Curly Crafty Mom: March 2015

Monday, March 30, 2015

Spring Home Tour at Curly Crafty Mom

Today I wanted to share a little Spring Home Tour on the blog with y'all! Now... I'll be honest, I just got all of our Easter and Spring decorations up this past weekend... and, Easter is THIS Sunday! But, most of the items will work for Spring, too... so, I don't think I'll be taking many things down after this Sunday. This tour only includes the inside of the home, because I really don't want to take pics of our outside area when I can't plant any beautiful annual flowers until after Mother's Day. But, I think the inside photos will do and hopefully you'll get some inspiration for your home.


We'll start at the front of the house and you'll see I have a pot of clover leftover from St. Patrick's Day. Behind the door is a beautiful piece that Brian's mom made that we had framed, she did a crochet of our last name. You can only see a glimpse of it here.


I found this tree slice at a local nursery and added a burlap bow to it, a little chalkboard paint and added our family monogram in chalk (see original post HERE). I usually bring this indoors during the cooler months, but it'll probably be going back out on the porch soon. I also have a little bunny and some eggs on the bottom of our indoor tree.


If you go towards the kitchen, you'll see one of my favorite pieces in the house to decorate for each holiday... our buffet rack! You'll see that it is quite decked out in this photo with lots of little spring details.


I added something new to it this year... at Hobby Lobby they had these adorable chalkboard eggs. I passed it up the first time I saw it in the store and regretted it and yanked it off the shelf the second time around. I had to have this chalkboard egg and I had no idea what I was going to do with it! When it came time to decorate the house for Easter and spring, I still had no clue what to write on it... I decided to nestle it in a basket and I even added a burlap bow that I had laying around (I have several bows I make to put on family gifts and reuse them over and over). I was going to write Hoppy Easter on it, but didn't want to have to redo the chalk after a week, so Hoppy Spring it was!! Brian bought me some chalkboard pens awhile back and I really love all of the different color choices I have.


I mean seriously, isn't this the cutest Easter egg you've ever seen? I am in love... somehow a big ole burlap bow always makes something look extra adorable!

Last year I got this little pink ceramic egg plate at Hobby Lobby. I think last year I displayed dyed eggs (real ones) in it and this year I decided to display some of my extra ceramic eggs in it.

Bristle-Bunny Easter-tree

Just a couple more detail shots of some items on the buffet rack that I love... a brush bunny and my Target dollar spot Easter tree (purchased the ornaments at Hobby Lobby). Oh, and Autumn's S'mores bunny... there is a S'mores for every holiday these days, isn't there?

Next is the kitchen... which, I just purchased this industrial wire basket and filled it with Easter goodies. You can see the full details on its own blog post HERE. Oh, and I think it was decided that everyones favorite egg is the orange one with the pom pom ribbon. :)

So, I don't go super crazy for spring... I didn't change the decor on our coffee table in the family room, but I do for the fall and Christmas. It is still displaying its neutral decor in this gold mirror tray that I purchased awhile back at Hobby Lobby. I did take a trip recently to Bath and Body Works and bought some yummy and smelly goody spring candles! I have the Pineapple Palm Grass candle burning in this photo and isn't it neat how the wax turns orange when it is hot and the rest of the wax is yellow? Never seen that before... 

After the Easter bunny, it was time to stock up on Spring scents!!! Isn't the pineapple wallflower outlet the cutest? 🍍🍍🍍 I πŸ’› how Bath and Body Works is all about Hawaii right now! I can't wait to go there someda
Ok, so I kind of go to Bath and Body Works each season... it just makes me happy when my house smells good. I really love the wallflowers and I usually don't buy a new plug, but they had a pineapple one and I couldn't resist. It even lights up! They are having a Hawaiian theme right now in the store, so a lot of pineapple, coconut and mai tai scents. I got B1G1 free on the big candles and had a 20% off coupon, so I didn't spend a whole lot on what you see pictured above.

Ok, so I know this isn't a great picture... but, I had to share my little pineapple wallflower outlet in action. SOOOO cute. Seriously. I'll shut up now. :)

Now we will turn away from the family room and go back towards the hall to the living room.  I always have a wreath on the door to our garage and it is always one I have made... I have a wreath making addiction and I have so much fun displaying something I've made on that door. I didn't make a new spring wreath this year, because I love the split pea wreath I made last year so, so much.

This split pea wreath is one of the most popular wreaths I have done on the blog and I am glad, because it was a little time consuming and messy. But, it is as solid as a rock and has held up really well for two years now. Click HERE to see how to make one of your own.

This end table is one of my favorites in the house, because it displays some of our Paris memorabilia. I went pretty simple on decorating it, I have a green ceramic egg from Pottery Barn by the candle and I always display the kids Easter books propped up on one of the legs of the table. I also have a little carrot dish that I put Easter candy in, but it is in the dish washer.

The only other Easter decor I have done is I purchased this cute little white bunny with gold ears from Target. This is the big Pottery Barn shelf with baskets that we purchased for our master bath a couple of years ago. I almost have the entire master bath done for reveal pictures (it has been a long time coming), but I need to paint the vanity in there first. Its on my list to do SOON... There is a little pitcher vase on one of the shelves that I usually fill with fresh cuts from the garden, but we don't have any yet (not even daffodils)... so, it is empty.

Here is a close up of the bunny... Target always has really nice spring decor... I hate that, because I want to load my cart up on it... yet, that wouldn't be good for the bank account. ;)

Anyway, that is it for this year!! If you have a spring home tour, I would love to see it and be sure to leave it in the comments. I just got the kids Easter baskets done this weekend and hope to share them sometime on Instagram and the blog... I always go a little crazy with those baskets. ;) Have a good one!

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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Motivational Monday Link Up Party - 3/30/15


Welcome back to another week of our Motivational Monday Link Up Party! I was finally able to go out and get my hair done this weekend and it felt so good to get it lightened up for the Spring (and, just in time for Easter!). We really did not have many plans this weekend, which was really nice for a change... especially since we have a busy week coming up! Nathan has his Wax Museum for school where he will be Henry Ford, I will also be helping his class make rag dolls one day for Social Studies and then another day next week I am going out for lunch and shopping in downtown Kirkwood with some friends... this will be our third year! Oh, and Friday the kids are off school for Good Friday. I had really wanted to take them to the zoo, but it might rain. Lets hope the forecast changes in the next six days :)

The birthday cake frap is delish!! πŸ‘ I can't believe they'll only be around until Monday! Not sure if you can tell, because I started drinking it, but the pink icing on top was too cute. πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’— gotta love Starbucks!
I also got myself a birthday frap from Starbucks... yum!

Latest projects from the ladies of Motivational Monday:
DIY Yarn Carrot Trio from The Southern Couture.
Silk Tie-Dyed Easter Eggs from Burlap and Babies.
Spring Vignette from Making It In The Mitten.
A Mint + Coral Party from The Dempster Logbook.
Homemade Facial Astringent from Dwelling In Happiness.
Industrial Easter Basket Centerpiece from Curly Crafty Mom.

This Week on Curly Crafty Mom:
Easter-Galvanized-Basket-650x650 Me-and-Aut-going-to-ball-650x650 I received my Ipsy πŸ’—pinkπŸ’— bubbly bag in the mail recently and there are so many goodies inside it this time that I can't wait to try! Butter lipstick in Little Susie, Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Renewal Creme Oil (I love trying new hair pr
Bright and Cheerful Industrial Easter Basket Centerpiece
Dressed for the Ball (Cinderella) in AMI ClubWear Berry Colored Dress
Ipsy Review (#4) and Meal Plan Week 53

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Friday, March 27, 2015

Ipsy Review (#4) and Meal Plan Week 53

I received my Ipsy πŸ’—pinkπŸ’— bubbly bag in the mail recently and there are so many goodies inside it this time that I can't wait to try! Butter lipstick in Little Susie, Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Renewal Creme Oil (I love trying new hair pr
I can't believe I have been receiving Ipsy's adorable little bubble wrapped packages in the mail for FOUR months now! An Ipsy day makes my day! :)

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! If you're interested, you can sign up under me, by clicking HERE and I'll earn some points to by myself extra products. Thanks!

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

Sexy Hair - Soy Renewal Creme Oil

This was the product I was the MOST excited about and it turns out it wasn't my favorite product in the bag. I really wanted to LOVE this product, because I really like the Sexy Hair product line. But, my hair was still a little frizzy and puffy after using it... and, it got worse throughout the day (which was a rainy day, not good for curly hair!). My hair is kind of a PITA, so a product has to be REALLY good to work on my locks. The pros? It smelled SO good and wasn't heavy or sticky. It did have a shimmer to it that was still on my hands after I applied it, which I'm not sure if I liked or didn't like... you couldn't really see the shimmer in your hair after applying it, which I would rather not have glittery hair unless I'm going to a party. ;) I tried applying this product while my hair was wet and before I blow dried like it suggested and I also tried applying it on my hair dry and got the same results.
I would rate it 3/5 stars.

NYC - Butter Lipstick in Little Susie Color
Ipsy let us know ahead of time that we would be receiving a NYC product in our next bag... usually the products are all a complete surprise. I was really excited to receive the NYC Butter Lipstick (I mean, the name just sounds good!), but when I saw the color they sent me I was really disappointed. It looked REALLY bright for me... but, you know what? The lipstick is a little sheer yet the color comes on nicely and the Little Susie color was perfect on me! This is a tube of lipstick that will be perfect for the Spring, the color reminds me of a mix of coral and pink. I bet I will use the entire tube up by the end of the summer!
I would rate it 5/5 stars.

Chella - Ivory Lace Highlighter

When I first received this in my bag, I was kind of like... what is this? Several of my friends that get Ipsy bags were sort of wondering the same thing. I went on Ipsy to see what others had written about the product and found out that this little stick blends beautifully and works wonders on under eye circles, or your can use it on your brow bone to lighten it. It is really creamy and the shade works great with my skin tone. This is why I LOVE Ipsy, I can try products I would never think of trying. I would really like to learn more about highlighting.
I would rate it 5/5 stars.

Dr. Brandt Skincare - Pores No More Anti-Aging Mattifying Lotion
Another product that I wanted to love... and surprisingly, this has really good reviews from other Ipsy subscribers. It has a really strong chemical/medicine type smell, which wasn't for me... It says on the tube to use day or night and I put it on my skin in the evening after I used my Clarisonic and my skin was still feeling REALLY dry... so, I used my normal night cream over it. I also tried it over my regular day cream and it didn't really make my skin feel matte after more then an hour. It just didn't do it for me.
I would rate it 2/5 stars.

MARSK - Mineral Eye Shadow in Lucky Penny
This is a pretty color and the first eye shadow I have that is in a loose mineral form. It is fun to apply and the metallic color is something different. It didn't hold up as good as some of my other eye shadows throughout the day, though. Ipsy has sent me an eye shadow the last three times, I hope to get something other then an eye shadow next month... especially since I already have the Urban Decay Naked palette.  
I would rate it 3/5 stars.

The bag they sent this month has been my favorite bag so far! I really love the floral print and the blue color for the zipper. So cute! 

I am really enjoying Ipsy and I know I keep saying I want to try a different subscription service each month... but, I am really wondering if I am going to be able to talk myself out of Ipsy after I've been seeing that pink bubble wrap package in my mailbox for 12 months!! 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!

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Now... are you ready for this weeks Meal Plan? 

Meal Plan Week 53

Sunday - Order Dinner To Go
We will probably order something to go... it is kind of a thing we like to do most Sundays :)

Monday - Baked Ravioli with a Side Salad
Nathan has a presentation at school, so I think I will make this up ahead of time and pop it in the oven as soon as we get home from school... it takes about 30 minutes to bake and 10 to cool, so by then we'll all be hungry and can eat and then head back out the door again.

Tuesday - Gazpacho with Homemade Bread
I have been craving this soup all winter long and now the tomatoes are getting nicer and I am going to make a big batch for us to enjoy for dinner... with some homemade bread from the bread machine, too!

Wednesday - Frozen Pizza
Autumn has dance, so another quick and easy dinner... We pretty much have frozen pizza EVERY Wednesday. 
This is another light recipe that I haven't made in awhile, even though it is so delicious! 

Friday - Tacos

Saturday - Order Pizza

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Thursday Fashion Files Link Up #6 - AMI ClubWear Wine Colored Dress

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. Last week was a BIG week for us, because we had OVER 100 link ups! It is so exciting to cross into the three digits and its because of all of YOU! Thanks!

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Keri from Living in this Season won the $50 gift card to AMI ClubWear! Congrats, Keri!

Today I am sharing the wine colored dress that AMI ClubWear sent me. This dress is sold out, but they have a lot of pretty Easter dresses that you can find here and an adorable lime green dress here that I would love to have in my closet. I put this dress on in the morning before we went to see Cinderella with my daughter and her friend. My husband joked that Autumn and I were dressed to go to 'the ball'. How appropriate. Don't worry, after my husband shot my pics for this post, I changed back into jeans for the movie. :) Such is the life of a blogger! But, I do look forward to wearing this dress for a special occasion in the near future. Isn't Autumn adorable in her Frozen dress? We really enjoyed the little Frozen skit before Cinderella, poor Elsa... I hope she feels better!

I didn't realize that this would be a very form fitting dress when I selected it, but I went with it... I selected it, because of the wine color and the sparkly silver band above the waist.

I decided to wear a sparkly necklace to go with the sparkly band... just a simple strand, but very sparkly as you can see. This necklace really goes with anything, fancy or not. It is a staple in my opinion. I put on some dark green drop earrings as an accent against the wine color.

This dress was really long (and I am 5'7"!), so out came the tall (for me) wedges! These Carlos Santana wedges were my first ever Nordstrom purchase! I purchased them when Nordstrom first came to St. Louis and I haven't been able to part with them.





Outfit Details:
Dress - AMI ClubWear
Wedges - Carlos Santana at Nordstrom (Vintage)
Necklace - Can't remember (sorry!)
Earrings - Charming Charlie


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This week I welcome Linda from A Labour of Life as our Guest Co-Host! Linda just shared a wonderful post entitled '10 Things Not to Wear Over 50' and she shares her witty humor. Its a great read, be sure to check it out. Besides fashion, she enjoys sharing her travels, such as a recent cruise and she also has a weekly link up party called 'A Labour of Fashion'.

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I selected Debbie from Fashion Fairy Dust, because this bare-legged, floral with pops of coral and mint is just screaming, "Oh how I missed you, Spring!" to me. I also really like fun blazers and this coral blazer needs to get in my closet now. I have also been wanting a pair of nude flats for Spring and these are perfect. Oh, and Debbie is known for her awesome collection of printed t-shirts, how F A B U L O U S is that?! Debbie was recently a co-host for us HERE where she is sharing her faux leather joggers.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Bright and Cheerful Industrial Easter Basket Centerpiece

I have been wanting to do a table top centerpiece for our kitchen table for Easter for awhile... last year I ran out of time and so this year I was determined to make it happen. While at Hobby Lobby, I saw a table display of industrial wire baskets and galvanized metal pieces. It was there that I decided I wanted to use a wire basket for the centerpiece.


I knew I wanted some 'grass' tied with a pretty bow inside the basket. I came across a plaid bow in beautiful bright spring colors... I knew these colors would match some of the plastic Easter egg colors! I decided to spruce up the plastic eggs with some ribbons tied around where you'd normally see their crease. I have quite a stash of ribbons and I selected colors from my ribbon stash at home, which saved me some money. I also threw in some natural colored Spanish moss to line the button of the basket.


I just really love how a little bit of ribbon can really dress up an otherwise boring plastic Easter egg. I also think of this metal basket as a basket you would collect eggs in on the farm and it just blends perfectly with the eggs.


And. this ribbon... it has a touch of green in the plaid, which goes perfectly with the green monkey grass that it is tied around.


I love the fresh and sharp cut of the grass on the bottom, almost as though it is a wild bouquet with a ribbon around it.


Are you ready to see the simple instructions on how to make this beauty?


As you'll see here... the supplies are pretty minimal. You can use plastic eggs or even real eggs... if you use real eggs, you could dye them in bright colors or go with a more natural colored bow. The grass I used is monkey grass. The Spanish moss is the same kind of liner you'd fill the bottom of a faux potted tree with... you'll want a basket or something that you can place all of your items in. You'll also need ribbon to line your eggs with, if you use real eggs, you may opt out on the ribbon.


Line your basket with the Spanish moss.


I bought two sections of monkey grass and tied them together with a rubber band and twine and then used a pruner (gardening tool) and cut the bottom so the grass became 'loose' and not secured together on the end by a base. This resulted in a sharp edge for each piece of grass. You can leave the rubber band and/or twine tied around the middle, because you will later cover it with the bow.


To make the bow, I used my Bowdabra, of course! It makes it SO easy to make a perfect bow!

DO_put bow on
Tie your bow onto your monkey grass.

Then it was time for my favorite part of the craft, decorating the plastic eggs with ribbon! I just cut a strip of ribbon that was as long as the perimeter of the egg. I then put a strip of hot glue on the back side of the ribbon and rolled the egg around it to adhere it. So easy!

Which one is your favorite? My favorite is the one with the pom poms!

I then placed the eggs in the basket.

And, you've got yourself a bright and cheery, yet industrial Easter basket centerpiece!

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