Monday, August 30, 2010

Shameless Copy and Great Source

Whew! I think it has taken me all week to unpack, do laundry and settle back in since our stay with Gran and G-Daddy. We also started Westin on some food this past week. I'll post on that later.

I saw these cute mini chalkboard signs over at Team Lashlee and knew I wanted to make some for some baskets in our house. Lauren and her husband will be welcoming twin boys soon so she made some for their nursery.

She used foam core for her chalkboards but I will do almost anything to avoid cutting foam core (I did waaaay to much of that in my interior design college days) so I found these foam sheets at the dollar store.
I cut them in half with scissors, painted them with chalkboard paint and then hot glued them onto burlap just like Lauren did. I then hot glued some ribbon on and called it done.

These could be used for all sorts of things! What about place cards? Thanks Lauren for the great idea!

Whenever I find fun sites I like to share them with you. Simply-Bags is one of those sites. Look at this cute insulated lunch tote.

This will come in handy now that Westin is eating foods. It is big enough to hold both our lunches and a bottle (hahahahaha!). He actually took one bottle for my mom though! Anyways, if you are on my Christmas list then you might be getting some sort of bag this year. The duffel bags, laptop bags and tote bags are some of my favorites. I think they have great prices too! Just wanted to pass along this fun site!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Hanging Out

We are hanging out at Gran and G-Daddy's house this week and having a great time! His great-grandparents have come by everyday also so I'm pretty sure Westin will be in withdrawals next week when someone is not talking to him 24/7.

Westin has talked Gran into getting her cool excersaucer out of the closet and buying a new swing.
He also talked her into buying him a new toy at Walmart. She held up several toys that made music and moved all around in front of him and this giraffe was the only one he smiled at. He got it! :)
Westin is borrowing his friend, Adeline's pink Bumbo. He's not ashamed! :) We are looking forward to heading to Nana and Poppy's (Cody's parents) house this weekend. Westin might get spoiled by all this grandparent and great-grandparent attention!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Dutch Boy Review Part 1

When I was contacted by Dutch Boy and asked if I would like 4 gallons of free paint I didn't think twice! Yes, please! I could pick out any color in any finish. I chose the ever exciting Off White and also Basketweave.

I was so excited when I came because it was zero VOC. That means I could paint while Westin napped and not worry about it. :) I had also never used Dutch Boy and was excited to see how it covered.

I decided to paint a hallway and one guestroom with Basketweave. These two rooms were some of the last rooms in our house that were still builder beige.


It was hard to photograph this room but there was barely any difference between the ceiling and walls. Just basic white.


Big difference. I was so excited to see a deeper color on these walls. I also loved how I didn't smell the paint. It also covered so well! It was a one coat process. You can't beat that!


I love this color! To me it is the perfect neutral. It is dark enough to have contrast with the white molding but not neutral enough to not be over powering.

We also painted one of our guestrooms. We did this on a Friday night and did the touch ups the next day. Cody was also excited it was a one-coater. It made the process so fast and enjoyable.


Again, there was hardly any contrast with the ceiling, curtains or furniture.


Ahhhhhh, much better. It just makes everything looks so much better to me. As you can see I didn't hang the plates above the bed.....still deciding on if I want those or something else up there. This is the view from the hallway walking into the room:


It was hard to get a good picture of these rooms to show the contrast but I think you can get the idea. In person it is a big difference and we are so happy with the change. In the end we were both so pleased with this paint and I cannot imagine using anything else now.

If you have used Dutch Boy paint you can enter your before and after at Restore My Decor. HGTV designer Danielle Hirsch posts her restored rooms and you browse DIYers restored rooms. You can also enter to have one of your rooms restored by Danielle Hirsch or the Dutch Boy design panel. How fun! Also, you can "like" them on Facebook HERE and be a part of the live chats with Danielle.

Stay tuned to see what we did with our two gallons of Off White Dutch Boy paint. :) It is going to be a BIG project. Let's just say that I am much more excited about it than Cody and my Dad. They think they will be doing most of the work and they are probably right! Haha

Friday, August 13, 2010

Westin's Routine....For Now At Least

Thank you for your prayers for our family this week. We have definitely felt them.

I've had a couple of people ask about Westin's day so I thought I would answer the questions in one post. I really feel like we are settling into a "schedule" and our days are not as unpredictable. I know this is always changing but for the past couple of weeks this is how it's been. :)

Babies in pajamas are the sweetest!

Did we swaddle and if so, for how long?
We swaddled Westin for a couple of weeks after he was born. It stressed me out because it always seemed to come up over his nose and mouth. So basically I wasn't sleeping because I was always tugging his Swaddle Me down because it wouldn't stay. Usually at some time in the middle of the night I would end up taking it off and wrapping him really tight in a blanket. He seemed to like that but he always wanted his arms and hands up by his face. So eventually we just put him in footed pj's and he just had a blanket tucked under his arms. This worked for about 3-3.5 months because he didn't wriggle too much. About a month and a half ago we started putting him in a sleep sack for his naps and bedtime. He loves this because his arms are free, he can move around but his "blanket" still keeps him warm. He now knows that this means sleep time and it has become part of his nap/bedtime routine.

How did we transition Westin to his crib?
Why is this so hard? :) We moved Westin to his crib when he was around 8 weeks. Before we moved him he was still nursing every 2 hours at night. I knew he should be going longer so I thought if I didn't hear every noise and movement he made then he would probably go back to sleep without needing to eat. It worked! I told myself I did not need to go feed him unless he was crying. Two weeks after we moved him to his room he slept through the night (10-5). He ate at 5 and then went back to sleep until 8. This started a good routine that lasted. The first night he slept in his crib I don't think I slept at all. I stared at the video moniter all night! Haha All I can say is that this transition is hard but it got a little easier every night.

Does he have a nap/bedtime routine?
Sort of. For naps I turn on his little fan (noise maker), put him in his sleep sack, kiss him and tell him "night night" and then lay him in his crib. He will usually talk himself to sleep. For bedtime we turn on the fan, put him in his sleep sack, feed him and then put him in his crib.

More baby pj's!

What's a typical day like?
Eat, play, sleep
8:00-8:45 am- Wake up, eat, play
10 ish (or 2 hours after he wakes up)- Nap
He is a cat napper so he usually only sleeps 30 minutes to an hour.
When he wakes up he either eats or plays until it's time to eat.
He eats every 3 hours.
Likes to play in his excersauser, on his activity mat, in his swing or just hang out in his room with his toys. We like to get out at least once a day too.
1 or 2 ish- second nap
He takes a bath every other day.
Around 7 pm we started getting him in his pj's and getting him ready for bed.
7:30 pm- he eats and then goes to bed
Somewhere around 4-6 am he will wake up to nurse but then go back down until 8-8:45 am.
I hope I didn't leave out anyone's questions. By NO means do we have this parenting thing down or even close to it. We just do our best with the Lord's help and do what works for us. I'm a big believer in you just do what is best for your baby/family and not worry about what others think. :) However, I do love to hear how others do it because there is always room for me to improve and get new ideas.

I have been the world's worst about tummy time! Poor baby is probably so behind in this skill. We are cracking down on this and really working on it. :) He is finally coming around and liking it a little more.

Happy Weekend!!
P.S. Some of our friends started a blog about their adoption process if you would like to read about it here.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Reese Catherine

Today our family is remembering Jason and Katie's daughter, Zach and Colson's sister, my parent's grand-daughter, my grand parent's great grand-daughter and my niece. Today would have been her first birthday.

But we can cry with hope
We can say goodbye with hope
'Cause we know our goodbye
Is not the end.

And we can grieve with hope
'Cause we believe with hope
There's a place where we'll see your face again
We'll see your face again.

We wait with hope
And we ache with hope
We hold on with hope
We let go with hope.

Praise the Lord there is no fear in death because of HIM. We know we will see Reese again and can look forward to that day. Psalm 68:20, "Our God is a God who saves; from the Sovereign LORD comes escape from death."
*With Hope lyrics by Steven Curtis Chapman

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Egg On The Head Winner

The winner of the wipes pouch is:

Abby of Sugar and Spice!!

Thank you to every one who entered!

And thank you Lindsey for such a fun giveaway!

Giveaway Time

Let's start the week off with a giveaway and let's start a little early! Lindsey from Egg On The Head as agreed to give away one of her wipes pouch. Look how cute these are:

She uses the coolest fabrics for these! I love this yellow and mocha one.

Even before I had a baby I kept baby wipes in my car for cleaning my hands or to clean up a small spill. So even if you don't have kids this would still be great to have! How fun would it be to give one (or get!) of these at a baby shower? Such a one of a kind gift.

Want to win one?! Go visit Lindsey's etsy site HERE and come back and tell me what color scheme you would want if you won. That's all! Remember to leave your email address if you don't have a blog. will pick a winner Tuesday evening. Good luck!

P.S. How do I get that little timestamp from that shows the number that was picked? I've always wanted to do that but I can't figure it out. :)

Friday, August 6, 2010

CSN Stores Review

When I was asked to do a CSN Stores review I knew I wanted to pick something from their lighting store since I was working on our guest bathroom. This was our light fixture before. Old, ugly, builder-grade, outdated, bad finish and it was too small for the space.

This is the one I chose from CSN. A three-light, brushed nickle fixture.

I was so pleased with it when I took it out of the box. I was a little nervous shopping on-line as opposed to seeing something in person but it did not disappoint. It was just the look I was going for. It fit the space much better and it is such a substantial piece.

It is amazing how one piece can totally transform and update a room. I would definitely recommend shopping CSN Lighting if you are in the market for light fixtures. They have hundreds and hundreds to choose from! I dare you to tell me you can't find what you are looking for. :) The best news is that right now they are having a closeout sale and you can get up to 80% off!

Happy shopping!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Five Months

Stop growing up Westin Tanner! This is such a fun age though. :)

-We think he is close to 14 pounds.
-Still in size 2 diapers, 3-6 month clothes.
-Eats every 2.5-3 hours.
-Takes 2-3 naps a day. Morning, afternoon and if we're lucky a late afternoon nap.
- Has a smile on his face all day long.
-He loves sitting up and standing with our help.
-I think he has finally gotten over his "growth spurt" that had him up to eat once or twice a night the past month. I felt like I had a newborn again. (I think he really did have a growth spurt for a few nights but then just decided he liked those middle of the night snacks.)
-Sleeps from around 7:30 pm-7:30 am with one feeding around 4 or 5 in between.
-Still not a fan of rolling over. He will do it a couple of times a week. It's like he knows he can do it but he just doesn't care to. Ha
-Starting to like his excersauser.
-Still loves his activity mat, swing and just hanging out on our bed with his toys.
-Took a bottle (the Nuk brand) from ME (obviously that's not the point) twice a couple of weeks ago but ever since then he is back on strike. He would fight Cody or anyone else trying to give him the bottle but would take it from me. This boy knows what he wants! We are still trying everyday. I am less stressed now that I know he can do it if he had to.
-Since we have been trying a bottle he has stopped sucking on his fingers and will not take a paci anymore. It is the craziest thing.
- He had his first "stranger" babysitter (non-family member besides church nursery) yesterday and he (and I) did great! She was so sweet and said all the things a mama wants to hear. :) I was only gone two hours though since I had to get home and feed him. :)
-I just love this happy, happy baby and look forward to his 5th month! We will probably be trying baby food in a couple of weeks so we are excited about that.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

One Step At A Time

This guest bathroom is definitely coming together one step at a time. I actually love it when it happens like that though because it means each piece is selected specifically for the space.

Cody's Dad hung some hooks for us this past weekend. I knew I wanted two, one for our guest's towel and one to hang "something" on. It was one of those things where I knew I would just know when I saw it.

This antique fishing basket turned out to be perfect. I found it at my favorite antique store, Daisies and Olives. A basket like this could be used for so many things but I love using things in a way that are a little unexpected.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Yet Another Chalkboard

I was completely inspired by Miss Mustard Seed's dining room chalkboard. I never would have thought to put a chalkboard in the dining room but hers looked great so I decided to try it. I'm so glad I did!

I took a picture off our living room wall that I did not like to make the chalkboard. We've had it for 5 years and bought it at Oops so it wasn't like it was a priceless antique. :)
I painted the frame with a couple coats of white paint we had in our garage.

While the white paint was drying I put a couple coats of chalkboard paint right on the glass. I didn't even mess with taking the picture out.

Once the frame was dry, I sanded the edges a little and put a "glaze" on it. When I say glaze I mean watered down acrylic craft paint. :) I brushed it on with a foam brush and wiped it off with a paper towel until I got the color that I wanted. I let it all dry overnight and then hung it on the wall.

Cody said, "of course you had to hang a plate over it." ;) I googled "dining room quotes" and this is one that I liked. Maybe it will inspire me to actually do what it says! Ha! (you can click on the pic to see it better) I just love all the inspiration found in blogland!