One Year Of Independence

by Aquila on July 3, 2015

One Year of Independence

This July, the month of independence, marks one year since I walked away from my corporate career and decided to venture out on my own.  One year since I took a leap of faith and trusted that what I really wanted was the ability to spend more time with my babies and pursue my passions.  One year since I decided that there is no better time than the present to make a move, and live my own adventure. [click to continue…]

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The Post Baby Body

by Aquila on July 1, 2015

Flat Lay Summer Outfit

Recently I read an interview by Shape Magazine on Olivia Wilde, shortly after she gave birth to her son, Otis.  I’m not going to make fun of the poor kid’s name, because her words on motherhood and the post baby body had me cheering and crying all at the same time.  She bravely put into words how I’ve been feeling these past three months.  This is my first outfit post since giving birth to Issa, specifically because I just quite frankly don’t feel that good about myself yet.  I’m working on it, and I’m trying to be patient, but after really taking Olivia’s words to heart I realized if I wait until I feel like my body is “there”, I’ll be waiting a long time.  I’ll just leave you with some of the quotes that hit the hardest for me. [click to continue…]


Haute Tip: Biotin Bursts

by Aquila on June 26, 2015

Biotin Bursts

I am my mother in many ways.  I have her mannerisms, her badonkadonk, and her stick thin hair.  For as long as I can remember, my locks have been limp and lifeless.  My sister, on the other hand, was blessed with my Dad’s curly locks that hairstylists just LOVED.  When we were growing up, we would always be sitting next to each other for a trim and Kelsey’s stylist would be oohing and ahhing over every little ringlet.  My stylist, on the other hand, was usually bored to tears with my mousey brown mediocre mane.

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A girl and her daddy: Bonding with a bottle

June 24, 2015

It’s probably the worst kept secret in the world that I’m a huge proponent of breastfeeding.  I’ve written about it before here, here, and here.  And while I love having that one on one connection with my babies, I also feel slightly guilty that the hubs doesn’t always get as much quality time.  After all, […]

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15 Minute Mom Makeup

June 22, 2015

After my initial post on 5 minute mom makeup, I realized that this doesn’t necessarily have to apply to JUST moms.  Really it’s for anyone who is in a hurry, or doesn’t want to invest a major portion of their day on makeup.  Today we’re ramping it up just a bit to fifteen minutes.  Still […]

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5 Things I’ve Learned in 5 Years of Marriage

June 19, 2015

Today is Orlando and I’s fifth wedding anniversary, and while it doesn’t seem possible that we’ve been married that long, I know we’ve both grown by leaps and bounds in that amount of time.  Marriage, if anything, is one of those life tools that is constantly shaping you into a better person.  Two people can’t […]

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9 Ways Being A College Athlete Prepares You For Motherhood

June 17, 2015

The older I get, the more my life as a volleyball player seems further and further away.  There are still moments, however, when I realize that who I am as a mother has been shaped by my time on the court.  How could it not, with all the hours I spent there throughout elementary, high […]

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Issa: Three Months

June 15, 2015

Dear Issa, Today you are three months old! You’re just about to roll over, and you’re on the verge of laughing too.  You make these little grunts when we’re playing with you, almost as if to say, “I think I want to make a noise because this is funny, but I’m not sure what it […]

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28 Things You Learn By The Time You Turn 28

June 12, 2015

Tomorrow is my official birthday.  And while I’m looking forward to the celebration, 28 sounds really, how shall I say, mature to me.  27 I was still young, still close enough to the college years to feel like it was within reach.  28 means I’m creeping up on 30, and the fact that I’m already […]

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The Top Five Hottest Summer Makeup Trends {Plus a Makeup Show Giveaway!}

June 10, 2015

If you’ve been reading along here for a while, you may remember I went to The Makeup Show in Dallas last fall and had a BLAST.  There were amazing workshops with tutorials on everything from eyebrow shaping to contouring.  The makeup brands attending were top notch and they were all offering their products at steep […]

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