Now My Heart Beats for Two…

If you’ve been following my blog/Twitter/Instagram for a while, you were probably aware of my pregnancy. 7 weeks ago, on June 24th, we welcomed our second son, Mason Steven Graus, to the world. He’s perfect. Every inch of him. I remember thinking before he was born, how can I possibly love this new baby as much as my first, but it happened the instant I laid eyes on him. If you’re wondering why I’ve been MIA for this long, here’s why…

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Mason Hospital 2807_85Being a mother of two is a lot different than I thought it would be. In a good way. I had it in my head that my 3 year old would have a hard time adjusting to having a sibling and not want anything to do with him. I was completely wrong. Tyler adores Mason and wants to hold him, give him kisses and play with him all of the time. He acts like Mason was the best thing that’s ever happened to him. It’s so incredibly heartwarming and there isn’t even a word in the English language to describe how much love I have for my boys. It really is indescribable. Not to say there aren’t challenges- there have been a fair share of those as well. Ranging from sleep deprivation, baby blues, nursing problems, marital strife – you name it. But, at the end of the day, I couldn’t be more happy and couldn’t feel more blessed for this amazing family.

While I do plan on continuing with my blog.  It is not my priority. Posts will be less frequent and a little sporadic for a little while. I want to enjoy these newborn/baby days as much as possible. Trust me, All Things Pretty is here to stay, and the voice will mostly remain the same as well. I am not, and will never be a “mommy blogger”, just a mommy who blogs. While every once in a while, I like to share the big milestones, I don’t want to post my kids’ life stories online. All Things Pretty will continue to be my “getaway”, because let’s face it, mommy’s need to escape motherhood every once in a while. Aside from my kids, pretty things are my happy place and that’s why it’s important that I have this blog. I do plan on making a full return when the time is right. Right now, I’m going to snuggle with these two babies.

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The loves of my life. 

Perfection is the Biggest Flaw: Free Cell Phone Background

One day this quote just popped into my head and these words couldn’t be more true. As a mother. As a wife. As a a professional businesswoman. As a human.

There are too many times where I set myself up for failure because I expect everything to be perfect. I’ve really been working on this and rather than being disappointed in myself when things aren’t exactly perfect, I try using those situations as teachable moments for personal growth.

Sometimes things turn out when they don’t go exactly right. That’s where my creative side shines. Many of my creations weren’t the initial intended result. I self taught myself painting, photography, sewing and web design all through a lot of trial and error. I knew that if I kept expecting things to be perfect, then I would give up out of frustration.

Now, I just need to try and incorporate this way of life as a wife and mother. There are times when I ball my eyes out because I think I’m a terrible mother or don’t deserve my (very) patient husband. I don’t like feeling like a failure to others and it’s a much harder pill to swallow when you can’t be “perfect” for your loved ones as opposed to a painting. It’s just important to understand that it’s human nature to make mistakes and accept that as long as you’re trying your absolute best, that’s good enough! I hope that you will enjoy this week’s free download!

Before you download this free desktop background, I do kindly ask you to read my usage policy:

- I do ask that if you use this, please return the love by sharing on Instagram (tag me @atprettyblog) and/or Pinterest for others to see and enjoy!

 - This is for personal use only. Please no duplicating, copying or selling my original artwork.

 - If sharing my design with others, please link back to this original post.

 - Please do not publish link or file onto your blog without proper credit.

 - To download, simply click on the link underneath the photo, right click on the photo that opens and save to your camera roll. From there, use your phone settings to make it your background.

- ENJOY!

Perfection is the Biggest Flaw: Free Cell Phone Background

Click here to open the high resolution file.

Free July 2014 Desktop Calendar!

It’s the last Tuesday of the month which means time for a new desktop calendar reveal! I’m all over coral and teal (and a touch of ombre, of course!) When I was playing with some designs, this one struck me as perfect for July! So summery, right? July is one of my favorite times of the year. There’s something about block parties, watermelon, the smell of firecrackers and the ice cream truck that makes me feel good. I mean I’ll be on maternity leave, so it will *almost* be like summer vacation since I won’t have to work (my job at least).

Wish me the best of luck- tomorrow is the BIG day. I can’t wait for Mason to join our family! I’ll be sure to post some photos on Intsagram, and rest assured, even though I am not a “mommy” blogger, I will be making a welcome to the world post- you better believe it! Until then, enjoy this absolutely FREE desktop calendar for July!

Before you download this free desktop background, I do kindly ask you to read my usage policy:

 - I do ask that if you use this, please return the love by sharing on Instagram (tag me @atprettyblog) and/or Pinterest for others to see and enjoy!

- This is for personal use only. Please no duplicating, copying or selling my original artwork.

 - If sharing my design with others, please link back to this original post.

 - Please do not publish link or file onto your blog.

 - To download, simply click on the link underneath the photo, right click on the photo that opens and save to your camera roll. From there, use your phone settings to make it your background.

 - ENJOY!

Free July 2014 Desktop Calendar!

Click here to open high resolution file!

Summer 2014 Trends: Sizzling Style

Summer 2014 Trends

A. Mirrored Aviators – If you use Instagram religiously, you have seen these. They are spectacular! They come in so many fun summer colors and just scream “take me to the beach”!

B. Kimono Cardigans – I think these are a perfect, lightweight way to layer in the summer. They come in so many pretty patterns and can be worn at the beach or for a date night on the town.

C. Neon Bling- Hello bright colors! As if jewelry wasn’t a blingy enough, let’s add some poppin’ neon colors to it! Heck yes! Have you seen the new Loren Hope arrivals? Drooling.

D. Mini Backpacks - It brings me back to 6th grade, but I love them now as much as I did then. These are not only cute, but hold all of your summer essentials, whether it be a day at the beach or in town.

E. Birks – They’re baaacck. Who would have thought that Birkenstocks would make it back this big? They are very comfy and they’re styles now definitely are a fashion statement.

F. Rompers – These fun little get ups are perfect for summer. Not only are the super light weight to keep you cool, but they come in so many different patterns! So cute!