Thoughts By Natalie » pregnancy + motherhood honest talk about beauty, style, wellness and life Wed, 25 Jun 2014 15:01:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 My Pregnancy Life Saver Thu, 29 May 2014 12:00:14 +0000 Let me start by saying not only that I am a MAJOR sleep advocate, but also that pregnancy has gifted me with the desire to sleep several more hours a night than usual. As a deep sleeper, I have pretty much always gotten a good night’s sleep—but with all of these pregnancy body changes, I’ve found myself waking up several times a night, often in some kind of minor pain. Enter the Bump Nest pregnancy pillow. I jokingly call it my “candy cane pillow” to Brian, because let’s be real—it looks like a massive, fluffy candy cane. And that’s exactly why it works so well. The shape works wonders to support my neck and shoulders and sort of forces me into side sleeping (much-needed for a natural back sleeper like me). I guess the reason I love this pillow so much is because my nights of aches and pains are behind me. In all honesty, the first night using the pillow I really didn’t sleep that great because the wrap around pillow was so strange—but thanks to soft filling that is repositionable, the pillow has learned my body’s most comfortable sleep positions and feels totally customized to me. After several ...]]> 0 Your Guide to a Fit Pregnancy Tue, 27 May 2014 17:07:26 +0000 Hi Ladies! I’m so excited to have the chance to pop over to Natalie’s blog and share a few tips on having a healthy pregnancy. First a little introduction: I met Natalie several years ago at a Bible study. I was immediately drawn to her because of how genuine and approachable she is. Plus, she has adorable style and always looks so put together, which is something I am constantly working on. We recently reconnected to chat about her blogging adventures and discuss our shared passion to redefine beauty to be about more than the outer appearance. I was so excited to learn that Natalie was expecting! I am mom to this 19 month old pumpkin named Sienna and motherhood has been one of the greatest blessings and adventures of my life. Through my own pregnancy, recovery, and journey to find my best post-baby body, I learned a lot about the benefits of exercise for moms to be. I have made it my mission to help women live a healthy lifestyles not only for themselves, but so that they can give their children the incredible gift of healthy example to follow. That’s how my company Tailored Fitness was born. We ...]]> 8 The Big Reveal Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:56:57 +0000 This morning I woke up and it felt like it was my birthday. After Brian and I wished each other a happy anniversary, we got giddy talking about the excitement the morning held. By mid-morning, we’d know the gender of our baby!! We were bursting with joy and curiosity. We totally lucked out and ended up with an awesome sonographer who made the whole anatomy scan fun and interesting. It was amazing to spend so much time looking at the little person who has been growing inside of me—pregnancy is such a miracle. That being said, I won’t make you wait a moment longer to tell you the big news… IT’S A BOY!! We’re naming him Jack Peter Borton, after Brian’s father (Jon Peter Borton) who passed away 11 years ago. We dabbled in a few other names, but this one just felt so right and so special. The good news is, we’ve already got a best friend for him: little Charlie Cummings (that snuggle bug below!), born to my best gal Karen on Friday. They’re going to be such cute little dudes running around together. Can’t wait to meet you, Jack! Your dad and I already love you so, ...]]> 31