Thursday, April 24, 2014

What it Means to be a Boy Mom

Several weeks ago, Elizabeth asked me to talk about what it means to be a boy mom.  It definitely got my wheels turning...which is why I wanted to share more with you today.

When we first found out we were having a boy, I will admit, there was a tinge of doubt.

Would I be able to connect with a boy the same way I might connect with a know, a mini me?

Would he love me as much as a little girl would?

Would we play together {ie, could I do trucks and toads over tea and tiaras} and really share that bond?

 It all seemed so daunting as I prepared for his arrival with visions toys cars, stinky socks, and roughhousing in my future.

However, the second Ethan was born, I knew he was meant to be mine and that I would love him like nothing before.  Those sweet eyes and perfect mouth stole my heart from the get-go.  I soon realized that being a boy mom is special...and that a bond between a mother and a son is just naturally strong from the beginning.

Despite my preconceived notions of having a stinky, messy, crazy little man on my hands {and don't get me wrong, he has plenty of those moments}, I am always blown away by how sweet Ethan's demeanor is.  He loves holding my hand...and giving me kisses...or pats on the back.  He loves to hum to music...and of course dance!  He's such a stylish little dude too...dressing him has been so much fun.

 He's smart and handsome and even when he's a stinker, I still think he's a cutie.  He has me wrapped around his little finger, especially when he says "Mama" or rests his head on my shoulder...or gives me a huge smoochie!  I think I expected a little girl to be sweet, but I never knew how very sweet a little boy could be. 

I love knowing that even if it's for a short time, that I'm the only one who can kiss away his tears and make him feel better.  That I'm that one he calls to in the morning.  That I'm the one who gets the final kiss at the end of the night.  He loves him mama.

And I love knowing that he'll always be my little boy...even when he's grown.  I can't even imagine him being bigger than me...let alone going on his first date or going away to college.  I hope we bring him up to be a gentleman and have strong treat women with respect and carry himself with dignity.  But for now, the thought of cheering him on at a baseball game or helping him catch frogs in the summer time, literally makes me giddy.  I'm trying to savor each minute and remember all of these sweet moments, because I know they go fast.

Since Ethan came into the world, the term "mama's boy" has taken on such a sweet, endearing tone to me.  I no longer worry about the roughhousing and instead focus on the hugs.  I've come to embrace all of the little things that come with the boy territory...who knew playing with trucks could be so fun?  And though I know I won't always be the apple of his eye, I hope Ethan is always a mama's little boy.  Whether it's now as my baby, or when he's grown and has his own babies, I hope he always remembers that I loved him first.

So all of you boy mamas...what has been the most surprising thing for you with having a boy?

xo natasha

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Food According to My Camera Roll

I've totally slacked off when it comes to posting recipes, but despite what you might think, we've been keeping busy in the kitchen.  Above are some recent hits that we've made and I wanted to make sure to share the recipes with you.

Top Left:  The yummiest winter minestrone soup.  Perfect for those still "chilly" nights!

Top Right:  A two layer vanilla cake with raspberry preserves in the middle and a homemade cream cheese frosting...topped with sliced strawberries.

Middle Left: Irish Soda Bread made from St. Patty's day...and the best part is, no yeast!

Middle Right:  Our first attempt at cauliflower crust pizza...yum!

Bottom Left:  Delicious lemon cheesecake bars.

Bottom Right: A breakfast classic...huevos rancheros.  With sweet potato, of course.  Similar recipe here.

xo natasha

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Spring Baubles

Now that the scarves and mittens are put away, it's time to bedazzle your necks, ears, wrists and fingers with some fun spring baubles.  I am loving the pastels, rose gold and of course, a pop of neon.

And speaking of pretty jewelry, Megan just relaunched her Etsy shop with tons of gorgeous, handmade necklaces.  You must check them out!

xo natasha

Monday, April 21, 2014

Our Easter

 We had a super fun Easter Weekend...complete with Easter egg hunts, brunch and lots of friends & family time.

Ethan got to go on his first egg hunt and he was surprisingly engaged.

He picked out eggs...

And played well with the other toddlers.

Easter Sunday, he got spoiled by the Easter Bunny before going to church.

 And we enjoyed a nice brunch out at Edgewood.

Of course, no Easter is complete without cuzzies and dressed up pooches!

It's amazing how much has changed in just one year!

I hope you all had a blessed Easter!

xo natasha

PS...the winner of the cute Hen & Co tee was chosen...was it you!?

Friday, April 18, 2014

Amazing Boho Chic Interiors

You guys!  I have a fun treat for Friday.  I honestly feel like I've been hiding under a rock, but I recently connected the dots to realize that many {and I mean MANY} of my favorite interior designs were by the same person.  Amber Interiors.  She is amazeballs.  Like, talk about patterns, colors, textures galore.  I am obsessed with her spaces.  Intrigued?  Let me lead the way...

Do you see what I mean?!  Amazing eye candy...your welcome!  Be sure to check out the rest of her site...she's always blogging about design tips and tricks and has an awesome shoppe too!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!!

xo natasha

PS...last chance to enter to win an adorable top or onesie for your little!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Shopbop Sale: Last Day for 25% Off!

Today is the final day for Shopbop's 25% off sale!  I scoured the site last night to find my favorites...many of these have been on my wish list for a while...LOVE this dress, and those heels...and that tote!

Simply enter INTHEFAMILY14 at checkout for your discount!

Have you splurged on this sale yet?!

xo natasha

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Design Showcase: Awkwardly Shaped Living Room

Kendall contacted me regarding her awkwardly shaped living room.  She and her husband {along with her three dogs} recently moved in and she's looking to find furniture that will fit the new space a little bit better.  Here's more from Kendall:

We recently bought and moved into our house and our family room is the that has given me the most trouble. As you can see it is long and narrow. We aren't able to attach our sectional because of how narrow it is. We have been looking at getting some new couches. We have also thought about mounting the tv in the middle of the wall that it is on now. 

My style preference would be light and airy with some color mixed in. Eventually we will do hardwoods in here and new light fixtures are next on the to do list. 

I would love to keep the budget pretty low or even DIY some things.

Perhaps the more challenging detail about this space is not really the space, but the placement of the entry ways and how wide they are.  It doesn't allow for a large couch or sectional.  Luckily, there are a lot of compact options out there!

First, I think Kendall should consider a smaller sectional and move it closer to the middle of the room. The side table and lamp should nest between the couch and the wall. By moving the couch closer to the oppose wall, it takes advantage of the long narrow room and makes it more functional This way, they're closer to the TV and I would suggest putting a small console table behind the couch with a fun piece of art above it. On the wall where the TV is, I would move the media console to the middle and have a shelf on one wall and a sitting chair on the other side. Anchor the room with a fun coffee table and I think they'll be amazed with how much more functional the room is.

As for the DIY aspect, I love the idea of making some of the pillows, like the ampersand and LOVE pillow.  Another fun idea, might be to make your own print for above the sofa...whether you blow up a print or paint it instead.

I hope this helps to spur some fun ideas!

xo natasha

PS...there are still a couple days left to enter to win a cute Hen & Co top or onsie!
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