The Nursery.

I started planning our growing little one’s nursery long before this babe was even in my belly. I would sit up at night pinning ideas on Pinterest, bookmarking websites that had cute decor inspo, and feeling slightly ridiculous for planning so in depth for a baby that did not yet exist.

Fast forward to finding out I was pregnant. After seeing those two lines on the test and spending my entire morning pacing around the house with an overwhelming feeling of joy, I remember wandering into the room that would soon belong to our baby. As I sat there rearranging the room in my head, I planned the perfect nursery for a little girl. Call it a mother’s intuition or call it wishful thinking… I just knew it would be a girl’s room long before we ever knew the gender.

Now here we are. Just 6 weeks from my due date and all that we need to complete this nursery is our sweet girl. Inspired by wild flowers, I created a girly little space with a boho touch. With the exception of her crib (which will be in our room for the first few months) and changing table/dresser, I utilized furniture that we already had. The leaning shelves were purchased for our first home years ago at The Container Store. The couch is part of a sectional that was in our first home as well. We’d thought about getting rid of it several times but since it was still in great condition we held onto it “just in case” we could find a later use for it…and sure enough we did. What was once the couch we bought for our first home together is now the couch that I will cuddle up and nurse our little girl on. The crib and changing table/dresser are both from IKEA. I’ve found changing table dressers to be so ridiculously over priced and not at all cute enough to justify the high price tags, so thanks to an idea I saw on Pinterest, we bought a basic plain white Ikea dresser and changed out the knobs with little crystals that I found at H&M.  It’s the perfect height to double as a changing table and will still look great once she transitions to a big girl room.

All of my framed prints came from Etsy shops Adoren Studio and Ivie Baby. The frames came from Ikea, Target, and H&M (which surprisingly has a super cute home section on their website). The furry stool is from Target and is probably my favorite piece in the room. The rug, almost all of the shelf décor, hanging flower crown antlers, wall hooks, and the pillows also came from Target because as we all know, Target is just winning in the game of reasonably priced home décor. The tapestry hanging on the wall-also one of my favorite pieces in the room-came from Modern Burlap. After spending so many months hoping and praying for this baby, the verse grabbed my attention the moment I first saw it and I instantly knew that it had to be a center piece of her nursery. Lastly, let’s talk about the giant flower S on the wall (which, for those who have been curious about her name, is totally a hint). I had seen giant floral letters on Pinterest a million times and was set on putting one in my girl’s room. Every internet search led me to Etsy, where the smallest letters were going for over $100. Since I have a million other things that I would rather spend a hundred bucks on, I decided to try to make one myself… and oh my goodness am I glad I did. With the help of a DIY website and some Michael’s coupons, I was able to put together a giant floral letter that matches the room perfectly, is double the size and cost a quarter of the price.

I could not be more proud of the little space that I put together for our girl. As the need to nest grows stronger and stronger I find myself sitting in her room on the couch several times a day, just picturing our sweetest new addition enjoying her space. The clothes and blankets are washed… the drawers are stocked and organized… Everything is in its place.

Now we wait.

Cheers,

The Whine Connoisseur.

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I can’t even begin to tell you the amount of times that my husband has said to me “let’s look into teeth whitening”. By “let’s” he of course means me, and I always responded with a good ol’ “yeah totally. I’ll look into it this week”… knowing good and well that I most likely would NOT be looking into it that week. It’s not that I didn’t want pretty pearly whites (I mean who doesn’t?), it just always felt so inconvenient and was something that was far easier to put off. So of course you can imagine that when Smile Brilliant reached out about working with us, we most certainly jumped at that opportunity. Unfortunately I couldn’t partake due to the little babe I’ve been growing for almost 8 months now, but my husband was more than willing.

We are major coffee drinkers in this house, and as my blog title indicates, we certainly enjoy a good glass (or two or three) of wine… When I’m not pregnant of course. While absolutely delicious, these tasty indulgences over the years have left us with some relatively stained teeth. My husband works in sales, where the truth is… your appearance matters. It is important to him that he have a smile that he feels confident about, and Smile Brilliant was a great opportunity for him to brighten things up.

The Smile Brilliant journey began with us taking a few before photos (crucial for measuring success) along with them sending us the whitening materials + a tray making kit…which I might add arrived incredibly quickly. A total sucker for quick shipping times, this was already a win for them in my books. The molding process for the trays was easy and provided simple directions. We popped them back in the mail, and in a matter of about a week already had the finished teeth whitening trays sent back to us. With that, it was time to begin the whitening process.

Not going to lie… my husband never really looks forward to his time wearing the trays, however I don’t think there will ever be a situation where sitting there with a whitening tray in your mouth for 45 minutes will qualify as “fun”. Per the instructions suggestion, he does the whitening before bed and we usually put on a tv show to make the time go by faster. Once the whitening time is over, it is followed by an additional 15 minutes of using the desensitizing gel, and just like that… You’re done (until the next session of course). So basically you’re looking at about an hour per session, all from the comfort of your own home. I personally hate everything about the dentist office, so doing this all from home is a much more appealing idea.  The good news is, while he doesn’t particularly enjoy sitting there with the trays in his mouth (lots of saliva and difficulty talking clearly) my husband has actually had very mild sensitivity to the product. The trays do cause him slight irritation to the gums, but nothing too crazy or long lasting. While each mouth is different and this might not be the case for all, the experience has been really smooth for him.

The process being smooth and easy and not too painful is a total plus, but the ultimate plus is the results themselves. I could go into a long descriptive paragraph about how nice and white my husbands teeth are (and how totally jealous I am), but instead I’ll just show you the before and after photo.

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Pretty impressive right? The good news for you is that my husband doesn’t have to be the only lucky one benefiting from Smile Brilliant. That’s right… it’s giveaway time. I’ve teamed up with Smile Brilliant to give one of my lucky followers a Teeth Whitening kit ($139.90 store credit). All you have to do is enter HERE and the giveaway winner will be announced in 2 weeks—Good luck!

For more information about this product and what you should know before beginning the teeth whitening process, go ahead and click here.

Cheers,

The Whine Connoisseur

 

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