Mini Me Monday : Easter 2018

 

Just six years ago we celebrated the new life of our three-day old baby girl, on Easter. It was a day full of love, joy and life. I will never forget that Sunday. It was the first Easter my understanding in the power of the cross was deepened. First, as a woman who finally gave birth I had an immediate sense of empowerment physically. Then, in the same moment as a daughter of Christ I was overwhelmed with the power of conquering spiritually. I had enduringly overcame the loss of pregnancies with life in my daughter and most importantly the battle of faith with life in Jesus. Jesus conquered death and then promised eternal life. He not only conquered death on the cross but death for each and every one of us who believes. “For God so loved the world that He sent His one and only Son that who ever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life. ”

Six years later, on Easter ( of all days! ) and wearing all white we are still celebrating that same precious baby girl. This Sunday we celebrated Lyianna’s declaration to the world that she too believes in this promise by getting baptized. I even had the honor and privilege of baptizing her alongside her Sunday school teacher Madison.

With family watching online to friends that were present and the rest of the day at the beloved Hillman lake house this day was an answered prayer. How can I ever forget this Easter too?

He is Risen,

D

 

 

 

 

 

Lyianna,

Since before you were born you were teaching me how to have faith. The day you were born I became a believer of unbroken promises and in the power of prayer. More than intelligence, knowledge, understanding, health, beauty, joy and love I have been praying for you to believe and accept Jesus. Your boldness and fearlessness in sharing that decision with the world is an inspiration! Baptizing you was an unexpected joy to my answered prayers. I am excited to see how you change the world!

love,

mommy

Mini Me Monday: Joy 

Tops: Gifted | Jeans: Gap Kids | Sandals: Old Navy

 

Mondays can be rough. Today was definitely a little rough in our household. We still chose joy. One of the girls favorite songs is singing about a joyful heart and how it is good medicine. So we sang that a lot today! No matter what you may be going through choose joy. I know it isn’t as easy to do as it is to say but it literally is good for you, your body and soul. Having two beautiful girls to laugh with is constant reminder to be happy, everyday. What are some blessings you are happy for?

Thanks for reading,

D

Mini Me Monday: Smiles 

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Girl bow: Target | Toddler Bow: Little Poppy Co | Dresses/Romper: Old Navy | Heels: Jessica Simpson & Disney | Toddler Shoes: Native

Mini Me Monday is here y’all. Photographing us girls in matching outfits is my favorite. It has never been this exact either. Surprisingly, (and thankfully!) I found these dresses and this romper last year while on vacation with family. On our family vacations there is always shopping! We decided to stop and look around an outlet Old Navy. It’s always just looking, right? Yeah right! Boy am I sure glad we did a little more than looking. Purchasing these mommy and me outfits has become a gift that keeps on giving. It has brought so many smiles every time we have worn this. I bet you are even smiling right now too!

Lyianna and Camrielle, I can’t tell you enough that the best thing you can ever wear is a smile. You may not remember but I will always remember, so let me tell you. When we wear these matching outfits we get a lot of sweet and encouraging remarks. We make a lot of people smile. I know fashion can be vain but when you have the right heart and context it can be a tool to bring joy. Lyianna, you ask me almost daily if we can wear the same thing and beg to wear these snow white high heels everywhere. You crack your daddy and me up. Camrielle, you love shoes too! You don’t talk a lot quite yet but you sure do know how to say shoes! Girls, thank you for making a mundane thing as getting you dressed everyday fun. Thank you for loving this as much as me even if it is just for right now. When you read this I know you will be smiling. I love you.

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

My Dress: Free People | Girl Dress: Nordstrom Rack | Toddler Dress: DKNY

 

Happy Monday y’all! It’s been a while since we have posted a tripple take. It is a tiny bit more challenging to match two daughters but we did it! Lyianna had her end of pre-k ceremony and wanted to wear this dress but also have Camrielle and I match. I think we pulled it off what do you think?

I love moments like this because not only is it fun for us girls but it is also very special. The dress Camrielle is wearing is the same dress Lyianna used to wear. I think I will save this dress for possible future granddaughters. I hope one day they can look back at this documented “outfit of the day” and smile with joy because it is their mother and aunt wearing it. This is why I like to blog …

God bless,

d

Lavender 

Sunglasses: Kate Spade {Nordstrom Rack | Dress: Lush {Nordstrom Rack} | Rain Boots: Hunter {Nordstrom Rack}

Morning y’all! I couldn’t help myself and wear a lavender dress to a lavender farm. Cheesy I know but that me! For an easy Sunday look I would switch out the boots for a pair of heels and throw on a dash of bling via a necklace. However, today I wanted to share more about what I experience rather than what I wore. 

Here is about my recent trip to Lavender Ridge Farms. Friday was my last day before leaving for a mission trip and I wanted to spend the day with my girls relaxing. It is a bit ironic that we chose a Lavender farm because Lavender essential oil is what we use to help our girls relax at night.

Our oldest daughter, Lyianna, is five years old and has been asking questions about Lavender. Since I didn’t know much about Lavender we decided to read about it together. When we can we go see what we are learning and this was the perfect opportunity. I was able to find a local Lavender farm and so we planned this trip!

Although Lavender is not in full bloom until July and August I thought this was a better opportunity to visit due to the increasing heat here. It is a little over an hour drive from Fort Worth, Texas. This was a perfect length of time for a good nap which made for a peaceful and quiet drive for us mommies (or daddies).

Once we arrived I rolled the window down to take a photo of the entrance signage and I could immediately smell the fresh Lavender. It was amazing. I felt relaxed just breathing it in. We were then greeted by an adorable dog who seemed to be leading us to the parking area, lol.

The parking and entrance to the farm is free! You pick a basket, a pair of scissors, and head out into the field to pick. As you can see in the pictures picking and placing the lavender into a basket was my daughters favorite part. I let her pick to her hearts desire and then we fit as much lavender as we could into a bunch that had to be tied with bread bag tie. Each bunch is only $8, so this is a great low-cost adventure.

We also enjoyed their Lavender café and tried an array of lavender flavored foods, drinks and desserts.  Our favorite was the Lavender Cheesecake! Once we were full and finished with touring the farm we supported this small business and purchased some Texas Lavender Honey and Lavender Vanilla soaps. Now we are ready for bath time!

Blessings,

d

 

p.s. everything I am wearing is from Nrodstrom Rack !

 

 

 

Mother’s Day

 

 

My Dress: Sugar Love Boutique | Toddler Dress: Tahari | Baby Romper: gifted

I am very happy today and everyday to be the mother of two beautiful girls. Our daughters bring us so much joy. A joy that overflows even on the most challenging of days. And the best of days? They are the sweetest. Today, I ( and you if you are a mom) am celebrated for being a mother. Yet, the true celebration is in my heart, for my God. He has been generous in the fruition of birthing Lyianna and Camrielle. The gift of their health, presence and love have been the deepest desires of my heart, yesterday and today. Today, I will enjoy a cup of tea while looking back on photographs like these (last year’s Mother’s Day) and many more. It has become some what of a mother’s day tradition for me. What are some of your Mother’s Day traditions? Leave your answer in the comments below to be entered into a Mother’s Day giveaway!

Enjoy all those cute cards, breakfasts in beds, clean houses, and extra snuggles!

Happy Mother’s Day to all you mommies out there!

Joyfully,

d

Mini Miami Dress 

Sunglasses: Steve Maddden | Dress: Missguided | Clutch: Aldo | Heels: Nordstrom Rack

 

Good morning from Orlando! I know you are probably thinking, Orlando? Weren’t you just in Miami? Yes, I was! Originally Miami was why we came to Florida because we had a good friend that was graduating. The weekend was also Mother’s Day so we decided to dedicate our second daughter there too. This is one of the many reasons we love being part of a larger church. There are different campuses that you can attend which really helps with traveling. If there isn’t a campus where you are there is always watching service online during your trip!

Our trip to Miami was a quick two-day visit. We squeezed so much in those two days and one of my favorites was a girl’s night out! (Thank you sweet husband of mine!) Once our girls night was planned I knew exactly what I was wearing, this dress. When I first saw it I instantly thought of Miami. It was a moment of sentiment that turned into excitement because it was on sale for $7.48! I didn’t need this dress and certainly couldn’t see myself wearing it in Texas but figured I would use it at some point during our travels. How could I not buy it, especially when it cost so little?!

As fate would have it, I wore this Miami looking dress, in Miami.

How did the girl’s night go? Well, let’s just say it was a beloved night out that only Latinas can have …

God Bless,

d

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

 

 

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