Outfit: Zara

This is my sweet baby girl Ella. She's 11 months now and I can't believe how quickly the year went by! The first half of the year was a bit of a blur but things started going more quickly after she turned six months old.

These days she's close to walking on her own and just wants to stand and crawl whenever she can. She copies everything we say or do. Just yesterday I was filing her nails - she took the nail file and started doing it herself! It was so cute. She babbles all the time and copies noises too.

I'm starting to plan her first birthday party, which is bitter sweet. Though I'm excited to plan it (any reason to plan a party!) and it's exciting to see her grow and teach her new things, I'm a bit sad that she's grown so fast and the first year is already over. I'm sure a lot of you mamas can relate!

But I'll enjoy this moment, too. As her first birthday approaches, I've been in a reflective mood lately. Remembering the struggle prior to getting pregnant and the complications I had during pregnancy, I can't help but feel overwhelmed with gratitude that I now have a nearly one-year-old baby girl!



Like a lot of moms, I started a secret Pinterest board for my baby's nursery when I was pregnant. Well if I'm honest, I was saving pictures of nursery rooms long before that! I've always loved them and couldn't wait to decorate it for our little one before she arrived. You can see my Nursery + Kids Rooms board on Pinterest here.

I love modern, neutral nurseries: grey, taupe or black and white nurseries. On the flip side I'm also drawn to soft, feminine decor: pink and floral accents. When the time came, the color palette was still an easy decision and I chose grey, beige and white with gold accents, maybe with a soft pink here and there. As for the theme, I wanted it to be whimsical and dreamy with the focus on stars. To give you an idea of my vision, above is a mood board I created with some of the images that inspired me.

Since I was obsessed with white rooms, we had the room painted white. It was also fitting seeing as the space is on the small side and I wanted it to be bright. All of her furniture is also white. I picked up a few items: a grey star pillow, beige jelly cat, grey star wall stickers to name a few...but unfortunately never got to properly decorate her room before she arrived. I probably could have completed it, but I made my priority organizing the rest of our house first. I knew having a baby would accumulate a lot more 'stuff' and that I wouldn't have as much time to keep things in order after the baby arrived. So even though I didn't complete the decorating aspect, her room was painted, furnished and we had everything we needed for the baby, so I was happy with that.

Back to the nursery. A few months after Ella was born, I started to see her little personality form. She was so dainty and feminine. Really sweet and always smiling. I started to feel like the color palette and theme didn't fit her personality at all. Even though these are colors that I love. So I decided to change the theme all together. I want it to be a true reflection of her and also for her to be happy when she's there.

I have a pretty good idea of the new color palette and theme. I'm excited to start planning it and am looking forward to sharing it with you.

What's your baby's nursery theme and color palette? How did you decide on it? I'd love to hear!



I couldn't wait for my baby to call me 'Mama'. She said it for the first time two days after Mother's day this year, what a gift! Hearing her call my name never gets old. So when I saw this graphic tee by ILY Couture, I knew I had to have it. I was pleasantly surprised by the fabric, too. It's super soft, light and comfy. Definitely a must-have for any mom's wardrobe!

Other great graphic tops by ILY Couture:

  • MOM
  • Mom Life is the Best Life
  • Preggers
  • Pajamas All Day


Ella + Marie home


Hi, I'm Marie! It's so nice meeting you here. I’m a mom to our 10 month old daughter, Ella. I’m also a step mom to my husband’s 13 year old daughter Gabrielle. We’ve been in each other’s lives since she was a toddler. Even though I’ve gained a lot of experience over the years being a step-mom, and I researched like crazy when I was pregnant, that truly didn't prepare me for what motherhood would bring. Becoming a mama has been wonderful, life-changing and crazy all at once, bringing a whirlwind of emotions with it! Every day is a learning experience.

From 2009 - 2014 I had a lifestyle blog called Blushing and Sweet. It focused mainly on home decor, home entertaining and weddings. As I got busier with my job in PR and events, traveling every so often, it became more difficult to maintain. However at the same time, my interests were changing and I felt the blog was no longer reflecting that, so I decided it was time for it to come to an end.

I'm excited for this fresh start and to be blogging again. I'll be sharing my favorite baby products, as well as nursery design and party decor inspiration, to name a few.

See you soon!