Thursday, September 21, 2017

One month with Baby Declan


Being pregnant for 9 months felt like a really long time to me, but as soon as our baby arrived, time seems to be flying by rather quickly. Perhaps it's the limited sleep that has made these past days feel like one. But as much as

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Declan's Birth Story


I've always wondered what labor would feel like. People have described it as intense or something similar to painful menstrual cramps. During my 39th week of pregnancy, I remained in  a state of anticipation for the arrival of our

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Anticipating the arrival of our first baby boy


When I first caught a glimpse of my baby on the ultrasound screen, I was 14 weeks along. I had those feelings of unbelief rush through me that there was a human moving around in me. It was so incredible, and now I get so

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

A morning ferry ride from Seattle to Bainbridge and a short video



My husband asked to sleep in, but I asked for moody ocean views, so instead, we woke up at 5:30am, and headed down to the ferry landing for an early boarding time. We made our way onto the top deck to enjoy the ocean wind

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Weekend getaway guide to Seattle, WA


Prior to this trip, I had only been to Seattle for a couple of hours, which my husband (my boyfriend at the time) and I mainly spent wandering around Pike Place Market. This time around, I knew I wanted to do some prior research to

Monday, July 17, 2017

Gardens and Green Spaces in Portland



There are several green spaces in Portland that allow for exploration, long walks, and the enjoyment of being surrounded by nature. All are child friendly as well, which I appreciate, especially as we anticipate the arrival of our

Monday, July 10, 2017

Thoughts on connecting to a new city


It was only two years ago when my husband and I loaded a u-haul with all of our belongings, no less during a morning in which it was both humid and pouring outside. The elevator in our building also decided to stop

Monday, July 3, 2017

Volunteer Park Conservatory in Seattle, WA


If you're looking for somewhere to go to escape the unexpected rain or drizzle that can be all too familiar in the Pacific Northwest, the Conservatory, at Volunteer Park in Seattle, is a perfect place to go. With a low admission

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Japanese Garden in Seattle


Tucked away in the Madison Park Neighborhood of Seattle is the 3.5 acre Japanese garden. It is surrounded by luscious and looming trees creating that feeling of separation from the outside world, and providing the opportunity

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Oregon Lavender Farm and a 31 Week Baby Bump


About a 40 minute drive east of Portland is an expansive field of purple. Every year the public is invited to the Oregon Lavender Farm to take home bundles of fresh lavender that they can pick themselves. It is $3 for a single

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Books I'm reading this summer


Images of summer always spark those golden hues of sun rays breaking over a field, or a strand of sand and glistening water. It's when staying indoors isn't as exciting as heading outdoors, unless of course you live

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Spring thoughts and exciting news!


Spring has been full of surprises – finding out our baby is a boy(!), experiencing the tiny kicks and movements of the baby, spending a last minute weekend trip in Austin, Texas, and hearing the news that we will be moving to

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Zilker Botanical Garden in Austin, TX


This past April my husband and I took a somewhat spur of the moment weekend trip to Austin, Texas. It was our second time there, so we revisited the places we really enjoyed eating at (Dolce Neve, Seventh Flag Coffee, Figure 8

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

A Year of Experiences: My 2017 Bucket List (with Eventbrite)


For someone who is a perpetual daydreamer, I am always making notes about places to visit and experiences to have. Especially since focusing on a simple and minimalist lifestyle over the past two years, I have become much

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Recipe: Braised short rib, mushroom, goat cheese, and truffle pizza


Every now and then, my husband or I like to make braised short ribs. He tends to go for the Asian flavors of lemon grass, ginger, soy sauce, and brown sugar, while I tend to go for more traditional flavors with carrots, thyme, and

Friday, May 5, 2017

My favorite baby/children stores


Prior to finding out I was pregnant, I kept a secret pinterest board of clothing styles for babies and young children. I quickly noticed that many of the items I was pinning all came from European brands, which tend to have that

Friday, April 28, 2017

Styling the baby bump: What I wore at 22 weeks


Lately my belly has become a natural magnet for my hands to rest on, especially with the many tiny kicks and movements I've been feeling from this tiny babe. I've also noticed a change in my cravings to include a lot more

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

A Day Guide to Downtown San Diego, CA: Things to do


San Diego may be a beach town, but it also hosts several cities within the city that each have their own personal character. For this day guide, I focus primarily on a list of things to do and restaurants and coffee shops to enjoy in

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Styling the baby bump: 19 weeks...It's a boy!



Twenty weeks has arrived, and just like that I am half way there! Up until this past Monday, I was fairly certain that we were going to have a baby girl. I'll blame it on the old wive's tales, even though I always scored 50/50 on those.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

A Day Guide to Houston, Texas: Things to do



I realize that living in Houston for a little over a year does not make me an expert on the local scene. But if you just so happen to be visiting Houston for the day and are the type of person who loves coffee, books, art, and good food,

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Styling the baby bump: What I wore at 18 weeks


Every day my husband keeps telling me, in a sweet way, that my belly is getting bigger. Since I've always been insecure about my weight, it doesn't always sound so sweet to my ears, but I'm trying to appreciate that a growing

Friday, March 24, 2017

Styling the baby bump: What I wore at 17 weeks


Another week has gone by and my baby, at 18 weeks, is now the size of a croissant. Yum! In addition, my days of sickness have officially been over for almost two weeks now, which makes me so happy! I finally feel like I have an

Monday, March 20, 2017

Books I'm reading this spring


I've realized that upon entering any used bookstore, I seem to have the inclination that I must walk out with a book or two, or perhaps three. There is always some sort of justification for the books I want. I tend to think it will

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Styling the baby bump: What I wore at 16 weeks



I have just entered seventeen weeks and am officially counting down to the half way mark. Some days I feel this is going by quickly and other days I still can't believe I haven't hit 20 weeks yet. With this being my third pregnancy

Monday, March 13, 2017

A Day Guide to San Antonio, Texas: Things to do



In early January, my husband and I decided to hit the road early on a Saturday morning for a three hour drive to San Antonio, home of the Alamo and the famous Riverwalk. Although we had both been to San Antonio once, it

Friday, March 3, 2017

Styling the baby bump: What I wore at 14 weeks



I can't believe another week has gone by! Today I am officially 15 weeks, so here is a look at week 14. The day before hitting 14 weeks we had a doctor's appointment and it was the first time I got to see the baby. It was an

Friday, February 24, 2017

Styling the baby bump: What I wore at 13 weeks



One of my biggest concerns when I found out I was pregnant was how to incorporate my minimalist wardrobe alongside a growing belly, and how to do so without relying on maternity clothes. The truth is, I know there is a

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

My top ten favorite books from my 2016 reading lists


Although I make resolutions every year, I usually never manage to keep them. By the end of January, it's likely I have forgotten most of them. But somehow, through this medium of blogging, I've completed one resolution from

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

A "little" announcement


For the past couple of months, we've been keeping a "little" secret to ourselves, which is also why I've been absent from this blog and haven't been posting frequently on my Instagram account. It all began a week before Christmas