Hi, I’m Ally
Wife | Mother | Artist
My adventurous soul has lead me here – and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Growing up, I was privileged with the gift of travel. My grandparents were wanderlusts, they were always going somewhere and I admired that. I believe that if you die where you were born, you haven’t lived enough. Somehow, as a child, I ended up in a town where no one wants to live, but that move ended up bringing me the best thing in life, true love.
When I was 17, I met my husband who just like me, was ready to make a big change. We moved spontaneously, and haven’t stopped moving since – we have lived in 5 different states and have loved each of them. We are parents to 7 under 11. Our latest grand adventure was twins! Our sons were conceived naturally, so they were a total surprise, I went to my regular doctor’s appointment at 32 weeks and within the hour of an ultrasound taking place – they were born. Currently, we are in the process of learning to split our time between newborns and soon, we’ll learn if they are identical or fraternal.
I love photography, everything about it except the business portion is beautiful. I spent the last 7 years taking photos for families, specializing in documenting maternity, birth & newborn moments. After the birth of our 5th child, I realized that I wanted more out of motherhood. I wanted to be present, to be there, always. I still channel my creativity through taking photos of my own children and those who are close to me, but I don’t take paid clients anymore. I created the hashtag #sustainchildhood because I love educating others and helping them to better themselves in any way possible. I feel as though because I’m not using my talents, I may as well give away the knowledge that I have to help parents preserve childhood memories.
I started this blog because I live a full life of parenting. I have tried so many products and sometimes, they just don’t work. I wanted to create a space for parents to come and learn about products before they purchase them. Some of my product reviews are sponsored (meaning the company sent me a sample of the product to review) but I only work with companies that have a good moral standing in the parenting community. Those who love and embrace all family types. Also on this blog, I’ll talk about my adventures in parenting, parenting hacks and I’ll even share photography tips and inspiration. It is my hope that I can help you by making your life as parents easier.
My Life as Mama
My stories from triumph to defeat I navigate life as “Mama” to 7 little children.
On January 4th, 2018... we welcomed our twin sons at just 32 weeks gestation due to bradycardia (Baby A only) They spent 38 days in the NICU. While every preemie’s journey is different, I feel like it helps to read about the experience of others. Here is a look at our...
January 4th started out like any other "regular" day, but ended up being the luckiest day of my life. Ryan normally comes with me to my doctor's appointments so that we can have lunch together. This time, I was running a bit late so I went alone. When I arrived at my...
It was at our 20-week scan where I found out that Baby B's cord was not inserted in the "ideal location." At that scan, I was told that his cord was diagnosed as a "Marginal Cord Placement." This meant that his cord was attached to the placenta off-center instead of...
Parenting can be hard, sometimes making things harder are products that are marketed well, but they just don’t work. Here are some of my reviews on products that actually worked for me!
The Ollie Swaddle is a blanket that is easy and safe to use. This is a great alternative to the typical muslin swaddle blankets. Swaddling your baby properly is very important for many different reasons. The Ollie Swaddle helps all parents to swaddle without worry or...
The Dock A Tot Deluxe+ is one of my absolute favorite products. I tell all of my friends about it because it's something that has helped me to have more happy days in the newborn stage, due to better sleep. I was introduced to this co-sleeper with my son Benton, and I...
Finding a dress to wear for family photos or maternity pictures is hard work. (Hard being an understatement) I usually start with dressing myself first and then choosing pieces for my family around what I'm wearing. I don't do this because I want to be the center of...
Photography Tips & Inspo
Helping you to document and provide the photos for the storybook of your life.
Santa pictures are a weird thing, some kids love them, some kids hate them.. but either way, they do bring a little bit of joy for us parents, right? I have always been lucky with Santa photos, our kids never did the freak out and cry bit... which honestly, I'm a...
Lesson Three "How do I know which camera to buy?" How to choose your first camera: Research & pick a brand or two Set a budget Include; memory cards & other supplies Don't look at camera kits Buy the camera + a 50mm 1.8 lens separately Shop the Sales / get...
#sustainchildhood Lesson #2 for parents. Here are some tips on how to take great indoor photos with your DSLR!
Don’t be shy. Let me know if you have any questions!