Happy International Women’s Day!

Happy International Women’s Day! I think Patrick Swayze said it best when he said, “Nobody puts baby in the corner.” There is no force more powerful than woman determined to rise. Avery and I had fun during our little photo shoot. It was the perfect time to break out...
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“Will you be my bridesmaid?” Wine Box

  It’s happening. The woman who is my cousin, my friend, and Avery’s godmother is getting hitched next year. She was the person behind the dessert bar for Avery’s dedication and baby shower. She is incredibly talented and is one of the most hardworking people I...
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Friendship Goals

Avery’s friend Nixon came over for a playdate, and it was the first time Avery’s ever been around another baby. She was absolutely infatuated with him. It was like she was realizing that humans who are the same size as her actually exist – not only the giants...
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Valentines Day Cookie Cake

Happy February! The month of L.O.V.E. Valentine’s Day can elicit a wide range of emotions. If you are single, it’s a day you dread – you may end up ordering pizza, watching Netflix, and eating a tub of ice cream (the complete opposite meaning of “Netflix and...
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Purple and Gold Baby Dedication

. I wanted to create a table that would have a vintage feel but include deep purple, lavender, pale pink and lots of greenery. I was hosting about 30 family members at our house and it was Avery’s first big event! I knew I wouldn’t have a lot of prep time the...
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Life with Avery: Six months

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My lofty, pre-baby goal was to write an update every month, but then she was born and I realized that definitely wouldn’t happen without hiring 3 sitters. In fact, I can barely find the time to give you an update every 6 months! I am struggling to find the delicate work-mom balance these days. Miss Avery Elizabeth King keeps us crazy busy! She is mellow like her dad with a little bit of Latin spice from her mama.

Life with a 6 month old truly is an absolute joy. Avery recognizes our faces, laughs at everything, and wants to be included in everything we do. It can be challenging, but I’ve learned to cook, clean, and get ready all with one hand – major mom skills!

When I am not kissing her delicious cheeks, you can find us reading books; something about hearing the sound of a voice going into “reading mode” stops her in her tracks and she examines each page. She’ll definitely be a reader!

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We are constantly keeping an eye on her to see what she’s grabbing. She flips from belly to back and back to belly. I try to capture every moment because I know the next day she could be doing something completely different.

I started putting away her 3 month clothes and could not believe how many outfits still had the tags on them! Every time I go shopping, I feel like I have approximately 2 days to put her in the clothes I bought, otherwise they will be too small. If baby number two is a girl, she will have a brand new wardrobe with zero effort on our part!

I could not stand when my mom would say stuff like “time flies,” “it goes quick,” or my favorite, “they grow so fast”. Like, I know. I’ve only heard that from 10,000 other people. I hate to say my mom was right, but time is flying by! It was a little over 6 months ago that I was in the hospital marveling at her little face. TEAR.

My latest obsession is oversized head bows! I never thought I would be a girl mom. I grew up a tom boy and wanted to get dirty every day. I was the kid who was always in a gym, playing in a field, or running around the track. I am very competitive and when it comes to girly things, it’s just wasn’t my thing. Thankfully there are many fashionable mommies out there that I look to for inspiration. Head over to Obnoxiously Adorable Designs and swoon over the oversized head bows like the one Avery is flaunting in these pics – you will fall in love.

I am already planning Avery’s first birthday (yes, 6 months early) and can’t wait to share some of my ideas. It’s going to be BIG. My baby only turns 1 once, right?

 

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DETAILS:
Bow: Obnoxiously Adorable Designs
Hair and Makeup Team: Molly and Mia King (ruff!)


Life with Avery: Bohemian Nursery

 

I’m absolutely thrilled that Inspired By This featured Avery’s nursery on their site! I’ve been a hardcore fan for so many years. And by fan, I mean a stalker who checks their website 3-4 times a day. In fact, a lot of Avery’s nursery inspiration came from their site.

Here is what I wrote to Inspired by This when asked about the inspiration for the nursery…

Photo by: Kaysen Photography (www.kaysenphoto.com)

 

“I wanted my daughter’s nursery to have a “Midsummer’s Night” inspired, dreamy and bohemian feel.

I had been researching and visualizing bohemian nurseries since I can remember, so I had plenty of idealistic pictures in my head. My husband and I had a long road to pregnancy, which made this process that much more special for us. I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out!”

 


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Photo by: Kaysen Photography (www.kaysenphoto.com)

Photo by: Kaysen Photography (www.kaysenphoto.com)

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Photo by: Kaysen Photography (www.kaysenphoto.com)

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Photo by: Kaysen Photography (www.kaysenphoto.com)
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Photo by: Kaysen Photography (www.kaysenphoto.com)

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Avery’s room was absolutely spotless the day of the shoot. I wish I could say it stayed this clean, but that lasted for about 1 day. Now the usual is toys on the floor, laundry on her chair (because I’m too lazy to hang anything), and random socks lying everywhere. I’m glad I was able to capture at least one day of perfection! Creating a beautiful space for Avery to grow up in has been incredibly rewarding, and the recognition was a fantastic bonus!

Vendors:
Photography: Kaysen Photography
Crib: Evolur Sawyer 5-in-1 Convertible Crib
Rocking chair: Pottery Barn
Dresser: Refurbished Vintage find
Floral A: Crowned Creations
Piggy Bank: Tiffany & Co.
Dream sign (custom order): House of Belonging
White wall decor: Pier 1 imports
Bookshelf: Target 


Holiday Etiquette: A guide to being the perfect guest

Aside from holiday outfits, decor and drinking hot cocoa by the fire, holiday gatherings are about spending quality time with family and friends. To stay off Santa’s naughty list this year, follow these 5 important Holiday etiquette rules.

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Santa’s Hotline is back!

It’s that time of year again! The lovely people at FreeConferenceCall.com open up their Santa’s hotline for kids to call and leave their wish list. It’s absolutely free to call and the best part is, you can avoid those horrible lines at the mall.

Plus, if you’re a last minute shopper like me, you can go to the store and buy EXACTLY what you need! Hear the big man himself by calling the number listed below. Happy Holidays!

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