Nursery Sneak Peek!

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We have finally started putting together Noodle’s (what my 2 year old calls him – adorable) nursery! It’s true what they say about subsequent children….our first’s nursery was completely done well before 34 weeks. Oh well. As we have learned, we have PLENTY of time.

Just got finished painting and hanging some curtains. The tie backs are from leftover fabric used to make the book slings. The lamp I got for free from a friend and spray painted it and got a new shade.

I have a lot of odds and ends that I’ve either repurposed or made to decorate that will be going up in the next few weeks.

So. Much. Fun.

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DIY Height Chart and Avocado & Black Bean Salsa

When my husband and I decorated our daughter’s nursery, we wanted to make a height chart that was portable.  We aren’t planning on living in this house forever, and it always so sad when families move and leave behind their children’s heights for someone else to paint over.  Thank you Pinterest for an easy solution!  We just bought a 6 ft piece of pine for pretty cheap at the lumber yard, sanded and varnished it.  And added the numbers and tick marks like a ruler.  (We totally cheated and got decals from the Little Diddy shop on Etsy.)  So, her nursery was completed over a year ago, and ahem, we just did the height chart this weekend.  To be fair, she can’t stand up yet… 😉

DIY Height Chart | Jersey Up!

I learned in trying to take a picture of a 6ft board, the rooms in my house are small.

I don’t know about you but crafting always makes me hungry.  Probably from all the stress it creates.  So, guys, I freakin’ love this salsa.  It’s so delicious and refreshing.  It makes a huge batch and we never, ever have leftovers.  Ever.  You’ll love it; I promise.  It’s simple to make, and you probably have the ingredients already.  Do not make it when you’re alone.  Just a word of warning.

Avocado and Black Bean Salsa | Jersey Up!

You will need scooping tortilla chips for this one, friends.

Avocado & Black Bean Salsa

Ingredients:
2 16oz cans black beans, drained and rinsed
2-3 medium avocados, diced
1 large garden tomato, diced
1 medium red onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp thyme
2 tbsps minced cilantro
2 tbsps red wine vinegar
1/2 c olive oil

Directions:
1. Mix together olive oil, vinegar, onions and garlic with all your spices.
2. Stir in beans and mix well.
3. Add tomatoes and cilantro.  Avocados last.
4. Devour.

I have (surprisingly) not tried to freeze this.  If you do, let me know how it comes out defrosted!  It’s best with fresh ingredients, and so its more expensive to make in the winter.  (Or if you’re trying to eat local, it’s completely out of the question in February.)

Hair Pretty Storage

Hair Pretty Storage | Jersey Up!

When my cousin Liz was little she called all her hair bows and headbands hair prettys. Not sure how it started but the name has stuck!

I have also grown tired of searching for (and losing) hair bows.

Something better had to exist! I saw a similar idea for hair pretty storage on The Paro Post via Pinterest (check out how cute hers came out!) and thought it looked easy enough.

Like everything else, it was easier than I thought. I bought the plain wooden frame and caterpillar ($.50!!!) from Michaels and the rick rack and hooks from our local 5 & 10. (Yes! They exist! It’s seriously the most spectacular store!!)

After some paint and a scary tutorial on how to use a staple gun – finished!!!!

All for less than $10!

I love it, don’t you?!