Five on Friday

It is the week before Christmas, friends, and this Momma is getting into the spirit! 

We are planning on taking LOTS of pictures this weekend, as I am learning to use the manual mode on our Nikon.  It has been a lot of fun to play with, and I can't wait to see how our pics will turn out. 
Till then, here goes my Five on Friday. 


If you are a new mommy, and your baby is struggling with transitioning out of the swaddle, then this suit will be your new best friend. 
We started using it 3 weeks ago, and Milly has been sleeping from 7.30pm-6.45/7am EVERY NIGHT.  Without waking up once.  

When you are a new parent, getting a full night sleep is like winning the lottery, and these past 3 weeks have been nothing short of magic.  Oh yes, pun definitely intended! 


 Who doesn't love those adorable Freshly Picked Mocs?
I got a pair of Platinums for Milly, and Mimi couldn't resist getting these for Christmas.  
I can't wait for her to wear them! 


Being a new mommy, I am constantly looking at pictures from when Milly was first born.  I think this is because the first couple of weeks are such a blur, that you kind of forget some of those precious moments.  
I am thankful for my sister-in-law Betsy, and the precious pictures she took on the night Milly was born. 

this picture of M & M makes my heart ache in the best possible ways.


Milly already has 3 cousins: Sara (7), and Jake (2.5) on my side, and Davis (2.5) on Michael's side.

She is getting another baby cousin due in June 2014!
Betsy & David are expecting a sweet baby girl, and I couldn't be more excited!
I come from a big family with many many cousins, and I've always hoped my children would grow up with lots of cousins too.

I LOVE the way they announced it to everyone!  Such a CUTE idea.


I am saving details for an actual post, but I am loving playing with the manual setting on our Nikon.  I did a little photo shoot with Milly last weekend, and these were my favorite pics! 

I still have a lot to learn, and need tons of practice, but I am pretty excited about it.  I think Michael was worried that we had spent so much money on a camera, and I wouldn't take the time to use it properly.   Told him it was an investment!  ha! 



  1. Congratulations on your sweet new baby! I can't wait to follow you on your journey as a new mom:) I am a momma to be myself and I can't wait for next Christmas when she is here with us!

    1. Thank you! hopefully I won't scare you too much! haha JK! being a mom is the best thing I've ever done :)

  2. I found your blog from the link up.

    Your daughter is so cute! Oh, and you can tell your husband that I agree with you. Cameras are investments :-P

    1. Thank you so much for stopping by!! I will definitely check your blog too.

      And yes! I know he will be happy once she is older and we have beautiful pictures to look back on.

  3. Visiting from the link up! Your daughter is precious, I love that her name is Milly! I just recently bought a "fancy" camera and have been busy playing with the manual settings, I've got a lot to learn but it's a fun thing to learn!

  4. oh she is so sweet!! i love all the pictures of your sweet baby girl! i'm going to be a mom in about a month and a half so any advice is great :) I found you from five on friday and i can't wait to read more of your blog :) happy new year!

  5. Hi July! I'm Heather and I was wondering if you would be willing to answer a quick question about your blog! Please email me at Lifesabanquet1(at)gmail(dot)com :-)


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