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 carmelized banana bread with a streusel topping and I thought I would share it with you! I’m … Continue reading Recipe: Caramelized Banana Bread with a Streusel 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
Hey all! I bet you thought I stopped blogging huh? Nope! Honestly, this last month has been crazy for Dylan and I. Both of our parents visted (more on that in another post!), Dylan has been really busy on his personal project, going to appointments and all of that stuff. It shouldn’t be an excuse but dang, life can be busy (just imagine when our … Continue reading You May Not Think So, But Spring Cleaning is Necessary
Last week was so stressful for both Dylan and me. I had planned on just sitting and doing nothing all weekend. Thankfully I have a husband who knows me better than I know myself and he had planned the perfect Saturday outing for us that was exactly what I needed. He did lay on the couch with me all morning binge-watching “Baby Daddy”, our current … Continue reading Our Trip To HeadzUp – Interactive Art
Well, now that you all know that I am pregnant, lately my energy level has been down the drain, especially on the weekends since I know I can lay in bed without consequence. At first it was hard not having the energy to go out and do things because that’s what the weekends are for, but lately I’ve become a little toooo comfortable being lazy … Continue reading Adventures With My New Camera
Last Thursday was Valentine’s Day and it truly was a day filled with love. It was a pretty eventful day all around. It started with work, which normally would be an average day but my job is pretty awesome we had a full Valentine’s Day party! We had Valentine mailboxes that everyone added candy and little cards to just like back in the day when … Continue reading Valentine’s and Our Big Announcement
So tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, a day when husbands and wives, boyfriends and girlfriends can show and express their love and appreciation (though hopefully you are doing that everyday!) and perhaps some individuals are preparing to share their hidden feelings for that special someone. Though I understand some individuals may really dislike this day, I am extremely excited for it! Dylan always goes all out … Continue reading The Best Gift You Can Give on Valentine’s Day
Valentines is just around the corner, and for some people, they are going to go above and beyond for it, which means a trip to Las Vegas for a weekend getaway! However, if you’re coming to Vegas for a romantic weekend, you won’t be the only one. Which means if you are wanting to go somewhere fancy to eat and spend that special night there, … Continue reading Going to Vegas for Valentine’s? Eat at These Places!
Did you know that today, January 29th is National Plan for Vacation day? A day dedicated to encouraging people to plan a vacation. Sounds silly but it’s crazy just how needed it is. After doing some research I happened upon the U.S. Travel Association and this article they put out to give more information as to why planning a vacation is so important! The thing … Continue reading PSA: today is National Plan for Vacation Day
Every now and then, in the rarest of occasions, you will be invited to one of your spouses work events. And not just any work event, but a work dinner. There are some of you that are completely fine in these situations, and for those of you who are, I applaud you, but for those of you who are like me, you don’t know how … Continue reading 5 Tips for Your Spouses Work Dinner
6 months is a long time…that’s half a year (obviously)! But in all seriousness, I’ve been blogging for the last 6 months and a lot of you have been with me the entire time, joined me a few months ago, and some of you just this week. I am GRATEFUL for all of you! I have received a lot of great feedback on social media … Continue reading Sticker Giveaway
Something that has been talked a lot about this year and has become really popular is the instant pot. I have read about it everywhere, I have seen ads for it everywhere, in my news feeds, websites and more! I’ve never had any interest in it, shoot I’ve never even cared to use a crockpot. But lately, I’ve been experimenting with foods and recipes and … Continue reading The Instant Pot, My Experience
Now that the crazy of the holidays is over and everything has settled down, I want to talk about making time for the things I love or want to do while still getting what I need to do done. Back in October, I participated in a social media fast (link to post from october), which was quite enlightening. I was able to see just how much … Continue reading How To Make Time For The Things You Love