10.17.17

{Part Four} How to balance motherhood, blogging and Instagram

Hello friends, I feel like this is a topic that is not talked about enough and I couldn’t be more excited to be collaborating with so many of my favorite bloggers and friends in real life!

If you’re new here, here’s the scoop. Once a month, our group of amazing and inspiring mamas will answer the same set of questions to do with blogging, Instagram, photography, collaborations, sponsored posts, balancing it all with motherhood, and more. We each have different perspectives and different opinions, so this is a fun way to learn from one another. We hope you’ll join along! Check out the hashtag #themomblogcollective to see everyone on Instagram, and I will also link you to all of the amazing blog posts here at the bottom of my post!

How do you balance motherhood and posting on Instagram and your blog?

I think this is a really good question we probably all wonder about and question with some of our favorite bloggers we scroll through daily. Do they just do it all and be it all so effortlessly all the time? The answer is definitely “NO.” Just like any other momma out there I have good and challenging days. I have days where I feel like balance is my best friend and other days where I can’t seem to figure out how to be present with my children and get my work done, and complete deadlines for sponsored posts! Especially on the days my daughter is fighting naps and or sleeping very little 😉 My best piece of advice is to figure out what your priorities are with Instagram and blogging. For me Instagram has turned into a source of income for my family I never thought imaginable. It has created a way to for me to be home with my babies, present with their milestones and everyday smiles. It has created a way for me to be creative, share my heart through writing, and share about things I find interesting and helpful all while making a monthly income that supports our lifestyle. So for me sometimes I can’t take a lot of time commenting and engaging with all of my favorite accounts simply because I don’t have the time. Most of my time that is carved out goes to editing and submitting content for sponsored/paid posts. If I ever do get some extra time I like to catch up with my friends and favorite accounts giving them as much love as I can. But just like any job it has it’s ups and downs. Some days I feel very uninspired while other days I have a lot of inspiration. For me I have created somewhat of a loose schedule for my work.

How do you work Instagram into your daily schedule?

When all three of us go to the gym in the mornings I take that time to catch up and respond to emails, edit photos, and write captions that can easily be copied and pasted into my notes for sponsored posts so they are ready to go when I need to meet a deadline. In the afternoon when the girls are having quiet times I catch up on household things and generally tie up any other things I need to get done such as blogging, editing, or communication with companies and friends on Instagram. It’s definelty a balancing act I will be trying to find for awhile. As with any job some days I have to finish up my work when the girls go to bed, but I try to do that as little as possible as I like to put my phone away after dinner to read, watch a show, and spend time with my husband.

How often do you post to Instagram?

I usually post everyday with the exception of weekends. If I am feeling overwhelmed and have gotten all deadlines posted I will take a break and come back on a Monday.

How many collaborations do you take on in one week or a month?

I would say generally I take on about two-three collaborations a week just depending on the flow and feel of my week! Lately I have been taking on more paid sponsored posts and very few unpaid so that I can better manage my time and also have time and inspiration to post what’s on my heart or a photo that is sentimental to me. Month to month it’s always different, but one thing I feel strongly about is only sharing products I genuinely love and use as well as my family! For me two to three collaborations a week feels balanced as I can still have room to post things on my heart or photos that make me smile.

Thanks so much for reading, I have linked all the other blogs below! Be sure to check them out as these mommas have so much wisdom and talent when it comes to motherhood and blogging!

The girls are dressed in Tea collection apparel to shop these wallpaper party dresses Click here!

———-

occasionallyperfectstyle.com | @occasionally_perfect

mrsseacannon.com | @mrsseacannon

britthavens.com | @britthavens

koleimpressions.com | @steph__pollock

cultivatemotherhood.com | @cultivatemotherhood

www.ashleynoel.life | @_ashley_noel_

hellobabybrown.com | @hellobabybrown

thelovedesignedlife.com | @thelovedesignedlife

our guests this week:

henaandcompany.com | @henaandco

momwifefoodie.com | @momwifefoodie

amandapahls.com | @amandapahls

09.21.17

You were made for meaningful connection. 

Dear Beatrice and Elouise, did you know you were made for meaningful and purposeful connection? That love is meant to be soulful and ablaze with passion? Did you know that freedom to be yourselves is a gift that was given to you before the beginning of time? Did you know that life is meant to be felt deeply, softly, and wholeheartedly? I hope and dream for you two to find great purpose in serving others and caring deeply for their needs. I pray and dream that you will never question your abilities to conquer challenges, your strength to lean into pain, or your courage to be who you were designed to be. I pray you never spend your days at the alter of productivity and striving just to prove that you can keep up with the hustle and fast pace of life our culture begs us to have. Instead I hope you will lead a culture that seeks rest, peace from within, sharing meaningful connections with others, sharing kindness, vulnerability, and welcoming people with open arms through hospitality and acceptance. I dream for you to raise up a culture that seeks out meaningful living, truth, passion, and real self love. Letting go of the false hope that you can do and be all to everyone. Instead hold on to the power of what you know your body needs to be fueled and nourished in this life. Hold on to what makes your heart flutter, hold on to what your body needs and craves, hold on to what is meaningful and good in this life. May you nourish the softest parts of your souls by giving space and time a chance to find hold ground in your hearts. Giving peace and joy a chance to flood in and cover the areas of hopelessness and sorrow. I hope you say YES to a life that is present and fully aware of the beauty and need for your unique selfs. I love you more than life itself. I just know that you both will be the brightest light shining through the trees, illuminating kindness, courage, and beauty in the face of darkness. The girls and I are dressed in MIEN. This beautiful shop out of California uses only organic cotton and hand dyes all of their clothing. This collection is responsibly made in the USA which is pretty amazing if you ask me! The clothing is beyond comfortable, versatile, and fitting for day wear/evening. 

Women’s collection pictured: Lakeside wide leg jumper in zinc, Maven open side tunic, Lakeside wide leg culottes Shop this look here!

Madrid low woven clogs: Sandgren Clogs
Mini collection featured on Bea and Elouise: Mini pinefore dresses is color terra-cotta and zinc grey. Shop this look here!

Xo,

Sophia 

09.18.17

Nourishing from the inside out.

Self care…we all are aware that this is an essential part of nourishing our bodies and souls but all too often life is full of anxiety, to-do lists, and on the go activities that leave us sometimes feeling alone and fully exhausted mentally and physically. I’ve been very aware of the feelings and emotions after going through a rough month of anxiety attacks that were brought on by insomnia. I personally have never experienced insomnia until a couple months ago and I hope I never experience it again. I was dealing with some fears and worries personally that lead me to sleepless nights, a brain that couldn’t shut down, and feelings of exhaustion and stress I’ve never felt so strongly before. Maybe this is you. Maybe you feel like life is moving along at lightening speed. You feel tired, alone in your anxiety, and want to give yourself the self care you know you need but you don’t know how. It took me some time and deep reflection to truly listen to what my body was needing/still needing to this day  and what would get me back on track. 

Here’s a few things I personally did to make sure that I was taking care of my whole self and finding the helpful tools to set my mind at peace. 

1) Go to your Dr. tell them the ways in which you are struggling. My dr recommended adding magnesium to my diet, as magnesium is a natural supplement that supports energy levels, sleep, and anxiety. Magnesium activates over 300 enzyme reactions in the body, translating to thousands of biochemical reactions happening on a constant basis daily. Magnesium is crucial to nerve transmission, muscle contraction, blood coagulation, energy production, nutrient metabolism and bone and cell formation. Basically every person could benefit from magnesium in their everyday diet! I am so thankful I found Natural Calm it’s a powder form of magnesium that easily dissolves into hot water or cold water. They have quite a few flavors but my favorite being the lemon raspberry! I like to add fresh lemon juice and ice and take it with me on the go.

2) Reach out to friends and family close to you that could understand or empathize with you and offer support. Be open and let them know you are struggling. This takes courage but it’s really important in your journey to remember self care for yourself. 

3) My dr recommended buying a journal and journaling all of my fears and concerns. Good or bad get them written down on paper every night and then close that journal and be done with it for the day. 

4)Turn your phone off at a designated time you pick for yourself every night. Do something instead that gives your body rest and relaxation. For me I take a lavender, epsom salt bath every night before bed. I light a candle and turn the light off and soak in silence. This has helped my body and mind reprogram back to restful sleep and peace.

5) Meditate on positive things such a scripture, poems, music that you find inspiring. Repeat mantras such as “I am worthy and deserving of self care” maybe you repeat that ten times a day or more until those words start to resonate with who you are instead what you think you aren’t in the moment. 

6) Practice gentleness. Gentleness is what we need to truly grasp what beautiful and worthy humans we truly are. Gentleness is full of grace and love for a body that serves us and works for us everyday to heal and nourish the deepest parts of our souls. Reach deep inside and you will find strength and wisdom that have been there from the start. Dust off the parts of you that feel frail, tired, and insecure. Let the sun shine in and illuminate the beautiful and soft parts of you. Let your body be nourished by what is good and truthful in your life. Give yourself permission to feel silence, to feel the calm, to feel the sensations of the body when self care is truly in place. 


How do you practice self care?
Xo,
Sophia 

09.09.17

#Momsdopalms Trip

This past week I had the pleasure of meeting some amazing Instagram bloggers in real life that I met online nearly a year ago. Flying in from all over the US we met up at the sweetest getaway house in Palm Springs for a week of fun in the sun! I seriously am better and richer for knowing these sweet women and feel so grateful for the time away I had with them. Palm Springs was such a fun experience with all the cactus, brightly colored doors, and delicious food. I left these women and house feeling refreshed with a full heart and huge smile. Our accommodations at @thewkndhouse was nothing short of perfect. You will find the modern inspired, fun, eclectic home welcoming from the moment you step in and fall in love with the gorgeous blue door, different themed bedrooms, and amazing pool yard. Swimwear by @kortnijeane

To book the Weekend house AirBnB click here!

Until next time Palm Springs…

Xo,

Sophia 

09.06.17

(Part 3) Tips for better photography & A cohesive Instagram feed :

So happy to be sharing Part three with the loveliest group of bloggers and social influencers to share a new series I have started here on my blog called #TheMomBlogCollective. Twice a month, a group of 10 of us will be sharing a blog post on the same topic — related to blogging, instagram, working with brands, making money, photography, motherhood and more. More than almost anything else, each of us get asked how we started blogging, what tips we have for someone looking to start, how to work with companies for sponsored posts and more, so those questions are the starting point for our series! Today’s topic will cover editing, apps, and tips for creating a cohesive feed.

Share a little about your Instagram feed and style what is the look you go for and why?

I’ve always been drawn to a more earthy, organic, moody feel when it comes to my photos and the esthetic feel of my instagram. I feel I’ve achieved this best by trial and error. I’ve tried many different filters and many different apps for editing my photos. But when I finally picked the filter and editing apps I felt was in line with my style and look I started using that for every photo. I also started paying more attention to my color scheme and asking myself what colors i’m drawn too. 

How do you create a cohesive feed on Instagram:

I like to think about the colors and tones that will appear on my feed. I generally stick with green, white, cream, and some pops of grey and blue. I also always use the same editing apps and filter to keep each photo cohesive with the next. I find planning apps very useful when your trying to keep a cohesive feed. Right now I use Planoly, that way I can see my photos in front of me and can see where to place my next photo! I think it’s incredibly helpful and essential for keeping things true to your style and esthetic on your feed. Below is a photo of my feed and the colors I have talked about above!


 What do you use to take your photos and how do you typically edit them apps filters tips:

I have always used my phone which is an iPhone 7. I find that it’s easily accessible to me and easy to use for everyday use when I’m out and about. I have three apps I use to edit in this order: First being Filmborn (this brightens a photo that is dark , but I use it for every photo I edit regardless if it’s dark or not) the next would be Snapseed for this app I use the exposure and sharpening tools. I love the exposure because I can darken or brighten a pair of jeans for instance or make my lip color darker or lighter. It’s also amazing for sharpening your photo, making it more clear and defined. The third app I use is VSCO which offers many different choices with filters. Some you can purchase but most are free. Find one that fits with your color scheme and stick with it. Here below I will show an example of using Filmborn to brighten a photo! The one on the right is a bit darker. Because of that I simply used kodak P160 to brighten up this image and then used the sharpening tool/brightening tool. It’s a subtle difference but makes the image pop and feel lighter and more fresh. 



Below is an example of using the Snapseed app for exposure and  sharpening (I used the exposure to help the framed photos in the back pop out more as well as darkening the paint color as it was washed out a bit. I also used the exposure to bring out the flowers in Beatrice’s dress and added some rosy cheeks. After that I used the vsco filter for the finished photo! 


How do you get your kids to participate and smile for the camera ?

Haa! This can sometimes be tricky with my four year old as she has to be in the right mood to participate and have fun with it! Elouise on the other hand is easier to photograph right now except that she started walking lol and is so quick! I’ve found lollipops to be the best way to get some pretty darn cute photos lol of the both of them together. They usually last for a good 5 min 😉 I try to be as playful as I can and not to serious! Beatrice understandable that brands send us stuff to take photos in and she enjoys getting packages in the mail so that helps a lot!

Please feel free to comment with any additional questions my friends! I hope you found this helpful and will incorporate this into your next editing session 🙂

Also be sure to visit these links below for more amazing advice from other bloggers from the #momblogcollective!

Blogs and IG handles:

You can find links to all of the other blog posts below:

darlingnightingale.com | @darlingnightingale
occasionallyperfectstyle.com | @occasionally_perfect
mrsseacannon.com | @mrsseacannon
britthavens.com | @britthavens
koleimpressions.com | @steph__pollock
cultivatemotherhood.com | @cultivatemotherhood
www.ashleynoel.life | @_ashley_noel_
hellobabybrown.com | @hellobabybrown
www.a-blessed-nest.com | @blessednestblog
thelovedesignedlife.com | @thelovedesignedlife
www.helloerin.com | @helloerinv
hopefeathersphotography.com | @hopefeathers
psimfromthemidwest.com | @hollynbaron
Xo,

Sophia 

08.30.17

•Home is my heart and soul•


My dream is for my home to be a place where all are welcome, treated with kindness and hospitality. That my table will gather people over coffee, homemade soup, chocolate chip cookies, dim candles, and soft music in the background. I hope the smells, the feeling, and peace will leave a mark on someone’s heart and bring them back for many memories and moments of laughter and vulnerability. 

I am truly delighted to be sharing my living space with you all today. This space was crafted to be a cozy, inviting, and a place to gather my family and friends. My hope was to create a calm space that truly encompasses all the important features of a living space such as, cozy pillows, flowers, green plants, dim lighting, and soft tones of green, white, and cream. My theme was “soft and earthy.”

 This space reminds me of everything I love and hold dear in my life. Which would include: nature, my family, plants, florals, a big comfortable couch, and cozy pillows to lay on with my babes. 


I was so honored to work with a few really special shops that put a lot of time, talent, and creativity into their gorgeous products. I have listed all the links to shop my living space below:) 

Do you have a living space that needs some freshening up?! I hope this blog post inspires you and gives you the desire to create a home that is warm, calm, and full of everything that makes you happy and full about life. 

Shop my living space!

Custom Framed floral prints found at: https://simplyframed.com/ @simplyframed

A little bit about Simply Framed. They pay attention to detail and communicated with me the whole time. They hand stamp all of their finished frames and it gives it such a personal touch!

Floral herb garden pillows found at: https://junedecember.com/ @juneanddecember

June and December have an Etsy shop that will make you swoon from the moment you see it. It’s truly a unique and gorgeous spread of items they have made so beautifully. Lots of earthy, floral inspired goods to brighten up anyone’s space. 

Hand stained wooden plant stand found at:https://www.etsy.com/shop/SimonAndMouse @simonandmouse

Simon and Mouse have a beautiful Etsy shop that incorporates a clean and mid century style when it comes to their handmade plant holders. You can customize by choosing your favorite stain whether that be light or bold as well as the size! 

Handmade coffee table: http://www.gathertableco.com/

Grey and white area rug: http://like2b.uy/allmodern@allmodern

White leather “L” shaped couch/black pendant hanging lights: IKEA 

Behr Paint wall color in: Flat eggshell “forest path”

Xo,

Sophia 

08.15.17

How to build your online community and establish your brand. 

So happy to be sharing Part two with the loveliest group of bloggers and social influencers to share a new series I have started here on my blog called #TheMomBlogCollective. Twice a month, a group of 10 of us will be sharing a blog post on the same topic — related to blogging, instagram, working with brands, making money, photography, motherhood and more. More than almost anything else, each of us get asked how we started blogging, what tips we have for someone looking to start, how to work with companies for sponsored posts and more, so those questions are the starting point for our series. 

So today we are talking about “building an online community and establishing your brand.” I have below a little Q&A! Feel free to comment or message me with any other questions you may have. 

How do you define your brand for a blog and instagram and how did you create it?

I think Defining and creating your brand can feel intimidating at first when there are so many directions one can go! When I think of the word “brand” I define it as this: A brand is something that is true to your passions, style, lifestyle, and the way you think. It differentiates you from another because it’s different, fully YOU, and unique in a way that “no one can ever be you, ” so go crazy and define who you are..Having a defined brand in place will attract new and engaged followers to keep coming back because they know what they will get from you each time they come to your feed. 

 When I first started my Instagram and blog I knew I wanted to create a brand that felt true to who I am and my style. I wanted to draw my audience in with writings that would captivate their hearts, and touch something deep inside their souls. I knew I wanted to create beautiful images that showed our love for nature, organic living, decor, and style whether that be for myself or my daughters. My brand started to become more clear the second year of starting my blog and Instagram. I began to see a pattern of what my followers liked out of my posts and the also the types of posts that were not attention grabbing. My advice for anyone starting out with a new blog or Instagram would be to first: establish your brand, write down what makes you “YOU.” Think about what colors/filters will show off your style, creativity, and grab another’s attention. Think about what you could put in your bio that would explain who you are in one short sentence the first time someone comes across your feed. Think about what will be unique and different from others. And go for it!
How did you start gaining followers in an organic way?
Once I started establishing my brand and started to feel more comfortable with the flow and creativity of my feed and blog, I then chose one filter for all images that I felt reflected the tones and colors I wanted portrayed in my feed. When it comes to growing your Instagram organically my best advice to anyone starting out is to ENGAGE. Engage with the followers you already have and engage with new feeds you find inspiring and draw you in. Growing your Instagram organically can feel slow at times but I think it’s definitely worth the effort in the long run. Just like any job it takes time to get to the know the people that love your brand and find your blog inspiring. Make sure to connect with your followers in a genuine and supportive way. 

Why is it important to engage with your following?
Engaging with your followers is going to be the best way to build your brand and set yourself up for success. The best way to do this is very simple: start commenting and liking other people’s photos. When you find someone you connect with and love, make sure you are supporting them by liking and commenting on their posts. As you start to gain new followers a good trick is to save one of their photos so you don’t forget who is following you. That way each week you can go back to the photos you have saved and remember to connect/engage with these creatives. This is also a great way to find support and friendships on Instagram where it becomes more than just a like or comment. You will find genuine relationship where you both are supporting another’s passions and dreams. Because we all have them and want to see them flourish. 

How have I built a community on Instagram

Building a community/support through Instagram is essential if you plan on building a successful brand for yourself, working with other brands, and bringing in an income for your family. I have met so many beautiful women on this social creative space that have taught me beautiful things, reminded me of strength I’d forgotten I had, and lifted my spirits with support and genuine love when I needed it the most. This community of people that stand by and support me has only come with time, engagement, and truly caring about the people that follow along my journey as a mother. As you build your brand remember that you will need to establish a community of like minded women and men that will support you and love you for who you are. Growing an Instagram organically versus buying your followers is so worth it in the end. It’s worth the extra time and energy because you will be creating more than just followers, you are forming a community, a tribe of support, a love for who you are and the dreams you are making come true for you and your family. Remember that each person that takes the time to follow and engage with you on your social media has passions, and feelings too. Be sure to follow along their special journey and provide support and love to them as well. This will in return create more engaging feed and blog for future followers to follow you and again will create that community of trust and support every mother and women needs.

Be sure to check out the other blogs and get some super awesome insight and other perspectives on these same questions!

Blogs and IG handles:

darlingnightingale.com | @darlingnightingale
occasionallyperfect.com | @occasionally_perfect
mrsseacannon.com | @mrsseacannon
britthavens.com | @britthavens
koleimpressions.com | @steph__pollock
cultivatemotherhood.com | @cultivatemotherhood
www.ashleynoel.life | @_ashley_noel_
hellobabybrown.com | @hellobabybrown
www.a-blessed-nest.com | @blessednestblog
thelovedesignedlife.com | @thelovedesignedlife
kristlesclarity.com | @hereyeswereolivegreen
@amylouhawthorne

Xo,
Sophia 

08.04.17

Elouise’s•first•birthday•party

The happiest birthday to my sweet and beloved Elouise! The love we have for you is something fierce and indescribable. I hope you grow up strong and chase the wonder of your imagination. I hope you find this life exceptionally beautiful with many opportunities to show kindness and love towards others. I hope purpose and connection draw you deeper into the places you will go and see and find along the way. You have made me the happiest mama I could ever be! Last weekend we celebrated Elouise birthday in our front yard with lots of friends and family. My theme for her first birthday party was a lemonade stand inspired by all bohemian decor and a natural/organic feel. I foraged many wild flowers and plants and made my own bouquets for the long style table, along with decorating the tiny budnt cakes with delicate white chamomile flowers and fresh greens. The kids had so much fun serving the lemonade and running around in the grass. 

Elouise was very much in love with her vanilla bundt cake topped with vanilla cream cheese frosting that I made myself! Where to find the decorations from Elouise first birthday: 

Rose gold balloons, “one” cupcakes toppers, and the darling hanging tassel strand are from an amazing party shop called @magnoliabloomboutique. She has many colors, themes, and amazing party supplies to make for a beautifully styled party. 

https://www.etsy.com/shop/MagnoliaBloomBtq
The Floral plates and peach tassel garland come from a beautiful shop named @bellablushco Pictured is the “liberty collection” complete with matching cake plates and scalloped napkins. 

https://www.etsy.com/shop/bellablushco

My talented husband built this table for me with the remains of the decking we have pulled out. He sprayed the lemonade stand and the table give it a fresh look for the party! Thank you honey😘

Thank for stopping by!

Xo,

Sophia 

08.01.17

Top five tips on how to start a Blog and Instagram

So many of you have personally messaged me in regards to starting a blog, instragram feed, and everything in between. In hopes of giving you all the information and advice you’ve hoped for I have joined the loveliest group of bloggers and social influencers to share a new series I am starting here on my blog called #TheMomBlogCollective. Twice a month, a group of 10 of us will be sharing a blog post on the same topic — related to blogging, instagram, working with brands, making money, photography, motherhood and more. More than almost anything else, each of us get asked how we started blogging, what tips we have for someone looking to start, how to work with companies for sponsored posts and more, so those questions are the starting point for our series. 


Each month we will feature different guest bloggers in addition to our core 10. My favorite part is that while we will all be answering the same questions and writing about the same topics, it will give each of you a wide variety of perspectives. We each have a different blogging style, photography style, schedule and more so it will be a great opportunity to read everyone’s posts and then figure out what works best for you. And if you have a topic you’d love to get an answer to in our series, search the hashtag #TheMomBlogCollective on instagram and comment on any one of our photos under that hashtag to let us know! You can also leave comments on our blog posts.

To kick off the series, we’ll each be sharing our Top 5 Tips on Starting a Blog and Instagram Account
#TheMomBlogCollective, where twice a month on our blogs we all answer the same question related to blogging, Instagram, earning money through Instagram, or motherhood and then cross promote it on Instagram. Today’s topic will cover my five personal tips for starting an Instagram and blog: 
My five personal tips:

1) First set up an Instagram handle that is catchy and true to YOU. Think about what you’re passionate about, what type of audience you want to draw in, and what kind of “feel” will your feed have? Write all of those things down and begin to form a name, a cohesive flow with your photos, and give something creative to your followers that will keep them coming back for more.

2) Figure out which hashtags are trending and what ones gain the most attention. Hashtags are very important and should never be repetitive if you want to gain more exposure. Google “top trending” hashtags if you feel you’re not sure where to start. Instagram allows you up to 30 hashtags per post, so go crazy;)

3) Captivate your audience’s attention with meaningful captions for each photo you post! Think of quotes that inspire you, questions you have for your followers, and different things that brighten your day or would encourage another. People are much more likely to engage with you if they have something to respond to like a question or something that feels relatable. This also creates a closer connection with your followers, and allows you to get to know them on a more personal level. 

4) If you are looking to start a blog along with your insta feed you will need to purchase a domain and host for your sight! Purchasing a domain and host is fairly inexpensive and easily set up! If you’re looking to just start something simple and small ‘WordPress’ has a free version for your use. (This is what I started with) As you are new at blogging you may find inspiration and what your going after by checking out other blogs you love and find inspiring. Take note of what you like about their content and what draws in your attention. These details will help you create your own blog that is meaningful and creative. 

5) When creating a blog keep it true to your style and the way your Instagram feels and looks! I set up a template through WordPress that was full of wildflowers and soft tones. Write about what you care about, what inspires you, what brands you love, and whatever your heart tells you. Stay true to YOU and others will be drawn to SOMETHING different and unique. 

You can find all the other blog posts linked below:

A Blessed Nest | @blessednestblog  Ashley Noel | @_ashley_noel_ Britt Havens | @britthavens  Darling Nightingale | @darlingnightingale Kole Impressions Blog | @steph__pollock Hello Baby Brown | @hellobabybrown Mrs Seacannon | @mrsseacannon Occasionally Perfect | @occasionally_perfect The Love Designed Life | @thelovedesignedlife 

Have any questions? Drop a comment or DM me and I’d be happy to give some advice!
Xo,
Sophia

07.31.17

Back•to•school•with•Boomdash

Can you believe summer is almost coming to an end and soon we will be back in the full swing of school schedules and packing lunches? Crazy! If you’re like me back to school shopping sneaks up out of nowhere and I can’t help but feel a little overwhelmed with all the different shops out there. Beatrice is such a girly girl, she loves anything sparkly, bedazzled, purses, and pink of course. As her momma I really strive to let her be who she is and let her take part in what she feels her “style” is! I love that she is bold, kind, sassy, and confident since the day she was born. These two outfits that she picked showcase her creative style and love for life. 



Recently we partnered with Boomdash [http://bit.ly/2vGx852], a one-stop shopping and parenting destination for the modern mom and dad to browse their favorite brands and discover new ones, receive customized style recommendations, and complete purchases across multiple stores in one shopping cart. It’s a personalized shopping experience that makes my life easier and allows me to spend more time enjoying the best parts of parenting Beatrice and Elouise! I was so happy with all the different brands of children’s clothes and had such a fun time picking out different styles with Beatrice that fit her sparkly personality. 


If you’re a busy parent and need some help with back to school consider checking out Boomdash!


 You can sign up for an account right on Boomdash by taking a short quiz about your child’s age, size, and style preferences so that they can match his/her personality with the best outfits. When you are logged in and browsing, Boomdash will filter your shopping experience based on what your child likes. How cool is that?!

To shop these styled pictures below click these links:

Petit Bateau, Girls Print Dress: http://bit.ly/2vTNKFA
Splendid, Tie Dye Romper: http://bit.ly/2uqBBdA



Xo,

Sophia