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DIY Flower Mobile

2 Mar

I had a burst of energy and inspiration the other night and spent 4 hours making a Floral Mobile for the baby’s room.

I saw some really cute pictures of these things on Pinterest but once I had clicked over to the Etsy links and saw how much people were charging for one- anywhere between $60 to upwards of $100+, I knew I could whip one together myself. And the best part? It only cost me 11 bucks.

That’s right. I went to the dollar store and spent $9 on artificial flower bunches, and $1 each on the ribbon and foam ring.

I painted the base of the green foam ring, but I’ve seen people wrap them in ribbons also. I attached 3 ribbons of equal length around the ring and secured with hot glue to hang from the ceiling and then proceeded to hot glue the flower heads (which pop right off the stem) around the bottom and outside of the ring. What’s also nice is the smaller flowers that I hung down from the mobile were easily attached by using pink thread and a needle and securing each one with a double knot at the length and interval I wanted. I then tied the tops of the thread around a push pin and stuck them on the inside of the foam ring. & Voila! Can’t beat that for $11.

 

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The Nursery

27 Feb

Most people who know me know decorating’s my thing. & it’s not to say that boys are boring or there’s not as much variety when it comes to putting together a nursery for a baby boy- but let’s be honest here; you don’t get much more girly than me. When I found out baby number 3 was a girl, let’s just say I was super excited to finally be able to design a nursery that was 100% girly girl.

 

I picked out the crib bedding first, and once I had found the perfect one I designed the decor around that. I had picked out this particular set even before I knew if she was a girl or a boy because hey, you have to be prepared. (Or maybe it was wishful thinking, who knows!)

 

I also designed the nursery in a way that she can grow into it. It’s definitely not babyish, but it has a soft color palette. Financially (& aesthetically) I don’t see the point in creating nursery’s that have themes that can’t grow with a child. If you have to change the decor in a short year or 2 it just seems like a waste of money and work and I love that theoretically she will be able to be happy with the way this room looks into her teens.

 

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This crib set is a peachy/pink color. I never would have thought I’d have gone with a peach but it totally works with what I had in mind for the look of the nursery.

Waverly Rosewater Glam Crib Bedding

Mini Chandelier

Crystal Pink Paint from Valspar

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I love how subtle the stenciling is. This is the first time I’ve ever attempted to stencil and I absolutely love the way it turned out!

Damask Stencil

Rust-Oleum Metallic Accents in White Pearl Gloss

 

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Did you know these floral letters sell for upwards of $100+ on Etsy? Crazy! I made this one for under $30.

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I bought this mirror from an antique store. I just added a touch of pink and shimmer paint to it.

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This dresser used to be in my sons room. It was that icky orangy-wood color (although it worked in his room, I wanted something more neutral for the baby’s.) I had it spray painted a glossy white and I changed out the handles as well.

Silver Faceted Glass Handles

 

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I bought these super cute prints from Etsy. I printed them out and went with a black and gold frame to really make them pop on the wall.

SavvySilverArt

 

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I had initially only bought 3 prints, and once I realized that wasn’t going to work I found that that the only other peach print left in the Etsy shop was a design I wasn’t interested in. Luckily I emailed the owner and she created the peach heart print for me, so shout out to SavvySilverArt!

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This table was also the orangy-wood color. I chose different handles for this because I wasn’t sure if the dresser handles would be too big and bulky for such a small piece. (& yes- I did bling out the fan. They just don’t sell girly fans, what could I do?!)

Silver Drawer Pull

Vornado Air Circulator (Everyone knows how important it is to have circulating air in a nursery and since I went with a chandelier instead of a ceiling fan I bought this compact but very powerful fan for her room.)

 

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I loved this shadow box from Hobby Lobby

White Wood Shadow Box Shelf

 

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Pretty, girly decor that will last

Perfume Bottle

Glass Jewelry Holder

 

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Callahan Steven

18 Dec

Now that the early Christmas present I bought myself (a Chromebook) is here, I’ll be able to keep up easier with the outside world. Trying to blog/surf the web/shop online is a nightmare on my phone- I figured if I wanted to keep my phone intact and not chuck it at the wall every time I tried to access the internet from it I had better buy a laptop. Soooo, I can finally update my blog about Mr. Callahans early arrival.

Monday November 25th I went to work (I still had 2 weeks left before my resignation to be a stay at home mommy) and felt perfectly fine all day. Around 9 at night I started to feel sick (like I was going to throw up) but tried to fall asleep and thought it would go away. But after tossing and turning for a few hours I finally got up and did end up getting sick. Blech.

I tried to go back to sleep because usually after you throw up you feel pretty good and that sick feeling in your tummy goes away. But mine didn’t. After getting up about 3 more times and waking up the husband (I’m not a quiet thrower-upper. ((I promise there’s a point to all this throw up talk))) I decided to be a nice wifey and go sleep on the couch in the living room. By then it was 1 in the morning. & I continued to throw up every 20-30 minutes for the next 7 hours.

Tuesday morning at 9 I called my doctor’s office because I was supposed to have an appointment that afternoon (I was 36 weeks so I was going in every week now) and tell them I couldn’t come in because I was sick. The nurse called me back and asked what was wrong, why couldn’t I come in. I told her I had literally been throwing up non stop all night and was too weak and sick to go in. She said that I had to go to the hospital right away because throwing up makes you dehydrated (this I knew) and that being dehydrated can possibly cause contractions (this I didn’t know).

So off I went (Don’t worry I didn’t drive myself!) to the Labor and Delivery floor at the hospital to get an I.V. of fluids to re-hydrate me. Easy peasy, right?

After 2 bags of fluid and 5 hours (I did not expect to be there that long!) of lying in a hospital bed with a heart rate monitor for the baby and one monitor for contractions, the nurse noticed I had been having contractions for quite a while. “You can’t feel those??” She asked me. “Nope.” I replied. “Did you feel your contractions at the beginning of your labor with your first child?” “Nope.” I said again. & sure enough, she told me I was in labor.

Since I was 36 weeks, they couldn’t do anything to stop the labor- but they weren’t going to do anything to speed it up. My doctor was hoping the contractions would subside, and that I would be able to go home (Even with another 2 bags of fluid they hadn’t stopped and being dilated to 4 but not progressing with the continued contractions was baffling to the nurses and my doctor) but after a few hours it got to the point where I could start to feel my contractions and I was like, “EPIDURAL PLEASE K THANKS!”

The epidural I had with Braxtyn only worked on my left side and I delivered him really soon after I had gotten the shot so I ended up being able to still move my legs around on my own. Not so much this time.

I got my epidural around 7 or 8 on Tuesday evening and didn’t end up delivering Callahan until roughly 20 hours later. Now, you may think if you’re numb from the waist down it’d be super comfortable and way easy to sleep. Nooo. I’ve never been so uncomfortable in my life. I mean, I know I was in labor and everything, but not being able to toss and turn on your own (darn you numb legs!) while trying to sleep is a betch.

So, that was 2 nights in a row that I got no sleep. Not ideal when you’re having a baby.

The next morning I was still only at a 4 (Ugh- what! We have to get to a 10 here, people!) A few hours later I was finally at a 5 but still only halfway there and at the rate I was going I would be there for days, or so it felt. Finally they gave me a low dose of pitocin. After a couple of hours my doctor broke my water and about 10 minutes later I found myself using that little button connected to the epidural to give me some extra medication because guess what?! I was at a 10 finally! Woo hoo!

About 5 minutes later Mr. Callahan Steven made his arrival at 4 lb. 15 oz. and complete perfection ❤ He may have been 4 weeks early but he was healthy and that is all that mattered.

Moral of the story? Don’t get a 24 hour flu bug when you’re only 36 weeks pregnant- you could walk into the hospital thinking your going to get re-hydrated and end up walking out with the sweetest little baby 😉

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Wordless Wednesday

20 Nov

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Wordless Wednesday: 2 for 1

24 Oct

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11 more weeks

11 Oct

Sooooo, is it odd that I’m scared to have a baby, even though I’ve already been through this and done it before?

I mean, last time I didn’t know what to expect (even from hearing stories and reading about it, no matter what, you really don’t know what to expect seeing as how every woman is different) and I wasn’t nearly as terrified as I seem to feel this time. Annnnd I even had an easy labor/delivery where everything went pretty smoothly last time.

So maybe that’s why I’m so freaked out. I mean, I had it simple last time- how can that possibly happen again?! But please, oh please, happen again!

I know there’s no use in worrying about it, I just find it weird that I feel scared when I’ve already done this (without any problems) before. Tell me I’m just being pregnant woman crazy 😉

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Wordless Wednesday

2 Oct

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