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Introducing Lennon!! 10.02.2014

Hi everyone! Morgan, here. I thought it was high time that I introduced my newest little bundle to you all! You might’ve noticed I’ve been a bit absent lately and that is because 6 weeks ago, on August 18th, my husband, Dan and I welcomed our second son, Lennon, to the world!! We are so in LOVE with this little guy!! He weighed 8lbs 70z (4 oz bigger than his brother) and 20 inches long. Lots of people warned us how crazy it is moving from one kid to two, but for us, this second time around is feeling much more relaxed. Granted, we aren’t sleeping much (the little guy likes to eat frequently….all night long), but this time, we know it’s just a short phase and each phase goes by so quickly. I was pretty crazy with our first son, constantly reading parenting books, websites and blogs. I endlessly researched every little thing that was going on with our baby, but this time, I just feel like we are enjoying the ride a bit more!

In addition to the ones you see here, I’m sharing a few of Lennon’s newborn pictures over on 100 Layer Cakelet today, so make sure to hop over and say hello!

One thing that I had hoped for, but didn’t know if it would happen, was a close bond between Shaw, my older son, and Lennon and this has way surpassed my dreams. Shaw is absolutely the sweetest, most caring big brother! He literally runs into Lennon’s room to help me with every single diaper change. He wants to assist with getting Lennon in his car seat…and even will say to me, “Mom, make sure you get baby brother in first. Then me.”. It’s amazing. He wants to hold him, cuddle with him….Shaw even gets excited when I say it’s time for Lennon to do “tummy-time”. Shaw will lay on the floor next to him and clap when he lifts his head. Shaw frequently asks if his baby brother can sleep in his room with him…ah,  if only Shaw could feed him every 2 hours, I’d take him up on that in a heartbeat! ha.

So, I’m not trying to say it’s not crazy over here…because having two kiddos is definitely crazy and I most likely will never get anywhere on time again, but our house is filled with lots of love for this new little one! Pretty excited to introduce him to you all…welcome to the world, sweet Lennon!

I’m still working on Lennon’s nursery, but I’ll be sharing my style board of ideas soon and of course some pictures when it’s all done! All photos you see here were taken by the talented Allison of Allison Corrin Photography. Visit her facebook page for all her updates here.

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  1. Olivia

    Wonderful! It’s so neat to hear that Shaw is excited about his little brother. Congrats!!

    October 2, 2014 1:15 pm
  2. ampersand

    Oh thanks, Olivia :) – Morgan

    October 3, 2014 3:01 am
  3. Christina

    awwwwwww congrats! he is perfect!

    October 23, 2014 9:05 pm

Game Day at the University of Kansas 08.28.2014

Well, it’s scorching hot here in Kansas City this week, but with the kids heading back to school, we can’t help but feel like fall isn’t too far away. Along with our visions of pumpkin patches, apple-picking and pumpkin spice lattes, we are getting excited for football season at our alma mater, KU! Morgan and I are both born & bred Jayhawks from the University of Kansas and even met there while we studied Graphic Design. So, we hopped at the chance to share our love for game day at KU and give away an amazing prize to one lucky reader!

If you haven’t been to a football game at Memorial Stadium, you should really check it out! It is an electric energy from the tailgating to the game itself. We, of course, loved going to games while we were in school, but now that we have kids, we are absolutely loving taking them to experience what we loved so much as kids. I remember going to games as a little girl with my parents, stopping at Joe’s on the way in for a sandwich and cookies, and heading up to the hill.

Even though it was fun to go to games back in our day, it is even better now! KU has made game day a blast for kids. They now have a Hy-Vee Hawk Zone that opens two and a half hours before kick-off and closes at the end of the first quarter. The fun zone includes inflatable games, live radio broadcasts, tackling station/drills, face painting, a balloon artist, free KU promotional items, fan photo booth and visits from KU student-athletes to sign autographs to name a few. Our boys will be in heaven now that they’re old enough to do all of these fun activities!

To make the experience even better for kids, they can join the Junior Jayhawk Kids Club, which is The Official Kids Club of Kansas Athletics for all kids ages 13 & under. For just $45, your child receives tickets to several different KU games, really nice KU gear and admission to special KU events!

In honor of the start of the football season, we have the honor of giving away a great prize pack from the Kansas Athletic Department! We are SO excited to be able to give away a complete game day experience for one lucky family including all of these goodies:

•   A single game family 4-pack of tickets to a KU football game of your choice

•   One $50 gift card to Downtown Lawrence

•   One Junior Jayhawk Kids Club membership

Good luck! We hope to see all of you Jayhawk fans in Lawrence this fall! Rock Chalk!

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This post and giveaway is sponsored by Kansas Athletics, all opinions are our own.

  1. Kari

    Great giveaway! I’m a Jayhawker as well and always love to go back to KU every chance I get. Did you ever go to the Sandbar? That is my favorite bar ever. Shark attacks all around:)

    August 29, 2014 6:42 pm

A Day in our crazy lives! 08.15.2014

Today, we’re really proud to be featured over on the KC Moms Blog as one (well, make that two) of Kansas City’s “Mompreneurs” ! There are a lot of us out there. Mothers who juggle raising a family and either starting or running a business at the same time. We always love hearing about how other women make it work, how they got started, and what drives them to keep going. So, we’re really honored to be able to answer some of those questions ourselves! It’s a crazy world, that’s for sure, but we wouldn’t have it any other way! Over on the KC Moms Blog, there’s a full interview featuring what a day in our lives actually looks like, what drives us and we talk a bit about that magic word, “balance”.
We were SO lucky to have Allison, of Allison Corrin Photography, stop by our studio in the KC Crossroads for a full interview AND photo session. Allison, a fellow mompreneur, and mother of FOUR, could not have been sweeter, and more patient. We sort of just wanted her to hang out there with us all day! She is such a talented photographer and was really able to capture what our day to day looks like (granted, we’re usually wearing a lot less make-up and flip-flops)! So, huge thanks to Allison for putting this all together! Make sure to check out her website and blog to see her beautiful work and more images from our shoot with her.
Also, if you aren’t already familiar with the KC Moms Blog and you’re a mom in KC….come on now, start following them immediately for intelligent articles, real-world mom advice, and all kinds of inspiring stories and tips! They’re on facebook and twitter, too!
One more thing, we are just the first of six in the “Mompreneur” Series! So make sure to find out about these awesome KC mompreneurs, too! Here are the dates you’ll find them on the KC Moms Blog: 8/15 Ampersand Design Studio (that’s us, but you already knew that), 8/22 The Yellow Peony, 8/29 Modern Makers, 9/5 SwimZip, 9/12 BadSeed, 9/22 The Busy Mom Cupcakes
All images by: Allison Corrin Photography (www.allisoncorrin.com)

Back to School Fun: Girls 08.14.2014

We just posted about the boys heading back to school (including our own). But of course, we wouldn’t forget the little ladies headed back to school. Do they make that skirt in our size?

Girls: 1. Land of Nod Backpack  //  2. May Designs Customizable Notebook  //  3. Paper-Source Washi Tape  //  4. Danslashed Jump Rope  //  5. Target Reusable Snack Bag  //  6. Mighty Nest Lunch Bag  //  7. Native Slip-on and Puma Sneaker  //  Boden USA Skirt

  1. lexi @ glitterinc.com

    That customizable notebook is too cute!
    xx Lexi, Glitter, Inc.

    August 15, 2014 12:39 am

Back-to-School Fun: Boys 08.14.2014

Summer’s on it’s way out (boo), and school is in! At least in our world, it is. Our little guys are heading back to school (each of our boys is starting preschool) this week and next and that means it’s time for back to school gear! Is there anything better than a new box of crayons and that first day of school outfit? We spent some time hunting for some things that would make heading back to the classroom a little more fun. Happy school days! For Boys:

1. J. Crew Backpack  //  2. Paper-Source Journals  //  3. Giggle Helmet  //  4. Danslashed Hockey Stick  //  5. Mighty Nest Lunch Bag  //  6. Target Reusable Snack Bag  //  7. Cotton On Shoe and Shoe  //  8. Boden USA Shirt