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This is my niece, Kate. Beautiful, Funny, and Smart. The other day after church, she asked me “How long after you have your baby will it come out of the egg?”

I love six year olds. I love their innocence. I love that she thinks I’m a chicken. I almost wanted to tell her it would be a few days and I would have to sit on the egg to keep it warm, but I resisted. I’m excited to have my own little curious kid that I have to explain life’s mysteries to.


I’ve had plenty of time to sit and stare at things I want in the last week. I don’t know any of these people or companies, I just love what they do. Here are my favorites:


A sign for the door of the hospital room that we can put on our door or mailbox when we get home. I can’t wait to share the news! I love that this one is sweet and simple. From OohLaLaBabe’s Etsy Store.


Cheesecloth wraps from Simply Done Design. These are beautiful for photographs. I’d love to get some and see how they do as light weight blankets too. I love Simply Done Design’s color options and that you can get pretty coordinating sets.


Our new house has one of those beautiful giant switch plates for a phone to be plugged into. I’m sure most people’s home still have these, but since we only have cell phones, we don’t use it. The last place we lived, it was inconspicuous so I just ignored it, but ours sticks out like a big sore thumb built into the side of a cabinet. I want to get an old vintage phone to hang over it, I like irony of hanging an old out of date phone over the out of date plug for the phone. This phone is sold here.


Okay, I probably don’t, but as it’s getting hotter outside, I feel like I need this Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker and now that it comes in Turquoise, it only justifies it more, I love bright colors!


What have you found that you love this week?

The funny thing about having babies, is it seems like everyone has them at the same time. For example, at my baby shower last month, there were five other pregnant girls there, and two with babies under three months. So, with all these babies, and all the showers, I’ve been trying to get creative with the gifts I give. I love sewing and love giving homemade gifts, so I thought I’d share a little basket I put together for a friends shower this month.DSC_6582co

Bib, Burp Cloths, Pacifiers, Finger Puppets, and PeePee Teepees


I loved these little guys when I saw them, and picked up a pack for myself too. They are really soft, and I loved finger puppets as a kid so I added these in. The only other thing I bought were the pacifiers; mom’s can never have enough!


The bib I made is reversible with the same pattern on the back, it’s just a different color, and then I made two burp cloths to match. I always make burp cloths with Terry cloth on the back. It absorbs more and is soft on the babies skin. To make it even easier, rather than buying the expensive terry cloth at a fabric store, you can buy towels from a store when they go on sale and then cut them down. I think I made 8 or 9 burp cloths out of one towel, so you save a lot of money and have the same result.


The PeePee Teepees I made, I used my own pattern, which I can share later if you’d like ;), they are SO easy and can be made with the scraps from the towel you made the burp cloths out of. I think I whipped these four out in about ten-fifteen minutes.


I also made a set of birdie themed ones for our little guy!DSC_6929 - Copy

So tiny! I love it!


I used chenille from the fabric store on the back of these ones. It is so soft and was a great way to use leftover scraps I had from making blankets.

The best part about this present is that part of it is homemade, and it’s really easy for beginner sewers to make the boutique-style burp cloths and the peepee teepees. Put it all in a cute basket that the mom can use in the nursery and you are good to go! I bought a few different fabrics and made some other variations of this same set for other friends. It’s especially fun if you know what their nursery theme is and you can match it to that, like this girls theme is safari, so I chose fabrics with giraffes and elephants, and the like. I hope this gives you some good ideas too! Good luck!

Now that I’m so close to having this little guy in my arms, my yearnings are starting to turn away from cute and comfy maternity clothes, and back to clothes of regular size! I am excited about this, and also quite nervous to see how I look in my pre-pregnancy clothes post baby. I’ve been on the hunt for things that are still comfy, since I will be toting around a baby all the time, but with my same style. Here’s a few things that are on my wish list for this week:


As soon as I saw this dress, it grabbed me. I absolutely love it! And it’s on sale this week at zulily. I’m thinking a little pre-baby splurge might not be so bad on something this pretty, right?


New tank tops from Shade Clothing. When I tell you I lived in these things prior to being pregnant, I ‘m not kidding. I wear them under everything, I wear them to bed, I wear them working out, I love them. After seeing the 29 colors they are currently offering for spring, I am dying for some new fun colors! These are seriously the best tank tops/undershirts around, and go on sale on the time, making them just as cheap as other basic undershirts.


This dress was featured in the ad for JcPenney’s this week and I fell in love with it. I love the colors, I love the length, and I love that it’s a shirt-dress. Since I am going to be nursing, I will need more clothes that I can unbutton (aka- easy access).


And last, but not least- these cute sandals from Modcloth to go with either dress. They are summery, sweet, and match most of my wardrobe.

I know I said a few weeks ago that I had done my last photo shoot before taking a maternity leave, but with three of my nieces and nephews moving, I had to get in one last shoot before they left! These three have always been so easy to photograph, and like always, their pictures came out precious!

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And for old times sake, here are some of my favorites of them from past photoshoots-



We sure will miss their cute faces but I hope that they have lots of fun in Utah and don’t forget their favorite Aunt Stacey ;)

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I am finally getting to post one of my favorite showers I have ever done. This was a shower for my brothers soon-to-be (now is) wife. We wanted to do an outdoors, morning brunch with a mix of rustic and chic. On the invitations we put a small note saying “Summer Dress Attire Requested” to keep the feel of a summer soiree. I’m so happy with how it came together, it was a really nice, laid back shower. We had so much fun welcoming Becky to the family! 

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Little napkin bows were on each place setting on top of a card with the brides name. Starting with each letter, guest wrote words of advice for the happy couple. The miniature silverware was tucked into the backside of each bow.

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Each centerpiece had a different, coordinating assortment of tin cans, mason jars, floral garlands, tea candles, and tissue flowers in varying shades of pinks, whites, and greens. We used wooden kitchen tables and chairs, mixing the chairs up between the tables to give it a shabby chic feel. This was great, because we needed to borrow a few anyways, so they didn’t look out of place! Stick to all wooden to keep the theme, but our chairs were all different sizes, and we even had a few white ones. Our tables were all different sizes and shapes too, we just made sure to use similar colored table clothes to tie it all together. I like the not too matchy matchy look anyways. For the brunch, we used gold chargers, gold rimmed plates, and mason jars as the cups.    

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On the Brunch Menu:

  • Muffin Buffet: Blueberry Streusel, Banana Nut, and Mountain Berry
  • Quiches: Spinach, Spinach & Cheese and Sausage & Cheese
  • Assorted Summer Fruits in a Watermelon Basket
  • Bite-size Ham & Cheese Sandwiches on Hawaiian Rolls
  • Southern Style Fresh Ambrosia
  • Pink Lemonade
  • Lemon Water
  • Strawberry Shortcake for dessert

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Strawberry Shortcake Shower

Once the guest were done eating and mingling, we played a little game where the bride had to guess how the groom answered a list of questions. We asked the groom the questions the week before, video taped it, and showed his answers on a projector screen after she gave her guess to the question. This was really fun to watch, and was a good way for friends of the groom to get to know the couple better! After the game, she opened her gifts and then we brought out strawberry shortcake in dessert glasses. Favors were horse shoe key chains that had a small note saying “Thank you for coming and wishing the happy couple good luck!”

Kitty Cat

Even Miss Kitty joined us for a few minutes at the end!


I love bridal showers and this just makes me want to do another one! We had so much fun, and if you decide to do your own backyard bridal shower, leave us a comment with the pictures; we’d love to see them!



Backyard Bridal Shower Brunch

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