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St. Augustine City Guide

Two weeks ago, Matt and I headed south to Florida for a weekend getaway in St. Augustine. One of our friends was getting married there, so we figured it would be  a good mini babymoon. I’ve been coming to St. Augustine for school trips or with my family since I was a kid, but hadn’t been back in three or four years. The beaches are beautiful, the downtown is cute and there are lots of things to do. We decided to stay at the adorable and cozy At Journey’s End Bed & Breakfast. If you’ve never tried out a bed and breakfast, I highly recommend giving one a try. There’s something about staying in a cute old home and having an incredible breakfast prepared for you in the morning. I’m a big fan! Also, my favorite part of this weekend getaway was that we got to see my parents and brother for the afternoon on one of the days we were in St. Augustine. Living away from family is hard sometimes, so these times we get to see each other are all the more special. :)

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Get a few good brushes to help with your painting job. I really like the more expensive brushes (like Purdy), because I do think they do a better job and you don't lose as many bristles in your project. If you keep them clean, the brushes will last you a long time.

Chalk Paint Nursery Side Table

I went to this really awesome antique store a few weeks back with my friend, Kristin, and purchased this antique side table! For those in the Atlanta area, it’s called Woodstock Market Antiques. I loved it so much despite its quirks and all the things that make antiques so fun. I loved the blue color, but it clashed with our nursery walls so I decided to use my trusty chalk paint and paint it white! Here are the before and afters.

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DIY Lampshade

For a couple of years now, I’ve had this somewhat plain lamp and lampshade that’s sort of made its way to several different rooms. It turns out that this lamp was just waiting to be used as a nursery lamp and needed a little extra help. So, here’s my DIY lampshade tutorial on how to make your plain old lampshade a little bit fancier.

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Attach your suspender clip to the end of your leather piece with a knot. These leather pieces were very easy to tie!

DIY Pacifier Clips

I keep seeing these really adorable pacifier clips, but I thought I could probably attempt to make them myself! So, I did a little research and found out that they’re not so difficult to make. :) Also, one clip costs about $20, but you can make almost 20 clips for the same price. Here’s my tutorial on how to make your very own braided and bead pacifier clips.

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DIY Fabric Baby Mobile

Over the last few days, I’ve had some time to do a few nursery projects! One of them was a fabric mobile I saw on Pinterest and etsy. I figured it looked easy enough to make and it turned out super cute. I’m excited to show you guys what it looks like once it’s hung up in the nursery. Here’s my step-by-step directions for making this super easy and adorable fabric ribbon mobile!

 Step 1: Search your local craft store, Walmart or home craft bin to find the perfect ribbon and fabric for your mobile. I like choosing a variety of ribbon types so you get some dimension and variation. You’ll want to decide on your nursery colors first. I went with pinks, yellow, turquoise, greens. I wanted her room to be feminine and cheery. IMG_9237 Continue reading

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Sunflowers & Blueberries

The heat has really been kicking up lately here in Georgia and my belly has been growing by the day. With our first baby on the way and so many fun things to do in Georgia, I made it my mission this summer to make the most of all these cool adventure spots. I also wanted to scout out future places to take this baby next summer when she’s been out in the world for a few months. 😉 With the help of friends, I’ve been knocking things off my summer to-do list. Two things I really wanted to do this summer were visit Berry Patch Farms and the Anderson’s Sunflower Fields. They did not disappoint and neither did a few afternoons spent with my sweet friend, Kristin (who sweetly took most of these photos)!

At the end of this post, you can shop this look and find a few of my other summer recommendations. Also, I’ll be doing a post soon about my favorite summer maternity items!

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Our Gender Reveal Party

Back in June, we had a gender sonogram to find out if we were having a boy or girl! We decided to not find out the gender in the room at the sonogram, but instead wait an entire week to have a gender reveal party. We had the sonogram placed in an envelope and handed it to our friend who also happens to be amazing at baking cakes. Another friend brought the cake to our house on the day of the party and we were able to find out with our loved ones whether we were having a boy or girl! Sadly, most of our Florida family and friends couldn’t be here, but thanks to Facetime and modern technology, it still felt like they were part of the party.

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Pregnancy: 1st Trimester

Hi friends! I thought I would do a little pregnancy update about what I’ve experienced in the first trimester of being pregnant with our baby. Pregnancy has been a really cool thing and a bit different than I expected, but in a good way. If that makes any sense? :) I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect because so many of my friends have been pregnant and the one thing I learned was that it’s different for everyone and every pregnancy. Hope you enjoy a few photos, as well! Ps. Here’s where we made our big announcement.

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13 weeks pregnant. This was the week my belly really made its appearance.

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Reykjavik City Guide (Iceland Part 2)

If you missed our Iceland video and big family announcement, it’s posted here! This post is all about Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital and only actual city. It’s quaint, charming and wonderfully friendly. When we were there, it was freezing (as you can see from photos), but so worth the visit and we’d happily go back again. Here are a few of my recommendations on places to stay, things to do and restaurants. IMG_8055 Continue reading