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Advice from one mom to another... No matter what, newborn photos are completely worth it! Treasured photos for a lifetime!
Family, LIFESTYLE

Third Baby – Newborn Photos

Newborn photos… oh, the good and the bad!  They are the most loved photos for documenting the beginning of your new babies life.  And yet, they are dreaded by all post-labor moms who are still healing and still packing around the post-labor body weight!  It’s generally recommended to take newborn photos within the first two weeks of life.  “It’ll be easy”, they said.  “The baby will be cooperative”, they said. Well, how bout the poor momma who still looks eight months preggo and is now sleep deprived?!  This is the hardest stage for the exhausted momma and family, and yet this is what we do…. and it’s SO worth it!

[Words I live by: The only picture you’ll regret is the one you didn’t take!]

With all three of my girls, my newborn photos have been some of the most cherished photos to me, but looking at them always brings back the reminder of the craziness going on behind the scenes.  The lack of sleep, the cooperation of older kids, the spit up, the blow outs, and all the things we do for a good photo… bribery, silly noises/faces/dances and of course the occasion threat… #goodtimes & #stillsoworthit!

So with all the exhaustion, how do you pull it off without sinking the ship altogether?! Word of advice from one mom to another…  I have always tried to plan ahead in the last weeks of pregnancy and prep everyone’s outfits for this photo shoot. I highly recommend doing this, so when the day arrives to take these photos… You are not scrambling to pull something together in the craziness of newborn cluster feedings and exhaustion.  Well in advance, and with a clear mind, I will hang all of our outfits in my closet, already ironed and ready to go!  Why wait until your in survival mode to get prepared and set up?!  Also moms, remember that your body is still in eight months pregnancy mode… So choose an outfit that will be flattering to your “still kinda pregnant” body, i.e… a maternity dress, a flowy blouse or a button down top usually work great.

With that being said, here are a few of our favorites!  Third time around and I am still so thankful for these photos.  Like I said, they are so worth it!  They document where we are as a family when our sweet Kensie joined the crew.

Thank you La Brisa Photography for capturing our family in the comfort of our home. These photos will always be cherished!  You are the best!



Welcome to the family – Kensie Steele!  #WodiskePartyofFIVEAdvice from one mom to another... No matter what, newborn photos are completely worth it! Treasured photos for a lifetime! Advice from one mom to another... No matter what, newborn photos are completely worth it! Treasured photos for a lifetime! Advice from one mom to another... No matter what, newborn photos are completely worth it! Treasured photos for a lifetime!Advice from one mom to another... No matter what, newborn photos are completely worth it! Treasured photos for a lifetime!Advice from one mom to another... No matter what, newborn photos are completely worth it! Treasured photos for a lifetime!Advice from one mom to another... No matter what, newborn photos are completely worth it! Treasured photos for a lifetime! Advice from one mom to another... No matter what, newborn photos are completely worth it! Treasured photos for a lifetime! Advice from one mom to another... No matter what, newborn photos are completely worth it! Treasured photos for a lifetime! Advice from one mom to another... No matter what, newborn photos are completely worth it! Treasured photos for a lifetime! Advice from one mom to another... No matter what, newborn photos are completely worth it! Treasured photos for a lifetime! Advice from one mom to another... No matter what, newborn photos are completely worth it! Treasured photos for a lifetime! Advice from one mom to another... No matter what, newborn photos are completely worth it! Treasured photos for a lifetime! Advice from one mom to another... No matter what, newborn photos are completely worth it! Treasured photos for a lifetime! Advice from one mom to another... No matter what, newborn photos are completely worth it! Treasured photos for a lifetime! Advice from one mom to another... No matter what, newborn photos are completely worth it! Treasured photos for a lifetime!



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Catch Up – Our journey to Kensie! Pregnancy Announcement // Gender Reveal // Birth Announcements // Newborn Necessities

Baby Love | Creating Birth Announcements with Shutterfly
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Baby Love | Creating Birth Announcements with Shutterfly

Our third little girl has joined the family our life has been nonstop ever since! Newborns love attention and want to be held and loved on ALL.THE.TIME. While this time is precious for me, it can be hard to do with two other kiddos running around the house.  So my “to-do” list has become more of a “if I can get to it” list.  One item on my list that kept getting pushed off was making Kensie’s birth announcements.  We had beautiful pictures taken by the fabulous La Brisa PhotographyThe edited images were back in a jiffy and just waiting for me to make the announcement. In my mind, I thought it would be such a daunting, time consuming task. Which is ridiculous because with Shutterfly, it is such a quick, easy and painless creation! I should have made them sooner.

This post was in collaboration with Shutterfly. (#partner) I received some of these items in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. #MyShutterfly

Shutterfly is so easy to use and their quality and results are fabulous. I am a big fan!  I was able to upload my beautiful newborn photos and create a photo card masterpiece in minutes. I was beyond thrilled with their card styles and options, that I actually found it hard to pick a favorite. I decided this time around to do something different and I created two cards to alleviate the pressure of choosing just one.  I love that Shutterfly offers the opportunity to make each card your own, with the choice of card layouts, colors and fonts… It really is your own presonalized creation.

I made one card in a tri-fold/multi-sided style to give to my family members that want cuteness overload, and a more traditional 2-sided 6×8 photo card for our friends.  Both birth announcements turned out fabulous and we couldn’t be more pleased!

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Newborn Necessities from one mom to another. Sharing items that I love and that have helped me get through the exhausting new baby stage, with ease.
Family, LIFESTYLE, Monthly MUST Haves

Newborn Necessities | Must-Have Favorites From One Mom To Another

Newborn Necessities from one mom to another. Sharing items that I love and that have helped me get through the exhausting new baby stage, with ease.

Girlie number 3 is six weeks new and I am living on caffeine and snuggles! Since we are in the newborn survival stage I thought it would be fun to share a few items that have kept ‘us’ going – items that both Kensie and I love. They are mostly nursing and sleep related because let’s face it, up until now that is all newbies do in the beginning. And if you recall from my previous posts, since we didn’t know her gender prior to birth, practically every item listed below has been 2-day shipped to my home via Amazon Prime. Lifesaver!

Newborn Necessities from one mom to another. Sharing items that I love and that have helped me get through the exhausting new baby stage, with ease.

To give you a little back story, I have really struggled with nursing all three of my girls, and to say the first few weeks of nursing has been rough would be an understatement. Between the pain, engorgement, plugged ducts/mastitis, latching and what seems to be a never ending cycle of feeds… it is and has been an exhausting journey, again! But, I am hanging in there and the nursing/feeding items below are probably why. Don’t be afraid to admit it is hard, because it is… use whatever aids you need to get through!  Not all nursing journeys are easy, so do your best to not doubt your body or be too hard on yourself.  And yes, I need to be better at taking my own advice. Which is why I am sharing my ‘breast friends’ below!



Newborn Necessities

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Fry's + The Arizona Diamondbacks For The WIN!
Family, LIFESTYLE

Fry’s + The Arizona Diamondbacks For The WIN!

This post is #sponsored by Kroger Family of Stores, but all thoughts and opinions are my own. #LoveMyFrys

For anyone that follows me, you know that I love Fry’s and that since having my third daughter I have especially become fond of their Fry’s ClickList grocery pick up.  As an AZ resident, my family also loves Arizona Diamondbacks baseball.  And yes, we are super excited about their first place start to this season!  So you may be wondering… “What do Fry’s and the Diamondbacks have to do with each other?”… Well thankfully for people like me (and maybe you?), quite a bit!  I just found out that these two loves of mine have united.  Diamondbacks/Fry’s V.I.P Reward program allows you to purchase select items at any of the Kroger Family of Stores to earn Diamondbacks rewards.  WIN-WIN!

Here’s how it works:

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New Year’s Day is always an exciting day! It is a day that brings new adventures. It is a day that allows us to look forward to change. Hello 2018!
CELEBRATE, Family, Holidays, LIFESTYLE

Hello 2018!

New Year’s Day is always an exciting day! It is a day that brings new adventures. It is a day that allows us to look forward to change. It is a day that opens the door to new goals and dreams. So as we ring in the new year, let’s give thanks for all of our blessings!

For my family, we say goodbye to a year full of wonderful memories & exciting changes, and we say hello to a new year that promises to be exciting and joyous as we soon welcome our third baby!  We love that our family is growing in 2018!

We are so excited to celebrate new beginnings… HELLO 2018!



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From my family to yours, we wish you a Happy New Year!www.espressoeverafter.com

Thank you for the beautiful photos La Brisa Photography.

Baby #3 Gender Reveal : And Gender Reveal Ideas
CELEBRATE, Family, LIFESTYLE

Baby #3 – The Big Reveal & Gender Reveal Ideas

I am sure you are visiting the blog today to see our gender reveal for Baby #3, BUT… we decided to not find out and SURPRISE ourselves at birth.  Crazy, I know!

We found out for both girls and it is so exciting to spend the remaining pregnancy months preparing, naming and dreaming of your little bundle.  But, my husband and I came to a decision that we are ready to try something different.  We are living on the edge! haha 🙂

Baby #3 Gender Reveal : And Gender Reveal Ideas

We are so happy and thankful for our two girls and honestly, this time around we are just praying for a healthy baby.  We would love to have another sweet girl and we would be excited for the new adventure a little boy would bring to our girly family… BUT, we are becoming most excited about the idea of being surprised on delivery day! Continue Reading

We are so excited to announce that we are pregnant with baby #3. I am opening up and sharing my heart & our maternity photo shoot w/ La Brisa Photography!
CELEBRATE, Family, LIFESTYLE

SURPRISE! Pregnant With Baby #3

Here we go – Our family is growing -Pregnant with Baby #3!

You heard it right, Baby Wodiske is joining our family in April 2018!  While it still hasn’t completely sunk in yet that we are going to be a family of 5… We are thrilled to grow our family and we feel extremely blessed.  BUT, why does 3 seems a lot scarier than any of the other pregnancies?! (EEK!) I am thankful to say that our transition from 1 to 2 went very smooth and we have been blessed with two sweet girls who are going to be the BEST big sisters. We are saying goodbye to man-to-man defense and transitioning to zone defense as our little team of 3 will officially be outnumbering us!  Let the games begin!

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I come from a family of 3 kids and I am the beloved middle child, so having a family of 5 has always been a dream of mine. Although life is harder in the baby stage, I know it will all be worth it to have the fun bigger family to make memories with forever!

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With all the joy of growing our family comes all the agony of morning sickness!  Unfortunately, morning sickness for me is for REALZ!… and whoever dubbed it “morning” sickness never had to endure ALL DAY sickness! Sadly I have endured nausea and vomiting with all three pregnancies.  I am praying that in the next month or two things will calm down and I will start feeling more like myself again. It took until 19 weeks with my first two pregnancies, and right now 19 weeks seems like forever away! For all you ladies who were/are sick during your pregnancies, I feel for you… It is tough, physically and emotionally.

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It was so special talking to both of our girls about the new baby in mommy’s tummy and seeing their expressions. They are going to be fabulous big sisters and already have so much love for their sweet little baby!  My oldest is already calling it a little baby girl… we shall see!

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We couldn’t have asked for a better friend and talented photographer to take these beautiful photos of us as we celebrate our new bundle of joy! Chris, you captured our joy (and craziness) in such an authentic & beautiful way and we will forever cherish these photos! Thank you La Brisa Photography for always capturing our special milestones in the most perfect way.

SURPRISE! Pregnant With Baby #3 - Espresso Ever After BlogWe are so excited to announce that we are pregnant with baby #3. I am opening up and sharing my heart & our maternity photo shoot w/ La Brisa Photography!


Well that’s the scoop! I plan on keeping you posted on our journey through this special pregnancy, I’m sure you will hear a lot about my cravings and exhaustion, but most importantly my excitement and preparation. Stay tuned a gender reveal post may be coming your way soon with highlights from both of the girl’s gender reveals and a little trip down memory lane.

SURPRISE! Pregnant With Baby #3 - Espresso Ever After Blog

Thank you again for joining us during this exciting time.  So much fun is ahead!

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We are so excited to announce that we are pregnant with baby #3. I am opening up and sharing my heart & our maternity photo shoot w/ La Brisa Photography!

My Wish For You... On Your First Day Of Kindergarten | The Blue Envelope - K is for Kindergarten Tee | Back to School Looks | A Letter To My daughter on her 1st day of Kindergarten
Faith & Encouragement, Family, Fashion, LIFESTYLE

My Wish For You… On Your First Day Of Kindergarten

When you become a mom, you hear so often that you need to enjoy every minute because time flies by… overused advice, but oh so true!  I am so grateful for all of the time and cherished moments we’ve shared together.  Memories have been made, time has flown by, and though I don’t want to believe it, here we are… my daughter’s first day of Kindergarten.  How can my first-born and little bestie, that I have spent every waking minute with since the day I found out we were growing our family, be starting school?  I am flooded with emotions. Everything from excitement to sadness to loneliness to nervousness… but most of all, I am overwhelmed with a sense of pride in who she is and who she’s becoming.  If I could pass on a few important things, these would be what I would want you to take with you as you enter your Kindergarten class.

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Dear Paisley – On your first day of Kindergarten, my wish for you is… 

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Camping With Kids - Tips & Tricks To Make It Enjoyable For All
Family, LIFESTYLE, Travel

Camping With Kids – Tips & Tricks To Ensure Happy Campers

We took our girls out to the woods of Prescott, Arizona for their first camping weekend as a family of four.  To give you a little perspective, our girls are 4.5 and 2.5 years old and this was our first time all sleeping together in one small space… without a pack n’ play! My husband was raised camping and in the outdoors so he had been dreaming of the day that our girls would be old enough to enjoy a trip like this, and this was our first attempt.  To say it went well is an understatement… much to my surprise it went great! But don’t get me wrong, with any trip you come across a few hiccups here and there.  But, it was so much fun to take the girls off the grid, push everyday rules to the side and just let them enjoy being kids for the trip… and I know that we made memories as a family they will not forget.

Camping With Kids - Tips & Tricks To Make It Enjoyable For All

If you are like me, and questioning whether or not your family is ready for a camping trip, I say go for it! You will never know until you try.  And to help you out, here are a few of my ‘camping with kids’ recommendations.  I hope these ideas help make your trip extra enjoyable for all – we all want happy campers!

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Family, LIFESTYLE

Are You SUN-Ready? | Splash Pad Essentials

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser.  All opinions are mine alone.  #BlueLizardSummer #CollectiveBiasAre You SUN-Ready? | Splash Pad Essentials

Now that Arizona has hit the triple digits, splash pad season is upon us.  With the amount of time we spend outside and as an Arizona mama of two fair skinned girls, that means we need to take sun protection seriously.  One way I do so is always being prepared, and since we are always on the go, I like to keep a splash pad essential bag in my car at all times.  This keeps us ready for any adventure that comes our way!  I have found that there are a few essential items to have in your bag to keep you SUN-ready, but there is one that you can’t leave home without… Blue Lizard® Australian Sunscreen Baby!

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What to pack for your kiddos… Splash Pad Essentials

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