Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Nursery: DIY Mobile

I promise nursery pictures are coming soon!  But first I wanted to share my last DIY project for our little girls room.  I'll admit I wrapped this up a few weeks ago, but I just finally got around to getting this post together!  But I am determined to get all of my nursery posts up before she gets here, and well that could really be any day now!  Though I'm thinking we are looking at the later versus the sooner, but we'll see, you never know.

I knew I wanted to incorporate a mobile into the nursery, but I knew with our slopped ceilings it may prevent a little bit of a challenge.  I gathered some inspiration from Pottery Barn Kids and Pinterest and got to work.


This project was super easy and probably came together in just a few hours, minus actually hanging it in the room, which I left to Martin.

I picked up most all of the supplies needed for this mobile at Hobby Lobby.


Supplies Needed:

  • Embroidery hoop, I used a 14'' one
  • 2 types of paper, I used vellum and card stock
  • Glue Dots
  • Craft Punch, mine was a 2.5'' butterfly
  • Trim, enough to cover your hoop
  • Fishing Line
  • Hot Glue Gun (not pictured)
Start by punching out all your little pieces.  Because of the size of my mobile I decided to go with 17 strands, 4  butterflies on each so I needed 68 butterflies punched from each type of paper.


Once I had all my butterflies punched out, I cut my strands of fishing wire they would be hanging from.  I made my lines about 20'', but that is all dependent on how long you are going for.

Then it was time to assemble each strand.  Starting at the bottom of each strand, I spaced the butterflies out about every 4 inches or so.  I used my first one as the template and just eyeballed the rest from there.


I started with a card stock butterfly on the bottom, put a glue dot in the center, ran my fishing line through the glue dot, and then sandwiched it with a vellum butterfly on top.  Though I had 17 strands the assembly went rather quickly.  Then it's time to piece everything together, this was probably the most challenging part of the whole thing.

You will only need the inner ring of the embroidery hoop.  Using your fishing line create a cross on the hoop.  Where the fishing line attaches to the hoop tie attached another piece of fishing line to create the top which you will use to hang it from the ceiling.  I kept these pieces really long since I had no idea at this point exactly what I needed, and it's always easier to go back and trim.


I used a ladder and a clamp to suspend my prepared hoop to make assembly easier.  I started with attached my first string to the center of the cross, and I made this one the longest.  From there I attached 4 more strings on the midway point of each supporting string, half way between the center and the hoop.  These I attached slightly shorter then the center piece.


Finally I attached the remaining 12 strands around the outside of the hoop, 3 per quarter.  These strands I made the shortest.  I first attempted to knot the fishing line, but it just wasn't cutting it, everything was sliding around.  So I ended up securing everything with a drop of hot glue, and that worked perfectly.  I was a little nervous it was going to melt the fishing line, but I did a test run and the line survived.

Once all the strands were strung I simply used my hot glue gun to attach the trim I had found at Hobby Lobby around the top of my hoop, and assembly was complete!


I love that it was so easy and allowed my to incorporate a mobile into the nursery.  We decided to hang it above the chair in the nursery so hopefully she will be able to look up at it when we sit there together.


Stay tuned for the rest of the nursery soon!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Bumpdate | Week 37


Week|  37

Due Date| August 15, 2015

Total Weight Gain| I think this is the first time I only gained what I was supposed to between appointments, granted now my appointments are only one week apart!  I'm still rapidly approaching the plus 50 lb mark!

Gender| Baby Girl!

Symptoms| The acid reflux that showed up last week has still been making an appearance, not all the time.  But it's worst when it pops up in the middle of the night and wakes me up, I can't stand the feeling!  I also have some major swelling.  I'm sure this bought of 90 degree weather we're having isn't helping, but I don't even recognize my feet anymore.  I keep telling myself that someday soon I'll be able to wear shoes other then the two pairs of flip flops that currently fit me.

Cravings|  Slushes!  This hot weather has been making me want them more and more, not ice cream or smoothies, but slushes.  Good thing there is a Sonic around the corner from our house!

Sleep|  I've gotten some pretty decent nights sleep lately,  It may have something to do with the fact that I made Martin drag our guest bedroom mattress into the living room floor which has been the coldest part of the house.  I've also started having some crazy vivid dreams which I read can happen towards the end of pregnancy.

Clothes|  I think I'm down to a small handful of dresses that are cutting it in this weather we've been having, my options are getting pretty limited!

Workouts| Now I'm pretty much living in a state of constantly being winded.  Everything leaves me out of breath, so lets just pretend everything is a workout, because it sure as heck feels like it is!

Nursery|  I know I promised some pictures last week, soon!  Remember how I mentioned earlier I made Martin drag our guest mattress into the living room.  Well that also had to do with the fact that the cat had an accident on the guest bedroom carpet one too many times and I decided the carpet in there needed to go.  So last weekend we took everything out of the room and tore up the carpet because I seriously couldn't stand it for another second!  So needless to say our house is in a state of a little bit of crazy right now.

Movement|  I had the official ultrasound this week to document that she was in the right position and though it's harder to see much of her on the screen it was so cool to see her moving her mouth and sticking her tongue in and out.  Now I also know what body parts are where so I'm knowing when it's a kick or a jab.

Best Moment this Week|  Even though it put my house in shambles, getting that carpet out of here was seriously what I needed.  On a plus side in the baby department we also have the car seat officially installed and got it checked off at the police station.

Missing|  Having a choice in clothes, and shoes.  And I've also desperately been missing working out lately, which I never thought I'd really say!

Looking Forward To|  Getting our house back in order!  This weekend, it is happening - it's time to get all of our ducks in a row because the end is getting near!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Bumpdate | Week 36


Week|  36

Due Date| August 15, 2015

Total Weight Gain| Do we really need to keep track of this anymore?  I have definitely packed on more then anticipated, and wouldn't be surprised if I see the plus 50 lbs by the end.

Gender| Baby Girl!

Symptoms| I got a new one this week, acid reflux.  At least I think that's what it is, seeing as I've never had it before in my life.  I woke up a few times in the middle of the night with this burning sensation up my throat, and for the first time I got it while I was awake last night.  Definitely not a fan, but I know it's a common pregnancy symptom.

Cravings|  I can't say I've needed anything in particular, in fact usually I have a hard time deciding what I want to eat.  But a hamburger and fries sounds good more often then not lately.  And I will never turn down anything cold, at all.

Sleep|  I think my hips hurt more after a night of sleep then anything else.  They are just done with the two sleep positions I'm able to use right now.  I do have some nights where I make it all the way through without a bathroom break, but I'm totally at the point where I have to use my feet to peddle myself from one side to the other when I want to flip over.

Clothes|  Dresses, dresses, dresses.  They are comfy and cool and those are the top two priorities at the moment.

Workouts| This category probably doesn't need to be on here anymore!  I don't see me picking up my activity in the weeks to come, I feel like I've slowed down to a snails pace!

Nursery|  I think I'm pretty much calling in a wrap for now!  I know it will always be evolving and changing, but last weekend we got the last few things hung, stay tuned for pictures soon!

Movement|  She's definitely wiggling around in there,  I'm getting a few more sharp blows then in the past, but luckily they are few and far between.  Lot's of hiccups, almost on a daily basis - at least that's what I think they are.

Best Moment this Week|  Finding out at my OB appointment that she has flipped into the right position!  I was nervous when she wasn't head down by the time they say 80% of babies are, but I'm glad she decided to find her way on her own!

Missing|  Getting up and down and around without feeling like a beached whale!  Soon I will be able to bend over again.

Looking Forward To|  Meeting this little one!  It's getting so close that I got the official instructions at this weeks doctors appointment about what to do/when to call if contractions start.  Now I'm down to weekly appointments.  I'm excited and anxious all at the same time!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Bumpdate | Week 35


Week|  35

Due Date| August 15, 2015, we just passed the 1 month left mark!

Total Weight Gain| Definitely packing on the plus 40lb, I'll get the official total next week.  No point torturing myself in between doctor visits.

Gender| Baby Girl!

Symptoms| Some days it feels like there is nowhere left for my stomach to stretch, it almost feels like if it stretches anymore she's going to drop right out of the bottom of it.  Those most be when she has a growth spurt of something  because then it will settle down the next day, probably once my skin has stretched out to accommodate.  I'm also slowing down to a whole new level, in life, with everything!

Cravings|  Still sticking on the cold and sweet train.  I'm also still guzzling a ton of water, which is good, but it has to be cold!

Sleep|  I'm making it through the night, but with some serious tossing and turning going on.  And of course every toss or turn comes with me rolling over, because rolling over is a whole process.  I'm finding myself waking up sore, staying in any one position too long doesn't feel good!

Clothes|  Me and maxi dresses are BFF's lately.  They are comfy and cool which meets about all of my requirements at the moment.

Workouts| Yeah, don't bank of seeing too much in this category for the remaining duration of this pregnancy!  I'm still dancing a few lessons a day, and on Sunday Martin and I got out for a walk.  A very casually paced one, but it was a walk nonetheless. 

Nursery|  Still a few little odds and ends to get into place, I'm hoping to get it wrapped up this weekend!

Movement|  She slowed down a ton this past weekend, which definitely gave me a little fright, but she picked back up on Monday.  This little girl is not consistent at all, but she's still wiggling around in there.

Best Moment this Week|  This is a little sad, but rediscovering the max a/c button in my car, we were best friends last week, and it felt so good!

Missing|  Not loosing my breath doing the simplest things!

Looking Forward To|  Checking some big to do's off our list this coming weekend like cleaning the carpets, installing the car seat and making sure our hospital bags are packed.




Thursday, July 9, 2015

Bumpdate | Week 34


Week|  34

Total Weight Gain| Yeah, I'm pretty sure I just passed the plus 40 lb mark.  The good news is I must be carrying it well because don't believe me when I tell them that, or they are just trying to be extra nice!

Gender| Baby Girl!

Symptoms| Still sticking strong with the occasional swelling and back/hip pain.  I've been pretty tired lately, which isn't too surprising.  And a few days I've felt like the skin on my stomach is so tight that there is no place else it could possibly stretch too, but the good news is that feeling usually subsides the next day.  It's amazing how I can go from completely uncomfortable one day to feeling great the next, but I'll take it!

Cravings|  Anything cold and sweet.  We're not even having that hot of a summer, in fact it's colder then I can remember in forever, but that doesn't stop me from being hot all the time.  Popsicles, slushies, smoothies, ice cream. . . I could make meals out of all of them.

Sleep|  I was on a good roll, and then the long weekend hit and for some reason my body just wanted to be up between the hours of 3 and 6 am, which I personally wasn't too fond of.  Perhaps it's just preparing me for what's in my near future!  Luckily the last few nights have been better, but I think getting totally worn out from work helps.

Clothes|  All maternity, cool maternity clothes.  Any day I wear pants I tend to regret it - too hot!  I also started to pick up some stuff for the hospital and after, like some nursing bras, super glamorous.

Workouts| Remember we're at the point where living in and of itself is a workout?!  Seriously, I even think rolling over in bed counts because its a serious project!  I am definitely at the point where I am slowing down hardcore.  I had gotten to the point where I wouldn't teach anymore then 3 lessons in a row and work, and now that's even becoming a challenge, depending on how busy the rest of my day is.  

Nursery|  I've gotten some more stuff washed and put away.  A few more things I'd like to make sure a washed and ready before she comes, and a few more little projects, but generally I'm feeling really good about where it's at.

Movement|  Lots of wiggles and flutters, she doesn't seem to be running out of room in there yet!

Best Moment this Week|  Having a long 3 day weekend, it was so needed!

Missing|  Sleeping in any position I desire, and not waking up every time I turn over.

Looking Forward To|  Meeting this little one.  It's getting more and more real and we approach things like needing to start to pack a hospital bag and get the car seat installed.  I can't believe we'll be meeting her in just about a month!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Bumpdate | Week 33



Week|  33

Total Weight Gain| Let's just go with a lot until I get my next official weigh in at my OB appointment next week.

Gender| Baby Girl!

Symptoms| The swelling is starting to set in at a whole new level, but just on certain days.  I'm so thankful we've had a more then mild summer, at least for what we are used to here in the midwest.  My body must know when it's my first day off because there is something with Sundays, everything seems to hurt the worst on Sundays and by the time I go back to work on Tuesdays my body seems to have recovered.  I'm getting to the point on some of the hotter days where I can't/don't want to wear my rings because it is just plain uncomfortable, but it's not a permanent thing yet.  And I think my belly button is seeing the last of it's days laying flat!

Cravings|  I never really thought of this as a craving, but I've been eating yogurt and granola every morning for the last few months so perhaps that counts!  And last Sunday I had a craving for popsicles, specifically the lemonade ones, and Martin was nice enough to go get some.  Anything cold and sweet is hitting the spot.

Sleep|  Still going pretty good, but I most definitely wake up anytime I want to roll over, aka hoisting myself from side to side, it's not too pretty at this stage in the game.

Clothes|  You will find me in dresses more often then not lately, I'm just so hot all the time!  Comfort is key!

Workouts| I'm almost feeling as if I should just take this category out of here, because it's pretty much nonexistent.  Mainly because everything feels like a workout now!  So that counts right?!  

Nursery|  I can officially say I have all the big stuff checked off the list.  I shared our most current update earlier this week, and now it's on the the smaller details.  Hope to get it wrapped up this month.

Movement|  I feel like this last week I'm noticing her wiggle around more and more frequently, perhaps it's just because she's gotten bigger and is now more noticeable to me even when I've got other stuff going on.  But she's still very low key, I'm thankful nothing has been too violent as of yet, and I'm hoping that this is going to be reflective of her personality outside the womb!

Best Moment this Week|  Getting the last big project checked off in the nursery and actually feeling like it's all coming together for her!

Missing|  My waistline and a full closet of clothes to pick and choose from!

Looking Forward To|  Wrapping up more projects around the house that all seem to be in a mid state, I'm definitely in full on nesting mode!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

June Favorites

Hey!  I'm back today (I know surprise number 1) with something other then pregnancy or baby related (surprise number 2).  Let's just attribute it to that third trimester nesting stage where I actually feel like I'm starting to get things done.  I'm not promising that it will last, but I'm making an effort.

Today I'm sharing a few favorite things from June.  June was my birthday month and many of these beauty goodies were birthday treats.


This one isn't even about the eye shadow, it's about the pro palette in 2.  Maybe it had been forever, but last I had checked the smallest pro palette I could get at MAC held 4 shadows, but my 2 all time favorite eye shadow shades are MAC's Retrospec and All That Glitters and I would go through them faster then any others.  So I would always just buy them in the individual containers.  Well when I stopped in to restock my colors, they were out out one of the colors I wanted and that's how I learned about the Pro Palette X2.  I love having my 2 favorite colors together, I seriously use them on almost a daily basis.  And they are $10 a piece for the refill pan, versus $16 for the individual container, for the same amount of product.  Can't beat that!

I think it was fate.  I was waiting and waiting to use up my old bronzer, that thing lasted forever!  And the day Martin and I were going to the mall for something else I dropped what was left of my old bronzer compact and the bit that was remaining was shattered to pieces.  I've always loved Nars blush in Orgasm, but I had been wanting to try their bronzer in Laguana - I've always read so many rave reviews about it.  And what better birthday treat then to get there duo with both products.  So far I'm loving the Laguana bronzer, it looks natural and goes on easily and it's so nice having my blush and bronzer together in one compact, it makes getting ready even easier.  Plus I forgot how much I love the Nars Orgasm blush.  Don't get me wrong I like my Tarte blushes I've been using, but I love this blush it is my all time favorite!

This was one of two lip pencils from Nars I got as my Sephora Birthday gift, gotta love a free gift!  And I'm totally loving this lip pencil.  I haven't tried the other darker shade yet, but so far I love this shade for an easy neutral day to day color, and I love how it feels.  It isn't heavy like a traditional lipstick, but it gives a good amount of color and a ton of moisture.  I get no dry cakey feeling like I typically do when I wear traditional lip sticks.  This is one of those products that I will definitely pay to replace when it runs out, and I'm even curious to give more colors a go.


With my sweet tooth making itself known more so then ever lately something else I've been enjoying this month is a sweet treat at the end of each meal.  One of the treats I'm particularly enjoying is Cosmos Creations Salted Caramel Puffed Corn.  Even though it's a sweet treat (it reminds me of some homemade caramel corn I've made in the past)  I love that it's made out of natural, non-gmo ingredients.  Don't get me wrong, it's still an indulgence and more sugar then I should probably be consuming, but I'm taking advantage of consuming those extra calories while I can!

What have you been loving lately?

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