Somewhere, Lately…

Mylo and Me

Happy Monday! It’s been a minute, but I’m still around and smiling! October has been a crazy month for me. My planner reminds me that I am overloaded every minute of every single day.  I’ve had so many events to attend that I haven’t been able to take a step back and breathe. The crazy part is that it’s going to get busier from here. With that being said…

Let’s Blog Over What I’ve Been Doing Lately…

Skylar and Aven are keeping me active. We’ve been having loads of fun.

Thursday I met up with some friends to do a little pumpkin carving. We had the B E S T time. It was Ralph’s first time carving a pumpkin. I guess you could say the rest of us were a little stunned that he had never participated in halloween festivities before. It got a little competitive at our table once we started carving. I don’t know how you turn competition free pumpkin carving into a competition. Ralph actually did a great job. By the way I had the best Pumpkinator beer by St. Arnolds. It was S O good. Afterwards we headed to a friends for a nightcap, and to try their homemade paleo recipe, and bourbon…

What a lovely face, right?

Friday there was tons of shopping to get done. The new place is more vast than the last one, and it’s been so crazy trying to fill it all in and make it home(y). We went to one of my favorite stores. Restoration Hardware. I love Restoration Hardware, and they had so many A M A Z I N G things. It’s hard not to go crazy in that store.

Don’t you just L O V E this?

Friday we met up with some friends and had a night in. We played Speak Out. That is literally one of my favorite games at the moment. It’s so funny. It was boys against girls. Girls won. By the time I got home, I was so tired… barely functioning.

I hosted a pumpkin carving party for the littles at my friend’s house. It was so much fun!!! They kids invited some friends over, we made some food, and let them do their thing.

Mr. Dimples. He’s my Angel Face!

Later I attended a birthday celebration for my friend Sahar. She is seriously one of the most amazing people I know. She is an incredible author, and she is so passionate about helping others find their voice. She is such an inspiration and a really good friend. I was so excited to celebrate with her. We had the best time. You can check out her website here.

Sunday I woke up to a thunderstorm. I mostly chilled all day, and then I went to the store so that I could make dinner. Lunch was Seabass. Dinner was Jamaican Curry Chicken. It was pretty much the bombest thing ever for a chilly day.

How has your month been? Preparing for Halloween? What are your plans?  I’d love to hear about what you’ve been up to lately.

-XoXo

Riley

Life Lessons Ft. Tim McGraw | A Letter to Skylar

“Daughters Like You Are Fairies. They Make Their Parents Lives Magical Like A Surreal Fairytale.” ~ Anonymous

Let’s Blog Over Sky Turning 12!

I can’t believe in a few days it will have been twelve years since Skylar has been part of my life. She’s stolen all of our hearts. She has been the biggest blessing. She has taught me so much about love, selflessness, patience, and kindness. My Girl absolutely brings out the best in everyone around her. She is so warm and gracious to every person she comes across. Skylar is growing into the most beautiful, kindest, smartest girl inside and out. I am proud to say the mini version of myself is way better than the original.

Now that she’s almost twelve, with the help of Tim McGraw, there are some valuable life lessons that I instill in/ and remind her of:

“You know there’s a light that glows by the front door? Don’t forget the key’s under the mat. When childhood stars shine, Always stay humble and kind.”

You’re at a pivotal stage in your life. You’re changing. Your friends are changing. This is also one of the most exciting times in your life. You’re learning and trying to figure out who you are. You’re able to do and experience new things. It’s a wonderful time to do so, but with everything that will come your way, know that you should always be good to people. Always take the high road. Always be smart. Be as responsible as you can.  Don’t judge others. Be there for your friends. Be there for your family. You will make mistakes. We all do, but you will always learn from them. Trust your instincts. Trust your gut, and always, always, A L W A Y S be yourself. Don’t try to fit in. Do what makes you happy. Don’t just be humble. Don’t just be kind. Be Awesome. Be Amazing. Be Great. Most importantly– Be You!

“Go to church ’cause your mamma says to. Visit grandpa every chance that you can. It won’t be wasted time. Always stay humble and kind.”

Never take spending time with your family, and elders for granted. It might not seem like it, but when you get older you learn to appreciate the time you spend with them. Not just with them, but with anyone dear to your heart. Always make time for people you love most. Even if you don’t want to. You’ll realize that it was well worth it in the long run. Always put G O D first. Say your prayers. Read your bible. Have Faith.  You will be blessed.

“Don’t expect a free ride from no one. Don’t hold a grudge or a chip and here’s why: Bitterness keeps you from flying. Always stay humble and kind.”

Nothing is handed to you. With success comes hard work. Anything worth having is absolutely worth working for. You have been blessed with the best family, and the amazing friends. Opportunity is everywhere for you. You will still have to put in that hard work. Being lazy is not an option. It won’t be easy, and sometimes you won’t win. You’ll have to pick up the pieces and try again, but don’t let failure stop you from going after your dreams. Don’t let anyone tell you you’re dreaming TOO big. Don’t let my expectations, or anyone else’s stop you from going after or doing what you love. Don’t let hate and anger brew in your heart. It will only keep you from going forward and experiencing the amazing things that are bound to come your way.

“Know the difference between sleeping with someone, and sleeping with someone you love. “I love you,” ain’t no pick-up line, so always stay humble and kind.”

Just… Wait on this… FOREVER. Just remember they’re lying. Okay?

“Hold the door, say “please”, say “thank you.” Don’t steal, don’t cheat, and don’t lie. I know you got mountains to climb, but always stay humble and kind. When those dreams you’re dreamin’ come to you- When the work you put in is realized Let yourself feel the pride, but always stay humble and kind.”

Always mind your manners. Always remember what I tell about stealing, cheating, and lying. Life is hard, but it’s so enjoyable too! When things get hard, don’t let it change you for the worst. When you see all that hard work you’ve been putting in pay off, celebrate. You should absolutely celebrate your triumphs, but don’t let it get to your head. Your mommy will knock you down a few levels and humble you. B U T you should absolutely be proud of yourself!

“Don’t take for granted the love this life gives you. When you get where you’re going don’t forget to turn back around, and help the next one in line. Always stay humble and kind.”

Love is B E A U T I F U L. Life is B E A U T I F U L. Don’t forget you have been blessed, and to bless others as well. Do it out of the goodness of your heart. I know you will, because you have a heart of G O L D. If there existed a word to describe daughters like you, it would be the most beautiful word to ever be written. Happy Birthday, Kid!

 

~XoXo

Riley

Back To School

“I’ll Be Famous One Day, But For Now I’m Stuck In Middle School With A Bunch Of Morons.” ~ Greg Heffley

Let’s Blog Over Going Back To School…

When I was young, I had two choices for summer. Go to summer school or travel. Considering I spent most of my year in school, I always chose to hop on a plane and jet off somewhere. Looking back I was afforded many opportunities to travel and experience so many different places and cultures that so many people never get to experience. I’m grateful.

Now that I’m older, not much has changed. My family and friends always tease me when they see me. “Oh you’re in town?? I can’t believe it. You’re not in some random place on the planet, but you’re here???” They have jokes! If anyone is traveling the globe it’s Skylar and Aven. From random towns like Carrizo Springs, to Chicago or Alaska. From Puerto Rico or Mexico to Cuba. These kids are living the L I F E! But then I woke up and it was August which means it’s time for them to take their ass back to school!

It always gets really busy once we start school and I like to stay really organized and have my Bay-Bays well prepared for the upcoming year. I rounded up a few of my favorite things that I snatched up for my kiddos.

I swear by Pottery Barn Backpacks. I bought Skylar and Aven one in Kindergarten, had it personalized with their names, and it lasted through the sixth grade for Sky. However, she’s in that tween stage so I picked this one up for her. It’s cute and girly. So her!

Just in case it gets chilly, I got Sky this bomber.

I love sweaters. Skylar LOVES this one!

I thought these jeans were so cute! I got a few different pairs for her.

Sky and I both have these. They go with almost everything. I also grabbed these for her for gym class.

I thought this memory board for Sky would be so neat for the upcoming year.

I got Aven these kicks. He loves them.

I love the bows on this shirt. I have one just like it actually…

Simple goes a long way. I picked up this shirt in every color.

I LOVE this skirt. It looks so cute with Sky’s Dr. Martens.

Picked Sky up this laptop in Rose Gold. We called it a birthday present.

Aven has a cool backpack from Pottery Barn, but he doesn’t like batman anymore so I grabbed this one. It’s so him!!!

Aven loves his boots. I found these black ones.

Nothing like a nice cardigan. This one is one of my favorites, and I got this one too!

This is so Aven! I love denim shirts.

Aven usually likes to wear athletic gear everyday. I made sure to pick up these Nike fleece pants and this hoodie.

 

~XoXo