Thoughts By Natalie » vacation honest talk about beauty, style, wellness and life Fri, 01 Aug 2014 12:00:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Through My Lens 9.18.13 Wed, 18 Sep 2013 12:00:00 +0000 This a series where I share snapshots from my daily life as captured through my iPhone. If you’re new to the series and would like to catch up (or just missed a few along the way), click here for past posts, and follow me on Instagram to keep up with my daily adventures. The following are photos from our family vacation in Galveston this past weekend… What have you been up to lately? If you have a link to your photos (even Instagram!), feel free to share so I can have a peek into your life, too…   Keep in touch! Facebook // Twitter // Instagram // Pinterest]]> 0 Borton Family Vacation Fri, 13 Sep 2013 12:00:00 +0000 This weekend we’re away once again, this time enjoying a restful weekend with the Borton side of the family. That includes Brian’s mom Diane, and her husband James, as well as Brian’s siblings—Drew and Cathy—Drew’s wife Kristin, our nieces Jenna and Hannah, and nephew Grant. It’ll be a fun time to catch up and connect, and also our first chance to meet Hannah, who is the newest addition to the Borton clan. This trip is a bi-annual tradition—we switch off every other year spending “Thanksmas” (our combination of Thanksgiving and Christmas in one weekend) together one year, then this trip the next year, and so on. It’s a funny system, but we love it. It keeps things fresh, and gives Drew and Kristin a break from hosting Thanksgiving at their house in Ohio—especially now that they have three kids! Here are a few photos from our last trip to Galveston together, two years ago… Does your family take annual or semi-regular vacations together? Where do you go? What do you do together? Photos taken by various members of the Borton family (mostly Cathy, I believe!)]]> 0 Back To Reality Tue, 03 Sep 2013 18:01:00 +0000 Happy September (well, three days late)! Labor Day weekend marks the end of summer in so many ways. Kids go back to school. The weather (in most places, at least) starts to cool down. Fall fashion hits the stores. The pumpkin spice latte makes its annual debut. Though I can’t quite feel it yet—I’m currently sweating in my no-air-conditioning house—I love knowing that fall is approaching quickly. After a super relaxing weekend at the lake with friends, I’m slowly making my way back to reality. Writing is certainly slow going today, and my emails are quite piled up, so I thought I’d simply share a few photos from the trip this weekend while I get myself on track for the week ahead… Our morning view of the lake while eating breakfast. So serene. Being silly in stripes. Giggling in the water. Eating Chipotle on the ride home…serious business! Those are just the ones captured via iPhone—more to come soon, I promise! How did you spend the weekend? Are you as excited as I am that September is here and fall is coming quickly? P.S. For more daily life snapshots, follow me on Instagram at @natalieborton ;)]]> 0 Home Away From Home Fri, 28 Jun 2013 12:00:00 +0000 0 Back To Reality Mon, 22 Apr 2013 15:29:00 +0000 After several beautiful days in Hawaii, today I’m back to reality. It’s a beautiful reality, because I do love the life I have here in San Diego. But it’s a reality that is full of unanswered emails, undone laundry, and an empty fridge. Today, my to-do list is massive and unending, and I’m just praying that I take it all in stride, remembering the wise words Sheryl Sandberg shared in her book Lean In, which I devoured entirely on the plane ride home: done is better than perfect. I wish I had more to offer you today, I really do. I suppose the takeaway from this is that I’m human and feel crazy on Mondays and get a little stressed when my lists get long. I hope you’re having a more relaxed morning, but if you’re not, know that you’re not alone! How do you usually feel when you return to work from a vacation? What about on Mondays in general? P.S. Stay tuned for a Wanderlust post featuring Oahu!! Image by Emily Ley Keep in touch! Facebook // Twitter // Instagram // Pinterest]]> 0 For The Beach Sat, 20 Apr 2013 12:00:00 +0000 0