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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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

DIY Rustic Shelves

I posted a pic of these shelves in my master bathroom last week, and I received a few requests asking where I got them.  Well folks, I am here to tell ya, I made them and they are super easy!  Like most of my DIY projects, if I can do it, so can you!

DIY Rustic Barnwood Shelves / Midwestern Mama.  Don't have access to old barn wood, no problem!  Grab some at Home Depot and make some of these custom shelves!

I looked and looked for some rustic style brackets, but no stores around here had what I was wanting.  I found these online and they were perfect!

I opted for a grey barn wood--the same wood I used for my jewelry organizer frame--which I purchased from Home Depot.  But, you could easily get any kind of wood and stain or paint it any color your heart desires!

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Friday, February 16, 2018

Master Bathroom Remodel

It was this time last year that we finally said sayonara to our master bathroom.  I have been meaning to share this update for a long time, but you know when you have really good intentions of doing something, and then....LIFE happens?  Yeah.  I can't believe it has been ONE YEAR since we renovated 2 of our bathrooms!  Crazy!  This post has been a long time coming.  I knew it was going to be a rather lengthy one, so it took me a while to get it all put together.  I would work on it and then forget about it for a few days months.  Then, I'd come back to it, only to abandon it once more.  And now, the time has come my friends!  I finally hit publish.


Bathroom remodel with herringbone carrera look tile, chevron marble tile and raised white subway tile


We have lived in our current home for about two and a half years now. The first time we looked at this house, my immediate impression was not exactly warm and fuzzy.  The kitchen and the bathrooms were terrible. Those are the 2 things that usually end up making or breaking a house sale and this house was definitely lacking appeal in these areas, among others.  There was old, dark wallpaper on most of the walls, the floorpan was rather choppy, the bedrooms were small, bathrooms were smaller, and the basement was not anything we could really finish into a living space.  Buuuuuuut we loved the land and the setting, so I swallowed my pride and we bought it.  I enjoy a challenge, but this is definitely my biggest challenge to date! 
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Monday, February 12, 2018

Personalized Valentines

Each year I make my kiddos a personalized Valentine for them to give out to their friends.  If I'm being completely honest, I really just make it for myself, and then print extra copies for them to hand out.  I don't know why, but I just really love this little tradition we started and I am going to do it as long as they comply!

Personalized Valentines / Midwestern Mama

As Chase gets older, it has become a little more challenging to think of something that he approves of.  Last year was just a simple picture of him with a Valentine graphic.  It was cute but pretty simple and I thought for sure he would not be into my silly ideas this year.  I was pleasantly surprised!

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Friday, February 9, 2018

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

It's that time of the month again!  No, not that time of the month...  It's time for me to share what I order from Amazon's Subscribe and Save program.  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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Monday, February 5, 2018

Target Does it Again

Just when I think Target can't possibly get any more trendy...they come out with a new line that is pretty freaking awesome! 


I have been very impressed with their new Universal Threads line and I wanted to share some of my favorites.  I recently ordered a few pairs of shoes to try, and it's going to be hard to decide which ones I need to return.  Especially since the prices are unbeatable!

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Friday, February 2, 2018

Everyday Makeup Tutorial Video

Hey there fellow makeup lovers!  I think makeup is such a fascinating thing.  I love how it can boost a woman's confidence and make us feel grrrrrrrrreat (am I right, Tony the Tiger?).  I used to wear makeup every.single.day, but then....motherhood.  I noticed that when I would go a while without putting it on, I just felt blah.  It's amazing how a little bit of makeup will make you feel human again on days you may otherwise not.  You know, those days when you are sleep deprived, have dried spit-up in your hair, and are wearing the same shirt you wore yesterday and maybe all week.


I am by no means a makeup professional!  Not at all!  But, I have been getting some questions about what products I use, so I am stepping out of my comfort zone and showing you everything via video!  Some of my products are department store brands, others are drug store brands.  Some of them are more natural and free of toxic chemicals, and unfortunately others aren't so great with their ingredient lists.  It's just a big giant mix of everything!  Below, I'll try to explain a few more details, things I may have forgotten to mention in the video.  And, I will link up everything incase you see something you would like to try!
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