Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Favorite Jo Malone Fragrance?

As many of you know, Nordstrom's Anniversary Sale is going on right now.  Below are some of my top picks:

One of my favorite fragrances is Jo Malone's Orange Blossom.  It's super light and fresh and I wear it daily.  I'm getting low and here's my question: Do I buy this one again or branch out?  Some of the other scents that I'm intrigued by are: Peony & Blush Suede, Nectarine Blossom & Honey, or Vanilla & Anise.

Do you wear Jo Malone?  If so, what's your favorite?  Please share!

xo natasha

PS...stop over to Michaela's blog to read some great "do's and don't's when it comes to design.  Great read!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

14 Weeks

Alright, I haven't quite figured out how I'll do these updates, but here is the first one!

How far along? 14 Weeks {see my first 14 week update here}
Baby Size: A lemon
Total weight gain/loss: Once again, I am down about 5 pounds {ironic that I finally lose those pesky 5 pounds now!}.  I've actually had a stomach bug that turns out to be a possible case of listeria.  We got an email from our local grocery store saying that a batch of peaches we recently purchased was exposed to listeria...peaches of all things!  I called my doctor yesterday morning and they have put me on antibiotics as a precaution.  Google is a terrible thing when you think you might be sick...and this has scared me quite a bit!  Fingers crossed and prayers that this everything is ok!  Have any of you had a listeria scare?
Maternity clothes? No.  This dress is from Old Navy!
Stretch marks? No
Sleep: Sleeping well except for a nightly call to el baño.
Best moment this week: Entering the second trimester!
Miss Anything? My appetite!
Movement: Sometimes I think there might be a little flutter here and there.  I'm excited for that feeling again! 
Food cravings: Sweets more than anything...have been enjoying Panda Puffs for breakfast!
Anything making you queasy or sick: I mentioned it before, but taking my prenatals on an empty stomach pretty much guarantees I'll get sick.  But otherwise, it's been much smoother sailing this time around.
Have you started to show yet: Um yes, I feel like I'm already much bigger this time around.  
Gender prediction: Really no clue!  Originally I thought that since this has been an easier start, maybe it's a girl, but then I think that's my body just being used to the whole pregnant thing this time around.  Plus I feel like I'm giving into cravings {ie: lots of bread} a lot sooner to avoid the queezy feeling.
Looking forward to: Feeling better and entering the glorious second trimester!
Differences this time around: One thing I will say, is that I just LOVE pregnancy hair and noticed how full and non-oily it is this time around.  Before, I didn't really think I had pregnancy hair but then I had Ethan and it all fell out and man, was that a sad day.  So I am full-on embracing it this time around.  OH and another thing...I am pregnant at almost the exact opposite time...being pregnant during the summer and due in the winter.  Should be interesting to see how dressing the bump goes as we enter the cooler months.

Whew!  So there you go!  I will's fun to see how I was with Ethan versus now.  Maybe I'll keep them up!  ;)

xo natasha

Monday, July 21, 2014

Our Weekend // Celebrity Golf

This past week, South Lake Tahoe hosted the annual Celebrity Golf Tournament, which is always a ton of fun.  My company is a media sponsor and I also volunteer through my charity club, so we got to share lots of fun moments.  

Jerry Rice was awesome and ran over to take a selfie with me!

Ryan also got to take a photo with Alex Smith {former 49ers QB}.

And he nerded out with some NASCAR drivers.  ;)

I think the highlight for me was seeing Carrie Underwood perform...she has an AMAZING voice!

It was especially fun because we got to make a date night out of it!  ;)

Unfortunately for the rest of the weekend, it rained a ton and we actually lost power most of Sunday!  So it was good old fashioned fun around here...building forts and eating guacamole by candlelight.  Thank goodness the power came back on in time for me to blog...ha!  #bloggerproblems

I hope you all had wonderful weekends!

xo natasha

Thursday, July 17, 2014

A Bump Update

I had planned to write this yesterday, but came down with some sort of stomach bug which was no bueno!  It's passed now and I'm feeling here is an official update!

When did we find out?
I actually found out on Mother's Day!  I thought that *maybe* I could be pregnant again and woke up super early to take the test.  And there it was "pregnant" for the second time.  It was very surreal to think that we were about to embark on this journey again.  And then I realized I needed to tell Ryan, so I very maturely ran into the room and pounced on him with the pee stick.  He had no idea I was even taking it so you can imagine being woke up from a dead sleep to a pee stick shoved in your face.  It was super romantic. ;)  But once he came to, he was very excited!  And we showed Ethan too...though, he thought it was a pen that he could take the cap off of...needless to say, we took it away asap!

Mother's Day 2014--the day we found out!

How have I been feeling?
I've been feeling surprisingly good compared to the first time around.  From what I remember {I wish I made better notes for the first twelve weeks I was pregnant with Ethan}, I was super crampy, nauseous, and had several bouts of morning sickness the first time.  I also had really strong food and smell I could not even look at a raw onion without getting sick.  This time, I haven't felt nearly as sick...just the occasional nausea and the only times I've experienced morning sickness is when I took my prenatal without eating anything in the morning.  I've been able to eat pretty much anything I want, which has been nice.  The only thing that seems different this time around is how TIRED I am.  I'm sure it has something to do with chasing around a toddler, yes?

Will we find out the sex?
Heck yes!  There is no way we could wait...I'm way too much of a planner!  I can't wait to find out if Ethan will have a little brother to rough house with or if I will get a little girl to dress up and fawn over.  Either way, we're super excited.

Am I planning on doing weekly updates?
After two+ years of weekly pregnancy updates and baby updates, I was a little hesitant to jump back in {it's a lot of work!}, but then I realized that it would be fun to compare and have for this baby.  So, I'm not sure if I'll post weekly or monthly, but I do plan on updating you all on the progress.

Thank you again for all of your awesome comments over the last couple days...we are on cloud nine!

xo natasha

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Bran Muffins Worth Trying

Wow, first of all...THANK YOU for all the sweet comments regarding our latest news!  It makes everything that much more joyful and real for us, so thanks for sharing in our excitement!

I'll go into more detail soon, but this first trimester has been much easier on me.  I don't find myself gaging thinking about vegetables or turned off my the thought of something "healthy".  In fact, on Sunday morning, I had a strong craving for bran muffins, so bran muffins we made!

Growing up, there was this cool coffee house called Diedrich's Coffee and they made theee best bran muffins.  It's hard to describe, but I basically bought them for the top which was almost crunchy.  I'm definitely not doing them justice, but trust me, they were amazing! 

This version is a pretty close second.  The muffins are moist-thanks to the pureed raisins and yogurt, and the tops are just a little bit crispy...which is perfection if you ask me.

Recipe from Broma Bakery:


2 cup wheat bran
1 cup, plus 1/2 cup dark raisins
1 cup, plus 1/2 cup water
1/2 cup buttermilk or plain low- or non-fat yogurt
a few swipes of fresh orange zest
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 large eggs
3/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt

Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners.

Spread the wheat bran on a baking sheet and toast in the oven for six to eight minutes, stirring a few times so it cooks evenly. Let cool.

While the bran is toasting, heat 1 cup of the raisins with 1/2 cup of the water. Simmer for ten minutes, or until the water is all absorbed. Puree the raisins in a food processor or blender until smooth.

In a large bowl, mix together the toasted bran, buttermilk or yogurt, 1 cup water, then mix in the raisin puree, orange zest, and brown sugar.

Stir in the oil, and eggs.

Mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt, and sift directly into the wet ingredients. Stir until the ingredients are just combined, then mix in the remaining 1/2 cup raisins.

Spoon the batter into the muffin tins, making sure the batter is mounded slightly in each one. Because muffin tins can very in size, if your tins are larger, make fewer muffins.

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the muffins feel set in the center.

Hope you enjoy!

xo natasha

Monday, July 14, 2014

Baby Schue Take TWO!

That's right...Ethan's going to be a big brother!!!

And we could not be more excited!  :)  We're due mid-January, which means Ethan has about six more months to soak up being an only child {wink wink}.  These two will be almost exactly two and a half years apart, which seems perfect for our family.  We can't wait to see Ethan as a big brother and we know he is going to love having a playmate for life.

More details to come!

xo natasha

Adorable photo by Artyard Photography

Friday, July 11, 2014

Ethan Turns Two // The Party Details

I'm so happy with how Ethan's 2nd birthday came together!  Though I'm sure he did not appreciate the theme nearly as much as I was fun to see him enjoy all the different activities set up around the yard and play with his friends.  Oh!  And in case you want to know what his invitations look like, you can see them here.

I made the Fishing Hole sign and found the fishing toys at Rite Aid of all places!

The drink station

 Bug nets found at Target

The camp setup

I made the wreath with some items from Michael's.


The camp blanket is from Target's new line Poppytalk!  All of their stuff would be super cute for a girl glamping themed party!

And of course, no party would be complete without showing some of the kids in action.

 Anxiously waiting for the cake to arrive!

  Ethan loved having Happy Birthday sung to him.

And right on cute, he knew when to blow out the candles!

I hope you all enjoy the pictures as much as I do...let me know if I missed out on any details!  ;)

xo natasha
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