Wednesday, December 11, 2013

my 1st Stitch Fix

I wanted to share my experience with Stitch Fix because it was really a unique endeavor.  I was looking forward to getting my box for my birthday, but it did not come in time.  :-(  It was my misunderstanding about choosing a shipping date rather than a delivery date when I 'scheduled my fix'.  I would pass that along as lesson learned!  ;-)

When the box arrived (I had been tracking it all week), I was really excited to open it up & try everything on!  I was really impressed that everything was the correct size, and really, I could have kept the whole box if I had wanted to!  I had told myself that I really only wanted to keep what I LOVED from this fix, so I could continue to have this service.  It really is the most fun way to shop I've found - especially when I have little ones & don't go shopping for myself, like almost ever.

I did ask very specifically for fabrics that would work for a stay at home mom of 3 who is nursing.  I asked for machine washable & for casual chic.  I also used the lowest price setting. (at the lowest price setting, the dress was $28, the button down, cardigan, and sweater were $48, and the jeans were $88.  Their website does give the average cost appropriately if you average these items, and the total for the box was about $250).  After all, I am at home with babies & I don't want to be more concerned about my clothes than I am with taking care of my kids. (but I'd like to look nice! ;-)

I did receive the wrong style cards for my box, which was another bummer for me.  I also has trouble giving my referral credit to my friend.  Lastly, I had trouble with this dress & a popped seam.  However, despite all my troubles, their customer service is GREAT.  They were prompt on all their responses & handled each issue until resolved.  They mailed out my correct cards.  They gave my friend her $25 credit.  They even offered to refund my dress or give me a credit towards another purchase.  Overall, I am happy with the service.  I liked the experience of having a stylist & having a surprise in the mail.  I will do it again, and I'm sure I will continue to love it.

If you'd like to be referred by me, please clink here.  You'll be awarding me a $25 too. :-)

Tuesday, December 10, 2013


Our little family.of.five has has our share of adventures this past 6 weeks or so that I haven't blogged.  My handsome hunter hubs got a chance to go for a week hunting the big game, & our little fellas were really good for their momma.  (if by good I think they all woke up every night at least one time, then yes, good).  I was really proud of our moments like below when we managed to keep our life in order, get our baths & brush out teeth before being in bed on time.  And then there were all those moments when I was just worn-slap-out & ended up with mastitis at the end of that week.  Yes, nursing with a toddler & preschooler means exhaustion comes at a quicker pace than before.

my sweet little fellas
These boys warm my heart.  This has the current spot on my phone as the lock screen.  Our little guys were so excited to see their daddy & I think he was even more so to see them.  We.are.blessed.

I love the handmade bow ties my Aunt Linda made.  Gotta love it.

typical playtime with all the bros
getting excited about my middle little guy in his undies!!
I laugh every time I realize that the 'normalcy' of my life changes quickly.  It was the same with James & Hayden.  As soon as we felt things settle, all of life was upended again by a holiday or an ear infection or a home project.  These days all of those things happen at once.  haha!  It can be a struggle to not feel overcome by the unmet, undone, unfinished things that swirl around my head in my day.  It can be a struggle to find peace in my own mind, heart, and voice as I seek to serve my family in LOVE.  To give to them out of joy & to be a cheerful giver.  boy that has been hard in these past 6 weeks.  Who feels love from gifts given our of duty? or grouchy begrudging?

my handsome boys

one BIG project for our old house
always fun to go see Shamu at Sea World

our 3 together for some snuggles

James having an iPad date with sweet Emily

I mean seriously?? I cried I laughed so hard.
Oh our family adventures.  I love it.  I have moments where I just wish it could all be easier.  but when I really consider, would I change a thing?  nope.  My God is good, and I am loved.  I am blessed beyond measure.  Our adventures these days are small, but my God is big.  Life in the small is sweet, but it has to be noticed.  it has to be recognized as gift.

even here, in pjs & undies & onsies.  gift.


This sweet, quiet, precious baby boy had a very eventful 7th month!  He really got better at sitting up my himself.  He's still just the best little snuggler in the world & he has been working on his crawling skills.  He has started to really like his baby food & he got his first two teeth!!

working on the tri pod move - at 6 months

starting his baby foods!  This guy warmed up pretty quickly to the idea

getting his tummy up off the floor!!

first tooth! November 2, 2013 - just over 6 months, my earliest teether!

tooth #2!! November 7, 2013

figuring out the puffs & its an messy adventure

taking some sippy sips

sitting up & going hands free all by himself

my sweet little fellas in hand made bow ties & clothes by my Aunt Linda

Happy 7 months little Calvin!!  Picture taken by your big bro James