Tuesday, January 29, 2013

13 & 14 week bump photos

Here are my current bump photos! To make these yourself you can read the tutorial here. :)

These are so easy and fun to do! :)

Monday, January 28, 2013

Gender Reveal Party for Jackson Baby #2

My husband and I found out last Monday at an ultrasound that we are having another BOY. :)

We wanted to share with family and friends in a special way, and these adorable gender reveal parties I keep seeing on Pinterest really inspired me to throw one as well.  Plus, anyone who knows me well knows that I'm obsessed with planning parties and will look for any excuse too. :)

So, I wanted to share the decor and crafts I made for the party for anyone who may want to do one of their own.  I know that usually the parents-to-be find out AT the party with everyone at the same time, but we couldn't wait a week and liked finding out in private with just us and Cole, so we did it this way instead.

Here are a couple pictures of the party set up:

I set up a table with the chalkboard on top saying "Almost time, which will it be? A bouncing little he or a pretty little she?" (I got the saying off Pinterest somewhere and then made it in to my own chalk art.)  The "Wear your vote" sign pointed to a hurricane full of clothes pins that had either a mustache or felt hearts hot glued to them for people to wear to show if they voted for a boy or girl.  I got all of the supplies for those at the Dollar Tree, except for the mustaches - my husband found those at a convenience store! I see them all over the place though.  I got the blue and pink pom poms, balloons, candy sticks, jars to hold them in, and the table cloth at Party City.  The boxes in the center of the table were cake pops that one of my best friends had made for me, they had blue sprinkles inside for the reveal.

Here is the spread with all of the food my awesome chef of a husband made:

I made this pennant banner myself, all with Dollar Tree supplies.  I made it on a whim, I needed to wing it because I didn't have time for perfection.  It was super easy though and came out cute so I'll give you the best tutorial I can on it:

Supplies needed are white poster board (2 sheets in case you mess up), 3 pieces of baby blue construction paper and 3 pieces of pink as well, a glue stick, scissors, a ruler, a pencil, twine, and a hot glue gun/glue. 

All I did was print out my letters on MS Word in Arial font since that has easy letters to cut out.  I sized them as large as I thought looked right - so just eye ball it.  Print the letters out, it fits about 2 letters per sheet. Glue each sheet around the edges to the appropriate color of construction paper you want. Then cut out the letters with scissors. Easy peasy. Then you need to make your triangles on the construction paper, large enough that each letter will fit inside. So take the widest letter you have, and estimate how big you need your triangles. Use the ruler and pencil to draw straight lines. (This took me a few tries to get it perfect.) Then, use your perfect triangle for a stencil and cut out one for each letter. Glue stick the letters to your triangles. Then, use your hot glue to get the triangles onto the twine to hang it with. :) SO easy. If I can eyeball this without a specific tutorial, ANYONE can.

Here are some of the pictures we took at the party:

It was such a fun time and I highly recommend a gender reveal party to anyone who is newly pregnant and interested! :)

Friday, January 18, 2013

My SICK obsession with Target. And Chevron print.

Hey there.

The heading of this post says it all, I am addicted to Target... and chevron print. Let's start with Target. It's sad, I think of excuses to go there even when I don't need anything.  I even have a whole system down: I go in the mornings when it's the least busy, I know exactly where to park so I get a close spot and am near the door that is right by where I check out, and I always make a stop for Cole's "mamo" aka: popcorn the second we get there so he is happy and munches away (or drops it all over the floor) while I'm aimlessly looking at things I don't need.

Yesterday my husband agreed to go to Target with me when he was off work so we could pick out some much needed new curtains. Actually I knew exactly which curtains I wanted, I've had my eye on them for months but have never bought them, perhaps because I was secretly waiting for the day my hubby would take me and buy them for me. We also needed some other stuff, so we made a family trip over there in the worst part of the day to go there - the late afternoon.

When we got there I discovered that of course, there was only ONE panel left of the curtains I wanted, and none left in the entire store.  So I hunted down a handy Target team member to tell me where the next closest Target was with these curtains in stock.  So off we went, to a Target 20 minutes away to get my beloved curtains.

As we walked through the store towards the home stuff, we passed the baby aisles... and what catches my eye?  My other obsession.  Chevron print.  Not just any chevron print, but chevron print CRIB SHEETS. IDENTICAL to the Pottery Barn kids ones but $10 less? Whaaaat?! Who has seen such a thing in Target before?  Not I.  Which means they've never had them because I would know, I'm at Target a few times a week practically and know that place like the back of my hand.  Chevron crib bedding (and curtains may I add - which don't exist anywhere except for Urban Outfitters in the wrong colors that's why so many women are desperately DIYing them by painting chevron onto white curtains, that's a whole other story), is SO hard to find!!!  There are specialty websites where you can design your own crib bedding and do chevron (but if you're anything like me that is too much to think about, and ordering online sucks when you're as impatient as I am), and then of course there are the PB kids ones that are more expensive!

So anyways, as I spot these chevron sheets in not one, not two, not three, not four, but FIVE different colors, I almost pee myself!  Pink, blue, grey, green and yellow?!  Target you rock.  Oh and get this, only $9.99.  Michael just stared at me blankly while I jumped up and down in the aisle with crib sheets in my hands (no joke).  Then he kindly reminded me that we don't know what I'm having yet... a girl or a boy.  We don't find out till Monday.  So I decided to hold on to the grey ones, thinking it could work for a boy OR a girl.  But as we walked on, I realized that if I am having a girl, I want those pink ones.  So, I realized I was being a freak and just set the grey ones down in the rug aisle. Plus I was majorly distracted by an AMAZING rug they had only one left of, in my other favorite print which is Moroccan.  Well I don't know if that's what it's called but that's what I call it.  We got the rug.  We also got 2 new lamps for our bedroom, 2 new chevron pillows for the living room, the curtains, and a couple new candles.  I was so happy with these new things I found that the chevron crib bedding could wait until Monday when I came back for it.

So that night I let my friend know (who is about to have a baby and loves chevron as well) that Target has those sheets. This morning she texts me that Target.com is SOLD OUT of the chevron crib sheets.  Oh heck no.  I guess I'm not the only crazy chevron obsessed mommy out there that realizes the value of these precious crib sheets that are so inexpensive and fabulous.  I began to panic.  I knew that my Target didn't have them, which means the one I was at yesterday was probably one of the only places left they could be found at.  So I called them the second they opened and explained to them my urgent situation.  "I was there yesterday, you have chevron crib sheets, in 4 colors. I need you to please grab me a grey, and a pink one off of the shelf and hold them for me because I don't know if I'm having a boy or a girl, so I'm buying both."  So the lady puts me on hold for 5 minutes and comes back to tell me that all they have left is ONE pink one!!  Now I'm frustrated. Who are these chevron obsessed mommies and why are they stealing all of my sheets?  How could they be gone already when I was there at 5:00 pm last night?!  I tell her to please hold the pink one for me and I'll be there in a jiffy.  It's a 50/50 chance I'll need those pink sheets and if I have a boy, well then one of my friends having a girl will get a very special gift.

So I pack Cole up in the car, race to the Target, and go in to get my sheets.  I decided to check the aisle and make sure there weren't any there that the lady might have missed.  What do you know... she LIED to me.  How dare she!  There were still pink, yellow, green, and blue ones! So I grab a pink and blue, and as I'm about to go pay - I see something at the corner of my eye.  Chevron baby blankies? Chevron receiving blankets, mobiles, onesies, AND crib bedding?! The crib bedding is $100 less than PB kids. Now I'm really peeing myself.  I start grabbing everything off the shelf, and then stop myself and realize I'm being so dumb.  I do NOT know what I'm having, I'm not going to buy 2 of everything just for the sake of having a stylish baby am I?  Yes, yes I am.  Okay I didn't buy 2 of the $70 crib bedding sets, but I almost did.  I knew in the back of my mind I can return whatever I don't need later.  I just grabbed 2 of the sheet sets, 2 blankets, and 2 receiving blanket packs.  Then, as I was walking to the cash register convincing myself in my mind that what I'm doing is not silly and any normal person would do this, I realize that I could go back to the very spot I set down those grey sheets yesterday near the rugs and see if they're still there.  So I did, and yep, they were there.  So I got those instead of the blue ones.  Before I could consider just buying every single one off the shelf and later selling them illegally online (just kidding) I headed for the check out line.

I got to the cash register and felt the need to tell the checker my whole story.  I told her that I called this morning and the woman told me there was only one pink one left, and she was wrong - they had plenty left.  I told her that these chevron items are selling like hot cakes at all other targets and the website and the only other place you can find anything comparable is at Pottery Barn kids.  As I swiped my card expecting her to completely understand what I'm talking about and come back with a very sympathetic apology for the inconvenience and letting me know she understands where I'm coming from because come on - it's chevron.... she just looked at me like a crazy person and said "honey, they're just crib sheets."

I walked to my car feeling like an idiot, but whatever - you know what Target lady?! I have been nauseous and puking my brains out the past 6 weeks, if I want some pretty things for my baby's future nursery to cheer myself up then I'M GETTING THEM NO MATTER WHAT IT TAKES!  Lol!  And guess what, I do feel better.  So there.

Here are those pretty items for you to see:

So cute right?  It was worth it.

Here's that rug we bought:


Here's the chevron pillows, curtains, candles, and lamps we bought too:

We needed new bedroom lamps because the other day my toddler pulled of the other ones off my husband's night stand and broke it.  Plus, they were out dated and way to big anyways.

I love changing the living room so often, this mini-makeover might be my favorite one yet though.  Some fun prints and colors going on, so much personality!

Thanks for reading.  Happy Friday!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Monochromatic Canvas & Subway Art Birth Announcement


I wanted to share two crafts I did a couple months ago for Christmas gifts that I haven't had a chance to blog yet. I took a trip up to my hometown Portland, OR the week before Thanksgiving and brought the gifts with me as early Christmas presents.

First thing I did was make canvas signs for my three best friends.  I saw one similar on Pinterest but changed it up a bit. I used a different saying and foam letters instead of wood ones, I couldn't find the font I wanted in wood letters at Michael's.

All I used were the canvases (they were small square ones, not sure what size I think 6"x6"), white foam scrapbook letters, super glue, a ruler, a pencil, scissors, and white spray paint.

First thing I did was cut out the letters for the words I wanted individually so I could lay them out on the canvas and make sure they were all going to fit right... like this:

After this I got out my pencil and ruler, and measured/drew out the lines that I wanted my letters to go on. I did this so my letters wouldn't be crooked. I drew the lines on really light so I could easily erase and paint over them later.

After this I peeled off the foam sticker letters and put a TINY bit of super glue on the back and spread it out evenly the best I could. If you're not used to using super glue and try this project, just be VERY careful because it's easy to glue your fingers together doing this! I did it a couple times... ouch! I wanted to use super glue and not mod podge though because these were gifts and I didn't want the letters to fall off eventually.

This is how they turned out:

My friends were really touched and loved their canvases. :) I told them to hang it somewhere they would see it every morning and remember that's what I think of them. I want to make one for my house soon!

One more gift I made was using Microsoft Publisher.  I don't have a tutorial for this because it's been a couple months and I winged it (sorry I'm a bad blogger), but it's pretty easy to do! I made a subway art birth announcement for my new niece Audrianna Isabel:

I plan on making one of those for my next baby!

Thanks for reading!

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Monday, January 14, 2013

As requested: Tutorial on baby bump photos

Pregnant mamas: Document that bump! You will regret not taking photos of your belly growing if you don't do it, trust me! It is super easy to do it the way I do, all you need is a computer, the internet, and a camera.

Here is how you make your own weekly baby bump photos to look something like this:

1.  Find a spot in your house with an open/blank wall. Have someone take your photo with enough wall space in front of your bump to be able to add text.  Keep in mind that you are going to crop your photos to the size you want them, so the more wall space, the better.
2.  Upload your photos to your computer into a folder you will be able to easily find them in... like "BABY".
3. Go HERE and download Google's free photo editing program, Picasa.
4.  Once it is uploaded, it should automatically pull up your album "BABY" (or whatever you called it) in the left hand column under "folders".
5.  Double click on whichever photo you decided you want to use.
6.  On the left hand side you will see a tool bar with 5 tabs for editing your photo. The first one is a wrench, that is where you can "crop" your photo. Click on crop and it is very self explanatory and easy. Under the wrench you will also see a "text" option. This is how you enter your text for your photo. The other tabs are options to play with the lighting, colors, filters, etc for your photo. Have fun!
7.  Once you have finished your editing, at the bottom of the screen you will see an "export" button.  Click on that and export your picture to your "BABY" folder. After that it's saved to your computer and you are free to share it with the world. :)

I hope this helped!

Sunday, January 6, 2013

I'm pregnant with Baby #2!

Happy New Year!

On black Friday I woke up and realized something... I was late! So Michael went to the store to grab a test, and yep... I'm pregnant.

Before the shock could even wear off, Michael was on the phone with his mom to share the news. He may just be more excited than I am. ;)

If we count back correctly, our first over night trip away from Cole in Catalina was where baby #2 happened... early November:

My sexy man posing in beautiful Catalina Island!

Ziplining adventure with our friends in Catalina... after brunch where they all teased Michael and I that we probably got pregnant and if we did, we need to name the baby "Cat" or "Cato" haha... little did they know...

So here I am, 6 weeks later, nauseous as can be, typing a blog post to announce that Jackson Baby #2 will be here sometime around July 28, 2013. :) We're very excited to have a sibling for Cole, and a family of 4.

So far this pregnancy I've been extremely nauseous, moody, and exhausted.  With Cole I had nausea but the over-the-counter sleep aid my doctor recommended took that away the second I started taking it. With this baby, that is not the case. It got to the point where I couldn't function so they prescribed me something for the nausea, and that doesn't help AT ALL either. So, I'm just praying that this time around the nausea goes away quick! I also don't remember being this moody or exhausted with Cole, but I think having a toddler might magnify these things just a tad bit. ;)

According to the Chinese calendar, it's a girl. According to theories about when you conceive according to your ovulation cycle, it's a boy. According to my father who thinks he's a baby gender predicting guru, it's a boy... but then the other day he slipped and said "she" - so I think maybe his sub conscience is telling him something different. Haha, either way, we are happy with whatever this little peanut is, there are good sides to having either a boy or a girl! We will know in exactly 15 days when we go to a 3D ultrasound.

Here is the photo we took to announce to the world that I'm preggers:

And starting today I'm going to be documenting my bump photos with a digital description. I love the chalkboard ideas but it's been done so much now, I had to do something different!

I'm hoping that my motivated self will be back sooner than later for some fun projects to blog, but until then, please be patient with me.  I'm pretty sure my blog will be pretty much geared toward anything and everything baby for the next 6 months as well - so for all of you expecting mamas, stay tuned!