Our Baby Girl’s Nursery

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Upon finding out I was expecting our first child, excitement began to build as I imagined what life with our little one would be like. I was so excited for all of the experiences. Like all newly expectant mamas, I began thinking of baby names, imagining what our child would look like, and making plans for how I would decorate our nursery. As someone who loves to decorate, I found this to be so exciting! While I didn’t have any specific plans in mind just yet, I knew I wanted to create a space that was functional, cozy, and flowed with the rest of our home. What I envisioned was a light, neutral space that was kid-friendly, but didn’t scream “baby.” I also knew that we wanted to have another child within a few years, so I tried to think ahead of items I may need to reuse so I could be sure they were gender neutral.

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When we found out our sweet baby was a girl, I was elated! That secret Pinterest board that was filled with soft, feminine nursery inspiration was finally going to come in handy…but, like any good wife, I wanted to clear my plans with my husband before I set to work on this space. Thankfully, I married a man who not only supports and encourages my creativity in decorating, but also shares my love for neutral, cozy decor so he quickly gave me a thumbs up on all my plans.

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The first thing I did before I began the process of decorating was to make a list of all the things we needed to purchase and all the things we needed to do. Once the list was made, then I made a plan of how we would go about accomplishing it all. First, we needed to empty the room and paint.  My husband was kind enough to tackle this job on his own, since I was about 6 months pregnant at the time. Next, we needed to purchase a rug and a couple pieces of furniture for the room. Since we had a small budget for this decorating project, I got really thrifty and creative with the items I chose. The biggest purchases we made were the rug and glider, but both are neutral colors and could definitely be used with our next child or really in any room of our home. We also were also very fortunate to have a friend who passed along the crib when her child no longer needed it. The dresser/changing table was a also gift, which was a huge blessing.

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After the room was painted and furniture was taken care of, I could then focus my attention on decorating the room. My favorite part!  I had been saving up hobby lobby gift cards for a while and was so excited to finally put them to good use. I purchased almost all of the wall decor for the room from Hobby Lobby, with the exception of the mirror over the changing table. We also did a few DIY projects, which turned out great and saved us a lot of money.

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Overall, I’m so pleased with the way it turned out. I think everything came together beautifully and feels so cozy. I also hope it’s a space my daughter will love when she is old enough to enjoy it.

~Kayla

Just in case you are interested in where I purchased all the items for the nursery, I’ve provided links below.

Lamp: Gray Floor Lamp

Glider: French Gray Glider

Ottoman: French Gray Ottoman

Side Table: White Round Side Table

Curtains: White Panel Linen Curtains

Rug: Rugs USA -Keno Shag Rug

Wall Decor: Hobby Lobby

Bookshelves: White Floating Bookshelves

Book Basket: Rope Basket

Elephant Toy Basket: Purchased from Ross, but painted it to match

Elephant Rocker: Pottery Barn Kids Elephant Rocker

Hamper: I think it’s from target. We already owned it, but painted it and made a new liner for it.

Crib: Passed on to us from a friend

Dresser: Purchased as a gift from a local furniture store

Ladder Rack: DIY -my dad made it

Pumpkin Butter Recipe + Gift Idea

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Pumpkin Butter is one of my favorite things to enjoy during fall of the year. Not only is it the perfect way to garnish practically any baked good, but it also makes a great gift for family or friends. It is easy to make, cooks perfectly in a slow cooker, and your home will smell amazing while it’s cooking. If this sounds appetizing to you, then pull out your slow cooker, some canning jars, and a few simple ingredients to make this delicious recipe.

Here’s what you’ll need: 

  • Slow Cooker
  • Glass Canning Jars
  • 1 can pumpkin puree
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • ½ cup packed dark brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup apple cider (no sugar added)
  • 2 tsps. ground cinnamon
  • ¾ tsp. ground nutmeg
  • ¾ tsp. ground ginger
  • ½ tsp. ground cloves
  • 2 tsps. fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • ¼ yard decorative fabric to add a little flair to canning jars
  • Scissors (to cut the fabric)

Place all ingredients, except lemon juice in slow cooker, stir well, and cook for about 6 hours. Stir mixture occasionally (about every hour or two) to prevent scorching, sticking, or burning. After six hours, remove pumpkin butter from slow cooker, add lemon juice and allow time for it to cool. When it is cooled, place pumpkin butter in glass jars and store in refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.

Makes Approximately 3 cups

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To add a little extra flair to your jars, cut fabric into circles a little larger than canning lid and place on top of metal lid before you place ring onto the canning jar. This will dress up your pumpkin butter and make it a perfect gift.

**Please note that home canning is not recommended for pumpkin**

Check here for details: National Center for Home Food Preservation

Pumpkin Bread Recipe

IMG_2298Today I’m sharing one of my favorite fall recipes. I love to make this pumpkin bread as a gift for friends, a yummy breakfast treat, or simply just because. You can also substitute the pumpkin for bananas or apples, or even add some chocolate chips to make it a little extra special.  However you choose to make it, this simple bread recipe is sure to be one of your favorites.

Here’s what you’ll need:

1 1/2 cups Self-Rising Flour

3/4 cup white sugar

1/2 cup vegetable oil

2 Eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

15 oz. Pumpkin Puree

2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice

OPTIONAL: 1/2 cup chopped pecans or 1/2 cup chocolate chips

Note: For banana bread, substitute 1 1/2  cups bananas for pumpkin. For apple bread, substitute 2 cups grated, cored apples and 1 tsp. cinnamon, 1/2 tsp. nutmeg, & 1/4 tsp. cloves

Step 1: Preheat oven to 350

Step 2: Beat 3/4 cup sugar, 1/2 cup vegetable oil, 2 eggs, 1 teaspoon vanilla in mixer until well blended

Step 3: Mix in pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice

Step 4: Add Flour and mix until all ingredients are well blended

Step 5: Pour mixture into greased bread pan and place in oven to bake for 35-40 minutes

ENJOY!!!

 

 

Welcome to All Things Anderson

 

Will & Kayla Welcome to All Things Anderson! My name is Kayla and I’m so glad you’re here. Pull up a chair and allow me to tell you a little about myself. To start, I am a believer and my faith in Jesus Christ means everything to me. Not a day goes by that I am not amazed by the grace and mercy God has poured out on my life. I am also married to the most wonderful, loving man on the planet. My husband is my best friend and my biggest supporter. Together, we have a beautiful newborn baby girl named Emmalyn Ruth (or Emmy Ru for short), we live in the beautiful hills of East Tennessee, and are building a life together one memory at a time.

As for my days, they are filled with lots of love, diaper changes, and snuggles as I just transitioned to life as a stay at home mom to Emmy Ru.  Before having our sweet girl, I taught kindergarten for six amazing years. While I loved my job as a teacher and am thankful for the time I had to impact little hearts and minds, I wouldn’t trade this time with Emmalyn for anything. It is a big transition for sure, but I am looking forward to being with my girl for all the precious moments of her childhood that are sure to pass by quickly.

In my free time I enjoy crafting, DIY projects, entertaining, decorating, and cooking. I’ve enjoyed these things for as long as I can remember and have always wanted a platform to share my ideas with others. While I am very new to this whole blogging thing, I have big dreams for what this little slice of internet can become with a little love and creativity. So I hope you’ll join me on this journey and come back and visit real soon.

Love,

Kayla