What I packed in my hospital bag!

  1. Robe – This came in handy because I’m always cold and hospitals tend to be a little on the chilly side.
  2. Long Nightgown – (buttons, open at the bottom is must, they check you non-stop while you’re in the hospital, vitals and pushing on your stomach…yes, not fun.) I brought 3 of them with me! I used 2.
  3. Sweatpants and comfy, loose top to go home in. (Some people go home in a normal outfit, not me. I wanted to still be super comfortable.)
  4. Comfortable postpartum underwear (linked the ones below) I also got a set from Kindred Bravely! Both of these I love!
  5. Bras that zip in the FRONT! Perfect for breastfeeding or pumping.


iPhone charger, portable iPhone charger, extension cord, mirror, makeup, hand sanitizer, shower items, nipple cream, SNACKS, hairbrush, chapstick, mints, gum, jolly ranchers.

I also packed my items in clear bags so Carl could easily grab what mini bag I needed and hand it to me. This ended up being a game-changer!


What I bought and then THREW away (yes, germs…)

1.Non-slip Socks

2. Slippers ($14)

3. Shower Shoes!

I highly recommend you asking the hospital during your tour what they provide for you. I was lucky and our hospital gave us unlimited supplies when it came to ice packs, pads, underwear and more. Below are the items I got at the hospital and ordered more for at home. I bought adult diapers but liked wearing high waisted underwear and pads better. Below is everything I needed at home for my vaginal recovery. But again, if your hospital doesn’t supply these, get them!


I also brought my bed pillow with me, two blankets: one for me and one for Carl and a towel! The ones the hospital provided weren’t soft at all. Also, a loofah when showering!

If you have any questions, feel free to leave them below! I’ll be sharing my birth story and about my recovery soon as well.

xx, Tonya Michelle

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How to throw a Pinterest Worthy Baby Shower!

I knew when the day came I would have my Pinterest board ready and I would want to throw a BASH of a party to celebrate our bundle of joy. It’s one of those moments that only happen once and honestly, it seemed perfect in our eyes. I truly wanted everyone who attended to feel the excitement we have for Baby X – I also needed to find the best event planner to help me because my mom brain is in full effect!

Photos: Carling Zhou Photography

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I could talk about Carling all day long. I’ve been blessed to find her over 3 years ago and have worked with her on my blog photos, event photos, engagement party photos, bridal shower photos, bachelorette party photos, OUR WEDDING and now our baby shower. I love her and she’s incredible.

Event Planner: Jessica Ashley

I was blessed to have Jessica from Jessica Ashley Events as my event planner for this shower. I admittedly was a little nervous at first because I have never used an event planner before nor did I know what to expect. Well, I wish I had her for my wedding. She took my ideas, my Pinterest board and made it happen. Not only did she run the show from top to bottom, but she also kept me on top of the things I needed to complete, she sketched out the entire venue and brought together all of the vendors I needed. Jessica handled EVERYTHING, she helped to lift such a huge weight off my shoulders, especially being 8 months pregnant and running my own business.

Jessica does weddings and events! I highly recommend her if you’re looking for someone to throw you an amazing event.

Check out her social media accounts to see what she has put together:

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I have a LIST of amazing vendors that we hired to complete each needed idea for this baby shower, below you’ll find their info and photos!

Venue: ChefScape

The reason we loved this venue is that it’s truly an open book. You can make the space whatever you want. A fresh, clean, blank canvas you can turn into any idea you have, whether it’s a work event, baby shower or birthday party. They also do fun cooking classes if you ever want to host one, along with other kinds of events for the community. I also loved the location – Leesburg, close to us and easy to get to.

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Balloons: Luxy Balloons

Took my small idea and ran with it…. honestly I was in awe. NEVER skip out on balloons, it changed the entire room!

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FloralsLoudoun County Farms

Loudoun County Farms handled the floral arrangements on the dessert table, hanging palms and on the tables! It came out beautiful.

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Cake & Desserts – Cakes by Marium

We did a funfetti cake, chocolate-covered strawberries, mini cupcakes, macaroons and rice krispie treats! They went FAST, haha. I wanted finger-foods to make everything easy to snack on.

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Cookies – Cookies By Carrie

I’ve had Carrie design every cookie I’ve ever needed the past two years and she’s incredible. I legit love her cookies, not only cause they are GORGEOUS but they taste incredible as well. I always book her WAY in advance because she’s very limited on how many custom orders she does, so I would highly recommend dropping my name when trying to order, lol. I’m not kidding!

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DJ, Photo Booth and Drapes: Romin, owner of Zandi Entertainment

Romin is someone who always gets the party started. He is the hype man in all the right ways. He’s always smiling, making everyone have a great time and also SO business savvy. Carl and I had him at our wedding and we still hear about how our wedding reception was the best one our guests have ever been too. If you’re looking for a DJ, he’s the guy.

A Photo Booth is ALWAYS a good idea.

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Linens: Capital Party Rentals

Beverages: AhSo Restaurant (Mimosas + Sweet Tea)

Signage: J and M Designs

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The AMAZING youtube video – by Josh Nesmith

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Josh was a part of FilmsByJ team for our wedding. A well-done, professional video is something I knew I wanted to have simply because a day like this goes by so fast and it will be so nice to have this video to someday show Baby X how loved he was before he even arrived.

My makeup was done by the one and only Makeup by Shirin. I met Shirin over a year ago and our businesses have both brought us together and now I have an amazing friend in my life.

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Shirin is also someone who books way in advance. She did my makeup for my maternity photos as well.

Games:

The men had to chug beer out of a baby bottle. This was hilarious, highly recommend doing this if you have a co-ed shower.

“Find the Guest” Purchased on Etsy, click HERE.

“Guess how big mom’s belly is” Sign HERE.

Baby Predictions and Advice cards HERE.

I loved how we did a onesie decorating station. It was a hit!

We also had a diaper raffle and instead of asking for a card, we had our friends and family bring a book and sign that! It was the perfect way to start Baby X’s library, highly recommend doing this.

All of the items I purchased online for the shower:




This was our DREAM baby shower! Thank you to everyone who was part of this day. It’s a day I’ll never forget and I wish I could go back and relive it all over again. We can’t wait for Baby X to arrive.

xx, Tonya Michelle

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