Curly Crafty Mom: January 2015

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Ipsy Review (#2) and Meal Plan Week 46

Received my second Ipsy bag today and this is my favorite so far!! It includes eco-beauty good day. moisturizer, Pacifica natural mineral coconut eye shadow in a coppery brown color, (Malin+Goetz) mojito lip balm, Manna Kadar sheer glo shimmer lotion, Hik
This is my second Ipsy bag y'all and I am in LOVE!! I almost think this is my favorite bag yet... this one included three full size products, not just samples! Eek! If you haven't 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. Sweet!

So are you ready to hear what I received in my Ipsy bag?

Hikari Cosmetics - Mechanical Eye Liner in Slate Grey 

I was really excited to receive an eyeliner in a grey color, because I have been loving grey this season. I thought it was just OK... the color doesn't show up over your eyeshadow until you apply it several times.
I would rate it 3/5 stars.

La Fresh Eco-Beauty Be Good. Good Day. Day Moisturizer

This is a natural moisturizer that isn't made with questionable ingredients. What makes it even better is helps protect your skin from anti-aging. I really enjoyed how light and refreshing this felt on my skin and it has a wonderful smell when you first put it on. I have been wearing this in the evening after I wash my face with my clarisonic. The only draw back on this product is that I can't wear it during the day, because it doesn't include any sunscreen. 
I would rate it 4/5 stars.

(Malin+Goetz) Mojito Lip Balm
I didn't think I would love this product... oh, yay... another lip balm. But, wow, this lip balm is awesome! I wouldn't say it tastes or smells like a mojito, though... I love how glossy this feels on my lips and it says put for hours. It is now my new on the go lip balm and is in my purse. :) 
I would rate it 4.5/5 stars.

Manna Kadar Cosmetics Sheer Glo

I have only tried this product once and I tried it under my foundation (which is a pretty light foundation) and it didn't really show up. I think I may try MIXING it in a dab of foundation and apply it next time, instead of wearing it under my foundation. I also want to try wearing it as a blush. However, I think I am going to save this for our summer vacation in Florida and wear it on my chest and arms for a nice little glo!
I would rate it 1/5 stars.

Pacifica Natural Mineral Coconut Eye Shadow in Treasure
This is a natural eye shadow infused with coconut water to give it a velvety cream-like finish. I saw that they offered this eye shadow and two different colors and I was excited to receive it in the more vibrant color, Treasure. This is a coppery and glitzy color that is neutral and goes with a lot of my outfits. I wear this when I want my eye shadow to stand out a little more, yet the color definitely isn't overkill... and, I love eyeshadows, so I was really pleased to receive this one. I only rate items 5 stars if I would BUY them on my own... since I really love my Urban Decay Naked 3 palette, I can't say I would go out of my way to buy this again.
I would rate it 4.5/5 stars.

The bag I received was really cute... I actually saw one lady monogrammed her bag on both sides and I thought WOW, that could be me once I figure out vinyl on my Silhouette Cameo. :) The bag is white on one side and blue on the other side with a coral zipper.

I am really enjoying Ipsy and I will continue this subscription for a year. I am kind of thinking I may try a different subscription package each year so a little variety... but, Ipsy is definitely all mine for 2015! I really loved how I received three full size products this month and the variety of them. I saw that some ladies received liquid eye gel liner and I was a little jelly that I didn't get that in my bag! I must say, when I see that pink bubble wrapped package in my mail box, I get so excited to see what is inside! If you are interested in trying out Ipsy, please use my referral link below... I get points for free products if you sign up under me! I would appreciate it!

If you don't subscribe to Ipsy, click HERE for my referral link.  For $10/month it's a fun way to try new products that are delivered right to your mailbox!

What did you get in your Ipsy Glam bag this month? 

Are you ready for this weeks meal plan?

Meal Plan Week 46

Sunday - Honey BBQ Pork Chops with Rosemary Thyme Vegetables, recipe HERE and HERE

This should have been dinner on Saturday evening, but we decided to have a pizza movie night... so, I bumped it over one night. Cooking on Saturday evening should be illegal anyway!

Monday - Red Velvet Pancakes with Strawberries

This recipe is from one of my Pioneer Woman cookbooks... who can resist pink pancakes? The maple buttermilk icing looks really delicious, too!

Tuesday - BLT's and Chips
The kids are having National Schools week, so there is a lot of activities going on at school that I don't want to miss out on... so, most of the dinners will be fairly simple this week with me being up at school during the day. But, some simple dinners are OH so good, such as BLT's. YUM!

Wednesday - Frozen Pizza
Autumn has dance, so it is frozen pizza night!

Thursday -  Freezer Meal: Easy Pasta Bake with Buttered Croissant Rolls, recipe HERE

My freezer storage is looking awfully pathetic... this is one of my favorite freezer meals, so I can't wait to make one for this evening and one to freeze for later. I usually make one with regular pasta sauce and one with vodka sauce so they are a little different!

Friday - Leftovers from Easy Pasta Bake

Saturday - Early Valentine's Dinner
We are having an early Valentine's Dinner, kid free at the Melting Pot! YUMM-O!!!!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

What Wives Wear Link Up #38 - Valentine Fashion Picks

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Week 38

Hand Painted Preppy Bow Bangle from Stacy Brown Designs    Bauble Bar Pearl 360 Studs Earring in Ivory    By Faith Accessories Horizontal Gold Bar Name Necklace    GiGi New York All in One Bag in Blush    Boxy Hoodie by Victoria Secret    Boxy Cut-Out Pullover by Victoria Secret    Paris Book from Anthropologie    Girls Knit Pom Beanie (the pom is HUGE and so cute!) from Target    In Your Dreams Gift Box with Unicorn Horn Bubble Bar from Lush USA    Adrienne Vittadini Piri Pump with Bow in Red from DSW

Welcome back to What Wives Wear! I usually don't share more then one outfit a week and shared an outfit yesterday when I was a Co-Host for Terrific Twosday. So, today I thought it would be fun to share my Valentine Fashion Picks AND a photo from my outfit from Terrific Two-day if you haven't see it already.

So, first let's start with my Fashion Picks... these are some lovely items that I either own or want. Ok, I'll be honest... most of these are items I WANT. I'm a girl, I have needs, right?! ;)

Hand Painted Preppy Bow Bangle from Stacy Brown Designs - I follow Stacy Brown Designs on IG and I have been drooling over ALL of her hand painted bangles for quite some time. This pink and gold preppy bow bangle is a favorite of mine. I need this for my monogram jewelry collection. :)

Bauble Bar Pearl 360 Studs Earring in Ivory - These double pearl earrings are SO hot right now and you can order them in so many different metals and even colors. I decided to get them in ivory and they are actually on their way to my mailbox right now! Eek! I am planning to wear them for the first time when Brian and I got out for Valentine's Day!

By Faith Accessories Horizontal Gold Bar Name Necklace - I won this item on a giveaway a month ago and just received it in the mail. I love it and it stacks great with other necklaces.

GiGi New York All in One Bag in Blush - I have been wanting a GiGi bag for awhile now, especially since you can have the bags monogrammed. This blush color would be perfect for Valentine's Day!

Boxy Hoodie by Victoria Secret and Boxy Cut-Out Pullover by Victoria Secret - Both of these from VS look so comfy! I really like the boxy cut-out pullover, it would be great to wear over my workout bra or tank!

Paris Book from Anthropologie - I love everything Paris AND Anthropologie and this book would look super cute on my coffee table.

Girls Knit Pom Beanie (the pom is HUGE and so cute!) from Target - This beanie is in the girls section at Target, but has that ever stopped me before? It comes in pink and white, perfect Valentine colors! It is also under $5!

In Your Dreams Gift Box with Unicorn Horn Bubble Bar from Lush USA - Anything from Lush is perfect for Valentine's Day and a relaxing bubble bath is great for your skin and mind! What I love about this gift box is the unicorn horn bubble bar! Isn't it the cutest?!

Adrienne Vittadini Piri Pump with Bow in Red from DSW - These heels are so cute with a red bow and the heel isn't too tall! Perfect for chasing my kids in... 

Here is my outfit I shared yesterday on Terrific Twosday! (To see the post to this outfit, click HERE!)


And, if you are still looking for a red dress for Valentine's Day... these are on SALE at Anthropologie! I am always peaking at their sale items. :)

lace  fringe  jumpsuit
Rubied Lace Dress
Abelia Dress with Fringe Detail
Draped Garnet Jumpsuit

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What Wives Wear Link Up is a place for wives/moms 
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Link up your favorite outfit post of the week. 
Get inspired while inspiring others!

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This week we picked Marta who is sharing a cute purple dress

that matches perfectly with her purple plaid blanket scarf.

Marta adds a little edge by adding a black leather moto jacket, 

black tights, and black knee-high boots.

Our next pick is Lisa who is wearing a simple winter white sweater 

with black velvet leggings.

She spices up her look with a leopard clutch and red bow heels.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Fair Isle Sweater w/ Polka Dots & Stripes (Co-Hosting with Confident Twosday!)

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Today I am excited to be Co-Hosting with I do deClaire for Confident Twosday! Laura is a mom that didn't want to fall into the rut of daily yoga pants... she shows off her stylish outfits on her blog that is named after her daughter Claire. If you don't already follow Laura, you should take a look at her blog and give her a follow today. Also, don't you love how we are both wearing plaid scarves in the photo above? :)

I thought I would share my fair isle sweater that I purchased just before Christmas from Old Navy... I know everyone is going to be talking about Spring as soon as Valentine's Day is here and gone and the next big holiday is Easter!







I actually wore this outfit LAST weekend and loved it so much that I wore it again to have the hubs photograph. A lot of bloggers have been pairing their fair isle sweaters with plaid, but I tried it with this polka dotted chambray shirt from F21 and loved how it mimicked the polka dots in the sweater. I also decided to wear it with this b/w striped skirt and the patterns flow perfectly! I purchased these leather lined booties last winter at TJ Maxx and they have been a favorite and I get so many compliments on them. I love to wear them with grey tights, but preferred black tights here.

Also, I recently WON a giveaway and it was for a personalized bar necklace! When I received it I tried it out with my regular monogrammed initial necklace and they stack up together nicely! I can't wait to wear these two together many more times in the future!

What I'm Wearing:
Fair Isle Sweater - Old Navy
Polka Dot Chambray Shirt - Forever 21
B/W Striped Skirt - Old Navy
Black Tights - Target
Black Leather Lined Booties - TJ Maxx
Monogrammed Initial Necklace - Bauble Bar - ON SALE RIGHT NOW! $108, was $145!!
Gold Bar Personalized Necklace - By Faith Accessories
Watch - MK
Bracelets - Charming Charlie

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Monday, January 26, 2015


Becky from Choose Happy just started a new link up party called Currently. Becky has a site where she talks about how she CHOOSES to be happy every day and shares her experiences with her readers. I thought it would be fun to link up to her party from time to time and I am joining in today!

Thinking about...

We have an upcoming trip to The Great Wolf Lodge... we went last year in January and had so much fun, that we are going to try to go every winter to get a break from the COLD. We also plan to check out a few Kansas City sites... last year we went to Legoland then ate at Fritz's, which is a little hamburger diner that has trains that run around the ceiling and drop a little lever with a basket that has all of your food in it. It is SO cool, the kids have been asking to go here again for ages. The food is really good, too... when we went last year I got a burger with hash browns on it! YUMMM!!!


Necklace stacking is so, so fun!! ❤️πŸ‘❤️ I received my engraved bar necklace in gold by @byfaithaccessories yesterday and I love how it is longer than my other monogrammed necklace. I am going to be wearing these two necklaces together
Over a month ago, I won a blog giveaway and won a monogrammed necklace! I asked the lady doing the giveaway if I could get the bar necklace over a necklace with my name... I had been wanting a bar necklace for awhile. She kindly agreed and now I have this beautiful bar necklace with my name stamped on it By Faith Accessories. You can get the necklace chain in several different sizes and I just love how it lays slightly over my other monogrammed necklace that Brian got me for Valentine's Day last year. I just love necklace stacking!


I just finished the first Outlander book. It took me almost three months to finish it, it is one LONG book!! I really enjoyed it, but need to take a break before I start the second book. There is EIGHT books in the Outlander series! Whew! I also want to take time to what the tv series for the first book. 

I am now starting The Perfume Collector and hope to read The Good Girl after that. I usually find books I want to read by reviews on other blogs, friends that recommend them or from books my friends on have read and recommended! If you aren't on Goodreads yet, it is like a FB for books! You can be my friend on Goodreads by clicking HERE.


We're going to Disney this summer!! We haven't been there for two years and this whole MagicBand thing is new to us! I think Autumn and I will definitely both get PINK!! πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’— any tips would be great!! We are doing the dinin
We are currently planning our second Disney trip with the kids!! I am so excited and we have a great travel agent (Stacey Burns) that we have used for every Disney trip we have taken. We are getting the dining plan, which is so much fun... you get to make reservations ahead of time for where you want to eat dinner. I am excited to eat lunch at Cinderella's castle again and to try out the Hoop De Doo (which comes with family style BBQ and free beer and sangrias! YUM!). We are staying 5 nights this time instead of 4, so we can rest it up one day at our hotel. We are staying at the Beach Club, which has the best pool at Disney! It has a beach, sandy bottomed pools and a pirate water slide! Who can beat that? You can see my Disney planning post HERE.

Disney just is so magical for kids and adults!!


I honestly haven't done much baking since Christmas... I feel I get a little baked out in January and February. Just bring me the boxed chocolates! haha! However, I do have a delicious Valentine's drink that I plan to share on the blog soon. And, I know this isn't 'baking', but I have the Pioneer Woman's last cookbook, which is holiday themed... I am planning on trying out her Red Velvet pancake recipe, I just know the kids will love having pink pancakes one night for when we have breakfast for dinner. Ok, maybe Nathan won't enjoy pink pancakes, but my princess girl will! Pioneer Woman doesn't have her Red Velvet pancakes recipe online, but you can find the book HERE or try out these pink pancakes from Coffee, Chaos and Contentment.

Thankful for…

I would say that I am thankful for my health and for Brian and the kids health. I am also thankful for our happiness we have right now in our lives and all we have been blessed with. I heard about an old co-worker that recently died from cancer last week and I believe she was only 52... I also have another old co-worker that is several years younger then me and she is going through breast cancer... she has two young kids. My mom was in a brutal car accident with a drunk driver in early December and she is still on bed rest and heeling from injuries. I have a couple of friends that are going through problems in their families. You just can't take your health or general happiness for granted and everyday that my family is healthy and blessed, I am so thankful. You just never know what the future brings, even tomorrow. Life can be bitter-sweet and I want to focus on the good things in life and not take anything that I am blessed with for granted. I may have ran in 6 half marathons or drink only water and no soda, but it still doesn't guarantee my tomorrow. That is why I am thankful I have Christ to hold and who is always there for me. I am thankful for everything he has given me and every situation he has put me in good or bad. He knows the ultimate plan and how all the puzzle pieces fit together in my life and I just need to trust in him and not overthink all the finer details. This is why I have this bible verse on my nightstand to look at every night.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Motivational Monday Link Up Party - 12/26/14

Welcome back to another week of our Motivational Monday Link Up Party! Last weekend we painted my daughters room with rainbow stripes and I am excited to share the tutorial below and also photos of how her room turned out! Next up, I am going to repaint my old childhood desk for her, fix up the chair for the desk and set up a gallery wall around her desk. I can't wait to share the progress I make in her room.

Today I decided to start a very painful organizational project... My desk that is in our finished basement downstairs. I haven't touched this since before Nathan was born in 2006. It used to be in his bedroom then got moved downstairs when we turned my of
I also started another project downstairs... my desk area has been in shambles since Nathan was born! I plan to clean this area up and I want to turn it into a colorful and bright crafting area. I am even thinking some vertical grey stripes would be pretty on the walls... I can't get enough of painting stripes! 

Decided I needed a relaxing afternoon so hit up Sonic for a cherry limeade πŸ’πŸ’πŸ’ and headed next door to #homegoods for a couple hours of aisle browsing. What did I bring home? I fell in love with this purple gold crusted agate. I
I also went shopping at Home Goods this week... well, first I stopped at Sonic for a yummy Cherry Lime-ade! I wasn't in there looking for anything in particular, I just like to go in stores like these to browse every so often. My favorite find is this purple gold encrusted agate! I put it in my bedroom which has whites, greys, yellows and hints of dark purples in it. I also found to items I plan to monogram with the gold vinyl I got from Silhouette earlier this week. A mirror tray that I plan to display my perfume bottles on and a footed glass cup that I plan to keep my makeup brushes in. Yay! I can't wait to try out vinyl on my Silhouette Cameo!!

This Weeks Projects & Outfit:

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How to Winterize Your Nails with Julep
How to Paint Rainbow Stripes
How to Style a Lace Dress for the Winter

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Valentine's Day Gift Tutorial
Andie shares with us how to make an inexpensive Valentine's gift. These letters each have a different cover on the envelope and they also each have a certain time for when you should open them. Andie shares how she did a similar concept before she got married and wrote her fiancΓ© 22 notes to open each day leading up to when they got married. How sweet and meaningful!

Valentine Heart Art (using a Silhouette Cameo!)

Kim from A Girl and a Glue Gun shows how she made some Valentine Art in this post... my favorite is the heart cut outs that are framed. She used her Silhouette Cameo to cut out mini hearts from white paper and then she layered different colored ribbon behind each heart. Such an easy and beautiful craft for Valentine's Day!

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