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Nursery Decor & Baby Room Ideas

So we have made it through nearly two weeks with two – much thanks to both grandmothers!  My mom left last night, and I have to say, I’m a little terrified to be on my own.  Ok, maybe more than a little terrified . . .

Anyway, this song keeps coming up on one of my Pandora stations, and I can’t help but love the sweet chorus.  (Apparently John Prine’s lyrics speak to me?  By the way, please don’t be offended by some of the lyrics if you listen/look it up – it is a bit crass, but the chorus speaks to my heart!) It is sort of how I feel right now – I’m a bit overwhelmed and on the edge of underwater, but somehow it makes the stolen moments I have with Chip that much sweeter, and I can’t wait for the day when we can go on a real date again and peacefully enjoy each other.  We snapped the photo above last weekend when we snuck out of the house after Vivi’s bedtime for a super quick grocery store run (because how do you go to the grocery store with two?  I don’t know yet!) while Nana looked after Brigette.  We picked up some Chick-fil-A and walked around the grocery store to get some much needed items – and some much needed time together.  It was the perfect date, and just what we needed . . . a reminder that in the midst of crazy, we’re going to end up on a rainbow.  And, after all, these are the moments we’ll look back and treasure – we’ll say “Look how young we are!  Wasn’t it an adventure when we added another to the family?  Look how dark my hair was!  We’re so in love – what a sweet time!  Oh, those sleepless nights, but oh, those sweet baby snuggles . . . how truly blessed we are.”  

(Feel free to download the above print – a link to an 8″ x 10″ file is in the pink margin – a fun little Valentine treat.)


Lauren Ashley"Is this still available!jQuery1110016776326135732234_1406839900093 I LOVE LOVE LOVE this song! "

katie hanchinamani"love this! WHAT font is the flowy one!? thank you!! "

Beatrice"so understand it, I can't believe grocery stops alone, or for us lately it has been home depot runs are …"

Aubrey Bray"We must listen to the same Pandora station! I swear everytime I see a music related post I think...."hey, I …"

Emily Lane"I did a lot more baby wearing when our second was born. I had a wrap that was only used …"

Chris"Thank you for sharing these little intimate moments. With number one on the way in 3 weeks 5 days I …"


what to take to the hospitalI have posted on this before, but since it is top of mind for me right now, I thought I would re-visit it here, with a new download.  This would be a great gift for a friend – tie the list to a bag (or make your own, tailored to your friend’s needs!) and include a couple of items.  Also, be sure to check out my babyli.st (more info here – awesome way to make a baby registry that isn’t limited to one store!) where I added a few items we included in the nursery, as well as a few treats for post-delivery.  It really is nice to have a few things on hand, like a robe or comfy pants, that are new and ready to use during that in between time of not quite feeling like yourself yet, and it’s also uplifting for countless middle of the night and early morning feedings.  Feel free to download the 7″ x 10″ printouts from the margin to the right – just click the link and you will find a pdf you can download and print.

Any must have items you would add?  I know this can differ greatly according to the person, but these are the items I found to be helpful!


Trinidad Hernandez Fonseca"Excellent!! "

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Michelle MaBelle Langford"What is that lovely black font you are using? "

cherrystyle"Hey!! That's really a great idea!! but you may also add baby towels that are really very soft.where to buy …"

Rachel Moger"What a helpful packing list! It's beautifully designed as well. Do you mind my asking what font you used for …"

diamondsandtulle"Thanks for this! I'm already mostly done packing, but these printouts are so cute and perfect for our binder! "


Recently, Vivi bit Chip while he was hugging her.  Actually, she has done it to him twice.  Then she did it to me early last week.  (If you are a playdate friend, please don’t be alarmed!!)  She is around other kids, and I have never seen nor gotten reports of this being an issue with them, but still, ever since it happened, I have been telling her to be “a lover, not a biter.”  It kind of adds some humor to the whole thing.  I thought it might be fun to put on a wall somewhere, so here is a fun download if you have a little biter on your hands, or just want to be a bit cheeky.  Click on the links in the margin to access an 8 x 10 pdf to download and print!

Just for fun, here are a few other thoughts:

(1) I have received a LOT of requests lately for shared room ideas (working on it!) and my friend Lesley just revealed the adorable room she put together for her sweet daughter Matilda to share with her baby sister who will arrive in November.  Be sure to check it out if you need some inspiration, or some encouragement!

(2) Love this post on HelloBee about maternity clothes.  Who knew there was such prettiness out there in maternity styles?

(3) If you like the script font I used above, you can find it here, thanks to the talented and endlessly creative Jenny of Hank + Hunt!

(4) I have an AWESOME giveaway coming up next week.  Want a hint?  Vivi has one of the same in her nursery . . . are you excited yet?


MeandWee"Through my daughter's sensory issues we learned that many children bite the shoulder during hugs simply to get a little …"

Coryann"OMG, this print is a must have right now! V likes to bite me too. I think she's enjoying …"

Heidi"Elle went thru a biting stage and unfortunately she bit her friends at daycare. Yo Gabba Gabba has a song/ …"

Lesley Graham"what an honor joni! thanks so much for sharing and for your sweet compliment. let's trade lipstick for eye shadow …"

Dina @ Honey + Fitz"Um, I'm excited! :) Thanks for the head's up on that Hello Bee article. I have worn …"


We’re going to see the Avett Brothers tonight at Red Rocks, and I can’t wait!  I love their cover of this song above. I have to say I daydream about doing this exact thing frequently . . . (8″ x 10″ download available in the margin!)

On that note, please pray for the people of Colorado during all of these fires!  I just can’t begin to imagine.


3 x 5 | our birdhouse"[...] Totally not related, here’s a gorgeous print of the hook from my favorite song these days, Spanish Pipedream. My …"

Lara White"Love this! It's one of my favorite covers of theirs. Last time we saw them I was 33 weeks pregnant …"

Emily Kongs"I do too! I hope one day to build a little house in the country with lots of room to …"

Toni"Did you see this :)   http://instagram.com/p/MhA0bCk1kf/ "

Colleen_Meeks"SHUT.UP. John Prine and Avett Brothers in one post???? Great design AND music taste?? I KNEW I was lucky to …"

Rarat2000"yes yes!! let's do that!! and please god protect the lives and homes of the people in colorado. and... avett …"


A New Girl Nursery

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nursery style board baby room ideas

Today you can find me over at the Better Homes & Gardens Style Spotters blog, where I have featured a nursery design inspired by Jess’s bedroom from The New Girl.  I’ll be posting twice a month with interior inspiration, and I’m thrilled to be posting alongside some fantastic bloggers.  Click here to download the 8″ x 10″ image of a line from one of my favorite She & Him songs, also featured on the board!


Brandon"It's always cool to see bloggers collaborating!  "

5 Things : Sun Tans, Puppies, Weekend Trips, First Fruits, New Things"[...] pinned and ready for me to run through the machine. Plus time at home is just good. Joni over …"

sue"perfection! love the print and at the risk of feminine overload, i would incorporate lace, which i think she had …"

Kristin Rauch"This room is too cute! I love New Girl. :) "

Joni"Hi Katlyn - It's called Silver Thread.  Thanks so much! "

Catherine (Bayside Bride)"Incredible inspiration! "