It's a GIRL!

Happy Monday!! Hope you all had a relaxing Fall weekend. We took it pretty easy, did a few small projects around the house and spent a lot of time outside with the girls. Olivia loves crunching the leaves & going on leaf hunts and of course the colors this time of year are always so pretty, especially on early morning walks around our neighborhood. We rounded out our weekend with a slow breakfast on Sunday morning of cheese souffl├ęs and donuts, a long walk in our pajamas, a visit to the park before nap time and then a pizza night and pumpkin carving with the girls in the evening. How many times have I said it, this time of year is my favorite!!

Last week on instagram @blesesdnestblog I shared that Baby #3 is a GIRL and thought it would be fun to do a little update here on the blog! The photo below was our official announcement, taken at our recent Late Summer Lifestyle session. I had so much fun planning the session, incorporating old fashioned props like this vintage typewriter, suitcases and a quilt. I'll be sharing more of our favorites here soon, it was hands down my favorite session yet.

We found out we were having another little girl about 3 weeks ago at our 20 week ultrasound and you guys, I haven't stopped smiling since. In some ways I was shocked, because deep down it was my heart's desire to have another little girl and I couldn't believe my dream was coming true a third time. But in other ways I wasn't surprised at all, because I'd had multiple dreams of her early on in my pregnancy, one where I actually saw her swaddled in the hospital in a bassinet sleeping beside my bed, right after she was born. Her eyes were closed and she had a pink hat on. The dream was so vivid I can still see her sweet little face if I close my eyes hard enough.

We had also been seeing her name everywhere, including her nickname, which I'd never met or known anyone to have. This whole pregnancy, especially finding out it was another girl has been so special to me, because I had been praying for her & praying over her since September 17 of 2015, when Penelope was just one week old.

That day, Poppy was asleep on me and Olivia was upstairs napping while Dustin and I watched a movie together. I remember being exhausted from having a newborn, nursing around the clock and snacking on a caramel apple while the movie rolled. As soon as I heard the name, I just knew. We were going to have a little girl and name her that. I was certain. Her middle name will be the same as mine, which comes from my Great Grandma. And her nickname (also from the movie) is old-fashioned and so darling, we can't wait to share it. I spent many months praying for her before we began trying to conceive, and then began having dreams and feelings early on in my pregnancy that it was her, just like I'd had dreams of both Olivia and Penelope. Finding out at the ultrasound just confirmed everything I knew to be true, and we are all just over the moon.

I'm 23 weeks along and I think it just dawned on me last week that we are less than 4 months until my due date. February still feels so far away but before I know it, we will be celebrating Thanksgiving, Christmas and ringing in the New Year and then the countdown will really be on. Having another girl, there is really nothing we need or need to do, which has been so nice. I have all the clothing, bedding, etc and won't be changing paint or any furniture in the nursery other than getting a new crib since Penelope will still be in hers when we move her into Olivia's room.

They say the 2nd trimester is the "honeymoon phase" of pregnancy, and for me it truly has been. I was nauseous what felt like 24-7 the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, on top of living in a construction zone while we completed a major kitchen renovation (ourselves). I was constantly exhausted and had no energy to do anything all summer. Once August hit and I made it to the 13/14 week mark, I felt like a new person. I got my energy back, my nausea subsided and I hit that sweet spot where you feel great, still sleep well and aren't uncomfortably big yet. Ha. When I start feeling flutters, kicks and somersaults, pregnancy is my very favorite. I love knowing our sweet little girl is always with me no matter where I go, and seeing Olivia so excited to meet her and always wanting to talk to her and kiss my belly makes my heart so full. I'm not quite sure Poppy knows what she's in for, being that she is only 13 months, and I still haven't fully wrapped my head around the fact that she is going to be a big sister, cause she still feels so much like our baby. But the thought of her snuggling with her baby sister in a few months makes us so happy. And she can already say the baby's nickname, which is the sweetest.

More to come soon on nursery favorites, my top picks in new baby essentials and the girls' shared room design in collaboration with all my favorite brands! Have the best week!!


friday favorites

Happy Friday! This week has been a fun one for us girls with the best weather and afternoons spent on long walks and picnics at our local park. Dustin and I went out for dinner last night to our favorite hibachi restaurant to continue his birthday celebration and it was so nice to get out just the two of us.

Last week was filled with a lot of running around to errands, appointments, etc. and this week has been much more low key which has been nice. We don't have any big plans for the weekend ahead which I'm actually looking forward to, because last weekend was quite packed. It's nice to have busy weeks and then slow ones, I definitely thrive on that variety and need those breaks of slower paced days.

To kick off your weekend, I've rounded up a handful of Friday Favorites!!

one || This shower curtain is on my wish list. I don't think I could ever justify spending that amount on a shower curtain but maybe some day I'll catch it on a super sale! We have a beautiful floral one in our master bathroom but I have been on the hunt for something a bit more "Fall" and this one is stunning! I also love this one if you're floral-obsessed like I am.

two || This striped diaper bag from Bodomint is the diaper bag of my dreams. It arrived this week and I haven't stopped finding things I love about it since! Created by Rebecca Waldron, while living in Hawaii and on the hunt for a multifunctional but stylish bag that she could use with her son, together with her husband Tyler she put her degree in fashion design and experience in the action sports industry to good use and created her bags! Bodomint was successfully funded on Kickstarter in 2014 and their bags have been in high demand since.

I've used many diaper bags since having Olivia 3.5 years ago and this is hands down my favorite thus far. It is more spacious than any I've used in the past and has so many pockets inside and out to keep everything organized. It can be worn as a backpack, over the shoulder or carried by a handle like a handbag, a feature I just love. I'll be sharing more about it in an extra special post soon, but for now had to rave because I am obsessed. You can preorder the striped bag here and it will ship within a week or two! They also come in black and those are estimated to ship late November.

three || One thing that we love around here are bonnets. Poppy wears them almost every day and although Olivia has outgrown all of hers, I've held on to them as keepsakes for P to grow into. A few favorite shops to find bonnets from are:

Briar Handmade // Heirloom quality bonnets in all sorts of patterns, including beautiful Liberty of London florals. We love this buttercup one for Fall.

Roz Sew // The london pixie pom bonnet Poppy is wearing above is from there; you can customize your bonnet any way you like with the prettiest fabrics and colors to choose from, including lots of options for boys!! This one is floral corduroy, mustard binding, the cozy lining and burgundy pom. Wish it came in my size ;)

 Hello Charlie! // Run by my dear friend Madie, this Starry Night bonnet in caramel is on it's way for the new baby, it's perfectly gender neutral and you can have it lined with sherpa for those colder months ahead. I also love this Fall Tapestry one, a new favorite for Penelope.

four || I love all things Fixer Upper and these Ford Vases are probably the neatest I've come across.

five || I shared earlier this week on instagram @blessednestblog a picture of one of my favorite corners in Poppy's room and had so many of you ask about the shoe holder. I love displaying the girls' shoes and accessories in their rooms as much as possible, it makes for the best functional decor ;) The wire basket with hooks underneath can be found online here. I also love this wood wall cubby.

What have you been loving lately?! Share your favorite finds below. Hope you have the best weekend!


best of the nest | the wooden wagon

Nearly a week into October and I still keep asking myself where all the time is going. We have been staying busy enjoying everything this season has to offer & spending as much time outside as possible before it gets too cold and we're stuck indoors. Today I'm so excited to share one of my favorite shops for our girls in my Best of the Nest series, The Wooden Wagon. They offer the most incredible selection of all different types of toys, including the Ostheimer wooden animals that both Olivia and Penelope love so much. 

We try to keep the toys in our home to a minimum, and instead of toys and stuff cluttering every corner, we love having lots of open space to play, dance and make memories. That means the toys we do invest in and keep around our home are so important, and The Wooden Wagon is my go-to spot for all things handmade, sparking creativity and imagination in my girls and even me!

I've rounded up a handful of my favorite pieces from The Wooden Wagon, including the new rainbow stacking tunnel we've been enjoying. As soon as it arrived Olivia said, "Wow! It's a rainbow like in Noah's ark!" (her favorite bible story...probably because of all the animals) and both of them love stacking it, making tunnels with it for animals and cars and it looks just as beautiful sitting on a shelf waiting to be played with.
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We love countless pieces from The Wooden Wagon, but two of our favorite brands are Ostheimer and Grimm's. Grimm's is most known for their eye-catching, colorful wooden toys that are carefully designed to appeal to children of all ages with their simple and reduced design, beautiful coloring and inviting surface feel. All their toys are created from sustainable wood and are produced by hand in Hochdorf, Germany. When the rainbow arrived, I couldn't believe how lightweight it was and the colors are even more beautiful in person. Anything that has multiple pieces that can fit inside one another or be rearranged in different ways is something Olivia is always drawn to.

I have also shared my love of Ostheimer toys many times before on the blog, which are also made in Germany. We have baskets of them around the house and they continue to be the toys my girls reach for most often; because of their design and high quality and how well they inspire Olivia to imagine and pretend, these are toys I never mind having left out. I also love that there are no small parts or rough edges, making them completely safe for Poppy and even babies younger than her. Being that they are produced in Germany, they are a bit harder to find here in the US and thats why we love The Wooden Wagon so much, because they have the most incredible selection of every figure being made!

Because we love so many items from The Wooden Wagon, Blessed Nest readers can save 15% off your total purchase with the code BLESSEDNEST15 today through Thursday October 13, 2016 {password is case sensitive}. It's a perfect time to pick out a few favorites and save them for upcoming holidays.
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Have the best Thursday!! XO


our weekend

Happy Monday! I can't believe we are already three days into October. I feel like just yesterday September was starting. We had a wonderful weekend as a family enjoying Fall weather that was out of this world, starting one of our favorite months of the year and celebrating Dustin's 31st birthday! We plan to celebrate all month long with a few special dates and nights out; any excuse to celebrate my favorite guy is a good one ;) I always tease him that he's so old (5 years older than me) but he'll always be a young kid at heart, one of my favorite things about him!

We went out to dinner on Thursday with friends, had family photos on Friday night and then spent all day Saturday at our local landscape arboretum, definitely one of the highlights so far this Fall. Beautiful colors and sights everywhere, trees just starting to turn and some leaves to crunch under our feet. Olivia absolutely loves taking walks, being in nature and spotting animals and plants so this was right up her alley, especially when we got to wind & weave through the most charming trails in the woods and cross little bridges and stone paths, it was out of a fairy storybook. Poppy loves anything that involves being outside so she was happy to be along for the ride!

We spent most of Sunday relaxing, eating a long slow breakfast and then a morning visit to the park. We are squeezing in all the park hopping we can before the temps drop. I got some cleaning & organizing done while the girls napped in the afternoon (#forevernesting) and we ended the night with homemade pizza and a basement tea party and books.

Hope your weekend was wonderful and filled with all things Fall!! Can't wait to share our photos & gender news soon!! XO


what's in my diaper bag

Happy Wednesday! I love hearing what other Moms pack in their diaper bags so I thought it would be fun to share what I always keep in mine. I have tried to simplify what I pack to keep it as lightweight as possible since I'm 20 weeks pregnant and still carrying a (very heavy) carseat on occasion on one arm and holding a little girl's hand with my other, but I still make sure I have the essentials, which for us always includes snacks ;)

the bag

I have been using my black Fawn Design diaper bag since Penelope was born; it was the bag I packed and brought to the hospital. I love how much space I have and that it doesn't look like a traditional diaper bag. I even use it when the girls aren't with me. The feature I've been loving the most lately is that I can wear it as a backpack, which I seem to do more often than I ever have before because my hands are usually full and wearing it that way frees them up and keeps the strain off my shoulders and back.

the diapers + wipes

Olivia is potty trained so that eliminates the need to pack much for her, but I always keep Parasol diapers for Poppy and a travel pack of our favorite Parasol wipes in my bag. I use the wipes for everything -- both girls, myself, our hands, faces, wiping down carts, surfaces of every sort and more (plus they smell ahhh-mazing!!) and now that we've been using Parasol diapers for the past few months I'll never buy another brand. You can read more about why we love our Parasol diapers and wipes so much in a recent post here. And to receive 20% off your first subscription from Parasol, simply enter BLESSEDNEST at checkout here.

the snacks

I love these tweat snack cups for packing snacks for the girls because they can reach in to get the food but I can snap them shut to keep it fresh. I've used other snack containers in the past they can reach into but that don't have a closing lid and after a few days the food always went stale. Olivia's snack of choice for errands is animal crackers or Annies fruit snacks and Poppy always loves puffs or baby goldfish. 

I also pack some organic pouches and depending on where we're going, usually have a sippy cup of almond milk for Penelope and a water bottle for Olivia. I love these Boon silicone sippy cup lids (perfect for throwing in your bag to be put on any cup to turn it into a sippy cup) and these Skip Hop straw water bottles, which both girls love and for us have been completely spill proof.

the extras

Even after I've packed all that, I've still got room for my essentials: wallet, keys, phone and a granola bar, trail mix or bottle of water. I also keep a lightweight muslin swaddle blanket in there (another item I use in 100 different ways) and a burp cloth as well as a pair of shoes for Poppy (because I rarely put them on her before we leave the house) and a teether or small toy.

In our SUV I have a large center console bin (we have this black one but I also like this one) that holds lots of other items I like to keep handy but don't want to pack in my bag on a daily basis and lug around. These include: change of clothes for both girls, sweatshirt/jackets for each of them, warm blankets, full pack of wipes, extra diapers, empty sippy cups, water bottles, extra snacks, a few board books, a carseat cover, first-aid kit and full box of kleenex. They're all within reach of the girls carseats' so Olivia can grab what she needs anytime and if I need to replenish my bag with an extra diaper or snack I have it handy when I'm out and about.

What do you pack in your diaper bag?! Is it pretty similar to mine? I'm so excited to pack my bag again in a few months for baby #3 with tiny newborn clothes and itty bitty diapers!!


poppy's happy camper 1st birthday party

We had so much fun celebrating Penelope's 1st birthday this past weekend with all our friends and family. It was a beautiful Fall day with lots of sunshine so we were able to spend the whole afternoon in the backyard, perfect for all the kids with endless energy running around. Poppy turned 1 on September 10 but we have a tradition of spending the weekend of each of the girls' birthdays just as a family and throwing a party the previous or following weekend. Penelope loves being outside and has since birth, whether on walks in the stroller, swinging in the hammock or playing in the grass, so I thought a Happy Camper party would be perfect. 

I partnered with Minted for the invitations and went with these Wild Woodland invites in Pink. I also love these camping invitations and these northwoods ones

I kept the decor super simple; I hung a custom tassel garland above the dessert table with a happy camper banner. I chose a few cake toppers, including a "1" and triangle bunting banner and then made two of the three cakes myself, including Poppy's smash cake and a gluten free carrot cake that is so Fall-ish and a family favorite. I topped her cake with a wooden deer and some forest trees.

We served build-your-own chicken salad sandwiches on fresh croissants, our favorite sweet kale slaw salad & fresh watermelon. To drink I had apple cider from our local orchard with cinnamon sticks and orange slices in a mason jar beverage dispenser and then had an iced bin of water bottles and soda in the backyard. 

We also had these darling camper cookies made by Cousin Cookie and I LOVE how they turned out for the theme. They were the perfect dessert for all the kids at the party and I love every tiny detail they had. Everyone raved about them and we will definitely be doing custom cookies again for our next party!

I used real wood slices as cake stands and it fit in perfectly with the theme.


Poppy wasn't so sure what to do with the cake once we placed it in front of her, but she loved the singing and eventually discovered the sweet buttercream and then was totally into it.

We had such a wonderful day surrounded by so many of our loved ones. I try to keep parties as simple as possible so I'm not having to spend the whole day preparing and stressing out and instead can enjoy the reason we're celebrating -- my little girl! I loved this theme and found it so easy to put together decor and a menu. 

For more woodland party inspiration, check out this board on Pinterest that I created to plan ours. Happy Tuesday!!

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