Nursery Tour #4: Personalized Pillow from Ted and Lucy Etsy Store

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Welcome to the fourth post in the series of our nursery for our little boy. In this post I would love to share with you all the adorable pillow we received for our little boy's room from a great store on etsy call Ted and Lucy


Kim Kuiper, the owner/designer from Ted and Lucy, graciously agreed to send me the above pillow for my little boy's room and I am in love with it! Not only it is an adorable, high quality, custom made pillow, but it totally completes the look of the room. Below is a picture of the back of the pillow and the look it creates by being placed in the glider in his room.



Kim is a mom to 2 little sweeties and has a background in interior designer. Her shop, Ted & Lucy, is named after her great-grandparents. Her mom gave her a sewing machine for her birthday and even though it took her two years to open the box, the machine has been running a marathon ever since! She started off making pacifier clips that would fit all brands of pacifiers for her little girl. After her friends saw the clips they wanted one so she decided to rent a booth at a local craft show to offer her clips to others. People began to ask if she was on etsy and now, nearly six years later, she has expanded from just pacifier clips to a whole array of children's products.  She loves creating unique items which will be loved for years by all!

Kim not only makes makes adorable, custom pillows but has a large selection of pacifier clips, burp clothes, hooded towels, diaper bags, painted letters, and sales unique, homemade blankets  as well!  Here are some photos of some of the cute products she sales:


I have really enjoyed getting to know Kim through this review and think you will enjoy getting to know her to if you decide to work with her on a custom order. I hope you all take the time to stop by and say "hi" to Kim. You can find her on Facebook at this link. 
And I have some really exciting news! Kim is offering my readers a coupon code for free shipping off any product on her store! Just use code "easton". 
Hurry offer expires March 7, 2014!

Be sure to check out the other three posts in my nursery series below:
3. Curtains
2. Monogram Letters Over Crib
1. DIY Hanging Pendant Light
Disclosure: I received a free product in exchange for a honest review based on personal experience with this product. No monetary compensation was received or will be received between MFJ and the associated company with this product. 

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LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Atlanta

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With over 2 million LEGO bricks under one roof, LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta is a LEGO lover's dream! Come share our world of color, creativity and family entertainment. Come ride Merlin's Apprentice and Kingdom Quest! Don't forget to check out local Atlanta landmarks in our MINILAND and learn new building tricks in our Model Builder Academy. Let the kids run free in our Soft Play area, and don't forget to check out one of our four 4D movies! It's the ultimate place for LEGO fans '" young and old! 


Click on this link to get your $5 off General Admission OR $50 OFF Birthday Party

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The #1 Baby Shower Gift/Item You Need for Your Baby + Giveaway

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Anyone have a baby shower coming up that they are looking for a perfect baby gift for? Or are you expecting yourself? I have discovered the best baby shower gift/must have item for your nursery from Molly at Doodlebug Prints. Wondering what could be so great that I would consider it a MUST have? Baby closet dividers! 


As soon as I saw these adorable closet dividers I knew I had to have them to organize all the clothes my son (who is not due until June) already has received!

Photo credit by doodlebug prints



Molly sent me some and I was even more impressed when I saw them in person! It took me no time to get them set up in my little boys closet (now I just have to hang and organize all his clothes). 

These closet dividers make it SO much easier to sort all the clothing and pick out an outfit by size. And you can't beat the price...at only $12.75 plus s/h I'm telling you they are a MUST for any mommy-to-be!

Now let me tell you a little bit more about Molly, the owner of Doodlebug Prints Etsy store! Molly quite her job as a web designer for a sprinkler supply store just over a year ago (Jan 2013), the month before her son, Nolan, was born to be a stay at home mommy! **Fun fact Nolan was born on Valentine's Day! Isn't that neat? Just shows how much that baby was already loved!** Molly wanted to creatively document Nolan's first year of life with photos and came across a site that sold baby month stickers. Being a graphic designer she thought she could easily make her own and after getting several compliments on the stickers, decided to start her own Etsy shop in March 2013. The first step was picking a name for her store....she called her son her little doodlebug so the named seemed appropriate for her Etsy store as well. 

Then while going through her sons clothes in his closet she felt a desperate need for some organization. She had the brilliant idea to make closet dividers so that she and her husband and could easily locate the different sizes of his clothing. She loved them so much she decided to add them to her shop and they are now her top selling product! She will soon be adding birth announcements and party invitations as well! 

I love her monthly baby stickers. I am thinking about purchasing the ones below for my little guy.


And I have some really exciting news! 
Molly has graciously agreed to offer both a giveaway and discount to my readers! 

For anyone who orders a product in the next two weeks (prior to Mach 8th) will receive 10% off your order when you use code PROMO10. 

You can also enter the giveaway via Rafflecopter below to enter to win a set of closet dividers of your choice (must be a design she already has in her shop). 
Best of luck to you all and don't miss out on getting an even better deal on ordering some by using the above discount! 

a Rafflecopter giveaway
Disclosure: I received a free product in exchange for a honest review based on personal experience with this product. No monetary compensation was received or will be received between MFJ and the associated company with this product. 

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Valentine's Weekend & Winshape Marriage Retreat

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This year for Valentine's Day the hubs and I had the privilege of attending a Marriage Retreat called Romantic Adventure at Winshape in Rome, GA. For those of you not familiar with Winshape it is a non-profit organization run by the Cathy Family (the founders of Chick-fil-A). Winshape has many different ministries but their marriage program is the one we experienced this past weekend and it was wonderful! 

Photo credits of Winshape

The marriage retreat was a great, relaxing getaway for us in the beautiful surrounding of the north Georgia mountains. The food is amazing and the classes were great as well! They have all kinds of different marriage retreats ranging from Marriage Intensives for marriages that are on the verge of being finished to retreats like the one we attended that the sole purpose is to get away with your spouse, focus on each other and God's vision and purpose for your marriage.

The retreat we attended, Romantic Adventure, was lead by Shawn and Christina Stoever. Some of the takeaways we brought home from the retreat are the importance of setting a family vision and also of speaking love into your spouse's life via their God given gifts. My husband shared with me that he loves that I celebrate occasions. I am a big celebrator and love to celebrate birthdays, holidays, and special events but did not know this was something by husband appreciated about me until this retreat. I shared with him that I appreciate his kindness and thoughtfulness for others. 


As part of the retreat you get the opportunity to experience Winshape Wilderness, which is ropes course of the retreat. You are supposed to climb on all these high rope course activities with your spouse to build trust, etc. but I could not participate since I am pregnant. I was quite thankful after watching the husband climb up a really high pole in the air and jump off (see video below) that I was not allowed to participate. :) 




All in all we had a wonderful time being away together for the weekend and focusing on our marriage! If you are looking for a weekend getaway with your spouse I would highly encourage Winshape Marriage Retreats!


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Nursery Tour #3: The Curtains & Leigh Design Etsy Store

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Welcome to the third post in the series of our nursery for our little boy. In this post I would love to share with you all the curtains we hung in the nursery over the weekend and a great store you can purchase curtains from as well if you are in need of any or simply want to give your house an updated look.


Janet from Leigh Design's Etsy Store graciously agreed to send me two panels of curtains for our baby's room. I received them this past week and I could not be more pleased with her work and the quality of these curtains! 



I choose the Yellow Zig Zag panels in 96" length. I love the fact that she allows you to customize to the size and length you need. I have extremely high ceilings and can never find panels in stores that will fit in my house. The quality of her panels are amazing you guys! They are lined very nicely and do a wonderful task of blocking out light! Without further ado here is a picture:


In addition to her beautiful curtains Janet also makes really pretty throw pillows and valances. She has so many beautiful patterns. I am totally envying these right now and am considering purchasing them for my dining room. 


Here are some of her other patterns I'm totally crushin' on! Remember you can custom order from her with any material and size and she offers throw pillows, valances, curtains, table runners, and linen napkins! 




Be sure to check out her store for all your home decorating needs! 

Be sure to check out the other two posts in my nursery series:

Disclosure: I received a free product in exchange for a honest review based on personal experience with this product. No monetary compensation was received or will be received between MFJ and the associated company with this product. 

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Nursery Tour #2: DIY Monogram Letters Over Crib for Boy

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I am so excited about the latest update to our nursery. I am a HUGE fan of anything monogram and decided a long time ago that I wanted my baby's monogram over their crib. When I found out I was having a boy I was determined I was not going to let that stop me so I set out to find a manly monogram. I found one and was going to purchase it online for just over $120. When I told my husband he couldn't believe how expensive they were and said he would make them himself and that it would cost less than $20. 

So I present to you the steps of making a DIY monogram for less than $20. :)

Step 1: Design the monogram on paper. This is actually what took the longest amount of time. My creative husband free handed the monogram we liked onto paper to practice getting the curves and arch right. If you can't free hand you could always trace.

Step 2: Decide on your size and buy a sheet of plywood. We went with 32" letters. We then measured it out on plywood and traced it on to the plywood to begin cutting it out. 


Step 3: After tracing and cutting out the letters we held them up to the wall to see what it was going to look like. Then it was time to paint them up.



Step 4: Hang the letters! We used the pledge Velcro strips which I love cause they make it easy to remove and readjust if needed!


Be sure to checkout the other post in my nursery series: 
DIY Hanging Pendant Light

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Snow Cream

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For all of you northerners who are getting pounded by snow this week I have a fun recipe/creation for you to try that we made last week during our Atlanta snow storm for Snow Cream! It is really easy to make and delicious! It really tastes just like homemade ice cream!

To make all you need is:
  • 6 cups of fresh snow
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1/4 cup of sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla


Mix it all up and TADA! You have yourself snow cream! We also discovered you can add chocolate syrup or snow cone syrup to make different flavors. 

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My Snowopolis Story 2014: Trains, Planes, and Automobiles

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For anyone who has watched the news in the last week you know that Atlanta became a nightmare as of last Tuesday afternoon around 2pm. Well I have my very own story to contribute to the Atlanta "snowopolis/snowjam/or whatever you want to refer to it by 2014"....but wanna know the real funny part? I wasn't even in Atlanta to start off my adventure...

I had actually flown to Charleston, WV Monday evening for work. Why does that city sound familiar you might be asking yourself? Oh yeah...it's because it is the other city (other than Atlanta) that has been in the news recently for the chemical spill that contaminated all the city's water. So yes, 20 weeks pregnant me, flew in to Charleston, WV for work. Upon reaching the airport I drove with three co-workers, who are wonderful and already love my little boy *obviously* :), 2.5 hours outside of Charleston to stay in a hotel outside of where the water was contaminated to ensure my baby would be safe (mind you I was extremely glad I did when upon walking off the airplane gate and onto the airport terminal there were signs posted everywhere that said pregnant ladies and children should NOT drink our water or bath in it, or eat anything cooked or cleaned in our water). We were greeted in WV by sheer cold....honestly I have never experienced that sort of cold. All you northers will laugh at me but -16 degrees in NOT my kind of fun. We drove in major snow the 2.5 hours just to wake up the next morning and drive the 2.5 hours back to Charleston in order for me to be able to present. Here is a picture of our group at breakfast before the 2.5 hour drive back to Charleston on Tuesday morning:


Our flight was SUPPOSED To fly out that day at 4pm. I finished presenting around 2 and we headed to the airport only to find out that the one and only other flight (both flights out of WV to Atlanta were also coming in from Atlanta) had been delayed and still had not left Atlanta. We waited hour after hour to find that each flight kept getting delayed longer and longer. Finally, at 6:30 (FOUR AND HALF HOURS after sitting at the airport) both flights were cancelled. It was at this point that we found out that not only were they cancelled for Tuesday but also for Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and most likely Saturday, and, that our best chance for flying out of WV due to the low priority and all the flights that were being cancelled into Atlanta that were going to have to be rescheduled, our best chance of flying home would be on SUNDAY! 

Let me remind you that we were in a city where I could not eat or drink any of the food. After a little deliberation we decided to rent a car and DRIVE back to Atlanta. After picking up another Atlanta traveler we meant at the airport the five of us crowded into an Explorer we rented from Avis and began our long haul back....our agreement was that if anyone felt unsafe at any point in time we would stop and stay put where we stopped. I mean honestly anywhere was better to me that Charleston, WV. At least let's get to somewhere I could eat.
We got about 15 miles out of Charleston before we started wondering if we made the best decision. We were straight up driving through a BLIZZARD! Although they are much more prepared up there then we obviously are in Atlanta (there were snow plows everywhere and the roads were salted) we are still not used to driving through snow, I am pregnant and have to pee every five minutes, and it was so cold the sand and snow kept clogging our window shield and we would have to stop about every 30 minutes, pull out baby wipes, and let the one and only guy that was with us (poor thing) climb out and wipe down the windshield with baby wipes so we could continue to see to drive. Don't believe me? Here's a pic:


We drove until Charlotte, NC. We arrived at 12:30AM and stayed there overnight. 

The next morning we continued our route. As long as were making forward progress we felt pretty good about ourselves. Our plan was to make it to Greenville, SC and regroup there to decide if it was safe to continue to ATL or not. We made it to Greenville Wednesday afternoon. We called a team meeting at Starbucks and turns out we were not in agreement about our onward trip into Atlanta. We were split 3 wanted to continue (myself included) and 2 wanted to stay. Remember that whole everyone has to feel safe or we won't continue plan? Yeah...well majority ruled! We continued much to the distress of the 2 that didn't want too...mind you we were running on VERY little sleep, I hadn't been able to change clothes in 2 days (this would be the first and only trip I've ever packed JUST enough for what I thought I would need), and all our friends and family members were texting us telling us we were crazy to come in to Atlanta and stay put. (Easy enough for them all to say when they are at home having snow days with their families and posting pictures of hot coco and sledding in the snow!)

We decided to continue into Atlanta but scared we wouldn't make it through town we decided to ditch the rental car and continue through town to the airport (where our cars were) by train. We made it to the Marta station, purchased our tickets, and began our very long 47 minute wait for the next train (mind you we were outside in the freezing cold with no restroom and this pregnant mama HAD TO GO). That's how I know it was a 47 minute wait! Finally a train came...I grabbed my suitcase and purse and stepped on the train.

Only problem? In all the excitement of the train coming and trying to make sure we got on the train and I didn't pee my pants) I left my briefcase with my WORK laptop AND ipad on the bench at the Marta station. For those of you who aren't from Atlanta I don't know how much you know about Marta but it is known for not being very safe. I was sick! Thankfully I realized it very quickly and we got off at the next station to wait for a returning north bound train to take us back to where I left my bag even though I knew there was no way it would still be there. 
It wasn't five minutes until I got a phone call from my heroes! Three guys who I later found out where vacationing here from London! I know they picked a bad time to come right! They had my bag! What amazing, kind, good people! We made it back to the station got the bag from these awesome guys who refused to accept any money from me and snapped several pictures with them. Halfway between tears and throwing up and trying to communicate my thanks I told them I was pregnant and promised them they would make this story that I would tell my son one day. They in turn told me their names: Shanes, Benson, and TJ. Here's our photo:



I EVENTUALLY made it home late Wednesday night in enough time to hit up a few hills with my sweet, wonderful husband. I'm telling you guys. I've never been more happy to be home in my life! 




At least now I have my very own planes, trains, and automobile story!

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