DIY Tile Trivets


These are super easy to make, and way cheaper than buying ready made!

What you need:

  • Tiles $2 each
  • Felt $0.50
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue Gun
First, cut the felt to fit the bottom of your tiles.
Next, Start hot glueing the felt to the bottom.  It works best to do it a little bit at a time so that the glue doesn’t cool and harden before you can get the felt down.
Once you have the felt glued, you’re done!  It’s that easy!
I’d love to find some colorful tiles and make some that really pop.  And only $2.25 to make each!  These would make some great presents too!

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Yarn and Felt Rose Wreath


I found this little gem while I was cruising around on Pinterest the other day!  I thought it would be super cute as a wreath for Valentine’s Day.

It lead me to a great Etsy shop which offered these beautiful wreaths.. and I thought to myself, “Self, you can make one for way less than that!”  And so I did!  And so can you!

Here’s what you need:

  • Styrofoam wreath form
  • Grey Yarn
  • Red Felt
  • Green Felt
  • Hot Glue gun with refills
  • Free time
First,  Wrap your styrofoam wrath form with your grey yarn.  Mine was a little tricky, because my form wasn’t perfectly round, it was flat on the back.  So I recommend getting the round ones, although they cost a few more bucks.  Lesson learned.  This took longer than I thought it would  FYI…
Next, you’re going to make your roses.  For each rose you’ll follow the same simple steps.  First you’re going to cut a circle.
Then, you’re going to make a corkscrew cut from the outside to the inside of the circle, leaving a round bit in the middle.  It’s okay if you don’t cut it in a perfect corkscrew, some variation makes each rose unique.
Once you have it cut, you’re going to roll it up from the outside to the inside.  This can take a few tries to get it to work each time, but be patient.  the bottom of the rose will basically be flat at the end.
Put a big ol’ glob of hot glue on the bottom of the rose and fold the round part from the middle down on top of it.  This is what will hold the rose together.
Look at the pretty flowers!
{not sure why my camera isn’t liking taking pictures… sorry bout the weirdness of it… }
After you’re done making all of your roses, you can start placing them on the wreath.  I used straight pins to hold them sort of in place while I was practicing so I could get the spacing how I wanted it.  I took a picture once I thought I had them right so I could put it back together again with the hot glue.
Then, I started gluing everything down.
Have you found anything on Pinterest that you’ve created at home?

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Belly Updates: 18 Weeks!

How Far Along: 18 Weeks
Size of Baby:  Bell Pepper!
Symptoms:  Some pretty heinous leg cramps at night, so between that, the bathroom breaks, and the weird pregnancy dreams there isn’t a lot of good rest going on right now!  Other than that, the morning sickness is only rarely and I think my bloat is going away a little bit.
Movement:  Still nothing definitive I think… maybe it’s the baby, but maybe it’s not.. mostly I think it’s just muscle spasms.  hmm.
Cravings:  Nothing really right now.  But my food aversions have gone away too, so the smell of hamburger doesn’t bother me anymore.
Milestones:  We went to our first Centering Pregnancy group appointment this week, and got a crib for the nursery!  I’d like to get some paint up on the walls soon, but we will see.  Even finished making the paper lantern mobile for over the crib today!

First Centering Appointment


This week we had our very first Centering Pregnancy appointment. CenteringPregnancy is a group care appointment where about ten of us that are about the same point in our pregnancies meet together for ten sessions to talk about pregnancy issues, caring for babies, symptoms, pain management techniques, and other topics. There is an OB, a midwife, and a nurse there to facilitate the meetings too.

Our first group appointment consisted of us taking our vitals (Hubby took my blood pressure, weight and pain scale all my himself!), “Mat time” which is where the OB used the dopplar to find the fetal heartbeat (going strong at about 143-148 bpm!) and then all the group members made some fun name tags to use at the appointments. Then we started on the discussions. They did a few housekeeping items like having us sign confidentiality agreements that reminded us that even though it’s a group appointment HIPPA laws still apply, and signing a picture release (sometimes they take group shots to use for promotions).

This month we talked about nutrition and excercise. There weren’t very many questions from the other mothers. Only a couple of us had our spouses with us. It was a little awkward at first since we don’t know each other, but then the conversation warmed up.

Afterwards, I got to speak with the MidWife that is with our group and asked her some of the questions that I’ve been saving up. She was so sweet and really helpful! One of the benefits of participating in the Centering program is that I will see the same Midwife through the whole pregnancy. While that doesn’t guarantee that she will be there at the hospital when I go into labor, it’s better than having to see a different person every appointment.

Looking forward to our next appointment!

Belly Updates: 15 Weeks!


{I’ll try to get an actual belly pic tonight ya’ll}

How far Along: 15 Weeks
Size of Baby: Navel Orange
Symptoms: Having a bit more cramps this week, so I’ll need to up my water intake again to make sure I’m not getting dehydrated.
Movement: Nothing yet!  I keep feeling what I think is gas, but nothing I can definitively say was baby kicks or movement.
Cravings: Had a lot of Sushi this week (don’t worry all had cooked fish not raw)  and think I may have figured out why I want so much salt on everything.  I might need to start taking some iodine supplement and that should take care of that.  Just have to check with the midwife first.
Maternity Clothes: Nothing new this week but enjoying my comfy jeans… wearing a uniform everyday really cuts down on the amount of clothes that I have to get.
Milestones: Can’t think of anything right now… we are starting to get the furniture into the nursery.  Hubby worked hard to get the crib and glider refinished and repainted and they are looking good.  We even got a mattress last night so it’s coming together a little at a time.

I have a trip coming up next week and I’m super excited to see all of my Arkansas friends again!  It’ll be Mango’s second airplane trip and it’s not even born yet!