This Grand Adventure: Chelsa-Bea: October 2014

October 24, 2014

Guest Post: Nursery Art

Going off last week's nursery inspiration post, my lovely and talented friend, Liz Lidgett, of Curated by Liz Lidgett has generously offered to share some of her favorite nursery inspired art with us today. She's got a great eye and has been helping me put together ideas and more for this little babes nursery, so I hope you enjoy!

Chelsea is one of my dearest friends, so when she told me she was pregnant I was over the moon for her and Chase. I live in Des Moines and she’s, of course, in Milwaukee but I am not going to let the distance stop us from getting to celebrate together. One of the best ways I know how to help her prepare for this little nugget is by helping to find great artwork for the nursery. I am an art advisor and blogger so my love language is helping my friends’ art collections. Oddly specific, I know, but it’s the truth.

Chels has a great Pinterest board for the nursery she is putting together. She told me she is heading for white furniture with the base colors being white, silver/gray and navy. I love it. With that in mind, let’s hit with some art picks for the nursery gallery wall.

Nursery Gallery Wall Inspiration

1. Sharon Montrose, Baby Elephant// 2. Paper Mache Animal Head, Paper Unleashed // 3. Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, WhimsicalWallArts // 4. You Wonderful Thing, Hooray Today // 5. Hello Zebra, Gaucho Works // 6. A Study in Shapes, Xavier&Me

I always recommend adding a 3-D object to a gallery wall to take it to the next level. It’s unexpected and these paper mache heads are so cool. I also love the Hooray Today piece that adds a necessary pop of color and ties in the gray, blues, and whites while adding some additional great energy. I think the perfect way to top off this gallery wall would be to add a photo or two of the baby’s ancestors. Once we know if it is a boy or a girl, it we would be the right touch to show the line of amazing men or women that they come from. I’ve been lucky enough to meet both Chels and Chase’s families so I know this babe comes from an amazing, loving family.

You can always head on over to my blog too to see some tips on how to install artwork like an expert or see some other fun art and d├ęcor posts. Chels, thanks for having me. xoxo

October 23, 2014

Nursery Inspiration

Image via Mom's Best Network

I’ve got baby on the brain pretty bad these days. With less than 80 days until this little one joins us, it’s hard for me to think about much else. We’re in the midst of putting together the nursery and so I thought I would share some of the inspiration I’ve gathered from throughout the web.

I’ve been Pinterest-ing away for months, and now I’m attempting to put all this magic together. I’m not super skilled when it comes to decorating but I’m giving it a whirl with this babes room. I’m trying to create a space that’s fun and inspiring, yet simple and flows well with the rest of our home.

I’ll share the entire thing (maybe) once it’s complete. In the mean time, if you’re looking for baby room inspiration or my other baby boards you can check out my Pinterest page.


Image via Charleston Magazine


Image via 100 Layer Cake


Image via Lay Baby Lay


Image via Grey Likes Baby


Image via Glitter Guide


Image via Very Rosenberry

October 7, 2014

30 Before 30: A Year in Review


I realized I haven’t written about this list since April, which now seems like a million years ago given all that’s happened in the last 6 months. It sort of got thrown on the back burner after I found out I was pregnant. Let’s be real, that’s all I’ve been able to think about since the day I found out. It also put a bit of a damper on completing some of these items – i.e. playing volleyball in a bikini. Truthfully, I could have probably done that and run the 10k but they just didn’t seem that important.

I’ve really enjoyed having this list to guide me through the last year. It always gave me something to look forward to - a little glimmer of something exciting to come, a goal to have in mind and something to work towards.

Reminding me to read a book, or try a new chicken recipe or finally learn to sew a button. It’s been fun to explore Milwaukee in many different facets, learn something new about blogging, and travel…a lot.

While I only completed a little over half of these items, without the list, I’ll be honest, I don’t know if I ever would have gotten back on my Nordic skis or finally, finally gone and visited Kaileen, or gotten in the best shape of my life. Having that bikini-volleyball-10k goal over my head was motivation to do a lot of things during the arctic tundra we lived in last winter. And while out loud it may sound vain, it taught me a lot about learning to love myself and my body and coveting strength over skinniness.

And, even though I’ve been thinking about it for weeks, I’m not sure I’ll make a list for 30. With this little one coming in January, I think that may be all my 30th year needs. We’ll see though, perhaps I’ll try and take a crack at a few of these remaining list items and see where I end up (here's looking at you bikini-volleyball goal).

29 has been a solid year. A crazy-busy, lots of highs and lots of lows year but it was a solid one. I’m content with where I’m at and with what I’ve accomplished. I’m ready for 30. Much more ready than I thought I would be a year ago. 30 and the next 10 years will be a great new adventure, one I can’t even begin to imagine but one I’ll gladly sign on for.