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Thoughts For Friday

Feb 24, 2012

Happy Friday Loves. This has been a long week for me in more ways than one. I am glad its the weekend and I am even more excited my sister is coming in town. We have a wine date planned for Saturday afternoon and I can’t wait!
Get ready for some randomness…

I am really drawn to this dining room. It is gorgeous. It is filled with so many unique things but they all seem to go together perfectly. I love the table, pillows, wall color, and light fixture in a major way.

I picked up Alicia Sliverstone’s cookbook The Kind Diet a few weeks ago. I found it on clearance for $10 and figured I couldn’t go wrong for that price (although maybe it was on sale so cheap because it sucks). The cookbook seems a little on the hippie side but alot of the recipes actually look pretty good. Anyone own it and have recipe recs?

I am thinking this is going to be the first recipe I test out, Cheesy Guacamole Bean Dip.

I did my Tracy Anderson DVDs this week for the first time in weeks. Man am I sore today. I forgot what a good workout those DVDs are. I heard now that Tracy is pregnant she is working on a set of pregnancy DVDS for each month of your pregnancy. Supposedly Gwyneth recommended the idea to her and it will document her pregnancy. I hope these come out by the time I decide to get pregnant again!

I am loving my Hive and Honey Maxi Dress.

My mother in law gave Sterling this book for his birthday. Read this book if you never have it is the sweetest story. Although I will say neither Matt nor I could finish it without shedding a tear.

Liz posted this outfit inspiration on her blog, Sequins and Stripes yesterday and I am officially obsessed. Now I want a bright yellow maxi skirt. Well really I want the whole outfit.

My two old is a wild man. Seriously, every night after bath time it is a struggle to catch him and put his PJ’s on. This is what he normally does. Every. Single. Night.

Thank goodness for my nightly glass of wine, helps me deal with the craziness. I picked up this Cab at Earthfare this week and it is awesome. It is on sale for $13.99 and it is excellent! 14 Hand 2009 Cabernet, go buy some you will love it!

This quote has provided me with alot of inspiration lately.

Have a great weekend! xoxo

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  1. great post Nat! Happy Weekend! xoxox

  2. Sara Mueller says:

    I want a bright yellow skirt as well! Have a great weekend! and love the photos of your little man!

  3. Hi Lady! I'm sorry your week has been long, but sister/wine time will help! So will hugs from that cute little boy šŸ™‚ Have a great weekend and I need to make that dip.

  4. Love that dining room – many themese going on, but it works! Happy TGIF!

  5. Sometimes life is hard, isn't it?! But it goes on and tomorrow is a new day. Love your maxi dress. And i too was loving liz' yellow skirt post! xx

  6. Jill says:

    Have fun with your sister this weekend, I love it when my sister comes to town!!

    OMG that book makes me cry every time!! Someone gave that to me when I was pregnant with Matthew and now when I read it to Scar it still brings tears to my eyes.

  7. megan says:

    That pic of Sterling is so cute! I can see that one being shown to his future girlfriend. šŸ™‚ That children's book is one of my faves! Hope you have a great weekend with your sister!

  8. wow that skirt is gorg.. I think it would look great on you!! I can relate to the crazy man after bathtime, (or all day long) these kids of mine fight me for everything… Sterling is soo cute!! Happy weekend!

  9. caycee says:

    Love you forever!!!! Best book!!! had so much fun with you last night, we should make Basil a weekly Nat and Caycee date!!! See you in a few for brunch love!

  10. Aw Sterling is precious! I am sure its not as precious when you're chasing him though šŸ™‚ Love that dining room too. So "palm beach chic". Have a great weekend. xo

  11. I do the Tracy workouts as well…had not done them in a while and started back a few wks ago…I thought I might pass out! Such a good workout though.

  12. I love that dress! I need to check out those dvd, got to get back to working out.

  13. Nat says:

    That maxi dress is so cute! Enjoy wine and sister time, that will definitely help get over the long week!

  14. Your little one is probably the cutest thing ever!!! I have The Kind Diet and I really love it! I am vegetarian so I could relate to a lot of her thoughts throughout the book. Lots of great vegan recipes for sure. And that I Love You Forever book makes me cry every time! And I don't even have kids yet! It's such a sweet sweet story.

  15. Oh girly, I needed that quote for this week, too! Thanks for the inspiration pick-me-up and have a fabulous weekend with the sister! I'm so jealous you'll have yours around! (c:

  16. I cried every time I would read that book to my kids! Another awesome book is The Giving Tree, it's a must read. Have a good weekend:)

  17. Andrea says:

    Love everything about this post. But I really needed that quote today!!! I think I will have to write it down and keep handy for when I need it the most!

  18. I LOVE your dress! And I wish they had those DVD's now!! I could use them! šŸ™‚

  19. Melissa says:

    Great post today Natalie! Love that maxi skirt!

  20. Brooke Hall says:

    Loved this post :))) love the quote, the outfit, the dining room and that this week is over!
    Have fun with Taylor this weekend, youndeserve it!

  21. Enjoy your weekend with your sister! Love your maxi dress & that yellow skirt. Let us know how the dip is -looks yummy!

  22. You're so sweet for mentioning my "Get the Look" post! That yellow skirt is amazing. I hope you have a lovely weekend! Hopefully you can catch that adorable boy of yours, ha! Have fun with your sister! xo

  23. Brooke Hall says:

    Oh and forget it, can't get through that book withoutnBAWLING!! Lawton always wants me to read it and says " mommy cry??" ….first time I read it I had to pit it up after page 2, couldn't get through it. Love boys!!!!!

  24. Taylor says:

    love your maxi dress!!! I doubt I would cook all of alicia's recipes (I like my meat and unhealthy grub too much) but the guacamole certainly looks delicious! And that book was one of my absolute favorites when I was little!! Have a great, wine filled weekend!!!


  25. Val says:

    You have to try that bean dip and let us know what you think. Sounds divine.

  26. Carly says:

    I love you forever, I like you for always, as long as I am living my baby you'll be!
    I am tearing up RIGHT NOW! Hands down BEST BEST BEST night time story ever written.
    Love the random post…what a little adorable devil your 2 year old is…

  27. Day Old News says:

    I've been eyeing that dress! It looks great on you!!

  28. Day Old News says:

    Also been thinking about the Tracy DVDs…so you like huh? I was thinking they'd be good when I travel for work.

  29. Pris says:

    I've had that cookbook on my Amazon Wish List for years– I can't wait to see how the dip turns out!

    Also, I'll Love You Forever? I can't read it without getting choked up and I don't even have kids. Check out "Wherever You are My Love will Find You" another great story about parent/child love but also a serious tearjerker.

  30. Hi sweet Natalie! Love this random post šŸ™‚ That yellow skirt knocks my socks off. Sorry I have been so MIA over here with all my schoolwork getting in the way, it's hard to even post on my blog these days! BIG hugs to you and a happy weekend šŸ™‚

  31. Michelle says:

    I want to wear maxi skirts and dresses ALL SUMMER!!! And that dip looks amazing!!

  32. Jane Ellen says:

    that is my two year olds favorite book. we sing the little song together and it is so sweet! love those little boys : )

  33. Which Tracey Anderson DVDs do you have? I've been thinking about getting them and would love a recommendation! Have a great weekend!

  34. okay, first off I HAVE THE SAME DRESS! Green right? Love it!
    Let me know about that cook book, always looking for new recipes.
    and I want that yellow skirt! so pretty! xo


  35. This HAS been the longest week! I have had pneumonia all week and have been cooped up inside! Ready to get well and get out! We were given that book when we had Jonah and it is one of my favorites! I recently picked up a hot pink maxi and I can't wait to wear it!! Love the maxi dress! Have a great weekend!

  36. Bud and Leo says:

    Just catching up on your posts after a crazy week šŸ™‚ Sterling running around like crazy after his baths is hilar. And I want to try the TA DVDs – they prego ones would be so good for pregnant moms! And is Alicia's book all vegan? I thought she was vegan? She is a little extreme…

  37. hahaha it must be an age thing, Matthew is the same!!
    To the extent that the other day we had this conversation: Husband: "Matthew has his pj's on the wrong side" Gaby: "At least he has them on!" šŸ˜‰

  38. I love that children's book too but can't read it because I cry too hard. I'm such a sentimental nut!