September 2014 Cleaning Calendar

Good morning!  There is just something about September that makes me want to break out my boots and order a Pumpkin Spice Latte.  Even though it’s still 104 degrees outside!  Dave and I have had many discussions lately about decluttering and simplifying our life, so I figure this month is as good as any to really do a good cleaning out of the house.  In addition to the things listed on my September 2014 Cleaning Calendar, I plan on making some much-needed trips to Goodwill, and really paring down the amount of “stuff” we have around.

September 2014 Cleaning Calendar from Palmettos and Pigtails

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We are blessed to have a big beautiful house, but I feel like we take it for granted most of the time, and use all of that extra space to collect “stuff.”  We have so many projects and improvements we’d like to do to the house, but I feel like we can’t get our thoughts together because of the clutter!

For me, our worst room is our bedroom.  We have mismatched furniture, piles of “stuff” looking for a home, and admittedly, it’s the last room in our house that gets cleaned {mostly because no-one ever sees it!}.  One of these days I’d love to do a makeover in there….I have lots of ideas {just no money or time!}.

If you could make-over a room in your house, what would it be?

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From Florida with Love: Saint George Island

Recap of our Florida Vacation from Palmettos and  Pigtails

So, I may be kicked out of the family for saying this, but my in-laws are crazy.  I love them dearly, but they are absolutely nuts.   After moving only once in the past 9 years…I can safely say that I find it to be extremely stressful and a huge hassle.  However, my in-laws don’t seem to mind it!  Last time we were together, we counted and in the 6 years that Dave and I have been married, they have lived in 7 houses in three different states.  Crazy, right?

Now, don’t get me wrong…most of these moves have been due to job changes {and now, finally retirement!}.  But after about a year in a location, we kind of start expecting an announcement of their next location.

You may remember back in 2012, our family joined SueSue and Papaw {and Granna and Paw Paw} in Saint George Island, Florida.  The beach, located on the panhandle of Florida on the Gulf Coast, is a favorite vacation spot in the family.  So when they announced their most recent relocation, we were thrilled that they had decided to retire to SGI!

There is something about that beach that is just magical…and I only had one other trip there under my belt.  I can’t even imagine how the rest of the family feels, after having vacationed there for 25 years!  So to be able to retire and spend all of your days in this friendly town, seems like perfection!

SueSue and Papaw’s new house is about two blocks off the beach…a three minute walk or so.  It’s so nice to be able to leave our umbrellas and chairs on the beach, come back for lunch and naps, and then head back in the afternoon when it’s a bit cooler.  Dave and his dad love to sneak out in the evenings to go surf fishing.  I like reading on their massive screened in porch {because I prefer not to know what they are catching in the water that I swim in!!}.

Jayna and her Dad started prepping for the school year, by getting up early and walking on the beach to see the sun rise.  They also spotted crabs, dolphins, sting rays, starfish, and clams.  But more importantly, they formed a bond between the two of them that hadn’t existed before this summer.  Hopefully their relationship will continue to grow since Daddy will be the one getting Jayna ready for school and putting her on the bus in the mornings.

Since Saint George Island is about 9 hours away from our house, we are going to have adjust to not seeing SueSue and Papaw on a fairly regular basis anymore! =( So we celebrated Millie’s birthday early, with homemade cake and a purse-shaped piggybank!

One of the things I love about their house is how creatively the girls get to play there.  With only blocks, stuffed animals and an abundance of purses and Mardi Gras beads….the girls were still able to play all week long without getting bored!

Between the beach, climbing the forest of live oaks in the backyard, swinging on the porch swings under the deck, and taking trips into town or into Apalachiacola for shopping…..we stayed just busy enough.  And I was happy because I got to read an entire book AND take a nap almost every day!  My kind of vacation!

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Montreat 2014

My favorite summer tradition is going to Montreat, NC.  This tiny college town on the edge of Black Mountain and about 20 minutes northeast of Asheville is my Mecca.  Each summer the kids and I trek there to meet our oldest and bestest friends from Maryland.  They are youth councilors at the church we grew up in, and take their group of high schoolers to Montreat for the annual Presbyterian youth conference.

But luckily for us, the schedule at the conference is flexible enough that we get some amazing Betsy and Jay time while the teenagers are in their small groups in the middle of the day.

And now that my parents have moved to Florida, it’s really the only one reliable time that the kids get to see their God-parents!  I just love that all of our kids are so close in age….just wish they could spend more time together.

But there is another reason why I love taking the kids there each year.  It’s because of the actual conference.  The convergence of hundreds of teenagers from around the country.  Watching the interactions between groups of teens, participation in silly games, and getting a glimpse of their Christian journey is magical to me {especially since I lived it!}.   And I can specifically say that Betsy and Jay’s group of teens are “no exception.  My girls {especially Jayna} loooove the Big Kids.  She talked the whole way home about her new “Teenager Friends, ” Anna and Victoria…and how she wished she could stay longer to hang out with them.

Each year, I am tickled to briefly get to know these teens again {I watched most of them as babies when I was a teenager, volunteering in our church nursery!}.  I’m always amazing at how polite and caring they are, choosing to not only spend some of their free time with Betsy and Jay’s kids {who they know well}, but also with mine!

And sure, they are teenagers…so my kids get a little exposure to a little rough language, short shorts and rough play…but overall I feel just fine about having my girls look up to them.  And I can only hope my kids turn out just as well!

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Hold Me Close Nursing Cover and Infinity Scarf

*I was given the products mentioned in this post for free in exchange for a review on my blog.   As always, all opinions are 100% honest and my own!

Back when I was coordinating all the the Etsy vendors for my Big Baby Giveaway, I stumbled upon Hold Me Close Nursing Etsy shop.  Sondra makes infinity scarves that double as nursing covers…I was tickled to be able to include one in my April giveaway AND also review one for you now!

She’s got a zillion different colors, in solids, prints and chevrons.  The fabric is long, so there is more than enough to cover you and baby!  For a quick video on how the scarf works, check out the Hold Me Close Website.

Most recently, I took the scarf that Sondra gave me, to Montreat.  It was perfect since the mountain air was a bit cooler than what I was used to.  And for the church services at the retreat, I felt like I needed a bit more coverage over my tank top.  I was able to be stylish, while still practical and discreet while nursing.

Sorry for the selfie in the hotel room, but it was all I could do!  My scarf is the mint chevron, but this model does a much better job of showing you how the scarf works!

The fabric is a stretchy jersey knit, which is a little heavy for the heat of summer, but perfect for fall, winter and spring!  And the colors are bright and cheery (and lots of them coordinate with local teams….hello football season!).  And if you are like me, and like your scarves to be a bit longer, you may want to consider the Extra Long scarves.  And Sondra even has little scarves for your mini-me!

This is a great gift for the new mom {or new Big Sister!} in your life!  Get a jump start on your holiday shopping at the Hold Me Close Etsy Shop with 20% off with the code PIGTAILS20 {until August 27th!}!

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Five Years of of First Days

Yesterday was the first day of school for Jayna.  She started kindergarten this year, at “Big School.”  Also known as the local Elementary school….but we’ve been calling it “Big School” for years now to differentiate it from the preschool she went to for four years.

2010-2011 School Year {18 month class}

She started preschool when she was only 18 months old!  Crazy, I know!  But at the time, we didn’t have many stay-at-home mom friends with kids the same age…so it was more for the socialization aspect than anything.  So she started her school “career” in Ms. Leigh’s class {who is Millie’s teacher this year too!}.

2011-2012 School Year {2 year old class}

Throughout her four years in preschool, she kind of stayed with the same {Tuesday/Thursday} group of friends, until last year…as all of the kids went four days a week.  Needless to say she’s pretty well socialized at this point! =)

2013-2014 School Year {4 year old class}

So four years, four classes, and 8 teachers later….here we are in public school.  Kindergarten.

I thought I’d have more sappy emotion yesterday, dropping my first born off for her first day of school.  But as we were riding to school {we carpooled with neighborhood friends}, I started thinking that although this is a big milestone for her, she’s really a pro at this.  She’s been in school for four years now.  We had already met her teachers, seen her classroom, and established that she had no fewer than three friends that she already knew in her class.  In fact, when we went to “Meet the Teacher,”  she walked right up to her teacher and gave her a huge hug…sight unseen.  Needless to say, she was prepared for school.

First Day of School

So we did all the obligatory photos with friends, in front of the school, and holding her Kindergarten sign.  And when she got to her classroom, she gave me a hug and walked away.  No tears. On either side.

I skipped the “Boo-Hoo Breakfast” that the school puts on for all the teary-eyed moms, and headed home to spend some quality time with my middle child, who proceeded to cry the rest of the morning.  Ironic, huh?

Did you cry when your kid went to kindergarten?

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{From the Archives} School Lunch Ideas

This is an oldie, but goodie!  My school lunch ideas round-up has been one of my most popular posts ever!  So I thought I’d repost it for you with a couple of new ideas at the bottom too!

AND…Don’t forger that I have a giveaway going this week for some Jamberry Nails!     Click here to enter!

It’s that time again!  School starts next week, and this year I’ll need lunches for two kids!   So twice a week for Millie, and 5 days a week for Jayna, I have to come up with fresh, healthy, and portable food to eat.  And their routine lunch of peanut butter and jelly, heated up leftovers, a bunch of grapes, and a fruit snack won’t work at school.  And yes, they really does eat all of that!  And to top it off, I’m just not that creative {or a morning person}….so I can’t be one of these moms.

A round up of peanut-free make ahead school lunch ideas from Palmettos and Pigtails

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So I’ve been scouring the internet {aka Pinterest} for some easy, make ahead meals.  Preferably ones I can maybe freeze too.  Here’s what I came up with:

A round up of peanut-free make ahead school lunch ideas from Palmettos and Pigtails

I love the idea of smoothies.  Healthy AND yummy.  But they are kind of a pain to make every morning…..but, if I make several and freeze them, by the time Jayna’s lunchtime rolls around, they shold be nice and thawed in her lunchbox!  This site has a bunch of different flavor ideas.

A round up of peanut-free make ahead school lunch ideas from Palmettos and Pigtails

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And I found a bunch of cute ideas of muffin-tin lunches.  Although the kids won’t have access to a microwave, I’m hoping if I heat them up and wrap them in foil, they’ll stay pretty warm.

Little Potpies stocked with veggies and meat and topped with Bisquick!

A round up of peanut-free make ahead school lunch ideas from Palmettos and Pigtails

Betty Crocker

Don’t you just love the tiny pepperoni?

A round up of peanut-free make ahead school lunch ideas from Palmettos and Pigtails

Really From Pinterest

Here’s one I’ve actually made before.  The personalized mac and cheese bites are definitely a crowd pleaser!

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And the next two are from my friend Jaima….she has tons of great freezer and toddler recipes on her site.

A round up of peanut-free make ahead school lunch ideas from Palmettos and Pigtails

A round up of peanut-free make ahead school lunch ideas from Palmettos and Pigtails

 Ring Around the Rosies

And the seven layer dip that we bring to um, every single party? What if I just make them in little individual Tupperware instead?

A round up of peanut-free make ahead school lunch ideas from Palmettos and Pigtails

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I also had a few of my own ideas too! {gasp!}

  • I make these little cream cheese pinwheels for parties using tortillas, cream cheese and dry ranch dressing….I’m thinking of doing those again, but adding more veggies (like peppers, broccoli, carrot strips,etc.) inside before rolling them up and slicing them.
  • We routinely make stuffed crescent rolls for dinner and it has become a favorite quick dinner.  We’ve done pesto, mozzarella and sun-dried tomatoes….cheddar, apples and onion vinagrette….and of course string cheese, pizza sauce and pepperoni (I’m sure you can find that on pinterest!!).  What about ham and cheese?  Or bacon and eggs inside?  Super portable and freezer-friendly!
  • I also thought about making little burrito bowls.  Taco meat, cheese and salsa in a Tupperware in the freezer.  Thaw it out and top with sour cream for the lunchbox? Hmmmm…..

I also plan on stocking up on and pre-washing, cutting and bagging various fruit, veggies, cheese cubes, dried fruit and crackers.

How about you?  Got any ideas for me?  Leave me a comment!

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Jamberry Nail Wraps Giveaway

*I was given the products mentioned in this post for free in exchange for a review on my blog.   As always, all opinions are 100% honest and my own!

Be sure to read all the way to the bottom, as I have a sweet Jamberry Nail Wraps $25 Giveaway for you!

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A couple of weeks ago, Jayna and I attended a Mommy and Me Princess Party hosted by Jamberry Nails.  My good friend Natalie recently started selling the nail wraps and hosting parties.  Jamberry Nail Wraps started in 2010 by three sisters who were tired of paying for expensive manis and pedis, just to have them wear off or chip in a few days.  And so Jamberry Nail Wraps was born!

Jamberry Nail Wraps Princess Party and Giveaway! Palmettos and Pigtails

I am the first to admit that I am not really a painted nail kind of person.  Like the sisters, I feel like every time I attempt to paint my fingernails, it chips within minutes of drying!  However… I have some UGLY toes, and so they are never without nail polish!  So I was happy to have some fun designs for my little piggies, and was eager to see how long the wraps lasted on my busy fingers.

First of all, the Jamberry Mommy and Me Princess Party was adorable.  The little girls all dressed like their favorite princesses while playing games and getting their nails “did” by their mommas.

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Jayna was ecstatic to have an excuse to wear her Elsa dress “out and about.”  And this party happened to be the same evening as my Bi-Lo Kuddles Launch, so Jayna still had her Frozen face paint on too!

Jamberry Nail Wraps Princess Party and Giveaway! Palmettos and Pigtails

And let me tell you, I am so glad that I actually went to the party…because as simple as they are, there are instructions to the nail wraps in order to get them to last longer.  As you can see from the first photo in this post, each nail wrap is an oblong wrap, that is temporarily fixed to a piece of clear plastic {and in the photo, taped to a pink piece of paper}.  One sheet of wraps have several widths on them, so you can always find one that is the appropriate width to each of your nails.

So everyone chose their favorite design of wrap…I chose mustaches! =)  After choosing the appropriate width of wrap for each nail, you cut it in half…one half for each hand {you can see them on the table in the photo below}.

But first, use a little nail polish remover or alcohol wipe to clean all the dirt and oils off of your nails.

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Then peel one of your wrap halves off of the plastic, and heat it up with a hair dryer  for about 3 seconds, until it is floppy.  Then carefully adhere it to your nail, making sure that it does not touch your cuticles.  The rounded part goes up against your cuticle, and the straight cut part will slightly hang over the edge of your nail {you can see this in the photo below}.

Then, use the hair drier on your nail again, pushing down on the wrap to secure it to your nail.

Jamberry Nail Wraps Princess Party and Giveaway! Palmettos and Pigtails

Natalie was a genius at the party, knowing that the hair driers might be a little too hot for the little girls…she also had hand warmers and socks filled with rice {waiting in the crock pot} ready to apply to the little ones’  nails.

Jamberry Nail Wraps Princess Party and Giveaway! Palmettos and Pigtails

The excess wrap should be hanging over the end of your nail.  Take a nail file and, with a downward motion only, file over the wrap to sever it…then the extra will just peel off.

Jamberry Nail Wraps Princess Party and Giveaway! Palmettos and Pigtails

Then I heated the nail up one more time, making sure all of the edges are secure.  And voila! Done!  It took me a little while at the party to get the hang of it, but after doing a few nails, it was easy and fast to apply.

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I chose to only use the wraps on my thumbs, and just paint the rest of my fingers…so I could compare the wear and tear. Sure enough, the painted nails were chipped and worn within days…and the wrap lasted almost two weeks!  And that included pool time, dirty diapers, and opening coke cans!  Not too shabby! =)

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However, Jayna’s nails did not last as long.  I keep hers pretty short in general, so she won’t be tempted to bite her nails. But in this case, I think it was to our detriment.  I ordered some of the Junior Nail Wraps for the girls {Berries and Gingham}, and those only lasted a few days.  Buuuut….I think it was because Millie’s nails were so itsy bits {less to adhere to}, and she picked at them constantly.  Jayna’s lasted a bit longer, and I think they would have been fine had the nails been a little longer, so the wrap could fold over the edge.

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To remove, Natalie recommends a dental floss stick dipped in coconut oil, and slowly work the floss back and forth under the wrap until the whole thing slides off.  Soaking the wrapped nail in polish remover will also help.

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But overall, we loved them!  The sheets have enough wraps for us to enjoy several uses, and the girls’ Mini Wraps had two different designs as well.  They’ve proved to be the perfect activity for rainy or “bored” days this summer!

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Be sure to enter the giveaway below to win a $25 gift certificate* to Jamberry Nail Wraps!

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{Guest Post} A Very Little Bookstore

I recently had the pleasure of meeting Shara in person, and I connected with her instantly. I think partly I was a little star struck by her. She seemed to so easily manage her three children, and I’m honestly as terrified at the idea of baby number three as I am excited. I think I spent that first encounter begging her for tips and taking super detailed notes. :)  I’m so happy she asked me to join her today on the blog. I enjoy reading Palmettos and Pigtails, checking out her amazing craft ideas, and pinning her meal planning posts (don’t miss the recent freezer meals). And, I especially love her posts on where to go with children, whether it’s Disney World or closer to home at the Children’s Museum.

Lately, I’ve written a few posts about loving the place we live, which, to be fair, is not hard to do when you live in Charleston. So today, I thought we’d venture a little farther out of town, to quaint, downtown Summerville. On picturesque Main Street sits one of my own favorite places to go with my boys, and I’d love to share it with you.

But first, indulge me in a little reminiscing. I’m the sappy, sentimental type.

My mom read to my brother and me when we were younger, and she really encouraged us to read too. She would let me check out piles of books at the library, and she took me to the bookstore, no matter how tight our budget must have been, especially back then. I can even remember visiting a bookstore as early as 3, maybe 4. We lived in Turkey at the time, and were only there for a couple of years, so I can be confident that I was that young. I remember that this bookstore carried the Mr. Men & Little Miss books, a personal favorite. And, I loved Dr. Seuss at this age.

Naturally, reading is one of my most favorite things to do with my own boys. I want them to remember reading with me, just as I remember doing with my own mother.

So, just as my mother did with my brother and me, I take my boys to the library and let them check out the 25 book maximum. I try to select a few books while we’re here, but for the most part, I let Harrison pick the books that he wants. Sometimes, that means that I have to settle for a series of character books I’d rather pass on, but lately, it’s meant that I’m learning new things about dinosaurs. Did you know that the Brontosaurus is now called Apatosaurus? Or, that there is no such thing as a Pterodactyl? There is a Pterodactylus, but technically, it’s a Pterosaur and not a Dinosaur.

And, again as my mom did with us, we go to the bookstore. Here, I do make an effort to guide their selections, but I always let Harrison make the final decision. I’ve enjoyed slowly curating the boys’ library. Right now, we’re in a wonderful stage of picture story books, of books I loved from Reading Rainbow and books I remember my own librarian reading to us from her rocking chair each week in the school library. In the past, and out of convenience, I’ve picked up books at Barnes & Noble or on Amazon. More recently, though, I’ve discovered a little gem in an independent children’s bookshop.

Last week, Harrison and I made a trip to A Very Little Bookstore. We’ve been several times before, but always with baby Whitt, who has more fun pulling books off the shelf and making a general ruckus than he enjoys reading. I think it’s important to take my little one, but I wanted some one on one time with my oldest.

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The owner, Natalie, is  passionate about children’s literature and about children, and her enthusiasm is apparent in every aspect of her shop. She’s incredibly knowledgeable about the various authors and illustrators. So, her recommendations are always exactly what we need. She doesn’t recommend books in a “one size fits all” manner either, meaning she doesn’t simply recommend her own favorites and assume your child will love them too. She gets to know you and your child, and then she suggests books you’ll like. For example, her suggestions for my little boy are always very different than her recommendations for his bestie, Farris, even though they are both four. The more often you venture in, the better her recommendations. And, she hosts a children’s book club for older children. So cool, right?

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Not only is Natalie wonderful, but the shop itself is a special, magical place too. The walls are lined with individual and unique book shelves that look collected, rather than matching book cases you typically see in chain stores or libraries. And, her own children are often at the shop, which I love. It feels cozy and homey and very family-friendly. It’s the kind of place one can comfortably grab a book of the shelf and read on the carpet or at one of the low kids tables. It’s truly a place a mom can feel comfortable letting her kids be kids and dive into books (sometimes literally). And, that’s what makes this store so unique. It is truly a children’s bookstore – designed for children.

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This store may be little, but it is the gateway to a big, wide world. If you’re local to Summerville and haven’t been, it’s a must. And, if you’re in Charleston or Mt. Pleasant, it’s worth the drive. I promise. While you’re downtown, I suggest you finish your bookish afternoon off with a root beer float from Guerin’s Pharmacy or a hot cocoa from Single Smile Cafe.

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Photos by Gray Benko at the quaint A Very Little Bookstore (with the exception of the last two).

Thanks for having me, and come visit me over at The Maypop!

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{Baby Files} Vintage Baby Boy Nursery Reveal

Well, the long awaited, much anticipated, nursery reveal is here!  The nursery is finally finished, and I couldn’t be happier with it.  It’s one of the few rooms in our house that is actually painted and the molding and wainscoting done.

You may remember my vintage baby boy nursery idea board?  I wanted kind of a vintage feel in the nursery, with colors revolving around an antique quilt that I have.

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We started out by clearing out Jayna’s stuff from the room {the girls share a room now, and LOVE it!}, and Dave painted a light griege on the walls and added the board and batten all the way around the room.

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I especially love how he handled the multiple outlets and switches that happened to land on some of the boards.  We found this awesome tutorial on Sawdust Girl on how to build around the outlets.

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Dave and I ended up using the quilt as the bedskirt on the crib.  That way it pulled all of the colors together, was a central focus in the room, but was still protected from wear and tear.

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We went for a navy, breathable bumper and the sheets are Sadie & Scout.  We kind of stumbled upon the sheets on an aisle endcap at Babies R Us, and fell in love with the hand-sketched map.  The adorable and oh-so-soft taggie blankie was a baby shower gift from my good friend Emily, from Southern Paisley.

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We have the crib centered in the room, between the two windows, on which we got custom navy black-out shades from blinds{dot}com.

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To the left of the crib, as soon as you walk in the room, is the changing table.  We found an antique Coke crate to serve as a supply holder {we sanded down the insides, and lined it with cardboard to prevent splinters!}.  The changing pad cover is also a Sadie & Scout.

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We took the front off of the dresser top to accommodate the Coke crate, so the liner you see is plain old rubber matting to help the changing pad stay in place.

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Dave built the shelf out of pallet wood.  We distressed it to match the rustic feel of the room, and painted it the same color red as in the quilt.  We keep Lincoln’s burp cloths, a few books and an antique toy tractor that we found, on the shelves.

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On the other side of the room, to the right of the crib, is my nursing corner.  A pale yellow gingham chair coupled with a nightstand.  You may recognize the sock monkey and Raggedy Andy doll from my diaper cake at my baby shower.  The lamp base is from Babies R Us, and the burlap shade is from World Market.

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We found a clock that fits perfectly on the little shelf, so the glow is a perfect nightlight…and it has a built-in sound machine too! We keep a crate full of baby toys in the bottom of the nightstand.

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On the other side of the chair is a huge armoire that we use for clothes, books, toys and spare diapers.  And although it’s the largest item in the room, I still forgot to take a picture of it!!

We are absolutely thrilled at how the nursery turned out.   It’s just the perfect amount of baby boy, yet he’ll be able to grow up in there without us having to switch out decor every couple of years.

And clearly, Lincoln feels very comfortable there too!

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August 2014 Cleaning Calendar

It’s hard to believe that the summer is already coming to a close.  I was thinking that since we had a newborn, we would be taking it easy this summer…not exactly the case!  Between weekend trips to Florida and North Carolina, Vacation Bible School, and all sorts of action and giveaways on the blog, we’ve been very busy!

But now, with the school year starting soon and life settling back into a routine, it’s time to clean again.  I’m not gonna lie, I kinda fell off the bandwagon this summer.  So hopefully my August 2014 Cleaning Calendar will get me {and you!} back on track!  Happy cleaning!

August 2014 Cleaning Calendar

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And don’t forget to enter my giveaway to win free baby supplies from Kuddles and Bi-Lo!

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