Monday, February 28, 2011

kitchen decor - ball jars and vintage globes

While on our little getaway the hubby and I managed to get some antiquing time in :) I love antiques and thrift shops so I was in heaven when we found this old school house turned antique shop. It was huge and they had sooo much stuff. 
I found a wonderful vintage globe for the kitchen and some more ball jars (you can never have enough ball jars). I already had a vintage scale and ball jars in my kitchen but now the scale has been replace by the new globe. I haven't figured out what to do with the new ball jars yet but I am sure I will find a lovely new home for them. They are just great to put flowers in, so Spring please hurry up :) 
The framed print is by Katie Daisy, a wonderfully talented Artist and you can find her here. I just ordered some more prints for the nursery and can't wait to get them and hang them up. Absolutely love her work!
I also bought a cute new mug that matches my kitchen at another shop we stopped at. Handmade rocks!

Have you noticed my obsession with turquoise yet ;) 

chai tea is gonna taste yummy out of this lovely mug

Sunday, February 27, 2011

what I wore this weekend - maternity edition

Hey there friends, how was your weekend? We spent most of Saturday driving home from our little getaway, unpacking, doing laundry and all that fun stuff ;) Then on Sunday we went to look at a couple of homes that my brother-in-law and future sister-in-law are possibly wanting to buy, which took longer than expected and we ended up coming home pretty late. Overall a pretty uneventful weekend. Here is what I wore on Sunday. I wore all non-maternity clothes, which I still wear a lot even though I'm at 28 weeks now. It's just mostly hard for me to find cute maternity clothes. I just buy things a little bit bigger now and many shirts are cut longer and looser anyway. The Old Navy Jeggings were on sale for only $6 so I bought two pairs in two different sizes ;) plus they have the elastic waistband and that's how they work with the belly. 

Jeggins: Old Navy (similar), Shirt: F21, Sweater: Old Navy, Boots: Steve Madden from TJ Maxx, Watch: Michael Kors (similar), Earrings: Bought in Germany, Necklace: Babes and Sages on Etsy

Friday, February 25, 2011

Thank you Priceline and Free Shipping at my Shop all weekend :)

So just a quick shout out to Priceline and their Name Your Own Price feature - you totally made my day!!!
No, I am definitely not getting paid to say this, no worries. Hubby and I needed a rental car for our trip to Florida and of course we waited till the last minute to book one. I went online and checked Orbitz and Priceline's regular search functions for the cheapest prices. Unfortunately, nothing under $350 for 7 days and a mid-sized car :( Then I discovered Priceline's Name Your Own Price feature and thought, what the heck let's give it a try... It said that I could save up to 40% compared to the lowest listed price on their website as well as competitors, and that we would be guaranteed a car from one of the 5 leading rental companies. So I put in that I wanted to spend $25 a day for a mid sized car, put in all of our info and hit submit. I figured that it would take a few days until we would get a response about whether or not the offer was accepted, but nooooo after processing for a minute or so we got a confirmation page that said our offer had been accepted :) 
We ended up spending $239 instead of $350 (including taxes&fees) which saved us about 32%  :)
I honestly didn't think it was going to work and now I am absolutely stoked. If you ever use this feature just be aware that the price you put does not include taxes and fees yet, they get added in before you make your final decision though so you can go back and adjust your price if you need to. They also offer this for hotel stays. 

Now I definitely can't wait to leave on this trip ;) 

Oh and while you're here, why don't you hop on over to my shop and get yourself or someone you love one of these pretties? 
If you mention my blog in the comments section at checkout this weekend I will refund your domestic shipping cost and add in a little surprise to your order ;) This applies to anything you order from the shop. 

Happy Saturday to you all!

get-away and chocolate covered strawberries

The hubby and I went on a little get-away this week and it sure was great :) Since we now have less than 3 months to go before this little one gets here, get-away's like this one should be on the agenda as much as possible. We really didn't do much since there isn't much to do where we went and the things we could have done (like skiing) aren't as fun when you have to go by yourself. Sorry hubs! Instead we made all kinds of great food, like pancakes and eggs or chocolate covered strawberries ;) Yum!
My belly is really starting to get in the way and I've been having a hard time breathing. Trying to put socks and shoes on sure is a balancing act. Most things are starting to get harder and harder to do :/ I can't wait to go back to normal. 
I've also been working on some new things for my shop so stay tuned for those new additions next week. 

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

brothers (in-law) ;)

I guess this is another family post today so here are some pics of my brothers and the hubby being silly at the beach in NC :) Love them all! 

Yes, the hubby very obviously started it ;) 

 So much fun :) 

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

family :)

I usually get to see my family a couple of times a year. Last summer my mom brought my aunt and my grandma with her. My grandma is well into her 80's and this was the second time she made the trip. Unfortunately she has dementia and even though she remembers who her family members and friends are, she can't remember new things. Overall she is in great health and up for any trip you want to take her on. My aunt has five boys that are all grown up and live on their own. She had never visited us before and I think she had a great time. We went out to eat a lot and made the customary trip to the Duquesne Incline. If you ever come to Pittsburgh you should go up there and enjoy the gorgeous view. 
So I guess today I am missing my family :( but I am blessed to have such great family and friends over here and a German family that makes so much effort to see me as much as possible. My mom is coming over again in May for the birth of the baby and to help me out for a while. Thank god for that since the hubby is going to be traveling so much. 

my aunt, mom and grandma

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Ashley Ann's Under The Sycamore Giveaway

I won my first giveaway :) $25 to Mel V Designs on Etsy! The giveaway was hosted by one of my favorite blogs "Under the Sycamore" by the awesome Ashley Ann. She writes such a lovely blog about her family, photography (so much talent) and crafting. You need to go on over there and check her out!!! Go, now! Yes, I am telling you to leave my blog and hop on over to hers ;) You won't regret it, trust me. Follow her while you're there because you're gonna want to go back again and again. 

Thanks Ashley for hosting such a great giveaway. I can finally get that awesome camera strap I've been wanting :)

first dinner in the new house back in 2008

I'll always remember the first dinner we had in the new house. I think it was right after we finished installing the wood floor in the living room and everything still looked so unfinished. We didn't have a real dining room table so we used a card table ;) It worked and it didn't even look all that bad. I made a German dish and yes, we drink Seltzer water ;) It is the closest thing I can find to the carbonated water I am used to drinking back home. Of course there is San Pellegrino but I am not about to spend two dollars on a bottle of water. So Seltzer water it is for me...

we still have those Ikea lamps on our nightstands 
rockin' the bangs ;)

Monday, February 21, 2011

a husband with a love for k-cups ;)

This was probably the best xmas gift I've ever given the hubs ;) He loves his new coffee maker. We go through the k-cups way too fast. 
They have such a huge variety of flavors and we're always trying out new ones. Lucky me they make lots of decaf coffees and you can even order tea. I love the chai tea k-cups by Gloria Jean's, yummy. Since this machine also dispenses hot water I often just make tea using regular tea bags. It's way cheaper that way. The hubs loves this machine so much he wants to take it on vacay with him ;) I wonder what he's going to do once he goes back on the road? 

Sunday, February 20, 2011

just a few more weeks...

For his job the hubby goes to Spring Training in Florida, pretty nice ;) Last year I went with him and we spent a week in the beautiful sunshine away from the rain and cold of Pennsylvania in March. This year I am going again and I can't wait. I really hope that we can manage to go together with the little one next Spring. 

Friday, February 18, 2011

finally friday

I am late again posting today but I've been super busy cleaning the house ;) 
Our bedroom looked like a tornado came through and I had several baskets of laundry to fold. Since the weather warmed up so much it's kind of muddy outside so I mopped the floors and got rid of all the puppy paw prints on the slate tile. 
The hubs had a work meeting so he was gone for most of the late morning and early afternoon. Then he brought us Chinese food for a late lunch :)
I'll be busy again most of next week and I'll tell you why later.

For now enjoy these lovelies I found cleaning up the computer...

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Little Man's Nursery in progress :)

I lied ;) I said I was going to write a post on how I reorganized my work space but then I took a nap and did some work and then I started not feeling so well... I just went back to trying real prenatal vitamins and they don't seem to sit well with me :( I was way too sick to take them for the first few months of my pregnancy and then I just started taking Flintstones Gummies and I may just have to go back now. It's a shame, I was so looking forward to the gorgeous hair and nails...

So in the end I only managed to take some pictures of the nursery. The hubby let me nap and I woke up to a note on the pillow ;) He's the Best!
I had no clue he even left. He also put up the new curtain rod and curtains in the nursery before he left. We got the curtains from Ikea a few weeks ago on sale for $20. They are a medium blue chambray fabric and work perfectly with the grey walls. We are going to move the black desk out of there once we get the glider we want.
 The light fixture is from Ikea also.
We got the bear at Pottery Barn Kids and I made the Quilt and Pillow.
We got these cubbies as a gift a few years back and I never put them up. The nursery has this awkward little corner between the closet and the door so I backed them with the same fabric I used for the pillow and put them up here. This was super easy and cheap, all I needed was a glue gun and a pair of scissors.

The crib is from Ikea. It is small which I like and it was only $130 which I like even more :) 
 The dresser/changing combo is from Babies R Us. It just sat there in the clearance section when we did our registry and was calling our name ;) It didn't have a price on it and it took the associate about half an hour to figure out how much it cost. We ended up getting it for $150, about 35% off. The frames are from Target, on sale for $6 each. Don't you just love getting a good deal? 
More pictures to come once the nursery is done. I am still planning on painting birch trees on the darker grey wall or over the corner. 

That's it for today. The hubby and I are just relaxing on the couch waiting for Grey's Anatomy to start. Well at least I am ;) 


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