My Favorite Pregnancy Items

Being pregnant certainly is not simple…but there are some items that have actually made it much easier. Here is my list of favorites-I hope they help you as much as they have helped me!

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1.

Leachco Snoogle Total Body Pillow, White

This pillow is a total lifesaver! I can’t express how helpful it is. There is nothing more important to a mother-to-be than a good nights rest. It is important to have your belly, head, back and legs supported and this pillow does all four so you don’t need to keep adjusting several small pillows to get the same affect.

Within the packaging there is a helpful guide that also gives you other options and ways to use the pillow, whether you are lying down or sitting up. While pregnant, it is also important to sleep on your left side for optimum blood flow to the baby, and for some just not sleeping on your back or stomach can be a struggle. This is absolutely my favorite pregnancy purchase.

2.
Stretch Marks and Scars Cream – Best Body Moisturizer to Prevent and Reduce Old & New Marks – Natural & Organic for Pregnancy – Also for Men – 4 oz – By Body Merry

Excuse me while I go knock on 5 pieces of wood, but as of yet, and I am 8 month’s pregnant, I still do not have any stretch marks! This lotion is amazing, and I have gone through at least 3 jars of it, but I think it is well worth it! Just be sure to apply it liberally to not only the front of your stomach, but the sides as well and any where else you feel like you are expanding. By no means am I a medical professional, but this lotion has worked for me.

 

3.
ReMEDies Cool Mist Humidifier Ultrasonic Humidifier “No Noise” Plus Aroma Diffuser – 7 Color Cozy LED Lights, Auto Shut-Off

For whatever reason, pregnancy comes with its share of odd symptoms, many of which no one talks about. One of these symptoms is sinus pressure. It is very common to feel like you have a cold all the time and constantly get bloody noses. Those with small sinuses to begin with are even more prone to these symptoms. This humidifier is not only helpful for mom while pregnant, it is also extremely helpful for the nursery after the baby is born to keep humidity in the room. Bonus: There is a compartment for your favorite essential oil and this humidifier has the option to provide a soft light in many neat colors! Just be sure to check with your practicioner prior to using essential oils. Also, if you have pets, some essential oils affect animals negatively.

 

4.
KOYO Reduced Sodium Garlic and Pepper Ramen Made with Organic Noodles, 2.1 Ounce (Pack of 12)

Pregnancy comes with all sorts of strange food cravings. For me, I could indulge in macaroni and cheese and ramen soup every single day if I could. However, we all know how bad for you the typical ramen can be. It is full of MSG and many harmful chemicals. I knew there had to be a better alternative and ran into KOYO ramen at my local health food store. It tastes even better than normal ramen and is much better for you! The noodles are even organic!

 

5.
Secrets of the Baby Whisperer: How to Calm, Connect, and Communicate with Your Baby

I asked a friend who has been a nanny for years what her favorite baby items are and what has been most helpful to her. She highly recommended this particular book. I haven’t experienced it for myself yet, but from what I hear the most important thing you can do is get your infant on a schedule, and this book helps you get there.

 

6.
What to Expect the First Year

I’m pretty sure you are never actually “ready” for what is to come when you have an infant. However, reading this book while pregnant is certainly eye-opening. A friend at work told me she really wished she read it prior to the baby being born because there would have been so much she would of been less stressed about had she known ahead of time. I used post-it notes to highlight the pages I felt would be great to reference back to when in a pinch.

 

7.
What to Expect When You’re Expecting, 4th Edition

This book is a classic mother-to-be favorite and I found it very helpful. I love how each chapter highlights the month you are in of your pregnancy and provides helpful tips as well as calms your worries. This book is very informative, yet not opinionated like some others can be and allows you to take in all the information and than choose what is right for you and your child.

 

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DIY Shabby Chic Gift Bags

We needed gift bags for the baby shower prizes and I wanted them to go with the “shabby chic” theme of the baby’s bedroom. I couldn’t really find anything online that matched what I was looking for, so I decided to make my own and it was super simple!

Items you will need

 

DIY Shabby Chic Gift Bags

Here is how to complete this project:

  1. Simply test out how you would like to layout your items prior to gluing them down. Remember- less is more.
  2. Tie the gift tags to the top of each bag.
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DIY Handmade Lace Leg Warmers

DIY Handmade Lace Leg Warmers

There is nothing more adorable in the Fall than cute boots and leg warmers. I had some extra lace from other projects so decided to makes some! Here is the “how to” so you can have your own adorable leg warmers to go with your fashionable boots! I would love to see some photos of what you come up with so feel free to share some!

Items you will need:

  • Lace or fabric of your choice
  • Hot glue gun with glue
  • Ribbon

 

DIY Handmade Lace Leg Warmers Supplies

 

Here is how to complete this project:

  1. Take the fabric of your choice and measure it to wrap just below your knee to ensure a proper fit. Cut the fabric and then take that piece of fabric and cut the other piece an identical width.

DIY Handmade Lace Leg Warmers 2. If you would like your leg warmers to be thicker, which I did in my case, you can fold the fabric over prior to cutting, or cut multiple pieces the same size and hot glue them together

DIY Handmade Lace Leg Warmers

3. Cut four piece of ribbon  at least 3 inches long and hot glue one to each end of your leg warmers. Be sure to make sure the glue has completely dried before moving them.

DIY Handmade Lace Leg Warmers

DIY Handmade Lace Leg Warmers

DIY Handmade Lace Leg Warmers

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Maternity Photoshoot

Maternity Photoshoot Positively Glamorous

To be completely 100% honest, I have been pretty self-conscious this entire pregnancy. I find other pregnant women extremely beautiful, I just have a hard time with my body changing so dramatically. I truly think that every life is a gift from God and am incredibly grateful for the experience, and I decided if I didn’t find a way to capture these moments I may regret it.

Plus I just loooove looking at the photos from when my mom was pregnant with my brother and I. There is something really special about seeing yourself as simply a twinkle in your mother’s eye- it reminds you what a delicate treasure life is.

Being that we are extremely budget conscious and I am creative and have photo editing experience, Patrick, my husband is very technical, we decided to try to do the maternity photos ourselves. It turned out to be wonderful because I am so comfortable with Patrick I can let down my guard, and it was lovely to see how he “viewed” me through the lens. So kudos to Patrick for his wonderful photography skills, this was a great experience that I think we will get to look back on fondly for the rest of our lives. <3

P.S. If you would like to create some leg warmers like the ones shown below, the tutorial will be published October 26th!

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DIY Handmade Initial Flower Wreath

DIY Monogram Wreath

My moss colored “M” wreath was looking pretty tired, so it was time for a makeover. I decided to tie in all the white with the office, and use white artificial flowers to bring the  wreath back to life. This project can be completed with any color flowers, and some faux leaves would be beautiful for Fall!

Items you will need:

  • Artificial flowers or leaves, enough to cover your entire initial- these can be found at AC Moore, Michaels or JoAnn Fabrics
  • Letter, wood or cardboard- I got mine at Hobby Lobby
  • Ribbon
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Stapler
  • (Suction Cup if you would like to hang your wreath on a mirror or glass surface. Here are the ones I purchased, they seem to be holding up really well.

Here is how to complete this project:
1.Since I had moss on my letter “M” already it all needed removed prior to adding the flowers in order to start with a clean slate.

DIY Initial Wreath2. Once all of the moss was removed, I took apart the artificial flowers from the stems, so I had a bunch to work with as I glued them on.

3. To add some dimension to the project, I added some artificial greenery to the top and bottom and hot glued that on first.

DIY Initial Wreath

4. Then, I began adding each flower with a dab of hot glue to the letter.

DIY Initial Wreath

5. Once the entire letter was covered with flowers I held it up to find the bare spots and added more flowers in those areas.

6. To add a hanger, hot glue or staple ribbon to the back on one side and make a bow at the top, staple it and then attach the ribbon to the other side of the initial making sure it is even.

Voila! Your fancy wreath is complete and you made it all by yourself. Find a great place to hang it! I would love to see your wreath so feel free to leave a comment below with an image!

P.S. This wreath would make a wonderful custom Christmas gift or look lovely as a wedding centerpiece!! 

DIY Monogram wreath

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Vent Cover Makeover on a Budget

vent makeover on a budget

Sometimes it is the little tiny details that make all the difference in your home. An example of this is radiator covers. One would think they are inconspicuous, but in reality, the color of them as well as how clean they are can really make a difference in how your home feels!

Since we redid the floors throughout the whole house to a very dark bamboo, the beige fixtures that came with the home were really standing out in a bad way.

I decided black vent covers would look be best with the flooring, however after checking them out at Home Depot and seeing that they cost from $50-$75 a piece, I realized that simply would not fit into our budget. We had 14 vent covers that needed replaced and that would cost over $1,000 after already spending thousands of dollars on flooring, foam base and trim.

Since Rust-Oleum has been a life saver with so many other projects, I decided to give it a try on the vents as well, and they turned out amazing! What could of cost over $1,000 only ended up costing less than $20 for a few cans of Rust-Oleum Universal® Flat Spray Paint.

 

vent makeover on a budget
Here is what they looked like before. As you can see, they stood out like a sore thumb!
vent makeover on a budget
To spray paint the vents, first I cleaned them off with a high pressure hose, then let them dry out in the sun. Once they were fully dry, I spray painted each with Rust-Oleum.
vent makeover on a budget
Here is the after, as you can see they go with the new floor much better than the beige.
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Baby Mason is a Girl!!!

We are super excited to announce our little one is a girl! She was supper wiggly during the ultrasound and would not look at the camera at all- but after some rolling around we were finally able to see her pretty little face and even watch her yawn! What a treat! Since we now know the sex of the baby we can begin planning what her room will look like! I decided to share with you some of our inspiration.

Baby nursery inspiration
Created by Ella Rose at http://projectnursery.com/author/ellarose/
nursery inspiration
Found on http://www.hgtv.com/shows/fixer-upper/a-1940s-vintage-fixer-upper-for-first-time-homebuyers-pictures
nursery inspiration
Found on www.rhbabyandchild.com
Nursery inspiration
Found on https://www.etsy.com/listing/218274728/hand-painted-12-wedding-globe-shabby
nursery inspiration
Found on http://www.charlottemagazine.com/Home-Garden/April-2009/Hey-Kids/

P.S. The outfit in the header photo above was my grandmothers and the Eiffel Tower snow globe was a gift from my best friend. I’m all about bringing old items with new, especially when celebrating life-changing occurrences such as this! It also was incorporated into the baby shower invitations.

vintage themed baby shower invitations

 

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My Favorite Things

A Few of My Favorite Things

I have a lot of favorites, and most recently have found a love for listening to Podcasts on my way to work. It is amazing how one book, beauty product or life lesson from a recording can make life so much better- and I wanted to share with you my current favorites in hopes that they bring you joy as well. My desire is to update this page often, as my tastes evolve and I make new discoveries, so check back often!

Select the links below to visit the product’s website and learn more, here are a few of my favorite things!

Podcasts

 

Books





Products

Lavender Gardener's Salve 4 oz by Bonny Doon FarmHimalayan Light

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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