Thursday, October 23, 2014

Nursery // Finding the Perfect Dresser


My due date is less than three months away and I have barely scratched the surface on getting the nursery designed.  In my defense, Ethan's big boy bed won't arrive until late November, so that has definitely stalled things out.  But in the meantime, I know that getting the design underway for Baby #2 will help motivate me to get things going.

I'm planning to move Ethan's Ikea dresser to his new room, which means that I need something new for the nursery.  I'm really drawn to the mid-century modern look and would love to add some wood tones to the nursery.  I'll be using the same crib, which has a wood base.

Here are some of the dressers I've been eying:


I LOVE this West Elm dresser, but don't love the price.  Plus, I'm not sure that I need something this big.  I'm thinking if I get a smaller dresser, I can move the rocking chair to the corner that opens up by having more room.


The smaller version would be great, but is still pretty pricey.


Target has a similar option, but it doesn't get the best reviews.  Nor does its larger version, which is too bad because they really are spot on.


Dwell Studio makes a cute version, but again, it's more pricey than I want to spend.


Last, is this little number from Overstock.  It's a little smaller than I might like, but it fits the bill otherwise.

What do you think?  Is it worth splurging or saving?  Have you seen any other similar options out on the market that I've missed?  

I'd love your feedback!

xo natasha

PS...Happy Birthday Mom!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Midweek Musings


It's midweek, fall is in full swing and I seriously can't believe Halloween is next Friday!  Time is flying!  Today, I'm catching up on all the latest happenings...


I recently decorated my mantel for Halloween.  I am loving these little black cats from Paper Source.


Is it just me or is TV really slow right now?  Luckily, I'm really into the new Showtime series, The Affair.  It kind of reminds me of Gone Girl...the story is told from two different perspectives.  Pretty intriguing so far!


We made chilaquiles for dinner the other night and boy was it good!  You can find the recipe here.


We had a college friend's wedding this past weekend and it was fun to get away for the night.  I especially loved rocking this dress from Lulu's.

Last, I am so excited to introduce my newest sponsor, Annie from Home of the Malones!  Here's a little bit of her and her sweet blog...isn't Brody the cutest??


NAME/AGE/LOCATION
I'm Annie, a 29 year old gal living in Pensacola, FL (my hometown).


FAMILY
I got married in April 2012 to my husband Matt. Six months later we found out we were pregnant. In June 2013, we had our son Brody. We also have one fur baby, Bella. She's a four year old, 7 pound, white Maltipoo, who is extremely jealous of her little brother.

WORK
I stay at home with our son, Brody (15 months). I worked for Chase bank just out of college then in the family business for 4 years prior to having Brody. I had plans to return back to the family business; but as of right now, I'm taking a bit longer sabbatical than I had planned. I feel so lucky to spend every day with this little guy.


HOBBIES
I love to travel, workout, shop, cook, entertain and blog. I really enjoy my role as stay at home Mom and take advantage of my time at home to decorate, cook new recipes and plan parties! We love to entertain and never pass up the opportunity to take a great trip.





WHY I BLOG
I started Home of Malone's a few months after we got married as a way to document our journey of building our first home and my pregnancy with Brody. I read so many blogs when we were planning our home and definitely during my pregnancy {insert Schue Love} and I loved the concept. I learned so much and thought it would be fun to start one of my own to share our ideas and document our married life.


WHAT I BLOG ABOUT
I blog about family, food, fashion, travel and life in general. I love to decorate for the holidays and share my passion for trying new recipes. I have an addiction to online shopping and am thrilled when I can share my favorite new fashion find. I have no shame in over posting photos of my son either!




I hope you will stop over to the blog and say hello!  I look forward to meeting some new faces and great blogs.  Thanks for having me, Natasha :)

Definitely pay Annie a visit and if you're interested in becoming a sponsor, simply shoot me an email at schuelove {at} gmail.com.  I'd love to have you!

xo natasha

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

27 Weeks



How far along? 27 Weeks {first 27 week update}
Baby Size: A cauliflower...or about two pounds.
Total weight gain: It's looking more like 17-18 pounds, maybe more!
Maternity clothes? This is actually a normal Gap dress but it has lots of stretch and the material is nice and thick.  Perfect for fall!
Stretch marks? Zilch.
Sleep: It's getting harder.  We had an out of town wedding this past weekend and sleeping in a hotel bed is pretty rough!
Best moment this week: Seeing all of our college friends at the wedding.
Miss Anything? I was asked multiple times if it was hard not being able to drink at the wedding, but it really wasn't.  After all...there was cake!
Movement: More rolls...love seeing him move and groove from the outside!
Food cravings: Sweets, sweets and more sweets.  #sobad
Gender: BOY!
Looking forward to: Our last wedding of the season and it's Halloween themed!  Can't wait!
Differences this time around: I feel like I can eat way more this time around.  Last time, I would get stuffed quickly.  Now...not so much.  And the scale is noticing it!  Oops!  I'm thinking this boy will be bigger than Ethan, who was only 6 pounds 3 ounces at birth.  We shall see!

xo natasha

Monday, October 20, 2014

Fall Style with Pure Jill


 Coat: Pure J.Jill c/o // Necklace // Sunglasses: Karen Walker // Sweater: Target {old, similar here, love this one too} // Tank: Liz Lange // Maternity Jeans // D'Orsay flats: Chinese Laundry

Fall is officially in the air!  The temps are dropping, the leaves are changing and my sweaters are in full rotation!


It's hard to believe that with the holidays around the corner...that this baby is also not far behind!  Being pregnant in the fall is all about comfort and that's why I am all about any clothing brand that touts comfort, relaxation and casual elegance.


This coat, by Pure Jill--a new line of J.Jill--is made of a unique boucle material, but is still sophisticated for work or a night out.  I love that it keeps me warm but is not too thick.  In fact it's great for layering with sweaters and to throw on with some jeans and fall flats.  

The entire collection has nonchalant, layered looks that can be created by pairing styles of varying proportion and shape...perfect for moms or moms to be, like me!
To find out more about the new Pure Jill Collection, see the collection on their website or visit their Facebook or Instagram page.

xo natasha

This post was brought to you in partnership with J.Jill and The Motherhood... all opinions expressed are my own.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Shoe Love: The Perfect Fall Flat


Happy Friday Friends!


I have been lusting after these Loeffler Randall flats for a long time...Liz has them and they are perfection!





See how versatile they are??

Well, I think I hit the lottery today because Saks is having their 25% off Friends & Family event and these flats are eligible with the code FRNFAM plus there is free shipping with FREESHIP!

I also love their boots and booties.  Can't go wrong with Loeffler!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

xo natasha

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Baby Doll for a Boy?


I've started thinking about ways to prepare Ethan for his baby brother.  We talk a lot about the baby inside my tummy and Ethan says that he has a baby inside his belly too...he'll even lift his shirt to show you.  He also loves giving kisses to my tummy and will pretend for a second to be interested in feeling the baby move.

At his age, he's all about mimicking and copying every little thing we do and say.  I feel like once the baby gets here, Ethan will want to copy everything I do with baby, from changing diapers, to swaddling and probably nursing too.  If Ethan were a girl, I wouldn't think twice about getting him a baby doll to love on and carry around.  Did you ever read, Baby Dear?  It's all about how a little girl copies everything her mom does with her baby doll.  I used to love this book!


And that brings me to this post.  I am pretty sure that I want to get him a baby doll and would love to hear from other mamas that have prepared their two year old son for a baby.  Any tips or tricks?  I think it would help Ethan feel involved and part of the process to have his "own" baby.  And if I introduce him to the doll soon, I'm hoping that will help him feel special and excited about babies in general.

Baby 1 // 2 // 3 // 4
Books 1 // 2 // 3 // 4

It's actually pretty surprising how few baby boy dolls are available on the market...but here is a quick round up.  I'm also including some books that I think will help Ethan start to grasp the concept.

Did you do anything special to help prepare your child for a sibling?  I'd love any advice you have!

xo natasha

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

26 Weeks


How far along? 26 Weeks {first 26 week update}
Baby Size: A cabbage
Total weight gain: 15+
Maternity clothes? Lots of tunics {this one is from Nordstrom last year, but the brand is Trouve and I found a similar option here} and leggings {loving this brand} right now.  This cute scarf is from Zara, but there is an identical one at Target.
Stretch marks? Still looking good.
Sleep: I wake up feeling parched in the morning and usually have a stuffy nose.  And those pesky bathroom breaks.  But otherwise, still feeling good!
Best moment this week: Getting to meet Natalie and Blair!  I also ordered the rug for the nursery and it just came in.  Can't wait to share!  ;)
Miss Anything? I miss bending over and not feeling so large and in charge!
Movement: The movement makes it all worth it...even Ethan is trying to feel him.
Food cravings: I had a random craving for Starburst candy last week.  
Gender: BOY!
Looking forward to: Another fun wedding this weekend!
Differences this time around: Nothing really sticks out {other than the obvious!} at the moment.  Just trying to take it all in.  ;)

xo natasha
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