first year has been my learning experience. I’m ready to possibly make something more out of my blog. I have faith in myself and I’m proud. That’s all that matters.

Hope you all have a wonderful rest of the week and great weekend. Till next post.

XO Lisa