Hi there, I'm Natalia! I'm a 22 year old college student from Chicago. I live with my boyfriend and our two kittens. I'm a blogger, photography enthusiest, and web designer. Here you can find my photos, thoughts, themes, and more! Enjoy! ♥

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014. What could be better than a strawberry, blueberry, pineapple, & peach Greek yogurt smoothie for breakfast on my first day of spring break?! 015. Our first Nature Box arrived this week full of yummy + healthy snacks! We did a surprise box and we received roasted sea salt chickpeas (I like to throw them into our salads), southern bbq sunflower kernels, honey macadamia pretzel pops (amazing!), santa fe corn stix (they taste like Doritos!), and sweet blueberry almonds. I also found a promo code (radiolab) to get 50% off my first order which was a nice perk! We did the “Happy Snacker” box which comes with 2 bags of 5 different snacks so that we would both have our own since Marc always likes to steal mine, haha! 016. I’ve finally been able to break out my turquoise flats and pink bag! I’ve been getting really tired of neutral colors so hopefully this warm weather will finally stick around! 017. Early morning breakfast date with my best friends. Great way to start the day (read more about it here)! 018. There’s nothing better than a clean apartment full of fresh flowers! 019. My family is very hands on. If they can make it themselves, they will! From homemade pickles, to bread, to wine, they love to make it all! This time they decided to turn our house into a bakery. The four of them (my parents and my aunt Ewa and uncle Peter) baked a total of 5 cakes all homemade from scratch. So delicious, but I don’t know how we’ll ever finish all these! 020. Hoppy Easter! 
{Week 01} {Week 02}
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014. What could be better than a strawberry, blueberry, pineapple, & peach Greek yogurt smoothie for breakfast on my first day of spring break?! 015. Our first Nature Box arrived this week full of yummy + healthy snacks! We did a surprise box and we received roasted sea salt chickpeas (I like to throw them into our salads), southern bbq sunflower kernels, honey macadamia pretzel pops (amazing!), santa fe corn stix (they taste like Doritos!), and sweet blueberry almonds. I also found a promo code (radiolab) to get 50% off my first order which was a nice perk! We did the “Happy Snacker” box which comes with 2 bags of 5 different snacks so that we would both have our own since Marc always likes to steal mine, haha! 016. I’ve finally been able to break out my turquoise flats and pink bag! I’ve been getting really tired of neutral colors so hopefully this warm weather will finally stick around! 017. Early morning breakfast date with my best friends. Great way to start the day (read more about it here)! 018. There’s nothing better than a clean apartment full of fresh flowers! 019. My family is very hands on. If they can make it themselves, they will! From homemade pickles, to bread, to wine, they love to make it all! This time they decided to turn our house into a bakery. The four of them (my parents and my aunt Ewa and uncle Peter) baked a total of 5 cakes all homemade from scratch. So delicious, but I don’t know how we’ll ever finish all these! 020. Hoppy Easter! 

{Week 01} {Week 02}

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Happy Sunday!

04/20/14 | 9 notes

adiaries asked: Once you get this you must share five random facts about yourself. Then pass this on to your ten favorite followers.

Aww, thanks Andrea! 

  1. My birthday will be in 2 months!
  2. I’m always in the middle of working on a DIY project, I’m currently working on 2 spring flower garlands! 
  3. I’m obsessed with the Bath & Body Works aromatherapy sensual black currant vanilla body lotion! Phew, that was a long one! 
  4. I just cut my hair, it now hits right below my chin, it used to be halfway down my back!
  5. Graham cracker froyo is my favorite!

04/19/14 | 0 notes

Hi everyone! Today I’m catching up on my 100 Happy Days review post from last week. I’ll have another one for you tomorrow from this week! Enjoy! 
008. Tobias is the most affectionate cat I’ve ever met so he’s perfect when I’m having a bad day or need a snuggle because he’s always up for one, too. 009. Every time I find myself in a store with Isabella she manages to find a set of whale stickers for me that I just can’t refuse. Every. Time. 010. Breakfast is one of my favorite meals and what could be better than a heart shaped breakfast?! 011. Sunshine! 012. Marc and I went out to dinner with a friend of ours to try a new place called the Yard House. It turned out to be delicious and they had awesome honey beer, too! We ordered 3 appetizers to share and we ended up so full we decided to skip the entrees! We did have room for froyo after of course! To top the night of we went to see Captain America. I mean how could I say no to Chris Evans and Scarlett? 013. This weekend was full of lots of delicious food, and lots of gym time after! In the morning we visited Marc’s parents and did a little bit of maintenance on my car. For lunch we stopped at Superdawg drive in, which is always fun, and treated ourselves to some ice cream floats, yum! 014. A little old man made these and gave them to all the girls at the office. Too precious!
{Week 01}
Follow me on Instagram to keep up with my 100 Happy Days updates!Happy Saturday!

Hi everyone! Today I’m catching up on my 100 Happy Days review post from last week. I’ll have another one for you tomorrow from this week! Enjoy! 

008. Tobias is the most affectionate cat I’ve ever met so he’s perfect when I’m having a bad day or need a snuggle because he’s always up for one, too. 009. Every time I find myself in a store with Isabella she manages to find a set of whale stickers for me that I just can’t refuse. Every. Time. 010. Breakfast is one of my favorite meals and what could be better than a heart shaped breakfast?! 011. Sunshine! 012. Marc and I went out to dinner with a friend of ours to try a new place called the Yard House. It turned out to be delicious and they had awesome honey beer, too! We ordered 3 appetizers to share and we ended up so full we decided to skip the entrees! We did have room for froyo after of course! To top the night of we went to see Captain America. I mean how could I say no to Chris Evans and Scarlett? 013. This weekend was full of lots of delicious food, and lots of gym time after! In the morning we visited Marc’s parents and did a little bit of maintenance on my car. For lunch we stopped at Superdawg drive in, which is always fun, and treated ourselves to some ice cream floats, yum! 014. A little old man made these and gave them to all the girls at the office. Too precious!

{Week 01}

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Happy Saturday!

04/19/14 | 10 notes

Here & Now
Today I saw this great questionnaire idea on imbreannarose and I thought it would be fun to try. It’s good to take a moment to examine our lives to see what makes us happy and to focus on and appreciate the little things in our daily lives. 
I’ve also seen a less extensive version of this here on Tumblr dubbed the “Sunday Currently,” be sure to check it out as welll!
So, today I’m:
MAKING a pink flower garland for spring to hang up in the kitchen.COOKING mini homemade pizzas for dinner, keeping it nice and simple today.DRINKING freshly brewed loose leaf tea.READING Real Simple magazine and “What is the nicest thing your mother-in-law has ever done for you?”WANTING these but I’ll probably get these instead. LOOKING at this mess that I have to tackle before the end of spring break!PLAYING with Tobias because he’s being needy, even though we just played before we got out of bed.WISHING that these weren’t the last days of my spring break.ENJOYING the chirping of the birds outside my window.WAITING for Marc to get home so we can hit the gym. It’s back day!LIKING this warm weather! WONDERING when we’ll start seeing the cherry blossoms!  LOVING fresh flowers all over the apartment.HOPING the last 3 weeks of school will fly by quickly!MARVELING at how much of a dog’s personality Tobias has.NEEDING a rice cooker! Seriously though, I can’t cook rice to save my life! SMELLING the fresh air coming in through my open window.WEARING Pink Victoria’s Secret PJs, so comfy!FOLLOWING camille-grace, be sure to check out her gorgeous blog and beautiful photography! NOTICING that I’ve started to really enjoy being up early in the mornings instead of sleeping the day away.KNOWING that I’ll reach my goals, I just have to keep pushing!THINKING about going to the gym. Maybe I’ll throw in some extra cardio today, too. BOOKMARKING gorgeous homes. I would love to have a summer cabin like this in the future! OPENING a honey flavored Noosa yogurt for breakfast. GIGGLING at a fun dream I had. I literally woke with a smile on my face.FEELING calm and relaxed.
Happy Frida

Here & Now

Today I saw this great questionnaire idea on imbreannarose and I thought it would be fun to try. It’s good to take a moment to examine our lives to see what makes us happy and to focus on and appreciate the little things in our daily lives. 

I’ve also seen a less extensive version of this here on Tumblr dubbed the “Sunday Currently,” be sure to check it out as welll!

So, today I’m:

MAKING a pink flower garland for spring to hang up in the kitchen.
COOKING mini homemade pizzas for dinner, keeping it nice and simple today.
DRINKING freshly brewed loose leaf tea.
READING Real Simple magazine and “What is the nicest thing your mother-in-law has ever done for you?”
WANTING these but I’ll probably get these instead. 
LOOKING at this mess that I have to tackle before the end of spring break!
PLAYING with Tobias because he’s being needy, even though we just played before we got out of bed.
WISHING that these weren’t the last days of my spring break.
ENJOYING the chirping of the birds outside my window.
WAITING for Marc to get home so we can hit the gym. It’s back day!
LIKING this warm weather! 
WONDERING when we’ll start seeing the cherry blossoms!  
LOVING fresh flowers all over the apartment.
HOPING the last 3 weeks of school will fly by quickly!
MARVELING at how much of a dog’s personality Tobias has.
NEEDING a rice cooker! Seriously though, I can’t cook rice to save my life! 
SMELLING the fresh air coming in through my open window.
WEARING Pink Victoria’s Secret PJs, so comfy!
FOLLOWING camille-grace, be sure to check out her gorgeous blog and beautiful photography! 
NOTICING that I’ve started to really enjoy being up early in the mornings instead of sleeping the day away.
KNOWING that I’ll reach my goals, I just have to keep pushing!
THINKING about going to the gym. Maybe I’ll throw in some extra cardio today, too. 
BOOKMARKING gorgeous homes. I would love to have a summer cabin like this in the future! 
OPENING a honey flavored Noosa yogurt for breakfast. 
GIGGLING at a fun dream I had. I literally woke with a smile on my face.
FEELING calm and relaxed.

Happy Frida

04/18/14 | 18 notes

Early this morning Isabella and I met for a little breakfast date. We haven’t seen each other since the beginning of spring break (granted it’s been less than a week) but it was still nice to catch up. We went to a local crepe restaurant where I tried the “Pie Me to the Moon” crepe with caramel, graham crackers, and fresh apples. It was really tasty, I’m getting hungry just thinking about it! After breakfast we made a quick stop for chi tea and apple cider. We then sat in my car sipping our drinks and chatting for quite awhile. 

After dropping her off I made a stop at the grocery store to pick up a few things we were running low on. I ended up filling most of the cart with fruit now that smoothie season is back! After I buy a rice cooker my next kitchen purchase is definitely going to have to be the magic bullet! I love it because it allows me to make individual smoothies rather than having to make them in huge batches. 
How did you spend your day?Happy Thursday!  

Early this morning Isabella and I met for a little breakfast date. We haven’t seen each other since the beginning of spring break (granted it’s been less than a week) but it was still nice to catch up. We went to a local crepe restaurant where I tried the “Pie Me to the Moon” crepe with caramel, graham crackers, and fresh apples. It was really tasty, I’m getting hungry just thinking about it! After breakfast we made a quick stop for chi tea and apple cider. We then sat in my car sipping our drinks and chatting for quite awhile. 

After dropping her off I made a stop at the grocery store to pick up a few things we were running low on. I ended up filling most of the cart with fruit now that smoothie season is back! After I buy a rice cooker my next kitchen purchase is definitely going to have to be the magic bullet! I love it because it allows me to make individual smoothies rather than having to make them in huge batches. 

How did you spend your day?
Happy Thursday!  

04/17/14 | 13 notes

Hi everyone! I feel like I always have so much going on in my life and it doesn’t look like it’s going to be slowing down any time soon, quite the opposite actually! So, I’m going to try and do a better job of finding time to squeeze in my hobbies, namely photography, blogging, and crafting into the daily hustle and bustle of my life. So, here’s what’s been going lately:
I’m currently on “spring” break (it snowed yesterday!) and I have 3 weeks of classes left before summer break during which I’ll be taking two classes: life span developmental psychology and medical terminology (which is an online class). Luckily classes don’t start till June so I’ll have a one month break in between. Even more exciting though, I’ll finally be applying to nursing school either at the end of this semester or at the end of the summer semester, depending on how happy I am with my GPA at the end of this term. I’m finally closing in on the the finish line and I’m both slightly terrified and very excited!
In other news Marc and I have started going to the gym about 5 times a week. We’ve been going for over a month now and we’ve really been able to incorporate it into our daily routine. It seems as though we’re both more motivated to go work out at the gym rather than to do it at home. I suppose it comes down to the fact that at home there are so many distractions that it makes it easy to get sidetracked, whereas at the gym there really is no excuse. It’s been surprisingly easy to keep up with going to the gym on a daily basis and it also helps that we’re doing this together because it keeps us accountable. It also gives me a great sense of accomplishment and makes me feel proud for pushing myself to be the person that I want to be. So far I’m down 7 lbs, 8 more to go till my first goal! 
Here’s to being happy and healthy!Happy Wednesday everyone! 
P.S. I’m hoping to be more active in the blogging community again, so keep an eye out for future posts! 

Hi everyone! I feel like I always have so much going on in my life and it doesn’t look like it’s going to be slowing down any time soon, quite the opposite actually! So, I’m going to try and do a better job of finding time to squeeze in my hobbies, namely photography, blogging, and crafting into the daily hustle and bustle of my life. So, here’s what’s been going lately:

I’m currently on “spring” break (it snowed yesterday!) and I have 3 weeks of classes left before summer break during which I’ll be taking two classes: life span developmental psychology and medical terminology (which is an online class). Luckily classes don’t start till June so I’ll have a one month break in between. Even more exciting though, I’ll finally be applying to nursing school either at the end of this semester or at the end of the summer semester, depending on how happy I am with my GPA at the end of this term. I’m finally closing in on the the finish line and I’m both slightly terrified and very excited!

In other news Marc and I have started going to the gym about 5 times a week. We’ve been going for over a month now and we’ve really been able to incorporate it into our daily routine. It seems as though we’re both more motivated to go work out at the gym rather than to do it at home. I suppose it comes down to the fact that at home there are so many distractions that it makes it easy to get sidetracked, whereas at the gym there really is no excuse. It’s been surprisingly easy to keep up with going to the gym on a daily basis and it also helps that we’re doing this together because it keeps us accountable. It also gives me a great sense of accomplishment and makes me feel proud for pushing myself to be the person that I want to be. So far I’m down 7 lbs, 8 more to go till my first goal! 

Here’s to being happy and healthy!
Happy Wednesday everyone! 

P.S. I’m hoping to be more active in the blogging community again, so keep an eye out for future posts! 

04/16/14 | 15 notes

001. I was finally able to spend some time outside with the kittens and enjoy some long awaited sunshine. 002. Isabella and I went shopping and I found this amazing whale beach towel I just couldn’t leave behind, I can’t resist anything with a whale print! 003. April Julep box: Caitlin + Mariska. I haven’t tried either yet but I love this color combination! 004. Spent the afternoon baking pink mini cupcakes with Isabella. So cute and so delicious, I definitely had a few too many! 005. No matter what kind of day I’m having nothing warms my heart like these two sleeping together. ♥ 006. Dinner + ice cream brownie sundaes with Marc and his family. 007. Sushi dinner with boyfriend. We tried a new sushi place a bit closer to our apartment and it was really great! For desert we had green tea ice cream and a chocolate lava cake. So delicious! 
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001. I was finally able to spend some time outside with the kittens and enjoy some long awaited sunshine. 002. Isabella and I went shopping and I found this amazing whale beach towel I just couldn’t leave behind, I can’t resist anything with a whale print! 003. April Julep box: Caitlin + Mariska. I haven’t tried either yet but I love this color combination! 004. Spent the afternoon baking pink mini cupcakes with Isabella. So cute and so delicious, I definitely had a few too many! 005. No matter what kind of day I’m having nothing warms my heart like these two sleeping together. ♥ 006. Dinner + ice cream brownie sundaes with Marc and his family. 007. Sushi dinner with boyfriend. We tried a new sushi place a bit closer to our apartment and it was really great! For desert we had green tea ice cream and a chocolate lava cake. So delicious! 

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04/06/14 | 17 notes

Hi everyone! Today I’m starting the 100 Happy Days challenge. I’ve been in a bit of a funk lately, as you can see from my lack of posts, so I think this is the perfect time for me to start this project. Not only does it combine my love of photography but it’ll allow me to find the silver lining in each and every day.

You can also follow along with my project on Instagram or my personal blog.

Day 001: Spending time outside with the kittens enjoying the sunshine (continue reading).  

03/31/14 | 16 notes

Hi everyone! Today has been a rough one. Tobias kept us up most of the night and this morning I woke up with a pretty bad migraine. But since I had a quiz this morning I had no choice but to get out of bed and go to class. But the longer I sat there the worse my head ached and the fluorescent lights certainly weren’t helping. I decided that there was no way I was going to be able to sit through my 4 hour break and then my 3 hour class so I came back home. I also hadn’t eaten breakfast, which I’m sure wasn’t helping the situation, but thankfully my dad was home.
Continue reading here.

Hi everyone! Today has been a rough one. Tobias kept us up most of the night and this morning I woke up with a pretty bad migraine. But since I had a quiz this morning I had no choice but to get out of bed and go to class. But the longer I sat there the worse my head ached and the fluorescent lights certainly weren’t helping. I decided that there was no way I was going to be able to sit through my 4 hour break and then my 3 hour class so I came back home. I also hadn’t eaten breakfast, which I’m sure wasn’t helping the situation, but thankfully my dad was home.

Continue reading here.

03/04/14 | 9 notes

Hi everyone! Today I had a really great day with my forever best friend Isabella. We met in 5th grade and went to school together all the way up to 8th grade. We then both went to different high schools and eventually different colleges. BUT, this year I transferred to her school where we were lucky enough to enroll in a class together! It’s been fun picking her up in the mornings, sitting next to each other in class just like in 8th grade, and going shopping in between our classes.
Continue reading here.

Hi everyone! Today I had a really great day with my forever best friend Isabella. We met in 5th grade and went to school together all the way up to 8th grade. We then both went to different high schools and eventually different colleges. BUT, this year I transferred to her school where we were lucky enough to enroll in a class together! It’s been fun picking her up in the mornings, sitting next to each other in class just like in 8th grade, and going shopping in between our classes.

Continue reading here.

02/27/14 | 15 notes