Friday, August 29, 2014

Blogger Stylin' Home Tours | Favorite Room Edition

Yah!  It's BSHT week and I'm loving getting an insider's look at some of my favorite bloggers' favorite spaces!  If your coming over from DIY Showoff, welcome!  And if you're just joining in on the fun, I have the full list of tours at the bottom of this post.  When Lindsay from The White Buffalo Styling Co. asked me to share my favorite room, it was an easy answer.  For those of you new to Iron & Twine, Brian and I are expecting twins ~ you can see our announcement here, our gender reveal here and my most recent pregnancy update here.  
The nursery has become a labor of love and while it's by no means finished, it's the memories we've made creating it and the memories we'll make with the little ones that make this room my favorite.  We still have a door to paint, another door to install, a changing table DIY to complete, curtains to finalize on, picture ledges to hang, artwork to display and this rug to be delivered.  But with any project it's always a work in progress...this one we're determined to finish before the twins arrive!  So without further ado, here's where we currently are in the nursery progress and in an Iron & Twine first, we made a video :)





Next week we'll share more nursery updates along with sources, how-to's and DIYs.  Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out all the inspiring tours below:
Monday, August 25th

Tuesday, August 26th

Wednesday, August 27th

Thursday, August 28th

Friday, August 29th

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Washi Tape Gallery Wall | Dorm Room Decor

If there was one thing I wish had been readily available in cute patterns during my college years, it's washi tape!  Seriously, I would have covered everything from notebooks to pens to my computer keyboard with that stuff!  So when asked to create a simple Dorm Room Decor for The Handmade Home a couple weeks ago, I knew exactly what I'd do to spruce up my dorm room!
  All too often dorm rooms are bare and boring and to make things worse, you can't paint, drill or nail into any walls, leaving the space with something to be desired.  To give your walls an artful display (while abiding by the rules) use decorative washi tape, gift wrap and personal touches; taking your space from generic to top of the class!
For this gallery wall, washi tape is used both functionally and decoratively.  I purchased all three decorative tapes from Paper Source, the gold glitter found here, the gold dot here and the blue and white stripe fabric tape is this brand.   Display favorite quotes and recent instagram pics (I simply printed mine at home on watercolor paper), then frame them out with washi tape or create a mini banner.  For cheap and pretty art, use wrapping paper (this is also perfect for lining book shelves or to use as wallpaper).  I chose this Mint Floral Wrapping Paper for a feminine-anthro vibe.  Have fun customizing a gallery wall that's personal to you while adding some personality to your dorm room!

Headed off to college?
Or remembering the days when you did?
What did you do to spruce up your dorm room?




Tuesday, August 12, 2014

26 Weeks Pregnant | Twins

We're nearing the end of the 2nd trimester and people aren't kidding when they say time really starts to fly by!  The nesting instinct has really taken over, lists have been made and final to-do's are in order!  We're hard at work wrapping up other house projects ~ mainly re-organizing and re-purposing spaces. Every day seems closer and closer to meeting these two and I'm getting to the point of wanting it all done so we can relax and enjoy until their arrival!  Brian and I are having fun working on the nursery and oohing and awing at all things baby.  Why is everything so gosh darn cute in mini size?!
The bump is getting BIG!  The size of a basketball!!  I'm currently measuring 32 weeks for a singleton pregnancy which will explain complete strangers stopping me to say "Due any day now?!"  But seriously, it's very enduring and heartwarming to have complete strangers stop to ask about your baby bump.  And the reactions are priceless when I tell them I'm pregnant with boy & girl twins.
  We've passed all tests and screenings with flying colors and I'm constantly thankful for how well this pregnancy is going.  I know complications can happen with any pregnancy and while we're not out of the woods yet, I feel so blessed to have had an easy go of it.  It makes me put all the minor pregnancy symptoms in perspective.  At the end of the day, all you hope for is happy, healthy babies.  
Now with that being said, I have to admit that this pregnancy thing is harder than I thought ~ and at the end of this, I will have a new found respect and understanding for what pregnant women go through.  To date my biggest complaint is back pain and exhaustion, it's getting harder to get comfortable and this mama isn't moving quite like she use to.  I've turned into a full fledged waddling duck and I'm finding standing on my feet for more than an hour or so to be challenging.   I'm use to go-go-going, and have finally given in to the fact that this body and these babies are now in complete control.  For you mama's out there running marathons, working full time (if not multiple jobs) and taking care of other children when pregnant ~ God Bless You!!  I don't know how you do it!  So, the next time you see a pregnant lady, tell her she's beautiful and glowing and let her cut in line at the restroom ~ it will make her day!
The other thing I underestimated is the community of moms and moms-to-be.  I've loved reading your comments and reader emails and I thoroughly enjoy hearing your experiences, joys and challenges.   I'm learning no two pregnancies, adoptions, moms or children are alike, and what works for one family may or may not work for another.  Proving that having compassion and understanding for one another as parents is the key to supporting other moms.  At the end of the day, we're all doing the best we can to have a happy, healthy, home.  
I'm also grateful to have a such wonderful friends.  Their honesty, understanding and guidance have meant more to me than they know!  A recent, long overdue lunch date with a girl friend, provided much guidance for newborn necessities ~ it hadn't even dawned on me to have multiple crib sheets and a whole slew of burping clothes, like 30!.  She's a mom I adore and look up to, and was a huge influence for me seeking fertility treatment.  Not to mention her son is hands down the best looking kid I've ever seen ~ C, you know who you are!  Another mom I greatly admire is my oldest childhood friend, we first met as newborns!  We recently re-connected and while I don't chat with her often I look up to her from afar, mainly facebook and instagram stalking!  She currently lives in Maine and took the time to write me a most valuable email chalked full of mommy-to-be advice!  N, I promise to email you back soon :)  Another invaluable friendship and mom I adore is Brian's cousin, who's candid info (she's an RN) and hilarious stories on motherhood, make me feel like motherhood, while challenging is a complete joy!  I've also created some new friendships during this pregnancy, one that has meant a lot has been a neighbor who is also expecting this fall!  Our weekly walks and talks have been refreshing for the mind, body & soul and having someone experience pregnancy at the same time as you, truly is invaluable!  A, you're going to be the best mom and I look forward to weekly walks with strollers in our future!  
And I couldn't write this post without a shoutout to a community that mean so much to me...my blogging friends!  Jordan from The 2 Seasons recently announced their plans to adopt ~ you can read her post here.  She has the biggest heart, is super talented and going to be a great mom!  My sweet friend Erin from DIY On The Cheap is expecting her third child this fall ~ that girl somehow juggles it all while looking good and getting tons done!  And Lindsay from The White Buffalo Styling Co. is expecting in 2015!!!  I can't wait to see what she does in the nursery!  
Trust me when I say I'm leaving tons of people out of this list, and of course it goes without saying that I'm so lucky to have such amazing role models in my own mom, mother-in-law, grandmother, aunt and other female family members.  All have been so encouraging and supportive, and while I've typically been more of a guy's girl ~ I'm learning that female friendship and support is so important during this time!!
JEEZ...you actually read all of that?!  Sorry for the soapbox :)  I'm feeling an overwhelming sense of gratitude lately!
The only other major change has been in my mood.  Bring on the hormones...I've turned into a complete cry baby!  I cry because I'm happy, I cry because I'm scared, I cry at babies in commercials, I cry at songs on the radio.  Heck, I even cry thinking about how awesome of a dad Brian is going to be ~ this typically occurs in the wee hours of the night where I have to wake him up and proclaim my huge love and appreciation for him!  I cry because blueberry muffins have never tasted so good and I cry thinking about how incredibly lucky I am!  And gosh darn, I'm about to cry writing this.  Seriously, I've never been such a sap in my entire life.  On Saturday, Brian and I made a trip to a local home improvement store to pick up a large piece of pegboard...we love us some pegboard ~ ha!  Because the piece was so large, we had the seats down and part of it hanging out of the back of our SUV, and I realized that if we were doing this in a couple months we'd have two car seats in the back and wouldn't be able to fit the whole family and our large purchase in one car.  I cried all the way home!  Seriously, 
all.
the.
way.
home.
It had finally dawned on me that project days with just Brian and I are now numbered.  I'll miss the days of Brian driving, me in the passenger seat and a large chunk of some DIY-to-be hanging out of the car.  And yes, I'd much rather see two sweet faces in car seats rather than pegboard in my back seat, but in that moment I cried all the way home because life's about to change...but all for the better!
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26 Weeks Pregnant With Twins

HOW BIG ARE THE BABIES?  Baby Girl is 2 lbs and Baby Boy is 2.2 lbs

EXCITING DEVELOPMENTS THIS WEEK:  Babies can now hear your voice!

BEST MOMENT OF THE WEEK:  Hiccups!  Yes, the babies get hiccups and I can totally feel them.  I find this to be the funniest thing!

CRAVINGS:  Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins and any baked goods, babies have a sweet tooth!

TOTAL WEIGHT GAIN:  28 lbs...must be from all the baked goods :)

WHAT I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO:   Spending some quality time with family & friends over the next couple weeks
Sources:
Non-Maternity Shirt (currently 1/2 off!!)  |  Maternity Jeans



Sunday, August 10, 2014

Twin Gender Reveal

Brian and I are thrilled to share the gender of our twins!  After making plenty of guesses ourselves, we were delightfully surprised to find out that we're expecting...
You can bet there was a lot of jumping for joy when we found out, not that we had our hearts set on a specific gender, happy and healthy is all that we ask for, but Brian was convinced we were having two girls.  And after a few months of him declaring this (he also called TWINS long before we found out) he pretty much had me convinced that we were having two girls.  We're feeling overjoyed about our double blessing and getting super excited for their arrival! 
Names have been decided, (we'll share those when they're born)...
clothes, toys & necessities are being picked out...

and we've officially started the nursery!  More on that this week!
 And because we never take ourselves too seriously, here's an outtake from our shoot!

Thanks for all your well wishes ~ we seriously can't wait to double this family!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Stationery | My Favorite White Gel Pen

 I'm always on the lookout for cute stationery and have been on an ongoing search for the best white gel pen.  I find most to be too weak, too runny or too frustrating to use.  So when I came across this one last week, I just had to share!  
Meet the uni-ball SIGNO broad white gel pen.  It's easy to use and the color saturation is great for dark stationary, it practically pops off this navy envelope!  And while I'm no calligraphist, this pen writes silky smooth with consistent even flow, making snail mail once again fun to create!
Have you found a new product that's too good to keep a secret?
Share it with us in the comments below!

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