Happy 2018, Friends! You may have missed the arrival of our little bundle earlier last month. (January 12th to be exact!) Our little guy came a few months early at only 29 weeks and is currently hanging out in the NICU while he grows and his lungs get a bit stronger. Since we weren’t quite expecting him to make his debut so soon, we hadn’t made any progress on what would be our baby boy farmhouse nursery!
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As you may know, the Country House isn’t a mansion. With only 3 bedrooms (all occupied) we were stumped as to where we would put the newest addition. Of course, he could share a room with one of his siblings, but since they are both a bit older and need to get a good nights sleep for school, we were hoping for a more private spot for the little guy. At least for the baby/toddler phase.
After some brainstorming, we decided to transform the walk-in closet in our bedroom into a tiny nursery. Fancy, huh?
closetroom is pretty tiny, so there won’t be a ton of space, but we are working with what we’ve got. So far, we’ve been able to move things around and relocate our clothing/shoes/etc. to another closet just outside of our bedroom. It is now time to really get working on converting this into a livable bedroom for our little guy, hopefully before he comes home from the hospital!
Here’s the mood board I whipped up for inspiration…
I’m excited to get working on this little room and if we are lucky, we will be able to get this pulled together sooner rather than later. Wish us luck!
Yup, you’ve read that right. We are expecting baby #3 and I’m already 18 weeks along! If you are following along with me on Instagram, then you probably already know about our big news. However, I wanted to share some more of the details over here.
Physically, it has been a pretty rough road so far. I’ve been dealing with extreme morning/all day sickness which has pretty much stopped me in my tracks for the past couple of months. I’m not surprised about that though since my previous pregnancies were very similar in that way. Luckily, it seems to be easing up just a bit!
There are so many feels going around during this pregnancy. To say that I’m not nervous, would be a lie. I’m a hot mess! I had some major end of pregnancy/birth complications during my last pregnancy with my son. (Pre-eclampsia/HELLP syndrome) So, naturally, I’m somewhat concerned about the outcome with this babe as well. Plus, I’m over 35 now which puts me in the “geriatric” maternal age range and raises the risks of genetic issues. All of that, plus the normal crazy pregnancy hormones raging through my body have made me pretty emotional this time around.
Not only will we be adding to our family, but we will also be trying to fit another small human into our already tight and cozy home. Since this is a home decor blog, I, of course, will be sharing our nursery plans, whatever those may end up being. We have yet to figure out the logistics of all of that, but there are some ideas rolling around in my brain. (Closet nursery possibly?)
So, that’s what’s been up with me/us for the past several months! We are so excited (and still a little anxious) for what is to come. I hope you will follow along!
The weather has been so nice here this spring! All winter long, I could not wait for the weather to get warmer so that we could get outside and play. Being cooped up in the house during the winter makes us all grumpy and it was such a mood booster when we were able to enjoy the sunshine. But the novelty of playing outside quickly dissipated for my kids, so I decided to create the Boredom Jar to alleviate that problem.
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Initially, my kids could not get enough of the outdoors. They were having so much fun making up games, playing at the park, and riding bikes. However, as the weeks went on, I started to hear those infamous words, “Mommmmm, I’m boooored.” Even after suggesting a couple of activities that they could do, they were still BORED after only a few minutes and wanted to watch TV or play on the iPad. And that was not going to cut it. I needed to figure out a way to get them disconnected from electronics and doing something good for them.
The Boredom Jar, as I call it, is a little vintage jar that contains tiny scrolls with an activity written on them. Each scroll is tied with some gold baker’s twine to keep the contents a secret until it is chosen. If my kids say they are bored, then they get to pick out one scroll from the Boredom Jar and they must do that activity.
I didn’t want to reward the kids with some amazingly awesome trip to an amusement park or taking them for ice cream just because they were bored, so I created some printable pages with activities that they could do on their own, as well as some chores, with minimal help from mom and dad.
When they pick something out of the Boredom Jar, they do not know what kind of activity they will be getting. Something fun? Yay! Or some kind of chore? Bummer. They know that they will be taking a chance, but hopefully, this will help in the long run teach them how to entertain themselves and come up with ideas of things to do without the need for electronics.
Almost all of the activities listed are spring, summer, or fall appropriate, which means that we will be able to use these throughout most of the year. Obviously, some of them won’t be able to be used if there is inclement weather, so they will have to pick a new scroll.
To make your own Boredom Jar, find a jar with a lid (this one is similar to mine) and click on the links below to download and print the Boredom Jar printable. Enjoy!
Did you happen to see my latest contributor post over at Domestically Speaking? If not, head on over and check out these fun Book Page Candle Holders!
Editor’s note: This post was originally published in Nov. 2013.
Last week, while perusing the Land of Nod catalog, I found these super cool Magnificent Metal Letters. I love the industrial look and that they can even be used as a tiny little shelf.
I started to think about how I could make something similar on my own and that’s when I remembered seeing Becca’s DIY Cardboard Letters on Pinterest. So, I figured I would take some tips from her tutorial, but leave the front of the letter off and tweak a few things to achieve the desired look.
This is what I started with:
– Cereal box swiped from the recycling bin
– Template of letter C
Using the template, I carefully traced around the edges onto the cereal box.
Then I cut it out and also trimmed off the sides of the cereal box. (Depending on the size of your letter, you may also need to cut out some strips from the back of the box as well.)
I attached the sides of the box to the letter with plain ol’ scotch tape. Exciting, right? But it works to hold everything in place until the paper mache’-ing is done.
Next, I mixed up equal parts of water and flour and dipped torn up pieces of The Nine Symphonies of Beethoven into the concoction. (I only did one layer because I didn’t want my letter to become too thick.) Each strip was applied to the C in random directions, which helped it adhere better.
Sorry, I don’t have any photos of the process. It was super messy!
Lastly, I slapped on a couple of coats of black paint and I was finished.
Isn’t this cool??
I would love to make a more letters, so I could spell out whatever is catching my fancy and then be able to change it up for the seasons or whatever. However, I think it will be quite some time until we have enough cereal boxes saved up to complete the alphabet.