Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Curling Wand Hair Tutorial

A while back, I asked you guys what you would like to see from me, and one of the requests was for a hair tutorial!  So, although I am no expert, I put together a little video to show you what I do when I actually take the time to curl my hair.

I have been using this wand for several years now and I love it!  It is super inexpensive, but it holds curl better than any other wand or curling iron I have tried in the past.  I will link all of the items I mention in the video.  Scroll down to shop the post.







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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Easy Instant Pot Taco Soup

I love a good, hearty soup! It has been colder than a polar bear's toenails here in the midwest and cold weather always makes me want warm, comforting soups.  This Taco Soup is a favorite because #1), it's super easy to make, and #2), three out of four people in this house will eat it...and that's a win in my book!  It's amazing served with some cheese quesadillas (which is what family member #4 usually eats when we have this soup).

I shared this recipe on Instagram previously, but I wanted to post it here also because I know not all of you are on the 'gram!  And, it's good to have an actual post to refer back to.

Easy Taco Soup / This hearty soup is sure to please everyone and is easily doubled for a crowd!   /  Midwestern Mama

I use my Instant Pot to make this simply because I can make the entire thing in one dish and not have to clean any other pots.  Can I get a hallelujah?  But, you could definitely make it on the stovetop or the crockpot.  Seriously though, if you don't own an Instant Pot, HOW ARE YOU SUCCEEDING AT LIFE?  I use mine at least once a week, if not more.  It is a workhorse, and I love it so!  

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Friday, March 1, 2019

American Eagle Try On

One of my most frequently asked questions is in regards to my overly distressed pair of jeans.  Whenever I post a pic of them, I always get asked where they are from.  I got them at American Eagle...but 3 years ago.  Last year, AE did not have a pair that in my opinion equaled the fabulousness of mine, but this year they came through!  And, they are exactly the same as the originals!  And, American Eagle is currently having their friends and family sale, so most items are 30% off!  


I'm sharing these highly coveted jeans and the rest of the goodies I recently tried on below.  Warning, there are lots of awesome finds...and one major dud.
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Friday, February 22, 2019

Ready or Not...Swimsuits Are Here!

I am so conflicted because I so badly yearn for that spring and summer sunshine hitting my face and giving me a glow!  BUT, I am not looking forward to shedding this sherpa pullover that has become part of my body, only to find out that what I thought was padding from my fluffy shirt is in fact my own personal padding.  Winter.  It has a way of creeping up on me...and taking residence in my thighs.  

But, like it or not, swimsuit season is around the corner.  And for some of us, that corner is getting closer and closer.  We usually lay low for Spring Break, but this year we are joining the best of them and taking the boys to the beach!  Despite my lack of enthusiasm for donning a swimsuit, I am SO excited to get the heck out of this midwest weather and get some vitamin D!

Naturally, with a beach trip coming up, I have been on the hunt for all things beachy...including swimsuits.  Below, I'm sharing a few that I've recently ordered along with some others that caught my eye.
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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Lovin' Lately

Hey friends!  It's been a LONG time since my last Lovin' Lately post, so it's well overdue!  I have a few things I thought about writing individual blog posts on, but then considering the reality of that actually happening was little to none, I decided to combine them all here!


I have been stalking the Ugg McKay boots since last year.  I love my Uggs, but I love that these aren't so bulky.  However, I didn't want to spend that much on them.  Then, I came across these for a fraction of the price!  I wanted to try them to see if they were cheaply made, but I have practically lived in them since they arrived!  They have a wool blend lining, are warm, and super comfortable!  I am so happy with this purchase!  I love that they keep my feet toasty without feeling like clown shoes.  I got my normal size.


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Friday, February 15, 2019

January Instagram Roundup

All I can say is thank goodness January is OVER!  With the crazy weather we had here in the midwest, it seemed like the longest month ever in the history of...ever!  I know winter is nowhere close to being over, especially considering we are getting another winter storm this weekend, but if I keep thinking spring thoughts, maaaaayyyybe spring will come sooner than later???  It seems that damn groundhog was a bit confused this year.  The kids aren't going to know what to do when they have to actually go to school for an entire week!  It seems like they have been home more than they have been at school.  They love it now, but come May, they will be ready for SUMMER!

Here's the roundup for last month.  Click on the picture to see which items are linked.  As always, I try to link exact items, but when those aren't available, I do my best to find a similar one for you!

I'd love to know if there is something you are shopping for currently.  Vacation clothes?  Spring style?  Anything in particular?  Let me know!  Have a great long weekend, friends!  Any fun plans for President's Day weekend?  

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Friday, February 8, 2019

Coconut Cashew Squares (Whole 30 Compliant)

You GUYS!  I can't believe I have not shared this yet!  I typed it up several months ago, and it's been sitting in my drafts just waiting.  Today is your lucky day!  It's no secret I have a major sweet tooth.  That's one of the reasons I wanted to do Whole 30 for the second time...to get a handle on my sugar addiction, which was out.of.control!  (You can read my thoughts regarding my second round of Whole 30 here)  But guess what you can't have when you're doing Whole 30?  Yep.  Sweets.  Bummer, huh?  Enter these delicious coconut cashew squares which are pretty much sent from heaven!

These Coconut Cashew Squares are sent from heaven!  Whole 30 and Paleo approved!  /  Midwestern Mama

Now, technically you're not supposed to substitute processed sugary treats for other sweet things while you are on Whole 30.  All of the Whole 30 rule followers are going to slap me on the hand for that.  The idea is that you are trying to train your brain to stop craving sweet things, especially after a savory meal, when you wold most likely have dessert.

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