Harper’s Nursery Progress

So I finished taping, and sealing, and painting my accent herringbone wall…and it turned out HORRIBLE! I kid you not, when I started pulling the tape, and the paint started peeling, I nearly cried. I’m in touch-up hell. I should have known it wouldn’t be perfect with my textured walls, but I was really hoping it miraculously would be.

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Cringe! Look at all those jagged lines that I have to fix. :-( (The coloring looks slightly more blue in this photo than in person.)

In other news, I think I’m slowly beginning to nail down some of the other room details (fabric, furniture, art, etc.) Here’s a glimpse at what I’m envisioning so far…Oh, and did I mention we named our little lady?!Screen Shot 2014-07-02 at 10.17.08 PM

You’ll have to use a little imagination, but this is the basics. I’ll actually use this art in a thick matted frame, which should help break up some of the herringbone wall. I’m DIY’ing Camryn’s dark wood dresser and updating it with some brass pulls. The fabric for the pillows and custom drapes are from Caitlin Wilson’s Tribeca line, and she is currently running a 15% off coupon with code FREEDOM15.

The gorgeous coral midcentury armchair – SWOON – was a gift from my husband. I’m smitten. :-) We have a big (ugly, but uber comfy) rocking armchair that will be in our master bedroom for late night feedings, so my pink chair is really just for sitting and staring at my beautiful baby when she arrives, and admiring her bedroom that’s prettier than my own. Why is it that our kids always end up with more thoughtfully designed, and nicer looking bedrooms than our own?! W.T.H.

I’ve had questions about how I created the herringbone wall, so for those of you interested (and crazy enough like I was), I will post a tutorial soon.

XO – Samantha

It’s a GIRL!!

We went to see our OB yesterday, and finally found out who’s been torturing me for the last 16 weeks…

ItsAGirlSURPRISE – It’s another tiny LADY!!

Camryn is thrilled, and can’t wait for her little sister to arrive. She’s known all along it was a girl, even when I was sure it must be a boy. She asked yesterday in the car, on our way to the doctors, “are we going to see baby —— on the doctors TV again today?” (I’ll share her name soon) Sister intuition, I guess. :-)

I haven’t shared many bump pics lately, and this is unfortunately the only one I have for you… *Pre warning!! I’m half naked!! Be afraid!!*

pregnant16weeksPlease excuse the excessive amount of skin. We’ve been living in the pool lately, it’s just too hot here!

Week 16 started yesterday, and I’m still sick. This little lady is stubborn. There’s an old wives tale that says if you’re sick during pregnancy, baby will have lots of hair. Please let that be true!!! Camryn was bald till her 2nd birthday, poor kid.

Stay tuned for tomorrows “What’s In My Pool Bag” post. I’ll be sharing a few of my favorite summer must-have items, and some beauty products that help take you from sweaty beach-bum, to bronzed-babe in minutes.

XO – Samantha

VonBon Apparel

Happy Thursday! Happy because there’s only 1 more day until the weekend, but also because I have one of my favorite companies to share with you guys today, as well as a coupon code.

You’ve all heard me talk about Vonbon before, but my love affair with this company is so strong that they deserved their own post!

I’ve searched for scarves for my tiny lady since she was old enough to wear them, and could never find anything that was modern, well made, and in her size. I started buying adult scarves for her (not cheap), cutting them in half (what a waste), and sewing them into little infinity scarves (I’m terrible at sewing, even straight lines)…then I discovered Vonbon, and the addiction started.

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Jennifer and Kristen, two absolutely stunning sisters, created the Vonbon brand out of their desire to fulfill the need for quality, organic, and beautiful products suited for both mother and child. Tired of giving their expecting friends the traditional baby gifts, they began creating goods in neutral and sophisticated patterns that were easily transitioned from outfit to outfit, as well as being gender neutral. Vonbon uses only premium, organic fabrics, water based inks, and to ensure quality, they’re printed in small batches. These ladies are so incredibly sweet, and seriously care about their customers. Working with them has been so fun!

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve seen Camryn rocking her Vonbon frequently. Here are a few of my favorite pictures of her wearing the neutral feather infinity cowl, neutral triangle infinity cowl, and the nude polka dot headband.

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Are you in love yet?

The first thing most moms want to know is “How do they wash?’, and the answer is GREAT! See that red frosted cupcake? Y’all know it t went all over her scarf, but you’d never even know now. A gentle cycle later, and it was good as new. The products are so well made, and I really appreciate that the children’s infinity cowls come in a generous size, so I don’t have to worry about Camryn outgrowing them anytime soon. I can actually wrap them around her neck 3x’s if it’s extra cold outside and I want her neck to stay warm and have the ability to zip her jacket all the way up. The neutral patterns make mixing and matching headbands and infinity cowls so easy, but doesn’t give off that “matchy matchy” look. I know these will still be favorites of mine when we decide to have baby #2, and they’ll look just as adorable on a boy or girl.

Here are some other Vonbon items that I’m currently lusting over:

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Gray Antler Blanket – This would be so great in a boys room, or in a girls room in need of a masculine touch to balance the pink. It’s the perfect size for tummy time, swaddling, or as a car seat blanket.
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Why don’t these Stella headbands come in my size?! They’re seriously adorable.

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What baby wants to wear a bib when they could wear this black & white chevron bibdana?
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Blush Antler Knotted Hat
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Burp cloths that won’t make you cringe.

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Adult Infinity Cowl in Blush Triangles

The girls at Vonbon are giving all of you a 15% discount on your total order until December 12th with code VONBONPEARLS

Go get your Vonbon on, and snag some Christmas gifts for friends!

Be sure to enter the 3 GIVEAWAYS while there’s still time!

Giveaway 1: http://playdatesandpearls.com/on-the-first-day-of-christmas/

Giveaway 2: http://playdatesandpearls.com/on-the-second-day-of-christmas/

Giveaway 3: http://playdatesandpearls.com/on-the-3rd-day-of-christmas/

XO – Samantha

Gift Guide: Toys {Babies & Toddlers}

Gift Guide: Toys
4.|| Confetti Guitar
Clothing items aren’t always every kids favorite gift, but  moms will LOVE unwrapping these Freshly Picked Moccs:
and keeping your mini warm in the cooler months is easy, and chic, with VonBon’s infinity cowls:
I hope you all enjoyed my first Gift Guide installment. I’ll be sharing 2 per week until Christmas.
XO – Samantha
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