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Rylee & Reece Store Front
Rylee & Reece Store Front

Krista Hunt is a savvy and sassy mom!  After welcoming her first child, a daughter Rylee – and while expecting a second just 1 year later, her son Reece – she had a fabulous idea…to open a chic little boutique that would specialize in unique and trendy childrens’ fashion, au courant nursery décor and the coolest in baby gear!  Quite a year we would say!  Her mother Phyllis, obviously a grandmother with plenty of joi de vivé jumped right in with her fashion loving daughter and their store rylee & reece was born.

Pedicures all around!
Pedicures all around!

Krista and Phyllis have a unique store – because it has something that no one else in Wichita, Kansas can boast – a Party Room!  Within rylee & reece is a special area that can host parties for up to 30 people – a really unique venue for birthday parties, baby showers and recently something even more special – their “Pamper Me Back to School” event!  Over one week’s time they had over 125 little girls between the ages of 3 to 12 years old arriving to be ‘pampered!’  The little ‘mini-spa’ treatment included a soak for their feet in a bin of bubbling water, light massage and having their toes painted. Next they received a facial with cucumbers for their eyes. In addition, they soaked their hands before their nails were polished – between Krista and her mom Phyllis, assisted by two teenage helpers Karly and Ashley they painted over a thousand fingers and toes!  The ‘pampered’ girls were served cheese, crackers and grapes along with pink lemonade.  Krista reports that smiles abounded and that everyone had tons of fun!  The moms and grandmothers enjoyed shopping the unique and extensive selection of fashions – all carefully chosen by Krista.

Getting pampered!
Getting pampered!

The comments about rylee & reese on the Grandparents.com website state:

“Sometimes you just want to indulge your grandchildren, particularly the young ones… Take your time, take your checkbook, and take your grandchildren for the coolest couture in town!”

Krista and Phyllis have some great events planned for the future, including a mother daughter tea, a fashion show and a holiday pampering event – complete with hot chocolate with peppermint sticks and a dress code of comfy P.J.’s!  Krista’s sister-in-law Heather does the marketing for the store – making this 2 year old business a real family affair. What a fun place to visit!  You can also visit them online at their cool website www.ryleeandreece.com.

rylee & reese
2939 North Rock Road
Suite 140
Wichita, Kansas 67226
316-260-1988
krista@ryleeandreece.com
phyllis@ryleeandreece.com

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countyfairEvery summer my family and I look forward to the County Fair. We love the rides, the shows, the animal races, the fireworks, and most especially THE FOOD! Corn dogs, cotton candy, snow cones, chocolate covered bananas, deep-fried Twinkies, and our family’s favorite… FUNNEL CAKES! We visit the fair at least three days per season. One day is devoted to getting there early, pigging out on all the food, watching animal races, riding a few rides, walking around to see the displays, seeing a concert, and staying late for the fireworks. (The two other days are to eat more fair food because it will be another year before we can consume such greasy, fatty goodness.)

This year was my son’s first time at the fair. He is only 3-months old, but we weren’t going to let his age stop us from enjoying this family tradition. Big Sister wanted to show him around to see why the county fair is so much fun. She took him to see a circus act and bought him his first clown nose. Daddy showed him every kind of food he bought before eating it so that he can admire the crazy shapes and sizes, such as footlong corn dogs and tornado potatoes. And I took him to his first rock concert: Night Ranger! I don’t know how much fun my son had or if he even understood what was going on, but we’ll be making sure he knows how important county fairs mean to this family.

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Batting last in our MLB West Coast line up are the Angels!

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Angel Stadium of Anaheim
2000 Gene Autry Way
Anaheim, CA 92806

Price Range: $12.00 – $200.00AngelStadium
Fireworks night: Friday nights at Angle Stadium of Anaheim are known as “Big Bang Friday”…hmmm…I wonder why?? Well, you guessed it, the Angels have a fireworks show at every Friday home game! If I lived in Anaheim I would definitely be there! Also this year, if you live in the Anaheim area and want to stay home for the 4th of July, take the family to the game and enjoy the fireworks show afterwards.

Family Sunday: Enjoy an afternoon at the ballpark with your family and take part in the activities in the family picnic zone.

Giveaway Days:
Kids Beach Paddle Ball Set (all kids 2-18) – Saturday June 13th @ 6:05 p.m.

Kids Mesh Jersey (all kids 2-18) – Tuesday June 23rd @ 7:05 p.m.

Kids Rally Monkey Coin Bank (all kids 2-18) – Saturday July 25th @ 1:10 p.m.

Kids School Binder (all kids 2-18) – Saturday August 8th @ 1:10 p.m.

Kids School Supply Set (all kids 2-18) – Saturday September 12th @ 1:10 p.m.

For more information on the Major League Baseball team nearest you, visit each team’s individual website or you can also go to mlb.com

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With summer right around the corner and the kids getting out of school soon, most families are probably starting to make their summer plans. This summer, make staying close to home fun, and take the kids out to a ball game! Many of the Major League Baseball teams have fun activities for the families with very cool giveaways for the kids, and some parks have very reasonably-priced tickets and specials.

This week, I will be showcasing some of the Major League teams up and down the west coast. First up: Seattle Mariners!

SafecoFieldTopSeattle Mariners
Safeco Field
First Ave. South
Seattle, WA 98134

Price Range: $8.00 – $65.00

Half Price Family Night presented by BECU: where all View Reserved seats are only $10 if purchased in advance, $11 on the day of game. Next Half Price Family Night is Tuesday, June 23 @ 7:10 p.m.

Kids Run the Bases: where all kids are invited down on the field after the game to run the bases. Next Kids Run the Bases is Sunday June 21 – Father’s Day!

Giveaway Days:
Felix Hernandez Caps (All Kids 14 & under) – Kids Run the Bases
Sunday, June 21 @ 1:10 p.m.

Ichiro Suzuki Jersey (All Kids 14 & under)  – Kids Run the Bases
Sunday, July 26th @ 1:10 p.m.

Mariners backpack day (All Kids 14 & under)  – Kids Run the Bases
Sunday, August 30th @ 1:10 p.m.

I’ll be back on Wednesday to talk about my favorite team, the Oakland A’s! Meanwhile, we welcome your comments about your favorite teams and photos of family fun at ball games in your area (click here to upload).

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Lucy and Monelle preparing for the runway...

Lucy and Monelle in le•top's Strawberry Fields collection preparing for the runway

I was so surprised to hear from J. at Yellow Turtle the other day. I mean, not only was it a Sunday, but it was Mother’s Day! J. has two gorgeous, wonderful children, Jessie and Alec, who (along with Liana Hunt) were the very early le•top child “models”, so I know they were all celebrating together. But J. was thinking beyond Mother’s Day and sending me emails about the wonderful event Yellow Turtle had taken part: the 9th Annual Stowe Weekend of Hope. This event, held in Stowe, Vermont “is an annual forum for education, enlightenment, and recreation for cancer patients and survivors with any type of cancer…and their families.”

One of the events was a fashion show, and Yellow Turtle had two adorable girls modeling le•top! Lucy (3) and Monelle (19mos) are both devoted Yellow Turtle customers. 😉 The outfits they modeled were received with many “oooohs and ahhhhhs”, according to J.! Sounds like the fashion show was an enormous success and a wonderful event for cancer patients and survivors, taking place in beautiful and restorative Stowe. As a cancer survivor myself, I can see why this event would be a joyful and hope-filled experience, given the venue. Stowe is a wonderful place, the people welcoming and warm. I hope this event continues to grow and inspire many. Congratulations, Yellow Turtle for contributing to this great event and giving back to your community and beyond.

Lucy and Monelle with Lisa Hunt of Yellow Turtle

Lucy and Monelle off the fashion runway with Lisa Hunt of Yellow Turtle

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