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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Thursday Fashion Files Link Up #94 - Olive Dress with a Fur Vest

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 usually have SO many photos to go through before I can decide which ones to edit when I shoot the photos for Thursday Fashions Files... however, I shot these last weekend during a break in-between the ice storm we had! Eek! It was freezing and I could hear water dripping the entire time from the ice melting on the trees (it almost sounded like it was raining!). So, my photographer (the hubs) and I did these photos in record time, because I was FUH-reezin'!!!

For this outfit, I decided to style my lovely olive dress again for y'all and this time I paired it with a warm fur vest, black tights and my comfortable TOMS wedges. I actually wore this out on a date with the hubs for his birthday dinner.

I wasn't sure about the black tights, BUT the fur vest has some black hairs (that sounds weird) in it and they really looked great together (IMHO).

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This is the other way I styled this olive dress and you can find this post HERE.

What I'm Wearing
Olive Dress - H&M (Similar, Similar)*
Fur Vest - Old (Similar, Similar)*
TOMS Desert Wedges
Agate Necklace (Similar, Similar)*
Fringe Necklace (Similar, Similar)*
Apple Watch*
(*This post contains affiliate links.)

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Sheela from Sheela Writes is our co-host this week. 

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My top two pick from last week is Pink Heels Pink Truck.

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Monday, January 16, 2017

Currently {January 2017}

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I've decided to keep Currently active again for 2017! It is just such a fun post to do each month and I love updating all of you on what I've been up to besides the usual DIY/outfit posts! 


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Beyond Thrilled to see SO many #ShowYourMug Photos!

Recently I worked with Community Coffee on a Giveaway, where you would have a chance to win a year's worth of free coffee in exchange for showing your mug and tagging me and Community Coffee on Instagram.

I was really surprised by how many of you shared your mugs! Below you'll see some of you that played along:

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Again, thanks ladies for sharing your lovely mugs! I was so excited every time one of you tagged me and I got to read about your favorite mug!


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I started training for my 10th (that's crazy!) half marathon yesterday! I haven't really set any specific goals for myself with half marathons, except to try to PR. However, I haven't PR'ed my 2:06 time in a couple years! After training for a marathon at a specific pace and finishing a little above that pace, I've decided I am going to do the same for the half marathon. Usually I try to run fast at the beginning and then I run out of steam at the end. This time I am going to run a fairly even pace of 8:55-9:10, so that I can comfortably meet my sub 2:00 PR. So far I've been trying to run my long run of the week at this pace, which has only been 6 miles so far and then for my other runs, I'll run that pace for 1/3 of each mile. It has been working out great so far! 

I can honestly say that when I looked at my half marathon training plan, it looked SO easy compared to the marathon training I did just last season. I think this marathon has prepared me mentally to tackle this sub 2:00 goal for this spring!! My plan is to try to sub 2:00 at my spring half, or at least PR from 2:06. Then, if I don't meet that PR I am going to try again at the Rock 'n Roll race this fall. I always seem to do better at fall races, so I figure I am going to really try my hardest at these two races and HOPEFULLY (fingers crossed) I can finally achieve this goal.


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Recently I received this adorable plate from Fruit-Full Kids, which I have been using for meals with my kids. These plates are wonderful, because they include a Bible verse and start Christian conversation while we eat! The images on the plates are colorful and fun, too! The plates are BPA-free, dishwasher safe and non-breakable! You can visit their website to see all 16 of their adorable designs, which include birthday, Thanksgiving and even Christmas designs! Visit Fruit-Full kids by clicking HERE.


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There is an online 'dreaming' class that I have taken several times called Mondo Beyondo. The photo above is taken from the class. It seems lately I have taken Mondo Beyondo about every other year (2013, 2015 and now in 2017) and I've taken it even before those years. My favorite part of the class is creating my 'Mondo Beyondo List', which is a list of dreams that may be completely unrealistic or perhaps even something that surprises you. I've enjoyed writing down my Mondo Beyondo lists each time I've done this online class and I also enjoy looking back at them and crossing off dreams that I've fulfilled. The class is five weeks and you get a prompt each morning Monday-Friday. I've really been enjoying it!



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This month I finished The Fringe Hours by Jessica N. Turner.  

This book is about turning 'fringe' hours into useful and productive time for YOURSELF. A 'fringe hour' is a little slot of time you find throughout the day that would otherwise be wasted. Such as time spent waiting in line at the grocery store, waiting for your doctor to see you, 15 minutes before you need to pick your kids up from school, etc. There were a lot of suggestions hinted in this book that I already do, such as getting up early in the morning before the rest of the family is awake to gain some ME time. 

I did like the chapter where it says you really shouldn't be afraid to ask for help. Something I have always struggled with is asking for help... part of this is because I am a little selfish and think that only I can make the bed without X amount of wrinkles or run a load of laundry without accidentally putting X garment in the dryer without shrinking it. The list goes on... I'm a perfectionist and only *I* can do it right. Have you ever said that to yourself? BUT, I also feel as the 'woman' in the household, I should be doing these things and if I ask for help I am just being a nag. I recently watched a video of a mom where she was making fun of life and she said she asked her husband to do something around the house and then asked him again (after it wasn't done) 6 months later and she felt like a 'nag'. Ok, this is an EXTEME example, but still... I shouldn't feel like asking for help is making me a nagging wife. Also, just to add a note here that my husband isn't afraid to help out AND does if I ask... so, I'm not in any means putting him down. I'm just saying that I shouldn't just assume he will help me with something I need help with, I shouldn't be afraid to ask for help. If I need help darnit, I need to just ask for it. :) Ok, I hope this wasn't a ramble and it made sense. :)

I also liked where she talked about taking care of yourself and stepping up to get that 7-8 hours of sleep. She said that getting enough sleep daily is important and that she even makes it a priority over exercise, cleaning and me time. Wow! She also sets the thermostat to 68 degrees, which I found interesting. I never knew that a cooler house helps your body sleep better, but after researching it online, it seems it is true!

I've really written a lot about this book! Ok, I think I'm done... :) I only gave the book 4 stars, because some of it I've been doing for years... but, I did take away some good ideas from it!


Lauren from Mom Home Guide is also sharing her Currently post today!
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Sunday, January 15, 2017

The Creative Corner Link Up Party & Weekly Recap - 01/15/17

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Today's Feature is Simple Rustic Winter Mantel with Bottle Brush Trees by The Happy Housie.

I like to share a little recap of my week at the start of each party:
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This week was pretty busy, but somehow I failed to take a lot of photos. Oops! On Monday, Nathan had his D.A.R.E. graduation and he won 1st place on the essay contest. His D.A.R.E. officer even sent his essay to the governor, which was special. Nathan got to read his essay at the graduation and he also got a medal and a cute stuffed animal of the D.A.R.E. mascot! How fun! I was at Hobby Lobby picking up items for a special project that Autumn had at school and I've been eyeing this light up sign for awhile. I found out that I could use the 40% off coupon on it and I was able to purchase it for $23! Does anyone have a lightbox? I am excited to try it out and it may be going on our new IKEA shelves!

This week was also Brian's birthday and we went out to dinner at Olive Garden with the kids and I made him an upside down German chocolate cake. I got a photo of the cake on IG Stories, but not an actual photo. Oops! I guess I need to be better about using my camera AND taking IG stories. If you aren't following me on Instagram or IG Stories yet, you can at @curlycraftymom

The only other exciting thing that happened this week is that the kiddos got an 'ice' day on Friday. We are getting ice ALL weekend, however Saturday turned out to be just cloudy. We had blueberry muffins and worked on Valentine Cards on their 'ice' day home from school. Fun times! :)

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Build A Nightstand With Crates from Joy In Our Home.
Touchdown Party Dip from The Southern Couture.
DIY Bird Feeder Ornaments from The DIY Mommy.

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Thursday Fashion Files Link Up #93 - Winter Flashback!

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 don't know about you, but I always LOVE to go back and see what I wore LAST season. It reminds me of what's in my closet, what still works together and it gives me some new ideas. So, today I'm sharing a Winter Flashback post with you!




















You can see my Winter Fashion from the previous year HERE.

I hope you enjoyed looking at some of my past winter looks! I'd love to hear which ones were your favorites in the comments below.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

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Monday, January 9, 2017

My Invisalign Journey (REVISION Trays 1-12) and Progression Photos

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I'm back today to share another Invisalign update. The next time I update y'all it will be the LAST update (unless there are any surprises!). I can't believe how fast this entire process went.

Today I am going to share the progress and photos of REVISION trays 1-12. There are 18 trays total and then I am DONE (unless I or my orthodontist sees anything that needs to be corrected still). I had 15 trays before these revision trays and I've linked the posts below if you want to start at the beginning of my journey.

Past Invisalign Posts:
My Invisalign Journey (Trays 1-8) and Progression Photos
My Invisalign Journey (Trays 9-15) and Progression Photos

Progress Photos
These are pictures of my teeth and some are close ups... so, just a little warning. :) Probably not the most flattering photos, but I want to share how they changed from tray to tray and you can't do that unless you show some close ups.

Before Invisalign
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Just as a reminder.... this is what my teeth looked like before Invisalign. I'm also having a bad hair day here, if I remember correctly it was cold and rainy.

Whitening & What Happens After Last Revision Tray
I'll start whitening soon, I need to talk to my orthodontist about when would be the best time to start. I think I want to start once I finish my last revision tray and they remove all of the 'buttons' that are on my teeth. I have to wear a tray for 6 months (22 hours a day, same as the other trays) after I finish Invisalign, because your teeth will try to move back. After that I will get a lifetime night retainer to wear. Whitening only takes 2 weeks and I'll add a little bleach inside my retainers for it. I'm going to buy a tube of whitening for $40. They want me to brush with Sensodyne (it makes your teeth less sensitive) for a week before I start the bleach.

Veneers
After I finish Tray 18, I will have Veneers put on my 4 front teeth in place of the bonding. This will give me a better smile since the bonding tends to stain after time. Only my 2 front teeth are chipped, but it is recommended to put the veneers on all 4 front teeth to give a more even smile. Now that this part is getting closer, I am getting a little nervous about it!

Now, let's do the Progression Photos!

Before Invisalign
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Invisalign Revision Tray 12 (Currently)
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Now, I'll show you the progression that I've made week by week. This is the first time I've missed some weeks, oops! BUT, he's been having me change out trays WEEKLY instead of biweekly, so there probably isn't AS much change.

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Invisalign Revision Tray 2
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Invisalign Revision Tray 5
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Invisalign Revision Tray 6
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(Sorry, didn't get a close up shot.)

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No photos :(

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That is all I have for today, in the next post I hope to share the remaining trays (13-18), whitening and veneers... basically the FINISHED result. Let me know if you have any questions in the comments!
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