Our 24hr Babymoon: San Luis Obispo

babymoon: noun | a relaxing or romantic vacation taken by parents-to-be before their baby is born.

Baby Greyson is on his way and could be arriving any week/day now (eek!) and something that was important for Philip and I was to take some time and get away from the hustle and bustle of life before he’s born. It was pretty easy for us to decide where we’d like to go considering since we’re so close to his due date we needed to stay within a few hours distance of our home/hospital/doctor and we only had about 24hrs to spend on this trip. So, it was back up to San Luis Obispo (SLO for short), which is only about a 2 hour drive from where we live in Ventura. It made for the perfect scenic drive, with stops at Pismo and Avila Beach along the way, and once we made it to town we were eager to check in to our favorite bed & breakfast, The Garden Street Inn.

Although 24 hours is a quick turnaround, my husband and I were able to really take in our final times as a twosome on this trip. We ate some pretty great food, took in the sights and sounds of the local farmers market, and popped around the town. So, that means I don’t have a billion photos to share due to my whole ‘living in the moment’ thing, but here are a few snapshots of our 24 hour babymoon in San Luis Obispo!

Planning and enjoying a babymoon before baby arrives can easily be done in as little as 24 hours! See how we made a 24hr babymoon work for us when we traveled to San Luis Obispo!

My husband first took me to SLO last August as a last summer trip before I started back at work for the school year. He had planned this whole trip to San Francisco and wanted to show me everything he could as we drove up the coast and SLO was one of our overnight stops. I remember how quaint the town was and how friendly the people all seemed to be. When we were discussing where we’d like to go for our little getaway it wasn’t hard to agree on a little trip back up to this quaint little town.

at a glance

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setting off…

Our Murphy goes everywhere with us and we didn’t think twice about having him along for our trip. He loves riding in the Jeep and most recently he has this new routine of sitting on my lap and leaning up so he can watch where Philip drives. Not to mention, he LOVES the beach so driving along the coast he always wants to stick his head out the window and watch the waves.

Our Murphy goes everywhere with us and we didn’t think twice about having him along for our trip. He loves riding in the Jeep and most recently he has this new routine of sitting on my lap and leaning up so he can watch where Philip drives. Not to mention, he LOVES the beach so driving along the coast he always wants to stick his head out the window and watch the waves.

pismo and avila beach…

Whenever we make a trip north we always have to stop off in Pismo so we can have lunch at the Cracked Crab. This is one of Philip’s favorite places and has quickly become our routine whenever we’re in the area. Pismo is a cute beach town and you can’t go wrong with a place that just dumps seafood on your table and you dive right in. I was in pregnant-lady heaven.

My husband and I taking in all the views while visiting Avila Beach while on our way up to SLO. What beautiful weather and great company to enjoy these days with!

My husband and pup taking in all the views while visiting Avila Beach while on our way up to SLO. What beautiful weather and great company to enjoy these days with!

After Pismo, we drove just a few miles up to Avila Beach. It’s a little off the beaten path, but is so worth it once you arrive…and a miracle if you can find free street parking. Luckily we were able to find great parking and walk straight to the pier and walk along the promenade. As you can tell, it was the perfect weather and we had such a lovely time walking around, sitting and enjoying the sun and beach, and I even found some yummy orange-cream ice cream (win!).

But, after some intense Braxton Hicks I unfortunately had to cut our time in Avila a little short, so we headed back to the car and continued on our way up to SLO.

our stay…

I have to love on the Garden Street Inn a little bit. I instantly fell in love with this cute, victorian-style home turned b&b when we first stayed here back in August. It’s located right on Garden Street and is just two blocks walking distance to downtown SLO where there’s restaurants and shopping and the farmers market every Thursday evening. One thing about SLO is that it is a very dog friendly community, however it’s a bit difficult to find places that accommodate Murphy staying with us. However, the Garden Street Inn has always been a great place not just for us, but for Murphy as well.

I have to love on the Garden Street Inn a little bit. I instantly fell in love with this cute, victorian-style home turned b&b when we first stayed here back in August. It’s located right on Garden Street and is just two blocks walking distance to downtown SLO where there’s restaurants and shopping and the farmers market every Thursday evening. One thing about SLO is that it is a very dog friendly community, however it’s a bit difficult to find places that accommodate Murphy staying with us. However, the Garden Street Inn has always been a great place not just for us, but for Murphy as well.

SLO & the farmers market

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One of our favorite things was visiting on a Thursday so that we were able to catch SLOs famous farmers market (6pm-9pm weekly) featuring local farmers, venders, and other restaurants around town. I am always amazed at how yummy everything is and it makes my pregnant heart so happy. This time around it was their ‘winter’ farmers market so it was nice to see a few new vendors. It was also a little different this time around since it gets darker earlier, so I didn’t have a chance to really snap some good photos myself. However, it was fun to walk up and down Higuera St and see the bustling people, bbq pits, and fresh foods being prepared.

Due to eating a bit earlier, I didn’t eat as much as I did the last time we visited, but I can tell you that I nibbled on a caramel apple and mini donuts (also thanking God for my negative glucose test, haha!), which I believe were the best tasting treats around. I love SLOs farmers market and it continues to be one of my/our favorite things to do while we’re in town.

but first, coffee…

Whenever I visit a new place I have to find their local coffee shops because I believe that small businesses like these have the best quality ingredients and handcraft all of their drinks – not to mention their service is always so friendly and welcoming. Scout Coffee Co. is that coffee shop for me and luckily it sits right across the street from the Inn.

Whenever I visit a new place I have to find their local coffee shops because I believe that small businesses like these have the best quality ingredients and handcraft all of their drinks - not to mention their service is always so friendly and welcoming. Scout Coffee Co. is that coffee shop for me and luckily it sits right across the street from the Inn.
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Since I had the complimentary decaf coffee with breakfast at our b&b, I was in the mood for an iced drink or smoothie. Being pregnant, I was limited in what I could get decaf and iced, however seeing (and smelling) what others ordered made me envious and has me looking forward to us returning in the future. So, this time around I went with a kid sized (which is perfect!) coffee flavored milkshake and OMG not only was it the perfect amount, but it tasted creamy and the hint of coffee satisfied my craving. Besides, who doesn’t love a place that offers me a paper straw with hearts? It’s these little touches that really add something special to our time in town.

If you’re ever in town, be sure to stop here because not only do they have great coffee, but there’s always a chance they’re hosting a fun event. Like for Mother’s Day they’ll have flower crowns for photo-ops and mamas can enjoy a coffee of cappuccino on the house …how adorable is that? Check out more on what’s happening at Scout on their blog.

Since I had the complimentary decaf coffee with breakfast at our b&b, I was in the mood for an iced drink or smoothie. Being pregnant, I was limited in what I could get decaf and iced, however seeing (and smelling) what others ordered made me envious and has me looking forward to us returning in the future. So, this time around I went with a kid sized (which is perfect!) coffee flavored milkshake and OMG not only was it the perfect amount, but it tasted creamy and the hint of coffee satisfied my craving. Besides, who doesn’t love a place that offers me a paper straw with hearts? It’s these little touches that really add something special to our time in town.

taking in the town…

We really enjoyed walking around downtown SLO and taking in all the sights and sounds of the city!

We really enjoyed walking around downtown SLO and taking in all the sights and sounds of the city!

One aspect of our trip that I didn’t mention in the beginning of this post was that not only was this trip our babymoon (and overall excuse to get out of town), but it was a chance for us to do a little homework on the possibility of us moving here. Philip is approaching his final (and 4th!) round of interviews for a company that is headquartered here in SLO and there’s a strong possibility that if he were to be offered the job our little family will be on the move once again. I had always loved this town since he first took me, but like anywhere you gain a new perspective when you could be a resident versus just a tourist.

I really enjoyed walking/driving around the different neighborhoods and checking out what they each had to offer. At our b&b we were recommended a realtor to help guide us towards the market that would best fit our needs. There are a few homes that are absolutely beautiful, but may be a little outside our price range, and then there were some that were great homes, but seemed a bit further than we’d like from downtown. However, if this possibility of moving works out, I have faith God will place our family where we need to be when the timing is right. But, prayers will always be welcomed!

heading home…but first, wine…

One great aspect to living in the central part of California is all of the wineries you’ll pass along your journey. On our drive home we stopped off in Los Olivos (our favorite wine tasting community) to visit friends at Artiste, a tasting room Philip has worked at for years, and poke our heads in to our favorite tasting rooms and restock our collection (because mama is going to want some great wine after baby) at home. After almost 12 bottles bought later we were once again on the road and thankfully arrived back home before the sun set.

Murphy immediately jumped into bed and was tuckered out for the rest of the evening. We each took showers, got settled, and enjoyed a few episodes of Always Sunny in Philadelphia before we, too, were too tired to keep our eyes open.

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Top Picks: Celebrating Love

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and this is when we are overloaded on sugary goodies, the never ending ‘gift guides’ for him and her, and a near impossible day in which to make a dinner reservation. Oh, and don’t forget all the single people reminding us all that Valentine’s Day is also known as ‘Singles Awareness Day.’ However, in our home, Valentine’s Day isn’t just an excuse for us to be sappy and love on each other – it’s a reminder of how we should love each other each and every day throughout the year. This is especially important as we’re about to add another dynamic into our relationship here in just a few weeks.

Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.
1 Peter 4:8

However, with that being said, what person doesn’t want to feel a little extra special on this one particular day? I’ve always been a lover of simple gifts that are fun, could be shared, or have sentimental value attached to them. Surprisingly enough my husband and I don’t do formal gifts for each other; waiting for special occasions like birthdays, anniversaries, or…ahem…Valentine’s Day. We gift each other whenever the mood strikes us or when we’re financially able to.

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I always keep an ear out for when my husband mentions something he’s been wanting and then surprise him with it when he’s least expecting it…or sometimes he’ll come home with a beautiful bouquet of flowers (aren’t these gorgeous?!). These gestures are extra special because it’s not something we do all the time. Other gifts we do for each other are date night dinners to a fancy restaurant where we spend a ridiculous amount of money on one delicious meal and wine – because we both love food that much. And every so often we are able to set enough money aside to do some traveling and get away from the every day hustle. Giving gifts in our household also includes the fact that our giving goes beyond the material stuff and can be as simple as taking out the trash or filling up the gas tank (serious adulting going on here when you’re excited when someone takes out the trash or fills the gas tank #justsaying).

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and this is when we are overloaded on sugary goodies, the never ending ‘gift guides’ for him and her, and a near impossible day in which to make a dinner reservation. Oh, and don’t forget all the single people reminding us all that Valentine’s Day is also known as ‘Singles Awareness Day.’ However, in our home, Valentine’s Day isn’t just an excuse for us to be sappy and love on each other - it’s a reminder of how we should love each other each and every day throughout the year. So, this month’s Top Picks are all about celebrating love whether it’s with yourself, a significant other, or your cats. I hope you find inspiration of love in whatever form it may manifest itself this year.

So, this month’s Top Picks are all about celebrating love whether it’s with yourself, a significant other, or your cats. I hope you find inspiration of love in whatever form it may manifest itself this year. Keep in mind that these Top Picks of mine incorporate the idea of giving gifts, but most importantly, consider giving the gift of your time this year. Hope you enjoy!
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and this is when we are overloaded on sugary goodies, the never ending ‘gift guides’ for him and her, and a near impossible day in which to make a dinner reservation. Oh, and don’t forget all the single people reminding us all that Valentine’s Day is also known as ‘Singles Awareness Day.’ However, in our home, Valentine’s Day isn’t just an excuse for us to be sappy and love on each other - it’s a reminder of how we should love each other each and every day throughout the year. So, this month’s Top Picks are all about celebrating love whether it’s with yourself, a significant other, or your cats. I hope you find inspiration of love in whatever form it may manifest itself this year.

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1: valentine’s door wreath

Let’s face it, this holiday is all about us ladies and our men know it. So, why not decorate your home with this adorable ‘xo’ door wreath from TwoInspireYou on Etsy. I love the look of pip berries and the fact that they’re artificial means you can store it and reuse it every year.

2: custom etched whiskey glasses (set of 2)

A couple that drinks together, stays together. Especially when that drink is whiskey. Or at least this is true in our home. I love these custom etched glasses from a little shop called Scoutmob. I found them when I ordered a baby swaddle blanket and just fell in love with the quality and uniqueness of all their products – AND they employ independent makers and artists! What’s better is this is a gift that your man will have no problems using – plus they’re cute. It’s a win, win!

3: initial necklace

This is obviously a gift for her, but new moms everywhere will love the simplistic, yet sentimental, value of an initial necklace like this one from BijouxByDesiF on Etsy. I have used this shop for all of my custom personalization needs and have loved Desi’s craftsmanship and quality to everything she sells. As a soon-to-be new mom I would love to receive a necklace with my son’s name or initial. So easy and something I would wear all the time. Not a new mom? Get one with your initial (like mine!) and are always on trend and are such a cute accessory on their own or stacked with other necklaces!

4: blade buddy razor sharpener

Back to the man in your life (or lady for that matter). One thing I could never figure out is why replacement razors are so damn expensive. $14-15 for a pack of new razor heads?! Ridiculous. But, here to the rescue is this genius and innovative product from Blade Buddy that easily resharpens your dull razor blades like new again so you can get a few dozen more uses out of the same razor. Saving money and being more resourceful is something everyone can appreciate!

5: matching tattoos

A tattoo? Talk about commitment. The common perception is that couples should never get matching or tattoos of each other (especially names) because anything could happen in the relationship and the fear of regret. However, I’d like to dispel that misconception and prove that matching tattoos can be a fun and expressive way to show your love and unyielding commitment to one another.

Now, this doesn’t mean go out on a whim to any artist and get something inked, but rather spend time discussing ideas that you may want to get together. For my husband and I, we picked Picasso’s drawing of a dachshund to represent our bond with our dog/fur-child, Murphy. This tattoo has so much meaning between us and is something we wouldn’t regret even if things didn’t work out between my husband and I. Now that we have baby Greyson on the way we’re already thinking about our next matching tattoo!

6: tasting menu dinner

My husband first introduced me to this dining concept of a tasting menu back when we first started dating and it has been hard to look back or eat normally ever again. A tasting menu is a special menu put together by the head chef of a restaurant that features small bites, over many courses, and at a set price. However, don’t let the price tag allow you to pass on this dining experience. The tasting allows you to sample a variety of small bites that extends across the whole menu and allows you to get a taste of everything the chef has to offer. Typically there’s a wine pairing that compliments each dish and I will always recommend the wine pairing 😉

7: bed & breakfast getaway

A good B&B is a perfect way to get away from the chaos of daily life. It’s no secret that work, school, being a parent, or just life in general has a way of sucking up your time and leaving you feeling on empty. Planning a little local getaway is an easy way to spend time along with your spouse (alone!) and explore a new town or place you’ve always wanted to visit but never had the time. I will always recommend a place that is a bit further out and the less signal you have on your phone the better. This allows you to really connect (or re-connect) with each other and really take in the experience. Splurge on some great food and drinks while you’re out and just enjoy your adult time!

This week, I’m really looking forward to my husband and I’s trip back up to San Luis Obispo (SLO) and staying at our favorite place, The Garden Street Inn. It’s this super cute B&B right off of Garden Street in downtown SLO, within walking distance of the Farmers Market and restaurants, and is one of the few places that are pet friendly (because why wouldn’t we take Murphy with us everywhere?). I loved it when my husband took me at the beginning of our pregnancy and it’s even more meaningful to visit again as a little babymoon before Greyson is born.

8: do something HE likes

We all know that Valentine’s Day is definitely more about showering the ladies with gifts and love, but I think it’s so important to love on our men too on this day. It’s fun to take interest in what your man likes to do and you’ll be surprised as to how much fun you may have too. For us, my husband loves playing his PS4 with me (currently I only play Battlefront with him). I’m not super great at it, but it’s fun to play along with him…it’s this weird bonding thing through video games that brings us closer, haha. Another interest he has is wine so going wine tasting (more like sipping for me at the moment) could be a fun outing, too. Just consider what HE likes to do and spend quality time doing those things for the day. It’s an easy way to show how much you love and appreciate him and his interests.

I wish you all a happy Valentine’s Day that is filled with much love and happiness!

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When You Have Nothing To Write About

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Every so often the creative juices just don’t flow the way they used to and I find myself in a writing rut. I try to glean inspiration from all sorts of sources, but with no avail. I end up staring at the blinking cursor on my screen with nothing to write about. Although this happens to everyone, it dawned on me that even if you’re not actually writing a post there are all kinds of things you can do with your blog to keep it up to date, coordinated, and looking professional.

I began this blog in October 2014. That’s about 1 1/2 ago and even in my short time here I’ve learned so much. From what to include in every post, how to promote your posts via social media, and learning how to write more cohesively and authentically. In that time I’ve taken breaks, found blogging to be overwhelming, contemplated on whether or not I bit off more than I could chew, and even debated on just giving up.

“us bloggers must maintain our blogs just as much as we write for them.”

However, a lesson I only recently learned was that us bloggers must maintain our blogs just as much as we write for them. Writing content is only about 20% of what we do. Consider the work and man-hours that go into creating the graphics, embedding links, networking with brands, and promoting our content. Not to mention we do this all on top of our regular lives, which for some of us include: busy work schedules, home duties, schooling, and other responsibilities like, you know, kids or husbands.

So, whether to help get you through a creative rut or if you are looking for ways to spruce up your blog, here’s what you can do to optimize your SEO today and maintain your blog.

Re-share old blog posts.

Dig into the depths of your archives and bring some life back into those older posts. Obviously your writing may look a bit dated and you may surprise yourself, like me, at how horrendous your writing used to be. But consider that progress and how you’ve grown as a writer and blogger! Be sure to embed links within new posts that link to your archived ones that way your current readers can easily locate your earlier work.

Edit old blog posts & photos.

It was pretty hilarious to go through my archived posts and see just how poorly I understood how to write quality content and be authentic. Most of my pictures weren’t in good lighting, weren’t Pinterest friendly, and I don’t know if I even shared the posts on social media. Having learned a thing or two, I’ve since taken the time to go back and fix those early blogger mistakes. Make your blog more cohesive by going back in time and make your content worth finding and sharing to your current readers.

Also, be sure that each post you write has at least one Pinterest friendly photo or banner that will entice your readers to pin and save what you’ve written. Be sure that the photos you take are in good lighting and take some time to edit them. If you want to use stock photos, make sure they’re free or you give the proper credit before using them.

Here are some resources I use for photos:

Free stock photos I love using: Unsplash, Stocka.co, and Kaboompics.
Edit and create blog graphics: Canva or PicMonkey
Editing photos: Lightroom

Get comfortable with SEO.

Did you know that SEO is extremely important for your blog to be successful and get out there for others to find? It’s a way to drive traffic to your posts and therefore your blog. So, if you’re looking to gain some new followers or meet new bloggers be sure that you’re driving traffic to your site. How to do that? For my fellow WP users the plugin Yoast SEO has been a game changer for me and points out what I should change or add for the best SEO optimization for each post!

Analytics is just a nifty way to keep an eye on your traffic and pinpoint what exactly is bringing readers to your blog and keeping them there. Google Analytics is a good place to start and used by practically every blogger out there. Luckily social media has caught on to this and offer analytics of their own based on traffic from or to your website. Sites like Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook offer you analytics for free and it’s a good idea to become familiar and keep and eye on what content is doing well and driving traffic.

Check in on your blog’s social media.

Please consider creating social media pages for your blog if you haven’t already. Most people during the workday don’t have time to sit and read your blog post from a computer. So, snapshots from Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook will help drive traffic to your blog for those readers on the go. I love following blogs on Facebook because their new posts pop right up in my newsfeed.

Social media allows you to share your posts in a more authentic way and drive traffic to and from those platforms. I find Instagram has been a great leader of people to my blog since it’s a visual social media platform so I’m sure to spend some quality time drafting each of my pictures.

Tip: Instagram/Twitter hashtags are a huge determining factor whether your photo/blog will be seen by a new audience. I keep a note in my phone of all the popular hashtags for each kind of post (baby, food, lifestyle, etc.) and simply copy and paste them when I’m ready to share.

Plan ahead.

Using some kind of blog planner has been only a recent change for me. Before I would just write up posts as the mood struck me and hit publish. I’ve since learned that there’s a lot of benefits to writing when you’re inspired, but holding off hitting the publish button right away. Using a planner helps you look at your month and see how you can spread out your content and reach the most people.

Are there weekly or monthly linkups you participate in? Monthly writing challenges? Add those first to your monthly planner. Is there a holiday coming up you’re writing for? Add that about a week or so prior to that holiday, etc. Then fill your calendar with the drafts you’ve already started working on. Planning ahead is such a simple step anyone can take in maintaining their blog and it keeps content fresh and new to your readers.

Schedule out your blog posts.

So, now that you have all these posts ready to go how do you manage to get them out there? Schedule your posts and not just with your blog host. I use Hootsuite and absolutely love it! It’s free to sign up and it links your social media accounts so that you write up your posts all in one convenient spot. Then, you’ll schedule them out based on when they go live on your blog and no more worries about forgetting to promote those posts before you run out the door.

Edit your blog’s About page.

The ‘about’ section of your blog tells your readers who you are and why you blog. With a gazillion blogs out there you want to stand out and connect with your readers. Be witty, share photos, or talk about what inspires you. Your ‘about’ page is so important and you’ll notice it’s one of the most visited pages on your blog (I know that because of my analytics). What should you include in your about page? It just takes a simple Pinterest search to find a number of blogs who share tips for just that.

Be involved in the blogging community.

I couldn’t stress this enough. When I’m not writing for my own blog, I always make sure to check in and touch base with the bloggers I follow and love reading what they’ve been up to. Blogging can be a business for some by promoting products, but I’ve found so much joy just by reading and sharing in the events that make up the lives of those I follow and vice versa. Respond to comments, post comments on other blogs, start a discussion on your blog’s Facebook page, and just get out there.

Join a blogging network or community like The Peony Project or group Pinterest boards. Blogging is so much more meaningful when you’re actually connecting on a personal level with not only your readers, but fellow bloggers.

Every so often the creative juices just don’t flow the way they used to and I find myself in a writing rut. I try to glean inspiration from all sorts of sources, but with no avail, I end up staring at the blinking cursor on my screen with nothing to write about. Although this happens to everyone, it dawned on me that even if you’re not actually writing a post, there are all kinds of things you can do with your blog to keep it up to date, coordinated, and looking professional. So, whether to help get you through a creative rut or if you are looking for ways to spruce up your blog, here’s what you can do with your little corner of the internet when you have nothing to write about. |theprimarilyinspired.com|

These are just a few of the things that have helped me over the last year really get in tune with my blog and see just how I can make it better. Because as much as I love writing for me, I love writing to have others read, respond, and connect even more. Beginning with just a few of these steps will help you create a blog that has purpose, has cohesive and relatable content, and reaches a bigger audience. I hope you find these little tips to be helpful!

If you could offer a new blogger any advice on how to maintain a blog what would it be? Have you learned something new about blogging lately that has helped you transform your blog? 

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A Woodland Baby Shower

How many baby showers does one girl need? Well, I don’t know the official answer, however I am feeling especially spoiled and a mix of gratitude and an overwhelming sense of love for the community in which my family belongs. It’s become difficult for me to put into words exactly how I’ve been feeling these last few days since my woodland baby shower on Sunday and it’s in large part to do with just how thoughtful people are. Let me explain…

Come take a peek at our woodland themed baby shower complete with cute outdoor decorations and woodland themed eats! See how we celebrated our little boy!

When my husband and I moved to our apartment community going on a year and a half ago, we didn’t know anyone. We had just packed up our stuff, hit the road from Virginia to the golden coast and landed in a beach town called Ventura. I had no idea where this city even was or what to expect. Quickly we immersed ourselves in this little living community and got to know many of the residents, some who have come and gone. Over the little time we’ve lived here, we’ve become particularly close with a few people we would consider family. These people are the ones in which we’ve shared extreme joys, sadness, and good times with…and ones I can’t wait to introduce baby Greyson to.

By utter surprise, my husband and I were told that they, along with other friends/residents from our apartment complex, wanted to throw a baby shower for us and celebrate this little life that is about to arrive and bring so much joy – not to just us, but to our little village. My heart is overwhelmed by the efforts of our friends and the thoughtfulness of others. Here, I share with you a few photos from our woodland themed baby shower…

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A woodland baby shower isn’t complete without the adorable decorations made of moss, pinecone card holders, and cute eats such as toadstool cupcakes and mixed berries!

These acorn donuts were possibly my favorite not only to look at, but to consume. They were such an adorable addition to our table and were fun to eat as well. I mean, what pregnant (or non pregnant) person would turn down a donut hole...especially dressed as an acorn?! One of my favorite details about the decoration and theme was the use of pinecones as card holders and the moss that was strewn about. So adorable and adds the perfect woodland touch!

These acorn donuts were possibly my favorite not only to look at, but to consume. They were such an adorable addition to our table and were fun to eat as well. I mean, what pregnant (or non pregnant) person would turn down a donut hole…especially dressed as an acorn?!

One of my favorite details about the decoration and theme was the use of pinecones as card holders and the moss that was strewn about. So adorable and adds the perfect woodland touch!

The food spread was so adorable and I loved how everything (and I mean everything) was connected to the woodland theme. We had pretzel sticks (twigs), cheese ball (pinecone), carrot cake cupcakes (decorated like grass and toadstools), and many other creative eats. You’ll notice the random pigs in a blanket and that was requested by yours truly. It doesn’t really have anything to do with the theme except for my craving of little hot dogs wrapped in flaky dough ;)

The food spread was so adorable and I loved how everything (and I mean everything) was connected to the woodland theme. You’ll notice though the random pigs in a blanket and that was requested by yours truly. It doesn’t really have anything to do with the theme except for my craving of little hot dogs wrapped in flaky dough ;)

The food spread was so adorable and I loved how everything (and I mean everything) was connected to the woodland theme. We had pretzel sticks (twigs), cheese ball (pinecone), carrot cake cupcakes (decorated like grass and toadstools), and many other creative eats. You’ll notice the random pigs in a blanket and that was requested by yours truly. It doesn’t really have anything to do with the theme except for my craving of little hot dogs wrapped in flaky dough 😉

I loved the use of real veggies as decorations for our woodland themed baby shower! It added such an authentic touch and really brought the concept together!

Another blessing was being able to celebrate with my sister who happens to be due just days away from me and who is also expecting a boy. It’s been great to have someone experiencing the same things as me (she’s pregnant with her second) and knows what to expect or prepare for. Nothing like bonding over motherhood to bring sisters closer together!

Another blessing was being able to celebrate with my sister who happens to be due just days away from me and who is also expecting a boy. It’s been great to have someone experiencing the same things as me (she’s pregnant with her second) and knows what to expect or prepare for. Nothing like bonding over motherhood to bring sisters closer together!

A surprise for my husband from the group was his ‘new dad utility vest,’ which was a fisherman’s vest filled with all the baby essentials likes burp cloths, baby powder, pacifiers, and more. I thought it was the cutest idea and something he got a huge kick out of!

A surprise for my husband from the group was his ‘new dad utility vest,’ which was a fisherman’s vest filled with all the baby essentials likes burp cloths, baby powder, pacifiers, and more. I thought it was the cutest idea and something he got a huge kick out of!

I hope you enjoyed a little peek into our final baby shower (that I know of, haha)! Having shared this experience with those I love and our little community just fills my heart this week. I hope each and every one of you finds something to be grateful for and hold on to that feeling! Have a great rest of your week!

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