In the blink of an eye…

A year ago around this time, I found out I was pregnant and shortly after was on a massive search for that “just-right” photographer. I remember it as if it was yesterday..sitting down at our photographer’s house (she is amazing, by the way..Rana Watt) and talking about packages and all that jazz. At that point, it felt like we had forever until our little guy would be here. You don’t realize how quickly time passes. It’s almost as if you just b l i n k e d and your life fast-forwarded in an instant.

Anyways, we decided on a “bump to bundle” package which would entail a maternity, newborn, and every 3 month sessions, topped off with a 1-year cake smash session. The excitement is killing me for that one in a bittersweet way.

To think that we are on our way to our 6-month session makes me wonder where the time has gone. It’s like the older you get, the faster everything passes by. In other words, cherish every moment…even the small ones.

 

35 weeks..I’ve been asked if I miss the belly because supposedly everyone goes through that. Nope. No thanks. I like being able to put my shoes on, shave my legs, and sleep on my belly.

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One Month.

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Reality hit me yesterday when I realized I had exactly one month until my classroom duties resumed. Bittersweet. I admit, I do miss those tiny little feet prancing in every morning with huge, cheesy grins. A handful of little guys and gals all anxiously telling me random stories…all at once. And of course hearing the words, “You’re the best teacher ever.” My students are my babies. I absolutely adore them.

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DIY Ombré Distressed Mason Jar Tutorial

Ombre. Distressed. Mason Jars. Those three things create the perfect trifecta. If I could rewind to a year ago, I would have had these flooding my wedding scene. Not only are these inexpensive to make, but they are seriously easy. Plus, they are a perfect decor piece. Simply add fresh flowers for a chic look anywhere in your home. 

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DIY Barnwood Stain

It’s everywhere. That rustic wood stain that everyone wants. Upon going to Lowe’s and seeing that a tiny can of wood stain was at least $8, I decided to take matters into my own hands..and the best part? You only need THREE simple and inexpensive ingredients to whip up a batch of stain that replicates old barn wood! 

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DIY Handmade Reusable Cloth Diaper Wipes & Bum Bottom Spray

I’ve officially entered the world of cloth diapers. Never in a million years did I imagine myself ever saying that. Just the thought made me want to get sick..And then I got used to poo. It doesn’t even phase me anymore. One of my friends spoke so highly of it that I thought it would be worth a try. Little did I know, I would become obsessed with collecting every color of the rainbow and doing extensive research on every little aspect of cloth diapering. 

So here we are..trying out various brands (Charlie Banana and BumGenius ROCK, by the way) and I am quickly realizing that I will forever be in charge of “diaper-changing sessions” as Jordan absolutely despises the whole idea of reusing something you pooed in. I’m sure he will give in eventually.

Something that I realized was a huge hassle was throwing the diaper in the wet bag and then having these random wipes that I would have to get rid of. Sure, I could just throw them in a trash can separately, but I prefer just throwing them in the diaper and being done with it. SO…I decided to make my own reusable cloth wipes last night when Declan went to bed. I was able to make 18 wipes last night in about an hour and a half. I am by no means an expert seamstress, but even these can be made by beginners:) 

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Declan Brooks::Month 3

My Sweet Baby Declan,

Where has the time gone? It is so incredibly amazing how much can change in only three short months. You are blossoming into such an amazing little guy and I cannot wait to watch you grow throughout life..and cherishing those small moments. 

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Puj Splash Newborn Bath Set {Review}

Bathtime. I admit…I used to dread that word. I don’t know whether it was my aching back from leaning over the bathtub, that waiting time to get the plastic tub full enough to begin, battling the bath towel to keep my little one from freezing when getting him out of the tub, or the aftermath of waiting what seemed like ages for the tub to dry out…and where in the WORLD do you store that thing?! 

 
What seemed like such a hassle is now one of the things I look forward to most.
 
A few weeks ago, Puj began their search for everyday moms who could give real, honest reviews on their newest product, The Puj Splash Newborn Bath Set. I applied and upon reading the email explaining that I was chosen as an exclusive product tester, you would have assumed I just won the lottery!
 
I’ve never loved receiving mail so much and the anticipation of getting a package is unreal…Until one day, this beauty showed up at my doorstep..

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