Curly Crafty Mom: November 2016

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Ruffled Tunic w/ Velvet Leggings

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Today I wanted to share a post that I recently shared over at Shea Lennon's blog.


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Today I'm wearing an outfit that I wore on my anniversary. My hubby took the day off work and we had a 'date day', except it turned out that he got sick and stayed home to rest most of the day. We did go out for breakfast and had some delicious gooey butter cake! He also took me to the mall and I got a new band for my Apple Watch. The one I had was more for the summer, so it was nice to get a darker band (of course, he took these photos before I got it!).


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What I'm Wearing:
Plum Ruffle Top - c/o Agnes & Dora
Velvet Leggings - Stitch Fix
Lace Up Booties - F21 (Similar, Similar)*
Statement Necklace - J. Crew Outlet (Similar, Similar)*
Kiss Ring (Similar, Similar)
Gold Leopard Clutch - Charming Charlie (Similar, Similar)*
Renegade Cluster Bracelet - Stella & Dot
(*This post contains affiliate links.)

Thanks for reading today and I hope y'all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 28, 2016

Quick and Festive Cheese Tray in 15 Minutes TOPS + WIN A TRIP TO NAPA!



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Holiday season is officially upon us and you may be wondering what to bring to your next holiday get-together. Today I am sharing how to make a Quick and Festive Cheese Tray in 15 Minutes TOPS, plus you can enter to win a trip to Napa Valley, California with Stella® Cheese (see entry at very bottom of this post!).


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Stella cheeses are flavorful and combine old world craftsmanship with rich dairy heritage, dating back to 1923. From shredded to crumbled and sharp to sweet, the wide range of Stella cheese products will infuse your meals with a hint of romantic flavor that’s sure to wow your guests.
 

How to Prepare a Quick and Festive Cheese Tray in 15 Minutes TOPS:
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Now I'm going to share with you how I prepared this cheese tray in 15 minutes tops!


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First, you'll want to do a little grocery shopping. Stella had this Fontanelle® Cheese variety at my local grocer and I picked it up. You'll also want to pick up some other items, which I'll share below.


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Now, let me share with you how I set up a cheese tray in no time flat. First, you'll want a plate and three small bowls. I placed the bowls in the middle of the plate. In the first bowl, I placed a sweet and salty trail mix. 


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Pickles are always a treat and I pair them with fruit trays quite often. If you don't like pickles, you could put olives in this jar or even a spreading jam.


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Next I placed some dried fruit, such as dried apricots in the last bowl. 


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Now you'll want to add some goodies around the bowls. I added some thinly sliced Granny Smith apples to add a little tartness. Apples + Cheese = Delicious!


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The next item I added was some grapes. Grapes are easy, since you just need to rinse them and they look better on the stem in this type of arrangement.


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Next, I added the Fontanelle cheese. I only added one type of cheese to keep this tray simple and to minimize prep time. Since you need to slice cheese, it can add some time to preparing the tray... especially when you have several other items to add to the plate! So, if you're in a rush... just do ONE cheese. Plus, once you start adding more cheeses... you need a bigger and bigger tray/plate and more of everything else. This cheese tray was perfect for a party of 8! You can add a little more of everything if you're serving more people.


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The last step is adding some crackers around the cheese, grapes and apple slices.


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Don't forget to add some 'spoons' or 'scoopers' to the bowls. If you're serving up this cheese tray at home, don't forget to decorate around the plate with some fresh pines, pine combs and mini-ornaments. I even added a white pom pom garland. It turned out really nice!


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Don't forget to pick up Stella Cheese for your special cheese tray this holiday season. It will definitely make party planning stress free and your guests will be impressed. You can learn more about Stella Cheese HERE.

Click HERE to Enter to Win A Trip To Napa Valley with Stella Cheese!

Sunday, November 27, 2016

The Creative Corner Link Up Party & Weekly Recap - 11/27/16

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

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Today's Feature is 
DIY Rustic Holiday Ornament Decor by Simply Designing.


I like to share a little recap of my week at the start of each party:
HeatonFamilyPic_650We had a full week! The kids only had TWO days of school (lucky ducks) and then we headed to Kansas City to celebrate Autumn's birthday at the Great Wolf Lodge! I will be sharing a recap post of our trip on Friday. Today we had Thanksgiving #2 with my family at my brother and SIL's house. It was a lot of fun and my brother always makes the BEST turkey! Yum!


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My plate from Thanksgiving #2 and a birthday cake for my mom and Autumn (both had birthdays on the same week!).


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Autumn's birthday was on Monday and I got her FAVORITE flavor of ice cream in a cake- Cookies and Oreo! Yum!


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On Tuesday, Nathan's class went to the fire and police stations and a nursing home to drop off gifts and spread a little cheer. It was a fun morning and they enjoyed playing bingo with the residents at Laclede Grove.



Since the kids were off school on Wednesday, we went to the Blue Owl to eat with my mom and Autumn opened her gifts from my parents.

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Check out what my fellow bloggers have been up to and don’t forget to check out my feature for this week as well.
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Gift Checklist Organizer from The Logbook.
Upcycled Christmas Cards To Framed Wall Art from The Southern Couture.
Make A Hot Chocolate Station from The DIY Mommy.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

How to Decorate a Planter Box for Christmas + ANNOUNCEMENT

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Hey everyone! This is going to be my LAST post for the week, because I normally don't post on Wednesdays and then Thursday starts Thanksgiving break! If you're in the U.S., enjoy a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends! I'll be back on Monday with a post about some YUMMY cheese. Today I am sharing a {gasp} Christmas post on How to Decorate a Planter Box for Christmas, but it is short and sweet... I also have a little announcement to share at the bottom of the post.


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I have really been into Christmas neutrals lately... give me all of the gold, whites, silvers with some natural elements mixed in such as pine, ivy, birch, etc. If you've been following along this blog for awhile, you'll know that I am just in love with the wooden planter box that my husband made for me last spring. I've been decorating it for every season, holiday, etc. WELL, I decided to decorate it for Christmas!


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When I decided to decorate this box, I wanted to use the birch and acorn candle holders that I had already purchased from Hobby Lobby last year (they still carry them!). I didn't want to over-decorate the planter box and wanted to keep the decor simple. I decided that it needed a focal point and at first I wanted to find a deer that was laying down to place in the box, but I couldn't find one that would work. However, when I say this golden 'Joy' at Hobby Lobby, I KNEW it would make the perfect focal point for the table. I decided to 'hang' it on the taller birch candle and it lays on top of the back of the planter box. It works out PERFECTLY and I love seeing the word 'Joy' when I sit down at the table!


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I knew I wanted a large white poinsettia placed in the box, but when I saw this gold one I was sold!


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I have an 8 and 10 year old, so battery operated candles on the table are a must! It's amazing how natural these candles look, they even flicker.


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You'll see I added some pine needles with glitter, some glittery white ornaments and a gold ornament (see my reflection? ha!).


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I was really pleased how easy it was to decorate this planter box. You can find more ideas on how to decorate a planter box below.


Planter Box Decor Ideas for Every Season:

Planter Box Decor for Christmas
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Planter Box for the Fall
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Planter Box for the Spring
(and directions on how to make a planter box!)
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Now for the ANNOUNCEMENT!!!

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I will be hosting a Holiday Home Tour with several other bloggers, starting on December 6 and it will run through December 24th! I will be sharing a tour of my home and you can also link up your Christmas Home Tour with us! I hope you will join us!
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Monday, November 21, 2016

Currently {November}

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Today I'm sharing my November Currently post! This is my way of updating all of you on what I've been up to besides the usual DIY/outfit posts! 


Currently...

Autumn's 8 Today!
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My sweet (not so little anymore) girl is 8 today! This photo above was taken a couple of months ago at the Cardinals game.


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This photo is from my FOURTH blog post, back in 2009! You can see the post HERE. Little Miss Aut was less than 2 months old and I was on maternity leave! Oh, what I'd do to have just one day of her being tiny like that again! She was a really easy baby, she LOVED to sleep... and, I loved to watch her sleep! She also loved that binky and this sling! And, wow... I still have that bulky jacket with the shoelace strings... is that too funny or what? lol! I miss her little baby coo's, breastfeeding (did I just say that?) and dressing her in tons of pink onesies and jammies! Heck, I did an entire load of just pink every week back then!

Now she's 8... That's hard to believe. Especially when Nathan stopped playing with toys (for the most part) after 8. Wah! I will be sad when she gives up all her dolls, but will definitely buy them for her as long as she wants them! Age 8 was also the last 'magical' Christmas year with Santa for Nathan... wonder if this will be the last year where Santa is real for Autumn. It's tough when they grow up, but I am also SO, so proud of who she is becoming. She's a sweet and kind young lady that has so many interests (art, dance, cross country, animals, etc.)... I also love putting her to bed at night, that is when she always tells me about her day. And she asks me a million questions, because she cares about what I'll say. I love that we have such a strong bond and I hope it continues forever. :) Happy Birthday to my beautiful baby (always) girl!

Blogging Agenda for Next Year
Next year I am planning on changing up a few things here on the blog:

Monthly Goals - I have been sharing 3 monthly goals each month. I always like to do something different at the start of each new year. In 2017, I plan to set 12 goals for the entire year, one for each month! I am going to try to plan most of them out ahead of time (i.e.: switch from Blogger to Wordpress, etc.), but I may leave every third month blank and I'll figure out a goal on the fly that month.

12 Months of Wreaths - In the past I've done 12 Months of Freezer Meals, 12 Months of Drinks (my fave I think of all of them) and this year I did the Quarterly Silhouette Challenge. I  may keep doing the Silhouette Challenge since it's only 4 times a year, but I wanted to do another '12 Months of...' this year. I've decided on 12 Months of Wreaths and I have some other bloggers that are planning on joining me! If you are interested, let me know and I can send you over some details.

Currently - For now, I think I am going to keep the Currently posts active.

Subscription Reviews - I am only subscribing to Fab Fit Fun and I plan to share that review every quarter.

Videos - I hope to get some more videos up on the blog... I was doing one every month, but I want to do something besides just unboxing videos. I haven't decided exactly what, but I hope to share more videos in 2017 with y'all!


St. Louis Splendor, An Adult Coloring Book by Jo Ann Kargus
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I was excited to be sent a copy to review of Jo Ann Argus's drawings for St. Louis Splendor. I have a few other adult coloring books and they are a lot of fun! I really like to dig into them before bed (hence my jammies in this picture) to destress and relax.


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Jo Ann Kargus selected 50 landmarks to illustrate in this book and I was pleasantly surprised by some of them, including 'Old Signs of St. Louis' which included the Federhofer's Bakery sign that I drive by everyday when I take my kids to school! The coloring book also features more famous sights, such as the Jewel Box, Art Museum, Anheuser-Busch Brewery, etc.


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I am ALMOST done with 'Giddy Up, Eunice'. Another blogger and I are planning to do a review post with a GIVEAWAY for the book. We are just waiting on ME to finish it (oops!). 

This book talks about the woman of the bible and I honestly have learned SO much. It's also interesting that these duo women relationships in the bible are so strong, even though there is a huge age gap between the women. It talks about how women need other women in their life of ALL ages. The generation gap can make it seem difficult to befriend another woman that may be a lot older or younger than you. However, it can be rewarding and totally worth it- just like the examples she gives of the women in the bible, such as Mary and Elizabeth, Ruth and Naomi and Lois and Eunice. 

This book is making me want to open the bible and read the stories of these women again and it is what I am planning to do after I finish this book. I know when I read the biblical stories of these special women I will see it in a whole new light after reading this book. I haven't finished the Lois and Eunice part of the book, but I know I'll be rating this book 5 out of 5 stars once I finish it! It is a MUST read!


I Modify IKEA Book Review (Authors: Charlotte Rivers and Elyse Major)
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Ever since they built the IKEA store in St. Louis, I have been hooked! I love that you can take pieces from the store and not just assemble them, but change them around to create a whole new look for your home. When I was asked to review this book, I knew I would be excited to see all 50 'IKEA Hack' Projects in full color with step-by-step instructions.


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Here are a couple pages from the book that show you some of the 'hacks' you can do around your house. There is a variety of projects in the book that will work in every room of your home. In just a few steps, you'll mix and match, cut and glue, and paint and tint IKEA items into new customized decor!


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I'm excited to share TWO Christmas Home Tours with you (I'll be focusing on two different areas of the home for both) next month. I also have a few Christmas decor projects to share as well! I'm working on doing a different look for my front porch this year, I haven't been exactly happy with it in the past. I'm really excited with the ideas I have for it and can't wait to share it! I've also decorated my console table for Christmas c/o Oriental Trading and I can't wait to share that project, too!


Lauren from Mom Home Guide is also sharing her Currently post today!
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