Ellie’s Birth Story

Ellie’s Birth Story

For the last year or so, I've been sharing my pregnancy with all of you.  Our sweet Ellie was born on Thanksgiving (ohmygoodness, how has it been two months already?!).  I'm finally starting to come out of the postpartum blur and re-join the modern world - so without further adieu... My contractions began on the evening of Sunday, November 20, 2016 (39 weeks, 4 days).  The inconsistent contractions continued through Wednesday, November 23 (40 weeks), varying from 5 to 30 minutes apart.  I stayed home from work Monday through Wednesday, convinced that I…Read more …
Pregnancy Journal Update – 2nd Trimester Wrap Up

Pregnancy Journal Update – 2nd Trimester Wrap Up

Okay, so I wrote this at the end of the 2nd trimester, but might have forgotten to post it right then {pregnancy brain, anyone?!}.   2nd Trimester Starting Weight: 118ish lbs. 2nd Trimester Ending Weight: 132 lbs. My weight definitely reflected my growing belly this trimester! Between my 20 and 24 week appointments, I gained 8 lbs. The doctor said this was healthy since I had lost weight during the first trimester, but it’s still a bit of a shock to have a big jump like that. Highs & Lows {aka Happies &…Read more …
DIY Fabric & Ribbon Garland Backdrop

DIY Fabric & Ribbon Garland Backdrop

You know how projects on Pinterest look great until you actually try them and realize that it's not realistic to make a project look pin-worthy?  Think again!  This project was legitimately easy to do and didn't take any sewing skills whatsoever.  The most difficult part was choosing the fabric {not even sort of kidding here}. Materials: -Grosgrain Ribbon {I used 3" wide ribbon in silver, light pink and hot pink.} -Fabric -Paracord -Scissors -Rotary cutter tool -Cutting mat -Yard stick -Lighter -8 foot long 1"x2" board {for hanging} -Spray paint {optional - for 1"x2"…Read more …
Baby Name Reveal!

Baby Name Reveal!

I am now 32 weeks pregnant.  We were elated to find out we were pregnant earlier this year, then found out baby was a GIRL back at about 16 weeks.  It took quite a while for us to decide on a name.  Our ideas included everything from traditional to more modern to totally unique names.  That being said, we found the name that we believe fits our baby girl perfectly... and the meaning is very special to us.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tyB7O5-P1PI   Thank you for sharing in our joy once again.  We're so excited…Read more …
DIY Baby Shower Invitations

DIY Baby Shower Invitations

My mom and I are both pretty crafty, so when she offered to host our baby shower I knew we would be in for some fun projects!  One of the simplest projects we've done has been the baby shower invitations.  They were completely frugal and fit our theme perfectly.  I might have a slight obsession with elephants, hence the elephant theme for both the nursery and the baby shower. Supplies: -Card stock paper -Envelopes -Printer -Silhouette Cameo machine -Cricut cutting mat Instructions: Design invitations.  I used the Silhouette design software to make the…Read more …
DIY Satin Ribbon Garland Tutorial

DIY Satin Ribbon Garland Tutorial

One of my favorite baby shower decorations to make has been our DIY satin ribbon garland banner.  It is so classy looking, was super easy to make and can be re-used after the baby shower is over.  This would be perfect for a wedding, bridal shower, birthday party, baby shower, kids' bedroom decor... pretty much anywhere you want to bring a pretty pop of color without breaking the bank. Materials: -Double faced satin ribbon {I used 2.25" wide in light pink, rosewood and pewter.} -Paracord -Scissors -Lighter -3M Hooks {for hanging} Instructions: Figure…Read more …
Pregnancy Update: Gender Reveal

Pregnancy Update: Gender Reveal

My husband and I {okay, mostly me} wanted to splurge since this is our first baby and do an early gender reveal ultrasound!  We went to an elective ultrasound business at 16 weeks to find out the gender of our baby - and we invited our family to join us.  You may have caught on to our baby gender already by me dropping it throughout previous posts, but I just finished editing the ultrasound video. Without further adieu... we are so excited to welcome a baby.... {scroll down for spoiler!} ... ... ...…Read more …
How to Get Your FREE Amazon Baby Registry Welcome Box

How to Get Your FREE Amazon Baby Registry Welcome Box

As y'all may know, I'm a big fan of deals and free stuff.  This has merged with my obsession... er, love? of all things Amazon.  I've gotten some neat goodies since getting pregnant and one of my favorites has been the Amazon baby registry welcome box!  If you're pregnant and have an Amazon Prime membership, you're going to want to get in on this! Make an Amazon Baby Registry. Click here to start your baby registry.  You need to go through their "Jumpstart" tutorial and add at least one thing from each category…Read more …
Pregnancy Journal Update: 21 Weeks

Pregnancy Journal Update: 21 Weeks

Date: 7/19/16 *2nd trimester* 21 weeks I know I’ve said it before, but the weeks really are just flying right by! I am feeling great {a few aches and pains, but overall I really love being pregnant}. At my last OB visit, the doctor advised we celebrate at 24 weeks because the baby reaches viability that week {when chances of survival outside the womb are greater than 50%}. I’m looking forward to that day, but feeling thankful for every day. I do a double take often when I walk by the mirror –…Read more …
Pregnancy Journal Update: 17 Weeks

Pregnancy Journal Update: 17 Weeks

Date: 6/21/16 *2nd trimester* 17 weeks Weight: 120 lbs. I definitely felt baby movement this week! Last Tuesday (16 weeks 6 days) I thought I felt movement but wasn’t sure… I’m now feeling light movement every day. It’s not strong enough for anyone to feel from the outside yet, but it is a neat sensation! Uncle Colton, Yaya and I got the crib put together this weekend! Even though it won’t be needed for months still, it is fun and exciting to get things ready. My energy level has been close to pre-pregnancy…Read more …