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Frame Wreath Decor

I recently took a trip to Indianapolis to scower one of the antique trails with my beautiful aunt! I haven’t been there, and she brought it to my attention that this awesome place existed. These towns have antique stores after antique stores. It was really a fun time. It’s called Antique Alley  

There has been a bare space in my living room that I’ve been dying to get something put up, but I was also itching to create something. I found the awesome frame! It’s size is large- 41X27 …..and so perfect for the space.


Such awesome detail-


The detail of this frame is so gorgeous, I almost didn’t want to touch it. However, there were only a couple spots I couldn’t live with bare so away I went with folklore sheepskin chalk paint. I love this color so much. The bottle is deceiving because it almost looks like a yellow, but really it’s an off white- to me anyway.

This is just one coat ^. I used a smaller paint  brush (you can see it in my first picture- not the waxing brush which I didn’t use). I went back over with another coat and got between the cracks. It was really easy with the smaller brush. I decided not to do any waxing, this time anyway.


I know this picture sucks, but isn’t it just beautiful?! Ugh, I’m so in love with how it turned out.

I then went to the nearest craft store and bought a fall wreath. I know, I know…it’s too early right- but I just had to buy it because I thought it was so pretty.


I also bought burlap because I wanted to hang the wreath from the frame, so it appeared in the middle. Here is the final product:

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I really love it, and goes so perfectly in our space. These awful pictures don’t do it justice.

Stay tuned! I’m currently working on another amazing picture frame that I’m turning into a chalkboard!

A Letter to Stay at Home Moms 

I recently attended a wedding where I had to go without my husband. Which is normal! We like to give each other breaks, and we have so many weddings that it’s hard to go together because there might be two in one day. While sitting at the table we got to know the people sitting with me and my friends. Then the question, “what do you do?” Came around. Without hesitation, “I stay at home with my son right now.” The man across the way-“that’s awesome! Don’t ever be ashamed of that!”
I thought to myself – “I’m not.”

Dear Stay at Home Mom,

I know the decision to stay at home with your little one(s) is a big one. It’s difficult to leave a career you worked hard to get, and worked hard to maintain. You’ll miss your co workers (maybe), and the daily routine of work life.

You’ll think of all the people in your life that will judge the decision to stay at home in this women rule the work force society. Are you letting those women down?… At one point you wanted to rule the world, or at least mold it. Many women would never leave the workforce to stay at home. They are proud of their accomplishments (rightfully!), they enjoy working, and some may (probably) judge you for wanting to be at home. They can’t fathom the thought of “just being at home”, and believe that’s “all we do”. They don’t know that it’s more than that, and they don’t know why you stay home. Bluntly- who gives a shit what they think.

From one stay at home mom to another, I know what you do. I know that you are a machine. I know that you can hold a not so still youngster while making their bottle, I know you can *attempt* to clean the house while your kiddos run around your feet wanting you to play with them, I know you just want to pee alone, I know that some of you will try to find another way to help bring in money while being home, I know you teach your child, and I know that you can multi-task like a pro.

You’re at home watching your babies grow. You’re at home molding them into great humans. You may be at home because they need extra care. You may be at home because it takes a special person to take care of your sweet one. Whatever it is, be proud. You are one lucky lady!

Love,

A Stay at Home Mom

Tips For Traveling With a Baby 

We just got back from going on a trip! Our first vacation together. Even the dog joined! We had a blast! We used Airbnb and found a cute cottage home on Brooks Lake in Michigan. We soaked up the sun, splashed around in the water, and ate so many carbs! Perfect first vacation!

 

Parents everywhere know that when you travel with a baby it’s like packing your entire house. Especially when you’re visiting grandparents. Yes, bring that giant jumper! They need to see him jump!

When traveling further, there are a few key things to pack and do for your babe on the trip!

Entertainment

I don’t mean put cartoons in front of your baby’s face, unless you’re ok with that! What worked for us was one of us sat with him during the trip to keep him entertained and happy. Longer trips can take a toll on little ones, if they see a friendly face, it can make it easier on them.

Until they finally get fed up with the car seat of course 😳

Toys

Pack just the right amount of items that doesn’t take too much room, but you’re kiddo loves. I think it’s okay to leave that jumper at home this time- even though it is convenient to put them in it for a few minutes and take a breather on your trip! You could pack up the pack n play and smaller toys! The pack n play is easy to pack up, and if you’re child will, can play in there awhile while you enjoy some moments without them crawling all over you on your trip!

Food

At some point your sweet little angel will turn into a hungry beast. It’s important to be prepared for that while you’re driving. Whether that’s with puffs, melts, or having a bottle already prepared! If you can’t prepare your bottle ahead of time, make sure you can do it easily in the car or at a pit stop!

Hurry up and feed that monster!

These tips worked for us on our short vacation! Next spring we are taking a longer vacation with my side of the family! I can’t wait for that! It’s further away, and we will be staying for a longer period.

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Baby Rules

It’s safe to say that having a baby today is so different from when our parents were having kids. Formula fed babies was common, co sleeping wasn’t heard of, and pictures weren’t posted every minute of a new development!

Today, there is controversy on almost every topic. Being first time parents can be scary. I’ve read so many articles on every baby topic. Breast is best, best time for crib, co sleeping or no co sleeping, is the color of his poop normal, will my child turn into a psychopath or no…the list is too long to even share.

Breastfeeding

This topic is so controversial today. By now, we all know that breastfeeding is super awesome for your babies for so many reasons. For me, I tried. I really did, and lasted about a month. I just was not comfortable, and after talking with his pediatrician I felt so much better on the decision to switch to formula.

Did I catch on fire? No. Did my son hate me for stopping? No. I envy those moms who do it and love it! You go! Whatever the case, I think all moms should support each other in whatever decision because parenting is hard! We don’t need to be shamed either way. 

Co sleeping 

This, slightly controversial due to safety, is becoming more popular than people realize. After chatting with a few moms it’s easy for this to just happen. From my own experience- through 1-6 months he did super great in his designated sleeping area in our room. That was until he got sick. It took one night of cuddling, a long hospital stay of sleepless nights for us while baby holding for him, and we have been struggling to get him in his crib ever since. It’s easy to sleep together and not deal with the struggles of getting him into his crib.

I find that a lot of older generations don’t quite understand this. Just know, the people of our generation are trying, but secretly are savoring these moments spent cuddling up with our babies.

Cry it out 

Another controversial method. There are numerous studies for it and against it. We tried. My little heart couldn’t take it. Plus, I truly don’t think he would have stopped either. I know people who have done it, and it ended up working. I know people like me who struggle to hear their babies do that. I know people who have no troubles with their sleeping sweethearts sleeping soundly 😉!

There are other methods that we are currently trying…until we get tired that is, then back to our bed we go 🙊.

Sickness 

Whenever something pops up where my son is sick, has a rash, or something is off, it’s easy to google whatever is going on. Then you read the crazy scary stories that hurt you to the core! Then panic mode sets in that you’re child has something crazy going on with him!

I’ve tried a lot of things I have read, and some have worked while others don’t. A part of me blames what I have read to the co sleeping method we have found ourselves in.

Mama’s Boy 

This one is a little more personal. A lot of people have suggested that my son is a mama’s Boy. He’s 10 months, and we are together all of the time, so to say he’s a mama’s Boy is accurate.

I’ve read many articles where you wouldn’t want to raise a mama’s Boy and how to avoid it. I decided to ingnore those articles because maybe I want to have a mama’s Boy. My son will grow up to respect women,  be strong, and to love unconditionally. You can read more on the topic at this article: Raise Your Son to be a Mama’s Boy  , which solidified my beliefs on why he should be a mama’s Boy.

If you have a mama’s Boy then you will enjoy these outfits as much as I have. This one is one of my favorites > Mama’s Boy Outfit

I’m also SUPER excited about this cute duo > You’re Killing Me Smalls 

With all the controversial lists of what you should and Shouldn’t do with your little one, it’s easy to get carried away into what we read and go with what others are saying you should do. Honestly, you should go with your gut and decide what you want to do. Stop caring what others think because you know your child best and their needs.

Stay tuned for my next post on Tips when traveling with a baby!