Baby Registry Guide: Newborn to 5 Month Essentials

I published a baby registry guide post (here) almost two-and-a-half years ago, and I’ve been sharing it with friends ever since. I recently read through it again and realized a lot of links were broken, and that I needed to add new ‘Emi favorites.’

When I first compiled this list, I thought to myself, ‘I need to make a concise list of all essential items for a baby’s first five months.’ Then I listed all of the products we use on a day-to-day basis, and oh-my-gosh – it is quite the opposite of concise. Babies require lots and lots of stuff.

Liam’s Woodland One-derland Party

Ailee_Petrovic_151114_4B3A0122This past weekend, I was asked to photograph a first birthday party at a neighborhood park. Walking into it, I had no idea that I was going to encounter the cutest and most-Pinterest worthy celebration ever. The theme was ‘Woodland One-derland,’ and I was gushing over every single intricate detail.

Unfortunately, I can’t source things, since it isn’t my party, but if you have questions about any of the party decor, I’m happy to ask Sarah (Liam’s mom) and get back to you! Nobody should ever question the amount of blood, sweat and tears that goes into these first birthday parties! I know from first-hand experience (Isla’s party blog post here and Project Nursery post here) that they take umpteen hours to plan and fly by so incredibly quickly. 

Feast your eyes on this gorgeous woodland party, share with friends who have young babes and Pin away! 


Finger Painting with a Toddler (In the Bathtub!)

ToddlerIndoorActivitiesFingerPaintingAfter Isla woke up from her nap yesterday afternoon, we played in the yard for ten minutes before heading back inside, both red in the face and sweaty from the record breaking Houston temperatures (humidity factor made it feel like 110 degrees). I decided we needed to do something fun indoors, so I grabbed some paper, tape, Greek yogurt (which Isla loves) and food coloring and we painted in the bath tub.

At first, Isla was hesitant to “get into” the paint, but after I did some splatters myself, she went crazy with it. Of course, we were playing in the bathtub, so I was very excited about her enthusiasm, which was peppered with little moments of silence as she stopped to eat her ‘paint.’ 

Reading with Bookroo (Plus, Discount Code!)


We have been reading lots of books to Isla since she was a tiny newborn, which felt a little funny as she didn’t really seem all that interested in books at 4 weeks old. As she’s gotten older though, she has taken much more interest in reading and that makes a book lover like me very, very excited. I even posted a list of her favorite books to read here, and you’ll see in this photo that she now loves to read in her crib until she falls asleep (melts my heart!).

When Jane, the co-founder of Bookroo, reached out and shared information about her new company that helps parents build their children’s book libraries easily and affordably, all the while getting kids excited about reading new, fun books, I was sold. As my husband will tell you, I enjoy getting packages at our front door all too much, and receiving books for Isla made it even better. 

Documenting the Every Day

If you’ve been on Snapshots & My Thoughts for more than 2 minutes, you’ll know I’m obsessed with take photographs (hence my decision to turn it into a career!). When Isla was born, I became paranoid that she was growing too quickly and that I would forget what she looked like on day 27, 35, 89, etc. Therefore, I had the genius idea that I would make a ‘Photo-a-Day’ book. When it came to which site I would use to document these memories, I immediately thought of Shutterfly, as I have 14 photo books (seriously) printed from this incredible company already, and you can definitely consider me to be brand loyal. YearinPhotos