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Conrad’s Nursery

July 10, 2022

Categories: Home

Designer: DeWitt Designs. Photographer: Susie Brenner.

Walls and Ceiling: Scalamandre Raphael in Light Blue, Schumacher Linen Stripe in Sky, Benjamin Moore “Cloudy Sky” on Ceiling, Sherwin Williams “Ivory Lace” on Trims.

Bookcase: Leather Books from Barnes & Noble, Hermès Wooden Horse Pull Toy, Herend Rocking Horse, The Little Prince Book, Polka Dot Club Mohair Bear, Hermès Baby Booties, Hermès Stuffed Horses, Leather Frames from The Breakers News & Gourmet.

Items: Ralph Lauren Broomfield Pendant in Brass, Monogrammed Towels, Rocking Horse Toile Sheets, Hermès Rocking Horse, Print Above Crib, Small Fox Print, Horse Print Above Baskets, Stacking Baskets, Wooden Blocks Train.

Lush English landscapes, oak trees, fox hunts, horses and dogs, classic stripes softened with gingham and touches of leather and suede. A little boy’s nursery to grow older with him.

Conrad was a beautiful surprise we discovered about three days after closing on our dream home. My pregnancy took place during a stressful and chaotic time; we were hurrying through some renovations at the new house, moving in, and putting our old house on the market. I was sure Conrad would end up with an awful personality due to all the stress he experienced along the way, but he is just the sweetest, calmest, happiest baby boy. He smiles constantly and only wants his mama, food, and regular naps. I love being a boy mama.

My mother and I designed this nursery with DeWitt Designs, who also helped us design Georgina’s nursery. (Georgie’s nursery was installed at our previous home, but we recreated it in the new house with the same wallpaper, same draperies at her bedroom window, and we reworked the balloon shades to fit in her new bathroom window.) Sarah brought a huge suitcase of fabric samples to our new house and I was particularly drawn to one with an English fox hunt scene. My ancestors emigrated from England and my immediate family lived back and forth for much of my childhood, so it’s a place that will always be special to me. I fell in love with creating a masculine English room my son could grow into as the years go on. The soft blues, creams, and browns in his nursery all flowed from this initial fabric.

Oak trees are featured as symbolism in Conrad’s nursery and in our new home in general. You can see oak trees in the Scalamandre wallpaper above the chair rail and oak branches and acorns carved into his furniture. Oak trees symbolize family and strength and they make think of the giant oak trees on our farm in Iowa where I grew up. They’re also the state tree of both Iowa and Illinois where my husband and I were born.

I have to say, putting this nursery together in post-pandemic days was a challenge with constant delays and incorrect measurements and supply chain and shipping issues. I wished it could have been finished soon after Conrad was born, but the truth is we are still waiting on a mirror and the window seat. But it’s very close and I couldn’t wait to get it photographed. The wait was worth it, but if you are in the midst of renovation or redecoration, my thoughts are with you!

Note: We raised the crib mattress so the dust ruffle would be the proper length for these photos, then lowered it again. Conrad’s crib has a toddler panel we can add later on, and his carved headboard will eventually become the headboard of his grown up full bed.

Some of my favorite things in this room are the incredible drapes framing the window seat, the bookcase with interior lights I use at night when I’m giving Conrad his last bottle, and the sentimental items like a dog painting from my parents and my father’s old monogrammed shooting bag. My mother found these great prints to be placeholders on the walls as we slowly build Conrad’s art collection.

This room was a fun challenge for me, as my interior decor style tends to sway more feminine than masculine. It can be difficult to create a baby boy’s room that can grow older with them, but I think we achieved it with this equestrian-inspired room. I love the traditional style, blue and brown palette, and masculine touches. We love spending time in Conrad’s nursery as a family and I cannot wait to show you his new bathroom renovation; we are finishing the last details and it will be completed very soon!

Changing Table:

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Skincare Routine: Skin Cycling

May 31, 2022

Categories: Beauty

As someone with super sensitive skin, allergies, and rosacea I have to be consistent with my skincare routine because the smallest change can completely throw off my progress and wreak havoc on my skin. For example, I was recently traveling and my skin even reacted to the hotel towels and sheets I used; I was thankful to get home and begin focusing on my skincare routine again. My routine is my self care at the end of a long day and something I really invest in because I feel my best when my skin is looking clear and healthy.

And one way I’ve been able to improve my skin and control the irritation/inflammation I sometimes deal with is by implementing skin cycling. It limits the harsher exfoliating and retinol routines to twice every four days so your skin has a chance to recover in between. If you’ve ever wondered what order products should be applied in or how often to exfoliate or use retinol, this post should help.

Of course… Lots of water, makeup-free days, and clean makeup products always improve skin too. I’m happy to share this routine with you – let me know if you use it and it helps you.

Morning: Same Every Day

Night 1: Exfoliate

Night 2: Retinol

Night 3: Recovery

Night 4: Recovery


Morning Routine:

  1. Cleanse. Cleanse with iS Clinical Cleansing Complex. I like this cleanser because it’s gentle and doesn’t strip my skin, but still removes makeup and leaves my face feeling clean. I use either a soft washcloth or this silicone face brush.
  2. Vitamin C. Apply Paula’s Choice Vitamin C Serum to Face and Neck.
  3. Hyaluronic Acid. Apply ISDIN Hyaluronic Acid Serum to Face and Neck. This serum combines the hydrating quality of hyaluronic acid with extra anti-aging ingredients.
  4. Eye Cream. Gently Pat Cle de Peau Eye Contour Cream Around Eyes. This one is pricey, but it is one of only two eye creams that has ever truly improved my dark circles. (If you live in a humid climate, you can get away with less hydration in this eye cream that also improved my dark circles.) You only need a rice sized amount each time, so one jar should last you close to a year.
  5. Daily Moisturizer. Apply Vanicream Daily Moisturizer to Face and Neck. This is a great simple, inexpensive daily moisturizer for sensitive skin.
  6. Sunscreen. Apply La Roche-Posay Tinted Sunscreen to Face and Neck. I’m super sensitive to sunscreen formulas and this one doesn’t irritate my skin, plus it layers nicely under makeup.

Exfoliate Night:

  1. Cleanse/Remove Makeup. Cleanse with iS Clinical Cleansing Complex.
  2. Physical Exfoliant. Exfoliate with Under Skin Perfect Rice Scrub. This exfoliant is finely milled and gentle on skin.
  3. Cleanse. Cleanse with iS Clinical Cleansing Complex.
  4. Tone. Tone with Pixi Beauty Glow Tonic on Face and Neck. A classic; this gently exfoliating toner adds an extra step of dead skin removal and smoothing to your exfoliating routine.
  5. Exfoliating Serum. Apply iS Clinical Active Serum to Face and Neck. This serum improves skin tone and texture while softening fine lines.
  6. Eye Cream. Gently Pat Cle de Peau Eye Contour Cream Around Eyes.
  7. Face Cream. Apply La Mer Moisturizing Soft Cream to Face and Neck. The best way to apply is to rub product between fingertips until warmed, then pat into skin. This releases all the healing properties!

Retinol Night:

  1. Cleanse. Cleanse with iS Clinical Cleansing Complex.
  2. Barrier. Apply Vanicream Daily Moisturizer to smile creases and marionette lines (basically either side of nose down to bottom of chin) as a protective barrier.
  3. Eye Cream. Gently Pat Cle de Peau Eye Contour Cream Around Eyes.
  4. Retinol/Tretinoin. Apply Pea-Sized Amount of Tretinoin on Face and Neck. (Ask your dermatologist!)
  5. Daily Moisturizer. Apply Vanicream Daily Moisturizer All Over Face and Neck.

Recovery Night:

  1. Cleanse. Cleanse with iS Clinical Cleansing Complex.
  2. Eye Cream. Gently Pat Cle de Peau Eye Contour Cream Around Eyes.
  3. Any Prescriptions. Apply Rosacea Creams. (Ask your dermatologist, but a combination of Finacea and Soolantra have been working wonders for me.)
  4. Face Cream. Apply La Mer Moisturizing Soft Cream to Face and Neck.
  5. Face Oil. When Extra Dry… Pat Oil On Top (I like Biossance Squalane Oil.)

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2021 Holiday Gift Guides

October 27, 2021

Categories: Holiday

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Guest Bedroom Refresh

October 21, 2021

Categories: Home

Houndstooth Throw. Coffee Maker + Frother. Set of Mugs. Blue and White Ginger Jar. Rattan Tray.

This Post is a Paid Partnership with Walmart.

Memory Foam Pillows. Pillow Protectors. Waffle Blanket. Bathroom Rug. Sound Machine. Mattress Pad. Blue and White Sheet Set. Blue Bath Towels. Air Purifier. Coffee Machine. Blue and White Quilt Set. Luggage Rack. Guest Slippers. Beverage Fridge.

As we enter the holiday season, many of us are preparing for friends or family to visit. So it’s a great time to take a peek at your guest bedroom spaces and make updates that will ensure your guests feel cozy and comfortable during their stay. Below are some of my best tips for creating a guest bedroom oasis… The only danger is whether or not they’ll want to leave!

Any of these items would make great gifts for the homebody in your life. Someone moving into a new home, someone in the process of finishing out rooms, or even someone you’re staying with during the holidays. (You can see the houndstooth throw blanket and coffee station I added to our own guest room above – they would make such a cute, cozy holiday gift!) Take a peek at even more home gifts from Walmart here. I have been ordering from them for our home products often recently… I love the selection for home products and children’s toys on their site, the fast two-day shipping available for most products, and the ability to pick certain items up the same day from my local store.

Luggage Rack

Wood Luggage Rack

One of the worst things you can do as a guest is to roll your suitcase through multiple airports and streets, then straight onto the bed where you’re staying. I washed wheel marks off my bedding a few times before finally investing in a luggage rack. It’s more hygienic and it’s also easier for guests to access their belongings.

Mattress Pad

Ultra Comfort Mattress Pad

Adds a layer of softness to your guest bed and a provides an extra layer for hygiene. I like having a couple mattress pads to easily change out with my guest sheets.

Fresh Sheets

Floral Egyptian Cotton Sheets

Soft sheets in clean white or a soothing blue and white print are my favorite. I keep a couple guest sheet sets, ready to switch out when I need. Launder them right before guests arrive so they smell fresh. And for an extra special touch, iron them to make them feel silky-smooth when your guests turn in for the night. (Your guests will ask you where your sheets are from… But the secret is simply ironing them!)

New Pillows

Memory Foam Pillow

They say pillows should be washed every six months and replaced every one to two years. A fresh, plump pillow is key to getting a good night’s sleep and preventing neck and back pain. (And while you’re at it, don’t forget to update your own as well!)

Pillow Protectors

Waterproof Pillow Protectors

These are brilliant. They’re waterproof and keep pillows clean, which is essential when multiple people are using them over time. Keep a few sets on hand so you can easily wash them and switch them out with your sheets.

Waffle Blanket

Cotton Waffle Weave Blanket

Most people are either the type that love lots of bedding and sleep with a duvet or comforter… Or the type that prefer sheets and one light blanket. Waffle blankets are perfect for the latter, but will make the former feel nice and cozy too. The waffle blanket is an essential piece of guest bedding.

Guest Slippers

Six-Pack Disposable Slippers

I like to place a fresh pair of these disposable slippers at the side of the bed for guests to wear while they stay at our house. We are typically shoe-free in our house (I think a lot of people have started doing this since the pandemic) so offering guests slippers can make them more comfortable – or at least keep their feet warm while they pad around your house.

Coffee Maker

Single-Serve Nespresso

If you have the space, get a coffee maker for your guest bedroom. Place a couple of mugs, sweetener or creamer, and a breakfast bar on a tray and your guest can take their time getting ready and enjoy their first cup of coffee in peace while they get ready.

Beverage Fridge

Beverage Fridge

If you have an outlet in your guest bedroom closet, tuck one of these inside and keep it stocked with water, juice, and cold brew. Your guest will appreciate having a cold bottle of water before bed or if they wake up during the night. Or a cold-pressed juice while they get ready in the morning.

You can keep coffee creamer or almond milk here for your guest’s coffee as well. The “Aeroccino” milk frother in this coffee machine set is fantastic and makes the fluffiest foam.

Fresh Bathroom Rugs

Reversible Cotton Bath Rug

Another often overlooked piece in a guest room. I prefer white so I can bleach out spilled makeup or coffee if necessary. Wash and dry them just before your guest arrives so they’re nice and fluffy.

Sound Machine

White Noise Sound Machine

After living in a city with nighttime noises like sirens and dogs barking, sleeping in the country felt too quiet. Everyone has different preferences when it comes to sleep and a sound machine can make your guest feel more comfortable. Not only that, but it can help drown out other household sounds in case your little ones wake up early or you have laundry going down the hall.

Air Purifier

HEPA Air Purifier

Helps to keep your guest room clean and relieves allergies. We have a shedding dog and I’m always sympathetic to guests with allergies because I’m allergic too… It can be miserable if you’re not used to it, but these air purifiers really do work. When I run ours, I find that my eyes don’t burn like they used to before we got an air purifier in our home.

My Guest Coffee Station:

Guest Bedroom Refresh:

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Girl’s Fall Shoe Edit

September 30, 2021

Categories: Fashion

Link to Instagram Reel.


Gray Suede. Pink Leather. Shearling-Lined Cream. Beige Quilted + Black Patent.

Wear with… Pants or leggings, bubbles paired with tights. Dressier boots can be worn with shorter dresses paired with tights.

Mary Janes:

Pink Quilted. Beige Quilted. Black Quilted. Black Velvet. Navy Patent. Blue Leather. Burgundy Leather.

These are Georgie’s most versatile shoe style; if I splurge on one pair, it will always be a pair of Mary Janes! Wear with… Pants and cuffed socks, bubbles paired with knee socks, dresses and tights, dresses and cuffed socks.


Pink Leather T-Straps.

Wear with… Pants or leggings paired with cuffed socks, casual dresses paired with cuffed socks, bubbles paired with knee socks.

Some gorgeous shoes for little girls this fall and winter! I’ve curated the most beautiful shoes of the season to cover all your bases – from cozy, every day leather Mary Janes and T-Straps to dressy patent leather and velvet to warm shearling and suede boots. There’s a little something for every outfit. And all of these shoes are from brands Georgie has worn time and time again; they are beautifully made and the sort of quality you can wear all season, then pass down to a friend or sibling.

Georgie has very sensitive feet/skin like her mama; she and I can both get blisters in a walk around the block in sneakers. So I am hyperaware of high quality materials for her – I look for soft leather and European craftsmanship. Her most comfortable and most-worn shoes are by Pepa and Company. And we get the most compliments on her Age of Innocence and Luxe Lim shoes. One question I’m asked often is about how the shoes Georgie wears run… Georgie’s sizing: 6 in L’Amour, 24 in Age of Innocence, 24 in Luxe Lim, right on the cusp of 23 and 24 in Pepa and Company.

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Fall Kitchen Updates

September 22, 2021

Categories: Home

Pumpkin Centerpiece. Clear Glass Tumblers. Soup + Cracker Bowls. Spode Plates. Beige Gingham Napkins. Woven Placemats. Apple Cider. Organic Creamy Tomato Soup. Flatbread Crackers.

I’m partnering with Walmart Home today to share some of my curated Fall updates for the kitchen. Now having two little ones two and under, it’s important for me to be able to get lunch and dinner on the table quickly while still making sure it’s something Georgina will enjoy. I put together an easy meal with a cute fall tablescape on our breakfast table, and created a fall-inspired coffee bar so you can take some time to make a seasonal coffee for yourself in the mornings. Take a peek at them both above and below…

I made some quick grilled cheese sandwiches (my top tips are to butter both sides of the bread and blend cheeses in the middle) and paired them with my go-to tomato soup, flatbread crackers, and ice-cold apple cider. I added texture with gingham napkins and woven placemats. And my favorite piece… These gorgeous chocolate brown Spode plates I had been wanting to get my hands on for years. The finishing touch was a pile of little pumpkins, corn, and greenery tucked around the stacked pumpkin centerpiece.

Cream + Sugar Set. Rock Sugar Sticks. Dairy-Free Pumpkin Spice Creamer. Caramel Cookie Nespresso Pods. Orange Waffle Knit Kitchen Towels. Beige Gingham Napkins. Leaf Spoons. Porcelain Coffee Mugs. Nespresso Pixie Machine. Set of Wood Trays. Caramel Chocolates.

One of the things I look forward to most each day is coming out to the kitchen and making my first cup of coffee at my little coffee bar. I like doing this before Georgina wakes up so I can have a moment to myself; I take my cup outside and water my flowers, scroll Instagram, or check my texts and emails. Now having two children age two and under, it’s my little bit of self-care each day. In honor of September being Self-Care Awareness month, I’ve partnered with Walmart to share products you can use to style a Fall coffee bar.

Whether you’re like me and need a little moment to yourself before you begin your day or you just want a pretty space to offer guests a cup of coffee, these items will add plenty of fall texture and flavor to your kitchen. Best of all, I’ve found that many Walmart items ship fast and free so I can get what I need in time.

Walmart has put together an interactive coffee machine buying guide if you’re in the market. You can take a look here.

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The Teddy Bears’ Picnic

September 17, 2021

Categories: Events, Lifestyle

WHAT WE WORE… My Gingham Dress. My Sandals. Georgie’s Dress from previous Born on Fifth x Dondolo collaboration. Georgie’s Scalloped Bow. Georgie’s Blue Shoes. Georgie’s Second Dress (White with Embroidery). Georgie’s Pink Shoes.

VENDORS… Florals, Bow Arch, Table and Chair Rentals, Table Linen Rentals via Newberry Brothers. Catering by Encore Catering. Cake, Cake Pops, and Sugar Cookies by Suga Me Sweet. Photography by Miranda Sober Photography. Children’s Entertainment by Puppets & Things On Strings. Balloon Garland by Fun Balloons.

DECOR… Invitations, Birthday Banner, Table Confetti, Thank You’s Available Here on Etsy. Custom Plastic Cups. Pink Plastic Plates. Silver Plastic Utensils. Gingham Luncheon and Dessert Napkins. Teddy Bear Snack Cups. Brown Teddy Bears. Small Bears in Napkins. Gold Frames for Prints, Photos. Blue Gingham Wrapping Paper. A Teddy Bear’s Picnic Book. Pink Gingham Tablecloth. Pink Gingham Kitchen Towels.

PARTY FAVOR BASKETS… Picnic Baskets. White Crinkle Paper. Teddy Bear Ears Headbands. Small Bears on Baskets. Pink Plastic Teddy Bear Candy Containers. Pink Gummy Bears. Bubbles. Chalk.

I already had the idea for Georgina’s second birthday some time around her first birthday. Both my mom and I love hosting themed parties and especially children’s parties; sometimes I think we have as much fun as Georgina does. When I found out I was pregnant in December of last year, I knew I still wanted to throw Georgina a little birthday party this summer… In my mind, it was the last event I could give her as an only child and I wanted her to feel extra special before her little brother arrived. So here I was… Nine months pregnant with our ten-pound son, hosting a birthday party in the middle of August with an air quality advisory going on!

I played “The Teddy Bears’ Picnic” song for Georgina in the spring and she loved it; she would ask our Alexa to play it while she ate lunch and asked me to read her the “The Teddy Bears’ Picnic” book before bedtime. So I knew she would love having a party with teddy bears, dolls, and picnic-style food with her friends. As for the decor, I pictured pastel pink and blue gingham, floral bows, and teddy bears. During our last trip to Palm Beach, we went to the LoveShackFancy shop and I saw the most beautiful giant floral fabric bow there; I snapped a photo and saved it to show to the florist for our floral arch inspiration.

We started the party with a ventriloquist and puppet show, then passed out teddy bear ears to the littles and moved outdoors for lunch, cake, and presents. We even invited the littles to place their teddy bears or dolls on a quilt nearby for their own mini picnic while a family of bears (my own vintage VanderBear family) looked on. As our guests left, we gave them picnic basket party favors full of goodies. And everyone left with plenty of sugar from Suga Me Sweet!

I made a Teddy Bears’ Picnic playlist to play during the party – you can listen to it here!

It was such a special day for our little girl. Seeing her stare in wonder at her balloons going up before the party, admire the flowers with her grandparents, and squeal in delight when she saw her darling teddy bear cake made me so happy. As any mama knows, I will never forget the day she was born and I’m thrilled to be able to celebrate it with her and make her feel special.

Party Favor Picnic Baskets:

Party Decor:

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Dining Room

September 14, 2021

Categories: Home


Ceiling Color: Sherwin-Williams “Light French Gray”. Trim Color: Sherwin-Williams “Ivory Lace”. Wallpaper: Schumacher “Brighton Pavilion” in Peacock. Table and Chairs by Kindel. Frontgate Telfair Sideboard. Gold Ribbon and Reed Knob Hardware. Chandelier: Old, came with house. Sconces, Mirror, Toile Vases: Antiques. Rug: Old, HW Home. Wallpaper and Dining Table + Chairs Ordered via DeWitt Designs.

See another before + after project at the new house: Georgina’s playroom post.

I’ve seen people discussing whether formal dining rooms are unnecessary – do we really need one when we have breakfast tables and kitchen islands? But I can’t imagine not having one in a “forever home”. My family’s dining room is full of my childhood memories – holidays spent together, birthday celebrations, friends surrounding the table until the wee hours of the morning. We can’t wait to make memories as our own little family around this table.

We had been wanting to redo the dining room at our previous house, but decided to wait until we moved to the new house. And it was worth the wait; it has become one of my favorite rooms in the house. I am in love with the beautiful trim and moulding in this space. And the extra built-in storage was welcome for someone like me who adores tableware and table linens. (I even have a little room to expand my collection!)

When I saw the room for the first time, I pictured a specific wallpaper in my mind. I had browsed online and when our decorator pulled this wallpaper out of a suitcase full of samples, I instantly knew it was the one I had envisioned for our dining room. I love the chinoiserie design, curious birds and butterflies peeking throughout, and the pop of color to add a little life to my otherwise neutral decor palette. Each time I walk through this room, I feel happy.

We chose a table and chair set from Kindel Furniture; they are one of the last furniture manufacturers to make their pieces entirely in the United States. Everything about this dining set makes me swoon; the shiny lacquer finish is elegant and timeless, the inlay work is beautiful, and the upholstered chairs are as comfortable as they are gorgeous. We hope to make many memories as a family around this table in the years to come. If you are looking for a less pricey version of this table and chairs, I suggest searching “Duncan Phyfe table and chairs” in your local area – either eBay pickup, Craigslist, or Facebook Marketplace. This style is a bit more scarce out West where we live, but there is a treasure trove of beautiful pieces at fantastic prices, especially on the East Coast and in the South.

Small changes I made were having the ceiling painted to complement the wallpaper (Sherwin-Williams “Light French Gray”) and switching to these more ornate gold knobs. I also switched the hardware on the painted sideboard to create a more cohesive feel, although I’m wondering if a matching Kindel sideboard wouldn’t be the perfect touch in the future. I kept our old wool + silk rug, which adds a fresh contemporary feel to this traditional room. And after finally receiving our dining set, I’m considering switching out this chandelier… Wondering if all-gold would be too much? Would all-crystal be too formal? The saying is true… Decor/design is never truly finished. We just keep tweaking our spaces as time goes on.

Here’s for formal dining rooms; may they never disappear, despite what the current trends say.

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Georgina’s DIY Playhouse

August 17, 2021

Categories: Home, Lifestyle

DIY Playhouse Kit. White Kids Chivari Chairs. White Metal Tiered Table. Mini Boxwood Wreath. Brass Door Number. Hydrangea Door Mat. Play Kitchen Set.

When I first saw these darling DIY playhouses, I knew I wanted Georgina to have one! My playhouse was one of my favorite things to enjoy as a little girl and since Georgina already loves playing with dolls and her kitchen, I had a feeling she would love a playhouse too. We decided to surprise her with it for her 2nd birthday.

We went with a soft cream paint on the base of the house to better blend with the colors of our older brick home. (It helps the white trim stand out as well.) I love the pink-accented versions of these darling playhouses but since we have a lot of blue incorporated into our patio area with chinoiserie garden seats, hydrangeas, and a baby boy coming soon, we went with a light blue.

We added a little faux boxwood wreath, a hydrangea door mat, and brass door number outside. I found white plastic kids’ chivari chairs (they come in pink as well) that can be moved inside or out and a tiered metal table for her to play with this little play kitchen set.

Georgie was so surprised and excited when we brought her out to the little playhouse. She loves playing with her kitchen set, watering the little flower planter outside her window, and drawing on the chalkboard panels. Seeing my little girl run out to her playhouse and spend the morning playing pretend just melts my heart.


  • Sand all stain off before priming or painting. This step alone took my husband a couple of days to finish, but if you don’t sand first all the paint will flake off.
  • Prime with the best exterior primer you can find at your paint store. My husband swore this made all the difference and was able to use only one coat of exterior paint on top of the primer.
  • Use spray paint to paint any plastic pieces on the playhouse.

Paint Colors

Roof: Benjamin Moore “Balboa Mist”

House Base: Benjamin Moore “Cotton Balls”

Door and Eaves: Benjamin Moore “Blue Bayou”

Gold, White, and Blue Spray Paint for Plastic Pieces

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Baby Boy Nurses’ Gifts

August 15, 2021

Categories: Lifestyle

Blue Plastic Bins. Clear Plastic Bags. Blue Shredded Paper. Hyaluronic Sheet Masks. Hand Sanitizer. Lip Balm.

When I had Georgina in 2019, I had just begun to hear about gifts for labor & delivery nurses at the hospital. I thought they sounded like a fantastic idea to thank the people ensuring my baby girl arrived safely, so my mom helped me put some together. You can see them and read more in my post on Nurse Gift Ideas. My nurses loved these little goodie bags and after having a baby, I can’t think of anyone who deserves a little gift more than the people who help you deliver your baby and care for both you and your baby after. It’s such a vulnerable time in a woman’s life (empowering, yes, but also vulnerable!) and the labor and delivery nurses are the people who will make you feel like a human again.

It seems every hospital varies on the number of nurses each patient will have during their labor and delivery experience. When I gave birth to Georgina, I had 2-3 nurses for every 12-hour shift. I stayed for two nights with my c-section as I had a fairly easy recovery, so I only needed about 12 gifts. This time, I think I will stay in hospital a bit longer because I have a toddler at home who loves jumping and crawling on Mommy! So I prepared 20 gift bags just in case. About 10 goodie bags fit in each of the blue bins I ordered.

Since we will be welcoming a baby boy this time, I decided to switch up my color scheme a bit. Here are some ideas for items you could include in your nurses gifts:

  • Pens
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Hand Lotion
  • Sheet Masks
  • Lip Balm or Masks
  • Coffee Shop Gift Cards

I think bringing a small bin of snacks to your hospital room is a good idea because you can quickly grab something if you need it. It’s nice to leave another bin at the nurse’s station for them to share. The hospital I deliver at does have a fridge stocked with snacks on our floor and the little convenience shop is almost always open downstairs, so ask about this at your hospital tour before you pack. We didn’t order meals in because the restaurant on site was great and delivered our meals to our room. They even prepped a little take-and-bake family meal for us to make the night we returned home. You can always leave any individually packaged snacks at the nurse’s station when you leave if you find you don’t need them – they will be appreciated!

This time, I’ve also ordered cookies from Suga Me Sweet here in Denver. They do a beautiful job at custom sugar cookies; they made cookies for Georgina’s 1st birthday party (blog post here) among other events we’ve had the past few years. This time, they’re creating some baby boy themed cookies with our sweet little guy’s monogram to hand out to my nurses and we will also leave a small bin of cookies at the nurse’s station for staff to enjoy as well.

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