Things I do for Me

Things I do for Me

Hello Ladies! Hope you all are doing well! I’m doing well. The boys have been so good. We are getting a schedule that works for us and we can’t wait for some more summer fun!

Today I wanted to share a few things I do for me. As a stay at home mom I think it’s easy to let certain things go. I made a promise to myself that I wouldn’t. I want to keep up with things I love to do for myself.

Everyone is different, and we all have unique things that make us feel good. So I say do them and remember to take care of yourself. We have an entire house of loved ones that count on us everyday so it’s important to keep ourselves feeling good.

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Exercise is probably one of the most important that I do 5 times a week. As I get older I have to start worrying about different health issues. I recently had a physical and everything checked out great. I feel having an exercise plan that fits you is key to a healthy life. Not to mention exercising has helped me with anxiety. It’s something I do alone for myself. I wake up early to get it done. With the boys home I wake up early so I can have that time to myself before they get up. It’s my kind of meditation in the morning. I’ve been hooked on The fitness Marshall on YouTube. I do about 4 dance videos and I’ll do a few workouts with weights. I have seen such a difference on the outside and most important on the inside of how I see myself. I say try it! Create a workout plan for you and try to do something that you enjoy. I never leave my house to workout so you don’t have to belong to a gym or have a personal trainer. Good luck ladies!

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Alone time! I’m always with the kids or the hubby. So I make sure to get some alone time away from home. Some of my favorite alone time things to do. I go shopping even if it’s just to look. I love walking the mall and just feeling free, browsing at my favorite stores. Grabbing a coffee alone. Or just going for a drive alone listening to music in the car with the windows down. That’s the best.

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Grooming! Something I promised myself is to keep up with grooming. I get haircuts every 5 weeks to make me feel good. I get Mani and Pedi’s on a regular basis. I have eyelash extensions that make me feel good. These might seem petty to others but to me it’s important. I love feeling good on the outside too. It’s for me and only for me. Not to mention I count these as alone time. And the hubby is so good and encouraging. He loves this about me.

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Going out for drinks! I enjoy hanging out with friends or the hubby. It’s a time I can have adult conversation and just relax. Nothing wrong with having a little time to enjoy! Cheers ladies!

Hope you liked This post! Till next post.

XO Lisa

My go to Style/Dots Cafe

My go to Style/Dots Cafe

Hello Ladies! I hope you all are having a great week! Summer break has officially started in our house. Both boys are home from school. And Oh is LA already hot! We went to Toys R Us yesterday to look for a cool blow up pool since everything is 50-70% off, but no luck. So I’m on the hunt for a decent one that maybe I can even sit in, LOL!

Also countdown to my Punta Cana trip! It’s 4 months away, I’m still nervous being that I’m leaving my kids and hubby behind. But I also can’t wait for a recharge. I really need it. I’ll be putting up a blog post closer to my trip to show you what I’m packing. Excited!

Today I wanted to share a look that I have been wearing non-stop. I’ve always been a jeans kind of girl. And jeans and a tee are my go to. I have been working out 5 days a week at home for the last 3 months consecutively. I’ve cut back on a lot of naughty foods. But I plan on getting better on the food. Baby steps. But I have noticed a big difference in my body. And I’m pretty proud. Let’s just say about this time last year I wouldn’t have been caught in a crop top out in public. I don’t have the perfect body but I’m proud at my results and I’m not stopping.

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I absolutely love these crop tees from Zara. I have a few colors and they are so comfy and  I don’t feel like it’s too much for me. I still like to look conservative. My jeans are my go to from Zara. I wish they had more colors like these exact ones. I love them so much. My purse is the one My mom bought me from Urban outfitters. It’s such a fun summer bag. My shoes are can you believe 8 years old. They are BCBG I hadn’t worn them in a while because the heels were warned out. But I just had them fixed and they are like new! I always throw on a fun pair of earrings when I wear my go to style. I love spicing it up with some fun vibrant earrings. The perfect summer outfit, Just replace the jeans with shorts when it’s too HOT!

Wanted to share this cute little Cafe we visited over the weekend. It’s such a cute place to take the kiddos while they are home for summer. It’s called Dot’s cafe in Pasadena, Ca. The decor is just way too adorable. They have a full menu. We will definitely be back to try the breakfast. We walked in to get some cupcakes. They have all sorts of goodies. Here are some pics from our visit. I say if you are near the area check it out.

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Hope you ladies liked this post and hope you all have a great weekend! Till next post.

XO Lisa

A special message to the hubby. Happy Father’s Day Babe. The love you give to the boys is so precious to me. You love David and are so caring towards him. You are the best Daddy to Breaker and I love you so much for going to work everyday and letting me stay home to take care of our boys. You are my best friend and the Best Daddy ever! Xo

Smorgasburg LA / 11 month blog update

Smorgasburg LA / 11 month blog update

Hello ladies! How are you all doing? I’m over here just getting ready for my boys to be off and turn my days upside down, LOL! My oldest has his culmination today. He will officially be a high school kid. I’m so proud of him. We hit some bumps in the road this year , but he managed to get passed them and he will be off to 9th grade. Let me tell you all raising a teenager isn’t easy. I mean we were all teenagers once. But that doesn’t mean we know how to raise one. I’m learning along with him and I just pray his high school years are great!

Today I wanted to share our trip to Smorgasburg LA this past weekend. We had been wanting to try it for sometime now. And we finally planned it out and went. Of course my family had to go on Donut Day. If you don’t know about this Event. It takes place every Sunday in Downtown LA. They have an instagram and yelp. It’s basically over 60 food pop ups that are all pretty unique and great. Some have actual restaraunts and some are just trucks. We walked around to get a good look at what they had. It can be overwhelming, because there are so many options. So before I show you what we ate, I’m going to give you a few tips if you plan on going.

  1. Try to watch some You tube videos on Smorgasburg LA, we did this after and wished we had done it before to give us an idea of what to try.
  2. If you go with a few people try to get different things so you can try a little bit of everything.
  3. Take water
  4. They have a beer garden so if you want to drink don’t take the kids.
  5. GO hungry

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My kids aren’t so adventurous with food yet so we kept it simple since we took them with us. We first had some delicious burritos from Burritos La Palma. They actually have a restaurant in El Monte highly recommend.

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Next we tried a taco from Baohaus this was so delicious. The hubs and I tried this one with fried chicken. They also have a pork belly one we will try next time.

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I had never had Mango sticky rice, Ya I know crazy. So it was a must to try. I liked it but I think I’ll stick to just mango and tajin. I’ll leave sweet rice to Arroz con leche.

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David loves churros so he tried Churro Boss. You can get toppings and ice cream added to the delicious churros. He got cinnamon toast crunch. I thought they were delicious.

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And you can’t go on Donut day without getting a donut. Breaker kept it OG and got a chocolate sprinkle from Donut friend. They had a lot of Donut options that day but the lines were a little long especially for the Side car doughnuts, that I wanted to try. I guess I’ll be taking a trip to Santa Monica to try!

 

I say check it out if you haven’t, it was cool and we will be back. I think minus the kids, LOL!

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11 Month blog update! So I can’t tell you how proud I am. I’ve been consistent for 11 whole months. I won’t go into too much since I’m going to have my one year next month.  I want to leave more for that post. All I can say is I’m not giving it up. It’s not getting any easier, but I’m learning more and ready to put more and more into my blog. I feel this first year has been my learning experience. I’m ready to possibly make something more out of my blog. I have faith in myself and I’m proud. That’s all that matters.

Hope you all have a wonderful rest of the week and great weekend. Till next post.

XO Lisa

 

Surviving Summer Break

Surviving Summer Break

Hello Ladies! Hope you all are doing well! I hope you all enjoyed the long weekend. My weekend was nice nothing crazy. I’ve never been one to travel during holidays. I’d rather stay home during the busy weekends.

So with that said. We have summer break with the kiddos fast approaching. I’m sure all us stay at home moms are so excited, LOL! Ok enough jokes. Let’s get serious. I’ve come up with a few things that will help me keep sane and I’m hoping this will help you out too.

Ways to survive summer break!

  1. Remember to stay stocked on snacks. During spring break just a week, I felt I was in the kitchen all day. My boys want to eat constantly. I will pre-pack snacks in the fridge for the week. Like fruit and small bites. Things they can just grab if they get hungry. I think if I pre-pack healthier snack this will limit the junk food that’s always easier to grab. I also plan on making lunch and dinner menus for the week so I’m not stuck in the kitchen wondering what to feed them.
  2. Assign Daily chores. And yes I will even make my 4-year-old do this. I think it’s important to keep them helping around the house. I hate to see them be so lazy. I’ll be making a monthly list of things they need to get done everyday. I will reward them by letting them pick an activity for the week or favorite treat.
  3. Keep them active. I exercise everyday. So I plan on making them walk or get some kind of exercise. Riding bikes, riding skateboard etc.
  4. Make them read. I’ve really slacked off on this with my older son in the past. But I’ve made a promise to myself that I will make it happen for all of us even myself. I will be taking a trip to the bookstore so we can all pick out a book. I’m excited about this one because I haven’t had time to read a book in a long time. I’m trying to set the example.
  5. Getting outdoors everyday. This is important. Kids these days stay inside due to technology. I’ve spruced up my porch so we can all sit outside and eat a snack outside everyday. No phones or iPad allowed!

These are my 5 major things I want to enforce So mommy and the kids don’t go crazy!

I’ve also listed a few places will venture out to this summer 

  1. kids space -$13 for ages 1+ – This is more for my 4-year-old but my oldest is a trooper.
  2. Natural History museum -Adults $12 kids $9
  3. California Science center-free unless it’s a special exhibit
  4. LACMA- free for LA residents after 3pm
  5. movies since my 4-year-old can sit through them now
  6. Beach-mostly on weekends so daddy can come
  7. Palm springs -family getaway
  8. Santa Monica Pier

These are just a few that I’ve looked up that are good for Mamas on a budget or just cool places in LA. I’ve lived in LA all my life and California has so many cool spots to visit. Even if it’s a drive a nice road trip is always a good idea.

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Happy Summer Break MAMAS! Remember we are all in this together. Till next post.

XO Lisa

My skin routine

My skin routine

Hello Beauties! Hope you all are having a nice week. The weather has been a little weird here in LA for this time of year. But no complaints, I’m enjoying this cozy weather. So who’s ready for summer vacation for the kiddos! I truly enjoy having them home and a little less running around on schedules. But I’m not going to lie and say I love it also, LOL!  Be sure to read next weeks blog post. I’m going to talk more about how I get ready for the kids to be home for summer. And the places we will go and things we will do to keep them busy.

Today’s post I wanted to talk about my skin routine. I won’t go into too much, because I’m not a professional and we all have different skin. So what works for me might not work for you. But I’ll talk about what I’ve added to my skin routine and what’s working for me since my skin is aging.

I turned 39 this year. I started noticing a difference in my skin last year. I noticed more age spots on my face and of course those dreadful pores no one wants to see and some texture. I’ve tried so many different brands and I’ve never been super happy with the results. They worked ok. I wanted to be committed to a routine and I wasn’t finding the perfect one. Last year back in April 2017 I went to get a facial. I loved the way my skin felt after and of course after getting facials they will recommend products. Which I recommend that to anyone who feels they just haven’t committed to a routine and nothing seems to be working. I recommend getting a facial. I think that will help you to figure out what you really need. I’ll list 2 down below that I have had services from and really like the end results.

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I started using Dermalogica. I had heard of it before but never used. I love this duo.  I really like the way this duo leaves my skin. . Exfoliating is so important. We live in a polluted environment and we need deep cleanse. I exfoliate 2 days a week. It’s usually on hair washing days. The daily wash is great I really feel cleansed after using. I only use this face wash at night   since my face is more dirty and especially after a makeup day.

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This cleanser is what I use in the morning or on days I really don’t go outside. It’s less harsh than the Dermalogica. I really love this wash for mornings because our faces are not really that dirty and I think it’s good to keep some of our natural face oils. This cleanser is very light weight and creamy. Perfect for those with sensitive skin. You can find this at Target.

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Lastly the most important is daily moisture with SPF I can’t stress this enough. I really like this one and have talked about it in other post. I think we all know that this is so important. It’s been my go to for well over a year.

I didn’t want to get into what serum, oils and eye cream I use because to be honest I haven’t found those holy grails. I do have to say I use a serum with vitamin C and I am loving that so far. I want to use it more to really give my stamp of approval. I do have a blog post up on the cream I use at night. Here it is! But all the others I have listed are my Holy grails. They work for me. I have normal to dry skin. Age spots and very minor wrinkles. Hope this helped if you are looking into some new products. I’ll also list the Dermalogica products below and the places I’ve had facials at.

Have a great rest of the week. Till Next post.

XO  Lisa

Dermalogica face wash

Dermalogica exfoliate

Guidance to glow-located in glendale

Bellapellestudio-located in Alhambra you can find her on Instagram

Meet my Family!

Meet my Family!

Hello beauties! Hope you all are doing well! And I hope all the Mamas out there had a very special Mother’s Day. I’ve been feeling a little torn these last weeks. I want to bring you all great content and sometimes life needs a little more attention so my mind gets a creative block. I want to start bringing you all more personal content. I really like sharing new styles and new beauty finds. But these are not always my priority. I want to share more mom life. I love to hear other Mom’s stories. I learn and feel not so alone when I read or hear other mom’s talk. Like I said before I write as if I’m talking to my best gal friends. I’m hoping you all follow along.

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So today I thought it was time to formally introduce you to my family. I’ve been wanting to do this post for a while. And thought this was perfect timing. We are a family of 4. I’d like to say a cool Modern family.

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First I’d like to introduce you to my fiancé Carlos. I know when I talk about him I say Hubby. Because in my eyes he’s my hubby. We just haven’t yet walked down the aisle .But we’ve walked over the threshold. We will one day walk the down the aisle. Right now we are enjoying life. We met about 9 years ago. He was a really good friend before we got together. From Day one he’s made me laugh. We have so much in common , but at the same time so different so it makes it so fun. I’m pretty sure I drive him crazy. But he also drives me crazy. Never a dull moment with us. He’s been such a great step-daddy to David. And the love Breaker and him have is so beautiful to see. He is such a great daddy to Breaker. I know in my heart I was supposed to meet him when I did. He truly is my soul-mate.

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Now I would like to introduce my kids. David is my oldest he’s 14. David has taught me how to be a mom. David is such a kind soul. His heart is so genuine and I love calling him my son. He’s in 8th grade about to be in high school. I can’t believe how fast it has gone. He’s more shy so that’s why he’s not in so many pictures. But he’s with us. David truly is a great son and brother. Breaker is my second baby. He’s 4 and you all are more familiar with him since he’s my fashion side kick. Breaker is our little sunshine. There was a point in my life that I didn’t think I would have another child. I Thank God for him everyday. He’s the crazy in our house. He’s the one that keeps us all on our toes. Big brother has a lot of patience with him. Being they are 10 years apart they still do have a cute relationship. I feel so good that Breaker has David as a big brother to look up to. These 2 boys are my everything. I live for them.

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My family is so special to me and I love every minute with them. I love being a mom and love sharing memories with Carlos. They have all taught me how to be myself. I can be silly with Carlos, I can be that annoying mom to my David and my buddy Breaker is my mini me. Being the only girl in the house has its plus. I mean I don’t have to share my shoes, LOL! Would we like to expand our family of course. Will we, Only God knows. But for now I love my perfect little family.

Hope you all enjoyed meeting my boys! Till next post.

XO  Lisa

 

Long and flirty dresses

Long and flirty dresses

Hello beauties! A week flew by so fast. I don’t know about you all but the time is on warp speed. I remember as a kid a week would feel like an eternity. As an adult geez, It’s like slow down I still have things to do. We’ve been busy so far this month. It’s a fun-filled month of family things. I really cherish family time. We have my uncles who is also my godfather(AKA Nino) his 60th birthday party and Mother’s day. So a very nice family filled weekend.

Today’s post is a long flirty dress look. I wanted to show you a possible Mother’s day outfit or just a fun spring look when you’re feeling extra flirty. I love long flowy dresses. I mean who doesn’t want to look cute and feel comfortable at the same time.

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This dress I went with leopard print. I love leopard print but don’t wear it as much. When I saw this dress I knew I had to have it. I can wear it with sandals or heels to dress it up a little more. I can add a jean jacket to give it a casual look or a moto jacket to give it a more edgy look. This material is so soft and the cut is perfect. I purchased this dress from Zara it was a great price too. Another look I’m really liking is long girly dresses with sneakers. I think that look is perfect for mom’s running after little ones.

I also found these that are super cute and you can make them dressy or casual. Also from Zara!  These kind of dresses are also perfect for trips. Less packing when you don’t have to pack top and bottoms. I know dresses will be on my packing list for sure. So easy and not so much thought. I’ve really got into making more time for me to get ready. I’m enjoying getting dressed up and just having more fun with style. Remember if you feel good about yourself life just seems a little easier. And taking time to fix yourself up a little more is a good step towards that.

A special note to all my Mamas out there. Happy Mother’s day! Being a Mom is so rewarding but also tough. We are very hard on ourselves and don’t give ourselves the credit we deserve. We are all doing a great job the way we know what’s best for Our kids. So every mom is unique and that’s what makes us all so special.

Hope you all enjoyed this post! and maybe some ideas to wear for Mother’s day! Till next post!

XO Lisa