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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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

How to Add a Pom to ANY Hat!

The pom pom craze is REAL!   And, I'm not mad about it.  I love having a fur ball (or two) on top of my head!  The truth is, I feel a little naked wearing hats that don't have a pom on them!  They are just so fun!  And cute!  I have a few beanies that are just plain (no pom), so I decided to spice them up by adding a little fluff to the top!  

Add a Pom to Any Hat!  Turn a regular beanie into a pom beanie for under $3.  This super easy project requires zero skills and is so easy you will be adding poms to all of your hats!  See more at Midwesternmama.com

I happened to find some cute fur balls at Hobby Lobby and they turned out to be the perfect accessory to an otherwise boring hat.  My store had several different colors to choose from...black, white, brown, grey, and some that were a mixture of the previously mentioned colors.  And the best part is, each pom cost $2.99!  If you use your 40% off coupon, and an existing beanie, this project could potentially cost you a whopping $1.80!  If you are in need of a beanie, my Hobby Lobby store had those as well.  
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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

JCPenny Try on

Hey chicas!  I have taken a little break from shopping and buying.  Kind of an unofficial, unplanned break, but I was just worn out and over it by the time Christmas rolled around!  Anyone feel that way?  But, now the stores have refreshed their inventory, and I am also feeling refreshed!  I stopped in JC Penny the other day to make a return, and I was surprised by so many cute things out on their racks!  Naturally, I decided to do an impromptu try on sesh for ya!  


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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

How I Painted My Tiled Kitchen Backsplash

We have been talking about renovating our kitchen ever since we moved into this house...so that's over 3 years of cussing and discussing.  We go back and forth because it's not the worst kitchen you've ever seen, however, there are some changes I would like to make.  But then something comes up, or we get busy and put it on the back burner.

Painting your tiled kitchen backsplash is an easy, inexpensive way to refresh your space for less!  For under $100 you can completely transform the room!  This is a DIY even the unskilled can tackle!   Midwesternmama.com

Kitchen renovation talk has recently come up again.  I love that our kitchen is all white, but it's very dated, and there are things I would love to change.  Ideally, I would love new cabinets that extended to the ceiling (getting rid of that soffit), a new countertop with an extended bar area for counter height bar stools, a farmhouse sink, new backsplash, and updated appliances.  So, the practical husband is asking WHY would we pay all of that money to have ANOTHER white kitchen?  Because it's better I tell him.  But, he's not super into that answer.  Go figure!  ha!

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