Wednesday, September 17, 2014

What Wives Wear Link Up #20 - eShakti Bow Dress with Berry Accents

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Week 20
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Ladies, I can't express how excited I am to share today's post with you! A few weeks ago, eShakti contacted me and asked for me to select a dress off of their site to review on my blog. I have heard of eShakti and have seen several other bloggers speak highly of them. The special thing about eShakti is that your dress is made in your size, using your exact measurements! Sure, I had to get the tape measure out, but it was worth it to get a dress that fits me like a glove.

Visit their website for more info and you can follow eShakti on InstagramFacebookTwitter and Pinterest.


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I had a hard time deciding on a dress from eShakti... my main requirement was that I could wear it to a December wedding. My daughter is going to be a flower girl in a wedding this winter and I wanted to use this dress for the special occasion. I also wanted a dress that I wouldn't wear one time to a wedding, but that I could wear when going out to some of the trendier restaurants that my husband and I visit occasionally. I could also see this dress suitable for going to see a musical. I would probably not wear this dress to church or to dinner at a casual place.


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I really love how you can accessorize a black dress such as this one. I wanted to find a main color for all of my accessories and I found it when I saw this beautiful necklace at J. Crew Outlet. The necklace has berry and navy colored stones in it. I was hesitant in adding a necklace to this dress, because the neckline is high and the bows really add a lot of visual interest. But, when I saw this necklace, I knew it would add a beautiful pop of color to this otherwise all black dress.


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I really think the right necklace can light up your face and make you glow! I feel that way when I wear this necklace with this adorable black dress.


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This is seriously how I felt after I saw how wonderfully all of the accessories and the berry and navy hues went with this dress. I thought you all would enjoy a candid photo, since usually all of mine are staged! haha!


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I also found this snake skin belt in berry at J. Crew Outlet and was hesitant about purchasing it. I wasn't sure if the snake skin would go with the rest of the dress. But, it is really subtle and I actually love the texture it adds to an outfit with no texture otherwise! I purchased the clutch from Charming Charlie along with a couple new bracelets, since I am lacking in arm candy. Don't worry, I had a $10 off coupon and also got a $10 off $10 purchase coupon to use the next time I visit Charming Charlie. Oh, do they take care of me there. :)


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I really don't have a lot of clutches in fun colors... I guess I am lacking in clutches AND arm candy. Sigh... I guess that is why I really consider myself a DIY/craft blogger over fashion. I have a berry clutch now, though... so, you may be seeing it a lot more!


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Ok, so shoot me (well, not really!), but... I love Naturalizer shoes. I just do. I got these adorable quilted leather heels (with BOWS!!) over a year ago for a new suit I purchased at Express. I love these heels... Now, to share a secret with you... I used to work in Corporate-ville and wore heels all the time. I stay at home now and don't worry, I haven't forgotten how to walk in heels or anything like that... 'cause, walking in heels is like riding a bicycle, you never forget. BUT, do not attempt to take outfit photos in wet grass with heels on. You'll sink! At least, that is what I did! I would have moved to a different area in the yard (like the patio or the stepping stones), BUT the light was only good in this area of the yard. SO, just imagine I am wearing heels, even though you can't really see them. Good light wins, so sinking heels it was.


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What I'm Wearing:
Bow Dress - eShakti.com
Bow Heels - Naturalizer
Necklace, Belt - J. Crew Outlet
Clutch, Bracelets, Earrings - Charming Charlie


I am really in love with this dress from eShakti and will keep them in mind next time I need to find a special occasion dress, or when I am just dress shopping in general.

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This week's Top Two feature Jill & Robyn.


Jill is sharing a casual look that includes 

a blue v-neck top and teal shorts.

She adds her white converses to keep it 

cute & simple for a busy mom.

Robyn is wearing a bold tribal print dress.


This look is fun with a skater style dress.


The not so basic dress is accessorized with 
mauve heels, jewelry, and a blue bag.



Jill@Doused In Pink


Robyn@Feel Great Fashion

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Apple Dumplings with Mountain Dew

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Last fall, this Apple Dumpling with Mountain Dew recipe seemed to go viral. Everyone was making it... even The Pioneer Woman! I pinned it about three times from different sources and forgot about it until this fall. I am not sure why I waited so long to try it, it is easy... and, these apple dumplings just MELT in your mouth. MELT. Oh, the buttery delicious goodness! This recipe should be a fall STAPLE in your home!


Ingredients

I did have fun looking at all of the different variations for this recipe. The PW recipe calls for TWO sticks of buttah! Yes, TWO. I used one stick of butter and it was perfect. I also used two freshly picked Jonathan apples and they were perfect, too. I know some apples are better 'baking' apples than other apples... for this recipe, I really think any kind of apple would work. Why? Well, because you are wrapping it in a croissant and dumping lots of sugary and buttery goodness on it. 


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Take the skin off the apples and then cut them into eight slices. I used one of those apple slicer gadgets to core and slice them into eight pieces.


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Wrap each apple slice up into one croissant piece. You'll want to tuck in the side pieces, just like you are making an apple slice burrito!


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Put them in a greased baking dish.


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Mix together melted butter and sugar and sprinkle on top of apple 'burritos'.


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Sprinkle with cinnamon 



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Then, my favorite part... drizzle the Mountain Dew over the apple 'burritos'. Drink the remaining Mountain Dew for your reward for slaving away over such a complicated dessert. ;)



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Bake and serve with some ice cream and apple cider! YUM!


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No need for a knife, you can cut these dumplings with a fork

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Apple Pie Dumplings with Mountain Dew

Ingredients
2 Cans Refrigerated Crescent Rolls
2 Apples
3/4 Cup Sugar
1/2 Stick of Butter, Melted
Cinnamon
6 ounces Mountain Dew Soda
Cooking Spray

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
2. Peel and core apples, then slice into 8 wedges each.
3. Spray 9×13″ baking dish with cooking spray; set aside. 
4. Unroll crescent rolls. Wrap 1 apple wedge in crescent roll, then pinch seams together like you are rolling up a burrito. Place in dish; repeat with remaining apple wedges.
5. Mix together melted butter & sugar, then sprinkle sugar mixture over top of crescent rolls. 
6. Sprinkle with cinnamon.
7. Pour Mountain Dew over crescent rolls. 
8. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes, until rolls are golden brown. 

And, if you are looking for more apple desserts, check out these:

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Candy Apple Popcorn Balls


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Apple Pie with Salted Caramel Sauce

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Apple Picking and Curly Crafty Mom Meal Plan, Week 28

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The weather has been beautiful here and we have enjoyed doing some items from our fall bucket list. Last weekend we went apple picking and picked 25 lbs of delicious Jonathan apples (to find out that they are buy 1 get 1 free this weekend... sigh) for snacking on and baking. 


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We filled two of these bags up to the rim. I enjoyed wearing some fall clothes, including my suede booties!


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We went to the Millstadt Eckerts farm... this is where I went with Autumn for her field trip last fall.


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This girl was so cute with all of her apples that she was trying to hold all at once.


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Here they both are trying to pick some apples from high up!


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I even did a little picking, of course :)


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Nathan holding a couple of sweet apples


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My absolute favorite photo of Autumn


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Autumn was running around, trying to find the best tree with the best apples. Brian sort of looks like a secret agent in the background. ;)


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When I was younger I always wanted to fix up an old time truck... this one would be perfect!



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I had never noticed this sign before at Eckerts, but I thought it was cute.


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The kids finished the day out by riding some tricycles along a track. I am looking forward to more beautiful fall days with the family!

Are you ready for the meal plan for this week? 

Menu Plan for Week of September 14, 2014:

Sunday - Eat Out
Not sure where? Maybe 54th Street. 

Monday - Tacos
We haven't had these in a few weeks and since I can make up everything ahead... these will be perfect since I'll be driving an hour to and from Nathan's cross country meet. :P


Tuesday - Swedish Meatballs over Bow-Tie Noodles
I've never had swedish meatballs, can you believe it? I thought I would try this recipe and make extra sauce and serve it over plain noodles. I have heard some people serve swedish meatballs over potatoes, that sounds yummy, too!


Wednesday - Eat Out - Fast Food Night
Nathan has cross country after school, so I'll pick up Autumn and we'll run to a fast food place for dinner. Then we'll pick up Nathan and go to Autumn's dance class. Then Brian will get Nathan and they'll go run and get something to eat (fast food again) before starting homework. And finally, Autumn and I will run to her first Daisy scouts meeting. WHEW. I get tired just thinking about this!!!

Thursday - Pumpkin Chili AND Pumpkin Cornbread, recipe HERE
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On my fall bucket list, I want to try a new chili and cornbread recipe. HOWEVER, I have been waiting for the temps to cool, so that I could make our pumpkin chili AND pumpkin cornbread recipe!! This is one of my favorite chili recipes and the cornbread is a little extra work, but SO worth it. I can't wait to get this in my belly!!!!!

Friday - Crockpot Monkey Bread, Scrambled Eggs and Fruit Salad, recipe HERE
I'm not sure if this is what makes a good dinner... or, a good breakfast for dinner. BUT, Nathan just loved having this for dinner a few weeks ago... SO, I've decided to make it again (he's been begging me). 

Saturday - Eat Out

Weekly Dessert - Candy Apple Pie
Remember when I made candy apple popcorn balls last year (see post HERE). Well, since we just went apple picking, I thought it'd be fun to try a candy apple PIE!! The red candy coating just sends my taste buds into a party! YUM!

Here is a photo of the candy apple popcorn balls I made last year:
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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

What Wives Wear Link Up #19 - My First Fall Outfit

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Week 19
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The temps dipped into the 60's and 70's last weekend, so of course I wore my first fall outfit for the season. I even went apple picking in this outfit! Today I am sharing two popular colors for fall, burnt orange and hunter green. Plaid also continues to be popular this fall and I just ordered my first plaid scarf!


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I purchased this pink and orange plaid shirt last winter from Forever 21. I actually purchased two plaid shirts at the time, since they were on sale. I paired this shirt with some hunter green skinnies from H&M.


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I really don't think I'd fit in theses skinny H&M's if I wasn't training for half marathon #6 right now. ;)


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I know I said this in my last post, but I am trying to work on adding more 'arm candy' to my jewelry box. I have a tiny wrist, so when I buy a bracelet I have to make sure it fits. I also really need more tassel jewelry... or maybe just more colors in these tassel bracelets!


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These natural colored boots from Gap Outlet go with EVERYTHING. I like that. I really want to find a suede wedge boot this fall... I almost bought a pair that I saw on Zulily today, but I couldn't get logged in and gave up on the sale. I can be impatient like that. I am also really not good on impulse purchases, I really want to think about it and make sure I'll wear it a lot first. Is that normal for a girl?!


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I wore a necklace in hunter green to complete the outfit.


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You can't see my earrings too well in the pictures, but they are gold circles. Last time I was at Charming Charlie I bought about 5-6 pairs of gold earrings in different sizes and styles. I wear a lot of gold and it is nice to have some neutral gold earrings to pair with my outfits.


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I can also unsnap the cuffs and wear these sleeves at their full length. The buttons on the front of this shirt are actually snaps, too.


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What I'm Wearing:
Plaid Shirt - Forever 21
Hunter Skinnies - H&M
Natural Boots - Gap Outlet
Gold Earrings - Charming Charlie
Green Necklace - Charming Charlie
Watch - MK
Gold Initial Ring - Heirloom
Tassel Bracelet - Can't Remember
Other Bracelets - Charming Charlie

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This week we were excited to have some new ladies join us. 


Our first favorite look is by Ema. 
Ema is sharing a beautiful printed top and midi skirt.

The pastel colors of the outfit match perfectly with the sunset.


Riva is sharing a leopard print jumpsuit.


The edgy jumpsuit has a feminine touch with 

a thin black sash on the waist. 

The best part is this is a diy outfit. 




Ema@Elle Sera Belle


                                                 

Riva@Riva La Diva

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