Valentine’s Day Gifting

Valentine’s Day Gifting

Happy Monday!

It may just be me, but January seemed to slowly squeak by and it seems like February is flying! Hence why this has become a last minute gift idea post! So, let’s talk Valentine’s Day and gifting for those last minute surprises for your significant other and even your kids.

Now, don’t get me wrong, personally I love fresh blooms and won’t ever turn down chocolate, but sometimes being treated by your spouse to a latte and mani/pedi is every bit as appreciated in my opinion. Knowing your love language and theirs in a relationship or marriage I feel is so important in how you handle daily life and special occasions, like Valentine’s Day. For instance, mine is words of affirmation and gifts, and my husbands is acts of service. Therefore, I love a new killer pair of shoes, or a handwritten sweet note, or just to be told I am loved. Simply put, these are the ways to my heart. Conrad is more of a show me you love me by cooking dinner and ironing my jeans kind of language. 🙂 It’s nice to know how to ensure that your partner feels appreciated, not only on special days but in general. If you don’t know your love language, I would highly encourage you and your significant other to read Gary Chapman’s book here. It really is worth the read and is a great resource in improving communication and how to love your spouse well.

Like I said above, “gifts” are one of my languages. So, I have a few items I think the woman in your life will love, guys! Check them out by clicking the links below.

 

Ladies, here are a few idea’s for your man:

 

For the kiddos on Valentine’s Day

 

I hope you all have a wonderful week and thank you for stopping by!

 

XO- Chelsi

Nursery Reveal

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Y’all, I can’t tell you how excited I am about FINALLY sharing the nursery. It’s been something I’ve constantly been receiving messages about and took a poll on IG at the beginning of the year with most responses indicating you all wanting to see more home decor inspo in 2019. What a better way to start sharing more home inspiration than to share one of my new favorite rooms in our house.

I began thinking of ideas for the nursery right when I found out we were expecting. I had this vision of cactus, regardless of gender and had seen a similar cactus pattern wallpaper in a parade home over the summer that I instantly fell in love with. Little did I know where I’d be able to find such a print. I searched Anthropologie, Project Nursery and a few other sites before setting my heart on a particular print I LOVED, low and behold on Etsy. Talk about a statement wall! Now, don’t get me wrong, I love a neutral nursery and space, but wanted something more vibrant, especially after finding out we were having a girl. Honestly, if we were having a boy, I still would have gone with cactus, just maybe something a little more subtle. Once we were able to confirm the gender of our baby girl, I hopped right back on Etsy and ordered the wallpaper that would be the main inspiration for the nursery and what I would build the room completely around.

I have to tell you though, this whole ordering the wallpaper and hanging it immediately didn’t end up happening like I originally planned. For one, I accidentally sent it to my sorority sister in Midland instead of Lubbock, as Etsy sometimes doesn’t allow you to choose the address and sends to the first address provided. Oops! Also, it came from PORTUGAL (of course) so it’s not like I could call and have them re-route the order from Dallas, especially since I had realized what I had done several days after submitting my order and it had already shipped out. It was a little bit of a mess to say the least. Thankfully, my sweet friend was so kind to keep it safe until Conrad could pick it up on his way home from working in Midland. Then, once we got it home and completely unwrapped, I realized the rolls were actually too short and it wasn’t going to work on the wall. It was like a puzzle I couldn’t figure out. Seriously!! I ended up contacting the company the next day and they were amazing in that they allowed me to ship it all back, and get the correct sizing for our wall. Disclaimer: It costs a heck of a lot more to send something back out of the USA than it does to have it shipped to you from a foreign country. SO just take note in case you also want to order something from afar only to send it back and pay double what the original product costs. Yikes! I was feeling a little defeated at this point, not gonna lie. It was short lived though, and luckily for me, I was able to re-order the size I needed and it swiftly arrived within a couple of days. Home Art Stickers was wonderful to work with and I would recommend them for customer service, as well as quality. They have so many murals, and prints to choose from and are a great option when re-doing a space. Besides shipping, which was my fault for miscalculating, they were excellent in ensuring that I received just what I needed and swift to make it happen.

Once that saga had ended, I found the sweetest lady, recommended by one of my precious friends to float the nursery wall and to hang it for us. Seriously though, if y’all need someone who is amazingly efficient in hanging wallpaper and lives conveniently in the surrounding area, I will hook you up with her number because she was literally a dream and got the job completely done in two days. Wall floated, wallpaper hung, done. I was so impressed and we’re talking the weekend before Christmas y’all! She did a wonderful job and I was so thankful she agreed to help us with such short notice, not to mention giving us what I would consider a heck of a deal for all of it.

Another vision I saw for our girl was a gold crib. Let me take a step back and say, with Corbin we went the Restoration Hardware route, which I loved and still think is an amazing option both for quality and style, but I was also trying to be more cost effective this time around, as his furniture literally cost a small fortune. Let’s put it this way, the boy will be off to college one day with that full sized convertible bed, bookcase, and dresser. I won’t be at all mad about it either. 😉 So back to her crib. I found several options I liked but this one stuck with me. For one, it was under $300 and much less even now (under $180) on sale. I really wanted that boho chic look and felt it fit the image in my head so well that I went ahead and ordered it. It was so sweet too, because when it came in, I had an event to go to that particular evening and I arrived home to a completely built crib, thanks to my boys! It melted my heart and I think turned out to be the cutest thing and looks more expensive than it is IMO. I also went with white bedding due to her wall being so busy, and felt that throw pillows would be a nice accent, obviously when she isn’t occupying the space. Her crib skirt is from Pottery Barn and is no longer available but I also loved this option with the tassels. Her crib sheet is this one. There is also a similar option here.

In regards to the other furniture pieces in the room, the pink velvet chair was a must, as was the white dresser. A long time ago or it feels like it, I took another IG poll on dressers, some of you may remember. I had such great feedback and liked all four options I shared for different reasons. However, the one I wanted was backordered til mid February and seeing as I’d be about ready to pop, didn’t want to wait or order something sight unseen. I am so happy I went with this option, as it has just enough character, yet will grow with her, is functional and fits so well in the space. I also like that its simple enough, yet has such an elegance about it. Then mom and I were walking around at “At Home” recently and found the cutest side table that we know would be perfect for extra storage and loved that it went back with the dresser, since it has gold accents. Similar and here and “At Home” still had a couple left, under $100. The cactus canvas next to the dresser and the fiddle fig leaf potted tree also came from At Home. Check out this fiddle fig leaf tree that is super similar, and under $70. World Market also has many artificial trees to choose from and a vast array of decor options, so you may want to check out their site when revamping a particular room in your home.

Wayfair is one of my faves for home decor and for unique pieces of furniture as well. I found our floating shelves on clearance (this never happens, FYI) and quickly found out why. The quality isn’t great and they were ridiculous to put together and hang but I think they are cute and work. Kind of wish I would have ordered these or  these instead, but for now, the current shelves serve their purpose and I can always switch them out down the road. One piece I love above her changing table/ dresser is this gold mirror. It’s amazing and the quality is so so good.

A lot of the decor I’ve found along the way came from this retailer. The lampcactusblanket laddersmall framesporcelain flower, and succulents all made their way into my basket in the same trip. I love how these pieces have completed the room. The llama can be found here and I decided to go with the Hatch changing pad for a more chic look instead of having to change out covers constantly. Lastly the cactus decor sitting around here and there came from Home Goods, Nebraska Furniture Mart of all places, and my mom bought a few cute glass cacti from a boutique called Jux-ta-Posh here locally. If you haven’t been in this cute shop, you must go! I love her style and there are just so many pretty things. As for baskets, I loved adding the combination of these and these. The texture and metal vs. woven were both something I wanted to incorporate. I love how pretty the metal basket looks with her beautiful Snozy Cozy throw hanging inside. The colors couldn’t be more perfect to tie the room together.

I know I’m quite possibly forgetting something or forgetting a link for you but please message me if you have any questions or leave it in the comments below. I would be so happy to answer any door questions you have, regarding this space and any details you may need. I hope to share a lot more decor this year and love that you all are interested in seeing more from me on the home decor end. I love to decorate and am passionate about it as I am fashion and mom life. Thank you for stopping by to read and I hope you enjoyed seeing our sweet baby girls nursery. Have a wonderful week, y’all!

XO-Chelsi

Thank you Still and Ink Photography for capturing this sweet space in our home.

 

 

What’s in my hospital bag

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Oh my goodness! The time is drawing near where I’ll be needing my hospital bag! EEEK! I can’t believe I’m officially #38weekspregnant and we have two weeks or less until sweet baby H is in our arms!

I remember the first time around with Corbin, when I didn’t put much thought into what I might need. I was a little naive, nervous and vividly remember our family having to make a trip or two across town to our house to get what I had forgotten during our hospital stay. This time I feel much less nervous and much more prepared. This post is also one that’s been highly requested, so I’m hoping it’s also helpful to anyone who may need a hospital check list. I’ve researched, asked friends, and have felt much more confident in packing for baby #2. 🙂

I wanted to share my list of a few things that I know will be a must for me, but also I’m sharing what’s in Conrad’s bag and what I’ll be putting in Corbin’s big brother bag as well for the day our baby girl arrives. I wanted Corbin to be included in every aspect of this day and in general, and felt this was a good way to get him excited. After all, she is HIS baby too! 😉 We’re all getting so excited to finally meet her!

Hospital Bag must haves for me:

  1. Two sets of pajamas. I chose these and this gown. Both button down for nursing and are super soft.

  2. A robe. This Barefoot Dreams robe is similar to mine, but mine is old. 🙂

  3. A going home outfit.

  4. A couple of pillows. Totally optional but will be more comfortable IMO. Target and Walmart both have packs of two for around $20.

  5. Toiletries: Toothbrush & toothpaste, face wipes, chapstick, shampoo & conditioner, body wash, makeup, razor, lotion, deodorant, brush and hair ties, hair dryer, dry shampoo (All of mine are mainly travel sized)

  6. A towel from home for showering. I’ll take an old one I can throw out.

  7. House slippers, flip flops, and socks. I got my ready set push socks from this site.

  8. Depends! (something no one told me the first time around). A couple pair of panties as well. Love these. I’ve also heard great things about these for C-section mama’s.

  9. Dermoplast, this and Tucks (you can thank me later) Also, the hospital should provide you with these so take advantage of all the supplies you’re paying for and take them home!

  10. Collace (stool softener)

  11. Nursing pads. I’ve always used this brand.

  12. 2 to 3 nursing bras. Mine are herehere, and here. Excited to try these and report back to y’all my thoughts.

  13. Nipple cream

  14. Tylenol/ Nexium for Conrad.

  15. Phone charger

  16. Insurance card/ Photo I.D.

What’s in Conrad’s Bag:

  1. Toothbrush & Toothpaste

  2. A couple changes of clothes/boxers/socks

  3. Sandals/pajamas/sweats

  4. Computer, phone charger, iPad

  5. Twin flat sheet set/blanket and pillow

  6. Snacks (chex mix, crackers, etc)

  7. Drinks (bottled water, gatorade) or cash for the vending machine.

Baby Bag:

  1. Pajamas & knotted gowns

  2. 2 swaddle sets (Copper Pearl, Posh Peanut and Milkmaid Goods have cute ones)

  3. A couple hats/bows (Turban and Newborn hat)

  4. Nursing pillow (Nook)

  5. Outfit for first picture/name reveal

  6. Carseat (should remain in the car until ready to go home).

  7. 2 blankets (one heavier, one muslin)

  8. Baby book

Corbin’s Bag:

  1. Big Brother Bag

  2. Big Brother Tee

  3. Personalized book

  4. Crayons and coloring book

  5. Silly Putty

  6. Water bottle

  7. Cute book

  8. Hot wheels

  9. Fruit snacks & juicy juice

 

Considering I’m notorious for overpacking, I would much rather be safe than sorry. They may wonder if we’re moving in but I like to be organized and prepared for a short or longer stay. I’m also sure I’m missing something as well, so leave it in the comments if you think there’s anything left that I just have to take along. Thank you for reading and have a wonderful day! I’ll keep you all posted as we get closer to meeting our sweet girl!

 

XO-CHELSI

 

 

Thank you to Stills and Ink Photography!