Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Favorite Blogs

I'm always on the lookout for new blogs to follow and read.  Some that I read regularly I have found through other bloggers, some I have just stumbled on.  Most of the blogs I frequent are people that are in the same season of life as me- new mom, working mom, moms of small children, farm girls...etc....  So here are my favorites (And no- I have never met or talked to any of the bloggers!).

 I'd love to hear about other blogs that are great or just that you think I'd enjoy!

1.  Blonde Ambition-  I love reading what Leslie has to say about being a new mom and a working mom.  She's also a fashion blogger and I love to see some of the outfits she puts together.  Too put icing on the cake- her daughter is adorable!

2. In This Wonderful Life-I started reading Megan's blog shortly after she had her son, Cohen. Cohen was born with a congenital heart defect and unfortunately passed.  Megan now has boy/girl twins that she blogs about and has recently just started her own business that has adorable stuff!

3.  Kelly's Korner-  I don't remember how I found Kelly's blog, but she's a godly woman with 2 little girls.  She has a weekly link-up that is always fun too!

4.  Kristi's Blog- This was the first blog I read- it was Kristi's blog when her and her family were traveling to China to adopt their daughter Piper, they've since brought home Presley and I think they have their hands full :)

What are your favorites??

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Window Shopping

I love to just look at things that would be nice to buy at some point- most of which is when money is no object- so I don't see that happening anytime soon.  I'm not a spender- if I buy something it's either a) Needed, b) a gift, or c) not for me.  So today I'm going online window shopping for me and Blair!

First up for Blair:
Hunter Boots- are these not the cutest things ever!  I think ever little farm girl should I have a good pair of "wellys".  They are just so stinking cute and all of the colors I love.  Maybe for Easter or another reason she'll be getting these but I absolutely love them!
A little North Face fleece-Again, I think this is cute.  I will not be buying on though- I cannot justify the $45 for a fleece jacket.  We have a fleece jacket from The Children's Place that is very similar and very good quality.  This is definitely just a looker for us.
A Plasma Car-  I'm kind of kicking myself for not buying these on super sale last fall on Zulily.  It's not that we need another ride on toy to sit in the house right now, but I think Blair would like it when she's older.  They come in lots of colors, so I'll be watching zulily again for a good deal (hopefully!).

Now for my window shopping:  My stuff is obviously more expensive and won't be purchased at any time in the near future :)

1.  I've looked at these boots for probably 2-3 years, but I can in no way, shape, or form justify the cost :(  They look like a good classic riding boot that could be worn for a long time, and be comfortable.  Maybe someday I'll slpurge, but for now they stay on the window shop list :)
2.  Another thing I've looked at many times, but still haven't completely decided on is a Maxi dress.  They look so cute on others, and I will admit, I've never tried one on because I'm so short.  But this Lily maxi is adorbs!

And since I've never really had a high-quality purse- the Coach Borough Bag.  It comes in a grey color which I love because it's so neutral. But the almost $600 not coming out of my pocket!

Oh to window shop.  I love looking and knowing that I can dream!

Friday, January 31, 2014

Getting to Know You!

I'm linking up today with A Blonde Ambition for a fun little "Confessional Friday"
Getting to Know You Edition - Post Template

1. Your name:  Natalie

2. Where you're from:  Illinois- not anywhere close to Chicago :)

3. What do you do with your days? (Work, SAHM, student, etc.)  I work as an assistant and plan events large and small

4. Tell us about your family (photos are great!)  I've been happily married to my Husband Jeff for 3 1/2 years.  Last January we welcomed our Daughter, Blair.  We also have one pup-child, an English Mastiff, Kuba.

5. What are your dreams and goals-  My dream is to figure out what I want to be when I grow up ;)  Okay, so maybe not, but my dream is to raise a centered child that loves her family.  My goals is to be the best mom I can be to Blair and any future siblings.

6. Why did you start blogging?  I started blogged to chronicle our life as newly-weds and now parents.  I also started to hopefully gain some bloggy friends.  I've slacked on blogging the last year, but can hopefully turn that around.

7. Maybe tell us some random facts!  I have horrible fashion sense and look to fashion bloggers for ideas/tips/great buys.  I would wear a sweat, shirt, boots, and jeans every day and be fine! :)

Monday, January 20, 2014

Blair is 1!

This is a few days late, but we were soaking up every single moment of Blair's first birthday! Pictures and more coming later today :)


You are 1!  My, oh my, how the last year flew by!  You are amazing little girl with a great personality, and you are SO SO SO LOVED!

We go to the doctor this afternoon, so I'll update with all of your 1 year stats :)

You are in size 2 diapers still, you wear 6-9, 9-12 and 12 month clothes- it just depends on what brand we have and what size you need.  You are in size 3 shoes and have the cutest silver glittery shoes.

You are still nursing, taking a bottle, drinking from a sippy cup, and loving your "real foods."  You aren't a fan of pasta at all, in fact you will put pasta with meat in your mouth and figure out how to spit the pasta back out at us.  It's really funny and Daddy and Mommy laugh each and every time!  You love yogurt, any kind of meat, and cheerios.

You are walking, running, and starting to climb.  You are completely given up on crawling, because you have figured out that you can run and get there faster.  You are such an explorer- you love to just walk around the house and look and touch things. You know exactly where your room is and where your book basket is and sometimes if we just let you go, you will walk in there and sit on the floor and look through your books.  You also know how to close doors that are open, and love to do that repeatedly.

In your 11th month, you got to celebrate Christmas, New Year's and just this past weekend your birthday.  You were very cautious at Christmas at first, but learned that opening up your gifts was a lot of fun.  You are very loved by our friends and family and Mommy and Daddy weren't sure all of your gifts would fit in our house.  And then we had your birthday party and we were even more sure that we will need a bigger house soon!  For New Year's, we stayed home and Aunt Lindsay, Uncle Tim, Anthony, and Jimmy came over for dinner.  You went to bed at your normal time and all of the adults stayed up.

You are typically down for bed between 7:30-8 and are back up for a feeding around 3, then back down until 6:30 or until we have to wake you up.  Some nights when you are really tired you will just walk into your room and up to your crib and we know you are ready for bed.  We have been able to transition you from being rocked to sleep to just putting you down tired and you've started sleeping better since that.

You have been the best baby and we are so lucky to be your parents.  We were slightly scared at the beginning knowing that we were going to mess up or do something wrong, but we quickly learned that what we were doing was right, even if it wasn't by the book.  It was what you wanted or needed.  Most of all we love you more than you will ever know.  You made us Mommy and Daddy, titles we love having.  You are the happiest girl, and we know we are so lucky to have that.  We can't wait to experience many more firsts with you as you grow into toddler-hood.  You will always be our little tater.

We love you!

Mommy & Daddy