I would like you to sing along to the tune of Beyonce’s “All the Single Ladies” okay here we go …”All you brand new mama’s, all you brand new mama’s, All you brand new mama’s, All you brand new Mama’s, now put your hands UP, now put your hands UP”..if you are now feeling like all you do is sit topless while your little bundle of love drinks away your energy 😉 trust me, this time will pass, and before you know it, these babes will be like my almost 3 yr old!! ( my throat literally tightened when I just wrote that..sigh)..anyway, you will blink, as everyone tells you, and this little babe, will be a person!! Like, a walking talking, throwing, hitting, biting, kicking .. wait..is that just my little guy?? What I am trying to say is…the beginning can feel tough, insurmountable even, but you WILL get through it, I promise. I am writing this post,(and think it might be a new weekly addition) to give you a little glimpse into a few things/ideas/ways/products, that can enhance your new life, after getting the golden crown, queen title of MAMMA!! (ohhh and just wait until that word is squeaked through those precious lips…I swear to god, you heart swells bigger than you thought it already was).
Today I want to show you how you can spend very little money, and still create great little spaces in baby’s room, for all of those moments we spend in there!!
1. Turn his or her favorite book, into framed art!!
Okay, so if you are a brand new mama, your new babe doesn’t quite have a fav. book yet, but you probably do!! Buy an extra, or use an extra that you have gotten from your shower(s) ( I think we got 3 “Guess How Much I love You” books!!) This is a project I just recently did actually, because we are in the process of turning Liams nursery, into a big boy bedroom ( again, throat tightening, and possibly a tear forming) The book I chose was one that he has always loved, called “Wherever you are, my love will find you” by Nancy Tillman. SO, at Christmas, when I saw it for $5 at Kohls!! are you kidding!! $5!! I bought another, knowing I would cut it up. It may take you a moment to get past the fact that you are about to ( GASP!!) cut the pages of a book!! Isn’t that illegal or something? haha..I assure you , it isnt. And for me, it only took about 2 seconds, to remember that Liam LOVES this book, and I LOVE the illustrations, so what better, then to surround him with things he loves!!
Frames were from Ikea…$1.99 Ea
Background paper from Michaels $.79 EA
Total cost of Project..About $30
(and for the record, you could totally use construction paper, which is so cheap, but I didnt have any Orange left)
EEEK..You can do it..:) I suggests getting a metal scale or ruler if you don’t already have one, and use an Exacto knife, it just makes the cuts more precise. I am terrible at cutting straight with scissors, but that would work too!
(ps. in case your interested, THIS
is where we are going with the walls in Liams Big Boy Room!)
2. Line those Drawers!!
Buy some super cheap, super cute drawer liners for babies drawers..this is one of those things that is totally NOT a necessity by any means, but its a tiny detail that doesnt cost much, just to add a little something 🙂 Or think about adding it to the back of bookshelves! (the Designer Shelf and drawer liners below are $11.99 at The Container Store
3. Keep track of this baby’s growing parts!!
I prefer feet or hands haha!! but whatever works for YOUR family 😉
This is something that we didnt do, and I SO wish I would have!!
Take a look at the pictures below.
If any of you are on Pinterest
, you have probably seen this idea already, it’s sighted on Pinterest, as being from a blog called Inspire M.E
and I think its SUCH a great idea!! You could do this with white canvas and colored paint, or A linen covered board with white paint.
4. And Growing Moments!!
I actually just added this one, I saw this pic on Pinterest, and thought..How stinking cute would it be, if you collect rocks, and each time your baby does something for the first time ( rolls over, sleeps through the night, first tooth) you add it to a rock, and put it in the vase, or bowl. When he or she is a toddler, they will LOVE dumping out the rocks and sorting/playing with them!!
Just a few fun, cheap easy projects, that don’t take too much time!! Stay tuned for more Mommy moments in the future!! See Mommy Moments tab above 🙂