Showered in Love: A Baby Shower for our Girl

A classic, feminine, and elegant baby shower for baby girl with balloon garland arch

A classic, feminine, and elegant baby shower for baby girl with balloon garland arch

A classic, feminine, and elegant baby shower for baby girl with balloon garland arch

A classic, feminine, and elegant baby shower for baby girl with balloon garland archA classic, feminine, and elegant baby shower for baby girl with balloon garland archA classic, feminine, and elegant baby shower for baby girl with balloon garland archA classic, feminine, and elegant baby shower for baby girl with balloon garland arch

 

A classic, feminine, and elegant baby shower for baby girl with balloon garland arch

A classic, feminine, and elegant baby shower for baby girl with balloon garland arch

A classic, feminine, and elegant baby shower for baby girl with balloon garland arch

A classic, feminine, and elegant baby shower for baby girl with balloon garland arch

A classic, feminine, and elegant baby shower for baby girl with balloon garland arch

A classic, feminine, and elegant baby shower for baby girl with balloon garland arch

A classic, feminine, and elegant baby shower for baby girl with balloon garland arch

A classic, feminine, and elegant baby shower for baby girl with balloon garland arch

A classic, feminine, and elegant baby shower for baby girl with balloon garland arch

A classic, feminine, and elegant baby shower for baby girl with balloon garland arch

A classic, feminine, and elegant baby shower for baby girl with balloon garland arch

A classic, feminine, and elegant baby shower for baby girl with balloon garland arch

A classic, feminine, and elegant baby shower for baby girl with balloon garland arch

A classic, feminine, and elegant baby shower for baby girl with balloon garland arch

A classic, feminine, and elegant baby shower for baby girl with balloon garland arch

(My dress: ASOS Maternity only $20!; Sandals: Sam Edeleman, Earrings: Kate Spade Ring: Nashelle)

Our sweet baby girl’s shower has been one of the most special days of pregnancy for me. As many of you know, I have very challenging pregnancies. It felt so incredible to be able to celebrate the joy of our little girl with dear friends and family. I have been dreaming of what my shower would look like for months, and it turned out to be even more then I could have planned for. So much love and so many balloons!

I wanted the shower to be feminine and elegant. With blush tones, creams and touches of gold. The balloon garland was a labor of love with my friend and event planner, Party til Dawn. It made for the perfect whimsical centerpiece and the kiddos loved it! For those interested, we used this video as a tutorial but had to make a lot of adjustments to suit our specific design.

The intricate florals from Leah Erickson Floral brought a romantic feel to the shower. And once a few blooms were added to the balloon garland it became out-of-this-world gorgeous! The vintage chair and cake stands from Unique and Chic Rentals added to the elegant vibe. And I really wish I could keep that pink chair for my baby girl’s nursery!

Our baby girl’s shower turned out perfect. Gorgeous décor, delicious food and even better company. All the details are below. We can’t wait to meet you sweet girly! You are so loved already.

xx,

Heidi

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The Perfect (Salacious) Beach Read

The perfect beach read novel for summer 2017

(Hat: Nordstrom, Towel: Olive and Linen, Book: Amazon)

If you’re looking for the perfect beach read, then look no further. “How To Murder Your Life” a memoir by Cat Marnell is just as hysterical as the title suggests. A successful beauty editor for Lucky Magazine by day and a Manhattan socialite and drug addict by night. Well, to be fair, she’s really she’s a drug addict by day too.

Marnell gives you a behind the scenes peek into the Manhattan social scene and her abuse of prescription pills and later experimentation with harder substances. Her writing is witty and painfully self aware. I love books that take me to a world that seems completely foreign to me.

“How To Murder Your Life” is the perfect, read-in-a-day, kind of beach read. That is, if you’re not shy about sex, drugs, and self destruction. Have you read it? Do you plan to? Let me know! Happy reading everyone!

xx,

Heidi

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An All-American Apple Pie

The perfect. simple, easy apple pie. An all-American apple pie to enjoy all summer long! Summer baking is easy with this recipe! Perfect for summer BBQ, fourth of July and Father's Day

Funny back story about the night my husband and I first met…we were at a bar (gasp!) I was sitting with my Dad, who caught Jeff checking me out from across the bar. Jeff was sitting with a buddy, and his friend leaned into him and said, “man that girl is All-American Apple Pie.” Little did he know yet, that I was pie obsessed! Very loudly my Dad announced to me that Jeff was checking me out, and sure enough Jeff heard him. Of course, he had to come say hi now! We hit it off right away, and my poor brother sat with us as we talked for hours, missing about 5 ferries in the meantime. And the rest is history!  Apple pie is now a staple dish, and a funny nickname for me, in our household.

Now onto the pie! For whatever reason, people always say that baking needs to be exact; unlike cooking, which can often be improvised. But I disagree. Sure, there are a few ingredient that you don’t want to mess with too much. But for the most part, I like to experiment quite a bit, especially with my spices.  This is my current favorite combination of spices for an apple pie. I think the hint of ginger is a fun addition, and the amount is small enough that it isn’t overpowering. This pie is simple and classic, and always a hit all summer long. The cherry red pie dish adds an extra flair that I love! Father’s Day, Fourth of July, and summer BBQ’s just scream for apple pie!

The perfect. simple, easy apple pie. An all-American apple pie to enjoy all summer long! Summer baking is easy with this recipe! Perfect for summer BBQ, fourth of July and Father's Day

The perfect. simple, easy apple pie. An all-American apple pie to enjoy all summer long! Summer baking is easy with this recipe! Perfect for summer BBQ, fourth of July and Father's Day The perfect. simple, easy apple pie. An all-American apple pie to enjoy all summer long! Summer baking is easy with this recipe! Perfect for summer BBQ, fourth of July and Father's Day

We enjoyed this particular pie the other day, while having some island friends over for a BBQ. The star cutouts make the pie feel even more “All-American.” As if an apple pie needs help with that.  I love these star cookie cutters and use them all summer long! Julian was my little sous chef, and helped with the star crust, and the “sugar crustos” we made with the leftover pie dough. It’s so fun to share my love of baking with my little man!

As always, please let me know if you try this recipe out at home! I love seeing your creations, so be sure to tag me on Instagram (@heidi.stephens) or on Facebook (@BainbridgeBoheme).

The perfect. simple, easy apple pie. An all-American apple pie to enjoy all summer long! Summer baking is easy with this recipe! Perfect for summer BBQ, fourth of July and Father's Day The perfect. simple, easy apple pie. An all-American apple pie to enjoy all summer long! Summer baking is easy with this recipe! Perfect for summer BBQ, fourth of July and Father's DayIngredients:

1 Perfect Pie Crust

2 1/2 pounds tart apples (Granny Smith’s are my favorite)

2 Tbsp flour

1/2 cup sugar

1 1/2 tsp lemon juice

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp allspice

1/4 tsp nutmeg

1/4 tsp ginger

Pinch of salt

4 Tbsp butter, cold and diced

1 Tbsp water (for glaze)

1 beaten egg (for glaze)

Instructions:

  1. Prepare pie crust as directed. I always use my go-to perfect pie crust! But if you’re in a pinch, or just don’t feel like it that day, store bought works just fine too. Even Martha does it sometimes!
  2. Roll out 1 pie dough disk onto a lightly floured surface. Transfer to an ungreased pie dish and trim edge.
  3. Peel, core and slice apples. Toss apples with flour, sugar, lemon juice, spices and salt. Spoon into prepared pie shell and dot with butter.
  4. Roll out remaining dough. Using a star shaped cookie cutter, cut out approximately 9 larger stars and approximately 6 smaller stars. Arrange onto top of pie.
  5. Place pie in refrigerator to chill for approximately 30 minutes, until crust firms.
  6. Preheat oven to 425F while pie is chilling.
  7. Beat 1 egg and 1 Tbsp cold water together for glaze. Brush stars and pie crust lightly with glaze.
  8. Bake pie for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 350F and bake for an additional 45-50 minutes or until crust is golden and juices begin to bubble.
  9. Best served warm, with ice cream or fresh whipped cream! Enjoy!

xx,

HeidiThe perfect. simple, easy apple pie. An all-American apple pie to enjoy all summer long! Summer baking is easy with this recipe! Perfect for summer BBQ, fourth of July and Father's Day

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Sundae Fundae!

Take a look at how I’m creating delicious family memories with tasty treats! Thank you to Collective Bias, Inc. and it’s advertisers for sponsoring this post. And thank you all for supporting companies that support this blog! All opinions are mine alone. #SummerSundaes #CollectiveBias

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I am so thrilled it’s June already! Holy cow, that was a rough Winter and early Spring. Warmer weather and sunnier days means ICE CREAM! And I have had some serious ice cream cravings this pregnancy. I have been frequenting our local ice cream parlor a bit too much lately. And dang, that adds up. I decided it was time that I create my own tasty concoction at home.

Sharing an ice cream sundae with a loved one creates a lasting memory. I can still remember making sundaes with my mom in the summer when I was a little girl! I want Julian and our baby girl to have those same memories. I think I’m on the right track with this recipe, because Julian was in heaven! And baby girl was kicking up a storm!

You guys, these sundaes turned out to be out of the world delicious! And so easy! I stopped into our local Walmart to grab all of my ingredients and decided to make a fun twist out of the classic sundae. Instead of using plain vanilla ice cream, I decided to try Blue Bunny® PB ‘N Cones™! It has peanut butter swirls and bits of cone already mixed into the ice cream, so no need for an additional cone! Such a scrumptious twist on the traditional vanilla flavor. Smucker’s has a wide variety of ice cream toppings, but I opted for the classic Smucker’s Hot Fudge Spoonable Ice Cream Topping to complement my PB ‘N Cones ice cream selection. And how can you have a sundae without Reddi-Wip® original whipped topping? You just can’t. For fun embellishments I grabbed some delicious fresh fruit and tasty pecans. I finished the sundae with a fresh, homemade waffle as a fun garnish. Delicious! See the full recipe below!

Tag me in your sundae fundae family memories and let me know if you try this recipe at home! I always love seeing a Bainbridge Boheme creation come from someone else’s kitchen! Tag me on Instagram (@heidi.stephens) or on Facebook (@BainbridgeBoheme).

Ingredients:

  • Blue Bunny® PB ‘N Cones™
  • Smucker’s Hot Fudge Spoonable Ice Cream Topping
  • Reddi-Wip® original whipped topping
  • 1 Banana
  • 1 pint of strawberries, hulled and quartered
  • Chopped pecans
  • Cherries
  • Fresh waffles, quartered for garnish (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Assemble sundae. Scoop two heaping scoops of PB ‘N Cones ice cream into dish
  2. Prepare Smucker’s Hot Fudge Spoonable Ice Cream Topping by microwaving with lid off for 30-45 seconds as label directs
  3. Top ice cream with generous amount of Smucker’s Hot Fudge Spoonable Ice Cream Topping
  4. Dress your sundae with desired amount of fresh fruits and nuts
  5. Top with a heaping dollop of Reddi-Wip® original whipped topping 
  6. Garnish with a slice of fresh waffle if desired
  7. Complete sundae with a cherry on top of your whipped cream
  8. Enjoy with someone you love!

xx,

Heidi

Thank you again to Collective Bias, Inc. and it’s advertisers for sponsoring this post. All opinions are mine alone. Here is the social hub for this campaign! #SummerSundaes #CollectiveBias

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The Unique Ways I Keep Harsh Ingredients Out of Our Home

Take a peek at how I keep harsh ingredients out of our home! Thank you to Collective Bias for sponsoring this post. All opinions are mine alone, and I take pride in showcasing the best products for you all! #FreeOfSulfates #CollectiveBias

Keeping harsh chemicals out of our home, using sulfate free products for our family

Keeping harsh chemicals out of our home, using sulfate free products for our family. Sulfate free leads to a natural shine!

Keeping harsh chemicals out of our home, using sulfate free products for our family. Sulfate free leads to a natural shine!

Keeping harsh chemicals out of our home, using sulfate free products for our family. Sulfate free leads to a natural shine!

Keeping harsh chemicals out of our home, using sulfate free products for our family. Sulfate free leads to a natural shine!

Keeping harsh chemicals out of our home, using sulfate free products for our family. Sulfate free leads to a natural shine!

Keeping harsh chemicals out of our home, using sulfate free products for our family. Sulfate free leads to a natural shine!

Keeping harsh chemicals out of our home, using sulfate free products for our family. Sulfate free leads to a natural shine!

Keeping harsh chemicals out of our home, using sulfate free products for our family. Sulfate free leads to a natural shine!

Keeping harsh chemicals out of our home, using sulfate free products for our family. Sulfate free leads to a natural shine!

When I was in nursing school I remember learning about the dirty dozen for the first time. It is a list of the 12 types of produce that have the highest pesticide residues. I was fascinated with the idea of how chemicals were coming into our homes. Especially from something as seemingly harmless as a piece of fruit!

Fast forward to becoming a mom, and I am even more contentious about the food and products that I buy for our family. That’s why I was so excited to try out some new sulfate free products in our household. I stopped in at our local Walmart to pick up all® fresh clean ESSENTIALS® and AVEENO PURE RENEWAL® Shampoo and Conditioner. I want the best products for my family and for myself. And I believe that means using more natural products. I’m excited to share with you all a few unique ways that I keep harsh chemicals out of our home!

  1. Buy organic when possible: Like I mentioned before, I am particular about buying organic produce for our family. I understand that buying organic is not always possible, depending on your budget. That’s why I like to stick to the dirty dozen list and avoid the produce that carries the most pesticides! It’s one little way that I can ensure my family is eating whole, chemical free foods.
  2. Use sulfate free hair products: Using sulfate free hair products create a natural shine all their own. I couldn’t believe how shiny my hair looked after using the AVEENO PURE RENEWAL® Shampoo and Conditioner! That’s every gal’s dream, right? Plus, the scent is out of this world, I felt like I was in a spa! If you’re like me, you’re already taking the time to keep chemicals out of your body with the foods you eat. Why not take that extra step and keep those harsh chemicals off of your body as well? AVEENO PURE RENEWAL® Shampoo and Conditioner contains naturally derived cleansers and a sulfate free formula to gently cleanse your hair and scalp. Look for it in the Hair Care aisle at your local Walmart, and here is a coupon for $1 off one AVEENO® product!
  3. Keep harsh ingredients off your clothes: As a mom, I’m always looking for more natural ways to perform my daily tasks. It was a breath of fresh air to see that all® fresh clean ESSENTIALS® now includes its ingredients on the back of the bottle. You know with certainty what is going into your laundry, and in turn what is ending up on your family! New sulfate free all® fresh clean ESSENTIALS® delivers a powerful clean with harshness. The sulfate-free formula provides effective ingredients for a deep cleaning and stain lifting that any can get behind. Look for it on the top shelf in the laundry aisle at your local Walmart. Bonus! Here is a coupon for $0.50 off one all® product, while supplies last. It all makes a difference in my book!

I’d love to hear how you keep harsh chemicals out of your homes! Let me know in the comments!

Thank you to Collective Bias for sponsoring this post. All opinions are mine alone. Here is the social hub for this campaign! #FreeOfSulfates #CollectiveBias

 

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Maternity Milk Bath and a Third Trimester Update

Maternity Milk Bath Photoshoot

Maternity Milk Bath Photoshoot Maternity Milk Bath Photoshoot

Maternity Milk Bath Photoshoot Maternity Milk Bath Photoshoot

Maternity Milk Bath Photoshoot Maternity Milk Bath Photoshoot

Maternity Milk Bath Photoshoot

Maternity Milk Bath Photoshoot Maternity Milk Bath Photoshoot Maternity Milk Bath Photoshoot

Maternity Milk Bath Photoshoot

Maternity Milk Bath Photoshoot Maternity Milk Bath Photoshoot Maternity Milk Bath Photoshoot Maternity Milk Bath Photoshoot

Well hello third trimester! Took you long enough. Everyone says the second pregnancy breezes by because you’re so busy with your older child. But, for me, it still feels like eternity! I wanted to share with you all this gorgeous shoot I did with some insanely talented creatives. I have loved the look of these milk bath shoot since I was pregnant with Julian. So, I couldn’t wait to get my feet wet this pregnancy. I know, I’m hilarious. Arturo Garza Photography was the genius behind the lens. Fraîche Face was a goddess with my soft hair and my all natural makeup, and Rusted Vase created the most heavenly wreath of flowers. Admittedly, I am the worst about printing photos, but these inspire me to get on it! I’d love to have one for our baby girl’s nursery.

I also wanted to take a minute to update you all on how this pregnancy is treating me lately. It’s been some time since I confessed about the challenges I was facing in the first two thirds of my pregnancy. I’m happy to report that I have been feeling worlds better for the past month. I haven’t thrown up in about a month, since I attempted to get off of my anti-nausea meds. Bad move on my part!

I have a ton more energy, and have been successfully keeping up at work (as best I can!) Still attempting to figure out the whole home/work/life balance, but of course I’m not holding my breath on that one. I don’t need to sleep all day anymore, and I can even eat a vegetable every now and then. While I’m not going on daily walks, or doing yoga, like I had hoped, I am giving myself some grace. I know that soon enough my health will be back to normal, and our sweet baby girl will be here with us! She is a super active gal already and a crazy kicker in my belly. I cannot wait to see what her personality will be like in a few months.

As always, thanks for stopping and thanks for all the love. Wishing you a happy Friday everyone!

xx,

Heidi

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