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You Know, that Kind of Week

Brimming with lovely things to tell you about, dear friends. Just brimming. Head to Kelly’s for better & more seven quick takes!


But first, to bring you the news of  . . . what we’ve been eating.

Super classy string cheese caprese salad.


Broccoli italian sausage penne béchamel sauce yum yum.



We visited a close family friend’s new home in the woods. Oh my goodness it was so resplendent and mighty. The kids roamed freely and my heart just burst with joy for their family for finding their dream home. It’s only an hour away (though I wish they lived a minute away) so easy day trip for us!

The grandmas enjoyed their grandkiddos but I failed to get a shot of all of the kids that were there. SHEA, why didn’t I take this when you guys were still there?



Do you know Heather, Rebecca, and Bonnie? Because I love these ladies and I love that they’re debuting their radio show this Sunday night at 7:30 pacific time. I got to hear a sneak preview. Let’s just say I was snorting with laughter. You want real moms dishing it like it is with a side of Catholic? Yup. Go, girlz!

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My girlfriend Katrina makes art look effortless in her new hand drawn & watercolored print shoppe on etsy: Hatch Prints. Visit, buy, and ooh and aah! I bought this for my mom for mother’s day. And this for my sis-in-law’s birthday. {ladies, don’t peek!} Katrina is so sweet and genuine and lovely and her artwork reflects this kind of love for the beautiful in life. Get thee there quick.

hatch prints shop


I reconnected with a girlfriend from . . . grade school. You got that right. She is part of our parish mom’s group with her little eight month old adorable boy. When they came over this morning to play & share some lunch, she remembered being in the kitchen 17 years ago. When you’ve known someone that long, it feels like a real homecoming to reconnect.

If there is someone in your life that has a little kiddo, reconnect. Invite them over. Share. It feels SO GOOD.


Cristina is a total rockstar. Did you catch this on how to blog smarter, blogger friends? How about Haley’s big news on her move? And Grace has news on her move, too! And Liv is taking a blog break BOOHOO.


We took a much needed breather at the Lodge in Wisconsin the other weekend and wow. Just getting air. And letting the kids run around outside. And not having a goal for the day, or anywhere to drive to, and having an actual conversation with my spouse. These breaks from our reality are real, mamas. These breaks that allow us to actually remember the bedrock of our reality: our relationship with our family. Hastag me grateful.

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  1. Sully on May 1, 2015 at 7:39 am

    ain’t no shame in your string cheese game

    • Natural Mama Nell on May 1, 2015 at 6:56 pm

      haha love it!

  2. Tacy on May 1, 2015 at 7:52 am

    Your trip to Wisconsin sounds lovely! Fresh air, kids running around outside, and no goal for the day. I like that. Sounds peaceful.

    • Natural Mama Nell on May 1, 2015 at 6:56 pm

      No agenda: I think we need days with NO agenda, right??

  3. Heather @RealCatholicMom on May 1, 2015 at 2:11 pm

    Ahhhh … time at the lodge to run around and have a conversation and breathe allll the air. That just sounds heavenly, Nell. So glad you were able to soak that up!! And thanks for the mention. You’re just the sweetest peach on the tree. <3

    • Natural Mama Nell on May 1, 2015 at 6:56 pm

      I love what you ladies are doing!!

  4. Amy Caroline on May 1, 2015 at 3:26 pm

    I simply love your family photo. So much love.

    And what I would give for a home in the woods!!

    • Natural Mama Nell on May 1, 2015 at 6:56 pm

      I couldn’t feel more blessed!!

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  6. Cristina @Filling My Prayer Closet on May 4, 2015 at 3:56 pm

    Nell! You sweetheart! I meant to stop by Friday, and I thought I did, but I usually do things in my head and assume they were enacted in real life. Does that happen to you?! Thank you for the shout out! Deeply appreciated from my mommy brain! xoxo

    • Natural Mama Nell on May 4, 2015 at 10:35 pm