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Hey all! Some of you may have noticed I have completely went MIA!

Not entirely true. As most of you know; a lot has happened for me this last year. My boyfriend Jake moved in and in the process of looking for our first home together we found out we were expecting. I’m going to be a mommy & I’ve upgraded from my bachelorette pad to a town house in the suburbs with the love of my life. My lifestyle is changing and so is my blogging style. I thought it was time to ditch Half Ass Chic Crafts brand for a more suitable one. Introducing Midwesternmomblog. I’m happy to say I’m finally excited to write again.

Midwesternmomblog

Here I will continue to write about what I love the most which is DIYs, interior design and decorating on a budget. And that budget sure has gotten even tighter with a baby on the way. Follow me while I continue to create beautiful spaces all while taking on motherhood.

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I want to thank all of you who have supported by following, liking and commenting. You can still find me on Instagram at Casskell2

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I hope to keep my previous relationships and followers while gaining new ones with this blog.

So much love for you xo Cass

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A Corn Maze Gender Reveal

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Times have changed. These days the new fad is a gender reveal party. I had no clue what this was till one of my best friends was expecting her first baby a few years ago. She did family and friends and a surprise in a cake. But would it be blue or pink cake on the inside? Just like I had predicted; PINK! From that moment I was pinning gender reveal ideas for me to go back to for when it would be my turn.

Well that time has come. For Jake and I though, I was hung up on doing something completely different. I wanted something that I could not find on Pinterest, something that would include everyone attending the party. Although I would love to take credit for our plan I have to hand it to the soon to be grandmas. The two of them brainstormed a ton of different ideas and came up with an idea so memorable and so creative that the only thing that could rain on our parade was just that.. RAIN. Which it did. But memorable NONE the less. (We will get to the rain later.)

There were a few obstacles but none that me and these super grandmas couldn’t over come. The first AND BIGGEST was.. what I am sure everyone faces during the weeks leading up to their gender reveal ; WHO WOULD KNOW BEFORE? PAUSE! I continue I have to say I am insanely blessed with not only a mother who is ECSTATIC and incredibly supportive over this baby but also a mother of the daddy to be who feels just the same. This, although wonderful, was at the time… stressful. These women were more excited about this baby then I think I was! These women needed to know the babies sex and they needed to know it PRONTO. I however was hung up on NO ONE knowing before the reveal including Jake and I. We went back and fourth between maybe one of the moms knowing to neither to both. But I couldn’t shake how wrong it felt knowing that they would know before Jake and I. This is everyone’s blessing but it’s our baby. The life we created. Our future, our entire reason for existence. I debated with myself thinking maybe it was better that we find out during the ultrasound. Maybe no party at all? Maybe we find out and make everyone else find out at the party. But none of these ideas satisfied me. To me- what was the point of the party if we already knew what we were having? Could I even keep it a secret? My mother would lock me in a room with no food or water till I filled her in with the news for sure. (partial sarcasm) No! I knew that what I really wanted deep down was a special moment shared between me and the people who were going to help shape my baby into the person they would soon become. I knew what I really wanted was to share this moment with the people who have loved and supported Jake and I from day one.

So what did we come up with? No one would know. Well that is no one other than the nurse herself. There would be an ultrasound and both mothers and Jake of course would attend and we would leave with an envelope and curious hearts. And that was exactly what I wanted.

So we tackled that hurtle. But I still had no clue how we would reveal. There has to be a theme and lucky for me my reveal fell right around my all time favorite holiday, Halloween. So this meant pumpkins and plaid right? And if you go on Pinterest you are sure to find a dozen super cute ideas however once again I was determined to be different.

With a date of October 31’st and a festive theme in mind we came up with the perfect idea. A pumpkin either a boy or girl pumpkin would be placed in a box and hidden in a corn maze. Jake, myself and whoever else would like to participate would then go on a hunt for our pumpkin. Once located we would then have to find our way out of the maze and back to the rest of our friends and family where we would then open the box together. What I loved most about this idea was that we could include those that were interested in participating but reveal with everyone. I also loved the idea of being at a pumpkin farm that had other activities for guests to enjoy as well. With the perfect reveal planned we then found ourselves back at square one… WHO WOULD KNOW THE GENDER FIRST? After all the pumpkin wasn’t going to decorate itself… And we needed someone to get it in the box and sealed to be kept secret. This wasn’t something we could ask of our nurse! She would have thought we were insane.

Mark 12:31 ; You Shall Love Your Neighbor As Yourself. yes YES YES! Neighbors are amazing if  you have gotten the chance to get to know them and Jakobs mother has made some wonderful friends out of hers. One of them agreed to be the biggest part of our reveal and vowed to keep our secret safe. Jayne (Jakobs mom) created both a boy and girl pumpkin and then dropped both off along with the sealed envelope. Her neighbor would then open the envelop and place the correct pumpkin in a box and wrap it for us. We would pick it up on our way to the corn maze.

SOUNDS SO FBI RIGHT? It was.. and it was intense.. And exciting.

With a location, time and date set, the only thing that was left to possibly worry about was the weather. We live in Minnesota where there is a 70 percent chance of our Halloween weekends being covered in snow. I’m a risk taker though.

Surprisingly and lucky enough snow was the least of our problems once the day had come. Instead we were greeted by a cold, grey and miserably wet, rainy morning. I was in a panic but family assured me that everything would turn out just fine. Which it really did. Because of the cold and rain there were no other customers but our party  and due to this we were given more special attention which included a large enclosed tent with tables for everyone to sit at. It wasn’t warm and cozy but everyone dressed for the weather and we provided blankets in case anyone needed a little extra warmth.

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When it was time, my mother worked with the employees of the farm to hide the pumpkin. They also marked the spot that it was in on a map of the maze so that it wouldn’t take forever to find. I should add that this was not your typical children’s corn maze. This was the real deal. Like Labyrinth material. So in other words it wasn’t easy to find your way out. We gathered up our group and set out to find our baby pumpkin.

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Jakob took the lead and fifteen minutes later we found the box. Not bad timing right? Considering the length of time it could have taken us.

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The Reveal. Once  we returned everyones excitement was at it’s peek. People showed their guesses proudly with cute mustache and lip photo props I had personally hand made. And will ya take a look at the UH MAZING cake Jayne got us?

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And then the moment came. I will let the photos tell the rest of this story.

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A baby boy. YES that ugly cry is happy tears over a baby boy.

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We got to share this incredible moment with the people we love and who love us right back. The overwhelmingly joyous feeling you see in these photos are every bit real. If I could relive the moment just once I would be happy. Wet nappy hair, chilly hands and all. One of the most amazing moments of my life. I want to thank everyone who came and the mothers that made it happen for Jake and I. This moment and day will forever be engraved in my heart.

If you are wrestling with the idea of having a gender reveal party I highly recommend it. Not because it’s the new cliche but because the moment only comes once. It happens so fast before you know it you are out shopping for clothes. Have it documented, and share the memory with those who can later reminisce with you. Celebrate this time in your life.

Thanks so much for reading. I apologize I have not been writing as often. Baking a baby takes a lot out of you.

XO cass

Pumpkin Spice Face Mask

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OH yes… I went there. Not only because it’s amazing for my complexion but because this pumpkin spice craze has taken over the minds of women all over the country. Because if boots and North Face zip ups aren’t good enough we need pumpkin spice latte’s, muffins, beer, infused vodka, perfume, chapstick and at this point, pumpkin spice tampons. As women we want to become one with the pumpkin, we want to be the pumpkin. We want to see, smell, feel pumpkins all day every day for 31 days and don’t want to be judged for it.

OH you don’t like pumpkin? “you can’t sit with us!”

Turns out, pumpkin is actually good for the skin. It’s full of Vitamin A which softens the skin and has natural enzymes that help promote new cell production. Another ingredient is cinnamon which can reduce signs of aging and help reduce fine lines. This tasty spice is also known to heal acne. Honey also does wonders in helping dry out them dirty little pimples and open the pores making them easier to unclog. So let’s get down and basic. Turn on some Hocus Pocus and let’s whip up a batch shall we?

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup pumpkin (either canned or fresh)
  • 1/3 cup honey (I personally added a little more due to good results from previous DIY honey based facial masks and cleaners)
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon (recommend that this be left out if you have sensitive skin)
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg

Enjoy !!

The mastermind behind this delicious treat for your face is a blogger named Cat and for all the details you can Click Here

Happy Fall Y’all! Hope you enjoyed this post.

XO Cass

Lorion Diamond Face Mask

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Oh the pregnancy glow. Is it a real thing? Maybe for some but for me it just means I decided to put bronzer on that day.

There is however for sure a glow in a box you can get and thanks to Jakobs momma I got to experience my first taste of it last night.

You may have heard of or seen this new epidemic on shows like the Real House Wives or mentioned by famous beauty bloggers all over the internet. Well today I am going to give you a newbies experience and not just a newbie to the Diamond Face Mask but a newbie to face masks in general. Of course I am not talking about your 95 cent one time face masks from Walmart or them Pinterest home remedies because of course I have already tried the DIY pumpkin Spice for your face recipe. I am talking about a real, pricey, do something for your face kind of face mask.

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White Pumpkin Fire Mantel

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In light of National Pumpkin Spice day and the first day of October I thought I would share a little fall on the blog today. Anyone who knows me knows fall is hands down my favorite time of year for reasons that could be explained by just about any basic B**** out there! That’s right I’m one with the p spice demographic and I’m loud and proud about it!

Fall fashion and Starbucks aside I thought it would be fun to share some of the latest seasonal updates I made to my home and show you how it doesn’t have to cost a fortune to pumpkin spice up that living space of yours. Today I want to focus on the base of my home which is my fire place. It’s the primary focus of the living room and my favorite thing to decorate especially around the holidays.

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Antique Chalk Board Dining Table

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So we all know how much I love everything antique and chic. But I don’t want to give up a pretty penny for it. That’s why I do everything i can to decorate from craigslist, thrift stores and a can of paint. Sometimes it works and a lot of times it doesn’t. But when a piece doesn’t turn out the way I had planned, it doesn’t suck so bad because I didn’t spend a fortune on it.  Which is why I didn’t mind taking a few different risks on this table here.

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