My Breast reduction journey:Part 3

My Breast reduction journey:Part 3

Hello friends! Hope you all are staying safe and healthy. I pray everyday that this virus goes away and a cure is made. This virus has been such a black cloud. I miss being able to be with family freely. It’s been so hard. Please stay safe.

As you know from my post this is the third part of my Breast reduction journey. If you haven’t read part one and two please do! It’s now been 5 weeks since my surgery. Last week I had my 4 week check up with my Doc. All is looking good and I’m on the right path to recovery. The past 5 weeks have been good. The first 2 weeks were harder since I can barely move my arms. But after that everyday I woke up better and better. By the 3rd week I was doing more of my normal stuff around the house. By the 4th week I was pretty much feeling way better with doing my big time cleaning around my house. This week I am able to start with moderation my workouts. With my doctors approval. He said not to push it though. So far I’m keeping it light. I work out for my mental health more than physical. So this was important.

Now that you’re all caught up on how I feel physically, I’m going to share how I feel mentally about my decision. I for a really long time wasn’t happy with my chest. It made me feel so uncomfortable. I didn’t like summer time because I knew my boobs never fit in summer clothes properly. I would look in the mirror and just always think like why does my body have to be so un-proportioned. I know this seems so vain but I promise I wasn’t. Being uncomfortable with my chest for such a long time even kept me from certain things. Like I said this might sound vain to others but it was something I had struggled with since the 5th grade.

Now I’m so happy. I feel like a load has lifted off my shoulders, no literally it was a load literally weighing down my shoulders, lol! I can breathe better, I just overall feel healthier. My big boobs sat on my chest so heavy that I would feel like I couldn’t breathe right. They were just so heavy. My Doctor is my angel, he was very honest with me and kept me informed the entire time. I love my results so much, I wanted to be small like really small! But my doctor explained to me that it was all up to how my tissue was in the inside and my body frame. He can only take so much for it to be safe. Well I’m happy so happy! They are so perfect for my body frame. Funny story I showed my grandma my new chest and her words in Spanish “ Te ves mas normal” I was like gee thanks grandma, lol! But it was the truth! I’m still recovering my scars are still healing but my heart is happy! I’m so happy with my decision.

Thank you for following along!! Till next post.

XO Lisa

My Breast reduction journey:Part two

My Breast reduction journey:Part two

 Hello friends! I hope you all are doing well. I know right now our World is changing. I really pray and hope for the best. I’m just going to say this and speaking as a mom. Be kind to everyone. My mom taught my sisters and I to be kind no matter what. I never saw her treat anyone different because of where they came from. So that’s what I want to teach my boys. 

So if you haven’t read my part one, go now! So let’s get started with Part two. Since I’m going to only do three parts, I’ll do this one in 3 parts.

Pre-op: If you are all caught up with part one, you know I left off with scheduling my surgery. We picked June 2,2020. It’s now time to get ready. With Covid very much in our world things are a little different. Not only did I need the regular routine blood work, I had to have a Covid test 5 days before surgery. So being I had about a week and a half to prep I made sure I got all of it done. I also made sure the boys were good and my house was clean. The hubby is still working from home so this was a lot easier to plan. One last Dr visit and it’s go time!

Surgery day: It’s June 2 and it’s time. I wanted my mom to pick me up and take me, since we’ve been quarantined, I hadn’t spent time with my mom. So the drive to the surgery center was very important it be her. Obviously with Covid around no one can go in the center with you. Didn’t bother me much, But my mom cried when she dropped me off. I’m like Mom it’s elective i’m fine. Prepping is started right away, Dr B makes his marks on my chest and it’s time! Totally not nervous at all. I get more nervous for after. Going In I was pretty cool. I remember them wheeling me in transferring me to the surgery table and that’s it!

Post-op: Waking up in recovery! Wow i’m done, a long time dream is finally complete. All I can think of was going home and seeing my boys. Post surgery is always the hardest. First day home I’m still out of it, throwing up from Anesthesia and just sore very sore. Second day was tough I’m still not wanting to eat but trying to so I can take my pain pills, which were making me feel so nauseous. My throat hurting from all the tubes and the length of surgery, My surgery was 4 hours. Trying to cough but scared because of the pain, You know the fun stuff. Third day and I feel horrible! Realizing the pain pills were making me feel worse because of the nausea. It’s Thursday, Surgery was Tuesday and I decide to stop taking pain pills. Friday morning I wake up like wow, I feel better. I mean the pain is there but totally bearable. Taking it easy the next few days and finally able to eat something. As you can see by my photos how my appetite got better as days went by. I was told by my Dr to eat pineapple to help the bruising. So you better believe I had pineapple juice, pineapple slices with every meal.

Overall I was expecting much more pain, I mean I was in pain but I’m thankful I’m having a nice smooth recovery. I’m writing this and it’s been one week and 2 days from surgery and I feel great. Of course a lot more recovery on the bust, but I’m able to shower normal and I can finally comb my hair. That was tough not being able to do that. All boys in my house and not one knew how to put a scrunchie on my hair! I had to call on my mama she came to save the day! I’m slowly getting into my groove again. Taking it easy and just can’t wait to see what 6 weeks recovery will look like. Not gonna lie my boobies scare me right now with all the sutures and the way they were cut they look a little scary. But I knew the scaring would be pretty intense. I’m ok with that. I’ll be back with Part 3 to share more of my recovery and just how I feel overall about my decision!

Thank you for following along!

XO  Lisa

Staying positive

Staying positive

Hello my friends! I’ve missed writing on the blog! I decided to hold off on post until I felt compelled to write. And I felt like writing! I hope you all are hanging in there!No matter what your situation is, We are all feeling this.

Today I wanted to talk to the moms at home. Only because that’s my situation. This week is the 7th week of the kids being home from school and us moms having to take on yet another roll. I say that because we already have a full load. We keep the house clean, we cook for the family, we do laundry for the family, we have to do the crazy shopping right now, btw is a chore these days. And now we must make sure the kids are getting their education. I’m so so in Awe of what our teachers do for our kids. Being home having to make sure they are doing their work hasn’t been easy. I’m not about sugar coating this situation acting like I have it all together. Because truthfully I don’t. I’m not forcing more on my kids besides what they have to do. I’m not even trying to get them to do a full day of studies. Honestly I’m lucky my little one who’s in kindergarten last an hour. Thankfully I think his teacher realizes this and assigns the perfect amount. My high schooler I feel he should work on his is own. Besides me sounding like a broken record asking him did you log on yet?! I told him if he chooses not to log on he’s only hurting himself! I thankfully have a good kid and so far is doing what he needs to. Screen time yes I let it go on for way too long ,but to be honest all of us adults are probably on ours more too. I just make sure they are learning something descent on those iPads and lap tops!

And for me I sometimes get angry and say when do I have time! I find myself in a bad mood because I can’t get that workout in earlier because I have to help with school work or I can’t sit and watch a show on my own because the house is full! All the things I was enjoying when everyone was at school and work. But I really try to stop myself from getting upset and say they are all feeling it in their own way. My oldest misses his friends so much and going to school, my little one cried saying he misses kindergarten and playing in the classroom, the hubby feels he has to be working 24/7 he misses being able to shut down at 6! So they all are feeling it. I just tell myself stay positive and just enjoy them being home.

So stay strong, stay home and stay safe! Till next post with lots of prayers and hugs!

XO Lisa

My sweet boy is 16

My sweet boy is 16

Hello friends Happy February! The month of love! Who all still goes out for Valentine’s Day? I haven’t in years but I think me and the hubby are going to this year, so cool it is on a Friday.

Today’s post since it’s the month of love, I thought how fitting is it to dedicate my first post to my first born. He is the reason my heart grew bigger.

My David, he just had his 16th birthday. Imagine 16 years as a mom, I remember the day I went into labor with him. He was my little big guy, a whole 6lbs 11oz but long, I knew he was going to be big, he had the biggest hands and his feet were too big for his newborn pajama. I had to always cut the bottoms. He was my gentle giant. And now he’s 16 a young man that has this beautiful heart. He’s so caring and loving with everyone. I know he has a bright future. But this year he will hopefully get his license and maybe get a summer job, lol! No but really He has his written text very soon. It’s crazy!

I’m so proud of him. And I can’t wait to see him grow more as a person. He has brought so much joy to my heart for 16 years. So Happy sweet 16 my baby.

Moms out there that might be worried about having a second baby because you feel you can’t love anyone as much as you do your first, don’t be scared. Your heart is capable of amazing things. You love them just as much and your heart grows fonder every year they grow. The heart is an amazing thing and gets bigger with the more people we allow in.

Till next post!

XO Lisa

No rules to Goals

No rules to Goals

Hello my friends!! Ok so I’ve kept my theme of January devoted to the new year and goals. This is my last post for January so I wanted to end it on a simple note.

Do not spend your year beating yourself up on trying to get through all the goals. I honestly don’t think goals have to take over your life. Life is way too short for you to stress over a goal you made for yourself. Enjoy life that’s important. A simple goal doesn’t mean less than a big goal. Who’s to say your simple goal isn’t a big deal to you. Don’t let anyone make you feel like your goals are not big enough. 

Goals are great to have they keep you in line. But don’t feel discouraged because others are hitting their goals and you aren’t. You are on your own path, don’t worry what path others are on. You make your path on your own. So no rush and just remember to enjoy everyday. We are absolutely never promised the next.

So like I said before, no goal is too small, and don’t ever feel a goal is too big. You have the ability to make it happen. With that you have 336 days as of today to work on what you have to work on. Don’t follow someone else’s goals. Focus on you and what makes you happy.

My number one goal is family, spend more time with them, make more memories and just enjoy the time we have with them. And day 29 of that I’m on the right path. Let’s all cheer each other on. Till next post.

XO Lisa

Taking control of my time!

Taking control of my time!

Hello friends! Being we are mid January I’m still in the New Years mind set. So why not dedicate my January blog post to that! I didn’t do a vision board this year. I just made a List of things I would like to get done this year. And to be honest As far as career goals, I’m so lost. So this year I wanted to work on my time management and my family. With a few things here and there.

So time management can be everyone’s worst enemy. I think we all have said there’s just not enough time to do everything, Nope! But we don’t have to do everything in one day!

Being a stay at home mom,I felt like my days were so long and I was so tired from the day. I  have 2 kids and both in school. So mornings are as busy as can be trying to get everyone up and ready for school and hubby out the door for work. Once everyone was gone I felt like I had to keep busy like cleaning, washing, reorganizing you name it I did it. I felt guilty sitting down and also felt that it was my job to keep busy all day at home. And felt myself so tired and frustrated by the end of the day! So I decided this year, I would manage my time better and not feel guilty to sit or feel bad to make plans for myself during the day.

So I made rules to make my days better! Here they are! We go to target for daily stuff on Saturdays, unless it’s for my pleasure that would be my weekly outing,lol! Super market shopping on Sunday’s!  Honestly doing that makes my week so much easier. I have a day I wash all day, I fold it right away because I swear it’s easier then piling and piling! I make dinners that last about 2 days or more so I don’t feel like I’m in the kitchen everyday all day! Little changes like that have already made such a difference. I also promised myself to get dressed like I mean real clothes not workout clothes lol! Managing your time will make life so much easier. I don’t like to rush and I’m very organized. I honestly feel managing time and being organized is going to make your year much smoother.

A few tips to help, whether you’re a working mom or stay at home mom, get all your clothes ready the night before. Even my teenager does this for himself and saves him about 10 minutes in the morning. I usually clean my kitchen good at night and take out things I need to make it easier for lunches. That saves another 10-15 min. Just by doing those 2 things you are saving yourself almost 30 minutes! That’s how I see my day! Minor changes will make your time more manageable. And don’t think everything needs to be done in one day! Enjoy life! That’s what I’m doing! Till next post!

XO Lisa

Hello 2020

Hello 2020

Like crazy! I can’t believe we are in 2020! This is where you start to see all the new year new me,blah blah blah. I’d like to see it as a fresh year to be a better you. A clean 365 days to live life like you ,but try to add some more positive to your life. Try to push yourself to step out of the box a little. But don’t beat yourself up if you’re not ready for certain changes right away. Like I said you have 365 days!

For me I plan to give myself a few goals. I’m so over the lose weight crap! I’ve learned to just be healthy ,stay healthy, but live life and don’t deprive! I’ve found a way to stay active and I do want to eat healthier. That’s a goal but not just for weight loss, more for health reasons. I plan on staying healthy inside and out! Enough of that!

My real goals are to be more in the moment, I started that last year and I plan on getting better. Make small changes around my house, I’ve really liked the minimalist life. I’m all about living with what I need, not just to have. I’m teaching the boys this too! I think starting these habits early is great! Trying to spend more quality time with family. Life is so short I don’t want to regret not spending the time when I have it! Of course continuing my blog is a must. But I don’t care about numbers anymore. That was killing me! Giving me anxiety. I choose to be me and create from my heart! I don’t care about my numbers. If I can influence one person in a positive way that’s my reward. So overall my 2020 is just being a better me! Taking time for myself and enjoying everyday! So to a new year! Cheers to you all!

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

Boo at the Zoo

Boo at the Zoo

Hi friends! It’s getting closer to Halloween and I love seeing all the creative costumes! Halloween is so fun. This year we didn’t have any Halloween parties but I love to at least attend one Halloween event. We’ve done Disneyland which we love! Obviously most are more scary and not for the little ones. So that’s why we decided Boo at the Zoo!
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The price is perfect and who doesn’t love the zoo! We’d been trying to get to the zoo for a while. But it’s just so hot during summer although LA fall is basically an extension on summer, mornings are pretty cool! We headed out when it opened at 10am and it was a perfect Sunday!

So what’s the zoo offer for Boo at the zoo! I mean aside from the pumpkins they give to the animals to eat which was cute to see! They have trick or treating and a fun haunted maze, kid friendly! Arts and crafts for kiddos to enjoy and everyone is welcome to wear costumes.
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I recommend taking the little ones it’s so cute! Don’t forget to feed the giraffes, it’s $5 a person but so worth it! Get a picture! We also bought all day tram ride tickets, we loved this and breaker enjoyed it! The zoo is not known for the fun food , beside the almonds that I love! I did see a lot of people with packed lunches and they have such a cute park area for the kids to play.

This weekend is the last weekend! So honestly if you have a free weekend and little ones that enjoy animals and Halloween I’d say head out to Boo at the Zoo!

Till next post!

XO Lisa

Easy Halloween treat bags

Easy Halloween treat bags

Hello friends! So how’s your week going?! My week is good. I feel like I’ve had busy weeks these last few weeks. I’m really thinking about taking a weekend getaway. Ugh does it sound nice. I’ve been wanting a night away with the hubby for a while. Can you believe we’ve never left breaker over night. He’s almost 6, lol! Like both of us together. I think it’s time very soon! We are going to a concert in a few weeks which I can’t wait!

But for today’s post I’m keeping it Halloween themed just like I said I was all October long! I have the easiest treat bag you can make for your kids class, if you don’t have kids maybe your co-workers, some special neighbors or if you have a fun Halloween party planned! They are so easy and inexpensive. But look supper cute and just a little more special rather than the basic candy bags!

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All you need is some mini size paper bags, I got these at Michaels craft store. I also got the ribbon there. Don’t forget to use coupons! You’ll need some scissors and a whole punch!

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Super simple just cut a big enough piece of the ribbon so you can make a cute bow! Stuff your bag with whatever treat you’d like, and fold down, make some holes with your hole puncher and pull that ribbon through and wallah! You have a cute mini treat bag! Super easy super cute! And the kids will love to help stuff these with goodies.

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I also have ones from last year you might want to check out! These were a little more time consuming but cute! 

Hope you liked this easy DIY, till next post!

XO Lisa