Owning It

WAHOO!!  It’s OWNING IT time, which means I’ve invited another blogger friend to join us over here to share her crazy.  You know the funny, strange things that we ALL do?  I love for fellow bloggers to come over and OWN IT by CLAIMING THE CRAZY!  🙂  Because, let’s be real-we all have some crazy.

Today, I have a fabulous blogger friend to share with you.  Do you know Natasha from Hello Happiness?  I started reading her blog years ago and am SO EXCITED about her being here today!  You guys…she has the cutest family, the most adorable girls, and her house is amazing!  You must pop over and check her out, but first here’s her crazy…

Hey friends… I’m Natasha from Hello Happiness and I am ecstatic to be here with Erika as part of her Owning It guest blogging series. I’ve been a lifestyle blogger for eight years, and absolutely love this creative outlet, which has followed me through this crazy adventure called life. 
I’m a wife to Jeff, mother to Caroline (4) and Carson (3), and owner of a children’s boutique called Sugar Bit. You can find me on Instagram, where I love to post about all things fashion, food, fitness, and fun! 

 photo via Amy Riley

Now let’s get down to business with my confessions and how I am “owning it”:

ONE || I am a Nazi when it comes to stationery etiquette, spelling, and grammar. I cannot stand when people misuse words such as their/they’re/there and you’re/your. Seriously, it drives me bonkers. This may stem from my love of English way back in school, but I will spare you the details of my math abilities because they stink. And when it comes to sending out party invitations, four to six weeks is common courtesy… I could stand on my soapbox for days when it comes to these types of things… maybe it’s because I’m southern??? 

TWO || I don’t recycle… there, I said it. Our family probably should because we have a heap of garbage when the trash collectors come each week, but honestly, it’s just one more thing that I’d have to add to my already overflowing to-do list each day and this mama doesn’t have time for that nonsense. Now I do LOVE to purge through closets and kitchen cabinets and such, so I’m hoping that makes up for that other lack of responsibility and waste?? 

THREE || I hate potatoes. My husband tells me I am completely un-American because it’s a staple in everyone’s diet, except for mine. I have a weird phobia of white food [except ice cream] and it is something I have tried to remedy, but it’s just not happening. Like to the point that mashed poatoes make me want to gag. 

FOUR || My grandfather built me a stage when I was little and I used to make my entire family watch my “productions” whenever we got together. As you can imagine, I am a HUGE extrovert and love attention… I took dance for 12 years and was all about singing and dancing… at my 30th birthday party, my husband and best friends had my stage and made me dance in front of everyone at the party in my tap shoes = no shame in my game! 

FIVE || I LOVE to plan parties… you know those people that go all out for their kids’ birthday parties?? Yes, that’s me. Judge all you want, but I cannot help it, it’s my love language. I create Pinterest boards with detailed inspiration, work with graphic designers for custom party goods and such, and always try to think outside the box when we’re planning the girls shindigs… I may not be Betty Crocker, but I love to throw a good themed party! 

SIX || My girls match pretty much every single day… I know people think putting their kids in coordinating outfits is totally weird, but when you own a children’s shoppe, it’s totally acceptable and almost assumed. Plus, I know there will come a day [sooner than later sadly] when they will refuse so I am doing it while I still can!!

photo via Amy Riley

SEVEN || I’ve never been one to “collect” things, but it seems this year sunglasses has become an obsession. I have WAY too many pair and am definitely guilty of having multiple pairs in the same style with different lens colors… I know, I know, I need to cut back!

There you have it… random nonsense about me that I am not afraid to own! Thanks to Erika for having me and come over and say hi soon. OXOX

Natasha…THANK YOU so much for stopping by!  I loved your crazy and could completely relate to a few of those.  However, I’m still in shock that you’re not a fan of potatoes?!!  hahahaha!!  #iwishididntlikepotatoes #whataboutafrenchfry

Make sure you check out all the cuteness over at Hello Happiness.  You can find Natasha over on Instagram here.  And Mamas…Natasha’s children’s boutique, Sugar Bit, has some of THE cutest things for babies all the way to tweens.  

If you’ve missed some past Owning It posts,
You can read Megan @The Butler’s Quarters HERE.
You can read Mel’s @ Larson Lingo HERE.
You can read Leigh’s @ Balancing By Faith HERE.
You can read Ashley’s @ The Vanilla Tulip HERE.
You can read Kathryn’s HERE.
You can read Elaine’s @ House of Hargove HERE.
You can read Sheaffer’s @ Sheaffer Told Me To HERE.
You can read Elise’s @ Cheers Y’all HERE.
You can read Andrea’s @ Momfessionals HERE.
You can read Kelly’s @ Kelly’s Korner HERE.
You can read Olivia’s @ Snyders Tell All HERE.
You can read Narci’s @ Grace and Love Blog HERE.
You can read Fancy Ashley’s HERE.
You can read Kelly’s @ Redhead on the Run HERE.
You can read Shay’s @ Mix and Match Mama HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!  XOXO

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  1. 7.28.16
    Kimm said:

    So much fun! Can't wait to check her out

    • 7.28.16
      Erika Slaughter said:

      You will love her, Kimm!

  2. 7.28.16
    Sheaffer {Pinterest Told Me To} said:

    I have to know….Natasha, DO YOU EAT FRENCH FRIES? TATOR TOTS? I've got important questions over here!

    • 7.28.16
      Erika Slaughter said:

      Great question! Hahaha!

  3. 7.28.16
    Kara said:

    Oh I love her blog! I've been reading it for years! And it baffles me that someone doesn't like potatoes. That's crazy! I just love this series that you do.

    • 7.28.16
      Erika Slaughter said:

      Me too!!! It's a fun blog to read!

  4. 7.28.16
    Anonymous said:

    Natasha and her family are so cute!! Loved reading about her crazy!!

    • 7.28.16
      Erika Slaughter said:

      Yes!! They are! Thanks for reading!

  5. 7.28.16
    Mix and Match Mama said:

    She is just adorable!!!! Her recycling comment made me laugh!

    • 7.28.16
      Erika Slaughter said:


  6. 7.28.16
    Natasha said:

    Alright ladies… yes I am crazy, I know!!!! And I will eat a french fry, but I'm not a huge fan of them (unless they come with Chick-Fil-A sauce)… tater tots = NO too mushy. Weird, random things I know… too bad I love desserts though so it makes us for the calorie deficit 😉

    • 7.28.16
      Erika Slaughter said:

      I only WISH I wasn't a French fry fan!!!

  7. 7.28.16
    Erika Powell said:

    This is so entertaining! I didn't think there way anyone in the world who didn't like mashed potatoes but we all have our things. And I love the girls in matching outfits, hold on to that as long as you can!

    • 7.28.16
      Erika Slaughter said:

      I agree!! I wish my boys still wanted to match!

  8. 7.28.16
    Lindsay's Sweet World said:

    Love you, Natasha!! Hilarious! And HOW do you not like mashed potatoes?! That is a southern staple!! We used to have them with most meals when I was growing up. Lol.

    • 7.28.16
      Erika Slaughter said:

      I love mashed potatoes but NEVER make them. I kind of think they're too much work.

  9. 7.28.16
    Shelly @ The Queen in Between said:

    She is adorable and such a precious little family! I just love they brought out a stage at her bday! Obviously a fun loving gal.

    Shelly||The Queen in Between

    • 7.28.16
      Erika Slaughter said:

      So true!!! I would have had hives!!

  10. 7.29.16
    Megan said:

    Love those matching outfits!! Adorable!