Maternity Stitch Fix #1

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Hello friends!

Ahh, I haven’t been this excited to get a box of clothes since I first started selling LuLaRoe. I received my first Stitch Fix box on Friday and couldn’t wait to rip it open.

I was so happy with the pieces my stylist picked out, even though I only ended up keeping one of the five pieces. I am being very picky about what clothes I spend money on right now because this is my last pregnancy and I don’t want to drop hundreds of dollars on clothes I will only wear for a few more months. It is still really exciting to have someone else pick clothes out for you to try on!

If you’ve never tried or heard of Stitch Fix you may be wondering how this random stylist knew my style. There are three things that I believe you must do in order to maximize this experience. One is the styling quiz that everyone has to take when they sign up. This will give the stylist a general idea of your sizing and what you are looking for. Second, there is a section where you can write a note to your stylist. This is key because you can tell them what you are looking for and what gaps you need to fill in your wardrobe. I told my stylist I was looking for dresses, cardigans and blazers; absolutely no pants because I had just purchased a few pairs. She sort of listened, more on that later. The third and most important thing you can do is to create a Pinterest board with your style. I’ve been building my clothing board for about six years so there is a nice variety of things for her to choose from. I really think the Pinterest board was the reason my fix was so on point.

From the second I opened the box I knew it was going to be awesome. They include a piece of paper that has all of the pieces styled in different ways. Sorry I didn’t take a picture of this, but it is pretty awesome. She did end up sending me a pair of pants, which I didn’t hate, but again, I didn’t want to spend any money on pants. Had this been my first pregnancy I would have 100% kept the pants.

The pants were actually pretty amazing, they are pictured in the first two pictures here. Like I said, if this was my first pregnancy I would have kept the pants, but I really couldn’t justify spending $70 on a pair of pants I am only going to wear for a few months. This first piece was AMAZING.. seriously, I freaking loved everything about it.  It was such a simple white and navy striped shirt.  The length was amazing and it was soooo soft. I actually regret not keeping this one, but it was priced at $48, and I thought I could find something similar to it at Target or somewhere else on sale. So I passed on this one. *total regret*

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You see how amazing the pants are?! ugh I loved them. Anyway, the second shirt I got was fabulous too. I actually didn’t think I would like the way it looked on me, but both Erik and I really liked it and agreed that I didn’t own anything like it.  I ended up keeping this one ($44). I think it will be a shirt I can wear long after I have the baby. It may be a little big when I get down to the weight I want to be, but I think it will look cute as a long tunic.

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The third piece was a dress. I really liked this dress, but it didn’t do anything to wow me. It was a simple dress, but Erik and I both agreed that it wasn’t a wow piece and for $54, it wasn’t something I wanted to splurge on.

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The very last piece, I REALLY wanted to keep.. Like really really wanted to keep. But after I looked at myself in the mirror, I realized it was a little to Chest-y for me. It would actually make a really awesome nursing dress, but it was a little big in the top area, already, so I knew it wouldn’t really fit me when I got smaller, so for $70 we passed on this one too.

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but ugh look at how cute it is.. The colors are so perfect for me. I can’t tell you how sad I was to send this one back.

I wrote my stylist some more feedback for my next fix, so hopefully we will get another excellent box. I am looking for more layering pieces this time around, so we shall see. I think I will probably do two more maternity boxes then stop until I get back into shape. I hope when I stop they don’t change my stylist. I think we have a good thing going so far.

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I hope everyone has a great day!

Cheers!

D

(This post contains referral links. You get free styling and I get some coin in my stitch fix account. Thank you for supporting me as always.)

Down for the Count

Hello friends!

Welp, I thought we escaped the dreaded flu season this year, but I was wrong. We got the word yesterday that Liam has the flu. Oddly enough, I was looking at my Facebook memories and he had the flu exactly one year ago yesterday too!! I am am so beyond stressed about all of this, but I know we will get through it.

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I’m pulling out all the homeopathic stops on this one. I’ve got him on 1 tsp. Of elderberry syrup 4 times a day to help his little body fight this thing. I made him some rice with bone broth in it yesterday, but he refused to eat it. I did get him to eat a slice of toast with turkey in it though, so I call that a win.

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I am also counting on help from my essential oil friends to help get us all through this. We’ve been rubbing some diluted oregano oil on the soles of his feet to draw the germs out. Oregano oil is known for its natural antibiotic and antiviral properties. I’m actually staying away from the oregano oil, because of a few articles I read online about pregnant people and oregano oil. My sweet, sweet husband is my rock, he knows how to keep me calm and bring me down to earth when my thoughts are of out of this world. He has been taking care of our little man while I try to keep Quinn as far away from Liam as possible.

For now I’m living in a medical mask and I’m trying to do my best to help out.

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We hope to be on the mend in a few days, until then, please say a little prayer for our little family!

Stay healthy and have a great weekend!

Cheers!

Jumping on the Bandwagon

Hello friends!

Thank you all for your feedback on my last post. I think the reason we didn’t get a rock n’ play the last two times was because we were afraid Ella would run into it and knock it down. But since she passed last May, we don’t have to worry about that anymore. L Speaking of Ella… I’ve been away from my blog for so long, I haven’t been able to write my thoughts and blog about her passing. Perhaps one day I will be ready to do it… But for now, I did not come here to talk about Ella.

I was scrolling through my facebook feed last night and saw that one of my friends posted a link for Stitch Fix that waves the first $20 styling fee. I’ve been living in LuLaRoe clothes for the better part of two years and I am ready to get back into wearing normal people clothes. Stitch Fix allows you to write a note to your stylist about the types of pieces you want to see in your box. Since I hate pants, and I just bought three pairs of maternity pants, I told them I did not want to see any pants. I asked for dresses, skirts, cardigans and told t hem I’ve never owned a blazer so I would love to try one out.  I know, thirty something and I’ve never owned a blazer. I am hoping I get some pieces I can wear for many years after I have this little graham cracker.

I’ve heard mixed reviews from Stitch Fix, and the best ones have been from people who regularly post items to their Pinterest board. Luckily, my clothing board is on point with my style (or what I wish my style was).  So hopefully that will help my stylist. My first fix is supposed to arrive next Saturday, so stay tuned for pictures and reviews of what I got in my box.

Have any of you tired it? Let me know what you thought of it if you have.

If you want to give it a try and wave your first styling fee, go through my affiliate link.

I hope everyone has a great day!

Cheers!

Baby Products

Hello friends!

It’s been a solid three years since I’ve had a baby, but by the looks of all the insane new baby products you would think it had been 10 years since I had my last kid. I’ve been obsessively stalking blogs after blog to find out what I have been missing out on these past three years. I found a few that I’ve added to my must have list and I want to know if any of my amazing mommy friends out there have experience with them.

The Owlet Smart Sock

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My friend Tara loves this thing, and frankly that endorsement is enough for me to want to strap this thing onto Quinn to see how well it works. I’ve read a ton of great reviews about the smart sock, and quite frankly I can’t wait to use it. It is pretty much an at home pulse ox monitor. They use them in hospitals, so I feel good about using this at my house. I know the company is developing an FDA approved version, but I don’t know when that will be available. For now, I will be using the one I got from my wonderful friend.

Kiinde Twist Breastfeeding Kit

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Omg you guys….this kit looks fabulous. Talk to any parent and they will tell you how much they hate washing bottles. It is literally the worst thing you have to do as a parent.  The worst…… Seriously the thought of never having to wash another bottle again makes me want to run out to buy buy baby and snag this bad boy up right now. But I won’t because it’s after 10 and I’m sitting on my couch in my pjs wishing I had a glass of wine in my hand. But I digress…. This miraculous invention has an adaptor you hook up to the actual pump. After which you screw a cap on and store the milk, when you are ready a to use it, you stick that bad boy into their bottle warmer and voila… Perfect temperature milk for your lil babe. Oh ya, then you pop it into whatever this amazing bottle contraption is, hook up the age appropriate nipple and it’s off to feeding town.

Do you know how rich I would be if I had thought of this darn thing? It seems so logical now, but man… Good for the people who did this. Take all my money!  Well actually not all of it, the whole kit is quite reasonably priced and so are the milk storage bags. I reallllllly hope this one meets my expectations, because I’m putting all my big hopes and dreams into one basket. This is a must have on my wish list.

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You guys… I don’t know about you but this thing looks scary to me. I’ve seen people put their babies in this thing in their cribs to sleep and something about it to me screams suffocation. All the studies tell new moms to get rid of bumpers and anything in the crib until they are 16 years old….. This one just seems… How shall I put it… Totally off the rails. I don’t know, maybe I’m just out of loop, so if anyone has thoughts on this bad boy, I would love to hear them.

I could actually be here all night showing you things I’ve seen online, but that would be ridiculous, and I’m actually quite tired… Soooo I’m going to call it a night and ask that you help a momma out.. Let me know your thoughts on these products and any other new things I’ve missed in the last three years.

have a great night!

Omg.. Pressed publish and totally forgot to share, I think most people know this by now, but we are having another little boy!

Cheers!

soooooo soooo done!!!

Hello friends!

Boy oh boy, who knew closing up my LuLaRoe business would be such a nightmare. Let me tell you something; when you discount items all the crazy people come out. My regular customers have been amazing and very supportive, but man.. other people are greedy and ungrateful. I have had people get very snippy with me about shipping and lack of inventory. The latter just makes no sense what so ever, but I do not feel bad telling people to bug off if they give me tude about shipping. You are already getting a crazy discount on the items, now you want me to ship them to you for free??!?! No, sorry,  move on. I cannot wait to be completely free of this awful company.

I know I used to sing it’s praises, but this going out of business process has been very eye opening. I was not able to send any of my inventory back for a refund, despite the return policy written in my contract…… ugh, anyway, I am down to under 200 items! If anyone is looking for an awesome deal on clothes please go here. Everything I have left is $10.  Please please help free me from these crazy people!

I hope everyone has a lovely day! I’ll be back tomorrow with some fun baby news 🙂

Liam’s First Lost Tooth

Hello friends!

One week and two days away from his 5th birthday, and our little guy loses his first tooth.

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How did this happen? We just grew those teeth; I am just not ready for all of this growing up.. seriously.. people never tell you how hard this part of being a parent is.

His little tooth has been loose for a little more than a month, and trust me, it has taken everything in my power not to yank it out. Just ask my sister, my dad and I would pull her teeth as soon as we saw a little wiggle, she hated it.

Monday night, I was getting ready to floss his teeth when I noticed it was starting to turn black.  This little tooth had been holding on for dear life for weeks.  I told Liam I needed to pull it out because it was turning into a dead tooth. He cried a little because he didn’t know what to expect, but for the most part he was so brave. I grabbed a tissue and started to pull it out and I think I scratched his gums because he really started to scream at this point. I felt horrible.. ugh.. I asked if I could try one more time and reluctantly he let me look at the tooth again.  This time I made sure I was only grabbing the little tooth. He started crying and saying, “mommy I don’t want you to pull it out.” Before he could finish the word out, I pulled the tissue away and along with it came the tooth.

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He had no idea his tooth was gone until he tried to feel it with his finger and it wasn’t there. He looked up at me with those amazingly loving eyes completely surprised that it didn’t hurt at all. Then he started cheering and dancing around telling us how happy he was that his tooth was out. He was cautiously excited at first because it has started to bleed and I told him to keep the tissue in place until it was done. Daddy told him it would only be a few minutes before it stopped bleeding and that seemed to calm him down. After it stopped bleeding he walked around with the biggest smile on his face.

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We put his tooth in a baggie and put it under his pillow for the tooth fairy. I told him the tooth fairy would leave him some money but might not take his tooth if it was too small for her village. He loved it and went right to sleep.

When he woke up, he walked downstairs and asked us to go back up with him to check under his pillow. I cannot tell you how happy this made us. Our little guy is still our little baby. I wish we would have recorded his reaction, but I think we were too excited for him to even think about grabbing our phones. He climbed into his bed and pulled back his pillow to see the bag with his tooth and two one dollar bills.  I have never seen anyone so excited for $2 in my whole life. My heart exploded. He asked that we put his money in his piggy bank.

When Quinn woke up he told her all about the tooth fairy and the money. She clapped and gave him a hug. Man, when those two get along…. Life could not get any sweeter.

Life is good J If anyone cares to share their first lost tooth story I would love to hear them! Comment with them below  🙂

Have a great day!

Cheers!

D

Hello Fresh

Hello friends!

Hello Fresh is here again this week.  Last week, I found a groupon for Hello Fresh and I jumped right on it, $50 for 3 meals for a family of 4, heck ya! That comes out to just over $4 a person per meal, you cannot beat that! Last weeks meals were amazing, but I did not do a good job taking pictures of documenting the experience at all, so I am going to try again.

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I won’t pretend to tell you that I continued the subscription on purpose; I forgot to cancel it last week, so they sent me another week. At first I was a little mad at myself, because I hate paying full price for anything, but seriously, it comes out to a little over $8 a person a meal.  That is NOT bad at all. In reality the deal is far better than that, because depending on the meal, you can stretch it to lunch the next day.  The chili and steak we did for sure.

One of our little babes is a picky eater, so I didn’t know how this was going to go, but it was alright. We did not make them eat the chili because I was not in the mood for that fight. But they loved the chicken and the steak.  So this week, I will do a better job taking pictures for you all and blogging about the meals the next day! Here is our menu for the week..

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I think we are going to make the pork chops tonight, tacos tomorrow and the chicken on Thursday. Stay tuned.. this week is going to be yummy!

Let me know if you want to try Hello Fresh for free, I can give a week of meals away to 4 friends!

*Disclaimer: Hello Fresh did not pay me for this content, nor do I get anything for posting any of these. These are my opinions and my opinions alone*

Cheers!