motherhood – Thoughts By Natalie https://thoughtsbynatalie.com Style, motherhood, wellness + life. Fri, 13 Jan 2017 16:28:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.1 Real Talk Real Moms | Birth Stories https://thoughtsbynatalie.com/2016/12/real-talk-real-moms-birth-stories.html https://thoughtsbynatalie.com/2016/12/real-talk-real-moms-birth-stories.html#comments Thu, 22 Dec 2016 12:00:28 +0000 https://thoughtsbynatalie.com/?p=18076 Today I’m so honored to be joining in on a series I’ve been reading for over a year! I first wrote my birth story right after Jack was born, and today I’m sharing it again as part of Jen Pinkston’s Real Talk Real Moms series. Now that Jack is TWO YEARS OLD (how did that happen?!) we are definitely starting to talk about the idea of having another baby one day, so it’s fun to look back and think about how our baby boy came into the world. If you’re not into motherhood posts feel free to skip this and come on back tomorrow ;) Rewind to 2014… I had my last prenatal appointment with my OB on Tuesday, September 16th. Overdue and still only 1cm dilated, we decided to schedule an induction for Thursday night. Brian took the day off to enjoy our final baby-free day together. We had a slow, leisurely morning of reading, breakfast at Einstein’s and watching Netflix before my parents came over to help us knock some final things off our list. By 5:30pm, we were out to dinner, feeling excited to meet Jack! At the restaurant, I started feeling pretty awful. My back was […]]]> https://thoughtsbynatalie.com/2016/12/real-talk-real-moms-birth-stories.html/feed 1 Mompreneur: Madison Hofmeyer of Espresso and Cream https://thoughtsbynatalie.com/2016/10/mompreneur-madison-hofmeyer-of-espresso-and-cream.html https://thoughtsbynatalie.com/2016/10/mompreneur-madison-hofmeyer-of-espresso-and-cream.html#comments Thu, 20 Oct 2016 12:00:31 +0000 https://thoughtsbynatalie.com/?p=17326 Today I’m so happy to be interviewing Madison Hofmeyer, a fellow blogger who has become a friend over the years and one I think you all will adore (if you don’t follow and love her already!). She’s the voice behind Espresso and Cream, a Beautycounter consultant, wife to Joe, mom to Ainsley and has baby number two on the way!! She always writes with refreshing vulnerability that I admire, and today she’s letting you all in to her world of the stay-at-home, work-at-home, mompreneur life…  First things first, tell us a little bit about your family and where you live. My husband, daughter (19 months) and I live in Iowa. We recently moved from Minneapolis to small-town Iowa—our hometown—about a year ago to be closer to family and embrace a slower pace of life. Which came first, the babies or the business? I’ve always had the desire to go out on my own, but until last year I worked a number of corporate jobs. I started my blog, Espresso and Cream, six years ago but it had always been a side project until a year ago, when we moved to Iowa and I made the leap to full-time freelancer, blogger […]]]> https://thoughtsbynatalie.com/2016/10/mompreneur-madison-hofmeyer-of-espresso-and-cream.html/feed 2 Mompreneur: Erin Lepperd of Style Me Pretty Living https://thoughtsbynatalie.com/2016/09/mompreneur-erin-lepperd-of-style-me-pretty-living.html https://thoughtsbynatalie.com/2016/09/mompreneur-erin-lepperd-of-style-me-pretty-living.html#respond Tue, 27 Sep 2016 19:31:39 +0000 https://thoughtsbynatalie.com/?p=17183 Recently I had the pleasure of interviewing Style Me Pretty Living Managing Editor Erin Lepperd. Though today’s feature is a little different than the previous ones we’ve done since Erin isn’t the founder, she has great insight into the world of work-at-home-moms who do creative work for a living. Read on to see how she balances working from home, raising TWINS and keeping her sanity. (Also her family photos are GORGEOUS.) First things first, tell us a little bit about your family and where you live. We are a little family of four residing in a itty bitty beach cottage outside of Boston, MA by way of California. We might be the only people on the face of the planet that moved away from the perfect weather and into the freezing snow. We love the seasons and the charm of New England though and yes, even the snow! I am the Managing Editor of Style Me Pretty Living and my husband works for The Union of Concerned Scientists, a non-profit in Cambridge. The youngest members of the Lepperd clan are made up of our two going on twenty year old twins Hudson and Quinn. They keep life interesting and busy around these parts! Which […]]]> https://thoughtsbynatalie.com/2016/09/mompreneur-erin-lepperd-of-style-me-pretty-living.html/feed 0 Mompreneur: Angela Liddon of Oh She Glows https://thoughtsbynatalie.com/2016/09/mompreneur-angela-liddon-of-oh-she-glows.html https://thoughtsbynatalie.com/2016/09/mompreneur-angela-liddon-of-oh-she-glows.html#comments Thu, 15 Sep 2016 12:00:17 +0000 https://thoughtsbynatalie.com/?p=17045 Can I just take a moment to say that I am a major fan of the Mompreneur I’m featuring today?! Of course, I’m a fan of all the moms I feature in this series, but Angela is extra special to me because I have been following her for YEARS. Back when Brian and I were eating strictly vegan, Oh She Glows was my number one go-to and it continues to be a source of meal inspiration for us as we still maintain a largely plant-based diet. If you caught my post yesterday, you already know she has just released her second cookbook (her first is a New York Times bestseller), and today she’s sharing about how she balances her work and family life and why it’s so important to be surrounded by a community of likeminded women…  First things first, tell us a little bit about your family and where you live. My husband, daughter (almost 2!), and I live in Ontario, Canada. We’ll be welcoming our second addition to the family at the end of September, and life is about to get even more crazy, but I can’t wait! Which came first, the babies or the business? Eric and I are high school sweethearts and […]]]> https://thoughtsbynatalie.com/2016/09/mompreneur-angela-liddon-of-oh-she-glows.html/feed 4 Mompreneur: Lisa Hom of Parasol Co. https://thoughtsbynatalie.com/2016/08/mompreneur-lisa-hom-of-parasol-co.html https://thoughtsbynatalie.com/2016/08/mompreneur-lisa-hom-of-parasol-co.html#comments Tue, 16 Aug 2016 20:32:22 +0000 https://thoughtsbynatalie.com/?p=16999 Lisa Hom is the CEO and founder of Parasol Co., a modern baby and family brand that makes beautiful, eco-conscious products. I first learned about them when they offered to send over a pack of diapers and wipes for me to test out and I was instantly hooked (full disclosure: I’m now one of their brand ambassadors!). When I learned that the founder was a mom as well, I knew I wanted to interview her for this series and I’m so, so glad she was interested in sharing her secrets! Today she tells us all about her family, her work and why she most definitely is a night person…  First things first, tell us a little bit about your family and where you live. If I could describe my family in one word, it would be adventurous.  My husband and I grew up in the California Bay Area and we now live in Lafayette, California with our three kids – Lucas (10), Ella (7), and Kellan (4).  We love traveling, exploring different parts of San Francisco, and sharing new experiences together – kayaking, fishing, hiking, parasailing, zip-lining, and skiing. Which came first, the babies or the business? All three of the babies […]]]> https://thoughtsbynatalie.com/2016/08/mompreneur-lisa-hom-of-parasol-co.html/feed 2 Le Diaper (and Thoughts on Minimalist Motherhood) https://thoughtsbynatalie.com/2016/07/le-diaper-and-thoughts-on-minimalist-motherhood.html https://thoughtsbynatalie.com/2016/07/le-diaper-and-thoughts-on-minimalist-motherhood.html#comments Wed, 27 Jul 2016 15:23:43 +0000 https://thoughtsbynatalie.com/?p=16755 As many of you know, I’ve been striving for more and more minimalism for the past year and a half, and while it’s not easy it’s definitely worth it. I love the freedom I feel from having less clutter and less unnecessary stuff lying around, including kid stuff. It’s so, so tempting to have a billion toys for Jack to keep him entertained, but I find that we really don’t need much as long as we’re strategic and creative. Let me say this now—I am not one of those unicorn moms who plans special toddler craft activities every day. I’m always striving for Jack to have more independent play time (while I’m hanging out in the room drinking my coffee!), but of course it’s also important to interact when he wants to. By having less toys, I feel like Jack ends up using his imagination so much more, and we also get out of the house more! More often than not, we’ll play at home for a couple hours while we both wake up a bit, and then venture out to the Botanical Gardens, a bookstore, a park, etc. to have an adventure together. Simple, minimalist, fun. By having less to […]]]> https://thoughtsbynatalie.com/2016/07/le-diaper-and-thoughts-on-minimalist-motherhood.html/feed 4 Mompreneur: Christine Andrew of ILY Couture and Hello Fashion https://thoughtsbynatalie.com/2016/07/mompreneur-christine-andrew-of-ily-couture-and-hello-fashion.html https://thoughtsbynatalie.com/2016/07/mompreneur-christine-andrew-of-ily-couture-and-hello-fashion.html#comments Mon, 18 Jul 2016 12:00:05 +0000 https://thoughtsbynatalie.com/?p=16709 I’ve long been a fan of Hello Fashion and ILY Couture, so when I got the opportunity to interview their founder Christine Andrew I jumped at the chance! Christine is someone who does it all and makes it look easy. She’s a new mom to Beckam, proud stepmom to Wes and Mara, and obsessed with her puppy Mio—and today she’s sharing how she raises kids, runs her businesses and makes it all work. (Hint: a supportive husband makes all the difference!!)  First things first, tell us a little bit about your family and where you currently call home. We are a family of 6! My husband and I have been married for 4 years, and we have 3 kids, one child together (my two year old son Beckam), two step kids (Mara and Wes), and my 130lb puppy Mio :) We live a couple minutes outside Salt Lake City where we both blog and run our own companies. Which came first, the babies or the business? We already had Mara and Wes by the time I started the blog but they split time with their mom too and the blog was still more of a part time project. I had Beckam […]]]> https://thoughtsbynatalie.com/2016/07/mompreneur-christine-andrew-of-ily-couture-and-hello-fashion.html/feed 2 Mompreneur: Photographer, Blogger + MFT Chrissy Powers https://thoughtsbynatalie.com/2016/07/mompreneur-photographer-blogger-mft-chrissy-powers.html https://thoughtsbynatalie.com/2016/07/mompreneur-photographer-blogger-mft-chrissy-powers.html#comments Tue, 05 Jul 2016 15:03:26 +0000 https://thoughtsbynatalie.com/?p=16547 Chrissy and I first met a few years at our local Costco after church one morning. I was shopping with Brian and she was with her husband and adorable son Waylon. She came right up to me to tell me she followed my blog and that we went to the same church and that she just wanted to say hello. It literally made my month—how much fun is it for someone to say that they read the stuff you put out there on the Internet?! But more than that, it sparked a true friendship that I am so grateful for. Chrissy is a soulful, talented mom of two who has been entrepreneurial for as long as she can remember. (She also has a gorgeous Instagram account you all need to follow!) Today she shares how she balances work and family and why it’s important to let yourself fail every once in a while.  First things first, tell us a little bit about your family and where you live. Well I’m married to a surfer boy that was born and raised in SoCal so my northern Californian high school self would have give me major props ha ha! We have two boys […]]]> https://thoughtsbynatalie.com/2016/07/mompreneur-photographer-blogger-mft-chrissy-powers.html/feed 2 Mompreneur: Robin Long of The Balanced Life https://thoughtsbynatalie.com/2016/06/mompreneur-robin-long-of-the-balanced-life-plus-a-giveaway.html https://thoughtsbynatalie.com/2016/06/mompreneur-robin-long-of-the-balanced-life-plus-a-giveaway.html#comments Mon, 13 Jun 2016 23:51:40 +0000 https://thoughtsbynatalie.com/?p=16270 Robin is one of those people I instantly connected with. Just like Mary Beth, she’s one of those “internet friends” of mine who I call “my friend Robin” even though we haven’t met face to face (yet!). She’s warm and kind and smart and helpful—and she’s a Pilates master who works miracles!! I’ve done her online programs before and seen major results in terms of my core strength and also just overall confidence. Below Robin shares how she balances running her Pilates business while raising two little ones with her husband in Colorado. Be sure to scroll down to see how you can win a free spot in her new Summer Sculpt online Pilates program, which starts June 20th and is worth $249 [Update: GIVEAWAY CLOSED] First things first, tell us a little bit about your family and where you live. I’ve been married to my husband for 7 years and we have 2 little ones at home – a 3-year old girl and a 9-month-old boy. We currently live in Colorado. Which came first, the babies or the business? The business! I quit my corporate job to teach Pilates during my first year of marriage. I built an in-person […]]]> https://thoughtsbynatalie.com/2016/06/mompreneur-robin-long-of-the-balanced-life-plus-a-giveaway.html/feed 2 Mompreneur: Mary Beth Johnson of Rosemary Wild https://thoughtsbynatalie.com/2016/06/mompreneur-mary-beth-johnson-of-rosemary-wild.html https://thoughtsbynatalie.com/2016/06/mompreneur-mary-beth-johnson-of-rosemary-wild.html#comments Tue, 07 Jun 2016 12:00:26 +0000 https://thoughtsbynatalie.com/?p=15562 Mary Beth is someone who I don’t know in “real life” but 100% refer to as “my friend Mary Beth” when I mention her to someone. She is a soul sister thanks to the beautiful connectedness of the internet, and also happens to be an amazing mompreneur tackling writing, photography, and even an upcoming children’s clothing line, which I cannot wait to share about once it launches. Today she’s sharing how she makes it all work while balancing marriage and raising her four (yes, FOUR) beautiful kiddos. First things first, tell us a little bit about your family and where you live. I’m a 28-year-old wife and mom to four kids. We live in the suburbs of traffic-packed Atlanta, GA with a Super Target around the corner and a Starbucks around the other corner. Basically, I feel like we’ve made it. Despite our obviously suburban life, we feel strongly about broadening our children’s perspectives and so our kids attend a language immersion charter school and we hope to live overseas one day. Which came first, the babies or the business? Definitely the babies! I got married when I was 19 (basically a baby) and got pregnant on our honeymoon. Life was […]]]> https://thoughtsbynatalie.com/2016/06/mompreneur-mary-beth-johnson-of-rosemary-wild.html/feed 6