Monday, May 30, 2016

Life Lately....

Happy Memorial Day!  I hope you have had a great weekend so far.....    

     Another month has come and gone.  I know I say this every month, but I just can't believe that May is over!  In honor of a new month, I thought I would switch it up a little.  At the end of this post, I will share three of my most viewed posts of May.  As always, you can follow me on Instagram {and VSCO} @nrousch.  Now, without further ado, keep on scrolling to see what I have been up to lately....

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Similar Scarf // Similar Blue Top Here, Here & Here

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I'm pretty sure this will always be my favorite outfit... It's comfy AND cute.  Doesn't get better than that. ;)

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"Always go to sleep with a dream, and wake up with a purpose."
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 Similar Striped Top {I couldn't find it online, but I think it's still in stores} // Similar Bracelet Here & Here

Sunglasses // Vineyard Vines Top

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"My soul, wait thou only upon God for my expectation is from Him" - Psalms 62:5

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Finally, my top three posts this month were....

Thanks for reading!  Here's to another great month...

Until next time,

Xoxo, Natalie

Friday, May 27, 2016

Friday Favorites

     Hey loves!  First of all, I am sorry I haven't posted much this week.  I have been so busy, and just haven't had time to sit down and blog.  Anyway, I hope you all had a great week!  Below are a few things that have inspired me this week.  Hope you enjoy!

 1. Favorite Cuties

If it were up to me, our house would be filled with dogs.  Aren't these lil' pups adorable?

Oh hello there:

2. Favorite Space

In my dream home, I would love an elegant farmhouse kitchen.  Isn't the one below a dream?  I absolutely LOVE the huge window in front of the sink! 

Fresh Farmhouse:

3. Favorite Pictures

I couldn't decide which picture was my favorite.  So, I'm sharing them all!    

Thankfully, the weather is starting to be normal again.  Hopefully I didn't jinx it! ;) The picture below reminds me of long summer days on the lake {or beach}.


This is so adorable!  When I was little, I did this to my mom all the time...

Pinterest: @thequeenalexis:

I love how this picture captures the deliciousness of a smore.  I mean, who doesn't love making  no no no......I mean eating smores?


4. Random Favorite

 I love this list of "15 Things to do When You're Stressed".  I have tried a few of these, and they really do help your stress go down!

15 things to do when you’re stressed.:

5. Favorite App

Last, but certainly not least, VSCO!  I made an account this week, and I'm obsessed.  Here is my account if you would like to check it out. :)


I hope you all have a great Memorial Day weekend!

Until next time,

Xoxo, Natalie

Thursday, May 26, 2016

16 Ways to Boost Your Mood

     Hello everybody!  Happy Thursday!  We all feel discouraged at some point in our lives.  That's okay, it part of life!  One might be discouraged because they didn't get the grade they were hoping for on a test, or maybe they didn't get the job they wanted.  With that said, below are a few tips on how to conquer discouragement!  Enjoy!     

1. Get into the Word

This is my favorite thing to do when I'm feeling kind of discouraged.  I don't know about you, but whenever I get into God's Word, my spirits are lifted.  You feel so much better when you talk things through with Him!  A few of my favorite Bible verses when I need encouragement are Psalms 26:5, Psalms 56:8, Psalms 119:114, Psalms 23:4, Psalms 138:8, and Isaiah 43:2.  I know, I know, that's a lot, but hey, God is good! ;)  

2. Take some pictures

Another thing that cheers me up?  Photography!  I absolutely love taking pictures.  It makes you see the world in a different, more beautiful way.  You may notice something that you never would have before. 

3. Watch your favorite movie

My favorite kind of movies to watch when I need a pick me up are comedy movies.  Who doesn't love a good laugh?  Of course, my all time favorite movie is Pride and Prejudice. ;) I highly recommend it!

4. Treat yo self

Whether  it's going to the spa, buying some flowers, eating a delicious chocolate covered doughnut, or even  a little shopping trip,  you deserve it!  Something I love to do is take a lavender shower and then lay in bed and go on Pinterest.

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5. Hug a Furry Friend

If you don't have a furry friend, find one!  Haha, just kidding.  If you do not have a pet, hug someone you love.  When I hug my lil' pup {or loved one} it comforts me.

Tank Top // Vineyard Vines

6. Soak Up the Sunshine 

It's so nice to get outside in the warm sunshine.  I have been enjoying the beautiful weather lately. Especially, since we have had nothing but rain the last month.  Plus, a little Vitamin D never hurt anyone. ;)


7. Accomplish Small Tasks 

Small accomplishments, such as dusting your room, can boost your mood.  Feeling accomplished and productive is a wonderful feeling.  It makes you feel better about yourself! 

8. Turn Up the Music

Whenever I listen to upbeat music, I feel so much happier!  I absolutely LOVE acoustic guitar music.  That is one of the reasons Jack Johnson is one of my favorite artists.  A few of my other favorite jams are Taylor Swift {Swiftie forever!}, Michael Buble, Josh Groban, Casting Crowns, Francesca Battistelli, and so many more!  Below are a few songs I have had on repeat the last few weeks...

9. Spread Happiness

Happiness really is contagious just like yawning! Not only does it make others feel good, it makes you feel good too.  Be happy, don't worry!

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10. Think Happy Thoughts

One positive thought can change your day for the better.  The quote below is so true.  Even if life gets you down {and it will!} get back up, and keep on pushing.  God's got you in everything you do!

positive thinking:

11. Get Artistic

Getting artsy can boost your mood even if you do not feel you are gifted in the arts.  Scientific studies show that painting and drawing help reduce stress.  So, drag out all of your art supplies and get artsy!  If you need a little inspiration, Pinterest is always my go to.  

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12. Read a Book

I am a total bookworm!  I will read whenever I have the chance. Every once in awhile it's nice to unplug and take a break from social media.  A few of my favorites are the Baxter Series, Angles Walking Series and The Chance

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13. Have a Game Night

If you want a good laugh, have a family game night!  Some of our favorite games include, Clue, Apples to Apples, Headbandz, and the Wii!

14. Take a Walk 

It's so refreshing to get outside and take in God's beauty.  Whether it's going to your local park or your backyard, just get outside.  Don't forget to bring your camera!


15. Write

There is something so peaceful about writing down your thoughts on paper. I have a notebook that I use just for writing my thoughts.  I guess you could call it a journal, but I like to call it my inspiration book.  I read it whenever I need encouragement. :)

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16. Look Through Old Photos

Looking through old photos can bring back wonderful memories.  Our family loves to do this.  I love hearing the story behind each picture!

I hope this post inspired you!  Have a wonderful day!

Until next time,

Xoxo, Natalie

Friday, May 20, 2016

Friday Favorites

     Happy Friday friends!  I'm back with another edition of my Friday Favorites.  Just like everyone else, I have been dreaming of summer.  So today, I am sharing a few of my favorite things related to summer!  I hope you all enjoy!

1. Favorite Space

There's nothing I don't love about this kitchen.  I especially, love the color of the island!


2. Favorite Cutie

Too much cuteness in one picture.... I can't handle it!

The cuteness...:  

3. Favorite Outfit

I LOVE a nautical, beachy outfit.  As I'm sure most of you know, I'm a total sucker for stripes. ;) The outfit below is beyond perfect. 

Nautical breeeeeze:  

4. Favorite Picture

I love how this picture captures the grace and elegance of a ballerina... I cannot get over how beautiful this picture is!


5. Favorite Quote

This is a beautiful reminder of how much God cares for you.  Even if you don't know why you are going through something, just trust God.  He knows what He's doing...

beautiful thought:  

Have a great weekend loves!

Until next time,

Xoxo, Natalie

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Simple + Bold


The struggle was real when taking these photos...
Similar White Top Here & Here // Teardrop Earrings // Similar Bracelet Here & Here // Nail Polish in Tropicalia

     Today, I am sharing one of my go to looks, as of late.  Dark wash skinny jeans, a white top, and a bold accessory.  I love a simple yet classic outfit.  A flowy, white top is one of my wardrobe essentials.  You'll wear it more than you think!  It especially comes in handy during the spring/summer.  I purchased these earrings at Kohls a few weeks ago.  I snatched them up the minute I saw them!  They remind me of a pair of earrings from Kendra Scott.  Plus, you can't beat the price...

       I think the weather is starting to make up it's mind.  It'll probably rain tomorrow since I said that!  Haha, I hope you all have a great rest of the week...

Until next time,

Xoxo, Natalie

Monday, May 16, 2016

Gingham Delight

      Gingham is one of my favorite prints.  It's classic and so versatile.  I'm sure you all have noticed that I love classics!  Today, I have rounded up a few of my favorite gingham products.  I hope you enjoy!  

     First of all, can we talk about this peplum top?  Not only is it perfect for summer, but the price is on point too!  I would wear it with white jeans, sandals, and a bright crossbody.  You could even dress it up with a clutch and wedges.  It comes in stripes as well!  Unfortunately, it is sold out in most sizes.  So, I linked another one above. :)

      I shared these gingham plates in this blog post last week.  It was love at first sight!  They would be perfect for summer cookouts.

     I didn't realize I added two trench coats in this collage until I finished it!  Both are gorgeous.  I really can't decide which one is my favorite!  Which one is your favorite?

     Lastly, this gingham bathing suit is a must have.  Isn't it perfect?  Again, the price is on point.  I have been on the lookout for the perfect bathing suit for summer that won't break the bank.  I think I may have found it! ;)

Have a happy Monday!

Until next time,

Xoxo, Natalie