Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Surprisingly Great Finds from Walmart

I ran to Walmart recently to grab some items for my son's school, and as I was rushing past the aisles, in hopes of getting the heck out of there ASAP, a cute ruffle sleeve sweater caught my eye.  I had my kids with me, so I wasn't about to stop and shop, but I felt the fabric, and was pleasantly surprised. They didn't have my size in store, so I made note of the brand and looked online later that day.  I was SHOCKED at the number of REALLY cute things they had!  And the prices were insane!  So, I placed an order to try them out.

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Thursday, October 4, 2018

A Thank You / Why I Do What I Do

I wanted to take a minute to THANK YOU for joining me in my tiny little corner of the web. I come here every day hoping to inspire others to be their best selves. I enjoy sharing things I love with people I love (that’s you😘), in hopes of making your day a little brighter.  Sometimes that's a craft I have enjoyed making, sometimes it's a mom hack that has made my life easier.  But mostly it's style inspiration because that's what I enjoy the most!  

The truth is, I’ve always liked fashion. Even in high school, when I would sometimes raid my brother's closet, I found it fun to express myself with clothing, shoes, accessories, hair, and makeup. However, after I had babies I felt lost. There were times that I didn’t even know who I was looking at in the mirror.  I felt like I had lost my sense of identity and I was simply a mom and nothing else.  I specifically remember going to a jewelry party and telling the host that while I loved several of the pieces on display, I didn’t feel like I should buy anything because I just stay at home with my son and I didn’t have anywhere to wear it. How sad!  Not that I should feel pressured to buy anything, but sad that I didn’t feel worthy enough of this jewelry.  

I often felt guilty for taking time to pamper myself (and I’m still working on this), and I would often wear frumpy clothes because they were just going to get spit up on anyway.  And let's face it...sometimes sleep was just more important than waking up early and getting ready for the day.  

But I started to realize that when I took some time to do something for myself, I was much happier, and therefore a better wife and mom.  It could be something as simple as putting on makeup, or wearing a cute shirt instead of that same old tee I wore the past 3 days in a row, or actually curling my hair instead of throwing it into a bun.  

So back to the point...I started this account because I wanted to build a community of people who support each other.  People who root for each other and also pick each other up.  I wanted to share fun ideas for all kinds of things I am passionate, DIY, motherhood, photography, cooking, and the list goes on. 

It may seem silly to think that clothes and makeup can change your attitude, but it’s true. At least for me.  So I want you to know that it’s not vein to want to look nice.  It’s not self centered to love yourself.  It’s not egotistical to think you look cute in your favorite striped sweater.  You do you! 

Thank you for supporting me while I do me!  I am not a professional.  Most days I have no idea what I'm doing.  But, I am just doing life the best way I know how and I thank you for following along!  I am not perfect, I am inconsistent, I lose my temper, I cheat on diets.  I try to be as real as possible on here because I never want to give anyone the idea that I have it together all the time.  I definitely do not.  Sometimes social media can portray a seemingly "perfect" life because a lot of the pictures I post are pretty little squares.  I like the pretty squares. I think they provide inspiration for whatever you are passionate, home decor, cooking, etc.  But, behind the squares, just know that we all have our own struggles, our own insecurities, our own real life.  

Thank you for all of the support you have given me, and I hope that somewhere along the way, you have gained something from me too!  

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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Fall Bucket List

It's finally fall, y'all!  It seems like we have waited and WAITED for it to come this year!  And, now that the weather has cooled off and the calendar says it's officially FALL, it's time to get our fall activities in order.  

My kiddos love hitting up multiple local pumpkin patches, but in addition to that, there is a whole slew of things we enjoy this time of year.  I thought I'd share some of our fall bucket list ideas, and I'm hoping you will do the same!

On our list so far this year:

Drink apple cider
Weston Orchard and Vineyard
Decorate for Halloween
Play with kittens at Pumpkin's Etc.

Fall Bucket List!  Don't miss out on making memories this fall!  Check out our family's fall bucket list for lots of family fun inspiration!   /   Midwestern Mama

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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

All Things Target: Part 2

And, we're back!  Are you ready for part 2 of the Target finds?  Tell me, did you like Part 1?  Was there anything that just screamed "add to cart"?

If you missed Part 1, you can check it out HERE.
And don't forget about the shoe post too!

Let's get down to business.

I loved this floral blouse so so much!  They only had an XS in store, and while it fit well enough for this try on, I really needed a small.  I ordered the correct size online because I love it so much!  And guess what...It was just marked as a clearance item for $13.98!  Don't let this one get away!  It's so stinking cute!  It's definitely on the sheer side, so I would wear a thin cami underneath.  The color is not coming through on the screen, but it's a light mint green with orange-ish/coral flowers.  So many fun possibilities with this for fall!

And, here is the blouse with a faux leather jacket.  The cognac color of this jacket was rich! I love the collar and the gold hardware.  I am wearing a medium and it fit great.  I still had plenty of room to fit a more bulky shirt underneath, if I wanted to.  If you don't plan to wear anything thick under this jacket, you could probably size down.  

Here's a closeup of the jacket detail.  It looks so much more expensive than it is!

I love a pop of color, and this green cardi is so fun!  They didn't have my size in store, so it looks a little frumpy, but that color is so vibrant!  I am wearing a large, but I think a medium would have fit better.  

The black and white long sleeve tee is a great basic.  The material was super soft, it was stretchy, and had a lot of length to it.  I'm wearing a meduim.  And, this is the same black cami from Part 1 of my Target try ons, which is another great basic layering piece.  If you don't have a black cami, this is a really great one for only $17.99.  These are also the same boyfriend-style jeans from Part 1.

How fun is this distressed denim vest?  This is one of the few things I picked up from the Wild Fable line.  I haven't had a lot of luck with items from that line because most of them are cropped or way to boxy for my style.  This vest does fall into the slightly boxy category, but I sized down and it looks really cute!  This is an XS, so if you are smaller than me, I would not recommend this vest for you.  

The grey stripe mock turtleneck is really soft and a great layering piece.  I am wearing a small.

This dark denim button up is great on it's own or layered under sweaters, cardigans, jackets, etc.  A great wardrobe staple if you don't already have one.  I like how the lighter part of the fabric shows when you roll up the sleeves.  I'm wearing a medium.  This cardigan is the same one I featured in Part 1, and also comes in brown, black and purple.

I'm disappointed that the color of these jeans isn't showing up accurately in the pictures!  They are a deep wine color, and they are so pretty!  I had to try on 1 size bigger than my normal size because that's all they had in store, but my true size would have been perfect.  They were mid-rise and had a good amount of stretch without feeling like they would bag out.    

The pictures aren't doing this sweater justice.  It is beautiful in person!  That back lace detail is absolutely gorgeous!  I am wearing a small, so it's definitely a little oversized.

A good anorak jacket is so great this time of year!  Lightweight, but still keeps you warm.  This one has a great length to it, and it was very flattering.  This is a small, and I had plenty of room for bulky sweaters underneath.  Also available in olive green, grey, and burgundy.

This pumpkin spice-loving cardigan caught my eye immediately!  I ordered (and returned) a similar one during the Nordstrom sale.  But for $22.99, this baby came home with me!  And, I couldn't be happier.  I tried on both the small and the medium, but ultimately went with the medium.  I like a little extra room in my cardigans for the cozy factor.  

These are the shoes I was wearing in all of the try on pictures.  Booties / Leopard flats. They both ran true to size and are extremely comfy.  They are also both great transitional shoes as we are breaking away from summer heat and heading into cooler temps.  

This pair of slouchy boots is an awesome dupe for the Sam Edelman ones which retail for $225.   Considering these are $39.99, it's a no brainer!  They fit true to size and were very comfortable!  The heel is not too high, and the calf width would fit most people.  These pics aren't doing them justice, so check them out online and you will fall in love!

And these camo cuties deserve a mention because they hopped in my cart as I was walking down the shoe aisle.  Oops!  Also true to size.  

Let's chat about belts.  They had so many great basic brown and black belts, but I loved these fun ones!   The leopard print one was calf hair, and I loved the vintage vibe of the gold metallic one

Here's the gold one on, so you can see the thickness of the band.  It's the perfect width if you ask me!

Whew!  That does it folks!  Are you still with me?  I wouldn't blame you if you jumped ship long ago.  But, there are SO many cute things, it was hard to pass them up and not share them with you!  I'd love to know if you snagged anything that I shared, so please tell me if you did!

And again, thank you so much for supporting me by shopping through my affiliate links!  You guys are the best!

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Monday, September 24, 2018

All Things Target: Part 1

Y'all!  Target is on FIRE lately!  They have so much cute stuff out for fall, and their prices are always amazing, so it's hard to control one's self.

I haven't done a Target try on in forever, and honestly, I usually just shop online, then return what doesn't work to the store.  But, I decided to venture into the store and browse around, and holy mother did they have the THINGS!

I am going to break this up into two posts because there are so many things to show you.  So, brace yourself because this is just one of two hefty posts coming your way!  But, it's all good.  So, so good!  And the prices are amazing!

Ok, here it goes!  Let's start with this amazing faux leather moto jacket that is under $35!  I put this on and I instantly felt like a cool mom.  It looks almost identical to the Blank NYC one at Nordstrom, which sells for $98.  

The belt is removable, so if you don't want it flopping around, it's easy to take it off.  Super cute and I couldn't believe the price!  I am wearing a small and it fit great.  Not sure I would want to wear a bulky sweater under this jacket, but I loved it with a thinner long sleeve tee!

These are the boyfriend style jeans from the Levi's line at Target.  I liked them a lot, but I will say they were a tad on the low-rise side, especially in the back.  I am wearing my normal size, and I feel like they fit true to size--just slightly baggy like boyfriend jeans are supposed to be.  If in between sizes, I would go down.  They had a little bit of distressing, and I liked the color of the denim.  This is the lighter wash option.  I am wearing these jeans for all of the pics in this post. 

This cutie button up shirt has a vintage wash vibe, and I just loved it!  It also comes in olive green and charcoal grey.

Shirts like this are so versatile because they can double as a lightweight jacket.  I just knotted the corners and it gives a more tailored look.  Fits true to size, I'm wearing a small.  This navy striped boatneck shirt is a good layering piece.  It ran small, and had a snug fit.  

This vintage wash, oversized sweatshirt was super comfy!  I am wearing a large, as it was the smallest size they had in the store, but I would probably go with a medium instead of a small to keep the oversized look.  

I liked this utility vest because it is longer than most I have seen.  For those of you who like things to cover your bum, this is perfect!  It runs large, so size down.  I'm wearing an x-small, and it was still plenty roomy.  I love all the pockets, and there is a drawstring waist, so you can cinch it to prevent it from looking so boxy.  Also available in plus sizes.

This long sleeve stripe tee deserves a mention because it is so soft, has a great length, and is a perfect basic item for layering.  And, it's only $10!

This sweet little cami is perfect for layering under cardigans and jackets!  (ignore my bralette.  I obviously wore the wrong kind of bra for this try on session!).  I am wearing an XS, so definitely size down unless you have a large chest.  And, this leopard print cardigan was begging for me to try it on!  It's cute worn open, or you could button it up and wear it as a sweater.  I'm wearing a medium in the leopard.

The same cami also comes in this pretty lavender color and grey.
And, another great cami option is this one with lace trim.  Comes in black, pink, and olive. 

This cardigan was nice and cozy.  They only had a large in store, but I would probably go with a medium.  It was soft, not itchy at all, and I love the scallop slit on the sides.  It also comes in black, brown, and a lavender color!

Incase you missed my previous post featuring Target shoes, you can check that out HERE!

Thank you so much for shopping through my affiliate links!  I love doing these try on's for you, and I appreciate you supporting me.  If you don't already know, most of the links I provide in my posts allow me to make a small commission if something is purchased through them.  It's not much, but it adds up and helps me justify the time I spend on writing these posts for you!  

Don't forget to check back later this week for Part 2 of All Things Target!  You won't want to miss it!

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Friday, September 14, 2018

American Eagle Try Ons

I ran into American Eagle to make a return, and they had so many cute things out on I took a few minutes and tried on several goodies that caught my eye.  The thing I love about this brand is the textures!  They have some of the softest things I have ever put on my body!

Ok, lets start with this adorable button up shirt, that true to AE fashion, was incredibly soft.  It felt like I was wearing one of my favorite shirts that I have had for years and had been through hundreds of washes.  I am wearing a small and it fit great, so I'd say if you are between sizes, go down.  You could totally wear this shirt open with a cute cami or striped tee underneath!  It would double as a lightweight military jacket!  Wear it tucked in, tied at the waist, tied around your waist, open, or buttoned up!  This is a really versatile piece.  Also comes in blush pink and vintage burgundy color.
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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

The Perfect Dress for Fall

Hey friends!  I hope you all had a great Labor Day weekend and got to rest up a bit!  We did just that...took the weekend to just chill for the most part, and then we did take the boys camping one night.  It's easy for us to go camping because we can do it in our own yard.  That's the beauty of having a lot of space!  Adam has cleared off an area in our woods, and the boys helped build a fire pit, so it's the perfect little campsite!  There's still a lot of stuff to pack up and haul down there, but having it so close to home is extremely nice.

So, let's talk about this dress!  It's so sinking cute!  I absolutely love the colors, the mixed patterns on the sleeves, and the flow-y feel.  It's very reminiscent of a Free People dress, but at a fraction of the price!  It has a slip built in, so no worries about seeing anything through it.

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