Hi, my name is Natalie and welcome to my blog!
I grew up in New York, always pushing the boundaries of fashion as a small kid. Whether it was really high to the sky bangs held with a gallon of my mother’s net hair spray or big baggy pants with scrunchy socks and high tops, I was the ultimate fashionista.
My Mom and Dad immigrated from Portugal to this country in the 1960’s not knowing a lick of the English language. I was born in Yonkers, NY and was always that little girl in dresses and braids but also loved being a tom boy, making mud pies in the back yard and getting as dirty as I could. When I was 18 my parents retired and moved back to their country, leaving me in the “concrete jungle” to get things done. I was officially on my own and got my bartending license and started working at NYC night clubs (that probably don’t even exist anymore lol) and went to college by day.
In late 2000, I met my amazing husband “Normand” that’s right with a “d” he’s Cuban and Peruvian so his mama had to add a twist to his name. We have been married for 19 years and together for almost 20. We have a great “love story” on how we met and I will def share that with you later in one of my blog posts.
We had our first son in February of 2003 his name is Devan (pronounced like Devin). He came five weeks early and we had many complications but he has grown to be an amazing healthy boy!
We loved Florida so much that in 2005 we made the move and officially called it home. I got a job with the University of Central Florida while my husband worked at a local TV station. In 2005 I became pregnant with our beautiful daughter Vivian Baylee, and then again one last time in 2008! I gave birth to our last son Aidan James. It became very challenging to work and raise three kids so we decided that it was best for me to stay at home, become Super Mom and help raise our kids. It was one of the best choices we’ve ever made. I was able to be there for them all the time. It was a blessing.
When the kids got older I decided to go back to school and get my skincare degree. I work part time as a skincare specialist at a local Spa and wellness center here in Orlando. I love helping people learn how to take care of their skin.
To get a little more personal, a few years ago I weighed more than what I want to admit, I was unhealthy and masking my emotions and anxiety. In August of 2017 I started a ketogenic lifestyle and I love it! I have my husband and family eating the same way to. My husband and I have lost a ton of weight and we love the way we feel. I will be posting recipes for you to try as well so stay tuned for some deliciousness headed your way! You won't even know your eating keto, I promise!
I have always found so much joy in food, cooking, creating recipes, adventures with my family, travel, date nights, skincare and my ketogenic journey, so why not blog about it and share my amazing dishes and lifestyle with you!!!
Through my journey, I feel confident that I’ve finally pinpointed exactly what my niche is and I’m excited to share it!
If you want to know more, please feel free to reach out to me anytime. I would love to hear from you!
Thanks for visiting!