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Bryn was born 10 days late, so with this baby due on May 7, I really don’t know what to expect. Some say the second baby usually comes quicker and easier than the first, so it could be any day now. But until she decides to show up, we’re all just waiting. I’m trying to stay relaxed and be as prepared as possible. Baby’s room is all ready, hospital bags are packed. I’m going to bed pretty early these days because I know any night could very well be my last 8-hour stretch of sleep for what will at least seem like a looong time.

On top of the anticipation, Bryn has been a little more difficult for us lately. She had the flu last week, but even though the worst has past, she’s been super cranky and clingy (which was never really a problem before). I’m wondering if this is the toddler regression everybody’s been warning me about… I was hoping we’d skip right over that phase, but even more realistically, I thought it wouldn’t hit us until little sister had already arrived. But maybe we’ll get lucky and this sassy attitude will blow over by the time we bring baby home! Wishful thinking?

Anyway, I have one more post for you before I take a mini break from the blog. Check back later this week for photos of baby girl’s nursery <3

baby ben

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Meet the Blooms: Leah, Matt, and two-week old Ben. Oh and Pixel! Their super sweet fur baby who is adjusting to life as a big sister beautifully. Ben is only two weeks old here, still the snuggly, sleepy type who’s just loving life and all the cuddles from mom and dad.

I met pretty mama, Leah, a few years ago, right after I got engaged. When she told me about her floral and event design business, Bespoke Occasions, I couldn’t wait to work with her. She created the most gorgeous bouquets and floral arrangements for our wedding party, people still talk about them to this day!

Luckily, we’ve been able to keep in touch and had the chance to connect again over yet another big milestone. It was such an honor to capture these sweet moments for her adorable little family. I now know how quickly those first few weeks home with baby fly by, plus sleep-deprivation and general mom-brain doesn’t help (although Leah seemed impressively put together)!

Thank you, Leah and Matt! And welcome to the club ;)

master bedroom

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I’ve already shared Bryn’s room earlier this month and the baby’s nursery is on deck, so here’s a little peek into our bedroom. It’s pretty minimal at the moment, which is very much intentional. I’m doing my best to keep this space light and uncluttered – a place to clear my mind at the end of each day.

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These soft colors (or lack thereof) are so calming to me, like a quiet kid-free spa retreat. It gives me the chance to really play with texture and experiment with layering patterns. I plan to slowly add dimension to this space by repeating the same neutral palette throughout, and so far I’m finding that natural materials like my rattan chair and capiz pendant definitely warm up the white walls, bringing a little more life to an otherwise very blank slate.

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The rug hanging on this wall is kind of a place holder. I like the colors and scale but am not 100% in love with the Ikat design, it’s just something I’ve held onto from a few years back and will probably replace it with something else as soon as I find the perfect piece. Because it’s directly across from our bed, I am extra picky when it comes to deciding what should go on this wall… It’s the first thing I see when I wake up! I’ll keep you posted should I ever find a winner.

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The dresser is from Loveseat, and that knick knack collection seems to change daily ;)

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Like I said before, I’ve been having a tough time finding artwork that I truly feel a connection with, so I threw my hands up the other day and just picked up a bunch of frames at Aaron Brothers (which is going out of business, so get over there for a serious sale on frames and art supplies!) and framed a few of my collages.

These curtains are also a diy that I tried last summer – I replaced the brightly colored tassels that were originally on those white Target curtains with cream colored ones that I found at Joann Fabric. Of course a few have already fallen off, but I’m not losing any sleep over it.

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The throw blanket is from Target and the rug is West Elm.

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This basket is from Ikea and the blanket was a Homegoods find.

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Above is another framed collage and the macrame hanging planter is from Pigment. The headboard detail below is actually a room divider from World Market, which we just mounted to the wall.

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Our little Obi had to make a cameo <3

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I found this cute mirror/jewelry holder at Urban Outfitters.

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I’m happiest when our bedroom is clean and airy, so I’ve been washing our sheets at least once a week and making the bed every single morning. It only takes me about 3 minutes and is totally worth it! Climbing into a freshly made bed each night just feels so nice (it’s all about the little things when you’re thirty-something, right?).

Someday I’d like to spruce up our decorative pillow situation, but I’m more about simplicity lately, plus Ryan thinks we already have too many as it is – he sleeps on a single flat-as-a-pancake pillow…

And lastly, I’ve always been too impatient to put duvet covers over my down comforters UNTIL I came across the burrito trick – am I the only person who didn’t know about this life hack?!?

Anyway, thanks for checking out our room! You can always find decor updates at @bungalito on Instagram.

at home facial

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As I wait to meet my second little girl, self care has really become a priority. I know I’m up against many sleepless nights ahead so I’m taking advantage of all the resting time available to me now. Of course I love to treat myself to a pedicure or massage here and there, but taking care of my skin is a daily ritual that I stick to religiously. Here’s a quick rundown of my skincare routine with links to all my favorite products:

+  Before bed, I start with removing any eye makeup (if I actually got around to putting mascara on that day) with a homemade mixture of 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 teaspoon liquid castile soap, and 1/4 cup filtered water. This little blend actually lasts me a while, but if I don’t have any on hand, I usually use makeup remover pads by Almay.

+  Then I move onto rinsing my face with luke warm water and working my favorite facial cleanser, Kiehl’s Blue Herbal Acne Cleanser Treatment, in an upward circular motion.

+  Then I rinse again, pat dry, and apply a very mild skin toner, Kiehl’s Cucumber Herbal Alcohol-Free Toner – super refreshing.

+  Lastly, I go with lots of moisturizer, and surprise, surprise, it’s another Kiehl’s product (this is not a sponsored post, I’ve just been a loyal fan for the last 10ish years). My all-time favorite is their Ultra Facial Cream. I also love their Creamy Avocado Eye Treatment which I use at night, when running errands (and skip makeup), and just before a long flight.

+  Quick tip: Always moisturize your neck too! Sometimes we forget how delicate that skin is and that it needs just as much love as our faces.

+  My morning routine is basically the same as above, except I usually swap out the herbal cleanser for Alba’s Acnedote Face & Body Scrub. It feels so good to start the day with a little exfoliation.

I’ve stuck to this routine for so many years that there is NO WAY I could ever go to bed without washing my face now. The habit is just so ingrained. What does your nighttime regimen look like? Please send any personal product favorites and/or skincare secrets my way!

bryn’s room

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Welcome to Bryn’s room! When we painted the walls and ceilings this crisp white, I was afraid her room would feel kinda cold with all her white modern furniture, but I actually love the way it turned out. It gives me the freedom to layer on texture with contrasting earth tones and playful pops of color to keep the space feeling alive and inviting.

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We picked up these cute Ikea shelves last weekend. They were only $12 each and make this wall so much more functional than if I were to have just hung a new piece of art. And the tassels to the left were an etsy find – unfortunately the shop closed last year.

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Yes, we’re still in diapers… I was hoping Bryn would be potty trained by the time baby sister arrived, but it doesn’t look like we’re going to make that deadline. Workin’ on it! The toy basket is from Target, rug is Homegoods, and giraffe is Pottery Barn Kids.

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The LOVE sign is also from Homegoods. I’m not usually into word art like this, but I was drawn to the color and just couldn’t resist.

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The beachy rattan lamp is from World Market, shoes are Baby Gap, and of course the Lamby sound machine was a gift when Bryn was born. It’s still very much a staple in our bedtime routine – we’re all about the ocean setting ;)

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This chair is another favorite from Homegoods! The scale is too cute!!

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I found this boho banana leaf fan-type thing at a vintage furniture shop called Loveseat – an amazing place to wander around if you’re ever searching for treasures in San Diego or LA.

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I have a love/hate relationship with this glider. It’s extremely comfortable but I’m not really into the style as much. I picked it up when I was pregnant with Bryn, solely based on the way it felt. It does it’s job, but I’m definitely more excited about the new rocking chair in baby’s nursery – sharing photos in a couple days! The side table is a wire basket by Threshold for Target. The pineapple lamp, leather ottoman, and blackout curtains are also Target.

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More Target…

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We’re always adding and editing this space, so you can expect updates at @babeandbungalow_ I’ll be sure to let you know as soon as we graduate to a big girl bed (and get rid of that changing pad)!

Bryn says thanks for stopping by ;)