Archives: August 2013

Rylee turns two
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Rylee Jean turns two today!  We celebrated this weekend with a small party on Saturday with my family.  We had everyone over early for brunch and feasted on chocolate chip pancakes, sausage, eggs, bacon and pastries.  Ry was spoiled with all sorts of fun gifts.  She got a little stroller and babydoll to push around from my sister that is basically her favorite thing ever right now.  Sam and I bought her a balance bike that she wanted absolutely nothing to do with :).   Maybe in a few months she will take more interest (we’re hoping!)

We couldn’t be more thankful for this peanut….or the family we have to love on her.  She is growing up far too quickly….but boy do I enjoy the little lady she is becoming.  Can’t wait to see what this year holds.

Details:  Rylee’s top – Nordstrom, leggings – Target // party hat, banners, cake flags – handmade // crown headband – Crochet Savy // balance bike (re-painted)


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Top c/o Free People //  Denim Shorts c/o SheInside  //  Boots c/o Wasteland  //  Beanie – UO

Nothing beats a little summer grunge.  Tank, cutoffs and a beanie.  And it takes all of 5 seconds to throw on.  I’m still waiting around for the sun to come out and stay out.  It’s been such an odd summer for us…beautiful one week, cold and gloomy the next.  Maybe we will have a repeat of last year and enjoy our “summer” in October (has anyone else’s summer been weird, or is it just us?)

Anyway…I’m going to keep this short because it’s baby girl’s birthday party is tomorrow and I have LOTS to do! We decided to keep it mellow with just family and spoil her rotten for the day.  I just might cry if I think too much about the fact that she turns TWO on monday!  Time, where have you gone?

Glitter Guide // Rylee’s Room

Rylee and I were honored to be featured over on Glitter Guide yesterday as a part their Little Gem column!  If you missed it, you can see the full interview here.  I wrote a lot about life as a working mom and some of the ways in which motherhood has changed me.  My favorite little tid bit from the interview:

Do you have any advice for other moms who are striving to balance work and family?

I think a lot of us put pressure on ourselves to “do it all”…and to do it all with ease. I know I did in the beginning and it just about killed me. I often felt a nagging guilt for not doing enough for Rylee, not doing enough for myself, not being the best wife I could be, not being able to finish everything I set out to do. The list goes on. I so badly wanted to do it all, but I quickly came to the realization that it just wasn’t going to happen. I had to step back, slow down, take a deep breath and prioritize. For the first time in my life, I had to change the way I operated. I had to create a schedule (imagine that) and figure out where to “cut the fat” in my life. Even though it was hard, I had to give myself grace in the process.

It’s so easy to compare ourselves to other moms who seemingly have it all together…but I promise, underneath that combed hair and thought-out outfit, there was something they struggled with that morning, too. I think it’s important for all of us to support and encourage each other—wherever we are—instead of trying to decide who’s doing it right and who’s doing it wrong. At the end of the day, we just have to make the best decisions for ourselves and our families and our overall happiness. And that might look a lot different for each of us.

A huge thanks to my pal Jackie Wonders for capturing such great pics of my girl and her room!  There’s even more…I just had to split them into two posts! …to be continued ;)