DIY S’mores fire pit

DIY S’mores fire pit

Hello Friends! It’s officially summer and we are all excited for some fun in the sun! I need to even out these tan lines and get to the beach. Fall is my favorite season but summer is the most memorable one. As kids and now as an adult. I love having my kids home and one of my favorites during summer are summer nights. When you know we don’t need to go to bed early for school and we can plan something fun during the week. Those are the best! But most work and parents still need sleep. So This is going to be something you can do at home and make it cozy just outside your door.

Besides hitting the pools and beaches, getting those tans and going on a fun vacay. I love me some S’mores over a camp fire or a bonfire. I mean who doesn’t. This is an easy DIY you can do for those nights at home. When you want some fun family time but don’t want to leave the house. Heres all you need:

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First Head over to a home depot or Lowes. You will need a terra-cotta pot I used a 24 inch long pot. You can use a round one too. The fun part is you can pick out whatever you want.

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Next you will need  some spray paint. You don’t need to do this but I thought it added to the pot. I purchased this at Michaels craft store and just gave it a good spray. I thought the stone look was fun! Let it dry really good before the next step.

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While you are at Home depot or Lowes. Pick up some black polished pebbles to add inside your terra-cotta pot. Get enough to fill up the pot you have chosen. Once your pot is dried add these all the way to the top with a little room so not overflowing.

 

Next Hit up your local smart and final or party city and grab some of these burners. place on top of the rocks secure it so you know they won’t tip over. Light them up and grab your goodies from your local target to make some yummy S’mores. I love that target has the square marshmallows. So much easier to make your S’more, and enjoy! This is great for your patio or you can even set up a fun S’more bar for a summer party. You can also add recess peanut cups, dark chocolate or anything you like for a fun S’more bar.

Hope you liked this post and I hope you enjoy your summer! If you end up making one tag me on Instagram @stylesencillo . Till next post!

XO  Lisa

Target run!

Target run!

Hello Friends! How are you all doing?! I’m doing good. I can’t complain over here. My kids have been so good. Besides me feeling like they want food all day, I’ve actually enjoyed having them home with me. I’m just soaking it all in. I know once school starts I’ll miss them like crazy. And having them home stops me from going to target and buying unnecessary items, LOL! Because it’s too much trouble to get all of us out for a target run and these boys are homebodies.

So speaking of Target I wanted to share a few of my favorite things that I buy about twice a month. They last about a good 2 weeks and I like them all. They are totally random items they don’t even go together, LOL. But that’s what makes this post fun. It’s random but real life shit!

The first set of random items actually go together, I’m obsessed with tone it up protein powder. Like I’ve tried a few and this one is the best. I stick to vanilla because it just goes better with what I like in my smoothie, But I’ve tried the chocolate one and it’s bomb. They have other flavors as well. My go to protein bars are these from tone it up as well. They are actually really good and I love to have these in my pantry for those busy mornings. I just tried the protein bites for the first time and I really like to have these to, They are good for busy days or just wanting something sweet and trying to be good. Tone it up try them!

Ok so these are like random ass items. I for the longest used lady razors and I could never find one I liked. Until the one day I ran out and used the hubby’s razors, about 8 years later I’m still using them. Hand soap I mean we all use it and need it. I’m all about saving a buck and then Target came out with these I fell in love with this scent. Perfect hand soap for the kitchen. Last random item is this fresh gel toilet freshener. Um Hello I live in a house with all boys and a little one that’s still learning how to pee perfectly. So this is much needed, smells good and keeps the bathroom smelling fresh.

Lastly, we can’t forget the Mom juice, This Rose is good and pretty to look at. And you can’t forget your Starbucks to go! Hope you all liked this random post. Till next post.

XO Lisa

Packing mistakes

Packing mistakes

Hello my lovely friends! So I’m 2 Days into summer Break with my boys and I’m already being told by Breaker that I’m making him starve, LOL! I’m like really kid. I know the first week is getting a routine. I feel like he ask for food out of boredom, So I’m making a schedule and hopefully LA cools down a little so we can get out and do some outside play.

Today I wanted to share something I’ve talked about before I went on my trip last year and I did exactly what I didn’t want to do. I over packed! This year I’m not going away away on a big trip but we are heading to Vegas for 4 days in august with the fam, so I definitely don’t want to overpack.

I went to Dominican republic last year and I didn’t wear half the stuff I packed. So I wanted to share more functional clothes you can pack and possibly wear it a different way so basically versatile outfits. I plan on doing this when we go to Vegas, The only thing with Vegas I feel like we change twice a day, LOL! but I’m going to try to keep it to a minimal.

Something that I love is a basic swimsuit like this one. You can put some jean shorts over it during the day before the pool or beach time and you will look put together for breakfast or walking around. Ok so I was little in the 80’s and I remember my sisters and I had those jelly shoes. I can’t believe they have them again, I thought these were super cute. I love me some anklets I used to wear them all the time, Glad they are being seeing more and more again. A cute summer bag is always a must when vacationing.

For outfits I love a simple basic comfy pair of shorts. These you can dress up or down with a tank, or a crop top. You can style them in so many different ways take them from day to night. I would add a headband with some cute earrings and the shoe will make it day or night. These shoes I think will be the perfect trio for a vacay, The flat slides could even be your travel shoe and a not so casual shoe with a little platform is fun. I think everyone needs a clear heel like this, These will go with every outfit and make that day outfit to night real fast.

I hope this was helpful if you plan on vacationing this summer, Even if it’s a weekend we over pack! Don’t forget your sunscreen and hat! Till next post.

XO  Lisa

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

The perfect jean shorts

The perfect jean shorts

Hello ladies! How are you all doing? I’m good, it’s crunch time for the last few days of school for these kiddos. So the oldest is studying for finals and the little one is just chilling. I’m also trying to map out summer break. We will be taking a few days in July to palm springs and some days in Vegas. I’m looking forward to both. But the in between days I need to keep these kids busy and the brains working. My oldest is still going to have practice and he likes time with his buddies. The little one I’ll just have to plan some play dates with some Mama friends. Most important I need to make time for myself too.

In other news lets talk about the perfect pair of jean shorts. So I live in jean shorts during the summer. But I had not been able to find the perfect pair. And my new thing because i’m older now is finding “age appropriate” items. I like short shorts but only for vacay or beach days. So I look for a more modest style for outings.

I’m going to say for a pair of jean shorts it’s better to spend a little more since they are a staple in your closet. I honestly found the best pair ever. It was a splurge for me but so worth the price. They are a brand called Agolde. They have a website or you can order from revolve which I did. I left the name of the shorts on the pic above that I have on. They are great quality and I love the fit. Perfect length and they are pretty comfortable. I pictured a few other washes that are great to have.

Hope this was helpful! Till next post.

XO  Lisa

Tie Dye trend

Tie Dye trend

Hello friends! How are you all doing?! I’m over here just trying to keep it together. I’m feeling so emotional about Breaker graduating from pre-school. I think because I know he’s my last so it’s hard to let him grow up, insert crying emoji! And my David will be a sophomore, Crying! I will be a hot mess when he graduates. I know I’ll probably even cry at my nephews. It’s just hard to see them get so big.

Well enough of that. I wanted to share a trend that I’m totally loving right now. It’s the tie the trend. I think it’s going to be so fun for summer, I would say spring but in LA we haven’t had spring weather, LOL. But a very cute pop of color for summer outfits, especially on vacay, on the beach or just a fun way to brighten up your outfit. I know some are a little extreme. But I’ve rounded up a few that I think are age appropriate for me and still look chic!

I’m loving all the tie dye from Zara, seriously Zara is my go to always. My top I’m wearing is from Zara, here is the link!

Here are some others I’ve seen and I would totally rock these as well. I love the 2 from Shopstarlow. She always has great items, button down and kimono! This tee from Windsor is super cute, I’ve seen girls style it as a tee shirt dress with some sneakers. I love these sweatshirt options that the lovely sincerely Jules is wearing. I just love how these girls are wearing the tie dye trends! So fun, chic and a way to spice up the summer!

Hope you ladies liked this post, I love when I get excited over a trend because I can share with all of you. Happy shopping!

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