Nursery Tour with Beachy Vibes

I am really excited to be sharing baby #2’s nursery with you today!! I love the way it turned out. There are some similarities to Ollie’s nursery (we kept the crib, the chair and some decor), but this little guy’s vibes seem a little more sophisticated and have a lot more neutral vibes. The room is loosely surf themed, but more than that, the calming colors of a beautiful sunset. I choose light wood tones and subdued saffron in combination with denim blues.

This room does not have overhead lighting, so I added two paper lanterns that are able to turn on with a switch, thank the lord. I honestly may have passed this house up if we couldn’t work lights on a switch. It’s my biggest pet peeve. I digress. We kept the DIY daybed I made back when we were calling this a playroom. It will work great for feeding sessions, but will also make this room double as a guest room for a while longer.

I made the wall tapestry that hangs above the crib out of a drop cloth, leather swatches and thrifted jeans. I just love how it looks in combination with this Gunn and Swain blanket.

Surf Inspired Nursery
Surf Inspired Nursery
Surf Inspired Nursery
Surf Inspired Nursery

The rocking chair is the very first thing I bought for Oliver’s nursery. I recovered it aqua fabric for his New York-themed room.

Surf Inspired Nursery
Surf Inspired Nursery

crib: Babyletto / crib sheets: Mebie Baby / dresser: wayfair / rug: RugsUSA / mobile: Urban Outfitters / sun art: society 6 / rainbow art: Rylee & Cru / DIY platform bed: tutorial via A House in The Hills / mattress: autonomous / “you are magic” print: Rylee & Cru / wooden rainbow: Etsy / rust mudcloth pillow / white mudcloth pillow / blue pillow 1: Pepper Home / blue pillow 2: Pepper Home


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Our Maternity Photos in Grand Rapids

I didn’t really plan on doing maternity photos, the vain part of me would rather wait until I can fit into something cute and flattering and get cute pictures with both babies on the outside. My instagram friend turned friend IRL and fellow recent West Michigan transplant, Megan Schaap, convinced me otherwise. Last week at just about 38 weeks we posed around Grand Rapids for one last time as a family of three. I really am so happy that we took the time and made the effort to capture this special moment. It could quite possibly be the last time I have a baby bump. Thank you, Megan!!

Urban Maternity Photos
Urban Maternity Photos
Urban Maternity Photos
Urban Maternity Photos
Urban Maternity Photos
Urban Maternity Photos
Urban Maternity Photos
Urban Maternity Photos

photos by Megan Schaap


A Weekend in Charleston With Kids

Back in June we took a family babymoon to Charleston. We had originally planned for a bigger trip, but decided to scale back and drive to Charleston for a long weekend. It was a lovely city and we would highly recommend.

We left Thursday afternoon and drove about 8 hours and stayed in a hotel somewhere in middle Kentucky. We drove the remainder 7 or so hours Friday morning and arrived in Charleston in the afternoon on Friday.

We checked in to our hotel, The Holiday Inn Historic Downtown Charleston. I often opt for hotels over Airbnb, as I know Ollie’s favorite part of any vacation is the pool and finding an affordable, centrally located Airbnb with a pool usually isn’t realistic. The Holiday Inn was a great place for us to stay, it was a stones throw from King Street, which is the main shopping and dining area, it was clean and nice, and I already mentioned the pool.

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Friday night, we did some light exploring of King Street and grabbed dinner a cute Italian race car themed wood fire pizza restaurant, Monza Pizza, then we grabbed ice cream and headed back to rest up/

Saturday was spent exploring much of the city. we started with an amazing acai bowl at Playa Bowl. We shopped our way down King Street including a darling farmers market and art fair in Marion Square. Of course, high on my list was the charming homes below on “rainbow row.” These beauties did not disappoint. This street was everything I hoped Charleston would be including palmetto trees, beautiful flower boxes and charm charm charm!!

Charleston with Kids

We took a playground break at Hazel Parker Playground, then continued exploring down the stunning waterfront district and to the beautiful park at the southern point of the city, White Point Garden. We stopped for a bite at a hoppin’ spot, perfect for lunch,especially with kiddos, Brown Dog Deli. After A LOT of walking we headed back to the hotel for a swim and to rest up before dinner.

We got a hot tip to check out Basic Kitchen for dinner, and it was great spot. Not only was it super duper cute, but food was delicious and so fresh. In fact Ollie had a grand time photographing the garden.

Charleston with Kids
Charleston with kids
Charleston with kids
Charleston+with+Kids
Charleston with Kids
Charleston with Kids

Sunday started with breakfast at a cute little spot, Another Broken Egg. We made our way through the Charleston City Market, a cute spot for souvenir shopping. It was definitely a little too crowded for us, but a must hit for artisan Charleston-themed trinkets. Our main attraction for the day was taking the ferry to Fort Sumter, the site of the start of the Civil War. It was interesting, especially for older kids and the boat ride and views were top notch.

After the boat ride we headed back to the hotel room for Ollie to enjoy the pool and to rest up before dinner. Our last meal in Charleston was a well designed spot, called The Rarebit, with mid-century inspired decor and serving American comfort food for a great price. And finally, dessert (for our second time) at Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream.

Charleston with kids
Charleston with Kids

MUST SEE SPOTS

  • Rainbow Row

  • King Street

  • The Battery

  • Fort Sumter

Charleston with Kids
Charleston with Kids
Charleston with kids
Charleston with Kids

We loved our visit to Charleston. While we didn’t do too many kid-specific things, our kiddo still had a great time. He loved exploring and was happy just to have swimming time at the pool. It was a lot of walking for a woman 6 months pregnant, but I made it. The food was great and the city definitely charmed my pants off. If I were planning this trip again, the only thing I would do differently would have been to give us one more day to drive over to the beach.

Father's Day Gift Ideas For Sentimental Dads

My husband, just like my dad was is a big softie. A wonderful, kind dad deserves a fitting, thoughtful gifts. But dads (men in general) can be so tricky to buy for. My dad used to request a new hoodie or baseball hat every Christmas. As a person who’s love language is gift giving, this didn’t sit well with me. I wanted to be creative. Twenty years later I am still the same. I love giving gifts, or more accurately, I love giving GOOD gifts, the kind you can’t find at the sporting goods store the day before Father’s Day.

Pinhole Press never fails me on occasions like this one. Ollie and I chose photos to put together the perfect “All About My Dad Book.” This special keepsake has 10 prompts for kiddos to write what is so special about their dad. Ollie and I had such a good time making this book and were so excited to give it to Kyle that we just couldn’t wait!

Keep scrolling to see my other creative ideas for sentimental dads.


ALL ABOUT MY DAD BOOK


Father's Day Gift Ideas
Gift Ideas for Sentimental Dads

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Baby #2 Nursery Inspiration

In case you missed the news over on instagram, we are having another boy!! I am excited, but stumped. I am stumped on names, stumped on room design. Last time around I had a boy room and a girl room designed and waiting in the docket. This time around, I am less prepared. I think I’m going with something gender neutral, and very earthy. These images are my jumping off point to finally pull the trigger on something, anything for baby boy #2.

We're Having a Baby!

You guys! We’re creating another human!! We are so excited to finally share this news with you!! It feels like I’ve known forever and I am just so terrible at keeping secrets, so chances are if we had a personal conversation in the past month, I’ve probably told you this news!

I am about to answer all your questions, but before that, I just want to give a HUGE thank you to Alyssa McElheney for taking the most precious photos of our growing family!! She is amazing and if you are local to Grand Rapids you should hire her for any of your photography needs.

Pregnancy Announcement
Pregnancy Announcement

We had been trying for a few months, so it happened pretty quickly, but not nearly as quickly as it happened with Ollie. Speaking of Ollie, he is super excited to tickle the new little baby’s feet and has already been ooo-ing and ahhh-ing over how cute everything baby-related is. He has been hugging and kissing my belly unsolicited and telling me that he’s “giving the baby love.” He also talks about his big brother duties all the time. I know he is going to be amazing!!

Pregnancy Announcement
Pregnancy Announcement

I am 13 weeks along and due in September! Officially out of my first trimester, so this is going really fast!! Just as with Ollie, I am feeling good. I didn’t have any morning sickness, just some cramps, bloating and discomfort. I feel like I’m showing so much more, so much quicker this time. Before I took the test, right after the holidays, I was so bloated, my favorite high-waisted jeans were feeling so uncomfortable. Needless to say, I had to retire them two months ago! I have been trying to maintain my exercise regimen, however the weather and icy sidewalks has curbed much of my running, which has been really rough for me. So for now, I am riding our in-home exercise bike, doing Tone It Up videos and when I can make it, the classes at the gym.

We do plan on finding out what we are having and will do so mid-April.

Pregnancy Announcement

Anything I missed? Ask away!

I’m wearing: dress: Le Fluer Boutique / coat: Club Monaco / boots: Elliott Lucca

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Oliver's 4th Batman Birthday

Last weekend we hosted our first party in our new house, a Batman-themed 4th Birthday Party. We had some family and Ollie invited some of his new friends for a lovely afternoon celebration. As per usual, I went a little overboard, but tried my best to keep to a budget, so I did a lot of fun DIYs to decorate.

I saved boxes from the move, painted and made a mini Gotham City for the the tablescape. I hate all the junk that kids get in goody bags, so ours consisted of the candy they got from the piñata, a quality batman mask and I bought a few yards of felt to make capes for each little guest.

Batman Birthday Party

Found this adorable batman sweatshirt for the man of the hour on super sale at H&M.

Batman Birthday Party

Our local favorite, The Cakabakery, made the delicious cake.

Batman Birthday Party
Batman Birthday Party
DIY Batman Birthday Party
DIY Batman Birthday Party

the kiddos loved the props I downloaded here printed and photo booth backdrop I hand painted on a large piece of cardboard. If you’re not as ambitious as me, I found this super cute cityscape backdrop.

DIY Batman Party

We also had a piñata and a pin the logo on batman game.

Batman Birthday Party
Batman Birthday Party
Batman Birthday Party

Happy 4th birthday, Oliver! I hope your Batman party was awesome!!

Batman Birthday Party

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DIY Cut Out Kids Art

If you've been following along this summer, you know that Ollie and I have been hanging out and doing a lot more activities than usual. It has been so fun seeing his creative side come out, and watching him gain fine motor skills. Last DIY project I shared with you was a color block painting, this project was definitely less involved and less messy, we created art inspired by Henri Matisse's cut out art. 

During the last decade of his life Henri Matisse deployed two simple materials—white paper and gouache—to create works of wide-ranging color and complexity. An unorthodox implement, a pair of scissors, was the tool Matisse used to transform paint and paper into a world of plants, animals, figures, and shapes.

You can read more about Matisse's methods here

DIY Cut Out Kids Art

DIY Kids Art

SUPPLIES: 

  • colored paper
  • white paper
  • scissors
  • glue

Step 1: I did the prep work and cut out the shapes, in completely random sizes and colors. Do not cut white paper.

Matisse Inspired Kids Art Project
DIY Kids Art

Step 2. Lay out your shapes on white paper 

DIY Matisse-Inspired Kids Art

Step 3: Glue shapes on to paper. That's it!

DIY Matisse Inspired Kids Art