Thursday, April 17, 2014

My April Stitch Fix

I was so excited to get this fix in the mail! As soon as the email alerted me, I was stalking the site to get a sneak peek at what was coming!

If you haven't tried Stitch Fix yet here is the deal - it is a mail order clothing/stylist program. And, it is pretty much amazing for anyone who is a) busy or b) not a fan of shopping. Pretty much for some like me, it rocks.

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1. You go online and set up a style profile. This is pretty fun to do helps the stylists get an idea about things you like, the clothing you need for work and your sizing.
2. As often as you request (or you can set it up monthly) you request a "fix" or clothing shipment.
3. They send you five items that the stylist thinks you will like with styling suggestions. These are not Box Store clothes, these are boutique quality items.
4. Your clothes arrive at your door step beautifully packaged and ready to try on in your home.
5. You have 3 days to decide what you want to keep and send the other items back in the postage paid bag.
6. Tell them what you liked and didn't and why and your future fixes get even better.
You pay for what you keep and only a $20 styling fee if you don't keep anything. Shipping is included in that fee.

Check it out at https://www.stitchfix.com/referral/3314914.
Note: I'm not paid by Stitch Fix (I wish) for this post but I do get referral benefits if you decide to check it out and use my link. So check it out!

This was my fix that arrived today:

Everything is packaged beautifully!

I didn't get a photo of the style cards but the stylist includes a card of suggested ways to style each item you get. There are two suggestions for each item. These are really helpful and give me ideas that I sure would not have thought of on my own. 

Now for the important stuff...These are the five items that arrived with this fix:

LILA CHEVRON PANEL KNIT TANK $54

This tank is not my normal style but I had wanted to get some Chevron. I'm late joining that train but still. The material is super soft. Crazy comfortable. I do not wear much blue but I think it would be really cute white white pants or shorts. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 














ADELAIDE SILK RUFFLE OVERLAY SLEEVELESS TOP $38


This I had pinned! I was super excited to get it but once I tried it on it was a bit on the small side. It just was not very flattering from the rear view. I would have loved it if it was a bright color and a bit bigger. The fabric layering also looks a little odd around the arms.
 











LEONA TONAL CHEVRON PRINT CROSS-FRONT DRESS $48


I had also pinned this dress and was so excited to see it. But, so sadly it is too small. It dosent look like it would be and oddly the top part was big enough but not the middle which was a bummer. I didn't love the feel of the fabric either. It ha a lot of texture to the fabric which I wasn't a huge fan of. Bummer. But I love this color! 
 















 
ISABELLE CROCHET TANK TOP $48


 
I wasn't sure I would like this one, but it might be my favorite. It came with a white cami. I might do a colored cami too. But I should mention that the cami (which was included with the top) was the nicest one I've ever put on. If stitch fix sells these camis, I want more. I have nothing crochet in my closet so this is a fun new item for me. 
 











 
ELLYSE FLORAL PRINT FLUTTER SLEEVE DRESS $48
This I had pinned! 
 
I didn't love this dress until I realized there was a belt and I really like it with the belt. It is very comfy and stretchy. The pattern is floral but a bit neon in the flower colors which makes it more interesting than it appears in this photo. I may even wear it for Easter (so act surprised if you see me wearing it :). 









 
I was hoping this would be the fix where I kept all five items - you get a 25% discount if you keep everything - but the dress that didn't fit put a wrench in that plan. If it had fit I would have kept everything. It actually would have been cheaper to keep 5 items instead of 4. But why keep something that dosent fit? So I went back and looked at the pictures to decide the keeps and the culls. So...what do you think I should keep? 

My stylist was Jenni B this time and she did a great job. I did some extra pinning to my style board this go round which I think helped too. I'll again leave very specific feedback about the things I do and don't like about each item. I think these fixes will get better and better!

I'm very happy with the prices of this fix! I really stressed in my last reviews that I am not someone who splurges often. While these are not target cheap, they are very reasonable for the quality and a really good value considering someone shops for you and it is shipped to your door! 

I'm already planning to schedule my next fix! I think I'm ready for jeans - I've heard really great reviews of their jeans! So follow the link, try it out and tell me what I should keep!

Note to Stitch Fix - you should consider a quarterly shipment schedule! A monthly shipment is probably too often for me, but quarterly would be perfect!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Baby Prepping: Freezer

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When I think of meal prepping, I think of stocking the freezer with ready to cook meals. 

meat – we got a half from my sister so I would say we are stocked up on beef!  To see what is in the half we got go here.  We also have fish left from Michael’s last trip, duck from last season, and pork from our pigs.  We both love bacon, so we stocked up on bacon from Costco (our bacon is gone very soon after we get it back from the butcher).  We also have breakfast sausage.

marinated chicken – I love having marinated chicken in the freezer that we just have to dethaw and throw on the BBQ. 

lasagnaMy favorite freezer meal!  Full of protein and veggies AND delicious! 

crock pot meals – Throw all of the ingredients in a crock pot in the morning and your meal is ready in the evening!  Can’t get much better than that!

soup – some are reheat and serve and some need to be cooked all will make a great meal with little prep

juice – orange and other fruit juice concentrates for when we want more than just water or milk

cookie dough – This needs no explanation – everyone needs a sweet treat in their freezer!  

fruit – for my protein smoothies or I can add it to yogurt for a yogurt parfait

muffins – a quick breakfast or snack I can just pull out of the freezer

prepackaged meals – I had every intention of making all my own meals and having this full freezer or delicious and healthy meals for after the baby comes, but with the move and everything else going on that just didn’t happen to the extent I wanted.  Not the end of the world – we stocked up on frozen pizzas, pasta meals (which are an awesome quick meal I would love to learn how to make), chicken nuggets, and french fries.  I’m pretty sure we aren’t going to die from eating meals that are not the best for us!  At least we’ll have food!

Your Turn!  What would be included in a stocked freezer at your house? 

 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Baby Prepping: Kitchen & Laundry

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We covered prepping the bathroom for baby (well, really for your post partum self, but you also get a baby from that!) now we’ll cover the Kitchen and Laundry Room.
I am going to do food items in a separate post, so this includes everything else.
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Kitchen:
cleaning supplies – the last thing I want to do is go out and buy cleaning products because my adorable baby threw up all over the couch.  So, stock up!  Whatever cleaning products you love – make sure you have enough for at least a month! My favorite cleaning products are even safe around my newborn! 
paper towels – There will be lots of messes to clean up, so stock up on paper towels!
paper plates – this is something we don’t normally have around the house, but I figured dishes are the last thing I am going to want to do.  We’ll still use real silverware and glasses, but plates are one thing we can use the paper version if we need to. 
dish soap – I know, I just told you we’ll probably use paper plates but still I am stocked up on my favorite dish soap for cleaning pots, pans, glasses, and everything else.
dishwasher detergent – same as above – want to be able to clean a mess of dishes in no time? Throw them in the dishwasher and add your favorite dishwashing detergent!
trash bags – I’ve heard babies produce a ton of garbage and we don’t want to run out of bags to put that all in!  We have a jumbo box under the sink. 
extra sponge -  Just in case.  I wouldn’t want to have to run to the store just for a sponge!
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Laundry:
laundry detergent – I’ve heard babies go through tons of clothes and mommies and daddies may go through more too if their bundle of joy spits up or projectile vomits on them.  I have plenty (no baby Schwall – that is not a challenge) of my favorite fragrance free laundry detergent!  Plus, it is concentrated so I need to little of it clean well that my stash will last that much longer!
stain remover – with spit up and poop and all of that other lovely baby things come stains – we have plenty of stain remover to throw in the wash and banish those stains!
dryer balls or dry sheets – I prefer dryer balls.  They are so awesome!
Your turn!  I loved your comments for the bathroom prepping post, what did I miss here? 

Friday, April 11, 2014

All American Baby Shower

Today is baby’s estimated date or arrival, so I thought it would be a good day to show the best baby shower EVER …

My mother in law and sister in law are rock star party planners – they came up with all of the ideas and everything went just perfectly.

The D├ęcor …
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Super cute sign welcoming the guests.
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The patriotic gift area. 
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That wagon with the flag bunting was the perfect place to put the gifts.
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Another chalkboard sign before the food inviting guests to enjoy their picnic out on the blankets or sit at a table if they could not. 
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They used moving blankets as picnic blankets which went perfectly with the color scheme.  A square piece of fabric on most of the blankets brought the colors (red, white, and blue) out to the eating area without distracting from the beautiful backdrop. 
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Like I said – a beautiful backdrop!
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The floral centerpieces were borrowed from another event.
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Adding a flag to the floral piece was the perfect patriotic touch.
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The guests enjoying their picnic lunch. 

The Food …
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The food table was decorated with red, white, and blue fabric.  The napkins are from Pottery Barn and I fell in love with them!  They belong to a family friend, but you can get your own set here.  
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This shower was during lunch, so the menu consisted of a sandwich, carrots and celery, chips, and a cutie all packaged into an adorable brown box tied with a bow. 
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Each box was labeled with the sandwich meat so guest could grab and go. 
Kids lunches were also labeled and consisted of a PB&J sandwich, a cutie, fruit snacks, carrots and celery, and a cheese stick.
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Guests could also grab a fruit skewer – they were adorable and tasty!
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The dessert table was also decorated and even more delicious!
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Pie in mason jars – apple and cherry.
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Red, white, and blue sixlets. Also, not pictures rice krispy treats dipped in red, white, and blue candy coating, dipped oreos, and red & white mints.

Photo Booth …
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Stacey (my Sister in Law) set up her camera on timer in front of this patriot backdrop.
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She also made cute props to go with the photo booth. 
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Here she is!
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My Sister in law, mother in law, me, my momma, and my sister. 
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Michael and me. 

I am not a center of attention kind of person but this shower was perfect!  I wasn’t the center of attention this little baby growing in my uterus was.  The baby was showered with so much love and support.  I truly believe it takes a community to raise a child and Michael and I are so lucky to have such an amazing community of supportive family and friends. 

Monday, April 7, 2014

Baby Prepping: Bathroom

Prepping for after baby in the bathroom is more than just stock piling toilet paper. 

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This is my first, so I’ve only heard the horror stories (and of course the best case scenarios) but I’ve taken that advice and prepared for the worst.  This list includes everything from basic day to day needs in our house to special after childbirth needs to some nice items that might give me a little pick me up!

Here is the list:

Basic care

toilet paper – I plan on bring the peri bottle I’ve heard so many amazing things about home from the hospital but toilet paper is always an important staple to stock pile.

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flushable wipes – like wet toilet paper for when the dry stuff just won’t do

giant pads – for the lovely ruin all of your clothes post partum bleeding I’ve heard so much about

giant overnight pads (read: even bigger pads) – in hopes of not ruining all of my clothes – just half of them

depends (I bought the off brand because I’m cheap like that) – for when the giant pads are just not enough.

extra trash can – to dispose of all those giant pads and depends

witch hazel – soothing and antiseptic yes please!  Plus, you can made padsicles with this and some giant pads. 

Aloe Vera gel – along the same lines as witch hazel

Dermoplast Spray – I’ve read this stuff is amazing so I will be getting a bottle or two!

epsom salt – not really sure why I bought this, but I thought it would be good to add to a warm bath to aid in healing.    

cotton balls, q-tips, cotton makeup pads – all things we use everyday so we have plenty to last a few months

shampoo and conditioner – I love Dove and I got to jumbo bottles from Costco that last like 6 months

toothpaste – You never want to run out of this!  I got a three or four pack from Costco – I think we’re set! 

floss – we have tons!  Pretty sure we won’t need to buy any for a year!

deodorant – we usually have an extra or two on hand for each of us, honestly it’s because I once used Michael’s for a week – he didn’t like that and my do is so much better than his! We’ll have plenty so I won’t have to use his!

hand soap – I love the foaming kind

Face care

make-up – not really a make-up person but if I was I would get  few new shades to try as a little pick me up after baby.  I have the basics which last me months because I’m lazy and am not good with make-up

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face wipes – LOVE these!  Don’t want to wash your face but know you should – enter face wipes.  You can use baby wipes too!

cleanser – I have an extra bottle (which lasts 4 months) of my favorite cleanser

toner – have any extra bottle (lasts 3 months) of this amazing toner that has seriously changed my skin from breakout about once a week to hardly ever – love my face products and I would not want to be without them!

face lotion – I have both daytime and night time lotion that I have plenty of to last a few months.

pampering extras – might want to pamper myself a little after baby – I mean, after all I’ll be bleeding like a mac truck hit me.  So, I have this amazing face mask, also this homemade face mask, and this polisher which makes my skin feel amazing!  Bubble bath would be perfect to get an extra bottle of too – momma (or daddy) might need a bubble bath to relax!  (doesn’t go with face care, but it does go with pampering)

Hair care

hair bands – will probably be putting my hair up all the time, so I got a new package of hair bands.

headbands – same thing as above, I bought some pretty lace headbands that might trick our baby gawkers guests into thinking I showered that day week.

dry shampoo – I have two bottles just in case.  If you haven’t tried this stuff, I highly recommend it!  Go for the suave brand – it’s cheap and works great!  Washing your hair without having to get wet = awesome!

bobby pins – we all need more of these, even someone like me who doesn’t ever do their hair.

I think that’s it for the bathroom list!  If there is anything you use every day then you’ll need to stock up on that too!  I also gave the bathroom a good cleaning and stocked my favorite cleaning products under the sink so I can give it a quick cleaning without too much effort. 

Your turn!  What did I miss?

Saturday, April 5, 2014

How to clean your BOB stroller

I will apologize in advance for my lack of before pictures. But my BOB (the most amazing stroller ever thank you Sarah R) has really been worked for close to 3 years. It has been the only stroller I have ever used and drug on numerous road trips, the farmers market most Saturdays, various runs and  probably most grime inducing - hauled around in the bed of the pickup. No surprise that it is just a tad dirty. Okay... Embarrassingly dirty. But no mold or mildew to worry about.


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The beautiful after!
I tried several times cleaning it with limited success scrubbing with soap and water. In particular, the area where toddler feet hang was just disgusting. While doing some cleaning last weekend, it occurred to me to try using laundry detergent. Hello, why had I never tried it before.

I had some empty laundry detergent containers that needed to be washed out and recycled. So I added some hot water to them and shook them up to get all the detergent off the sides. Then I poured it onto the BOB and scrubbed. Then rinsed and dried. Note that I didn't scrub for hours or soak it for days. I poured it on and scrubbed for a few minutes. Not a major workout. But holy cow the gross water that came off it.

And... It is the cleanest it has been since it came out of box! Part of my luck may be that may detergent has oxi clean in it which has produced good results for others.

So if your BOB is looking a bit dingy grab some laundry detergent, a hose and scrubber and make quick work of making it look nearly new again!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Happy Birthday to my Hubby!!

That handsome man I married is turning the big 2-9!!  Not as big as 30, but wow!!!  Time flies!

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Doesn’t he clean up well?

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Even with his face camo (or as I like to call it manflage) and face paint he’s handsome! 

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High five for your last birthday (for a while) without a single diaper change!  This picture was after Michael changed Heman’s diaper about a year and a half ago – they both look so young!

Happy Birthday love!!

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