Hi I’m Mandy! Born and raised in beautiful Houston, TX but am of Cuban descent. Some fun facts about me are: I have a deep love and passion for animals (mostly dogs), I love glitter and being crafty, baking sweet sweet treats, and absolutely love anything summer related-watermelon, strawberries, mangoes, swimming pools, the beach, the sun, flip-flops with freshly painted toes, and the wind in my hair on a spur of the moment road trip!! I love positivity and being happy, cause I mean really, who actually likes being grumpy?! Oh, and I absolutely love to dance, it is my drug! I’m somewhat of a neat freak and am kind of obsessed with organization, (total weirdo, I know lol). I love creating or finding new ways to make my life easier and worry free.
I have an amazing boyfriend named Robert whom I absolutely adore!! We’ve been together for 4 years now but have known each other for 10 years, sort of (lol). You see, Roberts’s sister and I worked together at a Credit Union for approximately 6 years and became the best of friends. Robert and I would see each other in passing with the occasional “hey how’s it going?”. In that time, Robert developed a crush on me but Crystal (his sister) wouldn’t let him act on it for fear that it might ruin our friendship. But luckily, what is meant to be will always find a way! While helping Crystal plan her wedding, I got invited to another friend’s wedding (over an hour away) and did not have date. Roberts’s mother mentioned how much Robert loved going to weddings and suggested I take him as my date. Robert and I had never really hung out or even had a full conversation so I thought it might be awkward but somehow she convinced me and Robert was all too raring to go. That is how it all got started; the rest is history (and possibly a blog post!).
Robert and I have a gorgeous and rambunctious 3-year-old son named Noah Riley. He is my world and I love him to the ends of the earth! Noah has an older step-sister named Mackenzie and an older step-brother named Robert Jr (we call him Bubba). Kenzie recently moved in with us which has made us all very happy but has Noah delighted beyond words. Kenzie is 13 years old and is in the 8th grade. I was terrified of having a teenage stepdaughter but she is such a fun, sweet, loving, and helpful big sister. I don’t think there are words to describe the beautiful bond between her and Noah.
I am a first time mommy and boy has it been a rough journey! I’ve been a working mom from the day he was born and it wasn’t until recently that I decided there just had to be another way. I hated being away from Noah so much, missing out on the most special and important moments of his little life. After 3 years of managing an animal clinic (which I LOVED), I decided it was time for a change. Luckily, my best friend of now 19 years (holy cow!) was a stay at home mom as well and we figured what better way to go through this journey than together. We decided to start a blog along with a few other side jobs to keep things interesting. I am so excited to start this journey and have all of you tag along for the ride! I look forward to sharing stories, products, recipes, and of course pictures with you all!