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10.29.2015

Stitch Fix Unboxing #4- October 2015 2.0

Arriving home to that familiar box with the teal logo is an adult woman's version of Christmas Morning!  It means one thing...
October Stitch Fix day 2.0 is here!! After a somewhat disappointing fix earlier in the month where I only kept 2/5 pieces, I decided to schedule another fix for later in the month since I am trying to build my fall wardrobe. I mentioned in my note to the stylist that I was in search of a lightweight coat and casual tops that could be worn with leggings.  My new stylist, Lisa, delivered! 

I am so excited to share this fix with you because I am in love with a lot of what she sent! There are a couple things I am up in the air about so please comment below to let me know what you think. 

Let's start with the fun..

Kensie Mally Ponte Jacket- I was still in search of a lightweight coat after sending back the Coffeeshop coat from fix #3 and was nervous to request another because I am pretty picky.  Not only did Lisa give me a coat I like, she picked one that I love!  The asymetrical shape is probably something I would pass by in the store but that is what I love about Stitch Fix- it gets me out of my comfort zone!  The material is lightweight and so incredibly soft.  Within hours of trying it on, the tags were off and I wore it out!
Kensie Mally Ponte Jacket Stitch Fix October 2015

Kensie Mally Ponte Jacket Stitch Fix October 2015
 Verdict: Kept

41Hawthorn Helix Pullover Sweater- I absolutely LOVE this one!  I mentioned in my note to Lisa that I am always freezing so to please send warmer materials.  I tend to shy away from sweaters because they feel constricting to me but this one is perfect! The material is incredibly soft and I love that it has really long sleeves.  I don't think I would have picked the colors myself but they just work. I paired it with the Just Black Skinny Jeans from fix #3 that you all encouraged me to keep and I am now obsessed with! 
41Hawthorn Helix Pullover Sweater Stitch Fix October 2015
Verdict: Kept

Laila Jayde Emme Suede Neckline Knit Top- I am conflicted about this one.  I like the color and the length because it is perfect with leggings.  It is incredibly soft  and comfortable but I am unsure if it is entirely flattering in the front.  It is also pretty basic for the price and I have vowed to only keep pieces I love.  I took my stylist's suggestion and paired it with a scarf from Francesca's, LuLaRoe leggings and boots.  Isn't the butt coverage perfect for pairing with leggings?!
Laila Jayde Emme Suede Neckline Knit Top Stitch Fix October 2015

Laila Jayde Emme Suede Neckline Knit Top Stitch Fix October 2015
Verdict: Undecided (help me!)

41Hawthorn Abrianna Longsleeve Knit Cardigan- My style profile mentions that I like layering so I was excited when Lisa sent this cardigan.  The color is vibrant and it is really soft.  Although it is long and open, it has some shape to it at the waist, which I love. 
41Hawthorn Abrianna Longsleeve Knit Cardigan Stitch Fix October 2015
Verdict: Kept

Market & Spruce Bernadette Lace Overlay Raglan Top- Although I didn't keep the lace back Papermoon top from Fix #2, I noted that I loved the lace detail in my checkout feedback so I was excited to receive another lace piece.  It is long in the back, which I love and despite the structured lace front, the fabric is really soft.  I like this top but I am just not sure if I love it.  I do not usually wear blue or navy since I pretty much live in black leggings.  Decisions, decisions...
41Hawthorn Abrianna Longsleeve Knit  Cardigan Stitch Fix October 2014
Verdict: Undecided (Help me!)

What do you think?!  It is a love 3/5 but I am not sure if I should keep the other 2.  Please comment below and let me know your opinions!  
Not familiar with Stitch Fix?  Here's how it works... 
You receive 5 items picked by a personal stylist based on a style profile you complete and Pinterest style board. You keep what you want and return the pieces you don't.  It is $20 to try it, but if you buy something they apply the $20 to your order. It is not a subscription service- you can schedule boxes whenever you want or you can sign up to get them automatically delivered monthly. If you want to try it (warning: you may become obsessed like me!), use my referral link and we will be best friends! 

Before I end, how cute was my photoshoot assistant?! :)

I am participating in a Stitch Fix blog link up!  Go read Maria's blog to see more of the Stitch Fix Link up


10.28.2015

Our Teal Pumpkin for Halloween 2015


This year was the first I had ever heard of the Teal Pumpkin Project thanks to Facebook.  We have decided to do a teal pumpkin for Halloween this year and provide a non-food option that is safe for all our trick or treaters!

What is the Teal Pumpkin Project?

FARE’s Teal Pumpkin Project™ promotes safety, inclusion and respect of individuals managing food allergies. This nationwide movement offers an alternative for kids with food allergies, as well as other children for whom candy is not an option, and keeps Halloween a fun, positive experience for all! (taken from http://www.foodallergy.org/

How do you help?
Homes provide non-food treats for trick-or-treaters and paint a pumpkin teal to place in front of your home, along with a free printable sign from FARE, to indicate you have non-food treats available.

We had lots of fun painting our pumpkin and plan on giving out glow sticks to trick or treaters in addition to the Kit Kats I bought (and have eaten half of already).  Consider participating this year!  You can get the glow sticks I bought on Amazon here.

Want to learn more?
I participate in a breastfeeding support group and another mother has a child with numerous allergies.  She has created a blog to offer a place of support, education and resources about food allergies.  Please visit and like her page to show support! https://www.facebook.com/smilingawayfoodallergies 
10.27.2015

Toddler Activity: Wine Cork Tree

I love being a mom and I also love wine!  So when Pinterest bought me a craft that kind of combined the two, I was all about it.  This project looked simple enough and really pretty in the picture but with a 2 year old, I knew that I wasn't going to make a perfect tree with perfect wine cork leaves.  The goal was to have fun and that we did!

Here is what you need:

  • White paper
  • Brown crayon
  • Paint (I just used red, yellow and mixed them to make an orange)
  • 3 wine corks













It is super easy to make about 3 steps!

1. Draw the tree.  I did it myself but if your child is older, they could do it.

2. Set out 3 colors with separate wine corks for dipping

3. Dip cork in paint and make a print on the tree to make the leaves.  Repeat until it is as full as you want!

4. Let dry and enjoy!  Sure, it isn't perfect but it was a different and fun activity...and it gave me a reason to drink wine.  It was for the art project!


10.24.2015

Ryan's Nursery

This is going to be a throwback post because some things have changed since I originally decorated Ryan's nursery but I did a post showing you all Ava's so it is only fair he gets one, too.  Plus, their rooms are my favorite spots in my home probably because I put so much thought into them. 

First- since this is a throwback, how cute was my little guy in his crib?!?  He was about 8 months here.  Time sure does fly!
Now that I have wiped the nostalgic tears from my eyes, back to the nursery.  I wanted a very simple design a navy and white color scheme.  The room came together little by little over the course of my pregnancy and was done just in time for his arrival.  Here is the finished product taken when he was about 7 months old.

  When spending one of many hours pouring over Pinterest for the perfect nursery, I saw the idea to do a map decal on the wall and I was sold.  Alex and I love travel and it would be perfect for our baby boy!  I decided to pair it with the Dr. Seuss "Oh the Place You'll go" quote and that become the focal point of the room.

I also ordered some custom art from Etsy that matched the color scheme.  We didn't have a theme for the room- just a color scheme. 

His room is small but perfect for a nursery!

 Here is a breakdown of where we got everything from:
Crib- Amazon
Dresser- Ikea
Glider- Wal-Mart
Rug- Overstock
Valances and Crib skirt- Pottery Barn Kids
Sheets- Babies R Us
All Wall Decor- Etsy 
Missed Ava's nursery reveal? 
 Find it here and see my girly, shabby chic design!

10.21.2015

DIY Baby Headbands

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DIY Baby Headbands
One of my first purchases after finding out I was having a baby girl was bows!  There are so many to choose from and I've spent my fair share of money on bows from Etsy.  I always looked at them and thought they looked easy to replicate.  I decided to try it out and I am so glad I did!  Ava will never be bow-less from now on!

Here is what you need to make your own adorable hair bows!
    DIY Baby Headbands
  • Flower, bows or some other type of embellishment
  • Elastic (I got mine on Amazon.  Link here)
  • 1 inch felt circiles (Again, bought from Amazon here)
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors
  • Measuring Tape
Steps:
Before Step 1- you need to either know your baby's head measurement or take it before making your elastic

1. Measure and cut elastic.

2. Glue elastic to the back on the bow 

3. Glue other side and let dry

 4. Glue felt on back and press firmly to hold in place.  Let dry.
DIY Baby Headbands

5. Enjoy your bow!  Now, wasn't that easy?! Repeat and make all.the.bows.  
DIY Baby Headbands


10.19.2015

Toddler Activity: Fall Hand Wreath

fall hand wreath art craft project toddler kids

My 2 year old loves to glue so I wanted to do something fall related that he could glue his heart out.  I found the idea to do a paper plate wreath with his hands on Pinterest and decided to go with it.  It was super simple and looks cute hanging up!  Here is what you need to make one with your little one(s)!

Materials needed:
  • 1 paper plate
  • 4 Sheets of construction paper in fall colors
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • An eager child!





Steps:
1. Have child place hand on paper and trace with pencil.  It is ok if it is a bit thick or uneven because you can cut to your desired shape.








2. Place papers on top of each other and cut out the hand.  Repeat until you have your desired number of hands. Let toddler play with hands while you cut. :)





3. Cut a hole in the plate to make the wreath.

4. Let child apply a layer of glue on the plate and place hands.  I have seen them perfectly lined up but I let him take the lead and place them wherever he wanted!



 5. Pick a spot to hang the finished product and enjoy!!

fall hand wreath art craft project toddler kidsfall hand wreath art craft project toddler kids


10.14.2015

DIY Dry Erase Monthly Calendar

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I swear, I used to have a great memory. Upcoming events, dates, times, people's names, and other important things in my life could be recalled in seconds. Then I had kids and my memory apparently went away along with the ability to sleep past 7am. I constantly feel like I am playing catch up and since having baby #2, I cannot seem to keep my schedule straight. Double booking myself or missing an appointment happens more often then I'd like to admit.  

 My weekly schedule helps some but there are times that I need to see a big picture. I need a calendar. I hate how big wall calendars are. They take up a bunch of wall space and just aren't my style. I got the idea to do an erasable calendar in the frame and to my surprise it came out just as well as I envisioned!  I added a weekly meal planning section as well as a place to record groceries we run out of as the week goes on.
I found out that if you don't tape the opaque paper to a piece of
printer paper, this will happen...

It was a fairly simple project once I got over some unfortunate printer issues. Here is what you need to make your own and get yourself organized, too!

 Materials:
  • 1 large page of pattered scrapbook paper (this will be your back design)
  • 2-3 sheets of opaque scrapbook paper (I ended up using 4 after my printer kept screwing up)
  • Scissors or paper cutter
  • 8.5x11in frame
  • Dry erase markers

Steps
  1. Download the printable calendar template above
  2. Print calendar on opaque scrapbook paper.  My paper kept getting stuck in the printer so I taped the edges to a piece of printer paper so it could go through with no issues. Carefully remove tape when printed.  
  3. Prepare to cut large paper to size by laying the opaque calendar over scrapbook paper.
  4. Cut large scrapbook paper to size.  Leave a little extra at top to ensure you cover frame.
  5. Frame and get organized!


I ordered Expo Ultra Fine dry erase markers from amazon after my regular marker didn't cut it.  They are amazing AND I can color code our calendar.  Each member of the family has their own color!

          

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