Monday, March 30, 2015

Easter Basket Ideas




Easter is less than a week away!  I've been trying to collect things for both boys baskets this year...I actually planned ahead and got Wyatt's Easter basket during an early sale.  And Ethan is obsessed with Frozen right now, so I have both Olaf and Sven to surprise him!  I also got jammies for both boys...these for Ethan and these for Wyatt.  Can't wait!

Do you include anything in your child's basket for Easter?

OH!  And if you're looking for a cute outfit, then you should enter to win my Kissy Kissy outfit giveaway here!

xo natasha

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Kissy Kissy Baby Wyatt + Giveaway!


Is there anything more sweet and innocent than a baby in all white?  I think not.  I mean, look how sweet Wyatt looks in his new Kissy Kissy outfit!


I feel like there is a brief time where babies can dress in sweet little, traditional outfits like these and it's nice to know there is a company out there--Kissy Kissy--that values quality the way I do.  They use super soft Peruvian cotton fit for baby's sensitive skin and their embroideries are all hand-made.  


I feel like this particular outfit will be a great option for Easter Sunday but can also be worn for baby's baptism, newborn photos or for slumbering.  While intricate in design, it's also super soft and functional.

Kissy Kissy is giving away one baby outfit {a minimum of $50} to one lucky reader.  All you have to do is follow them on Instagram and comment below with your favorite outfit {you can find their collection here}.

Enter in the widget below & good luck!  Winner will be announced next Thursday!


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xo natasha

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Healthy Double Chocolate Zucchini Muffins



If your two year old is anything like ours, then getting him or her to eat their vegetables is dang near impossible.  If it's green, Ethan won't touch it.

That's what these muffins are genius!  There is full on zucchini in here and no added sugar...and you would never be able to tell.  Ethan calls them cupcakes and will eat all his dinner to have one for a treat.  That's what I call #winning!

Recipe from Ambitious Kitchen 


Ingredients //

1 ¼ cup whole wheat pastry flour or white whole wheat flour
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder {I used dark chocolate}
1 teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1/3 cup honey or agave nectar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg
1 egg white
1 cup shredded zucchini (about 1 medium)
¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
½ cup Almond Breeze Unsweetened Almond Milk {I used vanilla almond milk}
½ cup regular or mini chocolate chips 

** Also, I made these in a mini cupcake pan so they were more "bite-size" for Ethan.

Method //

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 12 cup muffin tin with cupcake liners and generously spray inside of liners with nonstick cooking spray.

Squeeze shredded zucchini of excess water with a paper towel. This is important, so don’t forget!

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, add coconut oil, honey, vanilla, egg and egg white; mix on medium-low until smooth and well combined. 

Add in zucchini, applesauce, and almond milk; mix again. Slowly add in dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Gently fold in chocolate chips.

Evenly divide batter into prepared liners. Bake 22-25 minutes {I cooked mine for 15 minutes since they were mini} or until toothpick inserted into middle comes out clean. After 5 minutes, remove muffins and transfer to wire rack to finish cooling. Enjoy!

xo natasha

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Converting Blog Posts to a Book // Ethan's First Year Baby Book



I have a confession.  Ethan is almost three years old and I just finally got around to putting his first year baby book together...oops!  I was super diligent about documenting his first year every week {you can see them here}, but the task of converting those blog posts to a book were daunting.  

I tried to copy and paste the text and photos to Shutterfly but the photos were too low res and it was honestly super tedious.  I thought I would never get to making a book--but the looming thought of my blog crashing and losing all of these details was what finally pushed me to find a service that could convert my blog posts to a book.


A simple Google search {and no, this post is not sponsored in any way} lead me to a website called SharedBook which has a feature called Blog2Print.  It allows you to convert Blogger, WordPress, Tumblr, and Typepad to a book format.

Here are some tips:

I can only speak for Blogger, but labeling the posts that you want to convert to a book is key to narrowing down your posts.  I was able to select the posts that were tagged with "Ethan" and then eliminate any miscellaneous posts from there.

Be sure to go through the book in the preview section to ensure all pictures are formatted correctly.  I found a couple that were off and luckily there is a function to swap out photos.

You can't change the text in the website, but you can update text on your blog before you upload to the website, if you like.

The layout is definitely not the "prettiest"...it's very basic.  However, the thing I cared most about were the text and photos and that's exactly what I got.  Plus, it sure saved me HOURS of converting 52 + blog posts into a book.  


I'm thinking that for Ethan's second year and Wyatt's first year, I'll go back to the Shutterfly route and ideally...I can do it as I go with Wyatt so that once he hits one, I can simply print and go.  However, for Ethan's first year, this was definitely a lifesaver.

Have you made baby books for your children?  Let me know in the comments below what route you went.

xo natasha

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Spring Style



I don't know what it is about this outfit, but I could see myself wearing it all spring and summer long.  That sweater, with the tie dye detail and easy breezy fit...those heels are casual, yet still special...and the denim is edgy and relaxed all in one.  What's not to love?

J.Crew is actually offering 25% off right now with SALELOVE, which makes the sweater a little bit more attainable.

Happy Sunday Shopping!


xo natasha

Friday, March 13, 2015

Happy Two Months Wyatt!



Another month has flown by and it keeps getting better.  By two months, Wyatt has fallen into a loose pattern of sleeping, eating, and pooping {well...kind of!}.  His longest period of sleep is about five hours at night...hey, I'll take it!  He's also breastfeeding pretty well and my supply is really up this time around, which has been nice.

His little personality is shining through as he started smiling between 5 and 6 weeks and yet, he can scream his little head off when he wants too.  We've got a dramatic fella on our hands.  He really loves to be held all.the.time which is both cute and difficult depending on the situation.  Having a crazy two year old running circles around us just adds another fun dynamic to the mix.  ;)


I don't remember this with Ethan {you can read Ethan's 2 month update here} but Wyatt had a little stretch where he would go 2-3 days without pooping.  It was clear he was also having bad gas and tummy troubles during this time too {sorry, but TMI seems like a thing of the past these days}.  Gripe water seemed to soothe him {we even thought of getting one of these} but we have hopefully turned a corner and he seems to be back on track.


Ethan continues to love and dote on his little brother.  It really is the cutest thing ever.  He loves kissing him on the head and shoving his paci in his mouth when he cries.  He tells him that he loves him all the time.  Being the Frozen lover that he is, he even started telling Wyatt "I'm gonna keep you" from the part in the movie where the troll meets Kristoff and Sven for the first time.  #heartmelt


Wyatt's hair is growing back in on top of his head, but his acne has flared up quite a bit recently, poor kid.  Also, his sweet brother unintentionally broke his swing {from bending over and kissing him constantly} so we are trying to get by with the rock n play in the meantime.


Wyatt is liking bath time more and more and doesn't seem to mind getting his diaper changed as much.  We swaddle him when he's sleeping {we love this and this}...velcro swaddles are a must now.  He enjoys riding in the car and going on walks, whether it's in his stroller or in the baby carrier.  The only thing he really hates is not being held.

Some happenings and milestones this past month:
Met his grandpa and grandmama
Met his Auntie Lauren and Uncle Ryan
Met his Uncle Kirk
First dinner out at Off the Hook Sushi at 5 weeks
Mama went to the movies for the first time...Grandma watched BOTH boys for the first time!
Starting sleeping 4-5 hour stretches at 6 weeks.
First snow at 6 weeks
First trip to ski resort at 7 weeks
Daddy went away for the weekend for the first time at 7 weeks
Stopped peeing wildly during diaper change after first couple weeks...should be noted!

xo natasha

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Shoe Love // Flash Sale!


Piperlime is offering 30% off when you spend $300 or more or 20% off when you spend $200 or more on shoes, handbags, and accessories...TODAY ONLY!  So many of you have asked about my leopard flats...

They're by Loeffler Randall and are one of my favorite pairs of flats.



My favorite booties are also part of the sale:

They come in a couple colors, but I especially love the suede version.



Use code YOUNEEDIT at checkout for the discount...happy shopping!

xo natasha

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