Friday, January 31, 2014

Five on Friday {Snow Day Edition}

Due to the snow on Wednesday my office was instructed to work from home. Fine by me! I stayed in my pajamas all day long and although I did have to work, I surprisingly got lots accomplished while toting my laptop around the house. So I bring snow day 5...
- ONE - I started off the morning with some delicious hot chocolate.
  - TWO - Around lunch time I started to get hungry so I raided the pantry and didn't really find much to eat. However, I did find some lemon cupcake mix, so I baked those for lunch.
- THREE - With the hubby's help, we knocked out the nursery closet dividers. Full post on these found {here}!
- FOUR - Later in the afternoon we got a knock at the door. UPS braved the winter weather to bring us a surprise gift from our registry - Caroline's mattress! It's amazing how big of a difference the room looks with the mattress in the crib!
- FIVE - Unrelated to snow day, but still worth mentioning, I am so looking forward to the weekend. I've got a prenatal massage appointment, some nursery crafts planned and a few recipes set aside to try! Oh, and of course, the Super Bowl! I'm planning a nacho bar for Sunday...
  Happy Friday & Super Bowl weekend!

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Thursday, January 30, 2014

DIY Nursery Closet Dividers

Now that Caroline's closet is filling up with tons of pretty dresses it's time to get organizing! Long ago I pinned Miss Dixie's Nursery DIY: Closet Dividers tutorial and was so excited to finally use it during yesterday's snow day!
Since I couldn't leave the house without sliding all over the road {you do not want to see this Floridian on ice}, I had to use what I had at home already. Thankfully I had purchased the closet rings last weekend in anticipation for this project.
For my project, I used 2 sheets of extra large scrapbook paper {.59/each at Michaels}, 6 closet divider rings {.99/each at The Container Store}, some spray glue and size labels {Etsy shop}. Ideally, Mod Podge is the way to go instead of spray glue, but I had to make a last minute substitution when I noticed all my Mod Podge was dried up.
Originally, I had planned to take the easy route of just purchasing pre-made closet divider stickers from an Etsy shop. However, once I cut them out I realized they didn't fit the rings I had. I was pretty disappointed because the listing only mentioned "use standard closet ring dividers" and that's exactly what I bought. Anyway, I cut my losses and decided to at least cut out the sizes from the stickers so that's what I used for the labels, but I'm sure you could find something free on Pinterest or make your own labels too.
Once you have all your materials, simply trace, cut and glue {or mod podge} your scrapbook paper to the divider!
Then add your labels, stickers, etc. to dress them up!
And this post wouldn't be complete without giving the hubby a huge shout out for patiently cutting out all 12 paper rings for me. I may or may not have pulled the "i-have-pregnancy-carpal-tunnel-can-you-help-me" card. Gosh, I love that man.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Nursery Updates {DIY Stenciled Wall}

Long before I found out we were expecting I had already amassed a serious amount of pins on my "nursery pinboard" in hopes to one day decorate the perfect little baby room. And by serious amount, I'm talking enough to raise suspicion every week or so by my pin-followers. So as soon as we found out we had a bun in the oven I deleted my board and started fresh with new pins for a more realistic vision. One consistent theme I noticed in lots of my new pins was a stenciled wall. For some reason I had just fallen so in love with the idea of {matt} stenciling a wall in our nursery. 
 Finding the perfect stencil took quite some time. After all, I wanted to make sure it would be a design I would love enough to look at for long periods of time while sitting in the nursery. Shortly after narrowing down our favorite stencils to just a few, we found out we were having a girl which helped us further narrow our selection down to the perfect one - Royal Design Studio's Wonderment Trellis Stencil from the Allover Pattern Stencils Collection. And as if it couldn't be more perfect, Royal Design Studio offered the stencil to me to review!! I couldn't have been more excited or honored!
I'm not going to post a full tutorial on how to stencil the wall because the package comes with great instructions and there are a million tutorials on Pinterest as well. 
However, I can tell you what not to do. Depending on how you want the design to look on the wall you may need to paint the wall the another color first. I knew I wanted the design to be white so we painted the wall white which was a pain since we had to tape, prime, and paint the wall. It wasn't until we rolled over the stencil in our beige wall color that we realized we had done it all backwards. We never needed to paint the wall white in the first place. What a headache. Two trips to Home Depot later we had enough beige paint to repaint the wall back to it's original color. However, once it dried we realized the color was much darker than the rest of the walls aaaand Matt had decided to also touch up areas on the other 3 walls in this same color. Yikes. So back to Home Depot we went to re-match our paint color to the original walls. After much trial and error, and 3 coats of paint later, we were finally back to square one and were ready to begin the stencil project. So take it from me, save yourself the tears, an argument and an upset hubby, and READ the instructions and carefully assess which color the wall needs to be BEFORE painting! 
After all that we decided to call in our trusted handyman, Hector, to help us with the stencil project. This was really Matt's idea because he didn't want to be the one to blame if it didn't turn out perfect this time. Thankfully, Hector is a perfectionist and knocked the project out in one afternoon. And if you live in Charlotte and want Hector's number for some handy work, email me. He is like family to us and we can't recommend him enough! 
Another tip! Don't be afraid to cut your stencil up once you get to the edges of the wall and floor. At the end of our project our stencil was in a million pieces. These pieces were also helpful for touch ups afterwards. And let me just say, you will definitely spend lots of time touching up areas of the stencil so save your pieces.
The finished product! I am so in LOVE! 
Also, I do not know the paint color of this room. I wish I did because it would have made matching the paint color a lot easier during our trial and error process. We had to take a paint chip from the wall to Home Depot to match, and as previously mentioned, it took a few tries to get it right!
Ah! I am so happy with how it turned out!!

Also, stay tuned for a chance to win your own stencil from Royal Design Studio next week!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Week 26 Bumpdate

Sunday marked our 100 day countdown! 
How far along: 26 weeks!

Baby Size: Still an eggplant, but a bigger eggplant {9.2 inches, 2 pounds}!

Weight gain: We've hit a milestone -- 20 POUNDS. Whew. I can't believe it.

Maternity clothes: Yes for bottoms but most of my tops are still non-maternity which is great because I am getting sick of the maternity tops I have.

Stretch marks: At my moms advice, I picked up some vitamin E capsules over the weekend and am starting to use them directly on my belly in addition to my creams just to be extra safe!

Sleep: Not nearly as good as I have been. Pregnancy insomnia has begun! I consistently wake up between 3 - 4 am completely wide-eyed for about an hour. Eventually I fall back asleep but it's definitely making my mornings a bit exhausting.
Gender: GIRL! Over the weekend my sister sent me a picture of me as a kiddo from my parents fridge. I still can't decide if I think Caroline will be a redhead or not...
Movement: Yes, and loving it! 

Best moment this week: Making progress on our nursery! 
Looking forward to: My next prenatal massage this Saturday!

Food cravings: Nothing crazy out of the ordinary. This week I've been eating a lot of my favorite cereal combination - Rice Krispies mixed with granola.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nothing.
Labor Signs: Nope.
What I miss: my sleep and getting in and out of my jeans easier.
Symptoms: Insomnia, carpel tunnel (in my right hand only), lower back pain and round ligament pains, especially when Caroline is positioned awkwardly.

Nursery: First nursery post coming tomorrow!!!
Belly Button in or out? In, but it's starting to get more shallow.

Wedding rings on or off? On

Mood: Stressed out at times with nursery projects, but overall still happy and energized.

Workouts: 3 gym workouts.

Prayer for Caroline: 
Dear Lord, As Caroline begins to open her eyes this week, I pray not only for perfect vision but also for her spiritual vision. I pray that she will grow to have sharp spiritual vision, and that she will experience Your calling on her life at an early age. Thank you for this baby and for such a great pregnancy! In Jesus's name, amen.
"I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in His holy people." - Ephesians 1:18
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