My go to swimwear style

My go to swimwear style

Hello Everyone! Spring break is in full effect over here at my house. Boys are off for the week and I’m trying not to yell! No but really my boys are good but it does get hard since they are 10 years apart, The little one thinks everything the teenager does needs punishment, LOL! So all I hear is mom punish Dave or Mom I’m hungry, Like seriously!

With summer around the corner, I’m already looking for new swimwear. I’m pretty basic when it comes to picking out swimwear. And with being a mom and having the kids with me, that’s also something I keep in mind when shopping for swimwear. I remember when David my oldest was 2 We were in Jamaica and I went down the slide with him in a more low-cut bathing suit and lets just say they flew out, LOL! So I’ve learned to keep it comfortable, cute and kid friendly. I’ll keep the low cut for trips with no kids. So I’ve rounded a few that I like, and that can be styled with some cute accessories to look trendy and chic at the pool! Loving neon so I had to throw that one in, A pink is always cute, You have to have a black one I mean it’s a must. The leopard is so good, and I actually ordered it, it’s on the way! You can throw on some jean shorts. I like to place a tee over and tie it, if you’re walking around the pool area. A cute sheer duster  is always a must. Don’t forget some sandals. I like havaianas for the pool!

Accessories to give your swimsuit that extra cuteness. I love a good sunhat, Find one that’s neutral so you can wear it all summer with everything. A good bag that you can toss everything inside for pool and beach days, Moms you know how much we pack for kids. I think everyone needs a cute basket bag, So fun and chic. I always like to buy a more inexpensive pair of sunglasses for the pool and beach with kids. Just to be safe you won’t ruin your more expensive ones. I love me a cute layered necklace with a swimsuit and you can’t forget the scarves.  I love a cute head scarf, You can wear it so many different ways and also tie it on your shorts or basket bag for color. check out my video on instagram @stylesencillo for a short video on how I style a basic black swimsuit.

Well ladies happy swimsuit shopping, Hope you liked this post, Till next post.

XO  Lisa

 

My everyday must haves

My everyday must haves

Hello Friends! Hope you all are doing well. I’m doing great. I had the best 40th birthday celebration. The plus was having my mom home with me too. It’s crazy at 40 my mom became a grandma and for my 40th, my niece was old enough to celebrate my b-day with me at a bar, LOL!

So Now that I’m 40 it’s time to really keep those healthier habits. I’ve been doing pretty good for over a year now. I wanted to share my must haves. So pretty much the top few items I use everyday. And most I’ve been using for a year. So I’m confident enough to tell you they work.

First is health, Routine physical is so important. I get mine every year, along with blood work, pap and breast check. So important to keep up with your yearly physicals. Exercise, I can’t tell you how much having an exercise routine has helped me, Not only physically but mentally as well. I love the sweat app, it’s literally life changing if you can only work out at home like myself. I also love tone it up protein powder. I’ve been using this one for way over a year now. And so conveniently sold at target. Setting up a routine is great. Sticking to it is all you. Just know once you do it feels great.

Beauty would be second. My mom taught my sisters and I very young on taking care of our skin. Having a skin regimen is great. I know there are so many products out there to choose from. I honestly have used so many high-end and low-end. Some I didn’t like and some that were just ok. But for the last year these have been a big staple in my skin routine. I make sure to use toner everyday. Especially the days I work out and sweat more. Even though you wash your face and exfoliate, the Toner just removes whatever was left. I love the thayers which hazel toner and exfoliating cottons from target. Summer Fridays jet lag mask has been my bestie for the last year. I keep it in the fridge and oh my it has helped my skin not get dry patches from the weather. I also love the way it feels under my eye area. Rose water spray I’ve talked about before. I love this stuff. With summer coming and spending more time near water and in the sun, I always carry this spray with me to keep my skin hydrated. Ice roller, OMG! Love love this thing. Seriously helps with puffiness and one of the reasons I love it, is when I get migraines or I’m just feeling tired. Rolling this on my face is just so soothing. These have been my holy grails this past year.

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Hair I mean it’s important. Of course finding the right wash for you is important. everyones hair is different. But I’d say a good hydrating shampoo is key. And my all time holy grail for my hair is It’s a 10! I’ve been using this stuff for over 8 years It’s the best! Another thing don’t wash your hair everyday and get trims often. Don’t let a year go by without a trim.

So those are my beauty secrets, LOL! No but really, I swear by these everyday! Hope this helped if you’re looking into some new products. Till next post.

XO  Lisa

Goodbye 30’s, Hello 40

Goodbye 30’s, Hello 40

Hello Ladies! How are you all doing?! I’m so ready to celebrate my Birthday. As you can tell by the title, I’m turning 40. My actual birthday is April 6. I wanted to share a little bit of what I learned in my 30’s and what I hope to achieve in my 40’s.

My 30’s taught me a lot. I actually learned a lot about myself. I really wasn’t happy with myself in my 20’s I think I tried to grow up too fast. So my 20’s were very tiring. Maybe one day I’ll write more about that. but today is about my 30’s. I was a single mom in the beginning of my 30’s. I had a 5-year-old aka David, my oldest. I was a working single mom and getting it all done. I balanced pretty well and I never felt over tired or never felt like I wanted anything different. I was content. Of course as time went on I wanted a companion. But I wasn’t pushing it or looking. In my early 30’s was when ,I met my soul mate. I honestly feel like I wouldn’t have met that special someone until I was happy with myself. I felt comfortable in my skin and I liked who I was as a person. I didn’t yet have the confidence I have today but I was on the right path. I was a mother first and always first. So I learned how to balance being a mom and making that time for my love life. We all know relationships aren’t easy but when you are happy with yourself and know what you want. It can make it easier.

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One of my biggest lessons in my 30’s was to be true to myself. It’s what I live by today. Don’t try to keep up with the anyone. God has made a path for all of us. We just need to learn how to stay in our own lane and not try to cut someone off because you think they have it better than you. Don’t ever feel like your dreams are just dreams, make them happen and don’t ever let anyone tell you, You can’t! I try not to use that word anymore. Believe me I used it a lot before. I may be turning 40 but my dreams are still young and I plan to accomplish them. I will and I can.

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Turning 40, I’m not afraid of getting older. Because I’m getting wiser, It’s not just a saying it’s the truth. I don’t know it all, But I can say I know all about myself. I’m a good mom, lover, daughter, sister and aunt. I’m not even scared of a little Botox, LOL! I feel great in my skin and I’m proud to say I’m 40! I feel like it’s a new chapter for me. It’s my time to shine! So cheers to 40! and to all my fellow SHHS sisters that turn 40 this year, Girls we are hot!

Since I love fashion I thought it would be fun to share what was popular in 1979 the year I was born! Pleated skirts, I thought that was cool being my b-day party outfit consist of pleads. I’ll share that next week. Belted jackets which I see that a lot right now. They say fashion just keeps coming back! A bow blouse, I mean one of my favorite blouses is a bow blouse! Denim overalls, do those ever go out of style?! A tube top, Everyone loves a good tube top! 1979 fashion was cool! Thanks Mom for giving Birth to me! So I can say I was born in the 70’s! I mean it sounds so much cooler! Till next post!

XO  Lisa

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