We're having a BABY !!

Well it’s been over 6 months since my last blog post and a lot has happened during that time. We were married October 13, 2018 and it was THE BEST DAY !! Full post to come on our wedding details and decor once I have my professional photos back :) We went on our amazing two week honeymoon to France, Monoco and Italy and I will share another post sometime including photos of our trip. Following our wedding and honeymoon things were busy as I went through and organized wedding decor to advertise and sell, get ready for Christmas and celebrate the holidays. But most exciting of all…..on November 14th, 2018 we found out, we are PREGNANT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We are so excited to be able to share our news that we are expecting a little one July 23, 2019 ! We announced on social media on January 25th for my husband’s 30th birthday.

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We have had two ultrasounds so far, a dating ultrasound at 9 weeks which confirmed that there is in fact a little peanut with a heartbeat in there. Our second ultrasound at 13 weeks we got to see our little one looking a lot more like a baby. It was so wild to see Baby K squirm and wiggle, kick their arms and legs and flip over AHH so surreal and just the best seeing our little one. We cannot wait for our next ultrasound at 20 weeks when we get to find out gender :) And then comes the fun part of decorating the nursery!! Can’t wait to share all of (my) our plans.

9 weeks

9 weeks

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13 weeks  

I wanted to include details of our experience of planning to try and finding out we are pregnant, not only to share with you but also for me to document and keep track of (seriously, baby brain is a thing already). I wanted to start by saying that this has been my journey so far and I understand that it may differ from lots of other mamas’ but I am simply sharing for those that want to hear :)

So here it is, personal details and all ;

Last spring I went to my family doctor to talk about family planning knowing that we wanted to try right away once we were married. We had no expectations but knowing that it could take up to a year, we didn’t want to delay it. I asked about planning to go off birth control after having been on it for 10+ years and was encouraged to go off approx 3 months prior to intending to “try”. My current pills were scheduled to end in August about two months before our wedding so that’s when I went off. Come August, I didn’t renew my prescription like most months and started taking a prenatal vitamin. I downloaded the app “Glow” to begin tracking my period and ovulation. I was very fortunate to have my cycle return immediately (again I recognize that this is not always the case and was very fortunate for this to be my experience). I had some people ask why we weren’t just trying as soon as I was off the pill but I wanted to enjoy cocktails at my September bachelorette weekend in Chicago, as well as my wedding and honeymoon. I couldn’t go to France and Italy and not enjoy the wine, right?!

So the first time I would be ovulating after the wedding was while we were in Italy. I continued to use my app and made a mental note of the date but we were in Italy, on our honeymoon so things were going to happen regardless of ovulation :)

We had an amazing, relaxing honeymoon filled with travel and wine and the best food! We arrived home on October 31st and I was super sick with a cold for the first few days.  I actually thought to myself upon returning home “I will be totally cool if we don’t get pregnant until the new year” as we had a few out of town weekends and the holidays coming up. The following week, I was back to work and I still felt under the weather but was now feeling a bit sick to my stomach rather than cold symptoms. I brushed it off thinking “even if I am pregnant, you don’t feel nauseous this early”. My husband kept saying things like “you’re probably pregnant” and “it’s that baby making you sick” every time I referenced it. Everything I read said that I would test negative at this point either way so I tried my best to avoid buying any tests. Then I caved and bought a few of the cheapos at the dollar store. I took my first test on Nov 9, 13 days after ovulating and it was a negative. No big deal as it was what I was expecting. And with a negative pregnancy test, I enjoyed some wine with friends that weekend. My period was expected on the 11th and didn’t show up. The following day I had some light spotting which I thought might be the start of my period. I talked to a friend who was pregnant who had spotted for a few days prior to a positive test. The next night I took another cheapo test and tossed in the garbage before the time was up as it showed an initial negative (which I now realize is actually just the control line). I had ordered a few first response early detection tests and read that you should take the test first thing in the morning. So the morning of Nov 14th, I woke up early to get ready for work and decided to take a test, again with expectations that it would be negative like the last two. I had my shower and when I got out, I saw a faint second line staring back at me. I smiled to myself in the mirror in disbelief, did a little happy dance and went downstairs to tell my husband. He was still in bed but awake, and I told him “I just took a positive pregnancy test” to which he replied “told you you were pregnant”. We kissed and cuddled our dog for a few minutes in bed before I returned to getting ready for work, all the while thinking “holy shit I’m pregnant and now I have to carry on like nothing is up!”. Despite wishing for this, I did not think that we would be lucky enough to get pregnant so quickly. Thanking our lucky stars for this !! I took three more tests over the next two days following the initial positive to confirm as I was still in disbelief.

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Keeping it to ourselves only lasted a matter of days. Yes I know, you’re “supposed” to wait BLAH BLAH BLAH. But seriously, how can you not tell people when you are so excited?! I understood that anyone I told, I would also have to share the news with them if anything unfortunate happened and that was fine. We told my sister and my mom right away. I gave both of the gramma’s a baby blanket and card from Baby K asking them to keep the blanket safe and warm for when they come to snuggle my mom always says “love you to the moon and back” so I was so thrilled to find this I Edie to give to her with the blanket

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We also told our close friends that live on our street and would know what was up if I wasn’t drinking. We waited for my husband’s parents to be home from Florida before sharing with them and the remainder of our family at Christmas which was so much fun being able to celebrate such exciting news around the holidays. We also shared with friends on New Years Eve. Again no drinking = big give away and I didn’t really care too much to pretend or fake drinking. Although I have found some great non alcoholic beers and wines!
My first trimester was actually great, I was so lucky to not be sick, just tired :) I am officially into my second trimester and have some serious nesting happening, with projects on the go and lists of projects and things to do while I am still able to and before summer is here.

One of my favourite bloggers Jessica Garvin shared updates on her pregnancy which I loved reading and inspired me to share my own experience as I am sure I will soon forget;

How far along: 17 weeks

Gender: unknown until the beginning of March :)

Weight gain: 4lbs

Maternity clothes: tights and over sized sweaters are a staple for me in the winter but have been a wardrobe favourite now more than ever. I said goodbye to my normal jeans and pants with a button and zipper a few weeks ago as I can’t stand the feeling and pressure on my stomach especially when sitting down. I was super fortunate to receive a basket FULL of maternity jeans, tights and clothes from girlfriends and bought my first pair of maternity pants recently. Loving sweater dresses and high waisted nylons for work 

Sleep: sleeping well but up several times a night already to pee and often have “awake time” from 3am-4am. My husband jokes that this is preparing me for being up in the night with the babe, I am also always freezing going to bed and require layers in order to get to sleep and peel them off throughout the night. Also. need a pillow for in between my legs. Haven’t started using my maternity pillow yet.

Best moment so far: our 13 week ultrasound, seeing our babe wiggle and squirm :)

Miss anything: Not really. I actually thought I would miss wine more but I am loving weekends without hangovers. I thought the holidays might be tough but made it through just fine, indulging more in food :) I suspect I might miss booze once we hit summer patio season but I will enjoy my non-alcoholic beers and virgin cocktails until baby K’s arrival.

Movement: Lots of movement at our ultrasound but none that I can feel yet 

Cravings: Loving sweets in the morning- fruit, smoothies,  yogurt, syrup, jam, cereal. Usually, I am savoury/salty over sweet l but I actually ordered french toast when out for breakfast and have been making waffles and pancakes at home.. Also, a bowl of cereal or yogurt and granola with fruit before bed- I never used to eat after dinner. And a cheeseburger and fries once a week :)

Food aversions; Eggs- YUCK! The smell of meat cooking also isn’t my fav 

Queasy or sick: No, I have been super lucky that I haven’t had any morning sickness. I did have a bit of what felt like motion sickness on about 3 occasions that were very short lived. Struggled a bit with feeling dizzy and light headed. My only negative symptom has been the hormones - holy emotional roller coaster!!

Looking forward to: Finding out gender and planning the nursery decor!!

We are soooo excited for what the coming months have in store and even more excited for summer with our babe!! Stay tuned for more updates on our adventure :)

-Jess xx

Wayfair Bathroom Inspiration

Hi friends, today I am talking bathrooms. This has been a regular topic of conversation here at the Penny Drawer as I have worked away at our main floor bathroom the last few years. The most recent update was when I decided to paint the shower tile and tub. Unfortunately, this was not a successful DIY. You can read more about it in my original post here. The most disappointing thing has been that it did not hold up despite all the gruelling work that went into it. It is something we will eventually replace all together but for now we are dealing with it. Thankfully, the other DIYs completed to update this space were totally successful.l! Some of my favourite design elements of this room are the shiplap and the stencilled floor. Both are easy and affordable ways to add interest to a space. They were also chosen as a way to camouflage a dated, dingy floor and a wall with tons of holes in it. I also love the wood accents included with the DIY framed mirror and the industrial style shelves. My painted vanity is also a favourite which has been my most commented on and shared blog post on Pinterest to date. This was such an easy way to update my bathroom and given that lots of others have the same 80s/90s laminate cabinets, I get tons of questions and am always so thrilled to have so many people express interest in updating their cabinets using my tutorial! 

Recently I was contacted by Wayfair to compete in a blogging campaign for dream bathrooms. Despite our shower mishap, I do love what we have done to update our bathroom and I especially love that it was done affordably and 100% ourselves. If I was going to invest in updating this space, I would definitely turn to Wayfair. They have a massive selection ranging in prices to fit any style and budget. And free shipping!! I have included some of my favourite bathroom items for you to browse as well;

I chose brushed nickel for our bathroom fixtures including the cabinet hardware, faucet and light but have always thought about switching them out for gold or brass. I love wood mirrors and feel that they fit so well in a bright and airy bathroom. This would look beautiful hung vertically above the grey vanity. I also chose natural looking wood shelving with the industrial bar for hanging towels. Similar to my own industrial style shelf for those that don’t want to DIY:) And who can resist some beautiful bathroom linens! With our upcoming wedding I’m pretty excited to upgrade our towels and bath linens. Unfortunately my bathroom would never fit this amazing free standing tub but a girl can dream (literally #dreamboard). So what type are you, DIY or buy? And what style do you gravitate towards?

-Jess xx

Pineapples, Palm Trees + Flamingos Bridal shower

Last Saturday I hosted a backyard bridal shower for my girlfriend Laurel and wanted to share some of the details with you! She and her soon to be husband are honeymooning in Hawaii so pineapples, palm trees and flamingos were so fun and fitting the decor! Tropical inspired decor is very popular this year so there is an abundance of decorative items that were easy to come by in most stores I frequent. We will be keeping this theme going for her bachelorette cottage weekend next month as well!  

I started collecting items a few months ago along with completing a bit of DIY decor and signs. I was able to repurpose the tissue paper garland I made for our Cinco De Mayo stag and doe  I simply removed the red tissue tassels to and kept the pinks, greens, yellows and blues that felt more Hawaiian (And I just realized I didn't take a picture of this hung inside). My favourite DIY was the balloon garland. I hadn’t made one before but it is so easy!! I tied a long piece of string between two chairs several feet apart, blew up an assortment of pink, green, white and yellow balloons in various sizes and attached them to the string forming a garland.  It fit perfectly as the backdrop to the conversation set on my patio.

I borrowed the little light up palm from my mother-in-law :) 

I borrowed the little light up palm from my mother-in-law :) 

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Dollar Tree was my go to store for decor believe it or not. They had an entire section of luau, hawaiian, tropical theme decor and party supplies. I grabbed lots of their bright coloured and patterned table cloths and serving trays, napkins and cups, along with drink accessories, some fun straws, as well as garlands and banners.

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I also got several items from Party City including the ‘eat, drink, flamingle’ tray, ‘flocktail’ coasters, and the ‘you had me at aloha’ sign.

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My favourite were the favours— each guest had their choice of a pineapple or palm tree cup to enjoy their beverage in and take home with them. My girlfriend and the MOH Kelsey who is a graphic designer made the ‘Thank You’ tags. The yellow pineapples were from Party City and the palm trees from Dollar Tree. Such cute an expensive take homes. And we will definitely be using these again for the bachelorette party! 

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I used a chalkboard I recently picked up from Michael’s as the sign for the favours. I also used a rustic wood sandwich board chalkboard for the welcome sign on the front porch to greet guests when they arrived (I only managed to snap a picture of it inside due to rain that morning). I have been practicing my chalkboard writing for my wedding and didn’t want to erase what I had on it so I covered it with craft paper. I loved the way it turned out and how well the wood fit with the theme.  I also found a few cute lanterns and the ‘Let’s Flamingle’ banner from Michael’s.  

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We only did one game where each guest wrote their favourite memory of the bride and then the bride had to guess who said it.  We turned this into a drinking game of course.

The bride is a teacher and we sent this notebook home with her. 

The bride is a teacher and we sent this notebook home with her. 

We made a big batch of Long Island iced tea as the signature drink which is also the bride’s favourite. We snacked on spinach dip, pigs in a blanket, taco dip and veggies and then had a buffet dinner of salads, sweet and sour meatballs and pulled pork tacos with pineapple salsa and slaw. For dessert we had different flavoured macarons and a pineapple cheesecake. 

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I used some real pineapples and coconuts for decor along with some faux palm leaves from the dollar store and some framed prints.

We opened gifts and enjoyed drinks in the backyard around the fire after the sun went down. It was such a fun evening and I was so happy that the weather improved and we were able to enjoy some sunshine! It rained all morning which had me worried. I have had terrible luck in the past when hosting outdoor showers as it always seems to rain. I guess that’s why they call it a shower (hardy har har). 

Thankfully I managed to take photos prior to guests arriving as I was having too much fun the rest of the night to get any more pictures. 

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Unfortunately our stain didn't hold up very well over the winter so this will have to be touched up.

Unfortunately our stain didn't hold up very well over the winter so this will have to be touched up.

I’m also so relieved the shower took place when it did as the Monday following we were hit by a huge storm that uprooted a tree in our backyard, damaging our neighbour's house and our yard. Thankfully the swing that TK built last year wasn’t destroyed!!

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this has been my motto this week :) and my DIY chalkboard sign

this has been my motto this week :) and my DIY chalkboard sign

I absolutely love to plan parties and host. It is so fun to see all the little details come together. With our stag and doe and then this shower, there has been lots of planning and making my own decorations. We have a very busy summer ahead but it’s back to wedding prep! I have a long to do list of DIY projects to complete prior to our October wedding. I am excited to share some of them with you soon!! 

Jess xx