Exciting baby news! (& a long story of our pregnancy complications)

pumpkin pregnancy announcement

Yep, I’m pregnant! I’m so excited to share that our IVF journey has successfully resulted in a pregnancy, with a due date of April 5th, 2017. Unfortunately it hasn’t all been smooth sailing. And not only due to my horrendous morning sickness.

frozen embryo transfer day 1

We transferred one of our 4 healthy BRCA- 6-day embryos on July 20th.  I was scheduled for a pregnancy test at the clinic 2 weeks later, but I did a home test a few days earlier. The home test came up as a clear positive, so we were excited that the embryo seemed to have taken. The test at the clinic confirmed that result and we were scheduled in for a 6 week ultrasound.

6-week ultrasound

At the 6-week ultrasound we saw and heard the heartbeat for the first time and everything was looking good, so we officially graduated from the fertility clinic and were referred to our new OB. We met her at our 12 week ultrasound. The ultrasound tech showed us the heartbeat again, and we saw our little baby who had its little hand curled up in front of one of its eyes. So cute already 🙂 We were told everything looked good and we were scheduled in for an appointment with the OB for 4 weeks later. By the next weekend we’d officially made it through the first trimester and we started sharing our pregnancy news with more friends. I even broke the news to my boss at work.

I was starting to feel good and I had actually had a couple vomit-free days and was starting to feel more energetic for the first time in weeks. But then, at 13 weeks 5 days, I had some bleeding. Continue Reading

DIY Noisemaker Scratch-n-Reveal NYE Wedding Escort Cards

NYE escort cards using noisemakers and scratch-n-reveal stickers

These easy DIY escort cards were an inexpensive way to really tie in the theme for our New Year’s Eve wedding. Not only do they help guests easily find their table, but noisemaker escort cards are fun and festive and look super cute with the decor. Plus it meant that everyone had their own party horn for when the clock struck midnight.

NYE escort cards using noisemakers and scratch-n-reveal stickers

Just for extra fun, I used scratch-n-reveal stickers for guests to scratch to find their table numbers. Just in case it wasn’t obvious, I created a little rhyming sign which I hung on the mirror above: Take a penny, grab your label, scratch your card to find your table!

Make sure to have coins on hand in a dish or scattered around so guests can scratch and reveal their table numbers.

NYE escort cards using noisemakers and scratch-n-reveal stickers

Our venue had a wooden drawer unit that we were able to use to set up the escort cards, but lined up on a table or hung up would look great, too. One thing to be cautious of is not to line them up too closely or too many rows deep, because you don’t want them getting all knocked over as guests go in to find theirs. I organized mine alphabetically, and if you have a huge guest list, you might want to have signs (A-D, E-G, etc.) to make it easy on your guests.

NYE escort cards using noisemakers and scratch-n-reveal stickers

NYE escort cards using noisemakers and scratch-n-reveal stickers

NYE escort cards using noisemakers and scratch-n-reveal stickers

NYE escort cards using noisemakers and scratch-n-reveal stickers

DIY NYE wedding escort cards

What you’ll need:

Metallic noisemakers

Perforated business cards (I used Avery #5371) or Cardstock

Scratch-off stickers

Corner paper punch

One-hole paper punch

Metallic curling ribbon (I colour coded with guests’ dinner selections to aid the servers)

Editable escort card template

Scissors

Pennies for scratching

How to:

1. Download and edit the template (above)

2. Print on perforated business cards

3. Stick on scratch-n-reveal stickers

4. Punch out cards

5. Round edges with corner punch and punch hole for ribbon

6. Tie ribbon with loop to each card and curl ribbons with scissors

7. Order cards alphabetically

8. After arranging noisemakers on site, attach tags in alphabetical order

NYE escort cards using noisemakers and scratch-n-reveal stickers

DIY New Year’s Resolutions Table Numbers | Printables!

Hi! It has been a while, but now I’m back to get caught up on sharing some of those wedding details and DIY projects. For anyone planning a New Year’s Eve wedding, it’s probably starting to feel like you’re approaching crunch time. I know this is when I really felt the pressure turn on last year after taking some time off from wedding planning during the summer. But don’t worry, you still have a few months left to plan your special day.

New Year's Eve Wedding Table Numbers with New Year's Resolutions - printable table numbers

Last year when I was doing my own wedding planning, I shared some of my favourite New Year’s Eve table number inspiration. You really can’t go wrong with glitter and metallic when it comes to a New Year’s Eve wedding. I was leaning towards DIY-ing some sequin wood block numbers (glitter seemed way too messy), but thanks to Pinterest, I came across the idea of including a resolution on each table number sign. As with my fortune cookie favours, I was all about incorporating the NYE theme wherever possible.

New Year's Eve Wedding Table Numbers with New Year's Resolutions - printable table numbers

Printable DIY projects are the easiest way to add personal touches to your wedding day. No glitter or glue required.

I found these sparkly frames at the Dollar Store for $2 each and after the wedding I sold the frames for 50% off, so the whole project only cost me a few bucks.

I loved that it was a way to have my glitter without the mess. No one wants loose glitter in their food. I simply printed out my table numbers on card stock and trimmed to fit.

New Year's Eve Wedding Table Numbers with New Year's Resolutions - printable table numbers

Our New Year’s resolutions were:

Approach the New Year with resolve
to find the opportunities hidden in
each new day.

Apologize for what you did wrong and forgive those who have wronged you.

Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become.

Think continually about the things you want, not about the things you fear.

Don’t stress the could haves.
If it should have, it would have.

Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you.

Be somebody that makes everybody feel like a somebody.

Let your smile change the world, but don’t let the world change your smile.

Learn from yesterday, live for today,
hope for tomorrow.

New Year's Eve Wedding Table Numbers with New Year's Resolutions - printable table numbers

Printables!

Download and print: Printable New Year’s Eve Resolution Table Numbers (.pdf) for tables 1-10 complete with New Year’s Resolutions.
To edit or to add more table numbers, download the modifiable version: Printable New Year’s Eve Resolution Table Numbers (.doc). The font I used is Cash Currency and can be downloaded from dafont.com.

Bedroom Redecorating Reveal – AFTER Pictures

bedroom before and after

I shared some progress shots of our bedroom redecorating project earlier this summer, and today I’m excited to reveal the final results!

Before I share the details, let’s take a look back at the bedroom BEFORE. So ugly. So brown.

ugly bedroom - before picture

We went from THAT^^^ to this:

Redecorated our bedroom

Way better, don’t you think?

Now that the room is redecorated, it feels like a totally different, way prettier space. It didn’t come out anything at all like I’d initially planned, but piece-by-piece it took on a look of it’s own and the space is now so bright and comfortable.

redecorated bedroom - final reveal

I absolutely love this room. And because we did some major KonMari-ing, it’s always tidy! Since sharing the progress shots, we’ve hung curtains, mirrors and artwork, added gorgeous drawer pulls, repainted the radiator and found a rug and accessories.

I found a perfect spot for our beautiful Ketubah where we see it all the time at the entrance to our room.

framed ketubah - new bedroom reveal

Now that the transformation is complete, I feel like I get to sleep in a chic boutique hotel every night. Although we kicked Josie’s cat tree out of the room, she still enjoys hanging out in there. She hops on the windowsill every evening and she likes chilling under the bed now that the bed skirt gives her a little fort.

how I styled my minimalist nightstand

square abstract art above bed

How well does that art work in this space?! I love it! I’d struggled with what to put up there and had settled on the idea of a large black and white photograph, but then I came across this piece at HomeSense and loved that it incorporated the colours that we already had going on in the bedroom. I wasn’t sure how the square shape would look, but I think it’s perfect.

Malm dresser with ornate knobs - ikea hack

I found some great knobs that we were initially planning to use on the TV stand in the living room. On that piece, they looked way too big and didn’t work at all. But in the bedroom, these oversized knobs add character to our otherwise boring IKEA MALM dresser nightstands.

easy ikea hack - add drawer pulls to malm dresser

I was nervous about drilling into the dresser drawers since I was worried they’d get ruined, but it was a really easy project (especially since Mike did all the drilling)! It would have worked even better to drill the holes into the fronts before the drawers were assembled, but I wasn’t about to disassemble all of those drawers!

To avoid splitting, it’s suggested that you clamp the piece to another piece of wood as you drill into the front. Since we weren’t able to do that, the backs did not look great. To hide that mess, I found jumbo washers at the hardware store, and now no one would ever know. Not that many people see the inside of my drawers anyway 😉

ikea hack malm dresser - adding drawer pulls

The rug was also a HomeSense find. Large rugs can be so expensive, so I’d read a great tip somewhere online that suggested placing a medium-sized rug horizontally under the bed. Since the bed covers up so much of the rug, rotating it this way gives you more visible rug while still giving you something warm and soft to step onto as you roll out of bed.

bedroom rug

The only thing that I might like to do is replace the light fixture. It’s just one of those typical rental apartment fixtures, so I wouldn’t mind giving it an upgrade. Not sure what would work in this space though. Thoughts?

Our bedroom gets so dry, especially during the winter so the extra moisture from a humidifier is definitely needed. A whole house humidifier would take care of providing the ideal indoor humidity for our whole apartment.

bedroom redecorating - final reveal

But for now, I am really happy to have checked this project off my list. The kitchen and living room are nearly complete, so I hope we can get those ticked off the list soon, too.