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Ann-Marie Espinoza  mama | maker | picture-taker

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Thank goodness for leftover party balloons, a beloved hand-me-down dollhouse, clearance Easter baskets, and a baby brother that is going on hour four of his nap πŸ™ŒπŸ» #TGIF

Those flowers. That wallpaper. This night. Too good. #amylovesurbanic

Okay, I know it's after midnight and I should be getting some sleep before morning comes and my toddler excitedly barges into my bedroom (always with several toys in hand) and exclaims "mommy, it's sunny!" and then proceeds to hand me my glass of water from the nightstand while my eyes are still closed (thus ensuing inevitable spilling). But! I just read the most amazing quote from the most amazing article called "Mothers Are Keepers of Bodies" by Courtney E. Martin and had to share.
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"There are so many ways that mothering has transformed me, but I often feel like there has been no more important shift than this: It brought me back into my own body after years of mostly living in my head, and it also made me responsible for other bodies in a permanent and profound way." β€’
(RIGHT??) πŸ’›

I have to say: I have a love / hate relationship with babies beginning to eat solids. I love it because it's SO exciting to watch these tiny people try new foods and make all kinds of cute faces in the process. I hate it because it's such a process to seek out infant-friendly foods and make separate meals on top of our regular family meals. Luckily, I've partnered with @thistle.baby and let them take the work off my plate (pun intended!) by sending me a week's worth of super healthy purees that can be made in less than 15 minutes. It's kind of the best thing ever. They have so many unique recipes and Landon is especially fond of their Mango Tango mix (mango, kale, pear + ginger)! P.S. As a new @thistle.baby customer, you can receive 30% off your first order! Happy baby food-making! #ad

"Watch carefully, the magic that occurs, when you give a person, just enough comfort to be themselves." -- Atticus Finch

Whenever I begin to feel like my house is being overtaken by the daily toddler tornado and I have no time to get anything done, I remind myself of one of my favorite sayings: "Do what you can with what you have where you are." It's a simple statement but it rings so true for me! Today on the blog I'm sharing all my best tips for keeping a clean house AND a surprisingly easy (and helpful!) way to snap a 2 year old out of a funk in a hot minute! @lemishine #cleanfreakclean #sponsored

Impromptu craft sesh on the patio with my two year old. We're loving this cool spring weather!

I recently stumbled upon the most BEAUTIFUL stretch of yellow wildflowers and have been taking everyone there to snap photos while it's still so lush and vibrant! My own kids are always my hardest clients (you should have seen Briar defiantly bound straight up the hill and then attempt to ride down it like a "slide!" πŸ™†), but we did manage to capture a few gems. Let me know if you want to get in on this magic...I'd be happy to take your picture!

Last night while driving, John and I heard "You Are So Beautiful" by Joe Cocker on the radio and reminisced about how it was the ultimate "flashback montage" song for all of our favorite 90's sitcoms. It was played when Michelle fell off the horse, when Randy had a health scare, and when Cory's dad watched old home videos of his unruly teen. It's funny to think about, but GOOD LORD, now I hear it and have my own mini flashback montage of my babies! 😭 Am I becoming a cliché?? #theanswerisyes

Chilling out, maxing, relaxing, all cool 😎 #briarsoleil

Running into the weekend like πŸŽ‰ #briarsoleil

That feeling when you think a DIY will take 20 minutes and it ends up taking 4 hours πŸ™ƒπŸ™ƒπŸ™ƒ
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P.S. I'm recording lots of videos for my upcoming YouTube channel! It'll be a mix of crafts, tutorials, baby / kid activities, and recipes. Any specific requests?

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