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DIY Friends Gift

diy friends gift bannerThis year, I set out to make a friends gift for some of my favorite girls (who are all mommies). We do not really exchange gifts at Christmas, but after seeing this “One A Day” Prayer Book, I knew I wanted one for myself and thought it would be great to give to them too. Basically, each day has a character quality and a verse. I want to use it to pray over my kids, but you could use them to pray for anyone including yourself.

I printed the document onto card stock. Then I used our office paper cutter to cut into squares. Measuring and cutting was probably the most tedious part of creating the prayer book, so it was helpful that the cutter had a ruler along the edge.

friends gift 3Next, I added Washi Tape for a little color and decor to each page. This part was really fun! I did it over a few nights while watching TV. I punched a hole in the corner of each card. Using a 3-hole punch allowed me to get the hole in the same location on each card. I slipped an o-ring in the corner to hold the book together. friends gift 2Each book had 36 pages. So I used my 9 Washi Tape patterns, repeating each tape 4 times. I changed up the location of the strip on each page. Each of the books had a different order to keep it fun. friends gift 1In addition to the Prayer Book, I added a Worship CD with some of my favorites. I have heard a lot about how friends and their kids have loved Isaac’s Greatest Hits from his birthday party, so I thought I would throw in another mix too. I printed labels, and embellished them a little with colored sharpies. CDI wrapped them in a cellophane party bag and tied with string. For both the Prayer Book and Mix CD I ended up spending a total of $0. I had all the supplies floating around and the music was already on my playlist. I have to say, it was probably my favorite gift to give this season. And, I think my mommy-girlfriends liked it too.

 

Baby To Do List

It’s January! 5 weeks or less until we meet our next son. Now that Christmas and my crazy holiday work schedule is over, it is time to starting prepping for this baby! By the way, baby #2 planning is way different from baby #1. Right, moms? Especially since I am having another son, I really only NEED diapers. A few other things are helpful, but the preparation is far easier. baby prepI have been making a Baby Prep list for the last week in my “Reminders” App for the iphone/ipad. My list is in the cloud! I sat down tonight and pulled out my Pregnancy Binder from a few years back to finalize and tweak the list. I love a good list!
baby prep 2So here is what is left on the agenda, by week:

Week 33
- Get extra crib for baby and twin bed for Isaac
- Paperwork: hospital, maternity leave, pediatrician
- Print hospital packing list
- Print baby log sheets / schedules

Week 34
- Order breast pump
- Pick up 2nd car seat for Isaac
- Install base for infant seat, adjust straps
- Calendar of help needs (1st two weeks)

Week 35
- Set up sleep space: basics, monitor, noise machine, black out shade
- Stock ottoman with nursing supplies
- Wash baby clothes
- Pick a name!

Week 36
- Isaac info. on paper: schedule, food ideas, play ideas & locations
- Pack hospital bag
- Family/friends call/email/text list

Week 37
- Big grocery run – pantry stock up
- Re-read “Twelve Hours Sleep By Twelve Weeks Old”

Week 38
- Change sheets & wash towels
- Clean house

Nothing on the list feels super pressing except the crib/bed and car seat. Oh, and I have no diapers yet. But all that would be manageable by a family member if this baby were to come now. I am now into the weekly doctor appointment phase… that is the final stretch!

A Few Drops of Christmas Cheer…

Weekend after Thanksgiving = Christmas Decor! Am I right? By that time I am done or mostly done with my Christmas shopping and ready to jump into making the house festive. This year I was feeling pregnant, overwhelmed with work, and more eager to get to baby prep mode (which I told myself was fine to wait until after the holiday season and heavy workload ended). So I looked at this Christmas decor with a simple eye. I wanted to pull out favorite things but not to get too crazy. So here are a few drops of Christmas Cheer!

Remember those gold floral things from last year’s Christmas mantle? I just dropped them in these three ceramic jars for an easy dining room centerpiece.

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On the dining room room shelves a few of the breakable items found their home higher than toddler fingers can reach. Down lower, Isaac’s Little People Nativity Set that he got for Christmas last year. At one point we had lost Baby Jesus and his mom and dad. Mom and baby have made it back the manger, but Joseph is still MIA. cmas dec 7In the kitchen is a spattering of some more favorites…
cmas collage 1And the memo board turned into the perfect display for all our picture holiday cards. Isaac loved receiving each one as much as I. He will point to his friends and say their names and even says to himself in our picture “I like your bow tie!” We also hung up his crafts from school and home. Look at those big boy mistletoes!  cmas dec 2

cmas collage 2In the Living Room, I set up my Nativity set. I was surprised Isaac was not interested in it all. He liked his much better and that was fine by me. 
cmas dec 9Stockings from the mantel, some Christmas stories at his reading spot, and a Santa hat. cmas dec 18

On the mantle this year, my nutcrackers, lights, and sleigh. cmas collage 3

I love the ambiance of the lights. Yes, fire nights are simply glorious!
cmas decor 17Last but not least is our tree! Isaac got to help decorate it this year. It actually ended up being a great way to do it. I could hang 4 ornaments to his 1. He would reach as high as he could, meaning I knew where the “line” was. All the sentimental ones went higher than his line. The first few days he was interested in taking the ones he could reach on and off until he found his favorite – the plastic magenta ball. Then he just went for that one each time – on and off, and on and off. He assured me it was purple and his “fay-ber-it” and who am I to argue?! I think we only had one minor casualty when a trolley who lost it’s ladder.

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There is just something about a Christmas tree at night… am I right? You don’t have to answer. I am right. (Well worth the two trips to Target to get replacement lights).

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New Year’s day all the decor but the tree came down. The tree got to hang out a few more days. Isaac adored the lights as much as I and we had a sick house. The poor kid is still asking for “more presents” days after the parties ended. I couldn’t take his “Kiss-mas” tree away too soon.

 

Homemade Ornaments 2013

It has become a little tradition that Isaac and I make ornaments as Christmas gifts for the grandparents. We also make one for our family and one for Isaac. I have mommy fantasies of giving him a box of ornaments that he has made or helped with as he’s grown…. to start his own tree. Not that I want to think about him ever leaving me :) He may not always want to make the ornaments, but why not while he is interested!?

It started when Isaac was only 3 months and I saw this Pinterest idea to press a painted baby hand on a glass ornament. Adorable in theory, not so perfect in reality. Still, I treasure it as his “Baby’s 1st Christmas” ornament.

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Last year, I saw this idea and since we had just had some black and white professional pics taken, I modge-podged an ornament. These were really easy and turned out super cute. (I guess I should make a little tutorial on that one at some point).

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So this year was the first year I knew Isaac could actually help in the process. I pinned a bunch of ideas, but landed on the felt Christmas trees with button ornaments. This has been one of his favorite things about Christmas… “the Kiss-mas tree!” He even sings “O Kissmas tee, oh Kissmas tee, …I love you branches.” Which, as you can imagine is pretty adorable.

So I bought the supplies: A few sheets of green felt, and 2 packs of buttons. I had the twine and glue from other projects. I prepped the trees for him, by drawing a tree as my stencil then cutting out 5 tree shapes. 
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Then I sat him down with bowls of buttons by colors. He decided one bowl was enough and dumped them all together. I would put a few glue dots and let him pick the colors and place them as he wished.orn 2 He took the whole process very seriously. See his “concentration-face”? orn 3 orn 4 I wasn’t sure how long he would last on this project but before I knew it we had all 5 trees done. You can see them here before the glue had dried (It did dry clear). Cute right? I love the imperfection that show them as his. orn 5The ornaments were done, but Isaac (and Rosie) were not. So I quickly cut out a triangle and let him do a “Big Tree”! He has discovered that bigger is better…big cheese, big cookie, etc.  I figure that I could trim and frame this one with some type of Christmas quote in the future, but as for now we added it to the kitchen memo board so Isaac can see his masterpiece.
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I added a loop of twine to each ornament. I like the rough texture and additional color. I took a needle to start a hole at the top of the tree. Because the twine was so thick, I had to expand the hole a bit bigger with a fork prong. I laced it through and tied a knot. I wrote his name, the year, and his age on the back with a black sharpie. Isaac was excited to hang ours on our tree. Below, you see the finished product in a gift box to be passed on to grandma and grandpa. Once they each opened the gift, Isaac insisted on taking the ornament to the tree in the room and hang it up. That meant that Great Grandpa and Great Grandma’s went onto Uncle Paul’s tree for a minute, since that was the house we were at. Made sense to Isaac!
orn  bannerI think next year I will end up doing two, as I want to make the “Baby’s 1st Christmas” ornament for the baby in a different color. We will see what Isaac is in to next year. From there on out, I see us just making the same ornaments.

It’s a fun little family tradition! I will be back this week with a few of our favorite holiday moments After all, this is my digital scrapbook.

Fall Sale Time!

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I love an opportunity to get a deal, especially on “necessities” like clothes. I love quality and cute clothes for Isaac, but it is really hard to pay full price for kids clothes knowing how quickly he goes through them. So each fall and spring I head out to a few sales put on by local twin and multiples groups in our city. Back in the spring I detailed my process (here and here). In short, I always have a list and plan and budget. I like to spend under $100 for both sales combined, though I may increase that a bit as I start buying for the baby too.

This year I hoped to find some baby “gear” so I went to both sales as they opened.

Sale #1 was the Twin Sale put on by EHMOTC held a the Nagel Middle School in Anderson. I walked around pretty quickly, picked up some items then found a spot to take a closer look at each item. I look for stains, think of outfits, and decide if the the item is worth the cost.

fallsale1 Here is what I ended up with after the first sale:

For Isaac:

  • 3T Gap zip-up sweatshirt jacket
  • 3T lined plaid jacket (really warm!)
  • 3T Addidas track outfit
  • 3T long-sleeved shirt
  • 2T rust corduroy button up – Thanksgiving shirt!

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For baby:

  • 3-6 mo. BabyGap sleeper (Similar to favorite of mine for Isaac as a baby. Super soft!)
  • 0-3 mo. “All I Need is Love” long-sleeved onesie
  • 3-6 mo. tie-die sleeper (looks never worn)

fallsale3 Misc:

  • Duck towel (I had been looking for this last spring before pool season) 
  • Car organizer for Isaac’s books and a few toys we leave in the car ($8.00 is a little pricey for a sale, but I had planned to buy something just like this! It was brand new.) 
  • Crib sheet in Navy

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Total for Sale #1: $31.00 for 11 items.

Sale #2 was the following week across town at the Princeton Middle School put on by the Tristate Multiples Club. I was in line while it was still dark as I was hoping to find a bassinet/crib/pack ‘n play. Something for baby to sleep in until he is sleeping through the night. I did find some cute things, but didn’t manage to find gear. Boo.

For Isaac:

  • 3T Gap zip-up jacket. (I guess I really liked this item, I did not realize I jut bought one in a different color the week before!)
  • 2T and 3T dressy button up (1 for Christmas outfit!)
  • 3T PJs
  • 4T PJs
  • 4T polo (brand new!)

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For baby:

  • 3-6 mo. Aden and Anais sleep sac
  • 2 pair pants – 3 mos, 6 mos,
  • 2 onesies – 3-6 mos
  • 4 sleepers – 0-3 and 3-6 mos. (all long-sleeved for baby born in Feb)

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Accessories:

  • Rain boots – size 8. Isaac loves trying on my rain boots, I knew he would love to wear these around the house even if it doesn’t rain all that much.
  • Fleece hat and gloves for Isaac
  • 3 pairs of shoes for baby/toddler
  • 3T winter coat for Isaac (a little big, but leaves room for winter clothes underneath)

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 I could not turn down this Thomas the Train carrying case for all my little man’s best buddies. I do not see us really carrying this out of the house, but for $3.50 I thought it was worth Isaac’s joy.

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Total for Sale #2: $52.00 for 22 items.

So, I was disappointed that I did not find one piece of gear at either of the sales, but still very happy with everything that I got!

Grand total: $83 for 33 items.
Well under budget this season! Success.

*Looking for more info. on these two sales? Here are EHMOTC Website and Tristate Multiples Website. Both have an email mailing list and will notify you about a month prior to their sales. 

Isaac 2.25

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Isaac is now 27 months… two and a quarter years! He is such a fun boy.

Isaac loves to be with his friends. He asks daily if he can play with “Anna-Ellie” or “Kaden-Korbin”. He enjoys seeing pictures of people he knows and saying their names. He asks to see Michelle (his teacher) and names all his friends when we say prayers. He remembers some that I forget as we don’t see them every day. He watches and learns things from them like how to go potty. He will climb and stand on some thing, throw his arms in the air, and shout “Ta-Daaa!” He picked this up from his buddies. He includes his toy trains as friends too, asks them “How you do-wing?” and even says goodnight to each one by name.

He really enjoys his life every day. He laughs out loud at Curious George. He loves to wrestle, climb, jump, etc. He is still not very afraid or cautious… walks into walls, falls off the ottoman and laughs, and runs full speed ahead into a dark room. He has a strong will and at times it is hard to get him to get his attention. Still other times he is super responsive and follows directions accurately and completely. He can be very helpful. He cleans up his toys, pulls up his underwear and pants, and carries handfuls of items he needs with him. He likes doing things on his own and says “Isaac do it”. He does like to be around people and though he can play alone he prefers to be in the room with someone. “Play trains, mommy, play trains?” That is what I hear each morning as I make breakfast.

He has been singing a lot lately. He knows most of the ABC’s song and is quickly learning the wordy Thomas theme song. Other favorites are: Itsy Bitsy Spider, Jesus Loves Me, Twinkle Twinkle. Also all the songs from his Bday CD are still favorites. He cracks us up as he dances and tries to sing along. We sing before bed each night after prayers as it helps him lay still rather than get extra wild in his bed. Tired = wild. He even has me sing what he calls the “Anna-Ellie” song which is to the tune of “are you sleeping”.

At bedtime he likes to hug daddy and then mommy and back and forth. We play-argue about who he should hug and they we give group-family-hugs at the end. He thinks this is really funny. He always says “Awww” when he gives hugs. He also like to “Give kisses?” between the rails of his crib. It is hard to resist.

He is still a whiz at puzzles and likes to put things in a line or order. One day he hung his underwear the knobs of his dresser. He did not stop until each knob was covered, then sat back and looked at what he had done and laughed. Another time he lined up matchbox cars with a friends – like 25 to 30 in a row. He was on a mission!

He loves books, especially his Thomas books. We read multiples times a day and he remembers things that happen on the pages. We have a lot of books and his memory impresses us.

Isaac is still a great sleeper. Still sleeping from 7:30/8:00 p.m. – 7:00/7:30 a.m. He naps daily 1:30/2:00 – 3:00/4:00. He will get more wild the more tired he gets. We have let him stay up a little later for some holiday events and it throws him off. He is much happier when we stick to his normal schedule. He is a picky eater right now. Loves certain foods: yogurt, cheese, strawberries, applesauce, cookies, crackers/goldfish, milk. He still will not eat pasta, mashed potatoes, most meat and veggies. We continue to offer his what we eat along with one food we know he likes at meals.

He loves going in the car and Krogers. He likes being out and about and seeing new people. He will usually request “my gasses” (sunglasses) no matter what the weather is like. He will take Rosie and Thomas trains in the car, hold them in his hands or tuck them under each leg in his car seat.

The boy still loves his trains. Rosie is his favorites and calls her “Wosie, wosie, wosie.” Talking Thomas is his 2nd favorite. He takes them everywhere we will let him, even to the potty! He tucks them in his chair at night. He grabs them first thing in the morning. He loves to watch Thomas episodes and his favorite is called “Splish, splash, splosh” where Rosie and Thomas splash each other with mud. He reenacts it on his tracks with the two engines.

As Christmas has approached his little eyes have lit up. He enjoys the Christmas Tree (her pronounces it Kiss-mas) and especially the ornaments on the tree. He got to help decorate the bottom and has only broken one. He loves the lights on our house. He has no clue who Santa is. He loves to sing Jingle Bells. Loves his manger scene and when he holds baby Jesus he makes fake crying sounds. The song “Away in the Manger” comes on and he sings along. I think that he thinks Christmas is the actual tree. He likes to look at the snow but not a fan of walking in it. He was a big fan of opening presents and for days after he requested “More presents?”

Isaac loves people and especially his Mommy. We try to talk about the baby and change coming, but he does not quite understand. He insists the baby is a girl or as he would say “gah-yul”. He loves to play any game where you say “Noo….” He likes to take daddy’s chair, or turn on and off the lights with grandpa. He loves the reaction and laughs and keeps going. He did give baby Maggie a sweet head rub and kiss without being prompted. That made me feel a little at ease, that he may like this baby. He also loves to watch baby Janie at daycare as she crawls around.

Isaac is affectionate, fun, smart, inquisitive and outgoing.  He is active, strong, and is sure of what he wants. He is an all around great kid and he makes each day full!

Merry Christmas!

photoI am super excited that Christmas is here. My busy work season has come to a halt – 9 days off in a row! Reserved time for family gatherings, celebrating Jesus’ birth, and appreciating all the blessings God has graced upon us.

I plan to be back this week and next with lots of projects I’ve completed: next phases of The Basement Project, holiday decor, our annual homemade Christmas ornaments, this year’s homemade gifts, how I completed my Christmas shopping before December, Isaac updates and much more! And next up on the project agenda: preparing for this baby!! Yep we are down to 7 weeks people, which means time to pack the hospital bag, wash those baby clothes, install the car seat, finish paperwork, and weighing most on my mind….finalize the bed/crib plans! I plan to share it all as we countdown to baby boy #2. Did I mention we are still nowhere near a name?

But, this is no time for planning and lists, it is time to enjoy today and the next. The Christmas music is on and presents are wrapped. So, let’s get the fire started and warm the ham! Merry Christmas, friends!

The Basement Project – Phase 1

I’m about to get pretty vulnerable right now. I’m about to show you that my life is not all organization, structure and butterflies. Under our the somewhat maintained and functional first floor is an unfinished basement that has shown what happens when I child enters the family. Do I blame Isaac? Of course. I would never let this chaos happen. OK that is not the truth. Everything in this room was brought in by me; it is totally my fault. I suppose that many families have “that spot”. The safe zone from kids, the “I cannot make a decision about that stuff” location or the “I will craft with that or repurpose that someday when I have more time”. So my hoarded junk room is a mixture of all that plus memories, baby cloths, seasonal decor, luggage, etc. No one goes in our basement but us, but that does not mean this scene is OK with me. It has needed attention for a very long time.

Back in May when I found out I was pregnant, I knew that this room was one that had to change before this little one was added to our lives. I craved simplification in our home, overall. I felt the urge to purge. But, as summer turned to fall… it still wasn’t under control. The responsibility hit me. I MUST do this before the holidays, before the baby!

So here is what it looked like back in late August. 
1 basement 1 Bad, right? Seriously this was such a hazard that Isaac was not allowed in. I had to squeeze and shimmy to get to anything in here, not that I even knew where anything actually was. See that pile in the middle, just behind the navy blue bin that sits on the non-visable floor? Yeah it is actually a long table with Christmas decor from LAST year still piled on it. How? Why? No! It was overwhelming and scary and sad (at least to me). I saw hours of work and and was itching to tackle it.

One thing holding me back (which I think is a pretty good excuse) is that I am working mom. When I am not at work I love to spend my time with my family. I have plenty of routine home stuff to do, but I can do it with Isaac alongside of me. I rarely can set aside a day or three to leave him to tackle a large project like this would be. I had tried to bite some off in chunks over the last 6 months but I never made much progress to keep myself motivated and going. I knew I needed a plan.

I started out writing down what I knew was in the basement. Though the stuff was not sorted, I tried to sort it out into groups in my mind. I squeezed around the items and tried to make sure that I captured every item in one of these groups:
1 basement 4I brought the list upstairs (away from the chaos) and sat with it for a bit. I knew this project would take days. Days I did not have. I had to be creative. How long did I think it would take? 3 days? 20 hours? I pulled out my calendar and started looking at life over the next month. I had planned to take two vacation days and since I still had to pay for childcare, I decided that would help. If I could get a start even before those days, I might be super-motivated to use really utilize those days to get it done!

Phase 1: Create The Plan! 
Leading up to my days off, I decided I would try to spend 2 hours in the basement for some evenings after Isaac went to bed. On the weekend I would go down during nap time. This is not ideal as I am usually super-tired and ready for MY rest, but it would give me such a head start. So below you can see my plan for TH, FRI, SAT, MON, and TUES before my first vacation day on WEDS:

1 basement 6Each section has the item groups I had listed. I just divided them up with what made sense into different days. It would be a way to feel like I had small wins in this massive project.

I even mapped out what I thought the basement could like like (in sections) when I was done. I did this all in pencil as I knew that it was too HUGE a project to be exactly how I had originally planned it. I would for sure need to be flexible. (Remember there was no telling what was hidden in the hoard). It was a great start. I was happy with my plan on paper.

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At the top of my list was to move that table in the middle of the room against the right wall. It would be my work station as I sorted and purge and packed. Here is how it looked once I got my table moved. I see floor!
1 basement 3“Phase 1: Create The Plan” was complete. Even though it was only the beginning… I was ready to get this done. SOoooo motivated!

Isaac’s Nursery

Isaac’s Nursery was really fun to design. We did not find out our baby’s gender until he was born, so a majority of the room was gender neutral until… “it’s a boy!”. Of course I did have a boy concept and girl concept in mind. So below, were fabric options I found from babybedding.com. It is a fabulous website where you can order bits and pieces of bedding, and yards of fabric if you wish. I ordered samples of the fabrics I was interested in so I could see the coloring and feel the texture in person before purchase.  I loved mixing and matching fabrics instead of buying a crib set with items I would not use – baby comforter and bumper. I love the site.

We bought 3 yards of the white and green polka dot for curtains, 2 changing table covers in the greens, a white dust ruffle, and one sheet in the green circles, with plans to buy another. After Isaac was born I added in the animal print fabric with the blues, since he was a boy. I ordered a crib sheet the week after his birth. If Isaac would have been Isabel, that would have been a pink, red, black and white bird themed fabric. 
nursery coll 2So, I played of those blue colors, especially the navy, to add the accents to this mostly lime and white room.
nurs8The crib was a gift from the family I used to nanny for. We have had it for years in the basement and it brought me great joy to share it. I spent a lot of sweet moments with their cribs and I loved passing on to my own boy. We bought a new firm mattress. I hand-painted these animal silhouettes after pencil drawing them on. I simply printed out some pictures then used a table lamp to shine/enlarge the image on the the canvas. Then I painted. They still need a 2nd coat… maybe I will get there. Maybe.nurs7 The adorable curtains were made by our friend and fabulous seamstress as a gift. I LOVE LOVE them. The only major piece of furniture bought new was the Ikea Hemmes dresser. It was a gift from my dad. We did buy the matching night table figuring it would be good by the chair and eventually as a night table. Both will grow with Isaac and could easily be in a kid, tween and young adult room. Besides storage, the main function for the dresser was as a changing table. I like a longer dresser to work with. After a kid is 12-18 months their feet start to hang over… I wanted room to grow and room to work: lay supplies, clothes, etc on the dresser. nurs1 nurs13 I used a basket (I think we got it as a gift basket years ago) to organize some basic stuff I wanted easily accessible. Everything else lives in the drawers. nurs14 I made simple art out of things we had. I bought some frames from Ikea. The “loved” art is actually cut out from a gift bag. Under that, Isaac’s hospital wristband with a fabric sample behind it. I framed some of the cards I liked from showers. The hooks are from Pier One, bought 12+ years ago. For the locals it was way back when the Panera on Beechmont was a Pier One! Not sure how much I paid for it, but I remember loving it and wanting it so I probably did not get a great deal. This is another item that never had the perfect home. It very functional to hang clothes for the next day, Isaac’s wet towel, a jacket, etc. It is right next to the changing table, again, for function! nurs4 The bookshelf was an old goodwill find. It used to be black and sit in my apartment before Doug and I were married, circa 2003. I certainly got my $15 out of that bookshelf. Doug gave it a fresh coat of white paint for the baby. nurs2 The angel music box is one of the few things I have that was my grandmothers’ and I had to put something of nanny’s in the room. More fabric, cards, newspaper from Isaac’s birthday on the wall. The navy lamp is a cheapie from Target. nurs3 A friend made this sweet owl, and my aunt made the blanket behind. The lamp I have had for over 15 years. It was given to me and never really matched anything. But in this room, It finally goes! On the side table: a clock, ipod with baby music, a bible and some toys and puzzles. It was so nice and neat before Isaac was mobile! murse9Over the chair is a framed onesie. Since we did not know the gender we had family and friends guess and write their names on a boy’s or girl’s onesie. This represents everyone who was right.
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Overall, I am happy with how the nursery turned out. We spent very little and repurposed many items. A few additions (not that noticeable in pictures) were extremely important to us. Those were an overhead fan with lights and blackout shades. Temperature and light are very important for little babes!

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One thing we were missing back then was a rug. Once Isaac was using the floor we added a navy rug, another free item! It definitely toned down the green. If I had one thing I would go back and change…it would be buying a bigger more comfortable chair for this room. We now spend lots of time reading and the glider is just not that great. Note the messy side table now filled with books? It is well used.

This room will definitely go through some changes as baby #2 comes along. I will keep you posted. Here is what I foresee:

  • Add a twin size bed for Isaac, maybe on the floor at first.
  • Buy twin bed linens that coordinate with the room.
  • Get rid of the chair to make more space available. We will have room to read on the bed! 
  • Change layout to make sense for 2 beds. Thinking and planning as we speak!
  • Clear a side of the closet for Baby Boy’s clothes and gear.
  • Change out the art and pictures, maybe add their names somewhere.
  • Add a mobile for the baby? I never got to this one for Isaac.
  • Put a 2nd coat on the animal canvases, if they get to stay (I might lose the animal them all together).

Fall Hits Home

I do love fall. It is for sure my favorite season. And although I don’t enjoy the cold weather that is to come, I love the colors of the leaves, the crisp smell of the air and the feeling like change is coming. I am not a huge fan of Halloween, but I love me some Thanksgiving. Probably the best holiday of the year in my opinion. I feel like Thanksgiving is what Christmas is supposed to feel and be like before America ruined it with things like extravagant gifts and Black Friday. Anyway, a holiday where you think about all you have to be thankful for, gather with family, eat mashed potatoes… well those are pretty much the best things all in one day.

So welcome to my fall decor and thankful home…
th decro 10 th decor 8 Meet Whiskers the Turkey. He is an old whiskey bottle that belonged to my Papa. My Nanny had kept it many years and when Doug noticed it one day at her place she told us the story. Nanny is now gone, but I hold onto anything that would keep her memory alive. Papa died when I was 8, but I have a few things that were his as well. This turkey is probably a collectors item but in this house he found a home in the seasonal decor. Th decor 9 th decor 11Here is the Thankful Paint Chip Banner I made this year. Isaac’s school-made turkey is hanging in the kitchen too so he can see it each breakfast and say “Gobble, gobble”.
TH decor5 I have a few leaf shaped bowls and plates that sit around the house in different places. TH decor1
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Th decor 6Above the stove are some crafts that Doug’s grandma has made with the nursing home she volunteers for. (They also made the pumpkin on top of the refrigerator and the “Give Thanks” sign sitting on the mantel). TH decor 4 th decor 7TH decor 3

I love this little half book. A super-craft-woman I know was making pumpkins out of old books and one of them split in half. I I got to take it home. I think it makes a great little stand. It was empty for weeks until Doug’s employer sent us a holiday card. Perf. TH decor2So, though the decor is simple and basic it makes me smile. I am reminded to be thankful each day for all the blessings the Lord has given me and our family. He is so good to us.

Happy Thanksgiving to you, from Project Momma.

“Thankful” Paint Chip Banner

I soooo wanted to make a “Thankful” banner this year… and I thought maybe it would be great for the fireplace mantel. Time got away from me. I did not have a plan or pin so I pulled the use-whatcha-got strategy. Enter paint chips. Th banner 8I had a bunch of paint chips from a visit to the local home improvement store that had been sitting in a project box for months. I picked out the most fall-ish colors that I had. These are the large, one-color only paint chips. I made a rough letter outline on the back and began to cut them out. TH banner 1 This worked for most of the letters, but once I got to the “N” I realized it did NOT work for the unsymmetrical letters. It was backwards. Duh. At least I only messed up one letter. TH banner2 I wrote and cut the letters chunky and imperfect… on purpose. I didn’t want them to look even.TH banner3Here is how the banner turned out. I hung the letters on my memo board in the kitchen with mini clothes pins. I had not updated the decor since I made it back in February. Now it happily greets me when I walk in.
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Isaac 2.0

2 party isacIsaac turned 2 in September. And, even though I have yet to get his 2 year pics done, I do have some favorites and stats that I want to keep for memories (I’ll update pics later). I’d  like to interview him these questions each year in the future. Probably start next year, but this is what I think he would answer at 2.

FAVORITES AT 2 YEARS OLD:
Favorite Food: Yogurt. Cheese. Milk. Juice.
Favorite Sport: Swinging and Somersaults
Best Show on TV: Thomas the Train
The Coolest Person on Earth: Mommy
My Favorite Thing about School: Playing at the train table with the big boys
My Favorite Thing to Learn About is: ABCs
My Favorite Thing I Have is: My new Rosie the Train and 2nd to that is Thomas.
The Thing I Do Most Awesomely is: Puzzles. Climb. Make life fun.
If I could go anywhere in the world it would be: Krogers or Chick-fil-a
My Favorite Color is: Pink
The Way I Sleep is: In my crib with an adult pillow, Daddy’s warm blanket, a baby blanket to snuggle and my buddies Elmo, Benny Bear and Meow the Cat.
When I grow up I am going to be: Daddy
My Current Favorite Song is: Thomas the Train or You Are My Sunshine
The Book I Am Loving Right Now Is: Curious George’s Big Book of Curiosity
The Words That Describe Me Are: Happy, Determined, and Funny
When I Was Little I used to: Be in the Baby Room.
Favorite Season of the Year: Summer b/c I get to play with the neighbors.
The Snack I like best is: Goldfish (or “Dolfish”)
One Food I dislike is: Pasta, Mashed Potatoes, & Most Vegetables
My Best Friend is: Judah
If I had One Wish it would be: To see Anna-Ellie a lot.
Best Memory is: Playing the Sock Game with Dad and yelling “Hey!”

STATS AT 2 YEARS OLD:
33.6 lbs
38.25 inches tall
Wearing size 2T clothes, size 5 diapers, and 7.5 shoes

I’m Seeing Stars.

Remember that song? “Oh my starry-eeyed surprise, sun down to sun rise. Dance all night, we gonna dance all night, dance all night to this DJ…” OK, thad to get that out. Sometimes I feel like I live in a musical because everything reminds me of a song, even this event decor. I hosted a National Nanny Recognition Week celebration few months back for our local professional nannies in Cincinnati. They are stars.

Theme: VIP (Very Important People). Colors: white, black, gold, and silver. And, what says VIP, like glitter stars? Nothin.
star2 I borrowed a star punch from a crafty friend of mine. I almost purchased this same one at Michael’s but my gut told me that I  could save my wallet and I texted her. star3 It was a good thing that I did not have to cut them out by hand with scissors, because this Martha Stewart glitter paper was a mess! A beautiful mess, of course. I sorted them by color and put into envelopes to take to the party venue. star4 After I was done I had all these leftover sheets with star cut-outs. They were just as gorgeous as the actual stars. So, I decided to use them as the pretty on the hand-written notes for each of the nannies. A little spray adhesive and cardstck was all I needed for this quick design. card1 Pretty, right? Plus.. I love it when things all tie in together. card2

The stars were used as confetti on the banquet table between the DIY Gold-dipped Vases. An inexpensive, quick and easy decor. Sometimes simple says classy.

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DIY Gold-dipped Vases on the Cheap

Each year I host a celebration during National Nanny Recognition Week. The goal of the event is to celebrate our local nannies. I love for them to leave with something, but since anything extra comes out of pocket I try to come up with an inexpensive but thoughtful gift. This year, after seeing this on Pinterest, I thought a simple vase and rose would be nice. vase6 I picked up some frappuchinos (on sale with coupon) and emptied them into a pitcher.  I cleaned, peeled and scraped the labels and glue off. It was pretty easy after they soaked in the sink for an hour. vase1 I bought this Liquid Leaf from Micheal’s along with a foam brush. I thought it would be easier to just throw it away afterwards rather than use a good paintbrush. vase2 I had planned on actually dipping the glass into the  paint in a bowl, but I would have had to use (and waste) the whole jar of the Liquid Leaf. So, first I tried just painting it on to give the “dipped” look. It worked well and was super fast to paint and dry. vase4 I did put 2 coats on to make sure that it completely covered. One thin coat would leave the glass looking like this (below). Which is fine if that is the look that you are going for. vase3 Here sit all the vases after painting. I did the “dipping” at different heights. I thought that it would look nice on the table. They were each unique. vase5I am super happy with how they turned out!
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DIY Gold-dipped VasesI cannot wait to try the Leaf Liquid with some other projects. I have some Christmas present ideas up my sleeve! Stay tuned.

Thoughts on my Pregnancy (26 weeks)

belly 26 weeksSo, I definitely FEEL pregnant now. There is no hiding the belly. It is there in every outfit, in every hug and every dance. It definitely gets in the way and makes me grunt as I bend or lift sometimes. A few weeks ago Doug said I was just starting to show. Ha. I think he felt like he was now in the safe zone to make a comment. Smart man. I finally broke down and bought a few maternity clothes since I wasn’t really pregnant in the winter last time. Loving the full panel jeans and leggings. Revolutionary.

As of my last appointment at 24 weeks, I am still 11 lbs. less than my starting weight. Yep, still been sick, though it is less. Still filled with mucus, bleh. Eating chicken sushi multiple times a week and craving Cherry Coke. Not craving milk like I did with Isaac. Drinking a decaf coffee most nights as a nightcap. Not really hungry all the time. I loved bagels and cream cheese for a few weeks, but done with that.

I have been having some horrible back pain. - dehabilitating even. My right SI joint in my lower back is apparently out of balance. Seeing a Chiropractor is helping but kinda scary to hear and feel the pop. My pain was terrible for weeks but has been way less since my appointments started. That makes it worth it. I am sure that lifting and caring for a 33 lb. toddler is not helping. I am trying to be smart, but it is impossible to stop doing some things.

I’ve had 2 ultrasounds at my last 2 appointments. Baby was being shy and hiding the first one. All is well though and he showed his little profile and spine this time. He did put his hands up in front of his face. Maybe this one is an introvert like Doug. He his measuring in the 62% for his age.

The c-section is scheduled, which seems like a weird thing months in advance. It is a “if you don’t go into labor by this date” kinda thing. It’s with my doctor so that is exciting. Already thinking about maternity leave and getting my job ready for a volunteer as well as thinking about the help I will need once the baby is here.

I think that I have felt more frustration and stress with this pregnancy – work and home. A lot of changes and preparation. The back pain. Potty training. Just a lot going on and it is hard to rest with a toddler. Could be the hormones too… I did get some pampering this past week. A massage, a haircut and a mani/pedi. Luxury helps.

Baby boy has been moving a lot. Not at the same times each day. Isaac moved a lot when I rested on the couch in the evenings. This boy is random. He feels strong. He will kick or bump and totally roll over. I love to feel him move especially when Isaac is with us, reading a bedtime book or some thing. It’s like they are already fighting for the good seat. I love feeling him move. It is really one of the best things in the world and the best thing about being pregnant.

Isaac does talk about the baby more. He has a joke of calling him a girl to get me to react and say “It’s not a girl, but a boy!” He will say… “A GAY-UL, mommy!” and smile. We saw some small babies while shopping the other day and he was really intrigued by them, even talked about them later. The picture above was taken the other day while Isaac was eating his breakfast. He pulled up my shirt and put his feet on my bump. He started kicking at which I stopped him and said “gentle.” He then gave the baby a kiss and I had my camera. Cool moment.