Wholesome Wednesday: Be Our Guest

White Frames: Walmart | Bed, Duvet, Nightstand, Curtains & Rug: Ikea | Chairs: Amazon | Scalloped Stand: Navy Exchange | Small Frames, Vase & Clock: Home Goods | Anchor Laundry tote: TJ MAXX | Gold Tray & Blue Pillows: Dirt Cheap | Map: Hobby Lobby

 

In the midst of still adjusting to our life and new routine here in Japan I have finally been graced with a little time to myself. I’m currently in the northern part of Okinawa island sitting in a little cafe. I am sipping on fresh squeezed pineapple juice while overlooking the Pacific Ocean and thinking of home, you my family and friends. Oh I really miss you … (So just as I was about to put a period at the end of this sentence I received a FaceTime call on my lap top! From my youth girls in Texas! Wo, God!)

Then it dawned on me, I haven’t really updated you in a while! Since we’re all missing home and y’all I figured I’d continue where I left off in our home reveal series. Today I’m welcoming you into our guest room. This is the first room we set up because we want to be prepared for visitors as soon as possible. Sadly, this may be the first place we are visited less frequently since it is the furthest we have been stationed. Non the less, we are ready for you!

The nautical theme of this room is inspired from our love of the sea. Jacob and I both were born and raised in California near the ocean. I prefer to just listen to and stare at it while Jacob loves to swim, snorkel, dive and sail it. We have incorporated our love into this space by working with the textures of rope and metal, focused on the primary color blue and use photos I’ve taken over the years of difference ocean settings. Well, I’m actually just getting around to placing photos in all of our empty frames, lol. Dependent on who visits we trade out a few photos of the sea with photos of whoever is visiting. We love being intentional about this as to make it more homelike for the guest.

We also love the nautical theme in our guest room for its neutrality.  I have a wonderful husband who enjoys being apart of the decorating process. So from the beginning of our marriage I have had the joyful the challenge of finding and keeping the balance between the feminine and masculine touch. One of our favorite pieces was the world map. It’s a popular one I believe and so to make it unique to us we are placing gold pins to mark everywhere we have lived. The color and texture of this map really brought out and tied together our connection with sea, travel and our appreciation for even handedness.

Neutral tones are the way to go. Especially, for us military (or anyone else who moves often) families always moving. We are often restricted with finances, size, and finances. So this works great with constant change and white walls. Incorporating clear furniture is another great “trick” to make a small space seem breathable. Overall this room is open, light, airy, relaxing and even a man can appreciate it. In fact, a few neighbor’s husbands have complimented the room. I have to admit when a man appreciates our taste it almost makes me more proud than when a woman admires it! Women just know how to meet you at your level of excitement though.

It sure was exciting when Jacob joined the Navy and has since been moving us around the world trading one ocean for another. It has made this interior design even more fitting.

We hope you soon you will experience our seafaring love of a room,

Until then, God bless you!

D

 

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Friday Feast: First, Ramen

 

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Thailand has its flag-ship dish Pad Thai, Vietnam has its Pho noodles, Italy has its spaghetti and in Japan, it is Ramen! One of our favorite foods lately is Japanese Ramen. This is a far cry from the Cup O’ Noodles that you and I grew up with! The noodles are thick and plentiful, the broth thicker and soupier than Pho. They usually come with a slice of delicious pork belly that melts in your mouth and a boiled egg. Of course you know Danica won’t eat the meat… so I get double portion, more protein for me!

Ordering the food is a process in of its own out here in Okinawa. You first need to order from an automated vending machine that is only in Japanese. Our first time was rough but thankfully the waitress spoke some English and was able to explain enough for us to figure it out. You punch in the main items and add-on items and the machine ejects out these tiny little tickets accordingly. They remind me of movie tickets. As you can see, Camrielle has assumed the duty of punching these buttons for us! Then Lyianna hands over the tickets to our Japanese waitress, and in broken Japanese we pay with Yen.

I enjoy the new ambience and one of the best things is watching my family enjoy food from another land. I can’t say that I enjoyed it as thoroughly the first time. Let me explain.

If you’ve ever eaten with me before, you may recall that I have a penchant for the burn of the spicy. From Siracha to Tapatio, bring it on! So when the waitress asked me how spicy I wanted my Ramen, from a scale of 1 to 50, I chose 25. I thought that it was relative to a scale of 1 to 10, and that in Japan somehow their scale goes up to 50. I was wrong! As I wolfed in my “Exploding Volcano” spicy level 25 Ramen, I thought it odd that Chefs kept peering out to look at me.  It wasn’t so bad … it was only half way max spicy level…or so I thought. As I began to feel an unusual subtle tingling emerge from the base of my tongue to the top of my scalp, my family was giggling at me and having a grand old-time. I can only handle the burn of a level 2 spicy and I may just stick to no spice for a while because wow the burn!

Thank you for joining us on our journey and checking out our gastric delights. I can’t wait to share with you guys next week another Japanese favorite out here!

Until next week, this is your friendly neighborhood, guest writin’ Ramen eating’ Jake signing out.

Sunday Sojourn

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Photos are from the end of May. It took the moving companies three days to pack it all up!

Hello and happy Sunday! Are you surprised to find me writing? If so, I understand. I disappeared on y’all, again. This time I was gone for four months due to being wonderfully distracted by family. By wonderfully I do mean wonderful but also full of wonder. For that reason I am unapologetic ( that is for you Teri and Katrina!) Ready to hear about those new and exciting distractions that kept me absent from here? Any guesses before I start? No, ok read on.

It started with our oldest finishing Kindergarten. That last month of May in school got so busy for us. It definitely didn’t help being room mom, cookie mom (for her Girl Scout troop), finishing up gymnastics, piano and singing lessons. I also simultaneously was spending more than usual time with my youth because their year was also ending. However, the timing was perfect because as school for all my kids was ending so were deadlines with collaboration partners. With school and blogging on break I decided to take one too. I chose to rest from everything that I could.

Proudly and gratefully there is only one part of our life that we don’t really get a break from, the military. In case any of you readers forgot, I am a military wife. A Navy wife to be precise. The time for Navy to move us quickly approached and our three years in Texas was at an end. Thus, it created the real reason I chose to fully engage in nothing else other than spending quality time with my family and friends.

You are now officially caught up on why it was so quiet around here. We just arrived to our final destination yesterday. So, you really do get to be part of this new journey with us and from the start!

We have sojourned to the hottest and furthest temporary home yet. Are you the one wondering now? Any guesses where on earth we moved to? Comment your guess below. If you guess right, first, we have a little surprise to send you!

Stay tuned and you will see!

Blessings,

d

Tuesday Travel: Embroidered Tulle & Teotihuacan, Mexico

Top: Zara | Shorts: Walmart | Sandals: Unlimited

 

This Tuesday’s Travel post is brought to you by a recent mission trip to Mexico City. I had no idea that we would be having a free day as my mind had been set on working my butt off the entire week, however, I see how taking a day of rest was fruitful for our group. Especially knowing that it would be our last day of rest, lol.

We had been resting from work over a meal the night before when this little adventurous “free” day was confirmed by our youth leader. We just happened to be at a mall eating that meal. I just happened to eat my meal quicker than everyone else. Everything just seemed to be “happening” so perfectly. Can you see where I am going with how this look was transpired? My decision helped me work in twenty-five minutes of extra time to shop. I apparently had a couple of enthusiasts so my friends Bridget and Ryker joined me. Oh sweet Ryker, he had no idea what it was like to shop with females. His hope of getting a baseball cap quickly dissipated when we were at the fifteen minute mark and still in the same store, lol.

Zara (pink version here) is that one store where I laid my eyes on this beauty. The stunning embroidery is what caught my eye but the tulle is what finalized my purchase. I figured this blouse would not only be fashionable but functional. It was made of breathable material. I was told the sun was pretty hot at the pyramids so you know, it was meant to be y’all. OK, ok. I still find laughter in my thought process of deciding this would be a great choice for hiking up what I didn’t know at the time to be steep stairs. I made it work! I do suggest to be like everyone else and wear more athletic clothes.

I thought the first set of stairs up to the moon pyramid were challening but boy was I wrong. I had a tiny bit of trouble with the Sun Pyramid and thankfully (ok maybe I’m not actually thankful they had issues … ) so did a couple of other people from our group. I fit right in. The pyramids were truly breathtaking! Yes, they both physically and asthetically took my breath away. If you ever have the chance to visit. Do a guided tour and preferably a guide you can understand! Here is a link to read up on the history and archeolgy of Teotihuacan Pyramids.

Lyianna and Camrielle, these are one of those moments you are either rolling your eyes and making fun of me or admiring my spirit. The thought of that warms my heart. I wonder if I have taken you to see these by now and if not, take a trip together. Not alone of course but with trusted friends and/or family. I love you both and will save this top just for you .. kisses!

Blessings,

d

Sunday’s Style in Mexico 

Dress: Gifted (TJ Maxx) | Sandals: Unlimited

I’m back y’all! A blog about my mission trip to Mexico City isn’t quite finished but check back soon. In the mean time, I thought I would at least do a few blogs on what I wore. I’m starting with this Mexican-inspired printed maxi. 

A good friend of mine was getting rid of this gem, can you believe that?! After quickly looking it over for any damage or malfunctions I found none. One girls trash is another girls treasure, right!? She later shared how it had just shrunk in length making it perfect for my height. 

At the time of adding this piece to my wardrobe my mission trip to Mexico was a couple months off. I may have had time to pack but I immediately knew how perfect it would be for the trip because of the print alone. Then I realized that the material was light weight which really sold me on taking it. I remember thinking how it would be perfect for my packing minimally goals and it was. I packed less than a majority of the men and boys on our trip y’all! I will do a what to pack for mission trip post another time, promise. 

You can probably see in the photos that the only issues I had wearing this dress was the bra ( go brawless with this style y’all) and have a more toned back ( nothing working out can’t fix) … 

until next time lovelies,

D

Mini Me Monday Match

 

 

 

Sunglasses: Nine West | Dress: Nordstrom Rack |Tshirt: Old Navy | Onesie: Baby Gap

Girls,

This trip wasn’t anything what we were expecting but it was good. After being thrust into the festivities of San Antonio and then the magic of Disneyworld we needed to rest. Rest and relaxation is exactly what this trip provided us.

As we drove into Corpus Christie it quickly became apparent just how much rest we were going to get. This city looked almost desolate! Even if there had been anything to do the weather was not permitting. Maybe this is why it may have been so dead? Anyways, with the combination of nothing to do and immanent weather we barely left the lodge. It was glorious. I will always cherish those sweet memories of having pajama parties,staying in bed all day. Boy can you sleep Lyianna just like your daddy. Camrielle, you seem to be more of a morning bird like me. Even with those early rises we both enjoyed napping over and over.

With all that sleep we did get restless on our last two days and daddy had us venture out. We explored the famous Padre Island. It was fun to drive the car right along the shore. Lyianna and daddy enjoyed the traditional sea shell hunt while Camrielle and I just watched. Even though it was overcast the ocean was soothing to listen to, feel and smell.

In staying on the water I knew to pack nautical ensembles. We didn’t really wear any except these and they matched. I will never pass up the opportunity to match girls. I absolutely love it!

I hope we go again one day when we need a place to be quiet and rest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cinco de Mayo Inspired

Sunglasses: Nine West | Top: Nordstrom Rack | Jeans: Levi's | Heels: Charlotte Rouse

Sunglasses: Nine West | Top: Nordstrom Rack | Jeans: Levi’s | Heels: Charlotte Rouse | Clutch: Manos Zapotecas

 

If it was not for my blog I would not know what day it was because as a stay at home mother that’s just how it goes. However, I have had tomorrow in mind for sure, Cinco de Mayo! All that to say Happy hump day! It is almost the weekend and a good weekend at that, lol

I am not Mexican but was born and raised in California where they have the best Mexican food (next to Mexico of course) and so that is where my love of the Mexican culture began. It is my favorite food. I have half sisters and many friends who are Mexican and they are some of the best people I know.  However, since my trip to San Antonio my love only grew with the culture and specifically with their fashion. After touring The Alamo, my family and I took a look around the gift shop for the usual keepsake. As I was checking out I looked up and in a glass case this beauty was just sitting there in all its glory. I had to have it! Thinking it was going to be hundreds of dollars I nervously ask the price. To my amazement it was only fifty dollars!

I typically do not spend that much money on any one item (ok maybe my shoes… ) but once I saw that it was a handcrafted piece made in Mexico I couldn’t pass up this deal. The tag even depicted the artisan’s name, Josefina y Paco. When paying for it I couldn’t help but wonder if the artisans would be just as excited that their beautiful art of this hand crafted clutch was sold. I love to support small business and the rising designers/companies. Purchasing this Mariposa Lupita Clutch does just that. Oh and if you click the link you can actually find it for an even better price than I did!

This clutch is one of those unexpected purchases that will become a staple piece and a gift that keeps on giving. I see myself using it through all seasons of the year. What better time than to bring my Cinco de Mayo inspired look today?

God bless,

d

 

 

Mini Me : Mariachi Style

Her Sombrero: Walmart | Top: Marshalls | Leggings: Macys | Sandals: Baby Gap

Her Sombrero: Walmart | Top: Marshalls | Leggings: Macys | Sandals: Baby Gap

 

Happy Tuesday! In honor of Cinco de Mayo this week I took it back to one of my favorite days while on vacation in San Antonio. The day we bought mariachi sombreros and walked around the city’s Fiesta.

I received a few emails from followers that shared their love of our “Mine Me Mondays” and how it actually brightened their Mondays. These emails really made mine and my daughter’s day. They also asked a some questions so I figured I’d answer them here.

Why do you match your daughter?   Well some may already know my love of photos and some of my favorite photos/memories from childhood are matching with my little sister. Yes, my mother matched us exactly from head to toe for years. I also grew up playing sports and being a cheerleader which was another time of everyone wearing the same thing. I just really have always loved the sense of unity it brought. So when I found out I was having a girl I immediately wanted to do mommy & me outfits for as long as she would allow me. 

How long have you been matching your daughter?   I have been matching with her since she was months old. About 4 years now. I don’t actually remember the exact month or day, sorry!

Do you find matching clothes from a certain store?   No, not really. Every now and then I do happen to be in a store and there just happens to be something in both our sizes so of course I buy them. For example, when shopping with my cousin the other day I found matching Fourth of July outfits for all three of us! For the most part we aren’t wearing the same exact clothes but rather same colors, styles, etc.

Do you plan on matching with your newest daughter too? In the beginning I did not plan on this but my daughter insisted that she match us so we tried and so far it has worked out here and there.  I like to joke that I have been promoted from “twinning” to “trippling”.

If you have granddaughter do you think you will match them? lol. Maybe? I don’t know depends on my daughters and of course my age!

Thank you again for the support and fun questions!

d

 

Sunday Kimono

Sunglasses: Steve Madden | Kimono: Maurcies | Dress: Marshalls | Sandals: Nordstrom Rack | Backpack: Marc Jacobs

Sunglasses: Steve Madden | Kimono: Maurcies | Dress: Marshalls | Sandals: Nordstrom Rack | Backpack: Marc Jacobs

Happy Sunday! So glad it is Sunday and I’m home. I am so happy to be home and relax. I also chose a more relaxed look for church today. I typically don’t wear sandals or shoes to church because I prefer heels. However, I had a reader request a less dressy church look, specifically without heels. I substituted these jeweled sandals for heels and made a plain dress pop with a patterned and colorful kimono. I did still choose to wear heels to church and switched into these for the rest of the day. I hope this helps you!

Enjoy the rest of you weekend!

d

Orange and a thrifted gem

Sunglasses: Steve Madden | Dress: | Purse: Dooney & Bourke (thrifted) | Sandals: Nordstrom Rack

Sunglasses: Steve Madden | Dress: | Purse: Dooney & Bourke (thrifted) | Sandals: Nordstrom Rack

 

Welcome!  I want to start by telling you friends to never stop hunting at second hand stores because you never know what kind of gems you will find. Check out this gem of a messenger’s bag that I found from a thrift store back home. It is a real vintage Dooney & Bourke, I verified! It is in great condition externally as it is internally.

Now, let’s talk about the weather conditions. It is pretty humid here unlike northern Texas but nothing like Miami so I knew exactly what I needed. However, I had to break down and wear something orange because it was the only color this dress came in and I really loved the dress. I picked it because it is loose, airy and has a little bit of the culture’s style. Costing me only fourteen dollars without tax made for an easy decision. I also needed the dress. I made the mistake of not checking the weather before packing.

As I sit here and am thinking about needs, I need to make a souvenir list. Today is our last here in San Antonio and we need a few take home mementos. What are some you all collect when traveling? I would love to hear your suggestions!

Happy Friday everyone!

d

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