About a month ago, I announced that I was leaving my corporate job to go out on my own. The past few weeks have been spent doing a lot of brainstorming, a lot of networking, and a lot of coding. I’m finally ready to announce that I’ve officially launched Scout Creative Agency!
What is Scout Creative?
Scout Creative is a full service digital marketing agency. I help businesses optimized their digital presence by creating rockstar content and managing social media. I will also be producing video and photography content and consulting on strategy as well.
These are all skills that I’ve developed over the past 10 years working in this industry and I’m confident that my experience will maximize growth for companies I work with.
My bread and butter will be content creation as that’s what I’m most passionate about. I have been producing video and photography for a living for the past 4.5 years, and I’m pretty good at it!
For those of you who know me, I have loved the name Scout for a little girl for as long as I remember. When I found out we were having a girl, I begged and begged David to name her Scout, but he wouldn’t budge. I couldn’t change his mind. (That’s okay, because Reese is the perfect name for our little babe.)
So when it came time to name my business, Scout was a natural choice. This company is my third baby (well, fourth cause I’ve got my Juneau, too). I have been and will continue to put my heart and soul into this thing!
Now that I’m officially open for business, I will be taking on clients to help with their digital marketing needs. I’m not limiting myself to the central Virginia area (thanks to the internet, lots can be done remotely from anywhere!)
I already work with several small businesses and am looking for more. If you know of anyone who may need my services, please pass along my information. I can’t wait to see where this thing goes!
As much as it feels like January has lingered around forever, it also feels like Christmas was just yesterday. Having kids changes your perspective of time – the days are very long, but the weeks fly by.
There has been a lot of change around here lately, and all of it for the good. As I alluded to in this post, the newborn stage with Reese has been dramatically easier than the first time around. I’ve really been trying to take it all in and appreciate her snuggles as much as I can. At the same time, it makes me realize just how much Finn has changed and it breaks my heart that he isn’t a little baby anymore.
My maternity leave has been very relaxing and it came at just the right time. With Finn, I let the days take control of me and by the end of leave, I was craving a schedule again. This time, I’ve been trying to be as intentional as I can be with my time. I wake up with David and Finn each morning to get my day started, regardless of how many times I’ve been up with Reese at night. This usually gives me some time to enjoy a cup of coffee before Reese wakes up for the day.
I’ve also been trying to get out of the house at least once a day. It’s not as intimidating to get out with Reese as it was with Finn, especially since I’m nursing and not pumping/bottle feeding.
Lastly, I’ve been putting in work on this blog and in other ventures as well. I’m excited about 2019 in ways I haven’t felt in a long time, and I can’t wait to share more.
Reese has been such a sweet baby. Like any newborn, she has her moments, but since the first week we’ve had her on a pretty nice schedule of feed-wake-sleep that has made our days fairly predictable. I learned quickly with Finn that a schedule helps everybody – especially the baby. I read a little bit from BabyWise and Moms on Call and put into place a schedule that works for Reese and me.
At this point, Reese is waking up once a night, at about 3:00am. She goes down each night at 7:30pm. She has been waking up for the day between 5:30am and 7:30am, it really fluctuates. She’s only 9 weeks old, and I think this is about the same schedule Finn was on at this age, however I went back to work at this point with Finn.
I plan to write a lengthier blog post about Reese’s schedule this week.
Finn is back in daycare and as much as I’m grateful for that, I miss him a lot. I kept him home in December, and it was exhausting, yet so satisfying to just be a mom for that time. He likes school, so it’s just me who struggles with it.
It’s crazy to think that Finn will be 3 in just a few months. I cannot wrap my head around how big and mature he is. Two has been a tough age in terms of tantrums and a little attitude, but it’s also been so much fun! I finally feel like I can have conversations with him and we can go do things with him that he truly enjoys.
What I’m Watching
Spending time at home has allowed me to watch quite a bit of television. Even when I’m doing something else, I enjoy having something on in the background. David wanted me to watch Game of Thrones since he has been watching it all along. I wasn’t interested at first because I thought it was like Lord of the Rings, which I hated. However, I can say that GOT has been the best show I’ve watched in a long time. I’ve even been re-watching it because I felt like I missed so much the first time around. I can’t wait until April!
David and I have also been watching Billions on Showtime. It’s such a smart show and makes you think – but it has all the right things: love, corruption, crime, etc. Definitely worth the watch.
I love recapping each year in these blog posts. Being able to look back and reflect on the year is so much fun, and a reminder of how quickly time goes by. To be honest, 2018 wasn’t my year. A lot of great things happened – buying a house, welcoming Reese – but overall it was a tough one. I am writing another blog post that goes into depth as to why, but in general my head just wasn’t right. Pregnancy did a number on my emotions and work absolutely drained me. I found myself wishing away too many days to count and if anything good came of it, it made me realize exactly how I do not want to live my life. It took having Reese to force myself to slow down, enjoy the little things and to realize I need to take better care of myself.
Regardless, 2018 will always be the year we bought a house, the year Finn turned 2, and the year Reese was born. Here are some other highlights:
We kicked off 2018 by finally signing a contract on what would be our home! We found a spec home – one that a builder was in the process of building – just outside of town. The listing we found only had a picture of the framed out house, but we met with the builder and did a walk through and knew that this was going to be our house.
In February, David and I celebrated my 30th birthday with a trip to the Bahamas. It was the longest trip away from Finn for the both of us, but it was so wonderful to relax in the sunshine with one another. We spent a lot of time doing nothing, and some time fishing as well. Looking back on that trip now I realize the timing couldn’t have been more perfect – 2018 was about to get a lot crazier!
March was a big month for us! We found out we were expecting Baby G #2 and shared the news with our families right away. We also had to move out of our apartment by the end of March because our initial closing date was the middle of the month. Like all construction, things were delayed, so we moved into my in-laws for a few weeks.
In April, we closed on our house! We spent the first weekend after we moved in with my entire family celebrating my Grandpa’s birthday. My parents came into town and helped us settle in. My morning sickness was kicking in pretty badly at this point so it was nice to have the extra hands.
In May we celebrated Mother’s Day, announced our pregnancy, and Finn turned two! I wasn’t feeling great throughout the early days of my pregnancy, so May was a bit of a wash, but we celebrated with a party at our house and Finn was surrounded by lots of love.
My workload was ridiculous this summer and in June things really ramped up. We settled into our house and spent lots of time enjoying the summer weather.
In July, David and I celebrated three years of marriage. We decided to schedule our anatomy scan on our anniversary. We went out to dinner and found out that evening that we were expecting a baby girl! The following week we traveled to the Adirondacks for a relaxing week with my family. I haven’t had such a relaxing vacation in a long, long time. It was so fun to be with family, and I loved watching Finn play in the water and ride on the Adirondack train.
August was a hot one in Virginia, so we spent a lot of time cooling off in the pool. David celebrated his 31st birthday, and my belly grew even bigger. I started photography classes in August as well, and I loved every second of it!
September was wet! I think more than half of September saw rain! Ridiculous. Finn and I drove up to visit my parents for a weekend. Finn still talks about riding Papi’s blue tractor and going to the zoo with Moo Moo.
By October, I was freaking out about the pending arrival of Baby G. We finally got her nursery in order after the doctor told us we would likely not make it to her due date. (Lies). Finn dressed like a train conductor for Halloween and loved “trick or treating” for the first time. We also took maternity photos this month.
I spent much of November wrapping up projects at work and waiting for Baby G to make an appearance. I thought Baby would show up much earlier than she did, so for most of the month I was full of anxiety and was completed exhausted. My parents made it down to celebrate Thanksgiving with us. The morning after, we welcomed sweet baby Reese Catherine to our family.
December was full of baby snuggles and toddler giggles. I kept Finn home from daycare in December. Though many people thought I was crazy, it was the best decision I could have made. I loved spending that time with him and it made me realize how much I love being a mom. My mom and sister came to visit for a long weekend, and it was so good for the soul. We decorated for Christmas and Finn met Santa Claus on the Christmas Train. Watching Sweet Finn open presents Christmas morning was the absolute best.
Anyone feel like September absolutely flew by?! For us, most of the month was spent trying to get the house finished – and by finished, I mean furnished completely. Going from an apartment to a house has been a little overwhelming, but we are starting to settle in. Most of the best products we bought in September were meant to finalize some rooms that had been put on the back burner – namely, David’s “man cave.” Since I took over the decorating in the main level of the house, he gets the basement to do with what he wants. Sooo, we finally got around to giving the man of the house what he wants ☺️.
Apple TV 4K – This is actually our second Apple TV purchase, and I would buy 100 of them to avoid paying for cable. We cut the cord about two years ago and have never looked back. We have an Apple TV in our bedroom (so I can watch Bravo while David watches football) and now one downstairs. It’s the greatest invention in the world, and if you’re interested in hearing more, maybe I’ll write an entire blog post on why and how you can cut the cord, too.
Samsung TV – After endless trips to Best Buy, this is the TV David landed on for the basement. I have to admit that it’s a great picture, but when I first saw the size of the box, I was speechless. I don’t really think anyone needs a TV this big, but I’m glad my husband is happy and that’s all that matters!
Blackout Curtains – We’ve had blackout shades in Finn’s room and in the nursery since we’ve moved into the house. However, I wanted something a little cozier to complete their rooms. These blackout curtains are also noise reducing, and they are a great quality. I went with solid colors for both rooms since their walls are white, I wanted a pop!
Play-doh – While cleaning out the basement we found some of Finn’s old Play-doh from when we moved. It had gone completely dry, so we ran to the store and bought plenty more. He loves playing with it and it’s a simple, cheap toy I don’t mind buying over and over again.
Exfoliating Brush – I’m the most unknowledgeable person when it comes to skincare/make-up, but I decided to purchase an exfoliating brush since I’m “getting older” and I am impressed with the results. This one came highly recommended and was reasonably priced.
Nutrogena Hydrating Boost – Similarly, I bought this hydrating serum to help my skin transition into winter. I use it a couple times a week and my skin is so soft!
Hello October! Everyone’s favorite month. I love this time of year for so many reasons – the nostalgia and all the memories of soccer seasons past, the chilly weather, all the pumpkin spice flavors, the decoration, and of course, all the sweaters! This year will be so much more fun having a toddler to entertain. I’ve been thinking of my fall bucket list and have finally had the chance to put it all down on “paper”. Let’s see how many we can get to before Baby arrives!
1. Go to a pumpkin patch.
2. Decorate our front porch.
3. Complete a corn maze.
4. Find a new pumpkin recipe.
5. Make s’mores on a bonfire.
6. Find a super creative family Halloween costume.