My First Mother’s Day

102Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful mom’s out there! But especially to my mom because I wouldn’t be who I am today without her ♥
096This is my very first Mother’s Day and I must say it was nothing short of amazing. I woke up to a bunch of mothers day wishes from several of my facebook friends. Jacob completely surprised my mom and I by coming to our house in Lake City all the way from Jacksonville with flowers and cards for each of us. I was so happy to see him and to get the biggest bouquet of flowers EVER in my life! IMG_20130512_135333He gave my mom beautiful peach tulips that open during the day and close at night. We got dressed up a little bit and took some picture. My mom made a delicious shrimp sauce over white rice for our special dinner and I made cream cheese pull apart monkey bread or dessert. Also, we finally opened Jacobs beer cake and had a couple drinks. It was the first alcoholic beverage I’ve had in over a year which I’m proud to say, so a couple is all I needed. I couldn’t have imagined a more perfect way to spend my first mother’s day. Especially because I didn’t expect anything on this holiday.

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Excuse the “ghetto” baking dish. I had to improvise. (:

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How To Make Your Own Baby Shower Decorations

To save myself money, and to express some creativity, I decided to make my own decorations for my baby shower. I already blogged about my baby shower decorations on a different post, but on this one I’m going to explain exactly what I used and how to make what I made. (:

First, I googled some baby shower decoration ideas and came across quite a few inspirational ones. The first one I like was this gorgeous brooch that I found on Google Image Search, but for some I cannot seem to find the photo on the search engine anymore. and I didn’t save the link, just the picture. Anyways, I thought it was the cutest brooch ever and it was the perfect theme of my baby shower: pink and zebra. So I went to walmart to get a bunch of supplies to make this. Mine looks very similar to the picture I tried to follow, but I added my own extra girly touches to it and made it look fabulous. I made two, one for me and one for my mom. (:

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I bought 1 yard of hot pink craft boa for $4.50 on Amazon. Zebra and different shades of pink ribbons from Walmart. I usually buy the entire roll of ribbon so I can have some left overs for a future project! I bought glitter foam for $0.80 and black foam for $0.47. I had some adhesive rhinestones used for scrap-booking and black bows that I got a while ago for $2 at Walmart. I used those for my ribbon decorations. I used craft glue to make sure everything would stick together really good ($3 at Walmart). I also had safety pins handy, so I didn’t have to buy those, which you can find at the dollar store. First I cute 8 pieces of the zebra ribbon and 8 pieces of the sheer black ribbon to make my flower (4 of each were used for me and my moms brooch). I cut them long enough so that I could glue them in the middle and have enough hanging over to reach all the way to the other side. Once I glued all 16 individual ribbons together, I glued one on top of another in an alternating pattern. Once that dried I cut 2 large circles of glitter foam to use as my middle background and glued that in the center of the glued ribbons for each of the brooches. I then printed Mother-To-Be and Grandmother-To-Be on the computer, cut it out and glued that on the glitter foam. Then I cut enough of the craft boa to form a complete circle lining the outside of my foam. While I let that dry I cut 2 more circles of the black foam to use for the backs of my brooches. I cut a bunch of several different kinds of pink and black ribbon for mine and my moms brooch, glued them onto the foam in a string line pattern and waited for them to dry so I could add the little bows and rhinestones to the ends of each ribbon. Once I did that, I glued to flower part of the brooch to the back piece and let that dry. Lastly I glued a safety pin to the back of each brooch so we could wear them on our clothes on the big day. They turned out looking better than the picture I originally got the idea from! I was very proud of myself. And now, I’m going to save them as keepsakes for my little girl. I’m still debating whether I want to hang it in my room, or frame it in hers. (:

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My next favorite idea that I can across and decided to make were these adorable pink and zebra table top imitation flower decorations. Here is the link to the website where the girl teaches you how to make them. I changed mine up a little bit. I had to improvise because I did not have the things that she had. Instead of tin cans I used recycled toilet paper rolls. And I used some pink straws instead of pens because I didn’t have that many of the same kind of pen. I covered the cardboard rolls with the zebra duct tape that I bought at the Dollar Tree for $3.75. Then I taped assorted pink feathers ($5 on Amazon) to the tops of my straws and pens to make the “flowers”. Last, I tied a pretty pink bow around the cardboard to add some pink to the base. I used a sheer light pink ribbon that had wire in it so I could shape the bow how I wanted it. That was pretty much it for those! I thought this was the easiest of them all and it took no time to make. I did have to buy the feathers online though and wait for those to be delivered because I live in a small town (Lake City, FL) where there are no large craft stores around.

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Last but not least, the garland. I could not find ANYTHING that I liked as far as a garland for the baby shower. So I decided to come up with my own idea. I drew my own zebra striped on card stock with a sharpie, cut hot pink poster paper in smaller squares to accent the background of the letter, cut black letters to spell “Welcome Natalia”, glued black glitter on the outside edges of the pink paper, and bought a 100 ft. silver sparkly garland from an after Christmas sale for $1.50. The whole thing cost less than $10. $3 for the sharpies, $3 for the paper, and the garland. I already had the glitter, but if I didn’t I would have only had to spend $2 on that. Unfortunately I didn’t get to display this decoration because I could not hang it in the outside with all the wind that was blowing, nor did I remember to bring thumb-tacks. -_-

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Well here are three really easy ideas that anybody could use for any pink or zebra party event. They are inexpensive, fun and easy to make! Now I’m going to end this post with one more interesting idea from “Pinspiration”. Hershey’s candy bars; use acrylic paint to pain the he blue for a boy, the she pink for a girl, or both if you don’t know the gender. ❤

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My Baby Shower!

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32 Weeks & 5 Days Pregnant @ My Baby Shower (:

2013-01-26_15-09-35_925Well the Big Event is over. Now I can calm down and relax a little bit, lol. The Baby Shower turned out being perfect. 2013-01-26_15-09-30_175Me and my mom got all dressed up, IMG_20130127_123527Jimmy helped us load and unload everything to set up at the park, Ashlee arrived with the most adorable cake and the cutest little boy ever, she helped us with decorating the pavilion with all my cute decorations, set up the food, and got everything set up. IMG_20130127_123610Soon after that, my friend’s Brittney with her adorable son, Gerri, and Jessica arrived. IMG_20130127_123724Brittney unfortunately couldn’t stay because she had a birthday party to attend to at 3, but she was kind enough to come by and give me wonderful gifts. Then my mom’s friend Barbera came, dressed as a clown to entertain the children. She made the boys fun shaped balloons and there was also a park for them to play in. Although, I invited many people, only 4 showed. Some people let me know ahead of time that they couldn’t make it, some people told me they were coming and didn’t, some let me know, some didn’t, some didn’t RSVP at all. Regardless, I was so appreciative of the people who actually cared to let me know what was going on and why they couldn’t make it. I was appreciative of the people who offered me gifts although they could not make it to the shower. I was appreciative for the people who did show up and grateful for their gifts. It actually ended up working out perfect because I had just enough party favors for the guests the came, which were originally intended to be party prizes for the games. I was able to spend individual time with each of my girlfriends and catch up. We listened to music and talked about my pregnancy, old memories, watched old videos, talked about remember-when’s, and ultimately had a great time. It also lasted longer than I intended it to (3 hours) because we were talking so much! They were so interested in my baby stories because none of them had children. Britney did and she gave me all kinds of insight on what to look forward to, but as I mentioned earlier she did not end up staying. I took many pictures, although I wish I would have taken a lot more of me and my mom, me and Britney before she left, a close-up of the table decorations and the beautiful cake, and me opening the baby presents.

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The Ladies: Ms. Barbera, Mom, Me, Jessica, Gerri, Ashlee.

I’m not even going to lie, I was a little disappointed that so many people who told me they were coming didn’t show up (except for the ones who told me why they couldn’t make it of course), especially for the ones who didn’t even bother to let me know anything even though they said they would come. But then I thought to myself: don’t be disappointed! Be grateful because people still came, I have pretty much almost everything I need for the baby’s arrival, I have means of getting everything that I still need, I still had a ton of fun spending time with good old friends, and besides, I know a bunch of girls that never even had the opportunity to have a baby shower, and if they did, never mentioned a thing about it. Then I felt completely better about everything and was actually glad that a bunch of people didn’t show up because my mom and I got to eat all the left over Brazilian candies that we loved so much! ;D

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Mother-To-Be

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Grandmother-To-Be

Me & My Beautiful Mother (:

Me & My Beautiful Mother (:

Today is my birthday and I am 20 years young. My plans are to relax because I’m entirely too exhausted from the weeks activities and the weekend’s events to do anything. Until next weekend, then I will have money to buy myself a couple of birthday presents along with some baby items. Also, my mom’s bf is going to take us out to eat when he gets paid next week as a birthday present. I’m planning on buying some paint and painting supplies to start on Natalia’s dresser. Now that the baby Shower has been checked off, my next project on the to-do list is to start the nursery. So this weekend, I want to buy the supplies I need to do that and get started on getting Natalia’s bedroom set up. Then I have to paint the room, add the border, hang the curtains, add the wall art, put the crib together, wash all clothing and bedding, organize everything and finally take pictures of it all. Hopefully I will induce my own labor doing all this, lol! I’m going to stay as active as possible from this point on until the very last two weeks so I can one, keep myself busy instead lazing around; two, make sure I get the exercise I need; and three, it makes me feel good to be productive, especially if it’s for my little girl. ❤ In my last two weeks, I’m going to get all the sleep I will need before baby girl gets here, and save all the energy I have left to use for labor.

I’m very excited about having so many things to look forward to. Once the nursery is done, I will make Natalia’s baby box (A project I want to create to keep all her keepsakes), make her name project, and start a baby book to keep a memoir of all her baby notes. Then I will be done with projects for a little while so I can tend to and treasure my newborn baby. (:

My Curls (:

The Other Baby Shower Stuff – My Curls (:

Zebra Toes <3

Baby Shower Zebra Toes ❤

Zebra Nails <3

Baby Shower Zebra Nails ❤