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Pregnancy update

Time has flown! It's been months since my big baby announcement, and I'm well over due for another update. I'm now 32 weeks along, well into my 3rd trimester, and counting down the weeks until Evan will arrive (3/17)!

Just like we did when I was pregnant with Andrew, we've been taking monthly pictures to document the progress of "le bump". Here's what we've done so far.
Document each month of pregnancy, then put them all together in a collage #babybook #pregnancy #clevernest

Yeah... month 5 looks a little different than the others. It's part of our family Christmas pictures. We definitely did take one like the others, but I think my computer ate it. *sad face. And that makes me crazy! If I ever track it down I will add it! For now, just pretend like the grass grew really tall that month!

Document each month of pregnancy, then put them all together in a collage #babybook #pregnancy #clevernest

Document each month of pregnancy, then put them all together in a collage #babybook #pregnancy #clevernest

Document each month of pregnancy, then put them all together in a collage #babybook #pregnancy #clevernest

Document each month of pregnancy, then put them all together in a collage #babybook #pregnancy #clevernest

maternity pictures, document each month! #babybook #pregnant #clevernest

maternity pictures, document each month! #babybook #pregnant #clevernest

That's me as of a couple weeks ago! Funny how seeing the last 6 months in pictures reminds me how fast it has gone by. I think that's got something to do with having a 2 year old to chase around every day. Andrew certainly fills up my days and takes my mind off being preggo :)

He definitely gets that Evan is in Mama's tummy, and that we go to the doctor to hear his heart beat and make sure he's growing strong. I can't wait to see how he reacts when Evan is really here!

Overall I'm feeling good! Of course once the 3rd trimester rolled around, I started to feel like I was rolling around as well. The tweaky back, swelling feet, needing a nap NOW package, plus other things to embarrassing to blog about :D

Getting nesty
I definitely feel the pressure to get everything in order and ready for Evan to appear. The hot items on my list are getting the box of newborn clothes down and organized, and getting more familiar with the hospital I'll be delivering at. Since our move to Orange County, we're in a totally new area, and that meant getting a new OB and new hospital!

8 more weeks to go!


    

You're Invited! home business and Etsy shop owners! {giveaway opportunity}

Etsy shop and home business owners: invitation to partner with a DIY blog #giveaway #clevernest #blogversary

Do you have a home business (Mary Kay, Origami Owl, Scentsy, etc.)? do you run an Etsy shop? then this post is for you! My 2nd Blogversary is coming next month and I will be celebrating with a month of giveaways. I'd like to invite you to partner with me, promote your business, and offer some fabulous goodies to my readers!

What's the deets?
Clever Nest gets 10-40k unique views per month, that's 10 thousand potential eyeballs on your business. If you're interested in participating in a giveaway for my blogversary month,

email me at clevernest (at) gmail.com 
by Sunday, January 19th!


Thanks, I'm excited to start celebrating!


    
Etsy shop and home business owners: invitation to partner with a DIY blog #giveaway #clevernest #blogversary

Your favorite projects of 2013!

A year's worth of DIY projects! Clever Nest #modpodge
Welcome! If you're new to Clever Nest, or popping over from Pinterest for a visit, I say to you, hi! hello! welcome!

Let me tell you how I roll.
Clever Nest: what happens when a die hard DIYer lives in a rental house! #funny #clever_nest #craft

I'm the wifey to a smoking hot medical engineer husband, who supports my coo coo ideas, and I try to understand what he does for his job.
Clever Nest: what happens when a die hard DIYer lives in a rental house! #funny #clever_nest #craft

 I'm the mommy of 1 and a half munchkins, Andrew and Evan-due-in-March.
Clever Nest: what happens when a die hard DIYer lives in a rental house! #funny #clever_nest #craft


Clever Nest: what happens when a die hard DIYer lives in a rental house! #funny #clever_nest #craft

We RENT, not own, our townhome (makes diying interesting!) in sunny and fabulous Orange County, California.

Clever Nest: what happens when a die hard DIYer lives in a rental house! #funny #clever_nest #craft

I keep things light and fun up in here, sharing my diy and crafty stuff weekly, making snarky comments and poking fun at my OCD self on a pretty regular basis (I've got a lot of material to work with).

I share the good and the bad in my craft world, no editing!

Happy 2014!
It's become a tradition of mine to do a round up of the posts you loved the most each year. So I went back and tallied up the views, and these are your favorite, top 10 projects of 2013!

#10. plating to perfection
We moved into our 3 bed, 2 bath townhome a few short months before 2012 began, and I spent the better part of the year getting stuff up on my walls! This installation that I recreated from our first home, a fun and colorful plate wall behind our dining room table.
how to hang a flawless plate wall #diy #clever_nest #yearofcrafts

how to hang a flawless plate wall #diy #clever_nest #yearofcrafts
 Since this was my second time to the plate placing rodeo, I had a few tricks up my sleeve to create a cool arrangement, and not make a ton of nail holes in the wall.
how to hang a flawless plate wall #diy #clever_nest #yearofcrafts

Check out my secrets to a flawless plate wall here!

#9. 19 crafty must haves
It's amazing the stuff you learn the hard way, can I get a holla back?

I wish I could go back in time and give my craft-virginy self this list YEARS AGO! You guys really liked my run down of crafting essentials for newbies and veterans alike. May you never have to find this stuff out the hard way like I did!:)
19 things every diyer should own! how many of these do you have? #clever_nest #yearofcrafts
 Click through to see how many of my favs you may already own!

#8. oh, the shame
...oh, the infamy! Oh, the amount of red faced, mortifying stuff I've committed on this blog!
most embarrassing blog moments #clever_nest #yearofcrafts #diy
This was a fun post cataloging the semi ridiculous stuff I've done, that at the time seems COMPLETELY normal, only to realize later that I was COMPLETELY insane. Exhibit A: the Turkey Butt Painting.
most embarrassing blog moments, ever! #clever_nest #yearofcrafts #diy
Exhibit B: my murderous domain name I owned for awhile

most embarrassing blog moments ever! #clever_nest #yearofcrafts #diy
Laugh, commiserate, or judge me for my lack of sanity!


#7. 'podge roundup
I was so excited when Hometalk.com asked me to curate a board of my favorite decoupaged projects! If you're not familiar with Hometalk, it is a DIY website for posting projects, asking questions, and seeing what other DIYers are up to!
mod podge roundup #hometalk #clevernest #diy #yearofcrafts

There's so much inspiration here, it makes my little hands itch to get ahold of a bottle of Mod Podging right now! I'm crazy about these vintage label jars by Simplicity in the South.
mod podge roundup #hometalk #clevernest #diy #yearofcrafts


mod podge roundup #hometalk #clevernest #diy #yearofcrafts

and click here to jump to my Hometalk board to see even more 'podge ideas!


#6. my big, fat, hairy fail 
You know I'm always up for a good laugh! And it's better to laugh rather than cry when good crafts/intentions go very, very bad! I'm committed to keeping it real around here, and posting the flops right along with the good stuff, and here's a gem for sure.
sensory bottle craft fail! #funny #clevernest #yearofcrafts #diy #preschool
It was a case of Pinterest see, Pinterest no work out. While I might have failed royally at making sensory bottles for Andrew, you guys made this post go big! I'm counting that as a win! yay for nasty crap and hairs!
sensory bottle craft fail! #funny #clevernest #yearofcrafts #diy #preschool
Click here to laugh at commiserate with me in my flop-dom :)

#5. easy (and free) fabric storage bins
There came a day when I looked at Andrew's changing table, and had it. The functionality and storage of this table stank worse than a 3 day old poopy diaper, and it was time to take care of business.
wrapped fabric boxes, so easy! #nursery #storagesolutions #babyroom #clevernest #yearofcrafts

These storage boxes were a perfect solution that was #1 easy, #2 fast, and #3 free! I love the way they turned out, and was as simple as wrapping a present. A diaper and wipe filled present.
wrapped fabric boxes, so easy! #nursery #storagesolutions #babyroom #clevernest #yearofcrafts

Click here for the super easy how-to

#4. crafty and colorful present topper
easy, and cute fabric flower! #hgtv #clevernest #mothersday #yearofcrafts
I got to partner with Joann Fabric last spring to share a cute fabric bow I made for Mother's Day! A little hot glue, a little fabric, and bam- put a smile on your mom's face: D Sure is easier than making grand babies.

easy, and cute fabric flower! #hgtv #clevernest #mothersday #yearofcrafts

Click through for the low down on this beautiful bloom

#3. the "D" word 
yes, DINNER.

what, that's not what you were thinking?

Oh how I hated doing the dinner deed! Last fall I shared my strategy of turning the dreaded dinner hour from something I detested into a slightly more doable daily duty.
real life tips on how to stop hating to cook dinner! #clevernest #mealplan #stayathomemom

I shared some tips and tricks that I've learned thus far in my culinary/ stay-at-home mom adventure. And I'd still love for you to click over and share what YOU'VE learned along the way to make dinner easier!
real life tips on how to stop hating to cook dinner! #clevernest #mealplan #stayathomemom

 Pop on over and read all about it:)

#2. flying fish!
This was a popular project from Andrew's nautical nursery from last fall.
colorful nautical themed mobile #funny #clevernest #yearofcrafts
Although it was super frustrating to put together (something about balance, gravity, the rotation of the earth...too much math for me), I like the way it turned out, and Andrew has a lot of fun with it too!
colorful nautical themed mobile #funny #clevernest #yearofcrafts

We have fun making the colorful fishies "swim" by blowing on them before nap time:) There's more pics here, and the final reveal of Andrew's colorful nautical room here!






And now, are you ready for the number one post that you guys loved the most of 2013??




aaaaareeee youuuuuuu?




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#1. mirror, mirror on my wall
This post has blown up with over 12k views so far! Thank you for all the hits! Napkins aren't just for blowing your nose anymore!
easy mod podge mirror using Target napkins! #clevernest #decoupage #diy #entryway
On a whim I decided to turn a pack of Target party napkins into a fun mirror project to brighten up our entry way, and boy did it pay off.
easy mod podge mirror using Target napkins! #clevernest #decoupage #diy #entryway

easy mod podge mirror using Target napkins! #clevernest #decoupage #diy #entryway
It was easy and so cheap (the napkins cost me $2 max).

Whew, there you have it! Thanks for making 2013 another great year for Clever Nest. Let's raise our glasses and toast to even more fun stuff for '14! (mine will be filled with sparkling cider)

CHEERS!




    
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