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Natalie of The Senses Five

By - POSTED Oct 9, 2014

Interview with Natalie of The Senses Five

Natalie Adams, of the blog The Senses Five, was kind enough to answer some of our questions on motherhood, her favorite newborn essentials, and raising her baby boy, Oskar, in Michigan. Be sure to check out Natalie’s Dear Oskar & Made series, too, for lovely letters to her son and interviews with creative types and business owners. Enjoy!

1. Oskar just turned 1 year old! How did you celebrate?

For Oskar’s birthday we spent the weekend at Wheatland, it is a folk festival in the middle of Michigan that has been going on for 41 years. We camped in a pinewood forest, stayed up past bedtime, took tent naps, made instruments, and got really dirty feet. It was a great time. Next weekend we’ll be having a birthday party with friends and family, so he can do the traditional cake thing.

2. What has surprised you the most this past year as you’ve raised him?

How easy it is. I know that sounds crazy. But I feel like when you are pregnant with your first you often hear about how hard it is. The sleepless nights, the crying, your marriage dies, your social life dies, etc. Don’t get me wrong, parenthood brings on challenges for sure, especially as he is entering the toddler phase. But it has truly been a joy and we haven’t felt like our marriage or social lives have been sacrificed. There were lots of times in the past year we would look at each other in disbelief that it was so easy. Maybe we’re just delusional with love for our baby boy. ;)

The Senses Five - Natalie Adams

3. Is there anything you wish you knew before you became a mother that you know now?

There are a ton of things I know now that I didn’t know before I was a mother, but I don’t think I could have known them before Oskar. I’ve learned so much about myself, my husband, and about family. Part of the fun as been this learning and growing experience.

4. What are your favorite baby brands (clothes, toys, etc.) for boys?

For some reason I thought having a son would be less fun in the clothes department and boy was I wrong. There are so many good brands out there now. I really love Bobo Choses, NUNUNU, KicKee Pants, & Tea. Plus, I frequently comb the thrift store, the girls dept at Target & the clearance rack at Gap.

Our toy collection is pretty minimal; I try to stick to simple toys that are nicely made and stimulate the imagination. HaPe, Green Toys, Plan Toys, & Brio are great brands for that.

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5. What activities do you and Oskar enjoy doing together? What’s a typical day like?

Oskar loves being out and about. We love to go on walks around the neighborhood, search through thrift stores and estate sales, visit the farmer’s market or even just a good ole Target run. In addition to The Senses Five, I work from home full-time as a digital marketer – so our days can be a little crazy at times. We always have morning nursing and snuggle in bed after dad leaves for work and fill the day with lots of books and mess making while I cram in as much work as I can during independent play and naps. And then go on an adventure when we get stir crazy, which happens often these days.

6. What are some of your favorite parts of living & raising a family in Ann Arbor?

Ann Arbor is insanely family friendly and laid back. So no one bats an eye when you have your baby out late and strapped to you while drinking a nice stout at the local beer garden. We live on an acre just 3 miles from downtown Ann Arbor, but frequently visit my beloved Detroit and the westside of the state where my husband is from. I’m excited to raise Oskar in an environment where he is equally exposed to city and country.

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7. Do you have any favorite parenting/motherhood blogs/websites that you look to for inspiration?

The Littlest - Elizabeth’s take on motherhood is so beautiful. A Cup of Jo – Joanna has great motherhood posts not only from her personal life, but really makes efforts to show other parent’s perspectives. I’ve been enjoying the newly launched Mother Mag. And a bunch of Instagram mamas, which has been a great space for inspiration and support.

8. You have one of the most comprehensive baby registry guides we’ve seen! What were some of your pregnancy & newborn must-haves that you found yourself reaching for over and over again?

Honestly my pregnancy was pretty easy and we were quickly renovating our house before the birth so I was often distracted. I did love using a nice body oil on my growing belly, I don’t know if it helped with stretch marks, but it did curb the itchiness and just felt good.

Oh newborn must haves, there are quite a few. I think don’t think we would have made it without our solly wrap, good pajamas, and friends and family… oh and nipple cream :)

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Style Spotlight :

Diaper Bags

By - POSTED Jul 25, 2013

Diaper bags are a must for any new mom, but finding one that is chic and functional isn’t always the easiest task. Luckily, many designers have caught on and are introducing options that are cute, light, and most importantly big enough to hold everything but the baby’s crib. Which one is your favorite?

1. Simone Camille Zadar Bag 2. 7 A.M. Enfant Roma Diaper Bag 3. Marc By Marc Jacobs Diaper Bag 4. Kate Spade New York Cabana Baby Bag 5. Kate Spade New York Nylon Baby Bag 6. Kate Spade New York Nylon Tote

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Maternity Clothes

By - POSTED Jul 16, 2013

It’s so exciting to see so many wonderful maternity brands out there! Gone are the days when it was next to impossible to find beautiful and chic clothes made specifically for future moms’ changing bodies. Our three favorites at the moment are HATCH (the line even has a Hatch-to Hospital Box that’s full of cozy and practical goodies. It’s a great gift for an expecting friend, or yourself!), Isabella Oliver (clothes stylish enough to wear pregnant or not!), and Ingrid & Isabel (have you heard about the Bellaband yet?).

Do you have a favorite maternity line?

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Issey Miyake’s Pleats Please Scarves at Estella

By - POSTED Oct 21, 2008

issey miyake pleats please scarfIssey Miyake has been a leader in Japanese fashion for the past two decades by creating innovative and technology-driven, yet still very fashionable and functional, pieces that challenge the norm. Pleats Please by Issey Miyake is a line that was introduced in 1993 featuring garments cut and sewn with pre-pleated fabric to create interesting effects.

The Pleated Scarf by Pleats Please Issey Miyake is an absolute must-have for those with a discerning eye for style (and makes a great gift for mom!). The soft pleats in conjunction with the sheer fabric look great when layered and the length of the scarf allows you to tie it up in countless ways. Now that’s true versatility.

The Pleats Please scarf is also available in other colors.

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Eradicate World Hunger One Plumpy’Nut Bracelet at a time

By - POSTED Oct 15, 2008

plumpy nut bracelet action against hunger

For every purchase made at Estella this Fall, a Plumpy’nut Packet is given to a child in need. Plumpy’nut is a prepackaged, easy to administer peanut butter based concoction that helps severely malnourished children recover from starvation. Our very own Plumpy’nut bracelet furthers this cause as all profits, in conjunction with Action Against Hunger, go directly towards purchasing the treatment. The leather bracelet is adorned with a sterling silver charm and is designed by Regalia Silver & Estella. Great as a mom’s gift or for older children as the leather strap is adjustable. The bracelet is made in the USA and donated at cost to this cause by www.regaliasilver.com.

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