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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.
Our twins were a surprise as it is, learning whether they are identical or fraternal was even more of a surprise, Do you know how twin zygosity is determined? Find out along with us!
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...
Here are some of my reviews on products that actually worked for me!
07 MAY 2018 Twin Product Review What initially drew me to this carrier was that both babies are carried in front, making it easier for me to see and take care of them without worry that the one in the back isn't happy. Also, people love to touch babies out in public,...
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.
Photography Tips & Inspo
Helping you to document and provide the photos for the storybook of your life.
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...
Are we still in Idaho? This particular location has a unique feel to it. I don't come all the way out here often but on this day I was feeling up for an adventure! Initially, the plan was to use the snow scene, and that was it. We're having some pretty mild weather...
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...
Don’t be shy. Let me know if you have any questions!