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)

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

 

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

Concert fun/bucket-list check

Concert fun/bucket-list check

Morning Ladies! Happy Hump Day!!! Hope all you lovelies had a great weekend and having a great week so far. I had a nice weekend. My week well, as good as it gets with being a busy mom! Today I wanted to talk about Bucket-list. I mean I hear this saying a lot. I never really had an official bucket-list. But of course we all have certain things we’d like to do or places we would love to visit. I told myself this year I would try to work on a bucket-list. I have stuff on there that I know eventually will be real. I’m working on it really hard.

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This year I made it a little more practical, Lol! So I told myself this year if there was a concert I’d want to see I’m going to make it happen and go. I didn’t do many concerts as a younger person. But I love concerts! You can’t beat hearing live music. There was a certain group that was on my bucket-list for sure hands down my all time favorite. DEPECHE MODE when I heard they were going to be here in LA at the hollywood bowl I knew I had to go. Growing up my Mom was a single mom putting us through catholic school and working really hard. For Christmas My mom always felt bad that she couldn’t give us a lot. We weren’t those kids that expected big stuff. Well it’s funny because I couldn’t tell you things I got for christmas even last year I don’t remember. But one gift I will always remember is My DEPECHE MODE tape! Yes I said Tape, LOL! CD’s didn’t exist yet or at least I didn’t think they did. It was The Violator album, came out in 1990 I was in 6th grade. It was the best gift ever and I still remember. I made my mom play it in her car everyday. I learned all the words to every song because tapes came with all the lyrics on the case cover!!! Well fast forward to October 12,2017 I got to see my all time favorite band. This was such a fun night. I went with a group of girlfriends. We all had a blast singing to the songs, dancing, screaming, LOL! Hands down a great concert. The passion these men have for music really shows at their concert. Even if you’re not a fan, I bet you would enjoy! To everyone that doesn’t have a bucket-list I say make one. Small or big. Simple or dreamy. Make one for yourself. It feels good to actually make it happen. I’ll leave off with what I tell my son sometimes, YOLO!!! Hope you lovelies have a great rest of the week and weekend. Till next post!

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XO Lisa

3 month blog and life update

3 month blog and life update

Hello Hermosas! Monday again, LOL! I can’t believe it’s October already, like seriously! It’s also my 3 month Blog update. I have to say, I’m proud of myself. It’s been 3 months and I’m learning so much. Last month I was having a hard time, feeling discouraged. This month I have to say, I did have a week where I had no desire to think of my blog. I was feeling a little blah! This is being completely real but as I get older I find myself getting more emotional when I’m having my monthly lady blessing. I get a little depressed, anxious and not to mention, I feel not so pretty. That literally last about a week. This month I had it really bad. But I’m back to myself and I’m so excited to bring some fun fall looks, fall outings, and just some fun blog post. I decided to add a little more family stuff to my blog because it’s my life and it’s what I love about my life. The fashion is a given because I love me a cute outfit! I am really having fun with my blog. I can’t wait to see what a year will bring me. My goal is to build and grow as a blogger. I’ve connected with some really awesome ladies that help me push myself to do better and not give up. It means so much to me when I see comments from family, friends and ‘new’ friends saying they loved my post. These are the reasons I keep going! Here are a few shots from my photo shoots, which are getting a lot easier!

So a little life update. We survived the first full month of school. Both boys are doing great. My oldest is such a good kid. I mean like every teenager he needs a push in the studying department, but he’s very independent. He just attended his first school dance. That was pretty exciting. I want my son to live life to the fullest, and enjoy school life! My little one geez, Lol! He has his moments at school. I already know when his teachers need to tell me something he’s done. He’s a character let me tell you! I tell Daddy I need to be extra sweet to his teachers because they deal with our lil dude! It’s what keeps me young, dealing with these 2 boys! That’s what life as a mom is. Everyday is something new, everyday is a blessing and everyday I learn more and more how to be a mom! I’m not perfect and it’s not easy but it truly is the best thing in life. Here’s a picture of my oldest and myself before his dance. We we’re laughing at something funny Breaker said! I’m telling you, he’s a character! Hope you ladies liked this post. Have a great week!

 

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XO Lisa

Mickeys Halloween party

Mickeys Halloween party

Hello Ladies!! I swear these weeks go so fast. So as promised I’m going to share our family day to Disneyland. We are big Disneyland people. I mean, we love it! We did have season passes last year but didn’t renew since I don’t like going during the really hot months. So it had been almost a year since our last visit. I was pretty excited since every year for Breaker, it’s a different experience. That’s what I enjoy the most , my boy’s excitement.

This was our first time attending Mickey’s Halloween party. For those of you that don’t know, this is an evening event during Halloween time. This is not included if you buy a day pass and not included if you have an annual pass. It’s a complete other ticket. I know this event sells out fast. Season pass holders do get first priority on buying these tickets. Another thing before I get into my personal experience, these tickets are not as much as a regular admission and the cool thing is the event starts at 6pm. You can actually go in 3 hours before event. So you get those extra 3 hours to park hop! And the park closes early to regular admission ticket holders so the park is not that crowded.

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First the park is totally decorated for Halloween! It’s so cute and festive. It’s a Halloween party so you can dress up, of course Disney has rules on the website. But that was probably my favorite is just looking at everyone’s costumes and seeing how cute the families get into the spirit of it all. The crowd is a mixture. You see a lot of teenagers and young adults but you have your families with little ones as well. The cute thing is you see a lot of the characters around – more than a normal day at Disneyland. They have lines where you can take a picture with the Villains of Disneyland. I mean how cute is that! Some of the rides are Halloween themed. One of our favorites is the Haunted mansion. They turn that into ‘The nightmare before Christmas’ theme and it’s so cute! That one lasts through Christmas time at Disneyland so if you don’t get out there for Halloween you still have a chance to see it for Christmas. They have a few more that they change-up for halloween. But that one is my favorite. Another fun perk, is the Trick or Treating spots. They have them through out the park. They give you a map on where to find them. That was really cool.  Breaker loved that! We literally just did 3 of the spots and we had 2 bags filled of good candy. Oh they do hand out mini bags when you enter the park! One of the best perks of this event was the short ride lines. It was amazing! We got to get on Peter pan in like 2 minutes, LOL! If you’re a regular at Disneyland you know what I’m talking about. That line is always so long! The parade is a Halloween theme with a spectacular fire work show at the end. Besides feeling like a went to a club all night the next day it was such a fun night for my family, LOL! No but seriously, if you haven’t experienced it, I really recommend you do one year to come. It’s very cute and the kids loved it! So did us big kids! I’m going to share a few personal photos below. Breaker wanted to be a donut Chef, his choice. So I made us a little something to go with his costume. Breaker’s donuts on his costume, my ears and daddy’s pin was all made by yours truly. Big brother was supposed to be bashful from snow-white. I even made a hat for him but he changed his mind, TEENAGERS! Hope you ladies liked this post, I hope it helps if you’re heading out to Disneyland for Halloween.

XO Lisa