Holiday Giveaway Time!

While I've been busy finding you all deals on the Daily Deals page, this blog has taken a backseat.  Since the holiday season is winding down and this space will be picking back up, what better time to link up and do a MASSIVE giveaway than now?!?

If you have spent any time on my blog, you know that Stitch Fix is one of my favorite things at the moment!  There is nothing more fun than having a stylist pick out 5 things for me each month and getting my box in the mail.  I am partnering up with other Stitch Fix bloggers to do a giveaway of a $300 Stitch Fix gift card.  Um, OMG!  Yes, $300 worth of FREE clothes to the lucky winner.

If you haven't yet tried Stitch Fix, here is my referral link.  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.  Beware: you may become obsessed like me!

Enter here!  Good luck!
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Take a minute and visit these awesome Stitch Fix blogs that have brought you this giveaway!  


Monthly Subscription Review: Kiwi Crate

I will be honest-I am generally skeptical of product reviews on blogs.  I feel like I am reading one big advertisement and bloggers just rave about how great the item is. I then try the product and it is just "meh."  I feel duped.  Although, I received this box from Kiwi Crate free of charge, I promise I will only give opinions that are my own and will tell it to you like it is!


Ryan received a Koala Crate, which is geared toward younger children.  It is a monthly box that "is chock-full of play-and-learn activities that engage the natural curiosity and creativity of preschoolers, plus imagine! magazine." I mean, it has to be better than TV, right?  Our box's theme was reptiles and came with a few activities: decorate a snake, decorate a turtle box, a game and a Highlights magazine all about reptiles.  

The crafts were cute and extremely easy to complete with ZERO mess!  Although I was needed for some parts (like stuffing the fun), Ryan was able to do a lot on his own.  The parent gets a super simple step by step guide detailing how to do each craft.  I found everything extremely user friendly and it definitely made me look like I knew what I was doing each step of the way.

Ryan's favorite part of the box was the game.  I have received various boxes in the past and out of them all (to my surprise) this one held his attention the longest.  There were 4 different activities for us to do and although I had intended to just do the crafts and be done with it, the day quickly turned into reptile day! My husband came home all impressed that I had this whole educational day planned out.  
Stay at home mom win!

Kiwi Crate is $19.95 per month with free shipping and the price drops as you subscribe to more time.  So, a year works out to be $16.95 per box.  Do I think it is worth almost $20 a box?  For me, probably not.  I like figuring out crafts and I have tons of supplies on hand.  However, for a busy parent who wants to do crafts or someone who doesn't want to be bothered coming up with ideas, buying the materials, etc. then definitely!  I would, however, absolutely buy these boxes with a promo code or discount.  It was really fun and I would love to try it again. 

 In case you were wondering,  Ryan is still obsessed with his snake days later!

Click below to check it out for yourself!
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Where I am Meant to be

6 months.  Half a year.  182.5 days.  I cannot believe my baby girl is at this point already! Life at home with 2 kids can drag on at times but on the other hand, it has absolutely flown by.  I blinked and Ava is more than halfway to a year!

 I feel like it was just yesterday that we were taking Ava home from the hospital.  She was this squishy newborn that intimidated the heck out of me. After 2 years, I felt like I had this parenting thing down.  Then, this 6 pound 12ounce little girl made me feel like a nervous first time mom all over again.  It was a learning curve for both of us, but I think we figured it out.

Life has been a montage of firsts with her- first bath, first trip down the shore, first time sitting up, the first laugh, the first tooth- and with every first I feel a sense of pride yet sadness because I know that it means she is getting that much older.

My husband and I are at odds over whether Ava will be our last.  I pray she isn't but in the back of my mind, I know that there is a distinct possibility that these are my "last firsts" so I am trying to soak them all in.
For some reason, this 6 month milestone has hit me hard in the nostalgia department.  I can't believe how fast her life has gone by.  I can't believe how fast my life as a mom has gone by!  I feel like it was just yesterday that I was excited yet scared out of my mind to find out I was pregnant with Ryan.
 My whole life, I have admittedly looked forward to that next step- graduating high school, graduating college, buying a home, getting married, even waiting for the next season to come- but for the first time in my life, I am completely content with where I am.  My kids have taught me that right here and right now, is exactly where I am meant to be.