Thursday, April 24, 2014

5 Things that Make it Easier to Work from Home with a Newborn

work at home mom

In February of 2013 I quit my 9-5 job and started working full-time with my best friend as a graphic designer and blogger. After 3 years of slowly building up our business we were finally ready to take the dive and be our own bosses. After finding out Jon and I were pregnant in May of 2013, I was especially thankful to already have a position working from home.
I took a month off for maternity leave when Soren was born and did my best to enjoy every moment with him as a newborn. It was a wonderful and challenging four weeks and I was thankful for every minute. I had a lot of nerves going back to work and after nearly a month back I've learned some great strategies for taking care of baby and getting work done!
1. PLAN IT OUT - Every Monday morning I sit down and write out my schedule for the week. I write out Jon's plans, my plans and all of the things I NEED to get done that week. It's helpful to see everything for the week planned out and cross off my to-do's as I go along. I do my best to be realistic about my to-do's and usually always include a small "bonus" list of things I'd like to get done during the week or on the weekend if possible.
2. BREAK IT DOWN - I have several things I need to get done during the week for my job. Some of these things can be easily accomplished in a day and others are larger sized projects that need more time. When scheduling out my week I try to break down the big projects into steps so I don't feel like I have to get everything done in one day. This definitely makes larger projects more possible to accomplish.
3. BE INTENTIONAL - There are times when grandparents help with Soren, when he's down for a nap or content playing on his play-mat for a few minutes. During those times I do my best to take advantage of the time and working on something from my to-do list. Knowing I don't have a lot of time on my hands at once really motivates me to make the most of the time I do have to work. It inspires me to not waste time surfing the web and focus on my task. I've found myself to be extremely productive from working like this!
4. BUILD A ROUTINE - Developing a routine throughout the week has been really helpful for accomplishing tasks. This especially helps with doing chores. We have mini morning routines and nighttime routines and a fairly consistent schedule throughout the week. This really helps establish momentum through my week.
5. TAKE A BREAK - Although my Monday-Friday is filled with caring for Soren, work and chores, I do my best to not schedule anything during the weekend for work. I love the feeling of not being required to-do anything during those days and just relax, be with my family or do something fun that we've scheduled. Breaks are just what I need to be refreshed to start the new week.
- By Savannah Wallace
Read more of Savannah’s writing at Maiedae. In addition to her blog, you can also find her on InstagramFacebook andYouTube.


Source: Disney Baby

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Modern Sea Nursery Inspiration Board

Being that mint is the color of the moment, and this moment is quickly leading us to summer, we thought we’d combine the two with this modern sea theme for a baby of either gender. We stuck to light modern colors for inspiration – some of our faves for baby always. Here’s what we came up with:


Ocean Nursery

1. Rickshaw Design block print quilt / 2. Fish rattle / 3. Aden + Anais crib sheet / 4. Color block pillow / 5.Eames rocker (you can totally find knock-offs of these if you like the look, but can’t swing the cost of an original) / 6. Bla Bla sea grass pillows / 7. Caravan natural crib / 8. Max Wanger Tulum print / 9. Confetti mobile / 10. Paige Lauren sorbet onesie / 11. Sea grass baskets / 12. Jute rug / 13. Ceramic whale bookends / 14. Hop & Peck tractor / 15. White leather pouf

Source: 100 Layer Cake-let

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Birds and Bees Baby Shower



Birds and Bees Baby Shower

Birds and Bees Baby Shower

Birds and Bees Baby Shower

Birds and Bees Baby Shower

Birds and Bees Baby Shower

Birds and Bees Baby Shower

Birds and Bees Baby Shower

Birds and Bees Baby Shower

Birds and Bees Baby Shower

Birds and Bees Baby Shower

Birds and Bees Baby Shower

Birds and Bees Baby Shower

Birds and Bees Baby Shower

Birds and Bees Baby Shower

BIRDS AND BEES BABY SHOWER PARTY DETAILS:

Anne-Marie said this about the party- “For quite some time I have wanted to do a bee themed event. so when I was asked by a client to event decorate for her best friends baby shower who is also a client, I figured out a way to incorporate the bees: Life begins with the Birds and the Bees!
Life begins with the Birds and the Bees; therefore how apropos to have a birds and the bees baby shower for a first time mommy! It’s a theme I haven’t seen created using both the birds and bees in this way. I loved the challenge of brainstorming how to be innovative in an artistic, soft, yet masculine to welcome a precious baby boy. The inspiration for this event came from the infamous lyrics, “Lets talk about the birds and the bees and the flowers and the trees, and the moon and the stars… ” I remember hearing it in my fathers car on his 60′s radio station as a little girl…quite nostalgic! From there I started my research and to my delight came across this stitching. This photo was the initial inspiration for the invitation and backdrop. We tweaked it to its final design by incorporating all the elements from the classic song. Rachael from printed Ink was incredible in collaborating with me to create this one of a kind design!
In effort to create harmony between both elements on the table scape, I decided to focus the left half of the table on the birds and the right on the bees. The decor, desserts, onesie banner, and the backdrop were designed to mirror this concept as well.
It was a tedious task finding bee skeps;however, on an errand to buy dog food at the local pet store, I inadvertently found these in the cat aisle. Who’d a thought?! And they were a fraction of the online prices. Score!! I cut out a circle using felt attached the bees from Michaels and there we have a bee hive.
The cake pops were created by KM Cake Pops. She truly is talented in her artistry! What an amazing job matching the decor and I displayed them in a way that complimented the flow of the table. They sat on ceramic bird stands that once again tied the elements in. Notice the stars and moon on the bird cage cake pop.
Sugarmama’s Chocolates made the Honeycomb pattern Oreo’s which sat on the grass with a bee sugar lay. I couldn’t have been happier with the color and technique.
Dania’s Cake baked the adorable coordinating cookies and cake as I had requested. She mirrored the image of the invite for the cake. The favor tags for the birds read “About to Hatch” and the bee tags read, “Mommy to Bee.” Once again, you’ll see the moon and stars in the design on tags.
Unless I’m pressed for time, I like DIY projects. I created the 2 diaper cakes one bee themed and one bird themed to coordinate with decor. I also created the the onesie banner which focused on the birds on the left side of the banner and bees on the right side. I also tied in the moon and the stars on a couple of the onesies. The baby boy flag banner on the ABC album activity was in a honeycomb shape and honeycomb card stock backdrop. I made these 3-D to give it some texture. On a whim, I made the pacifiers that sat on the napkins by utilizing lifesavers, icing, jelly beans, and ribbon from a tutorial I found online. I thought it was a nice accent to incorporate the baby theme. For the BOY letters, I used honeycomb card stock and then used my Cricut for the cutouts. I placed them in a fence with moss and flowers for the outdoor feel.
There were two activities and 1 game that I created for the baby shower. The first activity was to make a wish for ba-Bee. I cut out birds and attached ribbon to hang from the stand. I love heartfelt messages and thought this was a nice sentiment for baby to read one day. Activity number two was creating an ABC album for baby that served as a guest book. The guests were to pick a letter and draw something that matches the letter of the alphabet. This activity was the highlight of the party. The guests took this very seriously and traced out images before coloring them in. It was great to hear that they immersed themselves in the activity. I stumbled upon The Honey Bee Scratch Off Cards and thought that it couldn’t fit better into this theme. The winning card revealed a sleeping baby bee.
Honeyrun farm is notorious for their delicious raw honey; therefore, it was fitting to have pure raw honey sticks as gifts for the winners of the games. One bag read About to Hatch and the other Mommy to Bee.”
Credits:
Cake Pops- KM cake pops
Party Printables- PrintedInk 
Cake and cookies- Dania’s cakes
Photography- Alyson Sivek Photography
Oreo’s- Sugar Mama’s Chocolates
Honey Sticks for favors- Honeyrun Farm
Honey Bee Scratch Off Cards- Inklings Paperie

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