Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Changes are coming, yet again.

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First of all, I hope you all had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! We spent the New Year in Florida soaking up the sunshine. It was fabulous. If you follow me on social media you would have seen all of that so I am going to skip it and head straight into the "State of the Blair House."

So, if you have been around this blog for any length of time or if you are friend/family member, you will know that we are currently living in our second house. When we moved into this house, we quickly found out we were pregnant and so then we got to start adjusting for that too. We moved because Nate got a new job, and then later last year I made a switch to a new job. All the while we were raising our energetic child and dog. It is a fun time around here

Well, we apparently like to switch things up. We are moving, again!

There is no real reason for our move other than it was just a good time to get out of our neighborhood. Everything has kind of fallen into place now and we are planning the actual move. Packing with a 1-year-old is tons of fun, in case you didn't know.

So our journey of selling this house and buying a new one has not been super smooth until recently.

We sold the house "by owner" so that had challenges in itself. Long story short, we have been on the market for a while. The house was sold at one point and it ended up falling through, but now we have the closing set so I can say that it is happening!

Nate and I have always said that we wanted a project house that had character, but our first two houses were both brand new. No projects, no character. As we were looking for our new house, I started joking that one of the criteria was that it had to be built before 1900. We looked at some gorgeous houses, and some that needed some real work. After bringing family in to see houses, making offers and negotiating, we found the house and are just waiting on the closing time to be set.

The house was built in 1876 and is everything we were looking for. It is in town, so we will be able to take walks to local shops and parks when it warms up too. Not to mention, our really, really good friends will be our neighbors! I am so excited to share pictures of it and our projects as we go along.

In other updates, Leighton turned one. I can't believe it. I will do a post with his birthday details later. It was a fun lumberjack theme!

Kahlie Mae Photography

Kahlie Mae Photography

Kahlie Mae Photography

 That is all for now! The family is great, we are moving and super excited for 2017!



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Friday, December 9, 2016

Winter Outfit Love

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So, with the change in season comes a change in wardrobe. There are a few things that hold true though:
  1. I love flowy tops
  2. I love layers
  3. I love comfortable things
That being said, I have three outfits that I am loving more than anything this week. All of these items are from Anna's Style Boutique, my absolute favorite boutique in Franklin. You can shop the looks here and save 10% when you use the code KATI at checkout!

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These flats are on major repeat for my weekly outfits (well until the snow hits), and I love holy pants. Pair that with a flowy top and you have an outfit made in heaven. The lace detail on the back of this one makes everything even more amazing.

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A key to winter fashion is layers. All the layers. Add that to plaid and you have something special. I love a good plaid shirt. This one is lightweight and actually has mixed print details on the back, which is an added bonus. Disclaimer, I love plaid so much that I steal my brothers. If there are any good deals on plaid/flannel shirts out there, let me know!

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Winter in Indiana is anything but stable. Having a comfortable outfit is a must for your winter wardrobe. This hoodie is the softest thing I have ever felt, and these boots are to die for. I love a good fringe detail, here is to hoping it doesn't ever go out of style. Anyone else feel like fringe could be a new neutral? Or am I pushing things a bit?

That is that. My favorite three looks for casual winter life. As a mom, all of these work so well too. Everything is super easy to move in and nothing is too chunky. Super easy to snuggle the babes in or chase after them as they are destroying your house (I struggle keeping up with one, God bless all of you with more).

What are your key pieces for winter?

Cheers loves!



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Monday, November 28, 2016

'Tis the Season!


To be completely honest, I am one of those crazy people that still holds on to the idea that Christmas comes after Thanksgiving. Ridiculous, I know. I am just a traditionalist that believes you can't put up the tree until you eat the turkey. Momma raised me that way. Anyway, once the turkey is gone, it is Christmas all over the place. I love it, Christmas all the time, through Christmas Day. That being said, I am really excited for a few things that come along with the Christmas season. All of which are listed in a cute little list below.

10 Things I am excited for this December:


1. Christmas Tree Lighting
Last year we attempted to go to the Christmas Tree Lighting after making Christmas cookies. Needless to say, we didn't make it. Not that I was going to complain too much, I was super pregnant. This year though, as long as the weather is decent I am so ready to go and see the lighting downtown and let Little Man stare in awe.

2. Baby Boy's 1st BirthdayHold on and let me get a cry out really quick...okay, I can do this. My baby is turning one! I really cannot believe that he has been around for a year already. I have a pretty awesome birthday party planned for him to not remember though. I'll take pictures and make sure he knows how awesome his first birthday was.

3. Christmas Movies
Not going to lie, I have already watched one. Lele was sick this weekend and we cuddled on the couch to watch Winnie the Pooh Christmas Super Sleuth (or something like that). It was a new one. I can't wait for all the other though.

4. OrnamentsI love ornaments, especially the old ones. Both Nate and I have an ornament from every year of our life (pretty much), and they add a little something extra to the tree. A little love. They are my favorite. It is our tradition to buy each other a new ornament every year now too and I love that just as much.

5. More Family TimeThanksgiving is a tease for family time. I can't wait for even more time with our families over this month. We have a birthday party and then Christmas to get our fill. Living away from both sides of family takes a toll on you eventually, and you really start missing all of those people.

6. VACATIONYes Lord, this mom needs a vaca! It is coming though, and I can't say that I am not counting down the days to the sun. Can you guess where we are going?

7. Pictures with SantaLast year we were the crazy people at the mall to have our 1 week old son's picture taken with Santa Claus. Well, this year we won't look as crazy. Time to schedule a picture with Mr. Claus.

8. Christmas CardsThankfully I was writing this post and remembered to order them today to get the savings, but I am super stoked for Christmas cards this year. Not just sending them, but receiving them also. Cards are so nice to get and I love seeing family and friends on a festive card each year. Plus, last year we didn't get to send one out because timing didn't quite work out. So hooray for Christmas cards! Anyone want to pay for stamps? Ha!

9. CookiesMmmm, cookies. This girl loves cookies, all the cookies. Even better, cookie dough. Yup, there aren't words to describe my love for the treats.

10. Laughter
As with all holiday's and family gatherings, eventually people get silly and the laughter starts to flow. There is nothing better than laughter for the soul.

What are you excited for this holiday season?

Cheers loves!



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Sunday, November 20, 2016

Why is choosing Christmas pajamas so hard?


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Now that we are parents, I've decided we need to add a pajama tradition to our new ornament each year tradition. That being said, I can't choose! I have decided to buy them from Target, because well it is Target. 

Sidenote, as I walked out of Target Sunday my husband so nicely pointed out that every lady that walks out of Target is either dressed up like I was or in the perfect workout outfit. Y'all the stereotype lives on. #targetmom

We are choosing between the ones above, hopefully they don't sell out before we get there again!

So, what are you thinking?
1.) Bear Family
2.) Red Stripes
3.) Grinch Onesie
4.) Buffalo Plaid

I legitimately can't choose. Help!!!

What traditions do you have for your kids? I love being a parent.

Cheers loves!



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Saturday, November 19, 2016

When you love something, love it hard.


I have shared my love for Valentia products over and over again. Why? Because I legitimately love them. 

Recently the lovely people at Valentia (http://valentia.com) sent me this Pure Glow Brightening Moisturizer to test out. Good heavens, I am so glad they did. There hasn't been a day gone by that I haven't worn this moisturizer. I also added it to my makeup kit for weddings lately and have had so many questions on where you can buy it (here or here).

I was sent this product c/o BrandBacker and Valentia for review, but all thoughts and opinions are 100% mine. I would never lie to you, that is dumb.

It is lightweight, not greasy, and extremely hydrating. I pair it up with some of my other Valentia products and my newest Estee Edit products every single morning. Never in the last 5 years have I had so many makeup free days. 

Beyond the actual benefits I have felt and seen, the people over at Valentia are doing things right and creating a good for you product to begin with. Their skin care products are natural, free of toxins and paraben-free, because natural ingredients with an organic base have proven most effective at repairing skin damaged by sun or wind, preventing signs of aging such as wrinkles, dark spots, and reversing the effects of oxidative stress on the skin.

This moisturizer is made with:
  • Botanical Hyaluronic Acid
  • Kojic Acid
  • Ginseng
  • Safflower Oil
  • Shea Butter


Yup all good things. Plain and simple, I love it. 

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Cheers loves!



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Monday, November 14, 2016

Where have you been?

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Yea, I bet you are wondering that (or maybe not). 

Truth is I have been just living life. There have been some big changes and some things that stayed the same, but life has been moving. No rest for the weary. I will say I missed this space though. Just somewhere to write and share with whoever cares to listen. 

Well, if you are listening, I am about to drop a much needed life update on you. 

About Nate lately.
Nate got a new job. He is out and about doing sales and is as happy as can be doing it. 

About Leighton lately.
He is about to be 1! What!? I swear that year went by way too fast. He is learning so much, running all over the place and talking up a storm (in his own language). Follow me on Instagram for updates on this little guy.

About Remington lately.
This dog is living the life. Leighton is now his best friend and I am so glad they have each other to play with. He is so loved by all of us. 

And about me lately.
So I am no longer working from home. I am now part of the daily Indy commuter club (is that a real club?). It is actually really nice to get up and out of the house, put on something other than pajamas and interact with other adults. My job is tons of fun (still in Marketing) and I really enjoy it. 

Other fun updates.
So as of now, we are still in our house that we moved into last year. We are trying to sell it though because we have this adorable 1852 bungalow downtown that we are dying to move in to. Legitimately all we have to do is sell our house,  which is easier said than done. That being said, if any of you are looking for a house in the Indianapolis area hit me up!

So that is life. New jobs, new schedules, trying to move yet again, and trying to raise a little gentleman in this crazy, crazy world. 

Anyway, I will be back. Like I said, I have missed this place. There are so many things I want to do and this helps to keep me moving toward those things. 

Cheers loves!



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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Me Time



Everyone needs a little "me time" every now and then. For me, it takes a little more scheduling and sometimes multi-tasking. Take for instance this very moment (yup as I am writing this post). I am also taking some "me time" and pampering my skin with a GlamGlow mask. Really I just try and make sure that at some point in the day I put myself first. You can't pour from an empty glass.

Sometimes I get lucky and have more than 15 minutes to pamper myself, and when that happens here are some of the things I treat myself to.

I have received some of these items from companies for testing purposes, they are marked with c/o after them. Although I received these products free, these are my honest opinions. I wouldn't say I liked something if I didn't, and I certainly don't mess around about skincare.

A Bubble Bath

Nothing beats it. Grab a glass of wine, pick out a relaxing playlist, and drop a bath bomb into the tub. Yes please. Sometimes I get brave and even read a book (honestly most times I am too scared I am going to drop it though).

A Mask

Like I mentioned before, I try and do a mask throughout the week as I am doing something else. Sometimes though I do a hair mask and a face mask at the same time (bonus points if manage to wear both masks while I am soaking in the tub). I love coconut oil for my hair. It washes out nice and really makes my hair and scalp feel moisturized.