I have recently discovered a new hobby, and that is furniture makeovers. My first project was a dresser we got from my in-laws. I’m not going to lie, doing this project took me a month because I was scared that I would ruin the dresser. I finally got over it and decided to go for it, if I hated how it ended up I could … Continue reading Dresser Makeover
Sharing some of my favorites that I have been obsessed with recently. I love looking at other people’s list of favorite things, so I’m excited to share the things that made my life easier, better, or just brought joy to me recently. Man With A Plan on Netflix: A funny and light sitcom about a family where the mom goes back to work and the … Continue reading My Recent Favorites
I can hardly believe that we have been living in our home for 3 months now! But before we were able to move in we had to do our final walk through and get all of our belongings from Texas. The day of our final walk through, I remember being so excited. We had been walking through the house during the whole process but something … Continue reading The Howard Casa: Final Walk-through & Moving in
How is there only 2 more years until I turn 30?! Last week I celebrated my 28th birthday and I was once again reviewing my 30 before 30 list that I challenged myself to when I turned 25. This year my birthday was a little chaotic because it was spent preparing for a quick trip to Washington but it was still a special day. Dylan … Continue reading Only 2 Years left
Once we had the shell of our house the next part was exciting because of all the little details that make it feel like a real house started to go in. During the next three months our house got all finishes that make it a livable space and it was exciting to watch. One of the first things to go in was the doors and … Continue reading The Howard Casa: Construction P. 2
We bought our house when it was at the foundation stage. Seeing it go from a slab of concrete to a full house with walls and ceilings was incredible! The whole process of getting the house together took months, we started the whole process in August. Back then it was just in the foundation process because of that, we were unable to make any major … Continue reading The Howard Casa: Construction P.1
WE BOUGHT A HOUSE! Dylan and I have wanted to buy a house since we got married but nothing ever felt right. Everything finally lined up for us and we took the huge step of buying a house! Here’s the story of it how it all came together. Many of you know that when Emiliana was born, we made the decision to move from Las … Continue reading The Howard Casa: The Story
One of my goals for this year is to do more of what I love and to expand my capabilities. At the top of the list is sewing! My #makenine2021 list is everything I would like to make before the year is over. I found my love for sewing in my last year of college when I had finished all my main courses and still … Continue reading #makenine2021
I have spent the last two months figuring out what exactly I want to get out of 2021. I feel like 2020 threw everything through a loop, and while it was still a great year for me, I didn’t accomplish nearly as much as I wanted to. At the start of 2020 I had set up my goals, had a plan of attack, actually did … Continue reading Is There Even A Point?
Oh Man, It’s been a while hasn’t it, but I am back! Feeling refreshed, motivated, and ready to take on anything! The last couple of months have been equal amounts of eventful and ordinary. We did a lot of bowling, turns out Emiliana loves to bowl. We got to celebrate Thanksgiving with the whole Howard family. We finally have an updated family photo! Saw lots … Continue reading La Familia Howard: Life Update
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