Baby Belle’s Nursery

We finished baby Isabella’s nursery and it was just in time because the little peanut decided to make an early debut! I’m by no means savvy with interior decorating but I’m so happy with how the room came out and wanted to share the finished product with you all. I had the hardest time deciding on a theme for the nursery. I wanted to do something Disney themed but it was just too hard for me to decide whether to focus on one movie, Mickey Mouse himself, a mix, etc. I think I finally gave up and just typed in “modern nursery ideas” into Pinterest and that’s when I saw it – a black & white themed nursery. At first I thought it might be too serious for a baby but then I started thinking about how easy it would be to match things and how newborns can’t even see color at first. I was sold.

From the beginning, my husband and I both agreed that we didn’t want to spend a ton on the nursery. We knew that the baby would only really be in the nursery for sleeping and didn’t see the point in spending hundreds on an actual bedroom set. Instead, we tried to opt for economical and practical and I think we succeeded. Everything in the nursery was purchased from Ikea, Target, Amazon, & Etsy. The only items I would consider a “splurge” would be the pouf from Crate & Kids and the dream catcher.

The walls are a neutral gray – Behr Gentle Rain. We actually have this color downstairs as well and I love it. I thought it would be a good backdrop to the black & white but I guess we could’ve also gone with a brighter color if we really wanted some sort of pop. The book ledges are meant for photos but I saw them used for books on Pinterest and fell in love. They’re quite sturdy if you use wall anchors and they fit a ton of books! We also opted to not get a changing table and got a dresser instead to save space and be able to store more. All of the prints on the wall were from various shops on Etsy. I purchased the digital files and got them printed at Sam’s Club. If your local wholesale store has a photo center, take advantage! It was so cheap to get these printed, especially the 16×20 ones over the crib, compared to getting them printed at Snapfish or Walgreens. And that’s it. Our attempt to create a Pinterest worthy nursery without breaking the bank. I tagged all of the shops below but let me know if I missed anything!



Sweater Weather

Hi all! It’s a rainy day here in Orlando which always makes me want to stay home in pj’s and read or binge watch TV. It’s also great weather to snuggle or sleep. Basically, it’s great to do anything except be at work. Anytime it rains or there’s a cold front I absolutely love to make a soup or chili or any type of comfort food. Although it’s not really cold in Orlando right now, I’ve heard it’s still pretty cold for my friends up in the Northeast and with the impending third Nor’easter, I thought I’d share one of my favorite comfort food recipes!

Today’s forecast called for 90% chance of rain so I took advantage and left my favorite Mississippi Roast in the slow cooker. Oh slow cooker, how I love thee. Let me count the ways. I love how easy you make dinner for me. I love walking through the door and smelling the deliciousness you’ve been cooking all day. I especially love the little to no clean up. If you’re nervous about leaving an appliance on all day with no one home, you’re not alone. I was also nervous at first, but if you ensure the appliance is on a stable surface and there’s room for any steam that might be created to escape, I think you’re OK.

Also, we were gifted this Hamilton Beach Programmable Slow Cooker for our wedding and it has seriously changed the game. The option to use it manually (if you’re home and watching it) or set a cooking time makes a huge difference. I no longer worry about not being home in exactly 8 hours because I know the slow cooker will automatically switch to “keep warm” once the cook time is completed. And while we’re talking about game changers, have you tried the Reynolds Slow Cooker Liners? I normally grab a box whenever I visit Publix but I recently found them on Amazon and I think it comes out more economical through there. These make clean up so easy! Everything cooks and stays inside the liner. Once it’s cooled down, I pick it up and dump it in the trash (or down the drain first if there’s a lot of liquid). But that’s it! Then I just have to rinse the actual crock pot. No more soaking or scrubbing. YAAAAASSSS!

Any-who, the whole point of this was to share this delicious recipe I found and have been making forever. Tonight, I’m pairing it with potato salad since it’s rainy but still very warm here, but this would also be delicious on top of some mashed potatoes, rice, or even on a sandwich! Did I mention there’s only 8 ingredients? So easy! I got the recipe off Pinterest but Kudos goes to Brandie @ The Country Cook. Link to recipe here. Let me know how you all like it!