Casa de Stack

Well after a very long and drawn out house hunting project it's settled we are 
building a home in Frisco, Texas!! 
Let's start at the beginning. 
3.5 years ago we started the whole house hunting process. 
We didn't know what part of Dallas we wanted to live. 
We searched every neighborhood. It came down between the 'M' street and North Dallas. 
If you know me, you know I am a scary cat. 
Every time I leave a store after dark I have my keys in between my fingers ready to fight off a bad guy {I know, a little extreme, right?} 
So we settled for a neighborhood with far less crime and close to my family. 
 Fast forward to 6 months ago, our precious tiny little home in North Dallas was perfect, but we out grew it. 
So I started to search EVERY neighborhood again. I looked for the smallest tear downs in Preston Hollow, the Gayborhood, Lakewood, Lake Highlands, North Dallas, Greenway Park, Inwood area and more. 
I couldn't find anything that was not a kazillion dollars and needed a kazillion upgrades.
Not to mention my laundry list of requirements a house must have: large back yard, shop for Mitch, gas cook top in kitchen, sufficient natural light in living areas, open floor plan, park within walking distance, low crime rate, great schooling system, TREES, and community. 
I had always said I didn't want to live in Frisco. 
I didn't like the small little addition neighborhoods with no community and the houses all looked the same. I called it "Pleasantville". 
After some convincing from a friend of mine I agreed to look at some new additions going up. 
I immediately liked the idea of building but hated every neighborhood I saw. 
She text me to go see Phillips Creek Ranch
We went and I immediately knew I wanted to live there, and specifically on Bear Lake Road (as I call my husband Bear). 
After countless meeting with builders, much negotiation (Mitch is the master negotiator), and so much excitement we decided to move forward. 
Within the next 4 days everything was set(ish) other than I had some less than regular floor plan changes. {Which also moves back the date we can move in!}
If I'm going to build I want it to be unique and custom
That's the point of building, right? 
My Bear + Baby Bear
Future Home!!!!!!!! 

Truth: I got stung by 1 million ants taking this picture

My baby
Oops... should have thought this though
Our new park! 

Eatin' Rocks 
Babies + construction sites + rain!!!!
A great perk of the move is we will officially be neighbors to some of our best friends, the Alcala's!!! 

I pray this house will be used to honor the Lord 100%. I pray it's a place where people are changed. I pray it's filled with joyous memories of family, friends and raising babies. 

2 Samuel 7:29
Proverbs 24: 3-4


Essential Summer Accessories

Summer is less about clothing and more about accessories
I wear easy dresses, cut off denim and tee's all summer. 
Below are my Summer Essentials to add a little fun to my wardrobe. 

After weeks of stalking Nena & Co. I finally found the perfect weekender bag
 {Read My Birthday Wish List for more details on the bag}
Everyone needs a great summer read, I chose "Living in Style" by Rachel Zoe
Last, summer 2k14 is all about Sunflowers, I found this cool floral crown at Forever21
Tortoise Shell Glasses from Charming Charlie 

As for footwear, I love the 2 tone look of these great summer flats from Dolce Vita
{Buy them Here}
This summer I will be wearing one of my mom's watches to keep her close to me
{Shop Michele Watches here}
My BFF spoiled me with some Jamberry Nails and I'm in love! 
The gold and white stripe is perfect for Summer! 

A little Bahama Bucks 

Summer Gardening

My mom loved Elephants, so when I saw this tee at Forever21 saying "Do Big Things"
I knew I had to have it
Sunnies- Rayban

Have fun playing up your accessories this Summer! 
You only live once, have fun! 


Slavery is real.

Slavery is real. 
Raise your voice. Let's start a revolution.



My 29th Birthday...

I've never really minded getting older, until all the sudden I'm faced with the reality that I am now in my last year if my twenties. There is something freeing about your twenties. You're allowed to make mistakes. You're allowed to be carefree. Something about turning thirty seems so adult. So this last year in my twenties I'm going to live it up!!! 

My birthday was perfecto! I told Mitch I wasted a family day- and a family day is just what I got! 

Friday while the baby was napping and Mitch was watching a movie I ran and redeemed my birthday mani/ pedi!
{Nails: Essie- Resort Fling// Toes: Essie- Truth or Flare}
Saturday morning I awoke to my favorite Stabuck's drink!
Mitch and Baby E then took me to the Mansion at Turtle Creek for Brunch!
{Thanks Travelzoo for the special!} 
The dessert bar was so good!!! 
Lump crab + Bacon & onion roll 
Ok, so Mitch and I had one bite of every dessert! I thought I was going to puke but it was worth it! Lol!
{Dark Chocolate Truffle, Hazelnut Truffle, RaspberryFinancier, Chocolate brownie cake, Raspberry moon-pie, Lemon meringue tart, Pistachio macaroon, Chocolate cappuccino, PB&J, Strawberry Rhubarb, Chocolate Creme Brûlée, Vanilla Creme Brûlée, Coconut Pineapple Creme Brûlée, Dulce de leche, Churro with chocolate sauce and berries brochettes} 
I ordered brisket eggs benedict and Mitch ordered salmon and quinoa. We honestly could only take a couple of bites of everything and came home with a ton left over!
What we wore:
Top: Nordstom
Skirt: Vintage {and only 11 bucks might I add}
Headband: Anthropologie
Stingray Bangle: Neiman Marcus
Horn Bangle: Neiman Marcus
Arrow Necklace: Gypset Honey
Long chain: Forever21

Baby E:
Smocked Auction
My sweet baby! 
My "Wolfpack" 
He said "Hi!" to every person that walked through the door!
Mitch was so funny and said Son, your not running for office!! Lol! 
I LOVE ascetics!
The Mansion is gorgeous! Black and white floors and the most fabulous staircase!  
In the afternoon we went on a walk 

Mitch and baby E took me on a sunset sail + picnic! It was so relaxing and fun! 
    The Hinckley 41 is one of 9 made in the world. "Southern Cross" was made in 1969 and has a fully functioning wood burning fire place. It is known to be the most picturesque sail boats in Texas! 

Fun fact, I grew up going to summer camp for 3 weeks every year- for 3 of those years I took sailing specialty and actually know how to sail! It was fun using the old lingo! "Jive ho!" 
What I wore:
White linen pants: J Crew
Blue Top: J Crew
Earrings: Forever 21 

We had Eatzi for dinner which is one of our fav's! 
If Y'all decided to go sailing contact Matt at Sail Dallas and tell him the Stack's sent ya! 

The day was perfect! My heart was full! I can't wait to see what this year has in store for me! 
As I prayed over my 29th year I felt a tug that this will be a year of service. I'm not sure what all that will entail but I will try to serve along the way. In everyday life. 
"Do small things with great love." 


Summer Salad

spinach + avocado + strawberries + carrots + feta + almond slivers + raspberry balsamic 
I'm drooling just thinking about it. 


A year in review: Traveling with baby

Traveling is a passion of ours. We have been fortunate enough to take off to some pretty great destinations this year! Here is a look back at our year!

Eli's 1st vacation was a trip to New Orleans, Louisiana.

We toured the city in a horse drawn carriage! 

We also took this steam boat around the city, which was Eli's first boat ride! 
Delicious Beignets at Cafe du Monde

We stayed in a cute boutique hotel named Bienville in the French Quarter which is the sister hotel to the famous Hotel Monteleone {we wanted to stay a little ways off Bourbon Street as we had a teeny baby with us}.We had the most incredible seafood dinner at Dickie Brennan's Bourbon House Seafood, toured the city, enjoyed the culture and tried to keep as cool as possible!

After New Orleans, we went directly to Baton Rouge, Louisiana for a Wedding.

Cuddling Auntie Meggie!

The Stack boys! 

Cousin Macie and Eli getting ready for the wedding! 
Our first wedding as a family of 3! 
We stayed a hotel near the wedding venue and had some more beignets at Coffee Call Cafe! Overall, it was a fun trip!

Not even a few weeks later we headed to South Carolina for a little beach get away!
Baby boys 1st plane ride! 
He didn't make a peep!
Seaside, South Carolina 

The boys and a baby SHARK 
Pop loves his g-baby 

His 3 month birthday! 
On this vacation we also went to Charleston, South Carolina. We ate at the notorious Southend Brewery and Smokehouse and toured the gorgeous city! 

We LOVE sailing!  
Panoramic View of the antebellum mansions. These are the most beautiful homes ever! 
White Point Gardens at Battery Park 

Only a few weeks after our fun trip to South Carolina we headed out for a BIG road trip!
First stop, Palo Duro Canyon: 
I cannot believe Mitch and I went to Texas Tech and never made time to explore Palo Duro 
God's artwork is crazy good

After touring the canyon we went to the World Famous Big Texan resturant!  
Next stop, Santa Fe, New Mexico

We loved shopping on the square

Our favorite eats were Cafe Pasqual's, Coyote Cafe, Blue Corn Cafe, Rooftop Pizzeria and so many more. 
We love the La Fonda Hotel. 

Next we took a day trip to Pagosa Springs, since my brother high recommended going

I'm not going to lie, I almost had a panic attack when they put Eli in the water! I went to the bathroom, came back and my sweet little 4 month old was just swimming away in the natural hot springs! The water reeks of sulfur! 
Next stop is probably one of my all time favorite destinations, Durango, Colorado: 
The train that runs from Durango to Silverton
The most beautiful, laid back town

Dad and Mitch spent the day white water rafting 

This was one of those moments in life you stop and pray "God, let me remember this forever." The feeling of being with family. The taste, the smells, the beauty. It was a really good moment in our lives! 

After our fun road trip we headed out west to our hometown of Midland, Texas: 
Eli with his cousin Lily Grace

A fun playmate with some old friends of mine! 

Nothing more beautiful! We love Nana! 

Eli with his cousin Henry! 

Eli got to attend his cousin Macie's birthday party! 

Some of my best friends at a backyard BBQ! 

Not long after Midland Eli & I headed out to Austin and San Antonio to visit my family: 
My brother Ryan's girlfriend Ashley

2 of my favorite guys! 

Isn' their stoop so beautiful 

San Antonio: 
E and I visited my mom in Alamo Heights 

We were so tired at this point lol 

Gruene Hall:
We stopped at Gruene on the way home! 

Next, we headed back to San Antonio for a girls trip with my Midland gals: 

I was too scared to walk home so I convinced a lady to give us a horse and carriage ride at half price! 
Daddy was on duty! Daddy and E went to Landry's Seafood for dinner! You can see the Alamo in the background! 
This year I had the privilege to get to plan my 10 year High School Reunion from Trinity School in Midland, Texas 

This chapel changed my life repeatedly, the words I learned here I will carry with me forever

I had the a very special opportunity to speak with my very best friend at Upper School Chapel. I looked around the room and felt so honored to pour into lives of those kids. 

I got to lead a cheer on the sidelines and yell out "Go Chargers" over the intercom! 

Chili Cook Off

It was fun to see how much everyone had grown!
I've been to New York City close to 20 times, but none as special as sharing one of my
 favorite places with my baby! 
Times Square

Baby E was a fantastic pilot 

His 1st taxi ride

Fun in FAO Schwartz

The big piano was even more fun this trip

Mitch is oddly good at puppet shows

We went to the city in the midst of a blizzard! 

Todd English Food Hall at the Plaza

Octupus, Steak, 

My all time favorite bakery

The Loeb Central Park Boat House is my very favorite restaurant 

I had the most incredible opportunity to style a Fashion Show for New York Fashion Week!!!!
 Dreams come true!  Believe in yourself!
{I'll write an entire blog on this later}
Bucheon Bakery + Dean & Deluca a few more favorites

Day 2 of Fashion Week!
{In my favorite vintage Fox Fur I bought right out of college}

The most handsome men ever! I took Mitch to buy some staple over coats while in NYC for his 30th bday!
Every man needs a nice classic trench! 

 We visited Granbury, Texas for Mitch's 30th birthday! 
{I had planned a trip to Vail, Colorado but we were unable to go... 
so last minute I packed our bags and we headed out!} 

We stayed at the cutest Bed and Breakfast ever!! 

Mitch's 30th birthday decor! 

It was a travel themed birthday! 

My man! 

This was ranked the #1 steak house  in Granbury by D magazine... they were sorely mistaken! 

My prince in the cutest claw foot tub! I wanted to take it home! 

The food was incredible! Sweet potato pancakes! 

Texas Independence Day Festival 

We saw the Masked Rider from Texas Tech!! 

Thirty is a big milestone in life. I chose a travel theme for Mitch's birthday as this is a passion we share. I picked up the book "Oh the Places You Will Go" by Dr. Seuss at Target. After reading the book, I was left  in tears. Every word rang so true for Mitch. I had prayed over Mitch awhile back and knew that he is called to move mountains. And that is exactly what the book said, "And will you succeed? Yes, you will, indeed (98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed) Kid, you'll move mountains." The excitement that rises up in me is conformation that I will experience Big things from this husband of mine! He has already broken free from so much baggage. He will leave such a great legacy in this lifetime! I am honored to walk beside him and am so excited to see what all the Lord uses him for! 
He is extraordinary! 

Lastly, this year we travelled to Cabo San Lucus, Mexico for my cousin's wedding 

The gorgeous Pueblo Bonito Sunset Resort 

The only day we left our resort

Spa day 

Our ride for the week! BEEP BEEP

The Taylor babies with E 

Sunrise yoga on the beach 

A room with a view

The Herrin's y'all! My cousin got married!!! 

The words Steven spoke about my dad play over in my head all the time.  He let my dad know that he is like second father to him and credited Saeed for helping him succeed as an engineer. The bond these 2 have is awesome. I am thankful for a hard working dad that invests in young men. That he pushes young men hard but helps them excel not only in their careers but as men of the next generation. 
We've literally been friends since the womb

My cousin got married at the most beautiful resort! This was the most relaxing trip as we only left the resort once to go jet skiing! We slept (fought off a bad chest cold), did yoga, ordered a ton of room service, went to the pool and the beach! Next time we go to Cabo we will branch out more and explore but relaxation was just what we needed this trip!! 

This was the best year of my life, it came with immense challenges but they were all worth it. Cheers to the next 90 years of exploring the world. The more I see, the more I realize I haven't seen anything at all. 

"Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer."

"20 years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than the things you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Catch the trade winds in your sail. Explore. Dream. Discover." - Mark Twain