Hazel’s Placenta Tree

This past Saturday marked one year since we found out we were going to be parents… it’s hard to believe how much has changed in twelve short months.  This weekend we did something super special: we planted a placenta tree!

Before getting pregnant, I never thought much about placentas.  But once I was expecting, I became so grateful for the amazing organ that helped to grow and nourish my sweet babe.

Some people ditch their placentas right away, others choose to incapsulate them, and we decided to plant a special tree for Hazel that will grow as she grows, nourished by the same placenta that nourished her in the womb.  The tree we chose is a redwood, started from seed by my grandma.

My parents live on a beautiful piece of property (the place we got married!) and my dad found the perfect spot for the tree.  We gathered around on Sunday morning without realizing that it was exactly 16 weeks— almost to the minute— since Hazel Mae was born.  I was surprisingly emotional when the time came.  I stood there, breastfeeding my nearly 4 month old daughter, in awe of how far we had come since this time last year.

We took a photo of Hazel next to her little tree and plan to take another each year on her birthday, so we can watch them both grow.  (We tried to get her to look at the camera, but she wouldn’t stop staring at the tree!  hehe)

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Currently Obsessed With: Waffles and Honey

Oh my goodness, sweet readers, I have found my new favorite jewelry brand and I am totally smitten!  Have you heard of Waffles & Honey?

They’re a little San Francisco-based shop with the most beautiful accessories, featuring natural cut stones and 14k gold.  Their creations are somehow both totally timeless and right on trend.

I rocked their Amethyst Geode Necklace over the weekend and got at least a dozen compliments!  I was wearing the most casual outfit, but I slipped on this necklace and suddenly felt so put together… which is basically a new mom’s dream come true :)

Since their pieces are even more beautiful layered, I’m already on the hunt for my next W&H piece.  And you better believe that I’m gifting these gems to my lady friends over the holidays.

If you want to snag an item or two from this gorgeous collection, you’re in luck: Waffles & Honey is offering {blending beautiful} readers a 15% discount with the code BEAUTIFUL15!  (And don’t forget to check them out on Facebook for new shop updates and exclusive discounts.)

(This post is sponsored by Waffles & Honey, but all the sentiments are mine!  I truly adore this brand and appreciate your support of the sponsors that make {blending beautiful} possible.)

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Do you prioritize “girls only” time?

After you have a baby, it seems that everyone tells you to continue making time for your marriage.  ”Go out on dates without the baby,” they say.  ”Keep the lines of communication open.”  I could NOT agree with this sentiment more.  It is extraordinarily difficult to make time for romance when you’re exhausted, covered in spit up, and haven’t had a shower in three days.

I realized recently that after having a baby, it’s even harder to prioritize time with friends.  Besides the ladies in my new mom group, I pretty much see none of my old friends unless they come by to visit the baby.

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But on Monday, the most awesome thing ever happened.  I put Hazel to bed and instead of collapsing into a pit of exhaustion, I rallied.  I put on makeup and a cute outfit and met one of my best friends at a restaurant.  We had a drink (virgin for me, boo) and appetizers and chatted about relationships and girlie things and it was seriously SO awesome.  It felt like a vacation.  It felt like I was a real person for two hours and not just somebody’s mom.

I’d love to know what you ladies think about this.  Whether you’re a mom or not, do you find it hard to make time for your girlfriends?  Or do you have weekly/monthly hangouts planned?  Do you think it’s as important to make time for your ladies as it is for your relationship?

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An Exciting Announcement!

I have not been posting as much as I’d like to lately, but I promise I have a good excuse (besides the 3 month old that has been ruling the roost lately!)  I’ve been working hard setting up my Etsy shop, Heart of Hazel!

Heart of Hazel is a labor of love, inspired by my sweet Hazel Mae.  I’ve been making her lots of hair bows and headbands these past few months and have been having so much fun with it, I decided to turn it into a bona-fide little business.  Here’s a sneak peek of some of my creations…

You can browse the full selection on Etsy.  Heart of Hazel also has a Facebook page and Instagram feed featuring special discounts and giveaways, if you’re interested.  I’d love for you to check it out!

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Three Months Old!

Hazel Mae turned three months on Monday and I am officially ready for time to slow down.  It’s hard to believe that I got pregnant almost exactly a year ago and that now I am holding an adorable, squishy, giggling baby girl in my arms.

The last ten days or so have been pretty rough.  Hazel is making huge developmental leaps and has learned SO much the past couple weeks, which is really exciting.  But the downside of this is that her brain is ALWAYS stimulated and she is having a terrible time winding down to go to sleep.  Until a couple weeks ago, she had gotten into a great daytime napping rhythm and slept for about 5 hours total during the day.  Now, we’re lucky if we can get half of that.  And I often spend hours of my day trying to get her to sleep in the first place.

In all honesty, I’m pretty exhausted.  But somehow I still look at this gorgeous little creature with a heart full of love.  I can’t imagine my life without her.  She’s a blessing and a teacher and makes me smile through my tears.  I can’t wait to see what this next month brings.

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