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Our Birth Story

Our Birth Story

I’m 7 weeks postpartum and finally feel like I’m ready to share the story of how our little girl came into the world. When I was pregnant and would speak to others about my birth preferences, the one thing I was repeatedly told was to remain flexible and understand that things don’t always go to plan. Boy were they right.

The last photo before I went into labor. I was 41 weeks and 2 days.

A Little Backstory.

When I was pregnant I spent a lot of time preparing for the birth of our daughter. I wanted to have a birth with the least amount of intervention possible, assuming she and I were both healthy and thriving. I read many books, medical trials, discussion boards, and evidence-based websites and articles. We hired a doula and trained for Hypnobirthing. We could have never anticipated a global pandemic that would prevent our doula from being in the hospital room during labor. Nonetheless, we felt well-prepared, educated, and armed with the knowledge to make informed decisions. Aside from a healthy baby and mamma, my most important birth preferences were to avoid a c-section, avoid an induction, avoid an epidural and I really wanted to have a happy birth memory.… Read more

14 of Our Favorite Baby Products 1 Month Into Parenthood

14 of Our Favorite Baby Products 1 Month Into Parenthood

Our little peanut is a month old so I thought I would share some of our favorite baby products that we use daily or at least super often. It was a bit of a learning curve being a first-time mamma figuring out what worked best, despite the research I did prior to babe’s arrival. If sharing can help even one fellow mamma, then I call that a win!

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14 of Our Favorite Baby Products

SNOO – The SNOO is probably our favorite baby product. I can’t say enough good things about the SNOO. Shiloh has been a great sleeper overall and I’m convinced the SNOO has had something to do with it. We put her down while she’s drowsy but still awake and she is able to put herself to sleep – or the SNOO puts her to sleep, either way, it’s a win! It then soothes her to sleep if she gets fussy, helping her learn to self-soothe.… Read more

Nursery Bathroom Makeover Reveal

Nursery Bathroom Makeover Reveal

It’s finally time to reveal the nursery bathroom makeover! We decided to attack this bathroom after working so hard to turn our barely used catch-all bedroom into a nursery for our little gal. The bathroom was in pretty rough shape so we figured since we’d be getting a lot of use out of the nursery, we may as well tackle the ensuite bathroom. Since it wasn’t really in our plan, we wanted to redo the bathroom on a budget and gave ourselves $3k. Even though in the end we went over budget, we collected a few money-saving tips along the way.

Nursery Bathroom Before and After

I knew early on that I wanted to use penny tile in the bathroom. Penny tile feels so classic and farmhouse to me and I thought it would be cute in a kids room. We replaced some of the white tiles with light and dark gray tiles to create a pattern for some added detail and interest.

Removing the soffit box above the vanity was one decision that put us over budget but it was worth it.… Read more

Budget-Friendly Nursery Bathroom Makeover…now overbudget!

Budget-Friendly Nursery Bathroom Makeover…now overbudget!

If you’ve been following along on Instagram, you know we’ve been working hard the last month on the nursery bathroom makeover. We had hoped to redo the bathroom relatively quickly and on a $3k maximum budget, saving money where we can. We’ve made a ton of progress in the space, but we’re over budget. Wah wah. Let’s jump in and I’ll explain.

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Nursery Bathroom Makeover Update

Here’s what we started with:

Here’s where we’re at currently.

The new tile and vanity are in, baseboards are installed and I’m happy to report, we removed the soffit box and repaired the drywall. We have a faux wood beam on order that will be installed in the corner to cover the vent pipe and electrical cord that is currently visible. If you’re wondering what’s going on with the mirror, we had to remove it and move it up several inches because the new vanity and countertop backsplash is higher than the original.… Read more

How to Reglaze A Bathtub and Tile Surround

How to Reglaze A Bathtub and Tile Surround

When we kicked off the nursery bathroom makeover, I mentioned we chose to reglaze the bathtub and tile surround to save time and money, especially since it was all in good shape, just ugly. The tile was discolored due to water stains and the tub was a dark biscuit color. Bleh. You guys were so interested in this project so I’m going to share what I can. We outsourced the work and we were not involved in every step, so keep that in mind. I don’t have any pictures of the application process, unfortunately.

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How to Reglaze a Bathtub and Tile Surround

Check out our tub and tile before and after the reglazing application:

As you can see that there are a few spots in the grout that are not perfect. However, what a huge difference.

How to Reglaze a Bathtub & Tile: The Product

To reglaze the tub and tile, our handyman used this spray-on epoxy kit for the tile and this brush-on epoxy kit for the tub.… Read more

Cute Kids Bath Mats Round-up

Cute Kids Bath Mats Round-up

We’ve made a lot of progress in our budget-friendly nursery bathroom makeover and I’ve been fine-tuning the decor and shopping for accessories. Since we’re reglazing the tub and tile white, I want to bring in some color with the bath mat and shower curtain. I’ve been looking at so many kids bath mats, I decided to round up my favorites.

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A Round-up of 16 Cute Kids Bath Mats

1. Splish Splash / 2. Rise & Shine / 3. Tufted Rug / 4. Peachy Clean / 5. Crocheted Sun Mat / 6. Sunshine / 7. Polka Dot / 8. Multi-Striped / 9. Healdsburg Rug / 10. Rainbow Fringe / 11. Just Peachy / 12. Rainbow Tassel / 13. Squeeze the Day / 14. Peachy Clean / 15. Rainbow / 16. Fringe

When designing kids bathrooms, I think its a good idea to keep the tile, fixtures and vanity classic, and incorporate fun moments and color with the accessories.… Read more

Introduction to our Budget-Friendly Bathroom Makeover

Introduction to our Budget-Friendly Bathroom Makeover

All the progress on the nursery had me itching to freshen up the nursery en suite bathroom. The nursery was serving as a catch-all room prior to its makeover so the attached bathroom didn’t really get a lot of use. Therefore, we had no reason to give it any attention…until now. Aside from removing the carpet from the bathroom when we moved in (yes, carpet!) we hadn’t done anything else in the space. Since we have a lot of expenses associated with the nursery and impending arrival of babe, this last-minute project would have to be a budget-friendly bathroom makeover. We decided we would try to keep this project under $3000.

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Budget-Friendly Bathroom Makeover: The Before

The bathroom is a decent size with space for a 60″ vanity. The layout is funky but not awful. The tub is around the corner and the nursery closet is accessed via the bathroom.… Read more

Nursery Update: A Green Girl’s Nursery

Nursery Update: A Green Girl’s Nursery

A couple of weeks ago I shared the plan for our whimsical farmhouse nursery. We have been BUSY and major things have happened in the space! Installation of the vertical paneling and wallpaper is complete and we chose a paint color! It’s the most delicious shade of green. A green girl’s nursery, great for someone like me that is not a big fan of pink and purple. It took us 12 paint samples to settle on the color, but it’s perfect!!

Progress on Our Green Girl’s Nursery

Trim & Paneling

The first thing we did was remove all of the old window and door trim and replace it with simple 1×3 trim (actual 11/16 X 2-1/2 ). For baseboards, we opted for a flat 1×5 trim (actual 9/16 X 4-1/4). With the trim in place, we could start installing the vertical paneling. We used these 3-9/16-in wide x 8-ft long tongue and groove wall planks. I plan to blog a paneling installation tutorial so I will save additional details for that post.

Painting

After installing the tongue and groove paneling, patching the nail holes, and sanding, it was prepped and ready for paint!… Read more

Back Patio Gravel Extension

Back Patio Gravel Extension

We recently decided to extend the livable space off of our back patio. One day we plan to add a pool, but until then we wanted a little more elbow room for grilling, outdoor dining and entertaining. Our back patio gravel extension was a quick, easy and inexpensive weekend project that made a big impact.

For more on the covered portion of our back patio, check out our backyard patio reveal here.

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Back Patio Gravel Extension

First, we started by grading the area off of the patio using the box blade attachment on the tractor.

Once the area was relatively level, we boxed in the extension area using pressure treated 4x4s as a border. Then we laid weed blocking landscape fabric and had a load of limestone gravel delivered. We used 5 yards of gravel which cost $320 including delivery.… Read more

Whimsical Farmhouse Nursery Design Plan

Whimsical Farmhouse Nursery Design Plan

Finally, folks, we have a pretty solid idea on the direction we’re headed for the nursery! It’s about time considering I’m nearly 32 weeks preggo! Time to get on it because I don’t want to worry about finishing the nursery after Bebe arrives. Here is what we’re planning for babe’s whimsical farmhouse nursery.

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The Nursery Before

The room that is becoming our nursery was serving as a workout/catch-all/second guest room. Besides having new flooring installed, we have not done anything in the room until now…as you can probably gather from the super stylish ceiling fan and orange doors/window trim. 😉

A cute bay window adds some character to the otherwise small and basic room. I had hoped that we could lower the wall under the windows and create a window seat. We peeked inside the wall to see what was going on in there and unfortunately, because of how our roofline is situated and extends into the wall, it would be way more work than we want to put into it at this stage of the game.… Read more