The One Thing We Carry

We carry a lot in our tote bags.

I’m quite positive there is a Lego Minifigure and a secret stash of Smarties hidden somewhere in a pocket because—bribery is life with three kids.

But one thing we carry with us all day, even after we set down the tote bag at work or at home, is our scent.

For me, finding a signature scent was as much of a challenge as finding that perfect pair of jeans. I wanted more than something pretty—I wanted something clean, sophisticated, and elegant.

Thankfully, Phlur developed fragrances that are safe from the harmful chemicals, toxins, and hormone disruptors commonly disguised under the ingredient “fragrance” found in most products. Better yet, the scents are modern, beautiful, and as unique as the people who wear them.

Sample sets of three choice fragrances are available for 25% off, using my discount link:

And that’s not all you’ll get! For each sample set purchased, you’ll receive an $18 credit towards a full-sized bottle of your favorite fragrance!

After several samples, my current signature scent is Olmsted & Vaux. Described as “bright, crisp, and ultimately clean. Revitalizes with every wear, like an invigorating walk through Central Park,” it has notes of Sisho Leaf, White Ginger, Orange Flower, and Mate. And it makes me feel polished and powerful.

Finally, to marry with your signature fragrance, Phlur also offers body wash and lotion, along with luxurious candles in the same scent family. So if you’re still searching for a clean scent that fits like a glove, head on over to Phlur and order a sample set today. I can’t wait to hear which samples you choose! ❤️ Natalie [Paid partnership with Phlur]

Petition for a Monthly Galentine’s Day

Last month, my friends and I decided that we needed something more– more than our children, our husbands, and our jobs. We yearned for a chance to talk without interruption, be heard by those who know us best, and to grow into the best versions of ourselves. So we decided to start a book club.

We didn’t have much time to plan, so we decided to start with a book most of us had read: Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis. If I’m completely honest, our conversations were “loosely” based on the book, but mostly centered on sharing our personal triumphs, struggles, and ambitions for the coming year.

And girl, was it good for the soul! Isn’t it wonderful how time can pass, but that one time you helped a friend with that ex-boyfriend “secret mission” is as hilarious as it was 10 years ago? I mean, who else will completely embrace your crazy if not for your best friends?

As working professionals, mothers, and wives, life has made coordinating schedules more difficult than it used to be. No longer are we able to run to our closets, find matching mini-skirts, and meet at the mall in a flash. At this time in our lives, if we are able to arrange a meeting on short notice, we are more likely to arrive with matching mom-buns and coffee cups.

So here’s my petition: Galentine’s Day Should Be Celebrated Monthly.

Whether you’re meeting to discuss a book or grab a drink, it’s SO important that you schedule the time with your just girlfriends. No kids. No husbands. Just your best gals. So get that group chat buzzing and schedule your date for February. And when you meet this month, pick a date for March. You get the picture. Feel free to sign your name to this petition in the comments. I’ll start.

❤️ Natalie

7 Ways to Make February a Love-ly Month

Let’s be honest, January was a LONG month. It was snowy, it was colder than Siberia, and it seemed like it lasted for 87 days because most of us were stuck inside with our angelic whining children.

So as we begin this month of love, let’s make an effort to share it, savor it, and refresh those warm fuzzy feelings in all aspects of our lives. Here are seven easy ideas for making February a love-ly month:

  1. Rearrange a room: I don’t know about you, but sometimes all it takes is a sunny day, a little muscle, and a fresh vantage-point to remind me why I love my home. Rearrange your living room, your bedroom, or your mantle. This is YOUR space, after all. It deserves love, too.
  2. Bake for someone special: Nothing says “I love you” more than a freshly baked (or bought) treat. Bring in treats for the break room at work or send in treats for your child’s teacher. Visit a specialty bakery like La Patisserie Chouquette in St. Louis (see photo above). Just don’t forget to save a treat for yourself!
  3. Dress up: Make an extra effort this month to dress your best. I’m not saying you need to go shopping, but instead, be thoughtful with your attire and make every effort to look polished. You’ll be surprised at the confidence you’ll gain when you’re one of the best dressed people in a room.
  4. Do a craft with your kids: Whether you have washable paint, watercolors, markers, or slime, an hour of creative play can do wonders for your children (and your own sanity). Give a kid a cardboard box and a marker and watch the magic unfold!
  5. Plan a date: If you’ve got an available sitter, go out! Really–you deserve it! But if that’s not an option, plan a date-night at home with your special someone. Break out that cookbook, try something fancy, and pop that bottle of champagne! Oh yeah, and put those kids to bed early!
  6. Schedule self-care: Girl, get your hair done. Book it now, and take two hours to sit in silence with a magazine. Take that hot yoga or spin class on a Saturday afternoon. If all else fails, forget the exercise, and get a massage! Make yourself feel beautiful– because you are; you really are.
  7. Go out with your gals: Start a book club, dinner club, or wine night with your girlfriends. Everyone can commit to once a month, and February is the best month to start celebrating your girls. So get that group text going, the month is short, and female friendships are so important.

What are some ways that you plan to spread the love in February? Leave your ideas in the comments!

❤️ Natalie