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A Beautiful Mess
Springfield, Missouri
We believe the best things in life are homemade.
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Today our friend Camille Styles is here to share a delicious recipe from her new book, Camille Styles Entertaining. It's a beautiful book with amazing photography. We've been enjoying it around our office this past week! Although I love to cook, I can definitely be a bit lazy... and making homemade pie crust from scratch just doesn’t sound like the way I’d like to spend a beautiful spring day. My... Continue reading
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You are right!! We just haven't added her yet because she's a new contributor. We'll get on it! ;) Laura
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Happy Halloween!! We thought we would share our Golden Girls costumes that we posted on our instagram today. What do you think? We hope you guys have an awesome Halloween! :) - The ABM team Continue reading
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Hi, guys; LaTonya here! After reading all of the responses from my head wrap tutorial, Elsie, Emma, and I thought it would be great to share how to style your head wrap! There are many reasons to wear a head wrap; for every person you will usually find that a head wrap holds a different meaning. Here are a few of my reasons: it serves as a protective layer for... Continue reading
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It takes about 40 minutes for each layer to set, so you should be able to make it in one day if you have enough time :) Laura
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It should make about 20 shots ;) Laura
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I'm not sure! It should be solid in under an hour, so maybe the gelatin was bad? I would try it again with a different packet :) Laura
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Save half the mixture in the first step and add food coloring to it before you use the second half as the last layer. So, you are technically making your first and last layer in the first step and dividing it in half ;) Laura
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Save half the mixture in the first step and add food coloring to it before you use the second half as the last layer. So, you are technically making your first and last layer in the first step and dividing it in half ;)
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We did have to use a spoon to loosen them (or a finger!) from our taller glasses, but it appears that you can also spray some Pam in them first and they should slide out :) Laura
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Small box :) Laura
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Happy Halloween! Did anyone read The Great Gatsby with me this month? Does anyone remember reading it in high school and want to join in? I have a few confessions before we get started. First, I did read The Great Gatsby my junior year of high school, but I didn't remember a thing. Okay, that's not true. I vaguely remembered Gatsby's sprawling lawn being talked about a lot. But when... Continue reading
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I assumed since the paint I used was water-based and says non-toxic that it would be safe to burn. I did some research and found that many non-toxic paints may still contain less than 1% of preservatives, such as formaldehyde. Turns out, lots of items people use everyday that are absorbed/ingested/inhaled have formaldehyde in them, so if this is something you have on your radar (like if you use organic shampoo, avoid decaf coffee, and don't use nailpolish), definitely look for a paint that specifically advertises being formaldehyde free. Look out for heavy metals too, which probably won't be found in water-based acrylic paints anyway. I know some people that won't burn candles in their home at all because of the co2 it releases into the air. However, for use in my home, I'm okay with a little bit of co2 from the candles, and there is very little "non-toxic" paint on these candles, I'm personally okay with burning it with minimal use for the holidays, but I definitely leave it up to your judgement! I hope I did an okay job explaining what I found in my research. -Mandi
If you plan to burn these candles, you'd definitely want to use a water-safe non-toxic variety. Use a heavy-metal free variety too. The Americana brand paint I used claims to be safe and non-toxic, but they do not list ingredients on the bottle. I did just read that there are sometimes toxins in non-toxic paint, just as there often is in many shampoos and other commonly absorbed/inhaled items. If you are very worried about this, I would not burn the candle, or I would look for a kind of paint that specifically says "formaldehyde-free" on the bottle. -Mandi
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The days may be getting shorter, but that just means dinners are getting more romantic! As sunlight dims, I like to light candles to set the mood for cozy evenings at home. Put on some Ella Fitzgerald, and the atmosphere is complete! I'd been eyeing these gorgeous striped candlesticks at Anthropologie, but I thought I'd try to replicate the look for a little less money. I bought some fall-hued candlesticks... Continue reading
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Yeah, I hear you. I also have this pair ( http://www.modcloth.com/shop/shoes-heels/thoroughly-thrilling-heel ) and they're way more comfortable and even cuter, IMO. :D xx- Elsie
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Hi Laura, So, to respond... 1. We actually don't really coordinate our sister style outfits. Trey sends us the link of where to pick clothes from, we pick and sometimes we see what the other has chosen, but sometimes we don't. We almost never choose the same stuff because our styles are pretty different. So, yes- it was an accident (we wouldn't lie to you). 2. It was warm, you're right. We didn't need coats on the day we took these photos, but we still wore them for this post because it was a part of our responsibility for this post (we just got back from a trip the night before and it was due, there wasn't time to wait for a cold day). I don't mind admitting it to you at all! With that said, I do love this coat. :) Just want you to know that we care very much about the authenticity of our sponsored posts (and all our posts). Thanks for reading. xx- Elsie
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Haha! oops! I've actually done that before a lot (in public- whoops). Thanks. :) -Elsie
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Well, once you have the basic supplies you can use them for lots of stamping projects to make other versions of stamped bracelets or necklaces, but you can also make metal tags, keychains, etc. There's lots of ways to use stamping! :) Laura
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A nutrition lecture? How cool! Your job sounds super interesting. -Emma
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Yes, I get the pasta guilt too. Adding all the veggies helps. Also running. I day dream about pasta when I run sometimes. Ha! -Emma
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Broccoli has always been one of my go-to vegetables. I don't know if I've ever called broccoli my favorite vegetable (likely I have, I get overly passionate about vegetables sometimes). I don't think I've ever had a broccoli obsession. I've had an obsession with kale, green beans, and I'll probably forever be on and off obsessed with Brussels sprouts. But broccoli, it's always been a stable fall back. If I'm... Continue reading
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Hi Shannon! It's 2.5 inches :) -Jacki
Hi Kari! It's Valspar Dove White :) -Jacki
Oh yes! We all bounce ideas around, but ultimately we trust her. :) She's incredibly talented and takes far better outfit photos of us than we ever got by ourselves. xx- Elsie
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