I am officially over the halfway mark! Thank goodness:) I am getting more and more anxious to meet our little guy and to be a mommy. Hopefully the holidays will make these last four months go by pretty quick.
I am not only able to wear maternity pants. Thankfully I have a few for really good deals. I even got a pair of skinnies for $5 at old navy! Talk about a score. They are WAY more comfortable than I thought they would be.
In other news, I have decided a theme for my nursery and can't wait to share it with you guys! Post coming next monday:)
I have a very small craft room, and a gigantor ironing board. And seriously, this thing is heavy. I think it was our grandmas? No doubt it's sturdy but extremely impractical. Especially because I am mostly ironing fabric squares or small things.
So when I saw this in Pinterest, I knew I had to make it. I got two black TV trays for $15 at an online yardsale. Idk why I got both but she wanted to get rid of both so y not. I'll find a use for the other one. So here it is. In all it's scratched, used, glory just waiting to be repurposed.
First things first, I needed some padding to go underneath the fabric. Wood is not a safe ironing surface right? So I took the ratty old cover off the previously mentioned awful ironing board and cut the foam to size.
Dirty and old but it will work perfect for what I need. And seriously this thing would have been garbage other wise trust me.
Next, I picked my fabric and cut it to size. I used a light upholstery type fabric because is a bit more heavy duty but I'm sure anything will work.
I then folded over the edges and sewed an edging big enough to put some string through. You can opt for elastic but I didn't want to mess with it. Plus I didn't have any at home, and was anxious to finish it tonight. So, some sturdy twine was fine with me.
Thread your string/elastic through the edge and tie tight in your table and wah lah! A foldable, hide able, functional mini ironing board. Perfect for a small apartment, town home, or mini craft room like mine.
So happy I freed up some space and made something more convenient. You likey?
My good friend Brenna is super woman when it comes to the kitchen. She bakes goodies and cooks the most fantastic meals. She can basically do anything. Unlike me, who has to take the batteries out of my smoke alarm it goes off so often. But when she asked me if I wanted to can peaches I said, "sure! Buy me a box!"
So I got this giant box of peaches for just $20 bucks and we got to work. Te first thing you do is blanch the peaches in boiling water for about two minutes so the skin will easily come off.
If you boil them too long they will cook the peaches. Which you don't want!
Next, take them out if the boiling water and place in a bowl/sink full of cold water. Cut the peaches in half, peel off the skin with your fingers and then put and slice.
Then you will want to place your peaches in a bowl with a mixture of sea salt, vinegar, and water. This keeps them from turning brown and keeping their texture.
Make sure you keep all the skins and puts in a separate bowl. You can use them to make jelly/jam later.
Then you will fill the jars with peaches. Make sure hat your jars are sterilized! You can boil them in hot water for a fee minutes and that will do the trick.
Once your jars are full, full them with a mixture of your hot water and sugar. I'm not sure how much sugar to use, it depends on how sweet you want your "syrup" to be. I used Splenda in mine since I can't have regular sugar. Full your jars just past the top of the curved section of your jarleavin about 1/4-1/2 inch of space at the top.
Using new jar lids, close your jars. You want to make sure the rubber on the metal lid is soft so I recommend letting them sit in hot water for a few minutes.
Make sure the mouths of your jars are clean and dry before you put the lids on! You may have to wipe them down. Them place in a large stock pot of boiling water and cover. Once the pit is steaming, time for 20 minutes and remove. Allow to sit 24 hours before moving to allow proper sealing time and wah lah! Peaches.
They turned out so pretty and so delicious! Now, I'm a first time canner so this post probably doesn't have all the details you'll want. Instead, use it as a nice overview along with an actual tutorial.
I'm very surprised with how much I enjoyed doing this! And learned a lot! I also made jam but that was a bit more complicated. So if you're interested in making jam/jelly, do yourself a favor and find a recipe on Pinterest. Cause I'm sure I couldn't tell you how!
Lately Tyler and I have been prepping for a big styles photoshoot up north. There have been a lot of details to put together and it has been stressful! I can't wait to see it all come together this weekend. We needed to add a little bit of good into our color scheme so we decided to do it with candles.
You will need candles (obvi)....
Mod Podge and a food applicator sponge or brush, and a quality glitter. I prefer Martha Stewart but any kind will do. Just remember the smaller the specks the better the sparkle!
Start by gently wiping your candles with a warm damp towel to remove any residue that might prevent proper adhesion. Then, paint on your glue in whatever patter. You like!
I wanted a sort or ombre effect so I went around the base in an up and down motion in varying heights and smudged the Estes so they weren't sharp glue lines.
Sprinkle with glitter, shake off the excess and you're done! If you'd like, you can do a layer if mod Podge over the finished glitter but I prefer to use a spray adhesive instead to really set it in without messing up your design.
And tah duh! Sparkling beauties! Feel free to Mix colors or candles and glitter. You could really make these for any occasion or decor. Just get creative!
I love how they turned out and it seriously only took me about 15 mins start to finish.
So shine in readers and get your glitter on!
(Ps my hands were covered in glitter, so I gave my dogs a good rub down. They look so sparkly and cute! The husband wasn't too happy though...!)
After many attempts to solve my jewelry organization problem, or lack thereof, I finally bought a jewelry box. Here is a picture of my last attempt. Well, my last attempt before my not so attempt. If that makes sense. Until now I had them all organized in tupperwares. Ghastly.
This jewelry board I made worked fairly well except it took up lots of space, and was easy to let get out of hand. It was a tangled up mess, and not as effective as I had hoped.
I have been searching and searching for a large jewelry armoir that isn't outrageously over priced or completely hideous. Surprisingly I found this lovely little box at DownEast Basics on sale and at an additional 30% off. I was surprised to find that almost ALL of my jewelry fit inside it. And now it sits on my dresser all organized and charming.
I keep a vintage teacup in the top to hold miscellaneous pieces and the key to the box
Don't my rings look lovely!?
The top drawer is divided into mostly small squares, the second drawer has three large spaces, and the bottom is one big drawer to hold my larger pieces.
Who knew that most of my jewelry would fit in this little box? Why did it take me SO long to buy one? Oh, yeah, cause a lot of them are hideous. So you can be jealous of my lovely little box!
Its so nice to have the majority of my jewelry all in one safe place where it's not going to get ruined.
Preparing to be a mom is tough. Besides being pregnant and horribly sick, there are Dr. bills, clothes to buy, gadgets to invest in, and all sorts of expensive baby gear that I previously knew nothing about. Don't get me wrong I knew I needed a stroller and a car seat and what not. I just didn't expect there to be 3,5667 of them to choose from! Ok, thats an exaggeration but you catch my drift. There are safety ratings to consider, price (of course) and a whole slew of features and upgrades that I don't even know if I will want or need! So I have been doing LOTS of research. And by research I mean blog stalking and Pinteresting.
So far this is what I have come up with as my MUST HAVES! And I'm sure this list will grow with time...
Obviously a Pack n Play is a necessity. But I don't like all the flowery, baby animal, ugly prints. My baby won't care what it looks like. I'm the one who has to stare at it in my living room all day every day. So this print is perfect. Plus its gender neutral so I can use it for our other kids if we have girls. It has a changing station, and a rocking, vibrating "Cuddle Cove" that is removable/portable. So awesome.
1. Graco Key Fit 30 Carseat- great safety ratings, and I love that its extra cushioned and light weight. And again, I'm the one that has to be seen lugging this big thing around, so I like the grey and yellow. Not polka dots or something baby ish. Its an accessory for me, not baby G. Although I am very excited about an adorable cover.....
2. Petunia Picklebottom Diaper bag Central Park North Special Edition- I don't want to carry a diaper bag that looks like a diaper bag. I especially love the gold accents. This looks like a regular purse I would buy but with all the bells and whistles for baby!
3. Wubba Nub Pacifier Pal- The monkey is cute but I think I might want the lamb. I can't decide! Provides a softy snuggy for baby to love and hold and helps keep dropping the pacifier to a minimum.
4. Bumbo with Tray- perfect for 3 months and up til they are big enough for a high chair. I've heard these are excellent to bring baby in shower with you. (when you have no other choice of course) Shower is mom time right?!
5. Rock and Play- Napper, play chair and its portable!
6. Sophie the Giraffe- Best teether toy around (or so I hear!) Plus its just too cute, and easy to sanitize.
7. Bath Organizer and Matt- This looks so convenient! Who wants to kneel on tile? And I am especially looking forward to bath time with baby.
8. Nursing Night Light- Clips to moms clothes and privides a soothing glow. Also gently vibrates to keep mom awake during feeding, which I am sure I will need.
Anything I don't have listed that you think is a must have? PLEASE SHARE! This mom to be needs some help people! Thanks for joining me for Maternity Monday! :)
First on the agenda was a tour of the CEOs apartment. It was the weirdest apartment I have ever seen. First we came in through the kitchen, where there was an enormous llama statue on the counter. Not too strange, but definitely odd. Then we went through a green house room. The walls, the ceiling, everything was COVERED with live plants. Well, except for the ceiling. Those plants were fake because they couldn't figure out how to keep them watered. This room was called the jungle room.
The next room had neon walls, a row of razor scooters lined up against the wall, and was completely out with black lights.
The final room was a big open space full of these cool wheely plastic desks. Basically perfect for bumper cars.
They explained to us that zappos came in and decided to put $350 million dollars into the community to restore it, bring the people together, and create a better environment for the people that live there and for those who would come visit. There are a lot of big changes coming so next time you're in Vegas check it out!
If I had the money to do something like that, I would have the coolest apartment ever. A room full of giant pillows and soft lighting for naps, lines with bookshelves so u could read too. A massive game room would definitely be a must! And idk something a lot cooler than a green room ;)
But all in all it was a good way to start the trip.
Now that I am pregnant I wanted to reassure you all that my blog is not going to become a pregnancy obsessed mommy central. Because that's not what I want it to be about. Everyone has their thing, and that works wonderfully for some people. But I want to stick with what I know and love. Just life, fashion, and whatever randomness I feel like posting about. That being said, I do want to keep you guys updated and share about my experiences throughout my pregnancy. So I have decided to post about it once a week on Mondays. So now you all can tune in on Mondays, or avoid my blog on Mondays if you'd like.
So to start off, I'm posting the video of our gender reveal. Remember that confetti I made? Well, we went to the Dr. and had them write the gender on a piece of paper and put it in a sealed envelope. Then we took that envelope to the grocery store with the confetti and had them fill balloons with the corresponding color. So the only people that know what is inside that balloon before we pop it, are our ultrasound tech Bobbi, and the sweet lady at the counter that helped us with the balloons.
We wanted to capture the moment forever on film and be able to share our joy and experience with family, friends, and our future child! Our good friend and videographer Dustin Merril from Merril Images did our video. It is exactly what I wanted and more. Our other friend Randi with R. Gardner Photographs did the photography and the photos turned out beautiful as well!
Yesterday was a very exciting day. It was Tyler's birthday and the day we found out the sex of our sweet baby Gardner. I had a few great presents for Tyler, but finding out we will be having a boy was the highlight of his day and what made it the best birthday ever.
Our Dr.'s appointment was at one o'clock where we promptly told the nurse and the ultrasound tech "we don't want to know! We want you to know!" This was only our 2nd ultrasound, so we weren't exactly sure how it would go. And being first time parents we weren't sure what we would be able to see or not see as far as the gender goes. Thankfully our ultrasound tech Bobbi had done couples with gender reveals before and was a pro.
She showed us the baby and explained to us all the body parts and movements. But when the time came to find the gender she told us to close our eyes, and in a matter of moments she had our answer. She made us a disc of the whole thing so we could watch it later and see what we missed. She wrote down our results and put them in an envelope and we we were off. It was crazy to be holding the results of our baby and have them right there, but not know!
We went about our day anxiously awaiting photoshoot. I took a nap, Tyler went birthday shopping. It was a win win for both of us. I had been slaving away all week cutting out confetti for this gender reveal. Seriously, it took me FOREVER!
While I got ready, aka got a little too carried away with my hair, Tyler went to grocery store to get balloons. The lady behind the counter was thrilled to help us! Thank goodness because stuffing tiny confetti pieces into balloons is not exactly fun. He handed her the envelope and the confetti, and wandered the store until she was finished. Tyler told me later that he is going to print out some pictures to take to her so she could see how it went. He is so kind like that. All I can think about is decorating the nursery boy style, and buying clothes, and he is thinking about the old woman who helped us create the magic. He is why I am not afraid to have children. Cause If I screw it up, he will be there to instill goodness and kindness into our children.
Anyway onto the photos! Both of us totally thought it was going to be a girl. You see, all of the Gardner men have girls first. Its just the pattern clear back to the great grandpa Gardner. So even though we wanted a boy, we had basically decided that it was going to be a girl.
You can tell that we are genuinely shocked! Seriously? Blue hearts? WHAT! I was 100% sure it was going to be pink confetti that flew out of that balloon.
Even though that confetti was a pain in the butt, it worked out beautifully!
This is possibly my favorite picture from the shoot. It's a moment between us and our baby boy. You can see the love and peace on our faces. Just pure happiness!
We are so happy to be parents. Nervous, excited, anxious, but blissful. We love our little baby already and cannot wait to meet him.
There will be more pictures to come, and even a video! But for now, I just wanted to share my joy with all of you.
As most of you know I am a contributor for fashionutah.com I am seriously so lucky to be counted among such fashionable successful bloggers! I think I officially made the step to big girl blogger when I got invited to go down to Las Vegas with the editor and a few other contributors to represent Fashion Utah at an event.
The event was for a company called The Stitch Factory and the entire thing was sponsored by Zappos. As in zappos.com (shameless plug, I met the CEO! Sort of, he photo bombed us a bit and we had dinner at his apartment). So here's the gist of the what and why we went down to the event...
Zappos has decided to invest 350 million dollars into historic downtown las vegas (I didn't wanna screw up the number of zeros, thus, I spelled it out. Remember guys I'm a hairdresser). Their goal is to make the community a friendlier place for families and people of all kinds to live, while supporting local vendors, shops, restaurants and ultimately sustain and support the licsl economy. They have got BIG plans and now there will be a reason to go to Vegas other than the strip. Which is amazing. We did so many fun things and had such a great time that its gonna take more than a few blog posts to cover it. So stay tuned for the adventures of the fashion utah girls in DTLV!! (Downtown Las Vegas, cause its that cool now) here are some insta pics for a preview of what's to come!
The inspiration post it wall in Tony's (the CEO of zappos) apartment
The coolest lamp I've ever seen in one of the luxury apartments at The Ogden
This fantastic place for breakfast, brunch, and lunch called Eat. Sooo yummy.
This awesomely eclectic boutique called The Coterie that we got basically a private shopping session at.
This recipe book has survived a lot. As you can see, pages are torn, stuff has been spilled on it, the covers are missing. At one point, the cover had the burnt imprint of the stove rings on it! I'm actually quite sad we lost that part...
At the Stevens' house we all had a good time putting my mom through the ringer about being a bad cook. Yes there were occasions when the kitchen was filled with smoke, fire was reaching for the ceiling from the stove, and piles of burnt ash were found on cookie sheets. But the truth is, despite a few misteps along the way, my mom is a fantastic cook.
This is the recipe book that has withstood it all. Handwritten recipes from my grandma, my mother, friends, neighbors, all sorts of goodness. The best of the best is compiled in this pile of ruined, barely bound, paper. And all of us kids are fighting over it!
So, I did what any OCD blogger would do and decided to take it upon myself to type up ALL the recipes and put it into a book. And you better believe I underestimated how much time it would take. Its been about 6 months and I have finally finished compiling and typing all of the recipes. Whew!
It took me a while to pick the fonts that I liked but I think I did pretty good. I wanted it to be legible, cute, but classic all at the same time.
Behold the ginormous stack of recipes....
I think the hard part is over. Now, just proof reading, binding, and then I'm done! This has been a major project but I know its going to be a great gift and treasure for all of us. Now to just decide the cover art....
How do YOU keep all your fav recipes organized?