printable minimal mother’s day card

don’t worry! i didn’t forget mothers day!

it’s kinda weird that this is my final mother’s day to just celebrate my mom, versus me being celebrated and spoiled all day long (here’s hoping), 

anyway! i designed this simple fun card for you to give to your mom or wife or whoever — all you’ve got to do is print on standard 8.5 x 11″ paper (i like cardstock for greeting cards) and cut out and fold.

download here

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pregnancy update

i really haven’t been doing pregnancy updates along the way, but now that i’m in my third trimester i thought i’d share a little bit about how i’m doing!

the second trimester was a breeze just like everyone says, it went by fast and i’ve been reeaally lucky with how easy a time i’ve had throughout this whole thing.

now that i’m in the third trimester, it’s feeling way more real… and a little daunting that before i know it, he’ll be here and my life will be all about him. i’ve been getting sunday blues bad the past few weeks, which i always get, but its been more intense because i’m realizing we only have so many more chill quiet weekends the two of us. forever. i’ve tried to explain how sad that is to gid countless times now but he disagrees and is ready af. he doesn’t see it as sad.

and i know i know once he’s here i won’t even be able to imagine our life before him, but for right now i’m nervous and i’m sure that’s normal.

my baby shower is tomorrow and i am really excited — but picking a dress was so challenging. i think its the pressure of for the first time in your pregnancy, really trying to look nice and dealing with shopping and feeling confident while your body grows and grows and grows, but i’ll be fine and i’m getting a blow out so who cares about my dress i guess.

physically i am feeling HUGE now, i definitely waddle, sweat (and smell) like a pig, and it’s hard for me to get up from the floor, or the bed, or most things at all. i can’t clip my own toenails and my very deep inny belly button is really looking like its on the verge of becoming an outie. can’t image getting even bigger than this, but i’ve been saying that the whole time!

my stretching belly was looking really blotchy, but i’ve started using cream on it every night and i feel like it looks a lot better. also i said that i sweat, but seriously i feel like i’m always sitting in an oven. the weather is starting to get warm and i am dreading it hard. oh and my heartburn is SO intense. everyday. i really thought i dodged a bullet when i didn’t have it for the first 7 months, but it’s here daily and it sucks.

mentally i totally have the pregnancy brain fog, apparently i ask the same questions a lot and don’t remember most things, but i’m pretty good about to-do lists so i’m remembering things i have to do, BUT i am also getting more and more tired and lethargic so i’m accomplishing less and less at this point. a lot of my mama friends have said sleep and chill and be lazy now because you never will again, so i’ve been taking their advice and it’s so nice to sit in bed. someone also told me they think it’s so good your third trimester slows you down so that you actually take the time to slow down while you have the chance.

emotionally i’m pretty much cool most of the time, but i have had a few days where i’m just not ok. especially when i haven’t slept enough, my mood can be a little pissy and v irritable — i would say that has only happened a few days over the past many months, but i see how you could easily be mad everyday. oh and i can cry REALLY easily like the other day i bawling so hard during GMA when nancy kerrigan talked about all her miscarriages it was SOOOO SAD.

the nursery is like all finished! i still have to organize his closet and his drawers and start assembling all the things we’ve gotten and opening gifts, but the room itself is setup and it feels really good! it’s my favorite room in the house probably.

my cravings are really nothing to write home about, just generally eating crap and now that i’m nearing the end i’m basically saying fuck it all the time and having second pieces of cake… so yes i have gained a few pounds. i’ve always liked pickles so that doesn’t count.

we did maternity photos and i’m really glad! they’re very fun to look at and it’s so cute to think about arlo looking at them years from now thinking “look how young my parents looked once” (photo above is from the shoot by megan welker, and will share the rest soon)

i’m pretty scared af about the whole labor thing. i woke up one morning from a nightmare and asked gid if they just shove the umbilical cord back inside you after because i am really smart and know about biology. turns out they don’t. PHEW. but i’m really bad at even having my blood drawn, i’m a total wimpy baby so it’s pretty daunting to know what’s going to happen… trying to remind myself that if teen moms can do it i can probably do it. it’s all so much to be scared of besides just labor, but being able to take care of a small human and what if he won’t latch… we’ve been taking classes at the hospital to learn things since we basically knew nothing, and it’s helped. but it seems like you kind of just learn as you go and your maternal instincts kick in more or less, right?

baby arlo is one active little mofo. i was so hopeful he’d start kicking and now i’m really wishing he could be a little lazier because sometimes its really annoying when he just won’t quit it. but it’s nice to know he’s there. every time we’ve done ultrasounds he’s always rubbing his face and moving around and last week we did one of those crazy 4D scans to see his face, and of course he was touching it then too… and SMILING A LITTLE! i thought that was going to be so creepy btw, but i’m really glad we did it, even if it was super creepy. he’s pretty cute looking for a fetus.


i guess that’s about it, for the most part i’ve enjoyed my pregnancy so far, i like the attention and compliments — but i see how in the third trimester you get waaaay sick of it and maybe even feel ready for him to get here. as much as i’m dreading the labor part, i’m ready to not be pregnant. it’s weird how long it really takes.

tomorrow i will officially be 31 weeks, and 8 months pregnant. that shit is crazy!

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DIY zig zag coat rack

super into this project! i really wanted to put a coat rack near the door in the nursery for carriers and stuff, and something that looked special too. i’ve seen a few variations of zig zag shelves lately and was loving them, so stoked on how this turned out!

it also may look challenging or hard, but it was really just tedious and a little time consuming more than anything else!

directions

1. decide the length that you want your rack sections. ours were 6″ each, and we made 7 of them including the ends. make sure the math for the total wood you have allows you an extra piece or two, in case of mistakes or color differences in the pieces.

2. cut your first section off at 45 degrees, leaving the factory-end untouched and flat. you can use this first piece as a template for measuring the rest.

3.  continue cutting pieces at a 45 degree angle (you want the two ends of these middle pieces to be parallel).

4. cut your end piece at 90 degrees (with a flat edge) to match your first piece of wood. now you have the two ends.

5. cut your round dowels to the desired length PLUS 1/4″ or so. sand and finish all your wood. be careful not to over-sand or affect the angle of your cuts. just get rid of the splinters.

6. heres where the 90-degree clamp makes it super easy, but you can get it done with some tenderness and painters tape if you have to. glue your edges together one at a time, taping it afterwards and allowing it to set for at least 30 min before gluing the next section.

7. once your zig zag is complete, allow to dry overnight. then drill holes at the center of your joints on one side (the zig zag is made of mountains and valleys, just drill the valleys). only go halfway through your wood!

8. glue your round dowel pieces into their matching holes. set somewhere safe to dry. done!

i then lightly oiled it with butcher block conditioner, but you could also stain it or paint it or leave it as is! up to you (you know i can’t resist light raw wood)

versus trying to deal with hanging it with hardware, we mounted it with these. it might not stay perfectly flat against the wall on its own so use enough to mount it snug and flat, and able to hold your stuff up!

isn’t it cute!?

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Treat YoSelf: Bright Lab Lights

Hi Everyone!

Thank you so much for all the love on Michaels room makeover so far. You guys are so sweet and I had lots of messages and love all over social media.  We are so happy with how the space is coming together and with just a few more touches It will be complete!

One of my fav parts of his room are the fun string lights from we purchased. We loved them so much we were thinking of adding some to Bry’s room too. Luck would have it the kind folks at Bright Lab Lights hooked her up with a set as well.  I was so excited to get a fun punch of color in her room guys.  It was starting to feel super dismal with all the black and white and grey she’s got going on in there. She’s on a mission to strip her room of every bit of color…including her teal ceiling she begged us to paint for her. #nothappening. How long these will last in here I’m not sure, but Ill take this little victory for now. 

And of course I didn’t forget about you guys. Bright Lab Lights is offering 10% off your purchase until Friday Apr 21 with the code SGSTYLE10!  So if you’ve been eyeing some, now’s the time!  Hope everyone is off to a great Monday!

Until next time friends…

Xo-Shavonda

Sources

Bed-West Elm

Mirror-Ikea

String Lights-Bright Lab Lights

Light Fixture-Sazerac Stitches

Juju-Hoardaculture (launching soon!)

 

DIY upcycled plant hangers

i don’t know if this is normal, but every time i finish a product, i take a minute to decide whether or not to recycle or to keep for some repurposing — we keep empty jelly jars for watercoloring, empty tea tree pad containers for corralling nails and screws, and when i buy really pretty fancy hand soap, i just reuse the bottle forever and refill with new soap.

i am way into repurposing, so today i partnered with aveeno® to share a fun tutorial for earth day, making these simple hanging planters that can brighten up any boring corner.

i’ve always been a fan of aveeno® daily moisturizing lotion, because i’ve mentioned before that i have dyshidrotic eczema (basically the driest skin ever on my hands and feet) and it’s one of the only products in store that’s gentle enough for me with daily use. you can pick up a bottle at walgreens.com/aveeno.

start by removing your pump (and discarding it, because they’re not recyclable) and rinsing out the empty bottle. next you’ll want to remove the label and you can get rid of any residue left behind with rubbing alcohol and a cotton ball. (you can see i did this step in the wrong order… oops!)

next, cut the top of your bottle off — use super sharp scissors or an xacto blade for the straightest edge possible.

(even if you are simply recycling your bottles, make sure you always rinse them out before recycling!)

using a hole puncher, punch a hole on either side of your bottle for the string. i used a leather punch, but i think an actual hole puncher for paper would work as well if you have the strength.

string some suede or leather or twine (whatever’s your style!) through the holes and knot on both insides. to fit a little plant in, just squeeze your bottle and you can plop a small succulent right inside!

hang on some hooks or nails and you’ve got some very cute little accent pieces.

this post is in partnership with aveeno®
all opinions are 100% my own

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Michael’s Room Makeover: Progress

Hi Everyone!

So way back at the beginning of LAST year I made a list of home goals I hoped to accomplish and the top of the list was focusing on my sons room makeover. Fast forward another year and we are FINALLY making good on that.  Up until a couple weeks ago his room looked like this..

Poor kid.  Those paint swatches had been hanging out on the ceiling since the day we got keys.  Literally. At one point we were thinking some shade of green for the ceiling…almost 3 years later we’ve gone in a slightly different direction.

I finally got my life together and decided Id seen those random paint swatches and tent bed for the last freakin time. He turns 10 this year so we wanted to give him a space that felt a bit more preteen and a lot less little boy.  We asked him what he’d like his room to look like and he only asked for 3 things…a black ceiling, grey walls, and rollercoasters.  With this in mind we got to work.

We are working with a really tight budget in here because we have several areas of the house we are trying to squeeze in this year.  I also didn’t want to make any major physical changes to the space because his room is one that may be eventually affected by the addition.  So it was all about working with the space we have. I pretty much wanted to start completely new with the room and only planned to keep the vintage mid century dresser. Here’s what things are looking like in here so far…

First things first his walls and ceiling got a fresh coat of paint.  We actually had the paint on hand left over from other projects so that cost us nada.  The ceiling is painted the same as the living room walls: Martha Stewart Francesca color matched in Behr Marquee formula and the walls are Smooth Stone by Glidden, the same color as the kitchen.  He also got a VERY much needed new bed, and the ceiling fan went sayonara. We purchased this light from Ikea before we moved in and it has sat at the top of his closet all this time.

We replaced the generic and non-functioning, might I add, mini blinds with these custom bamboo shades from Blindster.

 I partnered with Blindster a while back on our blinds in the living room and I loved them so much that we’ve since outfitted pretty much every room in the house with their bamboo shades.  They are such a great company with a great product and we are really happy with these as well.  We actually got these blinds a few months before we even started conceptualizing his room.  Since I believe every space needs a little some thing black I added this black fabric trim to the edges thinking this would be my bit of black for his space. I love the way they look with all the other elements in here, especially the black ceiling I didn’t anticipate happening.

I’ve been crazy about Bright Lab Lights for a while and knew I wanted some somewhere in the house when I first discovered them,  and what better place than a kids room! I ordered the 48 strand Build Your Own custom color set and chose a mix of indigo, black, olive, steel blue and orange.

They’re so much fun and cast the softest glow at night.

Finding a rug we liked for his room was tricky.  His room is small and kind of awkward so going with a traditional rug was proving to be a headache.  When the amazing people over at FLOR reached out about giving their carpet squares a try I was all in…kinda.  I had my reservations.  Especially about whether or not they would look and  feel super commercial.  But the fact that they could be customized to the awkward shape of his room, and their kid friendly nature made them appealing. And man are they goooood!!  We love, love, love them!

The quality is amazing and they are so so soft!!! We chose the style option in Dilinger. I wanted something that felt very tailored and timeless and I love this pinstripe look.  We laid it in a parquet style to give it some interest.  Its hands down my favorite element in the whole room. Callie loves it too and we find her napping in here all the time now!

We still have a bit more to do in here, but its a far cry from where it was. Still to do:  bring in some art and build a mixed media gallery wall around the floating shelves, a night stand and reading lamp, some floor poufs for space saving seating, camouflage the cords in the media center, and find some pots for his cacti.

It feels great to be making good progress in here. More updates to come.

Until next time friends…

Xo-Shavonda

Sources

Light-Ikea

Bedding-Pillowfort for Target

Tapestry-Boho by Lauren

Dreamcatcher-brought home from Sayulita, MX

*This is not a sponsored post, however, Blindster and FLOR did provided the window coverings and rug for this space.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.