Week in Review | July 21-25

Another super busy week flying by without time to pour over my beloved blogs! Remember the days of sipping coffee and perusing lovely post after post before I even had to tackle an email? Now it’s all work, work, baby stuff, work, baby stuff. But it’s fabulous so I’ll try not to complain. I just hope you all forgive the lack of proper “Week in Reviews” around here.

Today, I’ll leave you with some happy nursery art. There will always be a special place in my heart for Dr. Seuss and I think this quote is fantastic for a nursery, dorm room, or corner office!

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Dream Big Little One

Our woodland nursery will feature a collage of art in various forms above the dresser. I’ve been having way too much fun collecting and crafting the pieces for it. Though I’d like to save most for the big reveal next month, for now I’ll share this one project for our collage wall.

Taking inspiration from Kristen Honeycutt’s adorable space she created for her two boys, Parker and Max (see all the pics here), I sat down to create my own log slice wall quote.

One log slice, Martha Stewart’s stick on stencils, a picture hanger, pencil, and Sharpie paint pen was all purchased at Michael’s for less than $30.

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The stencils came in both large and small fonts so I positioned those and lightly sketched some cursive for variety.

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There are a lot of different Sharpie paint pens but the ones that specifically say “good for wood” were perfect and didn’t bleed through the stencil at all.

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And remember to fasten a picture hanger with small thin nails as to not splinter the log slice.

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About $30 and 30 minutes was all it took to create some big inspiration for a tiny person!

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Woodland Nursery

Yes! It’s time for the long anticipated (at least for me) nursery design posts!

It’s not like I’ve needed this long to prepare… oh please! I’ve had my nursery design picked out since the biological clock started ticking. In fact, I think it’s absolutely hilarious when people tell us that we need to find out the sex of the baby so we’ll know what to paint the nursery. As if my color palette could ever include blue or pink. Bah! Those who know me know- if it ain’t a neutral, it ain’t going on my walls!

So now that I’ve offended all of you with your baby blue and pastel pink nurseries, let’s jump right into my ideas for our little peanut’s pad.

The theme (as you’ve probably concluded from the title of this post) is woodland and the color palette is whites, creams, grays, and tans. Everything really stemmed off of this IKEA crib and dresser that I’m in love with. It’s more of a grey-brown than it looks like in the photo below.

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And it happens to match this IKEA dresser that will give us tons of storage and serve as a changing station. Does anyone buy changing tables anymore?

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The last large piece of furniture will be this upholstered rocker with ottoman.

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In terms of the room itself, the bedroom on the second floor was in bad shape. Similar to the master bedroom, we’ve pulled up the shag carpet, pulled down the drop ceiling, and plastered a new ceiling with can lighting and a ceiling fan. Other than that, my hard-working Dad has been patching and sanding the walls to the point where he’s practically plastered new walls! We’ll be putting bead-board in the closet to freshen it up and on one small exterior wall, we’re doing something really special. I’ll leave you in suspense on that… but I can assure you no tacky murals!

The walls will be the same Benjamin Moore Soft Chamois color that we used in the master bathroom. And fresh white trim will frame the windows and doors and brighten the baseboards and crown molding.

Now for the real fun- accessories! Again, neutrals, neutrals, neutrals with lots of faux bois and rustic touches. Woodland creatures like foxes, owls, deer, and bunnies will be the real childlike touches along with the wooden toys and books that will surely fill the room over time! Here’s an idea of the woodland decor…

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Look, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a baby’s room that didn’t make me coo with motherly admiration. So no matter blue or pink, green or yellow, or decked out in the chicest of ivories, it’s the tenant that really steals the show. So yes little one, your mummy’s a design snob but she’s going to love you more than anything and can’t wait to show you your woodland nursery!

Week in Review | July 14-18

Pretty quiet on the blog front this week, eh? Sorry about that but I’ve been tackling a lot of new projects this week. There seems to be less and less time to read blogs or blog myself and with a baby on the way, time isn’t exactly going to free up anytime soon.

But I’m terribly proud of the things that are consuming my time at the moment. My job continues to challenge and excite me. I learn and grow and most importantly laugh every day at the office. On the home front, Jared and I are prepping for the little one- both in the house and in the classroom. MIT offers fantastic wellness classes for students and employees and we have a fabulously quirky Birthing Class instructor. I love her to pieces and we’ve only just met really! And my final time suck goes to a new volunteer position I’ve accepted. I’ll be sure to fill you in on that soon but in the meantime, just call me the Leslie Knope of Winthrop!

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Week in Review | July 7-11

Yay it’s Friday! I don’t know about you but I’m ready for a relaxing weekend. So let’s make this a quick WIR, shall we?

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  1. Dina of Honey & Fitz claims that there are “few things in this world that make me happier than driving or walking through a quaint New England seaside town.” I couldn’t agree more Dina, except I would add checking out a quaint New England home tour! And this Cohasset home stopped me in my tracks when I saw that fabulous salmon colored front door.
  2. Any blog post titled “An Ode to Toast” gets my attention. Oh She Glows made me drool over these four vegan combos.
  3. The Chic Table served up this ice cream pie perfect for these hot nights! Or any night in the life of a pregnant lady!
  4. I’m in love with this farmhouse country kitchen showcased on the Inspired Room. Especially the mint green door! Wow, it was a good week for doors, eh?

Bumpdate | 17 Weeks

Trust me, I’m on board with all the pregnancy wonderment these days. Bring on the silly preggo-lingo like “baby bump!” Sign me up for a babymoon. And I’ll take that push present please. But one thing you will not see from us is a gender reveal party. It’s not exciting enough that we’re having a baby but now we have to bake colored cakes and shove helium balloons in a box in order to celebrate genitalia? Come on people!

So without further ado, I’d like to unceremoniously announce that we will be welcoming a baby boy this December.

Although, many would argue that writing a blog about your pregnancy is equally as nauseating as those gender reveal parties. So sorry folks, just call me a Pinterest Parent! A Pinterest Parent of a little boy!

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HOW FAR ALONG: 17 weeks

BABY SIZE: Pomegranate

GENDER: Boy

WEIGHT GAIN: 9 lbs.

WHAT TO WEAR: A lot of Old Navy maternity or stretchy skirts and dresses. When I do Belly Button myself into some jeans, I’m never more happy than the moment they come off at night.

STRETCH MARKS: Nope

BELLY BUTTON: In

WEDDING RINGS: On

SLEEP: Bedtime is my favorite… like of all things… that ever existed… in the universe.

MOVEMENT: Definite flutters taking place! I can feel him clearly most mornings like tiny bubbles popping in my abdomen.

MISSING: It was pretty hard watching everyone have a cool glass of wine or a cold beer on the Fourth but who needs alcohol when you can have an H2O cocktail- shaken, not stirred.

CRAVINGS: My love affair with cheese continues. And lots of fruit.

SYMPTOMS: Headaches come often though trying to ward them off by staying hydrated.

HUSBAND: So excited about having a baby boy!

FAVORITE MOMENT THIS WEEK: Seeing the little one again yesterday but much bigger and now officially knowing he’s a he. I have a son!

Smell That?

That’s the smell of progress, my friend. And maybe a little tree pollen. Any one else feeling the allergies? Ick!

But back to the progress… even during Fourth of July week, we got ourselves a new fence! Gone is the nasty red, falling down back fence. It’s been replaced with a lovely fresh, white, and most importantly- sturdy fence!

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It now matches our fence on the right side of the yard and makes such an impact when you walk into our yard from the driveway (despite the big gaping pool pit).

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I especially love the view from inside the house looking out our french doors. It’s so much cleaner to see the white from our kitchen and sun porch. I excitedly anticipate that view getting better and better with every bit of progress we make on this yard!

Bumpdate | 15 Weeks

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HOW FAR ALONG: 15 weeks

BABY SIZE: Avocado

GENDER: Finding out next appointment!

WEIGHT GAIN: 6 lbs.

WHAT TO WEAR: Had to email my boss last week with a “Having my first holy-shit-none-of-my-clothes-fit moment. I’m going to be late.” Then promptly went big gal pregnancy clothes shopping the next day.

STRETCH MARKS: Nope

BELLY BUTTON: In

WEDDING RINGS: On

SLEEP: Totally thrown off after West Coast travel and not having a husband in the bed but getting back in the swing of nine o’clock bedtimes and weekend afternoon naps. Mmmmm, naps.

MOVEMENT: Midwife told me flutters could start any day now.

MISSING: My ability to dress myself without marveling at the size of my boobs. They’re getting National Geographic-style amazing.

CRAVINGS: Cheese still holds a very special place in my heart.

SYMPTOMS: Night and day compared to the first trimester. Happy to have relief from the nausea and vomiting but headaches are a bitch no matter how much water I pound. Finding myself extra clumsy these days too- probably due to my shifting center of gravity but it really does seem like walls and countertops are just coming out of nowhere!

HUSBAND: Spouting Italian at me and the mini. So great to have him back from his Italian adventure but I’d rather not have this kid pop out saying things like “ciao mama!” and kissing his fingertips after a satisfying breast feed.

FAVORITE MOMENT THIS WEEK: As much as I’m complaining about my clothes not fitting and my body dishing out a little one-two-punch to my ego, it really is the most exciting thing to watch our baby grow. The last ultrasound showed the baby’s growth two days ahead of schedule so I’m banking on the fact that this little one is an overachiever just like his parents. So grow, baby, grow! Mama can always rock a muumuu.