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The Modern Birth Announcement

Aug 19, 2016

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Do It YOURSELF. I know sounds scary, right? It’s actually really simple and fun. You don’t have to spend a grand on photography, etc. Every baby website will tell you on their “preparation list” per your babies arrival is to hire a photographer for their newborn photos because they book up quickly and the first month with them flies! I beg to differ…

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Searching for a location became an expression of our personalities. Wherever you live, whatever city/town your baby is born take some time to find the spot that sets the tone of your lifestyle there. It could be as simple as in front of a white fence with your baby in a woven basket filled with a symbolic blanket or outside your cities famous sports stadium with fan gear. Think outside the box, yet your everyday. After you come up with that ideal spot get your props ready and start snappin’. If you don’t have a professional camera don’t freak. Just use your phone camera or borrow. Photos become perfection within the editing. Whether you buy a free month of photoshop or use the edit tab on your phone. Mess around with three things- brightness, cropping and lighting. Voilà! You have your photo. Now upload it to the stationary website of your choice and enter your newborns information. Easily have your return address printed on your envelopes too. Theres so much you can do on these sites! I always choose Tiny Prints for my stationary. I love all their unique options and easy to maneuver site. I recently teamed up with Tiny Prints for your benefit 😉 I’m always looking for promos on any purchase. Create anything on their site from personalized monumental books, invites, even holiday cards. CLICK HERE FOR ALL CURRENT PROMOTIONS AT TINY PRINTS!

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NeOn NurSery Dreams

Jun 16, 2016

Having Sienna home and in our lives has been such a blessing. Her expressions and presence have made me and my husband two extremely happy humans to say the least. Before her arrival we had such a blast putting together her nursery. I create and he builds. Great duo, turn trio! Si currently sleeps in the Halo Bassinest Bassinet which I’m obsessed with. It allows me to sleep right next to her little face while she’s an infant. It swivels right onto our bed and it’s convenient for nightly feedings. At an appropriate size and age she’ll move to her super bright nursery (curtains are blackout). Hope you like it as much as I do!

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We painted the yellow neon on the wall then placed the bookshelves.  Measured to perfection!

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Cheers Dears Pom Pom pillow <3

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Curtains are handmade and fabric from Mood Fabrics. We bought blackout cream color to offset the whites to create a rich feel.  I’m in love with the Peanut changer (for purchase below).  Easy to wipe and keep clean.

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My FAVORITE piece in her room.  These vintage elephants as wall art that we sprayed neon pink.  Bought in a pickers storage unit!

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The wood California piece is from the Venice Boardwalk. My husband insisted we find a piece from there because it’s our spot.  We sprayed that neon pink too and framed it ourselves. Black wood rocker is from Land Of Nod.

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We sprayed all the drawer nobs on everything ourselves as well.

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Hospital Bag MUST Haves

May 30, 2016

C-Section it is!  Super nervous about the surgery, to her arrival and my recovery with this new tiny baby girl.  We are going earlier than expected so here is whats in my hospital bag at only 35 weeks.  I’ve done extended research and asked just about every women I know who’s had a Caesarean what their must haves were.  More suggestions welcomed.

First, and most important is to have your carseat properly installed in your car for baby’s ride home.  I decided to go with the UppaBaby Cruz stroller.  It’s light, very safe and simply colored.  I love the bassinet option for her to take naps in.

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I was told the Belly Bandit is a savior.  It holds everything together and for a C relieves some pain while keeping the stomach tight.  I got the organic pink bandit and the black shield for under neither to hold any creams that are applied as well.  The white zip is to hold my  Medela Breast Pump in place while breastfeeding.  The Honest nipple balm.. we’ll see once that happens!

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All about having handy products.  Scar cream, Vitamins, wavy hair mist for easy after shower do, Breast pads for leaking, oil for dryness, etc.  Am I missing anything?

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Foxy!  I told my husband I bought a sexy nightgown..not really.  All cotton everything.  Target underwear and nursing bras, eye mask, Nap Socks and slippers.

For baby Si!!  (her nickname) I got the boppy pillow cover on Etsy by a shop called KB Cute Designs.  Swaddles are Aden and Anais where I also got my stroller covers and other super soft goodies.

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Newborn side snap t-shirts and Mam Pacifiers will hopefully make my life a little easier.  Lastly, a head crown for the princess.

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Champagne as thank you for the helpful nurses <3

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Diaper Bag Picks: High to low prices

Showered With LOVE – In Los Angeles

May 01, 2016

We are SO incredibly lucky to have had two baby showers!  In LA our dear friend Lillian hosted our special day at one of our favorite spots in West Hollywood called Cecconi’s.  A must do brunch or dinner spot if you visit.  I was wowed by this private room and the crown princess themed day full of love.  My husband made my flower crown because I was sneezing so much.  Just use green wire to measure your head and set the crown, then take green florist wire to wrap flowers around. Refrigerate overnight.

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OUTFIT DETAILS: Dress, Revolve.  Thigh highs, Schutz.

Showered With LOVE – In Chicago

May 01, 2016

I can’t believe both baby showers are over.  We received so many beautiful gifts from all of our loved ones.  It’s been such a fun pregnancy… who needs a cocktail on this high!  I might after giving birth, yes.  Here are the photos from my baby shower I shared with my then pregnant sister, Lauren who just had her precious baby boy.

The details here are all DIY ideas.  My sisters and cousins put together this stunning space right in my cousins home.  They rented the gold chiavari chairs, but crafted the rest.  Enjoy scrolling through this bohemian themed day!  xX, Gina

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Painted on chalkboard wall.  Find a friend who does calligraphy or has bomb writing.  Or if you’re interested in the work you see I can refer you via email. (she handled all of my wedding signs and envelopes too!)

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My little sister made this big dreamcatcher, which is everything!  I’m planning to hang it in my nursery.  A hula hoop and ribbon was all it took.

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The cutest favors and my favorite, succulents.  Spray painted gold planters complete the look.

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Stunning.  Invest in charger plates and you’ll always add to your table.  Florals are a must and you don’t have to spend on a florist.  My sisters did these blooms themselves with pops of desert feel succulents. Yep, you can find succulents in non-desert places.

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Tee pee and fur chairs from Hobby Lobby!  Added greenery makes it so dreamy…

White feathers dipped in glittered gold. Use Mod Podge glue.

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Books instead of cards are always a good idea to have on your invitation.

 

OUTFIT DETAILS: Dress, Zara. Heels, Dolce Vita.

 

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