Entries Tagged as 'shopping'

paper craft supply grab bags + boxes!

Posted on: Monday, October 24, 2016

Paper Craft Grab Bags + Boxes in my shop! | annmarielovespaper.bigcartel.com

Hey guys! I have lots of things I want to share with you but while I figure out when I can squeeze those posts in, I wanted to tell you that I have more paper craft supply grab bags + boxes listed in my shop! I went through even more of my stash this past weekend (IT NEVER ENDS) and I found a ton of stuff that I am finally ready to let go of. You can see the grab bags here and the grab boxes here. Yay!

hospital bag essentials.

Posted on: Friday, September 16, 2016

Before I had Briar, I spent lots of time researching what I should pack in my hospital bag to make sure I covered all my bases. While I did a pretty good job (considering I had no idea what I was doing), it was definitely way too much stuff for a three day stay in a tiny little recovery room. This time around, I’m much more realistic about what I will actually use. I only want to pack the bare essentials and then if I need anything else, I’ll have my mom bring it to me (that’s what moms are for, right?). Here’s what I’m definitely packing for baby number two:

Hospital Bag Essentials for Having a Baby | Ann-Marie Loves

01. Infant Car Seat. This might be a no-brainer, but having a way to transport the baby from hospital to home is key. John and I just got this new car seat so that we can accommodate both babies in both of our cars without having to do any switcheroos.

02. Mints. When you don’t have nurses and doctors all up in your business, you probably will have guests that will want to come see you when, quite honestly, you look like you were just hit by a bus (ha!). Being able to pop mints for all those interactions is a win-win for everyone involved.

03. Dry Shampoo. When you’re in the hospital and you have a baby attached to you almost 24/7, styling your hair is not exactly a top priority. Being able to freshen up your look in just a few minutes with a little bit of dry shampoo is so handy.

04. iPhone Chargers. This is one of those items that might be overlooked, but it’s so crucial to have your chargers on hand! You don’t want to miss a moment of your newborn’s first few days because you ran out of battery!

05. Delivery / Nursing Robe. As soon as I saw this robe from Pinkblush, I knew I had to have it. I wore a plain white robe almost nonstop for the first few months of Briar’s life; this time I’ll have something much more stylish!

06. Nursing Pillow. These kinds of pillows are not only great for those long infant nursing sessions, but they’re also the perfect cushion to sit on after having a baby. Take my word on this ;)

07. Hat, Booties, Outfit. Well, this is definitely the most exciting part of the packing! I love going through tiny clothes and choosing the right look for baby’s first introduction to the outside world.

08. NUK Pacifiers. Before we had Briar and we were in the thick of baby care classes, one of the biggest takeaways we learned was not to introduce a pacifier before nursing was well-established. Well, I’m here to tell you that we broke that rule on night two of Briar’s life when I had my mom smuggle a few pacis into our hospital room. As it turned out, they worked like a charm and we never once experienced any kind of “nipple confusion” during our nineteen months of nursing. You do what’s best for you and your family!

09. Camera. Self-explanatory. Take as many photos as you possibly can! Your baby will grow up so fast and you’ll forget just how teeny tiny he was when he made his debut :)

baby boy clothes.

Posted on: Thursday, July 28, 2016

My quest for cute baby boy clothes continues! Here are some of my favorite recent finds:

Baby Boy Clothes | Ann-Marie Loves

01. Mustard Cardigan. This Mr. Rogers-esque cardi is killing me with cuteness! I love everything about it.

02. Lace Up Moccasins. I am fully aware that shoes for tiny babies is impractical but I fully do not care. I looooove these little baby moccs!

03. Puppy Pajamas. Our baby’s wardrobe is heavy on the neutrals, so I’m making a concerted effort to bring in more pops of color. These puppy pajamas are beyond adorable and I love the shade of green.

04. Striped Pocket Romper. I love when a single item of clothing works for both top + bottom. Plus, how perfect is that tiny little pocket?

05. Bear Onesie. I’m not normally one for cutesy graphics but this hipster bear is just too much.

06. Striped One-Piece. John and I are determined to take our kids to the snow this winter and I know this striped one-piece would keep our little guy nice and warm.

07. Hooded Grey Cardigan. One can never have too many hooded cardigans, especially when they’re this cute.

08. Geometric Print Leggings. Finding cute boy leggings has been challenging, so whenever I spot a well-designed pair, I am thrilled to no end.

09. Raglan Sleeve Bodysuit. This onesie comes in a few different colors and I’m pretty sure I should just buy all of them. I adore this look.

summer bucket list + journaling card printables.

Posted on: Thursday, July 7, 2016

Summer Bucket List + Journaling Cards | Ann-Marie Loves | annmarielovespaper.bigcartel.com

Every year I dread the summer and every year I am pleasantly surprised to find that my motivation shoots through the roof during those hot months. I don’t know what it is (maybe the longer days? the desire to spend more time indoors than outdoors?) but I can’t complain too much about the heat when my to-do list is getting crushed. Lately I’ve been feeling more driven and goal-oriented than I have in a long time, so I figured this would be the perfect opportunity to make a summer bucket list!

Summer Bucket List + Journaling Cards | Ann-Marie Loves | annmarielovespaper.bigcartel.com

Yesterday in a flurry of inspiration, I designed a set of 1 bucket list + 1 sheet of journaling cards and added them to the shop!

Summer Bucket List + Journaling Cards | Ann-Marie Loves | annmarielovespaper.bigcartel.com

Summer Bucket List + Journaling Cards | Ann-Marie Loves | annmarielovespaper.bigcartel.com

I absolutely love writing out these kinds of lists. Even if we don’t accomplish everything, it’s still fun to brainstorm and think about all the cool things we can do (my personal favorite: eating watermelon!) this summer. It also helps me to shift my perspective from “WHEN WILL SUMMER END?” to “wow, there’s still so many awesome things left to do!” Simple mind tricks, y’all.

Summer Bucket List + Journaling Cards | Ann-Marie Loves | annmarielovespaper.bigcartel.com

Included in the package is a sheet of four 3 x 4″ journaling cards for documenting all of the items on your bucket list. When I design things like this, I always consider alternate uses for them. For example, I could totally see myself using the heart and the yellow journaling block (okay, and the pink “daily adventures!”) in my baby boy album time and time again.

Summer Bucket List + Journaling Cards | Ann-Marie Loves | annmarielovespaper.bigcartel.com

Summer Bucket List + Journaling Cards | Ann-Marie Loves | annmarielovespaper.bigcartel.com

Summer Bucket List + Journaling Cards | Ann-Marie Loves | annmarielovespaper.bigcartel.com

And of course, I couldn’t design printables and then not try them out! Here’s a spread I made for my 2016 album using photos from our recent trip to Travel Town.

Summer Bucket List + Journaling Cards | Ann-Marie Loves | annmarielovespaper.bigcartel.com

Summer Bucket List + Journaling Cards | Ann-Marie Loves | annmarielovespaper.bigcartel.com

Cheers to making this the best summer ever! Printables available for purchase HERE.

What’s on your summer bucket list?

neutral baby faves.

Posted on: Thursday, April 28, 2016

When I was pregnant with Briar, we broke down and opted pay extra to find out at 17 weeks whether we were having a boy or a girl. I remember the suspense was so killer that I could barely contain myself another second longer! This time around, I’m much more patient. Since we won’t find out the sex of our next baby for a few more weeks, I’ve been scouting out lots of cute neutral clothes that I would be equally as happy to dress a boy or a girl in. Here are some of my faves:

Neutral Baby Faves | Ann-Marie Loves

01. Sleeveless Rompers | Our baby is due to arrive at the beginning of October when summer is still in full-swing here in Southern California. This sleeveless romper set would make the perfect transition from hot days to cool nights.

02. Leather Moccasins | Moccasins are a classic and the elastic band makes it easy to keep on tiny baby feet. This soft brown shade could easily work for boys and girls.

03. Long Sleeve Onesies | One can never have enough onesies! Since Briar was a spit-up baby, we could easily burn through 4-5 shirts in a single day. This three pack is a great value considering the usage that onesies get.

04. Overalls | Oh, baby overalls. I’m pretty sure there’s nothing cuter than a tiny person wearing overalls. I’m especially fond of this faded denim color.

05. Bear Hoodie | As far as I’m considered, aqua is the perfect color for both boys and girls. We have a few sweaters from Baby Gap that are still in excellent condition, so I know this adorable bear hoodie would be a great addition to our collection.

06. Alphabet Pajamas | There are so many great items in Oh Joy’s baby line at Target, but I keep coming back to this adorable alphabet pattern.

07. Striped Sleep Sack | Once infants outgrow the swaddle, putting them in sleep sacks while they rest is a great way to keep them warm without the hazard of a baby blanket in their bed. I am obsessed with this simple stripe design.

08. Chambray Sun Hat | My number one tip for new moms is to leave the house as much as possible! The fresh air and the change of scenery can do wonders. For me, this means loading the baby in the stroller and going for long walks with a good podcast. This sun hat is ideal for shading sensitive baby skin and keeping their little faces safe from the elements.

09. Hooded One Pieces | I have had a very strong feeling from the moment that I found out I was pregnant that I will be having a boy. So of course, this meant that my eyes were immediately on a high alert for cute baby boy clothes (which, as it turns out, are not easy to find!). Spotting stylish boy clothes is a definitely a hit-or-miss situation, so I decided that I would be more than happy if I could build his whole wardrobe around black and white stripes and the color grey. When I spotted these hooded one-pieces at Old Navy, I knew they had to come home with me. (However, if it’s a girl, I will be just as thrilled to see her dressed in these neutrals, too!)

techie gift guide + kohl’s gift card giveaway.

Posted on: Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Gift Guide: Electronics | Ann-Marie Loves + Kohl's

UPDATED: The winner is Jessica T! Thanks so much for sharing your holiday spirit ideas, guys! xo!

Today I am so excited to be partnering with Kohl’s to share my family’s top techie picks for him, her, and baby!

Gift Guide: Electronics | Ann-Marie Loves + KohlsFOR HIM

1. Cassini Telescope // Perfect for catching a glimpse at the stars, even in the midst of LA.

2. PlayStation 4 Console // Not only is this machine made for gaming but it’s perfect for streaming all of our favorite shows on Netflix + Hulu.

3. Crosley Cruiser Portable Turntable // Classic vintage sound in a modern, funky color. Nothing better.


4. Fitbit Flex // I’m obsessed with my Fitbit and have noticed a significant improvement in my motivation to reach 10k steps daily since buying one a few months back!.

5. Beats Solo HD White Headphones // These are perfect (and oh so stylish!) for listening to podcasts while working.

6. Instax Camera // As much as I love my DSLR and my iPhone, nothing beats the wonder that is the Instax camera.


7. Summer Infant Baby Monitor // Being able to keep tabs on your little one while they sleep or play in their room is a cinch with this video monitor.

8. iPad Case // Briar has recently discovered old Disney movies on my iPad so a sturdy protective case is a must.

9. Jawbone Bluetooth Speaker // Forget a standard noise machine; download a few soothing sounds on your phone and let them lull your baby to sleep via bluetooth speakers (in the most excellent shade of mustard!).

In honor of the upcoming holiday shopping season, I am giving away a $200 Kohl’s gift card! To enter to win, leave a comment below letting me know what gets you into the holiday spirit. I’ll announce the winner at the top of this post on Monday November 30th. Good luck!

This post was sponsored by Kohl’s, but the ideas + opinions are all my own.

new holiday cards + digital brushes!

Posted on: Monday, November 23, 2015

2015 Holiday Brushes | Ann-Marie Loves | annmarielovespaper.bigcartel.com

Hi you guys! I have been quite a busy bee lately and am so excited to finally be sharing a few new products that I designed. First up: hand-lettered digital brushes!

2015 Holiday Brushes | Ann-Marie Loves | annmarielovespaper.bigcartel.com

I happily spent an afternoon with sheet after sheet of watercolor paper, my new Sakura water brush, watercolor paint, and my favorite holiday playlist on repeat.

2015 Holiday Brushes | Ann-Marie Loves | annmarielovespaper.bigcartel.com

I definitely plan on using these brushes on all of my holiday crafting + packaging projects! They’re so easy to use (way easier than traditional rubber stamps, in my opinion) and they can be scaled up or down depending on the project at hand.


Next up: printable custom holiday photo cards! I’ve been wanting to make these for months and now I finally check them off my list! Sometimes I sit on projects for so long for no real reason (whyyyyy), so it always feels good to get them out into the world.
Printable Holiday Photo Cards | Ann-Marie Loves | annmarielovespaper.bigcartel.com
Printable Holiday Photo Cards | Ann-Marie Loves | annmarielovespaper.bigcartel.com
Printable Holiday Photo Cards | Ann-Marie Loves | annmarielovespaper.bigcartel.com

You can find these products and more in my shop!

mom style | summer picks for toddlers.

Posted on: Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Mom Style | Summer Picks for Toddlers Edition | Ann-Marie Loves

It’s hard to believe that Jamie and I are no longer moms of infants, but instead, two super curious, super adorable toddlers! (I could swear we were just pregnant??) Things are definitely a little (okay, A LOT) different than they were last summer when we had our babies, so we thought it would be fun to share our recent favorite baby products. Here’s what’s getting us through these long, hot days:

Mom Style | Summer Picks for Toddlers Edition | Ann-Marie Loves

Ann-Marie’s Picks:

+ Swimsuit // I gotta say, shopping for baby swimsuits is one heck of a lot more fun than shopping for mommy suits! I’ve found some really cute ones at Baby Gap and Janie + Jack.

+ Toes, Ears, & Nose // We’ve been reading to Briar since she was only a few days old, but books are just now becoming her activity of choice. She is especially fond of this cute book, complete with flaps and fun illustrations.

+ Sun hat // Getting Briar to wear a hat is always an exercise in trying to distract her before she notices something is on her head, but this sun hat is in constant rotation.

+ Ban.do Watermelon Bag // So technically this bag is designed to be a cooler, but from the moment I saw it, I knew it would make for the perfect diaper bag! Not only is it ridiculously cute but the waterproof liner is ideal for keeping spills and odors at bay.

+ Beco Gemini Baby Carrier // I’ve talked about my love of baby carriers before, but I have to say, I love that this particular model allows me to safely wear Briar facing out! I’m a stickler about protecting her hips and Briar is a stickler about making sure she doesn’t miss a moment of the action, so this Beco Gemini is a win-win!

+ Triangle Blanket // This adorable hot pink / tan / black waterproof blanket from 7 A.M. Enfant is perfect for throwing in Briar’s diaper bag and spreading out on the grass.

+ Dapple High Chair + Toy Cleaner // Having a hungry, hungry toddler means lots of snacks eaten in her high chair. Since I don’t want to pull off and scrub down the tray every time Briar eats, I spray a little bit of this natural, baby-safe cleaner on it and call it good.

+ Gold Saltwaters // Now that Briar’s main mode of transportation is walking, it’s paramount that we have little shoes on her little feet when we go out in public. These baby Saltwaters are easily the cutest things I’ve ever seen…!

+ Bumgenius Cloth Diapers // We’re a little late to the cloth diapering club, but I am happy to finally be a part-time member! Even though we still use disposable diapers the majority of the time, having a few cloth diapers on hand helps ease the environmental and financial guilt of traditional diapering, plus it ensures that we never run out! I also love how these well-designed diapers can pass as bloomers during these unbearably hot summer months.

Mom Style | Summer Picks for Toddlers Edition | Ann-Marie Loves

Jamie’s Picks:

Mini Lunch Bag // I’ve used this bag since my pumping days! My breast milk stayed chilled on the long commute home from the clinic. Now, each morning I pull it out of the freezer and fill it with Luna’s meals for Grandpa Day Care.

+ Hot Pink Bathing Suit // This hot pink suit with yellow pom fringe caught my eye right away. Luna loves birds! Her face lights up when she points to the little birds on her suit.

+ Sunglasses // Luna loves a good pair of shades. Target has adorable inexpensive sunglasses so I don’t feel bad when a pair gets broken.

+ Maracas // Luna lives for music! She’ll find the beat and rhythm in anything. She dances and sings daily. She definitely dances like no one is watching, although she prefers to be watched. Her grandmother sings with her all the time. They are currently going through an old western song phase. Luna’s father will slow dance with her in the middle of a busy restaurant. I’ll turn the music up and rolled the windows down during our car rides. I love seeing her lips move and head bop in the backseat mirror. I hope her love for music and dance contuinue to grow.

+ Sandals // I don’t like to spend too much on Luna’s shoes so when I found these darling sandals on the clearance rack at T.J. Maxx, I scooped them right up! If she’s anything like her mother, she will live in sandals.

+ Baby Fedora // From day one, Luna has loved wearing hats. Luckily, this means we don’t have to apply so much sunscreen to her face. This makes Luna very happy.

+ Sippy Cup // Spill proof! Yes, please! I never leave home without a sippy cup full of water. It always finds its way to the bottom of my diaper bag, upside down of course.

+ Mexican Blanket // This particular blanket was a lucky thrift find and now it comes with us everywhere. It’s always in my trunk waiting to be pulled out at every park stop. (Similar blankets here!)

+ Babyganics Baby Sunscreen // I’m very particular with the products I put on Luna. Minimal organic ingredients. The less ingredients, and ones I can pronounce, the better.

Mom Style | Summer Picks for Toddlers Edition | Ann-Marie Loves

But if we’re realllllly being honest, here’s our secret to staying cool while keeping our cool as the moms of two toddlers. Cheers!

P.S. Our first Mom Style post!

digital brushes: greatest hits | now available!

Posted on: Thursday, July 9, 2015

Ann-Marie Loves Paper | New Digital Brushes! | Ann-Marie Loves

I’m excited to finally announce that all of my most popular rubber stamp designs from 2012 – 2015 have FINALLY been turned into digital brushes and added to my shop. It’s only been on my to-do list for, oh, a whole year? Turning files into digital brushes is not what was stopping me; it was the sheer volume of files that I had to go through that intimidated me for so long. I mean, seriously, SO MANY FREAKING STAMPS (ha!). It’s all good, though :)

Ann-Marie Loves Paper | New Digital Brushes! | Ann-Marie Loves

These are the sixty-seven designs that are included in the pack.

Ann-Marie Loves Paper | New Digital Brushes! | Ann-Marie Loves

As someone who loves to put type on photos, having brushes at my disposal is a huge time-saver! In case you’re not familiar with how to use them, Elise put together a fantastic tutorial video that I highly recommend watching.

Ann-Marie Loves Paper | New Digital Brushes! | Ann-Marie Loves

Tomorrow I’ll be sharing how I use digital brushes in my scrapbook, so stay tuned! :)

Ann-Marie Loves Paper | New Digital Brushes! | Ann-Marie Loves

You can find my Greatest Hits digital brushes HERE and my Holiday set (now on sale!) HERE. Yay!

baby registry essentials.

Posted on: Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Baby Registry Essentials | Ann-Marie Loves

Now that I have almost a year of parenting under my belt (what???), I feel like I have a pretty clear understanding of which items I consider to be essential in caring for an infant. Life most first-time moms, I looked to others to help me navigate the overwhelming world of baby products…there are so many options, it’s a wonder that anyone can make a decision! Here are the items that have made my life easier over the past eleven months:

Baby Registry Essentials | Ann-Marie Loves

1. Britax Travel System. I did a lot of research when I was car seat and stroller shopping, and given our budget (less than $500) and my desire to have an all-in-one travel system (car seat, base, and stroller in one), I decided on the Britax B-Agile stroller and B-Safe car seat. I love the Britax because it’s easy to maneuver, it folds up with one pull of a strap, and it’s a cinch to get the car seat on and off of it. I also love that the stroller works from infanthood well into toddlerhood. I think the biggest selling point for me was the fact that I didn’t have to buy any extra attachments to connect the car seat to the stroller; everything I needed was included in the travel system. If you have more than one vehicle in your family, I would highly recommend purchasing an extra car seat base so you can easily move the baby from one car to the other without the hassle of base reinstallation. (When we have baby number two, we plan on getting the Britax B-Ready stroller since it can accommodate more than one seat!)

2. Soft Gear Changing Mat. When I was in the market for a changing pad, I wanted something that would make for easy clean-up and not require any extra laundry, so when I discovered this particular model, I was sold. We have loved ours since the day we brought Briar home from the hospital. It cleans like a dream, it doesn’t slide around on the table, and it adds a fun pop of color to the nursery.

3. Ergobaby Carrier and Boba WrapThese two items are serious lifesavers, especially since I am a work-at-home mom who needs to be hands-free most of the time. I first invested in the Ergo (assuming that I would only need one carrier) but even with the infant insert, it felt way too cumbersome for Briar’s tiny little body during the first three or so months. That’s when I decided to try out a wrap and thankfully, it turned out to be exactly what we needed. The snug fit and cozy fabric were perfect for keeping Briar close without being too overwhelming. However, as soon as Briar got a little bigger and developed neck strength, the Ergo became our mainstay. It’s super easy to pop on and off and the weight feels evenly distributed.

4. Fisher-Price Whale of a Tub. We started off by bathing Briar in a Puj, but despite the amazing concept (seriously, genius!), our sinks were not ideal for that style of tub. That’s when we decided to try out the whale tub. Sure, it’s bright and clunky (everything I was hoping to avoid in baby products), but it has seamlessly transitioned from newborn to infant and beyond! (While you’re at it, be sure to add baby-friendly bath products to your list. I recommend anything made by California Baby and Honest!)

5. Baby Gap Footed One Piece Pajamas. Sometimes I feel like Briar’s personal thermostat; I’m constantly checking her feet and hands to make sure they are not cold! This is why I love Baby Gap’s footed pajamas. I never have to worry about Briar’s feet escaping her blanket and freezing in the middle of the night. Another reason why I prefer these soft and snuggly pajamas over others? The zipper! I can’t even begin to tell you how tedious snaps can be during a 3 am diaper change…! Stock up on zippered pajamas.

6. Summer Infant In-View Digital Color Monitor. Despite my initial hesitation to move Briar to her crib, I felt a lot more comfortable leaving her in the other room knowing that I could watch and hear her on the monitor. This particular model isn’t anything too fancy, but it has worked perfectly for us. I love being able to see Briar when she wakes up in the middle of the night and gauge whether or not she needs me without having to get out of bed. (My only complaint about it is that the battery dies fast, so in order to get through a whole night, I leave it plugged in to the charger. It’s not a huge issue, but can be tricky if your bed isn’t near an outlet.)

7. Aden + Anais Swaddle Blankets. Buy as many of these as you possibly can! I remember thinking the price point was a little steep for such thin, gauzy blankets, but I assure you: it is money well spent. Briar was born at the height of the summer heat, so we put her in a diaper and then swaddled her in an Aden + Anais blanket every single scorching night. I was so terrified that she would overheat, but she did great! Even if your baby is born in the dead of winter, they are amazing swaddle blankets and can also be used as burp cloths, car seat covers, changing pads on the go, and nursing covers.

8. Mini Speakers + iPod. There was much trial and error when it came to finding the right “white noise” system for Briar. We were gifted the Sleep Sheep and as adorable as it is, the sound only plays for 45 minutes. So then we tried playing a lullaby video from YouTube on my iPad, but it would inevitably turn off at some point during the night. Finally, I decided to dust off my old iPod, invest in $15 speakers, and play an ocean waves track on repeat all night long…bingo! Even though Briar still doesn’t sleep through the night, the ocean sounds definitely muffle outside noise when when the rest of us are still awake.

9. IKEA Antilop High Chair. In my experience, you don’t need a fancy high chair with all the bells and whistles. Babies really just need a safe and sturdy place to sit and learn to eat table food, hence, the $20 IKEA high chair. Money well spent.

– Other items to note: a breast pump (find out if your insurance will provide one for you before you purchase! Mine was 100% covered); grooming kit, thermometer, and infant Tylenol (these are the kinds of things you will want on hand!); a cute (but not cutesy!) baby book; and most importantly…diapers, diapers, and more diapers!

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