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The nursery is going well and almost complete.  Over the last few days, we have finished up the closet.

For most people, the closet is no big deal.  But for this mommy, organization in the closet is EVERYTHING.  Having a new baby is tough, having a new baby and an 18 month old is tougher, and having all of that plus an unorganized space can make things down right crazy!

Here is a picture of what the closet looked like prior to our little nursery makeover.  It was pretty standard with one long hanging bar and a shelf above that.

We removed the mirror doors as they are difficult to slide back and forth and make it difficult to access the closet.  We ended up selling them on Craigslist for a nice little profit.

You would be surprised at how awesome a closet can look if you paint the inside of it.  Most people choose to keep it white, but I love to paint a color that coordinates with the room.  In this case, we used turquoise.  No matter what, if you are doing a room makeover, take the time to freshen up the closet with a new coat of paint.  It makes a huge difference!

The closet system was purchased from Home Depot and was incredibly cost effective at approximately $80.  It doubled our hanging space and the shelf space is wonderful!  It was pretty easy for my hubbie to put together . . . I directed from the glider chair.  I will say that having a level is key to making sure everything lines up correctly.

I added some snap baskets that I already owned to the shelves and they hold blankets and toys.  I think they are a little too big, but my little girl finds it easy to pull them out and they can take a beating, so we will stick with them.

Lastly, we installed a curtain rod to the inside of the closet.  We bought one for $5 . . . it is brass and quite unattractive, but who is going to see it?  I added some detail fabric to my IKEA curtains and VOILA!  Adorable closet and great organization for less than $150!


I have also posted this blog entry at Serenity Now:  A Progress Party:

Be sure to check out Amanda’s Blog when you have a chance!

-Amanda- High Fire Mommy


Should I reorganize my little girl’s shelves and room?  Oh, I also need to clean out Tupperware and throw the yucky stuff away, but before I do that, I should go through the cleaning closet and divide the cleaning products into tubs for different household chores . . .

All of this is pumping through my head as I laid in bed last night and leaned over to glance at the clock . . . hmm, 2:33 am.  Gosh, I think I have hit that CRAZY nesting phase.

If you ask my husband, he will tell you that I hit that nesting phase back in May when we began a remodel of the master bathroom, back porch, and a basic reorganization of the whole house . . . . reality is that I am like that even when I am not pregnant.  There is nothing better than walking into your house or settling in for the evening knowing that everything is in its place.

So what is next on my nesting “to do” list?  Glad you asked!  We are hosting a BaByQ on Saturday next week to celebrate Baby #2 on the way, so my list includes the basics like cleaning, freshening, cooking, etc.  Since I am restricted on activities, the family is stepping up to take over the list and we have also made some calls to have things done as well . . . aka:  catering by Dickey’s BBQ, lawn crew to take care of our almost two acres, and a bakery to make a fabulous cake.

I also hope to accomplish the following:

*  Get the upstairs back together!  Upstairs we have a large room where we keep a great tv and the office.  Unfortunately, we also keep our chaos up there as well.  We will be having over night guests next week, so the upstairs needs to be livable.

*  Tablecloths for the BBQ.  I have recently become obsessed with table cloths . . . I know, it’s weird.  But I think they really carry themes across when preparing for an event.  My mom and I selected a beautiful denim fabric and some ecru cotton with red stars (red, white, and baby blue theme for the bbq).  I hope to sit on the couch and cut the table cloths using pinking shears.

*  Reorganize my little girl’s room and closet.  It recently occurred to me that her room was set up for my convenience and pleasure.  That was fine when she was a baby, but now that I have an opinionated little toddler who likes her independent time, it may be necessary to rework things.  I plan on moving her book shelf (meaning tell my husband where to move the shelf) and some toys into the closet because she loves playing in there.  I am also going to put away a lot of the keepsake items from her birth and first 18 months.  I love them, but it is becoming too much to dust and these are things that she could care less about right now . . . maybe we’ll put them out in a few years.  I also want to revamp her changing area by removing the hutch . . . meaning have my husband move the hutch.  Hopefully, this will all brighten and enlarge the space so that she can continue her independent and determined exploration of the world.

There are about a million other things on my mind that I could list, but let’s not bore you with too many details . . . but I am looking forward to directing this craziness for the couch.

Did you hit the CRAZY nesting phase during pregnancy?  If so, what crazy thing did you obsess over?!?!?!

-Amanda- High Fire Mommy

A photo from my maternity shoot courtesy of Emily Melson Photography at

Well, I am 35 weeks and 5 days along with my second child and we are now playing the waiting game.

Over the past month, we have heard that our baby is a big one.  Knocking down the 100 percentile in size, our little one is growing at a fast rate.  After some unexpected preterm labor issues and a brief stay in the hospital, I have now been on medication for a week and a half and the contractions are long gone.

Why did I have preterm labor?  Doctors think the size of the baby and my extremely active lifestyle are a rough combination.  I have been under orders to lay off housework, strenuous activities, and toddler tossing (aka: my 18 month old).

Family has stepped up and I have someone with me every day taking care of the house and my little girl.  Truthfully, being still and relaxed is not my forte and I thought I would have a really hard time, but the mother instinct has kicked in and I am more than happy to be still and keep this baby baking for a little while longer.  It’s not forever right?

We have some big decisions to make over the next few weeks including whether or not to have an amniocentesis and then be induced, or just wait it out and hope the baby is not a 10 pounder as projected.  A week ago, I would have said to do the procedure and then induce, but now I am leaning towards letting nature make its own decision.

The “Waiting Game” is hard.  I think every pregnant woman feels the anxiety and pressure start to peak as the pregnancy ends . . . you become anxious to meet your little one and settle into your new life.  Just a little while longer . . .

-Amanda- High Fire Mommy

One of my favorite new WAHM is Jenny Coppinger with Uniquely Cropped.  She does a little bit of everything.  We have recently utilized her for shower invitations, but she also dabbles in scrapbooking, name art, and graphic design.  Jenny also designed the website, logo, and brochure for my wedding decor business.  She is extremely talented and well-priced!  And I LOVE supporting fellow work-at-home moms!

Be sure to stop by her website and enjoy all of her creativity!  She customizes to your wants and needs.

Take a look at some of her work!

Etsy is one of my favorite handmade crafting websites!  I could spend hours going through all of the creative products that are sold on the website.  Since I get such a kick out of everything, I thought I would start a little series on Etsy.  I will pull up some great products that start with each letter of the alphabet, just for fun inspiration!

(Based on Sesame Street’s What’s On Murray that starts with A? . . . my little one loves that segment!)

What’s on ETSY that starts with “B”?

Backpacks and totes by Netta at Down The Road.  Netta has some great handmade backpacks and messenger style bags for kids and adults.  Her backpacks are built around two wooden rods with metal rings to adjust the straps.  They can function as a backpack or large diaper bag.  Make sure to check these out!

Bath and Body products from Crowley Manor.  From their Etsy shop:  Mountain fresh goat milk soaps, essential oil soaps and more, in a full-service skin care mountain spa. Healthy glowing skin and aromatherapy are at your fingertips! Additionally, you will find essential oil aromatherapy, botanicals,facial masks, hydrating and skin nurturing cremes, spritzers and more. Everything is carefully calibrated just for you. You only have one skin, treat it well.  These look and sound awesome!

Buttons!  Button bookmarks, button bobby pins, and button barettes at Blue Manatee.  These are super adorable!

Have fun shopping!