Tate’s Birthday Weekend

Last weekend, David and I and E (David’s daughter) were delighted to attend Tate M. Johnson’s very first birthday party!

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(yes, David has a daughter. she is sweet, hilarious, ridiculously charismatic and precocious)

Anyways, we had been counting down the days until this little gentleman turned one and could not wait to celebrate this milestone with him. So we hit the road after school on Friday, blasted “wildest dreams” by Tay-Tay and scream sang.

Friday night we had an awesome dinner or chicken, potstickers, random cut-up vegetables with plenty of Ken’s Ranch and a Caesar salad. RANDOM and delicious.

Saturday morning we woke up and Tate came over for his Danielson presents.

My mom made him THEE sweetest little cloth book with all sorts of interactive, movable pieces inside that he could play with. She had worked on it for about 6 months!

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Nan also got him an Ikea train set which he already loves.

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I got him a Puddle Jumper (those floatie life-jacket things that go around their waist), a Leaping Frog “Scout” teddy bear and the below pictured Mickey Mouse shirt.

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The rest of the day was spent prepping for Tate’s party in the form of baking a tater tot casserole (we used this recipe) and getting balloons. Then it was time for his party!

Haaaaaaaahahhaa gotta love this pic.

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He was pretty bashful about the cake. He started picking off individual sprinkles and then got more and more into it. We had E go over and help him get the idea (the two of them LOVE each other) and then he kinda dove in more.

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He got some great presents and everyone was just so happy to be a part of his first birthday.

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I think I was the most excited…

TATE IS ONE

Today. THIS boy is one.

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When my sister had Tate, I was working at my previous wretched job. It was the morning of September 16, 2015 and my mom and I had been Facetiming nonstop, dying for updates of the little gentleman coming out of Meg’s nethers. She was in the hospital room with only the nurses, a doctor, and Ben so none of us had any clue how she was doing. But then we heard a baby cry!! Nan took me (on the iPad) into the hospital room with her, and both of us laid eyes on the tiny baby Megan was holding at the very same time. My mom wanted to hang up with me so she could really absorb the moment, but I threatened her life, so she kept FT rollin. Megan was calm as a cucumber, just holding her new baby like a G. I said, “So Meg, what’s his name?” She looked up at me and replied,   “I think it’s Tate”.

Oh my God you guys, I am literally tearing up writing this. GET IT TOGETHER NATALIE.

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So, Tate. My darling boy. This is for you.

From the second your Mom uttered your sweet name, I was in love. You brought everyone so much instant, powerful and overwhelming happiness in that moment and it hasn’t ended.   How can one tiny person do that to a full-ass-grown woman of 32?

You came at a time in my life when things were pretty rough. I was a mess… a MESS. I was going through something horrid while Meg was pregnant with you. One person was exiting my life, and somehow you entered when I needed it most. I realize how selfish this sounds…”Thanks for being born Tate! You sure helped your Auntie through her life falling apart!”. But you kinda did. You saved the day with you’re arrival into this world and it was easily the best gift anyone could have given me. Other than mayyyybe a quilted Chanel purse… just kidding buddy🙂.

So then I held you for the first time a week later.

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Nan and I attempted to give you your first bath and you hated life. And us.  I grabbed you, soaking wet, from the tiny baby tub and wrapped you in my arms while you calmed down. I am SO grateful to Meg for letting me have that little moment with you, because I felt your little heart beating and I was so happy to be your auntie.

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Then you started to smile. And MY GOD. Your smile, Tate. It changes lives. It is infectious. In the beginning, you opened your mouth SO wide when you smiled. It was like you were trying to shout (and sometimes you did!).

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Then, you progressed into a chin-raising-closed-mouth varietal (a Danielson original) and (like a true Danielson) you always resembled your Grandpa Gary to me.

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The first time you successfully took a bottle was from me! Did you know that? Megan and Grandma had left the room and you gulped down an entire 3 oz. bottle. I will always and forever remember how proud I felt to have done that for you.

Then you ate rice cereal for the first time and you took to carbs as I knew you would.

You’ve been such a sport with us setting you in cute places and we LOVE putting you in fun little outfits made for both boys AND girls. Because, my dear boy, you can dress HOWEVER you want to..except turtlenecks..auntie don’t like turtlenecks..

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Can you just die for this onesie!?

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You’ve also been such a solid shopping partner since day one. Persevering through the obnoxious techno music at H&M, Black Friday at Macy’s and OF COURSE thousands of trips to Goodwill.

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When you became a mobile human, I nearly keeled over. True to baby fashion, it started with the rollover, then downward facing dog (below) and then you were on all fours for a bit and then you could only back up, and then you figured out how to go forward! And THEN you pulled yourself up onto things. Dear lord, why couldn’t you stay the little angel baby that stayed where we put him?

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Struggling out of my arms

You’ve also been a little MF’er to try to get to eat and sleep! But I get it Tate, baby food is disgusting. I can’t wait to give you cotton candy and sour patch kids.

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You’ve done SO many fun things in your first year, including but not limited to:

Getting hit by the label maker:

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Experiencing the cultural and culinary delights of the food court at Columbia Center Mall:

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 Being more obsessed with your walker than Kanye is with Kanye:

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Getting baptized!

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You did not end up wearing this but I DIE for how cute it was on you

 Letting your Auntie belly laugh at your little Snapchat filter faces:

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And letting me take selfies with you, when you clearly didn’t want to.

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I cannot wait to see what the next year has in store for you. Maybe your Mommy will finally let me give you some fierce brows or put just a TINY bit of mascara on you. Maybe you’ll walk! Maybe you’ll run! Maybe you’ll stay all day in the sun!

But seriously.

You mean the world to me.

I couldn’t love anyone more.

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My sweet little man Tate ♥

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Currently Coveting – Fall 2016

It’s baaaack!

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ME rn

There’s not much we can do guys. The leaves barreelly start turning colors and all the basics run home, create 5-10 “fall 2016 Pinterest inspo” boards, sprinkle sparkly pumpkins around their homes and wrap themselves in Barefoot Dreams cardigans (see below).

Me? I threw up in my mouth when I saw the pumpkins outside Fred Meyer. I am wearing my GD neons until Sept.22. I can’t give in yet guys. But I CAN prepare for the upcoming months by lusting after things. Objects, you know. Sh*t I don’t need. Isn’t it wonderful!?

Beauty

Essie Nail Color in Angora Cardi

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Essie polishes are terrible if you ask me, but I just die for this color – which is GORG.

Abercrombie 8 Perfume and Elizabeth and James Nirvana Rose

 

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Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops

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Because OF COURSE I need another highlight.

Jeffree Star Lip Ammunition Lipstick in Beauty Pageant

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Because it is sparkly and I feel like I would be doing mankind a disservice if I did not own this. AMIRIGHT?

THINGS

Barefoot Dreams Cardigan

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My sister got me onto these expensive, super-soft cardigans. They went on sale during the Nordstrom Half-Yearly and both of us missed them😦. Anyway, I feel like there is no need to justify this item because it is practical and very very cozy.

 

Black Booties

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I have a beat-up old pair from Target that I like, but they are a little bit too tall and I’d prefer to stay under 6’3″ if I can.

Black Destroyed Denim

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LET ME TELL YOU SOMETHING. I have had the darndest time trying to find a good pair of black distressed jeans. I even went as far as to consider non-destroyed jeans and I can’t find a good pair of those either! Keep in mind I pretty much refuse to spend over $100, so I realize that’s a hurdle. I even ordered a pair of my  favorite Gap Always  Skinny jeans and they looked terrible. I will keep up the search though, and let you know how it goes!

Tory Burch Oxblood Nylon Backpack

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I love backpacks theee most and this one is nylon which means my accident-prone self can wipe it clean AND it is in a trendy (but not too trendy) color. It is also over $200 so POOP.

Troop Beverly Hills Sweatshirt

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If you do not know this movie than I’M SORRY. I actually will probably buy this for myself very soon because I really don’t know how I have gone without it for this long. “We’re the wilderness girls and it’s cookie time!!” Oh lord I need it.

Seattle + Poulsbo Trip

Hallo kiddies!

Labor Day weekend has passed and Tuesday morning brought drizzle, autumnal leaves and realizing my purple raincoat is covered in stains. Being one of those people who is never ready to say goodbye to summer means the great PNW is kindof a little b*tch and labor day weekend is a toughie too. Gone are the days of throwing a sundress over self-tanned skin, freckles poking through all over and my bed head being a little less frowned upon. It’s time to layer up, pull out those godforsaken black puffies and throw away the old receipts for PSLs from the pockets. YUCK.

But it isn’t really the end of the world because CHRISTMAS.

For 2016, Labor Day weekend was spent in Seattle with my David. We saw some fam, drank some wine and rode some ferries. An amazing weekend if you ask me.

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We drove north on Saturday morning and I did a crappy job on my makeup in the car which resulted in waaaaaaay too thick black pencil liner. We hung out at David’s cousins for a bit and then took public transit downtown for a Mariners game!

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i promise he likes it when i grab his head like this

Our seats are always awesome since we have a family friend hookup (thanks Susan!) who can seat us behind home plate.

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The game however, was not so good as the Angels scored 6 runs in the first inning. I had a salmon Caesar salad with peanut m&ms and reese’s pieces for dessert though, so it was all good.

The next day, we woke up and had a delicious breakfast and then Chipotle for lunch. Then we drove down to the ferries and had a 45 min wait so we did a little touristing!

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Chipotle in my teeth

We took the ferry across the Pudget Sound to my original stompin’ grounds of Poulsbo, WA! I havent been on the ferry in a while so champs was only apropos.

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When we arrived, we drove by my old house, and through my old neighborhood!

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I realize it is creepy that i took a pic of someone else’s house…im sorry

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Then we checked into our hotel and then hit the downtown area, which is still as cute as I remember. Of course we HAD to hit up the Poulsbo Bakery which has been around since I was a kid – and the smiley face cookies are still there!

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We had italian for dinner, which was lovely, except my caprese salad had ONE piece of mozzarella in it…

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Can’t beat that view tho!

The next day we got up late, ordered 7 things from Starbucks and hit the road back to Portland.

Three day weekends just make me want four day weekends🙂.

New Bikes, Purple Eyeshadow & 2 Mile Runs

Happy September minions

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Lots of new and hilarious things have been happening in our neck of the woods!

Here are the highlights.

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 I have been running at lunch and sending David selfies before and after. As you can see from the above images, I aim to be as cute and sexy as possible.

Similarly, we have gone on a couple of awesome dates! One was to a Peruvian restaurant and then to a bar that served $18 cocktails! I always force selfies in these situations because:

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We also went to David’s step mom’s company picnic on Mount Hood and rode the ski lift/alpine slide. We are savage.

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AND THEN there’s my new bike. Yes, I traded in my heavy, half-broken pink cruiser purchased in 2008 with a “Your One-Piece is Hot” sticker, for a shiny new blue bike from REI. Big hugs to David for paying for the bulk of it.

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We went to several smaller, locally owned bike shops like good Portlandians but after my “I want the cheapest bike you have” spiel was met with disapproving looks, we smartly headed to REI and nabbed this bad boy for $320. It has a bell, so that’s cool.

I obviously had to get a helmet because I am a half-inch away from crashing into rear-view mirrors on this hawk ON THE DAILY.

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obvs this was taken outside the liquor store

I plan to either a.) Cover it in My Melody stickers or b.) Bling this MFer out.

After this picture was taken, we went on a date to a little Italian restaurant and had wine and caprese salad and  then rode our bikes home. Am I Portland or AM I PORTLAND?

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look at this adorable man

In other news, I am totally head over heels in love with David’s dog Meira. She is a 10-year-old Australian Shepard, but looks like a puppy. I have never been around a trained dog, and lemme tell you – it is SO amazing. When you say “Sit Meira!” she does it. Mind boggling.

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Here is Meira watching Wentworth with me

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Patiently waiting for her favorite person ever (David) outside B.K

Also, I’ve been wearing some fun eyeshadow colors lately! Like, when was the last time you busted out your purples and greens? I did a peacock inspired look the other night and then about a week later I did some fierce golden/orange hues. GO ME.

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yes im squeezing my boobs together

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And lastly, my Max rides have been kinda poopy lately, as evidenced here. #chivalryisdead

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Lippie Haul

I kindof get annoyed when people refer to lip products as “lippies”, but I just did it myself so maybe I don’t hate it that much.

Rimmel Lipsticks in Rock n Roll Nude (Right) and Coral Nude (Left)

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Rock’n’Roll Nude

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Coral Nude

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I really like both of these lipsticks, especially for the money. Rock’n’Roll nude is def more of my color (more on the pink side) but both are pretty. They also have a slightly sweet scent to them, in case you’re in/not in to that.

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Istanbul

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Soooo…I may be hooked on this formula. I love the way it applies and the coverage! I feel like I need at least 2 more shades. Yes?

Neutrogena Moisture Stick in Sweet Watermelon

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I picked this up because one of my favorite YouTubers swears by them. To me, this is just mehhhh. A very natural color and super moisturizing, so maybe I’ll wear it to yoga, or camping, or while eating granola.

Treat Jumbo Lip Balm in Confetti Cake

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I have wanted to try this lip balm for AWHILE now. Kandee Johnson raves about these and uses them basically as an all-over balm. They are like $8 on Amazon and come in AMAZING flaves. They are totally organic and mostly contain coconut oil. The smell is SO good and I love squishing my lips together and just rubbing this all around #TWSS. I have also dabbed this around my eyes and on my cuticles too. I want the marshmallow cream one next!