The Home Depot Fall DIY Workshop- Save the Date

The Home Depot Fall DIY Workshop- Save the Date

I can't believe I'm using the word "Fall" already in a post title!  I hate to be one of those bloggers that jumps the gun on seasons but it's just around the corner. Crazy!  I'm a big fan of Fall but I'm also a big fan of Summer.  I'm always sad to see those warm temperatures and long days go.  I am, however, very excited about our project for the Fall DIY Workshop with The Home Depot.

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Navy and White Herringbone Quilt

Navy and White Herringbone Quilt

Something unbelievable has happened!  I finished our little dude's quilt before his arrival.  This is huge for a procrastinator like myself.

Picking out which quilt I wanted to make took a good month.  This was quite the decision.  I ultimately decided on a herringbone pattern.  I like that herringbone has both modern and vintage properties.  Or at least that's what I tell myself.  Next up was the ever difficult color decision.  I wanted the quilt to be part of the nursery but I also want to use it for his monthly photos. There are so many decisions in parenting already.  As you can see navy, white and green won.

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Silhouette Onesie Ideas

Silhouette Onesie Ideas

Picking out which quilt I wanted to make took a good month.  This was quite the decision.  I ultimately decided on a herringbone pattern.  I like that herringbone has both modern and vintage properties.  Or at least that's what I tell myself.  Next up was the ever difficult color decision.  I wanted the quilt to be part of the nursery but I also want to use it for his monthly photos. There are so many decisions in parenting already.  As you can see navy, white and green won.

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July 4th Weekend/Projects

July 4th Weekend/Projects

Oh hey, blog.  Long time no write.  Let's ease back into this blogging thing with a post with mostly horrible quality photos.

We've been enjoying a busy Summer.  Our July 4th holiday weekend was a fun one.  My family was in town.  We spent some time thrifting and watching fireworks by the Mississippi.  (These fireworks photos are the only good ones in this entire post.  Nate has tips on photographing fireworks here.)

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Black and White Cross Quilt

Black and White Cross Quilt

I was going to apologize for the amount of baby crap about to hit this blog.  I won't though.  I don't know what it is but once there's a fetus inside of you, you can only think about babies.  What do I do with a newborn?  How do I find a pediatrician?  Where shall my baby hang once I go back to work? What are good developmental toys for babies? How exactly does breastfeeding work?  It's like a whole other world that I know nothing about and I'm all about information.  All of these questions leave little time for other human related things.  So long story long, I'm currently only capable of talking about baby junk.  Trust me, it's sort of equally annoying to me too.

Not only am I growing a human but a ton of my close friends are too.  Our hangouts have all turned to baby talk.  I swore this day would never happen.  And it has.  I'm totally still holding strong on my anti-mini van stance though.

My best friend is expecting her little boy about 6 weeks before ours is to arrive.  I asked her if she would like a quilt.  Of course she picked out a quilt that I wasn't exactly sure how to tackle but was extremely cute and stylish.  There are reasons why we're friends.  She had her eyes on a black and white cross quilt.

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Cookies and Cream Cupcakes

Cookies and Cream Cupcakes

Today I have my pregnancy glucose test.  In honor of that, I would like to share a recipe for Cookies and Cream cupcakes.  Makes sense, no?

Pre-pregnancy I had a MAJOR sweet tooth.  Since becoming pregnant, I haven't wanted sweets as much.  Note, the "as much".  Donuts and chocolate chip cookie dough shakes from Whiteys (our favorite local ice cream shop) have made the list of favorite cravings.  But I only indulge in them about once a week or so.  My co-workers were beginning to complain about the lack of baked goods coming from my kitchen.  There were three work birthdays this past week so I decided I should probably take one for the team and whip up a batch of cupcakes. For this recipe, I combined my favorite cupcake recipe and doctored up a favorite frosting recipe. They were a hit. Here's how to make your own!

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Chicago Weekend

Chicago Weekend

Everyone's favorite question for me lately is "How's the nursery coming?"  The answer is "It's not.  It looks the same as we last left it on the blog."  Why?  BECAUSE WE'RE NEVER HOME.  Last week, however, we did manage to find day care AND a pediatrician.  SO BACK UP OFF US.  The nursery is on the to-do list the next few weekends.  Of which we are mostly home.  Mostly.

The weekend before last we went to Chicago with my parents.  My dad had free Cubs tickets and we're always looking for an excuse to head to the Windy City.

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How To Build a Grill Cart {The Home Depot DIY Workshop}

How To Build a Grill Cart {The Home Depot DIY Workshop}

*Today's post is brought to you by The Home Depot*

After a long Winter (aren't they always long in Iowa?), we have finally reached grilling season!  It's time to slap some burgers and brats on the grill and enjoy with friends and family.  When it's not down-pouring that is (we can't win!).

A few weeks ago I mentioned I would be attending the DIY Workshop at The Home Depot in Des Moines.  In the mean time, Nate and I were busy whipping up our customized version of the grill cart.  In true Nate and Michelle fashion we made it harder than it needed to be.  Go team!

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