Office Makeover

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Every year Matt and I decide to tackle some big project in our home. We do a lot of things ourselves but this project was out of our league. We wanted to add a wall between our office and formal living room. Yup, you read that right... ADD a wall! It's not often that adding a wall in your home improves it, but in our case it made a huge difference!

I worked with my friend, Michaela, who helped me with the design elements and I love the way it turned out! She was so knowledgeable and easy to work with. I highly recommend her! If you'd like to work with her she is offering my readers $25 off her consult package. Just mention my name. Take a look at the before and afters below:

As you can see there was no door prior to the remodel. I wanted to make sure we still had natural light coming in through the office window so I opted for a glass french door. It arrived primed and I painted it black and added the matte gold lever.

At first it didn't cross my mind to do anything other than slap up a textured wall like the rest of the ones in our house. Luckily it dawned on me that I should add some interest by using shiplap. And whew! so glad I did! The contractor installed it and I went back and painted it myself. I love the character it adds to the room but I purposely brought in other modern design elements to keep it from looking too "country" or full blown farmhouse.

Remember the Barbie house monstrosity?! Maybe not...I clearly don't try to advertise it haha. We moved the Barbie house up into the girls' bedroom and Matt put a ton of shelving inside the nook to make it a closet. The contractor framed it in and added  the sliding barn door.

In order to give the barn door a bit more of a modern feel I went with a shaker style door (instead of the typical X style) and added the track to it with a modern handle. Can I get a hallelujah for how much better this space looks?!

If you turn around to exit the room you'll see the magnetic chalkboard Matt made for this space. Instead of cluttering my refrigerator with all my kids' *darling* art I tack it up in here. They still feel special with their masterpieces on display but it's in a more conspicuous location. Win-win!

Sources are listed below... let me know if I missed something you're interested in!

Matte Gold Door Lever: by Emtek, purchased at Amazon
Braided Rug: Pottery Barn Outlet
White Kids Table: Ikea
Toy Storage Unit: Target
Seagrass Storage Baskets: Amazon
Seaglass Blue Lamp: Crate and Barrel
Artwork: Minted
Letter Board: Letterfolk
White Craft Storage Drawers: Ikea
Metallic Plant Basket: Target (old)
Black Desk: Ballard Design (old)
Matte Black curtain rod: Amazon Basics
Pinstriped Curtains: Pottery Barn
Gold Floor Task Lamp: Target (old)
Magnetic Chalk Board: DIY
Barn Door Handle: Amazon
Light Fixture: Shades of Light
Faux Fiddle Leaf Fig: Ikea
Large Basket: Yard Sale Find
Desk Chairs: Target (old)
Ask Dad Sign: Hobby Lobby
Black Picture Frames: Magnolia Market
Floor Pouf: Target
The paint on my walls is called "Simply White" by Benjamin Moore. Ace Hardware carries it. I hope you enjoyed the tour! Stay tuned for the formal living room!

Logann's first birthday party: ONE of a kind

Sunday, May 17, 2020

It's been a minute since I've blogged... nine months to be exact haha. However the blog is not dead and I wanted to post about Logann's first birthday party! She had the time of her life and ate her weight in cake. 

I went with a "muted rainbow" theme and the phrase "ONE of a kind." Quarantine wasn't about to rain on my party!

Lolo, you are a dream baby. We've had the absolute best year with you and are looking forward to so many more fun memories. We love you, sweet girl!

Rainbow Balloons (long): @shopsweetlulu
Macrame Wall Hanging: borrowed
Brown "table cloth" (it's a baby blanket): @Mebie.Baby
Rainbow Cake Topper: @hello_dearheart
Rainbow Garland:
Wood Letter Board: @maderamodern
Larger Daisies on Door: @merimeriparty
"One" cake topper: @everartisan
Balloon Garland Kit: @blushballoonparty
Daisy Garland: Target
Pom Pom Garland on Chalkboard: Target last year
Cupcake Toppers: DIY
Wooden Rainbow: Amazon
Rainbow Cookies: @morgieporgiepuddinpie
Pink Vase: HobbyLobby
Small Wooden Cake Stand: Magnolia Market
Large Wooden Cake Stand: Home Goods
Rainbow Garland on Mantle: cut from the invitations by Olive and Iris

Cal and Evie's Mickey and Minnie Party

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Hot diggity dog! Cal and Evie turned THREE and we celebrated them Mickey and Minnie style! Although after Everly saw the decor she declared that she preferred an Elsa party (insert eye roll). I'm not sure how long I can keep up the boy/girl joint theme going on. And I refuse to do a joint party with two separate themes. Suggestions?!

I actually purchased just about everything at party city. Or I used items I already own. The sugar cookies are by @morgieporgiepuddinpie but everything else I made myself with my cricut (cutting machine).

The balloon garland I made myself and I have to say THIS electric air pump has been a life-saver. 

Prolacta Bioscience for NICU babies

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

When your preemie is in the NICU, the ONE THING you want most is to take your baby home!

If you've been following me for a while you know that Blair was in the NICU after she was born early at 35 weeks. She spent 10 days hooked up to many breathing machines, jaundice blankets, and feeding tubes. Having to drive home without her every night was heartbreaking. I’m grateful things went smoothly and we were able to bring her home so quickly— but for babies born
extremely premature, it could take months until they have grown and developed enough to go home.
Nutrition is so critically important in the NICU.

Preemies miss out on the last trimester growth period, so they need extra nutrition to catch up for what they missed in utero. I learned that the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends adding a nutritional “fortifier” to mom’s or donor breast milk so that babies born weighing less than 3 lbs. 5 ozs. 1 can get the added calories and protein they need for brain and body development.
Surprisingly, most “fortifiers” labeled “human milk fortifier” are made from cow milk, which has been linked to serious complications.

Thankfully, I found an alternative: Prolacta Bioscience makes the first and only nutritional fortifier from 100% human donor breast milk. And it’s proven to reduce complications compared to cow milk fortifier. I’m partnering with Prolacta Bioscience to help raise awareness. We want moms to be educated so that they know to ask for Prolacta by name. And thanks to many moms already out there, NICUs nationwide are now changing the standard of care by making Prolacta’s 100% donor breast milk fortifier available as part of an exclusive human milk diet.

If you have a preemie, or know someone who does, please be a voice for them. Click my link for information about how to get Prolacta and share with friends, family or even your baby’s care team.

Logann Mae's Nursery

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Since we decided to wait to know the gender of Logann her nursery was very gender neutral to start with. I used most of the decor from Cal's old nursery and planned on throwing in some pink if she was a girl. Well, she was! I just got one other piece of wall decor for above the glider that is freaking cute but when I photographed her room it hadn't arrived yet. THIS is the piece.

One of my favorite pieces in this room is the swing by Little Dove Store. You can check it out HERE.

Wood flower from hobby lobby, love you more abacus from hobby lobby, yarn rainbow from oh little wren IG shop, wood letter board from madera modern IG shop, alpaca source unknown, rainbow stitching from oh little wren IG shop, buffalo print unknown (and soon to be changed out to her bible verse), lamp from target, nightstand from ikea, crib from babyletto, flokati rug from amazon, blue rug from crate and kids, sheet and blanket from mebie baby, navy pillow from pottery barn, pink pillow from target, garland from target, flokati pillow from pottery barn kids, rocking chair is vintage, plant from target, moses basket from amazon
book shelves from target, bow rack from amazon, clock from target, curtain rod from amazon

dresser is vintage, mirror from target, macrame plant holders from amazon

plants and pots from target, throw pillow from target, swaddle blanket is evies, side table from amazon

curtains from ikea

wall hanging from target, geometric shelves made by matt

wood rainbow from amazon, wood block gifted, bible verse card from magnolia market
Most of the decor was repurposed from Cal/Evie's twin nursery. I'm loving the boho vibe in Logann's room and all the natural textures. It's probably my favorite room in the house right now :). Let me know if you have any questions!

Logann Mae's Birth Story

Thursday, May 30, 2019

April showers sure did bring us a May flower! Logann Mae was born on May 22, 2019 at 3:48 pm. She came into the world quickly (for me) after about 3.5 hours of labor (thank you, Jesus!). She was 7 pounds, 13 ounces and 20 inches long... my biggest baby yet! Also the baby I carried the longest. Blair came at 35 weeks, the twins at 37, and Logann at 40!

I had a lot of hopes for Logann's birth but was trying to keep my mind set as flexible as possible. I wanted to remember that no matter how she entered the world, as long as we were healthy then that was a good thing.

I mentioned that my "plan" was to have a natural birth. I had an epidural with Blair and the twins (in hind sight if I had had different doctors with the twins I wouldn't have needed one. C'est la vie). You can read Blair's birth story HERE and the twins HERE.

On Monday my doctor checked me and I was dilated to a 4. He stripped my membranes (again) and this time I hardly noticed...which meant my body was more ready for labor. The baby's head was farther down. He mentioned that he was on call in the hospital on Wednesday and that after that he wouldn't be on call till July. I LOVE my doctor and really wanted him there for delivery so we decided to schedule an induction. He knew that I wanted a natural birth so he suggested breaking my water on Wednesday as opposed to Pitocin. He figured I was "ripe for the picking" and that that would get things going quickly.

My doula and best friend helping me to stay in control during transition

After talking things over with him, my doula, and Matt we decided I was a good candidate for induction and I headed to the hospital on Wednesday morning. They broke my water at 12 and at first I didn't notice much while sitting in bed. My doula texted me to get up and walk around and that definitely got things moving. I had contractions that I could walk and stand through for about an hour and then things started to get serious.

I asked for the bosu ball and spent the rest of my labor on that! My doula arrived around 2:30 and I was really feeling it. She helped me to stay in control of my breathing. In through my nose and letting it out slowly through my mouth. For me, it really helped to hum while letting out my breath and to rock on the ball. Motion and noise helped distract me from the pain. I kept drooling because I was so focused on my breathing I couldn't even swallow my spit! In hindsight it is hilarious. The pictures are awesome haha. Listening to worship music by Lauren Daigle also soothed me.

Once I started transitioning I was getting desperate. I kept asking "How much longer?" because for me it helps to have a deadline on my pain. There were moments when I said I couldn't do it anymore and that I was going to need the epidural. At that point I was so close to delivering but didn't know it yet. I was repeating "I can do anything for one minute and one day" over and over in my head. I also had to remind myself of other women I knew who had labored naturally and that if they could do it then I could do it! The last thing that I told myself was that this was temporary. I wanted to meet the goal I had set for myself.

Realizing it's a girl

My doula reassured me that I COULD do it and to focus on my breathing. She reminded me that I was strong, that I was made for this, and that I wanted this! Minutes later I started to feel the familiar "pressure" down there and told her my body was starting to push on it's own. She told me to stay in control while she told the nurse and doctor who apparently were standing right outside my door waiting for her green light. They came in, I had one more contraction on the ball and then they helped me onto the bed. The next contraction I pushed half of her out and then had another half contraction and the rest of her came out. One and a half pushes?! I'll take it!

The amount of relief I had after that was overwhelming. So much so that I didn't even ask/look to see what the baby was till after they had laid her on my stomach. I was so glad to be done laboring! When I did ask they picked her up and I was the first to see it was a GIRL!!! I was SO surprised and happy! My whole pregnancy I was telling myself that it just made sense to have a boy but deep down I had a feeling it was going to be a girl. My body carried Blair the same way.

And yes while it would be nice for Cal to have a brother he has three boy cousins his age who live right down the street... he will be just fine! And I have to admit... he is my special boy and I kinda like having him all to myself as my little boyfriend. He's going to make a great husband one day that's for sure!

After realizing I had had a natural birth I was on top of the world! I shouted, "I am a CHAMPION!" so loud I'm sure the nurses station heard me haha! I also said, "I can't believe all you stupid people who do this!!!" Which then my doula reminded me that I was now one of those "stupid people." Haha. My doctor was laughing and just said, "See? This is what all births should look like!" He was beaming and so was I. The emotion and joy in that room could not be matched. I'll never forget the feeling of realizing I had done something that seemed impossible. It must be similar to running your first marathon and crossing the finish line.

The Lord met me in so many ways that day. From little things to big things. I got a full night of rest the night before. I labored and had Logann at a super convenient time which allowed my Mom, doula, and photographer to be there without too much trouble. My labor was fast. Pushing was minimal. I didn't tear (bonus!). My doctor delivered my baby. I didn't need an epidural. Baby and mama were healthy. My kids were able to meet her shortly after. My milk came in and has been plentiful (nipples are currently being chewed off but that's another story). And it was a GIRL!

God. Is. Good. And I realize not everyone gets their perfect birth experience. And if I didn't then guess what? He's still good and I would have learned something from that too. He is always refining us! And let me tell you... four kids is refining LOL. My time has come!

Let me know if you have any questions below! I'm an open book! :)