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Lavender Farm Family Photo Shoot

Lavender Farm Family Photo Shoot

Hi hi! These images are a few months old by now, but I wanted to share them anyway! We spent our morning on Father’s Day frolicing around at Carousel Lavender Farm, and Emily Wren was kind enough to chase after us with her camera. Emily and I have been working together on a bunch of design projects through the summer. I redesigned all of the print materials she gives out to clients and helped her design a new website too, so I already knew that our aesthetic styles were in sync. When she suggested a lavender farm for our family shoot, she got an enthusiastic YES!

We were there pretty early in the morning at the very start of the blooming season, so we had the place to ourselves! It’s a pretty enchanting place, you almost feel like you’ve made a wrong (or very right) turn and found yourself in Southern France. By the end of our shoot, Eva and Emily had agreed to start saving their pennies so that we could buy the farm. If you’re in the Philadelphia Area, I suggest a visit next summer!

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Ronan’s birth announcements

baby birth announcements It is safe to say that anyone who received Ronan’s birth announcements already knew of his birth. But, I figured most people still like to get something special in the mail. I got most of these out a little over a month ago, but actually still have a handful to send  (insert anxious emoji here). I’m warning you now, that mother-of-two-too-busy-to-do-it-all theme is probably going to come up a lot from here on out.

baby birth announcements I designed them a few weeks before his arrival, and then took my time coming up with photos and actually having them printed. The originally dummy copy I used before I knew how much he would weight said 8lbs 4 oz. Ha…if only I was so lucky!

I knew I wanted to do a tri-fold style, so I could include more than one image without the design feeling cluttered. I went square to make it a little different and selected teal envelopes to compliment the card design, they also happen to match Ronan’s nursery. I included a thank you note insert for those who sent us gifts…I’m all about consolidation and efficiency at this point in my life!

baby birth announcements Pinhole Pro was nice enough to print these up for me. They offer a lot of options as far as shapes and sizes, so you can basically make whatever design you imagine into a reality. They have two high quality paper choices, and very nice printing. You have to be a “pro,” meaning a photographer or designer to get a membership, but once accepted, sky’s the limit as far as options go.

As I do any time I send something out to our family and friends (mostly around the holidays), I referred back to my trusty InDesign address label template. I updated the master page to match this design, and bam, mailing labels for my peeps without looking up or printing a single address. I like how the custom labels make anything I put in the mail feel a little more branded and special. So what do you think, were they worth the wait? Have a great weekend, friends!

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introducing our boy

Ronan_Luka Introducing our son, Ronan Luka Stone, born August 10th, TEN (!!) lbs. 6 oz, 21 in long. I truly can’t believe how much time has passed since my last post, but the photo above should explain it all! This little big guy entered our lives 5 weeks ago, and life has been a bit of a roller coaster ever since. Truthfully, the last month of pregnancy and the delivery did not go at all as I’d hoped, but that all seems far away and forgotten now.

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the great girl clothes purge

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It now seems a bit ridiculous, but for the past 5 years I have been saving almost all of Eva’s clothes. We knew we wanted another child someday, and I wasn’t about the get rid of all that baby fashion until we knew that #2 was a dude baby. I’m finally prepared to part with some of Eva’s cutest clothes, but it does make me a little sad! Everything I’m selling online is brand new or gently work designer kids clothing. The sizes range from Newborn to 5. Brands include (a lot of) tea collection, catmini, egg baby, little marc jacobs, baby gap, and more.

I’m doing this as an instagram sale and I’ve created a special account just for the purpose of selling these items, @shopcleanline. To make a purchase just leave your email address in the comments.  I will send you a paypal invoice, which needs to be paid within 48 hours to secure the sale. Shipping is $4 for the first item, free for additional items! If you’re local (in Philadelphia) and interested in anything in the shop, leave a comment here and we can arrange pick up minus the shipping costs. I will be adding more items throughout the week, so please follow me and check back often. And, if you know any mamas of little girls on the hunt for cute/cheap designer clothes, please send her my way! Happy Shopping!

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Our sweet family vacation on chincoteague island, VA

Chincoteague Island, VA

Last week we took advantage of the three day weekend, and went on vacation! We knew this would be the last getaway as a family of three, and wanted to do something that would be fun for all of us. We decided on Chincoteague Island, VA. This Island’s main claim to fame would have to be the wild ponies, but it has a lot of other things going for it! It’s just 3.5 hours from Philadelphia and offers quite a variety of outdoorsy activities; kayaking, crabbing, fishing, biking, boating, and ice cream eating just to name a few. We had a really lovely time! You’ll find a lot more photographic evidence after the jump!

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the new babe’s nursery

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In 11.5 short weeks, a tiny dude will be coming to live with us forever (YAY!). Recently I’ve been realizing just how quickly the past 12 weeks have gone by, and how soon our new babe will be in my arms. When Eva was a newborn, we were subletting our second of three houses, waiting for the one we live in now to finally be ready for us. She didn’t have a proper nursery until she was about 7 months old, and I’m hoping to bring this newbie home to a space that’s completely ready for him.

Because space is tight in our little home, we’ll be turning what is now the playroom into our little boy’s nursery. It’s a bigger room than Eva’s, so I am planning to keep enough open space that both Eva and her little brother can still use it as somewhat of a play room. One of the walls is exposed brick, while the others are a lovely teal color that I think compliments the brick perfectly. I’m planning to keep the wall color as is, and add touches of grey (and maybe a little neon) throughout. I’ve already purchased bedding from dwell studio’s galaxy nursery collection, the flensted mobile, and a few other things.

In general I want the space to feel clean, modern, fun, and practical (kind of like everything I get my little designer fingers on). I don’t want to be too stuck on any one “theme,” as I think that approach tends to get kind of matchy and boring. So, what do you guys think? Are there any other decor items my little dude just has to have for his space? Fill a pregnant sister in! And have a nice weekend!

PS: If you’re interested, you can follow me on pinterest and check out the whole bebe nursery board right here!

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Finally back in the garden, with Rodales!

earth day garden, earth day, back in the garden, rodales Happy Earth Day, my friends! I am so delighted that the weather has finally warmed up enough to enjoy my garden! It is my absolute favorite place. It’s where I go when I’m feeling stressed, or just have a few minutes of free time. The garden is part of my home that my whole family enjoys immensely, and I’m so grateful to have.

earth day garden, earth day, back in the garden, rodales Rodales recently sent me some goodies to use in the garden, and I’ve been eagerly anticipating the opportunity to use them. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Rodales, it’s the relatively new e-commerce site from the publishing giant, Rodale. They sell products for the whole family, home, and garden with an emphasis on quality and concern for the environment. As a total garden geek, that’s the section of their site that I’m particularly drawn to at the moment.

earth day garden, earth day, back in the garden, rodales earth day garden, earth day, back in the garden, rodales earth day garden, earth day, back in the garden, rodales This past weekend, Sean, Eva and I got serious about some garden planting. When I say serious, consider what that means for a four year old…lots of giggling, excitement, and barefoot dancing in the fresh-cut grass. Eva just about burst with excitement when we opened up her very own secret garden kit, and she discovered that it came with a key! Super exciting! We planted all the seeds and are expecting a nice variety of flowers for her own little corner of the garden.

earth day garden, earth day, back in the garden, rodales The thing I was most excited about has to be the milkweed seeds! Milkweed is just as described, a weed, but a very important weed! Milkweed sap contains a mild poison and tastes bitter, so most animals leave it alone. Monarch butterflies aren’t affected by the poison and for this reason, they actually seek out the plant to lay their eggs. The larvae eat the milkweed plant, and then form their chrysalises on them. When they emerge as the beautiful butterflies we know and love, their bodies are toxic to predators from all the milkweed consumption. So, if you care about monarch butterflies, the best thing you can do is plant some milkweed! The beautifully packaged kit from Rodale’s actually contains 4 packets of seeds. If you want one, mention it in the comments below! I’ll send them out to the first three people, and contact you privately for your address. Unfortunately, I’m going to limit my offer to the US only as policies about international seeds vary from country to country. I think earth day seems like an appropriate day to do our part in a little butterfly saving!

earth day garden, earth day, back in the garden, rodales Here’s one last outtake of the quickly growing belly bump. Several of you have asked, and I didn’t want to disappoint!  I hope you enjoy the rest of the week and are able to spend some time outside appreciating nature!

This post was written in partnership with Rodales in exchange for product. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep this blog going!

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secrets to a fashionable pregnancy + maternity brands to shop

fashionable pregnancy outfits, maternity style tips, maternity brands to shop, fashionable pregnancy Women have been giving birth since you know, like pretty much the beginning of time. The majority of us ladies are mothers, or will become mothers at some point in our lives. So why oh why is it STILL so difficult to find something attractive to wear during that magical time on your life? Maternity clothes tend to come in really lame pastel colors and are often cut in super matronly styles. I’ve found it to be of a lot of work to dress the way I want while preggers, but since I’ve already done it once (and I’m half way done with round 2, woot!), I thought I’d share some favorite brands and tips and tricks with you. Not pregnant? Pin this for later, you won’t be sorry!

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the big deal gender reveal!

official baby gender reveal! I had originally planned to post this yesterday, but decided to hold off. I didn’t want anyone to think I was april fools day joking about this VERY big news! Finally, yesterday we learned this little baby in my belly’s gender… whether we’d be welcoming a brand new little girl or really moving out of our comfort zone by adding a baby boy to the mix! Since it’s officially spring, I thought I’d let big sister Eva and some appropriately colored flowers break the news! Find out what we’re having, blue or pink, after the jump!

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the biggest tiny news!

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This has been the toughest news to keep secret! I  had planned to wait a few more weeks to spill the beans, but I just can’t contain my excitement any longer! The Stone family will be welcoming a 4th team member at the end of August! I’ve been pretty sick over the past two months, which explains the inconsistent amount of posting. Now that I’m beginning to feel okay, I’m trying to get back into a regular blogging routine.

This photo was taken at 12 weeks, but I’m relieved to say my belly hasn’t grown too much in the past few weeks (although overall, I am MUCH bigger than I was with Eva already, which is terrifying). I’m eating an ungodly amount of probiotics and fermented foods…pickled things, beet kvass, and kombucha have become my best friends with this pregnancy. Eva is SO excited to be a big sister, and Sean and I are pretty delighted about the thought of having a tiny babe once again. Sharing this news with you guys has been something I’ve been looking forward to since even before I was pregnant. Announcing it so publicly definitely adds an extra layer of fo realness to this new life growing in my belly, and I’m so happy to let my amazingly supportive blog community in on the secret! XOXO!

Photo by Inna of Peach Plum Pear

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