Poor Workhorse

The hubs has been working hard these past few weeks (and a few weeks before that) on Charlotte’s new big girl room.  

 This weekend, we were finally on the last step: install the closet system.

Unfortunately, more work has arisen. 

We took down the existing shelving/pole thing in the closet and decided we also had to pull off the wood rail things that were holding up the shelves above the pole.  

 Well, if you give a mouse a cookie…

Once we removed the wood rails, the walls looked like crap. So we decided we should paint…

But before we paint, all of the holes need to be filled in with spackle. And did I mention that we accidentally busted a little hole in the wall? 

  Anyway, what was going to be a tedious installation of a closet system is now a wall repair and paint project followed by the installation of a tedious closet system.

Nonetheless, hubby has been perfect and just keeps chugging away. He even took C AND Toby with him to the store to pick up spackle so I could cook dinner in peace. 

I’m a lucky gal. There is no question about that…

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DIY Glitter Sensory Bottles

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With Charlotte in school this year, I thought it was the perfect time to make DIY Glitter Sensory Bottles as Valentines for her class. My intention was to have us do the project together.

Yes, I thought a project that involves glitter glue, GLITTER (excessive amounts), hot water and a hot glue gun would be a great activity for my toddler and I to complete together. I was wrong. In fact, Charlotte’s only real participation was shaking a few of the bottles up for mommy.

So I did what any improvising Momma would do… I put Charlotte to bed and binge watched TV while I finished making TWELVE glitter sensory bottles.

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Instructions to Make ONE Bottle

Materials (there is a bit of a trial and error that needs to go into this, but here’s what worked for me):

  • Plastic Bottles (I used 11.5 oz Fiji water bottles because they’re cute and small and sturdy – NOTE, I didn’t want to waste the water, so I drank about 80 ounces in one night and then saved the rest. I had to pee fiercly all night.)
  • Glitter glue (1/3-1/2 a X ounce bottle)
  • Extra fine glitter (I bought an X ounce bottle and could have literally used it for all 12 bottles. You really only need about a teaspoon… in my opinion.)
  • Hot Water
  • Glue Gun
  • Tiny Figurine (I added one tiny animal figurine per bottle because I thought it’d be cute. My toddler and her friends confirmed. The figurine is a fun addition.)
  • Essential Oil (optional – I used lemon)

Instructions:

  1. Consume water from water bottle.
  2. Peel off the label from the water bottle. This was a HUGE pain in the ass for me. I tried using this Goop Off Soap, soaking in HOT water, a scrubber sponge, vegetable oil, prayer… nothing was working. So, I Googled ways to get label adhesive off of a plastic bottle and found the most effective solution. Simply put a couple drops of essential oil on a paper towel and rub the adhesive off. It was SO much easier and so much faster. Just make sure to use a child-safe essential oil.
  3. Put the glitter glue into the bottle. Then, fill the water bottle to about 2/3 – 3/4 full with HOT tap water. Add the glitter.
  4. Cap it and shake, shake, shake.
  5. At this point, you may need to add glitter or glue (the glitter glue will help slow down the flow) depending on how your bottle is shaking.
  6. Note that at this point, my bottle filled with bubbles. So once I perfected my glitter to glue to water ratio, I waited for the glitter to settle at the bottom and squeezed all the bubbles out.
  7. Then, I filled my bottle up with hot water the rest of the way. Leave enough room to shake the bottle, but honestly, you can go pretty high. My water line was at the little plastic seal from the cap.
  8. Add your figurine, cap it and shake again.
  9. Once you’re in love with your bottle, put some hot glue on the inside of the cap and twist the cap back onto the bottle. Voila! You’re done!

Tips: 

  • At first, my glitter was totally sticking to the sides of the bottle and just not working. Turns out I had used too much glitter and too much glue. I simply poured my mixture out into a paper cup and then added a fraction of the mixture back into my bottle and added hot tap water until my ratio made sense.
  • Make sure to glue the cap onto the bottle. Otherwise, babe might unscrew the top and either a) make a huge mess or b) drink glitter. Both are terrible.

Toddler-Made DIY Gift Tags

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One element that Charlotte helped with was the little gift tags used on each of the bottles.

  1. Facilitate child painting or drawing on cardstock (we used cardstock that was finger… well, hand-painted a few days before)
  2. Use your favorite paper punch (I bought the cutest dang heart punch ever on Amazon. I’m obsessed.) to cut out shapes from the best areas of the artwork.
  3. Write your note!

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Birthday Tutus

The only real “vision” I’ve had for Charlotte’s first birthday party has been tutus. I desperately want to see Charlie bouncing around with her tiny friends, all looking adorable in pink tutus.

So clearly, the only thing to do was to make tutus for all the girlies coming to the party (I think it amounts to 4). 

I’ll make an official DIY how-to later, but for now, check out the sneak peek!

   
    
   

Happy fourth!

i LOVE long weekends. Especially when we don’t have too much planned… Ugh! I literally took at least three hammock naps this weekend and I actually have a little color in my skin. 

We had an absolute blast hanging with family, getting stuff done around the house, relaxing, and enjoying each other. All in all, a great Fourth of July weekend!

Lunch with little miss sunshine and her cute tush…  

Had to sneak in Charlie’s 11 month pics before I totally missed it… Ugh. I really dropped the ball with these pics. Sorry, bunny! I tried… But you’re SUCH a pain during these photo shoots. 

    
  Fourth of July pool party!  
  Lounging 🙂  
    
    
    
Charlotte crawled over to this random group of girls and ladies for a nice chat! So silly 🙂

  I joined…  
Listening to Grandma, Grandpa and the band sing to little Charlie!

    
Zonked!

 
Did I mention I finished the dang growth chart???

   
 

I’m SUCH an idiot…

Remember when I spent weeks meticulously painting different sized stripes in 6 different colors on a growth chart for Charlotte? Here’s the blog if you’ve forgotten.

Growth Chart 2 Growth Chart

Well, I had gotten as far as painting all the colors on when I put the project on pause. Now, 11 months later, I finally decided it was time to finish. I lightly sanded it last weekend so you couldn’t feel the ridges from where I lifted the tape, I touched up the paint and sanded again, and finally it was time to spray coat it with a clear enamel.

Last night was the night!

Mark shook my paint for what felt like forever, I took it outside and sprayed! When I was done, I went searching for the numbers I had bought to mark the feet. Finally, I found the numbers and in the bag was also a can of clear enamel spray paint. I instantly grabbed the can I had just used and started comparing.

Hmm… what’s the difference?

I looked back and forth and back and forth when all of a sudden it hit me… THE CAPS! THE CAPS ARE DIFFERENT. One white, one clear.

I ran outside to look at my ruler…

SHIT!

I spray painted WHITE PAINT over my damn ruler!

SHIT, SHIT, SHIT!

UGH. I cannot even believe what a stupid and careless mistake I made. Dangit.

  
(I wish I had a before and after to show just how white this is now.)

So, tonight, instead of being ready to fasten the numbers onto my beautifully finished ruler, I will be attempting to sand off the white paint while salvaging the paint underneath.

Can I still blame mommy brain?

Making Valentines with Homemade Baby Paint

After a week away, we had an awesome Valentine’s Day at home… in our PJ’s. We really wanted to do something fun with Charlie… but didn’t want to leave the house (WI winter in a nutshell). SO, we decided to make Valentines with Charlie. This is our first attempt at art with our tiny lady, and I have to say, it was pretty successful. She had a blast.

Recognizing that Charlotte sticks just about EVERYTHING in her mouth, I decided that making a food-based paint would be best. I didn’t want anything with sugar or chemicals, so here’s what I did…

HOMEMADE BABY PAINT

1 cup corn starch
1/2 cup cold water
1-2 cups hot water
1-3 TBSP red beet

I’m sure there is some sort of science to this, but my first attempt failed miserably. My suggestion is to just go slow adding the water. Just put your cornstarch into a bowl. Add the 1/2 cup of cold water and stir. Then slowly add the hot water until it’s just thicker than you’d like it. Then, put the corn starch mixture in a blender with the beet. I used our Ninja Kitchen System. The beet will add liquid to your mixture, so you might need to add more corn starch. I just played around with it until I got the right texture.

This recipe will give you pink paint. I”m sure you coulkd use spinach for green, carrot for orange, blueberries for purple or blue… Just play around with different foods.

Here are the pics…

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DISCLAIMER: This stuff is messy.

 

Some DIY Crafting for My Girl

Last night my friend Jenna came over to help me finish the weekly/monthly photo prop for the little lady. Here are some pics…

We started with some unpainted, wood numbers (1.25").

We started with some unpainted, wood numbers (1.25″).

And after a lot of strategizing (and chatting), decided to paint the numbers solid colors.

And after a lot of strategizing (and chatting), decided to paint the numbers solid colors.

Craft table mess.

Craft table mess.

Colored numbers.

Colored numbers.

Everything all together.

Everything all together.

Month 1 sample!

Month 1 sample! I think it’s going to be pretty dang cute!

Besides the photo props, I also finished my gallery wall artwork for the nursery this weekend. The husband still needs to hang these pictures (hint, hint, wink, wink!!!), but here are some quick photos of what I did.

Little round guy.

Little round guy. This one is a combination of scrapbooking paper and ribbon/lace inside the frame and mini flowers glued on top of the frame’s glass.

The mirror frame and bad lighting make this one hard to see. But, I just used scrapbook paper inside the frame and painted letters/a button glued on top of the glass to give this one a little dimension and added interest.

The mirror frame and bad lighting make this one hard to see. But, I just used scrapbook paper inside the frame and painted letters/a button glued on top of the glass to give this one a little dimension and added interest.

This was my last one... creativity was running thin, and I was already wounded from the hot glue gun. So, this one is just scrapbook paper inside the frame and a fabric flower glued to the outside of the glass.

This was my last one… creativity was running thin, and I was already wounded from the hot glue gun. So, this one is just scrapbook paper inside the frame and a fabric flower glued to the outside of the glass.

This is probably my favorite. There is white cardstock inside the frame and then I used the beads on a cheapy, pink "pearl" necklace to make a heart (I drew on the back side of the glass using a dry erase marker first to trace the heart shape), and then filled in the background with white buttons. Everything was stuck on using hot glue.

This is probably my favorite. There is white cardstock inside the frame and then I used the beads on a cheapy, pink “pearl” necklace to make a heart (I drew on the back side of the glass using a dry erase marker first to trace the heart shape), and then filled in the background with white buttons. Everything was stuck on using hot glue.

Scrapbook paper flower with a hemp stem.

Scrapbook paper flower with a hemp stem.

I've started filling the frames for the nursery gallery wall with DIY creations. Thought this turned out well. Just hearts cut out of scrap book paper.

Just hearts cut out of scrap book paper.

Can’t wait to post pictures of the finished gallery wall! Hopefully all of these creations will blend well together.

In other news, my friend, Erica, posted some more pictures of us at her wine bottling party a few weeks ago. Thought I’d share…

Miss Preggers with the BEAUTIFUL bride-to-be!

Miss Preggers with the BEAUTIFUL bride-to-be!

She put me to work... corking a bottle for her table numbers! So fun!

She put me to work… corking a bottle for her table numbers! So fun!

DIY Weekly / Monthly Baby Picture Prop

As I mentioned in this blog post, I plan to take either weekly or monthly pics of our little lady for at least the first year of her life (and then maybe just annually after that… or maybe I’ll continue – who knows?) Anyway, yesterday my favorite crafting partner and good friend, Jenna, came over to help me make the Month/Week sign prop for the photos.

I had originally planned to do blocks like these…

Month blocks from Etsy...

Month blocks from Etsy…

But didn’t like what I saw in terms of options at Michael’s. SO, I went a different direction, and here’s what we did…

We took these wooden letters from Michael's and spelled out "weeks" and "months" (we'll do "years" during our Crafting Day - Part 2) and used acrylic paint to beautify them.

We took these wooden letters from Michael’s and spelled out “weeks” and “months” (we’ll do “years” during our Crafting Day – Part 2) and used acrylic paint to beautify them.

The paint selection... we used Martha Stewart paint, but any acrylic works.

The paint selection… we used Martha Stewart paint, but any acrylic works.

Then, we took these wooden doily looking things and painted them a cream/off-white color.

Then, we took these wooden doily looking things and painted them a cream/off-white color.

And then took glue dots and fastened the letters to these cute little chalkboard tags I found (at Michael's).

And then took glue dots and fastened the letters to these cute little chalkboard tags I found (at Michael’s).

Adorable Jenna finishing the "Weeks" tag...

Adorable Jenna finishing the “Weeks” tag…

Voila!

Voila!

And my favorite, the "Months" tag...

And my favorite, the “Months” tag…

And now all together...

And now all together…

Craft Day - Part 2 will also include painting the numbers, which will go in the doily circle. However, I have not been able to find 1.5" wooden numbers that will work... yet!

Craft Day – Part 2 will also include painting the numbers, which will go in the doily circle. However, I have not been able to find 1.5″ wooden numbers that will work… yet!

Cute stuff!

Cute stuff!

Once we finish, I’ll post more!

 

Symptoms

I’ve definitely been feeling pretty pregnant lately. Lots of weird body changes including hot flashes… a lot of them. And the obvious achy discomforts. I’ll hold off on the complaints today… because it’s my birth week! AND, in honor of my last birthday in my twenties (holy shit – when did that happen??), I’m headed to dinner at this new Italian restaurant and a movie (The Other Woman) with my amazing lady friends tonight.

On a sillier note, after dealing with this yesterday…

Apparently Toby likes my new size... boobs for a seat, belly for a boost.

Apparently Toby likes my new size… boobs for a seat, belly for a boost.

Toby and I made a deal that he needed to stay on his half of the car today…

Good little monkey sitting like a good little man.

Good little monkey sitting like a good little man.

Also, how cute is my husband? After he finished doing some work last night, Marky sat in the nursery (in our borrowed glider until ours gets delivered – thanks again, Jenna!!!) reading, “The Birth Partner.” The only thing he shared with me was to make sure he had good breath during the labor 🙂

See him in there?? So sweet.

See him in there?? So sweet.

 

 

You Know It’s Monday When…

Delicious green smoothie dumped ALL over me... before noon. Oy.

Delicious green smoothie dumped ALL over me… before noon. Oy.

 

On the positive side, with every Monday, there was a weekend and ours was pretty good. I saw my ladies on Friday, which was lovely as always. Saturday was a BUSY day of nursery prep. We decided to spray paint the doors instead of finishing with a brush… because neither of us could stand the idea of having to brush any more paint on those damn doors. So for Mark, there was a whole lot of this…

Shake, shake, shake...

Shake, shake, shake…

Shake, shake, shake...

Shake, shake, shake…

And spray!

And spray!

Thankfully the weather cooperated!

We also finished the dresser and got some stuff hung up. However, the frames are too close together, so I’ll have to adjust them.

Somehow the picture frames made it to the wall in a way squishier layout than I had hoped.

Somehow the picture frames made it to the wall in a way squishier layout than I had hoped.

And outside of the nursery, we got the lower level guest room all set up and ready for our visitors this weekend. If you remember, the room started like this…

BEFORE shot of the bonus room. Please note that there are piles of papers and crap everywhere and that all craft stuff is thrown into two drawers or somewhere in the desk.

BEFORE shot of the bonus room. Please note that there are piles of papers and crap everywhere and that all craft stuff is thrown into two drawers or somewhere in the desk.

And ended like this…

Cozy little guest bedroom! Needs some wall art, but not too shabby!

Cozy little guest bedroom! Needs some wall art, but not too shabby!

Here's the little "office nook" in the guest bedroom.

Here’s the little “office nook” in the guest bedroom.

And just for fun, we had two of our friends and their sweet baby girl over on Sunday for grilled pizzas! It was delicious and a blast, as always! They shared lots of parenting tips with us and we had a lovely little Sunday.

Symptoms

This weekend I had quite a few Braxton Hicks contractions. In fact, I had at least a few in an hour on Saturday and was starting to feel worried that baby might come early. Of course, she didn’t 🙂 Also, while I’ve been sleeping pretty decently, I will say that I keep waking up with soreness on my right ear. Apparently my head is too heavy for my poor little ear. I miss back sleeping.

Other than that, my right eye won’t stop watering. What the hell is that about? Urgh. It might be dust-related from the weekend, but whatever it is, it’s seriously annoying.

Lastly, with the nursery pretty far along, I’ve started thinking about our DIY ruler growth chart we’re going to make using leftover wood from our homemade wedding photo booth. Here’s the quick mock up I put together…

DIY growth chart to hang on the wall behind the door.

DIY growth chart to hang on the wall behind the door.