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The Nursery Project

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Home, Parenthood

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When we found out we were having a new addition to the family, we were immediately overjoyed.  Couldn’t wait to find out what we were having and imagined how differently our life would be, for the better, with two little ones running around.  Pretty quickly after that my mind was filled with home designer dilemnas because we needed to make a new room for this little one.  Raul and I each have an office, mine in the loft with no doors, his with an actual door and all.  Addison has her own room and then there is the guest room that houses the only other TV we own.

We already knew the guest room was the one that would get all the changes but it is a small room, 10′x10′, and already has a queen size bed.  From my newborn baby days with Addy, the bed was a godsend.  I could just go in there, all times of the night and nurse, watch TV and pass out.  I think the bed will stay because downsizing will just be a disaster.  I can quickly see both of us toppling out in the middle of the night, not cute.  That leaves little space for more nursery furniture so I’m thinking we should focus on finding portable or compact options like a rolling crib on tall legs.  Or a changing table/dresser on tall legs (a little something I learned from Nate Berkus).

I’m in my second trimester (19 weeks) so we need to figure this out and soon.  We installed an IKEA cloud light already with a dimmer, just like Addy’s. Lord knows how much longer I’ll have the energy to design this little room.

Party, yay!

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Home, Life

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The month of May was long but it flew by for me.  We had a lot going on and the main event that I was hustling with was planning and prepping for baby girl’s 2nd birthday.  I’m getting verklempt.  I was struggling of what to do for her party and once I settled on the butterfly theme, it all came together.  Amazon was perfect for finding all of the decorations and favors.  We are re-using the Happy Birthday signage I made last year for each birthday party.

I don’t even know why I put a time frame on party invitations because I just want everyone to stay forever.  Instead of 2 hours, it quickly turned to 4 but I don’t know about you and your friends but it is getting harder and harder to plan out time with friends over here.  Everyone is so busy with work and family that it is hard to find dates that work for everyone so when I can gather them all, it’s on!

Our munchkin had the best time and was a social butterfly galore.  How fitting. :)

Dye It Yourself.

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Home, Life, Photography

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When I dreamed about being a mom, one of the things I couldn’t wait to do with my little one was to dye Easter eggs.  It has been forever for me and was brand new to my Babycakes.  I used the crayon that came with the PAAS pack and drew little designs.  The yellow dye didn’t show up at all so I switched that one out for a blue dye.

Baby girl had three Easter egg hunts in all this past week and by the third one she was a pro.  ”Hmmm, let me see”, she would say while she stroked her little chin.  Then when she spotted one she said, “There it is!”, picked it up, shook it and wanted to open it right then and there.

Such a good little treasure hunter.

 

To Dos.

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Home, Out and About

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Spring is here!  I want to do nothing but pick flowers and twirl around all day to celebrate.  We have been in our house for about four years now I think and we have come a long way with making our house ours.  We have some remaining To Dos that I keep my eyes peeled for whenever we go to Home Goods, vintage stores, etc.  The other bits, cleaning/organizing the basement and garage, I want to tackle by handling two boxes at a time until it is all done.  With us, I am the one with more “stuff” to sort.  What’s on your home to do list this spring/summer?

Tomorrow my mom and I are going to the art museum and I cannot wait.  There is an exhibit called Modern Masters: 20th Century Icons from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.  There will be works from Kahlo, Picasso, Dali, Pollock, etc.  Yes!

I need to head out now, have a great day!

Juice Crazy.

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Home, Process, Recipes

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I’ve been bitten by the juice bug again and have been enjoying every drop.  Instead of my usual green lemonade recipe, this time I used the following:

  • 1 blood orange
  • half of a lemon (peeled since the lemon wasn’t organic)
  • a bit of ginger
  • 2 fuji apples (cored)
  • 3-4 peeled carrots

Delish!  If you have any juicer recipes you love, please share.  We have been planning out our meals every week and now we don’t throw out food as much.  Little changes here and there are making quite the difference.

In sketching news, I haven’t had a chance to work on my “Do What You Love. Love What You Do” print.  I do want to get back to it though, soon.  In the meantime I have been painting and took a trip to the art store with my little Babycakes.  They opened up three Trader Joe’s here, finally, so after checking out one and going shopping (love their frozen meatballs), we went to Meiningers.

My friend Tracy suggested soft press watercolor paper a long time ago so I picked that up (Fabriano), some Princeton and DaVinci watercolor brushes, a portable pop up water cup and some lead refills (HB for sketching and 4H for drawing on watercolor paper).  Not too bad of a budget buster, I can get so lost in art stores.  They are my happy place.

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