*New Mama* Giveaway!

I’m so excited for today’s giveaway! This one is for all you mamas, aunts, Godmothers, grandmothers, friends of mamas and even summer-baby-shower-goers (you’d be set for the season) — it’s a round-up of fun and favorite infant & maternity products, and it’s officially the first New Mama Giveaway!

And it’s the biggest giveaway ever hosted over here! This New Mama basket is valued at over $350 and is FULL of mother and baby fun.

Ready for the line up?


$100 gift card to Tea Collection: Quite possibly the most adorable line up of infant and children’s clothing out there. I’m head over heels for their geometric rompers and boatneck baby dresses! Sizes range from newborn to preteen and you’ll love the selection.

New Mommy Giveaway - Tea Collection

Green Your Air Baby Fortis Air Purifying Plant: These plants play double duty by filtering harmful chemicals from your nursery space while bringing nature indoors (in a modern style, no less). We have our own Viridis in Liv’s nursery (how cute are the customizable/decomposable pots?).

New Mama Giveaway - Green Your Air.

HALO SleepSack Swaddle: Your choice of a 100% organic cotton sleep sack that functions as the perfect wearable blanket + cozy swaddle. Liv sleeps in hers EVERY night and the minute it goes on she falls quickly to sleep. Plus, I don’t have to worry about her waking herself with startled arms and she stays warm even on cool nights. Happiest Baby on the Block, anyone?

$50 Gift Card to Green Beansie Cards: Choose from an adorable line up of baby shower invites, birth announcements or birthday cards! Green Beansie also designs colorful party kits (cupcake toppers, stickers, labels, etc.) that you can print at home. How great is this Kate Spade-inspired announcement? and this nautical-themed card, too.

New Mamas Giveaway - Green Beansie

Udder Cover Gift Set: This is my carry-around-town solution for nursing on the go. The Udder Cover slips over your head and easily hides babe while out and about, the boning along the top of the cover allows for mom to peak in. The 3 piece kit includes a Maria print nursing cover, Lilac Milk Bands™ nursing bracelet and 2 pairs of Udder Covers™ 5 ply washable breast pads. Makes the perfect baby shower present, too! Every mom needs one.

Clarkie Designs Maternity or Baby Tee: Made of a super soft organic cotton these comfy tees are ideal while sporting a growing belly. Designed to fit pregnant and non-pregnant women alike, these tees are screen printed with a non-toxic ink and most have a matching baby version as well! Choose between a tee for you or the little one. This one is my favorite.

New Mama Giveaway - Clarkie Designs

First Friend: I’ve sung its praises before, but this little guy is the BEST for getting a newborn to self-soothe, especially in those perilous moments when you’re driving and can’t reach a fallen binkie, or at 3am when the pacifier has dropped from little one’s mouth. The stuffy helps babies to keep the pacifier in their mouth themselves and offers a soft soothing snuggy for comfort. You’ll love this!

New Mommy Giveaway - My First Friend

Thank you to all of the sponsors who are in on offering this fantastic giveaway to one lucky reader!


Giveaway: One of each of the above! The entire giveaway package is valued at over $350. Please note, you must have a US shipping address to enter this giveaway.

To Enter: Leave a comment with your favorite baby product (we shared ours for the first three months here) – it could be a secret solution you’ve discovered, or a favorite well-known baby item. Don’t worry if you’re not a mom, this could be a toy/product that you loved as a kid :).

For Additional Entries: Become a Facebook fan of any of the giveaway sponsors (including Pepper Design Blog) and leave a separate comment for each additional entry!

*Tea Collection
*Green Your Air
*Halo SleepSack
*Green Beansie Cards
*Clarkie Designs
*First Friend

Giveaway ends Friday, June 10 at midnight PST, winner will be chosen randomly and announced the following Monday. Good luck!


New Mama Giveaway - Collage

Project Nursery: A *New* Ottoman for the Glider

So this might be a little old hat for some of you DIYers out there, but just in case you’re a little reserved on taking the plunge into basic upholstering (and you have a barstool or kitchen chair that’s nagging at you), here’s a recent project that we finished for the nursery that involves just that.

Our everyday average (but super comfy) glider received a makeover a few months ago, but the ottoman was slow to follow. It’s finally a matching pair!


Basic Upholstery 101

Materials: Staple gun, fabric, scissors, batting or foam (this is optional depending on the current condition of your cushion – I didn’t need extra batting/foam for this project but you could add quilt batting over the top of your foam for a little extra comfiness, or replace the foam altogether. You’ll repeat step 1 with the batting first if you choose to add.)

{1.} When measuring and cutting out your fabric for your new cushion, be sure to account for the outside edge of the ottoman, stool, chair, etc that you’re reupholstering. The top of my ottoman is only 20″x12″, but when I add the sides and extra hem space I’m cutting my fabric to 30″x22″ to allow for 5″ extra on each side (2″ for the lip of the ottoman and 3″ for the underside where I’ll use the staple gun).

If your fabric involves a pattern, make sure that the pattern is aligned with your edges so that you don’t end up with a crooked design.

{2.} Begin stapling at the center of each edge, pulling taut (but not too tight to avoid puckering) as you go. Now you should have a staple in the center on each of the horizontal and vertical edges. Flip ottoman over and examine the final look. If you’ve made any errors, now is the time to pull those simple four staples up (or just one edge) and start over.

{3.} There are two basic ways to achieve clean corners: the first is a fold (similar to wrapping a package) and the second is a gather. For a gathered look, I recommend stapling in two parts. First, gather your fabric on the right side of the corner and staple gather in the center. Next, gather the left side and staple again (this second staple should slightly overlap the first right-side gather so that the corner looks like one large gather). Flip ottoman over and observe your corner. If it looks good to you, finish the next three.

The second gather is folded slightly over the first to create a clean corner that’s not going anywhere:

{4.} Now we want to fill in staples between the corners and center staple on each edge. You really want to make sure that your fabric is secure all the way around and always check for puckering before applying the next staple.

{5.} Your ottoman should be looking good! The last step is cutting any excess fabric from the edges.

Yay for a matching ottoman! For the other half of this project (updating a standard nursery glider), check out this link.

More Project Nursery posts: baby clothing art, handmade butterfly mobile, diy crib skirt, basket liners part 2, basket liners part 1, the great glider makeover, sewing the curtains part 1, part 2, part 3, nursery fabric board, curtain fabric selection, rocking horse find, new pendant light, new sconce lighting, vintage wall art addition, changing table makeover, nursery wall striping tutorial, painted animal project, the initial inspiration board and the before picture posts.

Wardrobe Style Boards: Getting Ready for Summer!

We’ve been having that off-on sunny weather here in San Diego – such a teaser for summer. One day the skies are blue and the weather is beautiful and warm, and the next the sky is thick with clouds and the morning is cold and chilly. The good news! It’s just about time for shorts, dresses and everything beach worthy.

Plus, it’s about time the Wardrobe gallery (see button in the left panel) gets a little love and a couple of new additions.

I’m a huge fan over-sized tops right now, they make perfect swim cover ups and have an awfully forgiving fit (especially with that extra bit of baby weight that is soooo slow to come off). Pair this casual look with a slightly snazzier necklace and you have the perfect go-to summer outfit.

For something a little dressier – tis the season for baby and bridal showers – try out a fun floral print. I love this dress because of the casual, soft fabric in a very classy cut. Could easily be worn with a pair of wedges or dressed down with flats. This olive bag is the perfect around-town crossbody hobo.

Sourcing for all of the above (plus a gallery of previous wardrobe style boards) here! Hope the weather is treating you nicely wherever you are :).

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