Category Archives: out and about

good riddance 2011

I’m glad you are over. Other than the birth of my daughter (and my new kitchen, ahem) nothing good came out of you. And here we are, celebrating your end with friends.


Us on New Year'sHurray!

49/50: get a pedicure

Today my husband and I are getting pedicures. 2 of my girlfriends are coming, too. My feet are so jacked right now. I haven’t painted my toes since my baby shower in JUNE, and I can’t reach my feet comfortably anymore. Considering that the only shoes I can wear are a single pair of flip-flops, I am not a happy girl. Adam has been complaining about an ingrown-toenail, too, so he needs one as badly as I do. And Owen got groomed, too, since he was super shaggy. God, I guess the entire family just kind of let go! O.o


I want one of these chairs ;)

Ahhh I feel sooo much better. I forgot how much service you get at this place. It’s Candy’s Nails on Silver Star and Clarke. They seat you in these fabulous chairs that massage your back and have a hot tub for your feet. Then they massage your feet and legs with a sea salt scrub and then 2 types of lotion, one before pumicing your heels and one after. Then they give you your pedicure. $25 for all that, or $30 if you get French tip polish. It’s heavenly!


I love a french pedicure

45/50: move mom into her apartment

AKA: Get out of my hooooooouse woman! Just kidding. A bit.


But seriously, she has asthma so we can’t paint or sand if she is staying here. Not to mention we’re tight on space as it is. And I’m due in, umm, 5 days.


Update: Lease is signed, and we have the keys! Woot!


Mom's apt - living room
Obviously we need some furniture!

43/50: shopping for last minute items

I need a laundry basket, night light, a diaper pail, a changing pad and cover, and a mini crib mattress pad. I also want to check out those items I picked out from west elm for my mom’s house in person. Hopefully we can get what I need and get home quick, since it looks like it’s going to rain like crazy.


Update: Holy freaking crap, I am never going to Ikea on a Saturday ever again! It was a mad house!! I should have expected it since it’s right in time for college shopping, but wow. And it poured!


But, since I refused to leave without getting what we needed AGAIN, we got everything on the list. I visited the girls’ room 3 times, and I had my beloved cheapy Ikea pizza. The west elm stuff ended up being kind of a bust. The quilt was so thin, I’m worried it will fall apart. But my husband brought up the fact that it’s just a guest room and doesn’t need to take a beating, so maybe I will give it a chance anyway?

38/50: design our bedroom at mom’s

I get a whole room to design at my mom’s new apartment! It’s got to fit Adam and I, and the baby. So I need a crib, queen bed, bedding for both, and curtains. I need blackout curtains since the baby will be in there, as well as rounded edges and either white, dark, or heavily printed fabrics so that stains aren’t an issue. Time to play around online to see what I come up with. I’m hitting West Elm’s website first. They just came out with a bunch of awesome hand block printed bedding.


Update: Ok, I couldn’t pick just one so I put them all up. I’ll probably let my husband decide since he has to sleep there too.


Here’s what I came up with:

Bedroom at Mom's Styletray

I like the red coral and brown, but Adam likes the blue. I wish we could do both. If only I had another bedroom at my house!!

37/50: choose apartment with mom

Yesterday was a bust. All the places were either too ghetto or didn’t have anything on the ground floor until after September. So today we went to look at the apartments where Adam and I used to live 5 years ago. We loved the neighborhood and amenities, but it was too expensive for us at the time ($800 for a 635 1/1), so we bought our house.


However, the prices have become a lot better since then. We got her a 1200sqft 3/2 for $1k. It met all the requirements and includes the washer & dryer, free wifi — which is awesome since I want to teach my mom how to use the internet, and valet trash, she just has to put it outside the door. Very convenient!


Here is the exact layout:

Mom's apt layout


We co-signed on the lease and will have our own room there. Since it’s so close to Adam’s job, I can have lunch with him during the week. Plus it has a pool, jacuzzi, gym, and a racquetball room, so I can work off the pregnancy flab. I’m really excited about it and my mom is happy because she’ll be near us and the baby, but will have a lot of space to herself. :)

36/50: view apartments with mom

My mom has suddenly decided that, with a grandbaby on the way, she wants to live in my city and be a good grandma. I am super happy about this, but geez mom! Couldn’t you figure this out like a month ago?! I am SO PREGNANT!!


Anyway, we have a lot of apartments here in Ocoee, and many along the way to Adam’s job. So he stopped by a few on the way to work yesterday to get info on them. Unlike when he and I were looking at apartments in college, cost is not the deciding factor. She was recently in a car accident, so she needs special accommodations, specifically:

- Safe location
- Ground floor
- Clean spaces and grounds
- Friendly staff
- Washer and dryer in the unit


Hopefully we can find a good place today!

33/50: pre-register for delivery at the hospital

Bor-ing, but necessary. I’d already pre-registered at Winnie Palmer, but since I’m no longer preterm, I can deliver at the local hospital. Yay! I’ve been feeling really good about giving birth at Health Central since I toured it last week. Was that only a week ago? Man these frequent appointments make time fly!


Here is my latest bump picture:

Week 37


Notice the dark circles under my eyes. I really haven’t been sleeping at all. Last night was the worst. I tossed and turned until around 5:30, and I had to get up at 7 for my OB appointment. The good news is I DROPPED! The bad news? I think that’s why I couldn’t sleep! It’s going to be a long 2-4 weeks.

32/50: get a diaper pail

I’m looking for a diaper pail. It’s for cloth so I don’t need like a diaper genie or anything, just a pail that can act as a diaper pail. There’s a lot of dorm stuff out right now, so I’m hoping to score something cheap and cute. I already have 2 drawstring Grovia pail liners, and I was thinking of getting one of those Ikea pails since the are the same color. But I also have a gift card to Bed, Bath, and Beyond, so I want to check them out too.




Update: I made it to Ikea and got a couple of things for the kitchen, then we went to West Elm to look at woven baskets since that’s my preferred type of laundry basket and I need another one. Then we went to the grocery and I couldn’t walk anymore. I didn’t even make it to BBB! I was having really painful Braxton Hicks contractions and I felt like my baby was just going to fall out on the sidewalk.


So FAIL on this one! I’ll have to go back out another time. :/ At least I got some pretty cloth napkins for the new dining room…? Ugh, I’m so stupid sometimes!

29/50: find a post-baby hangout

I’m on the lookout for a place to hang after the baby comes. Close to home is good. Wifi is a bonus. Pastries are a necessity. Oh yeah, and being kid friendly would be great, too. There’s a Starbucks near the hospital, but I think I spotted a bistro/cafe that just opened and is even closer. I think I’ll try them out for breakfast today and see how I like it.


Update: OMG I LOVE THAT BREAKFAST PLACE! It’s called House Blend Cafe and 100% of their profits go to community and charity efforts. How awesome is that? Plus their Chai Latte was Killer. They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner, have free wifi, and outdoor seating, too. Maybe they’re hiring? :3 Anyway, here’s their info:

House Blend Cafe
(407) 656-7676
10730 West Colonial Drive
Ocoee, FL 34761