Obsessed: Bump Nest Body Pillow

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Remember when I was pregnant? WORST THING EVER. Haha, no seriously. I think I’ve made it pretty clear that pregnancy and I DO NOT get along. That’s why I wanted to share a few things that helped me survive the whole ordeal while Mr. Rad was just an adorable fetus keeping busy by giving me stretch marks. And the first of these items is a body pillow that was gifted to me by Bump Nest.

My last pregancy I actually used a Snoogle, and it was helpful. But the Snoogle was not so great that I felt like getting it out for pregnancy #2. Mostly because the case got really yucky, like it pilled a lot after using it and washing it, and the case is super hard to get on and off. Also I switch sides a lot when I sleep trying to get comfortable, and the shape of the Snoogle made switching sides a pain.

So when Bump Nest contacted me and asked if I’d like to try their body pillow I was pretty excited. I mean, can’t you tell I’m kind of a body pillow aficionado? After using the pillow, I totally fell in love. Actually, I loved my Bump Nest so much I took it with us on our road trip to San Diego and I ALMOST didn’t let my pregnant sister (she’s due in August!) borrow it after I was done. But her back has been hurting so horribly I figured she needed it more than me.

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Bump Nest, don’t leave home without it.

I like the cover so much better than the Snoogle. It’s so soft and it’s really easy to peel on and off the pillow for washing. I got my pillow in Pure White because I got my pillow BEFORE all the fab cases were ready for shipping, but they have so many pretty options!

The other thing I loved about the pillow was it was super easy to flip with as I tossed and turned from side to side.

So THANK YOU Bump Nest for making my pregnancy a little more bearable.

Do you guys have any Preggo Must-Haves? NOT because I’m getting pregnant ever again, just because I like to share helpful ideas. Haha.

Love you all!

xo
Alison

NOTE: OBVIOUSLY this was a sponsored post, but OBVIOUSLY I only ever post things on this blog that I love, care about, and would give to a friend. I would totally give this to a friend.

Why your second baby is more fun than your first

This week on my Babble blog I wrote all about why baby #2 is ranking a little higher than baby #1 in the fun department. You can check out WHY here. And on that note, here are a few more pictures that the lovely Heather took of us and Rad in his nursery.

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THAT FACE!!!

Remember when I was SO worried that I was having a boy?

Well, obviously you were all right. I’m so freaking obsessed with him it’s a joke. I definitely felt more of a connection with my girl before she was born, but the SECOND I set eyes on my lil man I fell head over heels in love. I’ve already been planning all the crazy threats I’m going to make to his future wife. She’s just not good enough…

I’d love to hear your thoughts in the baby #2 department!

xo
Alison

Mr. Rad’s Room Tour

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Well it’s here! Mr. Rad’s room tour! Welcome, welcome, welcome! Mr. Rad’s room is a tiny basement room with a low ceiling. I made the letters and I will be sharing a tutorial on those soon!

I tried to utilize space and make it feel more open by keeping the closet exposed, and by turning the little built-in-desk the room had into the changing table. Now that we’ve been living in the room for a while I’m VERY pleased with how much thought I put into things! Haha, because this was my second baby, I knew exactly what I wanted and how I wanted to use the room.

For example, this bookcase consists of items that a baby (or his toddler sister) can play with and mess up. The moccasins, which are more decorative than utilitarian at this point, are on the top shelf so I’m not constantly rearranging them.

Mr. Rads Room Tour
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Our basement, which we took over from renters about a year ago, has open closets. I searched long and hard for a dresser that would fit in the closet, so I wouldn’t have to use the limited wall space elsewhere. Also, I had like NO money…haha, so I sold our old dresser and got this one for the same amount from Wal-Mart!
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The FABULOUS gold tigers were a gift from the lovely Chelsea Costa of Lovely Indeed!

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Here’s the closet, crib and built-in desk in context. On the right is where the desk is, I made this cushion and cover with some elephant fabric and faux fur I had on hand. The 3″ foam (what I used to make the cushion, it’s available at Jo-Ann) was a little expensive, but I only needed a bit.

Underneath the desk is this fabulous felt bin, it’s great-looking storage for diapers, wipes, and blankets.
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The wall hook is from The Land of Nod, and I LOVE having it above the changing station. It’s the perfect place for a lil man’s giraffe towel, or a favorite sweater when you dress the babe.
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The little sailor suit was Eric’s. His mom is SO amazing at saving things. And this Rifle Alphabet Print might be one of my favorite things in the room.

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This was the MOST important part of the room to me…the place where I spend the wee hours of the morning nursing and rocking Mr. Rad. The log works super as a little table OR a footrest, and I like having a nightstand for my nursty (the giant hospital mug with a straw you get, you know, your trophy for having the baby) because nursing makes you SO thirsty, and also it’s a place for my phone.The bear pillow is the perfect size for resting my arm while I nurse. My only regret is that the accent wall (super easy and done with these Walls by Mur decals) is super stimulating and sometimes a bit distracting for Mr. Rad! Haha. But that’s not really too bad a thing.

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Rad loves the bear I made him. Haha.
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A huge thank you to The Land of Nod for gifting me the following items:
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Magnet Hook Strip, On the Grid Nightstand, Bear Throw Pillow, Yellow Stripe Crib Sheet, Tree Stump Seat, Canvas USA Map, Rifle Alphabet Poster, Felt Storage Bin Swiss Cross Box, (similar) Red Floor Lamp, Red Wood Bus, Yeti Throw Pillow

OTHER RESOURCES: . Walls by Mur Decals, Leather Triangle Mobile, DIY Mounted Masks, Ikea Faux Fur Rug, chair, crib (no longer available) and bookshelf from Ikea, Pendelton Blanket (on chair), Squirrel Bookends made by Meta from One More Mushroom

And a HUGE HUGE ginormous thank you to my girl, Heather Mildenstein, for taking the pictures of the nursery and Rad! I’ll share his newborn pictures soon. Heather is the best in the world.

Thanks for taking the tour!!! I hope you liked it and have a great week!

xo,
Alison

A Wild Lil Man’s Room Inspiration

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1. Walls by Mur Decals 2. Leather Triangle Mobile 3. Magnet Hook Strip 4. On the Grid Nightstand 5. Bear Throw Pillow 6. Yellow Stripe Crib Sheet 7. Tree Trunk Seat 8. Canvas USA Map 9. Rifle Alphabet Poster 10. Felt Storage Bin 11. Swiss Cross Box (similar) 12. DIY Mounted Masks 13. Ikea Faux Fur Rug 14. Floor Lamp

So I’m just about ready to post some pictures of Rad’s nursery! But I thought before I did that, I’d share some of the inspiration behind it!

I don’t normally put quite so much thought or effort into my home decor, but as I’ve mentioned before I’m trying to keep a cleaner and more orderly home, and putting some thought in the design seems to help me do that!

I’ve had the pleasure of meeting some of the lovely ladies from The Land of Nod a couple of times now, and they were kind enough to offer to gift me some items for my lil man’s nursery! I had SO MUCH FUN scouring the site and looking at some odds and ends for the tiny boy’s room. The Land of Nod has been such a pleasure to work with and I can sincerely testify (as I’ve been using the items for a few months now in my home) that they have fantastic quality.

Plus they have a new feature where you can register for baby shower items! UGH! If they had had that when I was doing my registries for Gigi…oh man! But you youngin’s can still take advantage of it.

As you all may or may not know, I don’t make money on my blog, so once in a while I will agree to do a sponsored post about products or things I love. Being able to be gifted these fun items was truly a blessing and a huge perk for me (if you’ll remember my husband lost his job during my pregnancy). And I can’t wait to show you them in action in Rad’s rad room.

Rad’s room is the only room in the house that is “decorated” and we all love being in there. Ha, even Gigi gravitates towards his room. Having so many fun things in his room makes nursing at 3am a little more bearable, and having a place for everything really does help me to want to keep it clean. So now I shall move on to Gigi’s room, and then to the other rooms in the house. Wish me luck…and the lottery.

Alright! Have a happy week!

xo,
Alison

Tiny Harem Pants Sewing Pattern

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Um, so yeah. This could possibly be the cutest thing that has ever happened on The Alison Show. Or on the planet. Ever. I can’t even handle it. Or this!

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I decided Mr. Rad needed some tiny pants that ACTUALLY fit him. For some reason you can find newborn and 0-3 month onesies that fit a tiny man, but you cannot find pants that fit! Or at least I couldn’t. So I used some material I had on hand, drew myself a little pattern, and whipped these suckers up. They were so easy I thought I’d share the pattern with you!

The teal material is one I made a while ago. I printed that pattern on there using my Gocco screen printer. I had just a few scraps left, so this was a fun way to use it! The black onesie is one I dyed, I didn’t get the dye as even as I would have liked, but, meh, he still looks adorable in it!

Read on for the full tutorial!

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