Update

Hello! I’ve been away for a bit because of my new bundle of joy, but I’m back in the blogging world and I’ve missed it! I have been active on Instagram (because I’ll admit, I’m addicted), so if you don’t follow me there here’s what I’ve been up to.

Lots of coffee for sleepless nights, our date night at the JT concert, strawberry croissant-doughnuts, picking out color swatches for our new abode (which I’ll talk more about soon), Christmas cards/Birth announcements, and a whole bunch of baby goodness!

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Introducing…

Say, “hello!” to the newest member in our family! Madeline Judith Ver Raitt. Andrew and I both fell in love as soon as we laid eyes on her. Born on my birthday(!) we named her after her two grandmothers. Madeline is a variation of my mom’s name, Magdalena, and means woman from Magdala (a city in biblical times). Not to mention, one of my favorite cookies! And her middle name, Judith, is in memory of Andrew’s late mother.

The labor went incredibly fast. I began having contractions at midnight on the morning of my birthday. While some of my friends were greeting me at midnight, I was timing my contractions to make sure I was going into true labor. I had a feeling a couple days prior that I would be having her within the next 48 hours because I started having symptoms like I was going to start my period.
After beginning contractions at midnight, I was ready to go to the hospital by 1 am because they were getting very close. By 5:30 am, the doctors said that I was already fully dilated! Madeline wanted to get out of there! It took a while to get my epidural done so I was in incredible amount of pain and all my breathing techniques and yoga meditations went out the window. By the time the epidural kicked in at 5:30 am the doctors decided to let me get a few hours of rest before I had to push. She finally came out at 10:20am.
What a way to kick off my thirties and the new year! BEST BIRTHDAY EVER! She is growing everyday and we can’t wait to watch her grow up and teach her about the world. Andrew and I are so blessed and thankful for all your warm wishes.  Love, Christine and Andrew

Any Day Now

Motherhood is approaching quickly.  I’ve been feeling so anxious lately while waiting for the baby to arrive that I’ve been up late at night thinking, “she’s coming tonight” or, “she’s coming in the morning.” These photos definitely don’t reflect the anxiousness that I’m feeling inside =D, but hopefully what I will be feeling after she arrives, relief.  Then, onto the next chapter in our lives.  Wish me luck!

A Few of My Favorite Things

I want to start by wishing everyone a Happy and Joyous Christmas Eve!  This time of year always makes me feel so happy and thankful for all my loved ones.  I hope everyone is able to spend the holidays with the people they love.
This year I created a Crafty Christmas for our home.  Brown paper packages tied up with string… Gifts were wrapped in craft paper with festive bows and string.  I love wrapping presents.  I’m all over it this season.  I think I bought around 8 new rolls of ribbon to a already large collection.  Would you call that an addiction?
I love the look of craft paper.  It is versatile and classic.  A pretty ribbon will make the craft paper stand out, or instead of a ribbon you can use string or, my favorite, baker’s twine.  Use craft paper as a belly wrap for colorful and patterned gift wrap.  Out of handle bags? Put your gifts in a brown lunch bag with some festive stamps on the front.  Complete your look by using washi tape.  Come in as I take you into our home for the holidays.
I wanted the tree to have a similar look so I decorated it with burlap, raffia ornaments, and glittery ornaments.  Find more pictures of our tree on Instagram! #RaittTree
Hi Ella!  She loves hanging out near the tree.  Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
Love,
Christine

 

How To: Make Your Pumpkin Sparkle

We are used to carving out pumpkins around this time of year to look scary, but have we ever thought about bedazzling them?  I came across a few pictures of glamorous pumpkins on Pinterest and wanted to do the same for my gourd this year.  Here’s how I did it.

Materials:
1 medium pumpkin with stem attached
white spray paint
painter’s tape
white acrylic paint and paintbrush
craft glue
sequins

First, cover the stem with painter’s tape.  Take your pumpkin outside and cover all sides with spray paint.  Having a pumpkin with a stem really helps apply the paint on because you can tilt it and turn it around.  After it has dried for a couple hours, take off the tape.  There will be some orange spots that the spray paint couldn’t get to, so take the acrylic white paint and just cover up the spots with your paintbrush.

Now you can begin bedazzling your pumpkin!  Use a craft glue or all-purpose glue like Elmer’s and draw a line half-way down a crater of the pumpkin.  Apply the sequins along the line.  Do this for every 2 or 3 craters going down.  Attach the vertical lines together with upside-down U lines of glue.  Apply the sequins.  Make 2-3 horizontal rows.  When you have completed all your rows, proudly display your classy pumpkin for trick-or-treaters to admire.

Are you wondering why I didn’t put a spider on the glitzy pumpkin web?  Well, cause I’m terrified of spiders (even fake ones)!

Try the same technique with black spray paint or different colored sequins.  Enjoy!

Herb Box Planter

I don’t consider myself to have much of a green thumb. Actually, I tend to say that I have a black thumb because all the plants I take home die within a couple weeks.  I don’t know if I over water them or under water them.  I don’t know how much sunlight they need.  I don’t know if I should put them in direct light or indirect light.  There are so many circumstances that I need to balance in gardening!  I also don’t understand how I know exactly what to do after plants have been picked and I buy them from the grocery store, but I have no clue about what to do before that process.

There’s one thing that I’ve always wanted to have, an herb garden.  I like to cook with fresh herbs and hate when they go bad in my fridge.  So, I decided to try it once again.

I bought already potted herbs (who knows how this would have ended up if I grew them from a seed), and transferred them into an empty wine box.  After much research on Google, here’s how I did it.

Materials:
1 wooden wine box
1 plastic trash bag liner
river rocks
potted herbs

Measure the trash bag liner so that it completely covers the bottom of the wine box.  Cut the liner just above the rim of the wine box.

Line the inside of the box with one layer of river rocks.  This is so that there is proper water drainage at the bottom of the box.

Take the plants out of their pots and place them in a row in the wine box.  Do not overcrowd the box.

Pack the empty spaces with more soil.  Water thoroughly. 

Tada!  You now can display your cute planter on your balcony or garden.  Also, if you have any tips on caring for herbs, I am all ears =) Enjoy!