Vision board update!

Vision board update!

Hello ladies! We are half way through the year and Wow does time fly. I can’t believe we are approaching summer break, seriously it’s crazy. At the beginning of the year I posted my vision board goals. If you didn’t read that, here it is!

Well now that we are half way there I thought I would just talk about what I’ve accomplished and What I still need to work on. One of the main things was more family time. Like really get out and do more. Even if it’s just trying a new restaurant or visit a local museum. And we have done that. My oldest has been pretty busy with school and practice. So we will definitely get some more family time this summer. I really cherish family time. My kids are growing so fast.

Another big goal was to keep a healthy life style and that I’m still working on. I’ve done pretty good. I finally have a good at home workout routine. I’m learning more and more on what foods are just not ok with me. Getting older I’m more aware of what foods just don’t make me feel good. I’m really getting better at saying no to those bad foods. I do indulge because life is too short. But overall I’m at a really good balance with my healthy lifestyle. I feel great and thats what I wanted.

Making more time for loved ones and friends was also one. I have made more time for myself and that was important. I know when I need a break and I don’t hold back to tell the hubby. Him and I are still working on balancing that alone time with each other. It’s hard because we are so cozy at home. I think the thought of getting out sometimes seems like so much work. But I know we need it. I think we have a date night planned this month, LOL! I mean seriously we love being home. It’s a work in progress.

I have much more goals for my blog and myself working. I’m just a little lost on what to do. I need to put my kids first right now, so starting a new job is scary because I need to be available to them. My blog needs more attention and creativity and I pray I can get that done. Another work in progress.

Thank you for still following along and the support every week! Till next post!

XO  Lisa

My emotional rollercoaster called PMS

My emotional rollercoaster called PMS

Hello Ladies! Hope you all are doing great! Today’s post I wanted to talk about something we don’t always like to talk about. But I want to let other women know they are not alone and let some Men know to give their girls a break when it’s that time.

I think growing up people would talk about PMS and I was like I don’t get any of that. I’ve had it pretty easy until I hit about 37. I had my youngest at 35 and after that I can tell every year I felt my PMS would change. I’m talking about the emotions we face during PMS. Us women can handle the cramping etc. I mean that’s why God gave us the period,LOL. Men, ya I don’t think they would be able to handle it.

My emotions are on another level now that I’m 40. This weekend I even talked to some of my cousins and they seem to be facing similar emotions. And the sad thing is I know when they are coming and I know every month to expect these emotions. I even warn the hubby. I’m like it’s coming. I don’t like when he says ” Are you on your period” that’s the worst question to ask. I just say yes what’s your excuse, LOL!

But on to these emotions, I think for one week I have such bad irritability. I mean bad everything and everyone gets on my nerves. I feel so bad because I try to control that but I can’t at times. I really try to take moments alone to just meditate. It literally last for one week. Second week of PMS, Oh yes mine last exactly 2 weeks. I have horrible self doubt. I mean I feel very down with myself, I feel like I’m doing nothing with my life. Not to mention I hate my Instagram feed I’m like it’s awful etc. Thank goodness the hubby is there to tell me stop it’s fine, and reminds me I feel this way every month. I do hate that week the most. Because i know deep down it’s just these crazy emotions I get. Neither the less after that week I’m back to normal and all is good. But geez it’s exhausting. I loved hearing my cousins say they have these wild emotions too. So that’s why I wanted to share so if you are feeling alone or crazy, Don’t!

Things that help. I try to slow down when I feel like this. I try to get out alone and away from the house. So a quick trip to target, the mall or mani/pedi. Getting away with a friend just to talk and escape your mind. My exercising helps a lot too. I say just try to keep positive around and just know it will pass.

Lots of love to all you ladies. Till next post.

XO  Lisa

Mom life

Mom life

Hello Ladies! How are you all doing?! Hopefully everyone is doing well. May is in full force and it’s a busy one. It’s the last month of school and the kids have a full load. A few exciting things happening in June. Breaker graduates from pre-school and my nephew graduates from high school. It’s crazy how fast it’s going. I feel like once you become a mom the years just fly by.

Talking about being a mom. I wanted to dedicate this blog post to Moms. Mother’s day is this weekend and us Moms need to celebrate us. Being a mom is the most beautiful thing and the hardest thing. And not to mention as we become mothers we also appreciate our own Moms more and more. And I find myself using a lot of what my mom told me on myself.

I’m not down with criticizing other Mother’s and I don’t think people should do that. I’m all about mom advice but only when it’s asked. Or if you’re giving it from the heart and not because you think you know better. I don’t think just because you have more kids you know more, You are just more experienced. But every child is different and only you as the mom know what’s best for your own child. My mom always taught us to never speak about others because you never know what you will face in the future. That sticks with me everyday. I don’t judge people on how they parent, because I’m still growing as a parent and my kids still need a lot of growing up to do. All  I can do is be there for them always and have supportive people around me. Not people who will judge me on my parenting.

Mom life has been challenging. But like you’ve heard before it’s the most rewarding. A mom is your safe haven no matter how old you are. When something goes wrong in my day, My mom is the first person I want to call. I think my boys feel the same way with me and that is the best feeling ever. I always tell my boys when you get older and move out what would be the one meal you want mommy to make when you come visit. I don’t know why that brings me so much joy. I love being a mom and I love being their mom.

So Cheers to all the moms, You are awesome and you are doing a great job!

Wishing my Mom, sisters, Grandma, Aunts, Cousins and friends You are all so beautiful and I love sharing that Mom life with you all.

The Day my two hearts met! And made my mommy heart that much bigger.

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XO  Lisa

Mother’s Day gift guide

Mother’s Day gift guide

Hello Ladies! Hope you all are doing well. I’m great. We just moved my Mom back to LA. It’s so great to have my Mom back, It’s been a long 7 1/2 years with her being so far. She’s getting settled and the fact that Breaker and I can make easy visits during the week is awesome. Today’s post I thought it would be fun in honor of my mom being back, to give some ideas for the mom in your life. Your mom, Grandma, Aunt, sister, friend or that special lady that has been in your life like a mom. I have some ideas for all types of moms!

First  would be that fashionista mom in your life. This special lady likes to shop and dress with all the fun trends. She enjoys coffee with friends and a nice shopping day with no kids. You can’t go wrong with a gift card from her favorite store and a good old Starbucks gift card! She needs the energy to shop!

Second is the fit mom that loves a fun new workout class or just working out at home with her Sweat app. Loves a good walk or run in an open space. You can’t go wrong with some fun stylish cute sneakers. Don’t forget she needs some awesome tunes to listen to while she gets her workout in and in style with some rose gold beats. She’s going to need to stay in touch with the world so an apple watch is a must!

Third is the mom that needs a Break! Some of my favorite things is taking a long shower, wash my hair and give my face a nice wash, exfoliate and mask. In a nice robe to just pamper yourself after a long day being Mom. Summer Fridays has the best pampering mask and not to mention they are pretty to gift. Every girl needs a cute robe to pamper yourself in.

Last are two that I actually love, Being a mom and busy with dropping off kids and running errands, I mean sometimes we don’t shower first thing in the morning. So a nice everyday perfume to make you smell delicious is a must.The BFF KKW one is actually my favorite at the moment.  And my all time favorite Mom bag is the Neverfull MM Bag. It’s the best bag for a mom. It’s literally NEVERFULL.

Well Ladies and Gentlemen I hope this was helpful and you get that special lady in your life something she deserves to make her feel loved. Till next post.

XO  Lisa

Brunch ideas

Brunch ideas

Hello My friends! It always feels so long when I write. Only a week but feels like more. We survived spring break over here. I know some kids are still out. My kids are back at school. Of course the week goes so fast. I was busy, David my oldest had practice still so our days were still school like. And Breaker just likes to be home, Lol. I’m cool with that. Unless you are out of town, it’s so busy everywhere. The cool thing is we only have about a month in a half left of school and summer break starts. We have a few trips planned. Nothing big this year, We are hoping for next year to visit the hubbies motherland, Yucatan. We really want to do a family trip and to visit Tulum. So putting it out there in the universe that this family trip will happen next year!

So Today’s Post is Brunch ideas. I put together a Brunch for Easter. It was a smaller group, so I was doing all the cooking. I wanted it to be easy, pretty and delicious. I didn’t want to be stuck in the kitchen or cooking that morning. I love to enjoy my own parties. I found most of my ideas from Pinterest. Pinterest has been my jam for 8 years. I actually found a lot of bloggers I follow now from pinterest. So it’s my OG source. You can follow me also on Pinterest. I try to pin fun stuff all week.

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I went with an easy decor I love simplicity I mean hello, Style Sencillo (simple). I went to the LA flower mart and I already had in mind what flowers I wanted. Made the trip easier, The hubs was happy about that.I whipped up some easy arrangements! Watching my mom for years making arrangements kinda helped out, It’s not hard and actually very fun. I bought white linen last year before christmas from LA, It’s honestly a good investment to buy your own linen rather than renting. I bought some linen square pieces from Joannes fabric and tie dyed them to get a boho look. I used a tan color tie dye. For my first time alone I think they came out pretty good. I actually want to get some linen napkins and do them a nice grey color tie dye.

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For food, Ok this is the fun part. I wanted to find easy recipes that I can prep the night before, I found all of them on pinterest which makes this easy, I’ll link the recipes. Not pictured, First was an Egg casserole, Came out delicious.Also not pictured, Second was a french toast casserole, also great. I made some mini egg, bacon and cheese croissant sandwiches and some mini cuban sandwiches. All were great and prepped the night before. I just placed all in the oven when guest arrived.  I also got some fresh bagels and cut them in half so it wasn’t so overwhelming. I put together some yogurt parfaits, with granola and coconut on the side. The mini bowls for parfaits are from party city. I placed some strawberries and orange slices for a touch of fruit. Big sis bought some mini glaze donuts from krispy kreme, that was a hit! Super easy and don’t forget the mimosa bar! Happy brunching.

Till next post.

XO  Lisa

 

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