Thursday, April 12, 2018

Kitchen Mood Board

I have been dreaming of updating our kitchen since we bought this house.  But, as I'm sure you are aware, the kitchen is usually the most expensive room in the house to renovate...so we have been putting it off and tackling other smaller projects.  We don't have any set plans on when we will work on the kitchen, or even what we will do to it, but I have been saving ideas for a while now, so I thought I would share my thoughts with you.


We agree that the kitchen needs to be updated whenever we decide to sell this house (no plans to do that anytime soon), so we are currently of the mindset that we might as well update it sooner rather than later and be able to enjoy it instead of waiting and updating it right before we sell (whenever that may be).

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Monday, April 9, 2018

Opalhouse at Target

I am loving this new home decor line that just came out at Target!  The colors, oh the COLORS!  It's very much Anthropologie meets World Market, but the price points are very reasonable.  They have everything from furniture to dish towels and tons in between!


There is a lot to choose from, but I wanted to share some of my favorites,  I have seen what our store has on display and I have to say I was impressed with the textures and the quality!  The faux plants looked life-like, the velvet pillows were extremely soft, the poufs are absolutely adorable, and there are lots and lots of details that get lost in the pictures online.

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Friday, March 30, 2018

Easter Scavenger Hunt

This is a new-to-us tradition, one that came out of panic last year.

In our house, the Easter Bunny brings the baskets.  Mom and Dad don't get credit for them.  I am not sure how that got started, because honestly, I would appreciate a little credit sometimes, but at any rate, the Bunny gets all the thanks...at least for now.  I love that Chase still believes in the Easter Bunny, so I am willing to give up my cred for as long as it takes!

As most of you know, we have 2 large dogs, who like to eat EVERYTHING.  Last year was the first Easter with them, and we knew we couldn't set eggs out for the boys without the dogs ruining each and every one of them.  We ended up doing an egg hunt at my brother-in-law's house, so the kids still got to have their fun and get their fill of candy, etc.  But, that posed an issue for how the Easter Bunny was going to deliver the baskets and not the eggs.  Since we were not doing an egg hunt at home, I decided it would be fun to do a scavenger hunt to find their Easter baskets.  It was a complete last minute decision...I quickly typed up some random clues (the clues were from the Easter Bunny), printed them on plain white paper, cut them out, and then frantically tried to hide them when no one was looking.

But, it was SO much fun!  The boys absolutely loved it and they were almost as excited about finding their baskets as they were on Christmas morning!  That excitement motivated me to do it again this year.  However, this year I have planned and prepped.  Such a nice feeling to have things planned instead of running around at the 11th hour, you know!  Live and learn.

Anywho, I wanted to share what I put together incase you are looking for a fun, new tradition for your little crew!  You could of course change the wording and make them personalized to suit your family.  I am attaching a blank sheet of the eggs along with the clues I typed up this year.


I ultimately decided to print the introduction on a separate page.  I wanted it to be larger because I am going to put it on the front door...as if the Bunny left it there for them.  
Click HERE to access all of the free printables....both the blank egg sheets and the scavenger hunt clues from this year and last year.

What is one of your favorite Easter traditions?




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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

5 Random Facts About Me

Well hello there!  It's been a while.  I had a couple of posts 95% complete and ready to publish last week, and then computer issues arose and we went out of town, so I said forget it!  It's good to take a little break, even if it's not intentional.  Last week was Spring Break for us, and that meant a lot of togetherness...which is so fun for the first few days, and then I start thinking about that whole distance makes the heart grow fonder saying.  Kidding.  Sort-of.  Luckily, the boys and I had plans to venture down to AR for a few days, so that was a good distraction.  There's an amazing children's museum in Bentonville, AR, called The Amazeum and they absolutely love it!  We also got to celebrate birthdays for my niece and nephew while we were there!  So many yummy baby faces to kiss!

I thought I would share some random things about myself.  I love getting to know other people whether that be face to face or via the internet, and I thought this would be a chance for you to get to know me a little bit better!  So, here it goes...

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Shepherd's Pie

Just in time for St. Patrick's Day, a recipe with Irish roots! 

Shepherd's Pie / Midwestern Mama  This delicious Irish-based comfort food meal is a family favorite!

We grew up eating Shepherd's Pie, but I haven't always been a fan of this dish.  It was one of 2 meals my dad prepared on a whim when he was in charge of dinner (the other meal being spaghetti).  I don't know if it was the can of Veg-all or the half a bottle of ketchup he added to his concoction that turned me off, but I always assumed all Shepherd's Pie was created equal and I didn't eat it for many years after I left home. 
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Thursday, March 8, 2018

What I Am Ordering From Amazon This Month (March)

I don't know about you, but after that little taste of warm weather we had, I am so ready for spring to be here pronto!  Although, my toes desperately need some TLC before sandal season.  I had hoped to get another post out to you guys this week, but things have been a little crazy around here lately!  If you follow me on Instagram, you know that we had the beams on our ceiling removed in our kitchen/ breakfast area and I am extremely happy with the results!  Our ceilings were very low, and the beams were quite dated, so while I love a good, chunky beam, these were not something I wanted to keep around.  We love it so much, we are moving forward with removing the beams in our living room too!  So, we get about a week break, then back to living in a construction zone.

Alright friends, here are the things I am getting this month from Amazon's Subscribe and Save program this month.


For those of you who are not familiar with Subscribe and Save, I'll give you a run down below.  If you already know the ins and outs, please feel free to scroll on down!
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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

My Favorite Natural Deodorant (Store Bought)

Hey, hey, hey!  How goes it friends?  I know most of you are aware of my hippie ways when it comes to deodorant and other personal care products.  Not everything I use is 100% free of junky chemicals, but I try to avoid them when I can.  I have previously shared how I make my own deodorant, and I know a lot of you are probably thinking that's crazy, but it is super easy to make and it really does work!

Best Natural Deodorants:  A Review / Midwesternmama.com

However, I'll be honest with you...sometimes I don't want to rub the homemade stuff on with my fingers.  And sometimes I would like a little fragrance.  I am always on the hunt for something new and amazing, but after trying several different types of natural deodorants and being disappointed, I eventually just resorted to making my own.  I can now say I have converted to purchasing deodorant in stick form again and I LOVE IT!  It's free of aluminum and parabens, it comes in some amazing scent options, and I don't have to wash my hands after I apply it!

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