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Since being on maternity leave during quarantine, my instincts to get to my 'get to list' (you know the list of things you've always wanted to do but never had time to do?) is starting to get completed in 1 hour nap-time increments. With the weather changing and another baby crawling on the floors, I've noticed more pet hair, dander and dust pilling up then I'm used to. I'm excited to be partnering with Levoit, one of my FAVORITE air purifier brands, to share something that's really helped my cleaning regiment: The Levoit Pet Air Purifier. It's made especially for homes with lots of pet hair. I've been using it for about a month now and have to recommend it - our house is less stuffy, the air just frankly smells cleaner, and I actually have to dust/vacuum the pet hair it attracts off the side of it because it cleans up SO MUCH OF IT. It's amazing. We actually have their other purifiers throughout our home - one in each bed...
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I had a really difficult initial first month postpartum journey with William. I felt AMAZING after our super quick birth. But life just kept throwing curve balls and while I felt great, my body clearly needed a lot of rest. I know I mentioned telling the story for a bit, but I needed some time to process it and how to share it. Basically, our first 5 weeks centered around a quick birth and the day after we got home, admission into the Children's hospital for 4 days, an ER trip after a major hemorrhage myself, lip and tongue tie procedures, triple feeds and eventually my emotional need to stop breastfeeding, a few specialist visits, and colds and febrile seizures for my toddler. I was on bedrest for most of it and unable to lift more then 10lbs. Oh, did I mention my house was also hit by lightening and it broke our Christmas Tree and our AC/Heater?
One of the most magical moments of my life has been the first days I spent with my children. It's full of wonder, exhaustion, rawness and beauty all in one. I'm working with Dana from @snowpixiephotography to capture our Newborn shoots and am sharing some tips for other busy mommas who might be trying to plan some of these sessions.
Before I start, if you haven't had a chance to check out my tips on how to select your newborn photographer, head to my IG and read more here.
What to prepare before:
One of the reasons I chose to work with Dana is because she does a full style consultation and questionnaire with each of her clients about what they are looking for and what they are NOT looking for. One of the other things she went over with me when we first booked her was newborn safety and what poses she may not be able to do because of it - I really appreciated the caution cause it took me a long time to grow this little dude!
Further, we discussed clothing options beforehand. She assure...
A big special thank you to everyone who made it out to the Holiday PJ Party earlier this month!
We laughed, we ate, we took great photos, and we got to grow our #momtribe together! Photos from the event can be found on Jenna from Creatrix Photography's album here. Please remember to tag her @creatrixphotography on IG or @creatrixphotgraphy on Facebook when posting any images.
To those on the waitlist, we missed you and hope you can join us next year!!!
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#BUMP UPDATE - we are almost 37 weeks!
This past trimester has been rough. Not because its a difficult pregnancy, but more so with keeping up with life. Between the revolving door of toddler colds and ear infections, starting a new job, hubby's work travel, preparing for the holidays and.... the list goes on and on... I've been trying to also piece together the final items we need before baby arrives.
TBH, we were pretty minimalist with Adelaide when she was born. Our friends lent us a ton of items (thank you neighborhood #momtribe) and we were living off one income with a super strict budget. This time around we've been more prepared in budgeting for the things we either didn't get last time or really wanted to help make life with an infant and a toddler simpler, before we even started trying to get pregnant.
I'm in full nesting mode. I've set my eyes on getting everything ready for Christmas now so I can get all the shopping done before I'm too uncomfortable (only 7 weeks left of this pregnancy) and when I can still get up and down off the floor to wrap Christmas gifts.
Any one else holiday shopping early?
I've also realized during this early way of Christmas shopping that some things are actually cheaper to buy before Black Friday or Christmas-time. Sometimes you just need to find the right deal. So, I'm excited to partner with Round Rock Premium Outlets to share a fantastic shopping experience and deals with you other early holiday shopper Mommas!!
Round Rock Premium Outlets is running a “Get Holiday Ready” campaign! Basically, by going to their website and clicking on their holiday guide from your desktop or phone,you get access to a deal offering 25% off at participating retailers. You can download it on the mall website here.
The sales are running from November 1 - 17th and wit...
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Now that we have children, we are trying to build our collection of Christmas collectibles to give to them once they start their own families. Our parents did this for both my husband and me (how cool is that?) with Santas, ornaments, and nativities. I'd like to share my childhood love of Precious Moments figurines that I collected as a kiddo with my daughter by collecting NEW ones to pass down with my old collection once she starts her own family.
Did you collect anything when you were a child? Or, maybe your parents did for you? I think it's such an interesting phenomenon that we as parents can look for physical things to document the moments we spend w...
I love parties. I love planning them, hosting them, shopping for them and dreaming about them. I think there is magic in creating an experience when someone walks in the door and I truly have FUN pulling that together.
This year, I wanted to throw something super vibrant, colorful and meaningful for Adelaide's 2nd birthday. She has a few favorite things: moose, cats, puppies, tea parties, any fruit and swimming. I decided to focus on her love of fruit and throw her a "Two-Tti-Fruitti" birthday.
We pulled together a menu of fruity goodness including watermelon pops, my staple cheese board and veggie platters, and fruit punch. I found these colorful sunglasses and pineapple glasses so everyone could take a bit of the magic home, too.
The Coop helped me pull together so many of the tiny details - table cloths, napkins, forks to cake stands to make this one of the easiest parties we have held yet! The Confetti Bar added some sparkle to...
HAVE YOU HEARD?! It's almost the most wonderful time of the year!!
Bring your families and join the Balancing By Design #momtribe and their families on November 10 from 3-5pm at The Coop for a FREE afternoon to remember. Dress to impress in your favorite holiday PJ or dress clothes and let the littles get wiggles out while holiday family photos are completed. Shop the holiday mini market, win fantastic giveaways, complete a holiday craft, and dance the afternoon away while munching on some delicious local treats and enjoying holiday cocktails and drinks. Kids can enjoy the bounce house, ball pit, dance floor and so many more great toys! While our event sold out in the first 5 hours (woooozah!), you can get your wait list tickets here for FREE.
All families will receive :
- 1 professional family photo
- 1 craft per child
- Access to the play area for each child
- 1 swag bag (limited to the first 60 families who arrive)
If your RSVP has changed, please let us know as we have over 100 peop...
I talked about how as a working momma, one of the hardest things to do is to plan a party. I get so overwhelmed with picking out the themes, colors, and food. As we approach the holidays, this anxiety to be 'perfectly balanced' really gets to me. Really the food and decor are what gets me every time. I also have this strange LOVE of planning parties so it's funny how the thing that stresses me out the most also makes me the most happy. Before sharing a re-cap of our 2nd Birthday for Adelaide, I wanted to share 5 quick tips on how to make an epic, yet simple party while balancing all of the things! I'm hoping this post is timely for all the mommas out there looking to plan holiday parties as we gear up for the holiday season!
1. Outsource your 'weaknesses' or the most -time consuming - There are some things I'm just not good at: cooking, baking, tiny details, and patience of setting up all.the.decor. and using tape. I also get super overwh...