7.27.2015

#BabyClemington: the first 23 weeks!


Happy Monday!!

Since I was extra late to sharing my big news with you, I also missed out on sharing all of the awesome, super Clementine-appropriate milestones in the process. The first twenty or so weeks are jam-packed with stories to tell, so here are five bite-sized morsels of the stories you missed out on.


#BabyClemington:
The first 23 weeks (summed up in 5 mini stories!!)

1. Telling my mom:
I waited until about nine/ten weeks to tell my parents (the full twelve seemed impossible!). I wanted to be a little less than forthcoming with the announcement, but I had trouble deciding on what to do. The idea of physically handing her the pregnancy tests was weird (I peed on those! ew), so I told my mom using this super cute gotamago card with a short and sweet message inside:

card via gotamago on etsy }

Message inside: "Baby Wonton: ETA November"

My family nickname is Wonton, so it seemed like the appropriate food to baby-ize. The reaction went from confused to crying pretty quick!! It was hilarious and emotional all at the same time. I told her a few days before the ultrasound, but if we had the photo that would have been a pretty perfect option for inside, too. Either way, I am pretty pumped that a Canadian-made card with baby back ribs on the front of it brought (brings, still!) my mother to tears.


2. Telling my dad:
We had a very nice day trip planned with my dad and stepmom, so we told them in a fairly picturesque way: on a rooftop patio, in a small Minnesotan town, eating amazing local icecream while looking at Lake Superior. Afterwards, we talked baby business while walking along the rocky shore and through town. It was a pretty beautiful day for sharing such big news.





3. Telling my siblings:
My twelve week mark fell pretty close to Mother's Day, so when the whole clan got together for brunch I sent out a group text saying, "Happy Mother's Day!" with the ultrasound pic and the hashtag #babyclemington at the bottom (you can see it in the main post image). That was extra funny because I had to sneakily tell everyone to check their phones... because in May, we still wear coats where I live, and the polite thing to do at a special brunch is keep your phone in your pocket. Anyway... I got pretty obvious after awhile, but it was super funny. Also, I ordered a LOT of food that day, so if I hadn't told them they might have suspected it anyway....


4. Telling the world:
A whole lot of changes happened right off the bat with this pregnancy... the early decision to move was especially disruptive. We held off on telling the Facebook and blog world until we had told our family and closest friends. And after that was done, we decided just to wait until we moved into the new house, so we could announce both at once. What's a couple more weeks when you've already gone 18 without a word?

The cute sneakers photo was my fella's idea. I'm starting to learn that when he has super sweet ideas, they are seriously rockstar sweet ideas. 



A photo posted by C.Lem (@creativeclementine) on


5. Starting to show:
Between laughing about the fact that I wasn't showing yet at the anatomy ultrasound, which was on a Wednesday, and picking up the keys to the new house on the following Tuesday, my belly went on slow-inflate mode... and so started my late-blooming bump. That Saturday we moved in, and suddenly the baby was moving full force. Zero to sixty in less than ten days! I knew it would be fast, but nobody ever explained you can feel it happening. Like a bike pump was hidden somewhere and filling me with air as slowly as possible. So cool!

My bump photos are terrible, but you get the jist. Maybe the last chunk of my pregnancy will have better photos as we settle into the new house...



That's my mini pregnancy update!! Hope you're all having a fabulous start to your week.



7.23.2015

Idea Box Link Party: Week #20



Happy Thursday world! I have the same head cold as last week, so it feels too early for a link party. But, alas, it's Thursday! It's a new week and a new link party, despite having the same old cough.



In case you're just joining us now:
Idea Box is a new weekly link party for bloggers to share all of their creative posts---recipes, home decor, DIY projects, gardening tips, good advice... Whatever your creative heart desires. For the first little while, Idea Box will be open from Thursday - Tuesday to give you all plenty of time to link up and tell all your friends.


Make sure you check out the hostess' blogs to see what we've been up to!

http://bunnyswarmoven.net/2014/07/delicious-cherry-coffee-cake-with-crumb-topping





I can't get enough of cajun food, and mixing in my love for quinoa just seems like heaven. And in a casserole format? I'm one happy pregnant mama-to-be with that idea. Be sure to read the full post for all the yummy details.



I've always been interested in making my own lip balm, and this tutorial shares all the details...down to filling the tube, which is honestly the biggest hurdle to me! Head on over to read the full post for details on how to make your own citrusy yummy balm.



I fell in love with a basket of peaches I picked up at the fruit stand last weekend. My fella specifically said, "these are not cooking peaches--they are too good"...but I think this recipe may be the exception. And with coconut whipped cream? I'm all in. Check out the full post for the yummy (and oh so simple) recipe.


Make sure you follow your hosts! You may be one of their features. 


Mila @ MilasLittleThings
Google+ || Bloglovin' || Twitter || Pinterest || Instagram || Hometalk

Carole @ CreativeClementine


Cyndee @ MyCreativeHome *new blog link!*



Congratulations to our featured guests! Go ahead and grab yourself a fancy feature button. You've totally earned it!






And don't forget your bragging rights! Click below to tweet your feature loud and proud:




Features are also pinned to our Idea Box board on Pinterest:

  Follow Idea Box Link Party on Pinterest.

Now, onto this week's party!

Simple Party Rules:
1. Please, please, pleeease follow your hosts.
2. Only link up personal content-- there are no rules about the content, as long as it's family friendly!
3. Please, please, pleeease visit at least three other links and leave comments/make new friends. It isn't a party if you link and run!!
4. Please link back to one of our blogs or grab our button below.
5. You can add up to three *new* links each week---please don't link up posts you've shared with us before. 

Remember that by linking up, you are giving the hosts permission to use your images/content on our blogs and/or social media. Proper credit and links will always be given. The link up starts every Thursday at 6am EST, and closes the following Tuesday.


Party button:

Idea Box Link Party



Help spread the word about Idea Box on Twitter:



Add your links:








Idea Box is a weekly Link Party that opens Thursdays at 6am ET and ends Tuesdays at 6am. Idea Box is hosted by:


7.20.2015

#RealTalk: the scoop on #babyclemington



Hello lovelies!

I've been a mean, mean blogger and not sharing all the details about my most impressive DIY to date--- making a baby! From scratch. In my belly. Where only food used to be. Creating human bones and tissue and stuff. Ahem.

I don't know about you, but I am a weirdo when it comes to acknowledging the existence of internal organs. As far as I'm concerned, I am filled with plush or beans or foam or something. Thinking about the internal workings of the human body is something I leave to my numerous nursey friends and people less squeamish. So you can imagine my surprise to feel all the changes happening inside where the plush and bean filling usually sat undisturbed...

...Yeah. I have a little human growing inside me. It's a pretty cute little human, and it's a little human boy y'all are going to know as #babyclemington.

A few link parties ago, I featured a post about protecting your baby online. It freaked me out. I decided immediately to build a sort of online namelessness into my routine for baby, and cover my bases. Let's face it: parenting decisions start now. And I don't want to fail the first test!

Don't you worry--there will be plenty of #babyclemington posted all over social media. Just... watermarked. And, without using names or specific dates. For those who follow along and know us personally, I know you are awesome enough to help me keep the name and personal details offline. And for everyone else---you must know me well enough by now to know you will still get most of the juicy details! Just not identity-stealing type details. But as a not creepy person, that won't bother you at all, will it? Didn't think so. You rock!

In case you're wondering about the name, it's my new superhero name. Sorta. But by superhero name, I mean a fun hybrid name our little family is going to go with. I know, that's painfully cute. I think that's my life now. :)


We'll talk soon about all the other wild life happenings!! I promise.


7.16.2015

Idea Box Link Party: Week #19



Happy Thursday! For those of you who noticed I was missing last week... whoopsie! There's a whole lotta busy going on lately. I should probably have more to say than "oops", but that's all I've got. If you read last week's post, you probably understand. If not, read it now, and then forgive me. Please? Thanks!

I'll try to get back into my usual rhythm asap!! For now, onto week #19 of Idea Box.


In case you're just joining us now:
Idea Box is a new weekly link party for bloggers to share all of their creative posts---recipes, home decor, DIY projects, gardening tips, good advice... Whatever your creative heart desires. For the first little while, Idea Box will be open from Thursday - Tuesday to give you all plenty of time to link up and tell all your friends.


Make sure you check out the hostess' blogs to see what we've been up to!

Now for the party features!

Fern Avenue:
SPiT on Curbside Find
http://www.onfernavenue.com/2015/06/spit-on-curbside-find.html

Did you know there was a brand of paint called Unicorn Spit? I'm pretty sure that is the greatest name for anything ever. And its a fun product to boot!





You've gotta love tropical blended drinks at this time of year. Pineapple is probably my fav fruit, and this recipe is totally worth actually freezing ice cubes for (I'm so so lazy about ice for some reason). Make sure you check out the full post for the recipe.



With all the changes going on in my life, starting good decluttering habits is on my mind. A lot. Short and sweet, this post is a great reminder that you can stay on top of things without devoting a whole weekend to a declutterathon.




I'm pretty sure this is a foodie thing and not a preggo thing, but holy moly do I love fried pickles. They've been infiltrating the foodie scene for the last little while, and I was super duper excited to find one garnishing my burger at one of my usual lunch joints the other day. Win!! Check out the full post for the recipe, and get your deep fried pickle on.


Make sure you follow your hosts! You may be one of their features. 


Mila @ MilasLittleThings
Google+ || Bloglovin' || Twitter || Pinterest || Instagram || Hometalk

Carole @ CreativeClementine


Cyndee @ MyCreativeHome *new blog link!*



Congratulations to our featured guests! Go ahead and grab yourself a fancy feature button. You've totally earned it!






And don't forget your bragging rights! Click below to tweet your feature loud and proud:




Features are also pinned to our Idea Box board on Pinterest:

  Follow Idea Box Link Party on Pinterest.

Now, onto this week's party!

Simple Party Rules:
1. Please, please, pleeease follow your hosts.
2. Only link up personal content-- there are no rules about the content, as long as it's family friendly!
3. Please, please, pleeease visit at least three other links and leave comments/make new friends. It isn't a party if you link and run!!
4. Please link back to one of our blogs or grab our button below.
5. You can add up to three *new* links each week---please don't link up posts you've shared with us before. 

Remember that by linking up, you are giving the hosts permission to use your images/content on our blogs and/or social media. Proper credit and links will always be given. The link up starts every Thursday at 6am EST, and closes the following Tuesday.


Party button:

Idea Box Link Party



Help spread the word about Idea Box on Twitter:



Add your links:








Idea Box is a weekly Link Party that opens Thursdays at 6am ET and ends Tuesdays at 6am. Idea Box is hosted by: