So many of my favorite fall activities revolve around pumpkins. Whether it be going to the pumpkin patch, picking our pumpkins, or carving pumpkins. Pumpkins are such a source of joy for me during this time of year. Our trip to the pumpkin patch was quite special since Emiliana is now a very active toddler and she wanted to experience everything. We went Mortimer’s Farm … Continue reading Carving Memories One Pumpkin at a Time
A couple of days ago we took a quick day trip to Phoenix to explore the Desert Botanical Garden. It was a very surreal moment walking around with Emiliana since the last time we went to the garden was for our Babymoon when I was very pregnant with her. It was such a fun day despite the blistering heat. We walked as much as we … Continue reading Phoenix Day Trip
The month of October is filled with birthdays from both Dylan and my side of the family. It’s quite an eventful month but there is one birthday in particular that I love celebrating and that’s Dylan’s! I have gotten better over the years at planning and gift giving. Our first couple years of marriage I was lack luster in that department. I now spend a … Continue reading Another one for the books!
Did you know that October 5th is National Do Something Nice Day? It’s a day dedicated to encouraging us to do something nice for people around us, whether that be a loved one or a stranger. In today’s world it is so simple to focus on ourselves and forget to show kindness to others. Today is here to remind us that doing good deeds can … Continue reading Do Something Nice…
A ROUND-UP OF MY FAVORITE THINGS THAT I DISCOVERED FROM JULY TO SEPTEMBER These last three months we have been in Arizona hanging out with Dylan’s family. It’s been so much fun being out here and as always discovering new things that have I have fallen in love with! Clothing item: This one is a little more intimate but I have to share it, the … Continue reading My Favorite Discoveries from July to September
The most enchanting season is upon us – a season of gatherings, chunky sweaters and cardigans, hot chocolate, and pumpkins. Every year as summer ends and fall approaches you can feel the excitement in the air as everyone prepares with their pumpkin flavored everthing and sweater wearing in the blistering heat. Well today is the first day of Fall and regardless of the weather wherever … Continue reading Once Upon a Fall…
Emiliana has now been one for an entire week! Let me just start by saying that motherhood is incredible, everyday just gets better and better. Seeing Emiliana grow up is bitter sweet. I wish she could stay tiny forever and still continue to be where she is at now. I soak in each moment with her and am so grateful for the opportunity I have … Continue reading Emiliana’s Journal: First Birthday!
Yesterday Dylan and I celebrated our 4 year anniversary! 4 years of memories, adventures, good and bad moments, but through thick and thin here we are 4 years later. I thought it would be fun if we both shared our 4 of our favorite memories from these past 4 years. I’ll go first: Dylan has always been the better gift giver, and one of the … Continue reading 4 Year Anniversary
Another month has come and gone and our little princess is 11 months old! I’m a little late in posting this update that in just a few weeks she is going to be 1! How can it be that it feels like just yesterday and yet here we are so close to that big milestone! Emiliana is growing into such a beautiful, loving little girl. … Continue reading Emiliana’s Journal: 11 Months
A ROUND-UP OF MY FAVORITE THINGS THAT I DISCOVERED FROM APRIL TO JUNE It was an interesting couple of months but I was still able to find some new favorite things! Clothing: DENIZEN bermuda shorts, I got these from Target after realizing I didn’t have any clothes for the hotter weather. They are perfect; good length, stretchy, and cute! I got a darker wash and … Continue reading My Favorite Discoveries from April to June
Another month has come and gone, now Emiliana is 10 months old! There are only 2 months until she turns 1! Can someone please tell me how to slow downtime? My baby is growing up too fast! Emiliana got a couple new teeth this month and has been enjoying using them to eat. She loves crackers and will come running (in her walker) when she … Continue reading Emiliana’s Journal: 10 Months
Who would have thought that a couple months ago life would come to screeching halt the way that it did? I remember it was a Wednesday night when the COVID-19 had just started to show up on my radar. I had heard a very little about it before this point but since it was far from home I didn’t think much of it. I even … Continue reading COVID-19 Update: First Public Family Outing
Well, it sure has been a while since I’ve posted something outside of a monthly update on Emiliana. I took an unintentional break but I’M BACK and what better way to make a return to the blog than to give an update on what started this whole thing, my 30 before 30 list! 2 years ago, back when I was 25, I started Field of … Continue reading My 27th Birthday
Last week, Emiliana turned 9 months old. She has officially been in this world just as long as it took her to come to it. These 9 months went by quicker than the 9 months of waiting for her. She has such a beautiful spirit, always has a smile on her face, and gives the best hugs and kisses. Every day is a new adventure … Continue reading Emiliana’s Journal: 9 Months
I don’t know if this month went by fast or slow but I am still unsure of how my baby is 8 months old! Where did the time go!! With everything going on the world, I am so grateful for this little ray of sunshine who makes every day special and brings so much joy into our lives. Emiliana is such a good eater! She … Continue reading Emiliana’s Journal: 8 Months
Today is the start of the Sephora Spring Savings Event. Those who are Rouge members can get 20% off from 4/17 to 5/1, VIB members get 15% off from 4/21 to 4/29, and Insider members get 10% off from 4/23 to 4/27. I am sharing my favorite products that are worth buying especially during this sale: FAB Pure Skin Face Cleanser – I talked about … Continue reading Sephora Sale Recommendations
Today officially is a month since my family and I started our “shelter in place”. It feels like time has both gone by so fast yet so slow. I lose track of what day it is sometimes and would be pretty unaware of the time of day if it wasn’t for Emiliana and keeping her on her schedule. Some days go faster than others and … Continue reading Netflix and Quarantine
A ROUND-UP OF MY FAVORITE THINGS THAT I DISCOVERED FROM JANUARY TO MARCH I love looking at other people’s lists of favorite things, so I’m excited to share the things that made my life easier, better, or just brought joy to me during these past 3 months. I decided to pick one item for each category. Clothing – Quilted Sneakers; these have been popular for … Continue reading My Favorite Things from January to March
Happy Friday! Normally this would be a post filled with events that are happening in the DFW area during April but this month, like last month is a little different. With the spread of the coronavirus happening so quickly, most people have either been ordered to or voluntarily chosen to shelter in place. Meaning no going out except for essentials. That being said, most events … Continue reading Things to do while “Sheltering in Place”
On Saturday our little Emiliana turned 7 months! Every day that passes I am blown away by how much she has grown and how quickly time has passed. Emiliana continues to be a source of joy, happiness, and peace amidst all the chaos. She always has a smile on her face and her “hugs and kisses” put the most troubled heart at rest. Emiliana tried … Continue reading Emiliana’s Journal: 7 Months
Before Emiliana was born I spent hours, weeks even deciding on a diaper bag. I had so many questions. Did I need a big one or a small one? Would a backpack or tote style be better? What color or material? How much storage would I need? I looked into so many brands and styles. I watched YouTube videos of diaper bags. Dylan took me … Continue reading What’s in my Diaper Bag?
Happy Friday! Here is a round up of events that are happening through out the month of March in the Dallas-Fort Worth area: Free: Daily Museum of Geometic and MADI Art, Hip Squares: Dallas Artists of the 1960s exhibit available until April 26th. Crow Museum of Asian Art of the University of Texas at Dallas, Beili Liu: One and Another exhibit available until August 16th. … Continue reading Things to do in the DFW area – March
Where did the time go? 6 months ago, I had a little baby who couldn’t do anything for herself and today I have this grown baby who wants to be so independent, she’s ready to run before she can even crawl. I must say I have enjoyed every second of the last 6 months, but I am not quite ready for my baby to be … Continue reading Emiliana’s Journal: 6 Months
For the past 3 years, my wonderful husband, Dylan, has taken it upon himself to plan all of our Valentine’s day dates. I have been spoiled, and this year I told Dylan that I would plan everything, so it’s his turn to be spoiled. I have our top secret plan already set but I wanted to share a couple of ideas that could help you … Continue reading I’ve Been Spoiled for 3 Years, Time for me to Spoil YOU!
One of our family goals this year is to be more active not so much in the physical aspect but in getting out, doing things and adventuring where we live. We were doing really good when we first moved here going out and finding new places, but we settled in and the sense of adventure in a new city kind of faded away. The same … Continue reading Things to do in the DFW area – February
Another month with our princess has come and gone! She is now 5 months! How can this be possible? Emiliana is our greatest joy, every morning that we wake up to her is just filled with smiles, giggles and squeals. I absolutely adore that she is using her voice so much more. Emiliana is so vocal, she needs to be a part of all the … Continue reading Emiliana’s Journal: 5 Months
Every year I make a list of goals, unrealistic goals, that I have the best intentions of completing but I already have the mentality that it’s okay to not complete them. Why? I have found that I rely on the saying “new year, new me” a bit too much. In my mind it implys that somehow the new year is supposed to magically transform me … Continue reading New year, same me, only better!
Emiliana turned 4 months right before all the Christmas madness that I never got around to writing an update. Now that everything has settled and the Christmas decorations have come down, new year goals have been made, and life is starting to get back to a sense of normal, I finally sat down to write all about Emiliana! Everyday that passes, Our sweet little girl … Continue reading Emiliana’s Journal: 4 Months
This past year was a truly an eventful one, one that will always be remembered as an important chapter in my own life and the life of my family. In January, we explored more of Las Vegas. In February, we publicly announced that I was pregnant with Dylan and I’s first child. It was a very exciting thing to get to share with everyone in … Continue reading Reflecting on 2019
I think every woman as she prepares for the birth of her baby has this idea, plan, goal of how the birth is going to go. I was no different, I had imagined exactly how everything was going to go down for the labor and delivery. I contemplated not even posting anything about it because I knew I wanted a natural birth with no drugs. … Continue reading Pregnancy Journey: Birth Story
Everyone always says, “life will never be the same once you have kids”, this is one of those things you just don’t fully comprehend until you have kids. Emiliana has changed our lives in so many incredible ways, that’s it’s hard to imagine that it’s only been 3 months! Dylan and I are constantly amazed at the pure joy, love, and beauty of our little … Continue reading Emiliana’s Journal: 3 Months
How is it possible that our little Emiliana is 2 months old, well a little closer to 3 now, I’m so late posting this. I wanted to give an update on how she is doing and how great of a baby she is. During this past month, Emiliana endured an “18 hour” road trip from Las Vegas, NV to Dallas TX, which turned into more … Continue reading Emiliana’s Journal: 2 Months
How many changes can one family go through in such a short amount of time?! Dylan and I have big news again! After much contemplation, we have made 2 major decisions for our little family. First, I will be transitioning from being a working woman to a stay at home mom. Something we are both very excited about for many reasons. Emiliana is our first … Continue reading Big news, again!
It’s crazy that it’s already been a month since Emiliana was born. One month with the most perfect, sweetest little girl. This month has been such a crazy ride. NEWBORNS ARE NO JOKE. We have been fortunate enough to have amazing mothers who took time out of their own lives to come help us during this time of transitioning into parenthood. My mom stayed with … Continue reading Emiliana’s Journal: 1 Month
It’s crazy to think that my pregnancy is over! 9 months came and went! The third trimester truly was an experience. Emiliana got much stronger in her movements and much bigger, I finally “popped”! The biggest discomfort was swollen feet. And I finally had my first and only craving! Everything had been pretty good with the pregnancy, the worst of the third trimester being my … Continue reading Pregnancy Journey: Third Trimester
During the month of July, Dylan and I attended a variety of free baby preparation classes that were held by a local hospital here in Las Vegas. Overall it was a pleasant experience and I feel like I learned something from each one but were they really necessary? My friend from work who recently had her baby told me about the classes and how she … Continue reading Pregnancy Journey: All The Baby Classes
When I found out I was pregnant I downloaded so many pregnancy apps. Of course, some were better than others, and some were just not helpful or didn’t meet my needs. I used the ones that I decided worked for me throughout the whole pregnancy and deleted the ones that I didn’t use about half way through the pregnancy to free up space on my … Continue reading Pregnancy Journey: Pregnancy Apps
During this past couple of months, I have discovered some products that I feel made my pregnancy easier and just helped overall. My biggest issue with pregnancy is dry skin. I was getting these huge dry patches everywhere and my skin was so dry that I was itchy which lead to scratching and then bleeding so really, a lot of my products are things that … Continue reading Pregnancy Journey: My Pregnancy Must Haves
Dylan and I went on a babymoon! A much needed break from real life, from work and to just connect and be together, just us one last time as we prepare for our baby girl to come. We went to Peoria, Arizona and spent a fabulous week exploring and relaxing and of course eating! This post will be essentially be pictures with some tiny details … Continue reading Pregnancy Journey: Our Babymoon
So it’s been a while since I posted anything, life has just gotten super busy and crazy as we prepare for the arrival of Emiliana. It’s only a month away! Next thing I know there’s going to be a newborn in our home. So many emotions and thoughts going through my mind. A couple of life updates that have happened in the past month from … Continue reading Howard Family: Life Update
I absolutely love banana bread! It’s the perfect breakfast, snack and dessert bread, especially when the inside is fluffy and moist and the outside is nice and crunchy! The best thing about banana bread is it’s actually really easy to make. This is my recipe for making my banana bread with a crumble topping and I thought I would share it with you! I’m the … Continue reading Recipe: Banana Bread with a Crumble Topping (video included)
Over Memorial weekend Dylan and I flew to Texas for the long weekend. It was such a fun and exciting trip since we had a very special reason behind going, a baby shower for Emiliana! We got to spend time with my family which was so much fun, and we were able to celebrate Emiliana with a baby shower with all of our Texas family … Continue reading Pregnancy Journey: Texas Baby Shower
As of Saturday I have entered into the third Trimester! I can’t believe that there’s only 3 more months until Emiliana is here! It feels like I blinked and here I am at 27 weeks pregnant and before I know it I’ll blink again and I’ll be meeting my baby! There’s so much to do and so little time. These second three months have been … Continue reading Pregnancy Journey: Done with the second trimester and on to the third
Happy May! Did you know that May is also Mental Health Month? According to the National Alliance of Mental Illness 1 in 5 adults in the United States lives with a mental condition. That number is mind blowing to me! I love that May is an opportunity to spotlight an issue that is so prominent in each of our lives. Whether it be ourselves, family, or … Continue reading Mental Health Awareness Month – Let’s be Conscientious of Others
In case you missed it, we found out the gender of Baby Howard! It was a very special occasion. It’s always fun to see your baby during an ultrasound but at this point they finally look more like a baby and less like an alien. But, this particular ultrasound the main goal and focus was learning the gender of Baby Howard. And boy, did Baby … Continue reading Pregnancy Journey: Gender Reveal
So I will be the first to admit, I have too much clothes, and of that I use maybe 20% of it. The other 80% are items that either don’t fit me, I don’t like anymore, or are no longer in a wearable condition. So I decided that it was time to say goodbye to a lot of my clothes, whether that be introducing them … Continue reading Let’s be Real – As Girls We Don’t Wear Half of Our Clothes
Everyone says all you have to do is make it past the first trimester and everything gets better from there. Luckily for me, that was true, even if there were several occasions where I didn’t think I could go on. But I am getting ahead of myself, the beginning of the story starts with a positive pregnancy test, well…kind of! When I got what I … Continue reading My Pregnancy Journey: Pregnancy Test Through My First Trimester