11 September 2014

September Stitch Fix Review

Hello lovlies! It's Thursday and I was surprised to see that my September Stitch Fix showed up a day early, so yay! This one was kind of a mixed bag for me. I liked everything, but only loved 1-2 things. I'm still deciding what I want to keep though, so your opinions are very welcome :-)


One of the reasons why I love Stitch Fix so much is that I feel like they really listen to me. I like the little personal notes they send every month, and that they take the time to read my blog to find out more about me and what I'm looking for.


If you need the details about Stitch Fix, here's the details:

First, go to stitchfix.com and you create your style profile. Also, create a Stitch Fix Style pinboard and link it to your profile so that your stylists can get a feel for your clothing tastes and preferences. Then schedule your fix!! The stylists will hand pick 5 items for you to try on. They send the clothing pieces directly to your house, you try them on and decide what to keep (if anything) and then you send back what you don't want. Super easy and convenient!
  • There's a $20 styling fee, which you can use toward your order. (that's awesome!!)
  • If you keep all 5 items you receive 25% off your order.
  • You choose your price range.
  • The more feedback you give on the pieces sent to you, the better they get over time. So be sure to be very specific to your stylists so that they can send you things you'll love.
Here we go....

Item #1 - Shiva Plaid Mixed Material Tee
Item #2 - Kate Distressed Boyfriend Jean
First, let's talk about the top. If I'm being totally honest, I wasn't super thrilled about the pattern right out of the box. Plaid isn't my favorite, and I probably wouldn't buy anything with this pattern if I was walking around the store. That said, though, I liked this top a lot better after wearing it for a bit. The top fits really well and it's really comfortable, too. Chances are I'll send this one back, but I'll take another day or so to think on it.

The jeans, you might recognize these from my August fix! I ended up sending them back because they were too big in the waist. So they sent me the size down this time, and honestly, they still feel a little big in the waist. I mean, I have lost weight and inches over the past month or two but I don't feel like it was THAT much of a difference. I kinda feel like this size should fit better. And also, I after wearing them around for 30 minutes or so, they stretched out a little so these will end up looking even bigger than they do in these photos (which really aren't a good indicator since you can't see them around the waist) I'm torn because I really love these pants, but now I'm wondering if I should go down even another size!??

Item #3 - Henry Birds on Branch Infinity Scarf
I really like the colors and the pattern on this scarf, so I could see myself wearing it for sure! I always have a really hard time committing to scarves for some reason, though. Anyone else have that issue?? lol
Item #4 - Rowson Colorblock Striped Sweater
I really really wanted to love this. I mean, I like it. But I don't LOVE it. You know? I can't deny that it's super comfy and I would probably wear it a lot, though. So there's that. Just not sure about the colors of this. I think I'd like it more if they were pastels. Maybe I'm just being too picky.
Item #5 - Xander Short Sleeve Woven Back Sweatshirt
Well this is lovely, isn't it? I really like the contrast of materials with this top, and the colors are awesome. Can never go wrong with grey, and the pastel pink is very pretty. 99% positive I'm keeping this baby. Smooches for Angela (my stylist) for this one! ;-)

And that's it for September's Stitch Fix!! What do you think? What should I keep and what should I send back??


10 September 2014

It's time. First Day of Pre-K!

I just sent Bennett off to his first day of Pre-K! And I am actually able to sit here and blog about it immediately, because guess what? As soon as Bennett got on the bus, Easton went down for a nap!! FREEDOM! lol. j/k. Sort of ;-)


Okay but it's time to get real. Besides the fact that I am kinda sorta excited that I will have some "alone time" throughout the days now, sending your child off to school is always hard. Always. And I think I'm a little more worried because Bennett is joining the Peer Program this year. Let me explain. 

Last year, he was in the special education preschool program so that he could receive the extra attention he needed for his developmental delays. Fast forward to the end of this past school year (june, 2014), and his teachers all agreed that although he definitely needs to continue therapy, they think he would thrive really well in the general ed. program. Because of the nature of his delays (mostly social and speech), they felt it was really important for him to have regular social interaction with peers his age, which is something he wasn't getting while he was in the special ed. program. 

So all that to say, I'm a little nervous to have him thrown into a classroom with other 4 y/o that are much more "advanced" than him. I'm afraid he'll feel left out, bullied or inferior. My heart wouldn't be able to take it. But at the same time, I know that it will be really good for his progression to be able to have the example of this peers. *sigh* A Mother not stops worrying, right?

I'm just going to stay hopeful that it will be a really good experience for him. I know it will be. He's been talking about going back to school for weeks now!... always asking if the bus was going to come pick him up today. Such a big boy. 

When the bus arrived, poor little Easton was so upset watching Bennett get onto the bus. Right now, I'm really thankful for the sweetest Bus Driver ever, who invited Easton to come and sit by big brother for a couple of minutes before they left (and let me snap a few photos). It was so nice and thoughtful of her. ♥︎ I will be forever thankful.





08 September 2014

5 Things I've Learned About Potty Training

Potty training is (and has been) in full swing around here for the past two years. Bennett took a particularly long time to potty train, and now we're gearing up to start potty training Easton! I actually can't believe we are already to this point. Wasn't he JUST a baby??? Waaaa *cries like a....baby*


 *Many thanks to Pull-Ups for sponsoring today's discussion and creating the Big Kid Academy for us potty trainers!

When it comes to potty training, every child is different. One method may work for one child, and not the other. A lot of it is trial and error, but here are the things that worked for me -- thus they are MY personal tips for potty training. And these will be implemented as we start to potty train my 2 y/o. Take them or leave them ;-)

1) Pay attention to cues. 
Your child's cue's (or lack thereof) are super important. When we first tried potty training Bennett, he basically showed zero interest in the toilet, "big boy" underwear, or anything related to the toilet. So our first mistake was not paying attention to the fact that he was showing no signs of being ready to potty train. I mean, that's not to say that some kids interests wouldn't have been piqued, but in our case, the cue's weren't there which should have been a big red flag. We could have spared ourselves a lot of frustration.

However with Easton, he's showing definite signs of being ready to potty train. Things like:
  • Being uncomfortable when he soils his diaper
  • Takes an interest when others use the bathroom
  • Asking to sit on the potty
  • Requesting to wear underwear
These little cue's tell me that perhaps, he's ready!! So... gearing up to potty train another kid is right around the corner for us!

2) Ditch the little potty chair.
Those little potty seats? I'm not a fan. Of course I bought one thinking it would be awesome, but really, it doesn't make sense. Do I really want to be cleaning pee/pooh out of this thing every time my child uses it?? No. That's gross. I decided to get a toilet insert with some fun little Sesame Street characters on it that fits right onto the toilet. In my opinion, it makes more sense to have them actually sitting on the toilet when they're training. Plus, it cuts out the step of trying to move them from the little potty chair, to the actual toilet -- which some kids don't want to do.

3) Incentives.
Every kid will have something they respond to. Some kind of reward that gets them pumped up! Whether it be a fun sticker chart, a new toy, some sort of candy, or maybe they just respond to a lot of clapping and high praise. Take some time to determine what will give your kid the incentive they need to give potty training a real chance. Mix & match if you need to, but don't be afraid to bribe :-)

4) Be more patient than you've ever been.
This is self-explanatory, and absolutely crucial. The more frustrated you get, the more your child will get flustered and frustrated as well. Patience, understanding, and lots of extra love and cuddles will go a LONG way with helping your child feel comfortable with the process of potty training.

5) Do what works for you!
There are a lot of methods out there when it comes to potty training. Most important thing, is to do what works best for your family and your child. Period.

And while we're on the subject of giving tips and talking about potty training, I will just come right out and say that we are a 100% Pull-Ups family. During potty training, my kids wear Pull-Ups whenever we leave the house, and at night.


 Heck, Bennett is 4 y/o and still wears Pull-Ups when he goes to sleep at night. He's getting a lot better with his bladder control at night, but when he does have an accident, you better believe I'm thankful I don't have to start another load of laundry in our already busy day. Some people choose to go cold turkey and ditch all forms of diapers when potty training, and that's totally fine. But for us, Pull-Ups are essential. There's absolutely no shame in wanting to avoid accidents either at night or while out of the house.

My kids love Pull-Ups, especially since they have pretty awesome Disney characters on them now, like Jake The Neverland Pirate... it's a huge hit around here.

And you probably don't know this, but Pull-Ups has a site, the Big Kid Academy, with so many fabulous resources to help with the process. And since every child learns and potty trains differently, when you enroll in the Big Kid Academy, you'll receive activities and advise customized to exactly where you're at in your potty training journey.

Here of just some of the subjects included in the Big Kid Academy:
  • How to tell if your child is ready for potty training
  • Potty training for working parents
  • Solutions for nighttime
  • How to talk to day care providers about potty training
  • Reward ideas
  • Potty training on the go
  • The best clothing for potty training
  • SO MUCH MORE.
 I probably spent a good couple of hours over the past day or two cruising the Big Kid Academy for advice and ideas to help us along with potty training Easton. So go check out their site and enroll for free!... your potty trainer will thank you ;-)

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04 September 2014

Revisiting The Archives, Some Popular Posts

I can't believe I've been blogging for... 6 years now. I didn't blog very much at first but now it's become part of my livelihood. The other day I went back through some of my archives and found some posts I had completely forgotten about! But that's one of the reasons I love blogging so freaking much. I can go back and relive experiences, recipes, printable's... etc... I would have otherwise let fall completely out of my mind.

So I thought I'd share some of those long-forgotten posts and reminisce a little. Some of you who have been reading here for a while might remember some of these, but those that are more recent readers, it might help you to get to know me a little better :)

PARENTING:

RECIPES: 

BLOGGING: 

FREE PRINTABLES:

PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS:

Well there are just a few of the popular posts from my archives! It was kind fun going back through those and remembering some things I've written and posted!