mother’s day gift guide

i’m currently v into all things blush — and mothers day is the perfect holiday for girly blush colored gifts. so i rounded up some really pretty things that would make perfect mama gifts, for your mom or for you to send to someone shopping for you!   

FRENCH PRESS / VELVET MULES / STATEMENT EARRINGS

HAIR PRODUCTS / MARBLED NAPKINS / CROSSBODY PURSE 

WATCH / BOY SMELLS CANDLE

SUNGLASSESMUGS / WALL HANGING

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my baby shower

i had my baby shower a couple of weeks ago and it was sooo much fun. it was so nice to have something fun to look forward to that didn’t include anything besides friends and eating and celebrating (a nice change of pace from newborn classes and stroller shopping and crib assembling and all that boring baby stuff you have to do)

my best friend and my sister in law set it all up so pretty and bohemian and i got to just come out to my backyard and see it all! very exciting for someone who is perpetually controlling everything. unfortunately it was super hot that day (and like, only that day) so everyone was trying to hide in the shade or under the parasols we actually had leftover from our wedding.

they set this cute photo booth up with a polaroid camera and everyone signed their photos for baby arlo so i get to keep them in a memory box for him. so cute. all the flowers and leaves were sent by flower muse and looked sooo good.

they setup this super cute onesie decorating station for everyone to iron on little sayings, i LOVE them.

and this little station for taping together photos of us — crossing my fingers baby looks nothing like these creeps.

they made these mocktails, they were sooo delish and perfect for the 90 degree heat.

my best friend also did a video of gid answering questions, and had me try to match them like the newlywed game and then i sat on this lovely throne to open gifts at the end. it was definitely a day i will cherish always.

SOURCES

MY DRESS : SHOP RAGA
FLOWERS : FLOWER MUSE
WOOD SIGNS WERE HAND PAINTED MY SISTER IN LAW
PHOTOS BY RACHEL MAE SMITH (THE CRAFTED LIFE)

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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!)