Earlier this month my family and I took the most amazing vacation to Hawaii to attend a friend’s wedding. We spent a glorious and relaxing week on the island of Maui (I seriously did not want to come home). We stayed at the Marriott Wailea Beach Resort, which was absolutely lovely, and they took great care of us! The trip was just what I needed … A little rest, a little fun and lots of quality time spent together as a family!
Now that my children are a little older, it was especially fun for me to watch them run around and play, and just be together. Aden loves swimming, and he and my husband had an absolute blast together in the pool. The Marriott Wailea had one of the best family pools at a hotel that I have ever seen (now that I am a mom, hotel features like this are my new normal!). The hotel also had these awesome kids’ teepees you could rent that Aden and Ariah absolutely loved.
We made some really special memories on this trip. Their laughter playing in the pool was completely infectious, and I couldn’t wait until the next day when we would get to do it all over again. Life can get so busy, and this vacation reminded me of the importance of taking time off to be with my family without outside interruptions.
Every time I go to Hawaii I am reminded of what a special place it really is. I can’t wait until the next time we go back. I’m so excited to share with you guys the photos from my trip, I hope you enjoy them!
Let me know where your favorite places are to take a family vacation!
Have you been following awards season this year? A few days ago, I had the chance to attend the Makeup Artists and Hair Stylists Awards, where I presented the award for Best Makeup in a Theatrical Production, Best Hair Styling in a Theatrical Production, and Best Makeup for Children & Teen Programming. Not only was it an incredible honor to be a part of the night’s events, but Loni and I were brimming with pride hearing a few familiar names from The Real called out.
Makeup by Motoko Honjo Clayton (remember her tips?), Hair by Dontay Savoy, Styling by Jason Bolden, Dress from Stella McCartney
Dressing up for award shows is already high pressure, but a makeup and hair award show? I had to bring it! Luckily, my own AMAZING team felt the same! I am so grateful for all the talents that I’ve met through my job.
With these two by my side, how could the night not be perfect?!
Always finding time for something silly, even during a black tie affair.
Workin’ the crowd, like we do!
Big congrats to The Real’s own Cool Benson, nominee for Best Makeup (Daytime Television) and the winner of best Hair Styling on Daytime Television, Roberta Gardener Rogers!
We’re always blown away by the talents we work with, and it’s so great to see them recognized by all.
Hope everyone had a fantastic weekend. Today I wanted to share a few pics from our recent date night in Napa. Adam and I were lucky to be able to have a night out, which is always a blessing after busy weeks! Any couple that juggles crazy schedules and the needs of little ones will know how cherished these moments are!
We had a romantic dinner at Bistro Don Giovanni… One of my absolute faves for Italian.
My other half.
It doesn’t matter what we do, dinner out or not, we always have a blast together.
What’s your perfect date night?
Our baby girl is finally here! We’re enjoying every second of having a new addition in the family and thrilled we’ve been able to share pictures of Ariah already. It’s been even more amazing to say her name while looking at her face and feel my heart almost explode with emotions. Uttering her name will likely mean many things to me over the years, but it’s the story of how we chose Ariah and what it stands for that will always remain consistent.
Naming Ariah was a bit different than when we named Aden. I had always known that I wanted Aden to be my son’s name, and since Adam began with an A as well I wanted to keep our family tradition alive of starting my childrens’ names with the same letter. So it worked out that before Adam and I were even married we stumbled across a shop named Araya. I stopped and immediately told him I loved the name and wanted that to be my future daughter’s name. It was and is such a beautiful name. The only catch was that I wanted to spell her name phonetically, so people wouldn’t mess it up and call her a-RAY-ya.
We entertained other names like Arriana and Aliana after I became pregnant, but I always came back to loving Ariah and ultimately committed to the perfect name for our baby girl. Her middle name, Talea, is a name I’ve adored for some time that ironically was going to be used in a friend’s future book as a character inspired by me. It wasn’t until after we had decided on Ariah Talea Housley that Adam and I learned the origin and meaning of both names–they couldn’t be more appropriate for a family like ours whose faith is so very strong. Both Hebrew names, Ariah means Lion of God and Talea means one who resembles the morning dew of Heaven. We couldn’t have found names with a better meaning if we had tried.
Holding her in my arms every day I know we chose right. We are so elated (though exhausted) to have a beauty and healthy baby girl. We are truly appreciative of all of our family, friends and fans for their blessings. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Can’t wait to share more about her as she continues to grow and warm our hearts.
A few weekends ago, Adam and I celebrated our upcoming baby girl at the prettiest of showers we could have dreamed of. It was amazing. I had told Andrea, one of my best friends, that I didn’t want to know any details beforehand–I trusted her to handle logistics and design with the planner, Mindy Weiss. As expected, they didn’t disappoint! From the tables (the head table was draped in a tutu-inspired cover!) to the treats (I died when I saw the cake below), everything looked beautifully pretty in pink.
Once we arrived, the baby shower was a whirlwind. All of my dearest friends and family were there and Adam and my hearts were filled with so much love and joy. We ate, mingled, took so many pictures and played a pretty heated game of pregnancy Jeopardy. Adam got a little uncomfortable reading off some of the questions. Lol. And my girls from The Real proved that when it comes to competition, they do not slack!
Here’s a look inside our big day. And don’t forget to pick up the latest Us Weekly for more details and pics from our baby shower!
Pretty soon will they’ll have another little munchkin to hold hands with!
How gorgeous are these cakes?! Of course we had to celebrate Aden becoming a big brother. :)
Stunning flowers and so many goodies, what more could a pregnant gal want? Lol.
Sibling love <3
Pregnancy Jeopardy at it’s finest!
Was so thrilled all four of my The Real cohosts could make it. These girls are amazing and these two, such clowns.
I can’t believe it has already been two weeks since Adam, Aden and I were in Belize. The landscape was so beautiful, and the relaxation, much needed. Plus, any way I can spend more time with the family is welcome. During the first part of our trip we relaxed on the beach to truly unwind, but the country’s rich history grabbed us during a visit to the jungle.
A few days into the trip we explored the Mayan ruins of Belize. Many of the country’s ruins have been around since about 2000 BCE and are stunning. We visited Xunantunich, which means “Stone Woman”. The air was crisp, there was a waterfall, and the ruins were well preserved. We spent the entire day climbing stairs and showing Aden the faces and designs carved into the stones. It was a pretty incredible experience. Here are a few pictures from the day.
So much fun exploring these ruins. We’re so tiny by comparison!
A raging waterfall. There are many waterfalls all over the country. We’ll have to come back to see more.
Look at the size of this iguana! The boys were so thrilled to see it.
Who needs a gym? :)
This view though!
Up close on some Mayan carvings.
It’s unbelievable what people are able to achieve. These structures were breathtaking.