Family traditions!

Family traditions!

Hello my favorite people! Hope you all are doing well! I’m really trying to get it together for Christmas. It’s going to be my first time hosting Christmas eve with my in-laws at our house. So today I thought it would be fun to talk family traditions.

I love to hear from others on what special traditions they have. Every family is so unique yet we are all the same just enjoying family and tradition.

Growing up it was pretty fun. I have a lot of cousins around my age. So we had tons of fun. We would all get together at my Aunts house and it was just a big fun gathering. Of course as we get older and we all have our kids and new families things change. But one thing we stay close and make time when we can for everyone.

One of the funnest traditions we still do and I try to attend. Is tamale night. With such a big family we’ve always made tamales a few days ahead of Christmas eve. So we get together, and get it done. I remember these nights and will always remember them. We are very lucky to have my Grandparents with us still to share these traditions with us.

Now that I’m a mom I try to make new traditions for my family. I want my boys to remember them and share them with their families one day. One thing we started was the elf on the shelf. Breaker loves it and hates it, LOL! But we enjoy leaving treats or not leaving treats if they are naughty. Another tradition we actually started this year was a Gingerbread house contest. That was fun with my sisters, my mom and the kids. I think we need to step it up for next year! So sister’s I’m ready and already making plans!

Christmas and traditions don’t have to be what we grew up on, I like to change it up a little bit. The one thing I’m hoping for next year is My mom being home. She’s been living up North for 6 years now and has missed Christmas a few times. This year being one. I hate knowing she won’t be here with us. So I will pray that next year she will be back living in LA with us!

What’s your favorite family tradition?! Hope you enjoyed this post! Till next post!

XO Lisa

Chit Chat with Lisa!

Chit Chat with Lisa!

Hello Ladies! So I wanted to try something new with my Blog! About every 2 months I’m going to do a chit-chat with me post. Sometimes I feel like my Blog is either sharing a particular item, event or style. I really want to just open up. The reason I started my Blog was to feel good and be able to share feelings and things with everyone.

Lately I’ve been feeling a little torn, with what I want to do. I’m really thinking about going back to work. The only thing is I can’t go back full-time yet. Since Breaker is still in pre-k he doesn’t have a full time schedule yet. I’ve always loved working. Of course my dream would be to make a business out of my Blog. But that takes time and I’m still working on it. I just need something else. It’s actually something I’ve been thinking about a lot. A little bit of why I’ve been feeling uninspired. The hubby is so supportive. He just wants me to do what I feel I should do. He encourages me to do something I will be happy doing. So that’s a big part of where I’m at with career.

Family Thankfully we are all Healthy and doing great. One thing that is hanging over me, Is if I’m really done having kids. I truly thought after Breaker I would be done. But As he gets older I think maybe one more would be good. It’s a feeling I can’t shake. But a few things get in the way. My age is a big part. I’ll be 40 in April so that’s a big big part. But I see so many women these days have babies older. I’m healthy so I don’t think it’s impossible. Another reason of hesitation is the fact that Breaker is at an age that we can get out more and be a little more free. The last reason is just time. David’s getting older and time goes so fast. I want to do more for him like travel. He needs a different kind of attention right now. It’s not impossible but having another baby will slow us down a little. So it’s a decision I will have to be set on soon. Time is ticking!

Life in general. We are planning more family outings and just trying to make every minute of life count. Maybe it’s the fact I turn 40 next year but I appreciate everyday. I love spending time with family and friends more and more. Looking forward to new memories and making 2019 a great year.

Hope you all enjoyed this post! Till next post!

XO  Lisa

Breaker’s 5th Birthday party

Breaker’s 5th Birthday party

Hello ladies! Are we all gearing up for Thanksgiving?! It’s been such a busy few weeks. I was in full force party mode for Breaker. I feel bad because I haven’t been able to work on content for my Blog as much as I’d like. But I promise I will get back to it. I’m actually looking forward to 2019. I’m praying we have a great year and if all goes well some fun trips ahead. So stay tuned!

Today I wanted to share some photos of Breaker’s party and some of the great ladies I used and where I purchased the fun treats.

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Normally I’ll give a nice first birthday and a nice fifth birthday for my kids. So with this being Breaker’s fifth I put a little more into it. He wanted a PJ Mask theme so that’s what we went with. I personally like to make as much as I can instead of buying the party supplies. The one thing Breaker was focused on was his cake. So I knew the cake table would be my main attraction. I didn’t want to do too much decorating because sometimes it’s just unnecessary spending. Of course balloons! I actually learned how to make a Balloon arch. It’s actually not that hard. Just hard on my hands, LOL! I bought the arch tape at party city that already has the holes to just pop the balloons in. Of course I need practice but hey I think I did pretty good. I ordered the back drop from Amazon. PJ mask is all about the night-time and buildings so I saw this one and it was perfect.

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The food! Ok so that’s always the part I stress on. I want everyone to enjoy but I also like it easy for me and not to mention the Birthday Boy had to approve. We went back and forth with what to serve. We ended up just being simple and had pizza. It’s Breaker’s favorite and hey who doesn’t like pizza. We ordered from a local Pizza shop called Follieros it’s great and the salad is tasty. It was perfect.

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The cakes, I wanted 3 cakes for each of the characters. His favorite is Cat boy so I wanted that one to be bigger. I was so happy with how they turned out. And they were delicious. She also made the rice krispie treats and again delicious. It was my first time using Lisa from With a pinch of love. She was great to work with and all around great experience. I will be using her again.

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The cookies and Cake topper. I have talked about Auntie Apple before, She is great I love working with her. She always kills it and Breaker is always super happy with his cookies. I love supporting women, especially these two women are all around great. Definitely recommend both.

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I had a separate little table for the kids that was important. I wanted Breaker to have his little space with his friends and cousins. My sister AKA Nina got all the kids place mats, They were so cute! I ordered the boxes from Shop sweet lulu I also got the popcorn boxes and polka dot balloons from there. They have a lot of cute party supplies. The water bottle print outs and not pictured the Hershey bar covers were from etsy and we just printed them out. I also placed some coloring activity books and play doh for the kids. That kept them busy if they weren’t in the Jumper. Side note always get a Jumper it just makes it fun and keeps the kids entertained.

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My sister again Aka Nina drew this adorable life-size Cat Boy for him out of wood. She worked so hard on this. With her busy nurse schedule, she did this for him and we loved it. Best Nina ever.

Hope you all liked this post! I love sharing personal photos with you all. My family life is the most important part of me.

Wishing everyone a wonderful and Happy Thanksgiving. From my family to yours!

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XO  Lisa

How to deal with Holiday rush

How to deal with Holiday rush

Hello Ladies! Ok so I’ve been feeling very uninspired. I feel like the end of the year gets hard to keep up with the Blog, Instagram and my most important my family. So I always get extremely stressed out. I’ve been trying not to get overwhelmed, But it’s hard. I want to continue to bring great content to my blog, because it makes me happy. But I’ve hit a wall and I know once the holidays pass I will be refreshed.

 

So with that in mind I wanted to share a few things I like to do to avoid that Holiday rush and stress.

I’m all about writing list. I write down everything. Of course my gift list, grocery list and what food I’ll be making. List help me so much. I love to see it written and there’s nothing like crossing it off! That feeling never gets old! I know we all have different traditions but I think we can all relate to the shopping and the never-ending wrapping! For years I shop and leave it in bags. This year no way. I’m always leaving wrapping to the last-minute and I end up hating it. So this year I am totally wrapping as soon as I purchase. Because you end up wrapping about 50 things Christmas Eve, LOL!

Shopping! Ok we all love that, NOT! I mean for myself but it’s hard to shop for others. My kids are usually easy for me, But I have nieces, nephews, Etc. Mostly all teenagers or young adults. This year I decided to be easy on myself and my wallet! I haven’t decided what, but I’m going to be giving very easy gifts but with meaning to them. I’m always stressing out and trying to be extra. This year no way! And I’ve come to the conclusion that gift cards are not a sign of not caring or putting more effort, I love gift cards and I’m sure so will they.

Malls! I avoid them as much as I can around this time, They make me dizzy! I’m an online shopper and I like the more outdoors shopping. Like the Grove or The Americana and Old town Pasadena. I usually do most online and the rest I will wake up super early and get it done before the crowds. And I leave my kids at home!

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The most important is just be there in the moment. We are all so busy and rushed that we let the holidays pass right by us and we don’t enjoy the moment. So this year I promised myself to be there in the moment. I remember Christmas as a kid and having no worries. I want that no worry Christmas so I can be there physically and mentally  with my kids and hubby!

I have a very fun giveaway that I hope you all enter, I will be announcing the rules and the very special collaboration with this giveaway on Sunday Nov 18 on Instagram. It’s in honor of Breaker’s 5th birthday. I will have a special blog post next week on his party!

Hope this was helpful and happy shopping! Till next post.

XO  Lisa

Disneyland Hotel, Worth the price?

Disneyland Hotel, Worth the price?

Hello Friends! Hope you all are doing great! I’m over here running around like a crazy mom! Breaker turns 5 in less than 2 weeks so I’m busy getting ready for his celebration. Even keeping it semi-small ,It’s still a lot of work. I love to do a lot of my own party supplies. So I make a lot of stuff that goes into my parties. I enjoy it so much. Now if only I can get someone to clean my house for the party, LOL! That’s my least favorite. I’ll be posting his party in a few weeks! So stay tuned!

Today I wanted to talk about our staycation at the Disneyland Hotel. We went this past weekend, It was my first time. We didn’t go to Disneyland because we are saving it for the holiday decor. And I wanted to enjoy the Hotel fully.

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So my first impression when I walked in was very cool! The minute we walked in I’d say about 4 characters were walking around the lobby taking pictures. Breaker was scared of them but I managed to get a quick photo of Pluto. The hubby was just saying he never sees Pluto at Disneyland so I took a photo for proof that he does exist, LOL!

After checking in we walked around the grounds until are room was ready, It’s so clean and we did see Minnie mouse outside of Goofy’s kitchen. Again Breaker was scared. But I love that the characters are around for easy photo opportunities. Totally worth it. No lines to take photos.

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Once our room was ready we headed over to the room to change and enjoy the pool. One of the Cool things in the room is the complimentary toiletries, They have H2O products! So totally cool. The pool area is very nice. They have a great set up for families, couples and kids. A little bit of everything for everyone. We enjoyed the kids area with the slides so much. Breaker was scared to do the bigger slides so we kept to the mini one. They also have complimentary vest for kids safety. I really loved that. Complimentary towels and waiters walking around taking order for food and drinks. Both great!

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After enough time at the pool we headed back to the room and changed up to grab a drink from the tiki bar, That is super cute and entertaining. A must if you have someone to watch the kids! The cool thing is you can head over to Downtown Disney to walk around get some yummy food and my favorite Beignets!

Is it worth the price? I’d say yes If you have the opportunity, Go stay and have a great time! We will be back! Hope this was helpful, Till next post!

XO Lisa

My go to Banana Bread recipe

My go to Banana Bread recipe

Hello Ladies!!! Happy Halloween! I hope you all are doing well and I hope all my mamas out there survived the rush of getting the kiddos ready for Halloween. I’m so glad I got Breaker’s costume ready before I even left on my trip. Because I know from experience with my oldest that the week of Halloween always seems so busy. My oldest son was simple this year so it was just about ordering and buying a hat. I’m so glad he still likes to dress up. And we all know once Halloween is over its crunch time for Christmas. I feel like Thanksgiving is a middle child, LOL! We love it but tend to not give it as much attention as Halloween and Christmas. Can you tell I’m the middle child, LOL!

With Holidays on our mind and the weather in LA getting cooler, I bet we are all looking for our baking recipes. I love to Bake but really have to be in the mood. I do love to bake for others as gifts or just a special treat for the holiday season. I did share my favorite chocolate chip recipe last year, Here it is! And I’ve shared my pizza recipe, Here too! Both of those are favorites in my house and with family. So hopefully you try them!

Side note most of my recipes I share I have found on Pinterest, I love pinterest so much. It’s pretty much my favorite thing to go on. This next recipe I will share is from pinterest. I’ll share original link as well.

Banana Bread is probably one of my favorites. And I think we all have had those ripe bananas sitting around that we won’t eat just like that! I’ve been making this particular recipe for 5 years now and still love it. It’s super simple and delicious. The kids love it too. I’ve hand written the recipe here for you but I will also link the original post that I actually follow. Being a blogger I would hope someone would give me the credit if it was one of mine.

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What I love to do for treats for friends, neighbors or co-workers is get a cute piece of material and wrap with a string just so it looks cuter when you hand it out. You can even use tissue paper or put it in a treat bag with some ribbon. It makes it more fun to receive.

Hope you all liked this post. And hope you all bake some Banana bread! Till next post!

XO  Lisa

Halloween treats

Halloween treats

Hello My friends! Hope you all are doing well! I can’t believe October is almost over, Like seriously! Once Halloween passes by, all the other holidays come knocking hard! I don’t even want to think about christmas shopping! I think online shopping will be my friend this year.

I wanted to share some cute little treats I found on Pinterest! I wanted to make something for Breakers class that wasn’t so much candy. When I saw these I knew I had to make them. I did change it up a little. But still basically the same. Here’s the original link from Pinterest. 

This is what you’ll need and how to make these cute little Frankensteins!

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Supplies you will need. Play-Doh, I got the small size not the smallest they have but smaller than the original size. But you can use the bigger ones if you’d like. Some Rolo chocolates, green felt, some googly eyes, sharpie and glue gun. I purchased the play-doh and Rolo candies from target, the felt and googly eyes from Michaels.

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For one treat you will need this, one play-doh tube, 2 Rolo chocolates, 2 eyes, measure the green felt so you cover the tube of play-doh and cut into a strip. Lastly your sharpie for the mouth.

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Once you have all the supplies ready, glue the felt around the tube of play-doh, glue the rolo candies on the side, the googly eyes have adhesive so you just have to pop those on and draw the mouth however you’d like. Doesn’t have to be perfect. Wallah you have these cute little Frankenstein treats for the littles. They will love these. I even had Breaker help make them so he can be excited to give these out to his friends at school.

I love Pinterest for all my craft ideas. I love to re-create and change it up to be my taste. Our kids get so much candy so I wanted to give something fun.

Hope you all liked this post, If you re-create them tag me in a picture on Instagram. Would love to see. Till next post!

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Wishing you all a safe and Happy Halloween! From my family to yours!

XO  Lisa