Tuesday, September 23, 2014

tuesday thoughts [help kumari expand]

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

remember kumari hair oil i raved about? the one with natural, pure, and organic ingredients that helps your hair get that gorgeous, healthy shine? well the brand looking to expand this awesome product and has launched a crowdfunding campaign that will help to:
  • launch a complete line of natural, organic products, in addition to the kumari luxury hair oil
  • invest in sustainable packaging that includes post-consumer recycled content, eco-friendly inks, compostable plastic and other recyclable materials, and
  • find a distribution partner to bring kumari luxury to a salon, spa or boutique near you
for anywhere from $15-$1,500, you can support this business in exchange for some very tempting perks, including custom-scented body oils or a full day of discovering the ingredients and concocting your own product!

whether you contribute for a sweet perk or simply share to get the word out, you'll be helping further a wonderful product line!

Monday, September 22, 2014

mama monday [shaving time as a new working mom]

Monday, September 22, 2014
shaving time

when i first had lily back in march, i spent about a month in sweatpants, showering quickly only when someone was there to watch her, and i remember leaving the house exactly once [my mom and husband "strong-armed" me into a mani-pedi].

there was no time, no anything other than caring for lily. luckily, my husband, family, and friends were amazing in taking care of us. people brought us food, my sister moved in for a week, and jason went as far as creating a little stockpile of basic necessities. [i think we had toilet paper and canned goods to last us through lily's 2nd birthday.]

we eventually got our act together in the "getting out of the house" department, but i'm always looking for ways to shave time [yes, i said shave] because as a working mom, i want to spend as much time as possible with my little family when the workday is done.

for your reading pleasure, i've come up with a list of time shaving tips for mamas-to-be and new mamas alike:

  • stockpile basic necessities before baby comes
  • cook and freeze food for the weeks after the baby arrives [because hunny, you won't be cookin']
  • run errands during your lunch break. so you have plenty of time for baby and hubby after work
  • prep lunches, bottles, diaper bags, the baby's and your outfit the night before so your mornings aren't insane [we're still working on this. i get up at 5:30am and still have a hard time getting out the door before 7:15am. what do i do for almost 2 hours? i'll let you know when i figure it out...]
  • shower the night before. as a serial long-shower-taker, there's no such thing as a "quick shower". [i can stand there for hours and then oops, no time to do your hair/makeup before work!]
  • learn a 5-minute makeup routine and have go-to hairstyles [beyond the pony tailyou've mastered. i'm getting good at this: concealer, tinted moisturizer, illuminator for cheeks, eye shadow, eyeliner, brow filler, mascara. in that order. 5-6 minutes tops!
  • try delivery services like

speaking of dollar shave club - i know you've seen all the viral, hilarious videos and posts on facebook.  i have too, and i was intrigued. any product that will shave me time [and, i guess, my legs] is aces in my book, especially since i'm the worst at remembering to buy razors [and grocery shop in general. who has time for that?].

i have to admit that at first, i thought it was just for guys. but after looking at the blades offered and seeing the 4x for just $6/month, i knew they had a winner.

it's easy - just pick your razor, pay a low monthly fee [$1,$6, or $9 depending on the razor] and they send you refills every month. upgrade or cancel any time. easy peasy mac'n'cheesy.

so there are my tips. how do you shave time as a new mom? i'd love to hear [or i guess, read] them!

Friday, September 19, 2014

friday favs [loving lavender]

Friday, September 19, 2014
friday favs [loving lavender]

if you follow me on instagram [@natalie_hodak] then you know i recently got the most perfect-est lavender boyfriend blazer for my birthday [thanks sisterface!]

i've really been drawn to lavender lately and no only does this blazer satisfy my lavender craving, it's also the best fitting blazer i've ever owned. since it's boyfriend fit, i got an extra small [i have tiny shoulders] and it fits like a dream.

so thanks mural for making the best blazer ever.

happy friday!

p.s. i cleaned out my closet! [a la this post] and while it's not quite un-fancy level [obsessed with her blog], i did have a big pile of clothes i'd like to re-home. some are going to be donated and i spent one glorious sunday afternoon [while lily was napping] photographing a few items [clothes & shoes] to sell on threadflip. so if you're interested, check 'em out!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

tuesday threads [spend/save]

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

are these mules? are these open-toe booties? who even cares when you can save over $64 by getting the totally comfortable target mossimo brand [in stores!] over the steve madden nonstp.

i have them in brown and they're the perfect ease-back-into-wearing-heels-after-wearing-flats-for-a-year shoes.

go get 'em tiger.

Monday, September 15, 2014

mama monday [6 month update]

Monday, September 15, 2014

[this face! i just can't]

i was a bad mama and neglected to post a 6 month update last week but i'm making up for it now.

lily-bean turned 6 months on saturday, september 6th and oh, man what a fun month this has been! she:

  • developed quite the bossy personality
  • insists on putting everything in her mouth
  • really started loving baby food [we're giving her peas, green beans, butternut squash from beechnut]
  • demands attention
  • started sleep training [we're working on gradual ferberizing and i completely cut out her night-time feedings. so far, so good]
  • "talks" non-stop
  • tries to crawl [she's on all fours bouncing back & forth]
lily likes: eating [no change there!], the bouncer seat at day care, day care, walks with mama & beau, smiling [it's her favorite, other than eating]

lily dislikes: sleep training, being left alone, and when something is out of her reach

this stage is so much fun. she's really getting a little personality and i love watching her discover new things. we're still doing mostly breastmilk plus the baby food from beechnut but i'm barely hanging on with pumping for the bottles she gets at day care [i'm basically pumping for the next day and can't go anywhere without serious pre-planning] - but no formula yet!

you are my sunshine, baby girl!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

thursday thoughts [29]

Thursday, September 11, 2014

it's my birthday and i'll blog if i want to, blog if i want to.

[which i apparently do today].

i'm 29 today! can you believe it? and the blog turns 2 tomorrow. i was going to do this big post with number balloons and all but that would totally go against this little lack of consistent blogging record i have going on here.

so you may have noticed the lack of birthday wishlist post this year. it's funny, but however many times i've sat down to put one together, i couldn't bring myself to ask for a single material thing [and i'm not shy when it comes to wishlists, believe me. remember my holiday list from last year? that's right, there's a chanel in there]. 

it's probably because no material thing comes close to what i do have - i get to spend my birthday with my wonderful husband, our beautiful baby girl, and our wrinkly pup-dog. and on the weekend i get to hang out with my parents and amazeballs sister for our annual close-the-pool/celebrate-natalie's-birthday get together.

and that's better than chanel.

[but if anyone actually got me chanel, i mean i wouldn't turn it down. what kind of a person would i be to not accept a gift?]

happy thursday!