Tuesday, March 10, 2015

tuesday treats [spend/save: chanel espadrilles]

Tuesday, March 10, 2015
spend/save [chanel espadrilles]

good morning, you guys! and boy do i have an exciting spend/save for you today! i'm sure you've seen these target espadrilles all over instagram, but i wanted to point them out again and how they're a dead ringer for the coveted chanel espadrilles - only they're $650 less!

get 'em for spring/summer before they sell out - i know i will!

Monday, March 9, 2015

mama monday [1 year old update & party pics]

Monday, March 9, 2015
[cake smash pictures by the wonderfully talented danielle soloff photography]

i cannot believe my little lady is already one!

this past month lily:
  • walks holding onto something like a champ
  • teething lots! [we got some top teeth coming in]
  • waves "bye bye" whenever anyone walks to the door [or into the other room]
lily likes: eating, her elephant toy, being "chased", taking away beau's toys, and waving "bye bye".

lily dislikes: being changed, not getting her way, being hungry, when you take away whatever electronic thing she has that she's not supposed to have.

one year ago this little girl made me a mother. it has been the longest/shortest year of my life and i wouldn't have it any other way.

lily, you are the light of my life, the apple of my eye, my sunshine, my sweetness, and your dada and i love you more than words can describe. the day you were born was the happiest day of my life and being your mama is my most favorite thing in the world. happy 1st birthday, baby girl, i love you!

[now check out some sweet pics from her partay on saturday]

[pinterest wins all the way. letters by bloomin decor, burlap garland from target, pictures from print studio, and chalkboards made by aunt sassy]

[cake by sugar my world,  pinterest DIY cake topper bunnies, cake topper flag from michael's]

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

tuesday tales [11 month update]

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

this past friday, little miss lily o turned 11 months old! i'm pretty much in denial at this point because she's going to be 1 next month. 1. it feels like i just had her!

this past month has been fun, fun, fun! lily:
  • stopped nursing completely all on her own in mid january [it kind of broke my heart, but it had to happen]
  • getting braver and braver in the walking department. she still needs to be holding on to something, but i think she'll be taking her first unassisted steps any day now!
  • "talks" constantly. mostly in "mamas" and "dadas" but i swear she's trying to repeat what we're saying
  • can open doors [from the bottom] so we have to start locking them!
  • transitioned out of her baby tub into... [drum roll] a laundry basket inside the big tub! [see evidence on my instagram, @natalie_hodak]
  • started feeding herself with the spoon [if you hand it to her]
  • is eating a lot of "big girl" foods including cheese & chicken
lily likes: eating [anything and everything, all day, erryday], anything electronic, crawling away and stopping to see if you're chasing her, beau, and daycare

lily dislikes: getting dried off after bath time, not eating, and any and all restrictions on her freedom

birthday planning is in full swing! the invites are out, the cakes are ordered, the photo-shoot is scheduled! i can't wait. [and full disclosure, i may cry].

you are my greatest adventure, little one.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

thursday tales [10 month update]

Thursday, January 22, 2015
[twinkle star]

this is horribly late and she's closer to 11 months than 10 months now, but on january 6th we celebrated lily's 10 month birthday!

this month lily:
  • cut two teeth! the bottom two, to be exact [and now we no longer call her toothless]
  • still nursing at least once a day [i'll be weaning her by 12 months]
  • weighs over 19lbs
  • standing like a champ
  • walking with her vtech walker
  • scooting around holding on to furniture
  • says "baba" to my mom's extreme delight [it means grandmother in russian]
  • pees in her little potty [we're working on getting her to go consistently]
lily likes: puffs [and more puffs], standing, walking, the remote control/ipad/iphone/anything electronic she knows she can't have, tylenol [she basically shakes with glee when she sees the little syringe], baths, other kids, and beau.

lily dislikes: getting her nose wiped, not being allowed to do what she wants, being overtired, and when the puffs are gone.

we went through a lot this past month. we had our first bout of the stomach bug [and i say "we" because lily gave it to all of us], finally got some teeth [with some crazy teething still going on]. we've had a little bit of sleep regression where she wakes up at 3am crying and i bring her into bed with me because she just wants her mama [and i'm ok with that because i get snuggles]. and first birthday planning has officially begun!

i recently read this amazing post on whitney's blog about savoring the moments with your baby because babies don't keep. so i'm consciously trying to take in every single second with my little girl while she's still my baby [although that's never going to change no matter how big she gets... i get it now, mom!]

mama loves you, princess.

Monday, January 19, 2015

mama monday [class pass philly & a fitness update]

Monday, January 19, 2015
[do you have tickets? to what, natalie? to the gun show!]

oh hi. remember me? 

[right, me neither].

just took a 2+ week blog break, no biggie. 

since my last post when i boldly aired my new year's resolutions, we've been sick. then sick again. then i had jury duty for a whole week! but in the brief moments of health and free time, i joined class pass and finally completed the kayla itsiness bikini body guide [that's me showing off week 0 vs. week 12 in the picture].

i absolutely love the kayla itsiness workout. in fact, i'm starting 2.0 this week [check out my instagram, natalie_hodak for weekly updates] partly because helloooo results and partly because i can do it at home rather than a gym.

but i still love my yoga classes. there's nothing like being in front of a group of students or a part of them letting the instructor guide you through poses. it's where my mind finally shuts off. i love the studio where i teach but sometimes it's fun to branch out. 

and that's where class pass comes in! for $99/month, you have your pick of classes to choose from including cycling, yoga, pilates, barre, strength training, etc! 

i went to 2 amazing yoga classes already and can't wait to try out cycling [flywheel, i'm coming for you!]. 

now here's the fun part - if you want to skip the waitlist, use this link and sign up today! they're adding new philly area studios all the time!

not a bad way to stay true to that "get in shape" resolution you made 2 weeks ago, isn't it?

happy monday!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

happy new year!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

happy new year, you guys!

like always, we spent new year's eve with my side of the family. this year was a little quieter, with us trying [and failing] to not wake the baby up at my parents' house. there's no other people I'd rather ring in the new year with!

as for some 2015 resolutions, well, here's my list:

1) simplify. specifically my [now overwhelming abundance of] clothes

2) spend more quality time with family. more family outings, more date nights

3) continue on my fitness journey. complete my yoga teacher training, start teaching more classes and complete the kayla itsines bikini body 2.0

so there they are, nothing crazy, and probably pretty predictable, but it's where I want to be in 2015!

let's do this, new year!

Thursday, December 25, 2014

merry christmas!

Thursday, December 25, 2014
wishing you a day filled with love and family! we'll be playing with wrapping paper... i mean presents... the rest of the day!