what i’m reading | baby edition.

Posted on: Tuesday, July 8, 2014

What I'm Reading | Baby Edition | Ann-Marie Loves

Since finding out I was pregnant, I’ve amassed quite the collection of baby-related books. I will be completely honest and tell you that I jump around from book to book, never really completing any of them (where did this ADD come from??), but all of them have been super useful and inspiring in one way or another. Here’s the stack that I keep on my nightstand:

Great with Child. After seeing a few recommendations for this book around the interwebs, I figured I would check it out for myself. Good move on my part. It is SUCH a great book, written in the style of letters from a seasoned mom to a new mom.

Mom, Inc. I actually bought this book about a year ago, long before I knew that I would be having a baby anytime soon. I love anything pertaining to small business and working from home, so I figured it would be a useful read. It was then and it is now!

On Becoming Baby Wise. This book was recommended to me by a few different people and despite it’s controversial nature, I like having these tips and tools in my back pocket should I decide that sleep-training is something I want to pursue.

What to Expect When You’re Expecting. I mean, what pregnant woman hasn’t paged through this book? To be honest, I only refer to it on occasion when I remember that I own it (the internet is just so much faster), but it’s definitely a great resource to have on hand.

The Honest Life. Okay, so maybe this book isn’t 100% baby-specific, but Jessica Alba touches on several different child-rearing topics that are so fascinating, plus the photos are beautiful. I love books that I can pick up and jump in anywhere.

A Child Is Born. My mom bought this book for me and it’s chock-full of amazing photos of fetuses at various stages of development. Some of the birth photos are a tad bit graphic (okay, a LOT graphic), but the good news is, you can always turn to the next page!

Bloom. My friend lent me this book quite some time ago, but I didn’t actually begin reading it until I knew I was pregnant. The story is incredibly sweet and touching. I highly recommend it. (And no, it didn’t make me worry any more than I already would have about Down’s Syndrome.)

The Glow. Because decorating a nursery is THE MOST FUN EVER and because I frequent the blog version of this book on a regular basis, it was a no-brainer that it would eventually end up in my cart. I love going through the pages when I need a burst of decorating inspiration. Plus, the pink spine looks pretty killer on a shelf. Just saying ;)

as of late | july edition.

Posted on: Monday, July 7, 2014

As of Late | July Edition | Ann-Marie Loves

Essentials for this past weekend.

Getting: overly excited about the holiday season! I’m already dreaming of all the crafts I want to make, all the photos I want to take, and all the new traditions I want to start with my little family! I feel a holiday e-course coming on…

Realizing: that my “As of Late” post for August will probably be VERY different.

Spending: way too much time on the phone with my health insurance company. A word of advice: understand your out-of-pocket costs BEFORE you get pregnant. #holystickershock

Selling: a pair of unworn clogs that are sadly too small for my jumbo preggo feet over here.

Reading: The Honest Life by Jessica Alba. My friend Jaymee gave it to me as a baby shower gift and I am loving every minute of it! (P.S. I totally need to write a post about unexpected baby shower gifts that turned out to be my faves.)

Reorganizing: every closet, every cabinet, every drawer in this house. So dang inspired by Joy’s and Emily’s recent closet makeovers!

Despising: how dirty my feet get after a day of wearing sandals. I don’t know why it bothers me so much, but ugh. CAN’T HANDLE.

Loving: Ritz crackers with banana slices + a (generous) handful of chocolate chips, microwaved for 22 seconds (I always choose random numbers when miking). Maybe I love it a little too much.

Jumping: for joy over the crazy discount I just got on an Ergo baby carrier! After my sister-in-law told me about the deal, I had that thing in my cart and en route to my house in no time at all! (And dare I say, we’re now officially ready for the baby to arrive…?)

Staying: very busy with work and preparing for baby and keeping this house as clean + organized as possible. I love how good it feels to climb into bed after having a productive day!

Using: not one, not two, but THREE fans in our bedroom when we go to sleep at night. It’s like white noise / wind tunnel heaven in there.

Taking: more hot weather-induced naps than usual, in the aforementioned white noise / wind tunnel heaven ;)

Deciding: that being 37 weeks pregnant (full-term!) calls for a discount code celebration! Save 37% off all printables and e-courses in my shop from now until Friday 7/11 using the code THIRTYSEVEN.

recent basicgrey projects.

Posted on: Thursday, July 3, 2014

Happy Thursday (or Friday, for most Americans!)! Today I thought it would be fun to share some of the recent projects I designed for BasicGrey using their new Second City and Evergreen collections. So much fun!

Ann-Marie Espinoza | BasicGrey Summer 2014 Ann-Marie Espinoza | BasicGrey Summer 2014
Ann-Marie Espinoza | BasicGrey Summer 2014
Ann-Marie Espinoza | BasicGrey Summer 2014
Ann-Marie Espinoza | BasicGrey Summer 2014
Ann-Marie Espinoza | BasicGrey Summer 2014
Ann-Marie Espinoza | BasicGrey Summer 2014
Ann-Marie Espinoza | BasicGrey Summer 2014

workspace wednesday | free project list printable.

Posted on: Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Free Project List Printable | Designed by Ann-Marie Loves

At any given point in time, I have an ongoing list of a million and one projects that I want to accomplish, like, yesterday. While some of them can be achieved in a single step, others take several steps to finish. So instead of writing “decorate the nursery” on my to-do list day after day, knowing full-well that it will never to be crossed off, I’ve created a free printable that turns big projects into bite-size tasks.

 Free Project List Printable | Designed by Ann-Marie Loves

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD

Free Project List Printable | Designed by Ann-Marie Loves

P.S. I talk at greater length about the idea of breaking down projects into manageable chunks and include a more comprehensive list printable in my e-course “Make It Happen!”

july 2014 limited edition stamps.

Posted on: Tuesday, July 1, 2014

July 2014 Limited Edition Stamps | annmarielovespaper.bigcartel.com

We are halfway through 2014, my daughter is arriving sometime this month (?!), and I am nesting + working like a crazy person, so I figured July 1st was as good as any day to start something new! From today until July 31st, there are five limited edition rubber stamps available in my shop. Here’s what they look like:

July 2014 Limited Edition Stamps | annmarielovespaper.bigcartel.com

01. Soak Up the Sun | 02. July | 03. Let’s Go On Adventures | 04. In the Summertime | 05. You Are the Best

I’m so excited to try something completely new and exciting! I spent most of yesterday afternoon through late until the evening working on designing, shooting, editing, listing, etc and it all felt so seamless and easy. If only all projects could be so satisfying!

You can find out more about the July limited edition stamps HERE.

 

settling in + staying put.

Posted on: Monday, June 30, 2014

Ann-Marie + John Espinoza | Photo by Sorella Muse

Photo by Sorella Muse

After a crazy month of being gone every single weekend, John and I have created a self-imposed rule that we are going to stay as local as possible until this baby of ours decides to make an appearance. We have grand plans of:

- Sleeping!

- Learning how to install the car seat properly.

- Marathoning Veep.

- Cleaning out the garage. And the closets. And the cabinets. And everywhere else in our house.

- Picking up the remaining items on our list (namely the Ergo!).

- Marveling at how ridiculously dark my hair is and how unbelievably swollen my feet have become! (What is happening?!)

- Feeling the baby kick (I know I’m going to miss this so much!).

- Rereading all of our notes from the baby classes we recently took.

- Sleeping some more.

- Trying to convince ourselves that we are ready to take care of a tiny human.

- Decorating + redecorating the nursery AT LEAST five more times.

- Packing our hospital bag (any essentials I need to bring, moms?).

- Taking the last few weekly bump shots.

- Writing more letters to our daughter.

- Enjoying every minute of time as a twosome. After ten years together, we are so ready to bring another person into the mix!

- Did I mention we will be sleeping?

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

nursery progress.

Posted on: Thursday, June 26, 2014

My apologies for the radio silence yesterday. I had grand plans of photographing a few projects and drafting some blog posts on Tuesday, but all of that was derailed when I found out my dog needed to be put down. Needless to say, Tuesday was spent at home with my family, bawling my eyes out. I always try to keep this blog positive and upbeat, but man, this year has been TOUGH. We’ve had four deaths of loved ones (two humans, two animals) in just four short months and it’s hard to put a positive spin on any of those losses. I keep thinking of that quote by Zora Neale Hurston: “There are years that ask questions and years that answer” and I’m thinking 2014 just might be another year of questions. xo

Dresser in the Nursery | Ann-Marie Loves

As I’m quickly beginning to realize, this baby could come anytime. Like, ANYTIME. Ideally, I’d like her to stay put until 40 (or heck, even 41!) weeks, but should she have other plans, I want to 100% ready. Maybe not in the parenting sense, but definitely in the decorating sense ;)

Since her room is part nursery / part office, I wanted to make sure that the parts that belong to the baby really make a statement. The white dresser and shelves were purchased at IKEA and help act as a great minimalist canvas for the rest of the decor. I should also note that instead of a cloth changing pad, I decided to go with a foam version that will (hopefully!) lighten our laundry load the slightest bit.  Plus, it was half the price of the Giggle version that I originally had my eye on AND it came in my favorite color. Thumbs up.

Dresser in the Nursery | Ann-Marie Loves
Dresser in the Nursery | Ann-Marie Loves

The shelves are an ever-changing mix of books, photos, plants, and adorable baby sunglasses…!

Dresser in the Nursery | Ann-Marie Loves

I think it goes without saying that this kid would get a woven wall hanging in her room, right?

Dresser in the Nursery | Ann-Marie Loves

Some baby accessories are just too cute not to display. These teeny tiny gold sandals and heart hair clip make me smile every time I look at them!

Dresser in the Nursery | Ann-Marie Loves

There was some awkward open space between the shelves and the dresser, so I decided to loosely tape up a couple of my favorite wedding photos and my second baby shower invitation. I figure she will eventually be able to rip them off the wall, but in the meantime? They’re staying put.

Dresser in the Nursery | Ann-Marie Loves

I thrifted this basket a few months back thinking that it would be plenty big for all of the baby books I’ve collected / been gifted. Yeah, I was wrong. This baby has more books than I do. Now I’m on the hunt for a bigger basket…

Dresser in the Nursery | Ann-Marie Loves
Dresser in the Nursery | Ann-Marie Loves

One of my favorite baby shower gifts was the round brass wall hook from Anthro. I never would have thought to add it to my registry, but I think that’s part of the reason I love it so much! I decided to use it as a hook for hanging a simple yarn tassel mobile over the changing pad.

Dresser in the Nursery | Ann-Marie Loves

I had maternity photos taken in the nursery last Friday and have already changed up a few decor elements…I don’t see myself ever being finished with this space!

P.S. Don’t forget that tomorrow (June 27th) is the last day to stock up on rubber stamps before I retire them :)

desert bunny baby shower | part two.

Posted on: Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Desert Bunny Baby Shower | Ann-Marie Loves

My idea of the perfect party involves breakfast food, a laidback atmosphere, a fun outfit, and great company. Thanks to my good friend Val and my amazing mom, my second baby shower fit all those criteria and then some. Aside from the awesome theme (desert bunny for the win!), I think that my most favorite part of all was that Val made this event a mother / daughter celebration. Even though my friends and I still see each other fairly often, seldom do we get to spend time together with our precious moms in tow. It was such a great way to bring everyone into the mix and celebrate the next generation of moms + daughters!

Desert Bunny Baby Shower | Ann-Marie Loves

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Desert Bunny Baby Shower | Ann-Marie Loves

Gorgeous tablescapes and a chance for me to put my wedding glassware to use again!

Desert Bunny Baby Shower | Ann-Marie Loves

black and white striped skirted onesie?! You’re too good to me, Janelle.

Desert Bunny Baby Shower | Ann-Marie Loves

Desert Bunny Baby Shower | Ann-Marie Loves

I was also the lucky recipient of so many incredible handmade gifts that my daughter and I will treasure for years.

Desert Bunny Baby Shower | Ann-Marie Loves

Desert Bunny Baby Shower | Ann-Marie Loves

Bunny garland, hand-dyed cheesecloth, and painted desert plants! DIY elements never go unnoticed by me.

Desert Bunny Baby Shower | Ann-Marie Loves

Trying to stay cool in the shade. (Again, whose idea was it to have a summer baby? ;))

Desert Bunny Baby Shower | Ann-Marie Loves

My wonderful mom, my amazing Espinoza family, and my gigantic 35 week bump. I never realized just how pregnant I look until I went through all my baby shower photos over the past two weekends…WHOA THERE.

Desert Bunny Baby Shower | Ann-Marie Loves

I was so caught up in the moment that I failed to take all of the photos that I wanted to get, but this is one I will always cherish. I’ve grown up with a tight group of nine girls and learned so much about the mother / daughter relationship as a result. I can say that all ten moms (including my own!) are the epitome of unconditional love and selflessness. If I can be HALF as good at motherhood as they are, my daughter will be one lucky gal.

desert bunny baby shower | part one.

Posted on: Monday, June 23, 2014

Desert Bunny Baby Shower | Ann-Marie Loves

Invitation designed by JayAdores

Despite the fact that my heartburn has reached a whole new level of crazy and my feet + ankles (okay, kankles) have grown about four sizes overnight, I feel completely overwhelmed with love and gratitude for all of my closest friends and family members. This past weekend marked my second baby shower and much like the last, it’s hard for me to articulate just how special it is to be surrounded by loved ones who already have such a vested interest in Baby Espinoza without ever having met her…! I received some incredible gifts, but truly (and as cliche as it sounds), the best gift of all was the presence of so many of my favorite people packed into my parents’ backyard on a warm Sunday afternoon. Having a baby really is the best. Heartburn, fat feet, and all.

P.S. More photos to come!

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