Friends, it’s finally fall! Houston can be finicky when it comes to weather but the mornings have been cool and calming — and it’s a very welcomed change from the hot, humid summery months. I kind of can’t believe that the month of September came and went without us posting a single thing on the blog (eeek, sorry about that!) but I am feeling the itch to share so many things, starting with my last big shebang of the summer.

It’s no secret that I love to travel. Although I’m not a fan of the packing or security lines or flight delays and what not, the excitement I feel for getting away and exploring new places is pretty special. And I don’t take it for granted by any means. I’m thankful to be able to visit cities and countries around the world, seeing the sights, tasting the cuisines and learning about new cultures. I love the freedom that comes with traveling — and I’m also a big believer in disconnecting from reality while I’m away, too.

If you follow along on Instagram (me or Ruthie & Rose), then you likely saw a few recent snapshots of the Puerto Rican sunshine. Puerto Rico is a place I’ve long wanted to visit — so when we decided to plan our tropical babymoon, Puerto Rico was at the top of the list. I can’t even begin to describe how magical Puerto Rico is but gosh darn it, I’m sure gonna try!


First and foremost, my #1 rule when it comes to travel is disconnecting. Now granted, I did post a few pics but I didn’t check email or Facebook or anything — and it was absolutely, positively amazing. I was able to focus on me, my husband, our little growing baby and feel connected to what really matters most. And it made me appreciate life in the moment so much more.

For those of you who have Puerto Rico on your travel bucket lists, here’s a quick recap of what we did for this first leg of our babymoon journey.

We stayed at a GORGEOUS hotel fit for a king and queen (or mama and daddy). They treat you like you walk on water and I can’t complain about that! After a complimentary upgrade to a beautiful suite complete with ocean views, wrap-around balcony and plenty of room to relax, it was clear that we made the right hotel choice. We enjoyed the hotel’s many amenities including the divine spa, where I indulged in a much-needed “mommy to be” massage which was easily one of the best highlights from our 12-day trip.

Some of the other highlights to mention from our time in San Juan:

– Dinner at Budatai. Located just a block from Condado Beach, this place is fantastic! Ask for a table by the window and you’ll have great views while enjoying some of the best food you’ll find in this part of town. While this isn’t your typical Thai food, it’s a really great fusion of Asian flavors that will leave you full and happy. Be sure to order the pork belly sliders with salted caramel sauce… HOLY MOLY.

– Lunch at Aji Dulce. If you’re looking for authentic Puerto Rican food, this spot is just the ticket. Think of it as a homecooked meal by grandma. Yes, every single item is made to order — and it’s a perfect place to stop in for lunch while you’re checking out Old San Juan. Try everything!

– Speaking of Old San Juan, there are two forts within walking distance of each other that have some of the most magnificent ocean views we saw in San Juan. Because we went in the summer heat and I couldn’t really commit to anything too strenuous, we opted for one of the two forts: Castillo San Felipe del Morro. I’m not a huge history buff and frankly, this was more up my husband’s alley, but this fort is more than 500 years old and provides a real glimpse into the rich history of the island.

Of course, we also spent a lot of time on the beach and enjoyed some serious downtime too. Our 4 days in San Juan were a wonderful start to the trip… Stay tuned for part 2 of our babymoon, coming soon!

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Hello my long-time-no-read friends! I feel as though I’ve been on a sabbatical of some sort, only it hasn’t involved any exotic retreats except for places like Syracuse, New York and Allentown, Pennsylvania. No, rather motherhood has become a top priority and my work has, unfortunately, taken over way too much of my life as of the last few months with me traveling almost every other week.

But yesterday was a wonderful milestone in our little family. My baby, my first-born had his first day in Kindergarten. I could not have been a prouder mamma. We dropped off the little guy first and then drove to the school together, as a family. We parked and walked inside together. His little hand in mine.

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And I could not have been more thrilled when we picked him up in the afternoon and he said, “Mom, I really love my school!” That was a moment of victory and relief. I know my own child, but there’s always that wondering of how they will react to brand new situations.

While he won’t be little forever, I’m trying to soak in all of these precious moments one at a time. All too soon will it be the last day of Kindergarten and he’ll move on to first grade and so forth. But it’s the adventures in between that I want to live for. If everyday is an adventure, then life is certainly worth living to the fullest – don’t you agree?

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Hi there, remember me? As much as it may seem that I have completely given up on blogging or perhaps even fallen off the planet, I’m happy to report that I am alive and well and here and happy to be back. It’s not that I want to disappear. I promise, I don’t.

The thing is, I haven’t been feeling so hot the last few months. And if you are a friend IRL or follow my personal pages on social media, then you likely know why. You guessed it—we’re expecting!


A week before moving into our new home, we discovered some very welcomed, happy news that our first baby is on the way. My sweet (patient) husband and I have been in the midst of this over-the-moon-slash-OMG-are-we-really-having-a-baby-we-can-barely-take-care-of-ourselves kind of moment and it’s been a whirlwind yet wonderfully sweet experience so far.

I won’t bore you with all the details but to say that pregnancy consumed my daily life for the first trimester would be an entirely accurate statement and hence the reason for you probably thinking that I had, in fact, given up on you and this here blog.

Thankfully, I didn’t experience much morning sickness—just endless, 24/7, all day everyday nausea and the most intense sense of exhaustion I’ve ever felt in my life. I’ve never taken so many naps! My moods were a little all over the place and so was my major lack-of appetite. Did I mention I have a really amazing, sweet, helpful, patient, loving husband?


Now several weeks into my second trimester, I’m feeling like a completely different person. The bump is showing (!!!) and I feel better than ever with energy pretty much all day (that is, until I crash around 9 pm) and a sense of pure joy and happiness to be carrying around our little love in my belly. Granted, none of my clothes fit and I have given in to the growing tummy—but I’d say pregnancy is a pretty spectacular thing.

For those of you who are curious, we are not finding out the sex of the baby until baby’s arrival in January. That’s right… the uber-organized planner in me is being patient. I know, I kind of can’t believe it myself either!

As always, thank you for the continued love and support through life’s many exciting moments. That’s the news for now—back soon, for real this time. ☺


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