Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Bunny Garland and Goals


I made myself a new years resolution to get this blog started again. (Please don't view my previous post...it's sad how long I have been away. I mean that 29 week old baby in my belly is now a 1 year old) Since it is now April I figured it is probably a good time to make good on my resolution. And since I rarely just jump head first into anything, I will just test the waters with my toes and start out with this sweet little bunny garland I made for Easter.

Decorating for holidays is one of my favorite things to do! If I could get away with leaving my Christmas tree and lights up all year you can bet I would do it. It's just so fun and festive and takes me back to my childhood. And I really hope my kids feel the same excitement and joy.

However with all that being said, I have been totally preoccupied with crafting for Knox's birthday party that I haven't done any decorating or fun crafts with the kids since Christmas. With Knox's party finally out of the way and me just sitting here this week with not a thing to do, it brought about this simple little bunny garland. I didn't want to go all out with Easter decor since I only have a week left to use it but I think this garland added just enough festiveness to the house.

Supplies:
-cardstock
-pen
-scissors
-pompoms or cottonballs
-glue
-tape
-twine, string. yarn


For the first step I printed off a bunny template I found on google. I just typed bunny silhouette in the search bar and found one I liked. I printed the bunny off on a piece of white paper and then cut it out to use as a stencil. You could also just print the image straight onto the cardstock or draw your own stencil. Next I traced the bunny stencil onto the cardstock and then cut out each bunny. Once all the bunnies were cut out I let Madden glue on their little bunny tails using white pompoms from the craft store. I then cut a piece of twine to the length I wanted, evenly spaced out the bunnies, and taped them to the string. Easy peasy! 


I just love how it came out!



I also used the same instructions for this bunny garland over my mantle. I  just used a different bunny template.


My goal for this year is to post once a week. Lets see how long I can make it last. If it's any consolation I have held true to my other new years resolution of eating healthier. I have about a week left on my whole30 Paleo challenge and I will be updating soon with my results and feelings. 

xoxo, Brittany


Monday, February 11, 2013

29 Weeks

So I've missed a week, or two, or five!



 
 
Currently:
 
 


How far along are you: 29 weeks

Total weight gain/loss: 20+ lbs…..I say + because I just devoured two delicious cupcakes. I am so ashamed, but lately I just can’t control myself!

Gender: Boy!

Maternity Clothes: None.

Stretch Marks: No. Praise the Lord!

Sleep: Sleep is still good.

Belly button in or out: So I’ve been saying it’s out, but really it’s just flat, like nonexistent.

Wedding rings on or off: On.

Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy

Movement: Yes. His kicks and jabs get stronger every day.

Labor signs: No.

Food cravings: Ice cream and vanilla wafers.

Miss anything: Being able to reach my toes. I seriously need a pedicure.

Anything make you queasy: Barbecue Sauce.

Showing yet: Yes.

Fitness: I should just omit this question. I do try and walk every day.

Looking forward to: A lazy day. Whenever that may be……

Best moment of this week: Registered at the hospital this week. It’s crazy to think in 11 weeks or less I’ll be bringing home another little baby boy. It’s actually really freaking me out!

Friday, January 11, 2013

24 weeks!

 
 
How far along are you: 24 weeks

Total weight gain/loss: 15lbs. Yikes!

Gender: Boy!

Maternity Clothes: No. My wardrobe pretty much consists of over sized sweaters and leggings these days though.

Stretch Marks: No. Praise the Lord!

Sleep: Sleep is still good.

Belly button in or out: Out.

Wedding rings on or off: On.

Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy

Movement: He gets more and more active each day. Makes my heart just melt.

Labor signs: No.

Food cravings: Ginger Snaps! Weird! and Raspberry Icees.

Miss anything: I didn't realize how much I missed a good cocktail until being surrounded by daiquiris and mimosas all weekend while celebrating Christmas with my mom's family. So depressing, really. 

Anything make you queasy: Barbecue Sauce.

Showing yet: It's safe to say I've reached beached whale status.

Fitness: Non-existent.

Looking forward to: Date night with my hubs tonight! We rarely get those.

Best moment of this week: Spending time with family. I just feel so blessed to have so many wonderful people in my life that love and support me, my husband, and our two boys! My husband also finished painting the nursery this past weekend and I am so ready to finish decorating it. Here is a sneak peek of it! Be on the lookout soon for a tutorial on the chevron wall and a nursery tour!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

22 Weeks


 
How far along are you: 22 weeks.


Total weight gain/loss: I don't own a scale but at my 20 week appointment I had gained 10 lbs. After the holidays.....I'm sure I've put on at least 5 more.


Gender: Boy!


Maternity Clothes: No. My wardrobe pretty much consists of over sized sweaters and leggings these days though.


Stretch Marks: No. Praise the Lord!


Sleep: Great.


Belly button in or out: Out.


Wedding rings on or off: On.


Happy or Moody most of the time: I have my days when I just feel mad at the world but for the most part I am pretty jolly!


Movement: Yes. He's really starting to move around in there. My whole belly moves with him now.


Labor signs: No.


Food cravings: Ginger Snaps! Weird!


Miss anything: Still missing my sweet tea!  


Anything make you queasy: The smell of Barbecue Sauce. I had no idea until my husband started making some barbecue chicken the other day. It was not a pretty sight in the kitchen.


Showing yet: Most definitely.


Fitness: Non-existent.


Looking forward to: My husband will be painting the nursery this weekend. I am so excited to finally start focusing on the little man's arrival. The holidays have kept me so preoccupied.


Best moment of this week: Spending time with all my family over this Christmas weekend. My other little man had the best time opening all his presents from Santa and family. He kept asking for "more", greedy little thing . I am hoping next year he will be old enough to start understanding the real reason for the season.
 
 
From last week at 21 weeks......
 
 
 

Monday, December 10, 2012

20 weeks

I am a little behind....by 4 weeks. If you didn't know already we are having a BOY!!!! We are so very excited. Especially for Madden. He will forever have a best friend to lean on. I can't wait for all the rough housing!

This was our gender reveal photo.

Since I suck at updating I am currently......
 
20 Weeks



How far along are you: 20 weeks.....halfway there.

Total weight gain/loss: 10 lbs. I am a bit upset with myself over this number. I really need to start eating healthier and exercising.

Gender: Boy!

Maternity Clothes: Not just yet, but the jeans are getting harder to get over my thighs and I can no longer button my pants.

Stretch Marks: No.

Sleep: Besides the frequent bathroom trips, good.

Belly button in or out: Out.

Wedding rings on or off: On.

Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy. I am starting to feel very energized and super motivated to get the baby room done.

Movement: Yes. They are starting to get a lot stronger. My husband finally felt his first kick on December 1st at 19 weeks.

Labor signs: No.

Food cravings: Cookie Dough Ice Cream. Hence the gain of 10lbs.

Miss anything: A McDonald's sweet tea.

Anything make you queasy: The smell of pork.

Showing yet: Most definitely. 

Fitness: HAHA....I walk. That counts right.  

Looking forward to: Christmas! It's almost here!

Best moment of this week: My husband finally feeling the baby move!

If you missed it on Instagram or Facebook.....My weekly progress pictures........

 
17 Weeks

After much deliberation we finally agreed on a name.....Knox Olyn. Picking out a 2nd boy name was much harder than I expected. Nothing seemed to compare to our first boy name that we named our first child.
 
 18 Weeks
 

 
19 Weeks
 
 

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

16 weeks

 
 
 
How far along are you: 16 weeks

Total weight gain/loss: 4 1/2 lbs.

Gender: We find out next week! I am so excited!

Maternity Clothes: Holding onto my skinny clothes as long as possible.......Call it Denial.

Stretch Marks: No.

Sleep: Pretty well except for my nightly bathroom trips.

Belly button in or out: Out....OMG really!

Wedding rings on or off: On.

Happy or Moody most of the time: I'm finally over a major sinus infection that included headaches and the worse toothache I have ever experienced. I'm quite happy and blessed to be feeling healthy again and able to breathe!

Movement: Yes! Felt my first little kicks on November 11th while laying in bed early Sunday morning before Church! So blessed!

Labor signs: No.

Food cravings: Everything sweet and sour under the sun! Skittles.....why yes please!

Miss anything: A McDonald's sweet tea.

Anything make you queasy: The smell of pork.

Showing yet: Most definitely.  

Fitness: Just trying to eat healthy. After being sick and it finally feeling like fall here in Louisiana I haven't been outside to walk or jog much lately. 

Looking forward to: Our Gender Determination Ultrasound next week.

Best moment of this week: Feeling well enough to take my little nugget to the park to play. I love that little guy so much and hate being laid up on the couch sick and not much fun in his eyes.
 
 
Because I was so sick last week I didn't get around to a 15 week blog post, but here is my weekly picture. I am totally embarrassed by my spelling mistake. I promise my grammar is usually better.  I blame the pregnancy brain!
 
 

Saturday, November 3, 2012

It's Fall Y'all! DIY Book Page Garland.



Last week I went down to the new River Market we have in town and this one booth had this awesome vintage garland made out of old book pages and ribbon. I just had to have it for my faux mantle, but with a price tag of $40 I quickly decided I could make one myself for a lot less. And guess what! it didn't cost me a dime to make this beauty because I already had all the supplies I needed. All you need is about an hour of your time and a few supplies.

Supplies:
A book or books you don't mind disassembling.
Twine or Ribbon
A crochet needle (optional)
Scissors

How To:

I have quite a few old books just laying around my house that I've picked up at various flea markets and antique stores over the years. I liked using an old book because the pages were aged and discolored and gave it more of a vintage feel. You could also pick up a new book at a dollar store if you don't have an old book just lying around. The book I used had about 500 pages and made a garland about 6 feet long. The amount of pages you need will depend on how long and full you want your garland to be.

Step one: With your book in hand rip each page from the binding of the book.


Step two: Crumble each page individually. I say individually because I thought I would save time by wrinkling multiple pages together at the same time. However, it turns out, it takes much longer to separate each page after they have been wrinkled.  (Also, be careful with this step. The first book I chose to use was so old that pages were to brittle to crumble and just ripped in half. I had to start over with another book. I would suggest testing one page from your book first to make sure it's not to brittle if you are using an older book)


Step three: With a crochet needle tied to twine or ribbon (I used twine) poke a hole through the middle of each page and string onto the twine. If you don't have a crochet needle you could also just cut a small slit into the center of each page and then hand string each page.

Step four: Fluff and done!




I am just super in love with it!

For the Happy Fall banner I just printed off each letter from my computer onto some cardstock and hand drew an acorn shape around the individual letter. I then cut each one out and strung together on some twine. Easy peasy festive fall decor!