Lauren Hartmann

Lauren is a former preschool teacher, turned wardrobe stylist and blogger, living in Portland Oregon with her husband and high school sweetheart Craig (together 11 years and counting!), her daughter Fern and their German Shepherd Marley. She likes pretty things, funny things and a million other little things, and writes about them at The Little Things We Do. Read even more from Lauren at Babble, and follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and Google+.

6 Sweet and Simple Newborn Photo Props

With my due date approaching in T-minus 6 weeks (give or take…but I mean…who’s counting?), I’ve started thinking about newborn photos. I think newborn photos are the sweetest, but I’m not a fan of making them super elaborate. Babies in tutus and dressed to be camouflaged in baskets of fruit just aren’t my jam. I love simple photography and beautiful natural light that allows the focus to be right on that beautiful little babe. That said, I think props can also be a great addition to newborn photos when chosen carefully. Keep those props sweet and simple and your photos will look great! Here are a few props that would be great for newborn photos and that you probably already have on hand!

6 Sweet and Simple Newborn Photo Props

Real Party Inspiration: Xavier's Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Birthday

If you have a little one, then you are probably pretty familiar with the Disney Junior show Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. My daughter is totally obsessed with it and has been singing the theme song since she was just a tiny thing, so when I saw this fun Mickey Mouse Clubhouse themed birthday party in my friend Miriam’s Instagram feed, I knew I had to ask if she’d let me share it. Miriam is the mama, owner and designer behind Miriam Corona Events. She styles the most fabulous parties and events, and this one is pretty great. I think my little one would flip over this theme…maybe for her next birthday!

Real Party Inspiration: Xavier's Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Birthday

Huggies Hugs Delivered Contest

Have you guys seen this contest that Huggies is putting on to deliver first hugs to new babies? If not you should totally watch the video and go have a good cry. I actually wanted to title this post: “Huggies Hugs Delivered: AKA That Time That Huggies Made Me Ugly Cry”, but I decided that even though it’s the truth, it’s a bit lengthy. But, seriously, this contest is brilliant and here’s why…

Hugs Delivered

10 Ways I'm Distracting Myself From the Third Trimester Slump

This pregnancy has seriously flown by. It seems like I was just announcing my pregnancy and now here I am in the home stretch – 33 weeks pregnant! You would think I would have this sudden burst of energy and excitement simply from knowing that I’m almost there and that there is a light at the end of the tunnel…but the third trimester is no joke you guys and I’ve fallen into a slump.

10 Ways I'm Distracting Myself From the Third Trimester Slump

Fun With Little Ones: A Day at the Flower Farm

When you have little ones, it’s always fun to go out and explore and enjoy new activities together. There are a ton of great ideas on Pinterest and blogs, but sometimes the simplest things are the most fun and memorable. Such was the case when I took my daughter to our local flower farm. She LOVES to smell flowers and has a pretty extensive botanical vernacular – she can recognize and name dandelions, daffodils, tulips and camellias – so I knew she would love this outing. Within a 45 minute drive from Portland there is an annual tulip festival at a flower farm that runs through an entire month of spring, but somehow we managed to choose the day that ended up being rainy and muddy. Despite the weather we still had a lot of fun and I would highly recommend a trip with your little one to your local flower farm – or even just a garden center. She has a blast and there were plenty of great learning opportunities along the way! Here are a few photos from our day at the flower farm…

Fun With Little Ones: A Day at the Flower Farm
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