The Black & White Blog
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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.
This was a pretty magical experience for me because this was the first time that I got to bathe my sons alone. I know that sounds weird, but previously, all of their baths were done with the unnecessary help of a nurse. I don't think they were really there to help but...
National Infertility Awareness Week Secondary infertility is the inability to become pregnant or to carry a baby to term after previously giving birth to a baby. Secondary infertility shares many of the same causes of primary infertility. You probably don't believe me...
Meet Maliah The sweetest girl, well beyond her years. When she came home from school, talking about a greenhouse, I wasn't sure how much involvement she had. As it turns out, she is one of the main people who help to make this as beautiful as it is. When I...
Here are some of my reviews on products that actually worked for me!
Pinterest Instagram Youtube First Impressions I received this package of products to review for you guys, I haven't used this brand of products in the past, but in short - I love them and I will definitely look for these brands going forward. The OXO products are...
I’m a Mom to seven but my three under three are the ones I pack a diaper bag for mostly. I like to keep things simple (is that even possible with twins?) When I prepare a diaper bag, I think about the things we check first when a baby cries at home; Diaper, Hunger and Comfort level. So I start there.
The Snuza Hero is a wireless movement monitor for babies of all ages. This monitor is excellent for parents of full term and pre-term babies. Within seconds, you'll know if your baby has stopped breathing with a high pitched alarm. [et_social_follow icon_style="slide"...
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...
Lensbaby sent me this awesome lens to review for you guys, you'll be able to pick one up for yourself on their website ($89.95) I was introduced to the Lensbaby brand by a search for a unique product for photographers and the first product that I received was the...
The Lensbaby Twist 60 | A razor sharp lens with a twist! I have always tried to further my skills as a photographer, I'm consistently looking for something new to make things more exciting and to help me produce images unlike anyone else. I recently read an article...
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