Strike a Pose.

by katelin on September 26, 2017

Guys, I did a thing.

A few months ago I randomly won a boudoir photo shoot. For a long time I really hesitated as to whether or not I’d even go through with it. I am not a sexy person. AT. ALL. It’s like a running joke that I cannot do “sexy” faces or “sexy” talk or anything modelesque. So why in the world would I do a photo shoot?

Well, why in the world wouldn’t I?

So I did it.

On a random Tuesday back in July I trekked down to the W hotel in Hollywood, met up with a photographer I’d never met and put on some lingerie and took pictures. It was a bit weird. But also, a bit fun. If I hadn’t just found out I was pregnant I definitely could have used a bit of liquid courage to loosen up. But alas, it was all me.

Ultimately the photographer was pretty awesome and accommodating and could tell that this was not my cup of tea. But she made me feel comfortable and we had music on and had fun. I had a few outfits on and definitely stepped outside my comfort zone a bit.

Clearly, I cannot share all the pictures here so I’ll just share the most PG one of them all.Bannan-90I realized that as much as I did this as a fun surprise for Matt (I didn’t tell him that I did it), I also did it for me.

High five, self.



And as a note, if I did it again, I’d definitely do a little more research into the photographer or the photo group. Not that I didn’t enjoy the one I used, but it was definitely more expensive than I thought to get my pictures (I only won the actual shoot and two print outs). 


happy tuesday!

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Five on Friday.

by katelin on September 22, 2017

1. A few months ago our bubble machine broke. We kept telling Riley we’d get it fixed and we could never fix it and ultimately tossed it out and hoped he wouldn’t notice. And luckily he didn’t. About a month ago Matt found a new bubble machine and we’ve just had it. On Tuesday I finally decided to install batteries and set the bad boy up. BEST. DECISION. EVER. The pure joy on Riley’s face when it started kicking out bubbles was amazing. We seriously spent thirty minutes just popping bubbles and chasing bubbles and running around and laughing. Even though summer is coming to an end, I love that we have a balcony where we can bust this out when we really need it.

2. Outlander gives me feelings. All of them. Amidst watching this current season, I’ve also dug back into my Outlander coloring book as well as reading up on seasons one and two in my book. Eventually I will cook something delectable from the cookbook. Basically, I’m pretty consumed with Outlander right now and I wish I could just travel to Scotland. I also am way too invested in the lives of nonexistent people and keep having to remind myself that it’s just a show/book, ha.

3. Liane Moriarty is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. I just read The Husband’s Secret and I couldn’t put it down. So far I’ve loved every book of hers that I’ve read and I’m excited to read the rest.

4. I keep forgetting I’m pregnant. And it’s still kind of weird telling people that I’m pregnant. I’m in that weird phase where I sort of look pregnant but also like I sort of just had Chipotle for lunch. I’m also just weird because I keep teetering on excited and nervous at all times (I’m a joy, really). On the up side however, on Wednesday Riley stood up on the couch so he could hug my belly and give “Mommy’s baby hugs and kisses.” I basically started sobbing (hi hormones, good to see you again).

5. It’s Fall Ya’ll! Seriously. This is my favorite time of year (minus the allergies). Yesterday was cold and rainyish and I LOVED it. Riley and I baked banana pumpkin bread and I can’t wait to keep on baking with my tiny sous chef.



What are your five things today?


happy weekend! happy fall!

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