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diaper bag essentials | infant edition.

Posted on: Friday, October 10, 2014

Diaper Bag Essentials | Infant Edition | Ann-Marie Loves

Before I had Briar, I imagined that packing a diaper bag for a Trader Joe’s run would mean packing her entire closet and a whole case of diapers. You know, just in case. Fast forward to the first time I left the house with her in tow and I instantly realized I really only needed a handful of essential items. This is part of the reason I switched from using an oversized bag like this to a striped canvas purse that I’ve had for years (shown above). Not only is this bag smaller and easier to throw items into, but it also fits nicely in the compartment under the stroller or hanging from a Mommy Hook. GAME CHANGER.

Briar’s diaper bag is always packed and ready to go with these essential items:

Diaper Bag Essentials | Infant Edition | Ann-Marie Loves

Diapers. Obvious choice, yes. I still don’t have a particular brand that I buy from consistently, but these adorable Honest diapers get the job done pretty well. I always keep at least three on hand for short trips.

Wipes. When we’re at home, we use soft paper towels and a small water bottle to clean Briar during changings, but for on-the-go purposes, we use travel-size packs of Honest wipes. The resealable packaging makes it perfect for diaper changes on the fly.

Portable Changing Pad. Since we’re not always near a restroom, I pack a portable changing pad for clean-ups in her stroller, on the ground, in the trunk, or anywhere else, and then throw it in the laundry when we get home. (P.S. plastic bags are perfect for storing these kinds of soiled items in the diaper bag until you get home!)

Hand sanitizer. I think hand sanitizers are pretty self-explanatory but such a crucial part of the diaper bag experience ;) This travel-size option from Babyganics is my favorite.

Aden + Anais Swaddle Blankets. I am POSITIVE that one can never have enough of these swaddle blankets! We use them for everything from swaddling to draping over the car seat to protect Briar’s eyes from the sun to covering up while nursing to keeping her warm when we go out on evening walks. The versatility factor is top notch.

Squeaky toys. Typically Briar is NOT a fan of diaper changes, unless we can distract her with a noisy toy, such as this adorable squeaky elephant or anything with a chime inside of it. Distractions are KEY.

Cloth rags. Given the fact that I have a spit-up baby on my hands, I could really use a lifetime supply of these cloth rags. I have them stashed all around the house and keep at least two in the diaper bag at all times.

Pacifiers. This is the one item we don’t DARE leave home without. Against the advice of our baby class nurses and everything we read about newborns, we introduced these NUK pacifiers on day two and haven’t looked back since. They calm Briar down in an instant which makes for one happy family ;)

Change of clothes. My poor summer baby still has yet to experience cold weather, but for chilly nights + overly air conditioned public places, a light sweater is important to have on hand. This particular sweater was a Baby Gap find and I will most likely cry the day that she outgrows it…that’s how much I love it! I also have two onesies in my bag because this girl is the queen of multiple daily wardrobe changes!

What are your favorite items for your little one(s)?

october stamps!

Posted on: Thursday, October 2, 2014

October stamps are now in the shop!

There’s a mix of everything, from Halloween (guys, what should Briar’s costume be?!) to my favorite phrase to general sentiments that are perfect for all kinds of paper projects! Here they are:
October Limited Edition Rubber Stamps | annmarielovespaper.bigcartel.com

01. Happy Halloween | 02. Trick or Treat | 03. XOXO | 04.You’re Amazing | 05. Hi, Hello, How Are You? | 06. October | 07. Good Vibes Only

Grab Bag

During the great “I’m going to be pregnant forever so I might as well organize this house” situation in early August, I put together fifteen grab bags stuffed with paper craft supplies. Now that I’ve finally figured out how to balance a baby in my arms while I work (literally!), these bags are now in my shop! I hope they bring you many a happy crafternoon :)

Stamps + grab bags here!

august limited edition rubber stamps.

Posted on: Wednesday, August 6, 2014

August 2014 Limited Edition Rubber Stamps | annmarielovespaper.bigcartel.com

So much of these past few weeks have not gone as I had anticipated, but I’m making the best of it! My house is cleaner than it’s ever been, I’m getting as much rest as possible, and I’m still burning through my to-do lists on a daily basis. So really, win-win ;) Thanks to the extra time I was given, I was able to put together five new limited edition stamp designs for the month of August:

August 2014 Limited Edition Rubber Stamps | annmarielovespaper.bigcartel.com

01. Hip Hip Hooray | 02. August | 03. This Is the Best Ever | 04. Hello Sunshine | 05. I’ll Drink to That

You can find these stamps + more over at my shop! xo

photoshop actions!

Posted on: Wednesday, July 30, 2014

As a longtime user of Photoshop actions, I’ve been wanting to create my own set for, like ever? And really, there’s nothing quite like the impending arrival of a tiny human being to light a fire under my butt to get such things done! I decided to start with a group of “basics,” if you will. These are the kinds of editing treatments that I apply to all of my photos, whether they’re for my blog, my shop, or personal projects.

Ann-Marie Loves | Photoshop Actions | Basics Vol. 01

Here’s what my sample image looked like straight out of the camera:

Ann-Marie Loves | Photoshop Actions | Basics Vol. 01

Ann-Marie Loves | Photoshop Actions | Basics Vol. 01

…and here it is when the six unique actions included in the set are applied:

Ann-Marie Loves | Photoshop Actions | Basics Vol. 01

Ann-Marie Loves | Photoshop Actions | Basics Vol. 01

This set includes:

No. 01: The Basics  | No. 02: Warm It Up | No. 03: Cool It Down | No. 04: B+W | No. 05: Fade Away | No. 06: Color Pop

Here’s why I love actions:

- With a single click of a mouse, you can elevate a dull, lifeless image into a refined, polished photo that you will be proud to share with others.

- You can always dial back an action by clicking on the various steps (in the History palette) to achieve your desired look.

- Mixing + matching actions is a fantastic way to create your own look.

- Even with the same action, every photo will look completely different, so the possibilities are truly endless!

Ann-Marie Loves | Photoshop Actions | Basics Vol. 01

P.S. From now until next Wednesday (8/6), you can save 30% off your purchase of this set of actions using the code: ACTIONS30. Enjoy!

P.P.S. Don’t forget that this Thursday, July 31st is the last day to purchase any of the July 2014 stamps before I retire them forever! ;)

last day for stamps!

Posted on: Friday, June 27, 2014

Ann-Marie Loves Paper | Rubber Stamps are Retiring on June 27th | annmarielovespaper.bigcartel.com

Happy Friday, everyone! It’s been one heck of a week and I’m looking forward to spending some quality time at home with my husband tonight. Probably watching every episode of Silicon Valley. Definitely while eating watermelon. Clearly we know how to live our kid-free life up!

I just wanted to remind you that today is OFFICIALLY the last day to stock up on all of my current rubber stamps. Like I mentioned before, I have another project in the works that I’m eager to make room for!

Get ‘em while they’re hot! xo

coveting for baby | nursery edition.

Posted on: Thursday, May 8, 2014

Coveting for Baby | Nursery Edition | Ann-Marie Loves

left to right, top to bottom:

Little Minty Plant // Pink Hippo // Embroidered Mini Banner // Moth Original Lampshade // Vintage Modern Bunting // Box Frame in Spring Tones // Gold Dots Pillow Cover // Handmade Shelf for Plants // Rabbit No. 0039

I’ve been perusing Etsy and other handmade sites quite a bit lately (as my PayPal account will attest), trolling for anything and everything baby-related. I’ve been stumbling upon so many gems, it’s only fair that I share these talented artists with you.

P.S. The first installment of my handmade baby finds!

thrifting for baby.

Posted on: Thursday, April 24, 2014

Baby Thrift Finds | Ann-Marie Loves

Before I got pregnant, I never truly appreciated just how much fun it is to shop for babies. I’m talking SERIOUS FUN. I also never realized just how expensive (!!!) baby gear is and how much of it you have to buy right off the bat. Stroller, bassinet, crib, blankets, diapers, burp cloths, bottles, breast pump, carriers, car seat, rocker…the list goes on. Luckily (or is it unluckily?), I’m not a big spender by nature and am more than willing to thrift and DIY as much as possible!

Baby Thrift Finds | Ann-Marie Loves

Needless to say, my thrifting habits may or may not have gone into overdrive recently. I’ve been hunting down all sorts of baby ephemera, including everything from clothing to toys to books to decor to a glider in excellent condition. Like all thrifting, the secret really lies in going frequently. There are many days when I walk out of the store empty-handed and then there are other days when I can barely fit all my finds through the door (mkay, slight exaggeration). I never know what to expect and that in and of itself is half of the thrill.

Baby Thrift Finds | Ann-Marie Loves

While thrifting for little ones, I ask myself two questions:

1. Am I attracted to this because I genuinely love it and not just because it’s a killer deal?

2. Would Emily Henderson approve of this?

If the answer is YES to both of those things, then I snatch the item up immediately. But if I’m only being seduced by the price, then back on the shelf it goes. So far, the glider has been the biggest baby item I’ve invested in through thrifting. Even though it’s not as sleek as my dream rocker, it was a mere $65 which allows for more room in the budget to splurge on other must-have, well-designed items. If there’s anything I’ve learned over these past six and a half months, it’s that having a baby is all about patience and compromise!

P.S. If you’re looking for more (non-baby) thrifting tips, check out my e-course!

coveting for baby | handmade edition.

Posted on: Friday, March 28, 2014

Coveting for Baby | Handmade Edition | Ann-Marie Loves

left to right, top to bottom: 

Swallow’s Return Cotton Blouse // Ajalor Toddler Shoes // I Love Doodle “Love Yourself” Print // Emily Isabella Card // Wren and Rumor Swaddle Blanket  // Sweet Reverie Throw Pillow // Siberian Berry Wooden Bear // Freshly Picked Moccasins // Juniper Wilde Knot Hat

It’s been interesting for me to see what I’ve gravitated towards when it comes to shopping for baby. Whether it’s clothes, toys, or nursery decor, I’m loving lots of neutrals with pops of color sprinkled throughout. These nine handmade items are exactly what my dreams are made of!

pigment | san diego.

Posted on: Monday, March 17, 2014

Pigment | San Diego | via Ann-Marie Loves

I follow a few cool San Diego gals on Instagram and there always seems to be a common denominator amongst their feeds: Pigment! So of course, while in San Diego last week, I had to check it out for myself to see what the hype was all about. The verdict? Pigment far exceeded the hype. I mean, this shop has everything that I want: home goods, stationery, baby accessories, a succulent bar…!

Pigment | San Diego | via Ann-Marie Loves

I must have done five laps around the store, trying to take in every last detail, making sure I didn’t miss anything! I walked away with a Rifle card and a porcelain bunny nightlight for the nursery, but if money was no object, I would surely take one of everything.

Pigment | San Diego | via Ann-Marie Loves

Pigment, you’re a gem.

P.S. While in the North Park neighborhood, I also highly recommend stopping by Coffee + Tea Collective! Five words: BEST LATTE OF MY LIFE. Not only are the drinks wonderful, but the actual shop itself is modern, airy, and full of inspiring details that make me wish I was a local!

miniature wardrobe.

Posted on: Thursday, March 13, 2014

Baby Girl Wardrobe | Ann-Marie Loves

When I was in the market for a new apartment, I had a voracious appetite for anything + everything home furnishings. When I was getting married, I couldn’t get enough of wedding blogs and crafternoons. And now that I’m having a baby? I can’t seem to get my fill of baby clothes! Like all seasons of life, there’s always something piquing my interest, but this just might be my most favorite season yet. Here are some of my favorite places to collect adorable miniature ensembles:

Baby Gap. OH YES. Despite Kathleen Kelly deeming this store “depressing,” it has quickly become my happy place. If my budget would allow for it, I would outfit my daughter in every single item of clothing that the store sells….! Everything is so well-designed and often has me longing for items in my own size. But, truth be told, I only shop at BG when they’re having one of their killer sales or if I have a coupon code I can use.

Target. Alright, so this is a no-brainer. As if I didn’t have enough reasons to give Target my constant business, now I have another. Part of the reason I was so desperate for a girl in the first place was because the baby clothes of the female persuasion at Target are just so much cuter than those of the masculine variety (why is that?). Every time I’m there, I comb through the sales racks to see what’s been newly discounted and always seem to walk away with a new gem (or five!).

Thrift stores. Thrifting for babies is easily my new favorite pastime. There’s nothing better than the thrill of the hunt when it involves impossibly cute clothes, toys, and books selling for a fraction of their original cost. $0.59 onesies for the win!

Hand-me-downs. I’m thrilled to be the lucky recipient of some of the most amazing vintage pieces (a few dating back to the 60′s) that my mom saved for her future grandchildren. I’ve been warned by several sources that babies grow incredibly fast, so I am more than happy to collect hand-me-downs!

As a result of shopping like it’s my second job, I’ve learned a few things about my tastes. For one, I am amazed at how many otherwise stylish articles of clothing are ruined with cringeworthy phrases (“Daddy’s Special Princess”) or embellished with way-too-cutesy graphics. Who decided that babies should be banned from having good style? And secondly, if I see something that I want in my own size, there’s no way I can resist buying for my daughter (mini adult clothes!). Despite the fact that my gal isn’t even here yet, I’m already mourning the day that she outgrows her bite-sized wardrobe! Oh man, I’m in too deep.

Moms, where do you find stylish clothes for your little ones? Do tell!

(from left to right, top to bottom):

1. Pastel Stripe Bodysuit // 2. Pink Cable Knit Crew Sweater // 3. Circo Dot Print Bodysuit  // 4. Eyelet Flutter Dress // 5. Vintage Yellow Romper // 6. Striped One Piece // 7. Love You to the Moon Bodysuit // 8. Eyelet Trim Bodysuit // 9. Circo Pink Striped Bodysuit // 10. Vintage Pink + White Dress // 11. Vintage Onesie // 12. Printed One Piece

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