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With a second little one, I was totally inspired by this blog . . . Mila’s Day Dreams.

The blog is about one mother and her little daughter’s “possible” dreams.  I have wondered what my little ones dream of before, but this mom goes above and beyond with her inspiring, creative, and beautiful ability to capture dreams.

Here are a few of my favorites:

Be sure to stop by Mila’s Day Dreams and check out some of the great ideas!  I could see doing something similar and using it as artwork in a nursery.  Or this would be a great way to photograph your baby’s monthly growth progress.  Oh, one more thing . . . I like to send handmade, holiday theme cards to family members . . . this would be a great way to photograph your little one for ALL holidays and put together in cards or even in a calendar.


Amanda- High Fire Mommy


Baby #2 should be here any day and this past weekend, we celebrated with a BaByQ and all of our family and friends.  Needless to say, the nursery was done and waiting for everyone to see!

Here are a few of the details that we added to the nursery:

These are the curtains that I purchased from Ikea and then added my own fabric for some unique embellishments.  When I did my daughter’s nursery a few years ago, I made the curtains as well and made them so they could be drawn shut at night time.  Well, I must not be a very good seamstress, because they just didn’t hold up.  For this nursery, I left the curtains stationary and added the black out shade instead.  The shade is so inexpensive and costs much less than purchasing black out materials for the back of the curtains.  I got a custom look with the store-bought curtains for less that $40!

This is a mobile from Ikea as well.  I thought it would work well as a great detail above the window (we already have a great mobile left over from my daughter’s nursery).  I stuffed it with plastic bags, a great way to recycle I must say!  My daughter points it out every time we go into the nursery.

Just a few accessories for the shelving.  I chose to accessorize with items that can be used as toys in the future . . . this is a huge money saver as they do double duty!  I also like the used items that are personal to us . . . for example, the stuffed dog was given to me by my husband when we were in college.  Now, it will be a fun and cherished toy for Baby #2.  I also like the have a few family photos around the room.  The one on the shelf will soon hold a picture of Baby #2 and there is a picture of my husband, daughter, and myself by the glider chair.

These are some adorable hooks from Ikea.  I learned very quickly from the first baby that I need to have some things easily accessible such as blankets, hats, coats, and toys for distraction.  They are beside the changing table right next to the door and they will get lots of use!

EASY STORAGE!!!  These bins were SUPER cheap at IKEA and fit perfectly under the crib.  I filled them with all of the toys from when my daughter was little.  This has actually helped her become excited about the baby’s room.  She loves to go in there and pull out the toys.  It gives her a special place in the room and I hope she uses them when I am in there caring for the baby.  These bins will also be great for the future as they can easily be adapted for clothing or toy storage.

A little green lamp on clearance for $10 at Target and a couple of picture frames beside the glider complete the accessories.  The smaller frame actually holds a “baseball card” of my husband when he was a little boy.  I love to look at it and see my daughter’s eyes reflected in his face!  The quilt was made by many church ladies when my husband was born and it also has a matching dog stuffed animal that is in the crib.  It is a great and personal accent.

BIG MONEY SAVING TIP:  Use personal items!  Don’t feel like everything needs to be bought brand new.  Contact some of your relatives and ask if they have any cherished blankets, toys, family photos, etc.  These accents make the room feel cozy and warm.  also, if you are going to buy, buy things that can do double duty . . . storage for clothing, toys, and blankets or accessories that can be used as toys later on.

I will post some pics of the nursery when it is in use . . . hopefully, that will be soon!  Enjoy!

-Amanda- High Fire Mommy

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

I just passed 38 weeks and we are still waiting for our little one to make his or her arrival.  I have been off of my “no contraction” meds for a week now and they obviously worked really well, because there is nothing going on!  LOL!

I have a few contractions an hour, but nothing more than that.  Although I am really looking forward to the baby’s arrival, it is probably good that he or she is not here quite yet . . . unfortunately, my father had a heart attack last week just days after we watched him blow out his 60th birthday candles.

The family was floored and of course shocked.  My father is a thin, athletic man by nature . . . something that I was lucky enough to inherit.  But he does work a lot and always puts his family before himself.  Turns out he had several blockages in his heart, but the doctors have assured us that everything is fixed up and he can begin the recovery process.

Although I cannot be in Virginia with everyone and my father, dealing with the situation is still difficult.  Geoff and I have been scrambling to figure out what to do with our daughter, Ivy, when the baby arrives.  Good thing we have Geoff’s parents and some great friends who have stepped up and volunteered to help us out.  It won’t be the same not having my family here, but what can you do?  Hopefully, my older sister will make it back in town and my little sister plans on visiting shortly after.  Looks like my parents won’t make it down here for a while.

On a happier note, Baby #2’s hold out has allowed Geoff and I to spend more time with Ivy.  We have been in such a whirlwind the last few months and now we finally have a little time to breathe and enjoy our beautiful little girl and her last days as an only child.  So far, we have hit the water park, playground, wading pools, and some toy shopping.  Plus, our days have been filled with lots of mommy/daddy/Ivy playtime.  We have relished every moment with her!

I can’t believe in a matter of days, I am going to be a mother of two!  Wow!