This Week // 33

And now, for your viewing pleasure, a never before seen photo of the total chaos that is our new house!

House Moving

That there room is allegedly the office. Or will be someday soon, as soon as all of the office-type things are out of those boxes. I don’t care that it’s in a shambles. It’s ours and it’s a mess and I love it. We spent our first night in the house last night, so we are finally in the same place as all of our belongings and our very own bed, which is a feat in and of itself. There’s a mountain of work ahead of us, but I’m so excited to tackle it and get the place ready so we can settle in and wait for the little guy to get here. Follow along on Instagram for more house updates — the place has its own hashtag now, y’all. Check out #alovelyhomeindeed (and thanks to Kelly for the hashtag inspiration!).

This weekend my sweet sister is throwing me a baby shower, so I’ll be crossing my fingers that I still fit into the only appropriate dress I own for the occasion! Have you ever had a shower thrown for you? I always get so overwhelmed and shy — it just totally blows my mind that all of these people are willing to come together and help you set off on the next stage of life. It feels so overwhelmingly kind, ya know? And I feel so bashful about it all, I kind of get squirmy with all that attention and present opening and fussing. But it’s just so heartwarming and I’m so grateful for the people who are helping Baby Foy get a head start.

Whatever you’re up to this weekend, hope it’s a beautiful one! xoxo

This Week’s Faves

I want to make one of these for every room in the house.
If I didn’t already have the barcart of my dreams, I’d be all over this one.
Pretty sure if I got this I’d wear it on the daily this fall.
And these have no calories, right? So I can eat all of them?

More Lovely

You gotta make this for your kid… or yourself. College!
Can’t sleep. Bah.
Been thinking lots about the chemicals we have around the house, because of the little one!
Mr. Lovely’s world-famous Trader Joe’s pizza.
Get a jump on Halloween, ya weenies!

Married Life // Getting Ready for Baby

readyforbaby

I mean, is there such a thing as being “ready” for a baby? I’m starting to think not. You can pick the name, put together the crib (or watch your husband put together the crib), and paint the walls, but I don’t feel like any of that means you’re ready. But still, we’re trying to “ready” ourselves as much as we possibly can.

I guess in our heads, being ready means being educated but not crazed. Yeah, we’ve read a few books. And we’ve scheduled all of our classes so we know which end of the kid to stick the diaper on and which end to feed. And the nursery is on its way to not being a shambles. But other than that, I think we’re both mentally preparing ourselves for… um, anything. It seems like we’ve had an unspoken agreement all along that we, together, will be ready to tackle whatever changes the kiddo brings. Maybe he’ll be a great sleeper or maybe we will be up every night for the next six months. We’re ready. Maybe breastfeeding will be a breeze or maybe it’ll be a nightmare. We’re ready. Who knows? But I think the thing is, I’m feeling ready because Mr. Lovely and I are heading into parenthood with the same vibe. Basically, let’s do this — together.

I keep reading and hearing everywhere that the best thing you can do to raise a child is keep your marriage strong, secure, and on the top of your priority list. It really makes sense to me. We were the team before the kid and we’ll be the team after the kid. I think it can get to be a bit of a touchy subject, but I understand it when I hear husbands and wives say that they try to put their marriage first and their children an immediate second. Even in these pre-parenting days, I feel like it’s been so important to have the husb by my side, at doctor appointments, choosing baby stuff, making decisions. It’s a comfort and helps me feel like I have a teammate in all of it.

What’s your take? Do you think it’s out of line to prioritize a marriage over a child? Do you think they go hand in hand? Is it even possible to keep your marriage a priority in the midst of raising babies? xoxo

How to Move Like a Pro // Essentials

Moving Day Essentials

Between the two of us combined, Ryan and I have moved a total of 12 times since we graduated college. Some of them were just a few blocks away, like when we moved from 184th to 181st in NYC. And some of them were across state lines (or across the country… twice). Suffice it to say we have nailed down our moving system and refined it pretty well. For this last move, I gotta say I was pretty impressed with us — we had a list of essentials that we kept out until the very end, packed all in one box, and tossed in the back of the car. It was perfect. Even on our last day in the house, with all of our belongings packed and in a truck, we were comfy and had everything we need. When we arrived at our new spot, this box was the first to come with us to give us a head start in the new place. If you’ve got a move coming, here’s our list of essentials.

Personal Items. This one kind of covers anything you’d put in your suitcase — a few sets of clothes, your toiletries, any meds, and the like. Think of it like you’re packing a weekend bag.

Moving Day Essentials

Tech. This is always a major one for us because our jobs basically revolve around having access to the internet! We always hold on to our router for as long as possible, or in this latest case, borrow internet for a couple of days from a nice neighbor. Also be sure you have a charger for every device you have, and some music or movies loaded and handy.

Bedding. Make yourself comfy, y’all! We spent our last night on a big ol’ air mattress with our own sheets and pillows. It helps a bunch to get a good nights’ sleep. And then you have your sheets handy when you move into the new place.

Tissues. Crucial! Tissues can serve a million purposes in your final days when things are packed! They’re towels, napkins, toilet paper, and obviously useful when you shed a tear or two because you’re stressed out that not all of your stuff is going to make it to the new town. The Puffs SoftPack is perfect for moving because it’s a full-sized pack of tissues but the packaging is soft so you can shove it anywhere! Stuff it in a box, in your bag, in a suitcase, or in your glove box, and it’s all good. These are now my go-to tissues for travel. I’ve got packages stuffed everywhere (and they’re cute too).

Moving Day Essentials

Cleaner. We keep out one all-purpose bottle of cleaner to give the house one final wipe-down after all of the boxes are gone. The best kind is the spray-on/wipe-off, so you don’t have to rinse. Just spritz everything and use your Puffs tissues to wipe down so the house is fresh and clean. (Particularly good for apartments, when you’re trying to get a cleaning deposit back!)

Disposable Plates & Utensils. We had our kitchen packed up about three days before we moved, but didn’t want to eat out for every meal. So we set aside one frying pan and a bunch of disposable plates and ate homecooked meals all week. Easy peasy.

Snacks. Duh. This pregnant girl gets cranky if there’s not a sensible granola bar around for an afternoon snack.

What about you? Are you a moving pro? I gotta say, the storage room with all of our stuff in it stacked in boxes makes me super glad we have our essentials handy. I’d love to know how you tackle the final few days in an old place and the first few in a new place. What are your essentials? xoxo

This post was brought to you by the makers of Puffs® facial tissues. I received compensation to write this post through the Puffs® SoftPack™ program. All opinions expressed are my own.

DIY Copper Leaf Candles

DIY Copper Leaf Candles

DIY Copper Leaf CandlesI know what you’re thinking. Copper leaf? Are we jumping ship from gold?!  Surely not, guys. You know that gold leaf and I are in it together for the long haul. But I thought for fall, a little copper could shake things up a bit. Yeah, I’m just crazy like that. I was toodling around in Michaels recently, through all of the fun fall stuff for a little inspiration, and I all of a sudden got a major itch to up my candle game. So these copper leaf guys came to life.

Materials

  • plain white candles
  • Martha Steward Copper Leaf
  • ModPodge
  • small paintbrush

Make Time: 30 Minutes

Paint a very thin layer of ModPodge around the bottom of the candle. It can be as wide or as narrow as you like. Try not to let a lot of the glue pool.

DIY Copper Leaf Candles

DIY Copper Leaf Candles

Let the ModPodge sit for about a minute to get tacky. In the meantime, cut a strip of copper leaf that’s slightly wider than the strip of ModPodge that you painted.

 

DIY Copper Leaf CandlesCheck that the ModPodge is tacky but not wet, and wrap the strip of leaf around the tacky part of the candle. Smooth the copper leaf onto the glue by pressing firmly and rubbing all the surface area into the glue.

DIY Copper Leaf Candles

Pull the backing of the leaf away so that the copper leaf remains on the candle. If there are any spots that need retouching, add a bit of glue and repeat the leafing process.

DIY Copper Leaf Candles

Dust away any excess leaf with a clean, dry paintbrush and you’re good to go! These shiny little babes will look so cool on a fall tabletop or mantle. Or make a zillion of them and give them as gifts! You can’t go wrong. And now I’m just as in love with copper leaf as I am with gold. Be sure to check out the rest of the #MichaelsMakers posts, links are below! xoxo

DIY Copper Leaf Candles

DIY Copper Leaf Candles

DIY Copper Leaf Candles

DIY Copper Leaf Candles


Insta-Approval

Yellow Flower Backdrop

Guys, I have thoughts today and I’m gonna share. There’s this thing that’s been happening to me lately (or a thing I’ve been doing to myself?) where I get weirdly obsessed when I think about posting an Instagram photo.

It’s starting to weigh on my mind. While I’m out taking photos, I almost get too caught up in taking the perfect photo for Instagram. And then when I edit the photo I think too hard about it. And then when I post the photo I start feeling terrible if I think not enough people are liking it. What?! It’s madness! I’ve descended into a social media-induced search for approval. And I don’t like it.

Mine is Instagram. Maybe yours is Facebook or Twitter or whatever else. But do you ever find yourself feeling the same way? Putting way too much energy into finding the perfect 140 characters, so people will like or follow or pin or retweet or whatever the heck they’re supposed to do? I don’t like it. But the thing is, I love social media. I don’t want to abandon it. I think that it is so incredible to be able to keep in touch and reach people, and particularly with Instagram I find that it’s a really fun, exciting creative outlet.

So how do you do it? How do you not obsess over your number of followers and likes but still participate in the social world? Particularly as a blogger, where we value and love our social followers so much because we enjoy sharing things with them, I think it’s a slippery slope. It’s easy to forget that it’s about sharing thoughts and discoveries, and that it’s not about who has the most followers or which photo got the most likes. And for that matter, is that really approval? Somebody clicking a little follow button shouldn’t have any bearing on my self-worth as a creative, and yet sometimes it comes dangerously close to feeling that way.

Hit me with your words of wisdom, guys. Do you ever feel this way? Do you think that we place too much importance on liking/tweeting/following/blah blah blah? Maybe it weighs on your mind and maybe not, but I’d love to know where you stand on the whole thing.

That, and have a great weekend. xoxo

Baby Stuff // 5

Baby Stuff

Woah you guys. Third trimester! This is happening, like for real. Time is flying and I feel like baby’s going to be here before we know it. The kid got real big, real quick. At least, that’s what it feels like. All of a sudden I’m catching glimpses of myself in the mirror and I’m shocked at the big pregnant lady staring back at me. I’m also feeling like the largeness is finally really starting to impede my movements. I’m not necessarily waddling around, but I’m not turning pirouettes, either. And if I’m sitting on the floor there better be somebody offering me a hand to get up. That’s all I have to say about that.

My only other comments? It’s hot. Oh my gosh. I tend to run hot under normal circumstances, but this baby keeps me in a permanent state of meltdown. Add to that the temps in the high 90’s still and I just don’t want to go outside or do anything. Gimme that AC, all day long. Here’s more! xoxo

WEEK 29.

EATING frozen yogurt like it’s my job.

DRINKING certainly not the delicious-looking gin & tonics that my husband has been making all week. That showoff.

READING all the blogs. Blogs about home improvement, blogs about baby nurseries, blogs about whether that pain in my abdomen is normal.

WANTING some weather that’s below the 80 degree mark.

SLEEPING meh. Every night, without fail, the kiddo and I are up having quality time from 3 am to 5 am. At 5 I just magically fall back to sleep. It’s bizarre.

WEARING anything that won’t make me sweat.

FEELING large. Also, grateful for all of the love that’s surrounding Baby Foy already.

LOVING my sweet husband for all of the little things he’s doing to make life easier.

P.S. See more Baby Stuff right here!