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House Tour: Staircase Landing

It's been a while since I did a house tour, so I thought today was as good of a day as any to start that back up again! Rather than do an entire house tour, I am showcasing a specific corner or area of our home that we have worked on or are excited about. Today is the staircase landing!

This is the view when you get to the top of our staircase:


I used mostly pieces I had lying around the house already (cheapo, party of one), the large mirror being one of them! I love that mirror and was so excited to finally find a place to use it in our new home. 

Parker built the table, and I painted it white to match the trim. If I haven't gushed lately about how great it is to have such a handy husband, I'm gushing now. So nice. 

Parker (I think it was Parker) came up with a great idea to display the previous year's Christmas cards across the top. It's so fun to thumb through them and always something guests take a minute to look at. I'll replace them each January so we can enjoy them a full year!


The picture on top of the table is one of our engagement pictures (how was that almost six years ago?!), and the paperweight that says "Anchors Aweigh" was gifted to me by a sweet friend. It's fun to have a little ode to the Navy and to this blog displayed. 


I asked Parker to add a shelf to the bottom of the table so we could display little knick knacks, and the left side holds all items recycled from other areas of our home. The two outside candles were actually lit at our wedding!


The right side of the bottom shelf holds our framed wedding invitation and a shell we purchased for $5 on our cruise this past May in The Bahamas. Other than a Christmas ornament, this was the only souvenir we came home with!


That's about it! It's simple, but this little space makes me so happy. The great thing about Parker building the table was he could build it to whatever specifications we wanted. We didn't want it to feel crowded, so the table is less than a foot wide. It fits the space perfectly and is still wide enough to store a few of our favorite things. 

The picture frames and dark silver decorative stands (what in the world are those things called?) came from Hobby Lobby. Everything else is old or a gift, so I am not sure where it came from!



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DIY: New Mama Care Package

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With my sister expecting her first baby any day now, I wanted to put together a little New Mama Care Package for her to enjoy. She has had 3 baby showers and has more clothes for my precious nephew than she knows what to do with. That kid is set! These gifts focus on mama and are aimed specifically for those first few months as a brand new mama!

I was just on the phone with my sister yesterday as she was busily trying to find a spot for all of the baby's new things, so I tried to keep that in mind when putting together this care package. I didn't want to gift her 20 things that she would have to worry about finding room for, so I stuck to the essentials that will get her through the newborn stage.


1. A good book- I included "I said Yes" by Emily Maynard Johnson because I loved that book oh so much. The new mama will need to keep herself awake during those late night feedings!

2. Coconut oil- This might be one of the most diverse products on the planet, but she can specifically use this to soothe her stretched skin from baby taking up residence the past 9 months.

3. A new tumbler- Hydration is important, and I don't want her to forget to drink water when she's constantly tending to the new baby. I chose a tumbler that fits in a standard cup holder and has a straw for easy drinking!

4. A candle- I chose a candle called "Cozy Nights" because she is in for many cozy evenings with her new little bundle of joy. Hopefully the good smells will keep her calm and relaxed as she transitions to this new phase of life.

5. Body butter- I know personal hygiene takes a back seat when you're caring for a newborn 24/7, but I don't want her to forget to treat herself to the simple luxuries. A good smelling body butter will go a long way!

6. Poise Impressa Sizing Kit- Anyone who has had a baby knows that incontinence is a natural side effect of having babies. I included the Poise Impressa Sizing Kit because they are soft, flexible, and comfortable, and they are the first over-the-counter product cleared by the FDA for the temporary management of Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI).


I also threw in the Poise Thin Shape Moderate Absorbency Pads to give that ultra-thin protection without the extra bulk! The thin-flex design moves with your body, so it's perfect for the new mama on the go!




Both of these items from Poise, along with so many other goodies that will be perfect for your New Mama Care Package, can be purchased at your local Rite Aid!


What are your must-haves to include in a New Mama Care Package?



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