Showing posts with label Affordable Things. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Affordable Things. Show all posts

Monday, July 23, 2012

Shabby Chic Babies Treasury

What a great way to start the day and the week! Our Shabby Chic Baby Shower Favor Tags have been featured on an Etsy Treasury List. 




It's a great honor to be chosen within thousands of products! These tags are very popular and I am proud to say that OCN is the only one seller offering this design.

      Shabby Chic Baby Shower Favor Tags

Thanks to Pat from Stichntheattic for the feature! and by the way, please go and checkout her beautiful quilted items here.

Happy start of the week everyone!



{***no compensation was received for this post***}

Friday, June 29, 2012

It's good to be back! - More Party Ideas -

Wow! It's been way too long since the last time I posted on the blog. Had a very rough start of the year, my daddy got sick and sadly passed away last month. Tough times, yes, but life moves forward...After all, he gave me these hands and the skills to be more creative each day...so let's keep moving!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Baby's First Birthday Design Ideas {by real mamas!}

For the last three months, high chair banners have been the number one seller on my Etsy shop. And I have so much fun designing and handcrafting them! But, I can't take all the credit because it's the mommies who have this birthday theme in mind, they convo me with their ideas and I make them come to life. From watermelons to blueberries or simple polka dots...All of them make my heart sing.

Here are some pictures of the projects...Get inspired!


For more birthday party ideas and designs, visit my Etsy shop here!
Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Away But Thinking of You! {Thank You!}

Hi there! to all my dear readers. Yes, I know I 've been absent and you miss me! ;) I miss you too! I have been trying to be all those things I say I am on my profile description... A mommy, a wife, a crafter, a cook, an amateur designer...and believe me it is tough!


My little baby is turning 1! a week from today and we will have his Birthday Party on the 23rd. So, mommy {the crafter} is hand making most of the party decor and today she made this:

Personalized Water Bottle Label

The best thing about it is that every time I make a new project {whether is a label, a banner or a tag } I just take a quick picture and list the item on my Etsy shop.

I am a little nervous because even though I have been working on everything for the party...I feel like I have nothing...and it's all because the food and the cake and the drinks...all that comes last. So, I feel like my table is empty! {*sigh*}

I just want to thank you all for your visits, your lovely comments and your patience because I know I haven't been posting much but I am sure you all understand. I can't wait to post pictures from the party and share them with all of you!

Have a wonderful day! 

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Cool and Retro Neutral Gender Nursery

I really admire all those expectant mommies out there that have chosen not to know their baby's gender. I could not possibly 'survive' 9 months without knowing. Sometimes I think: " hmm, maybe I'll do that if I have another baby..." and then I think "Oh no! if I have a baby girl I want to design a beautiful Shabby Chic/Cottage Style Nursery"...so...no. Yes, I really admire those ladies that compromise many things just to be surprised on the day of the delivery. In that case, I thought I'd sketch a "white/retro/splash of color" design for a Neutral Gender Nursery. 

Here is my inspiration room.

Retro room for boy or girl.

First of all, I love the white. What color can be more 'gender neutral' than white right? It is so calming and refreshing!. The turquoise adds a girly/boyish touch and the gold detailed and mirrored armoire puts the "retro" in it. Using the white as a canvas {that would be your paint color}, put all the splash of colors you'd like. I picked green, orange, yellow and turquoise. As always, I show you my fabulous online finds! 

Here we go.



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As always.. {*No compensation was received for this post*}
Thanks to www.babytalk.com for the inspiration picture!


Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Five Cute Pink Picks!

One of the sites I enjoy viewing the most is Etsy. I can spend hours just looking at so many beautiful products handmade by so many talented people. And best of all, 9 out of 10 of my picks are Made in the USA! That makes my heart sing. I love to see so many american SAHM's  making cute, unique and affordable things. 

While browsing last night, I fell in love with these cute items for baby girls. 



Here they are:



* No compensation was received for this post * 
* Images sources: Etsy sellers *


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Saturday, February 5, 2011

Ten Things My Baby { and I } Could Not Live Without.

So, another night comes and I am headed to the bathroom to get the tub ready for my baby. I was so scared when I had to give him his first bath and now, I am bathing him religiously twice a day! Oh how things change!

As I am giving him his well deserved bath ( after a long day of drooling, playing on the floor, drooling, eating solids - which means more dirty diapers- and more drooling ) I think: hmm... I don't know what would I do without this wonderful tub. I am telling you it's a nice tub for baby! and then I saw a couple of more items I thought it would be nice to blog about. After all, I started this blog to spread the word of all the things I learn (and that includes the things I buy and try) while raising my baby. I am sure many mommies-to-be would find this blog post interesting
{so I hope ;)}.

My ten favorite things {as of today} are:




I have to admit, I put this tub on my baby shower registry just for the look of it. Anything "sea related" ? call me. But this tub turned out to be a good one. I like the ergonomic design, the padding for the baby's back and it's very roomy. My boy is 29.5" and still fits perfect. here you'll see that it comes with a toy bar! (mine is an older version and it doesn't have it but it is still the same great design. I love that the drain is a little bit elevated in the air that way it drains easily. I like to start draining the water as I'm bathing baby to make room for more fresh water I add as I rinse him. *Beware*: some reviewer mentions mildew accumulation under the baby stopper. Well, I have NEVER had it. I stand the tub upside and inside down after each use, that way all the water drips and I let it air dry. If you leave the tub laying flat inside the big tub, obviously there's gonna be some water that is not gonna drain so take my advice if you buy it or any other tub for that matter.




I am in LOVE with this baby wash. If you ever wanted to "bite your baby 'cause she's so cute" you will definitely bite her (gently please) after giving her a bath with this nourishing and delicious wash. It is so creamy and makes a fair amount of foam, just enough to feel like you're actually cleaning your baby's skin. As all Johnson's baby products it is made with the NO MORE TEARS formula. AWESOME! Baby loves it too. You'll see. Oh, don't forget to buy the lotion too. You need to keep the same scent after the bath!




What is it about Elmo that makes the littlest of babies smile? I don't know, I never really "studied" Elmo and his behavior until I watched my first Sesame Street EVER when my baby was born ( I know, weird right? I just never watched it) and now I think he's so sweet. This Elmo keeps my baby entertained and it is very useful. You definitely don't want the bare sharp and hard faucet near your baby's skin (or head) so this is a very nice addition to your baby needs list.





I can't believe I didn't have this rocker on my baby registry! Well, as a first time mommy I had to miss something right? It was so funny, I went to my girlfriend's baby shower (two days before my due date!) and she got a "bouncer seat" and I asked: What is that? WHAT???? you don't have one? You gotta have it, it's the best thing ever! YOU NEED IT! So I got home that night and googled and found a couple of options but I opted for thisone. It's a rocker, not a bouncer. It is awesome! Think about it, you can't have your newborn baby laying flat all day inside the crib or the playpen! poor thing! It sounds so logic now but when you're pregnant for the first time, there is so much to do, to learn and to think about, that some things can easily slip your mind. In my case, I didn't find a blog that said that I HAD to HAVE this item. My baby is 6 months and still rocking away (now he rocks himself how cool is that?) and I take this thing up and down the stairs all day, everyday. My baby comes with me all the time (bathroom, bedroom, nursery, home office, family room, you name it). Ah! and for that price, I got a second one we keep at grandma's. Cool!



Razbaby RaZberry Teether
Whoever came up with this idea, God Bless Him/Her! I first read about it on Parents Magazine when I was still pregnant. And finally the day came, my baby started teething and he would chew on anything in order to soothe his gums. None of the ordinary teething rings was good for him, his grip wasn't that good when he started teething and he would just drop them. But this, YES! He doesn't really suck on it (like a pacifier) 'cause -God bless him -he doesn't like pacifiers, but he grabs it by the ring and chews on it for 20 minutes at a time. That's enough time for me to fold all his laundry and put it away (while he's sitting here).





I trust this cream "since day two". Why not day one? because day one I used the other brand and it did not cure the first and only rash my newborn had. My husband picked up Balmex at the supermarket and came home saying: "Honey, I got this one. It says: Reduces redness in 1 diaper change". I am like: all right, let's see... MIRACLE! and that's why I trust Balmex since day two. And I have not changed since then. No diaper rash AT ALL! No kidding. My baby's bottom is as soft and clear as when he was just born, even now that he's eating solids. If you haven't tried it, you should!





My baby's nursery is nautical themed, so this crib attachment seemed very appropriate! You'll think that after 6 months listening to the same sounds and watching the same fishies he would be bored. Not at all, everyday he seems to discover something new. These soother is softly lit and it plays up to 18 minutes of classical music, lullabies or ocean sounds. It has big buttons that makes it easy for the baby to activate the sound. The crab plays peek-a-boo {adorable}, the whale hide and seek and the fish swims. The beautiful blue back light  fades away a little before the cycle of music ends. I was watching my baby on the monitor  (next item on this list) this morning and I saw him turn the soother on for the first time with his toes!! So cute! He seems very peaceful while watching it and now that he can sit for long periods, I can see how much he likes it. My favorite button is the Classical, even I enjoy the music myself. 
 




I didn't buy it and I didn't have it on my baby registry either. It was a gift from a very good friend on my baby shower. The reason I did not put a monitor on the registry was because when it comes to electronics I like my husband to make the decision. So I thought eventually I would go to the store with him and let him pick whatever he thought was good. Well, we didn't have to. My girlfriend couldn't believe I did not have a monitor on my list and she picked this one {she even included a one year service plan, how thoughtful! }.
I am very happy with it. The night vision is awesome, I still can't understand how this little camera can show such a clear image in a dark room like if there was a bright light on. The reception is very good, but I can only talk about my case where the nursery is about 50 ft away from my room. There are so many of these monitors in the market and although it is a very personal decision I definitely recommend
  



Of all the "chewable toys" that my baby has, "Cookie" is his favorite. I guess you can have a favorite toy when you are 4 months (that's when his aunt gave it to him) and wherever we go, if possible I carry it with us. I love that I can clip it on the straps of the stroller/car seat and it is still big enough for the baby to reach for it and suck on it. I throw it in the washing machine EVERY time I do laundry (that's like 7 times a week? ) and it has not faded neither developed any lint. That is huge! you definitely don't want your baby to put lint on his mouth. I love all the items I have listed so far but this one is my favorite. Maybe because  I love the picture perfect image of my son falling asleep holding really tight his Cookie Monster.




Yes, I know. I AM the one that can't live without the Ipad. However, I will give you three reasons why I put it on my list:
  • Uno: I can pull out "Elmo's Song" video in less than 5 seconds {no exaggeration here!}and if you haven't seen it yet, click here. This video has (as of today) 26,974,576 views. It is very sweet and keeps my baby busy enough for me to run and make a bottle or throw some clothes in the wash.
  • Dos: I downloaded this App called My First Words and believe it or not my baby smiles and has a good time touching the screen passing flashcards. Best of all you can make your own flashcards  adding your own pictures and record your own voice. A limited number of flashcards is free but you can get over 200 for just $0.99.
  • Tres: I can blog, read emails, update twitter and surf the web with one hand while rocking baby to sleep or sitting on the floor playing with him. No cables, no bulky battery, no mouse needed.

And those are my baby's ten favorite things that happen to be my favorite too incidentally. I would love to hear from you. What is that item or two or ten that make your life easier and your days happier?




Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Ten Must Have Items By The Changing Table



If you are a first time mother like me, you probably would like to know what to keep on the changing table. This top ten list works for me. I am sure it will work for you too. 

Changing tables are a must have nursery item

Diapers: check!
Wipes: check!
Diaper cream: check!
Body lotion: check!
Hair brush: check!

You think you are all set and ready to go by having these items by your baby's changing table. Well, think twice. Next thing you know, you're stuck standing there changing a dirty diaper and of course you run out of wipes in the middle of the session. This list of changing table must haves will really help you.

Let's get to it! 


Huggies Naturally Refreshing Cucumber & Green Tea Baby Wipes, 64-Count Popup Tub (Pack of 8)1. Wipes Refill. Always keep an extra case of wipes or a refill inside the changing table's cabinet. It happens all the time, I am changing a messy diaper and I pull the last one out of the case. So in that case I only have to open the cabinet door and pull the extra case really quick always holding baby with my other hand. NEVER leave your baby unattended on the changing table.

 2. Hand Sanitizer. When it comes to my newborn I am a "clean freak". So before and after I am done with changing his diapers I sanitize my hands. Besides, it is always good to have it handy in the nursery.

3. Wash Cloths. Always dry your baby after wiping. Most wipes are very moist and leave your baby's bottom a little wet. Humidity is a "no no" for your baby's behind, it is the number one factor that causes diaper rash. Keep a couple of washcloths handy and use them after every wiping before putting on the diaper cream.

Diaper Genie II Elite Pail System

4. Diaper Pail. Chances are you already have one. Isn't this the best invention ever? I swear by it!. I have never had a bad smell in the nursery. I list it as a must have because if you still don't have one you should invest on it. Remember you'll be changing diapers for the next 2 years at the least. Their designs are sleek and they fit any nursery decor. I keep it on a place where is not the first thing you see when you walk into the room, yet very easy to access while changing the baby.
*UPDATE: as my baby got older and started 'exploring' his room, I moved the diaper pail to the closest bathroom.



5. Spray Bottle filled with Water. Here comes the "clean freak" again...but if you're like me, you'll probably want to spray clean your baby's behind after wiping. To me, spraying fresh water is like giving my baby a "mini bath" specially when he "goes" right after I have given him a real bath!



 
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