Katlyn- Marine Wife, Mom to Cy + Raef

When I thought about the characteristics of an inspiring mom, Katlyn popped into my head. For the many years I’ve known her {dating back to elementary school} her sweet and caring demeanor has never changed. Her role as a Marine wife is an inspiration to many moms. She was kind enough to do an interview for Appleseed + Sprout and offer a little insight on her role as a wife and mom.

Photography by Matt Whytsell Photography 

Welcoming Baby Raef

The best parts of being a military wife {and the most challenging parts}?

The bond with the other Marine wives is one of the best parts. You are able to relate to each other because you experience the same challenges and day to day military life. You learn to make best friends fast, and saying goodbye is hard when it’s time to move on to the next duty station. The most challenging aspect for me is moving frequently and unexpectedly. 

How do you handle deployment with two young sons {Cy – two years old} and Raef {3 months old}?

This duty is much harder than the first deployment. The first deployment I was pregnant with Cy and I was busy in school. Not being able to communicate often was stressful, but I kept myself busy. 

Although he’s not in a war zone now, this separation is much harder because of our boys. He left for Japan when Cy was 18 months old and I was 15 weeks pregnant. Now Cy 2 and at a very curious stage. I remind Cy constantly about Clint and try to involve Clint in everything we do. We got Cy the Daddy Doll, and it really helped him adjust to Clint being gone the first few months. Even in times that it isn’t convenient for our schedule, we try to talk to him twice a day. It is so important for Cy and Raef to see Clint and to hear his voice each day. 

Advice for other military wives who are enduring their first deployment and time away from their husbands?

Distance is hard, but with time and experience you learn to handle it your own way. Clint and I know what works for us. We’ve gone months with only hand written letters, months without any communication at all, and I think we’d both agree it was at those time we felt the closest. Over time, you’ll know what is best for you and your husband. Don’t doubt your love when he’s not able to remind you, focus on the good times and him returning home.

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Sister + Best Friend + Mom

Meet Stetson. He is eight-months old with a vibrant personality. This little guy loves his stuffed giraffe, the beach, and strolls in the Bumbleride. He has a special place in my heart because he is my sweet little nephew.

Laurel is a talented jewelry designer, shop owner of Anchor Boutique and mother to Stetson.  As her younger sister I’ve always looked up to her {especially for fashion and beauty advice} and to watch her as a momprenuer is inspiring.

Story of your store:

I was making jewelry out of my house and traveling a lot. It was time to take my business to the next step and have more of a professional presence. Not only did I open the store, I became a Mom shortly after. It was an exciting and crazy year!

Most surprising thing about parenting?

Even at your most sleep-deprived state, you still keep going. I never imagined that I could continue and manage to do everything with as little sleep that I get. It’s very surprising!

Craziest thing you’ve done sleep deprived?

Calling people by different names!

Favorite go-to baby product?

FuzziBunz, cloth diapers. After trying a few other brands these are perfect for Stetson. They are easy to clean and super soft.

Top 5 Tips for Moms:

1. Don’t be too afraid or proud to ask for help. Even if you just need a nap!

2. Hold them as much as you can while they are little.

3. Take them wherever you go. They’ll be social, well-behaved and not as bored.

4. Have date nights with you partner. So important to the relationship.

5. Talk to other moms. They have great advice!

A Spanish Inspired Nursery

Barcelona, Spain has a special place in my heart. I lived in Spain for a study abroad my last semester of college. On my daily walks to school from my apartment, especially during winter, it was fascinating to gawk at the impressive strollers. Oh and of course the amazing architecture that fills the city!

My Spanish adventures inspired this nursery board. Full of bright colors, architectural inspiration, and modern affixtures. ¡Disfruta!

Park Güell by Antonio Gaudí

En Las Ramblas

1. Z Gallerie Mirror

2.Babble’s Best Crib of 2011- Oeuff Classic Crib

3. Modern Rocker from Monte

4. Te Amo Print from Etsy

5. Decoy Lab wall clock

6. Serena and Lily

7.  Rolling crates for odds & ends from Serena and Lily

A Modern Nursery from A+S

1. A lighting fixture can change the room, especially when it looks like this. This coral lamp from the A&R store is available in six different colors.

2. Peacock wall art print to tie in all the colors.

3. Never be late again with this adorable orange elephant clock from Etsy.

4. A+S recently stumbled upon this company called Grow-Kids. This crib is eco-friendly & non-toxic!

5. Land of Nod rug– made from recycled textiles.

6.  A little dose of eye candy wrapped in a leather Moroccan pouf from Serena & Lily.

Natural Nursery with Rustic Appeal

My drive home this morning was filled with wild turkeys and grazing cattle. {Living in North Florida, I am lucky enough to enjoy this!} The serenity of the drive inspired this woodlands nursery. It’s simplicity make it a room to grow in.

1. A simple lamp from Giggle for the side table. Perfect amount of light for night feedings.

2. I’m a sucker for vintage additions to a nursery. This Red Racer is a perfect prop in the nursery for books, animals, and also could be great in photos with your little one. Many options with this find!

3. & 4. Tree print and alphabet print from Etsy. Colorful and cute.

5. You can never have enough storage! These baskets from Serena and Lily are adorable and make organizing fun!

6. The Harper crib, voted Babble Best of 2011, is an amazing choice for your nursery. Find it at Giggle.com

7. Yes- this is a rug. It is a faux wood rug from Overstock. How perfect for this room!

Nursery with Frills

1. I’ve seen the sunburst mirror used in many different rooms and fell in love with it instantly. It gives flair to the room.

2. I’m obsessed with these curtains from Anthropologie!! They are elegant and girly- just the right mix for your little girls nursery.

3.When designing your nursery, safety should come before design. Choosing your crib is one of the biggest decisions you’ll make in regards to safety and design. Read reviews and know the regulations before buying a crib. The crib of choice for this board is Westwood Design.

4. Pouf’s are an alternative choice to an ottoman that comes with your glider. And of course they come in many colors!

5. Floral rug from Layla Grayce. 

Nautical Nursery Inspiration Board

As a a true Floridian the beach is a way of life. And with such a mild winter I’ve been inspired to create a nautical themed nursery. It’s a room made for a baby boy- the rustic touches of burlap and a driftwood mirror make it easy to to go from a nursery to a little man.

1. This zig-zag rug from West Elm is available in five different sizes and two different colors. It ties in the stripes in an edgy way.

2. Keeping your nursery organized with bins from the Container Store.

3. The rustic touch to your little boy’s nursery- a driftwood mirror.

4. Top-rated crib from Consumer Reports, the Kendall Fixed Gate crib from Pottery Barn is beautiful and versatile.

5. Burlap pillows from Esty- personalize with initials or patterns.

Whimsical Spring Nursery

1. Crib bedding from Land of Nod compliments this nursery perfectly.

2. DaVinci Emily changing table in white- add a few colored baskets underneath the table for organization and voila!

3. Add in a soft detail like this pink and white stripped rug.

4. Serena and Lily was chosen as a Cribsie Awards Finalist for storage and organization. I can see why- these bamboo baskets are not only adorable but functional.

5. Track the growth of your little on this bright chart from Giggle.