Monday, December 15, 2014

Baby N's Baby Showers

My kid is already spoiled and he's not even here yet...

We are lucky enough to have wonderful family on both sides, and both sides of our family wanted to put together showers to celebrate. So that means Baby N had TWO showers! Spoiled. Already.

Today I'm sharing photos from both beautiful showers!

November 15th Shower:
The first shower was held by Adam's sweet sisters and his mom for us in Adam's hometown-just right around the corner from our home.

The invites had a cute little boy baby carriage on it, so they had the cake made to match---and even found decorations with little boy baby carriages on it too!

My sister-in-law April made us a diaper cake. In that basket are the party favors: different shades of blue nail polish for the guests to take home. Fits my personality perfect, Adam will tell nails are always wet.

We played the "price is right" game with everything I will need as a new mom. Please note the booze. Ha!

Every place setting had little tissue paper blue baby booties filled with snacks.

They strung up cute little onesies at the buffet line. To eat we chose from a variety of homemade soups and sandwiches. Perfect--since it was a chilly cold November afternoon.

We got SO many nice gifts--it felt like the presents were never ending! Here I am apparently excited about the Twilight Turtle!

Adam showed up in the end to help with clean up and loading the gifts.

Thanks to these 3 lovely ladies for putting the shower together!
Adam's two sisters, and my Mother-In-Law threw us a great shower!
Me and the two Grandmas-to-be!

My Momma and me.

My Grandmother made the 3 hour trip down to be at our first shower. We were so happy she could make it.

All the aunties with me (minus Auntie Joy!) 

December 6th Shower:
My sister and mom, with the help of my Aunts threw us a shower in north-central Illinois near my hometown on December 6th. We had a brunch to celebrate baby boy N.

We had the shower at Chapel Hill golf course located in Princeton, Il. I have to show you a photo because the building is just beautiful.

We used a few old doors hinged together as a backdrop. I made the fabric banners (which will reappear in the nursery!) from scrap fabric and twine.

Close up of the ombre blue cake! Cake was made by Kelsey's Kakes, Peru Il.

My mom and sister painted mason jars blue and made the ombre puffs.

Each table setting had little delicious treats to tide the guests over before brunch began.
Credit for the SERIOUSLY CUTE baby themed mints goes to my Aunt Wendy.

My mom and sister made the tiny blue ornaments as party favors for the guests to bring home and put on their trees.

This was my rocking chair as a kid, and my baby blanket! My dad dug the chair out of the attic so we could use it at the shower. It's old, dusty, and worn out, but it was a nice sentimental decoration to have there.

Me and BabyN bump shot. I'm 29 weeks (in this photo, 31wks now!) and you finally get a bump shot on the internet.

Adam and I are so very thankful to everyone that helped plan, set-up, take-down, clean up, cook, bake, shop, wrap gifts, hammer nails, craft, or helped in any way to create these two fantastic showers for our baby boy. We're lucky to have every one of you. 
It was so nice to celebrate with our families and friends at two showers. We could not believe how generous everyone was with all of the gifts. We've had fun going through the goodies again and I can't wait to put the nursery together.

We will be sharing where we are with the nursery after the holidays---mostly because it's only 10% done right now! Next, we will be sharing our Christmas home tour!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

DIY: Etched Mirror with Dremel Micro 8050

I really haven't done many holiday crafts this year. I've been so busy with work, and baby stuff....I barely had the time (or the energy!) to decorate as much as I wanted. But we did do one DIY Christmas project a few weeks ago. Adam surprisingly can draw super cute Christmas trees....

Safety Goggles

I had an old dusty $5 flea market mirror that was begging for a makeover. It looks like it was originally on a medicine cabinet. The hinged and glass knob were still attached but it was dirty and scratched up. It needed a new life.
Dremel sent us one of their Dremel Micro 8050 tools and we got to work!

I've never used a Dremel hand tool before, but this baby was EASY to use. I was surprised. The Micro 8050 is the most “brilliantly powerful” and precise cordless rotary tool that Dremel has ever produced. 

We read the instructions and decided which attachment would be appropriate. 

We practiced on an old jar we had sitting around just to get a feel for how it worked.

Scout was interested too...

I stenciled out what I wanted on the mirror so we could trace over it. Adam hated my trees so insisted on free-handing them....(Secretly his looked nicer than mine in the end)

Then it was time to trace. The light on the Dremel was perfect. What a great idea.

See Adam's trees? They really are much cuter than mine. The Dremel was really precise so it would show if we messed up, but since we were going with the ~rustic flea market~ look we didn't mind if they were uneven.

I was the filler-in-er. Adam has a steadier hand than me so he did all the tracing and the free-handing of trees. I did most of the filling in on the letters.
Also the photographer and official dog snuggler. Those are both important tasks during DIY at our house.

After about 30 minutes of tracing and hemming and hawing over how much etching was too much. It was complete!

I propped the mirror up next to our fireplace and added a few snowy trees around it. It's behind our giant Christmas tree so in the evening the lights and ornaments sparkle off of the mirror. It's so pretty!

The snowy trees were an estate auction find (only $2 or $3 for all!) and the old wooden shoes are from a flea market. My husband's high school mascot was the ~Wood Shoes~ so there is reasoning behind having them--other than just old and cool looking!

A close up of the trees, with a nice sneak peek of our Christmas Tree this year. ( can see our tree last year right here. You will NOT believe how much it cost us. Seriously, you won't guess it so just go see!)

  • The Micro 8050 can cut, carve, engrave, sand, grind, sharpen, clean and polish—helping you bring just about any brilliant project to life.
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Do you have a Dremel Micro 8050

No? Do you want one now? It's not to late to add it to your Christmas list!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Financial Peace with Capital One {{Sponsored}}

We've talked about money in the past here at Let's Just Build a House. We told you how we paid off all of our debt. All of it. Okay, well, all of it except the house. But, we still say we are debt free.

Today we are teaming up with Capital One to give more financial advice. This time we are talking about what you can do to set yourself up for financial success in 2015. Isn't that a great New Year's resolution to have? Especially after spending a few bucks this weekend on Black Friday. I know you did...I sure did!

Make a plan, make a Budget: The best way to set yourself up, is to plan ahead. It's easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season and lose sight of the goals we've set to help us achieve financial peace of mind. So make a plan!

Set aside "fun money": Even if you are trying to save money, and spend less in 2015, you still have to have some fun! Set aside fun money for yourself or you and your family. Whether it's a new pair of boots, or a trip to the movies, setting aside enough to splurge once in awhile helps so much when budgeting! We went on a "splurge trip" to Gulf Shores, AL this year. We REALLY wanted to go to an all-inclusive somewhere, but we had our goals set, so we splurged a little on a trip, and still stayed on budget.

Do you need it?: I know this is the opposite of what I just said. Have fun money, but also reevaluate everything you buy. I love my Birchbox every month. But is that a splurge or a need? At only $10 a month it may seem like nothing with all the fun makeup and goodies you get, but then again, it's $120 a year. If you have a credit card bill, or a debt that could go towards...maybe cancel that subscription for now!

You will feel so much better with a plan in place for 2015. I know we have a whole new kind of budgeting to do for 2015 with Baby N on the way! Kids, are not cheap, we already have figured that much out about parenting. But, don't you worry, we already have a plan in place. Now we have to stick to it!!

Be sure to check out Capital One's Black Friday sale (extended through this weekend!) to help you make your way to 2015 Financial Peace.

Once the Thanksgiving celebrations are done, be sure to add Capital One 360's Black Friday Sale to your shopping list. Visit to give yourself the lasting gift of financial peace of mind by taking advantage of Capital One 360's deals on banking, brokerage and mortgage products.

What tips do you have for saving moolah and getting yourself some #FinancialPeace in 2015? 

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Baby Boy N: Nursery Inspiration and Purchases (Flea Market Finds!)

Ever since we found out we are having a boy I have been pinning and daydreaming about the perfect little boy's nursery. Take a look at some of my pins to give you an idea of where we are heading...

Adam and I both love old maps. The tiny school chair in the above photo is oh-so-adorable too. Simple room, yet makes a statement.

The nursery below is simple and has a similar style crib to the one above, only they kept the wood tone for has a more traditional look. It's the Jenny Lind crib in dark cherry, which is what we have picked out for the nursery.
I just love that it's not big and boxy like most cribs today. Those just aren't our thing. It does convert to a toddler bed too. I can't wait to get it set up in the room so we can figure out what the layout will be!
Our color scheme is similar to this next photo. I swooned over this kid's room a little when I saw it last week. Again, the vintage map made it's way into the room, and another cute school chair or two.
 Another one of my favorite nursery pins: Simple, rustic, traditional, and globes instead of maps!
Are you noticing a trend with the cribs, the maps, the color schemes and textures? I sure did when I reviewed my pin board.

We found an old leather-like chair at a resale shop for 50 bucks. Not as sch-mancy as the one below---but it's the generic version of this.  Adam went and tried it out, and brought it home the same day. It will add a masculine and warm touch to the room. I have a feeling Adam and I both will get plenty of use out of the 50 bucks we spent on the chair, we'll be glad we went for comfort at 4 a.m.
For bedding I'm going with whites, and navy blues. I like different prints like stripes and geometric.I think it will be fun to have a bunch of different prints to mix and match. Like these sheets from American Baby Company.
This A-Z prints are just adorable. The Etsy seller has so many cute prints for the nursery. I'm not sure I will be able decide what to order!
 Etsy Shop
Every body keeps asking what our theme will be. But, there really is no theme.
We are drawn to old vintage stuff. We like navy blue, and green. We're mixing those likes together.
We plan to throw some wood tones, and brown leather in there to give it a masculine touch. I of course have already picked up a few items at flea markets this summer.

Here is my stash:

Kelly green school chair: $12 (talked dealer down from $22!)
Basket of old baseballs: $2
The projector slides are of old airplanes. $3 each.
Old rusty Chevy hubcaps: $5
Camp stool: $7

I will share the room as it is now with you very soon. We have some special guests staying with us this weekend, then after that, it's time to get down to business! We have a few DIY projects planned for the room too!

What do you think of where our nursery is headed?
Did you have a "there's not really a theme" theme in your nursery too?

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Flea Market Finds: Fall Front Porch

If you've been reading this blog for awhile or you follow me on instagram, you have probably noticed I love getting a good bargain. I'm always up for a flea market or an estate sale. 

Today I'm sharing our Fall front porch decor. I used almost all items from sales and flea markets, and farmer's markets.

Fall front porch 2014.

I grabbed a piece of old barnwood scrap from our pile, and Adam helped me stencil on it. It took less than 10 minutes. I was going to go with something more Fall-like with "Harvest" etc, but then I figured a plain Welcome can be used for other seasons too.

I made this tie DIY wreath while catching up on my dvr one weekend. No tutorial needed. Just cut pieces of burlap (I used white and regular brown) to a wire wreath and finished! Very easy, but sort of messy with all the strings.

The pumpkins, Indian corn, and mums are from the local farmer's market.

(We had big plans to landscape this summer but we didn't get to it...Pretend there is beautiful stone landscaping, lush greenery, and rock instead of the cheapo mulch that's there now)....Next year I suppose....
The pumpkin and cat on a stick in the yard are from my Momma.  I will put these two away after Halloween next week, and then the rest of the porch will still be Thanksgiving appropriate. 

All of our decor, except the rug is either from an estate sale, flea market, farmer's market, or thrift store.

Here's the breakdown of how much everything was, and where it's from:

Basically $20 worth of decor, not counting the 10-15 bucks we probably spent on pumpkins and such. But I really just shopped my house for all the supplies I needed. I will most likely use all of these items for Christmas decorating too this year.

Do you decorate your front porch for Fall? 
Get anything good at any sales or flea markets lately?

P.S. We are in the middle of a redesign on the blog, so excuse the mismatched colors etc., it's slowly but surely getting there!
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