We love our Bugaboo Bee5! The weather has been so beautiful the last few nights (hello summer!), so we’ve got to enjoy some evening walks with the kids before winding them down for bed at night. Sam and I often grumble about the crazy high cost of living here on the coast in Encinitas…but on nights like this when we get outside and walk around our neighborhood we are always reminded how truly beautiful it is and how lucky we are to be here. I can’t really imagine being anywhere else. Our Bee5 is the perfect stroller for walks like this and any other urban environment for that matter. The compact chassis and a one-hand, one-piece fold makes it easy to hop into a taxi or out of a train, making it an easy choice for urban adventurers with a newborn or toddler. The front wheels have been redesigned to provide additional stability and swivel maneuverability and the padded seat reverses, reclines and extends in just a few clicks. And the very best part is that it’s completely customizable – from the color of your seat fabric to your bassinet and extendable sun canopy. The changeable grips and wheel caps mean there are even more opportunities to show your style. I chose the all black colorway – chassis, seat fabric, sun canopy and grips. I tend to identify as a minimalist and always gravitate to neutral colors – black, grey, nude and white. Not only in my baby gear but also in my wardrobe and most everything else! Black is an easy choice for me in a stroller because it’s classic and timeless and I know it will match with everything. But if you are more of a color lover, the Bee 5 has a ton of fun color options like soft pink, sky blue, sunrise yellow, olive green…and even some fun print options in the mix. I used to think the bigger the better when it came to strollers. But now as a mom to (almost!) three, I’ve come to realize the more compact and easy to lift and fold, the better. It’s hard enough to wrangle your kids and get them where you need to go…your stroller shouldn’t be another thing to wrangle! It’s hard to imagine in a few short months we will have three babies to care for! I am so excited and a little nervous at the same time. But God doesn’t ever give us more than we can handle, so we are ready for this next chapter. We’ve been busy most weekends working on house projects. We totally re-did our kitchen and living room and we moved the kids into the same room and got them bunk beds. And then we are totally redesigning a new nursery for the babe. Nurseries are my favorite and I know this is the last chance I’ll get to design one, so I’m making it count. I have a feeling I will be working on it right up until she arrives…..but it’s a project I enjoy so it’s worth the effort! (my husband might disagree, haha). Can’t wait to share all the updates with you guys!
If there is one thing I don’t mind investing in, it’s a good pair of boots. Boots have always been my go to in the Fall / Winter season and with the amount of wear I know they will get, I know it’s worth getting something of quality, which is one of the many reasons I love Peter Nappi. Designed in Nashville and handmade in Tuscany, Peter Nappi premium leather footwear and goods are a distinctive blend of Italian heritage and American personality. They are made with the highest quality leather and are designed to be loved and lived in, wearing beautifully with time an age. I am wearing my favorite style from the collection – the Corina Bootie in cuoio. So excited to break these in this winter (and many winters to come!)
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I remember growing up I hated my hair. It was so thin and fine and had no body or texture. I was envious of the girls with thick long hair and the girls with the perfect curls. But you always want what you don’t have right? It’s like an unspoken rule. A really bad one that keeps us from appreciating the things we do have. As I have gotten older, I’ve grown to actually really love my hair. Yes, it’s still very fine and it doesn’t hold a curl to save its life. BUT, it has it’s perks. It drys super fast. And as a busy mama, always on the go, I’ve grown to really appreciate that. It’s also stick straight….always has been. So I can dry it quickly and if I want to wear it down, that really all that needs to happen. No straightening or products I have to use. I remember my sister cutting blunt bangs for me in high school and immediately feeling more confident. It was like an instant “style” that took zero effort on my part. And at 31, I’m still rocking them. I’ve tried about a million times to change it up, but blonde with bangs is just my look and I don’t feel like myself any other way. Luckily for me, my sister is my hair guru and has been doing it for as long as I can remember. I am only still this blonde because of her. We do my hair at her house with all our kids running around being crazy, but I don’t know it any other way. (*note – she went to school for hair and worked for years as a stylist, so she knows her stuff). Anyway, I have moments of thinking “am I too old for this hair style / color”?….I mean, you can’t be 40 with platinum hair, right? But really, who makes those rules anyway? I’ll be rocking this look for as long as it makes me feel good, and I’d encourage you to do the same, without worrying about what other people think it should or shouldn’t look like.
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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 :)
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