Stitch Fix #16: Fall is here!

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We finally felt a little break in the hot weather here in Oklahoma, and its got me fully ready to embrace all things fall… including the clothes! I was so excited to see fall-ready items in this month’s fix!

What is Stitch Fix?

Stitch Fix is a clothing subscription box for women (men’s version coming soon!). You can sign up here,  fill out a style profile, link your style pinterest board, and your personal stylist will choose five clothing and accessory items to send to you based on your preferences. You will be charged a $20 styling fee when you’re box ships, but it’s applied to anything you decide to keep. You can choose how often you receive a fix; I get mine monthly.

In this month’s box…

Let’s start with the things that are for sure going back. First, the Ellis Elephant Print Infinity Scarf by Octavia ($28). I loved the colors, but didn’t like anything else about this one. Elephants aren’t really my thing I guess.

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This Honey Punch Layla Elbow Patch Detail Cardigan ($48) seems to be pretty popular on the Stitch Fix group boards, but I’m just not a fan. It’s very comfortable, but I felt like it made me look like a box.

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And the last definite no, these Ink Love & Peace Sophia Wide Leg Pants ($68). These are super comfortable and I’d probably wear them all the time, but I just can’t justify nearly $70 on lounge pants.

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The ole budget is only going to allow me to keep one thing out of this box, so I need to decide between these last two tops. First, the Brixon Ivy Fierro Elbow Patch Crew Neck Sweater ($58). It’s comfortable, has cute lace patches on the elbows, and would go with just about any kind of pants… including my Kut from the Kloth Chrissy flare jeans I’m wearing in almost every pic in this post.

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Or, the Market & Spruce Barty Henley Tunic ($58). This one is also super comfortable, but a little dressier. My hair is covering them in the pic, but it has little gold buttons down the front. I love the length and the cut and, of course, the color.

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Which do you think I should keep? Please don’t say both or I’ll tell Micah it’s all your fault that I HAD to blow the budget.

If you think you’re finally ready to give Stitch Fix a try, I would love for you to use my referral link! (It helps feed my family… and also my subscription box addiction, so we all thank you!)

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the Batter UP! box: Coach Pitch edition

We have turned a corner in the Stewart house. The kids have all hit ages where they do fun ‘big kid’ stuff and not hard, pack-my-life-in-a-bag to leave the house ‘baby’ stuff. All 3 boys are playing baseball, and Zander has moved up to Coach Pitch! He loves it, and we’re so excited to watch him play this season. Momma is on a steep baseball learning curve, but I’m confident these boys will keep me up to speed!

A good friend of mine recently told me about Batter UP! box… a baseball themed subscription box with a Coach Pitch option! I couldn’t wait to contact them and find out more!

What is the Batter UP! box?

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Batter UP! box is a monthly subscription box full of baseball or softball themed training tools and accessories. The boxes are catered to your child’s age and skill level. You can choose from Tee Ball, Coach Pitch, Kid Pitch, Softball, Softball Elite, and Senior League. A month to month subscription is $29.99 per month with free shipping. You can save even more by pre-paying for 3-month or 6-month subscriptions.

What’s in the box?

Obviously, we chose the Coach Pitch option for Zander. First thing in his box was this note card with the Batter UP! Box Tip of the Month. It includes a batting drill and stance reminders.

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Next, A TeenyMates MLB action figure. Zander has a couple of these already, so he was very excited to get a new one to add to his collection! I checked on Amazon and you can buy a 4 pack of this particular series of TeenyMates for about $10, making the retail value of this around $2.50.

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And then the eye black. I tried to hold him off until he was actually playing baseball, but this little turkey snuck off to the bathroom and was looking game-ready headed to bed! Not mom’s favorite thing, but I had one happy boy… who returned to school the next morning looking like he’d been in a fight with Rocky Balboa. Retail value, according to Amazon, around $6. That cheesy grin, priceless.

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I must admit, I had no idea what this thing was when he pulled it out of the box. After a quick explanation from Daddy, Zander had it slid onto his bat and was all over those batting drills included on the tip card. For those that also don’t know, it’s a bat weight valued around $10 on amazon.

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I’m sure you can tell by his face that he was more than a little thrilled to see these Fathead Tradeables. He pestered me for a good two hours before I caved and let him stick them all over his bedroom wall. I’m certain he’ll be asking Santa for more! This pack included 5 – 5″x7″ peel and stick vinyl decals. The same one is for sale on amazon for $9.

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And no baseball theme box would be complete without some Big League Chew! He had to fight off his brothers and sisters (and Daddy) to keep this for himself! These retail for $2-3/each depending on the quantity you purchase on Amazon.

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If you’re keeping track, the retail value of the items in this box was around $30, which is exactly what this box costs (or less if you pre-pay for an extended subscription). And, not only is the box reasonably priced, there’s so much added value. For one, it’s packed full of items hand selected for a Coach Pitch baseball player like Zander. He loved everything, and I never would’ve been able to pick all of this stuff without help. Also, I’m not able to put a value on the tip card or the excellent customer service we’ve received working the Batter UP! box.

Go ahead and add this one to the list of perfect Christmas or birthday gifts for the baseball-lovin’ boy or girl in your life! I hope you’ll give it a try and come back and let me know how much they love it! Click here to head over to their website and get yours ordered today. Use code SWING5 to get $5 off your first box!

Special thanks to everyone at Batter UP! box for working with Pop Goes Perfection and providing us with a Coach Pitch box for Zander to try!

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20 percent off Moore Escape Room!

Have you guys heard of the Moore Escape Room? Oh my goodness, it sounds so fun! We’ll be visiting soon and posting a full review! In the meantime, I have a coupon code to share with you!

Are you ready for the challenge of conquering mind-bending puzzles, clues and mysteries? Will you be able to make it through, as locks, riddles, and codes are thrown your way? Can you unlock your true potential and escape?

The variety of room scenarios provides the perfect challenge for groups of 2-10 players. Gather your family, friends, teams, and book your adventure today!
Enjoy 20% off your booking of individual tickets or a private escape room rental by entering code FHFG81 when making a reservation at www.MooreEscapeRooms.com. Not valid with any other offers. Must call to reserve a “special event” outside of normal hours.

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Special thanks to Moore Escape Room for working with us and providing this coupon code!

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I killed the Tooth Fairy.

About two weeks ago Jaylin lost a tooth. I’ll go out on a limb and guess it’s about the 8th one she’s lost so far. She put it under her pillow that night, but the tooth fairy didn’t show. The next day she lost ANOTHER tooth. Now two under the pillow, still no tooth fairy.  She carried the two teeth around all day and misplaced one. Now one tooth and a ‘please leave money anyway’ note for the tooth fairy. Still a no show. We blamed noisy brothers, late bedtimes, and early stirrings. But after 7 or 8 nights, I was out of excuses… so I just told her the truth. The tooth fairy isn’t real. It’s me, and I keep forgetting. She took it surprisingly well. ‘So, what have you been doing with my teeth?’ Throwing them away. ‘Are you also the Easter Bunny?’ Yep. ‘Well, I know Santa isn’t you, because no way you and Dad would buy us that many presents!’ Um, ok. ‘Can you go ahead and put money under my pillow anyway? I won’t tell the boys it’s you.’ Smart girl, takes after her momma.

After the ‘Did you plan to have so many kids?’ question, the thing I hear most from people is ‘I don’t know how you do it.’ And the truth is, I just don’t. I don’t do it. I never get it all done. Shoot, I rarely get most of it done. Sometimes I drop Dylan off at Sunday School with no shoes, sometimes I forget to brush teeth, sometimes my poor husband goes for days without clean underwear (you can ask him how he deals with that), and sometimes I give up and kill the stupid tooth fairy. And you know what? Life goes on.

If you look at me and see ‘Supermom’, then we really need to work on building a closer friendship. And I’m obviously doing a poor job of sharing our reality on Instagram. I will give you some advice though. Take it easy on yourself. There’s no such thing as supermom. We all crawl into bed some nights and wonder if we did enough, if we played with the kids enough, cleaned the house enough, if people like us enough, if we’ve scarred our daughter for life by crushing her magical tooth fairy castle dreams (or maybe that one’s only me?)… Extend yourself some grace Mom. We’re doing good things, important things, and I’d venture a guess that if you’ve spent time worrying about how good of a job you’re doing, then you’re doing 100 times better than you think you are…

You know, on second thought, I had all 5 kids asleep by 8:15 tonight. By myself. Maybe I am supermom.

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Earn Double Box Tops on Back to School products at Walmart!

The planets must’ve aligned at some point last night, because all 5 of my kids decided to sleep past 9! Two of them weren’t up until 10:30! I haven’t felt this rested in a very long time. What to do with all the energy? Back to school supply shopping and haircuts! Yipee, what a party. I know you’re all jealous. At least I can get it all done in one store, good ‘ole Walmart!

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The haircutters in Duncan Walmart are really great with kids. Of the many different ladies that have had to suffer through cutting one of these boys’ hair, only one seemed to be the slightest bit irritated. The others have all been very patient and get the job done fast! And boys under 10 only cost $10!

The kids were so well behaved during the cuts that I agreed to take a little detour through the toy department on our way to the school supply aisle. Two more hot wheels for Enzo (because 1,000 isn’t enough), a ball for Roman (because the rest are over the fence), and a Poke-watch for Zander (because ?). I maybe should’ve held off on the prizes until the very end of our Walmart adventure, because by the time we finally made it to the school supplies they were a little excited…

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They were mostly cooperative though. They helped me hunt down all of the back to school items with Box Tops on them, including the ones that have DOUBLE Box Tops (only at Walmart and for a limited time)! If your kids go to Plato Elementary, the Box Tops Summer Challenge is going on right now! The student who turns in the most before August 19th will win an iPod Nano! We might put all our eggs in one basket and send our entire Box Top collection with Zander. Last year we took turns who took all the Box Tops for each school competition… I’m pretty sure it’s Zander’s turn. Not sure he’ll have a chance at winning though; we have some box-top-collectin’ mommas at our school! Win or not, the school gets 10 cents for every Box Top turned in, and that’s a win for everybody!

Products with Double Box Tops

Viva Vantage Big Rolls – 6 Rolls

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Kleenex Everyday Facial Tissue (4 pack)

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We hunted all over the tissue aisle for these. They ended up being on an endcap at the front of the store!

Scott 1000 (20 rolls)

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Click here to find even more products at Walmart with double Box Tops! You’re probably buying most of this stuff anyway, may as well choose the ones that help your school!

The kids were pretty excited to get those Box Tops cut off as soon as we got home. We added 32 to our little Box Top collection!

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Here they are, Mom!

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We didn’t finish getting everything on our supply lists because Dylan had had enough shopping, but we put a pretty big dent in them. The boys no longer have afros, and Micah met us for pizza for lunch. All in all, I’d say it was a pretty good day!

Bonus Story: When we walked in Pizza Hut, the boys needed to pee. Micah took all 3 of them – plus Dylan – into the single-toilet bathroom. I could hear screaming from the table, but I wasn’t moving. He was on his own there! Turns out Enzo and Roman had tried to pee at the same time, in the single toilet. Roman peed on Enzo’s hand and his new hot wheel. Enzo was the one I heard screaming. While Micah tried to calm him down, Dylan decided to stick her hand in the urinal Zander had just peed in. Micah shouted at her, scared her, and she covered her mouth with her pee-drenched hand. Gross. Gross. and Double Gross. There’s never a dull moment! Poor Daddy.

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Trying Sam’s Club – Club Pickup for the first time!

If you’ve been in Sam’s Club recently, you’ve probably seen the new Club Pickup kiosk right up front. I don’t mind being the guinea pig with this kind of stuff… I’ll try anything to save some time (and my sanity) in the grocery store. I’ve been trying to be brave this summer, frequently taking all 5 kids with me grocery shopping. I laugh about it, but honestly it’s probably the closest thing to torture I’ve ever experienced. Of course I’m exaggerating, a little.

Anyway, here’s how it went down. First, I got on the Sam’s website and registered. You have to have a membership to register. I’m pretty sure you can do that online too, but I’m not 100% certain because I’ve been a member since the beginning of time (that’s 2011 for those of you wondering). Then, you just start shopping. I’ve always loved online shopping. No browsing, no kids begging for junk food that will disappear in a day, just search and add what you want. I also love that your online cart gives you a running total, and you can add and remove items easily… much less embarrassing than doing it in the checkout line.

You then have the option to checkout online or wait and pay at the store. Obviously checking out online saves more time, so I went that with that option. I did remember about 45 things I forgot to add, but I’d already reached the budget for the week anyway, so we’ll just have to make do with the things I did remember. You have to wait 24 hours to pick up your order. Mine was scheduled for pickup between 10:30-11:30 the following day.

There are two ways to check-in once you get to Sam’s to pick up your groceries. You can download the app, which is very easy to use, and the option I chose. Or, you can scan your Sam’s card at the little kiosk in the front of the store. That sounds pretty easy too. I clicked ‘check-in’ on the app when I got there, and it told me to proceed to the Club Pickup area and wait for an associate. I had to ask where the Club Pickup area was, and – FYI – it’s up front with a big sign that a normal person could probably find without having to ask anyone.

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We waited there about 10-15 minutes before I got impatient and asked an employee if I was in the right place. Turns out the phone that notifies them that someone is waiting at Club Pickup was dead. Great. If you try this and no one shows up right away to help you, look for an employee wearing a green vest and ask them. They seem to be the ones in charge. Once they knew I was there, they sent somebody to the back to get my cold items from the freezer, checked my ID, and we were on our way. Even with the delays, we were in and out in 20-25 minutes, and I have no funny conversations to report like last time.

It would’ve been a lot easier if they’d helped me out to my car. The girl offered, but I could tell she was reluctant to do so and let her off the hook. I had to have Zander push a buggy full of kids, and I pushed the groceries. It also would’ve been nice if any one of them had noticed me standing there by the Club Pickup sign and asked if I needed help. Overall though it did save me a lot of time, and I think it’ll help me stay on track with our new budget (gross, I know.)

Have you tried it out yet? Would love to hear your experience!

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Pink Blush isn’t just maternity clothes? + $50 gift card giveaway!

I’ve been pregnant 6 times in the last 8 years, which means I’ve spent the better part of the last decade wearing maternity clothes. I know where to find the good stuff! Target, Motherhood, and Old Navy might be great for the basics, but Pink Blush has been my go-to for picture-ready maxi dresses and oh-so-comfy linen pants. Until recently, I thought they only sold maternity clothes. Boy was I missing out! They still have all the cute maternity clothes I’ve known them for, but they also have tons of cute styles for those of us transitioning out of the pregnancy stage. Yes, Dylan is 2. Yes, I’m still transitioning!

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You can’t even imagine my excitement when Pink Blush offered to let me try a dress from their women’s line and offer you guys a chance to win a $50 gift card! Trust me when I say it will be very, VERY hard to decide what to buy! I spent a lot of time on their site and finally landed on this black and white stripe cold shoulder maxi. I love a good maxi dress, and this one is everything I wanted it to be and more. The neutral stripes provide a great backdrop for every kind of necklace, colorful scarves, jackets, cardigans… the possibilities are endless! Added bonus: it’s mega comfortable!

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My runner up choices were this magenta cold shoulder dress and this royal blue floral dress. Only thing I’m loving more than cold shoulders these days is floral print, and Pink Blush has plenty of both! I can’t wait until we plan our next family pictures; I know where I’ll be shopping!

Now that you have your Pink Blush shopping cart all loaded up with goodies, maybe I should offer a little assistance… a chance to win FIFTY dollars to shop sound good? You can enter below!

 

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* Please note that you are only allowed to win one Pink Blush giveaway every 3 months, so if you’ve won recently you will be disqualified from winning this one.

Special thanks to Pink Blush for sponsoring this post and giveaway!

 

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Lyon + Post Review #4

*This post contains referral links and I will be compensated (at not cost to you) if you make purchases after clicking them.

You may have seen a preview of this one on Instagram. Every time I get a Lyon+Post box in the mail, I’m pleasantly surprised by the quality of the clothes. They’re always better in person than on the website. Unfortunately, I’m also always in for a little sticker shock. I mean, they are great quality, name brand clothes… but it’s hard for a Target girl to get used to! Thank goodness for the referral program – more on that after the pictures!

What is Lyon+Post?

Lyon+Post is a clothing subscription service, but it works a little differently than the ones you may already know about. After you sign up on their website, you begin shopping and adding things to your queue. Once you have 1-4 items in your queue that are available, they’ll send them to you. If you have more than 4 available items in your queue, they’ll send the top 4. You want to be sure to arrange it so that your favorites are on top! Once your box arrives, you have 7 days to try everything on and return unwanted items. Shipping is free both ways, no styling fees, and you only pay for what you keep!

What’s in the box?

Greylin Laya Colorblock Woven Dress ($99.75 on sale)

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I’m loving everything about this dress, the fit, the soft (and forgiving) fabric, the length, the bold color-blocking… only thing holding me back is the price. It is my birthday this week, so I might can swing it. We’ll see.

BB Dakota Caleb Blazer ($59.06 on sale)

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I really wanted to like this. The price is great, and I have several white blazers pinned over on my Pinterest style board. But Jaylin was totally right when she said it looked like a lab coat. She also asked if I was going to start working in a big, tall building. She’s got lots of jokes apparently… probably because she was mad at me for making her take a bazillion pictures in the 100 degree heat. At any rate, the blazer is already in the box to go back.

BB Dakota Desilva Dress ($59.25 on sale)

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This dress was super cute and very comfortable. If it were about 3 or 4 inches longer it would be in my closet. As it is though, one small wind gust and we’d have problems. I could probably wear it as a tunic with leggings, but it’s almost too long for that… and definitely too hot outside for leggings!

My 4th item in this box were the n:Philanthropy Christi Pants. I didn’t get a pic in them because they were so big they fell right off of me. They’re super cool, light denim with splatter-painted bleach spots all over them. I may put them back in my queue in a smaller size for next time!

I’m still debating the red dress, but everything else is going back this time. What would you do? I’d love to hear what you thought about the box. Be sure to leave me a comment, I read and appreciate them all!

Ready to join in the fun? If you use my referral link to sign up with Lyon+Post, you’ll get $30 credit! That means you can get a great deal on your first piece, maybe even something for FREE! Full disclosure: I’ll also get $30 credit, but not until you make a purchase. PS: $30 a pop for referrals adds up quickly, and you can start referring friends as soon as you sign up!

 

 

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Oh the Sweetness! Candy Club Box #2

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By far the kids most favorite kind of box to get in the mail… CANDY! We put the toothbrushes on standby and headed out to the backyard to give everything a taste… and wouldn’t you know the little scavengers had already snuck into the box and eaten all of the sweet little baby blue cotton candy saltwater taffy sprinkled in the box! I didn’t even get a picture, much less a taste! They must’ve been good… you’ll have to ask the kids. No worries though, Candy Club sent three other sweet treats, and I did NOT miss out on those!

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What is Candy Club?

If you haven’t already guessed, it’s a monthly candy subscription box. You can pay month-to-month ($27.99), or save by paying for 6 or 12 months up front. Once you sign up, there are a couple options. In the past, you simply would choose to be in Club Sweet, Club Sour, or Club Mix. Candies were chosen for you based on the club you chose. You can still get a box this way and have everything be a surprise… or, if you’re a control freak like me, Candy Club now has a custom option! You can choose the exact candies they’ll send! Either way, your sweet tooth will thank you… your dentist, not so much.

What’d we get?

DORVAL® SOUR POWER® WILD CHERRY BELTS
‘Pucker up and savor! These delicious sour belts will tantalize your taste buds with cherry flavor that will have you smacking your lips and begging for more. Hold on tight and get ready for a wild cherry flavored thrill ride!’
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Initial thought: Sweet. Final thought: Sour. These were so good that the kids (and Mom and Dad) were fighting over them. Candy Club packs each little canister with candy though, so there was plenty to go around!

GIMBAL’S® ORANGE N’ CREME SOFT CHEWS
‘These bite-sized candies are sweetly satisfying with the classic flavors of orange and cream. Your taste buds will be treated to the memory of an old-fashioned Creamsicle® with every chewy bite.’
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I did not like these at all. They remind me of those little gummy peanut things my grandmama always had in her pantry. We used to go door to door selling them for a nickel a piece until we had enough to buy ice cream instead. Her neighbors were suckers for smiling kids! Anyway, back to the candy. I didn’t like them, but the canister was empty by nightfall, so safe to say the kids loved them!

GIMBAL’S® 41 FLAVOR GOURMET JELLY BEANS
‘Get ready for endless combinations of delicious gourmet jelly beans! Gimbal’s delights our taste buds with a myriad of flavors like new pomegranate, ice cream cake, super fruit fusion, honey, mango, sour cherry, and kiwi strawberry smoothie to name just a few!’
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I mean, it’s jelly beans. Everybody loves jelly beans! Some were good, some were ok, and some – of course – were spit out. These actually lasted a few days around the house because there were so many! They make for great potty training rewards!
As always, Candy Club did not disappoint. We had a blast trying everything, and the kids were thrilled for the treat! If you’re ready to give them a try (or send a box as a gift!), you can sign up here!
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The kids and I send a big thank you to Candy Club for sending us their box to review. Opinions expressed in this post are all our own!
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Conversations at Sam’s Club

I did it. I survived yet another glorious outing with all 5 of my little Tasmanian devils (without assistance from another adult). The boys have been 3 days without #1 accidents, we need food, and I needed a break from the house… so off we went to Sam’s. Needless to say, it was quite the adventure. I thought I’d share some of the happenings with you… might give you a good afternoon laugh.

Leaving the house

Me: …and we’re off!

Dylan: (screaming) puppy! puppy! puppy!

Me: (turns the car around and retrieves puppy) …and we’re off!

Jaylin: Did you remember your Sam’s card?

Me: (turns the car around and retrieves card) …and we’re off!

Gas light: Hey! I’m on and pretty sure you’ve been ignoring me.

Me: (turns the car around and into the gas station) …and we’re off, for real!

Customer Service

Me: Last time I was here I was approved for a Sam’s Club credit card, but I haven’t received one in the mail… how do I use it?

CS: Oh, you probably thought it was junk mail and threw it away. You can’t use it today.

Me: I always open my mail, but maybe. (prays my bank card works)

Random Strangers

Man: Hey there, how’s your day going?

Me: (Dylan is half-in, half-out of the cart… dangling and flopping around like a lunatic, Roman is screaming, the other 3 are hiding in the boxes) Not too good sir.

Man: (chuckles loudly)

Me: That’s not helpful.

Man: (chuckles louder)

 

Sample Giver: Here kids have a sample of salad.

Me: This won’t end well.

Boys: (spit salad on floor)

Me: Tried to tell you, got a napkin?

Sample Giver: (heavy sigh, hands over napkins)

 

Roman: (removes penis from his pants in the cereal aisle)

Me: Roman! Wait! We’re almost to the potty!

Sam’s employee: Please don’t let your son pee on the floor, I’m the one who’ll have to clean it up.

Me: Um, ok. That’s never our goal, so…

Potty Breaks

Me: (shouting into the men’s restroom) Boys! Please don’t pee on the walls!

Man exiting bathroom: They’re ok; they’re sharing a stall.

Me: Boys! Please don’t pee on each other!

Boys: (exit bathroom in all out sprint) That was fun! (uncontrollable laughter)

Here’s hoping that lady that has to clean pee accidents from the cereal aisle doesn’t also have to clean the men’s restroom. If so, sorry lady. And on that note, I’m off to find a corner of my house to hide in until Micah gets home from work… Have a fun weekend!

 

 

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