Saturday, September 27, 2014

Nesting: DIY Nursery pt. 2

Lucy's room was basically a junk room for a while until we were finally able to order a crib for her. We liked Norah's crib so much that we ordered the same one for Lucy as well. I had already prepared or made basically everything that I wanted to use in her room, so it was just a matter of getting it organized and putting it all together. Just a few weeks ago when we put the crib together, I started hanging pictures and putting things in place and it made it feel so much cozier in there. The only thing I really don't like about her room is the fact that the only window in there is actually facing in towards the kitchen, which makes it really loud in her room when we are in the kitchen--and let's face it, we're always in the kitchen haha. Plus it makes it get pretty hot in her room, so I've gone back to swaddling her in just a diaper. If I could change just one thing about our apartment, it would be a toss up between Lucy's window and the chimney in our room so that this doesn't happen again (I'm forever paranoid. ANYWAY, I finally kicked my fanny into gear and printed a few pictures to put in the empty frames that have been hanging on her wall. Now it's all finished! **Please excuse the poor lighting.

Okay, I lied. I guess there is still just one more thing to do before the room is 
COMPLETELY finished.

Looking out to the hallway


Open Frame Surrounding Dream Catcher: Hobby Lobby during 50% week
Dream Catcher: DIY, inspiration found here
Crib: Walmart
Iron Accent: Gift
Mirror: Old keepsake
Frames On Either Side of Mirror: Walmart
Crib Sheet: DIY, tutorial found here, fabric from
Minky & Cotton blanket: DIY, minky fabric found here, cotton fabric at
Ribbon Mobile: DIY, inspiration found here
Dresser: DIY Refurbished. Remember this post?
Open Design Frame: Hobby Lobby
Lamp Base: Target
Lamp Shade: DIY, inspiration & tutorial found here
Dresser Frames: Gift from my mom
Dresser knobs: Hobby Lobby & Walmart
Rocking Chair:
Rocking Chair Pad: (Out of Stock)
Minky Pillow: DIY fabric found here
Blessing Dress: DIY
Headband Holder: DIY, bases found at Hobby Lobby & The Dollar Store

Well, I think that's it! If you think you can't make a cute nursery without going broke, you certainly can! It takes a lot of work, but it's so fun and I think it makes it more meaningful. I love being able to rock Lucy in her room at night (unless it's at 2am ;)). If you didn't see my post on Norah's room, here it is!

Nesting: DIY Nursery pt. 1

When I was pregnant with Norah, I was taking a full load of classes as well as working part time. In other words, I had no time to make a cute little nursery for her before she arrived. In fact, the day after we came back from our Utah visit during Thanksgiving, I planned to clean out her room and get it organized. I thought I had plenty of time (2 weeks) before she was supposed to arrive. However, she was insistent on coming that very day, which meant I wasn't able to get her room ready. Fast forward 18 months and I was getting ready to have baby number 2! But this time around I had finished the semester 2.5 months prior to her arrival and was determined to have everything ready with no surprises. I don't remember "nesting" very much with Norah, but once school was out for me this last April, I was on full blown creation/cleaning mode.
I spent unspeakable amounts of time on pinterest searching for cute ideas for nurseries, and more importantly, how to make them myself so I wouldn't be spending $7000000000000000 on a room that probably wouldn't even be remembered. And since Norah never got a cutesy little room, I got crazy and decided I wanted to not only make a cute room for the baby, but also redo Norah's room as well. SO! Without further ado, I present Norah's new nursery (beware, I got carried away with taking pictures):


Crib: Walmart
Dresser: DIY Refurbished
Curtains: DIY, Tanya Whelan Rose discount fabric from
Three Little Bears Picture: Gift from my mom
Rose Music Box: 8th birthday gift (aren't you impressed it's still intact?)
Cupcake Liner Pom Pom: DIY, inspiration and tutorial here
Open Design Frame: Hobby Lobby during 50% week
Brown Wooden Frames: Walmart
Giant Stuffed Dog: Costco on clearance
Crib Bumper & Ruffle Skirt: Hand-me-down
Crib sheet: DIY, tutorial here, fabric from
Minky Pillow & Blanket: DIY, minky fabric found at Hobby Lobby, cotton fabric leftover from curtains.
Blessing Dress: Mine as a baby
Collection of Dr. Seuss Books: Yard sale!

It was so fun putting her room together and it's one of my favorite rooms in the house. I love how soft and girly it feels, but not too overwhelming. I felt like I would never be able to make a cute nursery without breaking the bank, but most of the stuff I either already had or was able to make myself for pretty cheap! 
In my next post I am going to be showing off Lucy's room! :))

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Lucy's Blessing Weekend & Family Fun!

Because we had family visiting and stake conference in place of regular meetings, we decided to have Lucy's blessing in our home this past Sunday. I had just finished fixing her blessing dress a few days before since it mysteriously got a hole right in the front, so I was really glad to check that off the list. Lucy looked so angelic. Do you not agree?

We had a lot of people come support us

It wasn't until Jarom and Hilaree decided last minute to drive up to Utah that we realized we would have all 12 grandchildren together on the Brand side! The last time we tried to take a picture of all the grandchildren together was at our wedding, and even then for some reason we weren't able to convince Danny to get in the picture.

Brand grandchildren September 14, 2014
Brand & Grimmett grandchildren December 17, 2011 (Missing Danny)
It was a busy and fun day. All of the kids played outside on the swing set while the adults ate and chatted. Norah was in heaven with so many cousins to play with.

Our little family:))

My sister Katelyn, her husband, Colton, and their cute two boys visited all the way from Florida for the week. It had been a year and a half since they last were able to visit so we were so happy to see them! It was Jack's 4th birthday and since he likes Curious George, I made him a Curious George birthday cake! I think he liked it:))

The next morning Ryan got a half day at work so we drove down to American Fork to hang out with the family! We went to lunch at the Thai Village on main street. One of our favorite places:)

We went back to the mothership and set up the brand new volleyball net in the backyard! All the boys had to test it out. Ryan was so cute helping them all play together. Noa and Braxton against Ryan, Danny, and Ollie. Pretty fair, I'd say.

The next morning Ryan surprised me with yet another half day at work!! Which meant we could drive down to American Fork together again and spend another fun afternoon with the family:)) We decided on the nickel arcade with Katelyn, Colton, their boys, and Danika!

Rocking the BYU-Idaho t-shirt as I haven't gathered the courage to break open the box of pre-pregnancy clothes just yet.

There was a little carousel with a zebra that Norah quickly became obsessed with and which also caused a crying fit when we finally had to pry her away. 

We won enough tickets from the games for a couple of balls for Norah and Jack 
(or "Jacket", as Norah calls him).

We had so much fun! It was a long couple of days for Norah. When we got home she made a little bed for herself on the floor while I rocked Lucy before bedtime. :))