Monday, March 24, 2014

{DRB Diaries: Life Lately}

Hi lovelies,
Excuse me while I continue to try and balance a bebe, work, life and this blog.  Oh balance, the story of one's life is to learn how to balance it all. Family, work, school, friends, alone time, time with your pet; no matter how much time passes this will always be a struggle for me. I guess we are always a working progress.

One of the things I am trying to learn how to balance is my fur baby and my little Z. Aiden is the sweetest boy in the world but has been very stand-offish with me since we brought home bebe Rowe. When others hold her he quickly jumps on their laps and acts very jealous but when I hold her he stays away. To be super honest, at first I was so consumed with this Zoe that I didn't pay much attention to it but lately the little man has been acting out. Like peeing in the nursery, skipping meals and being attached at the hip to me (which, on two occasions meant me tripping and falling down the basement stairs). I feel terrible that he doesn't get as much love from mama, and am seriously working hard at paying attention to the both of them but it's hard...

I admitted this to my mom the over the weekend but she was quick to answer, "it's ok, you will eventually find your balance but every day will be different. Stop feeling guilty!". Oh that G word….  It's an evil one, my friends. Ha! So I am going with that, eventually my life will feel normal, well it will feel like my new normal and until then I will just try and quit feeling so guilty!

Any other new mama's out there feeling guilty about a pet or not enough tummy time or date nights? Jeez my list of what I feel guilty on seems to be growing…

Happy Monday my friends. 

xo
Natalie

PS How cute are these pics of my babies?  I love them.



Thursday, March 6, 2014

{un-fashionable days}


I would love  to say that I have been dressing in cute fashionable mama outfits and hitting up mommy and me yoga classes but the truth is I have been sleep deprived, bare faced and in leggings for the last three months! The winter is hard for a new mom and especially hard for the mama of a preemie. Hiding from germs, weekly snow storms and the cold {not complaining because Z is the best snuggler!} is my main goal not picking out outfits. And if we are being honest, I'll tell you that the extent of my fashionista self goes to my spring wish list and finishing the styling of the nursery.  And since I am not ready to share the nursery, I thought I'd share some things on my wish list. 




Mint Obsessed



American Eagle Outfitters green sweater / Alice You bandeau top / Converse flat shoes, $75 / ASOS satchel handbag / Tai stud earrings / Tech accessory / Crochet shawl / Deborah Lippmann nail polish

I think that pastels scream spring every season and for me, mint has been a top contender and continues to be.  Happy dreaming of spring my lovelies!

xo
Natalie

Friday, February 28, 2014

{Dishes: Chipotle Marinade}

Hello my loves,
I have been neglecting this little blog of mine... Definitely neglecting... Between Miss Z and a client that I am doing some work for, I have found it hard to sit and write but I swear I am finding a balance (and getting Miss Z to nap better). I have even found myself cooking dinner!!


This marinade is one I got off of Chrissy Teigen's blog. It is the BOMB. lol actually the BOMB.COM lol! And so is she, hot, married to John Legend and she can cook. She is definitely my girl crush, slash I want to be like her when I grow up... lol But since I will never look as good in a bikini as she does, I can atleast cook like her.



This marinade has been on the blog before but figured that I would repost with some better pics. I hadn't made it in a while and it was even better than I remember. 

 I seriously double (or triple) the recipe and store some in a in ziploc bag to freeze or mason jars if I plan on using that week. 
2 chipotle chiles in adobo
3 tablespoons tequila or vodka
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon ketchup
1 tablespoon adobo sauce, from chipotle can
1 clove garlic, chopped (I put a few)
2 teaspoons packed light brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon olive oil

Throw it all into a blender and hit puree.  The end. Keep tasting and add a little extra ketchup or brown sugar if it's too spicy.  But I like spicy and usually add an extra chipotle chili and extra garlic.







This rub and this chipotle marinade will be on the regular dinner rotation. 

I usually smother chicken thighs in it and bake in a caserole dish but  it's great for a dipping sauce and on any protein, I have even stir fried veggies in it. So good on ANYTHING. 

Try it and tell me what you think. Back to tending to my little missy so have a great weekend!!

xo
Natalie



Friday, February 14, 2014

{Happy Valentines Day}


I came across this image on pinterest and wow does it hit home to me. So much has changed in my life and I owe it all to taking a chance and trusting that one day I would find the one. It's funny how it was right in front of me all along!

That being said, I don't believe in the Valentine's Day hype of the one day of showing your loved ones how you feel. I think it's something you should show everyday by either simply saying it or just being thoughtful. Just yesterday O brought me home my favorite black and white cookie and a latte and you may laugh but to me that is love. I'll take thoughtful sweet everyday instead of crazy extravagant once a year.  But don't get me wrong this girl loves herself some flowers and wrapped presents but they just don't have to be on this one day. I'll take a present any day... HINT HINT!

Here is my Valentine this year.




{Zoe Lucia is 10 weeks old, turning over from her belly to her back, cooing, smiling, she loves her mirror, being read to and is still not a fan of diaper changes.}

Isn't she adorable??? The bib was a gift from her auntie Kimmie (Carters) and the ruffled onsie was from her Mima (my mom) also Carters.  Speaking of my mom, it's her birthday!


Happy Birthday mami, you are the reason I am the woman I am today. Thank you for being such an incredible mom, friend and grandma. You are truly amazing, can't wait to celebrate with you. Love you.


And to my honey, you are my soul mate, I am so incredibly blessed that the broken road led me straight to you. :)  Will you be my Valentine forever?? Love you to the moon and back. 

Happy Valentine's Day my lovelies! Hope that you all have something great planned for tonight and for the long weekend, we will be dining in and getting a few more things done around the house. And tomorrow I will be attending a Flywheel class (kinda scared since it'll be my first workout in a LONG time!!) I'll report back...

xo
N


Thursday, February 6, 2014

{Loving Right Now}

Hi my loves,
Can you believe it's almost Valentines Day?? Also my mama's birthday so I need to get on the gift buying. Any ideas?  I am in the midst of trying to cope on this whole balance being a mama to an on-demand nurser and working from home but what has kept me smiling (other than a very supportive man) is the upcoming plan for the blog!


1. This idea for kiddie DIY V-Day cards has to be a favorite!
2. I am a sucker for V-Day decorations and these leather hearts is something I'd leave up all year. Must make.
3. Make these for loves in your life (or for yourself like I will be) and they will not disappoint!
4. Leave it to the peeps over at Domaine to come up with the list for top 10 chocolates, I'm wouldn't be mad at any of these (minus the nuts).
5. Do you ever curl your hair? I suck at it. Like REALLY suck at it but this tutorial looks pretty simple, perhaps it's the perfect V-Day hair!
6. Making V-Day dinner for your love? I am digging this arugula salad. mmmm.
7. I want to try to step up my makeup game and these palettes are beautiful. Loving the smoky eye now if I could only look like the gorgeous Erika!
8. My wish list will be up on the blog this weekend but I'd be more than ok with any of these things.
9. Frame this and wrap it for anyone in your life. Thinking of adding this to Zoe's wall collage in her nursery!


It's almost Friday!!!! Stay tuned I have an incredible chipotle recipe coming soon.

xo
Natalie