The Best Baby Gear List For Maximizing Your Space And Wallet

Once your baby reaches new milestones, you’ll need to keep up with their development by upgrading their toys and play areas. With our baby, we did not want to purchase or have all kinds of baby gear lying around or in storage (for the sake of wanting to maximize our living and storage spaces). We carefully chose a select few essential items (toys, play areas, sleeping gear, etc) for each milestone that were age appropriate, compact, functional, could be easily stored, cost efficient, and kept our baby amused and content for long periods of time.

This blog post covers most of the bigger baby gear you will be wanting or needing – I will do a separate post on strollers soon!

I did a ton of research on all kinds of baby products before and after we had our first baby to find out exactly what we needed, and what to pass on. Here’s a spoiler: you probably won’t need everything you think 🙂 Here are three easy tips to consider when you’re looking into getting baby gear: Continue reading

How to effortlessly plan a themed birthday party

I love planning parties and events! I DIY’d my entire wedding, styled/planned my own bridal shower and baby shower themes, and have hosted several parties like Christmas Cookie Exchanges and Girls’ Nights. So you better believe I couldn’t wait to plan a fun first birthday party for my daughter! The theme I went with was “A Swan Soiree” with touches of light pink, yellow,  and mint. I had a plan on how I wanted her party to look, but I also wanted to make sure we stayed within a budget for decor and food.

So if you’re wanting to throw together a fun and memorable birthday party for your own little one, follow these helpful tips below for a thoughtful and well executed birthday bash.

Make sure you scroll to the bottom of this post because I linked almost all of the party decor and Izzy’s cute outfit + accessories! ❤

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Celebrating One Full Year Of Breastfeeding Plus Tips On Nursing Through Teething

Well friends, I made it!! From July 7th 2017 to July 7th 2018 I nursed my little Izzy June every single day multiple times a day, and even pushed through painful teething so I would be able to make it to the one full year mark of breastfeeding!!

The week after her first birthday, we decided to introduce cow’s milk (we are using Fairlife Whole Milk) and wean her from nursing. She’s still getting used to cow’s milk, but overall I think she’s enjoying the new taste. I’m down to nursing her once a day in the mornings now, which I don’t think I would have been able to accomplish so smoothly had John not had the last two weeks off of work! He’s taken charge of putting her down for naps, so that I don’t have to nurse her to sleep like we’ve been doing up until this point. So far, it’s really working out for us! I also feel so blessed and grateful for the countless mama friends who have reached out to me and given me advice and encouragement and support about weaning. It’s been so helpful in easing my emotions and my heart into knowing that weaning is a natural part of growing up ❤ So thank you, if you were one of the mamas who I’m talking about!

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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