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Thoughts For Thursday

Feb 19, 2015

This past weekend we threw a Birthday party for Sterling.   My sweet boy turned 5 Monday and I am still in shock.  I love both my children the same but there is just something about your first born.  He came into my life and made me a mom for the first time and changed my life forever- in the best way possible.  I love him more than words could ever describe.

We decided to have a few of our closest friends over to our house for a Valentines Oyster Roast and Birthday Party for Sterling.  It worked out perfectly because in my opinion Valentines is usually lame ( like New Years).

Sterling of course wanted a Spongebob Cake so I had to oblige.

 He also wanted a mask decorating station.  I actually found all this stuff at the Dollar Store!

My whole family was able to come in town minus my brother and sister law who we really missed!

 I can only hope I am as much fun as my parents when I reach their age. 

 Love them so much.

A few of my favorite ladies.  Always thankful for my best friends.

Still can not believe this guy is 5!

Thanks to my friend Nicola, I am now addicted to this yogurt.  It is hands down the best yogurt I have ever had.  This week at Harris Teeter they are buy one get one free.

Ladies what should I read next?  I just finished Jane Green’s Saving Grace which I loved, always love her books and now I need something new.  Thinking either: The Kitchen House or The Girl On The Train.  I want something that sucks you right in.

Or any other recs?

I can’t stop thinking about this Alexa Chung dress.  I think it is so cute.  Wondering if it would be flattering in person, but I love the chambray and off shoulder detail.

My blouse I ordered from Piperlime arrived this week and I love it!!  The embroidery is so pretty in person.   It is light weight (made of gauze) so I think I can wear it all Summer.  I think it will be great with jean shorts.  I am in a size small runs TTS.

|| Embroidered Top

Made the most delicious blueberry muffins this week.  The recipe is from Martha Stewart and you can find it HERE.  I cooked mine a touch too long so don’t cook them as long as the recipe calls for, I think they would have been a little better not so done.

I splurged on a new Chanel nail polish.  You can see it in the above picture.  It is the perfect gray that I think you can wear anytime of the year.  Chanel polishes are pricey but they last forever and are formaldehyde free.

Chanel Particulerie

I got so exited when I saw the preview for the new Housewives.  Apparently they are going down under to Melbourne.  Always love a new cast.

All the Gigi New York Date Books are 50% off.  This is my second year using one and I love it!

I have the Rose Gold Metallic version and what I love most is there is a calendar at the front and then lots of space each day to write my do-to list. 

Happy almost Friday!

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  1. Liz says:

    Those housewives kill me and i can't stop watching. melbourne is an awesome season, but i can't help thinking all but the blonde one were men at some point in their lives. xoxo!

  2. Irene Toohey says:

    Natalie, who made the top you wore to Sterlings party? Beautiful!!! The Girl on the Train is amazing! I stayed up late reading all last week!!! Now reading The Silent Sister, also amazing and a real thriller too!! Also, Melbourne did a season that I think was just on demand last season and I watched a few. It was ok. Still love my crazy Jersey girls!! And Southern Charm is about to come back on! Love it!

  3. Jen says:

    Your kids are precious — happy 5th to Sterling! I love that off the shoulder dress!! I just finished reading The Girl On The Train and would highly recommend. It's all I did (during naptime and after bedtime ;)) for two days.

  4. happy birthday to sterling! he looks so happy in all the pics! xo jillian – cornflake dreams

  5. Jodi says:

    Melbourne had a first season already-they played it Sunday afternoons at noon last summer and it was onDemand. I was addicted. Looks like the party was a hit!

  6. Erica Roux says:

    I just finished the Girl on the Train – loved it. It's similar to Gone Girl. šŸ™‚

  7. Shara says:

    The Kitchen House is a fantastic read!!

  8. Renee says:

    I read The Girl on the Train in one day and I NEVER do that. Couldn't put it down.

  9. jenrocha1 says:

    Boston to Jamaica flight! I finished that book in 3 hours!! Enjoy

  10. La says:

    Definitely read Girl on a Train it is GREAT! also- love the blouse you are wearing at the bday party- what is it?

  11. Morgan Smith says:

    I just realized Sterling is 6 months older than Breckin and Frances is 6 months older than Farrah! We ought to play date eventually! šŸ™‚

  12. Christina says:

    The Girl on the Train will definitely suck you in. It's not the best book but it's good!! You could also check out The Good Girl for another mystery, written from two perspectives. I want to dive head first into that cake. I have seen that yogurt a bunch but never tried it. Always hear good things!

  13. Christina says:

    The Girl on the Train will definitely suck you in. It's not the best book but it's good!! You could also check out The Good Girl for another mystery, written from two perspectives. I want to dive head first into that cake. I have seen that yogurt a bunch but never tried it. Always hear good things!

  14. Lauren says:

    I have Girl on a Train sitting on my nightstand! Will be starting it shortly, I've heard it's the next Gone Girl type thriller.


  15. Love Love your TB blouse. Classic and fun!

  16. M says:

    I loved the kitchen house! I love your blouse from the birthday party! Looks like you all had fun celebrating Sterling!

  17. KatiePerk says:

    Happy Birthday Sterling! I was super hungover when I saw you guys on Sunday. Yikes! Looks like a lovely party.

  18. tpatters5 says:

    The Kitchen House is fantastic. It sucks you in and you really care about the main character.

  19. I loved The Kitchen House, though it was difficult to read at times due to content. But I still really recommend it. Girl on the Train is next on my list. Right now I'm reading Tempting Fate by Jane Green, which I think you recommended. Also have enjoyed Big Little Lies, The Husbands Secret, and Wild recently.

    Happy 5th to Sterling, he is adorable!!

  20. Happy Happy to Sterling!!! I can't believe he's FIVE!!! Where did our babies go? I've read the kitchen House and it's really so good. Like surprisingly awesome. Plus I always feel smarter when I read something sorta historical šŸ™‚

  21. BaconBear 4 says:

    The reason that yogurt is soooo good is that it has 7 (!!!!) teaspoons of sugar per serving (17 grams of added sugar). It has 300 cals and also high in fat(11 grams fat 5 saturated), so it's definitely not good for you!! But oh so good !

  22. Kelly Graf says:

    The kitchen house is an amazing book!

  23. Loved Girl On The Train! Haven't read Kitchen House. Putting it on my list! Happy Birthday Sterling!!!

  24. Allison says:

    Happy Birthday to Sterling! What a sweet family photo. I can tell you are a close knit family. Love that. The bloiuse looks darling on you Natalie.

  25. Your hair looks amazing ! Where do you get it done in Charleston? Party looked so fun, too šŸ™‚ Cute fam!!

  26. Katie Bauer says:

    The kitchen house is great! A must read!

  27. You look stunning in these photos! As always, but it's easy to tell how happy being around your family makes you. Happy Birthday, Sterling!

  28. Such a fun party!!! I'm still laughing at Channing photo bombing your family pic! Love to hear about new books – can I borrow them when you're done?

  29. Jill Farmer says:

    Isn't Noosa the best?! They make it near my town in Colorado!

  30. fitfullfun says:

    I love the craft! Just stopped in Dollar Tree to get some party supplies for my son's 3rd birthday. Great prices and cute stuff! It's amazing how quickly time passes.

  31. Taylor says:

    I'm currently reading The Girl On The Train – I recommend it! definitely sucks you in and is an easy read (still no Gone Girl, to me nothing can compete, but its good!) have a great weekend šŸ™‚

  32. travelkate says:

    The Girl on the Train will definitely suck you in. I read it in one day, because I had to know what happened!

  33. Get the chambray dress! It is adorable! I've heard nothing but great reviews for The Girl on the Train. And that nail color looks great on you. I love light and dark gray nail colors as a switch up to the usual red, dark red, or pale pink manicures I'm accustomed to.

  34. I love the blouse that you wore for Sterling's birthday – where did you find it?! I'm obsessed with my GiGi planner, it's perfect! Xo, Stephanie

  35. Lisa says:

    happy birthday sterling!! dying for melbourne to start! Brandi is killing me this season, she's out of control!