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October Monthly Goals

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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-September Goals. The recap for my September Goals will be at the bottom of this post.

Here are my October Goals!
1. Finish Chicago Marathon!

In October I'll be running in the Chicago Marathon. A long time dream of mine that I've pushed back on for so many reasons (excuses) for so long. A dream that will really be happening after EIGHTEEN weeks of training. HARD training... miles and miles of training. I'm excited... I'm nervous... I can't believe it is less then 2 weeks out now. Some of you have asked me what's next? Well, you'll have to follow along next month to find out!

2. Get Back into Reading the Bible

There is a Hobby Lobby 2 miles away fro…

Thursday Fashion Files Link Up #81 - A Tulle Skirt is SO MUCH FUN!

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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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Hi everyone! I am back again this Thursday with some fall fashion! Today I am sharing my very first tulle skirt, which I just LOVE. This skirt is from StyleWe and is black and a midi length. It's not too 'fluffy', so perfect for wearing out and looking stylish. I ordered a size small and it fits perfectly. 

I can't wait to style this skirt with a red/black plaid shirt, b/w stripes, you name it and I've been pinning it!…

Make Dinner and Nightly Chores Easier #HelloFreshPics #cbias

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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #HelloFreshPics #cbias #CollectiveBias


Today I am thrilled to share with you my experience with HelloFresh, an easy way to bring healthy prepped dinners to your doorstep. Ever since the lazy days of summer ended and school started, my time has been limited in the evening as we get home late from after school activities and the kids need help with their endless homework. That is where HelloFresh comes in to play, making dinner easier with already made up recipes that will help you have dinner on the table for the entire family in just 30 minutes!

Save $35.00 off your first box with this discount code: CARRIEA35.



Inside the box with all of your HelloFresh meals will be a booklet that has all of your recipes in it.



Here is the recipe for the Fig and Quinoa Salad along with the ingredients and directions.



Here you'll see all of the ingredients in the box. If you order meat, it will be s…

Ipsy Review #22 - September. My last Ipsy bag for awhile.

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I'm on #22 with Ipsy and this bag was just meh. Which, is ok.. there are some really awesome bags and some so-so ones. I will definitely use all of these products, but nothing made me super excited. I also wanted to mention that I've decided to take a break from Ipsy for awhile. I really need to start using up the products they've already sent me (multiple black eyeliners, highlighters, etc.) and I've also been reviewing a lot of products for my blog. I don't want to waste anything, so I've decided to put Ipsy on hold for awhile. I've also noticed these posts are the ones that get the least page views on my blog, but I've enjoyed sharing them with y'all anyway. I also recently signed up for the Fab Fit Fun box (get $15 off your box HERE) and I think I may enjoy receiving products each season, versus each month. Plus, it'll be easier to do a review post every season versus every month.

So, let's talk about the September bag!

What is Ipsy?
If you…

A New Spin on Creativity with Pottery Cool!

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I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! It is still pretty warm here, so we've been enjoying some activities outside under our new pergola! Autumn loves anything crafty and hands on and really had a fun time creating animals and even a bowl with her new Pottery Cool set! I encourage the kids to get outside versus playing inside on their electronics. She really enjoyed working on this two evenings outside. One evening she spinned the pottery out on the turntable and then worked on it with the cutter/smoother tools afterwards to finish off her masterpiece. Then we let the pottery pieces dry for a day and the next evening she painted them! So much fun!



First I set up everything under some scrap paper for her on the table outside. You can tell by  her smile in this photo that she can't WAIT to get started!



The Pottery Cool set came with individually wrapped clay. I had Autumn unwrap a piece of clay and set it on top of the pottery turntable, that lets gravity do the work. She then …