November 30, 2010

Why first time moms lose their mind



Just in case yesterday's fun wasn't enough for you!
Are any other moms dying here?
I'm pretty sure I've read and applied every book and concept they spoofed. 
What about y'all?
Any real advice from the momsquad out there for us rookies or should I just keep checking youtube to help me raise BabyGirl properly?
PS-we officially let her cry it out in the middle of the night last night for the first time.  We've been doing that during naps since she was teeny tiny with tremendous success but nights have always been different.  Any time she cries at night we get up and feed her in the dark and she immediately goes back down to sleep.  She's an incredible sleeper and only wakes up to eat during the few days surrounding a growth spurt.
This time it was different.
She's been in a "growth spurt" for over 3 weeks now and I finally called her bluff.
It only took her nine minutes to fall back asleep.
I counted.
It took me over an hour.
Go figure!

Happy Birthday to my amazing older and much wiser sister!
Here's to 31 Elizabeth!!!

November 29, 2010

Why I can't make mom friends


BWAAAAHAHAHAHA!
So ladies, I guess y'all are stuck with me because it seems I'm doomed to never make new friends.

November 25, 2010

Thanksgiving

I am SO EXCITED for Thanksgiving this year!  

We're in the mountains with both of our immediate families.
And lots of wine.
That's right, two sets of parents and several sets of siblings all under two cabin roofs.
Plus it's G-Baby and BabyGirl's first meeting!
He's been staring at pictures of "Babay Weeeels" for months now and he's about to get the real deal.
The only thing that has me more excited than the pumpkin pie is my packing list.
Only warm comfortable cozies allowed.
I am so thrilled to introduce BabyGirl to mountain life.
Matthew and I like to think we fell in love at the cabin.
And our SweetBoy, Mabry, was named after a local tourist stop called Mabry Mill.
It hold such a special place in our hearts.
What are your holiday plans?
Fancy schmancy with your grandmother's china?
Jeans and sweaters and tall boots at your aunt's house?
Like to leave the cooking and clean-up to the wait staff at your favorite restaurant?
This year ours will involved lots of pine and fires in big stone fireplaces.
I can't wait to hear all about your holiday and I hope everyone can find many many things to be thankful for this year.

November 24, 2010

DIY Thanksgiving Art

Sorry for the short post today but I'm busy packing for our trip the mountains.
I think I've included every.single.thing that BabyGirl owns and jeans and like two sweaters for myself.  Oh how the tides have turned.
I used to bring one whole bag just for my hair and makeup supplies.  
Yes, for a weekend trip to the mountains.  
Don't judge
I found several Thanksgiving printables for y'all over here.
Go ahead and print them out.
Pop them in a frame, I'd choose gold personally, and voila!  
Easy last minute Thanksgiving art!


They look fantastic as a set


or even standing alone
Here are a two more just for fun!


Safe travels!

November 23, 2010

DIY Christmas Card Holder

Hey Friends!  
Remember yesterday when I mentioned that Amanda offered to guest blog twice?  
Well I didn't want y'all to have to wait too long for her second fun idea.
This girl is a crafting queen!

I saw something similar to this while in NY so when I cam across the old crib springs I knew they would be perfect for this project. The items you will need is an old crib (save the other parts for our next DIY wink, wink) springs, some craft wire, wire cutters, garland and whatever Christmas decor you like.


Start by attaching the garland to the top of the springs, about every 6 inches with crafting wire.

After you have it attached, add in some berries or other holiday picks you would like.



I wanted this one to go well with my white table display from our Fall Table scape post, after I incorporated more of a Christmas theme. So I added white feathers trim and a beautiful white peacock.


It still needed more shimmer for me so I hung beaded chandeliers off the garland at different heights.


  After I had it just the way I wanted it to look I hung clothes pins to hold all the adorable holiday cards that will soon be coming in the mail! I love getting the mail during this time, seeing all my cute Friends and Families pictures and notes. You can display this anywhere in your home by just standing it up against a wall. Everyone will want it!




So now I just need those Holiday Cards...come on people mail them already :)

Here is the pics for a more traditional one. Both of these will be in the store for sale but we only have two so don't wait.






Be creative with this project, it was so much fun! Happy Holidays!

Cheers,

Amanda

November 22, 2010

Fall Tablescapes

So I have a fun surprise for y'all, Amanda from RecycledDesignAndConsigned emailed me about guest blogging and sent a few fun ideas she wanted to talk about.  Since I couldn't decide which post was best she offered to do both!  
Loves it! 




 Since Thanksgiving is right around the corner, I thought it would be helpful to show some ideas for table scape and the proper place settings.
1: Layer, start with a great place mat and build from there. Dishes don't have to match they just need to go together!
2: Use different textures ie: stone and metal, Crystal and glass.
3: Use things that are unexpected and not the usual... like the cowhides they add a softness and a rustic feel.
4: Mix in different chairs
5: Try to make your holiday table scape be useful for the whole season...with a few switches this modern table can go from fall to Christmas by just adding more sparkle and punches of red! This saves tons of time and money!
Bold pieces like a white owl planter become a striking center piece and feathered place mats and cowhide   throws on benches lend the earthy rustic contrast to a set of beautiful china.
A more traditional table scape includes pears and pumpkin in rich golds, oranges and rusts that glimmer and glow. Bright plates with playful napkins add whimsy.
These ideas both incorporated decor from around the house, saving you time and making it more personal.
 Now to the technical part...how many times have you gotten to the place settings and thought does the knife point out? Glass on the right or left? These simple images will insure a perfect set up!
The more casual setting:

The more formal setting:
Good luck with you dinner and I hope everything turns out perfect, your floors stay clean and everyone minds their manners :) but in the event that it doesn't be grateful for the people you are with and the moments we have. Nobody ever says "Thank you Lord, for my clean floors" it's our family and friends we are most grateful for.
Cheers,
Amanda

November 19, 2010

We're here for you



 My dear sweet friend has suffered an immeasurable loss.
Her sweet baby has been called to heaven at just one week old.
There are no words to convey my sadness for her and her family.
I hope that God can wrap her in his love and that it feels like a cashmere sweater.
Only warmer.
And tighter.
I pray he never lets go.
I pray she finds your way again.


eventually, it'll break your heart

it'll rip you wide open, crawl
up into your ribcage, root through
your chest, rush like lightning
through your veins, settle deep
into your soul, it will make you
question everything

but you must answer it

sit with it, revel in it even,
because pain fosters courage
& without courage
you will never
wholly experience
the fullness
of life

-
Amanda Oaks



Today I am thankful for...
19.  Perspective

November 18, 2010

Humira & The Lucky One



I stumbled upon a new blog yesterday, Aspiring Kennedy via Keely from Luxe and Lillies, and saw this video.
I thought y'all might like it.
It's message is especially important as we come upon both Thanksgiving and Christmas and we try to remember what's truly important.
He's up for a spot at Sundance.
What do y'all think?


Also, we got the results from my husband's blood-work back on Monday and found out some really great news.
He doesn't have anything at this point besides acute uveitis.
The bad news...
He tested positive for the HLA B27 gene which makes him significantly more susceptible to an autoimmune disease but at this point they don't detect one..
His Rhuematologist determined that it's only a matter of time before one surfaces and thinks it's imperative that he start on Humira injections as a preventative measure.
WHAT?
Let's go ahead and talk about the well known side affects of this drug...including serious chance of aquiring life-threatening infections and lymphoma.
Basically it gives you an immune system comparable to an AIDS patient.
Really, isn't that what we were supposed to be avoiding to begin with?
He has a very serious decision to make and would LOVE to hear from any of you with any personal experience with the drug.
Just leave a comment or feel free to email me if you'd rather it be private.
Thanks y'all!



Today I'm thankful for...
18.  Figuring out how to post videos to my blog without having to ask anyone or google a tutorial

November 17, 2010

Caitlin Wilson











So y'all know I have a pretty serious blog crush on designer Caitlin Wilson so it's no wonder I'm on here talking about her and her fabulous work.
Again.
I saved these files to my laptop a few weeks BB (before BabyGirl) and forgot about them.  I almost never use my laptop anymore so it's no wonder these beauties went unnoticed.  Aside from the punchy teal and orange color scheme, I think I'm most jealous of the sitting room attached to the kitchen.  When we first bought our house I created a sitting room located right in my kitchen.  It was brilliant.  It was fantastic.  It was comfortable.  But then Matthew finished renovating our den and it was such a beautiful cozy room.  And it had no furniture. We have no money to buy a new couch and chair so alas, Isabella and her mini-me (my pink and green couch and club chair aptly named during my unmarried days) migrated to the den.  
We actually have a table and chairs in our kitchen now.  
So practical.  
Blah Blah Blah.
  To no surprise of anyone who knows me, this was the first evolution of the kitchen sitting room  
It changed about four more times before retiring.   I'm so sorry for the terrible quality.  I hate that we changed this room each time on a whim I never thought to take more pictures.

Today I'm thankful for...
17.  My sweet baby's smile and laugh.  Infectious.

November 16, 2010

Gorgeous High Heels

Today I'm thankful for...
16.  High Heels
They make your legs look long and lean and elevate a mediocre outfit in an instant.

I love EVERY.SINGLE.PAIR of Christian Louboutin heels.  
I wear an 8.5 for those of you still looking to put a check mark next to my name on your Christmas Gift-Giving list.  My Birthday is also right around the corner and these would make a lovely gift, hint hint.












I would also like the fabulous lifestyle that comes with these fantastic shoes.
Although I'm pretty sure if I owned a pair I'd have no problem wearing them to Bunco or the Pig.