Little Princess Lair

Photo compliments of Catherine Rhodes Photography.

I had so much fun creating Parker’s nursery! A friend came by the other day and made the joke that I took my party decorating skills and used them in my home. It’s so true! If you have an eye for creating pretty and cohesive designs, it easily transitions from creative space to creative space.

The first thing you notice in her room are these 3D flowers. They were the foundation to her nursery design. Often times, these types of creations are used as a photo booth backdrop or behind a head table. But I also noticed on Pinterest that people were using them in their house as well. Through Pinterest, I found ForeverPetalsbyVee and could not have been more pleased with the product or customer service of this seller. I sent her a digital swatch of the color scheme I was going for and within two weeks, the flowers were sitting on my doorstep shipped from San Antonio.

From there, I just had fun with all the girly elements and chose a few different prints to mix and match for depth. I incorporated stripes, some dots and a touch of scallop. Of course I had to make sure there was some personalization too. We hung a wooden monogram on the wall, had an accent blanket monogrammed to hang on her crib and ordered a personalized crib sheet. The sheet was is from Carousel Designs. They have all sorts of cute bedding that is totally worth checking out. And with all her monograms, I feel like I am single handedly keeping The Southern Rose in business.

I know I am committing a crime because all the personalized items won’t be able to be reused with our next child, but we did try to be strategic in the selection of the wall color and furniture. We decided to go with grey walls and white furniture because it could easily transition from female to male if we happened to have boy next.

I might have gone a tad over the top, but when you spend time in the middle of the night in the rocker and change countless diapers at the changing table, the extra fluff seems completely necessary.

Oh, and I know I mentioned this in a previous blog post, but the lamp was one of my greatest purchases for her room. Originally, I bought it because it was cute and matched the color scheme, but what I didn’t realize is that it’s a touch lamp. Since the outlet it’s plugged into isn’t connected to light switch, the touch lamp has been a blessing when you have full hands.


Product Info:

-Curtains: Twill Light Blocking Curtain in Pink, Target

-Crib: Little Seeds Rowan Valley Linden Standard Crib in White, Wayfair

-Dresser: Little Seeds Rowan Valley Laren 6 Drawer Double Dresser in White, Wayfair

-Rocker: Delta Children Middleton Nursery Glider Swivel Rocker Chair in Cream, Target

-Wall Art: 3D Flowers, ForeverPetalsbyVee

-Wall Art: Wooden Monogram Painted White, The Southern Rose

-Lamp (Not Pictured): Turned Table Lamp Touch Control in Mint, Target

-Bedding: Crib Blanket, The Southern Rose

-Bedding: Customized Crib Sheet in Blush, Carousel Designs

-Paint: Tin Lizzie, Sherwin Williams


Let’s Try This Out

I knew this time would come. In fact, when I was naming the blog and brainstorming ideas, I wanted a name that was fun and attributed itself to event planning but was also flexible enough to include other content (shout out to Brenda for being the creative behind the title!) As you can see, the blog has a fresh, updated look and that’s because I’ve decided to expand Kristi Uncorked.

I’ve recently returned to work after maternity leave and am still immersed in the event planning world, but there’s a number of reasons I’ve decided to expand the topics beyond celebrations. First and foremost, I started this blog as a fun outlet that allowed me to consistently keep writing (I had a void in my life for this after leaving the magazine publishing industry). Secondly, I have consistently found myself reading the blogs and following along with the lives of women I don’t even know. Years ago, that would have sounded completely creepy, but blogging and the digital world allows for people to interact, relate and share stories or ideas even though you’ve never actually met (although I’ve been following some of these people long enough to feel like I live down the street from them). Especially with a new baby, I have researched and read more blogs than ever about dos and don’ts of motherhood, easy tips and tricks for mom life, etc. As I grow, learn and transition from life season to life season, I feel I have knowledge to share from my experiences that can benefit others. It might not necessarily be professional advice, but it’s real and true.

So with all that being said, I am so excited for this new transition! I will still very much focus on events, weddings and celebrations, but you will see a lot more personal posts and updates. As I sit here writing this, Parker (our newest addition to the family) snoozes beside me, and I can’t help but be excited to show her all the possibilities in this world. You can truly have a fulfilling life as a working mom with a fabulous social life, a welcoming home, philanthropic experiences, new adventures and still find time for yourself. You just have to want it.

Who knows if readers will continue to follow me or not, but I am excited to see where this takes us. As always, if there’s ever anything you want to know, need advice on or are just curious about, don’t be afraid to ask!

Instagram: @kristi_uncorked

XOXO, Kristi

Surprising New Mama Products

Alright, alright. I know my world is revolving around babies lately, but since I have this platform and have been trying out tons of new products, why not share right? I hope all my soon-to-be mamas out there appreciate this.

I have compiled a list of products and supplies that I wouldn’t have thought of right away or even knew existed that have been integral in the first few weeks of motherhood:

1. Kimono Onesies
I did have to laugh when I figured out what the name of these onesies were, but these have been a lifesaver when dressing our little one these first few weeks. First of all, it makes it super easy to check on the umbilicle cord stump (sorry, there’s really not a better word than that to describe that…) before it has fallen off. Plus, having a newborn in November in Missouri has been a bit crazy because the weather changes from 60 degrees down to 30 degrees overnight or throughout the course of the day. These onesies are super easy for layering and plus, they have the mittens for those crazy sharp newborn nails.

2. “Mayo Clinic Guide to Your Baby’s First Year”
I had a baby shower that requested all guests bring a book instead of a card and, of course, my dermatologist friend gifted a medical book. At first, I found it fitting that she brought it, but I’ve also discovered it was one of my favorites I received. As much as I appreciated “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom” and “Goodnight Moon,” I have almost read this guide from cover to cover. I would actually recommend reading the majority of the book prior to your baby’s arrival, but there’s also a great month-by-month section that reviews changes in your little one each month. I’ve soaked up an abundance of knowledge from it as well as learned a few things I was doing incorrectly as a new mama. Thanks for the advice, Emily!

3.  Booby Boons Lactation Cookies
Not going to lie, but I would never have eaten a lactation cookie had they not arrived on my doorstep in my bump box. I thought I would give them a whirl. First of all, they are the perfect sweet treat when you’re trying to slim down. The serving size is three cookies, and they’re only 170 calories. They are made with no artificial preservatives or flavors and use yeast, oats and flax. The flavor I tried was cocoa quinoa, and I would highly recommend it! As far as enhancing milk production, I can’t confirm or deny if they’ve actually helped, but this mama’s milk is flowing, so there’s a possibility they might have!

4. The Touch Lamp
This one I actually purchased on accident…well, kind of. I purchased it because we needed a lamp for the nursery. The overhead light on the fan was too bright for middle of the night feedings. So, I went to Target in search of a cute and inexpensive lamp option. I chose this one because it was simple and matched the nursery decor. I brought it home, plugged it in and realized it was a touch lamp meaning you could touch the lamp anywhere on the base, and it would turn on. Before baby, I thought it was a nice feature. Now, I’m in love with it. If your hands are full with the little one, a pacifier, a burp cloth, etc., it makes turning on the light super convenient, especially because our light switch doesn’t connect to the outlet that we plugged it into. It was a surprisingly awesome product!

Bey Bey Shower

Hello, everyone! I have been a bit MIA the past few weeks on the blog because we welcomed our little one into the world on Thursday, November 16th! It has been the biggest blessing as well as most challenging aspect of our lives, but we have enjoyed every minute of it. Hopefully you can understand why there hasn’t been a post in a while.

But on Sunday, I attended a baby shower that is so worth blogging about! My friend Nancy is due in February and as a Queen B lover, her sisters threw her a Beyonce themed baby shower. Yes, you read that right. Nancy was the Queen B for the day, and this “Bey Bey Shower” was nothing short of insanely creative. Take a look!

First of all, here is the invitation I received in the mail. Needless to say, I was dying when
I opened it up because I loved the theme so much. Not only have I never seen it before, but Nancy loves Beyonce, so it was the perfect fit. Hats off to the lovely hostesses for the creativity!

Upon arriving, we were greeted with customized glasses to drink out of at the shower all labeled with different song lyrics. I choose a line from “Run the World.”

Most of the decor was centered around B’s “Lemonade” album including vases filled with lemons that adorned the table and lemon-infused water.

Nancy also rocked a crown made out of lemons, and only she could look adorable wearing it. Plus, she conveniently matched the color scheme without even knowing.

We played a game where guests had to guess the song based on a short snippet that included the word “baby.” You would be surprised how much Beyonce uses it in her lyrics! From there, we celebrated and showered the mama-to-be and her little one with gifts, laughs and well wishes!

The Bump Must Haves

I’m going to preface this post and say it has nothing to do with event planning. But since I have such a great platform to share info on, I thought I would share some of my must-haves during pregnancy as I near the end of my nine months of prenatal bliss.

I know lots and lots of pregnant women right now and like myself, a lot of them are going through this for the first time. Between my own trial and error as well as having a subscription to the Bump Box (thanks, Mom!), I have been able to try a variety of products for soon-to-be moms. Here are a few of my personal favorites that are completely worth the investment!

1. Leachco Snoogle Total Body Pillow
I’m not going to lie to you. At first, I thought this was an overpriced body pillow. I mean, really? A pillow “specifically made for pregnant women” that is priced $60-$80 depending on the brand you select? Seemed like a little bit of overkill. I debated and debated and ended up deciding not to purchase one. But after receiving one as a gift, my world from 11:00 PM until 7:00 AM completely changed. I was about 20 weeks pregnant when I first started using my Snoogle, and it was comfortable at the time but the more I grew, so did my appreciation for the shape and design of this product. It has made a huge difference in my ability to sleep at night, and with a washable cover, it has made it easy to keep clean and even transport with me on a few trips (yes, I am that girl). I wouldn’t say it’s a necessary purchase right away, but definitely as you grow, your love of this product will too!

2. Under Belly French Terry Jogger Pant from Motherhood Maternity
This is one I am kicking myself about! I wish I would have purchased these pants months ago….and in every color they offered. I am mainly a fan of over-the-belly pants while pregnant because I am carrying so low that everything is more comfortable that way. And even though these pants are not designed that way, I could live in them. They are made of the softest material and can transition into postpartum life as well.

3. Glow 9 Organics Belly Butter
I tend to be very weird about body butters. I don’t like the consistency of them because they’re so greasy and thick. But when you’re stomach is growing as quickly as it does during pregnancy, I wanted to ensure I was doing what I could to eliminate the possibility of stretch marks. This product wasn’t quite as thick as other body butters I tried, and although I’m not necessarily an all-natural or organic girl, I appreciate that all the ingredients were good for baby and good for my skin.

4. Bella B’s Tummy to Toes Cooling Leg and Foot Cream
My job requires me to be on my feet for long periods of time, and even though your body adapts to its changing shape, this product was a must for long wedding days! The product is more of a gel than it is a lotion, but it offers the cooling effect of Icy Hot while still being completely safe for baby. I’m sure my husband hated the site of the bottle because when I brought it out, it was almost always guaranteeing I would be requesting a foot and leg rub. But ladies, let me tell you. This product works wonders for tired and achy legs and feet!

So there you have it! If you are an expecting mama, these would be my recommendations for making it through the nine months making sure baby is nice and safe and still pampering yourself a little. Happy shopping!


A Few Of My Favorite Things: 2017 Wedding Edition

At the end of each year, I pull together a post that dives into my favorite event ideas from the year. And although I know 2017 isn’t over yet, I just wrapped up my wedding season at work and wanted to do a special wedding edition of My Favorite Things.

These are ideas, tricks and overall good-for-the-soul tidbits from weddings I’ve coordinated, attended or I know people who have attended, so take a look if you plan on throwing a wedding bash next year because you might want to incorporate a few of these!

If The Shoe Fits
This gorgeous wedding shot by the talented ladies at Love Tree Studios was completely centered around none other than a pair of shoes. And if you know me, I am totally a shoe girl, so I love that Jaime and Todd used these shoes (which they also found a matching tie for) as their color and design inspiration for their big day. And a special shout out to Kent’s Floral Gallery for making the floral pattern come to life!

The Veteran Flower Girls
Yes, little girls in fluffy, tutu-like dresses are adorable. But how much cuter is it to incorporate your grandma’s as flower girls instead of putting them in the traditional prelude? Those smiles on their faces just tell it all!

Frost Yourself (Or Your Invitation)
“How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days,” anybody? I was drooling over these gorgeous vellum envelopes when my invitation to a friend’s wedding came in the mail. You spend lots of time and money on gorgeous invitations that people hang up in their house as the countdown to your big day approaches, so why not package them in a pretty frosted envelope?

Bring Your Wedding Day to Life
I think Cindy is on my list every year, but I just love having a live painter at events! Not only does it create an amazing keepsake for your special day, but it’s also a great way to incorporate an interactive element for your guests. Plus, it’s fun to compare the real photography to TooRooster Artistry’s painted version.

Dripping with Deliciousness
I’m all about a naked cake because A) I think they’re gorgeous, and B) I am not a frosting fan, so a naked cake is the perfect solution to a dessert that I enjoy without the top layer. However, this naked cake produced by All About Cakes definitely takes the cake–yes, pun intended. It was my favorite cake of the year! Thanks to Scott Patrick Myers for the photo!

Setting the Scene
I watch tons of wedding videos, but the opener to this video produced by Byler Media was one of my favorites. It not only kept religion in the wedding day, but it also incorporated the bride and groom’s wedding party. Clearly, there was a little forethought in this one 😉

Coordinated Chaos
As someone who had her bridesmaids wear mismatched dresses in her own wedding, I continue to be a fan of non-matching dresses. But what I really love and hope continues into 2018 wedding trends is not only mismatched colors but a mixture of colors, textures and patterns. I love the depth that various patterns and textures can bring in whether it’s through bridal bouquets or in this instance, through bridesmaid dresses.

Photo compliments of Erin Evangeline Photography. 

Extending the Wedding Day
We all know about the traditional act of giving roses to the mothers during the ceremony. Well, Sally and David decided to switch it up a little bit. Their mothers were part of a special moment during the ceremony where they each brought a rose to the alter where David and Sally were standing. Sally and David then exchanged roses as their first gift as husband and wife. They put them in a vase that stayed at the front for the remainder of the ceremony. While that was cute, the message that the officiant continued to explain is what really struck a cord with me. The vase they selected for these flowers was going to be displayed empty in their home. Whenever Sally and David have a fight, are at a loss for words, etc. one of them will place a single rose in that vase to let the other know exactly what they are thinking. No words are needed, no special cards, just a single rose that will transport the two of them back to their wedding day and to those promises each of them made. How sweet is that?

Little Pumpkin Is On Her Way

In honor of Halloween, I wanted to sneak in another blog post this week. Our final baby shower was very much seasonally themed, and I absolutely love it! I am such a fall girl — crisp weather, boots, pumpkin spice flavored things, coffee…I know very basic.

So when I received the baby shower invitation that said “A Little Pumpkin is on Her Way,” I couldn’t help but be even more excited than usual! This shower was hosted by my sister-in-law and mother-in-law, who are both extremely talented when it comes to hosting. Here are a few insights on some of their fun pumpkin and baby-themed ideas:

These flower arrangements are some of my absolute favorites! I’ve coordinated a few October events at work that used pumpkins as the vases, so I loved the cute spin on these ones that used white and gold-painted pumpkins with soft pink and white flowers because they incorporated both the fall and baby themes.

It had been awfully warm prior to the shower, but the weather cooperated perfectly and dropped to the high 50s for the shower day. The timing was convenient since a lot of the menu for lunch consisted of different soups and sandwiches. There was also delicious “she’s ready to pop” kettle corn and small, bite-sized desserts.

And because all baby showers have to have a beautiful diaper cake, my mother-in-law put her creative touch on one and made it all fall themed as well. She used diapers to construct the base of the cake and then adorned it with burlap, small pumpkins, orange ribbons and bows.

I know I’ve said this with EVERY one of my baby blogs, but I can’t tell you how blessed we feel to have such amazing people in our lives as we start this new season with our newest addition!  Let the countdown begin…