Yesterday was the first official day of Fall and we couldn’t be more excited! It has even felt like fall the past couple of days and we are fully enjoying the cozier clothes and even whipped up our first batch of homemade chicken noodle soup! Today we wanted to highlight one of our favorite kids clothing + toys shops, Little Cottonwood, and share our favorite looks from their new fall line that just launched! Every piece is perfect for this season and if you are in need of some ideas for family picture outfits then here you go! The best part about these pieces is they are so reasonably priced which makes us mommas even happier! Make sure to snag your little peanuts some cute pieces from Little Cottonwood this season!
Putting together a shared space can be challenging on many different levels. Especially if you are trying to keep it gender neutral or inspiring for little peanuts with different interests. Using classic primary colors can also be challenging to show a fresh take without them being too overpowering. We just love the color palette that Lay Baby Lay chose for this room + the way it all came together to create the perfect nostalgic space filled with whimsy + color. It takes us right back to our own childhood with the rainbows + Care Bears and that record player!
Fall is secretly our favorite time of year to host backyard dinners! The weather is a little cooler and more enjoyable + the colors of this season are just so beautiful! We hosted a little backyard dinner with Tableluxe + some friends and it was so nice to slow things down for a bit, sit on the grass and just enjoy chatting + letting the kiddos run around the backyard picking up acorns!
When it comes to entertaining we know that making things as easy as possible is key while also making the setting visually pretty + inviting. We promise this is easier then it may sound and we are so excited to introduce you to Tableluxe to help with all your entertaining needs! Their premium dining, napkin, cocktail, appetizer and serving sets have been specially crafted for those who share a love for style and, most importantly, a passion for entertaining. We know that planning the perfect gathering can be stressful, so Tableluxe is here to help make setting the table the easy part!
We love how the high quality of each piece it’s hard to even believe when just looking at them that they are disposable! Our favorite product would have to be the faux flatware that tucks nicely into the pocket napkins making it easy to set the table!
Whether it’s throwing a birthday bash for a best friend, organizing a baby shower for a co-worker or hosting family dinner for your favorite in-laws,Tableluxe settings are designed to provide you more time to focus on what’s truly important: making memorable moments with your guests! Pick up your own Tableluxe Sets at your local Target!
Fall of course symbolizes back-to-school time but it’s also the perfect time for outdoor adventures! For whatever activity you are doing a perfect little peanut bag is always a must! In our current issue we share our favorite bags this season and here are our favorite looks!
Parents take every precaution when it comes to protecting their little ones. From baby proofing the house to what goes into their tiny little bodies. It’s easy as parents to be overly concerned about every little detail but luckily for us there are so many amazing products on the market to help ease our minds just a bit. With September being National Baby Safety Month we’ve partnered with Munchkin to help bring awareness of safety issues and the safe selection + use of baby products. We are also sharing a couple of our favorite safety products for little peanuts!
If you’ve got little ones who are starting to crawl and walk then you know all to well how easy it is for them to get into everything and want to go everywhere! It’s inevitable that you will need a baby gate in at least one are of your home to help keep them somewhat contained. In the past we’ve always struggled with finding a safety gate that was easy to use + adjust and also looked semi-decent in the home.
We can’t say enough amazing things about the new Munchkin premium gates that bring together elegant modern design with safety innovation. We specifically love the Luna Gate because of the easy turn-key installation + motion-activated LED light to light your space at night. This gate comes fully assembled and of course we have to mention that we love the visual look of it as well!
If you are constantly questioning whether food is too hot, too cold, or just right for your baby then you need Munchkin’s innovative White Hot Spoons that help make those first feedings easier for both you + baby! Simply dip the tips of the spoons in heated pureed baby foods to check if it’s too warm. If the tip turns white, the food is too hot for baby to eat. Wait for it to cool, dip again, and if the tip is no longer white – voila! You can feed your little one without worrying about a thing!
Munchkin rids the world of the mundane by developing clever, innovative solutions that make family life safer, easier, and more fun. You can find Munchkin products at Munchkin.com, Target, Babies’R’Us, Walmart, and Amazon. It’s the little things!
One of our favorite features in our current issue is that about the beauty of Motherhood with our very own JaNee Arhets who talks about adding a second baby to the mix, breastfeeding, postpartum challenges + more. Lindsey Shipley with Lactation Link also shares her advice + knowledge with us. Lindsey is a mom of 2, Registered Nurse, Childbirth Educator and Board Certified Lactation Consultant. She owns Lactation Link, which offers breastfeeding video classes and secure video chat consultations. Lactation Link’s mission statement is ‘Creating Confident Moms’, providing reliable, convenient, research-based education to help moms + babies reach their goals – whatever they may be.
What a gorgeous, awe-inspiring moment: a mother and her child. A little being completely dependent on another for everything, including the nourishment to grow and thrive. The newborn stage is one in that the baby without the mother just doesn’t make sense. If separation is necessary, it’s more like pressing pause. All is right in the world again when the two are reunited. Mom and baby is a symbiotic relationship that inspires a sense of fulfillment for both parties. For the baby, he looks to the mother for every need, literally still believing he is an extension of her, not a separate person. For the mother, there is a sense of pride in being able to protect, provider, and care for her own.
As a labor and delivery RN, lactation specialist, prenatal educator, sister, and friend, I’ve been blessed to be apart of so many stages of bringing a baby into this world. It is truly a special time to be apart of. All things surrounding the perinatal period (conception, pregnancy, labor, delivery, postpartum) seem to have a lasting impact on women as a whole. The experiences you have during this period leave a biological imprint you won’t soon forget. Although we can’t necessarily control all aspects of this period (possible complications, unforeseen circumstances), it’s important that we are confident in the choices we can make. It’s also imperative that we feel support and caring throughout the process.
As I teach my prenatal breastfeeding classes and counsel with mothers in the hospital and their homes, I find there is always a few common things women are looking for. Education. Options. Support. Reassurance. Confidence building. I feel that pre- and postnatal education should be more about smart and practical options, rather than lists of “dos” and “don’ts”. There’s not a one-size-fits-all way to being a great Mom. We all have different strengths, backgrounds, resources, and opinions. We may not all share the same political party, church group, or vision of what a family means. But we can all agree on one thing: We could all use a friend, a smile, a hug, a few words of encouragement, and a “You’re doing a great job”. We all need more people rooting for our success.
The most important friends a Mom can call on are those that support her in her choices as a mother, even if they are different from their own. Those are the friends you can call during a “break-down” (you know what I’m talking about), the ones that brainstorm with you whether your baby needs to go to the doctor or not, the ones that give you big hugs when you seem to need it the most. They seem to “get it”, it’s like they’ve been there before. The truth is, every mother will experience struggle of some kind. Many moms suffer in silence, worried that their battle is some form of inadequacy. The “perfect Mom” you see in any social media post may not be experiencing your specific struggles, but she has her own. To illustrate, I asked the mother of two captured in this feature (JaNee) to share some insights into her journey of motherhood so far. She looks so beautiful and serene; surely she hasn’t had any obstacles transitioning to motherhood? Keep reading.
How did you picture the early days of motherhood before you had your first baby?
I’m not quite sure exactly what I expected but I think I was expecting most things to come pretty naturally. I had wanted a baby for some time, so I was just so very excited to actually be getting one, it was almost surreal.
How was reality different than the vision you had before your little one arrived?
I was in a very happy, tired, dazed state. I truly felt like I was in my own happy world, just me, my husband, and our new little one. I had prepared myself for breastfeeding and Scarlett was an amazing nurser – I did deal with some pain early on and was grateful for the resources and support I had. I was so determined to breastfeed and just held in there.
What were a few things that helped you get through those tougher days as a mom? Who is your support system?
Well, luckily I have a great support system. My husband is wonderful. I also have amazing family – willing to bring meals, hold the baby while I slept, shop for me, or whatever else I needed. I also have wonderful friends that are amazing mommies. Being able to go to them for advice or see if something my baby was doing or I was feeling was normal was probably the most comforting of all! Just knowing that you’re not in this alone and that all mommies have hard, crazy days brought me a lot of comfort.
How has adding a second baby been different from being a first time mom? Were some things easier? What was more challenging?
River is truly an easy baby but it definitely has been a different experience than it was with my first. This time around I suffered from a mild case of post-partum depression. It was so foreign to me because with Scarlett (my first) I was in such a happy and relaxed state and with River (baby number two) it was the complete opposite. Even though River is a wonderful baby in every way I felt very overwhelmed with two and incompetent as a mother — even though I had done it all before! I felt like a terrible mother to Scarlett because I couldn’t give her the same level of attention and although I’m usually a pretty patient mother I was not at all patient with her when she would act out. My reaction to her acting out was so not like me and that made me feel horrible. I also just felt like I couldn’t do anything right. At my six-week check-up my doctor diagnosed me with a mild case of post-partum depression and created a treatment plan. Since it was only a mild case I opted to take care of it through daily walks outside, a healthy diet and supplements that my doctor recommended. Following that course seemed to work for me but I recommend that any mommies suffering from the same thing to turn to a support system, get help from your healthcare provider, and do what’s right for you. I am now approaching four months post-partum and can say I am feeling so much better; I am starting to feel like myself a bit.
Sharing our own experiences creates a feeling of sisterhood and common ground. I feel more connected to these beautiful images after reading about JaNee’s own experiences as a mom. Each mom has unique circumstances we can all draw strength from. Especially when we find the courage to share not just the highlights of our days, but the lowlights as well. Those are the moments we realize that life isn’t perfect for any Mom, it’s a journey in which getting through the tough days makes you savor the peaceful ones that much more.
What is there not to love about Fall? It does seem to kind of kick summer out a little quickly, but I always forget how amazing Fall is. Every year it sneaks it’s way into my heart last minute and wins the race for the best season. I’m so looking forward to cozier days, flannel blankets, visits to our local pumpkin patch and lots + lots of homemade chili + apple pie.
In this issue we of course have tons of fashion looks for little peanuts to dress them up for colder days and you will also find our favorite Fall bags for little peanuts that are perfect for heading back to school or adventures in the mountains. We dive deeper into motherhood and what life is like adding more children to the mix and the struggles + triumphs we all face as parents. We share advice + thoughts from Lindsey Shipley, founder of Lactation Link and a certified lactation consultant. We also step into the stylish home of Ali Hynek, owner of Nena and Co, and amazing mama to triplets! You know we wouldn’t leave you without sharing our favorite eats for the season so make sure to flip all the way to the last pages to get our must-try recipes! If I could bottle up Fall + keep it forever I would. So ready to slow things down a bit and enjoy the colors of this season! Check out our Fall issue HERE!
We are heading into the weekend + to send you off we have this awesome laid back Malibu maternity session to share with you. Leah with Linger Photography loves to really get to know her subjects before she photographs them. So when she found out this couple loves to take their vintage VW bug down to a local seafood spot in Malibu, CA called, Neptune’s Net she thought she would tag along. As you can see, what came out of it was pure magic + we couldn’t love it more! Maternity sessions don’t have to be super planned out with the perfect wardrobe, we find our favorite sessions are those that capture real life. So keep that in mind next time you are planning your pictures.
Oh sweet little babes, can we ever get enough. When we looked over the images sent over by the lovely Maria Corona we couldn’t help but be completely smitten with darling Jabari. This beautiful new family embodies everything with love. This simple + intimate session will be images to cherish for all time.
Fall is just around the corner + with that we can’t help but hold onto the last bit of summer. So we are featuring some beachside babes styled by lovely Lily Grace Bennet.
The concept is very laid-back, modern and minimalist. Our color palette is inspired by our location, the beach alongside Lake Michigan in downtown Chicago, lots of grays, blues, and whites. I wanted to showcase clothes that kids love to wear, and that parents love to look at but often don’t know where to find. Childhood in its purest form, without any unnecessary frill. The kids are happily alone in their own world, taking pictures, laughing, playing on the crisp, light-flooded beach. The city is present as well, in the form of urban murals, and the concrete walls and lakefront. This shoot was created for the transition from summer into fall, showcasing light and bright backgrounds and outfits, but also more muted tones and warmer clothes for fall.
We absolutely adore the looks Lily put together + hope it brings some you some inspiration in your stylings.