Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Hello + Pinterest

Hi there! Can't believe baby E is 3 months old today. Crazy! It's been such an amazing time, too. Sure, I've had a few moments where I think I lost my marbles, but he's so much fun -- a little silly, a lot feisty, and growing like a weed right before our eyes.

Hoping to start some new projects soon, but in the meantime you can find me on the addicting Pinterest --


Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Our Big Arrival

Well, we finally welcomed our baby boy into the world last Monday.

Can't believe he's already a week old! Still adjusting to life at home and with each other, but we're all doing great. He's asleep in my arms right now, and typing with one finger is exhausting, so will hold off on project posts just a bit longer :)

Also looking forward to dropping the baby weight in the next few months -- maybe I'll do a weekly weightloss / motivation post? Would love any inspiration to fit into my "real" jeans before fall!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Baby Update!

Well, baby is officially due tomorrow, though it seems he's being quite the procrastinator. We're being induced Sunday night if he doesn't come before then, so do a baby dance for us! I would think he's got to be ready, he's done some growing in the last couple of weeks...

Hurriedly trying to finish some last minute baby room projects, including his letters for above the crib...

One of these days I'll finish sharing all of the projects, including some no-sew pillows and hand-made animal art. Stay tuned! :)

Friday, June 17, 2011

Wish List: Fish Hook Bracelet

I love to fish. Seriously. J and I call it couple's therapy. Since being preggo, though, I've missed out since last summer. So when I saw this Miansai hook bracelet at J. Crew, I immediately emailed the link to J. Who knows, maybe he'll surprise me with it some day soon? :)

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

WIWW: Preggo Edition

Yeah, I finally remembered to link up! :) The weather's getting hotter (100 degrees, anyone?) and the laundry pile's getting taller, so some of these aren't so great. I think I got them in the right order, though -- it's amazing how different my belly can look just day-to-day. Just a little over three weeks to go!

Oh, and I'm starting to think I pay Target's light bill...

Working from home / errands

brown maternity tee ~ Old Navy
maternity jeans ~ Motherhood Maternity
brown flop wedges ~ Walmart

Thought the outfit was boring, so I tried to do something extra for the hair ~ a little pony with a flower band from Target... eh, alright I guess...

Office meetings

black & white maternity top ~ gift from mom
black skirt ~ not really sure, found it in the back of the closet
black slides ~ Walmart

Date night

orange maternity tee ~ Target (new, clearance)
same maternity jeans
silver flops ~ Target (new)

Weekend errands

white tank ~ Target
brown tank ~ Target
same maternity jeans (I do wash them every couple of days, I promise!)
same wedge flops
earrings ~ Target

Casual day at the office

green tank ~ Target
white button-up ~ Target
black skirt ~ GUESS Outlet
black flop wedges ~ made by my MIL
sunglasses ~ Coach Outlet

Weekend swim
J bought me a kiddie pool from Walmart ~ AMAZING heat relief!

bikini that shall remain covered up ~ Victoria's Secret
black cover up ~ Walmart
silver flops ~ Old Navy

Working from home / fish fry

black maternity tee ~ borrowed
same maternity jeans (boring!)

Baby shower!

dress ~ Target
grey cardi ~ Target
earrings ~ Banana Republic Outlet (new)

Office, errands & doctor appt

white maternity tank ~ Target (new, clearance)
black tank ~ Target
purple cardi ~ Target
necklace ~ Tiffany
capri leggings ~ Target (new, $8)
same black wedge flops

Linking up to:

pleated poppy

Monday, June 13, 2011

Hi Baby

As we get closer to baby's arrival, I've been casually searching for cute birth announcements. Not sure if these are my favorites because I like the actual card, or because the babies are just adorable!

I also like the idea of doing a magnet version for close family and friends. We all end up sticking them on the fridge anyway, right? :) Know of any other great places to find announcements?

Friday, June 10, 2011

Baby Room: Before & After

Guess I missed WIWW again... oops! Maybe next week? :)

Super excited to get new bedroom carpet installed today, even if it means our house is now littered with bedroom furniture and crap. Over the last few months, we've finally gotten around to fixing up our room, so I'll show it off after the carpet's in... and every thing's back in order... maybe a week or two? :)

In the mean time, the baby room is really starting to come together. Which is a good thing considering we only have 4 weeks to go, if that!

So incase you missed the "true" before, you can see it here. But here are a few of the clean befores:

And the afters:

You can read more about hanging the moulding here and the not-so-great paint experience here. It was hard to find curtains in the right length without having to special order, but we finally found these brown ones on sale at Pier 1. Will be perfect for blocking out the afternoon sun!

LOVE this curtain rod from Lowe's. J thought it was a little girlie at first, but he likes it now that it's up.

J also hung the new ceiling fan (Lowe's again... I think we're paying their electric bill...) in place of the crappy gold flushmount.

And also hung a new light fixture over the sink. Guess where we got it?

Still need to paint the bathroom (probably just a brighter shade of white), but it's starting to look cute. And most of the accessories for the bathroom? Baby shower gifts from Target!

So the Potterybarn towels I ordered don't exactly match, but I still like them. Maybe I'll just stick them back for when baby's older...

Still loving the crib my parents bought us and the Target bedding (geez, maybe we're paying their electric bill, too!).

Added the little sheep rug...

And the vinyl tree from Babies r' Us.

We flanked each side of the crib with storage cubes from IKEA and storage boxes from various places for books and toys.

Still need to get the dresser upstairs, which we'll also use as the changing table, and I need to finish his letters and pillows. Also have some other adorable baby shower goodies to put out, too. Overall, I think it's pretty darn cute, and it's fun to finally see it come together!

Linking up to these fabulous parties:

Friday, June 3, 2011


I'm sad I missed linking up to WIWW this week, but I'll just add the photos to next time. Baby caused a little excitement over the last few days ~ some really nice contractions and mucho uncomfortableness. While I guess he's decided to stay put, it did give us a chance to practice our breathing techniques, and I got some awesome back rubs :)

With just five weeks to go, this cartoon definitely sums up my thoughts right about now...

We've got some of the details up in the baby room, so I'll share over the weekend. Happy Friday!

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Gallery Wall

I can finally mark one of the projects off my "Forgotten Projects" list. Back in October, I started the gallery wall that I was super excited about... then completely forgot about it until a month or so ago. Okay, okay, so I didn't really forget ~ more like I shut one eye every time I walked past the half-complete project. And then, when the frames started falling off the wall, I decided it was time to just finish the darn thing.

So, we have a huge blank wall between the bedrooms upstairs. I always thought it would make a cool frame wall. My first attempt? Not so great.

Yeah, a little pathetic. And it made me realize the vast size of the wall. It was going to take a little inspiration to fill that sucker. I found this spread in the Potterybarn catalog and fell in love.

I just love the mixture of frames and random objects. So, I went around collecting random frames. Some from a Garden Ridge sale...

...some from the Target clearance section...

...and a few that I saved from the trash at work.

I also wanted to incorporate some random stuff, so I just starting laying it all out on the floor and included a couple of small cabinet doors I found at the Habitat Restore awhile back. I did measure the wall between the light switch and the AC control so I'd know how much space I had to work with.

After several rounds of arranging and rearranging, I came up with something I liked:

I even found a use for the black shelf I got on clearance at Hobby Lobby a year ago. The hard part: getting everything from the floor to the wall. J was out for the day, so I was a little scared to start hammering. He's usually the one to perfectly measure everything, and make sure it's all even and aligned. But I figured I could manage. The first nail is always the hardest, right?

I measured and leveled each one as I went along, but of course I got off at certain points. I even thought I'd be smart and use the sticky tape that says it'll hold a frame on the wall so I wouldn't have to contend with the little double-eye hooks on the back of several frames. And I got to a stopping point before I thought I was going to go cross-eyed.

Not bad, huh? Even J was impressed when he got home. And then it sat. For weeks. And months. And then the frames that were up with the sticky strips began to slowly fall off the wall. Seriously, I'd almost pee my pants in the middle of the night 'cause I'd hear a horrifying crashing sound. Luckily only one frame broke, and I never really wet the bed.

I digress.

Fast forward to several weeks ago. I was sooo tired of looking at it and stepping over the mess in the hall, that I just picked up a hammer, some nails and went at it. Because I was pretty frustrated with it at this point, I didn't take any pics. But I ended up using wire to hang the frames with the double-hooks. No measuring tape this time, no level ~ just me, a stepstool and a hammer. The result?

Not exactly the pattern I had planned, but I like it. I even included a clock we got as a wedding gift years ago that I could never quite find the right spot for in this house. I'll eventually paint the small cabinet doors, and I still need to re-mat some of the frames. Oh, and select pictures!

But I do think it fills up the wall nicely, and it gives you something to look at as you're walking up the stairs.

Once again, the before:

And the after:

At least it's {almost} done!

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