Happy Monday! In case you missed it, yesterday I announced what we’re having, and today I’m celebrating baby #2 with an amazing giveaway of so many of my favorite baby goodies for momma and new baby! And if you’re a bride reader, just bookmark these fabulous shops and products for later and consider it research So, here’s what I’m giving away, in partnership with these great shops/brands: Read More
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If you follow me on instagram you already know this (I just couldn’t wait to share the news!) but our family of three is becoming a family of four in August! Charlie is very excited to be a big brother and I’m thrilled (and a little scared) to be the momma of two. Read More
Today’s DIY came about accidentally. I was making pom poms for a baby shower and I also had spray painted some driftwood gold for another project, and suddenly a light bulb went off. Isn’t that how the best creative projects happen? I love the pom mobile for a nursery, but it’s also cool enough to hang anywhere in your home.
What you’ll need:
- yarn in your favorite colors
- a pom pom maker
- driftwood or large stick
- gold spray paint
- small sewing scissors
- a cord for hanging the mobile
First, make your pom poms. Here is a step-by-step tutorial for making the pom poms using a pom maker.
1. Wrap yarn around one side of the pom maker like in the photo in the first photo. Once you have it covered in yarn as shown wrap the other side the same way.
2. Close the pom maker and cut a piece of yarn about 6 inches long to wrap around the pom.
3. Cut the yarn (see photo 3) along the length of the pom maker.
4. Tie the 6 inch piece of yarn tightly around the center of the pom maker, where you just cut the yarn (see photo 5).
5. Pull the pieces of the pom maker apart, leaving you with one completed pom pom.
Make enough poms as you want for your mobile. You can make varying sizes by using different size pom makers. You can even make multi-color poms by wrapping different colors of yarn on one pom maker at a time.
Next you need to spray paint your driftwood. Once you’ve done that and it has dried, you can tie the poms on your mobile.
Finally, once your poms are in place, tie your cord around each end of the driftwood and hang it!
I love the idea of lots of these in different sizes for a wedding installation too. It would make a great ceremony or photobooth backdrop! Or make some for a baby shower and then baby can use one for his or her mobile. Such a sweet touch.
With lots of my friends having babies soon, I’ve been helping them with their registries and giving them a list of my baby essentials. Today I’m sharing my must have items for the newborn stage, 0-3 months. I hope it helps some of you mommas-to-be out there (or save it for later if babies aren’t in the near future for you.)
1. Feeding essentials: If you’re breastfeeding you’ll need a pump to help you get your milk to come in, to pump so you can get some time away, to help increase your supply if you have issues like I did, and to go back to work if you decide to do that. The Medela Pump In Style is the best, and this hands-free bra is an absolutely must have (actually, you need two!) Trust me on this one. Also handy: a breastfeeding pillow like this one (we couldn’t go anywhere without ours), a way to keep track of feedings (I used an app on my iphone), some bibs, nursing tanks, and these, so you can get a night out every once in a while. Oh, and if you’re using bottles, I tried just about every kind and these bottles were the best for newborns and tummy troubles. And since you have to sterilze everything the first 6 months, these sterilzing bags are a huge lifesaver and time saver! Read More
Since pregnant is the new black these days and most of my friends are on baby #2, I’ve been getting to pick out super cute + personal baby gifts, instead of the standard registry gift. I love buying off-registry, don’t get me wrong, but when baby #2 comes along and you already have the basics, it allows for some creative and fun gift giving. Here are my favorite gifts for second babies, or the momma who already has the basics.
1. Give the new baby his or her own lovie. This one was Charlie’s favorite.
2. Baby’s first ornament is always a great gift, and these from Paloma’s Nest are one of my favorites (Charlie has it too!)
3. Baby moccasins – what’s cuter? Enough said. As soon as I have a positive pee stick on baby #2, I’m placing an order.
4. Nothing screams “I’m not a hand-me-down” better than something personalized. I love this baby name swaddle blanket.
5. I loved doing monthly photos with Charlie, and definitely want to do it with the next baby as well. Here are two options, in onesie or sticker form. (I want those onesies for the second time around!)
What are your favorite gifts for baby #2?
Welcome to another installment of Lovely Ever After, where I post about all things momma + baby. I’ve had a busy week spending time with lots of other lovely mommas chatting about babies and life after babies. A common theme of discussion were the things no one seems to tell you (or you don’t seem to hear) before you have a baby, that you end up experiencing after. So I thought I would share a few today to help those of you that don’t have babies yet, or let those of you that do know that your experience is normal. You aren’t alone! Read More