Tell us about yourself.
My husband Nick and I love having our roots planted In Broken Arrow where we both grew up. We’ve been married for nine years and have a son, Reuben (5), and a daughter, Gabriella (3). Reuben is following in our footsteps and just began his journey as a Broken Arrow Tiger. We couldn’t be prouder!
Two years ago, Nick took a leap of faith when he left the corporate world to join the ministry full time as the worship pastor at our church (www.destinychurch.com). His bold move to follow his dream inspired me to follow my own dream that had been resting in my back pocket for several years. This dream is now a reality in the form of Ella Reu Designs (www.ellareudesigns.com)…a small business, named after my children, that I run out of my home. My product line is a bit random…it is mostly inspired by my kids, customer requests, and whatever I happen to be loving at the moment!
Two years ago, I started taking pictures of my kids on Sunday mornings and posting them to Facebook/Instagram with the label, #OurSundayBest. Dressing my kids is a fun little creative outlet for me! They know that Sunday morning is mom’s turn while the rest of the week, they get to have a lot more influence on their clothing. These pictures have become a valued treasure as they document my kids’ weekly growth and also show little hints of their personalities.
What is your favorite local shop?
I’m fairly biased on this one since Ella Reu Designs has a booth here, BUT, I would have to say On the Corner. OTC is a great place to grab a unique gift for a reasonable price. I love that Main Street Broken Arrow is really developing and growing!
What is your favorite restaurant to eat and what is your favorite item on the menu?
We love El Tequila! With young kids, we are all about places we can get in and out of fairly quickly! I always order the Pollo al Queso and my husband loves the Steak Tacos!
What is your favorite play spot to take your kids?
My best friends and I have gone to 10am preschool story time at Hardesty Library for almost 4 years now. We meet there for story time and then let the kids play for a little bit while we roam around and check out books for story time at home. Once we’re done at the library, we head to Chick-Fil-A for more playtime and lunch. I love having a standing appointment every Wednesday morning! The lives of young moms can be CRAZY so it’s really nice to have a set day in our week with something the kids enjoy and the mommies LOVE because it gives us a chance to catch up.
Can you share with us two of your favorite Instagram accounts and/or blogs that inspire you on a daily basis?
When I was nursing babies and had endless waking hours in the middle of the night, I used to do so much better staying up with blogs, but now, I do well to just scroll through Instagram occasionally! The two accounts I check regularly are @megduersken and @lysaterkeurst. These are two ladies who I feel connected with on a heart level. I regularly receive inspiration from their posts…whether it be crafty, decorating, cooking, or soul level encouragement that comes just at the right time. I admire these ladies and the way they use their influence in the social media realm. When I post on my own accounts, I hope to inspire and encourage the way they do.
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