Curly Crafty Mom: March 2016

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Thursday Fashion Files Link Up #55: Spring Style Flashback

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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We now have a Thursday Fashion Files Pinterest board. We will be pinning our top two picks along with our own outfits for that week. Be sure to click HERE to join our new Pinterest board!

The trees are blooming here and Spring is in the air! We DID get snow on the first day of Spring, but the temps have been pretty nice overall. I thought this would be a great time to share what I wore LAST Spring!

Chambray Dress Styled for Early Spring

Wine Colored Dress

Floral Skirt with Navy Blazer

My Spring Wish List

Old Navy Work Out Gear

B/W Dress with Neon Yellow Accents

Blush, Fringe and Stripes

Lace and Scalloped Shorts {Mother's Day Fashion}

Stripes and Coral

I hope you enjoyed looking at some of my past Spring looks! I'd love to hear which ones were your favorites in the comments below.


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Guest Co-Host:
Lauren at From Earth to Style is our co-host this week. Lauren started this blog after she finished graduate school and started working full-time. She is a full-time environmental scientist, but also loves fashion... hence, the name From Earth to Style. She loves wildlife, nature and travel, too.

We will each select a Top Two every week... visit both hosts blogs to see if YOU were chosen. 

My pick from last week is Ashleigh, who blogs over at 21st & Main. I have been seeing a lot of gingham tops this Spring. This pleated skirt that Ashleigh has paired with this skirt is gorgeous! I love the color blocking and how it matches the colors of her gingham top.

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Ipsy Review #16 - March

I would say this Ipsy bag was so-so... I REALLY liked the Honey Moisture Mask, which was an item I selected for free with points I had earned. But, I think I only 'really' like about half of the items I received in my bag. But, that happens sometimes with Ipsy!

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!

March Ipsy

Beau G√Ęchis® Paris - Eyeshadow Brush
I always love to receive brushes in my Ipsy bag, but I always seem to receive eye brushes! I am ready for some other brushes (face, blush, etc.!). I will use this brush when one of my other eye shadow brushes wears out. So, it'll get used... just not right now. It IS a good brush, though... I did try it out. :)
I would rate it 3/5 stars.

Marc Anthony - Nourishing Argan Oil of Morocco 3 Day Smooth Perfect Blow Dry Cream
I have an Aveda Smooth Infusion product similar to this one and I actually prefer the texture and feel of my hair with the Marc Anthony product over the Aveda one. I had high hopes for this and would have loved to have seen it straighten my curls for 3 days. Let's be honest, unless you have it done chemically or with a flat iron, it is just not going to happen. I just can't seem to blow dry my hair perfectly straight. Did it help soften my curls and give my hair less frizz? Yes. I wouldn't buy this again, it just doesn't do what it says. The photo above shows my hair with the product on it (applied when wet and blown out).
I would rate it 3/5 stars.

Vera Mona - Lotus Eyeshadow in Clover
Beautiful eyeshadow with great staying power. Ipsy has sent me a lot of eye shadow colors in the past (almost every bag!) and I would like to be sent something else. But, I don't have this color yet and it is a really nice Spring shade, so I will definitely use it.
I would rate it 4/5 stars.

Pixi by Petra - Beauty Blush Duo in Rose Gold
I was really, really excited to see another Pixi product in my bag. Oh, do I love me some Pixi! But, I was really disappointed in this blush. It really does not show up on my cheeks, it has little pigment! I can apply it and apply it and all I see is a sparkly sheer color. I might try dusting this over my face as an all over brightener and highlighter this summer instead. It just doesn't work as a blush for me and I don't have dark skin. I am wearing this blush in the photo where I'm also wearing the Lotus Eyeshadow (I have a military jacket on) and you just can't see that I'm wearing any blush!
I would rate it 3/5 stars.

NYX Cosmetics - Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick
This color is just not right with my complexion and since I don't go night clubbing anymore, I just don't have anywhere to wear this really, really BRIGHT (or should I say hot?) pink lippy. Also, I have Invisalign right now and the stuff was NOT staying on my lips and kept rubbing off on my Invisalign... which, I was really worried it'd stain it. I tried blotting it several times, but... eek. I may give this to my 7 year old, she'd have fun with it! lol! It is one messy, bright lipstick! (And, it doesn't look near as bright as it really is in this photo! Trust me, it's BRIGHT... as in NEON!) I wish they had sent me the brownish shade.
I would rate it 1/5 stars.

BONUS Item: LATHER - Honey Moisture Mask with Propolis Extract
Oh, I love this product. LOVE it. I am really into face masks lately, but sometimes I am lazy and I wish I could just skip the washing off part and just go right to bed. Well, with this mask you wash your face and put it on and let it sink in for 20 minutes. Then, you rub any of the excess into your skin and you're done! No rinsing needed. And, OH does it smell heavenly! I would definitely buy this product again, it is a winner and leaves my skin feeling fresh and moisturized the next morning!
I would rate it 5/5 stars.

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

Products from my March 2015 Box I've Kept or Tossed:

This Ipsy bag was pretty good, I have used most of these products. The only products that I didn't really care for were the Sexy Hair - Soy Renewal Creme Oil. This didn't do much with my hair and it had a glittery sheen to it, which I didn't really care for in my hair. Lets keep glittery products on the skin, not the hair. :) Another product I didn't really use was the MARSK - Mineral Eye Shadow in Lucky Penny. This shade goes well with my complexion, but it is REALLY messy to apply it! Can you imagine putting loose eye shadow on your eye lid and not getting any in your eye? Uh, yeah. I have similar powder shades that go on much easier.

The Dr. Brandt Skincare - Pores No More Anti-Aging Mattifying Lotion I didn't care for the first two times I used it, but I have started to use it in the mornings before I work out and shower and it isn't too bad in place of my more expensive lotion that I keep on all day after I work out. The tube is little, but has been lasting for a long time! I wouldn't buy it again, though. Oh, and it STINKS. I don't care for chemical smells in my products! Yuck!

My two favorite products in the bag were the NYC - Butter Lipstick in Little Susie Color. This lipstick is a Spring/Summer shade and I'll be pulling it out again soon! It is sheer yet bright... kind of reminds me of a lip gloss/lipstick combined. 

The Chella - Ivory Lace Highlighter is fun to put on my eye circles, it helps to brighten them and blends well! This stick has gone a long way and is lasting a long time!

To see my March 2015 Ipsy review post, click HERE.

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

Monday, March 28, 2016

Simple Spring Hoop Wreath {Spring Holiday Craftacular Blog Hop}

Today I am excited to bring you our Spring Holiday Craftacular Party once again! I am sharing this Simple Spring Hoop Wreath with you and three other bloggers (see below!) are sharing their Spring crafts as well. 

This hoop wreath has a special spot on our front door! I saw this aztec/triangular fabric with Spring colors and GOLD at Hobby Lobby and it is what sparked my creativity for this project. I decided to find felt and ribbon in matching colors and decided to add a wooden 'A' to the wreath as well. This was an inexpensive, fun and quick craft- the best kind IMHO!!

Here are some more photos of the Spring Hoop Wreath:





How to make your own Hoop Wreath:
I used two embroidery hoops, fabric, felt that matched the fabric (SO glad Hobby Lobby had some Spring colors available!), ribbon (I didn't use the gold roll) and a wooden A! As you can see, you can create this wreath for under $10!

Cover the one hoop in fabric.

I created three rosettes in felt for the wreath. I have a tutorial on how to make felt rosettes, click HERE to see it. I made the center rosette larger than the other two rosettes.

Hot glue your two hoops together. Then, paint your initial and hot glue it on after it dries.

Then, make a pretty bow for the top! You can find a lot of bow tutorials online, or you can use a Bowdabra to help you make one.

HoopWreath1_650And, then you have yourself a gorgeous hoop wreath for the Spring! Enjoy!

Spring Holiday Craftacular Party

Make sure you check out the other great posts by my fellow craft bloggers. They have great project ideas and beautiful Spring Crafts to share with you. Take a look below!

Easy Panel Curtains from Mom Home Guide.
How to Make a Terrarium from Momma Lew.
DIY Magnolia Flower Ball from Beautiful Living.
Simple Spring Hoop Wreath from Curly Crafty Mom.

I hope you enjoyed this Simple Spring Hoop Wreath! I've also included some of my old Spring wreath posts below, be sure to check them out:

Early Spring Felt Rosette Wreath

Split Pea Wreath with Burlap Bow

Scrappy Pom Pom Wreath

Now it's your turn to link up your Spring themed posts. We can't wait to see what you have to share with us and we will pin our favorites to our Spring Craftacular Pinterest Board!

Sunday, March 27, 2016

The Creative Corner Link Up Party & Weekly Recap - 03/27/16

Today's Feature is an Easter Porch by Christine at Little Brags.


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Welcome back to our DIY/Craft Link Up Party! Thank you for stopping by every week! 

Time for some weekly recap photos:

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(Left) First Day of Spring we woke up to HUGE flakes of snow! Thankfully, it didn't last! (Right) I tried these delicious Loaded Potato Wedges with an Avocado Cream Sauce from Mom Home Guide and they were a HUGE hit and I will be making them again. If you want the recipe, click HERE.

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(Left and Right) The kids had their Easter egg hunt at school and had a blast! Nathan's last year will be next year when he turns 10! Sniff!


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And, I hope you are all having a blessed Easter! 

And the best gift of all: CHRIST IS RISEN, HE HAS RISEN INDEED!!

Easy Banana Bread Recipe
I recently shared this photo on my Instagram feed. I am normally a butter snob, but I can’t get over how easy and delicious the new Country Crock Buttery Spread in Original is on my homemade banana bread. My kids have been begging me to make another loaf! #SimpleGoodness @Influenster (I received this product for free for testing purposes.)
Some of you asked for the recipe, so here it is:

Easy Banana Bread

Ingredients: 3 ripe bananas, 1/3 cup melted butter, 3/4 cup sugar, 1 egg, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 1 teaspoon baking soda, pinch of salt and 1.5 cups of flour

1. Preheat oven to 350
2. Mix all ingredients together and pour into a greased bread pan.
3. Bake for 50 minutes or longer until a toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean. You may need to cover the bread with foil if it starts to burn on top before it is done.
4. Cool and serve warm with Country Crock Butter Spread in Original on top!

Check out what my fellow bloggers have been up to and don’t forget to check out my feature for this week as well.
Golden Yarn Wrapped Monogram from The Logbook.
Vintage High Tea Tablescape from Pastels & Macarons.
2016 Spring Home Tour from The DIY Mommy.

The Creative Corner link party | Come to inspire, stay to be inspired. Share your latest DIY, craft, and home decor posts! 
Ready to share what has been motivating you this past week? Link up a recent post of yours that motivates you to create or just be awesome! Our goal is for this link up to focus on craft, DIY, & home posts so please try to remember that when linking up.
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Easter Porch
Christine at Little Brags shared her Easter Porch at our last party. There are so many great details, that you'll want to stop by and see her blog post to see it all!

Now hop over to all the other cohost’s blogs and see what caught their eye this week. You just might be featured there too! Don’t forget to grab this button if you’ve been featured.

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Now it’s your turn to join in on the fun and link up your recent craft, DIY, or home posts so get ready to motivate others and be inspired! Don't forget, if you want a chance to be featured next week to follow all of the hosts above! 

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