graduation family photos

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Ashley from Ashley Whitman Photography came down to Seattle for our family pictures, and I absolutely love them! She captured some images that I’ll treasure for the rest of my life. She was professional, yet fun, and made the experience enjoyable for my girls. She did such a wonderful job capturing standard family photos but also lots of candid images that show us naturally and how we interact which I love love love! I 100% recommend her to everyone in Washington, she is amazing - just look at the photos!

Outfit details at the bottom! (The shoes gave me bloody blisters which is why I ditched them halfway through hah *nervous laugh*. 

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Location was The University of Washington main campus.

My dress: Francescas (my dress was out of stock but, here's a similar one)

Madelyn’s dress: Old Navy (Also out of stock, but here's a similar one)

Roslyn’s dress: Zara

Roslyn’s baby turban: Scarlett Baby Boutique

Josh shirt: Old Navy

Josh pants: Target

labor day in the carolinas

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This past Labor Day weekend we flew out to the Carolina’s to visit my family. Why did I travel across the country when I’m 34 weeks pregnant, you ask? Well, we hadn’t been to my parents house in nearly two years, UW dental program apparently hates their students and forces them to go year-round (that’s right, no summer break for poor Joshy!) so there’s never a long break where we can just fly across the country for a week. AND this would probably be the last chance to fly over there until Josh graduates in June.

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UW Dental Program had a faculty retreat Thursday, and then Josh was able to take Friday off and with Monday being Labor Day we saw this as the perfect opportunity to brave a cross-country flight with a toddler and come out for a few days. 

 ^^^ Yay for pregnancy making my face swell up!!  -_-

^^^ Yay for pregnancy making my face swell up!!  -_-

Of course I didn’t look up the requirements for flying until the day we left. Apparently you’re allowed to fly until 36 weeks (cutting it a little close), but you need a doctor’s note from 28 weeks on. I decided to wear a baggy sweater and put on my resting b*tch face so no one would ask how far along I am – and it worked!

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We had a jam packed weekend with fun and lots of good food. (Why is it that no food is better than your parents’?) Plus one of my sisters drove down from Ohio to surprise me with her family, which was the greatest surprise ever! This was our first time visiting that Madelyn was old enough to really play with her cousins and she had a blast, it was a constant toddler party. (Madelyn is the 9th grandkid on my family's side, and this baby will be the 12th!).

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My parents live on top of a mountain and they have a ton of land, with a small peach orchard, huge garden, and hiking trails. They’re also installing a fire pit and massive play set outside. When they moved from Colorado to South Carolina they planned to move into their perfect retirement house, which is quickly becoming the house of every grandchild's dream. I wish I was young enough to run around their property and feel the type of magic and wonder you only feel when you're a kid. 

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So here are a few photos of M and I outside my parents house, playing and exploring while awkwardly taking photos in front of a bunch of worker dudes that were installing the playground. And huge shout-out to that kimono from Pink Blush that I am obsessed with! Here’s the link to it. Pink Blush’s kimonos are my absolute favorite, some are bright and colorful like this one, but they also have more neutral color ones. Basically pick your poison and they'll have it *two thumbs up*.   Also, here’s a link to my maternity shorts which are also from Pink Blush.

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Big thank you to Pink Blush for sending the products for me to review on my blog! You guys are my absolute favorite. 

 ^^^ My parents' peach orchard and garden

^^^ My parents' peach orchard and garden

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milk snob review + giveaway

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The first time I heard of Milk Snob was about 2 years ago, right after Madelyn graduated to a convertible car seat and stopped nursing in public. I was so disappointed I didn’t have a Milk Snob cover with her because they seemed SO handy, and I vowed that with my next baby I would get one. Ironically I kept hoping for another baby girl just so I could get the “Hampton Rose” car seat cover (which is the one I now have - pictured above, YAY!!).

On the rare occasion that Madelyn was sleeping while we were out and about I’d cover her car seat with a light muslin blanket. I can’t even tell you how many times I’d be walking through the parking lot and the wind would blow the blanket off the car seat and onto the cement. Or how many times I’d be putting the seat in a shopping cart or in the car and the blanket would once again slide off and onto the filthy ground. And let’s not even get into how many times people would (without asking) take the blanket off my car seat to see the baby inside, apparently they think if it’s that easily removable then it’s no big deal to do so. Not going to lie though, after having a child I loooove looking at tiny babies, all the nostalgia makes my heart skip a beat. But I would never look into a covered car seat, especially without asking – just sayin!

I LOVE that Milk Snob’s covers tightly fit around the car seat so there’s no way it will fly off and I don’t have to worry about putting a dirty blanket that just fell on the ground on my baby. I also love that there’s a slight slit on top so I can check on baby by peering inside without disrupting baby/completely removing the cover.

And what I’m MOST excited about is using it as a nursing cover. Once again, with Madelyn I just used a blanket that after she turned 2 months old, she’d kick off while nursing. After spending way too much time going back to my hot car to nurse my baby I finally decided to nurse without a cover. I very strongly believe that no one should have to cover while breastfeeding and that your baby’s hunger takes precedence over any stranger’s discomfort. However, I consider myself more reserved and I love that Milk Snob’s cover wraps around my body so this baby girl won’t be able to kick it off for MUCH longer, and by then she won’t be nursing as much anyway.

If you’re wanting a Milk Snob cover then head on over to my Instagram account and enter to win a FREE cover!!! Link here.

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