Envelope Pillow Case

For some reason I have a little project ADD lately. My goal was to get Jude’s big boy room 100% finished before this baby comes at the end of June even though we aren’t switching him over there until a few months after baby. I’ve got the nursery ready for a newborn again, and Jude’s stuff is all switched over to his new room, but a few more finishing touches are needed. {Reveal coming soon! I’m just not ready!}

So now that I feel more settled with Jude’s room and the baby’s room, I started getting a little itch to finish more things in our master bedroom. Our Ikea trip a while back started the whole makeover in the master bedroom, even when I wasn’t looking to redo too much!

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You can see what our bedroom looked like when we moved in and what we’ve done to it so far. Mostly paint, but our priority wasn’t our bedroom but our living spaces. So our bedroom was put on hold for a bit. {Check it out here}

But this isn’t about the entire bedroom! Just about changing out our pillows once we got a new duvet cover from Target. Snowball effect! Every project we start {or don’t even intend to start} normally turns into a lot more. Isn’t that how it works?!

ANYWAY – see those giraffe print covers? I made those out of an old body pillow case and threw them over some pillow inserts. But I’m trying to make it light and airy in our bedroom, so we are switching some of the heavier prints and colors for white and light. The picture above is from a little while ago and we’ve since made some changes!

Once I found the fabric I was ready to get started. My pillow inserts are about 20″x20″, so I needed enough to cover two of those. I purchased two yards total for the two pillows.

{1} Measure & Cut

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For this type of pillow cover, you need to add one inch to the width and double the height plus 5″ inches. Since mine were 20″x20″, here is how I measured and cut my fabric:

Width: W plus 1″
Height: H x2 plus 5″

And for a 20″x20″ pillow:
Width: 21″
Height: 45″

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My fabric wasn’t quite big enough for the height I needed, I was about 4 inches short. You will see how that effected me at the end, but it wasn’t a deal-breaker!

Iron Short Side

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I’ll be the first one to say that I hate ironing. Seriously, I busted out my iron for the first time to make my living room curtains. So it’s rarely used, but for sewing it comes in handy! I would normally skip any ironing step, but this one is well worth the extra trouble!

Iron the short side of your fabric on both ends 1/2″ and then another 1/2″ and then sew them down. This makes the edge of your fabric finished as opposed to seeing the cut edge.

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Try it On

Once you have the short sides sewn, lay your pillow on top of the right side of your fabric to see where you need to sew next.

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Fold both ends around the pillow and pin the fabric in place! Then remove the pillow insert and sew along the long edges. Make sure you are sewing with the right side of the fabric facing in. That way when you are done sewing you can flip it right side out and not see any of your hems!

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Once you sew both sides straight up, you can flip your pillow cover right side out and insert your pillow! Then it’s ready to display! Mine didn’t exactly cover the entire backside of my pillow insert. So, I’m going to add a small little button to keep them closed. For now, nobody sees the backside! Except for all of you I guess…. but hopefully you will keep my secret!

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Once I have more of our finishing touches in our master bedroom, I will be sharing them all on here! But for now, you just get to see the pillows! Now who’s ready to make a few of these suckers?!

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Weekend Shenanagans

This weekend was a good mix of getting things done, relaxing, and enjoying our last few weeks as a family of three!

Friday

All day Friday I felt pampered. Matt encouraged me Thursday night to take it easy on Friday- don’t do housework, take a nap when Jude takes a nap, relax a bit. It’s hard for me to slow down, so the suggestion was needed and it put a bug in my brain to actually do just that.

I went to Stroller Strides class in the morning for a workout, ended up locking my keys in the car, only getting through half the workout to meet the nice AAA man that opened my car back up, and Jude was teething so we had quite the drive home. Poor little man.

Once we were home, we got some lunch in our bellies and then Jude slept while I showered. I debated getting some things done before the weekend when Matt’s suggestion popped into my head and I napped instead. It was wonderful and highly suggest napping when your kids do. WOW I felt so refreshed when I woke up!

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Then Friday night, I left my boys at home and hit the spa! We had a fun mom’s night out Spa Night and it was such a great experience. We rented out the whole place, brought in our own food and drinks, and chatted in between spa services. For Mother’s Day, Matt gave me money for my spa night- so I picked a 30 minute facial, a brow wax, and a brow tint. They were all really good decisions! I’d never had a facial before and it was amazing and don’t know how I’ve gone all this time without having someone exfoliate my face and put warm towels on it while rubbing my shoulders. It was heavenly.

Saturday

We started our morning off on the right foot by teaching my exercise class and having a fun playdate afterward of egg-shaker maracas & a little dance party! It was a lot of fun and you should consider making these egg-shakers with your kids! {All it takes is an easter egg filled with dried beans or rice, masking tape, and two plastic spoons. Tape it all together and you got a cute egg shaker you can decorate and dance around with!}

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While I was at class, Matt started on our demolition project we’ve had in mind for a while now. We needed to knock down the wall between our living room and kitchen before putting in hard wood floors, so this was the day. He and his friend Darrell did an amazing job and even though it isn’t 100% complete, the opening is there and I’m in love!

Before: just a single doorway from our living room to kitchen area
Before: just a single doorway from our living room to kitchen area
After: Double wide opening!
After: Double wide opening!

For dinner on Saturday night I made one of my favorite orders from Taco Bell- the Crunch Wrap Supreme. Have you had this?! It’s delicious, but probably also the most unhealthy thing you could order from Taco Bell. So I decided to make them at home and they were so. good.

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Sunday

The lazy Sunday morning was perfect. Jude slept in until almost 7:30am and we took it easy, drinking smoothies for breakfast and hanging out in our PJs until about 9:30am. Then it was yard work for the boys and meal planning & food shopping for me!

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Luckily it was a sunny day and we were able to be outside, playing with bubbles and water while working a bit in the yard. I’m loving the weekends even more now that Matt has graduated from his master’s program!

I hope your weekend was filled with sunshine & family time too! Here’s to a new week!

Muddy Puddles

One of the days last week I was still feeling under the weather, but it was a rare sunny day sandwiched between rainy days and I wanted to get Jude out of the house. So we went on a little stroll with Wickett to the nearby park.

Luckily for us, the stars aligned and it was warm and sunny that morning but the recent rain had left giant puddles in the ball field at the park. Jude wouldn’t stop saying “Agua!” which is the Spanish word for water, and I didn’t have the heart to say no. So we just went for it- I had no towels, no swimsuit, so change of clothes or even extra diaper. I didn’t even have wipes, just Boogie wipes. I was very unprepared.

He ran right up to the puddles…
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Stuck his little feet in, pointed to the puddle and double checked he was allowed to get in.
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He was so happy I told him it was fine to play and run in the water. He warmed up to the idea pretty quickly and just went for it. All in. And then came the sweet question, “Mama?”

So I took my shoes off and went running around right alongside my little man and my pup.
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After a full 30 minutes playing and running, I was exhausted and even though he would never admit it, Jude was ready for a snack and a rest. So I stripped him down to a diaper and wiped him off best I could with my handy Boogie wipes.

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The entire ride home he recounted the whole experience: “Jude, Jude. Agua. Momma. Momma agua. Wiki Wiki, agua.” It was totally worth getting muddy, soggy feet back into my socks and shoes just to hear him talk about our time in the puddles.

Once we got home my plan was to hose both the dog and Jude in the backyard, but once he laid eyes on the water table, he wanted to jump right in. What the heck? We were already having a crazy morning of anything goes, so into the water he went while I washed Wiki off.

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AND GUYS. Did you notice?! This was on my 30 before 30 List! The last thing is to play in the rain or puddles with Jude, and boy did we do that.

One thing crossed off the list, 29 to go.

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Tuesday Weekend Wrap Up

This weekend seemed to have extended from Friday all the way through yesterday, so my Monday was a sweet one. We were busy the whole weekend with family and made a long weekend out of a normal one, and it was something I want to repeat!

Friday

The morning flew by as Jude and I did last- minute food shopping for the weekend to stock the fridge. My parents arrived around noon for the weekend and Jude just ate it up. And what almost-two-year-old wouldn’t love two extra sets of hands and eyes giving additional attention?

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And then Matt’s parents arrived around dinner time and he had even more loving arms to hold him and laps to sit in. He was on cloud nine thinking it was all for him. And of course the grandparents were there to visit, but the main attraction was for Saturday’s graduation! But we started celebrating Friday night with dinner and s’mores in the back yard, along with several games of corn hole.
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Saturday

Saturday was all about Matt- the graduate! As it should be. The graduation started at 10am and was supposed to be outside, but we had some rain that morning and it was moved inside. But that didn’t damper our celebratory spirits one bit! We just kept on rejoicing that Matt was finished and was walking and was being honored for all his hard work. Man, I’m proud of him.

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He even received the Dean’s award – one award out of all the master’s students. Yeah, I’m bragging on my man. He’s the bomb.

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The ceremony was special and the main speaker was very captivating, which was nice. Jude lasted about half of the ceremony and then my dad took him out to watch the rest of the ceremony in the simulcast room. Which was such a nice feature to have for parents {and grandparents} with little ones!

After the ceremony, we attended a small reception on campus and then headed back home for lunch! Jude was asleep in the car within minutes of our drive and transferred right from the car to his crib, which he never does! He finished a good nap while we ate lunch and relaxed.
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Saturday night was our celebration cookout and games! We opened presents and cards and hung out until after we put Jude to bed. It was a sweet day filled with honoring my man who has been working so hard!
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Sunday

Sunday morning we packed up and headed to Raven Run, a nature sanctuary about 30 minutes from our house. It has some good trails and fun spots to see, and since it was sunny we wanted to get out and get moving!
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We had fun playing and hiking and seeing the Kentucky river from a cliff lookout point. By the time we finished it was around 1pm and we were all tired and hungry! So back in the car, where our little hiker fell asleep and finished his nap in his crib. What a trooper he was! All while cutting a tooth!

We ate a late lunch, walked around the neighborhood, sat outside in the sun, and played with Jude and bubbles all afternoon. My parents left around 4pm and then we headed to church with Matt’s parents at our typical 5:30pm service.

Monday

Good ole Monday rolled around way too quickly, but it didn’t seem to stop us from partying on! We went to Stroller Strides class in the morning and brought Nana along with us! She was a trooper and Jude loved having her around for class.

Matt came straight home from work so we were able to play and talk while his mom cooked dinner- it was a treat! We actually were able to have some grown-up conversations before 8:30pm after Jude was in bed!

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Friday Five: Graduation

This week I have been dragging! After a quick doctor’s appointment on Monday I realized my week of coughing and sore throat was because of an upper respiratory infection, so this week I’ve been taking medicines and trying to get better… but I’m that much more excited for Friday today!

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Not only does it mean the weekend, but it means Matt’s big graduation from his master’s program! His parents and my parents are coming into town today and we are going to have a weekend-long celebration and I can’t wait. He deserves to be celebrated after two long years of working full time and working hard on his master’s degree on top of it all. I am so very proud of him!

So this Friday, I’m rounding up some good graduation gift ideas! Not just for college grads, but for high school grads too! So if you know someone graduating, maybe these will spark your imagination of what to get them that’s unique and memorable.

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tool, notebooks, quesadilla griller , home tee, passport cover

Let’s break it down, shall we?

Dewalt Tool

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This just seems like a good tool to have in your back pocket when the need arises. Looks like it has all the items necessary to… well, I’m not sure what but seems handy.

Notebooks

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These notebooks are quality, but look oh-so-much-nicer than the typical black and white composition books. So last year.

Quesadilla Griller

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This may be a selfishly-motivated gift. I love quesadillas and would love my recent grad to grill me up a quesadilla in this!

Home Tee

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My husband and I love Kentucky and don’t plan on leaving soon, but I do know that a lot of the time his mind and heart still live in Maine, where he grew up.

Passport Cover

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What a good idea to encourage your recent grad to take an adventure and travel! And with a cute and stylish passport cover it’s hard to resist.

What are you getting the grad in your life? Any other great ideas for me?

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30 before 30

This is my last year in my 20’s. I turned 29 on April 1st this year and am feeling pretty good about it. {You can read about my birthday here} I would think that being this close to 30 would freak me out, but I’m OK with it all! This might change when I actually hit 30, but for now I’m feeling alright!

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I’ve been working on a 30 before 30 Bucket List for myself. 30 things to do before I turn 30. Sounds easy enough, right? I didn’t think I’d have any problem coming up with 30 things, but when it came right down to it, I got stuck somewhere between 21 and 24. But I pushed through looked around for some inspiration and finished my list!

Sky diving, traveling to another country, and going on a cruise would totally be on the list if I had unlimited funds. But I wanted to make my list an actual list of things I would actually do. If I could travel to another country, I would pick Spain or Mexico again. And a cruise? Anywhere really, but probably a place that involves beaches and hiking somewhere… and as for sky diving, I’d only do it if Matt did it with me.

On to my list! Throughout the year, I will be updating you on how and when I finish something on my list. I’m not going in order, just getting them done throughout this year until April 1, 2017- the deadline when I turn 30!

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So there it is, for all the world to see. I’m excited for some, scared about a few others, and nervous about tackling them all in one year! But it’s going to be fun! Here we go!

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Monday Weekend Wrap Up

I am dragging today! Monday’s are tough & rough for everyone involved. It was extra hard this Monday since I was spoiled for Mother’s Day and didn’t cook or do dishes all day! My boys are the best. Here’s my Monday wrap-up!

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Friday
Friday started strong with a good workout and fun Mother’s Day craft with our Stroller Strides class. {See the step-by-step instructions here}

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Then we had a low-key family night with Jude around the house. It was just what we needed for a Friday night! Matt made popcorn, I propped my feet up, and we watched some Bring it On.

Saturday & Sunday

Saturday and Sunday can be wrapped up together, filled with pampering and naps. Matt did the food shopping, the cooking, and cleaning while I was able to work on some projects I had been wanting to get my hands on but just didn’t have the time lately.

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I took naps, was spoiled at a Mother’s Day dinner, and got a great Mother’s Day card from Matt with some pampering at a spa later this month! I can’t wait!

And, being the good blogger that I am, I was detached from my phone for most of it so I have no documentation! Just know it was a great weekend with my boys.

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DADS: Here’s a last minute Mother’s Day craft!

Alright Dads- here is something you can whip up with your littles while you send your wife for a pedicure. Really- get her out of the house doing something where she is sitting and being pampered. Then you bust out the craft supplies and make a cute card.

Really, do it if you don’t have any other plans.

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{1} Write.
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If your kids are old enough to do this themselves, let them! If not, you start the card off with your best handwriting and a big heart.

{2} Glue.
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Squeeze some glue inside the heart. Dab it, swirl it, whatever you’d like! Again, if your kids are old enough let them do this part!

{3} Add tissue paper.
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I cut up different colored tissue paper {construction paper would work too} for Jude to easily stick on to the glue. Worked like a charm.
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{4} Let dry.
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Once you’ve added all the pieces you want, let it dry!

That’s it! Simple and easy for little hands to help, using items you probably have around your house already.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there! I hope you feel the love tomorrow!

Friday Five: Mother’s Day Edition

Happy Friday, friends! This week has been a mix of sunshine & outdoors with rainy afternoons & snuggles. So I’m looking forward to some summer days when it’s sunny and wonderful all the time…. right?

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that Mother’s Day is right around the corner- it’s SUNDAY friends! So, here are some last-minute ideas to get you procrastinators movin’!

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notebook, yoga mat, initial necklace, beach towel, OPI nail color

{1} Notebook
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Guys, this notebook is the coolest. It gives you space each day to write down a little memory and answer a question for that day. What a cool way to find the good in each day, because as a mom sometimes it’s easy to forget the sweet moments!

{2} Yoga Mat
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This mat just makes me smile. So whenever you are working out, you can remember that pizza is next.

{3} Initial Necklace
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How cute are these necklaces?! You can put your momma’s initial on there, or layer them and put one initial on each piece for all the kids. Super cute.

{4} Beach Towel
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This towel! It’s a good reminder that the beach and pool days are soon coming! So give your mom a bright new towel to use as she lounges by the water.

{5} OPI Nails
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Don’t just stop at the polish- buy the polish and the pedicure gift certificate. Anything that gets your mom off her feet is a win. And giving her the polish is perfect for touch ups after the pedicure!

I hope you have something sweet planned for your mom this weekend! And remember it doesn’t have to be something big! Even just a handmade card with words from the heart inside is enough! Happy Mother’s Day & happy weekend!

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Baby Gift Registry

This post is written in partnership with BabyList. All opinions, baby selections, and baby loving are my own!

I hesitated to make a baby registry this time around. It’s my second, and lucky for me I am having another boy. So a lot of my baby items are ready to go for this baby since we were blessed with so many baby items with Jude. Seriously, our co-workers, families, and friends were so generous and we had more than enough when Jude was born. It was unbelievable.

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There were only a handful of things I’ve had on my mind lately for Baby Boy #2, and each item is spread out between Target, BuyBuyBaby, and Amazon. Since I didn’t want to make small registries at each store, I used BabyList. Have you heard of this site? It’s a place where you can add baby items to one list, from any store. It’s genius!

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This site has been so easy to use. Adding items to my registry was even easier! They have a button you can add to your favorites menu on your computer {just like Pinterest does!} so if I come across an item I want to add, I just click the button and add it to my list- without even going to the BabyList website. So smart.

Here are the five items I’m super excited about!
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Boston Red Sox Tervis, Graco Sound Machine, Avent Bottle Warmer, Baby Swing, drying rack

Another cool feature of BabyList is you can price compare right on the site. You can look up a registry, click on an item you want to purchase, and see where it is sold and where it’s cheapest. They take the hard work of price comparing out of your hands!

And even though this is my second time around, I used their handy BabyList Best Guides. They have items divided up in categories, give you a splurge option but also the best bang for you buck option… which is right up my alley because I love a good deal. And there are even reviews listed right there from different parents that have used the products. Super handy.
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My favorite Best Guide is the one for Bouncers and Swings. I didn’t use one with Jude and I feel like it was something that was missing! We had a Rock N Play sleeper that he used to nap in and sleep in at night for the first few months, but it doesn’t rock on its own. So I had some nights where I would be sitting on the floor next to it, half asleep, rocking that thing. Not something I want to do for Round 2.

Have you used BabyList or even purchased for someone else using BabyList? I’m a new momma using this, but I’m already in love and know I will be spreading the word to other moms looking to make a registry!