A Nautical Nursery For Levi 

I can hardly believe Spring is almost here! Seems like we barely had much of a Winter around here. Levi turned 3 months on the 13th and he’s cooing and smiling so much now! He loves bath time and kicks and splashes – can’t wait to get him in a pool this Summer :D.

So FINALLY Levi’s nursery is done (almost). Well, I still would like to make a gallery wall above his changetable/dresser. But more about that later. Let’s get to it, shall we?I want to share the details in this nursery reveal! The whole thing was budget friendly. And SO fun to do. The room is pretty small so the layout could really only a certain way.The door and dresser are on one wall, with the closet and crib on the other. The the window and rocking chair are on a wall, while the nook, and bookshelves are on the fourth. I say “nook” as if it’s this endearing little nook and cranny but in REALITY it’s just this awkward space because room is over our front hall closet. So it was kinda a thorn in my side to say the least.

This was the inspiration

Here’s the little peanut napping as I click away. He’s pretty accommodating like that 😉 . The one stuffed bear was given to me from my grandmother, and the other one is a vintage TY beanie baby one that was my husbands when he was a baby.



The ‘L’ is cardboard and I mod podged over it with some vintage maps.

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This rocking chair and glider were a steal of a deal. A $40 Kijiji find! I was thrilled. It’s great for nursing him in. We bought new fabric from Fabricland and had it reupholstered. I wanted to attempt to upholster it ourselves, but Levi surprised us with his early arrival! I opted for the quicker option :).

The “bookshelves” are Ikea spice racks that we painted and hung!

And there’s that quaint little nook I was telling you about. I tried my best to incorporate the theme into that space so it wouldn’t stand out like a sore thumb.


The rustic mirror was a shower gift from one of my dearest friends. It fits perfectly.
And I love all the classic books we included in here. It’s so nice rocking and reading to him.

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My 2 sister-in-laws created the banner for the baby shower they threw for me. I wanted to include it! The wooden fish were made by my hubby, and painted by moi. The curtains we already had before we moved into this house. I love how light and airy they feel. The room does have blinds on the window, so the curtains are more for texture and décor. I may still decide to tie them back with some jute rope, but for now they are left hanging adding another textile element and adds to the coastal vibe ;).

The change table is actually a dresser. Another awesome Kijiji find! It was originally white with these gaudy knobs, so we painted it this bright turquoise, beachy colour. We found cool, vintage looking hardware that contrasts with the blue, and updates it nicely.

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Matt made the swing shelf and I love it! It’s my favourite feature. Although, to be completely honest, I was growing incredibly impatient with this project and his NUMEROUS coats of urethane (like 10. Not evening kidding) :P. But I am happy with how it turned out. He also made the wooden sailboat. I attached the muslin linen sail and painted it to look more rustic and worn from the long days at sea ;).
The mason jar holds Levi’s soothers. My sister had dressed a bunch of these jars up to fill with wildflowers for centrepieces at my baby shower! I decided this one was too pretty not to be reused.

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We keep our reusable cloth wipes in a case in the basket on the change table.
Matt’s aunt and uncle made the growth chart for Levi. They did such a good job! It was the perfect addition to this small space between the dresser and closet. We actually received two beautifully made growth rulers and the other will go in our family room in the play room.

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I love how it all came together and hope he’ll grow to love it too!


 

The Complete Nursery List:

Crib – Babies R Us

Crib sheet – Babies R Us

Oar/paddle – Kirklands

Fishing net – Hobby Lobby

Change table/Dresser – Kijiji

Dresser knobs – Hobby Lobby

Growth ruler – Gift (similar here)

Swing shelf – DIY

Jute rope – Hobby Lobby

Shelf hardware“/boat docking cleats – Home Depot

Wooden sailboat – DIY (similar here)

Message in a bottle” – Hobby Lobby

Rocking chair & glider – Kijiji

Fabric – Fabricland

Bookshelves – Ikea

Wooden whale toy – HomeSense (similar here)

Wooden fish – DIY

Canvas storage bin – HomeSense

Anchor wetbag – Etsy

Mirror – Gift (similar here)

Wooden ships steering wheel – Hobby Lobby

Wooden school of fish – Kirklands

Curtains & curtain rod – Ikea

Paint colours can be found here


Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed the tour. Happy Weekend!

 

 

 

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DIY Cloth Wipes 

 

So our order of cloth diapers just came in and so far I’m liking them. We have a good sized stash and now that Levi is beginning to outgrow his newborn disposables, we’ve started to implement these bad boys. We came up with a plan to cloth diaper while I was pregnant, and I’m glad we’re deciding to stick with it! We didn’t want to order numerous sizes (can you say “expensive”?! 😛 ) so we wanted to wait until he was at least 8lbs. Having been born a little premature, it has taken a little while to reach this point but he’s finally surpassed that! Babies always lose a little at first, and getting him up to his birth weight was a small feat of its own (having had difficulty with his latch in the beginning 😥 )!

Now, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with disposable diapers, nor do I have any judgemental thoughts about exclusively using disposables (or cloth). To each their own! But we decided to use disposables at first while newborn babies excrete meconium. Also the added expense of purchasing the newborn sized cloth diapers was a tough pill to swallow. We also received quite a few packages of disposables at Levi’s baby showers, so having taken that into account, we opted to use those overnight as well as when we go out. That being said, we finally placed our order and I actually found myself EXCITED to receive the shipment in the mail! There’s just so many cute colours and patterns – a mom could really get carried away! 😉

Cute, right?! And it’s great because diapers really do add up, and although cloth are more of an expense up front, you’ll get your monies worth out of them. Especially if you reuse them on more than one baby! We opted for more gender neutral prints for this reason. 😉

So we basically had no idea about cloth diapers, so we read reviews and asked friends. Upon discussing the diapers, the topic of wipes came up. I began searching for a do-it-yourself wipe “recipe” . There were disposable ones (think paper towels), but I figured why not do cloth wipes as well?! We may as well go all. the. way :D. We snatched a couple packs of cloths (10) and emptied a case of Huggies disposables wipes. Figured it could be reused to store my cloth ones and – voila! Now, you can always use whatever material you want, be it flannel or heck – even bamboo! And it’s on my to-do list to eventually mod podge over the container with some scrapbook paper or fabric. 🙂

Now, don’t go reading this and dismiss the idea yet! I wouldn’t steer ya wrong. I know how precious your time is! But, they’re actually pretty fast and simple to make. It literally takes me maybe 5 minutes every 3 or 4 days to make a new batch! Pretty good, if you ask me.


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Cloth Wipes Mix: 

Dry washcloths

1 c. Hot water

1 Tbsp. Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile liquid soap

1 tsp. Aloe Vera gel

1 Tbsp. Coconut oil

1). Mix your tablespoon of coconut oil with your cup of hot water. Add soap, and the aloe gel. Mix thoroughly.

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2). I add just a few cloths to the wipe ingredients at a time. Wring them out slightly before placing on a flat surface. Now we fold them so they’ll fit into our wet wipes container.

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3). Place one cloth down flat, and lay another on top of half of it…(see below).

4). Bring the bottom half (that’s been tucked under the top cloth) up…

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5). Place another wet cloth on top of the bottom part you just folded up…

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6.) Now you can fold the top half down. Continue this pattern until all your wash cloths have been soaked in the soap mixture and folded.

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7.) Place them inside your emptied container. If you have a wipes warmer these would work well in that too! Pull the first wipe out of the top slightly so it’s ready to be used when it’s time. 😉 All your wipes should come out after one another if they’ve been folded correctly.

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Super easy! Now you know exactly what’s going on your baby’s delicate skin. They’re reusable and eco-friendly, and you don’t have to worry about those dangerous chemicals that are found in disposables! And I tell, ya – they make clean up a cinch. It may seem like a hassle at first, but once you’ve tried them and you see how much better they work than disposables, you might decide to make the change a permanent one in your home as well. 🙂

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Just Can’t Live Without…

Hey bloggy friends! How was your weekend? Ours was relaxing, which was nice after the whirlwind of the holidays and so many jam-packed weekends.

I mentioned how I’d likely be posting more about maternity, pregnancy and all things baby related now that I’m a new mom. 🙂 Today I thought it appropriate to blog about baby items that have been making things a heck of a lot easier when you have a newborn!

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1. Sophie la Girafe –  Every child loves Sophie! She’s a toy, she’s a teether, and she’s so cute! A squeaky, BPA free that is durable, fun and engaging and easy for little fingers to grip. Levi is still too young to REALLY appreciate miss Sophie, but in a few months he’s bound to love her.

2. Ikea Krama washcloths – Cotton, and soft for your babies skin. We use them under Levi’s bum (on top of his change pad cover) in an effort to keep the change pad clean longer! So far they’ve been working great. They’re cheap too – a 10 pack for $5.99.

3. Nose Frida Snot Sucker – Made in Sweden, doctor invented and recommended, it’s a hygienic baby booger buster! It’s proven to be highly effective when Levi has his first cold a couple of weeks ago.

4. Huggies Clutch and Clean – Refillable, hypoallergenic wet wipes. I keep these in our diaper bag. Even though we are making cloth wipes, it’s great to have this carry case for wet wipes when we’re out and about. The case comes in fun prints and patterns and hangs anywhere too, which is handy 😀 .

5. Ikea Tutig Baby Care Mat – Easy to keep clean, easy to store, easy to fold…it’s a large surface and great for changing dirty diapers on. It’s a large surface, and machine washable, and has a waterproof backing. Love it.

6. Medela Pump In Style Advanced Electric Breast Pump – Great for daily use and easy to clean parts. It’s electric and has a double pump, so it cuts pumping time in half – which is convenient! The pump is in a bag that’s portable and discreet and you can choose the style of bag that suits you. It comes with a cooler and freezer pack, BPA- free bottles, freezer bags, and quick clean micro- steam bags. Definitely worth checking out for sure! Love mine.

7. Aden & Anais Muslin Swaddle Blankets – They’re soft, a great size and durable. Plus they’re multi-purpose – use for swaddling, as a receiving blanket, and/or nursing cover. Plus, makes a cute pashmina for your outfits if you choose to wear it. They come in numerous patterns and colours.

8. Phillips Avent Natural Bottles – The New Philips Avent Natural bottle is the most natural way to bottle feed. They say that this bottle comes closest to feeding at the breast, and can be combined with breastfeeding. The bottles are BPA free and come in 4oz. and 9oz. sizes in a 3 pack!

9. Board book & Stuffed Bear “I Love You Through and Through” – An adorable rhyming story of unconditional love with adorable illustrations of a toddler and a teddy bear. The book has sturdy cardstock pages and a padded cover with rounded corners for safe handling by little ones. And the little bear is super cute and is little enough to be toted around in baby’s diaper bag without taking up too much space! 🙂

A few other favourites…

Carseat Canopy

There is a website (I’ll share it below) that offers free car seat canopies – you just pay the shipping! It comes in various patterns and is lined with warm minky fabric. I love my chevron one :D. Great when your baby is born in the colder months.

Udder Covers

These are great if you’re nursing. Cute patterns offered here and this product also is free if you pay the shipping (link below).

Nursing Pillow

Great size nursing pillow – perfect for travel. I take ours with us wherever we go, and it’s great to have. Free also if you opt to pay shipping. And, again, lots of fun colours and designs! 🙂

*CLICK HERE FOR THE WEBSITE THAT OFFERS PROMO CODES FOR THE ABOVE 3 products

Ingenuity ConvertMe Swing-to-Seat

I love that this is not only a bouncer, but a swing too! Levi loves his and it was given to him by 2 of his aunts and uncles 😀 . It plays soothing tones (crashing waves, crickets chirping) which are more like white noise, as well as more upbeat lullabies.

Skip Hop Grab and Go Stroller Organizer

This item is perfect if your stroller is in need of cup holders. I use it when I’m shopping as I can zip up any cards I take in. Plus that part is detachable and can be worn as a wristlet. The middle section between the cup holders is perfect for smaller parcels.


Skip Hop Duo Diaper Bag

I LOVE my diaper bag! I’ve had my eye on Skip Hop diaper bags before I was even pregnant. One of my many favourite shower gifts – isnt it beautiful?! I feel as though I should be vacationing in the French Riviera 😀 ! I didn’t choose it completely based on its appearance, however. It’s as functional as it is stylish. It has enough room for all my baby necessities, plus a shallower section that I can use instead of my purse. It also has sections for bottles, an adjustable shoulder strap, and a travel change pad is included! I’ll be doing a blog post in the next few weeks sharing about it more specifically 😉 .

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City Select Stroller by Baby Jogger

I’ve heard a lot of good things about the city select, and it has stood up to it’s good reviews! For one thing it’s extremely versatile as it grows with family, and has numerous seating options and positions. We have a compatible car seat and the car seat adapter so it can pop right onto the stroller. It’s easy to fold and unfold, as well as easy to lock. It maneuvers beautifully. The handlebars are adjustable making it very ergonomic. The storage basket below is quite large too! My number one top reason for picking this stroller is the fact that it converts to a double when the time is needed 😉 !

 

So there ya have it! My favourite baby products that are out there on the market. And I’m sure as he continues to grow, there’ll be new items that I’ll use and learn to love. Hope you have a great week!

*What are your favourite baby products?*

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Beauty: On A Budget

Hey guys! I’m back today to share with some of the beauty lovers in the bloggesphere (?!) While I wouldn’t say that I’m a high maintenance kinda gal, I do like makeup. I can appreciate a fresh face and accentuated facial features. I tend to go for the more subtle looks that work for both day and night. Makeup can be fun, in my opinion, if it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg! There always seems to be a beauty debate about high-end products vs. drugstore products. Yes, some department store brands carry better lipstick than those you find at (insert local drug store here), but I’ve often found many exceptions to this rule. One of my favorite money-saving techniques when buying makeup is finding “dupes” of high-end brands at my local drugstore. These are some of my go – to products that are ALWAYS in my makeup bag. They are wonderful products that are accessible, affordable and have yet to let me down! Annnd I gotta say, it definitely helps that they are easy on the wallet!

 

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Essence Gel Eye Pencil: waterproof and beats the other more expensive brands with its lush finish that clings to lids and is extremely long lasting! Great bang for your buck.

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Essence waterproof gel eyeliner

e.l.f . Studio Baked Eyeshadow Palettes: are just beautiful! This is “California” annnd it just so happens to look VERY similar to Sephora’s “MoonShadow” Palette AND is also the perfect dupe for Urban Decay’s “NAKED” Palette!! It’s versatile, has great pigmentation, and is long lasting. Some of the negative reviews claim that they could not get any pigment out of this shadow. The problem is not with the product, but with the method. It’s BAKED EYESHADOW and it doesn’t work the same as regular shadow!  You CAN apply it dry for a subtle sparkle, but the best way to use it is with a wet eyeshadow brush. I guarantee you’ll see some (probably A LOT of) pigment if you do this. I haven’t bought this palette, but I have bought e.l.f.’s individual baked shadows and they are gorgeous. When applied wet, baked eyeshadows have a very pigmented, shiny, metallic look. The colour on the top left  is awesome for highlighting under brows and in the corners of your eyes. I included a swatch of e.l.f.’s baked eyeshadow in “Pixie”. Wet application on the left, dry on the right. Quite the difference!

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Wet to the left. Dry application on the right.

Essence “I Love Extreme Volume” Mascara: I LOVE this mascara! It adds volume, while lengthening. The brush is great for definition and separation and it applies evenly – so no clumping! The deep-black, creamy texture covers each individual lash with color and the extra-large plastic brush provides sensational volume.

 

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Maybelline Baby Lips Electro Lip Balm in “Strike a Rose” : The best pigmented lip balm I’ve used yet! Protects and moisturizes for a full 8 hours. I’ve also had visibly renewed lips in 1 week.  It has a pleasant scent too. Not exactly NEON in it’s colouring (“Electro”?), but it’s still a gorgeous shade of pink. I’m completely hooked on BabyLips and totally love all the colours available.

Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in “Nude Delight” :  Great dupe for MAC lipstick in “Freckletone” . This is the best nude lipstick that I have ever come across, and it is super affordable. It is very moisturizing (it reduces lip dryness by up to 65% with vitamins A, C, and E!) and slightly opaque but with a little bit of sheer to it as well. It’s gorgeous and would compliment a variety of skin tones. You can purchase at Walmart, Target or anywhere Rimmel products are sold. You won’t be disappointed!

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Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream: Light/Medium. Sheer coverage, dewy finish. No dry spots. Minimally dry with mattifying powder under. Great for young skin and dry skin! If you’re new to BB cream I highly recommend it! It’s light and fresh-feeling (like a tinted moisturizer, really) and instantly blurs imperfections and evens skin tone. It smoothes, hydrates, brightens, and has the protection of SPF 30.  And all without oils or heavy ingredients. 🙂

L’Oreal True Match Super-Blendable Blush in “Baby Blossom” : Great substitute for my Benefit Dandelion Blush (which I do splurge on occasionally!) when I don’t feel like spending major bucks on a blush. It’s light, soft, and makes for a natural face brightener.

Rimmel Natural Bronzer “Sun Bronze” : Is THE BOMB on a dime! Made with natural minerals. Perfect bronzer, whether you’re creating a new glow, or perking up an existing tan. Also the best contouring powder; it’s light, matte and easily blendable.  It’s a great dupe for Nars Bronzing Powder in “Laguna” and a fraction of the price!

So there you have it, Beauty Budget Babes. 😉  Please, do yourselves a favour and don’t go breaking the bank when you’re looking to enhance your natually beautiful self! It’s clearly not necessary! And, I think the best part about these products up above is that no matter what your skin tone, you’re bound to find the colours that work for you.


Thanks so much for taking a minute to check out my favourite products!  Drop me a comment to let me know what budget friendly picks you have grown to love!  I’m always up for trying something new.