Friday, March 4, 2016

friday favorites 03-04-16.

I was scrolling through my photos and these are the ones that
stood out this week...happy Friday!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

...and they're off.

How time flies. People say it all the time, but it really is true. I've looked at my children every day this Summer, but only after uploading photos of them after they've gotten off to their first day of school, did I realize that they really have grown.

I am the mother of a High Schooler, a Middle Schooler and a First Grader.

Today I sent my last child off to start her new routine of all day at school. I've spent the last two days convincing a very excited, but a bit nervous little girl that she is going to love being at school for the whole day. She's such an eager learner and is a sponge for information. My hope for her is that she is continually challenged throughout the year and that she continues to spread her genuine kindness to all those around her.

I am blessed that I have a Middle Schooler who still likes to go to school. Matt has always been one to be ready to head back to school after a month off. He too, is a sponge. I'm continually amazed at the many things he knows about. And my boy likes to read...makes me so happy! You see...I love it too. Nothing like getting lost in a book. So glad he thinks so too. Hoping the required reading this year is engaging.

As the kiddos grow each year, the morning routines do become easier. They dress themselves, brush their teeth, get their breakfast and gather their backpacks. But as the mother of a little girl, I'm now finding out there will be other challenges. Like what to wear and how to wear her hair. She definitely knows what she likes and what she doesn't...especially when it comes to fashion! Boys are definitely easier as they grow up. So far, I just have to deal with the moodiness.

Here's to a great school year!

Sunday, June 23, 2013

stitch fix - number four.

It's Stitch Fix time again. My box came yesterday and it was highly anticipated. As promised, this fix contained six instead of five items because of the mix up with my last fix.

Here's what arrived in the box:

Five clothing items and one necklace.

 Mak - Jaclynn Button-Up Cardigan
Beautiful color, but waaay too small! It went back.

41Hawthorn - Calafia Jersey Wrap Dress
Agin, a dress on the too-short side for me. It went back.

Pink Martini - Rayanne Pleated Lace-Back Top
Not a fan of this hue of blue and the fit was unflattering. It, too, went back.

Well, this necklace wasn't for me. The gold part of the chain looked like something that would come out of a gumball machine. It went back.

 Olive & Oak - Rebeka Striped 3/4 Sleeve Jersey Top
I really liked the cut, style and colors of this top.

 Matty - Aven Dot Oversized Button-Up Blouse
Yes, please! 

I am seriously in love with this blouse. Love the polka dots and the blend of silk & cotton. It is by far the most expensive piece in my fix. For this reason, I think it's the only thing I'm keeping this time around. I think I just must have this!

I think my style profile needs a little tweaking. I'm not ready to give up yet. You can read a brief overview of Stitch Fix and how it works here. If you are thinking of trying it out, please consider using my referral code.

Friday, June 21, 2013

you'll be fine.

I've finally scrapbooked about Sydney's hearing loss today. I've been putting it off. Well, actually I've had the page made for about a month, but this morning I decided it was time to add the Words.

the story:
This story started in May of this year (2011) when you failed the Hearing Screening in Preschool. You were four and a half. At first, we didn't think much of it...thought it probably happens a lot. After all, you were only four. But after you failed the repeat test, we were concerned. 
We took you to see Dr. Bussell (ENT) immediately. They did an audiogram that day in the office. Knowing a little about audiology from studying it in college, I knew there was a problem as I watched where the audiologist was putting her marks on her test paper. The results indicated a Moderate Left-Sided Hearing Loss. So many feelings rushed through me at this moment in time. At the forefront was Guilt. What had I done or not done? Was this my fault? Of course, deep down,  I knew it wasn't my fault, but at a time like this I couldn't help but have these thoughts. Your Dad, being the forever calm one, remained strong. My rock...always. After the test, the doctor proceeded to rattle off possible scenarios of what possibly could be wrong or what could go wrong. I was paralyzed. So very scared. So worried about your future. He told us a CAT scan needed to be done to rule out certain conditions. 
You were so tiny on the table on the day of the scan. I almost lost it. Your Daddy stayed with you during the whole scan. You were so brave! We made a special trip to Target afterwards for a special purchase...the Barbie Vacation House. You most certainly deserved it! We got the CAT scan results soon after and it was revealed that you had a Mixed Moderate Congenital Left-Sided Hearing Loss. The inner canal and nerve are half the size that they should be. could have been so much worse. We are Blessed. 
You had a normal progression of development. I am so thankful for the Hearing Screening in school. Without it, who knows when we would have caught your hearing loss. I still worry about you. About whether or not you'll need intervention as classes get noisier. Time will tell. So far, you haven't needed any intervention. You are well beyond where an average child of your age should be. You are "sharp." Very intelligent. A great speaker. Have an awesome vocabulary. There were no red flags with you. Right now, you're holding your own and then some! I can't help but worry about your well-being, though. You're my baby. In the end, I KNOW "you'll be fine."

I'm so thankful to have this story documented now. It's great to have all the "happy" stories down in the scrapbooks, but the difficult ones also need to be told. The good and the difficult, together, make up life.

 Sydney, you're perfect just the way you are.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

stitch fix number three.

After my last Stitch Fix, I was skeptical to try again because what they sent me was so not my style.  But, then I thought that with feedback it had to get better, right? So I scheduled another one. There was a bit of a glitch with this fix. When I opened the box, there should have been five items. Anyway, the invoice said there should be. But there were only four items. I contacted customer service right away. Can I just say that their customer service is top notch. So impressed! The fifth item, a necklace, was taken off my invoice immediately. They gave me two options: they could ship out a necklace to me that day or I could have a sixth item added to my next fix and if I were to keep all four items in the fix, they would still take the standard 25% off for buying all the items.

I was much more pleased with this fix. I'm so glad I scheduled it. Here's what came in Fix Number Three...

 This is such a cute summer dress. I love the pattern and the comfortable loose fit pulled together with the tie belt. However, it was just a bit too short on this forty-three year old body. It went back.

 Okay, I LOVE these Kensie Skinny Jeans. They fit perfectly and are SO comfortable. Kept them.

 And the back...again, the most comfortable skinny jeans I've ever worn. They have a bit of stretch in them, so they move with you.

 This linen blend sweater is amazing! I knew I'd keep it before I even tried it on. The color is beautiful. It's very versatile. I've worn it with the skinny jeans above for a casual look and with a black straight skirt for a dressier look. I've gotten many compliments on it already. This sweater also comes with a scarf, which can be worn with the sweater or by itself with another outfit. By far, my favorite piece of my three Fixes!

This top has a cute, stylish print, but it just didn't fit me well. It went back.

I'm so glad I gave it another try and scheduled this Fix. Stitch Fix is zeroing in on my style a bit more. Looking forward to my next Fix.

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Monday, April 29, 2013

stitch fix - number two.

I must say I was really looking forward to my Stitch Fix number two. So when the mailman delivered it (and I practically met him at the door), I tore open the box like a kid on Christmas morning. To say I was excited is an understatement. However, what was in the box was such a disappointment. 

This is what awaited me...

Okay, this is the only thing I ended up keeping.  Cute style and color for summer.

The only thing I liked about this top was the color.  It went back.

Um...yeah...found absolutely nothing redeeming about this all. Color is hideous. Print is awful. Style stinks. Get the picture? It just looked cheap.

And it gets better...this is the back. Needless to say, it went back.

This was actually not bad. It was a tab sleeve sheer top. Good fit, but there was a quality issue. There was a section of the hem that was not caught by the stitching. For the price tag, it should have been caught. It went back.

This was a cute bauble necklace, but too expensive for an accessory. I loved the mint green color. My six year old daughter loved it! She'll be sad when she finds out it too went back.

After giving feedback for my first fix, I was hoping my stylist would zero in a little bit more on my style. It didn't happen. I'm now debating whether or not I should give it one more try. Maybe more feedback and fixes will get me what I'm looking for.  I'm also thinking about possibly requesting a new stylist. I'll keep you posted...

Thursday, April 4, 2013

stitch fix.

Okay, I've been hearing a lot about Stitch Fix lately. I haven't had much opportunity to get out and shop much. There are only so many hours in a day and a limit to how much patience a 6 year old has. Don't get me wrong, Sydney likes to shop, but only for herself. So anyway, I decided to give it a try. You basically just sign up at their website and wait for an invite (it's still in beta.) Mine only took a few days to receive. Then you fill out an online style profile for yourself. A stylist then picks out five items (clothing/accessories) to send to you as part of your Fix. When you receive your fix, you can try on the items with things you own in the privacy of your own home. See what works and what doesn't. Whatever you don't like goes into a prepaid envelope and you send it back. Checkout for the items you like is online. There is a $20 styling fee, but it is applied to your order if you purchase even just one item. Simple and convenient. Just what I'm looking for these days. And you have a personal cool!

I received my first fix last week. I was a stalker, tracking it online once I was notified that it had shipped. Here is what my first fix shipment looked like:

Cute packaging, right?

I received four tops (I requested that this fix be mostly tops) and a pair of earrings.

I couldn't wait to try everything on!

 Loved the fit and feel of this top so much!

 This was cute, but a little snug across the chest and under the arms.

This was a high-low top. About an inch to short in front for my liking.

This denim top was so cute, but just overall small for me. 

I only ended up keeping the first top. It was perfect! I didn't keep the earrings either. They were too similar to ones I already own. Overall, my first Stitch Fix was pretty good. I love that you can add what you liked/didn't like for each of the items you purchased /didn't purchase. This can only make my next Fix better. I would also have liked to see a bit more color in my Fix, which I did note in the comments as well. I can't wait for it to arrive...April 25! Not only do I like Stitch Fix for it's simplicity and convenience  but you also get a style card with each item showing different ways of wearing it. Great bonus!

Here is a Referral Link if you want to give it a try.