A Guide to Family Photos

As some of you may know( or not know) I am not just a blogger but a photographer as well! I fell in love with photography many years ago. I realized I needed to take professional looking photos to make my blogging business grow, nobody would look twice at my blog or instagram without pretty professional photos, so I dove right into the learning process. I started out just teaching myself and then found Amy & Jordan Demos! They changed my life and helped my photography knowledge grow, the difference was night and day and I realized I had a passion to create beautiful photos!

Around this same time Kyle and I came into the heartbreaking reality of infertility. We had been trying for years and got the unfortunate news that IVF was going to be our only way of conceiving. It was so hard for me to process, I had always wanted to be a mama & infertility was not in my plan for life. Coming to this reality was completely heart wrenching for me and I sunk into a deep depression. Photography brought back the light. I worked tirelessly perfecting my trade and started taking clients to help ease the financial burden that IVF brings! This was my way of helping to work towards the family that I had always wanted. It was hard though, every family photoshoot made me realize what I was missing but with that also came great hope for a family of my own. I felt a since of peace knowing I was doing my best to help ease the pain of not only the finacial aspect but the sadness I was feeling! Photography truly saved me. I love capturing beautiful moments in time and making people feel like their best selves in their photos! Fate has funny way of making everything come together and I am truly thankful that photography came into my life when it did.

With all of that being said, I am so excited to share a little bit of my process with y’all to help ease the stress of dressing for family photos! My most asked questions when booking a session always involves wardrobe….what do I wear for my session? How to I dress my family? What is most flattering on camera? What color pallet should I choose? Is this too matchy matchy? I am happy to help with all of these questions and take the stress off of the decision from a fashion blogger and photographers perspective!

BOOKING A SESSION & MANAGING YOUR EXPECTATIONS!

I first want to start off by saying that a family session NEVER goes as planned! 99% of the time its mama who is booking the session for her precious family! She has this idea in her head of how family photos are going to go & what look she is going for! She always wants her family to look their very best and prays for good moods and smiling faces all around. As much as we all dream of this perfect scenario typically baby brother is crying in the backseat from the short nap he got that day, sister is hungry and letting everyone know it, big brother got a stain on his perfectly pressed shirt and dad is in no mood to smile at the camera for the next hour. WE ALL KNOW HOW IT GOES!!!! I am a photographer and still deal with these type of scenarios every.single.session ( yes even my own)! Go in with the expectation that even though everything MAY not be exactly how you imagined it, your session will go on. everything will work out and you will get some beautiful photos! Don’t stress mama & bring snacks, lots & lots of snacks!

WHERE TO BEGIN?

I always start the process of dressing for family photos with the perfect color pallet! From a photographers perspective, light, neutral & non- distracting colors are key! Colors that accent your photos instead of distracting the eye from your gorgeous faces make my photographer heart SING! Ivory, white, cream, tan, blush, dusty blue, sage green & pastel colors are a few of my favorites! They photograph soooo well and look dreamy on camera! you can always add an accent color like, red, navy, mustard or wine depending on the season and go from there! for this post I am going to be showing y’all one neutral, one fall & one holiday pallet and how I would dress my own family for photos!

OUFIT TIME

OUTFIT #1

I chose Navy, Light Blue, Blush Pink & Gray as our first color pallet choice! For these photos I was was going for a more elegant look! Kyle’s main color was navy, mine cream with navy accents, & Miller Brooks with pink. My dress is from Ross but I have linked some similar options as well as the boys outfits below!

For MAMA

For DAD

for KIDDOS

OUTFIT #2

Outfit number two is all about those fall color vibes! I love the mauve with the green, as soon as I saw this pallet I knew it was the one! Fall photos are always a fav of mine! I just love everything about the fall & these colors give me butterflies!!! Outfit ideas linked below!

FOR MAMA

FOR DAD

OUTFIT #3

This one is all about the holidays! I love this color pallet for Christmas photos, it reminds me off all of the happy times that come with the season and I loved all of these colors together! outfits and similar options linked below!

FOR MAMA

FOR DAD

FOR THE KIDS

PHOTOGRAPHY OUTFIT TIPS

Since mom is usually the one booking the session I always say pick out moms outfit and dress everyone else around her look. A few tips for mom….

1.) DRESSES DRESSES DRESSES!!! I will forever and always say stay away from jeans & pants! Put on that dress that makes you feel like million bucks! A long floor length or midi dress is my absolute fav! They are so flattering on camera & look so elegant. They help elongate your legs and honestly your entire body! A beautiful Maxi or Midi skirt paired with a blouse or sweater are lovely as well!

2.) KNOW YOUR INSECURITIES: We all have them, its just part of being a woman. Pick an outfit that flatters them instead of making you feel self-self-concious about them. You are beautiful and my number one goal is to allow you feel like your best self! Keep in mind, asking your photographer to photoshop your insecurities will cost you more so just take care of that from the beginning!

3.) PATTERNS: whether you pick a bold print ( which I LOVE) for your dress or decide on a solid I personally don’t think you can go wrong! If you do decide to go with a bold print or pattern keep the other family members in more solid attire so the photos don’t look too busy and distract from your beautiful faces!

4.) PROFESSIONAL HAIR & MAKEUP: It’s all about making you feel like your best self! If beautifully done make up and lashes help you feel confident then I say go for it! I like to stick to the same rules, light neutral non distracting colors and makeup that enhances your face instead of becoming a distraction! In other words I tend to stay away from crazy eyeshadow or a lip color that you wouldn’t normally wear on an everyday basis!

5.) ACCESSORIZE: Accessories are a photo fav! If you have a hat that you love wear it, want to add a flower crown to you session? love that idea! add a cute belt to your dress or a bow to your hair! whatever floats your boat accessory wise, don’t be afraid to bring it along!

keeping these tips in mind remember they are just that….tips! From years of experience this is what I would recommend. They are tried and true outfit recs 🙂

DRESSING THE FAM

Remember photos sessions are typically anywhere from 30 min to 2 hours, its not a long time and worth having everyone dressed to the nines! Matchy matchy is not ideal, pick a color pallet and have everyone choose the color they would like to wear. that way y’all accent each other but nobody is wearing the exact same colors!

TIPS FOR DAD:

1.) leave your cargo shorts, flip flops and graphic tees at home. I promise you will thank me later.

2.) A sport coat, vest or nice jacket is oh so very flattering on camera! it brings the eye away from those insecure spots and brings all of the attention to your gorgeous family!

3.) A well fit or slimmer pair of khakis or even a nice pair of jeans for your guy will work wonders! Dress him up a bit with a cute button down, nice pair of shoes and sport coat! something he is comfortable in but still makes him feel confident on camera!

TIPS FOR THE KIDDOS

1.) comfort is key. if their is an itchy tag remove it, if that sweater makes him hot, pick a new top. Kids will always be kids and if something is bothering them just pivot and figure something else out.

2.) don’t be afraid to dress them up. Elegant family photos are timeless!

3.) BRING SNACKS, i’ll say it loud for the people in the back again BRING SNACKS & A FAV TOY! it will help get your littles attention and those genuine smiles captured on camera!

4.) ACCESSORIZE: put a bow in sisters hair, put your little man in high socks, or try a sport coat or vest for big brother!

Lets have another scenario session….say your color pallet is blush, navy, white, light blue & gray.

Mom is wearing a long blush pink maxi dress. Dad is wearing khakis, a white button down shirt with a navy sport coat, a pink bowtie, & brown loafers. big brother is wearing navy pants & a light blue henly with brown hightops, sis is wearing an ivory tulle dress paired with a big pink bow & baby brother is wearing a white and light blue romper with white shoes. you want everyone to have their main color that goes with the pallet but nobody is too matchy matchy! gone are the days of everyone showing up in jeans and a white shirt, please I beg of you just say NO!

If y’all are anything like me the actual photos are the least stressful part of the process, once everyone is on location, dressed and ready things just seem to flow. its the preparation that gives me all of the butterflies so I hope these tips help for picking out that perfect outfit for you and your family!

The Nordstrom Sale

Hey y’all!

As many of you know today marks the first day of early access to the NSALE for Icon card holders! I am so excited to show you my top picks and set you up for success during this once a year sale!

I am going to be completely honest here, I am not a Nordstrom card holder, I don’t spend $5,000+ a year to qualify to shop the sale early, and in all reality I am not even qualified to shop until the “public” is allowed to shop on August 19th! This is my first year covering the sale & I have a strict budget as to what I can actually spend. I am right there with YOU! I am nothing special in this saturated world of bloggers but my beautiful, wonderful, loyal friends still stick around and I do my best to put content out there that y’all will love & relate to! I may not have 400K+ followers and money to blow at this sale but I WILL show you the must haves and great TJMAXX like deals that come along once a year!

The sale is available to preview here, so you can put a wish list together and be ready to shop until you drop come August 19th OR the dates listed below if you qualify!! First things first, lets take care of some notable dates!

ICON EARLY ACCESS: starts TODAY AUGUST4TH-18TH

AMBASSADOR EARLY ACCESS: AUGUST 7TH-18TH

INFLUENCER EARLY ACCESS: AUGUST 10TH-18TH

INSIDER AUGUST 13TH-18TH

PUBLIC ACCESS: AUGUST 19TH-30TH

After August 30th all prices will go back up and the sale will be over, so make sure you grab what you love before then! Another thing to note is everyone and their mama seems to shop this sale, so things to come in & out of stock. I will do my absolute best to keep y’all up to date if something is out of stock and when it restocks again! That is one great thing about Nordstrom…they are really great at restocking all of the things and pretty quickly BUT because of the volume of shoppers if you see something you love GRAB IT DON’T WAIT, it might be back or it might not!!

My picks this year are separated by department, I have done my best to put together a list of must have items that are actually a good deal and something worth your investment! I am on the look out for the perfect pair of booties, a few staple fall items, comfy workout clothes and things that will work great postpartum. Baby boy will be here in early October and comfort is my number one priority after he makes his arrival! Everything will be linked below and in the LIKETOKNOWIT app for your convenience.

FIRST UP BABY GEAR!!!!

I might have a slight obsession with all things baby & this sale makes some of my favorite items over $200 off!!!

The UPPABABY VISTA V2 literally never goes on sale like EVER and mamas she is on sale for over $200 off for the NSALE. I can never say enough good things about this stroller, it is my favorite baby item ever and the one thing I mention to ever mama as my number one must have, especially if you have more than one little! It converts into a double stroller with just a few add ons. It is such a smooth ride for baby and come with a bassinet which we used with Miller Brooks the first few weeks of his life instead of spending money on another bassinet!

The NUNA RAVA is also on sale for over $100 off which makes it a reasonable price. This convertible carseat has it all and I am its biggest fan. The comfort for baby plus the safety features make it the only carseat I am willing to put my babies in! I am definitely grabbing this for baby boy while its on sale because this never happens!

One other honorable mention is the Como Tomo baby bottles are on sale and definitely coming home with us for baby boy!

ATHETIC WEAR

The ZELA live in maternity AND non maternity leggings are on my must have list this year. I have heard nothing but good things about these and I am beyond excited to try them out. As well as the ZELA live in Joggers they look perfect for postpartum and I have heard they are butter soft, so sign me up. I have linked a few other active wear items like these sports bras, and comfy shorts!

FALL STAPLES WOMENS WEAR

I have been on the lookout for a pink leather jacket, leave it up to Rachel Parcell to deliver. Also this All in Favor ribbed sweater is under $30 and nursing friendly. You can never have enough dresses to get you through the fall/winter and this Top Shop Knit Midi Dress as well as this Socialite V-Neck Sweater dress will be added to my wardrobe! And then of course lets not forget the top seller of life… Spanx Faux Leather leggings, I can say they are worth every penny and I am still just as obsessed with them as I was the first time I put them on! I have a few other items I have my eye on linked below!

Puff Sleeve Crepe Top, Print Long sleeved dress, Blouson Sleeve Textured Sweater, Turnt Bodysuit in Pink, Circle buckle leather belt, Caslon Bishop Sleeve Sweater , Cable Sleeve Cardigan

SHOES

Like any other typical girl shoes are LIFE! You can never have too many & this years selection is AMAZINGGG!! I have been on the lookout for the perfect white bootie and these Bone White Croc booties by Steve Madden have stollen my heart! Also These Oshay Pointed toe booties come in 3 colors and I am obsessed!!! both are under $100 and I can’t wait to try them on! If you have never tried on the Adidas Ultraboost your feet are missing out, they are THE comfiest shoe I have ever out on and the all white option is EVERYTHING!! I’m kind of obsessed with this wedged sneaker in the camel color and these platform sandals and well as these darling heeled mules!

MUST HAVES

Last but not least are my must have accessories, all things beauty and random favs! I have always worn Spanx under my dresses, It just sucks everything in and hides any of my tummy imperfections and love handles that have grown over the years! These Spanx Shaper shorts are my fav! I am always down for a new pair of comfy pajamas & these moonlight dream pajamas look well….. dreamy. I have heard nothing but good things about all of the barefoot dreams products and these socks look like a little piece of heaven for my toesies, plus they would make a GREAT gift! My favorite deodorant of all time is ON SALE and has this girl jumping for joy! if you have never tried the Donna Karen Cashmere mist deodorant you are truly missing out, the 3 pack will be on sale for $66!! Another beauty fav is the Better Than Sex Mascara which comes with a lip plumper as well, also this setting spray from Urban Decay makes for a wonderful christmas gift for that makeup loving friend of yours as well! One more Beauty product to note is this setting powder from Laura Mercier! I love a good wide brimmed hat for fall & this this one from Rachel Parcell is nothing short of perfection & lets not forget about the perfect pair of jeans from Levis!

I sincerely hope this post helps you lovely ladies navigate The Nordstrom sale! Its such a great time to stock up on fall must haves and staple items for your closet! I would LOVE to see what y’all pick up, make sure to commit below if you buy anything from this list! I can’t wait to celebrate you and your cute new wardrobe!!!

xoxo

Amanda

Valentines day Inpo!

Hey y’all!

Happy February! This month has already been sooo busy for our tiny family. Between Emory visits for our second round of IVF ( frozen cycle), keeping up with my photography business, the blog & being a mama I feel like I haven’t had a second to breath! Miller Brooks is officially on the move and walking everywhere or should I say running……he is so FAST!! Our life seems to be go go go but honestly I’m not complaining! Its definitely helped the days fly by!

Valentines day is honestly one of my favorite holidays, what can I say I LOVE, LOVE! I know a lot of people just brush it off as one of the invented Hallmark holidays but I happen to adore this day to celebrate love. I know it sounds cheesy but honestly where would we be without it? In my opinion the only thing holding the world together is love, kindness and service and I think the foundation of it all is love so why not celebrate it? Human nature is to be unkind & selfish so lets stop the stigma of this so called made up holiday and celebrate the love that you have in your life! Celebrate your gals, your husband or boyfriend, your kids or your parents or even your cute pup, we all have someone to love and that my friend is something to celebrate!

With valentines day coming up quickly I thought it would be fun to put together a few fun outfits to inspire you for the special occasion! And the best part you ask!? They are alllllllll from AMAZON! Yes that means two day prime shipping, so if you are a procrastinator like myself this post is for you! I typically wear small or medium in most styles, I know my body so I have gotten pretty good at deciphering which styles I need in which size but for the most part I wear a medium. I will put how each look fits with the link below!

I loved the idea of switching up the typical V-Day colors for this darling lavender shade! I paired it with a faux leather jacket, a belt & heels for and edgier vibe but love how versatile this dress is! It’s also the perfect dress to carry you into spring!

Runs a little big, if in between sizes I would size down! I’m wearing a size small ( typically would order a medium) and love how it fits! Shop this dress HERE!

Y’all I am DYING over this dress! It literally could not be more perfect for me! I am obsessed with the 3D flower detail & of course no outfit is truly complete without a bow! This dress is under $35 & would be perfect for valentines day, brunch with the girls, a wedding or church! Also a great dress to carry into spring!

This dress runs TTS, I am wearing a medium and have it in the color PINK-B! Shop this dress HERE!

Everyone needs a staple red piece & look no further than this pretty little thing! I love that you can style it on or off the shoulder & how absolutely comfortable this jumpsuit is! Its like wearing put together pajamas! It doesn’t get much better than cute and comfy especially when it comes to date night!

This jumpsuit runs BIG! I would say size down one maybe even two sizes! Wearing a medium but would have preferred a small! Shop it HERE!

xoxo, Amanda

08/08/19

Hi friends! 

I can’t believe we are officially into August, like where did the summer go? We have been so busy trying to make memories over here that I have been neglecting the blog just a little, forgive me!! Miller is 8 months already and I feel like time just needs to SLOW DOWN, like how are you already 8 months old HOW!? I swear he was just in my belly and now we are officially closer to a year old than to my fresh new babe. Insert alllllll the crying faces! I say that as he is sitting next to be pitching a fit….#MOMLIFE, what can you do? He just popped two bottom teeth within the last week & has two top teeth making their debut as well!  Miller Brooks has had a rough go at it lately, poor baby! All of you Mama’s, What are your teething remedies, help a girl out pleaseeeeee!!!!

Speaking of teeth, I had the opportunity to try out the new Smile Brilliant CariPRO Ultrasonic Electric toothbrush and Y’ALL I love it! I was asked to share a true review and my thoughts on their new toothbrush so here we go! 

Let me start off by saying that I have been using a Sonicare Toothbrush for the past 5 years and never in a million years did I think I would ever make any kind of switch. I had braces growing up with a less than perfect smile, I was SO embarrassed of my teeth that I actually got veneers my senior year in high school. It was one of those things that I felt like EVERYONE was staring at, it was my biggest insecurity and I just had to get my smile fixed.  Other than that, I have always had a clean dental report from the dentist and was always complimented on my dental hygiene, probably because I was so obsessed. The Sonicare toothbrush had a great run with me, but with a hefty price tag and limited settings I made the switch to the Smile Brilliant CariPRO and I’m never looking back! The CariPro is first & foremost very reasonably priced & comes with all the bells and whistles so speak! It has five different modes to brush with from sensitive all the way to whitening mode, so depending on your brushing routine you can switch up whichever mode works best for you. I think my favorite mode to brush on is White, it leaves my teeth feeling fresh & squeaky clean 🙂 It’s also very sleek and lightweight, comes with an additional toothbrush head and has a really great battery life! We went on a little weekend trip last weekend. I charged my CariPRO before the trip and it didn’t need a charge until we returned! With one less thing to pack, sign me up! This toothbrush definitely improved my brushing routine and already helped me feel more confident on my journey to a beautiful smile! 

I loved the Smile Brilliant CariPRO Ultrasonic toothbrush so much that I wanted to give one away! All you need to do to enter is follow this link HERE + enter your name & email address! Also make sure you are following me @pearlsandpinkpeonies and for an additional entry make sure to follow @smilebrilliant on instagram! Don’t worry if you weren’t chosen for the giveaway I also scored a little discount code for y’all, because I mean EVERYONE needs this toothbrush in their lives! Use code PEARLSANDPINKPEONIES20 for 20% off!!!! 

I hope y’all have the most wonderful rest of your week!!

Xoxo

Amanda 

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Babylist…The Things I Actually Used!

Hey y’all!

There are SO many baby products out there to choose from for your little one! As a first time mom I had no clue what I would actually need, what would make life a little easier & what was honestly just a waste of money. There are just a ridiculous amount of sponsored posts so I really couldn’t figure out what was useful and what wasn’t from other mom blogs out there. Of course there were a few honest post and reviews that were helpful but you just never know what YOUR baby will like, love or hate. So today I have put together a NON-SPONSORED post of baby items I actually love as a first time mama. I really hope this helps all of my sweet mama friends who are looking to put together that perfect baby registry!

1.) UPPABABY Vista

A GOOD STROLLER IS KEY YALL!!! I wish I could politely scream this from the roof tops! Kyle and I were both very skeptical of investing in such an expensive stroller. I mean its for a baby right? and the baby could honestly care less about what gets them from point A to B. Really it’s about convenience & productivity from the mama and papa’s point of view and let me tell you its worth EVERY.SINGLE.PENNY. Uppababy take my money! The Vista has it all from comfort for baby to convenience for mama. It comes with a bassinet, which Miller slept in for the first 3 weeks of his life ( so we didn’t have to buy an additional bassinet). It also comes with the seat which is awesome and perfect once baby likes to sit up and look around a little more than when they were newborns. The Vista also turns into a double stroller if having more than one kiddo is your jam. It seriously is such a smooth ride and really easy to push around! The Uppababy Mesa carseat also fits directly onto the stroller for a wonderful travel system or it has adapters for other carseats to fit on it as well. Also the warranty is amazing, if anything breaks you just contact the customer service team and they will send you the part that broke or even a new stroller if needs be! We have pushed around friends strollers and the Vista just does not even compare, it is on a whole other level and we just love it so much. Its definitely our favorite baby purchase and we tell anyone and everyone who will listen!

2.) The MamaRoo

okay okay I’m sure you have heard mixed reviews but for us this swing was a lifesaver! Miller LOVES it! He’s honestly sitting in it right now as I write this & that is just proof enough, the mamaroo helps me get stuff done! He never sleeps in it at night but he is always down for a GOOOOOD nap in the mamaroo. Miller is 5 months and still fits in it just fine, He will probably use it for at least a few more months. It will be a sad day when he grows out of it! It has many different positions, speeds and motions to choose from and is this mamas saving grace!

3.) The BabyBrezza

This is hands down the BEST invention ever!!! I tried so hard to breastfeed and it just wasn’t working for mama or baby. My milk production was low and Miller needed to supplement with formula. I still breastfed but only a few times a day, the rest of his feedings were formula. The Baby Brezza just makes life soooo much easier if you formula feed! You literally press a button and the formula is made for you. It goes straight into the bottle at the perfect temperature the the perfect amount for your little one. It saves us so much time and energy! Its pretty much a baby Keurig and its the best baby product ever!

4.) Tommee Tippee Bottles

BEST.BOTTLES.EVER! I wish people had told me about Tommee Tippee Bottles from the beginning. So many moms told me that Doctor Browns bottles were the best but honestly we hated them. Maybe we are just lazy but Doctors browns bottles had wayyyy too many parts to wash and so many parts that could get gross and moldy if not washed correctly. We were at TJMaxx one day and saw Tommee Tippy Bottles, we decided to try them and let me tell y’all it was the best decision ever! They have a bottle & a nipple and thats it! The nipples are shaped like an actual nipple so Miller latched really well right away to them. They also have a vent in the nipple that prevents air bubbles, so they help with gas without having that awful tube you have to wash every time. They are very similar to ComoTomo bottles without the price tag and we are all about that!

5.) The Ollie Swaddle

The Ollie Swaddle is not the cheapest swaddle but it is our absolute fav! Its a velcro swaddle that is made out of a really breathable fabric. It grows with your baby. When you decide they no longer need their arms swaddled you can swaddle them with their arms out to transition them to no swaddle. It has a very calming effect and Miller loves this swaddle.

6.) The Dockatot

I won’t say much about it, but for us the dockatot was our saving grace. Miller slept in his dock from the first night he went in his crib and he has slept through the night since he was 4 weeks old. We LOVE it & can’t live without it but to each his own!

7.) Ryan & Rose Pacifiers

We have tried pretty much every paci under the sun. Miller honestly isn’t very picky, as long as he has something to suck on he is a happy baby! BUT with that being said you can tell he has his favorite and its without a doubt the Ryan and Rose Cutie Pat. They come in round and flat nipples depending on what your baby likes ( we went with round and Miller LOVES IT!) It has a teether on the opposite side of the paci, its big enough for Miller to take in & out of his mouth, its silicon and easily washable & it folds into itself for clean transport when its not in his mouth! You can order them through amazon & we are big fans!

8.) Monat Baby Shampoo & Gentle Detangler

There are some baby products that are not worth the money but Monat Baby Shampoo & detangler spray will forever and always make the cut. It not only smells amazing but helps with baby hair loss as well cradle cap and dry skin. It’s tear free, Sulfate & Paraben as well as dermatologist & ophthalmologist tested. Its also cruelty free!

9.) Tubby Todd All Over Ointment

Poor sweet baby Miller had THE WORST diaper rash I have ever seen when he was just a few weeks old. I tried every diaper rash cream I could think of and nothing worked. It was so bad, it would bleed and he would just cry, I had no idea what to do it was just the saddest thing. One of my friends reached out and told me to try Tubby Todd AAO and it worked & I mean within 24 hours his terrible diaper rash was COMPLETELY GONE! I have never used another diaper rash cream since and Miller has never had another diaper rash. That stuff is a miracle worker and will be going in every single baby shower gift that I give from now on! It also works on other skin issues like cradle cap, bug bits, skin irritations, burns or any other skin related issue. Its not just for baby it works for mama too!

10.) Ergo Baby 360

There are so many baby carriers out there but Ergo baby is by far my fav! Miller fits so easily in the carrier without his hips being in a weird position. Its also comfy for mama and the straps don’t slide off of your shoulder. It has a sun visor that flips up to protect baby from the sun or strangers touching your baby if thats not your thing. Baby can sit facing you or facing the world and can hold up to 45 lbs though I don’t think I will be carrying Miller when he is 45 lbs lol! It also comes with an infant insert for when they are tiny. All around we have loved this baby carrier and so does sweet Miller boy!

A few other things on my list that are worth adding to your registry….

Nose Frida, Bubla Steal Diaper Pail, Bonds Wondersuit Zip Up Jammies, Dreft Newborn Laundry Detergent, Boon Lawn Drying Rack, Boon Soak 3- Stage Bathtub, carseat/nursing cover, nursing dress for mama, Boppy Pillow or My Breast Friend Nursing pillow for nursing, Jujube Diaper Bag.

I am by no means an expert on babies or mothering this is just my two cents on what worked for us and what I love as a mama! All of these products changed mama hood for me and I honestly couldn’t live without a single thing on this list! I was not sponsored to talk about any of these products & all opinions are 100% my own! I really hope this helps take at least a little stress off of making your registry & makes the transition to mama hood a little less chaotic! 🙂

Miller Brooks Nursery Reveal

Hey y’all!

Miller Brooks is 5 weeks old and I just feel so blessed to be his mama! He is the most handsome little man that ever lived. I had no idea how much my heart could love until I laid my eyes on him! His sweet baby snuggles make this mama so happy! How did we ever live without him!? He came into our lives with lots of love and a little bit of science & changed our lives forever in the best way possible! Miller is such a good little baby! He sleeps like a champ ( like 6 hour stretches every night kind of champ!) he is obsessed with his paci, lives for snuggles, loves his big puppy sister & is a very hangry little milk monster! We just adore him! Kyle and I look at him everyday and still can’t believe he is ours forever, Mills is one loved little man!

Im so sorry it took so long for me to get his nursery reveal up. Mama life has consumed every second of everyday since he was born and I honestly wouldn’t have it any other way. We have finally started to get into a routine and life has slowed down enough for me to be able to put a little more focus back into the blog! I am SO excited to share his nursery with y’all. Kyle and I both worked so hard to make it perfect for him and I am so happy with how it turned out! I knew I wanted something light and warm with pops of emerald. My inspiration came from the thought of new life & growth. We waited so long for a little baby to join our family & we had so much faith that Heavenly Father would answer our prayers! when I think of faith I always think of new life, like a seed that turns into a tree & green just seemed so perfect for the new life coming into our family! We hand picked everything in the nursery with so much love and what a beautiful, peaceful place it has become! I just love rocking him in this special place made just for him. Who knew a room could have so much meaning!?

Life took on such a new meaning when Miller Brooks joined our family. I have never felt a love so fierce not only for our sweet boy but for my loving husband as well. While parenthood is no easy task I have never felt so complete. I knew this was my calling from the beginning and being a mama makes me the happiest girl in the entire world!



Nursery details:

Crib: Wayfair ( This crib comes in black & gold + its on SALE!)

3ft Name Sign: Lily Branch Designs

Dress: Ashley Lemieux ( no longer available but similar style linked HERE in black & green!)

Custom Baby Animal Painting: Loo Artwork

Palm Blanket: Saranoni Blankets

Palm Changing cover: Amazon

Rocking chair: HomeGoods

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Last Saturday was Amanda’s baby shower! This was a day that we had been looking forward to for SO long! I wanted the day to be absolutely perfect because Amanda deserved it after so gracefully throwing multiple baby showers for friends, while she was suffering through infertility. We will share more details about the shower in another post because today, I wanted to share with you the greatest stationery company EVER!

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Arizona weekend getaway

Hi Friends!

It’s been a little while! Sorry about that, we have just been busy bust getting ready for baby boy to make his arrival! I am officially in my third trimester and I literally cannot believe it! I feel like this pregnancy is flying bye, though EVERYONE tells me that times slows to a crawl once you hit 30 weeks so we shall see!

Kyle and I took a much needed getaway to Scottsdale Arizona a few weekends ago & it was magical to say the least. Its a whole different ball game out there with the beautiful desert, no humidity & soaring temperatures. We spent ALOT of time relaxing by the pool & taking in the beautiful scenery. It’s so different from the south but I especially loved that my hair stayed curled for longer than 5 min outside! Am I right or am I right?

We were lucky enough to stay at the gorgeous HYATT REGENCY SCOTTSDALE RESORT & SPA AT GAINEY RANCH for the weekend and IT.WAS.A.DREAM!!! The grounds are unlike anything we have ever experienced with majestic cacti, palms & true Arizona scenery all around, we felt like we were in a desert paradise! We spent all day Saturday lounging by the adults only pool in our cute little private cabana overlooking the lake and golf course. We felt like royalty and could have spent the entire weekend at that exact spot 🙂 The Rooms at the Hyatt were large & clean and the bathroom was AMAZING! The soft robes and exta comfy bed made for a glorious weekend stay! The staff even noticed I was pregnant & brought plenty of extra pillows! The service was top notch to say the least! Kyle & I felt beyond relaxed and well rested for our 6 am flight the next morning and are itching to get back there again soon! If you are in the Scottsdale area or planning a trip add the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale to your must stay list!

A few must do’s in Scottsdale 

1.) They have a Cafe Rio so you can bet that was our first stop! If you haven’t tried this place you are in for a treat, its my fav! make sure to get the Pork Salad, you won’t regret it!

2.) Take a little trip out to the desert. I am not the most outdoorsy type of girl but hiking & exploring the beautiful Arizona desert is a must! Here is a link to Scottsdale’s best hikes!

3.) Lounge by the pool! Check out the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale for your relaxing day in the sun!

4.) Shop till you drop! Scottsdale Fashion Square in Arizona’s largest mall. It has all of your upscale stores including Nordstrom. Plus lots of places to dine & relax from your shopping spree!

5.) Set up a photoshoot! We took our maternity photos with Amy & Jordan Demos and they did not disappoint! Being from Georgia a destination maternity shoot was on the radar for us from the beginning! we couldn’t think of a better place to celebrate our miracle boy than with our dream photographers in a dream location! Arizona is full or the most gorgeous scenery and beautiful light with no trees blocking that golden hour glow. Remember your trip with the photoshoot of a lifetime!

Traveling has always been a favorite of ours, exploring new places whether it be in the US or internationally has brought us so much joy! We can’t wait to show our sweet boy all of the breathtaking ventures with world has to offer! With that being said what are your fav tips for traveling with a baby!? We are complete newbies to parenthood and can’t wait to hear all about your tips and tricks! leave your advice in the comments below 🙂

Have a wonderful Monday!

xoxo

Amanda