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February 5, 2018

snow + sink baths

Sink Bath - Ben 2018

I am SO happy our kitchen has such a giant sink. When we bought our house, I never realized how perfect it would be to bathe our babies in. And by “babies,” I mean as long as they’ll let me. ;) During the last few months I was pregnant with Ben, Blaire loved to take a bath in the sink. It made me feel like she was still…

January 15, 2018

snowy days

snow day 2017

Well, we had a little snow before Christmas, but since Christmas we’ve had a few snow storms here and there. Which means I have a toddler who is BEGGING to go outside. What starts as, “Please just let me make footprints in the snow, mama!” which quickly escalates to snow angels and a snow ball fight. But with the wind chill some days feeling like it’s -20°, playing…

December 29, 2017

family photos – winter 2017

Outdoor Family Photos Winter 2017

We finally got family photos done, for the first time since Ben’s newborn pictures back at the end of March. And I love, love, LOVE how they turned out. It was 70 degrees the Monday after Thanksgiving. Which is UNHEARD of for Illinois. I am obsessed with this location. It’s about an hour from our home, so we shot with a different photographer than we typically use. She…

December 29, 2017

here’s to 2018

Ben and Blaire in August

Typing 2018 is WEIRD. Where did 2017 go? It doesn’t seem like it was a whole year ago that I was pregnant with Ben and we were soaking in every minute left with Blaire as our only child. Personally, 2017 was a great year! We welcomed Benjamin. We welcomed the baby girls of three of our best friends (within only two months of Ben being born). Jason’s role…

December 25, 2017

merry christmas

Tiny Prints Christmas Card

I just wanted to take a quick minute to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas from the Peterson Family. As I sit here in bed with my sleeping family, at the end of my birthday, I can’t help but reflect on how blessed we are. We are all happy and healthy. We are blessed beyond measure.  Not only do we have everything we need to…

December 14, 2017

10 tips for the best photos of your kids

Tips for Photographing Children

The question I probably get the most often when it comes to blogging is how I take photos of my kids. From the type of camera/lens I use, to the settings, to just how the heck to get them to cooperate. And, oh boy, some of those are easier than others. Since there are so many ins and outs, I thought it was time to document them all…

November 26, 2017

cleaning your hardwood floors quickly & easily

Ben playing in kitchen

It’s no secret I don’t love cleaning (except when I’m mad!) but I still love it when our home is picked up and smells clean! My first few days home after quitting my job were SUPER productive. One day I did 10 loads of laundry. Yep, I was that far behind. And well, I promised myself I’d stay caught up on everything, the house would be picked up…

November 19, 2017

3 ways to beat stress during the holidays

Evenflo Pivot System

We all know the holidays can be super stressful, especially for parents. But, really, why do we do this to ourselves every. single. year? We (I) know the holidays are coming. We (I) wait until the last minute to make lists for family members, to purchases gifts for everyone, and I literally wait until Christmas Eve to wrap them. I see other people’s pictures of their wrapped gifts…

October 16, 2017

a day of yes!

Ben's first wagon ride

Going back to work after Ben was born hasn’t been easy. After I had Blaire, I took a job that would let me work from home 3 days and commute to work 2 days/week. Being able to spend that extra time at home with her did SO much for me. I continued in that job until she was 11 months old, when I took a job working in…

August 17, 2017

Trip to the Lake

Lake Visit July 2017

You may know we loveeee a trip to the pool. The pool just opened a few weeks before my maternity leave ended. So we spent my last week of freedom at the pool almost every day. Now we try to squeeze in a trip each weekend. We decided to give our local lake a try a few weeks ago because we thought Blaire would like playing in the…

August 2, 2017

4 Reasons You’ll Find this Mom in the Water

Get in the Water this Summer

I am going to talk about something all of us mamas really love to talk about (not really)… our postpartum bodies. The changes your body goes through during pregnancy are amazing! There’s no other way to describe it. You created, and carried around 24/7, a tiny person, or two, or three for 10 months. Then you birthed them. But after giving birth you may not feel so amazing when…

July 6, 2017

Benjamin’s Baptism

Ben's Baptism

If you follow me on Insta, you know our baby boy was baptized this past weekend. We’d been trying to coordinate schedules for the past few months. The days that worked with the church didn’t work with family member’s travel plans, so we ended up with the holiday weekend being the only time that worked for everyone.  We have been so overwhelmed since I went back to work,…