Friday, May 31, 2013
Thursday, May 30, 2013
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
I was recently sent the Mombo nursing pillow by Comfort and Harmony. I'm a big fan of nursing pillows--for the support while breastfeeding, as a place to safely and comfortably lay a new baby, and as a support pillow for the not-so-confident sitter. I love this pillow!
Mombo has a unique shape and a two-sided design called Firm2Soft™. One side is more firm and I found it supported Reese perfectly while nursing her. I loved how it held her higher than other nursing pillows I've used--causing less strain to my shoulders and back. The other side is really soft--Reese loved petting it! Another cool feature that I would have loved when Reese was teeny tiny is that it comes with a vibration feature--it would have been been perfect for soothing her to sleep!
As you can see, the slipcover I was sent with the pillow is adorable. It actually matches Reese's swing, which I thought was great! There are other options though--the mombo nursing pillow has a huge selection of other adorable slipcovers. The cover fits so well on the pillow--no tugging at seams. I feel like even my three year old could have some fun with this thing without worrying about him damaging it. And the pillow will definitly keep its shape even with lots of use.
If you're expecting a new baby, or looking for a good shower gift idea, I highly recommend this pillow. I am so glad to have it now, and would have loved to have had it since Reese was born. Mombo products are available at Toys R Us, so stop by to check out their great selection of infant nursing pillows. You can also keep up with their products through Comfort & Harmony on Facebook and Comfort & Harmony on Twitter.
Monday, May 13, 2013
I made my FAVORITE COFFEE CAKE for the moms group I’m a part of last week. And after eating it, loving it, and hearing from everyone else how much they loved it, I thought maybe I should remind you all about it. After all, it has been a year and a half since I first shared it and, in blog world, that’s like a lifetime. I would have taken a prettier picture for you, but got too distracted by the deliciousness to do so.
The recipe calls for 1 1/3 cups buttermilk/sour milk. I had everything mixed and ready to go when I realized I had less than 1/4 cup milk in the fridge. And since I timed making the coffee cake to the last minute possible for it to bake enough before leaving, there was no time to run to the store. So I subbed 1 1/2 cups sour cream instead, and the results were just as good.
I highly recommend you make yourself this coffee cake. And invite some friends over to share so you aren’t tempted to eat the whole thing yourself.
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Thursday, May 9, 2013
As we’ve been working away at our downstairs makeover I’ve loved doing a few furniture painting projects because I was able to actually label something as finished.
I’ve always loved this antique buffet. It was bought by my aunt and uncle thirty some years ago, then passed along to my parents and it was in our home when I was growing up. Before moving across the country seven years ago, my parents passed it along to me. The stain hasn’t been my favorite, but I never really felt like committing to a color.
Since we’ll be installing laminate wood flooring soon, I finally had the motivation to paint—I felt like keeping the buffet as is would just be too much similar toned wood. I absolutely love the way it turned out and am so glad I made the change!
I made some homemade chalk paint using THIS recipe and Glidden flat paint in Candy Apple and finished it off with furniture wax paste. I really do love the results of chalk paint, and liked the process in that I could be sloppy and it didn’t matter and didn’t need to pre sand or strip the finish on the buffet. My paint did get really thick as I worked with it, though, so I just kept adding a little bit more paint and a little bit of warm water as I went along. My hardware came from Home Depot. The beauty of this technique is that the buffet looks like it has been painted this way for years and years. You wouldn’t think it just got refinished a few weeks ago.
While I had the paint mixed, I figured it would be fun to re-do my barstools as well. In the picture above you can see what the paint looks like in the three stages of use—the top stool is just painted, the middle is after giving a light sanding to even things out and distress a bit, and the bottom stool is post waxing. It really was amazing how beautifully the wax brought out the color.
Here you can see the contrast mid-waxing.
A look at the barstools in action. They make me smile.
One last look at the beautiful roses Nolan gave me for our anniversary, with my cheery buffet in the background. I’ll be using the same chalk paint technique on the buffet in our entryway, as well as on an old door I’ll be hanging above the buffet. I can’t wait to tackle that project!
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