Before 8am {Giveaway!}


Over the past six months, we have welcomed you into our homes and have given you a peek into our mornings all as part of our Before 8am series with Karen Jacot Photography.  And to say this series has been a hit is just about the understatement of the year.  You, our readers, have poured compliments over us and have absolutely loved getting a chance to see how each of us start our days – the good, the bad, the pre-coffee.  You have seen our hair disheveled and our beautifying routines.  You have seen our morning nuances and our morning chaos.  You have seen our children’s faces light up and our children in major melt down mode.  You have seen us…the REAL us…in all of our early morning motherhood glory.

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And now, as we bring this series to a close, we are beyond excited to extend this opportunity to one of YOU!  Our dear friend Karen Jacot is so graciously giving away a Before 8am session to one lucky reader — where she will come to your home, capture your precious morning moments, and then give you the chance to join the others below by sharing your pictures and your experience too.


A look into our Before 8am series…

Jana | Misty | Sarah | Lauren | Heather
Jessica | Chelsea | Kelly | TiffanieAndrea | Jenn
Amy | Breonna | Meagan | Hannah | Jill
Kristy | Brittney | Stephanie | Erica | Kristine

As many others have said in their post, this is truly an opportunity of a lifetime and one that we will treasure forever and ever, and we are over the moon to be hosting this giveaway for one of you to be part of our Before 8am series as well.  Enter below, and best of luck to you!!!

Winner :: Jennifer S.

The Fine Print :: The winner’s Before 8am session will be done at the end of June or in early July – exact date to be determined by Karen Jacot and the winner.  The winner will receive a gallery of roughly 50-75 high resolution images, depending on how much time is spent at the shoot.  Also, the winner must agree to sign a model release so that the photos can be posted on both Karen Jacot’s and Houston Moms Blog’s website and social media outlets.  And while it is not required, we at Houston Moms Blog would be so very honored and strongly encourage the winner to guest post and share their experience as part of our Before 8am series too!

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Kelly is the founder of Houston Moms Blog and has lived in this beautiful city nearly all of her life. She has a degree in education from Texas State University and was honored to teach special education for eight years to some of the cutest little kiddos you could ever meet. While teaching, Kelly met Cody – a tall drink of water and country boy to the core – and together, they fell in love, got married, and decided to start a family. In March 2011, they welcomed Hayes into the world, a silly but smart little boy with a story you have to read to believe. And in April 2013, their family was complete with the addition of Hadley, a super gregarious and oh-so-cute baby girl. Now, Kelly devotes her days to caring for her own little ones…and would not trade this new job of hers for the world! In her not-so-spare time, Kelly loves meeting up with her girlfriends for margaritas, failing miserably at Pinterest projects, and exploring this big old city with her two favorite little side-kicks in tow.


  1. This series is so cool, and I think it’s awesome that you guys are giving a reader a chance to participate. What a good idea!

    • Oh sorry, I submitted before I said why I want to win!! I think before 8 AM can be the hardest part some days, but having a baby has taught me that time flies and when it’s gone, it’s gone. This would be an amazing way to document all the little things that my mind will be grasping to hang on to in 10 years, 15 years, etc.

  2. i would love to win this session. I’ve enjoyed seeing each and every family featured in this series and would love to have such a treasure of our family. Karen’s pictures are amazing and there sure are some amazing ladies working for Houston Mom’s Blog!

  3. I have loved following this series and I really hope I win. There is something so beautiful about these pictures and I think the realness and photographer is pure magic.

  4. I’ve loved this series…thanks for sharing the same opportunity with readers! I would love to capture these same memories for my family. How special to look back on these everyday moments years down the road!


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