| mommy + me monday |

i'm so excited to bring you a new feature: guest mommy + me posts. this will be a new series i'm really looking forward to sharing with you! i will have the privilege of introducing you to a mommy and babe (if you are interested in being featured in a guest mommy + me post please contact me for more details). my goal is to feature a new mommy and me once a month. and don't worry, these wonderful photos are still taken by the talent behind a. r. elliott photography. so without further ado here is the lovely amber + eleanor. 

a. r. elliott photography

a. r. elliott photography

a. r. elliott photography

a. r. elliott photography

a. r. elliott photography

a. r. elliott photography

a. r. elliott photography

a. r. elliott photography

a. r. elliott photography

a. r. elliott photography

a. r. elliott photography

a. r. elliott photography

a. r. elliott photography

a. r. elliott photography

a. r. elliott photography

a. r. elliott photography

a. r. elliott photography

a. r. elliott photography

mommy: black cropped tank: american apparel (sold out) this silk beauty would be a lovely alternative, skirt: ace&jig (it is reversible- 2 for one!), lip color: nars heatwave, shoes: swedish hasbeens peep toe clogs. | babe: denim dress: gap (sold out). this is a similar dress and so darling; diaper cover: gap (came with another outfit), sandals: saltwaters.

a. r. elliott photography

a. r. elliott photography

a. r. elliott photography

a. r. elliott photography

a. r. elliott photography

a. r. elliott photography

besides being stunning in photos, amber is a mommy, doula and lifestyle blogger in portland. if you want to see more of her (and of course eleanor) you should definitely check out her blog. she has lots of awesome things to share. i asked if she could share something here, for you all. and she did not disappoint! doesn't this look beautiful? and tasty?! perfect for summer...

Lemon Lavender Mocktail

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Ingredients

1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

2 tbsp. lavender simple syrup (see recipe below)

1/2 tsp. grenadine

3 dashes bitters

Process

Combine all of the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake until cold. Strain into a small glass and top off with club soda (I used tonic water because that's what I had on hand) Garnish with fresh lavender. I added a tiny bit (less than a drop) of purple food coloring for presentation and photographing purposes. If I were making it just to drink myself I'd skip it and get to drinking! 

If you want to make this a cocktail vs. a mocktail, I would add a nice, healthy shot of gin instead of club soda. That's what I do :)

Lavender Simple Syrup

Combine 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup sugar, and 1 tbsp lavender (dried or fresh) to a sauce pan. Bring to a boil, then turn off the heat. Let mixture cool in the pan and then strain out the lavender. 

Cheers!

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**recipe adapted from the merrythought


if you are interested in being featured in a guest mommy + me post please contact me for more details.