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At last, I shared Sawyer’s sweet newborn session with you, and today her equally adorable birth announcement {c/o minted}.

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I love the formality and tradition of birth announcements. What a wonderful way to share our special new baby girl with our closest family and friends. We didn’t send a holiday card this year {which, if you know me was a BIG deal} but I was 9 months pregnant with Sawyer and just couldn’t bear the thought of sending a card with our family photo that didn’t include her sweet face. So, we waiting until her arrival instead.

I searched and search for the perfect announcement, and loved the simple floral touch this design had. Because her middle name is Rose, I loved the undertone and it was a great match to her nursery. The blush coloring of her skin in the photo also worked so well aesthetically.  It’s a great treasure to add to her baby book in celebration of her first arrival.

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So … onto the equally exciting part. My friends at minted have generously allowed me to host another giveaway! Who wouldn’t want a $150 to use on birth announcements {or anything that suits your fancy, really}? I know about 75 lovely ladies who are pregnant right now, and this couldn’t be more perfect. So, click here to enter to win between now and Sunday, March 2, 2014 at 11:59PM est for your chance to win!

* some restrictions may apply. click here for full official rules. in full disclosure, I am a customer of minted.com because I love their customer service and great designs. they were kind enough to provided me with a credit to use towards the purchase of my birth announcements for this order.

I’ve been anxiously awaiting the moment when I could share my sweet new daughter. Introducing … Sawyer Rose. She’s our new bundle of joy { well, new-ish as we’ve somehow hit the 2-month mark already } and she couldn’t be more wonderful.

It seems like just yesterday we were in the midst of Wyatt’s newborn session. He is now two and running circles around me – which made this shoot even more fun. I just love their sweet little shots together – so much love.

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Big, big thank you to my friend Heidi at Our Labor of Love for yet another gorgeous set of photos for us to capture this special moment in our lives.

And, stay tuned tomorrow – I’m sharing Sawyers birth announcement with fabulous giveaway from Minted that you won’t want to miss!

Just when you think you know what pure joy looks like, try giving a 2-year old a push button to a Smilebooth camera and see what happens. smilebooth 3

While we were waiting for our Lovebug shoot at the sweet kids store, seed factory here in Atlanta, Heidi and the lovely ladies at Our Labor of Love let the kiddos play in front of the camera and have more fun than I ever could have imagined. I can’t wait to see the full Lovebug shoot photos of my sweet little guy and his most favorite Jellycat tiger.

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Baby Girl Pregnant

They say with baby #2 you’re more laid back about the details. With less than three weeks to go before we meet our baby girl, by now I would have had my hospital bag packed, nursery complete down to the finishing touches and baby clothes all washed, folded and hung in all of their tiny glory. This time around, not so much the case …. but we’re getting there!

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So thankful to friend & my favorite photographer, Heidi for capturing these sweet belly shots so we could have some actual record that I actually carried this sweet girl for 9 months. You know, as opposed to the weekly numbered belly shots I took when I was pregnant with Wyatt.

Excited to meet our sweet girl – and to share all the fun things we have coming up with you – newborn shots, nursery & toddler room reveals & more!

gilded girls nursery We are anxiously awaiting our baby girl’s arrival, and less than half way to go we are busy searching for the perfect name and nursery to welcome her into the world!

It’s been quite some time since I’ve put my girlie-girl hat on. Converting our “boys-boy” nursery into a special nook for a baby girl takes a total mindset shift. But, a challenge I’m up for any day. I love the classics, not overly frilly, but there is something so feminine about a truly vintage and glamorous setting. I decided the theme for our baby girls nursery will be gilded. With washes of worn white, touches of gold, a bit of whimsy and touches of blush.

And so, I hope you enjoy the style board of pieces I’ve collected for inspiration. Would love your input on favorite finds that might be a perfect fit in a golden and gilded newborn nursery!

Gilded styleboard finds :

Malibu Chandelier / ABC gilt wood letters / Vine carved oval mirror / Jellycat goat / Metallic gold brush pillow / Personalized crown rocking chair / Millbrook Iron Crib / Wild Things knit crown / Metallic suede & hemp rug

Did you know that September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month? Most people “go pink” each October to support Breast Cancer Awareness, a wonderful cause, but I find that few people know much about “going gold” in September.

Less than 2% of federal funding supports cancers affecting children – this is a staggering statistic. And, more so than past years since having my own little kiddo last November, it truly puts things into even greater perspective than before. Wyatt has been sick with a cold or had a fever in the last 9-months, and as a parent you do feel that all you want to do is make them feel better.  I truly can’t even imagine how helpless a feeling it must be for your own child to have cancer. We must help to find a cure so others don’t have to experience this terrible disease.

I’d like to take a minute to help spread awareness for the kids this month to support one of my favorite non-profit organizations, CURE Childhood Cancer. The team at CURE is simply amazing and passionate as can be, and I have had the pleasure of working with them over the last six years. Take a minute today to click over to their site and read the stories of their CURE Kids, each affected by childhood cancer. Read their stories, donate to a child, or donate to CURE.

Another way you can help this month is by making a purchase at IceMilk Aprons. Enter CUREChildhoodCancer as the promo code at checkout and we will donate 25% of the proceeds to CURE Childhood Cancer. Another way to help is by helping to tweet awareness, such as “I’m spreading awareness for @CUREChildCancer during #ChildhoodCancer Awareness Month http://bit.ly/1iDIm8 ” or do a post on your own blog to support childhood cancer awareness.

Cheers to spreading awareness this month for the kids!

like commemorating any special event, our first child is one we will do just as meaningfully as any other. i was on the hunt for the perfect gift for my mother & mother-in-law who threw a baby shower for me this past weekend. our parents have been doing so much for us to prepare,  in all the excitement as we await our little boy.

i adore the simple, classic, Southern tradition of the silhouette, but of course we will have to wait on that one for a bit {hard to do before he’s born, you know ..}. the stackable 1,2,3 and a,b,c rings i am just obsessed with – simple and easy to add to as your family grows, but i decided that i loved this more as a gift idea for a new mom {ie: me!} than as grandma gifts. and so, i settled on the vintage-inspired initial charms that each grandma can use however they please to commemorate their grandson and his new name. i think they are just darling and i’m so happy with the find.

i wanted to find a gift that would be as special and memorable as the shower itself, and also one that would play to a little surprise we were planning for the shower. we have been working to find the perfect name for our little guy, and 8 months later we have finally found it. and so, we used the shower as the perfect time to surprise our parents, family & friends by revealing his name. but, more on that tomorrow!

what other gift ideas have you seen or given as a baby shower thank you, or for grandparents to be?

images via: catbird jewelry / charm & chain / gibson lane studio / layla grayce

it’s never too early for your first heirloom! the very first baby gift i received came from my mom { besides the actual gift of our baby-to-be of course! } and was this absolutely adorable little piggy pewter spoon.

this was the perfect little gift for our little guy, one he’ll cherish for years to come i am certain. being that i am a huge lover of pewter, instead of registering for china for our wedding { i am lucky to have a set of grandma’s and nana’s china } we registered instead for pewter serving pieces. and the little pig on the spoon was just too cute for a feeding spoon, don’t you think?

and, ironically i was fortunate to have met the folks at beehive at the last gift show in Atlanta too. i simply love their matching pewter cup as well, how darling? i have several tiny sterling cups that were passed down from both sides of my family, which i can only assume were baby heirlooms at one point in time as well.

and, so i got on a little piggy kick, because really they are just too cute. another heirloom option that i’m loving is the piggy bank. making a perfect gift for baby, or for a 1st birthday, encouraging good fortune and good habits early on. i adore these two twists on a traditional bank, the glass and the gold make for quite a statement, even for the littlest of people.

what was your first heirloom?

images via: beehive kitchenware co. / viva terra / areawear

at this point, i’m 11 short weeks away from welcoming our new baby boy into the world and you can say the nesting has certainly set in.

we were fortunate to have a slow weekend and spent some time in the nursery, getting a few things hung and prepared. as you know by now, i’m a lover of all things neutral and have a certain affinity for things with a storied past.  i’ve been working from this styleboard for some time now to transform his tiny room into something a little throwback, but something that was filled with all things a little boy would love. not just one theme, but a haven of little boy activities – from football to baseball, hunting & fishing, animals to music, wood & iron and all things in between. if he is anything like his mommy & daddy, he will certainly try his hand at a variety of activities and i am hopeful that this will be the perfect place to start him off!

i am simply swooning over the collection from rh baby & child {and don’t even get me started on the great big design book that Restoration Hardware so graciously filled my mailbox with …}. we chose to go with a few pieces from the tate collection, because really who can resist “dove grey?” but my favorite piece of all is the oh-so-vintage crib that we found, you would swear i was made from the pieces of my own iron bed i had growing up! i am also absolutely in love with the matteo bedding at Layla Grace { which i do believe happens to be 20% off currently } – the loomstate vintage linen bedding simply cannot be beat.

more to come as more is done …. but be sure to send any finds or ideas my way!

images via : Layla Grayce / rh baby & child / west elm

Did you know that September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month?

One of my clients is CURE Childhood Cancer, an amazing non-profit organization dedicated to finding a cure for childhood cancer in our lifetime. They are a tireless team dedicated to the cause and have done so many amazing things over the years to make this dream more and more a reality than ever before. This year I am thrilled to be actively participating as a blogger in the CURE Community, helping to raise awareness and get others involved in helping CURE.

And, with our little baby boy on the way, it has an even deeper and more personal meaning that it ever has before. One thing I’d like to pass down to him is the gift of doing good for others in the world when you have the opportunity to do so.

This month, CURE is sharing stories and honoring children who have been touched by childhood cancer each day in September as part of their 3rd annual CURE’s Kids Conquer Cancer One Day at a Time. In their first two years of the program, CURE has honored over 150 children and raised nearly $400,000 to help fight childhood cancer.

I hope you’ll take a minute to pop over and read some of these truly amazing stories. This year myself, my husband and our little-boy-to-be are teaming up to raise $1,000 to support one of the CURE Kids – Kylie Seiz. You can click over to read more about why we’re getting involved and learn more about her personal story too.

What is “I Support CURE’s Kids?”
The idea for “I Support CURE’s Kids” began as a way for friends in the blogging community (do I count as a “mommy blogger” yet?) to help show their support for CURE Childhood Cancer during the month of September.

An amazing group of bloggers has agreed to “donate” a blog post during the month of September to help spread awareness for CURE Childhood Cancer, as well as a spot on their blog for the “I Support CURE’s Kids” blog badge. Some of my amazing  friends (Wendy at Layla Grayce, Laura at Scholz Communications, Stacy at InkSpot Workshop, Courtney at Pizzazzerie, Kelly & Amy at Swoozie’s, Joni at Lay Baby Lay, and Pam & Melissa at Project Nursery …  the list goes on … THANK YOU!) have generously agreed to take part.  I hope you will consider doing so on your own blog, too!

Click here to view our current list of blogger friends in the CURE Community, or to learn more about getting involved.

I Support CURE’s Kids Blogger Raffle

And, as a little extra fun, some of these amazing folks, among many other bloggers, business owners & companies have donated some FABULOUS products and services that moms & kids will simple ADORE for CURE’s “I Support CURE’s Kids Blogger Raffle.” You can get in on the goods for as little as $10 (which all goes directly to support CURE) – click here to view the list of raffle items that you could win! You will even see a little something special in there from my own IceMilk Aprons – so be sure to get a ticket or two for your shot at our new Mother & Daughter gift package!

Thank you for your support this month, more to come! You can join in to raise awareness by joining CURE Childhood Cancer on Facebook and Twitter (@curechildcancer) too!

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