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it’s my birthday, almost

pancake cupcakes

So it’s my birthday month and I just revisited a post about pancake cupcakes that Courtney from A Little Glass Box made for her husband’s birthday this summer and it made me smile. She does such a wonderful job of celebrating the people she loves. Everyone should have someone like her in their lives. Who wouldn’t be super excited to have these at their party? Pair them with this chili bar, and a simple yet elegant table and you have yourself a perfect party for me!


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he’s here, he’s here!!!

On July 26th we welcomed Ari into our lives and I have done little more than staring at him ever since. I had planned on a natural birth, but at 41 weeks it was decided that induction was the new plan. Determined to still have some say in the experience I opted to try for as un-medicated an experience as possible. So at 7am the Pitocin drip started and so did my labor. By noon, or one, who really knows, I lost track of time, it was clear that going forward without an epidural was not for me. So my natural labor was officially over, and I learned why people opt for an epidural. Pain free labor and delivery. That’s right, once I had the epidural I just hung out and waited to push, it was awesome.

Ari newborn | K Flick Studio We were lucky enough to have my parents with us for the week before he was born, he was a week late, and for a few weeks after. It was great to be taken care of and be able to focus on Ari while adjusting to our new lives together. I also realized that it was the most time that I have spent with my parents since I was a freshman or sophomore in college and went home on winter break. I am so thankful for all of their love and support and the time that we get to spend together.

Mom was busy cooking up meals for us, some of which I will be sharing with you here because they are so amazing no one should go through life without them. We also made a ton of pot stickers that we froze and will be an easy quick meal for those nights when dinner is more than I can handle.

Dad was busy taking Porter for walks and feeding him more food than he normally has in a month. We are currently re-training Porter on table manners and trying to convince him that his food does not require an additional something special for him to eat it.

Ari and Porter | K Flick StudioThe adjustment has been a little hard on Porter, but he is doing well. He is really interested in Ari and loves to lick him. Fortunately he has adjusted to the the nightly feedings and is no longer sleep deprived. Nothing worse than a sleep deprived dog!

AF_cheeksLook at those cheeks! They are getting bigger and bigger everyday!

AF_thinkingSometimes at 11pm Ari likes to think about if he will be going to sleep or requiring more food. Usually he opts for more food.

I promise that I will be back to non baby things on the blog soon but just wanted to share our excitement with you.

Today we are off to the grocery store for the first time. Armed with my Boba carrier I feel like it should be a success.

Have a great day, XO

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kiddos … blabla

Well, no baby yet. Today I start operation meet this baby, I’ll let you know how that turns out.

In other news I am really excited to share my favorite children’s accessory with you today. I have been a fan of blabla’s since I was introduced to them in 2004 and try to gift one to every little one who comes into my life. Not surprisingly they quickly become the favorite companion of the little one. Sure, it could be because I gave it to them that they choose to love it, but realistically I think it has much more to do with blabla than me. Hard to admit it’s true, but sometimes we do have to face reality.

Tragically nugget, that’s what I call our baby, does not have a blabla in his collection yet so I am tasked with picking out the perfect one just for him. Made from 100% cotton these guys are so soft, squishy, and cuddly they make the perfect companion at any age. I have narrowed down my choices to six but am now a bit stuck. Do you have a favorite blabla? Which one would you choose?

My other favorite part about the knit doll line is the names and stories that accompany each buddy. Take Theo, he is a cat. He also conducts a butterfly orchestra that meets every Wednesday by the opera. Wooly the sheep likes to sleep upside down with his feet on his pillow and dreams in green and yellow. Oh and what does Berlioz the bear like? Well, he is a true romantic. He dances the Boogie Woogie and can’t keep his bow tie steady. With names and personalities like these how can you not fall in love?

hello there blabla's | K Flick StudioI’ll be sure to keep you posted on which blabla I choose and how operation meet this baby turns out.

Have a great day. XO

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homestead … nursery tour

I knew from the beginning that I wanted to go with a vintage sporting theme for our nursery. Funny since I don’t really care for sports, or people’s shrines towards them, and in no way want to instill that fanaticism in our child. I was thinking more 1920′s men’s sports club, tufted leather, cigars, scotch, and brass trophies. You know, all things kids love.

The inspiration was drawn from a pair of my fathers tennis rackets that I long ago found in their basement and claimed as my own.

Tennis Rackets in Nursery | K Flick StudioTwo years ago we painted our guest room knowing one day it would transition into a nursery and that we would not be re-painting it. So I got started. Painstakingly I measured, and marked, taped, and painted. Eventually I was rewarded with this great gold and coral chevron wall. Clearly doing all the walls with the chevron would have 1) driven me mad 2) been way to much for this small room. The focal wall was graced with chevron while the other three walls were painted a glossy navy blue.

Nursery | K Flick StudioNursery Crib and Chevron Wall | K Flick StudioI held off as long as possible buying things for the nursery, but finally in March I decided that I needed to start collecting some accoutrements. At 4:30am one morning, I am not kidding, 4:30am, I woke up, bundle up, met up with Katie, waited for Starbucks to open, yes it was that early, and headed up north. We arrived to find snow on the ground and no one there but us. The day ended up being filled with great finds, and a really great milk shake. What more could a lady want?

The medals above the crib, painting, boat and aviator helmet above the dressers are all from that trip. The dressers are from Ikea, and yes, your eyes are not fooling you. There is a yellowish one, and a white one. The yellowish one is going on 11 or 12 years with us, and the white one is new. We added it for extra storage and changing table space. It’s possible that the changing table is a bit high, but I figure we will make do. Seemed better than having a really short one that we had to bend over all the time. I’ll keep you posted on how this experiment turns out.

Nursery Dresser | K Flick StudioNursery Dresser | K Flick StudioNursery Dresser | K Flick StudioFinding a chair for the room was proving to be a challenge. Spending upwards of $1,000 on a glider for the nursery was not in my budget, and let’s face it, most of the chairs that I wanted were above that, crazy I know. We have a similar white, slip covered chair in our living room. While trying to make peace with bringing it up to the nursery I had a great idea. Ikea has cheap white slip covered chairs, and you have to be able to buy a glider base on the internet, you can buy anything on the internet right? Clearly, we (the husband) can make this chair happen very easily. It took one google search and the first website I clicked on told me exactly what I needed to (have the husband) do. Crisis averted, living room intact, one more thing added to the to do list. There might have been some eye rolling from the husband.

White Nursery Rocker | K Flick StudioThe husband moved a lot as a child and therefore does not have a lot of stuff from growing up. Somehow this bookcase always made the move and has been living crammed with junk in our basement. The only request that he had for the nursery was that said bookcase have a home. How could I say no to that? Originally I planned on painting it white to match the rest of the furniture. Then time rolled on, and I thought, let’s just try it with the wood. So happy I did, love it.

Nursery Bookcase | K Flick StudioNursery Bookcase | K Flick StudioVintage Children's Football Pads | K Flick StudioHow cute are these little football pads! The framed piece in the background is near and dear to my heart. My Dad made it for me when I was born. Now it has a place in my home, and is one of my favorite things in the nursery.

Nursery Vintage Coat | K Flick StudioNursery Vintage Coat | K Flick StudioThis little jacket also belonged to my husband when he was little. In second grade he would only wear a suit jacket and tie, amazing. The pictures from this period in his life are almost more than I can handle. We recently found the jacket in a box of stuffed animals his mother saved and knew it had to have a home in the nursery.

I’ve done something a little out of the normal for all the curtain rods in our house and I knew this room could not be the exception. During the March antiquing trip I found an old exercise bar and knew that it would be the perfect solution for the window. Fortunately the curtain loops just fit over the bulbous ends of the bar.

Exercise Pole Curtain Rod | K Flick Studio

When I came across this scratch off map I thought it would be the perfect fit for the room. I was lucky enough to do a fair amount of traveling with my parents when I was young and would love to have a visual record of all the places that we went. I think that it will be a nice tradition to scratch off each state as he visits them. He will probably just want to scratch everything off at once and do it one night while I am asleep and I will be crushed. At least that’s what I would have done as a child…

USA Scratch Off Map | K Flick Studio

I know that there are a lot of things in this room that are not so child friendly and there are a lot of Mom’s out there laughing at my naiveté. That’s fine. I am fully aware that I will make some changes as he grows and starts interacting with his environment. You only have your first child once and I wanted to create a special space for him before I start to base my decisions on realistic expectations of what a child might actually need or want. I am ready for motherhood or what!

So that’s about it. I’ll update you all with how things go as he grows and shows me all the ridiculous decisions that I made.

Have a great day! XO

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homestead … nursery

K Flick Studio Nursery In full disclosure this picture is a few weeks old. The nursery is now finished and just waiting for a tenant, still a few weeks to go. Our dog, Porter, has decided that he loves the room and would be quite happy to have it for himself. Every morning he gets up, stretches and makes his way into the room for his morning nap.

The nursery used to be our guest room which has now been moved to the adjacent bedroom along with our office space. Not my favorite layout. I would love to offer our guest a place to stay that didn’t have all my stuff hanging out in the corner. Alas, we live in a row house in Baltimore city so it is what it is. So back to the nursery. When we painted a few years ago we knew that it would eventually become a nursery and decided that the gender of a possible child shouldn’t effect what we wanted to do in the room. So three walls are a deep, glossy navy, and the focus wall is coral and gold chevron. Some people have been shocked that we have left the wall since we are having a boy, but in all honesty before we knew the gender I only had plans for a boys room.

I will be sharing the finished room soon, but wanted to give you a little snippet before the big reveal.

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wear it … plum pretty sugar

Six more weeks until this little baby makes his appearance, or so we are hoping. Last weekend we traveled to St. Louis, where I am originally from, and were treated to another amazing baby shower. It was a bit of an adventure getting there, our original flight was canceled, at 11:45pm on Friday night, due to tornadoes. I should have known we were never going to fly out when I talked to my parents when we got to the airport and they were in the basement and the sirens were going off. So we flew out on Saturday. I went directly to the shower and freshened up there. It all worked out, but in my haste I forgot to take pictures, stinker.

Since we returned home I have been in full swing getting everything ready. Washing baby clothes, blankets, sterilizing bottles, and getting the few items that I forgot about like nail clippers and a thermometer. I have also been picking up last-minute items for myself like night gowns that are okay for my Dad to see me in… The one item that is on my want list, and not on my need list, is a robe from Plum Pretty Sugar.

Plum pretty sugar robeHow beautiful is that? So it might be a bridal line, but really, shouldn’t I feel just as beautiful and radiant as a bride after I have a baby? So I need this right… what do you think?

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Comments { 0 } it's my favorite, kiddos, wear it