Welcoming a baby…

We finally hit the halfway mark in this pregnancy and I’m a little shocked at how fast it is going! Finding out the gender is definitely one of my favorite parts.  Not just because of the gender, but also because the ultrasound is so special to see.  I love seeing how everything is forming, down to the chambers in the heart.  Listening to that sweet little heart beat while it pumps away is the most comforting thing.  I crave that, as I have mourned the absence of it with many of my close friends and family.  My heart always goes out to them.

Thankfully everything is looking great so far, and I couldn’t love this sweet babe any more!  M and V have been casting their votes on gender for months, and it has been pretty split.  That’s how Brian and I have felt also.  We will take what we get and be so happy about it! So far all three of my pregnancies have been very different from each other so it’s hard to predict based on that.  Doesn’t stop us from speculating though 🙂

Ok, enough lollygagging! Come end of April we are so excited to welcome a baby….

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GIRL!

Yes, a house full of girls! I actually wrote about some of my feelings on being a “girl maker” not too long ago. If you want to read it go HERE

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We decided for this reveal to just fully embrace the PINK!  Even Brian haha!  He grew up the only boy with four sisters so he is destined to be surrounded by girls forever.  He is an amazing dad and the girls already battle for his lap space and attention, so I’m not sure how he will fit another one in there.  I have faith he will figure it out 🙂 Just look how he juggles everything now!

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P.S. He’s such a good sport for letting me dye his hair pink haha what a guy!

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My talented friend Corrie Butler took these for us and she made it so fun! She just let us be our goofy selves and captured our chaos perfectly.  She is wonderful!View More: http://corriebutlerphotography.pass.us/poulsen-gender-revealView More: http://corriebutlerphotography.pass.us/poulsen-gender-reveal

We are so excited, and feel very blessed to have another sweet girl joining our family.  I also feel so blessed to have your love and support! I have been humbled by your kind words.  I’m just feeling grateful these days! Thank you for everything. XOView More: http://corriebutlerphotography.pass.us/poulsen-gender-revealView More: http://corriebutlerphotography.pass.us/poulsen-gender-revealView More: http://corriebutlerphotography.pass.us/poulsen-gender-revealView More: http://corriebutlerphotography.pass.us/poulsen-gender-reveal

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Adventurous Princesses

There is nothing quite like the enchantment of princesses for my little girls.  They love them!  I was worried when there was a large age gap between my girls that they wouldn’t ever be in the same phase of play, but they were both so excited to get their Angel Wish Princess in a Box! Immediately they wanted to be, in their words, “Adventurous princesses” and go exploring 🙂

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The Angel Wish Box is a little girl’s dream come true!  Each Princess in a Box contains this darling skirt, shirt, collar, crown, and wand.  They come in different color options and I honestly can’t pick a favorite!

This is such a great gift idea for birthdays or holidays, as well as for Halloween coming up! The quality is excellent too.  If you want to order one, go HERE and use code VIPANGEL50  for 50% off your box until October 15th!

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I’m a big fan of anything that sparks imagination and friendship in my girls.  I love that these darling outfits were able to encourage my adventurous princesses!  We will definitely be playing in them time and time again.  Thank you Angel Wish Box!

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Summer Reading

With school around the corner, I know I’m going to miss having Myla at home so much. This summer we have been working on her reading so she is fresh when she heads back into the classroom. One of my favorite things to see is her reading to Viv.  Viv will sit there all day long and listen to her! It is so sweet.

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We received these darling books from Bookroo and my girls LOVE them! They have board books and picture books available through monthly subscriptions.  They come wrapped up really cute, so opening them up is like Christmas! 8 (1 of 1)7 (1 of 1)

This month’s box came with two books.  Myla has been reading them non-stop! She even brings them on car rides with us 🙂 6 (1 of 1)

It is really sweet to see Myla improving in her reading skills.  The first time she read a book to me, I couldn’t help but tear up.  Some milestones just get me! It is amazing watching her grow up and I’m so grateful to be her mom.

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Check out Bookroo to bring a little more joy to your childrens’ life and help them love reading! Good luck with all things back to school! XO4 (1 of 1)3 (1 of 1)

Girl Maker

Being a “girl maker,” or mom of girls, is one of my favorite parts of my life.  No doubt, I would love boys too, but so far I’ve been dealt the girl card, and I’m pretty happy about it!  View More: http://staycsmartphotography.pass.us/boldbeautifullife

There are SO many things I have learned from raising my babes so far, and it’s clear to me everyday that I have so much more to learn.  I’m ok with that, though!  There are some important things I want my girls to glean. Being kind and compassionate, including to yourself, is a big one!  View More: http://staycsmartphotography.pass.us/boldbeautifullife

I loved this GIRL MAKER tee from Revol Roots because it connected to my heart.  It is made of the most comfortable material and I love how simple it is!  I wear it all the time!

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I’m going to get real here.  I’ve had to learn a few things the hard way, and as a result, my parenting style has changed quite a bit these last couple years.  I used to parent a lot out of fear.  Mainly fear that I wouldn’t teach them something they needed to know, or that they would grow up lacking some major component of life I hadn’t given them. I put so much unnecessary stress into my life everyday, even though my intentions were pure.  My stress, of course, was not helping my children to be carefree, happy, and confident like I wanted them to be.  Haha like I had been stressing to teach them to be! Thankfully, I hit my knees in prayer and was guided to some books that helped me come to a pretty clear realization…The only way for me to truly teach them, is for me to be what I want them to be.  It was daunting and overwhelming at first.  I was in a place where I knew I had a lot to work on, in many ways.  Being kind to myself was not even something I was comfortable with.  Looking back on it now, it’s hard to wrap my head around the daily thoughts and conversations I allowed to roll around in my brain, and even vocalize to myself.  No wonder I was feeling inadequate as a wife, mother, homemaker, daughter, sister, friend, etc.  Sadly, I was telling myself I was inadequate in almost every way with the hope that it would somehow motivate me to do better.  Hence the fear of not raising my girls “right.”View More: http://staycsmartphotography.pass.us/boldbeautifullife

It has taken daily prayer, and intentional action every single day for the last couple years, but I’m finally in a place where I am kind to myself.  I’m not perfect by any means, and I catch myself slipping all the time.  All it takes, though, is one look in my daughter’s eyes to bring me back. (Or my sweet husband not letting us leave until I appologize to myslef for the self-depreciating comment I made 🙂 )  The best and most effective way to teach, in my opinion, is by example.  I feel like one of the greatest gifts I, as a mother, can give my daughters is to embody the things I am trying to teach them.  At first it seemed selfish to me to put so much effort in my improvement, but it has made such a difference!

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Our home has become so much more relaxed and encouraging, the more confident I become in my imperfection.  I want my girls to know how beautiful and special they are, be confident, and the rest will come! I love being a GIRL MAKER!Girl maker t shirt- gray v neck! Girl mom shirt!

Have a wonderful week! XO

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Scalloped Details

There is nothing better than hanging with my girls! I love their cute little personalities and getting to spend every day with them.  I also love wearing things that make it easy to be comfortable to play around with them! Enter, this top!Scalloped top from Brick and Main! Lovely short sleeved shirt with feminine detail!

Nothing beats a top that is functional and darling! Little details really make a big difference in my opinion. The scallops on this top from Brick + Main are my favorite! The sleeves and length are also perfection.  View More: http://staycsmartphotography.pass.us/boldbeautifullife

My sweet Myla has so much energy and her silliness is contagious! I just love joking around with her.  If only I could bottle her up haha!View More: http://staycsmartphotography.pass.us/boldbeautifullifeView More: http://staycsmartphotography.pass.us/boldbeautifullife

I learn all my crazy faces from her!  Give them a shot, a good silly face can totally brighten your day 🙂

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Hope you have an amazing week! Head to Brick + Main for the cutest clothes.  I seriously love them all!  XO

Family Hike with Cariloha

Growing up, I remember dreading any time I had to go on a hike.  Ha I don’t really know why, I was probably just being lazy.  It always ended up being worth it to go!  Well, fast forward to now and I love hiking.  Not sure when the switch happened, but I’m glad it did.  Thankfully, my girls also love it!  Even though they are small, that is one of their favorite family activities.

When I got these new pieces from Cariloha’s Bamboo Fit collection, we thought it would be fun to shoot them at one of our favorite family hiking spots.  It is so beautiful there, and of course, the girls were excited to go!cariloha3

The pants, tank, and hoodie that I’m wearing are all made from bamboo!  I remember going into  a Cariloha store at one of our cruise ports in the Caribean.  Everything in the store is so soft! That is how these pieces are as well.  I wear this hoodie every chance I get.  It is very lightweight, so it has been perfect for the spring!

Women's athletic wear. Hiking clothes, capri leggings, tank, and lightweight hoodie.

These pants are also very soft, but honestly, a little thin for me.  I ended up wearing some little shorts under them and it worked great.  They do have a neat cooling effect that has made them really comfortable to run and hike in, especially in the afternoon heat! Cariloha has lots of options for clothing for the whole family, as well as bedding, bath, and more.  All of it is incredibly soft!

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I have taken a yoga class up here one time, and I feel like it is such an empowering place to practice.  All the beauty around helps me feel grounded, and grateful.

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Myla and I tried to do a pose together haha but we ended up just laughing instead!

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We had so much fun on our family hike.  I’m grateful for my cute monkeys, and our fun adventures!  Enjoy your week, hope it’s an amazing one XO

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Family Pictures, Lavender, and Heat

Oh my! My poor family.  I love getting family pictures done, so I do it often. My husband is very patient with me and is usually a good sport about it (for the first half at least) Myla lives to pose for a camera, so we are golden there, and Vivian is just sweet and whatever happens, happens.  No way she was going to give me a big smile, though.  Not happening.  My good friend Johanna takes our pictures, and has for years, so we always come up with some cool place we want to try next. She came up with the idea of this beautiful lavender field.  I loved it so we planned it all out.  Well, turns out there is a small window of time that the lavender is in bloom, so we had to take our pics in July.  It was so hot.  Like SO hot.  109 degrees.  We had to take a break in the middle of pictures to go sit in the air conditioned car.  Haha my poor family, WE WILL TAKE PICTURES! They are sweet, less sweet in 109 degrees and dripping from sweat, but still sweet and I love them.

Photos by Johanna Hallenberger

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Little Head to Toe GIVEAWAY!

 

I have yet to find a person that doesn’t think baby shoes are the cutest ever.  They just are. I love them, but I have a hard time keeping them on Viv’s feet.  She will kick and pull on them until she gets them off!  BUUUT…not these cute little shoes from Little Head to Toe!  She wears them all day and loves it.  I don’t blame her.  They look amazingly comfortable, and adorable. What more could she want from shoes!?

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Chanel from Little Head to Toe just launched her fall line and there are so many darling designs.  Also, she is the sweetest! I am hosting a GIVEAWAY with her for one lucky winner to get their very own pair of shoes.  Head over to my instagram (@savanahpoulsen) to enter! Hurry though, it ends tomorrow night!

Also, click HERE to check out Little Head to Toe and use code “BBLIFE” to get 10% off your order!

 

Saturday Market

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We had such a fun weekend with our friends Morgan and BreAna! We stayed up way too late, and crammed way too much in, but it was totally worth it.  On Saturday morning we went to the downtown market.  I love all the beautiful local produce and flowers, unique vendors, and delicious treats!  Whenever I know there will be lots of people, maneuvering, crossing the street, etc. I always make sure I have my Happy Wrap for Viv.  I seriously think I have worn this wrap for hundreds of hours over the last ten months.  Viv still fits great in it, and it’s so comfortable.  Also, nothing better than having a sweet baby near you!  As she has gotten older, however, she doesn’t sleep as much in the wrap and needs something to keep her busy.  That’s why I’m also grateful I have our LouLou Lollipop teething necklaces!  As long as she has them to chew on, she is a happy little camper.  Plus, they have gone through testing and regulations in US and Canada to ensure they are legally safe for your little one!

I know she won’t be little long, so I’m going to soak up every minute!

Happy Sunday!

Photos by BreAna Thomas…and a couple from my husbands phone haha

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The Golden Polka Dot: Headwraps and More

Last month I went to a cute market where I met Martha from The Golden Polka Dot.  She was so darling and had tons of cute headbands, moccasins, bow ties, bibs, etc for babies! She told me she and her husband are saving for fertility treatments.  I love being able to help support such a great girl and worthy cause! She is running lots of fun promotions and gave me a coupon code to extend to you.

Click here and use the code “youaregreat” for 20% off your order!

Check out her cute site and pick up some fun things!

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Viv’s headband ℅ The Golden Polka Dot