Favorite Small Shops for Baby

I've been wanting to put together this post for such a long time and finally managed to round up my favorite small shops, just in time for the holiday sales coming up!

I know it can sometimes be hard to stomach the cost of shopping small, but quality over quantity is huge to me these days! It feels like our closets are bursting at the seams so with this babe I was really picky and focused most of my shopping on small shops and handmade items, which was easier to do the second time around once you already have most of the basics.

FYI This is not a sponsored post, but I am including affiliate links! I just genuinely love these brands and I always love finding new shops, especially on Instagram, so I'm hoping some of you do too!

Windy Knits Co. (Instagram) - The most beautiful hand knit blankets! Seriously y'all, Brooke (who is the sweetest!) makes these by herself and they are so incredibly soft, I can't wait to use our Arbor Blanket c/o for our winter babe. The blankets go quick so keep an eye out on IG for drop dates or pick up some other sweet little details like bows, teethers, and Paci clips.

Little Sapling Toys (Instagram) - I have purchased so many things from this shop and love the quality so much! We have a toy wooden truck, personalized name blocks, personalized Christmas ornaments, and the alphabet print c/o above.

Mebie Baby (Instagram) - A new favorite for swaddles! I love the gender neutral vines swaddle and could buy pretty much all of the others if my husband wasn't already questioning my swaddle obsession.

Max + Moose (Instagram) - Another new swaddle favorite! We have the blue spruce swaddle and I love the dusty blue color so much + the stretchy, soft material.

Briar Handmade (Instagram) - I'm loving the bonnet trend lately... so timeless and sweet on newborns especially, but I can totally foresee myself picking up another one or two in the next size up!! 

Candy Kirby Designs (Instagram) - Loving this soft gown with the tie bottom... will be super easy for diaper changes! 

Mushybooks (Instagram) - I've raved about these before here and here but I just love how simple and beautiful they are! 

Childhoods (Instagram) - The cutest comfy apparel for kids! The boy clothing is just as good as the girls', I personally can't wait for their Black Friday sale!

Bannor Toys (Instagram) - Another wooden toy shop that I love! We have the circle stacker and a helicopter in R's room. They make great gifts!

Fin + Vince (Instagram) - Super cute linen clothing for boys and girls with a bit of a vintage look! I was so tempted to buy one of their knit rompers for this babe this winter, but I held off for next year when he will be moving and get more use out of it! Until then I'll be saving up for overalls and whatever gorgeous summer pieces come out.

Happy Hadley Handmade (Instagram) -  Another shop with precious vintage-looking clothing for boys and girls. Also a favorite for bonnets and cute accessories!

So excited to hear what some of your favorite small shops are! I know there are a ton for girls, but for boys its a little more difficult!

One Room Challenge Reveal :: Gender Neutral Nursery

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So I know this One Room Challenge reveal is a couple of days late, but lets go ahead and blame that on the fact that I'm SUPER pregnant.

As uncomfortable as the 9th month of pregnancy is, I'm so glad baby boy stayed put until now! I've been super active trying to get all the things done before his arrival, including this sweet little nursery.

I wasn't sure we'd be able to pull off finishing this nursery between the four (yes... four! ugh) coats of paint it took to cover the grey walls and our first ever built-in closet shelving project, but I couldn't be happier with this space.

So what didn't get done? Curtains and a new light fixture.

We need a fan in this room because of the amount of light it gets for most of the day and I just can't find one I like! And as for the curtains, I'm going to work on some tassel trimmed blackout curtains during my maternity leave... hopefully!

Anyway, on to the fun stuff... get ready for picture overload my friends.

We used this Pottery Barn Kids Charleston Rocker in Rowan's nursery and its been SO worth the money. We invested in that and saved on other things like the crib (which we also love) and I highly recommend!

I've mentioned in the past that as soon as I found out we were having baby boy #2, this quote and gorgeous sign just stuck out and I knew it needed to be in this space! Also I can't get over how amazing the quality is! Solid wood and the perfect amount of distressing.

P.S. If you're worried about hanging something heavy like this sign above a crib I highly recommend this security hardware. I installed them on my own at 38 weeks prego and let me tell you, that sign is not moving!

Sign c/o. Crib Sheet c/o. Bumpers c/o. 20" Crib Skirt c/o. 

Carousel Designs graciously provided the bedding for baby #2's nursery and I can't say enough how impressed I am with their fabrics and the whole designing process! I ordered free fabric swatches before deciding, which ended up being really helpful. You can even order just the fabric, which is what I did to make the lumbar pillow on the rocker!

I loved the Nursery Designer where you can mix and match patterns and see what the bedding will look like put together. I ended up with the French Grey buffalo check, antique white and silver gray linen trimmed bumper, and extended (20") gathered crib skirt in silver gray linen for a classic look!

Don't worry, the bumper will be removed until he's old enough for it to be used safely!!

Since we kept the layout of the furniture the same as it was with big brother's nursery, it made this little reading nook really easy to style! I knew I wanted a new art print though, since I moved almost all of the wall decor into Rowan's big boy room. This Minted Art Print was the perfect addition, I love the colors with the light wood frame! 

On the other side of the room is the dresser and changing table. I had such a hard time deciding what to do around the mirror (do I go with a gallery wall or leave it blank?!) so when I decided on a mobile  I thought the changing table would be the perfect spot! 

I love switching up the location of this Pehr Designs Counting Sheep mobile... usually you see mobiles above the crib but I think he'll notice it a lot more during diaper changes! 

Then of course the closet, which looks a hundred times better than it started and makes my Type A heart happy. 

DIY Built-In Closet Shelving. Baskets (Marshalls/TJ Maxx). Circle Stacker

If you're looking for a gender neutral nursery, this is definitely just that! But I personally couldn't love the buffalo check linens or the adventure sign any more for a boy's room!

Thank you to those of you who followed along with this challenge and offered advice on IG stories when this indecisive mama needed it!!

Also a huge THANK YOU goes out to Carousel Designs, House of Belonging, Pehr Designs, and Little Sapling Toys for generously providing products for this sweet little space. I absolutely loved working with each of these brands and highly recommend them!

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One Room Challenge Week 6 :: Paint

As it turns out, painting this room has become the bane of my existence.

It's hard to tell in these photos but we definitely need more than two coats, which I wasn't expecting at all given how light the original grey was, but I digress.

I admit when I saw how it looked after my 9 month prego butt painted the second coat and ran out of paint, I felt a surge of pregnancy rage coming on.

So here we are, in the final week before the ORC reveals, and this is what we've got! (Don't mind the grainy photos.. it's super dark and rainy here today!)

Crossing my fingers we are super productive this weekend and pull it all together in time for next week! Sadly because the paint is still unfinished, I couldn't even cross anything off my to-do list this week. But I did get that sweet Minted animal print in the mail so that was fun!

And who knows, maybe we'll have a baby not long after?! EEK!

Be sure to check out what I suspect will be much more productive ORC posts here! Cannot wait to see all of the reveals!!

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