May 27, 2015

Second Trimester Essentials

Now that I'm in the beginnings of our third trimester, I feel like it's time to share the things I found highly necessary in my second trimester.  If you haven't seen my First Trimester Essentials, you can check out that post {here}!  Unfortunately, I didn't get over nausea until about half way through the second trimester and still have rounds of back pain, leg cramps and started some minor swelling.  The good things are I've still managed to keep stretch marks at bay and Baby Berry is looking great!

Second Trimester Essentials
  1. Tums: I have had massive amounts of reflux especially at night so I keep a bottle of Tums in my car, on my nightstand and in my desk at work.  My favorite flavors are the smoothie ones.
  2. It Works! Stretch Mark Cream: Like I mentioned in the first trimester essentials, this stuff is incredible!  I'm only having to use it a few times a week and I have still not gotten one new mark!
  3. Gilliland & O'Malley Nightgown: This is actually a pretty recent purchase, but one I will now love forever!
  4. Maternity Leggings: I have been still using the ones I bought 4 years ago in my first pregnancy from Motherhood Maternity but they don't make the exact ones so I just ordered these from Gap and should get them this week!
  5. Large Insulated Water Jug/Thermos: I have been really trying hard to increase my water intake but I have to have it ice cold so these thermos type mugs keep the water cold even over night and don't sweat!  (Mine is a free one from Gatti's Pizza I got at work).
  6. Body Pillow: I didn't end up getting the big 'ol pregnancy pillow that cost like $70, instead I spent $10 on one from Target and bought a double pack of the pillow covers and haven't regretted it one bit...and actually my husband attempts to steal it.
  7. Tylenol Extra Strength: When sciatica hits, there's no stopping it...  Tylenol tends to take a little bit of an edge off...
  8. Popsicles:  These all-natural cherry and lime flavored popsicles have been our favorite, but really anything would do.
  9. Josie Maran Argan Oil: I had super dry skin during the majority of my second trimester, regardless of the humidity of spring in South Texas so I turned to my favorite oil for relief!
I hope you enjoyed this pregnancy post and find it helpful either for you or for someone you know!  Like I said I'm coming on the third trimester so if you have found anything that you couldn't live without in your third trimester I'd love to hear about it in the comments below!  And as always thanks for stopping by!
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April 28, 2015

Vintage Rustic Nursery: Part 2 The Dresser

Today I want to share with y'all a little bit about the dresser for Baby Berry's nursery.  As I mentioned in the last nursery post {here}, we purchased the Ikea Hemnes dresser in White Stain.  I had a feeling this was going to take a while to put together because it comes in 3 boxes...yes 3!  But I had no idea how long...
Ikea Hemnes 8-drawer Dresser

So take this as more of a warning.  While I do absolutely love this dresser and it fits with the design of this room perfectly, it was a time consumer to assemble.  I decided to try to do as much as I could by myself while Adam was at band rehearsal.  NOTE!  In case you didn't know, Adam has started a new country band where we live and they have their first show this weekend!!  I am so excited to finally hear them all together because they rehearse at the drummer's house and I haven't been able to hear them.

Ok back to your regular programming, I want to give you a few pieces of advice if you purchase this dresser.

Tip 1: Try to get help because it will totally cut the time down, however it is possible to do with one person.

Tip 2: Plan for it to take about 3-4 hours...yep you read that right.

Tip 3: Use a cordless drill.  It makes the assembly process so much quicker, just remember to not over-tighten and use a light finger on the trigger.

Tip 4: Watch THIS video on Youtube.  I just kept it open on my phone and followed him as I went because as you know if you've ever purchased furniture from Ikea, there are no words on the directions.  Without words it's a little difficult to figure out which pieces the pictures are talking about.  (His dresser is the black one, but there wasn't any major difference between the white and black.)
Tip 5: This is about color selection.  We purchased the dresser in White Stain because it's a brighter white and the "white" dresser is a creamier white.  So if you are ordering online, make sure to get the correct one.  The white stain dresser does have a slightly unfinished look because it's supposed to look like a stain but I like it.

I don't have any pictures of my assembly process because I was so focused on just getting it done.  I also don't have an after of ours yet because I still have to finish assembling anything that needed to be hammered as I'd already put Bailey to bed when it got to that part.  Hopefully it will be done tonight!

I hope you enjoyed this quick little Ikea tip session, and as always, thanks for stopping by!
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April 22, 2015

Vintage Rustic Nursery: Part 1 The Design

Today I want to share with you our design ideas for Baby Boy's nursery.  When we initially found out we were having a boy, I immediately started scouring Pinterest for ideas to create the perfect nursery for us and him.  I will say, initially it took me forever to figure out where I wanted to go.  We I went through theme after theme (literally from Texan to vintage baseball to all neutral to about a dozen more ideas) but nothing stood out and made me say, "YES!  That's it!"  Until I found this blog post from Living Beautifully...One (DIY) Step at a Time.
Ummm, HELLO!  Is that not the cutest vintage-y rustic nursery you have ever seen!  She did such a great job at creating this space and it is by far the best representation of what I was imagining!

We will actually be using a lot of the items she shared from her nursery.  However, she links a lot to a Canadian store/website (since they are in Canada) and so I have found the exact or similar things available here in the states.  Here is what I have come up with so far for the mood/design.
Vintage Rustic Nursery
1) Milo Glider - Land of Nod
2) Jellycat Woodland Bunny - Nordstrom
3) Leather Moroccan Pouf - Etsy
4) Be Brave Wood Sign - Etsy
5) Sherwin Williams North Star grey
6) Squirrel Nightlight - Urban Outfitters
7) I Love You Beary Much print - Etsy
8) Vilac White Metal Car - Amazon
9) Hemnes 8 Drawer White Dresser - Ikea

If you'll remember from the post starting Bailey's big girl room {here}, she moved into "the pink room" and the nursery is going to be her old room which is currently (and will stay) a light grey.  This post {here} has horrible photos but shows what the grey looks like without as much hot pink bouncing off of it.  This is the exact color from Sherwin Williams called North Star (SW 6246) and it's in an eggshell finish.
Like I've been saying a lot lately, if you follow me on Instagram you'll know that I need some help picking out a crib.  We recently bought the Ikea Sundvik crib, however, after doing some research on assembly I came across some information about the base of the crib bowing in the middle over time and ain't nobody got time for that.  So we will be returning it and purchasing a different one from somewhere else.  If you didn't see or leave a comment on that post PLEASE leave your choice in the comments below because I am so stuck!  Here's that post :)

As you can tell, we are going for a rustic and vintage yet simplistic style.  While I really loved Bailey's super girly hot pink/white/silver nursery with lots of fancy touches, I wanted something manly without being dark and overly detailed this time around.

I hope you enjoyed this nursery inspiration post, and as always, thanks for stopping by!
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April 12, 2015

Bailey's Big Girl Room: In Progress

As most of you know by now, we are expecting our second baby in August and I have chosen to give up my uber girly dressing room to our uber girly 4 year old, Bailey.  Since she is now moving into what we are calling #thepinkroom, we have decided to take this time to create a more big girl space.  So like all of the room redos, here is where we are!

If you follow me on Instagram then you know we have now moved everything but one tall bookshelf and the vanity out of #thepinkroom.  Removing the closet rods from the wall left some hideously large holes, so I have since patched those and hopefully my awesome hubby will get in there soon to touch up the pink paint so we can move in more furniture.

We also shared that we are following Danielle Oakey's post {here} of creating a loft bed from a low bunk bed from Ikea.  So since last week was spring break for us, Bailey and I headed to Ikea and picked up the Mydal bunk bed and the recommended Moshult foam mattress.  Note: the mattress on these beds needs to be no thicker than 5 1/8" thick.
via Danielle Oakey Interiors
We will eventually do a more in depth post on putting the bed together and converting it to the loft bed like Danielle did, but Adam has to do the last step still so I'm waiting on that.  Just to give you an idea though it is a lot of pieces and I highly recommend sorting them out before putting the bed together like this.  And you may want to higher a different helper...Sophie just snored through the whole project.

And here's Adam putting the frame together.  It took about 30 mintues to sort and about an hour to put it together with mostly Adam doing everything by himself.
We have intentions of painting the bed frame like Danielle did but do to time constraints with Adam's work schedule and me being pregnant, it's looking like it will have to stay the raw wood for now.

This is where we have stopped for now, but I'm hoping we'll be able to get some more done over the next couple of weeks while I have a little momentum to get some things done.  In the mean time, here's some of my favorite inspiration for this space!
Source: House of Turquoise
Source: Censational Girl
And of course Danielle's daughters room!

Hope you enjoyed this quick snap shot into our current mess upstairs, and as always, thanks for stopping by!
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