Wednesday, October 17, 2018

CHLOE'S NEWBORN PHOTOS...






PHOTOGRAPHY: Kelli Nicole 

Chloe coming into this world was one of the best days of my life. She is so loved by her mom, dad, and especially her big brother. I'll forever hold these photos dear to my heart because Kelli capture how little and beautiful Chloe is. They are also our very first photos as a family of four. The newborn stage passes by so so quickly and that's what makes newborn photos so important to me. Looking at her now, she has already changed so much. I'm constantly looking back at Liam's newborn photos and I know I'll do the same with these as Chloe gets older. 

When I found Kelli's page, I was immediately attracted to the clean and white tones of her photography. I knew I wanted more mute and white tones so the fit was perfect. When I had my consultation with Kelli, she asked all the right questions. She asked for a color palate, mood, styes, ect. I'm pretty sure I was all over the place but she manage to bring all my ideas to life. Before I had Chloe, I knew that I wanted a daughter. I had a Pinterest board dedicated to baby girl photos, outfits, rooms, ect. The flower circle was always a must have shot for me and I love how the images came out. Kelli was so patient and great with the kids. She had snacks for Liam, managed to make him smile, and easily put Chloe to sleep during the session. She captured the sweetest moments of my two babies and I'll cherish them forever. 

Thank you so much for reading!

xo, 
Annie


Wednesday, October 10, 2018

MUST HAVE BOOTS...



DRESS: Revolve // SHOES: Goodnight Macaroon (40% off) // BAG: Gucci // SUNGLASSES: Karen Walker

Honestly, if I could wear any outfit combination for fall, it would be a cute sweater dress and over the knee boots. The outfit is effortless and chic. I've been posting these boots a lot on my Instagram because they are amazing! I was skeptical about ordering them first because I usually only buy my shoes in person but luckily I had a friend that already owned them. She let me borrow them for the weekend and I ordered them within 1 hour of trying them out. The quality is great, it's flattering, and was 40% off at the time (it's 40% off again). I do have to say that my calves have always been a little thicker and they were pretty snug in that area. I've owned 3 pairs of OTK boots and have always had issues of them sliding down. I didn't have any problems with these. 

Thank you for stopping by!

xo,
Annie

*Photos by Banavenue


Thursday, October 4, 2018

COLORED STRIPES FOR FALL...




DRESS: Pink Lily (maroon tone here) // SHOES: Goodnight Macaroon // BAG: Tory Burch 

I'm glad everyone got up to speed with how great stripes are. It seems like the "it" prints for fall this year are leopard, camo, and colorful stripes. When I got this dress in, I was a little intimidated because it was a body con type and I was about 2 weeks postpartum. After trying it on, I immediately fell in love. It was flattering on me and didn't show all my left over postpartum fat. I do have to admit that I did size up to a medium so I could have more room but I think I could have gotten away with a small. 

The kids and I are having a somewhat slow day today. We have lunch and then nothing else planned. We've been so busy that it'll be so nice to sit down and relax. 

Thank you so much for stopping by! 

xo,
Annie 

*Photos by Banavenue 


Wednesday, October 3, 2018

THIS IS THE WAY WE BRUSH OUR TEETH...


TOOTHPASTE: Nu Skin 

If you truly know me, you'll know that dental hygiene is very important to me. When I was first approached to share a product that wasn't fashion or beauty, I was a little hesitant but dental hygiene is what I'm in school for and is my passion. Yes, I'm obsessed with teeth...as weird as that sounds. This may not be fashion or beauty post but it is a post about a topic that I study and interest me. When Liam and I go to the dentist, I brag about how we come out of the dentist office with no cavities and only positive comments from our dentist. I've shared how important it is to take care of our teeth with Liam and every morning he wakes up, walks to the bathroom, and brushes his teeth on his own. I let him brush his teeth in the morning and then I do it at night to make sure they are sparkly white. 

When it comes to taking care of our teeth, I don't play any games. My entire family has been using AP-24 toothpaste for forever! My aunt first introduced it to me and it's all that I've used. It has helped brighten my teeth NATURALLY. There are so many ways of whiten your teeth out there but many of them strip your enamel. (Enamel is basically a coat that protects your teeth). I feel that now a days people are being more cautious of what products are made of. I always see so many videos about all the horrible chemicals and who knows what that are put into products that we use daily. AP-24 doesn't have any harsh chemicals and is safe for children AND pregnant women. 

This toothpaste has kept my teeth whiten after the millions of coffees that I've had trying to keep up with these babies of mine. I'm on the go 90% of the day so coffee is definitely my best friend. My job consist of being in front of  a camera everyday. Feeling confident about my self is a big part of it. 

My friend Traci Palo is currently offering buy one get one free for all of my readers. Feel free to email her (tracipalo@gmail.com) or text her (503 320 5334) to get the special! 

Thank you so much for reading! 

xo, 
Annie 

*Thank you Traci Palo for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions are my own. 


Tuesday, September 25, 2018

WHAT I'VE LEARNING IN MY FIRST MONTH AS A MOTHER OF TWO...







DRESS: BP // SHOES: Vince Camuto // HAT: Old (similar here) // BRACELETS: David Yurman & Victoria Emerson // WRAP: Solly Baby // Liam- TOP: Ruggedbutts // BOTTOMS: J Crew // SHOES: Freshly Picked // Chloe- OVERALLS: Gymboree // BOW: Wunderkin // SHOES: Freshly Picked 

This first month as a mother of two has been the busiest, stressful, and most wonderful time in my life. When I was pregnant I thought, Liam's going to be the best big brother, our family is growing, and I'm finally going to have the daughter I've dreamt of. I never really comprehended how much work it was actually going to be. The newborn stage is such a short amount of time that I sort of forgot how hard it was. I've learned a few things that I didn't expect or realize would happen. 

Mom Guilt

Why mothers feel guilty about all the little things they think they're doing wrong is bazar but very real. Whether some moms feel guilty about leaving their children or not being a good enough parent, my guilt came from not spending as much time with Liam as I use to. Before Chloe was born, Liam and I were attached at the hip. My weeks were planned around Liam and what activities would make him happy. The moment Chloe was born, Liam became jealous (this lasted about 3 days). He would cry for me when I held or fed Chloe and my heart broke. What do you expect from a former only child? I remember the first week that we were home, both children were asleep and I busted out crying while staring at Liam. (I'm pretty sure most of it came from the hormones). I felt so horrible about the time I wasn't spending with him I was constantly nursing, changing diapers, and just taking care of a newborn 80% of the time. Tommy actually started laughing because he thought I was being silly for even feeling guilty. He told me that "Liam knows you love him and that you're a great mom". I wanted to spend my time with him when Chloe was asleep but I was drained. A few weeks have passed and I sort of learned how to manage my time better. When Chloe is asleep, I take this time and divide it up between work, cleaning, and Liam. I try to set out at least one activity a day for Liam and I. They started out as small activities like playing play dough together, watching an episode of his favorite show, reading a few books, playing with his Avenger toys, or riding his bike around the neighborhood. We went to the park for the first time since Chloe was born and it was a big step for me. (Our park is a little drives away so getting two children into the car is a lot more work than it sounds). Every minute that my children don't actually need me (ex: when Liam's eating lunch at the table and Chloe is actually being chill) I clean, cook, and work on blog stuff. Learning to manage your time has really helped me not feel guilty about how much time I'm giving each child. 


Having a schedule is key!

This summer, Liam and I were all over the place. It was really like we were on a summer vacation every day for the past 5 months. We ate at random times, did something different every day, sleep late, and really enjoyed ourselves. When we lived in Colorado we were on a schedule but when we moved to Texas everything was up in the air. We were living between my grandparents, aunts, and sister's place so it was hard to settle in. There was no actual home for us yet because we were in the process of buying a house. The minute Chloe was brought home, Tommy put our entire family on a schedule. He would always tell me how important it was and I'm now realizing that he's right. Having both children on a schedule has helped me with time management, I know what's actually going on throughout the day and it allows me to have alone time at night when they're both in bed. Liam is also in school two days a week so we had to get use to waking up early. Our schedule isn't exactly the same everyday but our meal and nap times are the same 7 days a week. I'm still trying to manage work and family time since I do work from home. Right now, I spend most of my work time staying up late, but that also restricts the hours of sleep I get. I'm still learning but hopefully I can find a better balanced work/sleep time.


Pace yourself and take things slow

I'm the type of person that likes to stay very busy. The idea of being home ALL day watching Netflix doesn't intrigue me. With children, I constantly remind myself that my children need to be at home and rest. Children don't prefer to sleep in a car all day. They like to be at home in their own bed and having activities in the living room. I started to plan out my entire month in my planner and I space everything apart. If I need to shoot for a blog post, get groceries, and have lunch with girlfriends, I plan them all on different days. 


I'm raising my children differently

I think every mother has said to herself "I won't ever do that with my child". With Liam, I knew exactly what I was and wasn't going to do. Liam was going to nurse, never take a pacifier, be potty trained before 2, sleep in his own bed, ect. With the second child, you get to learn from your first go around and see what worked and what didn't work. Chloe sleeps in her own bed and its something I wish I forced on Liam. She sleeps through the night and I'm beyond thankful for it. I'm not a big believer on pacifiers but because they aren't the best for gums and feel. My hands are full so I have started to use a paci with Chloe when she's upset and it has really helped me. Every child is unique and it's okay to raise them a little differently. In the end, they'll all be hyper little children that eat your entire plate of food, and wreck the house, lol. 

I'm still learning as I go with each child and I can only hope to better myself everyday as a mother. I barely have any time for myself but that's nothing compared to having these two babies. You always hear that being a mother is the most fulfilling thing you can do in your life and I strongly believe in that. I make mistakes along the way but at the end of the day, I know what's best for them.

Thank you so much for reading! 

xo, 
Annie

*Photos by Banavenue 


 

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