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Friday, March 24, 2017

Baby Boy Nursery | Part 2

About a month ago I posted some pictures of Baby Joey's nursery. Well I'm happy to say that since then we have finished the nursery (well is any room actually finished) and are just waiting for his arrival now!

After having a doctors appointment this week, it was determined he is very happy and content and will probably arrive closer to 41 weeks! Come on little man, we are all anxious to meet you!!






Most of the sources are listed below, but if there is something you have a question about, just shoot me a comment :)

Dresser & Changing Table: Vintage-Painted
Glider & Ottoman: Gift from Family Friend
Football Pillow- Target
Baseball Pillow- Target
Mickey Mouse - Disney Store
Side Table: Vintage- Painted
Baseball Lamp- Hobby Lobby
Mit Clock- Hobby Lobby
Pitcher Statue- Hobby Lobby
Frames on Wall- Michael's
Storybook Quotes- DIY (coming soon)
Baseball Rug- Buy Buy Baby
Crib- Pottery Barn
Bedding- Buy Buy Baby
Mobile- Buy Buy Baby
Curtains- Ikea
Red Wagon- Hobby Lobby (similar)
Books- Gifts
Chair & Slipcover- Pottery Barn
Football Plaques- Good Will Find
Stuff Basket- Home Goods
Shelf- Hobby Lobby
ABC Letters- Michael's
Baseball Mit- Joe's
Yankee's Jacket- Joe's
Baseball Bank- gift (I think Babies R Us)
Toy Chest- Ikea
Large Teddy Bear- Christmas Tree Shop
Stuffed Animals- Various
Trophies- Vintage
Initials- Michael's
Frame- Hobby Lobby
Pennant- Vintage
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Monday, March 6, 2017

Little Slugger Baby Shower

This past Sunday, we celebrated our little man with none other then a baseball theme baby shower hosted by my mom and mother in law! Everything was perfect! We celebrated with great friends and family and plenty of food and desserts. And can we just talk about all the gifts we received! This little boy surely is spoiled, but 100% okay with that! Here are some pictures from the big day!










My mom made the centerpieces! Aren't they just adorable and they even have embroidered M's on each hat!! They match the invites I made for the shower. Side note, if you know me, it was hard giving up the rein's on throwing a party. So I made the invites and chose the theme, however my mom really took the harness and ran with it. Hey.. I get it from my mama!








My mom making sure the balloons were looking good.




Details!
My outfit: Dress- Asos, maternity, Wedges- Target (so comfortable!), Necklace- old (similar)
Invites & Additional Card: Ash's Party Accents
Bakery Items: Buttercups Bakery, Roseto Bakery & Homemade!


 It was a great day, and Joe and I can't thank everyone enough! 
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Friday, March 3, 2017

Exciting News!

As some of you may know I do some party planning/ invitation designs on the side. I have my own Etsy store and have been pretty successful from it. It has always been just a side thing for me, and never really could devote a whole lotta time to it. Most of my designs were things I created for friends, family and a select group of clients. Well I've finally bit the bullet and with a push from some of my family and friends, created my own website exclusive of my work! 

Introducing the NEW Ash's Party Accents!!! Complete with customization options for invites and favors and custom design packages! I'm so excited to be starting this journey. Here is a look at some of items available in the shop! I would love to get some new clients, so be sure to click through and check out the entire site!








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Monday, February 27, 2017

Living Room Tour

This weekend was spent with the windows open, fresh, 70 degree air surrounding the house and lots and lots of cleaning being done. 70 degree temps are NOT normal here in PA at the end of February, but this girl is definitely not complaining! 

Our upstairs half bath is currently being turned into a full bath, and with a little over a month until our little dude gets here, I cannot wait for it to be finished. The amount of dust, dirt, spackle and just overall junk in the upstairs bath/hallway/nursery piled up is giving me major anxiety, so on Saturday I decided to give the whole downstairs a good cleaning. 

I realized we've lived in the house for about a year and a half and finally I'm feeling like the living room is coming together! And since this space will be surrounded by baby toys, walkers, bouncers, pack and plays etc. so very soon, why not give you a tour of our little space today!

I was able to stash away most of the dog toys (if you look to the right of the below picture you will see some still on the stairs! Also, Chargers crate and radio makes an appearance, but hey.. this is real life people!




Console table- Walmart, Tobacco Basket- Hobby Lobby, Window pane Frame- Vintage, Smaller Frames- Ikea, Michael's, Shutter- Vintage, Wood Candle Holders- Target (similar), Plants- Ikea, Wooden tool box- Vintage, Books- Goodwill DIY, Milk Glass Candle Holders- Vintage, White Planters-Ikea, Lantern- Michael's (similar)

Table-Walmart, Lamp- Target (similar), Planter- Home Goods, Window Pane- Vintage, Candle Holders- Vintage, Our Nest Sign- Etsy, Boxwood Trees- Zulilly, Basket- Target, Blinds- Overstock, Curtains- Home Goods

Sectional- Ethan Allen, Pillows- Home Goods, Coffee Table- Walmart, Basket Tray- Home Goods, Planter- Home Goods, Wall Art- DIY, Side Table- Walmart, Rug- Overstock

Fiddle Leaf Tree- Michael's, Lamp- Target (similar), Shutter- Vintage, Boxwood Wreath- Home Goods, Plant- Ikea, Lantern- Home Goods, TV Stand- Ikea

Don't mind the spackle job on the wall in the living room.. we had a fan/light installed and unfortunately don't have the right color paint. So there it is, in all of it's glory until we re-paint this room one day.

Table- Old, Plant- Pottery Barn, Corbel- Hobby Lobby, Letters- Hobby Lobby, Milk Glass Vases- Vintage, Lavender- Hobby Lobby, Wooden Sign- Custom Made Etsy

I linked most of the sources, but if there is something you would like to know about just shoot me a message!




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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Baby Boy Nursery | Part 1

Less then two months our little man 'should' be here! Let's hope he's not too late to make his debut. We have been in the process of transforming my once pink, girly, very feminine office into a vintage baseball inspired nursery. 

I shot these photo's a few nights ago just so show some progress. They are not the best quality lighting and still so much needs to be done.. but I couldn't wait to show you a sneak peek!

Step 1: Paint Room- We needed to get rid of my pink paint in the room. We purchased the paint from Lowe's and I had all intentions of painting it myself. My wonderful husband decided to surprise me and hire a painter aka our professional painter neighbor to cover the girly pink with the new greyish blue tone. 

Step 2: Paint Furniture- Lucky Joe's grandmother saved his childhood furniture that was in excellent condition so we saved some money there. The original was white but over the years had turned an off white/ yellowish color. There was also a red stripe on each drawer that wasn't really my style. The furniture was a veneer so I had to sand the pieces a little bit. Hopefully I get to a full tutorial soon! I still have to add the handles and pulls onto the dressers. 

Step 3: DECORATE! This is probably the favorite part of any mom to be! Sticking with the vintage baseball theme, I gathered this from local antique shops and Joe's mom's house! I can't wait to have everything in place and just right. I've tried to link everything below, but if you have any questions- send me a message!



Dresser & Changing Table: Vintage-Painted
Glider & Ottoman: Gift from Family Friend
Side Table: Vintage- Painted
Baseball Lamp- Hobby Lobby
Mit Clock- Hobby Lobby
Pitcher Statue- Hobby Lobby
Frames on Wall- Michael's
Storybook Quotes- DIY (coming soon)
Baseball Rug- Buy Buy Baby
Bedding- Buy Buy Baby
Curtains- Ikea
Red Wagon- Hobby Lobby (similar)
Books- Gifts
Chair & Slipcover- Pottery Barn
Football Plaques- Good Will Find
Stuff Basket- Home Goods
Shelf- Hobby Lobby
ABC Letters- Michael's
Baseball Mit- Joe's
Yankee's Jacket- Joe's
Baseball Bank- gift (I think Babies R Us)
Toy Chest- Ikea
Large Teddy Bear- Christmas Tree Shop
Stuffed Animals- Various
Trophies- Vintage
Initials- Michael's
Frame- Hobby Lobby
Pennant- Vintage



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