BLACKOUT
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Jacket – Cleobella / Necklace + Bracelet – Maslo Jewelry / Shoes – Emerson Fry / Ruffled Hem Tee

Sam asked as I was walking out the door what band I was going to see. haha.  What can I say, I’ve always just felt good in black.  I usually like to break it up with a color, or just white, but all black everything felt pretty good to me on this particular day.  I’ve had a hard time keeping up with this blog as of late (I am sure you’ve noticed if you’ve been following me for a while).   Nothing has changed really, other than the lack of time I have to devote to this space.  With the growth of Rylee & Cru (the business, but I guess you could say my kids too) has come a ton of work that still rests almost solely on my shoulders.  It’s been such a blast and I wouldn’t change a thing about this past year, but with the growth of one thing, comes the sacrifice of others.  My creative output into the brand takes just about all the creative energy I can muster…..so when it comes to this blog and social media, I have found myself a little bit burnt out and uninspired.  I guess everything has it’s ebbs and flows.  Right now I am in a season of working my tail off to hopefully build a sustainable business that can support my family, as well as just being the best mama I can be, despite the workload.  Fashion and crafts and diy projects are still things I am passionate about, but don’t always have the time to share anymore.  Hopefully one day I can get back to more of that.  But for now, this is where I’m at and hopefully you’ll stick with me through this crazy adventure :)

Photos by Jackie Wonders


Graze

1 2 3 4 5I’ve never been great in the kitchen.  I do love to cook (well, mostly bake) when I have the time….but “having the time” is close to never.  Since having kids, it’s been important for me to try to keep the house stocked with plenty of  healthy snack options, for both myself and my kids.  I’ve learned that a house with no good snacks turns pretty quickly into a grumpy one! Our life is always on-the-go and it’s nice to have snacks available that I can grab for the road or snack on at home between meals.   That’s where Graze comes in.  Graze is a snack subscription service that offers hundreds of tasty snack options, catered to your tastes, and delivers them right to your door.  There’s no artificial flavors, or colors, no high fructose corn syrup, and no trans fat, and yes…they still taste amazing.  No more standing in front of the snack isle at the grocery store wondering what on earth to choose.  Rylee’s favorite is definitely the cinnamon pretzel sticks with snickerdoodle dip (that dip is heavenly).  And I love the chocolate cherry protein granola in the morning on top of my greek yogurt.

Graze is kindly offering their first sampler box for FREE when you subscribe using this LINK HERE!

Here’s how the subscription with Graze works:
1) As a new subscriber, you tell Graze which snacks you enjoy (over 100 to choose from)
2) Graze will hand-pick a box for you (8 tasty snacks in a box)
3) They send it to your work or home (no need to sign for the box)
Happy Snacking!

Thank you to Graze for kindly sponsoring this post. All opinions are 100% honest & completely my own.


Monica Rich Kosann
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Monica Rich Kosann Locket dRA dress / Stetson hat / SALT sunglasses / Velveteen dress

Being a mother is the most important role I will play in my life. Before my kids, I didn’t know the depths with which I could love. It’s been an extremely emotional week as one of my dearest friends, a mom of 2 sweet babies, is fighting for her life right now to the grips of cancer. It’s moments like these that you realize how fleeting life is. How nothing matters but the love you put out into the world, the people you impact, your friendships, your family, your legacy. The things that often preoccupy my mind and the things that bring me worry are so insignificant in the greater picture. One thing I know for sure is that as a mother, I have a tremendous influence on the lives of my kids. I have the opportunity to shape them and direct them toward becoming all that God created them to be. It’s my job (but not my job alone) to make them feel loved and valued, to teach them that they are unique and beautiful, strong and capable.
I recently got this beautiful locket from Monica Rich Kosann which I have been wearing close to my heart, especially this week. It holds a photo of both of my kids…a constant reminder of who they are to me, and who I am to them. Motherhood is this wild rocky beautiful adventure, and I feel so blessed to be a part of it. May I never take that for granted.

Photos by Nicole Moser


LACEY LANE GIVEAWAY
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So excited to share with you guys today’s giveaway!  If any of you are mama’s to little girls, you need to check out Lacey Lane!  Founded by two sisters (and mothers!) from Brisbane, Australia, Lacey Lane offers unique and original styles for girls ages 1-8.  Their dresses are probably my favorite!  Can you tell that Rylee likes hers just a little bit ;)  Honestly, it’s all she wants to wear at the moment.  And this 85 degree weather we’ve been having lately is making that completely acceptable.  This style is their brand new ‘blossom dress’, made of crisp white linen with a blue embroidery detail at the chest.  And luckily for you, they are giving away a dress from their collection to one lucky reader!  To enter, simply follow the prompts below!  A winner will be announced here on Monday, Feb 15th!  Good Luck!
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UTILITARIAN
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UGG Boots // Dress // Necklace

Well, they are certainly my most comfortable boots to date!  When it comes to shoes, I always always gravitate to black.  I’ve found that a good black ankle boot can transition to any season.   These Patsy boots by UGG, are the perfect combo of comfy and cute!  The inside is lined with soft sheepskin, which only adds to the comfort level.  I paired them with a simple midi shirtdress and chunky necklace (that I am completely obsessed with) by Maslo Jewelry.  This is something I’d wear any day of the week.  Out and about with the kids or even on a date.  It’s comfortable and practical, but also chic and pulled together.

Sam and I head to New York in a few days, and you better believe that these cozy boots are coming with me!