Friday, September 19, 2014

Wedding Weekend // Attire

This weekend marks our first of four fall weddings!  I love any opportunity to get dressed up and a wedding is an especially fun occasion.  If I wasn't currently pregnant, I would definitely snatch this dress up...the colors and pattern are super fun and perfect for the fall.  Of course, I'd have to pair it with some bright colored heels and a statement necklace too!  ;)

Do you have any upcoming weddings?

Have a great weekend!

xo natasha

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

22 Weeks

How far along? 22 Weeks {first 22 week update}
Baby Size: A papaya-he's a one pounder now!
Total weight gain/loss: 10 pounds
Maternity clothes? Loving this Old Navy maternity comfy!
Stretch marks? Still looking clear.
Sleep: I got a new pillow and I feel like it's made a huge difference for my back!
Best moment this week: Watching Ethan kiss my belly and show me his belly {by lifting his shirt}.  *heart melting*
Miss Anything? Just eating and drinking whatever I want...typical!
Movement: More and more kicks and jabs.
Food cravings: Nothing too out of the ordinary this week.
Gender: BOY!
Looking forward to: Our first fall wedding this weekend !
Differences this time around: My belly button looks like it's about to pop which seems super early compared to last time!

xo natasha

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

DIY Busy Box for Toddlers

Hey there!

Remember last week how I shared this awesome DIY busy box activity?  Well, I've got a real doozy for you version of a busy box.  It's super complex really, check it out:

Amazing right?  And how sweet is H-Dawg for modeling this for me?

I think it's especially nice for long car trips as your kiddos can stick the magnets to the inside of the lunch box and then it makes for pretty easy clean up too.  You can also use a cookie sheet for displaying the letters OR use a muffin tin and sort by shape or color.  Really, the possibilities are endless!

Now, I know you all are way more talented and have better DIY ideas to bring to the table, so share away in the link-up below!  Can't wait to see what you have up your sleeves!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Our Weekend

This weekend pretty low key...

I kicked it off with a soft serve...the baby demanded it!

Meanwhile, I love the days I get to pick up Ethan from school...he insists on carrying his backpack and lunch pail to the car.

Sunday, we went to a friend's house to watch the 49er game.  I attempted my first fishtail braid {tutorial found here}.

I brought some Fre champagne to celebrate my friend finding out what she's having...we're both pregnant again at the same time.

Our two boys are only a few days apart...bests for life!  ;)

And she made the most amazing fresh enchiladas {they're made individually}...I seriously need to repeat this.  She soaked the red onion in lime juice and delish!

We also managed to make a trip to Target and Trader Joe's...exciting stuff!  ;)

How was your weekend?

xo natasha

Friday, September 12, 2014

Ethan's Big Boy Room // Inspiration Board

Dresser // Lamp // Lion Art // Deer Head-Urban Outfitters // E Letter // Curtains

I'm starting to put together some ideas on how I would like Ethan's room to come together.  I'm really drawn to graphic prints with a touch of whimsical fun...while of course, being masculine.  The centerpiece of his room will be the bed...and choosing a bed for a boy is hard.  I'm most drawn to the above bed and the Jenny Lind bed.  We plan to stop by Land of Nod later this month to check them out in person and hopefully bring "the one" home.  

I feel like once we have the bed, that will force us to clean out the guest bedroom and finally start to put his room together.  Don't even get me started on transitioning him from a crib to a twin bed.  I can't even imagine what fun we have in store there!

I plan to move his existing curtains to the new room, as well as some of the art.  You'll notice the fun tea towel artwork above.  The Hell Yeah is super fun, but sold out.  You can see how it was styled in this little boy's room here.  And I actually think the Ba Ba Bonkers version is more appropriate for his room anyway...need to get it before it's gone!

Last, I want a place for him to play and display his books.  I definitely want to include some built-in book ledges and his teepee so he can lounge around and read.  I'm not sure if I'll include a rug in his room...there may be enough already going on.

So...what do you think?

I hope you have a great weekend!

xo natasha

OH and the winner was chosen for the digital print.  Was it you?

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

21 Weeks

Sorry for the poor was super dark out Monday morning.

How far along? 21 Weeks {first 21 week update}
Baby Size: A banana {or carrot!}
Total weight gain/loss: Looks like 8-10 pounds
Maternity clothes? Yes actually! I just bought these black skinny jeans and LOVE them! So comfy and the deconstructed detail is a fun element. I have a feeling I will be living in them all winter...pre and post baby. It's acceptable to wear maternity jeans when you're not pregnant, right?? Also love this lace top from Zara.
Stretch marks? Not that I'm aware of!
Sleep: Sleeping well.
Best moment this week: Traveling down to San Diego to see my bestie and her baby!
Miss Anything? Not feeling like a huge blob!
Movement: More and more kicks and jabs.
Food cravings: Nothing in particular.  I actually got a BAD food poisoning case when I was down visiting my friend.  It was awful.  :(
Gender: BOY!
Looking forward to: Soaking up the last weekend in Tahoe for a while...likely the last sunny weekend too!
Differences this time around: I just feel so much bigger this time around.  My tummy feels heavy and it takes so much effort to do things.  I can't believe I have 20 more weeks to go...ugh!

xo natasha

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Ethan's Matching Cards // A Toddler Activity

Several weeks ago, a group of mama bloggers decided that with all of our kiddos going back to school {or daycare} and many of us welcoming another baby into the mix, that now would be a good time for a fun exchange.  The concept?  Busy boxes that have a great learning element...but perhaps more importantly, serve as an even better distraction!  Can we say, win-win?

The sweeter than sweet Sara and Mac {and don't forget baby Mim} sent us the most adorable matching cards from Ethan's favorite book, Brown Bear Brown Bear. 

These are great!  First, Ethan LOVES making noises for all of the animals.

Second, because each animal is a different color, it helps us with our colors.

And of course, it's great to coordinate the animal heads and "tails".

I foresee lots of busy afternoons spent matching up his favorite animals.

And what's even cuter...Sara also included a second matching game, but this time, with pictures of Ethan!  I mean how cute is this??  Ethan was having a ball marveling over all of his photos and I can already "picture" lots of fun ahead!

  Sara will be putting a tutorial together next week...but you can see that it doesn't take too much to come up with a fun toddler activity that spurs creativity.  

You can check out the rest of our busy box concepts at the following blogs:

Colleen at Meet the Sullivans
Emily at Dear Owen
Michelle at Ten June {see the busy box I "made" here!}

And now you can join in on the fun!  We're inviting all of you to come up with your ideas and share them back here next Tuesday.  It can be a past or present project...can't wait to see what you come up with!

xo natasha

And don't forget, you can win some adorable invitations or prints here!
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