What Every New Mom Really Needs

April 16, 2017

Filed Under : Lifestyle - Motherhood

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I’ve teamed up with my friends over at Terminix today to talk about motherhood, specifically those days and weeks right after baby is born. It’s something that I don’t think gets talked about enough, which in turn can leave many moms feeling down, lonely, and overwhelmed. Fortunately, I had a really lovely postpartum recovery period with Piper (strange, I know), but the anxiety for me set in around month 3. As Scofield and I think and dream about what our family could look like in the future, I can’t help but wonder how those recovery months after another baby will be with two or more little ones to care for. I realized it’s something I never shared on my blog, so I thought I would chime in my two cents on what every mom really needs after baby…

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Food. If you think a pregnant mama is crazy about food, try a breastfeeding mama ;). My cravings were almost just as strong during the first month or so of nursing, and I felt like I was hungry around the clock. But then of course the last thing I wanted to think about doing was preparing food. Whether you pop by with fresh baked cookies or an entire dinner, this small act will be met with so much gratitude. A friend set up a meal schedule for us, and I remember feeling so loved and cared for when friends provided dinner.

Coffee. Lots of coffee. All the coffee. So much coffee. I still remember when one of my best friends showed up at the hospital the morning after Piper was born with a fresh starbucks latte. I had been up all night and the last thing I wanted was hospital coffee. If it wasn’t for my disheveled body at the moment, I would have jumped out of that bed and given her a big giant hug. No no mama will ever say no to a cup of coffee.

Cleaning Service. Whether this is a deep cleaning indoors, or pest control outdoors, it is so helpful to know that all of your house needs are being met. With figuring out how to be a new mom and feeding a baby around the clock, there’s little energy for much else. Yet, is so refreshing to be able to bunker down in a fresh, clean house. When it comes to “cleaning,” don’t forget to think about the outdoors as well. Piper was born in the winter, so we weren’t outdoors much those early days, but I imagine with a spring or summer baby it would be wonderful to be able to sit on the porch, or outside on a blanket, without having to worry about ants or mosquitos. Terminix provides so many wonderful services for a pest free backyard, which you can learn more about here.

Company. Even though I’m an introvert, it’s amazing what just having another ‘body’ around can do for my peace of mind. I remember loving having my mom in the house, hanging out in the background, there to listen or help if I needed her. Just the simple presence of a loved one can seriously help to prevent loneliness and overwhelm for a new mama.

A massage. This one might be a little high maintenance, but a postpartum massage does wonders. Maybe it’s because I’m a physical touch junkie, but having an hour to get pampered and rest in between feedings is such a treat. Motherhood is full of so much joy, but can also be so very hard. I truly believe that having that time to mentally and physically rejuvenate makes all the difference in the world.

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If there’s one thing I’ve learned since this motherhood gig, it’s that raising a family truly takes a village. Whether it’s a text of encouragement, a warm meal, or a thoughtful gift, every little act kindness gets us through that newborn fog.

This post is in partnership with Terminix Service, Inc., but all content and opinions are my own.

photos by kiley lauren photography

One Room Challenge: Week Two!

April 13, 2017

Filed Under : Interiors

Here we are at week two! The One Room Challenge always seems to fly by, and this week was no different. I thought I would share some inspiration photos of living rooms I love, that give off the same vibe I am going for. Hayden and I share a secret pinterest board and will be pinning back and forth to share ideas and put a picture to our words. This is so helpful when working with a designer to really allow them to get a ‘feel’ for what you love!

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One thing that’s clear is that I love the midcentury modern look. My only qualm with it all along has been that it’s been too cold, so I really want to warm up the space with with warm colors – like a soft pink and shades of blue – and bohemian accents. Like I mentioned earlier, it is so easy for me to go all over the design spectrum, so really trying to keep my style on track. Finding inspiration photos has been so helpful for that!

I’m meeting up with my gal Hayden this week to talk through some more design plans and DIY projects, our coffee table is on it’s way to us, and I need to decide on furniture. Can’t wait to share more peeks at the space!

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Be sure to check out all of the other spaces in the making in the One Room Challenge, here.

One Room Challenge: Living Room Makeover!

April 6, 2017

Filed Under : Interiors

Welp guys, I wasn’t originally planning on participating in the ORC this round, but when I started brainstorming our living room, I couldn’t stop! So, I’m a little late to the game today, but here I am! These next 5 weeks are definitely going to be a challenge to get it done, but I’ve always tended to work better under pressure. Otherwise, three years will go by and your kitchen still won’t be finished. But that’s never happened at my house or anything ;)…

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Our living room has taken on many different forms. I started out envisioning floral prints and black and white patterns when we first moved in. We were in the middle of renovations, and hello budget! So I had to work with what I had…which was pretty much nothing! A friend of ours was moving and gave us his gray couch, so that became our couch! Then we settled on a moroccan black and white shag rug, and I think that is one of my biggest house regrets. #1, it was too small and made the large room feel awkward and unfinished. #2, those babies shed like crazy!! #3, Oh yeah, we have a wild dog! It felt was impossible to keep the living room clean, so out it went!

I replaced that rug with a black and white ikea rug we hadn’t designated a space for yet. It was certainly temporary, as it also didn’t fill the room well. We also had a brown midcentury coffee table at one point. But when Piper fell off the couch straight into the corner of the coffee table, I said “see ya!” I always felt it made the room too cool and overly  midcentury, so I was looking for a reason to get rid of it anyway.

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Here is one of the only before pictures I found (hiiiiiii my tiny baby!). I don’t have any more before pictures … I guess I tend not to document HORROR. Here is pretty much where we are today:

One Room Challenge: Living Room

I landed this dream anthropologie rug at a nearby warehouse store called Final Cut, for literally 85% off!! Not even kidding. So obviously I had to buy it. Just like Piper’s nursery, it is going to be what the rest of the room is designed around. I guess I just can’t pass up a pink rug ;)

One thing that I’ve also learned through the previous One Room Challenge, and through designing our house, is I am very indecisive when it comes to decor. I love midcentury modern, but I also love boho. I love bright pops of color and palm spring edgy vibes, but I also love muted monochromatic schemes. I am all over the place! So, enter stage left Hayden of Markely Design.  This lady is the bee’s knees, and I love all of her work. She’ll keep me on a straight and narrow path and iron our all of my design chaos ;)

Make sure to check out all of the other fabulous spaces and One Room Challenge guest participants on Calling It Home’s blog. So excited to share with you all what we have in store over these next few weeks!

Kid’s Clothing || Our Favorite Places to Shop

March 31, 2017

Filed Under : Motherhood

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Dressing Piper has been so very fun from the beginning. I always envisioned having boys (not sure why??), so I was truly surprised when we found out we were having a girl. Once we found out though, I began looking and browsing baby girl clothing for days and have never looked back. So I wanted to share with you guys our favorite places to collect clothing for little ones!

This post will be partial to girls (sorry!!), but some of these stores can definitely apply to baby boys as well!

In case you missed it, you can see where I talked about our favorite places to shop for bows, here.

Okay, now for clothing. Let’s get to it!

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Candy Kirby Designs || I’ve talked about Candy Kirby Designs before, because I love their bows. But they have the absolute cutest kid’s clothing as well. For the itty bitty babies, I love their knotted baby gowns (hello, baby fever!!). But I also can’t get over their dresses, bloomers, and little tees.

June and January || Just like Candy Kirby Designs, I love the bright colors of June and January’s pieces. In the summer you can throw their swing dress on your little one, and she’ll be dressed and cute as a bug in a jiffy. I’m also loving the tees and tank jumper.

Alice and Ames || If you are looking for the perfect little girl does, then look no further! Thee dresses are perfect by themselves for the summer, or paired with tights and a bonnet for winter. So cute! We’ll take one in every color please ;)

Childhoods Clothing || I adore the soft colors and neural designs. Not to mention the clothing is so cozy. If you are waiting to find out the gender of the baby, this is your place to shop. I love their dresses, tees, and rompers to name a few.

Crew and Lu || I’m on a major mauve kick right now, and Crew and Lu has got me covered. Also, I am dying over this linen romper.

Thief and Bandit || I love the fun, southwest designs that thief and bandit offers. There’s an adult and kid’s line, so if you’re all about being matchy matchy, look no further and thief and bandit.

Mabo Kid’s || Mabo Kid’s is a fun line for a classic, vintage look. I particularly love their pajamas. We got Piper these red polka dot ones for Christmas, and they were perfect!

Rylee and Cru || Unique, adorable, and classic. LOVE the Ryle and Cru line.

Billie Blooms || For bloomers, I love billie blooms. They are perfect paired with a little tee for warm summer days. Plus, they leave you cute chubby baby legs out in the open for squeezing and chewing on all day long.

Vann & Liv || If you’re local to Greenville, Vann & Liv has adorable clothing. You can read all about them on a post I shared, here.

Target || Have you seen their Cat & Jack line?? Seriously, so cute! It’s super affordable too. I picked up the cutest little top for Piper the other day for only $4, and it wasn’t even on sale! If you haven’t checked them out, I highly recommend.

Baby Gap || And of course, there is the classic baby gap. With sales going on often, it’s a little more budget friendly, and you can find absolutely adorable staple wardrobe pieces. When Piper was first born, we got a lot of her pants and onesies from here.

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I want to mention, I am also a big fan of hand-me-downs, thrifted, and borrowed items ;).

Okay, off I go now to shop! What are your favorite kid’s clothing stores!?

*photos by jessi nichols photography

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