baby · faith · family

a word for 2017

bringing a baby into the world was undoubtedly the highlight of 2016 (and our lives!), but i’m taken by surprise when i look back at everything else we were able to accomplish this past year. between traveling, renovations, lacrosse commitments, finally opening my own little etsy shop, adding abigail into the mix and trying to figure out my new normal as a stay at home mama… our year was very full.

we couldn’t be more lucky in the baby department and i have loved every second since she was born, even the super-frustrating, both crying, seriously exhausted moments. one of my struggles has been (and i’m sure other parents can relate) feeling like i am not doing enough. when you have a baby that is on the move at not even six months old, your cleaning routine, meal prep and work schedule take a backseat to constantly following this itty bitty human around who refuses to stay still. it’s a lot – but not – at the same time. strange feeling, for sure. i need to work on giving myself grace instead of dwelling on every little “failure” that didn’t get crossed off the checklist.

my word for 2016 was C A L M. at the very least, i tried. but the pressures and anxieties that come with being a mom just wasn’t something i could have prepared myself for.

which leads me to 2017 and what i hope for the year ahead. i hope to be more F A I T H F U L. i know that leaning on Him is the key to a calmer, more simple and content life. instead of viewing my faith as a task to be squeezed into a busy schedule, this year i want to strive for making my faith a way of life.

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bunches handmade flower co.

happy monday! it feels like forever since i’ve had time to update the blog and that’s because i’ve been working so hard on a new venture that i couldn’t be more excited about.

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i’ve always admired people who have a craft and were able to turn it into a business (like my sister!) and have spent many nights wondering how i could make that work for me. i don’t knit, i don’t sew, i don’t have superior graphic design skills. i love flowers, i love vintage, i love photography. how could i combine all three into one fun project to focus on?

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i absolutely loved my job at the flower shop and miss it. then i realized that because i am at home with abigail right now, it would make more sense for me to design floral items with silk flowers instead of fresh. having a business where i can make beautiful things with flowers but still be at home brings me a lot of joy!

it started with flower crowns and dream catchers but i just added some very sweet flower headbands to my shop. eventually i would like to add floral hair clips, flower mobiles, flower monograms and cute pet collars; if you have any other ideas, please let me know! i also accept custom orders, so whatever the floral item might be, i would love to work on it for you!

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there’s been a lot of great feedback the last couple of weeks on social media and i want to thank everyone for the encouragement. i have spent every waking moment with my baby and working on getting this little shop up and running.

welcome to bunches handmade flower co.!

xoxo

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family · travel

sam + andrew | jersey shore beach engagement photos

my baby sis gets married one year from today!!! when we were in new jersey for our family vacation, i snapped a few engagement pictures (more like a few hundred… so hard to choose!) and am sharing some favorites. love you sam and andrew!

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https://mrsjaclynleblanc.com/2016/09/23/sam-andrew-jersey-shore-beach-engagement-photos/