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Happy 37 weeks to my baby bump!

And my goodness, is it getting cramped inside my tummy! ;) I’ve kinda resorted to picking things up with my toes, asking Max for help… or just leaving it until Zack gets home at night. We had an ultrasound the other day and the technician was able to record the baby’s weight. Would you believe they estimate our baby to currently weigh around 8 lbs? I do love a chubby baby, so I’m not complaining. (And to think I didn’t even buy newborn size diapers a few weeks ago, I skipped right to size 1. Mothers intuition, anyone?)

Zack had some additional time off work recently so we spent it finishing preparations for Baby #2 and just simply being together at home as a family. It was seriously one of the best weeks of my life. While Zack was home we cranked out a few projects — like painting a nightstand for the nursery, sewing a rocking chair cushion set, hanging extra towel bars in our bathroom for our family visiting, and installing the infant car seat. The whole time I was like, Yahooo! We’re checking off another “to do”, this is awesome! #dork

Even though I’m nervous about the birth and what our experience will end up being, I do have a lot of peace. I share with Zack pretty much weekly how grateful I am to not have the tension that comes with feeling like there’s too much to do each day but not knowing how to get it all done. Now, if I could only find the energy to stay awake once Max goes to bed so I can work on a few things just for me ;) I’m reminded this is a (short) season in my life and it reminds me of my childhood. So many memories of taking care of my dolls and hours of creative play come flooding back to me. I’m doing exactly what I always envisioned myself doing :)

By the way, I listened online to Angie Smith speak recently on how to be better at being present in the moment, and it was so refreshing. I’m not sure how long the videos will be up, so click over and watch as soon as you can.

Maxwell is noticing a bit more that things are starting to change within our family. Instead of only talking about the baby, the visual clues are appearing: we have a cradle for the baby to sleep in, a car seat for the baby to ride in, clothes for the baby to wear, little diapers tucked next to Max’s on the changing table. He’s noticing, and as much as we are keeping things as routine as possible, he’s having a hard time. And you know, I’m just so grateful that my only requirements each day is to be the mama God has created me to be. It’s easy for this to feel like too much, but it really is enough.

I’m reminded it’s OK for Max to struggle a little with the upcoming changes because I have the time each day to help him process them.

I feel encouraged, blissful, tired, excited and grateful. All good things! xoxo

October baby bundle giveaways: $880+ in prizes

October is a very special month! Not only does it signify a change in seasons but the 29th is our estimated due date for Baby #2, and I’m already sooooooooooooo excited! This past weekend we finished up some big projects around our apartment that will help us ease into a family of four. It’s a wonderful feeling :)

We also have TWO baby themed giveaway bundles for our Maggie Whitley Designs community, starting today, totaling over $880 in prizes. Our 16 sponsors have donated some fantastic items, sure to spoil two of you! See below for the bundles & entry details.

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BABY BUNDLE #1: 1. Baby Carrier We from BabyBjörn, $139.95 value // 2. Bow Tie Onsie from Pea Pods Boutique, $15 value // 3. Welcome Baby Banner from Hawthorne Ave Arts & Vintage, $30 value // 4. Lovey, Bib and Burpcloth Set from Delva B. Tree, $30 value // 5. Fabric Keychain from Studio Risa, $25 value // 6. 75 Thank You Cards with Envelopes from Small Moments, $75 value // 7. $25 gift card to Little Sapling Toys, $25 value // 8. Sweet Dreams Pillow from Drawstring Studio, $22 value // 9. Siblings Shirt from E & LuLu, $26.95 value // 10. Dear Baby Journal from Paper + Spark, $32 value. TOTAL BUNDLE VALUE: $421

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BABY BUNDLE #2: 1. Hooded Baby Towel from Little Lily Bamboo, $38 value // 2. 10 Custom Bun in the Oven Announcements from Little Elephant Crafts, $70 value // 3. Bunny Blankie from Running Wild Designs, $26 value // 4. Baby Bib from Bella and Tate, $10 value // 5. Baltic Amber Teething Necklace from Spark of Amber, $21.99 value // 6. Purely Yours® Ultra Double Electric Breast Pump from Ameda, $299 value. TOTAL BUNDLE VALUE: $465

To enter the giveaway, please use the Rafflecopter entries below. None of the entry options are required so please keep an eye out for the entry options that don’t require social media, there are many :) One winner for each bundle will be selected at random and notified via email. Please note: both giveaways are open to US residents only. Good luck!

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Small Spaces: Tip #1

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When we first moved to Los Angeles, just over two years ago, we hardly had any material possessions. We packed our Jeep and drove from Minneapolis to LA, and I was not quite 14 weeks pregnant with Maxwell. We brought with us an heirloom baby cradle, my sewing machine, a box of sewing notions/fabric, minimal clothes, a small selection of meaningful items/decorations, Bauer’s dog crate, and plenty of tools should the Jeep need any servicing. We actually planned on sleeping in the Jeep on our drive out here, but as we were selling/packing/cleaning out the house we were renting in Minneapolis I found more and more things I just couldn’t leave behind. We had never made a move this large or far away and didn’t quite know what to expect. (Our families have the rest of our valuables and meaningful items stored in Michigan.) Suddenly the Jeep was full of “absolute musts” to bring to Los Angeles, so there wasn’t room for sleeping (or packing much else).

Funny, we didn’t bring more than a few boxes of stuff, but what we did bring took up a lot of space in the Jeep.

As hard as it’s been, I’ve learned over the last 25 months that it really is possible to live with less.

It’s an incredibly emotional process — especially how we’re indirectly trained to become attached to things — but it’s taught me so much.

Once we found our first apartment in Los Angeles we started making small purchases for our home. Of course all of this took lots of time, lots of saving, and a lot of discipline to not spend money on unnecessary things.

There are still things and clothes and furniture I think we need that we haven’t purchased yet, and the reason why has mixed results. Do we really need this? Can we afford it? And so we continue wait.

I remember clear as day showing a friend our first apartment after we had settled in. She saw our closet and then asked me, Where are the rest of your clothes? I thought to myself, They’ve been sold. And for a minute I actually felt embarrassed over my small wardrobe.

But that’s a perfect example of how we live with less, and how it’s been a discipline not to make a purchase “just because”.

Living with less shouldn’t feel weird or wrong. In fact, it’s actually taught me a lot about myself and personal tendencies. I’ve learned how to decorate our home with our favorite, most-cherished things instead of packing them away “for another time”.

When we display memories of our adventures, or make space in our cozy home for things that have value, we re-ignite life moments that once made our souls feel something. And how inspiring is that?

I’ve been trained to look at the big picture in life instead of a small, Maggie-centered life. Because of what we put inside our home, when I walk outside I actually notice the beautiful pink flowers growing on the branches. I rocked our firstborn to sleep in a cradle that once rocked me, and once again it’s in the nursery, anticipating another baby. My nightstand holds a bird lamp, a gift from my parents — one that “I really really really realllly wanted” about seven years ago. One kitchen cupboard shelf — which was once empty, is now full of coffee cups given to us by family & friends. They each tell a story of adventure and friendship in California. The bed quilts inside our closet hold meaning and are handmade, and the books on our bookshelf are incredibly inspiring, funny or from our very favorite authors.

My point is our home may be small but it’s incredibly large with meaning, and that brings me deep happiness.

Tip #1: have your home showcase the things that mean the most.

Introducing our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide!

Well hello, October! I’m so happy it’s the first of the month. The weather is finally cooling off a bit here in Los Angeles and the holiday-themed family/kiddo activity emails are appearing in my personal inbox. It’s so exciting :) And not to mention, October is the month our second baby is due!!! We’ll see though when baby actually makes his or her debut…

Our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide launches today and runs through December 15th. I’m really excited to share with you the 17 shops that are participating this year as they feature some really fun items! Most of them are offering a unique discount code to the MWD community, which is so generous of them! I wanted to give you a tease of what’s inside our Holiday Gift Guide so below are photos of my favorite items with a direct link to each shop.

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Baby Bjorn:

A Swedish family-owned business started in 1961. Our concept is to make day-to-day life easier for parents of small children by developing safe & innovative products of the highest quality for children up to three years old.

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Baby Mama Sew Shop:

Purses, bags, clutches and zipper pouches, as well as clothing items such as skirts and aprons for women and kids.

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Delva B. Tree:

Stylish and fun handmade baby bibs, burp cloths, blankets, children’s crayon wallets and other accessories.

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Drawstring Studio:

Modern home decor items to fit everyone’s needs and budget.

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Fountain Top Creations:

A shop full of cozy crocheted and knitted hats, scarves, cowls, ear-warmers, and more!

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Gingiber:

An illustrative paper goods and homeware store filled with prints, pillows, tea towels, cards, tote bags, and more.

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LilyAlyssa Boutique:

Sweet women’s accessories crocheted and sewn: headbands, scarves, hats, ear warmers, etc.

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 Love Forward:

Handmade accessories, home goods, and gifts; inspired by love.

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Oh So Antsy:

Hand cut custom state and country shaped jewelry.

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Paper + Spark:

Fresh, fun, and functional everyday essentials for your desktop, workspace, and home.

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Pink Poppy Party Shoppe:

An array of handcrafted personalized party decorations.

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Purpose Jewelry:

Handcrafted jewelry made by survivors of sexual slavery. 100% of the proceeds go to International Sanctuary, a non-profit that provides holistic care, and empowers rescued women & girls to obtain true freedom.

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Saffron and Nutmeg:

Hand knit and sewn items made for mamas and kiddos.

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Shared Joy:

Boutique quality headbands for the fashionable joys in your life!

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 Silly Mama Quilts:

Fresh and fun handmade gift and home décor items. Original designed pieces make some of the best gifts for a wedding, new baby, holiday or treat for yourself.

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Simple and Trendy:

Modern style with classical appeal. Mason jar tumblers, monogrammed wine glasses, iPhone charger decals and stickers.

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The Vintage Honey Shop:

Specializing in handmade necklaces that mamas wear, but is safe for babies to chomp on while teething!

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We’re so excited about this years Holiday Gift Guide and for all of the participating shops! Offering a unique discount code to our community so we can start our holiday shopping is incredibly generous of them, so thank you sponsors!