July 12, 2017

chill mama : janet gilbert

The Chill Mama is an interview series featuring bold and beautiful mothers. Each month, I reach out to an amazing woman who loves her babies fiercely but also believes in the power of self care. I’m always interested in hearing her unique story and how she keeps her cool on a daily basis – because in all honesty, I need all the inspiration I can get ;)


Janet Gilbert : Chill Mama Interview Series 02

Janet Gilbert, 34, School Counselor, San Diego, CA

Mama to Andrew, 12 weeks old


What does a typical day look like for you?

Recently, as much as I try to get in to a routine, I find that there is no typical day…but this is what I love about being a new parent. Every day is a new adventure. One thing to be counted on though is that each day begins with my old pal…coffee.

What does a dream day look like for you? Think unlimited time and $$$!

My guilty pleasure is watching the Real Housewives of anything (seriously, I watch them all) so I’d say that Doreet from the RHOBH has a pretty enviable day: stay at home mom, sprinkle in a nanny, a personal chef, a housekeeper and then just have fun all day with my kids and friends. That would be pretty great. In all seriousness though, if we could go back to Costa Rica to relive a day of our honeymoon that would be pretty awesome. Nothing more relaxing than a couples massage and an all inclusive swim up bar in the rain forest. Until then I’ll settle for some baby snuggles.

How do you chill?

Lately, “me time” has been limited but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I do enjoy a good massage and yoga class, so hopefully I can sprinkle a few of those back in soon.

Describe your labor + delivery experience in a nutshell (if that’s even possible).

I had a scheduled c-section, the recovery was tough but being able to plan ahead was a nice perk…besides of course having a healthy baby at the end of it all. : )

What would you say to your pre-mama self?

Don’t be so hard on yourself. Be proud that you are doing the best you can.

Besides your lovies, what’s the one thing you couldn’t live without?

I’d say my dogs, but I consider them my lovies as well…so I’ll go with a good pair of fuzzy socks!

If you could hop on the next flight, where would you go? With or without the littles?

Portland, Oregon to visit Andrew’s Aunt Beth!

What are you listening to these days?

Country music, Andrews Octoplush, and Raffi Pandora.

What is the last book you read?

Llama Llama Red Pajama (one hundred times because it makes Andrew smile!) Last non children’s book: Devil in the White City.

And the last thing you ate?

Turkey burgers and a beet and artichoke salad

Early bird or night owl?

Night owls for sure, luckily with Andrew I get to be both (haha)

Coffee or tea?


Dogs or cats?

Dogs for sure.

If you could leave us with one bit of #momlife advice, what would it be?

Just wear the yoga pants and use the hair tie! You don’t need to dress up for anyone…no matter what the magazines say.

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Thanks for sharing a little bit of your world, Janet! I know how everything can kinda feel upside down those first few weeks of mamahood – there truly is no such thing as a typical day ;) If you ever need a break (or a spa day), just let me know – I’ll happily snuggle little Andrew for you. And I’m 100% with ya on the yoga pants – comfort first ALWAYS!

Ok friends, you’ve seen Andrew’s adorable nursery (LOVE the gray, black, and white!!), but you gotta take a peek at the rest of Janet’s beautiful home. It’s the cutest gem in North Park :)

P.S. Just want to give a shout out to Andrew’s papa, Brian! I didn’t get a chance to interview him, but he’s clearly an awesome dad :)

July 10, 2017

5 year anni


This little blog of mine was born 5 years ago and has definitely become a part of me. I’ve had so many different visions for this space, it’s ridiculous, yet when I look back, I see that my blog has stuck by me through ALL the changes. It’s just rolled with the punches and morphed into whatever I wanted it to be that day, month, or year.

There have been times where I wanted to delete everything and just start fresh again, but I’ve learned that new ideas can quickly shift focus and eventually they too will grow old. So I guess running a blog can be compared to life in some ways as it’s not so much about the destination, but the journey (cheesiest line of the day, you’re welcome).

So with that, I’d love to say that I have so much in store for you (which I do), but who knows, maybe it will all feel irrelevant tomorrow and never see the light of day. We’ll see!

No but seriously, I have the sweetest newborn session to share along with a sneak peek into my closet and a brand new playlist for July. Stick around, friends!

June 30, 2017

cloudy windansea


Taking a few days to chill with friends and family for the 4th. Be back on the 10th!

June 28, 2017

retro boulder apt

retro boulder apartment living room

This view may have you suspicious of a little Photoshop magic, but I can assure you that it is very real and very pretty in my friend Caroline’s apartment. She lives in beautiful Boulder, CO with her man, Ryan, and together they’ve brought out the best of their fabulously retro space. When I was greeted by a fully mirrored entryway and original parquet flooring, I knew I was in for a treat.

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Their sprawling living room is decked out in midcentury modern furniture with clean lines and a minimalist vibe, yet still feels super comfy and inviting. I love how these floating pieces work together to create a cozy room within a room. And the earthy textures seem to be the perfect balance to their jewel-toned blues and greens, which totally brings the outdoors in for me.

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But my favorite part about Caroline and Ryan’s home is that everything they own serves a purpose, including their meticulously curated bar cart and vintage record player. These things are not just decor, but great examples of form meeting function for this very hip couple’s inspiring lifestyle ;)

P.S. They also served us French press coffee every morning (which my Ryan and I are now completely addicted to)… Thanks so much for having us, Caroline and Ryan!! Now it’s your turn to visit us in SD xoxo

June 26, 2017



Two of my three favorite people, captured in their natural habitat. This is where my babies are most comfortable and relaxed. At home, in their playroom, wild and free to be themselves. It was as if my camera wasn’t even there.


I’m always looking for natural settings, real life moments, and authentic smiles. Over time I’ve realized how much our moods are affected by environment. Photos simply look better when people (and furbabies) are genuinely happy, feel safe, and know what to expect. As photographer, I’m invited on their turf and leave as a new friend – well, still just mommy in this case ;) But it leaves kids feeling somewhat in control and excited to show me their favorite toys, backyard, etc.


If you’re curious to hear more about lifestyle at-home sessions, check out my info page or send me a quick message!

June 23, 2017

white noise


Just a little eye candy ;) Happy weekend!! xo