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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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

What I'm Ordering From Amazon This Month (June, July, & August)

Whoowee!  Did anyone else rack up some deals on Amazon Prime Day?  I didn't go super crazy, but we did snag a few things, some of which I will be saving for birthday and/or Christmas gifts!  Nothing like doing some extra early shopping!  Now I just have to remember where I hid them come December...

Since I didn't get the last Amazon post out until the end of May, I decided I'd just combine months again!  That and it's just easier for me to do it this way...considering the kids are home from school and I don't have a lot of free time these days!


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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Friday, August 3, 2018

Nordstrom Sale--Last Call


Are you sick of hearing about the Nordstrom Anniversary sale yet?  To be honest, I am ready for it to be over.  It's a little strange to be buying fall and winter items in July and August when it's 100° outside, but the prices are right, so just wipe that sweat off of your brow and get it while the gettin is good!


This is the last weekend of the sale, and then prices will increase on August 6.  If there is anything you have been debating about, I would suggest snagging it now.  Several things are out of stock, but I rounded up lots of my favorites that are still available!  Don't forget Nordstrom offers free shipping and free returns, so you can always try it out, and send it back if you don't love it!

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Thursday, August 2, 2018

Growing Old is For the Birds

Thank you to Smile Brilliant for sponsoring this post!  All opinions are my own.

I can barely even admit this, but I will be 40 very, very soon.  FOURTY.  Y'all, that just doesn't even seem possible.  I remember going to a friend's 40th birthday party when I was in my 20's and I thought, man that dude is OLD.  And, here I am.  Apparently 40 is the new 30.  Or at least that's what everyone is telling me.  I think only people who are 40+ are staying it though!  hahahaha!  The lies we tell ourselves.


It's amazing how you can just wake up one day and your body just starts falling apart.  I have a bad hip, my knee hurts, I get shoulder pain...I sound like my grandmother!  All of the aches and pains are starting to set in, and it's not fun, let me tell you!  What is life going to be like in another 40 years? Along with that laundry list of ailments, I also have receding gums.  This is something I haven't given much thought to, but my dentist recently advised that I need to start paying attention to the way I brush my teeth to avoid further deterioration. 

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