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Friday, June 24, 2016

Kitchen Savings Tips #HeftyUltraStrong

I'm excited to share a few tips on Kitchen Savings today. I'll also be sharing how Hefty Ultra Strong trash bags has made changing the trash in my kitchen a lot more enjoyable! Yes, you heard me right... Who knew that changing the trash could be one of those tasks that gives you pleasure! Now, let's get into the Kitchen Savings Tips...

Kitchen Savings Tips

Tip #1
Don't skimp on the trash bag(s) that you use in your kitchen!
Do you have a favorite kitchen garbage bag that you use in the kitchen? Why waste time and money on something that isn't durable? This is why I use Hefty Ultra Strong trash bags for the trash can in my kitchen. Not only are the durable, they smell great! You also can't beat their value!

And, to take this tip even further... don't skimp on your trash can!

We recently purchased a new trash can and it has a sensor on it and will open when you put your hand close to the lid. It is SO nice and keeps germs to a minimum... it also encourages the kids to clean up after themselves, because they love to see it open on its own!

Tip #2
Grow your own herbs!
By growing your own herbs in your kitchen, you will have fresh herbs right under your fingertips! No need to go outside in the heat to cut some, it is easier to water them since they are right in front of you AND think about how much money you save by not buying them at the store.

Tip #3
Meal Plan! 
By meal planning each week, you will save money not buying items you already have, you won't eat out as much and you'll enjoy quality time cooking and dining with the family.
This is a close up of our meal plan for this week. I normally give myself a break and don't meal plan on the weekend. Under shopping list I will type in what we will need when I make my grocery list. It is blank right now, because I have already run to the store for the groceries for these meals.

Hefty Ultra Strong Trash Bags

Arm & Hammer odor neutralizers and new, invigorating scents to help keep odors at bay. It is so nice when you can open your trash can and smell citrus or lavender and sweet vanilla.  Plus, there is a scent-free option!

Hefty Ultra Strong trash bags are an outstanding quality at a new, lower price. The active tear resistant technology is for better puncture resistance. They are available at Walmart or Target.


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What is one of your Kitchen Savings Tips?

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Thursday Fashion Files Link Up #67: Coral with Blue and Yellow

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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Hi everyone! This is going to be short and sweet today, but I wanted to share another way I styled this cold shoulder top that I purchased from Stitch Fix last Spring. This time I decided to add pops of coral to the navy and yellow colors in the blouse. I think it works well! I wore this on Father's Day and felt stylish yet comfortable! It has been SO hot here in St. Louis that the minute you step outside you could literally melt away... so, a cold shoulder top that isn't clingy and white shorts are the perfect combo in this heat. I hope all is going well on your end!

What I'm Wearing
Cold Shoulder Top - Stitch Fix
White Shorts - Old Navy - Old (Similar, Similar)
Coral Necklace, Earrings, Some of the Bracelets, Clutch, Shoes - Charming Charlie
Michael Kors Watch
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My pick from last week is Grace from Color and Grace in this gorgeous orange special occasion dress.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Front Porch Makeover: New Bench Pillows & GIVEAWAY {Curb Appeal Blog Hop}

It's the FINAL week of the Curb Appeal Blog Hop! This week I am sharing the final REVEAL and new bench pillows from Paint-A-Pillow

Before I share the REVEAL of our front porch, let's talk pillows! Paint-A-Pillow sent me THREE pillows to paint and share on my Curb Appeal post this week. I had never heard of them until they became one of the sponsors for our Curb Appeal Blog Hop. How it works is you go on their website and select a pillow design. The send you a stencil, the paint, pillow case AND pillow form! You can also buy accessories for your pillows, they sent me tassels for one of the pillows. It is a lot of fun to paint your own pillows!

This is what the painting kit looks like that you receive. Inside the accessory box is your paint, brush, roller, etc.

Here is what it looked like once I had my table set up to paint. The pillow canvas sits under the stencil and you use the roller and paint brush to paint over the stencil. It is SO easy and I had no problem with bleed through!

Ta-Da! The finished piece!

I am still waiting on my NEW bench cushion, but... here is how the new pillows look on the bench. I just love them, so bright and cheery! I went with three nature-themed pillows in grays and yellows.

Here is a close up of one of the tassels. I went with gray tassels, they really pop out against the yellow on the other pillows.

This is such a pretty space! I just love to sit out on our front porch now... reading a book, sipping some hot tea or watching the kids play in the front yard.

And, are you ready for the FINAL reveal???

I think the BIGGEST impact was painting the door white. What do you think?

I still have a list of a few things I'd like to wrap up this summer on the porch. 5 weeks was just not enough time to get everything done. Maybe in the fall I will share a final update of the front porch after I knock out all of what I wanted to accomplish. Here is what I need to do still:

  • Receive new bench cushion (should arrive before July 1st)
  • DIY a 'thin' wreath for the front door
  • Dig out the dying bush and replace with a new bush (its a real sore spot)
And, don't forget to check out Paint-A-Pillow to customize and PAINT your own pillows!

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Sadly, this Curb Appeal Blog Hop series is over... but, we wouldn't end it without a little celebration... as in a PayPal GIVEAWAY!

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Please be sure to stop by my friends’ blogs to check out what they plan for the curb appeal projects. Also, stop by next week to see what I’ve completed for the third part of my project!

Mom Home Guide

Lehman Lane
Our House Now a Home

Be sure to check out Paint a Pillow if you are looking to freshen up your indoor or outdoor pillows.

Full Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. Paint a Pillow sent me product in exchange for this post. All opinions are 100% mine.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Ipsy Review #19 - June

UntitledI can't believe I am on my NINETEENTH Ipsy bag. With everyone revealing their Sephora Play bags recently, I am really tempted to make the switch. However, I've been really pleased with Ipsy and I almost have enough points to buy a free product... so, I won't be making a switch just yet. I love the graffiti on this months bag. I also really, really like that I've gotten mascara two bags in a row. My absolute FAVORITE item in this bag is the Fireball eyeshadow from Urban Decay... wow, it is SO unique! And, I can never get enough face masks- especially when they are facial sheets (something I've never tried before!).

What is Ipsy?
If you've never heard about Ipsy before, it is a mail subscription that sends you a new makeup pouch each month along with 5 products to sample. And, the kicker? It is ONLY $10 a month! It is also fun to see what others get, because not everyone gets the same products... you fill out a questionnaire and they base your products off of your answers. If you're interested, you can sign up under me, by clicking HERE and I'll earn some points to buy myself extra products. Thanks!

Now, let's review my Ipsy bag!

June Ipsy
*I am wearing the Fireball eyeshadow, Hibiscus Blush AND Bombastic Mascara in the above photo.

Urban Decay - Eyeshadow in Fireball
This eye shadow is SO different. I have never ever had an eye shadow that changes colors! On the Ipsy tutorial it tells you to brush it all over your lid and then to brush some extra shadow in the center of your eye lid. The color seems to change color! I would say it is sort of a pink to pink/coral color. I just love it! Such a fun summer shade!!!
I would rate it 5/5 stars.

Seraphine Botanicals - Happy Hibiscus Blush
I really like this blush, because it is more of a natural color and sort of accents my summer tan (that I'm working on!). I also don't already have a blush in this color, so that's always a plus!
I would rate it 5/5 stars.

Doucce - Bombastic Lash Volumizer Mascara
Yay! Another mascara (I received one last month, too!)... I would say this mascara is pretty nice. The wand is a little different, but not bad. This will be great to take along on my two vacations that I have coming up. It's not my favorite mascara, but it does a decent job.
I would rate it 4/5 stars.

Patchology - FlashMasque Illuminate
I was really excited to receive two of these FLASHMASQUE's in my Ipsy bag, because I love face masks of all kinds and I had never tried a masque before. It felt really good on my face for the 5 minutes and I even left it on a little longer. It says you don't need to rinse after you take the mask on, that it will absorb into your skin... however, my skin felt a little sticky to the touch afterwards. I think it'd be nicer if my skin felt smooth and not sticky after taking the masque off. It almost made me want to wash my face afterwards. Sorry I'm not smiling in this photo, it was a little hard to do with the masque on. :)
I would rate it 3/5 stars.

Rodial - Stem Cell Cleansing Cream
This cleansing cream is really nice and I like how well it cleans my face, especially getting my makeup off. I still had to use an eye cleaner to get my eye makeup (liner and mascara) off, but that is pretty normal given the eye makeup I use. My face felt really clean afterwards and soft... it almost felt like I was wearing lotion after I rinsed it off. I want to try it as a mask next (since it is a mask and a cleanser!).
I would rate it 4/5 stars.

And, if we look back from a YEAR ago... this is my June 2015 box and I'm sharing what I used and what I didn't use...

Products from my June 2015 Box I've Kept or Tossed:
This was a pretty good bag... The Formula X nail color in Power Source is a coral color and I still have half a bottle left. I've worn it on my nails two times already this summer. I have since received another bottle of Formula X polish (last fall) and its a pretty good polish. The Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer was also new to me then and now I buy it and use it regularly. The Brow Power by it Cosmetics was a nice and quick way to do my brows and is perfect when you are traveling. 

I really liked Pure Vanilla Body Butter, but there was a lot of air in the tube and I only got ONE application out of it. :( The tre'StiQue Mini Shadow Crayon was just hohum. I think I used it once to try it and now I'm thinking I should give it away or toss it.

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Sunday, June 19, 2016

The Creative Corner Link Up Party & Weekly Recap - 06/19/16

Welcome back to our DIY/Craft Link Up Party! Thank you for stopping by every week! And, Happy Father's Day!

Today's Feature is Easy Peasy Patriotic Garland by Worthing Court.

Every week I like to share a little recap of my week at the start of this party:
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Autumn had her dance recital this week. She was just adorable on stage. She had a wonderful time performing and came home with some colorful flowers.

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We had TWO playdates with friends from school this week. I always worry about posting photos of the kids friends on my blog, so I will just share photos from the Suson Park Farm Days of Nathan and Autumn. Nathan made a dip candle in the photo on the left and Autumn is on a pony on the photo on the right. It was a great time! If you ever want to see photos and videos of what I am up to day to day you can follow me on SnapChat at @curlycraftymom.

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The Creative Corner link party | Come to inspire, stay to be inspired. Share your latest DIY, craft, and home decor posts! 
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Friday, June 17, 2016

Influenster Super Mom VoxBox Review

IMG_5284I've been pretty lucky this year with receiving Influenster Vox Boxes! Last month, Influenster sent me my second Vox Box for this year (and I've gotten some smaller boxes, too). Influenster is a company that sends you packages of FREE products and all you do in return is review them on their site, on your blog and social media channels. It is so much fun and I have never received a bad box! This is my fifth or sixth Vox Box with them. This box was chalk full of goodies and I can't wait to share them all with you today!

If you complete all of the tasks for each item, you can receive even more goodies if they select you as a 'Badge Holder Winner'. From my last Vox Box I received a whole package of goodies from Biscoff AND I just found out KISS is sending me a box of extra goodies, too!  So, completing all of the tasks and working hard to earn those Badges is definitely worth it, you get more free items!!

If you would like to join Influenster today (and help me earn some points), then click on this link HERE. Did I mention it is free?

You can also watch my YouTube video of me UnBoxing this Super Mom Vox Box and I'd appreciate it if you gave my video a thumbs up (I am new on YouTube and would LOVE this) and I'd also loved it if you subscribed to my channel! One of my goals this year is to get better at taking videos, so I'd love for you to join in and follow along!

So, let's get started on this Super Mom Vox Box and the great products inside it!

Daisy Squeeze Sour Cream
I was actually in love with this squeezable tube of sour cream before I received this Vox Box! My husband grilled shrimp tacos and we topped them with the sour cream! It was the perfect summer dinner!

Palmolive Fusion Clean with Baking Soda and Lime
Palmolive has been around forever and I just love this Baking Soda & Lime combo! It smells so fresh! I like to clean my eyelash curler in a little cup of hot water with a squirt of dish liquid! It always gets all of the grime off of it in minutes! This also works great on the dishes and leaves them clean and you get to enjoy a nice refreshing smell while cleaning them!

Suave Kids Purely Fun 2 in 1 Shampoo + Conditioner
Both of my kids have sensitive skin and Autumn had eczema as a baby. I always try to use hypoallergenic bath products for the kids baths/showers. I really like this new formula, it has a light scent and cleans well. Suave also sent me some coconut oil and it really helps calm my hair down in this humid weather that we've been getting here in St. Louis!

Plackers Flossers
My kids are great brushers, but the dentist told them that they need to get better about flossing. These Plackers Flossers are great in that they are scented and taste good while flossing! Brilliant, right?!

Secret Outlast Xtend Invisible Solid
I was also sent this mini deodorant to try and I really love how it glides on, it really is invisible and it has a nice clean scent that isn't overwhelming. This is definitely going in my suitcase when I travel this summer! In the photo above I brought it along when Brian and I had our paddleboat sunset dinner date. Are you crazy like me and bring deodorant with you everywhere? I do in this heat!

Pilot Acroball Pens
I was also sent two Pilot Acroball pens to try out and I love them! I used them for my June Goals list this month.

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Well, that is a wrap up! I hope to receive another Vox Box soon, they are a lot of fun to review! I also wanted to mention that I received all of these products for free from Influenster in exchange for my honest opinions.