Helpful Tips For Pregnancy

I’m going to talk about some helpful tips for being pregnant that I figured out during my time, or other people suggested. I must say, some of them saved me a bunch of money and a bunch of pain afterwards! Keep reading..

  1. Most insurances cover medical compression stockings

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These stockings cost over $180 and are excellent for varicose veins and supporting the belly as well. Most insurances cover 3 tights a year and they come in various colors and thicknesses. Check out your local massage therapy center and ask what they have available. I strongly recommend this, because they measure the tightness you need. Buying a one size from a store can be dangerous, because the tightness is all the same and it might be too much or too little for you. If it’s too much, it could cut off your circulation. Don’t hesitate to check these out, besides, if you have insurance they’re free ๐Ÿ™‚

2. Pregnancy Massages

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At first I was skeptical about having a massage when being pregnant, but it was actually very helpful to me. It made my belly feel lighter and my body wasn’t so sore. Be sure to ask your massage therapist if they have done a course for pregnancy massages so you and your baby is safe ๐Ÿ™‚

3. Red Raspberry Leaf Capsules

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Drinking red raspberry leaf tea induces labor, so you ave to be careful with this one. I swallowed about 20 in total ย of these capsules during my final labor. A couple every few hours. This really helped me during my push contractions, and sped them up tremendously!

4. Vaseline

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Applying this to your lower area starting at 26 weeks every night before bed helps from ripping during delivery. Several women have told me that it worked great for them as well for myself. It might feel uncomfortable, but you’ll be very thankful later on!

Let me know if this helped you! Good luck, xoxo

 

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DIY Wood Flower Stick

Another DIY that is super fast, easy and cute! I love how this adds to the changing table! This took me a couple minutes and cost me almost nothing! What decoration do you have over your changing table?

What you need:

  • Wood Stick
  • Fake Flowers
  • Hot Glue

You start with your wood stick. Find one that you like and figure out how you want them arranged on the wood stick.

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Once you figured it out, hot glue them on and you’re finished!

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I added some more flowers on the left bottom branch later on, because I thought it looked a little blank. Using jute twine, I attached it to pins on top of the pallet wall.

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Nursery Room Curtain Holder DIY

For all my other curtains, I just took some jute twine and tied it around the curtain a couple times, but I couldn’t hold myself back to make a different one for our little cutie. It was really simple and totally adds to the room.

What you need:

  • Short Piece of Lace
  • Flowers
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Scissors

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First, you measure how tight you want the holder to be around your curtain and cut it accordingly. Then you take your lace and arrange your flowers the way you like. I got my lace from Dollarama for $1.25 a roll.

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Just hot glue the flowers on the lace and glue the back together. Put it over your curtain and you’re all done! Hope you liked it!

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DIY Nursery Elephant Wall Decor

IMG_3744.JPGI love this DIY, because I love how it looks like and it fits to either a boy or girl decor! That was my plus when we decided on being surprised on the gender. It took quiet some painting it out for me, because I did it freehand (AGAIN). I recommend using Letter Stickers, I’m sure it will be SO much quicker that way. Have fun!

What you need:

  • Wood Board (17 inch length, 16 1/4 inch width)
  • Chalk Paint
  • Elephant Template
  • Small Self-Leveling Hanger
  • Recommended, but not necessary: Letter Stickers from the Dollar Store

First off, I drew and cut out an elephant.

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Then I traced it with chalk paint to have a boarder.

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Then I took a black marker and wrote out the words. Here, you can use your letter stickers that will speed up the whole process. Just stick them where you want your letters to be.

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Now it’s time to give your elephant the first coat. If you used the letters, you can just paint over everything and don’t have to work in between the little holes. See what I mean with being easier?

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I went over it a second time just to give it a firmer look. If you’re using letter stickers, make sure to wait till the paint is all dry before you peel it off.

 

Then you just add the stars and moon by the top and give it a second top as well. Now you outline everything with a black marker to give it a cleaner look and you’re done!

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Make sure to attach a small self-leveling hanger on the back so you can hang it up anywhere you like!

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To see how I made the wood slice moon click here.

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DIY Nursery Moon Wall Decor

IMG_3747.jpgIt’s always exciting to choose the decor in your newborn’s room, especially if it’s your first baby! I know for us our budget wasn’t huge to spend on baby decor so I had to come up a way to make it look cozy without spending too much money. This DIY is actually way more easier than it looks (and I find it looks super cute). Also, I pretty much spend nothing to make it! So here’s how it’s done:

What you need:

  • Cereal Cardbox
  • Wood slices in different shapes and sizes
  • Black Paint/Paint Brush
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Stapler
  • Small Self-Leveling Hanger

First off, you draw out your moon shape on one half of the cardboard. Mine was 14 inch in length and 17 inch in width.

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After that, you cut it out and trace it onto the other half of the cardboard.

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Now, you just hot glue them on top of each other. This will make your background more sturdy. Then paint it all black.

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After the paint has dried, you can take all your little wood slices and line them up on the moon shape. Play around a little bit and see what looks best. Then just hot glue them on.

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Just turn the moon around and staple each slice a couple times onto the cardboard. This keeps the wood slices on there super tight and you don’t need to worry about them falling off.

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Finally, hammer the small self-leveling hanger on the back and done you are!

Let me know what you think ๐Ÿ™‚

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To see how I did the Elephant Board click here.

 

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Maternity Photo Prop DIY

One thing I enjoyed doing when we were expecting was taking pictures with my huge belly. I’m just that kind of person that pulls hubby into all those photo shoots that he actually hates doing but does them anyways because he loves me. *sigh* I’m super blessed with this guy. Anyways, expecting a baby is a very exciting time in your life and it also costs a lot too! Buying a stroller, crib, changing table etc… so here’s a very easy DIY you can do at home and use as a cute and very inexpensive photo prop. ๐Ÿ™‚

What you need:

  • jute rope
  • construction paper
  • black/red marker
  • hot glue gun
  • scissors

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I started off by cutting about a 2 cm wide strip of construction paper. Then I folded it in the desired length I wanted. Make sure to do just a bit extra for later on. You need 13 little rectangles.

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After that you just cut the folded lines. As you can see I made one rectangle a bit wider, I thought it would look better if the ‘love’ is bigger than the rest.

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Then I cut a triangle in each rectangle just to give it a bit of an edge.

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Now, you just take your markers and start writing!

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Then I took the top of each letter and bend it over just a bit. It makes the gluing on the rope way easier!

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And there you go! Super easy and super cute! Comment below what you think ๐Ÿ™‚

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P.S. We used the self-timer to take this picture

P.P.S. It’s harder than it looks

 

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Baby Clothes Dividers from Ribbon

This is probably one of the easiest (and fastest!) DIY’s I’ve ever made. I was really surprised at how fast I was finished. It definitely makes a huge difference in your child’s closet. I totally love it! This way I can be sure to see all the clothes that fit my baby at certain times. And the best part, this absolutely cost me nothing! Let’s see how cheap you can pull it off ๐Ÿ˜‰

What you need:

  • ribbon (I used the ribbon that is wrapped around blankets that you buy)
  • construction paper of any color you like (I used a rustic brown)
  • a black marker
  • hot glue gun
  • scissors

You start off by cutting yourself four even pieces of ribbon. Make sure that the ribbon is long enough that you can make a knot around the clothes stick thing (whatever that’s called). Mine were about 10 1/2 inches long and it was just perfect.

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Then I used a tape roll to make my even circles (yes I cannot draw perfect circles like that, who can?). I guess you can find anything around the house to fit your width of ribbon.

IMG_1715.JPGI cut those circles out, and wrote the months on them (0-3,3-6,6-9.9-12).

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Then you just hot glue the months on the ribbon and viola!

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Finally, you just fasten them on the you know what I mean and there you go! Some easy, cheap and super fast clothes dividers that every mom is looking for!

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Burned Pallet Wall DIY

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For this pallet wall, we were inspired from the post ofย the frosted petticoat. Her pallet wall is very similar and totally fits a neutral nursery room. This project barely cost us anything and adds such a nice touch to the room. We got the pallets off VarageSale (which were $2 each!) and the lacquer spray was $6 a spray bottle at Home Hardware. So really, no cost at all!

This DIY requires more of your hubby’s help if you’re not the building type!

Materials we needed for this project:

  • 2 Pallets
  • Bunsen Burner
  • Clear Lacquer Spray
  • Air compressor & Nails

And some tools for taking apart the pallets. My husband swore that this was the easiest way to take apart pallets using these tools:

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What he did was; he took a block of wood, placed it on the pallet that he wanted to take apart and gave a few strong heaps at that.

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After taking apart 2 Pallets, he lined them up nicely in a row and started burning them with a bunsen burner.

Then, he applied two coats of lacquer spray so none of the ash will fall off.

If you like, you can finely sand the pallets after the first layer of lacquer spray which will make the spray adhere better. The only reason we didn’t do it was because we found out about it afterwards!

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A week later honey had the time to attach it to the wall. The compressor and nails he used are seen on the picture below:

 

The only thing that was in the way of using the full pallets, was one small outlet which was very easy to cut out with a hand saw.

 

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After that, the rest was easy. He was done in about half an hour!

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And voila! There it is! A rustic background for your changing table ๐Ÿ™‚

BTW: this can be used as a background for anything else as well ๐Ÿ˜‰

If you want to see how we redid the changing table here.

Let me know what you think! What is your background for your changing table?

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Changing Table Makeover

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In this tutorial I am going to show you how we restored our changing table. We purchased it for only $20 on Varage Sale including the changing pad and three different covers. Unfortunately, it was a dark changing table and we had decided on a gray/white nursery theme. The changing table was a pretty long process until we had it the way we liked it, but it turned out good at the end so that is what counts.

This is how it looked like before:

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Pretty scuffed up, I guess it needed a paint job anyways! ๐Ÿ˜‰

We (or let’s say my husband) started out sanding the paint off. This took quiet a while and after a few hours was this how far he got:

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He spent a whole day sanding and didn’t even get half way through. Then he decided that there must be an easier (and cleaner!) way of getting the paint off and took google as his help. It showed how other people used a putty knife to scrape off the paint while it heating it with a heat gun. Well, we did not have a heat gun so off to the store he went.

Unfortunately, this method did not speed up the working process at all. It was a lot cleaner, but it gave off a burning smell and took the same time as sanding.

On the second Saturday when he worked on getting the paint layer off, we heard of a chalk paint that you can just paint over the paint not having to sand it off. Of course he was almost done sanding by the time we found out about this.

So off to the store he went again and got us some chalk paint. This was much easier (and cleaner!) than sanding the paint off and totally worth the $30! You can purchase the paintย here.

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We bought the lightest color they had, which was chiffon cream.

All that was left now was painting the changing table! I was even allowed to help with the painting part, since the paint does not have any odor and is baby safe! ๐Ÿ™‚

This is how it looked like after the first layer:

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I bought 6 cute little baskets which were 2 for $18. You can buy them rightย here.

What we spent on the changing table was $54 for the baskets, $20 for the changing table and $30 for the paint. In total that is $104.

Hereย is a similar changing table new for $213.99 without the baskets. Turns out that we paid a third and it looks just as good. Probably even better ๐Ÿ˜‰

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If you want to see how we made that awesome pallet wall clickย here.

Comment below what you think!

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