Friday, August 31

what's in my bag {hospital bag edition}

hospital bag essentials
this isn't the complete list by all means, but only a few of my favorites :)
apparently in the year and a half since I had brooke, all reason has gone out the window. for a second i apparently totally forgot how to pack for the hospital and then my over-packer self kicked into overdrive and i packed bags like i'm going away for a two week vacation.
pretty sure i didn’t use half of the stuff that i packed for brooke's birth but my MO is {better safe than sorry} and i'd really hate to need something and not have it. mind you, our hospital is only about a 10 minute drive from home but i'd rather have all my comforts good and ready when i need them. 
when i packed my hospital bag for the first time, i read tons of articles for advice. the problem is everyone's opinion is different and necessities vary according to each individual. so i'm putting mine out here just as a suggestion {if anyone needs it}.
i'm packing three bags for the hospital{see what i mean by over-packer?}: one for labor that we’ll take up when we first get there, one for recovery that my husband will get out of the car after the baby is born, and one for the baby, that we won’t really need until we’re ready to leave. i used a list i found online as a guide and added or omitted as needed.

{labor bag}
in my mason bag :: yoga mat, warming rice bag for back pain, yoga towel, massage tools, island & reggae music for relaxation, my own gown and robe, comfy fuzzy slipper & shower havaianas, shower cap, emergen-c packets for when i need a power boost, sweet almond massage oil, aromatherapy oils, eye mask, lip balm, aromatherapy room spray, hair bands and bobby pins. {not pictured} :: nikon dslr {we didn't take many pictures with brooke's birth so i'm adamant about it this time around}, yoga ball, bathing suit for laboring in shower, birth plan and snacks {lollipops, power bars & coconut water}.

{recovery bag}
in my bag :: nursing tops, soft pajama bottoms, jersey chemises, 2 robes, grandma underwear {in bright non-grandma colors}, nursing bras, organic nursing pads, nipple butter, overnight {super absorbent} maxi-pads, feminine cloths, facial towelettes, bamboo belly bandit, toiletries, nursing cover {for privacy when we have company}, socks, my own ultra soft pillowcases, travel make up kit {need to be camera and company ready}, breastfeeding book, towel & washcloths. {not pictured} :: mama bottom spray {seriously saved me last time}, iPad, phone & camera chargers, boppy nursing pillow and my own pillow and blanket. 

i realize the hospital has a lot of these supplies and they give you lots of goodies but some things like the disposable underwear and pads which are a universal size are SO big that i'd much rather use my own. all the other mom goodies are specially nice to have like the peri bottle, sitz bath and pain spray. also nothing compares to your own pillow and blankets {the hospital's are usually so starched that they're beyond rough and uncomfortable}.

{baby bag}
in dylan's bag :: a few outfits + her going home outfit, couple of extra diapers {can never have enough of these}, non chlorine wipes {hospital provides these but i'd rather bring our own}, bamboo swaddle blankets, burp cloth, lovie from her big sister, newborn socks, newborn knit hats, 2 binkies and 2 little headbands i made for her first hospital photoshoot. {not pictured} :: car seat, baby book to stamp newborn foot print & "present"from dylan to brooke.

{also not pictured} tim's bag & light bag for dirty clothes.

and that's it! anything you think I forgot? i mean besides the rest of the house and nursery? :)

Tuesday, August 14

project bedroom & nursery corner

after 2 plus years of living in our little house and with another baby on the way, i'm finally paying our long neglected bedroom some much needed attention. other than these 2 Ikea Brimnes dressers, bedding and ikea fast dresser which is the middle of diy makeover for dylan, we haven’t really bought much. our wonderful friend angelica was beyond amazing and made us our awesome handmade linen headboard which we absolutely LOVE. i thought I’d snap some photos to document the start of the project and preliminary plans.
for the room overall, i'm going for a mix of bohemian/bazaar style and some modern design. i'm hoping to combine color with a fun eclectic vibe, using the stuff we already own as well as with elements i've found on my own flea marketing/vintage sprees. i'll just pretend i scoured the globe for local treasures in reality rather than dream. 
{right: brooke's room across the hall}
since dylan will be in our bedroom for a while, the “nursery corner” will also be incorporated into the general color palette and theme, but still have its own baby flair.
{aden & anais swaddle blanket, mobile ready to be made, etsy pretty prints & letter "d" from anthro}
{hospital bag almost ready to go, every baby book ever written & tons of newborn goodies}
{my lovely ivory ganesha}
sooo, you can be nice and say i'm somewhat making progress. tomorrow i'm tackling the ikea rast dresser. wish me luck!

bazaar/bohemian nursery corner brainstorming

bazaar bohemian nurserybazaar bohemian nursery
{inspiration board i made for dylan's little nursery corner}
when thinking about the nursery corner (since we will be sharing our room with dylan for a while to not disrupt brooke's space and general schedule), i not only wanted it to fit our bedroom style (which sadly doesn't have much at the moment), but also still have a personality of its own so it can translate seamlessly into a separate room once we get a bigger space and decide brooke and dylan might have separate rooms.            

we already have a few of the pieces such as the little merry fellows organic moses basket, patterned elephants art print, the indian gauze canopyelephant dresser knobs, and a fabric elephant hanger (which i plan on turning into a mobile) from World Market. i also recently purchased an ikea rast dresser to make my very own DIY project to put all of dylan's newborn essentials in.

all the other pretties are elements i'd like to incorporate into the room like the moroccan style side table, banana fiber rocking chair, lanterns, block print/global style pillows and rickshaw design style bedding.

it's still in the very early planning stages so i hesitate to even share but i realize the clock is tickin'!

anyway, below are a few of my inspiration images & nursery crushes which inspired the boho style. 

i'll post pictures of our bedroom soon to see what we're working with. so much to do in these few short weeks before our little pea makes her debut! ahhhh!!

Sunday, August 12


as is probably evident I have been on a blogging hiatus. we've had so much going on in the last few weeks that i needed a breather plus it really has hit me i need to start planning for dylan's arrival which is a short 4 weeks away! i've been in the middle of a couple projects which i'd like to finish in the next few days so i can share them with you soon!

in the meantime, head over to my dear friend sonya's blog to read about the baby celebration party we threw for dylan last weekend. we wanted a small little party to celebrate our new sweet pea but we didn't want it to be a baby shower since we have everything she needs thanks to her big sister brooke. my mind was in a million different places that day so i totally  spaced out and didn't take any pictures. luckily i had my right hand biff do the job. enjoy her blog! 

Friday, July 13

a picture worth a thousand words

Dyrk Burcie FS 21 photo
dyrk burcie was just 3 years old when his parents felt a mass on his abdomen. he was diagnosed with pediatric liver cancer and later found out that the cancer had spread to both his lungs. the toddler underwent nine rounds of chemo and a liver transplant but to no avail. in april his family decided to stop intensive treatment and make the most of the precious time he had left.

dyrk's dad is a lieutenant with the dallas fire department and his fellow firefighters decided that while they couldn't help heal his son physically, they wanted to to lift the burcie family's spirits. firefighters began taking photographs of themselves to support dyrk - decorating their truck and engines, holding up posters with words of encouragement and spelling out dyrk's name in creative ways. other departments have caught on and the photos have multiplied on his facebook support page

the support has spread across the country with firefighters, military, sports teams, hospital staff and families all sending in their pictures. it is such a small act in the grand scheme of things but the message of love and support is transcending. my heart breaks for the burcie family but swells with pride for the firefighters and all who have reached out. 

the above picture is of my husband and his fellow firefighters showing dyrk what a brave little guy they know he is. tim is second from the left.