Stitch Fix #5

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It arrived!

I love Stitch Fix but was unable to receive fixes for awhile and when I finally scheduled one, I couldn’t wait for that pretty little box to arrive at my doorstep. If you don’t know what Stitch Fix is, you can read about it here, but basically it is a personal stylist that sends you 5 items specifically picked out for you right to your door. The size and style is based on a profile and it’s pretty spot on in my opinion. If you like what you see, and you click on the links and sign up, I get a referral credit. =) Thanks to those that have already done so!

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I opened it immediately and luckily both kids were napping so it was the perfect time to try on the 5 items and see what I liked and didn’t like.

This is what I got in my Fix #5:

1. SANCTUARY RIZZO SKINNY PONTE PANTS

These black pants are so comfortable! They are thicker than leggings but not as stiff as jeans. They fit perfectly and looked great on. You can’t go wrong with a good pair of black pants, right?

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2. UNDER SKIES AIYA EYELET DETAIL BLOUSE

I loved this blouse immediately. I like the silky feel, the shorter sleeves and the details are beautiful. I can dress it up or wear it casually. I have already worn this out to a fancy dinner and also to a low-key school event. Love that!

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3. UNDER SKIES CROCHET DETAIL TIE-NECK BLOUSE

This cut and style did not appeal to me at all. It was way too boxy and did not flatter any part of my body at all. It made my shoulders and arms look huge and that is not the look I am going for! It was returned.

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4. YUMI BERNIE POINTELLE DETAIL KNIT TOP

This color is beautiful for spring. It is a light-weight knit top that fits perfectly. I like the length for wearing with skinny jeans and can easily be worn with a skirt tied with a belt at the waist or simple shorts and sandals. This top is going to be great for the spring and summer.

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5. ADRIANNA CIRCLE BIB NECKLACE

It is very cute but not something I would wear often because I am often carrying my daughter and it has too many details that she would pull on. It wasn’t a very good picture but you get the idea.

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I kept 2 items, the off white Eyelet Detail Blouse and the Yumi Bernie Pointelle Detail knit top. I loved the way they fit and looked with various items I had already. They will look great with shorts in warmer weather and skinny jeans in cooler temps. I already wore them both!

Sorry for the terrible pictures. I am working on how to show these better. I need a personal photographer! =)

Update:

While I loved the pants, I was debating whether or not to keep them because I have pair of skinny black pants. I ended up returning them, but regretted it a few days later. I emailed Stitch Fix and they agreed to try to include them in my next fix. I just loved the way they looked on and they were thicker than leggings which is a huge plus in my book. I had received so much positive feedback so I wanted them even more after that.

Hope you enjoyed peeking inside my latest Fix!

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Our Current Likes

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Every so often I like to update both of you on your current LIKES because it’s fun to see the changes over time. Here is what we all are into these days. Never a dull moment with both of you and I love it!

Harper (15 months old)

– blueberries, persimmon, guava, peas and yogurt and eating it on her own! My Little Miss Independent

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– the remote control for anything but not a toy version. It has to be the real thing!

– following around your brother

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– playing on the playground at Chace’s school after we pick him up.

– reading the same 3 books over and over again.

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Chace (3.5 years old)

– riding your balance bike

– gardening with me

– working on the house projects with Dad

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– singing at the top of your lungs anywhere and especially Christmas songs….it’s February!

– running super fast everywhere

– art projects, music class and swinging at school

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– still loves the color green, brushing his teeth, pajamas (especially Christmas ones! I see a theme here…..)

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Mommy (1 year older than last year)

– Nap time for the kids, not me!

– running

– facials, manicures and pedicures (just can’t go and have them often!)

– Watching whatever shows are taped on the DVR (there are lots now that good shows are back!)

Daddy (1 year younger than Mommy)

– Working out

– Not working

– Watching movies on the ipad while Mommy is watching TV

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10 Things I Want My Children to Know

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I have seen a number of blogs posting about things they want their son or daughter to know and I love the lists that I have come across so far. I decided to come up with a few of my own for both of you.

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10 Things I Want My Children to Know

1. Please try. I know you may not want to do something, but at least try it. It could be a new food, book or sport. Whatever it is, you have to try it out before you know if you like it. Don’t get stuck in a rut!

2. Be kind. I want you both to grow up always thinking about others. There are times when you will need to go out of your way to be kind to others and in those moments people will really see who you are. Kindness goes a long way and could really change someone’s day.

3. Smile a lot. Smiles are gifts and you can give those to complete strangers and people you see every day. They can light up a room and are contagious.

4. Be polite. Your father and I are real sticklers for teaching manners. We want you both to be well mannered but above all, ALWAYS say Please and Thank You. The rest will come with time but that is where we are starting now. You are only 3 and 1 so I think we have some time to make sure the rest are taught as well. Chace – we are starting to teach you about holding the door and letting others go first. People notice when you go out of the way to do the right thing. Always be polite.

5. Have impromptu dance parties. If you feel like dancing, then dance. In our car, house, the market, when music comes on and we feel like dancing, we dance. It will help with #3. Many people will end up smiling.

6. Take care of each other. You will always have each other and I want you both to take care of each other because after I am gone, you will only have the other to lean on.

7. Read books. I have always loved reading but I know that is not the case for everyone. Reading can open your eyes and mind to many things and it can take you places you would not normally think of. It’s great for the imagination and that’s why each and every day we read and read and read. I will never say no to buying a new book.

8. Cry if you need to. Having emotions is a good thing and showing them is even better. Don’t be afraid to cry if you need to. Just be prepared to dust yourself off and pick yourself up and move on. Crying helps get over what is bothering you.

9. Laugh and laugh a lot. I love the sound of laughter especially from you two. I want you to always have funny things in your life because while you are laughing, you are smiling and that means you are happy. Laughing can be contagious too! Don’t be afraid to laugh at yourself too. It makes you stronger.

10. Learn something new everyday. Learning new things will make you better people. It doesn’t matter if it is something big or small as long as you are always learning. Be curious and ask questions whenever you are interested and want to know more.

 

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Potty Training a Boy

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Let me start off by saying that this is not meant to be the best guide but it is what worked for me.
We signed up Chace for preschool back in March with the school year starting in September. It does not have rolling admissions so we made the decision early and were so excited about it. Well I was…… Daddy may have had his misgivings because he wasn’t convinced Chace would be potty trained by the time school started. I knew it was going to be hard but I also knew that Chace had to be ready and forcing him would get us no where.
We tried once before and it was only successful for a few days. I think it was the rewards that made Chace go in the potty and the constant nagging from me. Well, after a couple days he was done and I mean completely done. He wanted nothing to do with the potty or anything related to it. I felt defeated but knew I couldn’t pressure him. I left it alone and during the summer (a few months later) I revisited it but this time I had a different approach.
I left the potty out close to where we spent a lot if our time. I had Chace naked from the waist down and had a timer on my phone set to every 15 minutes at first. When the timer went off, we would go to the potty and he would sit there. Sometimes he went and sometimes he didn’t. There were accidents but on tile floor it wasn’t too hard to clean. The next day I moved the potty further away and closer to the bathroom. The times he made it to the potty increased and he was rewarded for those. We celebrated each and every time. He loved calling daddy or Aunty to tell them what he had done. We continued this for 5 straight days and it worked. The timer was gradually increased and by the end of the second day, I didn’t need it anymore. I would just ask him and he would tell me yes or no.
I know it’s hard to stay home for three straight days but it’s what worked for us. We never left the house for those three days. On the fourth and fifth days we had really short outings. Walks to the park or drive to the store but always after he had gone potty at home.
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I never thought the day would come but Chace was fully potty trained before school started in September and I am so proud of him. He has not had a single accident at school and is really good about telling me when we are out or in the car if he has to go. I am so proud of both of us! I wasn’t sure I would make it through potty training in one piece, but if I can, anyone can…..Good luck to all the moms out there!
This method worked for me. It’s different for each kid though. The most important part I learned is that he or she has to be ready.
 
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Club MomMe’s Family Fall Fest

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This past Sunday the family and I had the pleasure of attending Club MomMe‘s Family Fall Fest powered by Honda. It was held at the beautiful Bel Air Bay Club and featured great panels and speakers. This was my first event hosted by Club MomMe and I love that their events include the whole family and tailored to Moms, Dads and Parents-to-be.

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The event started at 11:30am and when you arrive you get to have a car seat or stroller cleaned while you are inside. It’s great! You drop it off and CleanBeeBaby cleans out the entire stroller (which is what I left with them). For this particular event, there are different ticket packages and I was lucky enough to have a free cleaning of my choice. I have used their service before and loved it, so a free cleaning was so appreciated and much needed after all the miles that our BOB has been through recently.

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The event featured many speakers including a few celebrities, successful entrepreneurs, music, tons of giveaways, food, drinks and so many sponsors that were displaying their products and handing out fun freebies.  I couldn’t attend them all but I loved the panels I did get to hear. The first panel I chose to attend was “Entrepreneurship for Moms” featuring Tia and Tamera Mowry, Jennie Pulos, Samantha Ettus, Andrea Barrett and Wendy Bellissimo. Rosie Pope was also supposed to speak but she was sick and could not attend. This panel was my favorite. They all spoke from the heart and were totally honest. I love that they are all successful, hard working Moms and one thing that stuck out was that they all are so passionate about what they do. A very inspiring, honest and educational talk.

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They passed out food afterwards which was just what we needed at this point. The kids were hungry and while I had plenty for Harper, I didn’t have snacks for Chace to munch on so it was time to get outdoors and eat while walking around viewing products, sampling items and talking to vendors.

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This event was so much fun to attend. I loved meeting other parents and parents-to-be and especially hearing advice from successful moms that do it all or try to, as they say.

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I went home with 4 goodie bags and tons of fun stuff! Thanks Club MomMe!!!

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I can’t wait to attend the next Club MomMe event.

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Love CBTL

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I love Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf (CBTL) and have certainly spent a small fortune there over the years. When the offer came along to trade in an old coffee maker to get a FREE CBTL machine, I was so excited. Only there was a big problem. It was from 8am-2pm, limited quantities and I knew there would be a big line. I have 2 small children so I wasn’t sure I would ever be able to get there. Daddy to the rescue! He woke up at 4am, drove all the way to Angel Stadium and waited in line for 3 hours! That’s love! I am not sure if it is love for me, his own personal love of Coffee Bean or just the thought of all that money we would be saving by making the drinks at home.

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I will be honest, I was skeptical that when I made the drinks at home, they would taste as good as they do at the store. I am no barista but I have witnessed my fair share of caramel lattes being made so I attempted to make it at home. Using my new machine, a milk frother and the espresso capsules and delicious coffee bean vanilla no sugar added powder, I set to work. The first attempt was a vanilla latte and it came out great. The second attempt was a vanilla ice blended and I definitely needed to try a couple times to master the amount of ice needed to make this perfectly at home. I did it!

So now our house always smells just like my favorite Coffee Bean location. I am sure I will still stop in every now and then, but not nearly as often as I was before. Thanks Coffee Bean! I love my new machine!

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School Started and Running Again

PicMonkey Collage Dear CIt’s been forever! I can’t believe that it is October already. Luckily, I love everything about Fall; the leaves changing, all the new flavors, special holidays an so much more. Just wish we had more Fall weather around here!

Thank you to all those who wrote and checked in on me…..I am fine, just busy! I am getting back to posting now that I have internet again. It was like I was living in the dark ages without it.

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Chace started school and while the first day was hard, he has adjusted well and loves it. We went from him crying the first day to him asking me to leave. It’s ben quite a change but I am so glad he is socializing, learning and getting used to school. I pick him up and he is singing a new song or explaining the trials and tribulations that 3 and 4 year olds face. Who took what train and what book was read are a really big deal at this age.

I probably should have cut his hair before school began, but time got away from me. I was able to get it cut before picture day though! Thank goodness!

Chace had to be potty trained to begin school and let me tell you, I was worried there for a second, but I managed to potty train him just in time. I have been on and off trying for a long time. I will write soon about what worked and what didn’t because for any parents out there, this may be helpful. I turned to trusty google to find out some sure fire ways to potty train a boy. Luckily it worked!

Harper and I have 4 hours just the two of us, each and every morning. It’s great. I get to spend quality time with her after her morning nap. I usually drop off Chace, then head over to the park and run for as long as I can or as long as Harper will let me. She loves the BOB jogging stroller and tends to fall asleep in it. I run anywhere from 3-5 miles a day now which is so nice. It’s the perfect way to start the day.

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I usually run to the store or do the errands that are hard to do with 2 kids in tow. Things like going to Trader Joe’s or Target are especially difficult now that Chace can voice his opinion or reach and grab things from the cart. I would much rather avoid the meltdowns when I say “No” to each and every desire while in those stores. With just Harper, I get in and out with what I need and usually a few extra things as well, much to Daddy’s dismay.

The house is coming along. I have finally unpacked mostly everything. Furniture has been ordered and will be coming next week. We have some things, but not all. I can’t wait until everything is in and we are truly settled. (Not sure that will ever happen, but a girl can hope, right!?)

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