Friday, June 23, 2017

Nursery Room Inspiration

Once we officially found out the gender, I started viewing nursery inspiration on Pinterest.-- For those of you who do not already know, we are having a Baby Girl. You can read more about our Gender Reveal party here.  


I became quickly obsessed with Gold, Pink and Grey and decided to design our nursery room in those colors. I knew I wanted grey walls with pink and gold details throughout the room.

I found a crib sheet set on Carousel Designs that I instantly fell in love with. So I knew I wanted to incorporate chevron and polka dot patterns in the room too!

 



I also really love the shabby chic picture frames, and hope to somehow incorporate that into our design.  I will be working with a designer from Laurel and Wolf to help design the nursery. I won it from the Ellen show, so I will be using it towards the nursery! (More on that later) P.S. they are offering 50% off their design services using code SUMMER50.

 
I just love these colors together! We are pretty set on painting the walls grey, and my parents just purchased our crib and dresser in a lighter grey so I am thinking we will go with a little darker grey than originally planned. I think it's going to turn out really cute and I can't wait to share the process!
 

Monday, June 12, 2017

Weekending

Happy Monday lovies! Another weekend comes to an end, which is always such a bummer. The Hubby and I really kicked things into gear this weekend to get stuff done. He was originally planning on going out of town to the river but I convinced him to stay and help get the nursery ready, now that we KNOW it's a girl. 

We double checked this weekend and went to an ultrasound place to verify. I wanted to make sure before buying some pink items! We got to see her hiccup too, it was so cute!

On Friday I started going through the room getting rid of the rest of things I've had in boxes that's just been sitting in there for the past few years. Mostly miscellaneous items, some I gave away for free and the wedding items which I ended up keeping and storing in a bin to be placed in the garage. It felt good to finally go through almost everything and clear out the junk and de-clutter. It's been a long time coming. I also completed and shipped out my last aisle runner order for the year. (I'm taking some time off from the shop to prep for Baby Girl-- I may reopen a little beforehand but I didn't want to overwhelm myself.)



Once Saturday came around, we took hubby's car to the shop for an oil change and then went to breakfast. I haven't had much coffee while being pregnant, so I treated myself to some with breakfast. 

So worth it.

After breakfast we hit the mall to take his phone in since the charging pad hadn't been working properly. It ended up being filled with lint. He took a little tool and scooped it out of the charging area and it worked perfectly after that. Who knew?!  Once that was fixed we went to Babies R Us to start our First Baby Registry. Hubby took the scanner from me and we picked everything out together. (I was pretty shocked he was so into it! He was having too much fun.)

We had such a great experience with the employees. They were very helpful and thorough and we even got a Welcome gift with some goodies!


After we got a pretty good idea of what we needed, I decided I could do the rest online. We went through the entire store, but I knew I needed to research some things. This is all so new to me, and I have no idea what we need! So if you have any tips or suggestions please comment your input! I'm open ears!

We went to pick up hubbies car and take the truck in for service too and went to Home depot to pick out paint and paint supplies for the nursery. I knew I wanted grey for the walls so we decided on Behr Cool Ashes Grey. Hubby went to town touching up the baseboards and prepping the tape to begin painting. While he did that, I continued to De-clutter my office and around the house. 

Once he prepped everything, and painted the baseboards, we headed to Buy Buy Baby to begin our second registry. I of course had to take advantage of the "Expectant Mothers Parking."

Babies R Us and Buy Buy Baby have some different options from one another so it was kind of like getting a "second opinion." And to add some different items to the registry. We also got a Welcome Bag from them too!




The start of the painting!
We eventually called it quits for the day and ordered some salad, pizza and cheese bread and enjoyed it on the patio while conversing with the neighbors. I also found this American Flag bandana while cleaning and of course had Oscar wear it the rest of the night.



They got a little bit of pizza scraps too!

On Sunday, hubby finished painting the room and we watched some of the sporting events for the NCAA.  We were waiting for the Cal State Fullerton Baseball Game vs. Long Beach for the NCAA and they won are heading to Omaha for the World Series! Whoo hoo! 
Overall we had a very productive weekend and I feel so much better getting things done! We get our crib and dresser delivered this week so I wanted to really get a head start on everything.


I'll be sharing my nursery colors and inspiration in my next post this week so stay tuned!

If you have any suggestions or recommendations on items to add to our registry, please let me know in the comments!


Linking up with Biana for Weekending.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Gender Reveal Party


Before we received the news that we were expecting, I knew I wanted to have some sort of Gender Reveal party. The idea of finding out such exciting news in a party environment, surrounded by our friends and loved ones, was much more appealing than being in a quiet doctor's room. 

The next big question was - will we be in on the surprise, or will we find out at the party with everyone else? I originally wanted to find out with just my husband and I and have that moment together, but the more I thought about it, the more I wanted to find out the same time as everyone else. That and I didn't know if I'd be able to keep it a secret from everyone! So we decided to hold out and be surprised at our own gender reveal. I really didn't have a hard time waiting, I figured I hadn't known for 22 weeks, so what's another day? My husband was the eager one though! He kept trying to get me to open the envelope. (Which I hid, and then I made a "fake" envelope with a note that basically said he was a sucker for opening it that I had left out on the kitchen table to see if he would try to be sneaky--which he did not end up opening! So he passed the test, haha!)

At first I was convinced that we were having a girl, but then other times I would think boy. I really did not have a clue what he or she was going to be. I knew the theme I wanted for our gender reveal, Baseballs or Bows? Since my husbands family is a huge baseball family, the theme fit perfectly. I found the perfect invitation on etsy from Magical Invitations. The shop owner was so easy to work with, and I received my custom PDF from her within a few hours. I had them printed on Vista Print and they shipped within a week. The process was very easy and stress free.


After ordering the invitations, I started a private Pinterest board to gather ideas and inspiration and ideas, and it's now public here if you want to take a peek at our inspiration for the party.

I created an old wives tale prediction chart, the pink text for girl and the blue text for boy. As you can see there were more pink than blue.



I also made a Voting station for guests to place their votes. More guests voted BOY as you can see.


I kept the decorations simple with streamers and balloons and had a banner in the family room saying "Boy or Girl." We set up some tables outside with corn hole so the guys could have something to do.


We had sandwiches, pinwheels, pasta salad, grape salad, olives, fruit, a jalopeno corn dip and a spinach artichoke dip. For the dessert table, we had cupcakes, dipped white oreos, and a cake. For drinks, we made pink lemonade, a blue Hawaiian pineapple drink, and iced tea.  We also had some beers and water available.


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After everyone got some food, and mingled, we decided to make our way up to the greenbelt up the street to do our big reveal. I gave my friend the box that contained two different color baseballs that I ordered from an etsy shop -Gender Reveal Parties--one baseball was filled with blue and one with pink.  I gave her the envelope that the Dr. sealed for us so no one would peak! My friend was the only one to know for those few minutes up the street. She tried not making eye contact with anyone. It was funny.

We did a practice shot first, and then the big reveal!  I swear my husbands really excited and he was putting on somewhat of an act. Haha! It was funny when he threw the bat down.



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It was such a fun party and so great to see everyone! Now that we know it's a GIRL, we can start our Baby Registry and planning for the Baby Shower and the nursery! Oh and figuring out a name!


Friday, June 2, 2017

BumpBox Reveal



As soon as we found out we were expecting, I was on the hunt for the best pregnancy products. Surprisingly enough I had trouble finding things for pregnancy, most of the stuff they had was for babies. I knew there had to be something online (especially nowadays) with all the subscription boxes out there. 

That's when I discovered BumpBoxes! A monthly subscription box with FULL SIZE products specifically tailored to your pregnancy needs. You enter your due date, and they will send a box per month with items that are exactly what you need. You can choose to subscribe month-by-month (which you can cancel at anytime), a 3 month subscription, a 6 month subscription or a 9 month subscription.  They also have boxes for after you give birth.
If you are purchasing a BumpBox as a gift, they also have options per trimester, baby shower gift boxes, and more!

I received my first box around 15 weeks of pregnancy and here is what I received:




I actually ended up calling about the Prenatal DHA pills because I'm always nervous about anything to do with pills and my baby. And I currently have been taking my own Prenatals so I didn't want to change that up as they are working great for me. The lady I spoke to was very helpful, assured me that all the products they choose are tested, and the best products out there. She's a mom too so she totally understood my concern. I was still a little nervous to try them out so she sent me a return label for the prenatals and credited the cost of them to my account that I can use on a future purchase. Hows' that for some great customer service?  I love how they stand by their products and if you are not 100% satisfied, they will send you a prepaid label to ship the item back.

I purchased my first box for $27.99 with the 30% off coupon, and the products in my box would have costed me $57 if I were to have purchased them separately. It's a pretty good deal and a way for a new mom-t0-be to learn about new products.


You can get 30% off your first box! Use code MYBUMPLIFE at checkout

I get my next box in a few weeks and I can't wait to share it with you! Overall, I'm really happy with it. It's fun to get FULL sized products and find out new brands I would not have otherwise found myself!



*This post is not sponsored or endorsed in any way, I purchased my own BumpBox and all opinions are 100% my own.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Weekend Recap | & Friends Baby Shower

Ah, Memorial Weekend, came and gone too fast. This weekend was fun, relaxing, and not long enough! The good news is that it is a shorter work week! 

Also made it to 22 weeks this week, whoo hoo! The bump is growing quick!



My husband was out of town this weekend so on Friday evening I headed to the beach where my friend was camping. They had a movie on the beach for everyone so we brought some food and watched The Secret Life of Pets. We talked more than we watched the movie but it was a fun little picnic in the sand. We were going to have a bonfire but ended up passing out early. We woke up the next morning and headed to the pool to enjoy some rays.



I headed home in the later afternoon Saturday and did some party shopping with my mom. Since our gender reveal party is this coming weekend I wanted to make sure this week we don't have too much to do. I'm already getting a little stressed running out of time! I really only have Tuesday (today) and Wednesday to do anything for it because my mom's birthday dinner is on Thursday, and Friday evening I will be going to Dodger stadium with my husbands family to support the high school team my husband coaches for.  So time is running out!

Before my mom and I went shopping for the day, we of course had to stop for some breakfast at Kimmie's! So yummy! 




On Sunday, my mom and I continued the party shopping, placing the order for sandwiches and cupcakes, and got the little things we needed. In the later afternoon was my friend from High School's Baby Shower. It was such a beautiful evening and the food was great! I of course had a virgin margarita. It was really fun seeing friends from high school and getting together with them!


Once Monday came around, I knew I needed to really get my butt in gear with the rest of the decorations and signage for the gender reveal. I woke up bright and early to get a head start and was able to pretty much finish the decorations! I went over to my parents to lay out and spend some time with them. My husband met up with us later and we had a nice rib dinner. I started feeling like I've been getting a cold, so let's hope that clears up before the party this upcoming weekend! This mama doesn't have time to be sick!



Linking up with Biana, for Weekending.


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Ellen's Mother Day Show Recap

If you've been following me along on Instagram or Facebook, then you know I was one of the lucky ones to be chosen to attend the Ellen Show for her Mother's Day special! (P.S. it aired May 11th, 2017) - I also posted a few of the photos and links on my Pinterest Board for this show!

I was so ecstatic when I received the email from Ellen that I was invited to be an audience member! I literally cried tears of happiness. In the email, it let us know to bring a Large vehicle so we made sure we came prepared! My mom and I drove the truck out to Burbank early in the morning and spent some time with my aunt who lives less than a mile away from the Warner Brother Studios. We knew we would hit some traffic with the work commuters since it was a Wednesday so we wanted to make sure we got to her house early in case we had any issues.  My friend was chosen to go to the show as well and met us at my aunts house before.  


My friend and I went to grab some lunch before we had to check-in for the show. We parked, got our Ellen parking pass, and walked around the corner to the cutest Italian restaurant called Ciao Cristina. If you are ever in the area, I highly recommend it! It was very good and they had some great options! My friend and I both ordered off the lunch menu; I ordered the Pizza Pocket which was served with pasta salad, and let me tell you... it hit the spot! 
We knew it was going to be a long day so we wanted to fill our bellies so we weren't starving, especially while pregnant.

After lunch we got in line and checked in. Then the waiting game began. We got picked to be interviewed, but didn't get chosen, I'm still not sure what it was for because they never did anything with the girls who got picked.  We waited for them to call our numbers to cross the street into the studio.


It was a pretty quick process once we crossed the street, and went through the security line. We walked through the Ellen shop and of course they had some Ellen onesies lined up for sale. They were cute! I should have bought one! But I didn't want to carry it around before the show.



They had food set out for all the Mom-to-Be's, which they normally do not have for their regular shows, so that was a nice touch for the Mother's Day special! Once we got into the theater they gave us our seats. (Middle, 7th row back!) They got us amped up for the show, did some pregnancy dancing with the ladies, and had a few dance contests. It was really fun!

On the show, they started off with some gifts in the very beginning, and moved on to introduce the pickle guy, a sexy "Dr." with a delivery room, and an actual EMT in case anyone went into labor (There were TWO girls who were like a week away from giving birth!) The guests of the show were Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn. They were SO funny together!  If you missed the episode, you can watch clips from it here.



Ellen gave away SO many wonderful gifts to all the audience members! Here is what we received:

To view a list of all the goodies, you can check them out on her website here. (There's some fun discount codes you can get if you were interested in purchasing any of the items she gave away!) 

I also had so many people watching that sent me screen shots of me they saw while watching Ellen! I loved getting those! So thank you if you were one who sent them to me!
 
 Did you watch the Mother's Day episode? What was your favorite item Ellen gave away?


*This post contains affiliate links.
 

Monday, May 8, 2017

Weekend and Bump Diaries | Week 18 -19

I am officially 19 weeks today! Almost to the halfway point!
Linking up with Biana for Weekending.
Over the weekend I was able to get a ton of orders out for Mother's Day Delivery! I think we boxed over 33 this weekend! So Friday and Saturday  I was exhausted and was able to relax a bit on Sunday. We bought a new fridge for our garage and went out to dinner with some friends. We went to WoodRanch and I ordered ribs with mac and cheese and a baked potato. (And of course they have THE best bread! It was so good and so satisfying! I am still craving it! After dinner we decided to get some dessert and tried this place out called AFTERS ice cream.  I got some churro ice cream and topped it with cinnamon french toast. It was delicious!



Due Date: October 2, 2017
Size of Baby:
Week 18 - 5.5 inches (Sweet Potato)
Week 19 -6 inches  (Zucchini)

Symptoms: I have been eating more! Which is huge for me!

Eating Mostly: Hot cheetos, spicy food, hot sauce.

Can't stand: Steak, Shrimp, Garlic. (still!)

Gender:  We have our 45 minute ultrasound tomorrow where we will find out the gender. But if you read in my previous post that we are waiting until June 3rd to "reveal" to ourselves among our family and friends.
 

Nursery: Waiting until after May 10th so I can see what items Ellen gives away at her show!
Maternity Clothes: I officially bought two maternity bras and a regular bra since I needed a few sizes up.

Sleep: Been sleeping through the night, no complaints here!

Mood: Been feeling good which makes me happier and I'm sure makes hubby happier too! hehe!

Looking forward to: Tuesday and Wednesday and Saturday this week!  Tuesday is our long ultrasound and we find out the gender, Wednesday is the Ellen Mother's Day show which will be airing Thursday May 11 so make sure to watch! And Saturday is a Baby Show my mom and I will be attending!

Do you know of any pregnant/mommy bloggers? 
I am wanting to find more! Please share your favorites!
 

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

The Bump Diaries | Week 16-17


Over the weekend my mom and I started venue shopping for my baby shower. Since we are hosting the shower in August, I knew I wanted it to be indoors and my moms house would be too squishy with that many people inside. Also having it at a venue will make it so much easier for us. We won't have to set anything up or clean up after so that's a huge plus! We had an appointment at one golf course and ended up hating it so we started feeling like we weren't going to have any luck. We drove on a whim to another one by my moms house and fell in love with it that we booked it right away. It's so pretty and has a nice view in the room so it will be stunning! 

Since we found the venue so quickly, I was able to enjoy the rest of my weekend! My hubby and I were able to head down to Temecula (known for their wineries) with our friends who were having a chili cookoff. I did try some chili, if you can remember chili has not sounded good at all, but I tried some and didn't get sick so that's a plus! It was a fun turnout and nice to get out of the house for a change.  Then on Sunday we had friends over to hang out by the pool and then BBQ'd that evening. It was a nice fun filled weekend! Now on to the Bump Diaries.




Due Date: October 2, 2017


Size of Baby:
Week 16 -Avocado  (4.5  inches)
Week 17 - Turnip  (5 inches)


Symptoms: I've been feeling really good! With more energy to get things done, this is the best!

Eating Mostly: Smoothies, & craving Hot cheetos.
Can't stand: Steak, Shrimp, Garlic. (still!)

Gender: We are finding out next week! May 9th , BUT having the Dr. put it in an envelope because we decided to bump up our gender reveal party and give the envelope to my friend to help plan the Surprise! I ordered these gender reveal baseballs from Gender Reveal Parties (one of each color so she can give us the correct one to use!)  We will be heading to the ball field to toss and hit the ball so we can see what the gender is! I am so excited! Our theme is "Baseball or Bows?"



I also just ordered the invitations for our party! 
Normally I would design it myself but I have been so swamped with my Etsy shop orders that I just don't have the time right now! (I had to block out the address and phone number so don't worry! It's not a mistake! hehe
Ordered from: Magical Invitations


Can you tell I love shopping on Etsy? I love supporting other Etsy shops!

Movement: Still no movement.. too soon!


Nursery: Waiting until after May 10th so I can see what items Ellen gives away at her show!
Maternity Clothes: Been most comfortable in leggings, maternity jeans, and dresses. I attempted to wear my two piece bathing suit this weekend and let's just say that's not even an option anymore. Also officially grew out of my bra so I will need to shop for a new one.

Sleep: Still no complaints. I have been able to sleep through the nights.

Mood: Been in a good mood for the most part.  Little things bother me, but I have been trying to stay more calm and let things go.

Looking forward to: This month! So many exciting things happening! Gender appointment, Ellen Show, + my friends baby shower!

Do you know of any pregnant/mommy bloggers? 
I am wanting to find more! Please share your favorites!