Category Archives: Family


Photographer: Natalie O’Donnell

So, you’ve come home with your new baby and the holidays are right around the corner. If you are a planner, you may have already done all of your shopping. To those women, the super organized, be sure to help a friend because you rock! We are in awe!

However, you may be like many of us and haven’t started to think about how you will get it all done. And, panic may even set in when you add your complete change of life with a new baby at home.

We want to help make this season what it should be. Perhaps consider starting a new tradition rather than stressing about what to cook, where to shop, or what to get grandma.

Here are a few tips and ideas that can make this holiday season more about family, time together, and true holiday cheer:

Remember it is OKAY to say no. Saying no to things you don’t want to do is saying yes to yourself. It’s hard, we know. We get that feeling of guilt, but it’s time to let that go! Give yourself permission to miss one year of traveling and curl up by a fire at home instead, if that is what you want to do. Sounds wonderful, right?

Don’t feel like you have to cook! We all know food is important at the holidays; it’s the center of your gatherings. Thankfully, it still can be but without all the fuss. You can order everything you need for a holiday meal and even do it online! Late-night feedings can be the perfect time to order online. The house is quiet, the baby is feeding, and our iPad is our new best friend! Grocery stores, bakeries, and restaurants can all be great places to get your family feast.

For those of you who still need to shop for presents, no worries! The Amazon gift finder is amazing and you can have the gifts wrapped and delivered right to their doorstep. You can easily get the best gift ideas for everyone. Amazon Prime is king of the world for all of us, procrastinators!

Here are some fun ideas for staying in with your family throughout your holidays.
 Have a holiday movie night – or maybe a movie night for each family member
 Make a video of your family to send to relatives who live far away
 Buy matching pajamas and schedule a fun photoshoot
Read a favorite holiday story or two
 Have a house decorating day with extended family or friends
 Take a drive through a local holiday light show
 Write or record a year in review
 Have a cookie baking day and do an exchange with other moms
 Write a letter to your child about what you wish for them in the coming year
 Donate to a charity or family in need through a local church

We hope you enjoy some of these ideas and start a family tradition to last for years!

Dad Deserves a Day of Celebration

Dads are the most ordinary men turned by love into

and singers of songs.
– Pam Brown

Also, they make the best jungle gyms!

Thank you to all the dads out there for being our first loves, heroes, and believing in us. We owe you so much more than we can ever repay!

Father’s day is this Sunday and Bella Baby wishes all the dads a very happy father’s day!

What’s A Sprinkle?

In the past moms would have thought a sprinkle was a need to have a change of clothes; an unexpected mishap during a diaper change; the reason pee-pee teepees were invented. 

Today, we know it to be a reason to celebrate.  A play on the word shower, it is a mini baby shower or SPRINKLE.

How do you know when to choose a sprinkle? 

Showers are typically for a first baby. At a traditional shower, you would expect a larger gathering of extended family and friends. These are also where a new mom would receive gifts like strollers, car seats, and even cribs.

A sprinkle is a time to give smaller, more personal gifts for a family’s second or even third baby.

Sprinkles are meant to be simple and laid back compared to a traditional shower. When you attend a sprinkle you usually don’t need to dress up; simple is better. This time around it’s not about the bigger, the better, or playing games. This time it’s for giving books, clothes, and smaller personal gifts for the new baby. Sprinkles are, generally, for only the closest people to the expecting mama.

For some ideas on how to throw a sprinkle, or what to expect when you attend one check out the board we created on Pinterest:

Baby Sprinkles

Some great gift ideas for sprinkles are:

By the way, we think wedding sprinkles should happen about every 10 years throughout a marriage!  If someone can come up with a way to make that happen we would be eternally grateful! Mama needs a new set of towels! 

Mother’s Day Is Just Around the Corner

Photographer: L. Thompson | Chicago, IL.

To the world, you are a mother.
To our family, you are the world.

Mom aka. Superwoman, Saint, Booboo Kisser, Peacemaker, Teacher, Nurse,
Housekeeper, Meal Planner, Chef, Therapist, Seamstress, Errand Runner, Taxi Driver, Chaos Coordinator, Photographer, Family CEO, Family CFO, Head Cheerleader, Hairstylist, Personal Shopper + more.

Mother’s Day is right around the corner. Moms truly are the keepers of…well, everything! Don’t miss this perfect day to show your mom just what she means to you. We know it can be hard to decide what to do for our moms, or what she may want for her day. So we recently polled some of our own Bella Baby Photography staff about what Mother’s Day means to them and what they think is the most special thing to receive on their day.

Here are some of our top replies:

  1. What does Mother’s Day mean to you?
    o “It is a time to celebrate moms and show how them much we appreciate all they do.”
    o “It is a special day set aside to honor and shower mom with love and thanks for her many sacrifices for the family.”
    o “Mother’s Day has always been about showing my mom appreciation for everything she does for us. Now that I’m a mother, I truly love Mother’s Day even more. My favorite is that I get to celebrate along with my family and truly enjoy the day doing things that make me the absolute happiest.”
  2. How do you like to spend Mother’s Day?
    o “With my children”
    o “Relaxing with family”
    o “In my garden”
    o “Taking a nap”
  3. What gift would you love to receive?
    o “A handmade gift from my children”
    o “A spa day”
    o “My house being cleaned for me and relaxing”
    o “A photography session with my family”
    o “Time with the family, no devices! Just being together”
  4. If you could do anything/ go anywhere, where would it be and with who?
    o Camping with my family
    o A trip to Disney with the family
    o A mother-daughter trip anywhere my mom would like to go
    o A trip to the beach with my family
    o A dream trip to Ireland or Greece with just my spouse or by myself

Thank you to all the moms of the world. We know you wear so many hats. Words cannot describe how much we love and appreciate all that you do!