On my radar // Baby's First Christmas

Christmas is right around the corner and we've already been stocking up on gifts for baby Mills' first Christmas! It is just so fun to buy him things and watch him as he discovers a new toy or activity, and with so much baby gear out there I really have to rein it in. Since he'll only be 6 months old it's really more for me and Max at this point but it's still oh so fun. I'm getting so sentimental just thinking about it! These are a few of the things on my radar for baby boy's first Christmas including toys, books, clothes, something useful, something to grow into, and something personalized!

Bumpkins sleeved bib + Happy Mat :: we're starting baby foods soon so and I hear that these are life savers

First Years Stack Up Cups :: the simple toys are always his favorite

Fisher Price Classic Infant Trio + Maxim Preschool Collection ABC Block Set :: can't go wrong with the classics

Little Tikes 2 -in- 1 Snug 'n Secure Grow With Me Swing :: this will be so fun come spring

Cuddle + Kind Benedict the Bunny :: is this not the cutest thing you've ever seen!? These precious little dolls are hand-knit and help feed children - for every doll sold, they give 10 meals to children in need. 

Carl's Christmas :: Carl books are just so sweet - my mom collected them and I can't wait to share them with Millsy

Cloud Island Play Mat :: the perfect little comfy spot for tummy time in our living room or on the go

Footed Thermal One Piece :: we love Old Navy's soft (and affordable) baby onesies

Vans Slip On Crib Shoe :: got to have a little california style for this boy

Joovy Spoon Walker :: I debated between this and the skip hop activity center but I figure this gives him mobility and has a big enough tray for all his favorite toys. Can't wait to see him wheeling around the house in this thing!

Sharp Tooth Studio Custom Name Pennant :: this little etsy shop has the cutest pennants - perfect for gifting

What's on your Baby's First Christmas list?


Family Photos with Rachel and Noah Ray

I love family photos and think it's so special to document the milestones and precious moments in your life. When Mills was born I couldn't wait to have photos taken of him. Since he was a preemie we weren't able to do newborn photos but by four months he was healthy enough for visitors and it turned out to be the perfect time to capture his little personality. We were so excited to work with Rachel and Noah Ray who did our engagement and wedding photos - it was like being reunited with old friends! They did such a beautiful job and captured such sweet moments with our precious Mills. We love their ability to capture real moments as they unfold as well as the details of our home and this special time in our lives. They took so many great photos, these are just a few of my favorites of our family, our home and sweet Mills at 4 months.

Thank you Rachel and Noah - we will cherish these forever! 

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Edgewood Cottage // Mix and Match Dining Chair Inspiration

We've been in our home five months now and with things finally settling into a bit of a routine, we're starting to work on getting it just the way we want it! One of the things we loved most about our little edgewood cottage is that it's old (built in 1949) but updated enough that we don't need to do much - just some loving touches and the fun stuff. Of course I'm already dreaming of a total kitchen remodel and adding on an outdoor room but for now it's all about the furniture and details. 

First on our list was a front porch swing and I love it so much - it's such a great spot to spend the evening, swinging and watching the neighborhood kids play in the front yards. Next, we replaced our tiny little ikea sofa with a big comfy sectional and now the whole family can stretch out and lounge comfortably together and it's amazing! Up next is our dining room - we're hosting Thanksgiving this year so we want to be sure we have plenty of space for the whole family. We got a beautiful farm table that seats eight and have been using four hand-me-down chairs until we figured out exactly what we wanted. While I originally thought we would get all new matching chairs, the hand-me-down chairs have really grown on me so we're planning to keep those four and add in a variety of vintage inspired chairs (only because I wasn't able to find actual vintage ones in good shape). I have always loved the eclectic mix-and-match look and after finding these beautiful collected dining room spaces as inspiration I don't think I can do it any other way! Achieving the casual and collected look without it feeling random or haphazard can be tricky and it is so hard to pull the trigger on decisions for my own home but I have a feeling I am going to love it. Stay tuned for an update on how it turns out and tips for how to get the look!

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