Our Newborn Photo Session with Deanna Spivey Photography, Metro Detroit Photographer

Deanna Spivey Photography

I often like to stand on my soapbox and tell moms-to-be a few things they should consider getting with a new baby. Skip the $500 strollers and the heaps of things you may never use — get a great camera, a great rocking chair, and a photo package for the baby’s first year of life, or at the very least — professional newborn photos.

Deanna Spivey Photography Newborn 1

Why? A baby changes before your eyes during the first year of their life…and there is nothing quite so heartwarming than looking back at your nugget when they are just days fresh. {Their skin, hair, eyes and more change just a couple of weeks after birth, so it’s really neat to look back and see the changes.}

I was beyond ecstatic to work with Deanna Spivey Photography again, this time for Miles’ newborn shots.

I can take decent photos, and for that, I feel lucky. But I can in no way manipulate a baby quite like a professional can {nor do I have the energy in those first postpartum days}, and watching Deanna work was like watching a sculptor with clay. It was nothing short of amazing!

I mean…LOOK. Babies in baskets for the win!

Deanna Spivey Photography Newborn 2

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The Wet Brush: Best Detangling Brush {Review + Giveaway ENDS 9/4}

Wet Brush Logo

Disclosure: I was provided with The Wet Brush for the purpose of writing this review.

There is one hair battle I have fought long and hard my entire life: Thick hair.

Many people say they would love to have hair as thick as mine. Well people, it’s not all it’s cracked up to be…It takes SO long to dry and style, hence, it usually is up or looking like a hot mess because ain’t no mama got time for that. Also? It’s hard to brush through, therefore I’m already counting down the days until I can donate 10″ of it to Wigs 4 Kids!

It seems my Kinley is going to have this issue as well. Karina still has baby hair, but the constant toddler rat nest in the back may be an indication of what’s to come. Needless to say, hair brushing in our house is a constant battle.

I was ecstatic to learn about The Wet Brush, the best detangling brush ever, from my local blogging friend Coupon Savvy Sarah, and knew I had to give it a shot.

The Wet Brush
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Calm Preschool Anxiety With These Books

Calm Preschool Anxiety With These 7 Books

The post below contains Amazon affiliate links. When you make purchases through my links, it helps my family. Something nobody warned me about when we starting approaching 4 years old…ANXIETY. My daughter has always been the shy and cautious type. There’s no way around it — if she’s uncomfortable in a situation, she will let […]

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Think Walgreens for Back-To-School Immunizations + Tips for Anxiety! #GiveaShot #CollectiveBias

Get A Shot, Give A Shot

Disclosure:  This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CollectiveBias Back-to-School time means back to the doctor in every mom’s world for vaccinations. Not sure about you all, but we spend SO much time at the doctor these days for check-ups between me and my three […]

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Miles’ Birth Story: Third Child Charm

Meeting Miles

Last Wednesday I went in for my midwife appointment at 40 weeks, 5 days. She swept my membranes for the third time. THIRD time’s a charm, right? I was dilated to 4cm and 80 percent effaced. But where was my baby?! After she reassured me it would be literally a day or two, I went […]

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Are You There God? It’s Me, Still Pregnant. {40+ Weeks}


Friday was my due date. I was really hoping I would be sharing baby boy’s birth story by now, but alas, here we are…3 days overdue so far. If you’ve never gone past your due date, you probably don’t really get how this feels. Friday was a tough day overall since I’ve had plenty of signs that labor […]

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Get Your Cape! The Super Run Ann Arbor is September 6, 2014 {+ Giveaway ENDS 8/17} #TheSuperRunA2

Super Run Ann Arbor Discount Code

You guys. I seriously cannot WAIT to lace up my running shoes once this baby is here…So I was ecstatic to learn about this SUPER awesome race perfect for getting kiddos involved and pumped up about fitness! This is a sponsored post, but all opinions are my own. ABOUT: The Super Run will be in Ann […]

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Revisit TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES Films Next Week For FREE At Emagine Royal Oak

TMNT at Emagine Royal Oak

I don’t know about you all, but I loved Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles growing up {specifically, I wanted to be April}. I love that it’s coming back around and Kinley is even starting to take an interest in it and recently even picked out a TMNT toothbrush because she thinks they are awesome. I mean, […]

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Family Fun in Southeast Michigan in August 2014

Family Fun in Southeast Michigan in August 2014

Oh man…It’s just about AUGUST! How crazy is that? This summer has flown. Hope you all are getting out and having fun before school starts back up! Here’s some ideas for family friendly things to do around Ann Arbor, Detroit, Flint, Lansing and the surrounding areas in the month ahead. Mark your calendar and be sure […]

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Letter To My Daughter On Her Second Birthday: My Dear Karina

Karina, Age 2

My Dearest Karina, It’s hard to even write Karina, because to me you are Kar, Kar-Boo, Karina-Bo-Bina, Kar Bars, sugar booger, and more. Seriously, your list of nicknames may be slightly out of control. But truly, they seem to sum you up well: You are a little spark plug, and I can’t believe you are […]

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Love the Pinkalicious Books? Check Out Pinkalicious The Musical In Detroit November 21-23, 2014

Pinkalicious Artwork

If you have a child in the 3-8 years old age range with an active imagination, this will be one show you do not want to miss! We absolutely love the Pinkalicious book series in our house and rent them from the library often. Even though Kinley LOVES the color blue and doesn’t like pink […]

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Looking For A Stroller? Consider The Urbini Omni 3-in-1 Travel System #MC #UrbiniBaby

Urbini Omni 3-in-1 Travel System

I participated in a Blog Blast on behalf of Mom Central for Urbini. I received information from Urbini to facilitate my post as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation. Please note: I only applied for this opportunity because I genuinely love this stroller and shopping for baby at Walmart.com As […]

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