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April 30, 2014

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April 29, 2014

Zoey’s Birth Story

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After a week without blogging, I thought you would enjoy Sandra’s birth story

It’s crazy, I am writing this birth story 18 months after the fact, and it still feels like yesterday. I have been wanting to sit down and write out Zoey’s birth story for a while, so why not now! I finally have a place to post it!

It’s crazy to think that I am 22 weeks pregnant and about to go through this all over again.

In Livermore, California, we get some pretty awesome weather during the summer, Frozen yogurt is a must on warm nights. On Friday, September 21, 2012, my husband, Zack, and I decided to get some frozen yogurt with some friends in our downtown area. At this point, I was 13 days away from my due date, 7 days away from my induction date, and feeling like I could pop any moment. As I sat on a park bench, eating my Vanilla/Chocolate concoction, we watched my belly dance in excitement for the ultimate sugar rush I was giving our little girl (I already knew she was going to take after me and be a lover of all things sweet!). For the next forty minutes I continue to feel my stomach contract, which was nothing out of the ordinary.

As we got up from the bench to say good night, I looked down at my belly and could tell that her position had completely changed. My stomach looked… weird. My girlfriends husband looked at me, touched my belly and said, “you’re going to have this baby this weekend.” Zack and I looked at each other and laughed and simply left it at “maybe!”

The next day was my first official day of maternity leave. With so much to do and only 6 days to do it, I couldn’t waste a minute of this precious time. The only problem was, I had spent the last 6 years working weddings and events and never having a single weekend day off. So with this being my first official Saturday off, with my husband, in a long time, I wasn’t going to be too productive. We spent the day catching up on our DVR, and enjoying each others company before we headed to a wedding that evening in a nearby city.

That evening, we had RSVP’d “yes,” to attend one of Zack’s oldest friends wedding. Ironically, I would spend my first night away from work, attending a wedding – go figure! While getting ready we discussed how funny it would be if we went in to labor at the wedding and that we would steal the brides thunder. All jokes aside, we got to thinking… “what if we do go in to labor?” So we decided to play it safe and bring our hospital bags along with us. The wedding was 30 minutes away from the hospital, so it’s better to be safe than sorry.

The wedding was gorgeous, beautiful weather, wonderful setting, and so nice not be in charge. During dinner, we were able to sit with old friends and catch up on each other’s life and enjoy an amazing meal. Of course I scarfed mine down and was already eyeing the wedding cake and s’mores bar that would later be available. The Bride and Groom made their rounds and when they arrived at our table we greeted them with the biggest hugs! A friend of mine asked if I could take a picture of her with the bride and of course I said yes. I stood up, took the photo, and felt a weird sensation in what I thought was my bladder. The bride and groom had since moved on, and our table was left to hang out. I looked to Zack and excused myself to use the restroom.

The second I started walking to the restroom I started to feel what I thought was pee running down my leg. Now this was a new pregnancy symptom, I hadn’t peed myself (unless I was sneezing) before. Rushing in to the stall, I sat on the toilet and immediately felt a gush of fluid rush out of me. Ugh, yup, my water just broke! I began to feel panic and fear. I am at a wedding, covered in fluid. Thankfully I was wearing a dress and it didn’t get too wet. I exited the stall, luckily the only person in the restroom, and shoved a bunch of paper towels up my dress. That’s what any sane person would do, right?

When I walked back over to Zack he looked at me and knew something was wrong. I yelled to him “we need to leave.” His response, “why?!” I let him know what just had happened and I could see the panic hit his face. It was like watching a movie unfold. I could see his head spinning like he didn’t know what to do. He excused himself from who he was talking to and said his goodbyes to the bride. He let her know we had to leave and of course she was upset at first, but then learned what just happened and was immediately thrilled. Zack ran to the car and my friend helped me walk up a giant hill to get to the parking lot.

Once I reached Zack at the car another gush of fluid exited me… whelp, there go those paper towels! Of course our car comes with GPS, but go figure, we still get lost leaving the wedding and get on the freeway going the WRONG direction. Don’t worry, we figured out what we did wrong and turned around and made it to the hospital in record time. Thank goodness for no traffic!


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April 23, 2014

Sweet Little Mobiles

Hi again, Irene here from designstiles. When I was decorating my son’s nursery, buying a crib mobile wasn’t part of the plan. But after he was born, we read articles and were advised by friends about how much babies love them. And because my husband is a worry-wart and was certain if we did not buy one our boy would somehow grow up with problems, we bought one as soon as we could.

Our baby loves his and sometimes when I lay him in his crib so I could have a few minutes to brush my teeth, I hear him blabbing to it. It’s adorable. I highly recommend one.

Here’s a round-up of some cute ones I’ve come across.


one :: two :: three :: four :: five :: six

The Paris one is adorable for a little girl’s room.

Happy Wednesday!
Irene Lovett

decor . styling . consulting

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April 21, 2014

Baobab Clothing


If you are following along on Instagram, you’ve probably seen Harper wearing her Orange Feather Dress by Baobab. It is one of my new favorites this spring! The dress is super wearable… made from 100% soft organic cotton knit fabric and machine washable.

Baobab has some gorgeous new pieces that are perfect for the spring/summer/fall seasons! I have my eye on the Stella Dress & the Flying Birds Sweetie Dress!

For baby girls I die over the Babygro Rompers & Baggy Harem Shorts!


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April 21, 2014

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April 16, 2014

Nursery Mood Board, Mixing Unconventional Colors


Favorite colors for the nursery? Obviously pink is a frontrunner for girls while blue seems to dominate in boy nurseries. Black and white has become quite a popular combination in modern nurseries over the past few years. What about RED? or LIME GREEN? What are your favorite unconventional color combos for the nursery?

1. Caravan Crib by Kalon Studios
2. Assembly Home Contrast Interior Pendant
3. 4040 Locust 9-Drawer Console
4. Fraises Poster
5. Ladies of the Carnival Pillow Cover
6. Eiffel Kid’s Stool White
7. Eco Heart Baby Blanket
8. Studio Alpi Wooden Pull Toys

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April 16, 2014

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