New Years Eve Look

Look 1: Dress {available for FREE overnight shipping here}// Earrings // Bow Clutch // Heels
Look 2: Dress {2-Night Shipping via Amazon Prime!} // Earrings // Clutch // Booties
Champagne Glasses // NYE Party Prop Kit

With Christmas behind us {I'll recap on ours soon!} I've quickly turned my attention to New Year's Eve! This entire week is still such a fun and bustling time, with the holidays bookending the week. I just ordered the dress on the right and can't wait to wear it this weekend! We'll be celebrating with a few friends on "east-coast" time so that we can be home by 10pm! #momlife

What are your plans for NYE?

xo natasha

Holiday Happenings

It's been a whirlwind of a holiday season this year! I feel like I blinked and Christmas all of a sudden is less than a week away! 😱 Where as the time gone? I so glad I took a couple pictures to remind me of all that we've done!

Christmas tree hunting was super fun, especially with hot cocoa and popcorn in hand!

All decorated and lit up! We got the tree skirt from Target! Stockings are from Pottery Barn Kids.

Some of our wrapped gifts nestled under the tree! 

We ordered some new geometric ornaments from CB2 and love them!  

Daddy scored the Santa photo with BOTH boys smiling!

Ryan and I spent a kid-free weekend in San Francisco to see the Nutcracker and get some shopping in! I love the holiday decor in the city. 

Ethan had his preschool holiday program and did such a good job singing! 

This past weekend, we made sugar cookies and my OCD went into overdrive as flour and sprinkles were spread all over the kitchen! All worth it though! 😉

Slippers // Ethan's Pajamas

We've also managed to sneak in some snuggles and movie time too!

I'm trying to enjoy these last few days of the holiday season!! I hope you are too! Only FIVE more sleeps! 

xo natasha

Gift Guide: Stocking Stuffers

Christmas is TEN days way...where has the time gone?! I really need to wrap up our shopping and get to wrapping! In case you're on the hunt for stocking stuffer ideas, I've put together a little guide to help you navigate:

Detox Bath Salts: After an indulgent holiday season, doesn't this sound amazing?

Copper Bottle Opener: A total necessity!

7-Day Stud Earring Set: I have these and LOVE them! Now I never have to wonder what earrings to wear with my outfit during the week.

Mindfulness Coloring Book + Coloring Pencils: This is a smaller book which is perfect for a stocking stuffer and perfect to keep in your tote or desk drawer at work.

Brown Sugar Lip Scrub: I don't really know what lip scrub is, but I'm intrigued!

Tweezerman Tweezers: Because they are the best!

X-Shape Ring: Such a simple way to make a statement.

Karen Walker Sunglasses: A fun splurge...and worth every penny!

Duo Clutch + Card Case: I've had my eye on the Truffle eye for a long time and love this new duo!

Are you done with all of your shopping?

xo natasha

Our Christmas Card

One of my favorite traditions of the holiday season is putting together our Christmas cards. It's the one time of year where we ca get dressed up and have our picture taken. This year was especially "fun" as both Ryan and Wyatt were wickedly sick the night before our photoshoot...but they pulled through like champs! Shockingly, there were a ton of great we decided to showcase some of our favorites on the backside of the card.

As always, we used Minted and loved how our cards turned out!

Our photos were taken by Melissa Vossler, who was patient and kind enough to put up with our crazy, sick herd! Many thanks to her for capturing these moments! :)

xo natasha

San Francisco Getaway: Outfit Planning

Ryan and I are off to San Francisco for the weekend to see The Nutcracker and get a little holiday shopping in! I love planning out my outfits and thought I would share!

Look 1 // Sightseeing: It's supposed to be raining all weekend long, so I want to be warm and comfortable, yet still a little stylish! ;) I don't have Hunters yet, but may need to change that this weekend. I have and LOVE these jeans and vest though, total staples!

Look 2 // Night Out at the Nutcracker: I am SO excited to take Ryan to see the was one of my favorite Christmas traditions growing up and Ryan has never seen it before! I adore the look of this dress...isn't it festive?
Dress // Clutch // Heels also love these!

Look 3 // SoulCycle: I am SO excited to try out my fist SoulCycle class! I just got into Peloton {which streams online so you can spin at home} but haven't tried this cult favorite!

We're staying at the Axiom Hotel {we got a great deal on the app, Hotel Tonight! Use code NSCHUE to get $25 off your reservation! This is our second time booking through them and love it!}.

 Do you have any recommendations on places to eat or things to see? Let me know in the comments below!

xo natasha

Hearty Winter {Veggie!} Chili + Gift Guide for the Cook

I posted this black bean and sweet potato chili on Instagram the other day and got a couple requests for the recipe, which you can find here! We sprinkled cotija on top, which I thought balanced the sweetness in the soup. We've also tried this recipe and love it just as much!

Also, for all the cooks, bakers and chefs in your life, I've put together some fun gift guide ideas that will become staples in the kitchen!

Serving Tray + Cheese Knives: The perfect way to showcase your cheese or special dessert!

Stemless Champagne Flutes: With a copper touch!

Cooking with Jeffrey Cookbook: Barefoot Contessa's cookbooks are my absolute favorite and this one is no exception!

Le Creuset Dutch Oven: We finally bit the bullet and bought one of these bad boys and it is definitely a game changer when it comes to cooking.  PLUS, it's dishwasher safe!  Worth every penny, IMO and you can also get the one with the gold knob, which is especially pretty!

Wood Pinch Bowls: Perfect for salt or for finger foods like nuts or olives.

Silicone Spoons: We also have these and swear by them!

Silpat Microwaveable Mat: We love our Silpat and use it regularly. I'm super intrigued by this microwaveable option!

Lustre Pasta Bowls: Pretty bowls make everything taste better, right? Love the lustre in these and how versatile they are!

xo natasha

Gift Guide: For Him

Drone: Men love least my husband does and I am sure he would love a drone!

The California Tumbler: How cool is this tumbler? It has the mold of Half Dome at the bottom...and there is one for Washington and Oregon too!

Fitbit Blaze Watch: For the sporty husband or dad!

Sledding Socks: I mean, their socks with mini sledders on the, need I say more?

Ben Carlson Foundation Board Shorts: An aerial shot taken at the paddle out memorial service for a Newport Beach lifeguard, these have a lot of meaning and support a great cause. The print reminds me of Gray Malin a bit too.

Herschel Supply Co. Duffle Bag: I swear this duffle makes the list every year, Ryan loves his!

Sugarfina Vice Collection: For the guy with a sweet tooth, flavors Single Malt Scotch Cordials, Cuba Libre, and Maple Bourbon Caramels are sure to be winners!

The North Face Glovers: With tech tips so he never has to take them off!

UGG Slippers: Ryan just got these as a gift and loves them!

MacBook Air Case: Super stylish for us, yet a totally necessity for!

What's on your guy's wishlist this year?

xo natasha

Weekend Steals

Happy Saturday!  We finally got our Christmas tree so we will be busy decking the halls this weekend! I wanted to pop in and let you know about some sales going on this is the time to wrap up your holiday shopping!

Anthropologie: Extra 40% off sale, no code needed!  Love this blouse!

Pottery Barn Kids: 20% off with code HOLIDAY + 30% off retro kitchens + play food + accessories + more!
Some of you may remember my hunt for stockings last year and THESE would have been perfect! How cute are the little poms on the toes?

Loft: 50% off sale, no code necessary! Love this peplum sweater!

Gap: 40% off with code SURPRISE! Loving this faux fur vest, all the cozy jammies, and of course, the kid section!

And this is HUGE!  The coveted Stuart Weitzman lowland boot in bone suede is currently 40% off!!

Happy shopping!

xo natasha

Thanksgiving 2016

We spent our Thanksgiving down in Orange County at the beach!  It was a whirlwind of a weekend but we wouldn't have had it any other way!

I'm pretty sure this was Wyatt's first visit to the ocean...he loved it! 

Thanksgiving Family Photo!

My sister-in-law!

Funny story on Santa.  Every year, we try to see Santa and Ethan wants nothing to do with him.  Wyatt doesn't either, which is why he is not pictured above.  I thought maybe, just maybe, Ethan would finally be into meeting him this year since he's starting to understand the whole concept behind Christmas and Santa.  Well, he wasn't having it and I told him he had to tell Santa what he wanted for Christmas so he knew what to get him.  After many tries and on our way out, Ethan finally gave in and said he would do it.  He told Santa he wanted a Star Wars watch and that was that.  Until...we got outside of Santa's house and Ethan had a full-blown, fall to the floor, unconsolable meltdown.  He was under the impression that if he told Santa what he wanted, that he would get it, right then and there.  Oops!  We definitely should have clarified!  Have we ruined him for life?!  ;)

After Thanksgiving, I reunited with my girlfriends from high school and their fun! 

19+ years of friendship and counting!

My handsome brothers and their better halves!  ;)

Our last morning, we went to my dad's to celebrate an early Christmas...the boys LOVED opening their gifts, eating chocolate chip cookies and wearing their new Christmas pajamas!

I hope you had a great weekend too!

xo natasha

My Cyber Monday Picks

Happy Monday!  I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving Weekend...we just got back from Southern CA and are recovering from the travel and the food comas we've all been in.  I also got to order my Christmas cards from Minted {pssst, they're offering 20% off everything today!}, so I am feeling pretty good about kicking this season off on the right foot!  Below is an outtake from our photoshoot!  :)

I couldn't let this day pass by without letting you know where I'll be shopping online today...there are a TON of really great deals!

+ Gap: 50% off everything, no exclusions with code CYBMON + an extra 10% off for shopping online with code EXTRA!  This is the DEAL OF THE YEAR!  Don't forget to shop for your husband ands kids too!

+ Banana Republic: 50% off everything, no exclusions, no code needed...this is a crazy good sale too!  They have the best shoes and outerwear options!

+ Old Navy: 50% off everything, no exclusions, no code needed.

+ J.Crew: 40% + free shipping with code MONDAY.

+ Splendid: 40% off everything, including sale with code SAVE40.  They have the best basics for everyone in the family and rarely go on sale.

+ West Elm: Up to 50% off everything!  Definitely checking out these linen sheets.

+ Land of Nod: 20% off + free shopping,  I adore their holiday decorations!

+ Target: Extra 15% off + Free Shipping!  Buying all the ornaments!  ;)

Happy Shopping!

xo natasha

My Black Friday Picks

I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving!  And by today, you are in full-fledged Christmas mode...right?!  It's crunch-time to buy all your holiday gifts for friends and family.  There are some AMAZING sales going on today and I am outlining some of my favorites, right here, right now:

J.Crew has never had a sale as good as this...40% off with code HOLIDAY

Gap is 50% off everything with code TGIF50
Loving this sequin kimono top, these stud-trim pants and this dress!

Shopbop is save more the more you buy with code GOBIG16!

Anthro is 30% off with code LETSGO

Last, Nordstrom is having a 20% off sale on select items!

Happy Shopping!!

xo natasha

Working Mom #OOTD

For those of you moms out there that work full-time, you know the challenge that comes along with kid-friendly-weekend-clothes versus work-week-professional {I hope I escaped the house without spit-up or mashed avocado on myself} clothes...right?  For me, it's all about style and comfort...and wardrobe pieces that serve multiple purposes.

Here are some of my recent outfits of the day:

Hat // Sweater-on sale for $22! // Skirt c/o // OTK Boots // Handbag-Similar

Both looks work great for work, and the second look with the hat is a good example of how I make it work for the weekend.  Margaret M generously sent me the pants and skirt to try out and I am hooked!!  The pants are SO comfortable!  They are super stretchy but still structured...I am going to buy more they're that good!  :)  They come in two lengths, as do the skirts, so they're very versatile...and there are a ton of patterns too!  Definitely check them out and follow along on Facebook and Instagram.

What are your go-to looks {and secrets!} as a working mom?!

xo natasha

Gift Guide: For Her

Gray Malin for S'well Bottle: I've been wanting a S'well bottle for awhile, but have never been able to decide on a color.  Well, being that I live in Tahoe, I think this is the perfect one!  Live in a warm environment, then this one is for you!

Emily Ley 2017 Planner: There's still something to be said for writing it down!

Cozy Tech Gloves: Gloves with the ability to still work an iPhone are key for cold weather.

Rubber Dipped Mixing Spoon Set: How cute are these?  Would make a perfect hostess gift!

Shape Study Earrings: I love simple studs...this 7-Day Stud Set is pretty great too!

iPhone 7 + Riffle Paper Co. Case: My phone is always up for an upgrade this time of year, so naturally I have my eye on the new iPhone 7.  Rifle Paper Co. has the cutest prints too.  Also, I love this wrapping paper for the holidays!

Tea Towel Set: LOVE this print.  It reminds me of our new bed and prints!

Uggs Classic II: The new classic Uggs have better arch support, traction and are waterproof!

Wool Floppy Hat: Love the gray for winter!

Cravings Cookbook: I've heard great things about Chrissy Teigen's cookbook.  I also LOVE Barefoot Contessa's latest cookbook, Cooking for Jeffrey.

What's on your wishlist?

xo natasha

Gift Guide: For Toddler

Espresso Machine: Wyatt and Ethan love to help us make our Nespresso coffees in the morning so I imagine they would both love to have their own!

Chutes and Ladders: Ethan is obsessed with Candyland so I think he will love this game too!  Plus, how cute {and nostalgic} is the retro feel of these games?

Storm Trooper Watch: Ethan loves to "tell time" lately and also has a small obsession with Star Wars so this seems like a perfect gift.

Ferry Boat Bath Toy: Ethan and I went on a ferry boat earlier this year and loved it!  This would be the perfect addition to the bathtub for both boys!

Magnetic Blocks: The boys love building and stacking blocks...I think they would love these!

Nesting Blocks: We've lost some of out current nesting blocks so this would be a cute replacement!

Cleaning Set: The boys love helping around the house!

Stampables: Arts and crafts are becoming more popular around here and Ethan love stamps!  Done!

Hunter Rain Boots: Though cliche, I would love these for the boys!  With the sock liners of course!

What is on your kids wishlist this season?!

xo natasha

Velvet Crush

The 90s called...and they're letting us borrow the velvet trend!  Let's just say, I am not mad about it!  Velvet is such a festive and luxurious fabric--it's perfect for the holiday season!  Let me show you what I mean...

Velvet Strappy Sandal...adore those gold heels!

Obsessed with these flats, but they're sold out!  :(  Similar here and here

Velvet Bow-Back Top...the bow is the best detail!

Velvet Envelope Clutch...but what color?

Which one is your favorite?

xo natasha