I'm super excited to share with you a tutorial on how I tried to replicate this gorgeous watercolor flower wallpaper for my baby girls nursery. I came across this wallpaper on pinterest and was completely set on having it, but didn't want to pay an arm and a leg to cover only one wall. When I was searching for tutorials, I wasn't able to find much online. So I tried to make it as simple as possible for myself...
Here's a before photo of the wall color in the bedroom, it was tan for my son's vintage sports themed room. It seems like only yesterday I was painting and decorating Maxx's nursery! Wahhh!
As you can see below, choosing a wall color was harder than I thought. After going through a million samples, we ended up painting 3 walls Iced Cherry by BEHR and had the attendant at home depot cut 70% of the color out to lighten the pink. I used a white eggshell finish on the wall that I was going to paint the flowers on. You want to stay away from the glossy finishes because the diluted paints will just drip right off and wont give you that watercolor effect.
After I painted my white wall, I sketched a plan (on a piece of paper) of where I wanted to arrange the flowers on the wall. I'm obsessed with sketching out my ideas for E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G from redecorating to planning our next party and arranging where the tables should go. I get a new notebook every year for all my sketches. I know, I annoy myself too, but it totally helps me narrow down my thoughts and stay organized.
You'll notice some green painters tape in the center of the wall, I wanted to make sure to leave that space empty so I can hang her name decal. I also marked off where the crib was going to be so that I could practice those flowers first just in case they came out awful they'd be covered by the crib. Then I got foam board from the Dollar Tree and cut out large shapes for flowers and petals for the larger flowers. Next faintly trace them with pencil on the wall. You want to draw faintly because you will be painting over the markings and if its too dark they will show through. My markings are light and some still show through if your standing super close to the wall, but I don't mind at all.
Please forgive all these dark phone pics - my 4 year old Maxx was my photographer! -8 months prego
After you trace everything out, the fun part begins... PAINTING!!! I bought sample paints from home depot (3.99 each) for all the colors. I used 3 different shades of the pink wall color mentioned above for most of the flowers, a darker pink for the rose looking flowers, a yellowish orange for some of the centers, brownish black for the others, and a forest green for the leaves. I ended up only using less then half of the sample sized containers. I realized I bought way too much paint because remember you dilute the colors with water. I recommend going to Michaels Crafts Store and purchasing the small tubes of acrylic paints in the colors you like.
I started with a black foam paint brush but later switched to a large soft pointed tip paint brush that I found in my kids art box. I prefer this paint brush because it gave those imperfect paint strokes that I was going for.
First dab the brush in the water then into the color and start painting the outline of the flowers.
Then I dip the brush in the water only and started filling in the center of the flowers giving it a gradient effect.
Remember I was going for the imperfect watercolor look so I was carelessly going outside the lines, smudged here and there, and left some empty streaks.
Keep a paper towel on hand just in case you need to wipe up any drippage. You want to wipe it up immediately so that it doesn't mark your wall. If I felt that the paint was too dark then I would use the paper towel to wipe and blend.
You'll notice that I painted one color at a time. I started with the smaller light pink flowers and did all of them before moving on to the next flower. Start with the lighter colors and work your way to the darker ones. This way your able to use one paint brush and simply rinse in between.
For the center of the flowers I diluted the dark brown color and smushed an oval, then dipped my brush back into the paint and speckled some spots. Haha Oh all the technical terms.
It was night time when I finally finished! But below is what it looks like in the day time.
Overall I think the wall cost me around $30 . I was super intimidated to try it but I'm so glad that I did! The prep work was pretty time consuming because of tracing the stencils to make sure the wall was well balanced. Surprisingly the painting was the easiest and fastest part. If you decide to try it please leave me a comment below, Id love to see how it comes out!
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I hesitated sharing this personal post in fear of being too vulnerable online and looking ridiculously silly, but I've gotten tons of questions from other moms if we tried anything different this time around to conceive a girl, and we actually did. So for those of you mamas that want to get silly with me and give gender swaying a shot, this is for you... I honestly don't know if these steps really worked or if it was by the grace of God, but I like to think it was both. Lord knows I was praying my butt off ! First and foremost let me just say that we are very thankful that we have been blessed with two healthy sons! I know many people who have struggled with conception, so I don't take this for granted for one second. Deciding to have a third child did not happen overnight, it actually took us 4 years of going back and forth! We thought we were completely done with having more children (because our boys are pretty awesome and my pregnancies totally sucked), but there was always a tiny tickle of doubt lingering around that kept us from making that final decision. Snip. Snip. However our baby making window was coming to a close and if we were going to try for another, it needed to be now or never -as dramatic as that sounds. Even though my heart yearned for a baby girl, I was also ready to welcome another boy to the wolfpack, or be totally okay if we didn't end up getting pregnant at all. But ya better believe that since this was our last attempt that I was going to do everything in my power to gender sway for a girl, without freaking my husband out.
THE SHETTLES METHOD
Our cousin told us about the Shettles Method, she had two boys and got her baby girl on their third try! Ill never forget her important advice was to only try it if I was 100% okay with having another boy. At the time I was terrified of having another boy, not because I don't like boys, but because my pregnancies with both boys were dreadful! I was sick for 7 months straight! H-O-R-R-I-B-L-E!!! There was no way that I could be that sick while taking care of two kids. Come to find out I'm THAT sick with any gender, so it really didn't matter lol! When we were finally ready to give it a try I turned to the internet to research this gender swaying thang. I came across these videos that explained the method and I followed them...
The first step is to track your ovulation. If you have a regular period then this step should be easy. I used this ovulation calendar to help http://www.babymed.com/fertility-ovulation-calendar-calculator . Its pretty cool because you plug in your last period and it will give you the exact dates that you need to try to conceive that girl or boy.
It also mentions implementing an acidic diet and have your husband eat more chicken and less red meat. I wasn't going to ask my husband to change his diet, but it just so happened that my husband was already eating mostly chicken anyway! I was already eating pretty healthy and juicing alot so this wasn't going to be a huge change either. I ate mostly chicken and green veggies. Green smoothies galore! I made them with spinach, orange juice, bananas, blueberries or strawberries, and protein powder. I drank Green tea and had oatmeal everyday for breakfast. The biggest change in my diet was to drink a few cups of cranberry grape juice daily. I guess the cranberry is very acidic, I chose the one with grape for taste.
We decided to only try this method for one month and whatever was meant to be would be. So the calendar suggested being unprotected on 3 specific days, and that's just what we did. As much as I tried not to stress out, these were the longest months of my life...
- Waiting to see if we got pregnant
- Then whether we should find out the gender or wait until the baby is born
As much as I wanted to wait until I met our new babe, every day seemed like eternity because we wanted to know if this method worked or not! Especially because all of my pregnancy symptoms were the same as my boys and the Chinese calendar said it was a boy too. At this point I left it in God's hands, I did all that I could do, now it was all up to him.
After 20 weeks of being on strike, my husband eventually persuaded me into finding out the baby's gender. I was Excited. Nervous. Hopeful. Terrified. Part of me wasn't ready to put all my dreams of someday having a daughter to rest. When the little baby showed up on the monitor dancing around, I swear it was waving, all those fears went away. All of a sudden it didn't matter whether it was a boy or girl, I was just so excited to see my baby in there! When the doctor asked if I was ready to know what the gender was, I looked up at my husband, with tears in my eyes squeezing his hand, and whispered yes. I said "It's a boy" as the Doc said "a GIRL"! I didn't believe him so I made him check a few more times before breaking down into tears! After crying like a big baby in disbelief, I looked at my husband, who also had tears in his eyes. He was finally getting his daddy's girl and I was getting my future best friend!
Every ultrasound that followed I was waiting for them to change and tell me that she somehow evolved into a boy! I wasn't going to fully believe it until she was born! Sure enough the first thing I looked for when she came out was her girly parts! I look at her now and I still can't believe we got our girl! She's a dream come true! All our worries have been washed away by a whole new set of worries lol! I don't know if the gender swaying worked or if it was just our time, but I am thankful that we finally decided to take a stab at it and try this crazy method.
and here she is, our little unicorn baby...
If your reading this in hopes to conceive a baby girl, Good luck to you! I know how stressful this can be and I hope you get what your heart desires! I hope you also feel at peace with whatever you get because this can be a tough emotional road. There's actually such a thing called gender disappointment, watch the video below for more info on that, and know that your not alone...
I was in the 3rd grade when I realized that my mom was my best friend. She wasn't the best friend that tells you everything you want to hear, but she was the one who listens, relates, understands, and still disciplined when she needed to. I deeply loved and respected her. She knew how to balance lifting me up while keeping me grounded. She taught me to always respect myself and to never feel that I was better than anyone. To always be thankful and appreciate what we have. She was the first to admit that she wasn't perfect, but she sure was perfect in my eyes! And even though she was an extremely busy woman -working, raising 4 kids, attentive wife, & most of her attention having to go to my brother who has special needs; she did the best she could to show us each love. I cherished all the time spent with her, especially if it was one on one time which was a rare bonus! I remember fighting with my siblings trying to lock each other out of the room so we could have her all to ourselves! Even if it was just to chat or watch a tv show together while she rubbed our head. This went on throughout those high school years when most kids want nothing to do with their parents lol! Its gotta mean something when all 4 of your kids (who are now grown adults) want you to come live with them! She was and still is ALL things good! The heart of our family! She is HOME! She is my Best Friend!
This is why I yearned so much for the love of a daughter! Don't get me wrong I know my boys love me, but I also see how my brothers have grown and started families of their own and their relationships have changed with my mom. She is no longer the leading lady in their lives hahaha (which is completely normal!) -but for my sister and I, we have gotten even closer to my mom now that we are older and have children of our own. I pray that Ray and I are so lucky to have the same relationship that my mom and I have.
This photoshoot was a dream come true!
Special Thanks to Arlene Garcia Photography for capturing these amazing photos
and to Victoria Ivy Floral Design for these adorable matching floral crowns.
Ray's Birth Story in a Nutshell :
On Friday October 13th at 5am, I woke up to feeling and hearing a pop, followed by immediate contractions, sure enough my water broke! This was the most exciting labor beginning out of all 3 kids! I woke up my hubs who started packing the car while I jumped in the shower. I don't know why I thought it was a good idea to take a shower right then, I began having back to back contractions in the shower and started freaking out at the idea of giving birth at home! LOL! So I cut it short and we jetted over to the hospital!
The pain was real! When I got to the hospital they said I was already 5cm dilated and 70% effaced. This baby was coming fast! Of course I arrived right around the nurses shift change, so after all the paperwork -which felt like forever, they put me in my labor and delivery room and I was already at 7cm 90% effaced. The nurses told me I was dilating so fast, that I most likely wouldn't be able to get an epidural. This exact thing happened to me with my first son, and there was no way that I wanted to experience that again! Thankfully I was blessed with some amazing medical staff -and after bribing them with donuts, I was able to get that epidural in the nick of time! Literally! The epidural only had about 20-30 minutes to kick in (no time for a catheter -sorry TMI ) before my doc showed up and delivered little miss Ray! I only pushed for about 10 minutes, and my little 8 pound beauty was here! She was definitely my fastest birth, we arrived to the hospital at 6am and she was born at 8:30am! She weighed one pound more than her brothers did and was 1 inch shorter. It all happened so fast that it felt like a dream!
At just 6 days old, my sweet and extremely patient friend Arlene Garcia Photography did an amazing job at capturing my little lady's newborn photos! After all the pee and poop, she managed to catch these precious shots! I'm in LOVE!!!
Welcome our baby girls whimsical nursery!
When we found out we were pregnant I really wanted to wait until the birth to find out the baby's gender. I planned on decorating a gender neutral nursery, painting it a light gray (like the rest of our house... I'm kinda obsessed with the cleanness of gray!) I was going to just purchase the furniture in whites and light wood tones until the little one was born and then add touches of pinks if it was a girl or black and whites for a boy. But the hubs wasn't having it! He wanted to be more prepared -which is not like him, Im usually the ocd organized planner (have we switched roles). I'm not gonna lie... I'm kinda glad we didn't wait, because it has been so awesome being able to plan a girl baby shower and decorating a girl nursery. This is all so new to me, so Ive been loving every second of it!
First thing the hubs booted was my gray walls! He felt that since she was our first (and last) girl then she should have a girly pink room. I wasn't on board at first. Until I spent a bajillion hours on pinterest and found this beautiful watercolor floral wallpaper and fell in love! Unfortunately this wallpaper was more than I wanted to spend, so I started researching how to DIY watercolor on a wall. After watching several videos (that had nothing to do with flowers), I decided to take a stab at it -since watercolor is more forgiving and imperfect. Ill create a blog post with details on how I did it, but let me tell you -it was way easier than I thought! I'm no natural born artist, I have to do tons of research and practice my butt off before I dare try anything. Trust me, If I could do it anyone can!!!
How adorable is this pillow!?! My sister saw this quote on my instagram and custom ordered it from etsy for her.
Moving on to the wall color... After collecting 10 different samples of pinks at the home depot, we finally chose the perfect blend of blush and dust rose color called Iced Cherry by BEHR. We painted the remaining 3 walls, but I HATED it! It was wayyyy too pink! It looked like I walked into Pepto Bismol land! As it is the room is so small and dark, we wanted as light of a pink as you can get. So I bit the bullet and decided to repaint it! It was hard for me to convince myself to spend another $30 on a second gallon of paint, (i know its only $30 bucks but that could've been spent on something else!) but after dreaming about it... (yes dreaming, pregnancy does some odd things to your brain lol) Im so changed we did. I used the same type of pink but had the lady at home depot cut 70% of the color out to lighten the pink. And we Loved it!!!! I never knew you could dilute a color! HOW AWESOME IS THAT!
I have plans on making window shade covers throughout the house, right now we have black out white vinyl roll up blinds from Home Depot (which we absolutely love!) but don't necessarily think the roll is the prettiest thing in the world. Who else feels like decorating your house is a never-ending project.
Now for decorating... I wanted to keep everything bright and airy, because this room is so small and dark. We chose furniture that is simple and modern, that she could grow with. The crib turns into a toddler bed, then into a headboard. To be honest this is the first time we were able to buy all new furniture for a nursery! We were so young when we had Jack and Maxx and barely starting out, so hand-me-downs is what we worked with. That's when I learned to stain and paint things so they could all look cohesive. Total Started from the bottom now we here moment! Eventually I'd like to get her a trundle bed so she can have sleepovers with her cousins (who needs sisters when you'll have 5 girl cousins all around the same age)! Yes I said FIVE -all are from my siblings! Two cousins are a 1-2 years older than her and the other three cousins will be the same age! The 2017 quadruplets.
There's no specific theme for her room, just wanted it bright and airy, dainty, bold and simple, all things whimsical, with touches of earthy-bohemian-hippie-flower-child. Yeah ALL that -is that too much to ask for!?!
How cute is this Glass Flower Capsule thang! It totally reminded me of beauty and the beast!
One of the games at our baby shower was to have the guests write down their favorite inspirational quotes. Growing up I was obsessed with poems, and as an adult Im obsessed with quotes. I feel like they can help you through some tough times (which we all know that life is full of tough times). We rolled each one of them up, tied them with twine, and put them in our wedding vase (sentimental much!). Obviously she won't read them until later in life, but my hope is that she will read one on her dark days and that they help her smile and keep her pushing through!
These baskets will eventually be filled with her stuffed animals and one is for her dirty laundry.
Right now the closet holds all the boxes of diapers, hanging outfits, a shelf with toys and all the baby stuff we haven't yet organized. Oh and extra blankets and pillows for guests. Once we get it all organized I'll share with you a post of how it looks, along with how we organized her drawers. We plan on using the closet to hang outfits, and store cubbies of toys and books -so we can keep her room tidy. We moved the boys toys to their closet and I have noticed a huge difference with their room staying tidy. Trust me, its not always clean -they're kids! We removed the closet doors and hung these curtains in all of our rooms to give us better access to the full closets since they are so doggone small. Old House = Small Closets
This mirror and shelf was handed down by a neighbor and an aunt. We sprayed them white and it worked out perfect in her room. You don't always need new things to make a room, sometimes its already in your garage waiting for some lovin!
Many of these bows were gifts, but of course I had to try to make her some (labor of love). I'll post a blog soon about how to make head wraps and interchangeable bows!
This fan was also given to us by a neighbor who was moving away, she was the first to predict that we were having a girl and she gave us this brown bird fan. We also sprayed it white to go with everything else.
Did I mention that this room is also my office! We have now filled up all 4 rooms in our house and have ran out of space for my office, so she gets stuck with it in her room. No biggie, I just shoved everything along one wall. I still need to decorate that wall behind the computer (Im thinking a simple collage wall), it'll have to wait a bit. I also want to get a rug, still searching... leave me some links in the comments if you know of a nice rug that'll go with the room. We want it soft enough that we can sit and play on and light in color.
Y'all know that I'm a simple girl, who likes nice things without spending an arm and a leg to get it! I'll make do with what we already have, give a good spray job to hand-me-downs, or find good deals on cute pieces. It takes a lot for me to actually come out the pocket for an expensive object, I'd rather spend the money on a fun trip to somewhere new! And I love sharing my finds, so I can help others save money too! Spread the love! Here's a list of where I got everything...
Wall Paint Color - Home Depot "Iced Cherry" BEHR (70% of the color was cut to soften the pink)
Crib & Mattress - Ikea
Sheets & Crib skirt - Target
Pillow - Gifted
Unicorn Stuffed animal - Walmart
Floral Wall - DIY Watercolor Project (Blog Post Coming Soon)
Faux Sheep Rug _ Ikea
"Ray Loren" Letters - Etsy
Unicorn Head -Target
Silver Frames -Gifted
Cute sign quotes - Gifted
Owl - Hobby Lobby (already had it)
Beauty & the Beast Glass Floral Capsule - Ikea
Felt Board - Etsy
Plants and pots - Ikea
Gold Unicorn -Painted Hand-me-down
Shelves - Ikea
Woven Baskets - Walmart
Dresser - Ikea
Lamp - Ikea
Bird Fan - Painted Hand-me-down
Diaper Changing Pad - Target
Changing Pad Cover - Easy
Closet Curtains - Ikea
Mirror - Painted Hand-me-down
Bow Shelf - Painted Hand-me-down
Bows - Gifted & Some are DIY Bows (Blog Post Coming Soon)
Dress - Gifted
Baby shoes - H&M
Pink knitted Booties - Gifted
File Cabinets - Ikea
Office Chair - Ikea
Printer - Costco
Baby Monitor - Target
Desk Lamp - Walmart