Fridays with Cru are my jam :) Monday through Thursday are mostly work days for me. So I am always looking forward to Fridays and weekends with the kids. Friday morning we drop Ry off at school at nine, and Cru and I have until 2:00 to do whatever we want together, just the two of us. It’s my favorite time with him because it’s usually unplanned. No agenda, no rushing around….which usually results in the best version of Cru :) He likes things done at his own pace, and well, I don’t blame him. We recently got the new Quinny Moodd stroller to try out and Cru might be just as into it as I am! It’s sleek design and easy functionality make it my favorite of the Quinny family. Plus, I love the unique color block design. The best feature is it’s automatic unfolding and easy folding. I have tried a fair share of strollers with my kids, and honestly, that feature is one of the most important. A stroller that is hard to open and close is a royal pain. This one just pops right up on it’s own with the flick of a lever, and I LOVE that. And Cru likes that handle bar that let’s him pretend like he is driving a race car. Win win.
I love discovering new up and coming jewelry designers. ARO is an Austin-based shop that focuses on independent and emerging jewelry designers from all around the world. And while jewelry is their focus, they also offer a curated selection of well designed lifestyle goods. It is a beautiful shop if you are looking for something unique and original! Pictured above are my favorite pieces by jewelry designer Kiki Koyote.
I’ve teamed up with ARO today to offer one lucky reader $200 shop credit to spend in their online store (or in-store if you live in Austin!) There are so many beautiful pieces to choose from! To enter, simply follow the prompts through Rafflecopter below! A winner will be chosen on Monday, May 9th. ARO is also graciously extending a 15% off coupon code for all of my readers! Use code “kelli” at checkout to receive 15% off. Happy shopping and good luck!
God knew what I needed when He gave me Rylee. This girl literally lights up my life. There is something about her growing older that has brought us even closer. The way her mind works is so similar to my own, I often know what she is thinking before she even says it. Her sense of humor, her creative spirit, her tender heart….they mirror my own and it is the most amazing thing for me to experience as her mother. My love for her knows no bounds.
I asked her if we could take some photos together in our new matching tops…she is always so timid at first but in the end she’s always hamming it up. (again, just like I was at her age). I’m so in love with these matching lace tunics from Bell. So perfect for summer. Crisp white cotton detailed with delicate white lace. Rylee is in a stage right now where she LOVES matching with me. Anything I’m wearing, she wants to be in something similar. It’s not always MY favorite thing to dress matchy-matchy, but when she gets so excited about it, I can’t really say no! Especially when they are this cute ;) Happy early Mother’s Day to all you mamas out there.
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 :)
I’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.
Thank you to Graze for kindly sponsoring this post. All opinions are 100% honest & completely my own.