Weekend Links / / Staying Warm

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Hi Friends! Are you staying warm? It’s still really cold in Nashville. Phoenix’s school had a two-hour delay on Thursday due to the cold. Also, can we address the frustration that is finagling last-minute childcare arrangements?! I pray this winter is gentle on us.

We met Jordan after Phoenix’s nap on Friday afternoon to finally take our 2017 family photos! It’s still the beginning of January, so I think we’re okay. 😉 November and December are busy months for us, so I’m wondering if we should, in the future, take the photos in September. When do you usually have your family photos taken?

P.S. If you’d like our New Years card, DM me your address on Instagram.

Yesterday, Jordan and I went to a wedding. The ceremony was outside (it was maybe 30°!). Don’t worry, we were told to dress in layers. I basically brought a blanket. 🙂 The wedding itself was in the late afternoon, so Jordan and I had time to grab Jeni’s ice cream before relieving our sitter.

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Weekend Links / / Happy New Year!

Weekend Links / / Happy New Year!

Weekend Links / / Happy New Year!

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Jordan’s parents and youngest sister left this morning. We enjoyed celebrating Christmas 2.0 together. Phoenix (with the help of FaceTime) has developed quite a relationship with his extended family. It’s very sweet to see his excitement anytime we are all together.

It was a busy holiday season (or year rather) for Jordan and his business, so having a few relaxing days together was the perfect Christmas present. We went on a date to see The Disaster Artist. Have you seen it? The Room (the movie The Disaster Artist is about) is quite the tale of a creative vision gone wrong.

What are you New Years Eve plans? The past two years we went to a party, but this year we’re joining a few friends for dinner. Everyone will put their kids down and the adults will enjoy dessert and drinks. I’m already looking forward to it!

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Weekend Links / / Mom Schedule Reset

Weekend Links / / Mom Schedule Reset

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Hi Friends! Are you staying healthy? It seems like everyone is getting over a cold. Jordan is still sick. Poor guy. Tuesday night we finally finished decorating our tree, despite Jordan not feeling well. Phoenix is mostly leaving the ornaments alone. He keeps trying to take the glittery ball ornaments off of the tree, so I’ve had to remove a few. I’m working a total of three more days for the rest of the year, so I’m taking advantage and checking a few things off my to-do list.

I wanted to give an update to my cleaning and home management post from last week. After reading through your comments I began to rethink how I structure my day. To be honest it’s really hard for me to muster energy when I get up for work at 4 am (sometimes earlier!). But I don’t work everyday and I’m rarely working for the next few weeks. SO, because I much prefer to go to bed early and wake up early (not 4 am early) I’m going to wake up before Phoenix and shower and get ready. I am productive when I am dressed.

Getting up earlier than your kids isn’t always possible. When I first went back to work I closed two days (getting home at 10:45 and feeding Phoenix still 1-2 a night) and one early morning a week. That was not the season to get up any earlier than I needed too. But after hitting publish on that post I reminded myself my work/home situation is changing and it’s time for a shake-up. Phoenix is (mostly) sleeping through the night. Getting up an extra 30 minutes won’t alter my overall sleep totals that much, but it will drastically change how I start my day with Phoenix.

Here are the three practical steps I’m taking to add more order to my day.

  • Get up at 5:30 during the week.
  • While Phoenix eats dinner (even when he’s done and antsy to get out) quickly put his toys away. We keep a small amount of toys downstairs, so this task literally takes 60 seconds.
  • Do not begin dedicated evening television, blog work, or reading until 8. Utilize post dinner time for a quick clean up/prep Phoenix’s lunch/my own work prep, etc. Jordan’s work life is flexible, but also random. Sometimes he works really late or has an event to attend, sometimes he’s home at 4 pm or doesn’t start work until 10 am. Regardless of whether he’s home I need more structure to my evening hours. I started implementing this policy and I’ve already seen a major difference in my productivity.

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Weekend Links / / The Family Cold Season

I’m posting this Weekend Links edition a little late, but that’s apropos for my week. Everyone is or has been sick all week. Phoenix’s runny nose and cough started last weekend. His colds are susceptible to turning into croup so I was keeping a close eye. I bought a new humidifier. I couldn’t keep our last one from growing mold. Why design a humidifier with nooks and crannies you can’t keep clean?!

Phoenix’s cold went through various degrees of severity. He had a slight fever Friday night, but sadly Jordan was hit the worst. I joke working at Starbucks boosts my immune system, but I actually do believe it. I felt a little achy for roughly twenty-four hours and that’s pretty typical for me. Phoenix hasn’t slept the greatest this week, but he has been extra cuddly. To try to keep him from running around (and thus coughing more) I put on movies and to my surprise he’d sit on my lap and watch bits and pieces.

We had to cancel our baby-sitter for Saturday night but we did manage to buy our Christmas tree (not decorated yet) and visit Porter Flea’s Holiday Pop-Up Market. The market’s occur seasonally and are full of local talented artists.

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Weekend Links / / Project You and Me

Weekend Links / / Project You and Me

Mixing it up for this week’s Weekend Links addition by participating in Ginger Parrish’s You and Me Project.

You: are 16 months old ▪️never stop moving ▪️silly and curious, but often get overwhelmed in new environments ▪️ never far from me (preferably with your hand down my shirt 🙃)▪️constantly asking “what is that?” to anyone that’ll answer ▪️have a hard time with transitions ▪️ love going to school (but equally love reuniting).

Me: Need to up my workout game aka start moving! ▪️wonder if I contribute enough to my family and community ▪️listen to podcasts all day long ▪️obsessed with mybyta cup (it keeps my iced lattes icy for hours!) ▪️in a love affair with TJ’s cookie butter sandwich cookies (often with hot chocolate at night)▪️still breastfeeding, but stopped pumping at work! 🙌🏻 #projectyouandme

Weekend Links / / Project You and Me

Weekend Links / / Project You and Me

Weekend Links / / Project You and Me

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Weekend Links / / Hey, Natalie’s Back

I’m dragging a bit this morning. Not only was wine night last night (I haven’t been able to go in months!), Jordan and I attended a HALFNOISE concert. Whew. Thankfully, I’m off work today. 🙂 Overall, this week felt like a reprieve from the busyness of the last couple of months. I was able to get my hair cut and colored and read several nights before bed. It’s the little wins, right?

Speaking of small wins.  I’d love to hear from you, moms of toddlers, (especially within the 15-20 month range) about what daily cleaning and organizing tasks you accomplish while they are awake. Though I know this often is the time when people might be adding in another baby, which obviously means nothing is getting done. 😉

Phoenix is into everything (we circle around making messes and cleaning said messes). He is so busy, but also clingy. As I’m  writing this out, I’m recognizing he must be going through a developmental leap as in the last week or so he started climbing on everything. Which rarely works out for either of us. HAHA.

Phoenix and I leave for Chicago on Monday, so as soon as I’m off work tomorrow it’s prep time! I hope you all have the best Thanksgiving. 😉

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Weekend Links / / Phoenix’s First Fall

Hey Friends. Friday is here! Phoenix had his first big fall on Monday. He tripped over his own feet. His nose started bleeding and it now looks like he has a rug burn on his face. Poor baby. Between daylight savings, Phoenix’s fall, and generally not adjust well to one nap a day I am ready for a weekend reset.

I finished my last week of working four days a week. Honestly, it was too much but as I tell myself during the grind, working decisions aren’t permanent.

What are your weekend plans? I see everyone already decorating their Christmas tree and I want to join in the fun! But, we’re saving that for December. I requested a whole weekend off to make a fun outing of it.

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Weekend Links / / Daniel Tiger Goes Trick-or-Treating

Weekend Links / / Daniel Tiger Goes Trick-or-Treating

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I couldn’t resist sharing several photos from Halloween. Phoenix went trick-or-treating as Daniel Tiger. The red hoodie Phoenix is wearing was actually my brothers! The red shoes are Cat & Jack from Target. Phoenix quickly got the hang of walking up the steps and going straight to the candy basket. I didn’t exactly know how the night would go, but minus the car ride home Phoenix had no meltdowns! And he stayed up two hours past his bedtime.

I’m continually amazed with this kid.

Jordan and I both had work this weekend, but we still found a little time to catch up on Stranger Things 2. Are you watching it? We still have three episodes left. I realized a rewatch of season one would have been helpful — I forgot a lot of little details.

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Weekend Links / / Daniel Tiger Goes Trick-or-Treating

Weekend Links / / Daniel Tiger Goes Trick-or-Treating

Weekend Links / / Daniel Tiger Goes Trick-or-Treating

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Weekend Links / / Fall Colors and Sad Car Faces

Weekend Links / / Fall Colors and Sad Car Faces

We spent last weekend in Illinois for Jordan’s grandfather’s funeral. While the reasoning behind our last-minute trip wasn’t a joyous occasion, seeing Jordan’s family was really nice. Phoenix loved being around his grandparents, aunts, and uncle.

The last time we saw his family Phoenix was going through a clingy phase, but this time he barely needed me. 😉 I appreciated your encouraging messages after I shared Phoenix’s sad car-face on Instagram. Long car rides are still hard for Phoenix (day or night)!

We’re flying home for Thanksgiving this year.

Before we left Phoenix and I modeled in a quick photoshoot for Poly + Bark and I couldn’t help but share a few. We recently purchased dining room chairs from Poly + Bark and find them really comfortable. Their fall furniture sale is running right now!

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Weekend Links / / We Came, We Saw, We Conquered!

Weekend Links / / We Came, We Saw, We Conquered!

Veni, vidi, vici.

Jordan and I traipsed all over New York City with our 14 month old and lived to tell the tale! Seriously. In the coming weeks I’ll share more about our trip, especially what I learned about traveling with a toddler. Lessons such as: unless you go on large family vacations with reinforcement, vacationing with a toddler in toe isn’t relaxing. But, remember, everyday with a toddler is exhausting so why not go somewhere fun!

Would I label NYC family friendly? Probably not, but everyone was so helpful. Offering up their seats on the subway or lending a hand when we had suitcases and a stroller. Overall, it was a wonderful experience and my prediction that Phoenix would love the airplane was correct!

Do you have a specific question you want me to answer about our time in New York City?

Weekend Links / / We Came, We Saw, We Conquered!

Jordan and I are glad to be home though I do miss the little cafe below our AirBnB in Harlem — we practically became locals. Once Phoenix was asleep Jordan would go downstairs and order dinner for us. Our days started there with croissants and lattes!

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