Bella Baby FTW!

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Our sweet little baby Lawton was born on October 17, 2018.  I delivered via C-section and was in the hospital for nearly a week.  While walking the halls I picked up a brochure for Bella Baby and it’s pretty much the best business idea ever.

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Bella Baby brings professional photographers into hospitals to capture those first precious moments with your new baby.

Bella Baby offers moms complimentary photo sessions in the convenience of their hospital room.  There is no commitment to purchase any photos– but really, who wouldn’t want to!?!!

The in-hospital photoshoot takes about 15 minutes, and access to the prints is made available via an online gallery THE SAME DAY!  It’s so easy and efficient, and I LOVE how the pics turned out.

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Bella Baby is BRILLIANT!!  I am so happy that I have these first pics of baby Lawton.  And newborn photos are just the beginning!! 

Bella Life picks up where Bella Baby leaves off.  Bella Life photographers will come to your home – or wherever you’d like –  to document special moments in your life.  Bella Life offers maternity shoots, family celebrations, cake smash photos, family portrait sessions, and more!

In fact, we just had Bella Life out to take our first family photos since Lawton’s arrival.  I can’t wait to see how the pics turn out!!!

xoxo
-ash

 

Thank you to Bella Baby for sponsoring this post.

Black Friday/Cyber Monday SALES!!

holiday sweater  |  lace midi  |  embellished heels

Thanksgiving week has officially started!  And in addition to turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and wine– there is an abundance of sales!!  Here are just a few of the sales being announced that are catching our eye…

Asos
– Black Friday build up! Up to 60% off big brands. Valid 11/16-11/19.
– New Lines Added! Up to 60% off big brands. Valid 11/19-11/21.

Abercrombie
– All jeans 50% off. Valid 11/15-1/2.

Bloomingdales 
– Thanksgiving Sale II: Tiered Buy More Save More. Valid 11/23.
– Take 25% off site wide + 10% off cosmetics during the Cyber Sale. Valid 11/25-11/27.
– Buy more, save more event. Take $25 off $150+, $75 off $350+ or $150 off $500+. Valid 11/28-11/29.

DVF 
– 20% off site wide with code ALLWEEK. Valid 11/21-11/25.
– 15% off $300+, 20% off $500+, 25% off $700+ with code DOUBLETAP. Valid 11/25-11/26.

Intermix 
– Take up to 75% off sale items. Valid 11/19-11/20.
– Take 30% off everything. Valid 11/26-11/27.

Kohl’s 
– Take an extra 20% off site wide with code TAKE20. Valid 11/24-11/28.
– Take $10 off $50 site wide with code JACKPOT. Valid 11/26.

Macy’s  
– 20% Black Friday preview with code SCORE. Valid 11/15-11/20.
– 20% Off Black Friday Sale with code BLKFRI. Valid 11/21-11/24.
– 20% Off Cyber Monday with code CYBER. Valid 11/25-11/26.

Stuart Weitzman 
– 40-50% off select styles. Valid beginning 11/22. End date TBA.

Urban Outfitters 
– BOGO site wide. Valid 11/21-11/23.
– Sale on sale. Valid 11/24.
– Cyber Monday receive tiered offers. In final hours take 25% off site wide. Valid 11/26.

Yoox 
– Take an extra 20% off site wide via YOOX app only. Valid 11/26.

moto jacket  |  fair isle sweater  |  nudist sandal

sash jumpsuit maxi dress  |  faux fur jacket

Happy shopping!!
xoxo

 

Getting Around with Baby x2

We’re super excited that baby boy #2 will be joining us in a couple of months!  And we’re also overwhelmed and tired AF… or at least I am.

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Since we just loaded up on baby boy stuff a little over a year ago, there wasn’t all that much left that we needed.  We wanted some add-ons for our Vista stroller to make it a 2 seater, a bigger car seat, and another Yoyo stroller.  These are not inexpensive items by any means, but they’ve come out as our top picks after surviving our first year as parents.

Uppababy

The Uppababy Vista was the first stroller we got and it is great, particularly for a newborn.  The bassinet easily pops on and off, as does the Mesa car seat.  The large basket makes it perfect for shopping and running errands.  And if multiple littles are in your future, the Vista converts to haul 2-3 kiddos!

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These are our top picks in the Uppababy line:  Uppababy Vista stroller and bassinet  |  rumble seat  |  Mesa car seat  |  bassinet holder and hamper upper adaptors

Babyzen

The Babyzen Yoyo stroller has been our go-to for traveling and cruising around the city.  It is super lightweight but very durable.  We took it with us to Czech and were shocked that it held up on all the cobblestone streets!  Plus it quickly and easily folds up and slings over your shoulder like a big purse, so you can squeeze onto public transit, put it under your chair at a restaurant, or take it on an airplane.  We love the Yoyo so much that we bought a second one for the newbie, and we splurged for the newborn seat pack too!  It comes in TONS of colors.  We have both the black and the white base, and the grey and “Air France” blue seat packs.

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Babyzen Yoyo 6+  |  Babyzen Yoyo 0+ (newborn seat unit)

Nuna

Since the newbie will get the Mesa car seat, it was time for Denton to upgrade.  I had a hard time finding a car seat that was easy to use and didn’t take up tons of space.  The Nuna Rava was recommended by a friend, and I love it!  It’s sleek, easy to install (but heavy), and fits great in my small SUV.  Also, it comes with a newborn insert, so you could even use it from Day 1!

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Nuna Rava car seat

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Looking forward to strollin’ around with Denton and his little bro come October!

What are your baby must-haves?

xoxo
-ash

pamper yo self.

Pamper yourself.  That’s the only guaranteed way to make sure it gets done. 

A couple weeks ago I celebrated my 39th (?!?!) birthday, and I was on the verge of a panic attack.  It had nothing to do with the bday, just work and life piling up.  The Juniper Lemons sale wrapped, the dog got sick, the day job was beyond busy, the toddler was fussy, the hubs was MIA, and I was 28 weeks pregs and already hella huge.

I was managing to balance work and life, but life was just as much work!  That’s when I learned that it’s not a work/life balance that should be the goal, but a work/LEISURE balance.  I blocked out that Saturday as a self care day and committed Pavi to watch the little.

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Like I always do when I’m intent on getting something done, I made a list.  That Saturday I tackled each and evert one of those pampering action items and it was GLORIOUS!

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I got my nails done…  upgraded my lashes…

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went shopping (which was kinda a fail)…

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… and dove face first into a whole pizza while watching Trainwreck.  I’ll spare you those pics.

By the time my birthday rolled around that Monday, I felt much more sane and ready to kick off the start of a great new year!

It is so important to take time for you.  Balance work (and life!) with leisure, and pamper yourself on the regular.

What do you do to take care of you?

xoxo
ash

july: ash’s bday and sales!

July is officially here!  And so is the start of my birthday month! YAY! My birthday isn’t until July 30th, so that gives me nearly a full month to celebrate 🙂

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It was during my birthday month in 2016 that I decided to gift myself Juniper Lemons.  As an attorney, I’ve helped many clients set up businesses.  I dreamed of starting my own, and for my 37th bday I made it happen.

On July 18, 2016, I filed the paperwork for Juniper Lemons LLC and the rest has been a constant learning experience!  The learning bit can be challenging at times, but overall it’s the best bday present I’ve given myself to date.

This year I’ll be turning 39.  I don’t yet know what I’ll be gifting myself, but with baby #2 on the way, it’s already shaping up to be another big year.

Looking to buy yourself a little July gift?  You’re in luck!  There are so many sales happening RIGHT NOW!!

BIG JULY SALES

Anthropologie.  Extra 25% off sale.
Gap.  Take an 40% off with code PARTYON.
H&M.  Shop Fourth of July deals starting at just $4. Valid 7/1-7/4.
Zara.  Tons of markdowns in stores and online.
Juniper Lemons.  The HUGE Moving Sale is still going on!  Pretty much everything is marked down to $10, and shipping is just $5!  We’re going to have to shut it down in about a week for the move, so get those orders in stat!
Wishing you all the best July yet!
xoxo
-ash