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

Travel Comfort 

Sunglasses: Steve Madden | Top: Old Navy | T-Shirt & Jeans: Nordstrom Rack | Shoes: Converse | Luggage: Macy’s

We’re heading to the east coast for the weekend. I can’t wait to spend this last weekend of summer with the people I love the most, my little family. Spending quality time is one of my love languages. Jacob too. Since the beginning of our marriage we decided to have our own traditions. One of them is taking a road trip each year and another is visitng every state in America. We have made it a priority to getaway every few months for rejuvenating adventures in new states. 

The adventure we are about to embark on has been long awaited. We are heading to Massachusetts for a wedding. It will be a weekend full of love, romance and joy. However, Jake and I are just not ready to leave our girls for a weekend, especially out of state. We will get there eventually but in the meantime we love exploring and being tourists with our daughters. Lyianna and Camrielle are well traveled making it truly relaxing and fun.

There is so much fun to be had while traveling to to and fro destinations but it is not fun when you haven’t dressed accordingly. I made sure we all were. Being comfortable while airport hopping and airplane riding is necessary. There are so many unpredictable circumstances. At the top of the list is unexpected temperatures and delayed flights. I find it super helpful and safest to layer. This layered ensemble is easy and cozy making it a favorite “go-to”. 

And now we have to go! 

Blessings,

d

Mini Me Monday: Gift from Above 

Onsie: Hope Outfitters | Shorts: Target | Shoes: Converse

 

Camrielle is bringing joy and truth on this Monday. She is rocking the cutest onsie from her current wardrobe. I picked this graphic onsie for her because of the validity it speaks  to motherhood. No matter how expected or unexpected, how easy or difficult the process  to conceive and bear a child, that child is a gift. A beautiful from God.

Now God has a sense of humor. He knew us parents would need a onsie for our children to wear. Not just any onsie but one that reminded us of this truth when that precious gift isn’t behaving so wonderfully, am I right?

For example, I was reminded to be patient and flexible when attempting to take these photos of Camrielle. She was not cooperative and so I was about to give up. Thankfully our precious gift number one, Lyianna, took over and captured the essence of Camrielle’s spirit. A sister is all you need sometimes!

Help another child in need by purchasing this onsie, here, (or other apparel here) because 100% of the profits go to a good cause. That current campaign is Mercy Ships. Read more here. I’ll even help you out! Use code SUNDAYINSTYLE777 for an extra 10% off!

Blessings,

d

 

Camrielle and Lyianna,

You have gifted our life with, faith, hope, love, joy, goodness and even comical mischief! We love you so much. We don’t take you for granted. We hope you still see and know this. – mom

 

Mini Me Monday: Graphic Tees

Sunglasses: Old Navy | T-shirt: Hope Outfitters | Skirt: Target | Sandals: Old Navy

 

Can I just talk about how cute these graphic tees from Hope Outfitters are?! I love them. Ok, now can we talk about how cute my daughters are? I love them even more! Lyianna, (our five-year old ) has been reading for a bit now and was very excited that she could read this t-shirt we gifted her. Once she realized what it said she jumped in joy.  This is her favorite song. As if that wasn’t sweet enough she continued to thank me for giving her a t-shirt she could tell people about Jesus with. My heart just melted. This I know, Lyianna is one of the sweetest and most thoughtful little girls. She really has a big heart and loves easily.

Some of the easiest moments with Lyianna are singing. Since she was in the womb Jacob and I would sing her this song. It is apparently engraved in her heart now and that makes me so blessed. Teaching her she is loved by Jesus is the most valuable truth I can impart on her. We are also doing our best to teach her to love others as Jesus loves her. So we took this opportunity to encourage her to tell people about Jesus but also to share how much more this shirt is reaching others through the love of Jesus. We explained to her that because we bought this shirt all the money from the sale is going to an organization that helps give life saving surgeries to other kids around the world. Do you know what she asked me? If she could buy one with her own money. See how easy it is to love her!?

What better gift than speaking the truth that Jesus love me, her and everyone? There isn’t anything better in life than that. I am just so grateful for wonderful companies who model this hope. Hope Outfitters probably doesn’t even know that they are reaching hearts right at home. Has your heart been touched? Do you want to follow in Lyianna’s example and purchase a shirt too!? Then click here for her exact shirt and here to see others. Also because we love you too, use my code SUNDAYINSTYLE777 for an extra 10% off! You are so very welcome.

 

Blessings,

d

 

Lyianna,

You are one little fireball of love. You are only five but have already been used greatly by God. He has used you in my life, daddy’s, your sisters, family, friends and others you grace with your energy. You have loved this song since you were in the womb. This song actually was the first precious and comical memory with you and your tia, Giselle. She came from Seattle to Miami one time to spend time with us and you. You were only three months old! She was a blessing by sending us off for a date night. We told her to sing you this song if she needed to calm you down or put you to sleep. She told me that she wouldn’t be singing that song and I said ok. We came home and she was standing there with you in her arms sound asleep. She was also singing Jesus Loves Me just under her breath with a happily defeated look on her face, lol. I hope that today however old you are that you still believe this truth. I pray that it is still something you want to share with others. I love you. – mommy

Sports tee & cut-off shorts in Wyoming

Sunglasses: Kate Spade | Top: Forever 21 | Shorts: Nordstrom | Shoes: Converse (linker here)

 

Morning! It’s the weekend and that means rest and relaxation. Our family has accomplished this well. I have loved our nonchalant state of minds this trip. Our experiences this vacation have been laid back and unexpected. I’m so happy that I was dressed casually. This is becoming less and less of a challenge for me.

A casual look doesn’t have to be boring. You can easily spruce up a t-shirt and jeans look with making it sporty. The football inspired stripes on this top give it that extra characteristic. The ripped cut-off shorts ( half off here) are just so much more fun. And the shoes? Well they made this look collective. I’ve linked my exact pair above in the photo caption and another similar pair for less here.

I’m officially ready for our last day full of adventure!

Thanks for reading!

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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