Thursday, February 17, 2011

State of the House: Part 1

So as you know, we moved.  We started this move on January 22nd and are still not yet done.  For a visual, the house currently looks something like this:

Family room

Living room

Living room

Except worse.  We now have every piece of clothing we own laying across all of the above surfaces. 

You see, we are in the process of rebuilding closets in order to create more useful space for storage.  So instead of one hanging rod, we have built-in shelving units and double rods in all 3 closets.  The end result will be glorious.  We can see it more and more everyday as progress is made.

We are also painting.  Every wall, door, cabinet and all the trim.  The house was built in 1985 and although it has been painted/updated by previous owners, it still has a very heavy feel (notice the cabernet-colored wall in the family room pic above?).  We are painting the trim and doors white, walls will be shades of taupe-y gray (minus the baby's room which will be pink!), and cabinets will be a steely brown.  Here's an idea of what we're choosing:

And for a reference, I drew out the rough floorplan in Excel (what else would you expect from this analytics geek?):

I have some before/after shots that I'll work on posting this week. Fingers crossed we can start to unpack some things this next weekend! My nesting instincts are in full effect...12 weeks until our sweet girl is due and I have a feeling she's not going to wait the full time. So I'm banking on more like 9-10 weeks as the deadline to get everything situated/organized. Which sounds like a good amount of time, but to this mama? I just feel the days melting away. So here's hoping I don't drive myself, my mom (only the best interior designer out there!), or our poor contractor crazy.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Week 26

***Don't forget to enter the Apothica Giveaway here by Tuesday, Februrary 22nd!***

How Far Along: 27 weeks last Friday, but I'm recapping week 26.

Total Weight Gain/Loss: 14 lbs

Maternity Clothes: I finally bought some long-sleeved maternity tops at the Gap sale a week or so ago.  They are perfect for work and give me room to breathe.  Hallelujah!

Gender: Girl!

Movement: I almost always have a foot (at least I think it's a foot) under my ribs on the right side.  My next ultrasound is on March 1st so I'm curious to know her position.

Sleep: I'm so exhausted at the end of the day, sleep comes easily.

What I miss: Nothing.

Cravings: Regular Coke, which I've never liked let alone craved.  And, no worries to the Mommy Police, I don't drink that much/often.  Just enough to enjoy the fizzy sweetness.

Symptoms: None.

Best Moment this week: Attending our first birthing class last Thursday.  It's crazy to think this little girl will be here in 12 weeks!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

What A Weekend!

***Don't forget to enter the Apothica Giveaway here by Tuesday, Februrary 22nd!***

Friday morning I woke up with the chills and knew I was either suffering from something drywall-smell-related (due to the recent drywalling of our master closet) or I had caught the bug that my dad had earlier in the week.  By 5am it was confirmed: stomach flu.

Hubs took me to my parents house (our house is still being worked on so there was no rest to be had there) on his way to work and I camped out on their couch.  I was worried about dehydration affecting the baby again, so I called my OB and she phoned in a prescription for Zofran.  Thankfully, that is a miracle drug.  I was able to keep down Pedialyte and chicken noodle soup.

Saturday was more of the same - hanging out on the couch, watching TV and sleeping. 

Sunday we slept in, started laundry and planned to meet my parents and Gram for lunch only to find out that someone had broken into our car on our driveway and stolen Hubs' briefcase.  Yes, at our new house.  In an otherwise-safe neighborhood.

So Sunday afternoon went from laid back to frantic in 0.2 seconds.  We called the police, insurance company, banks and alerted the credit bureaus (he had checks, an old ID and work things in the briefcase). 

Thankfully the window was replaced by Monday afternoon.  Just in enough time for a celebration in honor of my mom's birthday.  We met up with my parents and Gram to see Just Go With It.  It's funny, sweet and predictable - exactly what we needed to finish out a crazy weekend!

How was your weekend/Valentine's Day, lovelies?

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Apothica Giveaway!

I'm a huge makeup fan.  Like I would own every product out there if I had unlimited funds.  My absolute favorite makeup line?  Bobbi Brown, hands down.  Here are some of my favorite products:

I use the Skin Foundation for a smooth, even base (with bonus SPF 15 protection!).  Depending on where I'm going, I'll mix it with my moisturizer for more sheer coverage or apply it with a foundation brush for a more polished look.  The best part is that it never looks caked on or unnatural.

I also love Bobbi Brown's eye shadows.  The Shimmer Wash Eye Shadow gives the perfect glow without looking too metallic or glittery.  And the best part?  You can create your own shadow palettes for easy use and storage.

I'm excited to announce that Apothica has teamed up to provide a lucky reader with a $25 gift certificate to their site, which offers the Bobbi Brown products I have listed above as well as many others!

To enter the giveaway, you must do at least one of the following:
  • Write on Apothica's Facebook page (Bonus entry if you opt in to Apothica's Newsletter)
  • Tweet about Apothica (Bonus entry if you tweet about this giveaway)
  • Write a post on your own blog about Apothica (Bonus entry if you write about Bobbi Brown)
Yes, you can be entered up to 6 times to increase your chances!  Just leave me a comment letting me know what you did to enter as well as your email address so I can contact you if you win.  Contest closes Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011.

Good luck, lovelies!

*Images from Apothica's website.

Week 25

How Far Along: 26 weeks last Friday, but I'm recapping week 25.

Total Weight Gain/Loss: I have an appointment next week, so we'll see what the number has risen to (yikes!)

Maternity Clothes: Really, about now we're going for whatever I can find that actually will fit me.  Our house is still a mess of boxes, which makes finding clothes next to impossible.

Gender: Girl!

Movement: There's a full-on dance party every night.

Sleep: I've been so sleepy this week!

What I miss: Nothing.

Cravings: Desserts, which is strange since I'm much more of a salty over sweet kind of girl.

Symptoms: I had a flair of pregnancy acne, which drives me batty.  The 15 year-old in me just can't deal with skin problems (I had my fair share when I was younger, trust me).

Best Moment this week: Definitely having Hubs feel her dance around my belly.  This little girl has him wrapped around her finger already!