Why I Can’t Let Chores Wait

Clean white kitchen with open shelves, full spring blooms! Talking keeping a clean house when you have babies and toddlers on the blog today. Outer order, inner calm! Keeping a clean home with little kids helps my sanity and postpartum anxiety. You don't have to let the chores wait!
Blooms by Leah Erickson Floral after Inez’s baby shower

One of the most popular pieces of advice for postpartum moms is to let their house go. We’ve all heard it. That you should be snuggling your baby, not doing the dishes! Well, I can’t let it go, I’ve tried and I can’t. Also, I don’t know who they think is going to come do your dishes, but okay. Recently, we did a newborn photoshoot in our home. The wonderful photographer, Chelsea Macor, blogged about our session, asking how it was possible that our home was so spotless. Afterall, we have a one month old and a not yet two year old! It made me realize that I get that question a lot. A lot, a lot. So I thought I’d explain here.

One of my favorite sayings by the happiness guru, Gretchen Rubin is “outer order, inner calm.”  This is me in a nutshell. I clean a little bit all day long as messes occur, and finish up once the babies are in bed for the night. I just can’t let things go at my house. I mean, I can on a rare occasion. Like when my husband promises me he’ll do it and asks me to quit driving him nuts with all my tidying. Poor guy can never find his water glass because I already put it in the dishwasher.

Every morning I am jolted awake by a crying baby. And if the first thing I see as I’m walking through the kitchen is smelly dishes and toy dump trucks, it makes me even more stressed. I wish it didn’t you guys, but it does. I’m not neglecting my kids to go clean baseboards, but I do like for my house to be tidy. In this chaotic state of having two kids under two years old, I need to have a little order in my life. And this is how I find it.

We don’t have a house cleaner, never have. So if you see a photo that I posted of our clean home, that’s because I cleaned it, and it made me happy. I do it because it is a priority to me to have my environment be peaceful. Having a newborn and a toddler can put any mom into a bit of an anxious state. Now, I’m not saying I need a xanax prescription just yet, but this is one of the ways that I keep my anxiety in check. (Side note, another way I keep from feeling anxious is by turning off all of my phone notifications. Yes, even text messages.)

Every mom is different of course, and this is simply what works for me. Also, my kids are still young, so perhaps I’ll be eating my words in a few years. I just wanted to give a different perspective on that age-old piece of advice. And I also wanted to clarify that my house is not spotless because I am some supermom. It’s clean because I am a neat freak who is trying to find a little slice of calm in her day with two little ones.

What about you? Can you let the chores wait?

xx,

Heidi

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How We Named Our Inez Marie

How we named our daughter, Inez Marie

I hadn’t planned on writing about how we named Inez, however, I have had so many questions on her name! I thought I would answer them here and share her naming story. First off, I want to clarify the pronunciation of her name. Which, I will say, I never thought I would have to do! It seemed obvious to both Jeff and I, but I suppose you never know until you announce. Our Inez’s name is pronounced “In-ez.” We’ve heard some pretty creative variations, but it’s simply, Inez. Just like it looks. Her name means “pure” and has Spanish origins, but that’s not why we chose it.

Years ago, when Jeff and I were dating, his father’s mother passed away. We traveled to Chehalis to attend her celebration of life. During the service, we both noticed the most beautiful name on the program book. Jeff’s Grandmother’s middle name was Inez. We both mentioned the name several times that day and on our way home. I can’t recall if we said it out loud then, or if it was just an unspoken agreement. But we knew that someday, if we were lucky enough to have a daughter, she would be named Inez.

We loved that it paid homage to Jeff’s family. We loved how unique, yet timeless the name felt. Settling on Marie as a middle name was simple, as we wanted to include a family name from my side as well. My Great Grandmother Winnifred’s middle name was Marie given to her by her Father in honor of her Mother Marie. My mom, and I both have Marie as a middle name. In fact, my dad often calls my mom Marie as her first name.

Our Julian Koki also has a family name. Named after his Japanese Grandfather, Koki. I love the idea that both of our children are watched over by family members before them.

Our Inez Marie is such a dream. I am currently working on writing her birth story, and cannot wait to show you all photos from the magical day she was born.

xx,

Heidi

Photo by Chelsea Macor Photography

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Home Decor: Barn Wood Doesn’t Always Mean Rustic

Repurposed barn wood turns into a chic table for this Pacific Northwest home. Lots of gorgeous wood decor and character from this custom Barns 2 Home table behind the couch. Environmentally friendly furniture.

Repurposed barn wood turns into a chic table for this Pacific Northwest home. Lots of gorgeous wood decor and character from this custom Barns 2 Home table behind the couch. Environmentally friendly furniture. Repurposed barn wood turns into a chic table for this Pacific Northwest home. Lots of gorgeous wood decor and character from this custom Barns 2 Home table behind the couch. Environmentally friendly furniture. Repurposed barn wood turns into a chic table for this Pacific Northwest home. Lots of gorgeous wood decor and character from this custom Barns 2 Home table behind the couch. Environmentally friendly furniture. Repurposed barn wood turns into a chic table for this Pacific Northwest home. Lots of gorgeous wood decor and character from this custom Barns 2 Home table behind the couch. Environmentally friendly furniture. Repurposed barn wood turns into a chic table for this Pacific Northwest home. Lots of gorgeous wood decor and character from this custom Barns 2 Home table behind the couch. Environmentally friendly furniture. Repurposed barn wood turns into a chic table for this Pacific Northwest home. Lots of gorgeous wood decor and character from this custom Barns 2 Home table behind the couch. Environmentally friendly furniture. Repurposed barn wood turns into a chic table for this Pacific Northwest home. Lots of gorgeous wood decor and character from this custom Barns 2 Home table behind the couch. Environmentally friendly furniture. Repurposed barn wood turns into a chic table for this Pacific Northwest home. Lots of gorgeous wood decor and character from this custom Barns 2 Home table behind the couch. Environmentally friendly furniture. Repurposed barn wood turns into a chic table for this Pacific Northwest home. Lots of gorgeous wood decor and character from this custom Barns 2 Home table behind the couch. Environmentally friendly furniture. Repurposed barn wood turns into a chic table for this Pacific Northwest home. Lots of gorgeous wood decor and character from this custom Barns 2 Home table behind the couch. Environmentally friendly furniture. Repurposed barn wood turns into a chic table for this Pacific Northwest home. Lots of gorgeous wood decor and character from this custom Barns 2 Home table behind the couch. Environmentally friendly furniture. Repurposed barn wood turns into a chic table for this Pacific Northwest home. Lots of gorgeous wood decor and character from this custom Barns 2 Home table behind the couch. Environmentally friendly furniture. Repurposed barn wood turns into a chic table for this Pacific Northwest home. Lots of gorgeous wood decor and character from this custom Barns 2 Home table behind the couch. Environmentally friendly furniture. Repurposed barn wood turns into a chic table for this Pacific Northwest home. Lots of gorgeous wood decor and character from this custom Barns 2 Home table behind the couch. Environmentally friendly furniture.

Dress: SheIn / Julian’s Shirt & Shorts: Target / White vase: Pottery Barn / Bag: Salt House Mercantile / Blankets: Pendelton White and Black / Basket: Overstock

I have been so eager to share with you all our custom table created by the amazing Barns 2 Home. As the name suggests, Barns 2 Home takes reclaimed barn wood and creates unique pieces for your home.  I was all in with this company when I heard about Barns 2 Home’s mission to “save one million trees.” In working with reclaimed barn wood, they positively impact our environment by decreasing the demand for new lumber. But their craft is what has truly impressed me. When our table arrived, I was blown away with how their team captured our vision. It was like the table had been there all along, it just fit perfectly.

The wood is rich with character, color and attention to detail. Simply put, it’s nothing like you could ever buy in a store. Our home remodel has taken years, and we are still in the process of adding finishing touches along the way. This table has added so much charm to our living room, I stare at it every time I walk by!

We are so pleased with our table and the character it adds to our space. It’s a great feeling to be contributing to Barns 2 Home’s mission of environmental stewardship. But perhaps more exciting is how incredible this work of art looks in our home! Barns 2 Home also supplies re-purposed barn wood, but I think the real magic is in their unique creations. They work with you every step of the way in designing and building custom décor and furniture.  I already have thoughts of designing a gorgeous kids table for arts and crafts!

I cannot rave about Barns 2 Home enough. Be sure to check them out and get started on building your custom piece today!

xx,

Heidi

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: My Favorite Finds

The early access Nordstrom Anniversary Sale has officially begun! The most wonderful time of the year for shopping! My mother raised me on Nordstrom, and this is my absolute favorite sale of the year. I stock up on lots of basics that I buy year after year, and I grab a few pieces to wear throughout the autumn and winter months. I usually pick up some new boots, a versatile bag, and some cozy sweaters. But I have to tell you, being so big and pregnant has not exactly put me in the mood to shop.  Woe is me, I know. But then I realized, I have just a few more weeks of maternity life! And having some new, stylish pieces to wear may be a nice way to transition out of maternity wear. Above are some of my favorites from the NSALE!

Early access for Nordstrom credit and debit card holders runs from July 13th-20th, regular access begins July 21st-Aug 6th. Shop the full sale here!

Are you a diehard Nordies fan too? What pieces are you eyeing?! Let me know!

xx,
Heid

 

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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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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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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.

^Maternity dress from ASOS, under $50!

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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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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