Monday, January 26, 2015

SAG Fashion 2015

Another award show means more fashion to ooh and ahh over :)  Starting with my favorites... This award season I'm really liking Reese and Lupita so far!  I love the classic white dress Reese chose just as much as the bold print Lupita wore.  I also really liked this simple black gown that Joanne Froggatt (Downtown Abbey) wore.


While at first glance I didn't think I'd like this muted/dark green color, I actually really like these dresses that Jen and Claire wore.  


As for my least favorite dresses.  Not only did I not like their gowns, but I either didn't know who these actresses even are or I wondered why there were even there (like Lo Bosworth???).  I usually like Sophia Bush's style, but I prefer her with dark hair and I just think the color of the dress and the fit around the waist is a little off.



Who were your fashion hits and misses?

Friday, January 23, 2015

Five on Friday

Last week I was sick and then Chris and Noah caught my stomach bug over the long weekend.  Noah would seem better, but then he would randomly have a lingering symptom on Tuesday and Wednesday.  We finally were able to resume our activities on Thursday and I'm hoping we can stay healthy for the rest of winter, or at least a few weeks!

One

I've started adding some Valentine's Day touches around our house this week.  Here's a sneak peek... Noah's chair backer that we got last year.

chair backer (this year's version)

Two

Noah and I did another winter themed craft... we did some "Crayon Resist Mittens".  I had planned to share this last week, but then the flu hit our household!  I found this idea on Pinterest.  The idea is simple... just use a white crayon to draw a picture (in this case a mitten) onto white paper.  Then you use some water color paints to paint over the picture and the paint doesn't stick to the part where you drew with the crayon.  It sounded super simple to me, but I had a few slight problems.  First, when drawing the mittens, it's very hard to see where you drew, so my mittens were all different sizes.  Then I learned that you have to push pretty hard with the crayon. Then I found that Noah was a little young and didn't really get the whole idea of painting each mitten.  Instead, he just had fun doing brushstrokes with random colors, which was fine since the whole point of this is for him to have fun.  In the end, I helped him a little and we ended up with this.  I just cut out our mittens and taped them to a piece of string, and then hung the "banner" on our bulletin board.  Nothing spectacular but it was a nice activity to do with him after nap.



^^^ our first attempt.  I didn't push hard enough with the white crayon (you can just faintly see my marks).  While it didn't result in painted mittens, I'm loving this abstract painting he created :)

^^^ our second attempt... still not great but definitely better.  

Three

Since we were stuck inside for most of the week, Noah and I both got a case of cabin fever!  Yesterday, we ventured out to meet a friend for breakfast before heading over to story time at the library.  It was our first time going, and I definitely think we will be going back :)



Four

I have to tell you about my new favorite top!  I got this at Loft two weeks ago using some of my rewards.  It is BEYOND soft and I love that it suits my current lifestyle of pairing it with jeans or leggings ;)  I've already worn it multiple times... it's just that comfy!

sweatshirt

Five

Chris does this thing where each night he sets up a little surprise for Noah to find in the morning.  Chris will take Noah's stuffed animal friends and set them up in different "scenarios".  They are often in Noah's highchair eating breakfast, sitting at his little table, watching his iPad on the couch, or sleeping in his crib.  Chris gets really into it!  I think I'll have to have Chris be in charge of the Elf on the Shelf when the time comes ;)


I'm linking up with The Farmer's Wife and September Farm for "Oh Hey Friday"



I'm also linking up with DarciAprilChristina and Natasha's blogs for their Five on Friday!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Master Bedroom Reveal

Today I want to share our Master Bedroom with you.  


First, I want to share with you what the Master Bedroom looked like when we first saw the house.  While the wall color is not my preference, I immediately loved how large and airy the room looked.  I have to say that I really loved how the previous owners decorated and maintained the house.  While I know that people clean more when their house is on the market, I could tell these people were just neat and organized all the time.  


This is the room on move in day.  The carpets were in good shape, but we decided to paint the walls and replace the brown air vents on the floor with some white ones.  


There was also this mirror and light hung up in a hallway nook across from the closet and next to the bathroom.  I found this area to be redundant and unnecessary since the bathroom was right next door and there was no vanity counter here.  The master closet isn't the biggest, so we decided to remove the mirror and light fixture and put an armoire there to provide extra storage.  Since we removed the light, the hallway was a little dark, so we had the electrician run the wiring up to the ceiling and install a pot light instead.  


Here's the finished product.  We painted the walls gray, got some new furniture, hung some curtains and frames, and called it a day. We brought our bed and comforter from the apartment, but switched up the pillow based on the new curtains we purchased.  We had black furniture in our old master bedroom, but I wanted a lighter look in the new master bedroom.  I also didn't think the large dresser would work based on the placement of the window.  Instead, we got two smaller white dressers and Chris and I each get one.  We also got two new white side tables.  


In one corner, is my dresser.  I found the mirror at Target and have my jewelry and perfume out on display.  Very recently, my dad hung up my bridal bouquet shadow box as well as a bunch of 4x6 frames.  Right now they have a mixture of wedding and anniversary photos.  My plan is to eventually have pictures from each of our anniversaries hanging on the wall.  There are 10 frames on the wall and so far we've celebrated 4 anniversaries... so I think this set up should last us a while ;)





The other corner has Chris' dresser.  Right now we have a TV on the dresser, but honestly we NEVER even turn it on.  In our first apartment we had it in our kitchen and we just didn't know where to put it in the new house.  Since our bedroom is right next to Noah's room, I don't like to turn it on when he's sleeping in fear of waking him.  We also hung some black and white prints from some of our vacations.  On this wall we have San Francisco, Monterey, Newport (RI), and Cancun.  



We hung more prints above the bed, but these are all from our Honeymoon... Venice, Florence, Rome, and the Amalfi Coast.  I would still love to get a headboard for our bed and feel like a real adult.  But that kind of thing can wait for right now.  



Here's the hallway I was referring to above.  On the left is where the mirror and light fixture were.  We had our painter patch the hole up and we instead put this armoire here.  The door straight ahead leads to the bathroom and the door on the right is our closet.  The door on the far left is a small linen closet, very handy to have in our bedroom.  


So there you have it, our master bedroom!  Nothing fancy, but totally fits our style :)


Source List:
Dressers
Nightstands
Curtains
Bedding (I can't find our current comforter, but we use this one in the summer)
Frames
Lamps
Armoire

If you are curious about anything else in the room, let me know in the comments :)

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

It's The Little Things | Fountain Love

The mall near our house has a pretty cool fountain in it.  Chris remembers going there as a kid and throwing coins into the fountain.  He loved it so much that when we took Noah to the mall for the first time as a baby, he asked for a picture of the two of them in front of the fountain!  Ever since he could walk, any time we went to the mall, we had to make a stop at the fountain.  It took us way too many times than it should have to come prepared with a ton of pennies.  So at the beginning, our trips usually consisted of rummaging through our purses and wallets to find any spare change and then Noah getting upset when his fun ended so soon.  Now we are prepared and bring a dollar's worth of pennies!


About two weeks ago, we met a friend of ours at the mall.  With the cold weather, we thought it would be nice to get out of the house and walk around the mall with the kids in their strollers.  We saw the fountain right when we got there, but I told Noah that we would come back and play as long as he was good.  Noah was so excited to get out of his stroller and throw pennies into the fountain... he's actually getting a pretty good arm.  At first, my friend was just going to keep her 1 year old in the stroller, but then he wanted to join in on the fun.  After watching Noah a few times, he gave it a shot. Instead of throwing the pennies, he more placed them in the water.  He also had fun sticking his hand in the water.  


It was fun watching Noah experience the fountain with a younger kid.  He went from observing Quinn to then showing him with pride how to throw the pennies in.  I remember taking Noah when he was Quinn's age and how he would always get soaked.  Right before leaving, Quinn leaned into the fountain thinking there was an solid surface and got a good part of his arm wet before his mom caught him.  Thankfully Noah is a pro now and rarely gets wet, but I still pack a change of clothes just in case.  


It's amazing how the simple activity of throwing coins into a fountain can make Noah so happy.  If a trip to the mall and a dollar's worth of pennies is what it takes, I'm thrilled to go every week!

Make sure to stop by Jess' blog for the link up!  

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Weekend Photos

Most of you probably didn't even notice, but I didn't get to post my Five on Friday last week.  Our whole week (and weekend) got turned around when Noah and I both got sick.  Last Wednesday, Noah got a runny nose.  At first it was only when he sneezed, but then it started gushing non-stop.  Bedtime was normal, but he woke up earlier than usual (11:30) crying a lot and his nose was running really bad!  I brought him into bed with me and gave him Tylenol.  He slept fine the rest of the night, but by this time I felt horrible!  I woke up at 12:30 and had to rush to the bathroom to throw up!  I haven't done this since I was in college, and it wasn't from the flu ;)  I continued to throw up the remainder of the night.  Thankfully, my mom came over in the morning to watch Noah so that I could sleep.  Not only was I still having stomach issues, but I just felt weak in general.  I could barely stand for more than a minute.  The flu probably lasted 48 hours but I still didn't feel back to normal by the weekend.  And Noah developed a cough on top of the runny nose, thankfully no fever though.  We cancelled all our plans and decided to just take it easy.  Good thing we did, because Chris woke up on Sunday with a slightly different version of the stomach flu I had.  And then Noah woke up in the middle of Sunday night/Monday morning throwing up as well.  Thankfully, both of their bouts with the stomach bug didn't last as long as mine.  Noah woke up Monday morning happy and ready to play!  Here's to hoping we have a better week!

^^^ singing Old McDonald with Grandma

^^^ making Grilled Cheese for lunch

^^^ doesn't everyone eat their waffles on the kitchen floor?

^^^ playing cars with Daddy


^^^ we watched way too much TV/iPad shows this weekend!
 
^^^ notice the mismatched PJs after having to change him multiple times in the middle of the night from throwing up :(

 ^^^ back at it first thing Monday morning!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Sleeping

We are enjoying a three-day weekend right now.  I'll be back tomorrow sharing all about our long weekend.  Instead, today I will be posting about Noah's sleep progress.


Noah has never really been a great sleeper, other than when he was 3-6 months old (when he slept through the night).  I honestly can't be surprised though, I'm not a great sleeper (sleep talking and walking, night terrors through college, and just in general feeling scared sometimes) and we didn't help the cause by creating all those bad habits they tell you not to do (rocking a baby to sleep with a bottle and letting them sleep on you).  Even though I've lost a lot of sleep over the last 2 years, I can't say I regret how I did things.  I loved and still do love rocking Noah to bed each night and for nap.  Chris and I both loved the feeling of a newborn sleeping on our chests... neither of us would want to put him down!  I have no problem with co-sleeping and can totally understand not wanting to sleep alone.  I have my own issues of being scared of the dark and waking up from bad dreams.  So when Noah wakes up upset, I just can't imagine leaving him there to cry and feel abandoned.  So while I don't have any intention of making any huge changes in our sleeping situation, I knew there were a few things that could be helped.

About a month ago, I started tweaking Noah's bed time/middle of the night routine.  Chris was going to be home from work for over 2 weeks at Christmas, so I figured it was the perfect time.  If we had some bad nights, I could always sleep in since Chris plays with Noah on the mornings he's home anyway.  So one of the biggest obstacles was the nighttime bottles.  I'm pretty relaxed in my parenting style.  I let Noah have bottles for much longer than doctors suggest.  Living in an apartment (and having neighbors who liked to complain), I didn't want to take them away from him cold turkey and have nights full of crying.  Instead, we took the advice of my doctor and slowly started watering down the milk bottles we gave to him each night.  This definitely helped, but he was still dependent on the bottles even when they were all water, no milk.  My doctor then advised me to take away bottles, one at a time.  First it was the nap time bottle, then the going to bed bottle, but he was still waking in the middle of the night for them.

We had been doing really well with not having a bottle to fall asleep at nap and bedtime, but we let that slide when we travelled to Toronto.  Then he was sick, so I let him have whatever he wanted if it meant he would drink.  I finally decided we needed to get back on track.  I had some push back the first day, but he's adjusted well.  I would rock Noah to sleep, put him in his crib, but then when he woke in the middle of the night, I would just take him into his big boy bed and sleep with him.  While we had success when falling asleep, Noah would still want/need a bottle (just of water) when he'd wake up in the middle of the night.  In theory I don't mind, but as a result of him drinking so much water in the middle of the night, we'd often wake up to a soaked bed and an even more wet little boy.  I am all for co-sleeping and will continue doing it as long as he likes, but I'd prefer to wake up dry and not have to change the sheets every day!

So on the Thursday night before Christmas, I decided to cut him off completely.  Instead of bringing up multiple bottles filled with water, I instead brought up sippy cups.  Just by switching to sippy cups I knew he would drink less.  The first night he lasted longer than normal in his crib, so we only had to co-sleep for about 2-3 hours.  During that time he did wake up a few times crying and asking for a bottle, but I just told him I didn't have any and that he could hug me and play with my hair (his preferred soothing method) instead.  That seemed to help and it honestly wasn't as bad as I expected.  The second night he woke up twice in pain (from teething) shortly after going to sleep.  After the second wake up I gave him some tylenol for his teeth and he then ended up sleeping through the night! Since then we've had some great nights and a few rough nights.  Noah was never really interested in drinking water from the sippy cup as an alternative.  So we no longer bring those up at night and instead if he's thirsty he just has a sip from my Poland Spring bottle.  At the beginning he would occasionally request a bottle but didn't get upset when I said no.  But now, he doesn't even ask!  When he wakes up in the middle of the night he is happy for me to rock him right back to sleep or just snuggle with me if we are already in bed together.  We've had a few nights where he's almost made it through the night in his crib, waking between 5:30 and 6:30.  This is a huge improvement compared to before!  But most nights he goes to bed around 8:30 pm, wakes between 12:30 and 2:30, and then sleeps through the rest of the night in bed with me until 7:30 am.  Compared to what we were doing before, one wake-up is amazing!

So there you have it... how we have managed through a less than perfect sleep situation.  I know this method is not for most people, but it worked for us :)

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Basement Reveal


We were thrilled that our house had a finished basement!  The previous owners did a great job by making a large finished space while still keeping enough unfinished storage.  There was new carpeting recently installed, so all we had to do was paint and put some furniture in it.  We got a new couch (from Ikea) and then put a bunch of our furniture from our apartment down there (entertainment unit, TV from our bedroom, dining table, etc).  Right now this space isn't used that much, but I have a feeling we will use it more as Noah gets older.  We have a few toys down here, as well as the toys he's outgrown.  Chris often watches TV down here after Noah goes to sleep.  



When it came to decorating, I went with kind of a NYC theme.  Before Noah, we went to a lot of Broadway shows.  Even before I met Chris, I would collect the posters and after we got married, we decided to display them in poster frames.  These are only a few from my collection.  The NYC canvas was in our first, 1 bedroom apartment.  I'm glad we have a space to hang it again :)


The door by the stairs leads to Chris' office.  While setting up the rest of the house, this has acted as our catchall room.  We hope that when things calm down we can finally tackle it too!  



Most of the furniture we put down here is old, but if there's anything you are curious about, feel free to ask :)
 
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