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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Guest Post: Birds Themed Baby Shower by One Artsy Mama

Hey everyone!  Today I have a special treat for you!  Amy from One Arsty Mama is here!  She's got some great baby shower ideas!  Come check this out!

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Hi!  I'm Amy, aka One Artsy Mama, and I am so excited to be here today to share with you about a baby shower I threw for one of my best friends.  As for me, I have one adorable "Little Crafter" of my own, who I love like crazy, and a handsome hubby who knows how to ballroom dance {yes, that's really us!}. 

I'm passionate about my family, dancing, Ravens football, and Jesus, and I'm a total Starbucks addict.
I love all kinds of artsy-craftsy things and am happiest when I'm creating something...especially if it's for someone I care about.  Which is what made this baby shower extra fun to plan!

Here's me with my girl, Jess.
Since she and her hubby {who I lovingly like to call the brother I never wanted} decided not to find out the baby's gender, our little planning committee had to come up with a neutral theme.  We went with birds and bird nests, which turned out to be really adorable.  We had to be super-sneaky and get her to think she was coming over for a "girls day out" where we were going to make some jewelry.
We must have done well; Jess was totally surprised, just like we hoped she would be!

One of my favorite things was these fun cupcakes! Here's how I made them:

BIRD'S NEST CUPCAKES
You'll need:
cupcake mix of your choice
cupcake liners: I used blue and green
white icing {you can make your own, or I used Duncan Hines}
blue food coloring
shredded coconut
Jelly Belly jelly beans

Step 1: Bake cupcakes according to package directions.  Let cool.

Step 2: Toast coconut.  I placed mine on a foil lined tray in the toaster oven and kept a close eye on it, stirring it around and pulling it out when it was nicely browned.

Step 3: Add blue food coloring to icing and mix until you get your desired shade.

Step 4: Spread icing on cupcakes and add a liberal amount of toasted coconut on top of each one.

Step 5: Add 3 jelly beans to each "nest."

They were really quick and easy to make and turned out so cute! {and tasty too!}

As for some of the other details:
Here's the diaper cake my mom and I made {I even made the little stuffed owl for the top}:

Here's a look at the favor table.  Our other friend "Tall Jess" made the adorable seed favors; she put fabric scraps in these tiny flowerpots, added a bag of seeds, a few cute silk flowers, and a sweet poem.  I made the bird magnets...for a tutorial, see here.  The centerpiece displayed the game prizes, bird nest necklaces.


I was so pleased with how everything turned out, and I think Jess had a great time, which was the most important thing. 

Well, actually, the most important thing is right here...

Meet "Baby S"...I'm an honorary aunt!  Such a cute little peanut!  Congrats, Matt and Jess...and let me know anytime you need someone to snuggle him.
Thanks for having me here today, Krista!  And I'd love for you all to come visit at One Artsy Mama sometime, after all,



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Thanks for coming Amy!  How lucky is Jess?  That shower was amazing.  Gah, did you see those adorable cupcakes!?  They are just too cute.  I'll have to make some of them... just because I can.  What's another pound at this point, right?  Make sure you head over to One Artsy Mama and check out the rest of Amy's amazing talent!  




Monday, January 30, 2012

Bundles of Baby: Gender Reveal

The only thing more exciting during pregnancy than those two little pink lines is the anatomy scan sonogram.  At least, that's what I think.  By the time you go in for the scan, you've probably felt movement and it's sunk in that you are pregnant.  You probably got your first glimpse of your little gummy bear at that first pre-natal appointment, but the anatomy scan always makes me realize "it's a baby!" and not just some weird alien or gastrointestinal disease.  And I always anxiously watch the screen looking for tell-tale signs of team pink or team blue...

Which brings me to today's post.  My Mr. Right and I have been able to pick out the fuzzy black and white lines on the screen, so there isn't really any surprising us, but announcing it to everyone else is still a lot of fun.  With Little Monkey we sent a picture message of My Mr Right holding a Tonka truck and the message that soon we would be playing trucks in the dirt with our little boy about an hour after our ultrasound.  This time, we waited a little longer and held everyone in suspense for a few days.  And since we live a lot closer to my parents this time around, they thought they were going to die from curiosity.  We had Little Monkey help with the big announcement this time.  Before I spill the beans on that, here are some other ideas on announcing which team your little womb-dweller is on.


Photo Announcements:




Food Reveals:


Via Flickr




Activities:
Oh my gosh!  Twins... How fun.  Photo via Young Wife's Guide.



Those are just a few ideas.  Google "baby gender reveal" or search on Pinterest.  Oh man, there's tons of ideas.  You can click the links below the photos for more info on each idea.


We revealed our little one's gender in a couple ways.  My Mr Right and I went to Monterey, California the weekend before our anatomy scan.  Little Monkey stayed with Grandma and Grandpa.  While he was there, he watched an Elmo DVD about cooking.  He learned how to spell hot.  We decided to try and teach him (help him memorize) how to spell his new sibling's gender.  We weren't sure if he would be able to pull it off.  When we asked him, he wasn't always consistent with his spelling.  But, leave it to my champ!  Little Monkey got to tell Grandma that we are having a B-O-Y!  We also made soft pretzels and colored one of them blue.  My Mr Right didn't believe me that it would work and so we only did one.  My youngest sister thought since it was the only one, it must be growing mold and wouldn't eat it.  Ironically, they were still warm from the oven...  

This is how we announced the news on our family blog.
[The little munchkin was face up the whole ultrasound, 
except with the tech was taking the images she gave us.
The whole ultrasound was kinda disappointing... but that's a whole 'notha story.]

This photo is how we announced it to family and friends on Facebook.
I just stacked Monkey's blocks, snapped a photo and posted that puppy for all to see.

My Mr. Right's family just got phone calls.  He's not very creative... Sorry guys.



Do you have any great ways to announce the gender?








A Little Housekeeping

Not actual housekeeping.  Bloggy housekeeping.  The kind I can do from the couch...  =)  Ready?

It's HEEERRE!  Bundles of Baby is finally here.  I have been working like crazy the last month or so and have some great baby-themed tutorials, gifts and ideas for you.  I have a few guest posters scheduled (if you would like to guest post, let me know - baby themed or not) and they have some more awesome ideas.


There is a baby-themed linky open and I encourage you to link up and check out the great stuff others are sharing.  If you've been around here long, you know that I am all about the personalized, handmade gifts.  They are so much more special and personal than a store-bought gift (although, I do those too...).  So, come share your awesome baby tutes!  P.S. Weekend Wander will still happen each weekend, so you can still show off your other projects too.

And... don't forget about the giveaways!  Right now, there are two of them going on: the Cutting Edge Stencil giveaway and a giveaway for a New Momma Gift Package.  Don't worry, you don't actually have to be a new momma to enjoy it.  So, head over and get your entries in.  The stencil giveaway closes Feb 6 and the gift package closes Mar 4.  Check back if you've already entered, more entry opportunities may be added.




Over the next couple weeks, I also have a few Valentine's ideas to post about.  It'll be busy around here.  Don't miss a thing and follow along with GFC (follow button in the left side bar) or an RSS feed.  I will also do my best to keep you all updated on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.  So, feel free to join me there as well.

Oh, and by the way, have you been over to Lil' Luna lately?  Maybe you saw Kristyn's big announcement?  If not, you should check it out... I'm awfully excited about it!  You'll have to scroll down the post a little ways to really understand why.  And, if you don't follow Kristyn, now would be a good time to start... Just sayin'.  



Sunday, January 29, 2012

Bundles Of Baby: Link Party

Welcome to the Bundles of Baby series here on While He Was Napping.  We will be adding a new little one to our family in February 2012.  Babies are so much fun.  So much work, but fun too.  Come help us celebrate babies.  Link any baby-related posts and be sure to check out all the other good stuff out there.  Linky will remain open for the duration of the year.  Weekend Wander is still happening.  If you have links that aren't baby related, please show them off HERE.




Giveaway: Pamper Me Kit

During this series you'll see a post on a great gift idea for a new momma.  Well, actually, it would be a great gift for any lovely lady (and maybe even some of the men in your life...?).  Well, here is your chance to get your hands on some of those goodies for yourself.  And be on the look out this month for more details on putting together a New Momma's Survival Kit.  Here's the deets:

Not all items are pictured.  
See below for complete prize details.

You could win:
- One 2 oz bottle Sugar Scrub for Face and Body (will come in a clear, smaller bottle)
- One .5 oz sample packet of Moisturizing Hand Cream
- Two .15 oz Lip Balm tubes (only one pictured)
- One 2 oz bottle Creamy Body Butter (not pictured)
- One 1 oz sample packet Bath Salts

These will all come in your choice of scents.  You can go with one or two complimentary scents or totally mix-and-match it up.  There's a list of scents to choose from below all this mumbo-jumbo or we can try to create something unique.  It's your choice.

I'll be using Rafflecopter again for this giveaway.  It seemed to work fairly well on the last one so why fix it if it ain't broke, right?  This giveaway will last all month, mostly so I have a chance to get my brain back before I seriously let someone down with a gigantic delay in delivery of their prize.  Giveaway closes on March 4th, 2012.  Products are available through my Etsy Shop if you would like to get them sooner.  If you would like to create a custom kit, like this one, please message me and I'll set you up.  Completed orders are shipped within 3 business days.

Could you use a little pampering in your life?  Who couldn't, right?  Or do you know some one who could?  Well, to get your hands on this awesome goodness, here's what'cha gotta do:

a Rafflecopter giveaway
Good Luck!

Available Scents:
Raspberry
Chocolate Raspberry
Banana
Green Apple
Wintergreen Mint
Coconut
Sugared Almond
Lemon
Lime
Lemon Lime
Citrus Sage
Citrus
Fruit Cocktail
Lavender
Eucalyptus Mint
Fresh Linen



Thursday, January 26, 2012

Weekend Wander #65

Welcome, welcome.  Let's just get right into this, shall we?  There were some pretty fabulous link last week?  Did you check them out?!  Here are some of my faves:

Craft Room Organization @ Saving4Six
Totally JEALOUS!

Handwritten Lampshade @ Joyful Homemaker

DIY Terrariums @ Small Garden Love
Man, oh man... If only I didn't have a two-year-old...

Congrats, ladies!  Grab a button in the sidebar if you'd like one.  Thank you to everyone who linked up.  There were so many awesome projects and ideas shared.  Your talent continues to impress.

Ok, real quick, a little housekeeping...
1.  Make sure you enter the Cutting Edge Stencils giveaway.  This is a super fantastic way to liven up your home.  The Cutting Edge Stencils staff is amazing to work with.  And $50 worth of product for free?  Yes, please.  So, go get on that.  After you link up, of course.
2.  Don't forget Bundles of Baby starts Sunday, January 29, 2012.  I've got some super fun baby stuff to share with you.  There will also be a baby-themed link party.  So, bring your baby game and show it off.  I'll try to do some features from that linky through out Bundles of Baby.
3.  And, just a heads up, I have the link parties set to post for the next month or so.  However, if I don't get time to do features, I'm sorry.  Life will be getting a little hectic and crazy around here for a while.  Please continue to link and visit each other and I'll get my head back in the game ASAP.  And make sure you check out the Bundles of Baby series that will last all next month.  Even if you don't have any babies, you probably know someone that does... 

Ok, the good part.  And.... GO!




Wednesday, January 25, 2012

I Love Us {Printable}

I really like this quote.  It's so true.  My Mr Right and I are amazing together.  Don't get me wrong, we fight and argue, just like most couples.  But, we get along really well.  When I was pregnant with Little Monkey, My Mr Right lost his job a week after we got the pink lines on the pregnancy test.  He was unemployed for almost six months.  We spend every single day together.  It was amazing.  Every day wasn't fantastic and magical, and we disagreed and argued, but I'm so grateful we had that time together before we brought children into our family.  We are awesome.  I love us.
Maybe there's an "us" you love too?  Shout it from the rooftops... or picture frame or card or whatever.  For your printing pleasure... click HERE to get a watermark-free copy
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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

In Case Of Emergency Kit

Some of the men in my life are SOO hard to gift for.  My husband is the kind that is incredibly particular about what he wants.  He is a computer geek to the max.  And I am not.  I don't know enough to get "the good stuff".  My dad is one of those guys that has everything and wants nothing.  Except he doesn't really have everything, he just doesn't care.  So, Christmas is rough.  I have to get them both gifts!  So, this past Christmas, they both got an In Case Of Emergency Kit.  It was a fairly inexpensive gift, $15-$20.  I got most of the stuff at the Dollar Tree.  This fits under the seat in my dad's truck and in the back of our Jeep.



Here's the How:
Supplies-
- #10 Can with lid
- Variety of items.  Examples:  Utility knife, electrical tape, duct tape, rain poncho, individually packaged and sealed beef jerky, individually packaged trail mix, rope, bungee cords, water purification tablets, band-aids, triple antibiotic ointment, flash light and extra batteries, tissues, small screwdriver set, small sewing kit, manicure set, chapstick, matches, superglue, toilet paper, emergency blanket, hand sanitizer, tire gauge, shoelaces, heat pack, lighter, alcohol swabs, aspirin, eye drops, other first aid items, ect.


Directions-
1.  Put all your items inside your can.  I had to unwrap some of the items.  Some didn't fit in the can in the packages and some of the items I split between my dad's kit and my hubby's kit.

2.  I made labels to attach to the front of the cans.  And a contents label for the back.  I just taped the lids shut with packing tape.  I wanted an easy way to seal the can, but I want it to be easy to get into as well.  Since, well, "emergency" usually means "hurry".



You can download the labels at 4shared.  The first link is the main label.  There are two variations of the contents label.  You can download the image and make any needed changes in Paint or Photoshop.
http://www.4shared.com/photo/_twkM1Fj/Emergency_Kit_Label.html
http://www.4shared.com/photo/dJCMk3wI/Emergency_Kit_Contents_Label.html
http://www.4shared.com/photo/iBZJ4m29/Emergency_Kit_Contents_Label_2.html



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