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Five things I’ve learned in the first 7 months

August 25, 2016

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I keep saying I don’t want to turn this into a mommy-blog, but I’m slowly realizing that if this blog is about my life than it’s going to go that way somewhat anyway. So time to embrace it folks! I am ;)

So, baby Z. He’s growing so big these days! I say he is, because it makes me feel better than saying I’m the one that’s growing ;) I’m officially 30 weeks and 3 days now and everything is right on track according to the pros though. Yay!

I’m zero percent claiming to be able to give advice on pregnancy because let’s face it – all I’ve done so far is watch this bump grow all spring and summer. But I have learned a few things for myself in this whirlwind of a time so although they’re not groundbreaking I thought it was worth sharing my two-cents anyway. Maybe another first timer out there can relate :)

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Five things I’ve learned so far about this whole first-time-parents-to-be thing:

1. Buy all the impractical and adorable things now while it still seems like a good idea because after baby shows up it’s probably on to only the necessities. We’re currently in the “newborns definitely need teeny running shoes and slouchy hipster hats” phase. I’m going with it.

2. Despite what the world would seem to have you believe, I think that summer is the perfect time to be pregnant. And this is coming from someone who lives in a 2nd floor apartment with no air conditioning and more +40° days this year than I can count.

Looser clothes and summer dresses mean not having to buy new clothes – and if you do they’re generally cheaper than winter clothes.
No jackets mean not having buying a new winter coat.
No icy sidewalks or snow covered driveways mean going for walks whenever you want.
Personally I tend to eat better in the summer since I want all the fresh fruit and lighter foods (ignore all my ice cream posts on Instagram for a second please) as opposed to the comfort foods and cookie filled days of winter.
My list could go on, but you probably get my point. And if I’m ever pregnant in the winter I’m sure there will be lots of perks too – like not sweating my face off in a +40° apartment by just sitting and not moving – but I’m looking on the positive side here!

3. I’ll admit that I don’t like reading books or websites or blogs about pregnancy – they all kind of freak me out tbh. BUT there are two websites that I will go to when I have a question that I want a realistic answer to: Pregnant Chicken and Lucie’s List. They were both recommended to me by other mommas I know and both websites have the same sarcastic and humorous, but still informative things on them.

One day, early on, I was frustrated with the amount of “useless” advice people were giving me. Okay so it probably wasn’t useless, but to me it all seemed like common sense and what I really wanted to know was the things that nobody talked about. Pregnant Chicken is all over that answering pretty much everything in a way that isn’t preachy or overbearing. Perfect for me.

4. Okay, so Babylist is the coolest thing ever. It’s a registry website, but it lets you add things from any website or store on the internet AND you can even add things like help/favors (home cooked meals or babysitting for example) and funds for things like diapers or… college. Seriously. It covers everything.

We’re not big registry people, but I realized that even if we didn’t use it to send it to other people it’s also a great way for us to know what we need to get before baby Z shows up. And you know I’m all about those lists so that pretty much won me over right off the bat ;)

5. When people say that everyone’s pregnancies are different they aren’t lying.

I say that because pretty much everything that I’ve ever heard that should happen hasn’t really happened. I’ve been extremely blessed these past seven months and I’ve somehow got to skip over the terrible things that usually come with having a baby growing inside you. If I’m being honest I don’t even like talking about it because I feel like if I haven’t had morning sickness, tiredness, trouble sleeping, etc then I’ll face the wrath of everyone who has gone through those things. Like I’m not doing it right if I haven’t gone through these things.

Basically all I’m saying is that if you’re talking with a pregnant lady and she’s having a rough time than sympathize and be there for her. And if she’s having a fantastic pregnancy then celebrate that with her and make her feel great about it! *gets off soapbox*

I’m sure the next 7 months are going to give me a lot more than five things to talk about, but I’m excited to see what our life will be like then!

What are some of the things that you learned before your first baby arrived that surprised you? Let me know in the comments below!

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Naked triangle mani diy

August 23, 2016

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Another nail idea coming at you!

After my last one of 2 colors and me not being patient enough for one color to dry before doing the next one, I’ve gone back to my favorite method – the half painted nail.

I first tried this out with this one way back in the fall of last year, and it was probably the quickest, easiest, and my favorite looking one. So I have no idea why it’s taken me this long to try it another way. But here we are!

What you need:

  • nail polish (I used OPI’s ‘You’re Such a Budapest’)
  • masking or painters tape
  • scissors
  • nail polish remover and q-tip

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Cut squares of tape and then cut those in half diagonally to form a triangle

Stick to the base of your nail about 1/3 of the way up. Press down all the edges so that paint won’t get underneath

Use your fav polish to paint a few coats over the uncovered part of your nail and let dry

Carefully peel off the tape and use the q-tip and nail polish remover to clean up any messy parts the seeped under the tape

Voilà! Cute and easy mani that looks way fancier then it actually is ;)

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Some Lovely Things for August

August 19, 2016

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We’re halfway through August and already at the second last Friday of the summer. How did that happen?? If someone could please explain this to me that would be great.

Here are some links to cool things I’ve found around the interwebs this month. Happy weekending!

these wall decals (that I would plaster my house in if I could) // and this passport cover (that would make airports a little more fun)

this raspberry lemonade spritzer recipe (that I need to try) // and this diy leather tassel (that is super cute)

these sunnies (that my face needs) // and this shirt (that sums up my vibe)

this hilarious diy hot dog balloon garland (that every summer party needs) // and these pineapple icecube trays (because it is still summer time)

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DIY felt banners

August 16, 2016

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I honestly can’t believe how long it’s been since I’ve made anything crafty. It’s been 7 months…seven! How did that even happen?

I think crafting must be a fall/winter thing for me because I haven’t even felt like doing anything like this until now, so I’m glad that the craftiness is finally coming back into my life :) Not that I want winter to come yet at all, but I am looking forward to a change of seasons and some fresh motivation.

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Anyway, I’ve been wanting to make one of these since the spring, and even went out and bought everything for them way back in March, but for some reason it’s taken me until now to finally do it. Of course once I did I realized it was really quick, easy, and fun to make them!

It also happened to work out that I could make them for our new nursery-in-progress ;)

So here we go…. DIY felt banners!

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What you need:

  • felt pieces in at least 2 colors
  • alphabet template (click here to print)
  • scissors
  • ruler
  • sharpie
  • hot glue gun or white glue
  • wood dowel
  • string or ribbon
  • optional: pom pom edging or something similar

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Print the alphabet template and cut out the letters.

Decide what you want to say on your banner, trace the letters you need onto the felt, and cut them out.

If you’re super talented or brave you could skip that step and freehand them. I, however, don’t posses that talent and need to follow templates. 

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Place the felt letters on a large piece of felt to figure out how big you’d like your banner to be. I made the “RAWR” one 11″ wide by 16″ tall and the camera one is 9″ wide and 12″tall.

Leave about 2″ of felt at the top that will fold down over your dowel.

Cut your main piece of felt to size as a rectangle.

Fold the bottom corners up to meet in the middle and form a point.

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Cut one corner off, fold in half, and use as a guide to cut the second corner.

If you have really good scissors you could probably just fold the rectangle in half and cut both corners at once.

Trim an weird bumps so that the edges are very straight.

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Take your glue and glue down the letters where you would like them. If you’re using white glue smear it around a bit before you stick the letters down.

Okay, so I found the white glue way easier to use and more forgiving if you want to move a letter after you stick it down. But I did have to go back and re-glue some pieces. The hot glue stuck way better, but you only get one chance to stick it down and if you use too much you can kind of see it through the felt. I’d suggest gluing a test piece with both first if you’re not sure which you’ll like better!

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Cut your dowel down to size if it’s too big. I left about 1.5″ of exposed dowel on either side of the felt.

Flip your banner over and place the dowel at the top.

Using your hot glue gun line the edge with glue, fold it over the dowel, and glue felt to felt. Press it down until it dries so that it sticks really well.

I also hot glued the pompom edging to the bottom, but you can add whatever embellishments you want.

Tie a ribbon or string to both ends of the dowel and hang it up somewhere!

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To make the camera banner

  • 8.5×11″ grey felt
  • white and black felt pieces
  • hot glue gun
  • dowel
  • string

After I made that one I was on a roll and wanted to try making a non-word banner. So camera it is!

I shockingly free handed this guy so I don’t have a template for you,  but if I can do it you can definitely do it. I have faith in you :)

Use a whole 8.5×11 piece of felt for the base, and cut the corners to make a point like you did before.

Cut out 2 felt triangles in another color OR if you made the other one first then you can just use the corners you cut off the bottom of that one. They’re the perfect size.

Cut out a rectangle for the camera body, thin strip to go across, 2 circles for the lens (one smaller than the other), and 3 smaller rectangles for the top of the camera.

For those 3 buttons on top I cut them out twice as tall as would be showing so that I could glue them to the back of the rectangle.

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Get that glue out and put it all together.

And then glue it all together…. triangles the the base, and camera over the triangles.

Glue the felt over the dowel at the top like you did before and tie that string on.

High fives all around!

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Giveaway // gold pineapple earrings

August 12, 2016

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Because it’s still summer and everyone likes free things, I’m doing a giveaway of these adorable pineapple studs from Tilly Doro! These little pineapples are gold plated and 9mm height.

Contest will run from August 12-19, 2016 and the winner will be randomly selected and shipped the prize shortly after. I’ll ship them anywhere the postal system will take them!

Head over to @thelovelythingsblog on Instagram to enter. Good luck!

**This giveaway is in no way sponsored by Tilly Doro, Instagram, or any affiliates