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I took these photos for a friend, Jacque, who is expecting a baby girl any day now. Mateo & I spent the morning with her, our friend Angela, and Rome (the biggest & most handsome dog ever). I was a little nervous about taking on a “maternity shoot” because I know how meaningful photo documentation is. I really wanted to capture the beauty she is and what a special moment in time this is. There was nothing to be nervous about. Jacque is the most down-to-earth, naturally ethereal mama. It was a relaxed morning. Mateo may have eaten a few too many chocolates and watched a couple extra episodes of Curious George on an ipad. But it was a relaxed morning. :)

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Isn’t Jacque beautiful? And Rome! That dog is something! :) He was taller than Mateo! But really, he was a gentle giant. He’ll be an excellent big brother. ;)

You’ll love this — that little sweater that Jacque is holding up in one of the photos is what she wore home from the hospital as a newborn! I love that. It’s so special that she can wrap her own baby girl in the same cozy, little top!

I love that I can give Jacque these photos. And I’m thankful to my friend Angela who connected me to Jacque and always pushes me to use my talents. I tend to focus on what I lack in talent, but you need to use what you have to move forward. I do know that. I may never be “ready” but sitting on talent is a waste. For everyone. It really did mean a lot to me to be able to document the end of Jacque’s pregnancy for her. That motivates me. And while I did have to experiment a bit and make poor 38-week-pregnant Jacque move around, we figured it out. And I learned so much.  I still don’t think of myself as a “photographer,” but title aside, I’m finding myself more and more drawn to photography. If I could have any wish, I’d probably wish that my eyes could take photos. (And for Mateo’s health and happiness, etcetera, etcetera…sure). :) It wasn’t ever my plan to start taking commissioned photos, but I’m starting to think about branching out and pushing myself in that direction.

I remember (so badly) wanting to be able to capture light-filled images during my pregnancy and just not being able to figure out how. I still have that same camera, but I’ve learned so much more about how to use it. It was through becoming a mom, needing a creative outlet, and wanting to document Mateo — that I started playing around with my camera. This blog in particular has pushed me. I just want to learn more.

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fall into autumn. bring on the bonfire. part three.

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Fall weekend: Part Three! The bonfire was my favorite part of the weekend. (part one and part two if you missed them). The backstory again, is that my parents moved to small-town, Indiana about six years ago. They live in the center of their town, right by “Main Street” which is really quite charming with lots of shops and mom & pop restaurants to walk to. But right outside of town is country. Amish country and farming country.

I’m a city girl and I really haven’t spent enough time in the country. In fact, there was this time I was on a roadtrip with my brothers and we just had to stop the car and get out because the whole sky was filled with twinkling stars. We’d simply never seen anything like it. We actually put our arms around each other and just stood there on the side of the road, looking up. I believe we were in the middle of Iowa. Not proud, but in amazement I exclaimed,  ”WOW, it’s like we’re in the planetarium!” bahaha. (yeah, it’s just like that. like a man-made sky for city folk). Ooooorrrr, we’re outside away from city light pollution.

SO, that’s me.

My parents told us we were all invited to their friends’ farm for a bonfire. A REAL 350-acre farm. I donno, it was just so great. I was just kinda in awe that they have this land and work it, and it’s all so beautiful and full of character. It makes you feel connected to tradition and to living.

Family. That’s my grandpa, Mateo’s “great” that you see greeting him at the horse stable. And I love the photos of Mateo in between my dad, (his Papa) and my grandpa (his Great). The photo of the three men (two wearing red hats) are my dad, grandpa, and Aki. And that’s my sister (Mateo’s dear “auntie”) jumping in the air. :)

I mentioned in my earlier posts that I was really stressed leading up to this weekend. Taking walks, taking family photos, and visiting the pumpkin patch were fun activities…but it was the bonfire that I needed. I mean, there’s something about a fire that is so hypnotizing. The world dims a little and it’s just a simple moment around a dancing fire. And when else do people get together and just sing? :) Growing up, we used to have large camping family reunions. The singing around the campfire was my favorite. Mateo has now been officially introduced! If you follow me on instagram, you may have seen the video I posted that night of us singing around the fire back in October.

Ah, and I almost forgot! They took us (almost 20 of us) on a midnight hayride! :) It wasn’t really midnight, but it was pitch black, and they hooked up one of their tractors and took us on a hayride through some of their fields. Mateo was SO excited about another hayride (his first was on the Pumpkin Patch). But haha, he was O-U-T, fast asleep about two minutes in. I captured this pic of the sleepyhead on my phone. :)

Good times. I could use more country air.

Thank you to the Millers for hosting us on the farm. Your farm is pretty amazing, you are so hospitable, and we had a great time. Thank you, thank you!


ALSO, Want to wish Mateo’s Baka (grandma) in Croatia a very Happy Birthday! (Sretan rođendan!!!!). We love you!

you are cordially invited to live long and PRSPR

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I’ve got something a little different for you on the blog today! An introduction and  an invitation. Meet PRSPR! PRSPR (pronounced “Prosper”) is a sweet kid’s e-shop I was introduced to recently. If you follow my board “Teo’s Closet” on Pinterest, you know that this is pretty much right up my alley! I love that their clothes are quirky, stylin’, and well…comfy. For, ya know, real kids and PLAYING. These are some of my favorite picks of the current collection^^. ‘Nuff said. I mean seriously, how adorable!

SO, this is where internet meets real life! A little while back, the lovely Victoria over at PRSPR invited me to come to their first ever Pop-Up Shop in Chicago. Needless to say, I RSVPd before they’d even locked down a date, time or location, ha.

I’m happy to announce that the date is this Saturday in Chicago at Heritage Littles (2868 N. Lincoln Ave.). And you’re all invited, of course! Check out the invite below for all the info. And Kiiiinda fun, “HENNA BLOSSOM” is legit on the official invite. “Chicago Mommy Blogger,” nice to meetcha. ;) I like it. Official is fun, doncha think?PRSPR-pop-up-shopReally, if you’re local…drop in! Shop, snap some pics at the Photobooth, munch on snacks, hang out! And of course bring along the kiddos in your life. Mateo and I will be stopping by and hanging out!

One of the most common questions I get is re: “where to buy cute kid’s clothes?” You know I love putting Mateo in fun, unique outfits. It’s just fun. Well here ya go, friends. I have definitely added one more shop to my  list. PRSPR! And I have to say, it’s pretty sweet to be included in this group. I was just saying to a friend recently that I really wish I knew more mom/lifestyle bloggers in Chicago. BOOM. Can’t wait to meet Kate of Diapers + Skinny Jeans, Gia of Dress Up Files, and Pop Street Kidz! Mateo can’t wait to snack and climb under clothing racks. ;)

See you Saturday?

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