Thursday, December 20, 2018

Last Minute Holiday Gift Ideas

Calling all procrastinators!  If that's you...well I can't relate.  I have had my gifts purchased and wrapped for almost a month now.  Sorry to rub it in, but to make it up to you, I have you covered for some last minute gift inspo (and maybe a little treat for yourself too).


If you're local to Kansas City, Zona Rosa has everything you need, all in one place!  So, head on down there to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list this year!  From Grandma to Uncle Frank to your niece and nephew from whom you are trying to win the title of the best gift giver ever...there is literally something for everyone at Zona Rosa.

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Monday, December 17, 2018

Home Gift Guide 2018

Some of the items in my previous gift guides for him and her could also be included in the Home Gift Guide.  Many of my suggestions blur the lines or fit into more than one category.  But here are a few additional things I thought would be good for the home!


Also, if you still need ideas for the kiddos, don't miss the Kid's Gift Guide too!

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Friday, December 14, 2018

Holiday Dress Inspiration

One thing I love about the holidays is the excuse to dress up!  It's a nice change of pace from my usual jeans and leggings.  If you are in the market for a fun, affordable holiday dress, I rounded up some good ones for you!  Just take a look below, then click on the picture to get to the retailer.  If you are reading this in your email, and don't see the photos below, click the link to access the blog and then the pictures should show up.  Use the arrows to scroll right or left to see additional items. 

Many of the dresses come in multiple colors, so simply click on the picture to see the choices. 
Happy Shopping!

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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Women's Gift Guide 2018

It's the most wonderful time of the year!  The time when stores slash their prices to lure you in and hope you buy all the things!  And it works like a charm.  What's on your wishlist this year?

Day 3 of Gift Guide week is dedicated to the LADIES!  I tried to include a wide variety of items from various price points that would be great for a grandmother, mother-in-law, hostess, best friend, teacher...


Here are a few things that caught my eye as I was shopping for the ladies on my list this year.  Does anyone else have a hard time NOT buying all of the pretty things for themselves?

This Essie Polish Set is great for a sister, daughter, or bestie!  Three classic colors, perfect for the holidays and all year!

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Men's Gift Guide 2018


Men.  They are always so hard to buy for!  At least the men in my life are.  I have rounded up a variety of man-approved gift ideas to give you a little inspo for this holiday season!


These shirts are THE BEST!  Seriously, they are pretty much all my husband wears anymore.  They don't wrinkle (no ironing!), wash well in the washing machine (no dry cleaning!), fit well, and they are meant to be worn untucked.  They have recently come out with a women's and children's line too, so I will have to check that out!  They have button up shirts, plaids, flannels, sweaters, t-shirts, and more.  You can get 25% off your purchase by using my referral link!

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Kid's Gift Guide 2018

It's GIFT GUIDE WEEK!  Let's do a little happy dance, shall we?  This week I will be posting various gift guides to hopefully help you with some inspo for all of the people on your list.  If you don't already receive my emails, you can sign up on the sidebar of the blog so you won't miss any of the posts!

I don't know about you, but my kiddos are still somewhat easy to buy for.  They are fairly consistent with what they like, and are pretty easy to please. (Even though Chase asked for an iPhone this year--not happening by the way!)  But, I know we all get stumped and it's nice to find new, interesting gift ideas.  These are all items that my kids either have, or have expressed interest in.

I've gone crazy this year with Buffalo Check!  Can't get enough of this plaid pattern for Christmas!  And inside these pretty packages are fun gifts for my kiddos.  If you need ideas for your kids, head to the blog to check out my kid's gift guide!  I'm sharing a variety of items for all ages and at various price points.  Midwestern Mama

Hopefully you find something on this list that is unique and new to you, or that you think your little one will enjoy!

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Monday, December 10, 2018

November Instagram Roundup

Hey friends!  Can you believe we only have 15 days until Christmas???  I mean, how does time seem to just disappear into thin air?  Be sure to check back throughout the week because this little elf has been working on gift guides for you!  I will most likely post one per day, so you definitely don't want to miss them.  If you haven't already, you can sign up for my email list, which is located on the right-hand sidebar of the blog. --->

I am rounding up the looks I shared for the month of November, so you can check them out below.  To shop the looks, just click on the photo!  If I was unable to link an exact item, I do my best to find a similar option for you.

A little tip:  If you see something you like, but don't want to purchase it right now, you can click the little heart to make it a favorite.  ShopStyle will then email you when that items goes on sale!  It's so handy!


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Friday, December 7, 2018

What I'm Ordering From Amazon This Month (Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec)

I think this may be my last Subscribe and Save post!  At least for a while.  Just like most things people buy on a schedule, it started to get repetitive, so I began grouping months together, which helped.  But, I have shared what I order from Amazon's Subscribe and Save program for almost a year now, so I am feeling like it's time to move on.  If you want to refer to any previous posts, you can see them all HERE.



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!
Amazon's Subscribe and Save program allows you to set up regularly scheduled deliveries on thousands of different items.  There is no commitment, so you can skip or cancel deliveries at any time.

Just for subscribing, Amazon gives you a 5% savings on each and every item.  If you have 5 or more items in a given month, then you will save 15% on the TOTAL amount of your bill.  Amazon's prices are often the same or better than Target/Walmart/Costco/etc, and then to save up to an additional 15% AND have it delivered to your doorstep is HEAVEN!  If you are a Prime member, you can get a 20% savings on diapers and baby food subscriptions by having 5 items delivered in a given month.

You can choose how often you would like each item (ex: once a month, once every 3 months, etc) and you can cancel any item at any time without any sort of fees.  If you subscribe to a certain toothpaste one month, and decide you want a different kind the next month, it's super easy to cancel your existing subscription and then place a new order for what you want.  Not everything is eligible for Subscribe and Save, but they sure do have a lot to choose from!  You can shop the S&S Store HERE!

A lot of the items are sold in bulk, so if you don't want 8 boxes of rice, see if you can find a friend or family member to split it with.  But there are also a lot of items that are sold individually too!  Amazon's prices vary quite frequently.  So, be sure to check the cost each month before committing to your order.  Sometimes just waiting until the following month (if you don't need the item right away) will save you some money.  


Let's start with a friendly reminder to BUY BATTERIES BEFORE CHRISTMAS!  Sorry for yelling, but you don't want to get caught Christmas morning with toys that don't work because you forgot to buy batteries!  I added batteries of all sizes to my Subscribe and Save order this month to ensure I would be prepared for whatever Santa decides to bring!

My boys use this all in one body wash and shampoo and we love it.  Free of junky chemicals!

I have used Plant Therapy essential oils for years now and we are very happy with them!  I stock up on this Germ Fighter (which is comparable to Thieves)  for winter time.  


I started using this Retinol Moisturizer at night and I really like it.  This product has over 3500 reviews, and people rave about it!  

I also ordered this moisturizer.  Since retinol tends to dry out your skin, especially when you first start using it, this has helped me maintain some extra moisture.  I am really happy with this this product!

My dad used to swear by Glucosamine to help his joints.  I ordered some to try in hopes it would help with my hip and knee issues.  I did a little bit of research and chose this particular one because it is GMO free, gluten free, and dairy free.  

These water filters are totally random, and chances are you wouldn't need the exact same ones...but I'm sharing because sometimes I see what other people get from Amazon, and I think to myself, I never even thought to look on Amazon for that!  So, if you need any sort of filter, chances are they have it!  

These are so dang good!  Pun intended.  Seriously though, they satisfy my craving for something sweet, but I feel a whole lot less guilty because they are made with only 3 ingredients! 

I put this peanut butter powder in my smoothies.  Great PB taste with fewer calories and fat!

If you have read any of my previous posts, you know I order LOTS of dog food from Amazon for my giant beasts.  But, let me just tell you that I had to run to Pet Smart the other day to grab a bag on the fly, and it cost over $60!!!!  That same exact bag from Amazon is under $45 AND it gets delivered to my door!  This alone is worth me having an Amazon Prime account.  

Now that the weather is cold, my hands are getting so dry.  I love this spray because it is not as thick as the traditional Aquaphor, but still keeps my skin moisturized.  See my other favorite remedies for dry skin here.   This spray is also nice for my kiddos because I can spray it on quickly when they get out of the bath.  

My boys love these fruit pouches. This is one of their favorites.

I use this lemon rinse periodically to help get the buildup off of my hair.  Because I pretty much live with dry shampoo on my head 24/7, it's nice to get a fresh start with this rinse.  

Sniffle season is here!  Stock up on tissues so you will have them on hand when you need them.  These are my favorite because they don't make your nose raw.

I like these Free and Gentle dryer sheets.  I have tried the wool balls, and they just create so much static, especially in the winter, so I use these in the dryer.  They have no dyes or perfumes.

I use coconut sugar in place of brown sugar and white sugar as often as I can.  I order it in bulk here because it's much cheaper than buying it from the grocery store.  It keeps for a long time!  For other healthy food substitutions, read this post. 

I hope you have enjoyed this little Amazon Subscribe and Save series!  Let me know if you try anything I have suggested!  And I'd also love to know what you order from Amazon on the regular!



I am a member of Amazon's Affiliate program, so the links in this post are affiliate links.  If you click on a link and purchase something, I may earn a small commission.  This does not affect the price you pay, but it does help me maintain my blog.  Thank you for your support!







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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

DIY Ornament Wreath

I love Christmas for so many reasons, but one of them is the creativity!  All of the decorating and crafts just get my creative juices flowing and it's so much fun!  

This DIY ornament wreath is easy and inexpensive to make.  Customize it with your favorite Christmas colors to create a one of a kind decoration!  Makes a great gift idea too.  See how at www.midwesternmama.com

Years and years ago I made a couple of ornament wreaths inspired by a Pinterest post (which sadly I can't seem to locate or I would give that person credit!).  It was a Dollar Tree craft, so it was made strictly from a wire clothes hanger and Dollar Tree ornaments.  To be honest, they actually held up pretty well considering they were cheaply constructed.  But, each year a few ornaments would fall off and they started looking so pitiful.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Whole 30 / Round Two

Hey friends!  I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  Mine was really nice...got to spend time with my husband's family and eat lots of yummy things!  And, now my kiddos have a bonus day off school because of the snow!

I wanted to write a post about my most recent Whole 30.  I know, I know!  After pretty much trash talking Whole 30 the last time, here I am again!  Never say never, right?  (You can read about my previous Whole 30 experience here)  It all started when I was having a conversation with my friend about how we both felt out of control with the way we were eating.  Basically throwing caution to the wind and just consuming whatever in the heck we wanted to.  But, also feeling like crap and our pants were getting tighter.  So, together we decided to do Whole 30.  We had each done Whole 30 previously on our own, but this time we vowed to do it together AND share the meal prep.

My experience with Whole 30 the second time around!  Plus my Whole 30 meal plan!
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Eggroll in a Bowl (Whole 30 Compliant)

I love Asian food, but we don't eat it often because it always makes me SO thirsty!  Restaurants in general use way too much sodium.  I love when I am able to make something at home that resembles what I might get at a restaurant because it feels fancier than our regular meals, but I don't have the yucky after effects.

Eggroll in a Bowl is a quick, easy, delicious meal that is perfect for the whole family, and just happens to be Whole 30 and Paleo approved!

As I was scouring through recipes on Pinterest, trying my best to come up with something other than chicken for dinner, I came across this recipe!  It looked easy and I could adapt it to meet the Whole 30 guidelines!  This meal has all of the deliciousness of a traditional eggroll without the unhealthy wrapper!

If you are trying to stick to Whole 30, be sure your sausage doesn't have any sugar or preservatives in it.  I was able to find some sugar free sausage at Nature's Grocer.

Eggroll in a Bowl is a quick, easy, delicious meal that is perfect for the whole family, and just happens to be Whole 30 and Paleo approved!

Ingredients:
1 bag coleslaw mix (shredded cabbage and carrots)
1 pound breakfast sausage (sugar free and preservative free for Whole 30)
5 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp fresh ginger
1/2 cup coconut aminos (or soy sauce if you're not doing Whole 30)
sliced green onion
cilantro
cashews

Eggroll in a Bowl is a quick, easy, delicious meal that is perfect for the whole family, and just happens to be Whole 30 and Paleo approved!

Directions:
In a bowl, combine garlic, ginger, and coconut aminos.  Stir to combine and set aside.

Brown the sausage in a large skillet until cooked through.  Drain excess grease.  Add dry coleslaw mix to skillet and stir to combine.  If you can't fit all of the coleslaw in at the same time, pour half, then let it cook down a bit to make room for the other half.  Add aminos mixture to the skillet, stirring and continuing to cook over medium heat until the cabbage is wilted (about 5 minutes).  Top with green onions, cilantro and cashews.

Feel free to add some hot sauce, or even get the spicy sausage if you like a little heat!  This would also be yummy with shrimp, or even ground turkey!


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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

H&M Try On

Can you even believe it's Thanksgiving week?!?!  It definitely crept up on me.  I am excited to have family in town and indulge in all of the yummies.

I love H&M!  I don't shop there often, mainly because the store isn't super convenient for me, but I can always find something fun when I do get to browse!  Sometimes H&M sizing is strange...I will need an XS in one thing and then an XL in something else, so I always appreciate sizing advice when I can find it.  And with all of the Black Friday sales coming up, I am sure H&M will be no exception!  I don't know what they have up their sleeve, but I bet it will be good!  Their prices are always so great to start with, so an added discount is a total win!  Right now you can get free shipping with code 3233.

The lighting in my HM store is always terrible.  I did the best I could with pics, but if you're unsure of anything, click the link and check it out online. 


I'll start with what I wore into the store.  cami / jeans / cardigan / hat  In hindsight, I probably should not have worn red jeans, but actually, they looked pretty cute with most of the things I tried on!  I was in a huge hurry, so I didn't try on any pants this time.  
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Friday, November 16, 2018

Thanksgiving / Fall Tablescapes

I can't even believe Thanksgiving is literally right around the corner!  It's so crazy how time can seem to stand still in some instances, and then it just disappears into thin air at other times! 

Thanksgiving tablescapes two ways!  A green and white tablescape to transition from summer to fall, and then a more traditional Thanksgiving style tablescape when you're feeling all of the fall feels!  / Midwestern Mama

I started out this season with a green and white tablescape.  The inspiration came from the hedge apples we found in our field.  If you aren't familiar with hedge apples, they are bright green balls, with a brain-like texture and I think they are so interesting looking!  In the midwest, they are also known as hedge balls or, as my husband calls them, monkey brains!  
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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

October Instagram Roundup

Howdy!  I thought I would start trying to do a monthly roundup on the blog featuring the popular posts I've shared on Instagram.  I know not all of you have an Instagram account, and since I do feature most of my style photos there, I wanted to share them here as well.  Also, Instagram is so screwy lately with their algorithm changes that even if you do follow me, chances are you missed a post or two, or ten!

I will try to link the items I can, and if I can't link an exact item, I always do my best to find a similar option.  The idea behind my style posts is not to try and pressure you into buying the items I am featuring, but rather to serve as style inspiration!  I want you to be able to use items you have in your closet, learn how to put them together, and possibly add a new, trendy piece here and there to freshen things up and keep it fun!  But by no means do I ever want anyone to feel like I am trying to sell you on all of the things I post. 

If you do like something you see here, you can shop each look by clicking picture.  That will lead you to the items I have linked.  It's no secret, but I wanted to fully disclose that if you click on one of my links, most likely it's an affiliate link, which means if you make a purchase, I may receive a small commission.  It's not much, but it adds up and helps me justify the time I spend coordinating outfits and posting pictures for you guys!  As always, thank you so much for your support and for shopping through my links!

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Friday, November 9, 2018

Garage Floor Transformation

Hey friends!  I am branching out from my usual posts to bring you something super exciting!


Today we are going to discuss garage floors. 🤣 Yep, that's right.  Not something I had originally planned on blogging about, but I posted a few stories on Instagram about how we were having ours redone and you guys were extremely interested in it...so I thought I would just put it all in a blog post so you could reference back.

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Halloween 2018

It seems like Halloween was months ago.  And now, a mere six days later, it's getting dark at 5:00 and snow is in the forecast.  Boo.  This Halloween, and actually the entire month of October, was absolutely perfect!  I have thoroughly enjoyed the leaves changing color SO much this year.  I guess it's me getting older, slowing down a bit to actually appreciate the little things.  But, I do think it was just an amazing year for fall foliage!  And the weather was crisp and cool, just what a Halloween night should be!


Halloween for the Frenches this year involved a SWAT team!  Chase has been very engrossed in everything police/army/SWAT related for a while now, so he came up with the initial idea.  Y'all know I love a good family theme, so luckily Beckham went along with it.  Although, when asked by a few different people what he was going to be, he would often say something completely different...spider, ninja, tiger...just to name a few.  But, in the end, he was a SWAT.  

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Friday, November 2, 2018

One Dress, Six Ways

Hello there!  I can't believe it's already November!  Where in the heck did October go?  I will say, even though it seemed to fly by, we definitely tried to make the most of it because we were blessed with some amazing weather!  Maybe that's why it went by so quickly...because we were busy little bees!

And November always brings a huge candy hangover at my house.  I think all schools should make Nov 1 a teacher work day.  I mean, you know the teachers dread having to deal with the kiddos who stayed up too late and ate too much sugar!  Let's start a petition, shall we?

If you missed my Old Navy try on post earlier this week, definitely go check that out!  There are some cute things, at great prices, some of which I am also featuring in this post.


I love a versatile piece...one that can be worn multiple ways, across different seasons!  When I first saw this plaid dress, I thought it was cute, but then as I was trying it on, I just kept experimenting with different ways to wear it and there are so many!  These are the top 6, although, I am sure the possibilities are endless.
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Monday, October 29, 2018

Old Navy Try On

I hope you all had an awesome weekend!  The weather in Kansas City was absolutely amazing, so we tried our best to take advantage of it and crammed in lots of fall fun!  My kiddos were out of school Friday too, so we had an extra long weekend of fun!  Is it just me, or are the leaves more beautiful than ever this year?  Maybe it's just me being more appreciative in my old age, but I just can't get enough of the fall colors!

I recently ordered a few things from Old Navy, so I wanted to share my try on's with you!  Also, be sure to check back later this week because I am sharing how to style a particular Old Navy dress six different ways!  Gotta love a versatile piece!  

For sizing reference, I am 5'6", wear a S/M in tops and usually a 6/8 in pants.  I will link everything from this try on at the end of the post for ya!

Old Navy Try On / Fall Closet Staples  / Midwestern Mama

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Friday, October 26, 2018

Halloween Home Tour

We love Halloween!  Every year I think to myself, I am just going to get a *few* Halloween decorations out and focus more on fall decor....but then we start going through the boxes and the boys get so excited to see things they remembered from last year.  It's hard to refrain ourselves once we get going!

So, here we are...in full Halloween swing!  And being less than a week away, I wanted to finally get this post out before it's too late!

Halloween Decorations to make your home festive with a little bit of spook!  Midwestern Mama
It was so fun having a blank canvas with this faux shiplap wall this year!  If you want to see how I created this wall, you can read all about it here!
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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole

Hey friends!  Most of y'all know I'm smack in the middle of my 2nd Whole 30, so it may seem a little odd that I'm sharing a recipe for a meal I can't even eat right now.  But I have had this recipe in my drafts for a while, so I wanted to go ahead and share it with you!

Do you ever get stuck in a dinnertime rut?  I definitely do.  I feel like we make the same things over and over because they are easy and I don't have to think about them.  But, I get bored, so I am always searching Pinterest for new, yummy, easy ideas that everyone in my family will actually eat.  All four of us like this meal, and that's a rarity in my household, so this meal is definitely a winner!  Winner, winner, chicken dinner! 😂 hahahaha!  Easily amused.  😏

This chicken cordon bleu casserole is one of those recipes that checks all the boxes!  I can prep this meal at any point during the day, and keep it in the fridge until it's time to throw it in the oven.  I usually make things even easier on myself and get a precooked rotisserie chicken.  Another shortcut you could take would be to use canned chicken...you know the kind that comes in a tuna fish style can?  Or if you are having chicken earlier in the week, just cook a couple of extra pieces and you'll have them all ready to go for this meal!

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Layering Rugs

I have been loving the layered rug trend for a while now.  I started layering rugs inside, in my living room and my son's room, but I've also taken my love of layering outside!  I really like the added interest and texture two rugs gives.  It also allows you to occupy more space in an area if your current rug looks small in comparison to the space it is in.  


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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.  

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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!

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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.  
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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 display...so 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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Friday, August 31, 2018

Target Shoe Finds

Hey guys!  I hope your week has been better than mine.  I can't seem to shake this allergy gunk that has taken up residence in my head, so I've been feeling all kinds of sinus pressure.  And it's no fun, let me tell ya!  I'm ready to shake this and get back to feeling human again. 

So, what do I do when I don't feel good?  A little retail therapy of course!  I ran into Target and the shoe section was calling my name.  Literally it said, "Niki, come over here".  So I listened.  Because who am I to ignore talking shoes?


I love this time of year because the weather, although crazy, gives us a chance to play around with some fall things, but it's not time to pack up our summer faves just yet.  Target had lots of great options for this volatile weather to make the transition to fall much easier on your footsies.
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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Organizing School Art and Paperwork

Hey friends!  This is going to be a quick little blog post for ya today!  I have been doing some cleaning/organizing and man it feels good!  It always takes me a bit to get motivated, but I'm so happy when I finally dive into it.  Now that the school year is back in full swing, the papers are rolling in on the daily.

Organize school and art paperwork the easy way!  Midwestern Mama

I thought I'd share how I organize the boys' schoolwork and art because if you are like me, it just piles up, has no sense of order and has a way of taking over my kitchen countertop.  I finally took the time to sort through it, toss the ones I didn't feel were worthy of keeping, and organize the ones I did want to keep.

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Monday, August 20, 2018

Simple Arugula Salad

Let's start off Monday with a salad, shall we?  That's how most of my weeks start off, then eventually, they end up back at queso and chips.

When romaine lettuce got recalled, I was forced to think outside the salad box.  My go to salads usually consist of romaine, kale, or spinach, so I started branching out and I am so glad I did!  I love arugula salads, but it's not something I usually make at home.  I have no idea why; I suppose it just goes back to the simple fact that we are creatures of habit, and I habitually got romaine and/or spinach.  Boring answer, but it's true.

Simple Arugula Salad with Lemon-Mustard Dressing / Midwestern Mama

But now I am living on the edge!  My arugula and I are are venturing out, and this salad is anything but boring.  So, if arugula is not something you typically gravitate towards, here's a simple salad to get you started!

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Friday, August 17, 2018

Old Navy Try Ons


I had a chance to run into Old Navy and boy did they have a lot of cute things out on display!  Sometimes I get a little bit overwhelmed in that store because they have SO much stuff.  I also had a little helper with me, so I quickly scanned the store for the absolute best stuff!  No time for random shopping when you have little ones in tow.



Lets start with one of my favorite things!  I absolutely loved this ruffle sleeve sweatshirt!  It was pretty cute on the hanger, but so much more precious when I put it on!  I just love everything about it...the stripes, the blousy sleeves, and of course the ruffle!  I am wearing a small.  It also comes in navy and white stripe, and solid white, charcoal, and mauve.  Plus sizes available in some of the colors.
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Friday, August 10, 2018

Birthday Discounts Worth Sharing

Happy Birthday to me!  It's officially my birthday, and a big one at that.  I can't believe I am the big 4-0.  I am feeling so grateful for 40 wonderful years, hopeful that I get to have another 40 years, and also a little in denial because HOW has it been 40 years already?


This post is inspired by my friend, Sarah Out and About!  She recently shared a list of her favorite birthday discounts, and I thought that was such a fun idea!  So, I am going to copy her (imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right?) and share my favorite birthday discounts too!

American Eagle/Aerie - 15% off any purchase during your birthday month when you sign up for their free rewards program.  You can also earn free jeans and free bras with this rewards program!  I love their Tomgirl jeans.  These tees are SO soft.  And, I've had my eye on these short sleeve sweatshirts!  Have you checked out their selection of sweatshirt dresses?  Perfect for fall.

Starbucks - Free beverage or food item of your choice on your birthday!  Yes ma'am!  I don't go to Starbucks often, but I never let my free birthday drink go to waste!

Kendra Scott - This is the BEST deal in my opinion...you can get 50% off any one item during your birthday month!  That's a huge savings!  Just show your ID and you get the discount!  I wear my pendant necklace all the time!  And, check out these stunning statement earrings!  I also love these in rose gold.  It's hard to choose just one thing!

Nothing Bundt Cakes - Free bundtlet on your birthday when you sign up for their email list

Sephora - They offer a free gift to all Sephora Beauty Insiders, and the gifts are usually pretty darn good!

Madewell - I have heard different things about what the birthday discount is.  I signed up for it by joining the Madewell Insiders, but I have not received anything yet.  They do state they offer a birthday discount, but they don't disclose the details on their site.

J Crew Factory - 20% off on your birthday when you sign up for their email list!

Baskin Robbins - Free scoop of ice cream on your birthday when you sign up for their email list

Anthropologie - 15% off when you join their Antrhoperks program.

Ulta - As an Ultimate Rewards Member, you can 2X points on all purchases made in your birthday month.

World Market - World Market Explorers get $10 off any purchase.  My foyer table is from here ad I absolutely love it!  They have some really cute wall decor out right now!

Kohls - This year I received 50 bonus points on my Kohl's account.  Last year I received a $5 off coupon.

Pier 1 - Save an extra 10% on any purchase during your birthday month when you sign up for Pier 1 Rewards.

DSW - $5 off your birthday month when you become a DSW VIP (free to sign up).  I love the cutouts in these cute booties!  They are perfect for transitioning to fall!

Abercrombie - Earn double points on all purchase made during your birthday month plus 25% off any purchase over $75.  The uber popular pullover is back for a the 2nd year!

At Home - 15% off if you are on their email list.



Now, it's your turn to tell me what I have been missing out on!  Do you have a favorite freebie or discount you look forward to around your birthday?


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