High Five for Friday

Happy Friday from the Midwest tundra! People, it is COLD outside and I am SO over it. Summer, please hurry.

What does everybody have planned for Valentine’s Day weekend? Ryan and I are headed to a nice dinner tonight, and then tomorrow will consist of furniture shopping for the family room and a much-needed trip to Costco, ultimately ending with Costo take-and-bake pizza for dinner. It doesn’t get any more romantic than that. 
Anyways, here’s a quick recap of the past week.

1. ICYMI – Miss in the Midwest got a makeover earlier this week! I so much appreciate all the kind words and feedback that I’ve received from all of you about the new look – to say I am beyond thrilled with it is an understatement. My favorite feature is my new static navigation bar with drop-down menus if you’re looking for more specific categories within beauty, style, etc. Thank you so much to Bethany for bringing my vision to life and being an absolute joy to work with.
2. Hey, fun fact about me: I am straight up terrified of the doctor. Like, anxiety for weeks before my appointment and shedding tears right up until getting in the car to go to the office. My appointment was Wednesday this week, so I finally feel like a normal, functioning human being again. Psst – everything went fine. 
3. Miss in the Midwest reached another big blog milestone this week – 300 followers on Bloglovin’! Again, thank YOU for continuing to come back to read my content and leave comments. All of you are what makes this blogging thing so fun and rewarding.

4. We received a huge Valentine’s Day surprise from my parents – Billy Joel concert tickets! The whole family is going in August when he plays at Wrigley Field. I am so excited to see a musician that I grew up listening to with Ryan, my parents and siblings. Now there’s something to look forward to when the weather warms up!

5. I finally started a new book this week! I purchased The Woman I Wanted To Be back before Christmas but hadn’t gotten around to reading it yet. So, after hearing my sister’s and Biana’s rave reviews about it, I knew it would be my first read of 2015. Finn apparently wanted to get in on the action, too.

Have a fabulous weekend!


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  1. That last picture of Finn is too cute! Congrats on 300 bloglovin' followers! Have a great weekend and enjoy your Valentine's date!

    Posted 5.9.15 Reply
  2. ElleSees.blogspot.com wrote:

    that book is on my audiobook list! i can't wait to listen to her read it!

    Posted 5.9.15 Reply
  3. Thanks, Tif! I'm glad you like it now that it's live and you're not getting a sneak preview. πŸ™‚ The Billy Joel concert definitely will be one to remember – I can't wait! Thanks for hosting the linkup every week!

    Posted 2.20.15 Reply
  4. Thanks, Katie! I am so excited for August for the concert. Thanks for hosting the linkup every week!

    Posted 2.20.15 Reply
  5. I love love love the redesign! It's perfect. And congrats on reaching the Blog Lovin' milestone:) I'm so jealous of the Billy Joel concert. I love his music–Big Shot is my favorite song by him.

    Thanks for linking up with us!
    Tif
    http://www.brightonabudget.com

    Posted 2.19.15 Reply
  6. Congrats on the new blog design AND 300 followers on BL! How cool! Andn woohoo for Billy Joel! That will be a fantastic concert. Hope you had a wonderful weekend! Thanks for linking up with us at H54F!!

    Katie @ Cup of Tea

    Posted 2.17.15 Reply
  7. Thank you, Amber! I appreciate your sweet words. I'm a huge concert-goer, too, so Billy Joel at Wrigley probably will be one for the books. I'm looking forward to it (and the warm weather!)

    Posted 2.15.15 Reply
  8. Awe, thank you! I appreciate you stopping by and deciding to follow along. πŸ™‚

    Posted 2.15.15 Reply
  9. Thanks, lady!

    Posted 2.15.15 Reply
  10. Thank you! We think he's pretty cute, too. πŸ™‚

    Posted 2.15.15 Reply
  11. Thanks so much!

    Posted 2.15.15 Reply
  12. Haha, I think Finn even knows how adorable he is sometimes. πŸ™‚ A concert at Wrigley definitely will be pretty cool! Happy Sunday!

    Posted 2.15.15 Reply
  13. It's just the worst – even Finn doesn't want to go outside!

    Posted 2.15.15 Reply
  14. I'm so glad to hear that! I guess I wouldn't expect anything less from him. Hope you had a great weekend!

    Posted 2.15.15 Reply
  15. Thanks, girlie! I'm not exactly sure where the doctor anxiety stems from – I come by it honestly a little bit since my mom also has similar nerves about the doctor, but it's just in recent years that mine has been taken to a whole new level. I really love my new doctor though, so hopefully that will help!

    Posted 2.15.15 Reply
  16. Thanks, lady! I hope you're feeling a bit better and that you had a good weekend. πŸ™‚ xo

    Posted 2.15.15 Reply
  17. Thank you, pretty lady!

    Posted 2.15.15 Reply
  18. OMG, right?! Ryan is a pharmacist, and I'm still so afraid of the doctor. I'm glad I'm not the only one that feels this type of anxiety when that time of the year rolls around!

    Posted 2.15.15 Reply
  19. Thanks so much, Becky! Happy Sunday!

    Posted 2.15.15 Reply
  20. You are so sweet, thanks friend! I appreciate the support. πŸ™‚ Hope you had a wonderful Valentine's Day and a great weekend!

    Posted 2.15.15 Reply
  21. Billy Joel is going to be so fun with everybody – thank you for the great surprise! You absolutely can borrow my DVF book, I only have about 100 pages to go. I just need it back since it's a signed copy … I know where you live.

    Posted 2.15.15 Reply
  22. Thanks, lady! Hope you had a good weekend!

    Posted 2.15.15 Reply
  23. Ahh I bet that will be so fabulous!

    Posted 2.15.15 Reply
  24. It's a great book – I can't recommend it enough! Happy Sunday!

    Posted 2.15.15 Reply
  25. The book is so fantastic! I have about 100 pages to go – it has been such an inspiring and uplifting book. Exactly what I needed. Happy Sunday, friend!

    Posted 2.15.15 Reply
  26. Thank you so much! I'm glad those of us in the Midwest aren't the only ones freezing. πŸ™‚ Happy Sunday!

    Posted 2.15.15 Reply
  27. Right?! I never thought in a million years I'd get to see him in concert. Hope you are having a good Sunday!

    Posted 2.15.15 Reply
  28. Thanks, sweet friend! Yes, DVF's book really is a fantastic read – I think you'd enjoy it!

    Posted 2.15.15 Reply
  29. How fun! I hope you had a wonderful weekend!

    Posted 2.15.15 Reply
  30. I love your new blog look! It's beautiful! Yay for concert tickets! I really enjoy going to concerts, so I can't wait to hear all about it. Congratulations on all the followers! That's truly an amazing accomplishment!

    Posted 2.14.15 Reply
  31. Mrs delos Santos wrote:

    OMG Finn is super cute! Congrats on hitting 300 followers, happy to say that I am follower #303 πŸ™‚

    -Jan
    janmloves.blogspot.com

    Posted 2.13.15 Reply
  32. Jessica wrote:

    The Blog Facelift looks amazing πŸ™‚

    xo,

    Jessica

    The Petite Diaries

    Posted 2.13.15 Reply
  33. Love the look! And congrats on 300 followers! Finn is absolutely adorable πŸ™‚

    Posted 2.13.15 Reply
  34. Congrats on 300! The design looks great.

    Posted 2.13.15 Reply
  35. Little Finn! He is so cute! And I'm so over winter, too. Billy Joel will be awesome at Wrigley – I still can't believe I never went to a concert there when we were living in Chicago! Congrats on 300, lady!

    Posted 2.13.15 Reply
  36. Erin wrote:

    I feel your pain. Wisconsin weather is NOT being kind this week! I love your new blog makeover!

    Posted 2.13.15 Reply
  37. Yay to Billy Joel tickets! I saw him a couple years ago and he puts on such an amazing show – definitely something to look forward..along with some warm weather!! Have a great weekend! xoxo

    Posted 2.13.15 Reply
  38. Your new space looks so beautiful!!! I love the clean design and color scheme! Why such anxiety over the doctor???? I'm glad to hear everything went well!

    Posted 2.13.15 Reply
  39. Jessi Otey wrote:

    yay for everything happening here! Love the design and glad the doc went well- also billy joel tix? So fun! Hope ya'll have a fabulous v-day weekend! xo

    Posted 2.13.15 Reply
  40. I love, love, love your new bloggie design! It's so chic! And congrats on your blog milestone πŸ™‚

    Posted 2.13.15 Reply
  41. Ashley T wrote:

    I’m pretty sure God knew of my doctor anxiety and therefore made me fall in love with Brian to ease my fears. Nope, they’re still there. I totally feel you… it stresses me out beyond belief.

    Posted 2.13.15 Reply
  42. Becky M wrote:

    Yay for your new milestone and for your new design! I love it! Happy Friday!

    http://www.madeintheshadeblog.com

    Posted 2.13.15 Reply
  43. Yay for all the followers, congrats on the milestone! I know you'll just continue to grow with all the hard work and dedication you clearly commit to this awesome space! Furniture shopping and a nice pizza sounds like a great relaxing vday to me! What a great thing to look forward to this summer, how cool! Happy Valentine's girl!

    Posted 2.13.15 Reply
  44. Debra Stachelski wrote:

    Congratulations on the new blog design and reaching 300 followers on Bloglovin – I'm sure you will get many, many, more. I would love to borrow the DVF book from you when you're done – she is a fascinating person! Cannot wait for Billy Joel with everyone, we don't get to do those things very often! And of course, cannot get enough of Finn, either!

    Posted 2.13.15 Reply
  45. Billy Joel at Wrigley?! That's cool and definitely has me dreaming of summer! Congratulations on the 300 followers, and I'll have to check out that book some time. Enjoy your Valentines Day date and have a wonderful weekend! πŸ™‚

    Posted 2.13.15 Reply
  46. Biana Perez wrote:

    I'm so glad you're reading the book – you will love it!! Hope you have a great weekend girl and so happy everything went well at the doctor!! xo, Biana – BlovedBoston

    Posted 2.13.15 Reply
  47. Pinky wrote:

    Your makeover is fabulous lady. It's freezing here on the East coast too, I'm so ready for warm weather!

    That DVF book has made it to my list and I'm just about ready to buy/borrow it. Sounds fabulous!

    have a great weekend!

    Posted 2.13.15 Reply
  48. Jenn wrote:

    I need to read that DVF book–everyone has said such good things about it!
    Billy Joel tickets?? That's going to be awesome! Congrats on the 300 followers!! πŸ™‚
    Have a great weekend!

    Posted 2.13.15 Reply
  49. Pamela wrote:

    I totally need to get DVF's book! I've heard from so many people that it's really good! Congrats on reaching 300 followers on BlogLovin! That's awesome!! And definitely loving your new design! πŸ™‚ Happy Friday girl!

    <3, Pamela
    Sequins & Sea Breezes

    Posted 2.13.15 Reply
  50. I love Finn side-eying your book! haha And what an amazing present from your parents! Enjoy the concert!

    Josh and I are going to see 50 Shades tonight, go out to dinner and dancing tomorrow, and then do a couples 5k on Sunday. It should be a fun weekend!

    Her Heartland Soul
    http://herheartlandsoul.com

    Posted 2.13.15 Reply