Welcome to my new space

April 6, 2015

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Welcome to my new blog garaytreasures.com or formerly known as garaytreasures.wordpress.com. I am so glad many of you have come back by to check out and follow this new space but if you are new to Garay Treasures let me introduce myself.

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My name is Rachel and I am a former preschool special education teacher turned substitute teacher and stay-at-home mom to 4 children (Nevaeh 6, Alexander 2, Elizabeth and Max 1/twins). I blog about fashion primarily as reading fashion blogs for years I knew I wanted to do the same. In January 2014, my former blog garaytreasures.wordpress.com was born and while my posts were more lifestyle and all over the place I still appreciated fashion blogs over other topics and slowly but surely I connected with several fashion and lifestyle bloggers to become a fashion blogger (there I said it)! Throughout the year and some months that I have been blogging I have learned a lot as well as collaborated with bloggers and companies alike to bring you new ideas, thoughts and products reviews.

As a fashion blogger I don’t consider myself trendy by any means, however I do like to incorporate some trendy items with older pieces already in my wardrobe. I like to dress casually chic. As a full time mom it can be hard to look sophisticated or glamorous, but it is a wonder what jewelry and some lipstick can do to an outfit to give me a boost of confidence and joy for the day.

As a mommy and follower of Christ first I find it can be hard not to prioritize fashion, blogging and social media.  As I blog I learn more about myself and how truly weak I am without God, and my families support and love. In so admitting this you may see several posts on faith, my family and kids as these are a part of my everyday life.

So what can you expect ahead on this blog? well here is a list of things:

-I plan to have posts up Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays with Wednesdays being designated for extra posts unplanned or for the new monthly themed fashion link up I have the privilege of hosting alongside other fashionistas starting next Wednesday, April 15. (Details coming in this Wednesdays post).

– “Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me” link up will be back soon. (This is my link up on Tuesdays where anyone can link up any topic related post and I will feature my favorite 5 each Tuesday with a shout-out to the blogger of that post. You can go here to read more about it and check out older link ups/features).

-I will be participating in Budget Babes alongside Ada and Maria every Friday for 6 weeks starting this coming Friday, April 10. Come every Friday to see how we styled a key item and under a $75 budget.

– I will be hosting a giveaway in May to celebrate my Birthday alongside 10 + other bloggers  (I have selected) so you won’t want to miss that.

– Posts on authentic feelings or thoughts. As a mom, woman and human I sometimes can be vulnerable so I want to share these thoughts or feelings as best I can without offending anyone but as the Holy Spirit leads me to.
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I want to take a few moments to thank God for His love for me and sending His son Jesus Christ to die for my sins and for being there for me and knowing me before I was even formed. To my parents, hubby, children, in-laws and extended family and friends thank you so much for your love and support, where would I be without you guys. I also want to thank DeShea Witcher who made this whole switch happen and to Susan Belisle my pastor’s wife for recommending this switch with DeShea and for your prayers and support (you can read Susans blog here). Most importantly thanks goes to YOU as my reader for coming by my blog today and for encouraging me or just reading what I have to say or create. You are the reason I keep up with blogging. So kick back with a cup of coffee or two and enjoy Garay Treasures.

I love what I do as a blogger and take blogging seriously and I love meeting you.  If you ever have questions, comments or collaboration inquiries please don’t hesitate on leaving me comments in each post or e-mailing me at rachel.garay@me.com. Again welcome to Garaytreasures.com.

Rachel xo

 

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  • Shauna April 6, 2015 at 2:35 pm

    The new blog looks fabulous!! Congrats, and I loved your introduction. Hope you had a blessed Easter with your beautiful family! -xx

    Shauna

    http://www.lipglossandlace.net

  • Becky @ bybmg April 6, 2015 at 3:30 pm

    Congrats on the new space! It looks great!

  • Katherine April 6, 2015 at 3:38 pm

    Thank you Rachel for being you 🙂 I love your honesty and genuine love for Jesus and others! I’m always inspired by you to show that vulnerable side of being so open and honest with your readers. Keep up the great work!

  • Keri April 6, 2015 at 5:04 pm

    Love it! Congrats!!! So will I need to follow this one on bloglovin or does it transfer over?

  • Whitney 'Nic' James April 6, 2015 at 5:35 pm

    Love the new space, Rachel! Congrats to you and looking forward to your journey. XO!

    ~Whitney
    http://www.whitneynicjames.com

  • Amy Ann April 6, 2015 at 3:29 pm

    Congrats on the new space. Looks great!

    Amy Ann
    The Real Arnolds

  • Heather April 6, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    This is great Rachel! Congratulations – your new site looks amazing and I look forward to seeing what you have in store!!
    XO,
    Heather
    http://www.alittlecasual.com

  • Shannon April 6, 2015 at 4:32 pm

    Congratulations on the new space! It looks great! You have such a beautiful family!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

  • Denise April 6, 2015 at 4:57 pm

    Congrats on the new site, it really looks awesome! Love all the new ideas and changes you have planned! Looking forward to them 🙂

    Denise | Fashion Love Letters

  • Sam April 6, 2015 at 5:05 pm

    So excited for you!! The new space looks great, and this is such a lovely welcome post :). Looking forward to reading your future posts!

  • Ginny April 6, 2015 at 5:20 pm

    Yay for the switch to your own site 🙂 fun times!

  • Elements Of Ellis April 6, 2015 at 7:56 pm

    Congrats on the new blog! I recently changed my blog name too 🙂 So exciting!

    http://elementsofellis.com/

  • Maria G April 6, 2015 at 8:12 pm

    Congrats on your new space! It’s an exciting step for you and your blog! I’m excited for our blog series starting Friday!

  • J @ Bless Her Heart Y'all April 6, 2015 at 8:23 pm

    Wow! Congrats on the big move! I hope that you have many more amazing blogging years ahead of you dear!

  • Jill April 6, 2015 at 8:41 pm

    Congrats on the new space! It looks great! I’m excited to see what you have planned!

    Jill
    Doused In Pink

  • Tif @ Bright on a Budget April 6, 2015 at 9:19 pm

    Congrats on the new space! I’m excited to see what you have in store for us:)

    Tif
    http://www.brightonabudget.com

  • Dressed2dNines April 6, 2015 at 10:16 pm

    Great move girl! I love the fact that you took the time to introduce and reintroduce yourself! I would have never pegged you to be a mommy of 4, you look so great and super youthful! Keep up whatever you’re doing!

    http://www.dressed2dnines.com

  • Jennie April 6, 2015 at 10:19 pm

    Congratulations on the new space – it looks great! Awesome introductory post! Sounds like you have some amazing plans coming up – cannot wait to see them come to fruition!

  • Claire April 7, 2015 at 12:58 am

    What a great new space!

    God bless,
    XO, Claire
    http://www.littlemissfashionqueen.blogspot.com

  • IRENE April 7, 2015 at 3:40 am

    congrats for the new space!love it! i did the same thing some time ago and it takes so much effort!

    Irene
    http://www.thedailylace.com

  • Amy's Fashion Blog April 7, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    Congrats on your new site. It look fabulous.

    http://www.amysfashionblog.com/blog-home/

  • Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom April 10, 2015 at 7:48 pm

    You sound so excited about the blog changes you’ve made and this is why I enjoy stopping by your blog everyday to read!