Baby Things I'm Loving

lorena canals rug
She puts the color inside of my world
— John Mayer from "Daughters"

So much about motherhood has been different from what I had expected.  One of most fun discoveries is watching my daughter's personality unfold.  Before she was born, I had all of the soft, muted neutrals colors waiting for her.  As we are getting to know her, it seems more fitting to add some color into her nursery and wardrobe.  She is drawn to bright colors and patterns.  I'm sure most babies are, but I love watching her discover the colorful things around her.  It's made me want to add some color to my own wardrobe, too!

I have compiled a list of some of the things that we have discovered lately that have made our life easier, less toxic and sometimes a little more colorful ;)

lorena canals

Lorena Canals Rug

This rug is GENIUS.  It's 100% Cotton, dyed with Non-Toxic Dyes and MACHINE WASHABLE.  Not to mention the prints are the CUTEST.  Guys.  This changes everything.  HA!  But seriously, I wanted a shag rug for our nursery but I was nervous about all of the fluids that would be projected onto it and didn't pull the trigger.  When I discovered, Lorena Canals - all of my nursery rug dreams came true.  We will have this rug FOREVER because we can just throw it in the washer whenever we need to.  This is the type of piece that is truly an investment because it can grow with our kids.  I can also feel good about the fact that it's natural + non-toxic when my little baby is rolling all over it and let's be honest- putting her mouth on it.  It's been so fun to see her take to the colors and patterns on it, too.  I love this print, this print (on sale!) and this print too!(received with compliments from Lorena Canals)

Diapers + Wipes

It's so important to have non-toxic diapers and wipes because my baby is in constant contact with them.  However, it's the hardest thing to pull the trigger on putting extra money into because they get thrown away. I found a truly budget-friendly option for non-toxic diapers with Thrive.  I think the best part may be that they show up at my door and we aren't making last minute diaper runs!  I am also a plain white diaper person because our girl wears so many white outfits and I didn't like the diaper patterns showing through.  I am so happy that Thrive started making these diapers because they are CHEAPER than any of the other non-toxic diapers that I've found!  I feel good knowing that I am putting the purest disposable diapers + wipes possible on my baby's body.

dockatot

DockATot

DockATot is such a good find for my baby who loves to be COZY.  She wants to snuggle up to anything and everything at naptime.  I feel great about letting her cozy up in the DockATot at naptime.  It's also portable, so we can move it to any room in the house and take it with us on the go!  Some of the benefits of the DockATot include it's breathability - it's made from 100% cotton - and handmade in Europe.  It's one of those things that we didn't buy right off the bat, but we are so glad that we have one now for our cozy girl.  (received with compliments from DockATot)

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Binxy Baby

I will never forget the first time I parked my car in the grocery store and it occurred to me that I had no idea what to do with my baby while I shopped.  I didn't have a babywearing carrier with me.  Do I put the carseat in the cart?  (Which, by the way, is nearly impossible at Trader Joes - tiny carts!)  Do I put the baby in the stroller and put the groceries in my stroller?  That feels weird.  And the basket in my stroller is way too small for all of my groceries.  I can forget buying toilet paper with any of those options.  After struggling with my first several attempts at grocery shopping (I know all of you organized mamas are doing Clicklist, but I rarely shop with a list!!) - I am so happy to have discovered  Binxy!  It takes up so much less space than the carseat in the grocery cart.  And still allows for my baby to be comfy during the shopping trip! Not to mention, she LOVES it.  She can see everything and still wiggle around, as opposed to riding in a baby carrier! (received compliments of Binxy Baby)

Natursutten Pacifier and Bottles

Before Chapel was born, I knew I wanted to use the all natural rubber pacifiers.  I ordered the Natursutten and to this day, it's the only one she uses.  I have tried others and she just loves her Natursuttens.  She only uses it in her crib and I feel great knowing she's not sucking on plastic in her sleep.  It also made bottle feeding easier because they make a nipple that is similar to the paci that she was already used to. Not to mention, the bottles are glass and I will choose glass all day, every day over plastic for my family.

Have you tried any of these products?  What do you think?

xoxo, Lauren

Our Whimsical Nursery Reveal

whimsical nursery
land of nod unicorn
nursery fireplace
changing table nursery
nursery family photo

I absolutely loved creating a space for our new baby when I was pregnant.  Truthfully, I never planned to fully decorate a nursery.  I thought that since the baby was not old enough to really enjoy it, I would put more effort into the rest of the house and later design a 'big kid' room.  Call it 'nesting' or simply 'getting carried away,' but the room was ready for our baby girl (even though she showed up 2 weeks early)!  Once I had a vision for the room, it really started to come together piece-by-piece.

I had to make some big decisions for the room very early on.  We were half-way into our complete home renovation when I found out I was pregnant.  We needed to stay on schedule with the renovations, so I had to make some design decisions for the room before we even knew the baby's gender.  (Fun fact:  Initially, we weren't going to find out the baby's gender until they were born.  It drove me CRAZY and it was all I could think about.  So, we found out at 21 weeks!)

The nursery was originally the master bedroom of our 1929 home and the fireplace is on the back side of the living room fireplace.  (We turned our craftsman from a 3 bed/1 bath to a 4 bed/3 bath.)  The room is pretty spacious for a nursery and I love all the character that it has.  I knew I wanted some sort of wainscoting in the nursery because I love how sweet that feels for a baby room.  I decided to go with the shiplap because I love the texture that it provides, without feeling fancy.  We also used shiplap in the living room because it felt consistent for the time period of the house (1920s).   I chose a very light, warm grey (Sherwin Williams Repose Grey) for the wall paint.  The shiplap and fireplace were painted with Sherwin Williams Alabaster.  We retiled the fireplace with antique French tile from Wyatt Childs Inc (@wyattchildsinc on Instagram).

Once the renovations were complete, I really began to dream about who this little person would be and that began to take shape in the choices I made for her room.  I wanted her little world to be filled with whimsy and even though she won't remember her nursery, I hope the photos one day inspire her to dream

Baby girl, we wanted you so badly.  We prayed for you and we waited.  And now that you are here, we pray for you and we show you that anything is possible.  We love you so much, dreamer girl.

"Living a life fully engaged and full of whimsy and the kind of things that love does is something most people plan to do, but along the way they just kind of forget." - Bob Goff

Chapel's Nursery details:

Crib - Love this pink one too!

Crib Mattress and waterproof cover

Crib dot blanket

Crib sheet

Crib pillow SOLD OUT (find similar here)

Canopy (love this onethis one,  this onethis one and this one, too!)

Unicorn doll

Moses Basket + Mattress

Moses basket sheet

Faux sheepskin rug

Macrame chair- contact Sugarboo & Co. (similar here and here) love this and this, too!

Patterned rug from World Market SOLD OUT (love this one, this one, this one, this onethis one, this one, and this one, too!)

Pouf

Glider - Family heirloom (find similar here, here and here)

'Love You' Pillow (Similar)

Side accent table - contact Sugarboo & Co. (find similar here)

Chapel art print Use my code HAVEFAITH10 for 10% OFF your purchase!

'I love you' art print (I also love this, thisthis and this.)

'You are my sun' art print

Heart square art print

 Floral art print (also love this)

Woven wall hanging SOLD OUT (love this one, this one and this one!)

Heirloom doll

Yarn tassel garland

Ride-on Unicorn (love this one, too!)

Seagrass basket and fringe basket

Labradoodle playmat

Chandelier SOLD OUT (love this, this,  this, this,  this, and this!)

Antique wood sideboard/changing table - contact Sugarboo & Co. (find similar here, here, here, here, here, and here)

Changing table topper

Changing pad

Changing pad cover (like this linen cover, too!)

Hospital Bag

Paint Color - Sherwin Williams Repose Gray

Eucalyptus wreath - handmade by my sister-in-law

nursery reveal

My dress / Chapel's knot gownChapel's bow headband / Chapel's flower headband / Chapel's bow swaddle / Booties / Floral art print / Heirloom doll

All photos by the amazing Shannon Jean Cole.  If you are in the Atlanta area, book her for your family portraits!!

xoxo Lauren