Can't Keep This Girl Down!

What is happening!
So much has had happened since the last time I posted (*cough* in November 2015)
Let's just get started, shall we!
Shirt from Thug Life Shirts
Skirt from ASOS here
Shoes from Nine West
Scarf from Target
Clutch gifted by this chick from Zara
I am at home with the 8 month old.
He. Is. So. Yummy!
He is starting to scoot around and he certainly has an opinion about what he wants to eat everyday.
He has perfected the art of gagging on his food to let you know that he doesn't want to swallow it.
It works every time too.
I just scrape the food he hates off his tongue and go find something else.
Who am I?!?
When did he become the boss of me!?!

I have purged my closet twice.
And guess what.
I seriously don't miss a thing.
I am SUPER particular about what I buy now.
The quest to own only the things you love is an going journey.

In the last 6 months, I have truly experienced people at their worst. I mean at their ABSOLUTE ugliest.
And believe it or not, it's been family that has been doing the DAMN fool lately.
I have witnessed EXTREME selfishness but on the other hand, I have been on the receiving end of amazing acts of SELFLESSNESS.
One act is that my in- laws are literally flying into Houston from Atlanta this summer JUST TO BABYSIT my kids while hubby and I take a trip!
Can you say AMAZING!?!
Who does that!?!?
An awesome mother in law, father in law and sissy n law, that's who!
I love that my children have so many grandmothers and grandpas, aunties and uncles that want to be in their life. It's an absolute blessing.
I do not take it lightly.
The hubby and I finally found a church we love near our new neighborhood and it's been cleansing to have a church home.
We both have been listening to God as he reveals to us how you can be surrounded by toxic people or in toxic situations and not even know it.
It's amazing the older you get how things that's been in front of you all of this time and could have been holding you back are revealed.
Hashtag Growth!
Here are some updates:
Next Sunday, April 24th, I will be a guest speaker at the 'You Are Beautiful" Symposium in Houston! I will specifically speak about Dressing Your Body At Any Size! Can we say AMEN!
I can't thank Kendra of Kendra's Beauty Corner enough! I'm so nervous yet so excited!
Here is the link for more info!
My "Concierge of Kindness" business, God's Favorite Surprises, will also be a vendor at the "You Are Beautiful" Symposium!
We will have limited edition cards and mugs that you can buy for yourself or buy for someone else and we will surprise them with it!
And look at who might be working my booth! (Not really but if it makes you go to www.godsfavoritesurprises.com and place an order, maybe I will make it happen!)
I also am still blogging over at Invisible Crowns (Click here) and loving it! It's the perfect space where I get to share my musings about being a mom with my buddy Nicky.
Today we were actually interviewed for Feature Friday here!
Check it out!
And just because they are so cute, here is a shot of my kiddos at our first family photo shoot together.
Can't wait to get the pics from Pinwheel Portrait!
(Yep, that's her real hair. She will be 3 in a few weeks! Wow!)
What have you guys have been doing since the last time we connected!?
Did you get married?
Get pregnant?
Quit a job?
Got a new job?
Kicked out a boyfriend?
Finally told somebody that they are selfish, judgmental and manipulative?
Got a new car?
Bought a cute skirt?
TELL ME in the comments! I'm NOSEY!
P.S., You can always look for me on social media, mainly Instagram.
@godsfavoritesurprises (My concierge business)

(These are all IPhone pics. I need to get my life in order)


No Sugar, No Cream...

Random tank top (to cover the "I had a baby three months ago belly"...keeping it real)
Super old Target skirt
Boots from Steve Madden (2 years ago but they still have similar ones here)
Bag from H&M ( 2 years ago)

The moral of this post could be "wear what's already in your closet because you really need to spend your money on things like shelves from Ikea for the baby's room."

And Thank you so much AGAIN for supporting me as I try new things like Invisible Crowns and God's Favorite Surprises! I can't thank you enough. And more often than not, your kind words of confidence come on days when I'm not that confident! So thank you! 

And because I'm so corny....Enjoy this! 
(P.S., I don't even drink coffee lol! ) 


An Ode To My Favorites

 Hey! Did you give up on me, yet!?!?
I'm still around.
Still being a mama.
Still being an entrepreneur.
Still being a creative. 
Still here!

I joined the land of the living this weekend and went to a few events. When I got in the car, I was looking at the jean jacket that I am wearing in the first pic.
I straight up had a whole conversation with myself about how much I love this jacket!
I've had it for about 10 years.
Nothing special about it.
It's from the Gap.
But I love it!
It's perfectly broken in.
I've literally worn holes into each of the elbows (which I love).
There is a huge rip in the back of the collar.
But I'm obsessed with it still.
Like if I had to save ONE piece of clothing from a burning house, this jacket would get rescued.

Then I focused on this dress.
Then the necklace.
Then the combat boots.
And the bag that I've had for about 4 years now.
And I realized that my wardrobe is starting to become one that I've been wanting.
Where things are simple but speak to me when I wear them.
I'm very picky about the clothes I buy now.
They have to speak to me.
Because I just don't have the energy or space for things that don't inspire me. 
(That goes for people too)
This is getting way too deep of a post about a jean jacket and my favorite dress and favorite boots and favorite purse and favorite necklace, huh?!?

Boots from Ross (last year)
Bag from Zara (super old)
Necklace here (got it last year though)
Jacket from The Gap (at least ten years old)
I have worn this dress running  daytine errands and for date nights. Same dress, different ways.

How are you guys doing!?! I've missed you!
I'm still working to grow God's Favorite Surprises every day.
So hop on over there and spread kindness.
And if that's not enough of Reiko on these internets,
I've started another blog.
I fought so hard to not turn GFS into a mommy blog but it's such a huge part of my life now.
So I partnered with my friend and we created Invisible Crowns.
( @invisiblecrownsblog on Instagram here )
We noticed that there are so many mommy blogs that get so much attention but they all look alike. And none of them look like me.
None of them live like me.
Nobody ever really talks about deciding to start a family after the age of 35 and celebrating that.
So, we decided to create that space for ourselves!
Check us out!


He's Here!

This may come as late news to most of you if you follow me on social media but I still want to announce that the baby is here!

Zavier Sean was born healthy at 7 lbs, 2 ounces and growing every single day. He certainly is demanding and making his presence known in the house. He is a little over 3 weeks old now. Zara is a little slow on the "welcome the baby" train but she is getting there.
I only have a few minutes before he wakes up from one of his fake naps but I wanted to let you take a peek at Zavier Sean.
Also, as I continue to grow in my purpose and grow my business, God's Favorite Surprises, I will be taking you along as I grow as an entrepreneur. Right now, I'm focused on defining multiple streams of income. Gotta get my COIN game up!
Don't forget to order something nice for someone! Is it just me or does watching the news lately make you feel like the dark ages are upon us!?!? People are losing their minds for no reason. That's one of the reasons I started God's Favorite Surprises, to make a positive dent in the world!
See you soon!


The Calm Before The Storm


This will likely be the last post I do for a few weeks.
I will be actually delivering a few weeks early (which is finnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnneeeeeeeeeeee by me!)
I'm sure I'll be able to catch you guys up on Instagram and Facebook so make sure you follow me there! (There are also outfits on Instagram that never make it to the blog)
Wish me luck!
I am so ready to be un-pregnant!

Tank Dress worn as Shirt: H&M
Shoes: Nine West
As far as the outfit, I have to shout out Chastity of Garner Style because it is from her limited capsule collection with Rebdolls! When a buddy launches a collection, you find something to buy!
Everything sold out so fast that I was only able to grab this skirt. I hope they restock soon!
I intended to save this for post-pregnancy but I was too impatient...plus it has an ecstatic waist!
The material is fabulous, the color is vibrant and it has pockets!
It will most certainly be in rotation!
Congratulations Chastity on a job well done!




This weekend I hosted the GF Surprises Presents "Inspire Me" Brunch.
I wanted to simply gather like minded women who are established entrepreneurs or aspiring entrepreneurs. I wanted to back out several times but I am a big believer in doing what I say I am going to do. Nothing irks my soul more than a person who doesn't follow through.
I'm so glad I followed through. It was exactly what I wanted. A room of women sharing stories on how they plan to or how they started their businesses. I am at that exact cross path between mommyhood and transitioning careers so being surrounded by people who have already done it is exactly what my spirit needed.
Now that the brunch has been checked off my to do list, I'm officially sitting down until the baby is born. I have a few more weeks to go so now I'm just going to focus on GF Surprises and nesting.

Dress from ASOS (Here)
P.S. Get used to Zara in my pics, she is my shadow. LOL

To see more pics from my networking brunch, check GF Surprises Instagram here
Thank you to everyone who came to share and to those who texted me their support.
I am considering doing a follow up social in December. I'm not sure yet.


The Default Dress

ASOS dress (sold out)
Rachel Zoe Sandals via Marshall's for $39
Forever 21 Sunnies

I've had this dress for over a year.
I tend to throw this on any time there is a daytime semi "dress like you are going somewhere" dress code.
Going to a baby shower?
Throw on this dress.
Going to a barbecue?
Throw on this dress.
Because it's easy.
It's thin.
And long.
Perfect for the summer.
(P.S.... a little over  a month before I deliver this next and LAST baby:)
What is your default dress code?
(Have you done something unexpectedly kind for someone? Click here to do it!)
Also, if you're in Houston, you still have time to sign up for the networking social hosted by me! Click here!


GFS Presents...

Dress from Urban Outfitters (Here)
Lace dress worn as Jacket: Forever 21
Heels: Aldo (here)
Clutch Cover: Clutched and Covered
7 More weeks to go!

Feeling a little Kim Kardashian-y in this look. 
Except my dress is not smushing the top of my baby's head. 
Just saying....

Also, If you're in Houston, I'm hosting a Networking Social. 
It's really small since this is my first time at it. 
I found that as I began to become involved with all things "entrepreneurship" that I didn't find a lot of  opportunities to mingle, network and learn from like minded women. 
And let's be honest, that's exactly how my business, God's Favorite Surprises was born. 

So, I have space for about 13 more people to attend. 
If you have a business or you are on the verge of starting a business, this could be the perfect event to hang out, nibble on bites, share and hear stories to encourage you. 
Which is the whole point really. 

If you are interested, please go to this Facebook Post and leave your email address. 
I will then send you an exclusive Eventbrite invitation to confirm your space. 
It should be fun!! 

P.S. Thank you all for the kind words of support about me launching my business! 
Be sure to check out the site and order something! 
Someone will love to receive your gift of kindness! 

Also, a special shout out to my Career Coach Lisa Lucario! 
When I had the itch to change careers, she literally was the first person I contacted and said, "I need to be a paying client. I need accountability." 
I still meet with her twice a month. It helps me stay focused and keeps me on task. 
You can find her here...and she does sessions via Facetime/Skype. 
It's worth it! 



The baby is here!
 Okay, not that baby, I still have 7 more weeks to go! 
But my other baby! 
My new business! 
I'm an entrepreneur officially today! 

( www.godsfavoritesurprises.com ) 

I've been working on this probably more than I have been focusing on the baby in my belly but I believe it is so worth it! 

God's Favorite Surprises is a personal concierge business/service where I serve as YOUR CONCIERGE OF KINDNESS! 

Everyone is busy these days and that often gets in the way of saying simple things like "Thank You or You Inspire Me" to the most deserving people in our lives. After a few chance encounters with me performing those simple random acts of kindness, a business was born! 

I'm excited beyond words to finally share with you. Mainly because it's something that I believe is needed. We have enough bad news bombarding us every single day, why not be a part of someone's good news!?!?

Click here to find out everything you need to know. And don't forget to share with your friends or better yet, Order something from me! This is truly a labor of love. 

Don't forget to follow God's Favorite Surprises in the following social hangouts! 

Twitter here
Facebook here
Instagram here

Here are a few quotes that have been my motivation throughout this process...

"I want to look back on this exact date a year from now and say, I am so glad I bet on myself!" (That's totally my own quote!)

"Create the things you wish existed" 

"Don't let someone who has done NOTHING tell you how to do ANYTHING!" 
Ummm hmmm! Preach! 

(P.S. I will still blog here but I also have a business blog that you can keep up with...
Here is the first business blog post....  click here
Wish me luck! A sister's got babies and bills!!! 
Be a part of the movement! 

Let me know what you think! 

Special creative shout out thanks to Dana of Pardon My Fro and Rocquelle of Consider Me Lovely for rocking with me from beginning to end! 
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