Tuesday, January 30, 2018

DIY Board and Batten under $100

Hey friends!  I have been bitten by the DIY bug and have been itching to make some changes around casa de French.  I have a long list of things I want to do, and some are more complicated than others.  So, like any other to do list, I started with the easiest thing first.

DIY Board and Batten under $100 / Midwestern Mama

Enter this board and batten wall I created for our coat and backpack storage.  We have a small coat closet, which does have a few coats in it, but the reality is that the coats we use on a regular basis don't get hung up in the closet.  They are draped over the back of a chair or the couch because to open the closet door, get a hanger, and hang up the coat is just too.much.work.  I had a small coat rack for the boys' coats and backpacks, but it was overflowing and it crowded our small hallway that leads to the garage.

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Thursday, January 25, 2018

Learning About Myself and My Struggles with Social Media

I don't really know how to start this post.  I have thought about it for a long time...then come up with an excuse as to why I shouldn't write it.  I am just going to dive in, and it is probably going to be very random and jump around, but I'll try to keep it somewhat cohesive.

Most of you know that I avoided social media like the plague...until I started this blog.  I decided to start a blog because I needed something for myself, something creative, something that I could call my own and work on when I am not doing mommy and wife stuff.  I have not worked in over 6 years, and to be honest, sometimes being a stay at home mom can be lonely.  Yes, I have my kid or kids with me pretty much 24/7, but I miss the adult conversations, the social interactions, the challenges and successes that come with a job.  I wanted my blog to resonate with people and be a way to connect with others.  I knew that if I wanted anyone besides my family to read it, I was going to have to get a social media account and "advertise" my blog by posting about it.


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Monday, January 15, 2018

Anthropologie Sale Favorites + A Giveaway!

Anthopologie is currently having their winter tag sale, which gives you an extra 40% off their clearance merchandise.  They also currently have 20% off house and home items so I rounded up a few of my favorites!  Take a gander, and then don't forget to scroll down to the bottom of the post for a giveaway for an Anthropologie gift card!  I could do some serious damage in this store if I won a gift card!  ***UPDATE:  Giveaway is closed, and the winner is Bianca!  Congrats Bianca and thanks for following!***

Shop my picks for the sale below by using the arrows to scroll to the right.  I tried to choose items that were still in stock, but things are going quickly!


And now, it's time for the really fun part of today's blog post!

I'm so excited to be bringing you a massive giveaway for the new year!  I've teamed up with some of my favorite bloggers to give away $1000 to Anthropologie!  All you have to do is enter below in the Rafflecopter widget!  Good luck friends! a Rafflecopter giveaway SaveSave
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Thursday, January 11, 2018

My Favorite Remedies for Dry, Cracked Hands

Winter is here with a bang this year!  Man, has it been cold or what?  We got a tiny break in the freeze yesterday, only to be followed by ice and school cancellations today.  We have been a little stir crazy in this house because with the exception of one day this week, it's been too cold to go outside and play, even for a little bit.

Cold weather does a number on my skin, and especially my hands.  The dry air and cold temperatures definitely don't help, but I think the addition of extra hand washing (trying to avoid those yucky winter germs) puts my poor hands over the edge.  My skin cracks, my cuticles bleed, and my hands feel like I have a job doing really hard manual labor.  #paulbunyon


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Monday, January 8, 2018

What I'm Ordering From Amazon This Month (January)

Last month I started a new series where I am sharing what I order from Amazon's Subscribe and Save program each month.  I have loved this subscription service for years and years, but I am always finding different things to add to my order.  I thought I would be helpful to share what I have delivered to my door in hopes that it may save you a trip to the store in this cold COLD winter!  



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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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

And A Happy New Year

I hope you all had a GREAT holiday season and a fun New Year's Eve!  We stayed in and celebrated with just the four of us this year.  It ended up being really fun thanks to some great ideas I found on Pinterest!  Gosh, WHAT did we do before Pinterest?  We made it to midnight (even Beckham stayed up!), but I was draaaaaaggggging.  It's pretty sad when your 8 year old can hang longer than you can.  #gettingold



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