First, I want to say thank you - so much - for the comments, emails, likes, notes, etc. here on the blog and on Instagram/Twitter/Facebook regarding our big announcement the other day. Even though I've been pregnant for almost four months now, I feel like we can really celebrate now that we've finally shared the news. It means a lot to me (and to Robbie too) to get such a sweet response from you guys. Thank you again!
Next, a few of you asked, so I feel the need to 'reassure' my readers that Bubby and Bean isn't going to become a mommy blog. This isn't anything against mommy blogs - I actually really enjoy reading blogs about motherhood, and have followed several since long before we ever planned on becoming pregnant. But the majority of Bubby and Bean's readers come here for design and style inspiration, and that will continue to be the main focus. At the same time, I consider this to be a lifestyle blog, and from day one my mission has been to share ways to live a creative lifestyle. In that sense, I'm really looking forward to incorporating some parenting and kid related content here now and then - in the same way I did while we were planning our wedding. This is a whole new world for me and things like nursery design, baby gear, and even maternity clothes are pretty exciting in my eyes.
I still plan to share more about our journey in trying to conceive in the next couple of weeks, but for now, I'm asking you for some advice! As I said, this is a whole new world for me, and there is a ridiculous amount out there in terms of different products, brands, and what you actually 'need.' I want to know your favorites: nursery necessities, baby clothing and shoes, diaper bags, diapers (we prefer biodegradable), blankets, toys, body and skin care, maternity clothes (the photo above was taken a few weeks ago when I first started to show; I'm quite a bit bigger now!), books (my friend Cara gave me a great one called Origins), crib mattresses and sheets, breast feeding necessities, baby monitors, slings, car seats, strollers, etc! What are your favorite companies (handmade, eco-friendly, and Etsy shops are a plus) and brands? What products can't you live without? What items can we buy second hand? What types of things can I make myself (I am very much about being frugal and DIYing)? Whatever you can share, it will be appreciated!