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Motherhood: Month 8

Ok, total mom fail getting this up almost a week late, but hey, it’s here! I continue to be surprised at how much joy this little girl truly brings into our lives. Sean and I are always talking about how we are seriously so lucky and that she is so perfect.

This biggest change over the past month is she is crawling, pulling herself up on items, and loves to eat solids. We’re still doing purees, but incorporating a little BLW (baby led weaning) into her routine as well. She enjoys picking up foods herself, and so far, we’ve tried these cereals, avocado, tomato, eggs, and bananas. She has 4 teeth and is starting to wear mostly 6-9 month clothes, some 9 month exclusively. Her giggles still make me melt, and she LOVES staring at herself in the mirror and “playing” with the other baby.

Now…. don’t get me wrong… we are fully starting to see the sassy side of her (indeed, my child) and she is starting to be very assertive. She has learned to shake her head no (uh oh). She’s at the stage where we have to ninja when move putting her in her car seat and changing her diaper. If we don’t do it fast enough, she rolls over and has a fit when we try to buckle her in or put her pants on.  Any tips on this?

Regarding her sleep and naps, naps are sporadic, some days she has 2-3, others she only has one. We aren’t really on a schedule with them, so they sort of happen when they do. Her bedtime is pretty consist; she’ll fall asleep between 8-9 and sleep through the night. We don’t use her owlet or noise machine anymore, and the transition has been pretty seamless.

That’s all for this month! Below are some more pictures 🙂

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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.

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Checklist: How to Plan a Gender Reveal

Planning a Gender Reveal Party is SO FUN, whether it be your first or fifth baby. But have you ever been so deep into planning, that you lose site of what the party was about in the first place? ME…been there, done that. It can be stressful (slightly due to hormones), so for this reason, let me share with you a checklist for planning your baby’s gender reveal.

*Note: This can be applied to most parties, whether it be a birthday, baby shower, etc.

  1. KNOW YOUR BUDGET
    I feel this is the most important piece and the piece that can easily turn you into a ball of stress. Whether you have a lot of money or not, it’s wise to plan out a budget. Always remember to create your budget with unexpected costs in mind. You might be surprised that most unexpected costs pop up during the last-minute.
  2. CREATE YOUR GUEST LIST
    This can be interchanged with item 1. Some people create a budget which will tell them how many guest they can invite, and others create a guest list and work their budget around the amount of people. Remember to include the people whom you wouldn’t celebrate without. Then if you can still add, keep going.
  3. CHOOSE A DATE/ LOCATION
    Most Gender Reveals are planned only within a couple weeks or so, so make sure you’ve scouted a few areas before. The easiest, and most cost effective option, is to host in your home.  However, if you don’t have enough space in your home to hold the party, be sure you select the right venue. My advice is to choose one that is kid-friendly, has a quiet space where you can interact with your guest (ex. party room at a restaurant, club house, secluded park)
  4. PICK A THEME
    To further perk up your party, why not have a theme? Here are a few ideas below:
    He or She
    Cupcake or Stud Muffin
    What will it Bee?
    Princess or Prince
    Tutus or Touchdowns
    Stashes or Lashes
    Wheels or Heels
    Baseball or Bows
  5. ORDER & SEND INVITATIONS
    You can make invitation cards to make it more formal. However, if you are short in budget and time, you can easily send invitations through emails, text messages, phone calls, and even in-person.
  6. PICK YOUR VENDORS
    There are A LOT of vendors to choose from, depending on your budget and/or if you like a little DIY or cooking. Some of the top vendors are photographer, chair rentals, decor rentals, caterers, decorators, etc.
  7. PLAN THE MENU
    Big Tip: Consider the types of people who are going to attend your event. Make sure you have the right food fitting to every guest. We are not the type of mini sandwiches type of family, so ours will always have a buffet line whether it be Mexican, BBQ, or Italian. Be sure to have a some kid friendly options as well.
  8. THANK YOUR GUEST
    This is something that can be a simple small “Thank you” or it could be a party favor. Just remember that these are the people you care about most and that care about you. While you’ll be talking to a lot of people, make sure you go around and personally talk with everyone.

These are just some of the things you need to consider when throwing a Gender Reveal Party. If this is your first time, don’t stress. Just enjoy the process and don’t hesitate (I actually encourage you) to get some help from your friends and family members.

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Mother’s Day Ideas With Rellery

Happy Sunday, loves!

I hope you’ve had a wonderful weekend! Can you believe Mother’s Day is right around the corner?! There are no words to describe how grateful I am for the most amazing role model that I am lucky enough to call Mom. All of the carpools, special lunch deliveries, shopping trips, cheer competitions, and so much more… my mom has truly been the shining light through it all. Over the years, I have grown to really appreciate her wisdom, experience and advice.

This year is also a very special Mother’s Day because it’s my first Mother’s Day. I hope to one day inspire my sweet Ava, just like my mom did to me.

To honor our beautiful moms (and with Mother’s Day right around the corner), I have partnered with Rellery to gift one lucky winner a $100 shop credit! Trust me when I say it will make the most AMAZING gift for Mother’s Day. To enter is SUPER easy! Head over to my Instagram (click here) and follow the steps. For a bonus entry, comment your favorite piece in the comments below.

Thank you to Rellery for sponsoring today’s post. All thoughts and opinions are that of my own.