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Monday, January 26, 2015

My Little Love










AUBREY // jeans- Old Navy | top- The Tickled Pink Boutique | jacket (similar)- Forever 21 | booties- here
EMERY // leggings- H&M | tunic- Gap | moccs- KCMoccs | headband- Bloom by Haley Anne


Our first official outfit post together. Eeek! How fun is that?! I'm so excited to share this little love of mine and I am just dying over her little outfit. Who knew dressing (and shopping) for a girl would be so much fun? I definitely didn't anticipate me wanting to do it for her versus myself all the time but that's what has happened.

This weekend we had Andrew's company party for Discount Tire so we left both kids with his parents from about 4pm-2am while we had the night out. It was seriously so nice to take some time for each other to enjoy and have a couple drinks and dance without having the pressure of looking at the clock often to get home. We had a blast and what's even better but Emery slept until 6am so I didn't have to get up for a couple hours- haha! Also, on Sunday, we saw my whole family since grandparents were in town so miss girl had lots of love from her grandparents, great grandparent and aunts and uncles. I'd say this weekend was a success!

How was yours?

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Giveaway Winner!


Just a little post over the weekend to announce the mamaRoo giveaway winner! Thank you to everyone who entered- you made it a total success!

congratulations....
MERCEDES DOYLE

Please shoot me an email to claim your fabulous new mamaRoo!
aubreykinch@gmail.com

Friday, January 23, 2015

Perspective


PHOTO BY // ELLIE COBURN

I've said it before when I was pregnant, I had in my mind how things would go with work and balancing life. All too naive of me to assume I'd be supermom/business woman because it's been tough, you guys. I am a type A, OCD planner and like to know how my days will go and I like to be in control. Throughout my pregnancy, I was really challenged to let go and that all started right off the bat when we were struggling getting pregnant. I finally had a moment of letting God take the reigns and quickly found out we were pregnant after that. Same goes for the whole time I was incubating, miss E. Things would come up, I'd stress out and break down and when I finally gave it all to God, things would settle and calm and I'd be at peace. So you'd think I would know how to do that by now but I don't. I'm struggling with work and getting things in place with a 9 year old and a 3 month old. I'm finding it hard to spend time with my husband versus investing in my clients and giving them what they're paying for.

Each Sunday I take some time in my office to prepare for the upcoming week of work and schedules and find that I've been packing it full equivalent to when I didn't have a baby hanging around and even then, I found it hard to accomplish all I wanted to. How in the world do I have the mentality I can tackle it all now with even more chaos in my life? Again, I'm naive. So it hit me.... just this morning. I really need to gain a better perspective of how my days will go. I need to realize and understand we're in training with a baby who doesn't prefer naps and I have a kiddo who has karate 3 times a week and school 40 minutes from our home. I have a full time schedule at work that really only gets part time hours devoted to it so here we are.... learning to scale back. I'm okay with starting to take less clients and embracing devoting my 100% attention to the small handful I do accept. I'm learning to not overbook and to simply enjoy my new baby and sweet 9 year old. I'm sure I'll blink and Emery will be 1, Drake will be driving and I'll be a sobbing mess thinking I spent too much time invested in work and not watching my babies grow.

It's all about perspective, friends.
Am I right?

Thursday, January 22, 2015

3 Months


This nugget! She's 3 months old today and I'm simply celebrating the stage she's in. I can't explain how in love with the interaction we've been getting from her just the last couple weeks. It's been amazing to watch her develop and learn new things as well as give giggles and smiles constantly to myself and her daddy. It melts us- every.single.time.

STATS
13lbs
22 inches
0-3 month clothes

LOVES
snuggling
eating
bath time
standing/sitting up
laying on her playmat
tummy time
talking, smiling, giggling

HATES
driving in the car
having her bottle taken away- still screams over that!
nap time but loves sleeping at night.... weirdo
swaddling- we're transitioning out soon


This was the other night after bath time and she was literally making Andrew and I laugh so hard. I just love how she talks to us back and forth and the interaction we're getting- I know I keep saying that but man, it's rewarding and so exciting! Emery babe, we love you!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Mommy's Lifesaver + Giveaway!








It is confession time. When I was pregnant, I had in my mind I'd be able to take care of a newborn while working full time and getting enough sleep and being a step mom to a very active 9 year old all while maintaining a marriage and household with dinner on the table every night. Ambitious? Maybe. Doable.... uh, no. After about a month of adjusting to our new life, I finally realized work wasn't going to be easy, getting time with Drake for homework would be a challenge, dinner every night might consist of frozen pizza or take-out and the battle between sleep and cuddles with my husband would mean sleep... every time. Hello to the new mom naivety.

Soon after that, I gave into the mamaRoo. Let me just preface I had read and heard pretty amazing things about this bad boy and I thought people must be exaggerating and I quickly learned, they weren't. I can now snuggle Drake for 10 minutes and cook a meal or even shower- my husband is thankful for that last one! But seriously. I admittedly have a baby who loves movement and is a spoiled little mommy's girl so it's been a challenge to put her down and let her cry for a bit when I know she's totally fine but I can set her up in her Roo and she's the happiest babe just watching the mobile and enjoying the movement. Best part? While I'm doing dinner or snuggling my other babe, I can change the settings for Emery if she dozes off to sleep or wants a little music all from my phone with their app. Coming from a gal who has that permanently attached to hip, it's very useful to be in tune with the babe even while I'm accomplishing other tasks.

End result- the mamaRoo is worth it. New mom? Invest in it! Or better yet, enter to win one now- you didn't think I'd tease you too much without offering a fabulous giveaway on the new mamaRoo, right? 

HOW TO ENTER
leave a comment below as an entry
tweet about the giveaway tagging @aubreykinch

2 possible entries | giveaway will close Friday at midnight MST!
Good Luck!