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Saying Goodbye to Our First Home

If you read this post, you know we are moving.

We bought our first home before Ava, and poured our heart into making it a “home”. The truth is that there is nothing wrong with our first house, and we would still be happy there today if only it was about 30 minutes closer to our families. That’s the funny thing about shopping for homes before you have children, but with children in mind you think … with the right space, good enough schools, a neighborhood with a pool and a playground, you’ll be set. For the most part, that’s true until you find yourself commuting to a daycare 40 minutes away from where you live, and having a fully decorated nursery upstairs but it being too far from your bedroom. We didn’t plan for that. We also didn’t plan on traveling to the other side of town most weekends for “fun”.

Yesterday, we signed over the documents that make our house, no longer our home. We said goodbye to the home where we brought home our baby. We said goodbye to the home that made us home owners, and that taught us the ups (and downs) of home ownership. I haven’t been emotional until now. I remember the first time we saw that house, and the excitement where I knew it was “the one” and that it was perfect for us. I remember locking the door behind us when we would see it on the weekends, so no one could come inside “our” home. I remember surprising Sean with a positive pregnancy test and telling him he was going to be a dad. I remember praying over the home during Hurricane Harvey and praying we had a safe space to bring Ava home to. I remember decorating Ava’s nursery and praying for it to be a place of comfort (and secretly praying that she loved pinked as much as I do). I remember Sean attempting to hang a 50 lb mirror with two nail hooks. I remember our first Christmas  and hosting our families. I remember the garage poses I bargained with my husband to take.

Now it’s time for our first home to help create memories for a new family. I pray that it brings them as much joy as it brought us over the past two years. (and sorry about the grass) And while they’re restarting  and making memories at our first home, I know we’ll be doing the same in our new one. In the end, although we’ll miss our first home and all of the memories it brought, we are definitely excited about our new home and all of the memories it will bring.

What’s your favorite memory from your first home? If you don’t have a first home yet, what memory are you looking forward to? I’d love to reminisce with you all in the comments below!

House Tour Below:




















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We Sold Our House

Whatttttt?! Crazy, I know! There’s a little back story to this, so bear with me.

We were super eager when we bought this home. While we were engaged, we would spend weekends driving and looking at houses. Our apartment was in the Memorial area, so when we stumbled upon our current neighborhood in Cypress, we thought it was so much closer to our family. Not joking when I say we would go to the house (our current house) while we were still coming up with our down payment (…20% is no joke people), and just hang out in the house, walk around the neighborhood, and then lock the door behind us so no one could go in and look at the house. Yes….we actually did that (HAHA).

Fast forward, we’re still 40 minutes from the closest family member, and for some reason, it just never felt like “home” to me. I never wanted to do too much to the house because I knew we weren’t going to stay forever. We started to spend weekends searching again and came across our dream home in Kingwood. It’s (almost) everything we want in a home. Note: I’ve realized we can’t get everything without building, but building is too stressful, so I think we found the best of both worlds.

Our house will be finished in the middle of June. We bought it with enough time to change a few things out to make it more our style, but the vast majority was already chosen. I can’t wait to share how we decorate! We (I) decorated this house pre-baby. If it wasn’t white, cream, or grey, I didn’t want it. If you’re a parent, PLEASE laugh with (not at) me. 9 months in and I’m laughing at all those pre-baby thoughts. We will be keeping the majority of our furniture, but I’ll be adding more color and items that can withstand any future babies.

I can’t wait to start sharing the progress of our home and all the decorative processes!

Have a great rest of your week!

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Best Amazon Products For Moms

Hi Friends, happy Tuesday! I hope all of you mamas had a wonderful Mother’s Day. Speaking of Mother’s Day, isn’t it crazy the things you wish for now rather than before you had kids? Some of my favorite items now are storage containers, storage bins, and a coffee maker. HAHA

If you’re anything like me, I get everything on Amazon, and why not? I was a little late to the Amazon Prime game, but that all changed when I became a mom. If I can save myself a trip to the store, I’m all for it. Here are a few things I’ve loved over the couple months for me and Ava

  1. These hair ties are the best! I love that they don’t damage or crease your hair.
  2.  These storage containers are great as we are transitioning Ava to table food. Their compact enough to throw into any diaper bag.
  3. I know we’ll be trying a few sippy cups, but this is the first one we’re going to be trying since it had such great reviews
  4. Ava is loving these organic baby puffs, so this will be perfect to take on the go as she likes eating them independently.
  5. Any other avocado lovers out there?! This will be a life saver!
  6. Long reach iPhone chargers are the best! I like to order packs of them and leave them around the house instead of moving the same cord around.
  7. These baby bibs are great for the stage Ava is at! They’re easy to clean and perfect on-the-go.
  8. Another hack are these cord holders. I just ordered these and I’m hoping they’re a lifesaver. It never fails that I need my charger the minute Ava falls asleep…and it’s fallen behind the nightstand. I’ll keep y’all updated.

I would love to hear what your favorite Amazon purchases are!

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Coordinating Family Photos & Tips From a Photographer

Y’all! Our Spring pictures came in and I’m IN LOVE!!!

Before I started getting pictures done regularly, one of my biggest problems was coordinating outfits that worked. I wanted to match Sean, without matching like Britney and Justin.

Ya know?!

I’ve put together a few options, whether your taking Spring/Summer pictures, or just want to refresh your wardrobe a little. All the pictures are clickable, so just click on any image and it will take you directly to the product! 🙂

Option 1:

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Option 3:

My photographer/friend Friendtographer Deven, who does most of our photos, has shared her knowledge from behind the lens and what she’s looking for when she shoots! But before you check out her tips, check out her Facebook and Instagram. Y’all, her Spring Mini session sold out in 3 DAYS…3 days. She’s crazy good, so if you’re in Houston and looking for a photographer, definitely contact her!

Tips on Picking Outfits From a Photographer

  • Keep it Simple & Neutral. Ask yourself: Will this look good hung up in my house? While you’re plaid Christmas outfit was great for December, how will that look year round on the living room wall?
  • Find a photographer that matches your style. Deven’s style is very soft and light, so anytime of year, she will recommend soft creams, blues and blush.
  • Avoid bright neon’s and dark colors. These colors actually reflect of your clothes and onto your face making your skin tone appear different.
  • Don’t match everyone’s outfit. Plan a color palette/ look you’re going for, and search for outfits that coordinate. Also, don’t be afraid of patterns.
  • Lay all of the pieces out and take a picture of them together. Do you like it? Does something automatically stand out to you? If so, chances are it will most likely do so in your pictures as well.
  • Last piece of advice, ASK/TALK to your photographer. Don’t be afraid to ask any questions. This is their passion! They shoot families, couples, etc. for a living. Ask their advice on your outfits, props and color choices.