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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

DIY Nursery Projects

Baby boy's nursery is filled with DIY projects and I love it. I had planned to do a lot more in Harlow's room but with working full time and moving into our new home in July (Harlow was born in September) it just didn't leave any time. And honestly, I was too exhausted -- so I bought a lot of the stuff I wanted to DIY.

So here are some of the DIY projects I've been working on...

Pom-pom Curtains
This was ONE DIY project I did for Harlow's room and loved it so much I made them again! Only using black pom-poms this time, haha. The left panel has poms and the right doesn't -- makes such a difference! Total cost for two sheer panels and 10 yards of black pom-poms = $30
(tutorial linked above)

Zinc Letters
{Sorry for the crappy lighting, I painted them at night}
I love Anthropologie's zinc letters but at $18 a piece, I just couldn't swing it. I am completely satisfied with how my DIY version turned out and they were SO easy to make. I used wooden letters from Michaels and bought them one at a time so I could use a 40-50% coupon each time. Cheapoooo! I painted each letter black, let it dry, and then applied Martha Stewart's metallic silver paint. I applied a light coat of the metallic paint so the black streaks would peak through. Let the letters dry and then attach sawtooth hangers to the back of each letter. Total cost for wooden letters, paint, and sawtooth hangers = $25

Feather Mobile
This was a quick and easy mobile. Materials: brown feathers, thin neutral twine, a wooden embroidery hoop, gold spray paint and fishing line. I spray painted the hoop gold, glued the feathers to the twine, attached the twine to the hoop by simply knotting it, and then used fishing line to hang it from the ceiling using a thumbtack. Total cost for feathers, twine, and hoop (I had the rest of the supplies) = $10

Book shelf
Wood from Home Depot: 2-1x4's and 1-1x2, cut it to my liking, nailed it together, and stained it using Minwax Special Walnut. Done! Total cost = $5

Yarn Poms

We decided to keep a bed in the nursery, especially with having family in town for two weeks after the baby is born. He'll sleep in our room for a few months any way :)

I bought super thick yarn from Michaels and just cut each piece to my liking. I used a branch from my back yard to hang. Total cost = $5

I love that Pinterest has free printables and I found a cute feather and bike print. I had them printed at Staples so it would be a better print job and it cost just cents per picture. Here they are hanging:
I jazzed up the feather print by using two square wooden dowels and attached eye hooks at the top to hang. OH, we also sanded down my old bedroom dresser and nightstand (it's at least 25 years old. It was my 1st official "bedroom set") and stained it. I need to find knobs.

Now all that is left is to accessorize! Stay tuned for final pictures of the nursery!

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Charleston Babymoon

When looking at possible babymoon destinations my one request was no more than 6 hours of travel time (we were driving) and we both wanted a place we had never visited. After a few days of weighing out options we decided on Charleston!

On Friday we hit up King Street and shopped at all the fun stores we don't have in the Burg (i.e. Lush & H&M).

Beautiful Rainbow Row:

The Pink House:

On Saturday we hit up the market. It's always so fun seeing all the different vendors and their unique items.

Waterfront Park & White Point Garden:

Beautiful Magnolia Plantation:

Charleston is so beautiful and full of charm. I can only imagine what it looks like in the spring and summer. Oh and did I mention the food, oh my gosh so good. 

We stayed at our 1st Airbnb and this was our balcony view:

And our cute bedroom: 

We left on Sunday but made a 30 minute detour to Charlotte to go to IKEA. Worth it!

We made it home on Valentine's Day, just in time to spend the evening with our favorite girl.

30 weeks

Rainbow Row Charleston, SC.

How far along: 30 weeks
Gender: Boy. 
Weight gain: 12-13 lbs. 
Maternity clothes: Same as always: leggings, baggy shirts/sweaters, and swing dresses.
Stretch marks: Just the few from my last pregnancy. 
Belly button in or out: In.
Sleep: Sleeping good -- the crazy dreams have decreased, yay!
Best moment of the week: Our babymoon in Charleston -- a weekend alone just Joe and I!
Miss anything: A normal back. Tired of feeling tired.
Movement: Yes, so much. 
Cravings: Crushed ice.
Queasy or Sick: Saturday evening (on our babymoon) I woke up from a 2 hour nap throwing up. So our last evening in Charleston was spent in bed. Harlow woke up later that night throwing up -- so whatever it was, we caught it the same time :( Thankfully it was gone when I woke up Sunday morning and I felt okay to make a pitstop to IKEA in Charlotte.
Looking forward to: Wedding season starts this weekend. After having two months off I'm ready!!

Nursery to-do List: 
We are seriously knocking it out. I can't wait to post pics!
-Get a crib + mattress
-Assemble crib
-Buy curtains
-Paint room
-Stain old furniture
-DIY feather mobile
-Attach pom-poms to curtains
-Buy crib bedding + skirt
-Finish and hang DIY zinc letters -- I just need letter V!!

Rainbow Row -- blue for our boy!

Taken at 29 weeks.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

28 weeks

Hello 3rd trimester!

How far along: In the third trimester -- 28 weeks!
Gender: Boy. 
Weight gain: 13 lbs. My midwife said my belly is measuring a week behind but she isn't concerned as long as it doesn't go more than that.
Maternity clothes: My weekly attire is leggings and a baggy sweater -- I love not working m-f this time around. The maternity clothes I'm wearing is what I bought when preggo with Harlow. 
Stretch marks: Just the few from my last pregnancy. 
Belly button in or out: In.
Sleep: Sleeping good with some nights of restless sleep mixed in. TONS of vivid dreams. I never experienced that with Harlow so it's interesting.
Best moment of the week: The nursery is coming along! It has been SO different planning a room for a boy and Joseph has been very involved this time. He's quick to question my choices "I don't think that's for a boy" :|
Miss anything: A normal back. Sleep without dreams.
Movement: Yes, so much. 
Cravings: Lucky charms, nutri-grain bars, and I have crushed ice almost every night.
Queasy or Sick: I woke up nauseous and dizzy a few mornings ago and it seriously felt like the 1st trimester. Hasn't happened since. My back is beginning to hurt more and more.
Looking forward to: Next weekend we are going away to Charleston, SC for a little Babymoon/Valentine's Day getaway. The grandparents are coming to keep Harlow!

Here's a little nursery sneak peak!

Nursery to-do List: 
-Get a crib + mattress
-Assemble crib
-Buy curtains
-Paint room
-Stain old furniture
-DIY feather mobile
-Attach pom-poms to curtains
-Finish and hang DIY zinc letters
-Buy crib bedding + skirt