April 3, 2020

While this is a sponsored post, the opinions and reviews reflect my own experience and opinions.

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? 

That being said, once I...

February 26, 2020

While this is a sponsored post, the opinions and reviews below are my own.

We've been preparing for William's baptism and this time I'm trying to add some fun and unique touches to it. One way I'm going to do that for this event, and for this year, is through thank you cards! I've been looking around for personalized, custom thank you cards and stationary for both kids and think I've found a great solution for the momma who is a perfectionist, and who wants to have limitless options for her stationary. So, today I've partnered with Basic Invite to talk about the thank you cards I'm planning to send out after the event - and throughout 2020 -  to our friends, family and god parents who are attending. 

I was looking for stationary and thank you cards that meet 4 pieces of criteria: sparkle, customization, sample options, and automated addressing. Basic Invite offers all in a really unique way! Read until the end for a special discount code, too!

1. SPARKLE - I'm obsessed with spa...

February 24, 2020

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...

December 27, 2019

This is a sponsored post but all of the reviews and opinions are my own. Photography is captured by Creatrix Photography. 

New Years is such a special time for our family. Ok, just for me. IT'S MY BIRTHDAY! Every year since I turned 21, I've hosted an epic, big (think themed party with dress up costumes required) New Years Party to gift myself time with my family and friends. This year, since baby boy is due around the same time, I'm not having one and I'm a little sad because it's my 30th birthday, too! SO, 31 is going to be epic. 

But, I can't help thinking through all the fun 'roaring 20's' themed ideas I pinned on Pinterest before I realized we were pregnant. One of my favorite things to do with these parties is to have a themed cocktail. Keel Vodka is one of my newest favorite liquors (from before I was prego) because of it's delicious taste, simplicity, and lite refreshing flavor. The logo "We crafted KEEL Vodka and KEEL Sparkling to provide balance, so you can be present to enjoy...

December 26, 2019

All images by: Creatrix Photography

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!!!

And finally, a BIG thank you to our sponsors and swag providers: Creatrix Photography, The Coop, Yumi, Good Pops, Mighty Swell, Austin East Ciders, Keel Vodka, DJ D Money In The Building, Airy Balloons, The Steeping Room, Tiffs Treats, Kerby Lane, Austin Java, Better Bites, The Confetti Bar, Inch Bug, Hair by Mel , Brentwood Social House, Young Living Oils, The Hive, The Riveter - Austin, Partify, and more!

Another big thank you to our mini market vendors: Poppy, Yumi, Divinity Spatique, Young Living Oils, ...

December 19, 2019

​This is a sponsored post and includes affiliate links; however, all of the opinions and reviews included in this post are my own.

#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. 

That being said, I've finished up...

November 8, 2019

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...

November 5, 2019

This new bisque porcelain Precious Moments figurine from The Hamilton Collection reminds me of many of our favorite family moments together so far, some of which include watching "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer!"​​

This post is sponsored by The Hamilton Collection, but all opinions are my own.

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.

 We love collecting Precious Moments items

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...

October 24, 2019

 Photo credit: All images by Creatrix Photography

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...

October 20, 2019

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...

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