Minty Fresh Nursery Inspiration

Helloooooo blogosphere! I’ve been MIA for ages, I know. I’m back now, for a minute anyway. Not making any promises. Mostly, just excited to share the inspiration mood board I have been working with as we plot, plan, dream, and just wait with unbelievable excitement for the arrival of our baby BOY!

Our nursery is a blank slate at the moment, with the exception of a fresh coat of paint (Moonshine, Benjamin Moore) and a white bookcase already filling up with our collection of children’s books. (I’ve been squirreling away children’s books for years – and naturally we have added quite a few new ones in the past several months – so it was a blast to finally unpack that box onto shelves and imagine reading some of my favorites to le bebe in just a few short months!)

My scheme for the nursery decor is a fresh, relatively gender-neutral (even though we now know we are expecting a little fella), airy space. Our walls are a lovely light grey, and I have gravitated towards white for all of the other big elements, like furniture, curtains, and the area rug. Every time I talk to my mother about the white glider or white rug, I can feel her rolling her eyes about the impracticality of babies + white, but what can I say, I’m a wild one.

The featured color is mint, but I am purposely trying to design a really neutral palette that can be filled with happy baby-colored things for years to come!

Here’s the mood board I compiled to better visualize the space:

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PB Kids Comfort Small Swivel Rocker in White Twill // // Fern Leaves Pillow Cover in Seafoam from River Oaks Studio // White Faux Leather Poof from Land of Nod // Vinyl Wall Decals by DecoMod Walls // Be Brave Little One print by Star and Arrow Designs // Shooting Arrows on Mint Fitted Sheet by ModFox // Adventure Pillow from Belles and Ghosts // Anderson Crib in White from Land of Nod // Aqua Herringbone Woven Hamper from Land of Nod // White Shag Rug from Target // Mint Bumbo from Amazon // Elephant Plush Rocker from PB Kids // Natural Tree Stump Side Table from West Elm // Tripod Metal Table Lamp in Aqua from Target

My favorite thing about this mood board is that I already have seven of the fourteen items! (I don’t technically have the furniture yet, but the crib, glider & ottoman are all ordered and on their way!). Once the furniture arrives, I can’t wait to start arranging the room and bringing together all of these different elements. I want to add some pops of navy & orange in the linens, wall art, and other accessories. I also want my father to make that tree stump end table for me. So… we’ll see about that. 🙂

(P.S. if you follow me on Instagram and saw a DIFFERENT glider pictured a few weeks ago… I returned it because it wasn’t white enough. So, that is that).

At six months pregnant, I feel as though this whole thing is going WAY to fast, yet taking forever at the same time. Any preggos out there that can relate to that? Some days I feel like I will never be ready – and other days I just want the little guy to GET HERE!

I think the days of blogging on a regular basis are behind me – for a while anyway. I loved this little space for the past three years, and it served as a very important outlet for me when I needed one. I hope to keep those of you who are still out there & interested updated on the nursery design process, and then we will just see where things go from there. But no matter what, I love you for reading & following, and would love to hear your thoughts on nursery design, my foolish obsession with white, the mystery of the fast but slow pregnancy process, or anything else you feel like talking about!!

Bye for now! ❤

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Happy Monday!

Good morning, friends! It’s been a while! Work & life has been keeping me pretty busy of late, but I am five days away from a nice long spring break – and I couldn’t be more excited and ready for some ME time!

I did take a stab at a few projects this weekend, but most of them are still drying (it was a paint & stain filled Sunday). My most exciting project, however, has been the photography class I am taking from Clickin Moms. I will tell you ALL about it after I wrap up the three week course – but I will tell you that, only one week in, I have already learned SO much about my camera & how to use it to create purposeful images!

My model this week had four legs and a little more fur than most of the kiddos & babies my classmates were shooting, but Emma was more than happy to bask in the sunlight in her favorite spot on top of our loveseat while I shot some images of her using natural light & manual focus.

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And all I had to say was “bacon” to get her to look at me. Like mother, like dog-daughter I guess.

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I had better luck shooting some stationary tulips – aren’t you just SO happy that it’s finally SPRING!??

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Nothing like a cute pup & some cheery flowers to start off the week, right? I hope you have a great Monday!

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Luck of the Irish

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I’m not Irish – but I sure love Shamrock shakes & a nice cold pint of Guinness. So happy St. Patrick’s day, friends! I’ve got my green on, and I’m ready to eat some Irish soda bread.
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And if you happen to need some last minute St. Patty’s day decor – why not cut a lucky four leaf clover out of some gold card stock & stick it in a frame? You’ll get an inexpensive good luck charm to last you through all the parties & corned beef you can handle.

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Have a great day!

My Work Essentials & A Short Break!

Hi there, friends! It’s another snowy morning here in Sochi on the east coast. After a relaxing day off (thanks, presidents!), I am gearing up for a MAJOR week on the work front (my full time teaching/music directing job(s) that actually pay the bills, unlike my little crafting/blogging hobbies!) Most weeks are easily 50+ hours at work/doing work things, but this week will really top the charts. And, to further complicate things, I’m trying to kick a nasty cold.

So, to preserve my sanity, I will be taking the rest of the week (and likely a portion of next week) off from the blog. I’ve really been making an effort to be more consistent with my posting & projects, so rather than simply disappearing (as I’ve done in the past), I wanted to give you, my lovely readers, a heads up. I wouldn’t want anybody feeling abandoned!

Before I go, I thought I would share a few of my essential needs for keeping myself organized, motivated, and on the ball when things get particularly stressful at work.

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The one personal belonging that I seriously could not live without is my MacBook. I don’t know what people did before they had computers, and truly – I don’t even want to know. My MacBook Pro is my number one tool for work, blogging, and communicating with the world. And, though not pictured here, my iPhone works as an extension of my computer (with the added bonus of access to my favorite game, Plants Vs. Zombies 2).

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Though I am meticulous with my Google Calendar (which is synced to my laptop & phone), I have always taken great comfort in organizing my schedule in a physical planner as well. It eases my mind, and my 2014 planner is quite possibly the greatest planner I have ever owned. The Simplified Planner by Emily Ley is attractive, sturdy, and meets all of my organizing/planning needs (plus a few needs I did not even know that I had). In the words of Lady Mary… GOLLY I love it so.

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No matter how busy you get, a little desk candy can never hurt. When I get super busy, I go into ‘conquer-the-world’ mode. (Basically I just get super intense & attack everything with a laser-beam-like focus.)  And really, who can conquer the world without cute office accessories?

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So, I am off to conquer – but I wish you a wonderful remainder of your week!

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I’ll see you soon!

Happy Love Day!

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On February 14th, 2008, I went on a first non-date with my now husband, which was quickly followed up by an “official” first date the next night. It did not take either of us very long to figure out that we had already fallen in love with each other over seven previous months of friendship.

When we got married 3.5 years later, my husband assured me that our ‘dating’ anniversary could no longer be celebrated, as we created our new October anniversary. I’m glad, though, that the beginning of our romantic relationship coincided with Valentine’s Day. Now, whether dear old hubby likes it or not, I am secretly (well, not so secretly anymore, I guess) still celebrating that first date this weekend.

You may not be celebrating Valentine’s Day with a romantic partner this weekend. But I have always felt that Valentine’s Day was a great time to reflect and to be grateful for ALL of the special relationships in my life. I am excited to take the time today to tell my friends, family, amazing husband & best dog Emma just how much I love them.

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Love comes in all shapes and sizes, and can be shown in a million different ways. So let’s all take the time today to celebrate the special people & pets out there that give our lives meaning. No matter how you celebrate (or don’t celebrate) Valentine’s Day this year, I hope that you feel loved and I hope that you feel special!

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Have a love filled day! ❤

Tuesday Things – Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

Looking for a last minute Valentine’s Day gift? Here are a few of my current favorite things from Etsy, which would make awesome gifts for the lucky guy, gal, or pooch in your life! (Yeah, you probably can’t get these in time for Valentine’s day now… but in my opinion EVERY day is a great day to show your people (& pets) how much you love them. 🙂

For the Ladies

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1) “Pining For You” canvas tote from Urban Bird & Co. // 2) Adjustable, silver-plated Arrow Ring from Bellajoo // 3) “Hello my Darling” 11 x 14 Print from Livy Love Designs

For the Gents

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1) Maple Wood Watch from Tmbrwood //  His & Her Ice Cream Spoons from For Such a Time Designs //  Acoustic iPhone Dock Amplifier from Schuttenworks.

For the Pups

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1) Sparkle Hearts Bow Tie Collar from Chucklehounds // 2) Sweet Heart Sweet Potato, Natural Dog Treats from The Kind Puppy // Personalized Heart & Bone Dog Bowl from Purple Glaze Pottery UK.

Have a great day! ❤