Curly Crafty Mom: April 2014

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Nathan's Field Trip to Purina Farms

Before Easter, I went on a field trip with Nathan's 2nd grade class to Purina Farms. We have TWO more field trips this week (one in Autumn's class and one in Nathan's class), so I thought I better get my act together and put this blog post about Purina Farms together! Purina Farms is about 40 minutes outside St. Louis, so this field trip went from 9-3:00pm, which is a really long day! Luckily, we had gorgeous weather and they had the pool to the dog show open. Upon arrival to Purina Farms, all of the kids gathered around the Easter bunny and had a class photo done. Nathan has the best smile in this photo, I just love it.

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We saw a movie and then went outside to milk the cows. The cows seemed pretty upset when we got there and were just moaning, the poor cows were probably in pain and needed to be milked badly! I can't imagine waiting until 10:30 a.m. to be milked! It is so funny the things you realize after you've been a Mom and had to nurse your own babies... lol. Our class lined up early and at 10:30 a.m. sharp, they started to let the kids milk the cows. Nathan was the first one in his class to go up, such a brave boy!!

After milking the cows, they got to walk around the barn a little more and see the different animals. Nathan got to pet a pig and they had a rabbit, horses, etc.

Nathan's entire class pulling on a roap... I wish I had gotten the photo of Nathan's teacher joining in on the fun, but I always miss those perfect photos! Drats!

The kids after lunch... 

We got to see the dog show twice, because we had an hour and a half to kill near the end of the field trip. The dog show is always my favorite part of going to Purina.

At the dog show, they had another one of the St. Louis birthday cakes! I have seen three birthday cakes so far and there is 250 of them placed around St. Louis to celebrate 250 years as a city!

My favorite part of the dog show, the dog catching the Frisbee over a pool of water. The water is heated, but they don't always have the pool open for the show.

Another class photo... Nathan has thirteen kids in his class, a pretty small class!

We went into the Easter Village part of Purina, where they have hay swings, a tunnel maze and more animals.

Nathan got this piece of hay stuck on his bum and it stayed there a long time. It was cracking me up and I finally had to take a picture of it. I find amusement in the weirdest things, I know.

We went on a hay ride and then we got one last photo of the classmates together under this tree. Everyone was sort of wiped out at this point and we still had a 40 minute ride back to school. 

Nathan's last field trip is at the City Museum and please pray for me, because I do not like heights!!! I am hoping I survive the heights and a bunch of over excited 2nd graders during this field trip... the last time I went I bonked my head on a metal overhang and almost knocked myself out while chasing after Autumn and Brian lost his cell phone as it fell out of his 'holster' and fell several stories down and smashed into smithereens upon hitting the ground. He was crawling through a large grated type tunnel when that happened and I don't care how chicken the 2nd graders call me, I am not stepping foot into one of those things! LOL! Oh, and I told Brian that NO ONE wears their cell phones in holsters anymore, so he now proudly wears his in the pocket of his jeans... :) So, deep BREATH... I can master this City Museum. Right?!!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Spring Closet Cleaning - For Your Kids


I recently shared this post on Sweet Haute and will be sharing three other posts over on her site this year. I thought I would share it today over here so that you don't miss out on some wonderful Spring tips on Closet Cleaning for Kids! I have been a busy bee working on cleaning out my kids walk-in closets for the last few weeks and I have some tips (and photos) to share with you on how to make the process a lot easier. I usually go through their clothes every Spring and Fall, but I love to do a DEEP cleaning of their closet in the Spring and I go through every nook and cranny.

Here are my tips on Spring Closet Cleaning for Kids:

1. Break the closet up into sections to clean. I didn't have time to clean their entire walk-in closet in one setting, so I broke up the closet into 6 sections to clean as you'll see in the photo below. I gave myself 1-2 hours per section to go through everything that needed to be organized, cleaned, tossed, etc. I worked on one section per day until the entire closet was done. Some of the categories in the below photo of my daughter's closet include top shelf, bottom shelf, clothes on hangers, the floor, chest of drawers, etc.


2. Store sets of toys in baskets, chalkboard wooden tubs, storage bins, etc. In my daughters room, we were gifted a HUGE basket when we were married with jumbo sized towels. This basket is HUGE and it holds all of her stuffed animals... I like it so much that I am considering buying one for my sons room. Wooden chalkboard tubs are great in that you can put a lot of similar items into them and label the front, such as I did for the PlayDoh tub in my daughters room.



3. Keep, Toss, Donate or Sell. Is there a game missing pieces or an article of clothing that has stains on it? You will probably want to toss it. Is there some boutique or Gymboree clothes that you want to try to sell? Do you have a bunch of play clothes or beat up toys that you would like to donate? Divide all of these items up and bag them up into BLACK trash bags so that your kids will not see the contents inside and beg you to keep them. :) Trust me, kids want to hold onto everything... and, you just can't... unless you live in the Barbie mansion. :)


4. Think outside the box. My son went through a major lego-phase and he still loves to play with his lego sets that he has built. All of these lego sets were stacked on top of each other on top of his chest of drawers in a big haphazard mess. While I was trying to figure out what to do with them, an idea popped into this blogger's mind! Nathan has a long mid-length shelf in his closet that spans one entire side of the closet. I decided to cut down some foam core boards in a grey color and lay them flat on the metal shelf. Then, we had enough room to set up ALL of his lego sets! It worked out wonderfully and it is the perfect height for him to play with them all! I love how it is like a mini-lego town and it is all set out for him to play with at any given time.


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Above you'll see a close-up of Nathan's newest lego set from The Lego Movie. :) Also, I bought a Mini Figures storage case at ToysRUs for both kids and it is wonderful for storing all of the extra little lego figures and robots (if they are into Star Wars legos!).

7. School Artwork, Special Papers and Art Supplies Storage. I keep a separate long and flat storage tub for all of my childrens artwork. I keep another storage bin with file folders labeled for each grade of school for important schoolwork papers, report cards, etc. I don't keep all of their artwork, just the really special projects that they bring home. But, I do take a photo of each piece of artwork that they bring home and store it on an app on my phone called ArtKive, I then plan to make a book for Nathan and Autumn of their artwork for each grade in school.

The kids also have A LOT of art supplies, so I keep a tub for each of them where I keep rubber stamps, special coloring books, beads for making bracelets, colored pencils, etc.



8. Separate winter/fall clothes from summer/spring clothes and organize by color. If you don't have enough space to store both seasons of clothes in your child's closet, you can pack some of it up in storage bins and store elsewhere. I also hang all of my daughter's dresses in the back portion of the closet, since they are a lot longer and take up more space.


9. Chest of Drawers are great for extra storage, especially if you can fit one in your child's closet. I use their chest of drawers to store their pants, shorts, skirts, shoes, extra blankets for the bed, beach towels/summer stuff and usually the bottom drawer is a 'junk' drawer.


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Above you will see a drawer full of Autumn's skirts (yes, she has a drawer full!) and to the right of that is Nathan's junk drawer.

10. Keep an empty shelf/basket. I just finished reading the Happiness Project, and in the book Rubin talks about a month of clearing and how she found it was nice to always have an empty shelf or drawer in the house. You can still have a junk drawer, but it is important to have an empty place in the house as well. I thought this was funny, because while organizing Autumn's closet, I emptied a long narrow basket and I really didn't have anything else to put in it. So, for fun... here is a photo documenting an empty basket in my house... Ok, it has two items in it, but it's mostly empty! I am sure it will be full of junk again by next week this time. ;)


11. Store some of your belongings in their closets if you need to! I have an entire storage tub of my old dance recital costumes... Autumn LOVES playing dress up with all of my old costumes and so why not keep this tub in her closet... Right?!


Well, those are all of the Spring closet cleaning tips I have for today. Now I am working on cleaning my Master bedroom closet and let me tell you... I have way too many shoes! We also store our printer, kitchen gadgets and even old photos in our closet... I really need to clear out the closet and make it a closet for our clothes again... not for all of our excess clutter! Wish me luck on that one...

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Monday, April 28, 2014

30x30 Challenge - April: Week Four Reveal

It is the FOURTH week of the April 30x30 challenge and below you will see the outfits I remixed. If you are new here, a 30x30 Challenge is a 30 Day Challenge where you select 30 pieces of clothes, such as shirts, jeans, shoes and mix and match then for 30 days. Accessories such as jewelry, scarves, hang bags, etc. are not included in your 30 items. If you want to get caught up, you can see my 30 item reveal post HERE, my first week of outfits post HERE, second week of outfits post HERE and the third week of outfits HERE.

So, what did I learn during the fourth week?

1. I feel prettier in skirts, I think because I enjoy feeling 'girly' and I don't really have an excuse to wear skirts as much since I stay at home. 

2. I got to meet Aubrey from Dreaming About Someday and it just goes to show how real blogging really is and how the friendships you make from it are the real deal, too! 

3. It seems the lime-yellow flats from The Gap in Day 20 are pretty popular, several people have told me that the own them, too. Who would have guessed? I have a lime-yellow blouse that I didn't include in my 30 items by mistake (it was in the wash!!) and I can't wait to pair them with it soon.

4.  My favorite outfit is Day Nineteen, the outfit I wore for Easter. Now I just need to get some white eyelet shorts, too!

5. Do you enjoy fashion too or do you ever want to share your outfits with other bloggers? Sherri from God Life Happy Life is starting a weekly link up on Thursdays called What Wives Wear. The link up is starting on May 8 and she asked me to join her as a host. So, don't forget to snap a photo of yourself over the weekend prior and join us as we share some fashionable outfits. We will also be picking our favorite two outfits each week, so you could be featured the following week!

Day Nineteen


Today was Easter and it was warm and in the upper seventies, so I finally wore my eyelet white skirt that I purchased at Gap Outlet. I paired it was a simple blouse and some simple jewelry. I wore the only heels I had in this challenge, my Nine West wedges... if I hadn't been doing this challenge I would have worn some white heels instead, but oh well. :)

Day Twenty


I loved this outfit, but I changed into it for Brian to take my photo this morning... and then I changed into some comfy clothes, because the kids were off school and no way was I going to be wearing a long skirt all day! LOL! But, hey... I got my Day 20 outfit in! I really love how adventurous I was with this outfit with the different patterns... the anchor shirt has white polka dots and the navy and white went really well with the navy/white striped maxi skirt. Such a fun outfit and I will definitely wear it again the entire day when the time is right for it!

Day Twenty-One

I didn't feel like 'dressing up' today, so this is what I came up with... a cute tee from J. Crew in pastel colors and my distressed jeans and comfy Sperrys. Simple yet chic, or at least I hope. :) 

Day Twenty-Two


Today I got to meet Aubrey from Dreaming About Someday for lunch and it was fun to chat it up with her in real life! I love how blogging has brought so many wonderful people into my life! Aubrey looked really cute, especially in her skirt from Wal-Mart (I would never have guessed!) and I was trying to pull something together that would be cute for lunch, but also comfortable for hiding eggs for Autumn's class before lunch! Lol! I added the white bauble necklace AFTER the egg hunt to glam up my outfit before lunch! For this outfit, I went with all whites and greys and I thought it turned out really casual yet cute. :)

Day Twenty-Three


It was a nice day, so I decided it was finally time to wear my lace shirt again with my lace Toms! My mint skinnies always go so nice with this white lace shirt, too and I paired it with my large mint necklace (still need to look up the name of where I bought it from!). I really love this outfit and I was going to add the jean jacket to it, but thought it looked so nice without it.

Day Twenty-Four


Another casual outfit for the books... I really need more anchor items in my life, may need to plan a visit to Charming Charlie soon for some anchor accessories as they had a TON last time I was in there! This is the first time I wore the green cardi, can you believe it? I used to be the cardi Queen at my old job, but now that I am a sahm, I am not in an ice cold office all the time and I just haven't needed to use it for any of my outfits.

First Week Summary

Second Week Summary
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Third Week Summary:
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Fourth Week Summary:
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