BLACK LIVES MATTER. We’re all saying it, but now let’s talk about ways we can do the real work of learning and unlearning. Our social media feeds have been flooded with incredible resources for educating ourselves, talking to our children, supporting Black-owned businesses and donating to the cause. (And we hope yours have been, too!) We’ve decided to compile much of what we’ve found in one place, so it’s easy to keep track of and refer back to often. Please feel free to add any additional resources in the comments. We’ll be happy to continue updating our list.

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Your newborn session might be cancelled due to Covid, but that doesn’t mean you have to go without memorable photos of your fresh and squishy baby. Whether you have a “fancy” camera or just a smartphone, you can capture sweet + special moments with your growing family on your own—and we’ve tapped our beautiful friend Alexandria Smith, a mom of three (with her fourth on the way!) and photographer in Central California to share her best tips. (Alex is also creator of Nurturing Home, a seasonal guide to cultivating abundance, including rhythms + routines, recipes and more. It’s so beautiful!) Ready to document those rolly wrists and tiny toes? Let’s get started… 

 

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We’ve long-admired Sydney Liann for her down-to-earth blog (she was the first blogger we worked with back in 2011!), her worth-following IG feed, and her enviable style (so much that we hired her to style our Summer Style shoot a few seasons ago). We’ve loved watching her family grow as she welcomed her third baby this fall and since she’s a mama in the thick of it right during the busiest time of the year, we asked her to share her (realistic! practical!) tips for keeping the holidays feeling more festive than frazzled.

 

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Hi Mama,

I think we can all agree that finding and giving gifts for the holidays is no easy feat, especially when you’re busy (*all moms, everywhere raise your hand*). This year, I put together a list of a few things I have my eye on (hint, hint!) and items I’m planning to get my husband, Jared (aka: the hipster papa), our kids and our neighbors + teachers! And if you’re reading this blog a few days before Christmas (I’m raising my hand right now with you, for real) I gave you a few last-minute gift ideas, too!

Xx, Elle

 

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When Jared and I were first married it was tempting to try to recreate every tradition we grew up with and a dozen other ones we heard about from friends. There’s something solidifying in a family about carrying out traditions, but it can easily get out of hand and add lots of unnecessary stress.

My husband grew up with the German “St. Nicholas” tradition of putting out his shoes at night to wake to them filled by an “elf” in the night. My mother-in-law took it to the next level by doing it all 24 days before Christmas starting December 1st, which is obviously amazing when you’re a kid, but so much to keep up with as the elf. I tried to keep this tradition alive for the first three years after kids, but felt downright exhausted by Christmas morning.

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