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.






30 Reasons To Love 30

“Time and Tide Wait For No Man, But Time Always Stands Still For A Woman Of Thirty.” ~ Robert Frost

Let’s Blog Over My Dirty 30…


Cheers to two weeks into a new decade of my life and so far it’s been the B E S T!!! I spent a week in Mexico for my birthday. I was on a private beach getting some serious rays when I really started to reflect on what was to become of me during this new period of my life. I’m the youngest of most of my friends. They’re all in the 30’s club, and they were really looking forward to me joining the ‘clique.’ I’ve heard so many great things about being in your thirties that I was kind of excited about this new era of life. Then… there were a few who kind of made me nervous about it just because they were having some sort of quarter-life- crisis before and after they hit thirty. (Rolls eyes so hard I see my brain). Although, I can agree that time is passing by so much faster as I get older, and I suppose if you haven’t hit every goal or pinnacle you thought you’d reach by the end of your twenties, this milestone birthday can bring up a whirlwind of thoughts and emotions… but I TRULY believe that most of us are aging like the finest of wines, and thirty is the brighter, better version of twenty.


So here we go…

  1. You can buy the shoes or anything else you may want and still have money in your accounts because you actually know how to save now. 
  2. You’ve figured out what you truly want.
  3. You definitely know what you don’t want and won’t tolerate.
  4. You’ve (finally) learned to appreciate the value in healthy eating.
  5. You’ve suddenly gained this oddly gratifying solid nighttime routine that you look forward to.
  6. You get that your gut is a real thing and you stop questioning it.
  7. You’re not hungover every weekend. (although… hangovers do get harder to actually handle. Just drink wine or champagne. No one wants to spend 3 days recovering).
  8. Your circle gets a bit smaller. Which is actually a good thing. You understand and value the true meaning of friendship and know you don’t need certain relationships that you once broke yourself to keep around. I’ve noticed life has a way of weeding out a lot of things by the time you reach thirty.
  9. Your relationship with your parents is new now that you’re viewed as a real adult.
  10. Your house is clean!!! Or you know- you hire someone to do it.
  11. You notice your body changing and you make it a priority to change it.
  12. You’re in charge of your own decisions, but still young enough to make a few mistakes. However, you’ve made enough mistakes on your own in the past decade to know what not to repeat and to apply those lessons moving into your thirties.
  13. You know what a good bottle of wine tastes like.
  14. You’ve established what your own home feels like.
  15. If you’re smart (like i know you are) you’ve gained a few passport stamps and soaked in irreplaceable cultural moments.
  16. Sex gets SO much better.
  17. You value your sleep. It’s the new black.
  18. Internally you calm down.
  19. Fear of anything has less impact. You give no fucks about anything you realize you cannot control.
  20. Your heart and mind begin to balance.
  21. Confidence begins to organically exude from a genuine you.
  22. Curiosity gets you into less trouble, and more ways to serve yourself and your future.
  23. You’re so busy that you finally learn to appreciate the importance of down time and self love.
  24. You can remember the 90’s.
  25. You are totally comfortable admitting you hate clubbing (I’ve always hated it).
  26. People take you seriously.
  27. You understand what it means to invest in YOURSELF, DAILY, & CONSISTENTLY.
  28. You become unapologetic for exactly who you are.
  29. You know to stand up for yourself.
  30. L I F E just inexplicably makes more sense.





Gruene, TX | Travel Diary

“You May Go To Hell, & I Will Go To Texas.” ~ Davy Crockett

Summer is the season for birthday’s…

It’s taken me a little while to get around to this post. I’ve been doing some nonstop travel. I recently did a travel post on L.A., and as soon as I got back to Houston, I was already preparing for another quick getaway. Another one of my BFF’s, (Kelly) turned 30. We’ve been friends since we were 11. She’s a wonderful person in every aspect of the word.

She decided that she wanted to celebrate her birthday 3 hours down the street in New Braunsfel’s to see The Natural Bridge Caverns. It’s about 30 minutes away from San Antonio. I was super excited. I was able to go to the caverns last year in Virginia, and I had the BEST time.

I left Friday evening right after work, and to say I was tired would be an understatement. I stayed with some family and was greeted with fajitas, margaritas, and trés leche. If you know hispanic families, you know eating is a necessity when arriving. You can’t say no! I never turn fajitas or margaritas down anyway. However, it put me in a food coma.

The next day my friends drove down and we met in Gruene. I LOVE Gruene!!! It’s a small, beautiful town. Once a significant cotton-producing community along the Guadalupe River. The town is brought to life by the music you hear at Gruene Hall. It was built in 1878, and is one of the oldest dance halls in Texas. The entire time I was thinking ‘Why did I leave my cowboy boots? Why don’t I have a pair in the trunk?’ I couldn’t wait to stomp and make some noise.

We ended up having lunch at the Gristmill Restaurant. This place is gorgeous. It’s surrounded by Oak Trees, and sits right on the river. It’s kind of like a tree house. The food was served in a big portion. I had Salmon, salad, and grilled veggies. It was really hot out, and I didn’t want to eat anything heavy, but I did want something that would give me energy for the walk we were going to be doing at the Caverns.

Once we got to the Natural Bridge Caverns, we were all pretty psyched. We did have to wait an hour before our tour started, so we did what any group of people would do. We bought cards and wine and played Gin until it was time to go!!!

The caverns were really beautiful on the inside. We couldn’t touch anything because that was a 3rd degree felony. I’m a little rebellious so I have a tendency of doing the opposite of what I was told. I don’t do bars though. Kelly also reminded me that my’ASS’ would go to prison and even if she did defend me in court I would serve time. Some lawyer! lol.

Towards the end of the tour we went up an incline that had my my body BURNING. I could feel my muscles breaking down. It was a real workout. Once we saw the light and stepped outside, Texas disrespected us with 105 degree weather. By the time we got to our cars we were all exhausted and in need of a shower and a nap. We had the absolute best time though.


L.A. | Travel Diary

“Bumping California Love On The West Side…” ~ T.I.

You know the rest of the lyrics to that quote…

One of my best friend’s turned 30, and I couldn’t wait to get back to L.A. to celebrate with him. We have been friends for 19 years, and he’s been there for me through everything under the moon and the stars in the sky. There was no way I was going to miss his special day. I took a 7 A.M. flight early Friday morning at his request. I’m not a morning person, but all of his wishes were being granted just because it was his special day.

I landed around 9 A.M. that morning, and met up with my friend Antwon who flew in from Atlanta and arrived the same time. It was a little chilly when we arrived, but that quickly changed. I planned to be cute the entire trip, and ended up wearing T-shirts, jeans, and kicks everyday. So moving on… We met up with Dwain, and as soon as he said “I have a surprise for you!” – He pulled out some customized decorated flasks with our names on them, and in that moment I knew my life was over and that I was probably gonna die! The first thing on his list of things to do was grab early morning michelada’s and mimosa’s. I’m not complaining, because I’m down for those two things ANY time!

We later headed to The Parlor out on Melrose for a quick dinner and some drinks before hitting the town. I had their Salmon. I wasn’t disappointed. There were amazing views of L.A., live music, and just overall good vibes.

Saturday morning Antwon and I took advantage of Dwain ‘sleeping in’ and headed to The 14th Factory. Simon Burch had the most incredible exhibit. It was personally my favorite part of the trip. I literally lost myself in the art and design in each part of the factory.

Later that day we headed to change, drink some Frosé’s, and danced the night away at The Abbey. Yea it’s a gay bar! They had Frosé though! Lol! It’s actually diverse. I had the best time.

By Sunday I was working on very little energy, but we met up with some close friends and had the most amazing brunch at The Church Key. Bottomless Bellini’s were calling my name. Their Chicken and Waffles was a staple on their menu. I also had a side of fried eggs, and Jalapeño’s. If you know me then you get it. We were there having the best time catching up, singing, laughing and just enjoying each other while celebrating Dwain.

Listen- When I tell you by Monday I was ready to go! LoL!!! I literally partied the entire weekend, and I couldn’t wait to get home to get some well deserved R&R. Before my flight we headed to Santa Monica to relax on the beach before it was time for me to head to the airport. My guy’s know I’m a mermaid at heart, so I refused to leave without heading to at least one beach! It was hot as hell outside and I was sweating out my blowout, so I needed a beach.

On the way back Dwain begged me to move back. To be honest, I didn’t realize just how much I missed the west coast until I was there. Who knows though…

Here We Go…

“The Only Thing Standing Between You & Your Goal Is The Bullshit Story You Keep Telling Yourself As To Why You Can’t Achieve It.” ~Jordan Bellfort


I had an interesting talk with a good friend of mine recently, and he mentioned Blogging Over Wine. He loves to see people do what they love, and in regards to me, how blogging is ‘My Thing.’ He reminded me that I’d never truly feel fulfilled unless I nurture my gift and how doing so is the key to abundance, opportunity, health and wealth. He can get really deep…

For as long as I can remember, I’ve had a visual of what I wanted my life to be. I’ve always been lost in a book, or overcome with peace when playing the piano. I would feel inspired easily and often and would achieve these tiny moments of enlightenment from things as small as a quick conversation with a stranger, to watching and listening to the waves from the ocean rush ashore.

Blogging Over Wine started years ago, and everything was going great. I needed some ME time though. I needed a break. Some time to reflect, and figure out not only what I wanted for myself, but for my blog.

I’m undeniably a fan of people like myself. People who are driven, outspoken, and experienced. People who trust themselves and are confident in who they are. Those are the kind of people that this blog is for. The things you’ll read about over the course of this blog will highlight all things that we exude – such as being beautiful, benevolent, brave and bold.

Over the course of the last couple of years I’ve experienced what has finally felt like “real life” for me. That included a series of accomplishments such as climbing up the corporate ladder in my career, some lessons in love and relationships, unforgettable adventures and a boundless admiration for the young woman that I’ve become. Inevitably, with all things new and exciting in my life, I still housed a feeling of dissatisfaction. What was I missing? Well, I wasn’t utilizing my gift.

I’m no longer just Blogging Over Wine. I’m blogging over Ralijah. So with that being said everyone, come take this journey with me…