My workouts and motivation

My workouts and motivation

Hello friends! Happy Valentines Day! Hope you all are well! We are doing good over here. So who still goes all out for Valentines day?! We don’t I will cook us a nice dinner and will just relax at home. But we do need to squeeze in a date night soon.

So today I wanted to talk about my workouts and what has been motivating me. I made a promise since last year that I would continue to be healthy and take care of my body. My biggest motivation is my kids. I want to be healthy for them, But also show them to be healthy for themselves. Since adding workouts and just being more aware of what I eat has really helped with my daily activities and my health. I turn 40 this year and I want to feel strong. Turning 40 isn’t scary to me, I’m proud. I also want to feel great and that motivates me to keep going.

My favorite workout is dancing. I love it so much and it actually works out your entire body with having fun. I would love to find a dance class to take a couple of times a month. But in the meantime I workout to the fitness Marshall on youtube. His videos are short and fun. Not to mention great songs. I workout to these videos 3 times a week. I put 25 minutes on my app and I get my cardio in. I do about 5 videos in a  row. I love it and you feel the burn.

My newest workout is the Sweat app. This has been so good. I started off by taking on a 12 week challenge and I’m on week 5. I remember reading by 4 weeks you will see a difference, by week 8 friends and family will and by 12 everyone will notice. Well I can honestly say I see a difference. I’m so happy with my results. I feel stronger. If you aren’t familiar with what it is. It’s also known as BBG, Bikini body guide. It’s pretty popular out there on social media and let me tell you it works. What I love about this app is that you have different categories I’m on beginners. You can work out anywhere using this app. I’m giving a short look into this app over on my instagram if you want to take a look. The exercises are not easy at first even the beginners, But 4 weeks in almost 5 I’ve seen so much improvement. I can actually get the burpees done, LOL! Those were killers to me. I still haven’t lost lbs on the scale but inches for sure. My clothes are fitting me better or even bigger. So that’s a good sign. I gave up last year on the scale. I go by more on how I feel. My legs have never been this strong in my life. I was called chicken legs in grade school, LOL! But now I have muscle! I really recommend this App if you are looking for a good workout with convenience.

Well ladies that’s my motivation to good health. Till next post!

XO  Lisa

My go to Green Smoothie recipe

My go to Green Smoothie recipe

Hello Ladies! So how is 2019 treating you so far?! I think we should all be given some time before we start all that fresh year business, LOL! After the end of the year madness with holidays back to back its exhausting! So if you haven’t started that new diet or added that workout to your day, Don’t feel bad you have time to start! And don’t be so hard on yourself! Take your time and ease into it. Because it should be a life style not a quick fix.

So Today I wanted to share my go to green smoothie recipe and let you all in on a challenge I’ll be starting on Monday.

This smoothie is super good and super easy. I also like to drink it when my iron is low. I have very low iron so it does help when I’m feeling it more. I also love to make it when I’m in a rush and I need to have something that will be nutritious and keep me fueled. Also a great after workout smoothie!

1 cup of Almond milk or milk of your choice

1 cup of fresh spinach

1/2 cup of crushed ice

1/2 banana

1/4 cup of pecans or nuts of choice

Blend all of this together, the crushed ice will give it that fun shake like consistency, So good! Put it in a glass or to go cup if you are on the go and enjoy this delicious healthy smoothie! Thanks to my sister for sharing this recipe. And now I get to share it with you all. Enjoy!

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So now on to the Challenge. It’s a 12 week challenge with the sweat App also know as BBG. I’ve seen so many women do this work out and I see the amazing results. I love any workouts you can do from home! And this app is just that. They have so many different type of workouts for everyone. I’ll be keeping you all updated on my progress but would be so cool to all do this together. So join me if you are looking for a fun way to start that fitness journey! Keep up with me on Instagram!

 I hope you all liked this post and I hope to see you all enjoying that smoothie and hopefully joining me on that challenge. Starts January 14! Let’s go.

XO  Lisa

Happy 2019!

Happy 2019!

Hello Ladies! I’m so happy to be back and with this fresh New Year! I can’t believe we are in 2019! I hope everyone had a wonderful Holiday season. We had a very nice one. It’s just crazy how fast it comes and goes. My kids enjoyed it and that’s what I live for.

I wanted to take this first post of 2019 to recap on 2018 and talk about my goals for 2019. Like last year I won’t share personal goals because I feel they should be for my eyes only. But I did want to share a few things I want to work on this year to make me feel accomplished.

So last year was a lot of little goals for my home and myself. And I’m proud to say I was able to cross off a few on my list. I did minor changes to my house, like very minor. A little bit of paint and some new accessories can really make your home feel so different. I’m happy with what we got done and I can’t wait to conquer this years mini home makeovers. Another that was on my list was to get healthy and that I did. I felt good inside and out. I still need more work, which I’ll talk about in a minute. Get a vacation in. That I did. I took my first ever trip away from my hubby and kids. That was great, I was so nervous but so glad I did it. We did more family outings and that was the highlight of my year. I can’t wait to do more!

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My first is Health! I know it’s so cliché and I’m sure sick of new year new me, LOL! So am I. But it’s something that has helped me in 2018. Exercise and just better food choices. I can’t wait to be a little more strict with the eating, but I’m all about moderation. I don’t deprive myself with things I love. Life is too short not to enjoy. Water water water is the key thing and I need to get better. Give yourself 20 minutes a day to move that body! If you keep it up you will eventually crave more. Let’s get it moving together!

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Second is Mind. I think if we have a clouded mind #1 on my list will not work. Health is also in the way we think and who we surround ourselves with. I am not going to let my mind take an ugly turn. I am great , I am good. No one is better than me we are all different in our own unique and beautiful way. Remember what you see on social media is a square of one moment in someone’s life. That most of the time is staged. If a person doesn’t make you feel good about yourself, They aren’t worth having around. Make time for those special friends in your life that make you smile. Take time for yourself. I plan on being more positive in my mind. And live everyday with a smile.

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Third is family. I plan on traveling with them and making new memories and new traditions! Doesn’t have to be a fancy trip just a fun trip with my boys. Family time means so much to me. Taking family hikes, trying new restaurants, Just living our best life.

I wish all of you a Very positive, Healthy and Happy year! With full of great memories! Can’t wait to share another 365 days with all of you! Happy 2019!

XO  Lisa

Chit Chat with Lisa!

Chit Chat with Lisa!

Hello Ladies! So I wanted to try something new with my Blog! About every 2 months I’m going to do a chit-chat with me post. Sometimes I feel like my Blog is either sharing a particular item, event or style. I really want to just open up. The reason I started my Blog was to feel good and be able to share feelings and things with everyone.

Lately I’ve been feeling a little torn, with what I want to do. I’m really thinking about going back to work. The only thing is I can’t go back full-time yet. Since Breaker is still in pre-k he doesn’t have a full time schedule yet. I’ve always loved working. Of course my dream would be to make a business out of my Blog. But that takes time and I’m still working on it. I just need something else. It’s actually something I’ve been thinking about a lot. A little bit of why I’ve been feeling uninspired. The hubby is so supportive. He just wants me to do what I feel I should do. He encourages me to do something I will be happy doing. So that’s a big part of where I’m at with career.

Family Thankfully we are all Healthy and doing great. One thing that is hanging over me, Is if I’m really done having kids. I truly thought after Breaker I would be done. But As he gets older I think maybe one more would be good. It’s a feeling I can’t shake. But a few things get in the way. My age is a big part. I’ll be 40 in April so that’s a big big part. But I see so many women these days have babies older. I’m healthy so I don’t think it’s impossible. Another reason of hesitation is the fact that Breaker is at an age that we can get out more and be a little more free. The last reason is just time. David’s getting older and time goes so fast. I want to do more for him like travel. He needs a different kind of attention right now. It’s not impossible but having another baby will slow us down a little. So it’s a decision I will have to be set on soon. Time is ticking!

Life in general. We are planning more family outings and just trying to make every minute of life count. Maybe it’s the fact I turn 40 next year but I appreciate everyday. I love spending time with family and friends more and more. Looking forward to new memories and making 2019 a great year.

Hope you all enjoyed this post! Till next post!

XO  Lisa

How to deal with Holiday rush

How to deal with Holiday rush

Hello Ladies! Ok so I’ve been feeling very uninspired. I feel like the end of the year gets hard to keep up with the Blog, Instagram and my most important my family. So I always get extremely stressed out. I’ve been trying not to get overwhelmed, But it’s hard. I want to continue to bring great content to my blog, because it makes me happy. But I’ve hit a wall and I know once the holidays pass I will be refreshed.

 

So with that in mind I wanted to share a few things I like to do to avoid that Holiday rush and stress.

I’m all about writing list. I write down everything. Of course my gift list, grocery list and what food I’ll be making. List help me so much. I love to see it written and there’s nothing like crossing it off! That feeling never gets old! I know we all have different traditions but I think we can all relate to the shopping and the never-ending wrapping! For years I shop and leave it in bags. This year no way. I’m always leaving wrapping to the last-minute and I end up hating it. So this year I am totally wrapping as soon as I purchase. Because you end up wrapping about 50 things Christmas Eve, LOL!

Shopping! Ok we all love that, NOT! I mean for myself but it’s hard to shop for others. My kids are usually easy for me, But I have nieces, nephews, Etc. Mostly all teenagers or young adults. This year I decided to be easy on myself and my wallet! I haven’t decided what, but I’m going to be giving very easy gifts but with meaning to them. I’m always stressing out and trying to be extra. This year no way! And I’ve come to the conclusion that gift cards are not a sign of not caring or putting more effort, I love gift cards and I’m sure so will they.

Malls! I avoid them as much as I can around this time, They make me dizzy! I’m an online shopper and I like the more outdoors shopping. Like the Grove or The Americana and Old town Pasadena. I usually do most online and the rest I will wake up super early and get it done before the crowds. And I leave my kids at home!

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The most important is just be there in the moment. We are all so busy and rushed that we let the holidays pass right by us and we don’t enjoy the moment. So this year I promised myself to be there in the moment. I remember Christmas as a kid and having no worries. I want that no worry Christmas so I can be there physically and mentally  with my kids and hubby!

I have a very fun giveaway that I hope you all enter, I will be announcing the rules and the very special collaboration with this giveaway on Sunday Nov 18 on Instagram. It’s in honor of Breaker’s 5th birthday. I will have a special blog post next week on his party!

Hope this was helpful and happy shopping! Till next post.

XO  Lisa

My go to Banana Bread recipe

My go to Banana Bread recipe

Hello Ladies!!! Happy Halloween! I hope you all are doing well and I hope all my mamas out there survived the rush of getting the kiddos ready for Halloween. I’m so glad I got Breaker’s costume ready before I even left on my trip. Because I know from experience with my oldest that the week of Halloween always seems so busy. My oldest son was simple this year so it was just about ordering and buying a hat. I’m so glad he still likes to dress up. And we all know once Halloween is over its crunch time for Christmas. I feel like Thanksgiving is a middle child, LOL! We love it but tend to not give it as much attention as Halloween and Christmas. Can you tell I’m the middle child, LOL!

With Holidays on our mind and the weather in LA getting cooler, I bet we are all looking for our baking recipes. I love to Bake but really have to be in the mood. I do love to bake for others as gifts or just a special treat for the holiday season. I did share my favorite chocolate chip recipe last year, Here it is! And I’ve shared my pizza recipe, Here too! Both of those are favorites in my house and with family. So hopefully you try them!

Side note most of my recipes I share I have found on Pinterest, I love pinterest so much. It’s pretty much my favorite thing to go on. This next recipe I will share is from pinterest. I’ll share original link as well.

Banana Bread is probably one of my favorites. And I think we all have had those ripe bananas sitting around that we won’t eat just like that! I’ve been making this particular recipe for 5 years now and still love it. It’s super simple and delicious. The kids love it too. I’ve hand written the recipe here for you but I will also link the original post that I actually follow. Being a blogger I would hope someone would give me the credit if it was one of mine.

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What I love to do for treats for friends, neighbors or co-workers is get a cute piece of material and wrap with a string just so it looks cuter when you hand it out. You can even use tissue paper or put it in a treat bag with some ribbon. It makes it more fun to receive.

Hope you all liked this post. And hope you all bake some Banana bread! Till next post!

XO  Lisa

Halloween treats

Halloween treats

Hello My friends! Hope you all are doing well! I can’t believe October is almost over, Like seriously! Once Halloween passes by, all the other holidays come knocking hard! I don’t even want to think about christmas shopping! I think online shopping will be my friend this year.

I wanted to share some cute little treats I found on Pinterest! I wanted to make something for Breakers class that wasn’t so much candy. When I saw these I knew I had to make them. I did change it up a little. But still basically the same. Here’s the original link from Pinterest. 

This is what you’ll need and how to make these cute little Frankensteins!

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Supplies you will need. Play-Doh, I got the small size not the smallest they have but smaller than the original size. But you can use the bigger ones if you’d like. Some Rolo chocolates, green felt, some googly eyes, sharpie and glue gun. I purchased the play-doh and Rolo candies from target, the felt and googly eyes from Michaels.

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For one treat you will need this, one play-doh tube, 2 Rolo chocolates, 2 eyes, measure the green felt so you cover the tube of play-doh and cut into a strip. Lastly your sharpie for the mouth.

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Once you have all the supplies ready, glue the felt around the tube of play-doh, glue the rolo candies on the side, the googly eyes have adhesive so you just have to pop those on and draw the mouth however you’d like. Doesn’t have to be perfect. Wallah you have these cute little Frankenstein treats for the littles. They will love these. I even had Breaker help make them so he can be excited to give these out to his friends at school.

I love Pinterest for all my craft ideas. I love to re-create and change it up to be my taste. Our kids get so much candy so I wanted to give something fun.

Hope you all liked this post, If you re-create them tag me in a picture on Instagram. Would love to see. Till next post!

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Wishing you all a safe and Happy Halloween! From my family to yours!

XO  Lisa