I love that she leans on  me.

I love that she leans on  me.

It’s summer.

I love my Chanel’s but totally love these beaded sunglasses as well. Totally cute and made by Native’s.

Top: Candace Halcro  (XL Hippie Beaded Sunglasses)

Buy them here $60

Bottom:  Page G (Hand Beaded Black Sunglasses)

Buy them here  $28.50

Happy Birthday Little M.

Birthday’s are always a big deal in our house, we are glad Little M enjoyed her birthday by taking a trip to the waterpark, having a shopping spree at the mall, and a dinner party at Inn of the Anasazi, then cake and ice cream back at the house. We enjoyed it, but now mommy and daddy are exhausted. ha.

What Wahlesah Wants (for the home)

Butterfly Blanket by Mi Lo Creations $69.00

Buy it here

100 percent cotton

i”ndicative of Michelle signature attention to detail and balance, the “Transformation” design depicts a butterfly in the Acoma tradition.  So whether you’re curling up on the couch to transition form work to relaxation or relaxation to work, this blanket will make sure you and your loved ones get there in style and comfort.”

Who doesn’t need another throw! They always come in so useful when guests arrive or in our case when Macy decides she wants to add another ten blankets to her bed.

Transformation Throw Pillow by Mi Lo Creations (Black and White)

16 x 16  $34.00

Buy it here

Perfect to add some pop to a room! This will look great on our turquoise couch.

Kamama Skin Care (Native Owned and Operated Organic Skin Care Line)

I’ve been using Kamama Pure Silk Skin Care lotion the past few months, since the desert completely dries out my skin and every other lotion makes me feel heavy or I have to put on a gallon of it to get the effects. This one absorbs quickly, I can’t smell a scent which I like because I like to layer my Marc Jacobs Dot parfum with it, and the moisturizing effects last for hours.

Kamama is Native American owned and operated by my dear friend and a great lady, Holly Kirk. “Kamama Skin Care was founded in 2010 by Holly Kirk as part of a vision to provide a natural and organic based line of skin care products to Oklahoma. Utilizing a holistic approach to skin management, Kamama directly draws upon the principles and practices of Ayurveda in developing and making all of its products.”

Buy it here at Kamamaskincare.com:

Proof that Cherokee’s love tennis.

My uncle & Oklahoma Tennis Hall of Famer, Vance McSpadden, came to Santa Fe recently for a family reunion and made time to hit with Little M at Shellaberger Tennis Center. She enjoyed learning from her great uncle, a lefty too. Macy is working towards her goal of becoming a nationally ranked tennis player and so we enjoy when she can hit with other people who love the sport.

We enjoyed our trip to California to really take a week long off work and commitments and enjoy our family time. Macy wants to be the first Native American professional tennis player and her dad and I are proud to support her dream, wherever it may lead. We loved La Jolla, Indian Wells and Palm Springs. I am trying to talk my husband into a second house there, or at least moving once Little M gets older. I think he is into it!

The original coach arrived.

My dad had a great visit with us during the spring, and Little M enjoyed her grandpa. My dad learned tennis during the army and I am grateful he shared the sport with me.

Well Summer is FINALLY here. 
The one think I miss about winter, my leather jacket.
It, my car heater, and my husband are the only things that seem to keep me warm!

Well Summer is FINALLY here.

The one think I miss about winter, my leather jacket.

It, my car heater, and my husband are the only things that seem to keep me warm!

Congratulations to our daughter for finishing up her school year. Good Job Little M. I know it was a tuffy :)

Congratulations to our daughter for finishing up her school year. Good Job Little M. I know it was a tuffy :)

Little M loves tennis. I grew up loving the game, my husband loves the game, and it is a part of our story of how we met. I am so happy she has found something to be so passionate about. Her dedication and hard work on the court and off is something I am amazed at. She enjoys working towards her goals and loving her dad as her coach. Macy is a member of the Cherokee Nation and it makes me proud when she shares the game with others.

Stockings Traditionally Inspired New Zealand Designs by Lyonel Grant.
Get them here: http://www.iwicreations.com/
Thanks to Dorthy Grant to alerting me of these beauties!

Stockings Traditionally Inspired New Zealand Designs by Lyonel Grant.

Get them here: http://www.iwicreations.com/

Thanks to Dorthy Grant to alerting me of these beauties!

Tonight in Santa Fe: MoCNA’s Winter Exhibition 2014 Opens. 
Can’t wait to see what Sallyann Paschall and Alex Pena have cooked up. Sallyann is golden. Tony Tiger and his wife are very sweet, and I enjoy his work. David Sloan’s exhibtion will be a delight as well.
What to wear? The weather has me changing my outfit choice at the last minute. Plus it depends on if we go to dinner afterwards (Inn of the Anasazi would be my choice), which depends on my dear husband who has been sick. I’ve been doing alot of leggings and fitted black slacks with blazers lately, and think I’ll put my dresses back into rotation.

Tonight in Santa Fe: MoCNA’s Winter Exhibition 2014 Opens.

Can’t wait to see what Sallyann Paschall and Alex Pena have cooked up. Sallyann is golden. Tony Tiger and his wife are very sweet, and I enjoy his work. David Sloan’s exhibtion will be a delight as well.

What to wear? The weather has me changing my outfit choice at the last minute. Plus it depends on if we go to dinner afterwards (Inn of the Anasazi would be my choice), which depends on my dear husband who has been sick. I’ve been doing alot of leggings and fitted black slacks with blazers lately, and think I’ll put my dresses back into rotation.

Organization

Macy asked us at dinner what we do to stay organized, here is my list of how I keep sane…

1. Always carry a big purse. I prefer one that can keep file folders, reading materials for when M is at tennis, a change of clothes, and loads of other necessary items. Lately: Louis Vuitton Neverfull GM Bag. It’s a great purse and fits my lifestyle perfectly.

2. Gmail and Google Calendar I can not live without.

3. Always keep some blush, eyeliner, and lipstick with you, to liven yourself up. I had to do a dinner straight from the office last night, and so glad I had those with me to take me from day to night.

4. Always have a pen and a Moleskine journal ready (turquoise preferably bought locally at Collected Works Bookstore). I detest post it notes. I detest slips of paper. All of it goes into my journal until I can put it in my calendar, draft an email or check it off. There are great apps for your ipad and iphone, but I prefer old school paper. My parents can show me there paper calendars and journals from 20 years ago and it’s fun to look at them at where their lives were.

5. Write down everything. Even if you think you can remember. I have been known to hop out of bed at 2 in the morning and jot things down.

6. Say you are sorry. Sometimes you will miss an appointment, not be able to get to every meeting, or not be able to make a deadline. Say you are sorry and go on.

7. Prioritize your life. My family and God come first. I love many things, but not all get my attention. I set limits on meetings and how much volunteer work I do each month so that I can give the most time to my priorities. I enjoy eating dinner with my family each night, so I ensure that any meetings/shopping or manicures are before that time. My husband does not take business calls on weekends or evenings. We love what we do for a living, but we also realize it is only apart of our life. In the end it will be our family who will be there for us at the end of our days and they are the ones that we want to invest the most time and energy in.

8. Scan It. Save as little paper as possible. If you can get it online, keep it online.

9. Confirm meetings/ Confirm Events/ Confirm Dates. The “I’ll see you on Thursday at 2” email/text has saved me many times.

10. Touch Screen Phones are outlawed in my book. I pledged my allegiance to a BlackBerry many years ago. For Serious emails, typing fast, submitting reports on the go, sending college final papers there is no comparison. Not that I don’t enjoy my ipad, however its just for un-serious business.

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US Open

M and I traveled to the US Open in September. We left Papa as he had to serve as the Tournament Director of the Colorado State Open, in which he supervised over 1500 players during a great tournament. So, it was the girls in the city and nightly Skype sessions. We enjoyed our time shopping, sight seeing, and at the US Open.

M enjoyed watching Ferrer, Stephens, Serena and Tipsarevic play. She came back with a plan to play 6 days a week, and she has stuck to it. We make her take breaks and take Friday’s off to rest and do non-tennis things. Once she gets something in her head, she does not let go.

We love bringing more Native youth to tennis, and I am honored to serve on the Diversity and Inclusion committee of the USTA to work towards that goal nationally. M spends time serving by teaching Native youth how to play the game. She enjoys it and I am glad to see it is a passion of hers. We also have a non-profit (Serve It Up, Inc. ) that aims to bring more underserved youth to tennis and it is great to give back to the game.