Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Back To School: Backpacks

My baby girl is starting her first year of Preschool (Co-Op) in a couple weeks and I am in search of a backpack.
Presley could not be more excited about school and talks about it all day every day.
She is in a small group with her friends and can't believe that she is going to go to school like Daddy is right now.
Here are some backpacks on my radar:

Are there any great backpacks I am unaware of??  
Please do share!  I'm new to all of this.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

A Sweet Floral Garland

I am helping throw a shower this week for one of my closest friends and Presley's Godmother.
I am playing catch up and reading up on my favorite blogs and came across this tutorial from Oh Happy Day.
Once again Jordan has created something beautiful that I must try! 
Hoping I can have some time to make this sweet garland for the baby shower.
Find the tutorial here.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Home Sweet Home

We are finally home after two weeks of travel.
Montana, Utah, and Northern California.
I am looking forward to getting settled and no longer living out of a suitcase.
The nesting phase is totally kicking in so I am anxious to get a lot done with our house and prepare for Baby Boy this holiday season.
Happy Monday!

Photo by me of one of my Aunt and Uncle's beautiful horses in Montana.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Guest Post: Arcadian Lighting

Hello, everyone! My name is Lindsey and I'm a writer for Arcadian Lighting, a website that provides wonderful lighting options for any home. I get to look at gorgeous things all day long and write about them. I work as a guest blogger, focusing on interior design, home furnishings, lighting, and art. When I saw Nicole's blog, Me Oh My Mama, I fell in love with her fun and chic approach to motherhood. I'm honored to write a guest blog for her today!

Expecting a baby boy in the near future? Why not welcome the little one into a sweetly decorated nursery decked out in lovely shades and tints of blue? Here are a few decorating ideas to accommodate the baby boy through their first few years; install pendant lights or a hanging lantern so that when they start crawling they don't knock anything over; use durable, yet soft, area rugs – think wool; fill their room with fun, interactive toys; and lastly, be creative with your blue hues.

You'll see blues ranging from cool sky blue to deep navies. Just remember to enjoy decorating and getting prepared for the baby as you make the room fun!
Blue Nursery Designs
Oh Dee Doh via
Doesn't this look like a fun nursery? Decorated in blues and yellow (because the mother waited to find out whether she was having a boy or girl at the birth), this room is just too cute. Love the presence of giraffes throughout, even the lamp is in the shape of a giraffe!
Blue Nursery Designs
D├ęcor Pad via
In this airy nursery, lime green and white accent the baby blue throughout the room. With a large pendant light hanging over the crib, a baby blue swivel accent chair with lime green piping, and a cute striped area rug, this room is perfectly prepped for a cute baby boy.
Blue Nursery Designs
Coastal Living via
This is a really fun nursery that's more modern than most nurseries we've seen. The designer played a lot with blue patterns and stripes, too. For instance, the wall is hand-painted in sky blue and white stripes, while a comfy swivel chair is upholstered in a light blue fabric with a honeycomb pattern. Love the deep blue in the zebra-shaped area rug!
Blue Nursery Designs
House to Home via
This precious nursery would actually be well-suited for a baby boy or girl. Lots of peppy, not to mention colorful, stripes and block patterns accent the warm periwinkle blue wall color. This is a great way to decorate your baby's nursery if you want to do something gender-neutral.
Blue Nursery Designs
Penny Rounds via Domino Magazine
This is quite a chic space for a nursery, wouldn't you say? If you have a little nook like this in your nursery, you can place the crib there to save on space. If you have a little more room, you can add some direct lighting with accent lamps atop a cupboard for toys, books and clothes.

Though blue nurseries are usually saved for baby boys, these are so darling, that they would be cute for baby girls, too!

Content provided by Arcadian Lighting, a site that specializes in top quality lighting fixtures at extremely affordable prices. If you like this post, be sure to stop by the Arcadian Lighting blog and let us know you saw us here at Me Oh My Mama!

Please Excuse...

Please excuse me while I sit at my desk and play catch up,
and head out for one last weekend away before summer's end.
Until I'm back I have a guest post for you from Arcadian Lighting.
I hope to share some ideas for my baby boy nursery with you next week!

photo by Ashlee Raubach

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Girls Trip

Last Monday Presley and I headed off for an adventure with my family.  We spent a week in Montana and a couple days in Utah.  It has been so much fun.
We are traveling home today (Me with a heinous cough! Why do I always get sick when I travel?  I need to invest in some airborne...)

I'll be back tomorrow!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Ruby Jane Taylor

My dear friend Ani is going through pain I can not imagine.  Her and her family lost their Ruby Jane to a battle with liver failure last week.  Ruby's sweet spirit, story and fight have forever changed me.  Ani's grace and strength through the entire process inspires me to be a better mother and woman.  I wish I could have posted about this earlier in the week but we were in Montana with absolutely no internet connection.  You can read more of the Taylor's story here through Ani's voice.  To help out, there is one more day in the auction fundraiser to help the family with the medical bills, if you have time today please check it out and bid away!  You can also donate here, any dollar amount helps.  There are darling bows and headbands at Bows For Ruby.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Wood Stained Art :: Beth's Place

I was at my girl Beth's house yesterday and snapped a few shots of her bohemian abode.
I made it almost the width of their sofa and it has a big impact in the space.

Next month we are off to the flea market and are going to restyle a bookshelf.
Can't wait!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Flats to Love

I can't stop thinking about these scarf tied flats that I spotted yesterday.
(Dear Dan, remember our anniversary that is coming up?  I'm just saying ...)

And while on the subject of shoes,

A friend recently showed me that she found my every day go to sandals that were falling apart,
And for half the price!  
I had first found these at Anthropologie, and then they were at Free People, but they were no where to be found once I had gotten to the point of needing repair.
Until now!
You can find them here.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Baby Boy Shower

Last week we celebrated my soon to be nephew and it was a party!
Brittany (Shannon's sister), Suzanne (my sister in law), and I threw an all white baby shower with touches of green.
We also had a baby boy themed photo booth as entertainment instead of games.
It was a hit!

 Here are the invites that the talented Ashly of Kidlark designed for the party:
The back had a darling green pin dot that will not load.  And they were a smaller sized invite.

The yummy spread.  
Every single thing on that table was unreal!  
Thank you again to everyone who brought something.
We had them bring their food in a white dish, and provided some for those that didn't have anything.
I love how pretty the table turned out with the all white, touches of green, and the contrast of the chalkboard labels.
We got the chalkboard labels from this etsy shop, and asked for them to be made without stands.

 The mama to be has had a serious craving for root beer, so this was the drink all dressed up in green bow ties.
Succulents in place of flowers and candles on burlap to pop against the white table cloth.

 These paper mobiles were so easy to make!  
I had seen this idea at Soel Boutique and logged it away to use someday.
All of the above photos are by the talented Kristy Dunning.

For our make shift photo booth we had a white back drop and a basket of props.
Our baby boy props included:
baby dolls, heart pillow, pregnancy belly,
bubble signs: I heart Cash, my mom is hotter than yours, and oh BOY!,
bow ties and mustaches (created from this pdf file)

mommy to be
It was a great way to entertain everyone while others were eating and arriving.
I can not wait for this baby boy to get here!

Monday, August 1, 2011

scenes from this past week ...

Last week was packed!
It all started on Tuesday with a baby shower my sister in law, friend (Shannon's sister), and I planned for this beautiful sister in law, Shannon.

Complete with a make shift photo booth.
More photos to come!

 Then off to a few days in Lake Arrowhead with my second family.
It was beautiful, relaxing, and much needed!  It was so great to spend so much time with all of them like the good old days.

Home for an impromptu dance party while we unpacked and got ready for our weekend staycation with my family.

 Dinner at Javier's and Sprinkles for dessert.

 All day beach day on Saturday.

Home for baths and cleaning up all that sand and sunscreen.
Followed by hitting the theater to watch the funny Crazy Stupid Love.

Sunday morning we had a surprise rain storm complete with freshly baked cinnamon crumb cake and playing barefoot in the rain.

Then off to the sweet baby blessing of my boy Alfie.
I can not get enough of him.
This is just a typical day of sunbathing for him in Lake Arrowhead.

It was such a fun week, and I am now trying to get life back in order around here.
I love summer days.
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