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Parker’s Shadow Box

I didn’t get much done today but I am proud to say that I was able to finally finish P’s shadow box! I want to still do another one with his first outfit inside but this has a lot of the trinkets from his birth. A 2012 penny, fortune that Rob got the night he was born from Panda Express that said, “today will be lucky and memorable for you”, his hospital bracelet and the note the tech who did my anatomy scan wrote with P’s gender. I didn’t open it until the day after he was born. The cutouts are from my shower that my Mom and Sister made with the Cricut, of course 🙂

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I Love Pinterest!

It is no secret that I am in LOVE with Pinterest! I found the site about 2 years ago and it has been a constanst obsession ever since. There are so many cute ideas and where I found my inspiration for maternity and bump pictures, nursery ideas, newborn photos, month milestone photos, getting our house organized and so much more! After  recent pin I decided to share some of my favorite baby related pins I have found.

It was hard to pick my favorites so check out that rest on my Pinterest site. Just click on a picture to go to the website.

         
           

         
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Toddle Along Tuesday ~ Finding Balance Part II

So this past week the topic for Toddle Along Tuesday was Finding Balance. I thought about what I wanted to say, wrote my post and published it. Like clock work, this momma had a complete melt down with ugly tears and all. To someone else, it probably would have warranted a good laugh but it was very serious to me.

While I have been able to balance out different things in my daily routine like showering, eating, taking care of P and administrative things, I have so many craft projects and updates around the house that I really want to do. Between blogging, Pinterest and house projects I would start one, get distracted by another and then another. By the time Rob got home, there were 4-5 things going on and I really wasn’t focusing on any of them.

If you know me, then you know crafting is my life! It brings me so much joy and I love coming up with and creating new projects.

Que my genius hubby who came up with what I think to be the idea of the century!!! Using Popsicle sticks, I wrote 1 project on each and placed them into a mason jar. Whenever I have time to start a project, I pull one and work on that project, no others, until it is done.

I actually decided to take this one step farther and did another jar that has different exercises and physical activities on them. Every morning I will choose one and will have the whole day to work it in.

After I was done with just my initial list, I felt a little overwhelmed and said,”I will never get these all done.” His response, “one stick at a time babe.” <3

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Starting the nursery!!!

I had originally scheduled today off since Rob was suppose to come home today and decided to keep it so we could do some baby related things. I have been anxiously waiting for Rob to come home to start all of this and am so excited it is finally here!

Our trip through IKEA lasted quite awhile but we managed to figure everything out for the basement and purchased the crib! We won’t put it together until the room is painted but I like knowing that it is in the house and “almost” ready to go. We decided to stick with the Gulliver Spindle Crib in birch.

We also stopped by Home Depot and chose the colors for the guest room and babies room! We finally decided we wanted to paint the walls a bright green color. I thought it would go well with some of the dark furniture we have picked out and the art work I am planning on hanging on the walls. This isn’t the best picture but it gives you an idea. I have a much better one come the 24th when the painters are done!

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Nursery Progress

I can’t believe I am actually making some! I was really lost on inspiration for our nursery for awhile because almost everything in the chain stores is matchy matchy, not something I am a big fan of.

A few weekends ago  I called Derbyshire’s to get a quote for a dresser and nightstand on their website. Derbyshire’s is one of the few unfinished furniture stores I could find and as luck would have it, they are located in Wayne, NJ (close to my parents house). As even more luck would have it, the dresser we liked was 20% off so I decided to order both pieces. My Mom and I will be able to pick them up on April 6th and she said she would stain them for me and bring them when they come visit the weekend of April 21st. I love that we can customize the pieces to the color we want AND they will last long after our Peanut goes to college (yikes!).

We now have a dresser and nightstand that will sit next to the glider!

I think we are also seriously looking at the Gulliver Spindle Crib from IKEA. I was there this past weekend and really love it! Rob and I will go back sometime in April for a final look and hopefully a purchase (fingers crossed)! The Sealy Soybean Foam-Core Crib Mattress was also recommended for this crib and just happens to be on Amazon Prime :o)

I also found the cutest bookcase for all of the books we have been collecting (see picture below). I found it here and it’s called the Whitney Bros. 32″ H Two Shelf Book Carousel. 

We are using several pieces from around the house or things we bought awhile ago including the glider and this 4 cube bookcase for the changing table. The baskets will be great to hold the cloth diapers!

I have been buying little things here and there as I see them. Two of my favorite stores so far have been Target (the $1 section) and IKEA. As I have been going through the house and collecting unwanted items for our yard sale, I have been putting aside items that would be helpful in the baby’s room. This is the result of all my findings both in stores and at home!

There are a ton of DIY projects to help create the vision I have in mind for the nursery. I want to leave some element of surprise so I will just post the pictures and let you figure out what they are going to be turned into 😉

Well that’s all I have for right now! As you can see, Rob and I have a lot of work on our hands but I can’t wait to see what the final product looks like :o)