OldTown Grapevine, Texas Snapshot

Goodmorning Goodmorning! I don’t have a lot to say today other than happy late Mother’s Day, I hope everyone had a great day with their loved ones! 


Yesterday I got the pleasure of strolling down some lovely little streets while doing some Tuesday afternoon shopping. A lot of the stores were closed, which was surprising to me because I thought it was going up…. On a Tuesday… (Sorry that was a bad joke.)

Anyways, as I walked the sidewalks with stroller in hand, I started noticing how beautiful everything was! There were such cute details in the town, and I thought I should capture that.

There is a store that just sells little nicnacs, but when you go in the very back they’ve got a room with all of these Christmas scenes set up and for sale. Of course my favorite is the how the grinch stole Christmas scene. I’ll definitely be going back. They even had an entire Halloween town!



From mini bistros, lovely blooming flowers, to an old fashioned theater! I’m in LOVE! (Side note, Geoffrey and I toured this theater when we were debating wedding venues.)



And last but not least, I had to snap a picture of Jace and I, he was not happy with me.


Even though our trip was cut a little bit short due to the crazy Texas weather-sunny and 80 degrees turned to severe thunderstorms and tornados- we had a great time, and will be back soon!

What your favorite small town, down town?

Xo

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What I Learned From The 21 Day No Sugar Challenge

Hey hey hey, as I’m writing this, I have 20 minutes until I am able to eat a cupcake. I did it. After 2 attempts, I finally was able to go 21 days with no dessert.

So let me back track a little bit here. Originally when I started, I wanted to do absolutely no sugar. I quickly realized that that was impossible, as there is sugar in everything. 


My whole point of this was because I work at the most delicious bakery on earth, the flour shop bakery in highland village Texas. If you’re in the area, please come by because you will never be the same after eating all of our delicious-ness…. You can visit the flour shop’s website Here ! Anyways, every day that I work, I am not only buying cookies and cupcakes with money I don’t have to spend on these things, but I am eating excessive amounts of sugar, and am feeling sooo sick and sluggish from the 2 cupcakes and 2 cookies a day… Go figure! I knew I needed to make a change when I ate 2 cupcakes for breakfast.

So as I was saying about there being sugar in everything, I changed my diet a tad to be no dessert. No soda(I don’t drink soda anyways), no candy, no cupcakes, cookies, dessert, or anything that makes me happy….): just kidding but you know what I mean.

How I managed it

By day 3, I didn’t think I was going to make it. But eventually, I forgot about my need for dessert. I replaced my cravings with yogurt and granola, or frozen raw coconut bars.

Differences I noticed

not only do I feel amazing, my skin has cleared up, I am sleeping better, and I feel just all around better about myself. I don’t feel like such a glutton!

What I’ve learned 

It’s okay to have dessert. Give yourself one free pass a week, or month if you’re able to go that long. You deserve it. And one cookie/cupcake a week is not going to kill you… Right away atleast…heehee.

Aftermath:

It is now 12 Am, May 8th 2016. Happy freakin’ Mother’s Day to me. Goodnight, I am going to dive into this amazing cinnamon and pecan with fresh peach filling cupcake with caramel buttercream. Sugar coma here I come. 


The wait was well worth it.

Xo

Update: it’s May 9th, and after eating a cupcake, 2 cookies, an ice cream cone, and a cookie sandwhich last night, I am now going to do another 21 day challenge, or even see if I can go longer! Who’s with me? Leave me a Comment below if you’re willing to try the challenge, too!

1950’s House Wife Mind, With a 2016 Woman’s Work Ethic.

As I woke up extra early today, I couldn’t help but laugh at myself. I woke up, cleaned the house, made coffee, and pulled out my planner to organize the sessions I have to shoot today. 

  
It made me laugh because a typical girl my age would have woken up, possibly made coffee, possibly would have just gone to Starbucks, posted pictures of this Starbucks, and asked their friends what they are doing today, but nope! Not me!

I wake up and make sure the house is clean for when my fiancĂ© wakes up, I make sure coffee is ready for anyone who would like some, I’m too cheap to go buy us all Starbucks, and then I pull out my planner to organize the appointments from the business I have started.

I’m not bragging on myself, I am just having a realization of how proud I am of the person that I’ve become. I have become a mother, a business woman, a budgetter, a crafter, a wife, a cleaner(never saw this one coming honestly), and most importantly I have become ME. 

It just makes me wonder when others will become like me, too. Not ME but you know, when will they find who they are? For some it could be 20 years from now. Or maybe even never. And I’m so glad I have found myself now.

I remember being in highschool, crying over boys, drama etc, and I remember telling myself, “Mia. There’s a reason for this. It may hurt now, you may feel broken and like you’re not going to recover, but one day, maybe not soon but eventually you will feel okay. You will pick yourself up, and you’ll meet an amazing man and have a beautiful life. It won’t be easy, but you’ll make it there one day.” I used to lay on my bedroom floor crying (I was a drama queen I know) and I would repeat that to myself over and over “you’re going to be okay. You’re going to make something wonderful of your life one day.” 

  And here I am. Confident and happy. 

It’s so amazing to be able to get to a point where I can stop and reflect on who I’ve become, the good and the bad. I’m happy that I’ve turned into someone who can have dinner made, the house cleaned and be waiting for my (almost) husband to be here, all while managing my own income, paying bills, and still being here 90% of the time for my son. 

I’m just having a “go me” day. That’s all.

Xo

I Went To A Pinterest-Worthy Wedding

wow guys, I’m still in shock as to how beautiful the wedding was that I attended last night. It’s a long story as to how I’m related to the bride, but I love her dearly and have been excited for this wedding for quite some time! 

As for my 31 day challenge, I’m going to incorporate this wedding into it.

Day three, what makes me happy:

Of course my family, my son, coffee, driving with the windows down and the music loud, going for walks on new trails, puppies, Gilmore girls, photography, friends, laughter, love, dresses, comfy pajama movie nights, and cookies. 

Aside from these things, last night made me happy! Everything about it. Weddings make me so happy!

There’s just something special about weddings. It’s like you’re in this moment that is so important in your loved ones lives and it’s so special that they went out of their way to invite you to be apart of one of the most significant days of their life. 

It’s so interesting to see how different people have different taste in wedding venues, and I haven’t been to many weddings but I can say hands down this wedding looked like something that would be featured in a magazine. It was immaculate, and the best part about it is that I know for a fact the bride and groom spent so much time carefully doing this whole wedding. You could really tell the time and love spent putting together such a crazy beautiful day.

  
   
   

  
All I can say is I hope that my wedding in a few months is half as beautiful as this!

What makes you happy? Leave me a comment, I’d love to know! 🙂

xo

Caffeine & Quotes

Ahh yes, Saturday. Typically a Saturday is a nice relaxing day for most people. For me, I never have a relaxing day. It’s just in my blood to be constantly busy and doing something. And then I’m exhausted by the end of the night, and I can’t sleep in the next day so I wake up earlier than I have to just to do it all again! It’s a terrible curse being so chipper and optimistic all the time. 

Coffee gets me through sleepy mornings like today.  This is my blogging view this lovely morning! And yes, that’s a completed puzzle under my coffee that Geoffrey and I finished. It’s the United States. I’m proud of it. So proud, in fact, we are buying a frame for it.

  
It’s just such a beautiful day. There’s nothing I love more than days like today. I have a few photo shoots to do, then I’m off to a wedding later tonight! What a lucky life I live to be able to persue my passion, see family celebrate a wonderful day and even before that I’m able to sit here and sip my coffee while writing this to you. Goodness I am blessed!

Anywho, As I promised, I’m going to continue my 31 day challenge.
Day Two – Your Favorite Quotes

This one is too easy. I LOVE quotes. I love inspirational figure’s opinions on the things I’m going through. It makes me feel like such a part of the human race. We all feel, and think the same way, really. I like that.

   

 

  

And for the last, my favorite quote to live by….

  
What is your favorite quote? 

xo

Nash Farms Snapshot

Hey hey hey! 

Yesterday was supposed to be a rainy day, but it was actually such a beautiful day! So my family and I went to Nash farms in Grapevine, Texas! Jace slept most of the time but when he woke up I could hear him thinking to himself, “um… I went to sleep in the car and I woke up next to a goat.”

  
  
 There was so many cuties at this place! Now I want a farm.

 
There is also an old farm house on the property from 1869. It was so adorable it made me contemplate getting an old house like this, throwing my phone away and living simply like they did back then. 

   
 
  
  
  
  
And we luckily got a picture by a wagon! Such a cool experience.

  
  
  
  
 Just wanted to share! It’s raining now, I’m relaxing, watching I zombie, and enjoying the soft sounds of rain tapping at the windows. What’s your favorite rainy Sunday activity?

xo

Blue Bonnet Fields Forever…

Hello Readers & fellow bloggers!

I don’t really love doing these, I like posting more written content, but I just had to share some pictures with you.

I have recently been taking up photography more than I was before, and I had a session today and brought my little monkey along with me to get some shots of him in the blue bonnets. He was so precious! 

  
  
  
  
  
  
That’s all. Just some baby cuteness to brighten your day.

Xo

The Birthday Proposal

Love is in the air, let me tell ya. I’m engaged, about 70% of my friends are engaged, and now the most important person in my life is also engaged- my mama!  
Today is her 43rd birthday, and her amazing boyfriend, (whom somehow sticks around even though my mom and I probably drive him bonkers…) decided to propose. With some careful planning and sly fox-ness, we were able to pull it off. I am so so so glad I was able to snap some candids.

   

  

  

  

  

  

And here is my favorite. I believe it’s most likely my favorite because it shows how happy we truly are. We have been through so much. Things we didn’t think we would be able to stay strong enough for, and yet here we are. Lucky and in love with a beautiful life ahead of us. This past year has been one for the books.

  
Of course, my monkey was jealous he wasn’t in the pictures, so he made me take some of him on the way home. Hee hee.

  
 Xo

Weddings & Family Fun Snapshot

Good afternoon! I hope everyone is enjoying this beautiful weather! Well, it’s beautiful here in Texas I don’t know about in other countries where some of my readers are from. But, I hope it’s as nice there as it is here! It’s a windows open to let the sunlight in kind of day!
The only time I can ever really write is when my Monkey is asleep, so this one will be a fast post! 

  
Yesterday, I got to attend one of my future family member’s weddings, and it was BEAUTIFUL! You could literally feel the love! I’ve only been in one other wedding, so it was nice to attend a wedding for the first time! I took a trillion pictures so I thought I should post a few so you all could see the beauty in the details of my favorite things!

Here are a few of the flower arrangements. I’m in love.  

   
   

 

Here is our seats, even little Jace had a place card. Heehee.  
This is where I spent most of the reception because I decided to wear a little black dress when it was 40 degrees outside!!

  

And of course we had to get some family pictures! Rarely do we all dress up this much, so it was necessary! 😉

   
   

And now Jace is awake. Perfect timing, gotta go change some diapers & do some mommy duties.

Xo

Farmington New Mexico / Durango Colorado Snapshot 

Hello hello hello! 

First off, I am thrilled to be writing this. I previously had a blog titled “lifeofmamamia” but ended up deleting it thinking I wouldn’t have time to post. I quickly realized when you love doing something, you make time for it. Crafting, creating, and writing are all too important to me to give up. So here I am, back at it again in the blogosphere! 

I thought what better way to display where I’ve been at mentally and physically in my life since leaving my last blog. My fiancĂ©, Geoffrey, and I left for a few days to his hometown, Farmington for his birthday. It was a 12 hour drive there, 12 hours back, but definitely worth it! Plus when you’re traveling with you’re best friend, it goes by fast! 

  
  
  
If you’ve never been there, it’s a small town that is basically all…brown. The dirt, the buildings, everything! It was such a new experience for me, considering I live in the most concrete jungle part of Texas! 

We also went to Durango, Colorado which I LOVED. It was like being in a movie. Too unbelievably beautiful and breathtaking to be real. 

There’s all of these quaint little shops, restaurants, and bed and breakfasts all surrounded by mountains. 

  
  
  
Even though we had a blast, we ended up coming home a day earlier than planned. This trip was our first time not being with our little boy, Jace, so we missed him too much to stay that last day. 

All in all, it was worth the drive, and I am so lucky to have gotten to see where my love was born and raised! 

We will be back again to see you, NM & CO!