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Lendy Lately

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!  I am trying to find my way back to my day-to-day blog posts without coming off blasé as to what is happening in our country.  With a heavy heart, I know we must go on.  Now, that I have come up for air, I am excited to currently be on vacation at my parents house. There is nothing better than to be surrounded by the people I love. Here's what I've been up to lately and a little of what I'll be doing while in Southern California. 

I bought my tickets to the Super Mamás Vision Board Party.  The event is sold out, but keep looking out for their upcoming events, I promise you will not be disappointed. 

I signed up for Notes from the Universe on Tut.com, and my daily note is always a breath of fresh air: 
Being spiritual means a good many things, Lendy , and most of them are misunderstood by a good many people. So to clarify, here's how I see "it" and you: 
Being spiritual means seeing yourself as divine, not just of the divine; a creator, not just the created. You needn't be saved, forgiven, or fixed. You've already changed the world, added to its brilliance, and done enough. You're there because in some long forgotten time, you already earned your wings. 
Of course, there are still challenges. You wanted it this way. It's part of your nature and they'll serve to make you even greater. In spite of these, you are still a winner, you are among the relative few who have been so bold, and today is part of your victory lap. 
Amen. 
From a long time fan,     The Universe
We started decorating for Christmas and I fell in love with the Camp Christmas section at Target for our fun tree in the dining area. 

I am taking a break from some of my favorite podcasts because I need to drown out the political noise.  My favorite solace has been listening to music.  I listen to my Mellow Jams play list and Salsa Baby! play list

We are still contemplating on what fun things to do while we are here.  If we can't make it to Disneyland, then I have my eye on Santa's Village. I have so many happy memories going to Santa's Village, and it has recently reopened after years of being closed. 

I loved Cup of Jo's Bake Sale with Kids as a way to pay it forward and get the kiddos involved.  Luna still does not understand what's going on, but I did donate.  Here's a great list of causes you can donate to

We finally succumbed to The Walking Dead craze, and we've been binge-watching.  It's so darn addicting and has actually been a great distraction as of late. 

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving surrounded by love, and if politics come up, taken them head on my friends.  





I am as American as You

Thursday, November 10, 2016

I am a born and bred American with brown skin.  I have done it right. I was a good kid, and did right by my Mexican parents.  I was the first to graduate college and with honors. I studied political science and pre-law because I love the American government and its complexities.  I am married to a U.S. Veteran who also broke barriers in his family.  He was the first to graduate college and now has a great engineering career.  We are proud homeowners and make an effort to be a part of our community.  We are blessed parents to a three and a half year old, and are lucky she lives in her happy little bubble.  We eat tortillas, almond butter, apple pie, hummus and sushi. We represent what America is.  

With that being said, the tears are flowing inside me because I cannot ignore the feeling of "what have I done to you to garnish such hate?

I need a moment to take in what happened. Please do not misconstrue this as disrespect for the outcome.  I accept it, but it does not mean I understand it. For me, It is not about the politics, it is about the humanity.  

I am as American as You and what you told me on November 8th is you do not like me. You do not Mexican-Americans like me.  You do not like Mexicans.  You do not like Minorities.  You do not like Women. You do not like the people I love. You chose politics over humanity, and that is hard to take in. If I am completely wrong, maybe some of you Trump supporters will kindly help me understand how you looked past the hate and racism. Be open to me and I will listen. 

Even after all this, I have not lost hope.  I love this beautiful country of ours, and I have faith we will overcome this.  Let's do our part to move us along with love and grace. I vow to do my part by continuing to try to be a good human, a good citizen and proud of where I come from.  I will continue to break down stereotypes, and when they go low, I will go high. 



Motherhood: Oh Hail the Nose Frida! & Other Immunity Tips

Monday, November 7, 2016

Thank you Nose Frida, but seriously, people aren't kidding about kids getting sick all the time.  What the heck?! Luna has been sick over and over again since starting preschool in September, and of course, this means I have been sick too. We are currently at the end of a sick wave and seeing the light. How do you deal with all the sick days? All I got, is my favorite booger fighter and a foggy brain. 

I asked a few moms for some tips, and here's what they said: 

"I started giving my daughter liquid vitamins in her juice everyday and that helped us a lot!" Several moms chimed in on the liquid vitamins and most use ChildLife Essentials.  I can't wait to give these a try!

"We love Zarbee's Naturals, all honey based. It will not fight the toughest cold, but it's gentle on them and great if you can get catch things earlier on in the process." I use Zarbee's as well and they're great. 

"I've been diffusing oils as soon as symptoms start and I swear they don't last more than a couple of days! I do 3 drops of peppermint, 2 eucalyptus, 2 tea tree and one of lemon." I have this diffuser in my Amazon cart. Here's a list of the 10 best essential oils for colds and flus

Besides dipping ourselves in antibacterial sanitizer, I would love to hear what works best for your family during cold and flu season.  I need all the tips I can get while we boost our immunity.




Friday Favorites

Friday, October 28, 2016

Happy Halloween! What are you up to this weekend? We will be attending one of the local halloween events, and then my honey bunch and I will be watching scary movies. Have you seen this? I think I am too scared to take it on. Hope you have a wonderful weekend, and here are this week's favorites...

Favorite Costume: Halloween Costumes Using Only Eyeliner -via Popsugar. Now this is my type of no fuss costume. 
Favorite Book: When We Collided by Emery Lord -via Amazon.com.  I was in the mood for an easy read, so I'm currently reading this YA book.  
Favorite Manicure: O.P.I nail polish in CIA (Color is Awesome). I gravitate towards blue nail polishes and this dusky blue is dreamy. 
Favorite Food: Venezuelan Pepper Tamales -via Mommy's Home Cooking. Tamale season is officially here! Every year I say I am going to have a tamale party, and this has to be the year. 
Favorite Accessory: Art Deco Bun Pin -via Free People. You all know I am a bun girl all the way so I always looking for ways to fancy up my dingy bun. 
Favorite Song of the Week: Touching Heaven by Johnnyswim 






Lendy Lately

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Okay, let's catch-up.  This week started off a little bumpy with food poisoning and an achy ankle after hitting the trail, but it's all good.  Nothing ginger tea and biofreeze cannot fix because check out that view its worth it. This morning I woke up with a sore throat and stuffy head thanks to my lovely preschooler. So today we are camping out at home and hopefully by Halloween we will be ready to yell trick or treat. Here's what else I've been up to lately...

I joined MOPS a few weeks ago, and absolutely love it. I wish I would have joined a long time ago. 

We have been water painting on rainy days. It is my favorite way to keep Luna busy (besides are dance offs) and it is something I enjoy as well.

I read 111 Places in San Francisco That You Must Not Miss, and flagged all the interesting spots I want to check out during our next visit to the city. 

I have been mastering Luna's preschool lunches in her Bentgo and these tiny forks are a big hit.  Her preschool teacher always gives me kudos and of course I'll take it!

Luna is dressing up as Princess Elena for Halloween and I making this easy DIY scepter because buying her the actual one to carry around sounds ridiculous and you know who would end up carrying it the whole night. Haha!

We have been watching the Celia novela.  Its our current guilty pleasure (don't tell my husband I ratted us out), and hearing Luna yell "Azucar!" makes it even more worthwhile.

Hope you're having a great week so far. 

 














Friday Favorites

Friday, October 14, 2016

What are you up to this weekend? Its going to rain all weekend, and Luna is still has a cold so I am happy to report we will be cozying up over here. No complaints from me! I am currently staring at the beautiful rain from our windows and it makes me happy. Finally it feels like fall.  Hope you have a wonderful weekend, and here are this week's favorites...

Favorite Quote: We go high, when they go low - Michelle Obama.  I switched up the quote, but you know exactly what she means! 

Favorite Shoes: Adidas NMD -via sidestepshoes.  In California you can get away with wearing sneakers all the time, and even though I am normally a Nike girl, these Adidas are convincing me hard.
Favorite Drink: Pink Hello Kitty Hot Chocolate -via Lindsey & Lauren Pinterest.  I love to have this on hand during fall and winter for a surprise treat for Luna and I.  You can find it here
Favorite Beauty: Nars Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl -via Sephora.  When I wear lipstick it is always red, and in the Fall even more so.  Every woman needs to feel the power of a red lip.  
Favorite Decor: Oh Joy! Moon Wall Light -via Target.  I have this on my wish list for Luna's room.  I think it would look magical above her bed. 
Favorite Book: When I was small by Sara O'Leary -via Amazon.  This book is so simple and beautiful. 
Favorite Song of the Week: Bidi Bidi Bom Bom by Selena.  I had so much fun introducing Luna to Selena! I will definitely be buying the Selena MAC lipstick when its restocked!






Lendy Lately

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Okay, let's catch up.  We've been spending a lot of time at home this week because Luna has a cold again.  Preschool is definitely boosting her immune system and mine.  I forgot what it feels like to have cabin fever, and by the time my husband gets home we are both a little batty. Ha! Today we did get out mostly to drop off our library books and we drove thru Starbucks--a good day in my book.  Aside from Nose Frida wars with Luna, here is what I have been up to lately...

I am reading The Untethered Soul which was recommended to me by my primary care physician.  I also just finished listening to When Breath Becomes Air which is a beautiful book. 

I started dressing for Fall even if the weather is lagging.  Today, I wore a plaid flannel shirt and my absolute favorite booties (Luna wore these which I buy for her every season)

Our Whole 30 is officially over and wine-ing down is allowed again.  My husband and I have been drinking this sauvignon blanc. 

Every Halloween season, I want to buy masks just for kicks while at Target, but I always end up putting them back.  I finally bought the fox and the wolf. Luna and I love wearing them around the house. 

I watched season one of Mr. Robot which I wasn't sure I would like, but it sucked me in. Another show I have been watching is The Grinder

Hooray for Friday eve