into the fox’s den: there’s beauty in baby’s first halloween

into the fox’s den: there’s beauty in baby’s first halloween

my life as a new mom has been nothing short of a whirlwind, leaving me little brain space (or energy) to think bigger than a single instagram post at a time… but today i finished editing our halloween photoshoot (shot by the brilliant @laurenanzevino) and i was so taken aback by how gorgeous these pictures are that i had to share them all ASAP. not only are they beautiful to look at, but they got my wheels turning about baby’s first halloween and what it means to me as a creative, and as a mother. as it’s quickly approaching, read on for some last-minute halloween inspiration. this isn’t a “DIY costume” post or a “how i did my makeup” tutorial…. this is a blog post on making an everlasting memory with your “first timer” that goes beyond the traditional. Continue reading “into the fox’s den: there’s beauty in baby’s first halloween”

indie’s 6 month portraits!

indie’s 6 month portraits!

when you’re pregnant, everyone says time is going to fly… but at what point do you really look back and think “what the heck happened to my newborn?!” – for me, indie’s 6 month milestone was the “what the heck” moment i had anticipated and more. i cried twice the week before her half-birthday… i looked back at photos and videos from her first few weeks… and of course i planned an epic portrait session with melissa batista photography, who took my maternity photos back in january. we took the nostalgia up a notch and had indie wear the same flower crown that i wore in some of my own photos! click through to see the absolutely gorgeous photography, and to read a summary of my first six months as a mom. Continue reading “indie’s 6 month portraits!”

percy’s board & train with canine connection!

percy’s board & train with canine connection!

i keep my actual blog posts few and far between these days, mostly because i can say everything that i need to in IG captions, stories, etc…. but when i have something really exciting to elaborate on, it calls for a “big girl post” and today i’m bringing my 1 year old frenchie percy into the picture as we discuss ‘board & train’ programs, pet training stigmas, and the time he spent at canine connection – a mom & pop home-based training facility that took him under their paw for THREE whole weeks. read on to hear about our experience, how he’s doing now, and to get all the details on these amazing people and this amazing service! Continue reading “percy’s board & train with canine connection!”

catching zzz’s: my consultation with jennifer gilman, child sleep consultant!

catching zzz’s: my consultation with jennifer gilman, child sleep consultant!

stranger: “awww your baby is adorable!” you: “thank you!” stranger: “is she a good sleeper?” … i’ve always heard that there would be a whole slew of comments and questions i’d get the minute i became a mother but this is easily the most common and typical conversation that i’ve had with nearly everyone who has met my daughter. what does “is she a good sleeper” mean, anyway? at 14 weeks, an infant’s schedule is completely unpredictable. does she sleep a billion hours a day? YES…are those hours the same every day? NO… does she give a hoot if she wakes me at 4am? the bags under my eyes say absolutely NOT. in reality – we were blessed with a “good sleeper” by society’s standards. she’s easy to put down, she adjusted quickly to her crib, and once she’s aware that it’s bedtime she (usually) stays in her crib for 7 hours straight give or take. but even with this current reality – i’m well aware that at only 3 months old, all of this could change on a dime – and FAST. so i called in the “big guns” and met with jennifer gilman, new jersey’s certified child sleep expert with good night sleep site. read on to hear about our consultation, and for some of my favorite tips & tricks that i learned during our time together! Continue reading “catching zzz’s: my consultation with jennifer gilman, child sleep consultant!”

back to blogging! my spring collab with letote, and why it fits into my lifestyle!

back to blogging! my spring collab with letote, and why it fits into my lifestyle!

i’m baaaaack! i’ve taken quite the blogging hiatus since becoming a mom. your every waking moment is spent focused on this tiny person (and most of your moments are, unfortunately “waking” moments!) so thanks to all my consistent readers for bearing with me while i focused on family! indie will be three months old on saturday, and we’re finally in more of a manageable routine. we get out a bunch, we’re enjoying the weather, and i’m having a much easier time navigating life with a little sidekick. read on for my first post in months!  Continue reading “back to blogging! my spring collab with letote, and why it fits into my lifestyle!”

indie’s newborn shoot with little nest portraits of westfield!

indie’s newborn shoot with little nest portraits of westfield!

i’m so excited to finally share indie’s newborn photos on the blog!!! from baby shower, to birth, through all of year one i’ll be working with little nest portraits in westfield, nj to document all of the major milestones! read on for more on our experience at their studio and to see the finished product! Continue reading “indie’s newborn shoot with little nest portraits of westfield!”

indie’s birth story

indie’s birth story

fourteen days ago i gave birth to my beautiful baby girl. fourteen days ago my life changed forever. i wish i could say it’s been rainbows and butterflies, but my reality is one that i’m eager to write about because there’s beauty in every birth story and ours has truly been one for the books. i’m really getting into the nitty gritty with this one, so this is your official trigger warning. this post contains sensitive subject matter. read on to hear about my labor, delivery, and what’s happened since. Continue reading “indie’s birth story”

she is a wildflower: baby e.’s nursery reveal!

she is a wildflower: baby e.’s nursery reveal!

this is easily my favorite blog post that i’ve EVER written!!!! i don’t think i realized how long i’ve been waiting for this moment, but decorating my baby girl’s nursery and bringing a vision to life has made me so happy, proud and excited. read on to hear about my inspiration, the products i went with to create her aesthetic, and of course to see wall-to-wall footage of my little lady’s earthy oasis! Continue reading “she is a wildflower: baby e.’s nursery reveal!”

my hospital bag essentials!

my hospital bag essentials!

the time has come and i can’t even believe i’m saying this, but my hospital bags are PACKED and now “live” in the trunk of our car (except for the things we use on the daily). it’s wild to think i could go into labor starting any day now… and i had a ton of fun packing things away for my little girl. it’s starting to feel SO real. read on to hear what i felt was necessary and what i decided to leave at home! Continue reading “my hospital bag essentials!”

mini babymoon at crystal springs resort!

mini babymoon at crystal springs resort!

this past weekend i spent a two night stay at crystal springs resort in hamburg, new jersey. after being told i couldn’t fly back in december, this made for an incredible (and super local!) mini-babymoon to get us through the home stretch as we wait for our little girl’s arrival. read on for the scoop on this incredible tri-state getaway! Continue reading “mini babymoon at crystal springs resort!”