Pretty tech + giveaway!

I'm so excited to be teaming up with Pretty Tech for this post! If you haven't heard of Pretty Tech, you HAVE to check them out!

Pretty Tech is an online store that sells beautiful iPhone cases at affordable prices. They have a wide selection of crazy cute phone cases ALL for less than $25. Actually many of them are less than $20! I've seriously always had the hardest time finding cute phone cases for less than $30-$40... Even at places like Target. So when I came across Pretty Tech I was so excited!

There's SO many cute phone cases in their shop, that it's hard just to pick one! But with their great prices, who says you have to just pick one, right?! And they're always adding more styles!

I've selected some of my favorite cases from their Spring collection, which are pictured above. Click on the photos for more details and be sure to check out their website to see all of their styles... I promise you'll fall in love! 

Oh, and be sure to on over to my Instagram to check out the GIVEAWAY that I'm hosting with them! You don't want to miss out!

AND Pretty Tech is giving 10% off to my readers this weekend with code GIVEAWAY10. Yay!

A Whimsical Little Nursery

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So, we took these pictures of the nursery when Graceyn was just only a week old. Now that she's almost 8 months old (what?!), I'm FINALLY getting around to posting them! Seriously, I can't believe how quickly life goes by these days!

I have to admit that when I first found out that we were having a baby girl, all I thought about was decorating the nursery! I had a huge Pinterest board full of ideas and already knew that I wanted something whimsical, feminine, and sweet. I knew that I wanted a touch of pink (heck, it's my one time I have an excuse to decorate with pink), but not too much. I'm just not the type to go for all of the pink everything, with lots of ruffles and bows, and all that jazz. We also had to use our third upstairs bedroom for the nursery, which is the smallest room in the house. I knew it would be a bit of a challenge decorating such a small room. So to help it feel more open, we stuck to airy colors, light window treatments, and minimal wall decor. 

Through lots of searching, and mixing and matching of pieces, I finally came up with a look that I love. I've also realized that I'm a sucker for adorable little stuffed animals and dolls. That big metal basket is already stuffed full of them! I especially love the kitty in her crib and the swan on her rocking chair. AND, I couldn't resist the fun printed area rug... I mean, cute is that?! It's the perfect place for our sweet baby girl and I can't wait to watch her grow and enjoy the space!

We also did quite a few DIY projects in order to stay under our budget. The dresser was a $30 Craigslist purchase, which I wish I had a before picture of! I spray painted the hardware gold and painted the whole thing with white chalk paint. It's like a new dresser! I was really wanting this dresser from Pottery Barn, and this was a great budget friendly alternative! I was also given a hand-me-down rocker, which was originally a dark walnut. I painted the wood frame with the same white chalkpaint as the dresser, and left the original taupe colored upholstery. Finally, I found a cute $8 mid-century end table at Goodwill, which I painted a pretty pink color (one shade darker than the accent wall color). 

Of course, we also gave the walls a fresh coat of paint! The colors that we used are:

Wall color:  Benjamin Moore Paper White
Accent wall: Benjamin Moore Gentle Butterfly

 

Details on where we got everything are in the links above! 

 

graceyn sophia

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So it's been a whole 5 months since the birth of our sweet baby girl and I'm JUST getting around to posting about her birth. I gotta say... Having two kids is a whole different ball game than just having one! 

The birth of our son Mason was a scheduled c-section, due to him being in a breech position. This time around, I really wanted to try for a VBAC and my doctor was so supportive. I was a little nervous about what labor would actually be like (since I never had even a small contraction with the birth of our son), but I was also excited to go through the process. My due date was June 4th, and as we crept up towards the end of May I was paying close attention to every little sign of labor- eagerly awaiting her arrival! 

When I went to bed on the night of May 25th I was having a lot of cramping. I thought to myself, "Maybe when I wake up tomorrow we'll be having this baby!" Well the next morning came, I woke up, and I didn't feel a thing. Not. One. Thing. Feeling a bit disappointed, I started going about my morning and getting ready for work. Then suddenly... A contraction. Then... Another one 8 minutes later. Then 7 minutes. Then 6. Within 20 minutes they were 5 minutes apart. My husband was about to go out the door to work when I stopped him and told him that he probably wouldn't be going into work that day. I called the nurse line and they told us to head to the hospital!

We were a week out from my due date, our house was a mess, and we had NOTHING packed for the hospital! I vividly remember my husband having a bit of a panic attack in the kitchen, saying "I'm not ready for this!" "You're not ready?!" I said. "I'M the one having this baby!" Oh, what a morning it was! Too funny.

We got checked into the hospital, and settled into a room. I hadn't eaten any breakfast (since we were in such a rush), and the doctors wouldn't let me eat- since I was at risk for a possible repeat c-section if the VBAC wasn't successful. So, I labored most of the day while trying to get my mind off of food. My mom painted my nails while I bounced on the birthing ball, and family came to visit. I had my brother bring me Starbucks, a yogurt parfait, and some banana bread so that I could have it ready to eat after the baby was born! I knew that I would be ready to eat once they would let me!

Finally around 1:00am on the morning of the 27th it was time to push! The nurses put a heart rate monitor on the baby's head, and were monitoring her closely. My doctor reminded me of the possible risks with an attempted VBAC, and let me know that if at any point the baby were to go into distress, they would do a c-section right away. Well, after some pushing the baby's heart rate began to drop. I remember the doctor telling me "You need to get her out on this push or we're doing something else." At that moment I asked God for strength and pushed with everything I had. Then I heard the doctor say, "She's out!" What beautiful words those were!

The very next moment my sweet baby girl was up on my chest and I heard her first cries. WHAT a joyous noise! Truly the most beautiful noise on earth. And what a relief. I just stared at her, thanking God over and over for this precious gift. I couldn't stop telling my husband how beautiful I thought she was. Completely perfect in every way!

It really couldn't have gone better, and I'm so thankful to God for taking care of every little detail. I ended up only pushing for 8 minutes... 8 minutes! And had a successful VBAC! Oh, and that yogurt parfait and banana bread tasted AMAZING!!!

God gave us the name Graceyn Sophia, meaning "God's blessing, favor" and "Wisdom." She is most certainly a blessing from above! Words cannot express how blessed we feel to have this little angel a part of our lives. We're forever in love!