Quick Lit July

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I grew up reading…alot. I have just always loved reading. One of my favorite spots in my house growing up was a window seat where I would sit and read for hours..or an outdoor swing by the pond where I’d sit and read and journal. I read every single Nancy Drew, Babysitter’s club and a lot of Anne of Green Gables. I’ve just grown up reading, and getting lost in a book is my absolute favorite. One of the perks of traveling alot in the summer is getting to read in the car. Here are a few books I’ve read in the past month.

Every Wild Heart

I wasn’t sure if I was going to like this book when I first started reading it, but it turned out to be a great Mother Daughter story. I also loved listening to Delilah growing up and the mom has a radio show and it seemed like her former show was more like Delilah’s show. I love that it has G.G.’s playlist at the end + suggestions for other Mother Daughter books to read.

I Almost Missed You

I read this in a day..on Father’s Day. We drove to Greensboro and back and I finished this trip on 540 on the way back. It was such a great easy beach kind of read about a couple who kept secrets from each other and you get to read the story also from their best friends’ point of view. You kind of bounce back and forth between a few years and a few different people’s stories.

The Jane Austen Project

This is an amazing book, especially for any Jane Austen lover. It’s a really gripping story about time travel and changing history, but it also talks a lot about details of Jane Austen’s life that I didn’t know about. (And now I want to read more about her life so if you have any suggestions for any other great reads about Jane Austen, let me know) This was one of those that I picked up, like, will I really like this? And I loved it!

New York

I am a huge fan of historical fiction, and I wanted to read something about the history of New York. After reading this, I am still fascinated by the story of New York, so any other books you’ve read, I love to hear them! This starts with the Dutch, goes through the revolutionary + civil wars, stock market crash, and the twin towers. It was beautifully written and kept my attention the whole way. I wish he had more books about American cities but I absolutely want to read his book about Paris .Some of the things I learned about New York that I didn’t know – Wall Street was named after the Wall the Dutch built around the city at that spot. I also learned so much about Trinity church and other places I’d love to see in New York. (Another great book I read about New York last fall was A Fall of Marigolds.

The Lost Book of the Grail

Another really great summer read, and I loved Arthur’s character instantly. This was one that I couldn’t put down. It’s a great story about two people who are looking for the Holy Grail and the adventures they have + what they discover. This is not historical fiction but someone who is a history lover would love this book.

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Happy First Birthday! 

Durham Lifestyle Baby Photographer 

It still amazes me every time someone emails me about one year portraits. How does time fly by so quickly and little newborns become one year olds? Happy First Birthday to this sweet girl! I first met these two at their maternity portraits over a year ago, and their newborn portraits at their loft – this Mama knows how to decorate. What a beautiful space + awesome location for walking distance to lots of fun stuff. Their baby girl, oh my goodness, was just so happy and full of personality for her one year portraits. She loved being outside and playing with her Mommy + Daddy. She giggled and giggled and was just so happy and then at the end was all of a sudden so tired. I love that we were able to capture her rubbing her eyes. So much cuteness!

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According to Mom…

Who are the members of your family and a quick fact about each one? Justin-He is a sweet nerdy, rule following, best dad!
Natosha-nurse and wild card
Camille-the best babe who is the best cuddlier but also full of attitude

Does your little one have any favorites? She loves tomatoes, cantaloupe, and watermelon. She also loves to dance around the house to almost any music but we listen to toni basil’s Mickey a lot and she loves it. My girl is another of her favorites. Cam has no time for books, she will not sit still for more than 1 minute.

What was your favorite part of the session? My favorite part of the session was how easy it was. I was so worried Camille would cry, not look at the camera, and be generally be misbehaved. But she was great and Becky made it easy for all 3 of us. It was fast and easy!

Tell me about the outfits that you wore to the session. I got my outfit for jcrew online. Jcrew is easy for me? I know exactly what Size I wear there, so I can online shop! Camille’s outfit was the most important and it’s from old navy. I want something the showed off her cute little legs and that she could move in. And justin just threw something on;)

What words of wisdom do you have for other moms preparing for a session? My only advice is to just relax, smile and don’t worry too much about what your little one will do. The pictures will be great no matter.

What has been your favorite gear during baby’s first year? We got a lot of use out of our boppy lounger, ergobaby carrier, advent soothie pacifiers, Aden and anais dream blankets (love), pack n play, and a good stroller.

Do you have any pets? How do they get along with your little one? Any cute stories?  We have a Cat named Aster and Camille loves her. She is always trying to chase her down. When she does get to pet her she rubs her head on her and giggles, every time! Aster is great with her too, you would think she would run but she usually sits fairly patiently and lets it happen.

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July Favorites

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There’s nothing like deep breaths after laughing that hard. Northing in the world like a sore stomach for the right reasons. -Stephen Chbosky.

    We just finished our Coastal Minis and had to finish our week at the beach with ice cream from Beaches-n-Cream, because they are the best. If you follow me, then you know I’m super strict about how much sugar I eat..but I can’t go to the beach without my ice cream. Their flavors are amazing, and I definitely try to get Krispy Kreme or Red Velvet Cheesecake while I’m there. (Red velvet is an absolute favorite of mine and then add in cheesecake..oh my, love.) On that note, I did hear that the Cheesecake Factory is having 1/2 price cheesecake at the end of the month if anyone else is a fan of their red velvet cheesecake. (National Cheesecake Day is July 30th) And now I’m not thinking about sugar and desserts or anything, ha!

Favorites in July

1.Peaches. Am I the only one that thinks Peaches are the best part of summer? My fridge is overflowing, and I just can’t eat enough of them. And the white ones, so so yum! The white peaches are just so sweet. I don’t need cobbler or extra sugar, etc, just give me the fruit!

2.Lazy 5 Ranch. We headed to the grandparents which aren’t too far from Lazy 5 ranch, and we headed out there to see all the animals. So my car is approaching 200,000 miles and is still cruising, but Michael’s car is a lot newer. Plus, the kids don’t ride in his as much so it’s always super clean. Driving his car probably wasn’t the best idea because the Watusi  (the largest horned cattle breed in the world) came like millimeters from his car with their huge horns. You can of course roll down the windows and feed the animals. The kids were more content to look at all the animals, but definitely rolled down the window and fed the Llamas. (because you know, we are big Llama Llama Red Pajamafans) and this version, too! ha! And we had just fed Llamas a week before at my sweet friend’s farm, so they have been quite attached to llamas lately. Lazy 5 Ranch is huge. I mean, it’s pretty much amazing how huge it is. You definitely have to block out a lot of time to go through it. (And you may get someone in front of you that stos at every single animal so could take longer. It’s just miles and miles of animals) fIt’s really beautiful, and there are a ton of animals. You have to watch out for the Zebras – they warn you a few times + there are several signs not to feed or pet them. (You can see all of the animals they have on their website here) You are not allowed to bring your pets + the ranch only takes cash so come prepared. It started raining during the last part of our ride through but we had seen so much at that point, it wasn’t a big deal, and the animals were acting like nothing was even going on. (Still coming up to cars to eat..a little rain wasn’t going to bother them!) It was really neat to see all the trees and the tree roots. It’s so easy to forget the huge roots that are under the ground, and Owen enjoyed seeing all of the roots. The giraffes were in a fenced in area with a barn, and it was fun to see them! There was a lot of cattle, cows, deers, and pigs everywhere. What a fun afternoon at the ranch.

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3. Speaking of Llamas…bottle feeding the baby lambs + also getting to feed the Llamas was such a treat for my boys. We’ve never gotten to bottle feed little lambs, the sweetest.

4.Electronic Battleship and Clue. We had a blast playing both of these at the beach July 4th, and so we came home and bought Electronic Battleship . The best part of it? You can play all by yourself against the computer, so it’s been very entertaining for Owen.

5.Southern Sugar Bakery. I just realized I hadn’t put them on the blog as a favorite before – if you need cookies, these girls are amazing. I recently bought some super cute keys/front door cookies for my new neighbor!

6.There is a steamer basketfor the Instant Pot . You know I’m a huge fan of the instapot and nom nom paleo is my favorite place for recipes. (Oh, and she has has a new book you can preorder.)

7.Bijou Southern – super cute stuff!

8.Magic tree house at the UNC Planetarium. Owen is in love with everything chapter books right now, and you know how hard it is to get Magic Tree House books at the library. He loves theIncreible Fact Book, and also that you can get the matching fictionand Nonfictionbooks. We have to request them or just see what three books they have on the shelf when we are there, ha! The Planetarium show truly was magical + the boys just loved it. It was thirty minutes long, and just perfect. They also did a ten minute show after to talk about what constellations you can see in the Chapel Hill sky. I don’t know if my boys could sit through another show after that. The history of the Planetarium is really neat, and they’ve actually trained astronauts there.

9.Having lots and lots of books everywhere. We go to the library, like all the time. I have this seriously long hold list and we are always getting notifications a book is ready. Sometimes Owen reads three chapter books a day. Thank you, library for the endless amounts of free books.

10.On that note, Audiobooks. My kids have really been into audiobooks lately. Owen is currently listening to Wonderand next on his list is My Father’s Dragon.

11. Sheet pan dinners. Why are these just showing up in my newsfeed? Anyone have any favorite recipes? I have been known to be addicted to roasting brussel sprouts seven days a week but I didn’t even think about a whole meal in a pan. I just don’t have enough of my brain to think of all the possibilities because this.

12. The size of this bookwas daunting, and it took me an entire week to read it. (I know you’re thinking thats not a long time, but I just read realllly fast. I was one of those kids teachers always told to slow down) I really enjoyed learning a lot about the history of New York. Super interesting book, I’ll definitely have to read more of his books!

13. Two things I have seen at newborn sessions that are awesome for new moms – the Boppy newborn lounger+ the Kiinde Storage and Bottles . Realllly great baby gear.

14. I finally finished 13 Reasons because I need netflix for editing. It just helps so much when I’m sitting sitting sitting at the computer forever. It was very interesting and such a reminder of how cruel high school can be…but now I’m at a loss as to what to watch next. Suggestions, PLEASE!

15. Loved this article so much. A good reason to limit my screen time for my kiddos so they can have more days making fake F.B.I. cards and sketching.

17. Do we have Laughter yoga in Raleigh? This looks like so much fun. Fake laughing totally makes me crack up.

18. SmartyPants Kids Vitamins. Love that they have B12, D3 and fish oil. This is not your normal run of the mill kids vitamin.

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Perfect Summer Light 

Wake Forest Maternity Portraits 

These two are just so sweet together, and they stayed out in the heat for their maternity portraits like it was nothing. It has been hot lately, people. Like seriously hot..like you can’t even believe it hot.I had a session last night and everyone looked stunning, but it was 90 degrees and we were cruising right along. You can tell these two just have so much fun together – so much laughter during this session. The area where we had their maternity portraits had a lot more water an usual and was a little bit flooded. The water also smelled super bad, which you know, when you’re pregnant, all smells are worse. So, this Mama was even more of a trooper. Plus, she is having twins (so exciting!) so she’s basically superwoman!

I love this location because the light is just so pretty! It’s one of the location options for our maternity mini sessions, and it’s just so pretty all year. I loved the images at the end with the rocks and the water (it was moving so fast!) It did smell a little worse out there, but the photos were totally worth it! I even had to yell a lot. Water + wind can make it hard to hear me. I was laughing so hard I was crying at our Coastal Minis because seriously, no one can hear me, especially when I’m behind the camera – ha! Click here for more information on booking a maternity or newborn session. We also are sending out info tonight at 8PM about all our options for Holiday minis in the fall so sign up for the newsletter for more information.

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A Dream Come True

Raleigh Lifestyle Newborn Photography NC 

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Keep some room in your heart for the unimaginable.

-Mary Oliver.

A baby is a dream come true… When I show up to a newborn session, I’m photographing the many prayers, dreams, hopes..all those moments that eventually led to a such a precious gift for their family. Mom + Dad may be sleep deprived and ready for a nap, (who isn’t always ready for a nap the first few months/years with a little one) but what I also get to capture is the doting on their little one…the huge love that happens in those first weeks at home bonding with this little person you have been dreaming of and waiting for. This daddy was just so precious with his baby girl, swaying her and rocking her in her favorite spot. And every time her Mama held her, she was wide awake, ready to party. Just so precious! Those two are just going to have so much fun together, getting pedicures and going shopping! This is why I love my job…I love capturing newborns personality in the first few weeks and also the miracle of new life. I have gotten to photograph so many sweet newborns this month…Looking forward to so many more in the next few weeks! If you’re due this fall/winter, and haven’t gotten on the schedule yet, contact me ASAP! We are almost full for the fall/winter month newborns!

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