Valentines Day Photo Shoot

For my birthday in November, my husband and mom went in together to get me the best gift ever: a DSLR. I have been wanting one for at least 5 years. Since November I have been trying to slowly take some time to learn how to take better pictures. I am not yet shooting in manual but I have learned a few things. I have also decided that themed photoshoots are my new favorites. Here are some pictures from a little Valentine Mini Session with my sweetie.

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All my props were from Target. They really had a fabulous selection this year.

Are you doing a Valentines shoot with your little one? If so post a link so I can ooh and ahh over them. Holidays really are so much more fun with kids.




Peyton’s First Christmas

While it wasn’t a white Christmas we did have a fabulous time celebrating with family that traveled to be with us. Here are a few photos :

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DSC_0378 - Version 2  Peyton absolutely loved opening presents. I figured she would just stare at them and let us do it all but she got in there and tore off some paper.

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DSC_0460 - Version 2We took a trip into the city with family. I loved this patriotic tree at the Smithsonian.

DSC_0514 DSC_0535   The memorials are so pretty when the sun is setting. We zipped around them and had an action packed day of trying to see as much as we could!

What was the highlight of your holiday? Did you have family visit and did you do any “tourist-y” things?




Peyton ate some sweet potatoes to celebrate.

I am thankful for so many things this year. I am thankful for the opportunity that brought us to NOVA. It may not have turned out exactly how we wanted and things have definitely been hard but I am thankful for this experience. It has allowed me to meet so many wonderful other mothers whom I never would have had the opportunity to meet. I am thankful for a hardworking husband. His new gig is definitely not for the faint of heart. He has worked so many long days. I miss him daily and I know he misses us but he works so hard to provide for us. I am thankful for my job that allows me to work part time from home. I am thankful that my brother got to spend thanksgiving with us. We don’t get to spend a lot of time together and it was nice having him here for several days. Lastly I am, of course, thankful for the little turkey pictured above. I could have never imagined the love she would have brought to our lives and the way it has made me love my husband even more. This year I can definitely say I am beyond blessed.

I hope everyone had such an amazing holiday.

One Month


I know I have a lot of catching up to do but yesterday our little girl turned one month old. How is that possible that she has even here for a month?

Things couldn’t be going any better over here. She’s actually letting me sleep through most of the night too. This past month feels like such a blessing.

Maternity Clothing Must Haves


Maternity JeansI know I already mentioned the Half and full panel maternity pants. Both these pairs are from Old Navy.

Sheer Open Cardigan I loved having this cardigan to throw over short sleeved tops. I liked that it was light weight and in a neutral color. Additionally. I appreciated the loose, boxy fit. Typically I am drawn to sweaters with more “layers” in the front to give them some interest. However, with my large belly I could not pull off that style anymore.

Basil Printblock Ballet Flats These flats have seriously been my jam lately. They are super comfy and are so easy to throw on with everything.

Printed Tops I seriously love this top so much. It’s nice to have some looser fitting, printed tops in your arsenal. I enjoy that this top is made of a silky material instead of cotton. It makes for a nice chase when I want to feel slightly more dressed up.

Scarves so I have been pairing scarves with my solid tees like its my job. I am obsessed with scarves. Also I have read a lot about how great they are as nursing covers once baby is born. Who doesn’t love something that can play double duty! I don’t have these four scarves but I am lusting after them- Mother’s Day is coming up, I qualify for that now, right?!

Since stylish maternity clothing can be so hard to find I have had the best luck at purchasing non-maternity pieces (except for jeans, obviously). I get most tees from Target (let’s be honest, I get most everything from Target). But, I have had great luck with Old Navy and Loft as well. Loft has had great pieces that are looser fitting, as well as ones with a bubble/draw-string bottom. This has been supremely helpful for an ever expanding belly.