Creature Comforts

As we anxiously await the arrival of our little beam, we can't help ourselves from indulging in goodies for the little one. We have already accumulated several gender neutral outfits, one bad ass rug, a few essential toys and a bassinet stand. Needless to say, the guest room nursery is filling up!

Our number one priority is to begin clearing out space in the aformentioned guest room and making it feel more like a home for a little one. We have big plans for this space. But first things first, we need to get the room cleared out and painted. Which is much easier said than done. Maybe we will start this task soon? This weekend perhaps??? There is a home depot paint aisle out there calling out to us!

In the meantime, we wanted to share our newest and possibly our most favorite addition to the soon-to-be nursery.

We snagged this adorable "forest critter garden pot" from Anthro. How could you pass this guy up?! And while we were out shopping for flowers (for the dinner party we had this past weekend - more to come on that!) we found the perfect fern to nest inside this cute little creature. This particular species is called a bird's nest fern! Ummm...how perfect!!! Low light, moist soil and lots of love. 

Happy Spring!

N + L 

Good Juju

Alright, a quick update, N is about 10 weeks into her pregnancy and couldn't be doing better! Well, except for the expected anytime sickness. That being said, we are at the point where we feel like it is okay to start telling some of our friends and family the way exciting news!!! Plus our midwife gave us the go ahead. All systems clear, there is a baby beam on the way! We envision every part of this journey to be full of happiness and peace, and we are beyond ecstatic to have this news to share. 

So where to start?! Well, the rents are far away and will promptly be notified via FaceTime. And the friends who are near and dear will soon be finding out as well. We definitely want to let the cat out of the bag before N starts showing, so an intimate dinner party is in order. Not quite sure what we will serve, perhaps baby scallops?! hardy har har, all joking aside, we want this night to be perfect! Lovely meal, beautiful company and peaceful environment. 


While we are brainstorming up a menu, we will be cleansing our home's energy. Enter Palo Santo. Are you familiar? Not so much??? Palo Santo is a tree that grows on the coast of South America and in Spanish translates to "holy wood". Naturally, Shamans will use the wood in ceremonies for its healing and cleansing properties, burning it much like they would Sage. It has a unique scent that has hints of mint and has also been compared to the smell of neroli, and boy do we love anything neroli scented! Have you ever tried this shampoo???  Life changing. But back to Palo... It is said that Palo Santo enhances creativity, but is also known for relieving common colds, flu symptoms, stress, asthma, headaches, anxiety, depression, inflammation, and even emotional pain. You can feel the energy shift in the space and we are absolutely in love with the smell. What this all translates to, GOOD JUJU. Clean calm air for a healthy pregnancy. We won't try and convince you any more. Burn some Palo Santo and see for yourselves!

lava rock and sand are helpful to snuff out the wood if you need to stop the burn before its done. the lava rock also serves as a great filter and filler for your household plants!

lava rock and sand are helpful to snuff out the wood if you need to stop the burn before its done. the lava rock also serves as a great filter and filler for your household plants!


bundle up your palo santo and give them as a gift! this make a perfect prezzie for anyone ttc or newly preggers. don't forget a cool metal tray to burn them on!

bundle up your palo santo and give them as a gift! this make a perfect prezzie for anyone ttc or newly preggers. don't forget a cool metal tray to burn them on!


Now that all of our energy has been cleansed and recharged, we are ready to share our news with our friends and family! Baby beam on the way!

Peace and Love, 

N + L


Our little desert dweller

We have a winner folks, the desert bohemian nursery theme takes the cake! As we begin to move further into this pregnancy and find adorable little curated pieces that catch our eye for this oh so special space, the theme has honestly begun to reveal itself! We always say that we're going to branch out in terms of our style, but this is who we are. And ultimately, how we envision the beam's nursery, regardless of gender. 

So what's the base layer for our inspiration? Well, a gorgeous woven kilim rug of course! We took a closer look at our favorite Rifle Paper Co prints (from our previous post) and paired a rug to go with either. The rest is honestly just falling into place. We still have a long way to go, (have we mentioned we still need to de-install the guest room?) but are excited for the newest additions that will help make this nursery uniquely us! 


                                    Kashkoli Kilim

                                    Kashkoli Kilim


What we are loving? Kilim Rug (pictured above), Overstock; Creature planter, Anthropologie; and Tweedledee Sheep Jellycat, Amazon;

You know we'll be adding weekly, so stay tuned!

N + L 

Going Swedish


Pictured above, our pup, Lupita

Pictured above, our pup, Lupita


The time has come for us to make some decisions about the type of care we want to receive, as well as the ultimate birthing experience we hope to have. That being said, we took the opportunity to attend a meet and greet session with the midwives at Swedish Covenant Hospital. Highly recommended by many like-minded women in the Chicago area, the midwife team consists of 10 certified nurse midwives who believe in empowering women to be involved in their healthcare decision making through education, communication and relationship building. This approach promotes trust, confidence and an overarching theme of respect from beginning to end. After much thought and consideration, we knew this was  the exact experience we hoped to have. 

The initial class takes you through what you can expect from the practice, what you can expect during pregnancy and lastly, what you can expect during labor. The class ends with a tour of the birthing facility where you get a first glance at the jacuzzi tubs that are standard in each room. Yup, you heard it here first, jacuzzi tubs! They encourage laboring in the tub (which they sprinkle with lavender essential oils and adorn with flameless candles) to promote a calm, soothing environment. Um, yes please! You can imagine at this point that we were sold. They had us at lavender oil! 

On our first appointment with the midwives, we weren't sure what to expect. At 8 weeks, were we going to hear a heartbeat? Would it just be fact finding? How much more blood do they really NEED to take? Well, all of those questions were answered, and then some. No heartbeat just yet. We will just have to wait a couple more weeks. Fact finding? Oh yes. The question that threw us for a loop? Who is the father?! Was this a serious question? Aren't these women who are familiar with the lesbian community and the use of donor vs. father terminology? While this may be the case, we have found that this question may come up more frequently than we would hope. We've  changed our mentality around it and are taking ownership of the fact that it is just as important for us to speak up in these situations and educate. Even with our healthcare professional. The purpose of the question was for a better understanding of genetic testing that had previously been done and certainly could have been asked differently, but we let this go... We were still in love with the experience we would have with this talented group of women and wouldn't let that one question outweigh all of the good. Oh and for the blood? The answer is quite a bit. Very similar to the testing that was done prior to IUI, another round takes place after conception. After all, you can never be too careful! 

So what's next? Well, a couple more weeks of waiting until we hear that heartbeat, but we've definitely found the practice that fits our needs and expectations. How about you? Are you struggling with your birth plan? Have you also been asked about the "father"? We would love to hear your stories and how you've handled these situations. Drop us a line!

Cheers,

N + L

Desert vs. Woods

As you have probably already figured out, we are adventure seekers. Camping addicts. Desert obsessed. Did we also mention we are design lovers? Yup, pretty sure we did! So, as I am sure you can imagine, we are totally psyched to start designing the nursery. I know, I know. Slow down, we are only 6 weeks preggers and that is still pretty early. But we can start to dream a little, no?

So right off the bat we know we want a nursery that is high in style while remaining gender neutral. Plus it must obviously reflect our personalities. At first we thought, Modern Farmer! Perfect, but then the ideas started to roll in…so where are we now? We are stuck somewhere between woodland camping adventurer and nomadic desert dweller. Let's take a look. 


Grand Canyon, Rifle Paper Co

Grand Canyon, Rifle Paper Co

Yosemite, Rifle Paper Co

Yosemite, Rifle Paper Co


L came across these AMAZING prints from Anna Bond of Rifle Paper Co. They serve as the initial inspiration for each theme. Think of the Yosemite print accompanied by a stuffed campfire, plushy woodland creatures and lots of camping adornments. The Grand Canyon print would be paired with cacti fabrics, kilim rugs and perhaps a tee pee. Either nursery would make a super cool canvas for our little beam*. We can't wait to dig in and get started on this project, but we shall wait until the first trimester comes to a close before we make any decisions. 

Which path shall we take?!


*Beam - This is how we will refer to our growing baby...currently the size of a sweet pea!


Until next time,

N + L