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Your Turn To Shine- No. 51

Thursday, October 1, 2015

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Your Turn To Shine- link party
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Your Turn To Shine link party
- No Etsy stores, giveaways, or link parties.
- Please link to a specific post on your blog, not your blog's home page.
- Link back to one of our blogs with a text link or party button.
- By submitting a link, you're giving us permission to feature your project on our blogs and on social media.  Proper credit and a link back to your post will always be given.  

Each week, a few of our favorites will be featured on all four of our blogs.  Features will also be pinned to our Pinterest Party Board for even more exposure!  If you were featured, be sure to grab a button!

We would love to connect with you on social media!

Jamie from anderson & grant || Facebook || Instagram || Pinterest || Twitter  
Vicki & Amy from Canary Street Crafts || Facebook || Instagram || Pinterest || Twitter || Google+
Kendra from Joy In Our Home || Facebook || Instagram || Pinterest 
Nicole from Meet The B's || Facebook || Pinterest || Twitter || Google+
Lauren from Bless'er House Bless'er House || Facebook || Instagram || Pinterest || Twitter || Google+


Amy & Vicki's pick: Upcycled Vintage Toolbox Shelf from What Rose Knows
Jamie's pick: Vintage Desk Makeover from Making It In The Mountains
Nicole's pick: DIY Cement Craft from Diane & Dean
Lauren's pick: Easy DIY Shiplap Wall from Table & Hearth

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Your Turn To Shine- No. 50

Thursday, September 24, 2015

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Hey there! Can you believe it's officially fall already?! Where has this year gone?? And to think I'm less than 8 weeks away from my due date! Eeeeeek! :) Speaking of which, if any of you are expecting moms or recently gave birth, I've got a sweet little giveaway of newborn goodies going on this week so be sure to take a peek or share with any mommas-to-be you know!

Our link party will be undergoing some changes in a few weeks, so stay tuned. But for now, link your latests projects below! And enjoy the cooler weather! :)

DIY Nursery Height Chart and a Giveaway!!!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Hi, friends! There's some excitement going on around here today! I've gathered four of my friends who are currently expecting or recent new mommas to do a little DIY nursery art blog hop! We've each come up with some great art for our nurseries that we hope will inspire you!

In addition, we've got a giveaway for all of our mommas-to-be and new mommas! You have a chance to win some great gender neutral baby goodies and a Buy Buy Baby gift card! Check out my project below and then see the giveaway details!!! Don't forget to visit my friends' blogs to see their crafty nursery projects too! :)

DIY Nursery Blog Hop & Baby Bundle Giveaway

Hot Air Balloon Nursery Mood Board

Monday, September 21, 2015

I'm so excited to plan and decorate our baby boy's future nursery! When I was browsing around stores for bedding, I felt really uninspired by the designs and themes available. I wanted something bright and colorful and a little bit different. I started brainstorming, googling, and pinning and eventually stumbled across this adorable hot air balloon mobile which is actually for a girl nursery, but I instantly fell in love with the idea of a hot air balloon themed nursery!

Then, I started brainstorming color ideas. My friend Ashley told me about Carousel Designs, and I spent hours browsing their many many color and pattern options. I narrowed it down to a navy blue herringbone pattern with orange and seafoam accents. I ordered fabric swatches in almost every orange and aqua color they had available to help me narrow down exactly what shades I wanted. It was so much fun to design my bedding!

And so a nursery idea was born. I had a color and a theme! Time to start planning! Today, I just wanted to share my mood board of some of the inspiration I have found for a baby boy's hot air balloon nursery! I'm so excited to get started on crafting and decorating!

Mood Board for an orange, navy blue, and aqua hot air balloon nursery for a baby boy! Great ideas and inspiration!

Your Turn To Shine- No. 49

Thursday, September 17, 2015

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Welcome back to the Your Turn To Shine link party! Thanks for joining us every week! We love to see your latest projects!

Second Trimester Must Haves

Monday, September 14, 2015

Second Trimester Must Haves

Second Trimester Must Haves
Oh my goodness, I absolutely cannot believe I am already in the third trimester!!! Time is really flying, and now I find myself savoring every last minute of this pregnancy before it's gone! Of course I am even more excited to meet our little man, but this part is fun too :)

Now that I'm into the third trimester, I thought I'd share a few things that were helpful in getting through the second trimester. I was lucky enough to have morning sickness until about 18 weeks, but for most women, that seems to subside after the first trimester. In addition to morning sickness, some new discomforts appear, but it's also time to start fun things like planning the nursery, baby shower registry, etc.

Here are some things I found to be necessities!

Tums!* After the nausea subsided came the heartburn!!! After eating or when laying down for bed at night, I got that awful burning in my chest. It's pretty normal to have heart burn and acid reflux during pregnancy because the uterus grows large enough to start pushing the stomach upwards. But that's no reason to suffer! Have some Tums! Besides, your body needs additional calcium during pregnancy and Tums are full of calcium!

Second Trimester Must Haves

Stretch mark prevention. Every woman's fear! Your belly stretches rapidly which makes stretch marks likely. Some people are more prone than others, but why not attempt to prevent them if you can? Keeping skin moist and hydrated is supposed to help keep it elastic as it stretches. I've been using Vaseline Intensive Care* moisturizer in the mornings because it absorbs quickly and isn't very sticky. At night before bed I put on Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula* lotion. So far I haven't noticed any stretch marks, but I've still got the whole third trimester ahead of me, when most of the growth occurs!
Second Trimester Must Haves

Body Pillow.* Did you know it is recommended to sleep on your left side during pregnancy? Laying on the left is supposed to increase circulation to the heart, therefore providing optimal circulation to the placenta and fetus. The liver is located on your right side, so as uterus grows, if you lay on your right, your uterus can compress the liver. Laying on your back, your heavy uterus can compress the inferior vena cava which returns blood from your lower body to your heart. And laying on your stomach of course gets pretty difficult after a while! I had difficulty not rolling onto my back during the night, so I bought a body pillow* to put behind me. This way if I did roll back I wouldn't be completely flat on my back. You can also try putting the body pillow in front of you between your knees. Having something to latch onto keeps me pretty stationary too. I also heard great things about the Snoogle* pillow, but I personally felt I was already taking up too much space in the bed and didn't want to torture hubby anymore. If you've got a king size bed though, give it a try and let me know what you think!
Second Trimester Must Haves
Maternity/nursing bras. The first symptoms I noticed when I found out I was pregnant was tender breasts. By the end of the second trimester it was impossible to wear my regular bras! Wearing bras that are too small can restrict blood flow and can also cause bruising, blisters, etc. Do yourself a favor and buy some new bras. I didn't want to spend too much money on this since I know they will grow some more once I start breastfeeding, so I actually found some very affordable and super comfortable nursing bras at Target. This way I am comfortable for now, and I'll be all set for the initial stage of breastfeeding. 
Second Trimester Must Haves

Heating pad.* I started having some lower back pain as my bump started growing. Having a heating pad has been a life saver! Heat helps relax tight muscles and relieves pain. Use your heating pad while relaxing before bed. You'll feel like a new woman in the morning! Also, recruit your significant other for a back massage! :)

Second Trimester Must Haves

Pedicure. Yep, you owe it to yourself. I try not to splurge on pedicures very often, but as your weight increases during pregnancy, your poor feet are taking a beating! Being on my feet at work all day also takes its toll. I went to get a pedicure with a friend towards the end of the second trimester, and I promise you, I did not regret it one bit!!!

Lucie's List. A friend of mine told me about this site at the beginning of pregnancy, and I finally started browsing around during the second trimester. I'm so glad I did! As you start to think about things you need for the baby, it can get very overwhelming! There are so many products out there! Lucie's List narrows everything down for you and points out the most highly recommended products. This was so helpful! There's also plenty of other advice and cute things for baby to browse through!
Second Trimester Must Haves

Mommy friends to walk through the baby store with. If this is your first baby, your probably starting to think about your baby registry. As I said above, all of the different products out there are very overwhelming! How is a new mom supposed to know what you actually do and don't need? I took two mommy friends with me to Buy Buy Baby the week before my husband and I went to start our registry. They walked through the store with me and told me what was useless and what was helpful. They pointed out many things that I never would have even thought of and guided me away from some things that are on the store's must-have list. It was so helpful to have someone who knows from experience give their opinions, and I am oh-so-thankful that they helped me out!

Spinning babies. Plan on having a vaginal delivery? Starting to worry about optimal fetal positioning? If you know you might be at risk for something other than optimal position (for example, you have an anterior placenta which increases the chance of posterior positioning), it's not too early to start looking into what you can do to increase the chance of baby turning. Spinning Babies is full of information as well as exercises and stretches you can do to encourage baby to move!

Husband Coached Childbirth.* This book is geared towards the husband/significant other, but I highly recommend you read it too if you are hoping for a natural birth. It's a great intro to the Bradley method and gives some good tips for relaxation techniques and the stages of labor. I enjoyed reading this book, and my husband is reading it now and says he's learning a lot too!

Second Trimester Must Haves

I hope your second trimester is going well! Stay tuned for some third trimester must-haves soon!

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