Monday, March 31, 2014

My two favorite books from March

I don't have a lot of time to read these days but I do make room during Hudson's morning nap, to read at least a chapter. I don't trust myself to read before bed because I am a "one more chapter" kind of girl and before I know it the book is done and it's 4 am!
Last Month I read two great books, the first is a MUST READ for anyone with a baby (or two) ;). Seriously Healthy Child, Healthy World is an amazing book. It made me strive harder to create a green home for our little Hudson! This is a great read even if you don't have a baby around!
Next was Reading with Babies, Toddlers and Twos "A guide to laughing, learning and growing together through books". This has been my go to guide for reading with Hudson. It talks a lot about the importance of reading to children but it goes even further and lists the best books for each age group. Hudson has loved every suggestion and it has really inspired me to slow down and read with him more often. We went from 1 or 2 books a day, to  10 - 12 books a day!!!
I hope you'll give one of these books a try, honestly they have been two of my favorites!!

In other news: WE BOUGHT A HOUSE!!! ;) More info on that in another post but I just wanted to let you know! ;)

Sunday, March 30, 2014

It's black . . . it's white

It's black it's white,
It's a pillow for my living room!

The above was funnier if you think about Michael Jackson's 'Black or White' song! Only a little funnier . . . maybe not funny at all. :(

Since I tackled those black and white elephant curtains for Hudson's nursery, I have been on a major black and white kick. I don't know what it is but something about black and white warmed up with a little light beige is seriously floating my boat these days. I was at Ikea looking for some toy organization options (trying to avoid just piling them into baskets) and this railroad pillow was calling to me! It's Ikea's Stockholm pillow and for $19.99 you get the pillow cover and a feather insert! :) I paired it with a little light beige pillow on our wingback chair!
Next black and white purchase was . . . this baby blanket from Spearmint Baby. The Eco Cross blanket was a bit of a splurge item for us but it was well worth it! I always put a blanket on the living room floor for Hudson so I thought something that looked nice was important, something that holds up to the occasional spit up or bottle spill was equally important! It's made from 80% recycled cotton and it has held up to many . . . many washings well.
I hope you are enjoying our little black and white touches as much as I am!
From these pictures you can probably tell we have switched the living room up . . . yet again! I am writing the post for that up this week, should be up by Wednesday. Long story short . . . we needed more room for Hudson's track and field training (aka. learning to walk)

I'll be back tomorrow with my two favorite books from March!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Hudson's Nursery Update

There is so much cuteness available for babies! It is all I can do to keep my wallet shut while shopping. I am working on our new must haves list for babies (if you haven't seen my last list it's here). But I wanted to share a couple updates on Hudson's nursery. First off it is still my favorite room in the house, the two toned paint scheme really floats my boat and with a couple of added touches it's finally done . . . just in time to move. ;).

We didn't change much, well we really change anything, we just added some special touches. First we added different pillows to the chair. It's a long story involving pee, and some pretty amazing poop, long story short the chair was cleaned and we had to get new pillows. They are both from Ikea. I love the black and white one, and the teal one has such a nice velvet texture to it.
We couldn't fit a lamp or a floor lamp in Hudson's room so I was thinking of maybe adding a sconce? But while I was at Ikea buying pillow covers I saw this eye chart sign that lights up! Perfect!! It's kind of graphic and sits flat against the wall.
Next was my absolute favorite purchase for Hudson ever . . . this Danish Mobile. It cost almost as much as his crib but I loved it!!! I can see it hanging inside a tent when he's older, or just in the corner of his room! Heck, I love it so much if he doesn't want it when he's older I might just hang it above my bed! ;)
With Hudson up and trying to walk with the grace of a three legged, sleepy baby deer I figured something soft in his room might be a good idea. I ordered this floor pouf from etsy (here's the link to the store). The shop owner let you pick the fabric and the piping and I should also mention that it is very good construction. The pouf cost just over $50 with stuffing and everything.
We needed a small table beside the chair. We were just placing the bottles on the ground and that led to the great bottle leak of 2013 on the carpet so I found this ceramic OWL side table. I loved the little table and if you can't put a huge ceramic owl with a flat head in a babies room . . . where else are you going to put one?
The owl is from Urban Barn.
The corner of his room is looking about the same, a few more books and toys but generally the same as it did 8 months ago.
Lastly, I had to share the best $7 I have every spent. Sneaking in and out of a babies room has never been easier! I ordered mine off of Etsy, the store is called Latchy Catchy.  It catches the door latch so you just open and close the door. Lee noticed it and asked how much it cost. I thought he was going to say it was silly, I answered $7 and he said it's worth $100!! ;) haha
I hope you like Hudson's room as much as we do. I was a little sad that we had just finished his nursery and now we are moving, but it has given me some ideas on things I definitely want to do again in his new nursery, and some ideas of things I wouldn't do again. More on that in another post! :)

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