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28 Weeks



I have officially entered my third trimester! Yay! This pregnancy seems to be going by so much faster now that I'm in school again. I have to say that going to school while pregnant is exhausting, though. Every day I come home from school and feel like I'm ready for bed. I guess I should start taking a naps but the problem is that I hate naps. They're little time thieves, stealing my day.  I love to sleep in but I hate to take naps. Does it make sense? No, because sleeping through the entire morning takes up a lot more of my day than a 30 minute nap. I'm aware of this, but I guess I'm just irrational because I still hate naps.

Okay, enough about my silliness, let's get down to business. Here's a bit more of a pregnancy update:

Weeks along: 28 weeks
Size of the baby: size of a Chinese cabbage (according to the pregnancy app on my phone). She should be about 2 1/4 pounds and 14.8 inches from head to toe.
Movement: there's a lot of it. My mum and sister both got to feel a kick this week. The baby gets really active at about 11pm-12am at night (right when I'm trying to fall asleep, haha). She's been kicking my bladder more frequently too. What a little punk.
Symptoms: I've been getting cramps in my calves every few days. I usually get them in the mornings when I'm still in bed. They are awful! I even got one during water aerobics yesterday. Just one of the many joys of pregnancy.
Cravings: Spaghetti. I've been eating it every day. It's weird because I had a really strong aversion to it throughout the first half of my pregnancy!
Belly button: It's still an innie, but it's getting shallower and more stretched sideways
Wedding ring: I can still fit my engagement ring but I can't wear both my engagement ring and wedding band at the same time anymore. Particularly if it's a hot day.
Nursery: I haven't really gotten started on the nursery. Our second bedroom is currently being used as a study and as a storage area. I've moved some things out of it and reorganized a little. I've partly planned out how I want to decorate it, but I haven't actually started doing it. I'll hopefully be writing a post later this week about my plans.

By the way, I had the lovely glucose test last week. I had to drink the glucose stuff while I was in class. If anyone was watching me while I was drinking that, they would have seen some interesting facial expressions (ones of disgust to be more specific).

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DIY Layered Necklace


I always struggle to spend money on jewelry. It's probably because I don't wear a lot of it, but this may be due to the limited options I have because I rarely buy jewelry. It's a vicious cycle. Well, lately I have been seeing a lot of people wearing statement necklaces and decided that this was something I wanted to try. I started looking around for necklaces that appealed to me. One item that really caught my attention was this layered necklace from preebrulee.com:


Even though I loved this necklace, I couldn't bring myself to spend the $42 they are asking for it. Even if I was willing to do this, this particular necklace always goes out of stock really quickly. It's construction didn't seem too complicated, so I decided to see if I could find any round beads in a similar color. After a long and unfruitful search, I realized that I could paint some cheap pearl beads the color that I desired. Making this necklace yourself will only cost about $10-15, which is a lot better than $42!

Here is the tutorial for this necklace. Be aware that this is a time consuming project if you paint the beads by hand like I did. Using a spray paint would make it considerably faster, but unfortunately I couldn't find a spray paint in the color I desired.



  • 178 x 6mm faux glass pearl beads
  • 163 x 8mm faux glass pearl beads
  • 119 x 10mm faux glass pearl beads
  • Paint for glass or plastic
  • Paintbrush
  • Thread
  • Clear acrylic gloss coating spray
  • Jewelry wire
  • Clear monofilament jewelry wire
  • 3 jump rings
  • 12 crimp beads
  • 1 round jewelry clasp or lobster claw clasp



String about 50-60 beads on a strand of thread. Tie the thread up so that you can paint the beads without the beads resting on anything. Leave enough room on the string that you can still move the beads around.


Paint the beads on the thread, making sure to get the area where the beads will touch each other.
(I found the most effective technique was to paint long strokes down several beads, covering as much of the beads as possible, and then going back and painting the areas missed on the individual beads)


String and paint several more strands of beads until all of the required beads have been painted.
As the beads start to dry, make sure to move the beads around on the string, separating them from one another so that they don't all stick together. 

Allow the beads to dry completely (I left mine overnight). When dry, spray them with the clear acrylic gloss spray to prevent the paint from chipping. Allow the beads to dry for about 24 hours (or for the length of time indicated by the directions for the spray)
*You can skip the acrylic gloss spray if you wish and the beads will still look great and shouldn't chip too much*

After 24 hours, remove the beads from the thread so that they can be threaded onto the monofilament jewelry wire. 

First layer:
Thread some monofilament jewelry wire through a crimping bead and a then a jumper ring. Feed the end of the wire back through the crimping bead and use some pliers to squish the bead around the wire. 
For this first strand, thread 78 of the smallest beads (6mm) onto the wire. Leaving a couple of inches at the end of the strand, cut off the remaining monofilament. Place a crimping bead and jumper ring at the end of strand and secure as you did at the beginning of the strand. Tuck the ends of the monofilament into the beads so that they are hidden.

Second layer:
Attach another strand of monofilament to one of the jumper rings of the first strand. 
Add 50 of the largest beads (10mm) to the wire
Secure the end of this strand to the other jumper ring of the first strand
This strand will be longer than the first.


For the remaining strands, attach them in the same manner as attached the second strand. All of the strands will share the same jumper rings. 
These are the number of beads to thread on the remaining layers:

Third layer: 69 medium beads (8mm)
Fourth layer: 100 small beads (6mm)
Fifth layer: 69 large beads (10mm)
Sixth layer: 94 medium beads (8mm)

Carefully open up one of the jumper rings with pliers and attach a jewelry clasp onto it. Close it again with the pliers. At the other end of the necklace, attach another jumper ring (or several if you want to make putting the necklace on a little easier) to the jumper ring.

Make sure that all of the ends of the monofilament are hidden by threading them back through the beads.

And you're done!


Since making this necklace, there are some improvements that I would consider making. You may want to use a multi-strand clasp to help the strands sit better and to make putting the necklace on easier. If you use a multi-strand clasp, each strand will be able to have its own ring to attach to (or only a couple of strands will have to share a ring)
A multi-strand interlocking clasp 
I really love this necklace. I plan on making a coral colored one soon!

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26 Weeks

I'm 26 weeks along in my pregnancy! Only 14 weeks to go. Our baby girl is 14" long from head to toe and she weighs almost 2 pounds! I'm feeling great, just a little tired.

I realized that I haven't posted any pictures from our last ultrasound, so I'll do that now. These were taken when I was 20 weeks along. This was the day we found out that we were having a girl! I had convinced myself that we were having a boy, so I was actually quite surprised to find out that I'm going to have a daughter!





At this stage the baby doesn't have a lot of fat yet, so they tend to look somewhat skeletal. The ultrasound technician said that little kids who see these ultrasounds say that the babies look like Gollum, haha.

John recorded the whole ultrasound. He put some of it into a youtube video. If you're interested in seeing this here's the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VC3aE2AgWBs
(Please excuse my camera awkwardness if you do watch this)

I can't wait to see what our little girl will look like when she's born! I'm sure she'll be the cutest thing in the world.

We haven't made too many big purchases for the baby, but we have been buying clothes. I just can't resist the ones with cute little animal prints and ruffles on the back. Here is what I have bought so far (notice the variety of animals):










Fortunately for us, we've also been given a lot of baby clothes from our sisters-in-law (Kathryn, Tori, and Jenn). These tubs are filled with clothes:

Now our baby girl needs some cute hair accessories! I haven't bought any yet because I'm hoping that I can make some myself. We'll see how that goes!




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DIY Painted Vases




A few months ago I was looking on Pinterest and found a tutorial for some cool painted vases and decided to try it out.  I bought a few vases from the Dollar Tree and some paint from Walmart and got to work. I'm pretty happy with how they turned out and it cost just over $7 for five vases. I've written my own brief, simple version of the tutorial below.



1. Paint for glass (I used Folkart Enamels Paint in Aqua)- $1.19
2. Clear vase- $1
3. Paint Brush

(You may want to also apply a surface conditioner to the inside of the vase before you paint it. I didn't and my vases still look great)



1. Wash the vase and allow to dry.



2. Pour some paint into the vase and use a paintbrush to spread it around the inside of the vase.  Keep adding more paint  until the inside of the vase is covered.


 3. Once you've covered the inside of the vase with a layer of paint, allow the vase to dry.

4. Apply one or two more layers of paint, until the vase is a solid color with no transparent areas. Let dry overnight

I painted three vases this color and put them on a bookshelf in our living room. They add a nice splash of color to the room!

I decided to try something different for a couple of the vases. I wanted one vase to hold my wedding bouquet and another to hold one of my bridesmaid's bouquets. I used a light blue paint because that was one of my wedding colors. In order to be able to see some of the ribbon the bouquets were wrapped in, I decided to have a transparent section on each of the vases. To achieve this, I put tape on the inside of the vase and then painted the vase. This technique didn't work as well as I had hoped. When I tried to remove the tape, there was not a very clean line where the paint ended. To make the vases look better, I used a black marker to define the area where the paint ended. 
 I'm not completely happy with the result, but at least they are unique!

Here's the link to the original tutorial:  http://www.sugarandcharmblog.com/2011/01/easy-and-beautiful-enamel-painted-vases.html
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Update!


I think it's about time for a blog update! Actually, it's well past time. Right now I'm 25 weeks pregnant with our little girl. We already have a name picked out for her, but we're not telling everyone until she is born. I can't wait to meet her! She has started to kick all the time now. It's so weird to watch my belly move when she gives me a big kick!

It wasn't until I reached about 20 weeks that I started showing. It seemed like I just woke up one morning and realized that I actually had a belly. Now I feel like I'm huge!










You may have noticed that in the 19 week picture I am wearing men's basketball shorts. At this point I had not bought any stretchy pants, so I borrowed John's shorts when I was at home. Attractive, I know.

I started my last semester of college this week. I'm taking a yoga class and a water aerobics class, so it looks like I'm going to be a fairly fit pregnant lady. It will be interesting doing yoga when I'm 9 months pregnant… I'm sure the other girls in my class will find it amusing! I'm nervous about the baby coming early, particularly because of all the activity I'll be doing. I can't believe that I'm having a baby and graduating from college at 21! Life is progressing quickly!

P.S. John has been making some cute youtube videos. His latest one features our cute two-year-old nephew, Trey. He is such a smart little guy and we had so much fun spending time with him a few weekends ago. Here's the link to the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GaQXRxeN6y4&feature=plcp
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