August 30, 2013

Coffee Date; Dry Shampoo, Key Ring App and Some of my fave things right now.

Hi friends!

Welcome to another coffee date Friday! I've missed you. Today, I'm sharing some current faves that I'm loving and have been using lately. 

Thanks for joining me for coffee today. Linking up with Alissa at Rags to Stitches.

Here's the link to the free calendar I mentioned in the video. 

Plus, don't forget to leave me in the comments below your fave 
places to shop & your fave skin care products.

Also I'm having a Labor Day sale in my Etsy shop!
Use code: LABORDAY20 for 20% off and help me clear out some stuff to make room for new stuff.
GO HERE to shop!

Thanks friends!

August 28, 2013

{In Progress} House Tour

If you've ever wondered about what my house looks like today is your lucky day. I haven't shown you a house tour since I showed you pictures of it blank and bare right when we first moved in. See part 1, part 2, part 3 and part 4

So today I'm excited to show you around and take you on a little video tour of my downstairs. Here we go! 

Thanks for coming on a tour with me. Next time we'll tour the upstairs. 

August 26, 2013

HIS love runs deep for us.

When we were in the hospital for the first time when I gave birth to Ava, I remember those first few seconds they put her on my chest and Orion and I sat there and just starred and cried at this little miracle. So overwhelmed with love and all kinds of emotions as first time parents. 

Those few days we spent in the hospital were spent soaking up every moment as new parents. When we got home and started to settle into life with a newborn, everyday I couldn't help but feel overwhelmed with love for this little one. 

And in those first few weeks of Ava's life, I started to have this revelation of what the Father's love for us his children must be like. I've been following Christ for much of my life, I have felt his goodness and love in my life several times. But, it wasn't until I had children of my own that I feel like I could really understand and grasp his love for us.

His love runs deep.

When we mess up, and do dumb stuff he still loves us.

He still is there, waiting for us to run to him with open arms. 

Just like the father was there to greet the prodigal son when he returned. God is always there for us. The Bible is overflowing with scriptures about love, about his love for us and how we should love others.

God's greatest commandment is love. 

Just as the Father has loved me, I have also loved you; abide in My love. John 15:9

Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law. Romans 13:10

When I think about these things I can't help but be encouraged in my own relationship with Christ. Encouraged in my marriage, in my parenting and relationships with each other.

If we do, think and respond with an attitude of love towards one another how much better would love areas be? 

Responding to my children in love when I'm correcting them instead of anger or frustration. Thinking with attitudes of love towards my husband even when I do not always feel like it. Nurturing realtionships with friends in love. 

But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us.  Eph 2:4

Life is not always perfect, neither are we. But, daily come back to HIS love for you. Let HIS love for you overflow out of your heart, have an attitude of love and see it begin to change your perspective and how you respond in your own life. 

I encourage you today, and challenge you and myself to this week think about how you can express love to others, to your family and in your life. 

How much has the Father loved us, that we should pour out love to others around us. 

August 23, 2013

Three Helpful Tips for Weight Loss!

Hi Friends! Today, I want to share with you some helpful tips and things that I've learned being on this journey to lose weight and become a healthier version of myself.

I know you want a quick fix, I know you want me to reveal to you this magic potion that will make you skinny and all your fat dissapear. I know, I wanted that too. But, the truth is that losing weight and creating a better life is WORK!

I've literally been working my butt off these last few months in order to see results. And here's the truth you just have to start. You have to start somewhere, so why not start today.

Right after you read this post, ok? Deal.

These are just my thoughts and things that have helped me in losing 50+ pounds thus far. First thing, these are besides exercise. You can not expect to lose weight if you're not moving your body. So these tips are beyond that.

1. A Positive Attitude 
You won't start anything new if you have already defeated yourself before you start. The biggest part in working out is pushing yourself through those mental blocks so that you can push yourself through the physical ones. When I started working out I was out of shape, couldn't do half of the things Jillian (30 Day Shred) wanted me to do but you know what? I kept going. I kept an open mind and decided that I wanted to do this, that I needed to do this for my body and so that I could live the best life for my family and children. A positive attitude makes all the difference when you start.

2. Set Goals & Reward Yourself
Setting goals for yourself helps to keep you motivated. And you need to stay motivated if you're going to keep going. I don't know what your goals are, they can be big or they can be small. When I started the only goal I had was to lose the 32 pounds that I'd gained with baby #2. Once I hit that goal I re evaluated where I wanted to be and what I wanted to do with my lifestyle. So I set new goals to help keep me motivated. Once I reached a goal I also set a reward for myself. When I could no longer fit into any of my jeans I rewarded myself with going shopping for new ones. Setting small and big goals has helped me stay motivated and it can help you too.

3. Drink Lots of Water
Give up your sugary drinks, your soda and stay hydrated. Most of the time when we're "hungry" or craving something it's our bodies way of telling us were de hydrated, especially if we've already had a meal. So if you've already had a meal before you reach for the cookie drink a glass of water and see if you're still hungry or having those cravings. Aim to drink at least a gallon of water a day, or half your body weight in ounces of water daily. I drink water all the time! Very rarely these days do I drink anything else, unless I'm out with some friends I may treat myself to a Dr. Pepper but in moderation. Drinking water will help flush out your system and aid in your weight loss.

August 22, 2013

Let Hope In #LetHopeIn

I'm excited to be on the official launch team for the book Let Hope In by Pete Wilson. If you've been reading this blog for any amount of time you may remember my review of his first book Plan B. You can read the review here if you'd like. I truly believe that God used the words in Plan B to transform my perspective about my current circumstances at the time, and since then it's had a lasting impact on my life.

I'm excited to be sharing with you over the next couple weeks the launch of his latest book Let Hope In. Over the next couple weeks I've got some fun and exciting things I'll be rolling out to help promote this book and share stories of HOPE that God has given myself and others in my life. Can't wait to share with you all!

For more on the book releasing October 1st, check out their links below:

August 21, 2013

5 Questions: Kim from The TomKat Studio

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If you're a party/event minded person like myself I'm sure you've heard of my next blogger as well. Kim from The TomKat Studio, she's one of my fave party gals. I discovered her blog about 3 years ago via Project Nursery. I quickly fell in love with her blog, and her shop full of party goodies as well. I've ordered from her shop for the last 3 birthday parties, if you want to add some adorable party stuff to your next little ones party check out her shop.

I've had the pleasure of meeting Kim several times, as she lives here locally in Phoenix and she's always the sweetest. I love her go get'em attitude and her work ethic, she inspires me as a mom and business owner. Check out Kim's answers below.

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Thank you Kim for being apart of this series with me, connect with Kim;

August 19, 2013

20 Things You Should Know About Me

Happy Monday folks! Let's get to it. 

In an effort to get to know each other better, here's 20 things you should probably know about me. Mmmkay? Here goes! 
  • I used to have a cat when I was a kid, her name was Nancy. As in Kerrigan.
  • Which brings me to my next thing, I used to be obsessed with figure skating. Now I'm just slightly obsessed. 
  • I come from a BIG family, a blended family. I have 4 four siblings plus 3 step siblings. And that's just my immediate family, let's not even get into my 20+ cousins. But, I love it and wouldn't want life any other way.

  • My nickname is "Annie." My little brother gave me this name when he was around 3 or 4 because he couldn't say Andrea. It stuck. Mostly my family uses this nickname, especially my Mom. 
  • I'm an Auntie. I have 2 nieces and 1 nephew. They call me "Aunt Annie."
  • I used to play the alto and baritone sax all through junior high and part of high school.
  • I was a cheerleader in junior high and high school. For both football & basketball.
  • I used to dance as a kid and stopped taking ballet just before high school.
  • For the longest time (before I had kids) I thought I wanted 4 kids, but now I'm thinking two sounds just about right for us.

  • The Hubby and I have been married for 6 years and moved 5 times to different houses and apartments within this time frame. You might call us gypsies.... I kid.
  • I'm a MAC user, I made the switch back in 2009 after much protesting and haven't looked back. Love my MAC!
  • I value my friendships a lot, they mean a great deal to me and I strive to be a great friend as well.
  • I'm an old fashioned notes and cards person. I love sending notes & cards through snail mail.
  • I have one sister and we're 11 months apart in age. She's older. For one month since my birthday is before hers we're the same age. It's pretty awesome sauce!
  • My husband and I met when I was 22 and he was 27. We dated for a little over two years before getting married.

  • My first job ever was working for a local trucking company filing delivery receipts after school. I made $5.50 and hour and thought I was rich! 
  • I started competing in pageants when I was 16 years old. I learned a lot from this process and to this day have such a deep appreciate and love for the Miss America Organization.
(wild & crazy hair just like her)
  • The first blog I ever got hooked on was She's Star Crossed. She made me want to start my own blog. 
  • My favorite candy is Hot Tamales followed by Reese Pieces.
  • My favorite food is my Mama's Enchiladas. 
Ok, now it's your turn! Quick tell me 5 things about yourself. Or if you have a post like this leave a link in the comments so I can come learn about you. 

August 16, 2013

Our Bodies Were Made to Do This.

Happy Friday guys!

If we were having coffee today, this is what I'd tell you. 

You guys, last night I started the Couch to 5K program (#C25K). I'm not a runner but after doing 3 months of shredding with Jillian and only occasionally running I decided I want to run.

Let me tell you for most of my life I've had a hate relationship with running. My best friend tried to get me to run when we were in high school. Didn't happen.

When Orion and I were first married we had a gym and for like a week I was a runner and then I went back to hating it! Moral here, I hate to run. I'd rather poke my eyes out.

But, sometimes if you want to reach your goals you have to push yourself further than you've been. Step out of your comfort zone and try new things. Embrace new things. Love what you hate.

While I was running last night I had this moment of clarity as I was running I just kept thinking our bodies we're made to do this. God made our bodies to work for us and not against us. But we fuel our bodies with crap making it so we can't do anything with our kids without feeling winded. Our society tells us we can eat crap and we believe these lies!

But God made our bodies to work. They are like these awesome machines that we need to take care of so that we can be here for the long haul.

I can do it. You can do it. Keep going.

If we were having coffee today, what would you tell me? Have you completed this program? What's been going on in your week?

linking up today with Alissa from Rags to Stitches.

August 14, 2013

Who said you could grow up?

I don't know what it is, but it seems like Zane is growing so fast. Oh wait, yes I do. Could it be the fact he's teething 4 teeth all at the same time? Or the fact that he's hit just about every milestone earlier than Ava ever did?

He's about to turn 8 months old in just a couple days and my head is spinning at how fast he's been growing. And if I'm being honest it's making my mama heart a little sad. It has me humming Taylor Swift's 'Don't you ever grow up" in my head all day long. 

He started crawling at six months.

Sat up on his own at seven months and within a a few days of that, next thing I knew he was pulling himself up all on his own. Now, he just crawls over to something he wants to pull himself up on. He's hardly crawling at all just pulling himself up onto things.

There are moments when I just want time to slow down a bit so that I can enjoy his babyhood a little bit longer.

The days are long but the years are short. 

Oh how this is ringing so true for my season of life right now. When I'm waking up 2-3 times in the night still I try to remind myself of this simple yet true statement.

When I feel like my time is so divided by these two little ones who need different things all at the same time, I try to remind myself that they won't be like this forever.

Babies grow and change so fast, Zane is no exception. It makes me just a teeny bit sad. Especially when I think about weather or not we'll have any more children. If not, and he's my last baby it starts to make me really sad. And then I need to remind myself even more to enjoy and live in the moment that we have now. 

When you have only one child to attend to and think about I think you don't feel as rushed. Now that we have two children that are at vastly different stages in life it's so hard, I feel like time is wizzing by me. Ava is three and so full of life, energy and spunk. Zane is experiencing everything for the first time and I want to soak in and linger on those moments too. 

When the sun sets and the day is done, I try to remind myself of these small moments that we had during the day. The moments that won't happen again. Things that were said won't be said again. Cute things Ava said through out the day, I write them down in my journal and tuck them away in my heart. 

When I'm rocking Zane at 11 pm and then again at 3 in the morning I'm remembering that these moments won't last long, even though while in the midst it seems as if they will never end. 

They will grow up. They are growing. 

Even though they don't listen to me when I tell them not to. ;)

August 12, 2013

My Fitness Journey Part 2: The First 3 Months

When I made the decision to change my lifestyle and make healthier choices I knew I needed to start somewhere, small changes led to big changes in my life. Sometimes we don't always know where to start, but start small and start somewhere and see where it takes you. (you can read part 1 here)

At the point where I decided to make some lifestyle changes I'd already lost the 32 pounds that I'd gained during my second pregnancy. Bringing me to my pre pregnancy weight of 158 pounds. I knew that I was over weight and that things needed to change.

I'll be honest and say that first month after deciding to make a change, I didn't start working out. I started changing my eating habits, I started by writing down every last single thing that I was eating in a journal. I wanted to start seeing what I was putting in my mouth. It helped me to see it all written down and evaluate what things I could go without, what things were high in sugar and in fat.

Also during this time I discovered that Zane had an aversion to dairy. He was spitting up horribly after every feeding and I couldn't figure out why. After talking to a couple mama friends they suggested cutting out dairy and seeing if that would clear it up.

Cut out dairy? How could I do that? All the things I love cheese, milk, yogurt...did I mention cheese? They were all dairy. I'll be honest and say that the first week was really hard and I fell off the wagon a few times. But by week two I was doing better with this and Zane was not spitting up anymore, he was a much happier baby. This gave me the motivation to keep going with that for him. He was miserable, having horrible crying fits at night. After cutting out dairy for two weeks he was not having any of these issues any more.

After 1 month I'd already lost 10 pounds. I couldn't believe it 10 pounds just with changing my eating habits; cutting out sugar and watching what I eat. Which meant a lot of portion control, not eating after 9 pm.

Month two; I started working out. I knew I was going to need to start moving my body if I was going to loose the rest of the weight I wanted. I also knew that working out needed to fun and attainable for me or I wouldn't stick with it.

I pulled out my DVD of Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred and blew the dust off of it. I popped it in and started level 1 that day. Horribly out of shaped, during that 20 minutes I thought I was going to die more than once. One day turned into six days and by the end of the first week I was feeling better and sleeping better.

Within those first couple weeks I was pushing through, I worked out in front of my husband for the first time in years it was crazy. I was feeling better about myself and gaining more confidence in myself.

The last three months I've been working out at least 20 minutes a day, some days I do 45 minutes depending on how much time I have. There are days when I'll do 20 minutes during the day and another at night when my Husband gets home.

Now I switch up between doing 30 Day Shred everyday and a cardio dance DVD. I also run every now and then as well. Even when it's 112 outside I hit the pavement right in my neighborhood. I've never been a runner, actually I've always hated it. Now, it's getting easier for me. It's still really hard and most times I want to quit but I don't! I keep going, because I'm seeing results and I'm feeling better than I have in years.

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Now after 3 almost four months I've lost 21 pounds. Bringing my total weight loss to 53 pounds to date. It's so exciting to see hard work, sweat and determination pay off in my fitness goals. I won't say that it has been easy, but it is getting easier. When I hit my goals it's so awesome, it's made me want to make new ones.

And this change has truly become a lifestyle change. I hope to share more on that in part three, more on how my changes have affected my family and how it's made all of us better for our health. Thank you for all your kind words on my previous fitness post.

Mom, you are enough.

Being a mother is like being in a whole different kind of culture. And you don't really understand motherhood exactly until you become one yourself. Within that beautiful thing we call motherhood comes joy, happiness, struggle, and lots of other feelings that I could go on and on about. Just like anything in life motherhood has its highs and lows.

One thing I have noticed since I became a mother is that moms (me, you) we all need a little encouragement. We want to know that we're doing a good job, making a difference and that the little things we do for our children and families mean something big to them and matter.

There's so many differences and opinions these days on how to "mother" what you're supposed to do or not do it can really have your head spinning and you may feel like every other mom in the room is about to judge you for your choices and decisions.

I have felt these too.

I have felt the sting of opinions.

The ever flowing guilt that motherhood can bring.

There are days when I don't feel confident at all in my mothering skills, and other days when I feel like I'm super MOM and totally on top of the world!

To the mom who breast feeds, you're enough.

To the mom who formula feeds, you're enough.

To the mom who works outside of her home to help provide for her family, you're enough.

To the mom who stays at home, what you do is enough.

To the mom who just yelled at her kids five minutes ago and feels guilty because it came out all wrong, you're enough.

To the mom who is tired and feels like you will never find rest, you're enough.

Today I'm shouting from the rooftops this, and hoping that as mothers we all take a few moments to realize that you are enough. That you'd take a few moments to encourage that mom you see in the grocery store struggling with her kids.

Today, I'm saying this to myself over and over again.

And on days when I feel like I haven't an ounce left to give I pour myself a big cup of coffee, and ask Jesus for a lot of help along the way.

Though my heart and flesh may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Psalm 73:23

August 9, 2013

four years in phoenix.

It dawned on me this week that, we've lived here in Phoenix for four years now. Four years. Wow, those four years have gone by fast. We moved here just four short years ago, I was newly pregnant with Ava it was the beginning of August and so hot outside.

We were all thinking to ourselves, why did we move to Phoenix in this heat while we were unloading the truck.

I never wanted to move to Phoenix. Sure, I'd lived in Arizona before Orion and I got married for a short time but Phoenix was never on the radar. I was in love with Northern Arizona where I spent some years growing up. No, Phoenix was certainly not on the list.

We moved here from Minneapolis for a ministry position with a church. And during these four short years we have experienced much transition and change but I am forever greatful for a few things that have been brought my way in these years living here.

My two children were born here.

I have met some of the greatest friends. They have become family to us, and we're so thankful to get to share life with them.

We've been blessed to be apart of an awesome church. One that is encouraging, and one that took these broken former pastors and gave us a place to heal and transition.

God has pleasantly surprised me the last four years. This was a huge move for Orion and I, and back in 2009 it was just us, newly pregnant with Ava when we moved across the country and made Arizona home. It took a long time for this place to feel like "home" now four years later we're building a life with our children and that is so good.

It's been harding living so far away from family, and people ask me all the time how we do it. Sometimes I don't always have the best answer but this is my answer to that;

It's hard, some days are easier than others but that is why I am so thankful for our friendships here. Because they have become family to us. The friends that welcome us into their home for Thanksgiving and other holidays we're so greatful. We're thankful for a church and Pastors that care about us. Those two things alone make living so far away easier on my heart and spirit.

Cheers Phoenix. You've been good to us.

August 8, 2013

Becoming a Mom Times Two.

This time last year I was pregnant with Zane, house hunting, and trying not to lose my ever loving mind trying to potty train Ava. My pregnancy with Zane went by in the blink of an eye, I had all the grand plans of documenting every month in pictures with Ava by my side and doing all sorts of things but in the craziness that was our lives last Fall a lot of those things fell to the way side and sleep and trying to make sure things were in order in our lives took priority.

I remember blogging about my different pregnancies. It shouldn't have come as any surprise to me that these two kiddos of mine would be different after having such a different pregnancy experience. Even my birthing experience with baby #2 was so different.

(just hours after giving birth)

I didn't know how this new baby would change me, I didn't even know that it would change my mothering but it has. On one hand a lot of the things that gave me anxiety as a first time mom didn't the second time around. There was a bit of confidence in my step knowing that some of these emotions, milestones and situations I'd already been through and knew exactly what to do and how I felt about it.

And then without warning baby Zane became a much different baby that Ava was. And all those things "I knew how to do" got thrown out the window for middle of the night crying out to whom ever would listen saying "I have no clue what I'm doing."

My son is now almost 8 months old and he's still not sleeping through the night. I just started "sleep training" him last week. I've shed more tears in the last few months than I think I have in a couple years.

I feel tired ALL THE TIME.

Most days I don't feel like I have it together.

Sometimes I feel like I'm going to lose my mind. There are days when I run to the bathroom and just close the door for a few seconds just to collect myself and say a prayer before coming out to re join my kiddos.

My son is different than Ava in so many ways, and because of that I find myself dealing with and parenting him differently.

And sometimes I wish they were the same, you know? Cause that would be so much easier than the current season I'm in.

A season where a lot of grace is needed when the house isn't as clean as I'd like it to be, or when I haven't accomplished most of what was on my "to-do" list for the day. This transition from one to two has been really hard on me, and now almost 8 months later I feel like we're kinda starting to catch our groove.

Last weekend I was at a birthday party for my friend's son and two other moms and I were sitting there chatting and they asked me what the transition was like going from one to two? I took a deep breath and asked them again if they wanted my honest answer and then began to share my heart.

It has been hard, there have been lots of tears shed. There has been moments of frustration and pure exhaustion. But, there have also been sweet moments that I know I'll never get back.

Moments when Ava looks at Zane and tells my how much she loves him. And I love how she calls him "her baby." 

And when I'm sitting there in the middle of the night in the dark rocking my son and trying to calm him down I remind myself that this hard thing I'm going through is just a season.

A season that will be gone all too quickly.

I say many, many prayers and ask God for wisdom and for him to fill me with super natural strength because I can not get through my days without HIM. I remember what a precious gift it is to be their parents, and that I get to raise them.

My encouragement is that I know this will not last forever (I tell myself this daily too). Sure, it's very hard right now but it will not be forever. So in these moments I try to keep my perspective on this. And let myself off the hook a little bit and know that I'm still trying to find my way and that's ok.

August 7, 2013

5 Questions: Tamarria The Believing Woman

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Today's 5 Questions comes from blogger turn real life friend! Tamarria is the editor & blogger behind The Believing Woman; a Christian womens' blog. I love her heart to encourage other women, and her friendship has been an encouragement to me in my own life.

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Um, another reason I love her? We love all the same t.v. shows! :)

Thanks for sharing with us today Tamarria!

Connect with Tamarria by visiting her blog or any of her social media sites listed below.

August 5, 2013

Right of Passage for Summer; Jelly Shoes. #jellysareback

This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and Jelly Beans but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #JellysAreBack

Do you remember your first pair of Jelly Shoes? I do, I think I was around 7 or 8 and I can still remember trying them on in the store and so excited about having these awesome pink shoes on my feet.

Fast forward a few decades, and everything comes back. Now my own little is wearing her own jellies and probably thinking that very same thing. In fact, she was so excited when she opened the mail and found her hot pink jellies inside.

Of coarse we put them on right away.

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They are the perfect shoes for these Arizona hot summers. Since the shoes are light weight and very breathable her feet won't get to hot in this heat.

Her favorite color is pink. I love that these shoes go with just about every outfit she has.

You can even play in rocks in your dress with your jellies!

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Jelly Beans is now offering FREE shipping for all their US orders from their website. Snag a pair for your little one, or if you're like me snag a pair for yourself too so that you can match your daughter. :)

They also have the most adorable packaging and a little package of jelly beans inside when you open them. I love little details like that from companies.

Ava and I enjoyed our jelly beans out on the patio, while she wore her shoes and played in rocks. Isn't that what childhood is about?

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Visit Jelly Beans on any of their other social media sites below for more info and inspiration. 

August 1, 2013

Zane's Nursery

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I'm excited to finally share with you Zane's completed nursery! His room has been completed for the most part for a few months. There were just some finishing touches I wanted to add before I showed it to everyone. When we found out that we were having a boy I knew somehow I wanted to encorporate my Husband's love for the Oklahoma Sooners into our baby's room decor. 

However, I didn't want it to be all football themed in every corner. I dreamed up a mood board of reds, creams and neutral colored walls with hints of red and football. See the original mood board here. 

I love how it turned out, I can't wait to take you on a tour! Let's go!

This is the view from the doorway. When we moved into our new home and finally got furniture in, the room ended up being to small to add the dresser I wanted. Instead we used the furniture that was in Ava's nursery. Someday we'll add the dresser when there's no longer a need for the changing table. 

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curtains & rug: Ikea
white furniture: Graco Lauren Edition Babies R Us
Paint color: Natural Linen by Glidden

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Above Zane's closet is a banner that was made by a friend and hung at my baby shower. I brought it home that day knew that I wanted to use it in his room. I decided to hang it above the closet, I love that it was handmade by a friend and is something personal in the nursery decor. 

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The crib skirt and the quilt are two of my faves of the whole room. They really are huge focal points and add so much to this room. The fabric was one of the first things I picked out for the room, I knew I wanted something red and you can't go wrong with chevron. The quilt was a gift from a former co worker who made this for me. I came into work one day to find it on my desk, it's such a beautiful piece to have in his room and a wonderful reminder of a great friendship. 

The glider and ottoman are just on the opposite wall. I made the pillow with some of the leftover fabric I had on hand. 

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glider: Babies R US
pillow: made by me
red chevron fabric:
crib skirt: made by me
quilt: gift

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This little shelf is one of my faves in the room. Above it sits one of Zane's newborn photos that I took. One the shelf I placed a few of my Husband's personal football items. The mini helmet is my husband's that he's had forever that was just sitting in a box of personal items. It now sits on the shelf and had a permanent home. 

shelf: Lowes
Sock monkey: gift
newborn photo: taken by me

I wanted to display some of the children's books we have, since Ava we've accumulated a ton of books. I wanted to display a few of them and create a little toy nook in the corner of the room. Ava was a little hesitant to "give" her brother some of "her" books but it was a good lesson in sharing. ;)

The shelves are just photo ledges from Ikea that we already had, they make great shelves for displaying books. 

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shelves: Ikea
red toy bin: DownEast Home

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I shared with you already the gallery wall I put together for the room, I love how this came together. Below it sits the changing table and the canvas bins I re did. They hold all sorts of baby things in each bin. I love the idea of numbered bins, my interpretation of the numbers on a football field. 

hamper: Babies R Us
changing pad: Babies R Us
canvas bins: Target, hand painted by me

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Just a few more details of the room. The big "Z" was a paper mache letter from JoAnn's that I spray painted red and hung on the wall. 

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I had so much fun creating this nursery for our sweet little boy. I love seeing him in his room, and I love creating rooms for our little ones. I love everything about this room, but if I had to pick a favorite thing it would probably have to be the gallery wall. It was so fun collecting all those elements. Thank you for letting me take you on a little tour today. 


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