Bump Box

Pregnancy is the happiest reason ever

for feeling like crap.

Can I get an amen?! Babies are a blessing, but more often than not – the pregnancy part is no cake walk.

As a busy mama of three + one babe on board, often times my own wants and needs are pushed to the back burner. It’s so easy to run myself into the ground while meeting everyone else’s needs. By the end of the day, I have so little time and energy to care for myself. I’d rather crash into bed than stay up on minute longer than necessary – only to rise after several hours of broken sleep and do it all over again. The life of a mother, right?!

I’m so thankful for monthly Bump Boxes that REMIND me to take care of myself. A Bump Box is a monthly subscription box that is tailored to each mama’s stage of pregnancy. It’s the ultimate mama care package in my opinion! It’s a box of full size products that relate to pregnancy and mamahood.

{ Check out the photos below to see the super fun products I got this month! }

Pregnancy may last only 40 weeks, but when you’re in the midst of it – it literally feels like two years. Bump Boxes have helped ease the long process, and they give me something to look forward to each month before I reach the ultimate grand prize. I love the monthly encouragement reminding me to slow down, relax a little, and take care of my precious growing bump.

Raising my children is the most important job I will ever do, but growing them in my womb is the first step.

I cannot wait to hold that brand new, sweet little babe, wrapped snuggly in my arms. Until then, I’ll be over here reminding myself that this doesn’t REALLY last forever – AND…probably checking my mail for my next Bump Box.

Click HERE to order your first box of awesomeness today! 🙂

PS. Bump Boxes also make such an amazing gift for expectant mamas!!

Momosas?! YES PLEASEEEE!!

 

Pink Blush: Maternity Maxi

I can’t tell you how in love I am with this GORGEOUS, multi colored maxi dress from Pink Blush Maternity. Aside from being a beautiful maxi, I love that it is made of 95% polyester – keeping me plenty cool on these hot summer days. We all know how important that is when you’ve got a precious little bun in the oven keeping mama extra warm! I’m currently only about 13 weeks along, and this dress fits perfectly now with plenty of room to grow. I love how forgiving the stretchy and flowy material is. It’s literally the perfect dress for maternity!

My style – simple and versatile!

I’ve shared in the past of my love for simple and versatile pieces. As a busy mama on the go, I prefer articles of clothing that can be worn for multiple occasions. I also love pieces that I am able to layer. Living in Minnesota, I often start the day with the heat turned up and later I have to switch over to air conditioning! No, really! This dress fits perfectly into both of my style preference categories. It is both simple and versatile.

For a more casual look, I simply paired this gorgeous maxi with a distressed denim vest that I’ve had in my closet for years. The dress is beautiful on its own, but it’s also easy to dress up or down with an additional piece. I plan on wearing it with a denim jacket or cardigan when the days turn cooler in the Fall, and I’ve got a couple of weddings this summer that I will simply dress it up with a sparkly necklace and earrings.

Speaking of weddings – we are in the season KNOWN for weddings, showers, and other parties that I want to look and feel my best for.  Pink Blush Maternity offers a wide variety of stunning maternity pieces, and I love the options available for every occasion.

To see a selection of other gorgeous dresses that Pink Blush offers, click HERE. There are SO many to choose from and so many to love! If you’d like to shop my specific multi-colored maternity maxi, click HERE.

Photo Credit: Ryan Laposky (Instagram: @ryanlaposky)

 

Tay’s Milk Bath

One thing I’ve been wanting to do for awhile now is a milk bath photo session. Tay was more than excited to hop into this old wash tub of milk, and I finally was able to check it off of of my bucket list! Personally – I think she was most excited to play with the flowers floating in milk. I mean, how often does the opportunity to bathe in a tub of milk and flowers present itself? Not often. I rest my case.

While the prep was a little bit of work, it wasn’t as difficult as I thought it would be. My hubby may have given me a few “you’re crazy” looks, and he even asked, “You’re doing this for FUN?!” Well, of course! I’m not sure what his definition of fun is, but if it doesn’t include a big old wash tub + milk + flowers…then we’re definitely not on the same page. 😉

Wash Tub + Milk + Flowers

If you’ve been wanting to have your own little milk bath photo sesh, I highly recommend it! It was so much fun, and I’m so happy with how the photos turned out.

Milk Bath How-To + Tips

Getting started, find a tub of some sort that you’d like to take the photos in. It doesn’t have to be huge, depending on your subject. Tay is pretty small, and this small wash tub was more than big enough.  I totally offered to take my hubby’s pics (after all those lovely glares), but he politely declined. 😉 I’m totally kidding, but we did joke about it!

Next, fill the tub to desired depth with WATER. That’s right. You don’t have to fill a whole tub with JUST milk. You could, I suppose, but it’s not necessary and would be A LOT more work. Once filled to desired depth, add two gallons of milk to the water. TIP: Before filling the tub with the hose outside, I filled it as much as I could with warm water inside. We did add a couple more buckets of warm water once it was almost filled outside. This may have played a role in how well she cooperated!

Lastly, add your flowers! I had read that synthetic flowers tend to sink, while real flowers will more than likely float. Well, I would say they half floated, but I’m happy with the look it gave. We did have a few flowers that sank to the bottom, so I would recommended testing out your flowers before you get all set up.

That’s it! Have your subject/s climb into the tub and snap a few photos! I’m not a professional photographer on any level, and I think these photos turned out great. I’m so happy Tay decided to “take the plunge” into this bath of milk. She’s such a champ at putting up with her crazy mom’s ideas, but I think she had fun with it! AND I was able to capture these photos that I will cherish forever.

Happiness Blooms from within

Live Wild. Flower child.

Keep your face to the sunshine,

and you cannot see the shadows.

It’s what sunflowers do.

{Helen Keller}

XOXO

A Wild One

I can’t believe it’s been almost a WEEK since E turned one!

His first birthday theme was easy for me to decide because he is definitely our “wild one.” Here are a few photos from his birthday party almost a week ago! CRAZY how fast time flies. I know I will blink and soon be planning his second birthday. Until then,  I wanted to share a few photos from his big event!

XOXO

“Where The Wild Things Are”

The banner above was handmade by yours truly! That’s right, I put this baby together in attempts to save a few dollars (which is really was probably only a FEW dollars! Ha!). It was super easy. I ordered the “Where The Wild Things Are” paper pack from Amazon, and threw this banner together in just an hour or two. Overall, I was happy with how it turned out, it got the point across! AND it allowed me to dig out some of those scrapbooking supplies that have been buried for YEARS now. 🙂

 Aren’t these napkins ADORABLE?! I found them on Etsy! Many different colors to choose from.

I loved having guests write special notes and wishes to our birthday boy! If you can’t tell, I’m a bit sentimental when it comes to my kiddos – so things like this mean a lot to me.

Is a first birthday party even a party without a SMASH CAKE?! E loved the frosting but hated the actual cake part.

This mama loves her wild little crew!

Raise them wild

Talking ‘Bout My Girl

Our threenager, Taylor, is a girl of many expressions, and she keeps our days interesting, to say the least. She’s full of sugar and spice. First she’s sour, then she’s sweet. She takes care of her baby dolls with such TLC,  but she can also take down her big brother in a wrestling match. She’ll go from playing barbies in her bedroom to racing cars with her big brother without missing a beat. She’s a country girl, and she loves tagging along in the woods with her daddy; but she also loves twirling in her girly dresses and all things pretty. She’s got a big personality, and I love watching it develop more and more each day.

Just recently, I was trying to capture a few photos of Tay wearing a couple pieces of beautiful jewlery she received from The Orchid Fox, and she had me rolling with some of her silly facial expressions. These photos are just too good not to share. So, here I am sharing some of her best shots along with some of her silliest. I hope you get a kick out of them, just as I do

Enjoy! XOXO

Jewelry: The Orchid Fox (@orchid_fox_)

Bow: Wunderkin (@wunderkin_co)

Top: Matilda Jane Clothing (@matildajaneclothing)

Boots: Smallwood Home (@smallwoodhome)

Leggings: Gap Kids

Valentine’s Mini Shoot & Bloopers

As the mother of three, I have learned that getting a “frame worthy” pic of my littles can be quite the trick. I’ve also learned that for every one GOOD photo we capture, there will be about 200 to scrap. Someone is usually blinking or whining or fighting or coughing or moving or crying or drooling or laughing or pushing or bored or “CHEESE-ing” too hard or…you name it – and it’s probably been a part of our photo sessions. But…it’s teaching me patience, that’s for sure!

I’ve come to absolutely love the candid shots, and as I was going through the Valentine’s photos I snapped of the kids, the “blooper” shots had me giggling. I just had to share a few of our outtakes. So here you are – the best, the worst, and the bloopers…

Happy Valentine’s Day!! <3

Master Bedroom Makeover: BEFORE

As promised, here are the BEFORE photos of our bedroom makeover. We are currently in the process of giving our master bedroom a little facelift, and I will be showing the AFTER photos as soon as we wrap things up. My wonderful and talented husband works full time (and OVER time) so he is tackling this project in his spare time. Bless his heart! As much as I like to hurry things along, I’m practicing my patience and trying to enjoy the process. 🙂

 

 

Laundry Basket Babies

^A display of photos for Jake’s 1st birthday party!

A tradition I started – kind of by accident – when my oldest son was a newborn, was to take a photo of him each month in the same laundry basket. I actually took his first photo at just a few days old. When he was a month old, I was doing laundry one day and wanted to see how much he had grown. So I snapped a quick photo. At two months old, I did the same…and so on. I loved seeing his growth each month!

Now, I’m on my third baby and have continued this tradition for each child every month through their first birthday. I display several of these photos in my laundry room. On those crazy days when the laundry is piling up and I find myself complaining that it never ends, I see their photos and I am reminded that it is a BLESSING to do their laundry – not a chore. I am thankful for every single day I get to spend with them, and I’m beyond blessed to have three little loves (and a wonderful hubby) who create these piles of laundry for me. I’ll be completely honest, laundry is not my favorite thing to do. But seeing each of their sweet, little, happy faces in the very laundry basket that I am using reminds me to count my blessings and to serve my family with a cheerful heart.

“A cheerful heart is good medicine…” Proverbs 17:22