Indie’s Enchanted FOURest Birthday Party!

Indie’s Enchanted FOURest Birthday Party!

Another birthday party is in the books! I have the BEST time planning events for my family, and I have to say… with two little kids + the holidays, I got a seriously late start this year when it came to deciding what I wanted to do for Indie’s birthday, but as soon as I saw a variation of this theme on Pinterest, I knew it was the perfect one! Read on for party planning inspo, to hear all about the vendors I used and how much fun was had by all!

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Indie’s Enchanted FOURest Photoshoot by The Deerwood Co!

Indie’s Enchanted FOURest Photoshoot by The Deerwood Co!

You all know I LOVE a strong, cohesive theme and for every birthday Indie has had, I have incorporated the party theme into her formal portraits! I don’t know how much longer I’ll do this… do people do formal photoshoots for birthdays beyond age 5? I barely know anyone who does them past the first year! But here we are…. four years in, and I’m going strong – because I cannot deny that I’m extra.

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STEVIEPALOOZA 2022!

STEVIEPALOOZA 2022!

The time has FINALLY come!!!! I am SO excited to walk you through all the details of Stevie’s big, groovy, 70’s hippie-inspired first birthday bash! If you’ve been following me for some time now, you know how much I get a thrill from planning “larger than life” events and seeing my visions come alive right in front of my eyes. It seems like each event I do gets bigger and bigger so I guess it’s safe to say I have “no chill” – but all the more reason for me to get this post up and running so that you all can benefit from the inspo, the party planning tips, and of course – the local NJ vendors! Read on to get the lowdown and to view the gallery, shot by Little Nest Portraits NJ and edited by yours truly!

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Indie’s Third BEE-Day Portraits by The Deerwood Co!

Indie’s Third BEE-Day Portraits by The Deerwood Co!

I thought it pertinent to give these portraits their own blog post and their own special little corner of the internet. A few weeks ago, with our BEE-Day theme in mind, we traveled down to South Jersey to pay a visit to our pal Jess, owner of The Deerwood Co! She always captures the most gorgeously jawdropping photos and I wanted some professional shots to snap Indie at this precious age, because let’s be real… it’s all going way too fast! Read on for details about our shoot and to see the finished product – two looks, and two spins on the same theme.

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Indie’s Third Bee-Day Party!

Indie’s Third Bee-Day Party!

I’m so excited to share some images from Indie’s Third Bee-Day! If you haven’t already guessed… our theme this year was “The Queen Bee Is Three!” and everything turned out SO dreamy, especially for being a smaller at-home party. Read on for details on the details, and tons of photos!

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Stevie’s Newborn Shoot!

Stevie’s Newborn Shoot!

Between having a baby, landing back in the hospital with postpartum preeclampsia, and then moving – it’s been a busy few weeks to say the least, but I’m so happy to finally share Stevie’s Newborn Shoot, captured beautifully by Jess of The Deerwood Co! Read through for some details into our session and of course to see the photos!

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Stevie’s “Fresh 48” Shoot!

Stevie’s “Fresh 48” Shoot!

I am so excited to share our ‘Fresh 48’ photoshoot by The Deerwood Company! When Indie was born, I had a similar session scheduled and had to cancel for obvious reasons. This time, it brought me such great joy to have our photographer be able to visit the mother-baby unit to photograph our littlest love in all her good health. There’s not much else to say about this other than: look at these GORGEOUS PICS!!!!!!!

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Stevie’s Birth Story

Stevie’s Birth Story

First thing’s first – I’m writing this, four days postpartum, from my couch with my baby. Home and healthy. Quite the 180 from Indie’s birth story, where I struggled to find my words from the NICU. Stevie’s entry, however, still packs a dramatic punch – and I am so eager to jot it all down on this blog. Read on for all the details (and some potentially graphic but really cool birth photography by my amazing husband!)

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Hospital Bag Checklist!

Hospital Bag Checklist!

Finally getting around to showing you guys what I packed in my hospital bag ahead of meeting Baby Sis! I want to preface this post by saying that, as someone who prioritizes photos and blogging, I probably pack way more than what’s actually necessary…. so take this all with a grain of salt. The reality is that all your baby really needs is YOU (and an outfit to go home in!). Focus on the essentials for yourself – what will make you comfortable – and the rest will fall into place. It’s amazing how much the hospital actually provides you with… but some people just prefer to have their own “stuff” – and I’m one of those people! I also packed a bag like this when I had Indie and I learned very quickly that NONE OF IT MATTERS. Her birth and NICU stay made all plans go out the window and 90% of my “bag” was literally useless with the exception of a change of clothes. Do not lose sight of this! It’s so important to remember why you’re there: To get baby Earthside safe and sound. The rest is nominal. Read on to check out my full packing list this time around!

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TWO The Moon! Indie’s 2nd Birthday

TWO The Moon! Indie’s 2nd Birthday I cannot believe that in just a few short days my tiny, brand new baby will be TWO. “The days are long, but the years are short”…. isn’t that the saying? She continues to amaze us in every way. It’s been a unique and challenging year since her first birthday party (which was the last time we really gathered with all our family and friends under one roof) – and the global pandemic has gotten in the way of us having a big birthday bash for her this time around, but I’ll be damned if I let such a special time pass without a little extravagance! Read on for some behind the scenes of our themed birthday photoshoot, and of course, to see the final product! Continue reading “TWO The Moon! Indie’s 2nd Birthday”