This image of Emma doesn’t have anything to do with this post but isn’t she cute? ;)

If you were to ask me last year about taking time off work for the baby, I would tell you I was only going to take a couple weeks off and then I’d get so bored I’d end up going back to work early. Boy was I wrong. We’re now two and a half months into this “maternity leave” thing and I’m wondering where the time has gone! And I say maternity leave in quotes because I work for myself so technically it’s really just a long break, not like I’m getting paid time off or like I have an office or employees to go back to.

This break has been so nice for me to really slow down and reenergize. 2016 was my busiest and best year as a business owner. I loved every client I got to work with and I remember being sad thinking that I would come back from maternity leave to crickets in my inbox or that I wouldn’t have any work and I’d have to start from square one. It’s hard to not stress over that stuff when you’ve got a baby on the way and a mortgage to pay but I think this break was much needed. It’s really allowed me to take a step back and reprioritize parts of my business and life. I’ve reworked my pricing and packages so I’m able to focus on 1 to 2 clients at a time versus 5 or 6 like I was doing last year. This will allow me to work while still being able to raise Emma at home which is a relief because I am so not ready to hire a nanny or send her off to daycare. This break has also made me think about the type of design I want to continue doing as well as the types of clients I want to work with. After last year I was really able to pinpoint which types of projects were the most fun for me and the other types that I didn’t enjoy as much. Being able to identify the types of projects I know I’ll enjoy working on will make it easy for me to see the value in taking time away from Emma so I can do work that will fuel my creativity and happiness.

With that being said, as much as I’ve enjoyed taking it easy these past couple months I am so ready to start working again in May. I have some anxiety about working with the baby at home but she seems to be napping pretty frequently(for now) so I’m just hoping I’ll be able to work in between naps and when Aaron gets home from work. For now I’m going to be soaking up these last couple weeks of work-free time with the baby. If anyone has any tips about working from home with a baby send them my way!

Welp, it’s been a little over a year since my last post here and so much has happened! Honestly, I haven’t really been able to figure out what to do with this space. I don’t know if I want to keep it attached to my business or separate the two or if I really even will keep up with blogging here. But I do know that I want to update you all on where I am because it’s been one hell of a year. With the extra push from Liz I decided I would just take the plunge and start this up again.

Aaron and I have been married a little over a year and a half now and we’re still living in sunny San Diego. Molli, our american bulldog, passed away from cancer (truly one of the hardest things we’ve ever had to deal with, we miss her to pieces). Riot, our staffordshire terrier, is still here and loves sunbathing and car rides. We bought a house in July which is something we thought we’d never be able to do in California but we made it happen and we’re loving our little home. I’m still designing full time at Noirve for small businesses and a new website will be launching early May(when I’m back from maternity leave) with tons of new projects, it’s been almost 2 years since I launched a new site for myself and the new one is just about done being developed. And the biggest news of all is that I had a baby! Emma June was born February 15, 2017 and we are so in love. She’s about 7 weeks old right now and is just the sweetest thing. I wanted to start blogging again to share bits of our life with her and have this space to look back on and read through. I absolutely love that I can look back on years of blogposts to┬ásee how much life has changed and how much we’ve grown.

First off I wanted to share all of my bump photos from my pregnancy with Emma. We traveled quite a bit last year because we honestly didn’t know when we’d be able to with Emma and I love to look back and see how much my stomach grew! I’d love to be able to go back to each of these places to retake these photos with Emma in tow.

 

Isn’t the human body insane?? I still can’t believe we have a baby…They aren’t lying when they say it goes by fast.

I promise I won’t go overboard with the baby photos but certainly can’t say you won’t see a lot of her here. She has been the best gift ever and I can’t wait to see what the rest of this year has in store for our little family. x

A few weeks back I went to San Francisco with my family and it was so fun. I haven’t been to San Francisco since before I moved away from Reno over 8 years ago so everything was so new to me! It’s changed so much since that last time I’ve been. We managed to cram a ton of touristy things into our schedule which made for a really crazy and interesting trip. We went to Baker Beach, had grilled oysters at Hog Island Oyster co, adventured around the Sutro Baths, Fishermans Wharf, went to the Coit tower, Lombard Street, Painted ladies, and ended the trip at Battery Spencer with an incredible view of the Golden Gate Bridge. I had a blast and Aaron and I are already trying to plan a trip up here together. Until next time, SF.

Now that our wedding has passed I’m finally gathering everything to share with you all. Aaron and I are both designers(with him also being a developer) so anything regarding design + web for our wedding we were able to save some cash and do it ourselves. This can be a blessing and a curse if you think about it. Thankfully things went pretty smoothly, I was able to take control of the printed pieces while Aaron was tasked with handling everything website wise. The end result was something we were both pretty proud of and felt fit our style and wedding aesthetic perfectly.

For the Save the Dates(not pictured) we designed and printed through Artifact Uprising which saved a ton of time and it included envelopes. Something to consider if you’re looking to upload your own design and get it pretty quickly. For the wedding invitations we wanted to bump it up a notch and get them letterpress locally. We spent a bit more on this for the quality but I think it’s definitely worth it, you can’t beat super thick stock. We also attached little insert cards with a password on it for people to RSVP on our wedding website, these we got printed for cheap through Moo. :)

For the website Aaron created a simple one page website that included all of the details for our big day. A button for people to RSVP which actually submitted directly to a google doc so we could see who would be attending and who wouldn’t be able to, some history about each of us, photos of each person in our wedding party, a map of where our venue was located, lodging around the area and finally a button for people to donate to our honeymoon in Italy. My favorite part about this is the subtle parallax in the header of the website. Aaron took a photo from our engagement session at the sand dunes and was able to isolate us from the sand which makes it look really awesome when you start to scroll. Just a fun little detail.

All in all it was a ton of work to take on ourselves for the wedding but I feel like it was the one area that we were able to really make sure it represented us as a couple since it’s what we both do for a living. We also enlisted the help of our friend Eva for some awesome water color lettering for us to use throughout which we loved.

Take a peek at our wedding website here. And feel free to click around and even submit an RSVP, I love the confirmation page that pops up with additional details :)