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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

DIY Labor & Delivery Nurse Gifts

If you checked in last week, you got a major sneak peek of the remodel plus an update on baby Guthrie's big arrival!  Well, now it's really time!  By the end of the week, she should be making her grand entrance!  

After an unexpected 5 day hospital stay during Paisley's delivery, we learned a lot.  We learned that making friends with the nurses was a must!  It just makes every one's time there more enjoyable!  At one point, Charlie actual had bets going on regarding the outcome of a Cubs/Cardinals game!  Luckily, they didn't hold the "Cubs Fan" thing against ME!  So for this delivery (which we're hoping will result in a much shorter hospital stay!), I whipped up these cute little nurse gifts!  I really got to know a few of the nurses that helped me during Paisley's delivery and I hope to have the same experience this time…as far as awesome nurse's goes, not delivery or length of stay!  I think this simple gift will help show my appreciation for all that they do!  Plus, they only took about 10 minutes to put together and only cost me around $10 total!



Thanks TARGET ONE SPOT!!!

The cute little bags, pink jute and ink pens all came from the Target One Spot!  Then I just picked up the gum and chap stick at Wal-Mart! 

Quite possibly the best part is these cute little tags!  They totally make the gift, don't you agree???



And, even better…..the amazing Taryn at Design, Dining and Diapers provides them as a FREE download on her blog!  Woop Woop! 

Download your copy HERE.




I think they turned out really cute and I hope that they show our appreciation on our big day!  

Thanks for stopping by today, y'all!  Next time we check in, we should be introducing Miss Guthrie!  


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

It's Almost Time!!!!

Hey y'all…….It's Charlie again. Long time no see, huh?  Well, as Em has told you we have been super crazy busy around here with Operation Remodel.  I'm pretty sure she probably complained to you about being on a budget as well.  I do have to say that I hate that word too.  Especially when it involves construction, lumber and power tools <Insert Tim Tool Man Taylor Grunt here>.  Well, we made it through the budget, drywall dust, and paint and are almost completely done with the remodel.  I'll share a small sneak peek with you and will leave the total reveal to Emily (when she gets all the decorations done and fluffy pillows on the bed that you can't even lay on.)


Now, for more exciting news.  Baby #2 is going to be here any day!!! I am beyond excited.  If you didn't see what we decided to name her check it out here.  We have been going through tubs upon tubs of clothes we kept from when Paisley was a baby.  I can say that I am glad we decided to keep most of her clothes in case we had another girl.  Especially since they're going to share the same birthday month!  Major savings!!!!!

As the days get closer for Baby #2 to make her grand entrance; I feel more and more anxiety then I did when Paisley was going to be here.  I'm not quite sure why I feel this way.  I mean, we have been through this before and know what to expect.  I guess it's because me and my buddy Paisley spend everyday together and now I'm going to have to balance time with her and time with another.  Paisley helps me with everything around the house and I think she has a pretty good grasp as to what is about to happen.  Today we put together some of the babies things together and she said that she wanted to help.  So what did I do? I did what any good Dad would do, gave her a screwdriver and put her to work!



We decided that once the baby makes it here and we get settled in, we will be back to blogging like normal.  I'm pretty excited about that and we have a lot of projects to share with you. I will keep y'all posted as to when Baby G graces us with her presence and share some photos.  Until then, I will keep Emily's list of needed items to bring and the countless bags lining the hallway within arm's reach!



-Charlie-



Friday, March 7, 2014

The Name Game - {Naming Baby Girl #2}

Why is it so difficult to pick a name for unborn children? 

Well for my little family it's because of several things.  One:  I don't want the name to remind me of someone else.  Two:  Charlie's a cop.  So he says the name can't be the name of someone he's arrested.  And Three: Naming the second kid of the same gender is just flat out harder.  

With Paisley, it didn't seem this difficult.  I had always loved that name.  However, when I loved it, it wasn't quite as popular as it is now!  I still love, love, love Paisley's name and I think it suits her perfectly.  But now, my assumption that she would be the only one in her class or school with her name, is becoming more and more unrealistic!  Which is OK.  But now, with baby girl # 2 on the way, it seemed like more of a struggle.  I felt like I needed to have "that feeling" again, like I did with Paisley.  That "this is her name, no question" feeling.  It took awhile for me to realize that I wouldn't.  As little girls we grow up naming our baby dolls and even through junior high and high school we have "that name" for our future babies.  But it's normally a boy name and a girl name.  Not two girl names or two boy names.  So once we found out the gender of baby number two, the struggle began.

My mom didn't have a problem with it being baby girl # 2.  Nor did she have a problem coming up with and suggesting a name, or seventy two.  :)  There was one name she suggested at the very beginning and Charlie was on board right away.  I, however, was still waiting for "that feeling".  I would throw out some name ideas, and Charlie would shoot them down and vice-versa.  But he always came back to that one name my mom suggested.  I wasn't convinced.  Then, one night we were sitting on the couch shooting each other's names down and talking to Paisley about her baby sister.  Charlie, once again, said he was set on my mom's name suggestion.  So, I looked at Paisley and asked her if she liked the name "______".  Without hesitation, she pointed to my belly and said....


"Gutheee!"  

It was like God said "ok, you really need to have 'that feeling'?  I'll show you feeling!"

And, that was it.  Her name was, without a doubt, going to be Guthrie....or Gutheeeee! :)  Guthrie Caroline to be exact! 

No, we didn't just throw random letters together to make up a name.  It's a place on the map.  A real place.


It's a place of about 1,500 people.  More importantly, it's a place that holds a special place in the hearts of my family members.  And, we're all about special heart places in this family.  Paisley's middle name is Joyce, after my great grandma who turned 87 last week! We're beyond blessed to have 5 generations and cherish the fact that Paisley knows who her Great-Great Grandma is!  

My Great Grandma and Great Grandpa used to claim a portion of that little population.  "Guthrie" was a word I heard a lot of growing up.  My Great-Grandpa's job led them to Kentucky and they lived there for several years.  My Mom, Aunt and Grandparents spent a lot of time there visiting them.  A lot of memories were made and a lot of photo's are cherished from that little ol' town.  

Being able to give both of my girls a name that means something, was important to me.  Knowing they're both named after their Great-Great Grandma is something very special.  And as they grow up, when someone asks about their name, they'll have a great story to tell and a wonderful lady to reference.   

Not only am I extremely grateful for my Great-Grandma, I'm also extremely grateful for my Grandma who just so happens to be an awesome crafter, sewer, seamstress, embroiderer, etc.  From the moment I found out baby #2 was on the way, she started making bibs and burp cloths and blankets!  My children will always have a monogrammed holiday shirt to wear and a personalized burp cloth to spit up on and I totally love it!!!! 



And, just possibly my favorite of them all...


Do you remember our "Family Number System"?  You can refresh your memory here.

So, there it is.  Our big name reveal for our sweet Guthrie Caroline.  Only about 5 more weeks (or less) until she makes her big appearance!  We're getting more excited by the minute.  And, more nervous too, considering our remodel is still a work-in-progress!  

Hope y'all have a great weekend! Thanks for stopping by today! 


Thursday, February 20, 2014

Budget Shopping for a Remodel

I hate the word budget.  It's so restricting.  I wish the word didn't exist!  Especially when it comes to a remodel!  I think I've used the word "budget" more in the past two months than I've used my own daughter's name! And that's saying a lot considering we're borderline terrible two stage...

I like to think I'm a pretty darn good bargain shopper, though.  Charlie would agree, however he says it doesn't work in the end if I buy every single bargain I find! Haha!


We've scored some really great bargains for this remodel project and it has really helped that stupid budget thing!  Here's some of the items we're most excited about…

We found this flush mount light on clearance at Menards for $32!  We plan to use it in the entryway hallway.


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These little beauties we picked up during our very first ever trip to IKEA!!!!  We bought two.  They'll hang over our vessel sinks in the the new master bathroom!  And HELLO! at $14.99…that's a steal y'all!

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This past weekend we ran into Lowe's to return some unused flooring and happened to spot these with a bright yellow tag.  I loved the simple lantern, homey feel they had.  They were considered outdoor lighting, but they'll be finding their spot on our nightstands very soon!  They were originally $49.99, marked down to $29.98.  


Did you know that a lot of times Lowe's will mark down their clearance items even more, just to move product?  They totally will.  $29.98 is a great price for a bedside lamp, but I figured it wouldn't hurt to ask for a little more of a discount.  The employee working in the electrical department never even questioned me and pulled out these beautiful little yellow stickers!  Woop Woop!  
(This item isn't showing up on Lowe's website.  It was in the regular lighting department, in the aisle with the floor lamps and specialty lighting.)




We bought these vessel sinks from Menards.  Only $88 each!

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Of course that meant we needed those fancy expensive vessel sink faucets!  I didn't realize how much those things could cost! We went to buy these at Menards.  They weren't my favorite, but my favorites were not in the budget.  They happened to be out of the brushed nickel finish so we came home empty handed.  I decided to do a google search in the hopes of finding something I loved at a price my budget would love.  Then, these appeared on the screen!  

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Amazon.com to the rescue at half the price of the others!  Only $59.90 each!  That meant we got two for the price of one. literally!  And, even better, I actually do LOVE this one!  I cannot wait to see the finished bathroom project! 




If you're following along on Facebook, you may have already seen this sneak peak!  Our flooring was installed this weekend and we could not be happier!  I AM IN LOVE!  I am also in love with best friends who just so happen to be awesome carpenters and pro tile installers!  We may be DIY'ers, but that does not mean we should DIY our way through a tile install!  This is something you want to make sure is done just right.  We were pleased to hand over this job to our pro friend.  We're beyond grateful for them giving up their weekend to help with our project and make my dream flooring a reality!  


Make sure to check the in-store price on this tile because the online price is higher.  We also noticed that they carried this same brand of flooring, only a different color and it was $1 cheaper per piece for some reason.  We talked to the manager and he sold us our tile at the cheaper price!  It ended up saving almost $500!  



We bought this line of bath towels at IKEA, also.  I may be totally out of the loop here, literally, but these towels all have a small loop on them so you can hang them up on hooks!  So simple.  Totally sold me on them.

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Did you know H&M online has a "home" line?  I'm honestly not sure if these items are carried in-store or not.  We purchased online on Cyber Monday and got everything 40% off!  I can't wait to see how this looks in our finished room!  

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When we picked up those awesome lanterns at Lowe's, we also noticed these mirrors down the center aisle in a box of clearance items.  I wasn't positive where or how I would use them, but marked down from $58.98 to $9.29, I'm certain I'll find a place!
(These aren't showing up online either, so head to your local store and ask an employee using the item number!)




I think we've done pretty good so far!  We've worked really hard at sticking to that dreadful budget and these awesome deals really helped!  What's your favorite!?!?  So far, the flooring has my heart….. :) I am so excited to see the finished project! 

Thanks for stopping by today y'all! Hope you can find some bargains of your own, soon! 






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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Baby # 2 - The Big Gender Reveal


The title makes it sound like we just found out, like yesterday.  However, we found out baby # 2's gender when I was just 17 weeks pregnant.  I'm 31 weeks now.  Yes, this post has taken awhile! There are lots of things I have dreamt up in my head for this blog and oh-so-many projects I'm dying to tackle.  But right now, white-washed vaulted ceiling boards, can light placement, electric fireplaces, lack of insulation and custom wagon wheel chandelier design have my mind spinning.  Not to mention an almost 2 year old attempting to potty train and a Mama with an aching back and pelvis.  (sorry...was that TMI?  Oh well...)    

Ok, so the point of this post....the gender!  We decided to have a 4D ultrasound at 17 weeks to find out the gender a little early.  As in "we", I mean my Mom.  We had a big gender reveal party when we found out what Paisley was and my Mom was excited to do the same for this one.  However, the date my gender scan was scheduled with my doctor was the day before we were leaving town for our annual Thanksgiving trip to Nashville.  I couldn't move the appointment up and with everyone's demanding schedules right before the holiday and leaving town, we couldn't arrange a good time for a gender reveal party.  My Mom recommended just going ahead and paying for the 4D ultrasound (at a different facility) to find out the gender early and having the big reveal party we wanted.  So we took her up on the offer and made the appointment! 

Charlie was convinced it was a girl again.  I really had no clue.  We went in for the appointment and anxiously awaited our name to be called.  They finally called our name, got us in a room, put me on the table, and started the ultrasound.  We waited and watched as the ultrasound tech moved that little wand thing all over my belly.  We could clearly see the baby.  It was moving.  It was fine.  But, the tech continued moving that little wand over and over and over again.  Baby #2 did not want to cooperate.  The tech had me go pee and come back.  No luck.  She turned me on my left side. No luck.  My right side. Nothin'.  She tilted that bed so far back I was practically upside down.  That kid was not opening it's legs.  FINALLY, she said I think I see it, but I want to make sure.  So she continued to move me around and press that wand firmly onto my stomach.  Finally she touched her keyboard to capture the image and said "there it is....IT'S A…..



GIRL!!!!  We had a lot of fun with our gender reveal party, as you can see!  The pink silly string was so fun and everyone really loved being a part of it!  We had everyone split up.  If they thought it was a girl, they stood on the left.  Boy, on the right.  Then everyone got silly string to spray at one another, not knowing what color would come out!  



So, it's official.  Our little family of three will soon be a family of four and Paisley will be a big sister to a sweet baby girl.  We couldn't be more excited...and happy that we saved all of Paisley's clothes!  


The big due date is April 13th so we don't have too much longer!  Let's just hope she comes out a lot less stubborn that she was during that ultrasound!  

Check back next week.  We'll be talking about some of the cool things we've picked up for our remodel, some great product deals and decor plans, plus revealing the name we agreed on for Baby Girl #2!  







Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Valentine's Day Photo Shoot

While the guys were busy working on the remodel this weekend, I got to spend some time with my favorite little guy!  My best friend's little boy is seriously the cutest thing ever! She wanted to take a few pictures for Valentine's Day so we gave him some lipstick kisses and dressed him in his best tie!

Here's a few of my favorites!




I could look at those baby blues for days!  

This one's definitely gonna break some hearts… :)  Good luck, Jen.

Make sure you're following along for updates on our remodel, baby #2 gender reveal and baby name reveal!!!  



Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Mommy Must-Haves Giveaway!

We've teamed up with Yummi Pouch and several other brands to bring you another awesome giveaway!  Check it out below!
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Our collection of mommy must-haves features many fabulous items to pamper your new baby as well as some things for yourself! One lucky mommy will win this amazing gift set!

Undercover Mama

$30 Gift Certificate to Undercover Mama - Retail value: $30
Undercover Mama nursing tanks are the stylish and affordable alternative to an expensive nursing wardrobe. They attach to any bra. Make any shirt a nursing shirt with Undercover Mama.
Undercover Mama is a mom invented, mom owned and mom operated company. Our mission is to provide Nursing moms with stylish and alternative nursing tops that make nursing easier. For more information visit undercovermama.com.

Fairhaven Health

Milkies Milk-Saver and Milkies Freeze - Retail value: $58
The Milk-Saver collects your leaking breast milk as you breastfeed - allowing you to store extra breast milk effortlessly with each feeding! The Freeze provides convenient first-in, first-out milk storage in your freezer (stores as much as 60 ounces!).
Our mission at Fairhaven Health is to develop products to safely and naturally promote fertility, pregnancy wellness, and breastfeeding success. From preconception through pregnancy and nursing, Fairhaven Health is there - every step of the way - to provide clinically-proven products to hel you along your journey to parenthood. For more information visit fairhavenhealth.com.

Healing Hazel

3 accessories of the winner choice - Retail value: $55
Winner may choose from Healing Hazel, Hazelamber or 100% Baltic Amber necklaces and bracelets
Healing Hazel is your One Stop Shop for hazelwood, hazelamber and 100% Baltic Amber necklaces and bracelets. Now in more than 900 retailers in Canada and Usa. The 1st and only brand to meet CPSC (Consumer product safety comission) safety requirements. For more information visit healinghazel.com.

Yummi Pouch

Yummi Pouch Mini set of 6 - Retail value: $14.99
Yummi Pouch Minis are convenient, refillable and reusable food pouches to hold blended snacks for your child. Yummi Pouch Minis feature a resealable bottom opening and top mouthpiece. The contents are enjoyed by removing the large cap and drinking from the spout. Yummi Pouch Minis are great for easily feeding infants homemade blended snacks on the go.
Yummi Pouch reusable food pouches encourage healthy snacks for active kids. Our eco-friendly food pouches are freezer safe, dishwasher safe, BPA-free, Phthalate-free, and can be filled with healthy blended snacks and easily taken on-the-go, no spoon required! For more information visit yummipouch.com.

Ubbi

Ubbi Cloth Pail Liner - Retail value: $17
Using washable diapers? We have just the thing! Ubbi cloth pail liner is a waterproof, odor resistant bag. Bring out the green in your Ubbi diaper pail. Our pail liner is washable and reusable, biodegradable, and TPU coated. It has a 7 gallon (26.4l) capacity and is waterproof, PVC-free and odor resistant. Featuring a drawstring closure and door knob hanger.
Enter the world of Ubbi... where innovative products are created with parents and children in mind. Under the Ubbi name, you will find unique, quality products that are designed to be easy to use, helping to simplify parents' lives while keeping babies as happy and safe as can be! For more information visit ubbiworld.com.

Toofeze

Toofeze Teether - Retail value: $19.99
Toofeze by Oh, That Baby! Ltd. is simply the COOLEST baby teether ever and an invaluable parenting tool. The cool stainless steel disk chills instantly in ice water for fast pain relief. The soft silicone handle is never too cold too. Made from all-natural ingredients, dishwasher safe, pediatrician recommended. Toofeze is award winning and can be engraved to create a unique gift. Ages 3 months+.
Oh, That Baby! Ltd. is a mom/daughter owned and operated company based in Colorado. "Let's face it, every baby cuts teeth. And when they do, everyone else close to them feels their pain! When we relieve a baby's discomfort, we alleviate the stress, frustration and anxiety felt by those around them." The company's mission is to improve the lives of babies and their families during the most difficult phase of development. They believe every baby deserves a Toofeze. For more information visit toofeze.com.

Buttons Diapers

2 one-size Buttons Diaper covers, 2 daytime inserts, & small wet bag - Retail value: $36
A quality and affordable two-in-one diapering system that consists of: wipeable PUL covers, and super-soft absorbent inserts that snap into the covers to stay in place! They fit babies from 9-35 lbs, have two layers of stretchy waterproof PUL throughout, and double gussets at the legs to keep messes in. With 8 adorable colors to choose from, and a tiny red button logo on the back - your wee one will be as cute as a button!
Buttons cloth diapers were born at home. As a husband and wife team, we designed our diapers to be easy to use and affordable for everyone - the way it should be. We believe in keeping our lives simple, even when it comes to diapering. Our company is based in the beautiful Skagit Valley of Northwest Washington, where our family enjoys hiking, biking, sailing, and splashing in puddles. For more information visit buttonsdiapers.com.

Booby Trapper

Eternity Booby Trapper - Retail value: $48
Featuring an exclusive dual-rim design, Booby Trapper is the only nursing cover to keep fabric off the bust area to allow for complete eye contact and air circulation for the nursing pair. We are giving away our extremely popular Eternity pattern, a gender-neutral trendy print.
Designed by a mother of 3, Booby Trapper was born out of a recognized need for a superior nursing cover. Blankets and one-rim covers just wouldn’t cut it as her daughter hated having the fabric flop in her face and she was stuck using her only free hand to hold the fabric away constantly both for air, eye contact and to check for a proper latch. After many trials, Booby Trapper’s revolutionary, dual-suspension design was achieved and now mothers everywhere are able to nurse much more comfortably in public without having to fight with their covers! For more information visit boobytrapper.ca.

Koble

1 Stone Grey and 1 Big Apple Red Portable Changing Shield - Retail value: $70
  • The evolution of the baby diaper changing pad is here. A large, clean surface in a clever little pouch!
  • Completely covers all safety approved changing stations - no more disposable changing pads!
  • Extra large size (27 x 40) shields even the most athletic babies from yucky public spaces
  • Lightweight durable fabric easily wipes clean is machine washable and machine dryable
  • Openings in shield allow safety belts to be used when changing on public stations
  • Quilted body pillow for comfort
  • Attached storage pouch makes it easy to store changing shield for transport and easy access
  • Drawstring pouch closes tight to keep changing station germs contained inside
  • 55% Polyester 45% Nylon. Free of BPA, phalates, and PVC. Scandinavian design born in NYC. Made in China.
Koble is Norwegian for "connect". We use Scandinavian design principles to bring you attractive, clever, affordable designs that work to make your life better. Our first line of products are made for the special people who take care of the smallest people - moms, dads, grandparents, aunts, uncles, nannies, and many more. We know from experience that there are plenty of opportunities to make life easier for these folks! For more information visit mykoble.com.

Omaïki

Mama Maxi pads (2) + Mini-Maxi pads (2) + Bamboo panty liners (2) + snack sacks duo - Retail value: $63.50
Feminine protection starter kit (very comfortable and absorbent, made of bamboo/coton, holds in place with snaps closures) + one Gustö-duo, which includes one snack bag and one sandwich bag (Colors/Prints : winner’s choice)
Omaïki started in 2007, with Anouk & Ariane: moms, best friends and business partners. The brand offers a great and complete line of high-end products, made in Canada: cloth diapers, training pants, night time panties, feminine pads, swim diapers, snack sacks and more... For more information visit omaiki.com.


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