12.25.2010

Merry Christmas!

Wishing everyone a very merry Christmas!!!

xoxo,
Nat

12.14.2010

Getting Craftier Week by Week

I joined ASC in the second week of her closet craftiness or closet crafty challenge as I've been calling it.  This week we made name boards!  Go check hers out here she did a great job and includes a tutorial which I followed. 

I was actually really excited for this one because my sister in law is expecting so this was the perfect opportunity to make her something special and personalized and it was so easy!  



 I went with a small oval shape and painted it with acrylic paint and then I cut out scrapbook paper and decoupaged it to the top of the oval, I painted the letters and then glued them right on.  I opted to use a ribbon instead of attaching backing because I thought it was fun! 

My only lessons for next time are shinier mod podge (not matte) and maybe not trying to attempt to cute a perfect oval with my kitchen scissors but other than that I think it turned out great!

12.10.2010

Dear Santa,

I feel kind of bad even making this list because Santa has already been so nice to me this year (I am incredibly blessed and thankful) and gifted us with this:

 I have been asking for this sofa for 2 years and it's finally going to be mine next Wednesday!!

But I needed to feel some inspiration on this dreary Friday so here are some other things I would love Santa to get me:







I promise to be good all year Santa!!

xoxo,
Nat


Have a great weekend!! It's my sister's birthday tonight and we're going out to celebrate Redneck style (don't mean to offend anyone) with mechanical bull riding and bowling :) 

12.06.2010

Christmas Parties and Crafts

I can't believe it's December already- 2010 has just flown by I can't even believe it.  I went to my first holiday party of the season this past Saturday and got to wear my new H&M dress I scored for $30.00! I know it isn't the best quality but I LOVE H&M because I can buy cheap trendy stuff and not feel guilty!

My sister in laws


I also got our tree up and all of our decorations out...




I joined ASC in weekly craft project and this was our first one- Glitter Trees!! Check hers out they turned out great... mine on the other hand were ehhh.  I had never used spray adhesive so lets just say my first tree didn't turn out at all and these were slightly better but still not the best. 
 

The silver one turned out much better than the red one 


I've also decided to stick to blogging- thank you all for your encouraging words :)

11.09.2010

To stay or to go

So I can't really decide if I want to blog anymore.  I've been pretty sporadic over the past few months and I keep making proclamations about coming back and then I never do.  I've been busy, we've been busy, work has been busy. Life is just busy and I just don't know that I have the energy to blog anymore. I start a ton of posts then I just save them and never publish them.  Then sometimes I feel like I just want to start from scratch or start a new blog but does everyone really want to hear about my everyday life?  I don't know, clearly I'm kind of just rambling. 

Other than that life has been good, busy but good!  I can't believe Thanksgiving will be here in 2 weeks!! I'm not even close to ready for the holidays this year.

10.18.2010

A little bit of this and a little bit of that

So I feel like I've been gone on and off for so long that I don't even know where to begin!

Let me begin by bringing you up to speed on what's been going on with Nat...

-I officially watched 1 family member and 4 friends make the transition into wedded bliss this year.  I managed to take wayyy to much advantage of the open bars and free food every time. So thank you all for throwing me a $30k party every weekend that I didn't have spend one dime on. 

-K and I spent a wonderful 3 days in Charleston, SC and I've been dying to go back every day since even with the 1000 degree heat and hair flattening humidity. 

-K and I celebrated our 1st anniversary... we managed to make it through our first year of marriage alive and well and we have officially been together for 7 years total, which is a damn long time. 

-I feel head first into the Twilight series and basically spent 2 weeks with my face in the books and ignored anyone that didn't want to talk about Twilight or Bella or Edward or Jacob with me.  I then forced my husband to see Eclipse with me when it was re-released on Sept 10th.  I've slowly recovered from my addiction, I think K was scared I might actually leave him for RPattz. 

-I discovered a long lost love for ravioli and I want to eat it for dinner every night.  This doesn't make my husband too happy. 

-I also learned that Trader Joe's makes Pumpkin Spice ice cream which is even better than it sounds. 

-K started grad school this year part time to get his MBA... which basically means I never ever see him. I mean I barely saw him before with his work schedule and traveling so now I really don't see him. It basically sucks and I'm spending a lot of time hanging out with myself.  I've just learned I need new hobbies and more friends.

-I have been filling the void of the missing husband by shopping WAY TOO MUCH... shhh don't tell him.  I'm going to have to do a whole post on all the fall clothes I've bought and maybe one on my ridiculous wish list I've complied too because I apparently think we're millionaires. 

-90210 and Gossip Girl are back. They totally make Mondays bearable. 

-Christmas is only about 9 weeks away, seriously?? I'm not even close to ready.

I haven't really been taking my camera with me lately but here are two pics from a wedding in September. 



10.12.2010

Ten on Tuesdays

TEN ON TUESDAY via Ashley's Antics! 
 
1. What does your work out schedule look like?
This is what it should look like, whether not it does is a different story
Monday: Lift and 30 minutes cardio
Tuesday: 1 hour cardio
Wednesday: Yoga
Thursday: 1 hour cardio
Friday:Lift and 30 minutes cardio
Saturday or Sunday: Usually an easy run on Saturdays

2. What is your favorite machine to use at the gym?
Treadmill or stationary bike

3. What is your favorite class to take at the gym?
Hahahahahaha I don't do group exercising

4. Where do you shop for work out gear and clothing?
To be honest I probably haven't bought new exercise gear in years- I have so many pairs of Nike running shorts I never run out

5. If you can't go to the gym, do you have a favorite outdoor activity?
RUN- it's the best free therapy besides a glass of wine (except wine isn't free haha blond moment :)

6. What about a favorite work out DVD? If so, please share!
Jillian Michael's 30 day Shred- love her and the DVD

7. Are you more active now or when you were in high school?
I think now because I (try) to work out year round when in high school I would go really hard for a few months for cross county or lax or swimming and then take time a long time off in between.  

8. How has your dieting/working out philosophy changed since high school?
Hahahaha I used to eat 3-4 chocolate Entenmann's donuts pretty much everyday before cross country and I wore a size 0/2.  I also never thought about what I was eating though.  Now I'm pretty cognisant about what I put into my body and my whole philosophy on food has changed.  You can thank Skinny Bitch and The China Study for that, if you don't want to scarred don't read either one.   I was also an exercise science major in college so that helped!

9. What do you do while working out– (i.e., day dream, read, listen to music, gab with a friend)?
Listen to my Ipod full of awesome Rap and HipHop with a little Don't Stop Believin to keep me going 

10. What working out resolution would you like to make for yourself this year?
I'm so independent when I exercise that I want to go to group classes esp on days when I have no motivation, like Bodyworks, Zumba, etc.  I just have zero hand eye coordination so it could get embarrassing. 

10.08.2010

Remember Me?

Hi there- remember me?  The long lost blogger full of empty promises of returning to blogging and then making a a few appearances and then disappearing for another 6 weeks?

Yeah major FAIL on my part.  As usual I have nothing to blame on it but real life and being busy, but I'm not even that busy so maybe just laziness??  or maybe I should just stop trying to make excuses.

You see I want to blog.   I just don't really have much to say lately, and I usually don't really like to complain a lot on here which is all I've really wanted to do lately so I've decided to fall back on the old if you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all. 

BUT...

I decided that I blog for me and I should stop worrying about what people who read my blog think and just write what I want to write.

So I will be back and it might not be all that interesting to you but it will be to me and in the end that is what is important, right?

8.31.2010

Ten on Tuesday

I've been having a major blog block so I decided to steal Ashley's Ten on Tuesday

1. Pretend it’s Monday morning–take us through a day in the life of you.
6:00am Alarm goes off, continue to hit snooze until 6:40am
6:40am Drag lazy self out of bed and shower, blow dry hair, make up dress
7:40am Pack lunches
7:50-8am Leave for work somewhere in this 10 min increment
8:30-5pm- Work
5:00-7pm- Typically I run errands on Mons, cook dinner some where in there
8:00-9:00pm- SLOTAT and Bachelor Pad, hubs comes home sometime between 8:30-9
9:00-10:30pm- Flip through bad TV and finally head to bed around 10:30pm


2. What’s your favorite reality tv show?
Wow this is hard one, probably The Hills and since that's off the air then Teen Mom or anything on MTV

3. What motto do you live by?
No Pain, No Gain

4. If you knew could you try anything and not fail, what dream would you attempt?
To sing, but this will never happen b/c I'm awful like Cameron Diaz in My Best Friend's Wedding

5. What was your first job?
Lifeguard!

6. What is your current job?
Meeting and Event Planner

7. What would you call yourself if you could choose your own name (and you cannot pick the one you already have)?
When I was a kid I always wanted to be Kristin, now I would probably pick something like Caroline or Claire

8. What musical instruments can you play?
I can play Lean on Me on the piano

9. Is it easier to forgive or forget?
Forgive

10. What is one food you’d never want to taste again?
Liverwurst

8.26.2010

So Busy

With  my new friends Bella and Edward... oh yeah and Jacob too.  Oh and the Cullens and Charlie and Billy, you know the gang in Forks and LaPush. 







I am so freaking consumed by these books I didn't even know it was possible. I'm obsessed.  It's bad. 
I'm about halfway through Eclipse and I promise I'll be back once I finish Breaking Dawn. 

Again I know I'm 2 years too late so I apologize to all of you that are so over Twilight.

8.20.2010

Friday Fun Facts

OBX 2010

 1. This is the first full Friday I've worked in 6 weeks. This 5 day week has been a bit rough.

2. I recently jumped on the Twilight bandwagon. I can't believe it took me so long.  I am 150 pages into Twilight and I cannot put it down. I'm actually excited for my lunch break so I can read it, of course I may not return from lunch.

3. Speaking of #2 I never ever thought Robert Pattison was hot until I watched Twilight.  Actually all the vampires in Twilight are hot.

4. We've lived in our townhouse for 2 years officially this weekend! I can't believe how fast the 2 years have flown by!  I am currently in the process of redecorating/organizing room by room. Any one have any suggestions for nice affordable couches?  

5. Next weekend we will celebrate our 1st wedding anniversary. Holy Cow- where did the year go?

6. I'm actually really excited for fall this year.  Only because it's been 90-100 degrees all summer and I don't "glow", I sweat.

7.  This is the first weekend I have nothing to do all summer and I couldn't be more excited about it.  Maybe I'll even sleep in to 9:00am!

8. I know I've probably said this before but I am OBSESSED with Ann Taylor Loft- their sales are incredible and the clothes have gotten so much cuter over the past year.   Seriously sign up for their emails and take advantage of it.

9. There are some changes going on in the H household and no they don't currently involve babies.  Sorry!

10. Blogger has been starting to annoy me lately, I feel like the more they make updates to it the harder it is for me to use or I'm just computer illiterate.  


TGIF- Have a great weekend!

8.18.2010

In my mind I've gone to Carolina

Warning: Major Picture Overload!

We had a wonderful 10 day vacation!! We've never taken a vacation that long and while 7 of the days were a family vacation it was still nice to be gone from work and reality that long.

We spent the first 3 days in Charleston, SC.  Charleston is one of my most favorite cities and I couldn't wait to show K around.  We decided to visit Charleston to celebrate our first anniversary and it was such a good decision.  Even though it was extremely hot and humid we still managed to have a great time, despite being covered in a think layer of sweat. 

We stayed at the Andrew Pinckney Inn which was very quaint but in a great location and pretty close to everything, next time we're staying at the Charleston Place Hotel- we walked through it the first day and I instantly fell in love.

We did a ton of sight seeing and even more eating.  I am totally obsessed with all of the architecture in Charleston and it took all of my willpower to not knock on every door to see how the inside was decorated.

We spent the first day shopping which is always fun, mostly for K but I enjoy all shopping and credit card swiping no matter who it's for :).  We then took a harbor tour on the Carolina Belle which was fun and we learned so much history about the city and we got to see Fort Sumter which K loved.  
The next two days we just walked all over the city, we took so many tours I don't think I can name them all.  Thankfully we rewarded ourselves with a chocolate peanut butter cupcake from Cupcake.  Seriously one of the best cupcakes I've ever eaten!

The first night we had dinner at Slightly North of Broad or SNOB,  I had the most incredible sour cream apple pie for dessert. To.Die.For.  Southern food is so darn delicious.  
The second night we ate at Amen Street, which was just as delicious.  K actually works with the executive chef's father so we got to meet him and he treated us to some drinks!  We had shrimp corndogs for an appetizer, and they were soo freaking good and then I had scallops for dinner which were just as delicious. 
I swear food is better in the south.


No on to the pictures, I took about 100 more but decided to spare you from the endless scenery pics. 
Waiting for our Harbor Tour on the Carolina Belle



Charleston Harbor and Ports

Fort Sumter

Arthur Ravenel Bridge

Roof top deck at our hotel

The beginning of the Battery

The Battery

Pineapple Fountain- you could swin in all of these fountains- so fun!


Waterfront Park

Dinner at S.N.O.B



Cupcake- one of the best cupcakes I've ever had!


Great wine bar with pizza!

Me & K



8.15.2010

To any and all Twilight Fans

I would like to apologize for making fun of you.  I am sorry, so sorry. 
I just finished watching Twilight and I am officially obsessed.  Who knew vampires could be so sexy?!?!

I am going out tomorrow to buy all the books and reading them ASAP.   So any non-Twilighters please feel free to make fun of me.  

8.09.2010

Back to Reality

I just returned from a 10 day vacation in the Carolinas and my brain mush!! I will be back this week with a recap and a lot of pics!!

Now I have to go tackle my google reader which has like 1000+ unread posts!

7.28.2010

I have a confession

 I am afraid of flying. 

There I admitted it. I am about to hop on a plane to go to one of my favorite places in the next few hours and I am trying not to freak. Did I mention it's a baby one with like 19 rows or something small like that??

I'm not actually scared of being in the plane it's more the taking off part and any time I hear a weird noise. I usually fly 1-2 times a year and it's only been over the past 2 years that I've developed this irrational fear because yes I know I'm safer flying than I am driving to the airport.  Trust me wine and xanax have become my best friends while flying but I still get scared and this time we're going xanax free. 

So bloggy friends if you could good send good vibes and prayers my way that would be great, and pray I make it there without without overdosing on wine to calm my nerves. 

xoxo,
Nat

7.27.2010

Random Tuesday

-We have been sooo busy this summer.  I haven't had a free weekend since before Memorial day but I don't want to complain because I have been having a lot of fun celebrating with all of our friends. Let's just say I am so looking forward to my upcoming vacation!!!

-It has been in the 100s here the past few weeks. Today it was 89 and it felt a little cool.  It was amazing to not get in my car after work and immediately start sweating.

-I can't believe it's only one month until my 1st anniversary.  I swear this year went by way faster than last.  Anyone else feel like that?

-They ending of The Hills totally left me stunned and a little sad.  I was like what it really is FAKE??  Then I saw an article with Lo saying she never ever filmed on a Hollywood set and that was probably an MTV stunt. Phew. I can now go back to believing all of that awkwardness was real.  

-Teen Mom 2 started last week and I'm in love.  Still love Catelynn and Tyler.

-I bought a pair of aviator sunglasses

-I have also recently fallen in love with Ann Taylor Loft- the sales are incredible!!

-Does anyone else watch Pretty Little Liars?

-I'm looking to get a new car in the next year, hopefully a mid-size SUV, does anyone have any suggestions or ones they love?

-I have a list of home projects a million miles long that hopefully we get tackled sometime in the next few months. 

7.23.2010

Glory Days

Today I am heading here:

University of Maryland- College Park 

My wonderful home for 4 glorious years of college!   We are heading there to celebrate two of our friends from college who will be getting married on campus and having their reception on campus.  I couldn't be more excited to return to my alma mater for the weekend. Not only that but about 25 of our college friends will all be back in the same place at the same time so I'm going to feel like a giddy 20 yr old girl in a jean skirt for 48  hours!! 
If you're familiar with it you know that College Park is a dirty, nasty city but I LOVE it and wouldn't have wanted to spend my glory days anywhere else!   

Because I'm feeling nostalgic I leave you with some pictures: 






 Look at what a baby K was!!

7.13.2010

The Rest is Still Unwritten...



This is it. It's really over. After 6 seasons of drama, tears, cat fights, break-ups, make-ups, sketchy boyfriends, crazy boyfriends, plastic surgery, bar fights, weddings, crazy b*tches, ex-girlfriends, beach parties, move-ins, move-outs, friendships beginning and ending it is time to say good-bye.

I would be lying if I said I'm not sad. I am. Very sad.  I have been religiously watching these girls and boys for the past 4 years and some since LB and I'm not sure how I'll survive without a little LC, Lo, Audrina, Kristin, Heidi, Stephanie, Spencer, Frankie (Brody's friend), Stacey (the bartender), or Justin Bobby (Audrina's non boyfriend man lover) in my life.   I mean where else will I be able to get long awkward pauses, forced uncomfortable conversations, characters that are unable to make any eye contact, and constant back stabbing?

I'm really not sure how I'm going to survive without seeing my boyfriend Brody weekly.
 Swoon....

So will you all be tuning in tonight to watch this era come to an end?



**Thankfully Teen Mom 2 and Jersey Shore will be starting soon so I will have something to get me through my pain**

7.08.2010

Charleston

K & I are taking an early anniversary trip later this month to Charleston, SC.   Charleston is one of my favorite cities and I cannot wait to go back!!   K has never been so I am so excited to show him around, I know he's going to love it.  We suckers for historic cities with palm trees. 

I haven't been since I was in college and I have an idea of a few restaurants (besides Sonic, haha) and beaches I want to see again but I'm looking for advice on other must see/must do items while we're there and would LOVE suggestions.

Any good suggestions for:

-Restaurants
-City tours
-Plantation tours
-Beaches
-Shopping
-and anything else I'm missing


Thanks loves!

7.06.2010

Enjoying the Simple Pleasures of Summer

We've been so busy this summer and it's only going to get busier. So I've been trying to enjoy the simple pleasures that I love about summer.


Eating a ton of these...
And these.
Laying out here for hours upon hours
and admiring these, I cannot get enough of hydrangeas in the summer. 
What are you simple pleasures of summer?
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