I feel like I’m going to P-O-P!!! This pregnancy is officially coming to a close very very soon…

Ready to pop!

Ready to pop!

In exactly two weeks from today, I will be holding my long awaited baby girl in my arms! I am so ecstatic and pressured at the same time. I feel like I still have so much to get done with work, our house, and her nursery! Physically, I feel like the two weeks can’t come quick enough, but mentally I feel like it is too soon!

This pregnancy, which is my second, has been such a challenging 9 months in my life. I knew from the instant I started getting prengnacy symptoms that this one was completely different, and boy was it… I gave birth to my son when I was 20 years old. I must have been superwoman then because it was such a breeze. This time around, I felt like I couldn’t take it anymore before I got into my third trimester. I don’t know if 7 years makes that much of a difference, but if it does, I really don’t know how my mom handled it at 42 but she is a trooper!

Being that I UPcycle furniture and own/run my own new company with my husband, I actually haven’t had a break! I always thought working for myself, I would be able to take it easy during pregnancy and just relax for 9 months, but unfortunately that is far from it. In fact, just the opposite. Right now, our company is just my husband and I and without one half, it simply can’t work. So that leaves me with a lot of preparation I have to do in order to be able to walk away for a few weeks and still maintain the company so I have a job to come back to.

I’ve got to give it to my husband, I don’t know what I would ever do without him! He has been working non-stop around the clock, literally 20 hours a day, building project after project to clear our schedule for the baby. He does all that, while still being there for my every need, and of course still being a great dad and spending quality time with our son. AND not to mention the whole house renovation we decided to take on in the midst of all of the chaos in our lives! We haven’t progressed much on the house, but we do have a fully functioning kitchen and just need to finish up on the the final touches. Then it’s on to the entire rest of the house! He is such a blessing from God and I am so thankful to have him in my life.

My dear mother has arrived to “help out” with the family and house keeping, etc. I love my mother to death and I know she wants nothing but the best for me and loves me dearly as well, but I have to admit, it is always difficult adjusting to having her “help” around the house. I am such and independent person, it is hard for me to have my mom’s input throughout the day when I am so used to having free will when she’s not around. I think we all have this dilema with our parents, when we are adults and feel like we can make our own decisions and live our life the way we want, but our parents still see us as their little baby who needs constant direction and advice. I always bite my tounge and take in what she says, after all she is older and wiser. But it still drives me crazy ~ and probably my husband too!

I am still grateful for my mother’s help and willingness to stay in our house and do our chores during this hectic time. Now with her help, I hope we can rock out the next two weeks and then sit back and relax and enjoy every moment of our newborn’s life! A few more final touches on her nursery and it will be ready, even though she will be spending most of her time in our room, it’s still nice to have it all complete for her arrival. Her nursery took a complete spin once I actually found out she was a girl. My vision of her changed from that of which I had always dreamnt. The decor went from cute and simple  to classy and elegant. Stay tuned for a tour of her beautiful room designed with style but on a major budget!!

In the meantime, I’m going to continue chugging along… I keep telling myself there’s no way I can get any bigger, otherwise I will literally just POP. Somehow, I keep inching forward more and more. I’m almost scared to look in the mirror in fear I’ve grown another inch! Two more weeks… ahh… I can almost feel the relief already!

Baby's changing table

Baby’s changing table

Shutters & a POP of color!!

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Home sweet home…

 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. {Jeremiah 29:11}

This year, and especially this summer, has been a huge milestone in our lives. We launched a new business, opened a new store, and have a second baby on the way! To add to the mix, God blessed our family with a new home! It truly was a blessing as we had no intentions of moving and hadn’t even thought of it…until we entered this home, it was just…perfect.

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It happened that a customer wanted to have us come over and check out some furniture she had since she was moving, one thing happened after another and next thing you know, we have a new home! It is in a beautiful and serene neighborhood in the middle of the best schools in the area (which was really the motivating factor), and the house – while not the most up-to-date home – has a lot of potential…it is a blank canvas!

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Since this was an unexpected move, we weren’t able to time it for the most convient part of our lives, rather it landed right as we have been starting up our new store! The thing about life though, is you can’t time the important things in life, it’s all part of God’s plans. So with that in mind, we are just going with the flow and making the best of everything!

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At this point, we are down to two months before baby comes! That means a lot has to go down in not so much time. We decided to jump into the kitchen first because there is no way I am going without a kitchen sink and stove for even a day with a baby, toddler, or anytime with a family of 4!

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Stay tuned for updates on the house redo and fun projects from work!

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Entrepreneurship is not for the faint hearted…

My mother opened her own nail salon in New York while she was pregnant with me. I was pretty much born and raised in her store. She worked from 8:00am to 9:00pm, Monday through Saturday. My dad was a driver and frequently got called into work after hours, so I would hang out at her shop until closing, and all day Saturday. This is the life for many, if not most, children of small business owners. 

As a business owner, you eat, breathe, sleep your work. I didn’t realize it back then, but I was an entrepreneur in training, learning how to run and manage a business and interact with clients. The last thing my mom wanted was for me to take on that life she lived, but she paved the way, like it or not 😉 

I’m now 27 years old, wife and mother to a 6 year old (with one more brewing), and on my second venture (the first one’s still going)! Everyone in my family thinks I’m crazy. I went to college and was “supposed” to graduate as a lawyer with a nice steady salary and all that “stuff”… Didn’t they know I always rebelled?! I don’t know if it’s my nature, or my liberal arts education, but I think outside of the box. I don’t like to conform to other’s ideas, and I cringe at having to take orders from someone who I feel doesn’t know any better than I. Thus, the typical job doesn’t fit me too well. Doing my own thing was how I was meant to live ~ I am a free spirit and I like to stay that way! 

Now, don’t get me wrong… Being a business owner is definitely not a “do whatever you please” job. I have to constantly meet and surpass the needs of my clients ~ they are my boss! But I always get to put my creative two-cents into it and I get rewarded by the satisfaction of my clients. 

I’ve become a slave to my paperwork ~ I’m the client contact, marketing agent, accountant, organizer, manager, and I take part in the building too! I’ve surely missed some of my titles as I get lost thinking about it all (I have mommy brain). I surely put in a good 80-90 hours a week in work! And it’s not much easier on the guys ~ they work, and they work, and they work some more. They always accuse me of slaving them like we’re in a sweatshop! But this is the only way… 

I always believed that good things come to those who work their butt off. Sometimes people get lucky and strike gold, but most of the rest work from sun up to sun down and in between ~ all in the sake of achieving a dream. 

I’m only on week 12 of this pregnancy and I feel like it’s already been a year. With morning sickness all day, every day, and endless fatigue, I have been running myself to the ground. But business does not wait ~ I must go on! Sometimes I feel like giving up, but no one became successful by giving up, so I pull myself back up and work even harder!! 

Thrift store find turns into a shabby chic media console!

I had a client request a handmade custom media console in the same teal as a table she just got from us. Making custom furniture is not a cheap steal ~ the cost of wood alone often exceeds some budgets! When people no longer find the desire to keep a piece of furniture and are ready to kick it to the curb, the wood essentially becomes worthless….well at least to them!! Thrift stores are one of the best places to get a cheap steal on a great piece of furniture!

Thrift Store Dresser – BEFORE

Being that a custom handcrafted media console exceeded her budget, she asked me if I could convert a dresser she found at a thrift store and she sent me a link to this DIY blog by The Parks. Being of the crafty and adventurous me, I said “Of Course!!”

The dresser turned out to not be the best of old pieces I usually get my hands on, but it was salvageable! It had who knows how many years of gook on it…we went through a whole sandpaper disc in about 1 minute of sanding, burning through a whole pack to get the piece done!

We used sheathing to make the shelf. The client is going to put her baskets in the two bottom sections to a make cubbie storage to hide any clutter!

Thrift Store Dresser - AFTER

Thrift Store Dresser – AFTER

Using my own special homemade chalk paint, we painted the dresser/now media console and it looks great! I can’t wait to see it in her new home with the baskets and decor!

Cheap, Easy, and CUTE way to welcome Spring at your front door!

For less than $15, add some color and personalize your front door! It’s so easy, that my 6 year old practically did it all by himself!

DIY front door monogram decor

DIY front door monogram decor

I purchased a wooden letter, some stick-on flowers used for scrapbooking, a roll of ribbon, a small bottle of acrylic paint, and a foam brush from Michael’s all totaling less than $15 (don’t forget to use their 40% off coupon online – I always pull it up on my smartphone!).

I let Aiden have a little fun and let him paint the wooden letter. We did 2 coats, front and back. Once it all dried, we stuck on the scrapbooking flowers. I tied a ribbon in a loop and used it to hang the letter on my door.

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It came out great and looks great from the curb! I couldn’t have been happier 🙂 Things have so much more meaning when you do it yourself, especially when you share the experience with your child!! It was a great mommy + child project and Aiden feels proud that his artwork is hung on our front door for all to see!

DIY Monogram Front Door Decor

DIY Monogram Front Door Decor

We have a new addition coming soon!

My birthday was this past Monday and Aiden, now 6 years old, has been wanting to be a big brother since he could talk! When Erick asked him what he wanted to get me for my birthday, he told Erick he wanted to get mommy a baby. Little did he know, mommy really was pregnant! I had my first ultrasound scheduled on my birthday and thought it was the perfect opportunity to surprise him.

It was really important to me that I capture the moment of him finding out, as it has been anticipated for a long long time! After I opened all of my gifts from Erick and Aiden, we sat Aiden down on the bed next to me to “take a picture.” Camera in hand, Erick counted “1…2…3…YOU’RE GOING TO BE A BIG BROTHER!!”

Aiden said “Cheese..huh?!” and looked at me with a puzzled look on his face.

Then I gave him the ultrasound pictures and that’s when it sunk in. He said “WHAT?! You’re preg – a – nent????!! And touched my belly 🙂

Here’s our pregnancy reveal photo I made using Fotor collage editor. I know it’s early and most wait until the end of the 1st trimester to reveal their pregnancy, but I can’t keep secrets and we are so excited that we are ready to share our news with the world!

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