Friday, March 20, 2015

The Friday Five

1. Spring is definitely my favorite season. The sun is out, the weather is warmer, daffodils are blooming, life is good! But along with those sunny days you also get some April showers thrown in there and every year I tell myself I'm finally going to buy a pair of Hunter rain boots. I've had these on my wishlist for years. This might be the year I actually get them.

2. The weather this weekend is supposed to be amazing and I'm looking forward to getting out in the yard and getting my hands dirty. Last weekend I went by Home Depot and bought some flowers to put in my planters, but this weekend it's going to be all about the vegetable garden! This weekend is the perfect time to get my seeds in the ground. 

3. Does anyone else watch The Mindy Project? It is my favorite show that is currently on TV. And the best part? She's pregnant too, so I completely relate to everything she is going through on the show. My favorite quote from this week, "This isn't a glow. This is sweat from exertion from trying to pull my jeans over my fat ass." #truth 

4. Speaking of pregnancy, I'm trying to find a dress to wear for Easter, but I'm not having much luck at all. I've looked at all of the usual suspects: Gap, Old Navy, Target, Loft, Asos, Motherhood Maternity, but I haven't found anything that I really like. Maybe I'll just try to find a non-maternity dress in a larger size with an empire/natural waist or something. Like this perhaps?

5. Have a lovely first day of Spring! Add a bit of spring happiness to your home with this free printable from The House of Wood.

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Friday, March 13, 2015

The Friday Five

1. I know I'm kind of a crazy person, but I am making an Easter basket this year for my child who will not even be born yet. But that's ok, I'm filling it with things he can use next year like this book, this hat (SO cute, right?!), and this little stuffed bunny. If anyone is still looking for ideas to fill an Easter basket, I recommend all three of these items.

2. I am stoked about Shauna Niequist's new devotional book, Savor: Living Abundantly Where You Are, As You Are. I'm a big fan of her books; Bread and Wine was one of my favorite books that I read last year and I'm in the middle of reading Cold Tangerines now. Something about the way she writes and the things she writes about really resonate with me. I highly recommend her books and I'm sure I'll say the same about Savor too. Also, doesn't it look really pretty?

3. Tomorrow I'm going with some girlfriends to see the new Cinderella movie. I'm sure the theater will be filled with tons of little girls, but I don't mind, their excitement gets me excited :) I love a good fairy tale and I'm keeping my fingers crossed that this is a good remake!

4. Am I the only one that sometimes forgets that they have cookbooks at the library? It's a great way to peruse a cookbook before making the decision to buy it. I have a ton of cookbooks on my Amazon wishlist, I find most of them through cooking blogs or magazine articles. But I prefer to look through them before purchasing, you know, just to make sure that they include recipes that I would actually make. Sure you can do that at the bookstore, but I prefer borrowing them from the library so I can actually try a recipe or two. My library finally got a cookbook that has been on my wishlist for years, The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook. Back in the Day Bakery is a bakery in Savannah, Georgia that makes old-fashioned southern baked goods, which is right in my wheel-house. I'm looking forward to making some of their recipes this weekend. 

5. I wish I had the extra funds to sign up for this online course. Nesting Place is one of my favorite home decor blogs, I especially love their tagline, "It doesn't have to be perfect to be beautiful," and I think the term "Cozy Minimalist" describes my decorating style exactly. Are you a cozy minimalist? Hop on over to Nesting Place and find out.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Pregnancy Must-Haves

I've seen quite a few blogs posts dedicated to pregnancy must-haves, so I thought I would share some of my own.

1. Burt's Bees Mama Bee Belly Butter: I found this listed on another blog's pregnancy must-have list and I highly recommend it! I'm in month 6 of pregnancy and have yet to get a stretch mark (knock on wood!) and it's also helped with dry skin during these winter months. I've been using it since about month 3 of the pregnancy and have only used about half, so I'm thinking I might be able to make it through the whole pregnancy on the one tub.

2. Gap Full Panel Modern Boot Pants: I wear mostly dress pants for work so finding a good maternity pair was a priority. I had some friends recommend Gap maternity pants. I love these pants. They are so comfortable and are made of good quality material. Gap pants tend to run rather long, so the regular length was perfect for me. They had a sale last week, so I also ordered a pair of maternity jeans. I'm hoping that they fit as well too.

3. Breathe Right Nasal Strips: Yes, I am one of those pregnant women, I have become a snorer. It doesn't help that pregnancy also causes extra congestion. These Breathe Right strips have really helped me sleep better at night (and my poor husband too) by helping to keep my nasal passages open. Geoff says it hasn't eliminated all snoring, but it has helped :)


4. BeMaternity Belly Band: This was one of my first pregnancy purchases and I loved it! It definitely helped me get more time in my regular pants/jeans before having to break down and buy maternity pants. I'm also planning on using it post-partum when I don't quite fit back into my old pants right away.

5. Water Bottle: I don't actually have the one shown above, but it's on my wishlist, I think it's super cute. I feel like my water bottle is permanently attached to my hand. It's one of those things that I don't leave home without now like my phone and my keys. Drinking so much water starts to get kind of old, but I know it's good for me and the baby so I stick with it. And I've found that if I always have a cup of water readily available, I'll actually drink it. 

So those are some of my pregnancy must-haves. Anything you would suggest that you loved while pregnant?

Friday, March 6, 2015

Baby Barham's Colorful Nursery Inspiration

I am currently 25 weeks pregnant, so I only have a couple of months left until our son is here. I now understand why God gives us 9 months to prepare for a baby. There is just so much to do! Right now I am focusing on the nursery decor. 

Above is a little inspiration board that I whipped up (tech savvy I am not, so please pardon the imperfections. I used this easy to follow tutorial). I don't have any particular theme in mind, I feel like kids can really grow out of theme rooms and I wanted to do something that could work for the next few years. I'm really just focusing on making a fun, colorful nursery using mostly navy and red with pops of green and yellow. 

I also plan to do a lot of DIY projects for the space. I didn't find any bedding that I liked, so I'm going to make my own crib bumpers using the arrow print fabric shown above. I also want to make my own lighted marquee sign (probably my most challenging undertaking), but paint it red rather than gold. I also want to make the hot air balloon mobile using the colors of the room. So like I said, I have a lot of projects planned, I'm crossing my fingers that I get everything done before the baby arrives.  

I honestly haven't done anything to the room other than try and get it cleared out. The room we're using as the nursery has pretty much been a storage room ever since I moved in (my husband calls it the junk room). So I've spent the past couple of weeks organizing and purging. I'm planning on having a yard sale in a couple of weeks, so hopefully I'll be able to get rid of a lot of the stuff that is in there now. I have a lot to do, but I'm glad I have a clear vision of how I want to decorate the nursery!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015


So, it's been quite a while, hasn't it? I apologize for my extended hiatus, but I promise I have a good reason!

Photo courtesy of Red Boat Photography

Baby Barham is due June 15, so I am almost halfway there! I have to be honest, the time seems to have flown by so far. Now that the holidays and my first trimester are over, I am ready to get serious about preparing for baby.

I thought this post would be a good way to catch you up on what's going on with me.

Reading.....The Bible, I started a read the Bible in a year plan on January 1st; and Make it Happen: Surrender Your Fear. Take the Leap. Live On Purpose. by Lara Casey. Oh man, I'm not through the first chapter and I'm already fired up!

Watching.....Season 1 of The Mindy Project and Season 7 of The Big Bang Theory. Geoff got me both sets on DVD for Christmas. get my house clean. I had two weeks off over Christmas and I made some major headway, but I still have a lot to do.

Eating....a bowl of cereal almost every night. It hits the spot at 9pm when I'm suddenly starving.

Pinning.....nursery inspiration and crock-pot recipes.

Loving.....that I got a great deal on maternity pants from Kohl's.

Discovering.....that there are literally hundreds of different kinds of car seats, strollers, and swings. It's a little overwhelming.

Enjoying.....that the hustle and bustle of the holidays is over. Am I the only one?

Thinking.....about my Dr. appointment next Monday. We have our big anatomy scan and get to see if the baby is a boy or girl!

Feeling....tired, but driven to get things done.

Hoping.....for a snow day :) I know, I've only been back at work for 2 days and I already want a day off. MercyMe's song Greater. I literally listen to it on repeat.

Thanking.....God for the little one growing inside of me. finally get some energy back now that I'm in the second trimester.
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