Tuesday, May 5, 2015

How to Have a Marriage that Can Survive Newborns

I am no marriage expert and could very easily rattle off things Joe and I could improve upon (communication for instance) and that I, as a wife could improve upon (keeping score for instance). That said, I love learning about how to make a marriage work, I'm not afraid to ask for advice from those with more experience under their belts than me, and I consider our willingness to meet each other halfway a strength of Joe's and mine. Not to mention, we're going on 11 years of marriage during which we've endured 3 moves, buying a house, a job loss, a miscarriage, 3 pregnancies & newborns, and cancer and we still like each other so that counts for something right?!

A friend recently asked my opinion on this topic and after a lengthy text conversation encouraged me to write this post, so that gives me a tiny bit of confidence to 'go there.' But bear with me as I honestly and openly share my thoughts.  Also these thoughts are based solely on my own marriage/experience.  There are extenuating circumstances in every relationship that can make this topic tricky. And I'm well aware that there are some marriages that have years of baggage and hurt that can't be remedied with a few tips in a blog post. Lastly I can't share our experience without outing myself and Joe (just a little), so please be kind!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Floral Monogram DIY

Hello Spring! This DIY is perfect for spring right? I've seen some floral monograms lately and have fallen in love. It was definitely one of those DIYs I needed to get out of my system. I used my friend's sweet baby girl's arrival as an excuse to try my hand at one.  This was a fun and easy project. I promise.  

Friday, March 27, 2015

Five Pretty Sun Hats for your Little One.

This barely qualifies as a blog post but when I'm searching for something I feel the need to share my finds.  This is what makes me a blogger I suppose. Ha!  Last year I scored the sun hat above at Gymboree for only $7. I never found Nadia one and as any mama (or sister) knows, you can't get one baby a pretty hat without getting one for the other.  Hence my search for a hat for Nadia.  Here are my favorite affordable finds--all under $15 (plus special offers)!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Dax's Newborn Pictures and Shutterfly Offers Galore

Okay "galore" might be a bit of an exaggeration.  But there are so many great Shutterfly and Tiny Shutterfly's free book offer.  Though I love when it comes around, I don't always have the time to make a book from scratch.  Luckily we take professional family photos annually and making a book is the perfect way to use them. I don't know about you but the amount of gorgeous photos hanging out on my laptop drives me crazy! Using images from a professional session is much easier than weeding through tons of candid shots and editing and piecing them together in a moderately attractive way.  It took about an hour to throw this book together.  Take a look!  I've included some current offers at the end!
Prints offers right now!  Plus I realized I never shared Dax's newborn photos so I figured now was as good time as any.  I made a book of our newborn photo session using

Playful Metallic Accents

Earlier this week I shared this fun find from Zulily.  And then as is often the case I couldn't get it and the girls' future room out of my mind. I'm not sure exactly what I'll do yet but I love the metallic trend and plan to incorporate it.  I basically used that adorable unicorn as a jumping off point and window shopped my heart out. Here's the result: A fun metallic round up.  These items would be perfect in a girls' room but many would work in grown up spaces as well. I wish it was a giveaway. And that I was the winner. I love every item pictured.  Like really love.  Check it out!
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Thank you Bean Bag Boss for sponsoring this post.  As always, all opinions are my own.  

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Picture Planning

One of my favorite photographers is going to take pictures of the kids soon! The minute I confirmed with her the wheels started spinning on what they would wear.  While I loved Dax's newborn photos I was so overwhelmed with life that I literally picked the kids' outfits out the night before.  Although that lack of planning saved me some cash, I admit that I regretted not putting much thought into it.  So here I am 6 months later and here's what I've come up with for casual indoor lifestyle photos- kids only. If you're taking spring pictures (or maybe attending an Easter shindig) perhaps these options will get the wheels spinning. Oh and PS- most items are less than $20 and nothing is over $25. This girl's on a budget.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Swim Dresses Aren't All Bad

You know you're aging when you start rationalizing swim dresses.  But hey, it is what it is.  Partly due to modesty (especially since I have 2 impressionable little girls), partly due to figure flaws, my bikini days are over. Disclaimer: If I ever work hard enough to get my abs back (or back-ish) and am lucky enough to be on a tropical vacation with my husband sans kids, then I might break out a high waist number.  But until then I'm exploring all options.  I featured this one over on Tall Snob today and wanted to share the look here.  Check it out! (Sources below).

swim dress (some colors as low as $29.99!)
sandals. (Havaianas are my absolute favorite brand of flip flops!)
Other styles of stylish swim dresses here.

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Full post over on Tall Snob.

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