My First Stitch Fix Review – July 2014

I may be one of the last bloggers to join the Stitch Fix train, but after watching regular Stitch Fix fashion shows from my friend, Emily, I decided it was time for me to take the plunge. The jealousy of her cute new threads got the best of me and honestly, I’m so glad it did! I don’t know why I waited so long but I’m excited to share my first Stitch Fix review with you!!

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What IS Stitch Fix?

It’s been pretty popular in the blog world, but you may be wondering what in the heck I’m talking about. Stitch Fix is like having an online personal stylist who reads your style profile (you fill out when you sign up) and then picks out 5 pieces of clothing/jewelry for you to try. You pay a $20 styling fee and they ship to you free. You can try it out in the comfort of your own home, keep what you like and return the rest. Your $20 styling fee goes toward your purchase, too!! AND, if you keep all 5 items, you get 25% off of your entire order. I’m a sucker for a discount, so that almost got me this time, but more on that in just a bit.

My Stylist Gets Me, Almost

When I first opened my box and tried everything on, I was so excited. I LOVED it all! The 25% discount was really enticing but knowing I still needed to buy a few things before our Mexico trip in a couple of weeks, I decided it was probably best to save a little of my money. I had to really think about what I loved most, needed/didn’t need and finally decided what to send back.

Check out the five pieces I found in my cute box!

1. Gilli Jo Maxi Skirt

The first thing I fell in love with about this skirt was the color! It’s such a fun pop of summer color! The cute slit along the side added another pro to this skirt. 

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From the side, the skirt looks awesome, but the problem was the view from the front. I have child birthing hips. I probably always will. It’s one of my least favorite features, so I knew I would never really feel comfortable in this skirt.

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Every time I look at that picture, my eyes go right to the hips. Nope, not interested in that. Add to the fact that the price was a little higher than I would like to pay and I decided it was going back where it came from.

2. Shoshanna Large Gem Statement Necklace

You may have noticed this necklace in the previous picture, but here is a closeup. It’s such a pretty piece!

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As much as I loved it, it had to go back because $40 was a little more than I wanted to spend on a necklace right now. SO so cute, though!

3. Denise Stripe & Dot Print Dolman Top

I loved this top from the moment I set my eyes on it!! And when I put it on, I was hooked!! The flowy fit across the body and tight fit on the sleeves made it so comfortable and CUTE!! Not the mention, the extra length in the back of the top gives a little more freedom in what you pair it with, as you’ll see in my next outfit. With a $28 price tag, it was going in my closet fo’ EVA!

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4. Rizzo Skinny Ponte Pants

These pants made me feel so sassy and that’s my favorite emotion when it comes to a cute outfit, by the way. :)

With a cute pair of heels, these were a winner in my book. 

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I could also see these paired with a cute pair of flats or even a pair of booties. There were just two problems: 1) Almost $90. Way more than I wanted to spend on pants. 2) It’s about 200 degrees in Texas right now, so I’m not really thinking about buying pants. Also, Mexico. Definitely won’t be wearing pants in Mexico. :)

They went back.

5. Landers Lattice Crochet Detail Fit & Flare Dress

Of course, the first thing I fell in love with on this dress is the color. Such a fun pop for summer and great to wear in Mexico for our friends’ wedding.

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The fit was next to perfect and soooo comfortable. I loved the neckline detail and really thought it was a stunning dress, overall.

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To help it fall in the “sassy” outfit category, THIS was my favorite thing about this dress!

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I guess I’ll have to do some dancing in Mexico since this dress is talking me into it. ;) It’s just screaming, “FUN!” at me. 

Needless to say, I put it in my closet and never looked back!

Overall, I felt like my stylist did an awesome job of finding things I would like and I left reviews on each of the items I sent back, which will help them fine tune my style even more. It’s helping me fine tune my style, too!

I scheduled my next Stitch Fix box to come in the middle of September and I’m already excited to see what they pick out for me!

Want to try Stitch Fix for yourself, feel free to sign up here! {In full disclosure, I get a little shopping credit if you sign up using that link.} 

Something Fabulous Wednesday

Welcome to Something Fabulous Wednesday! Whether you’re here to browse for inspiration or share your own “something fabulous,” I’m so glad to have you here!

something fabulous Wednesday

In this party, you can link up anything you’ve created, such as recipes, crafts, DIY projects, printables, blog tips, and more. As long as it’s something from YOUR blog, I’d love for you to share it! Please don’t post Etsy shops, giveaways, or links to other linky parties. Fortunately, there are lots of other link parties out there to link those up.

I will be sharing my favorite links at next week’s linky party. In the meantime, though, I will share your projects on my social media channels, giving credit to you, of course! I love to share you links on Pinterest, especially! Make sure you’re following me there

To make the party more fun, visit the links others have left, because it’s always fun to see what others are up to. Leave a comment and maybe even pin the ones you like, like I’ll be doing. This makes it a party and keeps people coming back!  Though it’s not required, I would love you to link back to my post or even post my party button, which you can find the code for on the sidebar. 

So let’s party… 

Here are a few of my favorites from the last Something Fabulous Wednesday party!

Something Fabulous Wednesday

 

1. Editable Recipe Cards from Designs by Miss Mandee

2. White Chocolate Crackles from eliza ellis

3. Homemade Bubble Recipe from Crystal & Co.

4. Chicken Salad Cracker Bites from Roubinek Reality

5. Homemade Spring Rolls from A.k.a. Chymecindy

I can’t wait to see what you all have to share this week!

 


How to Pop Perfect Popcorn for Family Movie Night


A nice quiet evening at home is almost non existent for our family. We just have too many people with too many schedules!! However, on the off chance we get to have a night together at home, we love finding a movie we can all agree on, which is no easy task in itself, and whip up a bag of perfect family movie night popcorn for us to share.

I love to be in the kitchen, but I’ve never professed to be an amazing popcorn maker…until now! 

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New and Fun Trends in Carter’s Fall Style + Giveaway

This Fall style post is sponsored by Carter’s but all opinions are my own. My love is real, y’all!

I love love love doing a little clothes shopping for my little ones. My kids love new clothes and they aren’t super picky yet, so it’s still fun for me. It’s hard to believe we are already looking at Fall styles! I’m always inspired by my friends’ kids and their cute outfits, or my Instagram feed, or Pinterest. The list is endless, really. I love seeing cute kids in cute clothes.

Don’t get me wrong. We spend plenty of days hanging out in our PJs longer than we probably should, but it sure is fun to get dressed up and have a new outfit you feel good in.

And if I could put in to words the happiness this new outfit gave this boy, you’d surely have a smile on your OWN face. 

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Something Fabulous Wednesday

Welcome to Something Fabulous Wednesday! Whether you’re here to browse for inspiration or share your own “something fabulous,” I’m so glad to have you here!

something fabulous Wednesday

In this party, you can link up anything you’ve created, such as recipes, crafts, DIY projects, printables, blog tips, and more. As long as it’s something from YOUR blog, I’d love for you to share it! Please don’t post Etsy shops, giveaways, or links to other linky parties. Fortunately, there are lots of other link parties out there to link those up.

I will be sharing my favorite links at next week’s linky party. In the meantime, though, I will share your projects on my social media channels, giving credit to you, of course! I love to share you links on Pinterest, especially! Make sure you’re following me there

To make the party more fun, visit the links others have left, because it’s always fun to see what others are up to. Leave a comment and maybe even pin the ones you like, like I’ll be doing. This makes it a party and keeps people coming back!  Though it’s not required, I would love you to link back to my post or even post my party button, which you can find the code for on the sidebar. 

So let’s party… 

Here are a few of my favorites from the last Something Fabulous Wednesday party!

Something Fabulous Wednesday

 

1. Blueberry Whoopie Pies by Sweet Silly Sara

2. Your Positive Self Image Printable Quote from Designs by Miss Mandee

3. How to Make Silly Putty by Crystal & Comp.

4. 3 Ingredient Lemon Honey Ice Cream by Just Short of Crazy

5. Stuffed Ranch Burgers from three in three

I can’t wait to see what you have to share this week!!


Chicken Salad Cracker Bites

These Chicken Salad Cracker Bites were developed as a sponsored post for #MarketStreetTX.

With Summer here, I’m always thinking about light snacks and easy meals to make. But, as usual, I’m always short on time. One of my very favorite summer foods is chicken salad. I loved it as a little girl when my mom would make it and now I still call her each time just to make sure I have the recipe right…and because I want her to know I’m making it. ;) 

Inspired by a taste station at my local Market Street, I wanted to create this chicken salad I love so much in bite sizes. I decided on Chicken Salad Cracker Bites and I raced through the store grabbing my ingredients.

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Doesn’t every mom with three small children by her side race through the grocery store?!? Yes!

Luckily this recipe is so simpl and everything I needed was easy to find in Market Street.

Anytime I’m in the grocery store, I spend a lot of time in the produce section. I feel like I secretly judge grocery stores based on their produce sections. I love variety, freshness, and bright beautiful colors!

Market Street passes that little test of mine with flying colors! Just look at these beautiful bell peppers!

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This month, Market Street is highlighting their Texas products. Did you know they do not sell any GMO produce and they source produce locally before they look elsewhere? I LOVE that!

So, I guess aside from getting sidetracked by the beautiful produce, I made a mad dash to get my ingredients and head home!

These were made up in no time and devoured by my entire family! It made me so happy!

Take a look at the recipe and save it for yourself! It would make the perfect appetizer to take to your next cookout or just to have on hand for your next snack attack. ;)

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Chicken Salad Cracker Bites
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968 calories
39 g
592 g
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88 g
13 g
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511 g
28 g
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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
569g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 968
Calories from Fat 447
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 51g
78%
Saturated Fat 13g
64%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 11g
Monounsaturated Fat 21g
Cholesterol 592mg
197%
Sodium 511mg
21%
Total Carbohydrates 39g
13%
Dietary Fiber 5g
19%
Sugars 28g
Protein 88g
Vitamin A
18%
Vitamin C
15%
Calcium
15%
Iron
31%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 to 2 cups of chopped chicken, cooked (I used a rotisserie chicken from Market Street)
  2. 1/3 c Miracle Whip
  3. 1/2 c Red Grapes, cut in half
  4. 1/2 c White Onion, chopped (the sweeter the better)
  5. 1 Tbsp Pickle Relish
  6. 1/4 c Pecan pieces
  7. 2 hard boiled eggs, chopped
  8. 1 sleeve of Ritz crackers (I used Honey Wheat)
Instructions
  1. Mix it all together and drop by spoonfuls on to each Ritz cracker. Garnish with pecan pieces on top.
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Those Times I Dreamed of Being a Fashion Blogger

There was a time I went more than a year without buying a new piece of clothing. It wasn’t on purpose or because I was trying to shop less. It was just pointless. I had a baby in 2009, 2010, and 2012. I was pregnant most of the time for several years. Being a fashion blogger was WAAAAAYYY off my radar.

As a matter of fact, I was mostly wearing my old clothes with no desire to buy something new because 1) I would hate the size I was buying or 2) the size of my body was changing so much so why even bother. I didn’t even really know my true size.

I’ve also POURED myself into my family and kids over the past 5+ years. I felt guilty buying anything for myself unless I had a coupon or it was on sale. Isn’t that ridiculous?! But, it’s EXACTLY how I felt, like everyone else needed to come before me. I still struggle with that. Guilt guilt guilt. It’s never ending. :)

So, I have admired all of these fashion bloggers from afar and thought how cool that would be. But, I still don’t think I could ever be one, although I LOVE any chance I get to show off fun new clothes. It’s just that I don’t think I could ever afford to be one. Really, I don’t know how anyone affords it. New clothes are expensive! :)

However, a few weeks ago, I decided to indulge a little for myself. My favorite new online store, Kiki La Rue, was having a warehouse sale and they just happen to be in DFW, too!

We’re talking shirts, pants, and dresses for $10 and $15. It was crazy. I went home with a LOT of clothes and hardly any money spent!

The best part of the night for Emily and me was getting to meet the shop owner and even posing for a picture. Of course, after she put me in this gypsy kimono I fell in love with it and had to have it. It wasn’t part of the sale, but sometimes you just have to make exceptions. LOL!

 I have had so many compliments on this kimono. It’s different and interesting. I love it!

Another shirt I went home with was this cute Aztec print. It was $15!! I paired it with my new PDDK denim jeans and called it a win!

But my very very very favorite purchase was this cute Champs Maxi dress. Of course, it was so much better when little miss Brantley and I went on a matchy matchy date together with her Daddy! :)

I loved getting dressed up and snapping some pictures, but I’m pretty sure fashion blogger will never be my exclusive title. I still don’t know how those fashion bloggers fund their fun habit. However, I’m still planning to add more fashion posts whenever I can.

I LOVE fashion and wearing a cute outfit is one of those little things that makes me happy! \

We should all do a little more of what makes us happy!!

Something Fabulous Wednesday

Welcome to Something Fabulous Wednesday! Whether you’re here to browse for inspiration or share your own “something fabulous,” I’m so glad to have you here!

something fabulous Wednesday

In this party, you can link up anything you’ve created, such as recipes, crafts, DIY projects, printables, blog tips, and more. As long as it’s something from YOUR blog, I’d love for you to share it! Please don’t post Etsy shops, giveaways, or links to other linky parties. Fortunately, there are lots of other link parties out there to link those up.

I will be sharing my favorite links at next week’s linky party. In the meantime, though, I will share your projects on my social media channels, giving credit to you, of course! I love to share you links on Pinterest, especially! Make sure you’re following me there

To make the party more fun, visit the links others have left, because it’s always fun to see what others are up to. Leave a comment and maybe even pin the ones you like, like I’ll be doing. This makes it a party and keeps people coming back!  Though it’s not required, I would love you to link back to my post or even post my party button, which you can find the code for on the sidebar. 

So let’s party… 

Here are a few of my favorites from the last Something Fabulous Wednesday party!

Something Fabulous Wednesday

 

1. Savory Blueberry Pizza from Sweet Silly Sara

2. Kid Made Glass Suncatchers from Kids Activities Blog

3. Pork Ribs with Mango Habanero Sauce from three in three

4. Farm Market Pizza Recipe from Just Short of Crazy

5. Free Printable Home Organizing Lists from eliza ellis

I can’t wait to see what you have to share this week!!

 

Bloom Where You’re Planted

I’ve always been a pretty laid back, easy going girl. I usually do pretty well rolling with the punches and taking on whatever comes our way and I’m still doing that in the middle of a life event I’d rather not happen. A life event that’s overwhelming and taking all of my time and energy.

We’re moving. 

The moving part isn’t so bad. We have things figured out somewhat, at least for the near future, but we still have a gaping hole of uncertainty left in our moving timeline. We don’t know our final stop. 

We don’t have a house picked out.

We’re packing up the house we’ve loved living in for the past three and a half years. It’s a house we’ve rented and we knew moving was more than likely the eventual outcome, but our hearts were happy when we heard the seller wanted to sell the house. We thought we could become the eventual owners. However, after much discussion with the owners and their realtors, we finally realized we weren’t going to come to an agreement and we had to let the door close on that idea. 

It was a sad day.

While there is a part of me that is a little excited about the possibility of something better in our future, I hate leaving the neighborhood we’ve called home for more than 5 years. If you know me personally, you know how much I LOVE our neighborhood. If you’ve read my blog, you have probably read about my neighborhood babysitting co-op and our vegetable co-op. I’m even a part of a dinner co-op, which is fantastic, but something I haven’t written about yet. The bottom line is there’s not much our neighborhood doesn’t have and it’s an amazing place to raise a family.

It’s hard to leave but the positive side keeps reminding me you just have to bloom where you’re planted. There will be more friends and more opportunities wherever we land and it’s up to me to make the best of it for myself and our family.

bloom where you're planted

 

We have one day left to finish packing up the house before the movers come at 7:00am on Sunday. 

For now, we are putting everything in storage and heading to Jeff’s dad’s house until we can find a house of our own. So extremely thankful they are willing to take us in and that they have the room for us. Hoping they still love us by the time we leave. :)

I’m also so thankful for my parents who were willing to take the little ones for the weekend. Did you know that packing a house with little people is like packing in the middle of a tornado? As soon as I get a box full and walk away without closing it up, I find pieces from the box in other parts of the house. It’s been fun, I tell ya! ;) Definitely a learning experience!

It’s a seller’s market out there, which makes it a lot harder for us to find what we’d like, but I have faith and I’m praying for the right situation to come along for our family. 

The sooner the better, though. :)

Something Fabulous Wednesday | 4th of July Crafts & Recipes

Welcome to Something Fabulous Wednesday! Whether you’re here to browse for inspiration or share your own “something fabulous,” I’m so glad to have you here!

something fabulous Wednesday

In this party, you can link up anything you’ve created, such as recipes, crafts, DIY projects, printables, blog tips, and more. As long as it’s something from YOUR blog, I’d love for you to share it! Please don’t post Etsy shops, giveaways, or links to other linky parties. Fortunately, there are lots of other link parties out there to link those up.

I will be sharing my favorite links at next week’s linky party. In the meantime, though, I will share your projects on my social media channels, giving credit to you, of course! I love to share you links on Pinterest, especially! Make sure you’re following me there

To make the party more fun, visit the links others have left, because it’s always fun to see what others are up to. Leave a comment and maybe even pin the ones you like, like I’ll be doing. This makes it a party and keeps people coming back!  Though it’s not required, I would love you to link back to my post or even post my party button, which you can find the code for on the sidebar. 

So let’s party… 

I changed it up a little this week because I just had to share some of my favorite 4th of July Recipes and Crafts from around the internets.

4th of July crafts recipes

1. 4th of July Cookies from Sweet Bella Roos

2. Burlap Flag Pillow from Simply Kierste

3. DIY July 4th Firecrackers from Roubinek Reality

4. Firecracker Popcorn from The Nerd’s Wife

5. Star Spangled Desserts from Giggles Galore

I can’t wait to see what you have to share this week and I hope you have an amazing 4th of July holiday weekend!

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