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Closet SOS 2013

“I have nothing to wear!” ends today MotherStuckers!

Start your New Year’s closet organization project by removing EVERYTHING from your space.  NOTHING returns to the closet unless you absolutely <3 it.  Period.

Place your fav scented soaps and sachets in your closet for year round freshness.  This is THE time to make the space inviting:  Paint, wallpaper an accent wall, hang a sconce for extra light, be creative 😉  Odd hangers are the devil.  Purge your unmatchy hangers or purchase new matching hangers – you will be so glad you did!  Organize your clothing by type and color.  If you share your closet with another person, now is  a good time to let them know you have started to “work on” the closet.  You’re welcome.  Good lookin’ out.

Maintenance is a must!  Invite your best girlfriends over for a glass of champagne to toast your closet organizational accomplishments.  Then head out for a night on the town with all your *new*found fashions from your fresh closet MotherStucker!  XOXOXOXOXOXO

 

How to Wear an Infinity Scarf:

My best friend received an Infinity Scarf (Circle Scarf) for Christmas this year (that she didn’t ask for MotherStuckers!).  The colors weren’t her cup of tea but I’m extremely thankful she thought to offer it to me!  I <3 it!  Now, how to wear it?  I found these great suggestions at  blog.onesuite.com !  I welcome your suggestions too – be sure to leave a comment!  XOOXOXO

MotherStucker Cookie Talk:

Girl scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place.  Thank heavens this is true, because my daughter and I are going to need every ounce of courage, confidence, and character we have to make it through the 2013 Girl Scout cookie selling experience!

I recall my own girl scouting days with a great deal of innocent pride and nostalgia.  My memories include weekly afterschool meetings in the school cafeteria (with snacks!), my own mother delighted yet overwhelmed about another patch earned to sew on my uniform, the “unique” restroom accommodations at girls scout summer camp, and pounding the pavement selling girl scout cookies much further from home than I would ever allow my daughter to venture.

Although my daughter has worn the Girl Scout uniform from the first day of kindergarten with utmost pride, this year marks the 5th year her troop will be selling Girl Scout cookies.  The cookie selling experience of 2012 began with a kick-off meeting for all troop parents.  I arrived at the meeting with visions of thin mints and left the meeting in a state of sugar shock – our troop goal had been set at 150 boxes per girl (up from an 80 box goal last year) – perhaps we had bitten off more than we could chew?

Gulping down the realization of the task ahead, my confidence (or was it competitiveness?) kicked in.  My daughter and I decided we could lick this challenge, reaching our 150 box goal without tossing our cookies.  We decided to put an order form at Dad’s work, my work, email family, update our facebook status, and take an order form to school all in the sweet efforts of earning fifty cents per box sold for troop purposes.

What I didn’t expect was the incoming text message from MotherStucker headquarters on the first day of official cookie selling.  My assistant informed me that selling cookies before the kick-off day was a major infraction according the Girl Scout “police” that had requested to speak with me upon showing up at the MotherStucker offices.  How had I put myself in such a sticky situation?  I was certain I had fully digested the cookie selling rules.  Surely someone was mistaken – and making me lose my appetite!

After sending out an emergency call to the Girl Scout troop cookie mom, my assistant sent more text messages to my phone explaining the Girl Scout “police” scenario had been a delicious joke.  Although my MotherStucker assistant may be a few cookies short of a baker’s dozen—she is  well meaning in a sugar coated/half-baked way – and all is forgiven with her ample cookie order.

Meanwhile the 2013 cookie selling adventure is just beginning.  I am so proud to see the conviction, leadership qualities, and self worth developing in my daughter through the experiences we have shared.  All this plus extra boxes of cookies lining our pantry tastes like success!

Looking for Girl Scout Cookies near you?  Girl Scout Cookie sales begin January 2013! Download the cookie locator app (free for MotherStuckers!) for your mobile device here:  http://littlebrowniebakers.com/cookies/find-girl-scout-cookies-on-your-mobile-phone/

Capture the Magic MotherStuckers!

Proof of Santa’s (a little early!) visit to MotherStucker headquarters!  Capture the Magic, a website that allows YOU to “catch” Santa  in YOUR living room on Christmas Eve and have proof of Santa’s visit for the kids.  www.CaptureTheMagic.com

The MotherStucker is giving away 3 Capture the Magic giveaways!  This Twitter Contest starts NOW and ends 12/23 at midnight!  Winners will be notified by Twitter direct message by 10 AM 12/24 EST.  To enter tweet:  #MotherStucker @MagicalBeliefs

GOOD LUCK MOTHERSTUCKERS!

MotherStucker <3's The Appalachian Children's Home

What an honor to have a holiday visit to the Appalachian Children’s Home!  During my visit this week I was given the opportunity to speak to the girls (ages 12 – 17).  We talked about self-esteem and personal goals at the ACH campus.  I learned an incredible amount about the good work happening daily! 

Thank you to J.R.’s Salon & Spa http://www.jrsalon.com/ and The Mrs. Kentucky America Queens Club http://www.mrskentucky.net/ for providing a holiday gift for the girls. 

The ACH staff and board of directors are dedicated to achieve excellence while providing a stable, loving Christian environment for the well-being of the whole child. Over one hundred churches, businesses, and individuals who have a heart for the safety and well-being of children support the Children’s Home.  In a setting where the mountains restrict the view to a less than a mile and the household poverty rate is among the top ten in the nation, ACH President Steve Yeary  has managed to see clearly into the future and position the non-profit for continued success.  Thank you ACH for having me and I look forward to seeing you soon in 2013! http://achky.org/

Green Kid Crafts Helps Newtown!

Give the gift of great experiences - order Green Kid Crafts by midnight, 12/15, to get your first box by Christmas.Green Kid Crafts will donate 10% of weekend sales to Newtown Youth And Family Services, who will be dispersing the funds to the effected families. We understand that this won’t help them deal with their grief, but hope that it will at least allow them to be more comfortable during this difficult time.  As parents, we also feel good knowing that we are providing a service and a gift solution that brings families together and helps them enjoy quality time. Because, as we are reminded again, time is the best gift of all.

Bluegrass Threads Feature! www.BluegrassThreadsKY.com

local style standout: Christy Stucker & Wildcat Water Giveaway

Bluegrass THREADS is thrilled to be featuring Christy Stucker as a local style standout.  Nominated by Sarah Hall, she described Christy as a “fabulous and fashion forward lady.”  We agree!  Here’s what she had to stay about living stylishly in the bluegrass.

Tell us a little bit about yourself…

Just call me Mother Stucker!  I’m Cady and Cece’s Mom and Cory’s Mrs..  Hopeless optimist, volunteer extraordinaire and active pageant coach through experience as Mrs. Kentucky America (2009) and Mrs. U.S. of A. Globe (2005).  The Big Brother (CBS) 2012 finalist is thrilled to write “Chatting with Christy” for the Hamburg Journal, as well as The Mother Stucker blog.  Look no further for travel and product reviews, family friendly food ideas and Mother Stucker savvy style.

Describe your personal style…

Confident, classic and feminine in a constant state of reinvention and refinement.  I am a work in progress.

Who are your style icons?

Princess Diana+Marilyn Monroe+Lauren Bacall+Audrey Hepburn+Sarah Jessica Parker+Duchess Kate Middleton

What does “bluegrass style” mean to you?

As a lifelong Kentuckian with a Bachelor of Science in Merchandising, Apparel & Textiles from the University of Kentucky, I truly believe that anything goes!  I find that my understanding of “bluegrass style” grows when I travel.  Outside of our Commonwealth, I long for royal blue everything, perfectly scuffed boots, monogrammed oxford shirts, fashion forward fascinators and equestrian motifs from home.

Any favorite local spots to shop?

The J. Peterman Company is based right here in the bluegrass.  Currently coveting: Plaid Shift, Rhinestone Black, Florence and Johnnie Dresses…

Any other bluegrass hotspots we should check out?

My favorite fashion scouting spots are Keeneland & Churchill Downs.  What’s not to love?

What are some style challenges that you face and how do you deal with them?

My “inverted triangle” body shape (broad shoulders, narrower hips) is always a forethought when shopping and getting dressed.  I look to styles worn well by Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow (both inverted triangles) for inspiration.

How important is hair and make-up to your personal style?

Janie Olmstead of Images Model and Talent Agency (Lexington) tells me that my hair is my signature.  Jo Ann Peterson & J.R.’s Salon (Louisville) rock the ‘dp and make me feel like a million bucks!  I live the “less is more” make-up approach for the day to day look.

Which are the accessories that you never go without?

The Mother Stucker needs a Birkin Bag (writing notebooks, magazines, snack assortment for baby girls, emergency flat shoes, etc.), but for  now I manage with a fashion forward carryall.  I always have a small clutch inside the tote with absolute necessities so that I can grab and go when out and about.

What is your must have for the season?

I <3 peplum.  Thank heavens peplum is in for 2012!  Any day now I’m expecting people to start calling me “Jackee” from the show “Sister, Sister” in the 80′s.  I do not care.  I <3 peplum.

Animal print (especially reptile) is big this season—do or don’t?

I find myself wondering, what would the reptile do…?

 

 

Thanks, Christy!  To read more from Christy, be sure to check out her blog.  Plus, in honor of Christy’s bluegrass roots and for all of our Wildcat fans, we have partnered with another Kentucky standout, Wildcat Water, to bring our readers the chance to win a case of their water!  Enter at the “Christy Stucker” feature on www.bluegrassthreadsky.com

“Our water has been called ‘the best tasting water in the world’…taking home the gold medal award at the Berkley Springs International Water Tasting. BSIW is considered the standard of excellence by water connoisseurs (yes, there are water connoisseurs out there) in the bottled water industry and is the longest and largest water tasting competition in the world.”

If you are not familiar with Wildcat Water, they have an amazing mission, which you should checkout here.  We at Bluegrass THREADS love to see a wonderful local company that gives back to their community!

 

 

Congratulations Green Kid Crafts!

MotherStucker’s MOTHERLOAD Holiday Giving Guide post #1 featured Green Kid Crafts.  See it here:  http://motherstucker.com/motherload-holiday-giving-guide-i-green-kid-crafts/

Green Kid Crafts has received two awards from MACT: the MACT Green Award, and the MACT Excellence Award (Yay!!).  Saturday (12/15/12)  is the last day to order your creative, eco friendly gifts from GreenKidCrafts and get them in time for Christmas! Just use the ad link to the right MotherStuckers!

MOTHERLOAD Holiday Giving Guide VI: MailPix

The holiday season is here MotherStuckers!  This year I ordered my photo Christmas cards from MailPix.com!  3 words:  Fifty Percent Off!

Yes – get your holiday cards now through 12/31/12 using promo code:  HOLIDAYhttp://www.mailpix.com/greeting-holiday-cards/occasions/christmas-photo-cards

MailPix uses the latest easy-to-use web technology — integrated with social media — making your holidays to-do list easier than ever! Turn digital photos, Facebook and Instagram pictures into your holiday cards or photo books, prints,enlargements and a variety of gifts!  http://www.mailpix.com/gifts/fun-and-games/puzzles.

MailPix helped this MotherStucker create a puzzle from a family photo that the kiddos can enjoy after Christmas Eve festivities.  Likewise, I just know my besty is going to love her white leather custom photobook from MailPix this year. http://www.mailpix.com/photo-books.  Want to WIN your own FREE MailPix custom photobook MotherStucker?  Enter NOW through 12/12/12 (Midnight) by sharing your funniest holiday memory on Twitter!  Here’s how*:

#makingmemories @MailPix “Your funny holiday memory here!” #MotherStucker

Of course be sure to follow MailPix on Twitter http://twitter.com/mailpix, Facebook https://www.facebook.com/MailPix, MailPix Blog http://www.mailpixblog.com/ and on Pinterest http://pinterest.com/mailpix/ !

(*1 winner will be chosen and notified on 12/13/12 by Twitter direct message.)

 

MOTHERLOAD Holiday Giving Guide IV: Jossybelle Bows

Do you have a “Cindy Lou Who” on your Christmas shopping list?  JossyBelle Bows provide gorgeous and quality handmade bows (classic,  pinwheel, loop, spike, curly, double bow tie), bow holders, and other accessories for the girls on your holiday list.  JossyBelle has discounts available on multiple item orders and a full line of Christmas 2012 bows ready to ship. This MotherStucker <3’s the Wired Headwrap (wore mine to Starbucks this morning) as it looks great and stays put!  https://www.facebook.com/#!/JossyBelleBows  859-229-6102

MotherStucker Pin-somnia

Despite the fact I’m familiar with many of the cutting-edge social media technologies, I am often hesitant to adopt them because I’m already too busy with blogging, Twitter, Facebook and my iPhone.  However, my latest obsession Pinterest.com has surpassed them all – and believe me, that’s really saying something. It’s more than a site, it’s a lifestyle.  My husband would say an addiction.

I’ve gone from being a bored cook to being constantly inspired to try the onslaught of new, fabulous recipes.  The endless barrage of crafts and styles motivate me to action and I am completely addicted to the fashion/beauty section where I have found a collection of the most innovative, creative and accessibly stylish offerings on the Web that are updated every second.  But, I’m getting ahead of myself here. If you’re not familiar, here are a few basics.

What is Pinterest?  According to Pinterest’s “About Us” page, it is a virtual pin board — a place where you can create collections of things you love and “follow” collections created by people with great taste. People use Pinterest to collect and share all sorts of things — recipes, holiday ideas, travel, crafts, kid’s activities. You name it, people are pinning it.

How do you get a Pinterest invite? Why are invites to Pinterest even necessary?  If you ask me for an invite by email, I’ll send you an invite (motherstucker@gmail.com)! Warning: it might take a few days, but I’ll get to it, I promise!  Why is Pinterest registration by invite only? I honestly don’t know. That’s the way they want it, so that’s the way it is. It can be all very Zen if you think about it the right way.

Why I love it:  I am a visual creature and my computer’s bookmarks just don’t cut it. The process is simple: if you see a Web site you like, simply copy-and-paste the URL. Or, if it is already on Pinterest.com, simply “repin.”

What should you pin on Pinterest?  Think of your Pinterest boards as if they were actual 3D inspiration boards.

What is it that is beautiful to you? What do you dream of having, seeing, doing, hearing, reading, wearing? What is that you want to remember and come back to? Pinterest is all the best about inspiration bulletin boards combined with all the best of social book marking. Let that premise guide you as you pin.

How much does it cost to be on Pinterest.com?  This is a very good question.  Since Pinterest is free to use, and there are no ads anywhere, one has to wonder – how are they making any money to keep the site going?  The site says they are “well-funded by a group of successful entrepreneurs and investors”. Since advertising would really spoil the spirit of grass roots community and sharing that Pinterest is clearly cultivating, I wouldn’t be surprised to see them go the other direction and introduce subscription fees somewhere down the line. Perhaps the site will be free just long enough to get everyone hooked.

I could go on but the important thing is for you to get on Pinterest.com. Rumor has it there is a waiting list to join (a testament of its popularity).   Happy pinning and follow my boards at https://pinterest.com/christystucker/  (But don’t say you haven’t been warned….).

 

MotherStucker Meltdown…

 

1.  Daylight Savings Time Day #24, 2012:  It now gets dark at MotherStucker Headquarters at 5:19 pm.  Wikipedia tells this MotherStucker that Daylight Savings Time was invented in 1895 by George Vernon Hudson.  I am tempted to locate his descendants and drop my kiddos off for an evening of complimentary childcare, although the “Hudsons” are likely in the witness protection program…consider your legacy carefully MotherStuckers.

2.  To pass the time, I evaluated our pantry supplies and concluded I could throw together some sugar cookies as “practice” for the holidays.  While I make the world’s most outstanding chocolate chip cookie bars, apparently my sugar cookies leave much to be desired.  My daughters descriptive words included, “nasty, funky, rancid, pukey” etc.

3.  In an attempt to occupy my kiddos, we ventured to the nearby (national chain) 3000 sq. foot craft store.  This MotherStucker + 2 sugar under-loaded girls held the #3rd place in line for 15 minutes because #1st place was occupied by a customer returning an entire cart of merchandise (sigh!) and #2nd place was held by a buyer who only needed 400 items (thimble size) who of course was (wait for it, wait for it)…tax exempt.

4.  Hubby just returned from his Crossfit Workout and wants to tell me about his “WOD” and “PowerSnatch”….there are no more words…

MOTHERLOAD Holiday Giving Guide II: “Olive” the Other Reindeer…

First Fresh Extra Virgin Olive Oil makes a perfect hostess gift!  Proudly certified as kosher, this exclusive blend is milled from three varieties which each lend something special: arbequina’s extra fruity aroma, the full and rich taste and buttery finish of manzanilla with ascolano’s hint of pepper.  More info about the award winning 500 ml olive oil is available at http://sandersfirstfresh.com/ and ships to your door through I-Gourmet http://www.igourmet.com/shoppe/First-Fresh-Extra-Virgin-Olive-Oil.asp

From left:  The Mother Stucker & Bill Sanders of First Fresh Extra Virgin Olive Oil

MOTHERLOAD Holiday Giving Guide I: Green Kid Crafts!

 Holiday shopping for Cindy Lou Who or Tiny Tim?  Check out Green Kid Crafts! 

Green Kid Crafts delights kids and their parents with fun, creative and earth-friendly craft activities, delivered right to their door!  Every month’s Discovery Box is packed with three unique and engaging activity kits designed to foster a child’s creativity and confidence while developing their respect and love for the environment.

The “Food Adventures” themed Discovery Box we received at MotherStucker headquarters this month featured crafts celebrating healthy eating. Craft projects included making a fish game (from recycled felt), growing organic basil and alfalfa sprout gardens, and making a set of rainbow tile coasters.  In addition, the Green Kid Crafts Discovery Box this month included samples and coupons (valued at $20+) for free healthy snacks from natural food companies like Annie’s, Stonyfield, Mary’s Gone Crackers and Immaculate Baking.

Appropriate for ages 3-8, Discovery Box projects are reviewed by experts, kid tested and parent approved for fun.  I was thoroughly impressed with the overall value and attention to detail of our Discovery Box.  Perfectly age appropriate containing additional suggestions for extended play and learning – plus re-gifting possibilities through the crafts made! 

Subscriptions are available in month-to-month, 3, 6 and 12 month durations, and also make great gifts! The monthly subscription cost is $19.50 and includes shipping. Order at www.greenkidcrafts.com (or just click on the ad to the right > ) now until 12/15, take 15% off your entire order at www.GreenKidCrafts.com with the code BLOGGY.

Every purchase you make with Green Kid Crafts supports sustainable business, and a portion of each sale is donated to environmental organizations.  Like and follow Green Kid Crafts for great crafting, green living, and balanced parenting ideas, as well as special contests and promotions!  www.facebook.com/greenkidcrafts ; www.twitter.com/GreenKidCrafts ; www.pinterest.com/GreenKidCrafts

Product Trial: “Fall” for SmoothMove – Twofold!

When fall began, MotherStucker headquarters needed a remodel!  New paint and carpet seemed like a great home project for Autumn.  The bad news?  Trying to live in a construction zone moving your furniture and closet contents from room to room and floor to floor, while swapping your possessions to an unfinished disaster area feels like opening Pandora’s Box.  The good news?  Thank heavens I ordered the Motherload from SmoothMove Supplies to help.

SmoothMove boxes arrive flat in multipacks.  The FastFold®Moving boxes require no tape, assemble easily in seconds, are strong and have hand holes for secure carrying.  I loved that an assortment of sizes are available to maximize the “move” smoothly.  My Motherload included:

-SmoothMove pre-loaded tape dispenser (for wardrobe and dish boxes)

-SmoothMove Small FastFold®Moving boxes (10 to a multipack 16”x 12” x 12”)

-SmoothMove Medium FastFold®

Moving boxes (8 to a multipack 18’ x 18” x 16’)

-SmoothMove Large FastFold® Moving boxes (6 to a multipack 18’ x 18’ x 24”)

-SmoothMove specialty wardrobe boxes (3 to a multipack, each holds up to 2 linear feet of hanging items with hanging bar included 24’ x 24” x 40”)  

-SmoothMove specialty dish boxes (4 to a multipack, with double thick wall construction 18” x 18” x 28”)

Although I didn’t move — it probably would have been easier if I had — especially with the help of SmoothMove.  This new knowledge put my mommy brain on the soapbox.  After the MotherStucker Headquarters remodel, my SmoothMove supplies were still in excellent shape, so this MotherStucker decided to think outside the box and try my moxie twofold.

My keepsake box contains an enormous sparkly crown as I competed at the Mrs. U.S. of A Globe Pageant in 2005 as Mrs. Kentucky and won the national title!  In 2006 I returned to compete at the international Mrs. Globe 2006 Pageant as Mrs. U.S. of A and made top 5 in the world!  This year I had the honor of judging the Mrs. Globe 2012 Pageant in Palm Springs, CA where Mrs. Ukraine was selected our new Mrs. Globe!

Each year the Globe Travel Team brings “Christmas to Kids” in Mrs. Globe’s home country.  December 5 – 10th  2012, I will be traveling to an orphanage in Kiev and bringing gifts to 90+ children with the Globe Travel Team.  Each child will receive:  blanket, pajamas, holiday outfit, teddy bear and special personalized toy requested by each child.  In addition, we make a general donation to the home; food, assorted educational toys, vitamins, tooth brushes, etc.  How are we getting these “Christmas for Kids” goodies to Kiev?  You guessed it — packing starts today at the newly remodeled MotherStucker headquarters — my SmoothMove Supplies’ next stop is the Ukraine!