Archive for the ‘baby + child’ Category

Grey Baby Gift Basket

Monday, August 8th, 2016

When both my sisters announced they were pregnant last fall I had a feeling that they were both having boys.

And boy was I right!!!!

This was the first and probably the last time both Helen and Emily were pregnant at the same time, so I thought it’d be fun to get them matching gifts and throw them a double shower.

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Now that I’ve had my own babies I totally gift differently than I did before, I gift not only what I love, but what I found useful. In this case it was a cozy sweater with ears (my favorite go-to for my girlies), a soft blanket that also doubles as a quick background for photos and a classic wooden toy.

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pull-along elephant HERE | grey cardigan HERE | love blanket HERE

All these items are not only beautiful but very practical, which I love.

Wrapping them up into a gift basket just helps the theme come together. And who doesn’t love being handed a gift basket of goodies? I know I do!

Sarah x

DIY Painted Star Wall

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

After spending hours painting stars in our nursery, I now consider myself an expert ;)

If you are interested in painting stars in your home this is how and what I learned…

boxwood clippings | painted star wall | modern grey nursery

First I measured the wall space: 8′ H x 10′ W meaning I could have four rows of five stars measuring 2′ each.

I really wanted my starts to touch tip to tip so I had to create my own stencil to get my stars exactly 24″. Needless to say my high school geometry teacher would not have been proud! I had to try a few times to get the exact dimensions I wanted.

I used THIS tutorial on wikihow to get me started and decided to adapt the protractor method to make a huge star. Instead of drawing a circle and connection the points, I drew a vertical line and drew 5 lines measuring 72 degrees apart using a protractor and ruler which would be the points of the star. I then a measured 12″ from the center in each direction to make the lines of the star making sure the diameter was 24″.

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Once I had my stencil I measured horizontal lines 24″ apart on my wall space using a level and a ruler. I lined up my star stencil on each horizontal line and drew 20 stars in about 5 minutes. Wahoo, something easy!

I decided to tape off the stars so they would be extra crisp and clean with painter’s tape. If you have a steady hand you could just paint free hand.

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I chose Benjamin Moore’s Ozark Shadows HERE for a warm grey that is on the taupe side. I painted two coats on my first row, and couldn’t wait for it to dry to peel off the painter’s tape and see the result. Uh oh, major paint bleed! I gave Jones Paint and Glass a quick call and they advised me to seal the tape before painting with a damp cloth to really lock the tape against the wall. Once I did this I had zero problems with the paint bleeding. I used both blue and green frog tape for this project because I had left over tape from other projects, but definitely preferred the green tape for a super crisp edge.

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Paint bleeds and stencil problems aside, I now have (almost) perfect stars!

These stars make the room and were so worth the labor of love.

Thanks to Jones Paint and Glass for supplies and for the invaluable advice.

Let me know if you have any questions!

A Baby Boy Nursery

Monday, April 18th, 2016


boxwood clippings | star grey and white nursery

boxwood clippings | star grey and white nursery

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boxwood clippings | star grey and white nursery

boxwood clippings | star grey and white nursery

boxwood clippings | grey and white modern nursery

boxwood clippings | grey and white modern nursery

boxwood clippings | grey and white modern nursery

Sources
bassinet: HERE | slipcovered chair: old from Pottery Barn | rug: TJ Maxx | dresser: HERE | nightstand: old from Target | lamp: similar HERE | peg rack: HERE | mobile: HERE

Blankets
stripe: Marshalls | grey HERE | love HERE | nordic stripe HERE (only avail in blue)

Em’s baby boy will be here in under a month….and we’ve finally got his room cleaned out and decorated for him!

It took a while to decide the color scheme. Emily kept on going back and forth between a b+w nursery or using softer neutrals of grey + cream. Grey and cream and natural wood tones felt more cozy and babyish, so eventually this color scheme won.

Once we decided on color it was time for the star statement wall, which really makes the room. It was a labor of love and took a really long time, but it was worth it! Come back tomorrow to find out the nitty-gritty of this process.

Jane is now 21 months so will make the transition to a toddler bed in just a few months. Her crib HERE will eventually make it into baby boy’s room.

His clothes are washed, diapers are stocked in his room ready. Now if we could just decide on his name! ‘Ben’ is up on the door for a trial run.

Do you have any boys names you are loving? We need some help!

Bargain Spring Dresses for the Little Ladies

Friday, March 25th, 2016

We always love shopping at Old Navy. Great prices, great style…it’s hard to beat.
But what makes it even better is sweet deals and clearance like these crepe dresses for the girls.

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Pink Elephant Dress $9.99 HERE | San Francisco Sky Dress $7.99 HERE

They are lightweight and perfect for spring and summer and the girls love twirling in them!

Happy Easter to you!
xoxo

Our Must-Have Baby Products

Friday, March 18th, 2016

We get asked quite frequently what baby products are on our “must-have” lists, so we thought it would be fun to do a round up of our real, tested and loved baby products.

Here they are!

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1. Diaper Bags

Our favorite is the classic diaper bag from Pottery Barn Kids HERE. We have absolutely hammered these diaper bags and they still look like brand new. Look out for sales, you can usually get a good deal!

2. Boppy Nursing Pillow

The good ole’ Boppy HERE is so wonderful for support for nursing and perfect to prop your baby up so he can see all around from being newborn. We both used hand me downs that were in great shape, and bought new covers to match our nurseries.

3. Tommee Tippee

We love the basic design of Tommee Tippee and used almost all of their products: Bottlessterilizerbottle warmer, and pacifiers. We didn’t experiment much with different brands, but the girlies took to them right away and we had no complaints! We will note however, that we did change up the nipple every 6 months or so, to the next age range, this kept the girls happy.

4. Maxi Cosi Car seats

We have always been huge fans of Britax carseats until Sarah tried the Maxi Cosi HERE. It is beyond any comparison in comfort and coziness. So nice for your little one! The fabric washes amazing, and we like the choice of colors! (It’s also the only brand that is compatible with bumble ride strollers, another must have :)

5. A Bassinet (on wheels)

We loved having bassinets when our babies were newborns that we could roll right up next to our beds. Pottery Barn Kids bassinet HERE.

6. Baby Bjorn Carrier

We’ve tried every baby carrier there is out there and for us nothing beats the original Baby Bjorn HERE. It is very user friendly, lightweight and compact, which makes baby carrying a breeze.

7. Mamaroo

If you like the idea of a baby swing the mamaroo has no other comparison HERE. You can even sync it to your phone.

8. Diaper Caddy

We cannot get enough of this baby station on the go HERE. Still use on a daily basis!

9. Bumbleride strollers

Specifically the Indie stroller HERE. This stroller is incredibly smooth and easy to maneuver. We love the bassinet attachment HERE for the newborn stage to make into a proper pram. You can also buy the Maxi Cosi car seat attachment HERE for convenience. Sarah has love, love, LOVED her double Indie HERE and swears if you’re having twins there is no other choice. It’s easy to maneuver with one hand, and had literally been key in running errands when kids out number adults!!!

10. Mustella

There is always spit up and poopy diapers and THIS gentle body spray makes baby (and momma) smell like heaven. We also love THIS newborn hair and body wash. It’s so gentle and smells divine, we still use it on our toddlers.

11. Stokke Tripp Trapp

Our little brothers had THESE Stokke Tripp Trapp high chairs from being infants. The highchairs are almost 30 years old and still going strong. They adjust with your growing child and are definitely worth the splurge! We plan on getting one for every new baby, to see them right though childhood.

 

You may of noticed that a lot of these items are on the pricey side. With some, we were able to share or pass on, and because the quality on all these items is outstanding often you can find second hand ones that are still in wonderful condition. We very rarely pay full price, if you keep your eye on sales and coupons!

We hope you found our round up useful, and for all of you with your own favorite items, please share in comments!!!!

Happy Baby Shopping!!!

(Our favorite kind of shopping!)