Friday, December 19, 2014

Pregnancy Favorites // Winter Edition


My due date is exactly one month away from today...on the 19th.  As I enter my ninth and final month, I have to say that this pregnancy really has flown by.  I think the holidays have definitely helped, as well as having a crazy toddler to keep track of.  And while it's been a pretty easy pregnancy, it's been different too!  This time, my due date is at the complete opposite time of year.  The first time around, I was finishing off my pregnancy in maxi dresses and taking long walks every day.  Now...I'm living in leggings and find myself snuggling on the couch more than getting outside.


Leggings These are by far the best maternity leggings on the market {in my humble opinion}.  They're super stretchy, seamless and I wear them almost every day.  Buy several...you won't regret it!
Larabars I love Larabars and I especially love the Uber brand for the crunch.  It's a great snack, for on-the-go!
Pillows I know there are a lot of fancy pregnancy pillows out there, but for me, I prefer to have 3-4 surrounding me at all times.  These basic pillows from Target are my favorite!
Maternity Jeans I bit the bullet and bought a couple maternity jeans this time around, mainly because it's winter and I live in a cold climate.  I did splurge on these, but they fit like a glove and are so comfortable!
Lotion There are so many expensive, "pregnancy" lotions out there, but my go-to is Johnson's baby lotion in shea & cocoa butter.  It smells amazing and has the basic ingredients that claim to stave off those pesky stretch marks.
Vitamin D This is a new item to the list, but apparently it helps with foot cramps and I am desperate for anything at this point.  So far so good!  {Psst...have you heard of this trick?}
Camelbak Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!
Slippers These cold winter months call for cozy slippers, and UGGs are always my go-to!

So...what are your maternity favorites? 

AND...I am seriously considering a belly band postpartum.  Since it's winter, I think I'll be more likely to wear it consistently...any recommendations?

xo natasha


Thursday, December 18, 2014

Last Minute Gift Ideas for the Whole Fam!


Christmas is ONE week away!  How is that possible?!

If you're searching for some last minute ideas, then know that Amazon Prime has 2-day shipping that can get you your gifts in time for Christmas.  



For the Teens: Taylor Swift CD {you know the guys secretly like it too!}
For the Cook: Ina Garten's Make it Ahead Cookbook {I've haven't had a bad recipe yet!}
For the Health Nut: FitBit {I need to wear mine more...}
For the Reader: Kindle {easy & convenient!}
For the Early Riser: Nespresso Machine {we LOVE ours!}
For the Whole Adult Family...or maybe just your friends: Cards Against Humanity {seriously, amazing!}

VIP Zappos members also get free overnight shipping {regular customers get free 2-day shipping, no minimum right now too!}...amazing!  They're not just a shoe website either...they have clothes, handbags, jewelry, makeup and more.  If I were you, I'd snag some last-minute pajamas to open on Christmas Eve!  ;)



How are you doing on your shopping?  Done?  Almost Done?  Haven't started?

xo natasha
  

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

35 Weeks



How far along? 35 Weeks {first 35 week update}.  Last time, I was super excited that my due date was 30 days away...now that sounds terrifying!  I need more time!
Baby Size: A honeydew melon
Total weight gain: 25 pounds
Maternity clothes? My options are becoming more narrow by the day...I'm really getting over it!  This dress is on repeat from Target!
Stretch marks? From what I can see...I think I'm still good.
Sleep: My lower back is killing me and my foot cramps are SUPER bad.  I am starting to take vitamin D, per a friend's recommendation to help.  Fingers crossed.
Best moment this week: Our Christmas party!
Miss Anything? Not waddling constantly...
Movement: Rolls and jabs galore :)
Food cravings: Food sounds less interesting by the day...I'm just so full and big now.
Gender: BOY!
Looking forward to: Celebrating December birthdays this weekend and having my sis-in-law and her husband come into town...yay!
Differences this time? Just way more achy and crampy.  My lower back is definitely taking a toll this time around.  Help!

xo natasha

Monday, December 15, 2014

Our Weekend


After a long work week and a crazy weekend, I'm going to keep this pretty short and sweet.  The holidays are in full-swing and I am starting to get more anxious by the day with all that's going on.  At the same time, I'm trying to slow down long enough to actually enjoy the season.  It's hard to believe that this is Ethan's third Christmas--and last Christmas as an only child.  That just boggles my mind!

Anyway, back to my not so short and sweet post...our weekend in five pictures:


Friday night, I put our Christmas cards together.  Thankfully Minted made the process super easy this year with printing both the "to" and "from" address on the envelope.  Huge time saver!


I received some last minute ornaments from Terrain that really helped fill out our tree.  I am in love with all the colors!


But just to give you reference...they are teeny tiny!


Saturday night, we had our annual cookies & cocktail party.  I made this cookie recipe, which seemed to be a hit!  Things sure have changed with little toddlers running amok and most of my girlfriends being pregnant at the moment...at least I was in good company!  ;)


Sunday we took a brisk walk, watched Frozen and made pineapple salsa + avocado nachos.  You can find the salsa recipe here.  We did not use coriander or cumin and added lime juice, but you get the gist!  ;)

How were your weekends?  Did you do anything festive?

xo natasha

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Nursery + Big Boy Room Checklists


My due date is almost a month away {January 19th!} and I have barely made a dent on the nursery and Ethan's big boy room...eek!


I put together this inspiration board for the nursery and have acquired some things...but there's still a lot left to do!  I think I will keep the walls gray, since they're pretty light and neutral.  Here is a list of the rest of what I have left to do...

Buy new pillow...looking for a kilim style.
Move bamboo curtains over from guest bedroom.
Move in dresser
Add legs to dresser...after moving the dresser into the room, it's only about 25.5 inches tall...we definitely need to add legs.  Any ideas on where to find some good ones?  I'm thinking 6 inches should do the trick.
Move map to Ethan's room
Hang buffalo print over crib
Move deer and "E" to Ethan's room
Add book ledges adjacent to crib
Buy brass floor lamp {considering this one}
Figure out what the do with the gallery wall...planning to add the Yard Bombed antlers and some other prints.


Ethan will be taking over the guest bedroom.

First things first, I need to figure out what color walls to paint the room.  This is the inspiration board.  I'm thinking a dark gray, or maybe just a bright white...but feel free to make any suggestions.

Buy bed {still waiting for it to get here...}
Add new banner, deer head and "E" over bed.  I'm now thinking that his bed might tuck away in the above right corner...thoughts?
Decide on bedside tables/lamps--may not need to do this if I tuck the bed in the corner.
Move over striped curtains from nursery
Add book ledges to right of window
Move over dresser and map from nursery
Finalize bedding {I have this, this and this}
Figure out/buy a ceiling fixture
Also, if we tuck the bed in the corner...I probably will want an area rug.

So that's where we stand.  I would love your suggestions on some of the items above.  Feel free to comment below or email me!

xo natasha

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Him


After posting my first stocking stuffer idea board {for women!}, I got a couple requests to post on some ideas for the guys.  Guys are always more difficult to buy for...I guess they don't require as many "knick knacks" as women do.  But I've come up with a couple ideas for you to snag.

Money Clip:  A great alternative to a wallet...small and compact.  I actually got this for Ryan on our 5 year anniversary {I'm so clever with my "wood" gift!} and he loves using it on the weekends and such.

Cold Weather Gloves: A must for us Tahoe-dwellers, but I imagine any guy would love a good pair. 

Bottle Opener: 'Cause he can never have too many!

Craft Beer: My husband loves Pliny the Elder...but any craft beer will do.  OR, you can always buy him a mini bottle of his favorite liquor...Fireball anyone?

His Favorite Hot Sauce: Bonus points for buying the mini bottle version that he can stash in his office drawer or glove box.

Chapstick: Seems kind of boring, but it's totally not something he would buy for himself...amiright?!

Cozy Socks: Who can resist a fun pair of socks...ok, maybe this is more for us than them, but I love the fair isle print!

Stick some of his favorite candy and a Starbucks gift card in there and you're set!

Do you have any fun traditions or ideas you always include in your guy's stocking?

xo natasha

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

34 Weeks



How far along? 34 Weeks {first 34 week update}
Baby Size: A cantaloupe
Total weight gain: 23-24 pounds
Maternity clothes? Leggings all day, everyday.  And this cute poncho {also available here} that I scored on Black Friday!
Stretch marks? Still ok...that I can tell!
Sleep: I keep forgetting to mention that I've been consistently sleeping through the night--no potty breaks for me.  I actually blame the cat for this.  If I wake up in the middle of the night, she instantly thinks it's time for her to be fed and will not leave me alone until she gets fed.  So basically, the cat has sleep trained this pregnant lady!
Best moment this week: Getting our tree up and celebrating special moments with friends over the weekend.
Miss Anything? My back!
Movement: Kicking my ribs and lots of rolls.
Food cravings: Still loving my sweets.
Gender: BOY!
Looking forward to: Our annual Christmas party this weekend!
Differences this time?  Somehow this question fell off, but it's worth noting my hair issues.  This time, I'm definitely noticing how amazing my hair is...I can go days without washing it--it never gets greasy.  And it's definitely thicker.  I love it.  But...the hair doesn't stop there...I've been in denial, but it's pretty clear to me that I'm getting a lot more hair along my jawline, which is SO not attractive.  Woof.

xo natasha
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