Monday, April 27, 2015

A VeggieTales Road Trip

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When I picked up Autumn from school early last week for a doctor appointment, they were watching a VeggieTales movie. She was so excited to see the VeggieTales display at Wal-Mart!! ������ You can see she found two little veggies to take
Last weekend we were out of town for a wedding and we wanted to load up on some refreshments at Wal-Mart before our drive back home. We watch VeggieTales at home and my daughters teacher even plays VeggieTales movies at school for my daughters class every once in awhile. When my daughter saw the VeggieTales display, she got SO excited and couldn't decide which VeggieTales character to take home with her...


My husband and son were still in the car, since it was raining and Autumn and I were just running in the store real quick. I texted him and asked which VeggieTales character Nathan would want... can you guess?!
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Nathan wanted LARRY... and the BIG Larry! So, of course... Autumn put back the two little ones she had decided upon and pulled out a BIG Larry for her to take home, too! Oh boy!


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Somehow... the two big Larry's landed up in the cucumber section with Autumn... We were having WAY too much fun on a Sunday morning at Wal-Mart!


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Of course, last minute... Autumn decided she wanted her original two characters again and off to the check out we went. Once we got back to the car, Nathan was delighted when he saw his HUGE Larry cucumber! You have to admit, aren't they cute together?!


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Nathan even thought we should maybe buckle Larry in... since... he is so big. :)


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Autumn decided on the middle sized Larry and it plays music and dances. So neat! You can see her turning it on in this photo. We listened to his tunes the entire ride home.


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You'll see in this photo that the iPads are closed and the kids are snuggling and playing with their new VeggieTales characters! We had to snap one last photo before the drive home!


I am excited my kids have some toys that go together with a great show that always has a good message. My kids can sing and play all day long with their VeggieTales and my son loves using his huge Larry as a pillow at night to sleep with. There are so many shows out there these days, but I know that the VeggieTales always teaches my kids important values and helps to nourish their faith.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Motivational Monday Link Up Party - 4/27/15

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Welcome back to another week of our Motivational Monday Link Up Party! I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend. Brian and I were sad that one of our favorite restaurants close to our house closed... so, we decided to drive to Forest Park to The Boathouse. It was too cold to sit outside, but we enjoyed a delicious meal with drinks and even warm hot chocolate cookies with milk for dinner... the amount of tulips planted on the way in was just breathtaking (why don't I have my macro lens with me when I need it?!) and the view from our table of the Post Dispatch lake (and, a little duck is photo bombing!).

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Latest projects from the ladies of Motivational Monday:
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Disney Copycat Mint Julep from Curly Crafty Mom.
Functional Mudroom Reveal from The Logbook.
Mother’s Day Card from Baby from Burlap and Babies.
20 DIY Gifts for Mother’s Day from Dwelling in Happiness.
Smoothie Packs for Easy Snacks from the DIY Mommy.
DIY Magnet Board from Sew Much Crafting.
Scrumptious Sloppy Joes from The Southern Couture.
Guest Bedroom Curtains from Making It In The Mitten.


This Week on Curly Crafty Mom:
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Thursday Fashion Files: B/W Dress with Neon Yellow
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Can you believe that Mother's Day is in only TWO weeks? Summer from Summer Scraps is sharing a crepe gift basket that you could make for Mother's Day by purchasing items from World Market and Shutterfly. Now... who hasn't been secretly wishing that someone would gift them with the mason jar measuring cups and spoons from World Market? I have seen so many people post these on their IG feed and I really need to drive there and buy a set for myself before they stop carrying them. And, if you know me or follow my blog... you know I LOVE crepes AND nutella. Wow, I really think this gift basket has my name written all over it. ha! (Don't feel too bad for me, I have lunch plans to go to a crepe place later this week!)

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

ClassPass and Meal Plan Week 57

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So, a couple of months ago I was contacted by ClassPass to try out a membership with them for FREE for a whole month. Unfortunately, February was a horrible month in our family with both kids getting sick at least twice and I even got sick. I didn't use the trial membership ONCE... this has been an unusually bad year for my family and sickness, so I asked the lady if I could have a do-over and if I could try ClassPass in March. She was SO sweet and actually said yes, and so the fun began...

If you don't know anything about ClassPass, it gives you a membership at hundreds of gyms in your hometown. Most major cities offer ClassPass (it is even in some other countries besides the U.S.!) and if your town doesn't offer it... more then likely it will soon! For one low price, you get to try multiple gyms and workouts in one month. I tried spinning, barre, zumba and even BOXING!! It was a blast and I really noticed where my strengths and weaknesses were when I took each class... which is kind of good to know, since all I normally do is run and lift a few upper body weights! And, it was really fun to try so many different classes that I have been wanting to try FOREVER... so, so much variety!

So, are you ready to hear about the classes I tried out?
Darkest picture ever... But, the lights were dimmed! Just finished my first ever spinning class with St. Louis Spinning!! I'm a runner, so is was fun to work out my legs in a different way! Such a challenging workout to kickoff Monday!!! ����:bike

Not the best photo, but if you have ever taken a spin class... it is dark in there! This was after I finished my first ever spin class with St. Louis Spinning. I am a runner, so it was fun to work out my legs in a different way. You can decide how challenging you want it to be by changing the gears on the bike. I really enjoyed spinning, but... honestly, I think it was my least favorite workout of all... mainly because my crotch hurt SO bad for a few days after, I don't know if that is good? I even had the big ole pad on my seat! I mean... it even hurt to pee a little after the first day (sorry, totally TMI)... if any of you spin, does it go away after awhile? And, I never get this sensation when I ride a regular bike... heck, Brian and I did a biking food and drink tour in Chicago for half a day and my crotch didn't hurt at all afterwards. Not sure... but, I think spinning may be something I'm not cut out for...


First ever barre class and every muscle and my body is going to be sore. For days... and days... Excellent workout and the teacher helped me with my form. I am afraid I am going to be addicted to barre now!! And, I so need to get some better work out clot

This photo was taken at The Barre Method in Brentwood. WOW, this place was fancy... I kind of felt out of place in my running clothes. I really think if I started to take barre classes, I would need to do a little shopping at Lululemon, because it seemed all the gals in this class were wearing it. Fanciest workout place I've ever been to... and, I sort of realized while doing all of these different classes, that really and truly... each different kind of workout requires different clothes. SO, I think if I were to join ClassPass, I would need to invest in appropriate workout clothes for each different type of class. For barre, you need to have your knees covered, you need pants that are tight fitting and special grip socks.

The instructor to this class was excellent... she came over to me several times and corrected my form. She even had a microphone, so you could hear her clearly. I did not think this class was going to be all that challenging... but, I was the most sore from this barre class then ANY OTHER class I took with ClassPass. It really is a hard work out and it works you to the core. I priced a few barre gyms and wow... this is not a 'cheap' workout gym. If you sign up, you are going to want to go a few times a week to get your moneys worth. I am really interested in looking into some barre workout dvds for home, too. I would really love to join a barre gym at some point... I really fell in love with it after just one class!


Just finished my first ever boxing class and I just absolutely ❤️loved❤️ it!! We even did some running and they showed me how to wrap my hands and gave me ��pink�� boxing gloves!! Haha! My strength is mostly in my legs sinc
I took my first ever boxing class at Title Boxing Club in Chesterfield... they even gave me pink boxing gloves! I really, really loved this class... I am not sure if I loved boxing or barre more, but they were my favorite ClassPass classes I took during my trial month. If I were to join a boxing gym, I would definitely need to buy my own gloves and tape! Your hands sweat more then you'd dream in those gloves! I totally felt like a bad a-- kicking that bag!! I felt pretty pumped up and stress was pouring off me in that class. Plus, this would be a great class for me and Brian to do together. There were a lot of couples in the class... so fun! Oh... and I even got to box with the teacher! LOL! 


 
I really wanted to take more classes, but it is hard when you are a mother and when the kids spring break fell on one of the weeks that I had the trial... my last class was a Zumba class at Consuming Kinetics Dance Company. This was near the History Museum and St. Louis and a little more of a drive for me... I felt a little like I was one of the youngest students in her class, there were maybe a couple others around my age or older (heck, there was one lady in her sixties just rocking to it!). This was a really trendy sort of youngster type of place and I had a lot of fun in the class. However, I could tell that a lot of the students in the class had been there for months, because they had the entire dance routine memorized. I on the other hand, was struggling to figure out what move to do next. This would be a really, really fun class to do if you could make it 1-2x a week and had the routine all memorized. I think I could really, really get into it. They even had dried nuts and hot tea for you to enjoy after class. The lady teaching the class was SO awesome and energetic... she was the owner, too and you could tell she poured her heart and soul into this dance studio!

SO. What did I think about ClassPass? 

I loved it! I got to try so many workouts in one month and it was nice to figure out what I liked and didn't like... there were so many more workouts I wanted to try, but I just didn't have time. I did this trial while I was training for my half marathon and it was fun to do a different workout besides running once or twice a week. The only downside to it was that I live in South County and a lot of the gyms were in the city or West County... so I had a good 20-30 minute drive for each workout! If you factor in an hour for working out, that was almost 2 hours out of my day to get a workout in... which, was a little difficult. I also think it is a little hard to stay focused when you're doing so many different gyms at once. I think if I were to join ClassPass, I would do it for a summer for a little fun and variety to my workouts... or, I'd sign up and pick two gyms that I'd really want to focus on for that month and give it my all. Doing a different gym each time was hard... I like get really good at ONE thing and like I said with the zumba class... to really learn the dances, you'd need to go to that class at least once a week. 

ClassPass is great if you are trying to figure out what type of workout you want to devote yourself. It is great if you want a lot of variety to your workouts. It is also great if the gyms are on your way to or from work, or if you live in an area in the city that is close to them and you don't waste a lot of time driving to and from them. I walked away from ClassPass with a lot of knowledge of what sort of workouts and gyms exist out there and I tried five new workouts that were new to me. I now know if I like them or not, which is valuable to me... I won't waste time or money joining a gym without knowing what I think about it first. I know a lot of gyms offer a free trial class, but are you going to really take the time to try out five different places in one month like I did? It was a quick rundown to see what I liked and didn't like... and, I am considering doing ClassPass this summer when my schedule is a little more laid back and I have time to run around and try new places. I think I would definitely stick to 2-3 gyms and go to them each week with my ClassPass, to get really good at each one! 

Now... are you ready for this weeks Meal Plan? 

A special note... I tried the spaghetti squash lasagna recipe last week and it was... DELISH!!!! If you've never baked a spaghetti squash, you have to do it! Turning it into a lasagna dish was the best way to dress it. Here is a photo that shows the steps I took to make it last week:
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Meal Plan Week 57

Sunday - Dinner In

Monday - German Pancakes and Bacon, recipe HERE
Breakfast for dinner! We haven't had german pancakes in a long time, so I thought I'd bring the back to the menu!

Tuesday - Easy Pasta Bake with Rolls, recipe HERE
I made two of these pasta bakes awhile back and froze one of them... I let it thaw for a couple of days and then stick it in the oven for 20 minutes for dinner. It is always delicious and so easy!

Wednesday - Frozen Pizza

Autumn has dance AND a spring concert  YEP. Frozen pizza it is... 

Thursday -  Chicken Pot Pie, recipe HERE
Tonya doesn't really blog anymore, but when she did her blog was one of my faves. She always posted the best recipes and I have had her Chicken Pot Pie pinned forever... going to finally try it this week!

Friday - Tacos with Homemade Salsa and Chips (recipe below)

Salsa Recipe: 1 large can of whole tomatoes, 1/2 onion (cut into large chunks), 1/4 bunch of cilantro (leaves only), 1/2-1 jalapeƱo (remove the seeds and stem if you want less heat or you can use jarred jalapeƱos), garlic powder, salt, lime juice (from one lime) and 1 tsp. honey. (1) In a blender mix everything except the cilantro and honey. Add in cilantro and honey (to taste) and pulse a few times to slightly break up the cilantro.


Saturday - Dinner In
We are doing a baby mania sale, so I will definitely not be in the mood to make dinner.

Thursday Fashion Files Link Up #10 - B/W Dress with Neon Yellow

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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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Last weekend we had a wedding that was out of town and I had a gift card from Christmas leftover for Charming Charlie. I was going to buy just a bunch of jewelry with it (because, that is what the store is all about!)... but, while in there I fell in love with this black and white dress with pops of my favorite neon color- YELLOW! I have never purchased an outfit from Charming Charlie before, but I am always browsing through their racks of adorable clothes. 

I also decided to get a few accessories for the dress while there... a neon yellow clutch, a neon yellow belt with a bow (been looking for one of these FOREVER), a rainbow necklace and a green bow-tie bracelet. Charming Charlie always has AWESOME coupons they send you if you get on their mailing list... I think I got 25 off of a $75 purchase. With my gift card, it was like $75 in free merchandise! Heck ya! I wanted to get new shoes for the outfit, too... BUT, I ran out of time at the mall and shopped from my closet. :)


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Green Bow Bracelet - Charming Charlie
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Maria from The Classified Chic is our co-host this week. She is an accountant that lives in Florida with her husband Mike and two fur babies. The Classified Chic is a creative outlet for everything that she loves such as design and fashion. Maria's cousin named a diet after her, called Maria's Diet. It consists anything that starts with C, such as cookies, chocolate, cake and even ice cream. :) Be sure to check out Maria's blog, you won't be disappointed.


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This week I chose to feature Edwige from Hypnoz Glam. This entire outfit looks so breathable and comfy for the warmer temps we will be getting soon as summer approaches.  The yellow bag also goes great with this outfit. This has been one of my all time favorite outfits that I've seen Edwige wear, she just looks so beautiful and confident in it! A total goddess as one of her commenters said!

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

12 Months of Drinks: April - Disney's Mint Julep Recipe (Non-Alcoholic)

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It is that time again to share a fun drink with y'all on the blog! Everyone has been talking about Mint Julep's and the Kentucky Derby lately (which, is totally on my bucket list) and I thought since we have a Disney trip coming up... I would do a copy cat version of Disney's mint julep drink! Now, of course this drink is non-alcoholic, so it'd be a fun one to share with the kids to celebrate the Kentucky Derby at home... AND, it is actually a real drink that they serve up at Disneyland (see HERE) at the Mint Julep Bar in New Orleans Square. Unfortunately, they do NOT serve this drink at Disney World... which is where we are heading. So, I told Brian that we need to plan a trip to Disneyland JUST to try this drink... plus, I am 37 and I've been to Disney World more times then I can count and I've never been to California or Disneyland. Yep, a trip needs to be planned.

OH, and... just to make it clear... this is Disney's spin on a mint julep and NO, it does not taste anything like a real mint julep. But, it is so DARN good anyway!


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So, are these photos making you thirsty? And, if you have noticed a difference in my close up photos, it is all thanks to a new piece of glass that Brian bought me. I am now an official owner of a MACRO lens and I love it! So easy to use and such a game changer when it comes to detail shots for photos. I should have gotten one years ago!

Now... enough gushing on the macro lens, let's talk about how to serve this drink up!

Ingredients
Ingredients:
3 cups club soda
1 cup sugar
3 teaspoons lime juice
6 ounces frozen lemonade, thawed (do not dilute with water)
6 tablespoons Creme de Menthe syrup (found near coffee syrups/flavorings or by ice cream cones/toppings)
Garnish with: fresh mint leaves, pineapple chunks and maraschino cherries



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Pour 3 cups club soda into a medium-sized pot. Add sugar, lime juice and lemonade. Stir with a wire whisk. Heat to a rolling boil until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat. Add Creme de Menthe syrup. Stir well. Let cool and then place in fridge to chill.


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Add ice to an empty glass. Pour chilled syrup into serving glass and then add cold water (3 parts syrup to 5 parts water) and stir.


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Add a sprig of fresh mint. Stick pineapple and cherries on a toothpick and insert into glass. Serve immediately.

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If you try this drink, let me know how you like it.

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St. Patrick's Day Green Sangria


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White Hot Chocolate and Homemade Heart Marshmallows

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