Wednesday, May 30, 2018

So This Happened....

It was a long winter y'all.  Like really long.   I mean it snowed in April for goodness sake!  Multiple times!  So, what do you do during a long, harsh, cold winter like that?

Well, hubs and I poured a glass of wine, lit some candles, snuggled up under the covers, and...


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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale



I was browsing the Half Yearly Sale currently happening at Nordstrom, and thought I would share some things that caught my eye.  I didn't choose a ton of stuff for this post, just the things I either have, or would consider purchasing myself.  With so many items on sale, it’s can be a bit overwhelming!  There are lots of really cute things on sale though, so you can check it all out right here.

If you have a wedding or an event coming up where you need a cute dress, they have so many adorable dress options!

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Trying to Find the Right Denim Shorts is Like Finding a Needle in a Haystack!

You would think that getting a pair of jean shorts would be a pretty easy task.  There are so many to choose from out there, but it's near impossible to find one that meets all of my requirements!  If you follow me on Instagram, chances are you have already heard me talk about most of these, but I know there are a lot of you sweet readers who aren't on IG, so I wanted to share this on my blog as well!  And with all of the Memorial Day sales coming up, I am sure most of these will be on major sale!

Denim Shorts Review / Midwestern Mama

I have been ordering and sending back several different pairs of denim shorts over the past couple of months and it finally donned on me that I should be taking pics and sharing this with you because if we can help each other find a decent pair without pulling our hair out, then we have succeeded at something in life!  I am all about little victories, and a good pair of jean shorts has a way of making me smile!

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

DIY Wooden Towel Rack

When we remodeled the boys' bathroom last year, we added a couple of hooks for them to hang their towels up.  I had them strategically hung at a lower level so they could reach them, however, that also meant a little too much force was applied while a towel was being hung up.  Or maybe a child hung from the hook themselves just to see if it would hold him?  Just saying.  Needless to say, they started coming loose from the sheetrock very quickly and were about to fall out of the wall.

DIY Wooden Towel Rack / Backpack Hook  --  Midwestern Mama

I liked the functionality of having them at kid level, but we needed a better solution.  Placing a board behind the hooks provided the stability we needed while also covering up the existing holes!  It was a super easy fix and has been working out great!  I wanted to hide the screws behind the hooks so that the board would be nice and secure without visible screws.  It just makes for a cleaner looking towel rack, don't you think?

DIY Wooden Towel Rack / Backpack Hook  --  Midwestern Mama

I have been seeing a lot of people using this Old Barn Milk Paint stain and I was intrigued for a couple of reasons.  #1, its a one step stain!  Can I get an amen?  It's water based, so you just paint it on and that's it!  You can do as many coats as you want to, but I went with two for this project.  And #2, it is non-toxic.  Enough said.  This is the color Weathered.

Materials:

1"x 8" board, cut to size.  I used a pine board cut to 28 inches
hooks--I used 3 (These are the ones I have because they match the other bathroom fixtures, but there are less expensive hooks available at Hobby Lobby or Amazon--I like these and these!)
screwdriver
drill
level
studfinder
2" construction screws
stain or paint (optional)
paintbrush or rag to apply stain or paint
wall anchor (optional)


Directions:

Measure your wall and decide how long you want your board to be.  If you know your measurements when you purchase the board, Home Depot or Lowes will cut it for you!

If you are wanting to stain or paint your board, do that next.  Allow plenty of time for your board to dry before you screw it to the wall.  Determine how many hooks you want on your board and where you want the hooks placed on the board.  Use a stud finder to locate the studs on your wall.  Mark them with a pencil to determine where to place your board.  Ideally, you would want to secure the board to 2 studs, but that may not always work out, depending on where your hooks are going to be located.  So, just aim for 1 stud at a minimum and use a wall anchor for the 2nd (and possibly 3rd) screw of you think it is necessary.

DIY Wooden Towel Rack / Backpack Hook  --  Midwestern Mama


Use a drill to secure the board to the wall where your stud is.  Using your level, ensure your board is nice and straight before screwing the remaining screws into the wall.

DIY Wooden Towel Rack / Backpack Hook  --  Midwestern Mama

Attach your hooks over each screw to cover them.  And now you have a custom towel rack that not only looks great, but is super functional and kid friendly!

DIY Wooden Towel Rack / Backpack Hook  --  Midwestern Mama

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Friday, May 11, 2018

Sausage and Cheese Tortellini Soup

Posting a soup recipe in May is probably not ideal, especially when it’s 90 degrees outside, but this is a fan favorite!  I usually make a crockpot full of this yumminess when we have people over or when I am bringing food to a party or pot luck.  Most recently, I made it for the teachers during teacher appreciation week, and I was asked numerous times for the recipe...so I thought I'd write a blog post about it to share it with all of you and also have a point of reference for when I want to share it in the future!

Sausage and Cheese Tortellini Soup in the Crockpot!

I knew this soup was good, but the some of the teachers made me feel like Jamie Oliver with comments like "that soup is heaven in a bowl!", and "eating this soup is like getting a hug from your favorite grandma!"  I mean, they were so freaking nice and appreciative for the food that was made for them!  Teachers are amazing, aren't they?
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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Have You Ever Heard of Mother's Day?

Mother's Day is this Sunday, incase you didn't already know!  I came across a video last year that has stuck with me...so much so that I wanted to share it with you for Mother's Day this year.


Most of you know that my Mother's Day last year was a complete disaster, which included me crying in the parking lot of Home Depot.  If you missed that post, you can check it out here.  I don't have a lot of words to add to this post because the link I am about to share pretty much says it all.  Motherhood is a gift.  I know this with my whole heart because conceiving and giving birth to children did not come easy for me.  I tried and tried and tried so hard to get pregnant the 2nd and 3rd time, but that doesn't mean that the day to day grind doesn't get to me sometimes.  I don't take being a mom for granted, and I absolutely love the opportunity I have been given, but sometimes it's just plain hard.

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

How I Motivate Myself to Workout in the Mornings

I have been working out consistently about 4 times a week (with the exception of a week off around Christmas and another week off around Spring Break) for over a year now.  I go through seasons of life where I am pretty consistent in working out, and then I have definitely been through seasons of pure laziness.  Before I had kids, I usually went to the gym after work, but there was a time period where I was working crazy long hours, so I started getting up early and working out before the sun came up.  I liked getting my workout over with before the day had even begun, but that eventually came to an end.   After having kids, I told myself I need all the sleep I can possibly get, so I started sleeping longer in the mornings to squeeze in every minute of ZZZZZ's I could before they woke up.

tank (only $5!) // sports bra // leggings // shoes

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