Brooks’ Nursery Tour

I’m so excited to be sharing our sweet boys nursery today. So much love and so many hands went into creating his space and I couldn’t be happier with how it came together.

I scoured Pinterest searching for inspiration for a boys nursery that wasn’t filled with race cars or too animal themed. I know one day he’ll ask for his walls to be filled with ugly cartoon posters so for now, I wanted it to be a calming space for all of those late nights. I wanted something different and loved the idea of wallpaper but I didn’t want ALL of the walls to be wallpapered, so I stumbled upon a room that was paneled and knew that’s what I wanted to do. My uncle is an amazing contractor in our area and he swooped in and made my dreams a reality. Brooks’ room is by far the nicest room in our house and I’m already dreading the day he marks on these walls ha!

Finding the right wallpaper was HARD. Everything I liked was way too feminine but everything that screamed BOY was dark and harsh. I wanted it to still be soft and calm, so when I came across Joanna Gaines’ line at Home Depot and found this print, I knew it was the one! It’s neutral but still gives off the sweet nursery vibe I wanted.

Sources

You can find just about everything on my Amazon lists. Click each one below to shop!

Nursery

Must Have Baby Items

Postpartum

Rug: Rugs USA

Banner above crib: Secret Holiday Co

Side Table: Target similar

Wall Hanging: Saegan Moran

Art above glider: We picked this piece up from the Paris flee market and I love that it now has a home in B’s room

Art above dresser: Large map was a piece Adam picked up from a trip to Europe, small landscape piece is from Minted, gold frame is Target.

Baby Books: I have two because I’m extra.

Artifact Uprising Baby Book & Promptly Journal

Okay, this is what our changing area usually looks like, to be honest. I just wanted it clean for photos 😉 I always have a waterproof changing mat on top of our adorable Olli Ella basket liner. It’s so much easier to toss those in the wash and throw another on top. I was hesitant about a wipe warmer but since Brooks was a winter baby I feel like having a nice warm wipe is just the nice thing to do. We like ours, it’s from Target, but I’m sure any that you find on Amazon would do, too! And lastly on the dresser is another night light. We have the Hatch rest in our room so we can easily check on Brooks while he’s still in his bassinet, so Adam ordered this one and we really love how simple it is. It makes the middle of the night changes so nice and easy with the soft glow.

Pregnancy by the month

I knew I wanted to capture every minute of my growing bump and am so happy that I did! I can’t believe how incredible womens bodies are for growing our little ones. I loved every minute of pregnancy and was really lucky to have a fairly easy 39 weeks. We’ll see if the next time around is as smooth sailing 😉

Nine months of growing baby brav <3

Brooks Porter

Our son, Brooks Porter arrived four days before his due date, nice and early on Thursday, January 23rd. My contractions started out of nowhere (after rearranging furniture in the guest room and washing every piece of laundry we had) oh, and eating half of a pineapple.

I started getting some minor cramps at home around 1pm after rearranging the guest room and washing every piece of bedding in our house. The contractions went from 20 minutes apart to quickly be on average 3-4 minutes apart so once they were like that for an hour we thought maybe we should just go get checked? I was hesitant because I was totally fine and functioning through them and didn’t want to be that girl in triage that came in and was a 1. Come to find out, I was a 6! They admitted me at about 6pm and I labored naturally for 4 hours until I just could not take it anymore and had not progressed. I felt so defeated. I really wanted to have a medication free birth but the pain was so crippling and I just didn’t get a break from the back labor. I was in so much pain and my body wasn’t able to relax. I finally asked for the epidural and it only worked on one side haha doesn’t it figure? I finally felt relief and got to relax for a good amount of hours but by the time it was time to push it had totally worn off. I pushed for about 45 minutes and he was born!

We are just soaking up every minute of him. He is such a sweet baby and we’re just all figuring out how to function on VERY little sleep.

One Year In

It has officially been one whole year of us moving out of a bustling city and relocating to a small, country town and really, it’s been pretty seamless. The first few months were a little bit of a whirlwind just trying to adjust, Adam got a new job, we were living with my Mom while house hunting and saving but then the months flew by. We spent summer afternoons at my Grandparents pool, had family barbecues, spent time with our best friends and met new friends.

We run into a lot of people that say “Oh gosh, WHY would you ever move back here from LA”? and really, the answer is so simple. Because a small town is where we want to be. We knew that when we started to look for a home that Southern California was not where we were going to find a house. Sure, we could have found a 2 bedroom condo, walking distance to a farmers market, and that sounds like so much fun, but that’s just not what we were looking for. We wanted a driveway and a backyard for a dog (spoiler alert: we ended up with two!) and a big kitchen to host dinners. We knew that if we were going to find any of that, it would be in this sweet little town. So when we found this house (for FAR much less than a condo in LA) we knew we were right. I love coming home from a shoot and not having to park three blocks away from my front door. I love our big backyard (that is currently full of weeds but that we have big plans for). I love that I know there are going to be parking spots when I want to go to the grocery store or to a shop downtown (and omg I don’t have to pay for parking when I just need to run in for butter!!)**Can you tell that I was SO over the parking situations in SoCal? haha. I love that if I’m going to travel 30 miles, it will take me about 30 minutes to get there. I love so much that Adam is home by 6pm every night (at the latest) and that I have an office to work in at home. I love that my family lives no more than five whole minutes away and if I need them here, they can be here at the drop of a dime. I love that I can go to my nephews 8th grade graduation on a Friday morning because his school is down the street. I mean, I could just go ON and ON and ON but I think you get the idea.

Sure we miss cool, new restaurants but this little town is growing and new places are popping up every month. I miss my friends, but LA was so hard to get around that it was still hard for us to get together if one of us was in Long Beach and another was in the Valley or down in OC. I’m very thankful for social media that lets me still connect with people and not feel so distant from them. And also, we’re only a three hour drive to Los Angeles. I have made many trips already for work and don’t mind a quick day trip to spend time with friends.

I know a lot of people that are moving out of the LA area for their kids and that’s another reason we wanted to get out before we got to that point. Just the fact that I know family is so close to help with kids (when that time comes) is so worth it. And that we have the room for them to roam and play outside like I did as a kid makes me so happy.

So that’s that. In a nutshell, we are so happy to live where we do. We live in the most darling neighborhood, have really wonderful neighbors and we are so excited to have a house with two extra rooms to host friends that want to come and visit! If you’ve been planning a trip to the Sequoias or to Yosemite, be sure to let us know because you’ll practically have to pass by our house to get there!

Recent Amazon Favorites

Amazon has it all. And by all I seriously mean ALL. I’ve recently found a favorite brand on their for some amazing Free People and Spell knock offs for a fraction of the price and couldn’t be happier with them! I still 100% believe in investing in quality pieces (hello, Madewell jeans forever) but for fun summer dresses, I have been loving that I don’t have to spend more than $30 for some really cute stuff. Now, while most are Prime (thank heavens for prime) there were a couple things that took an entire month to get to me and one was pretty terrible so that’s frustrating but hey, that’s kind of what you get in the world of fast fashion.

You can find all of these, and a few more, on my Amazon page HERE.

Sizing reference…I’m 5’3″ with a large chest and hips so I typically order a Large in everything. Especially because most things are coming straight from China so I know the sizes run small. Here are my favorites!

This dress is the easiest to throw on! I love the little buttons at the top and it’s a VERY fun, punchy pink/red. The only thing is that it’s cut pretty low so I would opt to wear a cute lace bralette if you’re not the type to want to show cleav. I also think it would be the most perfect swimsuit coverup or beach day dress. It’s super lightweight and soft! I’m wearing a large.

LOVE THIS ONE!

This was one of the items I waited a month for. It was definitely worth the wait because it’s pretty heavenly. It’s similar to the material in the shorter dress above but a little bit heavier. I love the tassels and the length. You could tie the tassels or leave them. Now, when will it be in the low 70’s again so I can wear this one?

Okay now this one is my favorite. It’s a total Free People knockoff and honestly, I like it more than the FP version. It’s thinner so it’s not as much material weighing you down and it comes in some dreamy colors. It was super hard to decide between this one, white (I mean duh) and a blush but I love this soft sage color. I think it may be perfect for fall photos this year! I’m wearing a Medium in this because that’s the largest size these dresses come in for some reason, but the top is nice and stretchy so I feel like it’s a very versatile size! Wear the sleeves up on your shoulders or down (although, if you put them up chances are they’re going to fall down anyways sooo)

This is the best little summer dress. It’s lightweight and the material is just thick enough to not show and lumps or bumps. I love the little (faux) wooden buttons on this one. Wearing a Large!

Feel free to reach out if you have any questions about any of these items! It’s so fun to find them and even more fun when they come in and they’re actually nice quality and CUTE!

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