Topic Tuesday | Sippy Cup Strap with Suction Cup

I don’t have a baby but I have played the fun game of “Uh oh! I dropped that but I’m going to keep dropping it on the floor and watch you pick it up”. So when I saw this on Etsy, I had to share. It won’t stop them from throwing their sippy cup but it will prevent them from dropping it on the floor and getting dirty and you having to play fetch!

Topic Tuesday | Sippy Cup Strap with Suction Cup | www.AmyLorraineBlog.com

Check out Chunks Baby Junk on Etsy! What a unique customizable baby shower gift! You can use them with or without the suction cup on strollers, shopping carts, wooden high chairs, car seats, hiking backpacks!

Merwin Family Session | www.amylorrainephotography.com

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I got to photograph this family just after their twins turned one!  As I was portfolio building I photographed the twins as newborns last year. Its so fun to watch them grow over the first year! Children Photography | www.amylorrainephotography.com

Older brothers and sisters are a big help at sessions. They always know the silly things to do to get their siblings to smile and laugh.

First Birthday Photography | www.amylorrainephotography.com

I mean really? Can you have any cuter kids? Thank you  for letting me photograph your gorgeous family! I’m glad I could help you finally get a pictures of all six of you together!

 

Henry and Sophia First Birthday Sneak Peaks | AmyLorrainePhotography.com

Newborn to One Year | amylorrainephotography.com

What a difference a year makes! I photographed these twin bundles of adorableness last year as newborns and this past weekend as one year olds! The hats from the newborn session and headband and tutu from the birthday session are made by Hairbow Chateau!First Birthday Session | amylorrainephotography.com

Can’t wait to share more from their family session. These cuties have a good looking family! Stay tuned!

Topic Tuesday | The Honest Company | AmyLorrainePhotography.com

Over the past month or so, I have developed a skin condition called Perioral Dermatitis. Ever since, I’ve been researching the causes and symptoms. While most people struggling with this believe its mainly stress related (which this only made me stress more) there are a few things that can irritate your skin. I really think this is a blessing in disguise, although some days I don’t see that blessing, I’ve done a lot of research on health and beauty products. There are so many crazy ingredients into products that are horrible for you and I wont go back to using them! I’ve always been one to think if its on the shelf, its not bad. I mean we have rules and regulations for things you can sell. So it should be safe right? Wrong.

In my research I’ve found that sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) which is almost EVERY cleaning and hygiene product out there, is a main cause/trigger to making it worse. Turns out SLS is a known skin irritant.. so why is it everything and even those so called “Natural” or “Organic” products that are supposed to be good for you? Well, it’s what helps create that lather in toothpaste, soaps, shampoo, etc.. I also read that its a shark repellent..  YES! Sharks, those scary creatures in the ocean that can eat you!

Anyways, I’ve been searching for products that aren’t bad for you and don’t contain these harsh chemicals. A friend suggested I look into the Honest Company. It is co-owned by the actress & mom of two, Jessica Alba and Christopher Gavigan, who is the former CEO of Healthy Child Healthy World (a national nonprofit empowering parents to protect their children from toxic risks).

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They have an HONESTLY FREE GUARANTEE, which means you won’t find the following list of toxic nasties in the products or packaging: phthalates, sodium lauryl/laureth sulfates, PVC, parabens, benzene, chlorine, synthetic fragrances, triclosan, formaldehyde-based preserving agents, nanoparticles, TEA, MEA, phosphates, polyethylene glycol (PEG), quaternium 15, DMDM hydantoin, 1-4 dioxane, bisphenol-A (BPA), alkylphenol ethoxylates (APEs)/nonylphenol, BHA, benzalkonium chloride.honest.comThe main focus is having healthy products for your home & children. They have cute diaper sets, wipes & baby bottles. I’m going to do more research on other companies with products but I’m definitely going to try them out even more and hope it helps!

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If you’d like to sign up for a free trial click here! You can cancel after you receive the sample, they send you a bunch of reminders so you don’t forget otherwise they’ll send you the full size bundle! I can’t wait to get my full sized one this week! *I’m not getting paid to write this, and I paid for my own bundle mailed to me!*

11 day old Holden | Calvert County Maryland Newborn Photographer

Newborn Photography | www.amylorrainephotography.com

He is so adorable, but behind the scenes he was not a happy camper when we first got started. I picked up my camera and this was the first shot I took. He looked right at me and smiled… He was just waiting for me.

Newborn Photography | www.amylorrainephotography.com

Oh the newborn faces, smiles and yawns.

Newborn Photography | www.amylorrainephotography.com

But he finally went to sleep and we got some great shots!

Baseball Orioles Newborn Photography | www.amylorrainephotography.com

Holden made his entrance just in time for opening day and was there to root his favorite team, the Orioles, along to their wins!

Newborn Photography | www.amylorrainephotography.com

The Orioles hat and sneaker set and this wrap is from a friend of mines Etsy shop, PintSizedPrints. Check out her shop and like her facebook page for updates!

Newborn Photography | www.amylorrainephotography.com

The Brought Family 2012 | AmyLorrainePhotography.com

The Kids | AmyLorrainePhotography.comI can’t believe its been over a year since I’ve taken these photos. Timothy has definitely gotten much bigger than the sweet sleepy newborn in this photograph!The Broughts 2012 | AmyLorrainePhotography.com

With a little photoshopping magic, you can get a great family portrait with some head swaping!

Outtakes | AmyLorrainePhotography.com

I couldn’t resist a few outtakes. 🙂 I can’t wait to take your family pictures this summer!

Brooke’s 6 Month Session | Amy Lorraine Photography | Anne Arundel County Photographer

6 month Session | AmyLorrainePhotography.com

How sweet is she!? It’s been fun getting to watch brooke grow up. She looks so much like her older brother Jake with the blonde hair and blue eyes!6 month Ravens Session | Amy Lorraine Photography

Brookes mom is a big Raven’s ran so we had to get a few of her in uniform after their big Superbowl win! 6 month Session | AmyLorrainePhotography.com

I can’t wait to see her in 6 more months at her cake smash!

Topic Tuesday: Nurseries | Amy Lorraine Photography

I don’t have any children yet but that hasn’t stopped me from planning my my non-existent children’s nursery. Here are a few of my favorites!

First one I have to start off with is the Toy Story inspired! If you don’t know… I LOVE TOY STORY. It is my favorite movie and anything Toy Story related makes my heart smile.

colorful-disney-and-toy-story-inspired-nurseryCheck out the post for all the details on how they did the nursery HERE!

The next one is from Lay Baby Lay. I love the fact its not over the top girly girl room! The colors are fantastic!

Lary-baby-layClick here for the post and more information!

This is such a cute room for a little boy. I love the dark rich colors and the adorable sailboats throughout!

elliots-nursery-2 elliots-nursery-4Click here for the original post and more awesome photographs!

The last one for this post is a gender neutral gray & white nursery. For those who don’t want to know the sex of the baby before he or she is born, gray is a great color choice. This is with an accent of a pale blue but it can be easily changed to yellow!

grey-and-whiteClick here  for more information & more photos!

Five On Friday | Amy Lorraine Photography

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In college I was in Alternative Break Connections, which is an organization where students can travel during their winter and spring break to different parts of the country and help those in need. In 2009 and 2012 I got the opportunity to travel to Miami, FL to do community service. It was such an amazing experience, I wish I had been able to go back every year.

 

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Dinner the other night? Yes please! Garlic Chicken Pasta with mixed veggies. My favorite!!

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If you think your box of Girl Scout cookies are safe around me.. Think again. I love me some girl scout cookies!

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Exciting news for me.. JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE CONCERT! The first concert I went to was Nsync, and I was around 10 y/o. I can not wait for August 8th!
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Started making a photo wall! Its almost finished, just waiting on a few more prints! I thought would be better than painting!

 

Happy Friday Everyone!