Our Twin Girls Woodlands Nursery

The time is finally here everybody, the time to show off our woodlands nursery for our girls! I felt like Chris was such a champ during this whole pregnancy with thinking about and researching all of the practical things that we’d need for our girls like the car seats and the strollers, but I knew that as soon as we found out the genders that I’d get into full on baby mode and start planning out all the “fun” things like their nursery and clothes and just generally the more aesthetic side to having babies.

The Wandering Weekenders- Our Twin Girls Woodlands Nursery

Before we found out the genders we had already started talking themes for the nursery. Our house is a 4 bedroom house with the master being on the first floor and three bedrooms upstairs. From the day that we had moved into our house we already knew which room would be the nursery, and we were planning on keeping the other two rooms as guest bedrooms. Even after we found out that we were having twins, we wanted our babies to share a nursery because from what I’ve read about twins, you want to keep them on the same schedule, so having them sleep near each other is ideal.

Anyways, the themes that we had decided on before we found out the genders were a woodlands/adventure theme for two boys, for two girls I was all about a princess theme, and with a boy and a girl we wanted to do a travel theme. Well after we found out the genders I started going back and forth in my head because I wasn’t able to really find any super cute princess themed stuff that I loved, but I found some really cute woodlands themed items for little girls. I had no problem selling Chris on that theme since he’s a hunter and loves supporting anything that even remotely includes deer or deer antlers!

I originally started my search for the nursery decor that was all things girly and woodlands on Pinterest, which of course led me to Etsy, which led me to spending maybe a little bit more money than I should have, but at the end of the day it was all worth it! The furniture and how to actually set up our nursery was actually a little bit harder than I had imagined, so we decided to get some help from Pottery Barn. Did you know that Pottery Barn actually has a design service that will come to your house for free to help you design a room? We tried it out a couple of years ago when we first moved into our house to get some ideas on colors for the walls and drapes, and we had the best experience. I knew that I wasn’t going to have any idea how to fit everything into the nursery logistically, so we knew that the Pottery Barn design services would be our best friend.

The Wandering Weekenders- Our Twin Girls Woodlands Nursery

We had somebody come over the weekend after we found out genders, and when she looked at the room that we had slated for the nursery, she kind of deflated our bubble a little bit when she told us that it might not work that well for the nursery. The problem was that we had two walls with windows and one with doors/door frames, which make it hard for furniture placement. Thankfully the other guest room was just on the other side of the shared bathroom, so we decided to just flip the rooms. After that the furniture placement came pretty easily with the designer’s help, and we got some great ideas for furniture as well.

Originally Chris and I were planning on using a lighter natural wood for the furniture in the nursery, but when we received some free white cribs from my mom’s doctor who also had twins it was easy enough to switch to white furniture. The bookshelf and the dresser/changing table were recommendations of the designer so we bought those from Pottery Barn, but the chair we actually bought from a local store called Baby’s First. This chair is a little wider than normal chairs and is apparently perfect for twins, which is why we fell in love with it. We also got to pick a color, and ended up falling in love with the beautiful light grey.

I honestly thought that we’d be fine just choosing bedding from a big box store like Buy Buy Baby or Target, but when I went to search online, I honestly couldn’t find any quilts or anything that I loved. Then I turned to my best friend and black hole, Etsy, and immediately started finding prints and fabrics that I loved. The only problem was that everything was so EXPENSIVE, especially when you realize that you have to double the price because you need two of everything.

The Wandering Weekenders- Our Twin Girls Woodlands Nursery

Thankfully I stumbled upon Laci’s shop Dappled Daydreams and she was a lot more reasonably priced, and what I loved was that she worked with me the whole time that she was making the bedding for the girls and gave her opinion. Sometimes it’s hard to exactly visualize what the finished product is going to look like, but she did such a good job of sending samples pictures to me and telling me exactly why she thought that it would look better one way over the other. The other advantage was that she gave us a twin discount too! Laci actually shipped us our bedding right before Harvey hit and messaged me the whole time to make sure that we were ok, and to let me know when she got the notification that our bedding had arrived! Chris and I were so incredibly giddy when we opened up the packaging, and I can’t say enough how beautiful everything is and how much we loved it! Plus she was sweet enough to include something a little extra for us, a changing pad cover! If you’re shopping for nursery bedding, definitely make sure to check out Laci’s shop Dappled Daydreams, you won’t be disappointed!

For the decorations, I found a few wooden pieces on Etsy that I fell in love with immediately and purchased those as quickly as I could because I knew that they’d take a while to make and ship. The signs above their cribs with their names on them I found just by searching through Etsy and immediately fell in love with them! They’re so incredibly beautiful and I loved how they turned out! We also stumbled upon this adorable bear rug on Pinterest and Etsy and Chris and I both just melted and had to order it for the girls’ nursery.

I knew that I wanted some animal prints in the nursery as well with a little mixture of words as well, and I had no problem finding a wide variety of them that were available for instant download on Etsy. It might have been a little hard to get Chris to agree on which ones would be perfect for the nursery, but in the end I loved everything we chose!

The Wandering Weekenders- Our Twin Girls Woodlands Nursery

Surprisingly, I felt like one of the hardest decisions that Chris and I had when it came to the nursery was deciding on what frames we were going to use for all the prints we ordered. We looked all over, from Overstock to Pottery Barn to Wayfair and honestly couldn’t find any frames that were a more natural color that were actually reasonably priced. So in the end we decided to get some cheap frames from Amazon that were the same as the frame that I was using for my monthly bumpdate picture. While they definitely weren’t the cutest or prettiest, they’ll definitely work for what we need them to.

The last piece of the nursery puzzle ended up being a suggestion by Chris. As you know, we recently lost Dart a couple of months ago, and both Chris and I were so incredibly upset because we know how good of a big brother he would have been to our two baby girls. At Christmas last year, my sister bought me this picture of a whippet that looked just like Dart with antlers and deer on his head. We hadn’t decided where to put it in the house just yet, but since there were antlers involved, Chris thought that it would fit perfectly in the girls’ nursery since it worked with the theme. I couldn’t have agreed more, so we decided to put Dart up right in between their cribs to show that he’s always watching over them.

Once we had everything picked out and ordered, the fun part came of putting everything in the right spot in the nursery. Chris and I spent about 30 minutes one evening just laying out all the prints and other wooden signs that we had ordered to make sure that we didn’t have too much wood in one area or too many animals or too many words, and then Chris spent one day during lunch when he was working from home putting all of those signs up on the walls. I instantly fell in love, and couldn’t be happier with how everything turned out and looks! Then a couple of weekends ago, Chris and I spent a few hours putting away all of their diapers and clothes and everything else that we had received from our showers, so the nursery just feels complete. Which is perfect because technically the girls could come any day now!

The Wandering Weekenders- Our Twin Girls Woodlands Nursery

Anyways, sorry for the super long post about how we decided on everything, but to be honest, it was hard to find a really comprehensive list for setting up twin girl nurseries. We were able to find a lot of pretty pictures online, but I guess that nothing was exactly what we were looking for. Below are the links to everything that we bought for the nursery, a lot of items were from Etsy shops. Any direct download prints that we bought we got printed on cardstock from Shutterfly. Thank goodness for Shutterfly constantly having 40% off sales, am I right? If you’ve made it to the end of this post, you’re a champ, and if you’re expecting girls and want a woodlands theme, I hope that I’ve given you some inspiration!

Furniture

Cribs | Changing Table | Bookshelf | Chair

Prints/Signs

Animal Prints | Dream Catcher Print | Arrow & Antler Phrase Prints | Arrow Compass Print
Wild One Wood Sign | Wooden Name Signs | Fawn Wood Sign

Bedding

Custom Order From Dappled Day Dreams

Other Decor

Curtains | Curtain Rod | Curtain RingsBear Rug | Frames | Baskets
Map Letters & Wreath- Made by friends for my shower

The Wandering Weekenders- Our Twin Girls Woodlands Nursery
The Wandering Weekenders- Our Twin Girls Woodlands Nursery
The Wandering Weekenders- Our Twin Girls Woodlands Nursery
The Wandering Weekenders- Our Twin Girls Woodlands Nursery

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All the little details of our twin girls woodlands nursery! From the furniture we chose and how we arranged it to the prints and frames we used.

Where To Eat & Drink In Denver

As you probably know from reading this blog for a while, one of mine and Chris’s favorite things to do when we’re on vacation or on one of our weekend trips is trying out some restaurants and places that are unique to that particular city. We definitely had some unique eating and drinking experiences when we were in Denver, which is why I can’t wait to share them with you. Now keep in mind that this list is pretty short because we were only there for a weekend, but there are a ton of great places to eat and drink in Denver!

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat & Drink In Denver

Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox

We just happened to be heading to Denver a few weeks after Emily had posted her first Denver review, and it included this gem on the list! Ophelia’s is located right in the heart of downtown Denver in what used to be an old brothel. After prostitution became illegal, the brothel was changed into an adult book store. When the adult book store went out of business, the next owners decided to keep with the theme of the establishment and Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox was created. Featuring live music on a weekly basis with a little bit of a sexy vibe, Ophelia’s definitely keeps with up with their previous tenants.

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat & Drink In Denver
The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat & Drink In Denver

We decided to head to Ophelia’s for an early brunch that Saturday since we had gotten into town so late the night before. When we arrived about 10 minutes before opening, there was already a line forming for brunch, so definitely make sure that you get there early enough! Because we had arrived so early we got some great seats on the second story that overlooked the stage, which made it perfect for when the live show started.

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat & Drink In Denver

When we saw the menu, we didn’t know what we wanted to eat because everything looked so good, so we decided to split a few items. We started off with some cocktails because it was brunch, and Chris tried the Bourbon Milk Punch while I tried the Diamond Lil’s. Both were delicious, but I definitely always love something with some bubbles! They do have bottomless mimosas that you can get as well, which would have been my first choice, but we weren’t going to be there all day because we had other plans, so it didn’t seem worth it at the time to me.

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat & Drink In Denver
The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat & Drink In Denver

For brunch we opted to start with the Green Chili Goat Cheese Cornbread which oh my goodness was so good! I don’t know how they did it, but with the goat cheese baked right into the cornbread it basically melted in  your mouth! For our main course, I went for the Chicken and Waffles while Chris opted for the Blackened Shrimp and Grits. Obviously I thought that my choice was better, but Chris’s was pretty darn good as well!

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat & Drink In Denver
The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat & Drink In Denver

Our brunch experience at Ophelia’s was pretty much out of this world, and I can’t recommend a trip there enough if you’re visiting Denver. Just make sure to make a reservation or get there early because I know that they fill up. I’m so glad that Emily wrote about this place, otherwise I don’t know if we would have visited Ophelia’s!

Location
1215 20th Street
Denver CO 80202

Hours
Dinner- 5:00 PM Monday- Sunday
Happy Hour- 4:00 PM-6:00 PM Monday- Friday
Brunch- 10:00 AM-2:30 AM Saturday- Sunday

The Great Divide Brewery

When most people think of Denver, most of the time one of the first things they think of is the amazing brewery scene, so of course, Chris and I had to try out one while we were there. One of the most well known breweries in the Denver area is The Great Divide Brewery, and that was at the top of Chris’s list to visit, so that was our next stop after Chris and I finished up brunch.

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat & Drink In Denver

We visited their location near the ballpark, and probably one of my favorite parts about that location was the huge murals that were all around that location. Everything was so colorful and pretty, and my inner blogger definitely came out trying to get some pictures of the murals.

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat & Drink In Denver

The taproom was really small, so we were glad that we arrived relatively early for a tasting. We hadn’t really tried any Great Divide beers before so we decided to share a tasting of 4 beers between the two of us. While the beer was good, I think that Chris and I are always going to be partial to our local favorite and love, Saint Arnold. If you’re hungry and you visit The Great Divide, you won’t be able to order any food inside the brewery, but they have a few food trucks that are generally outside, so you can grab some food from there.

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat & Drink In Denver
The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat & Drink In Denver

Locations
2201 Arapahoe St
Denver CO 80205

1812 35th Street
Denver CO 80216

Hours
12:00 PM-8:00 PM Sunday- Tuesday
12:00 PM-10:00 PM Wednesday- Saturday

ViewHouse

We felt pretty hoppy after trying some beer, and we had some time to kill before our tasting and tour at Infinite Monkey Theorem, so we opted to grab some snacks at another place that Emily had recommended from her trip to Denver, ViewHouse. Located right near Coors Field, this rooftop bar and restaurant is the perfect place to visit on a game day. You can practically see into the stadium, not to mention the fact that you’re in Denver, the beautiful weather made sitting outside so enjoyable! We ended up just splitting a few appetizers since we weren’t too hungry after brunch and grabbed a couple of cocktails and just enjoyed the time being outside. It was such a nice break from the extreme heat that was happening back home!

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat & Drink In Denver
The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat & Drink In Denver
The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat & Drink In Denver

Location
2015 Market Street
Denver CO 80205

Hours
11:00 AM-2:00 AM Monday- Friday
10:00 AM- 2:00 AM Saturday- Sunday

Infinite Monkey Theorem

I’ve already talked in depth about our time at the Infinite Monkey Theorem, but I can’t talk about where to eat and drink in Denver without mentioning the Infinite Monkey Theorem. While this definitely feels more like a brewery than a winery, The Infinite Monkey Theorem is an experience not to be missed when in Denver. With a wide variety of wines to choose from on tap, you can visit for a brief tasting, or go behind the scenes and opt for a tour to learn more about how the winery was started. We opted for the tour, and loved our time so incredibly much!

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat & Drink In Denver
The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat & Drink In Denver
The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat & Drink In Denver

Location
3200 Larimer Street
Denver CO 80205

Hours
4:00 PM-8:00 PM Monday
4:00 PM-10:00 PM Tuesday- Thursday
2:00 PM-10:00 PM Friday- Sunday

Little Man Ice Cream

After our failed attempt at going to a concert at Red Rocks, we decided that ice cream would be the perfect way for us to soothe our hurt feelings and end our day basically eating and drinking our way around Denver. I’d heard nothing but amazing things about Little Man Ice Cream as soon as I started researching for our trip to Denver, and since it was located right outside of the downtown area, it was the perfect stop before we made our way back to our hotel for the night.

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat & Drink In Denver

When we arrived, we had a hard time finding parking, and once we found a spot, we saw why parking was so terrible, the line to get ice cream was at least 50 people deep. But we’d already parked, so we were going to try this ice cream out by golly!

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat & Drink In Denver

The area that Little Man is located was a cute little place, and what I thought was so much cool was that there was actually some dance lessons going on right next door with a live band and everything. Everybody looked like they were having so much fun, and the best part was that it was all out in the open because it’s Colorado and not blisteringly hot, even in the middle of the summer!

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat & Drink In Denver

While there were several employees that came out and offered limited flavors to all of us waiting in line, Chris and I wanted to see all the flavors that they had, so we waited until the very end to get our ice cream. Little Man has a wide variety of flavors to choose from that are constantly changing, along with a wide variety of vegan flavors as well. I’m pretty sure that Chris and I opted for the Salted Caramel Peanut Butter Cup, and it was worth every single minute that we waited in line! It was delicious, and the perfect end to our day!

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat & Drink In Denver
The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat & Drink In Denver

Location
2620 16th Street
Denver CO 80211

Hours
11:00 AM-11:00 PM Sunday-Thursday
11:00 AM-12:00 PM Friday- Saturday

So there you have it, everywhere that we ate and drank during our less than 48 hours in Denver. We honestly didn’t eat or drink a bad thing while we were there (although some of the beer might have been a little too hoppy for us), and I know that we could have eaten at a hundred different restaurants and had just as happy of bellies while we were in Denver! So hopefully this list will come in handy when you’re planning your next trip to Denver! I’m linking up with these wanderful women again for some Wanderful Wednesday- Lauren of Lauren on Location, Van of Snow in Tromso, Isabel of The Sunny Side of This and Marcella of What a Wonderful World!

Have you ever visited Denver? Do you have any favorite restaurants in the Mile High City?

Other Denver Posts:

6 Things I Learned While Visiting Denver
How To Spend A Weekend In Denver
Visiting An Urban Winery In Denver
Red Rocks- More Than Just A Concert Venue

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A small listing of where to eat & drink in Denver if you're there for a weekend. From brunch to a brewery to ice cream. There's a little bit of everything!

Another Busy Third Trimester Weekend

I seriously can’t believe that another week has come and gone, and we’re nearing the last few weeks of this pregnancy! And the closer that it gets to our due date I feel like the busier we get with the more activities that we’re doing not around the house. I’m getting more and more thankful for getting those things done in the early part of this pregnancy because I don’t feel too stressed about the things that we have to get done before the babies get here! But besides that, let’s get into another busy weekending with Biana!

The Wandering Weekenders- Another Busy Third Trimester Weekend

Friday

Friday was a surreal day for me because it was the last day for me to work in the office until after the girls get here. I’ll go into more details on my next bumpdate, but my doctor asked that if I could work from home that I should when we went in for our last appointment on Tuesday. Thankfully my work had already set me up with some monitors and a docking station at the house, but I’m still going to be super sad to not go in and see everybody at the office on a daily basis.

Everybody was super sweet at the office, which of course makes me miss them even more! A couple of the girls gave me a new sparkly wine glass that says “I’ve Waited 9 Months For This” and you’d better believe that I’ll be drinking out of that wine glass as soon as the girls make their entrance into this world. We also had a little send off with some cookies with my group and that was so sweet as well, plus I got to take some of the extras home! I’m going to miss my coworkers so much, but I’m very thankful that we live in the day and age where it’s possible to work remotely!

We didn’t have plans for Friday night, so Chris and I just enjoyed a nice, quiet evening at home. It was just what I needed before a very busy weekend!

Saturday

My friend Sarah came over with her daughter early Saturday morning and we had a lot of fun just hanging out around the house and talking again before heading up to the Fall Festival that my neighborhood was hosting. Unfortunately most of the activities were for kids that were a little older than her daughter, and it was hotter than all get out, so we walked around for a little bit before heading out to grab lunch. We did like seeing all of the animals that were in the petting zoo, but I felt so bad for them because you could tell that they were so hot!

The Wandering Weekenders- Another Busy Third Trimester Weekend

After lunch we came back to the house and watched RHOC together because let’s face it, watching Real Housewives is so much more fun when you can talk to somebody about what’s going on in the show. We’re both so over Vicky and Peggy, and we just laughed about all that was going on.

Once the show was done Sarah and her daughter headed out, and Chris and I headed downtown to watch the Astros in the second game of the ALCS series. My office has season tickets and my boss offered some of the tickets to me, and of course I accepted! It’s not everyday that you get to see a playoff game in person, let alone a playoff game against the Yankees, let alone a playoff game that your team actually beats the Yankees in, and if you watched my snaps, you can definitely tell how exciting the game was! I’m so happy that Chris and I had the opportunity to go, and we had such a blast getting to hopefully watch history happen!

The Wandering Weekenders- Another Busy Third Trimester Weekend
The Wandering Weekenders- Another Busy Third Trimester Weekend
The Wandering Weekenders- Another Busy Third Trimester Weekend

After the game, we were stuck in some pretty terrible traffic, but we headed to return a few things to Pottery Barn Kids before trying out a new restaurant that was in the area. Hopdoddy is a burger restaurant that was started in Austin that is known for serving local and fresh ingredients on their burgers. The location that we went to was very busy, but it was cool that they served small little margaritas and shakes to everybody while we were waiting in line. Once we had ordered we sat down and watched a little bit of the Aggie game on TV. Unfortunately for us, we seem to be a team that plays to the level of the team that we’re playing and we were playing so terribly against Florida.

The Wandering Weekenders- Another Busy Third Trimester Weekend

We finished dinner and drove home and were able to catch the end of the Aggie game, and even though we didn’t think that we could do it, the Aggies actually pulled out a win, and by only scoring one touchdown! I seriously don’t understand how it was the same team that hung close with Alabama, but I guess that a win in the swamp is still a win! Needless to say, Chris and I were both exhausted after that so we headed to bed a little early.

Sunday

We both woke up Sunday morning without an alarm, and again it was glorious! We didn’t have much on the agenda besides our maternity pictures that afternoon, so we took our time relaxing around the house before heading out to lunch and running a few errands. I decided that for the maternity pictures that I’d get a little pampered so I headed to DryBar for a little blowout before the pictures.

The same photographer that took our pictures with Dart back in March was our photographer for our maternity pictures, and seriously can’t wait to see how they turn out! We had a few poses that we wanted to incorporate into the pictures, but Lindsey also had a few ideas for poses that we didn’t even think of! I’m still just so excited, and can’t wait to see them!

Chris and I grabbed a quick dinner after our pictures before heading home to have a nice and quiet night! Needless to say it was a very busy and very fun weekend, but I’m very much looking forward to some quieter weekends at the house!

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It seemed like we saved everything for the third trimester! Another busy third trimester weekend with an ALCS game and maternity pictures!

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