Pregnancy: Nursery Reveal

“Sometimes the littlest things take up
the most room in our hearts.”
– UNKNOWN


I am so excited that the nursery is complete! We were blessed with so many wonderful things at our shower last weekend. This week, I was finding a place for everything and getting all the last items we would need. I’m pretty happy with how it came together. Now, we just have to wait for the little guy to arrive!

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We love how the paint color (Behr’s Cathedral Gray) turned out. It matches both the wood and white throughout the room. Two of my DIYs are the signs above the crib and the mobile. There is still a crib skirt to come (I’ll update when it arrives).
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Close up of the mobile.
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Just a few of the stuffed animals from friends and family on the adorable owl sheet.
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I know he is going to love his giant teddy bear from my shower at Corbin’s work.
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Corbin’s mom and stepdad purchased my favorite place to sit in the house. I know I’m going to spend a lot of time here!
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I thought the corner looked a little bare so yesterday I painted some trees.
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I knew these were the shelves I wanted but it took me forever to find them. I am so glad I did though because I love his books next to the chair.
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I couldn’t resist putting the tee-pee on my registry! Thank you to my Uncle John, Aunt Marty, and cousin, Megan, it was the first shower gift I received.
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I put good use to my old dresser.
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Corbin added shelves and rods to help me utilize the small closet. I’d say it works pretty well now. The baskets are perfect for essentials that we will not use everyday or until he is a little older. 
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The dresser would not be complete without his owl nightlight/noise machine from my Aunt Sheri and Grandma.
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Michaels had a whole aisle of letter, but not many C’s. I ended up purchasing an O and having Corbin cut it for me. The woodland animal print was from my sister, Faith, from my shower invitations. The large print was purchased from an Etsy shop, ThePrintAnnex.
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Ikea drawer organizers made a lot of stuff very easy to sort and find.

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Hope you liked the nursery! Keep an eye out for a post in the next few weeks with more weekly belly shots!

 

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Pregnancy: BFF Maternity Photos

“Best friends are people who make your
problems their problems, just so you don’t
have to go through them alone.”
– UNKNOWN


It was the most amazing surprise when I found out that Ashley and I were going to be pregnant at the same time! We both expecting little boys two days apart. Now, here we are at 31 weeks, and we took some photos together.

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Pregnancy: Christmas Gender Reveal

“A new baby is like the beginning of all things
wonder, home, a dream of possibilities.”
– EDA J. LE SHAN


We told our family and friends on we were having a boy with a Christmas reveal. For our parents that we saw on Christmas Eve night and Christmas day, we wrapped an ornament filled with confetti. Our friends and family received cards in the mail for them to open on Christmas day. See how they turned out!

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This is one of the Christmas cards that was sent. I wrapped the envelope filled with confetti like a present.
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This is one of the ornaments for our parents to open.
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The day was filled with a lot of  blue confetti and lots of phone calls and text messages celebrating our baby boy!

 

Pregnancy: Annoucement

“Thanks, but I feel like it’s one of those cheesy dad mugs.”
– CORBIN PERRY


So it been a while, but I had a good excuse. I’ve been busy (not to mention tired and sick) trying to grow a baby. Yes, we are having a baby! See how I told everyone the good news:

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I make Corbin’s coffee every morning, so I had an idea a while back to get him a “dad” mug and have it facing the other way so when he took a look at it he would know. I didn’t expect him to not notice it was a new mug though. He walked around with it for about a half hour until I asked him if he liked his new mug. He only looked at the backside which said “Life is Good” and replied “Thanks, but I feel like it’s one of those cheesy dad mugs.” I then told him to “look at the front” which said “Best Dad Ever.” He just laughed and had a huge grin.

rachelperry_announcement3The next people we told were Corbin’s mom and stepdad because we had a weekend planned to visit them. I thought I would keep the mug thing going and made them two with an oil-based Sharpie and plain mugs.

rachelperry_announcement4My mom was next with my sisters. I included a cinnamon bun with the mugs for a breakfast package. Everyone was thrilled about the first grand baby!

rachelperry_announcement5This is one of the matching mugs for my sisters.

rachelperry_announcement6Now that our close family knew, it was time to let our friends know about our news. They got a package like this with a card (see below) that had a personalize message.

rachelperry_announcement7rachelperry_announcement8My friend, Ashley, was actually the first one to know I was pregnant because she told me she was. It’s pretty crazy that our due dates are two days apart! I didn’t want her to feel left out about not getting a mug so I made her the one pictured above.

rachelperry_announcement9My coworkers were greeted one Monday morning with a message letting them know there were “buns in the oven” for them to enjoy.

rachelperry_announcement10Corbin sent a message to his friends and family members asking what they thought of his new mug shot.

rachelperry_announcement11To tell the rest of our friends, Ashley and I wore matching skeleton costumes to our friend Halloween party.

Now it may seem like everyone knows, but we still had to announce on social media which is where we used the first photo with of both holding our mugs. Be on the look out for belly shots and the gender reveal!

House: Laundry Room

After the kitchen was complete, I was ready to tackle more projects on my list. The laundry room was one of my least favorite rooms because it was just not functional. See for yourself in the photo below.

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BEFORE: The laundry room when we first moved in. The cabinets provided very little storage because there was only one shelf that was splintering.
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AFTER: We cut the door in half and got rid of the dog crates. Now, the dogs have their own room and I don’t have to look at the ugly cages.
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I am still in storage heaven! It is so nice to be able to have room for everything. It is so much easier to get the items we need right away with it open.
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More of the shelfs and Leo made the shot. We removed the drop ceiling to expose the beams like the kitchen. The floors were also replaced with flooring Pergo we got a Home Depot.
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My cleaning corner. The vacuum was missing but it is usually placed in the middle. (The tube was just there temporarily, but has now found it’s home in the creek.)
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This is my shelf the is above the washing machine. It was an awesome find at Walmart for $12. The rack pulls out when you need it but can nicely be folded in when you don’t.

House: Kitchen Renovation

“The kitchen is the heart of the home.”
– UNKNOWN


After our wedding last year, we decided to start some small house projects. When I say small, we planned on painting the kitchen cabinets, replacing the kitchen floor and countertops. We got much more then we bargained for! When we pulled up the floor we found termites and it was worse then we could have imagined. The support beams were just laying on the dirt and were completely infested. We had to replace everything! The exterminator said that they had probably been there for years and it must have been missed in the inspection. Thankfully, Corbin, with the help of our friends and family, was able to do the majority of the work. It took longer that way, but saved us a lot of money and I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out. Take a look for yourself!

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BEFORE: Our kitchen when we moved in.
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BEFORE: The first thing you saw then you walked in was the oven.
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Before: The dining area was carpeted, just had a recessed light, and there was a step up to it.
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BEFORE: This was the step up that everyone loved to sit on, but I always worried that someone would fall. Now, without it I could extend the table for holidays and have an island.
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Ready to rip up the floor.
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All the years of vinyl floors!

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Corbin prepping for the concrete countertops.

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We got the wood floors from two places, our attic and Corbin’s dad’s house. He was taking them off the walls of his backroom.

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We used the old cabinets, but changed the layout.
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Now, the window is the first thing you see when you walk in. It is so much nicer then the oven!

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Corbin will be making an island that will go under the pendant lights.
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We save a lot of money on the pendant lights by making our own shades with Ball jars.

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Back to School: Noteworthy Notes

“Don’t ever stop showing how much you care.”
– UNKNOWN


This is my last week in the Back to School series, I hope you enjoyed! This one is one of my favorites and the easiest. What type of note will you put into your next packed lunch: a riddle, a joke, or a origami shape? My husband is getting a riddle tomorrow!

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Download these free notecards for yourself!

Back to School: Brown Bag Buddies

“Wish upon a shooting star, listen to your dreams,
and make your imagination run wild.”
– UNKNOWN


The lunch fun continues and this week it is pretty simple (the opposite of last week). All you have to do is download, print, cut, and glue. These woodland characters were so much fun to create, and I hope you have just has much fun using them!

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Get started right now!

Design: Making Moves

“Owning a home is the keystone of wealth..
both financial affluence and emotional security.”
– SUZE ORMAN


As the summer market heats up, so does our featured content for the magazine. Issue 70 of American Lifestyle magazine was all about Making Moves for the summer real estate season. Check out some of the ads I for the issue, and click on them for more tips.

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Check out more about Issue 70!

Wedding: The Day

“Once in a while,
in the middle of an ordinary life,
love gives us a fairytale.”


Just one year ago today, I became Mrs. Perry. It was one of the best days of my life. I am going to let the photos speak for themselves, because Nate Heckenberger did such a beautiful job. See more of his work!

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Another lunch break project, I made hangers for my bridesmaids with their names.

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I loved the idea of different dresses with a similar color palette so I let my bridesmaids pick what dress they wanted and it worked out perfectly.

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