DIY black and white nursery

Maxwell is oh, 5 months old, and I’m finally getting around to sharing all of the deets about my favorite room in the house, the nursery! If you’re hopping over from Bliss at Home, Hi! Thanks for stoping by… her black, white, and gold living room blows me away! I’m participating in a Home Tours: Favorite Room Edition today that is organized by the lovely and very talented White Buffalo Styling Co!

Back to my favorite room, I’ve shared tons of tutorials and pictures on Instagram of the nursery, but this post has it all… links to tutorials, source list, and all of the room deets! If you’re new here, you can check out these posts leading up to baby Maxwell: Spilling the beans and 10 nursery must haves. You can also see our gender reveal party, family DIY pregnant Halloween costume, my pregnant tacky Christmas sweater, maternity pictures, birth announcements, and tons of adorable current pictures of him on instagram!

DIY black and white nursery

My mom and I did this room together! We DIY-ed a ton of things and put a lot of love into it! The anticipation of a nursery is so much fun! I’m happy I love it, because we really do spend a ton of time in here… We sleep, eat, change diapers, and play here too!

DIY black and white nursery

The Jenny Lind crib: It’s classic!
The great rug hunt: Rugs are tricky. And heavy.
Graham the Glider: A story about how I was in the right place at the right time.
Rocking horse makeover: A $15 Craigslist find, ya gotta see the before!
Colorful poof: From World Market
Black crochet blanker: Made by my Great Grandmother
Sheet in crib: Made by my mama

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 Nursery gallery wall: My mom’s cross stitches and a few other goodies from around the house made a free nursery gallery wall!
How to embroider burlap: The only thing I bought was the burlap canvas!

DIY black and white nursery

Changing table: $50 Cragislist score! And that reminds me I need to share the tutorial about how we stabilized the changing pad on top of the dresser!
Hush little baby art: Free printable
Metal shelf: Full of baby changing essentials
Cross stitches: All made by my Mama

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How to make easy valances: My mom and I made these out of insulation and felt!
Mirror hanging trick: The big bad mirror. 
Triangle feature wall: Removable vinyl. It’s awesome. 
Planet mobile: From Pottery Barn Kids

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Maxwell’s newborn photo shoot: Oh the cuteness!
How to make envelope cushions: You only have to sew 2 straight lines! Easy!
How to sew a pillow: Another ridiculously easy sewing project. I made these for our living room in Florida, and am reusing them in the nursery!

 DIY black and white nursery

Soccer ball piggy bankTiffany’s (It was a gift!) 
Letter blocks: CB2 (They don’t sell them anymore.)
Maxwell dog picture:
Panda bear stuffed animal: Made from a glove by my mama

Personalized wall art

How to make book ledge shelves: We made 7 shelves for under $60 bucks! 
Lion stuffed animal: Made from a glove by my mama

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A few more fun things: The top book ledge shelf is his international book collection!

DIY black and white nursery

We’ve added some other fun things to the ledge shelves too, besides just books: Framed post card from Andy’s dad to Andy when he was a little boy, prayer flags sent to Maxwell from his Grandma, Andy’s baby book, and a hand felted teddy bear a friend made!

DIY black and white nursery

And a few more pictures, just for fun!

DIY black and white nursery

And here’s the view from my glider, where I spend a lot of time with Maxwell (don’t mind that hammer, ha! I just hung those 2 pictures!)

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And here’s my sweet family laying on the floor in Maxwell’s nursery watching him yawn, oh how we heart this little man!

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For lots more nursery pictures, Maxwell’s nursery was featured on Apartment Therapy and Inspired by This! And now hop on over to Primitive and Proper to see her favorite room!

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Free things to do in New York City with kids {Downtown}

I love NYC! I lived in Manhattan teaching gymnastics and waiting tables after college, and am super lucky to be able to visit my BFF in Manhattan often! Here are 29 of Andy and I’s favorite free things to do in the New York City. I just took my first trip to New York City with my 5 month old son, Maxwell, and discovered lots of fun things to do in New York City with kids! The following are free, baby/ stroller friendly activities for baby and mama to do together in Tribeca and SoHo. Maxwell loves the noises and action of the Manhattan sidewalks, so even just walking the streets was fun for us!

Free things to do in New York City with kids

1. Free (off the menu) cupcake of the day at Georgetown Cupcakes: You have to follow them on twitter, and they announce the cupcake flavor of the day. Just walk in and ask for the cupcake by name! (They only give out 100, so come early!) Another fun activity, go on a lower Manhattan cupcake hunt in search of the yummiest cupcake… this is not free or fat free, ha!

Free things to do in New York City with kids

2. Samples at Farmer’s Market all over the city: Check this website for specific days and times of the market closet to you. But, we stopped by the Wednesday Tribeca market and sampled different varieties of peaches and apples, yum!


Free things to do in New York City with kids

3. Watch the dogs in the window at Biscuits and Bath: This is 5 minute-ish activity that all kids love! It’s right down the street from Whole Foods, which is next on the list!

Free things to do in New York City with kids

4. Grab breakfast at Whole Foods and eat it on a bench in a park like a real New Yorker. Breakfast is cheaper, 6.99 per lb and there is no one in the store! There are lots of yummy breakfast options. The morning we went, there was french toast, cinnamon rolls, oatmeal, and quinoa porridge!

Free things to do in New York City with kids

5. Story time at a New York City public library: Here’s a list of the 40+ NYC public libraries in Manhattan! Most offer free story time for kiddos at least once a week!

6. Hudson river park grassy area and sculptures: This is a great place for your breakfast or a picnic lunch! There are views of the statue of liberty and New Jersey skyline. Plus I love all of the tiny statues and

Free things to do in New York City with kids

The next 3 things are all on Pier 25, also called Lower Manhattans Back Yard!

7. Pier 25: Lots of fun free stuff: Watch the skaters and the skate park, the views of New Jersey, or play on the awesome play area with 8 water features, a sand box, swing sets, and even a climbing wall! There’s also an 18 hole mini golf course that only costs $4 per kiddo!

8. Art Shack at Pier 25: It’s from 12-6 on Saturday and Sundays assuming the weather is nice!

9. Youth volleyball at Pier 25: On Friday nights, 6th through 12th graders can play volleyball fo’ free! There is a registration form you have to fill out.

Free things to do in New York City with kids

Note: There is a snack bar on Pier 25 with lots of yummy options, and it only takes cash! Plan accordingly.

10. Free kayaking on Pier 26: Every Saturday, Sundat, and holidays from 9am-6pm. And on weekday evening in July and August from 5-7pm.

Have you ever been to New York City with kids? Do you have any other things to add to the list? I’d love to hear…

Monday Funday #82 {DIY projects}

It’s Sunday! Which means it’s Monday Funday time! Just in case you didn’t know the link party starts every Sunday at 6pm CST!  It’s back to school time and we’ve shared a few fun teacher gifts on C.R.A.F.T. including:  High five note cards, “You’re just the write teacher for me!”, thumbody loves you!, and this cheesy saying about your Elmer-ntary teacher

Handmade teach gift for the 1st day of school

The Monday Funday Link Party is a 8 Blog Party where you can share your latest creativity…DIY projects, crafts, and recipes! You can link up once and your projects will be seen on all 8 blogs. What a great way to grow your blog!

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C.R.A.F.T. ~ Lines Across ~ Uncommon Designs ~ That’s What Che Said ~ Creatively Living ~ Club Chica Circle ~ A Night Owl Blog ~ Setting for Four

This week’s features were chosen by Katie from Creatively Living

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and Instagram

Hey everyone! I loved looking at all your incredible link-ups this week!

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Since I can’t wait for fall, I decided on 7 Fall Inspired Recipes, and you know me…I had to include my 7 favorite DIYs too!


Chevron Dresser Made from Pallets by Her Tool Belt / Golden Succulents by Kraft and Mint / Canvas Wall Art by A Mom’s Take / Geometric Headboard by The Weathered Door / Pine Cone Garland by Mabey She Made It / Chair Makeover by Love Grows Wild / Fall Mantel and Fall Ideas by The Turquoise Home /

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Parmesan Pumpkin Cannelloni by With a Blast / Slow Cooker Apple Butter by My Frugal Adventures / Corn and Sausage Bisque by Sweet Pennies / Back to School Apple Donuts by Your Homebased Mom / Apple Pie Oatmeal Bars by Real Housemoms / Oatmeal Baked in an Apple by The Grant Life /

A huge “Thank You!” to everyone who linked up with us last week! And if you were featured today or throughout the week on our social media accounts, please grab a featured button!

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A few things to remember:
  • Please link to a specific post on your blog. Please no Etsy shops or items or you to pin the features, but please click through to the tutorial and pin from the original source!
  • By linking up to Monday Funday you are giving the 8 blogs, listed above, the right to feature one of your photos on all of our SM outlets and blogs.
  • Click on lots of links and leave some comment love on posts you adore! That puts the FUN in Monday Funday!
  • We love to pin your projects to our boards and to the MONDAY FUNDAY PINTEREST BOARD!