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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Just a Matter of Days Now…

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 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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From the Heart

Beach maternity photoshoot, maternity photos by the water, white off the shoulder maternity gown, photography on beautiful Bainbridge Island Washington in the Pacific Northwest. Sharing honest struggles about pregnancy illness and battling hyperemesis gravidarum in pregnancy from vomiting to depression in pregnancy. Seeing the beauty in motherhood.

Beach maternity photoshoot, maternity photos by the water, white off the shoulder maternity gown, photography on beautiful Bainbridge Island Washington in the Pacific Northwest. Sharing honest struggles about pregnancy illness and battling hyperemesis gravidarum in pregnancy from vomiting to depression in pregnancy. Seeing the beauty in motherhood. Beach maternity photoshoot, maternity photos by the water, white off the shoulder maternity gown, photography on beautiful Bainbridge Island Washington in the Pacific Northwest. Sharing honest struggles about pregnancy illness and battling hyperemesis gravidarum in pregnancy from vomiting to depression in pregnancy. Seeing the beauty in motherhood. Beach maternity photoshoot, maternity photos by the water, white off the shoulder maternity gown, photography on beautiful Bainbridge Island Washington in the Pacific Northwest. Sharing honest struggles about pregnancy illness and battling hyperemesis gravidarum in pregnancy from vomiting to depression in pregnancy. Seeing the beauty in motherhood. Beach maternity photoshoot, maternity photos by the water, white off the shoulder maternity gown, photography on beautiful Bainbridge Island Washington in the Pacific Northwest. Sharing honest struggles about pregnancy illness and battling hyperemesis gravidarum in pregnancy from vomiting to depression in pregnancy. Seeing the beauty in motherhood. Beach maternity photoshoot, maternity photos by the water, white off the shoulder maternity gown, photography on beautiful Bainbridge Island Washington in the Pacific Northwest. Sharing honest struggles about pregnancy illness and battling hyperemesis gravidarum in pregnancy from vomiting to depression in pregnancy. Seeing the beauty in motherhood. Beach maternity photoshoot, maternity photos by the water, white off the shoulder maternity gown, photography on beautiful Bainbridge Island Washington in the Pacific Northwest. Sharing honest struggles about pregnancy illness and battling hyperemesis gravidarum in pregnancy from vomiting to depression in pregnancy. Seeing the beauty in motherhood. Beach maternity photoshoot, maternity photos by the water, white off the shoulder maternity gown, photography on beautiful Bainbridge Island Washington in the Pacific Northwest. Sharing honest struggles about pregnancy illness and battling hyperemesis gravidarum in pregnancy from vomiting to depression in pregnancy. Seeing the beauty in motherhood. Beach maternity photoshoot, maternity photos by the water, white off the shoulder maternity gown, photography on beautiful Bainbridge Island Washington in the Pacific Northwest. Sharing honest struggles about pregnancy illness and battling hyperemesis gravidarum in pregnancy from vomiting to depression in pregnancy. Seeing the beauty in motherhood. Beach maternity photoshoot, maternity photos by the water, white off the shoulder maternity gown, photography on beautiful Bainbridge Island Washington in the Pacific Northwest. Sharing honest struggles about pregnancy illness and battling hyperemesis gravidarum in pregnancy from vomiting to depression in pregnancy. Seeing the beauty in motherhood. Beach maternity photoshoot, maternity photos by the water, white off the shoulder maternity gown, photography on beautiful Bainbridge Island Washington in the Pacific Northwest. Sharing honest struggles about pregnancy illness and battling hyperemesis gravidarum in pregnancy from vomiting to depression in pregnancy. Seeing the beauty in motherhood. Beach maternity photoshoot, maternity photos by the water, white off the shoulder maternity gown, photography on beautiful Bainbridge Island Washington in the Pacific Northwest. Sharing honest struggles about pregnancy illness and battling hyperemesis gravidarum in pregnancy from vomiting to depression in pregnancy. Seeing the beauty in motherhood. Beach maternity photoshoot, maternity photos by the water, white off the shoulder maternity gown, photography on beautiful Bainbridge Island Washington in the Pacific Northwest. Sharing honest struggles about pregnancy illness and battling hyperemesis gravidarum in pregnancy from vomiting to depression in pregnancy. Seeing the beauty in motherhood. Beach maternity photoshoot, maternity photos by the water, white off the shoulder maternity gown, photography on beautiful Bainbridge Island Washington in the Pacific Northwest. Sharing honest struggles about pregnancy illness and battling hyperemesis gravidarum in pregnancy from vomiting to depression in pregnancy. Seeing the beauty in motherhood. Beach maternity photoshoot, maternity photos by the water, white off the shoulder maternity gown, photography on beautiful Bainbridge Island Washington in the Pacific Northwest. Sharing honest struggles about pregnancy illness and battling hyperemesis gravidarum in pregnancy from vomiting to depression in pregnancy. Seeing the beauty in motherhood. Beach maternity photoshoot, maternity photos by the water, white off the shoulder maternity gown, photography on beautiful Bainbridge Island Washington in the Pacific Northwest. Sharing honest struggles about pregnancy illness and battling hyperemesis gravidarum in pregnancy from vomiting to depression in pregnancy. Seeing the beauty in motherhood.

Beach maternity photoshoot, maternity photos by the water, white off the shoulder maternity gown, photography on beautiful Bainbridge Island Washington in the Pacific Northwest. Sharing honest struggles about pregnancy illness and battling hyperemesis gravidarum in pregnancy from vomiting to depression in pregnancy. Seeing the beauty in motherhood. Beach maternity photoshoot, maternity photos by the water, white off the shoulder maternity gown, photography on beautiful Bainbridge Island Washington in the Pacific Northwest. Sharing honest struggles about pregnancy illness and battling hyperemesis gravidarum in pregnancy from vomiting to depression in pregnancy. Seeing the beauty in motherhood. (Dress: Etsy; Custom Hair Piece: The Botanist Co; Photography by Janet Lin Photography)

When my dear friend and photographer Janet and I set out to do this photoshoot, I was already eager to share the photos with you all! I was thinking to myself how I would tell you all about how this is the perfect dress for a maternity shoot (true) and how wonderful and easy Janet is to work with (absolutely true)! And about how I was so excited to finally do a beach shoot on beautiful Bainbridge Island (true again)! But when Janet sent me photos I became overwhelmed by something else, and I wanted to share that with you instead. I felt overwhelmed with guilt.

Let me explain. During my pregnancy, I have battled hyperemesis gravidarum and have spoken candidly about how that has effected my life. From the non-strop vomiting, and all the way into an anti-nausea medication induced depression. After I had Julian and I looked back on my pregnancy, I would think to myself, “well of course you didn’t really enjoy it! You were miserable!” But in the moment, being pregnant, it is so hard to offer myself that same kind of grace. So, what do I feel, but guilt. Guilt for not loving and embracing pregnancy.  Guilt, for the days that I despised it.

I look at these photos and I feel like I can see myself in a different light. I can see the beauty of pregnancy. The miracle of it. The edges have been smoothed. And I feel guilt for not seeing it sooner.

That is so hard for me to say. I do not by any means want to seem ungrateful for the daughter that is growing inside of me. I am very aware that pregnancy loss and infertility are something that many women struggle with. Women I know personally and those I do not know. Even my dear friend Janet has experienced great loss as a mother and written beautifully about it. And so, the guilt over not loving pregnancy keeps piling on.

I am blessed beyond measure for my daughter. And I need to come to terms with the fact that pregnancy is not easy for me. That yes, on somedays I cried to my husband that I couldn’t do it anymore. That I wanted my old life back. And the worst, that I didn’t want to be pregnant anymore. I have tears in my eyes as I type that because it breaks my heart to confess how dark things were for me. But it is the truth.

Offering yourself grace is not always simple. And I think we as women struggle with it particularly. So, I am vowing to see myself and my pregnancy differently. I am choosing to see myself and my experience through a different lens, and to embrace it from here on out. Even if that’s just a few more weeks. I’m choosing to embrace it for the joy and the miracle that it is. But, I am also choosing to accept the darkness of those first 6 months. And to not feel the guilt and weight of them any longer.

Moms, you don’t have to love pregnancy.  You don’t even have to like it to still be grateful and appreciative of its gifts. But you don’t have to feel guilty for feeling the way you do. Feel what you feel, and remember that, like most things, this too shall pass. Sending love and grace to all.

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

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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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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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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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Maternity Milk Bath and a Third Trimester Update

Maternity Milk Bath Photoshoot

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Maternity Milk Bath Photoshoot

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Maternity Milk Bath Photoshoot

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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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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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