Aspen Joy: Our Baby’s Birth Story

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Our newest member to the family + our second baby girl Aspen Joy Allegri was born on May 8th 2019 at 10:40am! She weighed 8 lbs 11 oz, and measured 22″ tall. She came out with a head full of hair, and a loud set of pipes! After a long 41 weeks and an eventful day leading up to her birth, we were so excited to finally finally meet our newest daughter and to introduce Izzy to her baby sister.

John and I are thrilled to be second time parents, that our first baby girl is going to grow up with a sister, and to experience the joy that little Aspen has been bringing into our family even before she was born.

In this post I would love to share the story of how she made her entrance into the world, as well as reveal the most beautifully captured imagery of her first few hours taken by Chanel Lynn Photography. She did my maternity photos and is also doing our in-home newborn session next week! Continue reading

Things To Get Done Before Baby Comes That You Probably Haven’t Thought Of

things to get done before baby comesPreparing for your new baby takes a lot of work. Of course there’s washing all the newborn clothes, getting bottles ready, and getting out your baby gear! But from my experience, there are some things that – once I got home from the hospital – I thought, “dang I wish I would’ve done that before we left!”

Our second time around, I am making sure I do things that my future mom-of-two self will thank me for! That way I won’t have to worry about chores or prepping or cleaning once we are back home with a tiny newborn. Doing the following will totally help get rid of the stress of bringing your newborn home, will allow you time to just relax, and take care of you + your baby without fussing over your “should’ve done that” list: Continue reading

What To Actually Pack In Your Hospital Bag

what to pack in your hospital bagThe first time I was pregnant, I looked up all the things on Pinterest for ideas on what to pack in my hospital bag. I saw an overwhelming number of lists, claiming I needed so many things that were “essential” for a hospital stay! Such as: multiple changes of clothes for mom and baby, several swaddles, tons of snacks, multiple nursing gowns, hair straightener, hand sanitizer and lotions, a notepad, etc….I definitely overpacked for our first, and didn’t even touch or use 80% of the things I thought I needed.

The second time around, I am packing WAY less “stuff” and focusing on what I know I will actually need and use. I don’t want to overwhelm myself digging through a full weekender while I’m at the hospital, and you shouldn’t either 🙂

So I made a list of the only items I know I will need and want to use for when our second baby girl comes (hopefully this week, because her due date is tomorrow)! Read below for my list of overnight essential items to pack in your hospital bag during labor and delivery: Continue reading

Bold Fashion, Bolder Faith

Last month I wrote a piece for We Are Beautiful on fashion. But it wasn’t your average post on how to style yourself for the season, or about what’s on trend right now with links to shop. What it does focus on is true beauty for real women seeking a higher purpose than making sure their closet looks good. Click here to see the post on We Are Beautiful’s Blog, or stick around and read the full post below. I hope you enjoy! ❤


bold fashion, bolder faith

I’ve always been drawn to bright color, textures, and bold patterns when it comes to my wardrobe. I love pattern mixing, and it’s honestly what I became known for in high school and in my group of friends during college. While everyone else was in Hollister and Abercrombie, I was in Urban Outfitters and vintage thrift store finds.

Was I looked at funny because I was wearing what everyone else wasn’t at the time? Yes. Was my “fashion choice” talked about because I didn’t really follow trends? Oh yes. But did it sway me? Nope. Feeling confident and comfortable with your own style takes courage – and once you realize your clothing is a representation of the life you’re living – your mood, perspective, and courage to be different all begin to blossom. Continue reading

How To Go Bold With Your Maternity Wardrobe

This post is generously sponsored by Pink Blush Maternity ❤ All opinions and reviews are always my own and 100% honest.

How am I already at the single digit countdown from our due date?! We’re 34 weeks this week, and baby girl is the size of a butternut squash ❤ Pregnancy the second time around seems to have gone a lot faster all across the board…my belly popped a lot sooner, the fatigue came a lot quicker, and my time frame to fit into my regular clothes was super short compared to when I was pregnant with Izzy.

I shared on my Instagram the other day that I’m realizing my favorite part about motherhood is after baby is born – though I love pregnancy, I’m more a fan of baby being out than in for 9 months! Luckily, I had an awesome wardrobe to grow into thanks to Pink Blush Maternity – my go-to boutique for maternity and postpartum clothing – which made dressing the bump so much fun! They made it super easy to dress stylish while staying comfortable throughout each trimester, and I could not be more grateful to have had such a gorgeous line of maternity clothing to choose from while pregnant with our second! Continue reading