My Top Ten Favorite Baby Items 0-6 months

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Since I just had a baby, it only seems appropriate I do a baby post to get me up and going again on this blog/website. I feel pretty strong and passionate about some baby items I can’t imagine living without right now.  So I’ve compiled a list of my top 10 items that have made this third go around so much easier.  In random order:

  1. Doona Car Seat/Stroller– FAVORITE BABY PURCHASE EVER!!!!  It has a stroller built in Yo!  You can use it from 4-35 lbs. It clicks in and out of a base in your car so easily.  It’s compact.  It’s sleak looking.  The handle bar moves up and down (great when in tight spaces or when your 6 yr old wants to push).  And it swivels like an IKEA shopping cart.  It costs $499.  Yes, I know what you are thinking, that’s expensive, but all the car seat stroller systems I was looking out averaged about $399.  Why not spend $100 more for convenience, ease, no separate stroller taking up room in your car…plus, I have heard that they resale wonderfully, and that’s what I’m planning to do (that’s why I bought the gray, even though they come in so many fun colors).  I’ll put that money into the next car seat.  Bam!  My favorite thing is seeing peoples reaction when I just flip out those wheels and Oula!doona infant car seat storm grey 76
  2. Doona Essential Bag– Costs around $50. IF you decide to pull the plug on a Doona Car Seat/Stroller, then definitely get the Essential Bag to go with it.  They come in matching colors, it’s just the right size for what you need, plenty of pockets, and it clips onto the handle bar easily.  The name is perfect because it truely carries all the baby essentials but not too big where you spend 5 minutes trying to find your keys.  There are never sales on Doona, but you can sometimes score this bag for free like I did at Christmas Time from Albee Baby online store.doona essentials bag storm grey 18
  3. Fawn Design Diaper Bag/Backpack– Costs around $159. I know there are a lot out there to choose from.  This one is awesome.  It doesn’t really look like a diaper bag which I like.  It’s made out of practical and beautiful synthetic leather on the outside AND inside (for easy cleaning).  I get compliments and asked about it every where I go.  There are the classic colors it comes in like gray, black, and camel.  Then there are the seasonal colors like plum, navy, blush, and poppy.  They are always changing it up but just to warn you, they sell out quick, so get on their mailing list if the color you want is sold out.  That’s how I got mine.  Girl Baby=Blush.  I had to have it!fd 4.21 beckykimballphoto 279 800x
  4. Ubbi Diaper Pail- I didn’t have a diaper pail with my first two babies because I was more into walking my butt to the garage to dispose the diaper every time instead of it stinkin’ up the nursery with so-so working diaper pails.  Not anymore!  I’m loving the Ubbi.  I got it in gray because white seemed boring and sterile, yet I didn’t want to bring attention to it with a loud design.  The powder coated steel and rubber seal locks in the odor.  Just for an added touch, I like to throw in a new dryer sheet every time I change the bag.  Speaking of bags…no special bag is required.  You can use any tall kitchen bag, although I just bought the purple Ubbi bags out of convenience and I didn’t find them expensive.71u5ewxvhvl. sy679
  5. Copper Pearl Car Seat Cover- My sister and sister-in-law used these and I had to get one too.  It has multi functions. Because its made from stretchy knit, it fits over every car seat.  When I take the babes on stroller rides, it stays put and keeps her out of the sun without being too hot.  I’ve also used it as a nursing cover and swaddle blanket.  Multiple uses I tell ya!71bqoitrcsl. sx522

Stay Tuned for the next 5 baby items!

(All opinions are my own with no compensation other than affiliate links)

Nursery/Guest Room

I know I said I don’t love designing nurseries…but maybe that’s changed a little, because I loved how its turning out.  I deliver Baby Girl in two weeks and I’m almost ready, physically.  Emotionally, Eek!  I really was “living the dream” with a very independent 9 and 6 year old that go to school full time.  Leaving me home with a cuddly fur ball dog and plenty of time to: work on design, nap, shop, read, sub, exercise, go out to lunch with friends, craft, volunteer in 3 organizations and pretty much do whatever the heck I want until 3:30pm.  But that is not what life is about…being comfortable.  So here I go, extending myself as a 36 year old and having a baby.  Phillip and the girls are so excited.  And if you have read my posts before, you know that initially I did this for my husband.  Now I’m doing this for us, my family.  We all need this little girl/sister/daughter in our lives and we’re excited to meet her.

Anyways…

Thank you for your take on the two nursery boards.  I decided to mix them up.  When I was sitting in the room visualizing the space I knew it needed color. Pops of color.  It’s super small and the basic furniture and paint are very neutral.  Did I forget to mention that it serves 3 purposes?  Yep, a nursery, a guest room, and craft closet.  Sadly there was no room for a rocking chair/glider, or a changing table.  I am make shifting the end of the queen size bed into a small changing area.  Being positive, I am imagining some peaceful quiet nights snuggling (nursing) baby girl in that bed, so the idea of a nursery/guest room combo isn’t so bad.

So here is the plan:

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It’s almost all put together and most items were either gifted (THANK YOU!) or ordered and on their way.  And because the hunt is half the fun, most everything was on sale or an affordable price so hubby doesn’t get too upset.  I promise to post some pictures really soon.  All of the resources are below.  In real life its beautiful and a happy place.  My girls were a big part of putting it all together and so were you!  I hope you like it too.

Mobile/Rabbit Pictures/Stripe Quilt/Sputnik Light/Checkered Quilted Pillow/Abstract Art/Black Polka Dot Crib Sheet/Rug/Coral Round Velvet Pillow/Grid Pillowcase/Mustard Tassel Pillow/Black Ikat Pillow/Pink and Brass Lamp/Bed Skirt

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Help!  I deliver this baby girl in 3 weeks and I need to put the finishing touches in the nursery.  This is supposed to be the fun part, but I am struggling!  I’d much rather design more sophisticated spaces like a kitchen, an office, or bathroom.  Kids rooms and nurseries are NOT my thang.  But this is what I have so far…

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So which one do you like?  A or B?  Cover up one half then look at the other.  Which one speaks to you and why?  Should I go girlie, blushy, and feminine (A)? Or fun and modern, allowing for pops of color (B)?

The furniture is all white-ish and the walls are neutral (Revere Pewter- too lazy to repaint).  I am SET on getting both the bunny pictures, although I could switch them out to black and white prints, AND the black and white swiss dot bed sheet.  Is there something you’d keep looking for? Different rug maybe? I hate being so indecisive, especially when in the end, this really isn’t that big of a deal.

Thanks for your help and feedback!  Fun stuff.  Good times.  Tiff

My House- Master Bedroom

Master bedrooms are important to me.  They are supposed to be a sanctuary.  Yet, I find that many people put the master bedroom as low priority, a storage room, and last to decorate.  So sad.  If that’s you…change it right now!  If your bedroom is pulling dual duty, and also an office, that’s okay, it can still be relaxing and beautiful.

Here are some pictures of my Master Bedroom in it’s current state.  It’s been this way for a while and I think I may be ready for some updates.  

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One of the first things I would purchase is a bed/headboard.  It grounds the space (usually a rug does this, but a bed does this for me in a bedroom) and sets the stage for the rest.  A bed also looks official, like your staying awhile and you’re an adult.  I recommend an upholstered headboard.  They are comfortable to lean on and have become quite affordable these days.  Here is my favorite upholstered bed.screen shot 2016 05 16 at 11.08.45 amI know that in my room I have a wooden bed.  It’s the Pottery Barn Farmhouse bed and I absolutely love the look of it.  I eyed it in the catalog for years then saw it at an outlet and didn’t even think twice and bought it.  As far as comfort level, its terrible.  I have a huge stack of pillows to lean against every night and that can be annoying.  So this is why I recommend an upholstered headboard.  If you are worried about it getting dirty, then get one with a slipcover or one made out of a more durable fabric like leather, tweed or grasscloth.

Bedding.  Bedding can be expensive.  I say go affordable on your duvet cover.  IKEA, West Elm, and Target have great choices that are under $100.  I bought my cloud duvet over 8 years ago from Anthropologie (similar) and I still love it, but I am ready for a new one.  That was when it only came in the off-white color, but since then so many other companies have copied the look for less.  I love a solid color or something simple for the duvet to serve as the backdrop for the pillows.  This quilt from West Elm has especially caught my attention lately.quilt

Pillows.  I love pillows.  I want you all to realize that this is where I think you should spend some money or even better, learn to sew, because pillows are the centerpiece and make the biggest statement in the room.  Twin=one Euro, Queen= two Euros, King=three Euros.  Euros are those giant square pillows near the back of your headboard.  Group a few pillows in front, or my favorite, one long lumbar.  Here are a few looks I love lately as I redesign my room. Blue Batik Pillows and Mongolian Lumbar.

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From My Room: I bought the blue and cream Ikat fabric at Home Fabrics discount store and sewed the two Euros in the back.  I bought one Euro from Anthro to match the duvet.  The floral lumbar I made from IKEA fabric.  I took the stuffing from two cheap standard pillows and made the lumbar insert.

Art.  Keep it simple above the bed or don’t do anything at all.  I also love art flanking the bed behind lamps. If you do this, skip the art above the bed, negative space is okay.  I am so done with these boring lamps I have.  I have my eye on some sweet swing arm lamps right now.

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Window Treatments. Again, IKEA, Target, and West Elm are affordable places for these.  If you have the means, splurge for my favorite curtain rod…the oversized polished nickel rod from WE.  It seriously makes a difference in a room and is so much better looking than the cheap $20 ones.

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Other.  Keep it simple and classy.  Edit your chochsky’s.  Only have 1-3 displayed.  Nightstands should be different…don’t get sucked into sets.  Keep them clean and clutter free.  Add a live or fake plant.  Dust often.  Vacuum frequently.  Have enough lighting/lamps that you never have to use the ceiling light (unless it’s amazing).  If you have your computer in your room, buy an attractive desk, one with storage.  Keep it clean and organized.  Nate Berkus for Target has wonderful desk accessories to keep it good looking yet functional.  If you have a TV in the room, it’s not a big deal, I have one so no judgement here.  Just keep the electronics dusted often and try not to have the TV be a focal point in the room.  Paint.  Keep it light, do not go dark.  screen shot 2016 05 16 at 12.25.29 pm

Any questions?  I know that was quick.  I love designing rooms and helping people get their sanctuary in order.  Hopefully you are inspired to update yours.

This post is not sponsored.  All opinions are my own.

 

My House- Girls Bedroom

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I have just recently updated my two daughter’s (ages 6&8) room.  I kept the walls Revere Pewter because I’m too tired and cheap to paint…let’s be real folks.  I separated the white bunk beds to be parallel to each other and got excited for my kids to actually make their beds now (making your bed and bunk beds does not go well together, unless you can afford Bedeez).  I fortunately live near a West Elm outlet and bought most of the bedding there.  I love color, and I love florals, so I had fun by purchasing the duvet and coverlet for a steal. To personalize it more for each daughter, Jane has Flamingo sheets, and Paisley (of course) has Zebra sheets.  The sheet sets were found at Macy’s in the Martha Stewart Collection.  The Flamingo is still available here, along with so many other cute novelty print choices.  Have fun with your sheets!

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I painted an old $60 craigslist mid century dresser about 5 years a nasty yellow I never liked. Now I look back and LOVE the original stain dang it, why did I have to paint it???  To get rid of the nasty yellow I decided to paint it a more neutral color, Affordable Gray, by Sherwinn Williams.  I polished the brass handles and it felt fresh again.

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Thanks to the new Pillowfort and Threshold line at Target, I accesorized, bringing in the modern feel it was needing.

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I love the way the gallery turned out.  I found this darling print of the girl laying in the grass at an Etsy boutique in Dallas.  It reminded me of Jane.  The Zebra watercolor was done by my artistic sister but you can purchase one at Land if Nod. “Oh the Places You’ll Go” gold foil print was purchased from this Etsy shop.  The lamp on the dresser was purchased at JC Penny years ago and was part of the Jonathan Adler Collection.

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The oversized basket is from Home Goods and holds all the stuffed animals and blankies.  Above the basket are hooks from Target and a print found here.

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I’m tempted to get a rug to lighted up and ground the space, but financially it was low priority.  It really is a small space, so I don’t allow any toys in the room, just stuffed animals.  The toys stay in the toy room.  Overall I think the updated girls room turned out happy and complete.

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This post is not sponsored.  All opinions are my own.