Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Summer Front Porch Styling


Our front porch has unfortunately been neglected since we bought our home. At first I tried sprucing it up with a red coat of paint, but ultimately we decided to replace our wood door with a craftsman style front door.  We had it painted a light grey and it just never brought the wow factor we wanted. 



So this summer, I decided it was time to put a little bit of effort into our front porch. I started by painting the door a light black/dark grey. I then ordered magnetic address numbers for the door, and bought a stylish ribbon to add to my boxwood wreath to make it pop. Also, we decided to add ferns and some colorful flowers, to make it pop, and put little American Flags in them as a little 4th of July decor! 





We are preparing our house to sell next spring and landscaping is something we have definitely slacked off on. Hoping this is the start of finding motivation to get the outside of our home spruced up! 

Who else did some summer porch updating?

Ainsley's Big Girl Room Remodel


Kids rooms are my favorite to decorate. They are so fun, and so easy to incorporate colors and fun patterns into. After completing Gunner's room, I knew I had to update Ainsley's space too while I was on leave. Her room was just bland and I wasn't loving it. 

Here is what it looked like before I started:


And here is the after: 


A few episodes of Fixer Upper, and seeing this amazing comforter designed by Joanna Gaines, got my wheels turning and inspired me to make some simple changes! I eventually want to put crown molding around the top of her walls for extra oomph, but that will have to wait until little man gets a little older and doesn't require my attention 24/7. 



I started by painting a white accent wall. It was easy and simple, and made a bold statement in her room. These shelves were a DIY project. I got all of the supplies at Walmart for under $25 and took less than 20 minutes to make. I will post a tutorial soon for those who would like to make them!



I almost wasn't going to use this chalkboard, because it is so big, but then it occurred to me that it probably has more functionality than just being a piece of decor. I had C hang it so that Ainsley could use it to draw on, and I think you can see how much she is enjoying it! 


Almost everything about her room is second hand, down to the comforter. I was able to find it new without tags, for much cheaper than retail on a Matilda Jane Buy, Sell, Trade site. Also, to make it less expensive, I used my own shams. The white quilted shams I had from a previous comforter we bought. The blue pillowcases were less than $5 at Walmart. We already had the black stripe and tan birth stats pillow, so that meant all we had to purchase were the 2 pink ones for $10 each. 


Her bed frame I actually bought on a yard sale site and it was originally white. I knew I wanted the frame to be black to pop against the wall I painted white, so I bought two cans of black spray paint and spruced it up! Her monogram was also something we already had left over from her baby nursery. I had been holding onto it not sure what I wanted to do with it and finally decided to repaint it and hang it back up once I saw how dainty her comforter was! 


Her room is pretty small, and with her bed being a full, it takes up a lot of space. This girl loves to dress up, so I bought this child size coat rack at Home Goods a few months ago, and painted it to match her room and hung all of her dress up clothes on it. Love the little pop of color it adds to her room. You can see the original post for the  $20 dress up center here

Items List:

Bed: Yardsale
Dresser: Yard Sale
Chandelier: Overstock.com
Floating Nightstand: DIY Project
Chalkboard: Yardsale 
Curtains: Pottery Barn Kids
Unicorn Head: Target
Book Ledge: DIY
Dress Up Center: Home Goods
Table and Chairs: IKEA
Pillows: Walmart, Target, Parris Chic Boutique

We have been hard at work the last few weeks doing some house projects! Cannot wait to share more with you soon! 


Sunday, May 28, 2017

Gunner's Birth Story


Gunner is 7 weeks today, and it has taken me this long to sit down and write out his birth story. Not because I didn't want to, but because having two kids has kept me on my toes! Luckily daddy is watching Gunner for a bit so I can type it all out. 

Sunday, April 2, 2017. 

Chris was gone out of town all weekend, about a 3 hour drive away. I had been having contractions a lot but I thought they were just braxton hicks. On Sunday, I decided to download an app on my phone to time them. Sure enough they were coming every 4-5 minutes and lasting 1-2 minutes. I decided to lay down and drink some water and see if anything changed. It didn't. So I made a phone call to L&D where they advised me to come in for monitoring to see what was going on. I called Chris and told him I was on my way to the hospital to be monitored and that he should probably go ahead and head back into town just incase anything happened. I was only 34 weeks 3 days at the time, and I wasn't anticipating having a baby that early. 

Once we got to the hospital they got me hooked up to the monitors and told me I was indeed having contractions but that they weren't "progressing" me as my cervix was still closed. The Dr. decided to do a Fetal Fibronectin swab, which has a 99% accuracy rate of telling them if you will go into labor within 2 weeks. This test came back negative, and since I was not dilated they decided to give me two shots of terbetuline (not sure how it is spelled) to help stop the contractions. After a couple of hours, the contractions finally slowed down to about 5 an hour. They released us to go home, and put me on bed rest for a few days. 



I took a couple of days off work the next week so that my contractions could calm down. I kept having them but they were not frequent or as painful so I didn't worry too much. On Saturday, April 8th, we had my baby shower. While I felt fine, I had a few little contractions, but mainly the swelling in my feet was unbearable. 


That night we went home and were exhausted. We even let Ainsley sleep in our bed and didn't even bother bringing the gifts in from the car. 

Sunday, April 9th, 2017.

I was awoken about 7 am. with strong cramps. I decided I was too tired to move and rolled over to try to get more comfortable. I felt a gush but thought I must have just peed on myself. I finally got up to use the restroom and noticed the fluid just kept coming and that it had a pink tint to it. I woke Chris up and told him I was sure my water broke and we needed to go to the hospital. I have never seen someone get out of bed so fast in my life. About 30 minutes after I woke up and we were on our way to the hospital my contractions started becoming intense, where I had to breathe through them. They were about 5 minutes apart, lasting 1 minute. All I could think was how clearly that swab that they did on me the week before was not 99% accurate because here I was only a week later, in active labor. Once we got to the hospital my mom had met us to take Ainsley home and wait for news on what was going to happen. I wasn't sure if they were going to deliver the baby, or admit me and try to keep him in a few more days, since I was only 35 weeks and 3 days. I was dilated to a 1 and the test confirmed my water had broken. Within 20 minutes of getting to the hospital my Dr., who luckily was the one on call that weekend, came in and said we were having a baby in about an hour. They prepped us on what would happen if the baby did need extra support, the anesthesiologists came in and made sure we were ready to go. It was less than an hour from the time we arrived at the hospital, to the time they were wheeling me back for the spinal. As they were wheeling me back I started having intense back labor contractions and was so ready for the spinal. The anesthesiologist was having the hardest time getting my spinal to take. After 45 minutes, and him telling me he was going to try one last time and if it didn't work I was either going to have to do an epidural, or be put to sleep, it finally took. At 11:19 a.m. we welcomed Gunner to the world, weighing exactly what his sister did, 6 pounds 14 ounces, and 20 inches long. He was perfect. He had no issues, and we were so relieved he was not going to need any Nicu time.



I was thrilled when I saw how much dark hair he had. I kept telling everyone how I hoped he would have a head full of dark hair, and he did! 




After 3 nights, 4 days in the hospital, we got to come home and start life as a family of 4. Even though this little guy came quickly and suddenly, we couldn't be happier that we got to meet him over a month early. 



Welcome to the world Gunner! 

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Introducing Gunner


Now that little man is officially over 6 weeks old, I guess it is time I introduce him! Meet Baby Gunner. He was born at 35 weeks and 3 days weighing 6 pounds 14 ounces and was 20 inches long! He was a BIG boy for his gestational age, and we were so thankful he did not need any extra assistance once he arrived. 






Photos taken by SnapBean Photography

That head full of dark hair had me kissing it 24/7! We are so in love with this little bundle of sweetness, and are so thankful he is here to complete our family!

Birth story coming soon!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Nursery Reveal: Baby Boy Vintage Military Nursery


Our little man made his arrival FIVE weeks early, so I have not had time to finish his nursery and get pictures taken until now. He has kept us on our toes, but we are so thankful he is here and he is healthy! I promise to share pictures of little man soon, but here is a peek into his "not sure what the theme is but we are going to say it's vintage military themed" nursery. 









I love how his room came together, even without having a clear theme :) I can't wait  to watch this sweet boy grow in his new room!

Stay tuned! Newborn pics to come!

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup


The last few weeks, we have eaten a lot of fast food and to-go meals.  I have had a rough time getting over this most recent bout of an Upper Respiratory Virus and bronchitis, so cooking was the last thing on my mind. Since I am finally starting to feel better, I wanted to cook something easy so that I didn't over do it, but still something that would taste like a home-cooked meal to get us away from all of the "bad" stuff we have been eating the last few weeks. 

I came across a few different slow cooker chicken tortilla soup recipes on Pinterest, so I decided to to use a little bit of each of them to make my own version and it turned out great. Even my very picky husband said it was really good, so that means it was a hit y'all. 


I didn't bust out my good camera, or take pics during the process because, honestly I wasn't sure how it was going to turn out. So I hope my finished product photo will inspire you to at least try it! 

Ingredients:

1 14 oz can of Chicken Stock
1 can of diced tomatoes, undrained
1 can of black beans
1 can of whole kernel corn
1 4-7 oz can of green chiles
1 can of enchilada sauce
1-2 lbs of chicken breasts or tenders 
1 tsp of salt
1 tbsp of garlic powder
1/4 cup of diced onions


Toppings:

Sour Cream
Mexican Blend shredded cheese
Tortilla Strips
Shredded fresh cilantro 

Combine all ingredients in the crock pot. Cook on low for 5-6 hours, stirring occasionally. Once chicken is done, use fork to shred chicken in soup. Top with suggested toppings and enjoy! 

This recipe is seriously effortless and so easy! It is great for lazy Sunday's or  busy days during the week! 

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Surprise!


Wow! I can't believe how long it has been since I have updated. Definitely for good reason though! We have had a very busy last 5 months. 

Let's start with August:

Ainsley started in her new class at school, and we got in a few last minute swim/water sessions




September was quite an eventful month for us:

We got to take our first vacation as a family and it was AWFUL. I was sick the ENTIRE time with the worst upper respiratory virus I have ever had. I'm talking barely left the condo, stayed on the couch pretty much the entire time, and had 3 trips to the urgent care/ER. This was also not helped by the fact that we had just found out we were EXPECTING BABY #2 and my morning sickness started to get out of control.



Ainsley however had a great time! I am so glad my parents came with us because this little girl would have been so bored without them to take her and have fun!





October was a very blah month for us. My morning sickness was a million times worse than it was when I was pregnant with Ainsley. I was pretty much going to work, coming home, and going to bed. I was on nausea medicine, and even though I wasn't eating much I still somehow managed to pack on the pounds like crazy. We also go to take Ainsley to Disney on Ice which was great and she got to be Princess Jasmine for a day for Halloween! By the end of October I was finally feeling a little more like a human so we managed to make a family trip to the pumpkin patch! 





& most importantly, we got to see our little bean!


November was another blah month for us. First, all 3 of us got the stomach flu, then I got a UTI, and then just a few days later, we all 3 came down with another Upper Respiratory Virus. It was just awesome. I did however manage to get our Christmas decorations up!



Towards the end of November, things started to look up for us! Sickness was gone and I finally was able to come off of my nausea medicine! (WUHU)!

We also found out that our little bean is a BABY BOY! We are so excited and so grateful! I was planning on getting my tubes tied after this baby and my husband was really hesitant about it because he really wanted a boy. God answered both prayers and we cannot wait to meet little Gunner in just a few short months!


December has so far, thrown us some curveballs. We have had some things happen that have caused us to really sit down and figure out what our next steps are going to be and what the future for our family looks like. I can't really say too much about it at this time, but I promise that when I am able to I will tell you everything. On top of that Chris got and passed his first kidney stone which was not a fun experience. In a more positive note however, we had our anatomy scan and got to see baby boy again. I was amazed at how clear this shot was that the tech got of his sweet little face. 


I also started working on his room as a way of helping me cope with the stress I have been going through. I still have a ways to go but so far I absolutely love it!


And lastly we got to take our family Christmas pictures! I have been majorly slacking so far this year and have not had a chance to print Christmas cards yet, but I am just blaming it on being exhausted and pregnant ;). 





And that brings us to now! We are just thankful for family and friends and are so excited we get to spend this holiday season with each other and with a healthy baby boy growing away! I am going to my very best to keep better updates from here on out!

Hope you all are having a great Holiday Season!