Stitch Fix #7

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If you aren’t familiar with Stitch Fix, it’s a personal styling service. You sign up, fill out a style profile and link your style pinterest board. (Here’s mine!) They send you 5 items to try on at home, and you only pay for the items you keep. They charge a $20 styling fee, but it’s applied to any purchases that you make. I’ve only had one box where I didn’t keep anything and lost the fee. To sign up, click here! I will receive referral credit once your box ships, so thank you!
 
This is box number 7 for me! I can’t believe it’s already been 7 months that I’ve been getting fixes! And this one was particularly exciting because I got TWO pairs of shoes!!
 
BC Footwear Sidekick Mixed Material Oxfords ($90)
 
 
These are super cool and I love their uniqueness. They’re also REALLY comfortable. I do wish they had a little more heel or something to make them more feminine. I found these on Amazon by the same brand and I like them better and they’re cheaper… so I’m ordering! I found these too and they’re only $24. I love when stitch fix introduces me to a new brand!
 
Yosi Samra Samara Snake Print Flats ($75)
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I think I would really like these if they fit right. I’m not sure if I need to go up a size or if my foot just isn’t made for this shoe. It felt like they were squishing my toes. I may ask them to send me a size up in my next box and see how it goes. If you like these, they can be purchased on Amazon here. They’re the same price as stitch fix, but they have tons of different styles and colors to choose from and some are pretty cheap. (Like these for only $40!)
 
Mavi Freida Skinny Jean ($98) with 41Hawthorn Berneen Printed Dolman Sleeve Top ($48) and Market & Spruce Sawyer Space Dye Dolman Sleeve Knit Top ($58)   
 
 
I requested skinny jeans and was happy to get these. Unfortunately, they were too big in the waste and started sagging in the short time I tried them on. They’re very comfortable though so I went on an online hunt for some in my size… Stitch Fix calls these Freida, but the tag says Alexa. I was able to find some in my size in a darker wash on Amazon for $47, so I’m just going to order those! Here’s the link if you want some too!
 
The purple was a pretty color but it was clingy in the wrong places. The Market & Spruce one is actually more of a deep green, which I also liked… but when I took these pics I realized I didn’t really love it on me.
 
Sadly, everything is going back this time and I’ll just lose my $20. It was a fun box, and I’m so excited to see shoes! I wouldn’t mind getting two pair every time!
 
If you’re ready to sign up for Stitch Fix now, you can do it here! You can also buy Stitch Fix gift cards, which make excellent Christmas presents!!! (wink, wink)
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Daddy has left the building

People ask me all the time how I do it. How I manage 5 kids so young and so close together in age. The short answer to that question is Micah. He is the constant, the calm, the fun in our house. And when he has to go out of town it isn’t pretty.

It’s not just the thought of being alone with 5 kids that upsets me. Every time he heads to the airport things go haywire. I’ve had the air conditioner break mid-summer while pregnant, the garage door crumble to pieces with my van trapped inside, animal control show up threatening to imprison my escape artist dogs, clogged toilets, leaking ceilings, vomiting and diarrhea… It all happens when he’s gone. Seriously, it’s bad. I have good reason to be anxious and weepy when he leaves.

This time he had to be gone for two nights. 45 hours, 32 minutes and about 45 seconds to be exact, but who’s counting?

Good news is I’ve learned to be prepared and have a game plan. 

Night one… happy meals.

Happy Meal mountain. McDonald’s is getting expensive for us, but I thought it seemed like a good plan to survive dinner without Daddy. We get to go for a little car ride, I don’t have to cook, everybody wins. But the madness ensued. Enzo managed to climb out of his five-point-harness and smack me in the face with a tree branch while I was driving. No clue how he got out of his seat. No clue how he got a tree branch… but also not very surprised. 

‘Please you guys be good for me, I’m stressed, I’m on my own, I need a little help! Get in your seats, stay buckled and you can all have a HAPPY meal!’

J: ‘Okay mom, but did you know Happy Meals are really gross?’

Actually, I do know they’re gross… I’ve seen the Facebook posts, but I thought they’d make us all HAPPY. Oops. All 5 of them ate every bite of that nastiness though, so I still call it a win.

Part 2 of my brilliant night one plan was to put them all in bed early. I made popcorn, put in their favorite movie, and IT WORKED! You guys, it worked!!! They were all in bed at 7:45. Magic.

I tiptoed out of the room, pulled out my lap top, turned on the TV, and started an episode of Law & Order, my favorite. The show was on for 15 minutes when Dish Network quit on me. Quit. on. me. I spent a good 30 minutes trouble-shooting with customer service, hung up and cried. I cried because my TV wasn’t working. I cried and then I went to bed. 

Day 2, first stop, clean the popcorn DISASTER from night 1. Apparently someone had gotten up after I’d cried myself to sleep and sprinkled popcorn all over the bedrooms and the living room. I should’ve known that early bed time was too good to be true…

I then proceeded to make all the breakfasts, make all the lunches and get everybody dressed. I think I had 3 Dr. Peppers before 8.

Luckily, I had a friend come and take half of them to school for me. I managed to drag the other two to school, and Dylan and I had a little quiet time… Those day time hours go way too fast.

 

Night 2’s plan turned out to be much more successful. Jaylin had been invited to a birthday party! Zander and I jumped at the chance to escape the house with her, and WE GOT A BABYSITTER! We had to speed-clean the really gross messes so we could let her in the door… poor girl probably cringes when she sees my name on her caller ID!

By the time we got home it was bedtime and everybody cooperated! Praise the Lord, we made it! Daddy would be home by lunch time the next day!

A friend of mine (who also happens to have a big pack of young kids) and I were joking recently that we have to make the decision to laugh or cry too many times in a day, and I did a lot of both this week. I’m so glad it’s over, but I’m happy to have the memories.

Until next time…

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Trendsend #4

***This post contains affiliate/referral links and I will get credit and/or make a small commission if you make purchases after clicking these links, but the opinions in this post are ALL my own!***
 

Trendsend is a subscription clothing/accessory box from the store Evereve. Most of the things they send can be purchased on the Evereve website, the only exception being sale items that are often sold out or no longer available in all sizes. This box is usually one of my favorites as far as style goes, super casual, comfortable and cute. However, I feel like they’re a little pricey, and the customer service isn’t as great as some of the others I’ve tried. They also don’t usually offer discounts, or price matching, or referral credit. Despite all that, this is my 4th box from them. I’ve always kept at least a couple things, but I’m undecided this time.
Favorite Short Sleeve Tunic Tee ($68) and Kut from the Kloth Chrissy Flare ($98)

This is exactly what I’m talkin’ about! I LOVE this white tshirt, but $68? No thanks. I love these jeans too… Love them so much, in fact, that I already own them, same wash, same size, same everything. They’re my favorites right now.

You can purchase the jeans here (or here for $4 cheaper and, if you have Amazon prime, you can have them in two days. I love Amazon, always search there before you buy anything out of a box!) You can buy the tshirt here!


Plaid Chiffon Swing Top ($19.99 – on sale!) and Explorer Fringe Vest ($44.99 – on sale!)

 
I’m always excited when they send me sale items! and $19.99!!! Unfortunately, this shirt was WAY too short for what I like and I wasn’t crazy about the vest either.
 
You can purchase the vest here! I checked and for now it’s available S, M, and L! The swing top is no longer available.
 
Horizon Raglan ($38) and Charlie Sweater Cardy ($48)
 
 
I’m kinda liking both of these, but can’t decide whether or not to keep. They’re both the kinds of things I know I’d wear a ton if they were in my closet, but seems like a lot to pay for a tshirt and cardigan, right? TJ Maxx has spoiled me to $12.99 I guess. They’re both really good quality though. Somebody talk me of the ledge.
 
If you like them too, you can buy the raglan here and the cardigan here!
 
Leigh Buffalo Plaid Shirt ($68) and Jess Point and Tassel Pendant Necklace ($38)
 
 
This shirt is SO soft and the color is really pretty. I want to love it so bad, but I need it to be just a little bit longer. The sleeves are super long and perfect for what I like, also super cute rolled up (as shown on model in link below). I’m not a jewelry person at all, but love this necklace. I’m not going to keep it because I already have several similar, but it hurts me to send it back.
 
You can purchase the shirt here! The necklace is on sale for $24.99 on the website, you can purchase it here! In the past I’ve tried to have them price match items in my box with prices or discounts offered on their website, and they haven’t done it. I’ve seen some Facebook posts where others were successful about getting them to do this. I guess it’s hit and miss.
 
I’m leaning toward sending everything back this time, but would love some feedback to help me make the final call! There’s no styling fee for Trendsend, so I’ll definitely be trying more boxes from them in the future! If you want to give it a try, you can sign up here!

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Bombfell #2

Finally talked Micah into letting me do a reveal post for one of his boxes! We tried Men’s Style Club first. They were really personal and did a great job communicating, but after 3 boxes the sizing still wasn’t quite right. So, we decided to give Bombfell a try! One of the most appealing things about Bombfell is that they don’t charge a styling fee! It’s absolutely free to try, so nothing to lose! Matter of fact, you get $25 credit (and so does Micah) if you use his referral link! Another cool thing they do is send a preview of the 5 items you’re getting before the box ships. You can edit and cancel things they’re sending if you choose to.
 
So… here it is! This box even came with a couple samples of American Crew hair products!

 

                 

Toscano Firenze Quarter Zip Sweater ($100) and
Sons of Fortune Denton Twill Pants ($99)
 
 
These pants actually fit great, but he didn’t love them. The sweater was an off color for him, too snug, and the fitted waist band was a no-go. He was super excited about the outfit, as you can see.

French Connection Luxus Pique Colorblock Polo ($68)

I really liked this one, but he said he felt like a bowler. He’s got the posing down though… I’ll have him addicted to these subscription boxes before it’s said and done, mark my words!

7 Diamonds Gatti Quilted Jacket ($149)

 
We both really liked this one, but he refused to spend that much money on something he didn’t NEED. He’s selfless and financially responsible like that… one of us has to be…

 
Scott and Sons Boxer Brown Belt

We also both really liked this one. I’m still not sure why he’s not keeping it, but he’s not.

In the end, all he’s keeping this time are the shampoo and hair gel samples. He kept a solid navy polo from the first box and is planning to at least give it a couple more tries!

 

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Hanger to Home #7

***This post contains affiliate/referral links and I will get credit and/or make a small commission if you make purchases after clicking these links, but the opinions in this post are ALL my own!***

I’ve been receiving the Hanger to Home clothing subscription box for a while now. I can’t even remember what number I’m on… I’m guessing #7? Anyway, I’ll give you some more info on the box and how to sign up at the end of the reveal, but I wanna start with the fun stuff!
 

 

 

 Makenzie has been my stylist since I started with H2H, and she definitely gets my style! At first glance, I was worried this box was gonna hurt my wallet, but after trying it all on I’m not so sure…

Loveriche top ($48) and Just Black Denim ($88)

I love this top, but a good friend of mine just bought the same one! And I quit playing the twinkie game back around 6th grade (ok, maybe high school…). I love the jeans too… they fit great and are super comfortable! My only hang up is the distressing on the knees. It’s like a perfect cut across both knees. It looks kinda funny (right?) and I’m afraid the holes will keep getting bigger and bigger.

RD Style grey knit top ($58) and Pretty Persuasions printed scarf ($28)



I do love a long sleeve gray tee and I like this one okay… but the side slits are super high and would definitely require a tank top or something underneath… Not crazy about the scarf.

Piko periwinkle knit ($38) and Hem & Thread beige vest ($64)

Love this top, especially the color and will probably keep it. I like the vest and love the idea of a vest, but I’m not sure I’d ever really wear it.

CQ by CQ black knit top ($34) and RD Style Poncho ($88)

This top is ok, everybody likes a black tee… but I already have a couple in my closet that I love. I do NOT love ponchos. It’s super warm and soft, but I don’t like it.

 

Accessories: Gold Earrings with Blue Stones ($18), Gold Dangle Hoops ($12), 2 Bangle Bracelets ($14/each) and Gold beaded bracelet ($12)

I’m not typically a big accessory-wearer, but I do love the hoops and the two bangle bracelets, considering keeping those. I don’t care for the blue stone earrings (although they do match that periwinkle shirt perfectly!) or the beaded bracelet… it’s cute, just not something I’ll wear.

So, that’s it! What do you think? I would love some feedback to help me decide!

If you aren’t familiar with Hanger to Home, it’s a monthly subscription box, similar to Stitch Fix! They send me a box of clothes and accessories once a month, but you can choose the frequency that works for you. You fill out a style profile, send them a link to your pinterest style board (Here’s mine!) and get started. They charge an $18 styling fee per box that is applied to any purchases, but the fee is waived for the first box! You lose nothing to give them a try! They’ve also started offering a 20% discount if you keep 5 clothing items and give $15 referral credit when your friends sign up (*You can only use one credit per box). Be sure to let them know I sent you!
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Eat ALL the candy!

The aftermath of Halloween 2015. My herd gathered about 13 pounds of candy, including a handful of FULL-SIZE Hershey bars. Oh. My. Word. I woke up to Enzo “Mom, I eat all the candy?” Sure son, pass me a KitKat!

Two of my kids have (finally!) reached the age where Halloween is really fun. They sprinted from house to house with big smiles… high fived us when they ran by… and enjoyed getting dressed up!

The other 3, on the other hand, had to be awakened from their way-too-late afternoon naps, wrestled into their costumes (except Enzo who won that battle and went in a t-shirt) and pulled around the neighborhood in a wagon.

 
The only way to keep those little darlings from jumping from the wagon and throwing a monstrously embarrassing temper tantrum on the street was to keep a constant stream of candy and snacks flowing into their cute little hands. And so we did it. They had nothing but chocolate-coated sugary treats from 6 til bed time. And we woke up and quite literally had more chocolate for breakfast!

Not kidding.

Sounds crazy, I know. But after a week that included attending 2 school parties with a 1 year old in tow, two trips to the ER, a bloody injury at Applebee’s after our best effort at family pictures, participating in only 1.5 of 5 dress up days, completely forgetting the Halloween-inspired teacher gifts… We’re gonna EAT CANDY.

And you should too! Seriously.

I mean, if you limit your kids’ candy consumption to a certain number of pieces per day and you got as much as we did, you’re gonna be a candy negotiator for the next 6 months! Plus, if you hide all of it and you’re the only one who knows where it is… guess who’s gonna be the one to eat most of it? Share the calories mom, your booty will thank you. And easy as that all the hype is over in 3 days! Resume normal, gluten/GMO-free, organic diets by Wednesday.

Oh, and when the candy jar gets down to the colored tootsie rolls, just throw that nasty junk away. Does anyone really eat those? Surely not.

Happy Halloween 2015 from the Bat-crew!
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