Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Best Baby Blankets

With two babies under our belts, we've become quite the connoisseur of baby blankets around here.  Ethan LOVES his blankies... or "kee-kees" as he affectionally refers to them.  So much so, that he was not willing to let his brother share any of them...so we bought all new ones for Wyatt.  Seven weeks later {can you believe it's already been SEVEN weeks}, I can attest to these being some of the best blankets on the market:

This was gift from Wyatt's grandparents and it really lives up to its reputation.  It's so soft and comfy, especially during these winter months.

Barefoot Dreams Blanket

Just like my robe, Barefoot Dream's cozy material is super soft and cozy.  Best part, is that it's durable enough to toss in the dryer.

Aden + Anais Bamboo Dream Blanket

Not to be mistaken with the classic dream blanket {which we also have but it's not nearly as soft}. the dream blanket is a bit heavier, but still soft like the others.  It's great for stroller rides and an extra layer at night.

Blankets make such wonderful baby shower gifts and are worth the extra spend...especially since Ethan is still loving his two and a half years later.

Do you have a favorite blanket that your little one loves?

Shop these and other favorites below:

xo natasha

Friday, February 27, 2015

House Love // House*Tweaking

Do you ever have one of those moments where you're perusing Pinterest and you come across a room that is just pure perfection?  And then that "moment" turns into hours of reading and gawking the blog it belongs to?  That happened to me a couple days ago when I came across Dana's blog, House*Tweaking...I devoured her site and just love every single room in there.  Check it out...

Amazing right?  You can check out her entire home tour here, and don't tell me I didn't warn you!

I hope you have an amazing weekend!

xo natasha

Monday, February 23, 2015

Loving Lately: The Perfect Shirt

I've had a $50 gift card to Express burning a hole in my pocket for quite some time.  I used to work at Express when I was in high school, but haven't really shopped there since.  I was really surprised, however, to discover a new line they recently launched called Express One Eleven.  All the tops are right up my alley...super soft with an easy fit.  Which translate to perfection for this postpartum mama.  Here are some of my favorites {and no, this is not sponsored in any way}:

Loving the white and gray version of this top...

 Love that it also comes in solid colors like black and white...how cute and comfy does this look?

Also loving this long sleeve version to transition out of the cold weather.

Another top that I recently scooped up is this slubbed tee from Anthro...

It comes in a ton of colors and looks very forgiving...can't wait to get my hands on it!

And last...

I know it's everywhere, but how perfect is this pineapple beauty for the spring?!  I'm trying to justify buying it...

You can shop the post here:

xo natasha

Friday, February 20, 2015

Big Boy Room + Nursery Update

It's been a little while since I updated you on Ethan's big boy room progress and Wyatt's nursery progress.  I last left you with this post and have since made the following progress:

We painted the walls Serious Gray by Sherwin Williams.  Ryan added crown molding, which really make the walls pop and we switched out the light fixture for this more masculine one from Lowe's for a steal.  It looks a lot like one from Restoration Hardware, but for a fraction of the price.  #winning

Ryan installed book ledges from Home Depot.  They were in the length we needed.  Check out Ikea for a much cheaper option.

We moved the curtains over from Ethan's room. You can see the DIY curtain rod project here.  Also, the curtains are actually shower curtains from West Elm...we just added an orange border at the bottom.

Finally, and most exciting, is that Ethan's big boy bed from Land of Nod arrived.  It's the Jenny Lind and the quality is top notch.  We also got the sheets and comforter from Land of Nod as well.  The blanket is from Spearmint Love.

Here's where the checklist stands:

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?
Install reading light over bed
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.

Ethan is still sleeping in his crib in the nursery, which has somewhat delayed my motivation in working on the nursery.  This weekend, we plan to try and have Ethan nap in his big boy bed and move over more of his decor to make it feel more like his room.  He LOVES his room so far and we try to read books in his big boy bed and get him used to it, but for now, he still prefers his crib.

Here's the latest on the nursery:

I purchases a vintage Kilim pillow off an Etsy store called Mister Pillow.  Wyatt's nursery is going to be pretty neutral, so I think this adds a fun pop of color.  I also bought this gorgeous mirror from School House Electric and plan to hand this fun dream catcher.

Last, we added legs to my Craigslist dresser and plan to stain the legs to match the dresser.  It adds the perfect height to the dresser, while also modernizing it slightly.  The little footstool was a score from Target, but you can find a similar option here.

This is where the checklist stands:

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.

So there you have it!  An official update!  If you have any fun ideas on an area rug for Ethan's room {or if I even need one} and gallery wall options for the nursery, that would be great!

Also, I am thinking of selling the custom bedding that I had made for Ethan's crib in his nursery.  There are two sheets and the crib skirt.  Email me or comment below if you're interested!

xo natasha

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Wyatt's Birth Announcement

Stopping in quickly to share Wyatt's birth announcement!

My beautiful and talented friend Darcy, captured his newborn photos...all while being 41 weeks pregnant herself, I might add!

I did my birth announcements through Minted...they're really the best when it comes to birth announcement, invitations and more.  I was really happy with how they came out...I chose the foil-pressed version.

Hope you enjoy!

xo natasha

Friday, February 13, 2015

Happy 1 Month Wyatt!

Wow, one month already?  Where has the time gone?  Life with Wyatt has been pretty great, though the nights are definitely long right now.  I feel like Wyatt has settled right into our family and being a family of four has been a fairly easy transition {except for the no-sleep part!}.  Wyatt reminds us a lot of Ethan as a baby {you can see Ethan's first month update here} and yet, he's definitely his own little person.  Some observations:

OnesieMonth by Month Signs + Blanket

Wyatt is definitely in the newborn stage right now...eating, pooping and sleeping.  The few times he's awake and alert are super fun {except for the wee hours of the morning!} and he's starting to crack spontaneous smiles here and there.  

Sleep has been pretty non-existent.  He nurses every two hours but has a tough time going back down in his bassinet.  We have tried the rock n' play and while that may work for a short period of time, it's pretty short-lived.  His tummy seems to be the biggest culprit for his non-sleeping habits.  He wriggles and turns BRIGHT red and gets reaaaaaally upset.  Like, I'm talking screaming his little head off.  It's pretty upsetting.  When he does finally poop, it's really frothy.  TMI, I know.  I've looked it up online and it sounds like it can be a foremilk/hindmilk imbalance, though it is still yellow in color.  Our pedi suggested stretching out his nursing sessions to every three hours {as opposed to two}, so we'll see how that goes!

That said, he is getting 100% breastmilk right now and had his tongue-tie clipped at one week.  I didn't notice a huge improvement on his latch or nursing ability, though I don't think we really had a problem to begin with.  He will get fussy and that will impact our nursing sessions.  I'm just trying to be patient and let him burp or toot...whichever is bothering him.  Wyatt seems to spit up and burp way more than Ethan did.

At his one month appointment, Wyatt weighs 9.1 pounds and is 23 inches long!  This, of course, is music to my ears and eases our concerns regarding the poop issue.

Wyatt has dark hair and dark gray eyes.  He's managed to hang on to more of his hair than Ethan did at one month and doesn't have the acne breakout like Ethan did.  He still fits in newborn clothes and diapers, though we've started transitioning him to size 1 diapers and 0-3 month jammies.

Wyatt prefers to be held 99.9% of the time...he falls asleep on my chest or next to me in bed pretty easily.  If he's not on us, he's in his swing.  He's also not a huge fan of his pacifier...which is pretty funny considering his big brother still LOVES his.  Hmm...

Speaking of Ethan, Ethan has really been such a sweet big brother.  He loves to hold Wyatt, kiss him on the head and tell him "it's ok baby' when he cries.  I could not have imagined a better transition for him in becoming a big brother and I'm so happy he's doing well with this big life change so far.  And let me tell you, it's quite the shock going from changing teeny newborn diapers to HUGE size 5 diapers.  Potty training needs to be in our future!

Some milestone...
Lost his umbilical cord on day 10 of life
Had his first bath that night...wasn't a huge fan!  :/
Lifts his head up with ease, especially when on our stomachs during burping time.
Had his first lunch at 1 month and 1 day at Brook's Bar-Edgewood

All in all, I have to say that this last month has been really special.  It feels like Wyatt has always been a part of our family and I really can't wait to see his little personality shine through more and more.  At the same time, I'm trying to soak in each moment because I know it goes waaaaay too fast!

I hope you all have a wonderful Valentine's Day tomorrow!  Lucky me...I'm surrounded by three boys this year!!  ;)

xo natasha

Monday, February 9, 2015

Pretty Little Things for Valentine's Day

Pouch + Candle + Bralette
Ring + Perfume + Watch + Heart Dish
Water Bottle + Earrings + Bathrobe

I love romance, and of course, Valentine's Day seems to be the best time of year to indulge.  Hearts and lace and lots of pink!  What women doesn't love to be spoiled a bit, whether its for herself or from a loved one?

Whether it's a fragrant scent, a cozy robe, or something pretty, I hope you find something here that tickles your fancy!

Shop the post below:

xo natasha
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