How To Survive First Month with Baby – Part 1


Way to go mama! You gave birth to a beautiful baby and you’re ready to bring them home! Up until now you’ve had endless nurses and hospital staff give you some pointers about breastfeeding, how to bathe your baby, and loads of other helpful things. This will be greatly appreciated by any first time mother.

But once you’ve come home, you’ll notice within a few days how much more difficult it can be to take care of this new person in your life, along with taking care of yourself.

There really are two sides to what makes that first month with your baby a challenge. Firstly is to meet his or her needs. At first it may seem like all baby does is sleep and eat, but they quickly start developing interests and a personality. One that can be fussy and difficult to read.

The second part that makes it a challenge, mostly at the beginning, is mommy’s physical recovery. Nothing is more frustrating than when your baby is crying and you are in so much physical pain and soreness you can’t respond to it as quickly as you would like.

Therefore, I need two blog posts to cover everything! Today we start with what you need for baby. Also, here¬†some never shared before shots of Laurie’s first day home from the hospital! Enjoy.

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7 Things That Surprised Me During Pregnancy – GIVEAWAY


Before any girl gets pregnant, we already know some things that come with pregnancy. The cravings, the mood swings, the relentless urge to pee, etc. But there are a great many things that happen during pregnancy that no one really tells you about. True, every pregnancy experience varies from one person to another. But there were some things that happened to me that I found out afterwards (after checking on Google to make sure it was normal) was fairly common.

Before I share my unexpected pregnancy experiences, Viollaz Designs and Pursuing Lovely have teamed up for a giveaway! If you’re pregnant (or planning to get pregnant), you may be interested in what we have to offer! More info will be given at the end of the post!

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Beginners Guide to Starting a Blog


Got a blog name picked out? You’ve narrowed down your niche? Already tinkered with blogging before? If you’re ready to go beyond having a basic blog and want to start investing in a site that will help you establish yourself as a professional blogger, then let’s dive in!

I will break this down in easy step-by-step process so hopefully there is little to no confusion, and you’ll have your blog ready to go by the end!

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10 Reasons You Absolutely have to go to Cappadocia

Have you ever seen a photograph of a place that instantly captured your desire to travel and visit that location? That is how we came to visit Cappadocia, Turkey. You can probably imagine what the photo captured. The iconic landscape of the Cappadocia valleys, during the sunrise, with countless hot air balloons magically floating above.

While that view alone is a good enough reason to visit this ancient natural landscape, here are 10 reasons you absolutely must visit Cappadocia!

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Tips on Surviving Third Trimester – My Pregnancy Journey


It won’t be long into your third trimester that you will start missing some aspects of the second trimester! And, while the third trimester might be just as bad as the first, the anticipation and excitement of baby is at an all time high!

The hardest part of describing the third trimester is the fact that it is a total roller coaster ride of symptoms that come and go. And it’s hard to know how long the symptoms will last and when, or if, they will come back.

Still, there are some typical things you will likely go through that I’ve listed below. I do my best to offer ways to help deal and alleviate the discomfort, but be sure to always consult your healthcare provider.

Also, I’m featuring some shots from our maternity shoot in the snow! The photos turned out beautiful, thanks to our incredible photographer Neffi Bergen! Perfect wintery shoot for a winter baby! Alright, let’s get started.

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Packing a Hospital Bag – What to Bring For Mom, Dad & Baby

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I’m now 38 weeks pregnant, and I feel like baby girl could arrive any day now! So I’m making sure my hospital bag is as packed as possible. Using a checklist, I’ll make sure either myself or my husband can remember any last minute stuff to throw in before we head off to meet baby girl!

Now before I show you what I am packing, here are some things to take into consideration as you pack yours!

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10 Things That Helped Me During Pregnancy


While pregnancy is a time of excitement, anticipation and joy, let’s face it, it’s also a time of yuck! There’s nausea, upset stomach, heartburn, stretch marks and more! But that doesn’t mean there aren’t some simple products, services and items that can help take the edge off and make pregnancy a smoother ride.

Along with sharing what has helped me during my pregnancy, I have teamed up with a local spa business to throw a giveaway contest! Keep reading until the end for the instructions on how to participate!

*There may be some affiliate links. You can read my disclosure here.

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New Years in Paris – What We Did

Last year we explored Europe once again for the Christmas holidays, and we decided to finish off in Paris! This was our second visit to Paris as a couple, so I was eager to hit up some of the places we missed our first time that I really wanted Wayne to see. This was also my second New Years in the city of lights! It was a wonderful little stay, full of great food, shopping and sight-seeing of course!

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What to REALLY Get for Your Baby – Moms Share their Thoughts


As a mom-to-be, with my first child, I know how overwhelming it can be to prepare for baby. Living in a materialistic world with constant advertising, it almost seems like one needs to buy a new house for all the baby things we apparently need!

It can make registering for baby a bit dizzying. But after much research, talking with other parents, including my own, I’ve been able to wrap my head around what are essentials for my baby, what is nice to have, and what is truly frivolous.

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Letting Go of Control – Surrendering To Peace

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A month ago, we talked about how the illusion of control causes stress, anger, and anxiety among other things. There is a reason we are told multiple times in the Bible to surrender control to God. One of the side effects of letting go is joy and happiness. This is even physcologically backed up, because we understand better that there are a great deal of things in life that we cannot control, and breaking away from the disillusion frees us from a twisted false reality.

So, we know letting go of control is good for us and we know that God is someone we can trust completely. So what is stopping us from truly surrendering to Him? Because, remember, we aren’t called to surrender some, or even most to God. No, we are called to surrender ALL to God. It is one thing to listen to the GPS and follow it’s directions, another to let someone else take the steering wheel completely! Yet, without true and complete surrender to God, we will never fully experience the soul-comforting peace that only He can give.

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