Family photos in San Clemente with of dust and light photography

It’s hard to believe that this month our little Elizabeth June turns 19 months old! How has it already been a year and a half of sweet love from our sweet girl?  Watching your tiny baby grow into a toddler is definitely a bittersweet experience. Last year, Izzy started off 2018 as a 6 month old nursing baby…and by the time December came around, she was weaned and walking and talking and had actual hair I could clip back. In case you missed it, I shared a milestone post last week about all the things she can do and say now – click here to check it out ❤

Time flies when you’re a parent – that’s why it’s so important and special for us to have family photos taken 1-2 times a year to document all the amazing milestones we reach together! My dear friend Monika from Of Dust And Light captured these images of us back in November. They were my first “bump” photos, and the last photos we will have done as a family before baby #2 arrives in Spring. Continue reading

Celebrating Izzy At 1.5 Years Old


I journaled nearly everything all throughout my pregnancy, and then from birth to age 1. I wanted to memorize every single experience and detail about my first baby’s little life. But once toddlerhood came around after her first birthday, it became harder to find time to write all the things down that she learned, said, and did throughout the day. She has always been a super active kiddo, and I’ve hardly had a chance to breathe let alone document all the sweet, smart, and funny things she’s done these last few months.

This post is celebrating all the things she has accomplished so far, what she can do and say, and her likes/dislikes at 1.5 years old 🙂 This is such a fun (and exhausting and crazy) age and I am so excited to see how much she will love being a big sister once baby #2 comes. Continue reading

Baby #2 Gender Reveal! It’s A….

Today we went to lunch for my husband’s birthday with our whole family, and planned to reveal the gender to everyone at the restaurant. I ended up grabbing some balloons and an empty moving box to do a “balloon pop-up” reveal, which turned out great as a last minute DIY! The family votes were half for a boy, half for a girl — and on Instagram, the majority of you voted for team girl!

Now that we are finally sharing with everyone, I can finally say that I couldn’t be happier with what the outcome is of who is in my belly! ❤ Becaaaaaause it’s….. Continue reading

Baby Number Two

mom dad and baby at the beach

We already shared our big announcement last week with friends and family, just in time for Halloween  — so in case you missed it on social media, SURPRISE! We’re expecting our second baby, due in May 2019!!! We want to have three kids total, maaaaaybe four depending on what genders we get. John jokingly told me he’s afraid of being outnumbered if we have another girl, but that secretly he really enjoys being a girl dad and wouldn’t mind another daughter. 😉

We’ve had this idea for a long time that we wanted at least two of our kids to be close in age so they could grow up together as best friends and have someone to play with. When our next one is born, they will be 22 months apart! We can’t wait to meet him/her…and to find out if our baby is a him or a her!

The announcement: how we revealed our second pregnancy

I would have done something a bit more elaborate for our pregnancy announcement, but Continue reading

40 Fun, Easy, And Engaging Activities To Do With Your Toddler

I’ve been having so much fun being home with Izzy. She is spunky and hilarious and curious, and definitely keeps me on my toes! Ever since she started crawling and walking and especially now that she’s a baby toddler, it’s been a totally new ball game to keep her entertained. But oh man, finding things to occupy your energetic little one during the day definitely takes some elbow grease and planned effort!

I’ve had a chance to come up with a list of easy, engaging and exciting things you can do with your toddler during the day that I wanted to share with all my mama friends – and I even made it into a pretty (gender neutral) printable PDF you can download and hang on the fridge! Click the link below to download your copy, and feel free to share it with your other mama friends who have little toddlers:

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