Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Stitch Fix #4

 This is my fourth fix and probably my last one for awhile. My referral credit is gone and so is my birthday credit. So until Christmas comes or other people sign up under me, I'll be having a hiatus. PS, the few people who have signed up under me are amazing! You can sign up and get refer other people to you! I've probably gotten $100 is free clothes, just from referrals!

So what IS Stitch Fix?

Create your style profile  
Fill out a pretty extensive questionnaire about your style.
You can even link it up to a specific Pinterest board.
Get five hand picked items
You can even specify what you want/don't want. (No jewelry, only dresses, etc)
Keep what you like and send back the rest
Try on the items in the comfort of your own home.
Send back items in bag with pre-paid shipping.
Comes with styling tips
Each piece comes with styling tips,
how to dress it up or dress it down
Ok, so how much does this cost?
$20 Styling fee
Use this towards the cost of your final order
Get 25% off
If you keep all 5 items, they give you 25% off your purchase
Average price
They state on their average price per items is $65, that being said most of my items have been under $60.

So I'll be honest, this was my least favorite fix. But mostly because I forgot it was coming and didn't leave specific instructions on what I wanted. Here's what I got!

First of all, I love opening my box to find a personal note each time!

Please excuse the terrible lighting. I'm obviously not a fashion blogger :)


I couldn't wait to get my hands on this sweater!



It was SO cute and had black sparkly stripes down the side.
You can't tell in this picture, but it was unfortunately it was
about a size too big. I couldn't justify $68 on a too big sweater, even if it
was super dreamy and comfy.

I was not as excited about this blouse.
(PS, does anyone else hate that word?)









Justin and I both agreed it looked better on. It had a great fit,
but we didn't love the pattern. Plus for $58, I'll pass.



I wasn't sure why they sent me a maxi dress heading into fall, but whatevs.


Turns out it was so soft, comfy, and flattering.
Buuuut also $74 so no thanks!

I have 2 pairs of jeans from this Just Black brand, and LOVE them.
That being said, they had a price tag of $88. And I don't need 3 pairs of
skinny jeans. The jeans I wore in the pictures above are the ones
I bought from my second fix.

Here's item #5. A minimalist necklace $28

Like I said before, this was my least favorite fix. However, I normally give VERY specific instructions on what (and what not) to send, and I had a blonde moment and forgot to do that this time. I would have asked for tops only and said specifically no jewelry, accessories, pants, or dresses. I really do feel like when you give specific instructions, the stylists do what you ask. I had $29 in credit. $20 paid for my box to be sent to me, so I kind of felt if I didn't buy ANYTHING it would be wasted credit. I've been wanting a simple necklace and have watching Stella Bella Boutique because I love her necklaces and earrings. So I only kept the necklace.

Even though I didn't love my fix this month, I still give Stitch Fix 2 thumbs up! It's made my try (and like) articles of clothing I would have otherwise overlooked. Like that blouse from this fix? I NEVER would have tried on that style. But now I see how it's actually flattering and comfortable. So when I shop on my own, I can look for similar items. And if you haven't tried it, you totally should :) And don't forget to sign up under my link! I'd love you forever for it!








Thursday, October 2, 2014

Stitch Fix #3

I figured since box #4 is on its way, I should hop to it and blog about my 3rd box. I asked them to send me a few dresses because I was going to wedding. I thought it would be fun to try something new!


So what is Stitch Fix anyway? Well I'm glad you ask. Even though this was my third fix and I'll likely get them only a few times a year, I LOVE IT! Stitch Fix is like having your own personal stylist, here's how it works


Create your style profile  
Fill out a pretty extensive questionnaire about your style.
You can even link it up to a specific Pinterest board.

Get five hand picked items
You can even specify what you want/don't want. (No jewelry, only dresses, etc)

Keep what you like and send back the rest
Try on the items in the comfort of your own home.
Send back items in bag with pre-paid shipping.

Comes with styling tips
Each piece comes with styling tips,
how to dress it up or dress it down
Ok, so how much does this cost?

$20 Styling fee
Use this towards the cost of your final order

Get 25% off
If you keep all 5 items, they give you 25% off your purchase

Average price
They state on their average price per items is $65, that being said most of my items have been under $60.
So here's what I got!
This dress was just "eh". It looked ok on, but I just wasn't loving it.
But it was only $48, so not to shabby. I sent it back

I LOVED this dress. It was soft and comfy, and I thought it could easily be dressed up or dressed down
But it was $68 and I really liked my last item, so I sent it back too.

Ugh! This dress. I mean, what? It was so awful, I almost didn't take a picture in it.
It was really thin, and REALLY ugly. Even though it was pretty cheap, it went STRAIGHT back.


YES! I loved this asymmetrical cardigan. I pinned this EXACT item, so I was SUPER
happy my stylist sent it to me! Even though I was hoping to buy a dress I loved this
so much, that I kept it! I think it was $50, but I had birthday credit still, and wasn't
passing it up. It's been my go to sweater when its chilly outside!

This time around I didn't take pictures of my style cards, oops! I've been kind of busy. But my 4th box is on its way and I'll show you the goodies sooner this time! So, who's going to give it a try? Its a perfect thing to ask for for Christmas! If you haven't tried it out, I would love for you to sign up through my link! I get a $25 credit when your first box ships. Thanks!





Wednesday, October 1, 2014

18 Month Update


I can't even believe my baby boy is 18 months old. Technically he's 19 months old, because I can never get his WCC done on time. And I am super behind and never published this, so now he's technically 20 months old! Whoops!

Weight: 24.5lbs
Length: 34.5in
Favorite moments: Hearing his sweet giggle when he gets tickled, rocking before bed
Least favorite moments: Learning how to hit, kick, and throw in anger
Milestones: New signs- please and thank you, learning new words all the time
Likes: Buzz, Jessie (he yodel's when he sees her and its so funny), Thomas the train (He calls him "go-go", which is the cutest), Elmo ("Melmo"), Olaf, "Let it Go", Inara, Paw-Paw, Uncle Ben, noodles, brushing his teeth
Dislikes: Not getting his way, when I hold other babies. 

This boy is crazy guys! He has SOOO much energy and is so physical. He hits and wrestles. Its super fun to have a boy in the house because I can be rough with him and he can take it. But he does like to be rough back. He hits a lot, and kicks, and throws things when he gets mad. Its a whole new parenting world for me because Inara wasn't like that at all. I try hard not to compare them, and use the words "good" or "bad", but honestly, sometimes he's just BAD! But I try to remember God gave me THIS son who is very physical. It was no accident I am his Momma, and that gives me much peace. God gave us to each other. But every once in a while, he'll lay his head on my shoulder, or we'll snuggle in the rocking chair and I have hope he might have a calm, more gentle side too!

But it really is so fun to see how different boys and girls are. By this age Inara was talking in short sentences and I never had trouble understanding her, BUT she was unsteady on her feet still and had trouble with fine motor skills. Shepherd does speak a lot, but frequently I have no idea what he is trying to tell me and he is a climber and loves to feed himself with a fork and spoon already. I seriously think Inara was almost 3 before I trusted her with a fork.

I can't believe he's closer to 2 years old than he is 1. Even though he's wild, crazy, and can really test my patience, I really can't imagine our family without him!






Wednesday, August 27, 2014

What's in Our Box?

In the last post, I shared how awesome and life changing the boxes can be for kiddos. This post is more about what to pack in your box. I figured I would show you guys how easily it is to pack a box filled with items to change a child's life and how to do it without breaking the bank. I'll break down what is in each box and how much we spent. I'm no expert, especially since this is just my first year, and I am sure there are cheaper ways to do it and better items, but I figured it would still be helpful to see what's in a box. Some of the items have weird prices because I divided the total cost between all boxes. So here are the 5 boxes we have packed, so far.

Boy (Age 2-4)
Total cost $13.60


Ruler- $0.25
Maraca- Unused toy from my house
Library shirt- Inara got this from reading books, but didn't want it. So I saved it for a box!
Hard candy- $0.60- I found 3 bags on clearance and divided them between all the boxes
Coloring roll- $3
Band-aids- Free (I had 3 unopened boxes, I split between all the boxes)
Crayons $0.50
Finger puppet- Unused toy
Punch ball balloon- $0.25 (Pack of 4 divided between boxes)
Jake and the Neverland Pirates Toy- $4 (clearance section at Kroger)
Toothpaste- Free from Inara's dental cleaning
Flossers- Free from dental cleaning
Tooth brush- Free from my bathroom closet
String bag- Free from VBS
Flashlight with batteries- $3
Soap- $0.5



Girl (Age 2-4)
Total cost: $11.60


Shirt- $1 (Clearance at Kroger)
Minnie Mouse Toy- $4 (Clearance at Kroger)
Flossers- Free from dental cleaning
Toothbrushes- Free from dental cleanings
Flashlight with batteries- $3
Bracelets- $0.50
Castanets- Unused toy from home
Crayons- $0.50
Flashcards- Free from house. (I bought them $1 at the Target dollar spot, but Inara never used them)
Band-aids- Free
Bag- Free from VBS
Punch Balloon- $0.25
Soap- $0.50
Happy Meal Toy- Free
Hair rubber bands- Free because I have ONE MILLION of them for Inara
Barrettes- Free- Bought them for Inara and after they were opened (of course) they never used



Girl (Age 10-14)
Total Cost: 12.85


Bag- Free from donation at church
Homemade sewing kit- Thimble, needle, thread, tape measure- Free from my sewing box
Ribbon- Free from sewing box- Could use to embellish clothes or tie in hair
Bow- Free- bought for Inara, she didn't like it.
Stretchy headbands- $4
Clips- $4
Earrings (3 pair)- Free- Made by me
Band-aids- Free
Candy- $0.60
Ruler $0.25
Soap- $0.50
Poncho- Free from my bathroom closet
Bracelets- Free (bogo at Kroger)
Solar string lights- $2- Clearance at IKEA
Composition book- $0.50
Colored Pencils- $0.50



Boy (Age 10-14)
Total Cost: $12.60

I rearranged a few items from other boxes and added them after I took this picture.
This one looked kind of empty when I compared it to the others

String backpack bag- Free from VBS
Composition book- $0.50
Candy- $0.60
Colored Pencils- $0.50
Legos- $6 for 2 packs (Target Clearance)
Ruler- $0.25
Paddle ball- Free from (BOGO at Kroger)
Flossers- Free from dental cleaning
Soap- $0.50
Jump Rope- $1
Gum- Free (Unused from my junk drawer)
Flashlight with batteries- $3
Punch balloon- $0.25



Boy (Age 10-14)
Total Cost: $7.35




Deck of cards- Free (Unused from my junk drawer)
HUGE bag- Free from Justin's video game tournament (Seriously, it's the size of the table)
Toothbrush- Free from dental cleaning
Gum- Free
Candy- $0.60
Solar string light- $2
LEGO- $3
Composition book- $0.50
Soap- $0.50
Band-aids- Free
Punch Balloon- $0.25
Colored Pencils- $0.50
Flossers- Free


I think what has been really apparent in packing the boxes is the sovereignty and the love of God. At first I was stressed about some of the items I was packing. Like that little tank top. I worried, "but what if its sent to a little girl in a cold climate?" Or the solar lights, "what if that gets sent to a kid who doesn't need that or doesn't get a lot of sun?" Bt then I remember, God knows! God knows where each box is going and WHO is receiving each box. So the box that I packed that has double toothbrushes, I'm praying that goes to a child with a sibling. It has been so encouraging to follow Operation Christmas Child on Facebook, I highly suggest it! Here are some of my favorite stories that show how big our God is!

 "The story that we like the best is the one from a little girl who has leukemia (final stage). She opened her shoebox and found a hat that she needed because she didn't have any more hair. We were surprised how God gave each child what he or she needed. Only God knows what our needs are."
"When I was a child I went to Sunday school at a local church. I did not have a father, and when I needed something my mom would tell me to 'ask God in prayer'. I wanted to have a watch, so I prayed for it. Later, our church had a Christmas celebration and at the end we had OCC gifts given to us. When I opened my box I found a watch. I was so glad that such a great God in heaven had answered my prayer! I had that watch even after I finished high school and for many years it was a testimony that God answers prayers. Now I am 25 and I always wanted to write a letter of thanks to the family that put my shoebox together, but I did not have a chance. Right now I work with children and we also distribute shoe boxes among them. It is a huge blessing for me." 
"After one distribution in Lithuania, a girl came up to us and shared her story. That week their class was going to the swimming pool. It's a great event for the kids living in a village area. The girl had one problem – she didn't have slippers and without them kids were not allowed to come into the pool. When the girl opened her box and found slippers, she was so excited that she rushed toward us to tell of her great miracle and show us proof that God really cares about her!" 
Seriously guys, you should follow them on Facebook to see story after story of God answering the prayers of little children and changing their lives. This is my first year, have you guys ever packed boxes before? Any tips?

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Operation Christmas Child

For a few years I've been reading posts from one of my favorite "mommy bloggers" Amanda at OhAmanda post about Operation Christmas Child. And each year, I'm always like "Oh dang! Its too late now to participate!" Our church is hoping to pack and send 350 boxes this year, and I am super, SUPER excited to help! In fact, I've been storing away things from the clearance section, the $1 spot at Target, and back to school sales for about a month. Last week I decided to bust out all the stuff I bought and start packing them in boxes. I was amazed when I realized I have enough stuff to pack 5 boxes nearly full!

Source: Operation Christmas Child Facebook Page

But what I am more excited about than the great deals, is the lives that will be changed this year. Here are some of the sweet stories I've read from the Operation Christmas Child's Facebook page:

"A Collection Center Leader from Germany participated in a distribution trip to Poland. During one of the distributions, the team visited a family with two little girls in one of the villages. As both of the girls opened their gifts, the collection center leader recognized one of the boxes as one (of many) that she had packed herself. She was overcome with joy and tears at this miraculous act of God’s grace. She now has divine motivation to pack even more boxes for children in need."
"The child of a prominent witch doctor in a Tanzanian village received a gift at an Operation Christmas Child distribution. The witch doctor was touched that someone who did not know his family would send such a wonderful gift. He heard the gospel presentation at the distribution and was so moved, he decided to accept Christ as his own personal savior!" 
"As a 10-year-old boy living in an orphanage in Central Asia, Timur had no concept of unconditional love. He had been abandoned in the hospital after birth. Survival required him to be guarded and self-reliant. At age 13, Timur received the first gift he had ever been given—an Operation Christmas Child shoebox. Inside was a yo-yo, Tootsie Roll candy, school supplies, and a letter and photo from a boy in Texas. 'The shoebox reminded me of Jesus’ love for me, that He forgave me of my sins. It reminded me that I should forgive my parents for what they did to me,' said Timur. 'When I forgave them, God set me free from the bitterness.'"
Even posting these stories is making me cry. Jesus says, "Let the little children come to me" and he is chasing after them, through Operation Christmas Child. I'm so honored to pack boxes, pray for these kids, and show them the love of a God who has not forgotten about them. Will you join me? I'd love to have some other's jump on board with me! Next week I'll be sharing how to pack a box, what was in our 5 boxes, and how much we spent. You'll see how little is actually costs to change a child's life. It didn't break the bank, but it did take some planning. Collection week is in November, so you have a little over 2 months to pack. So who is with me?
 

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