Maternity Photos for Bump #2

So this weekend we had a little photoshoot with Gina of Gina Marie Photography. She is a friend and a local Philly photographer so I was excited when our schedules were able to coordinate for some bump photos. I’ve worked with Gina before – she did Brooks’ 4.5 Month Photos as well as a photoshoot with my husband’s family down the shore {Brinktastic!}

brick bump

I was excited to do another maternity photoshoot. I had so much fun with our last one when I was pregnant with Brooks,  check out the Family Maternity Shoot as well as my Feel Beautiful During Pregnancy Photoshoot {which is a little more scandalous & I’m sort of obsessed with these photos!}

park kiss

This maternity photoshoot was obviously different because we have a 1.5 year old in tow – he is wild & crazy, loves to run around {especially outside} and is pretty unpredictable for photos. I’m sure pretty much all 1.5 year old little ones are the same!


We took our maternity photos in the park around Carpenter’s Hall, which is by the Independence Mall in Philadelphia. It was the perfect little spot because there were so many different backgrounds for us to stroll around in and take pictures.

bump love

But having our little man there obviously made everything way more fun. It was great to include him in these photos –  and I know we are going to look back at these pictures and smile at our last few weeks as a family of three.


Here are a few of my favorites from the photoshoot!

bump smile

my outfit details: dress / earrings / rings / shoes / lipstick

Brooks’ outfit details: shirt / shorts / shoes / hat
color columnbrotherlovepark bumpwheebenchloveoh heybelly buttonswingcowboy
signature hat kissy benchin willow us kiss black white black and white bumpbrick brinks
column yoga brother family fam rail mom love light walk floral bump


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Special Delivery: Stitch Fix + Push Pack

So if you’ve been reading the blog for a while now, you know that I am a HUGE lover of Stitch Fix. I’ve sort of been on the Stitch Fix bandwagon since just about the beginning – hello, personal shopping delivered to my door? I’m in! – so when they launched the new maternity line, I was so excited to jump on board!

Psst – get caught up on all my Stitch Fix posts here!

Sadly, I’ve taken a break the past few months from getting Fixes – and I’ve been missing them like WOAH! But it just didn’t make sense to get more maternity clothes when I already had what I needed from baby #1 + a few purchases to spruce up my spring/summer baby bump wardrobe.

So, while I’ve been patiently waiting for baby #2 to make his arrival, I’ve also been counting down the days until I can order my next Fix!

special delivery

Crazy, maybe? But hey – I love to shop!

Today I wanted to share with you a special delivery that showed up at my door this week from my friends at Stitch Fix. This just goes to show you what an amazing company they are – they knew I was expecting #2 and wanted to send a little treat for mama + babe!

fix baby

How cute is this little onesie + tote! I can’t wait to see my little man in it!

They also included a few new {to me!} pacifiers + teethers, which look all sorts of awesome for the little babe.


For me, they sent along this gorgeous gold necklace which is totally my style. I can’t wait to wear it!


But I think the star of the show would HAVE to be the Push Pack!

push pack

I have NEVER heard about this bad boy before, but I am SO GLAD I now know about it because it is hands down, without a doubt, all sorts of awesome!

labor bag

This adorable little green bag is pre-packed for the hospital – just for mom! It literally has everything you could ever need or want during your labor + delivery stay in the hospital. Having gone through this whole labor thing before, I know a little bit about what to expect this time around and the Push Pack totally nailed it!
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Included in the bag: Lather® body wash, shampoo, conditioner, lotion and facial soap, makeup remover wipe, shave cream, razor, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant wipes, Motherlove® nipple cream, breast pads, Earth Mama Angel Baby® bottom balm, natural lip balm, comb, hair band, nail file, disposable underwear, maxi pads, thank you cards, note pad, snacks, mints, lollypop, playing cards, pen, Cutest Baby Ever sticker from Stickybellies.

Seriously, everything {and a little more!} you could ever need in the perfect travel size!


I’m so excited to just throw this in my hospital bag and be good to go!

Such an awesome shower gift for any first time mom, or just a great little surprise for any mom getting ready to welcome a new little babe into the world!

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This isn’t in any way a sponsored post for Push Pack, I just thought my mamas + mama-to-be readers out there would be interested in learning about it – because I was pretty impressed with it!

I was pretty impressed with Stitch Fix as well for showering me with a little treat this week – I totally needed it!


Now it’s your turn to share – 

What’s your #1 must-have in your hospital bag?

fix push pack

Thanks Stitch Fix for the extra special love <3!


Don’t forget to enter my Lakeshore Learning Giveaway!



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Friday Favorites: Stella + Dot Fall Collection

Happy Friday!

It’s been a crazy week for me over here. As I mentioned before, we cleaned out Brooks’ new big boy room – including the mattress & guest bed which I sold last night. Woohoo! So now it’s just a big empty room, waiting to be turned into a perfect little space for my little gentleman. I must admit, I’m all sorts of excited to shop & decorate!

Anyone have any good suggestions as to where to shop for furniture + decor for toddler boys?

We will likely be spending most of our weekend doing that, because I’ve been nesting like a champ over here. But aside from that, I had to share with you today my new obsessions from the Stella + Dot Fall collection.  It just came out this week and I’m pretty much in love with it all – black + white with pops of jade/turquoise are totally my jam, especially on gold!

Here are a few of my favorite picks from the new Fall collection. And just as a heads up, over 1/2 the line is under $50 so there’s something for every price point! Let me know if you have any questions and I hope you like my picks!


Fall Favorites

one / two / three / four / five / six / seven / eight / nine


What’s your favorite Fall accessory?

Please share!


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Check it out to win a $50 gift card!


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Lakeshore Learning Giveaway

So sorry for the lack of post yesterday! My parents came up to visit and for the past two days we have been nesting, cleaning, organizing, purging. We’ve been doing it ALL! I’ve successfully managed to clean out my guest bedroom, which was filled with all MY clothes {yes, I have way too many!} and organize everything in our master bedroom – since we are in the process of turning the guest bedroom into Brooks’ new room. I was a very crazy + exhausting two days, but we did it and I feel really good about where we are now! Now it’s the fun part – time to shop for Brooks’ new room! Woohoo!

Now it’s back to business! Today’s giveaway, which I had planned for yesterday, but life {as mentioned above!} got in the way – so I apologize for the delay.  As mentioned before, I have been selected to be a part of the Lakeshore Learning Ready, Set, Summer Ambassador program! This involved some really strenuous + exhausting work that included Brooks + I testing out some new toys {catch my sarcasm?} Two of our favorite Lakeshore Learning toys include the Gear Builder Starter Set and the Giant Roller Ramps –  Both of which, Brooks is obsessed with and plays with all.the.time.

alphabet locks

Today I wanted to share with you another toy we got to try out -> Learning Locks – Just like the other two toys we have tried, this is defiantly something Brooks is going to grow with. But for right now, it’s perfect to talk letters and sounds – and he LOVES playing with the locks and keys.

m lock

The set showcases upper and lowercase letters. Your little one just simply has to choose a key and match it to the letter or to the picture on the lock—when they make a successful match, the key will turn and the lock will open for instant reinforcement! You get 26 locks & 26 keys in the set.


This and all the Lakeshore Learning activities are perfect for rainy days, days when it’s too hot to go outside or just when I am really feeling my baby bump and want to hang out at home for the day. But for more fun activities you can also check out the  Summer Learning Hub – which includes a pretty cool crafts for kids calendar! deep thought

Want to score some Lakeshore Learning amazingness for yourself + your little one to enjoy this summer? Up for grabs is a $50 eGift Card to Lakeshore Learning – so you can pick out your favorite product to enjoy!

Leave a comment letting me know your favorite rainy day activity + enter the rafflecopter below

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Giveaway ends Sunday, July 26th / Winner will be notified via email .

And if you want to check out Lakeshore Learning for yourself, be sure to use this 20% off coupon (expires 8/31/15):

science tools

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