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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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Let's teach our kids responsibility, one sticker at a time. I have created an easy to use Sticker Chart + Free Printables to make your mom-life easier!
CREATE, DIY, Printables

Mommy’s Big Helper – Sticker Chart + Free Printables

I don’t know about you, but mornings can be extremely hectic around our house! Now that my oldest daughter is in kindergarten, and a new baby is right around the corner, it’s time she steps up her “help mom out” game a bit more to help manage that chaos of our life!  We just started Spring Break and I figured it was the perfect time for her to own a bit more responsibility around the house.

As a momma on the go, our days can be pretty unpredictable, so I decided to use a morning sticker chart to give her a routine.  The goal is that she would choose to help out without always being asked or told to do so.  Now that she is learning to read, responds well to positive affirmation and loves rewards, a sticker chart was the perfect option for us!

Mommy's Big Helper - Free Printable Sticker Chart

With baby #3 on the way, I am hoping that after 2 weeks of Spring Break, she will have her morning routine down and can carry it on into the rest of the school year, and hopefully create a sense of willingness to be a big helper for me when I’m busy with baby.  My other secret goal is that our 3 year old will see her big sister earning stickers and want to join in on the fun too! WINS all around – A mom can dream!  (I will keep you posted on the success of this secret goal!)

I created this sticker chart with just a few of the morning tasks that happen every day in our home. These are tasks that she can finish on her own, and she should be able to succeed in and be proud of! As she grows and matures over time, this sticker chart will look a little different.  I also left a few bonus spots on the chart to add fun twists to her normal routine… Gotta keep her on her toes!   I will keep a folder for her to save her finished charts in, so she can look back on all of the good that she accomplished/stickers received (insert visual affirmation) and if she makes it through each full chart for a whole week I will have a small prize waiting for her at the end (i.e.- new book, markers, candy, etc).

Mommy's Big Helper - Free Printable Sticker Chart

CLICK HERE FOR THE FREE STICKER CHART PRINTABLE –> Mommy’s Big Helper Chart

Mommy's Big Helper - Free Printable Sticker Chart


I hope this FREE PRINTABLE CHART comes in handy in your home as well, and our growing littles can begin to do their share and earn their keep. (JK, but seriously – haha!)

Mommy's Big Helper - Free Printable Sticker Chart


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2017 Christmas Cards Season is here! This year I partnered with Shutterfly to create the most creative and festive cards around! Here is a sneak peek!
CELEBRATE, CREATE, Holidays

2017 Christmas Cards | Shutterfly

December is here so you know what that means… 2017 Christmas Card Season is upon us.

YAY for Happy Mail! 🙂

This year I decided to order our 2017 Christmas Cards through one of our favorite online stationery companies… Shutterfly!  If you are a regular here at Espresso Ever After you already know how much I adore partnering with Shutterfly and all of their personalized options; they make beautiful and quality goods for all to love! To tell you the truth, this pregnancy has really slowed me down this year and I am so thankful that I can trust Shutterfly with this aspect of the holiday season.  The tired mama in me wanted to skip the photos and the card making, but since Shutterfly was able to help me with the heavy lifting… It was worth it.  Their online program is extremely user-friendly and their options this year are unique and creative.  As usual I loved so many of them, that I had a hard time narrowing down my favorite card styles.

2017 Christmas Cards | Shutterfly

We went with a bright and colorful look for our photos this year, and I knew I wanted to pick a card that offered a happy and cheerful theme.  When I found this 5×7 Gate Fold Card, I knew it was the winner.  It offered multiple text areas, different sized photo slots, 2 types of paper styles and a fun flip-open effect.  Thank you Shutterfly for always bringing a winner! Continue Reading

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Family-Friendly HOME-GATING Ideas

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #HostUltimateTailgate #CollectiveBias

Football Season Is Back - Family Friendly HOME-GATING Ideas. Everything you need to throw a kid-friendly tailgating party at home! TOUCHDOWN!

Fall means football… and I love fall!

Football Season Is Back - Family Friendly HOME-GATING Ideas. Everything you need to throw a kid-friendly tailgating party at home! TOUCHDOWN!

To successfully host a family-friendly home-gating party you need to focus on three main aspects: tasty treats, a kids activity corner & of course team spirit! 

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Looking for a good book to read? Big Little Lies is all the things! It will keep you guessing chapter after chapter. I highly recommend!
Book Reviews

Big Little Lies – Book Review

This book is ALL THE THINGS!!!

Big Little Lies is filled with friendship and laughter, touching moments, twists, murder and a dramatic ending… after all isn’t that what you want out of a good fiction book?  When you read this book you will understand why it is on the New York Times Bestseller list and why it was turned into a tv show.  To be honest, I heard about the tv show before I read this book and that sparked me to read the book first, and I am so glad I did!

Looking for a good book to read? Big Little Lies is all the things! It will keep you guessing chapter after chapter. I highly recommend!

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Anniversary STAYcation - Phoenix, Arizona - JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa
LIFESTYLE, Travel

You Had Me At STAYcation – Phoenix, Arizona

STAYcation: [vacation close to home]

Anniversary STAYcation - Phoenix, Arizona - JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa

My husband and I recently celebrated our nine year wedding anniversary with a STAYcation at one of our favorites! When you live in a state that offers some of the most beautiful resort options available, why leave town to have a good time!? As you already know from my previous posts, we are big fans of STAYcations and constantly promote the idea of staying nearby and enjoying all of the amenities that your city and state have to offer!  We selected the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa because it holds a special place in our hearts and is filled with sweet memories over the last 9 years of our relationship. Plus, it is beyond fabulous!

Anniversary STAYcation - Phoenix, Arizona - JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa

The JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in Phoenix, Arizona is simply stunning!  From the second you walk in, you feel like you’re at a desert oasis. The pool area is magnificent with different areas to lounge and delight in their decadent drinks and poolside food.  You can also jump on a raft and float along the lazy river.  With several different pools to chose from, our personal favorite is the waterfall pool because you get an awesome experience of a tranquil waterfall with a nearby DJ providing musical glory!

Anniversary STAYcation - Phoenix, Arizona - JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa

The JW Marriott Desert Ridge offers a fabulous grand entrance, and the rooms are so accomodating; once you arrive, there is no reason to leave. They have everything you could possibly need, want or desire on site: an incredible spa, a full service Starbucks, a large store/souvenir shop, nightly live music, top notch restaurants, kids activities, golf course and unbelievable views in every direction you look.

Don’t just take my word for it, enjoy a few photos from our amazing weekend away and trust me you, too, will want to stay here!



Anniversary STAYcation - Phoenix, Arizona - JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa

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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.

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



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

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