Mar 30, 2015

The Birdwell Experience

When I found out I was pregnant this time, I knew if this baby stuck that I would want to document the announcement, the pregnancy, the newborn stage, the fresh 48, and finally the one year baby photos. That's a lot of pictures right? Geezzz typing that out I was like whoa!

Anywho, to start with I needed an announcement photographer. As I mentioned here, I ended up working with Elizabeth Birdwell for these photos. To say that I am happy with my decision to work Elizabeth would possibly be the understatement of the century. I even have her scheduled to shoot our maternity photos and newborn photos as well!

Announcement Sign Found Here

So a little bit about my experience.

One thing I noticed right off the bat about Elizabeth was how quickly she responded to my inquiry for pricing! If I remember correctly she responded within 24 hours of me sending an email to her. The next thing I noticed was how kind and friendly she was! Her email was so enthusiastic and I could tell that she was excited about the shoots I was interested in as well as photography itself.

Copyright Elizabeth Birdwell

Once we decided to work together Elizabeth suggested that I start a pinterest board - a secret one - and that I invite her to it so she could get a feel of what I was looking to do. During the shoot she had the pinterest board up and ready on her phone and took the ideas we had found and made them even more amazing!

Copyright Elizabeth Birdwell
Announcement Sign Found Here

I think overall, other than the turnout of the pictures themselves, what impressed me most about Elizabeth was how much fun she made the shoot for Chris and me. I couldn't believe how relaxed she made Chris! He is normally super shy and can get really stiff during pictures - but she got him to relax and actually enjoy the process! Chris even mentioned at the end of the process how much he liked Elizabeth and enjoyed working with her. 

Look at how chilled out he looks here:

Copyright Elizabeth Birdwell

I am so so excited to work with Elizabeth and can't wait to see how she photographs the maternity and newborn shoots. I just can't recommend her enough! She doesn't just do baby related shoots, she also photographs weddings, family sessions, and many other types of shoots. 

If you would like to work Elizabeth or would like to learn more about her check out her website here, facebook, pinterest, and get in touch with Elizabeth via email

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Mar 26, 2015

Vanity Talk + Little Friday

When Kristiina approached me about taking part in her "what's in my bag or vanity" series I immediately jumped at it. I was like THIS is what I have been waiting to do! I just finished getting my bathroom organized and was actually going to do a little reveal on the blog. So without further a-do! Here's what's in my vanity!

To the right on my counter is where I keep must have at the ready beauty products - basically what I use every day for my quick 15-20 minute routine:

1 - Victoria's Secret Bronzer

After typing all of that out I realized...I use a lot of Clinique! I went on a binger a couple of weeks ago because it was gift time. I am loving everything I purchased so far! The primer isn't anything to write home about but the foundation is amazing and gives great coverage. 

ALSO, about the beauty blender - I was having issues getting my foundation and concealer to set right on my skin and I was told to try out a beauty blender. BEST ADVICE EVER! If you haven't bought one, you need to - and you need to get the real one because the fake ones don't work as well! 

To hold my q-tips and cotton balls I found these really pretty glass candle holders. They added a lot of color to my bathroom and really tied in all of the colors I used in all of the art and pictures I >> Chris hung up!

To avoid cluttering my vanity I moved my perfumes and hair dish to the window sill. Yep, there's a bottle of Clinique there - what can I say, I am a fan! Also, the Caudale beauty elixir is great for giving that final touch for makeup. It just kind of melts everything together in a pretty, creamy way.

So overall - this is what my vanity looks like!

(EEK - Need to clean my mirror!!)

So that's what's on my vanity! I would like to give a big thank you to Kristiina for approaching me to participate in this series! What's on yours?

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Mar 23, 2015

Kinda Have Big News

It's Saturday evening. I am sitting watching Pretty Little Liars as I write out this post. To say that I am feeling super anxious as I wait for Monday's doctor's appointment would be an understatement. I am terrified that I won't get to share this post with you guys. I am terrified that I will go through yet another loss. I am terrified that I will retreat back into my shell and not feel happiness again.

If Monday has gone well and you are reading this - then you know that everything went excellent and that we can officially celebrate and be happy about our big news...I don't, hopefully, have to be scared anymore because the cats out of the bag and that has to stand for some kind of good omen right?? Right.

After an extremely painful year and two miscarriages, I feel so blessed to announce that Chris and I are expecting our first baby together! I will hit 17 weeks tomorrow and figured that it was finally time to share the news.

It's time for me to be happy and it's time for me not to let my fear of what could happen control my life anymore. I want to celebrate this little miracle and shout about it from the rooftops!

Copyright Elizabeth Birdwell Photography
Announcement Sign found here

To say we are happy and and excited would be an understatement. I never thought I would get to take these pictures, see an actual moving baby on the ultrasound, or hear a heartbeat. My heart is so full and so happy it could just burst!

These little fire booties and some John Deere baby socks are the first items that I allowed myself to buy - I needed them for the announcement photos and just bit the bullet and purchased them. It was so much fun getting to buy something, I can't wait to do it again! I will probably wait until right before the due date to buy anything again though.

I won't be posting a lot of "bumpdates" because to be frank, I am just not that comfortable writing them. However, I will be including the most recent updates in formats like these once a month. Here is my update from 12 weeks and 16 weeks.

Weekly bumpdate sign found here

So far this pregnancy has been pretty great and I can't complain too much! I don't want to complain really about anything I have felt or experienced so far because all of the aches, pains, nausea, severe heartburn help me feel like everything is going okay with the baby --- the symptoms have given more peace of mind that anything I could really complain about.

Today is such a happy day for us and is such a big deal in our lives. Chris has been really wanting to announce and is excited that I finally said yes instead of making him wait until the baby was actually here.

My heart is just so full of happiness, gratitude, and for the first time in a long time - my heart finally feels whole.

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Mar 21, 2015

Easy FOUR Ingredient Breakfast + Paypal Giveaway!

The mornings in my house are BUSY. Mainly because I hit the snooze button for at least an hour before I actually get up but also because we have three dogs and ourselves to get actually get ready before we load into our cars at 7:30am to go to work. So where does breakfast fit into letting the dogs, taking a shower, letting the dogs in, treat time, put makeup on, fix hair, figure out what on God's green earth to wear today, pack lunch, and play the daily game of find the keys?? Whatever I do have it needs to be quick and easy and mobile...also known as a smoothie, yogurt cup, and handful of cheerios!

I think what I love most about smoothies is that I can get so many different flavors from throwing in a different fruit or juice base - so I don't have to have the same thing everrrryyy ddaaayy. That being said, when I do make my smoothie in the morning my all time favorite juice base is 100% Florida Orange Juice. I love the tang of OJ as well as the vitamin C boost!

Mar 19, 2015

How To: Organize Your Office Space + Little Friday

I didn't have time to put together my Little Friday post - I was sick again starting on Tuesday night all the way through Wednesday night. AND I had a photo session this evening (Thursday) with the fabulous Elizabeth Birdwell. BUT I do have an awesome guest post ready for ya from Ashley over at The Ashley Maria Blog. Ashley is talking about how she organizes her desk! 

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