Let’s chat about love you wonderful babes. I’ll be touching on five different kinds of couples today! Are you ready?I’ve partnered with Jared for a couple of reasons. Their style and selection is unique and I knew they would be able to provide something tailored to your individual taste and your love story. I’ve hand picked some pieces to align with each category I’ll be touching on today. Thanks for reading!

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Babies. Tiny tootsies. Little blonde curls. This is the joy that fills my home! Lilah and I are spending the winter months missing Chase and Daddy while they work and go to school. We play baby, we play puppy, and we climb all over the couch. The couch is the center of our home.

Rows of babies and their tiny toes. Curls spread across the soft blue. Purring coming from one of the girls… Lilah or our kitty, Keeko, not sure which. Children on my lap. Movie nights in with my husband. Dad PILE on the couch! Covered in our loved ones. This is how I want to remember my children’s childhood. These are the things that matter.

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  1. Candice January 22, 2018 at 12:36 pm - Reply

    So cute! Also your living room is beautiful! Love the sofa!

  2. Marjie Mare January 22, 2018 at 1:08 pm - Reply

    Your daughter is adorable and I love all the pics. Our children do fill our home and heart with love.

  3. Farmhouse Mama January 22, 2018 at 5:02 pm - Reply

    That couch is beautiful! I love how relaxing that room looks!

  4. Angela Tolsma January 22, 2018 at 6:04 pm - Reply

    I love your couch! Having a comfy couch for snuggles is so important. Her curls are adorable and I love that she has all her toys lined up!

  5. Jen Temcio January 22, 2018 at 6:36 pm - Reply

    I need to check out apt2b because we need some comfy family couches in our main family room. Your couch is gorgeous!

  6. Lois Alter Mark January 22, 2018 at 6:59 pm - Reply

    There is nothing better than snuggling with your little one on a comfy couch like that! I love the color and shape of it. And all those comfy pillows and throws give the room such a warm feeling.

  7. Stephanie January 22, 2018 at 8:58 pm - Reply

    These photos are so cute! When we moved into our current house a few years ago, we got a huge sectional sofa similar to yours and we love it! There’s room for all of us plus guests when we have family and/or friends over.

  8. Leah January 22, 2018 at 10:57 pm - Reply

    What a nice couch!! We love our sectional, it’s our family spot, our sports watching, jungle gym, movie night fun center, but now we are into the building forts and watching mommy struggle to get out over all their friends (the 100 stuffed animals)! Love your post enjoy your snuggles!

  9. Arielle Joy January 23, 2018 at 12:46 pm - Reply

    Having a comfortable place to snuggle up is so important!

  10. Alicia Taylor January 23, 2018 at 3:52 pm - Reply

    Aww! Your photos are just adorable! I really like the one with the dolls and daughter all lined up – but that book is as big she is! That couch does look like a cozy place. It begs to be snuggled on

  11. Rachel January 23, 2018 at 4:07 pm - Reply

    These pictures look great. I also love the couch. It looks super cozy.

  12. Vyom January 23, 2018 at 6:43 pm - Reply

    Such a lovely couch that adorns your living room so beautifully. Looks so chic and comfortable as well. Just perfect to snuggle.

  13. April January 23, 2018 at 10:11 pm - Reply

    Love this couch! Perfect place for snuggling and watching TV!

    April

  14. David Elliott January 24, 2018 at 3:18 am - Reply

    A huge cozy couch is a great place for the center of the family. Your daughter is just so incredibly adorable. Love the photos.

  15. Eloise January 24, 2018 at 4:05 pm - Reply

    looks peaceful and comfy! I love the living area, maybe even more than the kitchen ; ) couches are the best for snuggling (along with the bed)…. cute little girl with those curls ; )

  16. Glenda January 24, 2018 at 9:40 pm - Reply

    I totally love your living room decor, especially that awesome soft. Also, your baby girl is so adorable.

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Lets talk about hitting it out of the park with Stockings. As a mom that is basically a right of passage. When you grow up, you get to know all the details and stay up late putting toys together and stuffing those socks.

The trick is to start with the orange, a big one. It fills the toe right up. Gives you a nice headstart to loading that bad boy up. I promise you are winning from the first moment.

So now that we have started off on the right foot (pun!) you are ready. For the lady/girl on your list you can’t go wrong with chocolate of any kind. I prefer milk chocolate so if I’m on your list please take notes. Nail polish, perfume, cozy socks and more chocolate. I’m not kidding. This is definitely an event where it is so acceptable to go heavy on the sweets. I’d say a good rule-of-tumb would be to keep my stockings at a 95/5 ratio, wouldn’t you think? 95% sweets and snacks and 5% gifts?

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  1. Annie December 22, 2017 at 1:25 pm - Reply

    These photos are beautiful!
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  2. Nicole December 22, 2017 at 2:00 pm - Reply

    You have the COZIEST home! And love all these ideas – especially the slippers!

  3. maggie December 22, 2017 at 3:20 pm - Reply

    Your house is so cute!!

  4. annaliese December 22, 2017 at 4:21 pm - Reply

    All of those treats you mentioned sounded amazing! Merry Christmas!!!

    xoxo A
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  5. Mama in Heels December 22, 2017 at 5:34 pm - Reply

    Your socks are so cute…I need to get some of them 🙂

    Xo,
    Janise

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  6. Nicole Green December 22, 2017 at 9:23 pm - Reply

    Your house is an actual winter wonderland!! It looks out of a magazine.

  7. TORI johnson December 22, 2017 at 11:09 pm - Reply

    Such a besutiful home!

  8. Mandy December 22, 2017 at 11:56 pm - Reply

    Your home looks so festive! And what an awesome tip about the orange in the toe–I am totally going to try this! Happy holidays. xo

  9. leah December 23, 2017 at 9:23 am - Reply

    I always loved chocolates in my stocking, as a kid. Those look delicious

    xx Leah / http://www.eatpraywearlove.com

  10. Danielle December 23, 2017 at 10:41 am - Reply

    Your home is gorgeous!! I love all of the decorations.

    Keep Sparkling✨
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  11. Elena Michelle December 23, 2017 at 12:16 pm - Reply

    your home is so so christmasy! i love your tree, and the stockings are darling. merry christmas!!

    xoxo, Elena Michelle
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  12. Azanique Rawl December 23, 2017 at 6:42 pm - Reply

    I had no idea that LIDL had such great holiday gift options! I love your stockings and decor.

    -xo, Azanique | https://www.lotsofsass.com

  13. Liz December 24, 2017 at 1:50 am - Reply

    Your home looks so cozy! I love it!

    Liz

  14. Alicia December 25, 2017 at 2:28 pm - Reply

    Your house is beautiful! Merry Christmas!

  15. April Kusewicz December 26, 2017 at 11:07 am - Reply

    Your home looks so cozy Lauren, i always love your photos and those stockings are so cute!

  16. Ada December 26, 2017 at 6:38 pm - Reply

    I’ve never heard of Lidl before but it sounds awesome! Love your Christmas decor. It’s so stunning.

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Nothing makes my family feel closer or happier than yearly family traditions. My kids love to have things to look forward to each year. They look forward to cheesy potatoes, Christmas bread, homemade chocolates, Christmas Eve traditions and being together for them. You can almost see the excitement in the air. It is electric. And traditions are my favorite and they make my heart sing.

I wanted to welcome you into my home to see a few of them. We hosted Thanksgiving this year and passed the threshold into becoming actual grown ups! Hahaah! I’m serious! If you have ever made an entire Thanksgiving dinner with just yourself and your favorite girl Cass, you know you can do anything.

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  1. Komal December 20, 2017 at 2:16 pm - Reply

    Your home is absolutely beautiful. You did a great job of decorating and I love that rug! Your kids are too cute!

  2. Joline December 20, 2017 at 2:49 pm - Reply

    I never thought of passing down rugs before but you’re right. They hold memories too. PS: You have such an adorable family!

  3. Ana De- Jesus December 20, 2017 at 6:10 pm - Reply

    Aw you have a wonderful talent for photography and it I too love ‘traditions’ which also make my heart sing with joy. What really made me smile is the photo of you all sat together in one photo. Hold that photo tight as that will bring many happy memories for years to come x I followed you on Instagram by the way your account is amazing!

  4. Sadaf December 21, 2017 at 3:52 am - Reply

    Good job done! Your home is giving all the festive, cozy and welcoming vibes! Rugs totally matching with interior around it. Looks perfect!

  5. Kacie December 21, 2017 at 5:47 am - Reply

    A rug can really cosy up any home. Your family looks so lovely and happy!

  6. Stephanie Sherlock December 21, 2017 at 11:31 am - Reply

    I am not going to lie, I always want to jump right through the screen and into your home. Your’re home, children, family, life are so beautiful. God has blessed you abundantly. Merry Christmas.

  7. Rachel December 21, 2017 at 12:41 pm - Reply

    Wow, i must say your home, rugs and family look wonderful. I’m so glad you get to spend quality time with the family!

  8. five little doves December 21, 2017 at 2:24 pm - Reply

    Gosh you have the most beautiful home….and children!! What beautiful photos to treasure. I so need a rug like that!

  9. Raly December 21, 2017 at 4:42 pm - Reply

    I love how you have decorated everything! This is my first year hosting Christmas Eve Dinner at my house and very excited and hoping to start a new lasting tradition. You have a beautiful family! Happy holidays!

  10. Vasundhra December 21, 2017 at 5:19 pm - Reply

    These pictures are wonderful! Your house is very beautiful and the rug looks great too. Merry christmas!

  11. Ali Rost December 22, 2017 at 2:51 am - Reply

    What a beautiful family you have .. and too cute about hosting your first Thanksgiving. I did the same a couple of years ago and thought “How in the world have I made it to 40+ and don’t know how to cook a turkey?” Of course, all was well. We too have our favorite things like Spritz cookies, baked beans, my grandma’s stuffing, and my brother’s coconut cream pie. We’re a small family, and after we eat, we play games of 500 into the wee hours of the morning. I wish for your family a very Merry Christmas! x

  12. CATALINA NINI December 22, 2017 at 11:43 am - Reply

    Your pictures have such a nice retro/ vintage vibe and I love it a lot. Your house decor is so pretty and the new rugs seem to fit in so well.
    Have a lovely and magical Christmas! To many more family portraits and sweet memories.

  13. Becca Talbot December 22, 2017 at 2:03 pm - Reply

    What a beautiful family home Lauren, your photos are like those in a glossy interiors magazine 🙂 And I know exactly what you mean about family traditions at this time of year – my family has so many, I’m 30 years old and still get a stocking from Father Christmas for example lol x

  14. FS Page December 23, 2017 at 10:48 am - Reply

    Such a cute lovely family. And such great shots. You all look super-cute together. Hats-off to you for hosting a successful thanksgiving for such a big group. Everyone seems so happy, all smiling.

  15. Sarmistha Goswami December 24, 2017 at 3:25 am - Reply

    Traditions and memories are the essence of a festival and so nice to see you keeping them alive in your family. I am in love with all your photographs and particularly the one where your entire family poses for a shot! Merry Christmas!

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December 12, 2017

Singing to myself, a whole new wall! A whole new look for my view.

Guys. I just did an office makeover with Anewall and I’m obsessed. I’ll just show you… I wanted something bold but beautiful and easy.

Sean and I put this up together and we are still married! So that speaks to the process. I won’t say it was extra easy, but it was simple once we got our groove going. The panels come labeled 1,2,3 etc. We had six to put up. So! Up onto the ladder I went. Let’s just say, I’m no longer scared of heights since my attention to detail took over and I require perfection.

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  1. Elise December 12, 2017 at 6:49 pm - Reply

    Wow, it looks beautiful!!

    xx, Elise

  2. Komal December 28, 2017 at 9:26 am - Reply

    Wow! You did an amazing job! I especially love the color choices. Brightens up the room real nice.

  3. Milton Coyne December 28, 2017 at 10:55 am - Reply

    that’s a really nice wall! It looks really refreshing and it compliments well with your rustic furniture.
    It made the room a lot brighter
    I just wish my working area is as clean and as colorful as this one… you just gave me an idea what to do this weekend – a room makeover! I think it is a nice way to welcome the new year! New Year, New Look!

  4. Ana De-Jesus December 28, 2017 at 12:30 pm - Reply

    I love your reference to Aladdin’s ‘ A whole new wall’replacing the lyrics with a ‘whole new wall’ instead. Annewall has some beautiful options and I love the floral feature wall that you have chosen it is beautiful!

  5. jhilmil December 29, 2017 at 12:01 am - Reply

    Awesome, this wall looks so stupendous. Indeed a beautiful wall in the room can lift your mood, more so I love something floral.

  6. Irena December 29, 2017 at 8:49 am - Reply

    Wow, I really like the wall. You are right, it is bold, but so refreshing and relaxing. Our house is being built so I’m constantly looking for decor ideas. I love it!

  7. Nayna Kanabar December 29, 2017 at 4:47 pm - Reply

    Anewall sounds really good and the makeover looks fantastic.I would love an office makeover as my office needs brightening up.

  8. Sarah December 29, 2017 at 5:24 pm - Reply

    This looks gorgeous, I love the print you chose. Sounds like your office got much brighter!

  9. Kristina December 29, 2017 at 7:14 pm - Reply

    That’s such a cool wall! It makes the work area so much more fun to sit at, I love it! Also, THE CHAIR is gorgeous!

  10. eliza December 31, 2017 at 7:20 am - Reply

    That is a lovely wall – inspiring and seems like your office will always make you ready to be creative and productive. Great design.

  11. yogesh January 4, 2018 at 1:49 am - Reply

    nice article keep on blogging..

  12. Jitendra January 4, 2018 at 1:52 am - Reply

    Good article. It gives good inspiration.

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How to nail your engagement session! 10 tips

    1. PLAN TO BE ROMANTIC! And by romantic.. act like you like each other. I know photos are not everyone’s thing. You’ll be glad you were in the game when you get your photos back.
    2. Put effort into your outfits! Make sure outfits are planned for color and style. You will be SO glad you did. Plan from top of the head to the tip of your toes. The more you put in, the more you get out.
    3. Take a minute to drink some juice or eat a cookie. Nobody takes photos well with low blood sugar. Seriously. Don’t be cranky. Celebrate your love. But seriously, do us all a favor and eat.
    4. Bribe your love. (Yes. Promise a nice reward for a solid 15 minutes of participation) Seriously, if everyone is on board we can rock it out quick. Loads of photos to choose from if everyone is just on board. So be on board. Bribe your fiancé.
    5. Wear something on your lips. Even if it’s a neutral color? Lips make your photos look more complete. It doesn’t need to be a red lippie, it can be soft. But dang it, put something on your mouth. Again, you’ll thank me.
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  1. Elise December 12, 2017 at 6:51 pm - Reply
  2. Ana De- Jesus December 28, 2017 at 1:17 pm - Reply

    You are completely right it is so important to play along and create ‘moments’ in the photos so that they tell a story! Even when I take my photos I have to ignore the fact that I am freezing cold and just get into the character so that they create good photos! I have to say these photos are beautiful and I love the connection that is shown through the photos x

  3. Katie December 28, 2017 at 5:15 pm - Reply

    Beautiful photos, and great advice! Putting in the effort to plan outfits absolutely makes a difference in how the pictures turn out! Also, the photographer’s expertise is important to rely on during the shoot!

  4. Terri Beavers December 31, 2017 at 12:19 pm - Reply

    What a cute couple. They look so happy together as well. Your photos capture that perfectly and not all photographers can.

  5. Marjie Mare December 31, 2017 at 8:54 pm - Reply

    You guys look lovely. Thanks for the tips, but I am sure, besides all the tips, your true love is what makes the pictures look even more beautiful.

    • Lauren January 2, 2018 at 10:20 am - Reply

      haha this isn’t me but my client is ADORABLE!!!!!!!!

  6. Ray January 1, 2018 at 7:52 pm - Reply

    These are some really beautiful photos and wonderful tips.

  7. Anonymous January 1, 2018 at 8:49 pm - Reply

    Awesome tips! I remember doing my engagement photos about 6 years ago. My husband doesn’t enjoy photos, but he knew these were important to me so went along with it and I love the photos we have!

  8. Robyn January 2, 2018 at 1:17 am - Reply

    You did nail these photos. I love that you use natural light and not too much light for the photographs. Very beautiful.

  9. Tonya January 2, 2018 at 7:26 pm - Reply

    These are amazing tips! Sometimes people really dont know what all goes in to a photo, and even though it make feel awkward, it looks good! And its evident by your photos that you know what youre talking about !

  10. Kim January 2, 2018 at 8:16 pm - Reply

    What a beautiful couple! I love the way you styled you hair, it looks so pretty!! Such helpful tips!!

  11. Danielle Faith January 2, 2018 at 10:05 pm - Reply

    I think whenever getting professional photos it’s a good idea to relax and have fun. Plus it never hurts to put effort into the shoot and plan ahead. All of this goes a long way.

  12. Angela Cardamone @marathonsandmotivation.com January 2, 2018 at 10:23 pm - Reply

    These are all such gorgeous photos! I love all the outfits here and how the couples love really shines through!!

  13. Angela Cardamone @marathonsandmotivation.com January 2, 2018 at 10:23 pm - Reply

    These are all such gorgeous photos! I love all the outfits here and how the couples love really shines through!!

  14. Angela Cardamone @marathonsandmotivation.com January 2, 2018 at 10:24 pm - Reply

    Thes pictures are all so gorgeous! I just love how the couples love really shines through here!

  15. angie January 2, 2018 at 10:44 pm - Reply

    beautiful pictures, capturing great moments of love
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  16. Melissa January 2, 2018 at 11:04 pm - Reply

    awe…love it! I had such a great time when my husband and I did our photo session for our engagement. Those pics still make me happy today!

  17. Mike January 2, 2018 at 11:26 pm - Reply

    Beautfiul pics…congrats on the big event! Looks like an awesome 2018

  18. Brandi January 3, 2018 at 12:30 am - Reply

    Wow these tips are great. The photos look so amazing! Planning is definitely key with something like this.

  19. jill conyers January 3, 2018 at 3:14 am - Reply

    Beautiful photos! You both look so happy.

  20. Jake Ferrer January 4, 2018 at 11:52 am - Reply

    Oh you two look so perfect! I love all the photos. May your happiness last forever.

  21. Ariel January 4, 2018 at 5:06 pm - Reply

    These pictures are so stunning! I love all the great tips. I laughed during my whole engagement photo shoot which made for some really great pictures but some odd ones because I was so nervous.

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