Friday, November 28, 2014

Capital One 360: Black Friday Sale


I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving yesterday! Now that the holiday season is upon us you may be thinking about Christmas gifts you still need to buy. Sometimes budgeting for everything in the month of December is difficult, but can be less stressful if you check out Capital One 360's Black Friday Sale. All of Capital One 360's Black Friday Sale deals are designed to encourage their consumers to keep their finances top of mind.

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Establishing and sticking to a reasonable and responsible budget can be harder than it sounds. When Brian and I got married, he made up a spread sheet of all of our monthly bills and what was left over afterwards. Of course, each month there are unexpected bills, so we started putting a little extra money away for these into our savings. I like that Capital One 360 Checking and 360 Savings have NO fees AND earn interest. This gives me a financial peace of mind, because the money I put in is earning interest and I am not losing it due to added fees. Capital One 360 always offers remote deposit capture with Capital One 360's CheckMate tool and makes savings a snap with the Automatic Savings Plan.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

What Wives Wear Link Up #30 - AND a Giveaway!


Welcome to the
What Wives Wear Link Up!
Week 30

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What Wives Wear Link Up is a place for wives/moms 
to express their own personal style. 
Link up your favorite outfit post of the week. 
Get inspired while inspiring others!

We will meet and link up every Thursday


Each week the hosts will choose the Top Two looks 

to be featured for the next weeks link up.
Join us each week and we may just pick you!

This weeks Top Two are all about the browns. 

We love all shades of brown for the fall.

Crissy is looking comfy and cozy in her brown cape.

She is wearing it over a brown sweater with denim skinnies. 

She is sure to keep warm on those chilly days.


Crissy's outfit looks chic with a pair of black tassel booties.


Jen is sharing a black and white striped cotton dress, which is

perfect for any mom on-the-go.

She adds a brown leather jacket and boots. 


To complete her look she is wearing a long gold diy necklace.



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With the holiday season approaching, we thought it would be wonderful to give back to our readers with TWO giveaways... one starting tonight! 

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Rachel from Colorful Way was kind enough to volunteer to do our first giveaway this week for all of you. One of you will win the beautiful pair of earrings pictured above and a free shipping code to use for their next purchase. These lightweight silver chain dangle earrings would be beautiful with an aztec print cardi with their triangular pattern. 


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Here is another photo of the beautiful pair of earrings that she is giving away. The rafflecopter for the giveaway is below for you to enter for your chance to win these earrings.


Rachel is also offering a 10% off code (FALL10) right now as an added bonus for our readers during her Thanksgiving sale.


The free shipping code that the winner receives will be good until 12/31/14.  They must spend $10... and is good for the U.S. only. 




Rachel also offers many other earrings choices on her site and these would make great gifts for family and friends this holiday season.

I wish all of you a wonderful Thanksgiving season! Also, please keep St. Louis in your prayers, as this is Carrie's home and they have been going through some tough times with the riots. Pray for their peace this holiday season.


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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Patterned Tops - 3 Bloggers. 2 Looks. 6 Styles.

Today is all about PATTERNED TOPS. Jacqueline from JustJacq asked me to participate in her latest outfit post where 3 bloggers share 2 looks for a combination of 6 STYLES! Todays theme is patterned tops... I decided to share a top that I purchased from Stitch Fix, it is a sheer forest green with a mini gold wing print all over it.

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Here are my tips for styling a patterned top:

If your pattern top has buttons, wear it open or closed.

Wear it tucked in or loose. If it is loose, you can wear a skinny belt around it, which I did in the second photo and that Sarah did in her second photo.

Sometimes just a necklace can change the look of your patterned top, you can wear a longer necklace or a shorter necklace. Different colored necklaces or fancy/casual could change up the look of the top, too!

I loved how Sarah wore her patterned top with a dress in her first photo.

Jacquelyn wore her patterned top with a cardi and blazer in her photos. 

Don't forget to visit Jacquelyn and Sarah for more ways to style a patterned top!

Monday, November 24, 2014

My Thanksgiving Meal Picks

Can you believe Thanksgiving is in two days?! We are lucky enough to have Brian's family and my family to celebrate, with a turkey meal on Thursday AND Friday. Last year we hosted a small Thanksgiving meal at our home, but since we aren't this year... I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite Thanksgiving drinks, appetizers, salad, sides and desserts. I am sure these will have your mouth watering and will give you some ideas (if you still need some!) before turkey day arrives.

Drinks
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White Cranberry Mimosas by Meet.Make.Laugh
These quick to serve up drinks are hard to resist with the frozen cranberries as a little added garnish.


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Apple Pumpkin Martini by Eat. Drink. Love.
A apple pumpkin martini with sugar and cinnamon dusting on the rim? Delish!



Appetizers
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Sparkling Cranberry Bites Appetizer by Yummy Mummy Kitchen
I have been wanting to make candied cranberries for awhile now, but to put them on top of brie, cranberry chutney and a salty cracker? I die.


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Skinny Pumpkin Pie Dip by Yummy Healthy Easy
This dip is not only skinny, but it is easy and tasty! You could use vanilla cookies, cut up fruit, etc. to serve with this tasty dip.



Salad
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This has been my to go salad for Thanksgiving and Christmas (or any other festive occasion) for years now. This salad has a delicious poppy and sesame seed dressing that is made from scratch. I promise, this is a winner and everyone will be asking for the recipe.


Sides
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Slow Cooker Creamed Corn by Damn Delicious
This delicious creamed corn has an entire stick of butter in it. It may not be healthy, but it has my mouth watering. And, it doesn't hurt to get the slow cooker out on Thanksgiving day, when the oven is already full with the turkey and other sides!


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Sweet Potato Casserole by Baked in Arizona
If you have ever had the sweet potato casserole at Ruth' Chris, this is almost a copy cat version of it. This crispy pecan top looks amazing!


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Green Bean Casserole from Scratch by Crunchy Creamy Sweet
Anna shares how easy it is to make a green bean casserole from scratch!


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Sour Cream Cheddar Baked Mashed Potatoes by Cozy Country Living
I don't know about you, but I love cheese with my mashed potatoes. This bake includes a mixture of cheddar cheese and sour cream that bakes up in the oven to give you some awesome mashed potatoes for the Thanksgiving dinner table.


Desserts
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I just love 'mini' desserts... for some reason they just look cuter and I feel as though I'm not eating as much. 


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How can you go wrong with a THREE layer pumpkin pie?

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Motivational Monday Link Up Party

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Hi everyone! I hope you are all having a blessed weekend! We started this weekend off on Friday night with a trip to the Old Spaghetti Factory with our daughter, who is now 6! 


On Saturday morning, Brian and I checked an item off our fall bucket list and did the Beermaster Tour at Anheuser Busch. We have been talking about doing this tour for almost 3 years now and finally booked it. It was a lot of fun and we even got to drink beer that was only 1 hour old straight from the tank! Although, day drinking doesn't suit me well and I had to take a nice and long nap afterwards! LOL! 

On Sunday we had ZERO plans and just took the day easy... which, is the best! Hope you all had a great weekend and are ready to party by sharing your latest DIY and crafts!


Highlights from Curly Crafty Mom This Week:

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Plaid-with-Aztec-Print-650x650 Day 20. Bright. Today I baked Frozen cupcakes for Autumn's birthday treat for school tomorrow. I just love how BRIGHT and vibrant this aqua blue vanilla icing is from #pillsbury ! We found Olaf and snowflake candies to put on them at the party store, Froz

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Plaid and Aztec Patterned Outfit   Autumn's 6th Birthday Party - Frozen Themed

This week on Curly Crafty Mom, I shared a Frozen themed tulle wreath that I used for my daughters Frozen birthday party. We are redoing her room in a Frozen theme, and this wreath will proudly hang on her closet door. You'll also see that I made some Frozen cupcakes for her birthday party at school. Since Thanksgiving is THIS week, I also shared a yummy Blessing trail mix in cute little cornucopias, that are reshaped ice cream cones! Lastly, I finally decided to get on the blanket scarf trend wagon and I am sharing an outfit where I mix and match plaid and aztec patterns.


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Wood Slice Challenge from Joy in Our Home
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Burlap and Vintage Inspired Thanksgiving Tablescape
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Friday, November 21, 2014

Happy 6th Birthday, Autumn!! (and Meal Plan Week 36)

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Today is Autumn's 6th Birthday... we had her birthday party last Saturday and it was a Frozen theme, so I am sharing photos from that today. :) For her birthday, I made her this huge tulle Elsa wreath for the party and for her room, which is getting a Frozen makeover.


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CHEEEESE! Autumn is really hard to photograph these days. She hates... I mean, really HATES having her photo taken. She won't cooperate unless I bribe her most times... which, really sucks... because, this Momma LOVES pictures. Maybe that is why she hates having her photograph taken so much, because I take WAY too many photos. Oh well, she just needs to deal with it, right?!! ;) I did get some cute ones of her smiling, though.


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This is one of my favorite photos of her... standing by the wreath and holding out her fingers to count out 6. I really can't believe she is 6 and I kind of hate it, I want her to be my baby always! I guess she always will be, but... 6 is getting TOO old! For her birthday, I bought her a Frozen outfit at Target... I decided upon this outfit, because she can wear the tutu with her leotard to her dance class. Her new dance studio is a lot less formal than her old one on dress.


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A cute photo of Brian and Autumn before the party started. :)


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Last year we did a party at Sweet and Sassy with her class, but this year we just kept it low key and did a small family party. We promised the kids a class party every other year, so it will be Nathan's turn for a class party next. This was the food table I set up and some basic decorations. I usually go ALL out for parties, but this year I just wanted it to be laid back... and, this laid back party was still a TON of work. This is why I'll never have the house decorated for Christmas before Thanksgiving, with Autumn's birthday always being the week before!!


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I made this delicious strawberry poppy seed salad... it is sort of a Carrie classic, as I am always asked to make this salad and will be making it again for Thanksgiving. You can find the recipe HERE. We also ordered sandwiches from my favorite meat place, Kenricks on yellow and wheat dollar rolls with ham and turkey cheese sandwiches. I also made up a crock pot full of spaghetti and we had some other sides to complete the meal.


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I also made a smores station, complete with pumpkin spice chips, chocolate chips, brownie marshmallows and regular marshmallows. Yum!


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Here was my yummy plate (or two)


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Autumn had to eat at her own little 'princess' table.


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The party boy!


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After we ate, we let Autumn open her gifts. Isn't her Frozen headband adorable? I got it at a running expo a year ago and it finally fits her!


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Autumn loves to watch me sew and I thought for her birthday I would get her a kiddie sewing machine. I looked around and decided to get her a kiddie one, that has the needle covered. This one just 'punctures' the fabric, therefore binding it. She just LOVES it and made all sorts of pillow that she stuffed for her AG dolls. I plan to buy her some more 'kits' for it on Amazon for Christmas.


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Autumn's brother always buys her a birthday present and he selected this 'faux' hair dryer from the AG store with Grandma.


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And, of course... we always get Nathan a gift so he doesn't feel left out. We got Nathan a crayon maker... oh my goodness, put this on your Christmas lists for your kids. This is AWESOME. We got one for Autumn's friend Natalie for her birthday party and it was a huge hit. Who knew that making markers was so fun! We already need to buy a refill pack for it!


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We also finally got Autumn her own scooter... with a Frozen helmet, which isn't pictured. It is pink and has light up wheels. We got her one, because Nathan always throws a fit when she wants to borrow his... now they both have their own. SIGH.


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Trying out her scooter in the house... because, ya know... it was snowing outside... in the middle of November (eek!).


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One other gift was this trailer for her AG knock off Jeep. Both of these are from Target, but she already had the Jeep. This trailer is so cute, it has a little kitchen in it and a bed folds down for one of the dolls to sleep on. I am trying to decide if I want to get her the horse stable for Christmas... all this stuff takes up so much space. 


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The night before the party, I bought this pin the carrot nose on Olaf game from Party City while I was picking up balloons for the party. Like I said, I totally did not go all out for this party... I normally would have made up a more elaborate game and had crafts... BUT, for $4.99, this game was a huge hit! So, I don't feel too bad. :)


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Even Aunt Tracy got into the game, she is spinning herself around here.


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Autumn 'helping' Nathan with the game.


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Next up was cake. I ordered this really adorable Frozen cake from McArthurs.


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Blowing out her candles... 


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I love how kids always have to have a certain slice of the cake... Autumn wanted the Elsa slice, which of course was in the middle of the cake. Luckily, Brian has master cake cutting skills and got her the piece without it falling apart. Here is Autumn eating her cake... and, she is at the end of being nice and letting mom take photos! LOL!


Day 20. Bright. Today I baked Frozen cupcakes for Autumn's birthday treat for school tomorrow. I just love how BRIGHT and vibrant this aqua blue vanilla icing is from #pillsbury ! We found Olaf and snowflake candies to put on them at the party store, Froz
Today I'll be up at school volunteering, so I can spend a little time with Autumn on her birthday. I made these cupcakes to bring to her class for her little birthday party at school. I was SO happy with how they turned out! I got everything at Party City, including the Olaf and snowflake candies, Frozen toothpick decor and Frozen cupcake liners. I am sure they'll be a big hit!

And, now for this weeks meal plan!

This Weeks Meal Plan:

Sunday - Movie Night with Pizza OR Leftover Food from Auttie's Birthday Party
I really want to watch Maleficent, SO it is a perfect time to have a movie night.

Monday - German Pancakes with Bacon, recipe HERE
I haven't made this in awhile, but we all love breakfast for dinner! This is also a really easy dish to whip up and the kids love seeing it rise in the oven.

Tuesday - French Onion Soup Casserole, recipe HERE
This just looks really, really, REALLY good. I mean, really! Bread topped with mozzarella baked over french onion soup? I die.

Wednesday - Pasta con Broccoli with Crust Bread, recipe HERE
Another one I haven't made in awhile... this is the best recipe for Pasta con Broccoli out there.

Thursday - Thanksgiving Feast at Autumn's School

Friday - Dinner Out
Today is Autumn's birthday, SO we are going to let her pick where she wants to eat for dinner. :)

Saturday - Dinner Out
Dinner out, because it is Saturday!

ALSO, today is the LAST day for the GIVEAWAY!!!


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