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Most people say she is a busy girl. If you look at her to-do list you might agree. However if you ask her, she is just a recovering workaholic trying to enjoy life. She has a get-it-done attitude that carries her though life.
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As soon as we found out that we were having a little boy I started to plan his nursery. I’ve never been big on interior design/decorating. However, the impending arrival of our little guy seemed like a good excuse to start decorating. After all he needed a room as adorable as he surely would be.
I didn’t want anything too cutsie or baby (think baby blue). I wanted the room to be able to grow with him as he grew. My husband wanted a sports themed room, but I nixed that real quick. He has the rest of his life to be surrounded by sports. I wanted something a little cuter then baseballs everywhere (however there are still a few Butler Basketball items that made it into the room)!
After lots of contemplation I finally settled on a star themed nursery. I fell in love with the nursery furniture first. The furniture has exposed slightly rustic wood with creamy white trim. It’s beautiful! It will also grow with our little guy as he grows. It will turn into a toddler bed and a full size bead headboard. I think it has a very mature look to it that it doesn’t look like it belongs just in a baby’s room too.
One of my other favorite things in the room is the star quilt. I actually planned a special trip to Texas to spend some time with my aunt who is a quilter. We spent a long weekend quilting this perfect item for our little guy’s nursery. I learned a new craft and got to spend some time with family. The quilt will always remind me of that trip.
Another special item in the nursery is a framed letter and candy dish. Our little guy’s name is Jack. He is named after his Dad’s grandpa. The candy dish was used by our Jack’s late great Great Grandfather. The candy in the candy dish is something like 30 years old (don’t eat it!). The letter next to the dish is a touching story that explains the story of the dish.
Hanging on the wall to the left of the crib is a large canvas print of our little guy. This was a newborn picture that I took myself (I’m a newborn photographer). I hope to take a picture later on to put to the left of his crib/bed when he gets a little older.
The furniture started the color scheme for the room with cream and browns/tans. Then I added navy blue and grey. Here is my initial idea board for the nursery. I think in the end the board was spot on!
Once I had the idea board it all came together from there. Here is the finished product for Jack’s star and moon themed nursery!
There were lots of amazing product that went into this beautiful nursery. I’ll do my best at listing them below.
Being a first time mom I wanted to give my baby every possible advantage in life. I knew I wanted to breastfeed, but I also knew that it wasn’t necessarily going to be easy. I’ve had lots of friends, family, and clients tell me about the struggles they had while trying to breast feed. So being the type-A personality that I am I made sure that I was prepared with all the things I thought I might need while trying to breastfeed. I had a ton of stuff on my registry that revolved around feeding my new little one. Some of the stuff was great and some of it I didn’t really use.
The good news is that breastfeeding wasn’t too hard for us to get the hang of. However, pumping took a little more time for us to master. But it was important to me to not only breastfeed my little guy but also build up a stash of milk. I know I’ll need this when my little one starts daycare and when I want to leave the house for fun. I now treat our stash of pumped milk as gold.
If you have a baby registry these are all great things to add to your baby registry.
I hope you found this list of breastfeeding and pumping products helpful! Is there something not on this list that you during your breastfeeding journey? If so, please leave a comment below and let everyone know!
In April of 2015 we moved into our new house and were pretty naive to think that our technology that we used in our 2000 square foot three story townhouse would suffice for our three story 5,600 square foot home. We installed the router that we had been using for years at the townhouse which was an Apple Timecapsule. We started noticing issues almost immediately. At the townhouse the router was located on the middle level in the very center of the building but at the new house the router has to be poorly positioned in the closet of one of the upstairs bedrooms. It also didn’t help that our home office is located in the basement. We started to routinely head upstairs to reset the modem and the router. We’d have company over and the wifi would crash. I’d be uploading hi-res pictures for my photography business and everything would come to a screeching halt. The old router that work perfectly fine when perfectly positioned in a smaller house was not going to cut it for our new home and my business.
I put my husband to work to find us a solution. Being a software engineer and a pretty big techie I thought he’d be able to handle the situation with ease. After a little bit of research he bought and installed a new top of the line router, D-Link AC3200, which was supposed to end all our wifi nightmares. The router definitely performed better than the Apple Timecapsule but we still found ourselves heading upstairs to reset the modem and router. We were pretty frustrated considering the cost of the new equipment. Unfortunately for us we had not found out about eero yet so we tried to put some Apple Expresses into our Wifi network to extend the signal. These actually ended up being pretty difficult to configure and created some odd issues where some of our devices would fail to connect to the network even with the correct credentials, we ended up having to return the devices because they ended up causing us even more headaches.
After spending hundreds of dollars trying to create a solid Wifi network for our home and home business we started to feel like we were either going to have to live with poor Wifi or hire someone to come out and professionally install some kind of solution. My husband then stumbled upon eero.com and we started debating spending additional money to solve our problem. We decided to give eero a try**.
In case you haven’t heard of eero. It’s a wifi system (basically a system of routers). The system links together through out your house. The whole system is super easy to set up. Check out eero’s video for a more detailed explanation.
Life After eero
When the package of our three eeros showed up my husband said “we are probably going be returning theses”. My husband and I opened the box and were a little discouraged when it read that it was recommended to have 1 eero for every 1000 square feet of your house, so we are about 2 and half eeros short of what is recommended. But we really didn’t have anything to lose so we began our installation. I can honestly say it was the easiest router I have ever had to install. All you really have to do is plug it in and pull up the iPhone app. There are not very many options during the router setup so things do not get very complicated. One down side to the eero is that there are only two ethernet ports so we had to buy a switch, TP-Link TL-SG1008D, to handle our SmartThings hub, Philips Hue hub, and DirecTv home system. It literally only took 30 minutes to install all three eeros and reconnect all our additional hubs. The only hiccup was reconfiguring our Sonos speaker systems which pretty much required us setting up each speaker like it was the first time connected to the network. This was definitely no fault to eero and may actually been solved easily if we owned a Sonos Boost.
After two weeks of use we have not had to go upstairs once to restart a router or the modem. The wifi has not gone down a single time. I had my husband walk around the house and our yard to test the signal strength of our new Wifi. It was not surprising to us that it worked well in the areas that we are in the most but it failed to perform well in some corners of our house and our yard based on the initial recommendation of one eero for every 1000 square feet. We have little doubt that if we had two or three more that it would work well in all corners of the house and that my husband might actually be able to listen to internet radio over the network while mowing the lawn.
eero Review Recap
Overall I would definitely recommend this product to anyone who is either tired of the complicated options of setting up a home network or for someone who is struggling with Wifi signal in a large space. If have tried a different router with no luck this is a great option for more compliated setups or larger homes. The only downside to this product that we saw is that there is a very limited number of ethernet ports (2) but this problem can be easily fixed by purchasing a switch (in our case we bought the TP-Link TL-SG1008D for $25). Besides that the only other negative we saw is that you have to purchase one unit for every 1000 sq feet you want to cover. This can get a little costly, but for us this investment is well worth the cost.
**Disclamer: eero provided us a 3-pack unit for this review. That being said this review is an honest and fair evaluation of the product.
I’ve been in transition for a long time when it comes to my day job. For 6 years I worked a full time day job while also doing consulting, running a photography business, and an Etsy shop. I lead a busy life but I’ve always liked it that way and it’s nice having multiple incomes while doing things you enjoy!
About 9 months ago my husband and I found out we were pregnant – yay! I knew I couldn’t do all the things listed above while also properly taking care of a baby. So, I planned my exit from my day job. At this point I was only working there part time (20 hours a week) in anticipation for this transition. The decision to leave wasn’t a hard one but I was leaving a lot of people who I enjoyed working with. I wanted to leave on a positive note and show my appreciation to these people for their friendships and support over the years.
So being the crafty baker that I am I decided to make them cookie packets. They included 3 of my favorite peanut butter cookies (I’ll have to blog the recipe at a later date) in a pretty package with ribbon and a fun tag. Here they are…
They aren’t anything crazy fancy nor did this project take a ton of time or money. However, my coworkers very much appreciated the gift and the gesture on my last day in the office.
So if you are leaving your job and want to do something nice for your coworkers feel free to use this idea. I’ve provided the tags as a free download in both .PSD (Photoshop) and .jpg formats. If you use the .jpg format you will have to write in your own name. If you use the .PSD version you should just be able to edit the text and write in your own name.
Here is what you need for the project:
Making the gift pack is simple. Start by cutting out your gift tags and punching a hole in the top left of the tag. Put 2-3 cookies in a bag and tie with a ribbon. When adding the ribbon also tie on the tag using the hole you punched in the top left corner. You can finish off your package by adding a bow with the ribbon. Then distribute to coworkers on your last day!
When I found out I was pregnant I was ECSTATIC! I couldn’t have been happier. However, one of the first symptoms of pregnancy I found was that I didn’t have the same balance I used to have. I’ve always been a clumsy person, but add in pregnancy, and I was even clumsier which I didn’t even know was possible! During my first trimester I sprained my ankle while running (which was a pre-pregnancy workout that I did most often). After that healed the thought of running was too much to handle. Between my changing body and my lack of grace I just couldn’t bring myself to run anymore. Now I know there are lots of people who run throughout their pregnancy, but I’m just not one of them.
I knew that not exercising was not an option. There are so many benefits to both baby and mom for those who exercise throughout pregnancy. I was quickly gaining weight, and always hungry. Exercise was a must, but the type of exercise I did needed to change. So, after my ankle healed here are some exercises that I found productive during pregnancy.
I don’t claim to be a workout or fitness expert in any way. These are just some things that I enjoyed (or tolerated) doing during pregnancy. Have you found any non-running workouts that have worked for you? If so please share and leave a comment below with the type of workout that you did while you were pregnant.
Just about every time we visit my mother-in-law for dinner we can count on her to make her famous Quick Macaroni and Cheese. Before trying this dish I thought good macaroni only came from a box of Craft Macaroni and Cheese. Boy was I wrong! I’m telling you, this recipe is just as easy as Craft Macaroni and it’s so much better!
This is a great dish if you are hosting a party or bringing a dish to a party. This macaroni is baked so you can prep it ahead of time and put it in the oven 55 minutes before dinner is served. If you are bringing it to a party then pop it into the oven 55 minutes before you want to leave. Put your glass dish into a warming sleeve and it should keep for a good long while in there.
If you are feeding a small (2-4 people) family, this is a great dish as a main course. If you are feeding a large group it makes a fantastic side dish (think Thanksgiving or a Super Bowl party).
I’m a new(ish) customer. However, throughout the whole process of becoming a customer I’ve been faced with frustration on top of frustration. I’ve vented my frustration to the reps on the phone (whom I have to talk to WAY too often), my local bank manager (who was actually very nice, but had no power to actually fix anything), and your online support (oh wait, you don’t actually have online support, I forgot).
Here are a four reasons why I am frustrated with PNC Bank.
1. I can’t do anything (with my own money) unless I call you first. I feel like I’m in middle school again and I have to ask my mom for permission to do anything. However, unlike my mom who was always available, you are only available between 9am and 5pm and I work during those hours. So if I want to reset my password, deposit my first check using your app, make a large purchase, or do anything basically I need to be completely inconvenienced and belittled by having to call you for your permission. Really?! What have I done to make you not trust me?
I do understand that 10 years ago the only way to get something done was by picking up the phone. However, this is no longer the case. And in case you haven’t heard, Millennials HATE picking up their phone.
2. You don’t understand technology or how to provide a good user experience. The idea of technology is that it’s supposed to make our lives easier… not harder. Here are six times that your technology has failed since I’ve been a customer:
3. Lack of Communication and Setting Expectations. Before I became a customer I saw your PNC ad online for up to $300 cash back when you open a PNC business account. Your ad was lovely and well done. I filled out the landing page and I was contacted by a PNC rep. The rep was completely useless and he just told me that I needed to go into branch to finish the application process. Since I filled the info out online I assumed I could just complete the whole process online. However, that was the furthest thing from reality.
So I went into my local branch. What the initial phone rep didn’t tell me was there were a number of documents I needed to bring with me. So I had to go back to the branch a 2nd time. Well it also turns out that I needed to meet with the business banker in order to set up my account and she wasn’t there. So, I had to come back a 3rd time and set up an account. This whole fiasco could have been completely avoided if any one of the people that I talked to would have taken a moment to explain to me how the process worked. Or better yet, I would have loved to have seen step by step instruction online. But no, your website has no such information.
And to top off the whole situation I didn’t end up getting any of the cash back bonus that you offered in the initial ad. I didn’t read the fine print and I didn’t qualify. Although I’m still not sure why- I didn’t qualify. I didn’t want to have to call you up again to find out why.
4. The Right Hand Doesn’t Talk to the Left. I got a call from your fraud services not to long ago. They informed me that my recent purchase of 1k from a fabric store looked fraudulent. It was not fraudulent purchase. I really did want that fabric. The lady on the phone told me that my PNC credit card had a limit towards fabric stores and that if I wanted to make that purchase I would need to get my fabric store limit adjusted. However, she couldn’t make that adjustment. I would have to call another phone number during standard business hours to have make that happen… ugh. That next Monday I called the other number. The new rep tells me I don’t have any such fabric store limit and I should be fine to re-make the purchase. I’ve since made the exact same fabric store purchase three more times. Each time the purchase gets declined by you. Each time I have to talk to someone on the phone to get the transaction to go though. I’ve tried talking to fraud prevention services and my bank manger to get this flag removed however they both have told me there is noting they can do. I’ll just have to talk to them every time I make this monthly purchase. Let me tell you, that isn’t a solution and it’s a waste of both of our time.
PNC, I hope you understand that I’m leaving this letter here for you to help you. I feel that my complaints weren’t being listened to elsewhere. You need to know that your customers aren’t happy.
A Very Frustrated Business Banking Customer
So as you can see, I’m not a fan of PNC Bank. I have found frustration in every part of the banking process. Do you also hate working with PNC? If so, tell me below in the comment section what frustrates you the most? Do you love working with PNC? Let me know what the company excels at. Maybe this will help me be a little more open-minded about the bank.
Right now, this newborn swaddle blanket made from organic muslin cotton is my favorite baby shower gift to give my friends who are expecting. It is a somewhat simple and inexpensive gift that is very practical, useful, and personal.
What is muslin?
Typically when something is referred to as organic muslin it means that it’s made from 100% cotton and it’s made in a very loose weave. This helps keep baby warm but not too warm. The fabric is very breathable, which allows the swaddle to be used all year round and in most climates. Most muslin fabrics are very breathable, durable, and super soft!
Why use organic muslin?
A baby’s skin much more sensitive then the average adult. It’s also more porous and it can absorb chemicals more easily. An organic muslin fabric will be safe on baby’s skin and free of any harmful chemicals.
What type of fabric did I use?
The key to this blanket is the fabric that you use. I’ve see other tutorials that make the mistake of using a gauze like fabric. That type of fabric isn’t going to give you as high quality and durable of a blanket. The organic muslin that I used for this project is to die for! It’s super soft and breathable. It’s also not treated with any crazy chemicals so it’s safe to use with baby. If you want the exact fabric that I purchased you can find it here.
Here is what you will need to get started on your DIY Newborn Swaddle Blanket:
Here is how you make this newborn swaddle blanket:
I hope you enjoyed this DIY Newborn Swaddle Blanket Tutorial! Leave your comments and questions below. I can’t wait to hear how your blanket turns out.
If I let my husband pick out what he wants for dinner he will without a doubt choose this red potato and andouille sausage hash topped with a poached egg. The name of the dish sounds long and daunting, but really the recipe isn’t very complicated. The hardest part is poaching an egg. However I’ve included a YouTube video to help you overcome that hurdle. This meal will surely help you feel better after a bad day. Here is what you will need (note there are a few things missing from the picture):
Here is how you poach an egg:
I’m a recovering workaholic trying to enjoy life. I’m a business owner, photographer, wife, mom to a mini-labradoodle, digital marketer, DIYer, Etsy shop owner, wannabe chief, novice garner and ice tea lover. I’ve got a get-it-done attitude that carries me though life. Read More…