Thursday, March 26, 2015

Thursday Fashion Files Link Up #6 - AMI ClubWear Wine Colored Dress

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. Last week was a BIG week for us, because we had OVER 100 link ups! It is so exciting to cross into the three digits and its because of all of YOU! Thanks!

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Keri from Living in this Season won the $50 gift card to AMI ClubWear! Congrats, Keri!

Today I am sharing the wine colored dress that AMI ClubWear sent me. This dress is sold out, but they have a lot of pretty Easter dresses that you can find here and an adorable lime green dress here that I would love to have in my closet. I put this dress on in the morning before we went to see Cinderella with my daughter and her friend. My husband joked that Autumn and I were dressed to go to 'the ball'. How appropriate. Don't worry, after my husband shot my pics for this post, I changed back into jeans for the movie. :) Such is the life of a blogger! But, I do look forward to wearing this dress for a special occasion in the near future. Isn't Autumn adorable in her Frozen dress? We really enjoyed the little Frozen skit before Cinderella, poor Elsa... I hope she feels better!

I didn't realize that this would be a very form fitting dress when I selected it, but I went with it... I selected it, because of the wine color and the sparkly silver band above the waist.

I decided to wear a sparkly necklace to go with the sparkly band... just a simple strand, but very sparkly as you can see. This necklace really goes with anything, fancy or not. It is a staple in my opinion. I put on some dark green drop earrings as an accent against the wine color.

This dress was really long (and I am 5'7"!), so out came the tall (for me) wedges! These Carlos Santana wedges were my first ever Nordstrom purchase! I purchased them when Nordstrom first came to St. Louis and I haven't been able to part with them.





Outfit Details:
Dress - AMI ClubWear
Wedges - Carlos Santana at Nordstrom (Vintage)
Necklace - Can't remember (sorry!)
Earrings - Charming Charlie


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This week I welcome Linda from A Labour of Life as our Guest Co-Host! Linda just shared a wonderful post entitled '10 Things Not to Wear Over 50' and she shares her witty humor. Its a great read, be sure to check it out. Besides fashion, she enjoys sharing her travels, such as a recent cruise and she also has a weekly link up party called 'A Labour of Fashion'.

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I selected Debbie from Fashion Fairy Dust, because this bare-legged, floral with pops of coral and mint is just screaming, "Oh how I missed you, Spring!" to me. I also really like fun blazers and this coral blazer needs to get in my closet now. I have also been wanting a pair of nude flats for Spring and these are perfect. Oh, and Debbie is known for her awesome collection of printed t-shirts, how F A B U L O U S is that?! Debbie was recently a co-host for us HERE where she is sharing her faux leather joggers.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Bright and Cheerful Industrial Easter Basket Centerpiece

I have been wanting to do a table top centerpiece for our kitchen table for Easter for awhile... last year I ran out of time and so this year I was determined to make it happen. While at Hobby Lobby, I saw a table display of industrial wire baskets and galvanized metal pieces. It was there that I decided I wanted to use a wire basket for the centerpiece.


I knew I wanted some 'grass' tied with a pretty bow inside the basket. I came across a plaid bow in beautiful bright spring colors... I knew these colors would match some of the plastic Easter egg colors! I decided to spruce up the plastic eggs with some ribbons tied around where you'd normally see their crease. I have quite a stash of ribbons and I selected colors from my ribbon stash at home, which saved me some money. I also threw in some natural colored Spanish moss to line the button of the basket.


I just really love how a little bit of ribbon can really dress up an otherwise boring plastic Easter egg. I also think of this metal basket as a basket you would collect eggs in on the farm and it just blends perfectly with the eggs.


And. this ribbon... it has a touch of green in the plaid, which goes perfectly with the green monkey grass that it is tied around.


I love the fresh and sharp cut of the grass on the bottom, almost as though it is a wild bouquet with a ribbon around it.


Are you ready to see the simple instructions on how to make this beauty?


As you'll see here... the supplies are pretty minimal. You can use plastic eggs or even real eggs... if you use real eggs, you could dye them in bright colors or go with a more natural colored bow. The grass I used is monkey grass. The Spanish moss is the same kind of liner you'd fill the bottom of a faux potted tree with... you'll want a basket or something that you can place all of your items in. You'll also need ribbon to line your eggs with, if you use real eggs, you may opt out on the ribbon.


Line your basket with the Spanish moss.


I bought two sections of monkey grass and tied them together with a rubber band and twine and then used a pruner (gardening tool) and cut the bottom so the grass became 'loose' and not secured together on the end by a base. This resulted in a sharp edge for each piece of grass. You can leave the rubber band and/or twine tied around the middle, because you will later cover it with the bow.


To make the bow, I used my Bowdabra, of course! It makes it SO easy to make a perfect bow!

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Tie your bow onto your monkey grass.

Then it was time for my favorite part of the craft, decorating the plastic eggs with ribbon! I just cut a strip of ribbon that was as long as the perimeter of the egg. I then put a strip of hot glue on the back side of the ribbon and rolled the egg around it to adhere it. So easy!

Which one is your favorite? My favorite is the one with the pom poms!

I then placed the eggs in the basket.

And, you've got yourself a bright and cheery, yet industrial Easter basket centerpiece!

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Monday, March 23, 2015

NEW Skylanders Skystones Card Game Inside General Mills Big G Cereals

General Mills and Skylanders have teamed up to offer an exclusive Skystones game free with your favorite boxes of cereal. While my kids were on Spring break, I decided to host a little Skylanders Skystones party for them. They sampled several Big G brand cereals such as Cinnamon Toast Crunch,  Reese's Puffs and Honey Nut Cheerios. You will also find this special offer inside Frosted Cheerios, Fruity Cheerios, Cookie Crisp, Lucky Charms and Trix.


Hidden inside specially marked Big G cereals, fans will find Skystones cards playable on the game board found on the back of the cereal box.

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Collect all four Skystones game card sets, each with a downloadable code to unlock characters in the popular mobile Skylanders game. I let both of the kids reach into a cereal box to pull out a Skylanders game!


Here are the kids getting ready to sample the cereals and play Skystones for the first time. If you look closely, you'll see I made a little trail mix with the cheerios cereal: cheerios, marshmallows, chocolate chips and teddy grahams.


Autumn is digging into the cereal! This makes such a perfect game snack! Both kids loved the cheerios trail mix that I made and Autumn's new favorite cereal is Reese's Puffs! We are going to need to buy another box of it soon! Nathan really enjoyed the Cinnamon Toast crunch, which has always been a popular cereal in our household.


My kids are 6 and 8 years old and this game was perfect for their age level. I helped them through the first two games and after that, they could play on their own. The game was so fun, I even played a few rounds with them. The Skystones game fosters family fun and fuels development through imaginative and cognitive play.


I won't go into the details about this two-player game, but you will find the instructions inside the pack of cards. Here is what the finished game board looks like at the end of the game. There is a red and a blue player and the player with the most cards in their color wins. The kids really enjoyed playing against each other and both kids won multiple times against each other. Nathan enjoyed the game so much, that he took it over to his friends house the next day during his playdate. I love that this game is portable and you can easily take it to a friends house, in the car or just play at home.

Look for more special offers and free prizes inside boxes of General Mills cereals throughout the year.

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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Motivational Monday Link Up Party - 3/23/15


Welcome back to another week of our Motivational Monday Link Up Party! I hope you all had a great weekend! Ours was the end of Spring break and it really was such a refreshing week for me and the kids. I needed a laid back week of no sickies, sleeping in and fun playdates... oh, and some clean and fresh Spring air! Saturday we are taking the kids to see Cinderella and Autumn can't wait to see the preview for the next Frozen movie. It is also going to be 70 on Saturday and we plan to dye some Easter eggs! On Sunday, we plan to end Spring break with a fun little dinner with the kids at a Japanese stir fry restaurant... Nathan has been asking to go to a restaurant where they throw shrimp at you. lol. I hope your weekend was as lovely as ours. xo.


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Bright Colors in the Entryway
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Friday, March 20, 2015

World Thinking Day and Meal Plan Week 52

So, to celebrate that all of the cookie money is in, deposits were made and rewards ordered... and, I am OFFICIALLY done with cookies (except for handing out the rewards)... AND, I didn't screw anything up as girl scout cookie manger (WHEW!)... I thought I'd share some photos from World Thinking Day, which was a really neat night where Autumn learned about different countries. Each troop did a different country and the girls got to learn a little about the country, do a craft, eat a food, play a game and receive a swap.

Autumn's troop did Ireland and gave out Lucky Charms in little cups and you'll also see the swaps on the table. When I was in girl scouts they didn't do swaps in my troop, but they are a little pin with something on it that reminds the girl of that activity. Also, the girls can trade the swaps with other girl scouts at events. Autumn made a hat for her swaps at her last meeting, before that I was keeping them on her vest.

Tossing gold coins for the game


The girls being silly, posing with their Leprechaun hats, etc.


Learning about Jamaica

They got to do a really neat craft for Jamaica. They took those little bingo stamps and got to stamp colors onto plates, then they added feet and a head to make a turtle.


Autumn and her sea turtle


All of the girls and their turtles

At Greece they got to try Greek yogurt! Autumn just LOVES yogurt, so she was all over this... except, I usually add strawberries and blueberries to hers.

In Spain they got to enjoy hot cocoa and churros! They even let the moms have some! YUM!!!

They also did a fan craft. Autumn had to make several more fans once we got home.

The kids have had SO many scouting activities, that I haven't had time to blog about them all. I try to share a little bit about our family life each Friday and I thought the World Thinking Day was too cute not to share. So, now that I have that wrapped up... are you ready for the Meal Plan??? Week 52, can you believe it?

Meal Plan Week 52

Sunday - Shogun Steakhouse
We have never taken the kids to a Japanese restaurant where they cook around the table for you and throw little pieces of shrimp at you for you to catch in your mouth. Nathan has been really wanting to try a Japanese restaurant and he also wants to go to the Melting Pot. I figure that it would be fun to eat at Shogun for our last dinner of Spring break and maybe we'll try the Melting Pot on one of their kids nights once Autumn gets just a LITTLE older.

Monday - Baked Potato Bar
I did this a little over a month ago and it was a HUGE hit. I make regular potatoes and sweet potatoes... toppings include crumbled bacon, broccoli and cheese, sour cream, shredded cheese, etc.

Tuesday - Taco's
We have scouts tonight, so this will be quick and easy!

Wednesday - Frozen Pizza
Autumn has dance, so another quick and easy dinner... We pretty much have frozen pizza EVERY Wednesday. 

Thursday -  Skinny Zucchini Lasagna, recipe HERE
I haven't made this delicious zucchini lasagna since the weather turned cold. It is SO delicious, and is one of my absolute favorite recipes. It is a little time-consuming, but it makes a huge batch and is perfect for leftovers the next night. 

Friday - Leftovers

Saturday - Dinner Out