Since the nursery is pretty much complete now, I’ve been nesting in all the other areas of the house. From organizing junk drawers to purging my Pinterest boards (everybody does that right?) I’m trying to stay busy and prepare for baby. Freezer meals, washing baby things and redecorating.
I redid my photo clip board recently and replaced it with some hooks to hang hats, coats,etc. I moved the Magnolia Market sign above it and felt like it tied in well near our staircase.
Since I moved the Magnolia sign I replaced it with this Grocery sign painted on tin. I also used an egg gathering basket to update the light fixture. An Edison bulb adds a finishing touch and a soft glow.
A very inexpensive window frame from the flea market and my cotton wreath add a nice touch to our “entry area”.
My front porch has been bugging me for awhile. I saw a similar project on…you guessed it…Pinterest. So I bought a pack of wainscoting from Lowes and glued them together to make a sign.
I got it painted with some chalk paint and used vinyl scraps and cut the word stencils on my Silhouette machine.
Some black paint later and lots of maneuvering.
It’s all done and hanging on my front porch.
Last I wanted to put a chalkboard behind our barn door so I bought a cheap piece of particle board and added chalkboard paint.
I bet it doesn’t come as a surprise that work on Baby C’s nursery began in the early weeks of her development. I skimmed countless pages of Project Nursery and Pinterest for inspiration. I had bedding picked out for either gender at around 18 weeks. So, literally the night we found out Waverlee is a Waverlee, I had bedding ordered. Fast forward seven weeks and her nursery is almost complete! So here is a tour.
A couple of weeks ago I enjoyed a paint class at Paint with Kenda. I actually painted all of the background details and then left the wording to Kenda the Professional. Please check out her site, linked above. She’s super talented.
We have two bedrooms total in the shouse. (For more layout information at our shouse click here.) Space is manageable but limited. The nursery was our spare and a full bed already existed there. It didn’t make a ton of sense to me to take it out and find additional storage so it stayed as a staple in the nursery. I think it will be great for late nights nursing and for her to eventually grow into.
Her crib is from Nebraska Furniture Mart. I picked up a simple gray mattress crib sheet and the white cushion inside the crib is the DockaTot. I’m really excited about having a DockaTot. Invented for co-sleeping, it’s a versatile crib to move anywhere that reflects the shape of the womb. I’ve honestly not read a bad review about them.
We have some funky walls in our bedrooms so I had to get creative with limited wall space. Pillows, bedding and bed skirt are past seasons from Target. The braided rug is from Amazon.
My mom Meme picked up this sweet hand painted pillow for the full sized bed on Etsy. I think it helps soften it up and make it more “little girl” for now.
I opted out of a rocker. Our house is small, we have a rocking recliner downstairs. I reupholstered this chair last year and thought it fit nicely into the nursery. Footstool is from a Hobby Lobby sale and the sheepskin rug is a staple from IKEA. Pillow is from Target.
With some wall space I added some fun trinkets. The deer head is one of my favorite pieces in the whole nursery. It was custom made by Polka Dot Pig Primitives. The shelf and greenery are from Hobby Lobby and the Audrey Hepburn Print is from Etsy.
I love these Milestone Blocks and Car from Bannor Toys.
They tied the entire room together and the quality is beyond impressive. Better yet, they’re machine washable if need be.
Mirror is from a past Zulily event and the dream catcher mobile was made by a friend.
The changing station is a $50 dresser I repainted. It can be used as her dresser now and later down the road.
I made a couple of changing pad covers to match her scheme. This 3 tier organizer was once in our bathroom but now holds teethers, pacifiers, creams and what nots for easy access. Hand sanitizer in a fancy pump because I’m sure I’ll be using a lot of it.
The “W” cactus print is from Etsy. I found the arrow at a flea market, added some simple hooks and made a nice display for some personalized clothes and headbands.
I repurposed a basket to hold extra swaddles, changing pad cover and blankets.
I’m sure some more sweet details will be added before she is here!
I’m sitting at my kitchen table blogging, however I’m dreaming of being back at The Prairie in Round Top, Tx. Such a dreamy place. That’s how vacation is though right? Dreamy? You can’t enjoy vacation forever, but you can bring a piece of inspiration back with you right?
The Prairie, created and owned by Rachel Ashwell, is the epitome of Shabby Chic with Rustic Flair. Very girly, ruffles everywhere. GI Joel would be hard to convince on the style, however the grounds were a different story. I loved the buildings, the windmill and the rusty junk outside.
Fast forward to Spring, I completed a random craigslist search and found this beauty. Ok, not beautiful but lots of potential.
We GI Joel hauled this old Chevy truck bed from Branson to our house on some very shady tires and around several bends and curves. Have I mentioned how great he is lately. I swear these DIY projects just bring us closer. 🙂
Like a typical man, I give him a picture with some dimensions and he goes by his own plan. It always seems like my great ideas become a little more difficult when actually executing them.
The farmstand is complete now. I used some reclaimed cedar siding to make the Chapman Farmstead sign. I think our signature symbol should always be a windmill. I’m on a windmill kick I guess.
Although it is not street ready, I think for now it will be a nice welcome down our driveway and I can switch things up each season/holiday. Isn’t this what they mean by curb appeal? I love having a little piece of The Prairie inspiration at our house.
Here’s a list of my recent favorite profiles I’ve found on Instagram that I love and you will too! Click on their handles below to follow. Photos are from their feed. Please click on photos for original Instagram sources!
I love this mom. Clean white photos of the daily ins-and-outs of her sweet girls. She has an online shop where she sells a few clothing items and baby bracelets. I’ve found the best baby products stalking her photos and blog. I appreciate that she tags everything in case I want to purchase the items. STALKING. Total groupie.
I’m not wishing away time here, but when my kiddo is big enough for a sippy cup I will be all over these. They would make great gifts too. Two options include sippy cup or tumbler with straw. Makes it really easy to know “Whose cup is this?” since you can choose a personalized insert.
The photos alone are worth following over. Such cute baby pics in tropical and pool side locations. These hats are handmade and provide 50+ SPF for baby. She also has trucker hats available in her shop. Great accessory for boys and girls, however this is one shop in my opinion has more boy products. Rare, I know!
This shop recently had a big-o-sale and sold out of the necklace I wanted. Their Instagram account is an easy way to keep up with re-stock and future promotions.They offer teething necklaces and bracelets in both bold and neutral colors. The styles of the beads are also bold or subtle with a broad variety.
This a great resource for nursery inspiration. They feature designer nurseries and children’s rooms but they also have an online gallery for anyone to upload photos of their nursery projects giving you 100’s of pages of creativity and an easy to navigate filter system. Only want to see boy-sports nurseries? No problem.
I can’t say enough about these products. Waverlee has 2 teethers and a personalized push car and I love them. I’ve bought a few baby shower gifts from them too. Hand crafted wooden toys, rattles and teethers that will last. Ditch the plastic toys and buy a keepsake that will last. Bonus, they only make the creative noises your child expresses through their imagination.
Babylist is the only registry I chose so far. It honestly will probably be my only registry. I am a little nervous about only having a registry that is online, however I love that I can add anything to it, from any store. It shows the lowest price offered for the item and gives multiple store options where the item is available. They also have a section in the registry for friends and family to offer to bring meals, clean, do laundry, etc. This is a neat feature especially if family is wanting to set up a meal delivery.
Baby Moccs are very popular in all sizes, shapes and colors. Sweet n Swag just launched their newest styles on their site. They also offer little moccasin booties. If you are looking for moccs beyond the traditional “brown swede” color then this is your shop.
Baby swaddles are an essential for a new baby, however Modern Burlap blankets are off the map. They have scripture swaddles, calendar swaddles where you can track how old the baby is by month/week/year or buy one from baby’s birth month. I really enjoy the saying blankets too. They all have a minimalist feel.
We’ve been passing the time. Slowly. It’s beautiful outside, for now, so I’m trying to get out and do things around the shouse. On a side note, I really hope my child greets me like my goats do.
GI Joel has been on a kick watching Bob Ross episodes and Alaska the Last Frontier. I’m not complaining, after all when Netflix takes off MASH what else do you do?
I know what you’re thinking, with all this excitement how could life not fly by? It’s not, it’s creeping because we’ve been waiting several weeks (22) to know baby Chapman’s gender. I have no incling. No profound visions. GI Joel however just “knows” it’s a boy.
We decided to complete the ultrasound not knowing the gender and then reveal with our families together. There’s just something about the idea of me, in a hospital gown, full bladder and medical equipment everywhere that made me want to keep the experience between Joel and I. Gender reveal party it is.
GI Joel is a lifetime St. Louis Cardinals fan so a baseball theme gender reveal party seemed appropriate.
There’s no crying in baseball, or over your preferred gender…ahem…GI Joel.
For the reveal, I bought plastic baseballs, had Joel saw them open (after my failed attempt with an exacto knife) and made my own Holipowder. Not to be confused with Holy powder. Holipowder is what people toss at color runs, etc.
I mixed cornstarch, water and food coloring together. It’s very thick. I placed it in a throw away pan and baked it until it dried. I placed the chunks in the blender and powder it was.
I filled two baseballs, closed them white electric tape and labeled the bags. My sister picked the right one and brought it to the party. She was the only person pre-party to know the gender.
Classic ball park snacks were on the menu from hotdogs, Big League Chew gum, sunflower seeds and peanuts.
First pitch revealed…..
Now onto a softball game and monogramming everything.
GI Joel will forever disagree with this, but they are sooo great. Room down under and a stretchy band around the waist. Yep.
I feel like this one applies to many many areas of pregnancy. I’ll just leave it there. No reason for details .
Ok but really, my scrubs did fit last week.
This is by no means making fun of my clients, however I found it humorous that I do use the restroom as often as some of my patients.
A little less that 4 months to go. Let’s just not say that one.
Again, not twins. Just one.
Naps are not foreign to our house. But naps in the middle of the work week are. I’m more of a “Sundays are for Jesus and Naps” believer. But then I got pregnant and naps are for any time. Because it will all change soon.
I feel like lots of parents get the, “you’re naming your kid what” look.
What did my mom do without Google?
Seriously. What is this “pregnancy glow” scam?
Gender ultrasound is Thursday and The Reveal is Saturday. I’m nesting, organizing and praying for Thursday this week. Hopeful our babe cooperates and is perfectly healthy. It’s a great week of celebrations for our little family!
Recently, upon accident really, I stumbled upon the ezpz company. Their line of feeding products are fantastic. From mats for beginning eaters, to “middle of the road” big kid eaters there is something for everyone. When I say everyone, I mean everyone, I recently used a mat in therapy with one of my adults. Plates, bowls, specialty mats oh my!
What am I looking in a feeding product?
Mom to Be: as a Mom to Be there are so many items on the market. They all look pretty good and promising. Enter glazed over eyes and gaping wide mouth. I phoned messaged a friend who is very much in the heat of the feeding frenzy (thanks Clarissa). I asked her honest opinion about what she likes using with her kiddos. She enjoys products made from silicone because they are easy to clean and gentle on teething mouths. She also likes products that suction to the table so her son doesn’t have to “chase” the food.
Therapist: Feeding therapy is very visual for a therapist. Positioning, texture, and food set-up are considered when preparing a patient to eat. I want an item that is visually easy to see, is weighted or suctions so if a patient has a tremor or visual impairment they can still “find” their food and is going to support the patient’s diet texture.
So why ezpz?
Mom to Be: I have a mini mat ready for mini Chapman already. They stack easily, are dishwasher and microwave safe and suction to the table. Like for real, it’s hard to get them up without releasing from the side. I love the cut of the mini mat for the high chair and the ounce sizes of the happy mat (looks more like a placemat) as portions get bigger for my kiddo. I think the colors are fantastic and the mat fits awesome in my diaper bag. Fewer things to travel with and will support store bought and home made food.
*lunch was not the most appealing the day I took this photo.
Therapist: These mats work with all kiddos including those with special needs, and adults too! Several pediatric therapists are using this product for food sensitives and dysphagia. I love that it’s easy to generalize to home for parents to use and that it’s very much like a normal “plate” that everyone at home is using. (Maybe that’s just me, I have very colorful Fiestaware in our kitchen). The mat is set up like a face so it’s easy to cue “left eye” “right eye” or “smile” for foods.
These cues work for adults too, especially my friends with lower cognition or visual impairments. There’s just nothing like this available for adult therapy right now, really the whole world of feeding assistance items is lacking. A COTA and I spent 30 minutes finding the proper spoon and cup one day. 30 minutes! I feel that the mats are priced comparably (if not less) than other assistive feeding products.
The silicone dividers or “lips” allow for food to stay separate and patients can use the “lips” for extra support with fingers or utensils. The divided sections support puréed, mechanical soft and regular diet consistencies.
On a side note, I don’t recommend the mini mat for adults, the largest portions are 4oz. The Happy Mat would be more appropriate ranging from 4 oz. to 10 oz. Here’s the good news, ezpz is launching an adult/geriatric line in the Fall/Winter of this year!
Pediatric therapist? Be sure to check out the ezpz blog, the company has a full time SLP on staff that has helpful feeding tips through blogs and vlogs (video blogs).
So get out there and join the ezpz bandwagon. Mom, therapist or kid at heart. Click the link below and see all of their fun products AND receive 10% off your purchase!!!
Calling all moms and moms-to-be! Introducing a new feature for the blog, “Baby Product Spotlight”. Today’s Product is the baby hammock by Binxy Baby.
I will be honest. I saved my Ibotta rebates for this product and purchased it through my PayPal account. It was really a win-win, I was motivated to grocery shop and rewarded at the same time. (Look up the Ibotta app if you don’t know what I’m talking about). I;m really excited to try it out.
The Binxy Baby Hammock clips on to most grocery carts. The sides are secured with a tightening Velcro fastener and baby is strapped in with a safety clip. I was a little weary about the safety at first, however I researched and started following their instagram handle @shopbinxy and became a believer.
Here’s what I like about:
It’s compact and fits nicely in my diaper bag. Rolls up until it’s needed.
I can carry in baby and leave the car sear behind if I choose, or place the car seat in the hammock.
Up to 50 lb weight limit so it will get some use
Two hammocks can fit in a cart, it will also be useful down the road with a “big kid” and “little kid
4 color options, who doesn’t like a little color?
Here’s the best part, click on the link below and receive 10% off!