Ruby Kate’s Bright + Fun Nursery

It’s unreal to me that our sweet girl will be here so soon! I feel like the months leading up to her arrival have flown by and now we wait! Poor Ruby is definitely a second child–I didn’t get started on her nursery until my third trimester. I had a few ideas in my head of what I wanted (brights + neutrals) and absolutely no motivation to make it happen! I think the most overwhelming part of working on the room was the removal of the wallpaper and border and repairing the sheetrock + texturizing the wall before painting. Ok, that and cleaning out all of the junk that lived in there! I can’t help but smile and feel a little surge of pride when I walk in her room now. You’ll understand why when you see the mortifying before picture!! I’ll try to post source info for everything in the room but many of the items were things that I made or previously owned and upcycled. I’m still not done with the room and would love to take better pictures when I get around to finishing (is there such a thing?) but my time with Mom’s camera was limited so night time flash pictures are all I have. Of course, I received the changing pad cover after I snapped these pictures and returned the camera to my mom so a few are taken with my phone. I can’t wait until Miss Ruby Kate is here and I hope she loves growing up in this room that I had so much fun creating!

 

 

Photo Feb 19, 7 13 00 PM

BEFORE {cringe! makeup, craft supplies, leftover Christmas decor..this room was a catch-all!}

 

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crib: Ikea // crib sheet: Candy Kirby Designs // tassel garland: Studio Mucci // orange swaddle blanket: Stitched Baby // mermaid doll: Sophie and Lili // flamingo: “vintage” Beanie Baby // paint color: Sherwin Williams Mindful Gray // rug: Homegoods // dresser color: Sherwin Williams Zany Pink

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dresser: Craigslist upcycle // rocking chair: already had // sun pillow: Ikea // orange quatrefoil blanket: Tuesday Morning // pink color block pillow: already had // acrylic book shelves: Clear Solutions Displays // curtains: Target // curtain rod: DIY

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lime green framed art: DIY // round cork: Michaels // print on cork: Pen + Paint // oval frame: Michaels // yarn tassel: DIY // zebra plaque: DIY // white frame: Walmart // all framed art prints: Me & My Big Ideas via Hobby Lobby // lamp: already owned // lamp shade: Walmart // never grow up banner: DIY // changing pad cover: Little Woolf

 

Other special details:

 

The hardware on the dresser/changing table was handmade by yours truly out of copper following a tutorial from Upcycled Treasures. I discovered the copper + pink color combo about a year ago and fell in love. I struggled with finding hardware to fit the holes previously drilled in the drawers and happily stumbled across the DIY copper drawer pull tutorial on Pinterest. I couldn’t be happier with the results and love the dash of modern that the hardware adds to the traditional style dresser.

The hand painted sign contains lyrics from the song “Ruby Baby”. Have a listen here. The song has a lot of sentimental value to me because after we chose our daughter’s name, my aunt told me that my grandfather used to sing it. I never had a chance to meet him–he passed away before I was born, but I’ve always felt a special connection to him. Hearing the song and imagining him singing it when my dad and aunt were younger felt like confirmation that Ruby was the perfect name for our girl. The name Kate was chosen in memory of my late aunt, Debie Kate. I love that Ruby Kate’s name holds so much meaning–at least to my super sentimental heart!

Just for grins, I’ll post a before picture of the lime green frame art and the dresser. They both endured quite a makeover!

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found at a thrift store and painted right over it

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this is the picture from the Craigslist ad

 

I’m proud to say that most of the room projects were completed by me. Special thanks to my sweet, handyman step dad for all of the help and for letting me borrow (and teaching me to use) his tools! There’s something so gratifying about getting your hands dirty and making things happen–maybe even more so at 30+ weeks pregnant! Working on this room gave me the confidence to just “go for it.” I’m usually one to make safe decisions when it comes to design. I’m always a little bit terrified to do something funky or different for fear that it might not look good. I’ve learned a lot about just doing what you love and not worrying about matching or making sense. In fact, I’ve already changed several things around since I took these pictures and I’m sure it won’t be the last time! I’m so happy to be mostly done with the nursery and I’ll be propping my feet up until Ruby Kate arrives!

 

 

spring pictures 2015

It’s that time of year again: pollen, spring pictures, and bunny ears! We finally got around to taking Remi’s spring pictures this weekend and I love them! Every year I say I’m going to learn some more about the camera and get better shots, but I’m still pointing and shooting and hoping for the best! He’s pretty dang cute so he makes up for my lack of camera skills!

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It’s hard to believe there will be a little girl in the Easter pictures next year! Remi can’t wait for Ruby Kate to get here and neither can I, but I’m savoring these last few weeks with my first baby! And maybe getting a little teary-eyed looking back at pictures from the last two years {here and here}. I hope everyone has a blessed Easter celebrating our Risen Savior!

Remi-isms

remi-isms

Convo 1

Remi: Momma, I gotta lotta questions in my mouth but I don’t wanna tell you them.

Convo 2

Remi: Do you like me when I’m nekkid?

Convo 3

Remi: I’m beating Daddy up! Say “thank you!”

Convo 4

Remi: Thank you for keeping the potty warm!

Convo 5

Remi: Momma, I just returned. I returned back to being Remington.

Convo 6

Remi: I like to disobey nicely.

Convo 7

Daddy: Remi, throw me the remote.

Remi: That wasn’t a good choice was it, Daddy?

Convo 8

Remi: I’m trying to do a trick but it didn’t work. My magic won’t work because that why I’m not a real bagician.

Convo 9

Remi: I want something sweet. You and Daddy are sweet but I want a snack that’s sweet!

Convo 10

Remi: Momma, I got juice allll over me and the chair.

Me: Go to the sink and get the red towel to wipe it up.

Remi: But I want this towel.

Me: Ok…then use it.

Remi: I’m using it! Settle down!

Convo 11

Remi: Will you pull my leg sleeves down?

Convo 12

Remi: Holy moly, Mommy! My room is SO messy! I think some other child did it and it wasn’t me!

Convo 13

Remi: Jesus, I want to get in heaven with you. Jesus, what’s your favorite thing? Hats? Whats your favorite thing?? Candles? You like candles? I got candles at my house!

we “mish” you a merry Christmas

This Christmas season has been lots of fun so far! My favorite part has been hearing Remi sing various Christmas songs in his own Remi-remixed way. He can often be heard singing “and heaven and nature sing!” over and over. My personal favorites are “we ‘mish’ you a Merry Christmas” and “deck the halls with diamonds!” I’m all for that one, kiddo! Bring on the diamonds! :) I don’t even try to correct him because it’s too sweet and he changes the lyrics daily! I know he will be a big boy before I can blink and I will miss the cute things he said like “Santa can’t forget his britches! He might catch the achoo-ies!”

A few weeks ago, Remi baked cookies with Santa. He was so excited over the whole thing and has asked every morning since if it’s Christmas yet. Believe it or not, this was Remi’s first official photo shoot where a real photographer was behind the camera. I was nervous about how he would react to everything, but it was such a great experience! We loved Kelli from Alamond Photography and Santa was the best! He and Remi had so much fun with each other and I had fun watching them laugh and visit. Perfectly magical moment that yielded the sweetest pictures and memories!

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Images by Alamond Photography

holiday gift guide for the littles

kids gift guide

This is the first Christmas that I’ve let myself venture into gifts for boys AND girls. We will be welcoming our baby girl in May and I cannot be more excited! These gifts are a mix of fun little toys and accessories that we already have in our home or would love to own!

1 / Tangle Teezer – this is an absolute must have for any home! Kids love it for the fun, easy to hold shape. It comes in a wide variety of colors and is THE most gentle tangle tamer ever. I’m not ashamed to admit I’ve used it for myself on multiple occasions!

2 / Sophie and Lili Doll – Since I discovered Sophie and Lili dolls, I haven’t stopped dreaming about the day I could buy one of these dollies for a girl of my own. It hardly seems real that now I can!

3 / Boco Baby Knotted Headband – Again. Is this real life?! I’m so ready to order my girl one of these. Every little girl needs a custom name headband! There are so many cute styles to choose from and coordinating outfits as well!

4 / Cat Nap Eye Mask – Will you please forgive me that this guide is slightly girl gift heavy? Oh, thanks! How stinking cute are these sleep masks? I really want one for myself. Got that, Santa?

5 / B. Parum Pum Pum Drum – Remi received this drum set as a gift several Christmases ago. He stillΒ  plays with it often. It contains all kinds of shakers and noise makers for your little drummer boy or girl. This really is a great universal gift for babies just starting to grasp toys and bigger kids as well. I also love that the drum serves double duty to store the other pieces!

6 / Lincoln Logs – Is there a more classic childhood toy than Lincoln Logs? I loved building entire farms with my Lincoln Logs when I was little and Remi enjoys playing with them too!

7 / Lush FUN – This is by far our most favorite bath soap. It’s like playing with Play-doh in the bath tub. It creates nice suds, really cleans hair and body, and smells ahhh-maze-ing! We have the limited edition gold FUN and can’t wait to try more “flavors!”

Remi-isms

remi-isms

Convo 1
Me: I don’t want Daddy to go to work.
Remi: Me either. Let’s hug each other.

Convo 2
Remi: Well, sometimes accidents happen. But sometimes accidents go away. And sometimes spankings happen. But they go away when I scratch them.

Convo 3
Remi: Do you love me when I’m big?
Me: I love you when you’re little and when you’re big.
Remi: (giggles)
Me: I love you EVEN when you teetee in your underwear.
Remi: NO!! You don’t love me! You spank me! And that’s how it works!!

Convo 4
Me: I brought you something.
Remi: That will chill my fuss out?

Convo 5
Remi: Do girls got booties, Momma?
Me: Yes.
Remi: Ugh! That’s weird!

easy, breezy summer style

Here in Texas we’ve been hitting 90 degrees before noon. I always try to dress for comfort–especially in the sweltering heat. In fact, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t in a t-shirt and shorts 85% of the time, but there are also times that I want to look a little more put-together. I love dresses because they’re so easy. I’m never too great at putting separates together, but a dress requires no extra thought. Give yourself a cute little side braid, toss on a fedora and some stylish earrings and you’re good to go. No one has to know that you only spent 5 minutes getting ready!

easy, breezy summer style

 

 

Β Whitney Port image source