• Cinco de Mayo Inspiration

    cinco de mayo inspiration | oh lovely day

    Happy Cinco de Mayo! I’ll be celebrating with tacos and hopefully a cerveza after the kiddos go to bed. If you’re looking for a little inspiration for your festivities here is a round up of some of my favorite fiestas on Oh Lovely Day.

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    Calvin’s First Birthday Fiesta

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    Colorful Fiesta Wedding

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    Mexican Folk Art-Inspired Vow Renewal

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    Vendor and source credits in original blog posts linked above.

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    DIY Diaper Rash Treatment + Tips

    DIY diaper rash treatment | Oh Lovely Day

    There are so many diapering products on the market today. It took a while and a bit of trial and error to find the diapers, wipes, and other products that work best for my babes. Calvin tended to get (and still does occasionally) horrible diaper rash (I think due to a certain brand of diaper and an almost constant pooping issue as a newborn, and usually gets it with teething as well), and I tried every cream out there. But only one thing seemed to do the trick virtually overnight, and that was my DIY diaper rash treatment that I’m sharing today.

    It’s a two-part treatment: a DIY powder and a DIY cream. The powder helps when the rash gets really bad, but the cream is great for before a rash and once a rash is already present.

    Supplies:

    For the powder:

    • flour
    • skillet
    • stove top
    • empty shaker container

    For the cream:

    • cornstarch
    • A&D ointment or petroleum jelly (both work well for us)
    • tea tree oil
    • lavender oil
    • coconut oil
    • small airtight container

    Instructions:

    For the powder:

    Step 1: Place one cup of white flour in a large skillet over medium heat.

    Step 2: Stir constantly, making sure flour browns but doesn’t scald. Scrape the skillet when stirring.

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    Step 3: Once flour is browned, let it cool.

    Step 4: Once cooled, scoop into airtight shaker container.

    DIY diaper rash treatment | Oh Lovely Day

    For the cream:

    DIY diaper rash treatment | Oh Lovely Day

    Step 1: Mix equal parts A&D ointment or baby petroleum jelly and cornstarch.

    Step 2: Stir together and add more of either ingredient as needed until it becomes paste-like.

    Step 3: Add some coconut oil (I like a couple of tablespoons)

    Step 4: Add 5 drops of melaleuca/tea tree oil and 10-15 drops of lavender oil (I use both of these oils for SO many things!)

    Step 5: Spoon into mason jar (or other airtight container) for storage. I often use an old petroleum jelly container.

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    Some tips for making the diaper rash go away even faster:

    1. Give baby a baking-soda bum soak for a few minutes before a regular bath.
    2. Make sure area is clean and well rinsed before you remove baby from the bath.
    3. Pat dry.
    4. Lay a towel down and let baby do some naked tummy time to let the bottom air dry.
    5. Sprinkle powder on baby’s bottom before you put on his or her diaper. Do this at every diaper change.
    6. Apply a healthy glob of the cream to baby’s bottom to act as a healer and barrier. Also do this at every diaper change.
    7. If diaper rash is really bad, you could apply 1% hydrocortisone cream on the area once a day before the powder and cream applications (per my pediatrician, but check with your own doctor).
    8. Frequently change wet or soiled diapers.

    Diaper rash should be drastically improved or gone within one to two days – it was for us.

    Some precautions:

    • take care when using powders on babies under 3 months, so they don’t inhale particles into their new lungs
    • if your baby’s diaper rash is yeast-based, cornstarch could make it worse. If you see it worsen after one use, discontinue.

    You can see this included in my essentials for babies age 0-4 months round up, along with my other favorite things for that newborn stage here.

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    DIY IKEA Tarva Hack Dresser Makeover

    Ikea Tarva Dresser Hack | Oh Lovely Day

    My taste in interiors far surpasses my budget. What I want and what is affordable don’t always match up. But sometimes we can make the affordable look like the expensive piece of furniture we had our heart set on with a little (or a lot) of creativity and elbow grease. Don’t we all want stylish and chic furniture on an Ikea budget? Here’s how I turned my raw wood Ikea Tarva dresser into one that looks gorgeous and way more expensive.

    Ikea Tarva Dresser Hack | Oh Lovely Day

    Supplies:

    Instructions:

    Step 1: Remove original hardware/knobs that come with dresser.

    Step 2: Remove drawers, and place dresser and drawers on a drop cloth or plastic in a well ventilated area.

    Step 3: First paint body of dresser. While that is drying, paint drawers. Apply two coats (you may need three depending on paint used and whether you needed or used a primer).

    Step 4: Once you’ve done the number of coats you want and paint is dry, tape off white around base/kickboard of dresser and paint it gold. You may need two coats of gold as well.

    Step 5: After all paint is dry, add new gold/brass hardware of your choice. I used these drawer pulls.

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    Ikea Tarva Dresser Hack | Oh Lovely Day Ikea Tarva Dresser Hack | Oh Lovely Day

    Now you have a fabulous dresser that looks very expensive but costs much less. My total cost breaks down like this:

    • Ikea dresser: $149 (for 6 drawer)
    • paint and supplies: $30 max
    • hardware: $50

    For a total cost of under $230! And if you have a smaller dresser your cost would be almost half that. My only words of warning: Ikea furniture assembly may cause marriage discontent. But that dresser is totally worth it, right? just kidding… (insert smart ass face emoji here)

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    Register for Anything for Every Occasion with MyRegistry.com

    Register for Anything all in one place with MyRegistry.com | Oh Lovely DayEver wish you could register for things from lots of different stores, including places like Etsy that only exist online? Do you want just one wedding registry where you can register for things for your home from your favorite department store and experiences like a couple’s massage or dinner on your honeymoon? Or a baby registry where you can get that crib from the big store, the handmade baby mobile from that shop you found on Instagram, and college fund gifts? I know I have — as someone who got married and had her first baby several years ago my only option was choosing one or two stores to register from and being limited to their inventory. But that’s all changed with MyRegistry.com.

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    It is the best universal registry option out there, where you can build your dream registry many different ways, like:

    • add gifts to your registry from any store on the internet
    • sync the store registries you already have
    • register for cash gifts to put towards trips or big ticket items
    • add gifts on the go with your smart phone
    • add gifts from brick and mortar stores that don’t have a website

    register from anything from anywhere with MyRegistry.com

    Using MyRegistry.com is so easy. Just put the “Add to MyRegistry” button on your bookmarks bar. Then, click the button to add a gift to your wedding registry, baby registry or wish list. You can add to it anytime and it is easy to share and spread the word with family and friends. And you don’t have to stay inside the box with tangible gifts like you see above. Register for a wine or coffee subscription, takeout from your favorite restaurant for a date night or after you have a new baby, housekeeping services, or even charitable donations!

    Those of you getting married and having babies these days are so lucky — you can literally get everything you want and need with just one registry thanks to MyRegistry.com.

    This post is sponsored by MyRegistry.com but the opinions are my own.

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    Quincy’s Birth Announcement + A Minted Giveaway

    Quincy's Birth Announcement + A Minted Giveaway

    There is just something about birth announcements… I love getting them in the mail when a friend has a new baby and I have loved sending one for all three of mine. It’s so special to choose that perfect photo that introduces your newest family member to the rest of your family and friends, especially for those that live far away and might not get to meet the baby while they are in that newborn stage. I’ve used Minted for all of my baby announcements — it is tradition at this point! I love the designs so much and the ease of having the addresses pre-printed with their address assistant.

    Quincy's Birth Announcement + A Minted Giveaway

    And because I’m such a fan of Minted, I’ve partnered with them to give away a $150 credit to one lucky reader so you can do some shopping of your own. You can use it for whatever is going on in your life right now: wedding planning, decorating your living space or a nursery, baby announcements — the sky’s the limit! So enter below. A random winner will be announced below on 4/24/16. Good luck!

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    Quincy’s birth announcement photos by Jennifer Roper and announcements c/o Minted. You can see more from his newborn session here. Jennifer Roper Photography. Jennifer Roper is a Lovely Vendor. If you would like to be considered for the Lovely Vendor Guide, apply here.

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