Sunday, November 16, 2014

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Ok, so I jumped on the early Christmas decorating bandwagon. In the past I never decorated until the day after Thanksgiving. This is the day my whole family gets together and cuts down our trees. This year I decided to start early and here is why. One, I LOVE Christmas and never feel like I get to enjoy my decorations long enough. Two, I figured I can pick at them a little at a time.  However, the tree will not go up until after Thanksgiving so I feel like it will still be special.  This is a somewhat new addition this year.

The new addition piece is the chalkboard printable. I ordered a number of these downloadable Christmas printables from the Caravan Shoppe. Their whole pack is $12 and includes a ton of great stuff! You can find their Christmas pack here. You just need to bring the files to your local Office Max and ask them to print them on their contractor printer (where they print blue prints for contractors). It only costs a few dollars. I found an old gold frame of my mothers and spray painted it white. I then am able to use it for all sorts of chalkboard printables. Easy way to decorate for Christmas on the cheap!

Have you all started for decorating for Christmas yet?

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Gender Reveal Party

Okay, so this post is a year in the making, but with Christmas right around the corner I couldn't help but share our Christmas time Gender reveal party from last year.  We were so excited to find out the gender of our baby and couldn't wait to share the news with our family.  Here we are before heading to the ultrasound and our prediction!

 We had the ultrasound on a Thursday morning and then we had to wait 9 torturous hours to share the news.  I am not going to lie I had no idea how hard keeping that secret would be.  I tried to avoid people most of the day, but eventually met up with my mom so we could run a few errands for the party and it was so hard, but I just kept referring to her as the baby.  I think it helped that I thought it was a boy for so long and was calling the baby a him for weeks before. On to the big reveal.  I searched Pinterest for options and found a number of fun ones, balloons in a box, silly string, cakes. However, I never found one that felt quite right.  So, I started brain storming ideas that would involve the season, Christmas!! I decided to decorate a second Christmas tree with both pink and blue ornaments and lights.  I was absolutely in love with what I like to refer to as the baby tree.

Every morning I would just head downstairs, plug it in and enjoy my breakfast, so happy!   Back to the game plan. We plugged in both set of lights to plug ins that had a remote control for it.  We turned off the tree, counted to three and turned on just the pink lights (we also had the white lights as well since the tree was pre lit).

As an added bonus I ordered these amazing flutter feti sticks for my nieces and nephews so they could join in on the action. It was so fun for them and made for a large pink explosion. SOOOOO FUN!!  You can get the flutter feti sticks HERE.  I absolutely love all of the pictures from the event. You can see reactions of others and the smiles on their faces.  The hubbys family is all boys so it was exceptionally exciting for all of them.  For the party I decided to keep decorations simple since the house was already decorated for Christmas, but I added a few fun things.

First, I made these little mustaches and lips on a stick for guests to make their vote.  Very easy to do I just printed a picture of a mustache and lips, cut them out and used fabric glue to attach the sticks to the back.  I bought pre dipped white chocolate oreos and drizzled half with blue and half with pink candy melts.

I also had a custom chalkboard sign made by Whimsical Stationery.

The cake is of course from the very talented Cakes by Gail.  It turned out so adorable, she never disappoints.

Water bottle labels were from Fine Dandy Printables and they have a ton of matching items if you need them.

The extra large balloons came from the wonderful Tom Kat Studios and I loved how they added to the party and made for fun pictures once the gender was revealed.  Okay, that was a long one.  This may have been my favorite party of all time. Only because it combined both our friends and our family and of course our little peanut!!  It felt like such a loving, fun and exciting time.  We are so blessed by each and every person that attended!!!

What are some of the ways you have shared gender with family and friends?

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Baby Dedication

On August 17th Grace was dedicated to the Lord! It was a beautiful day filled with faith, family and friends. After church we had everyone back to our house for a light lunch. I wanted to keep things pretty simple and I was able to bring out a lot of items I had used for showers in the past. I went with light pink and white with a few accents of burlap.

My mother-in-law created this amazing chalk board sign. She is so talented! I can't wait to share some of the future signs we have dreamed up for this chalk board.

The beautiful cake is by the ever so talented Gail's Cakes of Minneapolis it was a delicious white cake with raspberry filling. The rhinestone cake topper is from Diamond Party Confetti it was just the perfect amount of bling needed.

Many of the flowers were picked from the yard including the white hydrangeas, strawberry vanilla hydrangeas which I combined with store bought pale pink roses and the most amazing gladiolus. Because I couldn't share this post with out a few pics of the girl of the hour here she is in her family Christening gown and then in her monogrammed dress she changed into when we got home.  A girl needs an outfit change for a party. Have I mentioned I love things that are monogrammed, including little girls clothes!

We feel so blessed to have been able to celebrate this very special day with our family and friends. Like I always say the decorations can make things pretty, but it is the people that make the party!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Hello Again!

Hello everyone! I have been gone for awhile, but thought I would come back and say hello.  My baby girl was born on May 20th and we couldn't be more in love. I thought today I would share her monthly photo project. Each month I am taking a number of pictures and making a collage on Ribbet. If you haven't used this online photo editor you should definitely check it out. It is really easy to use and has a ton of options. So without further adieu here are her first 4 months worth of photos.

Month 1

Month 2

Month 3

Month 4

I will be back soon with a few new parties I have had as well as some fun home updates :)

Monday, April 21, 2014

LaLou Boutique

I am so excited to write this blog as I am so proud of my very talented friend Lacey!  Lacey is so creative and is the one that encouraged me to start writing this blog. About 6 months ago she decided to open an Etsy shop called LaLou Boutique and sell all of her amazing creations! She has been sewing baby blankets, onesies and bibs for all of our friends for quite some time and her Etsy shop was the perfect extension of that.  So without further ado I will show you just a few of my favorite items in her shop.

The first is the perfect gender neutral gift. I mean wouldn't this be adorable on either boy or girl?

A whole assortment of amazing black and white burp cloths

 I want to have twins just so they can wear these adorable onesies.

 This is honestly the softest blanket and would be the sweetest baby gift for any boy or girl!

 This is my favorite fabric in her shop and she even made me a coordinating blanket for my shower. Did I mention that she does custom pieces??

 Isn't this adorable?

My best friend had a hungry caterpillar 1st birthday party and she wore this onesie and bib and it was so adorable.  The outfit and the party!!

 Lastly isn't this patter so fun? I love the coordinating fabrics.

So that is just a small sampling of her shop, but as you can see she makes beautiful things out of wonderful graphic fabrics. Make sure to stop by La Lou Boutique for your next baby shower! Lacey I am so proud of you are such ana mazing friend and a wonderful talent!!!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Nursery Reveal

Hello everyone! I know it has been awhile since I last posted, but I have really been trying to enjoy the end of my pregnancy as well as get every last project I can possibly imagine done!!  Will just say I have taken nesting to a new level.  Now onto the nursery reveal.  Last I posted I discussed the painting process.  Instead of taking you step by step I am going to show the end result and I can always add the details later.  Isn't the end result more fun anyway? So with out further ado here is Grace Lucille's nursery.
The pillow and crib skirt were made by my very talented girlfriend over at LaLou Boutique she makes the most amazing, onesies, blankets, burp rags and bibs. 

So I know that was picture overload, but I hope you enjoyed it!! I now feel like we are all ready for Baby Grace's arrival. What do you think of the nursery? Do you like the color combo of pink, gold and grey?

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Nursery Update Ceiling, Paint, and more paint!!

So we have been diligently working away at the nursery and I have a few updates that I am really excited to share.  The mood board vision is coming along perfectly and since I last checked in we (my husband and his mother) have been hard at work painting, scraping ceilings, installing light fixtures, crown moulding as well as a number of other projects.  So, the room started like this.

If we go even farther back when we bought the house the room looked like this.
Yes, your color is not off on your computer. Those are neon orange walls and mauve carpet!

The hubby Started by scraping the popcorn off of the ceiling. He taped off the carpet with plastic and then used a garden sprayer with warm water and then using a large scraper peeled off the popcorn onto a cookie sheet.

This took him about 4-5 hours.  I wish that I would have been able to help with this. It actually looked like a lot of fun!!  Once he had the whole ceiling scraped he patched and sanded.  It was a whole days time between all of the work. Although I didn't participate in this part I can tell you it was absolutely worth it.  The ceiling looks flawless!! Way to go hubby.

Now on to the painting, ohhh the painting.  We started out by painting a number of colors on the wall.   We were looking for a wall and a one shade darker ceiling color.

Once we had primed the ceilings and walls we painted larger swatches on the ceiling and walls.

At this point we were fully decided and committed on the colors on the left and I headed to the paint store. We got the first full coat on the wall and 1/3 of the ceiling done and what do you know it was all wrong!!

I mean I wanted this room to be light and airy and not to feel overly pink. I know what you are thinking, "but you are painting the walls and ceiling pink." Yes, this is true, but I wanted it to be subtle. So I headed back to the store to get a lighter wall color and we decided to paint the wall color on the ceiling.  Tried once again and still not perfect.  Have I mentioned that I have a very patient husband and MIL??  So we mixed the wall color one shade lighter and finally we had the right combo.

Here is where we ended. I know it doesn't look like much of a difference, but with white crown moulding it really stands out. The colors we ended up with are Behr Antique Pearl on the ceiling and Behr half Antique Pearl and half Bella Pink on the walls. The next post is where the fun comes in. Gold polka dots and white crown moulding!!