Monday, February 10, 2014

It's the Bebe Shower!

It seems like yesterday I posted our baby announcement on the blog, and now all of a sudden we only have 4 weeks to go until the little one arrives! Time has totally flown by!

Over the weekend my family hosted a lovely baby shower to celebrate Baby M's arrival at local restaurant on the beach. I spent the afternoon with 40 of my favorite ladies eating a shameful amount of sweets and swooning over little baby gifts. It really was a great day filled with lots of love and the occasional posing while guests took photos of my ever growing baby bump. Seriously people, in the period of about a week my belly bump went from a hint to a full blown, "yeah she's preggo" belly bump.

My sister was able to take a few photos in between all of the running around she did. My girls did such a beautiful job! I even had a surprise visitor all the way from the polar vortex in NJ come in for the event. So cool!

In the words of Franck and Howard from Father of the Bride 2, it's the bebe shower!
I can't get enough of these two :-)





Now we are in the process of finishing up the nursery and a few more projects around the house. Hopefully we'll be done soon and I can basically stare at my stomach waiting until it's time to deliver. The little dude is getting bigger and bigger every day and the waddling has begun. It's almost time to serve an eviction notice! Hope you all had a great weekend!

*All photos taken by Tammy of Rubber Boots Photography*

Monday, January 6, 2014

So long 2013! Hello 2014!

Happy 2014! My transition into the new year pretty much summed up 2013, all of a sudden I looked at the clock and realized it was a new year. Sounds about right, 2013 seemed to fly by, so I guess the fact that I missed the big count down is very fitting. 

This year we didn't plan any vacations like we normally do during our time off, instead we decided to hoard any vacation and sick time we had in prep for when the baby comes. I spent the last two weeks taking the house piece by piece organizing and cleaning. I haven't done that since we moved in so it felt pretty good to get rid of stuff we haven't missed since the move and finally put everything in it's place. 

A big focus was getting started on the nursery! Since the move the room has basically been storage space, so we started off by moving everything out. The crib arrives next week, but we were able to bring in the dresser, which will double as our changing table. Since I was starting to get the accessorizing itch, I ran over to HomeGoods and found a new lamp, but was most excited about these whale bookends I found tucked away in the back of Pottery Barn! Perfect for all the Dr. Seuss books I've been collecting since we found out we were pregnant...
Jack has officially found his spot (hello Sheldon!) right in the middle of the room. So the entire process revolved around not stepping on the napping golden retriever. Right now the room is basically just the dresser, but once we get more in there I'll post more about our progress!

On another fun note, I cut my hair! While sitting on the sofa waiting for my hair appointment surrounded by the sound of hair dryers and the local gossip I was going through Pinterest and landed on these two photos: Cut 1 and Cut 2. With wide eyes and a big smile I sat in the chair once it was my turn, looked at my hair stylist, and said, "Forget the trim, we're doing this today!". I admit, the waiting area of the hair salon is probably not the best place to decide to chop off your hair, but it felt really good. I'm still getting used to the styling part since with my long hair I didn't really do much, but I'm really loving the change...
Overall the transition into 2014 was a pretty nice and relaxing one. Nothing like a good stay-cation at home! I'm really excited to see what 2014 has in store, especially with the little one arriving I have a feeling it's going to be quite a whirlwind. In the last few weeks I've definitely "popped" in the belly department. We took this photo on Sunday and I was amazed how much the bump has grown...
However now that I'm getting bigger, the word "uncomfortable" doesn't really sum up the overall experience. I've been reading up a lot about what to start expecting at this stage, and it's always so awesome to read the experiences of other women who are feeling or did feel the same things I'm experiencing during their pregnancies! Solidarity people! 

Here's to wishing you all a WONDERFUL 2014! May it bring everything you hoped for an more. Let's get this party started!

All images from my Instagram


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Image of the Day: Angled Kitchen

Image via Floor Design Ideas
Dark herringbone floor in the kitchen...come to mama!

Monday, October 28, 2013

It's a Boy!

Image from SmudgeTikka
Last week Baby M decided to show the goods for our anatomy scan and we're having a boy! We are so excited to finally know the sex of the baby. My head is now swirling with images of dirt covered knees and jars of bugs he's caught for Momma. Now that we know, it's time to start working on the nursery, which is currently being used as storage for all the things I just couldn't wrap my head around unpacking since the move. Time to get moving!

Friday, September 20, 2013

Metallic Fall

I fell in love with these two images this morning...
Image via Style Bistro
Image via Silvia Olsen Photography
Metallic skirts for fall...yes please. I love that they paired them with casual tops like a crisp white shirt or a soft blue blazer. JCrew has some cool patterned metallic skirts for fall, I love the blue and gold fluted skirt. For a not-so-basic-basic, my vote goes for that perfect gold skirt from Zara...

Metallic Fall
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I'd pair it with a casual, dark wash chambray top and oxblood touches here and there. LOVE.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Inventing My Color Wheel

This Fall we're planning on tackling the inside of the house now that our first year outside projects have been crossed off the list. Right now the whole house is white, complete with white tile floors, with the exception of our ever so vibrant early 90s style bathrooms (more on that later). So first thing we want to do is begin adding some personality to the space with paint.

Ah, I love paint, so many possibilities. Which means that I usually spend an absurd about of time staring at paint swatches in the paint store, and usually end up tossing half of them by the time I get home. I was playing on the Sherwin Williams site the other day and discovered their little Chip It function, which allows you to create a color palette with any photo you like. It sort of works like your Pin It button for Pinterest. Best part is, they include the paint colors, awesome! Now I can just go to the store and grab those paint samples without staring blankly at the swatch wall.

Since we're starting with the master bedroom, I went straight to my Bedroom board on Pinterest and created some color inspiration pics with Chip It. This house has a cozy, ocean-side vibe going for it, so I'm planning on using a soothing color palette of blues, greens, grays, whites, blacks, with some color pops here and there. For the bedroom, I'm all about moody colors...
Bedroom Image: House of Turquoise
Bedroom Image: Twelve Chairs
Looks like a yummy soft, ocean-like area rug is in my near future. I also found some beautiful ocean images on Pinterest that created some beautiful color palettes that I'm loving too...
Photo by Kevin Russ, via Stocksy
Via Pinterest
Image via Favim
Yes, yes, and yes. An image like one of these would look really pretty as a big print above the bed like in the second bedroom image above. 

My mind is now swirling with paint color options. I'm hoping to stop by the paint store this week and start narrowing down my options. Do you have any favorites?

*Note: This post is not sponsored by Sherwin Williams and/or Chip It. The use of Chip It was for personal use only.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Been Working on a Little Something...

I know. Weeks have passed since my last post, for all you guys know I have fallen off the face of the Earth or worse, become one of Miley's backup dancers (still scratching my head on that one), but no worries friends, all is good in the land of Mangonett.

Very good in fact, because since my last post, this little bundle of joy came into our lives...
Say hello to Baby Mango! I'm officially 12 weeks today and growing. Maternity pants have been ordered since my regular ones can no longer contain my growing belly. I'm always sleepy and chocolate milk is my manna from heaven. We're both thrilled about the little one on the way! I'm due in March, which seems to be coming up pretty fast. 

Now that the baby is on the way, it's moved up our timeline for house projects. I promise that since my last post I've been busy, busy with projects around the house that I can't wait to share with you. So now that I starting to regain my energy, it's time to get moving and start getting the house ready for baby! 

I hope all is well with you all! 

Lots of love,
Mangonett