Must Have Baby Items You Didn’t Know You Needed

February 24, 2020 at 7:55 pm (Mom Stuff) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

So many options when it comes to baby items now days! Its confusing and overwhelming. And some of those things you just plain don’t need to waste your money on. Here’s a list of things that you probably didn’t know you needed, but that I’ve found to be so helpful! Honestly!

Travel Plate- This has been one of the most handy inventions I’ve used with both the boys! Since it’s got it’s own case, I just fold up the dirty mat when we are out and put it back in the case to clean when we get home. So simple!

Travel Spoon– Handy when they are using purees and soft baby food still. You can fill this guy with food and there’s so much less mess! It’s even got a cover for the end.

Rubber Changing Pad– This one by Ubbi is so handy. Easy to wipe, roll, fold, it makes diapering on the go so much easier.

Roll-up Changing Clutch– I adore my diaper bag, but sometimes I don’t want to haul the whole thing if I’m just running in somewhere. This clutch can fit in my purse and get even smaller if I unzip the pad portion. Just the necessities for quick jonts!

Dream Egg Sound Machine– This is the most portable sound machine I’ve seen. Lots of noise and volume options, plus its wireless. Charge it and go. It can even be used in the car or stroller, etc. So handy for anyone, not just babies!

Baby Nest- There are lots of options out there, but we love ours from Doreen’s Bibs and Bobs. It’s cute, handy, and portable. We still use ours at almost age 2 and take it on trips too! It seems to keep kiddo nice and cozy.

Convertible High Chair– Seriously, if you going to use a high chair, make sure it’s convertible. I had an older Graco version for the oldest and this new model does so much more and therefore is so much more handy. It can be attached to a chair as a booster, the back can be removed for more space, the base itself can be a stool seat for older kids. It really has all the features we need, including folding up and the tray hangs on the back!

Tush Baby- One of the things I found with kiddo #2 is the Tush Baby and I love it! He always wants to be carried, but also get down and look. I’m sure you can all relate! This thing saves my hips and makes it easy to carry forward or backward, front or hip, and he can go up and down to his heart’s desire. So handy!

A Great Looking Diaper Bag- Ok, it’s not a necessity, but it sure does make momming a lot more fun. I’ve had many, loved several, but this Lily Jade bag takes the cake. Its gorgeous. Plus it can be a backpack, or the straps stow away to be a should or cross-body bag. It’s so spacious without being too big or heavy to carry too. I carry everything but the kitchen sink I’m here with me. Its officially my purse/ diaper bag. I just call that the mom bag. ❤

Hope these ideas help you too! Anything else you would add?

XX,

Jess

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Bath/Laundry Room Update

February 11, 2020 at 8:38 pm (Home Changes and Additions) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

We knew we wanted a fixer-upper, and we sure got it with this one! But we are enjoying putting in the work and making it into what we want for a home. The bathroom was no exception. We can’t afford a complete gut and overhaul of every room (I wish!), so this is a little refresh.

Before:

After:

We will put a new faucet in soon and plan to redo the bath and laundry room floors in a few months. But for now, wow. Its clean. Its peaceful. I’m in love.

We made the bathroom hook boards because in old houses you are at the mercy of where the studs may or may not be when hanging things. Attach the hooks in the spacing you want and then attach the boards to the wall where the studs allow.

We also made the shelves ourselves and hand “grayed” the boards by smearing white paint with fingers. Tedious but so worth it. The brackets are plumbing hardware and can be found at Mendards. We painted the parts with a light oil rubbed bronze spray paint.

We made the jar light fixture by painting the old silver fixture with oil rubbed bronze paint and adding the jars. We took solid jar lids and made holes in them to fix the jars to the fixture. Once it’s all painted you can’t see what method you used to attach them.

All on a budget for a quick fix up. We did add a new shower, as ours was a walk in when we bought the house and we needed a tub for the kids. Paint and curtains, and especially shelving, make a huge, but affordable difference!

Here are some fun detail shots.

A few detail links:

Curtains

Towels

Light fixtures

Amber jars

Wood laundry sign

Laundry rack

What do you think? Any recommendations?

Xx,

Jess

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Again For Mom ;)

November 26, 2019 at 9:33 am (Mom Stuff) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I had to share Eshakti one more time. I couldn’t help it. They are just that awesome!

I was on the hunt for the perfect fall into winter dress… and knew just where to look. Eshakti! Plus, I’m on a major leopard kick right now! 🤣

Again I was able to fully customize this dress. The sleeve length, the hem length, the neck line, and even my size measurements. And again it fits perfectly and looks just like I had envisioned.

This one happens to be a crepe material, is double lined, has modesty buttons so that you can open up some in the neck or bottom, and has pockets too! Love!

I wore this out for my birthday dinner the other night and had so many compliments. I just can’t help but to keep telling everyone, its Eshakti, check them out!

Don’t forget that you can use code JESSI10 on their gorgeous dresses and clothes too!

XX,

Jess

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The Perfect Mix

April 19, 2012 at 8:58 am (Inspiration) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I have been keeping a notebook of ideas for each room in the house. Lately, Pinterest has made list making for these ideas so much easier! Here are some rooms that are, to me, the perfect mix!

Here is a gorgeous dining room. I love the cow hide rug layered over a larger, more simple one. I also love that striped settee!

I loved this office. I have been known to fall for over the top glam one minute and then over the top rustic the next, but this is the perfect mix. Perfect.

Another dining room with the perfect mix of an awesome rustic table and beautiful pink wallpaper.

Here is a great living room with an amazing sofa!

I am smitten with this window seat. I could nap there.

Hope these rooms bring you some inspiration too!

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The Rug Hunt

April 9, 2012 at 3:55 pm (Home Changes and Additions) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Remember seeing the antique rug in the dining room?

Well, we thought this rug was a bit too bright and attention grabbing for this area. Plus, it was really taking a beating being in the center of our home. We were on the hunt for a rug. A very specific rug. Most importantly, we had to be able to afford it on our teeny tiny budget. We also wanted it to be big. It had to be at least 3 feet wide and at least 12 feet long. Wider and longer would be even better. This was the hardest part. Almost all runners were only about 2 feet wide. Not going to cut it with a large room and two dogs creating a lot of traffic. We were also hoping for either a print we could agree on, or something fairly neutral, but also not too light so that it would get dirty fast. Gravel roads and a farmer living in the house, oh and those two dogs again, means dust, dirt, and crud on a frequent basis. Do we sounds picky yet?

We hunted and hunted. Then we debated and debated. We found the one. Or at least what will be the one for a while! It was a “dark natural” colored banded jute rug. This one was 3 feet by 12 feet and was from the Home Decorator’s Collection, bought from Amazon.

We really like how the rug choice turned out. Its nothing fancy, but the neutral-ness of it allows for us to paint and change the room when we get the chance. This rug seems strong and durable, but is also soft and welcoming. Actually those bands you can see in the close up picture are super comfy on your feet, almost massaging! It does slip some, and in the future we may get a no-skid rug pad, but for now it has been perfect!

We couldn’t leave the dirty old door mat there with the pretty new runner! Here’s the old grungy mat:

It just so happened that I fell upon an awesome, and very inexpensive door mat right after getting the runner. You will never guess where I found the new mat! Dollar General! $12! And so adorable! It is also jute and looks so great with the runner!

So, what did we do with the antique rug? We put it upstairs in the hallway. We had some traffic issues with the light colored carpet in the hall, but not enough to continue to wear this rug out super fast, so we are trying it out up there. So far I think it is growing on me!

I think this little rug rearranging is going to work out just fine! 🙂

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Small Dining Room Changes

March 29, 2012 at 8:32 am (Home Changes and Additions) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I have been waiting months to bring home my grandma and grandpa’s antique ice chest. Its finally here! We planned to move the “buffet” I painted for a while in the dining room and next it will serve as a changing table/dresser in a nursery (someday). The ice chest is in gorgeous condition and I think it goes very well in the room (also to be painted someday!).

Also, notice Jeremy’s newest addition to the room? 🙂

I thought the “L” paperweight was super cute!

I love it! Also, a tid bit about this room. The walls are wall papered, but with small, randomly torn bits of this cream marbled wall paper. It really was a neat technique. Now, if we ever need to patch a spot, all we need is a small chunk to cover it. The previous owners left us plenty. But, this isn’t my first color choice. Yes, neutral, but to me its a bit blah. I was thinking about testing a spot to see if I could paint right over these wall paper chunks. I think in a navy or gray the chunks could still give a layered texture, but be more my color. Anyone ever try this? Suggestions?

Also, I finally found a table runner I love. Now I can show off my pretty table a bit more. Well, as soon as its pretty, that is. Here is a shot of the runner:

The table is a gorgeous antique table that has leaves for expanding for company. We bought it from the previous owners as well. But, the top has seen better days. There are scratches and white marks where something sat. I am hoping to use Restor-A-Finish on it and be done. Soon! Here is a shot of the ick:

Very soon I hope to be back with an update on that table! Maybe a nice Easter table setting to incorporate my new runner! 😉

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Evolving Living Room

January 26, 2012 at 1:54 pm (Home Changes and Additions) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

We finally have some progress!  No, the walls are not painted.  Still peach.  But, the little love seat has been replaced with a large L shaped sectional couch!! This makes the room so much more cozy and functional for us.  Now I just can’t wait to entertain.  And paint!

Here is the view into the living room from the doorway.  The sectional is a perfect suede in a neutral cream color.  The button tufting at least makes the more modern shape a bit more traditional.  We all know I love button tufting, right?

What do you think?  Better, no? When the walls are a nice gray I think things will come together even more.  I am also working on making a tray for the ottoman, because we are now not using the old coffee table.  I will update when I get that brainstorm finished!

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House Tour Continued: The Rest of the Downstairs

November 23, 2011 at 11:45 am (Home Changes and Additions) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Finally here to finish the (inside) house tour! Coming from the living room tour, next you would walk into the “office” room.  This room was already red, and I owned a lot of red furniture.  It is wild in there.  But, soon to look a bit different.  This room is so handy.  We have room to do computer work, crafts, store paperwork, and lounge.  There is also a closet and plenty of floor space for kids and toys.  Since it is connected openly to the living room it would be easy to keep an eye on little ones playing. 

This is the one room that we have a box left to unpack. You know, that one pesky little box that has nowhere to go?

And next, the dining room!  You can see there is that shelf in the way still…

The table and chairs we bought from the seller.

The window is a view into the sun porch we saw before.  The stained glass door on the other side is the same as the sun porch door, but leads to a storage closet, which has proven to be super handy!

This is the door we use most frequently, but it is actually a side door.  The little screened in porch is out that door and there is a big circle driveway there. 

Directly the oposite direction of this picture is the kitchen…

Isn’t the arched doorway adorable? There will eventually be a small table under the window.

Yes, the curtains are currently mismatched. Soon to be fixed, when I can make up my mind!

I also love the rustic cabinets! The little silverware drwaers are like cigar boxes!

The ceilings are low, but its cozy.  Out the door by the window is a stairway to the basement and a storage woom we lovingly call the “dog room.” Unfinished and super ugly, but this area is a life saver!

Now to backtrack into the dining room.  The door next to the dining room entry is to a 1/2 bath and a laundry room.  Oh, how a mainfloor bathroom is wonderful!

Not fancy, but perfect to us!

Well, what do you think? That is pretty much the whole house, flaws and all! I can’t wait to start making chnages and show you all!

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House Tour Continued: The Living Room

November 23, 2011 at 9:23 am (Home Changes and Additions) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I have finally gotten around to taking more pictures of the house! Again, these are semi-befores, as I have put things away and somewhat decorated, but we have not done any remodeling or painting yet.  We can start in the living room. 

Here is the view from the steps that lead upstairs (where we toured before)…

Yes, the room is peach.  No, it is NOT staying this way.  Also, if I may vent, I hate the couch situation.  That is the old floral couch from my “green lounge room” in the old house.  We covered it with a slipcover (horrible idea!) and the ottoman is the red one one from the office covered in a sheet.  This was our way of making a temporary L shaped couch.  Yeah, I hope it doesn’t last long!

Also, I love the curatins, but I think they are getting traded with another room, more on that later!  And sorry to those of you who do not like animals in decor, but this room has a lot of it.  Fiance and I like it 🙂

The walls will soon be a grey.  Also, the empty wall above the teal table has some art…just not hung yet!

Don’t mind the shelf that is in the process of being moved in the last photo! Next is a shot of the entertainment center.  The last owners built this awesome rustic thing and left it.  We had debated doing away with it, as it is very big, but it has grown on us! I think it may pop in a neat way once the walls are painted, so we will keep her for a while!

A shot of some antique keys hanging inside the entertainment center…

The makers of this cabinet hung a spoon handle on the outside as a coat hook. Such a cute idea!

There used to be a stove where the stone wall is.

Here is the view out our red front door…

fSo, what do you think?  Its getting there.  I can’t wait to paint! Stay tuned for the tour of the rest of the downstairs! 🙂

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Sun Porch Make Over

November 10, 2011 at 1:52 pm (Home Changes and Additions) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

One of the rooms on the lower level of the new house that I have not yet given you a tour of is the “sun porch.”  This room is on the back side of the dining room.  We saw potential, but it was initially a bland, useless room.  Before:

 

 

 

Unfortunately, these photos are only “semi-before” shots.  We do have some things in there.  But, you can see the room is blah and in rough shape.  What you can’t see is that the walls are blotchy paint, everything is dingy and dirty, and the carpet piece is missing a chunk.

Here are a few perkier after shots:

 

The carpet is the same… for now.  I plan to do some stenciling on it!

 

The ceiling still needs to be painted.  I am waiting to find the perfect light blue…

 

 

Here is the view back out the antique stained glass window into the dining room…

 

And my helpers…

 

Better, no? 🙂

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