One of the things I absolutely love about getting my monthly Stitch Fix are the sweet notes I get from my stylist. Tiffany is my current stylist. The first two fixes were 0 for 2. I knew the best way to receive better fixes was to update my Pinterest Boards. I spent some time updating my boards and the next two fixes were fabulous! While I really liked this fix, I also stuck to my budget and only kept one item.
What is Stitch Fix?
Stitch Fix is a monthly service where you receive a stylist and he/she sends you “Fixes.” Sign up, fill out the Style Profile, and then pay $20 as a styling fee. Stitch Fix sends you clothes that match up with your profile. Within the profile there is a place to link your Pinterest account. This helps the stylist see what styles you like. If you purchase something, the $20 is applied against your purchase. If you do not purchase anything, then the $20 is forfeited as a “styling fee.”
This month’s Stitch Fix!
CeCe by Cynthia Steffe – Mieko Dress – $128
The colors in this dress are absolutely stunning. The teal, corals and orange simply made the dress incredible beautiful. The dress was lightweight and very comfortable. What I did not like about the dress was that it really hung on me and did not do a lot for my shape. I also could not get over the price of $128. It was out of the budget. I have a lot of dresses and since I didn’t love this one, I could not keep it. Verdict: Returned
41 Hawthorn – Sugar Dot Print Dress – $74
When I went on my Pinterest Pinning frenzy, this is one of the dresses I pinned for my stylist to find for me. The gal that I pinned wore this dress so well. I unfortunately did not have the same luck. Since I am a little bigger chested the top fit very tight on me. The polka dots were not as cute as I had hoped. However, this dress is very versatile. I do like that it is work friendly, great for weddings or even Sunday church. Unfortunately, because of the fit it was not a keeper for me.
Daniel Rainn – Kurkova Crochet Detail Blouse -$64
I am an absolute sucker for anything sheer and floral. I usually get something like this top in nearly every one of my Stitch Fix boxes. The crochet detail on the neckline is gorgeous. The darts on the side are also crocheted and created an illusion of a smaller waist line. (Of course I LOVED that!). The top is definitely my style and something I would wear on a daily basis. However, last month I kept a sheer floral blouse. Plus with a $64 price tag, I gave this one back to Stitch Fix. Verdict: Returned
Collective Concepts – Elisa Faux Wrap Dress – $78
When I first saw this and it had a little elastic in the waist, I knew this would NEVER fit. Then I tried it on and fell madly in love with it. It is a little shorter dress, so I grabbed a pair of my favorite black leggings and bam! This outfit is perfection. The colors are goregous, very fall like. I really like the way the waist fits and how it has the “faux wrap” but also has a snap closure so I stay professional but put together. Verdict: KEEP!
Sweet Grey – Carlisle Mixed Material Top – $78
Confession. I peeked! When you receive your shipping notification you can essentially “peek” to see what is in your fix. (The App is even better as it shows pictures of the clothes!). When I saw this top, I immediately thought, no way. Tacky. Ugly. Not me at all. Then I pulled it out of the box and started warming up to it. Next, I put it on and felt how soft it was paired with my leggings. I felt like I was in my PJs but entirely put together. I immediately put this on the “maybe” list. “Maybe” because you never know with Stitch Fix pricing. And then I saw it. $78 for what feel like a fancy long sleeve t-shirt. I could not justify it.
I think the element of surprise (okay even if I peek) is always the most exciting part of Stitch Fix. Someone else is picking what they think you will love and what may look great on you. It’s fun to step outside of the box and try something different. While I may only keep one or two things each fix, I still enjoy having (new) clothes and those that are different from everyone else. Consider giving Stitch Fix a try!!
Stitch Fix carries sizes XS-XL and 0-14 as well as both maternity and petite. (They have shoes now too!). It’s not age or body specific, they do try to meet your tastes and likes! If you’re interested, here is my referral link. I receive a $25 credit for you signing up and once you sign up you can have other friends sign up under your personal link. (The credit isn’t applied until the first box ships!)
I always imagined when I bought my first house it would have a big porch where I could relax on my rocking chair with a cold drink. Unfortunately the first house I bought didn’t have a porch! So my sweet little rocking chair sat out on the back patio and saw all of the elements and better days. Our new house is rocking chair perfect except my chair was beat up and nearly falling apart.
Adam was on his usual Sunday afternoon golf outing, George was napping and I was fed up pulling weeds. I received a coupon for a free sample of Country Chic Paint in the color Bliss and couldn’t wait to get my hands dirty with it. I just had to be brave enough to paint my perfectly white rocking chair a new color and I was definitely feeling up to it.
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Fine grit sandpaper. I prefer the sanding sponges like this one
Paint brush – There are special “chalk paint” brushes but you don’t necessarily need one
Chalk paint – I used Country Chic Paint for this project (Bought locally at ReStyle & Co).
Paint cup and liner – this is SO much easier to paint with (and dispose of with liners)
Floor protection (if you want to keep your floor nice – I didn’t use this!)
Something to paint! (a chair, an armoire, a hutch, a table, a picture frame…something that needs an update!)
My rocking chair definitely needed a little bath. It was such a gorgeous day that I did it right in the driveway. Of course my sweet George missed out on a perfectly good opportunity to play in the water (but it saved me the headache of having to change his clothes later!). Important: Make sure you dry off your piece while prepping for paint. Not all projects will require this step, but you should at least consider wiping it down with a damp cloth to get rid of any dust or dirt you don’t want trapped under the paint.
If you have any loose paint you may want to give it a light sanding and then wipe down again to remove any dust (you don’t want this getting in your paint!).
This step is optional. Give whatever you’re painting a nice little coat of spray paint first. In this case, I didn’t need to since my rocking chair was already white and I was going darker. However, if you are taking a dark piece and going lighter, save your chalk paint and buy the $4 can of spray paint to save money and several coats of paint!
I used a handy pail and liner, so I simply dumped the entire container of paint (it was a smaller sample size) into my paint cup and I started painting. The paint went on fairly well and dried rather fast with the breezy day. After I finished painting my chair and gave it a fair 1-2 hours to entirely dry. I then took my sanding block and gave my rocking chair a nice sanding. I am not a fan of overly distressed chalk painted items. If you prefer a more distressed look, you will want to definitely sand more until you get through the paint. When sanding, sand edges on curves for more distressing.
It truly is as easy as it sounds! It only took me a few hours on a nice Sunday afternoon to complete this project from start to finish. I am SO pleased with how my rocking chair turned out! I can now enjoy sitting outside on my chair without the bird poop and watch George play!
I can’t wait to hear all the fun projects you are working on and are finishing!! Link up if you have anything great you want to show off or share!
It is baby season my friends. I tell ya. I have 5 friends that have had babies within the last few months! Yes. 5 sweet babies that I get to snuggle and love on. And with new babies comes gifts. So what do you get for a new mama? A seasoned mama?
When Adam and I registered for George, I swore a domestic was going to happen in the baby aisle of Target. It was supposed to be this happy bonding moment for us where we picked out all the wonderful things for our new baby that was set to arrive in just a few months. And yet we were entirely clueless. Which diapers do we buy? Diaper Genie? What kind of lotion? Shampoo? Shampoo and Body Wash in one? Bottles? I mean, we were going to breastfeed, but should we get bottles just in case? Which bottles? Oh.My.Gosh. I needed a cocktail. And of course I was 6 months pregnant and hormonal so that was not going to happen. By the end Adam was scanning golf balls and TVs and I was the one trying to navigate the baby aisle on my own.
After 2.5 years of being mom, I feel like I have a little experience under my belt and can offer some suggestions to new moms or seasoned vets.
George was born in the dead of winter. It was 22 below zero when we brought him home. The idea of taking him outside was off the table. I ordered EVERYTHING off Amazon after he was born. Prime is totally worth it. I had everything I needed within 2 days. Running low on breast milk bags? Yep, Amazon. Baby hangers? Yep, Amazon. So while I realize all of these posts go to Amazon, it was truly my go to (and still is) for ordering essentials (that we either didn’t get during our showers or entirely forgot to stock up on)! You can even make a baby registry on Amazon!
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Great Gifts and Must Haves for Baby
Diaper Genie – This is our family’s #1 recommended, must have, go-to gift and registry item. We LOVE ours and absolutely cannot live out out it. (Not everyone agrees, but we definitely find it very convenient!)
Rock and Play – After we tried co-sleeping, crib sleeping, not sleeping, this was the biggest hero in our house. The Rock and Play sits at an angle (which helps with reflux) and does just that, it rocks. It’s small enough to fit bedside. So while you’re on 45 minutes of sleep you can roll over, and attempt to rock the baby back to sleep. It was definitely a life saver in our house.
Swaddles (Halo Sleep Sack was our favorite) – George was born in the winter and we swore by the swaddles that the hospital sent home with us. They were made of thick fleece material that velcroed shut (swaddles for dummies). That sweet boy was a perfect little burrito every single time. Combined with the Rock and Play (see #2) this is what allowed us a few hours of sleep! (They also make cotton ones for summer, I’d highly recommend these!).
Bath Flower – Babies are squirmy and slippery little buggers. When you try and give them their first few baths you are already terrified enough! (This is after the “sponge bath” phase..) This flower can get wet and fits right in the sink, or you can lay them on it in the bath tub. Hang it up to dry and/or toss it in the washer. Very easy!
Grass. We loved our grass drying rack for bottles. (Note: water does collect in the bottom, don’t forget to clean your grass.)
Anything that zips. Think middle of the night/afternoon for the 10th time. Babies poop…. The LAST thing you want to change is anything that goes over their head (although onesies were made to be pulled down so they don’t have to go overhead!). I also like these for bedtime: Sleep Sack
Shampoo and body wash – I absolutely love the Just Hatched Brand. It’s an all-natural product and budget friendly.
Diapers and Wipes – Always a great gift! I’m thrifty. Amazon does subscriptions where you can get a discount and have these delivered monthly. Target does that as well. You can usually get gift cards in return with the purchase of 2 or 3 boxes add coupons, and cartwheel and you’re saving big! Also, I LOVE Pampers, but know that every child is different and parents are different. These are simply my preferred brand.
Baby Carrier – This is handy for any mom! George used to fall asleep when I’d put him in it. Everyone has their preference on which type they’d like. We used the Bjorn, some like the Ergo and others prefer a wrap type.
Something for the Big Brother or Big Sister – I always try to think about the big brother or sister who basically just got evicted as the center of his/her parents universe. And really everyone else’s for that matter as everyone is cooing over the new baby. Depeding on the age of the child, something that just recognizes them will make them feel special! (I like: Crayola Color Wonder – these only show up on the paper. Total win).
Gifts for a New Mom (Regardless if this is your 1st or 10th)
Sleep. Cut the woman a break by offering to snuggle baby for a few hours or if there are older children, take them and give mom time to simply relax. Help her with laundry or by tidying the house. She WILL appreciate it!
Amazon Prime – 3 kids in tow to Target or online shopping at 2 am while you’re feeding? My package will arrive in 2 days please 🙂
Flowers – Get a mason jar and some fresh cut flowers. I personally love flowers and anything that is bright and cheery is totally welcomed!
Meals – When we came home from the hospital, we came home to a counter full of snacks and a fridge stocked full of meals. Our neighbors were so kind and clearly knew what we needed. Fresh fruit, breakfast foods, anything that can be eaten one handed is highly recommended!
Epsom Salts and Essential Oils – I am NOT a bath person. But after having my sweet boy, I took more baths than he did. It was my respite, it was my way to de-stress. I am a huge fan of Young Living for essential oils. Lavender is an excellent oil and it’s wonderful with Epsom Salt in the bath. My sweet friend Steph sells Young Living and if you have any interest in oils – check out her site! The Gentle Babies book by Debra Rayburn is an excellent reference guide for using oils during pregnancy, childbirth and for baby/young children as well.
This isn’t an entirely comprehensive list, but it is a good start if you aren’t sure what to buy for mom or baby (or if you are like me, what to register for!) No one tells you what you might need and these are things we really liked and truly appreciated. Do you have a favorite gift to give? Or are you a mom with a must-have? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
I finally pulled the trigger and did it. When I started blogging, I went with Blogspot as I found it to be very user friendly and easy to navigate for a beginner. While Blogspot has been kind to me and a great place to start blogging, I decided to buy my own domain and self-host my blog. I am so excited to be writing more and meeting new people along this blogging journey. You may see more linkups, you may see more sponsored content, you may see different types of posts while I really figure this thing out. I hope to continue to grow and hope you grow with me! I promise to you that I will remain genuine and myself.
Take a minute to cruise through my new site. There will be some growing pains as everything did not convert over as I’d expected. While most would say wait to make sure it’s perfect to launch, that’s just not me! I am too excited to have my own domain and to share it with you! I’m just so happy that I moved. Sign up for my emails so you receive updates on new blog posts.
Thank you again for everyone who has supported me and for my new readers. I sincerely appreciate all of you!
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