Stilettos and Diapers: March 2015

3.31.2015

Baby Gender Predictions (T - 7days!)

Today marks one week unti lwe find out the gender of baby W #3! I am so anxious to pick a name, paint the nursery and be able to call our wee one a him or her! The boys are currently calling him/her "mosquito" in a whisper voice with more of a "qu" sound in it. It's strange and I have no idea where it came from. Haha. 

I have so many conflicting thoughts about the gender! When we talked about #3, I knew I wanted to be okay either way before getting pregnant and I honestly am. I am so happy with my boy mom life and feel like another one would just fit right in. Then I have Cooper who keeps saying that he only prayed for a girl, so it won't be a boy! 

I have signs that swing both ways:

Girl Signs:

Votes from The hubs and Cooper
Chinese Lunar calendar predicts girl (it was right for the boys!)
Carrying high
155 heart rate
Skin break outs 
Intense morning sickness (had that with Callan, too)

Boy Signs:


Votes from Callan and me! I just feel like I'm a boy factory, so I'm expecting it will be another little man. 
Salty cravings 

There are pros and cons to both. I have everything I need if we have a boy. Literally everything. And I already have the coming home from the hospital outfit picked out if it's a boy. It's black and white and completely precious. If it's a girl, we basically are starting over with a lot of things. Clothes, bedding, blankets and who knows what else! I also will probably spend way more on stuff if we have a girl. You've all seen what section has more stuff in it! 

At the end of the day, I just really want to see a healthy baby with 10 fingers, 10 toes and all its body parts perfectly where they need to be next week. After that first ultrasound where you hear the heartbeat, this is the next big sigh of relief for me. Just to know everything is chugging along as it should be. After that, I will be just so happy to know! There's an element of bonding, I think, when you know the gender and mercy I'm ready to get prepared! The hubs family is out of the country, so once we're able to tell them the news, I will be sharing it with all of you! 

But just for fun, are you voting blue or pink? 

What gender is baby W #3?

Girl! (You're going broke!)
Boy! (You get all the shopping money!)
Poll Maker

3.30.2015

Weekend Wrap-Up and the Easter Festivities Begin!

This weekend, we packed with all sorts of fun stuff! To start with, baby W #3 got it's first item...the 4moms mamaRoo! I played with it for far too long after setting it up. The thing has tons of different settings and sounds!  

Friday afternoon, I coordinated an Easter Egg hunt in our neighborhood. I used to host it every year in our old neighborhood and I was feeling sad about not doing it this year, so I went for it! Made a little Easter photo booth for the kids to take their pictures in while they waited for their turn to hunt eggs. 
Easter Egg Hunt Photo Booth
My boys thought it was pretty fun. I'm glad I snuck in a few shots of them before everyone got there. We ended up with about 30 kids and probably about that many adults, too! 
I made bunny bait, since it's the most delicious part of every holiday. Everyone brought a snack with them, but I was too busy chasing kids with my camera out at that point! 
These precious personalized baskets showed up just in time for the hunt. They're from Personal Creations and are super cute! The ones they have used for the past couple years were getting a little kiddie, but I still wanted something personalized and cute!  

Callan was a bit easier to catch with the camera that day. Cooper was far to busy collecting eggs and running around with his friends! 


One quick in motion shot. Hehe. 
Saturday was my big boy's first baseball game of the season. He played t-ball for the past 2 years, but this year, he's up to machine pitch. The hubs is his coach this year and I'm not sure I've ever seen him prouder. They get to be the New York Mets, which is the hubs team since he was little. He's a die hard fan and I imagine he dreamed about this day for a long time. We rolled up in every amount of Mets garb possible and it was so fun to hear everyone cheering "Lets go Mets!" I have a few Met's shirts that I think I can squeeze into for the next few games, then its going to have to be the hubs shirts! 
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Cooper got a single his very first at bat. So proud of him! That machine pitches really fast! 

Sunday, I was in desperate need for quiet and snuck off for a trip to Target. I needed some girly wrapping paper for a Birthday party for one of Cooper's classmates and a few last minute Easter things. Why is it that a little warm coffee (a misto, in my case) and a red cart can be so good for the mama soul? 
JustFab Legacy bag
Well, y'all went a little crazy over this bag of mine on Instagram and I don't blame you one bit. I LOVE it. It's actually from last year, but one of my absolute favorites. It's available again this year, but if you want it, grab it quick. It sold out in this color fast last year! It's from JustFab and the name is the Legacy. 

In other news, I have a toddler running around in Paw Patrol underwear! I've been pushing for so long and it's like it suddenly hit him that it's cool to pee the potty! He's been wearing underwear/pull-ups for 5 days and only had a couple accidents. You don't even know how excited I am for a few months of a diaper break! 

3.27.2015

DIY Built-in Floating Shelves

We've been wanting to do something with the spaces beside our fireplace since we moved in over a year ago and finally bit the bullet with these easy, DIY floating shelves. 
DIY Built in floating shelves
Y'all I'm SO proud of how these turned out! We are not "handy" people, don't own tons of tools, but this project looks so good that I feel like I could build my own house now. Haha. 
DIY Built in floating shelves

I'll give you the run down on how we went about building the shelves. Forgive the crappy progress pictures. We did a lot in the evening and it was hard to get a good shot! 

Here are the items we used:

Shelves: 3/4" maple plywood, in desired size. 
Supports: 1x2" boards (but would have used 1x3" boards if we did it again)
Bottoms: 1/4" maple plywood, same size as shelf
Faces: 1x4" boards (which we cut to length with our jigsaw)
Sand paper
Stain: we used Rust-oleum in the color "Kona" 
Polyurethane 
2" wood screws
1" wood screws
Wood glue
Brads
Dark small wood screws

Now, we don't own a big powerful saw. The most exciting thing we have is a jigsaw and that will not work for these big pieces. So, I got all the wood at Lowe's and had the guys cut the shelves and bottoms to size for me. They charge $0.25 per cut after 2 cuts, I believe, so it's totally worth it to let them do it. 
DIY Built in floating shelves




First thing we did, was build the supports. You'll need support on the back, as well as the sides, if applicable. You can make these completely floating, being attached only on the back, but I probably wouldn't make them more than a couple feet long and maybe a foot deep if you do that. We cut the support pieces ourselves with a jigsaw.
DIY Built in floating shelves
Then simply attached them with wood screws to make the "U" shape frame. 
DIY Built in floating shelves

We wanted a distressed look to our shelves, so we went at the wood with golf clubs, hoes and hammers to beat them up a bit. We made sure to sand down any really uneven pieces we created, then wiped them all off before staining.

DIY Built in floating shelves
I couldn't participate in the staining part, since I'm pregnant and the fumes were so strong, but the hubs did a great job. 
DIY Built in floating shelves
The stain turned out beautiful, I think. The hubs used a brush on the shelves and ended up using a rag on the fronts. He says he wishes he had just used the rag on all of it, because it went on a bit thinner. You don't need to distress the bottoms, but they do need to be stained. 
DIY Built in floating shelves
Once the stain is dry, you'll need a coat of polyurethane. We used a spray kind that's easy to apply. After that is dry it's time to hang! Now the reason I didn't mention staining the supports, is because it's unnecessary. When we started, we thought we would just do shelves and not box them in, then changed our minds. (That's why I say use wider support pieces, too.) Make sure your "U" shape frame is level all around and screw into the studs, using 2" wood screws. 
DIY Built in floating shelves
DIY Built in floating shelves
Here, you'll see what we did and what I recommend. We ended up with the 1x2", then another little 1" spacer to make it deep enough for the "box" of the shelf. Now, I would just get a 1x3" and be done with it! 
DIY Built in floating shelves
When you're done hanging all the supports, put the shelves on top and screw into the supports with 2" wood screws. Next is the bottom, using 1" wood screws. Lastly, using wood glue and brads, install the faces. Now, we knew going in that our walls weren't exactly square. (Thanks, builder!) Because of this, we waited to cut the fronts until everything else was installed. We knew about how long we needed, but we wanted to make sure they fit perfectly to the edge. We used the jigsaw to cut those pieces to size before staining them.  
DIY Built in floating shelves
And here is the finished product!
DIY Built in floating shelves
DIY Built in floating shelves
DIY Built in floating shelves
DIY Built in floating shelves
We finished just in time to put out some Easter decor! 
Easter Mantel Decor
Easter Mantel Decor
I got pretty much all of the decorations for the shelves from Hobby Lobby. 

DIY Built in floating shelves
DIY Built in floating shelves
Our total was about $200 for all the wood, stain, polyurethane, screws, etc. Our shelves are 44" wide by 21" deep, so if you're filling a smaller space, it would be cheaper. Regardless, our builder wanted $1,500.00 for built-ins that looked dated to me. I'm really happy with our $200 version and am so proud of us for doing the work! 

3.26.2015

Fashion // Rainy Day Wear

Stilettos and Diapers: J. Jill Anorak, 16 weeks pregnant Stilettos and Diapers: J. Jill Anorak, 16 weeks pregnant Stilettos and Diapers: J. Jill Anorak, 16 weeks pregnant Stilettos and Diapers: J. Jill Anorak, 16 weeks pregnant Stilettos and Diapers: J. Jill Anorak, 16 weeks pregnant

When it's raining out, I always feel like there's this huge dilemma as to what I'm going to wear. Especially when it's warm-ish and I don't want all the bundles. On top of all of that, I'd say about 50% of my tops fit and about 25% of my pants. Soooo, that's an issue. I love this lightweight anorak that I got from J. Jill's new Spring Collection. It has the little cinch at the waist that gives me a little shape, even when I don't have a lot of shape these days! The hood keeps the rain off of my 5 day old freshly curled hair while those comfy sneaks are easy on and off for errand running. 

I'm 16 weeks pregnant now! I think I'll add in a little weekly update from here on out, to keep track of my progress. The time is really flying for me. It's been about 2 weeks of actually feeling good. I'm over the toilet hugging and constant queasiness, just still really tired. 

How Far Along: 16 weeks
Size of baby: 4.6" about an avocado
Total Weight Gain: 7lbs 
Maternity Clothes: A mix of maternity and regular.
Gender: We find out April 7. I'm not counting the days or anything...
Movement: Maybe? Or maybe that was gas. But I think I've felt some flutters. 
Sleep: OMG. I got a BumpNest pillow and it's changed my sleeping life. 
What I miss: Running without sounding like I'm dying. Also, whenever we go out on the lake, I really want a beer. I think O'douls is in my future. 
Cravings: Not much now. I'm over the Sour Patch Kids and am really trying to eat healthier! I can demolish veggies and hummus right now. 
Symptoms: Tired and wicked headaches. I say overall pretty good, though. 
What I’m looking forward to: Snuggling my wee one! 


3.24.2015

A Baller Family with Rack Room Shoes

Santa was so kind to bring us a basketball goal for Christmas. There was a lot of research and even more of the hubs trying to convince me of how big a goal our driveway could really handle. After a few months, HOA approval and an installer scheduling around the snow we had, we finally have in up and functional! 
Stilettos and Diapers: Athletic Family with Rack Room Shoes

I must admit, I'm pretty impressed with the thing. It has a crank on the back so you can easily make it as low as 5ft and as high as 10ft, which is really nice for the kids! 

We've already spent so many hours outside, as a family, playing basketball. They boys are asking to stay out and play as soon as we get home from school, instead of asking for video games. It's great for the hubs and I to get out and move, too! I'm thinking the investment Santa made was a really good one.
Stilettos and Diapers: Athletic Family with Rack Room Shoes

But of course, if we're going to be playing basketball, we needed some appropriate footwear, right? How cute are the boys in these matching shoes from Rack Room Shoes
Stilettos and Diapers: Athletic Family with Rack Room Shoes

These are the Nike Team Hustle 6 D and they are way cool. 
Stilettos and Diapers: Athletic Family with Rack Room Shoes

But I'm not the only one who thinks they're cool. The boys are loving them and Callan calls them his "cool" shoes. 
Stilettos and Diapers: Athletic Family with Rack Room Shoes

We've been leaving our goal up on the 8ft height, so Cooper can practice on the same height he uses in games. That height is way too high for Callan, but he sure loves to be lifted up for a dunk. 
Stilettos and Diapers: Athletic Family with Rack Room Shoes

Stilettos and Diapers: Athletic Family with Rack Room Shoes

It's amazing to see how much Cooper's skills have improved since he's been having so much practice, too. The hubs played a lot of basketball when he was younger and has high hopes for his tall boys. 
Stilettos and Diapers: Athletic Family with Rack Room Shoes

I'm not completely awful, either! I've literally never played basketball before, but the hubs gave me some pointers. One thing I learned, is that I probably won't be doing many more jump shots. Third pregnancy round ligaments prefer you shoot from a stationary spot on the ground, fyi. 
Stilettos and Diapers: Athletic Family with Rack Room Shoes

Good thing my pick in new shoes is ready to go from the court to the runway. These are stylish shoes! I got the Nike In Season TR 4 and am a big fan of them already. I have seen a lot of people wearing black running shoes with skinnies and a casual top and I love that look! 
Stilettos and Diapers: Athletic Family with Rack Room Shoes

The hubs went for a little brighter shoe. His fashion sense may be more adventurous than mine! His are the Nike FS Lite Run 2. Can you tell we are a Nike loving family? 
Stilettos and Diapers: Athletic Family with Rack Room Shoes
One nice thing about getting shoes from Rack Room Shoes, is that they are known for their everyday "Buy One Get One 50% Off" promotion on all styles. That saves a family of 4 a TON. And since the boys need bigger sizes quite often these days, savings are what it's all about! I don't have to go to a million places when it's time for a spring shoe refresh, either, because everyone finds what they like. 

I've heard a family that plays together, stays together, but I think if said family is wearing sweet shoes, your chances may be even greater. 
Stilettos and Diapers: Athletic Family with Rack Room Shoes

This post is sponsored by Rack Room Shoes.
I received product in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own. 

3.23.2015

Recipe: Rice Krispies Treats Truffles

Stilettos and Diapers: Rice Krispies Treats Truffles #KreateMyHappy



Rice Krispies Treats have long been a favorite of mine. The individually wrapped ones are a go to if I need a fun snack in case of a sweet tooth. A cool thing about the Rice Krispies Treats, is that they're so versatile. You can top them, dip them, use them in recipes, or just eat them plain! Today, though, I'm sharing my favorite way to eat them and that's as Rice Krispies Treats Truffles.

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