A Trip to Vermont

Traveling with a toddler is a load of fun, let me just tell ya...

Honestly, he wasn't all that bad this time. Last year's trip to Vermont was not as nice. 12+ hours in a car really isn't fun for anyone though so you can't blame the kid for being grouchy. 

So, Vermont! It is my favorite place ever, and finally Nate was able to make the trip with me. We have been together since October of 2009 and he finally made it in September of 2017. At least he made it once right?


The Drive

We left our house Thursday afternoon and I took the first leg of the trip.

 
After about 7 hours we switched and I took a little nap. Nate was a saint and drove the most boring part of the trip while I slept. Then about two hours out from Woodstock, I hopped back in the driver's seat. All in all, it took us 15 hours to get there. Not too shabby for two drivers and a 21 month old!


Day 1

When we got to my Opa's, Leighton was wide awake. Thankfully my dad volunteered to watch him while Nate and I got some sleep. Later that day we headed out for our first hike of the week, Mt Peg. This is the mountain that my Opa's house sits on, and it is a hike that we do every time that we visit. 




Day 2

So, if you have read the bio I have on this blog you will know that I was actually born in Vermont. Burlington to be exact. That is where we headed for our second day of adventures!






We hit Market Street after eating lunch by the water. Leighton ended up falling asleep in the stroller on the walk back down to the lake so he missed out on playing at the park while we were there. 

Day 3

What is a trip to New England without a rainy day? On day three we headed to the science museum to get Leighton out of the house and doing something. He LOVED it!




Rainy days are also good for story time and building blocks with Opa, which makes my heart happy. 

 


Day 4

We had another beautiful day on our day 4 of the trip, so we went for another hike! This time we went up Mt Tom. It is another mountain in Woodstock and is a hike we typically do when we visit. Leighton slept the entire way up, but on the way down he was singing and talking up a storm!




We also took advantage of the great weather and headed out to my Opa's apartments. When I was little he lived here and I have so many memories playing outside. Now I have pictures of my little guy playing in the same spot! Nate also was able to see my Opa's workshop which I am sure made him happy (it is a pretty nice setup!).



Day 5

Our last day was the most relaxed. We thought is was going to rain, but it didn't last long actually. Leighton was able to play at the park for a while and Nate and I were able to get our stuff packed without rushing. 

That afternoon we hopped in the car and headed home, this time my Dad was with us too so we had more help driving. 

I am so, so glad we were able to make this trip. Sharing these moments with my little family is something I hope to keep doing as the years go by. My trips to Vermont as a kids are some of my favorite memories, hopefully they can be some of Leighton's too!

Thanks for stopping by!
Kati

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Our Fall Update

Hello dear friends! Thanks for stopping in today! Life around the Blair house has been busy all summer long and now that it is starting to feel like fall, life is starting to slow a bit. Not mad at all!


Anyway I wanted to pop in and just give a quick update on our life, and share some of the AMAZING pictures that Paige (PEB Photography) did for us recently.

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About Mom Style

As a mom, I feel like there is always a lot of judgement thrown around about all aspects of life. One of the big ones tends to be mom style. The typical thought is plain, conservative and comfortable. All of those things sound great. I mean I have my classic v-neck and jean moments, and my leggings and t-shirt moments. However, I also really like my tanks, bralettes, and heels.

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Dressing in cute trendy outfits isn't out of the realm of possibilities as a mom. Granted most of the time things have to be adapted for practicality (a slinky top with nothing underneath doesn't work when you are chasing a toddler), but it is possible to still look cute and be a great mom.
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Talking (Gut) Health

Summer has been a whirlwind. Between weddings, vacations, parties for all kinds of things and projects around the house, my personal health has taken a backseat a bit. I've been eating decently well, and working out here and there. However my vitamin and supplement game has been lacking. I've felt a little bloated and just off really.

Truly I've felt off ever since having Leighton. Mom gave me the suggestion of taking probiotics right then and there. Did I listen? For a week, then I stopped. Well, I'm jumping back on the probiotic train.

 
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The Blair's Do Lake Life

Last week on Monday we were on the lake, enjoying some sun and our vacation. It was a much needed break and some great time spent with family.

My bikini top | Leighton's Swim Trunks
Leighton wasn't the biggest water lover, but he did get some good sleeps in (everywhere except in his bed).



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Wedding Makeup | Erin & Her Crew

One of the weddings I had the pleasure of doing makeup for this summer was my new sister-in-law's. It was also the last of my weddings until August. That being said, I wanted to share a few pictures of the bride and her bridesmaids and their final looks. I loved how they all turned out and all of these ladies were so fun to work with.


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Summer as a Blair

How in the world is it July already!? I feel like the days of the calendar are flying by. Anyone else feel that way? Anyone?

So as the days have been flying by, the Blair house has been staying super busy. I thought I would fill you in, just in case you don't follow us on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or Snapchat. Really, we give you plenty of ways to keep up. 



Let's start in May. We started with a wedding (as guests) for the first two weekends. The third, I had a bridal shower, then the fourth I did makeup for a bridal party. 

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The Tan Life: Picking a Spray Tan Artist

I used to be a sun worshipping, tanning-crazed girl. Seriously, I look back at pictures from high school and college and wonder why no-one told me to chill out on the tanning (my family claims it was because I would cry if they did). 

Not only did it look bad, but it was a terrible habit that was damaging my skin. Now I did get lucky. Recently while getting a facial, my esthetician (love her) looked at my skin with this light to see sun damage and told me I really only had a spot on the tip of my nose. That was a relief as I was expecting to hear much worse. Now I don't take any chances. I wear sunscreen on the daily and if I do lay out, I wear at least 30 (sometimes 50). 

With all that sun protection I really don't get much color, obviously. I want the color though, I hate being pale (it is not a look I can pull off). So, how do you get the color without the damage? Spray tans! That wonderful esthetician I mentioned earlier is also my spray tan artist, and I see her pretty regularly. 

My usual routine is to see her on a Wednesday or Thursday, shower the next morning (following her instruction sheet) and rock my tan for a week and a half. I will do another post on home maintenance/best-practices for extending the length of your spray tan next week. 

Before, 1 hour after spray, next morning after a shower.
(Unfortunately, I didn't have the same lighting for each so the color isn't exact. I was much darker by the end than when I started and it doesn't show that way.)

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Staying in the Know

By now, I think we have established that I am a mom with limited time, right? Well, add to that the fact that we don't have live TV in our house (well not local channels anyway), and you can see how my exposure to current events is limited.

Sure I could listen to the radio (which I do), or follow news anchors and stations on social (again, I do) but there is also another way I keep up.


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Making the Change

I can't tell you how many times I have told myself, "Kati, get your shit together," in reference to my workout routine. It is hard, because I let it be. Yes, it would be easier if we had a better gym. Yes, it would be easier if I had a full weight room in my house. Yes, it would be easier if I had 2 extra hours in the day.



Honestly, I could make excuses all day long. The truth is, finding time to make it work is my only problem. I come home from work and want to spend time with my family, then I get comfortable. Well I am over my own excuses and I am tired of not being happy with what I see in the mirror (especially during the summer months).
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Meet the Family: The Kid

You have met Nate and I, now it is time to meet the little one in the family. 

Leighton is our little ball of energy, and is a huge focus of our life (duh). He is now almost a year and a half and is constantly learning, moving and surprising us. 


After a long labor (see this post for details), Leighton was born on Sunday, December 13, 2015. He was 8 pounds and 21 inches long. Love at first sight, clearly. 

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Meet the Family: The Dad



Hey, hey everyone. It is my turn to introduce myself and explain my role here.

This is Nate the ‘husband/dad’  and this is quite a bit outside of my comfort zone, but here we go. I was born and raised in Northeast Indiana with my older sister, younger twin brothers and parents. I love everything outdoors, fitness and sports related.



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My Go-To Mom Hair

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In the spirit of motherhood, let's talk mom hair. When I think of mom hair I immediately think of a short, easy to manage bob. Yeah, that isn't my hair. 

I chopped my hair off while I was pregnant, but haven't done more than a trim since. Now it is long and takes some effort to make it look decent. Don't get me wrong, I love a mom bob. I really wish I could pull it off, but if my hair is shorter than my shoulders I look 12. It is not a good look. 

So what is my mom hair look? It is an intentionally messy, half up bun. I switch it up all the time. Sometimes it is super high, sometimes low, and sometimes I work in a braid. No matter what, I make it look messy because it will end up there anyway. Might as well make it look intentional right?

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Meet the Family: The Mom

We are going to walk through each member of the Blair family over the next few weeks. This way you can really understand who is behind this blog. Yes, I (the mom) am typically the one writing the posts, but this place is made up of each of us. Let's get on with it shall we?


Hi, I am Kati. Wife of Nate, mom to Leighton and Remington, and millennial woman. I was born in Vermont, and have been an Indiana resident for the majority (almost all) of my life.
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Let's Go for a Hike

The weather in Indiana is less than predictable. A few weeks ago we were sweating our way through a hike, and now we are bundled up in sweaters again. It is killer, let me tell ya.
Anyway, we aren't here to complain. We are here to talk about that hike!
We are lucky to live where we do. Not only are we close enough to both sides of our family that we get to visit them often, but we also are really close to some cool "adventures". The first of our adventures came a couple of weeks ago when we traveled south to Brown County State Park.
We packed up our Lunchables, peanuts, and granola bars (and water) and we headed out. Thankfully, we had this spiffy new backpack carrier to hold Leighton. I had hiked with him in a different pack before and it was not ideal. This one was great though! Nate really thought it was comfortable and L seemed to enjoy it also.
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Nate picked our trail and it ended up being a pretty good one. The views were great and the distance was just about right. By the end L was sleeping and we were exhausted.
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Meet the Family

Oh hey there! Welcome to the blog!
This place has been a long time coming. I started blogging a few years ago and never really hit my groove. Now we are switching gears and I know it will be for the best.
So, who are the Blair's and what will this blog be about?
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Well, we are a central Indiana family - dad, mom, kid, dog. We love family, friends, projects, food and being active. Here is a little background on what brought us here.
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Changes are coming, yet again.

Kahlie Mae Photography

First of all, I hope you all had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! We spent the New Year in Florida soaking up the sunshine. It was fabulous. If you follow me on social media you would have seen all of that so I am going to skip it and head straight into the "State of the Blair House."

So, if you have been around this blog for any length of time or if you are friend/family member, you will know that we are currently living in our second house. When we moved into this house, we quickly found out we were pregnant and so then we got to start adjusting for that too. We moved because Nate got a new job, and then later last year I made a switch to a new job. All the while we were raising our energetic child and dog. It is a fun time around here

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