Nov18 Tiny Love Cozy Rocker Napper 2015

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Our sponsors Tiny Love sent us another gem.  The Cozy Rocker Napper a.k.a. does a billion things all at once even though it’s one piece!  Not that I don’t love a living room cluttered with gadgets, each of them for a different purpose, but I can appreciate the condensed device ever so much (ahem, I love it).

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So here’s what it does, grab a pen the list is long: when Ellington is having one of those fabulous days where she just. won’t. sleep. the cozy rocker napper turned out to be really helpful because it’s helpful at any phase of her energy level. Starting with an upright position, soothing through rocking, then moving into a napping bed it covers all the phases so I don’t ever have to move her.  I put her in the rocker sitting up, entertain her with the mobile and music while sneakily rocking her until she falls asleep, then I go for the clip in the back and squeeze and ever so slowly move her into a laying position, cover her with the canopy, and she is sleeping, SHE IS SLEEPING. The mobile has mirrors on it, which seem to be wildly entertaining, but they don’t move that much so she isn’t stimulated, add the calming music and it’s all very mesmerizing. The rocking bars have stabilizing stands that can keep the napper from rocking if you are using it more like a chair and less like a bed.   Sneaky mom success and a happy sleeping baby for the win.

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Nov12 Family in DC 2015

These beautiful newborn photos were taken in the family’s home in Washington D.C. What little sir gets exposed brick and a fireplace in their baby room? This luckily one does!

Photos: Rachel Lyn Photography

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Crib: Dwell Studio
Moses Basket: Amazon
Crib Bedding: Pottery Barn Kids
Alphabet Book: Spartan Shop
Bailey’s Dress: Clad and Cloth
Feather Prints: Kate Zimmerman

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Nov11 Holiday Teaser 2015

I know this is a little early, but I just wanted to get us all excited and inspired for cozy winter holiday shoots. Snowballs and mittens and flannel – Oh MY!

Photography: Amanda Sutton

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Nov05 Maty’s Healthy Products 2015

With winter coming and all the dry and cold air I was on the hunt for a baby oil that was natural yet still effective for miss Ellington. Luckily our sponsors at Maty’s Healthy Products sent us their Baby Ointment which is similar to Vaseline but with no petroleum. It mimics her body’s natural oils so it rubs right in and I’ve found it’s really helpful for preventing diaper rash. It’s such a good product I actually use it myself because I’m obsessed with how well it works yet still maintaining its natural quality.

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They also sent me their Baby Chest Rub which is a replacement for vick’s vapor rub. It helps relieve a cough, has a soothing smell and says no to things like chemicals or paragons and yes to things like coconut oil and lavender. Ellington loves it when I rub it on, it’s instantly calming. I’ll take it. Can I wear it as a perfume? No?

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Maty’s is a wonderful nighttime ritual. After our bath, we hang out, read our favorite book, and I’m able to use the ointment while we do a baby massage. Of course, the chest rub is always on hand too, particularly now that the weather is changing!

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I love this company! It’s a reminder that we can still have all our favorite and most effective products yet still use natural ingredients good enough for Ellington’s precious skin.

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Oct29 Oliver is One 2015

Bethany threw a birthday party for her son Oliver.  Their family had been on an African Safari before Oliver was born and so they decided they needed to bring him in on the fabulous adventure too.

Bethany: “The grandparent table was set with individual lunch boxes tied with safari themed lunch tags.  We served milk in French square bottles with dessert and offered water bottles with personalized labels.  Our centerpieces included an authentic carved African elephant and white textured burlap topiaries all atop a burlap and linen ruffle table runner.  On each guest’s chair we hung a cotton candy filled paper cone.  And for party favors, we filled tiny little vintage suitcases with treats for our guests to enjoy.

It was lots of fun to carry the party decorations further by decorating the mantle.  I pulled together antique books, safari animals, lanterns, and an authentic African drum to draw together the many aspects of this fun theme.  I also used some photos of the birthday boy himself; tying in those photos provided such a personalized touch.  A custom Happy Birthday banner with little giraffes continued the color scheme and worked perfectly hanging from the mantle.  Hanging above the mantle was my favorite birthday decoration – a First Birthday Board complete with all of Oliver’s interests & favorite things.  This was a fun way to celebrate our little boy’s spunky personality.

It was lots of fun to carry the party decorations further by decorating the mantle.  I pulled together antique books, safari animals, lanterns, and an authentic African drum to draw together the many aspects of this fun theme.  I also used some photos of the birthday boy himself; tying in those photos provided such a personalized touch.  A custom Happy Birthday banner with little giraffes continued the color scheme and worked perfectly hanging from the mantle.  Hanging above the mantle was my favorite birthday decoration – a First Birthday Board complete with all of Oliver’s interests & favorite things.  This was a fun way to celebrate our little boy’s spunky personality.”
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Photography: Party of 7 Photography 
Napkins, birthday board, photo cubes, herringbone blanket: Tiny Prints
Oliver banner, Happy Birthday banner, highchair banner, burlap topiary centerpieces, and burlap wreath: Sweet Georgia Sweet
Invitation: Three Little Monkeys Studio
Fondant cupcake toppers: Lynlee’s Petite Cakes
Lunch box tags, newborn to 12 month photo banner: Stampin Fanatic 
Confetti tassel balloons: One Stylish Party
Cookies: Auntie Bea’s Bakery 
Baby’s hippo romper: The Purple Pug
Giant balloons and first birthday sign design: Celebration Lane 
Personalized white metal bucket: I Have a Favor 
Suitcase favor boxes: Kate Aspen
Paper Straws: More Sprinkled Joy
Paper cones on chairs: Bushel & Peck Paper
Cotton Candy: Cotton Candy Confectionary
Mint green cakes: My Sweet Things 
Naked cakes: Dottie Partin
Burlap table runner: Knollwood Lane
Wooden cake toppers: Wyale Designs 
Water bottle labels: Product 80
Piñata lion:  Handcrafted Parties 
Cupcake wrappers: OoohLaLa Paperie

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