FetusJoy and a #goldnugget compilation

I kept a little “journal” describing the stages of this pregnancy. Just in case you were wondering what it’s been like in our house.

I’m at week 5. I’ve known I’m pregnant for officially… 6 days now. I go to sleep super-early (8:15 one night, no later than 9:30 the other nights), am starting to get some back issues, and a good bit of cramps. Good news… I can still see my feet. 2014-06-14 16.07.46

Welcome to week 6! We kicked it off with a few (full) days of nausea. YAY. I do tend to get a good bit of food aversions. As in… I’ll be eating a plate of food, look at it, and can’t stand to be around it anymore. It’s awesome. Also, last night, J had the most stressful moment he’s had as of yet. He didn’t know what to make me for dinner. Like, he was a total mess. It was so (weirdly) fun/ heartwarming to see him hover and fret.2014-06-19 06.47.15

Week 7: Some barfy- feelings that last the majority of the day, but the tail end of the week managed to find me nausea-free! ish.2014-06-24 07.20.53

Crazy 8: Fetus no longer has a tail! Yay! But also, I want to sleep more now than I ever did before. SERIOUSLY, I need a cot at work. Under my desk. Please. Also, fetus HATES bananas. And plums. Both of those are gag-able foods.2014-07-03 07.10.09

Week 9! This is a pretty exciting week for us, since we got to go to the OB’s office and actually SEE that there was, indeed, [one] tiny human growing inside me. What a surreal moment to be able to experience. The initial appointment took somewhere around 4 hours, which included the ultrasound, a visit with the Doctor, and then I got to sit down for some bloodwork. Here’s where it gets fun. I sit in the little blood-room, and am instructed to place my left arm atop the giving table. I comply, but quickly turn my head to the right, so I can focus on the puppies taped to the wall, and not the fact that there is a needle in my arm that is sucking the lifeblood from me. Oops! My vein rolled. Which means the left arm is no longer good. On to the right! Thank the Lord for two arms, amiright? So the nice nurse-lady starts on the right, but I’m stuck. I can’t look to the left, because of the blood. I can’t look to the right, because that’s where the needle is. No worries, though. Fairly soon after she sticks me, I start to feel a little light-headed. Nurselady tells me to look up, rest my head back on the wall, and lightly cough. I comply with two coughs. Somewhere after the second, I passed out. I ACTUALLY FAINTED!! It was one of the BEST naps I’ve ever taken in my life. And then after that, I got to lay down on a bed and finish my blood-giving there. Yaaaay.2014-07-18 07.10.47

Week 10: I’m legit showing. I wore a dress to work yesterday that is no longer a viable option. It certainly did not hide the fact that I’m growing a tiny human… in fact, I think it enhanced this.2014-07-28 18.09.13

Week 11: If people don’t stop posting pictures of food, I may just drive to their houses and punch them in their faces. One day left until 12 weeks, and then MAGICALLY the nausea goes away, right? RIGHT? Also, earlier this week, I left work to go home and take a nap. #workselfieinthebathroom2014-08-05 11.29.57

Week 12: More of the same. Except I fell asleep at 8:30 this week. That was awesome. Also, tiny human still passionately hates bananas. So there’s that. Add on: Tiny Human hates [breakfast] egg sandwiches. Also, J is terrified of [possibly] watching me throw up.2014-08-10 14.27.56

Week 13: This is the closest I have come to full-on RAGE mode. I ordered a pizza from California Pizza Kitchen for lunch (they’re about a 45 second walk from my office), and it took ONE HOUR AND FIFTEEN MINUTES TO ARRIVE. YOU DO NOT MESS WITH A HUNGRY FETUS. The delivery kid knew things were not good when he arrived, and his suspicions were confirmed when he saw the HANGER in my eyes. I paid the sir, grabbed my food, and sat myself down to help the little fetus out. Additionally, I had another Doctor’s appointment and I got to hear Nugget’s heartbeat. It almost sounded like when Ringo gets super-scared of thunder and sticks his face in yours and pants really loudly. They will be best friends.2014-08-17 18.43.18

Week 14: I gagged on air this week. That was fun. The lingering nausea seems to have gone away, with infrequent gag-sessions. I have energy again, though! Yay! I can get back to project-ing again! People have also decided to take it upon themselves to comment on how LARGE I AM GETTING. And my food selections. And one lady even reminded me that whatever weight I put on, I’ll just have to lose it after the baby comes. If I get put in jail for punching someone in the face, this serves as fair warning.2014-08-23 09.34.06And here we are at week 15. We actually found out the gender last week– woooooo. And we’re going to be able to tell our parents in the next couple of days, when they all happen to be in town! YAY. Also, fetus is not a fan of brushing my teeth or pizza. And yes, I am wearing crocs in the picture below. Don’t hate.

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In case you haven’t noticed, I’m not very good at smiling in posed pictures. So enjoy those awkward moments, and you’re welcome.

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A chandy in the garage!

I started this project LOOOONG before the laundry area makeover started, but I was just never fully convinced that it was done. In fact, I’m still not exactly sure it’s there. But it’s done-ish, and as of right now, doneish is good enough in my book! So, to remind you all, we started here:Laundry Before_HouseofGold

And then, the bulbs burned out of that awesome fluorescent, J refused to buy more. So we were… light-less for a while in the garage. And that’s where the dogs eat in the morning, so it was a little dark. Until I crafted the new light, that is.

First, I found two colanders similar to these:

And then I stumbled across two fruit baskets, such as these (both of these, and the link to the crystals are affiliate links, btw):

And then I spray painted the fruit baskets (twice) and rigged it up into a functioning light fixture.Colander Lights_HouseofGoldBut it still wasn’t quite done. Then one day, I received an email from Antique Farm House, and they featured this light.

Antique Farmhouse Inspiration

I fell in love, but not with the price tag. And then I figured I could modify my existing fixture to [sort of] replicate it.

So first I stopped at Michaels, armed with my 40% off coupon, and realized their crystals were still DOUBLE what they cost on Amazon. (If you’re an amazon junkie, download the app- you can scan barcodes of items, for an immediate price-match!) Obvs, I went home and ordered these crystals from Amazon. Then I not-so-patiently waited for two days until they arrived.Crystals_HouseofGoldThen I installed them!

And now?! The lights are doneish. Crystal Lights Toward Laundry_HouseofGoldLights with Crystals_HouseofGoldI think I still need to do something to the ceiling… It is sad right now. Paint it, perhaps? I toyed with the idea of planking part of it, but quickly realized that nails + plaster walls = not bff’s. So that just would not do.

What say you? What does this need to be finished? Paint? Blue Square Option_HouseofGoldGrey Border_HouseofGold

Glitter? Gold Glitter Ceiling_HouseofGoldA mural of Ed’s face? Ayudame, por favor!


The Gold Nugget’s Room!

Months ago, if not a year, J and I had a heated discussion. And when I say heated, I mean… I was probably tickling him, trying to get him to agree to my idea, and he was getting mad because he hates being tickled. So he probably yelled. I mean, that is most likely what happened. Anyway, here was the dilemma: I wanted to do something crazy on a wall. I didn’t so much care which wall (or space), but I had the idea of doodling on it or drawing a pattern with a sharpie or something. J thought that was silly. “No, no, no”, he said. Enter: Compromise (the secret to marriage). In my moment of brilliance(ish), I said… “Fine! You can design the [hypothetical] nursery, if I get the closet.” And before I could renig on my deal, he agreed. Pretty sure we shook on it, too. So, that’s where we are. J has full control over the design of the Nugget’s room. I’m merely offering moral support and manpower. He’s calling the shots. But I get the closet.

So far, I’m completely on board with his ideas. Except for one. But you know what? It’s all his. I just offer assistance (occasionally) with the grunt work… which means I paint. J hates painting. Also, we have no idea if I am harboring an heir or heiress. So that could change some things. Maybe.

Without further ado, the ideas:


  1. We found these ammmaaaazing Stuffed Animal Heads via Amazon. I want them. BAD.
  2. When I was down at Haven, I came across Royal Design Studio, who is introducing this new line of wall decals. And I immediately fell in love with these Woodland Creatures. They agreed to send us some (because they’re awesome), and I’m dying to put them up. Just gotta finish the “base” of the room first.
  3. Have you ever seen these vintage paint-by-numbers paintings? I think they’re awesome. Pretty sure I saw them when I spent some time in Canada.
  4. I LOVE this vintage-style crib. But it’s new! Ish. We actually weren’t planning on a changing table, but I found the set on craigslist and BOUGHTTHEMIMMEDIATELY!! Shortly after that, I got banned from cragislist for a bit. But J likes them. Woo.
  5. J has it in his head that, if the nugget is an heir, he will go out to the woods, shoot a bear, and have it preserved/ whatever they do to bears, and turn it in to a rug. I think that’s pretty gross. Also, we have a giant flokati rug from when I was an infant that I think would work just fine. And then we could pair the flokati with this cute, cuddly, fuzzy, smaller Bearskin Rug.
  6. Lastly, the base of the room. Three of the walls will be painted our favorite Windfresh White (by Sherwin Williams). The majority of our house is painted this color, and we’re big fans. And then! One of the walls will get a horizontal plank treatment. We plan to finish it off differently than the living room, so it will look more clean and “regular”.

Also, I’m not telling you what the closet is going to look like. I’ll just show you. One day.

What do you think of J’s ideas?! Be gentle.

(Amazon links are affiliate links, btw.)

Mason Jars, Canning, and #CanitForward

Recently, Ball brand canning jars (Mason jars) got in touch with me and asked if I’d like to test out a few of their goodies. First, the canning jars. And then the The New Limited Edition Spring Green Heritage Collection Jars.  And lastly, the Mason Jar Infuser. OF COURSE I OBLIGED. That’s a no-brainer, since I use mason jars regularly for [a thousand] other things. AND! These jars are *special*. Why, you ask? Because they’re green. (Ooooh shiny! Oooh fancy!!)

I’m a huge fan of mason jars. I used them for a cute way to gift some sugar scrub last Christmas. Srub_CompleteAnd today? We’re going to use them as glasses. For drinks. This is one of our favorite summertime drinks. Well, it used to be something I drank. But now? Fetus. Fetus does not like or appreciate the alcohol. Also, in case you didn’t know, Jack Daniels and Triple Sec contain alcohol. So if you’re making (and drinking) these drinks, don’t be an idiot and do stupid things. And drink them if you’re legal. If you’re not legal and/or an idiot, I will come find you and punch you in the teeth. #butforreal

  •  1 part sour
  • 1 part Jack.
  • 1 part Triple Sec
  • 4ish parts lemon-lime soda. Husband prefers Sierra Mist, but that’s all up to you.

Mix it around in the jar, and viola. Instantly summer. (No, I did not take this photo. I found it using the google machine. I ran out of energy to take pictures after I made the drinks. BECAUSE I’M GROWING A HUMAN!)


Don’t you worry your pretty little heads. I’ll be back later with a fun project on what we did with these other jars. AND A GIVEAWAY! YOU CAN HAVE A SET OF THESE FOR YOUR VERY OWN!!!

Oprah_WinningBUT TODAY!!, they’re hosting their first annual “International Can-It-Forward Day” featuring Top Chef’s judge, Hugh Acheson. To check out the live webcast celebrating home canning (and there are giveaways on the site as well!), check this link out! You won’t be sorry.