Just a Matter of Days Now…

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Maternity photography on Vashon Island in Washington State on Lavender Hill Farm. Maternity photos with mom and baby's big brother

Maternity photography on Vashon Island in Washington State on Lavender Hill Farm. Maternity photos with mom and baby's big brother Maternity photography on Vashon Island in Washington State on Lavender Hill Farm. Maternity photos with mom and baby's big brother Maternity photography on Vashon Island in Washington State on Lavender Hill Farm. Maternity photos with mom and baby's big brother Maternity photography on Vashon Island in Washington State on Lavender Hill Farm. Maternity photos with mom and baby's big brother Maternity photography on Vashon Island in Washington State on Lavender Hill Farm. Maternity photos with mom and baby's big brother Maternity photography on Vashon Island in Washington State on Lavender Hill Farm. Maternity photos with mom and baby's big brother Maternity photography on Vashon Island in Washington State on Lavender Hill Farm. Maternity photos with mom and baby's big brother Maternity photography on Vashon Island in Washington State on Lavender Hill Farm. Maternity photos with mom and baby's big brother Maternity photography on Vashon Island in Washington State on Lavender Hill Farm. Maternity photos with mom and baby's big brother Maternity photography on Vashon Island in Washington State on Lavender Hill Farm. Maternity photos with mom and baby's big brother Maternity photography on Vashon Island in Washington State on Lavender Hill Farm. Maternity photos with mom and baby's big brother Maternity photography on Vashon Island in Washington State on Lavender Hill Farm. Maternity photos with mom and baby's big brother Maternity photography on Vashon Island in Washington State on Lavender Hill Farm. Maternity photos with mom and baby's big brother Maternity photography on Vashon Island in Washington State on Lavender Hill Farm. Maternity photos with mom and baby's big brother Maternity photography on Vashon Island in Washington State on Lavender Hill Farm. Maternity photos with mom and baby's big brother

Dress: ASOS, similar here and non-maternity here // Julain’s Shirt: Gap, Shorts: Zara sold out

It’s just a matter of days now before we get to meet our sweet baby girl. I have been feeling excited and anxious all at the same time. I cannot wait to meet our baby and hold her in my arms. I imagine her to look like Julian, who at birth looked just like Jeff. I must say, part of me is a little nervous about having a one year old and a newborn! Any advice from you two-under-two mamas? I need all the tips I can get! Here are some fun tidbits about my pregnancy that I’ve never shared before!

How I discovered I was pregnant: It was just a week before Christmas and I went to Seattle to meet one of my best friend’s for a fun girls day. Jesse and I grew up together and now both have babies the same age. We started talking about how we were both feeling so bloated and sluggish after way too many holiday treats. Then we started talking about when we may try for baby number 2. After saying goodbye to Jess I walked back to the ferry boat thinking about our conversations. On a whim I bought a pregnancy test before hopping on the ferry. I took the test on the ferry ride home (so glam) and sure enough, it was POSITIVE! The best part is that Jesse took a test the very next day (not knowing about mine yet) and hers was positive too!

Who knew first: I called my sister that day to tell her the news! I wanted to surprise Jeff in a fun way, so I need my sis by my side to help craft a plan! Jesse knew right away, as well as our dear friend Ashley, who also discovered she was pregnant just days later! We could not have planned that if we tried!

How I told Jeff: On the morning of Christmas Eve I had Jeff open a very special Christmas present. I wrapped up 4 beautiful red Christmas ornaments with hand painted gold calligraphy reading; Jeff, Heidi, Jules and Baby. Jeff was so excited and shocked and over the moon all at the same time! We told the rest of our families then next day. Best Christmas ever.

How I felt: For the majority of the pregnancy I felt miserable. I’ve spoken candidly about that here and here. But as the end nears I feel healthy and excited. Albeit very tired and enormous.

What I craved: Carbs! Pizza, mac & cheese, lasagna! Also, fresh fruits like watermelon and strawberries. Any vegetable I saw would make me nauseous. If I could eat Molly Moon’s Salted Caramel ice cream daily, I would.

Greatest fear: This may sound silly, but I am just uncertain about what it will be like to have a baby that is not Julian. Jules and I get along like two peas in a pod. He’s truly my buddy. So I have a hard time imaging what it will be like to parent a baby that isn’t Jules. I keep saying things like “oh I hope she’s like her brother!” But of course she will have her own unique personality to bring to our family. One that deep down I know I will love. Even if she’s the exact opposite of her brother! I remember having the same fear of the unknown before delivering my Julian, and now he has my whole heart.

Greatest joy: Few things compare to that initial ultrasound when you fear baby’s heartbeat for the first time! But I will say, that as she’s grown, I have come to love her powerful kicks inside my belly. She throws me some zingers that can take my breath away! I am growing a strong girly in this belly of mine.

I am still on cloud nine over these maternity photos by the incredible Taylor Catherine Photography. We shot just before the sun went down on beautiful Vashon Island. The scent of this lavender field was out of this world!

Jeff and I both feel so blessed to be our baby girl’s parents. And she is the luckiest girl in the world to have Julian as her big brother. Just a matter of days now girly.

xx,

Heidi

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Life Lately via Instagram

Maternity fashion in body con dress with casual ball cap and white nike sneakers

Hat: Nordstrom / Sunnies: BP / Dress: Ingrid & Isabel / Bag: BP under $25! / Shoes: Nike

^Finally got out of sweat pants and got myself dressed.

Maternity style

Dress: Free People / Slides: Steve Madden only $25!

^Fav summer slides…as long as my feet aren’t too swollen!

All pink maternity style

Sunnies: Diff / Dress: TopShop / Purse: SheIn only $30! / Slides: Steve Madden

^I had three maternity appointments this day! So much driving, so many US Weeklys

Baby girl's nursery

Swaddles: Little Unicorn and Nordstrom / Candle: Woodwick / Book: Amazon / Shoes: Freshly Picked (under $40!) / Bows: Baby Bling Bows / Unicorn: Jellycat, mine is from Barna & Co

^Getting baby girl’s nursery together. It’s about time!

Morning light and morning muffins in my white kitchen with open shelving

^Morning light and morning muffins!

9 months pregnant, lounge robe and house slippers from Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Robe: Honeydew / Slippers: Ugg (on-sale!)

^Pretty early to bed these days! Jeff refers to these as my “house wife slippers” lol.

Touch-a-truck event on Bainbridge Island at Summer Fest in Washington State

Hat: Barna and Co / Shirt: Splendid (major sale!) / Shorts: Target / Shoes: Native

^My little truck lover at SummerFest on Bainbridge Island!

9 month pregnant belly with Zella leggings and pink Nikes from Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Shirt: TopShop / Leggings: Zella (only $35! Still need to hem these) Nikes: Zappos, love them in blue!

As I near the end of my pregnancy my energy level is plummeting! Which is a bummer because I still have a zillion things to do to get ready to meet our baby girl! You know, like decorate her room! I had intended on sharing with you all this amazing lemon bar recipe I made recently. I made it for a BBQ we hosted and it was a hit! Julian had more then I’d like to confess. But I’m just too tired to recreate the dish and photograph it. So, I’m just going to build a mountain of suspense over lemon bars. And instead, share with you a little behind the scenes from last week on my Instagram, including a few fun outfits that I wore!

I’ve mentioned this before on my Instagram account, but I think it’s worth mentioning here. I have found maternity fashion to be very challenging for me. A lot of the items I would try on would leave me feeling HUGE and not so excited about being pregnant. Over time, I found that wear more bump hugging outfits was actually really flattering. I’m normally not one for a curve hugging, body-con dress. But I found that they suit me in pregnancy, so I’ve been running with it!

Also, a ton of the items I’m wearing are on sale now through the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! The sale lasts until August 6th, and I’ve already missed out on a few items that I was lusting over. So, hop on it and snag your favorites. Hope you enjoyed these looks that I wore last week! Follow along for more on instagram: @heidi.stephens.

Hope everyone has a great Tuesday!

xx,

Heidi

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That Vashon Life

A peaceful and tranquil stay on beautiful Vashon Island. A Seattle area must see attraction! The contemporary oasis that is The Lodges on Vashon, and what to do on Vashon Island, WA in the Pacific Northwest PNW

A peaceful and tranquil stay on beautiful Vashon Island. A Seattle area must see attraction! The contemporary oasis that is The Lodges on Vashon, and what to do on Vashon Island, WA in the Pacific Northwest PNW

A peaceful and tranquil stay on beautiful Vashon Island. A Seattle area must see attraction! The contemporary oasis that is The Lodges on Vashon, and what to do on Vashon Island, WA in the Pacific Northwest PNWA peaceful and tranquil stay on beautiful Vashon Island. A Seattle area must see attraction! The contemporary oasis that is The Lodges on Vashon, and what to do on Vashon Island, WA in the Pacific Northwest PNW A peaceful and tranquil stay on beautiful Vashon Island. A Seattle area must see attraction! The contemporary oasis that is The Lodges on Vashon, and what to do on Vashon Island, WA in the Pacific Northwest PNWA peaceful and tranquil stay on beautiful Vashon Island. A Seattle area must see attraction! The contemporary oasis that is The Lodges on Vashon, and what to do on Vashon Island, WA in the Pacific Northwest PNW

A peaceful and tranquil stay on beautiful Vashon Island. A Seattle area must see attraction! The contemporary oasis that is The Lodges on Vashon, and what to do on Vashon Island, WA in the Pacific Northwest PNW

A peaceful and tranquil stay on beautiful Vashon Island. A Seattle area must see attraction! The contemporary oasis that is The Lodges on Vashon, and what to do on Vashon Island, WA in the Pacific Northwest PNW

A peaceful and tranquil stay on beautiful Vashon Island. A Seattle area must see attraction! The contemporary oasis that is The Lodges on Vashon, and what to do on Vashon Island, WA in the Pacific Northwest PNW

A peaceful and tranquil stay on beautiful Vashon Island. A Seattle area must see attraction! The contemporary oasis that is The Lodges on Vashon, and what to do on Vashon Island, WA in the Pacific Northwest PNW

(Dress: Ingrid & Isabel, bag: Petunia Picklebottom, Slides: REVOLVE, Hat: Nordstrom.

Julian; Shirt: Nordstrom- similar, Joggers: Tucker & Tate, Shoes: Native from Barna & Co.)

A peaceful and tranquil stay on beautiful Vashon Island. A Seattle area must see attraction! The contemporary oasis that is The Lodges on Vashon, and what to do on Vashon Island, WA in the Pacific Northwest PNW

A peaceful and tranquil stay on beautiful Vashon Island. A Seattle area must see attraction! The contemporary oasis that is The Lodges on Vashon, and what to do on Vashon Island, WA in the Pacific Northwest PNW

(Purse: She In only $30! Slides: REVOLVE)

A peaceful and tranquil stay on beautiful Vashon Island. A Seattle area must see attraction! The contemporary oasis that is The Lodges on Vashon, and what to do on Vashon Island, WA in the Pacific Northwest PNW

A peaceful and tranquil stay on beautiful Vashon Island. A Seattle area must see attraction! The contemporary oasis that is The Lodges on Vashon, and what to do on Vashon Island, WA in the Pacific Northwest PNW

A peaceful and tranquil stay on beautiful Vashon Island. A Seattle area must see attraction! The contemporary oasis that is The Lodges on Vashon, and what to do on Vashon Island, WA in the Pacific Northwest PNWA peaceful and tranquil stay on beautiful Vashon Island. A Seattle area must see attraction! The contemporary oasis that is The Lodges on Vashon, and what to do on Vashon Island, WA in the Pacific Northwest PNWA peaceful and tranquil stay on beautiful Vashon Island. A Seattle area must see attraction! The contemporary oasis that is The Lodges on Vashon, and what to do on Vashon Island, WA in the Pacific Northwest PNWA peaceful and tranquil stay on beautiful Vashon Island. A Seattle area must see attraction! The contemporary oasis that is The Lodges on Vashon, and what to do on Vashon Island, WA in the Pacific Northwest PNWA peaceful and tranquil stay on beautiful Vashon Island. A Seattle area must see attraction! The contemporary oasis that is The Lodges on Vashon, and what to do on Vashon Island, WA in the Pacific Northwest PNWA peaceful and tranquil stay on beautiful Vashon Island. A Seattle area must see attraction! The contemporary oasis that is The Lodges on Vashon, and what to do on Vashon Island, WA in the Pacific Northwest PNW A peaceful and tranquil stay on beautiful Vashon Island. A Seattle area must see attraction! The contemporary oasis that is The Lodges on Vashon, and what to do on Vashon Island, WA in the Pacific Northwest PNW A peaceful and tranquil stay on beautiful Vashon Island. A Seattle area must see attraction! The contemporary oasis that is The Lodges on Vashon, and what to do on Vashon Island, WA in the Pacific Northwest PNW A peaceful and tranquil stay on beautiful Vashon Island. A Seattle area must see attraction! The contemporary oasis that is The Lodges on Vashon, and what to do on Vashon Island, WA in the Pacific Northwest PNW A peaceful and tranquil stay on beautiful Vashon Island. A Seattle area must see attraction! The contemporary oasis that is The Lodges on Vashon, and what to do on Vashon Island, WA in the Pacific Northwest PNW

A peaceful and tranquil stay on beautiful Vashon Island. A Seattle area must see attraction! The contemporary oasis that is The Lodges on Vashon, and what to do on Vashon Island, WA in the Pacific Northwest PNW
Let’s go mama!

 (Gold slides: Nordstrom, Jeans: Ingrid & Isabel, Purse: She In. Julian: Sweater: Hand-me-down, Jeans: Levis, Shoes: Native from Barna and Co)

Last week we had the most relaxing stay at The Lodges on Vashon on beautiful Vashon Island. As you can probably imagine, I love island life! But Vashon is very different from Bainbridge. One of the more obvious reasons is that Vashon can only be accessed by ferry, where as Bainbridge Island also has a bridge leading on and off the island. So, even though it is just a short ferry ride, you feel like you have stepped back in time. Vashon is quiet, picturesque and perfectly tranquil. We were on the island for a very special photo shoot, and I can’t wait to show you more from that shoot soon! Here’s a sneak peek of the location!

Our stay at The Lodges on Vashon was exactly what this tired mama needed. Each lodge is a contemporary oasis. The clean, minimalist aesthetic of each lodge adds to the feeling of tranquility. And personally, made me want to redecorate my house! Marie Kondo would have approved. The outdoor common areas harbor the sense of community that one craves on a small island. Oh, and the outdoor swings! If these don’t make your Instagram then you’re doing it wrong. Boomerang dream come true! Case in point!

We dined at The Hardware Store just a few blocks from The Lodges, then took a scenic drive to Point Robinson Lighthouse. Julian loves being on the beach, and I get such a relaxing feeling being on the water. Vashon is a stunning island, and feels like a throwback in time. It had me wanting to drive around aimlessly all day. If I wasn’t so enormously pregnant I would have loved to have rented a bike and toured more of the island on 2 wheels!

We didn’t end up bringing Jet because of the photoshoot we were doing. However, pups are welcome at The Lodges! I think this is such a wonderful aspect of this venue, since it can be challenging to find accommodations that allow pets! Sorry Jet Pup, next time!

I am so thrilled to be teaming up with The Lodges to offer you guys 20% off for stays from July 3rd– July 13th! Just enter code BOHEME at checkout for your discounted rate. The Lodges are a must if you’re in need a some island time! And who isn’t in need of some island time?

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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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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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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Easter Basket Ideas for the Toddler Boy

Easy and unique Easter Basket ideas for toddler boys

Easy and unique Easter Basket ideas for toddler boys

Easy and unique Easter Basket ideas for toddler boys

Easy and unique Easter Basket ideas for toddler boys

I can still recall the excitement of waking up on Easter morning and running down the stairs to see what the Easter Bunny had brought me that year. It was usually a new top, or some make-up for my sister and I, and of course, lots and lots of candy! Peeps, Cadbury eggs, and jelly beans, oh my! Growing up, my mother always had a way of making every holiday feel like the most special event. And Easter was no exception! I’ve mentioned this before in my Valentine’s Day post, but I want my children to experience that same excitement on holidays that I cherished as a little girl.

This year for Easter I wanted to think outside the traditional “basket” and create a fun present tailored to my son’s favorite things. If you follow me on instagram or on the blog, you know my son, like many toddlers, is obsessed with trucks! This Green Toys dump truck from Calico Toy Shoppe on Bainbridge Island, served as both a special new toy and a basket. It’s also made of all recycled ingredients, so bonus! Julian is quite smitten with his Jellycat stuffed animals, we have too many to name! He sleeps with them and carries them all around the house. Jellycat is our go-to brand of stuffed animals because they are oh so soft, and just too cute. I picked up his adorable new bunny rabbit from our favorite children’s store, Barna and Co in Poulsbo. 

The sweet Spring inspired book in Jules’ basket is also from Barna and Co. Our guy is a big reader, and I get him a new book every holiday. Besides, I am a sucker for mommy and me style books 🙂  I even added a new pair of the cutest slipper socks you ever did see! They are also from Barna and Co (told you it was my fav) and I just couldn’t pass them up. We have concrete floors at home and Jules is always slipping around in his socks while chasing after our pup. For the rest of the “basket” I added a few of Julian’s favorite healthy treats. And just for fun, I put a couple of snacks into Easter eggs for him to have fun exploring with rattling, opening and then eating them!

I hope that you can find some fun inspiration in here for your children’s Easter baskets! If you do, please be sure to let me know and tag me in your posts!  I love seeing friends try out Bainbridge Boheme projects. But more importantly, there’s nothing better than seeing the excitement of a holiday in your child’s eyes!

Whether you are attending church, or simply enjoying a bountiful supply of Cadbury eggs, I wanted to wish you and yours a Happy Easter. I hope you can find the time to slow down a bit and celebrate the holiday with a loved one.

Toddler Boy Easter Basket:

Dump truck: Green Toys from Calico Toy Shoppe

Bunny: Jellycat from Barna and Co

Slipper socks: Melton from Barna and Co

Book: “You Are My Baby” by Lorena Siminovich from Barna and Co

Treats: HappyBaby from Town and Country Market

xx,

Heidi

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Strawberry Rhubarb Pie: My Husband’s All Time Favorite Pie

The perfect strawberry rhubarb pie recipe for spring baking. Happy springtime baking! The best pie recipe!

The perfect strawberry rhubarb pie recipe for spring baking. Happy springtime baking! The best pie recipe!

The perfect strawberry rhubarb pie recipe for spring baking. Happy springtime baking! The best pie recipe!

Let the Springtime baking commence! As you can tell from the title of this post, strawberry rhubarb pie is my husband Jeff’s favorite pie. It’s always a special treat for us when I can make it again, because it means that the weather is warming up, and spring has arrived! I am finally getting back into my usual baking groove after battling a pregnancy induced illness for the past few moths. I seriously haven’t baked a thing since Christmas day. “Pie Day” was even missed, that’s how sick I’ve been. And I must say, it feels so good to be back in the kitchen and back to eating some homemade sweets! Finally!!

I made this pie last week and it turned out divine. I got so many messages requesting this recipe after posting to my Instagram, that I decided to blog about it afterward! So, excuse the lack of food photography, but by the time I sat down to write about this (just days after baking the pie) it was all gone! It is seriously that good. Like out of this world, I’m-going-back-for-thirds kind of pie. And this pregnant mama has no qualms about multiple slices of pie!

I added a few fun floral designs to my lattice crust so the pie felt even more spring like. When I offered my dad a slice of this delicious springtime pie he said “Oh no! Too much sugar in a strawberry rhubarb!” Too much sugar?! As if that’s such a thing. But the truth is, this pie does not have any more sugar than any other pie. The plump, ripe strawberries add a sweetest all their own to the dish. The pairing of the strawberry and rhubarb together makes for a tart yet sweet combination, that no one will be able to pass up. Just ask my husband.

If you try this recipe at home, please tag me and let me know! It always makes my heart sing to see my recipes in action in other people’s kitchens. Happy baking!

Ingredients:

  • Perfect pie crust (store bought works just fine too)
  • 3 cups ripe strawberries hulled and sliced
  • 4 stalks of rhubarb cut into ½ inch thick pieces
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 Tbsp minute tapioca
  • 2 Tbsp cornstarch
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • Squeeze of lemon
  • 2 Tbsp cold diced butter
  • Glaze: 1 beaten egg + 1 Tbsp cold water

Instructions:

Roll out the dough disks into two 12 inch rounds. Transfer one disk to an ungreased 9 inch pie dish. Refrigerate both disks until firm, approximately 30 minutes while preparing the filling.

In a large bowl, combine the strawberries, rhubarb and lemon juice. In a medium bowl combine the sugar, tapioca, cornstarch, cinnamon and salt. Add the dry ingredient mixture to the strawberry and rhubarb and toss gently to coat. Transfer immediately to the prepare pie dish. Dot the pie with the cubes of butter. Cover pie with top crust in whatever fashion you fancy. Shown above is a lattice design. Trim edges to about 1 inch of overhang. Crimp the edges of the top crust under the lower crust to seal in pie. Refrigerate pie for 30 minutes to allow crust to firm and set.

Preheat oven to 350F. Remove pie from refrigerator and brush evenly with glaze. Place pie on center rack of oven and bake for 50-55 minutes, until juices are bubbling and crust is golden brown. Allow to cool on a wire rack.

Delicious when paired with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream. Enjoy!

xx,

Heidi

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