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Aug 15, 2014

Emma’s girlie nursery

There is just something about a girl’s room. I had so much fun decorating and organizing Dylan’s Nautical Nursery, but decorating with the color pink hasn’t really been an option since my college days, so even the thought of wall to wall blush and bashful (name the movie!?) was enough to get me giddy.

I did have to fight the urge to paint though. Just a few years ago, I painted this once guest room Stonington Grey and have always loved how soothing it is. And that’s really what I’m after… a soothing, cozy little room where I can someday soon convince her sweet little self to snooze for 11 hours straight. Dylan has hooked a mama up with his sleeping skills, so here’s to hoping we get as lucky.

OK… back to the room. Well without further ado, here she is! I’ll take you on a little tour around the room:

Pink and Grey Nursery

Although I’m so very happy with how it all came together, I’m just giddy over her curtains. They are far far far from perfect… but they are just what I wanted for this room. After hours of hunting for the perfect pink panels, I decided to just DIY them using my trusty panel tutorial and this beautiful fabric from

Pink and Grey Nursery Crib

I had my heart set on this Pali crib and dresser set, but Jer convinced me the price tag was just too steep and found this Bonavita set instead. I got both pieces from Amazon and 2 days later (woot, woot, proud Prime member in the house) the dresser came fully assembled and the crib in many different parts that Jer tackled like a champ.

Pink and Grey Nursery Bookshelf

Man I wish I could take credit for these amazing canvases on and above Emma’s bookshelf… but I can’t. They were a gift from one of my bestest friends, Katie! Thanks boo, you are so very talented and I absolutely adore them!

Pink and Grey Nursery

Oh and also on her bookshelf… did anyone grow up collecting these birthday dolls like my sister and I did? I completely forgot about these until my sister recently gave me this one for Emma at my shower. So excited to watch Emma collect these!

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So for the glider, I fully intended on snatching the one we got for Dylan two years ago  – it’s so comfortable and he and I have spent so many nights just a snoozin’ in it. But… I just couldn’t. He still loves it and even though it’s getting fewer and fewer rocks from us these days, we still read a few books in it every night… and well… it’s his. I’m about to rock his word with a new addition to our family, so decided it was best to just keep things as normal as I possibly can for him.

To solve the problem, I found this glider at Target and have already put some miles on it. Might just be bloggin’ away in it right now Smile

Pink and Grey Nursery

Last but not least is the changing table/dresser. You know I’ve got some organization posts in the works to show you inside…

Pink and Grey Nursery

Same for the closet…

Pink and Grey Nursery

And that’s a wrap y’all! 7 more weeks and we get to bring a sweet little baby girl home to this room. I seriously can’t wait… and that’s just not the heartburn or kankles talking. God has blessed me with the most amazing little boy and I’m just so unbelievably excited that He is blessing us again.. and this time with a little girl. ekkkk!



Aug 2, 2014

Back with 10

So I blinked and 30 weeks went by. 30 weeks since I blogged, painted my toes, sat in a quiet room, drank a glass a wine, and napped. Rest in peace sweet, sweet naps. If a full time job and a 2 year old don’t keep you busy, then add on growing a human and you’ll find yourself in my fuzzy, tired, ungroomed, and unorganized haze. All selfish complaining aside (thank you, that was needed and a  little fun), we are beyond thrilled about our new addition. We always knew we wanted our kiddos to be close in age and think 27 months is going to be a pretty cool combo. I realize life will get even more crazy town but I’m going to ride this idyllic gravy train until it stops in the town of you-have-two-kids-under-three-and-work-full-time.

And since I haven’t had time to blog about everything on my mind, here’s the top 10 list of the latest and greatest:

1. We’re preggers with Baby #2!

Around December I just started jonesing for another baby. I was starting to look back at Dylan’s baby pictures, taking an extra second scrolling through the 10,000 baby pictures that fill up my Babybook .. I mean Facebook newsfeed, and when I started saying “awww” while flipping through the PB Kids catalog, I just knew it was time. I truly believe this was God putting this in my heart because I just had an unexplainable feeling that we were ready. One month later, I was positive we were pregnant. I took 2 early pregnancy tests – both negative – but just didn’t believe them. One week later, I took another and there were those beautiful two pink lines.

Oh don’t mind the bed head, mis-matching pjs, and the fact that my kid is holding a stick that I peed on. Pretty sure I cleaned it first…


2. It’s a GIRL!!!!!!

And she’ll be here on (hopefully before) October 7th! To tell Dylan about his baby sister we brought home pink balloons. He had no clue what was going on but boy does he loves a balloon.


3. Growing a girl is painful.

This pregnancy has been 110% different. Aside from just showing sooner, I actually hurt this time. My feet decided to suddenly grow half an inch and I think started to flatten a bit. I self diagnosed myself with planter fasciitis (before I even knew how to pronounce it). Now that I’m rounding out my third trimester, I’m just more achy and have already started the wobble wobble walk. Perhaps it has something to do with chasing a two year old around while also growing a human…?

4. Capitan obvious here, but I get to decorate a girl nursery.

Since we were trying to sell our house this year, I haven’t been able to spend a ton of time decorating, but I have done a ton of planning. Lots of blog posts to follow about her room Smile

5. And buy pink stuff… lots and lots of pink stuff. And dresses… ekk.

6. Deciding on a girl name is hard.

It’s even harder when you have a dream that she has already picked out her name and doesn’t like the one you’re actually considering. On the forreals, I had a dream during early early pregnancy that she wanted her name to be Sarah. I like the name Sarah but I love the name Emma.

7. We finally finished our playroom!

This room has been such a blessing. I let Dylan go buck wild in this room and clean it up once a few times a week. It definitely still needs some TLC but it’s lower on the list these days.


8. We’re building a house…well kind of. As soon as we can sell our house, and buy land, and agree on a house plan… well then we’ll build a house.

I’m a sucker for a craftsman house and I’m so loving this one right now!


Downstairs  Upstairs

9. Dylan is out of this world cool. I think I always say his current age is my favorite but on the for reals, 20-24 months is my favvvvvorite.

We just recently celebrated the big 2!


10. And Jer and I also just recently celebrated our 5 year anniversary!

I have no clue where five years went but it’s been the greatest years of my life.

More baby girl stuff to follow very soon!!!



Dec 4, 2013

Stain or Paint?

I need your advice. I know a lot of you that follow my little slice of the internet are some hard working mama and DIY bloggers yourself so I’m hoping you can help me crack this nut: Should I refinish this adorable toddler table or paint it?

DIY Toddler Table and Chair

I recently found this gem tucked away in the back of my mom’s attic. It’s real wood, the table is in decent condition – the chair is in excellent. But most importantly, it was my mama’s y’all. A little table that she use to sit at and read and color is now being used by my little guy. So that’s why I’m so torn.

As you can see it definitely needs some sanding work… but nothing an orbital sander and fine grit sandpaper couldn’t handle. And although honey colored stain has a time and a place, this aint it. So if I stained, I would take it up to a much darker finish.

DIY Toddler Table

My biggest fear in painting it, is that Dylan will color or smear the massive amount of dirt that little boys seem to produce all over it and would constantly just look…. well… funky. I’ve explored a few chalkboard paint options but clearly white or a soft blue are out.

DIY Toddler Table and Chair

So whatcha think? Should I take the time to sand and refinish this bad boy or paint it? Dylan can’t wait to know what you think! Smile 




Nov 27, 2013

Playing it by ear

So I promise you guys I have some awesome organization and DIY project in the works. They are just coming along very slowly these days as Dylan has been one sick kiddo with back to back to back…. to back… ear infections.

However…I’m happy to report that “Operation Tubes” is now officially complete! I’ve learned quickly that being a parent comes with a lot of hard and just sucky decisions. Deciding that my precious little boy should have holes cut in his ear, when he couldn’t even tell me how bad the pain was or wasn’t, is a hard freaking decision. But that said, I’m now 100% confident in our decision to get the tubes and thought I would share our experience in case anyone else is wrestling with this… or has been there, done that, got the t-shirt.

So after 5 doses of antibiotics + the associated bouts of diaper rash, and 3 painful Rocephin shots we reached our breaking point with these dang ear infections. It was seriously as if every time Dylan got a new tooth or a little cold, he was tugging at those ears and spiking crazy high fevers. Jer and I did a good amount of research on our options prior to picking the tubes route and although I can’t intelligently relay all of that information to you guys (honestly because I’m not sure I understand it all), I quickly learned how common the tubes procedure is. One parent we met in the waiting room of our Doc’s office even said.. “all the cool kids are doing it these days…”

Unfortunately before getting to tubes, it also sounds like most of these cool kids are giving antibiotics a fair chance. Lord knows that we certainly did – Augmentin, Amoxicillin, one that started with a C that caused a rusty colored poop, and then what my pediatrician called in his “big gun” – 3 shots of Rocephin. It was at the moment the doctor said he was bringing out the most powerful thing he could that I realized that we definitely needed to chat with an ENT.

So after meeting with the ENT – which Dylan as you can see below really enjoyed Winking smile, the tubes option just became the clear solution. Dylan had multiple ear infections, oral antibiotics were starting not to work, and we were entering cold and flu season. On top of that the ENT doctor we met with was fantastic – he explained the procedure step by step, showed me an actual “tube” – which looks more like a grommet than a tube – and explained how this would eliminate the fluid that was constantly building up in his little baby ears.


The actual procedure was absolutely seamless. I was so extremely impressed with how organized, friendly and educational our ENT and the Virginia Eye Institute (where the procedure was done) was. We got there at 7:15, filled out a few papers, had his vital taken, watched a little Finding Nemo, and then finally it was time for him to go into the operating room … w.i.t.h. o.u.t. me. Aside from making the actual decision, strangers taking my little boy away from me was the hardest part. Jer had to coach me a little on this as I wanted to curl up in a ball and cry my eyes out the second they took him from my arms. So instead, I gave him a big kiss and happily said “Have fun sweetie!” Ok… poor word choice, I know.

Dylan kept his cool the entire time and seemed to really dig our three matching hospital bracelets.


Seriously 10 minutes after he went back (yes, without me!), a nurse reopened the door to tell me he was ready for us. He was very very upset when I got to him and even after we got him settled in the car. But after about 20 minutes and a little juice and cheerios, he was content and fast asleep in the back of my mom mobile.

Then we got home.. ate doughnuts… and played. I’m a firm believer in doughnuts as a post-operative pick me up or even for a bad day. But in all seriousness just a few hours after the procedure, he was 100% back to normal and talking/making noises more than ever. Although a hard one to make, getting tubes was a good decision for us.




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