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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Thursday Fashion Files Link Up #48: Heart Sweater + PinkBlush Giveaway!

Welcome to Thursday Fashion Files!

Welcome to Thursday Fashion Files with Jill at Doused in Pink and Carrie at Curly Crafty Mom! We are excited to have you here and would love to have you link up one of your latest outfits with us.

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I am excited about Valentine's Day! My husband and I have extra special plans this weekend and I am really looking forward to them. I was also excited when PinkBlush sent me this blush colored heart sweater just in time for Valentine's Day. It goes perfectly with my blush fringe purse and blush colored flats. And, I wore my new velvet leggings from Stitch Fix, which makes this SUCH a cozy and comfy outfit.

Jill at Doused in Pink is also styling a PinkBlush item today! Be sure to stop by her blog to see what she is wearing.

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What I'm Wearing:
Heart Sweater - PinkBlush
Blush Colored Flats - Express (Similar, Similar)
Velvet Leggings - Stitch Fix
Chambray Shirt - Old Navy (Similar, Similar)
Fringe Purse - H&M (Similar, Similar)
Watch - Michael Kors
Renegade Cluster Bracelet - Stella & Dot
Charm Bracelet - Soufeel
Kiss Ring - Jeulia
Nail Color - Essie's Vanity Fairest
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Full Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. This sweater was gifted to me in exchange for this post. All opinions are 100% mine.

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Irene at The Daily Lace is our co-host this week. Irene shares her passion or fashion on her blog. She lives in Greece and works full-time in Accounting.

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We will each select a Top Two every week... visit both hosts blogs to see if YOU were chosen.

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My pick this week is this gorgeous plaid midi dress from Upbeat Soles.



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Monday, February 8, 2016

Whip Up a Nutritious Breakfast with this Chocolate Strawberry Smoothie

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CarnationSweepstakes #BetterBreakfast #CollectiveBias

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Breakfast has always been a challenge for me as a mom. I usually drink a protein shake and then I give the kids cereal EVERY SINGLE day. My son doesn't even like milk with his cereal, so I wanted to find a way into 'tricking' him into drinking milk. I also wanted to add some fruit to our daily breakfast. When I heard about Carnation Breakfast Essentials®, I was excited to add calcium, vitamins and protein to our breakfast... along with some fruit! That is why I came up with the Chocolate Strawberry Smoothie for my family and we tried it out for a 7 Day Challenge!


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And, you know what? We all passed the 7 Day Challenge! And you can, too by entering the Carnation Breakfast Essentials® Sweepstakes below:

Enter the Carnation Breakfast Essentials® Sweepstakes

Are you ready to get started? Follow these easy steps:
  1. Sign up at CarnationBreakfastChallenge.com.
  2. Complete a simple yet fun breakfast mission for a chance to win. New prizes will be revealed every day!
  3. Come back any day in February to complete missions and see new prizes. The prizes range from a Fitbit to a GoPro and other awesome stuff!
  4. Head to your favorite store to purchase a Carnation Breakfast Essentials® Nutritional Product and upload your receipt for five extra entries per day.

You can make breakfast nutritious yet fun at your house, too! I decided to go with a Valentine's theme for our smoothies  and set up a paper heart banner that I had made several weeks ago. I then whipped up the smoothie and put it in clear glasses with fun strays and magnetic heart clips!
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I believe the presentation made the drink even better!


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I found these chalkboard heart clips at Walmart and they were so fun to personalize for the drinks. I am sure I'll find a lot of other uses for them, too. I also used some fun straws and cut them with fabric scissors to shorten them.


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I nestled this extra clip in with some strawberries for an added touch.


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We definitely all loved this Chocolate Strawberry Smoothie for breakfast! Yum!


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Of course, I did all of my shopping for these Carnation Essential Powders® and Carnation Breakfast Essentials® Ready-to-Drink Bottles at Walmart. I found them in the Grocery section under Breakfast. The Carnation Essential Powders® come in multiple flavors such as Chocolate, Strawberry and Vanilla. The powder is also offered in regular or sugar free.

Now, let me tell you how to make this delicious Chocolate Strawberry Smoothie (only 350 calories!):

Ingredients:
2 Cups of Strawberries
1 Cup of Skim Milk
Carnation Breakfast Essentials® Powder Mix Packet in Rich Milk Chocolate
Light Whipped Cream
1/2 Tablespoon Sprinkles

Directions:
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Cut the stems off of the strawberries.


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Add 1 cup of milk to the strawberries.


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Carnation Breakfast Essentials® Powder Mix to strawberries and milk.


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Add ice.


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Blend up the smoothie, I used my Ninja.


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This is optional, but it helps when you're trying to get your kids to eat something nutritious! I added some Valentine sprinkles to the rims of the glasses.


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I dolled up the glass with a chalkboard pin and fun straws. It was a HUGE hit with the kids.


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As a busy mom, sometimes I like to work out first thing in the morning. I usually run on the treadmill or I do a workout DVD. I love that I can enjoy a Carnation Breakfast Essentials® Ready-To-Drink bottle before my workout. It helps give me a little extra energy before and after my workout, so that I can get my kids up and ready for their day!


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It is nice to have two options for breakfast with Carnation Breakfast Essentials®

Also, be sure to check out Carnation Breakfast Essentials® Facebook page to learn more about their products.

Are you ready to take the 7-Day Challenge with Carnation Breakfast Essentials®? How do you make your mornings easier? What tips do you have for enjoying a more nutritious breakfast?

Sunday, February 7, 2016

The Creative Corner Link Up Party & Weekly Recap - 02/07/16

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Today's Feature is DIY Valentine's Day Kiss Sweater by Chloe at Boxwood Avenue.

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Welcome back to our DIY/Craft Link Up Party! Thank you for stopping by every week! 

Time for some weekly recap photos:

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(Left) Started our week with some Krispy Kreme donuts- and LOOK, its an Adult Coloring Book box! (Right) Nathan had a 'Bring Your Friend' to karate day and he brought his sister! Autumn just LOVED it. She also got paired with her bro-bro!


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(Left) Nathan made it into the Geography Bee at school, they select two kids from each class, grades 5th-8th. An 8th grader won, of course! Nathan was the fourth one out (out of 10 kids). (Right) Autumn wanted to get a Best Friend necklace with me and I couldn't say no! Aww, I hope I am always her best friend!


And, the BIGGEST event of the week...
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Ok, not the best photo of me (no time, no makeup.) and can you see what's different? Can you? Look closely... I'm wearing INVISALIGN! Yep. Its not very noticeable is it? I have little 'buttons' on every single one of my lower teeth and a lot of my upper teeth (except my two front teeth, thank goodness) and I also have the trays in. 

Unfortunately, I had THREE dentist visits this week (one next week and I'm done till the end of March) and the Invisalign was extremely (as in give me all the Advil) painful the first day. It was also extremely scratchy... I just wasn't used to having those buttons on my teeth or the trays in and my tongue wouldn't stop feeling them up! Not good! 

Also... I can only have the trays out for TWO HOURS A DAY! Yes... so. Should I call it the Invisalign diet?! I have been taking the trays out only three time a day (you have to brush AND floss before putting them back in) and enjoying 45 minutes for each meal. I can't drink anything except cold water while they are in... no sipping on hot tea or wine... No snacking, because it just isn't worth it to take the trays out, brush, floss and put them back in. Plus, I had a really hard time getting them in and out the first couple of days. IT IS AN ADJUSTMENT PEOPLE. I did venture to IHOP with the family, removed the trays as soon as the food arrived (yes, I went to the bathroom) and then put them back in when we got home. A total of 50 minutes, not bad.

You know what? I am on Day 6 and I feel pressure, but it isn't as bad as Day 1 and 2. And, I'm a pro at getting these trays in and out. And, well... the 2 hours a day of freedom to eat and drink, I'm getting used to it. Am I excited for a perfect smile, whitening and veneers on my now bonded teeth that I chipped when I was a kiddo? YES, YES, YES! It will take some time to get through all this, but I can do it! Plus, my dentist and his office are the BEST.

Unfortunately, though... I start a new tray every two weeks and the first couple of days with each tray is going to be rough. I plan to put the new tray in before bed and I hope when I wake in the morning it isn't too bad. We'll see!!


Check out what my fellow bloggers have been up to and don’t forget to check out my feature for this week as well.
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Valentines Day Arrows from The Dempster Logbook
Valentines Day DIY Waffle Bar from The DIY Mommy
Washi Tape Personalized Place Settings from The Southern Couture
Chalky Hearts Sugar Scrub from Making It In The Mitten
Revamp Your Old Ironing Board from Curly Crafty Mom

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KissesSweater_650 Chloe at Boxwood Avenue shared her DIY Valentine's Day Kisses Sweater at last weeks party. She created this sweater by using heat transfer vinyl and her Cricut! She provides great instructions and styled the shirt perfectly in her blog post.

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Friday, February 5, 2016

Valentine's Day Wish List

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Valentine's Day is NEXT weekend. Do you have anything fun planned? Brian and I actually made some pretty awesome kid free plans this year. Last year we were at the Great Wolf Lodge with the kids (and 2 out of 4 of us was sick! Boo!), so it'll be fun to have some time as a couple this year. I'll share more on that later!

Today I wanted to share with you a Valentine's Day Wish List of items I would love to receive for Valentine's Day. There is a wide range of prices here, but most of them are affordable. I don't think my husband reads my blog, SO I doubt I'll get any of these... but, we'll see! Ha!

#Love Mug from Target - Who can resist a cute mug from Target? This one would be perfect for Valentine's Day. I love that it is red inside the mug, too!

Red with Bow Slingbacks High Heeled Pumps from Romwe - I have been wanting a pair of red shoes lately and I've seen several bloggers with red high heeled pumps with bows. This pair is affordable for how often I would wear them.

Signature Engravable Bar Necklace from Stella & Dot - I would love two of these necklaces with my kids names on them. I would wear them everyday. :)

Lily Avenue Carrigan (in Ballet Slipper) from Kate & Spade - I have been dying for a blush purse lately and I don't have one from Kate & Spade yet. This one with its adorable scalloped edges would be perfect for the upcoming Spring.

Blush Pink Heart Knit Sweater from PinkBlush - Blush is such a popular color right now and this cozy heart sweater would be perfect to wear on Valentine's Day.

12 Valentine's Macarons from Shari's Berries - Brian proposed to me in Paris and what better way to remember Valentine's Day then with some macarons! Yum!

Heart Candy Cover from Erin Condren - I recently got an Erin Condren planner for my blog and I am in LOVE with it. You can pick a different cover for every season, holiday, etc. I only have one cover for my planner right now, but how fun would it be to have this Heart Candy Cover to look at all month?

Lots of Love Bath Gift Set from LUSH USA - I take a bath quite often with LUSH homemade bath bombs and bubble bars. I love all of LUSH's other products, too! I always ask my hubby to get my a gift set from LUSH if he doesn't know what else to get me. 

Naomi Double Ring in Brown Pearl from Kendra Scott - Double rings seem to be all the trend and Rocks Box left me missing my monthly shipments of Kendra Scott! I would love to add one of these rings to my jewelry collection.

Let me know if you have any of these and like/love them or if you would like to receive any of these for Valentine's Day! Oh, and any tips of what to get a man that has it all would be greatly appreciated! ;)

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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Thursday Fashion Files Link Up #48: Stitch Fix #6 and Jewel Exclusive Jewery

Welcome to Thursday Fashion Files!

Welcome to Thursday Fashion Files with Jill at Doused in Pink and Carrie at Curly Crafty Mom! We are excited to have you here and would love to have you link up one of your latest outfits with us.

We are always looking for Co-Hosts for Thursday Fashion Files. If you haven't signed up to Co-Host, but are interested, sign up by clicking HERE.

We now have a Thursday Fashion Files Pinterest board. We will be pinning our top two picks along with our own outfits for that week. Be sure to click HERE to join our new Pinterest board!

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Today is an exciting day, because I have TWO things to share with you. My latest Stitch Fix box reveal as pictured above. And...


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And, Krystine over at Jewel Exclusive sent me a whole box of their certified metal jewelry, including some sterling silver pieces to try out. Jewel Exclusive is a jewelry site that is passionate about fashion and lifestyle tips for its users. All of their pieces are of high-quality, but are sold at a reasonable price. Be sure to check them out!

This is my SIXTH Stitch Fix box and I'm sharing how I styled the pieces with Jewel Exclusive jewelry! Yay!

So, what is Stitch Fix?
Stitch Fix is sort of like having your own personal shopper! You fill out a survey online (it includes photos of different outfits) and it helps them decide which outfits and which price range you fit into. They send you 5 pieces (tops, bottoms, accessories, jewelry, etc., etc.) and you decide which items you want to keep. After you've decided what you want to keep, you ship the rest back within 3 business days. If you buy all of the items you get a discount. There is a monthly fee of $20 that you will lose if you do not buy any of the 5 items. But, if you buy just one item they will subtract that $20 from your order.

And, if you sign up using my code, you'll help me earn $25.00 off my next Stitch Fix box! To sign up under me, click HERE.

Are you ready to see my items? 

Items One and Two
Button Down Plaid Shirt in Pink, Red and Navy
Polka Dot Vest in Navy and White
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At first, my absolute favorite item was this plaid shirt when I tried it on. But, I already have FOUR plaid shirts (2 of which are red!) and I just couldn't add another. Although, I thought the pink in the shirt would have been nice for Valentine's Day.

This polka dotted navy vest was SO, so cute when I saw it in the box. I have a lot of vests, so I have to really like one to buy it. It really brings out the navy in this plaid shirt, too. The only part of it that I disliked is that the collar was bulky/hard to fold down. I don't like to wear my collars up, so this sort of bothered me and I would hate to have to fold it down multiple times in one day while wearing it out. I paired it with some velvet leggings (more on that below) and navy flats. Such a cute and casual outfit for February! 

P.S. It was 64 degrees out while I had the hubby shoot these photos. YES, 64 in February!


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Here is the plaid top with the vest. I loved it with and without the vest, such a great top!


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3 of the 5 of the pieces that Jewel Exclusive sent me were bracelets. My absolute favorite one is the monogrammed bracelet in sterling silver. The sterling silver diamond anchor and amethyst bead inspirational bracelet has such inspirational words on it. In the middle you'll see a sterling silver woven leather bracelet with a cross tassel. These all stack well together, but will also look great alone or with other bracelets, too!


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I'm also wearing a pair of sterling silver tear drop hook wire earrings from Jewel Exclusive. I really like how simple these earrings are and they can be worn for a casual or dressy look.


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The last piece I am wearing with this outfit is a sterling silver double infinity chain necklace.


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Striped Shirt in Gray and White
Velvet Leggings - $88
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This shirt was hard not to love, it is REALLY soft and who doesn't want a striped shirt in neutral colors? I didn't even realize until trying it on that it has a fun slit in the back, where the shirt folds over itself (hard to explain, the pictures will do the explaining for me!). I really wanted this shirt, but I have a gray and white striped shirt already. It is a little different though and I think I would like this shirt a lot more. Since I only pick ONE item from my Stitch Fix box, I decided to pass on this one. I was sad to let it go, though!

The velvet leggings I hated when I first saw them in the box. I asked my Stitch Fix gal to send me some leggings, but velvet ones? I couldn't remember the last time I wore velvet. But, surprisingly I tried them on and fell in LOVE with them. They are so soft, comfortable and go with a lot of my longer tops and dresses. And, surprisingly... this is the item I decided to keep in my Stitch Fix box! Yes, the velvet leggings. :) 


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In this photo you can see the slit in the back of the shirt.


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I was so proud of myself for getting my fur vest out again! I have only worn it ONCE... so, this will be twice! I need to stop being a coward at wearing it out and about!


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I am styling the bracelets from Jewel Exclusive once again. And, who else has a sweet gum ball tree in their yard? They are so pretty in the fall, but the spiky balls are such a PAIN!


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Item Five
Red Dress - $138
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Unfortuantly, I threw my card away and I don't remember the prices on everything. After you check out, you can't see the items on Stitch Fix anymore, so I just marked the prices for this dress and the leggings I bought. The other items were around $40-60 each.

I asked my style gal to send me a pretty dress for Valentine's Day. Brian and I have extra special plans that I booked over a month ago and I would have loved a new dress for the event. I don't wear dresses often and I have to REALLY love a dress to pay over $100 for it. This dress... I thought I would love... but, once I put it on it did not knock my socks off. Also, the zipper was really hard to zip up in one section and even my husband had a hard time zipping it up for me (and no, it wasn't my muffin top!). So, the dress went back! 


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I do like the detail on the edge of the skirt though, SO pretty. I don't think I am crazy about the heels I paired with the dress, but I am limited on fancy dress shoes in my closet (something I need to work on) and I couldn't find a shawl or little sweater in my closet that would go with it either. So, I didn't have much to go with styling it. Maybe if I had styled it a little better I could have loved the dress more.


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For this outfit, I decided to do an arm party with just one of the bracelets that they sent me, the monogrammed C bracelet. The silver really stands out against the other gold bracelets. I have a feeling I'll be wearing this bracelet A LOT.

Well, that is it! I am not sure if this was my absolute favorite Stitch Fix box, but I am happy with the velvet leggings. If I can find ONE item to keep, I am happy... because, I only like to buy one item each time to keep the cost down. My favorite part is receiving a box full of goodies to try on and a lot of times I'll purchase something I would have never selected for myself... such as these velvet leggings. :)

If you decide to check out Stitch Fix yourself, please go here and sign up! If you sign up with that link, I get a $25.00 discount towards my next box. So, please sign up with that link so I can buy more clothes! ;) 

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Megan is a wardrobe stylist and blogger over at The Fashionista Momma. She has been blogging for 2 years and loves to share style, beauty and life for the stylish mom.  

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This week I selected Debbie from Fashion Fairy Dust. The mixture of lace and florals and the edge the lace up boots makes this outfit feminine yet a little edgy. And, the color of Debbie's vest really makes her hair look extra cute here!

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