2.19.2010

Diaper Cake Gallery

[Updated on 7.1.10]
I thought it would be fun to look at the last few diaper cakes I have prepared. To start, I always order a custom baby gift set from BebeChic Boutique on Etsy. Her sets come with a stroller-sized blanket, burp cloth, and bib. Usually, one side is covered in a polka-dot minky fabric and the other side is chosen to coordinate with the baby-to-be's nursery.
After I get the gift set, I gather items that go with the theme or reflect the mom's personality. I have two coming up, and I am excited about working on them. One mom is having a girl and is going to use Alexander Henry's "It's a Hoot!" fabric.


[UPDATE: Here is the final result!]

Another mom is having a girl and doing a pink and brown polka dot theme. Both are going to be so cute, and I can't wait to get to work!


[UPDATE: Here is the final result!]

I'm not the only one with a diaper cake addiction. Here is the fabulous diaper cake that my dearest friend, Ayoden, made for me. Don't you think it just "goes" with Coco's nursery? It was so hard to take it apart!

Here are a few of my past diaper cakes:

*Funky Chic Diaper Cake for Baby Girl*


*Sailor Theme for Baby Boy*

*Vintage Brown and Orange for Baby Boy*

*Princess Pink and Silver for Baby Girl*

*My first one - Pink and Green Fun for Baby Girl*

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend. My weekend involves a birthday party tonight, mani-pedi tomorrow with one of my dear friends who has finally moved to Memphis (yay!), a little time at the office, and a dinner party with several friends tomorrow night.
The Knight and I work in the nursery on Sunday morning at church, so that should be interesting! I'm not sure how either of us will react to all the diapers, crying, and slobber, now that we know more of the same is coming straight to our house in the future!
Diapers and dear friends,
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2.17.2010

Anthropologie makes my heart ache


Okay, so I'm too big right now to be looking at their clothes, thanks to the little alien inside of me, but I was hopeful that Anthropologie had maternity clothes. Nope. Boo.

If I was back at my fighting weight, this baby would be my suit for the summer. Va-va-voom!

I also adore this Bella Hothouse Bedding. It is WAY too girly for the Knight's taste, but if I ever have to buy new bedding for the guest bedroom, something like this is what I'm after - pretty, bohemian, and cheery.

I started to peruse their kids section, in the hopes that maybe something would inspire me (I am having the hardest time deciding on a color/theme for the little one). I didn't see anything that offered true inspiration, but I did find a couple of things that I must have.

This sassy frog is delightful. It's very Betty Rubble meets Kermit's sister. If we have a boy, I just might have to buy this for myself. If we have a girl, then I have the perfect excuse!


Finally, Rosie Flo's coloring book is perfect for every girl who is into fashion - whether she is 6 or 66.

You can't tell from this picture, but according to the description, this book is :
A coloring book with your little fashionista in mind. She'll draw heads, arms and legs around the clothing, and then color the newly created character as stylishly as she pleases.
Yet another item I would certainly snatch up for my own little girlie, as well as my adorable niece!

Frogs and frocks,
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Wonderful weekend with Mom!

My wonderful mom came to visit this weekend so that she could go to my doctor's appointment with me and hopefully see the baby on the ultrasound!

While she was here, she also spoiled me by helping me tackle the MESSY sewing room/soon to be nursery. It was so full of junk and crafty stuff, and I was overwhelmed at the idea of clearing out the room.

I forgot to take a before picture, but here is a beautiful after of the room that was FULL of stuff. Now it is empty, save a few remaining pictures on the wall and a white bookcase that will stay for the baby.

So what did we do with all my sewing/crafty stuff? Why, we pared it down and turned a closet in one of our guest bedrooms into a little sewing nook!

Here are some silly pics that mom took:

(Measuring the Knight's belly)

(waiting at the Dr.'s office. Can you believe she took a pic?)

All in all, we had a great time. I was so sad to see her leave, but I know that there will be many more visits in the future! Oh yeah, and in one more month, we will know what we are having! I can't wait to start planning the nursery!

Sorry for the short post, but I am drowning in work! Hope you guys have a great week!

Mama's baby having a baby,
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2.11.2010

Plans for Valentine's Day!

Will you be my Valentine?



(picture courtesy of here).

Our Valentine's evening is going to get pushed up a bit to....tonight! Our evening will consist of a little of this:

And a whole lot of this:

The Knight loathes musicals even more than a day at Hobby Lobby (which is his own personal brand of hell), so it means so much to me that he is taking me to see this one. I am a play/musical junkie and will see anything that I can! I haven't heard much about Jersey Boys, but judging by the online reviews, it will be very entertaining and chock full of great music!

To top it all off, my mama is coming this weekend to visit me! She is going to go to my OB/GYN appointment on Monday, and we get to spend the entire weekend together. I am going to have two of the best Valentine's ever - all wrapped up in one weekend!

"A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous."

-Ingrid Bergman

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2.09.2010

Still crazy...

To think that in about 5.5 months, we will have a new little person in our life! While waiting to find out the gender is killing me (hellooo baby, LOTS of nursery planning to do), I am having fun shopping for things for me (like this super stylish, yet functional diaper bag - Mia Bossi bag - $200 from Gap.com)

and non-gender-specific toys (like this incredible art table with benches - $89.99 from P'kolino.com!).

Also, interested in the crib I've been eyeing? Its the Mercer crib from, believe it or not, Toys-R-Us. At $399.99 it is a little higher than most, but I love that it is clean, modern, somewhat eco-friendly, and has storage space underneath.
If we have a girl, then I am HIGHLY considering this crib - DaVinci Jenny Lind 3 in 1. I love the classic, vintage look, and can just picture this in a room filled with crisp, white, cheery lemon and pungent raspberry colors.



Augh - I am so excited, and nervous, and delighted, and anxious - all at the same time. What a wonderful experience this is and will be!

Feeling very Shopaholic and Baby today,
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2.08.2010

Steamboat Springs Lowdown

Steamboat was wonderful! It was such a charming town, with the most friendly people and beautiful white powdery snow!

After a direct flight from Memphis to Denver and then a quick zip from Denver to Hayden/Steamboat Springs, we hopped in a shuttle and sped off to Steamboat. Remember that Harry Potter movie where he gets on that crazy fast bus that goes really fast, is really shaky, and has that crazy Jamaican head spinning at the front of the bus? That is quite similar to our experience, without all the wizardry. I have never seen someone so fearlessly drive a vehicle that slips and slides all over the icy roads at high speed with a second thought. Let's just say that Nugget and I had white knuckles for a solid 45 minutes.

We managed to safely arrive to find this lovely scene:
Our condo inside was adorable. These condos are kind of a gamble b/c they are individually owned and the price we paid for the week was not in the neighborhood of high-way robbery. We had no idea what we would be getting (80's neon? 90's pastels?), but in the end, we were very pleased...new granite counter tops, accessories from West Elm, and stainless steel appliances.

Here is the view from our little patio - Yay, I was so glad to be here!
So, fast forward to the next morning. The Knight and I are getting the lay of the land, swishing down different trails, and just enjoying the first day of our much-deserved and awaited vaca. We start feeling a little more adventurous, and switch from greens to blues. One blue, Lower High Noon, was terrifying. Icy, steep, fast, and full of skiiers. I was scared, so instead of going straight down, I started skiing long nearly horizontal lines down the mountain. The lift was in sight at the bottom of the hill, and I was feeling good.

As I rounded one of my many turns, I hit an icy patch, and ate it. My knees went one way, my torso went the other, and all of a sudden I heard "POP!".

My left knee felt funny - kind of noodly, and not stable. The Knight was further down the hill, and he hoofed it back up the mountain, where we and another nice skier waited for ski patrol. Yes, my knee hurt that bad.

Ski Patrol stabilized my knee and wrapped me up in one of those toboggans...imagine a yellow plastic burrito...and I was the filling. Anyway, I was snowboarded/mobiled down the mountain, taken to the ER.
After much hemming and hawing, inspecting and x-raying (protecting the little one, of course), I finally learned that I had torn my ACL and would not be skiing for the rest of the vacation. I finally started to cry.

Needless to say, the rest of my vacation was spent a little differently than I had hoped. The Knight truly behaved like a prince and catered to my every whim. He held me as I hobbled around, brought me food and ice packs, and offered to stay with me the rest of the week so I could convalesce.

Of course, he and I both cooped in the condo was a TERRIBLE idea, so I urge him to don his Knightly garb and head back to the mountain to take on the rest of those ferocious trails.

All the while, his damsel in distress enjoyed hours of Gilmore Girls, physical therapy, and countless spa appointments.

By Wednesday, I was actually able to hobble around on my own (with the help of my crutch and brace), and my spirits lifted. Steamboat has lovely shopping, great places to grab some hot tea, and some of the most charming people I have ever met. While there, we ran into some of the same locals numerous times...they always greeted us, asked how I was doing, and were full of fabulous dining and entertainment suggestions. Such great people.

Here is a shot of the town that I took as I walked/hobbled around. One really cool thing about Steamboat is that the city offers a completely free, clean bus system. We didn't have to rent a car, and only took a cab once. The schedules are easy to understand, and the maps are extremely easy to figure out. Also, some of the buses are hybrids, which I thought was awesome.
While skiing, the Knight made sure to take lots of mountaintop pictures for my enjoyment. Here are a few of the breathtaking views:



A couple of days, I met the Knight on the mountain for a quick lunch and a few belly shots. Even though I wasn't able to ski, just being near the view and the fresh air was so invigorating.

Here is a belly shot of me at 12 weeks. I am pushing out and had just eaten a huge slice of pizza, so it isn't entirely accurate, but all the more fun to realize I have an actual baby inside me!


After lunch, I sent the Knight back to the slopes and I headed for the shops. All in a hard day's work. :)

One night, we enjoyed a sleigh ride and country dinner at a nearby ranch. It is called Saddle Back Ranch, and is an entertainment destination in the winter and a true working ranch in the summer.

The Ranch was family owned, and the owner/husband grilled our steaks and salmon while his owner/wife served up incredible hot cider, salad, bread, potatoes, and some of the best peach cobbler and chocolate pudding. It was delish.

After dinner, one of the ranch hands taught us how to rope a calf. I am proud to admit that I was the first person to rope the calf...and on my first try! I had no idea that I was such a natural. The Knight, on the other hand, had several close, but unsuccessful, attempts.

He can't have all the fun, right? :)
All in all, we had a wonderful time, though quite different than we had initially planned. Once my knee heals, and we have the baby...we will come back, for sure. Hopefully, we can persuade some friends to join in on the fun!
Thanks for following along in my recap of our trip...if you have any other questions, leave me a comment and I will answer them!

Ski boots and leg braces,
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