It’s a…

We decided to do something a little different with this baby being our last, and do a gender reveal. With the girls we just found out in the ultrasound room, but this time we had the ultrasound tech put it in an envelope instead. I then took the envelope to my mom who wrote the company, Poof There It Is, to order our gender revealing basketball. (thanks mom!)

Sunday morning, we all rolled out of bed at the crack of dawn to film our gender reveal. Filming it just as the sun is coming up is the best time as the light isn’t harsh and you can get the “golden hour” light. (All I know is it was earrrrrly and cold, but the lighting in the video is perfect–Thanks Liz) So we put on our boots & coats, covered our unwashed hair with hats, and ventured out to our basketball court to film in the 30 degree weather.

Garth and Adelyn were team girl while Emery and I were team boy! Adelyn had her heart set on another sister and if you asked Emery what the baby was going to be she wouldn’t even hesitate when she replied “boy”.  Emery cried almost the whole reveal (because she hates the cold), and Adelyn’s face was priceless as she watched the color explode from the ball. (Not quite the color she was hoping for…) However, the video is more than I could have every hoped for and imagined in sharing the news with our family and friends!

We are just over the moon excited that we will be welcoming a little boy into our family. And Garth is thrilled that he won’t be AS out-numbered.

A huge THANK YOU to Liz Osban Photography for capturing another beautiful video of our family and to Poof There It Is for the fun gender revealing basketballs!

xx

19 & 20 Week Bumpdate

Okay, I blinked and I’m half-way there! Say what?!?! We had our gender reveal Sunday and I can’t wait to share soon! I’ve been feeling SO much better which makes enjoying my last pregnancy so much more enjoyable!

Due Date: April 25th

How far along: 20 weeks (21 tomorrow!)

Size of baby: 6 1/2 inches and 10 1/2 ounces, current status is the size of a banana

Total weight gain: 7 lbs.

Maternity clothes:

I’ve been shopping Pink Blush a lot lately! I just got a pair of jeans and I will let you know how I love them next week! ALSO! Amazon has some cute items– I just bought this dress in three different colors for some upcoming Christmas parties!

Stretch marks: yep!

Sleep: Awesome thanks to this pillow!

Best moment of the week:

Our gender reveal! Can’t wait to share!

Miss anything: Not really!

Movement: yes all day long!

Food cravings: BLT’s and bagels (I’m noticing a pattern of lots of carbs…)

Anything making you queasy or sick: Taking my multi-vitamins and eating anything too greasy

Have you started to show yet: Oh yea!!!

Gender: Sharing very soooooon!!!!

Labor signs: Nope.

Belly button in or out: in

Wedding rings on or off: On

Happy or moody most of the time: Happy!

Looking forward to:  Starting to plan out the nursery!

xx

Holiday Party Invitations with Basic Invite

I can’t believe we are only a couple week from Christmas! I thought it would be fun to share about a company that makes the most fun and festive holiday invites for you to send for any upcoming Christmas parties or even New Year’s! We always host a New Year’s party with family and friends so I am planning on using Basic Invite to order the invitations this year! (The ring in the New Year one is my favorite!) Below I’m sharing a few ideas for any your upcoming holiday party invites and why I think you should check out Basic Invite

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Almost Unlimited ColorsBasic Invite is one of the few websites that has unlimited color options with instant previews online. Once you select a design you can change the color of each element on the card to over 180 different color options so you can make sure the card is exactly how you want it down to the littlest detail.

Custom SamplesBasic Invite is one of the few websites that you can order a printed sample of your actual invitation so you can see exactly how it will print as well as the paper quality– even before you place your final order!

Address Capturing ServiceBasic Invite also offers an address capturing service that allows you to simply share a link on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, to request your friends and family’s addresses! The addresses then will be stored in your account and can then be selected during the design process. Basic Invite offers recipient address printing at no cost on all Christmas card orders.

Foil – Foil holiday cards are available in gold, silver, and rose gold. Customers can choose flat or raised foil on all of Basic Invite’s foil designs. (I seriously love getting and giving cards with foil–so pretty!)

AND right now Basic Invite you can get 30% off your order with coupon code: holi30

If you are in need of Christmas cards, invitations, graduation cards, baby or wedding announcements– I hope that you take a look at Basic Invite and all they have to offer!

(This post was sponsored by Basic Invite however, all opinions are completely my own and I always make sure to only share companies with you that I truly love myself!)

xx

17 & 18 Week Bumpdate

I can hardly believe that I am getting close to almost being half-way through my pregnancy! I am currently 19 weeks but have been so busy lately that I am finally just getting around to posting my 17 & 18 week update.

The last two weeks have been a bit rough around our household. We all got the stomach flu and then right after the girls got an awful cold. After many nights of soup, loads of laundry, and two trips to the doctor, I think we are all on the mend to health.

Next week we find out the gender and I am SO excited! I thought the girls were both boys but this pregnancy has been so different than the last I am making the same guess and saying boy. (knowing it will probably be a girl!)

Due Date: April 25th

How far along: 19 weeks

Size of baby: 6 inches and 8 1/2 ounces, current status is the size of an heirloom tomato

Total weight gain: 7 lbs.

Maternity clothes:

Wearing most of my normal tops but using the bella band around my pants but I bought some new maternity jeans during the black Friday sale. I got these and these.

Stretch marks: yep!

Sleep: great! I just need to go to bed earlier! Looking forward to sleeping in this weekend.

Best moment of the week:

Feeling the baby for the first time and starting the countdown to Christmas!

Miss anything: my pants fitting

Movement: yes! The day after I had the stomach flu I felt the baby move! Best feeling every after being kind of nervous about the baby being okay.

Food cravings: BLTs,  Special K cereal, strawberries, and cheeseburgers

Anything making you queasy or sick: Taking my multi-vitamins and this terrible taste I get in my mouth every night after dinner. Brushing my teeth seems to help but it’s awful!

Have you started to show yet: Yes!

Gender: Find out next Thursday!

Labor signs: Nope.

Belly button in or out: in

Wedding rings on or off: On

Happy or moody most of the time: both- its been a long week

Looking forward to:  Finding out the baby’s gender and possibly doing a fun gender reveal!

Christmas Gift Guide for Kids

I can’t believe it’s already time to start Christmas shopping! I feel like I blinked and 2017 is already coming to a close! I had so much fun shopping for the girls this year and thought I would share a few of their gifts to hopefully help give you ideas. We have decided to keep Christmas a bit small this year and try out the “one thing to read, one thing to wear, one thing they want and one thing they need” gift giving style. This is not including their Santa gift, but it truly was fun trying to get creative for each category.

About a month ago, I cleaned closets and their playroom. We donated more than half of their toys. We kept things like their baby dolls, dress-up clothes, puzzles/games, a few favorite stuffed animals, sport/bouncy balls, and a couple other favorite toys. Just clearing out toys that weren’t being touched has made clean-up so much easier and they have never played more with the remaining toys than before. So this year for the “thing to wear” we got them each a Disney princess costume, ” thing to read” we bought them cookbooks with a cooking kit/apron (I love giving themed gifts), “thing they need” we did a science experiment kit and a butterfly growing kit (linked below), and for “thing they want” we are giving Emery a doll house filled with the Maileg mice and Adelyn a camera with “camera bag” and a photo album to hold her photos. I linked a few other gift ideas below- I hope it helps inspire gift ideas for your kiddos!

doll house // twin mice // big sister mouse // doll house kitchen // doll house bed 

camera bag // Instax camera // Instax photo album

campfire // Moonlite projector // pink sleeping bag // tent // floral sleeping bag

cooking kit // pizza cookbook // taco cookbook // chef hat // apron 

play vacuum // cleaning set // dust, sweep, mop set

pancake game // sneaky squirrel game // science kit // growing butterflies kit 

firehouse set // train track // silver race car

I will be posting gift guides for “him and her” soon!

To see other great children’s gift guides head to these other amazing motherhood blogs to get more ideas!

Jordan & Co Blog 

The Love Designed Life 

Cultivated Motherhood 

Occasionally Perfect 

Steph Pollock

 

We are expecting!! {A 15/16 Week Bump Update}

I am SO excited to be back to blogging! I have taken the last couple of months off from blogging because we are expecting our third baby! We are over the moon excited and a little anxious, as we will now be officially outnumbered. I have been extremely sick this pregnancy, even more than with the girls. I was feeling really good until about 8 weeks and then it hit me hard. This wasn’t just morning sickness, it was feeling miserable all day– the worse time being at night. I was thankful for the worse being at night as I also work full-time as a teacher.

Right around 14 weeks I started to notice a little bit of change but the weeks before I had a hard time finding foods that I could stomach and just felt so tired all the time. I would have a really hard time because when I did find something that I could stomach, it would then make me completely nauseous the next day just thinking about eating it again.

There were a couple things I found to help me in the weeks that I felt sick that I thought I would share for any mamas out there going through the first-trimester:

  • A drop of peppermint oil in my water or the Young Living lip gloss that also has peppermint oil in it. When I was feeling on the verge of losing what I just ate I would apply the lip gloss and it would help curb the feeling of getting sick. (I sell Young Living if you are interested in these items, shoot me an email at Samantha@hellotinylove.com)
  • Keeping something in my stomach even when I didn’t feel like eat. Snack items such as nuts, Kind bars, yogurt, cheese sticks, and honestly anything that sounded remotely okay I would eat. It was when my stomach was empty when I would feel the worse.
  • Soda water, sprite, or ginger ale. Just bubbles from soda would help my upset stomach.
  • Saltine crackers
  • These preggie pops actually work okay. I would keep some at work and home. It helped at times when I just had a terrible taste in my mouth or having issues with acid.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar. I read somewhere online that vinegar actually helps with morning sickness but the weeks it was terrible there was no way I could even smell vinegar without wanting to get sick. So instead I ate pickles and honestly it worked. When I hit about 13 weeks, I started just mixing ACV with hot water, honey and a drop of lemon essential oil and not only did it help with my nights of feeling awful but also with my terrible acid that I was having.
  • Sea Bands – I had some of these from past cruises we have taken and I actually would wear this all day. Call me crazy, but it did help! (thanks to the mama who commented below and reminded me of this!)I have to be honest though, all of these suggestions would kind of help but overall it just took getting through my first trimester. I woke up on the first day of being 14 weeks and noticed an immediate difference. Even still at 17 weeks, I still am not back to myself like I was when I was pregnant with the girls by now, but I will say that everyday gets just a little bit better. SO if you are going through the worse of it right now, just know that it should get better soon. I wish I would have had someone to tell me this when I was in the thick of it, but hopefully this can encourage an expecting mama that is feeling like it’s never going to end.

Since I just hit 17 weeks yesterday, (I know my board says 16-I’m a little behind) but I thought it would be fun to start sharing a weekly bump update! I find it fun to see similarities and differences in pregnancy of other mamas who are also expecting.

Due Date: April 25th

How far along: 17 weeks

Size of baby: 5.1 inches and 5.9 ounces, current status is the size of a turnip

Total weight gain: 5lbs – I lost a little from being so sick.

Maternity clothes:

Living in these leggings and wanting to snag these jeans at the Black Friday sale!

Stretch marks: yes, same ones from my last two pregnancies!

Sleep: Sleeping 8 hours a night.

Best moment of the week: When Adelyn asked me how the baby was going to get out…

Miss anything: my pants fitting

Movement: not yet..maybe. I think when I lay down at night I can feel the baby but I’m not sure if it’s the baby or gas.

Food cravings: BLTs and Special K cereal.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Taking my multi-vitamins, anything too sweet, some smells will still catch me off guard like the fridge, and the granola cereal that I was eating like 5 bowls a day before I got pregnant!

Have you started to show yet: Yes! I feel like I’ve popped in the last week or so!

Gender: We find out in December!

Labor signs: Nope.

Belly button in or out: in

Wedding rings on or off: On

Happy or moody most of the time: Happy! But I think my hubby might say different at times…

Looking forward to:  All the holidays coming up and finding out the gender!

 

 

 

Summer of ’17

This summer was the absolute best. The girls are at such a fun age that we were able to go and do lots of things we haven’t done as a family before. Camping, two trips to Charleston, a visit to Magnolia Market, a Rockie’s game, lots of ice cream runs, mornings spent in the kiddie pool, smores on our patio, and our new favorite–watching movies with our outdoor theater. I feel like we checked off just about everything on our bucket list!

 If you have been following me for awhile, you know that I LOVE film. So once a year my friend Liz, makes a family video for us just to capture and remember the girls at different stages/ages of their life. As Garth and I were watching this video this evening, Garth commented how not only will these videos be treasured by us in the years to come, but how much the girls will love watching these as they grow older.

The weather was perfect most days which allowed us to use our patio more than we ever had before. While we may have gone and had some amazing adventures as a family this summer, our favorite days/nights were spent in our own backyard. Our home is our happy place, and I believe this video captures that perfectly.

Enjoy!

 Here are a couple other favorite captures from this summer!

Product links from the video:

“Go Outside” Sweatshirt

My shoes

The girls’ tennis shoes

Swimsuits

Wagon

Kite

Backpack Season

The girls’ back packs are mini Fawn Design bags that you can find here!

It’s back to school season! I head back to work as a teacher next week and then Adelyn starts her second her of preschool in September. I realize that many have already started back to school but when looking for a backpack for Adelyn I came across so many cute ones that I thought it would be fun to share a few! Below you can find links to backpacks for boys AND girls! Enjoy! one//two// three//four//five//six//seven

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Adelyn’s Mermaid Party

I still am pinching myself that I have a four-year-old. F O U R! We had so much fun celebrating her with a mermaid-themed party! She dreams of becoming a mermaid someday so just seeing her reaction to all of the decorations and her mermaid outfit was absolutely priceless.

Adelyn requested a party with lots of balloons and hotdogs and chocolate cake to eat– so that is exactly what we had. I hired a balloon twister, who was absolutely amazing and could make any character or animal the kids wanted. My dad grilled up some hotdogs and my amazing friend Mel, made her famous chocolate cake. Add in a some great friends and family, and we had an absolutely fun-filled day.

Adelyn was obsessed with her mermaid skirt and I had to beg her to take it off at the end of the night. I’m pretty sure she would wear it to bed every night if I let her. Recently, I caught her riding her bike in it–which goes to show you just how easy it is to move and play in it. I was so surprised to see how stretchy the skirt was, without losing the “mermaid look” of a skirt. Carken Design is kindly offering 20% off your next order with the code: HELLOTINYLOVE if you are in need of a mermaid skirt for your little girl OR even yourself! (Yes she makes adult sizes too!)

To complete her “mermaid look” she wore a coral tassel necklace from Gemma & Filo and a star crown from Willow Crowns. I loved how she matched the sweet little mermaid she received for her birthday.

Most of the shell-themed paper goods and party favors were from my friend, Hana’s shop – Hooray Everyday. Hana made all the little mermaids these fun woolie ball necklaces to add into their take-home bags. Hooray Everyday is my go-to shop for all things party and fun!

Other things that were in the party favor bags were these shell crowns I found on Etsy and I made starfish wands.

To make the starfish wands I bought these actual white starfish and these wooden dowels off of Amazon. I hot-glued the dowels to the starfish and then tied ribbons around the dowel. To secure the ribbon to the dowel, I just dabbed a little hot-glue on the back of the ribbon.

Her party decorations were simple but I think my favorite I have ever done. I filled large shells with flowers and spray painted a starfish light pink to all go on the dessert table. I also hung a large shell and put greenery around it to give it the effect of seaweed. I also found this “shell like” garland from the Land of Nod to hang on the table. I loved the color palette of it so much and knew I would reuse it in Adelyn’s room after the party. Last, I strung clear balloons with fishing wire and taped it to the wall to look like bubbles. I had so many questions on Instagram about how I made the seashell background. I bought this shell floaty from Target and spray painted it white! Super simple!

At the end of the day we asked her what her favorite part of the day was and she said it was her chocolate cake. And I would have to agree. Not only was it absolutely delicious, but it was so fun to decorate. My friend Mel and I have a little team effort going on with the girls’ birthday cakes. She bakes and frosts them (the most important part) and then I get to decorate. To decorate it, I bought this cake topper and then made sea glass candy to create a fun “ocean rock” or “mermaid scale” effect. Thank you again Mel for always making my girls the BEST cakes for their birthday!

She went on to mention after saying her cake was her favorite part, that she made the best wish ever. “Mama, I wished to become the most beautiful mermaid someday!”

Adelyn Kay, may you always dream big dreams and absolutely never give up on them. May you also always remember that you are brave, brilliant, and beautiful. Happy four my love.

 

Hello Tiny Love x Wunderkin

I am thrilled and completely humbled to be sharing this blog post. I have been working the last few months on designing a bow collection with Wunderkin Co. I started this blog a couple years ago just wanting to share in motherhood with other moms and life’s adventures with the girls. I am incredibly grateful for the other creatives, it has brought into my life and granted me the privilege to create and be inspired. Hillary, the owner of Wunderkin, is so motivating and inspirational, that working together with her has sparked a different side of creativity for me.  I am excited to see where I am led next and what doors may open!

This collection was inspired by my daughters, Adelyn & Emery. As a family, we love to travel and be outdoors, so when designing this collection I wanted it to be nature-inspired because that is where the girls are most in their element.

I can always guarantee that if we are anywhere with flowers, that Adelyn will be the first to stop and admire/smell the flowers. She likes to point out all the pink ones (her favorite color) and talk about differences in each one. This is why I named this beautiful, Liberty of London floral bow, the “Adelyn”. She is what represents a field of flowers most – dainty, cheerful, bold, and enchanting.

While Adelyn is admiring the flowers, I am usually chasing Emery trying to make sure she doesn’t pick them all… I love that my girls have such different personalities! This beautiful, dotted oversized school girl was named after her middle name, the “Jane”. I thought of her most when I saw this fabric because there isn’t a true pattern or rhythm to the dots on the bow. Emery dances to the beat of her own drum, and is such a silly, little free-spirt. She is playful, energetic, free-spirited, and joyous. Everything that this bow encompasses.

I chose a color palette that would reflect the beauty of the great outdoors while encompassing the hearts of our free little spirits. When envisioning this collection and the styled photoshoot, I knew that the blues of the “Adelyn” would stand out against the green scenery as well as the neutral colored “Jane” in the bright blue sky.

The “Adelyn”

The “Jane”

Cornflower blue school girls

What I love most about Wunderkin is what they stand for: “Hand-crafted, heirloom bows made with love to embolden your little one’s WUNDERment and join them on the great adventure of becoming exactly who they are meant to be.” Each and every bow is perfection and made to withstand all the exploring, play, and adventures that your tiny loves may do. Not to mention the absolute cutest accessory for any little girl!
d e t a i l s
Dresses: Wee Mondine
Photography: Griffith Imaging 
Thank you for your continued support and allowing me to share this collection with you.
“You belong among the wildflowers, you belong somewhere you feel free.” -Tom Petty