The Perfect Off The Shoulder Dress

Perfect off the shoulder summer dress. Only $14! Great outfit for Memorial Day Weekend or 4th of July Perfect off the shoulder summer dress. Only $14! Great outfit for Memorial Day Weekend or 4th of July Perfect off the shoulder summer dress. Only $14! Great outfit for Memorial Day Weekend or 4th of July Perfect off the shoulder summer dress. Only $14! Great outfit for Memorial Day Weekend or 4th of July Perfect off the shoulder summer dress. Only $14! Great outfit for Memorial Day Weekend or 4th of July Perfect off the shoulder summer dress. Only $14! Great outfit for Memorial Day Weekend or 4th of July

(Dress: SheIn, Bag: Nordstrom under $50, Wedges: Nordstrom)

It has been some time since I’ve done a strictly fashion centered post! Valentine’s Day to be exact! So I thought it was about time! And this off the shoulder dress is too perfect not to share with you guys. It’s non-maternity, but roomy enough to work with my bump. I simply love the off the shoulder look. It’s always been one of my favorites, as I find it to be flattering on lots of different shapes and sizes. I think that deep blue shade makes it the perfect dress for a this weekend’s Memorial Day celebrations! Or even for a Fourth of July celebration. There’s just something about a navy hue that makes me feel patriotic.

I’ve saved the best new for last. This dress is only $14! Seriously! Such a steal. The laser cut out eyelets are so pretty and feminine up close. This dress is a must for our upcoming summer season. Now we just need that warm weather to stay! Have a great day everyone!

xx,

Heidi

 

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Getting Ready to Meet Our Baby Girl

Newborn style for baby girl. Getting ready to meet our baby girl.

Newborn style for baby girl. Getting ready to meet our baby girl.

Newborn style for baby girl. Getting ready to meet our baby girl.

Newborn style for baby girl. Getting ready to meet our baby girl.

Newborn style for baby girl. Getting ready to meet our baby girl.

Newborn style for baby girl. Getting ready to meet our baby girl.

Newborn style for baby girl. Getting ready to meet our baby girl.

Newborn style for baby girl. Getting ready to meet our baby girl.

I still remember the very first thing I purchased for Julian when I found out we were expecting. It was a soft, cloth sling so I could wear him on my chest while he slept. I absolutely could not wait to meet our guy and to hold him close to me. That wrap has always held such sentimental value, and made my pregnancy feel even more real. Despite all of the other signs that it was! So, I couldn’t wait to pick up my first few things for our sweet baby girl. And I was excited to see what would someday hold that same feeling for me. I took a trip to downtown Poulsbo to my favorite children’s boutique, Barna and Co, to find those perfect first items.

I ended up leaving with the most feminine and darling items, and it makes me all the more eager to meet our daughter. After being a boy mama for the past year and a half, I am so excited to be able to incorporate pinks and bows and flowers into the equation! The softest blush colored bow from Baby Bling Bows called out to me and I knew it was the one for our girl! If you’ve been following me since the beginning, you know that Kickee Pants is one of my favorite children’s lines. The fabric is out of this world soft and flexible, and makes changing a squirmy baby that much easier. I want their coveralls in every shade! This soft, natural KP onesie may even be the outfit we bring baby home in!

I also picked up a Jellycat lovely for our sweet girl. Julian has the bunny, and now baby sister will have the lamb. Makes my mama heart melt! Yet, I think I am most excited about the gorgeous Little Unicorn swaddle I picked up for our girl. When I got home that day I just stared at how sweet that garden rose print was, and I could already imagine wrapping our baby girl in it.

It’s amazing how a few pieces can transform your excitement, and in time can hold such sentimental value. We can’t wait to meet our sweet baby girl. She is so loved already, and will be as stylish as can be!

Be sure to pick up some future family heirlooms at Barna and Co for your sweet babes! Use code “bainbridgeboheme” to get 15% off your order online now through May 25th.

xx,

Heidi

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Easy as Lemon Pie

Easy lemon pie from scratch. Seriously, this is the most simple recipe! Perfect spring pie

Easy lemon pie from scratch. Seriously, this is the most simple recipe! Perfect spring pie Easy lemon pie from scratch. Seriously, this is the most simple recipe! Perfect spring pie Easy lemon pie from scratch. Seriously, this is the most simple recipe! Perfect spring pie Easy lemon pie from scratch. Seriously, this is the most simple recipe! Perfect spring pie Easy lemon pie from scratch. Seriously, this is the most simple recipe! Perfect spring pie Easy lemon pie from scratch. Seriously, this is the most simple recipe! Perfect spring pie

Don’t ask me where the term “easy as pie” came from. Speaking as someone who loves to bake pies, and has been doing it for years, pie is not the simplest dessert to pull off. I find that every pie is a learning experience, and I still have plenty of pie fails. Well, this my friends, this recipe makes for a truly easy pie.

You can whip this delectable lemon pie up in just a matter of minutes (yes, seriously) and still be the hero of the dinner table. Now that my time is more limited (hello there, working mother to a toddler with a baby on the way here!) I am feeling inspired to create more simple recipes. Recipes that can still be showstoppers, but don’t take hours out of your day.

Just recently Jeff and Julian and I were walking around out in our backyard. Jules was running around barefoot, the sun was bright and warm, and I was getting all the springtime feels. When we went inside to put Jules down for a nap, I had the urge to bake something that would keep that springtime, sunshiney feeling alive all day. Enter this lemon pie creation. I’m on a lemon baking kick lately it seems. 

The filling is rich, but the bursts of lemon make it feel light. The simple addition of a whipped cream topping adds to the lightness that exemplifies a spring pie. Typically, I can eat decadent pies all day long. But there is something about the change in the season that calls for a lighter fare.

If this recipe inspires you to bake a lemon pie of your own, be sure to tag me on Instagram (heidi.stephens) or on Facebook (Bainbridge Boheme) so I can see your beautiful creations!

Ingredients:

Crust:

  • 1 ½ cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 6 Tbsp butter (melted)
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • Pinch of salt

Filling

  • 3 egg yolks
  • 2 cans sweetened condensed milk
  • 2/3 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice (approx. 3 large lemons)
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Pinch of salt

Topping:

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch of lemon zest (optional)

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350F. In a medium sized bowl, mixed together graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, sugar and salt until well combined. Press the mixture into a greased pie pan, packing firmly. Bake for 7 minutes.

In a standing mixer on medium speed, beat together egg yolks, condensed milk, lemon juice, zest and salt until creamy, approximately 5 minutes. Add filling to baked pie crust and bake for 10 minutes. Allow to cool on wire rack for 30 minutes, then finish cooling in refrigerator for at least 1 hour to set.

Prepare whipped cream topping by beating heavy cream, sugar, vanilla and zest on high until fluffy. Top the pie with whipped cream and serve chilled. Enjoy!

xx,

Heidi

 

 

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Mother’s Day Brunch and 5 Tricks to Hosting a Flawless Event for Your Mom

How to host the perfect Mother’s Day brunch. Simple ideas for hosting on Mother’s Day and celebrating mom.

How to host the perfect Mother’s Day brunch. Simple ideas for hosting on Mother’s Day and celebrating mom.

How to host the perfect Mother’s Day brunch. Simple ideas for hosting on Mother’s Day and celebrating mom.

How to host the perfect Mother’s Day brunch. Simple ideas for hosting on Mother’s Day and celebrating mom.

How to host the perfect Mother’s Day brunch. Simple ideas for hosting on Mother’s Day and celebrating mom.

How to host the perfect Mother’s Day brunch. Simple ideas for hosting on Mother’s Day and celebrating mom.

It’s hard to believe that it’s already May, let alone that Mother’s Day is just around the corner! My mom and I are both nurses with odd and hectic work schedules, so we decided to celebrate Mother’s Day early this year. I hosted a brunch at our home and had a little too much fun planning it all! I decided to go all out to show my mom how much she is loved and appreciated. You can never say it enough! A color palette of soft blush pinks, whites and creams created a feminine look and to emphasis that the brunch really was all about mom! Sticking to a color palette can help an event look cohesive and more put together.

I love having the opportunity to celebrate my loved ones and this brunch ended up being a huge hit! Here’s a peek at last year’s event. Instead of just sharing the recipes with you all (although I will do that too) I thought it would be fun to highlight how I pulled off the event while being a working mama with a toddler! It is my hope that you can use some of these tips and tricks for your Mother’s Day celebration this weekend! And some of the delicious recipes too! Motherhood truly is the best and most important “job” in the world. Mamas deserve to be celebrated!

How to host the perfect Mother’s Day brunch. Simple ideas for hosting on Mother’s Day and celebrating mom.

How to host the perfect Mother’s Day brunch. Simple ideas for hosting on Mother’s Day and celebrating mom.

How to host the perfect Mother’s Day brunch. Simple ideas for hosting on Mother’s Day and celebrating mom.

How to host the perfect Mother’s Day brunch. Simple ideas for hosting on Mother’s Day and celebrating mom.

How to host the perfect Mother’s Day brunch. Simple ideas for hosting on Mother’s Day and celebrating mom.

  1. Plan ahead. Brainstorm your color palette, theme or general ideas early on. This will help when making decisions on the event. Sometimes I would get a little overzealous while planning, but my original idea of a simple and feminine brunch would reground me. I love Pinterest for this purpose. I had been working on a Mother’s Day Pinterest board for a few weeks prior to the brunch. Have a menu in place a few days to a week before your event. This helps with delegation, and grocery shopping. People often ask me how I have time to bake, and one of my secrets is I always do my shopping and prep work the day before! Baking then becomes a breeze.
  2. Cater to your mama. Seems pretty obvious, right? But I’ve found that making the extra effort to tailor an event towards your guest of honor can make a world of difference. For example, my mom doesn’t drink alcohol. So instead of just sticking her with water while everyone else drank mimosas, I crafted a delicious raspberry lemonade spritzer for her to enjoy. I also was sure to make a playlist of her favorite music. Even something as simple as incorporating their favorite foods into the menu is a special touch. It sets the tone that the event is in her honor!
  3. Use seasonal blooms. Flowers can make your event! I decided to use the gorgeous tulips in our front yard to set the scene for our tablescape. Luckily for me we had lots of pretty pink blooms to choose from. Fresh florals really can transform your space.
  4. Incorporate a sentimental touch. Since this Mother’s Day brunch was in honor of my wonderful mom, I wanted to add a heartfelt touch to the event. I opted to use my Grandmother’s china teacups for each table setting. It was a big surprise to my mom, and she was so grateful to see her mother’s china being put to good use. I also love the idea of incorporating old photos into each place setting too. Again, my Pinterest board has some great inspiration!
  5. Keep food simple and seasonal. When developing the menu for our Mother’s Day brunch I kept things simple and fresh. This meant incorporating springtime fruits and veggies to pay homage to our changing seasons. A light orange bundt cake with a simple orange glaze (I just mixed 1 cup powdered sugar and 2 Tbsp orange juice for the glaze) was a huge hit. We ate fresh waffles topped with a homemade whipped cream (1 cup heavy cream, 2 Tbsp sugar and 1 tsp vanilla whipped together). We then rounded out the menu with a roasted pepper frittata topped with heirloom tomatoes and we had plenty of Hempler’s bacon to enjoy! Simple menus always speak for themselves.

How to host the perfect Mother’s Day brunch. Simple ideas for hosting on Mother’s Day and celebrating mom.

How to host the perfect Mother’s Day brunch. Simple ideas for hosting on Mother’s Day and celebrating mom.

How to host the perfect Mother’s Day brunch. Simple ideas for hosting on Mother’s Day and celebrating mom.

How to host the perfect Mother’s Day brunch. Simple ideas for hosting on Mother’s Day and celebrating mom.

How to host the perfect Mother’s Day brunch. Simple ideas for hosting on Mother’s Day and celebrating mom.

How to host the perfect Mother’s Day brunch. Simple ideas for hosting on Mother’s Day and celebrating mom.

How to host the perfect Mother’s Day brunch. Simple ideas for hosting on Mother’s Day and celebrating mom.

How to host the perfect Mother’s Day brunch. Simple ideas for hosting on Mother’s Day and celebrating mom.

If you try any of these tips, tricks or recipes at your Mother’s Day soiree I would love to hear about it! Be sure to tag me on Instagram (@heidi.stephens) or on Facebook (@BainbridgeBoheme) and let me know! Wishing you all a Happy Mother’s Day in advance!

xx,

Heidi

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide

 

Can you believe that Mother’s Day is just around the corner?! Yeah, me neither. Time is moving too quickly lately! It feels like just yesterday that I hosted a fun Mother’s Day brunch for my mom at our home. I need to start planning another this week! And it makes me feel all sentimental to think that just last year I celebrated my very first Mother’s Day as a mama. Hard to believe I’m now about to be a mama to two under two!

I have been busy looking for the perfect Mother’s Day gift for my amazing mother, and I thought I would share with you all some of my favorites. Don’t look ma! In our family, Mother’s Day means girly indulgences for our mom. Candles, jewelry, beauty products, and of course flowers! She’s not one to be thrilled over a new vacuum cleaner, and who could blame her. Hope you find some great inspiration here for celebrating the mama in your life!

Happy Wednesday everyone!

xx,

Heidi

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Another BIG Change in a Year Full of Changes

Going back to work as an Emergency Room nurse after maternity leave! All Heart Scrubs and Littman stethoscope

Going back to work as an Emergency Room nurse after maternity leave! All Heart Scrubs and Littman stethoscope

(AllHeart Scrubs: Top and Bottom. Obsessed with this C3 scrub set! Even flattering on a 6 month pregnant lady)

This year has been chalked full of change for our family. Namely, my pregnancy and subsequent pregnancy induced illness. But, as you can probably tell from my scrubs, I am feeling better and have headed back to work! If you know me personally, or read the blog (like this fun post) you know that before having Julian, I worked as an Emergency Room Nurse at the Veteran’s Affairs Hospital. I have always been an advocate for veterans, and loved my years at the VA. I am excited to announce that I am back at work in the ER!

Like many working moms, making the decision to return to work was extremely challenging for me. At the risk of sounding like Pollyanna, I wholeheartedly LOVED being a stay at home mom. I found it to be the most rewarding, heartfelt and entertaining job I’ve ever had. Many people have told me “I bet you can’t wait to be back in the real world!” But for me, being a stay at home mom was my real world. It was my whole world! And it was a “job” that I took very seriously, a job that (dare I say) I excelled at. I genuinely loved it, and Julian loved having me home, and I am grateful for that. The decision to return to work was not made lightly. But nursing is a wonderful and evolving profession, and I want to keep my skills and my license up to date.

One of the greatest obstacles with returning to work is the time spent away from Julian. I am immensely grateful that I was able to be a stay at home mother for the first year of Julian’s life. So, I am nervous that I will be missing Jules and my old SAHM gig like crazy. I’m also incredibly nervous about how I will continue to feel day to day in dealing with my pregnancy illness: hyperemesis gravidarum. Wasn’t pregnant when I applied for the job! But the bottomline is that I am excited about my return to nursing and I now have the utmost of respect for all you mamas doing this juggle.

As you can imagine, this will mean a few changes for the blog. Like always, you can expect the same thoughtful content. I will work my best to bring you posts frequently, however, my posting schedule may need to be reduced depending on how I am able to balance it all. Most of all, time will tell how much I am able to take on, and I am excited for this opportunity to rejoin the workforce. Nursing is a work of the heart, and is much more than just a job. It is one of the few professions that is physically, emotionally and mentally stimulating. I hope that I am able to keep a healthy balance between family, work, blogging and life. Wishful thinking? Wish me luck (and health) everyone!!!

xx,

Heidi

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Springtime in Seattle

Springtime in Seattle! Beautiful cherry blossoms at the University of Washington. Gorgeous Seattle attraction

Springtime in Seattle! Beautiful cherry blossoms at the University of Washington. Gorgeous Seattle attraction

Springtime in Seattle! Beautiful cherry blossoms at the University of Washington. Gorgeous Seattle attraction

Springtime in Seattle! Beautiful cherry blossoms at the University of Washington. Gorgeous Seattle attraction

Springtime in Seattle! Beautiful cherry blossoms at the University of Washington. Gorgeous Seattle attraction

Springtime in Seattle! Beautiful cherry blossoms at the University of Washington. Gorgeous Seattle attraction

Springtime in Seattle! Beautiful cherry blossoms at the University of Washington. Gorgeous Seattle attraction

Springtime in Seattle! Beautiful cherry blossoms at the University of Washington. Gorgeous Seattle attraction

Springtime in Seattle! Beautiful cherry blossoms at the University of Washington. Gorgeous Seattle attraction

Springtime in Seattle! Beautiful cherry blossoms at the University of Washington. Gorgeous Seattle attraction

Springtime in Seattle! Beautiful cherry blossoms at the University of Washington. Gorgeous Seattle attraction

Springtime in Seattle! Beautiful cherry blossoms at the University of Washington. Gorgeous Seattle attraction

Springtime in Seattle! Beautiful cherry blossoms at the University of Washington. Gorgeous Seattle attraction

Springtime in Seattle! Beautiful cherry blossoms at the University of Washington. Gorgeous Seattle attraction

Springtime in Seattle! Beautiful cherry blossoms at the University of Washington. Gorgeous Seattle attraction

(Sweater: Free People, similar, Dress: c/o Magnolia Shoes (so soft!),  Purse: c/o SheIn (only $30!), Wedges: Nordstrom, Lips: MAC Crosswires // Julian’s sweater: hand-me-down, Overalls: Gap, similar, Shoes: Nordstrom)

If you caught my Spring To-Do List a few weeks back, then you know that visiting the cherry blossoms at the University of Washington was number 1 on my list! I still remember the amazement I would feel every year after returning to UW following spring break. The quad would be filled with these stunning blooms and you could feel the magic in the air. It also meant that summer was just one quarter away!

Every year the UW announces an estimated time when the cherry blossoms will be in full bloom. You can even watch it on live stream! This year we visited in the first week of April. My friend and photographer Whitney, who took these amazing photos just before the sun set and the rain began to fall.

I was so excited to be able to share this beautiful sight with Julian this year. Since we live on Bainbridge Island, we caught the ferry boat over to the Emerald City. We strolled through campus, and I swear it must have looked like Disneyland to my one year old! You could see the amazement in his eyes! He ran around and played in the fallen petals and jumped in every mud puddle. It was nostalgic to visit UW again, and these beautiful blooms were exactly as I remembered. 

Wherever you may be in the world, the cherry blossoms at the University of Washington are a site you must see with your own eyes. Living in Washington state, spring has always felt like a season of renewal and new energy for me. Fresh blooms, bluer skies, and lighter rainfall are all welcomed warmly after the winter months. The frogs and ducks return to their ponds and all of your friends come out of hibernation. Hey guys! Springtime in Seattle is pure magic, and I hope that you get a chance to see the cherry blossoms for yourself sometime soon! The blooms never last long, so be sure to time it right! 

Also, if you’re on or near Bainbridge Island, you must check out Magnolia Shoes where this dress is from! I am obsessed with how soft this fabric is, I could sleep in these dress!

Huge thank you to Whitney Coudray Photography for the photos. I cherish these and so many more that I didn’t post 🙂

xx,

Heidi

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The Magnolia Story

2017 book recommendation, The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines. Amazing book for parents and entrepreneurs!

Hello again and happy Wednesday! Since I have been managing my pregnancy illness: hyperemesis gravidarum, a lot better lately, I have been doing some catch up with my reading list! I wasn’t able to read for about 3 months because it worsened my nausea. Besides feeling miserable that whole time, I was also pretty bored! We don’t have a TV, so books play a big role in my source of entertainment. Alright, without further ado, here is what I read and loved this past month!

Like most of America, I have a admiration and certain level intrigue for Chip and Joanna Gaines. In case you live under a rock, they are the lovable married couple and stars of HGTV’s hit show, Fixer Upper. The couple flips older houses in the small town of Waco, TX, and creates their clients dream home. It really is miraculous to see what they can create together. Like I said above, I don’t even have a TV and I’ve caught a few episodes here and there. This book was recommended to me by several close friends, including the lovely Whitney Coudray, so I knew I had to pick it up.

The Magnolia Story reads like a diary straight from Joanna herself, with Chip’s hilarious voice interspersed throughout. You would be hard-pressed to find a more gracious, and down to earth pair of reality stars out there. Which it’s a large part of their appeal, and the main reason I decided to read. How is it possible that two TV stars could be so grounded and morally driven in today’s world? That’s the question that has so many of us hooked!

The Magnolia Story is a beautiful telling of Chip and Joanna’s lives and how they run their businesses. I found myself most intrigued by the way Joanna discussed motherhood. She goes into intimate detail on how she began designing a home for her family to thrive in, not just reside in. I mean, check out my favorite quotes below! I highly recommend this book to any parent, and certainly to any entrepreneur.  

Have you read Chip and Joanna’s book? Do you plan to? Let me know in the comments! And be sure to tag me on Instagram (heidi.stephens) if this inspires you to pick up The Magnolia Story!

Favorite quotes: “I always thought that the ‘thriving’ would come when everything was perfect, and what I learned is that it’s actually down in the mess that things get good.”Joanna Gaines, The Magnolia Story

“I worked hard to try to do it all, to try to live up to the Pinterest perfection that only leaves you discontent. I finally realized that life isn’t found on the pages of a magazine-life is found in the glass of spilled milk and in the long, narrow hallway filled with socks and soccer balls.”Joanna Gaines, The Magnolia Story

xx,

Heidi

Be sure to check out last month’s book recommendation from Bainbridge Boheme!

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Months of Showers Bring April Flowers

Visiting the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival in Mount Vernon, Washington. One of the most beautiful sites in Washington state! Tulip Town with a Toddler!

Visiting the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival in Mount Vernon, Washington. One of the most beautiful sites in Washington state! Tulip Town with a Toddler!

Visiting the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival in Mount Vernon, Washington. One of the most beautiful sites in Washington state! Tulip Town with a Toddler!

Visiting the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival in Mount Vernon, Washington. One of the most beautiful sites in Washington state! Tulip Town with a Toddler!

Visiting the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival in Mount Vernon, Washington. One of the most beautiful sites in Washington state! Tulip Town with a Toddler!

Visiting the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival in Mount Vernon, Washington. One of the most beautiful sites in Washington state! Tulip Town with a Toddler!

Visiting the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival in Mount Vernon, Washington. One of the most beautiful sites in Washington state! Tulip Town with a Toddler!

Visiting the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival in Mount Vernon, Washington. One of the most beautiful sites in Washington state! Tulip Town with a Toddler!

Visiting the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival in Mount Vernon, Washington. One of the most beautiful sites in Washington state! Tulip Town with a Toddler!

Visiting the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival in Mount Vernon, Washington. One of the most beautiful sites in Washington state! Tulip Town with a Toddler!

Visiting the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival in Mount Vernon, Washington. One of the most beautiful sites in Washington state! Tulip Town with a Toddler!

Visiting the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival in Mount Vernon, Washington. One of the most beautiful sites in Washington state! Tulip Town with a Toddler!

Visiting the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival in Mount Vernon, Washington. One of the most beautiful sites in Washington state! Tulip Town with a Toddler!

Visiting the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival in Mount Vernon, Washington. One of the most beautiful sites in Washington state! Tulip Town with a Toddler!

Visiting the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival in Mount Vernon, Washington. One of the most beautiful sites in Washington state! Tulip Town with a Toddler!

Visiting the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival in Mount Vernon, Washington. One of the most beautiful sites in Washington state! Tulip Town with a Toddler!

Visiting the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival in Mount Vernon, Washington. One of the most beautiful sites in Washington state! Tulip Town with a Toddler!

Visiting the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival in Mount Vernon, Washington. One of the most beautiful sites in Washington state! Tulip Town with a Toddler!

Visiting the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival in Mount Vernon, Washington. One of the most beautiful sites in Washington state! Tulip Town with a Toddler!

(Trench coat: Calvin Klein // Dress: ASOS Maternity // Boots: Nordstrom // Nails: OPI Sweet Heart // Lips: Hip and Happy & Snob both by MAC. Julian’s Sweater: Cat & Jack // Jeans: Levis // Boots: Nordstrom)

Earlier this week we had the chance to visit the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival in Mount Vernon. It is a sight to be seen! Our beautiful Evergreen State never ceases to amaze me. After what felt like the dreariest winter, these tulips were a breath of fresh air. Speaking of fresh air, the wind was so strong when we first got there that it made for some pretty funny blooper photos. Julian is not a fan of the wind and the poor guy had a full on toddler meltdown when we first arrived. Mom life you guys, mom life. Luckily, the day turned around with a little help from some cheddar bunnies (thus the snack cup in every photo) and we all got to enjoy the majestic fields. They are even more gorgeous in person! If you have never been, or even if you have, it is a MUST!

They don’t allow pets into the gardens so we had to leave Jet Pup while we wandered around. But we were able to stop at a field off the road and let him explore a bit. Driving around “Tulip Town,” as it’s called, is such a pretty and scenic way to spend an afternoon. I highly recommend stopping at Roozengaarde so you are able to walk around and see the tulips up close. Be sure to wear boots though! It gets really muddy as you can see from these photos! We were doing some major off-roading with Julian’s stroller. Also, if your schedule allows, weekdays are much less crowded, but still plenty busy.

It was fun to look back at our visit from last year’s festival and see how much my little man has grown. And also fun to see how much the blog has grown! It is crazy to think that I was just at those same fields with my baby last year, and now this year with my toddler and another baby on the way. Never would I have imagined that! But I am feeling so grateful for my family, and grateful to live in such a beautiful state. Okay, I think we’ve heard enough from the pregnancy hormones.

Have you been to the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival? Do you plan to? Let me know in the comments!

xx,

Heidi

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Happy Easter!

A fun family day and our toddler boy's very first Easter egg hunt on Bainbridge Island, WA!

Toddler boy on his first Easter egg hunt on Bainbridge Island, WA!

Toddler boy on his first Easter egg hunt on Bainbridge Island, WA!

Toddler boy on his first Easter egg hunt on Bainbridge Island, WA!

A fun family day and our toddler boy's very first Easter egg hunt on Bainbridge Island, WA!

A fun family day and our toddler boy's very first Easter egg hunt on Bainbridge Island, WA!
Excuse all the sunbeams! We were loving it though!

(Sweater: Free People-similar, Shirt: Motherhood, Jeans: Motherhood, Boots: Nordstrom Purse: SheIn,
Sunnies: RayBan // Julian’s Sweater: Hand-me-down, Jeans: Levis, Boots: Nordstrom)

Wanted to pop onto the blog really quick to wish everyone a very Happy Easter! We had the best morning yesterday at Julian’s very first Easter egg hunt. He got to see all of his baby friends and made quite the egg haul with the help of his cousins! Jules would pick up an egg and immediately open it to inspect it’s contents before putting it in his basket. It was so stinking cute! The sun was bright all day, and it made for the perfect Saturday on Bainbridge Island.

I have been anxiously waiting to give Jules his Easter basket for weeks now! Per usual, I was just a tad early in prepping for the holiday. In case you missed it, I posted about his Easter basket here. So excited to see his face when he sets eyes on all of his new goodies! I will be whipping up my lemon ricotta pancakes this morning, and enjoying some family time with my guys. I hope you are doing the same! Wishing you all a Happy Easter and lots of love.

xx,

Heidi

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