Happy Monday everybody! Hope your weekends were great, don’t they fly by a bit too fast?
I’ve been meaning to share some pics of our little Baby Ninja’s nursery so here we go. It isn’t a big room but perfect for snuggles, reading books, lego building and lots of smiles. It’s a blend of my obsession of vintage globes, local artwork and a touch of modern baby style.
Hey Cleveland friends! SO so so wonderful to be slowly coming out of the “new-mom-fog” and back with you here at “iheartcleveland.” Thank you so much to so many of you who have wished us well on this new adventure into parenthood. It really meant a ton to get your kind words during the last few weeks.
After a pretty intense, four-day birth story (ask me about it some other time when we are out for cocktails) Little Baby Ninja was born into the 216 on June 29th. We stayed in the hospital for a few days before going home to further hibernate with our new family member. I now TRULY have a bigger appreciation for a quick run to Target, an impromptu manicure with the gals or a last minute spin class…these last few days I literally have been surviving one hour to another. This mom thing is NO JOKE!
While I have been “away” seems like so much has happened with you and around town. The Fourth of July was a stunning weather weekend and from what I could tell you took full advantage of the beach, rooftop fireworks, boating and boozing. Then there was the overwhelming display of love for our city and our yoga practices at the second annual Believe in CLE at the Rock Hall; did you see the aerial shots? Then there is all the Lebron “decision” which I feel like I knew nothing about until YESTERDAY (how is this possible?) and last GO CLEVELAND, Congrats to everyone who was involved in getting the GOP Convention to our city! So much fun happening around town.
Before I slipped away for these two weeks of “rest” I was working on getting us all packed up for the “hotel” (aka hospital) and thought I would share a few of the fun things I packed to take with us. While I promise this blog will in no way become an “all about baby” blog, I may from time to time slip in a bit about the Baby Ninja..because he is too cute not to share if I may say so myself…proud mom!
So while I may be home, recovering from the whole fiasco here is what we packed for me, for dad and for baby to entertain, soothe, style and make bringing baby into the world a whole lot better than the standard issued hospital garb. Enjoy!
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FOR ME : I knew I’d be living in the DVF Designed Clinic hospital gown but I had to add my own little bling so I brought gold flip flops to accessorize. I packed my favorite little bottle of coconut body spray that we bought last year on vacation in Hawaii to pretend this was just another tropical hot spot. My sister and new Auntie sent me a fancy chocolate bar from her home town of London and while I couldn’t eat solid foods pre-baby, or chocolate post-baby, I shared the sweet with any visitors and my lovely nurses. I packed lots of magazines and brought my computer but didn’t really have the mental focus to enjoy them so have been catching up on them at home. I brought my own Ms. Spade water cup which I picked up at Lovely Paper & Gifts in Rocky River as well as a big thing of Bonne Bell Lipsmackers to keep myself hydrated. My mom said Oprah swears by these cooling body wipes so they came along as well. Last, I also love the little sound box that was gifted to me from Loop Cafe it makes wonderful background soothing sounds perfect to soothe any stressful situation. Lots of goodies to make the “visit” more like home.
Hi friends, hope you are having a great week, all good here, just happy that spring looks like it finally arrived.
I’ve had a few friends inquire as to what I am going to do with the impending nursery design and decor and so over the weekend I actually sat down and started planning. Don’t get me wrong, from the moment we found out there would be a little person living under our roof, I had an overall idea as to visually how it might play out. Now that we counting down on our days, we needed to actually pick out a few things that the little person might enjoy too.
While I wouldn’t say there was a “theme” per say, I do collect vintage globes and want to keep as many of them in the nursery as we can comfortably fit. I love the retro turquoise shade of blue and the idea of “Adventure awaits” or “Oh the places he’ll go” makes us super happy. So above are a few of the pieces we are planning on spending lots of time with as this little man grows up in a bright and happy space.
1 : Themis mobile : MOMA Store
2 : Turquoise ombré curtain panels : Target
3 : Vintage Globes : personal collection of various sized globes
4 : Changing Table / Dresser : IKEA, Mandal
5 : Floor Bin Storage Basket : Land of Nod
6 : Birdie wall print : Land of Nod
7 : Je’taime pillow : C Wonder
8 : Luca Glider : Land of Nod
9 : Crib : Target
10 : Flokati Rug : Land of Nod
I can’t wait to share some pics once we get going on the project but for now I need to clear out a few of my own “treasures” to make way for the wee one décor!
Hey CLE, happy tricks and treats week! Did you get to dress up this past weekend and get your costume party on? I saw so many of you dressed up on Instagram and facebook and I have to say, GREAT JOB!
Today I am going to share my third Land of Nod post-partnership. I have had the pleasure to work with Land of Nod on my little home blog nook as well as last months man-child birthday celebration it just goes to show Land of Nod offers more than just kids things. This past weekend I was starting to prep our home for hosting Thanksgiving and it was time to get our kitchen organized to make entertaining easy. Plus it just needed some attention.
To make our built in storage solution I turned to Land of Nod, some good old elbow grease, satin grey & white paint and contact paper to clean up our large built in cabinet for the upcoming holiday season.
Hey CLE! How is your week going? Already dreaming of this weekends Brown’s game? Or perhaps a fall clam bake? Or just time with family & friends? Looks like it’s gonna be a great week and weekend for some fall fun.
The other day I got to have lunch with a good gal pal and I just had to share how cute the “lunchbox” at Hodges Cleveland was. The popcorn decoration on my corn soup was a very pretty touch, the pulled pork sandwich filling and the side salad fresh and delicious. They do a great quick lunch…plus we got to sit outside, plus they offer complimentary underground parking…what could be better?
A bit of blogkeeping…I have TWO active giveaways at the moment. The first is a pair of tickets to The Key for The Cure hosted by our own Saks Fifth Avenue. To enter to win please visit the new Saks Beachwood facebook page, LIKE them and then let me know you did by tweeting me “@iheartclev I liked @Saks & would LOVE to attend Key to the Cure.” Winner to be notified by Friday, October 11th.
The second is a party pack with fun things from our “man-child” party and the The Land of Nod. Just tweet me“@iheartclev I’d love a few party props from @TheLandofNod for my next bash!” The winner will be drawn by random end of day Tuesday, October 15th. So enter today, enter often!
Enjoy the rest of your evening and enjoy this wonderful weather. :)