Curly Crafty Mom: October 2016

Monday, October 31, 2016

November Monthly Goals

Happy Halloween everyone! We are going to have weather in the mid-70's today, so trick or treating tonight will be nice! Everyone enjoy your day and stay safe... I know I'll be stuffing my face full of my favorite Halloween candies (Snickers, PB Cups, etc., etc.) all day. ;)

This year I've decided to set three monthly goals for myself each month. These will be lighter goals that I should be able to finish within the month. I used to do yearly resolutions, but I wanted to try out monthly goals this year. I am really enjoying it so far and I feel like I accomplished a lot with my January-October Goals. The recap for my October Goals will be at the bottom of this post.

Here are my November Goals!

1. Decorate House for Christmas

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I have a Holiday Home Tour I am doing with some other bloggers in early December and I wanted to get a head start on my Christmas decor. I always decorate the weekend after Thanksgiving, but we are going to be busy and it'd be nice to decorate BEFORE Thanksgiving for once.

2. Autumn's Birthday Trip (Great Wolf Lodge)
Autumn's birthday is this month and I planned a trip to the Great Wolf Lodge with the birthday package for her birthday in lieu of a class party or family party at home. I do have the trip booked, but I need to finalize the plans for it and I need to buy/wrap her gifts still. Great Wolf Lodge is a water park in Kansas City, about 4.5 hours away from us in St. Louis. We will also spend one day on the trip touring Kansas City, too! We have done the Lego World, Aquarium, etc. in years past. This year I am thinking we'll visit Hallmark's Kaleidoscope and eat at Fitz's again, which is a restaurant with electric trains that drop down your food at your table. I can't wait!

3. Christmas Outfits, Photos & Order Cards
Last year I didn't do Christmas cards. I used to really enjoy doing Christmas cards, but as the kids have gotten older I just feel everything is so busy and it is one thing I just don't want to deal with. I thought perhaps if I planned ahead this year, it wouldn't seem like such a chore. Here is a photo from Autumn's fist Christmas, oh I miss the Gymboree outfit days with the kids!

How did I do on my October Goals?

1. Finish Chicago Marathon!
Done! You can read all about my experience with the Chicago marathon HERE.

2. Get Back into Reading the Bible
Done! I will continue with my prayer journal and reading Jesus Calling. I've really enjoyed adding Jesus Calling to my day. I've also been reading Giddy Up, Eunice and it's a really good spiritual read, too!

3. Date Day with the Hubs
Brian took off work on our anniversary and we went out for breakfast and enjoyed some gooey butter cake afterwards. We also went to the mall and I got a new watch band for my Apple Watch for an anniversary gift. We didn't do much else, because poor Brian was feeling under the weather. So, we went back home and he rested... it was also the day before we flew out for Chicago for my marathon, so it was probably good we didn't do too much! We'll have to plan another date date when he's feeling better!

And, my friend Lauren from Mom Home Guide is also sharing her monthly goals today!

Are you doing monthly goals? What are they? I'd love to hear about them in the comments!

Sunday, October 30, 2016

The Creative Corner Link Up Party & Weekly Recap - 10/30/16

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Today's Feature is Thanksgiving Pies To Go
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I like to share a little recap of my week at the start of each party:
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Nathan's class was in charge of chapel last week. He also had his FIRST band concert. I was amazed at how good the music was given that they have only been playing their instruments for 7 weeks.

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On Friday Autumn had her Halloween party at school and after school we went to Powder Valley for a little hike. Autumn loved digging in the dirt to collect rocks (which she cleaned them all when we got home) and Nathan enjoyed hiking. You can barely make out Autumn in this photo digging in the dirt and Nathan is walking towards her.

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Friday night we had Trunk or Treat. We have decorated our car many times in the past, but decided we had too much else going on this year and just donated a bag of candy.

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I got a run in this week and it has been one of my better ones since running the marathon. I also made the kids little baskets for Halloween.

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Friday, October 28, 2016

5 Running Tips for Beginners #HealthySkinSolutions

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I wanted to share a little of my love for running today by sharing 5 Running Tips for Beginners! I just finished training for the Chicago Marathon and it involved A LOT of long training runs on Saturdays. I ran with my running group and we all felt accomplished yet quite sweaty, dirty and grimy afterwards. One of the tips that I will share today is what Mother Dirt products are and why they're great to use after a long and sweaty run!

5 Running Tips for Beginners
1. Do What Works For You And Your Schedule
When I first started running, I ran mostly at home on the treadmill. My kids were younger then and were in bed by 7:30 p.m., so I would run after they were in bed. I would read books on my Kindle while running on the treadmill and it wasn't so bad. When I stopped working and became a stay-at-home-mom/blogger I started to run outside more. I found a trail by my house on the way home from dropping the kids off at school and started to run on it. I still run on this trail once a week. 

This last summer I decided to start training for a marathon and started running on Saturdays at 6:30 a.m. with a pace group and then had a track workout on Tuesday evenings. My husband would watch the kids while I ran with this running group for several weeks until my marathon was over. I also continued to run one day a week on the trail by my house, so I was running 3 of my 4 runs outside and 1 of them on the treadmill.

I would say every running 'season' is different and do what works for you. I would have a lot of runners tell me that I wouldn't be as good of a runner when I ran solely on the treadmill. But, you know what? I trained for 4 half marathons on JUST the treadmill and I had several PR's (personal records). Do I prefer to run outside? Yes... is it always possible? No.

2. Mother Dirt Products
I also started using Mother Dirt products during my last month of marathon training. Mother Dirt products restore and maintain good bacteria on your skin. These days, we are all about being clean... I even keep antibacterial lotion keychains on my kids lunch boxes. However, sometimes less is more, especially when you are using natural products.

Bacteria is a natural part of the human ecosystem. What Mother Dirt does is it nurtures the good bacteria of the skin. No other products out there does this, which is why Mother Dirt is so unique.

One of my favorite Mother Dirt products to use before and after running is the AO+ Mist, which was their first product. In the photo above you'll see on the diagram where you can spray this mist. I love to spray it on me after a run, I feel a lot more refreshed and it makes me smell fresh!

3. Hydrate!
Hydration is critical when it comes to running. Especially if you are running during the warmer hours of the day or in the summer. I like to keep a running belt that holds water in it, but you can also find a handheld hydration pack for shorter runs. Becoming dehydrated can make your run sluggish or it can even be dangerous. 

4. Find A Good Running Shoe
When I first started running, I just wore my regular tennis shoes. Well, my feet did ok until I had my first half marathon. My feet hurt so bad after my first half marathon that I had to take my shoes off as soon as I crossed the finish line. I would find a running store and buy a shoe brand that is MADE for running. You'll also want to get some special inserts, which will last you through about two pairs of shoes. Also, make sure you check your shoes for wear and tear, you'll need to replace your shoes every 300-500 miles. I have found that if I am doing more treadmill running, my shoes will last a lot longer. You really need to protect your feet, they do A LOT of pounding when you are running!

5. Run With Others!
When I trained for my first marathon, I joined my first ever training group. I was put in a group of people that ran the same pace as me. We ran together every Saturday and still get together to run, even though the marathon is over. These runners became like family to me, because I spent several hours running with them each week and we had breakfast after the run. Having someone or a group to run with is important if you can find time for it. You can share running tips, train for races together and it makes the miles go by SO much faster. I suggest looking for a friend or group that runs around the same pace as you. You don't want to be running with someone that is slower or faster than you. This can be hard to find, so that is why you may want to check out an actual running group.

Mother Dirt Products
Mother Dirt are such great products for women and men and I feel good about using them. They help you maintain a balanced microbiome on your skin. This helps improve the look and feel of your skin, for me I noticed my skin was a lot less oily and I had less body odor after my runs. I also love how the AO+ Mist would sooth my skin after a sweaty run out in the sun.

I have noticed that these products have helped me need to use moisturizer less often and I don't need to apply my deodorant as often. I have really felt the cleanest I have in years and all while training for a marathon! Less really is more!

AO+ Mist
The AO+ Mist is my favorite Mother Dirt product. It really does help freshen up my body before and after a run. I also really enjoy spraying it on under my armpits in place of deodorant and on my feet after I pull my socks and shoes off for the day!

Mother Dirt Cleanser

This cleanser is for your face AND body. It is my favorite facial cleanser!

Mother Dirt Shampoo
At first I was skeptical about JUST using Shampoo on my hair without the addition of conditioner, but this really does a great job at cleaning and moisturizing my hair.

Mother Dirt Moisturizer
A little of this moisturizer goes a long way. I mostly use it on my hands before bed and when I wake up and they feel so soft! I don't need to moisturize them for the rest of the day.

Bacteria are a natural part of the human ecosystem. However, wouldn't it be great to establish a world where clean comes with healthy? Sterility is not natural. You can learn more about Mother Dirt products and what they can do for you by clicking HERE

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Thursday Fashion Files Link Up #85 - Velvet Moto Jacket for a Brisk Fall Walk in my Favorite STL Spot

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Hi everyone! Soft Surroundings is celebrating their 11th year here in St. Louis at the Boulevard store (which is across from the Gallera). They also have 39 other locations across the country. They sent me this black velvet moto jacket to wear at my favorite St. Louis spot. Velvet is on trend this fall and Soft Surroundings has a lot of velvet merchandise along with other trendy and fashionable pieces, accessories, beauty and home decor products. They design most of their apparel and home products in-house and are known for their globally inspired designs and extremely soft fabrics. Why not take time out for yourself to look and feel your best?

There are many locations in St. Louis that I love, but I would have to say that the Grand Basin in front of the St. Louis Art Museum is my absolute favorite. I have a lot of fond memories of my husband and I paddle boating in the Grand Basin at sunset with a picnic dinner, taking the children to the art museum for Art Sundays... Fair St. Louis... the 1904 World's Fair was here. The St. Louis Art Museum and Grand Basin are in the beautiful Forest Park St. Louis (which was even voted best city park in 2016 by US Today!). I hope you enjoy these photos as much as I did visiting this area on a gorgeous fall day!











What I'm Wearing:
Velvet Moto Jacket from Soft Surroundings
Striped Shirt - H&M - Old (Similar, Similar)
Burgundy Skinnies - H&M
Leopard Flats - Target - Old (Similar, Similar)
Aviator Sunnies - Old (Similar, Similar)
Apple Watch & Black Mesh Band
Green Tassel Earrings - Charming Charlie - Old (Similar, Similar)
Renegade Cluster Bracelet - Stella & Dot*
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Soft Surroundings on The Boulevard – St. Louis store will be celebrating their 11th birthday on 11/11 (golden birthday!) and throughout the weekend of November 11-13. Stop by so you can enjoy some drinks, treats and a complimentary makeover while shopping!

Full Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. This jacket was gifted to me in exchange for this post. All opinions are 100% mine.

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