Being a mom, The Shoes & Collaboration

May 6, 2016


Being a mother is an awesome experience. All of my life I dreamed of being a teacher, writer and mom. While I got all three I realize I may not be the best at each but I sure can make the most of each while I can. For example, I use to be a full time teacher now stay-at-home mom that teaches preschool at church and substitute teaches elementary schools. I wrote two novels in my middle school thru high school years, now this blog. Then I am a mom. A mom to four lovely little kiddos.


Being a mom to four sure isn’t a picnic. I get told all the time by mom’s of one or two children that I must be super woman or something as they have a hard time with their only child, or two children, however smaller amount they have to my four. Most days I am a wreck and wish they would stop getting into things, stop being stubborn and disobedient. Then there are those days and moments where I relish holding them or hearing them sing songs, talk about their interests and things learned, laugh or  hugs and kisses.

I also realize that it is VERY expensive with four. Most of my kids clothes are hand-me-downs, thrifted or given as gifts, we don’t eat out but once a week ( McDonald’s to let them play) and we go to the library for books and movies, and for walks or hiking to save on the once gym membership we use to have.

Every once in awhile my husband and I like to buy our children new shoes or clothes here and there (normally on a good sale and at the beginning of the school year) as we realize this is something we didn’t get much of growing up in our big families. It was a treat for us, and so we hope to treat them.


As my hubby and I like to get our kids new clothes or things on occasion I must tell you about a time where my mom splurged a bit and made me feel special.

When I was entering a four year college for teaching, my family and I took a weekend trip to Williamsburg, VA to get away for a few days. We didn’t do much as my family didn’t have extra spending money nor did we really do vacations but this weekend was a treat.  I don’t remember what all we did in Williamsburg but I do remember my mom and I hitting up the outlet malls and browsing.

Mom and I came across the Michael Kors outlet store and I beamed from ear to ear with excitement as I had been quite the Michael Kors fan and had plenty of thrifted Michael Kors items back home. To my amazement my mom did something I would never forget…


She took out her credit card and bought me these shoes (after forcing me to try them on, and to our surprise they were marked down to $20). Now mind you my parents are and were good with credit cards and always paid them off each month but they really didn’t like to use it except for gas or emergencies. But I remember this was a “I love you and know you love Michael Kors gift.” I felt very special that day and still wear these shoes often (even if they are past 10 years). These flats still hold up well and only show minor wearing or discoloring at the tips, but are otherwise just as good as they day I got them.

As I mentioned above, my mom made me feel special and I hope that somehow I can make everyday and Mother’s Day special for her. (I shared more about my mom in this recent post).

Why am I telling you about the shoes and my mom? Because, I am sharing in a collaboration with a few other stylish ladies who thought it would be fun to gather up items that make us think of our moms for Mother’s Day and so without further adieu please meet and read about the following ladies and learn more about their moms (their links are included).

Have a Happy Mother’s Day and if you aren’t a mother yet hug your own mom.

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Val of  Val Around Town shares how her mother always taught her to dress classic, read more here.

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Ann of Krembdelakremb, shares a little on her grandmothers ring and the matching tunic to her mothers.

Sheela Writes

Sheela of Sheelagoh (the mastermind behind this collaboration) shares a bit on motherhood as well.

Tell me in the comments below.  What item that you own reminds you of your mother? Any special Mothers Day plans?

Shop my look:

Outfit: Shoes: Michael Michael Kors, similar//Shirt:via Schoola, use my link and get $10 off for free here//Pants: Target, similar//Watch: c/o JORD, same//Bracelet: c/o My Arm Charms//Purse: Michael Kors, same on sale from $358 to $288.07

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  • Adriele May 6, 2016 at 2:08 am

    That story makes my heart smile. Moms really are the best and I think it was sweet that she did that for you. Thank you for sharing! I agree, mom’ing is AMAZING, but Lord help me, difficult some days. (Ok, who am I kidding- it’s most days.) But I realize how important I am in my son’s life and my husband and I try daily to do the best we can. This post was touching and honest, and I appreciate you sharing!!!


  • Becky @ bybmg May 6, 2016 at 8:55 am

    What a fun story about those shoes! So, so sweet!

  • Leah May 6, 2016 at 9:06 am

    Such a great story. Moms are the best. You sound like a great one!

    xx Leah /

  • Osy osehie May 6, 2016 at 11:56 am

    Such a beautiful story. This story is so special to me because the same thing just happend to me a few weeks ago. My sisters and i went on a road trip with my mum. On our way back, they decided to stop over at the MK outlet store in NJ, I just tagged along as a team player, but few minutes later, i came out with two MK bags as my early birthday gifts. I was speechless. Now these are like the most expensive gifts I have ever received and I am sure to remember this birthday for all my life.

  • Ada May 6, 2016 at 4:53 pm

    What a sweet and neat post today Rachel. Lately I have talked a little bit about my mom too, the amazing woman she is and since I have been back to Michigan I have borrowed from her closet and worn things she has either owned, owns or things she has made herself. All of those things that were once hers, are hers or made by her remind me of my mom every time I wear them. =)

    BTW, I am also posting about Motherhood today, in collaboration with some other moms. Great minds think alike, what can I say!

    Happy Mother’s Day Weekend to you and your wonderful mother, Rachel!

  • Sheela Goh May 6, 2016 at 10:49 pm

    How absolutely beautiful, Rachel. Mothers are the most underrated, under-appreciated heroines of the world, and it’s posts such as ours which help ensure they receive the accolades they deserve. Thank you so much, for joining me in this collaboration, I’ve learned a little more about you through it, and realise we have quite a few similarities, you and I. Growing up, I wanted to be a writer, a psychologist and a fashion designer. The second dream was shelved when I realised there were no opportunities for growth (or employment, for that matter) back in Borneo, where I’m from. I’ve been blessed to have written two books and designed a line which sold on Etsy for a few years. My family was somewhat impoverished during my teenage years (thanks to the recession) and more often than not, we wore hand-me-downs from cousins. I do, however, like to think that being brought up within an environment of prudence and frugality has made both my brother and I, mindful and resourceful. Strong and resilient. And that it’s the same for you 🙂 xoxo

    p/s I really need to learn to write less. Sorry for the word regurgitation, Rachel.

  • kelsey bang May 8, 2016 at 1:53 am

    fun post! you look darling as always!

  • Brooke May 8, 2016 at 9:21 am

    My mom has made me feel special over and over again through the years. I hope I can repay her!

    Pumps & Push-Ups

  • Nada May 8, 2016 at 9:55 am

    great !

  • Shelbee on the Edge May 8, 2016 at 4:33 pm

    Rachel, this is such a great post! I remember my mom doing special things like that for me as well (there was not much extra splurge money in our household either). All of these Mother’s Day posts are making me wish I had put together an outfit today that reminded me of my mom. My mom passed away 10 years ago and until I had children of my own, I sort of just ignored Mother’s Day. But now I am thinking of all the wonderful items I have in my closet that I could never part with because they remind me of mom. I have a chartreuse full maxi skirt embellished with ribbon and sequins that my mother bought for me on our last vacation together in Las Vegas. I haven’t worn it in years. I also have an ivory asymmetrical hem sheer tunic that she and I designed and made together just months before she passed. That also still hangs in my closet unworn. Perhaps for her birthday in July, I will pair the two together and write a post! Thanks for sharing your special story and thank you for inspiring me!


  • Amy Ann May 8, 2016 at 8:48 pm

    I love the story behind the shoes. Thanks for sharing a little more about your life. Happy Mother’s Day!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  • Ann May 9, 2016 at 12:32 am

    Rachel, this has been a really neat experience to work, blog, style, and write with you. I can totally relate to your story! My shoes in my post were also a gift. I couldn’t believe when she included them in the purchase of the dress too. I was over the moon. Growing up, the oldest of five, I got so excited when my mom came home once a year with those big bags from K-Mart! It was at the start of school, and we would have no idea what she would have chosen for us, but I always loved it! The other times of year that I received clothing were my birthday and Christmas. Oh, I just couldn’t wait. And because my mom had such great taste, I loved everything (well pretty much everything) she ever gave me.

    Awww, style stories! I do love them.

    Love, Ann

  • Gemma May 9, 2016 at 7:19 am

    Beautiful post and outfit. Gemma x

  • Val May 9, 2016 at 4:15 pm

    It was so fun to collab with you and the other wonderful moms in this post. Your story touched my heart, we really do whatever it takes for our kids. Being a mom had brought a new perspective on life and a great joy at the same time! Somedays are hard but they really do go by so fast. I hope you had a great Mother’s Day weekend with your family!

    Love, Val

  • Jess May 13, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    Happy Mothers day.. if I didnt get to say. Love the stripes on you. I enjoyed your post!
    Thanks for linking up with Turning Heads Tuesday!
    jess xx

  • Happiness at Mid Life May 16, 2016 at 12:35 am

    This is such a sweet story! Being a mom is a tough but such a rewarding job!

    Thank you for being a part of TBT Fashion link up and hope to see you soon!


  • Monica May 17, 2016 at 8:14 pm

    Great look, and happy belated mother’s day! Thanks for linking up with me.