5 things every new mom needs to do during the first year

Finding support and community is an easy thing to do with all the resources new moms have access to these days! And I believe that it’s owed to the millennial mom — she’s tech savvy, educated, driven to find her place in the world, and lives for community. She’s heavily invested in the it-takes-a-village mindset, and has turned motherhood into a lifestyle. After becoming pregnant, it was as if I had been suddenly initiated into a secret club that I had no idea even existed — one that brings women of all walks of mothering together. One that supports, educates, enriches, and provides countless women to simply be there with you during this journey! Continue reading

How to Style Your Own Boho Maternity Session

I loved how this session turned out and I had so much fun styling it myself! Styling your own photo session may seem daunting, but following these simple steps will help you create a gorgeous and lovely aesthetic for your maternity photos.

pick your colors: soft with a pop

If you search Pinterest for “Boho Maternity Session” you’ll find lots of flower crowns, soft colors, and dewy natural light. I love turning Pinterest dreams into a reality, so I chose this gorgeous flowy and ethereal dress from Free People (sold out, but similar styles here) and paired it with a small wedge neutral sandal for a lovely boho look I could also wear postpartum Continue reading

Not Your Typical Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Valentine’s Day, in my opinion, is overrated. However, it is fun to have a day dedicated to showing appreciation and love to your man, your girlfriends, your dog, or yourself! Besides, who needs an excuse to gift-give, anyway? John and I like to give gifts that are intentional: something that creates memories or serves a purpose/ function. As I was thinking of how I show John I love him through gifts on his birthday, Christmas, or on Valentine’s Day — I realized that 80% of the presents I purchase for him are not your “typical” gifts. For example, I got him rock climbing holds he could install in our apartment for Christmas one year, and surprised him with a Muse concert for his Birthday another year. He’s gotten me an art easel with new brushes and canvases one Christmas, and got me a foot bath spa for my birthday another year. All these things are intentional, thoughtful, serve a purpose, and are functional.

So if you’re like me and you like to live unconventionally and gift thoughtfully, scroll down for ideas on how to give your Valentine a not-so-typical Valentine’s Day present they’ll actually appreciate, and won’t be expecting! ❤ Continue reading

How to effortlessly style a floral dress for Valentine’s Day

Floral is one of my favorite patterns to wear. So when Cleo Madison reached out to me asking if I would like to blog about one of their lovely dresses, I was delighted to see they had floral options! What girl can say no to flowers? And speaking of flowers…can you believe Valentine’s Day is just around the corner?!  I feel like it creeps up on me every year. John and I never really go big for Vday, but we do like to make it special for each other. Last year, we gifted each other Enso Rings and this year, we’re doing a date night dinner at The Prado. 

This Valentine’s Day, I wanted to wear something simple yet fun, and easy to throw on for all the day’s festivities. So if you’re on the hunt for a flattering, soft, stretchy and nursing friendly dress, look no further than Cleo Madison ❤ My two favorite things about this dress are the length, and that it’s nursing friendly (even though it’s not actually maternity)! It’s so hard to shop for clothes sometimes because I’m always looking for pieces I can nurse in that aren’t part of a maternity line. But sometimes, like with this dress, I score a piece that totally works! Continue reading

Two Easy Ways to Dress Stylish as a Mom

THE MINI APARTMENT dress stylish as a new mom.jpgFinding pieces that flatter your post-baby body that are stylish, comfortable and conceal/hold in any leftover bump-tummy squishyness doesn’t have to be hard if you know what to look for! I am 6 months postpartum now, and feel pretty good about where my body is at thanks to a good diet, EBF, and working out. But it took me a while to figure out how to dress during those postpartum changes to best fit my body type. So I put together two fun + stylish “cool mom” looks here that can be easily transitioned into your post-baby regular wardrobe! These outfits work with any shape and size, and are not restricted to where your body is currently at postpartum…I also included different price points based on what you prefer to spend ❤ Continued below! Continue reading