Back to school checklist!

Back to school checklist!

Happy Wednesday! Hope you all are having a great week so far. I know we still have another month of summer, But I always feel once the kids go back to school, Summer is over, LOL! I mean the heat lingers on until October but summer fades away. I’m looking forward to fall weather, Pumpkin spice and halloween, too soon?! But before Pumpkin spice we have to get these kiddos back to school.

So I’ve been doing this for a while, My David is entering sophomore year so I consider myself a Pro. No not really, but I’ve done first day of school enough times to know. And I’m being sarcastic, LOL! I forgot a lot of stuff when it’s the start of kindergarten. So I’m sharing a few things that might help you in the future or if you are going through this now. I found myself running around yesterday getting last minute things done because I wasn’t prepared for these very little but important steps.

Very important and also something we might not realize until we are told. I didn’t realize Breaker’s immunization card wasn’t updated, I know he was updated with all his vaccinations, but it was not recorded on his card. So the school said without that he can’t start. Thank goodness he starts next week. I called the Dr and had the card updated. So just remember and make sure the immunization cards are updated. It’s very important.

If you have a child in sports, make sure they have physicals done. Kids will not be able to practice until a complete physical is complete and if you wait till the last minute, You will be running around trying to get appointments in and proper paper work filled out. Believe me try to get the appointments done ahead of time.

Those are important because you know dealing with Dr’s offices aren’t always a fast turnaround. The rest is basically just making sure kids have proper attire for school, School supplies most schools and classes give list for what’s needed the first week of school. So I normally just buy the basics, and shop for the rest once I have the list from teachers. It saves time and money. Sometimes we buy things they don’t need.

And lastly just relax and try to breathe and enjoy the beginning of school. I’ve learned to just be understanding especially to my oldest. I know the first month of school for him is just trying to find a system that works for him. He’s pretty busy this school year. So I will just try to help when I can and make sure he’s not slacking off, But most important making sure he stays healthy physically and mentally. And for my Breaker, He’s already having a hard time understanding he will be there longer and M-F, LOL! But I know he will love it. How mom feels, TO BE Continued!

Happy first Day of school to everyone and Cheers Mamas, We made it through another summer!

XO Lisa

Happy 2nd Birthday to my Blog

Happy 2nd Birthday to my Blog

Hello my friends! How are you all doing? I hope you all are great. I seriously can’t complain. We’ve had a nice first month of summer break. The kids are so good. Besides me being in the kitchen a lot more, I think we all have a system. We’ve also been doing family night walks around the neighborhood which is great. I’m seriously in shock that we are in July already. July is special over here on the blog. I posted my very post on July 3rd. And today is my second year blog anniversary. I’m seriously so proud. I’m going to walk you down some of my blogging thoughts from the past 2 years.

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My first post I was nervous, excited and a little scared. But I was super confident I wanted to do this so that’s why I clicked post! I had so much to share, I was missing the fashion in my life and I was missing that outside contact. I had been a stay at home for 3 years when I decided to take the plunge. I talk more about why I started my Blog here.

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So fast forwarding to my one year. Now you would think I wasn’t nervous or scared, and you would think my confidence had gotten stronger. Oh no it was opposite. My confidence had dropped a little. Not with myself oh no, that I found and I won’t let that go ever! I didn’t have the confidence in the blogging world. I hadn’t seen much growth and I wasn’t enjoying it that much. I felt it was a chore rather than what I felt when I started. I hated the way I was feeling about my blog. But with the confidence I had in myself I kept on. And decided to take a different approach and just be a little more raw and share a little more of who I was. Rather than the latest outfits and what to wear. I mean don’t get me wrong it’s what I love to share but I decided to add more family and more of who I am everyday.

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And now fast forward to today I’m at my 2nd year of blogging and I’ve honestly changed my entire approach on this world of blogging. I decided to not care so much about the numbers. Because I still haven’t reached the growth I’d like. One of my vision board goals  last year was to get my first sponsored post. That hasn’t happened for me. I’ve reached out to companies and I either get a no because my follower count isn’t high enough or I just don’t get answered. But that’s ok, I tried. I don’ t let the No’s get me down. I started the blog to feel a void in my life I had missed. And it has done that for me, I’ve also got to meet some nice ladies that I would have never come in contact with if I hadn’t started the Blog. So for that I’m thankful and happy. I will continue to share from my heart and I know my time will come. Your girl has a dream to collab with a shoe company and have the Stylesencillo shoe! I mean I have goals, LOL! Again I want to thank all of you who take the time to read my post and follow my road of blogging. Even if I have only influenced one person, I can go on another year happy! Cheers to another 365 days of Stylesencillo.

Till next post!

XO  Lisa

Mom life

Mom life

Hello Ladies! How are you all doing?! Hopefully everyone is doing well. May is in full force and it’s a busy one. It’s the last month of school and the kids have a full load. A few exciting things happening in June. Breaker graduates from pre-school and my nephew graduates from high school. It’s crazy how fast it’s going. I feel like once you become a mom the years just fly by.

Talking about being a mom. I wanted to dedicate this blog post to Moms. Mother’s day is this weekend and us Moms need to celebrate us. Being a mom is the most beautiful thing and the hardest thing. And not to mention as we become mothers we also appreciate our own Moms more and more. And I find myself using a lot of what my mom told me on myself.

I’m not down with criticizing other Mother’s and I don’t think people should do that. I’m all about mom advice but only when it’s asked. Or if you’re giving it from the heart and not because you think you know better. I don’t think just because you have more kids you know more, You are just more experienced. But every child is different and only you as the mom know what’s best for your own child. My mom always taught us to never speak about others because you never know what you will face in the future. That sticks with me everyday. I don’t judge people on how they parent, because I’m still growing as a parent and my kids still need a lot of growing up to do. All  I can do is be there for them always and have supportive people around me. Not people who will judge me on my parenting.

Mom life has been challenging. But like you’ve heard before it’s the most rewarding. A mom is your safe haven no matter how old you are. When something goes wrong in my day, My mom is the first person I want to call. I think my boys feel the same way with me and that is the best feeling ever. I always tell my boys when you get older and move out what would be the one meal you want mommy to make when you come visit. I don’t know why that brings me so much joy. I love being a mom and I love being their mom.

So Cheers to all the moms, You are awesome and you are doing a great job!

Wishing my Mom, sisters, Grandma, Aunts, Cousins and friends You are all so beautiful and I love sharing that Mom life with you all.

The Day my two hearts met! And made my mommy heart that much bigger.

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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 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

Breaker’s 5th Birthday party

Breaker’s 5th Birthday party

Hello ladies! Are we all gearing up for Thanksgiving?! It’s been such a busy few weeks. I was in full force party mode for Breaker. I feel bad because I haven’t been able to work on content for my Blog as much as I’d like. But I promise I will get back to it. I’m actually looking forward to 2019. I’m praying we have a great year and if all goes well some fun trips ahead. So stay tuned!

Today I wanted to share some photos of Breaker’s party and some of the great ladies I used and where I purchased the fun treats.

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Normally I’ll give a nice first birthday and a nice fifth birthday for my kids. So with this being Breaker’s fifth I put a little more into it. He wanted a PJ Mask theme so that’s what we went with. I personally like to make as much as I can instead of buying the party supplies. The one thing Breaker was focused on was his cake. So I knew the cake table would be my main attraction. I didn’t want to do too much decorating because sometimes it’s just unnecessary spending. Of course balloons! I actually learned how to make a Balloon arch. It’s actually not that hard. Just hard on my hands, LOL! I bought the arch tape at party city that already has the holes to just pop the balloons in. Of course I need practice but hey I think I did pretty good. I ordered the back drop from Amazon. PJ mask is all about the night-time and buildings so I saw this one and it was perfect.

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The food! Ok so that’s always the part I stress on. I want everyone to enjoy but I also like it easy for me and not to mention the Birthday Boy had to approve. We went back and forth with what to serve. We ended up just being simple and had pizza. It’s Breaker’s favorite and hey who doesn’t like pizza. We ordered from a local Pizza shop called Follieros it’s great and the salad is tasty. It was perfect.

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The cakes, I wanted 3 cakes for each of the characters. His favorite is Cat boy so I wanted that one to be bigger. I was so happy with how they turned out. And they were delicious. She also made the rice krispie treats and again delicious. It was my first time using Lisa from With a pinch of love. She was great to work with and all around great experience. I will be using her again.

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The cookies and Cake topper. I have talked about Auntie Apple before, She is great I love working with her. She always kills it and Breaker is always super happy with his cookies. I love supporting women, especially these two women are all around great. Definitely recommend both.

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I had a separate little table for the kids that was important. I wanted Breaker to have his little space with his friends and cousins. My sister AKA Nina got all the kids place mats, They were so cute! I ordered the boxes from Shop sweet lulu I also got the popcorn boxes and polka dot balloons from there. They have a lot of cute party supplies. The water bottle print outs and not pictured the Hershey bar covers were from etsy and we just printed them out. I also placed some coloring activity books and play doh for the kids. That kept them busy if they weren’t in the Jumper. Side note always get a Jumper it just makes it fun and keeps the kids entertained.

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My sister again Aka Nina drew this adorable life-size Cat Boy for him out of wood. She worked so hard on this. With her busy nurse schedule, she did this for him and we loved it. Best Nina ever.

Hope you all liked this post! I love sharing personal photos with you all. My family life is the most important part of me.

Wishing everyone a wonderful and Happy Thanksgiving. From my family to yours!

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XO  Lisa