7.26.2016

Shanty Shelves!

I wanted to share a few fun details from the nursery! It's slowly coming along!! We pretty much have all the things we need at this point but are still working on relocating all the storage items we had been keeping in that closet and we still have a bed in that room for guests until she is full time sleeping in her room. But I love sharing our DIY projects on here and it just occurred to me that we did this project like a month ago and I never shared it! 

To any of my fellow readers who love HGTV, DIY Network you all may follow Shanty 2 Chic? They have had a couple pilots aired on those channels named "Open Concept"....But their actual blog and social media accounts are Shanty 2 Chic which I've been following for years. I love their work and style but yet had never actually used their plans for any of my own projects. So as I got to thinking about what I wanted on the walls in this little chicks room I knew I wanted shelves. First thing I thought is floating shelves are honestly quite expensive if you buy nice ones and secondly they usually aren't the sturdiest when they are only just hung with two anchors and screws. So I presented the idea of building them to Tom, who LOVED the idea. (he likes a good project just as much as me ;-) So I knew just the place to go. So we used Shanty 2 Chic's free plans (they have multiple for different sizes if you just search around on their site)

So off to Home Depot we went that very day!



Tom got the lumber cut and built up onto the wall within an hour I'd say! It was a super fast project!
Then we got them all stained the next day.


And of course then the fun part came...shopping for accessories and items to organize and style the shelves! 





Right now the bed we still have in there is currently under these shelves but when we get rid of the bed we plan to get a little cubby style shelf or some sort of great little cabinet situation to go underneath for toys, books, and more necessities down the road. 

It is all coming together nicely. We are 30 weeks with this little lady so we could be as little as just 7 weeks away from meeting her if she decides to be an early bird like her sister was! Just for fun here is a crib photo that I don't think I've shared on here yet (I did on my Instagram though ;-) I still need a crib skirt and a mattress pad under that sheet but between me and Janae we just couldn't wait to pop a cutie sheet on there and see how cute it will be!


Now just imagine a sweet little newborn laying in there! <squeals!>




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7.20.2016

Lately...

We have been crazy busy with all good things this last month. Tons of fun plans with family and friends. It's been such a blast. 


Father's Day weekend! Tom got a big bass. We have loved fishing this year. 


Just some everyday life...



I've hit the point of having a hard time doing my toes so I decided to take Janae for her FIRST pedicure! We had such a good time together. She seriously thought it was the most fabulous thing of her life. I loved seeing how special she thought it was! 


It was SO HOT the weekend of our community's Freedom Festival but we set up a big tent with one of our neighbors and toughed it out for the parade with the kids little buddies. 



Janae has been asking to try gymnastics for over a year and I finally caved this summer. With dance classes on hold until school year and the availabilty to take daytime classes to keep our nights open I decided to let her give it a shot through the summer. We are only letting her do one activity through the school year though. She is signed up for dance through the year for now and will be done with gymnastics after August.  But she has loved it and it has been fun to watch her try out what used to be my sport!



With Jay turning 3 now and also the fact that we have another little lady on her way we have been really trying to make sure Jay has plenty of boy attention and outlets for his interests. He will be middle child but since he is the only boy we are trying to really make his interests a priority. We let him try his first sport this month with a "bitty ball" t-ball clinic with the YMCA. He has really been enjoying it. He doesn't love wearing the mitt or catching but he loves throwing, running, and batting. This next week is his last week and I hope to take some action shots now that he kinda knows what he is doing ;-)


Splash pad with some friends. The three tallest are all within 3 months of each other in age. Us Mama's were all pregnant at the same time and worked at the salon together! We all stay home now and its been so fun to have this little crew to play with over the years. (we are missing one more boy from the original crew plus his two younger siblings and mom from this group on that day who lives a little further away now) 


We have really enjoyed swimming in the evenings this year. Our weekends have been very busy so we haven't been making it there on the weekends as much this year. But at night, I love that the crowd has died down so we can actually just relax and have fun as a family and it's also not sooooo bloody hot the evenings. 



Tom had a long 4th of July weekend which was perfect since it was Jays birthday weekend. #1 on the list was Childrens Museum because they had their hot wheels exhibit. Jay was in heaven. Janae lasted for about 15 min in that part then she and I moved on to the Pirate & Princesses exhibit which was also so cool. The Children's Museum isn't really one of my favorite places to go actually but that particular day all the attractions were right on point for our kids interests and we had a really enjoyable time. 



So this pistol turned 3! Say what?? How is this even possible? For his actual birthday we did cake for breakfast because thats our tradition...and since the booger couldn't decide on a theme for his day we just did a little of everything he loves! Spiderman, Colts, construction, Hot wheels, Monster Trucks....He literally milked his birthday for a solid week. Such a stinker!



There are FOUR summer birthdays on my side of the family and since they are all boys we do a big joint party for them. They love it. This year was a sports theme. It was such a good time. 





We are SO LUCKY that we can watch all the fireworks that Conner Prairie does from our house. (and if you aren't familiar its a huge show for multiple nights around the 4th...we can also hear the concerts from our house too which is fun on Saturday nights!) But on the actual 4th we went to this big field behind our house with tons of the neighbors and watched the big show and then did our own! The kids were up way too late every night that weekend with fireworks and shenanigans but it was so fun and its only one time a year that you get to have all that fun for nights on end. For all the Mama's who freak about fireworks, I get it...I really do...I mean I brought Jay home from the hospital on July 4th the year he was born!! ... but ultimately I have learned that if you can't beat 'em, join 'em!! So we do just that each year! 


We got to spend almost a whole week back home since Tom had some out of town work that was driving distance to our hometown so we just packed up and went along. We love going home for some quiet country living. 


We got out of the house a couple times between my parents and his to go on some dates. I had to document it, of course. Tom's not a fan of selfies. lol


The kids love the mini donks my parents have. Jay and Janae go to check on Lolly everyday.


We spent a day at Tom's parents, who live just minutes from mine, swimming in their lake. They had it re-dug this year and expanded so they added a big dock to one side and beach area to another. The kids LOVED this trampoline slide combo thing they had right in the middle of the lake.  It was sweltering hot that day so it was PERFECT. 



Janae and her bff cousin had a lemonade stand at big family gathering my parents hosted last weekend. It was a huge hit! They LOVED it. 

So now we are onto finishing July and this summer strong as August really marks new beginnings for us.  The countdown to school buses and backpacks is on... just days into August and then following with official baby countdown through September. I had both my babies from 1-3 weeks early so your guess is as good as mine when the grand arrival will be. 

The reality of it all is setting in for me. I can't believe Janae is "leaving me" but I know its time. We ordered her lunchbox to match her backpack the other day and have been gathering some new school clothes here and there. Hoping to make a school shopping date yet with her and then we are all set. Jay Jay is gonna get some major mommy cuddles and one on one over the next two months before he becomes a big brother. We have some special things like a monster truck show at state fair planned for him, too, coming up.  

Hope y'all have been having a great summer....and heres to a great ending!

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7.12.2016

Chicken Picked

Oh la la! I LOVE these posts!! I love curating collections of the things I'm currently loving! Today's is all over the place...in keeping with typical me and this blog! lol I'm going to talk about all the things today. We need to discuss statement tee's, online shopping, people you should be stalking on social media, some things you need to own, good reads, & your Starbucks order! I've basically got your entire life covered today. You will close this post with no more questions in life. Ok, I'm getting a little arrogant...I mean these things are pretty fabulous though.... (ALL LINKS ARE AT THE BOTTOM)


Mom Essentials

Starting in top left is the logo for EVEREVE which is a locally owned store. If you aren't local you can shop online but if you are local you can find it at Clay Terrace or Hamilton Town Center. I kind of stumbled in there a couple months back for the first time and then ended up spending WAY TOO MUCH money (and I think I've even been back twice since then for a couple items)....but its such a great store you guys. Its specifically geared towards Moms. Some items are kind of pricey and higher end (like jeans and jackets) but there is a lot that is completely affordable too. It's filled with comfy practical pieces that are 100% on trend. While they market towards young mothers I really think anyone who is probably college age to my own mother's age would love this store. You gotta check it out, ladies!

Ok so you all know I'm like stupid obsessed with my kate spade stud earrings but since my hair is getting longer I felt like trying something more dangly and fun. I've been eyeing Nickel and Suede for a while since I have follow the owner's blog for years now. She and her husband own this brand and make these leather earrings. I just got them and LOVE them. They are light weight and so soft since they are leather. They do come in 3 sizes so if you don't want super giant ones you can order the smaller size. But I like to go big or go home so I grabbed both those colors shown in big sizes ;-)


This FREE printable (link at bottom) caught my eye on Pinterest a few weeks back so I printed it for our playroom. I thought it was so perfect! Our playroom is usually a mess...but that just means there were some kids hard at work in there which brings me "happimess". 

I also saw a random pin by someone else for this book Grace Based Parenting and again, it sort of just stuck with me so I ended up ordering it. I'm about 1/3 through the book but so far I'm really loving it. I wouldn't say that I love self help or this type of genre of books but over the last few years I have found so much encouragment and positivity from these types of reads. So much of the world around us clouds my mind sometimes and I have really enjoyed quiet time to read books like this to refocus and re-energize. If this is your sort of thing, I don't think you will be disappointed in it!

There isn't much I love more than a good statement tee. I had my eye on this "Mom so Hard" one for a while and finally bought it! I love a shirt that makes me giggle. I especially love humorous Mom shirts.

So I just randomly picked up this tinted Pixi Shea butter chap stick at Target and Im obsessed. I love the color and its soooo moisturizing. Ive been meaning to go buy it in another color too! Total winner!

I know I've mentioned this before too, but I could drink a Peach Green Tea Lemonade every day of my life in the summer from Starbucks. I mean, I don't, but I could. And I'm not even a Starbucks lover. I usually treat myself once or twice a week though when this seasonal drink is avail! Even Janae loves it and usually chooses it over a cake pop ;-)

Ok. The back pain and lower belly muscle pain I've been having with this pregnancy is LEGIT. Like WOAH. I did NOT EVER have this type of pain with my other two. Doc says it sounds sort of like hormones affecting my muscles and also that my uterus is low and with my third child my body basically hates me. lol Anyway, I decided to try this Blanqi under bust support tank that I had heard about even back when I had Jay. It really has been nice. I have only been wearing on the days that hurt really bad and when I plan to do a lot of walking. But I do really think it helps and provides nice support. Does it eliminate all the pain? No...of course not. It the same as an ankle brace. It doesn't take away pain but it helps support everything around it so that extra weight isn't just hanging down on the already screaming muscles. So for any pregnant Mamas out there I'm giving this one two thumbs up if you need some extra support! 

So the bottom cluster of t-shirts/printable is all connected. The gal in the photo is Colleen Stine. She has an INCREDIBLE story that I've been following since the day her sister was tragically killed through domestic violence. To give you some brief background her sister's mentally ill husband took her and his own life a couple years ago....leaving not only unimaginable grief, but, two little boys for Colleen to take in and raise as her own. She actually belongs to my very church in my community and her sister was a teacher at my church's grade school. Though, I've never had the chance to meet her in person I have been following her journey through Facebook, Instagram, and now just a huge follower and supporter of her business. I actually can't believe I have never shared about her before. I really admire her, her family, and what she is doing with her life when the unthinkable happened. I seriously encourage you to look her up on social medias and check out her business Mama Said Tees. She is a bright light in this world. Her IG link and Mama Said link are at the bottom of the post!

My final thing I just have to share is Poshmark which I don't have on my collage at the top! 
Have you all seen the ads before and not really thought about what it is? I had seen it a million times on Facebook ads and such but never looked into it. So I had really wanted a Kate Spade diaper bag but um...hello...they are like 400 dollars. So for a while I actually had myself convinced that I was going to splurge in celebration of my last pregnancy but then I talked myself out of it like a smart person. But I'm not going to pretend like I still didn't want it SO BAD...the other week all the sudden I was like..WAIT! I should google and see if I can find a used one. I'm so not above that. Especially knowing that it would only get used for one baby! Tons of results popped up for various sites but I clicked on Poshmarks because it was the top result and found hundreds of results. Total jackpot!! Some were still priced pretty high but I was finding a LOT in the hundred dollar range so I just scrolled through until I found the print I wanted. It was listed at $150 but still feeling like a cheapo I decided it couldn't hurt to actually just place a little bid instead of just buying outright. So I threw out 115 to her and she accepted! You guys...I'm beaming about this victory! hahahahah It made me more happy than I think it probably should have but I don't even care. lolol Anyway, thats my big "find" that I HAD to give myself one last pat on the back about. (seriously, I know...I need to get over it already) So if you like a good deal on designer and higher end goodies I think you should check this site out!

ahhhhh its so pretty, right?? I heart it!

So thats what I've got for ya today. Hope you find a new favorite from my favorites right now!!





MAMA SAID
mama-said-tees.myshopify.com



Earrings
nickelandsuede.com


Earrings
nickelandsuede.com


Grace Based Parenting
familymatters.net


PDF MST PRINT COLLECTION Printables
mama-said-tees.myshopify.com


Evereve
thevillageatmeridian.com


My Happimess.
lostbumblebee.blogspot.ca


Friday Five Summer Drinks
pressonandrun.blogspot.com


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