DIY Backyard Toddler Swing


When I saw this swing on Pinterest a couple months ago I knew it was going to be on our summer 
project list! After building our Pergola last summer  I've been getting so excited about this summer 
to finish our patio and this swing was the perfect addition to it!

Copeland is already obsessed and it's only been up a few days so I know we will get lots of use of 
it all summer long. The tutorial I used was super easy to follow and I was able to 
make it during Copeland's nap time and then Josh helped me with cutting the dowels and 
actually hanging it up :) 

I used THIS tutorial but I opted for using Ikea fabric (and sealing it with waterproof paint ) which 
I only need 1 yard of and the total price for the completed project was about $35! Definitely worth it! 

What summer projects do you all have planned? I think our next one will be this patio daybed that 
I've also been obsessing over for a while!

Happy making! 

Catch-Up



Copeland || top / shorts / sandals / hat 

Holy smokes April is going by fast! Josh's last day of school is on Monday! HOW?!
We are sort of freaking out and keep talking about all the time we will have to actually 
spend together once he's finished. It's a surreal feeling, that's for sure. 

I feel like life has been so hectic lately. I can't seem to get on top of the laundry and housework
(picking up the same toy(s) 12,837 a day is slowly driving me insane) and I have yet to send out 
Josh's graduation announcements. I did order a cake for him though :) Is that weird? I just feel that 
any big occasion deserves a cake :)

Anyway, it might all be in vain because my husband is the epitome of nonchalant. So while 
I'm over here getting big "Congratulations" banners, ordering cakes, party decorations and 
what not he's over there like "I don't even think I want to go to the ceremony." (!!). So we 
have decided to skip the entire college ceremony and we will just be attending his major 
departments convocation the following day, which I think will still be special. And although he 
appears as cool as a cucumber on the outside, I think he's pretty proud of himself. 

If you have any graduation gift ideas for the guy who claims he doesn't want anything.ever. 
Let me know. Josh is the hardest person to shop for!







Mama and Little

Dress / similar here, here and here


Over the past month I had the pleasure of working with Mama and Little and was able to 
take some photos of their amazing pieces! If you haven't heard of Mama and Little, They are
the ones who create these amazing silicone teething jewelry! I was thrilled when I found out 
about them because there are so many great uses for these pieces and I love that they are so 
cute as well! 

When I was nursing Copeland he would get pretty bored laying there and would try to find things 
to grab (or pull, i.e. my hair) and I knew I needed something to keep his little hands busy. 
Mama and Little was perfect for that! Copeland loves to play with the beads. But what Mama and Little necklaces and bangles are designed for are our teething babes. The soft silicone definitely 
soothed my guys little teeth coming trough and made it a little more bearable. 

I'm so excited because Mama and Little has been so kind enough to give me a coupon code to 
share with you! Use NATALIEDARLING15 at checkout and receive 15% off of your purchase now through the 25! These seriously make the best baby shower gifts! 

Thank you Mama and Little! 




Feed Yourself Fit Vacation Body Challenge

Hey ladies!

I'm really excited about this Facebook group! The main reason I'm starting
it is because I'm completely lacking in the motivation and dedication department
to eat healthy right now. I don't know what my deal is and sometimes I look
back at what I've accomplished and just am in awe that I actually stuck to something!

I know I can't be alone in feeling like this so I thought through creating this Facebook
group page, anyone who wants to can join, participate and we can all help each other
out and be each others support system for those days when we'd rather do ANYTHING
besides eat right and workout.

If you wanting to join the challenge you can join the group by clicking HERE.
We will be doing the complete FYF program so if you don't have a copy you
can download it HERE

There are two different workouts in the program. An at-home workout routine and
a gym routine. You can do either or a combination of both which is my favorite!

I can't wait to get started with you guys and am going grocery shopping tonight!



Summer Dress

Dresses are my go-to during the summer. 
I feel like I can never have too many dresses and that's not a good thing
because I will just want to buy a new dress every time I see a cute one, like the first one pictured.

I'm obsessed with royal blue and this dress is absolute perfection and for only about $35 
must.... not.... buy! 

But if you are in the market to buy one here are my favorite embroidered dresses!
(click the picture to shop)

This is second dress down on the list and it is the cutest for summer!


Get Ready With Me | Spring Time Look

It's been a few months since I've done a get ready with me video.
I had some time this weekend to make one :) hopefully it's not too
boring watching me do my makeup... :)



Moisturizer: Aveeno
Primer: Neutrogena Shine Control
Liquid Foundation: Loreal Infallible
Dark Circle Eraser: Maybelline 
Lip Balm: Baby Lips Coral Crave
Eyebrow Pencil: Younique
Powder Foundation: Palladio
Bronzer: Benefit 
Blush: ELF Pink Passion
Blending Brush: Eco Tools
Eye Shadow Palette: Urban Decay
White Eyeliner: Rimmel London
Lengthening Mascara: Almay
Volume Mascara: Loreal Voluminous Curved Brush
Thickening Mascara: Almay
Matifying Powder: ELF
Lip Liner: Covergirl Seduce
Lipstick: Covergirl Honeyed Bloom and Maybelline Peach Poppy 
Finishing Powder: Revlon 

Hidden Crown Extensions: 16" & 20" color: 60/8P


Back in Stock!




I can't say enough good things about this skirt. 
It's my all time favorite item that I own and it's finally back in stock in this 
pink blush color! Yay! I know a lot of you were wanting to buy the pink one
but it sold out fast while it was on sale (and for good reason, it's amazing!) 

Anyway it's back in stock HERE!