We don’t mean to do it, but it can happen and a lot of times it does happen. What is that? Taking our partner for granted. In my relationship + marriage we have been through some pretty… More
Yes, that is a hospital wristband on my right wrist. Today I am thankful. Beyond thankful really. At our 20 wk appointment the sonographer was nervous because she couldn’t see a part of the heart that should be there. They walked me through what the next couple weeks would look like (more ultrasounds to check) and a visit to Children’s mercy. Worst case scenario would be baby would need open heart surgery immediately after delivery. My heart broke when I heard our baby may need open heart surgery. I told a few friends and family right away and we got to praying for supernatural healing, that nothing would be wrong and everything would be healed. This morning I had my level II ultrasound and the sonographer and Doctor agreed the baby is PERFECT. His heart looks perfect, his measurements are perfect. Not a thing off. 💙💙 My heart melted and exploded at the same time knowing our little man is doing well.
Have you ever had something like this happen during your pregnancy?
When we decided on doing a gender reveal party I knew right away how I wanted us to reveal the gender. I had seen a lot of fun ideas on pinterest but none of them were really us. Neither me or my husband really likes cake at all (except cheesecake & german chocolate cake) so the cake reveal idea was out. Balloons have always been a way my family celebrated special occasions. My mom would always fill my room or bathroom with balloons (for however old I was) all the way up until I moved out. Which I think was about 27 years old. So balloons have a special place in my heart since it’s just moms memory that lives on since she passed in 2013.
Since we had moved earlier last year we still had packing boxes otherwise I would have had to go out and buy one. Which by the way, boxes are expensive?!? Ummm, why?
Anyways, so my first idea was to completely spray paint the box and then paint the words and hearts on it but the spray paint didn’t adhere to the box. So that was a total flop. So I went out and bought kraft paper at Target. The next day I went to the Dollar Tree and saw they had some too (head smack) so I suggest going to the dollar tree to buy yours so you don’t spend $2.99/roll like I did. I just covered the main part of the box completely in kraft paper (except for the lid and bottom).
Taped it off and then took my sponge brushes and painted on the words. This is where I wish I would have just boughten brushes because the sponge brushes were pretty hard to write with and make hearts with. It worked, but it certainly was NOT perfect. I am learning to not strive for perfection though :)
After I let the box dry I brought it over to my friends with the rest of the Kraft paper and tape and gave her the envelope with what gender it was. (I was so good, I didn’t peek at all:) We wanted to do teal and coral. We aren’t big on the blue and pink colors associated with boys and girls. Once she put the balloons in she just cut a square piece to go over the top and taped it off.
If you did a gender reveal with your friends and family what did YOU do for your gender reveal party?
Oh my goodness our hearts are absolutely exploding with love. Yesterday we had our gender reveal where we discovered what we were having. You heard right, we had NO IDEA. I closed my eyes at the ultrasound while she looked and then handed the confidential information to one of my dear friends who went and bought the balloons for the gender reveal balloon box that I made (blog post coming on how I made it).
I was SHOCKED when we discovered what we were having.
I made this custom “Baby Rubeo” sign for under $0.05. I used gold glitter paper I got from Michaels a two years back for $0.01/sheet and twine from Target I scored for $0.10 during 90% off christmas clearance this year. The garland I scored for $0.60 from this years 90% off christmas clearance as well. So this entire display cost me less than $0.75!!
I had seen others make ‘Old Wives Tales’ signs as well. We didn’t bank on this and that’s probably a good thing because it was completely WRONG. haha.
I will be doing post on how I made this sign for under $1 as well
I got these adorable little robot and ladybug stickers from Targets valentines dollar spot. We had our friends and family put a sticker on which side they thought we were going to have. Once everyone put a sticker on the BOY side was winning.
One of my dear friends Dezi did this for her gender reveal announcement and when I saw that I knew I HAD to incorporate it somehow it our design. So I just laid them out for people to take if they wanted.
Okay to the IMPORTANT STUFF. The gender!
Let me preface the pictures with saying the first 8 weeks I swore up and down that we were having a boy then second trimester I thought it was a girl. All my baby dreams were about girls, but my thoughts were about boys. My husband and I were rooting for a boy. I am such a sucker for little boys but I was convinced we were having a girl.
Moments before we opened the box was a whirlwind of emotions. I was settling it in my heart we would have a girl…
Then the moment we were waiting for…
IT’S A BOY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I cannot explain how excited we are. With that being said the emotions of it all have just barely begun to hit me. Last night over dinner while talking with hubby I realized I haven’t had a good shock in years. After so many traumatic events happening in the last three years (my mom dying after I moved halfway across the states, my grandpa dying several months later, then my grandma just recently passing away). While I have had some incredible moments in life, and I treasure those everyday when it comes to surprises/shocks they have all been bad, really bad the last couple years. So the shock of we are having a boy is still setting in and I can feel all the emotions bubbling up in me. If were being honest I am just waiting for it to all come pouring out and for me to been a crying, sobbing, hormonal mess. But I welcome those tears. Good tears are always good.
Toys and games and puzzles for $0.10-$.50 ea
2 pk Pacifiers for $0.69
Toddler plates & cups for $0.19-$0.39ea
Toddler Christmas jammies sets of 2 for $1.19!!
That big stuffed animal dog was only $1.99
All those christmas decor trees on the fireplace were $1.49-$1.69ea!!
The list goes on and on….
What has been your favorite thing to buy during 90% off christmas clearance?
Well to say 2015 was a year of surprises would be an understatement. Me and hubby had no intention of purchasing our first house or getting pregnant this year but that is exactly what happened. When we stepped back to look at everything I was in awe of the perfect timing of it all. Well except the horrible first trimester during my busiest work season.
It’s funny when I look back all that has happened this year. Soooo much relationally, spiritually, and just day to day. When I think about this next year what comes to mind is peace and stability. Which some of you may laugh at – a newborn, and peace but when me and hubby talk about next year thats exactly what we see. I know that this bebe will root and ground me in a way that I was unwilling to do before and it excites me!
2016 will includes turning 30 years old and having a bebe. Talk about some BIG stuff. I cannot wait to see where we are at in a year and what I have learned!
Any advice for this mama to be during this season of preparation?
Well let me start off by saying if you haven’t read my blog post on my TOP THREE STORES to shop at day after christmas go HERE to read that first and then come here and read what I suggest buying the day after Christmas. These items listed are just what I suggest purchasing the day after christmas. Everything else, I suggest waiting for it to drop to 90% off especially if you have more than 2-3 Target stores around you your willing to hit up you’ll find everything you want once it goest to 90% off if you get there right when they open.
Gift Sets: My husband is an OLD SPICE only kinda guy. That stuff ain’t cheap compared to other brands so this is when I combine coupons with the 50% on gift sets on Old Spice Gift Sets, and shavings sets for me. I typically get these gifts sets for anywhere between $1-$3 each. Well worth it considering everything in it is well over $10. (Store: Walmart)
Chapstick: Target has these as stocking stuffers. This is when you really need to keep your eyes out on there products. They ALWAYS have our favorite EOS chapstick gift sets. (Store: Target)
- Where I live the ziploc bags & glad wrap and foil go first. So I am literally at the store the moment they open for this reason. Within 5 minutes they’re all in peoples carts.
Ziploc Bags & Ziploc Containers: This is when I stock up for the entire year on ziploc bags. Well technically the up & up brand AND ziploc. Again I always have coupons on hand for ziploc bags and containers that I combine with the 50% off and we are good for the entire year. (Store: Target)
Glad wrap & Foil: This is another item I stock up on every year. Last year I scored so many I still don’t need to stock up on it this year. (YAY ME!) Look for the glad wrap and foil with seasonal designs on it. These will be in the christmas section AND with the regular glad wrap and foil. (Store: Target)
Air Freshners & Candles: I typically always get these for FREE. How? Coupons :) Combine coupons you have with the seasonal air freshener and candles that are 50% off and you have yourself candles and air freshness for life. (Tip: I actually use the frebreeze air freshness in my car. They work amazing!) (Store: Walmart & Target)
Napkins: Just look for the paper napkins with holiday prints hidden away in the regular aisles with paper goods! We always stock up on 2-4 of these for the entire year.
CHRISTMAS DECOR: (STORE: TARGET & DOLLAR TREE)
This should kind of be a no brainer so I won’t go into to many details on this one. I typically go for the wrapping paper first because its what everyone else goes for first as well. Other things I typically go for are: Placemats, Mini Christmas Trees, Christmas Lights (if we need more), garland (I always get this at DT because hello $0.50c!!! Christmas Decor is actually the thing I get the least amount of things from if any.
PARTY GOODS: (STORE: TARGET & DOLLAR TREE)
I will admit though I try to wait till 90% off at Target for these if possible then I buy them all. I mean who wouldn’t when they are $0.10-$0.30 each
Plastic Tablecloths: Who doesn’t need plastic tablecloths for parties and get togethers? They are typically always just one color so I grab a couple for year-round crafting parties, and parties we throw.
Paper Napkins & Cutlery: We use these paper napkins for parties, christmas parties, and any other parties we may have and plastic cutlery is perfect again for parties (less dish washing for you ;) and picnics.
Paper Plates/Cups/Bowls: My stash of paper plates/cups/bowls is 100% from holiday clearance.
I am a HUGE fan of shopping stores the day and week after a holiday. For christmas though its all about the day after. Why? Because its the biggest ‘day after’ holiday that people shop. Bargain hunters, couponers, and the average Joe. So everything goes QUICK.
I always have a game plan when I do day after Christmas shopping. I’m currently working on mine now for which stores, and exactly what items I am wanting. (Blog post coming on the top things to buy the day after christmas).
My top three stores are actually not stores I typically shop at EXCEPT my first pick. I’ll explain more along the way
So… DRUMROLL PLEASE….
My TOP THREE STORES to shop at the day after Christmas are….
This should go without saying if you know me ;) I practically live at Target. Target is my #1 pick because of how diverse there christmas selection is. Did you know there is christmas stuff in almost EVERY department? Beauty, Cleaning, Toys, Clothing, Decor, Lighting, Personal Care… the list goes on.Because of this a couple days beforehand I walk all through the entire store and write down everything I am wanting to get and know exactly what aisles I need to hit up. Why a couple days beforehand and not a month before? Because people are last minute. They are always shopping the day before stocking up. So I would rather see if they even have it in stock chances are at this late in the season they are not re-stocking the shelves. I make this list so that when I see the 50 other people rushing to the clearance section I don’t get caught up in what I think I need, or completely forget to check certain aisles. Once I make that list I make notes of how many I would like of each and what items are most important to me. For example getting household items are way more important to me than getting more ornaments because they are something we use on a daily basis.
I RARELY shop at Walmart. Sorry, Walmart but target just has my heart. Simple as that. However when it comes to day after thanksgiving shopping Walmart has a lot more of certain things that I know target will either
(a) sell out of instantly
(b) not have enough in stock
(c) Less expensive price before any discount meaning even deeper discount when 50% off is applied
so I ALWAYS hit up walmart. With that being said, be prepared. Walmart gets INSANE the day after christmas. I wish I were joking. So just put a smile on your face, look at that list you made, grab it, and get out.
3. DOLLAR TREE
This may come as a surprise to you. Did you even consider the dollar tree? I am a sucker for it because hello 50% off $1 is $0.50! Guaranteed amazing prices. The only thing with DT is they can and do sell out fairly quick because theres not a lot of stock. However what they do have are things I use either for parties or use for DIY holiday crafts. Because its mainly crafting and party goods for me this is my last stop of the day. They are not necessary items, just perks.
So, were these stores what you were thinking they would be? I would LOVE to hear what stores you hit up and why! I honestly do not venture from these three because they are my staples of what I need and want year-round.
Next blog post is on EXACTLY what I buy at each of these stores so that you can make your own list this year and go armed ready to get everything you need and want ;)