my weekend in pictures.

  20141121_175055637_iOS {friday morning delivery by the milkman: farm fresh eggs & milk!}

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20141121_202332000_iOS {i introduced eloise to christmas music while i was crafting on friday.}

20141122_025939245_iOS {she is loving this whale on her playmat. i suspect it is because it has a mirror on the bottom & there is a baby staring back at her!}

20141122_060812806_iOS {i got some sewing in on friday afternoon!}

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{eloise rolled over on saturday morning. she had done it before accidently, but this time she did it a few times in a row! & by rolling over, i mean she leaned her head to one side & her body followed!}

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20141122_225413547_iOS {i enjoyed a lovely saturday brunch with some of my local mom friends. thanks husband for hanging out with eloise!}

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20141123_195121636_iOS{the makings of an apple pie for friendsgiving.}

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{friendsgiving at jes & cale’s house. so good to celebrate!}

we had a fun weekend with lots of friends, including our first house guests & a friendsgiving celebration! it is hard to believe it is the end of november already, but the weather is definitely making it feel like fall. at least it didn’t rain the entire weekend. we are hosting my parents for thanksgiving this weekend & so looking forward to a full house for another few days! how was your weekend?

M

friday I’m in love.

welcome back friday! be sure to pop over to see what kendra, mary beth, & amanda  are loving this week. we would love for you to join us! leave a comment and we’ll come check out what you’re loving each week!

{one} pom winter hat.

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{club monaco safiya hat}

i think my favorite winter accessory is a fun pom pom hat. this one is divine & looks so chic!

{two} teething necklace & jewelry.

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{mama & little sol teething necklace}

my fingers are crossed that eloise won’t start teething soon {this mama is just not ready for that yet!} but i am on the hunt for good teethers. toys & otherwise. i recently discovered the shop mama & little, & love all of the on-trend jewelry. you could wear this stuff & no one would ever know it was silicone for your babe!

{three} ha ha!

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have i ever shared this saying? it’s one of my favorites & makes me chuckle every time i see it or say it. here’s to a good laugh going into the weekend!

what are you loving this week?

M

eloise {week 14}

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{dress & bloomers: babyGap // tights: babyGap // onesie: Old Navy // moccasins: Freshly Picked // hair bow: Etsy}

**a little sneak peak at e’s christmas card picture ensemble**

{week 14} lots more giggles & coos from our little one this week. she is constantly chattering to herself, or to aaron or me – it’s the sweetest! she is also still loving that fist & isn’t as interested in just her thumb as she was when she was a newborn. {also, speaking of newborn, as of a week ago eloise wasn’t considered a newborn anymore… what? this is happening too fast!} there is also a lot of moving her arms & legs, especially when eloise gets excited about seeing mama or papa, or a toy, & she gets a huge grin on her face.

we have also entered – as of just a few weeks ago – the start of the drool. eloise likes to take advantage & blow as many bubbles as she can {it’s pretty impressive!}. but I worry since it is cold about the front of her onesie always being wet. so we have started wearing a bib on occasion to help with the wetness & I am thinking I should make {in all of my spare time!} a few baby bandana scarves for her to wear. a little more stylish than a bib! also, I know that an increase in drool comes with her age, but is also a sign of teething. to the second point, I am in complete denial about that!

eloise is still loving lots of singing which is fun. she loves to chatter thru the songs & adores when they are interactive. she is also really starting to grasp {literally & figuratively} toys these days. she has a few favorites which I talked about here, but I have been trying to get all types of toys in front of her just to see how she does with them. I don’t think there is purposeful grabbing of toys at this point, but she is noticing them if they are in front of her which is pretty cool.

cloth diapering is still going well, though we had a bit of a fiasco this weekend with all-of-the-sudden leaking. thanks to those mamas who helped me out! I think we are back on track with a few size adjustments – I think maybe she slimmed up a bit? I have also been using cloth wipes as much as possible {since it really does make a lot more sense with cloth diapers because you don’t have to separate the wipes out} & have been sticking to this solution:

cloth diaper wipe solution

2 cups warm water

1 tablespoon coconut oil*

1 or 2 squirts of baby wash (we use this – California Baby Calming)

a few drops of lavender essential oil (we use this  – doTerra}

mix all ingredients together until all coconut oil is dissolved. soak wipes or cloths in solution & wring out. store in wipe holder/plastic bag/etc. I do about 6 to 8 wipes at a time which means I have to make the solution a lot, but I don’t want to worry about any moldy issues. any solution that I have left over I store in a mason jar & then use it with the next batch.

happy 14 weeks eloise!

M

*we are using coconut oil for everything these days as it is awesome: as a dry skin moisturizer especially around e’s ankles since this area gets really dry, on any kind of bum redness during a diaper change (in hopes of preventing a diaper rash!), as a nipple ointment for mama as needed, on e’s face to help with the little rash she has from all of the drool. I also have friends who have used it to help with cradle cap!

my weekend in pictures.

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{she is working on getting that entire fist into her mouth.}

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{fibbage is aaron’s new favorite game to play with guests. if you ever come over to visit, you will play this game!}

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{day date. coffee for him, donut for me.}

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{thanks to ben & sarah for watching eloise for a few hours on saturday so we could have a day date: burgers, TJ’s, & donuts!}

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{eloise had some awesome naps this weekend, including this one which started in the stroller at u village, continued in the car ride home, around the block to say hi to neighbors, & culminated here on the couch.}

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{the cold weather makes for lots of snuggles. I don’t mind one bit!}

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{a smile & a moving hand is pretty much what e is up to these days!}

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{oh those overalls. she was in them all weekend since she is nearly out of them. this may be the last time she can wear them. tear.}

we had a pretty low-key weekend with lots of sunshine & catching up with friends & family. not too shabby if you ask me! it feels like the calm before the storm though with the holidays right around the corner. how was your weekend?

M

friday I’m in love.

welcome back friday! be sure to pop over to see what kendra, mary beth, & amanda  are loving this week. we would love for you to join us! leave a comment and we’ll come check out what you’re loving each week!

{one} AOL original city.ballet.

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I have always loved ballet & was delighted to find this mini-series documentary about the american ballet company. it is in its second season (which I haven’t started) but each episode is quick – just 5 to 10 minutes! it is a look into the crazy world of ballet & has me so intrigued!

{two} cuyana cape.

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{classic cape}

over the past five or so years, I have loved capes. as the the weather in seattle has gotten so cold so quickly over the past few days (along with the rest of the country apparently) I have been dreaming about warm cozies! this cape is gorgeous, don’t you think?

{three} a gilded thanksgiving table.

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we are hosting our first official thanksgiving this year & I am already in planning mode (though my expectations are pretty low, if I am totally honest). I know the food & company will be superb, & I would love to put together a fancy, gilded table. if I re-purpose a few christmas decorations, like a kraft table runner & gold glitter pinecones, I may be in business!

what are you loving this week?

M

project baby {diy mid-century dresser update}

when I was planning & sourcing furniture for eloise’s nursery, I knew that I wanted to get a low-boy dresser that could not only double as a changing table, but also be used as eloise grows up. I scoured craigslist for weeks in search of a mid-century dresser that was in good shape, but reasonably priced. finally I found one & we drove down south to tacoma to pick it up. the dresser sat around for weeks until I finally had time to paint it & get it ready for the nursery (I was 38 weeks along at that point!). while this was a simple & straight-forward project, I loosely followed this young house love post.

in its original state, the top & sides were super dark, almost black. the gentleman we bought it from told us that his sister had just refinished the dresser with this darker color. definitely not my favorite, but I loved the rest of the piece & knew that was an easy fix!

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I started by taking out all of the drawers & sanding everything down. I used a palm sander for the main part of the dresser & hand sanded the drawer fronts with a block sander. then I wiped all the dust down & started painting the main dresser & removed the handles from the drawer fronts. I used this Behr Paint & Primer to save myself a separate priming step.

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it ended up taking three thin coats of white to cover the dark wood & get the white color that I wanted. I rolled most of the coats, but used a brush for the smaller details along the front of the dresser.

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after the white paint was dry, I brushed on two coats of a polycrylic coat with a small brush. I also did two coats of poly on the drawer fronts.

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& here is the final product (again – you already would have seen these in the nursery reveal!). I am really, really happy with how this dresser turned out. it is such a great & timeless piece & is exactly the warmth I was looking for for this space. I also know that this will be such a great piece for eloise for years to come.

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have you refinished a craigslist find recently?

M