Nursery Tour: Connor’s Room

Here at QCMB we are starting a new series called Nursery/Kids Room Tours. If you are interested in featuring yours please email us at quadcitymomsblog@gmail.com

Now onto our very 1st room

Child’s Name: Connor Feehan Parent’s Name: Marie Feehan

Room Dimensions: 13×11

  1. What was your inspiration for this room?

-The first item I bought for my son’s nursery was the bedding and I decorated the room around that color scheme.  I wanted the room to have a boy’s color scheme and have a calm feel to the room.

    2.   What did you do first to the room? Where did you start?

-We actually moved into our house when I was 1 month from my due date!  I had already purchased the bedding (at Pottery Barn Kids on clearance!) and was thrilled to see that the colors of the bedroom were already very close to what I wanted.  The light blue and tan were already painted, with a border in the middle.  We had the border taken down and replaced with a painted navy stripe.

 3.  What is one thing you are most proud of in this room?

-I love the walls.  The colors came together just as I imagined and I love my son’s name on the wall.  My favorite pieces in the room are the three frames above the changing table.  The photo in the middle was taken when Connor was one week old and the other two frames hold his cap from the hospital and his first little pair of socks. 

  4.  What was one of the biggest challenges you faced while decorating?

-I didn’t really find many challenges while decorating.  Of course assembling the nursery furniture wasn’t exactly a fun part of the decorating process.  I’d say just getting the room done before Connor arrived was my biggest challenge.  We moved in a month before I was due, but f I had known my son would be two weeks late, I wouldn’t have rushed! 

 5.  Were you working with a budget when designing the room? If so, would you mind sharing what it was?

-I was definitely working on a budget.  We had just bought our house, so I was trying to keep the cost of the nursery to a minimum.  As I stated before, I found my son’s bedding on clearance at Pottery Barn Kids.  I loved the bedding when I first saw it that fall, but wasn’t ready to commit.  By the time I was ready to buy it, that exact bedding set was no longer listed online at PBK.  When I went to a PBK store to buy another set, I was shocked when I found the original bedding on clearance for a fraction of the original price – it was meant to be!  I was able to put the entire nursery together (furniture, bedding, wall paint and decal, frames, etc) for $1,000. 

Thanks Connor and Marie for partcipating!

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The Lost Art Of Entertraining (And an early Christmas gift)

 

With the holidays right around the corner I want to talk about entertaining, the events that make our family and friends so special.

Entertaining can be a sensitive, unpleasing, stressful event or a creative, enjoyable, and memorable one.

This past weekend I was invited to a holiday party at a friends and it got me thinking, “Why do people dread/avoid entertaining?” Your loved ones love you for who you are and want to spend time with you. Entertaining can be basic, and simple or you can do it up with extravagant centerpieces and a detailed menu, the purpose of entertaining though is to bring people together!!!!

When was the last time you were invited to a dinner party???? It has been awhile right? Doesnt the idea seem fun though-getting out of the house, getting dolled up, and arriving to a menu with festive decor and great companionship!!!! Entertaining has taken a backseat as technology has spread with electronic cards, the social networks, texting and talking on the phone people arent as motivated

It’s time for a change. . . . . . . . . We need to bring our friends and family together! Here are a few tips on bringing back the art of entertaining.

1. Divide up the tasks: Just because you are the host doesnt mean you have to do it all by yourself. Ask others attending the party to bring a bottle of wine, dessert, an appetizer or a great cd of mixed music for the party you will see your to-do list diminish quickly

2. Pinterest: I know I have talked about my love affair (sorry to the Mr.) with it before but seriously if you want a theme, recipe, or invite sample this is the place to go!

3. Get the kids involved: Having the kids jump in to help will create lasting memories for the little ones and they will be excited as the guest arrive. 

The Reluctant Entertainer is one of my favorite blogs about entertaining and the reason I adore this is because she makes entertaining simple, enjoyable, and has great ideas to make your get together stress free!Make sure to check out the blog http://reluctantentertainer.com/ Sandy the creator of this site has decided to give one lucky reader of QCMB an early Christmas gift

An Autographed copy of her new book !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

To enter the giveaway please comment below or on our facebook page to the following question? “Why do you cherish entertaining?”

Twelve Days of Christmas Challenge

I first got the idea to do a 12 Days of Christmas challenge from my sister.  Last year she and her hubby made a different Christmas craft or recipe for 12 days leading up to Christmas, and I was inspired to try something like this myself.  2011 has been a very fun and exciting year for my family, but lately we’ve been extra busy.  So, I’m taking the next few weeks to unwind, enjoy some extra family time with my loved ones, and do lots of Christmassy things to get us in the Christmas spirit.  I thought it would be fun to see if any of you other mamas would want to take the 12 Days of Christmas challenge with me.  You can personalize your list however you’d like, or you can follow along with mine!  I will be sure to follow-up and let you all know how I did in my next QCMB post.  🙂  Some of the projects on my list are easy, some are more challenging, some are for me, some are for my son, and some are for all of us to enjoy as a family!  I am going to start my challenge on December 13th, so my 12th day falls on Christmas Eve.

Here is what I’ve got planned…

1.  Tuesday, 12/13: Make a Christmas craft with Brody – Marie had a great post the other day on QCMB with some fun crafts to try, or I might check out Pinterest for some ones to do with my one-year-old, too.

2.  Wednesday, 12/14: Bake a Christmas treat – I’m no Betty Crocker, so this will be a challenge for me, in itself!  🙂

3.  Thursday, 12/15:  Read a Christmas story to Brody – We don’t have any children’s Christmas books at my house…can you believe that?!  I will have to go get some…soon!  Thanks for Erin’s help in her post from here.

4.  Friday, 12/16: Christmas date with the hubby – Just us two, out to dinner and a movie, or maybe even dinner at home and a glass of wine – but a night just for us!

5.  Saturday, 12/17: Make a Holiday cocktail! – Hy-Vee has a couple great recipes in their recent “Seasons” magazine …”The Grinch”, “Winter’s Eve Sangria”, “Candy Cane Martini”, yummmm…

6.  Sunday, 12/18: Make some gooey cinnamon rolls, some Peppermint Mocha coffee, and snuggle up with my boys in the living room next to the Christmas tree – This one will be easy.  😉

7.  Monday, 12/19: Sing Christmas Carols -Ok, probably won’t be going outside “carolling”, but I love Christmas music, so I’ll sing and dance with Brody to some of my favorites!

8.  Tuesday, 12/20: Buy a gift for someone less fortunate and bring it to a donation site – Jen posted lots of great options for this the other day here.

9.  Wednesday, 12/21:  Play with Brody in the snow!  – This one might have to change if the weather doesn’t cooperate.

10.  Thursday, 12/22:  Drive around town to look at all the pretty Christmas lights – Where are the best places nearby to go?

11.  Friday, 12/23:  Make some homemade hot cocoa – I’m usually just an instant hot cocoa girl, but I have always wanted to make some homemade!

12.  Saturday, 12/24:  Go to a Christmas Eve church service – I think it’s important not to forget the TRUE meaning of Christmas, so I thought I’d end my challenge by remembering and recognizing this very special birthday.  🙂

Anyone else up for the challenge?  Who’s with me?

Baby’s First (Chick-fil-A) Birthday Party

I always told myself I would have a low key party for my baby’s first birthday.  Just have a small party in our house or backyard.  But then SG was born in late November- too late for an outdoor party.  Confession time:  The more I thought about ten kids and twenty something adults in my house, the more anxious I became!  I’m not the personality type to relax and have fun while kids “destroy” my house (aka play and have fun!).  I’m a little uptight, you might say.

We didn’t know what to do for SG’s first birthday.  We looked into having a birthday party at the Chick-fil-A on 53rd street and decided it sounded like the perfect solution for us.  It was!  It was so incredibly easy for us.  I worked with Vanessa at Chick-fil-A and she took care of all the details- even the decorating!!!  All I had to do was pick the date, time, and pay a deposit.  Talk about stress free!  The party planning was a breeze.

Chick-fil-A even matched the décor to our party theme of brown and pink and polka dots.    The party space looked beautiful, complete with matching tablecloths, balloons, streamers, plates, party favors and napkins.  The best part was the staff at Chick-fil-A set it all up!  We just showed up and hung up a banner I had made for her party.

Some people choose the birthday theme based on what baby loves…I based it on the cutest freebies I could get from vistaprint.com!  Every so often I get an e-mail from vistaprint.com for free items, so I ordered tons of matching brown, pink, and polka dot stuff for the party for FREE!!  I ordered a vinyl birthday banner, two sets of thank you cards, matching personalized stickers, and matching magnets with a personalized poem for a favor.  If you’re looking for good deals, consider joining vistaprint.com and wait for the free e-mail offers.  They only send the freebie offers a few times a year, but I put up with all of their e-mails because of the freebies and it’s worth it to me to get free stuff.

I sent a photo of our theme to my girlfriend, who makes tutus.  I ordered a tutu and personalized appliquéd onesie for SG.  Tutu Cute matched her outfit to our theme and it turned out beautifully.  The onesie had an appliquéd number one that was brown with pink polka dots and SG’s name was monogrammed underneath the number one.  SG was all dressed up in her birthday tutu complete with pink tights and pink shoes.  She was tutu cute, if I do say so myself!

Another thing I decided to do was to order a cake instead of making one.  I shopped around for good deals and finally decided to go with the SuperTarget bakery.  The baker gave me a tasting, and did several combinations before I found the perfect flavor- chocolate cupcakes with chocolate frosting!  I chose pull apart cupcakes with icing that made it look like one cake in the shape of the number 1.  Brilliant!  I didn’t want to cut 30 pieces of cake (call me lazy!), so this was the perfect solution for me.  And it was very affordable!

The children had fun playing in the playground while the adults socialized.  It was fun and laid back.  I didn’t have to do much, which made me extremely happy.  We had a Chick-fil-A staffer who kept our drinks full, brought out the food and helped us throughout the party.

Chick-fil-A even provided each child with a goody bag, which also matched our birthday theme!  We didn’t even have to provide party favors, although we did.

These are the reasons why I loved having SG’s birthday party at Chick-fil-A:

  • I didn’t have to clean my house for the guests.
  • I didn’t have to cook or prepare snacks.
  • I didn’t have to spend money on decorations or even decorate- it was done for me!
  • The kids could run wild and have fun on the playground without stressing me out.
  • I enjoyed spending my time visiting with my guests rather than having to fill drinks and keep trays full of food.
  • Who doesn’t like being waited on?
  • The very best reason of all…NO CLEANING UP!!!!

If you’re looking for an easy, stress free way to celebrate a loved one’s birthday, I highly recommend the Chick-fil-A on 53rd Street.  It was worth every penny and then some!  We truly enjoyed celebrating our baby’s first birthday, thanks to Chick-fil-A.

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{Note: I have not been paid by Chick-fil-A to write about their company.  I just love CFA so much I couldn’t resist blogging about them!}

Welcome Devon Schaaf, Arbonne Independent Consultant

Quad City Mom’s Blog is proud to introduce you to a new amazing mother and sponsor Devon Schaaf, Arbonne Independent Consultant Area Manager. I was blessed to get to chit chat with Devon about Motherhood, business, marriage, and dreams.

Devon is a native to the Quad Cities being born and raised in Geneseo, IL which is a smaller town surrounding the Quad Cities. Heading across the Mississippi, Devon decided to attend University of Iowa and major in Elementary Education and remains a faithful Hawkeye fan to date. Many times high school sweethearts don’t pan out but Devon and her husband Dan put this theory to shame and have been married happily for 5 years. After college Devon and Dan dreamed of heading off to the bright lights and city atmosphere in Chicago but as fate would have it there jobs would locate them back in their hometown of Geneseo which led to their next adventure of building their 1st home. The Schaaf family plugged away at their jobs to make their home a reality.

Devon was invited by a dear friend to attend a presentation of Arbonne products. Arbonne is a Swiss based line of wellness, skincare, and make-up which prides itself on being pure, safe and beneficial products. Over the years Devon commented how she had a problem finding a lotion that really worked and moisturized her skin rather than sit on the top of her skin. It had been a lifelong dream of Devon’s to be a stay at home mom but with their new home Devon didn’t imagine that would be a possibility till she was introduced to the opportunity in Arbonne. Not only were their products rated among the best in the country but this would allow Devon to replace her teaching salary so she could stay at home with her children. Along with being able to stay at home with her family Devon was able to reach dreams within a year that she would only reach in the teaching profession after 30 years. Devon is able to live out her passion for life every day in helping people get what they say they want in life. It has been 5 years since Devon started her journey with Arbonne and it has grown her self-confidence, patience, the ability to set goals and attain them and finally DREAM (what job lets you do that?)

Along with being a Wife, friend, and consultant with Arbonne Devon has other passions in life such as boating with friends, going out to eat with her husband, traveling, race coordinator for Drew’s Faithful Feet race, and recently blogging. Some of her favorite blogs are Young House Love, Perfecting the Pairing, and Jack 2 random; of course above all these passions are her greatest loves of all: her children. Devon is the proud mother of 2 heavenly children and 2 earthly children. Hayden is 3 years old and Reese is 6 months. The Schaaf children like to keep their mom busy with frequent outings of play dates with friends, drop offs at preschool, visits with grandparents, and cheering on the Packers. Devon has also relished in the community that lies within blogs among mothers and the ability to reach moms in different stages of life to connect with.

Devon is excited to begin introducing the pure, safe, and beneficial products of Arbonne to our community at QCMB and to share in the joys, and lasting memories of mommyhood. Check out her site at http://www.devonschaaf.myarbonne.com/

Stay tuned for future posts from Devon and her portion of Mommy Makeovers!!!

Dance Party

My husband and I love to dance.  I grew up taking dance classes and was on our high school dance team back in the day.  When my husband and I first met, we used to dance together out at the bars.  I think that’s actually what really drew me to him…not a lot of guys have moves!  LOL.  So, it’s no wonder that we frequently have dance-parties at home now, and act like total nerds while dancing around our house with our one-year-old!  When I was pregnant with Brody, I remember I used to try to sing to him in my belly, but I’m completely tone-deaf, so instead, I’d turn on some music and dance and sway with him.  He always gave me a kick or two of appreciation.  And when he was an infant, I loved cranking up the jams and twirling around the house with him in my arms.  Nowadays, my husband joins in and we all gather around in the computer room and rock out together.  I realize this probably sounds ridiculous, but we don’t care.  Brody loves it, and so do we!  It’s so fun to watch him shake his little rump, bounce up and down, and squeal in delight.

 

We have several different “go-to” songs we like to dance to, some are children’s songs, others not.  Here are a few of our favorite kid-friendly songs/videos.  So go ahead…have a dance-party of your own and get down with your bad self!  Try it…I promise the kiddos will love it!

 

 

 

 

A couple of our other non-children-song go-to’s are LMFAO’s Party Rock Anthem and Black Eyed Peas I gotta Feelin’.  So, are we alone in this?  Who else has dance parties at their house?  What are your favorite songs to get down to?  Do tell!  😉