Nursery Design

I had the best time creating and designing my daughter’s nursery while I anxiously awaited her arrival. I’ve received so many sweet comments and questions over the past several months, so I thought I would share a few of my thoughts and ideas.

First, you need to know that I didn’t have a lot of space to work with. This is a very small room, but I made it work, so don’t stress about space! There are only a few pieces you need to make your nursery functional; crib, dresser and rocker..that’s it! I mostly used my wall space to create the environment I envisioned.

Second, if you don’t want to do your nursery around a theme, you have a few options. You can  choose a color palette and design your bigger pieces around those colors. (check out Design Seed for inspiration). You can also choose an object, like a painting and pull ideas and colors from that. My first nursery piece was a painting I purchased from Hannah Crosby (check out her website/blog here). From there, I knew that I wanted to incorporate elephants/animals, gold and travel…random, right?!

The painting (aka my inspiration) is the center piece and the other prints along with the gold decals are from Etsy. Can we talk about this rug?! Rugs are simple, but create the perfect statement for your room. I knew that I wanted some kind of tribal print, but couldn’t find one that was reasonably priced. I even had my husband on the search, he ended up finding the winner at (DENYDESIGNS).

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Decorate around that pesky thermostat, but keep it crisp and simple. Both pieces from TJ Maxx.

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Books are important, so why not display them?! The floating shelves are from Ikea and only $14.99!

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Recently, I created a little space below the bookshelves. The dog loves this spot more than the baby, but at least someone is enjoying it. This little chair was my Grandpa’s, he stole it from his Sunday school class when he was a kid (dead serious). My dad fixed it up, painted it and it looks brand new. I love functional and sentimental.

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I was browsing the clearance section at Home Goods one day and found this. I carried it to the front of the store and every woman stopped me and asked if they could have it..not even kidding.

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Finding a comfortable chair is important because you’ll be rocking and nursing that sweet baby around the clock! I wanted a simple, neutral color because I figured I could easily find a place for it after it serves its purpose (BuyBuy Baby). The gold ottoman (Overstock) is a great statement, but also practical. I added the side table (Target) a few days post baby because I needed a place for my water, phone and nipple cream (gross, but necessary during that first week).

Side Note: the Keekaroo changing pad is probably my favorite baby item to date.

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ORGANIZATION IS KEY

Small rooms come with small closets, so I needed to get creative. I bought two bookcases from Ikea to place inside the closet, but only one fit…major bummer. However, this bookcase helps organize books, shoes and other accessories, so it’s still a win. Also, babies grow out of their clothes very quickly, so I started to store them in plastic bins and label them by size and they easily fit on the top shelf. I’m sure I’ll thank myself later for this.

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I keep the dresser drawers organized with drawer dividers from the Container Store. Easy access to lotion, hand sanitizer, pacifiers and toys are important while you’re changing those diapers, so I wanted to find some good storage that would be visual. My husband spotted these elephant organizers in Pottery Barn Kids one day, they are perfect because they hold everything you need and don’t take up a lot of space.

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There you have it, my secrets to a simple and cute nursery.

The Red Lip

My Friday Favorite goes out to the Nars lip pencil in Cruella. This is the perfect shade of red and stays on really well! FullSizeRender

Red lipstick is fun, but not something you wear every day, so finding the perfect one for your lips is important. There are a million different shades of red out there, so finding the right color presents a challenge as well as finding a brand where you’re not having to reapply every five minutes (seriously, nobody has time for that). I’m so happy my search is over, this definitely wins.

It’s important to apply lip liner (I used Revlon in Raisin) and a light gloss to smooth out lips before application.

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New Etsy Shop

FullSizeRenderFullSizeRenderLet me introduce you to my friend, Laura Chaisson. She’s the cutest mom and her little girl..I mean, how beautiful?! Laura started an Etsy shop and I’m obsessed, it’s so baby boho-chic. You can find adorably simple pieces to decorate your nursery or little’s room. Laura’s shop is also a great place to check out if you need of some cute party decorations. I can’t wait to get my hands on a few items for my little girl!

Click here to check out her shop, ArrowsEnd.

Witch Doctor

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I’m very excited to be a part of the Young Living team! My husband calls me the “witch doctor” when I pull out my oils, but everyone I know swears by them and so far, I’m in love.

I’m still new to this gig which means I’m learning along as I go, but here’s a brief description of the most popular oils. If you’re interested in purchasing or would like to become a distributor, please contact me. You can get the starter kit for $150.00 which is a great deal!

Tee Tree
  • skin care
  • disinfect surfaces (add to mop water)
  • skin blemishes
  • scalp issues
  • gentle for skin, teeth and gums
Citrus Fresh 
  • Difuse! Great supporter of the immune system
  • Energy Booster
  • Add to cleaning products
  • Add a few drops to your water
  • Calming, purifying, energizing, mental clarity and rich in antioxidants
Stress Away 
  • Apply to neck or wrists
  • Diffuse it before bedtime
  • Induces relaxation
  • May relieve normal stress
  • Diffuse for calming effect
Panaway 
  • Gentle for muscles and joints
  • May help with muscle pain after exercise
  • May help alleviate minor aches and pains
  • May soothe tension related to neck and head pain
Lavender – Baby magic 
  • May help with restless nights-rub on bottom of feet at bedtime. Mix some in glass bottle with water and spray on sheets
  • Diffuse in bedroom at night
  • May help enhance relaxation
  • Balancing properties
  • Soothes skin irritations
 Peppermint 
  • Add to diffuser in the morning
  • Great for waking up and alternates
  • Aids with digestion
  • Apply to temples for head pressure
  • Apply under tongue to kick bad breath
  • Inhale or diffuse to open sinuses
  • May help stomach problems
  • Enhance flavor of food
 Joy 
  • May help with irritability
  • Diffuse for mood boost
  • Apply to wrist or neck for calming, uplifting feeling
  • Helps with emotional balance
  • May help calm and relax during stressful time
Purification 
  • Apply to cotton balls and place in stinky shoes, vacuum cleaner – all stinky places
  • Citronella is in oil, helps repel bugs in summer
  • Add a few drops to washing machine
  • Diffuse to purify the air
Frankincense – aka Jesus oil 
  • Facial moisturizer
  • Diffuse for calming aroma
  • Immune support
  • Skin health
  • May help with aging and dry skin
  • May help alleviate nervous energy
Thieves 
  • Great immunity booster and germ fighter
  • Great household cleaner
  • Diffuse to help purify the air
  • Apply to kids feet every night and before school
  • Apply to honey tea
  • Add to cleaners

Boston

We love the city, especially when it’s a new city for us. We were up in the New England state for  Q conference which was phenomenal, thought-provoking and such a unique experience. We stayed at the Omni Parker House – super nice and totally recommend. I mean, they won my heart when they sent complimentary chocolate covered strawberries to the room. It just felt great to get away and spend some qt with the family. Maryn did pretty well for her first flight, but I will say that traveling with a baby is no joke! Seriously, I’m exhausted.

We didn’t have a lot of time to sightsee, but we squeezed in a few things before our flight Saturday afternoon. My husband is a huge sports freak, like obsessed with every sport and knows the most random facts. I swear, he knows more than ESPN. Anyway, he wanted to see Fenway Park, so  we take the subway and lo and behold, they are having a free open house..first one in three years. Luke was so excited, he practically skipped inside. Like a good wife, I listened and pretended to be just as excited, but I could only think about getting my hands on a stadium hotdog (which I did and it was amazing).

We also enjoyed the famous, Legal Seafood restaurant and Mike’s pastry (holy cannoli). Boston, we’ll be back.

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