My Breast reduction journey:Part 3

My Breast reduction journey:Part 3

Hello friends! Hope you all are staying safe and healthy. I pray everyday that this virus goes away and a cure is made. This virus has been such a black cloud. I miss being able to be with family freely. It’s been so hard. Please stay safe.

As you know from my post this is the third part of my Breast reduction journey. If you haven’t read part one and two please do! It’s now been 5 weeks since my surgery. Last week I had my 4 week check up with my Doc. All is looking good and I’m on the right path to recovery. The past 5 weeks have been good. The first 2 weeks were harder since I can barely move my arms. But after that everyday I woke up better and better. By the 3rd week I was doing more of my normal stuff around the house. By the 4th week I was pretty much feeling way better with doing my big time cleaning around my house. This week I am able to start with moderation my workouts. With my doctors approval. He said not to push it though. So far I’m keeping it light. I work out for my mental health more than physical. So this was important.

Now that you’re all caught up on how I feel physically, I’m going to share how I feel mentally about my decision. I for a really long time wasn’t happy with my chest. It made me feel so uncomfortable. I didn’t like summer time because I knew my boobs never fit in summer clothes properly. I would look in the mirror and just always think like why does my body have to be so un-proportioned. I know this seems so vain but I promise I wasn’t. Being uncomfortable with my chest for such a long time even kept me from certain things. Like I said this might sound vain to others but it was something I had struggled with since the 5th grade.

Now I’m so happy. I feel like a load has lifted off my shoulders, no literally it was a load literally weighing down my shoulders, lol! I can breathe better, I just overall feel healthier. My big boobs sat on my chest so heavy that I would feel like I couldn’t breathe right. They were just so heavy. My Doctor is my angel, he was very honest with me and kept me informed the entire time. I love my results so much, I wanted to be small like really small! But my doctor explained to me that it was all up to how my tissue was in the inside and my body frame. He can only take so much for it to be safe. Well I’m happy so happy! They are so perfect for my body frame. Funny story I showed my grandma my new chest and her words in Spanish “ Te ves mas normal” I was like gee thanks grandma, lol! But it was the truth! I’m still recovering my scars are still healing but my heart is happy! I’m so happy with my decision.

Thank you for following along!! Till next post.

XO Lisa

Aquarium of the pacific:After Covid-19 policies

Aquarium of the pacific:After Covid-19 policies

Hello my friends! Happy official summer to you all! Congrats mamas! We did it we survived one of the most abnormal school years ever! So now that summer is officially here, the kids I’m sure are restless being we’ve been home for the past 3 months. I’m super aware of what’s going, I’ve been pretty strict these 3 months especially when it comes to the boys. I’m still not that comfortable with venturing out. We even keep seeing family to a limit. It’s just what I feel is right for us and the people I care about.

I feel like now that everything is starting to open we feel a little torn on what is right. All I can say is what I feel is right for me and my family. I don’t judge others on what they decide to do or not. I just think as long as you’re  practicing safe measures. Wearing a mask is so important and keeping that 6 feet distance! And wash your hands!!

So with that said I wanted to plan an outing just to feel a little normal and get my boys out of the house. I decided on Aquarium of the pacific. Breaker loves animals, fish and he had never been. David hadn’t been since he was 5. The hubby had never been. I read all their rules and I felt comfortable. You buy tickets online and reserve the day and time! That’s what I liked! We picked a Monday being it would be less crowded. We did 11am time slot perfect for us! We did the entire exhibit in about an hour. We had to wear mask and they had stickers on the floor to show guest how far they should be! I was surprised and happy  that everyone was sticking to the rules.
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We had a great time, the boys enjoyed it so much and so did we. It was such a calming environment and just let us escape for a bit. Breakers favorite were the sea lions! He even picked a stuffed one to take home and named it  sealy pronounced “silly” he thought of that name and I’m here for it. David liked the jelly fish! My favorite were the penguins! Oh they were so cute! They all had colored beads and a chart so you knew the names! Our favorite was Whatever, yes that was the penguins name! Overall just a fun hour away from home! I know it’s scary to venture out right now. But I felt comfortable and we just practiced safe distance and wore mask! The good part is we didn’t have to touch anything! You enjoy with your eyes!

till next post!
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P.S we found Dori! By far our family favorite fish!

XO Lisa

My Breast reduction journey:Part two

My Breast reduction journey:Part two

 Hello friends! I hope you all are doing well. I know right now our World is changing. I really pray and hope for the best. I’m just going to say this and speaking as a mom. Be kind to everyone. My mom taught my sisters and I to be kind no matter what. I never saw her treat anyone different because of where they came from. So that’s what I want to teach my boys. 

So if you haven’t read my part one, go now! So let’s get started with Part two. Since I’m going to only do three parts, I’ll do this one in 3 parts.

Pre-op: If you are all caught up with part one, you know I left off with scheduling my surgery. We picked June 2,2020. It’s now time to get ready. With Covid very much in our world things are a little different. Not only did I need the regular routine blood work, I had to have a Covid test 5 days before surgery. So being I had about a week and a half to prep I made sure I got all of it done. I also made sure the boys were good and my house was clean. The hubby is still working from home so this was a lot easier to plan. One last Dr visit and it’s go time!

Surgery day: It’s June 2 and it’s time. I wanted my mom to pick me up and take me, since we’ve been quarantined, I hadn’t spent time with my mom. So the drive to the surgery center was very important it be her. Obviously with Covid around no one can go in the center with you. Didn’t bother me much, But my mom cried when she dropped me off. I’m like Mom it’s elective i’m fine. Prepping is started right away, Dr B makes his marks on my chest and it’s time! Totally not nervous at all. I get more nervous for after. Going In I was pretty cool. I remember them wheeling me in transferring me to the surgery table and that’s it!

Post-op: Waking up in recovery! Wow i’m done, a long time dream is finally complete. All I can think of was going home and seeing my boys. Post surgery is always the hardest. First day home I’m still out of it, throwing up from Anesthesia and just sore very sore. Second day was tough I’m still not wanting to eat but trying to so I can take my pain pills, which were making me feel so nauseous. My throat hurting from all the tubes and the length of surgery, My surgery was 4 hours. Trying to cough but scared because of the pain, You know the fun stuff. Third day and I feel horrible! Realizing the pain pills were making me feel worse because of the nausea. It’s Thursday, Surgery was Tuesday and I decide to stop taking pain pills. Friday morning I wake up like wow, I feel better. I mean the pain is there but totally bearable. Taking it easy the next few days and finally able to eat something. As you can see by my photos how my appetite got better as days went by. I was told by my Dr to eat pineapple to help the bruising. So you better believe I had pineapple juice, pineapple slices with every meal.

Overall I was expecting much more pain, I mean I was in pain but I’m thankful I’m having a nice smooth recovery. I’m writing this and it’s been one week and 2 days from surgery and I feel great. Of course a lot more recovery on the bust, but I’m able to shower normal and I can finally comb my hair. That was tough not being able to do that. All boys in my house and not one knew how to put a scrunchie on my hair! I had to call on my mama she came to save the day! I’m slowly getting into my groove again. Taking it easy and just can’t wait to see what 6 weeks recovery will look like. Not gonna lie my boobies scare me right now with all the sutures and the way they were cut they look a little scary. But I knew the scaring would be pretty intense. I’m ok with that. I’ll be back with Part 3 to share more of my recovery and just how I feel overall about my decision!

Thank you for following along!

XO  Lisa

My Breast reduction journey:Part one

My Breast reduction journey:Part one

Hi Friends! Hope you all are well today! Seriously can’t believe it’s June already. Ok so I’m going to get right into this post. As you can see by the Title, It’s going to be very personal. I wanted to share this journey because it’s something I’ve been wanting to do for many years, Over 10 to be exact. And I felt confident to share my story and maybe help someone that maybe thinking about this type of surgery. So let’s get started with Part one!

First I want to share a back story with you about my life with larger boobs. I remember starting to notice in 5th grade that my boobs were a little on the larger side, Compared to my classmates. I remember being so uncomfortable with them, I wasn’t ready to have them. I wore sports bras because I felt so weird wearing regular “lady bras” I would wear my school sweater all the time. They kept growing and growing. Me always so uncomfortable with them. So now comes 8th grade, I’m bigger than most girls in my class, I went to a catholic school so we wore uniforms. It was picture day and since it was my last year before going off to high school I remember wearing this dress that was a little form fitting in the boob area. Well being I wore uniform I hid them pretty well. A very mean boy in my class told everyone I stuffed my bra, Not true and that just drew attention to me more. I was mortified, I went home crying feeling so ashamed of my big boobs. Well thankfully I would be going to high school with all girls very soon and I didn’t have so see those classmates anymore. In high school with all girls I felt better and didn’t feel so weird because other girls had large boobs. And I mean I finally liked my boobs, LOL! You know the 90’s were big on halter tops and mine happen to fill the top in perfect.

So fast forward to having babies! We all know that changes them real fast. After having my oldest I’d say about 8 years after I started to feel so uncomfortable again with my boobs. So I went to see a Dr to talk about a reduction this was in 2009. Well that Dr discouraged me so much, I didn’t feel comfortable at all. So I put the idea on the back burner, Well In 2013 I had my second baby, And well I breastfed him for 2 1/2 years. So you all can imagine how those boobies worked overtime! I was also getting close to being 40, Which I always said by 40 I want to be comfortable in my skin. Which don’t get me wrong I was very much comfortable, I worked out more than I ever have in my life. I actually felt good. But I always said I would get this done by 40. So I go see a Doctor who is really close to my family. I’ve known him for a long time and felt comfortable with him. I had my consultation, I left happy and now I just have to save my money!

This year comes and it’s time! I’m turning 41 and I’m ready. It’s March 11, 2020! I have my second appt to discuss surgery date etc. I leave that appt so happy and planning on a surgery date for April 6 my birthday! I can’t even tell you the excitement I felt. Not even a week later the world will change so drastically and we are all put on a stay at home order and all elective surgeries are to be canceled till further notice. I was sad but like all of us I was worried about the world, my family and friends. Boobs were not even an issue. But now one month, 2 months, I start to get extremely frustrated. And like most of us just getting anxiety from being inside and away from family. Just trying to make the best out of the situation we are all in. Well on May 19,2020 I get a call saying Dr B can see you so we can schedule that surgery! My heart sank, I was so excited. May 21, 2020 I go see Dr B and I can’t tell you how excited I am. Now it’s time to schedule!

I’m sharing this very personal journey because I felt compelled to share. I don’t think cosmetic surgery is for everyone and I don’t think people should be judged because they make this decision. I also want to say I appreciate my body even my boobies, my body birthed two humans and nourished them. I’m proud of my body. These boobies are just too heavy for my small frame. And I can’t wait to share part 2 with you!

Stay safe everyone! Till next post!

XO Lisa

 

Rainbow French toast

Rainbow French toast

Hello my friends! I’ve missed you all! I’ve missed writing. I’m hoping to be back now full time on the blog. I just took a much needed break due to the circumstances we were all left to deal with. The boys should be done with school June 12 so that will give me some extra time to be creative! And hoping life can slowly get back to normal. I mean who is so needing some hair TLC and Nail TLC Lol! But Today I wanted to share a fun bright brunch, you can make to add some smiles to your friends and family!

I’ve been trying to make special brunch items for the boys, you know just to add some special touches to our day! I love French toast my mom would make us French toast a lot. I’m glad my boys like it! But I added a special twist to our French toast. First I ordered the rainbow bread from the little market, they offer fresh baked goods from homeboyindustries! They deliver too! You have to order at least $40 worth and be in the area for home delivery! Order before Wednesday’s at 10am and you get your fresh delivery by Friday of the same week! Let me tell you worth it! The bread was yummy! We even ordered a fudge brownie and that was delicious. I made a fun basket for my good friends babies first bday! You’ll see that cutie in the photo enjoying it! So here’s my recipe! Super easy and yummy!

  1. Rainbow bread( if you can’t get rainbow any thick good bread will do)
  2. Eggs
  3. half and half( or milk)
  4. vanilla extract
  5. Cinnamon 
  6. Butter        

    So get all your ingredients! Depending on how much you will make is how much egg you will use, so for me I used 3 eggs and mixed about 1/4 cup of half and half, 1 tsp of vanilla extract and a generous dash of cinnamon! Whip your eggs with your ingredients, in a skillet heat butter on medium heat. Dip bread slices in your egg whip on both sides make sure it’s pretty soaked. Place dipped bread in the warm skillet and cook on both sides. Once done add some butter and your favorite syrup and you have delicious French toast! 

    Enjoy! Till next post! 
    XO Lisa 

Staying positive

Staying positive

Hello my friends! I’ve missed writing on the blog! I decided to hold off on post until I felt compelled to write. And I felt like writing! I hope you all are hanging in there!No matter what your situation is, We are all feeling this.

Today I wanted to talk to the moms at home. Only because that’s my situation. This week is the 7th week of the kids being home from school and us moms having to take on yet another roll. I say that because we already have a full load. We keep the house clean, we cook for the family, we do laundry for the family, we have to do the crazy shopping right now, btw is a chore these days. And now we must make sure the kids are getting their education. I’m so so in Awe of what our teachers do for our kids. Being home having to make sure they are doing their work hasn’t been easy. I’m not about sugar coating this situation acting like I have it all together. Because truthfully I don’t. I’m not forcing more on my kids besides what they have to do. I’m not even trying to get them to do a full day of studies. Honestly I’m lucky my little one who’s in kindergarten last an hour. Thankfully I think his teacher realizes this and assigns the perfect amount. My high schooler I feel he should work on his is own. Besides me sounding like a broken record asking him did you log on yet?! I told him if he chooses not to log on he’s only hurting himself! I thankfully have a good kid and so far is doing what he needs to. Screen time yes I let it go on for way too long ,but to be honest all of us adults are probably on ours more too. I just make sure they are learning something descent on those iPads and lap tops!

And for me I sometimes get angry and say when do I have time! I find myself in a bad mood because I can’t get that workout in earlier because I have to help with school work or I can’t sit and watch a show on my own because the house is full! All the things I was enjoying when everyone was at school and work. But I really try to stop myself from getting upset and say they are all feeling it in their own way. My oldest misses his friends so much and going to school, my little one cried saying he misses kindergarten and playing in the classroom, the hubby feels he has to be working 24/7 he misses being able to shut down at 6! So they all are feeling it. I just tell myself stay positive and just enjoy them being home.

So stay strong, stay home and stay safe! Till next post with lots of prayers and hugs!

XO Lisa

Crafts at home!

Crafts at home!

Hello friends! I missed you all so much! I really needed a break and honestly when all this corona virus started I felt so uninspired. I’m still not completely ready to be back, but writing in my blog makes me feel so much better. And right now besides helping the boys with school, mostly my little one. And cooking and just keeping the house in order with everyone home 24/7, I needed an outlet. My blog has always been that for me. Not sure being quarantined for the next 30 days will have me creating, But I’m going to try for my sanity! I’ll share as much as I can with not being able to take too many photos. You know I love to try all the new new! And right now I’m just not shopping as much! But I’m really going to use my crafty and creative side to get some fun blogs out!

My Birthday is this Monday and normally I have a fun birthday shoot with my girl, but I’ll save it for my 3 year bloggiversary in July! As for this birthday all I asked for was a no cooking, no washing dishes day! Like for real, who can relate to all the dish washing?! I’ll write next on the blog what kind of schedule I’ve made that is keeping me from not quitting,lol! Or throwing my kids out of the house! Joking, but not joking, stay tuned for next blog!

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Today I wanted to share my Pinterest arts and crafts finds!I’m trying to keep Breaker busy between certain times so he’s not glued to his iPad! And it gives him and I some fun time! I’ve rounded up some easy and fun arts and crafts. Fun fact Michaels store does online order with curb side pick up! In case you want to grab some supplies! Hope this helps and I added some adult crafts!

Praying for better days soon! And wishing you all a lovely week at home! #stayhome

XO Lisa

What I love about Disneyland

What I love about Disneyland

Hello friends!! This is the last post for the month of love! And I thought how fun to do what I love about Disneyland! First of all it’s already almost March like, wth! Spring is coming in strong and I’m excited for some spring fashion! I’ll be doing a spring post next week! Some fashion must! Fall and spring have always been my favorite! So I’m super pumped!

So let’s get started with my Disney love! First I want to talk about annual passes. We were pass holders before, when breaker was 2, but we hardly went. So we had taken some time away. We decided to get them again when Breaker turned 6, he’s so into Disney. So far we have loved having our passes. They are pricy, but if you plan to visit enough in a year they are so worth it! I recommend the deluxe passes. They are not as pricy as the others and they have good days to go. Not so many block out dates. The only thing is if you like summer days don’t get this one they are blocked almost all summer. Go with what I have the signature. The reason I have signature and not deluxe like my hubby and breaker is for the parking. Signature includes parking. We go 2-3 times a month and at $25 a day parking it made more sense. I’m also not blocked a lot. So if you don’t mind paying more go with that one. Totally worth it if you plan to go a lot.

Food ok, we are still exploring food! But some of my must haves are the clam chowder in bread bowl. They have this in New Orleans square and the pier at DCA. It’s a fav! I love the red cart in Main Street for a good old corn dog, so yummy! Jolly holiday has the best treats if you have a sweet tooth. And let’s not forget about the churros. You can’t go wrong. And by far my favorite treat is the beignets in New Orleans square too! If you need a drink head over to DCA for a yummy drink at lamplight lounge. We love following magic journeys on YouTube and Instagram for all the latest yummy foods at Disneyland!

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Fashion you all know I love some cute clothes! And we all know most love the great photo opportunities at Disneyland! So we all need to look cute, but I mean comfort is key! I usually go with my most comfy jeans especially when I know I want photos. If it’s a lazy day going I opt for sweats or leggings. Hot days I go with my comfy jean shorts. I love to go on theme. Who doesn’t love to wear a Disney shirt to go along with the cute ears! My go to places are H&M and zara for my Disney needs! They always have the cutest tees and you can’t go wrong with some jeans and tee! For Breaker I usually get his shirts from H&M or kids gap. I always wear converse or my comfy adidas. So try to stick to a shoe you know is great for walking. Good thing sneakers are so on trend!

So much more but I’ll do a more foodie one soon with pictures! Because low key we go to eat!

till next post!

XO Lisa

My sweet boy is 16

My sweet boy is 16

Hello friends Happy February! The month of love! Who all still goes out for Valentine’s Day? I haven’t in years but I think me and the hubby are going to this year, so cool it is on a Friday.

Today’s post since it’s the month of love, I thought how fitting is it to dedicate my first post to my first born. He is the reason my heart grew bigger.

My David, he just had his 16th birthday. Imagine 16 years as a mom, I remember the day I went into labor with him. He was my little big guy, a whole 6lbs 11oz but long, I knew he was going to be big, he had the biggest hands and his feet were too big for his newborn pajama. I had to always cut the bottoms. He was my gentle giant. And now he’s 16 a young man that has this beautiful heart. He’s so caring and loving with everyone. I know he has a bright future. But this year he will hopefully get his license and maybe get a summer job, lol! No but really He has his written text very soon. It’s crazy!

I’m so proud of him. And I can’t wait to see him grow more as a person. He has brought so much joy to my heart for 16 years. So Happy sweet 16 my baby.

Moms out there that might be worried about having a second baby because you feel you can’t love anyone as much as you do your first, don’t be scared. Your heart is capable of amazing things. You love them just as much and your heart grows fonder every year they grow. The heart is an amazing thing and gets bigger with the more people we allow in.

Till next post!

XO Lisa

No rules to Goals

No rules to Goals

Hello my friends!! Ok so I’ve kept my theme of January devoted to the new year and goals. This is my last post for January so I wanted to end it on a simple note.

Do not spend your year beating yourself up on trying to get through all the goals. I honestly don’t think goals have to take over your life. Life is way too short for you to stress over a goal you made for yourself. Enjoy life that’s important. A simple goal doesn’t mean less than a big goal. Who’s to say your simple goal isn’t a big deal to you. Don’t let anyone make you feel like your goals are not big enough. 

Goals are great to have they keep you in line. But don’t feel discouraged because others are hitting their goals and you aren’t. You are on your own path, don’t worry what path others are on. You make your path on your own. So no rush and just remember to enjoy everyday. We are absolutely never promised the next.

So like I said before, no goal is too small, and don’t ever feel a goal is too big. You have the ability to make it happen. With that you have 336 days as of today to work on what you have to work on. Don’t follow someone else’s goals. Focus on you and what makes you happy.

My number one goal is family, spend more time with them, make more memories and just enjoy the time we have with them. And day 29 of that I’m on the right path. Let’s all cheer each other on. Till next post.

XO Lisa