Our 2017 Christmas Card

* This post is sponsored by Minted.

Christmas card photos are always a bit of an event each year. Finding the photographer, the location and the outfits are just half the battle! The rest comes with the weather and how everyone is feeling. This year, the weather was not particularly on our side as it was freezing at dusk. Wyatt was throwing up in between photos. And Ethan was over it all before it began! Thankfully our photos still turned out beautifully {thank goodness for super talented friend: Laura Parker Photography!} 'and it always proves to be a good story too! ;)

This year, as in the past, we partnered with Minted for our cards. I opted of the rose gold foil and love how they turned out! The quality is always spot on and my absolute favorite part is that they print all of your "to" and "from" addresses! It's such a lifesaver!

You can see our past cards here:

If you're still on the hunt for cards, definitely check out Minted!

xo natasha

Gift Guide: For Him

Well hello December!

Where is this holiday season going? I feel like it's just flying by! I'll need to start documenting more of our holiday activities here soon, but in the meantime, I have another gift guide for you! This time, it's for the men in your life!

S'ip Travel Mug: We have the S'well and S'ip bottles but I am super intrigued by this travel mug. My husband is constantly taking his actual {glass} coffee mug to work and the other day he used one of my S'well bottles and was blown away by how warm it kept his coffee. He needs this.

Patagonia Vest: Ryan recently got a Patagonia jacket and he's officially hooked. I love the two-toned look of this vest.

Plaid Shirt Jacket: Because it's winter. And it's manly.

Quip Toothbrush: Since I'm asking for one for Christmas, it's only fair he gets one too!

Darn Tough Vermont Socks: These socks have a LIFETIME GUARANTEE! That is nuts! And I want to put them to the test because Ryan goes through socks like no one's business!

Vuori Board shorts: Both my brother-in-laws have these board shorts and love them!

YETI Cooler: I'm pretty sure anything with the word "yeti" in it would be deemed worthy in my husband's eyes. Plus, it's a great looking cooler...PS, they also make it in PINK!

Echo Dot: I have no idea what this thing does but it's on my husband's wishlist, AND it's on sale! PS...if you really want to impress your husband or dad, get him this! It's a game changer.

Wallet: This one has RFID shielding powers and a chambray lining...nice!

Happy Shopping!

xo natasha

Gift Guide: For the Kiddos

Our playroom is literally exploding with toys...to the point where it's a little sickening! They have so many and rarely play with them, instead opting to build forts and make projects.  So this year, we want to be more conscious...it's a great time to clean out, donate and focus more on necessities and experiences.

That being said, here's what I have on their wish lists:

Blockitecture Blocks: We actually discovered this set of blocks during our trip to NYC. Ethan keeps going back to them...they require some technique and creativity. And while this is a toy, I love that they're wooden, and not plastic!

Lite Brite Magic Screen: Did anyone else have one of these growing up? So nostalgic and again, I love that it promotes creativity!

Star Wars Galaxy Backpack: How awesome is this backpack? And it's currently 40% off which is a deal! Love this darling tote for the girls!

Pompom Beanie: We're always in need of warm beanies this time of year! Love the colors and pom detail on this one! Also love this one for the ladies!

Flik Flak Watch: This is the second year in a row where Ethan is asking for a watch. Last year, we got him a cheap plastic one that broke a week in. I grew up with Swatch watches and love the idea of passing down the tradition to the boys. 

Puffer Jacket: Another necessity for the winter! Also love this non-hooded option. More colors here.

Sleeping Bag: Ethan is getting to an age where I think he'll be more interested in sleep-overs soon...whether it's in his brother's room or at a friend's house. I adore this print...and it can be personalized! For the girls, I LOVE this mermaid option!

Hunter Rain Boots: How adorable are these?? And they're on sale. AND they come in great colors!

The Ultimate Book of Airplanes + Airports: I feel like kids can never have enough books! This book looks darling with bright-colored graphics!

Sneakers: The boys run through sneakers pretty quickly so a new pair is always a good idea. Also loving this pair for the girls!

Tempera Paint Markers: These apparently dry in 90 seconds but look like paint! Would be good to purchase with this.

What's on your kid's wish list this season?

xo natasha

Our Thanksgiving 2017

This year, we spent Thanksgiving in Scottsdale. We had gorgeous weather and lots of family time!

Let's start with the weekend before though! We surprised Ryan's grandma for her 80th birthday in San Diego! The boys enjoyed lots of time in the pool and at the zoo! We also got to meet the newest addition to our family, baby Charlotte! The boys were totally smitten with her!

The boys checking out the lions with Grandma!


Ok, on to our Scottsdale trip! Ethan spent a majority of the time in the pool there as well! We had a big Thanksgiving dinner with family...23 adults total! 

The airport had a wall where guests could write down what they're thankful for + tons of dogs that were there simply to be pet. They even handed out baseball cards with the dogs background on them. So cute! This pup's name is Ginger! ;)

Baby Charlie's first dip in the pool!

Thanksgiving Day! My dress is from Free People if you're interested! 

The Schue Fam!

Pretty palm trees at Scottsdale Quarter, all lit up!

When we got back home, we decorated the Turkey gingerbread that we received from my mom...pretty cute!

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

xo natasha

The Best Deals Before Black Friday

Everyone knows how absolutely CRAZY Black Friday is with their sales! But online sites have wised up and now offer deep discounts going into the big sale, which is a really awesome way to swoop up those keys pieces before your size sells out!

Here is what I've had my eye on...and some of what I've gone ahead and scooped up!

+ J.Crew is offering 40% off + free shipping with code THANKU. Loving these sparkly flats, this lodge coat and these fuzzy slippers!

+ Abercrombie & Fitch is offering 40% off + free shipping {no code necessary}. This velvet cami and lace-trimmed cami would be super cute for the holidays, love this blush colored sweater, and last, the sherpa vest is calling my name. But what color?

+ Buy more, save more with Shopbop using code MORE17. This sweater is so sweet, this jumpsuit would be a showstopper at a holiday party, and of course this is a great time to buy those investment booties!

+ Madewell is offering 25% off with code DONTSTRESS. Just ordered this festive plaid blouse and these deconstructed jeans, and have my eye on this mockneck sweater.

+ LOFT is offering 40% off with code GIFTITUP. Still loving this fur vest, this forest blouse and these wide legged pants.

+ Net-a-Porter is offering up to 50% off and I finally bit the bullet on this gorgeous circle bag. Calling it an early birthday present to myself! Also worth checking out these Nikes and this sequined skirt.

+ Old Navy is offering 40% off entire purchase at checkout. This plaid dress is a must for the season, these ankle booties are amazing for the price and I always love getting their super flattering Rockstar jeans on sale!

Happy Shopping!
xo natasha

Gift Guide: For Her

Fa la la lala, it's the most wonderful time of the year!! Can you believe Thanksgiving is next week?! And Christmas will be here before you know it!

Each year, I craft a gift guide for the whole family...usually starting with the subject I'm most familiar with! ;) I like to think that I would love anything on this list...whether is practical or fun, they're all worth adding to your list! So without further adieu...here is the gift guide for all the women in your life...moms, grandmas, sisters, aunts, best friends, co-workers...the list goes on! 

Brush Cleaning Mat: Admittedly, I do not clean my brushes NEARLY as often as I should. Somehow, I feel like this little mat would really help!

Makeup Brush Set: And of course, if you're going to get a cleaning mat, you probably need to get some new brushes too! 

Velvet Bow: I just think these hair bows are so sweet. I also love this version! They would make great stocking stuffers!

Quip Toothbrush: This is the coolest toothbrush! It's got a small profile, is electric and you can sign up for a subscription which automatically sends new refills every three months! Brushing teeth never looked so fun!

Invisibobble Hair Tie: Like a scrunchie, only not! And they supposedly don't crimp hair!

Crossbody Pouch: I'm officially in love with Cuyana now that I bought my tote. I love the idea of this small crossbody for the weekends!

Aerin Amber Musk: I have the Mediterranean Honeysuckle scent and love it for the summer. I've heard really great things about this scent for the winter.

Wine Glasses: These wine glasses were voted the best, according to this article! And they're $20 for 4...score!

Fuzzy Slippers: How cozy do these look? Everyone should get new slippers for Christmas morning, am I right?! And these are under $30!

Skin Illuminating Powder Duo: Ok, this is a splurge but my friend has it and it is absolutely gorgeous on! Totally worth it!

Suitcase: We love Herschel Supply Co. in this family and I had no idea they made hardshell suitcases. Isn't this color super pretty too?

Hydro Flask Wide Mouth: I feel like this is the "it" water bottle this year and I love all the colors that it comes in! The only question is, which color would you get??

So there you have it! My first gift guide of the season! Happy Shopping!!

xo natasha

All the Pretty + Cozy Things

Boucle Coat + Fur Vest + Velvet Bow + Cardigan + Sherling Vest {40% off...also love this blouse!}

Holiday season is here and I'm loving all things velvety, furry and sparkly! Oh and I am pretty fond of shearling right now too!

What are you loving right now?

Happy Weekend!

xo natasha

Halloween 2017

Halloween was a whirlwind this year! I felt like there was a lot more time to celebrate leading up to Halloween, especially with Halloween falling on a Tuesday night {school night!}. We went to school parties, a Harvest Festival and of course, trick or treating that night!

The boys opted to dress alike this year, which I can actually see being a trend for several years. Luckily, their two little friends had the same idea and we had a crazy ninja gang on our hands! Too funny!

I hope you had a great Halloween too!

xo natasha

Favorite Amazon Buys

If you're anything like me, then you know how important Amazon is to your daily life! These are all verified purchases that I have either made on repeat or that have changed my life for the better! Let me explain...

Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides: My post recent purchase! My friends swear by this product and I'm desperate to try anything that helps to thicken my hair, improve my skin and supportsjoint health!

Fabric Defuzzer: This is a total game changer! My once fuzzy ottoman has been totally transformed and looks brand new! I can't wait to see how it does on my fuzzy sweater! Even Ryan's regular cotton t-shirts have benefitted!

Lash Enhancer Serum: Hello lashes! This stuff really works and is much cheaper on Amazon than traditional retailers, like Nordstrom!

Tinkle Eyebrow Razor: For that pesky peach fuzz, these things do the trick! Watch the tutorial video here!

Beach Cruiser: By far the best purchase I made this past summer! Even my husband is jonesing for one now!

Handheld Steamer: I often find myself running late to work and having a wrinkly article of clothing. This steamer heats up much faster than an iron, plus, no ironing board and takes out the wrinkles lickety split!

Forehead Thermometer: If you have young children, then this is a must-have item.

Inspiralizer: I love this gadget for making healthy meals...it's fun to experiment with what can be spiralized! So far we've tried cucumber, butternut squash, onion, sweet potato and more!

Curling Wand: I love the thicker curls from this wand and feel like they really hold!

Nightlight: Our 5-year old is obsessed with this nightlight! So fun and whimsical!

Dog Bed: Such a steal for your fur baby...we will be buying this on repeat!

Tweezers: Tweezerman is theee best! And they sharpen for free!

Do you have Amazon staples that you swear by? Do share!!

xo natasha

Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

'Tis the season for all things pumpkin'ny! I personally love chocolate oatmeal cookies any time of year, so adding pumpkin puree to a batch just seems right!

This recipe claims to make a more "crispy" cookie, instead of the more "cakey" kind that tend to come along with pumpkin puree. I'm not totally convinced all the extra work made a difference but they are still super good! You can find my last recipe here!

Find the recipe here.

Have you made anything with pumpkin in it yet? I've got the rest of a can that needs a home! :)

xo natasha

Weekend Inspiration

Happy Halloween Weekend! Are you doing anything fun this weekend? We are planning to carve pumpkins, make something pumkin'ny, watch Stranger Things 2 and go to a fun Halloween Harvest Party!

+ Living in these cozy mules!

+ Eyeing these pretty chairs for our new living room.

+ Can't wait to follow along on this Mountain Lake home renovation!

+ Will someone buy this for me please??

+ Just ordered this for our ottoman and some knits and boy, what a game changer!

+ Clearly loving all things green, including these comfy sneaks!

+ A unique and fun gift idea, especially this holiday season!

xo natasha

Getting into the Holiday Spirit

I know, it's early, but I can't help it! I've already ordered our Christmas cards and now I'm taking in all the new holiday decor and fun attire! So many things sell out fast and early, so now is the best time to start stocking up!

Are you ready for the holiday season?

xo natasha

Weekend Inspiration

How gorgeous is this kitchen? Definitely follow Helmick Hacienda for more inspiration!

+ The coziest flannel sheets in the perfect gray stripe. Tested and approved!

+  The perfect candle for fall! {and you can't beat the price!}

+ I am OBSESSED with this dream home. All the hidden spaces are so fun!

+ Ann Taylor and LOFT are both  offering 50% off everything! Such a steal! I just ordered these pants for work and I love this blouse, this sweater vest and this reversible faux fur vest...so cozy! Use code FRIENDS for the Loft sale and code ALLTHEWAY for the Ann Taylor event.

+ Madewell is also offering 30% off sale items with code GOODLOOKS. Love this blouse, this tie-cuff sweater, and these pumps!

Hope you have a wonderful, fall weekend!

xo natasha 

Fall Finds

Snake Earrings + Tote...just got it and LOVE it!

Fall is in full swing here and I am loving all the sweaters and boots right about now! My big fall investment are these jeans and this tote. It's perfect for work and is a great neutral color! I also got it monogrammed with my initials which makes it seem more like a keepsake piece.

Are you experiencing fall-like weather yet?

xo natasha

Friday Links

Happy Friday! And guess what?? We broke ground on our new house {which is right next door to our current house} and the walls are starting to fly up! It's SO exciting to watch the progress every day! Fingers crossed the weather holds for a bit longer! 

That being said, the news of the fires around us in wine country are just devastating. The stories like this one and this one just break my heart. Here are some of the ways you can help.

And not to get too dark,  but I thought this video was super powerful in honor of Suicide Awareness Day.

Ok, back to our regular program...'tis the season for everything pumpkin! Do you agree with this assessment of the best of the best?

Loving these sneakers...but what color to buy?

If you're looking for a new book to read this fall...

I feel like everyone {and their mom} is talking about this vacuum! And now I want one! Is it really as amazing as everyone says??

Love this top to transition you from fall to winter...what is it about velvet this time of year??

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

xo natasha

Trip to Apple Hill

This past weekend, we ventured down to Apple Hill for our annual trip!

We always start our day at O'Halloran's Apple Ranch for pumpkin + apple picking...and some good photo opps! It's a bit off the beaten path so we usually luck out with minimal crowds.

Next, we stopped at Apple Ridge Farms for apple cider donuts! I've also heard amazing things about High Hill Ranch. which serves apple cider milkshakes and a variety of apple cider donuts, like with sprinkles on top...next time!

Next, was Delfino Farms which is a gorgeous property overlooking the hills and vineyards. We got hand pies and face painting!

Our last stop was Boeger Winery, which is really the ideal last stop as it's kid-friendly and...they sell wine. So yes, it was the perfect end to our kid-crazed day! They have sand pits with tractors and a huge grassy lawn for a picnic. Their barbera and sauvignon blanc is amazing!

Have you been to Apple Hill before? What's your favorite spot!

xo natasha