Thursday, January 29, 2015


Earlier this month I turned 29. I'm excited about the last year of my 20's. It's been a fun decade, but I'm looking forward to all of the things life has to offer, including my 30's.

I made a bigger deal out of this birthday than I usually do. We went Roller Skating at Semeran Skateway, which I haven't done in over a decade. It was a lot harder than I thought it would be. 

I fell three times, and ended up with a bruised and swollen knee. Maybe next time I'll hit the practice rink first. 

But after roller skating we went back to our house and had Jell-O shots and cupcakes, so that made the night much happier.

The morning of my birthday party I decided I needed new hair for the last year of my 20's. 

Helllloooooo mermaid hair!

To round out the weekend Christopher and I took a trip to IKEA to get some accessories for the desk my parents gave me. 

And no shopping trip is complete without new shoes. I bought my first pair of TOMS! I really like the zebra pattern, now I'm just trying to figure out how to wear them to work every day. 

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Breakfast at The COOP

I took the Friday following my birthday off and met one of my besties for breakfast at The Coop. I had really been wanting to try it because the pictures looked SO good. 

We met at 9:00 am, and considering it was Friday in Winter Park I expected to see more than a handful of people. When I've been here for lunch or dinner there has always been a line. We didn't have to wait behind a single soul. 

I ordered the Winter Park Classic: Three Lake Meadows Farm fresh eggs with potatoes
or grits (5.99) and I added smoked bacon for 1.99

The eggs were good and I liked the potatoes. but the bacon was thick and chewy like jerky not at all crunchy, and the biscuit was kind of tough. So I was a little disappointed with half of my egg breakfast.

Thankfully, we ordered a Cinnamon Roll (2.99) to share. It smelled so amazing I didn't even have a chance to take a picture of it before we were most of the way into it. The Cinnamon roll would be worth going back for.

When we got our drinks, I obviously got coffee, and the coffee pot was almost out and they didn't refill it at all during the last hour of breakfast so I couldn't get a second cup. I'm sure if I had asked they would have helped a girl out, but I shouldn't have to ask for coffee an hour before breakfast ends. 

Overall it wasn't the worst breakfast experience, but I definitely wouldn't go back just got eggs. They have some pretty interesting sounding french toast options I'd still like to try, so we'll see. Maybe one day I'll get brave again. 

Monday, January 26, 2015

Birthday Jell-O shots

Tropical Fusion and Malibu Jell-O Shot

I decided that 29 was the year I finally made Jell-o shots for the first time. It was a mess. I learned some things. I already have plans to make them again. Yum.

I started by setting up all of my little cups. WRONG. I tried just pouring the Jell-O into the cups with a scoop.. it was a MESS. 

After getting all kinds of sticky, I put the Jell-O into a measuring cup, on a towel to catch the drips, and picked up each cup to fill them. This was a lot less messy.  

I'm thinking these might need to start making an appearance at my Gingerbread House Building Party. They are very festive. 

This was my very first tray (of 3) and I labeled the lids so you could easily tell which flavor was which. S - Strawberry, M - Melon, R - Raspberry, T - Tropical, and B - Berry. 

This was the final product. Three cookies sheets of Jell-O shots, or about 150 delicious bites of booze. It made falling three times while Roller Skating less terrible. 

Combos I used:

Strawberry Jell-O & Vodka
Raspberry Jell-O & Vodka
Berry Fusion Jell-O & Tequila
Melon Fusion Jell-O & Malibu Coconut Rum
Tropical Fusion Jell-O & Malibu Coconut Rum

Obviously the Malibu shots were better. Vodka was fine, Tequila and blue Jell-O was a horrible idea and I threw most of them away. Next time I'm making one box of Melon and three boxes of Tropical. Tropical was hands down the very best, we spent a lot of time digging in the Jell-O shot bowl for them toward the end of the night. 

Finding the very last tropical the next morning was like an extra birthday present. The top picture is my day after tropical victory. 

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Birchbox: January 2015

I was starting to worry that my January Birchbox was never going to come! Finally, today was the day. 

I love amika products and I am always excited to see them in my box. I also really like the color of this Cynthia Rowley lip stain, and Cynthia Rowley products don't usually disappoint me. 

I've been thinking of trying out Julep box. Any pros or cons I should  be aware of?

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Office Makeover

We live in a three bedroom house. Obviously, we share one of those bedrooms, and then we each have a bedroom we use for whatever we want. I have seriously thought of turning mine into a dressing room, but I don't own that many clothes. When we first moved in I decided my room would be a guest room/craft room/office. I  love working on crafts, I love having friends come to stay with us, and of course I like having somewhere to put my post it notes. 

After two years of living in our house we had only had three or four house guests, on of which was my high school aged brother and he mostly fell asleep on the couch after hours of playing Xbox. So about a year ago I decided I wanted to have just an office/craft room and get rid of our guest beds. It took a little while before I was actually ready to say goodbye to the thought of hosting guests, but most of my friends live locally and if they don't their parents do, having a guest room was kind of a wasted space. One night we put the twin beds we had in our guest room out on the curb and within a couple of hours they had a new home. 

With a little extra space freed up I hit Pinterest for office inspiration and the IKEA website for furniture options. I decided on a room layout and a desk from IKEA, but I had to wait to save the money or receive the desk as a gift. Thankfully, my parents are the best and gifted me the desk for my birthday! After I had the desk, I took a trip to IKEA for a new lamp and a chair mat to complete this little corner for now. 

This is the hellish pit before:

I'm a week out from hosting a baby shower, so don't get any funny ideas about why I have boxes of diapers sitting around. 

As you can see this place was a wreck. I had been sorting through things and dumping crap in here when I had friends over just to get it out of the way. I hadn't put away all of the supplies from my Christmas crafting. I have about 25 craft projects in various stages of progress. I'm a mess right now. I hate being a mess. Messes make me crazy. Crazy Natalie is not good for anyone. 

I took most of yesterday to throw out trash, put stuff in my donation box, put some things away, and build my new desk. It was a long, sweaty day, but I'm super excited about the progress I've made. 

Here's a sneak peak at my office in progress.

I love my new desk so much! And how cute is my lamp?! As I finish organizing and getting things in place I'll be sharing, so stay tuned. 

Are You Living The Dream?

Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream that one day we would all be equal. What are you doing to make that dream a reality?

Be the light. Be the love.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Hello Birthday week!

Today is the beginning of my birthday week! I'm going to take this week to sleep a lot, be pampered, and have a few parties. See ya back here next week!