Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Let the Nesting Begin

My nesting urges have begun. Although we still need quite a few things for our nursery, we've made progress on the decor.

As I mentioned before, my dad made us a side table for the baby's room. My mom then painted it white for us. Next, I pimped it out (in a kid-friendly way, of course). I added gray stripes to the top, threw on some polyurethane, added the most amazingly perfect pull from Anthropologie and topped it off with my spectacular West Elm owl lamp. 

Please try not to drool. 

(It's quite ironic that the knob on the table created by my dad is a squirrel. You should ask him about his hatred love of squirrels sometime. It's bound to give you a good story.)

We have also replaced the original ceiling fan with a pop of color. I snagged this yellow drum shade from World Market. We added a ceiling medallion, a light kit and wham! we have beautiful new light fixture. (Although you can't see it in this picture very well, the interior of the drum shade is an embossed silver lining. Amazing.)

This past weekend I got crafty and created a painting for our little man's animal themed room. I found the inspiration here. I just modified the original design to include my new pop of yellow in the room. 

I started with a large canvas. I dry-brushed gray paint (the same paint I used on the side table) over the entire surface and then got to work with the design. Let me know what you think.

The other crafts I've completed for the nursery are some white yarn wrapped cardboard letters to go over the soon-to-be changing table (just need the changing pad) and a mobile made out of embroidery hoops. Super easy activities and I'm totally in love with the results.

Here's a peek at what a little Neil Fisher will be looking at during his diaper changes. Not a bad view, right? (He'll also be able to peek at himself in the mirror which should be entertaining too.)

So there you have it... the beginnings of my nursery nesting. There will be more to come has the day of his arrival gets closer and closer.

Until next time...


Monday, February 27, 2012

Mini Preggers Update: 28 Weeks

Hello friends!

I had a doctor's appointment today and I'm happy to report that everything is going wonderfully! Although I sadly didn't get another ultrasound to see my sweet boy, I did get to hear his strong heartbeat. 

28 weeks in, I've now gained 19 pounds...scary, but right on track with the "standards". My blood pressure is rocking and I had my glucose test today which I'm sure will return as wonderful as well. Basically my doctor says I'm doing perfect. (I like her.)

My next appointment is 3 weeks out and then it will be 2 weeks and then down to weekly appointments. It's crazy to think we're getting that close. We are only 12 weeks away from our little man joining us! Oh man, there's lots to do before then. 

No time to waste...I'm off to sign up for a Childbirth Education class.

Until next time...


Thursday, February 23, 2012

Thirty-One Gifts: Baby Gift Idea

I needed to put together a baby gift for a friend of ours and, as always, I wanted a super cute presentation. I decided to use one of my Thirty-One bags as the gift bag as well as part of the gift. 

I decided on the Mini Organizer (only $15) which made for a really cute package and I filled it with bath items, lotions and diapers for their little one. The great thing is that she'll be able to continue to use it. The Mini Organizer would be a perfect toiletry organizer, a first-aid kit for the car, a holder of diaper changing needs, etc.  

It turned out really cute...

Until next time...


Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Preggers Update: 27 Weeks

We are now at 27 weeks, the final week of my second trimester. Holy cow. 
Here's the official update: 

My little man is now about 2 pounds and 14 1/2 inches in length. His brain is very active now and while his lungs are still immature, they would be capable of functioning (with a lot of medical help) if he was born now. Pretty amazing. My belly is obviously getting bigger and besides that, baby Neil is kicking up a storm. 

This past weekend, Brent and I visited friends in Denver (I'll post more about our trip later) and we got a picture of my 27 weeks belly compared to Christa's 35 week belly. Oh, the growth still to come...

Pretty good looking pregnant ladies, huh? Yeah, I think so.

We have our next doctor's appointment on the 27th so I'll be sure to share any new updates then. 

Until next time...

Monday, February 20, 2012

Valentines 2012

For Valentine's Day this year my sweet hubby bought me some snacks (frosted animal cookies & laffy-taffy...yum!) and a basket that I've been wanting for our nursery. I'm hoping to use it for either toy storage or dirty laundry in the baby's room or for diaper changing items somewhere else in the house. Honestly, I might end up with multiples. 

It will also be a perfect basket for taking some adorable newborn photos in. Can't you just imagine baby Fisher curled up inside with a blanket? I can! And luckily, my hubby has the mad photography skills to make it happen. 

Also on Valentine's Day, my diaper bag arrived in the mail and I'm in love! My parents bought it for me us. The brand is Petunia Pickle Bottom. As soon as I spotted another girl carrying this type of bag, I knew it was "the one". My lovely mother let me pick out my favorite pattern and had it sent my way. So wonderful! Take a look...


Needless to say, it was a good Valentine's Day.

Until next time...

Saturday, February 11, 2012

In-Progress Weekend Work

My parents headed into town this weekend to help us tackle some house work before the baby arrives. It has been wonderful. I am so spoiled. 

First, my parents arrived last night with not one, but two wooden nightstands for us. My dad (an absurdly busy man) built them both. One to match the original he made for us back in July for our master bedroom and the other for our nursery. Amazing.

My parents and husband were hard at work today painting our kitchen, the baby's armoire and both the nightstands while I shopped. Seriously. Due to my pregnant state, I was banished from the house so I ran errands and took the food orders. 

I say it again, I am spoiled.

Anyway, here are some in progress shots of all the work including some of my purchases.

I'm sure you noticed the new fixture for the kitchen...super cute and now centered over the table instead of where visitors can hit their heads on it. The other items are for the nursery and you'll have to wait to see how they come together. 

I'm excited!

Until next time...

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Celebrate, Encourage, Reward

I'm off to a good start with my new business venture! (I think.) My first Thirty One Open House was a success and quite fun so I have high hopes for what's to come. 

I really hope to build this into a viable business for myself. (I've always wanted to have my own business. Although I went back and forth on what type of business that might be, this is a great option and a great learning opportunity for future endeavors.) Thirty One provides all the tools I need to succeed as long as invest my time and energy. Part of my "taking this seriously" is... cards! Don't I seem so much more official? 

Thirty One's mission is to "Celebrate, Encourage and Reward women by offering quality products and an outstanding opportunity to become successful business owners." I'm really excited to be a part of it. (Just ask my husband. I'm pretty sure I talk about it a little too much, but hey, isn't that a good sign?)

Anyway, if you or any one you know is interested in hosting a party or just snagging a few easy gift items, let me know! (

Until next time...