Panama: Part I

Panama: Part I

If you follow me on Instagram, you have seen posts from my busy holiday vacation. I started out driving from Texas to Georgia – making a one night layover in Mississippi – to spend Christmas with my family. Then from Georgia, I flew to Panama City, Panama with my husband. A vacation that we had been looking forward to, for months. Somewhat of a honey moon for us, since our littles stayed back in Georgia with my family.

We planned a ten day itinerary, although the first and last day were spent traveling. Why Panama?! We chose this destination because it is still home for me, I have family and friends there too. Also, because my husband had visited once before and fallen in love with it. But this trip was a little different since we visited a few new places and ventured further away from the city. Our plans included a visit Aguadulce and Bocas del Toro, but ended up adding Colón and Coronado to the list.

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Holiday Throw Pillows

Holiday Throw Pillows

I came across so many cute holiday pillow covers and pillows online this month. Unfortunately, I had a promise to keep. In my last post, I shared how I vowed not to get carried away decorating our home this year. And I planned to keep this promise. But honestly, I was feeling a little down about this, the couch needs holiday cheer (I kept telling myself). And being the DIYer that I am, I got to doing some research and was able to pull off making my own pillows. That’s right!

They are not perfect but hey I had a lot of fun making them and the family loves using them when we hang out in the living room.

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Just Bits of Holiday Cheer

Just Bits of Holiday Cheer

I can’t believe Christmas day is only in a few days. My little one is so excited and beyond all the chaos in my head, I am too. We will be spending part of the holidays with my family and knowing this, I promised my husband not to get carried away with decorating. Surprisingly, I kept this very promise and have managed to only add a few bits of holiday cheer around our home.

I will share some of the photos I have taken. And a peek into some DIYs I was able to complete as well.

This is a partial shot of the living room, where I added throw pillows that I made. I will share a tutorial on this in a later post this week, so stay tuned. Read More

Simple Fall Wreath (with repurposed materials)

Simple Fall Wreath (with repurposed materials)

As it finally starts to cool down in Houston, I found myself remising about the warmer days of fall. And thought about sharing this fall wreath I had made.

I have to admit that I am a hoarder of materials! And this DIY was made possible by this hoarding condition! Some of the materials that I used are from a previous DIY that I will later share.

I wanted a new wreath but I wasn’t sure what I wanted or how much I wanted to spend. So, I thought about making one. And once I get an idea rolling, it’s hard to pump the breaks (my husband can attest to this). I’m a DIY-holic! Wait, is this even a term?

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One Pan Bacon Sausage Potatoes

One Pan Bacon Sausage Potatoes

As you are getting to know me, you’ll realize that I cook a lot. Especially, if you follow me on Instagram, where I will usually post videos and photos of what I’m making for the day.

I truly enjoy cooking! Even on days that I have no idea what to make and feel like I’m in an episode of Chopped; as I scramble to make dinner for my husband, six year old, myself (and sometimes my one year old). You see, the one year old is one picky eater, I feed her of course, but sometimes it takes multiple offerings for her to agree to even taste what I’ve cooked. And most times, she realizes I was offering a tasty meal anyway.

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Hola, Welcome!

Hola, my name is Nailil! I am a mom to two beautiful girls and a tiny Chihuahua. I am married to a US ARMY Veteran (who I immensely admire for his bravery and service). I am also a tea fanatic, foodie, occasional traveler, Christian music listener, cook, and DIYer. I was born in Panama thus fluent in Spanish, partially raised in Germany (but didn’t pick up the language while there) and have lived in the US for years.

I started this blog with a bit of anxiety and doubt but lots of faith. While, reminding myself that God will lead the way, and adopting Mark 11:24 as my motivation to pursue this dream.

Wishing to share life, food, travel, DIYs, fashion and more. My hope is that you will like what I share, come back frequently and that along the way I am able to connect with so many people; that our interactions, though virtual, become more of a friendship.

What’s behind the name? I have known that I wanted to work online since forever. And this year, that I turned 29, I decided to go for it. That’s why I chose Thirty Minus One, I feel that it’s meaningful!

I won’t rant on, but I hope that you will come back and check out my future posts, leave comments, follow me on Instagram and Pinterest.

Saludos,
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