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friday favorites 03-04-16.

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

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...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…

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 expensiv…

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 …

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 …

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 accessor…

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 …