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Monthly Baby Pictures… with Donuts

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I’ve had a lot of good ideas in my life, but none of them top my latest idea. This idea is pure gold, ladies and gentlemen. I have decided to take my newborn baby’s monthly pictures… with donuts.

Think about it, there are twelve months in a year that you capture this little baby of yours, and there are twelve donuts in a dozen. I’m pretty sure whoever came up with the idea for the term “dozen” to mean twelve had this exact thought in mind.

Therefore, each month that my daughter hits a new month on the 28th, I will pose her newest monthly pic beside a donut, or two, or three, or eight… you get the picture.

The best part is that this new found prop is not only edible but delicious. And if mom is the one going to all this trouble to locate a donut(s), find a matching outfit and pose a newborn baby for the perfect shot, I think we all know who’s going to get to eat the donut, or two, or three, or eight each month.

I’ve never been so excited for a baby to turn one in my life.

Happy Tuesday, friends!

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Baby · Life At Home

Cute Weekly Bump Picture Idea with Toddler

When I was pregnant with my oldest I never did the bump pictures. I felt weird standing in front of a camera by myself to take a picture of my growing bump each week, especially since it didn’t grow all that fast for a while. Looking back on it, I wish I had because it really is amazing to see the progression of the growing human inside the body. That is why I decided the second time around that I would capture at least most of the weeks. The only difference was this time I had a little helper that wanted in on the pictures as well.

I thought in order to remember exactly how big the baby was, I would try to hold the fruit or vegetable that baby was the size of in the picture each week. The only problem with that, is some fruits and veggies are not always in season when it’s time to post a picture of that baby in your belly, so I had to get a little creative with a few. Each week I bought two so that I could hold one, and my daughter could hold the other.

Week 15- Size of a beet

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Mom’s Outfit // Top: Nordstrom | Shorts: Motherhood Maternity

Toddler’s Outfit // Top: Nordstrom | Shorts: Old Navy

Week 17- Size of a Large Peach

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Mama’s Outfit // Top: Nordstrom | Shorts: Motherhood Maternity

Toddler Outfit // Top: TJMaxx | Shorts: Levi’s

Week 18- Size of a Sweet Potato

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Mama’s Outfit // Top: Nordstrom | Shorts: Motherhood Maternity

Toddler’s Outfit // Top: Old Navy | Shorts: TJMaxx

Week 19- Size of a Zucchini

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Mama’s Outfit // Top: Nordstrom Rack | Shorts: Motherhood Maternity

Toddler’s Outfit // Top: TJMaxx | Skirt: Old Navy

 

Week 20- Belgian Endive

Not gonna lie. We had no clue what that was. Sorry!

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Mama’s Outfit // Top: TJMaxx | Shorts: Motherhood Maternity

Toddler’s Outfit // Dress: Old Navy

 

Week 21- Lettuce

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Mama’s Outfit // Dress: TJMaxx

Toddler’s Outfit // Romper: Carters

 

Week 22- Ear of Corn

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Mama’s Outfit // Top: Amazon | Skirt: LulaRoe

Toddler’s Outfit // Top: Old Navy | Skirt: Old Navy

 

Week 23- Bunch of Grapes

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Mama’s Outfit // Top: TJMaxx | Shorts: Amazon

Toddler’s Outfit // Dress: Old Navy

 

Week 24- Eggplant

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Mama’s Outfit // Tee: CorkedBrew | Sweats: Amazon

Toddler’s Outfit // Tee: Old Navy | Sweats: Amazon

 

Week 25- Napa Cabbage

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Mama’s Outfit // Tee: Amazon | Shorts: Motherhood Maternity

Toddler’s Outfit // Tee: Old Navy | Shorts: Old Navy

 

Week 29- Pineapple

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Mama’s Outfit // Dress: PinkBlush

Toddler’s Outfit // Dress: Old Navy

 

Week 30- Cantaloupe

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Mama’s Outfit // Sweater: Nordstrom | Leggings: Nordstrom

Toddler’s Outfit // Top: Amazon | Pants: Nordstrom

 

Week 31- Large Romaine Lettuce

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Mama’s Outfit // Flannel: Amazon | Tee: Amazon | Jeans: Nordstrom

Toddler’s Outfit // Top: Amazon | Leggings: Old Navy

 

Week 33- Cauliflower

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Mama’s Outfit // Sweater: DressLily | Leggings: Nordstrom

Toddler’s Outfit // Top: Old Navy | Leggings: Nordstrom

 

Week 37- Honeydew

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Mama’s Outfit // Fleece: Groopdealz | Leggings: Nordstrom

Toddler’s Outfit // Fleece: Nordstrom | Joggers: Amazon

 

Week 38- Watermelon

(Sorry, we did not purchase a watermelon for the picture!)

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Mommy and Me Outfit from Beachcoco Maternity

 

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Life At Home

Why Your Friends and Family Don’t Like Your Posts on Instagram

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I started blogging during the summer of 2017. It started as a fun hobby to try out. I was pretty good with computers, I loved taking pictures, and typing out my thoughts seemed just as easy to me as talking aloud. It then turned into something more. Companies began contacting me asking if I would represent their products on my blog. I have accepted offers from companies that I loved and admired, but also have declined companies that I didn’t feel I could represent.

As I started blogging more, I also started using my Instagram account as a related platform that sometimes led to the blog. I more than doubled my Instagram following in just a few months of utilizing it differently. I became more passionate about the photographs that I was taking, posting different content than I had before.

One day I posted a picture on Instagram that I was very proud of. The lighting was beautiful, the caption was sarcastically hilarious, and the content was spot on. Later that night when I hopped back on Instagram I was surprised at how many random people had liked the photo, but how many of my friends and family members had not. I then went back to other photos and looked to see who exactly was liking my content. Since most of my following is friends and family I would have assumed that they would be the ones liking my content more than strangers or new followers, but almost all of my pictures were in fact the opposite.

At first I was a little put off. I thought why are these people who love me and know me not supporting my content? Why are they scrolling past my pictures without giving me the double tap? Then I realized two reasons why.

They didn’t sign up for this.

They didn’t sign up for this content. They didn’t subscribe to my new form of Instagram. They didn’t sign up for the #sponsored posts from companies contacting me. They didn’t start following me to find out the amazing deal I got on this new sweater. My friends and family had started following my account when I was a non-blogger, just casually posting about my life here and there.

They use Instagram differently.

Most people use Instagram as a form of posting photos and videos for friends and family to see. Myself as well as other bloggers use it differently. We utilize it as a platform to drive to another social media platform. We use it for networking and to connect. We use the Instagram account as a whole, and not just a single photograph posted randomly. Bloggers use Instagram differently, and in a way that others may not be able to relate to, and that’s okay.

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If you are a blogger, affiliate, or influencer it’s important to remember that you can have a following without your friends and family. It does not mean that they don’t support you, it just means that they don’t fully understand what it is that you do.

After months of blogging I have found a small following. People that were once strangers continue to like each post and picture that I post today. They support me, send me words of encouragement, and love what I am passionate about most. Find those people, and don’t be upset with your friends and family for just having a different outlook.

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Life At Home · Self Love

Old Photographs of Grandma

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Yesterday was a blessing. I had the opportunity to go through old photographs that my grandmother had taken. She loved taking pictures, and always had a camera with her. I stumbled upon a book she had made me in high school. It had pictures of me from infancy to eighteen years old. I then came across pictures before my time. Pictures that seemed to go in a backward chronological order. I saw wedding pictures of my parents, aunts and uncles, most of which I had seen at one point or another. It slowly turned to pictures of my mother and her siblings growing up. Their graduations, high school dances and silly family dinners. It then transitioned to pictures of them as children; huddled in the car, wrestling in the living room, or playing outside. I stopped to look closely at a few, but for the most part just breezed through these like I was counting a deck of cards.

It was then that I reached pictures of my grandmother around my age. I came to a complete halt. I had never seen any of these photographs before. This woman who I had grown to know and love as my old grandmother, was suddenly shown to me in a completely new form. She was young and beautiful. She was silly and carefree. She was amazingly photogenic, especially for a time period that you did not have any idea what kind of quality photo you would get.

When I look at these pictures I think of how vastly different life is now. I have no idea what camera she used for these pictures, but I do know it wasn’t the iPhone 7. Our outfits tend to differ, and yet I am completely in love with her style. The hairstyles, the homes in the background all seem so old fashioned and almost foreign to me.

Although there is obviously a huge different between these photos and modern times, I did realize that maybe life hasn’t completely changed. My favorite part of this experience was getting to see my grandmother at the same exact point in her life as I currently am: a first time mother, a wife, a friend, a sister, and a daughter. She was married to my grandfather for over 50 years, but at this point had only been married for a handful of those years. She ended up being a mother of four, but at this point in her life only had one child. There were many pictures with her friends and sisters outside their home, or down by the lake. She looked so happy and so content with life.

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I can’t say I know how she felt at this point in time, but how she looks seems to be how I feel today. In love, content and just plain happy.

Sometimes seventy years can feel so different, and yet if you look at what is really important in life it can feel exactly the same.

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