Joey’s Birth Story

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I wish I could promise you this will be the single most interesting birth story you'll ever read or that it's going to be short and sweet but I'd be lying. I will promise you'll get to read the whole thing at once - No 3-posts series from me. So if you're up for it, grab your coffee/tea/wine, kick back your feet and let me tell you the story of how Joseph Luis entered this world. Joseph Luis was born on Friday, January 2 but it all really started on Monday, December 29 as I went in for my regular 36 weeks appointment. I was feeling peachy, except for those dang swollen hands and feet - and … [Continue reading]

Pudge, Panda and Joey

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When we first found out I was pregnant, this was one of the first things on our minds: How would Pudge and Panda react and behave around the baby? We had various theories - Pudge might be overprotective, as he had been with me throughout the pregnancy. Or maybe he would be grumpy about the crying? Panda might be the jealous middle child or maybe her maternal instincts would kick in? Well, we have our answers. Pudge is most definitely the overprotective big brother and every single last ounce of maternal instinct has kicked in for Panda. They both love and adore Joey and won't let … [Continue reading]

Meet Joseph Luis

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I'm really behind posting this on the blog but the last 10 days have been a whirlwind (holy crap, has it really been 10 days already?!) BUT. Meet Joseph Luis! On Friday January 2 (25 days before his due date) at 5:22pm this little guy joined our family via emergency c-section. He measured 17 1/4 inches and weighted 4lbs 3oz. Because of his size and other minor complications, he spent the first 6 days of his life in the Special Care Nursery but he's home and doing well and that's all that matters. For those interested in his birth story, it's coming. But I'm stuck at the point … [Continue reading]

The Best Reads of 2014

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2014 was a good year for reading. I started off slow but I somehow managed to actually finish my GoodReads reading challenge of 40 books - and actually surpassed it! So I thought I'd do a little recap of the best reads of 2014. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand - GoodReads | Amazon By far one of the best books I read this year. I'm not usually a lover of non-fiction books but this story is so incredible and so well told, it's simply a must (full review here - and I can't wait to go see the movie!) A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini - GoodReads | Amazon I'm way behind on … [Continue reading]

A Christmas Wishlist

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So, I wasn't going to do one of these this year but... here we are. It actually took me a while to think of what I'd include in it because truth be told, there isn't a lot I want and what I do really want just seems overly expensive, especially with a baby on the way. But my mom has been harassing me about this so here you go, mom :P New Purse: I'm in serious need of a new purse. I've had mine for about 3-4 years now and I feel like it's time for an upgrade. Plus, how gorgeous is this Kate Spade crossbody bag? New dSLR: Another upgrade - and something I really, really - a new … [Continue reading]

Art Prints, Notepads, and Mugs, oh my!

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Oh, friends! November has been a bit of a crazy month over at my Etsy shop. I've been slowly but surely getting ready for the holiday season. This year that included adding new products - I love doing art prints but I felt like it was time to start branching out a little and I've been wanting to try my hand at designing new products for a while. First things first, I added coffee mugs. If there's one thing I've seriously missed during this pregnancy is caffeine. I'm salivating just thinking of peppermint mochas, but I digress... I figured instead of continuously day dreaming about things I … [Continue reading]

Latest Designs

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Oh man, it's been a loooong time since I shared some of the latest designs I've done - maybe since before I got pregnant? Yikes. So I figured it was probably time to fix that - here are a few of the designs I've worked on in the last 30+ weeks, hah! Birch Juice This was the second time I got to work with Kasi from Birch Juice and the second time was just as great as the first. Our styles just work really well together and I loved creating this fun and clean design. Lisa Swallow This year I've gotten to work with a lot of book bloggers and authors. Lisa Swallow is an … [Continue reading]