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Oh hi there. we had a baby

i guess most people who follow the blog know that. and that is why i’ve been m.i.a.

Corinne Hope was born November 13th at 1:16pm.  {you say it: Cor- Inn} We call her Cora for short. Or “baby tora” as Sophia says.

it’s been an adjustment the last 5 1/2 weeks. it’s been hard having to deal with a newborn and a toddler.

but it’s been so beautiful too.

we’ve loved every minute of getting to know sweet Cora. she is such a sweetheart and is starting to smile! and big sister LOVES being a sister! she’s so motherly and tries so hard to be helpful {ahem, sometimes she tries too hard!} but we are adjusting and loving the gift of life! Here are a couple pictures of the first few days until next time.  brand-new-grabbing-daddys-finger newborn

mama-and-girls newborn2 not-so-sure daddy-and-girls sisters-love sisters sisters2        nursing

xoxo-kimberly renee
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we are pretty excited around here!

prego announcement1  if you couldn’t tell from this photo in the post the other day about the level of our excitement maybe the outtakes will convince you!  prego announcement prego announcement2 she is stoked to be a big sister! she talks about baby all the time and pats my belly in public places and talks about  the “1” or “5” depending on the day babies that are in mama’s tummy. haha, to explain, we have certain friends who are due later this month with twins and when my friend told her there were “2!” babies in her tummy, Sophie was amazed. it apparently made quite the impression because she keeps talking about how “Graham’s mama, 2 babies!” and “me Mama, 1(or 5 depending on the day) babies.” it’s a topic of conversation, pretty much every day. haha.

and to prove to my sister that i’m already popping out as i keep telling her:

12 weeks: jelly bean week 12

13 weeks: jelly bean week 13

goodness gracious, i can’t believe it. apparently after this baby i need to REALLY work on my abs- not just sorta work on my abs. lol.

for those of you who asked, we are due early November. we are terrified of the craziness that our life will become with two, but we are thankful to be on this journey and adventure of parenthood!

xoxo-kimberly renee
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framing an old dress {nursery DIY}


well, don’t say i didn’t warn you. this is a cheater’s guide. not a real-professional-or endorsed guide on how to do this AT ALL. this is how i did it. i know it’s temporary so i didn’t worry about it.

why is it temporary you say?


  1. i had a limited budget…i think to do this right, i’d want a shadow box with glass to keep the dress safe.
  2. this dress is too beautifully vintage to be hanging so close to baby’s hands for too long.
  3. i plan to use this frame for other things as baby girl grows older

so there ya go.

cheaters guide for cheap and easy… ha!


i started with a $2 frame from the Re-Store. have y’all found a Re-Store in your area?? GOLD MINE, i tell ya!! i do find you have to visit it frequently because items change so fast and what may be a “gold-mine” type day one day will be a “womp-womp” type day the next. but it’s a great place to look for used items…when i bought this there was a pile of frames and old pictures just sitting in a corner without a price on it. i asked how much they were and she said 2$ a piece! eek! i bought as many as i could!

laying out dress

in my head i had this vision of a dress hanging. i wish i had the other little bootie. that’s the only thing i’d change.

painting frame

then i painted the frame bright pink. yay! since baby girl’s room is turquoise, i’ve tried to limit the amount of pink to bright splashes here or there. it was easy to paint and i didn’t worry about it being perfect. i figure this too will change with time.

dress background

then, (this is the part i forgot to photograph) i taped fabric onto a piece of cardboard that would fit in the frame. YUP. you read that right. tape + cardboard.

i wanted to keep it light. and reusable.

and i wanted to be able to pin the items on so i didn’t ruin them in any way.

so, that’s a piece of cardboard with fabric wrapped and taped on the back. i guess i could take a picture of the back, but i’m too lazy at the moment (call that too lazy to get this prego belly up off this chair! lol) 

framed dress

you can see all the baby diaper pins- but those are just for show. behind the top layer of each piece are ten more safety pins holding the clothing in place. again, we’ll see how long this lasts… but for now, it’s really cute and goes with my vintage theme. it’s a little memorial of Husbuddy’s grandmother and i love that we have her little outfit.  and, as you can tell, with the low ceilings in this room, there wasn’t much room to hang the dress higher,  so it may not last more then a month or two over the dresser/changing table. oh well! life will go on and the room will be in constant change… i’m a designer, remember? i live for the change. lol

framed dress

thanks for putting up with this designer who is constantly “cheating” and changing everything. it will just continue… i promise.

in other news… if this has posted and there hasn’t been a post about baby girl’s arrival… you could all pray that she come soon!!!!

xoxo-kimberly renee

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nursery preview

well, my sweet husbuddy’s twitter says it all:

twitter late

bawhaha, i can already see us two girls totally annoying him with our punctuality. granted, i am WAY more punctual than he is making me out to be, he should meet some of my girlfriends! but, his “on time” is 15 minutes early…let’s be honest. that’s early. and on time means, right on time.

for now baby girl is enjoying her stay right where she is. i am not enjoying it so much…i’m ready to meet her, darn it!  so, in my excitment, i decided to share a few glimpses of our nursery today. it’s still a work in progress… but for now, it will have to do! ha. this little designer had big dreams for this space…so considering our budget of practically nothing, i’d say this turned out pretty fun! i’ll let you enjoy the pics:

little glimpses

a childhood lamb of mine + a new little lamb from a baby shower.

{the wall color changes in every photo because of course it’s a rainy day outside so the color didn’t come out right. it’s a really pretty turquoise…but that’s hard to tell in some of the pics! here is the post of us painting her room.}

vintage clothes

i went with displaying a bunch of vintage items. these sweet little dresses all have memories attached. {from left to right: my mom’s, husbuddy’s mom’s, my dad’s, my aunt’s dress with husbuddy’s grandma’s hat and bib}


this shelf was a 5$ find and was painted with love by my sweet mother-in-law. for now we are displaying a few items that we both have from our childhood. my piggy bank horse and a creepy-big-eyed porcelain doll that i always had in my room. on the other side, husbuddy’s thomas the cat music box and piggy bank.


as well as one of baby girl’s first pictures.

toys and books

we have already been blessed with a box full of toys and a few books!


this cute Amish bench was found at a local place for 15$ and i had to have it for baby girl’s room! husbuddy’s old teddy bear and an amish doll that i had growing up are currently residing there.  we thought it was pretty fun that i had this doll growing up and now we live in amish country! so fun!


the crib and bedding are just beautiful with lots of color and lots of ruffles. my mom made all the bedding and is bring along more pieces when she comes in a week! we have so many handmade blankets as gifts. we have been so blessed by the love of family and friends! this yellow blanket was made by my aunt in Australia. and i even have another one from baby girl’s aunt in Japan! {my world traveling sister!}

this little girl is pretty much being spoiled from around the world. hee hee.

cross stitch

that cross stitch art piece was hanging in my nursery growing up. it was made by another one of my aunts! how fun is that?!

{the dresser was painted with chalk paint earlier this fall by my m-i-l and me, to see that post click here}

framed dress

this sweet little vintage dress will probably not last in its current location very long. {too close to curious hands!} but i love it framed with the bonnet and handkerchief and shoe. this was Husbuddy’s grandma’s baby outfit! how beautiful is it?! {i plan to show a tutorial on how i did this in a day or two}

painting by pam

and finally, a beautiful painting by my mother-in-law is hanging over the crib. {Pam has her art website here} her work is beautiful and i am so lucky to have it gracing baby girl’s nursery walls!

i’ll try to get more full-view pictures when the room is more put together. for now, i hope you enjoyed these little glimpses!

xoxo-kimberly renee

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baby bump {update + review}

and just this week, i’ve heard more comments about my size then ever before. i’ve been told i “look like a house”, that”must be one HUGE baby”, that i “look REALLY pregnant”, “exceptionally large”…and oh the list goes on. it’s hilarious…at first. as long as i don’t think too much about it. ha.

39 weeks

6 days till d-day! in honor of my final days of the bump… here’s a review of baby’s growth over the last 6 months: baby bump compile 12-19 baby bump compile 20-27 baby bump compile 28-36 37 weeks   38 weeks

and today this week we’ve hit 39! she’s kicking and i’ve been having some contractions, so we’re all hopeful she’ll come sooner than later…think positive people!

39 weeks trip


and since it’s only fair since this is his adventure too, here’s Husbuddy at 39 weeks. he looks ready, don’tcha think?

39 weeks husbuddy

xoxo-kimberly renee



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a baby book {DIY}

so…i’ve spent the last 6 months looking for a good baby book.
i finally gave up.
they were either WAY over my price range or too … i don’t know… silly. baby-gibberish-barnyard animal-type stuff.

so i decided to make my own! it took a couple hours one night. but that’s it. super easy y’all! so here is a little tutorial so you can make your own, if you so desire.

how to diy babybook

i saw that YHL made theirs so i knew that i could make mine. oh young house love, giving such confidence to the rest of us. when they made theirs, they typed a bunch of pages on WORD and have downloadable versions and even have downloadable pdfs if you’d like to go that route. but i didn’t want it to be that constrained and i didn’t like the word-processed look. i wanted my own thing and i wanted it to be pretty. aka… i decided to make an art project out of it.



  •  8×8 scrapbook from michaels {40% off holla!}
  • a refill package so that i had 20 pages(40 really when you count front and back) total
  • decorative insertable cards, like these from project life Baby edition:  {SO-if you do project life– i imagine it would be a lot easier to use their set up of just sticking it in the sleeves! but this was my first time trying it out… i have to say it was SO much fun to have little pre-made cards with fun words and colors!}
  • scissors, stamps, stickers, glue dots, pretty paper…whatever else i already had and whatever else you need to put your album together the way you want.


this picture of the project-life cards pretty much sums up how awesome they are! i ended up only spending about 20$ total on all my supplies because of the michael’s coupons and sales going on. that’s WAY cheaper than any book i found online or in a store and i love that it is so much more personal.

how to do it:

first i cut out pretty paper to put in every sleeve. there is no perfect way to do this and i use a different pattern on each page. i’m pretty sure the graphic-design police would arrest me… but oh well. i still think it’s cute.

i made a list of how i wanted the book laid out. here’s how it went:

  1. baby name + footprints
  2. announcement pics/ultra sound
  3. baby bump photos
  4. showers and predictions
  5. hospital pics and info
  6. birth announcement and more characteristics
  7. welcome home/meeting puppcakes
  8. first time(s)
  9. (12 pages total) month by month
  10. 1st year photo

then i added a couple of cards to each page. some of them i taped on, some i just stuck in the sleeves loose to tape on when i actually have a picture to lay out in there.

here’s the first page. why yes, sweet Miss A (my sister who hates surprises is dying for me to tell her baby girl’s name) i blurred out her name! lol.


as you can see, i just have a little sticky note in place where i want the footprints. i am bringing one of the larger decorative cards to get her footprints at the hospital. then, when i get home, i can just tape it in the book!


i ordered copies of some of my photos from the past nine months. like this one where we announced we were prego and this one when we announced we were having a girl. i’ll paste them in here when i get them. you can also see that some of the cards are just floating in the plastic sleeves. i figure when i get all the pictures, i can tape them down how i want to. i don’t have to do it all right now.


our predictions page. {we better make some of those predictions! it could be too late soon! lol}


a hospital page with room for photos.


more baby info page. and hopefully i get around to making a birth announcement sometime in January… we’ll see!


a page for firsts… with room for some pictures.


here’s a close up for the month by month cards. this is probably the part that took the longest. i didn’t do much else for these pages but i wanted them all to have a stamped title.

month example

so i taped down the title in the corner of each page and then threw in some decorative cards…again, to be organized when i get the pictures printed. i also have a big card for each month where i  plan to write important things about that month like, a funny thing she did, what she likes, how much she weighs, etc.

month example2

and that’s it! super easy! {especially with the decorative cards!} and i think i love that it’s a little LOT more personal then anything i could have bought for her.

so have any of you ever made a baby book? i’m thinking this would be a pretty awesome gift for other expectant mothers… what do you think?

xoxo-kimberly renee

{ps, i was not paid or solicited to talk about project life. i just wanted to try it out and share it with you guys!} 


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a prayer for my baby girl

she really could be here any day now. that is so crazy to think about. i’m so excited and yet totally terrified. i am writing this little piece of  my heart a little timidly. i’m not sure i want to publish this for the world to read, but i write this because it is my heart open and true that glorifies God the most.

Christmas baby

Dear Lord, 

for my sweet baby girl, i pray. this girl that you’re bringing into our lives this Christmas is a gift. like a gift wrapped under the tree, just waiting to be opened, i wait for this little arrival. thank you for such an amazing gift!! but even though it is a free gift for us, it is a gift that i give back to you, knowing fully well that you’re hands are stronger than mine to hold her tight, knowing fully well, that You are her real Father.

as she grows, these things i pray: may she fall in love with you early so that she may grow in confidence in You alone and not in any other.

may she grow in courage and strength like Esther who stood up for her beliefs and her people. may this strength and courage help her to face the dangers of the world, but may she know it only comes from You.

Lord, bless my daughter. grow her to be a woman of God.

may she grow in love like Ruth who would not leave her mother-in-law’s side when given the chance. may this love teach her what real grace means so that she may treat all those around her with true love and live in grace daily.

Lord, bless my daughter. grow her to be a woman of God.

may she grow in hope like Mary, who trusted that You are a God who works miracles. may this hope teach her about faith, peace and joy, which are all just gifts from You, nothing that she can make up for herself. may you bless her with these gifts. 

Lord, bless my daughter. grow her to be a woman of God.

i need you, Lord, in every minute of every day to help me raise her to become the girl, the woman, that you’ve created her to be. i need you Lord, as i do not even know HOW to pray for her, HOW to be a mother to her, or even HOW to love her like You do. i know that you will take this feeble attempt at prayer and use it and show me more HOW to do all these things.

Lord, even as i am overwhelmed by the greatness of this gift and the huge responsibility, i thank you for her.  i thank you for such an amazing gift.


 xoxo-kimberly renee
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