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Jessica & Justin – San Francisco Wedding Photographer

I’ve said it before and I will say it again…you absolutely do not need to be engaged or getting married to get you and your significant other in front of a camera to have your love documented! You can do an anniversary session or you can even do a session just because why not?! And you should! Savor the moments of the right now, capture your love and life as it is in the present! It’s a beautiful thing! And, boy, am I SO glad that Jessica and Justin decided to come out during our #ambreetakesthecoast travels for a little Just Because session as we drove through San Francisco! I’m pretty sure I could shoot here every single day and be entirely happy. A foggy evening, open waters, a whole lot of love, and a little bit of magic. It was pefect!

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Emilia Jane - October 22, 2014 - 2:34 pm

That first image is everything. Holy WOW.

Grayson – Nineteen + Twenty Months

With life and work both as crazy as ever lately, I’m doing a combo milestones post for the tyke again! And I’m actually okay with it, because honestly he grows SO much everyday, but oddly, I don’t find myself having nearly as many ‘firsts’ and milestones moments to note down, s0 maybe the double posts are okay for now.

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27.1 lbs

31.5 inches

(Above stats from last pediatrician appointment.)

*Next level tantrums. Arches his back. Throws his head. And falls to the floor. Gah, I’m about ready to put a helmet on this kid with how often he is hitting his head on things in the midst of these.

*Banshee screams. Can’t wait for this milestone to pass. I’m hoping once he develops more language, he can just ask us things instead of just screaming at every little thing.

*Gave his first black eye. Did I mention the tantrums? Oh, I did. Yeah, thanks to one of these next level tantrums, mommy ended up crying in the middle of the tractor ride at the pumpkin patch because Grayson decided to crack me in the nose with his head. So. Much. Fun. (Let’s hope my nose isn’t broken!)

*So many teeth! I’ve honestly lost count!

*Gives you kisses if you are sleeping. 

*Baby’s second visit to the Pumpkin Patch, I think he LOVED being able to be on foot and run around this time. He was obsessed with organizing and moving around all the little pumpkins at the patch. 

*Obsessed with breakfast foods. Pancakes. Scrambled Eggs. Sausage. This kid devours it all!

*Not only does he hug his stuffed animals and say ‘Aw”, he now hugs people’s feet and says, ‘Aw’. Have I mentioned this kid is a bit strange? 

*Coloring! His new favorite activity! But he will make one mark and insist on getting an entirely clean piece of paper, over and over again.

*Digs pumpkin bread.

*Could eat an entire can of black beans in one sitting.

*Mr. Independence. I love how he can play by himself for great lengths of time and be entirely happy, but this kid is independent to the core! Whenever I try to color with him, he takes the crayons from my hand and tells me, ‘No’. Every single time. And when I try to take him out of his crib, he pushes my hands away and tries to climb over the side instead. Gah!

*Loves climbing up on dining room chairs and jumping on them, while he squeals, ‘Jump, Jump!!!’

*Loves brushing his own teeth! He sees us doing it before bed and wants to do it to. He mostly just rubs his toothbrush around in his mouth and chews on the bristles a little, but it’s a start! And it’s pretty adorable to boot!

*Slowly but surely losing some baby chubb! At his last pediatrician appointment, his height had entered the 80% with his weight finally. And you know how I really know? His little chubby thigh creases are getting less deep!

*Loves his cousin Roxanne. (And her kitty.) He chases her and the kitty around the whole time he is at their house, trying to pet the kitty and tackle Roxanne.

*Phones. He holds them up to his ear like he is talking….now, I am trying to get him to say, ‘Hello’.

Things I Love: Mish Mosh Edition XV

Well, I promised the shiny happy things kind of blogs would be back and here they are! Another fresh batch of Things I Love! And this one is oh-so-good!!!!! (Not that all arn’t, right?!)

Lipstick Queen Chinatown Pencils

I know I am usually a die hard Nars lip pencil kind of gal, but since I had to run into Ulta the other day because of a nail polish emergency (those totally happen!) and since Ulta refuses to carry Nars (I usually boycott Ulta for this very reason!), I was forced to peruse the other offerings for lip pencils. It seems all the major brands are getting on board with the chubby lip pencils and I LOVE it! I’m pretty sure I will never use an actual lipstick again! So, in my perusal, I came across the Chinatown pencil lines by Lipstick Queen (coincidentally, I really love their lipsticks too) and I fell in love with the ‘Catalina’ shade! As a lipstick loving gal, I am constantly on the hunt for ‘perfect bold reds’ and ‘perfect soft pinks’, the Catalina Chinatown pencil fits that latter category to a T! Super subtle for everyday wear and I’m pretty sure I’m now going to wear it everyday until forever! Bonus! They come with their own pencil sharpener too!

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 Moorea Seal

Little did I know, when my friend Jordan told me she was going to take me to one of her favorite boutiques in Seattle, that I would be walking into the very shop of the Moorea Seal brand that I have been lusting over for months via their Instagram! Color me oh-so-obsessed! I have been wanting so much of the gorgeous jewelry for a while now, so, of course, I went a little crazy and bought everything shiny in sight…and a beanie (because, hey, it’s fall and I was in Seattle) and some fun flash tats (because, helloooo, shiny!). I may or may not have added a bunch more of their pretty pieces to my Christmas list when I got home…okay, yeah, I totally did!

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 Sydney Hale Candles 

Soooo, I recently became hooked on searching through the Huckberry site for all things that the spouse would totally love (Christmas and her birthday are coming!)…and I found some fab finds for me too! Who knew I’d find something on a site geared towards all things vaguely outdoorsy…and not just in the tailgating section! They have a home goods section of their online storefront and I fell head over heels in love with these Sydney Hale candles. Probably because I am just coming off of that PNW roadtrip and still obsessed with the incredible smells of the redwoods and sea spray and everything combined that the scents of these candles were right up my alley right now. (And, we generally love all the woodsy/bonfire types of candles at the Miller homestead.) And, with pretty design to boot? Count me in! Andddddd they donate 10% of their profits to dog rescue?! Yup, I’m pretty sure I just found my new favorite candle company!

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The PNW

I know you are probably wondering where all the photo goodness is from my #ambreetakesthecoast adventures are, but I swear it will be worth the wait after Brienne and I collaborate on the photo collection from our travels! So much pretty coming! But, I can already tell you I need to do this trip again! Maybe multiple times! I left a piece of my heart in the Pacific Northwest and I have to go back to explore it more! Probably with Bree, since it’s hard to get my spouse to leave state lines, but it would be amazing to bring her too. I think K would love it so! The smells. The sounds. The peace in the air. I have to get back there sooner than soon!

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What things are YOU loving lately? A new book, beauty product, song, you name it! Leave a suggestion of something I should check out in the comments! 

Christy Tyler - October 20, 2014 - 11:07 pm

The PNW is really the best. I can’t wait to go back either!!! Can’t wait to see the pics!

Wedding: Katie & Mike – National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame

These two! Gah! Hello cutest ever! I already knew how cute they were from their engagement session (even when fast walking Mike leaves Katie in his dust during that whole romantic strolling part,), but being a part of their wedding day was a glimpse into a whole other level of love. And, not to mention, I left their wedding just wishing both of their families would adopt and keep me! Their joy filled day was one of those weddings where you could feel the love of everyone around them. You could see beauty of their families coming together. And I feel beyond honored to have been a part of it!

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Katie Glaser - October 15, 2014 - 6:35 pm

I am so in love with these!!!! Thank you so much!!!

Emilia Jane - October 17, 2014 - 4:28 pm

Beautiful! Love this wedding

One Hell of a Grandpa

I debated whether or not to blog about this, but I’m pretty sure at least half of my blog readership comes to the blog to catch up on my personal posts, not those filled with all the pretty wedding pictures, so it seemed I should at least address it. But, to be honest, I don’t have much to say yet…because it still feels like there is no way this could be real. That this nightmare is a reality. That seemingly overnight the world could be turned upside down. But, it IS real and totally awful and 100% heart wrenching.

Grayson lost one hell of a grandpa last week. One of his best buds! His ice cream eating partner in crime. The man who taught him to give high fives and right hooks. He will be missed so so so very much. 

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Needless to say, it’s been a rough couple weeks around here, but all the pretty picture posts (and posts where I rave about new favorite lipsticks and all that fun stuff) start back up tomorrow! I share this post not seeking sympathy, but because I can’t go on blogging about pretty pictures and shiny happy things without first acknowledging the very real parts of life happening in the background right now. And as much as we are having a hard time accepting it, this is the real stuff right now. (And, boy, am I feeling the importance of photos in our lives more than ever right about now! The above photo taken by the amazing Julia will be one that is treasured forever in our family and I am forever thankful.)

Katie Glaser - October 14, 2014 - 4:49 pm

Thinking about you and your family, and so sorry for your loss.

Ann Oleinik - October 14, 2014 - 4:51 pm

I’m so sorry to hear this, Amanda. We’re thinking of you.

Kerrie Gallagher - October 14, 2014 - 5:10 pm

Loss is real and needs a place to speak too. Love to you and your family

Robin Haberl - October 14, 2014 - 6:13 pm

I completely understand how you feel first hand from my own experience, and my heart aches for you and your family. But, I totally agree with you about how precious photos can be when it becomes one of the special memories we hold dear to remind us of those we have lost. Sending our love and prayers to you guys….

Christy Tyler - October 14, 2014 - 6:19 pm

So so sorry to hear this, love. Sending you lots of healing and love. Photos really are so amazing to have, especially in times like this. <3

Katie Jane - October 15, 2014 - 7:32 pm

I am so sorry, Amanda. Thinking of you and your family!

Eliana O'Keefe - October 16, 2014 - 12:50 am

Very valuable picture.

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