Friday, November 20, 2015

Baby Hanlon Bump Update: Weeks 21-30

Andddd just like that, we only have 10 weeks (or less) to go until we get to hold our sweet little baby boy in our arms. In case you missed them, here is my Baby Hanlon Bump Update: Weeks 4-10 and Baby Hanlon Bump Update: Weeks 11-20.

with faith, love, & coffee,

kellie ann

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Baby Hanlon Bump Update: Weeks 11-20

How on earth are we already halfway to meeting our sweet little baby?! In case you missed it, here is Baby Hanlon Bump Update: Weeks 4-10. And to think I felt big at 8 weeks.....

with faith, love, & coffee,

kellie ann

Monday, July 27, 2015

No-Bake Peanut Butter, Oats, and Chocolate Chip Bites

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Hi everyone! So I recently posted a photo on instagram of my first legit pregnancy craving. And these guys were the culprit. A friend of mine posted the recipe for these No-Bake Energy Bites via Chew Out Loud (<-- click here for a link to the original recipe!) and it was literally all I could think about. I headed straight to the kitchen and gathered every ingredient I had that I thought would work and made a few substitutions to the original recipe based on my personal preferences and the availability of what I could find in my pantry. For all those who had been asking, here is the recipe for my adapted version (and let me tell you, they were EXACTLY what I had been craving-- two thumbs up for sure!)

1 cup dry, old-fashioned oats
½ cup creamy peanut butter
½ cup granola with flax seed (I used Kind Healthy Grains Cinnamon Oat Clusters)
⅔ cup chocolate chips
⅓ cup honey
1 tsp pure vanilla extract

1. In a large bowl, mix all ingredients together. Cover and chill in fridge for 30 minutes.
2. Roll the mixture into small balls and store in an airtight container. Keep refrigerated until you are ready to indulge (which in my case didn't take long....).
3. That's it! So easy and so delicious and semi-healthy and pregnancy-approved by this mama. I also heard they are kid-approved as well and I'm sure you could always sneak in some other healthy ingredients into these "cookies" for them as well (or for yourself if you find tricking yourself into eating healthy is the way to go ;) ).

Even our Lay was hoping she could get a taste they looked so good ;)

Bon appetit!

with faith, love, & coffee,

kellie ann

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

St. Thomas Family Photoshoot || July 2015

Last week we were able to spend an amazing 6 days just off the Caribbean Sea in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands with my family. My mom's main goal of the trip (aside from the obvious sunbathing, snorkeling, good eating, and relaxing) was to get some good photos of the fam for her Christmas card (hey, she likes to plan ahead). J got me a Canon Rebel T5 for this past Christmas that to be honest, I haven't used much yet. I'm so glad I brought it with me on this trip and was able to get some awesome shots of all of my favorite people. I plan to get a little more into photography and will hopefully start to make it a little more of a hobby. Here are some of my favorites from the shoot ☺

with faith, love, & coffee,

kellie ann

Saturday, July 11, 2015

DIY Personalized Onesies

If you know me well at all, you know I'm a huge fan of personalizing gifts for people and making them as meaningful and personal as possible. To be honest, I'm surprised these onesies didn't end up having photographs of each person's face plastered across the front of them, haha. When we announced our pregnancy to our family, I wanted to make sure I sent them home with a little keepsake from our little one (obviously made with the help of mama- that's me- because I'm pretty sure his/her fingers were still webbed at this point....). These personalized onesies were cute, affordable, and didn't take TOO long to make. In case you were planning on announcing something fun soon (whether it be a pregnancy or something else!), I thought I'd share with you a quick step-by-step on how I made these.

*all materials were purchased at Michaels, but I'm sure any craft store would have these supplies!
- fabric marker
- foam heart stickers (make sure it has a peel off back, otherwise you can buy foam pieces that are not stickers and use a hot glue gun to adhere them to the shirt OR you could try iron ons)
- a letter stencil kit (choose your font and depending on how often you think you might use it, they sell different thicknesses for multiple uses. I just went with the cheapest one and it lasted me my whole project!)
- onesies (ok, I lied- these were purchased at Meijer)
- piece of cardboard and clothespins (you should be able to find these at home!)

1. To make sure you have an even writing space on the onesie, and so the ink doesn't bleed through the front of the shirt, place the piece of cardboard inside the onesie and stretch it to the space where you want to write. Secure it with clothespins on all four corners.
2. Next. place the letter stencils on the shirt (if you can, line them up ahead of time to check the spacing), and then fill in each stencil with the fabric marker. Remove the stencil whenever you need to use that letter again, or once you have finished writing everything you need to.
3. Remove the backing from the foam heart sticker and place onto the shirt.
4. That's it! You're done! To be honest, I haven't tried washing these after making them, and I'm not sure that I will. I think they might be more of a keepsake than a "let baby wear me and spit up all over it" kind of thing. If I do decide to let him/her wear them, I'll get back to you on the cleaning part of this! Until then, let your family members enjoy their first gift from baby!

with faith, love, & coffee,

kellie ann

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Baby Hanlon Bump Update: Weeks 4-10

"That's our baby in there!!"
Hey everyone! Now that the news is out that We're Pregnant!, I thought I'd share some baby bump updates with you that I've been keeping secretly stashed away on my camera roll (only sharing with close family and friends of course!) up until now. I thought this would be a fun way to document our journey with our first little one and we hope you enjoy joining along! (ps. don't be alarmed by weeks 6 & 7 where it looks like there might as well be a full-sized baby in there... we're just gonna go ahead and blame those two weeks on bloating....)

with faith, love, & coffee,

kellie ann

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

How We Met: Our Engagement Video

Today over on Society Letters I am sharing some tips about online dating. I am obviouslyyyy an expert in this area considering this is where my husband, J, and I met ;) I thought I would share our engagement video with you to give a little more insight into how we met and life before our wedding! Enjoy :)

with faith, love, & coffee,

kellie ann

Saturday, July 4, 2015

We're Pregnant: Baby Hanlon Coming January 2016!!

Surprise!!! J and I are SO excited to finally announce to everyone that we are expecting our first little bundle of joy early next year! We got to see him/her earlier this week and we saw a heartbeat and even got some arm and leg wiggles :) 

Baby H is 9 weeks here and about the size of a grape :)
We surprised our family by telling them with our AMAZING wedding photographer & videographer (who are more our friends now than that!) J & E Fusion present and were able to get their reactions on film, plus some cute photos to boot.

Check out the video here:

Here are some of our favorites from the photo session:

We're so excited to have you along on this journey to parenthood with us! Until next time...

with faith, love, & coffee,

kellie ann
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