Monday, March 12, 2018

Toddler Boy Current Style Favorites

For a Monday I must say it was the most un-monday (est) Monday in a while! The sun was shining, I greeted the morning with such positivity and went on a warm walk with my little man. Today it was 62 degrees and tomorrow will be 66! I am loving this warmer weather. I mean even though I am a winter person at heart, as a mother I love spring and summer because it means more outside time and more things we can do as a family like hike, swimming, or go to parks without there beings snow on it. So I decided to compile a list of a few style favorites that we currently love and are perfect for this warmer weather!

1. Baseball Shirt , 2.  Embroidered Sport Cap , 3.  Stripe Slip-On Sneakers , 4. Rain Jacket , 5. Mesh Shorts , 6. Outdoor Jacket , 7.  Red White Blue Stripe , 8. Bunny Graphic One-Piece , 9. Striped Sweater

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Keeping our Home Healthy and Smelling Fresh (Review)

I think I get cleanliness from my mother, and though I didn't appreciate it when I was younger I sure do now! So mom if you're reading this, thank you!

 It's a constant goal of mine to always have my house well organized (or at least most of it haha) and smelling good. Now sometimes when I cook I love the smell of what I'm making, but sometimes not everything you make has the most pleasant of smells like onion or bacon. So I've been pulling out my candles which smell devine, but did you know that candles aren't really that good for you? Yeah I didn't know that for a while! Apparently they release certain chemicals that are not good for the brain, lungs and nervous systems. So while I try to reduce my use of candles, I have found the perfect eco friendly, safe, and non toxic household company you want to bring into your life!

It's called MojiLife, a brand the has cutting-edge technology that brings innovative products into your home such as a diffuser, essential oils, home decor, and cleaning products! Their fragrances are non toxic, pods are recyclable, and their wood cores are biodegradable! It truly doesn't get any more environmental friendly then that!

From the moment I heard about this company, I just had to get my hands on it! I was sent an Airmoji which infuses air on all sides to really blow out all the yummy smells from its wood core. It has a battery that can last you 70 hours and even hooks up to your via blue tooth, where you can control with a timer as to how often it goes off and see the battery life!

 I have loved putting this everywhere in my home.. mostly in my kitchen and living room. And let me just say that during and after cooking my kitchen is smelling fresh, like I haven't had even touched the stove! Oh and did I mention I get compliments on how great the house smells, when guests come over.. SCORE!

I was received a couple scents that you can swoon over! I had sweet lemon, pink grapefruit, lotus petals and bamboo, summer vacation, and blushing bride! I have loved every single scent but I must say my all time favorites are summer vacation and blushing bride! 

There's nothing better then not having to worry about my little family breathing in harsh chemicals, it's just so very comforting as a parent. I give this company an solid A +, I love the variety of house hold products they offer and how eco friendly they are! I love the scents, I love the uniqueness, and I will definitely be keeping them in my home. So if you need this product in your life (because I don't know why you wouldn't haha) go ahead and contact this sweet heart, Amie. I will link her contact info below!

Amie's Phone Number 801-789-3400

Friday, February 9, 2018

Our Day in Ten Photos (Winter)

Good Morning!
If you follow me on my Instagram (Vallyriches) I recently shared that I was to be even more real with you all. I want to show you the ups and downs of life, anything and everything about motherhood, and just be even more honest and real with you all! So I decided why not show you a day in the life of the Riches family. In this blog I will show a most average day for us but show you in photos (now this may look boring, but it's something new for the blog), with some text underneath each one. I'm really excited for this! Also I apologize for the non HD photos.. haha these were all taken on my phone.

1. Wake up
Just like any other momma, I wake up when my little one wakes up.. sometimes that's around 8 but lately around 9am. Or even sometimes I wake up when rex leaves for work and I cannot go to sleep.. which sucks haha. Once mason wakes up, he always need to have his Curious George and Patches.

2. Eat Breakfast
Every day we like to switch up what (mostly mason) eats for breakfast. It can change from waffles, eggs, yogurt with a side of banana...his favorite fruit! I on the other hand, either eat cereal or try to eat something a little more healthier.

3. Get Dressed
After breakfast we turn on Curious George or Daniel Tiger for a little and then get mason dressed. Now this can sometimes not be so easy.. haha usually mason just let me dress him and he dressed in a matter of minutes, but hes a toddler.. haha and sometimes he likes to run away and laugh, and momma need to go chase him haha. But once he's dressed I then let him watch a little tv while I get ready for the day.

4. Run Errands
Since mason only takes one nap a day, I try to run my errands in the  morning. Usually my errands consist of helping with Rex's Business, grocery shopping or even doing small little tasks that I need to get done. If I have a photo shoot for my blog, its usually in this time frame.

5. Lunch Time/ Mason takes a nap
Once we get home from running errands, its usually noon and I get masons lunch ready. Sometimes its Annies Pizza bagels, a sandwich, a fruit pouch and then cheese, crackers, and then some sort of fruit and veggie on the side. His new favorite lunch meal is a sandwich. I also join him for lunch and I eat anything for tilapia, zucchini, one egg and feta cheese. Or if I'm feeling fancy, I buy some sushi, in which if mason see's it, he immediately wants a bite, like mother like son ha. Once lunch time is over, its mason's nap and now that he takes one nap it can last anywhere from 2-3 and half hour nap.


6. Mom straightens up home, blogging time
This is usually my me time haha. In the 2-3 hours of no toddler, I take this time to clean the house, some days are more work than other days , like some days its just tiding up the front room and doing dishes, or days its cleaning the fridge/tidying up the pantry. Once I'm done I usually get some time to work on my blog, sometimes that's brainstorming new content, writing new blog posts, or updating social media, which you may think this may not take a lot of time but it really does!

7. Mason Wakes up from nap (Play Time)
Now mason is awake, change diaper. Now if we were out a lot earlier that day then we usually stay home and play inside. Now if we don't then we put our shoes on and go on a walk. Mason has loved this lately. We just walk around our neighborhood, mason finds all sorts of treasures, and most of the time wants to take a rock inside the house, every time we go on a walk. We also go to the library, which is pretty much every other day. He loves books, and plus there's a play ground there a certain day, and they have toys and other kids, that gives mason social time.

8. Mom prepares dinner... Daddy's home
Now when were done with outside play time, we go back inside, mason plays in his room or just around the house and I get dinner ready. I try to have it done before Rex gets home. Then when dinner is all set, rex is home and mason is the happiest. We then eat Dinner and talk about our day.

9. Family Time
Once we clean up the table we then start the funnest (I know not a word) time and just hang out. We either play ball games with mason, or go somewhere to get a treat, or even visit grandma and grandpa for a little. I love this time, I truly do. Especially on the weekends we do more fun stuff like go to the park, drive downtown, visit a museum or just hang out just us three, and because family is so important to us we strive daily to be together.

10. Bath Time/ Night time Routine
Once Family Time is over we start getting ready for bed. Mason goes to bed around 8/8:30. We give him a bath, sometimes have a bubble bath or include bath paint (Look in the Target's Dollar section) , put on his excema cream, which has been doing really good lately, read a book, say a prayers, give big hugs and kisses and lights out. Rex and I then have our  "couple time" in which we watch our favorite show , eat a dessert, play a game, and then its time for us to go to bed.

So that's it, I know it may not be snazzy or super interesting but this is usually what our day to day looks like, I love it in every way because I know I'll always be surrounded by the people who matter to me the most! I love my little family and our little lives. Let me know if you enjoyed this post in the comments!

Monday, January 22, 2018

New Year Goals & Beauty and Style Favorites of 2017

Happy New Year Friends!! With 2018 having just starting three weeks ago I've had a lot of time to sit down and think as to what my 2018 goals would be and I thought why not share some of them with you! I made realistic goals that I knew I could accomplish and to have them be very important, rather than just silly ones like stopping eating reese's, because we all know I can't do that nor want to haha.
So here are my 2018 goals:

  • Be More Creative - Both in my Blog and have 1-2 crafts with Mason every month
  • Challenge myself physically
  • Read Scriptures more
  • Finish Bathroom Makeover

 Now for my favorite style items for 2017! There were a couple of trends that I really didn't like, such as fur sandals, but there were definitely more that I loved than disliked! See my favorite below!

I feel like all seven of these items were pretty big in the fashion community. I think my all time favorites were actually the accessories: bandanas and tassle earrings! They just complete an outfit! I did love the velvet, but I did feel like it depended on the article of clothing and what it looked like. The ruffle phase was the same too, but more of where the ruffles were and how big they were. I think embroidery apparel was big this year, and I think it started in 2016 but I loved the embroidery shirts, dress, pants, you name, this was a big trend in 2017! Having pearls on clothing was also one of my favorites (even though it came late in the year) I thought it very fun and almost elegant! As for shoes, I loved the "Royale" Pointy Toe Flat! I have never seen shoes like this before, and at first I was a little hesitant, but once I saw  and tried them on, I completely became in love! So those are my favorite fashion trends of 2017! What were some fashion trends you absolutely disliked or loved? Tell me in the comments!

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Christmas Time with Jord

This post is sponsored by Jord, all opinion are my own. 

Remember how I've been posting gift guides for the past couple of weeks? Well I want to tell you about a particular item that ANYONE  in the family would love to have and I'm about to tell you why!

Since I was little I have always seen a watch on my sisters, mother, father, and now in laws. It's something many people use but now with cellphones and other gadgets, it almost seems like they are becoming less common. Whether you think they aren't stylish or no longer hip, let me prove you wrong. 

"The value of a watch is not in being able to tell how much time has passed, but in being aware of the need to make that time count. Moments are bigger than minutes and your watch should tell more than time."

With it being the end of the year we cannot help but review our year, we think of the sad moments, the happy moments and everything in between. We sometimes can't help but think that time is just passing us by, that it's a theft as alice would say, or that we can't wait for a certain moment in time to occur, and that's ok..sometimes, its something natural us humans think about, but what if we saw time as a gift? Now that Christmas is a week and a half way, we need to cherish and think about the present time. See what's  important is focusing on the right now, what we have right now. As a parent I'm trying to be grateful for my son being this age right now, that we have food in our bellies, and a roof over our head. I have a family, I love them and they love me. We are healthy. That's what matters.

See a watch isn't just for telling us what time it is, but also telling us that we need to enjoy right now, the present. I love the above quote because it speaks the truth!

 So now that I've told you why you should get a watch this holiday season, let me tell you from who!

Jord is a company that specializes in providing stylish, modern, wood watches! They have several different types of wood watches that fit the everyday person. You can immediately tell they are 100% wood by the smell, I love it! Did I mention they have the feature to engrave their watches, so if you want to give a sentimental gift this Christmas then you can give both a useful accessories and a special touching quote on the back! 

I may have given Rex his early Christmas present, I mean he did also help pick his style and color before he ever thought it was a gift. But he was absolutely thrilled when he saw his gift! He wears it everyday and it goes with everything he wears. Believe me when I say that Rex usually never wears a watch, so to have him wear it pretty much everyday, it a huge accomplishment in my book! Go wifey!

Here's the watch I got Rex
Dover Ebony & Copper Watch

So the Jord Watches are not just for your spouse, but can given to anyone in the family. Watches are not just for telling time but for also having you focus on what really matters, the moments you are creating now. So if you ever wondering what gift anyone and what it to have a story or message , Jord is your pick this holiday season!

I have also attached a holiday code that you can receive by click and filling out the form in the link below
Holiday Gift Code

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Wooden Wristwatch

Monday, December 11, 2017

Holiday Gift Guide for the Kids

Anyone else surprised that Christmas is in two Mondays?! I truly love this time of year, because of all the friends and family we get to see! Anyone last minute shopping, haha I know I sure am! I know every year I tell myself that I'm going to get all my Christmas shopping done in November or the first week of December and sadly that rarely happens haha. I really try. So to all my parents and grandparents out there, here's a gift guide that I hope will get your Christmas Shopping done faster! I personally would choose all of the gifts for my kids but I also saw that these are some of the hottest toys right now and will be sure to bring your kids so much joy and excitement! Be sure to comment below if you got this for your little ones! Oh and of course Merry Christmas!

1) Wooden Doll House with Furniture 2) Wooden Toy Tool Bench Rose Gold Bow Moccasins 3) Rose Gold Bow Moccasins 4) Boogie Board 5) Doctor's Kit 6) 46-Piece Magneticals Tile Set 7) Mini Golf Full Set 8) 2 pc Walkie Talkie Set 9) Ice Cream Truck Playhut

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Masons 18 month update!

So I was debating on posting this because didn't know if it was common or to be honest I wasn't even planning on it just because I wrote milestone updates for mason's first year and thought those were the biggest milestones of his life. I also realized that he still has milestones, and if I did one, it would be a post for his half year mark and I was also missing posting these and It's more for me than anything, one of the main reason why I love blogging is that its my online journal! So without a further a do, here's Mason's 18 month update!!

Didn't I just post Mason's birthday post like yesterday haha? How is my little guy 18 months and such a big kid, at least he sure does look like it, don't you think? Do you guys remember when I would post about getting excited and planning his one year birthday.. I'm pretty sure I started planning that at 4 months haha. Since his 1st Birthday I haven't been paying attention to each month that he grows.. if that makes sense, I think I've only thought of his age when I go to the doctor or when he's had a doctors appointment haha. So when I was thinking about Christmas and got a reminder about mason's next doctors appointment, I immediately realized and remembered that my Mason man is turning 18 months! Am I the only who thinks that time is much faster when you have kids or that each month, year mark, or even year mark is a big deal?? I know I'm not the only one right?

Well this morning Mason had his 18 months appointment and he is a healthy growing boy! The doctor was impressed by all his new words hes learning and how he's starting to say full sentences! Today we didn't have to get any shots, so woo for now but we do need to get them next week, boo! He is 25 pounds and 8 oz and is looking great in the head and height department. Mason's eczema is coming back again so we've been applying cream again but mason has gotten it worse around his arm so we just a prescription to help that go away. Poor little guy has sensitive dry skin just like his mommy. Are there any moms out there who's kid has eczema, what have you used? But besides his eczema mason is looking great, healthy and a happy 18 month old. Crazy to think that his next appointment will be a 2 years old! Whaaaaat?!

Here are some milestones and things mason has learned to say or do from his year mark to now
- New Words

  • Shoes
  • Football
  • Touch Down
  • Night Night
  • Thank you
  • Welcome
  • Love you
  • All Gone
  • Oh Oh
  • Wee
  • Book
  • First full sentence was "Bye Daddy"
-Learning / Knows
  •  Learning Where the trash is and how to throw trash away
  •  Learning how to Blow Kisses
  • Learning where to get Diapers
  • Knows how to Pray
  • Knows what shoes are and where to find them
  • Knows how to clean mouth
Those are all those I can think of right now, there's a ton more but those are some I can think of right now:)

As you guys can see Mason is growing so much, from endless amount of words, to his first full sentence to knowing where everything is and knowing how to operate or do certain harder tasks. He is so intelligent! The other day we asked Mason if he could get a diaper , so he runs to his room and we hear him open a drawer, and we both looked at each other and thought "He knows where it is!" Well he comes empty handed lol so we ask him if he could get a diaper so we can change him, well he runs back to his room open a drawer and was actually in there for a little bit before opening a drawer, so then he comes running back and we thought oh he totally got it this time haha well you guys, he comes back with a hand full of socks, HAHA, I couldn't stop cracking up. He's such a smart kid, and even though he got the wrong object he still knew what room to get it and that they were in one of this drawers! 

I must say since mason turning one years old he has had so much energy! Some days he just running through the house, giggling and almost seems like he can go all day..until its his nap time and he is zonked!  If I thought Mason crawling or just learning how to walk was going to be a lot of work, haha I was kidding myself because mason is an adventurer (one of thousands of reasons why I love him) and like any toddler they want to see everything and get into everything and have a couple meltdowns haha. But when I get to thinking how toddler life is a struggle some days, I get to thinking that when mason has a meltdown , I need to see it how he see's it, how he is trying to communicate with me but can't, and that's got to be really difficult, so I've learned to see it how he see's it, which is a every day goal for me, to see things through his eyes. With his energy and curiosity, I've learned that he is seeing and discovering things for the first time and wanting to learn how everything works because his brain is growing.

We just had grandpa join us for thanksgiving, and these two are best friends! We fly to California soon and we cant wait to see more family and friends! Anyways Mason is a happy energetic 18 month old who continues to fill our lives with joy, happiness, and constant adventure! I love our little boy and love how big his little heart is! He truly is my ray of sunshine everyday and I know I say this sooooo many times but I truly am blessed to be his mother and have him in my life! Until next time... maybe I'll do another update at 2 years!