Instagram: Insecurity Equals Profit.

Do I have an Instagram account? Yes, I actually run four of them. Do I like Instagram? Yes, I like the idea of Instagram, I just don’t like what it’s becoming. Instagram started as a place to share photos. To see beauty from all parts of the world through other’s eye. It was a way…

Not Pictured.

Do you ever look at a photo and remember that exact moment? Exactly what you were doing, or how you were feeling? This is that photo for me. Three years ago (yesterday 9/17) I was almost 300 lbs, married, and I was miserable.  I was so unhappy with where I was in life, who I…

Burnout.

I’m having a hard time finding motivation lately. Going to the gym feels like the ultimate burden and work somehow feels like my only escape or mini break, weird, right? Anyone else feel like this lately? I don’t know if it’s the time of year and the fact that Summer just won’t leave. Knowing Fall…

Real Friends Serve Humble Pie

Every once in a while people need a good hearty helping of humble pie. Ya’ll know who I’m talking about. That person who knows everything. That person who’s done more, seen more, knows more. That person who’s feelings are deeper, stronger, worse than your’s are… They love more, experience more, and grieve more. There are…

DIY Halloween Candle Jars!

Fall is almost here! Here in southeast Iowa the temps are dropping, the pumpkins are growing, and Starbucks has released the almighty PUMPKIN SPICE! All things Fall and Halloween are here. This year, Allison was looking for a way to help raise money for her Dance expenses. With a quick Pinterest search we found some…

Tie-Dye Cupcakes

These cupcakes were way easier to make than I was anticipating! This isn’t really a recipe, it’s more of a how-to. You can use whatever cupcake recipe you want, and you can use whatever icing recipe you want as long as its good for decorating. We used Pillsbury White Cake Mix and Pillsbury Fluffy Marshmallow Frosting. It’s…

Pastel Rainbow 1st Birthday!

Eleanor’s 1st Birthday party was everything we wanted it to be! We didn’t go overboard on decorations. We spent under $100 on decor! Her theme was everything pastel and rainbow. Most things were purchased on Amazon, Etsy, or at Walmart. I will post a few links to products in this post. These balloons made the…

DIY Dessert Stand

I’m always looking for more affordable ways to decorate. This year for Eleanor’s 1st birthday party we went with a rainbow theme. I wanted pastel rainbow with lots of cute desserts. We’re having tie-dye cupcakes, a smash cake, macarons, and other rainbow themed treats. For all the desserts I wanted pretty ways to display them,…

Baby’s First Year in Photos

I’m so freaking happy I stuck to taking a photo of baby every month. Each picture takes me back to the day it was taken. The thought I put into the blanket she would lay on, the outfit she would wear, and eventually how I would keep in her in one spot long enough to…

The Ultimate Guide to Fall for The Basic Mom

It’s Almost the most WONDERFUL time of the year: FALL! Maybe it’s just me, but when the school supply list comes out, I start to get that sweet, sweet feeling deep in my basic soul. Fall is coming. Don’t let Hobby Lobby fool you with their Fall isle in July shenanigans! Once the school supplies…