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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Evan's Newborn Photo Shoot {BabyRagz winner}

First, time to announce our winner for the BabyRagz giveaway:) Congratulations to Brigeeta J.! I'll be contacting you with how to redeem your prize!

Don't forget- everyone can get 15% off their BabyRagz order this month by using promo code CLEVER15!

Update: Post Munchkin #2
Things have been a bit crazy around here. First Evan was sick with a cold for 3 weeks. Nothing serious, but his congestion alternated from making me completely stressed out that he couldn't breath, to completely annoyed with his exceptionally loud snoring all night long! Thankfully he is completely recovered now. And just in time for Mama (me) to come down with sinus issues...yay! (not yay). I've been going the holistic route since decongestants can mess with milk supply, trying weird stuff like the Neti Pot, lol. I just want to sleep 18 hours a day, haha. Needless to say, my goals for each day have been parred down to getting everybody fed and dressed, and maybe limp our way to the park so Andrew can run off some energy. I'm looking forward to a much healthier month in May!

One awesome thing that we managed to do, was take professional newborn pictures of Evan with a friend of ours. Laurinda owns Me+Three Photography, and she did an amazing job! If you live in the OC area, you should seriously look her up! Thanks, Laurinda!:)

There were so many good ones it was hard to choose which to share!
My Clever Nest: Me+Three Photography Newborn Shoot

My Clever Nest: Me+Three Photography Newborn Shoot

My Clever Nest: Me+Three Photography Newborn Shoot

My Clever Nest: Me+Three Photography Newborn Shoot

My Clever Nest: Me+Three Photography Newborn Shoot

My Clever Nest: Me+Three Photography Newborn Shoot

My Clever Nest: Me+Three Photography Newborn Shoot

My Clever Nest: Me+Three Photography Newborn Shoot
I love this shot because we have one just like it of Andrew when he was just born. Evan Munchkin and 
My Clever Nest: Me+Three Photography Newborn Shoot
Andrew Munchkin! :)

My Clever Nest: Me+Three Photography Newborn Shoot

My Clever Nest: Me+Three Photography Newborn Shoot

My Clever Nest: Me+Three Photography Newborn Shoot

My Clever Nest: Me+Three Photography Newborn Shoot
My boys!
My Clever Nest: Me+Three Photography Newborn Shoot

Have a great Easter weekend!


    

Saturday, April 12, 2014

BabyRagz Giveaway!

BabyRagz super stylish burp cloths! giving away 2 plus free shipping! Enter by 4/17/14! at myclevernest
What's worse than being barfed on and it pooling in your nursing bra? Oh, I don't know, maybe finding DRIED pooled barf in your nursing bra half a day later.

It's a full blow celebration of bodily fluids over here, ya'all. Postpartum has got to be the soggiest time of one's life. Yesterday I changed Evan's outfit 4 times in one hour (4 barfs and 1 poop up to his shoulder blades in case you were wondering), and mine twice (I didn't poop or barf on myself for the record). Throw together a barfing, peeing, pooping newborn and a night sweating, leaking ladies Mama, and what do you get? 14 loads of laundry and 10 showers every day (that's the kind of math problem they ought to make kids do these days). And top that with my body changing 20 sizes in all directions in one month, and I'm lucky to find a single outfit to wear.

Time for a Giveaway!
If you're going to barf, I say, at least do it in style. And there's no better way than with these burp cloths by BabyRagz! I never thought I'd use words like "posh" or "chic" in relation to a burp cloth, but dayng, these are no ordinary drool catchers!



Call me hormonal, but these have got to be the cutest invention ever! *bursts into tears, grabs and kisses baby, goes to freezer for 4ths of ice cream.

And the best part is that they snap open into a regular burp cloth so you can use it both ways.

I have two and they are incredibly soft:) Keri of BabyRagz is giving away 2 burp cloths of your choice + free shipping to one lucky winner! Open to US residents. Winner will be announced Saturday, April 19th.

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 Check out all Keri's designs at her Etsy shop here. And if you enter CLEVER15, you'll recieve 15% off your order in April!

Good luck! and have a great weekend!



    

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Baby's First Poo: UPDATE

Adorable Keepsake: Baby's First Poo- UPDATE #funny #humor #april_fools #clever_nest

This is an update to the post I wrote earlier today about making an "adorable keepsake" out of my newborn son's first poopy diaper. Framing a pooped diaper, no matter how long it's laid in the sun: NOT ok!

Happy April Fools:)

I did NOT hang a poo filled diaper on my wall, and you can breath easy knowing that I haven't contracted a particularly rare and cruel strain of postpartum insanity. 

The role of the poo was played today by Hershey's syrup.
Adorable Keepsake: Baby's First Poo- UPDATE #funny #humor #april_fools #clever_nest

The best part of making something so horrible is when people can't decide if I'm serious and completely BANANAS, or if it's a joke. These pinners weren't so sure.
Adorable Keepsake: Baby's First Poo- UPDATE #funny #humor #april_fools #clever_nest

Did Michael Jackson really beat me to this craft??? Great minds... I guess.

I also love seeing what boards my gilded diaper of poo turns up on. "What the What" is right on, Sarah. 
Adorable Keepsake: Baby's First Poo- UPDATE #funny #humor #april_fools #clever_nest

Adorable Keepsake: Baby's First Poo- UPDATE #funny #humor #april_fools #clever_nest

(Should it worry me that this Golden Nugget DIY also got pinned to "Clever Crafts"? Please, please don't!)

You guys are good sports, and you're totally on to me. Especially after last year's underwear necklace made from a pair of my hubby's old chonies.
Super "classy"!

Until next year :)

Adorable Keepsake: Baby's First Poo

Click here for an important UPDATE to this post!
Super cute way to save that first poopy diaper! #baby #maternity #nursery #clevernest
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If you haven't already read the news, we welcomed our 2nd son, Evan Joel into the world on March 16th!
creative and easy: save that first poo! #baby #newborn #maternity #clevernest

creative and easy: save that first poo! #baby #newborn #maternity #clevernest

He is so healthy, and fun, and adorable, and so completely different than big brother Andrew, and we are in love! As 2nd born, I wanted to make sure I commemorate his "firsts" in a special way. And especially his first soiled diaper!

Baby's First Pooed Diaper Keepsake
Supplies:
  • 1st Poopy diaper! (happened to be a Huggies brand)
  • Gold spray paint
  • Hot glue gun
  • Frame
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Lettering
Evan did his first official poo at the hospital. I had come prepared and carefully placed it into an odor blocking baggie, to save and take home with us later.
Don't throw out that first diaper! Turn it into a precious keepsake #baby #nursery #newborn #maternity #clevernest

Don't throw out that first diaper! Turn it into a precious keepsake #baby #nursery #newborn #maternity #clevernest

One of the nurses saw what I was doing and asked me about it. When I told her my craft plans she looked like she didn't know what to say! I don't think she'd seen anyone do something so creative with a #2 number one. Can you believe they usually get tossed in the trash!?

Once we got home and settled, I laid it outside for a day or two so the sun could bleach it and sanitize it (I've read that this works on Pinterest).
How to sanitize that first poopy diaper, to make a precious keepsake with #baby #nursery #newborn #maternity #clevernest

On the first day, a neighborhood cat tried to drag it away, but caught him in the act, and set it back. On the second day some birds were pretty interested in it and almost ruined it! I suppose I could have used the 2nd poopy diaper, but that just wouldn't have been the same. Thankfully I brought it in unharmed.

On day three I gave it a few coats of gold spray paint, inside and out. The spray paint seemed to seal in the poo, almost acting like bronzing baby shoes.
How to sanitize and seal that first precious poopy diaper! Neat

How to sanitize and seal that first precious poopy diaper! Neat

Now it's completely sanitary! I held it to my nose and gave it a few hearty sniffs. No odor, just the pleasant smell of spray paint.

I hot glued it to and old frame I had lying around, and added colorful scrapbook paper with the words, "Baby's first Diaper" along with the date. Now we will always remember this big milestone!
Unique way to save that first precious poopy diaper #clevernest #baby #newborn #nursery

I plan to hang it in the boys' room along with some other art.
Unique way to save that first precious poopy diaper #clevernest #baby #newborn #nursery

Unique way to save that first precious poopy diaper #clevernest #baby #newborn #nursery

What do you think of my cute keepsake? I love it! Newborn diapers are so tiny and sweet, especially the first one. This will be such a sweet reminder of how little his buns once were, and how tiny his poops!

How do you commemorate your baby's "firsts"?