Have you ever had your life change in the blink of an eye? I have twice. The first time was the saddest moment of my life thus far and the second was the absolute happiest. Don’t worry or leave yet… this is the happy story. So as I sat on the toilet with an EPT in my hand, I could see JD’s eyes through the cracked bathroom door and then heard the saddest voice say, “is it negative?”
I had this super elaborate plan for how I was going to tell him but I figured I’d live in the moment, so I flung open the door and said “NO, it’s POSITIVE! We’re having a BABY!” Jer ripped the test out of my hand and immediately began reading the instructions and test success rates. Such a dude thing… huh? We then hugged each other, jumped up and down and took another test. Partially to double check and partially to relive such an amazing life moment. And all it took was a little pee and an EPT… ok, ok, we both know it took a little more than that to get us here but since we all know how that works, I’ll be vague.
Luckily, the next day was my annual appointment with my gynecologist so we didn’t have to wait long to triple confirm the results. Since I had already taken two tests, I felt pretty certain this was the real deal and was hoping my doc would just look up in there see a tiny little foot or something and say yep, you’re knocked up. Unfortunately, at this stage it was more like counting blood levels than toes but I was just as excited with the results…positively prego, with a due date of July 4th.
Ekkkkk… this is really happening. So what now? I have this little alien, lima bean, human growing inside me and I don’t really feel different, aside from being totally, utterly and completely exhausted. I guess I have to stop eating/drinking everything I love. Yeah, I’m being dramatic… and after my recent 8 days in Italy, this sister could use a little time out from the vino and cappuccinos. And I guess I’ll have to start getting fat… the idea of not counting calories sounds glorious, but knowing me, I’m going to be a freak about eating healthy the entire time.
So now I guess we wait for this little firecracker to grow some more. Here’s where we’re starting out:
No, that’s not a bump already. My doc nicely told me it was probably just bite size snickers bars. Thanks Captain obvious – it was like just Halloween… give a sister a break. And no clue about the other image from babycenter.com. Looks like a neon cheeseburger to me
As a disclaimer, I promise to still blog about DIY projects and not to become one of those super annoying moms. I just thought this would be an awesome opportunity to capture the next 8 months of my life, including the good, the bad with the fatty and sad. I say sad, because I already feel like an emotional roller coaster. Honestly, I recently cried at that Folgers coffee commercial I see every year… you know the one where she puts the bow on her brother and says “you’re my present this year”. Got me good…
So I’ve been super busy working on the next chapter of My Sweetnest. Lots of exciting news and changes coming in December and I can’t wait to share it with you. But holy smokes guys – it’s almost December. How is this possible? I’ve only bought two Christmas gifts so far and haven’t even decided what I’m getting everyone yet. I hate waiting until the last minute for several reasons, but mostly because I don’t get the opportunity to put thought into it – and I LOVE giving gifts. I know a lot of people say it, but I honestly get more joy out of giving gifts than receiving.
But with the weeks quickly slipping by, I forced myself to sit down and compile some gift ideas. Don’t worry, I’m not giving away any surprises here… or am I?
Move over Oprah, here are a few of my favorite gift ideas… with most under $30 bucks!
Monogrammed Collapsible Market Tote ($30 at Boutique Me): This is a great gift idea for any lady in your life. Perfect for carrying casserole dishes or for running into the grocery store for a few things.
Layered Turquoise Necklace ($29.99 at Shop Design Spark): Perfect for any fashionista in your life and for $30 bucks… a steal! Shout out to my sister for finding this awesome retailer through Pinterest. They have lots of bold jewelry at a great price… kind of a Stella & Dot look on a target budget. And who doesn’t love that?
Stella & Dot Initial Charms ($29+ at Stella & Dot): Speaking of Stella & Dot and my sister, this was my gift to my sister last year. I got her a “K” and blue gem charm for my niece’s initial and birthstone. Makes a great gift for any new mamas you know!
Luxury Plush Foot Duvets ($19 at Restoration Hardware): By far the most comfortable slippers I’ve ever put on my feet. I mean “foot duvet” really? How can that not be heaven! They come in a variety of colors – I have the red ones and slip these suckers on everyday when I get home. In fact, I have them on right now!
Window Nest Box ($24.95 at Gardener’s): Ok, Ok, this one is a little quirky, but come on.. who doesn’t have quirky people in their life? I know several people that would dig this!
L’Occitane en Provence Shea Butter Hand Cream & Lip Balm ($19 at L’Occitane): I was introduced to this brand during their recent Facebook campaign and got a free tube of hand cream that I LOVE! It’s clean smelling and light yet does an excellent job at moisturizing my hands.
Mary Kay TimeWise Miracle Set ($90 at Mary Kay): So I can’t talk about beauty products without talking about Mary Kay. My skin has done a 180 since using this miracle set and I’m never ever going back to another system. You know when you look in the mirror after consistently drinking a lot of water and think “man, my skin looks good”. Well this set does it for you. Jer surprised me last year with a twelve days of Christmas wreath – where 12 MK products (including some from this set) were individually wrapped on a wreath. It was so fun unwrapping one each day!
u-Control Toy Helicopter ($29.95 at Brookstone): Want to watch your husband turn into a 10 year old in the blink of an eye? This will do it. Jer LOVED this last year. This remote control helicopter is also pretty powerful, well.. unless you fly it to the top of the trees where it loses signal and then comes crashing down and you’ve broken your husband’s Christmas gift. It’s a really bad feeling – take it from me.
Cable Knit Throw ($99 at Pottery Barn): Although pretty pricey, who wouldn’t love this cozy cable knit throw. I especially like this one because you have the soft feeling of your favorite sweater on one side and plush faux sheepskin on the other. Holla-atcha-girl!
Recordable Storybooks ($29.95 at Hallmark): I love this as a gift for grandparents, great grandparents on even expecting parents. My personal favorite is “Love You Forever’”… image how special it will be for your children to hear once they are all grown up!
Well that does it folks… hope you enjoyed a few of my favorite holiday gift ideas! I’d love to hear your gift ideas, so please drop a few in the comments.
So weeks 2 & 3 and likely 4 (remember we’re weekend warriors!) is all about insulation. Aside from spackle, it’s the worst part of the job but it has to be done, because this room is burrrrrrr cold. It’s also pretty painful to be around – even when wearing the right protective gear. I mean doesn’t this picture alone, just make you itch?
We started with the ceiling insulation and used 10 rolls of R-30. I’m using “we” loosely, as JD did most of the heavy lifting for this part. I was the helper or “apprentice” as I like to say, because I’m not crawling around on ceiling joists. aint-gonna-happen.
Then we moved on to the walls, which we’re still working on. We think it’s going to take about 13 rolls of R-13 to finish this sucker.
So I was actually really surprised how easy putting up the wall insulation was. We simply rolled it out, cut it to the height of the wall, and then stapled it in place…. Botta-bing, Botta-boom.
So I thought it would be helpful to start tracking our budget for this reno on here. I’m not a good receipt saver – but have luckily saved all 2 Lowes receipts for his project so far. Here’s where we’re at:
- 12, 2X4X96” Boards = $34.68
- 16 sheets of 1/2 inch drywall = $111.68
- 1 big box drywall screws = $21.97
- 13 bags of R-13 Faced Insulation = $116.35
- 10 bags of R-30 Insulation = $91.00
- Quality time spent in a dusty, cold room with my hottie of a hubby = Priceless! (haha, sorry… had to do it guys)
Total Spent to Date = $375.68
I promise there are much more exciting posts to come on the Bonus Room Reno! I know, I know… what’s more exciting than insulation?
So I have to admit that I’m a Pinterest junkie. At least once a day I check out the “Home Decor” and of course the “DIY & Crafts” pins and occasionally wherever the cute baby animals pics live (am I a loser for starting an “Awww” board? ummm that would be a yes!) But as inspired as I am by the insanely unique and talented DIYers out there, I rarely pin stuff… I’m just much more of a re-pinner (is this a word yet?) So when I saw Sherry and Katie’s Pinterest Challenge post over at Young House Love and Bower Power this week, I immediately felt inspired (and challenged!) to start pinning the crap out of some stuff – including projects from yours truly. But since the Bonus Room Renovation sucked up my weekend (ask me how much I hate hanging insulation… I’m still itchy!) and the fact that I have to work on workdays, I was only able to squeeze in one project… but it happens to be something that I learned from Pinterest!
So for years, I’ve wanted to make a frame gallery. I know it’s one of those things that grows with time, but I just had no idea where or how to start it. That is my friends, until I saw this little pin on Pinterest with the caption “A tried and true method”. Perhaps this is something lots of peeps know, but not this gal. So when I saw the paper cutouts arranged on the wall with painters tape, a total light bulb went off. I had a similar reaction the first time someone told me the lyrics/title to one of my favorite Rolling Stones songs was actually “Beast of Burden”… for years I’ve been singing “I wanna be your big suburban…” Makes muuuuuuch more sense, right?
Another reason I put off hanging a frame gallery was due to the fact that I couldn’t find the “right” frames. So when I saw this 10 piece frame set at Target for $24 bucks, I was sold. I do wish it came with 11×14 frames, but the Dining Room didn’t mind loaning us theirs, especially since it has been rockin’ a hot new coat of grey paint.
So without further ado, here’s how I did it…
I started by arranging the frames on the floor. I must of made 30 different possible designs but landed on this one as I really like the balance of the two 11X14′s.
I then traced the frames on paper. I bought a roll of shipping paper from target for $3, which I totally plan to wrap Christmas presents with too. Just image the fun, funky bow colors you could add to it!!!
Since the wall perpendicular to my frame galley also has wall art, I measured its distance from the ceiling to get a good measurement for the height. I know you’re suppose to hang pictures eye level, but since JD and I are giants, this is our eye level.
After hanging all of the cutouts up for the blueprint, I was ready to hammer in some nails! Once the nails were in, I then just removed the paper and hung the frames.
Looks itty bitty here, but it’s actually a pretty nice size! I think it adds a modern feel to our super traditional living room. We <3 reclining sofas though, and not because they look good, but because they are soooooo comfy…so traditional it is
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