An Impromptu Maternity Photoshoot

Maternity Photoshoot San Francisco

When infertility is part of your story there are moments you aren’t sure you’ll ever experience: showers, baby registries, decorating a nursery and of course a maternity photoshoot.

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New Frames with Warby Parker

I am a member of the Warby Parker affiliate program and this post has affiliate links. My opinions and review are my own. As always thank you for supporting the brands which help my space grow. Love ya’ll.

Warby Parker Spring 2016 Launch

Glasses and I developed a relationship way back when in 1994. I was eight years old. I didn’t realize at the time what sort of bond would form between us. Now, glasses might as well be considered another appendage. My eyes are no good solo. Once when I lost my glasses white water rafting in Idaho I tried to persevere without them, but that’s a story for another day.

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Family Photos When Nothing Has Changed

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Jordan and I used to send out yearly holiday cards. The photos weren’t professional — just something fun from the previous year. When we started trying to expand our family and subsequently ran into issues, my desire to send out cards vanished. I envisioned that our yearly photos would serve to document our expanding family.

“It has to be this year, right?” Or “At least by my next birthday.”

With each passing year, I found it increasingly more depressing to send a photo that still included two people. Even though we’ve been making a lot of great changes (moving across the country, starting a new business, traveling etc.) On the outside it looks like everything has stayed the same. Why document it?

Writing this out sounds pretty pathetic, but it’s the truth.

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Weekend Links / / Gluten Make Up


/ / I did a little gluten-free baking this week: chocolate chip cookies and banana bread. I was pretty proud of myself for how they each turned out. Baking is really all about the recipe you choose to use, so the originators get all of the credit. I still have several more bananas that need to be used, so I think Minimalist Baker’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Bread is next on my list.

/ / My photography journey has been trial, error and a bit of luck. I have found that using food as my subject allows me to try different angles, settings, and locations without the fear that the item will walk away. Elizabeth shared several great tips that I’m excited to begin working on.

/ / Serial Parody on Funny or Die.

/ / Make up and hair tips for glasses wearers. My favorite look is a top knot with a bold lip.

/ / Five, easy, DIY garlands from A Beautiful Mess. I’ll be visiting after Christmas sales to purchase bauble ornaments to make one of these!

/ / Bek wrote beautifully on Advent.

“This is what Christmas is. It set the stage for how He would save the world. Joy & pain. Faithful & forsaken. Silence & angels. Darkness & light. Loved & hated. Miracles occurring & treks across deserts. Fully man & fully God. Death gives birth to life.” 

Wishing you a beautiful and relaxing weekend.

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Thanksgiving in Photos


^ Our snowy drive.


^ My parents have Thanksgiving prep down to an exact science, but some dishes are better made the day of consumption. 🙂


^ Luke’s first Thanksgiving! He roamed wherever he could find the space.


^ My nieces are at the age where they enjoy helping. They were tasked with setting the table.


^ The original place card I created when I was younger.


^ Thanksgiving Day Family Photo!


^ The one and only round of Bananagrams that I won. Jordan’s sisters are winning machines.

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Weekend Links / / Sea Salt Memories


^ My mom’s dried lavender.

How was your Holiday weekend? I spent a whirlwind two days back in Chicago for Thanksgiving (pictures coming next week!). It was great seeing family and friends, but the seven hour drive home while still having to work the rest of the week was rough! I’m just now catching up.

Jordan didn’t need to rush back, so he stayed until Wednesday. I’m glad he had that extra time with family and friends. I did what all girls do when their husbands leave for a week, I watched sad movies (TFIOS and Wish I was Here) and caught up on blog reading.

Here are a few of my favorites!

/ / Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt Popcorn. I love popcorn and often eat it for a light meal. This combo sounds utterly divine and would be a great party snack!

/ / Rae’s reasons why she chooses to bring her camera with her and photograph the little moments are spot on! When do we ever look back at old photographs and wonder why we captured them? We really don’t. I have regretted not taking photos.

/ / I kind of wish Tracy was my older sister (if I had an older sister). Her gift guide has a little bit of everything: fashion, home and crafts. Even if I don’t purchase a specific item from someones gift guide, it does give me lots of ideas.

/ / Elizabeth wrote about praying intentionally for our husbands on Cassie’s blog series, Equally Yoked. She gave tips such as having note cards with scripture that allows us to dive deeper.

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Tour Through Blogland


A fun prompt has been passed between bloggers. I’m honored to be next on this Tour Through Blogland train! My lovely friend, Emily, passed the torch to me and I’m excited to share with you a little bit about my blog process.


What am I working on now?

I’m generally working on several things at once. Currently, I’m editing photos from our adventures this past weekend and preparing a recipe post.

How does my work differ from others in its genre? 

This question stumped me when I first read it over. I feel that because blogs (generally) come from one singular voice, they are all just a little bit different. My voice is distinct. It’s me. It is a culmination of my experiences and the people who have helped shape me into who I am becoming.


Why do I write/create what I do?

I have this blog to record memories, challenge myself creatively, and (surprisingly) help me work through challenging times. I have found encouragement through reading other blogs and I think it’s so amazing that I am able to do that as well.


How does my writing/creating process work?

Oh boy, I could be much better with blog organization! I don’t work with an editorial calendar, but I’m realizing I probably should! I think through each month for events/trips or visitors and remind myself to bring our camera! Generally, if it’s an excursion-related post, I’ll curate and edit the photos in Photoshop then create the post based off of the edited images. The photos kind of dictate what I write about.

Recipe posts are a bit more planned because it takes time to document while cooking.

I will begin drafts and save them. Sometimes they become posts, but sometimes they just stay scattered thoughts (that could be used in the future).

My process is a bit messy and I don’t create quickly. I’m always in awe of people who blog everyday! (Maybe it’s that editorial calendar…hehe) It takes me a couple of days to take photos, edit and write. My husband is my proofreader and Photoshop tutor extraordinaire. He helps me a lot with the final details.

 / / Next on the tour – Rebecca Chapman!



Several people reached out to us prior to moving to Nashville; offering to go to lunch/coffee, Rebecca being one of them! The people here are so generous. Rebecca is honest, funny and I’ve really enjoyed getting to know her and I know you all will too! (How beautiful does she look in her wedding dress?!) 🙂


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“My heart is, and always will be, yours.” – Sense and Sensibility

Six years. Six years just me and you. Thank you for sharing this journey. Here’s to all the rest. xoxo


^ Our bridal party were major troopers that day through the rain and snow! I definitely misjudged the choice of bridesmaid dress for spring!



^ I had fun looking back through these photos. We couldn’t find them saved anywhere on our computer/hard drives but thankfully I found the master disc!

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