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1. Aren’t my parents the cutest? They’ll celebrate 55 years of marriage at the end of this month. Every day I count my blessings to have them so near and in good health. And, of course, for the wonderful example they set for me when it comes to honoring your marriage vows.

2. I rarely treat myself to pedicures and never treat myself to manicures, so I jumped at the chance to check out the new Beauty Bar at Geist. It’s a gorgeous, full-service salon, but even better? You can enjoy an adult beverage while getting pretty. It was 11 am, so I stuck with coffee, but trust me, I’ll be back!

3. I had so much fun partnering with Comcast Xfinity to host a viewing party for the Colts home opener against that one guy named Peyton and the Broncos. I made my friend, Will Carroll (better knows as injuryexpert), take a selfie with me to distract myself from the losing score. If you have SiriusXM you can catch him weekday afternoons on Bleacher Report Radio from 3-6 pm.

4. I took Eli to meet Colts’ tight end Coby Fleener. I was hoping we’d be BFFs after I casually mentioned that we’ve both written for the Monday Morning Quarterback, but sadly he was not impressed. Or maybe he was just distracted by Eli’s choice of a Detroit Lions hoodie in a sea of Colts gear. And to answer my sister’s question, I am not standing in a hole. Coby is enormous.

5. We ended up at Culver’s on kid’s night. Eli asked if he could get his face painted and I said, “Sure!” and sent him on his merry way. He came back to the table 15 minutes later and I nearly choked on my cheese curd. It was the most terrifying example of face painting on a kid I’ve ever seen. Of course, he loved it.

6. I came across this Dr. Who calendar by a local Indianapolis artist at the Twisted Sisters shop. I know a certain 12-year-old girl Whovian that would love it for Christmas!

7.  On a gorgeous fall evening I hosted some of my favorite people for my first ever attempt at paella. I’m happy to report it turned out great and we didn’t have to order pizza! I’m not so happy to report that the reason for the gathering was to say goodbye to Katy. Did you know we met on a blind date? It’s true! Now she’s off to Boston and I’m terribly sad and stubbornly in denial.  Thanks for a wonderful evening, Sacha, Suzanne and Erin!

8. We had very few requirements when we started looking for a dog. What we did know for sure was that having a dog that didn’t do car rides was a deal breaker. We once had a dog that would start foaming at the mouth at the sight of a car, then proceed to vomit the entire trip (super fun on a 8 hour car ride to Cleveland). As you can see, Gus likes the car, which means he can stay.

9. We spent the last Saturday in September with the lovely blogging community behind Indiana’s Family of Farmers. After a tour of a local cattle farm, we spent the evening in this beautiful little corner of rural Indiana. We feasted on pulled pork from a hog that had been roasted earlier in the day, stuffed ourselves with s’mores, fished, and chatted with friends. As if it wasn’t already a perfect evening, I won a quarter of beef from the Mahan’s cattle!

If you’re not already following me on Instagram already, please do! You can find me there as (the one and only) AngieSix.

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Clinton Kelly: Freakin’ Fabulous in Indianapolis (Plus 5 Hot Fashion Trends for Spring 2014)

I am a member of the Everywhere Society and Everywhere has provided me with compensation for this post. However, all thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own. 

Macy's Clinton Kelly

I feel like Clinton Kelly, style guru, author and The Chew host, and I are pretty intimate. I mean, how could we not be after I spent months topless in front of him? At least, it feels like I know him personally, from the hours gleaning every bit of fashion advice from him that I could while I nursed an infant Eli on the couch.

I’m sure Clinton is relieved that he’s never actually seen me topless, though he certainly has good advice on the girls. (Get a professional bra fitting every year! Your bust should fall halfway between the elbow and shoulder! Keep ’em locked and loaded!) However, I was thrilled to see him at a special Macy’s Girl’s Night Out Event last Friday. Clinton was in town to host a fashion show, highlighting this spring’s biggest trends showcased on millennials, curvy girls (that’s me!), and mature women. And what are spring’s must-haves?

Clinton Kelly moto jackets

The Moto Jacket

I love this look, and will definitely be adding it to my spring wardrobe. One of my biggest struggles, which I asked Clinton about, is how to not ruin a cute spring outfit with ugly outerwear when it’s chilly. Layers, like an edgy moto jacket or interesting cardigans in a bright color, are the answer. One warning: do not make the mistake of pairing a moto jacket with the boxy shirts that are also popular right now. No boxy under boxy! Choose a fitted shirt instead.

Clinton Kelly lace

Lace

Lace is hot right now, but it doesn’t mean you have to look like Laura Ingalls Wilder. Pair a lace top or a knit blazer featuring lace details with edgy jeans. Notice the curvy model is wearing skinny jeans. My curvy friends – do not fear the skinny jean! And don’t feel like you have to cover a bigger booty in skinny jeans with a long, flowy top! It will make your legs look stumpy and your back end appear bigger. The key, according to Clinton, is to divide and conquer the big booty! Pair those skinny pants with a shirt that hits right in the middle of the backside. By essentially cutting the booty in half visually, it will appear smaller.

Clinton Kelly florals

Floral

This is a trend I’ve yet to try, but would love to. I’m print-phobic, unless it’s a stripe. I’ve never met a stripe I didn’t like, so I had to put myself on a stripe-strike! I forbid myself to buy another printed shirt in a stripe pattern. I know how important a good print is for adding visual interest to an outfit. The models were shown wearing different floral prints, which scares me, but Clinton assured us that you can mix prints by pairing a neutral print with a bold print. That was a lightbulb moment for me … and will completely change the way I think about decorating as well!

Clinton Kelly full skirts

The Full Skirt

I’m a huge fan of skirts in warmer weather. A cute skirt can take me from running errands to the playground to a girl’s night out effortlessly, just by changing my top and accessories. I feel as comfy and cool as I would if I were wearing shorts, but I look so much cuter! According to Clinton, there’s nothing an A-line skirt can’t fix on a curvy girl. I couldn’t agree more.

Clinton Kelly black and white for spring

Black and White

The cheers went up in the audience for this look, as we Hoosiers love our black and white during the month of May! Whether you’re an Indianapolis 500 fan or not, everyone can pull off a version of this look.

Clinton Kelly and Angie Six

After the show, I had a few minutes to chat with Clinton one-on-one. As a blogger and Pinterest addict, I had to ask him how he thought these things have impacted women and mothers. I just loved what he had to say:

“People are getting so many more ideas, from real people. It’s not like looking at a fashion magazine. The average fashion magazine has about as much relevance to the average American mom’s life Popular Mechanics! So what’s happening is that women are seeing ideas from other women just like themselves, whether it’s crafting, food ideas, or putting together cute outfits on a budget. I think it’s awesome. I think people are starting to feel more creative, and it’s so refreshing.

His outlook on clothing really resonates with me. He reminds us that fashion is what you see on runways, but style is your approach to fashion. He honestly does not care what you wear! But he does make an excellent point: like it or not, your clothes tell the world how you want to be treated. And to a further extent, your clothes tell you how you treat yourself. If you always wear something schlumpy, people will have a harder time taking you seriously. When you dress in nothing but loose shirts and yoga pants (unless you’re always off to yoga), you’ll feel less confident, less motivated to face daily life with energy and joy. When you wear something fitted, attractive and fun, you’ll exude confidence and feel better about yourself. I know this, because I’ve lived it.

Clinton also has a new book, which looks as fun and adorable as the man himself. It’s called Freakin’ Fabulous on a Budget. I mean, who can resist Clinton Kelly on their nightstand or coffee table?

Finally, to answer a couple of your burning questions that everyone’s been asking.  No, I did not stress out about my outfit. Yes, Clinton is as witty, nice and handsome as he appears on television. And no, I don’t care what anyone says, I will never try to pull off white pants. I’m all about the moto jacket, though.

What’s a spring trend you want to try this year? Heard any style advice recently that’s rocked your closet?

 

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FIFA World Cup Player Escort Sweepstakes (Plus a Fun McDonald’s and Indy Eleven Giveaway)

This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to the winner, Wendy R!

This post is sponsored by McDonald’s of Central Indiana, as a partnership with #McDsIndyMoms. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Has the soccer bug bitten your family? I wouldn’t say we’ve been bitten yet, but the bug is definitely flying within biting distance for us! Mike and I didn’t grow up playing soccer, but it’s huge in Indiana, so we thought we’d give it a go with Elena.

preschool soccer
Let’s just say the highlight of Elena’s brief soccer career was the snack and juice box at the end. And can I just take a moment to cherish the days of pigtails? Look at that baby face!

We have a few things conspiring to give us soccer fever, though. In a couple of weeks, Eli will start playing in his first soccer league. He’s super excited, and being the sports nut that he is, I think he’ll enjoy it more than his big sister ever did.

toddler soccer

One of my favorite pictures ever … because baby boys in rompers, of course!

Such a sweet moment between Eli and his Uncle Donnie.

Shortly after soccer wraps up here, we’ll be heading to Spain. I hear they’re just a little into fútbol, no? I’d love to come home with a Real Madrid jersey for Eli. A little closer to home, we’re very excited in Indianapolis to welcome professional soccer to our sports-loving town. The Indy Eleven, a North American Soccer League team, was formed just over a year ago. Their first season kicks off in just a few weeks, and we’ll definitely cheer them on.

Of course, die-hard soccer fans know that the FIFA World Cup begins in June. This year’s World Cup is being held in Brazil, June 14-July 13.  McDonald’s is a proud sponsor of both the FIFA World Cup and the Indy Eleven. As a part of that sponsorship, they have an exciting sweepstakes taking place for young Hoosier soccer fans. The World Cup Player Escort Sweepstakes will give 25 young soccer fans ages 6-10 the experience of a lifetime: to walk hand-in-hand with a US soccer player as they take the field in the FIFA World Cup. Across the globe, 1408 children from 64 different countries will get the same honor. Here in Indiana, one young fan will get the chance to travel to Brazil with their family as part of the FIFA World Cup Player Escort Program.

All you have to do to enter your young soccer fan into the sweepstakes is visit mcdonegoal.com . The sweepstakes runs through April 6. After you take your chances there, how about entering a fun little giveaway here?#McDsIndyMoms and McDonald’s of Central Indiana have a prize pack to giveaway to one Just Like The Number reader. The prize pack includes a McDonald’s World Cup water bottle, a $10 Arch card, coupons, and a selection of Indy Eleven goodies.

Here’s what you need to do to enter to win the McDonald’s prize pack:

  1. Leave a comment below telling me which team you’ll root for in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
  2. For an additional entry, subscribe to Just Like The Number so you never miss a post! Just remember to leave an additional comment below telling me you subscribed so that you’ll have 2 entries counted. And if you’re already a subscriber? Tell me in a separate comment as well – you totally get an extra entry for being a loyal reader!

The giveaway will end Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 11:59 pm EST. Winner will be notified via email and have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. Thanks!

Looking for additional chances to win a prize pack? Check out the giveaways going on these other fabulous blogs:

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