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Color Block Brunch

By March 18, 2016 Lifestyle
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We recently celebrated the launch of our new Color Block Collection by inviting a few friends to an alfresco spring brunch. The intimate fete was held at one of our favorite seaside venues in San Clemente, which brought a fresh ocean breeze to the affair. As we chatted, crafted, and dined together, new friends and old, we shared stories of motherhood and entrepreneurship, compared notes on The Bachelor, and played with each other’s sweet babies. The support and camaraderie around the table was powerful, and we realized that there is no better network than friends who cheer for you, louder than you would ever cheer for yourself.

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The table was set with a clean palate as a reflection of our minimalist Color Block Collection.

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We created keychains out of leather, personalizing them with the initials of our children using a wooden hammer and a metal letter stamp, and then a bit of paint. It was daunting at first, but after the first whack of the hammer, we realized it was pretty easy.

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We toasted to success- as women, as mothers, as entrepreneurs. There was a lot to celebrate at that table, and a lot to chat about too!

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It was a bit much for Karla Reed’s sweet babe. She opted to leave the chatting to the rest of us.

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The bags of the Color Block Collection were explored, Instagrammed, Snapchatted, and Periscoped. And each attendee left with either a Downtown Tote or a Pathway Pack.

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Thanks to all for coming! We had so much fun, and can’t wait to do this again!

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Meet Merrill, Tim and baby Leo

By March 10, 2016 Uncategorized
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Traveling wedding photographers, Tim and Merrill have lived coast-to-coast. They welcomed baby Leo to the lively streets of NYC and share their love of art, food, and culture with him.

What was the best part of motherhood in a big city like NYC?

The best thing about being a new parent in a city like New York is the 24 hour delivery services. No need to stock the freezer when you can order anything your heart desires when you’re up for a 1am feeding (and 3am and 4am!). No need to run out to the store with a crying newborn when you realize you’re about to use the last diaper when you can get it delivered in an hour from Amazon Prime Now. Worried about a meltdown at the grocery store? Get it delivered!

Where were your favorite places to take Leo in NYC? 

New York is such a walkable city, you can walk down the same street every day and find something new every time! We really enjoyed just strolling through the neighborhood, taking him through the park, down along the river, into all of the community gardens.

Did your favorite spots in the City changed since having a baby?
One of the great things about New York is the amount of fabulous restaurants, especially in our East Village neighborhood. We always loved going out to eat before we had a baby, and we didn’t want to give up our favorite spots after he was born! It was a little trickier, what with trying to fit a bulky stroller in some of these hole-in-the-wall spots, but it was definitely worth it to get out of the house and feel like we were normal New Yorkers!

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A fun family plays… music! Tim plays the guitar and I sing, or we just turn up the jams and dance around the house with Leo to make him laugh. He particularly likes Taylor Swift. 😉

Our family spends time… with the baby! He’s five months old now and is definitely all-consuming. We are so lucky that we get to work from home so that we can both spend as much time with Leo as possible and really see all of the daily changes that he goes through. It’s already flying by so fast! [can remove the italicized copy if it’s too much for a PPB Quick 3”

On a Saturday morning, you’ll find us… walking to get coffee and donuts.

Favorite product from the shoot: The Boxy Backpack “I loved it because… it fit absolutely everything while having a changing pad built in, and I love that you can have both hands free to take care of the baby!

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Meet Joy and James

By February 25, 2016 Lifestyle
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A talented artist with an aesthetic for minimalism, Joy is a mother of one from Portland, Oregon, who seeks to find the balance between her passion to create and her role as a mother and wife. We asked Joy to share some of her thoughts on the idea of work/life/motherhood balance…

What is your favorite part about being a new mother?

It is quite incredible to see the world from the fresh & untainted eyes of James. Things that I have become disenchanted with now have potential to be grand, new and fascinating. It is a beautiful honor to discover life alongside your child.

How has your path to creativity changed since becoming a mother?

As of now, my path to creativity looks very different than it did before baby James was born. Being creative always meant very specific things to me, none of which I could achieve easily as a mother. To be perfectly honest, I wasted a lot energy last year feeling sorry for myself and the sacrifices I had to make creatively. I recently had the conviction that I need to find ways to be grateful for exactly the season I’m in (which are overflowing with beautiful moments I will potentially miss out on if I’m self-focused). The days have been so much more joyful since.
So as far as my business and creative dreams go, they are simply on hold in this season. I believe God will make it apparent to me if and when that needs to change. For now, I’ve found contentment in the small ways I can express creativity daily – like cooking a meal with interesting ingredients or writing out a nice to-do list in a new font I created.

 How has parenthood changed your relationship with your husband?

Parenthood has changed our marriage in countless ways, but for the better.  As generic as it sounds, it has forced us to get really serious about communication. And of course, it’s pretty impossible not to fall deeper in love with the man that makes up half of our son – that’s a connection I have with no other human. It’s a pure gift to create another life with the person you love most.

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All photographs by Joy’s talented husband, James Fitzgerald.

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PPB: On a Saturday morning, you’ll find us Joy: …at home spending a quiet morning together over a slow breakfast followed by a walk up to the base of Mt Tabor for coffee and time at the park.

When I get a moment to myself, I like to get in a very hot bath with essential oils, read a book, journal & pray.

As a new mom, when I leave the house, I always pack my diaper bag with at least 3 diapers, baby wipes, 1 change of clothes, a snack, my wallet/keys/phone/lip balm.

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Joy’s favorite Petunia Pickle Bottom product: The Pathway Pack

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