• Winter Skincare Routine with MERIT Beauty

    I, for one, cannot believe that Christmas is less than two weeks away! I feel like it was just yesterday I was writing about the start of the Christmas season, and here we are counting down the days. Something that always boggled my mind is that most of the Christmas season is actually during the… [Continue Reading]

    Winter Skincare Routine with MERIT Beauty
  • A Day at the National Gallery of Art

    A few weeks after vacation, I love taking time to really reflect on my time away. We were in Washington, D.C. almost two weeks ago and I really miss the city already! We are planning on a few more trips down in the coming months, but I still can’t help but to reflect on our… [Continue Reading]

    A Day at the National Gallery of Art
  • Tips for Keeping a Journal

    One of my favorite ways to practice self care is to keep a journal. (If you’ve been on my blog before, you know I am a huge advocate for self care. Check out this post, and this one for more!) However, keeping a journal was always sort of difficult task for me because I would… [Continue Reading]

    Tips for Keeping a Journal
  • Braised Short Ribs

    There is nothing better than delicious comfort food on a chilly or cold day. Braised short ribs are one of my favorite meals, and I wanted to share my recipe. Enjoy! Ingredients 5 lbs short ribs 1 lbs button mushrooms, cleaned and halved 5 stalks of celery, sliced 1 lbs carrots, sliced 14 oz frozen… [Continue Reading]

    Braised Short Ribs
  • Winter Beef Barley Soup

    Ingredients 2 lbs Chuck roast, cubed 2 tbs olive oil 3 large carrots, sliced 1 onion, diced 2 stalks celery, diced 2 tbs Gravy Master 6 oz tomato paste 2 tbs flour 16 c. beef broth 12 oz frozen cut green beans 12 oz frozen peas 12 oz frozen corn 2 potatoes, diced 1 c.… [Continue Reading]

    Winter Beef Barley Soup






Antoinette Cea-Lopes

Welcome to my little corner of the internet! I am so glad you stopped by. My name is Antoinette Cea-Lopes.

I created My Better Self a few years ago after reflecting on the immortal words of Henry David Thoreau, “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you have imagined.”

This blog is a way of holding myself accountable in that goal, and I am so excited to share this all with you. I love the idea of romanticizing one’s life and I truly believe that life should be lived to it’s fullest.

I write often about cooking, my hobbies, our travel experiences, parenting, etc. You can learn more about me and my little family… HERE. I cannot wait to connect!