H54F: Burgers + Jogging = a Good Week

1. New ASICS Gear!
I told you last week that I had ordered some new running tights and leggings from amazon. Well they came in, and I LOVE them. I prefer to workout in leggings and tights, but most of the time I find that they have a problem with thin fabric. I’ve had good luck with ASICS in the past and so when I found 4 different pairs for so cheap, I ordered them all. I might even order some more. They are wonderful to run in and I only paid around $40 for ALL of them combined. You can check them out here.here.here & here.

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2. Burgers + Cookies with my Lady Love
I don’t know if you are aware of this, but Max & Erma’s is the place to BE on Wednesday. My friend Jaquelline and I used to live down the street from each other… and right down the street from the local Max & Erma’s. They have this burger deal that is always available for $8.99 that includes a salad or soup, fries, a cheeseburger and a fresh made cookie. BUT on Wednesday they give you two MORE cookies with the purchase of an entree (I asked them to package the extras up so I wouldn’t eat them). This was our first time going there since we moved away from each other, but it was just as delicious as I remember it being. If you’ve got a Max & Erma’s near you – hit them up on a Wednesday :)


3. Run, Run, Runaway Baby
I’ve been busy prepping for my first 5k this weekend. I can now say with total confidence that I can run a 5k without dying. I ran a 5k on Sunday and then another one on Thursday. It’s getting easier every time.

4. Orange is the New Black
I watched the first season of Orange when it first came out, but for some reason hadn’t watched the second or third season yet. Well, I started the second season I’ve been watching it all week. I’m obsessed with it. I don’t know why I waited so long.

5. Dog Obedience Classes
We finally decided to sign Kidd up for obedience classes. We got him on August 1st and he’s been awesome. But… he’s a bit of a spazz. He knows sit and stay and lay down… but isn’t so great with stay or, more importantly, walking on a leash. He is a pointer mix, so he’s full of energy. He snifs, he darts back and forth, and pulls me along on our walks. We take him to the dog park to get his energy out, but he really needs to learn how to walk nicely on a leash. It would be FANTASTIC to be able to run with him, but he runs WAY too fast for me. Hopefully we’ll be able to fix that soon!

Work Outs
Sunday: jogging | 2.64 miles
Tuesday: jogging | 3.15 miles
Wednesday: jogging | 2.01 miles
Thursday: jogging | 3.11 miles

Recipes I Tried This Week:
Skillet Butternut Squash, Spinach & Sausage Penne from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe
One Skillet Cheesy Chili Mac from Gonna Want Seconds

Additions to My Etsy Shop:
I Like Big Books and I Cannot Lie Print

Today I am linking up with:
Tif at Bright on a Budget for High Five For Friday
The Farmer’s Wife for Oh, Hey Friday!

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Football, Beer & Bars: What Saturdays are Made of


God I love fall weekends. Saturday was another tailgating day – MSU was playing Central Michigan and it was absolutely beautiful out. It was a noon game, so we were up bright and early for tailgating. We had quite the turn out, including two of my best friends Jacquelline and Maurica. The little girl I used to nanny for and her family came up for the game too. They moved about an hour away recently, so it was great to see them all again. 11222255_10153672147424861_8410333476108500384_o 2

Getting up at 6am took it’s toll and Jacquelline and I hit a wall at about 2pm. Thankfully my parents have a superb tailgating spot that features a cozy little area under a tree that is perfect for napping. We took full advantage of it.


After the game we went home and slept some more. We were rather exhausted. Later that night we went out downtown East Lansing.


Like typical girls, Jacquelline and I tried to get a good “pre going out” picture. Unfortunately, they all ended up like this. Kidd is such a photo bomber.

We went to my favorite bar in the area, P.T. O’Malley’s. It’s actually where Ivan and I met just about 2 years ago. There were a lot of people we knew there, which was fun. Afterwards, we had the munchies and ended up at Georgio’s. If you are from the East Lansing area, I’m sure you’ve had Georgio’s before. They sell gourmet buy the slice pizza and it’s divine. I had a piece of potato pizza and split a slice of tomato/pesto with Jacquelline.

Here’s the last photo of the night. Post our face stuffing pizza session. I have to say, I’m incredibly surprised with how good this pic turned out. It’s probably the best end of the night, 2am drunk photo we’ve ever taken.
IMG_1443 Oh, one final note about Saturday night. We took an uber home and when I woke up Sunday morning I checked out my receipt. Unfortunately we were in a surge rate the night before and I ended up paying almost $40 for a $7 ride. I’ll be going back to using local cabs at night. There just aren’t enough drivers in the area to support the demand at 2am in East Lansing. It certainly hurt when I woke up and saw that bill. Never again lol

Today I am linking up with:
Erin at Her Heartland Soul for Weekend Snapshots
Sincerely Jenna Marie for Hello Monday
Katie at Healthy Diva Life for Marvelous in my Mondays

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H54F: Running Down a Dream

1. Etsy, Etsy, Etsy
I’ve been working like a mad woman on my etsy store. I’ve been adding lots of new material and revamping my listing photos. Here are a few of my favorite newbies. Does anyone else sell on etsy? What do you do for advertising? I’ve been posting on twitter, instagram, pinterest & wanelo… anything else I should be doing?


“I Love You All the Way From…” Print 2

We’ve Moved Cards


Meat Temperature Guide

2. I ran my first 5k. Guys.. that’s 3 MILES. 
If you follow me on instagram, you may have seen my post already but… I actually completed my first 5k this week. I’ve gotten close before, but I made myself stick it out this time. I didn’t stop running once. I was practically crawling along at a snails pace – but I did it. It may not seem like a huge accomplishment, but for most of my life… I’ve HATED running. Now I actually enjoy it. It’s such a strange feeling. Hopefully I can get a few more of them in before I run my first race on the 4th! It’s the Dino Dash… are any of my Michigan darlings running it? It goes through MSU’s campus.

3. Business Cards
I also ordered some new cards from Moo.com. They have the BEST products. The new cards reflect my branding at Midwest Darling better, so I’m pretty excited to see how they turn out.

4. New Workout Duds
It’s funny… I just did a post about where to find cheap workout clothes and the next day I bought 4 pairs of workout bottoms from a place I forgot to mention – amazon. I found some AMAZING deals on asics capris/running tights… I’m talking like $10-$15 a pair. Crazy, right? I might have to send some of them back, but it’s worth a try. I’m so picky with my workout bottoms. I prefer leggings/capris because I do NOT have a thigh gap and my thighs rub together in shorts. Which as you may or may not know, sucks. I have the hardest time finding leggings that aren’t see-through though. I’ve had good luck with asics in the past, so I thought I’d give them a try again.

5. Project Time
On Wednesday night I had my friend Jacquelline over and we worked on a DIY project. We made race bib displays for all of my upcoming bibs. I’m super serious about this running thing guys. I’ve signed up for both the Dino Dash and  the Lansing Turkey Trot and am considering signing up for a trail run 5k and a 5k that I can run with Kiddo. He loves to run. Plus that particular race would benefit the humane society where we got him. We’ll see. They just add up… who would have thought running would be such an expensive hobby.

Today I am linking up with:
Tif at Bright on a Budget for High Five For Friday
The Farmer’s Wife for Oh, Hey Friday!

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10 Places to Buy Affordable & Cute Workout Clothes


I’m a sucker for cute workout clothes. If I could, I’d stock my closet with nike, lululemon and all my other expense favorites. But… I’m on a budget, so I’ve had to find affordable places to find cute outfits. Here are my favorite places to stock up.


I’ve told you before, I found my two all-time favorite sports bras at walmart. They also have some pretty cute athletic clothes. Their jackets usually run from about $11-15, shorts $5-10, yoga pants/running tights $10-$12 and shirts are $5-10.


jacket $14.96 | tank $9.96

T.J Maxx / Marshalls / gordmans

I am pretty sure that all of my running shorts and jogging tights have come from one of these three stores. They all operate under the same principle – cheap designer stuff at discount prices. I like my shorts to have built in spandex underneath to stop my legs from running together (don’t you hate that!?) and you can usually find those for about $10-$15 at these chains. I’ve found items from nike, under armor, reebok, adidas and more.

Old Navy

Old Navy has got some seriously cute workout items. Most things range from $10-$20, although you can find some great items on sale often. Things from Old Navy tend to be a bit long on me, but if I hunt a little bit, I can find affordable, cute things that I like.

Goodwill / Ebay

I’ve been very lucky with secondhand shopping. I’ve found some great gear – nike running jackets, lucy tops, lululemon leggings… you just have to be willing to take the time to sort through the racks. Most items at goodwill are between $3-$5, so it’s amazing when you find a great score.


I’m a big fan of the Champion brand at target. Everything I’ve purchased there has held up really well and is incredibly comfortable. I would buy everything in target if I could.

Nordstrom Rack | Saks Off Fifth

I’m obsessed with both of these stores. I’ve bought all sorts of things from them, but workout clothes are my favorite. There are so many cute fun things to find… and at such great prices. Check out these two from Nordstrom Rack.
2 tank $10.80 | shirt $14.98

What are some of your favorite places to buy workout clothes?

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My Two Favorite Affordable Running Bras

I am incredibly picky about my sports bras. I don’t care about the brands, but I have to feel secure and comfortable in them. I jog, so I am always on the lookout for great bras that keep the girls in place during movement.

I need a bra with adjustable straps because I am pretty short. I always have to adjust the bra to the tightest setting to fit my shoulders. I also prefer a workout bra with underwire. I feel like the ones without either don’t hold me in place or they squeeze me way too tight.

I’ve tried a lot of different brands and stores and I’ve actually found that two specific bras from Walmart fit me the best. Isn’t that funny? Two $11 bras are what I feel the most comfortable in.

The first one is the Danskin-Now Seamless Foam Cup Sports Bra. I’ve actually got this bra in 3 different colors. For a long time, it was the only sports bra I wore. It’s a medium impact bra with underwire, but it’s so comfortable. It doesn’t push my boobs down, but it keeps them secure.  It’s fantastic. It can be a bit difficult to take off after a workout though. It’s a pullover bra and it requires some effort to get it past your shoulders when you are all sweaty. It appears to be close to selling out online right now, but they always rollout new colors. Hopefully they’ll be available soon.

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The second bra is pretty new to me. I bought it about a month ago and it’s amazing. It looks and feels like a normal bra, but it’s a high impact sports bra. It’s the Danskin-Now Core Strength Push Up Foam Sports Bra. It’s got a traditional clasp back with adjustable straps. It also has underwire, but the whole bra is padded everywhere, so you don’t feel the digging that you sometimes get from regular bras. Plus, because it’s a regular clasp back bra, it doesn’t stick to your skin when you try to take it off after a workout. I could only find the black, but I think I’m going to order the white version from their website. For $11, you just can’t go wrong.

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What are your favorite sports bras? What do you look for when you’re buying one?

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Weekend Recap: A Night in Charlevoix

This weekend Ivan and I attended a wedding in the ever lovely and ever charming Charlevoix. If you’ve never been to the Lake Michigan coastline, I highly recommend it.

Ivan knew the groom from his teaching days in Arizona. It’s actually a kind of funny story – he and his girlfriend (now wife!) moved down to Arizona for teaching jobs after college. Now Ivan’s in Michigan for law school. I’d never met either of them before, but they were great people. Plus their wedding was beautiful.


It was in a rustic barn and the entire thing looked like it was straight off of my wedding pinterest board. Lots of string lights, mason jars & rustic charm. There was even a sparkler sendoff. Ivan and I even accidentally wore the bridal party colors – I had a navy blue dress and he wore a dark grey suit.


It was too bad that we couldn’t stay a day longer, because I would have loved to show Ivan around Charlevoix. He hasn’t really had the opportunity to see the truly beautiful parts of Michigan yet. I want him to fall in love with Michigan so that he never wants to leave. As it is, he’s got a bad taste in his mouth from the ridiculous winters we’ve been having.

Anyways, back on track. Sunday we made the 3.5 hour drive back home and I did some cleaning. We picked up Kidd from our friends house – it was the first time we’ve left him. I hated leaving him, but thankfully a couple of friends took our baby in. I didn’t have to heart to send him to a boarder. We’ve only had him since the beginning of August and I didn’t want him to have to go back to that kennel type atmosphere. He apparently missed us terribly (I’m sure I missed him more) and I never want to leave him again.

Today I am linking up with:
Erin at Her Heartland Soul for Weekend Snapshots
Sincerely Jenna Marie for Hello Monday
Katie at Healthy Diva Life for Marvelous in my Mondays

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H54F: 5k’s, Etsy & A Doggy Birthday

1. Registered for my First 5K
So last weekend, I registered for my first 5k. I’ll be running the MSUFCU Dinosaur Dash on October 4th. My have a couple running buddies who are joining me, so it should be fun. I’m pretty excited about it.

2. Etsy Revamp
I’ve been working on revamping my etsy store all week. I started it in 2014 and haven’t really put too much effort into it lately. I added a bunch of new listings & updated all my photos/displays. I think it’s got a better vibe now :) I sell custom digital downloads for you to print at home. I do wedding materials, resumes, invitations, decor, nursery art & more.

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3. Old Lady Mode
I’ve been watching Criminal Minds on netflix all week. It’s kind of an issue. Ivan’s called me out for it a few times. My parents have also been picking on me because they discovered that I save those plastic Chinese food containers. But, they are awesome right? They stack so nicely and are dishwasher and microwave safe. PLUS they store pretty close to flat. Does anyone else keep them?

4. First Tailgate of the Season
Last Saturday was the first MSU tailgate of the season and the law student society shirts came in. I designed them super last minute for the official tailgate, but I’m pretty happy with how they turned out.

5. Buttercup’s Birthday
Today is Buttercup’s birthday. Buttercup is my childhood pet/my baby sister. She’s a yellow lab that we got my sophomore year of high school and she’s just about the sweetest thing on the planet. She’s had some major health issues – including cancer and we thought we were going to lose her this summer. Thankfully, she’s doing MUCH better and we’re able to celebrate another year with her!
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Today I am linking up with:
Tif at Bright on a Budget for High Five For Friday
The Farmer’s Wife for Oh, Hey Friday!
Fitting It All In for Five Things

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