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Farewell 2015 – Our Year in Pictures

Happy New Year’s Eve! 2015 has been an amazing year! It has been so much fun looking back on all our memories and seeing how much our lives have changed; for the better, of course!

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This has certainly been the best, most exciting year of our lives, so far! I look forward to another year of adventures with Randy and now with our sweet little girl!

I wish you the happiest New Year! Cheers!

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Adding Some Christmas Cheer

I have been a little behind on getting Christmas decorations out this year, probably because time just flies by anymore. I feel like my days go by in a blink of an eye. I guess that this is normal when you are a first time parent.

My days have been looking like this here lately – get up to feed Ada, drink some coffee, play time, fight with her to get her down for a nap, drink some more coffee, clean what I can in the house, do one part of a load of laundry, deal with a cranky baby because her nap wasn’t long enough, try reading books and rocking to help her go back to sleep… oh, it’s 5:00 pm already?! What in the world are we going to have for dinner? Scramble around in the freezer and pantry, and find wine, ice-cream and cereal.

By the time Randy comes home, I’m exhausted with a very overtired baby. Luckily, Randy is extremely understanding and has made some fantastic dinners for us. If it wasn’t for him, I’d probably starve! 😉 As you can see, decorating has not been a high priority this year. But I did manage to get some decorating complete. It was important to me to have a little bit of festiveness around the house; it is after all, Ada’s first Christmas!

It helps to be dressed in cute Christmas pjs to feel like Christmas! And I love that we match! Yeah, I’m that mom! 😉

I absolutely adore these bottle brush trees from Target! I think they are perfect for Ada’s nursery! I bought them on Black Friday and did not receive them till about a week ago. My order, somehow got lost; but Target was super helpful and fixed the problem immediately – so kudos to Target.


I think the colors are perfect for a little girl’s room! I happened to have card stock in these colors, so I made the “Merry & Bright” banner. I just love how it all came together!

And here are some more pictures of Ada in holiday pjs! Isn’t she the sweetest? I sure do love this little baby!



Only a few more days till Christmas! I hope your holiday is merry & bright!

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Nursery Tour

As you all know, I have been planning my baby’s nursery long before I ever got pregnant. Seeing it all come together these past few months has been so much fun for me.

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I would love to change the letters to something a little prettier. But since we had not really decided on a name until she was born, I just got some cheap letters to hang up so we could arrange the flowers. I would like to put up something like this.

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She has just as much clothes as her mama.

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We installed a screen door to keep our animals out of the nursery. It has worked very well.


Nursery Sources:

Crib: Jenny Linn Crib from Amazon

Crib Bedding: Gray Linen from Pottery Barn

Crib Sheet: Etsy

White and Gray Quilt: handmade from my aunt

Gray Owl: Pier One, similar

Doll: Candy Kirby Designs

Hello Sweetie Pillow: Live Sweet Shop via Brickyard Buffalo

Wall Flowers: Target (only available in stores – sold out), similar

Ada’s Name: Kraft Paper Letters (painted gold) from Hobby Lobby

Corner Shelf: handmade from my grandfather

Black Lamb: handmade from a friend

“Though she be little” sign: Altr’d State, similar

All picture frames: TJMaxx

Round Wicker Basket: Target

Pink Glass Canister: Amazon

Storybook Flowers and Yellow Vase: from baby shower/from a friend (I believe she got it on Etsy)

Bookshelves: Spice Racks from Ikea (painted white)

Glider: Baby Furniture Plus

Quilt on glider: handmade from a friend

Changing pad: Keekaroo

Wire tray: TJMaxx

Blackout Gray Curtains: Amazon

Chest of Drawers and Dresser: Randy’s childhood furniture

Furniture Paint: Valspar Gray Palisade

Furniture Hardware: Etsy

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Sneak Peek of the Nursery

We are now less than one month away from D-Day! I can’t believe how fast these past few months have gone. And now here we are, a month away, still trying to get the nursery pulled together and getting baby essentials! Eek!

I lay awake at night going over all the things that need to get done before baby Maples arrives… I even dream about it. Needless to say, sleep has been more exhausting then restful as of late.

After weeks of painting furniture, we finally finished! Yay! I am so happy that project is complete. It took so much longer than anticipated. And now we are doing the fun things, like decorating, putting up the crib and going through the mountain of baby clothes. This girl is already like her mama when it comes to clothes!

The little block has one of my favorite sayings, ” Though she be but little, she is fierce.” And I love hanging beautiful baby clothes up in the nursery for decoration. These two are my favorites, for right now. 🙂


And I am so in love with the crib bedding that my parents got for us! The amazing quilt was handmade by my aunt Debbie (no sewing machine)! Isn’t it beautiful?!

We still have a lot to do! We still need to hang up the decorations, put up some shelving for books and organize everything! I think we will get it all done before she gets here!

My main concern now is making sure we have all the essentials, Baby Maples still needs a few things. Any suggestions on baby basics?

Happy Friday!

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24 Weeks & Nursery Ideas


Baby Maples is the size of an eggplant!

How far along? 24 weeks
Maternity clothes? yes, but I have been rocking my maxi dresses
Stretch marks? not yet
Sleep: sleep has improved
Best moment this week: having a checkup and finding out that everything is on track and healthy
Miss anything? sleeping on my stomach, my normal clothes and sushi!
Movement: Baby Girl is moving like crazy – she has her daddy’s energy
Food cravings: I could eat cereal just about every meal and still loving fruit and chocolate cake
Food aversions: no
Gender: Girl
Labor Signs: no
Symptoms: acid reflux has been my constant companion this week and my belly stretching hurts; especially around my belly button 🙁
Belly Button in or out? in but getting wider and shallower
Wedding rings on or off? on
Mood: happy but the acid reflux is no fun
Looking forward to: decorating the nursery

I am a little embarrassed to say how long I have been planning and dreaming about my nursery. Let just say, I have been gathering ideas for a long time – which is made evident of my Pinterest account! Any how, I am very excited to finally start buying and putting together all my ideas for this nursery.

I love nurseries that are neutral and elegant. Restoration Hardware has put together the most beautiful and perfect nurseries. When I think of my nursery, I imagine it looking something like this:

I love the grays and creams with pops of color here and there. I would like to incorporate a little bit of pink and mustard yellow into our little girl’s room. I found this crib sheet on Esty and it has been my inspiration for the color scheme. I just love the mixture of these colors.


After finding this sheet, I stumbled upon this nursery:



I love the grey, peach and gold. And I also love that this nursery is girly, but not too over-the-top. It has just enough feminine charm. 🙂

I am so excited to get this nursery together! It has been so much fun shopping for the nursery. I have been using Baby List for my registry and to help me keep track of everything I find and love. This website is amazing! You can put any item from any store/website into one registry! It makes things so much easier; especially since I love baby items from Etsy!

Happy weekend!