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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Spring Organization Printable for Kids #allEssentials

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I always get the itch to Spring clean my house this time of year... but, sometimes I get overwhelmed with all that needs to be spruced up. My kids are always eager to help, but sometimes I worry they'll make a bigger mess or they won't do as good of a job as I would. However, you just need to let kids be kids and adding some responsibilities to their normal day and schedule is the only way they will learn. This Spring, I decided to create a Spring Organization Printable, just for my kids! This printable shares Organization and Cleaning chores for the Spring that are perfect for kids of various ages (use your own discretion)! Some of what I've included on the printable are helping to plant seeds for summer herbs, cleaning the windows, going through their clothes to remove what they've outgrown and also clearing out all the old cleaners with sulfates. We've switched to all® Fresh Clean Essentials™ laundry detergent, which is sulfate free and has a powerful clean without the harshness.


Creating a Spring Organization Check List for Your Family

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I made this printable in Adobe InDesign and you can download your own copy of the printable by clicking HERE. I left an 'Extras' category where you can write in extra chores. You can also cross out the ones that don't pertain to your family. Most of these chores will work with elementary age children, but some will work with preschool age children. You could also use a chalkboard or notepad and write down your own chores checklist for your family and use this as a guide.


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Some of the chores are fairly simple, such as wiping down the bottom of the windows. Others could be a family activity, such as planting seeds for herbs that'll you'll later use in the kitchen.


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One item on our list is to make the switch to a sulfate free laundry detergent. By using all® Fresh Clean Essentials™ laundry detergent, our clothes will be cleaned without the harshness. The clothes in the above picture were cleaned with the all® Fresh Clean Essentials™ laundry detergent and you can see that they have held their great color and are incredibly soft!


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You can purchase all® Fresh Clean Essentials Fragrance Free or all® Fresh Clean Essentials Fresh Scent at Walmart.com. Make sure you follow the directions on the back of the bottle.


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I am excited my family made the switch to the new all® fresh clean Essentials™ laundry detergent. This detergent definitely allows my kids to be kids by cleaning their clothes without the harshness, preserving the color AND it is sulfate free. This product has only the essential and effective ingredients for deep down cleaning. Our family has also switched to sulfate free hair products, such as the StriVectin products I reviewed here and So Cozy childrens hair products I reviewed here.

How are you getting organized for the Spring? Be sure to try all® fresh clean Essentials™ sulfate free laundry detergent to stay sulfate free this Spring!

Monday, May 2, 2016

Tips for Planning an Impromptu Date Day #ListerineBOLD

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Do you ever find yourself scrambling to get ready for a date night? Last week, my husband and I decided to have a date day while the kids were in school and we planned it two days out! Of course, I wanted to plan a special place for us to go, an outfit I would look attractive in, the jewelry and makeup I'd wear... but, I also wanted my breath to be fresh, too! It was a lot to figure out in two days and I didn't have a lot of time to devote to it. I decided I wanted to be a "fresh go-getter", because I know LISTERINE® boosts my confidence and makes me want to Bring out the Bold in my life! I wanted this date day to be a special day we'd remember, so I am sharing the tips I used to plan this special day in a moments notice!

Tips for Planning an Impromptu Date Day

1. Pencil in a date.
It seems whenever my husband and I plan a date day, one of the kids get sick and then we have to reschedule it. So, you may even want to plan a 'back-up' day, just in case the first day doesn't work out!

2. Pick a place or decide what you want to do
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My husband and I usually do two date days a year and we switch it up a little each year, but we always come back to some of our favorite places. For this particular date day, we decided on a crepe place for breakfast and a little outlet shopping before the winery opened! Before lunch at the winery, my husband was kind enough to take some outfit photos for me, so I could show off my outfit I selected for our date. Then, we ate lunch and had enough time to sit and talk for awhile to enjoy the view, nice day and conversation.

3. Decide what you want to wear
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The night before, I planned out my outfit and hung it up outside my closet door. I put my shoes, clutch, jewelry and LISTERINE® POCKETPAKS® on the floor, so I wouldn't forget anything.


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I wanted to look nice and a little dressed up, but I also wanted to be comfortable still. I knew it was going to be in the 70's that day and we'd be outside for the majority of it, so I didn't do layers and selected a breathable blush top and a flowy chambray skirt. I decided to add pops of color with my accessories and added a colorful necklace, earrings and clutch.



4. Shop for any little extras you may need.
Sometimes you need to run out for something for your date day, such as a new lip color, sunscreen or LISTERINE® COOL MINT® Antiseptic Mouthwash and POCKETPAKS®.

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I found the LISTERINE® COOL MINT® Antiseptic Mouthwash and POCKETPAKS® at Walmart in their Mouthwash aisle.

Save $1.00 by clicking HERE to go to the LISTERINE® coupon page!


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In the morning, I take out my Invisalign and wash it, brush my teeth, floss and then I rinse out my mouth with LISTERINE® COOL MINT® Antiseptic Mouthwash.

5. Enjoy your date day!

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How to 'Freshen' Up
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Once we got to the winery, I knew I wanted my breath to be fresh after drinking two (eek!) cups of cappuccino mochas at the crepe place. I didn't want my husband to smell my coffee breath while we had conversation at a small table outside at the winery. I had packed along a LISTERINE® POCKETPAKS® in my clutch, because the size is so conveniently small.


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Just pull a piece out and stick it on your tongue and it melts! And, say bye-bye to bad breath and hello to good breath!


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My husband and I took a nice little stroll around the pond (and there was even a swan!), after lunch. It was the perfect day!


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I have been using LISTERINE® COOL MINT® Antiseptic Mouthwash for awhile, because my dentist has recommended it to me and I need to take better care of my teeth since I am currently going through Invisalign. The LISTERINE® COOL MINT® Antiseptic Mouthwash kills 99.9% of bad breath germs and germs that lead to gum disease (in lab studies), 24-hour germ protection (with twice daily use) and reduces 52% more plaque than brushing and flossing alone.

The LISTERINE® POCKETPAKS® Cool Mint are also great in that they also kill 99.9% of bad breath germs and germs that lead to gum disease (in lab studies), freshens breath on the go, kills 99% of odor-causing bacteria in 30 seconds and they dissolve instantly!

Where would you go if you had an impromptu date day? Click HERE to see how LISTERINE® can Bring out the Bold in YOUR life!

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Sunday, May 1, 2016

The Creative Corner Link Up Party & Weekly Recap - 05/01/16

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Today's Feature is a Farmhouse Front Entry and Easy Planters by Worthing Court

Every week I like to share a little recap of my week at the start of this party.

Time for some weekly recap photos:
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(Left) Nathan has his Rain Gutter Regatta for scouts, he designed his boat after his new Hamster, Teddy! (Right) Autumn's teacher is doing this app called Class Dojo and the class earns 'dojo money' if they are good in class. Autumn earned 70 dollars and was able to bring in a pet. She brought in her guinea pig from her dad's house. I must admit, I sort of want a guinea pig now after babysitting hers from her dads for a couple of days. They make the cutest noises and even purr!


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(Left) I got in another run outside! My goal is once a week to run outside. The first two runs I did outside I just ran 2 miles, but this time I ran 5 since I am recovered from running the half marathon. (Right) We ordered new patio furniture and a pergola! Brian got the pergola up, but its been raining and he hasn't been able to finish putting together the patio furniture yet. It is looking really nice, especially since our old patio furniture was 10+ years old!

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Baby Shower Decoration Ideas from The Southern Couture.

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Farmhouse Front Entry and Easy Planters by Worthing Court
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Last week Suzy from Worthing Court shared her Farmhouse Front Entry and Easy Planters. I am sharing this adorable wreath she made with gardening gloves and seed packets, but there is SO much more to see on her front porch if you click on the link to her post.

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Friday, April 29, 2016

May Monthly Goals

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This year I've decided to set three monthly goals for myself each month. These will be lighter goals that I should be able to finish within the month. I used to do yearly resolutions, but I wanted to try out monthly goals this year. I am really enjoying it so far and I feel like I accomplished a lot with my January-April Goals. The recap for my March Goals will be at the bottom of this post.

So, here are my May Goals!

1. Organization - Organize and Clean ALL the Closets!! I like to clean out all of the closets in our house at least two times a year. I also like to clean out the linen closet, kitchen pantry and refrigerator- which I already did in April. The kids closets aren't TOO bad (for once), but I have a TON of clothes and I need to weed out some and send them to thredUP and make room for the new clothes I purchased at the outlet this Spring. Brian has a lot of clutter in his closet from leading cub scouts, camping, etc. and I want to go through that and put some of it downstairs with the rest of the camping stuff, etc. I'll also go through his clothes, he has too many crammed in the closet as well and I know there are a lot of shirts he doesn't wear anymore... especially since his work has gone ultra-casual in the last year. Cleaning closets is my BIG Spring cleaning project, after I clean them out I feel better!

2. Home - Plant Flowers and Decorate Porch and Patio. I always like to plant my flowers the weekend after Mother's Day. I have all of our porch decor out, but I would like to put some flowers in pots on the porch and maybe buy a few new decor items. 


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We ordered new patio furniture and a pergola and I already purchased pillows at Target to decorate our furniture with. I want to get some lights and other decor items though, to make the area homey. Our previous patio furniture is AWFUL and over 10 years old. Not sure why we waited so long to get new! We do have a fairly new patio that was poured and stamped a few years ago and I can't wait to see how it looks with the nice furniture! I also ordered a rug from Lowes and it'll look really nice on our patio!


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Currently I use my Erin Condren Planner JUST for blogging (see my current planner in photo above) and I use Google Calendar for my real life stuff (appointments, kids stuff, etc.). I like it this way, but I feel I don't get as creative with my Erin Condren Planner as I'd like... for one, I write everything in pencil, because my blogging editorial calendar is NUTS. Things are always moving around for this or that... so, I don't see that changing, but I'd like to get a Spring cover and maybe some other items (like stickers, or sticky notes) to make it a little more fun and not so tedious! And, well... I just love paper items! :)

How did I do on my April Goals?

1. For the Home - Shop for Patio Furniture.
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Done! The patio furniture was delivered today from Lowes! I'm hoping Brian can set it all up this weekend! :)

2. Health - Run Outside Once a Week
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This is why I love these monthly goals... I have accomplished SO much for myself... I am running outside once a week again, it is so much more fun than treadmill running. I do love my treadmill, because I can read while on it and get my work out done quicker... But, I have been running on a trail 2 miles from my house and I was worried to run on it early in the morning, but it turns out it has a lot of other mom's running on it and older people (with dogs)... and, I feel comfortable and safe. There is just something about running outside versus inside!

3. Blog - Make an Unboxing Video
AND, I made my first video with my new Canon Rebel! I learned a lot and there is a lot I need to learn still... but, I did it! I have also been getting a lot more comfortable in front of the camera by using SnapChat daily (follow me at @curlycraftymom). It really helps! I would love for you to check out my first unboxing video HERE if you haven't already. AND, if you want to subscribe to my channel and give the video a thumbs out, I'd really be grateful. :) My plan is to keep doing unboxing videos for a year, learn a lot... and, then I want to move on to DIY/craft videos and maybe even some fashion video shoots! Fun, right?!

And, my friend Lauren from Mom Home Guide is also doing monthly goals now! What can I tell you? It's contagious! Be sure to check out her post HERE:
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Are you doing monthly goals? What are they? I'd love to hear about them in the comments!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Thursday Fashion Files Link Up #59: Stitch Fix #7

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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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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I've been trying to order a Stitch Fix box every other month and this schedule seems to work well for me (and my budget). This box was a good one, but there were a few items that I knew I definitely didn't need/want. However, I did land up buying TWO tops and they are both AWESOME. So, this box was definitely worth it! I try not to buy more than one item per box, but these tops together were about what I usually pay for one item (since I went with denim and leggings the last two boxes).

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
THML Jaye Cutout Shoulder Top - $44.00 - KEPT
But from the Kloth - Diatta Cropped Trouser - $78.00 - RETURNED
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I asked my stylist to send some cold shoulder or off the shoulder tops. I was glad she went with the cold shoulder option, because I just received an off the shoulder top from SheIn. This top is pretty classy for a cold shoulder top in that I even wore it to church last Sunday. There is just a 'peak' of your shoulder (and if my hair is down it covers it a little) and the fabric and pattern are more on the dressier side. What I really love about this top is the yellow lining around the shoulders... yellow is one of my favorite accent colors in the Spring/Summer! So, of course I got out my yellow tipped flats to wear with the top! I also love that the top is navy and white and not b/w, which gives it more of a lighter summer vibe.

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I purchased this rainbow necklace last year at Charming Charlie. It goes with almost anything and instantly gives you a pop of color to light up your face. I get SO many compliments on this necklace when I wear it.

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Items Three and Four
Dex Oakleigh Faux Leather Trim Blouse - $48.00 - KEPT
Toms Del Rey Lace-Up Sneakers - $98.00 - RETURNED
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I was so excited to receive this floral top with a leather trim. The fit is nice in that it is forgiving around the waist and I love the trendy pleats on it. Of course, I had to pair this floral top with my scalloped shorts that I purchased from Pumps & Push Ups boutique last year. :) It really brings out the pink in the flowers!


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I've had this floral necklace FOREVER, but it is SUCH a gorgeous necklace! It goes perfect with this top!


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I asked my stylist to send me a pair of neutral colored lace up sandals... I got a pair of lace up TENNIS SHOES. Ummm, not sure how that happened? Oh well. I do love Toms and I am sure these shoes would be great for our trip to Italy, since we'll be walking all day long... but, it just wasn't what I was looking for. It is fun that Stitch Fix has a shoe option now, though!


Item Five
RD Style Josalyn Maxi Dress - $88.00 - RETURNED
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As soon as I pulled out this dress, I knew... I didn't like it. It is probably a good thing that I don't like it, because it was way too long with flats and I doubt I'd wear this dress with heels. Anyway, just TOO many patterns and patterns I don't really like.. don't really like the colors. Don't like. Went back! I paired the dress with my fringe necklace and sandals, which was fun.

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The straps on the back of the dress were kinda cool, though.

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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Becky from byBMG is our co-host this week. Becky is a wife and mom to three boys! She is great at styling colors, patterns and has the best selection of shoes! Be sure to stop by and visit her if you haven't already!

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My pick from last weeks party is Sandy from Sandy a la Mode. Who wouldn't want to wear matching chambray and tulle with their little one?

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