We are in buying-mode with baby now. I know people assume that because we’re having a second boy, we can just reuse everything. That is true in some cases, but this is also likely to be our last baby. We will reuse some clothes and shoes, but only the things I LOVED. We also now know what things matter to us and the things we wish we would’ve had more of last time or different items of. Somehow our “needs” list is pretty long still. And of course, our “wants” list is longer, but let’s be real. That list is not for the baby. It’s all about me there and I’ll probably skip most of the wants.
We have three months left, but as a fairly Type A planner, I always get nervous. What if he came early? What if I had to go on bedrest? What if another catastrophe occurred? Well, we’d deal, of course, but getting things in place is nice. We had B’s nursery done in February and he was due the last week of April. We are into March now and baby is due the first week of June. When I tell people I’m due in June, I think they are like “wow, you have a while to go” thanks to this Minnesota weather. No one can quite grasp that June is coming quickly.
The reality is that we are just three months from baby’s due date this week. That means, I’d like our nursery done early next month and I’d like our drawers stocked with diapers and thing we need. So, I’ll be sharing a lot of my favorite items from my time with Bodhi and some new stuff we’ve picked up for our second baby in the coming weeks. In case you missed it, I’ve already covered some great modern nursery rockers and gliders.
With Bodhi, we didn’t register for or realize that young babies do need some stimulation. We ended up picking up a few things once he started grabbing things. This time around, we know the importance of having good places to set baby when we’re busy and keeping him stimulated enough. Although, I’m sure Bodhi running around and playing and talking to him will be stimulation enough.
Here are a few of our favorite things (and some things we have picked up already) that to me, sort of fall in the “toys” category for baby. (more…)
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I am SO ready for spring this year, friends! I’ve been buying hot pink tulips to make my house feel fresh and bright just to survive these last weeks of winter. You know what else helps? Refreshing your look with a few makeup tips and some fun new products. I just picked up a few items for my wardrobe to springify a bit and I’m switching from a winter beauty routine to more of a spring routine, but a natural beauty routine that is easy for everyday wear. It feels SO good to think spring with my look.
Today, I’m sharing three products, with the help of #WalgreensBeauty, that will take you from the winter blahs to spring beauty in less than 5 minutes. A huge thank-you goes out to gorgeous cousin Alyssa, who graciously agreed to model these products for us today.
Have you checked out H&M’s home section? I didn’t even know they carried home items until Nick and Amber covered some of the fun finds last year. Since then, I’ve been obsessively stalking their home site every time I go on to buy something for B or the new babe. I love their boys clothes too and their prices for home items can’t be beat. Many of these items would make great hostess gifts or would pair well in a housewarming basket. (more…)
I’ve changed my mind again, friends! I’m going a very different direction with the nursery. I think this is much more my style, even though I was loving the softer design of the other board. The reality is, I like a few bold patterns, bold colors and I want stripes. Is that so wrong? And, I feel like the stars are getting too popular. Yes, how popular something is can be a big turnoff for me.
When we traveled to Sri Lanka, I had some really peaceful moments on the beach. I’ve always loved the beach, but this trip reminded both my husband and I how peaceful the ocean is and how much we love it. And B is a huge fan too. A very subtle beach theme feels right for us, especially as we battle the remains of a very cold, very snowy Minnesota winter. (more…)
You all know that we added Tiffany to our team last year. She has been the greatest addition to Live the Fancy Life and to my life. She is such a wonderful friend and a huge support for me. We text
weekly daily about everything from very serious conversations to insecurities to exciting finds at our favorite budget-friendly shops to previews of house projects and DIYs gone good (or bad).
Well, so excited for you find out her news! Stop by The Tastefull Life to get the scoop. And don’t forget to leave her some serious love over on her blog!
p.s. We have a snow day today in Minnesota so B and I will be in the new playroom if you’re looking for us. :) Hoping to get the project mostly done today!
Photo credit: Tiffany of The Tastefull Life. Photo used with permission.
With the new little babe on the way, we have to combine our playroom and guest room in the coming weeks. I want the playroom to be a childish space, but since it also needs to serve as a guest room, I chose a sophisticated color palette and I’m using everything I can that we already own (including not changing out the paint color).
I love the way the room has a slightly modern, slightly industrial vibe, but is also really simple and clean. (more…)
I’m so excited to finally share an interview with my beautiful friend about her first novel, Bloodmark.
My high school friend Aurora Whittet has always been the girl who chases dreams. She was never afraid to dream bigger and knew she could do anything she put her mind to. This is something she and I have always connected on. I worked with her for several years at our small town supper club and was lucky to be a bridesmaid in her wedding. We have kept in touch over the years and I got to work with her a bit on the public relations for this novel.
Today, while I’d love to review the book for you, I’d rather share Aurora’s story with you. There are many great reviews on Amazon and throughout the Blogosphere. She is an inspiring, amazing, beautiful, kind woman who is truly chasing her dreams with a full-time job, baby and husband in tow (along with some very sweet furry friends). (more…)
I have been sick for a full week with a stomach bug and have been in this room for the majority of seven days. I won’t go into details, but I will say that feeling terrible, being dehydrated, having low energy and not being able to eat at all or drink my daily cup of coffee made the past week no fun (don’t worry. I visited a doc since I’m pregnant and dehydration can be a big concern). I can’t remember ever being this sick in my life and I’m sure pregnancy and a toddler added to that a bit.
But, my husband was a rock star and beyond. You know how when moms get sick, they still have to function? Well, I wasn’t functioning. My husband understood and took over completely. I literally laid in bed for a week with the exception of one day when I felt amazing for some reason and then went back to terrible.
Laying in bed for a week, while it may sound awesome to some very exhausted parents out there, is not good for the soul. I started feeling like I would NEVER get to hang out with friends again, NEVER have energy to play with B again, NEVER be able to get all of our house projects done before baby etc… I started to feel hopeless. Not good. (more…)
I’m so excited to work with Cold Stone Creamery on this sponsored post.
I know some people don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day because it’s a “Hallmark holiday” but I love any excuse to celebrate in life. This year, with no babysitter and the big LOVE day on a Friday night, we have decided to stay in. Because, who isn’t tired after a long work week?
My husband and I are not new to the idea of having a date night at home, but I wanted to put together something extra special for our Friday night Valentine’s Day date night in after the kiddo goes to bed (Read all the way through. There is a sweet giveaway.). (more…)
This is a hard post to publish. I feel like there is a risk here that some of my opinions about sleep may be taken wrong or people won’t agree or won’t like what I have to say. My intention is not to offend, but to share. This is simply my experience and I want to share it for those out there experiencing sleep struggles and for myself. xoxo, Jessica
Even with an almost 3-year-old, I am obsessed with sleep. Those newborn nights nearly three years ago are to blame. I would go to bed fearing how bad the nights would be. I would pray that I could get any sleep at all. I would try to “solve” our “sleep issues” rather than embrace them as just a part of this season of our lives.
I spent the short hour or two hours that B was actually sleeping in those early days, weeks and months, filled with anxiety about when he’d wake up rather than drifting off into a bit of much-needed sleep. Every sound would make my body tense as I wondered if he would wake before I even got a moment of sleep or worse, he would wake the moment I actually did fall asleep.
I read every baby sleep book and article out there from Dr. Sears to the most extreme cry it out options and after a lot of thought and soul-searching and quite a bit of trial and error, finally realized something. (more…)