So it’s been a while!

Well a lot has changed since I last posted! Biggest change is that I’m now almost 17 weeks preggy!! We are so excited and can’t wait to find out the gender soon!!!  

Pic above from when I told the hubby 🙂 also had sweaters that said “Big sis” and “Big bro” for the dogs-   

Was so excited to announce! Out Facebook one had the message over this photo –  

So that’s pretty big and also other big occurrences include

1. Quitting my oil/gas job in August and loving it!

2. Looking at houses but then deciding to wait a little-in no rush to have to pack all our (mainly my) stuuuuff..

3. Buying a liquidated art gallery and “attempting” to sell all the pieces at some point in my life before old age gets me 🙂

4. Going on tons of fun trips last year (including Vermont, Japan, New Mexico, Arizona, NYC and more) and more this year! Just got back from Portugal and Spain and will post about that because it was so beautiful-

5. Oh and turning 30!! My amazing husband threw me the most wonderful party- I felt so loved and blessed by him and my friends/family- it was awesome

Pic of baby (had to get an ultrasound because my sisters hair straightener electrocuted me in Portugal..and then after the ultrasound they told me I had the flu so yay..)

Such a cutie!


Nicaragua Vacation!

Nicaragua is seriously the most beautiful place ever and we had a blast on our family summer vacation! Flew in with an inexpensive nonstop flight from Dallas to Managua and traveled by rental car from there to hotel Plaza Colon in Granada (I love that I’ve been to Granada Spain and Granada Nicaragua!)


took a horse and carriage tour of the city-there were some awesome old buildings


old hospital- it’s almost like nothing else new was built since the 1800’s-


Also ate some good food (breakfast is where it’s at)

this is called a nacatamal and it was super good

from Granada we went on to our house on the beach which was so fun!


Had amazing waves for surfers (which I am not) those guys are something else out on the waves! I did do some boogie boarding which was fun 🙂

Everyday was ocean, pool, eating amazing food that was hand made by our house staff, golfing, hiking, relaxing and repeat



Unbelievable natural beauty- seriously I want to go back now…


butterflies EVERYWHERE


tons of hermit crabs


we visited the Mukul resort and got some spa time in (hola madre!)- it was amazing


The resort was gorgeous (had the beach -Guacalito de la isla -completely to ourselves) and the guys loved the golf course

There was also an amazing dinner on the beach which had the most AMAZING ribs ever

also had TI sitting at the table next to us which made us feel pretty cool


then we drove over to Leon where we stayed in an old convent turned hotel


seriously cool looking inside


and we went volcano sledding!


it was quite the trek to the top


this was the hardest part of the hike- almost died


and we went sledding down!

it was alot of fun- totally worth the pain of hiking up the volcano- it was also so cool to see a volcano up close! The rocks were still hot to the touch and the volcanic rock was also cool to see in real life-there were even geysers spouting up steam in spots

We had such a blast visiting Nica! Can’t wait to go back some day!

Fun fact: I’m 1/8th Nicaraguan! My great grandfather on my mom’s side traveled to Nicaragua from the USA back when they thought the (now Panama) canal would be built there- He married a local Nicaraguan woman (my great grandmother) and did a lot for the country including designing buildings, advocating for the people of Nicaragua by writing our government letters and running an ice factory (yes they had factories that made ice back in the 1800’s)- a pretty cool dude


Star Wars Baby Shower!

Was so excited to throw a shower for my bestie! I had a Mardi Gras gender reveal party for her in this post

Guests signed the Darth Vader and son children’s book (wish I had read through the book because it looked adorable) from Amazon right here


and I hand made these chocolate favors- it was actually pretty fun to make- silicone molds from etsy here


one is a storm trooper in white chocolate and the other is darth vader (in dark chocolate)


my favorite part of this is the Storm trooper tossing the baby storm trooper in the air 🙂 got this from Etsy here


the toppers were from this Etsy shop (as you can tell I used quite a bit of Etsy help!)


haha I’m loving the grape light sabers 🙂 between etsy and pinterest there are so many good ideas for Star Wars parties! Here are some cute napkins from Amazon here


the diaper cake centerpieces were done by my friends MIL and are the cutest things ever!


More star wars edible toppers from here


aren’t they the cutest!!


We played some fun baby shower games~ got the printables from here! Also loving the yoda bubble bottle!



this Jedi banner was from here


Surprise guest crashed the party- is that R2D2? Hello there cutie! Got him from here


and a gratuitous shot of Tessa- she’s getting so big!


Everyone had a wonderful time and it was super fun to put together!!

special thanks to mi madre as well!

Easter 2015- and some silk dyed eggs

So I wanted to do one fun egg project for Easter and went to the thrift store to pick up some silk ties since it seems everyone on Pinterest is doing silk dyed eggs (and they looked really pretty)

picked up these beautiesIMG_1606

Seriously they were really pretty ties- if girls could wear ties I’d do it

blew out all of my eggs- which was actually the total highlight of the project since egg blowing is pretty fun!


bought the kit from Amazon


eggs ready to go


wrapped them up tight with the inside of the ties and other extra fabric and rubber bands and boiled them in a crockpot with vinegar

so this is maybe where I steered off course- I let them boil for maybe an hour and then I undid them when they came out of the crockpot immediately- I think if I did it again I would boil them for less time and then take the eggs out and let them cool before removing the wrapping-

They still turned out ok though and it was a REALLY easy egg dying process!

here are the finished eggs!


close ups 🙂




and then we ate!


mi madre’s pretty table setting


lots of sweets 🙂


coconut cake


and paella my FAVORITE



These cuties


had a wonderful Easter!

also wonderful feeling to wake up to Lindsey from Better After talking about my dining/living room makeover- love her blog!


February Catch Up- Gender Reveal Party

Had a gender reveal party for my BFF 🙂 Mardi Gras style


Mustache and Lips straws


Kings Cake with the baby inside!


Salata salads with appetizers-


Love this geometric vase that my mom got from Wisteria


I got the baby!


And it’s a BOY!!!


Had fun celebrating Valentines with this cutie in Fort Worth 🙂


Enjoyed the Reata rooftop bar


and Brewed was awesome-love their decor and food

IMG_1350  Happy Chinese New Year!


February Bridal Shower

So my awesome sister and mother threw a bridal shower for my sister’s friend and they did an AMAZING job


Hand made all of these paper flowers to go on the wall behind the dining room table


Super yummy food with a cute sequin runner from here


Had a cool mimosa bar-use the Silhouette to create all of the letters on the mirrors/vases and other items


My sister found this awesome font that she used to also create her friends wedding invitations


Using the adhesive backed vinyl was such a perfect touch for the project- this printable gold foil would also be perfect for a party


cute thrift store mirror that was perfect for the guest sign in-


LOVED the flowers


my sister hand made the tassle garland as well- she’s almost as crafty as I am 😉


I love this bird chandelier that is over my parents breakfast table- Martha Stewart poms from here


cute favors were different types of loose leaf tea


the beautiful bride!


Etsy January Finds

Etsy is the perfect online place to shop on those dreary days and here is a collection of some items that could be perfect for a rainy, sleepy, hot chocolatey kind of day (which we are having plenty of).

Cozy deer silhouette sweatshirt~perfect to cuddle up in (I want this…)


Deer Sweatshirt by naturwrk on Etsy

Wonder Woman Tom’s to go with my sweatshirt and leggings


Wonder Woman Toms by ShumiDesigns on Etsy

Love this adorable leaf bag- so perfect for work out clothes, laptop or fun socks?


Leafling Bag by LeaflingBags on Etsy.

This is such a cute and delicate cloud necklace!


Silver Cloud Necklace by Susana Teixiera on Etsy

And these gorgeous feather hair pins are so pretty-


Gold Feather Hair Pins by Fancy Pop on Etsy

But this is my favorite item out of everything- this would be sooo cute in a nursery (I’m way ahead of myself)!


Cloud Lamp by NiftyNeat on Etsy

Those are my Etsy finds for January-you can check out my previous Etsy round up posts below!

Here are my June findsAugust finds, July findsJune finds and April finds

Living Room/Dining Room/Kitchen House Tour 2015!

So I finally put together all the ideas I had in my mind and updated my house for 2015! Still have maybe a couple of things to do (stencil behind couch or stencil dining room wall? Console table behind couch?) but in general I feel like I’m pretty finished with the kitchen/dining room/living room in our house.

Which is an awesome feeling-

So here you go! The finally for real finished this time completed living room/dining room/kitchen tour

Ship Chandelier over dining room table

My beautiful ship chandelier is up (hung and hardwired it myself-there might have been some or alot of sweat/tears involved)

-So I originally found it on Craigslist and fell in love- waited for a while to see if it would go down and the post was deleted…boo…then found it again on Ebay (yay) and got the price down quite a bit- found out the ship was pretty close and I drove to pick it up- the lady who I purchased it from said it was an Italian mid century antique that she purchased at an antique store in Washington- its even got two little lifeboats on either side!

Ship chandelier over dining room table 2

Also love my new Johannes Andersen and JL Moller 77 chairs (all found on Craigslist)! You can see the befores here

ship chandelier moky and marisa

Looking out from the kitchen-

The dining room table really was a good buy as well- it has extra leaves that expand it out to the perfect size to entertain my family (we’ve got quite a large group)

My hubby put up under cabinet lighting that I purchased from Amazon here really easy to put up and so far looks good!

ship chandelier dining room

looking into the living room you can get a little glimpse of the Moroccan rug and antique oil painting gallery wall as well as an indoor plant my MIL purchased for me (hopefully I can keep this one alive!)

oil painting gallery wall

So these oil paintings are some of my very favorites (post here) and they are either by Alfred Vickers or unknown- all purchased on Ebay- also couldn’t leave out my leather rhino head! The different colored gold frames really bring the gallery wall together-



The new rug is comfy and I think it blends in better over the jute (less of a contrast than the previous rugs) also I now have way too many rugs..


some details include the wine barrel tray/lazy susan that wedding guests signed (now holding booze and a cute cocktail calendar from my friend Chelsea with Southern Fried Paper)


Can’t believe these Moller chairs originally looked like this– found someone on Etsy to redo them that was in the area


and this is the chandelier lit up- looking good 🙂 Behind it is artwork I put up (see this post)- also candleholders from this thrift store post

Ship Chandelier lit


Calling it a wrap on this room and moving on to the multiple other areas to work on!

crazy that it looked like this at one point!



Check out the previous tour from 2013 here

list of additional sources:

Buffet in dining room-craigslist

Console in living room-craigslist painted with chalkboard paint post here

Jute rug- West Elm

Moroccan rug- Etsy

French side table- Horchow (gift)

Globe lamp-thrift store

Floor lamp in living room-All Modern (post here)

Lamp on buffet-ebay (Ralph Lauren lamp)

Sofa-Pottery barn

Chesterfield chair-Roger and Chris

Coffee table- thrift store (post here)

Dining room chairs-craigslist

Ship chandelier-ebay

Oil painting list- ebay- post here

Pillows from Ohh Deer (via sale on Fab), One Kings Lane and Peruvian Atelier

Curtain tiebacks- post here

Black and white photo over the buffet- post here

Photos from Christmas :)

Had a great Christmas break and kind of wish it would last forever 🙂 now that the real world has started back I kind of want to look back at some of the good times!

Making ugly Christmas sweaters because I couldn’t find a single one at the thrift store- used this kit!


And here the final product


Also got a Jesse Tree that I love from Etsy!


brought this deer back from San Miguel


love my alpaca slippers and Banana Republic nightwear


bought a bunch of garlands from this store


my pretty nativity from Valencia, Spain (also from Etsy)


I have become obsessed with Erzgebirge angels- love them so much!


And here are some photos from my parent’s casa


love the big tree!


pretty tin and straw ornaments


more Erzgebirge figures


my mom embroidered this as a little girl- pretty impressive


Want to go back to this…will just try to be there in my mind!


I miss you Christmas

Plans for the House

Trying to spruce up the interior decorating for 2015! Let’s start with some purchases-

got a leather chesterfield from these folks


found some awesome Craigslist chairs that are Moller 77

they started off looking pretty rough…


and bought an AMAZING SHIP CHANDELIER! also I’m now obsessed with ship chandeliers



a new dining room table from World Market


some new dining room chairs that unfortunately smell like mothballs and smoke… boo


and a rug from Etsy (not going to lie I have quite the rug collection going on)


With a couple of other buys and adding stuff I already have lets see how this comes together (waiting on an electrician -update that electrician quoted way too much so I wired the chandelier myself-yay girl power)~

check out the finished living/dining room update here!