Welcome to my Living Room

So it’s not exactly AFTER… there are still some things I want to do to it, and I didn’t “stage” the room for photos so… yeah. But I figure it might be a while before it’s actually at AFTER and this is close enough for sharing! Orange rug: Love it. I debated over whether or


38 Weeks, and Staying Patient (Pregnancy Iced Tea)

Pregnancy iced tea: Heat 4 cups of water. Throw in 3 bags of Red Raspberry Leaf tea. Throw in 1 bag of other tea (I did peppermint, then green chai, and tonight’s is green tea + some lemon slices) for variety Dump in 3 packets of Truvia Let steep several minutes. Remove tea bags, and


Dehydrating Vegetables – Primal/Paleo Emergency Food Kit?

One thing about eating the way that we do – mostly meat, produce, eggs, and dairy – is that it makes it difficult to have a store of food ready in case of an emergency. On the east coast, that would mean hurricanes or tornadoes. Out here, that means possibly an earthquake (which my husband


37 Weeks – and full term!

So now she’s allowed to come whenever she wants, because we’ve reached “full term” – woo hoo! So she could be born tomorrow or in another 5 weeks. Kind of a long time frame when you think about it… I’m hoping she comes before I become an angry/frustrated pregnant lady saying things like, “Have I


To My Sweet Baby at 36 Weeks

Does this mean I’m now “9 months pregnant”? I’m 9 lunar months out of 10… and at the end of this week she’ll be “full term” and “allowed” to make her arrival! So if someone asks, do I say 8 months or 9? Today I just said “three and a half weeks left!” But really


Large-Scale Custom Art on a Budget

One of my “problems” in home decor has been wall art. Sometimes size matters, and I think art is one of the places where it definitely does. Having  a couple tiny framed photos, or a small painting above a couch looks a bit silly. And while you can group a bunch of them into a


Dear Baby – Week 35 love note to my fetus

So, today I set up the camera and tripod, and all of a sudden it was like this blank wall in our house was the most exciting thing in the world. The dog came and posed (totally on her own) awkwardly looking like some sort of deranged furby, while my husband peeked in like a


How to Make a Dog Bed – Step-by-Step With Photos

My sweet dog has been using the same dog bed since her birthday a year and a half ago. Needless to say, despite many washings and oxy-cleanings and such, it was gross-looking. Also, some holes had worn through the seams that attached the base to the “bumper.” Zora deserved a new bed, and so did


Week 34 – Dear Baby – Pregnancy Pictures and Note

I can’t believe it’s June and that it is definitely possible that our baby could be born THIS MONTH. It’s getting closer and closer, and I know it’s really up to our little girl when she arrives… wonder what she has in mind.


What’s Growing On in the Backyard?

One thing I had been curious about for a long time was the beet plant. I kept asking, “How many beets will one beet seedling make?” and no one could tell me… no book, no googling, etc. I guess the answer was, “Duh, one.” Now I know. I just didn’t know if it would be


Home Decor Sneak Peeks – Baby Room and Living Room

Saturday, the husband and I made our first-ever pilgrimage to IKEA. It’s about 3.5 hours away, but closer to a 4 hour drive with a pregnant lady who has to stop constantly to pee. I actually dreamed about going to Ikea last week. In my dream, you had to stand on a conveyor belt to


Week 33 Pregnancy photos and note

This week a friend helped me install the car seat in our little red car… tight fit but it works! I kept squealing imagining putting our baby girl in it and taking her home. Very exciting! I love the “front” picture this week because it looks like I’m just a normal not-pregnant girl with a



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