Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Family Photos September 2017

Now that Alana is one, I thought it'd be the perfect time to capture some family photos. We haven't had professional photos taken since Alana was just a newborn, so I was very excited to capture these special moments.

I had the pleasure of connecting with Krysti from Krysti Gundrum Photography.  We met through Instagram and realized we live just minutes away from each other!  She scouted a beautiful garden location and took some time out of her holiday weekend to meet with my family and I to capture some photos.  It is obvious that she specializes in family and children's photography because she was so sweet and extremely patient with our family.

I have to admit, I was very nervous imagining how challenging it would be to have a 1 and 2 year cooperate for family pictures. We came prepared with bubbles and lollipops and were sure to schedule well before nap time.  The girls did so well and although I broke a sweat by the end, I am so pleased with how our gallery turned out!  I don't know if any Husband enjoys having photos taken, but my Husband was such a trooper. He told me today how proud these photos made him feel knowing that this is his family <3

So incredibly thankful for this little family of mine.  Now to choose which photos I'll have printed?! Which are some of our favorites?  I hope everyone enjoys the rest of their week xoxo!

Location: Linden Hill Gardens Photographer: Krysti Gundrum Photography Romper: Target Ava's Dress: Target Alana's Top: Target 

Saturday, July 29, 2017


I'm so excited to have teamed up with IncrediBundles!  Both of my girls love reading and I've had so much fun building a collection of some of their favorite books.  Ava especially loves reading and it has been so sweet to watch her get lost in her books.  Reading has been a part of our bedtime routine since Ava was born and she picks up books all throughout the day to play.

Incredibundles offers the cutest baby gift baskets filled with the best award-winning toys, books and products for babies, all have which been selected by child development experts and approved by parents.  With every bundle purchase, Incredibundles makes a donation to charities that support children and families in need.

They offer bundles geared towards books, bath, learn and grow, and sleep. My favorite is the option to build your own bundle and customize the items towards your own needs!  I love that there is no subscription fee and that it can serve children of different ages.

It is also perfect for creating a baby registry.  There is even an option to register for a year of diapers, books or toys!  I'm so excited to offer a $50 gift card to IncrediBundles to one of my followers!  To enter, you need to follow @breeisforbeauty and @incredibundles_babygifts on Instagram and tag a friend!  A winner will be selected on Friday, August 11th by 5pm EST.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

11 Month Update for Alana

My baby girl turns 11 months old today. The last 11 months have been so special and have gone unbelievably quick. Alana is such a sweet girl and I'm having a hard time accepting that she is almost 1!

Alana is such a Momma's girl. I'm so happy that our nursing journey has made it this far and am confident that we'll make it to the one year mark!  She loves eating whatever we eat and gets impatient if you don't feed her fast enough.  Alana sleeps around 11 hours each night and is down to 2 naps a day. Her morning naps have suddenly gotten longer so I'm wondering if her afternoon nap will disappear soon.

She loves crawling after her sister and cruising around furniture. She likes climbing up the steps (even though Mommy tells her not to) and waving Bye Bye. She says Momma, Dada, Bye Bye, duck, cat, ok, quack and Gigi. She tries to mimic everything and loves dancing! Her new favorite toy is Ava's dollhouse and she is so interested in the little people.

I'm so excited to plan her first birthday and can't wait to celebrate her first year. She has been an absolute joy and I love seeing her personality grow. She is very laid back, loves cuddling and gives the best kisses. She adores her big sister and follows her everywhere.  I imagine what she'll be like in years from now and know that'll she be a sweet and caring girl.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Product Review: Totesavvy

I've been debating on purchasing a new diaper bag since my current one has seen better days. I've been finding it very inconvenient having to carry two different bags and needing to transfer things in and out of my purse to my diaper bag and have finally found the perfect solution!

The Totesavvy purse insert offers exactly what I've been looking for. The large insert fits perfectly into my Kate Spade bag and I no longer need to move things from one bag to another. I love how many compartments it offers, yet it is still so compact. I'm a bit OCD and one of my biggest pet peeves is not being able to find something. The Totesavvy insert has enough inserts to suit my needs with having two small children. I'm finding it much easier to find what I'm looking for!

I also love how easy it is to take out of my bag if I am heading to work and want to leave all my baby supplies in the car. I bought the soft grey and definitely plan on buying the black too. 

I love that the insert fits with whatever large bag I'm using and it is so easy to clean. There is also a smaller size for you ladies that prefer a smaller bag. You can get 20% off now by using code SUMMERLOVE. 

Thursday, March 2, 2017

6 month update for Alana

My baby is a half of a year old already!  Time sure does fly. Alana is such a relaxed little doll and I just cannot get enough of her. She is a total Momma's girl and is still nursing like a champ.

She had her 6 month checkup this morning!  Alana weighs 15lbs 2oz (27%), is 25.5 inches (28%) and her head circumference is 17.25 inches (87%). She is a little peanut just like I was as a baby. She has inherited her Daddy's large head, but is still managing to sit up all on her own perfectly!

Alana loves grabbing for toys and is such a cuddle bug. She loves being held and is very smiley. She really only cries when she's hungry and when she wants to be held. Ava loves feeding her sis! Alana has tried apples, pears, bananas and prunes. She still hasn't had a tooth break through yet, but I can feel that it's very close. She's still wearing size 2 diapers makes the cutest squinty faces. 😊

The first half of Alana's first year has been such a joy. I love my calm and loving girl so much. Her and Ava are so different in so many ways, and I think they will compliment each other well as they get older!  I can't wait to see Alana continue to grow into a beautiful and smart little baby. I am so proud of her and her sweetness.