The Fogue Abode: 2017

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Baby Boy's Adventure Nursery Mood Board

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I had BIG dreams!

When 2017 rolled around I had one project in mind.  I was ready to tackle our Guest Bedroom redo.  I was going to make it a huge spring project.  So many fun ideas, including using some classic granny-chic floral wallpaper.  Trust me guys, it was going to look great! 

Then February blew in and we got that big fat positive, you know those two pink lines, meaning there was a baby in our near future.  Ok, that wasn't a huge issue, I quickly reworked the renovation ideas to add in a crib while keeping this totally girly theme.  I was secretly hoping for a little girl just so this room would work out.

Then God said NOPE!  And handed me a little boy.  Chris is over the moon and I'm beyond happy to add a little boy and balance to our family.  But that meant I had to scrap all of my ideas for our guest room.  I just wasn't putting pink floral wall paper in a little boys room.  Here I am six months later and I finally have a plan for our nursery/guest bedroom makeover.

I was starting this project with all of my big pieces of furniture.  We were given a green bed and would use the crib and dresser from Aspen's nursery.  So my color scheme was already in place.  How classic and fun blue and green would be for a boy.

The hard part was the specifics and keeping this room nursery themed while also providing a space for guests to stay. 

I started collecting things I loved for this room and soon an adventure theme was born.  Wes' room will have any and everything from arrows and mountains to airplanes and globes. 

To bring a bit of light and airiness to the room, I went with the paint color of Mink Frost from Valspar.  Thanks to all your input over on IG.  We spent this past weekend tackling the painting.

To tie these two separate living areas into one room, I will use this rug I purchase on Amazon Prime Day to give the room flow and cohesiveness.  The key to this trick is placing the rug where all key elements will be on it.  I've also considered adding a fun sheep skin rug under the crib for a nice layered look.

Make sure to continue following along as I plan to update you on the nursery/guest room progress as we try to cram it all in before baby (or bed rest) arrives. 

Want even more?  I'm usually hanging out over on Instagram, you can find me @shea_thefogueabode.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Baby Fogue Update [30 Weeks]

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Another week has come and gone and here I find myself at 30 weeks pregnant.  Only 10 more weeks to go (and if I'm lucky at all, a little less than that.)  I guess I can say it's crunch time for getting everything on the baby to-do list checked off.  Let's get this weekly pregnancy update rolling shall we? 

Baby Size: Baby Wes should be clocking in around 2.89 lbs and 15.7 inches long.  That puts him, according to The Bump, about the size of a zucchini. 

Symptoms: Rib aches, heartburn, difficulty getting comfortable while sleeping, swollen ankles, constant desire to lose the bra.  The list could go on for miles at this point. 

Currently Missing: Skinnier me! 

Sleep: Lacking these days.  And when I do get a good night full of sleep, I wake up with so many aches and pains that it doesn't really feel like a good nights sleep.  Not to mention I've been fighting a 2-year-old this week for pillow space. 

Cravings and favorite foods: Hibachi which I indulged in the other night.  I'm quite positive that didn't help with the swollen feet one bit.  But it was delish, as were the left overs the next day.

Mood: Tired and crabby.  As I mentioned last week, I'm trying to cram in a ton before the baby is born.  That plus just being slow and tired doesn't help motivate me for the typical house hold chores (like laundry.)  So things pile up which make me crabby.  Yet, I don't have the energy to do anything about it.  So is the story of my life right now.

Maternity clothes: Today I am wearing a Target striped top with my favorite Motherhood Maternity jeans with the side panel instead of the full belly panel and a kimono from LulaRoe since it's a bit cool and rainy again.  I'm loving kimono's this pregnancy.  The bigger and flow-ier the better. 

Buying: I'm excited about this week's purchase.  We never had a movement monitor with Aspen, in fact, they were still relatively new when we had her and it wasn't even on my radar.  But knowing now how little sleep I got in those first few days because my anxious mind would stare at her while she slept to make sure she was still breathing, I decided that this would be a must for baby #2. 

So I read and reviewed all the monitors out there, talked to friends and then did, even more, research and we decided to get the Snuza Hero Baby Monitor.  I liked how this was small and compact, I can easily pick the baby up for feedings in the middle of the night without having to pause anything.  But I mainly loved the fact that if it senses no movement for 15 seconds that it will begin to vibrate as a first attempt to arouse baby.  I'll make sure to come back and update you later on how this holds up.   

Aspen's Reaction:  Have you guys seen Boss Baby yet?  We watched it with Aspen last night.  She was excited about the baby movie, I am hoping it didn't put any wicked thoughts in her head, like shooting the baby out the window.  And what was with all the scary movie references like The Exorcist and Walking Dead?  Creepy!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

5 Take Aways from Megaphone Summit

Hey Girl Hey!  I just got back from the most amazing weekend full of creative, innovative and fearless gals (and a few awesome guys) sharing all about their keys to success in the social influencer world. 

This was my first year to attend Megaphone Summit, an influencer conference held each year in Arkansas.  It was 2 full days jammed packed with great sessions on how to be a better blogger and influencer. Since I have managed to blog pretty regularly for the last 2 years (Whoo Hoo!), I figured it was time to invest in myself and my brand.  Because yes, holy cow, I am creating a brand. 

I learned so much valuable information from some influencer superstars.  It would be super easy for me to rehash what my weekend was all about, but I figure that to 90% of my readers, that would be a boring read.  So today, I'm here with my top five takeaways for the average Jane (or Joe.)  Here are just a few tips I've learned along the way that will help you create a better social media image, whether your go-to is Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest.  (While you're at it make sure to follow me.)

1. Make It Scream You!
I loved this statement from our keynote speaker, Rebekah Radice.  While she was talking about the importance of being you on social media as a brand, I think anyone can benefit from this statement.  It's so easy to be someone else online, what's hard is being you and being honest.  It makes me think of all the beautifully decorated houses I see on Instagram and how much I covet that.  But what we never see is the toddler in the background trashing the next room or the unfinished projects you have laying around.  A picture may be worth a thousand words, but it's only one in a thousand when it comes to what your life is really and truly like.  Just keep that in mind when you find yourself wishing for what others portray.   

2. Don't Be The Same - Break All The Rules
This is a statement I needed more than any other take away.  Do you spend hours trying to fit into a certain mold that's well, just not you?  I think it's important to know the rules, and then break them.  Dare to be unique and bold.  Stand out in the crowd.  Be a unicorn.

3.  Be A FanGirl (or FanDude)
I think the beauty of the internet is our accessibility to the world.  Even you have the ability to influence someone.  So when you find something or someone that you are digging, shout it out.  Let your community know all about that awesome dress you found, that life changing cleaning hack or that awesome boss girl you discovered on Instagram.  Sharing is caring, and I look to my community for advice every day.  Whether it's how to potty train my toddler, to what moisturizer I should be using.  You are my #1 infomercial.

4. A "Like" is Like A Side Hug
Ok, this statement was totally geared towards us.  How many times have you seen something on social media and thought it was all that and a bag of chips (I know that statement belongs in the 90s.) As someone who is seeking my community's involvement, don't just double tap a like or love it in passing.  Stop! Comment on that photo or idea.  Answer their questions.  Leave inspiring feedback.  Not only will you make some influencer's day, but you just might gain a new friendship along the way. 

5.  Dare To Be Dull
We closed out the first day with one of my favorite Arkansas Influencers, P. Allen Smith.  He made a statement that hit deep down to my core, "Dare to be dull."  In a world full of crazy, sometimes it's the mundane that makes the loudest noise.  I think back to influencers that I admire, it's those that find the beauty in the classic and old that I am drawn to.  Think Joanna Gaines, all that she has brought to the world and if you ask her, she is the most simple down to earth gal there is. 

I could go on and on and on about my weekend and all that inspired me, but I better cut it short with 5 take aways from Megaphone for the average Jane (or Joe, let's not leave the guys out.)  I hope this inspires you to think a little differently about how you use and participate in social media.  Now let's go out and be social.  I dare you to find someone on some platform and start a conversation today. 

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Baby Fogue Update [29 Weeks]

I swear these weeks are going by faster and faster.  This week's adventure with the bump included the dreaded Glucose Test that all pregnant women hate.  For those in the know and that are interested, I went with the Fruit Punch drink again.  It made me feel woozy, but I wasn't anywhere near passing out like I did last pregnancy. 

Also on the bump adventures this weekend, baby Wes is tagging along with me to Megaphone Summit in Fayetteville, AR.  This is a local influencer conference and I'm excited to be attending for the first time.  I'll have loads to unload on you next week regarding this trip.
Baby Size: This week, baby is the size of a cabbage or an acorn squash.  He should be weighing in at 2.54 pounds and around 15.2 inches long.  It's safe to say, his room is becoming quite cramped.

Symptoms: Braxton Hicks contractions have really geared up.  These are the practice contractions before the big show.  I've had them on and off since the start of the second trimester.  But I had several episodes on Tuesday that had me, let's just say, observant.  Since they disappeared with water and some rest, my doctor wasn't concerned, just asked that I watch them.

Currently Missing: My regular clothes.  The struggle with tight clothes is real these days!  And that's all I've got to say about that.

Sleep:  I'm happy to report the middle of the night leg cramps have subsided.  I still have the occasional insomnia bout.  But all in all, I had a good week in the sleep department. 

Cravings and favorite foods: Chick-Fil-A!  I treated myself to this southern delicacy not once, but twice this week.  I can rate this treat an A+ by bump standards. 

Mood: Tired yet excited!  Guys I've been so busy lately squeezing in as much as possible.  I've tried to get in a few little fun things for myself since I know that I'm looking at a year worth of all things baby related.  I'm very much appreciative of this outlook from a second time mom's perspective.  I know that I was ready for a baby when we had Aspen, but I don't think anyone has any idea the amount of time and energy it takes from you that first year.  It's so much more than just dealing with the baby basics, but also learning to live your new life and how your new role defines you as a person. 

Buying: Did you catch the fun globes and baskets from the paper airplane baby shower I helped to decorate?  Those are also going to the nursery.  I finally have things coming together in my head as I've been collecting bits and pieces along the way.  Hopefully, work will begin on our nursery/guest room soon.

Aspen's Reactions: This week's reaction is brought to you by the letter S, as in sharing.  Aspen has been all about sharing with baby brother.  We have tried to prepare her little 2-year-old mind for how childbirth works, in that baby is currently in mommies tummy but soon he will be out like her baby cousin.  Who knows if she really understands.  As for now, she wants to share her toys and her food with my belly button.  Which she also finds fascinating because it pokes out.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

A Paper Airplane Baby Shower

There are few things I love more than getting to be creative and showering those I love with pretty parties.  So when us sisters got together to plan a baby shower for our youngest sister, I jumped on the decorating train.  I'm pretty pumped that she is due about a month before me, also with a little boy.  In our family, we've been blessed to have so many sets of cousins the same age.  It's just so cute and sweet to watch them grow up together.  I know these two boys will get into boat loads of trouble and have tons of fun together.

For her shower, I was inspired by a paper airplane banner I saw while at Magnolia Market.  Who didn't have a childhood that involved shooting paper airplanes around?  Sounded like just the right size of adorable trouble for this little boy.

The decorations included paper airplanes of all sizes.  I created this large one below by using a roll of white paper scaled by double to an 8.5" x 11" and drawing notebook paper lines with some colored pencils and a straight edge. 

Since I was going old school with the paper airplanes, I figured some old school crepe paper garland would fit perfectly with the theme.  Didn't the drink station turn out adorable?  And we haven't even made it to the food!

The cake was mom-to-be's favorite, Italian Cream.  It was provided by a local bakery, The Picket Fence.  I loved the folded fondue airplanes on top. 

Food included the traditional shower affair of sandwiches, pinwheels, fruit, and cookies.  All prepared by my mom and grandmother. 

There were so many paper airplanes around.  By the time the shower was over, the kids were tossing them around in utter amazement.  I'm thinking this was their first taste of paper fun.  And I must say, I made some pretty decent fliers.


We strung several airplanes up to helium balloons so that they could fly around.  I think we had more diver-bombers than fliers. 

Here are the girl cousins, soon they will be outnumbered by the boys 3 to 5.   

And mom-to-be, looking radiant in her dress with her adorable bump.  She was showered well with the sweetest gifts for baby Kellen.   

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Baby Fogue Update [28 Weeks]

Here we are, week 28.  The official start to the third trimester.  My how time has flown this pregnancy.  And I haven't been more than ready to get this pregnancy over with.  While baby boy is cooking, I've been going through Aspen's baby clothes and getting them ready for sale.  It makes me sad, but also excited about all the cute boy outfits we will have.

So while I'm sorting and folding, check out how this week has been.

Baby Size: Weighing in at 14.8 lbs (opps, add pregnancy brain to my list of symptoms) 2.2 lbs this week and 14.8 inches long, the baby is the size of an Eggplant.

Symptoms: Dealing with a little pregnancy insomnia this week, when I am getting a few z's in my dreams have been crazy again.  I guess the theme of my pregnancy dreams are women's prison.  I've had my fair share of OITNB-ish type dreams.  I've also started enjoying getting those glorious rib kicks.  I can tell room is starting to become a precious commodity in there.

Currently Missing: This week I'm really missing the ability to roll over in my sleep without it waking me up.  For someone who is a regular tosser and turner, sleep is just hard.

Sleep: Based on the last two topics, I'm sure you've concluded that sleep isn't going so great.  I guess it's just my bodies way of prepping for all of the long nights.

Cravings and favorite foods: Sweets.  This week, I've indulged in brownies, cheesecake and shaved ice.  My Pinterest Yummy board may also contain more desserts than dinner ideas.

Mood: My mood this week has been rather cranky, but for valid reasons, with the lack of sleep I've gotten.  Coffee may have found its way back into my morning routine no matter how bad it gives me heartburn.  Priorities right.

Maternity clothes: This week's outfit is actually not from the maternity rack but from my favorite direct sale clothing company LulaRoe.  I have a flowy H&M top and a green Lindsay Kimono.

Buying:  Paint.  While we weren't exactly sure what color we wanted to paint our nursery, I took advantage of the Sherwin Williams 40% off sale and purchased my paint un-tinted.  Once we decide on a color, I will be able to go back and get the can of paint tinted to the correct color.

Aspens Reaction: This week Aspen has been excited to share baby brothers name with everyone.  Baby brother is going to be named Weston Rhett.  Or as Aspen likes to call him, Baby Wes.  Farewell to French Fry (fingers crossed.)

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Baby Fogue Update [27 Weeks]

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After last weeks catch up post, here is my first weekly update.  We made it to week 27, and while it's considered the last week of the second trimester, I consider it the beginning of the third since yesterday was the 3 month mark til my due date.

So as today, I've made it 2/3 of the way through.  How has it gone by so fast!? 

Baby Size: Baby is 15 in and 2.2 lbs so roughly the size of a cucumber or a head of lettuce.

Symptoms: Symptoms this week include nightly 4am leg cramps which bolt me out of bed faster than any pregnant woman should move.  I'm also continuing the daily battle with heartburn, does this mean a hairy baby?  On top of these lovely symptoms are what I tout as growing pains.  Specifically in my rib cage area as my bump gets larger and larger. 

Currently Missing: I'm missing lunch meat this week.  I'm really craving a sub sandwich.  It's been long recommended that pregnant women avoid lunch meat for fear of listeria.  I'll admit I've cheated a few times when there were no other options.  But I haven't really enjoyed it without worry. 

Sleep: The bump now needs full time pillow support as gravity has taken over and made side sleeping uncomfortable.  Sleep has also been disturbed by those nightly leg cramps I mentioned in the symptoms.

Cravings and favorite foods: TACOS!  Could every day be taco Tuesday?

Mood: Productive.  Can productive be a mood?  I guess the reality of the final stretch has hit and I'm bound and determined to get my house in order and my day job ready for my relief to take over. 

Maternity clothes: This week I am loving this olive green top from Target (similar to this one)  and these maternity jeans that I found on Motherhood Maternity.  Let me tell you about these jeans, they don't have the normal panel that you find on maternity pants.  Instead, they are more like regular jeans with a little stretchy paneling on the side/hip.  These are my favorite for a girl who wears jeans practically every day.

Buying:  This week I purchased a few items for my sister's baby shower that I'm helping to host next week.  Once the shower is over, they will go perfect in the nursery.  I can't wait to reveal what I'm planning for the nursery, all in due time.

Aspens Reactions: This past weekend, we played pretend with a cardboard box.  Aspen made it into a fun car to drive around with a steering wheel.  Once she was done playing, she gathered up her supplies and asked to make something for Baby Brother.  In an attempt to de-clutter, I talked her into drawing a picture for him.  Nonetheless, I had major heart-eyes for her desire to create something just for her brother. 

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Gender Reveal - Guns or Glitter?

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A few weeks ago, we gathered our family together to reveal what our littlest bean would be.  A boy or a girl?  I'm just now getting a chance to go through all of our photos and get a post together for it.  That's basically what motherhood does to you.

I will say that all credit for our Gender Reveal party goes to my cutie-pie husband.  He was way too excited when he stumbled upon the idea of shooting at something and having it explode.  I was just on board basically because he was doing all the work.

We went with a Guns or Glitter theme, complete with matching cupcake toppers.  First, I'll touch on our party details and then I'll explain the reveal itself.  The party was hosted at our house.  I was going with the minimalist approach, so we did a large self-serve nacho bar with all of the toppings.  Of course, I failed to photograph this deliciousness, pregnancy brain you know!

D├ęcor was minimal with a few hand written chalk board signs.  I found inspiration for an Old Wives Tale board on Pinterest and recreated it with my symptoms.  It was fun to laugh with all the ladies about each symptom and its indicator.

Big Sister Aspen enjoying time with family.

We finished off our lunch with delicious cupcakes from our Walmart bakery.  We had them add the reveal frosting to the center in case it rained and our original plan was canceled.  We had already pushed back the party back one day due to the unsavory weather.

Before we had the big reveal, we wanted to make a count of which team everyone was on.  I think it's pretty clear, our family and friends are hoping for a boy.  Aspen is still adamant that she wants a sister.

For the reveal itself, we filled a cardboard box with 10 lbs of color chalk we got off Amazon and 2 lbs of Tannerite we purchased at our local farm supply store.  Obviously, this may not be available in every state, you'll have to check your state's rules and regulations.  I also highly recommend that you do this outside of city limits and please use caution and safe fire arm practices if you decide to recreate this reveal.  All Chris had to do was successfully shoot the target and a cloud of colored smoke filled the air. 

 It's a boy!  We are so excited (and moms a little nervous) to be adding a boy to our family in October.  Check out the youtube video below for actual video of the big bang!

Friday, July 14, 2017

Second Trimester Pregnancy Update

As promised in my mid-year review, I wanted to share my weekly progress.  To get us all caught up, I wanted to do one big post highlighting everything up until now, 26 weeks.  This one will be a bit longer than usual, but here we go.

It's been 4 crazy months since I updated the blog with our exciting news.  You can read all about our big reveal here.  I guess I better start with the happenings in the first trimester.  I didn't talk much about it in the previous post, so here is that run-down.

First Trimester

Symptoms: The first trimester was a bit of a rocky start, with all day nausea and morning sickness.  I seemed to be a bit sicker this time than with Aspen, but it all hit later.  I was able to enjoy 9 blissful weeks with hardly a symptom.  Then bam!  I was lucky to escape the crazy fatigue that I had last time, which was a blessing having to chase a toddler around.  I did get to add to the symptoms list this pregnancy, crazy dreams.  There was a week period where I had the most bizarre and dark dreams.  This included prison fights with shanks and visits from demons reminiscent of The Exorcist.  I said they were dark.  I'm just glad that part seems to have passed.  Crazy hormones!

Food Cravings: Unlike my pregnancy with Aspen where I didn't crave anything, I actually got to enjoy the random food cravings and aversions.  This time my love was Mexican food.  Specifically Taco Bell.  You could find me in the drive through line regularly getting my Nacho Bell Grande and Beef Supreme Chalupa. Or, just daydreaming and talking about it when I wasn't indulging in my craving.  I even found a few copycat recipes that we enjoyed.  Make sure you check out these recipes for Mexican Pizza and Cheesy Crunch Wraps.  They were super delicious!

Food Aversions: Anything healthy.  Or maybe that was just me having an excuse to eat junk food.  I had a few aversions to food, but it was a day by day challenge to avoid the stomach rolls at the mention.   

Milestones: During the first trimester, I had to switch doctors from my old OB who was moving.  It was a sad first doctor's visit because we loved everything she did for me when Aspen was born.  My second doctor's visit was much like the first, getting set up with my new doctor.  Well minus all the needle pokes.  By my second visit, we were able to hear the babies heartbeat for the first time. 

Aspen's reactions: It took a while for Aspen, all of 2 years old, to grasp the idea of a baby.  I think during this time, it was mostly just repeating what we told her.  We would frequently ask her if she wanted a brother or a sister.  The answer was usually sister.  I guess we shall see if her wish comes true.

Second Trimester

Symptoms: Once I got into the Second Trimester, the nausea and morning sickness subsided.  It was replaced with heartburn, the acid burning of hell up your throat at all hours of the day, even from eating things such as salad or toast.  Nothing is safe from this evil.  In addition to the heartburn, I have constant pelvic pain which I didn't remember until the end of my pregnancy last time.  Oh, the joys of being a second-time mom. 
Food Cravings: Pizza, specifically New York pizza which I got to indulge in during our trip up to visit family earlier this month.  Also, Ice Cream (you can add some french fries to that and I'd be happy) which I've had more often than I normally do.

Food Aversions: None

Milestones: During the second trimester, we had our anatomy scan in which baby 2.0 looked healthy and measured on track.  We also found out the baby's sex which we revealed to the family.  There will be a post about that soon.  The bump also made its presence known and maternity wear is a must.  By now, I feel as big as I was when I had Aspen, though I'm sure that's not accurate and I still have a long ways to go.

Aspen's reactions: Aspen is loving the idea of baby lately.  She wants to talk to it often, aka listen to it's heartbeat with my at home Doppler.  She has also named the baby "French Fry."  A nickname that has stuck so far as we have yet to decide on a name.  Just yesterday, she asked to go to the baby doctor with me.  I'm loving watching her grown and learn during this whole process.

That basically has caught us up on the excitements of pregnancy round 2.  I'll be back each week with a mini breakdown.  Only 13 weeks left, so hopefully, it will fly by quickly.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Blogging - A Mid Year Review

Guys, I'm so ashamed.  I've been such a slacker! Here I sat in January, committing myself to a more intentional 2017 with this blog and what have I done, slacked.  With Megaphone Summit coming up in a few short weeks, a local blogger conference held in Fayetteville, Arkansas, I think now is the best time to reassess my goals for the rest of 2017.  To give this blog some purpose before I head out to connect and grow with my fellow bloggers and influencers.

Where to next?  While the purpose of this blog is to inspire with DIY, crafts and home designs, I am planning to shift focus for just a little bit to a more parenting based blog.  Trying to find time to be creative while dealing with the fatigue of pregnancy and the soon to be sleepless nights with a newborn have become nearly impossible.  Since this season in life requires a little more attention in the parenting department, it will be my main focus.  My intentions here are to share in my journey of pregnancy, delivery and raising a newborn with a toddler in tow.

What can you expect?  Weekly updates on how this pregnancy is going, what I'm buying for baby and all the fun in's and out's of rearing children.  I'll try to throw in some DIY and craft posts here and there.  We still have the nursery to remodel, (can you tell the theme of this pregnancy is procrastination) and fun toddler crafts to help keep our older tot busy. 

I hope you guys will join me and my family on this adventure and one day soon I will be back to my first love, my home!