Jan19 A Peachy Family 2016

This gorgeous family session was taken in an orchard in Washington. I love the warm light and bright colors, it makes me itch for summer and sunshine!

Photos: Lana Jenae
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Jan19 Gymini Under the Sea Mat 2016

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Entertainment! I love the Gymini Under the Sea Play Mat from our Sponors at Tiny Love.  It’s genuinely one of the main things I recommend for new mom’s to be sure to register for because it actually works, it’s affordable and really easy to store.  Ellington loves the bright colors and the soft mat is perfect on our wood floors, making it great for carting around our house so she can relax and have fun all over…and maybe sometimes she’s just on the living room floor and I’m lounging on the couch, but that’s a side point.

The way in which all the toys hang above is great for her to find wild entertainment and practice grabbing and tracking. When she was in her first three months she would just lay on her back and look up and the toys and rings hanging and I could almost guarantee that every time she was in there I would get a good smile out of her. From three to six months it was really great for tummy time. Ellington wasn’t a huge fan of tummy time at first, so this was really helpful for keeping her entertained. More recently she is really enjoying some of the electronic elements like the crab toy that plays music.  Also an extra detail, there’s a QR code on the packaging that if scanned provides a story to parents to bring the theme to life for little ones.

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I also couldn’t be happier that I can fold it up and slide it behind my entertainment center so when she goes to bed it’s a quick and easy way to entertain yet still have a de-cluttered living room at the end of the day.

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Jan14 Mint, White, Gold 2016

Love the colors, love the design, love the gold, so here’s Chelsea of CK Wedding & Event Design:

What happens when an event planner decides to host a baby sprinkle for her business partner/Best friend? You get an over the top gorgeous design. This was shower was for a 2nd baby and since I believe that everything should be celebrated with a party. I decided to host a more intimate brunch, which included a bagel and yogurt parfait bar. We gathered some of the Mommy to be closest friends and family at a private home. We called it a baby sprinkle since we had showered her the first time with the first baby a few years ago.

The design inspiration came from the nursery going with mint, white and gold. Using geometrics shapes throughout the tablescape, which are also used in the baby nursery. Since the day was going to be a nonconventional shower, we skipped the games and instead set up a station for each guest to create a mini canvas print to hang in the nursery. 

COORDINATION & Design: CK Wedding & Event Design 
PHOTOGRAPHY: Nicole Wasko Photography
CAKE: Dream Cakes 
RENTALS: Party Place  & Sedera Rental Co.
LINEN RENTALS: La Tavola
FLORIST: Ali Briskey Designs
INVITATIONS: 1st Comes love Custom Invitations 

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Jan07 Cabo 2016

I cannot get enough. I cannot. Here’s Phuong of Mibellarosa Designs for the details:
“I decided to incorporate both hot pink and orange to counter the aqua blue inspired by Cabo’s beautiful beaches and to keep the palette gender-neutral. The beach theme flowed throughout the details from the air plant glass terrarium placeholders, to the hand-painted watercolor name and gift tags, to the cake which resembled a beautiful sunset over the ocean horizon. We hand-tied their party favor boxes with two different pieces of fabric to mirror shades of the beach.
Brunch was held in the courtyard of renowned Hugo’s restaurant in Houston, Texas where the ladies shared laughs, hugs, advice, and stories of the mom-to-be while enjoying a delicious authentic Mexican buffet with mimosas and margaritas, of course.”

Design, styling and watercolor: Phuong of Mibellarosa Designs
Florals: Phuong of Mibellarosa Designs
Cake: Whisk Bakery
Calligraphy: Kristara
Photography: Smith House Photography and Lauren
Linens: House of Hough
Venue and catering: Hugo’s
Macarons: Bite Macaron
Party Favor bags: Kate Aspen

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Jan05 Double Sided Crib Toy 2016

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The Double Sided Crib Toy from Tiny Love is really fun and adorable.  We placed it on Ellington’s crib and she was instantly interested.  The bright colors and music were just entertaining enough to keep her calm in her crib, but soothing enough to lull her to sleep. It’s great for practicing self soothing.

When she was littler we could place the toy overhead so she could look up at the lights and sounds while she began to doze. As she has gotten older we have moved it into the crib-side mode so she can sit up and play with it. She is really enjoying all the tactile elements like the little nobs and buttons that she loves to play with. It gives us a little more time to stay in bed in the morning while she begins to be able to entertain herself with toys like this.  Now I’m not being selfish, I’m just saying, it’s kind of nice.

I really enjoy that the crib toy is easily mobile.  It goes on and off her crib easy, so at Christmas when we stayed at my mom’s house we took it with us and placed it on to her pack-n-play.  She still loved it and I think it gave her a little sense of consistency. Sometimes now when we take her out of the crib we just bring it with us down to the living room and it’s great for a toy she can sit up and play with as well.

These are my favorite kind of toys, multiple uses and great for a large age range. Baby Grey Approved!

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