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    Mama Loves Moonshine is an honest, heartfelt, photo-centric blog devoted to all things motherhood, pregnancy & maternity, babies, toddlers, children, parenting and more... all accompanied by lots of photos. Julie is a new mother who has fallen in love with being a mom and already feels like it's going by so fast. Julie is married to Jesse, mother to Ramona Moon (aka Moonshine) and lives on an acre and a half in horse country between Boulder and Lyons, Colorado.

    Loving the journey (most of the time),

    Julie (Mama Moonshine)

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The Lyons Parade of Lights


Three of my most favorite things in the world:  Marching bands, Christmas lights and Candy.  The Lyons Parade of Lights had all three and was such a perfect way to start celebrating the season with Ramona and Jesse.  Little Moon LOVED the lights and the music.  She squealed, kicked and took in every second of the 45 minute parade.  And unlike every other parade that night, we drove right in, parked, and got a front row spot.  I loved the small town feel of the parade and am so excited to continue to create traditions with Ramona that she’ll look forward to every year.  This will certainly be one of them!

More Moonshine in New Orleans


I am so blessed to have Caitlin in my life.  I’m sad to say that she is no longer working with me, but she will forever be one of my best friends and is like a little sister to me.  Ramona is also lucky to have such an incredible auntie.  I am beyond thrilled with these images that she snagged of me and the bean in New Orleans.  Thank you, Caity.  I love you.

Moonshine in New Orleans

New Orleans was technically Ramona’s first “trip”. Yes, we went to Lodi for my sister’s wedding in October and to Aspen on a road trip in July, but NOLA was Ramona’s first place of “travel”.  And she was amazing.  AMAZING.  I certainly have a little travel buddy on my hands.  The first day we were there, I was carrying her in the Baby Bijorn and she was fake laughing to get attention from all the passers by on the street. And let me just say, there are a lot of passers by on the streets of New Orleans.  Let me also say that Ramona was maybe the only baby that I saw.  I mean, honestly, bringing a baby to New Orleans is like bringing a baby to Vegas.  Not a lot of people do it, but I had a wedding there and I wasn’t about to leave the bean behind.

So Ramona was a star.  Everywhere we went, people stopped to admire her or pick her up or remark on what a social baby she was.  I mean, EVERYWHERE.  And She loved it.  She’s an attention ham, for sure.

This was also my first time “traveling” with a baby.  And it was hard.  Not logistically, but emotionally.  I’m a world traveler.  I love to travel almost more than anything in the world and when I do, I like complete freedom.  I love to make images.  On any other occasion, I would probably have positioned myself on a street corner for hours, waiting for the perfect “decisive moment”, or perhaps I would have stopped at a random club at 1am to listen to music and sip on a dirty martini. Maybe I would have stayed 5 minutes or maybe I’d have stayed until sunrise. The sky was the limit.  But on this trip, I realized quickly that this kind of freedom is simply impossible with a baby on my chest.  I mean, literally impossible.  I can’t get down on the ground to make images with Ramona on my body, and apparently babies  aren’t allowed in bars in New Orleans. Ironically.  So naturally there was some grieving associated with my experience. But after I came to appreciate that I was spending time with the most beautiful girl in the world and making a different set of street images (ones that incorporated Ramona),  I was able to let some of this go.  There will be countless travels in my future where I can be self-indulgent. Our trip to NOLA was a travel first for me and my daughter– wandering the town without an agenda, listening to street music, eating the local food (which Ramona and I agree, is some of the best in the world).  It was truly a virginal experience and one that I will look back on very fondly.  It was all very different, but so very beautiful.

Many thanks to my  dear friend, Caitlin,who took the beautiful images of me and the bean, and to my mother in law who allowed me one night of freedom, and kept me sane on this trip.



Lilly Sue - She is totally making a Jesse look in that picture where you are holding her and her hands are clasped…she looks like she is looking deep into my thoughts! lol

Heather - These pictures are amazing Jules! And how fun the Lil was able to go with you and experience NOLA and help with little Moon. Love these images.

First Halloween

It’s pretty ridiculous, I know.  As if Ramona even cares about her bunny suit, or the pumpkin patch, or candy for that matter (actually she’d be pretty into the candy, if we would allow it).  Ramona’s first Halloween is more like our first Halloween–with kids.  Reliving the pumpkin patch, carving a little kitty pumpkin and two big Mama and Daddy pumpkins, and of course there is the costume.  The bunny was a pretty easy pick.  For one, Ramona’s favorite stuffed animal is a little bean bag bunny we call Sugar and her favorite song is “John the Rabbit” by Elizabeth Mitchell.   And I  have to brag for just a second.  I believe I’ve got the cutest little bunny around.  She’s so cute in the little bunny suit, in fact, that this costume has been sported almost everyday now for 2 weeks–in the stroller, to the pumpkin patch, to her aunt Lillian’s.  It’s simply too cute to only wear one day!  Right?

To the hipsters dressed as zombies, to the college girls dressed as a sexy cats and nurses, to all the kiddos who have been looking forward to bags of candy and the smell of makeup all year, Happy Halloween! And to  the first time parents of babies who will  get all giddy dressing up their little beans in  onesie costumes for nothing more than a sweet “ooohhh and ahhhh”, a couple of photos and walk down memory lane, enjoy this All Hallows Eve. We’ll be doing the same with a little bunny rabbit named Ramona Moon.


Andrea W - I’ve been a long time follower of your blogs and love your photos. I don’t believe I’ve ever commented, but these photos just about broke my heart. You really do have the most perfect little bunny. Thank you for sharing. Absolutely adorable.

Laura Wittrock - hahaha that last picture is priceless! Such a cute bunny rabbit.

Katie Z - love, love, LOVE. Happy Halloween!

Jodi - If you don’t brag…I WILL! She is the cutest thing EVER! I adore you all!XO

Lilly Sue - Adorable photos! I love everyone 🙂 So cute!

Mel - Adorable! Gorgeous pictures, gorgeous baby!

mom - She is by far the cutest bunny I’ve ever seen!! She is so yummy!!

Kourtney - Ramona, you are so adorable. We need to get together.i think Zoryn and you would have so much fun!

Lillian - Thanks for taking us to the Pumpkin Patch!
Happy November and the adventures of Moon…

Anne - These are so fantastic! Cutest little bunny ever! Wish we could have gotten all these little beans together last night!

chrystal - Cutest bunny EVER!

windhound - I saw your Pumpkin Baby on Lily Sue’s blog and had to see more – really gorgeous baby and photos.

Jamie Barry - where on earth did you find that bunny suit? These pictures are KILLING John and me. She is adorable and these are some of the cutest baby pictures I have ever seen of any baby. You guys are such a sweet family. Miss you all. xoxo

URSULA - She is sooo cute!!!!