27 April 2016

April Stitch Fix - The time I kept EVERYTHING.

Boom. We are almost at the end of April already! What the WHAT? I am so stoked for Spring to continue to get warmer & warmer. We've already had several 80 degree days, and I've got the start of a nice tan already. Which... brings me to this month's Stitch Fix! I requested from my stylist, Nicole, some Springy colors & florals to transition me into the season of warmth!

Before I dive into what I got this month, let me tell you about Stitch Fix, you know, in case you've been living under a rock ;-)

First thing, stitchfix.com and check it out! Next, create your style profile. Also, be sure to start 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.
Before I show you what I got in this month's Stitch Fix! Let me just say that this month, I am pretty sure I'm keeping the entire box!! I am really impressed with all of the pieces they sent!

Item #1 - Bart Scoop Neck Blouse by Papermoon
This is not generally a pattern I would be drawn to on the rack at a store. But I'm really kind of digging the fun colors in this top. It's like confetti! 

Item # 2 - Dinky Fringe Sandal by BC Footwear
Okay so I'm pretty darn excited that Stitch Fix is now sending SHOES! This is the first pair I've received and they are stinkin' cute, I love the color & the fun fringe. And they fit perfectly!! I am over the moon about this new addition.
Item #3 - Maddox Crew Neck Top by THML
Confession. When I got the e-mail that my fix had shipped, I hopped on the Stitch Fix app and peeked at the items in my box. Initially I wasn't really excited about this top. I didn't think I would like the style or the pattern. But I mean, once the clothing pieces show up on your doorstep, why not just try it on?? I always try and keep an open mind. I'm very surprised that I actually really like this!! It's comfortable, and the pattern isn't as obnoxious as I thought it would be. lol. I LIKE IT.

Also, notice my cute new shoes. :)

Item #4 - Chaplin Hooded Anorak Cargo Jacket by Market & Spruce
Holler!! This is just what I need in my life!! A super cute, lightweight jacket. Perfect for Spring, and chilly Summer nights. And the color is spot on, it will match basically everything. 

Item #5 - Truxton Embellished Crew Neck Blouse by Le Lis
Well helloooooo there gorgeous floral tank. It's mine, done, hanging in the closet. That's all I need to say. ;-)

And seriously, these sandals are to die for, right?? I can't stop talking about them, they spruce up any outfit!

I am so so so excited about this fix. I think I will actually end up keeping the entire thing!! LOVE when that happens. Stitch Fix, my closet thanks you kindly.

What did you think about my fix this month? Have you signed up for Stitch Fix?? If not, what are you waiting for?

26 April 2016

Making Social Media A Positive Outlet Again

It's been a super long time since I've just sort of chatted about stuff. Since I've spoken freely and honestly about whatever the heck I want. I kinda miss just brain dumping all over my blog. So excuse me, while I do that right now. :-)

I was chatting with a friend the other day about social media. Okay so mostly, social media is a great thing. It helps us to keep in touch with friends & family, stay connected to local communities and events, and gives us a place to share our pictures and goings on. I really don't have very many complaints about social media. But I think that is because I have chosen to make it a positive experience. CHOSEN, being the key word.

A lot of people get frustrated with Facebook, Instagram, Twitter... etc. and some even go as far as to swear it all off.  Some claim that people on social media are fake, and only show the most perfect parts of their lives. I get it, I get what you're saying. Because honesty, I'm guilty of that, too. But look, we all KNOW that no ones lives are perfect. Nobody. I don't care how much money you have, or how "blessed" you are. We all have our challenges, our faults, and our bad awful days when we just feel like failures.

Here's the thing. I have actually come to grips with reality, and have just stopped comparing. And it's amazing how great social media is again. What I choose to show you, that's my prerogative. Maybe I choose to "keep it real" write a post about how crappy my day is going, or upload a picture to show how messy my house is. It feels good to do that sometimes. But the truth is, some people just don't want to focus or dwell on the negativity, and that's fine, too. So let's just stop accusing people of being fake or "too happy", and recognize that beyond what they actually share online, we all know they have their share of difficult days, and let's move along.
And also, newsflash!! You can choose how you perceive things, and what you engage in. Don't get me started about politics or any other controversial topic! I have absolutely had my share of debates in the past, thanks to a hot button topic posted by friends on Facebook/Twitter/IG. But I chosen to disengage myself from any and all posts that have to do with anything controversial. I have made the decision that that is NOT what I want my social media experience to consist of. I don't need the added argument and stress. So yes, as harsh as it sounds, I will hide you from my feed, or "unfollow" you, if your posts attract a lot of debates or negative comments. It's not personal, I promise. I just want to focus on using social media in the best possible way. Otherwise, it will cause more anxiety for me. Which, is not worth it.

So if you feel frustrated by social media, here's my challenge.

Stop comparing, stop assuming that you have any idea what someone's life is like based on their feed, stop judging, stop the cyber bullying, and if you need to -- stop reading controversial articles & posts.

Make social media a positive outlet again.

25 April 2016

Celebrate Mom - A Mother's Day Giveaway!

Mother's Day is coming up! We're celebrating moms everywhere with these Mother's Day gift ideas from Mommy Scene. These awesome brands offer a wide variety of gifts perfect to pamper the wonderful mom in your life. Plus enter to win one of these featured gifts!
Mothers Day Gift Guide - Mommy Scene
1. Back Buddy Support Pillow
The original award-winning Back Buddy Support Pillow - designed by a Chiropractor and a nursing mother. Alleviates common back pain during and after pregnancy, and encourages proper position for breastfeeding. Made in the USA from high-quality structural foam that is certified to be made without harmful PBDE's, phthalates, CFC's, formaldehyde, mercury, lead, and other heavy metals. The perfect gift for any new or expectant mom!
2. Us+Four Tees or Tanks
Perfect gift for the special mom in your life. Us+Four offers style and comfort with graphic tees, tanks, sweatshirts, and mugs. Created by Lauren Anderson, a mom of 4, the "Happy Mama" collection has been her most fun and popular design.
3. Pure Hazelwood Necklace with Gold European Charm and Bracelet
World leader on the market for more than 18 years, Pure Hazelwood products are inspired by a First Nations tradition, handcrafted with 100 % natural hazel wood and meant for the whole family. Rich in anti-inflammatory molecules, hazel wood helps relieve several symptoms related to inflammation such as: skin problems (eczema, psoriasis), digestive disorders, joint pain, and more!
4. Yummi Pouch Modern Cloth Bags
These adorable cloth bags are ideal for holding cosmetics, small accessories, and even snacks! They feature modern prints, a moisture resistant interior, and easy-open zipper. Each bag measures 4" x 7". Receive 20% off with promo code: Revelae20
5. DeVita Hyaluronic SeruGel
DeVita is the most advanced, certified organic aloe vera based, 100% vegan, paraben free, all natural skin care available. DeVita's oil-free Hyaluronic SeruGel will quench your thirsty skin cells by helping to deliver maximum amounts of Hyaluronic Acid to the skin using our unique Organic Aloe Vera delivery system. Hyaluronic acid contributes to the skin's elasticity and suppleness, minimizes lines and wrinkles, and prevents premature signs of aging. It is also fast-absorbing and ideal for all skin types.
6. Pearhead My First Holiday Belly Stickers
Pearhead My First Holiday Belly Stickers are a fun, unique way to capture your baby's first celebrations. Snap and record their first holidays for memories that will last for years to come. From first birthday to first Thanksgiving, these stickers say it all. Includes 14 stickers that can be peeled and placed on your baby's clothing. Stickers feature cute designs and colorful prints for every holiday. These belly stickers are an adorable gift for new parents.
7. Bumblewood Lavender Gift Bag
Give mom the gift of pampering this year with Bumblewood's Lavender-scented gift set. All natural and lightly scented with Lavender essential oil, mom will be relaxed from head-to-toe with a handcrafted soap, lotion stick and lip balm, all put together in a cute little cotton bag ready to give.
8. Rifle Paper Co. Herb Garden Recipe Box
The perfect addition to your kitchen, Rifle Paper Co.'s new Herb Garden Recipe Box features a gold metallic interior and gold label frame on the front. It comes with 12 letterpress dividers and 24 charcoal spoon recipe cards to help organize your favorite dishes.
9. Fancy Pantz Designs Flower Necklace
This stunning vintage inspired metal flower necklace is hand painted with a chippy distressed look and embellished with a crystal flower surrounded by sparkling aged rhinestones. No two are alike. Handmade by designer Barb Lowson, this beautiful necklace comes with a gunmetal etched chain with lobster clasp closure, available in various lengths. Flower measures approximately 2" in diameter.
10. Girly Girl One-Size Leggings
These one-size high quality leggings come in more than 100 modern prints. The one size leggings stretch from a XS to a XL size, featuring a soft elastic waist band and thick, non-transparent, material. Girly Girl Leggings is owned and operated by a mother and daughter.
11. Willamy Collection Leather Wrap Bracelets
Classy & sophisticated, our Crystal Pearl 5x Leather Wrap Bracelet is the perfect combination of crystals and glass beads on brown leather. Recieve 20% off with promocode: springfever
What will you get your mom for Mother's Day? We hope you got some great ideas! These would be great to pass along to your hubby too! Every mom deserves to be pampered on her special day.

Enter to win one of these fabulous gifts!

Mommy Scene will be selecting one winner for each of these featured prizes 
8 prizes = 8 winners!

Mothers Day Gift Guide Giveaway prizes - Mommy Scene

Featured Prizes

Back Buddy Support Pillow
Us+Four Tee or Tank Top
Pure Hazelwood Necklace with Gold European Charm
Yummi Pouch Modern Cloth Bags - set of 3
Girly Girl One-Size Leggings style "Lace Me Up - Blue"
DeVita Skincare Hyaluronic SeruGel
Pearhead My First Holiday Belly Stickers
Bumblewood Lavender Gift Bag
Willamy Collection Crystal Pearl Leather Wrap Bracelet
This giveaway is sponsored by Mommy Scene and is open to US entries. One winner will be chosen and displayed on the giveaway widget after the giveaway ends on May 7th, 2016. Mommy Scene and the participating blogs are not responsible for fulfilling brand-sponsored prizes. Prizes will be shipped directly from each brand.

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12 April 2016

Spring Break At The Beach!

We really lucked out here in the Pacific Northwest, that we ended up with some really fabulous weather over Spring break! We spend the first half of the break here at home, enjoying time with friends at the park. I may have even gotten a sunburn, whoops! Lesson learned.

And the second half of the Spring vacation, we decided to hop in the car and head to the coast to enjoy the beach for a few days! Philip ended up staying behind because 1) he had to work. And 2) he had to spend some time ripping up the carpet because we are getting our floors replaced downstairs! Hallelujuah!! (more on that later) ;)

We also invited some of our friends to join us, and the kids had a blast!! I really enjoy time with my boys, but when you add some good friends to the mix, it makes things so much better!

The first day we were there, it was so warm and sunny, the kids played for hours in the sand & water. I laid out and worked on my tan, it was glorious! We also had some crazy heavy wind, which was both fun & insane. It almost blew the kids right over, lol. But I have found that regardless of overcast and wind, the kids still have a blast! I always make the mistake of assuming because it's a little chillier out one day, that the kids won't want to get wet. WRONG. They always get wet, and then I'm left with having to strip them down to their skivvies to get them in the car. Hashtag: beachlife.

Well, enough babbling. On with the photos...