Back to school chit chat!

Back to school chit chat!

Hello my friends! How are all my Mamas doing with back to school?! We had first day yesterday and oh my was I nervous! I even felt sick on Monday. I wasn’t sure if I was getting sick or just nerves. Well turns out it was nerves. I was praying so hard that Breaker has a great first day. Drop off was scary for me not him. I shed a few tears under my glasses. He was all smiles! Me and the hubby waited until they walked into class and we walked away feeling so weird. Leaving our baby for a full day of big boy school. Pre-school was different I knew it was 3 hours and mommy would be there before he can miss me. But kindergarten is big time! Well we went to breakfast to try to enjoy our morning and the place we go to we see nothing but parents with their babies. I mean just hurt our hearts more. Reminiscing about those fun days when he would sit in a high chair eat mum mums and make us smile. But we knew our strong boy would be fine. So of course what do we do?! We be creepy parents and pass by school early to see if we see him,LOL! Of course we get there early we wait, Bell rings and we are off to get him from class. Walks out with the biggest smile ever saying how much he loves school! Omg mom and dad were all smiles! He even tells us he wants to say bye to his teacher. He gives her a hug and she tells me he’s a joy to have in class, a dream so great! My heart felt so warm to see that and hear that. I know we are going to be just fine.

My Big boy had a great day! I mean sophomore year!!! He’s busy and he’s devoted to school! I know he will do great! I wish him the funnest year and I know he will achieve all his goals!

My morning routine went smooth. If I can share any advice is try to do as much as you can the night before! I lay out all their clothes, prep what’s going in lunches and I shower Breaker! Gives me more time in the morning and gives me that not so rushed feeling. I like to send the boys off to school not stressed. So rushing is just a no for me. Will see if we can keep it up all year long! So when’s Christmas break?! Lol

Happy back to school! Till next post!

XO Lisa

A Mother’s worry

A Mother’s worry

Hello my friends! Hope you all are enjoying the summer! I know kids are gearing back to go to school. We are preparing for school over at our house. Which brings me to my post today.

So with all the news right now about the El Paso Texas shooting and Ohio shooting just gives me so much anxiety. Never in a million years did I ever think just sending my kids off to school would make me worry so much about stuff like this.

Growing up Mom would drop us off at school to learn and it was a place she knew we would be safe while she was working. Now I can’t help to have major anxiety every time I drop my Dave off at school. I try to have a positive mind and even my Dave doesn’t seem worried. So I like that he goes to school happy and positive. But as a mom I can’t help but worry about my babies.

It’s sad sad that we even worry about going to a public place now. I hate that even if I see someone with a back pack makes me nervous. Us moms have a million worries a day, I pray everyday that something changes. So we don’t have to fear sending our kids to school or even walk into our local target or Walmart. I pray hard very hard this changes.

As we send our kids off to school this year lets pray together, that we don’t have any shootings. Sending love and hugs to all the worried moms. Let’s have positive thoughts for the sake of our babies.

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

Brunch ideas

Brunch ideas

Hello My friends! It always feels so long when I write. Only a week but feels like more. We survived spring break over here. I know some kids are still out. My kids are back at school. Of course the week goes so fast. I was busy, David my oldest had practice still so our days were still school like. And Breaker just likes to be home, Lol. I’m cool with that. Unless you are out of town, it’s so busy everywhere. The cool thing is we only have about a month in a half left of school and summer break starts. We have a few trips planned. Nothing big this year, We are hoping for next year to visit the hubbies motherland, Yucatan. We really want to do a family trip and to visit Tulum. So putting it out there in the universe that this family trip will happen next year!

So Today’s Post is Brunch ideas. I put together a Brunch for Easter. It was a smaller group, so I was doing all the cooking. I wanted it to be easy, pretty and delicious. I didn’t want to be stuck in the kitchen or cooking that morning. I love to enjoy my own parties. I found most of my ideas from Pinterest. Pinterest has been my jam for 8 years. I actually found a lot of bloggers I follow now from pinterest. So it’s my OG source. You can follow me also on Pinterest. I try to pin fun stuff all week.

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I went with an easy decor I love simplicity I mean hello, Style Sencillo (simple). I went to the LA flower mart and I already had in mind what flowers I wanted. Made the trip easier, The hubs was happy about that.I whipped up some easy arrangements! Watching my mom for years making arrangements kinda helped out, It’s not hard and actually very fun. I bought white linen last year before christmas from LA, It’s honestly a good investment to buy your own linen rather than renting. I bought some linen square pieces from Joannes fabric and tie dyed them to get a boho look. I used a tan color tie dye. For my first time alone I think they came out pretty good. I actually want to get some linen napkins and do them a nice grey color tie dye.

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For food, Ok this is the fun part. I wanted to find easy recipes that I can prep the night before, I found all of them on pinterest which makes this easy, I’ll link the recipes. Not pictured, First was an Egg casserole, Came out delicious.Also not pictured, Second was a french toast casserole, also great. I made some mini egg, bacon and cheese croissant sandwiches and some mini cuban sandwiches. All were great and prepped the night before. I just placed all in the oven when guest arrived.  I also got some fresh bagels and cut them in half so it wasn’t so overwhelming. I put together some yogurt parfaits, with granola and coconut on the side. The mini bowls for parfaits are from party city. I placed some strawberries and orange slices for a touch of fruit. Big sis bought some mini glaze donuts from krispy kreme, that was a hit! Super easy and don’t forget the mimosa bar! Happy brunching.

Till next post.

XO  Lisa

 

Happy One Year

Happy One Year

Hello Ladies! Today’s post is quite special to me. It’s officially my 12 month blog post. My very first post was posted on July 1st 2017,  introducing my site. July 3, 2017 was my first official  fashion post. I couldn’t be more proud of myself. The fact that I’m writing this after sticking with it for a full year is the best feeling. If you are new to reading my blog. I’ve written an update post for every month since I started. I wanted to do this for me or anyone that might be interested in starting a blog or anything they might have thought about. Basically my diary of my first year blogging. It was important for me to do this.

I have a post on why I started my blog. Check it out.

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How I came up with the name for my blog. Ok so this was probably one of the hardest things to do when I started. I think it took me a month to really come up with something. I would write things down constantly. Has anyone ever had to think of a name or things to describe yourself. I was starting to think, Damn am I boring or what, LOL! It was a struggle. I wanted it to be me. Besides my Mom, the other special person in my life is my Grandma. She only speaks Spanish, I don’t. So growing up we spoke to her in English and she responded in Spanish. And it worked she understood us and we understood her. And to me that was always a special thing we had with my grandma. If I need to define my style its Simple. Whether its fashion, home decor, My cooking etc. So I thought perfect. I will do half english and half Spanish. And after days of thinking I came up with Stylesencillo (simple style). I love it and I hope you all like the meaning behind it.

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So in a Year what have I learned. I’ve learned a lot. But not necessarily about Blogging. I’m still learning that. What I learned is much deeper than blogging. I learned to give myself more credit. I am my worst critic. I felt I was so hard on myself in the beginning. To the point where it wasn’t fun for me. It was adding more stress to my day. Social media can be a hard thing. We are always looking at others and thinking we need to be like them. I had a break where I was like wait. What are you doing?! I promised myself that I would stay me. I decided to be more laid back. If I couldn’t go shopping for the newest styles I would look in my closet and create an outfit from something I already had. I decided to show more of my family life because that’s who I am. I’m a mom and a wife first. I love my family more than fashion. So why not add fam and fashion together. Once I decided that would be my road for my blog. I swear it took a load of stress off me. I love mommy blogging. I love sharing mommy things and family things. Fashion will always be apart of my Blog because it’s still a big part of me. But it’s not important.

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So what has changed after a year of blogging. My confidence has grown so much. And for that I’m so happy. I’ve become more in the moment type of person. I was always such a worrier about everything. I have really started enjoying every minute of life. My kids are so important to me and I don’t want to miss a second. Blogging has also gotten us to venture out more. Because I love sharing with all of you. We’ve become more spontaneous. I love it. And can’t wait to share more.

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What are my goals for blogging. I plan on going on and on until life doesn’t allow me to do it. As long as blogging doesn’t interfere with my family I will keep going. I would love to grow as a blogger and grow my followers. Hoping others find me and like me. I would love to see what blogging can bring to me as a career. I’m putting this out there in the world that one day, with lots of work and my heart in it. I hope to one day make this a very successful blog where I can hire a team of ladies that will inspire me and others. And to give back to others. I love helping people and right now blogging is fulfilling those needs of helping others. It might be just one or two, but knowing my blog can inspire or help someone brings me so much joy.

I want to thank my Photographer that has been by my side the entire time. She has been such a great friend. I am so thankful that starting my Blog I’ve gained a really great friend. My hubby he has been the best. He’s my #1 cheerleader. He deals with my craziness. My kids are troopers. I love them. Thank you to everyone who takes the time to read my post. I appreciate all of you. Till next post.

XO Lisa

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