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Caoba Farms
“Crouching cheetah with ice cream.” Funniest moment happened: taking photos I crouched down. A woman watched us and offered a picture (score!) and when she crouched down, Zai also crouched with her. Fresh minds mimic in the sweetest way sometimes. 🍦
A picture of all my favs: Saturday. Babes. Ice Cream. Farm. Time.
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And the moment really means so much more because we had had an odd start this Saturday without @kurtisbrand. So I’ll take it.
#perhapsyouneedalittleguatemala
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Caoba Farms
Iza is our #1 - she is smart, sassy and full of ideas. Today I started witnessing her age of innocence lost. 🧘‍♂️
Kurt left Friday before the kids were awake and has not been available to talk to them on his travels. Tonight he starts sesshin (a silent Zen Buddhist meditation retreat in Ithaca NY) for 7 days. Today he had an opportunity to call and he didn’t and our mood has all been low as a result. This morning she recognized familiar emotions from other times in her life when her daddy has been gone. Her face and her spirit are strong, but there is a sadness behind it that has gutted me all day. ✨
Truth: Every sesshin has been traumatic because my own practice isn’t present. I’m just as overwhelmed as they are which doesn’t set the week up for success. Typically @kurisbrand and I always enter the week in stress or some kind of fight. I think it’s time for me to grow up and own it. But damn it is so hard. 🙏
Kurt’s new post is up on the blog how to get started with a meditation practice anywhere.
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Antigua Guatemala, Sacatepequez
I just took an Instagram course with @jennakutcher... thanks to @sarahespoor for a project we are launching in January. More on why soon (double tap ❤️ if you want to get on the list to learn more). ✨
One of the tasks #jennakutcher gave us was to post a picture of ourselves and share who we are. So here goes:
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I’m Rache aka “The Mama” of the #TheBrandFam House 🏡. My role is not the one of a typical mom figure - I am still the one that is always there in a pinch, to fix boo boos and generally give snuggles, but I’m not ideal for getting down on the floor and playing or having an esoteric conversation about an imaginary friend. I’m practical and I like healthy debates. 3 and 5 are hard ages for me, but I’m grateful for every minute I get with my babes! I’m married to artist, Zen Buddhist and musician @kurtisbrand and we have built a life in @guatemala. I work full time in food concept development (follow @rachebrand for kick-ass foodie picts) and I center my life around food, art and products. I’m fascinated with learning new things - especially with how this whole digital world works.

Now for the hard stuff - I struggle with pictures of myself. I’ll never have a straight smile and one of my eyes will always be bigger. When I don’t smile I look more normal, but I love to smile and laugh and I look unfamiliar to myself when I have a straight face. I had Bell’s Palsy with my first child #izaruby and I will never recover completely. While I don’t prefer to see myself on this feed, I do own that crooked smile with joy in person, so I’m going to try more often on the Ra’Co insta. That’s what @jennakutcher says to do, so I will! #ownit
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