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Mommy & Mini Summer Wedding Style Collaboration

September 13, 2016


Today I am sharing a collaboration with Ada on how we styled with our girls for a summer wedding. It’s been a while since I have been to a wedding and I definitely haven’t been to one with kids. Because of the latter I took up the challenge to find a way to get my girls dressed appropriately for a wedding, including myself, to where we kind of coordinated.
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Tips every mom needs to know for herself and children this summer (e-book review)

June 18, 2015



Recently, (like last month recently) my dear blogging friend Keri published her first e-book titled Why Just Survive When You Can Thrive: Tips for Thriving This Summer with Your KidsKeri was nice enough to send me a complimentary e-book and while she wasn’t expecting a review I knew I needed to get the word out as this woman always seems to be in tune to what God may want other women to read or know, especially moms.

This e-book is short (7 chapters) and only takes less than an hour to read and includes some resources on fun activities to do with kids (in the summertime, and rainy days). Scripture and devotions are included at the end of each chapter as well as tips for how moms or women can take care of themselves as well as promote their love and intentions for their children.


There is great advice in this book for women to Thrive with their kids by not only setting up a summer routine and planned activities, but there is a lot of mention of having grace on ourselves as caregivers as sometimes we don’t always do as planned or compare ourselves to other moms. I love the chapters on having grace on ourselves and self-care as this is something caregivers tend to fall short on but it is essential to being the best you can be with children. (psst: I read this e-book while taking care of myself in a nice soaked bubble bath, promoting self-care and enjoying a good book are essentials).

Want to learn more and thrive this summer instead of survive. Keri’s book is on sale in two versions through PDF and Kindle and you can purchase the e-book on sale now for $2.99 by going to this link. The link includes other reviews and an affiliate link for yourself to promote the e-book.

Thank you for supporting my friend Keri. While this e-book was gifted to me I still wanted to support my friend and so I hope you will check her out and find something in her e-book that helps you Thrive this summer with your children.


My son on his 3rd Birthday message

April 30, 2015

To my son Xander on your 3rd Birthday today! My have you grown to be such a handsome and genius little man. I  take for granted all the time how special of a gift you are to this world, to your daddy and I and the rest of your family. Your daddy and I prayed for you even before you were even born and we are pleased with what God gave us.

Here is just a little account of what you have always meant to me or your history til now:

I spent a lot of my pregnancy with you sick and with depression. I didn’t like my job and I even found out I lost my job just weeks before you were born. Through the stress of losing my job, you and your daddy were my comforts. I got real sick  on April 30th and you came a month early. I was scared but relieved you were coming so early. While I wish I knew most of your birth story I was too sick to stay awake through even holding you for the first time, but I have this picture to remind me that I did hold you for the first time and you were healthy. You weighed 6lbs 8 oz and you were born at 11:53pm by emergency c-section.



While I recovered from being sick in the hospital you became dehydrated as you didn’t know how to nurse being a preemie and mommy couldn’t produce enough milk for you. You lost a lot of weight and had issues with jaundice but your daddy and I finally caved in and placed you on formula. You grew and grew and got better within a week in a half but you were almost hospitalized for your jaundice. You loved your feedings and having mommy and daddy sing to you.



Within a few weeks we started noticing a “strawberry” or little red dot on your forehead that the doctors and dermatologists told us would fade away with time.



You were always a fussy and demanding baby. Your daddy and I would not give you a pacifier and you didn’t like them anyway so you were one of those babies that wanted a “bottle” all the time. While you were a cute munchkin, you were hard to handle at times.


When you were five months old we found out I was pregnant with Max and Elizabeth. Those 8 months being pregnant with the twins and caring for you and Nevaeh was no picnic, but your daddy and other friends and family members were in my life often helping and the Lord got me through it all.



You were always a good brother to your new baby brother and sister. It wasn’t until your brother Max and your sister Elizabeth were walking when you started becoming rougher with them in play but you also had your moments of pretend play with them, sharing some and helping with meeting their needs (getting their blankets, bottles or holding their hand in the parking lots, etc).



You have and will always be my special baby boy. To this day I love to hold you and just say a quick prayer to God about how thankful I am to have you in my life. There are hard days of course, you have moments of meltdowns associated with the terrible twos, you can be VERY stubborn and demanding, but you are VERY sweet and receptive.




You have always had a touch of empathy for others, and you like to have recognition.  Before my final message here are some milestones or likes for you to know:


  • You learned to roll over at around 3 months old
  • You slept in a basinet in our bedroom til you were 5 months old
  • You transitioned to a crib at 5 months old
  • You sat up on your own around 5 months old
  • You fed yourself via your fingers at around 5 or 6 months old
  • You didn’t crawl til you were close to 9 months old
  • At 10 months old your pediatrician referred you to Early Intervention, but through testing you did not qualify as a baby with delays.
  • You have had asthma that hospitalized you once.
  • You liked walking with mommy or daddy holding your arms up from 8 months to 12.
  • You learned to pull up on things at 10 or 11 months old
  • You learned to walk on your own when you were 13 months on fathers day of 2013.
  • You wore cloth diapers for several months when you were younger
  • You potty trained at around 30 months old
  • You liked Elmo, Fireman Sam, Casper, Minions from Despicable Me (or you call them boom booms) and Finding Nemo.
  • You always liked toy cars, fire trucks and trains.
  • Your favorite foods are the unhealthy ones
  • But you do love your fruits
  • You hate getting your teeth brushed
  • You have 3 blankets
  • You have been in the 90th percentile for your height as compared to other boys your age. You have always been a bit tall for your age.
  • You love being read to or trying to retell or read books yourself
  • You are loved by so many people and God.


We are excited for the new things you will learn or grow to love. We are so excited that you are starting to talk more and be more understandable with your language. It brings us joy that you will sometimes name your colors (but not when asked to, only when we catch you doing it), we love that you are learning to count and we are EXTRA proud of you for learning to peddle a tricycle recently on your own. Your daddy and I are so proud of you and can’t wait for what your three year old year will hold (until then enjoy that Birthday cake slice).

We love you! Happy Birthday Xander,

Love your mommy (and daddy).


Featured 5 Ladies from Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me link up and Christmas photos

December 23, 2014

I can’t get over the fact that tomorrow is Christmas eve! My little family will gather in the morning around the Christmas tree and open gifts to one another and then spend Christmas day with our family members for some good food, games, presents and time remembering what Christmas is really about- Christ’s birth.
The celebration of His life is so overwhelming. I am thankful for Christ coming to this earth and changing lives not only through physical healings and renewals but for cleansing our sin and renewing our lives through His ultimate sacrifice, his death and resurrection.
I know that there is so much joy in this holiday season as we celebrate His birth, but I also know there is sadness and perhaps lonliness. There are people in the world and probably reading this who have lost some loved ones whom they shared this glorious holiday with, going through financial or family problems or only God knows. But God is right there, He is the Almighty and can do all things, heal the broken hearted, lonely, hurt and outcast. If you just believe that He can then He is waiting with open arms for you to come to him with your anger, frustration, and even praise.
I could go on and on about Christmas and the reasons to celebrate but I will leave you with some family Christmas photos taken recently from our photographer Cary Elizabeth and the final five featured ladies that linked up to Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me last Tuesday.

Family Photos from the Garay’s! Merry Christmas!




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These are just the cutest photos! The kids were so difficult, but some good ones came from the trouble of rounding up kids. What do you think?
The best group shot we could get!

Now for the Featured 5 bloggers from last weeks link up:


Dawn of linked up an adorable Aztec printed cardigan that I couldn’t help but share with you guys as I loved it. I also slightly envied her time spent at the mall and by a firepit in these photos- both sound amazingly nice right now. You can check out the original post here.


Heather of posted two very exquisite and lovely outfits that you will need to be sure to check out here. This chica even got her outfits through thrift stores too.
Poncho Love 2
Jill of added in a post on her new cute poncho along with a childhood story on her first recollections of a poncho. You can read that story and view her nice casual outfit here.

Tina of reviewed an eShakti dress perfect for her husbands holiday party. The color and make of the dress just stood out to me, most of all Tina looks so lovely in it. You can read about the review here.

Crockpot Chicken Tacos
Maria of posted a recipe that is one of my favorites to make. It’s easy, cheap and delicious. I have seen many bloggers do this same recipe alongside Maria, but I just had to share it as we do this recipe all the time at our house. You can view the recipe here.

As a reminder last weeks link up was the last of 2014. It has been a joy to host this link up and meet some new bloggers. I hope you will enjoy todays featured. I look forward to the link up to continue in February as January will be a month long break from blogging for me. Enjoy!


Girls (moms) night out

November 10, 2014

Happy Monday! How was your weekend? Mine was wonderful and I will tell you why in a bit, but first I wanted to show you my latest obsession- this Zara plaid blanket scarf.

I believe it is DEFINITELY my new favorite scarf. It is warm and so versatile, I just can’t get enough of it.
I have already pinned a million (well not quite a million) ways to wear it too on pinterest. I cannot wait to style this scarf in multiple ways. Now on to my weekend and girl or mom talk.

I have come to learn that in every mom or wifes life there comes a time where you just want to be free of responsibilities or kids, this past Friday night it happened. For four hours I was kid-less and chose this time to spend with two of my sisters shopping. It was glorious to laugh at the wittiness and attitudes of my sisters (both speak their mind to much), as oppose to my shy personality. The quality time and good deals were also a plus.
Lately, I have been learning that moms often times feel guilty to have alone- enjoyment time, am I alone in this? I brought up this question to a group of other moms or single women alike at church the other night in Bible study and found I wasn’t alone. Even if you are not a mom, I also learned years ago that sometimes even wives with or without children need separation from the stress of life and just do things for self. Examples might be going to get a facial, go for a long drive, soak with a book and candles in a warm bath etc. I have been taking a few more hot baths lately, online shopping when I can because I have learned that I need to treat myself or the old saying comes true “If momma ain’t happy nobody is happy.”
Before I get to the details of the outfit I wore above for my girls night out. I would like to share some links of other blogging friends of mine and their take on taking a break as a mom. I enjoyed these and I hope you will too.
Keri shared on how to start a habit each week of self-care in some form, and shared encouragement on this. You can find her post here.
Keri also shared on how important it is to make time with friends without kids and some ideas on what to do with friends, like coffee, shopping, a painting or craft night, etc,. Read the post here.
Elizabeth took time away from kids, phone and social media to enjoy a good hard copy book, coffee and making short term and long term goals. Read her post here.

What are some things you do for a girls night out? What do you like to do to treat yourself?

Outfit details: Blanket scarf: Zara//Earrings: ALDO//Bracelett: gift, thrifted//Coat: Merona (via Target, old)//Pants: St. Johns Bay (old)//Shoes: Merona (via Target, old)//Purse: Merona (via Target, old).

Linking up to:
Whitney with Personal Style Monday.

God Life Happy Wife

InDuffinitely Me
The Fashionista Momma

pleated poppy

Shopping My Closet

Amy Fashion Blog

Creative Mondays

still being molly

Andrea of Friday Favorites at

Stylin' In St. Louis
I do deClaire
Bless Her Heart Y'all
Style Honestly

When Your Cup of Coffee is Cold or Empty …..

September 25, 2014

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If you are like me then you can probably relate to the title of this post (most days or all).  I tend to let the coffee (or tea) in my cup go cold before I can enjoy it because I stay busy with 3 kids during the morning and then 4 when Nevaeh gets home from school and even then if I make a second pot it still goes cold before I can have it. There are times my cup is empty and I want more, more and more.

Now this post is not necessarily about coffee and how many cups I could drink a day but more on handling my life daily. For me it is a struggle to feel like what I am doing is purposeful (being at home and parenting). Some days I feel like I am cold and just impatient, un-intentional, empty. I allow thoughts of needing more, wanting to know my purpose, wanting to know why things happened the way they did when I lost my teaching job (a lot of the root of my insecurities). wanting to know if I am parenting or disciplining correctly, the list goes on.

Lately I have been asking myself, What is my purpose?

Every night before I go to bed I sit with my Bible and read a few chapters throughout the Bible, no order just reading and hoping to catch something I missed years before or in church. Last night I was reading Psalm 138 over and over, probably 3 times til I realized at the end in verse 8- “The Lord will fulfill his purpose, for me; your love, O Lord, endures forever-do not abandon the works of your hands.” (NIV) It hit me that God promises it in His word that HE will fulfill his purpose for ME. I may not know what that is yet, but I need to have the faith daily to know that He will FULFILL HIS purpose for ME. I don’t need to be insecure, cold, empty. God loves me forever and always has, He knows what I am going through or will and His plans are good and lovely. It is comforting to know that He is already working out my purpose, daily.

So what about you? Is your cup warm, cold or empty today?

Take comfort that God loves you and will fulfill his purpose for YOU!

Rachel xo



Life lately

April 17, 2014

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My twins Elizabeth and Max turned 11 months today! Wow! I am  so blessed to have them as my babies and it’s hard to believe they will be a year old this time next month. Elizabeth currently crawls and stands up and cruises everything, Maxdoes all of these but is starting to take 3 to 4 steps before falling, but only if he is coaxed to walk towards an adult. They eat everything (food wise) you put in front of them.



Alexander turns 2 on the 30th of this month and we celebrate with a party next Saturday at a local park with friends and family. Hard to believe my baby is growing up! I am SO blessed to be Xander’s mommy!


Helicopter Egg hunt drop:



Snagged this triple stroller on craigslist for $100 around this time last year and boy is it a lifesaver.


Helicopter about to drop the eggs


My brother with Nevaeh, awaiting the helicopter.


Xander picking up eggs and placing in his bag. (I would have brought their Easter baskets but I didn’t want to keep up with all of them in a crowded place, a baggie is just easier to handle).

Can’t get enough of parks EVERYDAY we get the chance. A new park is being built a few streets down and we are THRILLED!




Linking up with Anna and Kimberly for their link-up Currently Loving. Hop on over and check it out for yourself and meet new friends.
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