It’s so fun to give super cute gifts when a baby is born, such as a baby blanket, outfit, or a new baby toy… STOP right there! Did you know there are other great ways to show your excitement? New parents are so busy with their new bundle of joy that they don’t want to worry about is what’s for dinner, who is in charge of the laundry, and keeping the house from turning into a huge mess.

New parents honestly need the most help with everyday tasks that can’t be ignored. When friends and family that show their excitement with acts of service or gifting them the appreciation is huge. Gifts for the baby are great too, but it’s extremely nice to have help and one less thing to worry about.  This allows momma to focus on the new little one and healing properly, instead of stressing about how to keep a family fed and the house in order.

5 Ideas to Give a Gift of  “Time” to New Parents

Meal Planning

This is probably the most important one. A new mom (and her family) need to eat; she needs to be nourished to have the energy to keep going.

Meal planning and cooking is a hard task for someone who is already spread thin. Putting together a meal, or several, for the new family will truly be a blessing. There are tons of different freezer meal recipes available online, which are amazing. They just need to be thawed and heated up in a Crockpot or tossed in the oven. Restaurant gift cards are also another amazing way to help feed the new family. They can have a delicious meal delivered right to their door.

Family-friendly freezer meals –https://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/healthy-freezer-meal-prep-dinners-for-new-moms/

You can even organize a meal train, involving others who also want to help feed the family. There are some great online resources to help you with this.

Meal Train –www.mealtrain.com

Take Them a Meal –https://takethemameal.com/index.php

Cleaning Service

Trying to create a new schedule and routine when a new baby arrives is exhausting! Not to mention the lack of sleep. Cleaning is one of the last things on the list and new parents don’t have the energy or drive to pull out the cleaning supplies and scrub that toilet.

By purchasing a cleaning service for the new parents, you will be gifting them a clean home. Most services offer different packages. You can decide what fits your budget, but once a week for 4 weeks would be a godsend to any new parent. Heck, even just one deep clean would be amazing. Or if you are the cleaning type, you can even come over and do the cleaning and a few loads of laundry, unload the dishwasher or vacuum while the new parents enjoy some much-needed rest.

Quick Pick Ups

Before heading out to the grocery store or Target call your new mom friend and see if she needs anything. Even if she says no, the gesture means so much, and don’t give up, eventually she will take you up on your offer.

Go ahead and just pick up a couple of things anyway. Pick up some of her favorite snacks anyways and surprise her.  These will be easy to grab when she is need of a quick snack.

Help with Pets

Offering to take the dog on a quick walk, toss the ball for him, clean the litter box, or even offer to pet sit for a few days so the family has one less member to worry about.  Pets are wonderful but when new parents are devoting all their attention to a new little one, they can feel left out so by offering to help out and give their furry member some extra attention can make a huge difference. It can even lift some of that guilt the new parents might have by not giving their pets the attention they are used to. 

Babysit (the older kids)

If this isn’t their first baby dividing attention to older siblings is always difficult. You can offer to babysit older children or arranging a playdate. This will give the older siblings some special time away. You can take them to the park or even get some ice cream. They can be the center of attention or a brief time. This can help them feel special and important while having some fun away from home.

Hopefully, these unique gift ideas are helpful, as a gift giver, or even a receiver (it’s ok to ask for any of these). A new addition to your family is a huge blessing, but it is also a stressful time. These gift ideas are supposed to help ease the transition, stress, and also offer more “time” bonding with a new little one.

SHARETWEETPINCONTACTSUBSCRIBE

Traveling with kids is a piece of cake… said NO ONE EVER!!!

Spring break is upon us and everyone is excited to break out of their routine and have some fun. However, traveling with kids isn’t always fun or easy. Being the parent who tries (and fails) to reason with their toddler on the plane, with all those eyes judging is not what anyone looks forward to. It’s easy to end up so frustrated by the end of the road trip that you don’t even care about screen time if it gives five more minutes of quiet. Luckily there are a few tips and tricks that can make travel much easier. Give one or all of these tips a go, and you might just keep your sanity during the next time you travel. The end result is for EVERYONE to enjoy the break and make some amazing memories, and maybe even get a tan instead of a headache.

SNACK IDEAS

Snacks are a HUGE must when traveling with kids, no matter what your means of transportation are. When picking out snack definitely pack some favorites, but also pack some new, fun snacks, that your kids don’t regularly have.

Here are some ideas:

  • Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches: These can be pre-made and even cut into fun shapes using cookie cutters.
  • Apple Slices: Cut these ahead of time and to keep them from turning brown brush them with a little lemon juice. It won’t affect the taste of the apple. You might even bring some dipping sauce such as peanut butter or if you are brave, caramel.
  • Snack Mix Bags: Pretzels, crackers, Bugles, M&M’s and any other snacks your child loves.
  • Pudding Cups: These are great, they don’t need to be refrigerated and are thick enough that they won’t slide off the spoon. Just don’t forget the spoons!!
  • Snack Necklaces: Use yarn to create a necklace. You can string Fruit Loops, Cheerios, Pretzels, Life Saver Gummies, and any other treat you can sting. These are fun, new and take a while to eat. Plus you don’t have to worry about them spilling their snack in the car or on the plane.
  • Gummy Snacks: These are easy, not messy and yummy!!
  • Pop Corn: Pop it ahead of time and place it in a sandwich or snack bag. If they don’t finish the bag you can zip it up and save it for later. Or if you prefer you can buy the flavored individual bags at the store.

ACTIVITY IDEAS

Have a backpack or bag for each child. Fill it with special travel activities that include some of their favorite things to do, but that are NEW to them. They will think of it as a gift and will be excited.

Here are some ideas:

  • Water WOW: Just fill the brush with water and they can paint the pictures over and over and over again. Plus, the book has a special place to store the brush, so it won’t get lost.
  • Color Wonder: Another great option for mess-free coloring. These markers won’t ruin clothing and the color pages are available in many characters and even blank pages.
  • Books: Pack a few of their favorites in their bags. These can be read aloud or they can also enjoy looking at the pictures on their own. You can even pack a few in your suitcase and trade them out when you return.
  • Magnetic tins or drawing boards: These can be a fun and simple way to entertain your toddlers. Just make sure its age appropriate it so you don’t have a choking hazard on your hands.
  • Wikki Sticks or Pipe Cleaners: These will keep their hands busy and can be reused again and again.
  • Music: Kids love to sing and dance. I know as a parent, you can only take those nursery songs for so long, but they just might save your sanity. Jewel has several kids’ songs that aren’t terrible to listen to and they add a different spin to the classic nursery rhymes.
  • Tablet: Try to limit them to 30-minute intervals. I mean no one wants a screaming kid, but you also don’t want them in tech coma. Add a few new episodes of their favorite shows and a few new movies. Don’t forget headphones, especially if you are flying.
  • Don’t forget to pack their favorite stuffed animal and a cuddly blanket. These will bring them comfort and maybe even entice them to take a NAP!

Most of these ideas work for driving or flying and are huge lifesavers. Here’s to keeping your sanity and enjoying your travels. Have fun traveling and don’t forget to snap a few shots of your time together! We would love to see!

SHARETWEETPINCONTACTSUBSCRIBE

So, you’re pregnant and super excited! Something is happing every single day with your little peanut, but what? You want to know every detail, and you should, it’s an EXCITING time! There are so many apps available to help you out, here are a few of my favorite.

What to Expect

This app offers:

  • Personalized pregnancy tracker that shows your baby’s daily development.
  • 15,000+ medically accurate articles on every aspect of pregnancy and parenting, from preconception through the toddler years.
  • Week-by-week development info, helping you understand your changing body and
    baby’s amazing development through each stage of pregnancy.
  • Daily tips, up-to-the-minute health news, and personal stories from real parents.
  • Pregnancy videos showing just what to expect this week.

 The Bump

This app offers:

  • The Bump compares your baby’s growth in utero to beautifully illustrated fruit.
  • Comprehensive updates about the changes and developments happening to both your baby and body and learn how best to prepare for them.
  • The Bump delivers fresh and relevant content for the specific week of your pregnancy. The articles are timely and extensive: always know what’s safe and normal; find out how to ward off morning sickness; learn the best things to pack in your hospital bag, and discover how fellow moms are embracing pregnancy and motherhood.
  • The ability to ask questions and get quick answers from three different sources

Baby Center

This app offers:

  • Perfectly timed information about what to expect throughout your pregnancy by simply entering your baby’s due date.
  • Get the expert fetal development articles and videos you’d expect from BabyCenter in your daily maternity calendar, an informative countdown to your due date.
  • Daily pregnancy news feed, food and nutrition ideas, health and pregnancy exercise advice, weekly checklists and reminders, and tips for dealing with morning sickness and other pregnancy symptoms.
  • Explore fun and helpful pregnancy tools like the bumpie photo diary, baby names finder, baby kick counter, contraction timer, and birth plan checklist for expecting mothers.
  • Once your newborn arrives, your pregnancy app automatically turns into a daily parenting guide, with tools like the baby growth tracker, to support you through your first year as a parent with a new baby, week by week and month by month.

 Pregnancy +

This app offers:

  • DAILY pregnancy info
  • Color and Scan images
  • Personal Diary
  • Pregnancy Weight log
  • Doc Visits log
  • Diet, exercise and labor info
  • Kick Counter
  • Contraction Timer
  • Baby Shopping list
  • 1000s of Baby names
  • Baby Size Visualizer
  • Pregnancy week by week info

 Sprout Pregnancy

This app offers:

  • DAILY and weekly information about you and your developing baby
  • Personalized Pregnancy Timeline
  • Tools (Weight Tracker, Kick Counter, and Contraction Timer)
  • Checklists

All of these apps are free and some offer the option to upgrade for more features at a cost.  I hope this list of apps will help you find the right app for you. Congratulations!!

SHARETWEETPINCONTACTSUBSCRIBE

Pink or Blue?? Gender reveal parties are all the rage these days and you’d be amazed by some of the clever reveal ideas.  If you are expecting and looking for a fun and creative way to tell friends and family the gender, you would love hosting a gender reveal party. Here are my top 5 favorite reveals.

Jumbo Confetti Balloon!

A jumbo balloon is a great way to announce the gender of your little one. You can surprise guests with a pop of pink or blue confetti. This is a great reveal that is budget friendly. You can manually blow up the balloon yourself and hang from the ceiling or tree branch with twine or have it filled with helium at a local party store. It makes for an enjoyable way to announce, without breaking the bank.

Canvas Painting!

This is another fun idea that will result in babies first piece of art to decorate their room. You will need a canvas (whatever size works for your space), 8 black balloons, 2 or 3 different shades of pink or blue acrylic paint, tacks (to hold the balloons in place), a few darts. If you want to be surprised too, you will need and a trusted friend, to purchase the paint and fill the balloons.

Box of Balloons!

For this fun reveal all you need is a large box, decorated to taste, and a bunch of pink or blue helium balloons. Stuff the box or have a friend and then open the box together. It’s such a fun and surprising way to discover the gender.

 

Belly painting!

This one is simple but cute. Plus you will have a keepsake that you can wear for the remainder of your pregnancy or even frame it for some fun decorations in the nursery. All you need is pink or blue paint and a solid white top. If you and your partner are also being surprised you will need blindfolds for the both of you and friend that can paint your partner’s hands. Once they are painted he will need to place his hand on that adorable bump. Remove the blindfolds and the lift the painted hands to reveal the gender. It’s as simple as that, but tons of fun.

You may have seen a theme amongst my favorites… You can’t go wrong with balloons and paint, but if that’s not your thing, here is a TASTY alternative.

Cake Reveal!

This is a bit more complex and will be up in cost a little, but a great memory and tasty treat to share with guests. For this, you will need to find a bakery and pick the right cake. Be clear as to what you want, so you won’t be disappointed. There are so many options, colored cake, or filled cake to name a few. If you are want to be surprised too, you will need to have the ultrasound tech write the gender down and place it in an envelope. DON’T PEEK, this will so hard but remember, there will be cake!! Give the envelope to the bakery and be surprised when you cut into that cake.

 

For any of these reveals, you might even consider having a professional photographer present to help capture the special moment. Just think of the cuteness and candid photos that will be caught. I would love to chat about capturing your special moment, click here to contact me now! I hope one of these sparked your interest and will offer you another great memory of your little one at your gender reveal.

SHARETWEETPINCONTACTSUBSCRIBE

It is said that most old wives’ tales are myths, but when it comes to “predicting” the gender of your little one, they are fun to try anyway. Here are a few of our favorites.

You are expecting a boy if…

  • Your skin is glowing
  • Baby’s heart rate is less than 140
  • Dad gains weight with you
  • You are craving salty foods
  • You are craving meat
  • You are carrying low
  • The shape of your belly is like a basketball
  • You gaining weight in thighs
  • You become clumsy
  • You don’t have morning sickness and are feeling good
  • You have cold feet
  • You can only think of boy names
  • You have frequent headaches
  • You have dry skin
  • Your hair is growing and glowing
  • Your fingernails and toenails grow fast
  • Your age at conception added to the month of conception is an odd number
  • Your baking soda test fizzes

You are expecting a girl if…

  • You have acne and pimples all over
  • Your baby’s heart rate is more than 140
  • Dad stays fit
  • You are craving ice cream, cookies, slushies, ice, or anything sweet
  • You have an aversion to meat
  • You are carrying high
  • The shape of your belly is like a watermelon
  • You only gaining weight in your belly
  • You are graceful even when pregnant
  • You are sick all day every day with morning sickness
  • Your feet are not colder than usual
  • You can only think of girl names
  • You don’t have an unusual amount of headaches
  • Your skin is oily
  • Your hair is dull
  • Your fingernails and toenails are not growing faster than normal
  • Your age at conception added to the month of conception is an even number
  • Your baking soda test doesn’t fizz

What is the baking soda test?? Well, it’s easy and tests the pH of your urine. All you need to do it put a little baking soda in a paper cup and pee into the cup. You don’t need too much. If it starts to fizz you are expecting a boy if there is no fizz you are expecting a girl.

Right or wrong these little tests are sure fun. We hope you enjoy them!

SHARETWEETPINCONTACTSUBSCRIBE

Love is in the air… what better to do, then a CRAFT! Valentine’s Day is such a fun time for arts and crafts with the little ones. A homemade Valentine is always a crowd pleaser and a wonderful keepsake! Here are 5 fun Valentine crafts to get you started.

Shake-it Hearts 

Supplies:

  • A shoebox or large tupperware with a lid
  • White paper
  • Various paints (whatever colors you choose)
  • Marbles, bouncy balls or any small round object

Directions:

  1. Cut out heart shapes or any shape you would like.
  2. Place a few drops of paint in your shoe box or container, along with your marbles.
  3. Put on the lid and let your little one shake, roll, and twist the box to decorate the hearts.
  4. Let your creation dry.

    Toddler Scribble Heart 

Supplies:

  • White paper
  • Painters Tape
  • Markers (you can also do this with paint if you prefer)

Directions:

  1. Use the painter’s tape to create a heart or any shape you prefer on the white paper.
  2. Let your little one color to their heart’s content.
  3. Remove the painter’s tape and enjoy their masterpiece.

Paper Roll Heart Stamp 

 

Supplies:

  • Empty Paper towel or toilet paper roll
  • White paper
  • Various paint colors
  • Paper plate

Directions:

  1. Form the cardboard roll into a heart shape. This can be done by creasing the roll in two places and manipulating it into a heart shape.
  2. Pour paint onto the paper plate.
  3. Dip the heart stamp and stamp away.
  4. Let your stamping dry and add a special message if you would like.

Tear Art Card

Supplies:

  • Various colored paper (even the comics section of the news paper)
  • White paper
  • Glue stick or white glue

Directions:

  1. Cut white paper to the size you want your card to be.
  2. Draw a heart or any shape for your child to fill in.
  3. Tear or cut up your colored paper. (The little ones LOVE to help with this)
  4. Glue the torn paper pieces onto the card.
  5. Finish by writing a special message.

Celery Stamp Rose Bouquet

Supplies:

  • Cut celery stem (use your knife to cut the celery stocks off of the bundle)
  • White paper
  • Various paint colors
  • Paper plate

Directions:

  1. Put some paint on the paper plate.
  2. Put the celery stem into the paint and then onto your paper.
  3. Add stems or leaves if you would like.
  4. Let it dry and admire your beautiful roses. (You can even give a quick spray of perfume to add a special sent)

I hope one or more of these fun and simple Valentine crafts inspired you. Moms, Dads and Grandparents won’t be disappointed! Homemade crafts are always a special way to show someone they are loved. Have a crafty Valentine’s Day.

SHARETWEETPINCONTACTSUBSCRIBE

It’s no secret that the best part of any birthday is the cake. Seeing your sweet little one covered head to toe in yummy cake also makes for some super cute photos.

A smash cake is an adorable way to help your little one celebrate their first year. Even better, you can have it documented through a CAKE SMASH Photo Session. When your little one turns ONE, what better way to commemorate the milestone, than by letting them make a complete mess and having some seriously adorable pictures taken!?

Smash cakes are not only a great way to see your little one have an amazing first birthday but they will also grow through sensory play. Sensory play is learning through the senses and is essential for early fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. It also gives your little one free reign to explore different textures during unstructured play.

To begin your session we will start out with some regular photos in their special outfit or even their birthday suit before the real fun begins. After the regular photos are complete, it will be time to get the party started.

Who is ready for CAKE!?

Selecting the right cake can make all the difference during your cake smash session.  Here are a couple tips about what type of cake works best.

  • Buttercream or whipped cream frosting

The soft frosting is easier for little hands to squeeze, mash, and obviously EAT!

  • Bright colors

Using bright colors, sprinkles, or a favorite character can capture your little ones attention and draw them closer to investigate.

**Pro Tip**

Bringing your little ones favorite snack along can be a lifesaver. If they just aren’t interested in the cake at first, hiding their go-to snack behind the cake can often encourage them to check it out. Once they get close to the colorful cake its hard to resist getting a little messy.

Now that your little one is covered head to toe with cake and frosting their one big mess. What now? Let the fun continue with a BUBBLE BATH! Don’t worry, we will take some additional pictures of the cleanup, so you will have even more pictures to ooh and aah over as you look back on your babies first year.

Capturing this moment will be something you will cherish for years to come. CAKE SMASH Photo Sessions have become one of my favorite projects. Being a part of your little one’s special day is such an honor.

SHARETWEETPINCONTACTSUBSCRIBE

Any parent will tell you that their little ones grow up way too fast.  Every single photo taken offers a chance to freeze time in order to hold on to a special memory. Often these snapshots are taken with your camera phone and are great for everyday moments, but for those extra special milestones, you need a bit more. You want to be included in the pictures, not stuck taking them. This is where a professional can come in handy, and leave you with beautifully captured moments, in which you are a part of.

How many photos do you have of your entire family? If you’re anything like most families, then maybe a handful.

First things first, what is a professional photographer? Professional photographers not only capture your photos, but they also edit and retouch images in order to achieve a beautiful finished product. They know which angles are best, what certain lighting will do to an image, and how the final image will look once it is edited. They capture precious moments that can be cherished for years to come. 

Finding the right photographer can be tricky. Here are some things to consider when looking for the right photographer. Take the time to look through their galleries, you can really learn a lot.

  1. Do they share a similar style that fits your vision?
  2. Do you like their editing style?
  3. The photographer’s availability, does it match your timeline?
  4. The photographer’s turnaround time.
  5. Does their pricing fit your budget?
  6. Has your photographer had their flu shot? (It may seem a little odd to ask, but they will be in close contact with your baby.)
  7. Has your photographer had any newborn safety training? (Again, safety should be the most important thing when it comes to handling a new baby, so make sure they have the experience/knowledge that makes you comfortable turning your little one over to them.)

Pricing is often a huge reason we tend to skip the professional photographer but here are some things you should take into consideration when thinking about cost.

Cited: http://cohesionarts.com/2014/02/19/the-difference/

Every day our families grow older, take time to cherish them now.  With a professional photographer, you are not only capturing these moments but you’re also getting the professional quality you and yours deserve.

Your photo’s last a lifetime…

SHARETWEETPINCONTACTSUBSCRIBE

It’s just crazy how many things a little person needs every time you leave the house, am I right? Yes, I’m talking about that adorable little baby which has literally taken over your house and your heart. But seriously, did you ever think that a diaper bag would need to be filled with so many things?

I put together a list of 8 things to always keep in your diaper bag at all times. Oh, and just a little friendly advice, don’t leave something out just because you have never used it, because that’s exactly when you will need it!

8 Diaper Bag Essentials

  1. Diapers & Wipes – This is a two for one, just so we don’t take up space for other important things on this list.
  2. Changing Pad – Most diaper bags come with their own changing pad, but double check to make sure or replace it with a different one you prefer. You will find out quickly that babies don’t care where they are when they need to be changed, and some places are just plain gross.
  3. Sanitizing Wipes & Hand Sanitizer – Here’s another two for one! The wipes come in use EVERYWHERE, you can just grab them and wipe down the world around your little one. The hand sanitizer is also great to have to use before you or anyone touches your baby.
  4. Little Trash Bags – It’s crazy how there is not always a trash can around when you need one. Yes, sometimes you will need to put trash back in your bag until you can find a trash.
  5. Small Bag with Small Items – This bag will consist of all the little things you need that without being in a smaller bag would float around your diaper bag and probably get lost. It will include diaper cream, baby Motrin, a nose sucker and baby sunscreen. You can add any other little must-haves you love.
  6. Extra Clothes – There is nothing worse than a mishap that wrecks your baby’s outfit and you are left with nothing to change them into. Always have a change of clothes in your diaper bag! Oh, and remember those little trash bags I mentioned in number 5, these come in handy to put gross clothes in.
  7. Bibs – These are great to wipe off drool, if your baby spits up, or if you need to feed them. You can basically use them anytime you need a rag.
  8. Pacifiers (or whatever calms your baby) – Not all babies use pacifiers, but if yours does then make sure to have a backup or two. If your baby is not a fan of pacifiers, then make sure to have extras of whatever your baby loves most.
SHARETWEETPINCONTACTSUBSCRIBE

Becoming a parent is simultaneously the most rewarding and frightening thing to happen all at once. During this season of life, it can seem as though your life that you once knew is over and you are now a completely new person. But wait, that’s just it, this is a season, and just the same as all seasons before, it too shall pass. During the long sleepless nights, and the even longer days to come remember your newest family addition will only be little for a short time. Also, try not to get wrapped up in the myths that come along with a newborn, it will help you to enjoy this time as opposed to just surviving it.

  1. You will Have an Instant Connection with Your New Baby

Please do not get down on yourself if you don’t feel an instant connection with your baby. Although many new parents express how the moment they saw their baby they were instantly in love and it was a forever fairy tale. This is not always the case. There is an overwhelming amount of emotion that comes during pregnancy, labor, and delivery. Sometimes it takes a little time to get to know each other, but one thing is for sure, that bond will come and you will know exactly when it happens.

  1. You will Always Know what to Do

Yea right, this is far from the truth. I’m sure you have heard it said before “when you are a parent you will just know.” Yes, there are a lot of things that you will just know, like when your kiddo is sick or what their favorite food is. We’re talking about everything else. Parenting does not come with a handbook and there are a million plus things that you will have to learn or just figure out. Don’t worry though, you’ve got this!

  1. You will Never Sleep Again

Okay, before you freak out, remember at the very being where we mentioned that having a baby is a season of your life. This is where you are going to want to take a breath and say that over and over for the next 4 years. Just kidding, but seriously you will sleep again. Honestly, you will sleep during the early years, you will just have a new sleep pattern and wake up during the night, but you will sleep.

  1. You will Never Have Alone Time with Your Spouse Again

Thank goodness this is a myth, how do you think kids get siblings anyway, wink, wink. In all seriousness, though you will not be able to head out last minute to dinner alone three times a week, however with plenty of planning you will still have alone time.

  1. Life is Over as You Know It

We’re talking about the idea of everything you knew pre-baby, doing your hair & makeup, taking a shower, eating, alone time, and anything else you once did or loved. Now while all of these things may not be done all the time like before, they are not over forever. In fact, it is extremely important to make time for the things you need in life to refuel yourself so you can have energy and sanity to take care of your baby.

SHARETWEETPINCONTACTSUBSCRIBE

How exciting… you’re pregnant! This is such a wonderful time, finding out, beginning to grow a baby bump, learning if it’s a boy or girl, feeling the first little flutter, and the list goes on. You may know what you’re going to name your little bundle of joy before you are even expecting, but sometimes it’s quite the opposite. For anyone who needs a little inspiration in the name department, here’s a list of adorable names for boys and girls.

Girls

  1. Abigail
  2. Aria
  3. Avery
  4. Brooklyn
  5. Brynn
  6. Charlotte
  7. Chloe
  8. Claire
  9. Danna
  10. Eleanor
  11. Emilia
  12. Grace
  13. Hailey
  14. Harper
  15. Isabelle
  16. Jillian
  17. Juliana
  18. Keira
  19. Kinsley
  20. Leah
  21. Lillian
  22. Maci
  23. Madelyn
  24. Mazie
  25. Norah
  26. Olivia
  27. Paisley
  28. Payton
  29. Penelope
  30. Saige
  31. Scarlett
  32. Taylor
  33. Victoria
  34. Vivian
  35. Zoe

Boys

  1. Aiden
  2. Alexander
  3. Braden
  4. Cayson
  5. Colton
  6. Connor
  7. Damian
  8. Dylan
  9. Easton
  10. Eli
  11. Elliot
  12. Finn
  13. Grayson
  14. Hayden
  15. Hudson
  16. Hunter
  17. Isaiah
  18. Jackson
  19. Jayce
  20. Killian
  21. Liam
  22. Lincoln
  23. Lucas
  24. Mateo
  25. Noah
  26. Nolan
  27. Owen
  28. Parker
  29. Raiden
  30. Samuel
  31. Seth
  32. Tucker
  33. Wyatt
  34. Zander
  35. Zane

No matter what name you pick for your son or daughter is perfect! We hope our list sparked an idea and helped you get one step closer to picking!

SHARETWEETPINCONTACTSUBSCRIBE

Reasons to Gift a Gift Certificate

Here at Edwards Photography Studios, we specialize in maternity, newborn, the first year, and first birthday + smash cake sessions! Time flies while little ones are young. We love to capture these moments and preserve them forever!

Do you know someone who is expecting or has a little one? Check out this list of reasons to give the gift of memories!

  1. Gender Reveal – It’s not always expected to bring a gift to a gender reveal, but just think how perfect it would be to surprise an expecting couple with a gift certificate for maternity photos!
  2. Baby Shower – Expecting parents are great at making sure to add all the important things to gift registries. Surprise them with something extra special that maybe they didn’t think of. With a gift certificate for a photo session, they can celebrate with a maternity or newborn session!
  3. Group Gift – Are you going in with a few people on one spectacular gift for a new momma? Keep in mind that photos last forever, a gift certificate for a photo session is a great gift from a group of friends.
  4. Christmas Gift – Surprise someone you love with an amazing Christmas Gift… the gift of MEMORIES!
  5. First Birthday Gift – Little ones grow up so fast, the first year goes by in just a blink! A gift certificate for a first birthday + smash cake session is sure to be a hit.
  6. Overcoming Infertility – Do you have a loved one who has been struggling with infertility and recently found out they are expecting. Celebrate with a gift certificate towards a session so they can capture every moment to come!

You just can’t go wrong with gifting a gift certificate for a photo session. It will be cherished for years to come. If you are local to the Nashville, TN area we would love to connect. You can find out more about our gift certificates and photo sessions by emailing info@epsbaby.com.

SHARETWEETPINCONTACTSUBSCRIBE

Christmas is such a wonderful time of the year. It’s extra important that you instill the values you would like for your children from a young age. Yes, it’s wonderful to get gifts, but teaching them about giving right from the start will stick with them as they grow. A simple way to do this is by having them make something special for their grandparents. Feel free to still gift other things as well, these handmade gifts can be an extra little something just from your kiddos to their grandparents. Need a little help coming up with what to make? We put together a little list of adorable yet simple crafts they can make.

Paint something: Okay this sounds vague, I know. I am referring to taking your kiddo to one of those neat little places that seem to be popping up all over. You go in and pick your piece, they have everything from mugs and plates to little statues. Then your kiddo can paint it however they desire. Once it’s all painted the place fires it and it turns into a one of a kind piece! Oh, and
guess what is extra amazing about this option… It’s all done somewhere besides your house, so no cleanup!!

Blank Canvas: This is so fun and turns out really cute! Go to a craft store and get some blank canvas and paints. They can choose to do it fingerpaint style or use a brush.

Ornaments: There are endless options with making ornaments for grandparents. Pinterest is a huge help with this one. Just simply type “DIY children’s ornaments” in the search engine and scroll through the endless possibilities that pop up! Want to take an even easier route? Any craft store around has prepackaged ornament makings kits that include everything you need!

Picture Frames: You can use any kind of frame for this. Just remove the glass, let your kiddos go to town painting the frame, then put the glass and a photo of them in it and… done!

All grandparents are sure to cherish a specially made with love gift from their grandkids. Each of these projects are pretty simple and kids of all ages can do them with a little guidance. Also, if you are looking for some fun Christmas crafts to do as well this season check out our “5 Kid Friendly Christmas Crafts” blog.

SHARETWEETPINCONTACTSUBSCRIBE

Christmas season is in full swing! We put together a list of 10 kid friendly Christmas activities to make it extra magical. They can all easily be done with just your kiddos or make a little party out of it and invite some of their friends!

5 Kid Friendly Christmas Crafts

#1: Reindeer Food– Santa’s reindeer get very hungry during their travels on Christmas Eve. Let your kids make reindeer food for them, and an extra bag they can enjoy themselves. All you need is a variety of about 7-10 snacks. Pour them into separate bowls, set them on the table, give each kid a few baggies, and let them fill them up with a variety of treats. Tip: Go ahead and premake some labels that say reindeer food on them and place them on the bags!

Photo credit: Lady Behind the Curtain

#2: Pinecone Trees – If you live where pinecones are on the ground, go ahead and gather some, if not then you can go to any crafting store and buy a bag of them. You will also need little pots the pine cone fits in, paint, stickers, glue, glitter, pompoms, and anything else you would like to use to decorate with. Let the kids decorate the pot, then you will need to hot glue the pinecone into the pot, then let the kids decorate the tree (pinecone).

Photo credit: Easy Peasy and Fun

#3: Christmas Sugar Cookies – This one can easily be done in two ways. You can include the kids in the whole experience, making the dough, using cookie cutters to shape it, then decorate them. Or feel free to knock out the first half and bake the cookies on your own, then put all the frosting, sprinkles, and goodies on the table and simply let them do the decorating!

Photo credit: Glorious Treats

#4: Christmas Wreaths– Here’s an adorable yet simple one that even toddlers can do. Take a paper plate and cut the center out, you are going to use the outside ring. Tip: cut the plates prior to the activity. For the actual activity, you will need the wreaths (the outside rings you made), glue, glitter, pompoms, stickers, green paint or colors, and string. Let the kids paint or color the wreaths green, then decorate them. When they are all done, you will tie some string to the top so it can be hung!

Photo credit: Southern Living

#5: Christmas Cards–This activity is perfect to send to grandparents! You will need red and green construction paper, colors, glitter, glue, stickers, and anything else you would like to decorate with! Then you can help your kiddo trace their hand and name into the card. After that let them decorate it! Tip: you can use their hand as a Christmas tree! Once it’s decorated send it off to the grandparents (or anyone else that would love a card from your little one).

Photo credit: Salvage Sister and Mister

We hope you have a blast creating one or all of these wonderful Christmas activities with your kids!

SHARETWEETPINCONTACTSUBSCRIBE

When to Schedule: Go ahead and schedule your newborn session while you’re still pregnant. This will ensure you a spot on my calendar! We recommend making the appointment during your second trimester. Tip: Make sure we make it on your “baby is here” contact list so we can secure a date within 14 days after your little one is here.

Baby is Here: Contact us RIGHT away when your baby is here! Newborn sessions are best done within the first 14 days after birth. Tip: To get the most out of your session it’s best to make it happen within the first 14 days. They are still nice and sleepy and love to be balled up during this time.

Welcome to the Studio: We do most newborn sessions right in our studio! (We also offer home sessions or a mixture of both!) It is fully stocked with newborn photo cuteness from little props, wraps, and more! Tip: Keep in mind we stick to a neutral/natural color palette so that your baby’s natural beauty is the main focus!

What to expect: When you come into the studio it will be nice and toasty to keep your little one warm and sleepy. They are used to being warm and bundled so we want to keep them happy. Especially because we will be taking all their warm clothes off because well… we can’t resist those adorable naked baby shots!

Preparing for Your Session

• Be sure to dress them in loose-fitting clothing. Something that zips or buttons is best to avoid undressing over their head.  This will be less disruptive to your baby’s sleep.
• Do what you can before your session to make sure your little one is super sleepy before their session. I usually suggest a nice little bath, and then a feeding right before you head out to the studio.  Newborn sessions work best when they are in a deep sleep!
•  Milk drunk little ones are much easier to photograph than when they are hungry. Don’t worry you can always feed again during your session!

During Your Session

• Just relax! We specialize in newborn photography and know how precious these little ones are.  We promise to handle your babies with the utmost care as if they were our own.
• Prepare to be patient! Your baby is going to fuss and need things during the session and that is okay. We take our time and don’t rush.

We hope this was helpful for you in preparing for your newborn session. However, if you have more questions please contact us at info@epsbaby.com. You can also check out more about our studio and style here! We can’t wait to capture your little one’s special moments!

SHARETWEETPINCONTACTSUBSCRIBE

It’s that time of year, can you believe it? November is almost over and that means many houses with little ones will be having a special visitor show up very soon. That’s right, Elf on The Shelf! This little guy sure has made a BIG name for himself over the past few years.

He really is a great tradition to welcome, he brings fun and excitement, along with the occasional mischief to the Christmas season. Each and every night he travels back to the North Pole to report to Santa about how each kid in the house has behaved during the day. Then when he returns back to the house he sets himself up in a fun, creative, sometimes silly way.

Okay, okay, the secret is out (for adults)! The Elf needs a little help from you (Mom or Dad) to get back from the North Pole and into position! This can become a daunting task considering the Elf comes to town on December 1st(for some houses even sooner) and stays until Christmas! That is a lot of nights that he needs to be placed just right to bring excitement in the morning when the kids are looking to see what he’s doing… and heaven forbid your Elf is ever doing the same thing twice!! No worries we have you covered this year with a helpful little sheet of ideas.

SHARETWEETPINCONTACTSUBSCRIBE

The BIG O-N-E!! How on earth did the whole first year of your little one’s life fly by that quick? Am I right?! It feels like one minute you’re hearing that very first cry, then you blink and BAM it’s time for their first birthday! We put together all the top reasons why you are going to want to make sure you get professional first birthday photos!

Everlasting Memories!! First birthdays are kind of a big deal. Get your little cutie all dressed up and have those memories captured. You will have these moments captured to look at for years to come.

Smash Cake!! Would you like a huge smile for your little one’s first birthday photo? A smash cake session is a sure way to get all the smiles! During the session, they will get to enjoy their birthday cake all to themselves. We can guarantee there will be frosting on their faces along with a big smile! And don’t worry about the mess, after they are done enjoying their cake we will get them into a bubble bath for clean-up and some more great photos.

Leave it to the Professional!! As a professional photographer, I have done countless first birthdays. I know all the tricks in the book to get your little one to be their cute selves while I click and catch all the moments!

Great Gifts!! Photos make the perfect gift for grandparents or anyone else you know that would just adore a photo of your little one!

Perfect for Invitations!! Are you planning a first birthday celebration for your little one? Their first birthday photos will make the cutest invitations! Already have the invitations covered? Use their photos for unforgettable thank you cards!

Your little one will only have one first birthday. Don’t miss your chance to have a session all about them and their big day! You will love looking at these photos forever!

SHARETWEETPINCONTACTSUBSCRIBE

So, you had professional maternity and newborn photos taken, why stop there! Kids change so
quickly the first year, one moment they cannot hold their own head up and the next they are
crawling around the house and you are just trying to keep up. Their first year is a great time to
have professional photos taken, here are a few great reasons why!

Preserve the Memories!! As a parent, you will learn quickly that time passes way to fast when
your little ones are growing. It’s like they are a newer and bigger person each day. Make sure to
get professional photos while they are little, so you can always have them to look at especially
when they are all grown up.

They Make Amazing Gifts!! It’s always fun and easy to share photos on social media of your
kiddos growing up, just imagine what an awesome gift a framed photo of them for grandparent
would be!

Document their Personality!! During their photo session let them be their selves. Trust me, you
will love seeing their personality captured!


Kids Do Better for Others!! Let’s just face it, sometimes our kiddos just cooperate better for
others. By leaving the photo taking to a photographer you don’t have to beg and plead with
your kiddo to look at the camera and try to catch the shot too.

There is no better time than now to schedule a photos session for your little one! You will love
looking at them for all the years to come!

SHARETWEETPINCONTACTSUBSCRIBE

Overwhelming Joy. Happiness. Love. These are some of the greatest feelings that come flooding
over us the moment our little one enters the world. It’s as if you could sit in the same spot
forever just looking down at their tiny nose and their squishy cheeks. Trust us, you do not want
to miss out on capturing these moments because in just one blink that little bundle of baby is
running around and growing up. We have put together a list of top reasons to assure you that
newborn sessions are a MUST!
Everlasting Memories!! Newborns are only little for such a short time. Once these moments
are gone you will not have them back. Photos trigger memories and it will never get old when
you look at them and vividly remember the emotions and feelings you had while they were so
new! Your kiddos will also love looking at them when they get older!

A Great Bonding Moment for the whole family!! Whether this is your first or fourth baby, the
whole family can be involved. It’s a great time for everyone to be together and celebrate the
new baby.

You Can Be Creative!! Do you have a favorite character that you just love, or maybe one of you
is a fireman or teacher? These are all fun and creative ideas that you can incorporate into a
newborn session. There are super cute newborn outfits that you can find all over the internet
to represent what’s special to your family.

Perfect for Announcements!! Would you like to announce your newest addition to family and
friends? Having professional photos taken makes this easy! Just simply send a photo to
everyone!
No matter the reason, don’t let this moment pass you by. You will love looking at the photos for
years to come.

SHARETWEETPINCONTACTSUBSCRIBE

Whoot, whoot, you’re pregnant! Congratulations! There are so many amazing moments of being pregnant, like the moment you find out, the first little flutters you feel, when you get that baby bump and so many more. We put together a few reasons why you will want to schedule a maternity photo session, you won’t regret it!

Embrace Your Beauty!! Pregnancy is a beautiful thing, and oh my goodness, you are beautiful! Now ignore that little voice that may be reminding you your body has changed a bit, because girl, it has. It is literally growing a human, your little human, and you’re glowing! So, schedule that maternity shoot and capture your baby bump beauty!

Photo Credit: Edwards Photography Studios

Everlasting Memories!! You are only pregnant for around 9 months and once your baby is born, your chance is gone. Yes, you may have another baby in the future, but every pregnancy is special and holds different memories. Photos trigger memories and it will never get old when you look at them and vividly remember the emotions and feelings you had during pregnancy! Your kiddos will also love looking at them when they get older!

A Great Bonding Moment with Your Partner!!  Talk about a moment to connect. It doesn’t matter if this is your first baby or fourth baby, life is busy. Take the time to do a maternity photo session to bond with your partner and simply be in the moment. This is also a warm and fuzzy moment for the dad-to-be, considering you get all the moments that come with being pregnant like feeling the baby move for the first time.

It’s Fun for Siblings Too!! If you have other kiddos this is a great way to include them in the pregnancy hype! Plus, maternity photos of an older sibling kissing mommas baby belly is priceless.

Photo Credit: Edwards Photography Studios

No matter the reason, don’t let this moment pass you by. You will love looking at the photos for years to come.

SHARETWEETPINCONTACTSUBSCRIBE