Baby Nursery Reveal

Hello Friends!!

I am SO excited to FINALLY reveal our baby girl’s nursery!!!

I have been anxiously waiting to write this blog for the past 8 months, though I obviously needed to wait until the room was actually finished in order to write it. Alas, it is finished, minus some prints we have to wait to get until after she is born. I’ll try to say where we bought everything, but if I miss something, definitely ask.

Here we go…

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This first picture is from the doorway. I love this handmade, watercolor print of Psalm 121:8. We got it from She Reads Truth. I wanted it to be “spoken” over anyone and everyone who walks in and out of our little girl’s room, especially her. If you can’t read it, it says: “The Lord will watch over your COMING & GOING both now and forevermore.”

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After you step a little further into the door, this is what you’ll see. The blue, paper rectangles on the right side will be where some prints from our maternity pictures will go once we order them. Here is where the rest of it all came from:

Bookshelves: They are actually Picture Ledges from IKEA (see here) and they are fantastic for all her books.

Curtains: I made the curtains myself using Premier Prints fabric for the front and Blackout fabric on the backside, all from Fabric.com. Here are the specifics I used: Solid Pink, Mint Chevron & Blackout

Ottoman Pouf: We bought this on Amazon because it was the best price and I really liked all of the color options available. It is great to both put your feet on and to sit on. Check it out here.

“Bedside” Table: This is from IKEA (see here) and we painted the knobs gold.

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Heart Lamp: This lamp is one of my favorite pieces in the nursery!! It is GORGEOUS, btw (and can be found here). It came from Wayne Works on Etsy. He is a designer out of Texas and is AMAZING, might I add. Go check him out!

THE CHAIR:

I REALLY wanted a white chair, but my husband cautioned me because of how dirty it could possibly get. After some research, I settled on this chair from IKEA. My reasoning…the chair has a slipcover!! We bought 2 (slipcovers, not chairs) that way when I am washing 1, I can put the other on it.

What makes this chair unique is…we turned it from a regular, stationary chair into a gliding, rocking, rotating chair. And by we, I actually mean my amazingly talented husband!!

We bought a “replacement” glider online (from here) and then my husband attached it using some extra wood we had lying around. It was a trial and error type project, but we enjoyed doing it together. And the chair is SUPER comfy and functions GREAT!!

Here’s the underside:

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We wanted to add something different to the walls without having to paint, and this was the perfect solution. This is our “confetti wall,” another creation by my amazing husband might I add. We bought 2” gold, vinyl circles from Amazon (see here) and my husband made it look like confetti was falling from the ceiling. After our little girl is born, we are going to order this monogram from a LittleTouchOfHeaven1 on Etsy and hang it in the middle of the wall…after painting it pink.

The crib is a 4-in-1 Convertible Crib from Amazon (see here), though I originally found it at Babies R Us. We really like the 4-in-1 option because it means we are set for life with it :)

All of the bedding I made using more Premier Prints fabric from Fabric.com. It all came from the same collection, meaning it matches perfectly! Here are the specifics I used: Mint Squares, Solid Pink, Pink Polka Dots & Mint Chevron.

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We opted to put the changing pad on top of a dresser, instead of having a designated changing table. The dresser is this one from IKEA. It is the same “family” as the bedside table. We also painted the knobs gold.

Below is a picture of the little bins we got from IKEA for organization inside the drawers. I HIGHLY suggest these, considering all baby stuff happens to be teeny, tiny! Here is the listing: Skubb Boxes

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The wire baskets above the dresser are from Target, and we spray painted them gold. If you couldn’t tell, gold is our accent color in the room.

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The last picture is our collage wall. The 4 “pictures” up there came from Hobby Lobby. The “N” was originally black, but we painted it mint to go with the mint around the room. Here is a close-up of the pink framed picture…which I love by the way, it is Jeremiah 1:5 (Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you. Before you were born, I set you apart):

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The LOVELY ruler was made by some friends of ours and given to us as a gift. We love it and can’t wait to start making little measurements on it throughout the years. As well as the adorable arrow above the closet.

The “bench.” Well first off, it is actually a bookshelf from IKEA (see here) turned on its side. Then I bought a furniture pad from JoAnn’s and covered it in the Pink Premier fabric.

Lastly, the boxes…yep, those are all handmade as well. I used foam-core board from the dollar store, cut out each side, taped them all together, and then covered them in the leftover fabric patterns from around the room. They are supposed to have handles on the front, but I have not found the ambition to put those on quite yet. They work just fine without them, though.

And that’s it. Thanks for reading along through this LONG post, but also checking out our little girl’s nursery. We are anxiously awaiting her arrival and can’t wait to spend countless hours in this space with her soon.

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Our Second Wedding Anniversary

Four days from now, Jordan and I will celebrate our Second Wedding Anniversary, and our third year of being together. As I look back and reminisce over the last couple of years, I am reminded of some special moments I will forever hold dear to my heart.

First, I specifically remember having a heart-to-heart with my amazing pastor, whom I am fortunate enough to call friend. We were chatting about my desire to find the man I would spend the rest of my life alongside. There is much to the conversation, but the part etched in my mind and on my heart the most is a quote he shared by Maya Angelou.

“A woman’s heart should be so hidden in God that a man has to seek Him just to find her.”

– Maya Angelou

For the next few years, God and I would wrestle over this quote and my eyes would be open to how AMAZING He is and how He will FOREVER keep His promises to us. I realized I needed to be seeking God’s heart and God’s way instead of trying to figure out my plans for my life. The man HE wanted in my life forever was perfect in His mind, but He needed to put my heart (and his heart) in the right place first.

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2013 Boston Trip

Boy oh boy, my life for the past month or so has been absolute madness (and that’s an understatement!!), hence why I’ve been away for a little bit of time. Between school (like going to class), doing homework (and I mean A LOT of homework) and life (I’m a wife and a mom to 2 dogs), it has been a little on the crazy side. I am back, though, and have tons of things to post in the way of recipes! :) For this post though, I am going in a different direction.

In light of the recent news (and by recent I mean October 30):

Boston 2013 World Series

I thought it would be fun to show off some pictures from the hubby and mine’s trip to the amazing city of Boston. Seriously, if you haven’t been to Boston, you HAVE to go!! It was absolutely unbelievable. The city just ooses history EVERYWHERE! Jordan and I will without a doubt be visiting Boston for the rest of our lives, especially once we have little ones to bring with us.

For our first anniversary, I bought Boston v. Yankees tickets, so we headed to Boston on September 12th (Thursday) at midnight, arrived there at about 6A and stayed until September 15th (Sunday). The game was Saturday, so we bummed around the town on Friday and Sunday, just being tourists and checking out everything, and Saturday we took a tour of Fenway Park, which was one of the highlights of the trip by far!

So without further ado, here was some of the pictures. I hope you enjoy!

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Our Engagement Story (My Version)

Today marks month 15 that Jordan and I have been married. YAY! In these short 15 months, I have learned that marriage is most definitely about celebrating each and every day together (among lots of other things, obviously). The enemy is constantly trying to tear apart marriages, especially ones between 2 believers. I love how Stormie Omartian put it in her book The Power of a Praying Wife. “When a man marries, he leaves his father and mother and becomes one with his wife (Genesis 2:24). They are a team, one unit, unified in spirit. The strength of a man and wife joined together in God’s sight is far greater than the sum of the strengths of each of the two individuals. That’s because the Holy Spirit unites them and gives added power to their prayers.”

Without a shadow of a doubt, the enemy HATES the strength that is brought about through marriage. He will try with all of his might to break apart our marriage for the rest of our lives. BUT we have the power and authority (Luke 10:19), in the name of Jesus, to overcome evil and tell the enemy to back off!

With all of that said, today, on this 15th month of marriage, I would like to look back and celebrate our engagement story, through my eyes (Jordan’s version will be coming next month). Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy!

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