Straight Outta the Midwest

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I’m a Midwestern girl. I was born and raised in South Dakota. I came to Nebraska for college, met my husband, got married, and started our family. All in the Midwest.

We love to travel all over the place, but I just adore life in the Midwest. I love the four seasons, even if they  sometimes happen all in one day! I love being near our family and our Huskers. I love the people, the landscape, the feeling of belonging. The Midwest is our home base.

This new tank top from Sweet P + Fi could not be more perfect as we head into another Midwest summer…

Sweet P + Fi is my favorite online boutique (based out of Nebraska!) because the pieces are fun and the prices are fabulous. This is another one of those great pieces!

The “Straight Outta the Midwest” tank is super soft and flowy – and it’s only $20! Even better – use the code Midwest15 to get 15% off! 

I love a good classic gray tank on its own, but you can always spice it up a bit with a colorful bralette like this teal one, also from Sweet P + Fi!

To complete this Memorial Day weekend-ready outfit, I went with distressed denim, Converse, and an Urban Halo headband! Comfy and cute and ready for some Midwestern family fun – that’s my kind of outfit!

While you’re over at Sweet P + Fi buying your “Straight Outta the Midwest” tank, make sure you check out all of the other great new items in the shop! I just added a couple more new soft tanks to my summer wardrobe! Don’t forget – use the code Midwest15 to get 15% off your entire order!

Where are my Midwest girls? Born and raised here? Recent transplant to the Midwest?

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Getting Ready for Summer with Glow by Nature Made®

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Summer has just snuck right up on me! The kids are just a few weeks away from being out of school and are already making plans for all the fun in the sun! We have vacations planned, races to run, pools to swim in, tennis to play, and so much more. It’s going to be a full summer and I need by body (and mind) to be in top working condition so I can enjoy every minute of it.

As I have mentioned before (many, many times), I am a runner. Two of the things I need most daily to keep my body in its best running form are also two things I need most to be ready for summer: hydration and sleep.

HYDRATION

I had no idea how far off I was on my daily water consumption until I became a runner. Early on, I would feel so sick after races and I discovered it was because of dehydration. Yes, I was drinking a lot on race day, but I was drinking enough on a daily basis. Once I started tracking my water and drinking more, the post-race sickness went away! I take my hydration VERY seriously now.

I feel the same way about hydrating my skin for the summer. With shorts, skirts, and tank tops making their way into my daily outfits, I want my skin to be moisturized and healthy-looking! Drinking water and regularly using moisturizer and sunblock are even more important for my summer skin.

This summer, I’m also taking the Glow by Nature Made® – Skin Moisture supplements. This new line of supplements is designed to help your skin stay moisturized from the inside out.† Glow by Nature Made® – Skin Moisture contains Ceramosides® which help with skin smoothness/firmness/suppleness for adults with dry skin† and help support skin hydration in as little as 15 days for adults with dry skin†. An ingredient in Ceramosides® is ceramides, which help support skin hydration by helping form a lipid barrier within your skin to retain moisture.† That’s a whole lot of technical talk to tell you Glow by Nature Made® – Skin Moisture is your summer skin’s best friend!†

SLEEP

Did you know most professional runners schedule rest just like they do workouts? Sleep is very important for athletes (and every person) because our bodies need time to heal. The list of reasons our bodies need plenty of sleep is long. I can tell when I’m running and exhausted – it does not go well, even if I’m in great physical shape.

Our summers are spent outside. We work hard and play hard. All the physical activity and time in the sun can really drain me! Add to that the fact that kids stay up later and the sun stays up longer…I’m tired just thinking about it! I need my sleep in the summer, so I’m so glad the Glow by Nature Made® line includes Skin Moisture + Sleep!

Glow by Nature Made® Skin Moisture + Sleep contains melatonin to help support sleep.† I take two softgels an hour before bedtime and I have felt a difference since I started taking them!

I am thankful to have Glow by Nature Made® Skin Moisture + Sleep on my side as we head into summer! You can find the whole line, which also inlcudes Glow by Nature Made® – Skin Moisture + Hair and Nail, at your local Target in the vitamins and supplements aisle just like I did. We shop at Target ALL the time, so it’s very convenient to have these supplements at my favorite store! If you shop online, you can receive 10% off at Target.com with promo code: GLOW now through May 27th!

 

*For adults with dry skin. ¥ 70 mg of Ceramosides®    ‡Biotin may help support healthy hair, skin and nails in those that are biotin deficient.†

†These statements have not been evaluated by Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to treat, cure, diagnose, or prevent any disease.

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What I Wore

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People have asked me before how I would describe my style. That’s hard to do because I don’t really have one style. I think this is partially why I couldn’t stick to capsule wardrobe. I like to mix it up, dress to match my mood, not be held to a certain way of dressing on a regular basis.

I do know one thing: I like to be comfortable. High heels and I have never really gotten along. If the clothing is too tight to move, I’m not wearing it. Hot weather means you’ll find me in tanks, shorts, and sun dresses. Cool weather means I’ll be layering, probably with a cute hoodie on top.

Thankfully this week, we had some hot AND some cool weather, so I wore both tanks and jeans. And it was all super comfy. Here’s what I wore this week…

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We headed to zoo for Member Appreciation Day last Wednesday and it was hot and humid. The last time we had gone to the zoo, I wore my hair down and regretted it the whole time. Hot, sticky mess. I wasn’t making that mistake twice, so I searched easy braid tutorials on Pinterest and came up with these milkmaid braids. The braids stayed in place, kept me cool, and I LOVED the way they looked! A Pinterest hair win for once!

The tank was a fun purchase with Zulily credit – it’s my favorite color and I have a slight obsession with pineapples, so it was perfect! I added this Work of Worth necklace for some extra color and wore my favorite Paisley + Sparrow earrings that I wear multiple times a week.

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We spent the weekend at my parents’ house and, while I have plenty of pictures from the weekend, I failed to capture any of my outfits. Whoops. BUT while we were away I had the super fun privilege of meeting Jaime, owner of Noelle Mae Boutique, and sorting through her fabulous racks of clothing! I came away with several cute things to show you, but let’s start here with the Wifey tee and Kan Can jeans. The tee is amazingly soft, the kind I want to pull on every day. It made The Hubby smile big when he came home from taking his boards to see me wearing this shirt! The Wifey tee runs a little small, so keep that in mind when ordering! I usually wear a XS or S shirt and this is a M.

Now, can we talk about the jeans? I’ve been on the hunt for my first pair of distressed jeans and the selection has been greatly disappointing. I don’t need anybody but my husband seeing my underwear. I haven’t really loved any boyfriend jeans I’ve tried on either. Jaime talked me into trying a pair of Kan Can jeans in the Boyfriend Distressed II style. THEY ARE FABULOUS. They are cute, comfy, just the wash I was looking for, and the BEST PART – there are patches behind the distressing so no unwanted underwear or skin showing through! Bonus: The Hubby thinks they are “pretty hot.” His words. A note on sizing: these jeans run big, so you’ll want to size down. I’m usually a 4 or so in jeans and these are the 1/24″ size!

If you’re looking to order the tee or jeans, you’ll want to click here to get 10% off your first order of $25 or more from Noelle Mae Boutique! This is just the beginning of all the fun pieces I’ll be showing you from her mom-owned shop!

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Last but not least, we had a wonderfully rainy and cooler day yesterday. I was actually wearing a hoodie and jeans much of the day. It was heaven. The sun peeked through the clouds late in the afternoon, so I ditched the hoodie, but it was just perfect to stick with jeans! The jeans, hat, and tee are all from Target – go figure. The tee is my favorite Target tee – I have it in four colors because I like the material and it can be dressed up or down easily.

I completed the outfit with gold accessories: the Aztec Chevron Necklace from Beautiful & Beloved (use code “empower” to get 15% off), the Tory bracelet for my Fitbit from Funktional Wearables, and these marvelous Sperrys with some fun gold accents. I’d love some more days like today to wear outfits like this!

What are your thoughts on your own personal style? Do you have “a style?” If so, what would you call it? Or are you more like me – go with the flow when it comes to fashion?

I’m linking up with What I Wore Wednesday at The Pleated Poppy!

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Fourth of July Outfits!

Who’s ready for the Fourth of July weekend?!

I’m totally ready – time with family, a day at the lake, celebrating our country, the food – it’s all good. I also love the fun Fourth of July outfit options. Red, white, and blue can be mixed together in so many different ways. Whether your holiday celebrations are at the lake, a backyard party, or anywhere else, I have some ideas for how to style your patriotic colors!

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A navy striped dress is a great staple to have in your summer closet and you’ve already got the blue and white covered for your Fourth of July outfit! Add some red beads and white slip-ons like these from Bzees to keep this classy outfit both dressy and comfy. I’m always a big fan of completing a summer outfit with a fedora.

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This is my lake Fourth of July outfit – a great patriotic tank, neutral shorts, comfy shoes and simple accessories. Lake days are all about being able to move and be comfortable not matter how hot it may be. We’ve been going to the same lake every Fourth of July since I can remember and this type of outfit has never failed me – why change now?! Did you notice the shape of the flag? So fun.

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If I was spending the Fourth of July at a backyard party or restaurant with friends, this would be my outfit of choice. I love the long, bold graphic tank paired with classy white capris and the best wedges ever. I really should wear white pants more, but hello, mother of three boys! Actually, I’m the one who usually spills on them…

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One of my favorite parts of the Fourth of July is sitting around the campfire, making s’mores, singing, laughing and talking with my aunts, uncles, and cousins. By that time of day, we’ve changed into jeans and hoodies, partially because it has cooled off, but mostly to ward off those Minnesota mosquitoes! This year, I’m adding these amazing Mitscoots “The Mark” socks for a little extra USA flair! It’s too late to get your own pair in time for this holiday, but you’ll want to order them now anyways because they are on sale for just $10 AND you can get an extra 20% off your order with the code HWTB20 at checkout!

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How do you wear your red, white, and blue? Which of these Fourth of July outfits fits your style and plans for the holiday?

 

 

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Refreshing, Healthy On-the-Go Summer Drinks

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Summer is a time of practices and play dates and vacations. Basically, even though things technically “slow down” in the summer, we’re still always on the go, but in a more fun way! Amidst all the travel and play, we have to grab something quick to eat and drink in between activities. It can be hard to keep making healthy choices. 

I’m a big fan of products that make it easy for me to make healthy choices in a hurry, so I’m loving these two mixes from NOW Foods that I can add to my water or juice this summer to keep my body in great working order!

Summer Drinks

I actually love drinking water, but I do prefer some flavoring to add variety. And water is super important for my body, not just for everyday life, but also as a runner. If I’m not getting enough water, my whole body suffers. It is not pleasant.

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I discovered a new flavoring option from NOW Foods that is perfect for on-the-go hydration! Slender Sticks are sugar free drink sticks containing natural ingredients, natural sweeteners, and 10 super fruits! The Acai Lemonade flavor makes for a lovely summer drink that can be enjoyed in a mason jar on my deck or in a water bottle as I shuttle the kids to another summer activity. One packet is enough to flavor a regular 16.9oz water bottle. I’ll be keeping a few packets in my purse for easy use – it’s super delicious!

I don’t know about you, but the last thing I want in the summer when we’re traveling is an upset stomach. At home, I have Greek yogurt almost every day, which contains probiotics which help support proper digestion. I can tell a difference when I’m not eating my Greek yogurt. But yogurt doesn’t travel well without refrigeration, so I’ve been looking for other ways to get my probiotics on the go. I’ve found a solution in these great packets from NOW.

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The NOW Probiotic-10 packets are vegetarian-vegan, as well as dairy, wheat and gluten free, and they are super easy to use! This also makes is great option for those who can’t have dairy products. Just add one packet of this unflavored supplement to 4-6 oz of water and drink up to keep your intestinal tract in great working order. Probiotics aren’t glamorous or yummy on their own, but you’ll be glad you added them to your water or favorite juice this summer.

When my body is well-hydrated and my digestion is functioning properly, I can enjoy summer with my family with much more gusto! How do you make sure you are physically at your best during the summer?

 

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Take Us Out to the Ballgame!

Summer. Baseball. Family. Fun.

These words just go together, don’t they?!

In Omaha, you can add three more words: College World Series.

Every June, college baseball fans from all over the country converge upon our fair city to cheer on their teams and it is quite the sight to see! The Hubby and I attended a College World Series game back when we were a young married couple without kids. That was back in the days of Rosenblatt Stadium, the long-time location for this baseball championship that is no longer standing.

We hadn’t been back to the College World Series or the festivities surrounding them since they moved to downtown Omaha, but we made it a priority this year! With the boys getting older and being more interested in actually watching the game, this was the perfect year to take it all in!

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We had such a fun time attending the Opening Day festivities – meeting players, watching practice, playing games, eating yummy food! It was a great way to see the stadium and teams up close for FREE!

The fun didn’t stop there, though, because The Hubby picked up tickets for us to attend two games, including one featuring LSU, the team our oldest son had decided to cheer for in the tournament! Imagine the excitement when the boys found out we were going! Honestly, I was just as excited as them!

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One of the biggest differences between attending the Opening Day activities and the game was the weather! On Friday, we were wearing hoodies and jeans, but by game day on Tuesday, it was in the upper 80s with LOTS of sunshine! We came equipped with the necessities – hats, sunglasses, water bottles, and plenty of great Banana Boat® sunscreen!

As a mom, I know how important it is to make sun protection a priority. Sunscreen does more than protect against sunburns. It protects against long-term effects that are not always visible, like skin damage and skin cancer.

Banana Boat® sun care products are tested in seven conditions – sun, pool water, ocean water, wind, sweat, sand and extreme heat – to provide safe and effective broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection for the entire family. The Hubby and I prefer Banana Boat® Sport Performance® Lotion Sunscreen with PowerStay Technology™ for our active lifestyles as runners and as busy parents of boys!

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Our trip to this ballgame ended with an LSU win, three happy boys, and no sunburn! It was a smashing success and we we went back for more later in the week Looks like we have a new yearly tradition!

Have you had a memorable trip to a baseball game? Tell me about it!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Banana Boat® . The opinions and text are all mine.

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