A decade to remember

A decade to remember

Hello my friends! As you can see I’m writing my last post of 2019! I will be taking next week off to live in the moment with family. It’s actually something I will take with me in 2020. Which I’ll have a full post on my vision and what I want to accomplish in the year to come. Stay tuned!

As we start to close the chapter of yet another decade, I love to look back and see where and how the decade started! I remember being at a New Year’s Eve party getting ready to ring in 2010 , with my sister and friends. I didn’t have a date but who was right in front of me as the clock hit midnight, Carlos ( aka the hubby). That kiss was the start of us! This decade has had some ups and downs. I had to leave my job I’d love for 16 years due to relocation. I was so sad, but it couldn’t have happened at the most perfect time. I was about to have my baby Breaker. The world works in mysterious ways and I think it was in my favor. I became a stay at home mom and I still am. I love being there for my boys. Will it be my way in 2020, I don’t know. But I’ll keep you posted. My moms job got relocated in this decade, it was the saddest thing ever. I had just found out I was pregnant. I needed my mom and missed her so much. But  thankfully she came back to LA after 7 years. I never take for granted of her being so close, I try to make time for her always. My older son became a big brother in this decade after 10 years of being the only child, I thank god for his kind heart everyday. Ending this decade with my heart full because all my family members are home. I have my love and my two wonderful boys. I couldn’t have asked for a better way to end a decade.

 I also wanted to thank you all for supporting in reading my blog, your sweet messages I get and just following along. This blog has been so much more to me than I thought. It’s helped me grow as a person, it’s helped me appreciate myself more and opened my eyes to new things. I’ve always been so shy and that shyness has held me back from many things. My blog has brought me out of my shell a little more. I’ve met some beautiful people because of my blog and I can’t wait to meet more! And I hope you all follow along in 2020!

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas with family and friends! Can’t wait to see you all in 2020! Cheers to all of you!

XO Lisa

Holiday gift guide

Holiday gift guide

Hello friends! How are you all doing?! I’m over here just trying to wrap around how fast this year has gone. It’s crazy! We are trying to fit in a few more Christmas activities. We are all Disneyland out! Will resume after the holidays. On top of that I need to get my Christmas shopping done! Who else does?! Well your in luck I have a gift guide to make it easier for those not so easy family members!
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Of course I’ll start with my girls! I mean I can relate. So the older I get the less I want. I also like things I need or can put more use to it. One of the items I love getting because I hardly buy it for myself are pajamas. But cute ones! And a light weight robe! These from mason grey LA are so cute and on trend. A Roomba is something every busy mom needs! You know I couldn’t be without my nespresso machine and every coffee enthusiast needs one! A cute teddy coat is a must! And some cute comfy sneakers for the mom on the go! Fuzzy socks are always needed and a silk pillow case is a dream! A perfect gloss will make a great stocking stuffer and a faux fur jacket will spice up any outfit. Happy shopping!
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For the men or young adults in our lives! Easy to just be simple! Every guy needs a coat, for dressy looks, casual looks and just the everyday dude! And the hubby was excited for some slippers so these are great. I think a great cologne is a good one too! I know some are tech guys so of course any new tech toy out will go over pretty well!
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The kiddos! Ok so I love a toy that will be played with more than once! And I like educational toys. I know so many are against iPads but let’s get real it’s the sign of the times! Even schools use them for learning. I think moderation is key! I still need to work on that with breaker! But I love that he’s learned so much! And I love the Osmo selections! Here are a few I think are great.

Well I said I’d keep it short and simple! So there it is! Happy shopping. Till next post.

XO Lisa

My favorite Pinterest recipes

My favorite Pinterest recipes

Hello friends! Happy December, so who already put the tree up! Me me, we did! The last few years I felt I did it kinda late and I wanted to enjoy it the entire month! It smells so lovely in my house! And the weather is cozy for the tree.

I’ve been wanting to do this post for a while! I love Pinterest, I’ve been on Pinterest longer than I’ve been on Instagram. I get majority of my INSPO from Pinterest. If you haven’t logged on you need to! It’s really fun.

Besides decor, fashion and DIY I’m really big on finding recipes. It’s my go to for most! I even followed a turkey recipe for my very first turkey this year! It was actually easy and good. I wanted to share some of my favorites with all of you! Especially right now that we are going to parties, potlucks and having holiday get togethers. I have a little bit of everything and all I’ve made more than once! I’ll link them Here!I’m telling you these are a hit in my house! Especially the blueberry banana bread! Perfect for Christmas morning! Hope you enjoy my favorites as much as I do! Share on Instagram with me if you ever make one! @stylesencillo on Instagram!

Till next post!

XO Lisa

Thankful for my boys

Thankful for my boys

Hello my friends! I’ve missed you. Sorry no blog post last week, but that crazy bug that was going around was insane. I’m so glad we survived it and my oldest and the hubby never got it. My poor mom ended up getting it because she came to help me with the kids when I got it. So yes to keep on theme with my blog, I’m thankful we are over it and thankful for my hubby and mom to help out when I was down.

but for my last post of my being thankful month, although I’m thankful everyday I wanted to just share this month.

My boys are what I’m most thankful for. My David was my first piece of my heart and he has taught me so much more than what I probably have taught him. He is so special and such a good son. So for him I’m thankful.

My second is the hubby. I met him at a time that I was accepting who I was and learning how to love myself. I think him and I knew we were meant to be. It wasn’t easy in the beginning ,but we have learned who we are together. And that is important. He’s my best friend and I love us! So for him I’m thankful.

Last but definitely not least is Breaker my baby. When I found out I was pregnant with him I couldn’t believe it. I wasn’t feeling the best and I didn’t want to get attached to the idea of being pregnant I thought I was losing the baby. My breaker and I went through a lot. He’s my strong boy, I do have a post on my pregnancy story with him. I think with all I went through him and I are bonded in a way that I love so much. If he’s scared,hurt or sad he needs mommy. He’s also the one that’s gonna give me a full head of greys,Lol! So for him I’m thankful.

My boys are my heart, they are pieces of my puzzle called life. I’m so thankful God gave me these boys. A very Happy thanksgiving to everyone that has been on this blog life with me. For you I’m thankful. Till next post!

XO Lisa

My skin care routine at 40

My skin care routine at 40

Hello my friends! Hope you all are doing well! We are doing great besides a crazy stomach bug Breaker caught. He’s so tough my little guy! He always has such good spirits even when he’s puking. He’s better today and now we can get ready for his birthday celebrations. He turns 6 on Monday! I seriously can’t believe it. I’ll share some more next week.

Today I wanted to share some of my favorite skin care products. I’ve done a post before but I have changed it up being that I turned 40 this year. And I noticed I needed to add a bit more to my skin care needs. I’ll link my old post here! I still love the ones I posted but I feel it’s good to change it up during the year as seasons change or add something more when needed.
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So first is my daily face wash. I was using cerave which I still love but I did feel like I needed something a little more aggressive but still not harming to my skin. I do have sensitive skin. So I started using Dermalogica daily microfoliant. I used one similar before but it was the age defying one and it was too aggressive I think this one is just perfect. I’ll use this at night mostly since through out the day we get more dirt on our face. Normally in the morning I just get a wash cloth rinse with warm water and lightly wipe my face, I try not to wash with a wash in the morning since I wash at night. I do use a toner after the warm cloth wipe just to remove any dirt from sleeping. I’ve noticed this method has worked and my face has not been dry even in this dry weather.
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Ok so now for the secret gems! First always use an SPF during the day I still use the Cerave daily face moisturizer with SPF. I do want to try the Super goop one soon! So after my morning face wipe and toner, I add the newest addition to my skin care routine, Summer Friday’s CC me serum! It’s fantastic I’ve used it now for a month and I love it. I’ve noticed my pores are less noticeable and my hyper pigmentation on my upper lip has gotten much lighter. That is the one that bothered me the most. I do have age spots and I still don’t see much difference but I’m ok with that because I don’t see them any darker either. So once I add my CC serum I will add on my SPF moisturizer! That’s my morning routine. Night routine after using My face wash I’ll add a tiny bit of the CC serum above my upper lip and my age spots, difference from morning is I put it all over. After that I will use Summer Friday’s jet lag mask as a night cream this has been my holy grail for over a year now. My under eye area is so good because of this! I did recently start using this tea spray from teami blends I do love it but realized it has oils so I am very carful when using because of my eye lash extensions. But it smells amazing! Last but definitely not least is Summer Friday’s overtime mask this has been a game changer! My skin feels so great after using this. I use it about 3 times a week it’s just the best exfoliating mask ever. I feel like this routine has been the best for my skin so far! And now for my secret. I had been feeling extremely self conscious with my skin. I mean I have good skin thankfully my Mom taught me young to take care of it and not to wear so much makeup! Because I’ll always need it. Glad she told me that.
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But I’m 40 and I mean naturally we get older and things change. Well I was not wanting to wear foundation because I thought it made my forehead wrinkles more visible especially that annoying 11! Well I decided to start my journey with Botox! I say journey because I will continue to get it every 6 months as advised by my Dr! I received 25 units on my 11 area. And I couldn’t be more happier! It’s given me more confidence especially the fact that I take photos for my blog! I don’t have to edit much. I’m so happy with my decision. And highly recommend anyone thinking about it to please do your research before getting it done! Side note doesn’t hurt at all and the myths of Botox headache is not true! It actually took my headaches away!

So why is this something I’m thankful for? Because my mom taught me to take care of my skin that I’ll have forever. And thankful for my Botox,Lol!

So that’s my beauty secrets,Lol! Hope you liked this post, till next post!

XO Lisa

Thankful for my Mom

Thankful for my Mom

Hello my beautiful friends! I hope you all enjoyed my theme for October! Halloween overload, lol! So for November I wanted to dedicate to people and things I’m thankful for. I couldn’t think of a better way to start but with my Mom. She’s the person I’m most thankful for. Without my mom I wouldn’t be here. But that’s not the only reason why!

My mom is one of the nicest people you can meet. She still waves at strangers and she can make a conversation with anyone. Growing up she always put my sisters and I first. She never made time for herself and now that I’m older I wish she did. She was a single mom and made sure we had what we needed. My sisters and I have so many great memories. We never felt like we were missing anything. Her creativity still leaves me speechless.

My mom will help anyone that needs the help. Even if it’s giving someone her last $20 bill. My Mom gave me my sisters who I cherish and so happy I have them.

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Because of my mom and sisters we now have a beautiful family to make more memories with. And for that I’m forever thankful for.

Till next post!

XO Lisa

It’s Halloween time

It’s Halloween time

Hello my friends! So this is going to be short and sweet! I’ve kept my Halloween theme for the entire month of October. I seriously can’t believe October is over! We’ve had a blast this month. My kids love Halloween, so I really tried to make it feel like Halloween all month. Disneyland was a big highlight, going to Boo at the zoo was super fun. Highly recommend both for next year!

I figured a day before Halloween blog post would be tough, I mean seems like most parties were last weekend. So I thought to give you some dinner ideas if you are having people over to trick or treat!

I mean ordering pizza is always an easy way to go but if you have more time, check out my pizza recipe! It’s always a hit! Spaghetti is always a hit with a crowd and Easy! I’ll be making meatball sandwiches this year, it’s only a few of us so it will be easy and fun! Some chili beans with hot dogs is always fun too!

Even though the kids will be getting tons of candy dessert is always fun! Check out my ice cream sandwiches! I’ll be surprising Breaker and David with a chocolate cake! Like I said they take Halloween serious so why not celebrate with a cake!

Wishing everyone a fun and safe Halloween! Till next post!

XO Lisa