Faye // 6 Months

December 13, 2017

Faye is 6 months old today!! EEEEK! I just CANNOT believe that she is a half a year already! Lit-trally wanna cry that she’s hardly a wittle baaaaaby anymore :( I don’t want her to grow up so fast! This is our last little baby and it’s going by too quickly! I’m trying to soak up every moment I have with her. She’s so sweet and loveable and I just kiss her chubby cheeks all day! Ivy picked her outfit for this shoot – she loves to dress her up and help out!

This month, she hit some major milestones! She is rolling ALL over the place. Faye is in the stage where you put her on a blanket to play and she ends up way over on the other side of the room. Everywhere!

Plus, she’s already getting on all fours in crawling position! EEEK! She’ll rock back and forth all over! The girl isn’t even sitting up yet unassisted and already doing that! Slow down baby girl! I don’t need a mobile child… yet.

Faye also started eating foods in the last couple weeks. She’s really good with picking things up so she had no problem with her first meal – minestrone! Tons of roasted veggies and small noodles that she ate up. She also LOVES avocado, cheese, and cookies from the Grandmas! :)

She makes CRAZY hilarious noises! Basically a growl. Haha. I suppose she’s just trying to find her voice! It’s so weird yet so cute!

Sleep is pretty back to normal. Once she started rolling over this month we went through a bit of a regression when she couldn’t roll back over when she would roll onto her tummy. Took her a couple weeks to get used to sleeping differently (and no sleep), now all good! Mostly just gets up once in her 12 hour stretch at night and takes her two 1.5 – 2.5 hr naps during the day. Faye is a total finger sucker. Her left hand and the first three fingers. Loves em! Self-soothing, yes. :)

Lastly, she got two teeth last week! Her little bottom munchers are in! Thankfully, teething didn’t bother her, fewf! No fevers or fussy. Got lucky there!

Love our little Faye, I want to go in and cuddle you right now! Can’t get enough of her. Little baby. xoxo


 

Christmas Card 2017

December 12, 2017

Presents in your mailbox every day season! Or Amazon Prime boxes at your doorstep! lol! I love this time of year! It’s so fun to get Christmas cards from your family and friends. I love seeing everyone’s family photos and how grown up the kids get each year! And my favorite is to hang up all the cards so your loved ones are seen each day! It’s the one time of year to catch up on relationships and families, I love a little blurb on the back of cards!

This year (and every year), I went with Minted for our card. Minted is a design marketplace. They source creative content from a global community of independent artists, they have artists from all 50 states and over 60 countries! I always find my favorite design on this site, not to mention their cardstock is superb and the cards have exceptional photo quality. BEST OF ALL – is the address recipient printing, for FREE. Saves me so much time instead of writing all the addresses with my 4th grade handwriting. Plus, there’s a design that matches your card (or choose a different design), so it makes for a beautifully festive envelope.

We chose the Simply Serene design, it matched our photo perfectly and I love the minimalist design. I love cards where the photo does the talking, so this simple style was perfect. Here are some of my other favorites I posted a while back.

A tip! Always put the year on your card! I keep one of ours each year and it’s so fun to go back and see them all as we grow up.

Here’s our card! Merry Christmas! :)


Fall Family Photos // 2017

December 9, 2017

Baaaasically have dropped off the face of the Earth with this blog, sooooorrry! Don’t know WHERE all my free time has gone (taking care of three kids, ohhh). Meant to do this post about a month ago, oops, so here we go finally :)

We took our family photos with Michell Strizhius back in October when it was still so beautiful out! Missing that perfect fall weather right now. But! Excited to share these now. We went downtown again this year for our photos. I love all of the different feels you can have throughout the streets. We did a little bit of trees look along the bike trail, then a little bit of neat walls and buildings around 8th and Railroad. Loved all the different looks!

It was definitely harder wrangling three kids this year. We didn’t have enough hands to keep our kids by our sides and Leo’s hands out of his mouth! But, those photos are some of my favorites, remembering the behind the scenes makes me chuckle! Anyways, here are some of my favorites! Ivy absolutely kills me with her poses! The best.

Still wild seeing our family of 5! Next year’s photos Faye will be WALKING! EEEP! How are we ever going to wrangle them all then?! :)


My shirt // Posh Boutique
Ivy’s Dress // Old Navy
Leo’s Pants and Shirt // Zara
John’s Shirt // JH and Sons


 

Holiday Cards

November 17, 2017

Holiday cards season!!! I LOVE this time of the year, not only for all the joy of the holidays, but because you get presents in your mail almost every day! I am a stationery LOVER and I always look forward to browsing online for my favorite cards. And it’s so much fun to see what your friends and family pick out too!

I always love a minimalist look for a holiday card. I want the photo to be what you see and focus on, not all the extra bedazzle going on on some cards. But I’m venturing out of my safe place a little bit this year, as I’m really loving florals on the cards!! Just a simple piece of holly or mistletoe is really beautiful and peaceful to me this year. I think it adds a nice touch. However, I’ll always be drawn to a simple “Merry Christmas” script though!

Here are 9 of my favorite holiday card designs!


1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6 // 7 // 8 // 9


Looking at this board, I obviously am in a black and white phase of my life right now! But the deep red pops of color on a few of those cards is very lovely to me.

I think my fave is #1! It’s modern, simple, and with a little extra fun. I’m loving it! And #2 is way out of left field for me, but for some reason I really like the big monogram letter of your last name. So cool! #4 and #6 are just lovely and peaceful to me. Then the rest are all very plain black and white, but I love that simple minimalist look! Let the photo do all the talking!

Plus what’s faaaabulous about these, is that all of them come with different colors you could choose. I always do just red or black or white, but there are blues, greens, pinks, grays, just about any color you could want! So if you like a design you can always change the colors up. Moreover, if you’d rather it say a different phrase, there are options for that too! Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Joy, Happy New Year, etc. Tons of options! Couldn’t be easier to customize and find EXACTLY what you want.

As far as where to browse for cards,  I LOVE Minted the most. The best quality, so many options, and so easy. It’s like Etsy for cards. They are all independent artist who have their designs on there. So neat! They also have free recipient addressing which is UNBELIEVEABLE. Such a time saver and it matches your card so it’s really beautiful. Tiny Prints has this now too! This year, Minted added an option to text your photo in and a Minted designer will choose 5 designs that match your photo and text them back to you! I did it and I really loved 2 of the 5 they sent me. Kind of neat to see what others pick! Read more about texting a photo here.

This totally gets me in the holiday spirit! I love seeing everyone’s family photos right now, then I’m so excited to see it again on a card!

Hope this helps you narrow down the vast sea of cards!!! Which is your favorite?!


 

November Favorite Things

November 14, 2017

So long Halloween, HELLO HOLIDAYS! I love transitioning into November, well minus the early dark nights, but it’s the beginning of the ‘most wonderful time of the year!’ And I’m having all the feels of Christmas already! Working on my Christmas present lists, decorating the house for the holidays, and shopping for the coziest winter sweaters for the cold season upon us! Here are nine needs that are in my shopping cart. Happy shopping!


1 (spoon rest, salt, pepper) // 2 // 3 (brown, leopard) // 4 // 5 // 6 // 7 // 8 // 9


I’m obsessed with all the Hearth and Hand Magnolia items at Target! Love all the B&W. Fave color combo right now. I want to update some kitchen items to be more neutral and I love the spoon rest and salt and pepper cellars. And the candle smells SOOOO good! All things cedar for the winter!

Can’t get enough pom hats and sweaters! Love the thick chunky cardigan and my favorite color gold sweater. Pair it with a fun purse. B&W goes with everything.

Booties. Could have a million. I’m totally in an animal print phase right now.

Already thinking about 2018! I bought this planner for the new year. I had the same one this year and I LOVE it. It’s modern and has huge blank spaces to write for each day. It fits my needs for a planner PERFECTLY. This floral one was a close second! It’s much more organized and has spots for just about everything you could think of.

I change out doormats every season! Loving this one for the winter.


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