. Thursday, February 15, 2018 .


A few days before Mila turned 13 months I took her last photo session of her at 12 months old. These are the final photos of her first year's monthly development photo shoots sitting on the blue chair with her little fox stuffed animal. Our little girl has grown up so fast! She is no longer a baby but is now officially our toddler.

While I tear up seeing these photos of our daughter now 13 months old, I'm also so excited to see her grow and develop each day and for all the exciting things that are yet to come. It has been an amazing first 12 months of Mila's life! Our daughter is so sweet, smart, silly and fun. She makes our lives so much brighter and fulfilling and I love waking up each day to see our little girl's sweet smile and am excited for what the day will bring for us. She truly is our pride and joy and my love for her exponentially grows. :)

Mila had her first haircut at the end of January. We want her hair to grow out but we needed to have her bangs trimmed because they were getting really long and in the way. We got the package where they take a photo of her and save some of her hair. She did so good! When she first sat in the chair she wanted out but we were right near by and they distracted her with a toy and even had shows on the screens so we allowed her to watch something while the lady cut her bangs. Then she was fine and did a great job! Her hair is curly just like her mommy and daddy's. It looks so cute and I honestly think its getting lighter in color.

  • At 12 months Mila loves walking and exploring. When we go to stores she loves grabbing things and putting them other places, just like she does at home. She love rearranging!
  • She loves apples more than any food, and says 'app' for apple and has said 'apple' once. 
  • She still says mama and dadda but does a wonderful job saying things that sound what the phrase is like 'I love you.' 
  • She loves to repeat phrases from her favorite books like 'pop,pop,pop' from the book Mr. Brown Can Moo Can You
  • When she doesn't want something, such as when she is done eating yogurt, she will shake her head no and say 'neh' for no.
  • She can move down from the bed and chairs on her own and expertly climb up and down the stairs.
  • Mila loves dancing to music, especially country, it is pretty adorable how she loves music!
  • She loves moving things across the floor like the kitchen chairs and her ottoman in her room.
  • A cute thing that didn't start till she was 12 months is her carrying her dolls. She holds them and will put them in the doll's stroller. She just loves them! We were at the thrift store and they had a cute doll and I wasn't sure if I should get it for her, but she squealed when she saw it and carried it the whole time we were shopping. 
  • She also has gotten really good about petting and hugging our cats. Mila is so loving! 
  • She loves taking baths and will say 'ba' every time I tell her its bath time and she gets excited.
  • She is social, when we are out and about she loves seeing other kids and when we go to the public library she likes to interact with the other children.
  • When she sees photos of animals she can make the sounds when I ask her and she always roars when she sees a photo of a lion or tiger.
  • She has 10 teeth now! She was getting picky about eating for a few weeks, but has been pretty good about eating her food lately. She will always eat apples and Chiptole though, haha.
  • I still nurse Mila but I think she wants to nurse less during the day and is starting to wean.
  • She still won't wear bows, she will take them off as soon as she sees me put them in her hair or discovers it on her head, though she was too distracted by her daddy being silly for her to notice in the photos below.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Mila's Outfit
Dress, similar - This is the dress she wore at her First Birthday party with family. Its from Old Navy and it was pretty plain, so I sewed on the ribbon near the bodice and made a matching bow. I love this dress and really love all of Old Navy dresses. They seriously go from dresses to tunics and get alot of use, while also being really cute!
Shoes - (Old Navy, no longer available)



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. Monday, February 12, 2018 .

A few weeks ago I did a post about being inspired to paint this plant wall in our family room black. Well its done! I ended up painting the wall a dark chocolate color that was actually leftover paint that was in our home already. The paint was found in our utility room, it was used to paint our pergola on our back patio. I really like the color and decided to just use what we already had to paint this wall. The color is called Phantom Mist by Olympic paint.

What do you guys think?!

I really love how the wall looks! I like how it is a dramatic wall and lets the plants and the plant stands pop against the wall. In person the wall color is more of a very dark chocolate brown tone. I think it is a nice improvement from just the plain cream colored wall that was there before. I also like how the dark chocolate wall blends in with the railing above it in the breakfast nook.

Here is the BEFORE

 

Here is the AFTER

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. Friday, February 9, 2018 .

For Christmas my mother-in-law gifted me the prettiest handmade wood planter. She carved a wooden bowl into a unique shape, stained it and adorned pretty blue crystals on both sides of it. Then she filled it with an array of succulent plants and moss and drilled holes on the bottom for drainage.

It looks so good as the centerpiece on our table in the breakfast nook! When she gave it to me on Christmas I was so excited! I love plants, natural elements like wood, the color blue and crystals. This gift was everything I love in a beautiful plant arrangement and planter.

Have you ever seen anything like it?! I told her she could sell these at outdoor festivals. I think people would love to take these home and find a special place inside to display them!

 

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. Thursday, February 8, 2018 .

I absolutely adore Mila's room! We spend a lot of time in this room whether we are changing diapers, playing or reading, it is so nice to be in a pretty environment. Her room is definitely a fun and peaceful place to spend time in. I would describe the style of the room as boho chic, it is cute, feminine and fun. There are lots of pink and gold tones with accents of blue, I really love everything about this room!

As soon as we moved into our house last summer, Mila's room was the first room we painted. The paint color is Opal Blush by Valspar. We still need to paint the doors to her closet, which aren't pictured as well as the trim to the room. This is on our to-do list this year, but I'm excited for this to be done so her room will be completely finished. I'm thinking we will paint the doors and trim a shade of white.

CRIB - Baby Mod

RUG - World Market

CURTAINS - TJ Maxx 

BLANKET - Pottery Barn Kids


The first thing I researched for her nursery was the perfect crib. I love how modern and clean Mila's crib is. Next we got a beautiful nursing chair at World Market (I got it at a great sale price!), but this has been relocated to the living room since I no longer nurse her in the room like the early days. I made sure to get a comfortable chair but not an actual nursing chair so that the chair could be used again somewhere else in our home.

One of my favorite aspects of the room is Mila's gallery wall. All of the photos were taken by Thomas and I in Utah. Mila was born in Utah so all of these pictures are special and meaningful to us. The coyote and buffalo were taken at Antelope Island, I was actually pregnant with Mila at the time but yet to find out! It was amazing to see herds of buffalo and a coyote right off the road! The deer, rainbow and photo of the two kittens were taken in our yard in Utah. The two kittens are actually a photo of our cats Odin and Willow. We discovered the kittens in our garden and adopted all four of them! The photo is very precious to us!

The colorful horse, hippo and giraffe prints were gifts from Mila's grandma T and the floral print was a gift from Mila's great grandma Gloria. The clock was a must for the early days when I would record nursing times and Mila's sleep schedule and it is still handy to have to know exactly what time it is.

 

GIRAFFE PRINT - Brooke Connor

HORSE PRINT - Brooke Connor

HIPPO PRINT - Brooke Connor

Rainbow, Kitten, Buffalo, Coyote and Deer photo taken by Thomas or I, Felicia.

FLORAL PRINT - Katie Daisy on Etsy

MANDALA PRINT - Felicia Kutina


STENCIL USED ON DRESSER - Amazon

ROUND NATURAL LAUNDRY BASKET - Ross, similar

LAUNDRY BASKETS ON RIGHT - Ross, similar

FLOWER CLOCK - Amazon

BUTTERFLY KNOBS - Hobby Lobby


I knew I wanted a pretty dresser for Mila's nursery and after looking at new dressers online, none of them were unique enough or made of quality material. So I searched everyday on Craigslist until I found a vintage dresser and when this one showed up for $160, I knew it was worth it! We drove to Salt Lake and put this in the back of our car.

Thomas did an amazing job refinishing the dresser, he stained it and painted the white accents. The white paint is Snowfall by Behr. The stain he used is called Golden Pecan. I thought the dresser needed something to give it character so I found this stencil and Thomas painted the design on.  It took a lot of time for Thomas to complete this project, this dresser was a labor of love and I absolutely love it! I hope Mila will want to keep this dresser as she gets older too. We got the butterfly knobs at Hobby Lobby and they were the perfect finishing touch. When she gets older she can always switch these knobs out. The dresser does a good job fitting all of Mila's clothes, cloth diapers and other necessities. I thrifted the little basket on top where I put her wipes and cloths.

I use the laundry baskets on the right to put her dirty cloth diapers, I usually wash them when the bag gets full or every two days sometimes every other day. (I will be doing a post soon about cloth diapering!) The laundry basket on the left is where I throw all of Mila's dirty clothes. I love these natural baskets, they are beautiful and hold up well. They bring a nice natural element to the room along with the baskets filled with stuffed animals.



I had been eyeing the art of Starla Michelle Haffman when I discovered her artwork on Pinterest. I knew I would buy one of the letter prints when I had a child, so when I became pregnant I ordered the M for Mila. :) I wanted another animal print and the Bear one was just too cute. The Dream Big Little One print matches the prints perfectly and was a gift from Mila's grandma T.

M PRINT - Starla Michelle Haffman

DREAM BIG LITTLE ONE PRINT - Hobby Lobby

B FOR BEAR PRINT - Starla Michelle Haffman

FLORAL CRIB SHEET- The Land of Nod

METAL ELEPHANT WIND CHIMES - Amazon 

PINK AND WHITE ROPE BASKET - Home Goods, similar

BLUE POM POM BASKET - Hobby Lobby, similar


The elephant wind chime placed near the crib is Mila's favorite thing in the room. She has been mesmerized by this wind chime since she was only a few months old. It is fun to have her twirl it and use her hands to hit it as it spins and makes beautiful sounds. We all love it!


The chair on the floor is a gaming chair Tom got for him to sit in the nursery the first week I was postpartum so he could be with us in the room. I covered it with a blanket and Mila and I sit together and read books on it. The books need to be on a shelf, but I am on the hunt for a cute wicker shelf to put them on and haven't found the right one yet. 

The round ottoman, Mila's grandma T gave to us when they were moving and didn't need it anymore. It works goes perfectly with the decor.

CEILING LIGHT - Wayfair


When I was 19 and had my first studio apartment this rose painting was the first thing I got for my new place. I love how it looks in Mila's room! It adds some life to the room and beautiful colors. I got it at Ross a long time ago!

I tried putting live plants in Mila's room, both hanging and a large one in a pot, but they didn't work out. The hanging plant wasn't getting enough light and Mila kept putting her hands in the soil of the plant on the ground, so they both had to be relocated to different rooms. Hopefully down the road we will be able to have plants in this room, but if not, that is okay, I love the room as it is!

 

HANGING ELEPHANT DECORATION - World Market


Mila picked out this elephant decoration when we were at World Market. They caught her eye. She really loves the little elephants!


The large dream catcher was handmade by me. I made two others as well but I decided to donate those when we moved from Utah to Colorado. It was fun making the dream catcher when I was pregnant! The smaller dream catcher, Thomas and I picked up when we were in Costa Rica. I love how they look in her room!

Also if you were wondering why Mila's crib is positioned the way it is, it is because I follow Feng Shui principles as much as possible and they say the short end of the crib, where the head is, should be against a wall. This position helps promote sleep and the baby has the support of the wall while it sleeps, versus having the long side of the crib against the well where the baby's head isn't supported.

If you have questions about anything else in the room, just let me know! I'll happily answer your questions! Thank you for taking the tour of our little girl's room!

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