My everyday must haves

My everyday must haves

Hello Friends! Hope you all are doing well. I’m doing great. I had the best 40th birthday celebration. The plus was having my mom home with me too. It’s crazy at 40 my mom became a grandma and for my 40th, my niece was old enough to celebrate my b-day with me at a bar, LOL!

So Now that I’m 40 it’s time to really keep those healthier habits. I’ve been doing pretty good for over a year now. I wanted to share my must haves. So pretty much the top few items I use everyday. And most I’ve been using for a year. So I’m confident enough to tell you they work.

First is health, Routine physical is so important. I get mine every year, along with blood work, pap and breast check. So important to keep up with your yearly physicals. Exercise, I can’t tell you how much having an exercise routine has helped me, Not only physically but mentally as well. I love the sweat app, it’s literally life changing if you can only work out at home like myself. I also love tone it up protein powder. I’ve been using this one for way over a year now. And so conveniently sold at target. Setting up a routine is great. Sticking to it is all you. Just know once you do it feels great.

Beauty would be second. My mom taught my sisters and I very young on taking care of our skin. Having a skin regimen is great. I know there are so many products out there to choose from. I honestly have used so many high-end and low-end. Some I didn’t like and some that were just ok. But for the last year these have been a big staple in my skin routine. I make sure to use toner everyday. Especially the days I work out and sweat more. Even though you wash your face and exfoliate, the Toner just removes whatever was left. I love the thayers which hazel toner and exfoliating cottons from target. Summer Fridays jet lag mask has been my bestie for the last year. I keep it in the fridge and oh my it has helped my skin not get dry patches from the weather. I also love the way it feels under my eye area. Rose water spray I’ve talked about before. I love this stuff. With summer coming and spending more time near water and in the sun, I always carry this spray with me to keep my skin hydrated. Ice roller, OMG! Love love this thing. Seriously helps with puffiness and one of the reasons I love it, is when I get migraines or I’m just feeling tired. Rolling this on my face is just so soothing. These have been my holy grails this past year.

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Hair I mean it’s important. Of course finding the right wash for you is important. everyones hair is different. But I’d say a good hydrating shampoo is key. And my all time holy grail for my hair is It’s a 10! I’ve been using this stuff for over 8 years It’s the best! Another thing don’t wash your hair everyday and get trims often. Don’t let a year go by without a trim.

So those are my beauty secrets, LOL! No but really, I swear by these everyday! Hope this helped if you’re looking into some new products. Till next post.

XO  Lisa

Goodbye 30’s, Hello 40

Goodbye 30’s, Hello 40

Hello Ladies! How are you all doing?! I’m so ready to celebrate my Birthday. As you can tell by the title, I’m turning 40. My actual birthday is April 6. I wanted to share a little bit of what I learned in my 30’s and what I hope to achieve in my 40’s.

My 30’s taught me a lot. I actually learned a lot about myself. I really wasn’t happy with myself in my 20’s I think I tried to grow up too fast. So my 20’s were very tiring. Maybe one day I’ll write more about that. but today is about my 30’s. I was a single mom in the beginning of my 30’s. I had a 5-year-old aka David, my oldest. I was a working single mom and getting it all done. I balanced pretty well and I never felt over tired or never felt like I wanted anything different. I was content. Of course as time went on I wanted a companion. But I wasn’t pushing it or looking. In my early 30’s was when ,I met my soul mate. I honestly feel like I wouldn’t have met that special someone until I was happy with myself. I felt comfortable in my skin and I liked who I was as a person. I didn’t yet have the confidence I have today but I was on the right path. I was a mother first and always first. So I learned how to balance being a mom and making that time for my love life. We all know relationships aren’t easy but when you are happy with yourself and know what you want. It can make it easier.

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One of my biggest lessons in my 30’s was to be true to myself. It’s what I live by today. Don’t try to keep up with the anyone. God has made a path for all of us. We just need to learn how to stay in our own lane and not try to cut someone off because you think they have it better than you. Don’t ever feel like your dreams are just dreams, make them happen and don’t ever let anyone tell you, You can’t! I try not to use that word anymore. Believe me I used it a lot before. I may be turning 40 but my dreams are still young and I plan to accomplish them. I will and I can.

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Turning 40, I’m not afraid of getting older. Because I’m getting wiser, It’s not just a saying it’s the truth. I don’t know it all, But I can say I know all about myself. I’m a good mom, lover, daughter, sister and aunt. I’m not even scared of a little Botox, LOL! I feel great in my skin and I’m proud to say I’m 40! I feel like it’s a new chapter for me. It’s my time to shine! So cheers to 40! and to all my fellow SHHS sisters that turn 40 this year, Girls we are hot!

Since I love fashion I thought it would be fun to share what was popular in 1979 the year I was born! Pleated skirts, I thought that was cool being my b-day party outfit consist of pleads. I’ll share that next week. Belted jackets which I see that a lot right now. They say fashion just keeps coming back! A bow blouse, I mean one of my favorite blouses is a bow blouse! Denim overalls, do those ever go out of style?! A tube top, Everyone loves a good tube top! 1979 fashion was cool! Thanks Mom for giving Birth to me! So I can say I was born in the 70’s! I mean it sounds so much cooler! Till next post!

XO  Lisa

How to stay sane on spring break

How to stay sane on spring break

Hello Ladies! Hope you all are enjoying this nice weather in LA. I know we are. And this nice weather is just in time for spring Break with the kids. Both my boys will be off for a week. And I try to keep us busy to keep screen time down and mom from going crazy. So I wanted to share some ideas that will keep the kids busy at any age and budget friendly.

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LACMA is on the top of our list. My older son loves museums and he loves photography so it’s a win win. And my little one likes it there as well. The best thing is they offer NexGen for kids and teens, once you sign up for this kids will have membership until 18 and one kid NexGen will get any one adult in free as well. So not only is this a great place to go its budget friendly. FullSizeRender

LA Zoo is awesome. What we are going to do is get a family membership, it’s such a great deal. And I plan on taking the boys during summer early in the morning to get some fresh air and some exercise as well. Such a good place for the fam with kids at any age.

Matinee movies are always good to catch while the kids are on break. It’s way less than the normal price and it gets the kids out for a bit.

I will most definitely schedule screen time especially for the little one. I like to break it up throughout the day and try a craft with him. Take him outside to play or draw with sidewalk chalk. He loves being outside! So mom’s just make a time out of the day to say it’s outside time.

Ice cream outing are always fun to break up the mid-week spring break craze. We love Fair oaks pharmacy in South Pasadena it’s such a cute ice cream parlor.

Lastly I want to plan a hiking day. So I will gather some fam and get a hike in for the week off. I think this is a fun way to get together with others during spring break.

Well I hope you all have fun breaks with the kiddos! Till next post.

XO Lisa

Spinach salad recipe

Spinach salad recipe

Hello friends! How are you all?! I’m doing great. Still going strong on my workouts and eating better. Today actually marks a month till my 40th Birthday. So I have 30 days to get into better shape. But I’m happy and feeling good now. So that will just be a plus. So since we are on the subject of being more healthy, I wanted to share this salad recipe. My mom has been making this salad for a long time. It’s usually made for Easter Sunday and Thanksgiving. We love it. I wanted to share it with you all, since it’s easy and I’m all about easy recipes. So here it is!

First you’ll need the ingredients. I’m the type that if the ingredients is a long list, I usually don’t make it. I stick to 5-6. And this one is about that. You’ll need:

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  1. spinach you can do the bagged kind or the bundle. I prefer bagged spinach because regular bundle spinach is super dirty and that just takes more time to wash.
  2. Red onion
  3. sliced almonds
  4. bacon
  5. dressing, you can make your own or buy it. I like the one pictured.

Once you have your line up, Cook the bacon first. I think it’s easier to chop it like the way I did here. Once it’s cooked all the way remove from pan and remove the bacon oil keeping some in pan for onion and almonds.

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Second chop red onion the way I did here and add to the pan that has a bit of the bacon oil. Add the sliced almonds as well.

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Third you want to sauté the onion and almonds together until the onions are a pretty golden color. Once those are done add the bacon back into mix together.

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Fourth add dressing to your spinach and give it a mix. I like to mix it first with just the spinach before putting in the bacon, onion and almonds. Once you’ve added the bacon, onions and almonds, give it a good toss and wallah it’s all done.

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Enjoy it with a nice baked chicken breast and you have a filling and healthy dinner.

Give it a try its delicious! Hope you all enjoyed this post, Till next post.

XO  Lisa

100th Blog post

100th Blog post

Hello Ladies! Today’s post is quite special. It’s my 100th post. And for that I am truly proud of myself. About 100 post ago, I was so nervous to press publish. I didn’t think anyone would care to read or even look at my Blog. But I published it anyway, and I’m so happy I did. I’ve had so much fun writing my Blog. I’m able to use my creative side and keep up with fashion like I love. I do run into some struggles, at times I feel like I’m not doing a good job, But I stop and tell myself that I am.

Putting yourself out there in this saturated world of blogging is scary. But I’m confident in myself enough to keep going.

I love sharing with you all and coming up with new things to write about. All my post really do come from my heart. I write like I’m talking to my friends, Which you are all my friends.

I plan on keeping this up until life doesn’t allow it. But until then I will continue to bring weekly blogs and fun photos.

I want to thank My photographer Wendy for supporting my vision from the beginning! Look girl 100 post later! And to the Hubby for being the best instagram husband ever, he gets low for those photos, LOL! And to all of you for taking the time to read and message me, It means the world to me. Cheers to 100 more!

Taking you down memory lane! Till next post.

 

XO  Lisa

My workouts and motivation

My workouts and motivation

Hello friends! Happy Valentines Day! Hope you all are well! We are doing good over here. So who still goes all out for Valentines day?! We don’t I will cook us a nice dinner and will just relax at home. But we do need to squeeze in a date night soon.

So today I wanted to talk about my workouts and what has been motivating me. I made a promise since last year that I would continue to be healthy and take care of my body. My biggest motivation is my kids. I want to be healthy for them, But also show them to be healthy for themselves. Since adding workouts and just being more aware of what I eat has really helped with my daily activities and my health. I turn 40 this year and I want to feel strong. Turning 40 isn’t scary to me, I’m proud. I also want to feel great and that motivates me to keep going.

My favorite workout is dancing. I love it so much and it actually works out your entire body with having fun. I would love to find a dance class to take a couple of times a month. But in the meantime I workout to the fitness Marshall on youtube. His videos are short and fun. Not to mention great songs. I workout to these videos 3 times a week. I put 25 minutes on my app and I get my cardio in. I do about 5 videos in a  row. I love it and you feel the burn.

My newest workout is the Sweat app. This has been so good. I started off by taking on a 12 week challenge and I’m on week 5. I remember reading by 4 weeks you will see a difference, by week 8 friends and family will and by 12 everyone will notice. Well I can honestly say I see a difference. I’m so happy with my results. I feel stronger. If you aren’t familiar with what it is. It’s also known as BBG, Bikini body guide. It’s pretty popular out there on social media and let me tell you it works. What I love about this app is that you have different categories I’m on beginners. You can work out anywhere using this app. I’m giving a short look into this app over on my instagram if you want to take a look. The exercises are not easy at first even the beginners, But 4 weeks in almost 5 I’ve seen so much improvement. I can actually get the burpees done, LOL! Those were killers to me. I still haven’t lost lbs on the scale but inches for sure. My clothes are fitting me better or even bigger. So that’s a good sign. I gave up last year on the scale. I go by more on how I feel. My legs have never been this strong in my life. I was called chicken legs in grade school, LOL! But now I have muscle! I really recommend this App if you are looking for a good workout with convenience.

Well ladies that’s my motivation to good health. Till next post!

XO  Lisa

Chit Chat with Lisa vol 1

Chit Chat with Lisa vol 1

Hello Ladies! So who in LA is a little tired of this rain?! Ok I know we need it but so many day’s just gets depressing. I think it’s going to start clearing up and Now I get to take some photos for some new content, LOL!

I wanted to start a Chit Chat post. I tried it last year and I liked just catching up and writing about what’s new in my life. So with that here’s the 1st one for 2019.

I’ve been pretty good.  Still going strong with my workouts. I will give a better update on the app I’m using next post. January is always one of those months that you feel obligated to have all this energy and drive to be the best you can. But honestly after all the holidays back to back and the end of the year madness. January is the most tired for me. I’m honestly finally recharged. I’m feeling more creative and I really want to push myself on the blog to step out of my comfort zone. Blogging isn’t easy, but I love it so much. So I continue. One day I will feel accomplished with my Blog!

Family life has been great. You know same mom stuff that goes on everyday. My older son just had his 15th birthday and that was fun. I swear ladies it goes fast. I remember just going back to work crying because I had to leave my little brand new baby. And now he’s this young adult that is just the sweetest son. We celebrated with his closest buddy’s it was really sweet. We had lunch and cake at home and went bowling. It was really cool and highly recommend Highland park bowl. If you are in LA check it out. They do cater to 21 and over more, But kids are allowed before 8pm. The boys had fun and my son was happy. We ordered his cake from my fav with a pinch of love and cake topper from my fav Auntieapple. Check them both out if you are in the LA area.

Having a teenager is not easy. I have moments where I feel like I’m failing. But we move forward and I realize it’s him growing up. The best advice I’ve been given to deal with teenagers is, talk to them like adults. They don’t want to be talked down to. They comprehend what we do and they need to be talked to like we would like to be talked to. I really try to keep that in my mind when I’m having a discussion with my teenager. And it has helped us. I’m lucky I have a good kid. I’m still learning. But everyday I definitely appreciate my mom more and more. So if you’re a mom of a teenager don’t feel like you’ve hit a wall. Communicating is the best thing. I don’t force things out of him, I allow him to feel comfortable to talk to me. I was doing the forcing thing and it wasn’t working. So just be aware and if it’s not hurting them, Allow them to come to you. Being confrontational just back fires on parents. It makes them nervous. Just a little advice of what I’ve learned.

Well that’s just a little chit-chat with Lisa! Hope you liked it , Till next post!

XO  Lisa