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7 baby gifts sure to be a new parents favorite

     Baby showers are a great way for new parents to not only celebrate a new addition but also a great way for new parents to receive the things they need for their baby. However, sometimes those baby showers end up with them receiving way to many of the same things. I have complied a list of my favorite unique gifts that are not bound to be repeats.   As many of you know, I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl back in January. Since that time we have bought and worked with so many small shops and also found a few treasures in big box stores that we absolutely love. Each one of these gifts are either regularly used in our home or will be saved for years! I do not profit from these recommendations at all- just simply things that I love and want to share! 1. Swaddles and Baby gowns from Scallywag Baby Co      I know what you are thinking- You have a million blankets. but these swaddles are different. They are the absolute first thing I reach for everytime I need a blanket, a
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Sarah & Mike- The mountain peak proposal

   My husband and I have started a bucket list. We want to make it to all the National Parks in our life. We started off with our first being Arches National Park on the way from California to our newest home in Maryland. We knew we wanted to knock out the majority of the East Coast parks while we are living here for the next few years. Our first one? Shenandoah National Park. Now, I'll admit that I had never actually heard of this park, but our very first trip was breathtaking. I was and still am in awe of that park. Our very first trip there, we were joined by some lifelong friends of my husband who live in Virginia Beach. We decided it was a perfect middle point to meet for a day of hiking.    Being surrounded by the beautiful scenery, waterfalls, mountains, and fauna, I obviously knew I needed to shoot here. Who else to shoot than the couple that accompanied us to the park the very first time. After mentioning the idea to Sarah and getting the okay from Mike- we set in mot

Get Dressed- Not Stressed: A Photographers guide to shopping for family photos.

   The other day, at a playgroup, another mom told me the reason she does not get family photos done.                                  "I just don't know how to dress my family."     That is something I never really struggled with so I'm not going to lie- I could not even imagine holding off on capturing special memories simply for the inability to choose outfits. But that conversation really opened my eyes. This is something that a lot of moms and dads struggle with. So many want those pinterest perfect family portraits and don't want to ruin that by choosing the wrong clothing. I promise though- It's not as daunting as it may seem. With just a few tips I am hoping I can make family portraits something to look forward to instead of something to dread shopping for.      #1- Coordinate, don't match.       The first thing that comes to a lot of peoples minds, especially in the older generations, is that everyone should match. You know those

From the beginning- My very first blog post

    About 4 years ago, I was kind of "lost". I didn't really have a direction in where I was headed in life- but I was working long hours in a retail job and hating almost every minute of it. Let's start with high school. I will admit, I am not someone who is very "smart" in a traditional school sense. Core subjects were very difficult for me and I struggled to keep up in the majority of my classes. I worked A LOT- way more than any high schooler with a full load of classes should. But creative outlets have always been my strong suit. I filled any openings in my schedules with Choir, theatre, art, design, and any other class I could possibly weasel myself into.     Out of high school, I didn't know what exactly it was I wanted to do. At that time, I figured the best way to make sure I was financially secure and to whatever I decided (when I did) would be to join the military. Unfortunately, I did not graduate from basic training- which is still a very e