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New Blog Name + Design!

 I’m so excited to finally announce the new blog name and design!
I’ve been wanting to rebrand my blog to a name that better encompasses all that I write and share on my blog.
My blog is titled ‘At Home with Natalie’ because I want my posts and style of writing to always make my readers
feel like they are my neighborhood girl friends, coming over with their kids, drinking coffee
or sweet tea with me in the kitchen while we talk about all the things! #ittakesavillage
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I recently had a photography session with Rivkah for the rebranding!
She is incredible and I loved showing her our families’ secret spot in the neighborhood park…
A cute little carved out spot in the woods. The lighting was magical!
I can’t wait to share more of the photos she captured!
It’s crazy how low this baby is right now.
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I hope that you love the new name and design.
Still tweaking a few things (updating social media, putting in a newsletter subscription bar)
but the site, overall, was ready to take the plunge!
I started my blog for me, as a creative outlet, and I want to always continue to stay true to me.
Even if that means taking some risks. I’m so happy with my change!
I like that the new name leaves me open to be able to talk about all of the areas I
already have evolved into sharing here on my blog.
Of course most of my posts will include budget friendly ideas because that’s how we live!
Expect a lot of fun posts coming up… packing my hospital bag for baby #4,
video tutorials and house tours, play date fun and DIY’s!
Making the change is a scary one but I love the direction I’m going in and
can’t wait to share our family adventures with you!
Thanks for stopping by. xoxo

Posts coming this week… my go to curly hair products!
I finally found a combo of low priced products that I love.

I also want to share an update on the girls’ room, play room and our room!
nesting much? yup.

Savory + Sweet Nacho Bar: Recipes + Inspiration

I love a Nacho Bar! It’s such a fun food theme for summer nights when you have friends over, or even family nights at home that you want to make extra special!
June is National Dairy Month! The National Frozen & Refrigerated Foods Association (NFRA) is igniting a healthy passion for refrigerated dairy foods, showing the delicious goodness that can come from the refrigerated dairy aisle. I’m joined in and shopped my refrigerated aisle to pull together my Nacho Bar! Enjoy the video!
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DECORATIONS
I have a thing for white dishes haha. It’s my happy place. ;) Pulled out all my favorite pieces!
I used foil cake pans for the plates, the kids loved it. It’s fun and festive feeling.
You can use fresh produce to feed your family, but also to decorate the table!
I had a burlap runner and mini chalkboard easels from past parties that I threw on the table.
Layering different textures always makes the table come together…
so I used my woven placemats for more layers! Grab those succulents
from the kitchen counter and back patio table, and done!
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SAVORY NACHO BAR RECIPES
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Avocado Dip
(Avocado Mixed with Greek Yogurt)

2 Avocados
1/4 cup Cilantro, packed fresh leaves – finely chopped
1 Jalapeno – finely chopped (Optional)
1 tbsp Lime juice
1/2 tsp Salt, coarse
1 (6-oz) container Greek yogurt, non-fat plain

Blend/Stir Together
Queso Dip
(Soft American Cheese and milk)
1 Package of Velveeta Cheese
Can of Rotelle chopped tomatoes and chiles
Splash of milk for consistency
Pulled Pork
Crock pot.. barbecue sauce. amazingness.
(you could add in a can of chopped pineapple too!)
Orrr..buy from the amazing barbecue place a block away from your house.
because you are craving it. haha.

 

SWEET NACHO BAR RECIPES
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Cinnamon Sugar Tortilla Chips
I just cut into fourths corn tortillas, pan fried briefly in canola oil
and then immediately dropped in cinnamon sugar and tossed around. super easy!
Maple Cream Cheese Topping
4 oz Package Softened or Whipped Cream Cheese
2 Tbsp Maple Syrup
1 Tbsp Milk
Blend/Stir Together
Caramel Sauce (this is supposed to be super easy)

2 tablespoons salted butter
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup Coffee Mate Vanilla Natural Bliss Creamer
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
Store bought chocolate Sauce.

In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, whisk together
butter, brown sugar, creamer, and salt.
Bring to a boil (should take about 1 minute), then reduce heat.
Simmer for 5 minutes, whisking frequently.
Whisk in bourbon if using, stir, then remove from heat.
Pour caramel into a heatproof jar. Allow it to cool a few minutes before using.
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Find more quick and easy recipes for Summer Entertaining at EasyHomeMeals.com.

Road Map Massage Shirt For Dad!

 For Father’s Day this year, we made a massage shirt for Ben!
The kids were so excited about it and it came together really easily.
We grabbed a new white shirt and a pack of Iron on transfers from the store, then used a couple cars from micah’s toy bin! They were giddy to give him his present and his first car massage! ;)
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I created the little town in photoshop! Then sized it to fit two regular iron on transfer papers. (8.5×11) I printed them and trimmed to line up close, and ironed them on! A trick is to add a lot of pressure and heat..and then put in the freezer. Let it cool for a minute or so before you pull the shirt out and peel back the transfer paper. It makes it go a lot smoother.
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Daddy got to lay down and the kids got to drive all over his back.
This is the perfect gift for Father’s Day or daddy’s birthday!
The girls and I had fun working this up during Micah’s nap time one day.
We created our dream town. ;)
Park and Coffee/Ice Cream Shop across from our house! yes please!
PS. I’m going to be stealing his shirt. haha.

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I uploaded the PDF files to my Etsy Shop. ($2)
Enjoy and please share a photo if you end up using it!!

Rewarding Good Behavior with Nipper Notes

 

I love systems that help reduce the crazy and promote good behavior!
We are using Nipper Notes as a way of helping the girls focus on tasks and be rewarded for completing them! They love a prize and working towards something.
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We downloaded our Nipper Notes and Reward Chart from their website. It’s a GREAT price and an immediate download! So you can get started right away. Then we sat down together to go over the tasks for each child..some being the same. Then you put how much each task is worth and the reward they get when they reach certain numbers! They loved chatting with me coming up with ways to be helpful. Our rewards for different amounts earned are ‘Get Ice cream’, ‘Go to Fire Station’ and then ‘Go to Movies’. They were squealing and pumped ready to start! All of their tasks have something to do with chores or being extra helpful or kind.NipperNotes3-TheBusyBudgetingMama

The best part about Nipper Notes is that they look like play money, which is right up my girls’ alley right now as they are all about saving money in their piggy banks or playing with pretend money at their play market! It’s a great way to teach kids about money in a fun way.
We have a special spot to put the nipper notes they’ve earned for good behavior or completing tasks… but I also let them use it for pretend play. They love them! and I love when they are busy bees playing NICELY together! haha.NipperNotes2-TheBusyBudgetingMama

You can download your own Nipper Notes and start rewarding
good behavior with your own little system!
USE CODE BUSY50 to get 50% OFF your Nipper Notes!
(Discount Code Expires July 8th)
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