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The Frame Collection | It’s here!

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You have asked, and so they are here- the frame collection.  And there is a little bit of everything- classic black and white, brushed gold and silver, and natural woods.

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And I  love them!  They are beautiful, high quality wood frames…that speak of themselves better in person. So I will show you next time at your ordering session- when you need a frame for- Grandma’s print for Christmas, that collection you want to display over your couch, your desk at work, or that show stopper image for the nursery that makes you smile every time you rock your little one to sleep.

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P.S.  I just ordered this dark wood collection for over my couch! Can’t wait to fill it with pictures!
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And how fun would something like this be at the breakfast table!
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Courtney - Wow, beautiful Cassie! Love them all.

Visiting our favorite spot in Boston | Castle Island

Overlooking the Bay.  I said to myself, ” Today is a good day.”

Yesterday, Sammy and I sat on the hill at Castle Island and watched the boats go by.  She crawled through the grass and sat a good distance away where she looked out over the ocean for the longest time.  It is always so peaceful at Castle Island and is by far our favorite spot in Boston.

I had forgotten how much I loved this place.  It use to be a regular.

When it was just Matt and I and we were newbies to Boston, this is where we would go each evening- to talk, to run the pleasure bay loop that stretches out into the water, to play a game of cards, or just sit and watch the boats go by  It was one of the first places we took Sammy after she was born.  And though we are a few miles into the city now…I think it will once again become one or our regulars.   Ooo I can’t wait to fly kites in the fall when Sammy can walk!

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Baby Charlotte | Boston Newborn Photographer

At 5 weeks early, you wanted to be so so close to your mommy and daddy. So that is where we kept you for almost the entire session.  Right where you could feel their warmth, hear their heartbeat, and know that you were perfectly safe.

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But we did catch just a few by yourself…so your momma and daddy can always remember just how small you once were ( really really small)!
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Our Trip to San Francisco

We started our day very early, as we were still on Eastern time, and climbed up to the top of the city just after sunrise.  Looking out this is what we saw…

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After some excursions around town we drove to the bridge where we hiked along the water.  Most people choose to cross the bridge to the other side.  We chose to leave the crowd of tourists and stay along the San Francisco coast where there was a gem of a hiking trail that slowly meandered down to a private beach!  It was stunning!
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And here is the part of the story where mommy had a great  idea.  My idea was to walk back along the beach and underneath the Golden Gate Bridge…rather than hike all the way back up the path we came.  And so we began along the water’s edge.  A little while into our walk we passed what looked like some homeless men sitting in teetering rock shelters.  There skin was leathery tan and their beards hung down to their chests which was bare along with everything else (at least so we thought, but they were sitting down and I didn’t bother to confirm our assumption).  A few minutes further, I looked up from the sand to see a stark naked man walking towards us. He was soon followed by another and another and another.  We were in the middle of a nude beach… a very odd one I might add with homeless looking men but also some that looked like they just got off from work and decided to come down for a stroll!!! I am not sure what I looked like…but I am sure it was awkward. We had already walked a good ways and instead of turning around and following their butt cheeks back to where we started we kept going. So I just shuffled along , staring at the sand probably a little red in the face.

We escaped the nude male beach rather quickly…but our adventure didn’t end there.  The tide was slowly coming in and we found ourselves wading into a rocky section of the beach.  During that time, I was carrying Sammy. We both got smacked by a large cold Pacific Ocean wave… that almost took my feet out.  Matt helped us both to a sandier section just a little ways before the Golden Gate.  Here is where my idea completely bombed.

The bridge was completely barb wired off and said in huge red letters. “DO NOT TRESPASS YOU WILL BE PROSECUTED.”  Really not wanting to go back through the nude beach or wade back into the somewhat dangerous waters….we both looked up the mountainous slope.  Matt and I went back and forth on what to do. We ended up agreeing to climb. So Matt took Sammy from me and strapped her in like a koala. He proceeded to climb…she swinging beneath him grabbing onto the passing weeds. I followed…the whole way praying that Matt wouldn’t slip.  My husband is extremely athletic, but this was sandy, dusty, soil and we were just sinking inches into the dirt and sliding as we climbed.

Though it was steep it didn’t take him long to scramble up to the top… I on the other hand emerged almost completely covered in dust that now clung to my wet clothing.  We looked at each other and did a little bit of a nervous dance…excited that we just defeated the circumstances, but a little shaken up by what it took.  Sammy, on the other hand, thought it was the best adventure ever…as you can see she is clearly thrilled:)

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Courtney - You guys are hilarious! I want to go on adventures with you :)

Dressing your baby bump

At 7 months pregnant I finally broke down and bought maternity clothes.  The rubber band method or sagging my pants, just wasn’t working anymore.  But I didn’t want to spend for clothes I was going to wear just for just a few months, especially ugly clothes.  Because you really do need to feel good about your clothes as you waddle down the street. So here is where I shopped and went for inspiration:

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These ladies are super-stylish and are both currently pregnant! Go check out their blogs for some inspiration…I promise it will get you excited about styling your baby bump body. As I read through their posts, I found that I didn’t have to wear the plain tops that ruched up the side and gathered underneath my chest with the pregnancy pants that could almost be a strapless jumpsuit (almost:)These two moms shattered my concept of what to wear during pregnancy.

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And here are two stores you may not know about as you go shopping-

Asos.com 

The Hatch Collection

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P.S. And sometimes you can find stretchy or oversized steals from forever 21 or hm.

So have fun, because you should feel so sooo special as you show off your coming new family member!