Thursday, June 27, 2013

Stitch Fix for Plus Size: Part Two

Hiya peoples! I'm here to share my latest Stitch Fix with you :)  I think I liked my first Stitch Fix better, but this one still had some cute things (BTW I ended up buying the sweater and the dress from that first Fix).  I think if I could loose like 10lbs everything would have fit a lot better than it did but I've been having a major lack of motivation lately.  Anyone want to be my personal drill seargant and force me to work out? Anyone?

For those who don't know- Stitch Fix is a personal styling service.  You need to get on the waitlist but once you're accepted into the program (it seems to take longer for bigger girls, probably because of limited inventory. Took me about 2 months) you can set up Stitch Fixes as often as you'd like.  Once a month, once every 3 months, etc.  Each fix costs $20 plus the cost of the items, but if you buy an item in your box that $20 fee goes towards that.  A 'Fix' usually includes 4 clothing items and 1 jewelry piece.  You fill out an online style profile and then they mail you your items based on your size and style.

If you think that's something that would be fun here is my referral code to get started:

If you sign up through that code you'll get on the waitlist plus I get a $25 credit which sure would be nice!

Anyways, I asked for some mint and coral colors this time around and either some chunky earrings or a statement necklace for the jewelry item.  Here's what I received

This mint and bird print pleated skirt.  Cute enough but it didn't fit (unless you're supposed to hike it up to your boobs in order to zip it that case, it kinda fit...).  Plus it was a little fancy for weekend wear-- I can't wear skirts or shorts to work since I work in a lab.  So that's a no to the birdies. PS: stripes probably don't match that skirt but that was shirt I was already wearing and I was too lazy to find something else.  sue me.

There was also a white tie shirt.  I personally think it's a pretty bad idea to put chubby people with fat bellies into shirts that have a wierd tie in the front, drawing attention right to that area.  I would have liked the top half but that tie thing just wasn't doing it for me.

I tried both items on together just to be sure but decided no thanks!

Next up was this wrap dress.  I love the color and I love that it's short, and the fabric is thin so it would be good for the summer.  It's not anything super unique though so I'm kind of torn on this one.  What do you think?

Also included was this polka dot button up.  Kinda cute but not for summer-- when this arrived it was 90 degrees outside and I was like "yeah right dude!".  Plus it didn't even kinda fit.  I had to triple check that the tag said XL because this shirt was tinyyyyyy (that picture is of me valiantly attempting to button it, what an arm workout).  I could have Hulk style broken out of that shirt if I had wanted to, which would have been badass but expensive at $98.

Lastly were these earrings.  These are the coral color that I asked for.  I like these, but I have a similar pair already.  I think I might get them anyways...don't want that styling fee to go to waste!

So there you have it! Stitch Fix #2, not a homerun, but cute!  What do you think? I need to purchase *today* so I'd love some input first!

ETA: See Stitch Fix #1 HERE and Stitch Fix #3 HERE

Sunday, June 23, 2013

The Sweetest Picture You'll See All Day

Hi everyone! Just stopping by quickly to show you quite possibly the most heartwarming photo you'll see ever.  Seriously, it melts my heart!  Here's a little back story

If you don't already know my son Charlie has Cystic Fibrosis.  I won't get into the nitty gritty of how crappy CF is, however you do need to know that he requires 1-2 hours of breathing treatments a day.  These are done with a nebulizer and a chest physiotherapy vest which shakes him around to loosen up all the excess mucus in his lungs.  My son is a very active toddler (2 years and 9 months) and does not care for sitting down chained to a nebulizer or a vest for hours a day, and who can blame him right?  So sometimes towards the end of his treatments he gets really fussy and cries and wants to be done already.

Our nanny also has a 5 year old niece that is staying with her for the month.  She asked if she could bring the little girl with her during the day while she's watching Charlie and we said of course!  We have a nanny to keep Charlie out of daycare and aware from germs, however he doesn't get as much kid to kid interaction as we'd like so we thought that this would be a great way for him to have a friend to play with during the day.

And they totally hit it off!  He adores his new friend (who he calls "girl" haha) and she is the sweetest little thing, who is happy to play with him and help him out whenever he asks.  A few days ago our nanny sent me this photograph of Charlie doing his breathing treatment and his little friend hugging him and encouraging him to keep going and telling him he was doing a great job.  The look of joy on my son's face is so infectious and you can see how happy this little friend makes him!

As a momma it makes me so happy that other little children accept him just the way he is and not only does the CF not bother them, they help make it more manageable for him, even at just 5 years old.  I seriously adore this picture and it brings a smile to my face every time I see it-- I hope you love it too :)

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Noel Mignon Design Team and Top 10 Noel Mignon Layouts

Holy schnikeys! Did you guys see the most recent newsletter for Noel Mignon subscribers!?  Yup, that's right- I'm an official member of the Noel Mignon Design Team!  To say I'm excited is an understatement- I am thrrrrrrilled!  Noel's kits are the only ones I buy (because they're the best- duh) and I have long admired her amazing Design Teams throughout the many years I've been buying her kits.  I am so happy to be a part of this great team-- cannot wait to start!!  One of the coolest parts of being on this team is getting to see the kits before they are revealed- and can I just say this month is awesome?!  Super bright and colorful PLUS Noel has a coordinating Project Life kit too!  How money is that, right?  Sorry the PL kit is totally sold out but the big kit will be revealed soon...and if this PL kit is any indication - you'll adore it as much as I do!

Noel Mignon Hello Sunshine Project Life Kit 

Since I've been buying Noel's kits for years I thought it would be fun to share my top 5 10 12 projects made from Noel Mignon kits! (man it's hard to choose!)  All the kits are sold out (sorry duders) but I'm gonna link the ones I can anyways so you can drool over the photos and see how amazeballs these kits really are.  Ready? OK!

Made using Daffodil Hill , teeny scraps from a million different NM kits, and the slave labor of my 2 year old:

Made using Charm School:

Made using the Bees Knees:

Made using Something Wicked

Made using Willow Creek:

Made using Charm School:

Made using Homespun:

Made using Charm School:

Made using Cabin Fever:

Made using Something Wicked:

Made using Primrose Lane:

Made using Salt Water Taffy:

Alright I *think* those are my top 12- so hard to pick!  Anyways, I'm super excited about this because I am a HUGE fan of NM kits, on the DT or if you haven't checked it out yet- please do so! You will be totally blown away :) 

Monday, June 17, 2013

A Little Sneak Peak

Just a little sneaky peak at a project I've been working on the past few months!  I hope to share the news with you sometime in July :)  Whaddya think??

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Deck Renovations

Hi everyone!!  I'm here to share some photo's of our recent backyard deck renovation!  Our deck was in horrible shape, our pool was green and hadn't been opened in 2 years (expensive to run those darn things!), and our patio furniture was rusted and gross.  So we decided that this was the year we were going to fix it all!  Here's some ugly before pictures

 These are the saddest little patio chairs the world has ever seen, all slumped over like that haha.

Rust and mildew and mold everrrrrywhere

Nasty dirty deck, nasty dirty pool

That's miss EmmaBear, she doesn't care for the filthy deck either

So how did we fix it? and not go completely broke in the process?  Well, we kept all of our old stuff and jazzed it up.  Our patio furniture was actually leftover from the previous homeowners and has never looked great so that's where we started.  First, I sanded and spray painted the ugly green furniture with brown spray paint.  They don't look brand new, they're still not perfectly smooth but it's sure better than it was before!  I also got all new patio cushions from Lowe's to make them look newer :)

You'll also notice mildew on the house in the above picture.  I got some House Cleaner and attacked that stuff! It worked really well attached to my hose, only took 45 minutes to get it all off.

The next big problem was our deck.  I sprayed that down with mildew cleaner, which only kind of worked.  Robb then stained and stained over about a week or so, due to rain.  I picked up Cabot Express Deck, which works on damp wood and that helped us out a LOT.  We also had our pool professionally opened this year because it was such a mess, completely green!  After the first 2 nights it was opened we realized that the pool had been overtaken with frogs! One night we counted 16 tree frogs in the pool- it was crazy!  Luckily they seem to have moved on :) 

To finish things up we added a patio rug, umbrella, a cute little plant stand I'm going to use for an herb garden, and a brown chest to store our pool supplies.  And that was it!  It took a lot of work but we love our new/old deck :D  Bring it on, summer!

Robb sitting back and enjoying our new outdoor space :)  Happy Father's Day handsome!

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Life Lately

Hi everyone! Here to share a few photos from the past few weeks.  We also got Charlie's Pseudomonas throat culture results back from his visit to the CF Center last week and were so BUMMED to hear that it was positive.  UGH.  They think the most likely explanation is that the one time he tested negative, 2 months ago, was just a fluke- an inaccurate throat culture- and he probably never really got rid of it.  Such a bummer :(  So he'll stay on bimonthly TOBI cycles (an inhaled antibiotic) for the forseeable future, I wish the darn stuff worked for him!  They tested the Pseudo in his lungs and it is NOT antibiotic resistant so I don't know why almost 10 months of antibiotic treatments haven't worked.  Oh well, at this point we'll just keep doing what we're doing and hope that it stays under control.  SO freaking frustrating though!  OH and a fun delightful sidenote: I'm a microbiologist and I work with Pseudomonas bacteria in my lab.  Smart, huh?

So in happier news...we had a great Memorial Day at the beach in Old Saybrook.  It was FREEZING down there (I sat wrapped in a towel like a homeless person) but Charlie loved it and ran around and played. 
 Heading to the beach in Charlie's favorite beach obsession: his red wagon

 Catching some waves!  haha not really, he just stood there. but it was cute damnit. 

Charlie forced me to wear this yellow hat for like 5 minutes.  Memorial Day twinsies! hehe

I also went to a fun Birthday dinner for my buddy Kim last week in Mystic, CT.  Love it there! I got seafood and some tasty beverages, yum yum (this did not help my weight loss efforts haha)

 Fellow blogger Amanda, the Birthday Girl Kim, and yours truly

At the bar with the Birthday Girl, awaiting oysters

And a few more cute snapshots from the past few weeks :)

 Robb connected Charlie's wagon to our lawnmower and drove
him around on a little tractor ride in the backyard. seriously, the kid is obsessed with wagons.

 This shirt was from his Aunt Peggy - LOVE IT! Bazinga!

Man he's freaking cute ;)