Category: Choose Together

Bohemian Festival Editorial

I LOVE these shoots! Seriously, there’s a lot that goes in to them but we always have SO much fun! We got to work with some amazing brands and the most phenomenal women. We had such a great day together, and I’m so proud of Jake for these photos, I feel like he just keeps outdoing himself. All our amazing vendors are linked at the bottom, I can’t recommend them enough! Happy almost weekend!

xo,
Jac
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The most important

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how as a mom I’m always second guessing myself. How I prioritize my time with Hudson and Sofia, my time with Jake, my time with other people, not to mention time on my own; it has become somewhat of an unexpected battle. There really are only so many hours in a day, and I never realized the value of every single minute the way I do since having kids. I have so much respect for moms of four and five and more kids. I don’t know how they do it, and yet they are some of the moms I look up to the most . My own mom somehow balanced it all so well. You always hear about the duck; how it’s calm on the surface but paddling like crazy under the water, I imagine it must be something like that.
I am constantly thinking to myself, what is the most important thing for today? As an avid list maker and prioritizer, this seems logical. But, I think I’m learning that with kids, “important,” doesn’t follow the same rules that the rest of life does, because with kids you never really know what the next day is going to hold. When Hudson falls and scrapes his knee and he needs an extra ten minutes of cuddles, or when Sofia is teething and wants to only be held by me all-day-long. When the day is just off and you need to throw out all the plans and BE more than you need to DO. These things are the most important. Ultimately the organic balanced meals, the limited screen time, the outdoor physical activity, the at least 30 minutes of book reading – they’re all good, but really I don’t think they’re the things that are the most important. Taking the time to see where they’re at and what they need that day – that is more important. And more than anything it’s really just love – that’s what they need more than anything – that is most important. It takes a lot of different forms, it’s usually not quantifiable, it usually can’t be checked off a to-do list, but that is what I think will shape these tiny souls more than anything else.
So if you’re struggling like I am, give yourself a break and take a step back; if you’re even thinking about anything regarding what benefits your kids, it’s probably because you love them more than life itself. You’re doing great, mama!

Baci Baci,
Jac

Valentine’s Day

Truth, I LOVE Valentine’s Day! A holiday all about love, and pink, and I’m ALLLL about it. Growing up, my mom always made Valentine’s Day so fun and special for our family, so it’s never been associated with any of the negative things that make some people dislike this holiday.
Jake and I usually celebrate on the 13th because it’s our number, and so we can spend the 14th together having fun as a family. This was our morning, and tonight we’ll be doing steak and hot fudge sundaes, and celebrating the incredible gift of love and family. 

Also, Jake made the cutest little Valentine video of Hudson surprising me with his homemade valentine. Seriously, killed me. I put it down at the bottom. Hope you all have such a great day!

Baci Baci,
Jac

By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.” 1 John 3:16-18

 

 

Choose Together

Heyyyyyyy!

We’re back! We are so excited to be relaunching this space! We’ve gone through seasons of doing this more diligently and seasons where life has demanded more of us than we could give here, but the truth is we love it. We love having a space to share our life in this crazy city with our friends and family. So welcome to the fam!
We created this as a space for us to work together, to each express ourselves creatively, to encourage, to share. We CHOOSE TOGETHER: to work together, to do life together; together with the Lord, together the two of us, together with our kids, together with other creatives.

We’re also so excited to be launching our YouTube channel! It’ll have all the same things that we share here; family, marriage, faith, our LA life, fashion & beauty. We put an intro video to the channel up today! Check it out! Let us know what you want to see!

We love that you’re here for this journey together with us!
Baci Baci,
Jac & Jake

 



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stay a little longer

I’ve been all sorts of emotional about it, and it took me a month, but I’ve finally sorted out at least some of my thoughts and feelings about Hudson turning three…
Every night as I get him to bed, we go through our routine, brushing teeth, pjs, daddy praying, and then we have our special me and him cuddle and singing time. We have a few songs in rotation, but every night we always sing “Hallelujah.” Once we’re done with that he knows I’ll cuddle for a minute or two and then it’ll be time for me to go. And for the last few weeks, each night when I give him a kiss and a squeeze, before I even say that it’s time for him to fall asleep, he’ll grab my face and whisper in his sweet sleepy voice, “stay a little longer.”
Each night it gets me; it cuts straight through my mama heart like a knife. I hold back tears, and tell him I can’t stay for too long, but I can stay just a minute longer; the dishes, and laundry, the “me time” can all wait. Because, the reality is, in about 15 years, just a few more blinks, I’m going to be begging him for the exact same thing; oh baby, stay a little longer. And like I can’t stay for too long, I know he can’t either; but please, just a little longer.

5!

We are FIVE! How is this even possible? Getting married feels like yesterday, and I can’t imagine life any different all at once. We had the best weekend up in the mountains, just our little family in a cabin in the woods. We went in to town, down to the lake, made good food, and we just were. Jake and I didn’t even realize how fast we’d been going until we slowed down for a minute. We had hours of just sitting and talking, it was like a cool glass of water for my soul.

Jacob, my love, thank you for being mine. Thank you for loving me and our babies so well; I don’t deserve you.
Here’s to 100 more anniversaries!
Love you forever! J

3 months with Sofia

How can it be three months with this sweet baby girl already?! She is growing so fast, and it’s true what they say, that it goes faster with each baby. Sofia is an absolute doll. We see so many similarities between her and Hudson, but she is definitely her own little personality; she’s laid back and spicy all at once, I adore it. We are loving watching her learn to make sounds and try to roll over, she’s so observant and just loves watching everything going on around her.

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Sofia’s cute bow is from Knot Just A Stitch,  Thank you Laura for the most beautiful bows! I so recommend checking out her shop! 

 

Cupcake date

I can’t believe I’m so behind on getting this post up. A week or two ago we took an afternoon to just get out and walk around one of our favorite places. The Americana is this great outdoor mall with the best atmosphere, and we love it there. Sofia slept through the entire outing which let Hudson get some more one-on-one time, which I love. He adores his sister, no doubt, but getting our undivided attention fills his little heart up so much. We got Sprinkles which is clearly a win, I love the excitement on his face in these pictures, he’s so expressive and I love the moments we’re able to capture it.

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you are my favorite

This week marks 5 years since this man of mine asked me to be his wife. We had a whirlwind 5 1/2 months of dating/engagement (you can read more about it here and here), and 5 years later, here we are: 2 babies, some crazy adventures, some heartbreaks, some great joys, and everything that comes between.

You, Jacob, are my favorite; more than our babies, more than anyone else, it is you. I choose you. On the days it is easy, and on the days it is hard, you’re my one. Someday when they’re not babies anymore and our hair is grey or gone, it’s you and me; and you will forever be my favorite. Not because it’s easy or because either of us is perfect, but because we continue to choose each other, every, single, day. Our marriage is not a testament of our own strength or greatness, but the greatness and faithfulness and strength of our God. Our crazy Italian selves would have done us in many times over the past five years, but by God’s grace, here we are, more blessed than we could ever deserve. I am more thankful for you than I can put in to words. Thank you for being my one and only, my everything other than Jesus. I love you my sweet, forever.

xo,
Jac

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This truly is the most comfortable sweatshirt I have ever worn. Find it here from Philia Clothing.

After the baby

It’s this crazy thing– you’re pregnant, you grow a person, and then a couple weeks later your life starts to get back into a routine– a sleepless, constant state of half-consciousness, but a routine none the less. And a week or two after that, each time now, I’ve been like, so where’s my body? It’s amazing that it takes nine months for my body to grow this person, and like a month later I expect everything to go back to “normal.” I’m not just talking appearance, but it’s just like your whole body isn’t it’s own, which is probably a really good reality check, but it’s a little bit of a head trip. My recovery since Sofia has been so much easier than after Hudson. She was a pound smaller, which must be helping. And when you already have a toddler, there just isn’t as much time to “sleep when baby sleeps,” so you just figure it out. We’ve been having a lot of fun getting back into our normal daily life, and just being able to include Sofia in the mix. One of our favorite ways to spend the afternoon is at the park. There is a great one not too far from home that we always seem to find ourselves at. Last week Hudson was really wanting to paint, and I was really wanting to get out of the house, so painting at the park it was. Under the pictures I’ll list my top five favorite things I did/got before Sofia arrived that have made post-pregnancy recovery a little easier.

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Top 5 Pre-Baby things to do / get 1. Eyelash Extensions – I was super nervous but seriously- these are awesome! You can have no makeup on and somehow look totally put together (amazing for those days after nights with no sleep). If you’re in Southern California, I sooo recommend Jessica! 2. Mani/Pedi – At the end of my pregnancy I always joke “I can’t have the baby, I haven’t had my nail appointment yet.” I sound ridiculous but really, it’s super relaxing and having my nails done after the baby comes is always something I just love knowing is done. 3. BellyBandit – After I had Hudson I saw someone post about having this and I was so bummed I didn’t know about it sooner. This time around it was on my must have list! It’s not just that it makes your waist look more slim than it’s post baby state, it actually helps your body (uterus, muscles, everything) start retracting back to what it was. Not only that, it helped so much with that loose feeling after having a baby. I truly cannot recommend this product enough! I’ve heard it’s exceptionally great after c-sections too. 4. Camelbak – In the hospital it’s amazing, you’re constantly being offered as much juice and water as you want, all with those glorious, perfect, hospital ice pellets. But then you get home and you’re like oh shoot, I’m trying to sustain tiny human lives and stay alive myself, and oh ya I’m breastfeeding so I need / want to drink 100 gallons of water a day – when the heck did I become a camel? And how do I make sure I don’t drop {my toddler doesn’t throw} my phone in my cup of water? … Camelbak – do it. 5. Date Night – Having a baby is a whirlwind – the best whirlwind ever, but SO a whirlwind. One of the things I’m so thankful for is the time Jake and I took before each of our kids to make sure we remembered, our marriage is first. We’re still trying to figure out how to get one in again soon, which makes the times we had before all the more sweet.
xo, Jac