How to make a $10 dress chic

How to make a $10 dress chic

Hello Ladies! Hope you are all well. So my kids are officially done with summer. Both boys are back in school. We are back to getting our school routine down and both had great first days. As for myself, this week already is a bit overwhelming. Just trying to get stuff done and run errands. I already made a promise, that I would try to take some of my free time for myself. I’m always trying to get a million things done in my free time. On Monday since it was my first day to have free time. I really over did it. I ran so many errands in 3 hours that I felt exhausted. I will not do that again.

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Today I wanted to share a simple look. The best thing is the dress was under $10. I mean who doesn’t like a great deal. Such a simple dress like this you can wear it so many ways. I added some cute mauve color sandal heels and some fun earrings. Super simple yet chic. I would wear this to a more casual day wedding or any day event.  With this color you can add any color shoe. Even a pump will look great.

Another way I would style this dress for a more fun casual wear. I would add a white tee under and pair it with some cute sneakers, some flat shoes or sandals. Even add a jean jacket over with a pair of bootie boots for the fall. Such a versatile dress. Comes in different colors and some prints. 

I wanted to give a short update. So if you’ve been reading my blog you know I was updating every month on how I felt and where I was with blogging. Last month was my year and I do have a post on that. It’s been going well. I’ve reached out to different brands and people on possible collaborations. Unfortunately I haven’t booked any. It can be discouraging. I’m still trying to grow my following. It can be overwhelming. I have enough confidence in myself to keep going and keep trying. I know it takes time and all I can do is be consistent and keep moving forward. I don’t let the No’s or the ones who just ignore get to me. To me it’s business not personal. These people don’t know me so I don’t ever let it bring me down. A learning lesson in any kind of business don’t ever let it get to you personally. If anything it pushes me more to try harder.

Always thank you to all of you who always take the time to read my blogs. Till next post.

XO  Lisa

Trying to be more social

Trying to be more social

Hello Everyone! I hope you all are having a great week so far. My David started high school yesterday and he had a good first day. It’s crazy how fast the summer break went for us. Breaker will start next week. He’s pretty excited to go back to school. So it’s back to business in this house. I’m sad because I really did have a good time with them home. But it will be nice to focus on the Blog and some other things I want to get done. The good thing is we have a really good schedule when they are in school. I’m always prepared once they get home. So my full attention is for them. I prep dinners early and clean so they come home to food and they can focus on homework, Well David. Breaker I like that he takes naps, LOL!

I wanted to talk about something that was on my vision board for the year. With more than half of the year already done. I’ve looked back at my board and can honestly say I’ve completed a nice bit of it. This year I gave myself realistic goals. One of my goals was to be more social. At my age I think it’s easy to find comfort and stick with it. We have so much going on in a day, That putting in an effort to attend something is not that easy.

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I’m so proud that so far I’ve attended 3 events. Let me tell you I probably would have skipped out on if I didn’t push myself to be more social. I’m also trying to build my blog community and my Instagram. I’ve made a promise to go out and be social to meet new people and to hopefully meet people who follow me. The first event I attended was by Fashion Mamas. They had a few days of different pop-ups. I’m so glad my friend gave me the nudge to go. Breaker had a blast and it was just nice to do something that I normally would have not done. If you don’t follow them give them a follow they have other events throughout the year. Fun for Moms!

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The second event was an honor to be invited to and attend. From the beginning of my blogging journey, Mommy in La Magazine has given me the best support. A mom who had a vision and ran with it. I love her story.  With hard work she brought her dream to life and just released her first print issue of mommy in la magazine. Check it out! Sold in certain stores in Los Angeles and online. She also wrote a blog post on myself. Check it out. The launch party was a success and so happy I was there to celebrate. Thank you to my Bestie for being my plus one, Love you!

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The third event was a more intimate event that I attended with my friend. She invited me to join her. I didn’t know what it was about. This was more of a self-love workshop. Of course sometimes you think wait I don’t need this. But I left that work shop feeling so motivated. I felt something from this lovely event that I didn’t know I was lacking. I say look into it. They are, Love made me do it on Instagram and they have these workshops once a month. I highly recommend attending one if you can. Thank you Wendy for thinking of me.

So am I proud for being more social, Heck ya! Will I attend more, Heck ya! Hope you liked this post. And just remember don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. You might just enjoy yourself. Till next post.

XO Lisa

New school year Goals

New school year Goals

Hello Everyone! How are all my LA people doing in the heat! Seriously it’s so hot. My kids just want to be in the house. Luckily the nights are beautiful outside. We try to get outside at night. Even if it’s just for ice cream. Just trying to enjoy the last week of summer Break for us 3. David starts high school next week. He’s excited. Which is why I wanted to write about the goals we have for this school year.

So I officially have a high school student on my hands. I’m so proud of the man he’s becoming. He’s such a sweet person. Very caring about everyone. My wish for him this year is to have fun, get good grades. Try something new and meet new people. Last year we did have some bumps in the road. But we got through them together and he worked hard. I want David to enjoy high school. This year we agreed he would join some clubs. He has a good set of friends so I love that. These days kids can be so mean and with social media it can really effect them in different ways. I wish him an exciting first year of high school.

My pre-schooler Breaker. This little guy is getting so big. My baby is growing up. It’s bitter-sweet. I want him to be a baby. But I love to see him grow into his little personality. He’s a character that’s for sure. This year I wish for him to get better at writing his name all by himself. Learn to read a full book alone. We will start to look into putting him into sports this year since he will be 5. We are thinking soccer. So stay tuned, LOL! I wish for a fun pre-school year and to prepare for kindergarten!

For mommy! As for this year, I plan on being easier on myself. I struggle with giving myself too much. I want to be more present in my head. If I can’t complete one task it’s ok, I have tomorrow. I’m here for my boys to make their school year great. I’m looking forward to the me time I’ll be getting while both boys are at school. I plan on taking more  of those free days to do one fun thing for myself. Last year I felt I was trying to do too much in the few hours Breaker was at school. I felt more tired. I need to tell myself it’s ok to put that cleaning aside or leave target errands till later. I plan on working from a coffee shop more. Getting more walks in at the rose bowl. Finding a yoga class that I’ve been wanting to take again. I feel if I take care of my needs I’ll be way better to my boys.

Family school year goals. I want to really put our phones away at night and be more in the moment. I’ll admit we do have our phones at the table for dinner. But that’s going to stop. I want us as a family to still do one fun family thing a month. We did some fun things this summer and we enjoyed the family time with us 4. We get caught up with a lot once school starts, so making the time to be a family should be a top priority.

Here are a few snap shots of our summer. We did have a nice summer vacay. Love my boys so much!

Hope you enjoyed this post! Till next post.

XO Lisa

Back to school shopping

Back to school shopping

Hello Ladies! Hope you all are doing well! This week has been a little slow for me on the blog/Instagram side. The last couple days I’ve been feeling a little tired. So I haven’t had any desire to shoot any content, But I can’t wait to create more. It’s hard to shoot content when I’m feeling 50% myself. But I’m feeling better today. So today I want to show you all my favorite’s from the ever so popular Nordstrom Anniversary sale!

The boys are back at school end of August. So we are making list and getting ready for the new school year. It’s an exciting year for David. He’s a freshman! He’s been having a blast this summer. This summer is the first that he actually has hung out with his group of buddies so much. I love that. They have all been friends since kindergarten. And it’s also the first time he’s wanting to pick his own clothes. Usually I pick out everything. But this year he found his way to express his style and I couldn’t be happier. I think kids expressing themselves with clothes is so fun. He loves color. And I’m not mad at that. So for back to school I’m leaving it to him. All mom is picking out are more leisure wear and gym shoes. These are my picks for David( 14 years old).

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Now for my Breaker. Mommy still picks out all his clothes! This little guy will be back to his pre-school. He is turning 5 this November, But if you are a parent and aware of the “cut off” for starting kindergarten you will know why.  We kind of like this cut off because he’s still baby to us. I feel he wouldn’t even be ready for a real full-time school schedule yet. I’m really happy we will be back to his pre-school. We love everyone there. For this little guy comfort is key! And clothes I won’t care about getting a little stained, Mom’s ya feel me! I normally like to shop target for his school clothes. But these are my picks for Breaker that will be perfect for the transition into the cooler days ,I’m so wishing for.

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And for Mom! I mean Mom’s should get some back to school stuff too! Some of the things I really look forward to when the boys are back to school, are running fast errands alone. I get so much done in the little time Breaker is at school. Who else hates making more than 2 stops when you have a kid in a car seat? I see your hands Mamas, LOL! So one of the perks of the boys in school is running those fast errands. And another of my favorites is taking a walk around the Rose bowl to clear my head feel some air and just let go of stress. Once the weather cools down I will be back around the rose bowl. So these are my picks that will have me back to school ready.

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So Ladies these are my Nordstrom Anniversary sale picks. Sale ends August 5, so get your shopping on! Till next post.

XO  Lisa

 

24 hours in Palm springs

24 hours in Palm springs

Hello Friends! So We just got back from literally 24 hours in Palm Springs. The kids are back to school very soon. David starts high school August 13 and Breaker goes back to pre-school August 22. So we are trying to fit in as much fun before school. Daddy can’t get too much time off he’s super busy. So we squeezed in a quick trip to Palm Springs.

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We left early Monday morning. The drive was smooth. I love the drive to Palm Springs. We pretty much had 2 things planned. First stop at Cabazon Dinosaurs and hit the pool. I’ve been going to Palm springs for 20 plus years. It’s one of my favorite spots. Especially the quick drive from LA. Driving there as a younger girl I knew once you see the Big dinosaurs we were very close. We’ve stopped a lot at those big old Dinosaurs to take pics. But never had I gone into the museum. We knew we wanted to stop and take the boys in. So Glad we did. It was super cute. Breaker said “Jurassic World was amazing” that right there was worth it. They do charge to get in. It was $13 for adults (13 plus) and kids $11. It’s small but very cute. The best was climbing up to the top inside the T-rex. We all enjoyed it. Highly recommend if you take a drive passed it.

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Our next stop was FOOD, lol! The hubby and I love to try new things and we love looking on Yelp to see what’s the best place to eat. Especially when we are in another city. I love Breakfast , It’s my favorite. So I knew since we were heading out so early it would be Breakfast. We ended up at Elmers. It was super close to our hotel. They are known for their German Pancakes. Thumbs up for sure. We all shared one, It’s super huge. The breakfast selection was nice. Hubby and I had Eggs, bacon, hash browns and a fresh biscuit. The boys picked lunch and they were both happy. I’d say try it if you are in the area and definitely try the German pancake.

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Now its check in time. I requested an early check in since we were only there for one night. We wanted to get the most of the pool. I’ve stayed at a few places in Palm springs. So I wanted to try something different. We stayed at The Saguaro. I picked this one because I loved the look of the hotel. The colors just won me over. The room was descent for us 4 , we got double beds. We changed up fast and headed out to the pool. It was pretty hot that even the water was warm. Breaker and David just love being in the pool. We hung out for a bit. It was way too hot. I just heard it was breaker record heat that day, WOWZERS! The pool overall was nice. They have a restaurant there in the hotel called EL Jefe it was tasty. We had some yummy nachos. We relaxed in the room and headed out for a night swim. I love palm springs at night it’s the best. Nice family time for us four. Overall we were happy with our stay. I’d say not so much a kid hotel ,but there were families. The hotel is nice but can use some better grounds keeping. Besides that it was a pretty chill Hotel. If you haven’t been to palm springs and are planning a future trip with kids. I recommend The Omni rancho las palmas in Rancho mirage. They have pool slides and a lazy river. David loves that one.

Hope this post got you to want a trip to Palm springs! Till next post.

XO Lisa

What I pack for a Pool trip!

What I pack for a Pool trip!

Hello Ladies! Hope you all are great! I’m doing good. Enjoying summer and sleeping in a bit. I usually get up after the hubby leaves to work, But I’m not depriving my body if I feel like sleeping in. Once school starts it’s busy busy. The kids and I have been enjoying some chill days. Breaker is getting so big I feel both boys are growing like weeds right now. I’m truly enjoying them. Just when it’s errand day we bump heads, LOL! I’m super fast and like to get things done. My boys are like taking their time in slow motion! One more month of them being home, So we are trying to fit in some fun days.

So since we are off to Palm springs next week! I’m sharing what I always pack when I know we will be in the pool. I’ll be sharing where we stayed and some pics next week once we are back. So stay tuned.

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When we are taking a road trip I always pack my first aid kit. Believe me it’s always used for one of us. One of us always gets a cut, tummy ache etc.  When I know we will be hanging by the pool most of the trip, These are the most important that I pack. Especially with little ones. I purchased this cute first Aid bag from Target Oh joy.

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So what’s in my bag? Always band aids, regular and water proof. Breaker hates bandaids so I always get a character I know he won’t mind having on his body. Neosporin spray and ointment is a must. I always have children’s Tylenol. Vapor rub is also important. More so when we take road trips to Vegas. With all the smoke in the hotels Breaker always gets congested. For mommy and Daddy I always pack Alka seltzer and Advil. These few items just make me feel better when road tripping.

Some other things I pack are wet wipes for hands, Towels and don’t forget the sunscreen. With Breaker being little still and his skin is more sensitive. I always pack him his own towel for the pool. For the simple fact that the hotel towels are rough and I don’t know what kind of soap they use. Another thing I always make sure to take when road tripping is lots of water. Buying water at hotels is just crazy expensive. I love road trips they are fun and I like the time we all spend together. I look forward to them. Something so cozy about us all in the car looking forward to fun family time.

Hope this was helpful! Till next post.

XO Lisa

Planning a Kids party

Planning a Kids party

Hello Ladies! How are you all doing?! This LA weather is crazy! It’s pretty much kept us in the house. Glad its cooling off a little. I can’t believe the kids have already been home for a month. It’s going so fast. School starts in August, So now I have to start school shopping. I will be doing a blog post of all the cool back to school deals.

Today’s post I wanted to share a few things I like to do when I’m planning my kids parties. Breakers 5th birthday is coming up in November. To some that might seem like lots of time ,but I like to start early. I’ll be sharing a few of my favorites to use and just some checklist I like to check off before shopping for items. The pictures I’m sharing are from some of Davids parties and Breakers that I planned myself. Most of the items made by myself or family members.

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If your child is old enough I’m pretty sure the theme will be their choice! But I’ve always picked my kids themes up until 5 years old. I love this part. Picking a theme is so fun.

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First most important is figuring out what location you will use. Once you figure out location it will be easier to write your party list. Whether it’s at a park, indoor place or home. You need rentals etc. So it’s always important to find location first. If I’m having a lot of people I go with a park it’s just so much easier.

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Second would be planning the menu. Food is important for parties. Lets get real people come to parties to eat, LOL! So the food has to be a big part. Unless you are having a smaller gathering like cake and ice cream. I always try to find a menu that’s kid friendly. I mean it’s a kids party. And most of the time I try to have food the birthday kid likes. I will make sure to have snacks for the little ones. For example for Breakers 1st birthday he obviously wasn’t eating big meals yet. So I made these little baskets with baby friendly snacks. I thought they were perfect for a park party. Pizza is always a good one and easy. Adults and kids love it.

Rentals I always call a few local spots in my area to get the best deal. I look on yelp and also read reviews. Very important to get one that has good reviews. I always have rentals dropped off early if they can do it the night before if at your house even better. But earlier the better so you can be prepared.

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Cake time. Now you have so many choices. If you have a favorite that’s great. But if you’re new to ordering just do research. We have so much at our fingertips now that looking for vendors is so much easier. I usually go to the same bakery for my kids cakes. They have delicious cakes and they are a family favorite. I’ve also gone with Donuts. My kids love donuts. I’ve done a donut name for David, this one was from California Donuts. They are awesome. I usually go simple with the cake design, because I’ll add a topper myself.  I’ve been using Auntieapple for most of my cake topper now. She does sugar cookies and can make cake toppers out of sugar cookies. I love her work she’s amazing. Her work is awesome. If you are in the LA Area.

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Treat tables! So this is one of the funnest. I love a good treats table. I’ve done the Candy table thing, I’ve done popcorn bar and just a yummy dessert table. So many options for this. Just have fun with it because it becomes the main attraction. The minecraft and robot cake in these pictures I made myself.

Some of my party inspo places I like to look up are Karas Party ideas and Pinterest. These are probably the two I go to the most when planning. I usually make a board on pinterest and just pin away.

Ladies just have fun with the planning. Don’t stress, start early and make a list and check it off! Happy planning ladies. Hope you liked this post. Till next post.

XO Lisa