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Things are a little crazy here, in the best way. I’m styling a photo shoot here for a magazine on Thursday, which should be a fun feature that we can knock out in a day. Then in two weeks, our house is being taken over for a few days for a much bigger whole-house shoot for another magazine. Good stuff! Our last house had been photographed over the years, but each publication always relied on my styling. This upcoming shoot will be for a holiday issue, so they’ll be bringing in props and holiday decorations that a stylist will mix with our own things. (The neighbors should enjoy the Christmas tree that will be visible from the front window. The kids are going to be so excited though! Excited, and confused!)

Besides the frenzied rush of trying to get the house photo-ready and keep it that way with the kids about, I’ve been gathering props for this week’s shoot. We’re doing three looks which will be fun, but it’s three times the work and running around. I’ve also been working on three big posts that will be published elsewhere soon (and I can’t wait to share them with you because they were so much fun to work on!), an in-person event or two, and then I’ve got my workload for the class I’m teaching at Columbia. Add in a baby that is still nursing every 2-3 hours, a blog (this blog!) that I love writing but that takes more work than it seems on the surface, and email that seems to multiply as I answer it, and it starts to feel a little nutso. Lucky for me I kinda like that energy, but I am looking forward to it letting up a little.

Plus I was all excited about it finally being spring, and then we got another layer of snow. Dammit, Chicago. Although it worked out for the upcoming holiday feature — they needed a good snowy exterior shot!

So hey, here’s a random picture of me and Calvin from a few days ago because it’s weird to have a post without a picture. And scene.

Nicole Balch and Calvin

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  • Stephanie
    March 23, 2015 at 10:12 pm

    Wow, Calivin looks so much like Eleanor in this picture! You’re busy busy…..looking forward to seeing what you’ve been working on.

  • Annelies
    March 24, 2015 at 7:18 am

    I came to the comment section to say the same as Stephanie above, Calvin looks so much like Eleanor. I noticed it in previous pictures you posted as well.
    Enjoy your family and all the good things in your life right now!

  • Heather
    March 24, 2015 at 8:26 am

    Ha! I was also going to comment on the resemblance to Eleanor.

    What baby carrier is that? I love the color.

  • Linda
    March 24, 2015 at 8:29 am

    Oh my goodness, he’s a pretty baby boy.

  • Katie
    March 24, 2015 at 8:50 am

    Preach about that snow! I was supposed to go to Top Golf tomorrow!

  • Jen @ RamblingRenovators
    March 24, 2015 at 9:56 am

    Fun stuff! Oh man, your house will look so awesome done up for Christmas. Curious to see if they go traditional to go with the Victorian bones of your house or more traditional. We just finished up a shoot here too. Sourcing props can be a headache but at least it’s an excuse to get the house all clean and pretty. So good to see your schedule and life is full.

  • Hannah S
    March 24, 2015 at 10:15 am

    So busy! I hope you still make some time for yourself and try to relax. Very excited about all that is to come. Thank you for sharing with us!

  • kristy
    March 24, 2015 at 10:23 am

    Those eyes!

  • susannah
    March 24, 2015 at 10:25 am

    Wow, you’re amazing. I have a little boy just a bit younger than Calvin and I was just telling my sister how I feel like all I do is nurse. I’m in awe of how much more you can get done with the same limits of a hungry baby that I have!

  • Kelly @ The OK Momma
    March 24, 2015 at 11:45 am

    Love those big blue eyes! And there’s nothing wrong with Christmas in March :)

  • Celeste
    March 24, 2015 at 11:56 am

    I don’t know which I find more impressive; your ability to organize or your energy. I am so looking forward to the posts and article.

  • Jen
    March 24, 2015 at 12:37 pm

    Yeah, hurry up Spring! We haven’t had the extra late dump of snow, but it sure is cold (Toronto area) and I am OVER IT.

    I admire your organizing skills – I are also have little kids and work from home, and I can’t IMAGINE inviting cameras into my home right now. THE DUST BUNNIES!

  • Leigh
    March 24, 2015 at 2:20 pm

    The crossing guard wished us Merry Christmas yesterday morning so a holiday shoot feels quite appropriate.

  • judy
    March 24, 2015 at 3:39 pm

    I always had the impression that you are a super organized person so that must help to keep so many things on track and functioning. And what a beautiful boy!

  • mary beth
    March 24, 2015 at 4:21 pm

    beautiful baby, Can’t wait to see the magazines with your home in it.

  • Danielle
    March 25, 2015 at 9:47 am

    What an adorable picture of you two!
    I’m – sorry about the snow – fingers crossed it doesn’t come to metro Detroit. Good luck with all your projects – everything sounds exciting! :)

  • Tone Slate
    April 3, 2015 at 10:32 am

    The moment I saw this pic, I wanted to say “OMG Calvin looked like Eleanor!” but someone beat me to it! He is such a handsome boy! :) Mom isnt too bad herself! Good luck on the shoots!

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