Friday, April 24, 2015

DIY Baby Girl Nursery. Neutral & Light Pink.

When I was pregnant, my favorite thing to do was shop. I mean, you find out that you're expecting a baby and it's like a natural impulse to just start looking, pricing stuff out, and buying all the fun baby stuff. As much as I loved it (and I did) it gave me severe anxiety! (I think my anxiety was heightened during my pregnancy in general)  I felt like everything I found was so expensive! And kept thinking "How, in the world, do people afford a child?!" So I decided to get creative. Of course, I scoured Pinterest for ideas and different things to make her room unique and still pretty.

After looking and looking, I finally decided to do neutrals with some light pink accents in it. I did not, personally, like any hot pink or bright colors or character themes for my baby's room. Just not for me. If she gets older and wants a hot pink Hello Kitty bedroom, then by-golly she'll get that. But, the rest of our house will be neutrals. Luckily, when we bought our house all the walls were a nice beige color, so I didn't have to do any painting in that sense. I like white. I like things to look clean. And it's not TOO girlie.

I don't know about you guys, but I very rarely buy anything brand new (with strict exceptions - like mattresses and undies). If I can't find it at a thrift store or yard sale, then it better be on one heck of a sale for me to buy it from a department store. The very first thing I purchased for her room was her changing table. My mom and I were looking around the Salvation Army, I still felt like it was a little too much at $30 but my mom said she thought it was a nice piece and she was right when she said it would go with most anything else we decided to put into the room. So, it came home with me.

Now that I have it and use it every single day, multiple times a day, I'm so glad I bought it. It's in perfect condition and has been a champ! It's a baby, diaper, wipes, basket, toy holding machine. I pondered with the thought of taking the wheels off, but my husband was adamant about keeping them on and, again, I'm glad I did. Makes moving it when the baby throws her pacifier and vacuuming underneath it muchhh easier! Once I got it, I knew I didn't want to keep it the same color, so I scrubbed it down, let it dry, sanded it down really good, and painted it with a this paint I got in the mistints at Walmart for a project prior to this one that I purchased for $5. Let it dry overnight and painted a second coat. And I think it's perfect. Don't you?

Then, while frantically searching for a dresser for her room, my mom informs me that she has a dresser that I used as child at the house, still. She asked me if I wanted to use it and of course I said yes! I'm a sucker for all things sentimental. So, she brought that over and, lo and behold, it was perfect! Did the same thing with the dresser that I did with the changing table, by scrubbing it down, sanding it, then painting it with the same paint. Then with the hardware I used my favorite spray paint (Rustoleum on them, I put them in a small box (I had just moved so it was perfect) and once over did the trick just fine.

(Borrowed this picture thanks to Google)

And this is the finished project:

Its nice because the drawers are nice and deep, and it's extremely sturdy.

Now the crib I did purchase new from Target, mostly because it was getting closer and closer to when she was supposed to arrive and I could not find one on Craigslist or Facebook yard sale pages that I liked enough to redo. And my husband didn't want me to be out in the garage sanding and painting, sweet guy. But don't tell me what to do! Just kidding. Then the whole idea of her chewing on the rails eventually, and that scared the mess out of me thinking of her eating paint! So, yea. After the baby shower, we got a couple gift cards to Target, so that's what we put the money towards. The mattress and the bed set we received as a gift at the baby shower. And the "mobile" my sister made for me with a wreath wire, burlap, 40lb fishing line, and decorative diamonds. Pretty easy to make. Not so easy to hang up..

Well, that's about it. For these few things I tallied a little over $100. Not too bad, right?!

I'll do another post about the rest of the stuff I got for my daughter and how I stayed under $200 total! I found my way of keeping my spending low. And I am about that life. Also, I will be sharing with you my whole labor experience. That will be an interesting one. Stay tuned!

Thanks guys.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Dealing with it..

So, I told you guys the other day that I had an interview with a local company. Well, it's not so "local" as it was just founded in the town I live in. It's Publix. Corporate. Publix. It was a clerical position and, as 8 years a hairstylist, a lot of my experience in that specific industry can be placed in every other industry out there.

I applied. I took the crazy weird test that they sent. I did well. I got called for an interview. Found out that over 90 people applied for the job, and 4 got called for an interview. ME.. I was one of those 4! Got called for a second interview. What? One of two people. Out of an original 90! WHAT?! Little ol' me? Insane.

But, then I got the call this morning, that they went with the other candidate. Can't say it didn't sting like salt poured on an open wound would, because it did. Bad.

All I kept thinking was "Now what am I going to do to help support my family?" "I'm not ever going to find a job.." "Nobody wants to hire me" "I don't want to go back into the hair industry after being all hyped up about this job" and felt, seriously, sorry for myself.

But, then, I turned my sorrow into happiness for that other candidate. Congratulations to her, she got a great job at a great company, with amazing benefits. Really! She should feel so proud of herself. Hell, I'm proud of her! (I saw her before my second interview, she's really pretty, too.)

Then, something else happened.. God has way bigger plans for me than I do for myself. On my way to the second interview, I start crying. Talking to him the whole way (I really need to learn the art of "Praying Properly", because Him & I just have talks. Like, me saying "Yo Jesus! Let me tell you what's goin' on now.. PS. Thanks for everything. You're pretty rad.") Within my conversation with God I say how I've always seen myself, while I was a kid growing up, as being a #SAHM, but I know He has other plans for me, and if this is that other plan, then let it be and I will welcome that. But, apparently it wasn't meant to be. There's something different and more for me. And that more right now is my daughter. My husband. My home. My future children.

I feel like plans change everyday, and if I didn't go on that interview I wouldn't realize how lucky I am to be able to stay home to be able to soak in and enjoy all these moments with my beautiful baby girl. So what, we're struggling a little bit financially right now. We'll get used to it. We can make it work. Right now, my job is to keep my faith, keep my baby & hubby happy. And that is priceless to me. I will keep my job, with no pay, no benefits, no 401K and still be the richest woman in the world.

Love you, all.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Hi again. Long time, no post.


So, I haven't posted in a while, figured I might as well get to it. Not really sure what this one is going to be about, just felt the urge and need to sit down at the computer and write.

Let's just chat a bit about what has been going on lately.

First of all, my amazing little sister has started a blog. She's probably one of the best writers I've ever had the chance of meeting/reading. I would strongly suggest you guys take a gander at her blog! I'm trying to get her and my other sister to go in and start working on a book together. We're seriously hilarious. Seriously.

Well, my baby girl, little precious angel turned 6 months April 8! I cannot believe it. Half a year, folks. Half. a. year!
Look at that little, precious face. Just love her to pieces.

We went in the baby pool for the first time! She LOVES IT!

Such a cool baby. I can't get enough of her.

Okay, baby spam over.

I'm very excited, I have an interview with Publix corporate Wednesday.. I hope I do well! I will post later on whether or not I have gotten the position or not. But, for now, let's just all say a little prayer on the matter.

I have a new DIY project that I will be doing, and I'm SO excited to share with you guys. So I will get on that as soon as I can.

I have some "getting ready for baby" money saving tips that I have heard and experienced that I am going to share with you as well. So this blog is really going to be all sorts of stuff. Home decor, baby - lots of baby, DIY, what I'm up to, health stuff (hopefully), personal, and maybe some fashion-y type stuff. So, I hope you're excited as I am & along for the ride with me!

That's all for now.


That's me.. Caitie B