Friday, September 30, 2011

More DIY burp cloths

I made a few more burp cloths the other day. I think they turned out pretty cute, so I wanted to share them with you.

I used pink terrycloth and a pink floral fabric for these:

You can see my original post on how I made these here.

Happy Friday, everyone! Hope your weekend is great! We're supposed to be getting some cooler weather, so I'm really excited about that. Two of my girlfriends from NJ are coming to visit me tomorrow too, so I have a lot to look forward to!

See you next week!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

What's in my hospital bag

We're getting close to baby's due date, so my hospital bag is packed and ready to go! There are a few items I'll have to throw in at the last minute, but for the most part, it's done.

Here's what I packed...

Stuff for me:

Comfy pj's/clothes, a robe, some socks, nursing bras.

Bag of toiletry items.

Deodorant, anti-bacterial hand gel, foundation, hand lotion, facial moisturizer, makeup wipes.

Toothbrush and toothpaste.

Blush, mascara, lip balm, concealer (I think I'm crazy for packing this stuff, right?!). Maybe I won't use it, but I think I'll feel much better having it on hand. A little makeup will probably go a long way after hours of labor! 

Hair elastics, cotton balls, q-tips.

Snacks and Tic-Tacs.

Stuff for baby:

Socks, newborn mittens, blankets, "Just Born" sticker for pictures, pacifiers (I may not use these, but I've heard they are nice to have with you just in case).

A couple of plain, white onesies.

A few going home outfits (because I can't decide!).

This one is just in case it's really chilly that day (but the way the weather has been here lately, it probably won't be!).

CBR Newborn Stem Cell Collection Kit.

That's pretty much it!

There are a few other things I'll toss in on the big day like:

Cell phone & charger
Camera & charger
Shampoo & conditioner
Body wash

The great thing is that if we forget anything, we're only 5 minutes away from the hospital, so Josh could easily go home and grab it.

For my readers that are moms....what was in your hospital bag? If you have any suggestions, I'd love to hear them!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Organize your recipes

This little project is something I've been meaning to do for a while now. With the baby coming very soon, I've been more motivated than ever to organize every last thing in my house! This method is nothing ground-breaking, but it makes me feel so much better knowing my recipes are all in order and easy to find when I need them!

Before I did this, I used a cute little recipe box to store all of my recipes. 

This worked pretty well for me until I accumulated too many recipes, especially ones that I had printed from blogs online or torn out of magazines. The page sizes were just too big to fit into this little box, and I certainly didn't want to copy them onto recipe cards....way too time consuming! 

I bought a few inexpensive supplies:

A binder, divider tabs and clear protective sleeves.

I sorted my recipes into 3 different categories:

1. Ones that were on 8x11 paper.

2. Ones that were on recipe cards, with writing on only one side of the card.

3. Ones that were on recipe cards and had writing on both sides of the card.

For the recipes on 8x11 paper, I just slipped those into the protective sleeves. For those on cards with writing only on one side, I just taped them onto plain white paper and stuck those in a sleeve as well. For the cards with writing on both sides, I made a photo copy of the back of the card. When someone gives me a handwritten recipe, I really like to keep it exactly the way they gave it to me in their own writing...I'm just sentimental like that!

Then, I taped the front of the card above the copied area so that my whole recipe was just on one page.

I labeled my tabs with categories that were pretty much identical to those in my old recipe box. I just eliminated a few categories I wasn't using. 

I also slipped the divider tabs into the clear protective sheets so that all of my pages were even with each other. I had to cut small slits in the sleeves to allow for the tab to come through. I just used a snap off knife for this.

Lola wanted to help too!

So, that's about it! Very easy! Now all of my recipes are perfectly organized and protected.

I finished the front of the binder by adding some damask scrapbook paper and I made a little label with my name.

Do you have a recipe binder? How do you store and organize your recipes? Let me know in the comments!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Our maternity pictures!

We just got our pictures from the photographer this weekend! We had fun during the photo shoot and I'm sure we'll enjoy looking back on these memories. We're pretty happy with the way the pictures turned out, even though it was super hot that day. Well...I was hot, I don't know about anyone else! Here are a few favorites for you to enjoy!

In other news, you might have noticed that I finally figured out how to make my pictures bigger. I can't believe it took me so long to change something so simple! Oh well! I hope you'll enjoy the larger pictures on the blog from now on!

If you're wondering, we had our pictures taken at Colvin Run Mill by Stacey, from Labor of Love Photography. She was great to work with and we can't wait to see her again for our newborn photo shoot!

You can see what I wore for the pictures here and how I made my flower belt here.

Hope you're all having a nice Monday!
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