Monday, March 31, 2014

Mohawks & the (almost) Emergency Room visit

Get ready for an Abigail overload.
Apparently she was all I wanted to take pictures of this weekend.
 Granted, we did spend every minute together while daddy was off at work.

Friday night was spent stuffing envelopes full of the most magical invitations to ever grace a mailbox! I just love how they turned out & I'm excited that I get to share them now!

Saturday morning we had big plans of hitting up some garage/estate sales that were in our neighborhood, but first we needed breakfast!
After realizing that our favorite little cafe didn't open until 10am (?!?!) we decided to hit up Perkins, the classiest of all establishments.
We shoved our faces full of food and decided we were way too full to walk around and bargain hunt. So we went home and took naps instead.
Fatties for the win!

Daddy went to work later in the afternoon on Saturday so it was just me and my girl for the rest of the day.
We played with ate blocks, played in our teepee & made soapy mohawks in the bathtub.

Sunday morning, we played in a sea of headbands & picked out our favorites.

We went and hung out at my sisters house for a while and played a fun little game called 'are you in labor?' You see, she is about 37 weeks pregnant with her second bambino & having contractions every 7-10 mintes, but since she is a freak of nature and experienced .01 contractions while in labor with Nathan she doesn't really know when to go to the hopsital (my mom made her go with Nathan because 'she just knew').

In the meantime, I got a call from my husband who tells me he 'had an accident'. Of course, I start to fly off the handle because I thought he said he 'GOT in an accident' and obviously, if he was able to talk and it wasn't a paramedic calling me, it was totally rational for me to be a lunatic and worry that our insurance is going to go up.
 See also: Billy married a psycho path.
Moving on, apparently this 'accident' occured while he was getting into his car at the house, leaving for work. He leaned over to close his door and slammed his head on the car door. (I know, I'm confused too.) He thought it was just going to bruise since it hurt really bad and carried on to work. Upon further investigation, he split his eyebrow in half & now had blood running down his face. A few co-workers told him he might need to go get it looked at.
Once he got to the house and had it looked at it was decided that too much time had passed and stitches wouldn't help. So a butterfly bandaid it was and we carried on with our day. 

Side note: when I left my sister's house, she was bouncing on a ball.... still pregnant.

After an epic 3 hour nap session from my little bugger, we ate bananas & unloaded the dishwasher before she decided it was time for bed.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Friday Favorites!

my glorious cup o' sharpie pens. there is nothing I love more than a sharpie fine tip pen. (ok, there are a few things I love more, but very few!)
I have all of these sitting on my desk at work and the majority of them get used on a daily basis. Just looking at them makes me happy!

my best friend had these waiting on my desk for me thursday afternoon after we both went our separate ways for lunch. she told me to immediately try one because they were THAT good. & let me tell you, they are THAT good!
They are the perfect amount of chocolate to curb any cravings you may have!
thanks, heather!

Abigail's First Birthday Invitations.
Even after an issue with the printing, I am so obsessed with the way they turned out.
 I'll be sure to share them with you once they are in the mail :)

this top coat matte nailpolish.
I wanted to do something different with my nails this week so I picked up this top coat from target. It takes away the shine and instead gives your nails a matte finish. & I kind of love how they turned out!

my new cookie jar.
enough said.

my spiky haired baby. 
she is starting to rock a serious half mullet half mohawk & i'm starting to love it! 

hope your weekend if full of sunshine & chocolate!
Link-up courtesy of Heather!  


Thursday, March 27, 2014

My Life in Numbers for my 100th Post!

Ah! I can't believe this post marks my 100th one!
I love being able to document my life here & being able to share it with you all so thank you so much for following along with me!
For your entertainment (& to celebrate 100 posts!!!) here is my life in numbers.

[[ 2 ]] the number of times I have been peed on by an infant.
 [[ 6 ]] the average number of times a week I find myself wondering aimlessly around the aisles of Target.

[[ 3 ]] the number of times I usually sneeze in a row.

[[ 10,186 ]] the number of days I have graced this Earth with my presence. You're welcome, Earth.

[[ 3 ]] the number of people I consider to be my very best friends.

[[ 7 ]] my favorite number.

[[ 0 ]] the amount of reasons that the above number is my favorite. I just like it.

 [[13]] the amount of hours I slept the first week we brought Abigail home from the hospital.

[[ 5 ]] the number of surgeries I have been through.

[[ 1 ]] the number of tattoos I have.

[[ 1 ]] the number of tattoos I regret.

[[ 46 ]] the number of times a day I check social media. (I know that's nauseating, but it's the truth [or close to it].)

[[ almost 3 ]] the number of years Billy & I have been married. & [[ almost 7 ]] the number of years we have been together, total.

[[ 57 ]] the number of pairs of shoes I own.

[[ 5 ]] the number of days last week that I came to work with wet hair. #woof.

[[ 23 ]] the number of blogs that I follow on a daily basis.

[[ 14 ]] on average, the number of people who ask me if I 'style' Abigail's hair spiky when we go out in public. Seriously?!

[[ 2 ]] the number of times I have set an appliance on fire in my kitchen.
- side note: if you forget to put water in your bowl of ramen noodles before you cook them in the microwave, there will be flames.

[[ 62 ]] the number of headbands Abigail has. eeeek!

[[ 35874093857034857 ]] the number of hugs, kisses and high fives I want to give all of you for continuing to follow along with me. I love writing about our life and I love sharing it with you all.
 I love the idea that down the road, I'll be able to show Abigail this little writing space and she'll be able to read all about her baby days as if she remembered them first hand.


Monday, March 24, 2014

a MAJOR confession.

Let's get right to it, shall we?
I'm starting the weekend on Thursday because I was home with Abigail after a water pipe burst at daycare. All the kiddos had to go home for the day... what a bummer. ;)


Abigail tried ice cream for the first time.
Verdict: obsessed. Kid had a meltdown when the goods were gone.
It was the first day of Spring, so we strapped on our flip flops and headed to the park!

& apparently this is how we relax in the stroller on the walk back from the park. this kid has
|| FRIDAY ||
This is the only picture I have from Friday. & I'm embarrassed to even be documenting it. But, I feel like I have to come clean.
I finished Candy Crush. Done. No more levels. STOP. Do not pass go. Do not collect your $200. Because you are a loser.

Spring-time breakfast for the kiddo.

J [hearts] B because the other way around minus the heart would be inappropriate.

Daddy went to work Saturday night and mama had a kid to wear out before bedtime. We slapped on our my sneakers & hit the pavement for a 3 1/2ish mile walk. It was gorgeous out & we had a blast, minus the dead cat we ran into.
|| SUNDAY ||
We had Sunday Funday at our house with some of our very bests and their baby girl. We were oh, so thrilled when the girls played with each other in the playroom for a whole 30 minutes before they started crying! We soaked up every second of that half hour as well as a few glasses of wine.

We tried to take a family selfie, but my daughter was all 'I'm just being Miley'.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

I did WHAT with a shower curtain?!

 Let me preface this post by saying, this project was nowhere NEAR intentional.
A complete fluke.
100% luck.

I had toyed with the idea of reupholstering my ottoman for a while now. The pattern that we bought it in 3 years ago was fine... 3 years ago. But now it was preventing me from styling our living room the way I wanted to. The pattern was boring and outdated. But on the flip side, having an ottoman instead of a traditional coffee table has done wonders for Abigail's face. She can crash into this all day long and we don't have to take trips to the emergency room. Putting my child's safety over a stylish living room = mother of the year status, right?

Here's the dilemma I was facing, I don't sew. Like, not even a little. The only hemming I do on pants is with those iron on strips and even then, working an iron these days is like asking me to say the alphabet backwards. I can't do it. (If you're wondering why my husband married me, your guess is as good as mine. Don't even get me started on my 'cooking' abilities.) I have never stepped foot into a Joann's Fabric store and even asked one of my girlfriends if they even make fabric big enough to cover an ottoman. She thought I was kidding. I wasn't.

After that conversation, I decided that trying to take on this project was 50 shades of crazy and put it out of my mind. But I wanted to add a little bit of spice to the living quarters, so I decided to dig out the blank canvas I had in a spare closet and roll with that. I had an idea in my head that I wanted to cover it with a fun patterned fabric and stick a monogrammed 'H' on it.

That brings me to the Target trip Abigail & I took on Saturday. We like to stroll around Target aimlessly on Saturday afternoons after Billy goes to work.

I decided that I didn't need to go to a fabric store to complete my project. I thought I would be able to find a pillowcase or tablecloth in a pattern I liked and just re-purpose it for my canvas. I headed down the bath aisle and that's when I found a beautiful shower curtain with an ikat design. I loved it and knew it would be perfect.

That night, after I put Abigail to bed, I tore open the package and began to lay the curtain out on the floor to begin covering the canvas. That's when I realized how HUGE it was. A light bulb went off and I decided to drape the shower curtain over the top of my ottoman. It was perfect! It was plenty big enough, so I decided to roll with it!

All I used was the shower curtain, a pair of scissors and a staple gun.

I don't have any step by step pictures, because if I'm being honest, I didn't think there was a chance in H-E double hockey sticks that this was going to work or turn out the way that it did.
 But alas... I give you, my DIY reupholstered ottoman.

The only tricky part was the corners. But really it wasn't that hard. All I did was fold them into each other and played with them until the looked right.

& let me just say, this thing is NO WHERE near perfect. If you were to flip this thing upside down, you would be horrified to find jagged edges and staples where staples probably don't belong. And the fabric is a bit loosey goosey in a few places that it shouldn't be. (You can kidn of see that in the above picture) But I'm proud of it!  

Here is a before and after:

This whole project cost me $20 (the price of the shower curtain) & a little bit of my sanity.
A bargain if you ask me!

What do you think?

Monday, March 17, 2014

some kind of B-U-G!

 It's Monday. But it's St. Patrick's Day, so that makes it a little better, right? No? Ok.. moving on.
I caught some sort of decorating/DIY/Pinterest bug over the weekend and I'm not hating it one single bit. In addition to the project that I am about to show you, I reupholstered my living room ottoman (that we use as a coffee table), hung a gallery wall in our bedroom & organized my baking cabinet to perfection!
I'm going to hit each of those hopefully this week, so stay tuned. & I know most of you will be surprised with what I used to reupholster the ottoman.. It was pretty genius & a total  (lucky!) mistake!
But first! If you follow me on facebook (this one or this one) or on Twitter, then you already saw the new bookshelves that we hung in Abigail's bedroom this weekend. But if not, I wanted to highlight them and let you know how EASY it was to do!
All you need for the shelves are:
2 pieces of white vinyl rain gutters (ours are 40")
6 screws (3 for each shelf)
screwdriver or drill
I had been talking about wanting to put some book shelves up in Abigail's room for a while. She has a lot of books but they were just in bins or in her closet because we didn't have anywhere to put them. I was originally going to buy the Ikea Spice Racks that everyone uses, but that would have required a long drive to Ikea plus painting them, because our store only carries them in wood. And then I remembered this idea that I saw on Pinterest a while ago.
Billy and I headed off to Home Depot to price out rain gutters and were shocked to see how inexpensive they were!
We I pulled a 10' white vinyl rain gutter from the shelf, smacked Billy in the head with it and proceeded to find the cutter-man that Home Depot employs for those saw challenged people who can't do it themselves. We asked Mr. Saw Man to cut the gutter into thirds, which equaled out to 40 inches each (thank you, 3rd grade math teacher!).
This is the gutter we used: (link here)
When we got home, we took two of the pieces and figured out where we wanted them on the walls. And without a level or measuring tape (because we clearly like to like life on the wild side) we drilled them into the walls. We used three screws on each shelf and are hoping and praying a little girl that goes by the name of Abigail doesn't decide they look like a pull up bar instead of book shelves.

Seriously, the easiest project in all of the Pinterest lands!
 & because it is St. Patrick's day, I can't leave you without some green festive-ness.
[[ when I was 16-ish weeks pregnant, we found out we were going to be having a baby girl.& I immediately went out and bought her very first headband. & I had to wait 10 months and 6 days to put it on her head. Today was a special day. ]]


Friday, March 14, 2014

favorites on friday.

happy friday, friends! 

keeping things fun around here and thought I would share some of my favorites from this week. 

this post by Whitney at I wore yoga pants to work
I swear, I sat at my computer reading this post yesterday and have never related to a post more. 
I think we are all so quick to judge the way we look, I know I am SO guilty of it. Someone takes a picture of me and I instantly want to swipe the camera from them to see if it was an 'acceptable' picture. I constantly pick apart what I look like. & I think it's time to stop. Who cares if my hair looks like it just ran through the high heat cycle of my dryer. or if my stomach is showing just a little too much of that 'hey, you had a c-section 10 months ago and things did NOT go back according to plan' fluff. 
& to keep myself accountable for everything I just rambled on about up there... here is a just washed, no makeup, no instagramming selfie of myself taken as I'm writing this post. 

I hope this inspires some of you to not be so judgmental of yourselves and just love you. Whitney definitely inspired me! 

Moving on... 

my morning cup of tazo green tea. & a cute mug doesn't hurt either ;) 

see that pretty blanket right there? I picked that baby up at a gas station in South Carolina coming back from our recent road trip. We stopped to fix one of Abigail's lovely blowouts and as we walked into the gas station to cleanup, I spotted this blanket at the counter! & the best part? It was only $10! 

my collage of photos on my office desk wall. I printed some of my favorite photos of my girl and hung them up along with this quote that one of my girlfriends gave me. 
'you are perfect exactly as you are; there is no need to change anything except the thoughts that you aren't good enough.'

our wedding guestbook. 

for our wedding almost 3 years ago, we decided instead of having our guests sign a book, we would have them sign a guitar since playing is one of billy's favorite things to do. 
the results turned out amazing and i love having this displayed in our dining room. I get to look at it everyday and reminisce on such a fun day! 

have a great weekend! 
xoxoxo ;) 

Thursday, March 13, 2014

isn't she lovely?!

I'm so excited to share these photos with you all! 

A few weeks ago we attended one of my girlfriends baby showers and she hired a photographer to capture the day (which I think is brilliant, FYI). Towards the end of the shower, the photographer started snapping pictures of Abigail while she played. She was in the best mood & the photographer was just eating her up! 

She reached out to me to tell me that she was going to edit the photos and send them over to me (without the watermarks!!!) for me to use for whatever I wanted. I couldn't have been more grateful. 
I love, love, love getting photos of my girl (like you couldn't tell)! And these photos just blew my mind! 

Between these photos and the photos that my Aunt took last week I am one happy girl!