Whole Parenting Family

I Believe in Love guest post & my sewings on a gift guide

What I really want to write about was our epic family vacation. Epic. Staycation for our immediate family, ca-y-cation for those out of towners who traveled with their wee ones to join in the party. 6 kids under 4. 11 adults in the house. We all fit, somehow. And no one died.

headless family

But while I’m editing the photos and weeding out all the ones where no one is looking at the camera, or my mom cut off the heads of some, find me on other places on the internet.


Do you follow I Believe in Love? Well, you should. It’s an awesome project. I wrote for them about coping with being the at-home parent, but that it’s not a competition for who suffers more between AA&me. Read it here.

gift guide

And I partook (partaked?) in a baby gift guide with a couple of things from my etsy shop. See the gift guide here. Scroll. Keep scrolling. I’m number 5, the chenille wipes. Love those wipes.

Most importantly, know that I haven’t put away my clean clothes for a month so they’re in a big pile on the floor of my closet and I can’t find a thing to wear. I rummage and rummage but only encounter AA’s work socks and my hoodie sweatshirts. Where are my nursing tanks? Where’s something that doesn’t smell like cottage cheese / baby spit up??

In closing, I’m going to this amazing conference/cocktail party in Texas next weekend. I’ve been planning for it for . . . oh, forever. There’s a shoe contest, though. Struggling to pick out which of my shoes would actually win one. The hello kitty pink ones with mimicked toes like claws? The gold tasseled roman 4 inch stacked heels I almost wore under my wedding dress? red & black cowboy boots with flames?


  1. Anna on July 20, 2014 at 9:36 am

    Cowboy boots! You are going to TX after all. Pair them with a dress and they will be fab!

    • Natural Mama Nell on July 21, 2014 at 11:42 am

      Woot woot! Okay! I think I will!

  2. Kathy H on July 21, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    Another MN native here! New-ish follower since I saw your name on the Edel list ๐Ÿ™‚ Hopefully I can pick your brain in TX this weekend about all things mommy, working mom to stay-at-home mom, parenting, St Paul adventures with kids! And you rock those crazy shoes ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Natural Mama Nell on July 22, 2014 at 4:04 pm

      Hurray for Minnesotans! So looking forward to meeting you at the conference!! ๐Ÿ™‚