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maternity session at white rock.

This pregnancy has flown by. There is literally no other way to describe it. I’ve always thought that 9 months was such a long time, but here we are at 35 weeks and I’m desperately trying to get everything ready for our baby girl.

I was honestly on the fence about whether or not I should take maternity photos, but I cannot even tell you all how very glad I am that we did. This season has rushed by with hardly any documentation on my part and I’m so thankful to have these beautiful photos to forever lock this moment in time. Not to mention the fact that my husband and I literally haven’t had any professional pictures taken of us since our wedding…four years ago.

We shot these pictures at White Rock Lake in Dallas, TX. My husband and I both have family in the area, so that lake has always been a special and familiar place to us both. It just seemed like such a natural fit for us to take these pictures with our girl by the water because it’s such a big part of who we are as a couple, and we can’t wait to introduce her to it as well.

I cannot say enough about our incredible photographer, Kacey Gilpin, either. I “met” Kacey years ago on instagram and I’ve always thought that we would get along well in real life, and I was right. Not only is she talented, but she’s also a thoughtful, hilarious, Jesus-loving mama who brought us coffee for our early shoot. You just can’t beat that.

So, here are a just a few of the pictures we took last weekend. I’m so in love with them all and I hope you enjoy them as well.

ASOS Maternity Top in Gingham / Motherhood Maternity Skinny Pants / Jack Rogers Napa Valley Sandal / Lisi Lerch Tassel Earrings

]*all images are property of A Dash of Lovely

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andes mint cookies.

One of the “rules” that southern girls learn growing up is that you are never to show up to a party empty handed. I’m typically all for bringing a nice Malbec, but lately I’ve been consuming more cookies than wine and it turns out – they are quite the crowd pleaser.

These particular cookies are such a fun alternative to my old faithful, chocolate chip. I’ve kind of been on a chocolate-mint kick lately, which can most likely be blamed on Girl Scout cookies, so this batch really hit the spot for my pregnant hankerings. They are great for a get together with friends, and even better when you have some leftover with a glass of cold milk at home.

Which I may or may not have had for the last 5 nights in a row.

Ingredients

12 tablespoons (1.5 sticks) unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
¾ cup light brown sugar, packed
¼ cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup Andes Creme De Menthe Baking Chips

Instructions

Cream together the butter, light brown sugar, and granulated sugar until lightly and fluffy with a handheld or a stand mixer.

Add in the egg and cream everything together.

Slow mix in the flour, cornstarch, baking soda, and salt until the cookie dough has formed.

Fold in the Andes Creme De Menthe baking chips.

Wrap the cookie dough in plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator at for least 3 hours or up to 72 hours.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicon baking mat.

Scoop 1.5-2 tablespoons of cookie dough onto the cookie sheet and bake for 9-11 minutes.

Remove from oven and allow the cookies to cool for 2 minutes, and then transfer to a cooling rack.

recipe via Gal On a Mission

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transitioning into motherhood.

I’ve been struggling to produce regular content as of late, in case you haven’t noticed. It’s not that I haven’t been doing anything (although for several weeks during my first trimester that was exactly the case!), but I am still trying to figure out how to transition into motherhood. I am not typically a “tell-all” kind of person, so the odds of me sitting down and writing all of the gory details of my pregnancy are highly unlikely. However, my life is drastically changing and that means changes will inevitably be coming to this space as well.

I will obviously still be cooking because we have to eat and I am incapable of eating fast food or boxed dinners (the horror!). So those of you who come here for the sweet and savory will not be disappointed, I assure you. I’m also already planning our first vacation as a family of three, so if you stop by for travel tips – never fear. But I’m also hoping to add in more about pregnancy and motherhood as well.

As I’m learning and growing (literally) I want to share bits and pieces of that journey with you all as well.  If I stumble upon good advice or great, stylish products, then I want this to be a place where I can gush over that too. Speaking of, if you haven’t read Bringing up Bébé by Pamela Druckerman, then you need to drop everything and pick it up now. I cannot recommend this book enough and I am so glad it was the first book I read after finding out I was pregnant. It’s chock-full of practical tips for raising children who sleep, wait patiently, and eat real food. Not to mention, plenty of advice and reminders for parents to calm down and retain their identity as individuals and spouses after delivery. Pretty excellent stuff.

I hope you will all hang in there with me as I figure this new role out and exactly how it’s going to fit into the blog. 2017 is looking to be a very exciting year!

Pacapod Mirano Diaper Bag / Bannor Toys Classic Rattle /  Adorababy Striped Shoes / Hazel Village Juliette Rabbit

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