Life & Family

Our Rodeo Adventure

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Yesterday, we finally fulfilled our promise to our boys to take them to the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo.  Bean has been dying to go since Go Texan Day and since a “real cowboy” visited his preschool. Both of the boys looked absolutely precious in their jeans and boots and Bean looked extra cute in his hat.

First, we stopped by the Mutton Bustin’ tent.  I seriously love this “sport.”  It’s so cute.  Little kids (around five years old) come out riding a sheep and try and hold on for eight seconds, like the bull riders do.  It is absolutely adorable.  One kid we saw absolutely would not let go.  That sweet boy held on to the side of that sheep as it ran for so long – it was really impressive.  What a little rock star!   (more…)

It’s Boots and Bling…

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It’s almost Rodeo Time and I couldn’t be more excited!  Having lived in California for the past five years, I’ve missed out on this grand Houston tradition for quite some time now and I’m thrilled to be back for it and to show my little guys the fun Texas heritage that the rodeo represents.  Of course, if you’re heading to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, this is the time to plan your outfit.  It’s time to break out your boots and hat!  (Because no, we don’t all wear them year-round. Well, not the hats anyway.) (more…)

It’s (Almost) Rodeo Time!

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Well, it’s almost here.  Rodeo is just about everyone’s favorite time in Houston.  For nearly a month each year, Houston takes on the persona that the rest of the country assumes about Texas most of the time.  Having grown up here, I assure you that I’ve been asked more than once when traveling whether or not I own an oil derrick or rode a horse to school.  Thank you, Dallas.  (The TV show, not the city.) Once, while traveling in Indonesia, someone even asked me if I knew J.R. Ewing.  (I didn’t.)  But, once a year, the fourth largest city in the U.S. goes back to its Texas roots – and its a LOT of fun! (more…)

Valentine’s Day Cards

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On Monday, I received an email from my son’s preschool.  They are having a Valentine exchange on Friday and we’re supposed to send cards for each of the kids in his class if we want to participate.  (Of course we do!)  It is our first year of school, so although most parents might have seen this coming, I didn’t.  Luckily, I’ve been on Pinterest a lot lately and had seen a few cute things pop up on there that caught my eye.  I honestly love little projects like this because it reminds me to be creative with my sons.  Its all too easy to get caught up in the mundane parts of life and when we can throw in a little art and creativity and a fun project together, it reminds me to stop and savor these sweet moments together – and to be a more fun mama! (more…)

Valentine’s Day Art Project

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Over the weekend, the boys and I decided to take on a little Valentine’s Day project for their grandmothers.  I thought that it would be fun to give them a little piece of original artwork this year.  My little bug is all about the art these days, thanks to his wonderful preschool and was really excited to paint something.  I hit the craft store earlier this week and bought a few canvases and some inexpensive acrylic paint and brushes.  For the project, I put a sticker down on the canvas, to keep that portion white and then let the boys go to town with their paint brushes all over the canvas.  After letting them dry, I carefully peeled off the sticker and, voila – heart art!

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Behind the Scenes at Great Day Houston

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If you don’t know my friend Natalie Weakly, you should.  She’s an image and brand consultant and she loves making people look good.  Natalie is often a featured guest on Great Day Houston, giving Houstonians tips on all kinds of fashion solutions.  (You may remember her recent segment on scarf styling I featured on the blog.)  Natalie is also pregnant (and due just 10 days before me – how fun is that?!) so it makes sense that they asked her to do a segment on maternity fashion.  And when she needed “models”  I was thrilled to do it.  It wasn’t my first debut on a television news segment, but it was just as fun as the first time! (more…)

My Favorite Things of 2013: Kenya Edition!

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The following is a guest blog post written by a friend of mine (and fellow English major) from college, Manya Andrews Dotson.  Manya now lives in Africa with her husband and daughters, who are pictured above.  She has an interesting life and an even more interesting perspective.  And today, she is sharing with us her very favorite things of 2013 – the Kenya edition!  I’ve already tried several of the things in her post (the Clinique primer, the Dior mascara and serum and the Urban Decay eye shadow palette) and I have to say, I’m hooked.  Can’t wait to try the rest of these… (more…)

Grgich Winery

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On our recent trip back to San Francisco, we made a little time for a day in the wine country.  (No surprise for those of you who know us well!)  We hit two vineyards that were new to us and the first one was Grgich Hills Estate Winery.

Mike Grgich (pronounced Gur-gitch) made history back in 1976 when his chardonnay was chosen in the now-famous “Paris Tasting.”  Then, he was with Chateau Montelena (another fun winery to visit) and they literally put Napa on the map, causing people to start taking California wines seriously.  If you have no idea what I’m talking about, you should definitely read Judgement of Paris or watch the movie Bottle Shock, which I found highly entertaining. (more…)

Hot Chocolate at the Houstonian

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Tonight, the fam packed up and headed to The Houstonian hotel for some hot chocolate by their giant fireplace.  They have huge gingerbread houses surrounding the top of it with a train that drives around them, so we knew that would be a huge hit with the boys.  (We weren’t mistaken on that one.)   It was so much fun to sit by a roaring fire, sipping on hot chocolate, while the boys ran around and marveled at the train.  The Houstonian’s decorations are absolutely stunning and put us all in the holiday spirit, for sure. (more…)