We’ve been BOO-ed!

Hey there!  Long time no chat!  I’m trying out something new for the blog so check it out in the video below:

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Friday Five: Maternity Must Haves

Welcome to my new series!  Friday Five will include 5 items each week that I want to share with you.  If you’ve been following along you know my life pretty much is revolving around my little one who is only 9 weeks old, so this week I will share some crucial items that helped me survive the months leading up to her arrival.  I promise the posts won’t all be about baby!

I have to admit I had a relatively easy pregnancy.    Now, delivery is another story.  Below are a few items that really made a difference in being able to enjoy the journey instead of being frustrated by the typical ailments that most moms to be experience.

  1.  Taco Bell Bean and Cheese Burritos:  No joke, I practically lived off these in the first few months!
  2. Boppy Pregnancy Wedge:  In the last trimester I was super uncomfortable and had a really hard time sleeping.  This wedge made a huge difference after trying a few other pregnancy pillows.
  3. Hydro Flask 40 oz:  One thing my midwife always asked about was my water intake.  I have never been a big water drinker in general so I had a daily goal of 2 40 oz. bottles.  When I didn’t hit that goal, I could feel the difference in my energy and joint pain.
  4. Coconut Oil:  as my skin was stretching to make room for my large child (born over 9lb) it was ITCHY!  It was itchy deep down and no amount of scratching could ease the sensation.  Coconut oil was the ONLY thing that even curbed the itchiness.  Now that I am nursing and went from a B cup to a D cup it’s also the only thing that eases the itchiness there as well.
  5. Old Navy Maternity Jersey Leggings:  I have never been a ‘leggings outside of the house/gym” type person.  Just like I never wore pajamas to school unless it was PJ day specifically.  Pregnancy changed all that.  I did not want to spend a lot on leggings and when I found these I pretty much lived in them when I wasn’t at work.  They are lightweight yet thick enough that nothing showed through.  They are under the belly, which was essential with my itchy tummy.  I love them!  They actually inspired me to buy a pair of Lu La Roe leggings which can be seen EVERYWHERE right now.

What were your must have items while pregnant?!

What other things would you like to see in this weekly series?  Make sure to comment below!

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DIY: Bow Frame

I am back!  Little Audrey was born on 6/1 and we have been enjoying life with an infant ever since!  It has been a crazy ride but she is great and we are super excited to watch her grow into a little person.  They say you forget what life was like before kids, and as cliche as that saying is, it’s been so true for us.  Maybe it’s just the sleep deprivation because I can’t remember much of 3 days ago either.  For my first post back, I thought I’d share an item from her room:

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Photo by Roza Melendez Photography (rozamelendezphotography.com)

As soon as I found out we were having a girl I wanted to go out an buy bows and headbands in every color under the sun.  So of course, we got some as gifts and I went at got a (large) handful and needed somewhere to store them.  I checked out good ole’ Etsy and was surprised by the cost of these frames.  On average they were about $40 a piece.  Don’t get me wrong, I love supporting local and small shops.  I understand and appreciate cost of supplies, cost of time, and that these shops are not in business to give away their work for free.  However, in this case I was feeling creative and wanted to give it a shot.

Supplies:

  1.  Frame.  I found one similar to this at Hobby Lobby.  They always have items on sale or a great coupon available.  I found mine for $15 in white.
  2. Ribbon.
  3. Glue Gun
  4. Tea Cup hooks 
  5. Paint
  6. Drill with wood drill bit a size smaller than your hooks

Steps:

  1. Remove the glass and backing of the frame and paint your frame in chosen color. I used Behr Ultra in Guava Jelly. I got the sample size for about $5 from Home Depot
  2. After measuring the ribbon, I used the glue gun to attach the ribbon to the lip on the back of the frame where the glass would typically rest.
  3. Using the drill, place holes evenly spaced in the bottom of your frame. You want to  drill the holes first so you don’t split the wood when twisting in the hooks.  (Phil did this for me)
  4. Attach bows and hang headbands!

Easy 😜

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