Monday, December 11, 2017

Liam's Birthday Parties + Holiday Pictures

It's been a while, friends. I haven't updated because I let the busyness of each day distract me. It's hard to carve out time to write between taking care of two babies and working part time from home. Although, I love what I do so I wouldn't change a thing. I'm going to go back to trying to post once or twice a week. I love keeping my favorite memories alive on this blog of mine.

We celebrated Liam's birthday early with both sides of the family. Between different vacations and Christmas approaching, this was the easiest decision. Of course, I'm still going to celebrate on the actual day because I love celebrating his birthday.

The boys looking at Nana's train after they were perfect at dinner! Whoohoo! 👍

We celebrated with my family yesterday. Liam knew exactly what to do after we sung Happy Birthday. He was excited to blow his candles out. I can't get over how big he looks in these pictures!

We celebrated his birthday last Monday with Bill's family. He's working with his cousin's trying to get the new boat from my dad out of the package.

These two. They are becoming the best of friends. They play and "talk" with each other. Liam does most of the talking. 😉 I love how they have each other, and I love being a boy mom.

I've been planning out Christmas gifts. I stocked up on presents for Liam's birthday and for Christmas. I had to write out a list so I could decide which ones would be for his birthday and which ones were for Christmas. December birthdays are hard. Ha I have to do the same for my Mom's birthday too which is the day after Christmas. I always like making her feel special on her birthday even though it's the day after the biggest holiday of the year.

My Christmas shopping is pretty much done though... I say that and then I think about the 2 to 3 more gifts I have to get/create. How are you doing on your holiday shopping??


Patch (my family nickname) 🤣
aka Natalie
aka Pete

P.S. We have so many nicknames in my family, I should write a post on it. 

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Natural Makeup Items

Makeup from Earth's Secrets

I've been slowly removing a few items from my makeup routine and replacing them with natural products. I have natural bronzer called the Eastern Glow, Mineral Powder Foundation called Olehsky, mineral blush called Pink Orchid, mineral eyeshadow called New Penny and a liner trio.

I don't always use the eyeliner because it involves using a brush and dipping it into the Transform it (pictured on the bottom left) liquid and then dipping that brush into the liner powder and lining my eyes. I usually use an Endless Silky Eye Pen from Pixi by Petra. They're only $12! Most mornings, I just want to use the eye pencil.

I'm always using the foundation, bronzer and blush. I love that it's natural without lead, talc or dimethcone. All of the makeup and perfume pictured above is from Earth's Secrets. The perfume or cologne spritz is also all natural. I love the way it smells. Vanilla scented perfume is a favorite of mine. I love being able to have most of my makeup be natural.

A couple of things I'm still using that aren't natural? CoverGirl Smoothers Concealer (under eye cream) and Maybelline Super Stay 24 Hour lip color.

What natural products are you using lately?

Little Pink Book

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Roland - 8 Months

{Milestones} Yesterday, we sat you down in the living room and noticed you were facing a totally different direction a minute later. It's fun to watch you progress. I think every parent enjoys watching their kids get stronger and more advanced. You can stretch far and reach for toys when you're sitting.

You still love rocking back and forth and moving your arms all the time.

Another HUGE milestone? You got your FIRST TOOTH this past week. Before you cut your first tooth, you were waking up all the time at night. There were three nights where we could tell you were in some pain from your new tooth. Now that the tooth has popped through, you aren't waking up at night.

{Temperament} Not sure why I still have this one on here... LOL You are the happiest baby ever... You make all of us happier throughout the day.

{Eating & Sleeping} I feel like I'm having deja vu in the evenings around bed time. We're in a pattern of having a hard time at bed times. You've been going to bed between 9 and 10. 

You started taking longer naps! Before this past week, you had been taking four cat naps a day between 20 and 40 minutes long. I never knew what cat naps were like with a baby, but I'm thankful we're switching to one or two decent naps. 

You are eating two times a day when it comes to solid food. Non solid food is 6 to 7 times a day.

I'm going to start making your baby food. I already know I'm going to buy a lot of sweet potato.

{Weight} Not sure.

{Height} You seem so much taller! I'll have to find out next month when they measure at your appointment.

{Clothes} You are in 24 month shirts and pants. My favorite shirt of yours is this white button down shirt you got from a friend. You look like you should be on the beach when you wear it.

{Hair} You're hair is coming in thick. You have brown hair with some blonde highlights.

{Eye} True BLUE.

{Likes} You love sitting up and reaching for toys. You smile all the time. You love it when Liam interacts with you.

You love being outside.

{Dislikes} Getting Dressed.

{Outings} We went to my mom's group at church for the first time this year.

Of course, we've been going to our weekly playgroup. It's fun watching our group grow with the new babies. :)

Little Pink Book

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Staying Organized While Working From Home

I thought I would share with you my favorite ways to stay organized while working from... It's been over four years since I started work from home life. I've found several ways to keep myself organized and focused throughout the week.

This summer, I picked up a chalkboard from Hobby Lobby and hung it up on my wall next to my desk. What do I put on my chalkboard? I have 5 to 7 things I have to accomplish in that week. I might also write specific notes about the accounts I'm managing or the stories I'm writing for the paper. I want those important tasks out there for me to notice when I sit down at my desk in the morning. I love checking things off my list throughout the week.

Of course, I have to have a weekly/monthly planner... I like simple planners. I bought mine from Target for $12. I had a bigger one from Michael's, but I didn't like how big it was. I like being able to carry it with me when I go out. I write down everything from due dates for stories to the topics I'm posting in my accounts four times a week.

My planner doesn't provide enough room for my work notes so I have a small notebook I can take wherever with notes I need for work. When I'm working at my desk, I have this pink notebook open to my accounts page along with another page where I wrote specific things I need to remember.

A decorative bowl on my desk I got from a flea market holds my pens, pencils, red pens for editing and random chapstick I need throughout the day. I hate having writing utensils spread all over my desk. I love having them all in one place.

A cork board with my favorite pictures doesn't help my organization, but it does brighten my day to see my pictures when I sit at my desk. My mom has pictures at her desk and swaps them out every 4 to 6 months. I'm planning on reorganizing my pictures and swapping some out soon.

What do you do to stay organized while working from home? I would love to hear your tips.

Little Pink Book

Friday, September 29, 2017

Friday Favorites - Family Trip

I can't believe it will be October 1 on Sunday! Why is time going so fast? I have a feeling Christmas will be here before we know it. Haha

My favorites from this week are all about our family trip we took last week. I'm still reminiscing. :)

We stayed at an Airbnb in Wisconsin. This house was perfect for everyone. There were a bunch of toys in the basement that he loved playing with. We had a huge backyard we took advantage of. There was a fire pit and a stream too.

We went to Cave of the Mounds. We had searched for things to do close to our Airbnb, and the Cave never came up... I was shocked to see it so close to our place. This is a picture of Polly in the Cave of the Mounds. :)

Bill and Liam sifted through some sand to find fossils. Liam absolutely loved it!

We had a picnic afterwards. Katie and Phil made lunch for everyone. So nice!

Bill getting the fire pit ready for the night. We ate at the Grumpy Troll in Mt. Horeb on Saturday night. The pizza was great.

We stayed in Madison on Sunday night, and on Monday morning, we went to the Capital. We caught the tail end of a tour and saw the assembly room. Bill has seen it a couple of times, but this was my first time. We both loved walking around and looking at everything.

We stopped at The New Glarus Brewing Company. Bill picked this place. It was amazing. I've never seen such a big brewing company. We had fun on our self guided tour.

Our last stop on Monday was a quick trip to the Decatur Dairy. The sandwiches were good. Bill's parents always bring home cheese from there.

We came home and had dinner with family... I don't think we could have possibly fit one more thing into our Monday. haha We definitely made the most of the last day of our trip. Now that we're home, I'm wishing I had another small trip to look forward to soon. ;)

Little Pink Book

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Roland - 7 Months

{Milestones} You are trying to scoot when you're on your tummy. You can push up too. Also, when you're on your back, you will sometimes push up your body and scoot yourself forward. It's funny to watch. When you're sitting on our lap, you rock back and forth like crazy. You'll make us rock back and forth so we're rocking with you. You're a strong guy.

{Temperament} You're the happiest baby ever! Haha I say this every month, but it's true! Everyone notices how you will smile at anyone, and you're always in a good mood. You make all of us laugh too.

{Eating & Sleeping} You have been sleeping through the night for a long time so much so that I don't remember how long. Thanks for that by the way. ;) You are going longer in between feedings since you started solids last month. You have 6 feedings each day with vegetables in between. I'm thinking about making some baby food in the vitamix soon.

You go down for bed between 8:30 and 9:30.

{Weight} I'll check tomorrow. :)

{Height} 27.5 inches at 6 Months

{Clothes} You are in 24 month shirts and pants. You have borrowed some of Liam's clothes already. Crazy!

{Hair} Your hair is coming in blonde with a little brown.

{Eyes} True blue!

{Likes} Sitting up, smiling at people, playing with toys, interacting with Liam, vegetables, looking at your hands, playing outside, going on walks, etc.

{Dislikes} Getting dressed.

{Outings} You went to MOPs on Monday! It was so cute to see you in the baby room. I think the first time I went I had Liam with me, and he was five months.

We went to the Tractor Plowing match and two parades. You're always happy to be hanging out with your people.

Little Pink Book

Friday, August 25, 2017

Friday Favorites

It's FRIDAY!! I'm celebrating the work week being over by reading a book later today. Also, I can't help but mention how sweet the boys are interacting today. Roland just sneezed, and Liam said, "Bless you, Rollee." Oh eem gee. They make my heart melt.

The weather has shifted, and it truly feels like fall. Last night, the temperature got down to 49 degrees! How can that be??

Which brings me to my next favorite... My new Randy. I can't wait to pair this Randy with a black maxi skirt or my favorite pair of jeans.

I had a LuLaRoe party on Sunday where I got this Randy. I love the Irma's, the Perfect's and now the Randy's. I would say Bill's favorite is the Randy. Ha

Liam loves his pet cats... He always tries to bring Kitler (Kit) inside. She's the friendliest one. Ginovi isn't as tame.

Okay, I have to mention my Chatbooks. I've been noticing my Chatbooks every time I walk past the nook to my computer. I'm happy I have memories collected in these books.

I upload my photos to Instagram, and every time, I add 60 photos to Instagram, Chatbooks mails me another book. They don't charge me anything unless I upload enough pictures to get another book. I love this subscription!

Oh, my goodness, Liam had fun with his cousins the other day! They came over to play Minecraft and Liam helped them feel at "home" with all his stuffed animals and blankets. Hahah

This cooler weather we are experiencing isn't typical. I feel like it's late September. Anyways, it is putting me in a mood for fall.

I can't wait to wear warmer clothes and carve pumpkins. 😍😍😍

Little Pink Book

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Taking Stock

{Photo via: Unsplash}

Brainstorming - I've been brainstorming ways to decorate for fall... I feel bad saying I've already been thinking about fall, because I know I'm going to miss summer. I'm conflicted. I want to go swimming this weekend and go to the orchard. Haha

Decorating - I haven't been decorating lately. I'm waiting till September to switch out my summer decorations for fall decor.

Discovering - Lately, I've been loving reading on my iPad. It's so convenient. I'm planning on writing about this later.

Drinking - Bill and I are both obsessed with LaCroix. Liam will drink it too. Peach Pear is are favorite!

Enjoying - We've been enjoying the last days of summer. With school starting for everyone, I'm feeling the need to savor every last bit of summer. We went to the pool twice this past weekend to swim during their twilight hours, and we're headed there again this weekend. Now, I just need to remember to take pictures while I'm there!

Feeling - I'm feeling excited... We have some fun things planned.

Listening - I haven't been listening to anything lately.

Lusting - Oh gosh... I've been lusting over some LuLaRoe lately. I had a party this past weekend and got a Joy, a Perfect and some leggings. I'm in love with my clothes from LuLaRoe.

Planning -  I've been planning my outfit for a wedding we have coming up in October, and I'm shocked I already know what I'm wearing. Usually, it takes me forever to decide, and I'm never satisfied with what I wear. This time, I'll wear a Carly with a Joy over it, cute boots and possibly black leggings if it's cold.

Playing - We've been playing outside as much as possible. We can't let summer slip by without being outside.

Procrastinating - Nothing recently! I've been keeping up with work, and it feels amazing! Liam is looking through Dinosaur books right now while type this post, and after this, I'm finishing up some work for the day. I try to finish at noon each day so I'm giving him the attention he deserves. Roland is sleeping next to me.

Shopping - I bought some LuLaRoe recently... I'm obsessed like a lot of people. How about you? Have you bought any LuLaRoe?

Thinking - This weekend, I had been racking my brain to figure out what book I wanted to read next... I picked "The Glass Castle." I came across this book club where they are going to read "A Stranger in the House." I'm still debating if I am brave enough to read it?? Are you able to read scary books? How do you separate a scary book from real life? I'm afraid I would be scared at night, but the title has my curiosity up. LOL 

Wishing - I'm wishing we had one more month of summer. Although, September usually always feels like summer.

Watching - I'm wanting to watch "Big Little Lies" and "Veep." Have you watched either of them? I read "Big Little Lies" and LOVED it. I'm assuming I'll love the show.

Waiting - I'm waiting for the weekend to get here. I can't wait for more time in the pool and a visit to the orchard. 

Little Pink Book

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Roland - 6 Months

{Milestones}  You started sitting up this month! You had been rocking back and forth on our lap for a while, and all the sudden, you were able to sit up on the ground too! We were so excited for you!

You are grabbing and reaching more. Reaching for things is new. Sometimes, you will rock back and forth on our lap and then go to stand up. You have so much more strength. In the past two weeks, you have become much more active. It's exciting watching you sit and stand.

{Temperament} You are the happiest little guy. You adore your brother and your toys.

I cannot get over the cute relationship you and your brother have.

{Eating & Sleeping} You started solids yesterday... Before yesterday, I had tried giving you some vegetables on three different occasions. I made the decision yesterday to regularly give you food after you started waking up in the middle of the night. You had been sleeping a full 8 hours, and now, you are waking up once in the middle of the night. I know this isn't horrible, but I would LOVE to go back to your 8 hour routine.

I gave you organic rice cereal. You were pretty excited about it. You took 10 spoonfuls with out any trouble.

You're eating every 2 to 2.5 hours. You'll have one 3 hour stretch during the day.

You go down for bed between 8:30 and 9:30.

You are napping throughout the day. You'll have shorter cat naps and two longer naps in the afternoon and evening.

{Weight} 23 pounds 14 ounces (98th percentile)

{Height} 27.5 inches (75 to 90th percentile)

{Clothes}  You are still in some 12 month onesies, but I noticed I like your 18 month clothing on you a lot better! You also have this one 24 month shirt of Liam's that fits nicely. I can tell you are getting longer and your 12 month onesies aren't fitting.

{Hair} You have long bangs in front that love to swoop to the side or sit to the front of your head. The hair that is coming in on the sides is pretty blonde.

{Eyes} True blue with a darker ring of blue on the outside.

{Likes} You love sitting and rocking back and forth. You also love your play gym. You can hit the rings and look at all the colors.

You love being outside. You love being held. You like when people talk to you and make you laugh. 

You love riding in the stroller for a walk or run. You still love your swing although you are on the ground more often now whether you are sitting or playing on your tummy or laying in your play gym.

{Dislikes} This one is always hard... I feel like you don't have too many dislikes. You're pretty chill. Although being hungry isn't fun or being tired.

{Outings} You went to Chicago again this month! This time, Auntie Paula came with us! We went on the water taxi to Michigan Avenue, and then we walked to Millennium Park where we played all day. We got Garret's popcorn on the way home.

We've been going to forest preserves. The last one wasn't that great because of all the misquitos. It was a full time job fanning them away from you for part of the walk. I think we might wait a while to go back. We've been going to our favorite park. You love sitting in the stroller and looking around at everything. If you're not looking around, you're sleeping.

The bumpy trails put you right to sleep. 

We celebrated a plethora of family birthdays this past month. 

This month, you'll go to the Tractor show for the first time. You "helped" drop off the tractor when Papa pulled everyone in the wagon to the show and Nana picked everyone up.
{Just for Fun} Liam's 6 Month Update

Little Pink Book

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

What We've Been Up To {My 700th Post!!}

I thought I would share what we've been up to lately on my 700th post! Wow... I never thought I would have 700 posts on this blog. I've blogged about a lot of different things, and I think my favorite part of having a blog is the ability to look back at all the memories at a later point.

Okay... Here's what we've been up to lately!


I made cinnamon rolls for Bill's birthday yesterday. He LOVES them and always requests them.

I also made a pasta salad this week, and we've been having it for lunch. I should say I've been eating it for lunch. Liam doesn't like it yet. He's been eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.


We had such a good time going out for Bill's birthday last night. We went out with Bill's parents and my mom. Roland was with too. :)


I'm loving summer. I don't want it to end! I love sitting outside with the family and having meals out there.

We've been making the most of our summer.


We've been outside living up all the good parts of summer. I'm planning a few fun this week.


Honestly, I've been dreading due dates, but I started using my planner religiously. My planner makes all the difference.

I feel on top of things with it. There are few things I need to tackle today, but first, I need to make time for a walk.


I've been working on my social media accounts I take care of each week. Also, I have story to complete this week.

I'm having a typical week. 😄


I'm excited for the dutch door we ordered for our closet. I had several ideas for our room, but this dutch door was all Bill's idea. I loved the idea.

I've never seen a dutch door for a closet door, but of course it's on Pinterest!


I haven't been watching any new TV lately. I'm almost caught up with the Bachelorette, but it's not holding my interest.

I honestly need to find another show. Do you have any suggestions?

I've been reading:

Bill has asked me for a few years to read "Anna Karenina." I haven't been interested. I don't know why. I think I thought the language would be off-putting.

I was pleasantly surprised. Tolstoy's book reads like a modern book! Who would have thought?!


I've been listening to the third Harry Potter book... I LOVE the narrator. Harry Potter takes me to another world. 

 We're working on cleaning up the basement and organizing all of our stuff that was in "storage."

We've come a long way, but we're still working on the finishing touches.


I've been living in shorts and maxi skirts, but I've been wanting to wear leggings... These Disney Lularoe leggings are a favorite.

My mom keeps telling me I need to wear more green and blue. I'm considering it. Ha


I'll still be enjoying summer. I can't wait for more festivals that typically happen in August.


We're finishing our book challenge for the library this week. Liam will have read 40 books, and I'm finishing my third book.

I'm hoping he likes the prizes he gets from the library.

Little Pink Book

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Happy Birthday, Bill! {And a List of My Favorite Moments With You!}

Happy Birthday, Bill! Today, you turn 33! It's hard to believe I met you when you were 25. I think it's fun thinking back to when we met and thinking about where we would be at when we turned 30 and 33. I'm so proud of everything we've accomplished together and apart.

I never would have thought I would meet anyone as fun, goofy, smart or loyal as you are. Thank you for being my best friend for the past 7 years.

A few of my favorite moments from the past 7 years:

Our trip to Canada and New York! 1, 2 and 3

Our Beach Wedding

Our Wedding Reception at the Farm

Decorating Our House Together when we were First Married

Our Trip to Europe 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Trips to Biloxi 1, 2, 3

Our First time back in Hutchinson Island since Our Wedding

Our Trip to Vegas for Tom's 21st

 Liam's Birth 💓

Roland's Birth (I still have to write his birth story.) 💙

I realized I most mentioned our favorite trips together, but they were super special. Of course, the most important moments and memories come from our boys. I love the family we have together! 💖💋

Liam, Roland and I all love you SO MUCH!

Happy, Happy Birthday!! We can't wait to celebrate with you!


Little Pink Book