My first post of Max's nursery was done before it was complete. Here is his nursery now, with the added decorations from the Baby Shower my sister threw for me. This picture was taken over 5 months ago, but the nursery still looks the same (minus the bumpers because Max is now on the move).
Sunday, April 29, 2012
Monday, April 16, 2012
Un-Baked Cookie Nests
- 2 cups sugar
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 cup butter
- 3 cups rolled oats
- 4 Tbsp. cocoa powder
- pinch salt
- 1 cup coconut
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- mini chocolate eggs and coconut, for decorating.
- Bring sugar, milk and butter to a boil in a saucepan. Simmer 3 minutes.
- Remove from heat and stir in remaining ingredients until well incorporated.
- Spoon into lightly greased muffin cups (or use un-greased silicone muffin cups for easier removal). Using the back of a spoon press the mixture down in the middle and up along the sides, forming a nest. Allow to harden.
- Using a knife, loosen the edges and gently pop out the nests.
- Store covered at room temperature for up to two days. Freeze for longer storage.
- To decorate: sprinkle with coconut and fill with mini eggs.
Makes: 12 large
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
I thought I would share the story behind why my husband Jordan and I chose this name for our first son. The name King runs through his family. Just this past year we heard the story of where this name originated….
When Jordan’s great grandmother was giving birth to her 8th child she did not have a name picked out. When she saw that she just gave birth to a boy she was puzzled on what to name him. The doctor gave her a suggestion by telling her that it was King George’s birthday. She decided that she would name her son who was born on King George’s birthday, George King. This was Jordan’s grandfather who later passed the name to one of his sons (Jordan’s uncle, George King) who later passed it to his son (Jordan’s cousin, George King). His grandfather also passed the middle name King to his other son (Jordan’s father, Michale King) who passed the middle name to his son (Jordan’s brother, Justin King).
My husband has always wanted to pass the name King on to his son, but to hear the story behind it made it that much more meaningful. Jordan also came up with the name Max. When we were thinking of boy names that we liked, he mentioned the name Max and we both agreed that we liked it.
We kept the name a secret until the big reveal at my baby shower. The shower, hosted by my sister and Mom was filled with perfect decorations (designed by my sister), games and amazing food prepared by my Mom and Stepdad. Check out some of the pictures from my sister's blog as well as my friend Heather's blog. We played 7 games during the shower; the winner of each game received a small gift with a letter in it. Once all of the games were played everyone gathered around to unscramble the first and middle name using the letters. It was a fun way to reveal the name, I loved hearing all of the guesses!
Monday, March 19, 2012
Having seen so many cute nurseries I have always been excited for the day when I could decorate my own. Now that I am expecting my first child I have that opportunity. A sewing machine, an empty room and a baby boy on the way gave me the perfect chance to decorate my own nursery just the way I wanted it. Seeing nursery items in stores or online is inspiring but I never find exactly what I want to fit my style so I went with the DIY option and this is what I have come up with so far:
Also, my sister drew me this adorable picture that I can't wait to add to the nursery! It is soo cute!
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Sunday, February 26, 2012
Here are some pacifier clips that I made recently. I found that they were so easy to make, and very inexpensive as well. Since I don't have any kids yet I don't know how much they are really put to use, but as a soon-to-be mom the idea of them sounds great! If your baby pops their pacifier out of their mouth it could easily end up on the ground and need to be cleaned or simply get lost in the hustle of everyday life. As long as you have a few scraps of fabric, all you need is a suspender/mitten clip, velcro and possibly some interfacing. I have seen some fancy pacifier clips with embellishments or multiple fabrics, but I chose to keep my simple to suite my style. They are very easy to make and don't take very long at all.
If you'd like to make your own, here is what I did:
You will need fabric, velcro, a suspender/mitten clip and interfacing (if you are using thin cotton)
Cut fabric into a 14" x 2 1/2" strip:
Fold in and iron 1/4" on each side of the fabric:
Fold and iron 1/4" on both ends:
Sew the seam down on the two short ends (this will allow you to have clean seams once you fold the fabric in the following steps):
Fold the strip in half and iron down:
Cut your velcro into two small squares and place on one end of the strip (space them about 3" apart):
Unfold and open the fabric fold to sew the velcro down. Make sure to also unfold the seem so you don't sew it down with the velcro. If you sew the velcro onto only one side of the fabric, the back side will look clean.
Sew down the other side of the strip. It should look something like this:
I found these suspender/mitten clips that provide a strong clasp (just a few dollars at the fabric store):
The last step is to sew the clip onto the fabric strip. Do this by pulling the fabric through the clip and sewing down:
And you're done!