Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Don't Freak Out!! It's Still Me!!!

So when I started this blogging journey I didn't even know what a blog was. As I've stated many times before, some guy that I went to college with started one and I thought what the heck, let's check it out. So originally my name was Nicole J. Real creative right? Hey I didn't know what a blog was.

Then slowly but surely I started slowly figuring out what it was all about...

So I got brave one day and changed my blogging name to That's Life. I'm not sure why I did it or why I picked that title, I sure wish I did though, it would be fun to track the changes but sadly that was around 2010 and I can't quite remember that far back, but anyway I chose That's Life as the blog title name. Here is even one of my headers that was on the bloggity blog :).

Then eventually I started worrying about the negative connotation that had. That's Life. Well I say that quite a bit, and I don't mean it negative but it could very easily be taken negative at that so one day I started pondering a name change and wound up with Life's a Beach.

Life's a Beach came from the fact that my husband answers the phone that way sometimes, "Life's a Beach wish I was on one." Seriously who doesn't wish they were on a beach, I guess those who prefer the mountains and snow? But anyway that's where my blog made its home... Life's a Beach.

So about a year ago or so, maybe a tad bit longer I really wanted to go the .com route so we started looking in to it. Well I learned that Life's a Beach .com is a realty company out in California so that name was out. Shoot! Heck I even had to start an email address at lifesabeachtheblog which I wasn't real keen on the idea of having The Blog attached to the end of it.

So I just continued on and would ponder names every now and again. I wanted something that really represented me but what about me could I represent? I pondered using my name in the title and I pondered this and I pondered that. So a couple weeks ago when we were driving up the East side of Arkansas and across the southern part of Missouri to come home from Memphis I finally came up with a new name.

I can't remember who was driving at the time, but the other person started looking into the name Midwesternatheart.com. (I think I was driving because I don't remember looking up the name....) The name just so happened to be available.

I went ahead and sat on it a little bit and this week we finally bit the bullet and decided to start the switch over to my blog being called Midwestern At Heart and it will be at www.midwesternatheart.com.


I've had a few people catch on the subtle changes, because I haven't even changed my header yet (I need to find time to create one) or my button, etc but if you type in tnicolej.blogspot.com which was my previous address it reroutes you to www.midwesternatheart.com.

It will also show up on the tab at the top as Midwestern at Heart. I just wanted to point this all out so that you guys didn't freak out :). The end of school is majorly approaching and I've been busy writing papers so it's a slow process but with the help of my wonderful husband it is coming along. So please bear with us while I give the el bloggy a make over and I love you all to pieces!!!!!



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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Homewood Suites - Hilton - Memphis, TN

Okay so random thought on my brain right now.... I'm hungry. Looking at my food posts like y'all do, is making me hungry. That could be because it is noon and I haven't eaten since breakfast and baby girl is yelling at me to eat mommy, eat!

Anyway thought I'd pop in and tell you about our accommodations that we had while we stayed in Memphis that one night. Hubby went on line and found us a really good deal to stay at the Homewood Suites which is a Hilton property there in Memphis.

Typically they are set up for extended stay visitors so the rooms are set up more like a one room apartment. Very very nice though! Our room had a fire place and there was a note on the table that said that you could get one log free for it, from there they could be purchased. The livingroom had the couch, a chair, a television and small table and around the corner was the kitchenette which had a full sized refrigerator, a stove, cabinets, sink, dishes and even a dishwasher.

When you entered our room, I told you, we're going to get spoiled by getting rooms with a King Sized bed :). Hubby and I, no matter what practically sleep on top of each other whether we're sleeping in a twin sized bed (which we've done) to a full sized bed to a queen sized bed to a King. But obviously in that king we have a little more room to sprawl out even though we're still touching :)

The bathroom was next to the bedroom. There was the room with the toilet and the shower, then there was a sink on the otherside of that door. You know, so you can get ready while your husband is showering and you don't get the steam :). I even loved the note that Housekeeping left us.

Even though it was an extended stay hotel, they had a continental breakfast in the morning. Being a Sunday morning when we ate there we had the option of a Cheese Omelet, Sausage, Rosemary Potatoes, cereal, waffles, muffins, fruit, juices, coffee and milk.  The plate on the left was mine and the one on the right was hubby's but that was because I really wanted a donut from Dunkin' Donuts. Yes I know, he spoils me! (by the way did you know the proper way to spell donut is actually doughnut.)

This was definitely a nice hotel to stay at, easy access to the highway and hey, we were close to Dunkin Donuts and Gus's World Famous Chicken, what more could you ask for?



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Monday, April 21, 2014

Easter 2014

I had a major #bloggerfail for Easter! Holy Cow. We're talking no pictures hardly at all. Seriously. Can't really tell you why other than.... um.... we didn't. I didn't get pictures of the cake. The cake was good though.

No family pictures. No food pictures. um.... I was a slacker! #bloggerfail

So leading up to Easter (which yes I know the true reason for the day) I posted this picture on my facebook for the fun of it. This just cracks me up. I can't help it.

I also posted a few jokes because well, here lately I've been on a joke posting kick. Again, no reason I just like them :)
A man is driving along a highway and sees a rabbit jump out across the middle of the road. He swerves to avoid hitting it, but unfortunately the rabbit jumps right in front of the car. The driver, a sensitive man as well as an animal lover, pulls over and gets out to see what has become of the rabbit. Much to his dismay, the rabbit is the Easter Bunny, and he is DEAD.

The driver feels so awful that he begins to cry. A beautiful blonde woman driving down the highway sees a man crying on the side of the road and pulls over.

She steps out of the car and asks the man what's wrong.

"I feel terrible," ! he explains, "I accidentally hit the Easter Bunny with my car and KILLED HIM."

The blonde says,"Don't worry." She runs to her car and pulls out a spray can. She walks over to the limp, dead Easter Bunny, bends down, and sprays the contents onto him.

The Easter Bunny jumps up, waves its paw at the two of them and hops off down the road. Ten feet away he stops, turns around and waves again, he hops down the road another 10 feet, turns and waves, hops another ten feet, turns and waves, and repeats this again and again and again and again, until he hops out of sight.

The man is astonished. He runs over to the woman and demands, "What is in that can? What did you spray on the Easter Bunny ?"

The woman turns the can around so that the man can read the label.
It says..

(Are you ready for this?)
(You know you're gonna be sorry)
(Last chance)
(OK, here it is)

It says, "Hair Spray Restores life to dead hair, and adds permanent wave."

Happy Easter!!
And the other Easter joke I posted last week was:
How did the soggy rabbit dry himself?

With a hair dryer
We got up early and went to Church and then headed to my parents house. When grandma got there she said that the Easter Bunny had been to her house and had left goodies for all of us. Have you ever had Lindor truffles? They're awesome. My fave is the red and the blue.

Then mom came through and said the Easter Bunny had stopped at her house too. Boy we must have been bad because the Easter bunny didn't visit our house. #fail

For Easter Dinner we had Ham, twice baked potato casserole, corn, Grandma's homemade rolls and strawberry jam, and for dessert we had Tbug's Strawberry Cake she made.

Then later in the afternoon we went to Sunday Night Dinner and had it potluck style. We took our Potato Casserole! YUM! It was all gone by the end of the meal and I almost didn't get any. Crazy! And there was Easter.

I hope you all had a fabulous Easter and sadly it seems as the years go by, it is becoming less and less of a celebrated holiday, does anyone else get that feeling?



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Sunday, April 20, 2014

The Cake Disaster

So here's a good one for ya....

As you know today is Easter. Well last night Tbug and I decided to make a cake for Easter supper. Let's just say we had.... fun.....

The cake we decided to make was The Pioneer Woman's Strawberry Shortcake Cake recipe. All was going well with the actual cake. All the measurements, all the pouring, mixing, etc.  Now let me paint a picture for you....

My laptop was sitting on the stove because well that's where it wound up. We were working on the counter next to the stove with the mixer. Once the cake was in the oven we cleared off the counter top and then started on the icing. So we dumped the powdered sugar in the mixer, the cream cheese, the butter, the vanilla, then I told Tbug to lower her head, meaning the mixer head and she bowed her head.

Right there I should have known something was about to happen... I mean hardly ever do we cook in the kitchen without something weird happening anyway. So... I cracked up laughing. Then we moved on and I told her the mixer head, lower the mixer head. So she pulls it down and I told her to put it on the lowest setting (which if you don't know is stir). That's when it happened.....

We had Powdered sugar EVERYWHERE.

It was in her hair, in my hair, on my house shoes, on the counter top, all over the mixer, my arm, Tbug's arm, Tbug's apron, my apron, the stove top, my laptop, it was even in the air so when we were talking we were all tasting powdered sugar. Just imagine a HUGE powdered sugar storm blowing in.

And I'd like to point out that hubby was sitting in the kitchen watching the whole thing and there are absolutely NO pictures what-so-ever. Every time something like this happens when really it would be hilarious to have pictures, there is no camera around. So anyway you just have to use your imagination. I'll let you know later how the cake tasted... as obviously we haven't eaten it yet....

Happy Easter!



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Saturday, April 19, 2014

The Saturday Post {45}

Top 5 Posts of the Week
1. The Saturday Post {43}

2. Week 28

3. The Saturday Post {41}

4. Where would you be if you weren't with me?

5. BB King's Blues Club - Beale St - Memphis, TN

This Weeks Posts
Hyatt Place - Leawood, KS (Kansas City)
Where would you be if you weren't with me?
BB King's Blues Club - Beale St - Memphis, TN
Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken - Mendenhall - Memphis, TN
Week 28
Dunkin' Donuts and TV Commercials

Blast from the Past
2013 - Mini Me
2012 - How to Flatten a Whole Chicken
           Splish Splash
2011 - This Could Be What's For Dinner Tonight
2010 - Notta

Recipes made from the Blog This Week
New Recipe this week... nothing from the past...

Instagram Lately


Week's Happenings
++First off, Happy Easter tomorrow!!!
++Hubby and I made a kind of random trip to Memphis, TN. Sure why not :)
++I found out my cinnamon rolls I made last week brought $12.50 per pan! woot woot!
++I'm completely stressed out. Have I mentioned this yet?
++I thought it was weird we had classes on Good Friday. When I went through for my BS degree we actually got out on Good Friday.
++It really doesn't feel like Easter weekend but I think part of it is I'm just soooo stressed.
++Have a great weekend!!



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Friday, April 18, 2014

Dunkin' Donuts and TV Commercials

So don't be fooled by the power of suggestion on the TV still. When hubby and I are at home, a lot of time we try to avoid commercials if at all possible, but when you're traveling that's not really an option as in this case. Saturday night I saw a commercial for Dunkin' Donuts. Now we really don't have Dunkin' Donuts around home so I asked if we could go and try it out. See what all the hype was about and hubby said sure. Especially since we saw one just down the road from the hotel so it wasn't like we had to drive all over Memphis to find one. Score!

What was my big lure you might ask?? The Inspired by Baskin Robbins Iced Coffee... for sure.

I got the Cookie Dough version. The guy asked if I wanted sugar and creamer added to it. Sounded like an odd question to me but I decided yes because that's how I drink my coffee. Yum! Especially after I got the sugar mixed in.

Now the hotel we stayed at had breakfast and I had eaten a little but I really wanted a donut too.....

So shame on me, blame it on Peanut, I got half a dozen Donut Holes. Btw, we had a discussion in class one morning about if these should be called Donuts or Donut Holes and the Donut should be the donut hole since it has the hole in the middle of it. Ah the fun things that 11 year olds say that bring topics of discussion to college students. (No the 11 year old wasn't in there with us, his grandma is our professor) Hubby ate one and then said, dang I should have gotten a full dozen :)

Hubby wasn't sure about the iced coffee so he got a Sweet Tea for us to share as well. We both liked the Iced Coffee but I drank all of it other than his few sips. The iced tea was really good too. It's sweet tea of course. Hmmmm no wonder why I'm heavy, oh wait, I'm carrying a baby Peanut :)




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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Week 28


How far along? 28 weeks 6 days... Did you know 28 weeks starts the 3rd trimester? I didn't! Learn something new every day!!

Total weight gain/loss: Oddly enough I've been ignoring our scales. They upset me :)

How big is baby? Your baby is the size of an eggplant. Hmmmm so I have an eggplant in there... lol. Sorry just popped into my head and had to share :). Baby is putting on layers of fat, your baby now weighs in around 1.5 to 2.5 lbs and measures 13.6 to 14.8 inches long.
  • Baby's starting to develop more fat, so her wrinkly skin will start to get smoother
  • Her lungs are mature enough that she'd probably survive if she was born now. WOW!

Maternity Clothes? Wonder why I still have this as a question....

Stretch Marks? Oh these are sad! I'm predominately seeing them where she kicks me the most... my lower ab.

Best moment this week? I still keep getting sweet little kicks. I think she must be running out of room in there, ya think?

Movement? Yup! The bump.com says I should be counting the kicks. Um.... why?

Food Cravings/Aversions? Oh.... nothing new but lemon brownies have sounded good for a couple weeks. Not a craving I don't think, they just sound really good. I've been to lazy to make them though. 

What I miss: Not waking up all achy. 

What I'm looking forward to: being able to suck my belly back in and look skinny :)

Nausea/Vomiting? I have had a couple moments this last week I've been iffy but I seriously think it's my nasal drainage causing this problem.

Labor signs? Well I don't think so. I've not really had these pains before so I really don't have any comparison.

Gender? We have had them verify it's a girl 3 different times. Think it's a girl?!?!

Belly Button in or out? This is a sore subject, literally. Very upsetting. My belly button hurts, I think when she lays against it it really sticks out and other days it's just flat. It's really dry and hurts to touch it too. I hate belly buttons.

Wedding rings on or off? Sad subject here but I really think that when we do our maternity photos, if I can get my rings on, I want them on in the pictures. I just don't want to have to cut them off. I'd really cry then!

Sleep? Um.... yeah so far. I wake up exhausted in the mornings but other wise I wake up to roll over at night because rolling over is difficult.

Weekly Wisdom: Don't sit to long. That's where I've been having my difficult moments because my feet swell. Otherwise sitting is good, but it's good to get up and move around some. Also I wore flip flops earlier this weekend just cause I didn't want to wear shoes and that made my ankles/feet swell really bad. Must not have been enough support? Really they say that flip flops are bad for your feet anyway because there is no support so....

Due Date: Thursday June 26, 2014 was what we originally thought. Then I was told June 30, then July 4th, then June 26, then June 27 and after the 3-D ultra sound June 28. I guess she'll come when she's ready, right?



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