Crowley Party of FOUR ❤️

Do you follow me on Instagram? If you did you saw the news! On the first day of fall we shared a little pumpkin surprise. We are expecting baby number TWO. YES, TWO! We are so excited that our family is growing and we can't wait to see Ella with a sibling. Ella has changed our world for the better and we can't wait to expand on that. The due date is April 3, 2017. I will share more details behind the pregnancy and the last few months soon! ❤️ 

Ella's First Birthday! Lemon Themed 💛

I am so behind in updates on this blog. Life has never been busier for us, and I have been struggling to keep up on documenting everything. I will have to retroactively blog about our summer later, as well as Ella's ONE YEAR update! But I couldn't not share these beautiful photos that my good friend Roxana took at Ella's birthday party last weekend.

I had about a million different ideas for Ella's party. I love a good party and joke (although I am not joking) that I had about five totally different weddings in my head that I would have been perfectly happy with, and that Trevor and I should just have a few more so I can throw each party! haha But really, I love everything PARTY. Hence the blog title, Crowley Party! haha As I mentioned earlier, my life has been extremely hectic these days and spare time is very limited. So I turned to two of my friends who run an event and party planning business The Confetti Creative. You guys, these ladies and I are cut from the same cloth and totally trusted them to run the show. They are fun, easy going, incredibly creative, talented, the list really could go on and on. They completely spoiled me by offering to help throw Ella's party. I have always done these shin digs myself and let me just tell you, I don't know if I can ever go back to being a one man show. Having help is LIFE CHANGING! 

Shabby Apple Dress Giveaway - FIVE Winners!

Hello! I know it has been forever since I last posted and I have so much to catch up on. But before that I had to let you all know about an amazing giveaway going on over on my Instagram. Me and some wonderful ladies and friends are giving away FIVE Shabby Apple Dresses! Winners get to pick whatever dress they want. This is in celebration of loving yourself and our bodies exactly where you are RIGHT NOW. I have always been a huge fan of Shabby Apple for years and I am particularly loving this gingham number! Perfect dress for transitioning into fall. Don't forget to check out the other ladies (Roxana, Brianna, Michelle, and Brittany) and see the dresses they picked to style and if you want even extra entries to win the giveaway you can head on over to their instagram accounts as well. GOOD LUCK!

My Breastfeeding Experience - Tips for Successful Breastfeeding

Did you know August is breastfeeding awareness month?! August also marks one year of me breastfeeding Ella. I wanted to share my breastfeeding experience for several reasons. Mostly because when I was starting to breastfeed Ella, I spent hours searching the internet for answers, experiences, anything to keep me going. Some people are lucky enough to have no issues from the get go, but I would say most women experience some kind of learning curve. I would even go as far to say, although I know I can't speak on the behalf of everyone's experience, that a lot of us found it very stressful. When you add a bunch of crazy changing hormones on top of that stress... it can lead a lot of women to stop breastfeeding basically right away. I totally relate to those feelings, but I urge you if you are reading this and you want to just quit because it is all too much right now, YOU CAN DO IT and it is SO WORTH IT.  

The benefits of breast milk are undisputed. This stuff is liquid gold my friends! It is amazing and nothing can fully substitute its benefits. I won't go into all the reasons why it is amazing in this post, but I urge you to do some research on what it does for your sweet little one. Not only is breast milk amazing, breastfeeding can be an incredible bonding experience. It creates such a unique and special relationship between mother and child from the beginning. It builds an incredible trust between the two of you and some of my most cherished memories with Ella have been while breastfeeding. I am actually starting the weaning process and have already cried several times about it coming to an end. I have to laugh when I think back to the beginning of our breastfeeding experience because I would cry when it was time to breastfeed again, HAHA.

Since it is breastfeeding awareness month, I have teamed up with Munchkin to share with you guys the different things that have worked for me. My best advice based off of personal experience! So glean what you will, and hopefully something that worked for me will work for you too.